Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2019 12:31 pm


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: October 16, 2019
Birthday: October 24
Country: United States
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About SWAP-ing

October 2019: Back in town and all caught up on swaps. Always please let me know if you think I missed anything or if something has not arrived

January 27, 2019 - US postage rate: First class (to $0.55 or "forever), postcards remain $0.35.

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.

I Pledge to Rate. Items mailed on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday may not be postmarked until Monday, sometimes Tuesday.

Dh and I are allergic to cigarette smoke. Let me know if you've got smokers in your house. The house is also allergic to dogs - but that should not be an issue with paper craft, more with fabrics/lace.

This is long; please use the headings to find what you need.

About Me & My Creating

I love getting mail, creating, the light in autumn, purple and jewel tones, and some people. Right now I am most into collage, I like to design/sew clothes by machine, cleverness, zetti, paper craft, steampunk, using ephemera & postage stamps. Purple is my favorite color, followed by turquoise, lime green, burgundy, ... bright colors, jewel tones, ethnic mixes, dark colors, most anything but princess-y or “pesto-bismol” pink and not find of pastels generally.

Lots of collage in 2017 and 2018, sometimes bigger pieces. I don't have room to really paint regularly or work on anything really large. 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 ephemera. 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.

I prefer natural fibers: 100% cotton, linen, or silk (but not wool) for fabric.

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.

we rarely use bookmarks, any would have to be glitter-free and the bit that goes in the book must be thin and flat, sad this needs explaining. (Charms or beads may hang out or over the top!)


Jewel tones. Handmade Postcards. Paper dolls, altered postcards. (no longer collecting ATCs although have a ton) Clever use of book pages and maps. Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper

I don't need extras but if the swap requires QUICK FLATS: washi tape, napkins, (used) postage stamps (especially people, animals, flowers, architecture, art/artists). I don't want/need recipe cards, memo pads, 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. Alphabet (rubber) stamps and interesting rub-ons 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 much kawaii.

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 cigarettes, 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.
    • Dh & I are 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

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 and I can not eat any dairy anymore (in anything), but I could easily walk away from milk chocolate even when I was eating dairy. Prefer European chocolate, made in Europe (even Cadbury made in the US is different!) 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 ever done that). * 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 @RoobaRoo @tesscalhoun @tigermousecat @sagesparrow , @lsmahutchin and special mention to angels including: @artg33k74 (owl ATC). Great hosts include @rngstgstll

Info for GROUPs

Last updated 2/2018: -?Mail Art: at least every 3rd month: Green/Words July 2018, Next before: Oct 2018

-The Paper Dragon: Members at least once in 6 months, 10 Things, 2/2018. Officers need one RAK & host a swap every other month. Last 10 things, 2/2018

-First Class Mail Art: every 4 months, last mailed 2/2018

"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: * $0.35 since 1/21/2018 * 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. Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)

(First class & "forever stamp" value $0.50 sinice 1/21/2018) Each "additional ounce" on first class is $0.21


Comment: Thank you for the underwater scene PC! It's lovely! My favourite glue for collages is a glue stick. I had to test many brands before I found the best one.
GinaVisione rated for Heart Postcard on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: “We’re all mad here.” :D Love the bright and fun Heart PC - thank you!
wittmert rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Postcards on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Great ephemera PC - there’s always plenty, right?! :D
Catida rated for Zetti Style MAil ARt on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your cool Zetti style art cards with witty quotes!
Comment: Thanks for all those yummy layers. The heat & humidity are awful here too. Long summer ahead. Enjoy your travels,
dartha rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard- May on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: Love the beautiful card you made - it is hard to know when to stop - I think it is perfect. Thank you! darla
Response: Thanks for the heart. Keep creating!
fbresnah rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: I agree, it should be type 3. The more type 3's the better!
smadronia rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: I too, wish there were 4 partners, instead of 3. But not 2 times 4 partners, because of Discworld reasons.
soccer8s rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Color Duo Green and Blue on May 29, 2019
Comment: awwww very very creative green-blue duo card.... I LOVE IT....thanks.... many hearts
Response: :)
Comment: Thanks for the fun "chunk!"
Lucine rated for PnS: Handmade COLD PC on Apr 24, 2019
Comment: Your remark about the cut out door, to you, almost looks like a cupboard, made me laugh. Thank you!
stonekeepers rated for USA: AMA Mystery Supply Swap #1 on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cute postcard. :-)
pahasiga rated for PnS: internat’l Corrugated on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card!
Katti rated for Map PC on Mar 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard you created!
Response: Thanks for the heart. I really liked the mustard color of that map.
GinaVisione rated for Monochromatic Collage PC on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Great collage! Love the bright sunny yellow for SPRING!
Response: I loved it.... it was one of those I didn’t want to send away.
MSturgill87 rated for FF - Prompted Notecard on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading about your giving and volunteering. Thank you. Happy swapping.
Response: Thanks for hosting (and the star).
ittybittykitty rated for AMOPWB: Celebrate the Post on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cool stamp and pin book - so clever! I love it. ❤️
Response: :) hope you stay healthy! Happy creating!
scrappermama rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2019 on Mar 12, 2019
Comment: Yum!! Pasta primavera w/ lots of veggies! Mmmmm! Thanks for the chunk! Happy spring!!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 894 107 121
Completed Fives Threes Ones
935 1089 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
18 133 784 0
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YooperHill on Jun 17, 2019:

Thank you for the fun mystery supply swap, again mail!

wolfeagle on Apr 14, 2019:


Thank you for the postcard for the AMA:Mystery Supply Swap. Clever turning the Octopus in to a tree.

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


jeiknee on Mar 14, 2019:

Hello c: I saw that you left a comment on my profile about watercolors! Thank you for informing me about those watercolor brushes. I should go check them out. Hope your Thursday is going well!

RooBaRoo on Jun 20, 2018:

Hey Robin! Think up your CAH questions!

anrtist on Jun 9, 2018:

They arrived today and they are so delicate and lovely!
They will have to be framed in a gold bamboo frames with black backgrounds!!! ;-)
Thanx again! Blessings, cc

user6937 on May 31, 2018:

HMPC WTA - April has arrived. Going to use some of the pages today, Robin - thanks for plastering the envelope with real stamps, too!

jukejan on May 8, 2018:

Just took a look at your Blog and saw that you like Negative Space! Perhaps you would like my swap in Crafty Recyclers. You are my partner for Cancer Sucks and that's why I popped in!

RooBaRoo on Apr 22, 2018:

Thanks so much for the CHinese New Year DIY RAK :) Those dogs are so cute! & the dragon is awesome too ... you have some great dies! I love it that they're cut from newspapers - suits my style :) Thanks for the Dragon extra handmade postcard too! Now I only have to think what to do with the 4 roosters ... certainly something :) :)

Thanks for the Happy Mail Fest Robin!!! So loved it last 2 weeks!!

CurlyTea on Oct 24, 2017:

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