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Date Joined: March 23, 2011
Last Online: November 7, 2015
Birthday: April 30
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a fourth grade teacher, a widow, living in southern Arizona but my roots - and family - are in New England, especially Maine. I'm a reader, a library-lover, a crafter, and have recently put bird feeders all around my house and yard because I'm really enjoying the many-hued finches. I've loved tracing my family tree ever since I was a teenager, I love genealogical libraries and cemeteries. I enjoy blogging about the books I've read and the movies I've seen and I'm learning to live my life alone without too much loneliness...

8-8-13 Just returned from a two-month cross-country road trip....I'm home and ready to start swappin' again!

10-22-12 One of these days, each and every one of us that swaps a lot will get a 1 or a 3, possibly for reasons beyond their control, make it up with all sorts of extras, and still have the receiver not respond, not change the rating, or change it from a one to a three because they're just plain mean. Then you'll have swap hosts that only see the one or the three and ban you without even reading the reasons or looking more closely at recent swaps. And there's nothing...not a darn thing...you can do. I, for one, will give people the benefit of the doubt, angel whenever I can, allow people to be a little late, and send birthday greetings to past swap partners whenever I get the chance. I solemnly swear. Yikes, guys!

Favorite Books

Murder Mysteries, (Linda Castillo is a recent discovery, as is John Verdon)

Current Young Adult,

Loved State of Wonder (Patchett), A Discovery of Witches (Harkness), The Forgotten Garden (Morton), The Language of Flowers (Diffenbaugh) and anything by Billie Letts or Barbara Kingsolver.

My first love has always been children's literature, but I'm working really hard on my grownup TBR pile.

Favorite Movies

I love going to the movies.I try to go once a week. Recently I LOVED The Way, Way Back and The Heat. My all-time favorites are The Full Monty and High Fidelity. (Silver Linings Playbook was amazing!)

Favorite Television

Right now I'm loving Under the Dome and Covert Affairs. Longmire, Mob Doctor, The Good Wife, Revolution, Haven...really look forward to them. I can't believe that In Plain Sight is all over. Bummer Not a fan of the reality shows. Other than the morning news, which I listen to as I get ready for work, I rarley turn on the tv except to watch something taped.

Favorite Crafts

I alter books, create atcs, and dabble in scrapbooking. I love working with paper. I knit. I crochet. I mosaic. I quilt. I take road trips that take me from knit shop to fabric shop to book shop.

Favorite Music

Contemporary Country.... Folk - particularly female. Lucinda Williams, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, David Mallett, Greg Brown..... I used to be a hard rock fan, but living in the southwest my tastes have changed. Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Reba, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young.....

Motifs - and stuff - I enjoy

I'm putting together a deck of playing cards that are all different - every one from a different deck with a different picture or ad or whaterver. So if you have an extra PLAYING CARD from an incomplete deck to send me, I'd really love it!

Queen of Diamonds cards. I've decided to create a wall hanging/art piece made entirely of the Queen of Diamonds from lots of different decks.

Working on two quilts right now, and quilt fabric would be appreciated: I'm working on a Scrap Vomit quilt, so any 2.5 inch squares (especially 50 of 'em) would be great! I'm also making my grandson a rag quilt that needs 6.5 inch squares of boyish novelty fabric.

I'm also working on a 6-inch granny/non-granny square afghan for myself. I'm hoping to stick to silvers, grays, purples, and turquoise/aquas (I'll be bordering each with my own round of black). So if you feel like working me up a square, I'd love it!

I love anything Day of the Dead-y.

And cool pincushions, I've got a small collection.

I've slowed down collecting postcards, but I love cards that have anything to do with books or reading or authors. Also like funny ones, and they don't have to be "appropriate."

My favorite artists are Haring, Rizzi, and Kandinsky, though I pretty much like all art - give me an art museum any day.

Moose are cool.

So are saguaro cacti.

And cowboys...mmmm....I'm a cowgirl at heart (as long as horses aren't involved).

I love the entire National Park System.

I'm a map-loving traveler. Any opportunity for a road trip....

Therefore, I have a collection map postcards. I'd love to collect at least one from every state, and country, especially when people write about why they love (or don't love) about their place of residence. :)

I enjoy poetry a lot. I love hearing/seeing/reading cool poems that other people love.

I like to laugh."Inappropriate" stuff is fine....actually, more than fine..... too.

I'm finally eating differently (I don't want to use the word dieting!). I'm just trying to eat healthy and keep my carbs (of course, my favorite types of food) as low as possible. So I'd love to get some tried and true recipes that are low in carbs and fat!

Things I'm not so fond of.....

Never been a fan of pink.

Flowery scents

Romance fiction (of the Harlequin or chicklit sort)


Cutesy or kid motifs (cute cats and dogs, Disney, Winnie-the-Pooh, kawaii, Hello Kitty and all that)

People that won't give anyone a break but expect everyone to give them one.

I don't drink coffee at all, and tea only rarely, except for Starbucks Chai once in awhile or if I'm really freezing (which I spend as much time as possible avoiding), I do like hot chocolate, but otherwise I'm a Diet Coker all the way.

I would prefer to not receive food or drink items.

And please (please!), no Bible quotations or religious items.


Map cards, cards that give information about where to visit and why, cards with facts on them.

Cowboys/girls, arts and artists, books and authors...

Funny ones. Especially if they're in poor taste.....(I usually tend to avoid the cutesy dog and cat ones, though.)

Other than that, I'm pretty overwhelmed by my postcard collection.


destiney1 rated for Cookbook swap! #6 on Feb 13, 2014
Comment: So disappointed my friend :( Hope ALL is well with you. If I ever receive, I'll rerate... I know life happens
ArtistShu rated for Day of the Dead ATC on Nov 23, 2013
Comment: After telling me twice she was sending my ATC she never sent anything, and won't respond to my subsequent messages.
vlhafer54 rated for Map it ATC on Nov 20, 2013
phrenologist rated for Part-of-a-Playing-Card ATC #3 on Nov 13, 2013
soyprincesa2 rated for OCT: Zine-go-round 6 on Nov 5, 2013
Comment: I hate rating you down, but I never got anything from you for this swap. Please pass on a zine to me for this swap. I will gladly rerate.
Response: I'm going to have to start a new one, I guess. Hopefully you'll still get the one I sent eventually. It took 6 weeks for a scarf I made to be received in New Mexico - the next state!. Give me a couple of days to get it together (I work full time) and I'll send another along - but it'll have to be a brand new one!, of course. I think I'll look into sending it with tracking or confirmation - maybe the postal service will be more careful!
RETIREDARTGAL rated for Recipe Zine on Oct 29, 2013
Comment: thanks for the 2 zines...I will definitely try some of those potato recipes...the funniest "winter in the south" that I have seen is Santa in red shorts in Ecuador...he was sweating!
Response: I can't believe Christmas season is now upon us. I think this year I'll watch for - and record - funny Santas!
stickigaltech rated for 2.5-inch FABRIC Squares on Oct 26, 2013
Comment: Awesome fabrics! Bad posties... Love the minizine :)
Eveline rated for 2.5-inch FABRIC Squares on Oct 23, 2013
Comment: Beautiful fabrics and a lovely zine. I really like it when people use real stamps on their envies and make something special of the it! Thank you very much!
micnny rated for 2.5-inch FABRIC Squares on Oct 23, 2013
Comment: Hello!How are you?thank you,I like it..fabric nice..and extra winter note...happy swapping ^_^ hugs !!!
Singings rated for Recipe Zine on Oct 23, 2013
Comment: I moved and been so crazy. Sorry I forgot to send my rating. Thank you!
edgetorn rated for Recipe Zine on Oct 21, 2013
Comment: LOVE your black envie with orange stitiching, LOVE your notecard (did you make that?), LOVE your potato zine (I LOVE POTATOES),LOVE your Winter zine.... can you tell that I love everything you sent? Thank you so much! (PS...good luck with your possible move to PA from AZ....would you please bring my son back with you...he lives in Phoenix...LOL)
Response: I've actually gone zine-crazy. They are SO COOL! I just had my fourth graders create their book report in one. They loved it!
Comment: Love the Venice, Italy theme! Thank you for sending!
Response: Thepostcard that was stolen from my mailbox was WAY better, so i'm glad you liked the Venice one. It was very difficult to come up with one idea about Italy, so coming up with a second was a challenge. And no need for thanks, I've been a really good swapper for many years and would never disappoint someone intentionally.
Comment: I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you sent me. SO many extras and EVERYTHING from my profile. amazing. best pages i have gotten in a while. Thanks for communicating with me. I am so happy.
Response: I reallly love the 6 x 6 swaps because they're so much FUN to tailor to people's likes. It didn't hurt that what you like is so similar to what I like - it's always a blast to make Day of the Dead "stuff".....Enjoy!
Comment: Yay!!! It arrived in todays mail!!! Thanks so much!!!!
Response: Huge relief. HUGE. Thanks for letting me know. My swap karma has been faulty lately.....things must be starting to look up!
midteacher rated for Collaborative Zine with postcards on Oct 10, 2013
Response: This swap has been doomed for me...and I LOVED doing it! I've discovered that the mail I left in my mailbox for pickup on the day I left for vacation was stolen. I've resent almost all of my stolen "stuff," but a couple of the cool postcards were irreplaceable, so they're taking me a little longer to reproduce. You should be receiving (or have received it) shortly. I'm so bummed! I take pride in my swaps....will resend and resend again until you get it! ADDENDUM 10/19: You STILL haven't gotten it? I am truly going to scream, this isn't as easy as a minizine to reproduce.....
Comment: I never got anything. I hope you come back and make good on your promises
Response: This swap has been doomed for me...and I LOVED doing it! I've discovered that the mail I left in my mailbox for pickup on the day I left for vacation was stolen. I've resent almost all of my stolen "stuff," but a couple of the cool postcards were irreplaceable, so they're taking me a little longer to reproduce. You should be receiving (or have received it) shortly. I'm so bummed! I take pride in my swaps....will resend and resend again until you get it!
atanava rated for 1 person from 1 country PC Swap on Sep 19, 2013
Comment: Thank you???
chrissybaby rated for 1 person from 1 country PC Swap on Sep 18, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your cactus card from Arizona :) All the best to you!
Comment: Lovely paper napkins! Loved them. Thanks so much for sending so many various designs.

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TC on Jun 27, 2018:

Aka @Muddypuddle

scrappermama on Oct 17, 2013:

Hi Mz. Chris, hope all is well with you... I know we PM'd recently & thought you were back on swap-Bot after that great vacay. Be well!

cathlud on Sep 23, 2013:

Thank you very much for the wonderful envelope of postcards that arrived in my mailbox today. I love them all but my favorite would have to be the one of the bronze duckling statues. The postcards will cheer me up and give me something to think about while I have treatment later this week.

kerrydwynn on Sep 19, 2013:

Oh my!!!!!!!! What a wonderful bunch of postcards you sent!!!! You sparkle and shine! T H A N K
Y O U !!

tingtinga2602 on Aug 3, 2013:

Welcome to 1 person from 1 country PC Swap. Thank you for joining, happy swapping.

Lizard on Jan 6, 2013:

I would hope that I would ALWAYS give someone the benefit of the doubt. I understand how you feel. รขโ„ขยฅ I would love to see a photo of your Queen of Diamonds wall hanging when it's done! I'm sending you an extra two for a 'special' for 'Let's Play Cards 8' :)

I love your profile.

kirkproductions on Dec 17, 2012:

I saw about a square inch of the decorated envie and immediately knew it was from you!! Big hugs, my friend. You did too much! Thank you, thank you for all the lovely (and unusual) cards and for finishing my first mixed deck! My favorites are the G.W. Bush card (hilarious!) and the Player's Navy Cut Filter Cigarettes card. Thank you again, my friend! Merry Christmas to you. xo

mizvicky on Dec 14, 2012:

Thank you so much for the Birthday card:). Very sweet of you:)

kirkproductions on Dec 10, 2012:

Wow...20 queens of diamonds, eh? lol. I'm glad you like them. Some of them are, well, kinda weird. I think the blue one is cool. Excited to see what you have coming my way, but really, you don't need to send me anything. xo

kirkproductions on Dec 3, 2012:

Chris, you're very welcome. You keep liking what I send, and I will try to keep on sending it. lol

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