Swap-bot Time: October 24, 2020 10:43 pm


Date Joined: August 4, 2015
Last Online: October 24, 2020
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 64 year old married woman, still working full time and enjoying life. I have two grown daughters. 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.


shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R54 on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: What a lovely spread you created! And the ATC and card were both beautiful as well - thanks for the lovely mail.
Response: I'm so glad it arrived. I always get worried when I drop it in the mail. Thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: The pages are so lovely in this art journal. ❤️❤️
Response: I'm so glad it arrived. I really like the page before the one I did. She did a wonderful job with the vintage look. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Got it, thanks!
Response: I'm glad it arrived.
Larina rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R51 on May 16, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful journal page! So colorful! I love the way you placed the dolls all over like that. I wish I could keep this journal just for this page! Thanks for the ATCs as well!
Response: Thank you for the heart! It was a fun page to make. I love paper painting and making the little girl was fun.
LadyRisa rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R50 on Apr 17, 2020
Comment: What a great journal! I'm happy to help move it along.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for sending the journal along it’s journey!
Response: Thanks.
Allegrae rated for ATC Jams - Starter set ATC Coins on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the scalloped bases! They should prove fun to work on. And your handmade card is absolutely lovely!
Response: These turned out great! Thanks for the heart.
DRMOM rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R46 on Oct 3, 2019
Comment: Received the journal in good condition. Love your page. I love the colors and texture. I also LOVE the card yous made. Happy Swapping!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you! I love the gold embossing and the octopus.
Response: I'm so glad it arrived. My favorite part was the front with the partial mermaid and the school of fishes. Thanks for the heart!
iggygirl rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R45 on Aug 23, 2019
Response: Thanks for the heart!
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R44 on Jul 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and the spread you did was beautiful! I'm glad you finally got to use the TH stuff. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart!
dakotadee rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R42 on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: love your art work
Response: I really appreciate your kind words. Thanks for the heart!
rklemons rated for Artist Trading Coin- Spring on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great coins and extra! I liked the variartion in styles :)
Response: Thank you so much! I really appreciate the heart!
CheyanneB rated for Artist Trading Coin- Spring on Apr 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the stunning coins!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them. Thanks for the heart!
Artstamper rated for Mini Handmade Art Journal R40 on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Love what you did with your inspiration! also enjoyed the note card, thank you.
Response: Thanks so much. I really appreciate the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card and I hope you have a joyful New Year! :)
Comment: Thanks!
Fabriqueen rated for Handcrafted Christmas Greetings on Dec 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card! Hugs, Diane
Eulegirl rated for Christmas Cards Across America on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and extras!

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Mimi7 on Oct 11, 2019:

Hi Melinda, Love the completed fox jam. thanks for working on it and sending it home.

Artstamper on Aug 5, 2019:

Hi, I received my journal that you finished and am so happy with it. Thanks so much for the page you did for "circles", love what you did with it and the background is beautiful.Thanks also for finishing the extra page, I'm so glad you thought to do that. Thanks so much for the work you put into it.

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 :)

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