Swap-bot Time: March 26, 2015 3:37 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: March 25, 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 digital crafts (things I make and print out).

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 goes to college in a year :)

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 World of Warcraft with my husband almost every night. 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 twelve 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.

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): Beading, Collages, Crocheting, 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.


lexfrog rated for ⁂Collage Fodder⁂ on Mar 20, 2015
Comment: Thanks for all the collage goodies! I need to take a day off to do some projects with everything!
Response: I'm so glad you like them :) Have fun!!!
Reisegern rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - E on Mar 17, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful ATC, I like it a lot. You did a great drawing. The Zendoodle card is lovely, too
Response: Thank you so much :)
Comment: What lovely pages. I wish I had half the doodling skills you have. I'm working on it, but I just love the intricacy of that calendar size page. Well done! Thanks for sharing it with me.
Response: I just love doodling - it centers me :)
Comment: Love both of your pages, they are both very creative ways to meet this challenge! The heart shaped calendar days are awesome, and the snail is just too cute!
Response: Thanks so much :)
holiveirah rated for SWL: Washi and Doodle Envie 3 on Mar 16, 2015
Comment: I received your lovely envelope today, and liked all the goodies! Thank you :)
Response: Thank you so much for the heart :) I really had fun doodling up the envelope!
Comment: It's a funky postcard :)
Response: Thanks! And thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! I like how you designed the back!
Response: Thank you :) I just can't help but doodle when I see blank spaces, HAHA
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - D on Mar 2, 2015
Comment: WOW...what an amazing envelope again... Your swaps are superb! I love the green Dragon...it's so beautiful! Thank you for the cool stickers too! Many many hearts for you!!
Response: Thanks :) You are so sweet!!!
Comment: Using stencils was a great idea for this swap! And I love the textures/lines that you added inside the shapes!
Response: Thank you :) And I think I'll try my hand at another one now. Thanks so much for the idea!
Comment: Beautiful & balanced ❤️
Response: Thank you :)
Comment: What a lovely page. Thank you for sharing your process and supplies. It's so inspiring!
Response: Thank you :) I'm glad you liked it!
Comment: its beautiful! love the contrast! great job!
Response: Thank you so much :)
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - c on Feb 9, 2015
Comment: I love swapping with people who are nearby. It just feels so rare! I also love your C is for Corset card. It is beautifully drawn!
Response: Thanks :) I've never swapped with anyone THIS close - how cool!
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - b on Feb 6, 2015
Comment: O my goodness...Broccoli! Fabulous! I love it...my favorite color and an excellent ATC. Thank you so much! I love the postcards and of course the extra extra one you sent me written and stamped already... How many hearts can I give you??
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) I was trying to come up with something green that started with the letter B, HAHA!
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - A on Jan 28, 2015
Comment: WoW WoW WoW can we be FRIENDS?? What a GREAT SWAP thank you so much you have cheered me up so much I love the tangled A for Apple card…it is stunning…. I attempt at tangling too…. and all the added postcards well for esp the MOOMIN ones……THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU….just how many <3's can I give YOU…...
Response: I'm so glad you liked it all :) I've been stockpiling postcards and thought I'd share the wealth when I found a fellow enthusiast! Thank you for the kind words. SURE we can be friends :)
ktina rated for SWL - themes in an envie; small/tiny on Jan 10, 2015
Comment: Dear Helga! I don't know where to start, THANK YOU FOR THE BOX! I received it on Monday but I still haven't woken up from the amazement, that was such a wonderful swap! You really went up and beyond in this! That is the first swap I received in 2015 and it really a good start for the year. You made my whole year! I LOVE EVERYTHING! And the small advent calendars are so cute, this will be in a good service in our family and we 'll think of you every Christmas :) I can't say enough thank you and can give only 1 heart...but it worth a million! Happy New Year!
Response: Thank you for the heart :) I just ADORE itty bitty things...so I had an awesome time putting it all together for you. Happy New Year!
squince rated for Christmas Kitty Swap - US Only on Dec 12, 2014
Comment: Ahhhh your package arrived today but I'm not opening until Christmas, so I will change rating to rave reviews with hearts when I do. I'm so excited! So many cute little packages and I LOVED the card!!!! I actually saw this card and wanted to buy for someone else so am STOKED I got one myself! :D Meow! Updating and adding a heart and this because THE PACKAGE WAS AMAZING! I loved EVERY SINGLE THING! And you sent so much! The notecards! The tea towel! The stuff for Bells! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!
Response: HAHAHA! I found that card and I couldn' t resist buying it - it spoke to me as a cat employee (let's be honest we don't own them) :)
Comment: they're so cute!! i love the envelope too, i squeeled when i saw the pixar stamps... haha omg! i collect those. thank you so much! i can definitely tell you read my profile even though you didn't have to. LOVE the extras. you didn't have to! i loved this swap. but the tags, omg. so sweet. :)
Response: I'm so glad you liked them all :) Merry Christmas!
Comment: I won't be opening anything until Christmas, but wow oh wow at all the little goodies! Thank you so much, can't wait to see what's in all of the little packages! And thanks for adding a special one for the kitties!
Response: I hope you enjoy opening them as much as I enjoyed putting them together and wrapping them. It's the most wonderful time...of the year :)
crystalite rated for SWL ~ set of 3 christmas tags on Nov 11, 2014
Comment: Thank you! I love the tags and extras! I am sending yours soon!
Response: You are welcome :) I'm glad you liked them...and can't wait to see what you send!

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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:

WPREGEL on Sep 25, 2014:

Helga, words cannot express how much I appreciate you being so thoughtful. What a nice surprise to have a birthday card in my mailbox from you. Thank you for putting an extra smile on my face. 😊


clutterfree on Sep 16, 2014:

Thank you for my SURPRISE hand made birthday card for the "Location 3" group. It was so thoughtful of you and I really LOVE surprises!!...Blessings...Charlene

MissWhimsy on Sep 8, 2014:

Thankyou for the wonderful hand made Bday card!!! What a treat and that cupcake on it looks yummy too! What a great surprise! Thankyou :) Sarah

Ky on May 1, 2014:

Hi friend! Come check out the Prayer Flag Swap I think it will be a great one! :-)

mosesduo on Feb 18, 2014:

Hi, I saw you have a twelve year old daughter. Maybe she's interested in making ATCs? If so, we'd love to have you join our group, "ATCs for the kiddos".

RyeRye on Feb 14, 2014:

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