Swap-bot Time: January 24, 2018 3:47 am


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: January 24, 2018
Birthday: June 24
Country: United States
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About Me

End of July I had emergency surgery for a kidney stone. During my hospital stay I was diagnosed with Paget's Disease of the bone. Good news its not "active," & not causing serious orthopedic problems, being monitored by four different doctors. I'm working on holiday, winter arts, crafts, etc.

Born in the year of the Dragon, I'm a professional artist, photographer, sculptor, crafts, art teacher.

Love/Like/Wish List: My fave Tea is Twinning's English Breakfast Tea. Though send me a Tea you think I might like & I will try it.

Postcard views of your city, town, village, parks, zoo, (multi-views OK,) angels, animals, cats, big cats, dogs (especially Borzoi, Dachshunds, Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Salukis, Whippets,) horses, ponies, swans, reindeer, butterflies, dolphins, doves, dragonflies, orchids, peacocks, roses, seahorses, seashells, sunflowers, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, rainbows, sunsets, aurora borealis, Unicorns, Classic & Vintage images of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Happy New Year, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Summer, Autumn views, Art Nouveau, Gemstones, Metallics, Lace, faux pearls & faux jewels, rhinestones, sequins, glitter I will mix with acrylic medium or paints, snowflake confetti.

Wall Calendars (discounted from another year,) I use picture pages to create mail art envelopes.

PLEASE SEND "G" - Rated Items, NO "R" or "X."

I draw, paint, sculpt, take photos, rubber stamping, print making, ATCs, jewelry making, love to decorate mail envelopes, also postcards. I create & swap friendship books, deco books, handmade postcards, altered postage stamps, & enjoy using used postage stamps (worldwide, all themes, g-rated please, sending postcards without envelope preferred.

Enjoy receiving your mail art, decorated envelopes, your creative piece of artwork, ATC's or greeting card. Love to swap envelope full of used postage stamps, decorative papers, stickers, ribbons, bits of lace, sequins, confetti, pictures, twinchies art, mail - letters, mail art, cards, postcards, collages, ATCs. I enjoy hosting RAKs as my health problems keep me from hosting swaps.
Contact me for private swap.

I send large envelopes, packages, boxes with USPS delivery confirmation tracking # to help you track the package & for me know you received it. International envelope, package has a US Customs form attached. It may take week - more than a month for US mail to reach an International address. If you do not receive my swap please message me, I will resend. Please communicate with me.

My worse fear: (fantasy scenario) phone call from my post office - "Hello Ms. Smith, your artwork is here, folded in half & on fire. We're trying to get the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but you'll have to come to the post office to pick it up. There're be no claim to file as the package wasn't registered or insured. Thank you for using the US postal service and have a nice day."
Police arrive at my apt: "Mam, there's no sense in getting upset over a bad experience with the post office. Please step away from the easel, put your paint brush down & no one gets sketched, OK? "

About Me

I have Paget's disease of bone, fibromyalgia, asthma, seasonal allergies, food allergies MSG,) cat allergy (though sending postcards, envelopes from apt, house with cats is OK.) (Hug your cat for me, I'm sad I can't own a cat, I love cats.) My immune system is "broken." Worse seasons: Spring tree pollen, Summer - high heat, high humidity, mold, mildew, grass pollen, Late summer - ragweed, grasses, mold. Can't tolerate high heat, strong sunlight, I "over heat," stay indoors in A/C temperature control to my comfort level, hepa air purifiers, filter on electrostatic air filter . Some times of the year I am apt - bound in A/C due to sensitivity to heat. Rest of the year I'm allergic to house dust mites & their residue, indoor mold. A "controlled" environment is way I live my life. Thankful for arts, crafts, photography, access to the internet, cable TV, mail, newspapers, magazines, books, CD's & DVD's - movies, anime episodes, YouTube I watch online. Now have Amazon Fire Stick.
Mail, sent & received, activities with Swap - Bot, pinterest, postcrossing, pen pals, helps keep me alive & active. I have facebook, Pinterest boards: "Mail Art," "Swap - Bot Swaps."

*Allergy Pollen Mask I wear when I go outside - Proven best blocking pollen, dust, mold spores, fits best Gempler's N95 Particulate Respirator - comes in different sizes, has exhale valve to breathe out but pollen can't get in, feels cool to wear in heat, all day. Adjustable fit noseband, elastic strings hold mask on. Sold # of masks in one box. One box for one "normal" pollen season. Where to buy: www.gemplers.com

Favorite Movies

Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, The Thirteenth Floor, The Forgotten, Jackie Chan's Miracles, The Gods Must Be Crazy 1, The Haunting, The Secret of Moonacre, Anime: The Fantastic Children, Innuyasha, Emma, The Dragon Hunters Anime movie, Ghost Hunt, The Ouran Host Club, Trinity Blood, Bamboo Blade, The Matrix, + 2 movies in the series, The Others,
Lord of the Rings - 3 movies, The Hobbit - 3 movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hell Boy, MirrorMask, The Last Quarter, Boys Before Flowers TV Korean Series, Tales of Hoffman,
Ghost In The Shell anime series, Avatar, Underworld- 3 movies, Beauty & the Beast - Disney, Finding Nemo - Disney, Frozen - Disney (I love Sven the Caribou,) Tangled, Epic, The Guardians - ("Jack Frost") .

Favorite Music

Classical music: Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Shubert ("Trout",) Vivaldi

Other Music: Kelly Clarkson, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Enya, The Virve, Lady Gaga, Sting, Justin Timberlake, The Thompson Twins, Usher. Swedish House Mafia - "Antidote" & "Greyhound." Soundrack to Ghost In The Shell Anime, Howls Moving Castle, MirrorMask, "White Noise"-simulation of ocean waves crashing on the beach.

Favorite Television

Live PD, The Artful Detective, Cops, K9 Cops, Medieval Dead - UK, Great British Ghosts, Time Team, Most Haunted (UK,) Numb3rs, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Policewomen of Broward County, FL, Ghost Adventures, The Haunted, Paranormal States, Criminal Minds, Say Yes To The Dress, Tanked, Televised Dog Shows, Walking With Dinosaurs, Being Chased By Dinosaurs, The Universe.

Favorite Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Vincent Price, Hugh Grant.

Favorite Actresses: Liz Hurley, Zoey Deschanel, Gemma Arterton (as "Io" in '2010 "Clash of the Titans," Emily Browning.

About Me

Favorite Books:
Art books, books about artists, Geometry of Life & Art, books about history of art, museums collections, famous artists, books about art, style, Fantasy genre - "Crown Duel" by Sherwood Smith, art illustrators, graphic artists, anime artists, manga artists, etc.
Flowers books, roses, orchids, Irises, etc.
Fashion books, fashion magazines, love designing clothing, costumes for my bjd Dollfies.

Self-Help books: "The Survivor's Guide," Loss of A Loved One, Suicide Survior's Grief, etc. (Lost my only female cousin to suicide in '2011.) Please feel free to talk to me if you want to about this loss & feelings of grief.

Romance books: Regency, Victorian Historicals, Paranormal, Youth Fiction, Fantasy, Futuristic, Contemporary Christian Romance, Christian Inspired Historical Romance.

Favorite Authors: Virginia Kantra, Jane Austen, Mary Jo Putney, Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBain, Johanna Lindsey (earler novels,).

About Me

Art Books I Highly Recommend:

"Keys to Drawing" by Bert Dodson, ISBN - 13: 9780891343370 or ISBN - 10: 0891343377

"Perspective Made Easy" by Ernest R. Norling, ISBN - 13:9780486404738 (available thru www.doverpublications.com)

"DK Series: "The Artist's Handbook," Revised Edition, by Ray Smith, ISBN - 9780756626211

"Light And Shade" by Mary P. Merrifield, ISBN - 13: 9780486441436 (available thru doverpublications.com)

"DK Series: Smithsonian - Rock and Gem," ISBN - 9780756633424 Definitive guide to rocks, minerals, gems, & fossils - lots of photos are resource to inspire artwork, crafts with look of gemstones, fossils, rocks, etc.

"7000 Years of Jewelry" by Hugh Tait, ISBN - 13: 9781554073955 Illustrated history of jewelry with 400 color photos to inspire you - Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torques, Chinese jade, African amulets, Renaissance pendants, Art Nouveau, etc.

"Dressed for the Photographer" by Joan Severa, ISBN: 9780873381521. Search for this book in your local library as book is Xpensive!, B/W photos, (best quality reproductions for good photocopies,) photos of 18th C. - 20th C. children, ladies, great resource for images to use for ATC's, art collage, handmade cards, etc. Warning: this is a hardbound book, large, lots of pages, heavy weight.

*Ask me about Arts, Crafts, Jewelry Books & I will suggest a few for you.


moosemama rated for P&M alphabet postcard swap (A) on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card
Comment: Great Card! I love all the beautiful stamps. It is very obvious that you looked at my profile! Thank you so much!
Aladyjackson rated for IPC: Easy Peasy PC Swap on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard and note!
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the postcard I sent to you for the swap. Thank you for the rating. Happy New Year!
NatACT rated for Disney Christmas Cards on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Mickey Mouse Christmas Card. Sorry for the slow rating, I only received today, I don't know if the postie found a whole bunch of them today to deliver or what happened. Today I received 8 Christmas cards from swaps spanning as far back as the 24th of Nov. But it is here and I have popped the card into an envelope on top of my Christmas decorations and will put it up closer to Christmas this year :D
Response: Must have been enjoyable to see the Christmas cards you received. Thank you for the rating. Happy New Year!
Comment: Great view of D.C - Thank you very much. Have been there twice - very busy place, loved the history and buildings.
Response: You are welcome & thank you for the rating. Lovely for me this winter to see my home states - Wash DC & Maryland, covered with snow. My relief as another winter I won't shovel snow. Happy New Year!
ainaignies rated for TT&E: PC - letter S on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: thank you
Response: Hooray my PC for the swap reached your address! You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the PC. Thank you for the rating. Happy New Year!
Comment: Kathy, thank you for the picture of snow. we got 5 1/2 inches of snow last Wednesday. Everything was close for almost of week because they do not have the equipment to deal with it. It was bad because it never warmed up enough to melt. Well, thankfully it is all gone. Shirley
Response: Wow! You've seen a most extreme winter. I'm glad you are OK. Thank you for the rating. Happy New Year!
Comment: thank you
Response: Hooray, you received the Christmas card I sent to you for the swap! You are welcome. I'm glad you liked the Christmas card I sent you. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful card! I will be updating my profile in the very near future and will be sure to update my PC preferences. I would be happy to exchange mail art someday, if you like. :)
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the PC I sent to you for the swap. Thank you for the rating. Happy January!
Comment: Thanks for a light house PC and stamp!
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the light house PC I sent to your for the swap. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the fun and unusual postcard! Iy definitely brightens up the mailbox.
Response: You are welcome, I looked thru my collection of PCs to find the special one for you. Thank you for the rating.
Hell0Z0mbie rated for FOPS - Send a PC, Get a PC on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome. Pleasure to meet up with you in this swap. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Love the hula dancers, Kathy!
Response: Hooray! You received the PC I made Hawaiian beer box! You are welcome, it was fun to make a PC from my nephew's beer box. The "Lemon Grass" beer box was perfect as it showed Luau with hula dancers. The sun is setting on view side, I put moon stamp on address side. Thank you for the rating. Hope to do a swap like this one again in future. Happy December!
Comment: this card is so amazing, thankyou very much :)
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the PC. Thank you for the rating. Happy December!
Lexidh rated for Disney Christmas Cards on Dec 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you =) God Jul!
Response: You are welcome Lexidh, glad you liked the Disney "Frozen" Christmas card I sent to you. Happy December!
123Poggy123 rated for FS: Christmas Card, USA only on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: You sent a lovely note inside your card. I enjoyed reading it. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the card & my note. Thank you for the rating. Happy December!
vlhafer54 rated for TT&E: Christmas Card USA on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great card and bird PC. Merry Christmas!
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed the Christmas card & bird PC. Happy December!
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Hoping soon you receive the resend PC for the swap. It was so strange that the swap PC for you would be returned by USPS to me. Happy December!
Comment: What a cute card and love the snowflake stickers! Thank you and have a Merry Christmas🎄
Response: You are welcome Cole! Fun private swap of Christmas cards! Happy December!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely atcs and the holiday card! Merry Christmas!
Response: Hi Grace! So glad you received my two Used Holiday Stamp ATCs, & that you liked them. Fun swap. Happy December!

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yvonne401 on Dec 30, 2017:



ContraryHousewife on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice

sabbysteg on Dec 19, 2017:

Hi there Kathy, thanks again for the CPG Boston terrier items and Victoriana info you sent me, I really liked it a lot!

Ryleighsmom on Dec 16, 2017:

THANK you for the amazing mail you sent my daughter! How fun!! You sure put a big smile on her face! Happy Holidays to you!

simcoe54 on Dec 13, 2017:

CPG: Dec.'17 Wishlist - Received the 2nd half of the wishlist. The Christmas card is so cute and I love the owl pcs. Thanks so much!!!

yvonne401 on Dec 13, 2017:

Merry Christmas!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

spotteddogs on Dec 11, 2017:

Thank you very much for the adorable Christmas card for the CPG December wishlist!!!!! Happy Holidays to you.

simcoe54 on Dec 11, 2017:

CPG: Dec.17 Wishlist - Wow! Love everything that you sent from my wishlist. Thank you so much!!! and it arrived very quickly too.

armadillogal on Dec 3, 2017:

I thought of you yesterday. we were in Big Lots and they had cookies called Whippets!

milamilamura on Dec 1, 2017:

Thank you for the wonderful and lovely Christmas PC!!! I'm saving some Christmas goodies to send your way hopefully soon, and I'll be replying to your message this weekend, I still have some catching up to do, but wanted to say thanks because the PC and the stamps are AMAZING! You're always so sweet, enjoy December!!

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