Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2019 8:20 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: February 18, 2019
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a kind person and I love meeting other kind people!

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

In the evenings, I love Crafting. I like all types of crafting. My recent passion is 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.

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 obscure ones, 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. I'm also trying to incorporate more RAKs into my swapping :)

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.


vlhafer54 rated for QUICK Animal Postcard #1 on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the birds!
Response: You are so welcome :)
marliese rated for HDoP: spring flower postcard on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card - really pretty!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) Thank you for the <3
Emro rated for G-Nerds: Game-ATC A-Z - “C” on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the awesome Contra art! I personally don't know this game, but my boyfriend recognized it straight away! ☺ Thank you so much for the lovely extras as well! 😍
Response: Your boyfriend is awesome...and so are you :) Thank you so much for the heart rating <3
fluffyjunk rated for G-Nerds: Game-ATC A-Z - “B” on Feb 4, 2019
Comment: Your second ATC for our ATC-series was even better! Not only was it beautiful drawn as well.... I really never heard of the game Banjo-Kazooie! But now I have to do some research. :D Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to swap with you! :)
Response: Awesome! That's one of the cool things about this swap series - finding new games to explore. Thank you so much for the kind ratings :)
fluffyjunk rated for G-Nerds: Game-ATC A-Z - “A” on Feb 4, 2019
Comment: I am so stunned by your drawing skills... Amazing! Thank you so much for this Ark-ATC! I did not play it but I watched a lot of lets-play-videos on youtube. Does your husband and kids have pet-dinosaurs? :D And thank you also for ALL the extras! It was so much! O_O
Response: Yes, my family has pet dinosaurs and pterodactyl mounts :) I'm so glad you liked my ATC. Thank you for the <3
Comment: Awesome!! You must've had some long and boring meetings too, lol! Thank you!
Response: I did! LOL! And I'm always early to meetings :) Thank you for the heart.
postalwanderer rated for Coloring Collab Postcard #55 on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this cool postcard!
Response: I"m so glad you liked it :) Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You are so welcome. Sorry it took so long to respond. I've had computer issues at home.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Art Deco postcard! In the next town over from mine there is a movie theatre with a black and white Art Deco facade. So much more interesting than the big multi mega theatres!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. We have a lot of really beautiful old Art Deco buildings in downtown Kansas City :)
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad it made it :) Thank you for the <3!
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Ransom Note Postcard on Aug 26, 2018
Comment: OMGosh, 10 hearts and laughing faces! Best incoming card of the week! :D I rarely post incoming mail on my Instagram feed anymore (not enough time to do it all), but this one was a Winner!! Thanks for the great laughs ~
Response: I'm so glad you loved it :) I had a great time making it!!! I read your profile and I just knew that was the perfect 'threat.' LOL
Comment: Thank you for the card you colored on. I will color a part of it and forward on to be finished. Also I love the dragon postcard you sent. Will be kept and not put in share box.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the dragon card :) Thank you so much for the heart.
Comment: Hi Helga, thanks for joining these swaps. Thanks for the card to color and send on its way. And thank you so much for the cool kitty postcard, your kindness in sending me this is really appreciated. I am going to put it on my refrigerator so I can see it everyday. As a teenager I had a yellow kitten who looked just like this. His name was Tigger and he lived until I was 30 years of age!!
Response: I'm really enjoying the swaps - the coloring is very relaxing :) I can't wait to get one of my own back! I also had a kitty that helped me through the awkward teen years!
GrumpyBear rated for GrumpyBear and Mannie on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: Everything is awesome so love the skull postcards beyond awesome thanks so much for swap
Response: You are so welcome :) I'm glad you liked it all!
Comment: thanks for choosing a card from my profile..love the goth/victorian vibe- this will go on my wall x
Response: Yay! I'm glad you liked it :) Thank you for the heart.
uiltje rated for Quick Swap - 2 Postcards - 2 Partners on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your prehistorical postcard of London. Once I received a pile of old PC's. Didn't know to do with it. Now I use them more and more. Is it because of my age? ;-)
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! LOL - Everyone likes nostalgic now :)
Xira rated for IS: Summertime postcard on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much Helga, I love the fun beach postcard you drew me! Enjoy summer! Groetjes Barbara
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart :) I hope you have a great summer as well!
Drvr337 rated for CPG: Answer My Question (US Only) on Aug 8, 2018
Comment: My Mom had tea roses in her garden so that is the smell that makes me think of her. Cool that we have AutoCAD in common. Great postcard! Thank you!
Response: Awesome! Thanks for the heart!
gizmodust rated for Coloring Collab PC #49 add postage on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the GREAT swap. I admire your talent. The designs are gorgeous !!! I like your choice of colors too. Love the kitties too. Pretty much like all things KITTY. Thanks again.
Response: Thank you so much for the compliments :) I'm glad you liked it. I <3 kitties, too!!!
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!

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wunderland on Jan 9, 2019:

stopping by to say Hi, and Happy Belated Birthday!

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

NiniJae on Sep 15, 2018:

This is VERY late, but I wanted to Thank You for the lovely handmade Birthday Postcard you very kindly sent to me in July. It was a huge surprise for me! Thank You!

paraxparaxnoia on Sep 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for the birthday surprise you sent to me and my sister, it's been SO long since I last had Tootsie Rolls, I was in heaven! And the individual envelopes, so thoughtful! Definitely one of the best presents :) thank you so much!

XOXO, Noora (and Eve :D)

Coss on Sep 5, 2018:

Thanks for working on my abstract postcard. It turned out very nicely.

mgallardo68 on Jul 23, 2018:

Hello dear @Manurnakey What a lovely surprise I found in my PoBox!! Thank you so much for your handmade birthday postcard!! I loved it but mostly I am thankful you took the time to send me something!! Many hugs!

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

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