Swap-bot Time: July 24, 2016 7:36 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: July 23, 2016
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me

URGENT UPDATE: I will be heading back to North Carolina to visit my parents - short notice. I will probably be gone the last week in July. I'm getting ALL my swaps that are ending during that time in the mail before I leave. I will not be able to rate any received swaps until I return though. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

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 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 20 yr old son and a 14 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 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 fourteen 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, 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, Face-off, Skin Wars, Supernatural, Dexter, 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 3 Sharknado movies together...with popcorn...and no distractions. They are so bad they are hilarious. We laughed and laughed. We are looking forward to Sharknado IV at the end of July!!!

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 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. 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.


CrazyCatChick rated for Make my cat(s) a toy. US only on Jul 23, 2016
Comment: Great cat toys!! Thanks so much!!!
lyzz rated for Stationary Creationary (USA) on Jul 23, 2016
Comment: Wow they are amazing thank you and matching envelopes!!! Thank you and omg i love your stamps and washi!!! Omg even the besties love it ok so we need a list of where you got the washi and the stamps lady!
AshbyDanielle rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 5 on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much and also #2 you made me extra happy opening that today!
Response: Aww shucks :) I'm so glad you liked them. I tried to make the #2 one completely different from the #5 to mix things up a bit. Looking forward to partnering with you again somewhere between #6 and #9 :)
valentina22 rated for PSUSA ~ Affirmation Ornament on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: I absolutely love all of the affirmation ornaments-Wow did I hit the jackpot! great beads on the Jack London quote and the colors are so bright and fun. Thanks for a great swap!!
Response: I had so much fun making them! I had to make myself stop so I could get them in the mail, LOL! Thanks so much for the heart :)
ladydy5 rated for A.I. - Alphabet ATC - F on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: Forgot Fennel, great job on it. Thank you so much for participating. Next is G which is up for you to do
Response: Already signed up! I love these Alphabet ATC swaps. Thank you SO much for hosting them :) And thank you for the sweet rating!
stephiedee rated for MPU: Shaped ATC on Jul 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the epic ATC, Helga! I love it of course. I only just put Spanish Revival architecture on my profile...not thinking anyone would really notice, so this is fabulous. Thanks again, I'm glad you had fun with the swap!
Response: I'm so glad you loved it - I'm a HUGE fan on Spanish Revival myself :) I love the arches and the bell towers and the courtyards and the wrought iron...I teach Architecture in high school and the Arch Styles unit is one of my favorite ones. This was truly a labor of love for me :)
hibiscus rated for A.I. Alphabet "E" ATC on Jul 10, 2016
Comment: Great envelope! Loved the card looked just like my cat! Lovely color pencil work on "my beach!" How you made the "e" I can't imagine... But the elderberry was absolute perfection! Amazed at the leaves... Thanks for a wonderful atc!
Response: You are most welcome :) I'm glad you liked them both!
Comment: Thank you! The flower postcard is so pretty, vibrant and cheerful. It's on my display board so I can smile at it. I love it!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the card :) Thank you for the super sweet rating and heart!
dawnielynn rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 4 on Jul 8, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and wonderfully embellished envelope, it really brightened up my day!
Response: You are most welcome :) I'm glad you liked it!
bbsporty rated for Do Not Disturb on Jul 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for my awesome postcard!!! The dragon looks just like the Gap Dragon in the book! This will be going up on my wall with my other favorites!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) It's always fun to find a kindred spirit on swap-bot :)
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 3 on Jul 5, 2016
Comment: Wow! Oh my! This is amazing! Gorgeous 3D effect and beautiful tangles... I love it! Thank you so much! Wouldn't mind getting the whole series of this :-) Thank you also for the stickers and cut-outs! Many hearts to you!
Response: Aww shucks :) You're making me blush. Thanks so much for the sweet rating!
Comment: This is a wonderful PC. I wish I had your talent for zentangling, but alas, I have to enjoy other's like your's. Just beautiful!! Thank you so much for taking the time to create it for me.
Response: Thank you so much for the heart :) I love zentangling - it's very relaxing.
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 1 on Jun 28, 2016
Comment: Oh I love swapping with you……thanks for the great ZENTANGLED one…..big HUG!
Response: You are so welcome :) We really have built quite a close knit group with these Alphabet and Number swaps! I'm loving it!
wittmert rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard on Jun 26, 2016
Comment: Gorgeous!
Response: Thank you so much :)
ladydy5 rated for Make a Magnet - USA on Jun 25, 2016
Comment: Thank you many times
Response: You are very welcome :) Thanks so much for hosting! I had a great time making them!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 2 on Jun 25, 2016
Comment: How lucky am I to have you as my friend! It's beautiful, thank you! Will you have time for a crafternoon on July 16th?
Response: I think I'm available...I don't foresee any reason why not :) Thanks so much for the heart. I love having you as a friend, too!
hibiscus rated for A.I. - Alphabet ATC "D" on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: great choice! dragon fruit ...love it...I have always wanted to taste one...this is not an easy thing to draw and you did a great job...that was a wonderful set of washi tapes you sent along...thank you so much I like using them ...these are great...
Response: I was so close to making daisies...but really wanted to do a fruit. Thank goodness for the internet - what did we do without it :) Thank you so much for the <3
Tjace007 rated for A.I. - Alphabet ATC - "C" on Jun 6, 2016
Comment: Thank you Helga for the lovely card. also I will check on the Rita Mae Brown and Lillian Jackson Brown - series books.
Response: I'm so glad you liked my cabbage :) Thank you so much for the <3 rating!
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ Y on Jun 6, 2016
Comment: yo yo & yarn….I put a yo yo on mine too and I love the yarn with the kitty paw… I just LOVE your style……so much fun…Thank you again for a GREAT swap!!! Hugs my friend!!!!
Response: Thank you so much! It's been awesome having you as a partner so frequently - I feel like we've bonded, LOL
Comment: Love your headbanging skeleton ATC, Helga! He rocks (har har)! ;) Thanks also for the washi tape samples...I don't have any like them.
Response: HAHA! I'm so glad you liked him...and the washi samples. I'm a bit of a washi hoarder :)

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RyeRye on Jul 22, 2016:

LOVE the Kismet story! Thanks for sharing with me. I had a heck of a time with my 4 cats while I was making the toys!~ I'd get one done set it down to start another and the 1st one would be gone. LOL
Just rub the toys between your hands to regenerate the smell for Kismet. We use "Cosmic Catnip" bought in a small tub at Pet Co. The scent lasts about a whole year!

Loonstruck on Jul 14, 2016:

Thank you for the wonderful randomail. What's sad is that I knew that 'fria' means cold but damned if I could pull it up out of my memory bank to convey it to someone else. I needed the good laugh today. Thank you!

Stargazer008 on Jul 14, 2016:

Wow I am speechless– today I found your awesome card in my letterbox!!!! Thank you so much for your this wonderful Birthday Card and Wishes! That is really a lovely surprise! :)

pkpeace on Jul 13, 2016:

I LOVE the PEACE ATC! Wow! Thank you so much for MPU Random mail July!!

auralily on Jul 13, 2016:

Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday card!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 13, 2016:

Thank you for the awesome MPU Randomail package you sent to me. I love how you sent it in a Chinese take out box. The lucky stars are amazing! I've never seen any that are that perfect. I love the clay pieces. If they're not too heavy, I may make them into brooches. The crocheted octopus is adorable as are the ocean critters stickers. Thanks for your kind letter as well. I plan to take some of your advice. :)

rsj244 on Jul 12, 2016:

Thanks bunches for my cute, glittery birthday card! So appreciated :)

mandigutterrose on Jul 11, 2016:

Thank you so much for the great birthday card!

mandigutterrose on Jul 11, 2016:
cayers2 on Jul 11, 2016:

Thank you so much, Helga, for the sweet birthday card! That was very kind and thoughtful of you!

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