Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2021 4:00 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: January 21, 2021
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated the 21st minute of the 21st hour of the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century)


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 41 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 was 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. (Sept. 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).

  • Prior to the Covid restrictions, I used to volunteer as needed at the Senior Living Complex my dad lived in. I'd take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations. I also helped 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 (13, 11, 8 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.


Comment: Thank you so much for such a beautiful puzzle piece! I love the hot air balloon. I'm so excited to add this to my puzzle! Thank you for the nice bookmark, too.
Response: That really got to you fast. I guess it flew there! I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Very cute GB man. I like how you used the tangles to decorate him. Thanks also for the Christmas greetings, thankfully they made it.
Response: I'm glad you like it, and that it finally got there. Thank you for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ It's a string thing! 201 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: What beautiful piece of artwork! I love the Fall color palette. Your design is spot on. I love this so much! Thank you!!!
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart. I am always inspired by your work. I strive to send you something that pleases you as much as what you send to others pleases them.
Comment: I love the birds you created on these great tags! Pretty color scheme too. Very nice presentation of them also.
Response: I'm so glad you are happy with the birds. I had more fun making them than I expected. Thanks for the heart.
takehimaway rated for ATC & Surprises on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Oh wow - this was so thoughtful and perfect. Thank you so much for all the ATC blanks and all these totally amazing diecuts. I didn't have anything like either of these yet, so I really appreciate your help, willingness to trade, and you reaching out! 💚💚💚💚💚
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the heart. I enjoy sharing supplies and helping out newbies to a craft. Have fun creating your first ATCs.
Comment: thank you for the lovely selection of scrapbook papers! i love the tiny hearts and fish - that'll be good on an upcoming valentines tag!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad I sent something you can use. Thanks for the heart.
Minxy1964 rated for N&T: Textile Amulet II on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: It arrived today, 2nd January, so not bad! It's really pretty, thank you so much! Xx
Response: You're very welcome. They are so much fun to make. It got to you faster than things I've sent regionally lately. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you, have a happy healthy holiday
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for hosting this swap.
Comment: Love him! And beautiful papers! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad. He was fun to make. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I know you sent this, and I'm mad that it has seemingly gotten lost. Sigh, I'm vainly keeping a small glimmer of hope for it to show up (if it does, will update). I'm so curious about the one of kind thing you used on this piece.
Response: Thank you for the heart and the vote of confidence.
Comment: These are lovely, Jo! Thank you! I've only crocheted, and never tried (or seen) tatting before-- my grandma always wanted me to learn. It's so pretty! What a gorgeous variety of patterns, textures, and color. You really outdid yourself. I'll treasure these for years to come. ♥
Response: Your kind comments made me feel warm and fuzzy. I'm so glad you like them. I enjoyed making them for you. Thank you for the heart.
LahDeeDah rated for Cookieeeees! on Dec 8, 2020
Comment: What a gnome-a-licious package you sent! It couldn't have been more perfect. Your little ornament is so adorable that I'm thinking I may put a pin on his back and wear him on my coat so the whole world can enjoy him! Of course, I'll have to wait until next year when I can leave the house again, but it will give me something to look forward to. Your swaps are always the sweetest things ever. Thank you so much!
Response: Gnorman was so happy to come to you. I bet he'd love to see your part of the world if/when you make him mobile. This was a fun swap (titles included). Thanks for your kind comments and the heart.
elflady rated for TUT~ Add a llama on Dec 2, 2020
Comment: Your great tile arrived today and I love it. The Llama looks so serene and sedate. Thanks also for the extra Llama and the colourful card.I hope you have a healthy and peaceful Christmas. elflady
Response: I'm so glad you are pleased. I have been having fun with the llama die. Thank you for the heart.
mcorbus rated for TUT~ Tangle and Pass PC 11/2020 on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Cool braid punch. I love the tangle and pass swaps
Response: I enjoy collaborative tangle swaps, too. Thanks for the heart.
LahDeeDah rated for PVT: Something Crazy on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: LOLOLOL!!! This is SO funny! I am definitely putting this piece in my Swapping Hall of Fame! Did you know it even came with Hamlet hair? I don't normally like hair in my pie, but I'm making an exception for this one. You're the best! Thanks for making my day!
Response: So happy I can make you laugh. I'm glad it got there undamaged. Hamlet likes to add Elkhound glitter to my packages.Thanks for your kind comments and for the heart.
isandie rated for N&T: Christmas Cookie Exchange on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Your “cookie” is adorable!!! Thank you so much! And thank you for the Dow cuts too!!! ❤️👍🏻👍🏻
Response: I'm glad you like it. I had fun making it for you. Thanks for the heart.
StagKing rated for N&T: Textile Amulet on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful textile amulet! The most exciting part about this swap is all the directions one can take and I love the tiny details and textures you incorporated. Thank you for participating in the swap and I hope to see you in the next round as well!
Response: I really enjoyed making the amulet for you. Thanks for hosting the swap, and thank you for the heart.
rjdolphin rated for CPG Thanksgiving Skinny - US Only on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: beautiful card!
Response: I'm glad you think so. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: I like your Thankful section, it is beautiful. Then I saw my name on the bookmark, amazing!! That was so so sweet. Thank you, I will be working on one of the other sections on your 'Thankful' postcard.
Response: I'm glad you like them. Thank you for hosting this nice swap and for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for the sweet little crocheted items! I love the little bookmark!
Response: You're very welcome. I had fun making the bookmark. Thank you for the heart.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 951 122 130
Completed Fives Threes Ones
907 964 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
4 84 819 0
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takehimaway on Jan 5, 2021:

Can you believe I accidently left them out?! I found them on the bed right as I finished packaging EVERYTHINGGGGGGGGGGGG up, and as you see, I had to open the bottom to stick the hearts in. Sorry they were microscopic, but that was all I could find. <3~ I looooooooove washi, so I'm happy to share my collection with you.

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


LahDeeDah on Dec 26, 2020:

For the most excellent Christmas gift and for being such a great friend . . .

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2020:


wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Rabbitfreedom on Nov 25, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wonderful bee stuff! I greatly appreciate it and can't wait to start working on my bee journal!

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:


OrigamiGrace on Oct 31, 2020:


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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