Swap-bot Time: January 23, 2020 2:49 am


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: January 22, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

Jan 2019: goal is a letter a week

UPDATE: Plan to retire in 2020 JUNE. Hubby wants to live in Europe for a year. Hoping to make friend with pen pals and get some fun places to go and see from those folks. Perhaps have a beer or cup of tea. I will be doing a blog about our adventures and people we meet along the way. Stay tune.

UPDate: 9-6-2019 we have a couple of kids wanting to get married in Oct 2020 so cutting trip down to one or two months...

UPDATE: Europe trip narrow down to Germany and Austria. Aug/sept 2020

My BFF has been all over the internet and met some pretty amazing people. I was raised as an Army Brat but spent all my years till jr college living at Fort Ord and Monterey California. Lucky me, I met my best friend at the age of 8, Dorothy. We are still to this day 54 years later side kicks. Spent 14 years living in Los Angelos area. Because of the smog, crime, and pollution our family moved to the great north west and ended up in Vancouver Washington.Been here since 1994 and worked at our hospital for 25 years in the lab, hence, LABLAURI.I am married to a wonderful man of 4 year. On our first date, he said he wanted to save Venice Italy for his honeymoon. A year later on Oahu, under a big crescent moon, reflexing off the still waters, he asked for my hand in marriage. A year later, we are on a gondola in Venice . Other than my husband, I have 3 boys. Will 39 and my twins, John and Chris 36 I should mention were born on Christmas Day with red hair. Will and his wife have 2 children Joey and FINALLY a girl, Annabelle. John and his wife are expecting a boy in July. UPDATE: 5 lb 5 oz. with, yes, red hair. Which brings me to my best friend. I wouldn't say we are to competitive, but I will never forget my phone call to her announcing I too was having twins. She had twin girls 4 months before my twin boys. We don't live near each since I left for college but the 4 remain friends to this day.

I love to garden and am starting my first herb garden. UPDATE: Not very successful, oh well.

My favorite color is sage and purple. My husband must really love me because he let me paint our bedroom lavender 💜💜💜💜. The rest of the house is sage.

I play piano but only for myself .

I must be honest, I did not know what a Washi was till my BFF shared with me her stash. Looking forward to obtaining some. UPDATE: we got throw away lab coats now. Wear for a week or so then depose of it. I have since brought WASHI tape to work with me and I have the prettiest and most unusual lab coat. I have got to introduce Washi tape to people! Even got one med tech to check into swap bot.

Favorite Television

I love British TV. and subscribe to Acorn TV. They have Aussie tv shows too. Thank goodness for my iPad and wireless headphones. Hubby can watch his shows and I can watch mine,


I am a cubbies fan and married into it. Love Baseball and Football. I also love the Seattle Seahawks as I am from Washington. We watch a lot of baseball and football. So I would like anything Seahawks or Chicago Cubs stickies or whatever! UPDATE: boycotting NFL New UPDATE: The nfl got their heads out of their butts and I will watch football now, I am an army brat and disrespecting our flag is nothing I can tolerate. Leave it at that.

Favorite Crafts

If it wasn't for by best friend, I wouldn't do crafts. I see the hours she spends making and creating art. I started small with jewelry. Still learning but can do the basics. My first mistake was spending three days beading. I didn't know to take breaks. I paid the price. Now, I get up, make a cup of tea or glass of wine🍷 My BFF gave me a water color set and I have fallen in love with water coloring. My favorite thing to do is land scaping. When we go on vacation, I have a mini set I bring with me. Making cards for family and friends with their favorite places brings me joy.

Watercoloring is my new passion. Found a teacher and well, don’t be surprise if you get a card from me with one of my watercolors.

Traveling has given me the opportunity to take pictures. Now I make beautiful cards. Favorites are snap shots from Venice Italy and Kauai. UPDATE I have a pink and gold Glam Craft Room. Love my girlie room, no boys allowed. LoL


I love to travel. I did not know my husband belonged to a time share till I ran across it while moving into our home. What's this I asked. He rarely has used it over the years and I was, give me everything you have on it because it will be used. I love going to the resorts, no travel lodge for me! Other than Venice, I have been to England, Paris, Rome, Florida, San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, Kauai ( first Anniversary). Victoria BC (New Years). San Antonio Texas just cause...I have us locked into San Francisco again..for Christmas, my brother Dave got my husband and I tickets to the Cubs one night and the next night him and his wife will join us. This fall, the big island Hawaii, and St. Thomas Virgin Island next April. The hardest part is waiting. UPDATE: St Thomas canceled boohoo Washington DC for Cherry Blossom Parade.


Things I like Sparkling stuff,

Beads, Washi tape, tea ( no green) and coffee, Color pens, Anything to make jewelry , Postcards, Stationary sets, Note cards Turtles .O1 or .03 micron pen Ocean theme stamps Flowers/ tropical stamps

Anything pink and,gold for my craft/glam room

Fuzzy socks, Hair barrettes/headbands, Anything lavender, purple, or sage, Anything Cubs or SEAHAWKS

Not a big fan or small scraps of paper for journaling

I am,learning to water color above new paint brushes Any information, brochures, maps, ideas about Germany or Austria. Best info is by those who know. So, if your writing to me and have travel experience in those countries, please tell me about it. Maybe things on don’t waste your time on.


Candles Soaps I do not journal and really don’t ever use those little pieces of paper.

I spend a lot of time on my swaps and hope you can see that. I recently got the spare room for my crafts/glam room. I would stay in there all day if I could. It's been fun getting it set up.


If you have a favorite picture of yourself, feel free to send me one. I have an inspirational board that I made for my craft room. I would love to fill it with pictures of my swap buddies. Please drop a note to say hi with your swap. I really enjoy hearing from people the most. thanks


MeggyMoo rated for How I plan to spend my holidays on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Great letter, thankyou! I trust that there has been some downtime for you after all the fun with family? I especially loved the idea of the blood slide for your grandson: very unique! Thanks, too, for all the lovely Christmassy bits and pieces, they are very much appreciated and will find their way into a variety of projects next Christmas, I am sure! All the best, Tracy.
Response: Thanks for the Heart. Everything seems to be getting back to normal...
Kokoxo rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and goodies. So sorry your night was a bust :( Hopefully next year will make up for it! Happy swapping 💖
Response: Well, how can you go wrong in Kauai!!! Got it all arranged. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you
Melonkne rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri, thank you for such a beautiful card, the watercolor hummingbird is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing about your art class! Watercolor is such an interesting medium! And you're right I should add a my crafting section. I will amend that on my profile real soon. Also thank you for the move suggestion! It's funny where I work, it has a center in Seattle and don't get me wrong I love where I am at now, but I've considered/fantasized about moving somewhere closer to nature because of that. Also, not a fan of snow huh? lol, also thanks for the extras additives. -Mels
Response: Well we are getting 5 days of snow next week...I only work 2 days so lots of days of crafting indoors for me!
kleedawn rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much mam I truly enjoyed your letter and will be writing soon ❤️🙏🏻
Response: I look forward to hearing from you..thanks for the heart
Cindymt rated for About my Christmas Notecard on Jan 9, 2020
Comment: Glad you had a nice Christmas! And congratulations on your retirement! Thanks for the surprise!
Response: You are welcome, thanks for the heart!!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade Christmas card. And yes, the stickers will go in my stash for next year. Thank you!
Response: Your welcome, thanks for the heart!
MarHelene rated for Pen Pal Search # 7 on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: How fun, you will get a note back as soon as possible.
Response: I will be looking in the mail...thanks for the ❤️
mejulia rated for UHM: New Year - New Penpal on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your great letter, glad we were partners.
Response: Me too! Let’s stay in touch
wombatlady rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and goodies! You had so much to say I will write back when I get a chance. :) I have been to Prague and Vienna if you want recommendations (although I know a lot more about Prague).
Response: Oh yes, I would so appreciate hearing from you. Next week we are traveling to edmunds washington to hear a lecture from Rick Steves on germany and Austria. I am pretty excited
djfshop rated for 50 and older Penpal Swap on Jan 4, 2020
Comment: Lovely letter. Thank you for the stamps! I hope your New Year's trip went well. Writing back soon!
Response: Thanks, I am glad you Liked The stamps. New Years could of been better, hubby was sick
Comment: Thank you, Lauri! Loved all the attention to detail and the craftiness of your card. Thank you for the enclosed stickers. ... Karla
Response: Your welcome. Hope you had a pleasant holiday.
RiverTopanga rated for Brochure Swap #1 on Dec 23, 2019
Comment: Lauri... awesome brochures. I have Oregon on my bucket list of places to see. I have friends in N. Powder, and Portland sounds like such a fabulous, eclectic community! I will get there someday!! 😁
Response: I sit hope so, it has its moments!
Comment: Absolutely touching, funny and beautiful. Thank You so much for sharing your stories and beautiful pictures. This was the most kind letter I have ever received. Again Thank You. ☺️
Response: Thank you for your kind words, I love writing letters and receiving them! Thanks for the heart
geordiebaker rated for Christmas greeting card on Dec 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thank you for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the deer Christmas card and extras. Have you watched "El Camino" yet? It's awesome! Love the way you decorated the envelope
Response: Yes, we watched it! Glad you ere pleased with the swap. Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thank you very much- This is such a pretty card and i love your artwork on the envelope too! <3 I hope you and your family have a fantastic Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!! Oh! My husband collects WW1 and WW2 stuff too! We have a traveling museum that we put on display at various events up and down the east coast! Thanks for the stickers and washi!! HUGS! Gabi
Response: Let me know if your ever coming out west! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thanks Lauri for the lovely Christmas card & extras, so sweet of you. Wishing you & your family a wonderful Christmas, AnnaL.
Response: Thank you❤️
KathyB rated for Brochure Swap #1 on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: That is a lovely you sent of you and your hubby.
Response: Glad you liked the swap.
kelliegirl6 rated for Holiday Photo PC on Dec 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely photo. So sorry you got hurt for the sake of art!
Response: The price ones pays....lol

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Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

Merimax on Aug 27, 2019:

Thank you for the photos and letter, also for the postcards and stamps that you had snail-mailed for the Photo of your house swap. Most kind of you.

iamdawt on Aug 11, 2019:

I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of the effort and thought you put into your swaps. You always go above and beyond. Anyone would be lucky to have you as a partner.

paperlvr on Apr 9, 2019:

Many thanks for your adorable note back for our original Brighten My Week March #5 Swap! I think you wrote to me on vintage stationery I sent to you! 😜 Your distressed oxide note card was beautiful! Thank you for sending me your very first one! Thanks also for the extra goodies! I hope to swap with you again soon!

christy102194 on Mar 25, 2019:

Thanks for the congrats! Cannot believe it's been 6 years!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

supersquirrel on Feb 13, 2019:

Hi Lauri - I've been snowbound with no mail service since Saturday. It was such a nice surprise to get your letter today (and in a yellow envelope)! What a great sounding store. It definitely is on my bucket list. Thanks for the cool sample you made. I picked up a few spray inks at a garage sale but it didn't turn out as nice as yours :) Thanks for brightening my day!

supersquirrel on Feb 2, 2019:

Early spring??

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RiverTopanga on Sep 15, 2018:

Hello! Hope you are doing well. Good to see you again :-)

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