Swap-bot Time: April 30, 2016 9:58 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: April 29, 2016
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: Sherlock, Elementary, Broadchurch, Face-off, Heroes Reborn, 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, 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.


devotedstudent rated for "Owned by a Cat" ATC on Apr 28, 2016
Response: Thank you for rating :)
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Put a "Dog" on it Postcard on Apr 23, 2016
Comment: Helga thanks so much for the Doxie!! Wonderful PC :D
Response: Thank you :) I had a great time drawing it! I think Dachshunds are so super cute!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ U on Apr 23, 2016
Comment: Unconventional, indeed! Love it! Can't wait to see you next Saturday.
Response: Looking forward to it :) I'm glad you liked it!
stitchinwitch rated for Just to Say Hello on Apr 21, 2016
Comment: Lovely note, thank you x
Response: Thank you so much for rating - and the <3 :)
sweet3pea3 rated for "Owned by a Cat" ATC on Apr 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATCs. I'm amazed about using the 3D printer in that way. I love them. Thanks again
Response: I'm glad you liked them :) I am trying to explore some unconventional mediums for ATCs...but I always chicken out and make a traditional paper one, too, LOL
Comment: Thank you for 2 beautiful ATCs!! I love them so much!! :)
Response: Oh I'm so glad :) I had a great time researching what they were, LOL! Super cool animals!
bigmamabird rated for Non-Paper ATC on Apr 7, 2016
Comment: Your two cards represent the past and the future! So cool..! You'll know what I mean but since others won't---The embroidered one is our past and the 3-D printed one is our future! Thanks for sending the two, and the extras, you've gone above and beyond...Oh and that little embroidered bird...swoon!
Response: Awww, I'm so glad you liked them :) Thank you for the heart and very kind rating!
Arhel rated for HDoP - owl postcard - INT on Apr 5, 2016
Comment: Dear Helga, I just received your wonderfully detailed zentangled owl! :D I love the postcard - it was a wonderful idea to leave the drawing black and white so I can color it! Collaborations are so much fun! <3 Thank you so, so much!!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) I had a great time drawing it - I'd love to see it colored if you get the chance to do so!
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ T on Mar 31, 2016
Comment: Oh how I LOVE swapping with you…. not only aTURTLE but TOO TICKY….who would have known of that!!! love you love the swap….and thanks also for the washi tapes…..HUGS….. hope to see you in my mailbox ALOT…….
Response: HAHAHAH!!! It's crazy that you keep getting "stuck with me" but I'm glad you are enjoying the cards :)
Fry rated for MPU: I've Got Some ATCs (EDITED) on Mar 30, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC! And extras! And the awesome envie! Everything made it in one piece! You are awesome! They are all keepers! Happy swapping friend!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them all :) Thank you for the <3
Comment: Yes, we often joke my first grandson was my daughter's dog. lol Thank you for the thoughtful postcard.
Response: :) I'm so glad you liked it, LOL
Comment: Wow. This is the kind of swap that hearts were made for. You went so above and beyond with not only a neat pocket letter, but a mini pocket letter inside the pocket letter! I am going to have to brainstorm how to make my own miniature pocket letters because that is by far one of the coolest mail ideas I have ever seen! The ATC's are great too, but that little pocket letter blew me away...
Response: Aww shucks :) Thanks so much for the sweet rating. I made the mini pocket letter as a prototype for another swap and thought you'd like it!
sweetgypsy rated for ATC Trade off! on Mar 26, 2016
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the 5 and heart :)
meeltje57 rated for HMPC: Put a "Bunny" on it Postcard on Mar 22, 2016
Comment: Such a LOVELY handdrawn postcard. I wished I could do that. Thanks many 💙💜💛❤️💚
Response: Awww, thanks so much :) I'm so glad you liked it!
isabellasnow rated for A.I. - Twinchies on Mar 21, 2016
Comment: Hi Helga! I am in LOVE with my little twinchies! Wow . . . I can't believe how well you draw! My absolute favorite is the whale! or maybe it's the koi . . . or the frog ;+) I love them all! And you sent so many. I am one lucky duck ;+) Plus the envelope had a kitty on it . . . hooray! Kitties are my fav. Thanks so much for creating something so special for me. Hope to swap together again soon.
Response: Twinchies are like potato chips...who can stop at just a few :) I'm so glad you liked them. And thank you for the kind words and the <3
ContraryHousewife rated for Easter in Miniature on Mar 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you for all the cute handmade goodies. The jellybeans are so tiny and I love the colors in the tatted pieces. I have already set it up for Easter in my dollhouse.
Response: Thank you for sending pictures - how super cute!!!
SwampWitch rated for RCAS ~ Video Games ~ HD/HP on Mar 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for your ATCs (getting 3 was so unexpected)! Your envelope was also amazingly decorated <3 <3 <3
Response: I had a great time researching some of the characters and making them :) Thank you so much for the <3s
RooBaRoo rated for HMPC: Put a "Cat" on it Postcard on Mar 10, 2016
Comment: I like it :)
Response: Thank you :) And thank you for the heart!
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ S on Mar 8, 2016
Comment: Oh wow wow wow what a SWAP ( that starts with S also!!! ) I love both ATC's the SNAIL and the SCANDINAVIAN FOLK DANCER…..thank you thank you thank you!!!!
Response: You are most welcome :) I look forward to exchanging more letter ATCs with you soon!
pandorasxbox rated for group HD/Hp Doll House Zine on Mar 7, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the awesome zine, plus the extra little swap journal! I love them both ^_^
Response: Thank you for the kind words and rating :)

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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)

Ky on Feb 14, 2016:

You're so sweet!! Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

oblivionspin on Feb 13, 2016:

I am glad you enjoyed the little envie I sent. (: I hope you have a wonderful weekend and valentine's day!

isabellasnow on Feb 9, 2016:

Thank you SOOOOO much for the sweet kimono dolls! I can't believe you sent them to me--so thoughtful. They are gorgeous and making me anxious to start creating mine. ;+)

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