Swap-bot Time: October 26, 2020 10:33 pm


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: October 23, 2020
Birthday: June 24
Country: United States
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About Me

"Scout" the Dachshund (2004 - 2020) My Mom brought home to spend the last day with Scout. RIP sweet boy who loved us dearly.

My Mother is at home. Your prayers help us. My mother has oxygen tank for her bedroom, & portable with wheels we can move to family room. She has cystic fibrosis, it makes it difficult for her to breath. We almost lost my Mom on Sunday, we took her immediately to the Hospital, immediate treatments as she was having congestive heart failure. She was released from hospital is home with nursing care. My family & I keep quarantined.

My only brother Robert passed, Robert R. Smith (1950 - 2020.)

Oct. 12th Monday - Columbus Day - Fed Holiday US Post Offices Closed.

'2017 & 2018 I had emergency surgery for a kidney stone. I was diagnosed with Paget's Disease of the bone, being monitored by four different doctors.

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 DO NOT SEND SWAP IN BLACK ENVELOPE! It means a "person has passed away" for me. Black PC or greeting card OK)
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, 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 allergy 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 temp control to my comfort level, hepa air purifiers, air filter on A/C . Some times of the year I am apt - bound in A/C due to sensitivity to heat & humidity. 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.
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, COVID-19 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

Jurassic Park movies & Jurassic World, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, The Thirteenth Floor, The Forgotten, Jackie Chan's Miracles, 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, Dr. Strange, 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

Expedition Unknown, Dino Hunters, The Artful Detective, Medieval Dead - UK, Great British Ghosts, Time Team, Most Haunted (UK,) Numb3rs, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Policewomen of Broward County, FL, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal States, Say Yes To The Dress,Televised Dog Shows, Walking With Dinosaurs, Being Chased By Dinosaurs, The Universe, Nova.

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: Georgette Heyer, Sabrina Jeffries, 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.


Comment: It arrived!!!! I was out of town until late last night and checked my post and the Washington D.C. Capitol PC was in my box! I can't believe how long it took.
Response: Wow, its as my "W" PC Wash DC swap send to you went thru "The Twilight Zone" before the PC reached your mail box. Delighted your received the PC. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Gave you a heart because it is super cool that you found a Z postcard that wasn't a Zebra. ha ha ha I am home in this hot Greek Summer and enjoying it! ;)
Response: Yes, its amazing the towns, cities that have names beginning with "Z." Thank you for the rating. Hope you are well, doing OK this summer.
Comment: Thanks for the interesting deco to work in. Maybe I can use a picture of an Asian inspired quilt for the background. It's always nice to get swaps from you. I enjoy your chatty notes.
Response: Hello Martha & thank you for the rating. Fun smaller Deco Book to decorate. Hope you enjoy a happy summer.
OrigamiGrace rated for ATCA: Sender's Choice #3 on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a lovely atc!!
Response: Thank you for the rating & I'm happy you liked the ATC I sent to you. I made the water fall scene with 3 different used postage stamps.
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG June 2020 SC PC - Global on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Always nice to get mail from you!
Response: Good to meet up with you Grace in the PC swap! Happy Summer! Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the cute pug postcard. The wrinkles remind me of my new grand puppy, who is an English Bulldog. He's a sweetie! Love the dog stamps too. I'm glad you are doing well. We're still staying home for the most part. We can now go the salon!!!!! Woo hoo! Take care!
Response: You are welcome, the Pug on the PC brought you a smile & I'm happy. Your new puppy, an English Bulldog sounds so cute & huggable. Going to the hair cuttery will be a pleasure. Best wishes for your happy summer!
ToujoursMoi rated for CPG Send a Smile PC - US Only on Jun 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for the smiling dolphin.
Response: Nina, I'm happy the smiling dolphin helped you smile. Thank you for the rating. Hope you enjoy a good June.
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome Jenny. Hope you have a safe & good health June!
Comment: What a neat bridge in London! I would love to have the opportunity to visit there someday!
Response: Lynn, like you, I wish I could travel to London to see the historical sites. Thank you for the rating & I'm glad you liked the "T" Tower Bridge, London PC.
LadyJo rated for CPG May'20 Senders Choice PC - Global on May 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great Lighthouse post card! I am glad you pointed out the heart around the Lighthouse!
Response: Oh Jo, thank you for the rating, & your are welcome. Yes, its a special visual feature of that lighthouse, the rocks it sits on seem to be in the shape of a "heart." Glad this PC pleased you for the swap. Happy May!
mjhaertling rated for CPG May Move a US Deco - US only on May 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the swap. It is a beautiful deco and I will enjoy adding to it. I have just joined a gluebook group and having a lot of fun there. This is just a smaller version. Loved the pretty envelope and stamps.
Response: Martha, you are welcome, I'm glad you received the Deco book for the swap. My enjoyment to send you the deco book in a mail art envelope. I love using the butterfly postage stamps. Thank you for the rating. I will check out the gluebook group, sounds interesting. Happy May!
Comment: Thank you for the dolphin postcard and nice message. Hope all is well with you!
Response: You are welcome Diana. The PC showing the 3 smiling dolphins is to help you smile, feel they are welcoming you to comfort. Happiness you liked the PC & thank you for the rating. Happy May!
PaperPassion rated for ATCA: Sender's Choice #2 on May 8, 2020
Comment: Lovely ATC thanks so much.
Response: Linda, makes me happy you liked the ATC showing a butterfly in a flower garden. We both love gardening & I thought a garden ATC perfect for you. The butterfly postage stamps I carefully select due to size, color, shape. Thank you for the rating. Happy May!
Bhindblueeyes rated for ATCA: Sticker Slapped #1 on Apr 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC, which I never would have guessed is sticker slapped!! Your kind words are also very much appreciated. Happy to hear that you are well in quarantine! Thanks for joining ATCA, can't wait to see you in more swaps! xox Amy
Response: My happiness to be a member of your ATCA group, to create & swap ATCs. Thank you Amy for the rating, I'm glad you like the sticker slapped ATC i sent to you. Happy May!
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
Response: You are welcome, good to meet up with you in the PC swap. The flowers multi-view was special. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the Isle of Wight PC. Very lovely views! I wish we see that place too! I so have fascination with windmills & castles. Thank you much for joining my swap. I appreciate it ! Please take you & your loved ones & be safe.
Response: Always interesting to see the multi-views on a PC for the swap. Thank you for the rating. Yes, we are keeping well in quarantine.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard :-) Swans are very cute. Happy Swapping.
Response: You are welcome & thank you for the rating. I love swans & I was happy to share this PC with you.
Comment: Fun map deco! Very cool envelope too, I always love getting mail from you. Thank you. :) I hope you're well.
Response: Thank you for the rating Emma, yes, we are doing well. Interesting to see each different Deco Book received, decorated, then sent on. Happy March!
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the London PC. Good to meet up with you in a CPG PC swap. Happy March!
Comment: Received your Big Ben /Palliment London PC today. Thank you very much. My mom got to go to England too. But that was in 1980. Was her last big splurge to do something for herself. She loved it!
Response: Wonderful your Mom got to see England. Glad to meet you in this PC swap. Thank you for the rating. Happy March!

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chimerix on Sep 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the lovely spiders and web! They are so pretty. I can't wait to use them in my Halloween crafting. Aloha!!

yvonne401 on Sep 19, 2020:

Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for the postcard and for thinking of me.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

kiddomerriweather on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome spider/silver spider web ATC you sent me as a RAK. It's fabulous! Take care.


OrigamiGrace on Sep 14, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely tag and the birthday card and wish! You are always the most thoughtful of swappers and I"m glad we've been swapping for so long!:) Hugs!

nellswell on Sep 12, 2020:

Just stopping by to say hi!

groundhogstamper on Jul 16, 2020:

Yes, I do use a walker with a seat and a wheelchair. It depends on how I'm feeling. I don't use either in the house. I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted, along with the 8 surgeries I've had. Dr. said I will never be pain free, but the surgery in June has helped. Psoriatic arthritis has decided to do it's damage in my back.

joppagirl on Jun 22, 2020:

When I got back from vacation the RAK deco you sent was waiting for me. Thanks!

yvonne401 on Jun 20, 2020:

Hi Kathy!


Wishing you a fun and safe summer!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Hell0Z0mbie on Jun 8, 2020:

Thank you for sending me the fun dragonfly deco!

yvonne401 on May 25, 2020:

Hi Kathy!

Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Let Memorial Day be a day to count our blessings and remember those who serve to protect our country and our freedom.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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