Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2017 1:35 am


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: September 24, 2017
Birthday: June 24, 1952
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm OK! We got thru Hurricane Irma. No damage, no power outage at my family's home. My apt is OK.

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. In my apt & catching up with mail, doing arts, crafts, etc.

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

Love/Like/Wish List: 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 mixed with acrylic medium or paints, snowflake confetti.

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 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. I have "one degree fevers." Worse season is Spring tree pollen, Summer - high heat, high humidity, mold, mildew, grass pollen, Late summer - ragweed, grasses, mold. I 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 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 should last 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

The Artful Detective, Cops, K9 Cops, Crime 360, PD Live, Numb3rs, Medium, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Ghost Whisperer, Policewomen of Broward County, FL, Ghost Adventures, The Haunted, Paranormal States, Criminal Minds, Say Yes To The Dress, My Ghost Story, 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.


sabbysteg rated for PTG: Science PC Swap on Mar 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the space card!
Response: Glad you like the Space Shuttle Launch postcard, with space postage I sent to you. You are welcome. Thank you for the rating. Happy March!
Comment: How great you were able to find a cat stamp too! ♥
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the Jetoy Cat postcard with the cat postage stamp. Thank you for the rating. Happy March!
gruskal rated for P&M Make a Choice Postcard 2 on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Great PC with a beautiful view of lights on the water from the sunset! We have family near Tampa and Fort Myers and are planning a visit in May. It's been a long time since I've been to Orlando, since everyone lives further west and/or south. Have a great day. Take care, Annette
Response: That's good news you will be visiting family in Florida this spring. You are welcome, glad you liked the PC view of Orlando city at sunset. Thank you for the rating. Happy March!
Comment: Thanks for the cute card, Kathy! I took it to work to display on my desk! Thank you for the extra Snoppy envie and the postcard you included as well!
Response: You are welcome, glad you liked the St. Paddy's Day card, happy to meet up with you in this swap. I love the greeting card swaps. Fun swap. And thank you for the rating.
Comment: Love!
Response: Thank you for the rating with a heart! My happiness you loved the Jetoy PC I sent to you for the swap with cute kitten postage stamp, glad it pleased you. Hope you have a Happy March!
Comment: Hi Kathryn! I agree, your weather sounds amazing! -Analise
Response: Florida, I'm fortunate is sunshine state, and I hope to travel and see more of it, especially the beaches. Some of the stores here sell lots of postcards, wishing I could visit some to buy more postcards. Happy March!
goinjenny rated for SBPC: Theme Park on Mar 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome my friend Jenny! I wanted you to have PC view of WDW Iconic Castle. Hoping soon I can again visit WDW resort hotel to visit gift shop and buy postcards. Happy March!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and extra goodies! One day I'll visit Ireland!! Happy St Patty's!!
Response: Fun swap! You are welcome and I enjoy doing your swaps, this was fun St. Pats Day greeting card swap. Glad you liked the extras. Happy March!
mandigutterrose rated for SBPC: Theme Park on Mar 4, 2017
Response: Glad you liked the Walt Disney World theme park postcard I sent to you for the swap. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Glad you like the PC I sent to you, water transport - boats in the FL Keys, you are welcome. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Never been to FL, so finding FL pc's interesting. Thank you.
Response: Pleasure to send a postcard view of my state - Florida, glad you like it. Thank you for the rating.
Vickyen rated for SBPC: State Map on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: Hi Kathy! Thanks for the great map of FL! I am thinking we are not going to make it there this year - sigh! We are having everything bud here and it just seems too early for the Midwest - hopefully we will not get a big freeze! Glad your allergies were doing better after the rain! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You are welcome Vicky, glad you liked the Florida state map. Just got nite time temp down to 38F from cold weather front. We are having a week of "Winter" weather. Happy March!
Sagebrushs rated for SBPC: State Map on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You are welcome, glad you liked the Florida Map postcard. Thank you for the rating.
HappyMom rated for P&M City lights at night swap 1 on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: Love the Florida sunset and lights reflecting on the water -- so pretty! Thanks :)
Response: You are welcome. I'm happy you like the Orlando, FL nite time city view with the sunset. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Williamsburg is on my Bucket List.
Response: Thank you for the rating, hope you like this next postcard I send to you better. Happy February!
evanselli rated for NH: Easy Postcard #13 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: thanks for pc, I'm very jealous of your awesome weather
Response: You are welcome, thanks for the rating.
theevidenceisme rated for SBPC: National Park on Feb 17, 2017
Comment: I just got over a cold this week myself. That turn in weather the weekend before last did it I think. Hope you had a great Valentine's.
Response: Hope you are feeling better now, and thank you for the rating.
Sagebrushs rated for P&M Bird postcard 1 on Feb 15, 2017
Comment: Flamingos - thank you.
Response: Fun Bird PC swap - you are welcome, glad you liked the Pink Flamingos. Thank you for the rating!
Sagebrushs rated for SBPC: National Park on Feb 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for Yellowstone Park pc.
Response: You are welcome, I'm happy to share PC views of Yellowstone Nat. Park, so beautiful & unique. Thank you for rating! Happy February!
Comment: Thanks for the cool car PC and great stamps. Happy Valentine's Day
Response: Hello my FL neighbor! You are welcome, glad you liked that special super car PC. Fun PC swap. And thank you for the rating. Happy February!

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sabbysteg on Sep 17, 2017:

Hi Kathy! Glad you are OK post-Irma. You've had a rough summer/autumn! Thanks for the postcard you sent me. I hope you are on the mend and feeling better after your surgery! We are recovering from Harvey. What a crazy year this has been for me so far!

roska1vila on Sep 17, 2017:

Hello my dear friend, yes I am back , I write you soon and tell you more. Thanks for welcome and I wish all the best. :)

VivaLaDiane on Aug 25, 2017:

Hang in there sweetie!! I'm glad you liked the card. Much love always!! ♥♥

MsRose on Aug 19, 2017:

Kathy, your letter arrived today ;) Nice to hear from you friend take it easy I will be in touch Hugs 💙🐥

Mimi7 on Aug 17, 2017:

I hope you feel better soon

OrigamiGrace on Aug 8, 2017:

get well

lorettadog on Jun 9, 2017:

Hi Kathy! :o)

mgallardo68 on Jun 2, 2017:

I just received your wonderful watermelon beautiful envie for the Summer RAK at CPG - MAY RAK - "Summer Harvest" - "Cool Watermelon" International Only. I adore it!!!

simcoe54 on Jun 1, 2017:

Thanks for the interesting envie with different paper items that you sent for - CPG - May RAK "Summer Harvest Farmer's Market". What a creative RAK with all the items, stamps and handmade envie with the summer harvest theme.

shirleyinCA on Jun 1, 2017:

What a deliciously fun Summer Harvest RAK! One of the best envelopes ever and such refreshing summer theme items inside - sure suits my love for the beach and creating art! Thank you so much.

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