Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2022 5:59 am


Date Joined: February 25, 2021
Last Online: May 18, 2022
Birthday: November 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello (โ—โ€ขแด—โ€ขโ—) to all who may read this!!

As you may guess from my SB name... I โค love pandas ๐Ÿผ and collect anything stationary/craft related to pandas. My IG account is even panda related @pandaartsylifestyle It all started when I chose "Panda" as my camp counselor name from Girl Scouts a few years ago and it has stuck.

SWAPPING๐Ÿ“Œ Where will I swap -- Is Antarctica too far?? Yes, I am willing to swap internationally.

INCOMING SWAPS-- I try to rate within 24 hours of receiving swaps. If I haven't rated and you have sent... please send me a message and I will double check my log. I am a patient swapper and realize things get returned, lost and otherwise stuck in the various postal service systems of the world. I will contact others before rating anything other than a 5, but do believe in the need for ratings.๐Ÿ’™ Anything sent with effort and friendship in mind is appreciated. (โ—โ€ขแด—โ€ขโ—) ๐Ÿ’™ Anything that is sent with an awareness of my profile and/or with generosity will get a quick heart.

OUTGOING SWAPS-- PLEASE send me a message if you don't receive a swap from me. I'm happy to resend if something goes amiss. I do mark sent on the day the item goes into my mailbox. May be picked up by the post office the next day or two days later if there's a holiday. I do try to send out my swaps to the recipients as the partners are posted if they are non-profile based and days before the mail out deadline is they are profile based. If you receive something that isn't your taste and it's a non-profile based swap... kindly just pass on to the next person.

โค๏ธ Currently open for ATC or YouTube tutorial loaded pockets or junk journal supply private swaps. Message me and I will gladly set it up.

โค๏ธ I'm currently closed for new pen pals.

CRAFTING HISTORY ๐Ÿ“Œ I've put together personal scrapbooks for the last 20 years... and snail mail pen pals for nearly 30 years. I have a love of stationary and stickers that spans my life since grade school. In recent years I've added pocket letters, ATCs, loaded pockets and junk journaling into my frequent craft hobbies. Adding texture for intrigue and dimension is something I'm very much so interested in and attempting to use more often. Stitching on paper is so much fun for me.

JUNK JOURNAL "STYLE": My main crafting hobby this last year has been junk journaling. My style is shabby, feminine and often grungy. I appreciate true vintage papers, but I incorporate lots of items including junk mail into my journals. I prefer muted colors and vintage styles. I rarely use cartoonish, bright or loud images in my junk journals.

FAMILY LIFE ๐Ÿ“Œ I'm 47 years old. I live in Texas with my husband and our two shih-tzu mixed pups who are quite spoiled. I have a daughter who is now a young adult and will be joining the US Airforce next summer. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ I was born and raised in Illinois. I work full time in the public schools with children ages 3-21 with special needs. I am a pediatric occupational therapist and while I look forward to retirement, I honestly love my career.

HOT TOPICS ๐Ÿ“Œ I am an open minded, but not easily swayed individual. I am a straight, Catholic, democrat that is also Asian-American, that lives in the USA/Mexico border, supports our military and is fully immunized. I am strong in my beliefs but enjoy other points of view and intelligent debate. If your interests, age group, culture, race, religion and/or lifestyle are different then mine that's a BONUS to me. I have many close friends that live different than I do and I love learning about new people, their cultures, their religions and differing points of view. Nice is nice and I truly believe that variety makes the world an interesting place. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผโ™ฅ๏ธ Love is love. ๐ŸŒˆ Be kind to ALL.

Likes: ๐Ÿ’—See ABC likes list below

Dislikes: ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผFoam/puffy stickers. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผThemes as follows: creepy bugs (like beetles, spiders); Mushrooms (but most nature/woodland is great); cats; tarot, witches, magic, clown or political items. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผPostcards ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผI'm not a fan of fluorescent colors or yellow in general. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผItems that smell of smoke. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผPlease don't send loose glitter. It gets all over my area/crafts and my fluffy pets.

Favorite Music

I like upbeat and thought provoking music from just about any genre/language. Favorites are country, rock, pop, music from musicals (Guys and Dolls; Mama Mia, Moana) and Christian music.

I love โคโคโค to swap playlists as listening to new music can be great fun. I'm currently really into Fall Out Boy and fellow Filipino American Olivia Rodrigo!

Favorite Books

I listen to audio books when I doing chores or exercising. Mystery and dramas are my favorite. Recommendations are appreciated.

I collect and use several in hand, real life actual cookbooks: Skinnytaste Air Fryer, Hungry Girl Simply 6; Pioneer Woman, 5 Ingredient Semi-Homemade and The Hell's Kitchen Cookbook are my favorites.

Favorite Television

Reality shows (Survivor; Amazing Race; Top Chef; Love Island USA/UK/Australia; 90 Day Fiance), dramas related to medicine (Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor) and other types of series (Downton Abbey; Call the Midwife; Virgin River).

Does YouTube count as television? I love listening/watching others craft while I'm crafting. I enjoy following along with the tutorials... But also to just have the videos on in the background. My crafting favorites include: The Paper Outpost, Joie de Fi, Camelia Crafts Designs and Artymaze.

ABC likes

A: Art, ATC cards, acrylic painting, animals, Alaska, atlas book pages

B: Bible, blue ๐Ÿ”ต, black โšซ, botanicals, butterflies, bees, birds, beaches, burlap, boba tea, babies, boating

C: creativity, churches, crochet, cooking, coffee, cappuccino, campers/camping, children, cards, cruises, clouded snow leopards, Chicago Bears/Cubs, chocolate

D: dogs, dragonflies, die cuts, desserts, doilies

E: elephants, home made/craft store bought envelopes, embellishments, exercise, echo park, espresso, embroidery

F: flip books, flowers, friendship, flamingos, football, fellowship, foreign languages (book pages, brochures etc.), fabric with small images.

G: gorjuss girls, grey, geology, graphic45, globes, gesso

H: Hobonichi planners, hiking, Heidi Swapp, Holy Trinity, healthy lifestyle

I: stamping ink, international mail, Instagram

J: Jesus, junk journals, journals, Jim holtz,

K: koalas, kindness, kings, Kung Fu panda, kids

L: lavender, lace, light houses, layers

M: maps, sheet music, music, mixed media, movies, musicals, markers, mulan, tombow markers

N: nutrition, navy blue, national parks (USA), nature, noncaff tea, napkins for decoupauge

O: optimism, otters, oceans, Olympics

P: pandas, Philippines, purple ๐ŸŸฃ, painting, pocket letters, planners, pink ๐Ÿ’Ÿ , plants, play lists, pens, pink fresh studio, Peleton non-bike workouts. prayers

Q: quotes, queens

R: rickrack, roses, ribbons, RVs, road trips, retro, rabbits

S: sewing on paper, stickers, stationary for letter writing, scrapbooking, snail mail, cling rubber stamps, shabby, sparkle, sanrio (hello kitty may be the only cat I like), soccer, sparkle, swap sheets, stamped quotes, sentiments, sari silk

T: trees, travel, turtles, typewriters, tags, tea, theatre

U: umbrellas, USA

V: vintage looking items, authentic vintage items, vellum, vans, vegetarian/vegan recipes, VR games

W: watercolor paints/markers, washi tape/stickers, whales, weather (rain, snow, clouds), white โšช, wax seals, wooden stamps, words

X: xeriscape landscaping (I do live in a desert)

Y: YouTube tutorials/recommendations, yummy treats (no food allergies here), yarns samples with texture

Z: zoo animals, zen, zebras

Favorite Places I've Been

I grew up in Illinois. Went to college in Iowa. Lived in New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Arizona after graduation prior to moving to Texas.

When I have breaks from my job in the schools I love ๐Ÿ’Ÿ to travel. We own a small motorhome and love to get out on the open road whenever we have a chance. I've been all over the United States including Alaska. Internationally I've visited: Barcelona, Spain; London, England; Mexico, Canada and the Philippines.

Other interests

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I'm a treadmill and trail jogger/walker/hiker.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I am very interested in nutrition: I count calories and am learning to count macros. I do eat meat, but eat vegetarian many days a week and try to eat primarily plant based as well.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ Chocolate is my favorite dessert, but unfortunately if its mailed to me between April to October the chances it will arrive melted is significant. Second favorite sweet is gummy candy - especially Swedish fish.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I enjoy VR Cardio games (Supernatural, Beat Saber) on our Oculus headsets.


Comment: Thank you for the cute goodies and for joining my swap :) I also love the presentation! I cannot wait to use them!
tatntole rated for Paper Clip Embellishments on May 17, 2022
Comment: So creative! Thank you so much!
pegstamps rated for Paper Clip Embellishments on May 16, 2022
Comment: Barbara- Love this swap! Thank you for the awesome paper clips and extras. Hugs- Peg
Comment: Thank you so much for all the colorful paper and stickers! I love them all and will definitely use them for my projects!!
Comment: Thank you for the goodies, I love the stickers!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the cool treasures you sent! I am absolutely going to use them in my journals. The cute bag they were in was such a sweet surprise and your hand stamped envelope with your panda stamp was so cool!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating and the โค heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies. really like the mandala and the forgiveness quote and the cute pocket everything came in. Take care and happy spring!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart โค
Kitty2cats rated for YTPC: Accordion-Style Tag on May 14, 2022
Comment: Hi Barbara, These tags you made for me are so fun! Thank you for making 3 of them and the cute little stitched folder to store them in. The variety is really nice. I love the different styles, the pockets, and goodies. Really fun! Wow, it is a small world. I go to Machesney and Loves Park all the time for shopping. In fact, Iโ€™m probably going today to Michaels to spend the gift certificate my daughter gave me for Motherโ€™s Day. Then Iโ€™ll stop at the frozen yogurt place . Several new businesses have popped up recently. We have nothing in Beloit except Walmart. Thanks again!
Response: I'm glad you like what I sent. Thanks for reading and the heart. It is indeed a small world ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely swap. The booklet is lovely. And the extras nice.
Response: I'm glad you like what i sent. Thanks for rating and the heart โค
Comment: Hey Barbara...thanks so much for the No-Sew Fabric Envelopes that you made for me. I love the colors in the fabrics that you used. I also love the great goodies that you tucked inside each of the envelopes. I already have plans for a few of these pieces. Thanks once again...
Response: I'm so pleased you like what I sent. Thanks for rating and the heart ๐Ÿ’œ
bpl76 rated for FTLOC#1-Napkin swap-US # 4 on Apr 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you !!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart ๐Ÿ’œ
cmosher rated for Junk Journal Pockets on Apr 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the exceptionally created pockets! You obviously have become great friends with your sewing machine. Maybe you can give me some pointers as my machine and I are not currently on good terms. ๐Ÿ˜‚ The ephemera is lovely as well and is very much in the style I prefer. ๐Ÿ’—
Response: Thanks for your kind words. I'm so happy to hear that you appreciate what I sent to you. Good luck with your sewing machine... check out YouTube for tips (โ—'โ—ก'โ—)
Comment: Very very, nice thank you and for all the wonderful goodies
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you like what I sent. Thanks for rating and the heart โค๏ธ
sjbult rated for YTPC: Notepad/Journal Card/Pockets on Apr 21, 2022
Comment: Gorgeous! Thank you so much!!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you like what I sent. Thanks for rating and the heart ๐Ÿ’œ
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Window Envelope Folio on Apr 19, 2022
Comment: Hi Barbara and thank you so much for this beautiful window envelope folio. I thought this was just an amazing swap - you would never know it started out with a plain old window envelope! This is just lovely - your soft pretty colors and papers, the lace trim and roses - I love it all. And what wonderful goodies you packed inside! I will absolutely use all of these. Thank you so much for this very special swap!
Response: You're welcome. I'm pleased you like what I put together for you. Thank you for your kind words, for rating and the โค๏ธ
sjbult rated for YTPC: Two Faux Envelope Pockets on Apr 14, 2022
Comment: These are so lovely! Thank you for the pockets
Response: You're welcome. I'm pleased you like what I sent. Thanks for rating and the heart โค๏ธ
georgiafae rated for YTPC: Double Pocket Flip - US on Apr 13, 2022
Comment: What a wonderful package of Happy Mail I got from you today! Love the swap project-flip pocket-adore the color combination! Will work great in my journals. AND the extras are fantastic-the Braille paper is wonderful (such a generous amount) and all the extra different pieces of book pages! I've been resetting up my craft room to organize my supplies for junk journals and theses will be a wonderful addition to my stash. Thanks for sharing!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like everything. I live the texture of braille paper so I have where a stash to share ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your kind rating and the heart ๐Ÿ’œ
Comment: Oh, this was just wonderful! I loved the thought you put into this swap. Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so pleased you like what I sent. Thanks for rating and the heart ๐Ÿ’œ
Comment: WOW!!! Thank you SO much. TWO pockets is so generous!! I love the vintage one the most - but the pink sewed one goes perfectly with my current journal. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like what I sent. Thanks for rating and for the โ™ฅ๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ

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feverfawn on May 8, 2022:

Thanks so much for the RAK wish of tourist postcards, it's a nice variety!! And I laughed out loud at the Bearizona card, it's so cute & I just love bears! :)

MisplacedfromPA on May 7, 2022:

Thank you for granting my wish for thank you cards (RAKS only USA, May wishes). I know some people never use them, but not me. As soon as they come in, I send them out. Thank you so very much. Have a great weekend --Michelle

sleepykitty on Apr 25, 2022:

Thank you for the beautiful floral pen pal papers for the April RAK #1 you hosted. I love them! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐ŸŒธ

theshyone on Apr 17, 2022:

I got an envie full of adorable stickers from you for the RAK tag (RAKS ONLY USA group forum) and just loved everything you sent me. Thank you for brightening my day with so many cuuuuute stickers! โ™กโ™กโ™กโ™กโ™ก

bbsporty on Apr 6, 2022:

Thank you for the March RAK #3 Penpal papers!

AJ73 on Apr 5, 2022:

Hi Barbara. Thank you for the perfect wishes you sent. I am blown away with everything you sent! All of it is perfect!!! You really made my day once again!!! Hugs, Alma

BusyB on Apr 2, 2022:

Thank you very much for all the kawaii memo sheets! Received today and love the happy mail! I'm so grateful to you and everybody who sent some to me. I cannot find them here so now I'm set for awhile! RAKS Only USA March Wish RAK ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ

MisplacedfromPA on Mar 28, 2022:

Thank you for a lovely assortment of blank recipe cards for my March wish in RAK only USA group. Cyber hug.

sleepykitty on Mar 28, 2022:

Thanks so much for the braille page and Rolodex cards for the March RAKS ONLY USA Tag! They will be such cool elements to add to my paper crafts. ๐Ÿคฉ

Artistic on Mar 17, 2022:

RAKS Only group RAK Tag -- Barbara, I don't like the vintage pages you sent, I LOVE them!!!!! Thank you so much. Those are going to be great additions to my clusters, layouts, etc. Thanks again!

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