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Date Joined: February 5, 2008
Last Online: July 21, 2024
Birthday: May 19, 1958
Country: United States
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June 2022 * I have been away for quite a while due to life and family responsibilities being overwhelming and taking up my time and energy. Life is now settling down and I would love to start crafting and swapping again. I've found that many of my groups have no swaps. If I am asking to join your active group I hope you will consider me despite my absence.

Profile updated June 2016

Member since February 2008

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the town I was born in. I've been married to my sweet hubby since 1991 and my son was born in 1996. I enjoy mysteries, nature, history and collecting things vintage. I like thrift shops, flea markets and yard sales. We all like to travel, but finances keep our trips close to home (New England area). That's OK because there's plenty to see and do in New England. During Spring and Summer, I like to work in my flower gardens. Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I enjoy birdwatching and try to keep the bird feeders in the yard full.
We have a pet Eastern Painted Turtle named Neville.



If you are expecting a package from me and it does not arrive in a timely manner, please PM me so I can make it right.
I will rate your swap package, usually as soon as it arrives. And the only way I will know if my package has arrived safely to you is when you leave a rating for me. I love reading your comments!
I reuse packaging to save trees and $.
Please, feel free to re-gift anything I send that you can't use or is not your style. If you pass along anything I have handmade, I ask please that you not take credit for my work.
My home is smoke-free and furry pet-free.
I like private swaps. Just ask.
I swap handmade items and craft supplies. I sign up for a swap when it inspires me to create. I consider anything I send out to be a gift to you, from me and I hope it makes you smile.
When making a craft to send to me, I will be very happy if you make what you are inspired to make. I love to receive an item and say to myself, "I never would have thought to do that".


BOOKS- I devour mystery/cozy books. Love when the main character sews, bakes, knits, etc. I enjoy books like "Weird U.S." , local history and legends, including ghost stories.

TV- My all-time favorite show is 'The Andy Griffith Show'. I find I have to keep changing my favorites here as programs come and go. Hubby and I enjoy the Hallmark channels especially all the Christmas movies in November and December. I never thought I would spend my time watching 'reality' TV shows but in the past few of years we have loyaly watched Dancing With the Stars, America's Got Talent and The Next Food Network Star. I also enjoy Ghost Hunters and the like.

MOVIES- I have always loved old musicals from the '40s & '50s. Movies like 'Singing in the Rain', 'Easter Parade', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Camelot', etc. Hubby will watch chick flicks with me like 'You've Got Mail' and 'Sleepless in Seattle'. We enjoy watching family movies like Pixar stuff, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Night at the Museum, National Treasure. I do not enjoy watching horror or violence.

MUSIC- I grew up listening to my parents music and I still love Big Band and '50s & '60s Rock and Roll. Absolutely my favorite singer is Ella Fitzgerald, with Nat King Cole a close second. Thankfully my son is a fan of The Beatles and The Monkees (got to see Mickey Dolenz in concert on 9/08 and saw Mickey, Davy and Peter on 6/11) and doesn't mind listening to his parent's music.


I have been sewing and crafting for over 45 years. So, I have a lovely stash of supplies and ideas that I would enjoy swapping. My style of crafting is mostly romantic/vintage, sometimes cute and sometimes just fun. I don't mind stepping outside of my comfort zone to make something more suited to your taste. Crafts that I enjoy are;

Embroidery- I've done most types of embroidery. I don't do counted cross-stitch any more but I do enjoy redwork, chicken scratch and silk ribbon embroidery.
Quilting- I have made large quilts and I find that I enjoy planning and sewing the squares more than the actual quilting of a piece. For now, I'm happy to work on piecing and machine quilting small items.
Knitting- I mostly have been knitting quick things such as hats, scarves and dishcloths. I have made sweaters (with cables!) in the past.
Crocheting- I am still trying to improve on my basic crochet stitches, mostly learned from YouTube videos. I have made a scarf as practice and some Granny Squares that are actually square when I finished!.
Beads- I like working with beads, whether stringing them for a bracelet, hanging them from a Dotee or stitching them into my embroidery.
Paper Crafts- I enjoy making cards, tags and envies. I have a few scrapbooks in progress and I wish I spent more time working on them.
Sewing- This has been my favorite past time since I was 11. I've sewn most everything at one time or another (don't do slipcovers, draperies or upholstery) from doll clothes to wedding gowns, from dance costumes to holiday decorations.
My favorite thing to sew at the moment are aprons. I have fallen in love with aprons. My favorite are the farm wife styles of the '40s & '50s.Like this. But anything from 1920s-1970s is fun. I collect vintage apron patterns and I discovered the joys of collecting aprons on Pinterest.
Colors- I can't say there are any colors I do not like, but I prefer bright, clear colors as opposed to muted/grayed colors.

Things I like to swap

Store bought or from my stash...
Sewing supplies such as fat quarters, buttons, embroidery floss, ribbon, rick rack, and lace.
Paper supplies such as stickers, stamps, scrapbooking papers, die cuts, ink and pens.
Crafting supplies such as beads, glitter and charms.
Vintage and new things such as playing cards, post cards, memo pads, note cards, cook books and recipe cards. Also snacks, sweets and drinks
Handmade by me...
Dotees, button fairies, bookmarks, post cards, tags, envelopes, pincushions, mug rugs, tea towels, aprons and pot holders.

Things That Make Me Smile

Vintage and Retro Style * Anything From Victorian to Flower Power * Buttons * Pincushions * Aprons * Fabric * Rick Rack * Beads * Embroidery * Fairies * Snowflakes * Icicles * Walks in the Woods * Chickens * Halloween * Linen Dish Towels * Scotty Dogs * Morning Coffee * Barns * Owls * The Ocean * Word Games * Sodoku * Homemade Cookies * Chocolate Covered Anything * Salted Caramel * Hot Tea * Felt * Vintage Greeting Cards * Collecting Sea Shells From the Beach * Scrap Quilts * Lady Bugs * Dragon Flies * Fireflies * Rhinestone Brooches * Pin-up Girls * Glitter * Sequins * Mermaids *

I Would Love To Receive

Felted Wool or Wool Felt
Glass, Metal or Pearl Beads
Metal Charms
Pearl Cotton or Silk Ribbon For Embroidery
Embroidery iron-on transfers such as Aunt Martha's
Vintage Images to use in paper crafts
Scrapbooking papers and stickers, especially seasonal
Buttons, especially vintage or Mother-of-Pearl
Odd playing cards to craft with (not the whole deck)

I'm Not Into

Skulls (unless it's for a Halloween theme)
Horror or Violence
Anything I can't show my son when I open my mail
Anything with a strong scent
Neon colors
Hello Kitty and the like


SilverD rated for Envelope of Cool Halloween Fun! on Jul 16, 2024
Comment: WOW! Thank you! You sent a lot of fun and cool Halloween fun. Love the way you sent the buttons and charms. It took me a bit to figure out the "paper clips"- they are really cool!, what a great idea. Love all the ephemera. Everything is wonderful and presented so beautifully. You created such a wonderful swap for me, thank you so much!
Response: The "hidden paper clips" are new to me too but I thought they were just the thing to close the coin envelopes. I'm happy that you enjoyed your swap package and I thank you for your wonderful comments and the heart. ♥
JazD rated for SMSUSA: Halloween Happy Mail on Sep 23, 2023
Comment: Hi Linda Thank you for such a great swap. I can't wait to use the papers and everything else you sent. I love the folio you made. I've never made one, now I plan to 🙂
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad I might inspire you to make something new. ♥♥
Comment: WOW. thank you so much for the happy mail you sent. fall is my favorite season too. looking forward to crisper weather when i can have the windows open and ginger snaps baking in the oven.
Response: ♥ Thank you for rating and for the heart. ♥
Response: Thank you so much for the rating.
fairyduster53 rated for July Stocking stuffer swap on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Oh my goodness, the holly man fabric is adorable. Back in the late sixties, my mother had two of the holly men, in plastic of course, that she hung on the kitchen curtains. When she passed away, those were the two main Christmas items I wanted!! I hang them every year in my home!!! I couldn’t believe it when I saw the fabric!! Thank you so much for the sweet memories!!
Response: I just love when this happens. Of all the fabric I have to choose from, I unknowingly pull out something that is special to you. Your comments mean the world to me. Thank you. ♥
Comment: Linda, welcome back to Swap-bot! Happy I was one of the first swaps on your return. The black cat tag is very charming with its retro design. The beaded bow on the cat is a perfect embellishment. Thank you also for all of the extra black cat goodies. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness put into the swap. 🐈‍⬛🖤
Response: I'm glad that you enjoyed what I sent. Thank you for your sweet comments and for the heart. ♥
Comment: Its a beautiful pocket letter and has so many fun goodies in it!......I also like to send extra goodies even if I don't have to..... I'm ready for fall too, its been a hot summer here and we've had a lot of smoke from fires in Canada so its difficult to do anything outside. Finally today it cooled down and started raining ~ it's much more pleasant.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the PL and the goodies. Thank you for your lovely comments, rating and the heart. ♥♥
mrscharlesallen rated for CQ-Spring Planting Swap-USA on May 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the swap.
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
glennasgarden rated for Swappin: State PC on May 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your last MA post card with me. Though I live in NH I don't have very many post cards from MA.
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the heart. I'm glad the PC arrived so quickly. ♥
debtea2 rated for P&F: 9 PL & TEAS swap on Jan 15, 2018
Comment: OMG what a beautiful PL you are so creative thank you so much and thank you for joining in also the extras are wonderful
Response: You are very welcome. I loved working with the tea theme and I'm glad that you loved what I sent. Thank you for the rating and the ♥.
auralily rated for MLU: Fill My Stocking with Mermaids on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely package! I'm going to try to wait until Christmas to open it :)
Response: You're better than I am, I opened mine the day after it arrived. I hope you love what I've sent. Thanks so much for the rating and the ♥ Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas.
rmrascal rated for 9 LP Hero Swap! on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: I alsolutely loved this swap. It was a thinking swap. I enjoyed meeting you and I enjoyed meeting your dinner guests. I hope we are in another swap soon.
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and especially for the ♥. It surely was a thinking swap but I enjoyed the process and what we both created.
pynart2 rated for 9 Little Pockets of Fabric! on Jul 19, 2017
Comment: Wow! Wow! what a wonderful pocket letter. Loved everything, great job.
Response: I'm so glad you loved what I sent. Thank you for your wonderful comments and the rating. ♥
Rita rated for 9LP - Travel on Jun 27, 2017
Comment: That was a special pocketletter! My husband was born and grew up near part of the original road in Lexington, IL. He always talks about it whenever we reach parts of the Route 66 on our road trips. Thanks for the detail and thought you put to it and the lovely note.❤️
Response: I'm so happy that my Route 66 theme meant something special to you. I was so excited when I saw that I would be sending to a partner living in a Route 66 state, although I see you have to travel many miles across Texas to get there. Thank you for the wonderful comments and rating. ♥
dartha rated for HS Mini Pocket Book Swap on Jun 12, 2017
Comment: OMG It is like a Halloween-Christmas!!! Thank you so much very much!!!! All the cool snoopy goodies are amazing - thank you for making it so amazing for me - you are the sweetest!!! thank you, darla
Response: It was so much fun to craft with Snoopy. I'm glad you love it. Your comments make me so happy. Thank you for the rating and the ♥.
SusanSpooky rated for Something Witchy This Way Comes on May 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the amazingly witchy flipbook with such awesome goodies! :D I love it all so much! You did a great job on the flipbook. Thanks for joining my swap!
Response: I'm so happy you love what I sent. My favorite part of swapping is getting wonderful comments like yours. Thanks for the rating and for the ♥.
Comment: For only a second PL, you are a genius! I LOVE ❤️ IT! You did a fantastic job! A true treasure! Thank you!
Response: Your comments sure bring a smile. I'm so glad you love what I made for you. Thanks so much for the fabulous rating and ♥.
Ajijic rated for ☼Sunny Day Pocket Letter☼ on May 17, 2017
Comment: Hi Linda, what a delightful sunny pocket letter! Thank you so much. It made me feel all sunny and warm, it's been quite nippy here in Nevada. PS: Happy Birthday to you on Friday. It was my Mother's Birthday as well. Thanks again. BC
Response: I'm so glad it helped warm you up. Thank you very much for your lovely comments and rating + ♥. Also for the birthday wishes.
Taliesyn rated for VC: Mermaid Flip Book on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: One word....AHMAZING!!! Thank you for a lovely swap! I adore the Graphic 45 papers you used. I've always wanted to see them in person. Lol I adore your work.
Response: Thank you very much for your sweet comments and the wonderful rating. ♥
MelfromNC rated for Pocket Letter : Sender's Choice on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: What a fabulous pocket letter! Great job! I hope we partner together again.
Response: I'm so glad you are happy with my first pocket letter. I look forward to making more as they are fun. Your comments made my day. ♥

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CurlyTea on May 20, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

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CurlyTea on May 21, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

naturenerd3 on Dec 18, 2017:

Welcome to Pockets and Flips USA

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pearlswithplaid on Oct 13, 2016:

Dancing Kitty

This is how I feel when I look at my altered Halloween cigar box. Thank you again. Mary

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wolviechick121 on Jul 4, 2016:

Happy Independence Day!!!

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