Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2017 6:14 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: January 18, 2017
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 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.


Allegrae rated for SUSA - ATC Mega Swap on Jan 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the truly gorgeous assortment, which includes so many of your personal works! I adore the lighthouse and octopus, and your other cards are also impeccably illustrated. I feel to lucky to have been partnered with you! I truly appreciate the fact that you read my profile and tailored several cards toward my likes. A wonderful envelope of happy mail!
Comment: Thanks for the cute cat card and all the decorations.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) Thank you for the <3
ginico rated for IS: Handmade Christmas Bookmark-INT on Dec 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you for my stunning bookmark, I love it. Your stitching is so neat
Response: I'm so glad you liked it :) I had such fun making it! Merry Christmas!
GummiBear rated for SWL ~ Matryoshka ATC on Dec 3, 2016
Comment: You are amazing. Your Atc is out of this world. She is so cute, Its so cool how you made them nest. I have never seen anyone do an atc like this. Thank you for the extra ornament, I love it.
Response: Thank you so much :) I was so happy with how the ATC turned out - I wasn't quite sure how it was going to work until the end, LOL. I hope you have happy holidays!
ladydy5 rated for A.I. - Alphabet ATC "M" on Nov 12, 2016
Comment: Thanks for both Helga!
Response: I just love your swap series :) Thank you so much for hosting!
hibiscus rated for A.I. - Alphabet ATC "L" on Nov 6, 2016
Comment: You have a lovely touch with your drawings... This was no exception ... Great choice! Lemon/lime and I love the letter cut-out overlay... And that background color.... Thanks for another really nice atc...ps! I forgot to say how great that envelope was!! Thanks again
Response: Thank you so much :) You are so sweet! I'm really enjoying this swap series!
fabricfriend rated for IS: Day of the Dead PC - INT on Nov 2, 2016
Comment: Beautiful cards and I know what you mean about glitter! Enjoy swapping.
Response: I solemnly swear to pour out all my glitter and stick to already glittered paper :) Thank you so much for the kind words!
SwissChallet rated for A mushroom on Oct 29, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the lovely mushrooms : they brought some color to my mailbox ;-)
Response: Thank you :) I was going for happy cartoony mushrooms. Thank you for the heart.
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG Halloween ATCs - US Only on Oct 28, 2016
Comment: Wow, I LOVE your ATCs!!! So creative, so nicely done - thank you!! And Happy Halloween!
Response: Thank you so much :) I love doodling and this swap allowed me to do just that! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I love all the ornaments you sent. You were so generous! My favorite is the Illinios ornament, but I love them all. Thanks so much and for the extras you sent. 😊
Response: I just love crafting for Christmas! It's my favorite holiday to make stuff for. My poor family gets a lot of hand made stuff, LOL! I'm so glad you liked all the ornaments :)
Comment: Thank you for an incredible package. The extras were definitely something I am in need of but besides that the 4 ornaments could not have been more perfect for me. I love the two paper ones- i know how much time and precision those take. The Illinois state is fantastic-It will be going front and center on the 'real' tree. and I have a whole collection of squirrels and acorns but not one is a bell- It almost seems like you were peeking in through my webcam. Thank you for everything.
Response: LOL!!! I'm not that good at web navigating :) I'm so glad you liked it all. I had such fun making them!
jukejan rated for IS ~Home made Christmas Ornament USA on Oct 22, 2016
Comment: ***ALERT*** Fabulous swapper here! Each ornie is a treasure. The Massachusetts one is really one of the best swaps I have received. So personal and clever! Then when I get to the extras, so cool and profile oriented. Love it all!
Response: LOL! You are so sweet :) I had a great time crafting these and with so much time between sending...I could make more than one!
hibiscus rated for A.I. - Alphabet ATC "K" on Oct 20, 2016
Comment: I've never tried kohlrabi but after seeing your very exellent drawing I think I'll try it...I like how you put this together with the cut out letter! Very nice.,. Thank you so much ...
Response: Thank you for the heart :) And the kind words!
Zindelo rated for SWL - Zentangled ATC on Oct 17, 2016
Comment: Love your ATC, I can tell you had fun with it like I did making mine! Also, goodness, the stickers are just glorious! Thanks so much for putting a big smile on my face today!
Response: You are so welcome! Zentangling is so relaxing. I think I could do it all day if my hand didn't cramp up after a couple hours, LOL. Thank you for the <3!
GummiBear rated for Just 3 Circles -ATC- International on Oct 11, 2016
Comment: I rate you a 10 with a thousand hearts. Your Envelope and Contents made my day!! 3 Atcs, WOW! Your zentangle's are awesome. And the dreamcatcher Atc is absolutely beautiful, thank you so much for such a kind gift. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, my heart goes out to you and your family.
Response: Aww shucks, I'm glad you liked it all. Thank you for your condolences...I'm using doodling and crafting to work through some of it :)
Loonstruck rated for SWL - Pun on a Postcard on Oct 11, 2016
Comment: Bless your punny heart. Love every single joke. How did you find some we haven't shared before?
Response: It was hard finding ones you hadn't shared with me before - which I still look at sometimes when I need a pick me up. You are such an amazing friend! Thank you!
TwistersMom rated for October / Halloween themed ATC on Oct 10, 2016
Comment: thanks so much for the wonderful zen doodled atcs! love them! thanks for the extras as well! happy swapping
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 8 on Oct 4, 2016
Comment: Yes! It arrived today! And wow so worth the wait! It was postmarked Aug.20 and arrive Oct.4...wow sure took its time :-) I love your zentangles! Thank you soooooo much!
Response: I'm so glad it made it to you. Thanks so much for being so patient.
bjmonroe rated for SWL ~ Cat ATC on Oct 1, 2016
Comment: Two ATCs, you spoiled me. And all the wonderful goodies in the PL. Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to put this all together for me.
Response: You are so welcome :) I had a great time putting it all together.
petaluda rated for CQ ATC with Texture USA on Sep 29, 2016
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful and very interesting ATCs and the cute strings
Response: You are so welcome :) I'm hoping I can get more detail into the 3D printing in the future...but I think the printer is limited.

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kiddomerriweather on Jul 28, 2016:

Thank you for the offer, Helga, I will definitely keep that in mind. I'm so glad you liked the ancient HK card. I was hoarding it, but I couldn't think of a nicer person for it to go to. I'm doing great now. I hope that trend continues. I've made some lifestyle changes for the better and they have made a world of difference. I continue to pull out your gifts when I need some random happiness. They are so special to me. Thank you so much for your kindness. It has gone a long way.

stephiedee on Jul 26, 2016:

Thank you for the vintage pages and other goodies! I love the science project stickers. I'm glad the postcards and notecard brought a smile! :D

Farmgurl on Jul 25, 2016:

Thank you for the cute glittery Birthday card you sent me! It was such a nice surprise to receive in the mail and made my day extra special. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated by me and all the Swappers here:)

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! :)

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