Swap-bot Time: April 26, 2017 8:14 pm


Date Joined: July 15, 2010
Last Online: April 26, 2017
Birthday: October 2
Country: United States
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About Me

I am New Orleans girl "through and through," but my family relocated to Alabama 4 years ago. It's certainly not NOLA, but it's okay. I am a happily married and mom of a 10-year-old son. Family is my priority, but somehow I manage to maintain my sanity as a FT university professor. I teach literature (absolutely LOVE it AND my students). Reading and Writing are my PASSIONS. I enjoy giving and making (simple--digital and handmade) bookmarks, cards and digital scrapbooks for family and friends. I love photography (taking pictures and looking at them--I'm a Flickr addict). I also love water, flowers, nature (in general), parks, bayous, etc. and taking walks--though I don't consider myself the outdoorsy type (much to my hubby's chagrin, camping is NOT appealing to me).

NOTE ABOUT SWAPPING AND RATING: Swap-bot has been a wonderful experience--I've met really awesome people and learned a few new things along the way. I send swaps on time. If you have not received a swap from me in a timely manner, please send me a PM. Some things simply take longer. (I sent a PC to Russia that took nearly 3 months to arrive). I rate as soon as I receive a swap. If I haven't rated you, I haven't received the swap. I will not rate you as a "no send" without attempting to contact you.

Favorite Music

Music is my first love. I like classical, jazz (instrumental and vocal), inspirational, gospel, some R&B, neosoul, traditional blues, calypso, reggae, New Orleans music, etc. The list goes on...Anything with meaningful lyrics, but no heavy metal, gangster rap, or hard rock.

Favorite Books

Far too many to name, so I'll list a few... The BIBLE--where else can you get drama, narratives, history, creative nonfiction, romance, parables, poetry, prophecy, self-help, mischief and mayhem under one cover? Everything SHAKESPEARE has written; Toni Morrison, SONG OF SOLOMON; Ellen G. White, THE DESIRE OF AGES; Howard Thurman, MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART; C.S. Lewis, THE GREAT DIVORCE; Edwidge Danticat, BREATH, EYES, MEMORY; Bessie Head, A QUESTION OF POWER; James Joyce, ULYSSES; Homer, THE ODYSSEY; Dedra Johnson (a good friend), SANDRINE'S LETTER TO TOMORROW; Nawal El Saadawi, WOMAN AT POINT ZERO; Amy Tan, THE JOY LUCK CLUB; Jamaica Kincaid, LUCY; Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A GRAIN OF WHEAT; Tarshia Stanley, THE BOOK OF EPHESUS (published August 2013!); Christian Fiction (love Lori Wick); Literary Theory/Criticism

Poets: Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Robert Browning; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Shakespeare; Rita Dove; Emily Dickinson; Lucille Clifton; Alice Walker; Nikky Finney, John Milton; Brenda Marie Osbey, etc.

Favorite Movies

Again, too many to name...The Fisher King; Eve's Bayou; The Caveman's Valentine; Beloved; Sugar Cane Alley; Imitation of Life; Daughters of the Dust; Xala; Black Girl; Schindler's List; Nights in Rodanthe; P.S. I Love You; Women of Brewster Place; Brown Sugar; Love Jones; Mona Lisa Smile; Runaway Bride; Stepmom; Steele Magnolias; Fried Green Tomatoes; Something to Talk About; Pretty Woman; Redemption; Crooklyn; Bamboozled; Malcolm X; The Color Purple

My Favorite Things

Teddy Bears (I collect figurines only; had too many stuffed bears, so I gave most away); the color PURPLE; the color PINK (after a few family rounds with breast cancer, pink has become a favorite); stickers; pretty paper and notebooks; journaling; cool/nice/pretty pens; sharpies; postcards; craft scissors (even though I haven't quite mastered cutting straight with them); funny quotations; meaningful quotations; spiritual (as in religious quotations); silly/funny children's poems and stories; photography; digital scrapbooks; my Mac; Photoshop; poetry; music; books; reading; writing; letters; history; art; simple vegetarian recipes; Dr. Seuss; Care Bears (Grumpy Bear); anything that keeps me organized; I also LIKE people. MOST are interesting and fun!

I enjoy making photo postcards, handmade envelopes, and ATCs. I also enjoy receiving these items from others.


I dislike: horror and gory stuff; witchcraft and sorcery/fortunetelling/tarot; zodiac/horoscope; cigarettes; alcohol; profanity; dogs and cats (quite ironic since our family has every other animal imaginable); distasteful humor; nudity; scraps; ripped and/or torn things; edible items (too many things I don't eat, so better not to send); meat or anything that glorifies meat. (I've been a vegetarian MOST of my life. I don't judge others for eating meat, but I don't want it thrown in my face).

Wish List

Washi tape samples (especially faith-based and word washi); inspirational quotes and stickers; teddy bear stickers; planner stuff; blank non-touristy postcards; ideas for cute/pretty/elegant/beautiful card-making


Cigarette smoke; pet hairs/dander; dust; pollen

Hubby's & Son's Likes

Hubby is easy--since most things he likes are too large to stuff in any envelope: foreign currency and old US currency.

Son likes: robots, animals in general, elephants and frogs in particular; rockets, astronauts, and space; superheroes, age-appropriate comic books, books about animals and nature, reading, drawing, postcards, stickers, "outer space," Super Mario Brothers, Skylanders, Rabbids, nature, rocks, Legos, and sooooo much more.


I prefer postcards naked, stamped and written on (but if you're sending a PC that you don't want marred by postal machines and handling, I will not complain if you place it in an envie). I am not too picky about postcards--but my favorites are (not in any particular order): literary postcards; artsy postcards; whimsical postcards; cultural (icons/myths/stories) postcards; map postcard; touristy postcards that teach me a little about your history or culture--building, bridges, statues, monuments. I also like fun, humorous and quirky cards. Surprise me and I'll be pleased. But please no nudity or profanity--my son enjoys the postcards with me. Thanks!

Your PCs: I love well-crafted PCs made from your photography AND well-crafted "homemade" PCs, so if you're into making them, please send me one. I won't rate you down for not sending a "store-bought" one! Do note that well-crafted PCs involve more than cutting a picture from a magazine and gluing it to a piece of card stock.


vontakk rated for Alice in Wonderland PC #3 USA on Apr 13, 2017
Comment: You're seriously one of the BEST partners EVER! I LOVEEEEEE the postcards you sent! Thank you sooooooo much! They're all on my fridge! <3 Everyone in the house is enjoying them greatly! They're some of my absolute favorites in my collection!
Comment: Anything Alice or Dahl is perfect for me! Thanks for a great doubleheader! All did get here on the same day!
Comment: Hey Chandra! Of course I love BOTH cards! Beatrix Potter is awesome! Thank you so much!
bb2 rated for CF: Seeds of Promise on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: Wow! You can sure pack a lot of encouragement and beauty in a one-stamp envelope! Thank you for the lovely scripture cards (all new to me) and goodies. I enjoyed reading your letter also. God bless and give extra strength to you.
snailmaillover rated for He is Risen Postcard swap on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love the verse you chose! Happy Easter to you!
vontakk rated for Alice in Wonderland PC Swap #2 on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: I ADORE this one too! I love love love the kittens!! This one is new to me! Thanks so so so much! :D
widelo123 rated for Literary Wisdom PC #5 on Apr 5, 2017
Comment: Chandra, thank you for the great quote from The Notebook. Shirley
midteacher rated for Early Spring: Photo Postcard on Mar 29, 2017
Comment: Wow! The editing is fabulous on both these photos! So envious of your editing talent. The cone flower is my favorite and will find a special spot in my Purple art journal. Thank you so very much!
Response: You're envious of MY editing skills?! You send amazing mixed mode cards. I'm going to spend this weekend mimicking your techniques! But happy you like both cards. The coneflower is my favorite too. I have MANY iterations of it. I'll send you the link when I blog about it.
Comment: Not one, but TWO Alice PCs!! Thank you so much! I like the coloring PC the way it is, too. :) These are wonderful additions to my collection. Thank you again!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for rating with a heart!
Comment: thank you for an interesting card
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! Have a nice day! Shelley
Comment: 2 Alice PCs! I love it thank you. I have this set and hoard them so I love getting them so I can find the ones I got in the mail & send to someone else. :p
BeckyG56 rated for CF: Names of God on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for joining this swap. i will do more of them! I love love love your cards, so beautiful. Thank you for sending both of them to me!The Lord is my banner, marching onto victory for both of us!
vontakk rated for Alice in Wonderland PC Swap! on Mar 20, 2017
Comment: AHHHH! I love that you sent two! Got the first one today! I didn't have any of these, they're totally being framed for my library!! I'm reading the 150th annotated edition, if you haven't seen it, you'll want it immediately! I just checked it out at the library. I''ll be hosting more AIW PC swaps starting this week! :)
karli rated for Cartoon pc swap on Mar 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for both cards, they are great! Karolina
Comment: Dear Chandra, many-many thanks for your card. It is so tender. And my younger girl loves Guess how much I love you - she always watches it (as a cartoon) on TV 😊😊😊 And these stamps are absolutely adorable!
Comment: Thank you for all the Seuss goodies and stickers for my girls. They loved them. And thanks for your kind words about my blog Will definitely be checking out and following your blog, too.
Response: Yay! You received it. You're welcome and happy the girls loved the stickers! Thanks for the heart! Hope to see you in other swaps!
Comment: Love the purple rose. I will create a special page for it in my purple art journal! Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for loving it and for the heart. I blogged about it Monday--well, the quote. ;-) Have a great weekend!
Comment: Thanks for the Women's Day pc - very nicely made. The way you packaged it in the clear sleeve kept it very neat and in good condition. Thanks for your kind words. Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart. Have a great weekend!
Comment: Wonderful card, thanks. Have a great Women's Day.
Response: Awww...You're welcome and thank you! And thanks for the heart!

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TereDiane1954 on Feb 19, 2017:

I found a pretty card from you (2015) between the pages of my Bible,and it made me think I ought to swing by and say ♥ God bless your Sunday ♥

ArtyBeth3 on Jan 5, 2017:

Thank you for the lovely Merry Christmas postcard you made & sent to me. It took a little extra time to arrive because you had transposed my zip code. It's not 97213, but 97123. :)

clutterfree on Jan 3, 2017:

Chandra...what an awesome surprise to find one of your beautiful handmade scripture Christmas cards in my mail box today!! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and blessings in your New Year!! Peace, love and JOY to you...Charlene

lou on Oct 3, 2016:

Happy Birthday month from WIYM & Sharp Shooters!

bjmonroe on Oct 2, 2016:

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clutterfree on Jul 27, 2016:

Chandra....many thanks for the encouraging photo quote....your work is always beautiful and so inspiring! The photo and Helen Keller quote were new to me and I was so blessed by your SURPRISE mail!! Hugs and prayers as you are counting down your lazy days of summer....blessings in your new academic year!! ...Charlene

TamiHope on Jul 26, 2016:

Chandra - Love the postcard you sent to me! It is a beautiful picture and your note is so sweet. Thank you so much!

bb2 on Oct 2, 2015:

Happy Birthday and blessings!

taeniura on Aug 13, 2015:

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