Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2018 1:20 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2017
Last Online: January 19, 2018

Country: United States
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About Me

I am a retired teacher, now working as a part-time youth services librarian in the local public library. I love it! I love to read - Adult murder mysteries and YA/Teen novels, especially. I'm not a lover of nonfiction. More about my reading life below.

I am an avid letterboxer.

I am a quilter. I love to make scrap quilts. I'm currently working on an English paper pieced grandmother's flower garden and I'm almost done! Also love crazy quilting. I gather 2.5-inch squares of fabric wherever I can. I love, collect, and make pincushions.

I also knit, crochet, mosaic, alter books, create ATCs and LTCs...I love to have my hands busy. I keep a blog of all my book and movie reviews.

I belong to Postcrossing and love to exchange and receive postcards.

I collect playing cards! I especially love the Queen of Diamonds and Jokers, but any and all with interesting pictures on the back (or front!) will make me happy!

I'm a mom of two, grandmother of four.

I lived, raised my family, and taught fifth grade on the coast of Maine for 30 years (my son and his family still live there), then LOVED the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona for the next fourteen years. I am now adjusting to the gorgeous green rolling farmlands of the Pennsylvania countryside (where I now live, 20-minutes away from my daughter and her family). LIFE IS GOOD.

Some of the motifs and themes that I enjoy:

Day of the Dead

Cemeteries, gravestones and the like (I love history and primary sources!)


Artwork that includes books and/or reading (not so much photos, but if unique and quirky I love 'em)

anything with old ladies (there are some great Finnish, Russian, and American artists that have so much fun with old ladies!)

penguins are pretty cool...

and jackalopes are pretty cool, too.

the artwork of Keith Haring and Wassily Kandinsky

National Parks

cool doors and windows and unique/quirky houses

maps of countries and states

Turkey (the country), Iceland, Sweden, England, Africa, Mexico

SMALL STUFF: gel pens, cool pens and markers, black markers for zentangling, Stickles/glitter glue, postage stamps (of course!), stamp pads, "pink stuff" (Speedball carving block), embossing powder, Fiskars triple track blades, baby wipes, stencils for backgrounds, watercolor paper postcards, anything Day of the Dead, handmade boxes and bowls, dice (I have a dice collection), playing cards,

I'm not so fond of (sorry!):

(no) anything religious (please no Bible verses)

(no) "cute" - like kittens or puppies

(no) anime

(no) random scrapbooking or ATC embellishments - I really don't need 'em or use them.

I only drink Diet Coke and water, nothing hot, no tea or coffee,

I'll keep thinking and add to this as unexpected thoughts come into my brain. I LOVE it when this happens!!!

Favorite Books

I've joined a book swap recently, so thought I'd share my thoughts about reading.

I love mysteries - - police and PI procedurals, especially, for some reason. All over the world, not just in the US. The cozies just haven't been...well....intense enough for me. I listen to a lot of them, and read just as many. I've read the beginning of many series, and am picking away at many since I like to read them in order. However, I don't like to read about the same protagonist one story after another. Picky? Probably. I love Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, John Sandford's Virgil Flowers, Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Robert Crais' Elvis Cole, Robert Galbraith's Comoran Strike, and Angela Marson's Kim Stone to name a very few. I LOVED to find new series1

I also read a lot of young adult. I'm not so crazy about the CRF romances, but I love the out-or-the-ordinary CRF and especially YA Dystopian novels. I've read a few of the series out there - love some and don't love some, but I'm willing to try.

I also read middle grade novels. I've been a 4th/5th grade teacher forever and am now a youth services librarian assistant, so I love all the newer stuff...I've read a good deal of the older stuff.

Just can't get into nonfiction. I've tried. I have read a memoir once in awhile, and most have kept me interested unless they're poorly written. Guess I'm a snob in that way.

I do enjoy nonfiction books about quilting, including essays and short stories....

I started a blog in 2008 to keep track of my reading. I don't publicize it, it's only for my own reference and memory. I've put the website above in case anyone is interested in checking out what I've read in the last ten years.


Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful lighthouse PC and history behind it! Hugs, Diane
Zander rated for Playing Cards Anyone? on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: What a fantastic selection of cards love them all. No I have not heard of letterboxing but will check it out Thank you
Comment: I have this map already but giving a heart for the great book suggestions! I looked them up on goodreads and they sound great! thank you! ps. Choweface came about because my name is Michelle and when my baby sister was learning to talk, she couldn't pronounce my name so it came out sounding like 'me-chow' and my other siblings picked it up and eventually the 'me' part dropped. Adding 'face' to it was random too, they added another nickname to a nickname and it stuck. lol
Comment: This is a new card for my collection - thank you very much!
galadkria rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 4 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card - loved the beautiful envelope
Comment: Thank you for PA card - must be a popular one.
Comment: Thanks for the great swap! I love all the extra recipes.
Onibah3 rated for Send my postcard back - Week 12 on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Hi there! I received your postcards. What a great envelope you made! I love the postcard you chose for returning - Norman Rockwell, always puts a smile on my face. And Thank You for the extra postcards - David Hockney especially was extremely appreciated, and will be hoarded and perused for many years. Writing soon!!
Walks4Bling rated for Playing Cards Anyone? on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Expect some happy mail from me in the near future...😊 πŸ’–~ Sonia
newrule rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 9 on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks and thanks too for the extra postcard! Loved it!
Comment: Love the van Gogh postcard. Can't wait to color the sugar skull. Is that a stamp? It's very cool. I bet van Gogh would've gotten a kick out of it, too.
emeraldawn rated for Holiday Napkins to Decoupage on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: I love the napkins you sent me! I already have an idea to turn one of the penguin ones into a candle holders.
JenniferJo rated for Playing Cards Anyone? on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all of the really cool cards! Don’t worry, PA isn’t normally THIS cold!!
Comment: thanks for the Amish snow storm. When I was little and we lived in MD, we used to go to PA in the fall to get damson plums for making jam. So I have seen the Amish, both there and later when we lived in Indiana. There they raise a lot of peppermint, and the smell of those fields was wonderful. Thanks for those good memories -- and for the AZ and AK stamps! Your efforts were definitely worth a heart! Happy new year, and happy swapping!
japn rated for Send a Naked Map Postcard #7 on Jan 6, 2018
Comment: LOVE the crayola card! Thank you :)
Response: Oh wow, I think I saw on your profile that you like uniquely shaped postcards and all thoughts of MAPS must have flown right out the window! A map card is on its way as well!!! (I'm really glad you liked the Crayola card, that makes me feel a little better....)
InkStainedAngel rated for Interest Me No. 53 on Jan 6, 2018
BeckyG56 rated for Collaboration #49 on Jan 6, 2018
Comment: Great card, I am amazed at the cool napkin! Thanks for your book of lists, I've never heard of a minizine before, so thank you for sending this informative one. Welcome to the midwest, I live in Central Ohio, close to the capital of the state. I appreciate your list of mystery authors. I've read all of Sue Grafton books, except her last one. I don't know if you knew, but she recently passed away. A friend posted it on Facebook, so the alphabet series ends at Y. : (
Response: Yes, I'd heard about Sue Grafton's death and find it so upsetting and sad. Such a great mind! I'm glad you enjoyed the minizine, they are SO MUCH FUN to create!
Comment: Wow, this swap arrived quick! On Jan. 6th! Happy new year to you as well! I feel you on moving from the south to the north. I moved from GA to MI. A have a goofy ritual that helps me with the winter. I get a citrus &clove scented candle (or any scent you find "bright") and place it on a table. Then I fill a glass bowl with freshly fallen snow. I put the snow bowl in front of the candle. The candle represents the sun. As the snow slowly melts, I meditate for a bit on how the snow outside will melt into the water that brings Spring. The melting snow in the bowl is a reminder that it won't last forever. When there is nothing but water left in the bowl, I water my houseplant with it. This again symbolizes the snow melting into water that nourishes Spring life. Maybe this is goofy and silly, but it really helped me adjust to living in the cold white North! Good luck!
Response: Now that's a refreshing idea, not at all goofy. More than the snow, I dislike gray days and ice. I thought I was okay with coldness until the thermometer refused go to higher than single digits....but I'm NOT complaining, because it could certainly be worse! Just as long as there's some sunshine I'm happier....
BeckyG56 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #44 on Jan 6, 2018
Comment: Beautiful start for your first Hd/Hp! I will enjoy adding to your card. These are fun to do, once you've started you will love receiving them back.

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LoveThis on Jan 12, 2018:

i received my card back, thankyou very much :)

HolgaLove on Jan 2, 2018:

Thank you for my postcard back! You have impeccable writing! It is nice to hear you had a personal connection with the San Francisco card. :) Sounds like you live in an amazing place! I'd love to visit Amish Country some time in my life.

liljennyfoofoo on Dec 14, 2017:

Hello 😊 Just wondering if you were planning on hosting another napkins to decoupage swap in 2018, it was such a clever and fun idea! I'd be first in line to sign up lol! Wishing you all the best and happy holidays!

LoveThis on Dec 4, 2017:

i received my card today, thankyou very very much :)

KSENiA on Dec 2, 2017:

Thank you for sending my postcard back to me :)

Juniebird on Oct 20, 2017:

"Picatso"... Love this PC! Thanks for being my unassigned partner in the PC Roulette this month, I enjoyed the postcard you sent very much!

TexyDeb on Sep 19, 2017:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!

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