Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2017 12:24 pm


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: December 18, 2017
Birthday: October 24
Country: United States
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About SWAP-ing

If you are my partner in more than one swap and want to just put them in one envelope, that's fine - even for "naked postcard" swaps.

About Me & My Creating

I like to collage!, sketch, design/sew clothes by machine, cleverness. I enjoy zetti, paper craft, mandalas, steampunk, dotees & using postage stamps (especially to make "people"). Purple is my favorite color, followed by turquoise, lime green, burgundy, ... bright colors, jewel tones, ethnic mixes, dark colors, most anything but princess-y pink and not find of pastels generally.

mostly collage so far in 2017. More sewing in 2016. Fewer mandalas and ATC jams in 2014. More collage in 2013. I use clean scraps (crap to some) that don't rise to the level of emphemera. I have printed onto book pages or tissue paper to get the look I want. In 2012 sketched animals quite a bit, got more realistic with birds, insects, butterflies, and some less common ones. What is next?

My ears are pierced for light weight earrings. Bracelets are a fav but I have small wrists. Allergic to cigarette smoke.

My homeschooling family is active in Boy Scouts, a local food coop, hitting the gym, and travel.

Favorite Books

Read a lot, especially science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries and information on education & learning. I love myths and legends and non-Disney fairy tales, and the different versions of the same story whether folk tales from the same place or similar stories found around the world. Is Lon Po Po from China really "Red Riding Hood"?. I enjoy YA and mysteries and history. Don't appreciate Twilight nor JK Rowling's clever but also derivative work.

Favorite authors: Family's: Terry Prattchet (for his DiscWorld books) & Tamora Pierce. Mine: Tolkien, A. A. Milne, Tamora Pierce. Picture books: Jan Brett.

Sad that I have to explain this but since we read, any bookmarks need to the bit that goes in the book to be thin, flat & glitter-free. (Charms or beads may hang out or over the top!)


Jewel tones. Handmade Postcards.Purple, Paper dolls, altered postcards. (I am not collecting ATCs now although I still have a ton here!) Clever use of book pages and maps.
Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper, ... for crafting

QUICK FLATS: washi tape, napkins, ribbon, (used) postage stamps (especially people, animals, flowers, architecture, art/artists), or non-English book pages. I don't need recipe cards, memo pads, pretty "post it" (stick once), ATCs nor bookmarks. Thanks.

Postcards: love hand-made! In general: art, natural settings, architecture or "local people", Photos of animals. Not interested in kitch-y tourist postcards or naked people on (or off) the beach. geek-y ones are appreciated

Love art pens, Sakura micros, Copic with a brush tip & thin Sharpies & new things to sketch/design with. Can always use more alphabets stamps. Rub-ons are OK. No more stationery please. FALL 2012, I am using mostly watercolor colored pencils. 2017: mostly collage/mixed media, still love paint pens & great white pens. Starting to use acrylic paints.

Most Asian & ethnic things are fine - but I don't appreciate kawaii. (OK, that flattened panda guy is fine as my nephew loves him, but no other kawaii please!).

AMERICAN GIRL: funky or uncommon.

MANDALAs, when no size is specified: a 6 inch by 6 inch with a one inch edge on one side (so 6 x 7) can be nicely stored with many of my others.

Dislikes & no-no's

    • My family is allergic to cats & dogs so for crafts with fabric & pets walking around, I probably should not be the one you send it to! If you do with a sender's choice - PLEASE let me know so that I can keep it away from the family, or pass it on.
    • I am allergic to cigarette smoke. When it's sender's choice, I will rate ignoring it but warn me so someone else can open it - outside. Thanks.
  • No Christian religious pieces. (non-religious Christmas items are OK in November & December.)
  • Don't appreciate much pink or princess. No Disney.
  • No loose glitter, it's fine if it will stay on the ATC. None on bookmarks! Thanks

Food & Drinks

Negatives first:! I am allergic to cigarettes, so please as smoke-free as possible so I can keep it, or let me know so I can rate you & pass it on. Family members allergic to dog & cat.

Tea only in manufacturer's packaging, thanks! No drink mixes, unless required in swaps. (Dh & I get that unpleasant after-taste from artificial sweeteners.) Favorite tea (today): (black tea) Prince of Wales, mint green tea.

love dark chocolate, but I could easily walk away from milk chocolate, even when I coukd(was) eating dairy. Prefer European chocolate, made in Europe (even Cadbury made in the US is different!) favorites: See's with dark chocolate (love dark walnut chews). I've never appreciate Godiva. Do not like peanuts in chocolate.

Angel Dreams for

Most of those who flaked on me went on to be suspended. If my swaps do not arrive, I resend & I angel swaps that I host (if not it will be very clear in the description but I don't think I've done it yet). * Lozzabee flaked on Triptych ATC in Jan-Feb2012). Aug. 2012: hosted some triptych ATC swaps myself. * ANGEL @tc angel'ed "Artistically Inclined ATC/Note Card" in 2013 after she saw that the host & one other offered to angel but didn't. * Recycle unwanted swap items #3 * Sweet First aid kit in Dec2011-Jan2012. Host & 2 others said they'd angel but did not send. Letting go was hard - but my partner's happy note when she rec'd hers left a longer glow than the bad taste from the flaker(s). I am so glad it brought her joy & she shared it.


THANK YOU! Host-angels include: @rngstgstll
@jaminthemail @CraftyReflections @muses76 and @sagesparrow .

Beautiful RAK or forum give-away swappers include: @TerryF (RAK postcards, to-do stamp), @jukejan (Real estate plans) , @bedazzle ("gold foil"!) , and @giddyani Lovely ANGEL @tc for ARC card swap!

Wonderful swap-bot traders include @tesscalhoun @sagesparrow , @lsmahutchin and special mention to angels including: @artg33k74 (owl ATC). Great hosts include @rngstgstll

Info for GROUPs

-WIYM At least every 3 months. Handmade PC Aug 2017, Next before Dec.

-Mail Art: at least every 3rd month: Negative Space PC 8/2017, Next before: Dec. 2017

-The Paper Dragon: Members at least once in 6 months, Mystery Supply Aug 2017, Officers need one RAK & host a swap every other month.

"normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow there"

US Postcard Rate(s)

For the postcard rate mailed within the USA: * $0.34 in 2016; * rectangular, * at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, AND * no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick.

If it is larger than 4.25 x 6 " (but less than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick) requires first class postage ($0.49 since Jan 2017). Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)

Each "additional ounce" on first class is $0.21


London13 rated for Calling All Teachers on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks Lady! I enjoyed reading your answers. Wow you have so much experience too! I would love to hear more about the Manderian music you taught. I also love your idea for 2 recesses, and I agree that there is not enough money and recognition for this profession. Have a great day!
ElectricHare rated for Currently I'm on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: First of all, let me apologise for failing to rate you until now. I'd been waiting and waiting for your email to find that it was in my SPAM folder the whole time. Thank you for sharing all that wonderful stuff with me. You have a varied set of interests which is really cool. I love FluXX too :D We've played the original and Star FluXX. The Chemistry one sounds interesting though! I hope you've had a good three weeks off and have embraced all the things you were planning for Christmas! Again, sorry for the late rating.
Response: Thank you for your patience thinking you were waiting. Special thanks for checking the spam folder!
arembanas rated for Currently I'm on Dec 8, 2017
kygirl rated for Currently I'm on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
AmookIslandCreations rated for MA: Draw This Word on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: Haaha! Your PC made me laugh! I was totally surprised when I looked up the word afterward. Thanks and have fun swapping! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: This is one of the swaps where I wish there were an easy photo album for swap-bot. (I never think to go look at flickr to see if anyone has tagged with swap-bot AND swap names.)
AmookIslandCreations rated for Nature Inspired PC on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: I love your beautifully collaged postcard with the imbedded elements! Never get tired of your collages. Always an inspiration! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
theevidenceisme rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Oct 2017 on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: You know, I do have a ton of ad cards and never thought to reuse them as bases for these cardboard swaps. Great idea!
graciepie49 rated for MA: Monochrome Orange PC on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Yay! Your postcard arrived and I'm enjoying it on my desk right now. What a cool picture you found, the woman with the produce basket on her head and a big grin. And I think the abstract shapes to the right of that photo that you cut out to balance the image are perfect. Good job and thank you very much for re-sending. I sure do hope the lost mail has ended for you.
Response: :) I had her image out still from pulling "orange" for the first card. I was very happy with how things came out, so glad you agreed!
DixieDiane rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Oct 2017 on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: TKS for the GR-8 Card. This is a fun swap HAPPY FALL
MawBella rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Oct 2017 on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: Yes it made it. Still stuck down good too. Thanks❣
Response: Thank you, great to hear!
choke rated for TPD: Mystery Supply Swap #10 on Oct 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful handmade card and taking the time to read my profile to make something I would love. I would have never thought to do this, it was very creative of you! I am glad your mother is doing well, that is great news! Thanks for such a wonderful swap and hope to see you around again some time!
Response: Thank you! I may have made it more challenging than necessary :0
wittmert rated for MA: Public Service Announcement on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Hope your trip goes well!
Response: Thank you & thanks for hosting
Comment: How wonderful to get two postcards from you for this swap! Each one different in it's own "buggy" way! Appreciate the older Jimmie Rodgers stamp for my stamp collection! Thanks for sharing and happy fall to you too!
Comment: You are so creative! Im adding it to my collection that im making a book out of all the cards ive swapped. 😉 thanks for joining my swap!
Response: Thank you & thanks for hosting!
WayUpInAlaska rated for NH: Simple PC swap on Sep 26, 2017
Comment: Love the postcard! :) We're in the 50's most all day and rainy -- nice cool days :) makes the cocoa and evening tea taste better hah! Thank you for the great card :)
dvmac rated for PnS: Profile-based Mail Art on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Love the party bird, Robin LOL> I can't believe only three of us signed up for this swap! I would do it again. Anything you get from Annick will be a treat.
Comment: I got your pc today. The one that said just in case #1 didn't get through. We had Hurricane Irma as a direct hit down here. Your pc brought a little joy.
graciepie49 rated for MA: Notan Light Dark PC on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Hi Robin ☺ . . . Your postcard got here safe and sound and in good shape. I think your PC looks really nice with the complimentary colors of orange and blue, and I like the ocean theme. I made an ATC for a swap once where I did an orange and blue Notan design because I think of all the complimentary colors, orange and blue pop out the most (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracesanford/25909899290/in/album-72157644791635891/) Thanks for doing the resend so very quickly!
believeucan rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: Robin ~ Thank you for the pc and . . . YAY! for the post office in getting it here. We are still pretty smokey here. I think it might be a new fire. Makes me a little nervous living in the middle of the forest. but rain expected Sunday :)
LadyMalchav rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card! I'm in the same boat looking for quick healthy things to eat, but just for me, I live alone.

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CurlyTea on Oct 24, 2017:

Tatsu on Oct 22, 2017:

Thank you very much for the birthday wishes. ^.^

RockyBeach on Sep 27, 2017:

A notan surprise PC! Thank you so much! First I was a little confused because I also got the PC for the actual swap today. Two notan PCs!

ktk8 on Sep 20, 2017:

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the RAK of the Not an w/ Ellison die cuts.....it is so pretty and was such a nice surprise..... have suffered quite a few losses at the hand of hurricane Harvey....... so this really made me SMILE....... THANKS!!!!

bigmamabird on Sep 18, 2017:

The Notan PC RAK was a fun surprise! Many thanks for that..! Have a great week!

camelsamba on Jul 14, 2017:

Hi Robin - you were my partner for 3 swaps that last week of June. Pretty sure the parasitic envelope was for "Map It Mail Art" in the Amazing Mail Art group. [insert sheep fluke emoji here :^]

GinaVisione on May 17, 2017:

Thanks for the bonus Venice PC - so thoughtful!

Babsmomof5 on Apr 22, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard you made me from the pns wta. I loved it so much!!!

bbsporty on Apr 21, 2017:

Thank you for my HMPC: Tag! Let's Play green dragonfly postcard! I love the texture of it and the wings made of foreign text! It's just beautiful!

mgallardo68 on Apr 6, 2017:

I could not stop laughing when I read your note 'Adventures in the Mail!!! Lol... Great envie and the beautiful paper (not-so)scraps came perfect and in a timely manner.

Thank you so much for my tag at HPC > [Sticky] Pick One Tag..... I love it!

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