Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2018 7:53 pm


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: October 19, 2018
Birthday: June 24
Country: United States
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About Me

My New Apt. address:
7708 Crosswater Trail #8110, Windermere, FL 34786 USA

My family's address:
2125 Redmark Lane, Winter Garden, FL 34787-8842 USA

The Clermont, FL address not valid.

Celebrating I'm 66 yrs now! Also reached 1,000 swaps I've enjoyed being in here on swap - bot.

Went to Hospital Feb 1st, 2018 had emergency surgery for kidney stones, again. Talked with my urologist, the big bad stones are gone!

End of July '2017 I had emergency surgery for a kidney stone. 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.

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.


Comment: Love the puppy guard dog postcard! Thank you! He looks pretty serious about his Free Hugs and Face Kisses! Happy October to you as well!
Response: You make me happy you enjoyed the so cute Lab puppy "guard dog" postcard. Agree the Lab puppy would give face kisses, tail wags & oh so huggable. You are welcome. Thank you for the rating. Happy October!
Comment: Thanks Kathryn!
Response: You are welcome, my pleasure to send a Deco Book to you for the swap. Glad you enjoy decorating the Deco books. Thank you for the rating.
ReadMoreBooks33 rated for Nakey PC Swap on Jul 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Disney postcard!
Response: You are welcome. My pleasure to send to you for the swap - a large glitter Disney - Orlando PC for the swap. Thank you for the rating.
Chaosfay rated for P&M Make a Choice Postcard Swap 10 on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the snow leopard card!
Response: Thank you for the rating. I'm glad you liked the snow leopard postcard. Happy Summer!
Hotthreads rated for CPG July Send Any Deco - Global on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you. I loved your envelope. I believe in up-cycling ๐Ÿ’Œ
Response: You are welcome & I thank you for accepting & liking the additional items for Deco Books, etc. I have much to share though make sure some things receive will be able to use. Thank you for the rating. Hope you are keeping cool. Happy Summer!
sojourner rated for Deco Books - International #8 on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: Cute Panda book. I think I have a Panda stamp somewhere. I will have to search it out.
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you think the Panda Deco Book is cute. Yes, USPS did some animal postage stamps, one was of Panda Bear. My pen friend in Japan loves Panda Bears. She is survivor of Tsunami after Japan earthquake. She will be so surprised & happy to see the Panda Deco Book. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you for another fun deco!
Response: Glad you enjoy decorating, creating a page in the Deco Books. How I enjoy decorating the books myself. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: loved the pc...sounds like you are having a great summer.
Response: You are welcome, this year was my "working summer," glad I got job done. Thanks for the rating.
TeaP rated for Deco Books - International #8 on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great swap.
Response: You are welcome & thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thanks, I really like this shell card!
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you liked the shell postcard I sent to you for the swap. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thanks for all the cool decos!
Response: You are welcome, glad you received the Deco Books. Have fun, enjoy decorating the books. Happy July!
Bhindblueeyes rated for NH ~ ABC PC ~ A ~ USA Only on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!! It was a pleasure to have your PC in my mailbox!
Response: Thank you for the rating, glad you liked receiving the PC.
Comment: Thank you!! Fun deco - looking forward to decorating it!
Response: You are so welcome. How I enjoy swapping Deco Books, I have arts & crafts enjoyment decorating them, then swapping them on. Thank you for the rating. Happy July!
Comment: They are cute decos! Thank you!
Response: Hooray you received the Deco Books! Glad you like them, hope you enjoy decorating them. Thank you for the rating. Happy July! And keep cool.
skinny52 rated for P&M Small postcard swap 7 on Jul 1, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness! Love the seashells postcard! Today in CT we are supposed to hit 99, so happy to be a two minute walk from a lovely lake.
Response: You are welcome. Glad you liked the PC, I love the seashell PCs too. Amazing the high heat in upper US states in June - July. Hope you have cool temps to come this summer. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thanks Kathy! Oh a pool would be wonderful right now! Have a great 4th!
Response: Glad you like the PC, hope you have a happy summer. Thank you for the rating.
mandigutterrose rated for CPG Animal PC - Global on Jun 27, 2018
Response: Thank you for the rating.
Marryth rated for FS: Deco Books #2 on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the deco! :)
Response: You are welcome, thank you for the rating.
squince rated for P&M Small postcard swap 7 on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the rating.
widelo123 rated for P&M Happy Postcard Swap 2 on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: Kathy, thank you for the porpoise postcard. They are such fun fish. Shirley
Response: Yes, I love those dolphins, glad you liked my happy dolphin PC. Thanks for the rating.

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sabbysteg on Oct 14, 2018:

Got your cute postcard! Thanks for letting me know you're moving, I've changed it in my address book!

MsRose on Oct 13, 2018:

Hi Kathy Weโ€™ve had a really intense rainstorm today my whole backyard is flooded seriously !

My neighbor from across the street came and knocked on my door, the post card you sent me went to her house and I donโ€™t know how long it had been there .. So thank you so much I just got it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’œ

Bhindblueeyes on Oct 12, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Halloween card and the PC!!! Congrats on your new address, and what adorable pieces of mail. Thank you, thank you, thank you :) <3

HippieChick on Oct 12, 2018:

I hope you are doing okay with the weather down your way! Stay safe!

starhiker on Oct 7, 2018:

I was thinking of you just yesterday and low and behold when i checked mail I had a postcard. Thanks so much for thinking of me, I'm glad ya got your own digs!

yvonne401 on Sep 23, 2018:

Hi Kathy!


Once Upon An Autumn Day - Poem by Joseph T. Renaldi

Once Upon an autumn day, Colorful leaves began to fade In the midst of a chilly, frosty air As multitude of trees grew steadily bare.

Once upon an autumn day, The whispering breeze was here to stay Moving aimlessly through the countless trees Scattering leaves with the greatest of ease.

Once upon an autumn day, The leaves whirled freely in every way, Until at last they came to rest Finding a haven in which to nest.

Once upon an autumn day, The trees were dormant, and the leaves lay Waiting for the winter snow to fall To quickly obscure them one and all.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

MsRose on Sep 22, 2018:

Hi KAthy Nice to hear from you friend ๐Ÿค“ I will write you back, it will take me a while Peace and blessings Cher ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 14, 2018:

Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

OrigamiGrace on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you for the extra deco - I see what you mean!! Odd shapes and chunky ephemera really make the postage go up!

yvonne401 on Jul 4, 2018:

Hi Kathy!

Make this 4th Of July memorable by counting the blessings and appreciating our freedom.

Happy 4th of July!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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