Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2019 4:56 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: August 16, 2019
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 8-12-19)


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, Zentangles and ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art), ATCs, Artist Trading Coins, small hand sewing projects and smash books. (If you happen to have any spare bits of Spring (rabbits especially), lime green, iris, or angel goodness, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash books.) I enjoy drawing, 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, Russian Matryoshyka, Japanese Kokeshi)

  • 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).
  • This year (2019) my neighbor's 11 yo daughter has been lending me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.

Favorite Television

This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, MASH, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Weird Wonders, Impossible Engineering, 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 39 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). Many of my projects are done with thoughts of her working right along with me. We loved making "ugly art" (repurposing leftovers into crazy pieces of art).

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. (March. 2019), 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 have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, doctor's offices, hospitals, and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).

  • My focus this year (2019) is to share my talents and supplies/ tools with others:

  • I volunteer several times a month 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 (and other creative endeavors) every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 3 daughters (9, 7, and 4) and 2 sons (3 and 5). The baby (18 months) loves to scribble, so she will be joining us soon.

  • I added Zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at. 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.

  • 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.


LahDeeDah rated for N&T: Backstitch ATC on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: You know how much I love getting you for a partner. Everything you make is so beautiful. This ATC is simply perfect. I'm actually going to frame it and hang it either in my beachy powder room (when I get one) OR my craft room. Thank you for the tags and the copy of your book. It's all wonderful!
Response: It is the best compliment when my partner says they are going to frame/display what I have sent to them. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I'm glad you like my swaps. I love swapping with you too. Thanks for the heart.
graciepie49 rated for ATCO: Let's Go on a Safari on Aug 11, 2019
Comment: Hello Jo :-) . . . Thanks for sending me a wonderful swap! Your ATC is so creative with layers representing the jungle and the sky and elephant. It's so geometrically gorgeous! And speaking of geometric, Wowzers! for the excellent book marker. I had an open book on my desk and popped it right in. Thank you :-) . . . . . I'll bet those two recovering girls really enjoyed receiving your "Get Well-ephant" cards. How sweet <3 P.S. - Thanks also for the pink hexagon note card, and the geo-triangle drawing on the envelope :-D
Response: I am so pleased that you like everything. I enjoy it when I find likes on my partner's profiles that I can work with to make their swap special to them. Thank you for all the kind comments and for the heart.
samsstuff rated for N & T: Crochet More, Read More on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bookmarks!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
neva rated for Spiral Mail Art on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the 3! ATCs and the card and the book pages! So spoiled. Everything is so beautiful. Thank you! Thank you! PS. I swear I hit the "heart" and it didn't take, when I went to see your response it wasn't there, so I'm trying to fix it now.
Response: I'm glad you were pleased. Thanks for the kind comments (and the heart. Hearts do go missing every once in a while. I'm happy it stuck now.)
Comment: Thanks ffor sending this postcard for me to work on. It is indeed a great postcard and I look forward to working on it. Thanks also for thetwo dingbatz tags. Your work is so esquisite. elflady
Response: Thanks for your kind comments and the heart.
elflady rated for TUT ~ Tangle a book page on Aug 1, 2019
Comment: Another great pice of art I am thrilled to receive. i love the colour of the tangles. elflady
Response: I'm glad you're thrilled to receive---you sure are getting a lot of swaps from me lately. Thanks for the heart.
elflady rated for TUT ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Aug 1, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this great ,colourful postcard to work on. I have just discovered dingbatz and have been trying to perfect them.elflady
Response: Dingbatz are very fun. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for the nice owl-ATC and decorated envie! :-D
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ ZIA Collaborative USA on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: What a lovely start! I'm not sure what I can do on this one. Maybe the background? Thank you!
Response: Have fun with whatever you add. Thanks for the heart.
tcornell rated for WIYM: Handdrawn/Painted Flower ATC on Jul 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for BOTH ATCs! Wow, so beautiful! I also loved the notecard that you tucked them into :)
Response: You are welcome. ( I love that note card, too.) I'm glad you were pleased. Thank you for the heart.
RockyBeach rated for Mindfulness Series: zentangle on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: I love the wonderful tangled envelope! It's so perfect. I will definitely look up some of the interesting tangles you've used. Thank you! <3
Response: I'm glad you like it. I enjoyed drawing it for you. Thank you for the heart.
kiddomerriweather rated for N&T: Kandinsky Circles on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: I love both circles that you sent. The Minnie Mouse one is too cute and the grey/maroon one is so sophisticated. I'm glad you rediscovered that you enjoy hand sewing. Thank you so much for a wonderful swap!
Response: It makes me so happy that you love them.Thank you for the heart.
Heynowokay rated for N&T: Meditative Twinchie on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness, your twinchies turned out so beautifully! I too have a hard time just meditating and putting things together. Thank you so much! :)
Response: I'm so relieved you like them. They were a challenge. Thank you for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT ~ V Tangle on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for these 2 awesome tiles. They are beautiful and I really like the color you added. I agree the Vs are more fun than the Us
Response: I'm so glad you like them, Thanks for the heart.
Comment: What a treasure! You are quite the artist... I am a lucky swapper to be on the receiving end of this swap thank you so much for sharing you talent and that envelope and note card are great love this swap!
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. They made my day. Thanks for the heart, too.
Kraftylady777 rated for TUT ~ ZIA Collaboration USA on Jul 3, 2019
Response: Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous envie and mercury glass card stock. I don't yet know what I can add to this beautiful PC as it is already so great. I will try to add something that makes sense. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Artstamper rated for TUT ~ Tangle a Tile with a Quote on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Wow! this is an extra special tile.So pretty and I love the quote, thank you so much. Thanks also for the lovely envelope, notecard and extra card stock. the card stock is rally neat and I appreciate that you shared some with me.
Holunderfee rated for N&T: ATC Coin on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice coins.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the swap! I loved your envelope you created. Have a great day!
Response: I'm so happy you loved it. I enjoyed decorating it for you. Thanks for the heart.

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JediLibrarian on Aug 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for the pretty blue twinchie from the Needles and Thread July drawing. It is so peaceful and pretty. I adore the stitches. Thank you again!!!

ChrisAnne on Aug 3, 2019:

Hope it was a great day!

Cgscdy on Aug 3, 2019:

kiddomerriweather on Aug 2, 2019:

Happy belated birthday! It's a month-long celebration anyway, right?

susieq11 on Aug 1, 2019:


Heirloom on Aug 1, 2019:

Hope it's FUN! -Donna

caf1988 on Aug 1, 2019:

Happy birthday!! 🎂

Poohtat on Aug 1, 2019:

LahDeeDah on Aug 1, 2019:

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear Jo-o-o

Happy Birthday to you!

LahDeeDah on Aug 1, 2019:

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