Swap-bot Time: October 18, 2018 10:50 am


Date Joined: May 11, 2017
Last Online: October 18, 2018
Birthday: November 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I love a mailbox full of happy mail! I'm having so much fun with swaps and creating ATCs, pocket letters and more.

I'm a small business advisor by day and a freelance writer during evenings and weekends. I'm in the "decision" phase with my beloved 13-year old terrier mix, Sparky, who has cancer. I quilt and sew, bake (LOVE the Great British Baking Show), write plays, short stories and novels (all unpublished, all shared with very few), hike and spend time with friends. I love to travel but rarely have the $ to go beyond my immediate area.

I love modern art (think Picasso, Dali, O'Keefe, Steiglitz, Braque, Rivera, Kahlo); clean, crisp design (mid-century modern, minimalist); whimsical, eclectic design; humor - edgy, tongue-in-cheek, topical. I'm not fussy when it comes to items I receive.

I love swapping and I'm a bit of a fanatic about putting together and sending out ALL swaps promptly. If you don't receive something from me, PLEASE let me know and I'll make it right.

Favorite Music and Books

  • The Beatles
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Michael Franti
  • Rockabilly
  • Howlin' Wolf
  • Chuck Berry
  • Patti Smith
  • The Clash
  • Blues
  • Old school punk
  • Old school hip hop
  • Most recent reads: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish and You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (LOVED it!)
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy
  • John Irving novels
  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Favorite Movies and TV

  • Recent views: The Good Place season 2, Girls Trip, Tremors (yep, the original with Kevin Bacon, I could watch it every day for a week)
  • A League of Their Own
  • Romy and Michelle's Class Reunion
  • Wes Anderson films
  • What About Bob?
  • Groundhog Day
  • Blues Brothers
  • X Files
  • British crime dramas
  • Chicago Cubs baseball
  • NBA and college basketball

Health and Beauty Swaps

  • The Body Shop strawberry, olive or mango shower gels and/or lotions.
  • Organic, cruelty-free shower gels and lotions
  • Aveda, Alba, Mario Badescu, Pacifica, Dr. Bronner's, The Honest Company
  • Lush soaps, including/especially the small bars
  • No lip balms, please. I have enough to last a lifetime (no kidding!)
  • Fruit and flower scents are my favorite. I seem to be sensitive to lemon scent (even though I love it) - it aggravates my asthma
  • Handmade, aromatic soaps
  • I don't have a bathtub so as cool as bath bombs are, I just use them to make my drawers smell good ;-)

Etsy Favorites/Amazon Wishlist

If you're in an Etsy Favorites or Amazon Wishlist swap with me and you can find one of my items from those lists for less money (Tim Holtz items, for instance), go for it! Please make sure it's an exact match, though. Thanks!

Favorite Crafts

  • Quilting
  • Fabric art
  • Art journals, junk journals
  • Die cuts, Cricut, paper crafts
  • ATCs - I love Tim Holtz products for ATCs
  • Envelope art
  • Altered postcards
  • Anything with sparkles
  • I will try anything once when it comes to arts and crafts - I recently picked up a felting book at a thrift store. Look out, friends and family!

I Like

  • My favorite color is blue, particularly aquamarine (blue leaning just a tiny bit toward green).
  • Retro design, especially 50s and 60s
  • Sparkles, glitter
  • The moon, stars and the sun
  • Fabric scraps or squares - 1", 2", 3"... up to 6"
  • Animals, especially dogs, squirrels, sea turtles and raccoons (anything with these themes)
  • Die cuts in any of my favorite themes
  • Handmade/hand embellished tags
  • Paper ephemera of almost any kind for junk journals
  • Sunflowers
  • Upbeat, motivational messages
  • Girl Gang-themed items and badges
  • Whimsy
  • Fruit-flavored Tic Tacs
  • Milk chocolate - on its own, with nuts, with crispies, with creamy centers (Cadbury Eggs!), Reese's peanut butter cups - especially the minis!
  • Gummies - bears, worms, mini bears, peach slices. But not gummy sours.
  • Black tea (including flavored black teas) - store brand black teas are usually very good.
  • A quirky sense of humor
  • Pixies (with the little hat, no wings, a little mischievous)
  • Stickers (love, love, love)
  • Quilts
  • Swatch watches
  • Fabric - bright patterns, Laurel Birch, Kaffe Fassett, florals, dog- or cat-themed, Christmas-themed, lime green, turquoise, mustard
  • Vintage Barbie-themed stickers, postcards
  • Mid-century modern
  • Art glass, glass art, stained glass
  • Thrift shops (I'm gaga over thrift shops!)
  • Michigan, my Michigan (anything Michigan themed, Kalamazoo-themed, Lake Michigan-themed)
  • Paris/France/French
  • The Caribbean
  • Ireland/Irish
  • Belgium
  • The Walking Dead/zombies
  • Marvel super heroes
  • Kindness
  • Pens and pencils (Nothing too nice, I work with clients and my writing utensils disappear fast)
  • Essential oils (but please don't solicit me if you sell them)
  • Michael's, Hobby Lobby or Joann gift cards (for swaps with a specific $ amount - like stocking stuffer, holiday gift swaps, etc.)
  • Colored glue gun sealing wax sticks
  • Handmade items - if you made it, I'll appreciate it :-)

I Don't Like

  • Politics
  • Religious messages
  • Animal cruelty (even jokes about)
  • Crude humor
  • Gratuitous nudity
  • Sales pitches
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green tea, herbal tea, roobois tea
  • Gum of any kind (I have a lot of fillings and crowns)
  • Gingham fabric - I made a big exchange years ago and had a lot of gingham that I used. I have made gingham everything and so now I don't like it.


  • I truly don't mind used, in good condition items. My best Christmas as an adult was when my family committed to giving only garage sale, auction, thrift stores items.
  • Mini journals, handmade 'zines, ephemera for collaging
  • Glue gun sealing wax (glue gun sticks in different colors)
  • Fingernail clippers, decorated fingernail files
  • Scissors (I can never find a pair when I need them)
  • Used BH&G and McCall's quilting, Threads, Cloth Paper Scissors, Altered Clothing or any Stampington & Company magazines
  • Vintage or themed measuring tapes (I can never find one when I need one)
  • Handmade envelopes
  • Unusual cookie cutters (used, still usable are fine)* ATC labels (can be designed and printed by you, B&W is fine)
  • Any flat item in the following themes: Bees, sea turtles, pineapples, Paris, squirrels, raccoons
  • Multi-media paper, watercolor paper
  • Bottle of acrylic paint - any color
  • Rubber cement (I go through it so fast!)


sharmison33 rated for Decorated Postcard Swap on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the postcard 😊
Artistic rated for 10 Items For My Partner - USA on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you...especially for the earrings and washi.
Response: You're welcome! So glad you liked them :-)
Comment: thanks for a nice swap!!!♥♥♥
Response: You're welcome, Patti :-) Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you! :D
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart :-)
Moonchaser84 rated for Fill My Stocking - Sept & Oct on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gifts! I'm going to try to save them for Christmas! :)
Response: You're welcome! Thank YOU for the heart :-)
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Rimbar rated for Margo's PC Swap - Flowers - USA on Aug 27, 2018
Comment: 8/25/2018-Ty ever so much for the beautiful flowers PC. Happy swapping.
Response: You're welcome!
pattiairel rated for MPB Christmas Gifts in August on Aug 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a cute swap!!♥♥♥
Response: You're welcome!
TrishaLSmith rated for Margo's PC Swap - Flowers - USA on Aug 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard from Ireland.
Response: Thank YOU fir the heart :-)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, Tracie! I would love to go to Ireland sometime! :)
Response: Your welcome! Thanks for the heart :-)
goinjenny rated for Margo's PC Swap - Flowers - USA on Aug 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you
bluesky rated for MPB August Stocking Stuffer on Aug 20, 2018
Comment: thank you. i'm also happy it's still summer...and we can spend time outdoors. :)
Response: And another piece of snail mail from me made it to you without a problem - yay!
suepier rated for Postcards With a Prompt #4 - US Only on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute cat related postcard and telling me about your best memory of 2018. It sounds like you had a special time in Key West.
Response: Thank you for the heart :-)
Comment: Thank you! :)
Response: Thank you for the heart :-)
whytewillow rated for Small Stocking Stuffer - August on Aug 8, 2018
Comment: In my sock it goes. Thank you Tracie, Yuck, I lived in Florida almost 30 years, hot, muggy and Sandy Holidays...over it. I'm not a fan of hot weather. Heck 2 years ago up here in the mtns. It was 70°, but it rained a bit. Lol BTW, loved that wee snow globe shaker sticker. Where did you find it? Happy holidays.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I got the snow globe sticker at Michael's last January - after Christmas sales :-)
Fabriqueen rated for Christmas Cards in July - USA on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and washi tape and recipe! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thanks for the heart, Diane! :-)
monsbrick rated for Totally Out There PC Swap USA #3 on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Funny postcard thanks!
Response: Thank YOU for the heart :-)
auralily rated for Christmas Cards in July - USA on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the absolutely adorable card!
Response: Thank YOU for the heart :-)
DixieDiane rated for Christmas Cards in July - USA on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Love the glittery card and extras
Response: Glitter is the best! Thank you for the heart :-)
bluesky rated for Christmas in July Christmas Gift on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: thank you - and no postal problems this time l-)
Response: Hooray!

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Singske on Mar 29, 2018:

Hello, I've been going trouhg your profile and I was so suprised that you put Belgium in your likes... Well, I'm from Belgium!!! I hope to meat you in the Paris themed ATC and mail art swap. ;-) Greatings from Belgium Singske

starhiker on Nov 30, 2017:

Pt 1 of the swap arrived it's a wonderful old postcard I love it thanks! ♥♥♥

ladydy5 on Oct 30, 2017:

Thriftstore Find welcomes you!

hamolla22 on Sep 5, 2017:

You re an amazing person! Just read your profile because I received mail from you today for the Wishlist Swap and I got crazy over it!! Lol, in the good sense, it made me sooo happy, you can t imagine... I really really needed an ink pad and I am so excited to try the watercolor pencils, first ones ever! Thank you so so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

knitterofhats on Aug 22, 2017:

Thanks for joining my St. Nicholas' Day Swap!

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