Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2023 4:39 am


Date Joined: April 8, 2015
Last Online: August 19, 2019
Birthday: June 28
Country: United States

Favorite Music

What I Love NOW:

Since last updating my profile I have changed a bit. I still enjoy Ed Sheeran but I don't listen to him everyday. I am currently listening to Little Big Town quiet a bit. My daughter and I have traveled to Europe twice taking in sights in Rome (my all time favorite!), Florence, Piza, Nice, Paris, Giverny, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. I LOVE to travel! I enjoy watching guitarist who obviously pour their souls into their work. Ed Sheeran, John Mayer (my daughter and I saw JM with The Dead in NYC in Nov.), Dan Taminski, Bruce Cockburn, The Edge,T-Bone Burnett, so many to name! I also like James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Jason Mraz, The Civil Wars, Mumford and Sons, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith - well, the list is basically endless. My daughter supplies me with new music on an almost monthly basis, so I listen to the latest Indie, Pop, Folk although I may not know exactly who I'm listening to! I love music!!!! Suggestions are welcome.

My Fave Pandora Stations:

*Joni Mitchell

*Mr. Anonymous

*Nashville Cast

*Bruce Cockburn

*Many More ( I have over 30 channels)

About Me

Who's That Girl?

I am a wife, mother, artist, teacher, baker and lover of nature. I enjoy painting, drawing, ceramics and a host of other mediums. I am an Artstronaut (thank you Teesha Moore) and I am a life long learner. I meditate and practice love. I enjoy hiking and I'm surrounded by rolling hills and eastern mountains. I also enjoy being on the river in my canoe with my husband. My husband and I spent an entire month traveling to the Rockies and camping the summer of 2015. Hovenweep was a wonderful experience that changed the way I look at life. I love the outdoors!



Minerva is an Etruscan Goddess of Arts, Crafts, Strategy and Wisdom, Healing and Teaching. Her spirit animal is the owl. You may see owls lurking in and on my swaps and this is the reason why! (And NO, I don't have a pet owl, this is just an illustration of my dream pet, I apologize for any confusion.)


This is Cadyan, my companion of 11 years, Oct 6th. Cadyan passed away almost two years ago. I still miss her on the daily.

This is Missy, my husband's doggie. She passed away last Spring. We are still reeling from her death. We are dogless and it really stinks!

Favorite Books

When I Read

I am currently reading "The Five Lessons". I have two books on order that deal with teaching creativity in the classroom. I enjoy books that teach me how to change the way I think about everyday things. These books will help me to look at teaching in new and innovative ways.

I recently finished Who Moved My Cheese. It's a great motivational book that is a very quick read and it helped me to remember that the only constant is change. I may as well embrace it! I recently read the Great Human Potential by Tom Kenyon and Wendy Kennedy. One of my favorite series is The Celestine Prophecy. I currently teach high school art and this week I am studying the Kiawaii Culture. I'm sure to see a lot of great work from my students because of the current topic. They are crazed over the Japanese culture.
UPDATE: I'm teaching 3D AP Art next year and we are working on 3D art in class this semester. Currently I am making a wire art sculpture of a butterfly. I am having a blast making this 3D form out of wire, glass, metal, wire form screen and vintage cord. I'm stretching my creative muscles on this one!

Favorite Movies

Movie Anyone?

An oldie but goodie.....Dead Again. Another favorite is What Dreams May Come, I believe it is a MUST SEE. I also enjoy science fiction, comedy and dramas. I am a huge fan of Tim Burton films. I do a unit on him in my Art I classes.

It's almost FALL - who's still watching TV????

I am usually in bed by 10 and normally I don't sit down until 8 or 9, so the list is not that long: We are currently watching The 100. It's so intense and it may be making me a little angry. If you've seen it you understand what I'm saying. I am also slowing watching The Designated Survivor. I love Keiffer Southerland and this is a great series. I also enjoy watching documentaries about aliens, spiritual practices and artists. Most off days the TV isn't on until night. I love being outside and that's where I usually am WITHOUT my cell phone, much to my son's dismay!

Favorite Crafts

I Am Artist Watch Me Create!

If I'm "crafting" I enjoy calligraphy. I also like making tintures, creams and salves using essential oils or herbs that I grow in my herb garden. I also diffuse essential oils on a daily basis and I have a large collection of oils that I am adding to on a monthly basis. I believe there is healing properties in essential oils. I enjoy canning and making jams. I think I may need 1oo more years to feel like I have scratched the surface of what I would like to do in this life. I love to draw and paint. I also enjoy ceramics and photography. (I have a degree in photography from the ancient days.)

Stuff I like to collect


  • Naked Mail!

  • Gel Pens

  • Erasable Pens

  • Hearts (rated and otherwise!)

  • Skulls (Dia de los Muertos style)

  • Stickers

  • Rock'nRoll Postcards/Stuff

  • Artist Postcards/Stuff

  • TinyBuddas

  • KinderToys

  • Magnets

  • ATC's

  • Illustrations

  • Drawings

  • Paintings

  • Positive Quotes

  • Stamps

  • Owls, obviously!

    I have a good collection of Prismacolor pencils, if it's new, then I need it! :) I teach art, so I can make use of random crafty things.

Postcard Preferences

Please Send

  • I like to receive postcards Naked - stamped and written on.
    *I like canceled stamps for art making, so please send with stamps if at all possible.
  • I like to receive postcards from where you live. Touristy cards are welcome here.
  • I like cards that you have made, but please send me your best work! I'm not into child art unless the swap calls for it.
  • I like different and unique cards. Look at my likes and dislikes if you are not sure what "different and unique" means to me.
  • I like upcycled, recycled and reused cards as well, especially if you have altered and made the postcard your own artwork in some way.
  • Thanks for reading this far! :)

Thing I Don't Like

Please Don't Send:

  • Christian based PC's, notecards or trinkets. If the swap allows for this, then it's okay, of course.

  • Gummy Candies, I'm not a fan

  • Anything with Aspartame

  • NON-RATERS - I work hard on each swap and rating is a simple act of gratitude. I have several people who refuse to rate. I usually decorate, draw or paint on the PC's I send. A simple rate would be nice, so that I know the card made it to it's destination.

  • HEARTBREAKERS - I always give a heart unless the person obviously didn't try at all to send a decent swap. It's hard to displease me!

My Fave Colors

Current Favorite Colors:

  • Purple

  • Violet

  • Red

  • Black

  • Silver

  • Forrest Green

  • Turquoise

  • Lime Green

  • Happy colors!

  • Sometimes I just say


I like almost every color but I seem to be attracted to mostly jewel toned hues with a pop of a bright, neon-ish hue. I wear A LOT of black, so says my husband, but school colors are black, smoke gray and crimson. My closet is filled with these colors after 20 years of teaching at the same school.

Five New Likes (Holiday List)


  • Hiking in the woods with my daughter and sister.

  • Hanging out with my handsome husband.

  • Relaxing in Knoxville with my son.

  • White Fir oil with Wild Orange and Cinnamon.

  • Colors : Violet/Purple, Yellow, Bright Pink, Bright Green, Bright Blue and Orange......go Vols!


Comment: Good luck cleaning out those 4 email accounts lol Happy Holiday's :)
Response: Thanks! I think I will need the luck!
Comment: Thank you. I also need to be kinder to myself. Good luck.
athousandyears rated for Would you rather? Round #4 on Dec 12, 2016
Comment: Please next time use BCC when emailing to us.
Response: I thought I did BBC! I will go back and check to see what happened. So sorry if I cause you any stress.
Comment: Lovely Christmas Card!
OonaWingedWolf rated for Would you rather? Round #4 on Dec 11, 2016
meganporter789 rated for Would you rather? Round #4 on Dec 10, 2016
Comment: Great answers!! Loved reading them! Thank you!
Roxannya1 rated for Ho Ho Ho..Christmas Card Swap!! on Dec 5, 2016
Comment: thank you and Merry Christmas!
Sagebrushs rated for Ho Ho Ho..Christmas Card Swap!! on Dec 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Smiley69 rated for Fill My Stocking - November on Nov 27, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the stocking stuffer! I'm saving it for Christmas but it sure is fun to shake :-) Thank you also for the lovely postcard!! Happy Holidays to you :-)
Papergirl46 rated for IS ~ Pick 3 Fall ~USA on Nov 2, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the great stuff!
Response: It was fun packing it all up for you! Enjoy!
mellyrose89 rated for Interest me no. 40 on Oct 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you!
roosje rated for IS Decorated envelope #2 INT on Oct 3, 2016
Comment: Hi, thanks for the great envelope, I just love recycling! The kawaii stickers are great.
Onceuponatime88 rated for Interest me no. 40 on Sep 19, 2016
draco rated for Interest me no. 39 on Aug 31, 2016
Comment: thank you
magnyette rated for Postcards lovers #2 on Aug 24, 2016
Comment: Thanks a lot for you 2 resent postcards. You are a perfect partner!
Response: Thank you for the kind words! I am so sorry the first one was lost in the mail. I'm so glad that I photograph my swaps! Happy Days!
Comment: Thank you for your generosity you definitely MADE MY DAY :)
Response: I'm so happy that it was acceptable. I was so stressed about this swap.
petaluda rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP!! on Aug 17, 2016
Comment: One Heart is not enough for the swap you sent me ...Thank you so much ..I did not expect to receive such precious things and your art on the envelope too ...Thank you from the heart Kalliopi
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the encouragement. I needed it today! <3
schuylang rated for Interest me no. 39 on Aug 15, 2016
Comment: Thanks.
Comment: OH MY I organizing my swaps and I realized I never rated you for this. So sorry! Thank you <3
Response: Next time I will try to make it more memorable. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: I'm really digging these planetary stamps that came out recently. Thank you! 😊

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CurlyTea on Jul 1, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Jul 3, 2017:

Happy Belated Birthday!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

anrtist on Nov 8, 2016:

There are so many negative things on TV & everywhere you turn,.. esp on this election day!
I want to share this with you lovely ladies today!!!

Blessings, cc

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

CariPeace on Jul 16, 2016:

PS: Love your profile Owl GIFs!!! So cute! I want one!!! Wonder if an owl raised as a baby would not eat my sweet Quaker Monk Parrot, Eddie, when he grows up. Hmmmm, it's possible!

CariPeace on Jul 16, 2016:

Thank you for the intriguing letter & washi samples / stickers from TNW group's June WTA! I loved learning about your WA, D.C. trip and sharing information about Andy Goldsworthy! Indeed, I am going to google him and learn more about his artwork. Sounds fascinating! Love the decorated envie, too!!!

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

RyeRye on Jul 1, 2016:

Crap, that didn't fit now did it! lol Happy belated birthday Honey.

Ahh naked mail swaps sound fun!

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