Swap-bot Time: November 26, 2015 3:10 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: November 25, 2015
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a high school teacher. I teach Drafting, Architecture, and Digital Electronics.

I love Crafting. I like all types of crafting. My recent passions are tatting, polymer clay, ATCs, and making/sending postcards to friends and family.

I love the color Teal. I also like Blue and Green. I collect glass beads...and will one day use some of them.

I am a Cat person =^.^=! Our family has a cat named Kismet, who is a stray I found in the middle of the road. My daughter has a kitten named Maximus who she rescued from a shelter - so I have a grandkitten? And I have a precious Persian gray cat named Gandalf who is going to be my Empty Nest baby when my son moves out after college :)

I have two kids. I have an 19 yr old son and a 13 yr old daughter. I have an awesome husband, who I'm still crazy about twenty years after we met!

I play online MMORPGs (massive multi-player online role playing games) with my husband almost every night. In World of Warcraft I play a Blood Elf Priest. He plays a Tauren Warrior. I love to quest and cook and fish in-game. He likes to do dungeons and raid.

ABOUT MY DAUGHTER - she will be participating in Kid's swaps. Julie loves purple and red. She likes drawing and making origami animals. She loves origami books/directions and paper. She likes cats, dragons, dogs, and Nintendo. She loves Super Mario Bros and has a Wii-U and 3DS. She is thirteen and likes to craft with whatever supplies I happen to have spread out at the time. Also she is starting her own craft supply stash and welcomes any little additions.

Postcards: I prefer to receive postcards, naked. So they have cancelled postage on them :)

Favorite Music

I have very eclectic taste in music. My favorite songs, in no particular order, are: Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth, You Don't Love Me Anymore by Weird Al Yankovic, Inside Out by Eve 6, House of the Rising Sun by the Animals, and several Mozart symphonies.

Favorite Books

I've read every single Agatha Christie book I could find published. I'm sure I've missed a few, but I just love Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Recently I've been exploring her drama/romances under the name Mary Westmacott!

I also read "The Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun. I believe her to be a true cat person. She seems to understand exactly what it's like to be owned by a cat.

I like reading OLD Science Fiction. I love finding old dusty books that talk about how the world will change in the far distant future (1990, 2000, etc.). It's cool to find people that were close as well as to laugh at stuff that is way out there!

Favorite Movies

Raising Arizona - with Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter. BEST MOVIE EVER! It's the only movie I own...I'm more of a renter type of person :)

Favorite Television

The Simpsons - makes me laugh every time; Doctor Who - Tom Baker and the newly revived series; Currently watching: Fringe, Supernatural, Sherlock, Elementary, Broadchurch, Face-off, Heroes of Cosplay, and Doctor Who. I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix. I really like Masterpiece Mystery and weird Science Fiction stuff. My family has watched all 3 Sharknado movies together...with popcorn...and no distractions. They are so bad they are hilarious. We laughed and laughed. We are really hoping there's a Sharknado Four next summer!

Favorite Crafts

I realized that it might help a partner in a swap if they knew what kind of crafts I like and dislike.

Crafts I Like (alphabetically): Art Journaling, Drawing, Making Miniatures (dollhouse scale), Origami, Polymer Clay, Random Acts of Kindness, Recycling/Repurposing Crafts, and Tatting.

I prefer to work in small scale. I love making itty bitty things. They can be quite a challenge!

Crafts I Can't Do: Knitting (drop too many stitches), Sewing clothes

Craft Items I Collect: Cat Fabric (1/4yd to 1yd pieces) - these will eventually be part of a huge cat quilt. Itty Bitty Stickers - the smaller the better


I am allergic to anything that contains an evergreen oil (like oil from a fir tree). I don't mind passing along things that contain it to friends or family - but please make sure it is clearly marked. I break out with a painful rash if I accidentally use it. I'm also allergic to wool but my kitties love it...so wool yarn is fine...if in a plastic bag.

I Recycle and Repurpose a lot. So the packaging for swaps I send will most likely be reused or creatively made from recycled materials. This is more about being good to Mother Earth than saving money...even though they frequently go hand in hand :)

My handwriting is awful! I'm very sorry for this. This comes from working in computer environments for 20+ years. I rarely write more than a hall pass by hand...and I'll type that if I have the time :) I AM working on creative lettering for mail art...but its a long process.

SWAP ETIQUETTE - I try to rate all received swaps within a few days of getting them. I am a very responsible swapper - I don't flake, so if you have not received a swap from me, please let me know. I promise that I do not mark anything sent until I've physically put it into the mail at my local post office.

Swapping Philosophy

I've cut back on the number of swaps I join for several reasons. First, because I enjoy International Swaps...but tend to go "heavy" on the content and thus incur expensive postage. Also, I like to take time to read a person's profile (more than once) and envision them as a friend when I'm preparing a swap package - and the ole brain cells can't juggle 10 friend's profiles at once :) And lastly because I want to put ALL my focus on a swap until it's sent.


IsadoraWing rated for Christmas Card Swap #6 - Deer on Nov 23, 2015
Comment: Holy moly, you went sticker crazy! Thanks for the neat zentangled deer! It's quite elegant. Merry Christmas!
Response: HAHA - yeah I finally used some stickers from my stash, LOL - I'm glad you like the deer :)
brightside13 rated for New to Zentangling? on Nov 18, 2015
Comment: Hi Helga! Your zentangles are really awesome! Thanks so much for the little book with all the extra patterns. I have just started playing around with zentangles, and this will really help me out a lot. Have a great holiday season this year, and I hope we swap again soon!
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you can use the patterns. Happy holidays!
Comment: Thank you. Your words are heart warming.
Response: Thank you so much :)
Empress27 rated for Scattergories-style Email Game on Nov 15, 2015
Comment: Loved it, thanks very much!
Response: Thank you :)
HappyMom rated for Scattergories-style Email Game on Nov 15, 2015
Comment: Great job on each of the categories!
Response: Thank you :)
Comment: Helga I can't believe how sweet and small everything is!! Such a treat to have itty bitty surprises inside everything! I am determined to learn how to make those tiny stars. Thank you so much for such a lovely package!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
Response: I'm so glad you liked it all :) I adore making itty bitty things!!!
Shellyr rated for HMPC: Put a "Turkey" on it Postcard on Nov 10, 2015
Comment: I really appreciate the time you put into making your wonderful put a turkey on it postcard. It is wonderful!
Response: Thank you so much :) I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the <3 :)
Ky rated for BMAG: The Sparrow Post- Tiny Mail Swap on Nov 5, 2015
Comment: I was very excited when I saw that you were a partner I would be getting Tiny Mail from and you really outdid yourself!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tiny mail and how the heck did you even get it so tiny!! You got tinier than I did.I hope you didn't damage your eye-sight! I can't even pick a favorite because I love it all so much, the teeny envelopes with real addresses and mail inside, the teeny origami boxes with even more mail, the tiny paper crane. I adore these tiny animal stickers and little umbrella too. Fabulous swap as always! Thank you!!
Response: Thank you so much for coming up with the idea - I loved every minute of it :)
Mareree10 rated for Tiny Art Supplies Swap on Nov 4, 2015
Comment: What a great package to get! It was a nice surprise. There are a lot of things in that "little" swap. Thanks so much and extra hugs! As Dh says give her more hearts!
Response: Aww shucks - thanks :) I just adore itty bitty things and had a fabulous time making all of it!
Comment: Wow Helga, I'm feeling so spoiled after opening the spectacular package you sent. Thank you so much and I loved the envelope also. I love everything you sent, such a generous package of goodness. Happy swapping. Take Care :)xx
Response: You are most welcome! I thought a tenth anniversary warranted a little hoopla :)
Comment: wow! what a great way to capture our obsessive culture! i think you did a great job! such a great page!
Response: Thank you so much :) Since "we" made the World Series...it's even worse, LOL
Margo rated for AI: Zen Doodle ATC - OWL on Oct 26, 2015
Comment: The owls are so AMAZING! You are talented!!! Thank you for sending me two! Now in my permanent collection!
Response: You are so sweet :) Thank you!!!
quelynn rated for HMPC Swap- Halloween on Oct 23, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the stickers and the awesome cards, So Cool, ty
Response: I'm so glad you liked them :) Thank you for the heart! You are very kind.
Comment: Great idea for an overheard conversation. I live in Green Bay Packers country, but don't follow football, so I definitely resonate with this spread. I love the different types of lettering that you used.
Response: Thank you :) It's hard being a non-sports-enthusiast in a big sports mecca .
Comment: Ha! I love it! So true...Baseball fans are in full "go" mode right now! Great illustration of that!
Response: Thanks so much for the heart - you are super sweet :)
Comment: Really nice colored pencil pumpkin - thanks for the great drawing!
Response: I'm glad you liked it :)
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - O on Oct 1, 2015
Comment: FUN FUN FUN….love both the octopus and the OWL…… so cute….. Thank you!
Response: Yay! I'm glad you liked them :) Sometimes I have too many ideas to put on one ATC, LOL
Comment: Thank you for the oh-so-cute postcard!
Response: You are most welcome :) Thank you for the <3
Sherry71 rated for Zen Doodle ATC - Pumpkin on Sep 28, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful art work you sent me, The Zen Doodle Pumpkins are amazing and the other cute little goodies. I had to wait till I got home to open it cause I did not want to mess up the envie. You deserve the rate and heart :)
Response: Thank you :) I had a great time doodling up the pumpkins and putting it all together.
Ladybird2490 rated for SWL: Homemade Halloween PC on Sep 28, 2015
Comment: Thank you so kuch, your postcard is gorgeous I can not stop looking at it 😀💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
Response: Awww shucks...Thank you for your super kind words and all the hearts :)

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Ky on Nov 26, 2015:

Gwillisinc on Oct 3, 2015:

Thank you Helga for a lovely birthday card. I love that you took time to put a smile on my face. thank you! Sandra

MCGalaxy on Sep 9, 2015:

I was starting to pack and found an unopened stack of mail and your wonderful birthday card was included in the stack. I just wanted to thank you for thinking of me and sending it and so sorry for the delay in responding.

Elizaveta on Aug 25, 2015:

Thank you so much for the birthday card! :)

Artsynerdgirl on Aug 24, 2015:

Helga, Thanks for the nifty Star Wars pc! It was such a wonderful surprise on the first day back to school. I love it!

Thanks so much! :) Sherry

Fritosmom on Aug 20, 2015:

Received your Pocket Letter today for my Birthday. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! What a wonderful surprise. So very thoughtful. Hugs and Happy Swapping:-)

anrtist on Aug 14, 2015:

THANK YOU so much for making the LLL SO GREAT!!! WE Really Appreciate you sending Birthday cards! THAT IS SO SWEET & Thoughtful!!!! ;-) 💖

U help make the LLL Group BIRTHDAY CENTRAL!!!!!! ;-) LOL...
Blessings, cc

ktina on Aug 13, 2015:

Dear Helga! Thanks so much for the wonderful birthday surprise postcard! I love it! Hugs from Hungary, Tina

Wanda on Aug 8, 2015:

Helga, thank you so much for the artsy postcard and happy birthday wishes. It really means a lot - more than you can imagine. :) I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.

kdeorne1 on Aug 6, 2015:

Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday postcard from you from the Location x3 group. I love it and it brought a smile to my face when I found it in the mailbox. I just wanted to let you know the postcard arrived in two pieces (front and back) but safely split in half without rips anywhere.

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