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Date Joined: July 17, 2007
Last Online: December 4, 2008
Birthday: November 20
Country: United States
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About Me

I live on the sunny gulf shore of Florida, have four cats, an 80 lb dog and boyfriend who recently became a fiance. I keep two websites; one is an everyday blog, and the other is turorials for sewing projects. For a quick response feel free to contact me via direct e-mail rather than the swap-bot form. I can always answer an e-mail from work but cannot always log in to Swap-Bot. My address [email protected] If you are looking for information on a specific swap, scroll to the last entry.

Favorite Crafts

I dabble in several crafts but I always seem to return to sewing. I have a buldging fabric stash but I always welcome more. I like natural fibers and most any color or pattern but don't care too much for 'novelty fabrics'(abstract patterns are more my style). I generally sew tote bags, purses, journal covers and other useful items (plus the occasional Halloween costume). I am facinated by Japanese crafts, particularly the useful items. I also make greeting cards and always enjoy pretty paper. I'd like to learn more about paper embossing. I am currently taking classes in lampwork bead making - facinating! There are other crafts I tinker with from time to time as well: embroidery & crewel work, drawing, painting. I don't do any of them well, but I still enjoy them.

Favorite Movies

I love a good chick flick or an old romance, but you are most likly to find me watching an action, sci-fi, or animated movie.

Favorite Books

I am a fantsy reader, I guess I never really grew up - heh. Some favorites are the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey, and the Farseer series by Robin Hobb. I'm also addicted to magazines ... especially craft, decorating and cooking magazines.

Favorite Music

It's easier to say what kind of music I don't like as opposed to what kind I do. No rap for me. Folk, rock, classic rock, modern, classical ..all good especially if it's something I can sing with in the car.

Favorite Foods

Food and I have a long and stormy relationship. I love to cook, and love to eat but I don't love what I see in the mirror. I'm dieting now, but still believe dark chocolate its own food group. I drink tea, not coffee ... wine, not beer. I love new, unusual spices & spice blends and interesting recipes. Feel free to share one of your family favorites.


  • candles
  • lip balm
  • hand lotion
  • soap
  • tea (loose or bagged)
  • chocolate, especially dark & semi-sweet
  • fabric
  • sewing notions (fray check, seam rippers, seamstress chalk, etc)
  • paper & card stock
  • stationary & note cards
  • clean (like cotton or soap) scents
  • herbal scents (rosemary/mint, patchouli)
  • colors ... deep reds are a favorite
  • french hook earrings
  • Mod or retro things (I'm more modern than country-heh)
  • Spices (especially those not common to the US)
  • Vintage needle books


  • coconut
  • overly strong or perfumy scents
  • big jewelry
  • strawberries
  • coffee

Info for specific swaps

This info is offered as an aid only, In no way do I intend this to be 'picky-ness' or fast rules to be followed. I believe it should always be the sender's creativity that drives a swap, and not a laundry list of "I Wants" from the recipient. Swaps should be fun for both parties.

** Pincushion ** My only request is that it be one I can use...because believe me I will. I have one from another swap that I simply adore, but whatever its stuffed with is so hard you can hardly drive a pin into it - heh. Practical is better than pretty for me :-)


Hazelette rated for CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE SWAP on Dec 3, 2008
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome! Happy baking and have a great holiday!
LittleRed rated for CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE SWAP on Dec 2, 2008
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note, the tea (it's cold here, so I'm looking forward to trying it), the cute gingerbread man and of course the recipes:)
Response: You are very welcome. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday!
makestuff rated for Handmade Pin Cushion *USA only* on Sep 20, 2008
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful pincushion! I love the shape of it! And the photo frame and the note cards are so cute, too. Thank you very much :)
Response: So glad you enjoyed that wonky little thing :-) It was really fun to figure out...the history on them is interesting; wiki it someday if you get the chance :-) Happy sewing
OnyxLight rated for Handmade Pin Cushion *USA only* on Sep 20, 2008
Comment: WOW! Hope I like it?!?! I absolutly LOVE IT!!! I wish I could give you ten hearts! Its perfect!! Thank you so much! You really really tailered it to my profile :D I'm so so so happy!! I know what you mean about losing the pincushion in the fabric, and until now all I had was one of those tiny tomatoes, This is WAY BETTER!! And I love the book too!!! And the notecard! Even the wrapping!! It was so coordinated!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! I'm starting a new strip quilt today and now I have a great new pincushion!! :D
Response: I'm glad you like it...that is some of my favorite fabric and I'm down to the last little bits of it...perfect for pincushions :-) I hope your quilt comes out great!
boutiquenutmegdesign rated for Butterfly Swap on Sep 9, 2008
Comment: Thank's so much for all of the butterfly goodies! Meg
Response: I'm happy you enjoyed it! Happy sewing :-)
Comment: Wow!! Thanks for such a fabulous swap, I absolutely love the bag and everything you sent along! The dinnerware is timely, too - we're going camping this weekend! My daughter LOVES her set, too - she squealed when I pulled it out of the box! Thanks again, you rock! <3 <3 <3
Response: I'm so glad you (everyone) liked it. I hope it serves you well on your camping trip!
Comment: Thanks so much for all the pretty stuff! I Love it all!
Response: I'm not sure I nailed 'vintage' but I think I got 'rosey' right - LOL. I really enjoyed putting it together and am delighted that you liked it.
Comment: Versailles was amazing!!!
Response: Thanks Jennifer :-) Its been great fun swapping with you!
GigiMinor rated for Party in a Box! on Apr 2, 2008
Comment: Above and beyond fantabulous! What a fun and happy swap! Everything is so cute and useful! Two of my favorite adjectives! Thank you Shan for a most memorable swap! You out did your self once again! You deserve 100 hearts!!!
Response: I'm happy, happy, happy that you liked it! It was great fun to put together...I must admit though that I almost kept the stuffed cupcake. I made that up as I went and was darn happy with how it turned out ;-)
VJP rated for It's all about me!!! on Apr 2, 2008
Comment: WOW!!! What an amazing package of goodies. I am trying to decide what I like best...I think it is the fact that everything has my initials done in such a beautiful font and everything is in my colors!!! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful swap package!! WOW!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Response: Yay! I'm so happy you're happy and that you enjoyed everything. Thanks for the nice rating and all those 'extra' hearts :-)
simonJester rated for Bento Bags-US/Canada on Mar 1, 2008
Comment: I ♥LOVE♥*♥LOVE♥*♥LOVE♥ my bag it is beautiful! Thank you so much♥ Everything is so nice and I love the napkin and chopsticks, too!
Response: Whew! I liked it too, but was a little worried since it was so different than I originally intended. I'm so glad you enjoyed it...it was a wonderful swap!
paulavelosa rated for CHOCOLATE & FQ Lovers Swap on Feb 28, 2008
Comment: thank you, thank you so much! Very genorous with the fabric and the postcards are great! Wonderfull for my collection!
Response: I wish I'd had some cat fabric for you, but I'm happy you enjoyed the fabric and cards. Thanks for the nice rating.
jetleg rated for Creative Felt Pin Cushion on Feb 27, 2008
Comment: Beautiful heart pincushion and then the lily pad needle holder. You even included a very special frog for me. It was dark when I touched the 2 buttons and wow!!! Thank you!!!You made my day, I had been down and this just brought me way up!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. It's supposed to be a 'lily-pad' pincushion, but you are right...it did look more like a heart. The frog was just too cute to pass up!
Comment: Everything is so lovely! I'm happy to receive such a wonderful fairy tales package from you! Thank you so much Shan!
Response: You are very, very welcome. It was a very challenging swap, but lots of fun to put together!
Comment: Hi Shannon, apologies for the late rating! I absolutely loved your package, you put so much care and detail in something as small as this! Absolutely worth a star, a shame I cant give more! Miranda
Response: You are very welcome ... the little ones are always the most fun to 'dress'. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
GigiMinor rated for Stone Fruit Love on Jan 16, 2008
Comment: Beyond beautiful swap! Shan is so good at detail and she really rocks at swappin'!! the craftsmanship of her handmade items is hands down profesh!
Response: Ya know, I pay her to be so nice ... really ;-) Thanks Gigi, as always, it was a pleasure.
Comment: Thanks for all the fun and great items. I will enjoy them all.
Response: I'm so happy and so relieved. The seed pod necklace was either perfect or a disaster - LOL.
Comment: Thank you so much. The stocking is beautiful and I loved everything that was inside of it too. You are a great swapper..
Response: Awwww, thanks! I'm glad you liked it all. I hope you have a terrific holiday season.
Comment: Thanik You so much I love everything that you sent. If I could give you more than one heart I would.
Response: I am so happy you liked it, I had a great time making it and learning about 'Emily', hee. I look forward to swapping with you again in the future.
Comment: Rockin'swap girlfriend! I love everything! Did you make those cute little fondant roses? Great job! Love the sprinkles and all the baking cups! Cute embellishments for the purse itself too! XOXO! Chalk one up for "Finished" Objects!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! The roses are royal icing, and no, I didn't make them. We have a lovely cake decorating shop here with cases full of them in every size and color imaginable (plus ... I'm lazy, hee). Happy baking!

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CalizonaDesigns on Sep 23, 2009:

Hey Cowgirl! I see you like horses, check out my swap! :)


bean on May 30, 2008:

Thanks for the postcard, I can't wait to see what you're making me for the RW&B swap!! <3

daffyd1963 on Feb 8, 2008:

I got you package today that you angeled for me for the random swap I love everything thanks for making it special and for being my angel for this swap

2ndstar on Sep 24, 2007:

Thanks for angeling me! You really went above and beyond on your package, and the stuff was wonderful! I only wish that you would have been my original partner in this swap so that I could have rated you, because you deserve a heart!


storylaura on Sep 19, 2007:

Thank you so much for angeling me in the Just Stuff Swap. You picked out items I will really enjoy, and the early warning postcard was an extra treat. Let me know if you're interested in a 1:1 swap. Take care!

monstermansmum05 on Sep 18, 2007:

Thanks so much for being a angel in the Random Goodies swap:) You are a angel for doing it! Have a great day:D

Brittany aka monstermansmum05

     ~*~Happy Swapping~*~
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