Swap-bot Time: January 15, 2021 9:09 pm


Date Joined: January 15, 2013
Last Online: July 3, 2020
Birthday: September 14
Country: United States
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About Me

Who am I? I ask myself regularly “ Who am I?" I am not sure I have ever really answered that question.

I am a writer and an adventure artist. I live in beautiful Northern California In the heart of what they called the gold country. I love living in the mountains, but I am continually drawn to the ocean.

So when I am home I love to create lovely things.

I am a mom to five lovely children. Four of them are adults, one is in high school. I also have two lovely adult step-daughters.

My husband is a professional chef and our family loves food and spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

We share our home with a crazy cat named Archer and 2 small dogs.

Latest Archer News

Archer has his own newsletter called "Archer Says".


He loves pen pals and has kitty friends all over the world. He loves reading about other kitties on Swap-Bot and especially loves to know the names of kitties of my swapping partners.

His birthday is April 22nd... He loves mail and tries to write back to his kitty friends =)

Update: Archer has been busy with all his kitty mail. All the fame has gone to his head. He is busy designing his own line of Luxury Cat Toys, but has been known to sneak into the catnip. It might be time to send him to rehab.


Favorite Crafts

I love dioramas and tiny miniature things. I have a doll house that I have turned into a mouse house that my cat likes to try to crawl inside and invade :)

I love to knit. For a while I was obsessed with knitting socks. Lately I have been knitting headbands.

I love sewing- I especially love to repurpose clothing. I enjoy taking something average and making it into something exceptional.

I love to collect and use: old lace and old sewing supplies; such as, buttons, ribbon, ric rac, sewing tools.

I am obsessed with chenille sticks/pipe cleaners. I especially love vintage ones. My family just doesn't understand ;)

I love glitter- especially vintage and unusual glitters- However, I won't send glittery things to people who don't like glitter and will keep glitter to a minimum :)

I love paper- I have been trying to use up my stockpiles and have been fairly successful. For the past three years I have been making origami cranes.

I like to make recycled art- I don't do as much of it as I would like because I am afraid of becoming a hoarder =)

Things I Love

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons.

I love all colors. My favorite colors are turquoise, periwinkle, and green. However, pink girly things make me very happy.

I like to write and I love quotes and funny or inspirational fortunes from fortune cookies. I keep them in a little book.

I adore holidays and love vintage holiday things, they remind me of happy times growing up.

I love coffee and cream. Life isn't the same without cream.

I love...love... love...Chocolate.

I love cats. I especially love funny cat things. Lately grumpy cat has captured my heart.

I like squirrels, possums and otters.

I love being outside in nature or in the garden. I especially enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature.


I love Pinterest. If it were up to me there would be a few extra hours added to my day so I could pin without guilt =)

I LOVE art supplies. This year I am trying to use up my many stashes.

Bigfoot & Bigfoot hunters crack me up and I secretively watch Bigfoot shows much to my family's shame... They love to make comments... but how could they comment unless they are watching too =)~

Books, TV & Movies

I mostly read non-fiction- Cookbooks and How To books and Craft Books.

I love fiction, but when I read it-- the book absorbs me and I can't get anything done, so I limit fiction to about 6 books a year.

My favorite books- The Professor & Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, All of Jane Austen, I love to read British romance novels.

My favorite movies are usually happy movies and comedies, but I like romance or drama if it doesn't have a lot of violence. You've got Mail, Enchanted, The Grinch, Chocolate, The other Sister, Napoleon Dynamite...

Swap Info

I like my postcards Naked & Written On. I also promise to rate the same day I get your swap. I put a lot of love and care into the swaps I send, even postcards get extra attention.

Please take the time to rate me when you receive your swap.

If you do not rate me, I will be messaging you to find out if you didn't receive your swap.

Please don't be offended by my asking if you received your swap. I want to make sure my swap arrived safely. If for some reason you don't like what I sent please let me know. I want you to be happy with your swap.


Aeon rated for WIYM: Origami with instructions: INT'L on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the crane and cute extras. The PC is adorable!
Comment: Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to hearing Dr. Archer's new year's resolutions!
Comment: Wow! What a week you had! I'm glad you all made it through the fires. So scary! I caption news stations in Northern Cali and it sounde really terrifying Thanks too for the beautiful handmade card. It's lovely! Did you use markers to color the drawing? I'm trying to get better at drawing, and I love botanicals. We do have squirrels here now, but I don't remember them when I was growing up. So they moved here, too and adapted!
Comment: Thanks!
Response: I hope you enjoyed your Halloween.Happy Swapping. Thanks for rating. 😊
Comment: I love the card and your added touches. Thank you so much. sorry for the late rating I went back to work after 6 years of retirement. It takes time to get use to the hours.
Comment: Thank you so much for everything!
Comment: Thank you! I loved the card! I haven't opened my surprise yet. I am saving it til Halloween! :)
ChrisAnne rated for CPG ~ Hand Made PC ~ Harvest ~ USA on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great pc. We moved from the Pennsylvania mountains to central Florida it is fall and the views that I miss most of all.
Response: I am glad it made it safely. I would miss the mountains if I moved... But you never know we might move someday and we have friends in FL. Happy swapping 😊
Vickyen rated for CPG Halloween Card - US only on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: Hi Michelle! Thank you for the cute card and share, plus the goodies! Hope you have a fun Halloween! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: What a nice photograph of Mt. Shasta! It almost doesn't even look real, so I can understand why people would say there are UFOs there. Thank you also for the total solar eclipse stamp. I've never gotten one of those before... so cool!
Comment: Thank you so much for the delightful card and goodies! I loved reading your note. :)
Response: So glad you enjoyed it. I loved writing it. Happy Almost Halloween.
Allylu rated for Happy October on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Hi Archer! Thanks for the beautiful postcard! My aunt & uncle live in central California and were just here visiting for 3 weeks. My husband and I loved seeing California when we went to visit them. So glad you have your electricity back! Happy October!
denisedecker58 rated for Halloween card & letter #3 on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the great letter and swap! I loved everything! Happy Halloween!
maxbenleo rated for CPG Cats or Dogs PC - Global on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you 😊
Comment: Thank you for the Halloween goodies. I love everything. The envelope was awesome as well and yes the cute sparkly flowers were still attached :)
Comment: Archer would look awesome in a fancy hat I bet. I too would love to see a floating market. My husband has and he says it is really cool. Thank you.
Comment: Such a cute card! Thank you so much!
debbiespoms rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #19 on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your ugly/odd card. It is odd to tell you the truth! Like you I have ended up with cards like that. Can't do anything with them.
Response: Yes it is very hard to know what to do with them. Even swaps like this where they are suppose to be ugly seem frustrating and leave our partners unhappy. I am ready to just toss all of them and give up on trying to use them. 😊
Comment: Very interesting-floating market. Thank you.
Eulegirl rated for KKL: Kitty writes a letter... on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: All the hearts! I read the letter to Specti, and she says purr. Shes'll love the treats, and I love all the extras! Those wee memo notes are going in my music folder!

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lou on Sep 21, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

kclicquot on Aug 26, 2019:

Dear Archer - meow, meow, chirp, meow, purr, meow, chirp, chirp, meow. . . . Google translation: Thank you so much for thinking of us and sending the delightful fish! We also appreciate the advice about not chewing on cords or cacti!!! We consider ourselves quite lucky to have a friend such as yourself! Caterwaulingly yours, Clan Brake

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


Raff on Aug 20, 2013:

Hi! I’m wondering if you would be interested in joining my first swap – Cat Lovers

TC on Aug 1, 2013:

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! I'm sending you this greeting a day early so you can get the necessary items to celebrate tomorrow. :)

MBrunt on Jun 26, 2013:

Thank you for the seeds you send to me. I can't wait to let them grow! Also love the cat drawing you made on the envelope. It's all so kind, again thank you!

TC on Jun 12, 2013:

This is MIssy. She's stopping by to say hello to Archer. :)

Vblarney on Jun 3, 2013:

Thank you for the Rock City pc! I don't care what it says, if my mom had taken me there as a child I don't think I'd like gnomes now! It must be similar to being in the basement of a theater when you're surrounded by old mannequins and costumes.

kittylover on Jun 1, 2013:

Not only did you send me such wonderful gifts but they were all packaged up so pretty that I don't want to take them out.

Many thanks for making my day so much better!

sweetsugartree on May 25, 2013:

Thanks, Michelle, for the PC! Very thoughtful of you! Glad you like the fortunes and are getting use out of them :)

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