Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2017 5:38 am


Date Joined: November 15, 2014
Last Online: July 19, 2017
Birthday: April 15
Country: United States
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Edited 19 July 2017

WOW!!! Before we know it Fall will be here.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in rural KY without TV until I was 14 so I spent a lot of my free time crafting. From my Mom I learned to sew, crochet, embroidery and make all things paper. Memories of my Mother's handcrafted Valentines still make my childhood friends smile. I want people to remember me like that.

In the years between school and motherhood I worked as an illustrator and cartographer. Both of which tempered my artistic urges.

I had the luxury of being a stay at home Mom for most of my children's school years. During that time I learned to do ceramics, woodworking, basket weaving and X-stitch. I taught arts and crafts as part of an after school enrichment program at the local elementary school in Alaska.

Now I make marbled paper, handmade paper, paste paper, books, cards, postcards and knit (mostly scarves).

I love everything paper; the feel, the color, the sound, even the smell, (an old book just warms my heart).

So it is appropriate that I am a paper artist. In the last 20+ years I have settled down to seriously make books. To see what I make visit "SuZi's Samples ♥"

I also make all my own greeting cards and postcards for myself and my daughter (when she remembers to ask).

Favorite Books, Movies, TV

Many of my favorite books are posted on my Pinterest board, "Best Book EV-VER"

I can speed read but never bother to if I am enjoying what I call "entertainment reading".

To find most of my favorite movies check out, "Movie Magic"

Many of my favorite TV shows are just a click away, "Turn on the Telly"

Likes and Dislikes

Any of these things will make me when I receive them in the mail;

a. ATCs, Alphabets

b. BTCs, Butterflies, Birds, Books, Buttons, Blue (color), Brown (color)

c. Chocolate (I am always up for chocolate as my lack of waistline will attest), Cats, Cards

d. Dragons, Dragonflies, Doodles, Dogs (all sorts but if I was going to have one I would want a Heinz 57.)

e. Envelopes (handmade), Ephemera, Easter (anything/anytime)

f. Faeries, Foxes, Frogs, Folios, Fortune cookie fortunes

g. Gnomes, Glitter, Green (color)

h. Handcrafted anything, Halloween (cutesy, please not horrific)

i. Ice cream, Irises

j. Junk journals

k.Kittens, Kitsch, Kites, Keys

l. Long letters, Lace

m. Minions, Maps, Music

n. Nature, Note paper, Note pads

o. Origami, Owls, Orange (color)

p. PAPER (exotic or plain), Pocket letters, Postage stamps, Pen pals, Purple (color)

q. Quilts, Quilling

r. Ribbons, Recycle/Re-purposed/Reused items, Red (color)

s. Stickers (Teeny tiny to ATC size, I love em all and can find a place to use them), Skinnies, Sunflowers, Stamps (rubber), Stamps (postage), Short letters

t. TEA (all sorts) I maintain a board on Pinterest where I rate teas as I experience them. I am always looking for something new, Twinchies, Turtles

u. Unusual paper

v. Vintage things, Violet, Valentines

w. Washi, Washi, Washi

x. X-mas anything/anytime

y. Yarn, Yellow (color)

z. Zendangles (not to be confused with zentangles®)

Things that will make me ;

  1. Cosmetics, bath & body items.
  2. Jewelry and hair accessories
  3. Food out of the original packaging
  4. Heavy Metal, Death Metal, etc
  5. Blood and gut images
  6. Cartoons like Cow & Chicken, Beavis and Butthead, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony, etc.

If you happen to send something from the dislike list I promise not to hate you.

Anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask.


I belong to two art based clubs.

LAFTA "Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists".

STABA (Second Tuesday Artist Book Association) a very small group devoted to creating books that are also works of art.


I have 4 International penpals, 2 of the 4 started with flat swaps I joined at random about a year ago. Another blossomed from my Post Crossing exchange, and the last came from a blog I follow called Penpal of the Week I was even featured as Penpal #141 on Aug 4th.

I am hoping to form several new penpal relationships with people I have met here on swaps.

I have been very bad about answering letters lately. If I owe you a letter and you read this, feel free to give me a hard nudge in messages.

Mini pocket letters

I, like so many others, find Pocket Letter™s are often too involved and time consuming. But I love the idea of filling pockets so when I found mini pocket letters I felt as if I had stumbled onto a perfect fit.

• You start with a 3rd of a pocket page. Three pockets are much easier to fill than 9.

• Those who want to stuff the pockets with goodies can still do so, just not so many to stuff.

• I intend on making a new hole centered in the end and fasten my collection together much as you do binder trading cards (those little works of art 3.5 x 1.75, not baseball cards)

Things to include; (nearly the same as the full pages, just 1/3 of the amount)

Some swaps only call for a brief note while others, a full fledged letter.

"goodies" that range from coffee, tea or chocolates to things as simple as a hand written poem.

Pretty papers and/or card stock cut to ATC size 2½ x 3½.

To see examples of what I have done for various exchanges please go to my blog SuZignomeMoM or to my Pinterest board "Presenting Pocket Letters™ and Pocket Letter Pals™"

How I became a gnome MoM

My sister in Iowa created a bunch of gnomes. She gave them to her friends in hopes that they would photograph the gnomes in their travels and send back pictures to a project she called "Gnomes2Roam".

When she made Wally (named after Crocodile Dundee's mate, Walter, because of his hat) for me, I offered to send some gnomes to my overseas pen pals. She made 6 brothers for Wally. The gnomes refer to her as "the creator".

The first brother to move out was Wiggo who went to Norway and started his own home security business and has fallen in love with the smallest Matryoshka sister living there. Wyatt moved out to live with my daughter in Ohio and practice his yoga. William went all the way to New Zealand where he had a shock shortly after arrival when it snowed. Wilson (named after the Seahawks quarterback) moved to California to quarterback his own team of Lego® football players. Finally Thor flew off to the Netherlands to live the quiet life.

After he named himself, Søren decided he liked it just fine here with Wally. He is the only gnome I know without a mustache.

Watch Wally and Søren's cousins on YouTube

Meet Olav in grey and Lars in red.

They are the newest Gnomes to move in with me.


We have one cat, Kit, who loves putting in her 2¢ on all my creations but I try very hard to limit her contact with anything I send people with allergies. So far I have been successful. Please just be aware.

" Hope to swap with you again." Six of the most coveted words on here. It really makes me smile to know what I gathered together has made someone happy.

I ALWAYS send. If the unforeseeable happens and I am going to be late, I will contact you.

I ALWAYS rate. My mail comes in around 5 PM and I am down here on the computer rating right after supper.

I ALWAYS respond. Even if it is just a "♥". This helps me keep track of the swaps that got to their destination.

What I pledged...


I learned several things from joining Swap-bot.

One - I have way too much .

Two - All my efforts to downsize using Swap-bot have

My partners are sending back waaaaaaaaaay too much stuff.

Three - There are a lot of lovely, talented people out there that have no idea what a gift to the world they are.


JocysMom rated for SS: 3 Fun Things - June 2017 on Jul 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the amazing swap!!
Response: ♥ I hope you can use everything. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Suzi, thank you so much for the beautiful notepads! Yours came out so nice and I'm thrilled they are pink! And sewing them . . . why didn't I think of that? haha . . . love the sticky notes, too--especially the kitty one!!!!
Response: ♥ I figured I couldn't go wrong if a cat was involved. Glad you liked it all. Thank you for my heart.
SilverD rated for A.I. Use those Backgrounds on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you, it's beautiful! You really did an awesome job on it. Did the machine also emboss it? Who is the die cut made by? I just love it! I just got a die cut machine and I'm having fun using it. Thank you for all the awesome extras also!
Response: ♥ I used "Docrafts Xcut Cut & Emboss Folder A6 Elegant Lady" that cuts and embosses at the same time. I was very pleased with the results. Thank you for the heart.
petaluda rated for A.I. Use those Backgrounds on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: What an awesome ATC!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for the extras You are very generous !
Response: ♥ Lol I had to be careful about the glitter though. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart.
moosemama rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - S - USA on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard!
Response: ♥ Happy to see it reached you. Admire that woman (could be the name) lol.
Comment: Thanks for the delicious fruits!
Response: ♥ They do make one hungry just looking at them. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you Suzi! We used to eat wild berries too when we were younger, your story has brought back so many flashbacks in our minds!
Response: ♥ We all need a stroll down Memory Lane once in a while. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the juicy fruits! I liked reading your stories behind them too!
Response: ♥ Glad to hear that. Ha ha like your "juicy fruit" reference. Thanks for the heart.
widelo123 rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - R - USA on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: SuZi, great postcard. Thank you, Shirley
Response: ♥ Hope it fits with your collection. Thanks for the heart.
Kraftylady777 rated for C.I. ~ USA Collaborative PC on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much. I can't wait to color my section
Response: ♥ I really liked that card. I wonder where she got it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: What cute graphics for the 4th of July, thanks!
Response: Glad you liked them. Thanks for the heart.
KarenLaneWV rated for JJJ: Mini Flow-ish Journal on Jul 9, 2017
Comment: sorry I didn't rate this sooner...as I said in the email, I got behind! Very nice!! Thank you!!
Response: ♥ Hope you can use or share everything. Thanks for the heart. (I sent another message ☺)
JoMama rated for Pintrest Mail Art Mania on Jul 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks you for the great inspiration.
Response: ♥ So glad I could inspire you. Many happy Snail Mail Art Swaps.
smmarrty rated for Pintrest Mail Art Mania on Jul 6, 2017
Comment: Great board - lots of ideas. Let's swap more mail art!
Response: ♥ I have some nice things that were created by you. Thanks for the heart
Babsmomof5 rated for Pintrest Mail Art Mania on Jul 6, 2017
Comment: You have some great stuff there! Pinned several, planning to go back and investigate several more. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Response: ♥ Thank you for the complements. Feel free to take what you want. Thanks for the heart.
EllenWilGraagPost rated for Pintrest Mail Art Mania on Jul 6, 2017
Comment: I had a quick view & see there are many pins I really love!!! This weekend I'll take some time to take a better look at them. But there sure are a lot of nice, inspirational pins! Thanks for sharing them with me!! And see you at Pinterest or in a SB-swap! <3 - Ellen
Response: ♥ Always happy to share inspirations. Glad you found some. Thanks for the heart.
CurlyTea rated for Pintrest Mail Art Mania on Jul 6, 2017
Comment: Wow, your Pinterest boards are so pretty and organized. Impressive. I love the board you created. I have found some items that will help me in some of the swaps I am already signed up for. Thanks
Response: ♥ That is the enthusiasm I look for. Thanks and thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the Independence Day deco.
Response: ♥ You are quite welcome. I hope your day was great. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the festive wishes- Happy 4th of July!
Response: ♥ Hope your day is safe and happy. Thanks for the heart.
Bhindblueeyes rated for WIYM - America Postcard on Jun 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you! :)
Response: ♥ You are welcome. Have a happy and safe 4th. My house is bulging with red white and blue but very few "traditional" symbols of the holiday.

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anrtist on Jul 18, 2017:

APDG ~ Summer Fruits 🍒🍉🍓






& WOW A Peacock!!!! ;-P
ENJOY & Blessings!!! cc

nancylee on Jul 17, 2017:

APDG ~ Summer Fruits 🍒🍉🍓

I love summer fruits and grow several here in NYC (backyard) plums, apricot, strawberry , blackberry and tomato. I also visit the green grocer often and farmers markets., we have any here. Raspberries grew the best and now we are awaiting tomatoes. Enjoy the bounty of the

summer fruits!

SuZignomeMoM on Jul 16, 2017:

APDG ~ Summer Fruits 🍒🍉🍓

I thought about my childhood and what fruits we had then during the Summer. It was not like it is today with all sorts of "exotic" fruits available year round.

We picked blackberries in the wild keeping a keen eye out for rattlesnakes, who like to lurk among the briars waiting for an unwary bird to get too close.

We grew strawberries for ourselves and to sell. We made a game of throwing the rotten ones at each other while we picked (Mother was NOT amused).

We would eat watermelon straight from the field until we were about to burst. Somehow they were always so cool inside no matter how hot the day.

Hope you enjoyed this little trip to by-gone-days. SuZi

yvonne401 on Jul 16, 2017:

APDG ~ Summer Fruits 🍒🍉🍓

I hope you like the pics and gifs that I've chosen for you!

Happy Summer!



nancylee on Jul 4, 2017:

APDG~Quick Swap #4,Special Day,Independence Day

yvonne401 on Jul 3, 2017:

APDG~Quick Swap #4,Special Day,Independence Day

I hope you like the pics and gifs that I've chosen for you!

Happy 4th!



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SuZignomeMoM on Jul 2, 2017:

APDG~Quick Swap #4,Special Day,Independence Day

My wish for you

Something to whet your appitite

So let's celebrate.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

grammypammy on Jul 2, 2017:

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Happy 4th of July!

grammypammy on Jul 2, 2017:

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