Swap-bot Time: August 28, 2016 3:22 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: August 27, 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 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.


ladydy5 rated for A. I. Letter "H" atc on Aug 25, 2016
Comment: I just love your artwork. Forgot about horseradish and I love horseradish. Thank you a beauty of work.
Response: Aww shucks, thank you :) My dad was a huge horseradish fan - not only for food but for home remedies. "It'll cure what ails you" LOL
janski48 rated for Tiny Ephemera on Aug 24, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for all the ephemera and extras! My favorites are the Klimt stamp, Nederland stamps, those awesome cupcake papers (I'm going to use them as skirts for paper dolls), tiny paper money, and the receipt and check register. Can't wait to use it. Thanks again!
Response: Oh I'm so glad I sent the right kind of stuff :) I had my friend, Loonstruck, explain to me what "real ephemera" is because I thought it was scrapbooky things. Thanks so much for the <3
Fabriqueen rated for IS: Matchbox Fun! - US on Aug 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome matchbox! I love it and all the wonderful extras. Hugs, Diane
Response: I'm so glad you liked it - I saw the idea on Pinterest and it looked pretty cool. It wasn't hard to make either. Thank you so much for the heart :)
AshbyDanielle rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 6 on Aug 20, 2016
Comment: thnx for the patience on the rating thank yo for the beautiful atc! love the number swaps hoping to join back up!
Response: No problem at all :) Thanks for helping "scratch my itch" to mark off the confirmed box :)
JocysMom rated for PSUSA - One Stamp Washi Swap #3 on Aug 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the awesome washi samples!!
Response: I'm so glad they made it safe. I had to mail them from my mom's house in another state and piled on the postage in hopes it would be enough :)
birgitph rated for Love Those Veggies HD/HP ATC - USA on Aug 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much - I love both the cards! You did an amazing job. Made my day!!
Response: Ohhh, thank you :) I had a great time making them!
dawnielynn rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 7 on Aug 14, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the great "7" ATC Helga and the extra goodies. Also loved the envelope!
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the sweet rating - and happy swapping!
hibiscus rated for A.I. ATC Alphabet. "G" on Aug 9, 2016
Comment: Before I comment on the card I have to thank you for the creative work on the envelope! How clever how nice how I appreciated the time and effort..,I even had two of my favorite stamps! The atc was beautifully drawn... Especially the leaves...so delicate... Love guava jelly. Thank you for the origami birds..all so wonderful
Response: You are most welcome :) I am really loving these Fruit & Veggie ATCs. Thank you for the <3
poonwugget rated for series in colours: black&White on Aug 6, 2016
Comment: Wow! I was really impressed with how symmetrical you were able to make the design on this postcard. It's my biggest weakness, so I'm a little jealous. Very nice work. Thanks so much.
Response: Thank you so much :) I do a lot of measuring and making pencil lines on my mandalas. I really appreciate your noticing!
bbsporty rated for MPU: 2-from-1 on Aug 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you for an excellent postcard! Love the martini glass and glasses!
Response: Thank you for the awesome rating :)
MamaMangrove rated for MPU: 2-from-1 on Aug 4, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the colorful 2-from-1 postcard, Helga. Unfortunately I can't keep it because I'm allergic to the smell of nail polish :( As soon as I opened my mailbox my sinuses swelled up! Guess I should add a note to my profile. UPDATE: Thanks so much for going above & beyond by sending me your marvelous geometric kaleidoscope as a re-send. An extra ♥ to you, Helga.
Response: Oh my gosh I am so sorry! I usually don't use nail polish but I was spring cleaning and found some cute ones...I'm going to send you another card to keep. I'll send a hand drawn one :)
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ Friendship Bracelet on Aug 1, 2016
Comment: What clever delivery! And a few more stars to make me smile. I'm so glad to have a friendship bracelet from a real friend!
Response: I had such a good time making these for you :)
dragonangel517 rated for PS-USA: Surprise Ball on Jul 26, 2016
Comment: Awesome surprise ball. Loved it, thank you so much.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. I wish I had more Dragon stuff...but most that I saw in the stores were too big to put in the ball. Thank you for the <3!
CrazyCatChick rated for Make my cat(s) a toy. US only on Jul 23, 2016
Comment: Great cat toys!! Thanks so much!!!
Response: I had a great time making them...and my cats had a great time stealing the ones in progress, LOL! Thank you so much for the heart :)
lyzz rated for Stationary Creationary (USA) on Jul 23, 2016
Comment: Wow they are amazing thank you and matching envelopes!!! Thank you and omg i love your stamps and washi!!! Omg even the besties love it ok so we need a list of where you got the washi and the stamps lady!
Response: I wish I only shopped in a set place...but I'm a little ALL over on my shopping for crafty stuff. I've bought washi at Michaels, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and Office Max/Depot. I adore octopuses and I'm sure I got the larger one through Amazon over the web. The cutesy pie one was at Michaels...in the dollar stamp bin, no less! I'm so glad you liked it all :)
AshbyDanielle rated for SWL ~ Number ATCs ~ 5 on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much and also #2 you made me extra happy opening that today!
Response: Aww shucks :) I'm so glad you liked them. I tried to make the #2 one completely different from the #5 to mix things up a bit. Looking forward to partnering with you again somewhere between #6 and #9 :)
valentina22 rated for PSUSA ~ Affirmation Ornament on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: I absolutely love all of the affirmation ornaments-Wow did I hit the jackpot! great beads on the Jack London quote and the colors are so bright and fun. Thanks for a great swap!!
Response: I had so much fun making them! I had to make myself stop so I could get them in the mail, LOL! Thanks so much for the heart :)
ladydy5 rated for A.I. - Alphabet ATC - F on Jul 15, 2016
Comment: Forgot Fennel, great job on it. Thank you so much for participating. Next is G which is up for you to do
Response: Already signed up! I love these Alphabet ATC swaps. Thank you SO much for hosting them :) And thank you for the sweet rating!
stephiedee rated for MPU: Shaped ATC on Jul 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the epic ATC, Helga! I love it of course. I only just put Spanish Revival architecture on my profile...not thinking anyone would really notice, so this is fabulous. Thanks again, I'm glad you had fun with the swap!
Response: I'm so glad you loved it - I'm a HUGE fan on Spanish Revival myself :) I love the arches and the bell towers and the courtyards and the wrought iron...I teach Architecture in high school and the Arch Styles unit is one of my favorite ones. This was truly a labor of love for me :)
hibiscus rated for A.I. Alphabet "E" ATC on Jul 10, 2016
Comment: Great envelope! Loved the card looked just like my cat! Lovely color pencil work on "my beach!" How you made the "e" I can't imagine... But the elderberry was absolute perfection! Amazed at the leaves... Thanks for a wonderful atc!
Response: You are most welcome :) I'm glad you liked them both!

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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! :)

pkpeace on Jul 13, 2016:

I LOVE the PEACE ATC! Wow! Thank you so much for MPU Random mail July!!

auralily on Jul 13, 2016:

Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday card!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 13, 2016:

Thank you for the awesome MPU Randomail package you sent to me. I love how you sent it in a Chinese take out box. The lucky stars are amazing! I've never seen any that are that perfect. I love the clay pieces. If they're not too heavy, I may make them into brooches. The crocheted octopus is adorable as are the ocean critters stickers. Thanks for your kind letter as well. I plan to take some of your advice. :)

rsj244 on Jul 12, 2016:

Thanks bunches for my cute, glittery birthday card! So appreciated :)

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