Swap-bot Time: July 28, 2015 3:00 pm


Date Joined: July 12, 2007
Last Online: July 28, 2015
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 like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a flock of 17 chickens and sell fresh eggs regularly, from home. I also have a garden and sell the veggies.
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 5 year old granddaughter and I do "Grandma Kindergarten" five days a week, so I am into children's educational games and activities.

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, Modern Family, The Middle, Who Do You Think You Are, Deadliest Catch, Duck Dynasty, ...

My favorite crafts to do

I like painting, drawing or collaging ATCs, postcards or 'odd sizes'. Making little assembleges, collage, mixed media, also crochet, but only VERY simple things, and I have to be in the mood.

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 5 yr.old granddaughter, especially educational things or craft things or Littlest Pet Shop animals or Shopkins things.

  • 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

  • washi tape

  • mixed media art

  • 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

  • YARN any kind or color, thrifted or partial skeins are fine.

  • 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

  • gnome items

  • veggie garden themes

  • veggie things

  • farm themes

  • acorn themed things

  • notecards with envelopes

  • zip bags

  • anthromorphic animals or veggies or fruit or plants

  • 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.)

  • 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

  • zines

  • flavored teas

  • stencils (used or home made is fine)

  • hand carved stamps

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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, as long as it is not Disney

  • 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. :)



Robinarie rated for 9 Little Pockets - flowers on Apr 20, 2015
Comment: Thank you Wanda! I love the ribbon tied to the sides, I think I will try that with my next one I make. Great Job!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for the heart. 😊
Comment: Beautiful Pocket Letter, love it!!! Thanks for all the neat little extras, I can use them all. Many Hearts to you!!!!. Take care, Carol
Response: Wow - I am so glad you like it! Thanks for the heart! :)
Artstamper rated for CC: Put a Chicken on It on Mar 16, 2015
Comment: Thank you, thank you! I love this chicken postcard, it's so colorful and fun.
Response: You are very welcome! I love chickens, so I went into this swap with major enthusiasm. 😄 I am so glad you like it. Thank you for the heart.
kristinjaye rated for Santa ATC swap on Oct 24, 2014
Comment: Thank you Wanda for the great cards. I appreciate your thinking about my likes in my profile. Much appreciated. :)
Response: I'm so glad you liked them, kristinjaye! Thank you for the heart. :)
Comment: love the postcard you made for this swap. Happy Swapping Debi
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart. :)
Trader1244 rated for Aged over 50 Pen Pal Swap on Oct 21, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter and magnetic note pad. Love it. Thank you so much. I will be returning a letter to you by the weekend
Response: Yay! I'm looking forward to hearing from you. :) I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart.
Lesliehome rated for From the Heart ATC on Oct 20, 2014
Comment: Very cute ATC. Love the vintage image of the sisters holding tightly to hope. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome, Lesliehome! :) I am so glad you like it.
AmyHale rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 9, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC! I just LOVE Halloween!
Response: You're welcome, Amy. Thank you for the heart. Halloween is my favorite holiday. :)
libertylithium rated for TCH: Mail Art - Pumpkins on Oct 8, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute postcard! :D I can't wait to try the smoothie someday! :D
Response: You're very welcome, Liberty. Thank YOU for the heart. :)
TwinMom rated for TCH: Happy Fall Y'all! - Flat Mail on Oct 7, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the amazing fall happy mail! It was so fun to pull this out of the mail box. I am crazy over everything. I especially love the owl bookmark. I will have to try the recipe. It sounds yummy. Have A Happy Day! :)
Response: You're so welcome! I am really glad that you liked it all. :) Thank you so much for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. Happy Halloween!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for the heart. Happy Halloween to you too! :)
DG rated for Owl ATC 4 Halloween on Oct 7, 2014
Comment: Very cute ATC. I love my little felt owl. thanks for the ATC and the extra goodies
Response: I'm so glad you like it, DG. :) Happy Halloween! It's getting closer!
GinaVisione rated for CC: Text and Map Strip Collage on Oct 5, 2014
Comment: Great work on your PC! Thank you~
Response: You're welcome, Gina! I just saw it and commented on it on your Flickr. Did you notice I made sure to include your street and city names together in the design? LOL! Thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: Thank you Wanda! Cute envie and I loved that pumpkin doily.
Response: You're welcome, cherri! I am so glad you liked it. :) Thanks for the heart.
jojokitty5853 rated for Pumpkin ATC ~ USA on Oct 2, 2014
Comment: Wanda, Thank you so much for the very nice ATC ! and the pumpkin cut out I may use that on a card ;0
Response: You're welcome, jojokitty! I love your user name. :) I'm so glad you like what I sent.. Thank you for the heart.
luv2kraft rated for Halloween ATC Swap - USA Only on Sep 29, 2014
Comment: Thanks for a great ATC.
Response: You're welcome. :) Thanks for the heart.
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween ATC Swap - USA Only on Sep 28, 2014
Comment: Great ATC, thanks so much!
Response: I'm glad you like it, Joyce! Thank you for the heart, too. :)
dartha rated for Halloween ATC USA on Sep 27, 2014
Comment: Love the Edgar Allan Poe ATC - thank you so much! And for the extras. Have a Happy Halloween too! take care, darla
Response: You are very welcome, dartha! I am so glad you like it! Thanks for the heart. :)
colene rated for Owl ATC ~ USA on Sep 23, 2014
Comment: Hello Wanda! I love the owl atc that I received! Its gorgeous amazing! You did a wonderful job. I love the colors! Thankyou! Its one of my favorites! Thanks for the goodies! They were neat! Love the meow paper!
Response: Wow, Colene - I am so glad that you liked it so much! Thank you...and you're welcome. LOL!
Jadebear rated for HS: Halloween Themed House ATC on Sep 22, 2014
Comment: Thank you. I really like it :)
Response: You're welcome. I am always glad to hear when someone likes what I made them. :) Thanks for the heart.

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lagemaz on Apr 27, 2015:

Come join the fun in the Christian Homestead April showers bring May flowers WTA

Candyn29 on Oct 30, 2014:


barbieloufromKY on Aug 16, 2014:

Happy Birthday from the USA Paper Crafts group!

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anrtist on Feb 22, 2014:

Christian Swappers Group ;-)

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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

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