Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2018 8:25 am


Date Joined: August 4, 2015
Last Online: September 25, 2018
Birthday: July 17
Country: United States

About Me

Hello Everyone!

I'm so excited to be part of swap-bot. I joined in August 2015.


I'm a 62 year old married woman, still working full time and enjoying life. I have two grown daughters. My oldest is 27 and just began her residency in Ob/Gyn at Northwestern University. My baby is 24 and is at Yale University pursuing a PhD in Political Science. I'm very proud of both.


I have always loved paper. I collected it when I was a child, spending most of my tiny allowance each week on colored paper and fancy pens. As an adult, I've worked in design (only as part of a much larger job) and it the favorite aspect of what I do. Even if it is only design using text, I love it.

A couple of years ago, two of my friends bought me a Sizzix BigKick for Christmas. Talk about a hobby that took off like wildfire. I am obsessed and have learned from attending meetups, classes, and conventions that most papercrafters are just as crazy about the craft, the accessories, the dies, the embossing folders, the pens . . . as I am. I'm pretty sure that my husband is sorry that Janet and Kathy bought me the machine, although he dutifully admires each creation I show him.

I love ATCs. I especially love that I am making something new every time. My favorite projects are those that make me try something completely out of my comfort zone. I am often surprised at what I come up with. I love the idea that it is just art for art's sake

For the past year, I've been working on original mixed media art, both in art journals and on canvas. I love the creative outlet (even when I don't really like what I've created, which happens). I trade art journals with a friend in Canada monthly and am always impressed with the art she makes.

I still make greeting cards but don't find this to be as creative a process as the mixed media art or the ATCs. I do like to make a card for someone special.

I do some scrapbooking for a great niece that lives out of town and for my aunt. I enjoy the 8x8 size and love the results. I will likely continue to scrapbook for her. I am daunted by the 60+ years of photos that I have accumulated myself and am not sure where to start scrapbooking for myself. Maybe when I'm retired.



I'm a reader -- at least three books a week on varied subjects, mostly fiction. I like most genres but am particularly fond of mysteries/thrillers, fantasy, historical novels. I like European history best and really like learning about Medieval times in the British Isles, France and Germany.

A couple of authors that I am really enjoying right now are Louise Penny and Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling). I also discovered Estelle Ryan's Genevieve Lenard's series around the first of the year and have been gobbling up the books as fast as I can buy them. This summer I read all of Elly Griffith's book about archaeologist Ruth Galloway and Connie Shelton's books about baker Samantha Sweet. I'm still devouring Aaron Elkins's Gideon Oliver series. I reread Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. I'm thinking I may reread the Game of Thrones this fall. There were things in the TV show I didn't quite remember.

I have a Kindle and take many of the free books that are offered by Amazon. I've read a number of really good books that most people know nothing about this way. If you have a Kindle, you should check out the free book section.

I like to knit and do counted cross-stitch. Any embroidery is delightful. I've been busily making afghans for my daughters and friends. I completed a cross-stitched picture for one of my friend's first grandson this summer. It turned out great. I hate to sew on a sewing machine because sewing machines hate me, but I do make pillows and curtains and things of that nature when it is necessary. I know how. It just isn't fun for me.

I like to cook (and eat!). I use Google and an ingredient list to find many recipes. I don't always follow the recipes but I get ideas.

I love my garden -- flower, fruit and vegetable. We grow (and I can or freeze) loads of vegetables each year. Tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, summer squash, winter squash, lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, eggplant, potatoes, green beans, raspberries, figs, blackberries, blueberries, etc. It certainly is nice to have those lovely fruits and vegetables on the shelf in the winter. I like eating locally and it can't get much more local than your back yard.

I've been playing with watercolor and finding out that I'm not quite an inept as I always believed. I guess that you really can teach an old dog new tricks! I also really like Derwent's Inktense and Faber Castell's Gelatoes.

I like to walk, especially in nature. Inspirational.


I'm very interested in swaps of ATCs, pocket letters and journals and cards, especially handmade.

I really don't need any craft supplies so please don't feel obligated to send anything along with the swap. I find myself just sending it along to my next swap. I do not give hearts based on the amount of extras in the envelope. Maybe that is the purpose but I use hearts to show how much I appreciate the effort someone took in fulfilling the swap. For me, swap-bot is a way to share art and friendship, not stuff.

Please know that if you do not receive a swap from me, please PM me first before rating. I will always fulfill swaps. The postal service can be unreliable and slow and want to make sure you get your item(s).


On the advice of a few very friendly and welcoming people at swap-bot, I am adding things I don't like here:

I hate gory things. No blood, ever. I like Halloween themed things but not nasty, bloody ones.

I'm not into religious things. I like Christmas cards and Easter cards but I don't want things that have religious sayings or saints or anything like that. For me, religion is too personal to put on paper.

I don't like cutesy themes like Precious Moments or the big eyed kids. I do like the Stampendous House Mouse series, which is pretty cutesy. Oh well.

I think funny is in the eye of the beholder. It is a difficult thing to get right but when it is right it is hilarious!


I love teal, turquoise, teal, coral, green, blue, yellow, and pink. I like purple, red, and brown. Black is always great but not as the main color. I don't care for florescent colors much. I really like colors that have a grayed tone.


My taste in movies is very much like my taste in books -- I like most anything except horror. Well, I can read horror but I can't watch it. I don't like to see it.

I absolutely love the new Star Trek movies and can't wait for the next one.

I have begun bingeing on Netflix ever since my husband finished my art studio. I pick a program and watch (or listen) while I work. I now have a hard time watching regular TV because the next episode doesn't automatically start! I binge watched all of the Star Trek series while crafting. I've recently binged on Game of Thrones and Outlander as well. Loved This is Us and The Handmaid's Tale.


gothbarbie rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R38 on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you Meba! Your artwork is great and this journal is really coming along! Super inspiring collection of pages : )
JocysMom rated for RSC - Welcome Fall on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card!
travelgirlem rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R37 on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Beautiful artwork!
Response: thanks!
dartha rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R36 on Jun 18, 2018
Comment: Got it - thank you.
Response: Thanks for letting me know.
Angie rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R35 on May 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for forwarding the journal to me. Your pages are darling. Dang, that's a fatty (not your fault). Thanks for the extras!
Response: Thanks for letting me know. Thanks for the star!
gothbarbie rated for Mini Journal Meba Barbie on Apr 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the star!
samsstuff rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R34 on Mar 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the star!
Matts rated for Art Journal Page Spring Theme on Feb 20, 2018
Comment: Your did a fantastic JOB!! OMGEE I never seen such a thing before!! Mine is no where near as gorgeous!! LOL
Response: I'm glad that you like it. It was really fun to put together. Thanks for the heart.
tam2016 rated for WELCOME TO STEPFORD on Jan 8, 2018
Comment: Melinda, thank you so much for the Stepford Swap book. It is absolutely amazing and beautifully done. I wish I could give it more hearts than one.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. I wanted you to be able to pull the recipes out instead of using it like a cookbook. That made it a bit thick, but I was pretty happy with the result. Thanks for the heart.
shinyserra rated for Art Journal Swap, on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: I could not be happier with your journal! I appreciate all of the time and effort you put into not only the pages but making the whole journal from scratch! It is awesome. Your mixed media artwork is gorgeous! My favorite has to be the counting sheep page spread but I truly love every single page. Thank you so much :)
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Almost all the pages turned out as I had hoped. I'm really glad you like the counting sheep page. I sometimes have a weird sense of humor! Thanks for the heart!!!!
Babsmomof5 rated for An ATC a week ~13~ Easter on Apr 6, 2017
Comment: I LOVE the bunny image, and the entire ATC! And the washi strips are a really cool extra. Thanks so much!!!
lyzz rated for An ATC a Week -Rd 12- Flowers on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: Such a pretty ATC i love how you did it and the back is kool too your note card is daring too! And the masking stickers so fuN! Thank you so much!
Comment: I loved the ATC you made. The gears were super cool and I want a pair of those boots, lol. The little envelope of stamps was really cute too. Thank you!
cerealgirl rated for An ATC a Week ~ Rd 10 ~ Bird on Mar 15, 2017
Comment: Such a LOVELY ATC!!! I LOVE your birdie! Love the style and technique. Thank you, also, for the super-cute buttons! Thank you so much! :)
ArtByTab rated for An ATC A Week Round 9 ~ Fairy on Mar 8, 2017
Comment: A beautiful ATC thank you very much. The little flowers are lovely
Response: I'm glad you like it. I love columbine and tried to do it justice. Thanks so much for the heart!
JenniferB rated for An ATC a Week Round 4 on Feb 24, 2017
Comment: Hi Melinda...thank you for the lovely ATC you've created. Cheer JenniferB
Response: I'm so glad it arrived! Thanks for the heart.
Jamnj rated for An ATC a Week Round 7 -Texture on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Melinda, I love the bees knees Atc. Very cool! Thank you.
Response: I'm glad you like it. It was my daughter's idea to put the Flower Soft on the bee and I think it made the ATC. Thanks for the heart.
ZuzieCullen rated for An ATC A Week Round 6 on Feb 20, 2017
Comment: thank you for the wonderful ATC Melinda,and for the extras! HUGS
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Apelser rated for An ATC a Week Round 3 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC, I love it and will add it to my collection.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thank you for the heart!
3trysandimout rated for An ATC a Week Round 5 on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Gorgeous! How in the world did you get the glitter glue to make such perfect hearts?? Keep layering: the results are beautiful
Response: Thanks so much for the heart! I used Bo Bunny Glitter Paste and a stencil to put those hearts in the background. The glitter paste is really fun to work with.

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CurlyTea on Jul 17, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

gothbarbie on Apr 4, 2018:

Hello Hello- I messaged you about the Handmade Mini Art Journal swap and haven't heard back - let's get in touch - thanks!

supersquirrel on Feb 20, 2018:

Nice to meet you Meba! Thank you for the JAM. I'll get them finished and back to their homes.

hibiscus on Jul 26, 2017:

Oh, and your note card was beautiful!

hibiscus on Jul 26, 2017:

Loved the bird "k" jam finish! Thanks so much

CurlyTea on Jul 25, 2017:

Kimmi50 on Mar 29, 2017:

Melinda you did an amazing job on the "Be Joyful" atc. I really like the stamped image you colored as well as the words. Great Job!

jannieb on Mar 27, 2017:

I received the ATC Jam with the pink flowers in the background (which you added the "Be Joyful" stamp, watercolor pencils & perfect pearls to ) & I just wanted to say that it came out really nice. The card you made to send it in is awesome too. Thank you for a really great swap :)

flowerchild on Mar 7, 2017:

Thanks for returning my Valentine ATCJ!!!!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

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