Swap-bot Time: March 28, 2017 8:25 pm


Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: March 28, 2017
Birthday: April 18, 1949
Country: United States
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About Me

23 March 2017 UPDATE: I have come a long way since that early Feb. posting. This broken hip, however, has been a very long recovery process, but I can see progress which helps keep me more positive although I still have some "down days" when I keep wondering when the next "shoe is going to fall." I've had a long road to emotionally deal with this challenge since it was an accident and not something expected like the knee replacements. I am still angry, frustrated, and discouraged that once again I have surgery and long PT road to recovery. Last summer we moved from our much-loved home of 23 years to downsize, upgrade , AND get rid of the fall hazard of the 2-story home. Some days I see the humor in the irony of falling at a friend's home after that move to get away from fall of the stairs, and other days I am angry, depressed, and discouraged. Yet again, my paper and mixed media or altered art projects for myself and for swapping keep me distracted from the pain and frustration. So many of you share different, but similar stories, of struggles with chronic pain and surgeries and PT that seems to go on endlessly! Thanks to all who've sent cards and posted well wishes on my profile page. I have appreciated all of them! IF ANYONE IS MISSING A SWAP, HAS NOT BEEN RATED, OR HAD TO PAY FOR MISSING POSTAGE, PLEASE, PLEAS CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY SO I CAN TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEMS. I think ALL SWAPS HAVE BEEN SENT AND RECEIVED AND THAT I AM UP TO DATE ON RATINGS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I'VE MISSED ANYTHING!

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 especially love sewing for kids (for my two "grandchildren"--see below).

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.

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; some jazz; etc. I am a child of the 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, Criminal Minds, etc.I also enjoy Madame Secretary,


.The best day of each week is Wednesday, when our Nate and Marissa spend time with us after school. Officially, they are great nephew and niece. Nate was 8 on May 1, 2016, and Rissa was 6 on July 31, 2016. 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.

Everything changed this school year (2015-2016) as Rissa is now in kindergarten, and I have no one for all day times! It has been a hard adjustment 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 them throughout their lives.

Rissa (6, going on 26) loves "Frozen's" Elsa and Anna, Disney Princesses, Minnie Mouse, and Sophia the First. Marissa is ALL girl and ALL princess. She loves stamping, using stickers and drawing at her little table in my art room,She is quickly learning to use stamps correctly.

Nate (8) 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," SpiderMan, 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 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 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.

Favorite Colors

I especially love all shades of blues, deep reds 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.


APRIL 2013 UPDATES: My favorite art work is 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-chic--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. They are all rather expensive, so I get them in little bits at a time.

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 at all! 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 contemporary songs and choruses. Sending me Christian items is fine--I love them---provided they are not 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; 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 have bird feeders in back yard and squirrel feeders in back and front yards. We DO have some healthy squirrels around here.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 place 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!

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 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 just could 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 or adults, and animals.


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. .


lefroggy rated for A Quote On A Postcard Swap on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: That is such a beautiful postcard!! I loved it, it has that antique feel to it :)
Comment: Thank you so much for everything you sent. I enjoyed every single item.
LadyRisa rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - C - USA on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cow! What a lovely illustration.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard :)! I´m familiar with these books, but I think they are not quite that popular amongst Finnish children. But the illustrations are cute, that´s true!
Response: You are very welcome! I didn't even know if they were printed anywhere except USA. It is interesting to see the cultural differences in children's literature through these postcards. Thank you for rating!
Comment: What a gorgeous postcard, thank you! We didn't get hit with snow as bad as other cities around us, and I also love Lafayette...it's about an hour and half from me,and has my favorite pizza place brunos...
Response: You are quite welcome-I haven't been back to Lafayette since my son was about 18 months old; he just turned 36 last January! I don't think Bruno's was around when we were there. We started in Fall 1968 and left in 1977 for my now ex's first job with his PhD in nuclear physics. I'm retired English professor, so it's easy to see that we were just not well matched---stuck in there for 20 years but had to come up for air by then. Hope you are beginning to see some evidence of spring by now! But I remember crocus coming up through the snow! Thanks for rating and especially for adding a heart!
Comment: Love the butterfly card :) We had the advent calendar this past Christmas by Eric Carle. Fingers crossed you won't need glasses :) Thank you for the beautiful card :)
Response: What fun to have the advent calendar! I've seen it for sale at his museum online store, but my kids are 36 and 42. Thus, I don't have use for it and our "grands" aren't here enough in December for us to use it. I suspect I will need glasses for reading (and computer?) because I still have astigmatism which cannot be corrected. I've worn them since I was in first grade, so they just feel like a normal part of me! Thanks for rating and for adding a heart!
Merrykerry rated for ATBR: What are you reading? on Mar 20, 2017
Comment: Hi Peggy...sounds like a very interesting book..would also make a great film. Thank yoy
Response: Yes, it would make a great film! I'm reading "All the Light We Cannot See" about a young, blind French girl and a young German man in Hitler's Youth and wondering what he is doing there as he sees some horrible things. Meanwhile, I'm also working on a short novel, "A Pocket Full of Shells" about a young couple and baby during the Irish potato famine. Maybe the next book I choose should be more upbeat and with a brighter view of life, huh? ;-) Thanks for rating!
petaluda rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice-March on Mar 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful post card with the wise quotes ! I shall treasure it . Yes we must go on despite our limitations Did you use embossing for the quotes? Mine never come out so good
Response: You are very welcome. I think I used ultra thick embossing powder, or I embossed it twice by using a stamping tool that keeps cling stamps in place so you can stamp as many times as you need to get a good result. So I do regular embossing and then stamps again with the same ink and emboss that again. I'm sure that's what I did. Thanks for rating and for the special added heart!
Prismcat rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - A - USA on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Apple PC.
Response: You are most welcome and thanks for remembering to rate for the swap. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Peggy, wow what a beautiful CD transformation. You rock. Being a butterfly, dragonfly lover you couldn't have done better. Awesomeness, and all the extras...wow. Thank you so much. Many hearts!!!
Response: Your kindness is humbling as I just love making such things--I have a general sense of what I want and start to create that which then leads to new additions and details I can use. Sometimes I just browse through my ephemera and "junque" drawers and get a brand new inspiration. I thoroughly enjoyed making the altered CD. So happy that you liked it! Thanks for rating and for the heart as well!
Jadelynn rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice - Feb on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Altough this was senders choice, you went to have a look at my profile and sent me a pc with my ALL TIME BIIIIG love subject ❤Harry Potter❤ Thanks a lot! I loved it big time xxx
Response: I am so happy that you are happy with the card. I've not read the books but have heard enough about them to know a bit, a very small bit< about them. I found "tons" of photos online and had more than was needed which made a challenge to decide which to use and which to leave behind. Yes, I checked your profile--I prefer to do that if time allows between assigning partners and send date; it just makes the swap more fun for me and my recipient! Thanks for rating and for adding a heart!
Comment: It is an easy swap, and I enjoy it. I have no idea why more people don't sign up for it.
Response: I'm trying to figure that out, too. Since it;s not my group, I cannot post announcements and reminders on my own. I send to the founder who sometimes sends something out and sometimes does nothing. That for rating and adding a heart, too!
Comment: I'll keep your postcard going. Thanks so much for the cute stickers. They will be great for my planner.
Response: Thank you--I'm looking forward to getting it back eventually! thanks for rating and especially for the heart!
LizzyJo rated for Time for a book marker! on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice bookmark and generous variety of papers in my favorite colors. Your lovely swap made my day. :-)
Response: You are most welcome! I try to send something that is profile based if I have it to send, I have enough paper in my art room to print a giant dictionary! Thanks for the heart!
Babsmomof5 rated for A Book Themed POSTCARD! on Feb 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL postcard! And you are right....homeschooling has definitely changed a lot over the years. I'm thankful to be in a time, and situation where I am able to educate my kids at home.
Response: You are most welcome. I am glad that you are able to school at home. I don't like what public school did to my two children, and I don't like what I see it doing to our Nathaniel. He is bored I'm certain and coping with a rigid discipline system of a color for each day depending on one's behavior--green=good,yellow=a little bad, red=not a good situation, and there are more colors but don't remember what they stand for. It is just such a rigid method and his parents were being just as rigid about it, He was terrified to go to school because of the color he might get and the grades he have on a test. My kids knew I didn't care what grade they got, just whether they now knew how to do the math, the vocabulary, grammar, etc. Enjoy this golden gift you and your kids have been granted!
skinny52 rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet Z - USA on Feb 10, 2017
Comment: So sorry to hear about your difficult year...thank you for the "Z"ebra pc!
Response: You are most welcome--I am having cataract surgery for first I next Thursday, Feb. 26. The second one is early in March. Even tho they are very simple surgery, I am just not looking forward to them. When both are finished, it will probably be a good thing--maybe I wont' even need glasses. Have a happy Valentines day!
Comment: Peggy, the M-A-S cards are here, along with some beautiful holiday extras that I will stash away for November. I like the glittery border cuts especially, and the Civil War-era (?) fashion plate is super special and will be treasured. Thanks for your generosity, and I hope you are feeling very much better!
Response: You are more than welcome, Paula. I am happy that you like them and the holiday extras. I feared you might have all your holiday supplies put up until next year, but because I got tons of T Holtz supplies from a friend who virtually gave them away---she did so twice. She had forgotten the Christmas stash she had. So I am happy to share that bonanza of everything Tim! take care and may the new year bring you only good things. My year ended on a pretty rotten note. I had really looked forward to fixing holiday dinner and having Nate and Rissa for Christmas. They will be with their mom's family next year, so they will be 8 and 10 before we have the holiday with them. We'll just have lots of fun together through the year instead.
Pandd rated for AACG: Reinkers on baby wipes on Jan 24, 2017
Comment: Loved your atc. It was so nice to see your name on an envelope again. By the way, your envelope came in a body bag, but your beautiful card and the atc were still in there. I thought the technique did not turn out like I expected, of course I do not know what it was suppose to look like. But I loved what you did with the technique. Thank you for a wonderful swap. Pat💕💕
Response: You are most welcome. I have no idea what they are supposed to look like either, Pat. I wonder why the envelope was so fragile and surprised that some postal worker cared enough to put it all back together into the body bag!
Comment: Thank you! Not sure why i recieved 3 seperate envelopes from you??? Have you resent twice?
Response: Thank you--this seems to be a fun process and cannot wait to get my original card back to where is has journeyed!
Gwillisinc rated for EASU: Christmas Tree ATC Swap on Dec 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you for an original tree, hope you have loads of JOY in the new year. Thank you for the extra cards
Response: You are most welcome! I hope you enjoy the ATC, Thanks for rating AND for the added heart!

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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!

BeeMGee on Dec 24, 2016:

Oh Peggy thinking of you. How awful. Hope you get the medical sorted soon. Sending lots of wRm thoughts. Get well soon Bev xx

sassafrass on Dec 23, 2016:

I'm so sorry for all you are going through and sending lots of hugs and good wishes your way. Take care of yourself and get better soon!

Whippet on Dec 23, 2016:

Hello Peggy - Sending you prayers and hopes for your recovery from your accident. Happy Holidays to you! - Kathy

choke on Dec 23, 2016:

Oh sweet Peggy, so sorry to hear this! Please take care and hoping for a speedy recovery! Xoxo

tigermousecat on Dec 23, 2016:

May your recovery be quick! Hope the New Year will be better than the end of this one!

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