Swap-bot Time: May 28, 2015 7:03 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: May 27, 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. I watched Sharknado 2 with my kids last summer and loved it. It was so bad it was hilarious. We laughed and laughed. We watched the first one together, too!

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, Beading, Collages, Crocheting, Drawing, Making Miniatures (dollhouse scale), Mixed Media Projects, Origami, Polymer Clay, Pysanky Eggs, 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 :)

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.


fabmama72 rated for Star Wars Postcard Swap - USA on May 26, 2015
Comment: Thank you for going over and beyond the swap - love the pc's and thanks for the consideration of mailing in an envelop :)
Response: It was my pleasure! I'm so glad you like the postcards :)
squince rated for Star Wars Postcard Swap - USA on May 26, 2015
Comment: I got both of your cards today! Thanks!
Response: Awesome :) Thank you so much for the <3!!!
mandymo rated for ATC: An Owl and a Something: A on May 23, 2015
Comment: Oh my gosh I love this card so much! What an adorable idea. Coming up with something A was more difficult than I thought. I didn't want to use Apple. I finally settled on Antlers, but Argyle Socks is perfect! Also thank you for the fabulous extras. What a wonderful swap. Thank you!
Response: Thanks :) I was trying to stay away from obvious words as well. Thank you so much for the heart!
Comment: OMG too cute! Love at first sight!!
Response: Awww, thanks :) I'm so glad you liked it.
SamiE rated for Number Series ATC: #3 on May 19, 2015
Comment: Your ATC is super. You have talent. Thanks so much, and for the extras.
Response: Oh thank you so much :) I had a great time making it!
Comment: Your Blue Zentangle Dragon is awesome! ❤️❤️❤️I'm getting inspired by you 2 to try this technique again :-) Thank you!!
Response: Awww, thanks :) I just love tangling - it's so calming and peaceful. Thank you so much for the <3's :)
eepy rated for (PCG) May - Themed (Animal) on May 18, 2015
Comment: Hi Helga, Thanks a bunch - I love those Boxville postcards - and I don't think it's possible for a kitten to be "too" cute. This one is adorable!
Response: I totally agree - there is no limit to the cuteness of a kitten :) Thanks so much for the heart.
evieroz rated for Group: SUSA: Handmade envelopes. on May 17, 2015
Comment: Hi Helga, thank you for all the handmade envies and all the x'tras.
Response: You are most welcome :) I hope they come in handy.
lillilstar rated for Number Series ATC: #2 on May 13, 2015
Comment: Your ATC was pretty pretty! I like it! Thank you for the extra stickers too!
Response: You are welcome :) Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for sending your gorgeous zentangle. I just took my first zentangle class last night (funny enough) and I am so impressed with yours! The ridges in the light blue are especially lovely.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I have "take an official zentangle class" on my bucket list. I've had to teach myself with books so far :)
Comment: Love your dragon! We must have been in a similar mood when we created our because I did a blue zentangle also, lol. Though your dragon is amazing!
Response: Thank you so much :) Great minds think alike!
sammalmquist rated for (PCG) May - Themed (Animal) on May 7, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love the postcard AND the beautiful mushroom drawings, I love it all :)
Response: Thank you :) I just love doodling on postcards!
Comment: Thank you ~ great selection! I love the ones you made the best!
Response: Awww, thank you :) I'm glad you liked them all.
Fabriqueen rated for Group: SUSA: Handmade envelopes. on May 6, 2015
Comment: These envelopes are simply wonderful!!!! Thank you so much, Helga. Hugs, Diane
Response: I'm so glad you liked them :) Thank you for the <3
Lamont1989 rated for Getting to know you swap #1 on May 4, 2015
Response: Thank you for rating so quickly :)
Jannified rated for Getting to know you swap #1 on May 4, 2015
Comment: Sayyyy what.... Helga is a beautiful name, those kids were silly for making fun of your name! And I will definitely look out for Raising Arizona in the movies.... seems like its my kinda movie too! I enjoyed your answers, thank you for sharing (:
Response: Awww, thanks :) Raising Arizona is an early Cohen brothers movie...and it just hilarious. Thank you so much for the <3
paperlover rated for Getting to know you swap #1 on May 3, 2015
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing! I enjoyed reading your answers.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Lindor1770 rated for Random (PC) - April on Apr 29, 2015
Comment: thank you for the cute kitty post card! so sweet :)
Response: I'm so glad you liked it - thank you for the heart :)
goodie2shoes rated for Number Series ATC: #1 on Apr 25, 2015
Comment: love it! thank you:)
Response: Aww, thanks :) I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - G on Apr 23, 2015
Comment: Those garters have made me gleefully giggle! Fantastic work and what a great sense of humor too!
Response: I see what you did there...garters, gleefully, giggle...nice! :)

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Mugsie on May 5, 2015:

@Manurnakey ~

For the birthday card! It was so, so nice of you! Your awesome, thank you! XO Kelly :)

Loonstruck on Apr 23, 2015:

I came home to some wonderful and random mail today. Thank you for the beautiful peacock postcard and the poem that would make the hardest heart giggle. Happy National Poetry Month!

Kimmi50 on Apr 13, 2015:

THANK YOU so much for the pretty birthday card, how very thoughtful of you, I appreciate it very much it made my day! 💖😊 🌟💖

LisaLisa3 on Apr 5, 2015:

I was so surprised to receive a birthday card today from you! That is so sweet, you really made my day. Thank you for taking the time to do that, it means a lot. : )

pobuffy on Apr 4, 2015:

Thank you so very much for the birthday card you sent me through the Location x3 group. It was a wonderful surprise. Thanks for thinking of me. Rebecca/pobuffy

CarolWestcamp on Apr 2, 2015:

I received a totally unexpected birthday card from you from the Location x3 group. Thank you! That was very sweet. :)

Jessiebean on Mar 9, 2015:

Thank you so much for my beautiful birthday card!

mamalynn on Feb 1, 2015:

Hi there! I received the great postcard you sent to me as a part of the ABC ATC swap... It's gorgeous, thank you so much!

jpngirl on Dec 26, 2014:

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stocking! I was worried that you might have read the book already, so I'm glad that it sounds like it might be new to you. Thanks for the kind message -- I had fun trying to gather things you might like! Merry Christmas!

emilynhr on Dec 23, 2014:

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