Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2017 8:56 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2010
Last Online: October 20, 2017
Birthday: January 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a high school teacher. I teach Drafting, Architecture, and Interior Design (not decorating).

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 21 yr old son and a 15 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. He plays an UndeadWarlock. 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 and Switch. She is sixteen 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, Supergirl, 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 5 Sharknado movies together...with popcorn...and no distractions. They are so bad they are hilarious. We laughed and laughed.

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.

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.


luv2kraft rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #4-USA on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Love this textured tombstone.Thanks for the well crafted atc.I appreciate the extras and the extra atcs.The zentangle is fascinating.The peeps is sweet.
Artstamper rated for IS: ATC Graveyard #4-USA on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Loved the background on the tombstone, always like a little sparkle! The envelope was so much fun with all the tombstones, enjoyed the names you put on them. Last but not least thank you for adding so many zines. thanks for such a great swap.Like the swap journal zine!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I love the edging!!!
Response: I'm glad it made it to you safely - I was worried :)
RooBaRoo rated for IS: Make a Mandala PC on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: It's beautiful, thank you! Even if you do not generally colour, I love your colour scheme, it literally exudes positivity!
Response: Thank you :) I'm so glad you liked it!
Comment: thank you for the ATC!!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the <3!
travelgirlem rated for A letter from my pet on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Made my day! Had me laughing so hard, has to be the best letter ever written! Thank you so much!!!!
Response: Aww shucks, thanks :) I'm glad you liked it!
jukejan rated for IS: Make a Mandala PC on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: What unbelievable detail & color (both sides). You really outdid yourself and created a masterpiece!
Response: Thank you SO much :) You are so kind. I really had a great time doodling it!
crystalite rated for P-NS: Quotes postcard on Mar 8, 2017
Comment: Wow! What an awesome handmade postcard! I absolutely love it! I love the quote you chose to use, and the bits and pieces you used for embellishing went with the quote so well! Thank you for a wonderful swap!
Response: Thank you so much! I'm sorry it took so long to respond.
Elephangaroo rated for SWL ~ Handmade Valentine on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the super sweet Valentine! I hope your day was romantical!
Response: You are so welcome :)
Comment: I love how you layered the washi to make a wide washi! I'm gonna steal that! The card is beautiful! Thank you so much for the card and all the stuckers! I adore those funky birds! And! You sent me my first Star Trek stamp! Woo Hoo!!!
Response: I had such a good time making that card - I have a huge stash of washi that I got in my Christmas stocking...and I am exploring new uses for it :) I'd be happy to send you a postcard with another Trek stamp if you like :) PM me!
MamaMangrove rated for MPU: Postcard Plus #4 on Feb 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Helga. Nice to see you in my mailbox again so soon! What a wonderfully well-adorned card - love that blue eye! Wish I could share a pot of vegie chili with you. May all your wishes come true!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Anytime you are in the Kansas City area, on the weekend, stop in for some chili :) I usually crock pot some every weekend!
MamaMangrove rated for MPU: First Birthday! on Feb 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Helga. I guess you could call it a "Rectanglomania" postcard! I love the way you pieced together the rectangles in patterns that formed cubes. I may have to try that myself.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the postcard - and the scrappy monsters :) Sometimes I'm a little rebellious and don't follow the rules exactly, LOL
meeltje57 rated for HMPC: Put a "Postage Stamp" on it on Feb 8, 2017
Comment: O yes, wonderful BIG postcard, with so many details and great stamps. You did a perfect job, thank you so much.
Response: Thank you so much :) I'm new to collaging and still working out the kinks. I appreciate the praise and <3!
bjmonroe rated for CQ: Lines ATC International on Feb 4, 2017
Comment: Wow Helga, these ATCs are amazing. I think I would go crazy drawing the lines to make those designs. I love the heart you made too. Serious talent! Thank you
Response: Thank you so much! I love meticulous work like drawing all those lines :) And thank you so much for the kind words and <3
JeanetteC rated for SWL ~ Getting to Know You #3 on Feb 2, 2017
Comment: What a lovely package Helga! We love quiche, I am looking forward to trying you variation...and warm potato salad? Might be a new favorite. Stamp necklace reminds me of the SB Ernie =o) Good job hubby on the washi tape! My fav is the heart...do you start with a pattern? It's perfect! I do AA also on fb, mostly rocks and scrabble tiles. I am happy to have one you made...thank you!
Response: I make a pattern out of freezer paper, then I iron it on the felt to make it easier to cut it out. I'd love to see some of your abandonments.
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card and all the washi samples!
Response: You are so welcome :) Thank you for the <3
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap and the great extras! :)
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the <3
Xira rated for IS: Love some washi ~ INT on Jan 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks Helga! Absolutely love your swap! Such a pretty mermaid and underwaterscene you drew me❤️❤️❤️ Thanks for all the washi and miniswapbook! Have a great weekend! Groetjes Barbara
Response: I'm so glad you liked the drawing :) Thank you for the sweet rating and heart!
Response: Thank you so much for rating so quickly :)
kolasx rated for Janmeowary - Postcard Swap (USA) on Jan 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute decorated kitcat postcard :) I hope you have a great weekend
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Have a wonderful weekend as well!

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SuZignomeMoM on Aug 8, 2017:

Thank you very much for the great ATCs.


Germanbaby77 on Aug 1, 2017:

thank you so much for the stunning RAK ATCs! LOVE them all! thank you, thank you, thank you!

CurlyTea on Jul 31, 2017:

Thanks for the awesomely creepy ATCs.

kaypendragon on Jul 31, 2017:

Thank you for the RAK dragon atcs! They're wonderful!

wunderland on May 6, 2017:

May the 6th Be With You!!! (better late then never, lol)

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2017:


ChelleHames on Feb 27, 2017:

Got the last postcard with Star Trek stamp today! Another excellent one! Love it! Thank you so much! You are amazing!

ChelleHames on Feb 26, 2017:

Oh! My!! Goodness!!! What wonderful postcards! The one is very Star Trek reminiscent! At first glance, it looks like the Deep Space Nine outpost being built! And the other one! Love it! And I love Doctor Who! Thank you for sending me these postcards with the Star Trek stamps! So amazing!

MamaMangrove on Feb 13, 2017:

Wow, Helga, you are really spoiling me. Your second offering for the MPU:First Birthday! swap arrived to my great surprise and delight. Your creative Scrap Monsters are wonderful. The 3-eyed gal has already found a home on the wall by my desk to cheer me on when I get frustrated. Thank you so much.

wolfeagle on Dec 29, 2016:


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