Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2017 5:42 am


Date Joined: September 19, 2015
Last Online: August 14, 2017
Birthday: April 8
Country: United States
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About Me

Aug 14: I'm away for the week. Everything has gone out but I won't be able to rate or reply to messages until 8/ 21. Thanks!

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. She's 15 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!
  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) -- 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 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)

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: 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: Very cool postcard, I love it !
Comment: What a lovely flower, the colour is so vibrant, thank you very much Sheri :)
Comment: What fun ribbon and lace. Thank you
susieq11 rated for Postcard Fun :-) on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Sheri, you really do send me the best postcards!! Thank you tons! xxxx
young46356 rated for WIYM: SEND ME SOMETHING - August on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks, I always like getting postcards for these "Send me something" swaps. It's hot here today but I bet it's hotter there. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Rich
VerreShana rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #17 on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely mail. I wish you all the best Shana
nmlacagno rated for B&W PCs week 30 on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank You!!!!! loved the card
dawnakaulen rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #14 on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: All great choices, thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the nice swap You have had quite a year!!♥♥ Hope all is well with your family.
bluesky rated for WIYM: Pick 1 Postcard (August 2017) on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: thank you!
Kvwanderlost rated for B&W PCs week 32 on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful PC of the dancing girl! :D
justmesks rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #136 on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice cards and for the extra's.
Comment: Thank you-the candies look interesting!
Comment: Love the pretty rub-ons! And your big polka dot envelope was like finding Minnie Mouse in my mailbox!
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #136 on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Love!!!!! Thank you!! : )
Comment: Thanks for your postcard! I love how simple it is :D
Response: Most welcome!
marija rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #5 on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Mary
Response: Very welcome!
pintis rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt #6 on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: Very nice assortment of postcards! Thank you for the extra too. Thanks!
Response: Very welcome -- enjoy!
pintis rated for Black/White PC Swap #20 - USA on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome!
Toby2017 rated for TT&E: Pick 1 on Aug 12, 2017
Comment: LOVED the lettersets!!! Thank you so much!!!
Response: Very welcome!

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CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2017:

Thank you for the butterfly tissue and washi! That will be fun to add to a collage.

Paige1900 on Aug 16, 2017:

Thank you for the wonderful "CPG: Who Likes US Only Tag Game - Halloween! Everything is wonderful! :)

ginny19590 on Aug 16, 2017:

Thank you so very much for the awesome items you sent to me in the CPG: Envie of Randomness. God Bless and have a safe and happy week......=)

Paige1900 on Aug 15, 2017:

Random Flat Envie - US CPG

I love it all!

Babsmomof5 on Aug 14, 2017:

Thank you for he Waldo PC and the stickers. It IS a new one, and I am thrilled! Please tell Grace that I'm so happy she liked what I sent her. I'm stashing a few things as I come across them for another package for her. I think encouraging younger generations to continue to write is so important!

manders2280 on Aug 14, 2017:

Thanks for all the great blank postcards. I'm sure they'll find good homes.

Sherry71 on Aug 12, 2017:

As I am no longer in the group AWG due to a slip up in July. I wanted to thank you here for the wish granted.

Dsweeny on Aug 10, 2017:

Thank you so, so much for the beautiful Green ribbon from the Rainbow tag - absolutely loved them all :) Can't wait to use tham :)

CurlyTea on Aug 3, 2017:

AZmom875 on Jul 31, 2017:

Thanks for the strawberry note cards for the Cup and Chaucer group Tag. They are so cute.

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