Swap-bot Time: October 19, 2017 2:51 pm


Date Joined: July 14, 2010
Last Online: October 16, 2017
Birthday: August 13
Country: United States
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About Me

Spring 2017 update

My professional and personal life are hectic right now. We're executing big changes at the library. My husband is travelling lots for his job. And my sweet 95 year old friend may be at the end of her heart warranty. I'm just feeling a little overwhelmed so I'm going to break from swapping for a little while.

Stuff About Me in General

I will try any craft at least once but I prefer needlework, drawing, and paper craft. I'm learning that I can make nearly anything out of fabric or paper. I've discovered that I hate knitting but I love the things you can produce with knitting. It's kind of a pickle.

I am the wife of a very sweet man who puts up with my craft clutter (and a has a painting table of his own!). I have two boys, one of whom aspires to craft but gets bored pretty quickly. He loves handmade stuff because he's watched us put so much care into gifts and decorations for the home. He just got his own wood burning kit and has completed some pretty complicated beading projects. Most of his creativity is invested in Minecraft though. The other boy is amazingly patient and deliberate with perler beads and puzzles. He's not limited by patterns and turns out some pretty great stuff.

Our general themes are fantasy, dragonflies, Magic, space, books, goats, cats, and monkeys. Our house is a real hodgepodge and we love it!

When I'm not at home, I work as a Mobile Librarian. I get paid to drive the bus, plan, read, and play. Best job ever!

Goals for 2017

I will learn how to speak Spanish, play the guitar, operate my sewing machine, and wire a lamp.

Frequent visitors to my profile will notice these are the same as last year AND the year before. Whoops! Maybe I'm doing this wrong.


I would rather have something you made than anything else. If we are in a swap where you have to give me something, feel free to send useful items for my favorite craft habits, contribute useful advice or items towards my goals, or use my alphabetical list of happy things to guide you.

How are you?

If you need a kind note in your mailbox, please do drop me a PM with your address. International addresses are welcome. Sometimes, that's all any of us really need, is for someone to be nice to us.

Favorite Crafts and Things

Crafts I'm good at:

Cross-Stitching, Embroidery, ATCs, straight crochet (scarves and washclothes!), and Kid's crafts

Crafts I like but am still working on learning:

Beading, beading embroidery, Book Making, knitting (why, I don't know.)

Things I use in crafts:

My husband makes fun of me for always picking an alphabet based sampler and paper with letters on it. Anything dragonfly. Anything cats. Old paper (wrapping, maps, books, pictures), any kinds of beads, stamps, tag board, glue, pens (oh, how I love pens!), blues and greens especially though I like all vibrant colors, water themes, forest themes, odd dictionaries...

I'm just starting to build up my fabric collection. I've pieced together a few quilts and it seems I like everything but pastels. I like contrast in my work.


Captain Chaos is 15 and likes almost everything. He particularly likes:

  • Computer games that have building elements to them

  • Fantasy books (Suggestions welcome! He prefers strong characters and appreciates a good plot.)

  • violins and modern music sheets for violins

  • cats

Kid Chaos is 7 and likes everything more than his brother. He particularly likes

  • animals

  • super heroes

  • Minecraft

  • Books with strong storylines rather than concept review (Suggestions welcome!)

Things I don't want

  • Please no more Cross Stitch Kits. I know it isn't glamorous but I will take your favorite colors in DMC floss or AIDA cloth any day!
  • Smelly stuff (even pretty smells!)
  • Dog stuff
  • I like dark stuff but not gory stuff
  • Pink or any pastels really
  • Cutesy
  • Television characters or movie characters
  • Tea (never got the hang of liking it),
  • Boring marketing (different from clever or pun-ny marketing)

Your trash. If you don't want it, I don't want it either. :)


If you are sending me extras because you want them to help you get a heart, please don't. I would rather we both know you got the heart because of your hard work on the swap.

On the flip side, I very rarely send extras. It has to be something in my collection that I think you cannot live without. If I send extras, it is usually one or two more of whatever we were trading in the first place.

Things that Make Me Happy

This is a work in progress. Thank you for the inspiration @CajunLady

A-- Alphabet, ATCs, Architecture, animals

B-- Books, blues (the color, not the music), boxes, board games

C-- Christmas, cats, cooking, competence, cross stitching, compass roses, card games

D-- Dictionaries, Dia de los Muertos, Dragonflies, Dr. Pepper

E-- Elephants, embroidery

F-- Full moons, flea markets, fabric, Fairy Tales

G-- Gypsies, greens (the color and the food), green left turn arrows, Grimm brothers, games

H-- Herons, Halloween

I-- Italy, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

J-- Jelly beans, journals

K-- Kiwi (I like the fruit and the word.), kaleidoscope

L-- Loon calls, Laughter (Specifically kid laughter)

M-- Maps, music

N-- Northern Lights, notebooks

O-- Ott Lights, oceans

P-- Private swaps, postcards, pictures, pressed pennies, pelicans

Q-- Quotes, quilting, quilts

R-- Rome, Rhinos, Red Riding Hood

S-- Stars, sunrises, sunsets, summer, spring, shrines, Sherlock Holmes

T-- Tattoos, Tie Dye

U-- Useful things (I really prefer useful over pretties though I love pretties too!), Umbrellas

V-- Variegated thread, Venice

W-- Words, whisper

X-- Xeriscaping

Y-- Your craft (make me want to learn how to do something new!), Yarn

Z-- zombies, zentangles, zoos

Things that don't fit neatly, In no particular order... Good pictures, Learning something new, Finding something beautiful, Making something that I want to touch over and over, Curling up with a good book, Spring after Winter, the five minutes when everything is tidy and clean, Handmade pieces that reflect someone else's obsession (I never know when I'll find a new obsession for myself!)

Things that make my kids happy: High contrast, monkeys, outer space, legos, cats, running (or crawling as the case may be), swords, a bad guy to conquer

ATCs are awesome and I'm always looking to expand my collection. If you'd like to do a swap of profile based ATCs, so would I!

A Small Kindness

Daisy Yellow does this index card challenge once a year that is super fun. One year, I did them from June to December and sent them to my Mom as a Christmas gift. She keeps them in a box in a place where she can go through them every now and again.

I've recently started sending her "refresher" cards. I can't do one a day but I do one when I'm trying out a new drawing or new technique. If you make an index card piece of art or scribble or whatever else, I'd love to send it on to her. Make sure you sign and date it. Mom hates it when people don't take credit for their art.

Please only do this if it tickles your fancy. And don't worry about it at all if it doesn't. As I said before, I'm generous with hearts and they are solely based on the hard work of the actual swap.

Media Love

This section is usually of no use to me on other people’s profiles. I can’t draw characters and I don’t collage. (Unless you want glue hanging off and too many papers piled on top of each other.) So I’m moving mine to the bottom of my profile and combining all the media together.

I’m a librarian so I love books. I love fantasy best though mysteries have been sneaking in to my “to read” pile more and more lately. Books that changed my life: To Kill a Mockingbird, Tigana, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Good Omens, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and 100 Years of Solitude. I carried around a book of Grimm fairy tales when I was a kid and still love Little Red Ridinghood, The Six Swans, The Goose Girl, The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Nightingale and The Tinderbox.

I watch far too much Netflix and have gotten addicted to crime dramas from other countries. I get alot of crafting done while bingeing on Netflix. It has re-introduced me to the documentary world and while I’m just as likely to turn it off after 15 minutes as watch the whole thing, I really like them. Which is not to say that I won’t watch funny movies or musicales. Because I totally will.

I listen to my Pandora radio nearly all day. My favorite stations are musical based or 50s-60s music based. I like being able to sing along. Everything else has its time and place. For example, from late October to mid-January, I listen almost exclusively to Christmas music.

On the Subject of Promises

I don't believe in grand promises to rate, to send, or to communicate. Those should be minimum expected behavior on this website. If we need to talk about something, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Heck, contact me if we don't need to talk about something. I like a nice random conversation now and again.


wm rated for WIYM: Postage Stamp Swap on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you! You've SPOILT me!!!
Comment: AW, I am honored to receive your special card! I'm a total sucker for black and white postcards, so many thanks, I love it. I think it's super cool that you can spend time away on the main street in the little down. That sounds like a dream.
Zindelo rated for SWL ~ Design Your Own Tattoo on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: And apparently I never clicked 'send' on this one either. Oh my stars I am the worst. But I thought the stuff you sent was rad! You've got cool tattoo design sense.
Zindelo rated for SWL ~ Song Lyric Zine on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: Oh goodness, apparently I never sent the rating for this! I am so sorry, I got your part of the swap right when I was moving house. Hope the weather's fine and you're doing well!
Dada rated for SWL ~ INTL Getting to know You #4 on Jun 24, 2017
Comment: Thanks..^_^ Moreover, thanks for hosting this wonderful swap!~~
midwestkiwi rated for mpu: zine zone on May 15, 2017
Comment: I'm so glad you found making this zine amazing. Because it was an amazing zine. Poignant, really. Thank you so much for sharing.
Kraftylady777 rated for SWL ~ USA Penpal Zine on May 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much
JeanetteC rated for mpu: zine zone on May 12, 2017
Comment: I loved your zine idea...it made me think of what notes I would leave my younger self...the forgery made me laugh!
oblivionspin rated for mpu: zine zone on May 11, 2017
Comment: what an absolutely awesome topic for a zine, and I totally agree, vignettes and snippets are a lot more approachable than full memoirs, easier to write, share and read! Thanks for sharing yours with me (:
Response: So glad you liked it! I hadn't thought about some of that stuff in years but it was so nice to reassure my younger self. I don't think it's a unique idea, you should totally run this zine swap and I'll try to come up with something different.
Artstamper rated for mpu: zine zone on May 11, 2017
Comment: Enjoyed reading your zine, and really liked the illustrations. Thank you!
Response: That's so sweet, thank you. It was a surprisingly fun one to make.
AmookIslandCreations rated for SWL ~ INTL Rainbow ATC on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great rainbow ATC! Saw my first real one just the other day. We have them, all the time! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. Isn't spring marvelous for all the sights!
AmookIslandCreations rated for SWL ~ INTL Penpal Zine on Apr 11, 2017
Comment: This is a great one! You could give this to your grandchildren and help them make good choices! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
nannydino rated for SWL ~ INTL Handmade Spring Flowers on Apr 10, 2017
Comment: Hi Linda, thank you for the lovely spring flowers. Love the colors :) Blessings of peace love light Happy spring swapping.
Zindelo rated for SWL ~ INTL Penpal Zine on Apr 9, 2017
Comment: What a lovely glossy zine this is! You've done a brilliant job on it, I love every bit of it. And, high five! I've been doing a lot of blackwork lately too! It's so soothing. Thanks for the awesome swap, and have a lovely day!
EllenWilGraagPost rated for SWL ~ INTL Penpal Zine on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Zine. How cool to ride on a library-bus! Recognize about the hoover ... And I must be very lucky: I see them almost very day flying here the herons! :-D And I LOVE the Russian proverb! <3 - Ellen
AmookIslandCreations rated for SWL ~ USA Penpal Zine on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful colorful zine! I love that you so promote reading! I go to our village school, every day, and have each kid read to me, for 20 minutes. This week is testing. We rarely have herons and egrets show up here and when we do, it is a world event. Birders come from Australia and farther to photo them. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
pynart2 rated for SWL ~ USA Penpal Zine on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: Loved you Zine so very creative. Loved your office.
shirleyinCA rated for SWL ~ INTL Sticker Swap #5 on Mar 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for a nice assortment of interesting stickers!
Leekoba rated for SWL ~ USA Sticker Swap #5 on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely assortment! I loved the dragon stickers!
texasangel rated for SWL ~ USA Getting to Know You #4 on Mar 15, 2017
Comment: Ty for your items I got it today

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OrigamiGrace on Sep 25, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


bigmamabird on May 3, 2017:

Love the trio of behatted animals Linda, the style is awesome! Am tempted to frame them, but must first finish wading through my living room/ art room wrangle session, it's at the very messy sneezy stage! Many thanks!

midwestkiwi on Feb 17, 2017:

Did I thank you for the “I know things now” minizine? Thank you, and if it was part of a swap that goes unrated, I am happy to rate a hearted five, I just can’t find it.

JeanetteC on Feb 6, 2017:

Thank you Linda for the Jan Random Mail. The snail card is so cute! As is your ladybug. You have way more patience than I do. Wow weaving your own towels? That blows my mind. Most of all thank you for the chatty note and sharing a bit of your trip with me. =o)

tcornell on Feb 4, 2017:

Thank you so much for the January Randomail! I love the snail mail notecard that you wrote in, and the lovely note to me as well. So glad you got to go visit your parents! You wrote about calling cards, but I think you forgot to enclose one (no worries!)- I am sure they were beautiful, I remember going through those at an antique store for hours when I was a little girl. I absolutely adore the little ladybug that you made- I am going to cut it down and put it on an ATC, thank you!

oblivionspin on Dec 29, 2016:

I actually really dig the printing error on the card you sent mechanical errors and anomalies are always a lot of fun (: Thank you for thinking of me- and I'm glad you joined the group! It's always a joy to run into you online and in the mail box.

JeanetteC on Dec 28, 2016:

Thank you Linda for the sparkly random mail card. And for the fun cat treasures =o) And thank you for always being so positive and kind, the world does notice <3

bbsporty on Dec 28, 2016:

Thank you for the wonderful card and goodies that you sent me for randomail! I look forward to swapping mail with you in the new year!

bigmamabird on Dec 24, 2016:

Merry Christmas greetings and Thanks for the randomail Christmas card with the random bits of goodness inside! Here's to another year of good mail...

Heynowokay on Dec 24, 2016:

Thanks for the lovely holiday ATC, not sure if it was randomail specifically or just a random piec of mail, but thank you! Christmas isn't a big deal in my family, never has been, so it's always a delight to receive a fun piece of mail in lieu of the festivities!

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