Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2018 1:31 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: July 19, 2018
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a high school teacher. I teach Drafting, Architecture, and Interior Design (not decorating).

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 an older cat named Kismet, who is a stray I found in the middle of the road. My daughter has a young cat 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 a 22 yr old son and a 16 yr old daughter. I have an awesome husband, who I'm still crazy about after over twenty years together!

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 Hunter. He plays an UndeadWarlock. 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 and Switch. She is sixteen 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. And I'm currently exploring Kerry Greenwood, thanks to a swapbot friend recommendation.

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, 2010, 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: Elementary, DC Legends, Marvel Agents of SHIELD, Supergirl, and Family Feud (with Steve Harvey). I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix. I really like Masterpiece Mystery and weird Science Fiction stuff. My family has watched all 5 Sharknado movies together...with popcorn...and no distractions. They are so bad they are hilarious. We laughed and laughed.

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, ATCs, 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 sent in a plastic bag and labelled.

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. I'm also a crazy organizer, so I have a little book where I log when I sign up, send, receive, and get rated for swaps :)

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.

Food and Beverages

If I'm in a swap that lends itself to "feeding me or quenching my thirst" then here are some things I like...or don't like.

Likes: Herbal Teas with Orange or Lime, Constant Comment by Bigelow, All kinds of hot chocolates :) I drink hot tea or iced tea at least once a day. I love milk chocolate but it doesn't ship well . I prefer fruity over savory. I am addicted to fruit flavored tic tacs!

Dislikes: I hate coffee...flavored, smell, etc. It's a serious disgust for me. I also don't like spicy things. I don't like minty teas or alcohol.


Arhel rated for HDoP Postcard - Summer themed on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Such a lovely drawing! :D I love the beach, and you captured that mood wonderfully. Thank you for this awesome card!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating and <3!
Frannie rated for New to Zentangling? on Nov 24, 2017
Response: Thank you for rating :)
southerndevil rated for New to Zentangling? on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the extra zentangles! They were all beautiful!
Response: Thank you for the heart :) I'm glad you liked them.
fairyduster53 rated for SUSA - Blue Christmas Tree ATC on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap!
Response: You are so welcome! Thank you for the heart rating :)
Cocoa rated for SUSA - Pink Christmas Tree ATC on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Pink Christmas Tree ATCs. Thanks for the extras
Response: I'm so glad you like them :) Thank you for the <3
Comment: Thank you for not one, but two, fabulous ATCs from my list! And two bonus Peep ATCs that are just too funny!
Response: LOL! I was hoping you'd like the Peeps :) Thank you so much for the <3
mellyrose89 rated for IS: PostCard Swap on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your postcard! :)
Response: You are most welcome :) Thank you for the <3!
Germanbaby77 rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #5-USA on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for the beautiful ATC! Spooktacular job! also, thank you for angeling for the washi swap. that was very nice of you! 5 extra hearts!
Response: It was my pleasure! Thank you for the kind rating and heart :)
thequilterslink rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #5-USA on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: Thanks, love it and the extras
Response: You are most welcome :) Thanks for rating so quickly!
artgirl29 rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #5-USA on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Awesome tombstone, thanks. Thanks for the extras.
Response: No problem! My pleasure! Thank you for the <3 and quick rating.
joybells2426 rated for IS: PostCard Swap on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the awesome Star Wars card! I have watched some of the new Netflix MST3K and I really like a few and really don’t like a few. But I was that way with the old show too. I really loved most of the Mike episodes, but Joel was hit or miss. Also, me and two of my kids loved the Series of Unfortunate Events. The youngest just isn’t old enough to read it yet ;)
Response: I loved Mike, too! Joel was a little whiny for me...kinda irritating, LOL. Thank you so much for the <3 rating!
Germanbaby77 rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #4-USA on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful tombstone ATC! I love how it turned out! Thank you also for the angel-ing of two swaps I was flaked on! You are truly a gem! 5 additional hearts!
Response: Aww shucks! I'm glad you liked it all. I had a great time putting it together for you :)
Froggy2974 rated for IS: PostCard Swap on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful postcard. This one will be displayed on my office wall.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) How cool that you display swaps at work. I should try that!
luv2kraft rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #4-USA on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Love this textured tombstone.Thanks for the well crafted atc.I appreciate the extras and the extra atcs.The zentangle is fascinating.The peeps is sweet.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it all :) I really take my time with ATCs and love that you appreciate the work that goes into them <3
Artstamper rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #4-USA on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Loved the background on the tombstone, always like a little sparkle! The envelope was so much fun with all the tombstones, enjoyed the names you put on them. Last but not least thank you for adding so many zines. thanks for such a great swap.Like the swap journal zine!!
Response: You are so welcome! I went through a phase with zines...and kept copies of them in a shoe box :) It's nice to pull them out once in a while and share them!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I love the edging!!!
Response: I'm glad it made it to you safely - I was worried :)
RooBaRoo rated for IS: Make a Mandala PC on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: It's beautiful, thank you! Even if you do not generally colour, I love your colour scheme, it literally exudes positivity!
Response: Thank you :) I'm so glad you liked it!
Comment: thank you for the ATC!!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the <3!
travelgirlem rated for A letter from my pet on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Made my day! Had me laughing so hard, has to be the best letter ever written! Thank you so much!!!!
Response: Aww shucks, thanks :) I'm glad you liked it!
jukejan rated for IS: Make a Mandala PC on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: What unbelievable detail & color (both sides). You really outdid yourself and created a masterpiece!
Response: Thank you SO much :) You are so kind. I really had a great time doodling it!

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Stargazer008 on Jul 15, 2018:

Hello. Hello. Oh - what a heartwarming surprise in my letter box. Thank you so much for your birthday greeting! Have a wonderful summer with lots of lovely moments! Smiles, Joana

shinyserra on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you very much for the awesome birthday postcard!!!!!

samjowers on Jul 7, 2018:

Thank you for my wonderful Birthday Post Card!!! literally the first one ive ever received!!! It made my day! thank you thank you thank you!!!

MsLee on Jun 30, 2018:

Thank you so much for my lovely Birthday sign! It was a wonderful and totally unexpected surprise. Blessings from Burbank, CA

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

ContraryHousewife on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

SuZignomeMoM on Aug 8, 2017:

Thank you very much for the great ATCs.


Germanbaby77 on Aug 1, 2017:

thank you so much for the stunning RAK ATCs! LOVE them all! thank you, thank you, thank you!

CurlyTea on Jul 31, 2017:

Thanks for the awesomely creepy ATCs.

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