Swap-bot Time: January 24, 2018 3:47 am


Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: January 23, 2018
Birthday: April 18
Country: United States
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LATE WITH RATINGS: My daughter's dear friend from law school has been battling lymphoma, so daughter was here last week to help family and give them a bit of respite from caring for her in hospital. Jennn (daughter) left on the 6th and her friend was doing well and preparing to transfer to a long term critical care nursing and rehab facility and doing very well. This Wed. (10 Jan), Jenn called that they were both coming because Gisella (friend) might not live through that night. She had become septic and kidneys and liver were not functioning well at all. By the 11th, she was on complete life support with liver and kidneys gone and only brain activity in the stem. Friday they took her off life support and she was gone in about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, my sis-in-law who is wheel chair bound due to Guillaume (sp) Barre and Lupus, was rushed to the ER with an infected hand gone worse and spreading up into the arm. She has very weak immune system and such episodes can bring her to the brink of death, which she has done many times in the past 10 years. She ends up in ICU barely alive and incoherent. So far, she has always pulled thru but we never know. She is doing well now and may not end up in ICU.

Anyway, this has been a chaotic 10 days and I am a bit behind on ratings! I've raced to barely keep up with send deadlines and have a neat stack of items to rate. It is after midnight now and I am heading for bed and will be ready to rate all of them in the morning. I'm praying for a much calmer week ahead---the past two have been full of too much drama for me. Gisella was only in early 50's, much too young to be gone, and she has a 9 yr old granddaughter who dearly needs her because her own mother is not always at her best in terms of impulse control and choices that are often neither healthy nor wise. So, I'm a bit concerned about her. My daughter also appears to be denying feelings of grief--has seemed too matter of fact, so to speak, and I am concerned about her as well, the grief is going to hit her and it will hit hard

AH! Taking in a deep breath and heading for some z-z-z-z's! Next week is going to be easier!

Favorite Crafts

My favorite crafts are anything with fabric, paper, thread, glue, scissors, metal, junk jewelry, OLD keys and pen nibs, old photos and old cards, postcards etc; all of these go into cards, ATCs, altered art, scrapbooking projects and many other items.. I love sewing and am learning to use my new embroidery machine--a bit of a challenge! I suspect this interest in cutting and pasting began in my childhood when I made flour and water paste as a little girl. I don't remember exactly what I made or pasted, but do remember making LOTS of flour and water paste. Here I am again, cutting and pasting cards, ATCs. tags, altered items, and now and then, scrapbook pages!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tim Holtz's shabby chic/vintage/steam punk/Victorian style along with 7 Gypsies and Graphic 45! In April, 2012, I was able to join my daughter, Jenn, and her art friends for a week-end of four classes lead by Tim! He is amazing in his art and creativity AND his teaching abilities. (I'm a retired English professor so pay attention to teaching methods--it's just part of who I am.) He also is totally at home with anyone from "beginner" to "master" of his art style. He was extremely friendly and just participated with students implementing what he'd prepared us to do and then went around chatting at numerous tables to see how students are doing and what he might need to clarify in next class. It is hard to believe that it has been 6 years since then! I need to complete his online chemistry classes 102 and 103 to get myself up to fuller speed on ways to use his products. I'd have to review all of his 101 course before beginning 102 which I've paid for and need to get my $$'s worth. Then I must do the 103 class to get fully up to date with his new supplies up to the time he created those classes.

GRAPHIC 45 AND 7 GYPSIES: I also love these products and styles--They are so similar to Tim Holtz's in some ways, yet each is entirely unique.

Favorite Music

James Galway's flute, groups like the Carpenters; Everly Brothers; Righteous Brothers; Peter, Paul and Mary, Beatles (showing my age!); Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven--especially piano, flute, and strings; nothing is greater for me than Galway with his flute. My daughter and I got to see him in a live concert a few years ago--with really close up seats---that was most likely before 2004. That was a lovely experience. In terms of a composer, I am extremely fond of Aaron Copeland's American themed work--love "Appalachian Spring." I am a child of the late 50's, 60's, and 70's. I also love Christian praise and worship (both old favorite hymns and contemporary praise choruses).

Favorite Television

I love crime and mystery series such as Law and Order--SVU, NCIS, Criminal Minds, CIS, Mentalist, Bones, Closer, Blue Bloods, Rissoli and Isles. I also enjoy Madame Secretary and Criminal Minds-Beyond Borders, and Major Cases. We like starting a series from its beginning to its end from Netflix for series we didn't have time for while we were working. It makes a huge difference sometimes to know the characterization that develops as series progresses compared to starting to watch 3 or 4 seasons into the series.

I am also a bit of a news junkie--recording Today Show, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press. Sometime I do the Sunday equivalent on CBS--cannot remember name. I like to see the different views each network presents.

Also I am a huge fan of NPR radio--got hooked on it when I was commuting to and from work, especially for one semester when it was a 2+ hour round trip. Once it took me more than 2 hours to get to work. Thankfully, that was for the short term until we could relocate.


The best day of some weeks used the day our Nate and Marissa spent time with us after school. Those days have gotten fewer and fewer as they have something after school nearly all five days: piano, dance, karate, baseball, etc. Officially, they are great nephew and niece. Nate will be 10 on May 1, 2018, and Rissa will be 8 on July 31, 2018. Nate has spent every Friday (or Wed.) and some extra days and evenings with me since he was 3 months old and Rissa joined about two years later--so in our hearts they are grandchildren. Nate and I have a very close bond--he cried for 30 minutes after his parents told him I'd fallen and broken my hip in Dec. 2016. He insisted on getting to see me in hospital the next day, and mom and dad agreed. I have a picture of him snuggled up with me in the hospital bed. I'll cherish that photo forever--even though I look awful a day after surgery and wearing my "classy hospital gown" and no make up and weighing more then ever in my life! He has such a tender, gentle heart, and I wonder where it will take him as he becomes a young man. He and I have loved animals from the time he first became aware of them--both in picture books an outdoors in our front and back yards and, especially, the squirrels in the area playgrounds we'd visit. He was more interested in pursuing the squirrels than using the playground equipment!

Now that they are both in school and busy with karate, ballet and tap dancing, baseball, piano, etc. nearly every day after school, we rarely get to see them. So we all cherish the early release days and the full day off days when faculty and staff still have to be at work, including their mom.

The change to seeing them less has been a challenge, but a good one, since our goal is to help them grow into adults who work hard and have good values, and strong faith in God's power to guide and redeem them throughout their lives. ADDENDUM: Early last year (2017), they both were baptized, with Dad talking about the gifts each one has and doing the baptisms.(I was very close to tears!) I hope they fully understand the kind of commitment each one has made in this ceremony as they are young to be doing this.

Nate is totally "into" computer games, especially "Mine Craft," which I am trying desperately to understand so we can play together, crossing into each other's worlds. He is totally interested in superheroes, "Star Wars," Spider Man, Super Man, and Avenger comic characters. I hope this obsession calms down just a bit, but it is apparently the norm for 8 yr old boys.

Favorite Books

As a retired English professor, I love to read anything from great literature and poetry to popular best seller novels, especially those writers who develop characters in depth such as Wally Lamb. I also love Nora Roberts and similar chic lit--English profs are not ALL snobs about what they read! I also love some popular mysteries as long as nothing too gross or frightening is happening. It's solving the puzzle/mystery and character development I enjoy.

One of my favorite poets is Gerard Manley Hopkins--I just love his sprung rhythm, alliteration, depth of meaning--which is hard to figure out, admittedly. But the sound of his poetry, the metaphors, symbolism,and condensation of wording are fabulous. The meaning is a word puzzle to be figured out. Wordsworth and Keats are probably my most favorite poets.

To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lovely Bones, Cider House Rules, I Know This Much is True, and all others by Wally Lamb, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Slack, F. Scott Fitzgerald's books and short stories, The Kite Runner,--I'll add more as I remember them later. I read all of the time--never without a book--or 2 or 3--in process!

I also love children's literature. I grew up on a farm near a small NE Nebraska town (360 pop.) and was deprived of children's lit until I discovered it with my own children! I love the old classics: Margaret Wise Brown, Robert McCloskey, etc. and Eric Carle, and many, many others. I'm enjoying them now with our "grandchildren"--see above. I am collecting my favorite children's literature and biographies of children's lit. authors.

Three Favorite Quotations:

"Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides." -Garth Brooks.

"Some of God`s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers" - Garth Brooks.

"You do not stop playing because you grow old, you get old because you stop playing" -unknown.

I try to remember these regularly to keep myself living up to the meaning of each one. Too often I forget and flounder around miserably without the combined focus of these three quotations. When I remind myself of them, I also am usually reminded to turn to some favorite Bible passages that keep me living well by waiting on Him. I love the book of Psalms! Maybe because they are poetry and I'm an English professor (retired). Most of them were also written by David, a man after God's own heart, in spite of committing adultery and murder when he took his focus away from God; yet God still stood beside him and knew David was seeking and finding His love, forgiveness, and direction. David's faith inspires me immensely---even though I fall far short of his example. Most of all David's psalms lead me to dance and sing with joy in celebration of God's gracious gift of Life, just as David did.

Favorite Colors

I especially love all shades of blues, deep red clarets (and burgundies, greens, purples and vintage browns)' I like combining black and white with red, deep burgundy, dark blues, and dark greens. I also love blue, pink, or turquoise with browns and black.which has surprised me. Oct. 2012: I am suddenly enjoying purple and green combinations for some reason--my sewing room was recently painted a soft green, and, by accident or serendipity, most items from my campus office were green and purple because the new ergonomic desk chair came in dark lavender rather than the blue I requested. Getting it replaced would have taken about a year I figured so I started finding items that were purple and lavender.


APRIL 2013 UPDATES: Love playing with paper and mixed media,layers, collage and altered items. I love making ATCs and Altered Rolo Cards. I do still love sewing and machine embroidery, reading, and gardening--herbs, veggies, and flowers, especially antique roses.

I love Tim Holtz's style, products, and techniques--vintage shabby-mixed art, my altered media and ,--also 7 Gypsies, Button Farm, Theresa Collins, Graphic 45, Basically Bare and similar styles. All of these are a bit EXPENSIVE, so I substitute as much as possible. Feb. 2015--I think I am liking 7 Gypsies and and Graphic 45 as much as Tim Holtz. I just didn't make contact with them until long after my introduction to Tim Holtz.

I love upbeat, positive people who encourage and brighten my life and try to avoid negative people.

I am a Christian, but not radically conservative, far right at all! I have no problem with evolution fitting into the process of God's creation. I like Biblical themed items, Bible verses, and cards, etc. with Christian content. I do enjoy traditional hymns, Bill Gaither choruses (dating myself), and similar, newer contemporary songs and choruses. Sending me Christian items is fine--I love them---provided they are not Jehovah's Witness and other conservative tracts, etc. Those will offend me although I'll just toss them into the RECYCLE bin.

I love dogs (LARGE ones mainly--(favorite is German Shepherd!) then Golden Lab, Chocolate Lab, Schnauzers, Jack Russel Terriers, Airedales, and Cocker Spaniels---yes, they get smaller in size; Cats of all kinds, Big cats--especially female lions and tigers; flowers, butterflies, birds, squirrels, bunnies, raccoons, black bears, cougars, and other bears. I love animals---nearly all! My favorite birds are Northern and Southern cardinals, robins (now rarely seen here in Houston), bluebirds (almost never seen here), mockingbirds, meadow larks, red-winged blackbirds, loons, ducks, barn swallows, mourning doves, even that noisy, screeching blue jay! I think maybe God gave them such beautiful blue feathers to counter these arrogant, noisy, rascals, We had bird feeders in back yard and squirrel feeders in back and front yards at our first house on this side of Houston. We DID have some healthy squirrels around there.We just learned that our new neighbors are also feeding squirrels!

In the spring and summer, Nathaniel and I sometimes have kept a snail terrarium. He is an animal lover just as I am. All this year (2014) he and I have been wanting a bunny, but the grown-ups won't let us. We'd also like a tree frog and a turtle.[2015 update: They still won't let us have these.] ;-(

New York City is my favorite city in the US--I love Manhattan, China Town, Times Square, and most other places. I'm also fond of Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago. My childhood plan to live in a large city certainly came true as I am in Houston, the 4th largest city in the nation--if only its summers weren't so hot and humid, it could be wonderful! I got here in 1977 when my now ex-husband got his job here in oil industry after finishing his doctoral degree in nuclear physics.

At the same time, I love mountains and woodlands--I need a bit of both, but could never again live in a small town anywhere. But I love retreating to the Texas Hill Country and to Arkansas, the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, the 4-corners area of Colorado, etc. I want to see the northwest states, more of Colorado, Maine--all of New England, and then Idaho.

I DO NOT LIKE: HALLOWEEN! I just do not like anything Halloween except cute pumpkins and jack o'lanterns, cute black kitties, etc. I love the fall season SO much, but could just do without Halloween entirely. Hip Hop and Goth, extreme steam punk--skulls, ghosts, E.A. Poe, etc., Twilight series, and spooky, ghoulish Halloween--my least favorite holiday. I do not like kawaii, Hello Kitty, reward stickers, and similar items. I prefer no foods or teas, etc. unless I sign up for a tea or coffee swap.

I am Christian so do not want items that are anti-Christian or agnostic or atheist.At the same time, I don't want extreme far right, ultra conservative Christian tracts and similar items.

I will be offended by any nudity, Please do not send anything lewd and lascivious, etc. I am allergic to cigarette smoke.. Please don't send me packages that smell of cigarette smoke.

Other than that, I cannot think of things I really dislike other than violence and bullying among school children,and in the work place, cruelty to and abuse of any children, adults, and animals. School and work place bullying must stop. The old adage that "Sticks and stones may hurt me, but names can never hurt me" is WRONG! Name calling and and any other verbal abuse can hurt far more than most physical bullying. Physical wounds heal over, not forgotten but no more pain remains, but names stay hidden deep inside and are never forgotten nor healed without good therapy to teach one how to get rid of those old injuries to one's heart.

Well, I guess I have one more thing I dislike VERY much: Swappers who put no thought, effort, nor time into whatever they are making and are slow to rate. Common courtesy calls for a thank you and/or acknowledgement that you received a swap.


OH--did I mention that Tim Holtz is my most favorite paper and mixed media artist? Yeah, I bet I did! My Swap-Bot photo is me with Tim at a week-end workshop in Dallas in April 2012. I love his vintage, shabby/chic, steam punk products and techniques.I love his products and anything made by Ranger. 7 Gypsies, Graphic 45, and Theresa Collins also have paper and mixed media products much like Tim Holtz's.

Tim's Ranger and Adirondack materials, media, and ephemera, and 7 Gypsies's products can be pricey, so I buy only with coupons or 50% off sales at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn's. I also shop Blitsy and other sites online for amazing prices. Check out Blitsy and Scrapbook.com if you haven't explored their sales! 2014--Last year I discovered Alpha Stamps--they have tons of supplies for mixed media way beyond their wonderfully designed stamps.

I also find substitute items from Goodwill, E bay, and "antique shops" and from other areas such as jewelry, beads, buttons, old keys and jump rings, etc. I imitate and improvise to create the vintage look. Old jewelry, keys, pendants, chains, crocheted items, etc. work perfectly. I also can use thick crochet threads, hemp and raffia, ribbons, old board game pieces, canvas fabric (any size), etc. Anything vintage I can probably find a use for--whether truly "old" vintage or ways to create that look. I do Tim Holtz on a budget! :-) May 2013--I am suddenly loving ribbon, textured papers, items of use on collages and to create unique paint and ink effects on collage and mixed media projects. I love anything that can be used on a collage! Summer 2014--I'm loving using stencils--especially Tim Holtz's Splatters and Speckles ones. I'm also improvising with textured fibers, mesh, etc. from odds and ends around the house for stenciling.

Dream List of Art Supplies

I like anything that is vintage, shabby/chic and SLIGHTLY steampunk. You may have noticed that I love anything Tim Holtz style--not necessarily with his name on it--I improvise whenever possible. Fibers--cloth and paper for mixed and altered media

Unusual collage items

Tim Holtz, Theresa Collins, 7 Gypsies, Graphics 45, Basic Grey, etc.--any of their supplies or less expensive brands that are in similar styles.

old photos and postcards

vintage game pieces (I already have tons of dominoes and Scrabble tiles!!!)

junk jewelry or new vintage style jewelry supplies I can use on paper and altered art.

(no buttons PLEASE!!!!!--drowning in them--but LOVE them!) Also I have so many paper scraps that I don't need ATC size papers unless you have something you think I would REALLY love!)

I love anything Victorian--especially children, cats, and dogs, bunnies, toys, books, vintage fashions (children and women).

I also love old magazine or catalogue pages from the Victorian era through the first half of the 1900s. .


tigermousecat rated for New Year ATC on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: Good to hear from you after all this time! Your cards was lovely and I appreciate the extras. A very Happy New Year to you also.
123Poggy123 rated for THC: Stamp & Die Cut on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: I really like this ATC. The colors are beautiful & the die cuts go really well together.
Comment: Thanks for the resend :-)
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: OH my goodness Peggy - I love the collage you made. I think it looks just great. The back is very nice too. And each and every one of the little extras you sent are great - got my head spinning thinking of ways to use them. Thank you so much. 💫😍
Comment: thank you
Response: You are most welcome. Thanks for rating so I know the card got to your mailbox! Happy New Year!
armadillogal rated for WIYM: Merry Christmas Postcards on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute card!
Response: You are most welcome! Thanks for rating and for adding a heart as well!
Comment: Hi Peggy. I love your Christmas tree and the ornaments on it! You did a fine job and the snowman and dog and everything else on the ATC are just perfect. Thank you also for the papers. I am sure I will get good use out of them! Hope we can swap again! 🤗
Response: You are most welcome and I, too, hope we can swap again in coming months. I'm pretty timid about drawing by hand but need to make myself try and learn as I go! I'm glad you can use the papers! Thanks for rating and for the added heart!
CHOWEFACE rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - I - USA on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: I've actually had Blue Bell ice cream! Thanks!
Response: You are welcome! Did the ice cream stand up to the Texan claims that there is none like it? It is great, but Ben and Jerry's isn't bad . . . but I love stopping for a huge $1 taste when we go to the nearby Antique Rose Emporium.
Comment: Wow beautiful mz. Peggy! Glad I received yours before sending mine out... think I need to add more!! Glad to hear your doing well also. We need to have coffee after Christmas.... have a very merry Christmas & great new year!
Response: You are most welcome! Don't worry about adding more to yours; I just had the supplies so had fun adding more items. I bought a "boat-load" of TH supplies from a lady who did a couple classes using Tim's techniques. She went out and bought all she could find, decorated one of his little storage case and then never used any of it except to finish the items from the classes. She sold all of that for $25! Then later she called and offered all of the Christmas TH supplies again for $25. So, I have many more things than I would ordinarily have, allowing me to add more than ordinarily possible for me. Have a Merry Christmas--AND definitely coffee after Christmas.
Comment: Thanks, Peggy!
Response: You are welcome--have you ever gotten one of the cards you started come back to you? Mine have been "going" for nearly a year and never have gotten back to me. Patience is a virtue, I guess.
Lexidh rated for My Christmas Kitchen on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you =) The cats will love the new toys! They are nuts about feathers.
Response: You are most welcome. I'm glad I chose something the kitties will enjoy. Out two are pretty much too lazy to do much playing these days. Thanks for rating!
judee0624 rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet H - USA on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great card. You can see some of my quilts on Flikr under the same moniker. Happy New Year to you also!
Response: You are welcome. Have a Merry Christmas and a good 2018!
Comment: UPDATED 12/24/17: OMG! Thank you so much for the cat memo stickers and the kitty towel! They're awesome! ~~ Thank you so much! I can't wait to open them! And thank you for sending along something for my booties! The younger two will definitely get a lot of action out of them!
Response: You are most welcome. Hope the kitties like the toys. Our two are pretty much satisfied with good foo and good spots for sleeping. I hope you'll enjoy the items I sent when you open them. I am very tempted to just unwrap the little packages right now! So far I've resisted that temptation. Thanks for remembering to rate. Have a great holiday season and a good new year--this one has flown by!
russromano rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet G - USA on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: What a special postcard and certainly plenty of Gs. I am originally from Houston (Hobby Airport area) so I know League City well. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and an early Christmas celebration. Once again, thanks for the great card.
Response: You are most welcome--it's good to hear from you again. Hope you're enjoying the holiday season. Amazingly, we awoke to about one inch of snow blanketing our cars and all our garden plants! It was beautiful--listening to carols yesterday as I made last of my Christmas cards, on Pandora I noticed that "White Christmas" came along very often---must have sensed that I would like a little snowy surprise. I do miss snow and the beauty of fall. Have a Merry Christmas!
Arabella rated for AACG: Christmas Altered Book Cover on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: I love, love, love your book cover!!! This is such an amazing swap to receive - the beautiful book cover, the amazing handmade card, great and useful extras, and a sweet note about the origin of the book! I love how you used the G45 Santa but Tim Holtzed it up! (I do love G45 but Tim Holtz is my first love!!) Thank you so much! Have a very merry Christmas!
Response: You are very welcome--I had so much fun working on that project---I didn't want it to be finished! I am thinking of hosting a swap for an altered book cover through Tim Holtz Challenges after the holidays. Are you in that group? I can send an invite if you're interested and not already in the group.
valentina22 rated for Months of the Year BTC Nov./Dec. on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap! Great composition and elements! Thanks for the nice extras to add to my stash!!
Response: You are very welcome. I'm pleased to have your feedback about composition, etc. as I have no art training at all and wonder sometimes if I'm committing some faux pas in the art world! I'm thinking of taking some continuing ed classes through the Continuing Education part of a nearby community College.
Comment: Thanks for the Santa card.
Response: You are most welcome. Thanks for remembering to rate!
Comment: Hello and thank you for the PC ❣❣
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for remembering to rate and for the heart as well.

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nsgrammy2012 on Jan 1, 2018:

Happy New Year!!!!

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 17, 2017:

Come on up for a visit! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 17, 2017:
reader44ever on Jun 7, 2017:

Wow, Peggy. Two days visiting the Post Office this week and both days brought me an "M" postcard from you! Thank you so much!

  • Monday, M was for Minneapolis.
  • Today, M is for Moon! And it is delightful! Thank you so much for sharing!

makestuff on Apr 18, 2017:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! alt text

barbieloufromKY on Mar 12, 2017:

Just saw you had a broken hip!! I hope you are doing much better.... Take care!

ChinaCat on Jan 4, 2017:

Hi, hope you are doing well and on the road to a full recovery! Wishing you all good things in the coming year ~ Robin

skydancer on Dec 28, 2016:

Best wishes for a fast and full recovery!!

choke on Dec 28, 2016:

Just hopping by to spread some healing wishes and love, hope you're pulling through!

Taliesyn on Dec 24, 2016:

Peggy your in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you are restored to good health soon!

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