Swap-bot Time: November 19, 2017 4:23 pm


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: November 19, 2017
Birthday: June 24, 1952
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, though being monitored by four different doctors. I'm 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 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 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

Live PD, The Artful Detective, Cops, K9 Cops, Medieval Dead - UK, Great British Ghosts, Time Team, Most Haunted (UK,) 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, 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.


Comment: Thanks for the card--have a happy holiday. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Vickyen rated for TT&E: PC - letter P on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Hi Kathy! I love your P is for Ponies pc! It is always fun to have you as a P is for Partner! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
MissPaula rated for Christmas Postcards- International on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks Kathy for the cute Father Christmas card. I am going to drive to see the lights also. = )
goinjenny rated for TT&E: Thanksgiving Greeting Card on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thank you for the turkey card. Happy Thanksgiving.
Comment: Thank you for the card and sharing your plans for Thanksgiving!!! I hope and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
tianafairy rated for ISS: End of Month PC Swap on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your PC! I absolutely love autumn so the card was perfect! <3
manders2280 rated for TT&E: PC - letter P on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the view of the Pacific. My Halloween decorations are still up. Some, like the honeycomb pumpkins, can stay up through Thanksgiving.
kathiann rated for QUICK Christmas card #84 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: That sure was a lot of tape. The envelope and card arrived in tack and were lovely. Thank you for the stickers.
Lonestarchild rated for TT&E: PC - letter O on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the FAB otter PC -- one of my all time fav animals! And matching stamps -- how cool is that!!
Margothecat rated for QUICK Christmas card #85 on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much!
Comment: Thank you so much!! πŸŽƒπŸ
Comment: Such a cute card and stamp! I think it would be so fun to go to universal studios for Halloween. I bet the young people will have fun playing zombies! Have a great week.
goinjenny rated for TT&E: PC - letter M on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Love it, thank you
Response: You are welcome & I'm glad you liked the "M" PC I sent to you showing Mom & baby Manatees. Thank you for the rating.
Vickyen rated for TT&E: PC - letter M on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Hi Kathy! Love your Manatees pc! I have only seem one while in FL but hope to see them again at some point! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You are welcome! Glad you liked the "M" PC showing mother Manatee with her baby. Thank you for the rating.
Vickyen rated for TT&E: PC - letter L on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Hi Kathy! Thank you for the awesome lighthouse pc - works great for L! I hope you enjoy the cool down - what sort of temps is that for your area? We had a low of 47 this morning and only got to a high of 55 - not ready for that! LOL! Enjoy the getting out in the sun! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You are welcome. Yes, we had a low down to 49F on Sunday. Not needing the A/C on these cool days. Thank you for the rating!
Tinker60 rated for P&M postcards on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Two great PCs for this swap - and it was such a fun and different swap. I love the "P: one of the Pronghorn Antelopes - beautiful animal. . . and the"M" one of Myrtle Beach is so cool - I love sand castles and it is so amazing what some people can do with sand! Thanks so much for two great PCs. . . happy swapping ~~
Response: You are welcome Gloria, and thank you for the rating! Happy October!
goinjenny rated for TT&E: PC - letter L on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Its cooled off here and I love it. Thank you for the PC
Response: Enjoying the cooler temps. You are welcome & thank you for the rating. Happy October!
vlhafer54 rated for TT&E: PC - letter K on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card - I love birds.
Response: Glad you liked the Kingfisher PC, so beautiful feathers. You are welcome. Thank you for the rating. Happy October!
simcoe54 rated for PH: "H" Is For on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the "H" postcards - great selection with Halloween card. I also received the extra that you mailed naked.:) Happy Halloween!
Response: You are welcome! So glad you liked the "H" PCs & the Halloween card. Thanks for the rating! Happy October!

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miia on Nov 15, 2017:

Thank you so so so much for your wonderful Halloween themed happy mail RAK! β™₯︎ You were really kind, so much lovely stickers and wonderful envelope full of beautiful stamps (pumpkin stamps are the best!) and the most cutest Halloween card I have ever seen! :) You are the best!

LMeowkin on Nov 11, 2017:

Thank you SO much for the Thanksgiving card! It was great to hear from you!

VivaLaDiane on Nov 8, 2017:

Just peeping in to see how you are? I hope things are looking up for you daily. xoβ™₯

milamilamura on Nov 7, 2017:

Glad you got my PC, today I posted the other two I said I was going to send :) I'll be replying to your PM this week, I've got lots of PMs to catch up with. Have a super nice and fun day!

lorettadog on Oct 25, 2017:
Howdy!  Thanks for the cards you've sent - I'm hoping I can send you some in the not too distant future. :o)  At this time I'm in the middle of organizing all of my hobby stuff (beads, coloring, postcards, philatelic items) and it's a huge undertaking! ;oP   Be well!
milamilamura on Oct 21, 2017:

Postcard NΒΊ3 has made it too (the other one with Finding Nemo), thanks! I'm in love with The Little Mermaid stamp, it's SO beautiful! I'll be now sending you two PCs back next week :)

milamilamura on Oct 16, 2017:

I got your second PC, yay! The one from Orlando, it's so pretty, thanks! I'll be replying with another one next week when I visit my PO :) Have a lovely week!

wolfeagle on Oct 11, 2017:


marinda on Oct 5, 2017:

Thank you so very much for the great Haunted Places magazine! I am having so much fun with it! ((Hugs))

Paige1900 on Oct 2, 2017:

Thank you sooo much for the wonderful Halloween Coach RAK. It is simply lovely! The goodies were such fun as well!. Tell your mother thank you so much for picking out my name!

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