Swap-bot Time: July 19, 2019 5:18 am


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Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: July 8, 2019
Birthday: April 18, 1949
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5 JULY 2019: I fell while shopping at Macy's and broke my right hip on May 13. I am just now getting some strength going, but that also means stepping up phys therapy since I can now put full weight on that leg. We worked for 1-1/2 hours this morning and I came home and slept for two hours. This is also my first day back on line here to begin once again to finish everything. I had not realized I had that much to do, but will get it done. I know everyone has been patient and I must get the few items completed and mailed so that I have no items on my Dashboard. I definitely will be off for quite a while as I complete at least another 6 weeks of rehab and perhaps more. Then we are going to get to visit my daughter and hubby in their new home in Des Moines, Iowa, and then go on to my son and new wife in east central Wisconsin. After that we will be doing some looking at homes in St. Paul and some other locations so we can be about half-way between my kids, especially if my son and daughter-in-law decide to bless themselves and us with a little one sometime soon. Either way, I don't like being so far away from both of them. I am actually looking forward to the snowy winter; hubby is not so sure about that but since he has no children and we've stayed here to care for his parents and sister for many years, I am looking forward to some time closer to my kids. Des Moines is 1000 miles away and it's 1500 miles to my son in Wisconsin. So, I will be finishing all items--before I can fall or do something else to get even further behind!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer weather.

4-16-2019: **I have just a few more items to make to complete all swaps and then I will be taking a full time break from Swapping here. I'm ready to make things for myself and finish several projects that I can never complete because I'm always trying to meet a deadline for swaps. I need a rest from those deadlines and postmark Nazis; most especially, I need time to rest as needed as I continue trying to end a prolonged siege of UTIs. Those infections have plagued me since Sept. 2018 and hope to be fighting them off now with a 3 month stint of antibiotics and regular visits with an uro-gynecologist who is caring and determined to end them! I am exhausted from not-stop infections for all these months!

I understand that I am leaving two groups that I inherited and became a founder. But each one has good folks who are already hosting swaps and will continue to do so. I regret having to do that but I must have a rest so my body is able to begin fighting off these infections.** I will miss so many of you, but have addresses and may send you a note now and then, and would love to have you do the same to me!

I QUIT Swap-Bot completely!

I might like a booklet of my own 4"x4" journal pages created when I'm moved to do so, use my own ATCs for collection pages or as part of cards and mini albums.**

I will miss many of you, but can stay in contact by snail mail and email if you wish to share that info with me.

After finishing a few items I still owe to people, I may be quitting Swap Bot entirely. I could start making art I can keep or share with my family--I can keep up with BDay cards for my family, and many other things, especially keeping up with caring for my home. I'm tired of always fighting to meet deadlines, living with postmark Nazis and storm troopers, and getting little appreciation or participation for the work I've put into the Tim Holtz Challenges and All Things Christmas.

I can MAKE THINGS I LOVE and keep them, make a booklet of my own 4"x4" journal pages, play with Tim Holtz supplies I don't have time to try out because of constant swapping deadlines looming.

Most of all,I will not miss the postmark Nazis and stormtroopers. I have a clear explanation of why where I usually mail my items and why that could delay the actual postmark date, but no one cared about it.

PLEASE NOTE: For those who are postmark sticklers, please keep in mind that I mark my items sent when I put them in my mailbox. If I missed that day's mail, it won't be picked up until the next day, and could be postmarked even the day after that; I never know.

[ADDED 28 JAN 2019: My unexpected UTIs took me off guard this fall and now winter; I never expected to have them keep returning time after time--since early September! They've always gone away with the first round of antibiotics. I am feeling very run down and exhausted, probably from such a long time with one after another infection. They are still continuing; I have one now according to an at home testing strip, but I'm waiting so it will be active when I see specialist on Jan. 31 this week.]

17 DECEMBER 2018--BEGINNING PARTIAL HIATUS FROM SWAP-BOT: I have the last December swap finished and ready for the post office drop box. That means the beginning of my partial break from swapping for an uncertain period of time. I will continue to host swaps for the "Tim Holtz Challenges" group and the "All Things Christmas" group with help from some very good assistants in both groups. I "inherited" them and don't want to let them dwindle away.**

I am also looking forward to making some Tim Holtz projects and some art journal pages to practice some new methods and to explore my own creativity and and ideas for those pages. If you have any questions, please send me a Personal Message through Swap-Bot. I will continue to log in to Swap-Bot nearly every day. I am already missing some of you! We've been swapping since I began in 2012--I can't even remember how I stumbled onto the "BOT"! I am certainly happy to have found it!

DECEMBER 1, 2018 I am still fighting the UTI and am scheduling an appointment for right after Christmas to see a uro-gynecologist to find out the cause of these infections. Something more has to be done; I am exhausted MUCH of the time and am not keeping up with my house nor my swaps. As soon as all of my current swaps are caught up and completed, I will be taking a partial break from Swap-Bot for several reasons. I need to: get rid of the recurring UTI, catch up on some house keeping, make some Tim Holtz and other items to keep for myself--some long term projects, etc., make at least four scrapbook albums that have been waiting in the closet since before we moved, and get my art room back in beautiful order which I dearly need to really enjoy working here in it!

I will be hosting swaps for All Things Christmas and Tim Holtz Challenges, making those items and maybe adding an additional swap here and there when I need a change of pace. I am going to miss many of you and your swaps. I don't know how long I'll be on partial leave but suspect I'll know when it's time to come back! I'm going to miss the dear friends I've found here--just don't go away, as I WILL BE BACK! Thanks to all for understanding and for your patience!

October 2018: I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING A UTI FOR ABOUT 6 WEEKS AND SUDDENING A SCREAMING SORE THROAT ON TUE. SAW DR ON FRIDAY AND FINALLY HE ORDERED A CULTURE FOR THE URINE AS SIGNS OF INFECTION ARE WORSE THAN THE PREVIOUS TIMES HE CHECKED! To make it worse, the Dr. suggested I get a flu shot while I was there. I was not thinking very well as it was only when I got home and suddenly had an escalating fever, ached everywhere that I realized they'd given me a vaccination when I was fighting two infections! I am definitely writing a letter of complaint to him and to the clinic manager/supervisor about the ridiculous error he and his nurse made. I wish the next day had been a week day and not Saturday, because I'd have gone back and confronted them with their stupid error! I'll find a way somehow.


INTRODUCTION and MY FAVORITE THINGS: I am a retired (May 2011) community college English professor who is enjoying more time reading and and scrapbooking, and, after discovering Swap-Bot, spending part of nearly every day making all sorts of paper and mixed media art to share with my friends here on the "Bot." I love ATCs, binder trading cards, twinchies and inchies and all variations of them, 4" x 4" art journal pages, 4" x 6" skinnies, Gothic arch ATCs, 5" x 7 mixed media pieces, and many other items. I love the adventure in trying something new that is a bit CHALLENGING because it makes me feel more confident to try yet another new challenge.

PLEASE NOTE: I ALWAYS SEND MY SWAPS! SO, IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED ONE OF MY SWAPS, IT HAS MOST LIKELY BEEN LOST IN THE MAIL. PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE BEFORE RATING SO I CAN REMEDY THE SITUATION and add a few little extras as a THANK YOU for your understanding and patience! If something unexpected happens, like falling and breaking a hip (not a good thing at all--don't try it!), or falling flat on my face on my deck (see above) I will contact you as soon as possible and work out a plan to get your swap item(s) off to you as soon as I possibly can.

We have an official USPS drop box for outgoing mail at the little kiosk where we have a mailbox just around the corner from our house. It is all very convenient except that we never know when our mail will be delivered and outgoing mail is picked up. Sometimes it may be as early as noon, and a few days later, it's not been delivered until after 8 p.m SO, if the swap is close to deadline and really needs to get out that day, one of us will drive it to the real post office that day.

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. I am really growing fond of the beauty and romance of Graphic 45 papers and collections.

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. We are currently enjoying making our way through the Downton Abbey Series through Netflix--love it very much! I cannot wait to see what happens next and keep thinking I'll suddenly be through the last episode and very sad that it is ended---kind of like finishing a wonderful book and then feeling at a loss without the characters. You can't wait to finish the book and then wish it weren't ending!

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 most weeks used to be 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 was 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 and 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 pray 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. He and his Dad share a love of all "Star Wars" movies and will go see them over and over again! It's a bond that I suspect will be life-long,

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, Graphic 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. .


anicka22 rated for Book Themed Postcard on May 24, 2019
Comment: Will rerate if I ever receive it
djcamp04 rated for ATC Challenge #2--2019 on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: I haven’t received your swap. You messaged me 2 days after send by date. I know you’ve been sick, a wedding to attend & funeral meals to set up/clean up afterwards. I flaked nearly 6 yrs ago, came back and made it up. In the last (nearly) 3 years that I’ve been back I’ve busted my butt to keep up with my swap deadlines along with caring for my invalid parents. This is hard to do alone. Along with their personal care I take care of the housework, meals, laundry & everything else. I get a few hours to craft in the afternoon while they nap, a lot of times it is interrupted by phone calls, visits from hospice personnel or dad needing something. I noticed you marked the swap sent on the 16th, I don’t know where you mailed from, but it hasn’t arrived. I will gladly change my rating when it does.
Comment: Received the PC today and stamps, thank you very much. Received nothing prior to this one. I do have to say this is a pretty cool postcard and pretty cool stamps that you sent. Once again thank you very much.
Pandd rated for ATC Challenge #1--2019 on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Love it. It is beautiful.. great job. It was worth the wait. Thank you and thank you for the cool sheet music. I love sheet music. I hope you begin to feel better soon. Maybe spring will help heal. Let me know when you feel like a swap. Take it easy and take care of yourself.. your buddy, Pat💕💕
Comment: Thank you so much, Peggy for the ' Karel Svolinský' postcard. New name to me , but as they say ,you're never too old, to learn, ! Keep reading ! Enjoy your books !
Response: Thanks for remembering to rate and for adding a star!
debtea2 rated for ATC-Christmas Card Flipbook-USA on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Peggy you said you would make good on the swap and now its two months and I have not heard a word from you or received anything!!! Now I see you are hosting and entering more swaps..???? that makes no sense? I wish you would have let me know instead of ME contacting you and why mark SENT, when you know full well that you would not complete the swap you haven't done that? you are upset with me but I Didn't FLAKE on you .....You never emailed me at all so how would I know what was going on???... don't try and turn this around on me or anyone else you flaked on,acting like its our fault.....
Response: Deb---couldn't you have waited until I was home from my son's wedding and then given me time to respond to your questions? I am also fighting another UTI and am on antibiotics for 3 months to try to get rid of them. Yes, I managed to get through Christmas with my kids all home for first time in 5 yrs. I'd not seen my son and his fiance in 1 1/2 years! Also, I managed to travel to my son's wedding this past weekend--it wasn't easy both because of infection but also because of my chronic pain caused by several autoimmune conditions. Additionally, as a deacon I've had to bake for, set up, serve dessert and coffee following 5 funerals in one month! We have to hand wash serving trays and coffee maker, lemonade/ice tea dispensers, etc. It is a huge responsibility. Add that to my UTIs and chronic pain issues, and I've had a dreadfully exhausting start for the year. You might also need to know that I only joined the Flip-Book swap because you had only one person join. I thought I'd be kind and help you out a bit, and this is what I get in return. I never could have expected that 5 people in our church would die in one month! How could I have known when I was signing up to help you out that I'd be hit with that many funeral/memorial services to work. I don't know how the item was marked sent--I'll change that. And I will make your Christmas Flipbook again as the first try just wasn't going to work---flaws in the method I was following on You Tube. I've found a better site and will adapt from it. I owe one person an ATC which I'll do quickly. In fact, she told me to get some rest before traveling and then to enjoy the wedding and "THEN" to get the ATC made once I was home and rested up from the travel and wedding. That's the kind of friends I enjoy working with on Swap-Bot; we work with each other and go with the flow of life as it hits us, often physically as in my case. After finishing these two items I am considering quitting Swap Bot entirely. I could start making art I can keep or share with my family--I can keep up with BDay cards for my family, and many other things, especially keeping up with caring for my home and garden.I will have to think about that for a bit.
jenmcjen rated for Book Themed Postcard on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: You're not gonna believe this, but you sent me the exact same card I sent my partner. I'm so happy, too, because it's hard to part with lovely book ones like this! I agree with your plan exactly. Thanks!
Response: What are the odds of that happening? It must be a card you like also, I hope! Thanks for rating and adding a heart!
Comment: Thank you Peggy for the cat postcard and stamps - you are so sweet. And I will get Laurie and Liliana's traveling postcards on their way in round 87.
Response: Sounds good, Dartha--price of stamps has gone up which I did not remember in time to stock up on Forever stamps in advance of the price hike. Thanks for rating and for adding a heart.
Comment: Thanks.
Response: You are most welcome and thank you for the added Heart!
Comment: Peggy: Your TH tag is just amazing! I love the embossing folder that you used and the clock and key - it's all just fantastic!! And thank you so much for the extras and your handmade envelope! So glad you will be able to continue to swap even with your new Deacon duties!!
Response: You are most welcome for the tag---I enjoyed making it as I used some TH materials that I had kind of forgotten to be using; I working to correct that!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely postcard. Was so nice to read a bit about you :)
Response: You are welcome---I'm happy that you enjoyed the postcard and my message. Thanks for rating and for a <3 as well!
Quiltbutterfly rated for VC: Tag Book Tag #1: January on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so very much Peggy for such a great swap. You are very sweet. I really hope you are better by now. We could do with some of the snow you made for me, it’s so terribly hot here at the moment .
Response: Well, I'm glad the snowy man and all cooled you down a bit. We could almost ALWAYS use something to cool us down a bit--6--8 month summers are so LONG! HOT! and MISERABLE, with humidity levels in the 80%--90%. That's one reason I'd move to St. Paul to be closer to my children and now potential for a grandchild, preferably before I'm 80! :-) <3 <3 <3
Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas postcard! I hope your daughter and hubby are staying warm in all this cold!
Response: Thanks for rating and for adding a heart! They actually found the winter stormy weather interesting. She works from home as a legal consultant specializing in document review online. So at the moment she is working for the Jones Day Fir in Dallas where they used to live. Des Moine apparently hasn't many if any firms large enough to hire such consultants but she's put feelers out among the legal community just in case. But with Jones-Day, see can work online to review the documents since they reviewed them online when she went to their location. Dann's job seems to what he had hoped for so far--but it's only been barely 3 months. His commute HAS to be easier that any he's had in Houston and Dallas!
jenmcjen rated for Book Themed Postcard on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: I love this PC!! Moving close to potential grandkids - good plan. They are just the BEST thing!
Response: Well, I think that is what we are going to do----we don't have to rush at all as even if they start getting pregnant as soon as they were married, it takes 9 months for the baby to arrive!
bluehairedmary rated for Book Themed POSTCARD on Jan 23, 2019
Comment: I love the F. Scott Fitzgerald postcard and quote! Thanks for resending! Hope you're having a good reading year so far! I'm embarrassed my last book took me 2 weeks to read - usually I'm a fast reader! But I've been so busy with work and my kids! Happy swapping!
Response: You are most welcome--I'm happy that you like the quotation. It is hard to tell what to choose since we don't all know each other very well. I know what you mean about s-l-o-w reading now. I finished a "chic-lit" holiday book in no time, but I have to get back to the deeper mystery that I set aside for some holiday reading of all sorts--poems, children't books I cherish, and some short fiction along with the "chic-lit" book. I'm not certain what I'm going to next--serious non-fiction, classic British Victorian novel, or another contemporary mystery novel. HAPPY READING TO YOU! Thanks for rating and for adding a heart!
Comment: Thanks Peggy, loved this postcard and what a good day to be born. Thanks!
Response: You are quite welcome--hope you'll enjoy adding this card to your collection. I do enjoy these postcard exchanges.
Comment: Thanks for sending the Australian PC forward. And you made me very happy with the extra ones. I love them!
Response: You are most welcome--I'm happy that you liked the extras. I tried to make them match your profile! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and that the new year is off to a good start for you!
Comment: Peggy! The page you sent is so special! I love that you used your own photo, and I love your kitty you’re holding. ❤️ I love the story behind the photo which gives it so much meaning. 😊 I’m going to put it on display with my other select pages where I can see it. Thanks for all extras too! Happy New Year! 🥰
Response: Thank you for all your kind comments--I'm happy that you like the page; I always wonder if I'm staying true to the things you like best in a swap whether in actual life you'd still love it that much. Than for the heart and for remembering to rate my page!
Comment: Swap was due Dec. 22nd You marked sent on Dec 17th and messaged me on the 23rd that you finished the swap on the 22nd and would be mailing it the next time the post office was open yet it still remained as marked sent on the 17th. I've now received the swap with metered postage and dated Dec 30th. Update Jan 19: Peggy, I hesitated to respond here because I don't want to turn this in to a back and forth argument. But your response reads to me like you're trying to make me out as the bad guy here. I am not "on a rampage". I am rating by the guidelines of the swap that you hosted. Your deadline was Dec. 22. There is nothing wrong with using metered postage. The issue is that it is clearly dated Dec. 30 which means that is the date that you mailed it, check your kiosk receipt. Yes you sent me a message on Dec. 23 saying you would mail it the next time the post office opened. Post offices were open Christmas Eve but I expected at the latest you would send on Dec. 26, that's what YOU told me you would do when you said "next time the post offices are open". You didn't do that, you mailed it a full week after you messaged me and you didn't communicate with me about the additional delay. Yes, I considered you a friend and I know you have been struggling with some health problems. That doesn't give you the right to take advantage of that friendship by expecting me (or anyone else for that matter) to abide by some unspoken rule that you're a chronic late sender and I must always give you a 5 even when you don't meet the swap requirements (i.e. deadline). Yes, in the past I have given you the grace when you have sent late but there was GOOD and regular communication. But then it happened so frequently I stopped swapping with you. It seems like the "many others" you are talking about have let you slide by for so long with this issue that you think it's acceptable. It's not! I told you in my private message, you are a group founder and a host. You should be held to a higher standard than any of us to set the example for your group members. I thought the chronic late sending issue was behind you and when I signed up to join your group and asked to become an officer there was no mention that late sending was acceptable or else I wouldn't have joined. I would bet that quite a few people would leave the group if this is one of your rules so you probably ought to announce it to avoid this type of issue in the future.
Response: DEC. 30????? That is incorrect OR it sat in the bins at the post office for several days. I did not realize the send date had not been updated. I will change it! Read your comment below---I did send you a message about being late, but you still rate me down. I don't understand. Also, I don't understand what is wrong with metered postage? I weighed it and bought postage at the kiosk that is available 24/7. That's the only kind of postage you can get through the kiosk. Also, have you checked my profile? I explain there that I've been ill off and on since Sept.with recurring UTI infections. That has made it difficult at times to to complete swaps at my normal pace. I put it there so that ALL my partners could know what is happening. Many others have understood and asked me not to worry because they know I WILL catch up and send the swaps. I have an appointment with a specialist to find out why the infections keep coming back so many times. That was the earliest time I could get as a new patient even though I called in late November. You are the only one unwilling to work with my being sick many times since September on top of my chronic pain and two procedures to inject steroids in my spine to help with that. I am totally bewildered by your responses since we've been swapping friends since 2012. I don't think I could do anything to please you at this point and am weary of the drama. I pray that 2019 will be a good year full of blessings for you and those most dear to you. Thanks for years of fun and beautiful swaps! Best wishes, Peggy I pray that 2019 will be a blessed and happy year for you and all those you care about most deeply!
Comment: I love the cat notecards. Thank you!
Response: You are most welcome! I'm glad you like the cat notes--I thought you might based on your profile. Thanks for rating and for the heart as well! Peggy

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christywebb on May 2, 2019:

Adventures of the Traveling Postcard, started in round #63 in 2017, is returning home to you today!

Gobarb on May 1, 2019:

Hi Peggy. I was just reading your profile to see what was happening with you these days since I never did get a rating from you for the TH Challenge #2. I am sorry to hear to hear that you are leaving Swap-bot! I always enjoyed swapping with you and consider you a friend here. Please know that I am praying for you and wish you the best! 🙏 🤗 Barb

Gobarb on May 27, 2018:

Hope you are feeling better soon! I certainly understand your situation...it seems that I am going to a Dr. or rehab every other day! There has been more blood taken from me in this month than I ever thought possible. One nurse said they would have to give me a transfusion after all the blood she had to take. LOL! 🙄

MsLee on May 9, 2018:

Blessings to you my dear Peggy, get well soon and be safe.

RiverTopanga on Apr 19, 2018:

Hi Peggy! Welcome to the Group: Artisan ATCs. I hope you will enjoy swapping with our creatively crafty bunch!

choke on Mar 1, 2018:

I have finally finished going through all the treasures you put in my whimsy jar and wanted to thank you once again! It was so much fun and each time I pulled something out I let out a big SQUEEE!!! You have fabulous taste and I really appreciate you sharing all of this fun stuff with me! I can't wait to start using it!

BusyB on Feb 27, 2018:

Peggy, For some reason I have not been able to give you a rating for your beautiful 4x4 February Journal Page. Been trying since Sunday. I have contacted Rachel. Until it gets fixed I'm putting it here! With a <3 of course! Ms PeggyO I am fine with you choosing Valentines. In fact I love what you created! ♡ So many pretty details. Using oxides and dry embossing, hearts and Valentines are some of my favorite. Ground Hog Day would have been fun too. Lol This page is so special, thank you for sharing your art with me and for the great extra goodies. Happy Heart month! Almost time for Spring....still waiting. Lol

nsgrammy2012 on Jan 1, 2018:

Happy New Year!!!!

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 17, 2017:

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

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!

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