Swap-bot Time: February 23, 2019 6:47 am


Date Joined: July 16, 2015
Last Online: February 22, 2019
Birthday: August 10
Country: United States

About Me

1/19/2019~ I am back from my short break. Thanks for being patient with me while I was gone. Hope your New Years Celebrations were great!

12/30/2018 ~ Taking a break. I will rate swaps as they come in.

9/15/2018 I am back from my break and hosting some swaps and participating in a couple of others. It feels good to be back in the swing of things, but sad summer is over. I did buy a different vehicle at the end of July, so now I have a car payment again, grrrr. The seats in it are very comfortable, and that was the deciding factor. Not crazy about the color, but I can live with it. (It's black, and shows everything!) I hope you will join in my swaps, as I plan on doing many. Happy swapping!!

5/22/2018: Taking a short break, but will be checking to make sure all swaps are taken care of. This will be done on a daily basis.

Enjoy the weather and Happy swapping!!!

I'm in my 50's. I love receiving snail mail that isn't a bill. Some of my favorites are ATC's, PC's, cards and anything zentangle!

I live in Minnesota and I dislike winter (the cold, snow and sleet) so swapping helps me fill the void of the long winter days and nights. Summers are too short, and full of bugs. lol The humidity gets to me and thankfully not too many days have high humidity.

I like to hang around my house and spend time with my 7-year old female chihuahua named Charlie. She is so cute! She is a rescue and I got her when she was 6 months old. She was so timid and very shy and scared of everything. Now she is more sure of herself, but still gets scared easily. She gets nervous around children.

I don't have any food allergies that I am aware of, which is great! I like Chocolate and have discovered I have a sensitivity to it. This is not an allergy. I also like to have my daily cup of coffee and a relaxing cup of herbal tea is always nice. Iced tea is wonderful, too. Especially on warm days. Who remembers the old commercial "Take the 'Nestle Plunge' " and a guy with a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day would fall backwards into a pool? I didn't like tea in those days, but I sure do now!

Favorite Music

I have an eclectic taste of music, however I do not like most rap or any head-banging music.

My favorite artists: Def Leopard, Garth Brooks, Billy Idol, Martina McBride and nature sounds and most everything in between. When I am in my "creative zone", I like the background noise to be soothing and non-intrusive.

I love to listen to podcasts. My favorite are Unsolved Murders: True Stories, Serial Killers, Once Upon a Crime|True Stories, Conspiracy Theories and many more. What I like about them is they are based on true stories of unsolved murders (for the most part) and then dive in and give a compelling retelling of the facts based on the story. It's intriguing and I enjoy listening to them.

I recently discovered a couple new podcasts not related to murder. One is from the Michigan NPR called Believed. It is about the Olympics Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar who was sexually abusing the gymnasts for nearly 2 decades. So interesting! Check it out! Start at episode one.

Another one I found is The Dream. Another podcast to start at Episode one. It is about MLM's and Direct Sales. Opened my eyes. Believe me. Can't wait for these to episodes to be uploaded so I can download them to listen. So interesting.

Podcasts. I listen daily. Recommend your favorite; I tend to listen to Parcast podcasts Useless Information, Once Upon a Crime/True Crime (One of my favorites), My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, The Box of Oddities and Unsolved Mysteries, just to name a very few I listen to.

Favorite books and Television

My bookshelf is full of goodies! I have the Harry Potter series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Water for Elephants, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, Reiki books and many Bibles. Plus so much more!

I don't watch a lot of tv. I can go a couple of weeks without even turning it on! But I do own two, one in my living room, and one in my bedroom.


Swapping with Me: I will try to send out my items as soon as partners are selected, but if something doesn't make it to you, please let me know. Also, I sometimes put things in the mailbox at night and mark the swap sent, so it won't be Post Marked until the next day. So keep that in mind.

BEFORE rating. I want to make sure that you get the items! I want HAPPY partners. I keep a close watch on my swaps, and I usually will contact my partner before she/he contacts me concerning any possible mail mix-ups/hiccups. I will gladly re-send the swap to you. I would rather you receive two items than none at all!

PLEASE RATE UPON RECEIPT OF A SWAP....if all requirements of the swap are met, you must rate a 5. That is required of ALL swaps.

If you're going to be late in sending out a swap, I'm very understanding, so let me know. Communicate with me and we'll work something out.

If there is postage due on a swap I sent you, please let me know, and I will reimburse you.

I really love doing the Found Image swaps here on SB. Totally fun to search for items of interest.

POSTCARDS: I have collected quite a few to try to match up what possible future partners are interested in. What I would like sent to me are PC's such as something you have no use for. However, I am not interested in Ad/Free PC's. The PC's could be cartoon, funny, strange, "What the Heck?"-type, something you just don't know what to do with.

My ABC's for swaps:

A: Aquamarine. Albus Dumbledore.

B: Blue. Brown. Buttons. Bows.

C: Coffee. Charms. Chocolate. Colored pencils & pens. Cardinals. Crocheting.

D: Diamonds. Dobby. Draco Malfoy.

E: Elephants. Essential Oils. Emeralds.

F: Finger-less Gloves. Frankincense E.O. Flamingos. Fred Weasley.

G: Gems. Gnomes. Green. Gold. God. Gorilla's. George Weasley. Ginny Weasley. Giraffes.

H: Homemade PC's & Cards. Hedgehogs. Honey. Harry Potter. Hermione Granger.

I: Ice Cream. Iceman. Invisibility Cloak.

J: Jam. J.K. Rowling.

K: Kites. Kangaroos. Kittens.

L: Lavender. Lilacs. Lemurs. Lollipops. Lipstick. Luna Lovegood.

M: Magenta. Myrrh E.O. Mom. Minerva McGonagal

N: Note cards, new or homemade. Napkins. Never-never land. Nordic Gnomes. Niffler.

O: Owls. Orange. Orangutans.

P: Postcards: Love Vanity Fair, Master Painters (Monet, Manet, Renoir, etc, unknowns, as long as the pics are fabulous, etc.), cute and funny. B & W are good also. Harry Potter PC's. Magical Beasts PC's. PC's from your City or State. Purple. Pink. Pens, .07 fine line. Podcasts. Presents. Phoenix.

Q: Quartz. Quidditch

R: Red. Rosemary. Ron Weasley. Remus Lupin. Rubeus Hagrid.

S: Stationery. Silly things & sayings. Sloths. Sisters. Squashed Pennies/Nickels. Severas Snape. Sirius Black. Sapphires.

T: Tea, no black or green tea, please. Tiny things. Themed Zines. Themed items. Trading cards. Themed tissue paper. Turtles. Teal.

U: Unicorns. Unusual items. Ukulele.

V: Violets (the flower). Violet (the color). Violins. Velvet.

W: Washi tape. Woodland creatures. White.

X: ??

Y: Yellow. Yorkies, owned one for 14 years. She was a treasure.

Z: Zentangle. Zines.


Teacher/Reward Stickers. I have no need for these. Children's puffy stickers. Can't use them on envies and all my kids are grown and the grand-kids are too old for them also.

Dislike: Hello Kitty. Well, I don't dislike Hello Kitty. I just have no use for her. Mean people.

Sloppy work. If you wouldn't want to receive it, neither would I.

Collections and Crafts

I like to Crochet. I have made tablecloths and many, many doilies along with stuffed toys for my kids and grandkids. I have made quite a few wrist warmers and have even sold a few. What has been particularly popular is Harry Potter house colors and NFL team colors. It's very relaxing and fun to do!

I have also been sewing dog boots for our furry friends. They are made primarily of fleece, but have suede on them, so our friends have sure footing when walking in cold weather. They also help keep the salt off our friends paws, which damage their paws. In the summer, on those sultry, super hot days, they keep our furry friends from burning their paws on the tar and cement! If it is too hot for us, it is too hot for them. Dogs sweat through their paws, so we need to protect those precious paws!

ATC's; I am finding I am enjoying making these very much. They are a fav of mine! The Found Image-type is a big hit with me. It is interesting to see what others find.

Zentangle; I discovered it here on SB almost 2 years ago and I checked out YouTube for a swap to see if I could actually do it, and was instantly hooked! I have made myself a book filled with samples of the different types of tangles, and had to move to a 5 x 7 drawing book I've had for years (I can't draw) to add more zentangle samples along with the zentangle names. I really love zentangle, but since I am not an artist, it is really like chicken scratch.

Flakers and....

Flaked on by CaptHowdy132 in swap 'Little "Classroom" Valentines swap' (2019) [Coordinator JennaZ refused to angel swap "because there were 10 partners"]


Newlybird17 rated for What the Heck..? PC swap #15 on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard! It brightened my day!
marclively rated for What the Heck..? PC swap #16 on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks, Marc
soccer8s rated for What the Heck..? PC swap #18 on Feb 20, 2019
SeleneW rated for Valentines Card Swap #10 USA on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card!
Response: Cutie! Thanks for the heart! Can't wait to be your partner again! Happy swapping....
Comment: I do apologize for the late rating! Thank you Brenda for the super cute valentines!!!
Response: You are most welcome! Thanks for the heart! I do appreciate it! Have a great day and Happy swapping....
Beckyann rated for Valentines Card Swap #9 USA on Feb 20, 2019
Response: Thank you for the heart! Hope you are feeling better! Have a great day and Happy swapping....
Irys rated for 2019 Postcard #4 on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the great card!!!
Response: You are so welcome! Thanks for the heart and happy swapping to you....
aralyn rated for 2019 Postcard #8 on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the HP postcard and the Points to Ponder!! I especially love the one about "ranch dressing" - hilarious!
Response: You are most welcome! So glad you liked! Thanks for the heart and Happy swapping to you.....
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are most welcome! Thanks for the heart! Have a great day and Happy swapping....
Fullsteampowell rated for What the Heck..? PC swap #17 on Feb 15, 2019
PrettyAlice rated for Mermaid Postcard Swap #3-USA on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks. Cute card!
3stairs rated for Valentines Card Swap #12 USA on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and goodies!
Response: You are most welcome! Thanks for the heart! Have a great day and Happy swapping to you....
earthnk rated for Valentines Card Swap #10 USA on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. Hope you had a wonderful day.
Response: You are most welcome! Have a great day and happy swapping....
Comment: Thank you for the great Valentine and extra PCs. P.S. I miss your card swaps.
Response: Hi Kelly, aw, thanks for the vote about my swaps. I missed doing them too, but with so many swaps going on, I felt it would be too much. I will get at it next year for sure! You are most welcome for this swap and Thank you for the heart! Have a great day and happy swapping to you.....
CraftyCrow rated for What the Heck..? PC swap #17 on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: I love this horse! OMG it is so fantastic! I love your critique of it. It looks like some kids got hold of crayons and had a fun time. As a person who used to do horse portraits I'd say there is something off. But hey, art is art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks!!
Response: I am so glad you love it! Thanks for the heart! Happy Valentines day, have a great day and happy swapping....
Ryleighsmom rated for Valentines Card Swap #11 USA on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: ❤️❤️
Response: Thank you so much! I truly appreciate the hearts! Have a great day! Happy swapping.....
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are most welcome! Have a great day and Happy swapping....
poppie07 rated for Valentines Card Swap #9 USA on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome Valentine and stickers! Loved the interesting info inside! :)
Response: You are most welcome! So glad you liked it! Have a great day and swapping....Hugs!
cookies37 rated for Recycle That Christmas Card #1 on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Hi from O~hi~O Yes, I received your recycled Christmas Card, so sorry I hadn't rated it yet. Lots of stuff going on around here, but that's not a good excuse at all. Thanks so much, my niece was here when I received it and she loved the way you wrote the J & D on the address. Thanks so much, love the penguins. Take care ~ Judy
Response: You are so welcome! I am so glad you and your niece liked it! Thanks for the heart and I hope you have a wonderful Valentines day and happy swapping..... hugs!
soccer8s rated for What the Heck..? PC swap #14 on Feb 11, 2019
Response: Thanks! And thanks for being in my swaps! I do appreciate you!

Rating Overview

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fbresnah on Feb 19, 2019:

Hi, thanks for stopping by! Still around just not swapping as much.

SeleneW on Feb 14, 2019:

Happy Valentines Day!


me2az50 on Jan 2, 2019:

Brenda, I wanted to thank you for the holidays card swaps that you hosted. I enjoyed them very much. It feels good to get mail that isn't bills. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

MissAlissa on Dec 26, 2018:

Thank you for angelling for BabyBee78 in the Brenda's Santa's card swap! I loved the gift tags, stickers and the cute Santa card!


SeleneW on Nov 15, 2018:

Thank you so much for being my mentor :)

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 4, 2018:

cllfdl on Jan 29, 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely letter!!

Kellpepper on Jan 22, 2018:

Thank you for hosting the fun Valentines Day swap!

esmy77 on Jan 10, 2018:

Thank you for the beautiful comment you

left on my profile about my calligraphy,

yes I do all the calligraphy and handlettering,

you are so sweet!

snail mail by esmeralda3

CurlyTea on Aug 14, 2017:

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