Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2019 2:46 am


Date Joined: January 21, 2017
Last Online: January 19, 2019
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I'm Leslie.

11/20/18: I'm back.

11/3/18 - Hello everyone. I just want you to know that I am taking a little time off from the swapping. I am going to visit my son in California and will have no access to things to use to create a swap. I am going to try to get everything ready for my current swaps before I leave. Will be back in December or possibly after Thanksgiving... Thanks for understanding!

If you have not received a swap from me, please let me know before you rate. I very rarely miss a swap deadline, and will always message you if I think it will be late.


REGARDING HOME MADE POSTCARDS OR CARDS: I know I have no right to ask for this.... but I wanted to request that if you are sending to me, please do not make larger than 7 1/4 x 4 1/4. I keep my swaps in a decorated "shoe" box from Michael's.. so I would like to make sure that it fits in there! :-) Thank you :-)

Also, please note: My swap ID is one word- RiverTopanga.

8/25/18: Today is my mother's 87th birthday! Party! I will take her to breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts. I have a lot on my plate today, but at least I can start her day right :-) I may stop and buy her a ton of chocolate on my way home from an interview too... She is a TRUE chocoholic!

8/20/18: I swear, this ankle thing is NEVER going to end! Went for my follow up to my follow up, to my follow up.. well, you get the picture... NOW I have to cut little 2 inch squares of a pain patch and wear one every day for the next 25-30 days. Then, guess what?? Right you are! Another follow up! Hooray! Good thing I like the doctor :-) I see enough of him!!

7/28/18: So, I went back to Physical Therapy for a month (8 sessions). There was no change at all in the range of motion for my ankle. The doctor gave me a cortisone shot (well, 2) in the ankle and now we will see if it helps with swelling and breaking down the scar tissue. - so far, it's been a week, and there is still no change. Yes, I promise, I am still doing my exercises at home (and at work!) :-)

7/26/18: My friend was only in the hospital for 3 days. He is home and and back at work now. His lifestyle will be changing a bit, but he is okay. Thank you everyone for your prayers. -//-//- 7/18/18: Will be jumping on and off for a few days. - - I received a call last night from one of my friends, another one of our friends is in the hospital. He was having trouble breathing and brought by ambulance. He found out he has congestive heart failure. I will be on and off of the internet, but will not take a lot of time to read messages - just for the next few days until I am sure he is out of the woods for now. He is only 54 yrs old. and has many other health problems as well. If you are a praying friend, please pray for him. His name is John.

7/16/18: Sorry if you have not been rated yet. We have a new postal person. I believe they are leaving things at someone else's house... I actuallly got mail on Sunday! No mail deliveries in Nebraska on Sunday... unless someone was hoarding mis-directed mail!

7/15/18: I'm back in Physical Therapy for my ankle. I've done 6 already, and I do not feel any difference. The physical therapist said that it's not that it didn't heal, it's that it healed too well!! Fingers crossed the extra PT will help... it costs a fortune, would hate to waste the money. No matter how much I like my therapist!! lol

6/7/18: Hello! Finally getting a bit caught up on my correspondence after being gone for a week. IF you haven't from me yet, I may not have received your swap while I was gone.. or, I may not have found it in my pile of mail yet! Be patient! I'm working on it... I promise! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.. stay safe.

5/26/18: Hello everyone! I will be out of town for a little while. So, if you are waiting for a rating, please be patient. Will be more than happy to rate when I return. I hope you are all enjoying your summer. :-) Ciao for now.

UPDATE. 4/19/18: Sorry if I responded to ratings a bit late recently. A very dear friend passed away suddenly on Monday. It's been hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I won't be seeing her again. 21 years of wonderful friendship and fellow Red Hatter. I hope she is watching us all and is at peace.

3/22/18: Ankle still not back to normal. I talked to someone that had ankle surgery many years ago, and she said hers still isn't 100% normal. I wonder if that will be the case with mine?? I sure hope not.

1/28/18: Huzzah! I have been released from the Doctor's care for my ankle! Hooray! He advised the swelling will continue for a few more months... but I definitely have strength back in it. What a Long Strange Trip it's Been having ankle surgery :-)

3/22/18: Gave up on the Traveler's Diary. I didn't like having to be tied down to a diary every day. But, more importantly, it's heavy and cumbersome. I still have it, and will write in it when the mood hits. // 1/28/19 - Bought my first Traveler's Diary today. Just an inexpensive one from Michaels. Not sure if I am really keen on spending most of my days writing in a book... I also have a beautiful Dylusions Art Journal that I started 2 years ago when I took classes from her. I only do about 1 page a month! So the Traveler's Diary is an experiment.....

I love Snail Mail! It's so fun to come home from a long day at work and find some wonderful Happy Mail! I am so happy that I was told about Swap-Bot by a snail mail friend! I am really having fun swapping with everyone


My likes: (these are not in any particular order): Travel, Coffee - Not Keurig, I have a real coffee pot! Love flavored coffees too :-) - Please no Instant coffee. I dislike the taste of "powdered" coffees., Polar Bears, Bento lunch boxes, Cardinals/birds, the colors purple, teal, Red Hatters, England-Scotland/ France/Belgium/Japan/Hawaii /California-San Francisco, Boston, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, Dr. Who, Butterflies, Lady bugs, Flowers, ALL animals, the SUN, making bento lunches, the Paranormal, good wine, card making, scrap booking, mini pocket letters, Pokemon, Scooby Doo, Godzilla, the unusual and whacky.

Would love to have a collection of Postcards from every state and as many countries as possible.

A NOTE about TEAS: Nothing containing Chamomile or Echinacea please, I am allergic to the daisy family. Also, I do not like the taste of Licorice. So please no teas with licorice or anise in them. Another note: I love teasanes, flavored black teas, and David's Tea. Caffeine is my friend :-)


Update on my son. He has gone back to school - hooray! and has decided that instead of being a Neurosurgeon or Neuro-scientist, he wants to be an astro physicist. He's intelligent enough. I hope he sticks to the schooling this time and gets his degree... in anything! He is currently living in Sacramento, CA. and has a wonderful, sweet, beautiful girlfriend. Her father passed away at Christmas time, so she and her mother have been having a rough time.

My mother also lives with me. She is 86. She still drives, and has made friends with everyone in town, Literally.. EVERYONE!

Favorite Crafts

For Crafts, I am a long-time stamper and scrapbooker. I have stopped making full size Pocket Letters- they are very time consuming. But I do make mini pocket letters, and I am very excited a friend told me about Swap Bot! I can do most crafts, however, I have not yet been able to get the hang of sewing, crocheting, or knitting... but I would still like to learn.

I have found an inner artist me from being on swap sites. It's exciting to be challenged like this!

Favorite Books

My all time favorite books...

  1. Martians Go Home

  2. The Disc World series by Terry Prachett

  3. The Harry Potter Series

  4. A book from childhood... The Diamond in the Window.

  5. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

  6. The Golden Compass trilogy

Favorite Movies

Favorite Movies... hmmm So Many!

I love old movies: Examples: Singing in the Rain, Bringing up Baby, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Philadelphia Story, American Graffiti, Back to the Future (the first is the best! and yes, it IS a classic!), Dirty Dancing... and the list goes on.

I saw La La Land before Christmas 2017, it was Fantastic!

If you like classic movies check out this website... http://www.omahafilmevent.com. My friend Bruce puts on these events, and I am a volunteer at the bi-annual events. A fabulous evening!


Also, I love all things Dyan Reaveley/Dylusions. I use the Dylusions paints and inks in a lot of my Swaps. The colors are so vibrant, and the Dyan Reaveley stamps are so funky and fun, I love them! So receiving anything you create with these would be fabulous!

I recently took some classes from Dina Wakley. She is a beautiful, warm, talented woman! I learned how to use a gelli plate, and I love it! Never thought I would want to learn something else, but Gelli printing is awesome.. try it if you have a chance. Loved, loved, loved the Dina Classes!

And, I really love Smash Books. They are what I have been using on my trips for the past year. Anything to be used in a Smash Book would be great!

Swap On!!

..Thank you!



SMOKEY OR STRONG SMELLING ODORS. I have severe allergies and any smokey, moldy, or other strong smelling odors will be thrown in the trash before I even open them.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SWAPPING WITH ME: Please don't take offense if this does not apply to you. If you are going to be late, NOTIFY ME. Even if it's only going to be 1-2 days late. I would do the same for you. Nothing ticks me off more than someone that doesn't follow the rules. I follow them when I send to you, you should follow them when sending to me. 99.9% of the time we know If we will be late completing a swap. If your mail date says you mailed AFTER the deadline, then it obviously was NOT a postal problem... it was your problem. I'm sure everyone would appreciate the truth more than some lame excuse we all know isn't true.


vlhafer54 rated for Polar Bear ATC on Jan 19, 2019
Comment: The polar bear is too cute! I love the card - Thank you.
Comment: Oh what a cute ATC. I love the background. Thank you for all the goodies for me to use.
Response: I'm so happy you like it! It was a challenge to figure out what to do after I stamped the acrylic block! Thank you for the rating! Enjoy the goodies :-)
Kvwanderlost rated for Birds postcards swap on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the rating. Enjoy the colorful birds :-)
TrishaLSmith rated for Birds postcards swap on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Love the song birds postcard. Thank you so much.
Response: I really love that pc too! I need to try to find some more... so colorful! I'm happy that you like it as much! Thank you for the rating.
tigermousecat rated for YTPC: Layered Embellishments on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: I see someone loves their fruit! Thanks for a fun swap and all extras!
Response: I always have extra pieces of things lying around, and I do have several fruit stamps and a fruit die set... I hope that is okay with you! If you would like an layered embellishment without fruit, please let me know, I will be more than happy to send you some! Thank you so much for the rating :-) Happy New Year.
Bookaunt rated for CALG What I like about....December on Dec 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the letter and the beautiful card. I am jealous that you have been to Louisa May Alcott's home.
Response: I am glad you like the card. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make you sad that you haven't been to Louisa's home :-( I hope that some day you will get to see it. It still stands, and her father's little "cabin".. more like a shanty, where he used to teach Transcendentalism, also stands. You must get there. So many things to see in Concord :-) Happy New Year!
Comment: Thank u Leslie. I would have never thought of using a bounce chunk. I esp love the bling on it. Christmas traditions growing up for us was Santa brought all gifts but on Christmas Eve mom and dad would let us open one gift from them which was always pjs. Mom never cooks Christmas Day and so we have always done our big dinner with family on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is her one day off from cooking. We as adults have carried on most of those traditions. It makes it easier spending time with hubbys fam. They get Christmas Day and mine gets Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas
Response: Hi! I'm glad you liked the Bounce PC. I tried to make it festive for the new year. Funny you should say that about the PJs on Christmas eve. My older brother and I talked about that on Christmas Eve. We were told we could open one gift on Eve.. and we would all get so excited - you know, like kids do... and it would always be something like PJs or toothpaste.. or something equally as un-fun! lol. I am so glad to hear your mom (and hopefully you) get Christmas day off from cooking. And also from cleaning up after the cooking and eating are done! Enjoy your New Year.
bjansen rated for Any Holiday ATC - Ornament on Dec 11, 2018
Response: thank you for rating
skinny52 rated for Bits and Pieces Swap #10 on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Such amazing texture and that little old pickup truck is perfect! I also really like that you just kept layering as your ideas changed. The extras are sweet too...thank you💗
Response: Hi! I read this the day you sent it, and thought I replied. Sorry!! Thank you so much! It did really create itself! Hope you can use the extras somehow! Thank you for the rating! :-)
AZmom875 rated for BIRTHDAY ATC on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: What a super fun birthday atc, lots of layers and work went into that. I love all the extras, that you sent. This swap was a super cute idea.
Response: I am so happy you liked it. :-) Hooray! Thank you for joining the swap. Enjoy the extras :-) Thank you for the rating! I hope your holidays will be happy days.
skinny52 rated for Bits and Pieces Swap #9 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: REALLY nice page! I like the color contrast and all of your textural details! And thanks so much for the extra goodies!
Response: Oh my gosh! i am so sorry! I didn't see this! I am so happy that you liked the BPJP #9 swap. :-) Having 2 birds, it was difficult not to send you some of their feathers! Thank you so much for the rating! I really am happy you like the Journal Page. :-)
jenmcjen rated for Fruit Salad ATC #9 - Bananas on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: I have loved this series! Also, I like how you made it 9, so it fits one page in my binder. Also I LOVE the monkey and banana ATC!!! And all the little goodies! Also I've been struggling to find a background for my banana card, so now I have it! Awesome!! Thanks!!!
Response: I am so happy you loved this series... I thought it was fun too! To tell the truth, I made it 9 so it would fit on page, on Purpose! I also keep my cards in a binder. So glad I could help you find the background for your card... send me a picture when it is done :-) Wouldl ove to see it! Thank you for the rating. Enjoy! <3 <3 <3
jeka396 rated for CPG: Pick a Color #4 (US) on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap of pink goodies, so generous! I can’t wait to wear the socks! The watermelon shaped paper was awesome.
Response: You are so welcome! Enjoy it all. I had fun putting it together for you. Thank you for the rating.
Michelle0329 rated for Fruit Salad ATC #8 - Cherries on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: OOoo I loved your ATC!! Thank you!! This series has been fun!!
Response: Thank you Michelle! I am so happy you liked it :-) Thank you so much for joining in on the fun for the Fruit Salad series. Thank you for the rating! :-)
Comment: Love your background paper!
Response: Hi! Thank you! It is made with part of a napkin, some stamps, stickles, paint, ink, gesso... etc. I really loved making it! I like the paper on the back side of it too :-) Enjoy :-) Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thanks a bunch!!
Response: You're welcome! Hope you liked it. It was a tough one to do! Thank you for the challenge ☺
Ganell rated for To Be Continued - Halloween #1 on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATCs! I seen that one on the swap page and I thought boy would I love to have that in my collection 🤗! Wishes do come true...and I loooooove the pumpkins 🎃. Thanks for the he extras also! Great swap!
Response: Oh my gosh.. I totally missed this here! I am soooooo sorry. I am tickled orange that you like the ATCs so much. Makes all the hard work worthwhile. Hope you were able to use the extras :-). Thank you for the rating. Again.. so very sorry I missed this earlier.
Response: Thank you for the rating.
Comment: I love your October index card art!! Soo cute. They will fit perfectly into my collection, thank you!! 💞😊
Response: Hooray! So happy you like it and it will fit into your collection :-). Thank you for the rating! Hope we can swap again sometime. :-)
Comment: What a wonderful mini Halloween magpie journal!! LOVED it!! I love seeing how and what others use to create their journals. Thank you so much for such a treasure! 💕🎃
Response: I can't believe you received it so quickly! Awesome. I never know if I have "hit the mark" or not, so I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the journal. Like you, I love to see what other people do... Enjoy! Thank you for the rating :-)

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SeleneW on Jan 13, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Birthday Wishes RiverTopanga!


BusyB on Dec 29, 2018:

Welcome to Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA! I will have more swaps for February soon. :)

CurlyTea on Dec 18, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

splendorpursuit on Nov 20, 2018:

Thanks; I’m super excited!

How was the smoke? ;)

CraftyChristina on Sep 19, 2018:

Thank you! I will tell her...keep the Carolinas in your thoughts and prayers.

CraftyChristina on Sep 18, 2018:

We did make it through the hurricane UNSCATHED! But so many people are having a terrible time with flooding right now or no power, or they are displaced from their homes....one of my friends lost EVERYTHING but their camper and car and 2 dogs, 4 chickens and a squirrel. They had to flee last minute and now there is no home to return to. I am so fortunate that all we got is a few inches of rain and some limbs down. Thank you for asking about me.

CraftyChristina on Sep 16, 2018:

Thank you for your kind words to me/comment on my profile regarding my safety throughout the hurricane, comment I deleted totally by mistake! Anyways, thank you for your kindness!

EmilyT on Aug 25, 2018:

Happy Birthday to your mom, Patty! I love the special treats you have in store for her today!

jjhere on Jun 29, 2018:

What a surprise! That was so sweet of you to send me the watercolor felt (that's what I call it anyway)! I will definitely put it to good use...chances are on some ATCs. :) Thank you so much, Leslie!

Candyn29 on May 4, 2018:

Thank you for swapping the letter N ATC with me, your's arrived today, everything is awesome

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