Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2018 8:36 am


Date Joined: September 19, 2015
Last Online: April 19, 2018
Birthday: April 8
Country: United States
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About Me

The last couple of years have been a bit more than our usual insanity. We like things a little wild and chaotic, but it has been a little too much lately! In the last 3 years we've lived in 4 countries on 3 continents -- not to mention all of the other travel we've done. At the moment, we're in Texas looking after my mom and 93yo grandmother. Starting to get restless so we're actively looking for our next landing spot. In the past, we lived in Malta, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Ghana, Tanzania, and Australia.

"We" = me + my 16yo daughter who is the coolest (and most patient!) kid around. I simply adore her and consider myself to be the luckiest mom on the planet in that she shares my gypsy feet and is always up for the next adventure! She is a protector of all living things and her compassion stuns me on a regular basis.

Other than being constantly in need of new luggage, I'm an American child rights lawyer and researcher. When I practiced law in the US, I prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases. After I left practice, I was a law school professor for almost 20 years and taught child welfare courses. Now, I'm semi-retired and mostly research and write on street kid and child labor issues.

My teenage daughter and I travel ALOT. She has a bucket list of places to check off before she goes to college. She's 16 and on her third passport! So far, shes managed to check off 22 countries.

Favorite Crafts

I'm an artist wannabe. I don't have any special talent but I quilt, sew, do various kinds of needlework and have lately gotten into paper crafts.

Favorite Music

1980 hair bands. Shameful but true.

Favorite Books

Huge reader. We've spent most of the last 10 years living in developing countries where there is no such thing as TV -- that suits us fine because we are readers. I'm currently into the Outlander series, but I also like any historical fiction and lawyer/legal thrillers.

I also spend way more time than I should on Crosswords!

Random stuff

Random things that make me happy:

  1. smell of new books
  2. envies -- handmade and plain color storebought to decorate
  3. pens & paper and stationary & stickers
  4. beads & sequins & ribbons and funny/unusual things to attach to mixed media pieces of art
  5. washi
  6. handknitted socks! (or nice cotton/wool ones -- not the synthetic cutesy ones)
  7. Crossword puzzles! (in the US: the ones from the Dollar Store make me happy! Also happy with freebies from the paper, just also include the answers please because I cheat.)
  8. new/unused postcards (not tourist ones)
  9. blank journals/notebooks - especially ones with recycled paper...pages are a little rough like newspaper, not slick & shiny
  10. handmade pottery -- tiles and plates
  11. Nancy Drew
  12. Wooden spoons
  13. bags -- any kind: small ones for pens and such and tote bags...all kinds of bags (fabric & leather, but not plastic)
  14. Address labels -- for me (info only; no pics) or blank to send out
  15. the ocean -- and ocean colors
  16. envies of randomness!
  17. old mags -- I cut them up for stuff so I don't care how new/old they are
  18. paper scraps -- LOVE paper and anything at least as big as a postcard is awesome! . .


  1. almost all the isms,
  2. crimes against kids,
  3. horror/gothic/vampire/scary stuff,
  4. smelly lotions & potions,
  5. tv,
  6. spicy food,
  7. caffeine free coke,
  8. coffee,
  9. cold weather,
  10. make-up,
  11. high heels,
  12. fridge magnets, shot glasses, tourist spoons/thimbles, keychains and that sort of thing (even if it is a "requirement" of the swap -no sense wasting your money on it!),
  13. Hello Kitty and that sort of thing



Postcard Wishlist: Given the option, I'd rather they blank/unused in an envie but naked is fine too. I don't really care what kind of card, but my most favorite are ones with children on them. I also really like interesting images, watercolors, birds, books, maps, animals, clocks....

Not a fan of tourist cards.

No Religious, Rude, Crude, or Mean cards please.


I like to recycle stuff -- Please don't be offended if I use newspapers or mag pages or other interesting materials for envies and mailers. Thanks!


** Please use the messaging system on SB and not my email account. My email is subject to review by third parties and I'd much rather my personal stuff not mix with my work stuff. Thank you!


Comment: Thank you so much for the happy mail & for bringing a smile to my face. I apologize for the late rating as well. Take care & happy swapping!
Response: Very welcome -- glad it was happy mail for you!
dorcii rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt - April 2018 on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks a lot for the cards you sent to me :) I really love the bird Atlantic Puffin, it's so cute! :)
Response: So glad you liked them!
suepier rated for WPS - Easter Baby Animal Postcard on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute kitten postcard. I love it.
Response: Yeah! Very welcome!
Comment: Thanks for all the wonderful postcards. The swan is particularly stunning.
Response: Welcome -- so glad you enjoyed it!
pinklilly rated for P&M Happy Postcard swap on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Received your beautiful postcard, thank you so much!! So refreshing to see the shells and sand... reminds me of summertime!!
Response: Yes -- the sea always makes me feel better!
aspens rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #5H on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: The cards you sent are beautiful!! It's so funny, I actually had that ostrich one once and sent it out, but it was always one of my favorites to have been in my collection. I'm very happy to see it again!
Response: So glad you liked them!
Bavarija rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #153 on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for nice cards! The envelope is nice too!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it!
Ryleighsmom rated for WIYM Happy flat mail-April-USA on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Love the happy mail!! Thank you SO much!!
Response: Yeah!!!
Comment: Nice card!
Response: Glad you like it!
tatrchips rated for WIYM Happy flat mail-April-USA on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: TY so much for the pretty envelope of blue! :)
Response: Very welcome!
thureris rated for WIYM: Send 10 Happy Mail USA on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely items!
Response: Very welcome!
crochetjunkie rated for WIYM Happy flat mail-April-USA on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Love it all!
Response: So glad you liked it!
moosemama rated for P&M Happy Postcard swap on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the Happy Black Cat!
Response: Very welcome!
StwbyQT rated for CPG Quickie - 20 stickers - global on Apr 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks! :) It was lovely receiving them. I'll definitely be having fun with these with swaps/letters, etc.
Response: very welcome -- so glad they didn't go missing!
satinification rated for AN 3 Postcards in an Envelope on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all of these postcards! I especially like the one with Savannah cat ;) Thank you also for the extra stickers. That panda is so cute!
Response: Very welcome!
Comment: Thanks for the "Lamby" postcard. Yup, they are too stinking cute! Hope spring is showing up in your neck of the woods. It is just peeking out from amongst the pussy willows here. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it! Summer is here --95 today.
Duckygirl rated for WIYM Happy flat mail-April-USA on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you!! Love the cat and owl postcards!!
Response: Very welcome!
emilynhr rated for WIYM Happy flat mail-April-USA on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: I love the cute bags and the cute envelope you made. Thanks so much! Happy spring! πŸŒΈπŸ‡πŸŒΌ
Response: Very welcome -- glad you like them!
tatntole rated for TT&E: SC PC USA on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: Very welcome!
karenc5079 rated for PH: "Opposites" Scavenger Hunt #2 on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Got it. Thank you, and I love your ideas.
Response: So glad you enjoyed it!

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heatherknits on Apr 17, 2018:

Thank you for my AWG wishes! "The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes" postalette - I love it!! Cute nautical stickers and great stamp selection - Thank you!

CurlyTea on Apr 10, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

craftyone on Apr 10, 2018:

Thank you for the card and puzzle pages for my April wishes. My mailbox and I are very happy!

HappyMom on Apr 8, 2018:


Happy birthday Sheri! There's a little AWG Birthday wish coming your way - Hope it's an awesome day, and an even better year ahead!

Babsmomof5 on Apr 8, 2018:

Hope today is doubly filled with all kinds of happy!

ChrisAnne on Mar 19, 2018:

Thank you for the great envie of patriotic wishes!

Heirloom on Mar 17, 2018:

goinjenny on Mar 9, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards and note card in AWG March

Tigerlilyknotwise on Mar 9, 2018:

Thank you for the AWG March Wish! Great lion postcard and the magazine cutouts will be so much fun. My fave is the green ladies with the crazy bejeweled glasses! LOL :)

susieq11 on Mar 7, 2018:

It's on my (extremely long) list, for sure!!! Looks gorgeous. Hope you enjoyed the article! : ) xoxo

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