Swap-bot Time: May 26, 2017 12:32 am


Date Joined: May 26, 2015
Last Online: May 25, 2017
Birthday: February 17, 1979
Country: United States
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May 23 - Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day! I'll be gone to Illinois May 28-June 4. Making sure I get everything out before I go. Mail received while I'm gone will be rated upon my return.

Things that are happening right now:

  • the 100 day project ... 100 days of art, yes. 100 consecutive days of art, not so much.
  • 30 Days of Pie and Journaling
  • POP Pilates instructor in training! Getting in shape for the training day on June 11 so I can get certified to teach pilates!
  • Cats: 1 housecat, 2 semi-adopted formerly feral kittens, 4 feral kitties
  • Reading: Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel
  • Making: ATC's, ATC Jams, Zines, Postcards
  • De-cluttering and Spring Cleaning
  • House looking...we thought we might move, but haven't found anything yet
  • Dropped some groups recently. Nothing personal, just that my time available and priorities are changing and I'm removing the clutter.

If ever something I send doesn't get to you, please let me know so I have a chance to correct it. As much as we rely on the postal service, they too make mistakes and lose things. I get it.(where are my keys again?)


About Me

My word for 2017: Flourish

Here's some things that describe me:

38, Christian, married 14 years to David, cat mama, Aunt Rachael, health-conscious, wannabe artist, knitter, sewist, learner, originally from Michigan, North Carolinian, nature-lover, sister, sci-fi geek, LOTR fan,

Been there, done that:

Bermuda, France, Statue of Liberty, Myrtle Beach, Boston, Charleston, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (2008), kidney stones (ouch!), Halley's Comet, camping in the rain, a drive across the US (NC to WA)

As Far as Swaps...

I find myself joining less swaps these days. Mostly because I don't need "stuff". So I'm being a little more selective.

Here's some things I can always use:

  • trees are kinda my life theme right now (Jeremiah 17:7,8)
  • fun footie socks
  • handmade envelopes
  • fitness related images/stickers/quotes
  • handmade items
  • mug rugs
  • a good writing pen
  • your zine
  • something new to try!

What I'm using lately:

  • ATC backings (I have plenty of ATC papers, I really just run out of the sturdy backings...one can only eat so much cereal!)
  • Tim Holtz distress ink minis and the little round pads for applying them
  • Templates. I have 4. More would be awesome
  • Small images/cutouts I could use on ATC's or in zines

Colors: I like purples, greens and blues, earth tones. There aren't many colors that bother me, except maybe that Safety Green...

Animals: Cats, foxes, an elephant here and there...

I'm up for a private swap just about any time. (US only though, as my postage $ is limited)

I turned out to be a pretty terrible pen-pal, but I'm good at postcards. So if you send me a note on a postcard, you're guaranteed a reply!


Here is Pippin the Cat. He'll be 15 years old in July. He's such a serious cat!


Here are Joey & Silver (with the white spot on his forehead)...our 2 little half adopted feral kittens. No relation to Pippin ;)


My beautiful Carolina sky...


That Alphabet Thing

  • A -
  • B -
  • C - cats, Celtic designs
  • E - elves
  • F - foxes
  • I - Irish culture and language
  • L - ladybugs
  • M - Monet's paintings, mail art
  • P - Punch Studio cards, pens
  • S - snails

Things I Don't Prefer

  • vanilla scent
  • crudeness, rudeness and nudeness
  • Only known allergy is cucumber (I know, right?)
  • cheese crackers
  • raspberry...the fruit, the flavor and the scent
  • TEA

My Personal Counter

Currently I have made 167 paper cranes!

Miles walked since Aug 1 2016: 376


pkpeace rated for Mommaa: ATC-Go Round Swap 1 of 3 on May 24, 2017
Comment: Rachael! I love your ATCs! Especially the mailbox! Fun ideas, I picked my three immediately! Such a fun swap!
Bhindblueeyes rated for HFF: May 20th - Goal Day on May 21, 2017
Comment: You nailed it!!
shinyserra rated for Mommaa: Create a Kit Round 1 on May 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun themed kit! I really like the theme you chose and I am already planning out what to make :)
Comment: I am in love with my snail ATC you sent me! I would have never though to use that type of technique. Both ATC's are awesome. And WOW to the book mark! I've never seen or owned such a beautiful bookmark! I love the colors, the flower, and the yarns. I've showed it off to people. Thank you so much for the extras too! One of my favorite swaps I've received to date!
pynart2 rated for Letter O on May 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the owl stuff, love, love the fabric.
Comment: I absolutely LOVE your card! Over the past 25 years I have hosted hundreds of swaps and seen thousands upon thousands of cards. This card is one of my all time favorites! It is so cute! I love the yarn wrapped on the button to make the ball of yarn, and that it is squiggled into a frame around the cat! The deckled and stained edges and the cute little hearts above the kitty - such cute details! Thank you so much!
Response: High praise indeed! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the card! 😊
HelenG6 rated for 5 Person Happy Mail on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice note card and cool decorated envie. The washi tape samples and sticker sheets are great. I enjoy quotes that make you ponder life. So nice!
shinyserra rated for 5 Person Happy Mail on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! How cool!
jamicam rated for 5 Person Happy Mail on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: Awesome, as always :) Thank you!!
hibiscus rated for ATCJ: Starter Sets x 3 on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: I like this style very much... thanks for the extra papers!
LauraM540 rated for ATCJ: Starter Sets x 3 on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: Great starter set! I can't wait to work on it
Bhindblueeyes rated for 5 Person Happy Mail on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the washi and stickers! And the card is SO adorable!!
BasketWorks15 rated for ABC USA: Letter N on Apr 21, 2017
jannieb rated for ATCJ: Starter Sets x 3 on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for joining my swap & for the great starter set!
wm rated for Patch and paste poetry on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! :D
tcornell rated for 5 Person Happy Mail on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful profile based postcards, the unused stamps and your sweet letter to me- I really love everything!
djcamp04 rated for Handmade from the heart on Apr 14, 2017
Comment: Rachael, these bags are amazing! I love the fabric you chose. The butterflies are so cute. Your love for sewing shows in how well these are made. Thank you so much for a wonderful, beautiful and useful swap. ❤
Response: I'm so happy you like them 😊
njstauter rated for #kindnesscounts ~ 6 on Apr 10, 2017
Comment: You are always so very kind. Each item was wrapped beautifully and your note made me feel good tonight. I know I will love the footcream. Thank you so very much for everything
Comment: My daughter, and I loved all you sent. Thank you so much. I hope you have a wonderful week.
Comment: Thanks for the backgrounds. It will be fun to choose which to use. :)

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jamicam on May 24, 2017:

Hope you're having a great day!


From Healthy Journaling

tcornell on May 20, 2017:

Rachael, I LOVE the butterfly that you drew for me for the "Draw Me A..." tag! Its really beautiful! I thank you also for the pretty stationery you sent. Thanks so much for everything!!! Hugs!

kaypendragon on May 19, 2017:

Thanks for granting a wish to me on A Wish Granted!

tcornell on May 12, 2017:


DarkSkullMistress42 on May 11, 2017:

Love everything for my wish in A Wish Granted.Thank you for thinking of me:)

pkpeace on May 11, 2017:

Rachel! This package is so awesome... I'm inspired to sew! I think I have a little down time and I think I'm actually going to take the machine out of the box! Many hugs! Many, many thanks! xo

HappyMom on May 9, 2017:

I was thrilled to have my wish granted - thanks so much Rachael!

shinyserra on May 9, 2017:

Thanks a bunch for the MOMMAA destash envie! It was nice to come home from vacation and go through all of the goodies you sent :)

bbsporty on May 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for my AWG May wish! I just love the ephemera pack! I buy these a lot and just love the color or theme coordinated ephemera!

crystalite on May 7, 2017:

Thanks for sending me the Alice in Wonderland JAMS---I'm looking forward to completing them, and I'll get them done as soon as I can! -Chrissy

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