Swap-bot Time: April 5, 2020 11:44 am


Date Joined: June 7, 2015
Last Online: April 4, 2020
Birthday: May 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm very crafty & love making stuff. I will usually try to "make" just about anything & I often personalize store-bought items. My favorite part about Swap-Bot is that it helps me have all kinds of creative artsy fun with new inspiration from an awesome variety of personalities. Most swaps that I send out are personalized to the recipient even if it is not specifically a "profile based" swap. I do tend to try out new art mediums/crafts for the first time here, so please let me know if something you received from me isn't right & I'll try again.

I always strive to send my swaps out on time. If for any reason I'll be sending a day late I will message my partner to let them know. I always message my partner with tracking info for larger packages on the day it is sent. If you didn't get tracking from me & haven't received a (USA destination) swap by a week after the send deadline, please let me know!

Camping is a frequent weekend pastime; I have a pop-up tent trailer. I often take funky solar lighting, always eat well, enjoy long walks in the woods, and love to enjoy an adult beverage around the campfire.

Gardening is another hobby of mine. I love growing roses and generally puttering around my backyard garden on weekends. I totally dig crafts & stationary with a flower/garden theme.

I'm a hobby photographer. Mostly I take pictures of animals at zoos/sanctuaries or plants in my garden. But I'm always looking for opportunities to to expand my skills.

I'm all for recycling & re-use. When possible I try to purchase items with limited packaging & I try to always re-use shipping materials. I always try to wrap gifts with re-useable wrapping or use gift bags/boxes/containers.

Crazy Cat Lady

I love animals; especially cats! Here's my current cast of characters:

Jimmy - Orange tabby boy who is now 14 years old, and just starting to slow down a bit. He's currently recovering from his 2nd knee surgery and should be back to ruling the house in no time. He was part of a litter from a friend's rescued dumpster cat. This boy loves to play fetch, he brings toys to bed with him, and he absolutely LOVES potato chips.

James Bond - named so for his tuxedo coat and super-friendly personality. He's now 4 years old & he and his sister Stormy were part of a litter of abandoned kittens that I hand raised from about 2 weeks old. This guy loves to race through the house with other cats, drag my fabric or sewing projects around through the house, and will go nutso for just about any stick+string toy.

Stormy - she's a gray/black/brown tabby with a heart of gold. She spends most of her days sleeping on the bed and getting up occasionally to play with a random piece of string. We've nicknamed her "Nurse Stormy" as she's always checking up on people cats that are sick, breaking up fights between other cats, and is an excellent snuggler.

Patti - Princess Patti does things her own way. She was a foster for a family member & she ended up staying with us full time. She never really learned cat manners & thus doesn't really interact with the other kitties much. But she loves hanging out with her humans & has to be in the middle of any project.

Millie - An all black 2 year old kitty that is our very own house-panther. She was rescued along with 2 of her sisters that were a feral litter in our own backyard. Mama cat was spayed & released, and we socialized the kittens and have adopted the other 2 out. Millie was the first one to adapt to human interaction and these days she likes playing with just about everything, gets along great with our other cats, and she even likes sitting on laps.

Zira is our latest addition & she's just about a year old. She was somebody else's pet but she was either lost or abandoned as a kitten. She just showed up (very hungry!) in our backyard one day. After being unable to find her original owners, we've now given her a permanent home. She's very spunky & loves racing around the house with the other cats; and then curling up on a lap when she's all tired out.

I also like big cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs) and often visit zoos & sanctuaries. I also volunteer at my local SPCA

Favorite Crafts

I sew a LOT! Lots clothes for myself & my husband. I also sew coats, costumes, bags, and sometimes funky accessories. No kids stuff though. I've even started putting my own "purple tiger" tag on my creations.

I really enjoy beading; mostly with seed beads. My favorite projects have been snowflakes, flowers, and bracelets. I've recently branched out into other forms of jewelry making including bangle charms, wire wrapping, and leather knotting.

I keep finding new things to make with FIMO clay! Pendants, beads, magnets, zipper pulls...

I have a Cricut machine & use it for just about everything but papercrafting! Usually I cut out iron-ons that I apply to the garments I make. I also have made some funky vinyl stickers, and quite a few stencils for my glass etching projects.

I go in spurts of making various crafts with paracord. I've done 100's of bracelets but also dabble in zipper pulls, necklaces, and random funky bits of knotted cord.

Crafty things that I've dabbled in but need more practice at: wood scorching, crochet, chainmaille, needle felting

Favorite Books

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

A Song if Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

The Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice

Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper


If it glows in the dark, sparkles, is highly reflective, metallic, or lights up; I'll love it.

Favorite color is any shade of purple from plum to lavender, and my 2nd favorite is grey or silver. I also like blues, dark forest or emerald greens, aqua/teal/turquoise, and deep rich reds.

The more funky/weird/unique, the better and I love hand-made items.

*I adore little plushy/stuffy/crochet animals; either handmade or store bought. I LOVE beanie babies!

*Stickers - cats, safari animals, pawprints, flowers/roses, deco swirls/scrolls, butterflies, ladybugs, alphabet

*funky effect pens/markers/paints (please no scented ones)

*5x7 or larger solid colored (even white) card stock (any size), glitter/sparkly/metallic is good too

*Notepads/memo pads - totally plain/blank or any with flower or cat borders. Please no "to-do" or inspirational quotes.

*Necklace pendants (with or without chain/cord) or small jewelry charms


*Jewelry findings - bits of chain, clasps, jump rings (silver, pewter, colored)

*metal clasps, clips, clamps (jewelry or keychain sized)

*zippers; any size, any color. Used is fine, as long as it still works!


*FQ or larger pieces of heavy duty fabric: duck cloth, nylon, canvas, leather (real or fake), etc.

*Any glow-in-the-dark craft medium - stickers, beads, string, fabric, vinyl, foam, etc

*bags -everything from coin purse to shoulder bag to tote bag

*gardening stuff - metal or glass decor, tools, seeds/bulbs

*Fantasy elements like dragons, witches/sorcerers, fairies/fae

*Safari themed items - things with animal prints, or things with lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, or rhinos

*rubber duckies - I have a shelf of themed duckies in my bathroom & can always add more! Some neat additions would be purple, disco/glitter, cat, mohawk, dragon, wine/cocktail...

*cat stuff - kitchen items, towels/washcloths, bandanas, shirts, stationary, washi, stickers, pens, etc. Just about anything with a cat on it! I totally dig all the wild/big cats too, but my favorite is the tiger

*other cute critters - foxes, otters, raccoons, bears, rabbits, meerkats, lemurs,


*animal prints / faux fur

*funky drinking cups/glasses/bottles

*If the swap specifically calls for tea - Black tea/Earl Gray, or green tea.

*if the swap specifically calls for candy - dark chocolate, chocolate+caramel are my favorites. Citrus flavored candy (orange, lemon, lime) is OK too.

No thank you

I really don't do much papercrafting so please NO PAPER SCRAPS. I don't have any use for die cuts, picture cutouts, flakes, magazine/book cutouts, or any kind of ephermera.

I'm not a big fan of pink, orange, neon colors, or gold

I don't really like camouflage, calico, or paisley patterns

Although I do like lots of "toys", I don't have any children. So please no Disney, cartoon, or character themed items.

Please no plastic ribbons or small/thin strings; it's bad for all the curious kitties in my home.

*Food/candy/tea unless the swap specifically calls for it.

*ATCs (unless it is specifically an ATC swap. I think they're fun to make every once in a while, but I don't really collect them.


*Candles or anything with a strong scent/perfumed/potpourri

*Religious themed items

*small (less than FQ) Fabric or ribbon scraps (I already have too much)

*adult coloring books/pages; I already have too many


My two favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. I go crazy and celebrate for the entire month!

I go to as many costume parties as I can, and wear a different (usually home made) costume for each. My record so far is 6 costumes in 1 year! Even some of my kitties get costumes. I love spooky/scary decorations for my home; lots of skulls, spiders, potions, black cats, cobwebs, glow-in-the-dark, and gothic themed items. I usually have a witchy/wizard bar setup, so I love little spooky potion bottles & jars, spell ingredient bottle labels, and any Halloween themed barware. Also like little costume extras; ears, tails, purple/glitter/glow makeup or nail polish, flashing necklaces, theme socks. However after a small fire a few years ago, no open flame candles!

My house is fully decorated for all of December. The entire front of the house is covered in lights that are syncronized to music. Inside I have an amazing fiber-optic tree that goes up every year. Nearly every doorway, window, and flat surface gets decorations; and even our kitties get a stocking. I concentrate on seasonal decorations as opposed to religious. Can always use more purple/lavender ornaments, cat themed decorations or ornaments, holly+berry themed garland/deco/ornaments, clear window suction hooks, silver ornament hooks, stickers, washi tapes, and holiday theme casual jewelry (especially light-up stuff!).


StagKing rated for NT: Japanese Knot Bag on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for this wonderful package! I love the bag you made and the mask is so kind of you to include! I'll be making a few myself this week to send off to my sister who works in health care, so now I can send an extra one to her now that I have the one you made for me! Thank you for participating in the swap and for all the care you took. I hope to see you in another swap soon!
Response: so glad you liked it!
Catt007 rated for SS: Spring photography challenge on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely photographs, really makes me yearn for some nicer weather and more signs of Spring in the UK. I love the magnets and your photo's are now brightening up our Fridge :)
Vickyen rated for SS: February Color: RED on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: Hi Erin! Thank you for the lovely red flower photos and share about them! I am so jealous of almost year round color! We are finally seeing some green and the daffodils are blooming - yipppee! I was so tired of the winter bleakness! Hugs, Happy Snapping and Swapping! ;)
meeltje57 rated for NT: Fabric Postcard on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the colorful fabric postcard.
Comment: I love it, thank you!! The print on the purse is gorgeous and I love that it has a removable strap. I love the extra goodies too :D
Response: Yay! So glad you like it
Comment: Wow, Erin, you went overboard with all of the fun things for Wacky Holidays in February. You really put together a thoughtful package, which I really appreciate. The handmade bracelet and Valentine’s decor are extra special, and you can never have enough chocolate and coffee. You even included my pups—they will be thrilled for Dog Biscuit Day! Hope things are starting to settle down for you. Thanks again, and enjoy your new kitties.
cherlita rated for Swap #2: Kittens on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the super cute kitten deco 😻 Kitten and flowers are such a heart-warming combination!
grammypammy rated for Swap #2: Kittens on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: I love those kittens, especially that first image. Thank you!
1OldfoolPlanner rated for Swap #2: Kittens on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute pics :) Jill
Comment: Wow!!! They are so pretty & perfect for me. Thank you a million times. Can I ask where you got the big rose from? I need to order some lol
Response: Awesome! So glad you like them. I honestly can't remember where I got the big rose from; it was in my statement-bead-stash. I bought the little ones for the matching bracelet at JoAnn's. The big one could have come from there or Michael's
JossieAyame rated for Handmade Faux Taxidermy/Oddity on Dec 27, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh! This is just the cutest thing ever. Thank you!! I will display him proudly!
Response: Yay! So glad you like it. Thanks for hosting such a fun swap
Comment: Thank you. Merry Christmas
Comment: Very pretty, love the cardinal! Merry Christmas! Thank you! :):):)
Eulegirl rated for Ornament Swap on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: This is such a lovely ornament! Thank you so much! Aspect checked it out and approved it, so I can hang it on the tree.
Comment: Such a colorful envie! And fun treats inside! Thanks for a great swap!
PrettyAlice rated for Boo Box is back! on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: This is great! Thanks so much! I especially love the Disney pin!
Response: glad you like it!!
Comment: Love how you emailed me the photos to help with no waste! this plushy is so cute and i love the bracelets you added!
Response: Glad you liked it! That little guy is definitely well-traveled ;o)
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much! I love that you made things special for me...and were so creative with your packaging and choosing things to match me! Thank you!!!
Response: Glad you liked it! This was a fun one to put together
Comment: omg thank you so much for your swap I LOVE all the photos you sent. I love tigers also so was nice to see them. I replied with few photos I sent to my partner for swap. xx thanks again
Response: Sounds like you were my perfect partner for this one! Glad you liked the pictures
Comment: Thank you so much! Kenya is on my bucket list, so I enjoyed seeing your photos. I think I want to keep everything instead of using them.
Response: I highly recommend visiting Kenya if you can! The people are so friendly & the safari experience really is amazing.

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Nicollcia on Jan 27, 2020:

Swap #2: Kittens

Hope you like them! :)

neca84 on Jan 25, 2020:

Saw #2 Kittens, I hope you get a smile out of these





Jaimiepaige on Jan 24, 2020:

I hope you love these kitten photos! Thank you for joining the PDS group, and the swap!

LahDeeDah on Jan 7, 2020:

Welcome to Needle & Thread. We're happy to have you join us :-)

colleenbUSA on Dec 21, 2019:

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Merry Christmas!

Mimosagirl on Dec 19, 2019:

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Happy Xmas!

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CurlyTea on May 28, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


ladybehemot on Mar 17, 2019:

Hello! I'm from Poland and I hope that one day I will have an opportunity to visit Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. :)

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bluecrayons on Mar 11, 2019:

profile fun #1: st.patrick's day ~bluecrayons

I Hope you have a wonderful St.Patrick's Day.Hopefully one day we will find the pot of gold.

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