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