Swap-bot Time: September 1, 2014 9:16 pm


Date Joined: July 12, 2007
Last Online: September 1, 2014
Birthday: August 18
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm eccentric, happy and kind. Kind of an oddball, prone to flights of fancy and imagination. I'm a whimsical type of person who revels in nature, plants, trees and the wild.

My favorite season is Autumn. The air is both thick and thin with a magical pulse. It feels as though if I were to round a corner quick enough, I might catch sight of some little fae creature scurrying off into the weeds.

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother from South Texas. My interests include art - especially outsider type, drawn and painted by hand - native plants, herbs, parish life, history, cemeteries, blogging (only due to my wonky computer and old OS, my blog no longer recognizes me), playing video games (All Sims games, Viva Pinata, all Harvest Moon games, Fable 2, Animal Crossing, Oblivion...), vintage vinyl dolls, handmade doll clothes, posing my Barbie type dolls and taking photos of them, then adding dialog and posting them somewhere, and much more.

I'm trying to be healthier these days, and have lost 39 pounds in 2012, and hope to lose 30 more in 2013 - mostly by counting calories with the aid of an iPhone app. I bought a bike, too, and enjoy riding it for fun and exercise. You never know what kind of found objects you can find by the side of the road. I also just downloaded an iPhone app called "Run, Zombies!" which makes walking/running more fun - especially at night when it is cooler and the darkness adds to the dangerous zombie ambiance. :) (UPDATE: I have fallen off the diet wagon. ...sigh...)

I like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a flock of 26 chickens and sell fresh eggs regularly, both from the house and at the farmers market each week.
I have herbs and flowers (wild and domestic) and trees and bushes of all kinds and am mostly transitioning to Texas native species in new things I add.

My 4 year old granddaughter and I do "Grandma Pre-K" five days a week. I am also into file folder games and other educational things.

FOR RECIPE SWAPS/TAGS: I really like all kinds, but some are especially nice: healthy recipes, main dishes, savory snacks and hors d'oeuvres, vegetables, holiday foods, baked goods appropriate for selling at the farmers market and of course your tried and true recipes that you use regularly. I prefer recipes on paper rather than on recipe cards since I glue them into a binder, sort of like scrapbook style. But I won't gripe if you feel the need to use recipe cards. ;) ALLERGIC TO SHRIMP, but other seafood is fine.

My favorite books

  • The Bible, especially The Catholic Youth Bible

  • all books by Michael D. O'Brien - I love his art, too.

  • all books by Charles de Lint. He is the creator of the urban fantasy genre. I love both his YA books and his adult fiction.

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • Other favorite authors are Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games Trilogy), James Dashner (The Maze Runner YA series) and more, too numerous to list.

  • books about permaculture and related subjects

  • I like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert,too, at the moment

  • books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - His short story, Eyes of the Blue Dog is amazingly wonderful.

  • The Twilight series

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

My favorite movies

The Passion of the Christ, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, and the oldies, -It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take it With You, Harvey, most Johnny Depp movies (love odd characters!) and others.

My favorite TV shows

Survivor, Top Chef, Food Network Star, Project Runway, Top Design, Design Star, The Amazing Race, 19 Kids and Counting, CSI(Las Vegas), Modern Family, The Middle, Who Do You Think You Are, Deadliest Catch, Duck Dynasty, ...

My favorite crafts to do

I like altered playing cards (poker size/same size as an ATC) with both the top left corner and the bottom right corner having the suit and number visable. Painting, drawing or collaging ATCs, postcards or 'odd sizes'. Creating zines or mostly anything with words/drawings put together creatively. Making little assembleges, collage, mixed media, also crochet, but only VERY simple things, and I have to be in the mood. I also do some quilting, but other than that, I really dislike sewing, although I would LOVE to receive sewn things like dolls, stuffed animals and especially doll clothes. But I would NOT want to make them, myself. Or at least not more than once a year. LOL! I also like whacko things like the various different kinds of shoes painted in bright pastels hanging from the tree in my old front yard.

Some swap item ideas or art themes I likevAlt textv

These are just suggestions, not a 'gimme list'. So many of the things I like are cheap or free, that I thought swappers might like to have a lower cost choice to send, rather than spend more money than necessary.

  • ethnic

  • folk art

  • outsider art

  • something for my 4 yr.old granddaughter, especially educational things or craft things or Littlest Pet Shop animals.

  • anything to do with street art of any kind or
    graffiti on train cars

  • trees in art, especially crooked or twirly limbed trees

  • Zetti anything

  • zines

  • mixed media art

  • altered playing cards

  • paintings done on newspaper or similar prints

  • art work done on brown paper such as brown paper bags

  • vintage, but not Victorian, lacey style

  • kitschy

  • weird

  • YARN any kind or color, thrifted or partial skeins are fine (for yarn bombing).

  • key cap covers of all kinds - cute, artsy, shaped, etc.

  • funky and retro things all make me happy.

  • I like sock monkeys of all kinds

  • homemade sewn stuffed animals or dolls

  • poem written by you

  • bee items

  • chicken themed things

  • store bought Twilight postcards

  • gnome items

  • veggie garden themes

  • veggie things

  • farm themes

  • acorn themed things

  • notecards with envelopes

  • kitchen towels of any color(s) (my kitchen is boring white...sigh)

  • tote bags

  • zip bags

  • anthromorphic animals or veggies or fruit or plants

  • Ruby Gloom things

  • Emily the Strange things

  • blind box (or package) items (opened or not...your doubles, for instance) - almost any kind...SHOPKINS, Lego, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop, LaLaLoopsy...ETC.

  • anything I can use for bento (decorative picks, dividers, small cute containers, rice molds, egg molds, etc.)

  • serving trays

  • all kinds of dishes

  • rick rack - all sizes/colors

  • wine charms - mismatched singles are GREAT; it doesn't have to be a set

  • ribbon grabbies especially with patterned ribbons, but solids are good, too

  • charms, embellishments, trinkets

  • empty blue bottles (wine, Arizona tea, etc.) for my bottle tree

  • cupcake toppers - handmade or not

  • figural vases

  • zines

  • books: anything decent (as in no erotic or hate-type books) They can be used, but in good condition, please.

  • flavored teas

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe items

  • stencils (used or home made is fine)

  • hand carved stamps

  • vintage vinyl dolls

  • doll clothes (for 6" - 18" vinyl 'toddler' (non-baby) dolls and for Barbies/Kens), especially vintage or handmade doll clothes.

  • miniatures 1:6 scale (like Barbie sizes) or 1:12 scale (for petite Blythe types) - scale doesn't have to be totally accurate - either bought items or crafted from clay or re-purposed items.

  • I like jewelry, and my ears are pierced. My favorite styles are ethnic, organic, Celtic, and/or big and chunky, or unusual styles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces mostly.

  • homemade soap

  • figural/guest soaps

  • Celtic motif things

  • anything 'tree' themed

  • tree of life theme

  • faerie lore

  • faerie themed things that are not frilly or girly-girl, all kinds of fae such as goblins, elves, etc. (No Disney or movie/tv show types)

  • religious art of all faiths

  • anything with the initial 'W'

  • the number 5 as a theme

  • anything 'artsy'

  • small bottles of acrylic paint, any color

  • eyeglasses cords or whatever they are called. Usually strings of beads that connect to each side of your glasses, so you can take them off and they hang around your neck. Any style or color.

  • pillowcases, homemade or store bought, any color or print. Can be only one or a set.

  • Re-ment items (doesn't have to be a set; single pieces are fine)

  • Woodsy embellishments and things like leaves, trees, acorns, etc. (not real ones)

  • collage sheets and images (many are offered free for printing on Flickr)

  • altered boxes

  • anything Frida Kahlo

  • decorative garden doo-dads

  • I LOVE Little Red Riding Hood Items

  • Almost any fairy tale themed thing

  • Especially Snow White and Rose Red - I'd love to have the children's book of that - used, even in fair condition would totally ROCK!

  • Gift cards to Walmart or HEB or Amazon

  • Any little doll (but not dotees) or action figure or animal

  • Heart shaped rocks (found, not the made and polished kind)

  • I have no problem with thrifted stuff in good condition.


  • Disney items
  • gummy candy
  • sour or tart candy
  • licorice candy
  • Dotee dolls
  • Not really into bling, girly-girl, animal prints, furry stuff, glam, etc.

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My favorite colors

Greens, reds, and mostly dark, bright (but not neon) or jewel tones, as opposed to pastels, for most things. I also love plaid!

Halloween Preferences:

I love Halloween!!! But not bloody, gory, devil or anti-Christian (like upside down crosses, etc.). I'm not crazy about ouija boards either.

My favorites are:

  • Pumpkins, bats, black cats, owls, ravens/crows, jack-o-lanterns, or other "veggie people"

  • Vintage look type of style is cool, too.

  • I LOVE altered vintage photos used for Halloween things...like witch hats on people, etc.

  • Skeletons, both regular ones and Dia de los Muertos style

  • Halloween papers

  • Cloth ribbons in orange and black prints

  • Orange or black rick-rack, lace or braid.

  • Halloween collage sheets or collage elements...there are many free ones offered on Flickr, if your printer prints them well.

  • Ruby Gloom or Emily the Strange things

  • creepy or twirly limbed tree items

  • cemetery, grave or tombstone themed things

  • metal embelishment pieces

-ghosts and monsters of all kinds

  • Most things, barring the things I said I don't like at the top of this catagory.

Christmas Preferences:

I don't think there is anything Christmas-y (or other winter holiday themed) that I would dislike, except the spelling of Christmas as 'Xmas', or anything off-color or warped. Favorite themes would be...

  • Nativity (or any part of it)

  • Posada

  • Elves

  • Vintage look

  • Christmas collage sheets or various collage elements.

  • etc.

  • If we are in a swap together and the Christmas or Winter theme is unspecified, you are more than welcome to send me art in YOUR favorite winter holiday celebration. I am not offended by receiving Yule, Hanukkah, Kwaanza or other art work. :)



wolfeagle rated for Book Mark on Aug 30, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much.
Response: You are very welcome. :)
Comment: Wow what a lovely postcard! Thank you for sharing your pretty artwork and about your garden! :) You are a very talented artist! God Bless! :)
Response: Gosh, thanks, Liberty. I just enjoy doing it. My style is definately not for everyone, but I like it. ;) Glad you did too! Thank you for your kind comment and the heart.
Comment: Love my Witchy PC...You did a great job. Thank You so much! :) Happy Halloween!
Response: Thank you so much for the comment and the heart, Paige! I am so glad you liked it. :) Happy Halloween to you too! I love Halloween and Halloween swaps!
Comment: Wanda, you don't give yourself enough credit! The first thing I thought when I opened the envelope was, "what a nicely made card!" Thank you so much!
Response: You are very welcome, jkatz! I am so glad you like it! Thank you for the heart. :)
Beckster rated for Haunted House Shaped ATC on Aug 23, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the great haunted house! I really like the poem too.
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like it. Thank you for the heart. :)
myfairladyxx rated for Blobimals on Aug 22, 2014
Comment: I found these little creatures harder to make than I would have thought, too! I like the pink bear-like one creeping over the other ones shoulders :) Can you PM me and let me know what you brushed over the top to make it shiny? I use Aleene's Original Tacky Glue but it gets sticky again if it gets damn along the way in the post.
Response: :) I'd like to try to make more at some point. I use Mod Podge Matte on my atcs and postcards, etc. I like it and it really does protect both collage and painted things. Plus I like the finish. Thanks for the heart! :)
cookingbear rated for EASU: Numbers ATC Swap on Aug 22, 2014
Comment: I remember that age! Thank you.
Response: LOL, cookingbear - me too! Thank you for the heart. :)
atcdesigner rated for EASU: Numbers ATC Swap on Aug 16, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the lucky 7! (I like your envelope, too.)
Response: You're very welcome! :) thanks for the heart.
Starwatcher rated for OFAP Pen Pal Swap on Jan 28, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the newsy letter! I'm going in for jury duty tomorrow and if i am stuck sitting/waiting to be called, I'll write back then.
Response: Oh, gosh - am just now seeing this! Sorry for the delay. Anyway, thanks for the heart. :)
MrsSunshine rated for Recipe Pen Pals on Dec 26, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I love soup and can't wait to try it. Have a great day!
Response: I'm so glad you like it. It really is good soup and healthy and kind of unusual. Thanks for the heart. :)
pammykn rated for Recipe Pen Pals on Dec 21, 2013
Comment: Thanks Wanda for your nice letter & great recipe! I will write back after the new year.
Response: You're very welcome. I am glad you like the recipe. :) I'll be looking forward to your letter.
joebob778 rated for Toys USA on Dec 13, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the toys! My daughter played with some of them in the tub last night, lol. The rest will be displayed in my work cube with the rest of my collection!
Response: Thanks so much for the heart, joebob. I meant to tell you, since it says you are interested in kinderegg toys on your profile - the purple monster came (in two disconnecting pieces) from inside a large sized kinderegg I got in Rome last month. I had another kinderegg toy (maybe two?) that I meant to send you too, (a launching race car) but forgot to add them (or it - I don't remember if I had another one, or not) . Oh, well, maybe next time.
KirielAmbar rated for Mori Keep Warm Accessory on Dec 12, 2013
Comment: Ahh! This scarf is perfect! ^_^ Its such a lovely color, and so soft. I wore it this morning on my way to work and it kept me toasty warm. ^_^
Response: I am thrilled that you like it, Kiriel! Thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: Thank you for the very time appropriate How to make snowflakes zine. I also loved the black and white note card. Thank you for sharing. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. Blessings, ellie
Response: You're welcome, Ellie - and thanks for the heart. :) I am glad you liked it all. Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family, too! :)
motes rated for Tips and Tricks/How To .... Mini Zine on Dec 3, 2013
Comment: Cool! I can't wait to try this out! Thanks! Have happy holidays!
Response: I'm glad you like it, motes! :) It really is an easy craft that delivers a good amount of bang for the buck. You have a wonderful holiday season, too. :)
Comment: This is a cute zine. I have received this one before and wanted to share it, but didn't want to give away my copy... so now I have two copies so I can give one away. Thanks!!!!
Response: Aw, soyprincesa2 - I am so sorry you received one of mine like this already. But I am glad you like it and want to send it along to someone else too. Thank you for that. And thank you for the heart. You are too kind. Hugs.
margoartist rated for ZS: Zetti Dog ATC on Oct 30, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the two fabulous ATCs! I love them and the adorable card, Marjorie
Response: I'm so glad you liked them, Marjorie! Thank you for the heart. :)
Angie rated for C+P Doll ATC on Oct 28, 2013
Comment: Hey Wanda! Thank you for the cutie pie doll ATC. I think that's an American Doll, right? She looks all bundled up and getting ready for the cooler temps that are settling in! Thanks for signing up for my swap! XOXO
Response: Yes, that was an American Girl Doll.:) Thank you for the heart. I am glad you are happy with the ATC. And thanks also for hosting such a great swap idea!
splashofjoy rated for USAPC: Paper Swapping: Pink! on Oct 26, 2013
Comment: Pretty! Thanks :D
Response: You're welcome! So glad it arrived safely and that you like it. :)
barbieloufromKY rated for USAPC: Paper Swapping: Pink! on Oct 24, 2013
Comment: Wanda....thanks so much for the nice papers you sent me....they will be put to good use.... :-)
Response: Thank you for the heart, barbielou! I am so glad you liked the papers! :)

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barbieloufromKY on Aug 16, 2014:

Happy Birthday from the USA Paper Crafts group!

usacricket on Jun 30, 2014:


anrtist on Feb 22, 2014:

Christian Swappers Group ;-)

LauraAust on Feb 6, 2014:

Aumonae on Jan 1, 2014:

VaGrammy66 on Dec 25, 2013:

DosLittleMonkeys on Nov 26, 2013:

Happy Thanksgiving!

kiddo47 on Nov 8, 2013:

Thank you for the awesome Halloween themed ATC from the USTA group! I love the extras as well. Suzanne is my middle name as well. I've always been called Suzanne instead of my first name, Melanie. <3

DosLittleMonkeys on Nov 7, 2013:

Wanda, the package from Scarecrow Meadows came today. Yay!!!! Thanks for all the goodies, and how did you know that my daughter is struggling to learn her multiplication tables??? We just started this week.

crescendo on Oct 20, 2013:

Thank you very much for the USTA Themed Envie tag in my favorite (citrus) colors! Love the variety of items you sent. That fabric will make a very cool Halloween bunting!

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