Swap-bot Time: July 1, 2016 1:35 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: July 1, 2016
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me

IMPORTANT UPDATE: I will be traveling out of town to visit family from June 3rd through 12th. My kids will be collecting my mail and keeping it safe for me. I will go through all swaps as soon as I can and rate every single thing I received while I was gone. Thanks so much for understanding.

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 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, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Returned, 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, 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.

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.


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.
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 :)
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ Z on Jun 2, 2016
Comment: Beautiful, as always! Did I ever tell you how much I loved Zippos when I was a teen? I had absolutely no use for them but I was fascinated!
Response: I had a boyfriend who smoked and had a zippo. I loved the smell of them :)
IsadoraWing rated for mpu: Mad Lib Theme Zine on May 27, 2016
Comment: I laughed out loud at all the Perry images. Thank you!
Response: I had an awesome time putting it all together. This was a super fun swap!
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are very welcome :) Thank you so much for the heart.
oblivionspin rated for mpu: Mad Lib Theme Zine on May 25, 2016
Comment: What a fun little zine! Your illustrations and little poem were so much fun. Thank you for sharing your creativity!
Response: I hope it helped brighten your day a little. I'm so sorry you are dealing with grieving right now. If I can find a copy - I'll send you the zine I created when I lost my kitty. I used writing about him as a cathartic release :)
kiddomerriweather rated for mpu: Mad Lib Theme Zine on May 23, 2016
Comment: I loved this zine so much! I've been in a bad mood all day and this was the first time I've smiled. Thank you so much for that. Thank you for the washi tape samples as well. "Tyler Perry and the Low Body of Water" is an instant classic!
Response: LOL!!! I'm so glad it came at just the right time :) Hope your week gets better soon!
user4532 rated for Unconventional ATC # 3 on May 20, 2016
Comment: I am still mesmerised by the 3D printed kitty! Wow it's really cool! First one I've ever seen, how do you to it? Like a 3D printer, so cool! I love Perler beads! Now I know what to do with them!🌺🌸😊. I'm just going to have to steal that idea! Lol. Thanks so much there the best in my collection of ATC's. AND that you took the time to draw those pretty Eiffel tower and London Bridge the snail is adorable! Need a pen pal? 📫
Response: I'd love to have a pen pal!!! I have a 3D printer at work and have been printing student work for the past week. Monday I should finally be able to print the Eiffel Tower ATC I originally modeled for you. If you write me back - I'll send it :)
AshbyDanielle rated for A.I - Alphabet ATC - B on May 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile and looking at my pictures :) I love your atc. I used the same colored pencils and some outlining
Response: I'm so glad you like it :) I've tried other methods, but I always come back to colored pencils and sharpies, LOL
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ W on May 16, 2016
Comment: Waffles and watch! Super cool! I love them both and love your drawings!! Thank you so much for these great additions to my ATC collection! Will miss this series!!
Response: Me, too! I'm really loving these ABC Letter ATCs! Thank you so much for the sweet rating :)
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ X on May 13, 2016
Comment: Awwww…I love receiving from YOU…. and I Love the Xerox…. as I school nurse I used one a lot also…..and never knew the word Xenopus….. love it…will look it uP. You always make the BEST ATC's…. OK looked it up….never knew there was a clawed FROG…..so I have learned something new……thank you so much! HUGS!
Response: Thank you :) Big Hugs coming your way as well!!!
mcall rated for A.I. Backgrounds JUNK Mail on May 13, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs and goodies too ;) I love the envelope!!!
Response: Thanks :) This was an "outta my normal zone" swap for me. I'm glad you liked it!
isabellasnow rated for A.I. Backgrounds JUNK Mail on May 13, 2016
Comment: Hi Helga! I love it when you're my sending partner because I know I'm in for a treat. Your "junk" backgrounds don't look junky at all ;+) They're so neat. And a kitty card . . . and kitty stickers . . . AND a kitty art envie? I'm in heaven! Is Maximus an actual kitty? We had a beagle (Chance) who was fairly young when the movie, Gladiator, came out and I nicknamed him "Tankus Maximus" (he was large) . . . so the Maximus brought back such fond memories. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable swap.
Response: Yes - Maximus is my grand kitten. He's a big ole Tom Cat - so my daughter thought he was Kittimus Maximus! I'm so glad you liked it all :)

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RyeRye on Jun 15, 2016:

Thanks for joining and taking part of INSPIRATION STATION!

BelfryBat on May 5, 2016:

Thank you for the Star Wars pic! I was working on my swap item last night and didn't even realize it was the 4th.

wolfeagle on May 4, 2016:


wolfeagle on Apr 1, 2016:


Happy April Fool's Day!

oblivionspin on Mar 30, 2016:

I wanted you to know that while recreating mini pocket letters did not go well for me, (I just don't have the tools to fuse plastic that accurately and safely) I had already made a ton of mini filler things and went on to make mini letters and even an itty bitty flat rate box with goodies in it.
So thank you so so much for sharing your proto-type with me and giving me some really fun inspiration!
Here's my mini box:

And "shrunk" mail:

Ky on Mar 29, 2016:

I LOVE the pictures you have posted on my profile!! Thank you friend! :-)

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2016:


abbyaguas on Mar 11, 2016:

Hi Helga :)

I would just like to thank you for the birthday card that you sent to me last year :) I was searching for your username quite some time, and now, I finally found you :)

Thank you so much for sending a birthday card :) It really means so much to me!

wolfeagle on Feb 27, 2016:


JeanetteC on Feb 17, 2016:

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!

I really enjoyed reading your profile...I think we have a bit in common. Have you watched Orphan Black? think you might like the series =o)

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