Swap-bot Time: March 8, 2021 11:53 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: March 8, 2021
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me


I am a kind person and I love meeting other kind people!

During the day, I am a high school teacher on sabbatical (2019-2020 school year) serving as a Stay At Home Cat Mom (SAHCM).

In the evenings, I love Crafting. I like all types of crafting. My recent passion is 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 =^.^=! 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 24 yr old son and an 18 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 Hunter or a Night Elf Hunter. He plays an UndeadWarlock or a Human Warrior. I love to quest and cook and fish in-game. He likes to do dungeons and raid.

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 obscure ones, 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, 2010, 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, Jane the Virgin, Blacklist, Atypical (

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 sent in a plastic bag and labelled.

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. I'm also trying to incorporate more RAKs into my swapping :)

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.


ScorpioRising29 rated for Fast Blind Swap 8 on Jan 27, 2020
Response: Thank you for being so kind!
Comment: Loved the fabulous PC you made and really appreciate your list of mediums used to create it. ))HUGS(( Cats Rule!!
Response: Thank you so much :) Cats DEFINITELY rule!
Emilycatherine1989 rated for APP- envelope envy on Dec 14, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh Helga! I'm SO sorry for the late rating! I thought I rated when I originally opened this but in the middle of being in a demanding school semester, I've forgotten about quite a few until I happened to open the drawer I had put your swap in. Thank you for everything! If I could give 10 hearts I would!
Response: No problem at all :) Thank you for finding this and rating. I've been offline for the holidays myself and just got back into swapping.
Comment: So sweet of you to make a lovely Little Red Riding Hood drawing on the envelope! I love it! Also thanks for even two ATC's! Many thanks!!! And thank you also for your nice note! XXX - Ellen
Response: I'm so glad you recognized who she was, LOL. I was worried :) Thank you so much for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much!! So many envelopes, all so well made and pretty. Thank you for the butterfly and Scooby stickers too! I always wanted a dog just like Scooby!
Response: You are so welcome. Thank you for the quick rating and heart :)
Emro rated for G-Nerds: Game-ATC A-Z - “I” on May 9, 2019
Comment: I had a hard time finding a game for this letter too. I like your take in it very much. Thank you (for the tape samples too)! I used to play the old centipede games, so noticed a similarity right away. Oh, I forgot to add that I really loved your platypus mail art too.
Response: I thought the title of the app was pretty crazy, too, LOL! Glad you liked it. And I had a great time doodling your envelope :)
fluffyjunk rated for G-Nerds: Game-ATC A-Z - “H” on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: This. Is. So. Cool! :D I did a Halo ATC, too!!! Your card looks amazing!!!! I completely forgot about Red vs. Blue! Thanks for the reminder! Do you know the F.E.A.R. parody of RoosterTeeth: P.A.N.I.C.S ? This is hilirious! Thank you for all the extras you sent! And you have a very good taste for books and movies... :D Thanks so much for this swap!!! Oh and your mail art is just amazing! I will keep this envelope forever! :D
Response: Wow - you literally made my day :) Thank you for the awesome rating. I'm totally checking out the P.A.N.I.C.S video tonight!
babyblues65 rated for CPG Handmade Postcard - US Only on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: thank you for the wonderful beautiful and well thought out home made postcard! It was so cheerful and cute!!
Response: You are so welcome! Thank you for the kind rating :)
Lady rated for PnS: Handmade NEUTRAL PC on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Great shading! I can’t imagine how long this took.
Response: Thank you :) I find zendoodling so relaxing - the time just flies, LOL.
CrowDancer rated for G-Nerds: Game-ATC A-Z - “G” on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: I absolutely love the Galaga ATC! I love how you made the address look like an arcade machine. All of the stickers that you sent are adorable! Thank you so much! :D
Response: I had so much fun putting that together! I'm so glad you liked it all :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs! I love them both and am thrilled to add them to my collection!
Response: Thank you for the kind words and rating :) I enjoy making ATCs with different techniques and am new to watercolor markers. Thank you for the <3
iamdawt rated for CPG Rainbow ATCs - US only on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for the rainbow ATCs! The decorated envelope was a lovely bonus!
Response: You are so welcome :) I enjoyed doodling the envelope <3
Comment: Love these legs! Thanks for them and the lovely extras. Also love the steampunk envelope, great swap.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the legs - I really enjoyed making these corpse ATCs. Those legs look great on the torso you shared on Flickr :)
Emro rated for G-Nerds: Game-ATC A-Z - “F” on Apr 4, 2019
Comment: I used to be really bad at this game. haha. But you made an awesome piece of art. Thank you so much! I also love the cute little stickers! :)
Response: I never said I was great at Frogger...but I did enjoy playing it, LOL! Thank you so much for the <3
Comment: i love this card! and thanks for the marbled cards- also love this technique! can't wait to use one!
Response: I hope it worked well with your head and legs ATCs :) Thank you for the especially kind rating <3
Fieke rated for HMPC: Put a cat on it! on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for your cat postcard. I like it !
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for rating and giving me a <3
Comment: Haha, oh I love it, using E.T.; one of the supposedly worst games ever created! Love it! X-D Thank you so much for that and the lovely Angeled breakfast crepes!! :-D
Response: I'm so glad you knew the story behind the E.T. game :) Thank you so much for the <3.
Comment: I LOVE!!! the ATC's you've made me! They are fun and nice to look at! And a nice envie with gorgeous stamps too! Thanks for spoiling me! You deserve lots of hearts!
Response: Awesome! I'm so glad you like it all :)
9O96O rated for PnS: Food packaging on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: I've added Constant Comments to my grocery list. :) I like how you put a circle around my address and added swirls and flowers, then topped it off with a circle postage stamp. Nicely done.
Response: Thank you :) I love doodling on mail!
Comment: Haha, I also love Duck Hunt! Think it was the second video game my parents got for me as a child. Thank you so much for the fab card, extras, and the adorable envelope!
Response: Oh how cool! That game was very memorable :) Thank you so much for the heart rating!

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Hell0Z0mbie on May 2, 2019:

Thanks for much for the awesome OMAE RAK stuff!! So awesome! The 3d printing was really cool, and I love the zentangle ATC especially. Thank you!!

lindseyjae on Apr 15, 2019:

thanks so so much for the CPG april wish you granted!! I LOVE everything it was spot on! the rabbit theme is amazing thank you so much again!!

wunderland on Jan 9, 2019:

stopping by to say Hi, and Happy Belated Birthday!

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

NiniJae on Sep 15, 2018:

This is VERY late, but I wanted to Thank You for the lovely handmade Birthday Postcard you very kindly sent to me in July. It was a huge surprise for me! Thank You!

paraxparaxnoia on Sep 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for the birthday surprise you sent to me and my sister, it's been SO long since I last had Tootsie Rolls, I was in heaven! And the individual envelopes, so thoughtful! Definitely one of the best presents :) thank you so much!

XOXO, Noora (and Eve :D)

Coss on Sep 5, 2018:

Thanks for working on my abstract postcard. It turned out very nicely.

mgallardo68 on Jul 23, 2018:

Hello dear @Manurnakey What a lovely surprise I found in my PoBox!! Thank you so much for your handmade birthday postcard!! I loved it but mostly I am thankful you took the time to send me something!! Many hugs!

Stargazer008 on Jul 15, 2018:

Hello. Hello. Oh - what a heartwarming surprise in my letter box. Thank you so much for your birthday greeting! Have a wonderful summer with lots of lovely moments! Smiles, Joana

shinyserra on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you very much for the awesome birthday postcard!!!!!

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