Swap-bot Time: November 27, 2020 5:57 am


Date Joined: July 4, 2014
Last Online: November 26, 2020
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Linda and I'm a mixed-media artist, instructor, and designer, teaching mostly to women, but occasionally men. I specialize in paper arts, but also books & journals, dolls, wearable art, and assemblage projects. I live in a small town in NC, and love to travel & shop at antique stores for supplies to use in my class kits. I also love to crochet, making blankets for rescue animals to take to their new homes, hats for the homeless, face scrubbies, pot holders, stuffed animals and toys.

Things I Collect

I've been collecting rubber stamps for 40 years, prefer wood mounted over cling, and stopped counting them when I hit 10,000 decades ago.

I love sending & receiving decorated and handmade envelopes through the mail! Everything leaving my house is in a decorated envelope whether it's going to the IRS or a donation to the SPCA. I mail envelopes, paper plates, chunks of cardboard and clear plastic bottles filled with candy, a note, and shredded mylar.

Other things I collect: handmade envelopes, #4 playing cards, Tarot cards and assorted ephemera like old tickets, receipts, deeds, and postcards to use in my art.

I especially enjoy swapping postcards of all kinds. Those are some of my favorite swaps, especially vintage and b&w PC's.

A favorite collection: my old black & white photographs, mostly of women and groups of women, laughing and doing silly things, that I use on my journal pages, adding captions of witty sayings.

I love making journals of all shapes and sizes and then filling them with cheerful as well as unusual ephemera and rubber stamped images. I have multiple smash books, junk journals & art journals and love all the new, bright, cheerful supplies and pockets to adorn my pages.


I do a great bit of travel to teach classes, but also because we love sightseeing. We bought a new 2017 Mercedes Winnebago so we get to see far more of this great country. Road trips here we come!

I've been to England 3 times and France once. Would love to visit England again.


My favorite number is 14. Do me a favor. If you've read this far down my profile, please include the number 14 on whatever you send me. Write it, stamp it, cut the numbers off the page of a magazine or book. Tape it down, use a glue stick, or slip it loose in an envelope. Sending a PC? You can still add it on there somewhere. Let's see if I'm clever enough to find it and mention it when I rate you. Wanna play?

Favorite books: I prefer mysteries or humorous fiction.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I like both cute and scary.

Christmas means snowmen, lots & lots of snowmen!

Favorite color: Yellow Every room in my home is a shade of yellow, mostly a creamy butter shade of the palest yellow.

I collect unique pigs: multiple wire pig baskets that hold face clothes in the guest bath & plants in the kitchen. My favorites are pig wind chimes my brother sent me from his 25 years in England.

I also collect snowmen. My tree is decorated with mostly snowman ornaments and stuffed, large, handmade snowmen decorate my hearth.

This and That

I have a 700+ sq. ft. studio filled with art I've made, far too many supplies, and art I've received. Since joining swap-bot my boxes of mail art are overflowing, which is a good thing!

I'm now making envelopes from old topography maps, calendar pages and scrapbook paper just to keep up with the amount of mail I have going out daily.

I own more than a dozen different sets of alphabet rubber stamps and use those often on my mail art. If you know a funny saying, or see one in print, by all means send it to me! It will go in a journal for sure, but might just be stamped on a future envelope.

My love of swapping!

Oh my, it's now been six years of incredible swapping! Thanks to everyone who has sent me fabulous swaps and rated me graciously when you've received one of mine that meant a lot to you. Here's to another great year!!

I always mail my swaps on time and I always rate the day the mail arrives.

Wish List

I love anything handmade! I've received coasters and a tote bag that I treasure from partners on Swap-bot. I don't sew and therefore love that someone would take the time to make me a gift with their talents.

I love plain hot chocolate and keep mini marshmallows on hand year round. For candy I like Almond Joys, Butterfingers, Hershey Bars, Tootsie Rolls and mixed Lifesavers like Pineapple & Butter Rum. In cold weather I love warm & fuzzy socks.

I love vintage linens such as mismatched napkins and tablecloths that we can use when we're camping. I love the little potpourri sachets I see on Pinterest and etsy.

We have 2 little black Scottish Terriers so anything with the black Scottie motif is always welcome.


Vickyen rated for SF~Simply Send a Postcard USA #2 on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Hi Linda - how lovely to be partners again! I agree on wanting our lives back - sigh! Hopefully in time life will become "normal" again! Wishing you all the best, Happy Thanksgiving, and Please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks Girlie!
LPasternacki rated for Book Pages Swap 📖 🖋✨ on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and all of the pages I love them and enjoyed learning about them .I also took german and school and I have a brother in law who teaches german. Also I loved the washi on the envelope it was very fitting for the swap.
Response: I thought that tape would be ideal. Glad you liked everything. I appreciate the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you. I enjoyed reading it🤗
Response: Thank you for the rating.
Comment: thank you! I look forward to opening it soon!
Response: Slow arriving but so thankful you got it. Many thanks for the rating and the heart!
Chechel2 rated for HOLIDAY HAPPY MAIL on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Wow! I can believe all you put into this Happy Mail! I love the Nutcracker stickers, the box and the notecards! I’m sorry you’ve been going through some tough times, it will be a blessing by blessing those around you. Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you liked your happy mail. The rating & heart have made me happy too. Thanks.
Comment: Picked it up today from our pobox!! Im gona try to wait to open it till Christmas. Loved the paper. Ill probably craft with it after and make a few tag ornaments. Loved the extra goodies you sent!!! Thank you so much.
Response: Glad you're pleased. Thanks for the rating.
Aseret25 rated for Book Pages Swap 📖 🖋✨ on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: WOW!!! :O What an amazing assortment of papers! I'd love to know more about the journal making classes you teach - I'm not always great at using/filling journals, but I do like to make them. HA! Thank you for all of these wonderful options - I look forward to playing with them!
Response: Thank you for the rating. I really enjoyed this swap.
Comment: I absolutely love your envelopes, thank you so much, I cannot wait to open it! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Response: Thanks. Multiple swaps keep me on my toes, changing it up each time.
Comment: Thank you so much!! Merry Christmas :- )
Response: Glad it arrived in a reasonable amount of time for a change. Many thanks for the rating.
fortannam rated for SMSUSA: Easy as 1 - 2 - 3! on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope of amazing ness!! Love the label and measurement tape envelope! Can’t wait to use all the goodies!! Enjoy your new puppy!!
Response: Thanks Girlie, I appreciate the rating & your kind comments.
AnitaHames rated for SMSUSA: 6 Week Snail Mail Swap on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Thanks for a great 6-week swap! This final thing you made for me is really neat. I'm definitely going to try it myself. I'll write back, but it may be a week or so before I can get to it.
Response: No hurry. I'm already working on another letter to you. Glad you enjoyed the swap and I appreciate the rating!
Comment: Thank you so much for the very beautiful envelope, I absolutely love it, and look forward to opening it!
Response: Thank you for the rating!
Comment: Thank you! Such a pretty festive envelope. Can’t wait to open it next month.
Response: Thanks for the compliment and the rating.
Comment: What a pretty and festive Christmas envelope! Looking forward to opening in December! Thank you.
Response: Thank you for the rating.
Chechel2 rated for Send me a Pot Holder on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: I am so glad to get your pot holder! I love the colors and goodies you included! The bacon & eggs tape made me smile. I’ll be writing you back soon! 😊
Response: Would love to hear from you! Glad you liked it. Thanks for the rating.
chimerix rated for SH: Small Stocking Stuffer #7 USA on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautifully wrapped stocking stuffers. You outdid yourself with sending me 3! I'm waiting for Christmas to open. Aloha!
Response: Your profile made my job so easy I couldn't resist. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the touristy postcards. They are perfect for Postcrossing. I'm running out of touristy ones because I'm not going anywhere! Thank you too for the stickers - I will have fun with them.
Response: Glad you're pleased. Thanks for the rating.
Highlander18 rated for SMSUSA: Blind Envie Swap on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: Envelope arrived today!! Nicely decorated envie and wonderful happy mail items inside. thank you so very much!!
Response: Yeah! Thanks for the rating!
supersquirrel rated for CPG Blind Envie #1 - US Only on Nov 9, 2020
Comment: Arrived TODAY. Postmarked 10/14 - I knew it would show up but I wonder where it's been hiding out. OMG - these items are irreplaceable! Love this vintage postcard and photos, the clip art is super amazing and all these unique 3 of hearts - so unique - WOW. Thank you SO much for the wonderful items 🐿️❤️🐿️
Response: Thank goodness because I couldn't replace everything. And thanks for the rating.
Comment: mail is really slow
Response: Thank goodness they finally arrived. Thanks for the rating!

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1OldfoolPlanner on Mar 17, 2020:

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

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grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs Pam

pattiairel on Oct 23, 2018:

Pals. Patti

CurlyTea on Oct 22, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

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luckycharms on Oct 14, 2018:

Happy Birthday

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