Swap-bot Time: August 1, 2015 1:27 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: July 31, 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 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: 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): Art Journaling, Beading, Collages, Crocheting, Drawing, 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.


Comment: I LOVE MY OODIE PATOOTIE!!!! My nerd girl squealed when I saw your card. So adorable and just perfect. thank you so much!
Response: :) I'm so glad you like it! I had a great time playing around with the characters!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - K on Jul 27, 2015
Comment: I love my Kabob, Kite, Kangaroo Kard!
Response: Lol...I'm so glad you like it :) I hope you enjoy your week on the island!
midteacher rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - J on Jul 23, 2015
Comment: I cannot express how much receiving this swap has meant to me! Fist, I truly appreciate the 2 ATC's, they will be hung on my ATC carousel with the rest of the series. Both are so colorful! I also appreciate the diecuts. I have several art journals in the works that they will be used in. THANK YOU! Mostly, I appreciate the letter, the kind words, the hope you have given me through sharing your experience. Many, many, thanks!
Response: You are most welcome! I meant what I said about being a good listener :)
Comment: What an awesome page! I love the detail that you've used in this piece and that you made your own stencil. Well done!
Response: Thank you :) I normally shy away from stencils because I haven't had much luck with them...but tracing one was much easier and less daunting.
Comment: I just love your frog Mandela! It is just fabulous! I am sure the recipient will be over the moon!
Response: Thank you - I'm going to send it to her as a postcard :)
Comment: I love your frog Mandala! I especially like the shading you put in with the colored pencil on the circley bit.
Response: Thank you so much :)
Yofu rated for 200,000th Swap on Jul 9, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome handdrawn Ernie the Envelope -postcard! I really loved it and your long message and the batman stamp. The second postcard with the favourite swap experience also made its journey safely :) I'll send you a PM about those erasers for stamp carving you mentioned
Response: Thank you so much for the rating - and for your patience :)
Karmi53 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - I on Jul 2, 2015
Comment: Hi l think we all need the ice cubes since it is so hot out thank you and then you for the extra butterfly one love them both, have a great summer
Response: Thank you for the heart :) I hope you stay cool this summer!
willowh rated for 2015 art journal photos - the ocean on Jun 29, 2015
Comment: I'm in love with this style you created for your journal :-) it's whimsical and wonderful! Thank you so much :-)
Response: Thank you :) I'm really having a good time with the whole mandala doodle technique.
servingHim rated for 200,000th Swap on Jun 29, 2015
Comment: Thanks so much for the post card and for sharing about your favorite swap experience. Thanks also for the extra ones. You are quite the artist!!
Response: Thank you so much. I really appreciate your patience with this swap and the <3 :)
Comment: Beautiful page! I love your interpretation for this challenge. And I actually like that the circles go through the animals because it makes it look like a dial that you can turn!
Response: Wow - what a great way to look at it - thanks :) I wonder how I can incorporate that dial in future tangles...very cool idea!
CalyD rated for 2015 art journal photos - the ocean on Jun 24, 2015
Comment: Wow! Really nice. I don't have the patience to do mandalas, but I love seeing them! Thanks for the great explanation too. Happy Swapping!
Response: Thank you :) I've always loved zentangling, so this is a new twist on something I find peaceful and calming.
cynlen rated for It's hip to be square on Jun 11, 2015
Comment: First, I think your "square dancer" is great! What a wonderful interpretation of the square theme. And I really like your little doodles. Also, the stamps you sent are great. I never expected a separate envelope, but it was definitely appreciated. Have a fabulous summer and I hope you enjoy geocaching. :-)
Response: I'm glad you got everything :) Thank you so much for the kind feedback. Have an awesome summer, too!
chendaleh rated for Getting to know you swap #1 on Jun 10, 2015
Comment: I'm sorry for the late rating. Thank you so much for sharing with me!! I LOVE teal and I will look for the movie you recommended :-)
Response: Thank you :)
Comment: Look at my beautiful dragonflies! Thank you for reading my profile and creating art that was clearly meant for me!
Response: I'm so glad you like them :) I hope the other ATCs eventually show up...hint - there's a Donut Man for the boys.
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - H on Jun 10, 2015
Comment: wow wow wow just how many ≀3 can I give for this swap.... I love the H---Honeybee.... and the hand made postcards are exquisite!!! WoW they are just absolutely AMAZING....thank you ever so much and a GIRAFFE and a SHELL and and and...made my day as I was walking out the door heading to Finland to DANCE HUGS and thanks!!!
Response: Thank you for the kind words :) I'm so glad you liked them all! I had a great time putting together the package and drawing everything.
msmeyers rated for CIRCLES! on Jun 6, 2015
Comment: I received a copy of the original postcard and three extras in a fancy envelope. Thank you!
Response: I'm going to send a copy of the original. I made it just for you! I'm sorry you didn't get it.
RedZombie rated for Getting to know you swap #1 on Jun 4, 2015
Comment: (I'm so sorry it's late... ) Thank you for swapping.. I'm enjoyed the read. :)
Response: Thank you :)
fabmama72 rated for Star Wars Postcard Swap - USA on May 26, 2015
Comment: Thank you for going over and beyond the swap - love the pc's and thanks for the consideration of mailing in an envelop :)
Response: It was my pleasure! I'm so glad you like the postcards :)
squince rated for Star Wars Postcard Swap - USA on May 26, 2015
Comment: I got both of your cards today! Thanks!
Response: Awesome :) Thank you so much for the <3!!!

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lilymonmomma on Jun 5, 2015:

Didn't mean to mislead, I couldn't find my stamps So the postcard went in the mail today :)

lilymonmomma on Jun 1, 2015:

Your postcard will be in the mail tomorrow :)

Mugsie on May 5, 2015:

@Manurnakey ~

For the birthday card! It was so, so nice of you! Your awesome, thank you! XO Kelly :)

Loonstruck on Apr 23, 2015:

I came home to some wonderful and random mail today. Thank you for the beautiful peacock postcard and the poem that would make the hardest heart giggle. Happy National Poetry Month!

Kimmi50 on Apr 13, 2015:

THANK YOU so much for the pretty birthday card, how very thoughtful of you, I appreciate it very much it made my day! πŸ’–πŸ˜Š πŸŒŸπŸ’–

LisaLisa3 on Apr 5, 2015:

I was so surprised to receive a birthday card today from you! That is so sweet, you really made my day. Thank you for taking the time to do that, it means a lot. : )

pobuffy on Apr 4, 2015:

Thank you so very much for the birthday card you sent me through the Location x3 group. It was a wonderful surprise. Thanks for thinking of me. Rebecca/pobuffy

CarolWestcamp on Apr 2, 2015:

I received a totally unexpected birthday card from you from the Location x3 group. Thank you! That was very sweet. :)

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!

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