Swap-bot Time: May 30, 2017 2:25 am


Date Joined: November 15, 2014
Last Online: May 29, 2017
Birthday: April 15
Country: United States
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Post Crossing


Edited 20 May 2017

I would like to do another series of Spring Cleaning swaps like I did before. Anyone interested from any of the groups I belong to shoot me a message please.

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.

Latest craze, mini pocket lett

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.


kielpo rated for APDG ~ Happy Memorial Day Deco Swap on May 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks! Great choice of pics for my profile :)
Response: ♥ Glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you! Happy Memorial Day!
Response: ♥ Back at you. Thanks for the heart.
raven rated for APDG ~ Happy Memorial Day Deco Swap on May 19, 2017
Comment: Love the Memorial images for my profile..Thank you
Response: ♥ Glad you loved them. Thanks for the heart.
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Add a Hat PC Swap on May 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the funny pc - the witch hats work!
Response: ♥ Glad you liked it.
neca84 rated for APDG ~ Happy Mother's Day Deco Swap on May 10, 2017
Comment: lovely pics, happy mothers day
Response: ♥ Happy Mother's Day to you too. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you! Happy Mother's Day!
Response: ♥ Happy Mother's Day to you too. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Happy Mother's Day!!
Response: ♥ Happy Mother's Day to you too. Thanks for the heart.
Marl33n rated for BL ~ Greeting cards on May 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you sooo much for the lovely swap. I love the greetingcards and thanks for 3D one, that's just gorgeous.
Response: ♥ I tried to find something you would not get locally. Glad you like them and thanks for the heart.
supersquirrel rated for MAE - Oriental on Apr 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pretty envelopes. I love the extra Japanese paper you sent too. Thanks for the great swap.
Response: ♥ Enjoy using them. Thanks for the heart.
Lilpurplepig rated for The Gnomes are coming! 3LP on Apr 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great Gnome MPL. I love gnomes too they are the cutest. You do know that they are coming out with Gnomeo & Juliet 2 this summer? A gnome squeal!!! I cannot wait, I just love that movie. Love the gnomes on the MPL and how you recycled them, they will be grateful of reusing. lol Hope hubby is getting better.
Response: ♥ Thank you for remembering hubby. Yes much better for now. Glad you liked the swap. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: The twinchies are so beautiful! I also love the coloring postcards. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
Response: ♥ That postcard set has come in handy numerous times. Glad you liked them. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart.
Stahlrala rated for A.I. Use a Postage Stamp -ATC on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: love the card and the extras u send with it
Response: ♥ Always nice to hear that. Thanks for the heart.
dancingDog rated for A.I. Background Paper ATC's on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Finally arrived - Wow! Such a generous package with some lovely looking papers - thank you!
Response: ♥ I am so glad it got there. I had trouble collecting for this swap. I just could not stop adding things. Hope you find a use for them all. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you!
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for sharing about those beautiful butterflies!
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart.
Comment: sorry for the late rate, thought I rated for this swap, but for some reason it didn't go through thanks for the images love butterflies
Response: ♥ Always nice to get a 5 with a heart. Thanks.
coleenfranks rated for BL ~ Handmade Envies on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: SuZi, thanks for such a nice envie full of lovely envelopes and pretty butterfly surprises. And what a cute card. Thanks for joining my swap. Wasn't sure if anyone would since I did it not so long ago.
Response: ♥ Butterflies are one of my most favorite things to work with. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: GREAT book loved the napkins. Want the pattern for the book! Awesome package many many hearts to you!
Response: ♥ So glad you liked it. I didn't decorate it much so you could customize it yourself. Will send a link to the instructions. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the creative ATC. Love the shaker insert with the metal key. I'm sorry you had to do the card twice to make sure it gets through customs. Cork would have been okay, I guess. And thanks also for the pretty washi tape. I have to say, I also loved the greeting card. Take care.
Response: ♥ Better safe than sorry. Hope you have a good time using what extras I sent. Thanks for the heart.

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kielpo on May 27, 2017:


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anrtist on May 27, 2017:

Blessings, cc

raven on May 19, 2017:

SuZignomeMoM on May 17, 2017:

APDG ~ Happy Memorial Day Deco Swap

Have a good one.

tatntole on May 14, 2017:

APDG ~ Happy Mother's Day Deco SwapHave a very happy Mother's Day

RooBaRoo on May 10, 2017:

APDG ~ Happy Mother's Day Deco Swap

Sahnetoffee on May 10, 2017:

APDG ~ Happy Mother's Day Deco Swap

Hi! Enjoy your Mothers Day! Best wishes!

ChelleHames on Apr 27, 2017:

I wholeheartedly agree with you about the animated ads! They often keep me from enjoying the site fully! Unacceptable!

Wildchild on Apr 20, 2017:

Butterfly Deco; Butterflies from our Country Grizzles Skipper

With its characteristic chequered black-and-white pattern this butterfly is quite distinctive although old, faded individuals can be mistaken for the dingy skipper or the burnet companion moth.

There are three North American subspecies, and others, including the nominate subspecies, in the Old World. Subspecies wyandot (W.H. Edwards) flies in the northeastern U.S., but apparently does not reach Canada (some workers now treat wyandot as a distinct species). Subspecies freija, described from Labrador, is found in most of the Canadian range from Labrador to Yukon, and subspecies loki flies in the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to British Columbia.


This middle-sized (wingspan: 53 to 81 mm) butterfly is a mimic of the larger Monarch (Danaus plexippus). The upperside is dark orange, with bold black lines on the veins on both wings. There is a row of white spots in the wide black wing borders and in a black line that cuts diagonally across the forewing tip. There is also a postmedian black line that runs across the veins on the hindwing. The underside is similar, but paler.

The Viceroy is widespread in Canada. It is resident from Nova Scotia to Quebec and Ontario, north to James Bay, and in the Prairie Provinces to the northern borders. There are records from Fort Smith and Hay River in the Northwest Territories. It was formerly resident in the southern interior of British Columbia, but was last recorded there at Lillooet in 1930 (Guppy et al., 1994).

Sleepy Orange

The deep orange wing colour with the broad black border on the hindwing makes this medium-sized (wingspan: 30 to 48 mm) species very distinct. The underside is yellow with dark brown markings.

Range: Because this is only a rare stray in Canada, records for this common southern U.S. species are few and scattered. Based on a specimen in the Canadian National Collection in Ottawa, it has been reported by many authors as having been found once at Point Pelee and at Ottawa, in 1882. However, this was based on misinterpretations of early collection labels. There are only four valid Canadian records, three from southwestern Ontario one from Quetico Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario.

Sahnetoffee on Apr 17, 2017:

BL ~ Butterflies From Our State or Country #2




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