Swap-bot Time: October 4, 2015 12:33 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: October 4, 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. 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.


ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - O on Oct 1, 2015
Comment: FUN FUN FUN….love both the octopus and the OWL…… so cute….. Thank you!
Response: Yay! I'm glad you liked them :) Sometimes I have too many ideas to put on one ATC, LOL
Comment: Thank you for the oh-so-cute postcard!
Response: You are most welcome :) Thank you for the <3
Sherry71 rated for Zen Doodle ATC - Pumpkin on Sep 28, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful art work you sent me, The Zen Doodle Pumpkins are amazing and the other cute little goodies. I had to wait till I got home to open it cause I did not want to mess up the envie. You deserve the rate and heart :)
Response: Thank you :) I had a great time doodling up the pumpkins and putting it all together.
Ladybird2490 rated for SWL: Homemade Halloween PC on Sep 28, 2015
Comment: Thank you so kuch, your postcard is gorgeous I can not stop looking at it 😀💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
Response: Awww shucks...Thank you for your super kind words and all the hearts :)
Comment: Wiw - I love the color swap and the background. The purple feathers are beautiful - so light.
Response: Thank you! I found the tutorial very simple to follow...I'm definitely going to do more with it.
Comment: Very nicely done. The feather has a very soft billowy feel to it and I love the color.
Response: Thank you :) I'm definitely going to do more experimenting with that tutorial!
Comment: I love the choice of doing your feather in purple!
Response: Thank you :) I had a great time with that tutorial! Thanks for creating this swap :)
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for Tolkien Inchies (USA Only) on Sep 22, 2015
Comment: Helga, these inchies are amazing! You did a fantastic job! I don't have the patience to learn to draw well, so I am always very impressed by those who can :) And these little sleeves are too fun! Thanks for the playing cards and washi too. This was definitely happy mail :D
Response: I just love itty bitty things :) I had a great time making them. I'm glad you enjoyed it all!
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - N on Sep 17, 2015
Comment: Oh wow what a fun SWAP and thank you for both the Neuron ( I am a nurse so I sure understand those…..) & I love birds and esp NESTS…..thank you thank you!!!! Happy swapping…...
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you liked them :)
ladydy5 rated for Zen Doodle ATC - Sun on Sep 11, 2015
Comment: How nice and thank you for the second one. Great job on both!
Response: Thank you so much :) I had a great time doing them. I love zen doodling!
Comment: You are a hilarious genius! Thank you for these amazing additions to my alphabet collection!
Response: LOL - I'm glad you liked them. Now you can make phrases and messages :) I might have to send you some punctuation ones!!!
Phish rated for An Owl and a Something: B (ATC Swap) on Sep 9, 2015
Comment: I love these owls! Thank you so much for sending!
Response: You are so welcome :) Thank you for the heart!
Response: Thank you so much for the 5 and <3 :)
Comment: So cute! I LOVE your sontaran, by the way. And that it's all hand-illustrated and colored. ♥
Response: Thanks :) I'm having a great time making postcards this year!
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - M on Aug 27, 2015
Comment: OMG...what a super fantabulous ATC's! I love them both very very much! You are an amazing artist! Thank you so much for a great swap!!
Response: Thank you so much :) You made my day with your sweet words!
Comment: Wow, I really like your drawing style in this page. The lettering in "Currently" is really cool. Thak you for sharing it with me.
Response: I started a notebook of lettering styles I like and am doing a lot of experimenting. Thanks so much :)
Comment: Great page! Based on your list it sounds like you're having a lot of artsy fun!
Response: Thank you :) I've been trying to do some creative stuff before work gets hectic again.
Karmi53 rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs - L on Aug 21, 2015
Comment: Thank you for a lovely hand drawn lightening very nice l wish l could draw. And thank you for the extra envelopes too. Have a good weekend.
Response: Thank you :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!
lausiucho rated for Washi Sample Swap on Aug 16, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the washis and the extra goodies ;)
Response: You are very welcome :) I'm glad I could share supplies.
skydancer rated for A.I. - Backgrounds on Aug 11, 2015
Comment: Oh my! Receiving your swap today felt like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one! You sent so much!!! The actual background papers were really pretty. I especially liked the blue swirly one and the hand woven papers. But add in everything else you sent and I'm slightly googly-eyed. Thank you!
Response: Aww shucks :) I'm glad you liked it all. I had a great time putting it together!

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Gwillisinc on Oct 3, 2015:

Thank you Helga for a lovely birthday card. I love that you took time to put a smile on my face. thank you! Sandra

MCGalaxy on Sep 9, 2015:

I was starting to pack and found an unopened stack of mail and your wonderful birthday card was included in the stack. I just wanted to thank you for thinking of me and sending it and so sorry for the delay in responding.

Elizaveta on Aug 25, 2015:

Thank you so much for the birthday card! :)

Artsynerdgirl on Aug 24, 2015:

Helga, Thanks for the nifty Star Wars pc! It was such a wonderful surprise on the first day back to school. I love it!

Thanks so much! :) Sherry

Fritosmom on Aug 20, 2015:

Received your Pocket Letter today for my Birthday. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! What a wonderful surprise. So very thoughtful. Hugs and Happy Swapping:-)

anrtist on Aug 14, 2015:

THANK YOU so much for making the LLL SO GREAT!!! WE Really Appreciate you sending Birthday cards! THAT IS SO SWEET & Thoughtful!!!! ;-) 💖

U help make the LLL Group BIRTHDAY CENTRAL!!!!!! ;-) LOL...
Blessings, cc

ktina on Aug 13, 2015:

Dear Helga! Thanks so much for the wonderful birthday surprise postcard! I love it! Hugs from Hungary, Tina

Wanda on Aug 8, 2015:

Helga, thank you so much for the artsy postcard and happy birthday wishes. It really means a lot - more than you can imagine. :) I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.

kdeorne1 on Aug 6, 2015:

Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday postcard from you from the Location x3 group. I love it and it brought a smile to my face when I found it in the mailbox. I just wanted to let you know the postcard arrived in two pieces (front and back) but safely split in half without rips anywhere.

techgrlkay on Aug 4, 2015:

Hello Helga, Thank you so much for your very thoughtful and delightful Birthday Pocket letter. You did an amazing job of incorporating ideas and items that I like. Clearly you do read profiles. I am like that too. I read your entire profile when I came to your page! Love your Swapping Philosophy and Etiquette. I thought I was going to have to go to a fire station and ask for the "jaws of life" to get the envelope open though. It was quite a chore and since I had no idea what was inside I was not sure if it was safe to cut the envelope anywhere. But I cut a tiny hole and got it worked out. Love those butterfly nail files. I use them in pocket letters too. They are so great for crafting! All of the wonderful goodies will go to use.
You certainly brought a smile to my face today. It has been a rough week. I was in the hospital but I am home now and just starting to feel better. Thank you ever so much!
Hugs, Kay

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