Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2018 3:26 pm


Date Joined: February 27, 2010
Last Online: July 19, 2018
Birthday: July 6
Country: United States

Favorite Crafts

Enjoy lots of things from crochet, sewing, and embroidery, to stained glass, making matchboxes, assemblage, art journals, and upcycling junk. Was really into jewelry-making and swapping until, finally, my first two grands arrived and I get to spend part of every day with them. I only had sons, so am thoroughly enjoying these two little ladies! Love vintage: embroidery, ribbons, laces, paper ephemera, rusty farm equipment, photos, tiny porcelain dolls (or parts of them!), millinery flowers and netting, birds, birds, birds, did I mention birds? My cottage garden is on the way out--we are water rationed here and must pay fines for any overage ($200 per billing cycle!). So out came the "garden" and it's being replaced with lots of river rocks, gravel, and drought-tolerant natives.

Favorite Music

Love many types of music from classical to big band to rock to new age. Enjoy Enya, Pink Martini, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Glen Hansard, Koop, Nouvelle Vague, Chinese and Andes flute, and Botelli, Buble, Dino, Sinatra, Connick Jr. etc. And still love listening to my favorite Ray Lynch.

Favorite Books

Love reading novels about life in other countries/different cultures: Jhumpa Lahiri, Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama, Lisa See, Khaled Hosseini. My favorite of these being Tsukiyama's "The Samurai's Garden." Love Fannie Flagg, Dan Brown, and science fiction from the oldies but goodies (Bradbury, Asimov) to the current, especially Greg Bear and Alan Dean Foster. Very much enjoy Alexander McCall Smith and highly recommend his #1 Ladies Detective series for pure, relaxing enjoyment and I always learn something interesting or about human nature.

Favorite Movies

Enjoy just about anything from the 30s to 60s in just about any genre except Westerns or animation. Always look forward to a good sci-fi flick. Will watch any film these actors are in: Ginger Rogers, Kate Hepburn, Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Mary Astor, Jimmy Stewart, Leslie Howard, Gerard Butler, Johnny Depp, Timothy Hutton, and that cute little Chris O'Dowd. A few films I could watch over and over again: Now Voyager, Julie and Julia, Amelie, Dr. Zhivago. Sure am dating myself! Favorite movie scene of all time is the "drive-by the cop" scene in Bridesmaids.

Favorite Television

Love River, Vera, Bomb Girls, Doc Martin, Call the Midwife, the Crimson Field, and The Booth at the End! Enjoy Criminal Minds, Cold Case, and any of the Law and Orders. And love the old Alfred Hitchcock mystery series as well as Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond, and Star Trek. TCM my favorite network. Loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series for the one season it lasted.

About Me

Looking forward to new experiences and acquaintences through swap-bot! I'm a recently retired teacher living in my favorite place on earth, enjoying my sons and their absolutely wonderful wives, and now my two precious granddaughters, and trying to catch up with all those things I had to put off while working. Love time on the beach and walking the pups along the creek, learning new things daily, and taking trips! Recently returned from long-awaited RV tour of the USA. What a blast, but so nice to get home after months on the road.I love rummage sales, flea markets, and antique shops because I love most things vintage (sappy sentimentalist).

Foods: not crazy about include chocolate, peanuts, or mint, but I adore vanilla, almond, cherry, coconut, and most anything else. Love most teas and coffee, except mint and rooibos (red tea). No allergies to foods. Blood sugar been on the rise so am avoiding as many sugars and carbs as possible.

Colors: in my home are mostly warm colors--I've tried for a cozy, old English cottage feel. Kitchen is creams and light beige/brown.

Always on the lookout for...

Old bits of paper ephemera; old handwritten letters/diaries/journals; old laces, ribbons, embroidery, needlepoint, doilies, & trims; any little chenille figure; old sparkly buttons, pins, single earrings; cute greeting cards from 30s - 60s; vintage hankies, fabrics, & millinery flowers; old photos of people; old paper photo holders; rickrack & cotton seam binding; old plastic charms; vintage holiday cards, ornaments, decorations, etc. My favorite shopping is tag sales, church rummage sales & thrift shops -- just love using or repurposing things most people probably toss out! And, I will admit it here, I have trouble throwing anything potentially-useful out; it might be just the thing I need someday!

Not really into...

Animation of any kind; Westerns; modern and streamlined anything; self-help (not that I couldn't use some...); stickers.


Hearing about other people's points of view; seeing others' creative works; learning interesting facts and trivia about people, their lives, their home towns and countries.

Do NOT Appreciate

Flakers. Hey, life happens to all of us. If for any reason you cannot follow through on a commitment, at least pm your partner and/or host and respond to any communications from them. We are all in this sometimes very difficult voyage together. Send an SOS and we'll come to your rescue! Thank you.


messymama rated for I spy jar quilting blocks #2 on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for 2 cute blocks! I like the kitties :)
Sandara333 rated for Creamy Dreamy Curiosities on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Wow!!! Talk about an extra special package...this is it!! πŸ’– My jaw dropped when I opened the box and saw how beautiful everything was. I’m seriously impressed, this is the best swap that I’ve ever received here at swapbot. Thank you for sending me so many adorable items, I really love everything. Omg..the doll parts!!! Love, love, LOVE it all! You’ve made this swap really stand out and I really appreciate your kind heart. A million hearts to you!!! πŸ’•πŸ’—πŸ’“πŸ’–πŸŒ™πŸŒŸβ­οΈβœ¨πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜»
Response: Oh so glad it was okay. YOU create wonderful gifts for all of us so it was a pleasure to try to do my best for you. Thank you so much for your uplifting, beautiful gifts for all of us!
Fabriqueen rated for I spy jar Quilting Squares on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Jar Square and the lace! I love lighthouses! Hugs, Diane
jj9jj rated for I Spy Fabric Charms #3 on Jun 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice I Spy Charms. I'm hoping to make some 'travel' I Spy mini quilts for my nieces and nephews. We will see!
MyRetroSoul rated for Button Swap on May 26, 2018
Comment: I am so blown away by the package you sent me. The customized bag is so perfect and the buttons are amazing! I pick up buttons whenever I see them at the thrifts stores but nothing nearly as cool. I keep my buttons in old gumball machines. I’m going to keep the buttons you sent in their cute little bags and put them into a gumball machine like the little prizes that they are. Thank you so much. And thank you for the great note. Avila sounds like a wonderful place. I would love to see it. My family is always looking for new places to adventure. This is definitely go on our list of places to expolore.
Response: Oh my goodness--thank you so much for the lovely comments. Needed a little positivity today and you really provided it. Thank you. All the best to you and your family.
voz rated for I spy jar Quilting Squares on May 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty jar! I love it. You did a great job. Thanks also for the sparkley fabric you included. Love it!
AZmom875 rated for I spy jar Quilting Squares on May 22, 2018
Comment: Super cute. Thanks for the extras.
tonat80 rated for I spy jar Quilting Squares on May 21, 2018
Comment: I LOVE the lighthouses! Thank you for the extras - I especially love the mini utensils and key...soooo cute! I am so glad to have inspired you to quilt again.
misumisu22 rated for Lace and Ribbon Curiosities on May 16, 2018
Comment: wow!! I am still swooning. I feel like you reached in and tugged at my heart. I love the packaging, the choices of items and your letter! I think we would be best of friends. I also block 7-8 for the wheel and Jeopardy and love to bird watch. My little pug is terrified of birds though. I even have to keep the blinds closed! Have a great week and thanks again for my treasures 😍
Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. Yes, I thought the same in reading your profile--wish she were here! All the best.
pernie123 rated for Vintage Curiosities on May 4, 2018
Comment: I am thrilled with my surprises and how they were wrapped. I even took package to my friend, as I opened it. If all swaps could be this great, well, I would never stop swapping. Thank you so very much!!, You have made my day.
Response: Am so relieved. Felt I really didn't have much along the lines of your profile likes so was worried..'thank you for heart and happy summer!
Comment: Thank you so very much for this lovely whimsy jar!!!! It's absolutely lovely!! I love all the pink ^_^ And the lid decoration is wonderful!!! Thank you thank you!!
Response: My pleasure!
jj9jj rated for Mystery Fabric Swap!! on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for there cute pouch and emery board holder. I can never find one when I need one so this will make it way easier! I love them both!
Response: Thank you for the generous rating--as I mentioned I need lots more practice. Glad you enjoyed. Happy spring.
momto8cats rated for July Birthday Swap on Jun 28, 2016
Comment: I recieved what you sent, and I love how you wrapped it, but I'm going to wait until my bday to open it. I am so excited! Thank you! Thank you also for the birthday card! It is my first one this year! <3
Response: Oh dear, I sure hope you will not be disappointed. Happy Birthday.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the fun goodies! I love getting new pieces of inspiration and will look into the books by Alexander McCall Smith you suggested. Thanks! Happy future swapping! ;)
wokeupmissing rated for $2 Shop Swap! #1 - US on Oct 29, 2015
Comment: Thank you for all the Js...totally making me wish I had my own creative space for them. Great bargain shopping!
Comment: Thank you Cheryl!
glauren rated for Altered Matchbox Sender's Choice on May 2, 2014
Comment: I LOVED my matchbox and all the goodies!!! I wish I could give you lot's of hearts!! Love it all!!!
Response: Thank you!
jackwomanbatman rated for 10 bags of tea on Apr 22, 2014
Comment: Wow... all I can say is wow. By far the best swap I have ever received... you are so sweet!!!!! I was like a kid in a candy store going through those teas!!! And the Hibiscus tea??? YOU ARE AMAZING. I literally could not be more thankful.
Response: Thank you so much--just happy you are.
Nekozet rated for Send Out Quickly Tea Swap USA on Feb 12, 2014
arianneroxa rated for Garden Seed Swap, October on Oct 6, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautifully packaged seeds and the lovely letter that you wrote explaining about each. Your package absolutely made my day, and I'm so glad that you were able to join up this round. Thanks again! :)

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Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday presents!

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