Swap-bot Time: May 3, 2015 10:09 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: May 3, 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. I watched Sharknado 2 with my kids last summer and loved it. It was so bad it was hilarious. We laughed and laughed. We watched the first one together, too!

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, Beading, Collages, Crocheting, Drawing, Making Miniatures (dollhouse scale), Mixed Media Projects, Origami, Polymer Clay, Pysanky Eggs, 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 :)

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.


paperlover rated for Getting to know you swap #1 on May 3, 2015
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing! I enjoyed reading your answers.
Lindor1770 rated for Random (PC) - April on Apr 29, 2015
Comment: thank you for the cute kitty post card! so sweet :)
Response: I'm so glad you liked it - thank you for the heart :)
goodie2shoes rated for Number Series ATC: #1 on Apr 25, 2015
Comment: love it! thank you:)
Response: Aww, thanks :) I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart!
Loonstruck rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - G on Apr 23, 2015
Comment: Those garters have made me gleefully giggle! Fantastic work and what a great sense of humor too!
Response: I see what you did there...garters, gleefully, giggle...nice! :)
YooperHill rated for Cat ATC #2 on Apr 16, 2015
Comment: Adorable! Thank you.
Response: I am so glad you liked it :) Thank you for the heart <3
Comment: Love your page! Dr. Who is always a great theme choice and I think you've captured the spirit of the show very well. Love the pencil work!
Response: Thank you so much :)
Comment: Beautiful sketch! I love the muted colors you used. I also love the topic. Well done. :)
Response: Thank you :) I'm a big Dr. Who fan.
grammag rated for 2015 art journal photos - hearts on Apr 6, 2015
Comment: Very nice! I love the snail! Thank you for sharing.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Loonstruck rated for SirNoseALot Knows Stuff on Apr 6, 2015
Comment: I love him! And my zine! What fun! I'm so glad we're becoming friends!
Response: Me, too :) It's a whole new world with sharing art!
pennypuppy rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - F on Apr 2, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely mail art and atc. You put so much time and delicacy into both, and I really enjoyed them! Thank you also for the Beatrix Potter illustration cut outs and the die cut cute little critters. I really appreciate you reading my profile and sending me such sweet things <3<3
Response: Aww, thank you for the heart and the kind words :)
lexfrog rated for โ‚Collage Fodderโ‚ on Mar 20, 2015
Comment: Thanks for all the collage goodies! I need to take a day off to do some projects with everything!
Response: I'm so glad you like them :) Have fun!!!
Reisegern rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - E on Mar 17, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful ATC, I like it a lot. You did a great drawing. The Zendoodle card is lovely, too
Response: Thank you so much :)
Comment: What lovely pages. I wish I had half the doodling skills you have. I'm working on it, but I just love the intricacy of that calendar size page. Well done! Thanks for sharing it with me.
Response: I just love doodling - it centers me :)
Comment: Love both of your pages, they are both very creative ways to meet this challenge! The heart shaped calendar days are awesome, and the snail is just too cute!
Response: Thanks so much :)
holiveirah rated for SWL: Washi and Doodle Envie 3 on Mar 16, 2015
Comment: I received your lovely envelope today, and liked all the goodies! Thank you :)
Response: Thank you so much for the heart :) I really had fun doodling up the envelope!
Comment: It's a funky postcard :)
Response: Thanks! And thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! I like how you designed the back!
Response: Thank you :) I just can't help but doodle when I see blank spaces, HAHA
mamalynn rated for SWL ~ ABC letter ATC's - D on Mar 2, 2015
Comment: WOW...what an amazing envelope again... Your swaps are superb! I love the green Dragon...it's so beautiful! Thank you for the cool stickers too! Many many hearts for you!!
Response: Thanks :) You are so sweet!!!
Comment: Using stencils was a great idea for this swap! And I love the textures/lines that you added inside the shapes!
Response: Thank you :) And I think I'll try my hand at another one now. Thanks so much for the idea!
Comment: Beautiful & balanced โค๏ธ
Response: Thank you :)

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Loonstruck on Apr 23, 2015:

I came home to some wonderful and random mail today. Thank you for the beautiful peacock postcard and the poem that would make the hardest heart giggle. Happy National Poetry Month!

Kimmi50 on Apr 13, 2015:

THANK YOU so much for the pretty birthday card, how very thoughtful of you, I appreciate it very much it made my day! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’–

LisaLisa3 on Apr 5, 2015:

I was so surprised to receive a birthday card today from you! That is so sweet, you really made my day. Thank you for taking the time to do that, it means a lot. : )

pobuffy on Apr 4, 2015:

Thank you so very much for the birthday card you sent me through the Location x3 group. It was a wonderful surprise. Thanks for thinking of me. Rebecca/pobuffy

CarolWestcamp on Apr 2, 2015:

I received a totally unexpected birthday card from you from the Location x3 group. Thank you! That was very sweet. :)

Jessiebean on Mar 9, 2015:

Thank you so much for my beautiful birthday card!

mamalynn on Feb 1, 2015:

Hi there! I received the great postcard you sent to me as a part of the ABC ATC swap... It's gorgeous, thank you so much!

jpngirl on Dec 26, 2014:

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stocking! I was worried that you might have read the book already, so I'm glad that it sounds like it might be new to you. Thanks for the kind message -- I had fun trying to gather things you might like! Merry Christmas!

emilynhr on Dec 23, 2014:

WPREGEL on Sep 25, 2014:

Helga, words cannot express how much I appreciate you being so thoughtful. What a nice surprise to have a birthday card in my mailbox from you. Thank you for putting an extra smile on my face. ๐Ÿ˜Š


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