Swap-bot Time: April 30, 2017 6:00 am


Date Joined: September 19, 2015
Last Online: April 29, 2017
Birthday: April 8, 1963
Country: United States
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About Me

Update Jan. 25, 2017: We have a family emergency and we're returning to the States indefinitely. I've changed my address to the US and will send everything before we leave here. All mail sent to Malta will be forwarded to the US.

2016 was a wild ride. We rang in the New Year on holiday in Thailand and then returned to our home in Cambodia. In March, we had to return to the US on an emergency basis to care for my elderly parents. We spent 5 months in Texas getting my mom through multiple surgeries and my dad settled in a nursing facility. We left the US at the beginning of September and have now settled into our new home in Gozo, Malta. We're adjusting to life on a small island again. In case you've never heard of it (most haven't), Gozo is 1 of 3 islands of the country of Malta -- it's in the Med Sea, just south of Italy. Prior to last year in Cambodia, we lived in Vanuatu (a little island in the South Pacific) for 3 years. We've also lived in the US, Australia, Tanzania, and Ghana.

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.

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!
  7. Crossword puzzles! (in the US: the ones from the Dollar Store make me happy!)
  8. new/unused postcards (not tourist ones) -- it is nice to have some on hand that are not tourist
  9. blank journals/notebooks - especially ones with recycled paper...pages are a little rough, 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)

Things I can happily live without:
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: I'd rather they came naked -- I like for them to get beat up in the mail. 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, clocks....

Tourist cards are my LEAST favorite.

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!


Comment: Wow! Thank you for all the goodies ❤! XOXO-Dawn
Response: You're very welcome -- enjoy!
theevidenceisme rated for K is for ??? PC Swap on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: I've never been to Costa Rica, but I love the idea of brightly painted buildings. Thank you!
Response: Very welcome! You should go sometime -- it is beautiful!
Comment: Thank you! I loved the gifts and the pencil! I am an archivist and we could never have too many pencils! (I collect them :D )
Response: More than welcome! Enjoy!
astrodogg rated for another easy pc swap on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: I got it last night! Thank you! :)
Response: You're welcome! Glad it arrived!
squince rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #129 on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: Awesome cards! I had the envelope in my purse and my water bottle spilled so now I'm trying to dry them out to salvage them! haha
Response: Oh no! Hope they dry out ok!
Comment: Great happy mail! I have been wanting that bobcat stamp. The tatted piece has some of my favorite colors in it-LOVE it!!!
Response: You're very welcome!
Comment: Thanks for sending even when you are so busy with life events at your home!
Response: You're very welcome and thank you for being so understanding. I do appreciate it!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty embellishments. I love them!
Response: Very welcome!
Comment: Thank you for the Quebec card. I do love the fall colors.
Response: They are pretty aren't they! Very welcome!
Leekoba rated for Quick 20 stickers a week USA #4 on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely assortment of stickers!
Response: You're very welcome!
buananoche rated for B&W PCs week 4 on Apr 25, 2017
LaLaLove rated for K is for ??? PC Swap on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: Nice postcard; thank you!
Response: Very welcome!
Comment: Oh my goodness, thank you SO much for the awesome, not so flat, envelope of goodies! I seriously love EVERYTHING you included, and I especially can't wait to try that tea & decorate my planner with those planner stickers <3
Response: So glad it made for happy mail! Have fun!
guinstar rated for Cheep bird overdose! on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: It finally arrived!! Yeh!! Thank you for resending... twice! I hate when mail gets lost! :( I love what you sent. :) Very birdy!! The bird washi is so cute! And the postcards are so beautiful! Thanks again!!
Response: Yeah! So glad it made it! Thank you for your patience. Maybe the other two will arrive and you really will have an overdose! LOL
Comment: I love them all, and thanks for the note card too!
Response: So glad you like them!
Comment: Thank you so much for the four beautiful pcs!The Mother Goose one is my very favorite but they are all so pretty and spring-y!
Response: Very welcome -- glad you enjoyed Mother Goose!
LovelyLindaSwap rated for Postcard Purge April 2017 on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cards.
Response: Very welcome!
squince rated for Black/White PC Swap #15 - USA on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks
Response: You're welcome!
brianfuchs rated for K is for ??? PC Swap on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Yeah, I've seen sheep that I could say appear handsome or even majestic, but this gal just looks like a sheep. I do like that she looks like she's wearing socks. That amuses me.
Response: Giggle!

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yvonne401 on Apr 29, 2017:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here. If you are interested in being an officer so you can host swaps, please let me know. Thanks!



MiRdLHWY43 on Apr 27, 2017:

Theremin for you

Babsmomof5 on Apr 24, 2017:

Sheri, thank you so much for the cool stickers you sent for the AWG April wishes!!!

anrtist on Apr 24, 2017:

Thank you @Lonestarchild for the lovely PEACOCK love wish #2 for the AATW April wishlist
;-) Blessings, cc

OrigamiGrace on Apr 24, 2017:

Thank you for a fun filled envie of goodies from Random Envie Tag - Rated US Swappers!

LauraM540 on Apr 22, 2017:

Thank you for the pink envelope from the who likes tag!

isamanthax on Apr 21, 2017:

Thank you so much for the tag goodies! :)

sweetpea22 on Apr 20, 2017:

Thank you so much for the Awesome notebook for my April wishes! :o))

Fever on Apr 20, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely envelope of fun goodies you sent for the "Happy Mail envie" in the All things book related forums! I particularly love the dragon postcard. Thank you so much!!!

MiRdLHWY43 on Apr 14, 2017:

You're welcome, enjoy! 😀

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