Swap-bot Time: October 26, 2020 11:12 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: October 26, 2020
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 10-1-2020)


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, Orioles, 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 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

  • Poop emojis

  • 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). I prefer reading a series over stand alone books.

  • 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).
  • Last year (2019) my neighbor's 11 yo daughter lent me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.
  • This year (2020) my 16 yo granddaughter told me I had to read the Anne of Green Gables series. So I borrowed the set from my neighbors.

Favorite Television

All Rise, 911, This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, Bull, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, 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.)


Random fact: 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 (Hamlet, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, ground hogs, raccoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 40 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) and a granddaughter (born 10-28-03).

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). Her favorite color was lime green, and that is why I like to see green hearts added to the envies of swaps sent to me.

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 (with a non-creative stretch of data entry between the 2).

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 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 2020), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.

My word for this year (2020) is "Find". It has several applications for me. 1) I have a tendency to lose projects (or supplies) when I am working on them. I am making an effort this year to have to spend less time in unproductive searching. 2) I want to find more joy in the little things. 3) I want to find ways to avoid and release negativity.

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 and presentation 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 dropped off 1 1/2 doz. beaded angel charms when I was at the oncology clinic for my 6 mo. checkup (3-17-20) for them to pass out to any pt. who needs an angel to watch over them.

  • 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).

  • I volunteer as needed 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 also help make fund raising items.

  • I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors) every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 4 daughters (12, 10, 7 and 2) and 2 sons (4 and 6).

  • 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") and did one Zentangle Inspired Design page for a collaborative sketchbook for the 2020 Sketchbook Project.

  • 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.


JenZen5 rated for AAA: Orange-US on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: I have to agree with you: I love both orange ATCs. Each is unique and I really enjoy textures in ATCs. Thank you for sending both and for the extras. I appreciate it. Have a lovely day!
Comment: No drama llama LOL! I love it, thanks :)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad they finally got there. Thanks for the heart.
wolfeagle rated for Art with Stripes on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the very cool zentangle. Love the pop of color and the cool optical illusion effect.
Response: I'm glad you were pleased. I really enjoyed drawing it for you. Thank you for the heart.
fortannam rated for CPG Oct Scrapped Mini Tag - US on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely tag!! And all the sewing and button goodies! ❤️ It!!
LahDeeDah rated for N&T~ Stab a Leaf on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: The letter carrier JUST delivered your leaf and took mine! I hope mine gets there because it was a sub driving the truck and she didn't seem to know what she was doing. But I digress. Your leaf is so cute! I already hung it (hanged it, behanged it) on a hook on my wall and am sitting here admiring it. Lovely! Thanks for the additional sweet little leaves and, as always, an altogether very nice swap!
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I really enjoyed stitching it for you. I think It's one of my favorite stitched felt pieces made for swaps in this group. Thank you for joining me in this fun venture. And thanks for the heart.
ladydy5 rated for A.I.: Words of Autumn on Oct 11, 2020
Comment: Very nicely done. Thank you for both
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
Dsweeny rated for A.I. - Tag It on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: AHHHH!!!! Oh my gosh!! OH. MY. GOSH!!! Your tags are spectacular, Truly and hugely spectacular!! I absolutely love them! And to spoil me with 4!?!? EEEEEE. I can't pick a favorite! You obviously put a HUGE amount of time and effort into them, and they are just spectacular. I love how you cut out pieces of the papers and added to them to make layers and interest. Daggone girl - how am I going to pass them on. lol And your envie was so cute as well. Thank you so much!
Response: You are so welcome. Your lovely comments made my day and warmed my heart! (And I won't tell anyone if you decide to keep them for yourself.)
Comment: Hi Jo ,Noelene sent the Twinchie Postcard that was accidently set to her, it is lovely as usual the Zentangling you do is incredible,hope you are well. hugs from Penguin ....Wendy
Response: I'm so sorry it took extra long to get to you due to sending it to the wrong Tasmanian tangler. Thank you for the kind comments and for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome fall coins, they are beautiful!
Response: I'm glad you like them. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Omg you did two tiles! They are so different and it will be fun to add tangles to both and see how they turn out. Thank you
Response: You're welcome. I hope you have fun finishing them. Thanks for the heart.
rjdolphin rated for CPG Halloween ATC - US only on Oct 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card. I love the background color. And the extras.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
Wanda rated for N&T: Easy PC Swap on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much, LizzyJo, for the intriguing “Vanity Fair” postcard and the 3 quotes on the back. I liked it all! So sorry for not rating sooner. 🧵 ✂️
Response: I'm glad you liked it.
Comment: My half of the Mother Daughter duo is beautiful! I can't wait to see Elysia's half! Thank you so much!!
Response: I'm glad you like it. I enjoyed making them for the 2 of you. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for this excellent beginning for this zine! I hope you love everyone that we add to it! I love the card and that you copied and shrunk the design you used for the cover of your zine for it! Of course, I love the colors! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like my start, and the matching note card. I enjoy using your favorite colors. Thank you for the kind comments and for the heart.
Comment: This is such a nice surprise! I don't know what I was expecting. Maybe something hairy canary like mine? But this is organized and symmetrical, which I can't believe you pulled off considering every square had to be different, and absolutely lovely. I always score when I get to be the recipient of your swaps. Thank you so very much!
Response: You are very welcome. (See, I told you I was a planner! It's either one of my worst faults, or maybe it's a super power, I can't decide which.) Thank you for the heart, and for hosting this very challenging swap.
Amigirl rated for CPG Sept Scrapped Mini Tag - US only on Sep 27, 2020
Comment: Beautiful ATCs! Thanks for making double! and the card is lovely, I'll certainly use it!
Response: I'm glad you like them. Thanks for the heart.
StagKing rated for N&T: Handmade Memories Letter on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful story about your mother's shawl! I bet it looks great with all the dragonflies and it is neat in a prominent place that you can look to. The fact that she would make a hundred+ pounds of cookies during the holidays is wild! I love baking, but even that surpasses my wildest ideas! Thank you for sharing your story and item. I love it when you can have something handmade by someone you love.
Response: I enjoyed sharing the story of my mom's shawl and her cookies with you. Sharing memories makes them all the more dear. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Ahhh, another wonderful piece. I did finally indeed purchase at the beginning of August. Still working on repairs before I move. This is such a thoughtful piece, and I love it!
Response: I'm so happy you love it. I wish you much happiness in your new home. Thank you for the heart
Amigirl rated for CPG - Freeform Crochet Cuff - US on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Beautiful needlework, and amazing cuffs! I love both of them, and will certainly wear them! Thanks for doing an extra! These are really good, much better than mine turned out! Thanks for joining my swap and doing such a wonderful job!
Response: I am thrilled you are pleased with them. My inner critic was not kind as I was working on them.Thanks for your kind comments, and for the heart.
Comment: Your atcs are AWESOME! I love them!! I need to get a set of gellyroll pens - so pretty!! Thank you so much and I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. It's been fun trying out some new themes and artistic challenges.
Response: I'm glad you love them. They were fun to do. Thanks for the heart and your kind comments.

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LahDeeDah on Sep 17, 2020:

You are so amazing! This is why I keep telling you that you intimidate me! What a lovely idea . . . using part of the wrapping to create a thank you note! Are you kidding?!? This is sweet as can be. Thank YOU!


Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

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YooperHill on Jul 24, 2020:

Re: mystery supply swap....oh lizzyjo! I just love your little house ATC! What a fun idea! Thank you!

LahDeeDah on Mar 26, 2020:

LahDeeDah on Mar 1, 2020:

You are so funny! I just found your spongey, scrappy surprise in my mailbox. I thought, "Wow! She already finished our swap!" What's even funnier is that I actually like it and will be using it to work on my end of the exchange. :-) Thanks for that and also for the crap. You may be getting some of it back! Hohoho!

nannycat on Feb 12, 2020:

thank you Jo ,loved all you sent. ......... I forgot to say the colors are beautiful

nannycat on Jan 8, 2020:

also ,I forgot to thank you for the christmas card , it was lovely hugs Wendy

elflady on Jan 7, 2020:

Thank you for sending my twinchie postcard home to me. I am always excited when I get a returned piece of my work. Thanks for adding your tangles before sending it home. Have a great creative tear, elflady

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

LahDeeDah on Dec 22, 2019:

Thank you for the bee-you-tee-full Christmas card! What a fabulous surprise! You did good :-) Have a very merry Christmas, Falalalahdeedah

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