Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2021 2:29 pm


Date Joined: July 12, 2007
Last Online: January 17, 2021
Birthday: August 18
Country: United States
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RATING: I ALWAYS RATE THE SAME DAY THAT I RECEIVE THE SWAP. So if you sent a swap a good while ago, and I haven’t rated you, then, unfortunately, I haven’t received it, and it may be lost in the mail. 🙁

I'm awkward, 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/painted by hand, but am now gravitating back to collage and mixed media. I’m into native plants, herbs, genealogy, history, cemeteries, journaling, playing video games (All Sims games, Viva Pinata, all Harvest Moon games, Animal Crossing, etc.), vintage vinyl dolls, American Girl dolls, My Life dolls and most 18" dolls, handmade doll clothes, posing my Barbie type dolls and taking photos of them, then adding dialog and posting them somewhere.

Other favorite hobbies are journaling, and decorating my journal pages, and en masse composition notebooks.I also enjoy making and receiving ATCs and handmade postcards.

I do collect storebought postcards too. I love a wide (VERY wide) range of subjects but in particular, New Mexico and Arizona culture or scenery and ANYTHING and everything related to Forks, Washington. I also like postcards related to books. Also Ireland and Scotland - Celtic history, Natural attractions, stone circles, celtic crosses, history, etc., Frida Kahlo related, Mexican pyramids or ancient sites and archeology, Europe, Art, and any history - U. S. and worldwide, cemeteries, botanical, special or unusual trees, Halloween.

I like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a tiny garden for veggies. I have herbs and flowers (wild and domestic) and trees and bushes of all kinds.

FOR RECIPE SWAPS/TAGS: I really like all kinds, but some are especially nice: healthy recipes, main dishes, side dishes, savory snacks and hors d'oeuvres, and of course your tried and true recipes that you use regularly. Charcuterie boards are a new interest to me, too. I prefer recipes on paper (but not written on front AND back) 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. AND, NOTHING FOR AN AIR FRYER OR INSTAPOT since I don’t have those.


I have an on again off again interest in sewing. I am in no way an expert, but try, and do my best. I only do simple projects. Sewing related things are always welcome. I like all fabric themes, but especially Asian, botanical, plaids, woodland animals, cats (for my granddaughter), and well, almost everything. Colors: ALL, but mostly nature colors and jewel tones. Semi recent projects were Japanese knot bags, a circle skirt for my granddaughter, doll clothes and quilt blocks.

I am also wanting to get back into embroidery.

My favorite books

  • The Bible

  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

  • 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.

  • the book, 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • Anything 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

Dunkirk, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, Lonesome Dove, The Passion of the Christ, 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, The Walking Dead, Big Brother (most seasons... I am suffering through the current season.), Top Chef, Food Network Star, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, Modern Family, The Middle, Who Do You Think You Are, Finding Our Roots, Deadliest Catch, The Good Witch on Hallmark, Breaking Bad, The Dead Files, Dateline, Tough as Nails...

My favorite crafts to do

I like painting, drawing or collaging ATCs and postcards. Also journaling and 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 like!

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.


  • Pokemon cards (any condition)

  • anything Pokemon

  • folk art

  • outsider art

  • Postcards of all kinds

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

  • trees in art or illustration-especially odd ones

  • Zetti anything

  • zines

  • zipper bags

  • tote bags

  • pencil bags

  • fabric (Cuts from used clothing are fine. Especially flannel or men’s plaid shirts! Denim is good too. Anything, really.)

  • embroidery thread

  • large eyed needles

  • any kind of miniature

  • mixed media art

  • historical subjects

  • botanical illustrations

  • special or historical trees

  • Irish, Celtic, Czech, German, Scottish, subjects

  • anything to do with Nicola Tesla

  • anything to do with Robert the Bruce

  • anything to do with Boudica

  • art done on newspaper or brown bag paper

  • vintage (but not lacey Victorian style)

  • kitschy

  • funky and retro things all make me happy.

  • homemade sewn stuffed animals or dolls (not dotees, though)

  • poem written by you

  • bee items

  • veggie garden themes

  • veggie things

  • cactus and succulants

  • acorn themed things

  • crows and ravens

  • anything that can be used to decorate my journal pages

  • interesting food packaging labels.

  • used stamps cut from your incoming mail ( but not the regular US flag ones)

  • anthromorphic animals or veggies or fruit or plants

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

  • Seeds of all kinds, but especially vegetable seeds

  • stencils of any kind (used or home made is fine)

  • hand carved stamps

  • doll clothes (for 18" American girl and My Life dolls and for Barbies/Kens), especially vintage or handmade doll clothes. Thrifted things are great!

  • anything Claddagh themed

  • tree of life theme

  • faerie lore

  • faerie themed things - all kinds of fae such as goblins, trolls, elves, etc. (But not Disney or cartoon types.)

  • anything with the initial 'W'

  • the number 5 as a theme or a cut-out or ‘thing’.

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

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

  • I LOVE Little Red Riding Hood themed 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 poor condition would totally ROCK!

  • Gift cards to Walmart or HEB or Amazon

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

  • Interesting magazine cut-outs.



  • Disney items
  • gummy candy
  • sour or tart candy
  • licorice candy
  • Dotee dolls
  • sexual themes
  • Not really into bling, girly-girl, animal prints, furry stuff, glam, etc. I hate having such a long dislike list. :( So I want to say that if you send me any of these things it's OKAY. If I can't use them, I will pass them on or find something else to do with them. I will never rate down for anything that meets the host's swap requirements.

My favorite colors

Reds, greens, and mostly dark, bright (but not neon) or jewel tones. I also LOVE plaid of any kind or color.

Halloween Preferences:

I love Halloween!!! Cute or creepy, woeful and grim. But not too bloody, gory, devil or anti-Christian (like upside down crosses, evil nuns, etc.). I'm not crazy about ouija boards either. Halloween things are welcome year around!

My favorites are:

  • Pumpkins, bats, black cats, owls, ravens/crows, Edgar Allen Poe, all things macabre, strange, woeful and creepy, 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

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

  • creepy or twirly limbed tree items

  • die-cuts, any kind, but especially 'fences'.

  • cemetery, grave or tombstone themed things

-ghosts and monsters of all kinds

  • Most strange, creepy things, barring the things I said I don't like at the top of this category. But if I join a swap where these are allowed or called for, please send whatever you want. I will never rate down for it. Halloween things are welcome year around!

Christmas Preferences:

Favorite themes would be...

  • Nativity (or any part of it)

  • Posada

  • Elves

  • Vintage/retro look

  • Christmas collage sheets or various collage elements.

  • etc., etc., 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. :)


Comment: Keep busy its the only way we will get out of this nightmare. Good luck with the fantasy sports, I will NEVER understand it lol
Response: LOL! I always keep busy with all my hobbies and interests. There is so much in our world and our lives to enjoy despite Covid. Thank you for the heart. Stay safe and enjoy your life. ❤️
fortannam rated for Cardboard Verse postcard #1 on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the verses! And postcard!
Response: You’re welcome! 😊📖 Thank you for the heart.
Carrii rated for cardboard quotes pc #1 on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Love the quotes.
Response: I’m glad! Thank you for the heart. 😊
heidiblooms rated for Upcycled cardboard E swap on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: I love your postcard! Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome. I’m so glad you like it. Thank you for the heart. 😊
myancey rated for Upcycled cardboard E swap on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the elbows cardboard. And for the eyes illustrations elm tree and 🐣 🥚 all the best we are still traveling safely. We have been to savannah , and Tennessee. We wear masks and practice social distancing. So far so good.
Response: I didn’t know you were traveling - how fun! So much history in those places. Beautiful country! Thank you for the heart!
AzEkologi rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2021 on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Hello fellow tea aficionado! Such a cool chunk you made! I really like the 3D effect of your tea decorations...very cool! I've had the Bengal Spice too...good stuff. I really like blue birds, their color just "pops" and really catches my eye. I appreciate you sharing that with me. Enjoy sipping tea and bird watching! Best, Rick
Response: Good morning, Rick. I’m so glad you enjoyed my chunk o cardboard. I enjoyed making it. These are my favorite swaps at the moment. So far since I’ve been awake and getting started for the day, it’s been cardinals and green jays in the feeders outside the living room windows. They are what we have the most of. Thank you for the heart.
heidiblooms rated for Upcycled cardboard D swap on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: I LOVE the postcard you made! The puppy on the back is so cute. Amazing stamp, too! Thank you for the wonderful addition to my collection!
Response: You are very welcome. I am so glad you like it! 🐶 😊 🐉 Thank you for the heart. ❤️
Carrii rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2021 on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: I've never heard of Kindred, I'll have to look into that one. If you like time travel movies, I watched "Time Trap" recently, and I really enjoyed it.
Response: Thank you for the recommendation. Hopefully, it’s on Netflix. 😊👍 🕰 Thanks also for the heart.
Ukucaitie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2021 on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Kleenex Box chunk! I like that design. These swaps are always fun because its always a fun surprise in what people can think of! Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome! Yes, I love the surprise, too. These “chunk” swaps are the ones I enjoy most, currently. 😊 Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter and beautifully decorated envelope (especially love those flowers!). I think the questions this time were especially good - it was easy to write a more extended answer. Stay warm and healthy and enjoy those Diet Cokes! :)
Response: Ha - I enjoy Diet Cokes way too much! 😄 I’m so glad you enjoyed the letter and the decorated envelope. I really enjoyed this swap. Thank you for the heart. 🌼🌺🌸
kssunlover1947 rated for Upcycled cardboard C swap on Dec 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Coconut Fudge Caramel Cookie card. They look good. Good luck on making your afghan for your son. I need to finish one that I have been working on that has hexagon squares.
Response: Ohmygoodness - hexagons! I’d never get that one done. I only have the patience and skill, for very easy, very straightforward things. I’m glad you liked the Cookie card. Thank you for the heart. 🍪
Comment: Enjoyed reading your pc. I have a cemetery or two to visit over the holidays, but it's going to have to warm up around here a little before I do!! Wishing you and yours a beautiful and prosperous new year!
Response: I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I have to admit that I love old, or at least old fashioned cemeteries. Thank you for the heart. 😊💖
Camiliann rated for SUSA - ATC Mega Swap on Dec 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the selection
Response: You’re welcome. 😊👍 I'm so glad this second send made it safely.
Comment: Thank you, Wanda, for the lovely Christmas/Winter strips. I love all the bits in each collaged strip and plan to make them part of the December section of my journal.
Response: You’re very welcome, isabellasnow. That’s what I’m doing with the ones I received, too. Collage strips were a totally new thing to me, and I love them! I’m so looking forward to the next collage strip swap. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🌲❄⛄, good riddance to 2020! Hope you can go back to your activities next year!
Response: I hope we all can. 😊❤️ Thank you for the heart.
myancey rated for Upcycled cardboard B swap on Dec 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the B !!! I love it. WTg see u in a swap soon
Response: You’re welcome. I’m so glad you like it. Thank you for the heart. 🦋
Comment: I love the kitty collaging you did on this chunk! Thanks for the great note. Take care!
Response: I’m so glad it arrived safely and that you like it. These “chunks” are so fun to do. 😊 Thank you for the heart.
kittyfun rated for Upcycled cardboard B swap on Dec 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the brownie postcard fellow Texan! Hope you got your tree up already. :)
Response: I’m glad to hear it arrived safely. No tree here, yet. Not sure if I’ll put one up or not. I’m dreading dragging everything out from storage. We have a small house and the kids are all grown. I think I’d rather just do table and window decorations. 😉
Comment: Very nice use of a Kleenex box. I love the decorations too! I haven't been letterboxing in a long time either. Definitely not going to restart at the beginning of winter!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it, Sherra. 😊 There aren’t many letterboxes at all in my area. And no other letterboxers either. And I’m too old and worn out to travel for it like I used to. 😂 Or just lazy. 😉
hibiscus rated for Zetti Christmas Angel on Dec 5, 2020
Comment: Wanda this is a very very bright happy zetti card and just what I needed on this cold rainy day! Your angel is great and a little manic but super zetti thanks so much for sharing her!
Response: Awww...thank you, hibiscus! You are too kind. I’m glad she brightened your day. Thanks for the heart. 😊

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stephiedee on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful RAK handmade postcard! Love the little flowers.

goosey on Jan 15, 2021:

wanda, thank you for the hand painted postcard! i love it!! it is such a welcome cheering!! marlies

bigmamabird on Jan 1, 2021:

Happy New Year Wanda! Glad you liked my little fairy!

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bblue on Oct 27, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely Hallowe'en mail via the wish list on the forums. I really appreciate it!

yvonne401 on Oct 24, 2020:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!



glassnowdrop on Sep 16, 2020:

Sorry for the slow reply, but i'm so glad my postcard tag arrived and you enjoyed it :) It was so fun to do. Have a great day!!!

user6937 on Jul 23, 2020:

Hi, Wanda - I have your "skeptical" girl here now. Wish I knew what she didn't believe, haha. Nice colours, thank you. I'm happy to have her in my collection of ATCs.

LahDeeDah on Jun 24, 2020:

Hi there! Would you be interested in doing this with us?

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