Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2018 1:04 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: December 17, 2018
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 9-18-18)


Creativity is my passion. I am a serious craft-a-holic, and have been ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. If anything sits still long enough, it is fair game for decorating. I find it difficult to send out an envelope without some form of decoration on it.

My current swap faves are mail art, ATCs, Artist Trading Coins and smash books. (If you happen to have any spare bits of Spring (rabbits especially), Halloween, Valentine, St. Pats, lime green, iris, or angel goodness, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash books.) I enjoy drawing (especially Zentangle inspired designs), beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, paper crafts, altered Rolodex cards, inchies, skinnies, scrapbooking, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done counted cross stitch, needlepoint, decorative painting, glass etching, wood carving, knitting and origami.

My style tends to be stylistic.

I can use any size art journal/smash book page.

Note to future rolo swap partners: I prefer to have the back of the card (2 1/4" x 4") decorated with the notches up.

Just for fun (not required), I'd like to see a small green ♥ (drawn, stamped, a sticker, etc.) somewhere on the envie/package my partner sends.

THINGS I CAN MAKE TO SWAP --- I have a Sizzix die cutter and a nice variety of die shapes---I can cut designs for embellishing projects, make shaped note cards, cut stencils from plastic, etc. I also have texture plates for embossing patterns on card stock.

I make small crocheted flowers (for use on ATCs or note cards, etc.) and have sent out 4 batches to swap partners so far. I also crochet bookmarks.

I have drawn original swap cards for a few partners.

Other Favorites

Favorite colors: blue, orchid, lime green;
favorite combination--aqua, burnt orange, brown and ivory.
Lately I have been drawn to orange (not neon, but more the orange on Baltimore Orioles or burnt orange shades.)
I am not overly fond of an abundance of pink.

Favorite artists: Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Monet, Van Gogh, Escher, Charley Harper

Favorite animals: dogs, rabbits, fox, cats,
hedgehogs, frogs, lambs,
polar bears, pandas, moose,
dolphins, sea lions, orcas, jelly fish, dragonflies, owls, hummingbirds, flamingos

Favorite cartoon characters: Snoopy, Kermit, Eeyore, Grinch, Tazmanian Devil, Suzy's Zoo critters, Lambchop

Favorite scents: cucumber melon, apple, peach, fresh linen, seabreeze

Favorite gems: Tanzanite, Larimar, green Amethyst, Alexandrite

Favorite flavors: chocolate, peach, green apple, pear, watermelon, bacon

Favorite places traveled to: San Diego CA,
Door County WI, Grand Cayman Island, Kyoto Japan, London UK

Favorite activities: in addition to crafting--- reading, RVing in our newly bought 5th wheel, cruising, canoe/kayaking as well as just sitting by water, hiking with my dog

More favorites angels, anything with the words JOY, HOPE, or BREATHE on it

  • washi tape (looking for the following themes: postage, frogs, scisssors, seasonal themes)

  • beads & charms, rings (size 7 or 9), bracelets

  • fun fibers, stickers, shaped confetti/sequins, brads

  • Pigma Micron pens, Copic markers, extra fine point Sharpies, metallic gel pens

  • maps, travel brochures, used stamps (especially foreign), paper doilies

  • handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks

  • small dolls (paper, art, Matryoshyka, Japanese)

  • bird cages, hot air balloons, light houses, castles

  • rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars

  • oceans, lakes, rivers

  • irises, trees, autumn

  • a current (as well as long time) favorite is paths. It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.

  • abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures

  • For Christmas swaps: snowmen, reindeer, angels, gingerbread houses, snowflakes, old world Santas, mittens


  • the smell of smoke

  • coffee, herbal and green tea

  • zombies

  • Sponge Bob

  • violence

  • negativity

  • drama

Favorite Books

I love to read (both on my Kindle and "real" paper books). I can't fall asleep unless I have read for an hour (or 2...or 3).

  • Craft how-to and idea books
  • Cozy mysteries (most recent fave is the Bellingwood series by Diane Greenwood Muir)
  • Historical fiction (Lori Wick and Kathleen Ernst.)
  • Crime novels--(Michael Connely, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais)
  • Paranormal romances--(J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Rain)
  • Christopher Moore
  • Rock star romances (Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning; Silver Strings Series by Lisa Gillis)
  • A couple years ago I was on a circus kick and read "Water for Elephants", "Under the Big Top", "Mumbo Jumbo Circus", and "Toby Tyler".
  • A few years ago I read the "Little House on the Prairie" books (I never read them as a child.) I got the "Pioneer Girl...The Annotated Autobiography" for Christmas (2015).

Favorite Television

NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Witch, ER (I have been binge watching it), the travel channel, painting and sewing shows.

Favorite Music

Oldies (especially Beatles, Bad Company, Badfinger, Beach Boys, etc.)


I used to play the accordion.

Favorite Movies

Princess Bride; Romancing the Stone; Cutting Edge; Dirty Dancing; The Thornbirds; Tombstone; Despicable Me, cheesy sci-fi like the Sharknados, and Tremors

About Me

I live in the country (midwestern USA---Wisconsin) with hubby and a rescued furbaby (Theo, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, ground hogs, racoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 38 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) . The end of 2017 they moved back to Baton Rouge, LA, so I am trying to come to terms with them living 1,000 miles away. My daughter became an angel when she was 19 (on 3-23-03).

I was an Activity Director for a psych hosp. for 7 years before having kids, then an Activity Coord. for a nursing home for 11 years after kids.

When I was diagnosed with cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) Oct. 2011, I didn't think I would be around to celebrate another birthday. But 6 months of chemo did what it was supposed to. I still have cancer, but don't need more chemo at this time. I had my stem cells collected the end of Oct. 2012 and they are being cryo-stored until I need my transplant. As of my latest oncologist appt. (Sept. 2018), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.

 what I pledged * I appreciate being rated soon after you receive my swaps. What's even more important to me than seeing the rating is just knowing that my swap made it to you. I feel bad asking if my swap disappeared on the way when I don't hear in a reasonable amount of time (2 weeks for USA swaps, longer for international), but I am concerned, and need to know if I should get started on a re-send if need be.

  • I enjoy reading your comments about my swaps. I also like reading the responses to my comments.

  • I put a lot of effort into my swap presentation (decorated envie, personalized note card, folder, or hand drawn swap card) as well as the swap item itself, and I really appreciate it when it's evident that my swap partners add extra effort as well. It makes my day when I can tell that my partner took the effort to read my profile.

Artsy Accomplishments

  • I am very excited to be adding zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at last year. I also was asked to draw a series of adult coloring pages (which I completed in May 2016). I made 80 tangled thank you bookmarks for the staff at the assisted living complex and the nursing home where he spent his last days.

  • My focus this year (2018) is to share my talents and supplies/ tools with others:

  • I gave away my Cricuit machine along with 7 cartridges to a friend who will make better use of it than I have been for the past few years.

  • I volunteer once a week at the Senior Living Complex my dad lived in. I take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations.

  • I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 3 daughters (9, 7, and 4). The boys (2 1/2 and 1) don't seem to be very interested yet. :-)

  • I have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).

  • I entered a sketchbook to the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project 2011 (theme "It's Raining Dogs and Cats")

  • I crocheted 18 scarves for 2010 Special Olympics.

  • I crocheted 12 angel gowns (infant burial gowns) for a local hospital in 2010.

  • I crocheted 8 shawls and 2 doz. coin purses for nursing home residents in 2009-10.


Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Xmas tags on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Jo, for those wonderful Tags! I agree with you, they are so much fun to make. I love all of them & the colors you used are fantastic.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the ♥. I'm so glad you love them.
smmarrty rated for JJJ: Send 6 Holiday Things on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks a bunch - love the die cuts and all of the other goodies, too. Happy Holidays to you!
Response: I'm glad you were happy with what I sent to you. Thanks for the ♥.
JennLostAndFound rated for ACTs: Coin Wreaths on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the coin wreaths! They are so cute! I will be using them in my December daily! I like how neat your work is!
Response: I'm glad you like them and can use them. Thank you for the ♥.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT: Punched Tangled Tile on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: What great tiles! Thank you!! I love the purple!! And, yes, I have the same thoughts when I do a tangle in color! LOL!!
Response: I'm glad you like them. They were fun to work on. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: Oh my goodness - Lucky, lucky me. Such a fantastic set of ATCoins. Also, the zentangle card has my entire family speechless. Thank you so much.
Response: You are so very welcome. Your kind comments made my day. Thank you for the ♥.
Kraftylady777 rated for TUT ~ Twinchie Postcard on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the ♥.
CatieCat388 rated for ACT: Book page on Nov 19, 2018
Comment: Absolutely wonderful. Thank you. And like your love for book pages, I have an affinity for maps. We all have our little quirks. lol
Response: I'm glad you were pleased. (I like maps, too.) Thanks for the ♥.
Bucket rated for TUT ~ O Tangle on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Gorgeous tile! I used OVY in mine too - a fun pattern I hadn't used before!
Response: I'm glad you like it. OVY was a bit more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: I just made my first batch of bubble paper last weekend ... How fun! I just started making artist trading coins about a month ago ... How fun! I love seahorses and they are all over my bathroom ... How fun! Lol Needless to say your swap was delightful. Great techniques (Intense watercolor pencils are awesome) and presentation (gorgeous entangled envelope!) Thanks so much for joining my swap and sending me such beautiful artworks! <3<3
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the kind comments, and thanks for the ♥.
nc27614 rated for TUT ~ N Tangle on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Ok. I'm not gonna try and decide which one I like the best. I like them both! Lucky for Raleigh...we only got some rain. Lights of for a short time. The coastal area and rivers were the worst. I'm sure they are still cleaning up and will be for awhile. Thanks for your concern. See ya at the mailbox.
Response: I'm glad you like them both. Good to hear you weren't terribly affected by the storm. Thanks for the ♥.
sherylk3 rated for Book Marker swap! on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: I am speechless - love the beautiful butterfly book marks, and the card too, the card will go in my new junk journal :) Thanks for the hug, sending you one back. (( ))
Response: I'm so glad you were pleased. Thanks for the ♥ and hug.
FairyCrafter rated for A.I. Colors of Season Coins on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you. These are great.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the ♥.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ It's a string thing 010 on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Wow tiles.. both beautiful!! Thank you!!
Response: I'm glad you like them. Thanks for the ♥ and TFHTS (thanks for hosting this swap).
Comment: Got your card - beautiful!! Thanks for atc blanks too!
Response: You're welcome. I hope you can use the blanks. Thanks for the ♥.
ChrisAnne rated for CPG ~ Random Envie of Dots on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a fun polka dot swap!
Response: You're welcome. It was a fun theme. Thanks for the ♥.
dyp rated for TUT ~ ATCoin on Sep 6, 2018
Comment: Oooohhhh my! Your coins are amazing! Tytytytyty! I love them.
Response: I'm so happy you love them. I really enjoy making them. Thank you for the ♥.
Comment: My first coins! Thank you (& for all the extras too)! I had fun making them for my partner also! I wish you a wonderful end of summer & an amazing fall! 😎
Response: I'm honored to have sent you your first coins. You're welcome. Thanks for the ♥.
shellbede rated for TUT ~ Triangle, Circle, Square on Aug 28, 2018
Comment: Beautiful work and I loved the elephant on the envelope too!
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and for the ♥.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC. You did a great job. It was a super idea to send a copy of your other cards. Thank you so much. They are all great
Response: You're welcome. This was really a fun swap. I liked how they looked as a set , and thought my 2 partners and host would like to see them too. Thanks for the ♥.
Comment: I love my kitty cat scrap ATC! And thanks for sending the Colors of the others you made!
Response: I'm so glad you are happy with what I sent. Thank you for the ♥.

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shellbede on Dec 4, 2018:

Thanks for sending my twinchie home - love it!

AmookIslandCreations on Sep 28, 2018:

I am so glad you like your zine! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

Cgscdy on Aug 28, 2018:

I know I sent a msg but wanted to post here as well for the amazing RAK you sent! Beautiful from the envie to the goodies inside. Still trying to figure out the folds to make the card inside Lol so it gives me puzzle to figure as well. Tysvm !😊🎃

monsbrick on Aug 21, 2018:

Belated Happy Birthday!🎉🎁🎂

LahDeeDah on Aug 8, 2018:

Heirloom on Aug 5, 2018:

Belated birthday wishes!

CurlyTea on Aug 1, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

lttleetoile on Jul 25, 2018:

Real rainbow

You should receive your In Memory RAK soon! I hope you enjoy the papers! Thank you again for all your support!

Artstamper on May 11, 2018:

Thanks for working on my TUT Tangle and Pass PC. Your Harfe is beautiful. Since I haven't mastered profile pictures I will put it on my Flicker page.

AmookIslandCreations on Feb 11, 2018:

Yay! I was thinking the same thing! So glad your labs are looking good! Now...what to make??? (twisting my mustache mysteriously) Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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