Swap-bot Time: October 7, 2022 5:23 am


Date Joined: May 18, 2016
Last Online: March 8, 2017
Birthday: November 29
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a poet and English professor living in west Chicagoland. I have many hobbies, including sewing, knitting, felting and doodling. I love to bake (especially pies) and cook. I'm quite good at both! My favorite exercise is boxing workouts. I've had pen pals since I was in second grade and love giving and receiving fun mail!


I love animals, and have had pet birds, dogs, Guinea pigs, hamsters, and fish. Recently, my hubby and I adopted two adorable dog monsters. They were found roaming the streets and were bonded quite strongly. We took them both in and have been working on adjusting behaviors from outdoor life to life in a forever home.. I also have a Dutch blue, peach-faced lovebird named Darwin. The dog monsters are Darwin's nemesises.

I love colors and have just started using water colors. I'm obsessed with color palates and combinations. Turquoise, sunny yellow, and melon are my most loved colors.

I read poetry, graphic novels, and like historical fiction, sci-fi, and international authors (what better way to learn about a country or culture?).

I love learning, which probably explains my love of nature programs, travel shows like anything from Anthony Bourdain.

I'm obsessed with washi tape. I'm getting into fountain pens. Because I want to do all the pretty things.

I'm also in love with BB-8. If I could have one, like a real one, I would.

I am not averse to swearing. In fact it's a favorite of mine. I have a potty mouth.

Favorite Movies

Marvel movies

Star Wars movies

John Hughes movies

MIA and Jason Bourne movies

When Harry Met Sally

Out of Africa



Favorite Crafts

There are so many things I make!


Sewing (clothes, quilts, household)

Bullet journal

Art journaling



Water color

Paper crafts

Needle felting

Places I've traveled

In the US:

Arizona (I grew up there)

Northern Minnesota & Wisconsin (college and grad school)


New England (more grad school)

Plus I've traveled most of the southwest, Midwest, northeast.


Greece (mainland and islands for a month)

France (Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley)

England (as far north as York, east as Oxford, south as Isle of Wight! And London)

Ireland (Dublin and Howth, Dingle Peninsula, Galway, Limerick)

Brazil (São Paulo, Rio, Mogi Mirim)

Hints for swapping

Hints for swaps:

I like:

vintage ephemera

Advertising from before 1960






I don't like:

Earl Grey tea

Tart things

Gloomy colors


karenc5079 rated for 3 Things in an Envie INTL #1 on Mar 18, 2017
Comment: this is the cutest envie and card. TY
Leekoba rated for Kawaii Letter! USA #4 ^^ on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely goodies! It was fun to read your letter :) I wish I had the motivation to go to the gym! Happy swapping!
replicantrachel rated for IU: I Swear PC on Mar 1, 2017
Comment: Effing AMAZING PC. And yes I love the Continental Club! Sometimes my favorite local band, Magnifico (a Queen cover band), plays there.
lyzz rated for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 on Feb 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for fun spring time stickers! Also yes AZ to WI is as big of a move for FL to MI like me! We are both in need of some sunshine and spring time. Our winter has also been mild for us but in compared to other places it is still hard core winter lol being off of Lake Superior we get a SH*T TON OF SNOW AND WIND! Thank you for everything and love your note card too!
Response: I'm far enough inland I don't get lake-effect snow. It's so warm here now my flowers are poking up!
MindfulOne rated for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 on Feb 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I especially love the postcard. Hoping spring comes for you soon!
jenlovespsu rated for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 on Feb 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute journaling cards! :)
BalticWind rated for Image as a writing prompt on Dec 17, 2016
Comment: Dear Kristin - thank you very much for the writing prompt! I will answer you asap.
buananoche rated for Not My Picture, Totally My Story on Dec 11, 2016
BluGinhm rated for Put-a-bird-on-it ~ swap INT on Nov 15, 2016
Comment: I love the stuff you sent - love Charley Harper! What an interesting little magazine it came from, too! Thanks so much!
January rated for File Folder Flipbook Swap - US Only on Nov 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you - the folder itself is so pretty! and you filled it with fun "stuff"!
Response: I was hoping you'd like it. Yay!
Megbomb rated for Adult Coloring PC USA #22 on Nov 5, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the cute elephant postcard!
SilverD rated for Make Something .. Pick 5 on Oct 30, 2016
Comment: When I read the note I thought, "How will I add to it?". This is one of the best gifts I've received! What a wonderful idea, it's so creative and thoughtful. I will use it well! I will have to make on for someone in a swap, or even friends and family! Thank you so very much. I'm wondering what you used as the final coat? I've used mod-podge on things and it has a sticky feel to it where as this does not. It also has a wonderful texture, I also loved the Halloween jokes on the package, too cute!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I had fun making it. I used Modge Podge on the cover, but I used a little foam roller, a craft one, so it was a thin layer, thinner than brushing. I let it dry a few days too, and it wasn't humid here, which helped. I hope you do make some journals too! Yay!
kayfay rated for Tell me about your puppy dog on Oct 27, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely note about Flick & Buddy! They sound so sweet and I'm glad they came into your lives after having to say goodbye to your last two. I do understand having a handful - I was reading your note as my obnoxious 14-year-old beagle was running laps around me and barking for more food!
Comment: I looved everything you sent! I can't wait to try the apple cider tea. Thank you!!
atanava rated for 5 Fun Things on Aug 27, 2016
Comment: Hello thank you for the fun things!
KatlynAva rated for Mail Art Envelope swap! on Aug 20, 2016
Comment: thanks for the cute fern envelope!
itsyknits rated for Mail Art Envelope swap! on Aug 17, 2016
Comment: Love the 'unicorn' so much!! Thankyou
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! Love your top 10 list and the recipe you sent!

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quirky2sunshine on Dec 26, 2016:

Image as a writing Prompt Swap: Thank you so much for your story! It fit so well with the picture and I really enjoyed it! Also thank you for the little goodies you sent. I really appreciate it!

Jmitchell8814 on Jun 6, 2016:

Thank you for the surprise notecard! I love your drawing- it was a wonderful surprise and brightened my day :)

Have a great week!!

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