Swap-bot Time: April 1, 2020 10:17 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: April 1, 2020
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 3-17-2020---too bad I could not type that in green!)


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 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.

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.)


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. (Sept. 2019), 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.


Comment: Thank you Lizzy Jo for your nice cards. I realy love the purple one (one of my favorite colours) The tangles are very nice together. Love it really much!! A specially the tangle Class-EE Its a new one for me, but I will use it in my next tangle! Hope your are feeling well!! greetings from holland
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you were pleased. One of my favorite things about getting swaps is learning new things from my partners. Thank you for the heart.
AZmom875 rated for AAA: A Change of Scenery on Mar 23, 2020
Comment: Great change of Scenery atc, She is so fun.
Response: I'm glad you like her. Thanks for the heart.
sweetgypsy rated for AAA: A Change of Scenery on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the 'Do-Right Family Portrait' change of Scenery! :)
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
YooperHill rated for AAA: A Change of Scenery on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: LOVE IT! You did good girl! Stay warm!
Response: I'm so glad you love it. It sure was a challenge. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for starting this amazing Zia! The envelope is so terrific too. Thanks for the extra jar pages and note! Luckily for the deer, we have lost almost all.of the snow and they are able to eat the greening grass underneath. Please stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. I really enjoyed doing this one for you. I'm glad you like it. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Shamrock coins, I laughed when you sent 2 as I did the same thing. HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
Response: You're welcome. I was on a roll when I started making them, and abandoned a few at my Dr.'s office and some restaurants. I'm glad it got there in time for St. Patrick's Day. Thank you for the heart.
sherba31 rated for NT: ATCoin Patch - Profile Based on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: I adore everything from the pretty tangled envie to the snowy forest patch and touching memory of full moon snowy walks with your dad. I miss snow--well seasons other than HOT and humid Florida. Thank you for a lovely swap!
Response: You are very welcome. Reminiscing while making it for you brought me joy. Thanks for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Add a Leaf on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Love what you did with this one!! Thank you so much, i always look forward to getting swaps from you. the envelope is great too.Love tangles that look "gardenish"
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I really enjoyed doing this one. Thanks for the heart.
AnnaL rated for OATCs: “Owl” Be Seeing You on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks Jo for making me this Owl ATC, you are so talented. OMG, love the Eiffel Tower mini holder. Have a wonderful weekend & Craft On! AnnaL.
Response: I'm glad you were happy with the swap. Thank you for the heart.
Cgscdy rated for UHM: Punches and Dies on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: If I could give more hearts I would! Thank you for the wonderful die cuts! The bee's are my favs and are always a delight for me! However I absolutely love them all and the way you packaged them! Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and for the heart(s). I enjoyed putting the swap together for you.
YooperHill rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #7 on Feb 28, 2020
Comment: OMG! This could be the best swap I have EVER received! I was 9 years old! I didn’t know about the “...a man.” Until this swap!💕. This is a keeper for sure! Thank you!
Response: Your comment is making me feel all warm and fuzzy. I am thrilled you like it so much. Thanks for the heart.
24Donna rated for NT: Supplies and a sample on Feb 20, 2020
Comment: Wow! Thank you for the wonderful selection of felt embellishments! Your work is beautiful! I also enjoy working with felt and may use some of these to add to my junk journals! Sad that more didn’t join this great swap, thanks for having it! God bless you
Response: Thanks for joining this swap and for the heart. I enjoyed putting it together for you. (I like your idea of using felt embellishments in your junk journal.) I'm surprised at how fast our swaps got to each other.
Itti rated for TUT ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Feb 16, 2020
Comment: Lovely tangles, I'm keen to do the next round. I loved your beautiful tangled envelope! I almost didn't want to open it, it was so pretty!
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Add a heart on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful swap!! The envelop is so pretty And thank you for the lovely note card as well as the 2 wonderful tiles. l like what you did with the first one but the 2nd one is so beautiful that I'm glad I don't have to pick.I love getting your swaps but this is one of the best you ever sent. Thank you so much.
Response: Boy, that swap got to you fast! Your kind comments made my day and took my breath away. I'm glad you like it. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: wow, thank you Jo for your beautiful work, love,the cat,wish I could draw like that.,I will send on in the next round,and the envelope is awesome,thank you. hugs from Penguin ..Wendy (nannycat)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like your cat, I have fun drawing them. Thank you for the heart.
turtles27 rated for Dog Altered Index Card on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: So adorable! Thank you so much!!
Response: You are very welcome. Thanks for the heart.
orneryswife rated for UHM: Mail Art - Love Theme on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Ooh, la la! What a great envelope! And thank you for the little house die cuts! I love them!
Response: I really enjoy decorating envies. I'm glad you are happy with it and the houses. (If you would like any more die cuts, just let me know.) Thanks for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT~ Happy 2020 tile on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: You spoil me rotten with 2 tiles and a pretty bright yellow card! Thanks too for the pretty tangle on the front of the envie and the snail, in yellow and blue. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Spoiling you makes me happy. I'm glad you were pleased. Thank you for the heart.
nannycat rated for TUT ~ Tangle an ATK on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: thank you so much for the 3 tangled A.T.K,S you did the are lovely,as usual you zentangle is great. warm regards Wendy
Response: You're very welcome. I'm glad you like them. Thank you for the heart.
kiddomerriweather rated for UHM: Altered Hearts on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Wow! You actually sent to me this time! LOL! You sent the most beautiful altered heart! Your stitching is lovely and I adore the purples. Now I'll have to find someplace special to display it. Thank you so much! ETA: Thank you for the Disney villain stamps and the beautiful heart mail art. That made this swap even more special!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. It warms my heart to hear you want to display it. Thank you for the heart and kind comments.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 867 106 114
Completed Fives Threes Ones
817 878 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
2 78 737 0
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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

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 19, 2019:

Thanks for letting me know it arrived safely! Thanks too for all your kind words! It is a joy to swap with you! Merry Christmas with hugs from Alaska, Sherry

luluvision on Nov 17, 2019:

Received your scribbles to art pc! Oh boy!! You sent a challenging one. I really need to put my creativity cap on for sure! I'll let you know when I send out. Thanks.

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 16, 2019:

These tangle and pass ones are so fun! Glad you like it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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