Swap-bot Time: February 8, 2016 11:29 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: February 8, 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.


dartha rated for PSUSA: Hot Drinks and A Note on Feb 4, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much Helga for your note, teas and hot chocolate too. And all the cool goodies too. You over did! Thank you!! I agree with regarding Sherlock and being reincarnating as a cat in the house of a Crazy Cat Ladies house is a great idea. Thank you, darla
Response: I'm so happy you liked it all! I had a great time putting it together. There is nothing like a "flat rate" box of happy mail :) Thank you so much for the heart!
ktk8 rated for SWL ~ ABC Letter ATCs ~ Q on Feb 4, 2016
Comment: The Q atc was GREAT…. I made mine into a QUILT also and know of others guess there are not so many quilt words that touch the heart like QUILT….Thank you so much I love it and the envie that you decorated just TOUCHED my heart!!! All the things I love and I love the stickers also….. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU…..
Response: Q is such a hard word...I thought about quails and quilts...and figured a quilt would allow more colors :) I'm so glad you liked it all! Thank you so much for your kind words!
dally rated for BMAG; 7 pocket letter charms on Jan 30, 2016
Comment: Okay, first I need to say something....For the Alliance!!! *ahem* Okay, now that that's out of the way, I'll get to the important stuff. I LOVE the little pocket letters!!! I literally *squee*d over those pencils and paper clips! And, I can't believe all the fun goodies you sent along with them, thank you so much!!!
Response: LOL! You are too funny!!! I had a great time making itty bitty things :) Thank you so much for the lovely comment and the <3'ed 5.
Juliajae rated for HMPC: 2016 Freestyle Friday #1 on Jan 26, 2016
Comment: Beautiful postcard! I love the colors ;) Thank you for making it so personal <3
Response: You are so welcome! Thank you for the 5 and <3
bashayer rated for New to Zentangling? on Jan 25, 2016
Comment: Thanks alot! They're beautiful 💕
Response: Thank you! I already had the resend in the mail, LOL...so here's hoping one of the two arrive eventually :)
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATCs ~P on Jan 22, 2016
Comment: You spoil me with your friendship. Thank you for the beautiful peacock feather. I love your art so very much.
Response: Thank you so much :) About the dragonfly tape...I couldn't argue with an inanimate object in public, now, could I? LOL
Comment: Hi Helga! I got your coloring book yesterday and it was awesome!!! I can't believe how thoughtful you are! I love the cats everywhere <3 thank you thank you thank you! also it was really quick!!! hahaha a warm hug from Chile!
Response: I am so glad you liked it :) I love it when I find another cat lover!
Jamnj rated for Zentangle ATC on Jan 19, 2016
Comment: Oh I love love all you did! Thank you so much! Great job! Love the way you used color. I wish I could give you more hearts💕💕💕
Response: Thank you :) I had a great time making them all.
samjowers rated for BMAG; 7 pocket letter charms on Jan 19, 2016
Comment: Helga! you absolutely ROCK!! when i first saw the pocket letter, I thought "crap! ive missed a deadline!" because i couldn't remember being in a pocket letter swap. OMG! your tiny little coloring book zine is amazing! I love all of the goodies! you did such a great job on your tiny pocket letter! and i got two of them! thanks so much for all of it! happy dance!!!
Response: LOL!!! I couldn't resist pocket lettering the mini pocket letter! I have a slight fair for the ironic :) I'm so glad you liked it all!
piratecaptainmo rated for BMAG; 7 pocket letter charms on Jan 16, 2016
Comment: What an amazing little pocket letter! I just can't get over the teeny tiny origami crane and puzzle pieces!
Response: Thanks :) I've been collecting itty bitty things for years...I was so happy I had a chance to use them!
ace81620 rated for Coloring Book Minizine - USA on Jan 13, 2016
Comment: Fantastic minizines! Thank you - can't wait to color them :) Love your artistic style, too.
Response: Thank you so much :) I had a great time making them!
Comment: Loved reading your answers! Thank you (:
Response: Thank you so much :) Have a wonderful New Year!
Comment: Oh my gosh! I don't even know which one to start in on! They are all too cute! Thanks so much. You're an awesome illustrator!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them :) I couldn't settle on a theme...so did them all :)
Ky rated for BMAG: Miniature PL Challenge on Jan 8, 2016
Comment: Helga your letter is priceless! The letter alone was worth the whole swap...just hilarious! Then you sent me TWO mini pocket letters! I love them both, those teeny tiny coloring pages are terrific. I don't know how you can fold those cranes that tiny! And crochet!! I don't know how you did those so tiny either! The extra tiny crochet and tatting are treasures! I didn't even look to see who was my "send to" partner but I am always thrilled when I am fortunate enough to get you! Thank you for participating in this wackiness and thank you for a terrific swap!!
Response: I had an AWESOME time putting all that together. And I learned just how itty bitty I can go with my bare hands. Next step...origami with tweezers??? LOL Thanks so much for coming up with this awesome swap idea!
Moominbrooke rated for Coloring Book Minizine - USA on Jan 7, 2016
Comment: What a gas! And thank you for the multiples. You are quite talented. The Cthulu coloring book is extra super :0)
Response: Thanks so much :) I just adore all things mythos!!!
camelsamba rated for HDoP Zine Swap USA on Jan 5, 2016
Comment: Fun zine - thanks!
Response: I'm so glad you like it :) I had a great time making it!
PapayaAlley rated for HDoP Zine Swap USA on Jan 2, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the creative zine and extras :) Happy Swapping!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the heart :) Happy New Year!
LizzyJo rated for HDoP Zine Swap USA on Dec 26, 2015
Comment: I like how you did your alphabet zine. And your envie really brightened my mail box. Thanks for all the stickers and the die cut rabbit.
Response: You are very welcome :) I'm glad you liked it!
ivanabu rated for January Birthdays on Dec 26, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the card and the stickers!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them. Happy Birthday!!!
rayce rated for End of Year Swap-2015 edition - Edited on Dec 23, 2015
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your email. Congrats on your 20th anniversary and I hope you find peace and stability in 2016. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Response: Thank you so much! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Rating Overview

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oblivionspin on Feb 7, 2016:

Thank you for the copy of your swap tracker mini zine- it is brilliant! I like the design a lot. And thank you for the zentangle patterns as well, many of them are not in the book I have so it's so cool to see more ideas!

Ky on Jan 25, 2016:

Helga, are you snowed in!? If so, just stay home and create some of these! ;-)


LahDeeDah on Dec 31, 2015:

Fever on Dec 21, 2015:

Thank you so much for your lovely birthday card. For some reason it took two months to get to me, but I really appreciate and cherish it. It's absolutely lovely to get unexpected mail from a friendly stranger. THANK YOU! :)

Ky on Dec 18, 2015:

You know you want to come join the crazy!

Crazy Swap Challenge

dobie256 on Dec 13, 2015:

Thank you for the adorable Ernie the Envelope ornament. What a fun mail day it was! You did an incredible job on that postage stamp. I appreciate you sending me such a generous gift. We're decorating our tree later today and he will go right up front. :) <3<3<3

LizzyJo on Dec 10, 2015:

Thanks for the kind comments re: the zines I sent you. You are very welcome.

LahDeeDah on Dec 10, 2015:

Thank you for the Ernie the Envie ornament! What a fun surprise! I'll be decorating my little tree on the 20th. This guy will be the first ornament up. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. :-)

Ky on Dec 10, 2015:

Thank so much for the sweet Swap-Bot mail ornament, I love it!! You're so thoughtful!

LahDeeDah on Dec 8, 2015:

My pleasure! It was fun swapping with you. Hope to see you again soon. :-)

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