Swap-bot Time: August 29, 2015 8:46 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: August 26, 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.


mamalynn rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - M on Aug 27, 2015
Comment: OMG...what a super fantabulous ATC's! I love them both very very much! You are an amazing artist! Thank you so much for a great swap!!
Comment: Wow, I really like your drawing style in this page. The lettering in "Currently" is really cool. Thak you for sharing it with me.
Response: I started a notebook of lettering styles I like and am doing a lot of experimenting. Thanks so much :)
Comment: Great page! Based on your list it sounds like you're having a lot of artsy fun!
Response: Thank you :) I've been trying to do some creative stuff before work gets hectic again.
Karmi53 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - L on Aug 21, 2015
Comment: Thank you for a lovely hand drawn lightening very nice l wish l could draw. And thank you for the extra envelopes too. Have a good weekend.
Response: Thank you :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!
lausiucho rated for Washi Sample Swap on Aug 16, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the washis and the extra goodies ;)
Response: You are very welcome :) I'm glad I could share supplies.
skydancer rated for A.I. - Backgrounds on Aug 11, 2015
Comment: Oh my! Receiving your swap today felt like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one! You sent so much!!! The actual background papers were really pretty. I especially liked the blue swirly one and the hand woven papers. But add in everything else you sent and I'm slightly googly-eyed. Thank you!
Response: Aww shucks :) I'm glad you liked it all. I had a great time putting it together!
evieroz rated for Group: SUSA: 15 used postage stamps. on Aug 10, 2015
Comment: Thanks for all the nice things you sent me. Love everything.
Response: Thank you for the heart :) I appreciated the chance to destash a little, LOL
veronicallama rated for Washi Sample Swap on Aug 7, 2015
Comment: Great washi samples, Helga! and the stickers are cuties :) Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the heart :) I am glad you liked it all!
Comment: Love your pencil drawings! I like the idea of the second one with the man leaning on it like a tree.
Response: Thanks :) I think I'm going to change the straw in his mouth to a pipe...and then the cloud will be pipe smoke.
Comment: Thank you for such a thoughtful swap! I loved the two ATCs. I got a silver sharpie too and I love the effect. I absolutely adore the extra postcards. That was so iind of you to oincludinclude them. The FSM might be my favorite. Thank you!
Response: LOL - I love the FSM, too!!! I'm so glad you liked it all...I had a great time putting it together!
Paige1900 rated for BMG: Easy Sharpie Abstract ATC on Aug 3, 2015
Comment: What a wonderful swap. Thank You so much. I love both your Abstract Sharpie ATCs & of course the wonderful extra postcards you made for me. How terrific! Thank you so so much. :)
Response: Thank you for the kind words and <3! I'm so glad you liked everything :)
Comment: wow. I loved the ATCs - the two styles were very different takes on the project. :) The packaging and the extras also made me smile as well. Thank you so much, it is all wonderful!
Response: You are most welcome! I had a great time making the ATCs and putting together the mailing :)
Comment: I LOVE MY OODIE PATOOTIE!!!! My nerd girl squealed when I saw your card. So adorable and just perfect. thank you so much!
Response: :) I'm so glad you like it! I had a great time playing around with the characters!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - K on Jul 27, 2015
Comment: I love my Kabob, Kite, Kangaroo Kard!
Response: Lol...I'm so glad you like it :) I hope you enjoy your week on the island!
midteacher rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - J on Jul 23, 2015
Comment: I cannot express how much receiving this swap has meant to me! Fist, I truly appreciate the 2 ATC's, they will be hung on my ATC carousel with the rest of the series. Both are so colorful! I also appreciate the diecuts. I have several art journals in the works that they will be used in. THANK YOU! Mostly, I appreciate the letter, the kind words, the hope you have given me through sharing your experience. Many, many, thanks!
Response: You are most welcome! I meant what I said about being a good listener :)
Comment: What an awesome page! I love the detail that you've used in this piece and that you made your own stencil. Well done!
Response: Thank you :) I normally shy away from stencils because I haven't had much luck with them...but tracing one was much easier and less daunting.
Comment: I just love your frog Mandela! It is just fabulous! I am sure the recipient will be over the moon!
Response: Thank you - I'm going to send it to her as a postcard :)
Comment: I love your frog Mandala! I especially like the shading you put in with the colored pencil on the circley bit.
Response: Thank you so much :)
Yofu rated for 200,000th Swap on Jul 9, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome handdrawn Ernie the Envelope -postcard! I really loved it and your long message and the batman stamp. The second postcard with the favourite swap experience also made its journey safely :) I'll send you a PM about those erasers for stamp carving you mentioned
Response: Thank you so much for the rating - and for your patience :)
Karmi53 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - I on Jul 2, 2015
Comment: Hi l think we all need the ice cubes since it is so hot out thank you and then you for the extra butterfly one love them both, have a great summer
Response: Thank you for the heart :) I hope you stay cool this summer!

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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.

techgrlkay on Aug 4, 2015:

Hello Helga, Thank you so much for your very thoughtful and delightful Birthday Pocket letter. You did an amazing job of incorporating ideas and items that I like. Clearly you do read profiles. I am like that too. I read your entire profile when I came to your page! Love your Swapping Philosophy and Etiquette. I thought I was going to have to go to a fire station and ask for the "jaws of life" to get the envelope open though. It was quite a chore and since I had no idea what was inside I was not sure if it was safe to cut the envelope anywhere. But I cut a tiny hole and got it worked out. Love those butterfly nail files. I use them in pocket letters too. They are so great for crafting! All of the wonderful goodies will go to use.
You certainly brought a smile to my face today. It has been a rough week. I was in the hospital but I am home now and just starting to feel better. Thank you ever so much!
Hugs, Kay

lilymonmomma on Jun 5, 2015:

Didn't mean to mislead, I couldn't find my stamps So the postcard went in the mail today :)

lilymonmomma on Jun 1, 2015:

Your postcard will be in the mail tomorrow :)

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