Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2018 9:21 pm


Date Joined: September 15, 2015
Last Online: January 16, 2018

Country: United States
My Flickr Swap photos are here...

About Me

Happy New Year. Imgur

I have a love-hate relationship with Swap-bot. I really care about the swaps that I'm in and I read profiles and I put some time & thought into packages I send. As you can see, I've been here since 2015 and I've only participated in 36 swaps. I don't do a lot of swapping here but I'm always on the look out for an interesting swap (always).

I have a wall in my art room where I pin & hang up my favorite art swaps along with bits & pieces of inspiration (color combos, random pictures) If you send me a swap that can be hung up, you'll earn extra bonus points of happiness!

I absolutely love weird & odd swaps, I'm always looking for ghost, dark themes and mysterious ones. I grew up in a haunted house and have been connected to the paranormal world ever since. I don't ghost hunt any longer, but I do miss it. UPDATE (12/1/17): I just returned from doing some paranormal research in Savannah GA, and Charleston SC. Savannah was just beautiful & I got a great ghost photo at the Tybee Island Lighthouse.

I take a photo of almost everything I've ever sent out here at Swap-bot. If you're my swap partner and you want to see what I'm sending you take a look at my Flickr link. I post a photo pic right after I've gone to the post office & marked my swap as sent.

Favorite Crafts

Altering objects: Matchboxes, altoid tins, tags, spoons, wine corks, book covers, keys, etc. l love fiber arts as well...lots of projects get put under my sewing machine needle.
I make jewelry and charms out of bits & bobs of found objects, old jewelry pieces, antique finds, yadda, yadda, and soldering things together is so much fun (something very satisfying about melting metal).

Paper: I like to make Twinchies, Moos, mini flipbooks, pocket books, sometimes ATC cards, but only if I love the theme or challenge.

My Swap Mentality

Likes... Vintage, Antique stores & items, vintage Victorian gothic, vampires, marzipan, booze, vintage religious rosaries & medals, shabby chic, bling (rhinestones, swarovski crystals), sparkle, velvet, - German glass glitter & dresden – teal blue, burnt orange, vintage pink & gold, silver, opal, moonstone, oddities, beads, interesting and artsy buttons, unique feathers, Sari & Hanna silk ribbon, birds, cats, crows/ravens/magpie, owls, foxes (I love animals, sometimes more than people), French themes, Paris 1920's-early 30's (Henry Miller-AnaΓ―s Nin), England, Jack the Ripper, Scotland, Celtic, Vikings, Steampunk, vintage Russian or French Ballerina images - Vintage or creepy sad clowns (I'm so tempted to send clown imagery to someone that's afraid of them), ghosts, πŸŒ™πŸŒ™Moon & STARS⭐️🌟Gypsy/fortune telling - Alice in Wonderland, Day of the Dead, πŸ’€skullsπŸ’€ Frida Kahlo - spray inks - stencils - washi tape -gothic cemetery images - vintage catholic images/prayer cards - St. Michael - craft supplies. 🎨

I collect vintage matchboxes - small boxes - small tins, metal number 3s, small cigar boxes and odd trinkets & charms. I also have a nice collection of old doll heads (my little friends).

I used to swap quite a bit on YouTube and other craft places, I'd always add some extras just because I thought it was kind of nice. When I started swapping here I just continued what I'd always done before. I always try to pop some extras in my package to my partners if there is room. I have a ton of stuff that I will never use and I love passing things on that you might be able to use in your next swap or that you might like. I love getting little surprises in the mail (you're brain dead if you don't) But yes, please rate me for the swap I sent you not for the extras.

Dislike... Swappers that spend little or no time on their partner's swap item. Themes I'm not crazy about: Valentine's day, beach, summer, mermaids (unless they are drenched in rhinestones, then I guess they're ok.) Animals in cages or zoos, adult coloring books/pages, zentangle, the dollar store, plastic beads, tea bags (I drink loose-leaf tea only).

I like to rateπŸ†πŸ’Œ If I haven't rated you, I haven't received anything from you. I rate the day I get my swap, if I can't that day then it's always the day after. ---->That's carved in stone. The only times (2 times), I haven't given a heart was when I received something that was on my dislike list.

P.s...I find a lot of iconic religious imagery very interesting and sometimes will use these images in my art work, especially the sacred heart images. I think I'm obsessed with them. I'm not trying to convert, I just find these images beautiful and sometimes tragically so.

My stuff

These are some Paris charms I made for a YouTube swap. I'm showing these because it shows my "art style" (sort of), though lately I've been on a dark trend (7/6/17), but I really liked the way they turned out.


Current Mood...

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The moon is hidden behind a cloud... On the leaves is a sound of falling rain... No other sounds than these I hear; The hour of midnight must be near... So many ghosts, and forms of fright, have started from their graves to-night, They have driven sleep from mine eyes away; I will go down to the chapel and pray.



fairyduster53 rated for Recycled Ornament on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Oh My Goodness!!!! This was the most beautiful swap I have ever received!! Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! You know what I love!! Thank you so much!!
Response: Wow! Thanks for the heart and the super fast rating. Hope you have a great Christmas.
Comment: i wish I could rate you more than a five and a heart. What a wonderful magpie journal. Thanks so much.
Response: Thanks for rating so fast!! I'm so happy it's in your hands now. :)
Twishlow rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook vintage on Jul 5, 2017
Comment: Omg!!!! If I could give you 10 hearts I would!! Your flipbook is amazing! Wow......I have to say this is probably the best swap I've received so far.....thank you for the time and effort you put into making it and the extra goodies are awesome! 😘😘😘 thank you!
Response: I love vintage themes so this was too much fun to create, I'm glad you like it.. Thanks for the rating & heart. PS-you have a great Instagram account!
RockyBeach rated for Foreign Papers Mail Art on Jul 4, 2017
Comment: Sandara- I adore your raven! So great how you collaged all the paper bits to match the feathers. I had to look twice to recognize that the raven wasn't printed originally that way. Just love it! And all the goodies! I think I love every bit of it. Thanks so much for making this a special sending!
Response: I'm so happy it arrived so soon! I love Germany!! Thank you for the rating. :)
ChinaCat rated for TSJ: Create a Small Art Doll on Jun 15, 2017
Comment: What a beautiful creation!!! I just love her gothic vibe, like she stepped right off the pages of a Poe or H.P. Lovecraft story. Thank you so much ~ I'll cherish her! And thank you for the bag of awesome little goodies too! xo
Response: Thank you. I was a little worried that it would be too dark, so I'm glad you were okay with it. :)
PrairieKittin rated for Spooktacular May Oddities on May 20, 2017
Comment: WOW!! I love everything in it!! What a great birthday present! I opened the heart box first. Steve and I saw an anatomically correct heart necklace yesterday and we were both saying how much we loved it! The skull oil diffuser is perfect! I love essential oils, and just got a new scent for my birthday, so it's perfect timing!!! (I collect skulls, and this fits right in!) Next I opened the voodoo doll. She is absolutely perfect!! The feather on her head looks like either owl or red tail hawk... both of which are my totems! The heart shaped pin is also the most perfect thing, considering the heart problems we've been dealing with. I love the little pencils and the carpe diem "lottery pull tab". LOL!! So awesome!! I am very, very happy!! Thank you so very much!!!!
Response: I'm shocked at how fast you got it! I was really drawn to this swap & now I know why. :) Thanks for the great rating & heart.
MichelleD11 rated for VTH: ATC with a Party Hat on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Wow! This package blew me away. You hit the nail on the head with everything. I am now wearing the St. Michael metal. The sugar skulls, tea pot charm, the typed note --->so many goodies. It felt like Christmas morning opening the package. Oh yeah ---I forgot to mention the AMAZING ATC! "2 Many Parties." I love it! It sounds like me as a young adult. Many thanks to you for the thoughtful package. I wish I could give you a million hearts. Happy swapping!
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything. Yes, that was me too in my 20's..ha..ha. :) Thanks for the super fast rating & heart!
coleenfranks rated for IS: Bottle Cap Magnet/USA on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: Wonderful, Sandi. Thanks so much for a lovely swap and thanks for joining my swap. I like making bc magnets too. Love all the goodies. You're a doll.
Response: Thanks for the super fast rating & heart. Plus thanks for posting a great swap!
Comment: I love, love, love the brush you made for me! It is just gorgeous, thank you! The extras you included are absolutely perfect, too. Thank you, thank you! :)
Response: Thank you for the rating & heart!
CAMILES rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook flowers on Mar 23, 2017
Comment: WOW, this is awesome. You did such a great job on it. I Love it. Thanks for the extras. Wish I could give you a 20 rating
Response: Thanks for the rating! I'm happy it made it to your home. :)
homeandheart rated for Mini WINTER Pocket Letter Swap on Dec 30, 2016
Comment: I don't know where to begin!! This is so much more than a simple mini pocket letter. It's a gorgeous piece, no many pieces, of art!! It is beyond beautiful, it is a stunning keepsake that I feel honored to own! You always inspire me. Your artistry and overwhelming talent always amaze me. You take everything to such an extraordinary level. My jaw just dropped. I LOVE it. Even the gorgeous things you included are absolutely perfect!! The necklace is stunning. Your soldering is always so pretty!! The gorgeous tag, the Super cool heart house necklace kit......sigh!!! You take so much time and care with each detail and what you do is so wonderful I pinch myself every time I have been honored to get anything from you!!!! You always go far above and beyond. They are all treasures. It's super thoughtful and perfect! I can't thank you enough. I am truly thrilled and I LOVE everything!!!! Thank you so VERY much!! πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’žβ€πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’žβ€πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’Ÿβ€πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’žβ€πŸ’–πŸ’• (One heart is never enough!)
Response: Thanks for the fabulous rating Jody, you're too sweet. I really got into this swap and the winter theme. β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈ
mollypop rated for Altered spoon swap on Dec 15, 2016
Comment: Hi Sandi! Thank you so much for an incredible swap! The spoon is beautiful and such wonderful and generous extras. I've been swapping for quite some time now and this is my absolute favorite!!!πŸ˜„ I can't believe it's the first one you've made. I'm happy to tell you my haunted house story and will send you a typed note (my handwriting is terrible) after Christmas. Wishing you Merry Christmas! Patricia
Response: Thank you for the rating and ❀️ Patricia 🌟I'll be excitedly waiting to read about your ghostly experience. πŸ˜ƒ
Comment: Hi Sandara, Thank you for the beautiful icon charm and box to honor St. Michael the Archangel. I will use it devoutly when I pray in my little chapel corner of our house. Check out opusangelorum.org website for some beautiful meditations and devotionals. Their group has beautiful lessons.and prayer cards and books to order.
Response: Thank you for the rating & heart. I just took a look at the website and it looks wonderful. Thank you for letting me know about it. :)
judgedbyabookscover rated for VTH: Vintage in a Ziploc on Nov 19, 2016
Comment: ABSOLUTELY LOVE this package and this swap. I am so glad I got to join. I adore everything that you sent and i'm already working with a few of the pieces. Love the blues in the bunch : ) You shared a bunch of great stuff, I wonder if it was hard to let go of some of these great pieces like the tin ..LOVE.. and the knobs... LOVE... this package truly made my month!!
Response: This swap was too much fun, I LOVE vintage items and had a lot of fun figuring out what to send you. I'm happy you liked themπŸŒŸβ˜•οΈ
Babsmomof5 rated for AMMM: 13 on the 13th on Oct 29, 2016
Comment: Girl! You seriously took this swap idea and ran with it! I love your creativity, -and the selection of stuff you sent is just amazing!!! You put a lot of thought and creativity into this and also took into account my profile. Just truly above and beyond...SERIOUSLY!
Response: Thanks Barbara for the rating & Heart. I LOVED that swap!! Too much fun. ;)
BluGinhm rated for tea strainer and 3 fun teas on Oct 24, 2016
Comment: I love the little robot! Thanks for everything else, too - can't wait to try the teas!
Response: Thank you for the rating & the heart.
janski48 rated for Dia de los Muertos para La Navidad on Sep 25, 2016
Comment: Sandra! This is incredible and so beautiful! I had no idea it was for me when I commented on line and was so happy when I found out. :) I can't believe you sent me two! I love them both. They both have so much detail. I love the the tiny skull shrine inside the big shrine with the picture of Frida, the tiny little miniature bottles and those rosary like chains hanging with the little crosses.Love that. The smaller shrine is amazing too. I love how both the shrines sparkle but still have those muted colors. Thanks so much! Love the extras you included. They are very appreciated. I just watched a YouTube video on the Prima Artisan Powder that Retro Cafe has in their store and plan on ordering some to try out and the skull and heart are perfect. I can't wait to see how they turn out. Thanks for such a wonderful package Sandra! :)
Response: Jan thanks for the heart and I LOVE Retro CafΓ© Art! The best supplies anywhere. :)
Comment: WOW! WOW!WOW! What a wonderful set of pocket ornaments 2 of them and tons of extras!!! Just what I needed as I am recovering from knee surgery, you made my day Sandara Thank you :)
Response: I hope your recovery goes well. Thank you for the rating & the❀️.
mandymo rated for Mandera Private Swap on Aug 1, 2016
Comment: Oh Sandara! I am speechless. This necklace is the most beautiful and artistic piece I have ever seen! I am awestruck, gobsmacked, blown away all at once! I cannot get over all of the tiny and magical details. The little skull peeking out from the center of the buckle, the etched skull on the back, the anatomical heart and other vintage charms, the images you used and the soldering and even the chain that is reminiscent of a rosary and goes perfectly with the "ain't no saint" theme. It is all.just too much to take in. I love this necklace so very much. Your talent far exceeds mine. The one I sent is not nearly as elaborate. From the moment I saw this piece I knew I was going to have to learn soldering so this piece is very inspirational as well. I also LOVE the skull box and the goodies inside. How did you make that skull?!?! It is too cool. Thank you dear Sandara for doing this swap with me. You have inspired me and touched me and created something so special that I will cherish forever.<3<3<3<3
Response: Yes! It made it to you in one piece! I was so worried it would arrive broken, whew. Mandy your words have really made my day, thank you!! You're too kind.
Sugardragon rated for Flipbook Fun on Jul 4, 2016
Comment: If i could rate your flip book with a few more hearts i would. it is gorgeous!!! I can see you passion! I love it, and boy did you stuff it full. Thank you very much for everything!
Response: Thanks for the heart. I loved making that little flipbook. :)

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RooBaRoo on Jan 9, 2018:

Prayer Flag Jan 2018 send-by date extended to the end of Jan.

anicka22 on Dec 28, 2017:

O wow, I am just speechless... thank you so much for all the wonderful Tim Holtz goodies, so many!!! And I love it all so much! Love to try the distress Mica spray (never sneen in before), those cute pendants are just adorable. all the pretty washitapes, the beautiful stickersheets and I had those die cuts on my wishlist for a long time!!! Thank you, thank you so very much

donetta on Dec 10, 2017:

I was cruising through Flickr (one of my favorite things to do) and once again found your pages, full of the most exciting, enticing, and amazing artwork of all kinds. I have to say it: you are an astonishingly wonderful artist, and your artistic "signature" shines through each piece. You've given me many hours of viewing pleasure!

ChelleHames on Nov 23, 2017:

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

RockyBeach on Sep 28, 2017:

It was a pleasure! When you're happy, I'm also happy. :) I'm glad it arrived with everything still in place.

ChelleHames on Dec 14, 2016:

Thank you so very much for the wonderful package! What an amazing and so very sweet surprise! You really made my week with this! I love everything in the box and can't wait to make some awesome art with this perfect stash!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

sassafrass on Nov 12, 2016:

Hang in there :) (with visiting relatives and swap-bot). In my 7 years here I've had the same frustrations, so I can relate. I am missing a boat load of ratings, some I put my heart into totally and not even so much as a "hey, thanks". I've taken breaks and that has helped me recharge and go on. You are a ray of light here, and although I've not had the pleasure of swapping with you (yet!) you are making this joint a better place by sharing your spirit, happiness, and creativity. I hope you keep going.

ChelleHames on Oct 18, 2016:

I'm very excited for Iceland! It's gonna be an amazing trip!

Paige1900 on Sep 12, 2016:

Wow Oh Wow!!! The RAK Whimsy Pocket you sent me is absolutely beautiful. I was just overwhelmed at how stunning everything was. And extra bag of goodies was so much fun. You are totally amazing! Oh and I adore the teeny little Ouija Board.

homeandheart on Aug 4, 2016:

Thank you SO much for the BEAUTIFUL RAK you sent me! You are so thoughtful and it is all SO beautiful! πŸ’ŸπŸŒ»πŸŒΌ

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