Swap-bot Time: June 24, 2018 1:55 am


Date Joined: February 19, 2013
Last Online: June 23, 2018
Birthday: March 6
Country: United States

About Me


I'm Mary from Manchester Tennessee.

I have a childlike excitement about getting mail. My tiny hometown had an exchange visit with a group of young ladies from Japan when I was a tween. I became friends with one visitor. That resulted in several years of letters, gifts and craft exchanges.

From that experience I know the joy of anticipation, the sensations of the sound of opening an envelope or package , the graphic visual of the postage stamps, writing, cancellation marks or labels, the surprise of the contents .........

Likewise, I love knowing I can send a letter or package to someone, and they will have a similar experience.

I have met two swap-bot partners in person. In Spring 2018 I spent a week in CA with kittyhahahotbot. Previously I met wonderfrolics from CO when she came through TN on her vacation. We spent the day in downtown Nashville, toured a historic site and toured Opryland Hotel and had dinner together. THere are lots of you in Swap-Bot land I hope to meet in person.

Since my senior yr in high school I have worked with children who had developmental delays, then adults with multiple disabilities and next with adults struggling with mental illness for a total of 25 years.

Since 2003 I have been a homemaker. My husband needed me home after a brain injury, Rick's progress was not a steady improvement. It occurred in intermittent leap frog jumps. 17 years out he drives, does errands but still needs my help in many areas. Hang In there if you know someone with a brain injury.

I do want to credit 4-H club as being a major influence in my life.

--A FAVORITE QUOTE: -- To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.

Favorite Music

Pop - Disco - Big Band - Jazz - Blue Grass: The Grasscutters w/ Newell Angel

ARTIST: Andre Bocelli - Maroon 5 - Phil Collins - Enya -Snow Patrol - Iron and Wine- Bread- Perry Como- Celtic Women -Toni Braxton-Paula Cole-Loreena McKennitt- 1D -Lee Brice-Toby Keith-Jimmy Wayne- Carpenters -Paul Davis-Sam Smith- O'G3NE

Concerts 1976-Now: - Air Supply- Eric Clapton-Kristen Chenoweth- Bay City Rollers-Seals and Croft- Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores-Barry Manilow-Moody Blues-Eagles-1D

Favorite Books

Biographies - Historical -Non Fiction

Fiction authors:Jane Austen - Kim Edwards- Daniel Quinn

Favorite Movies

Madam X - Vantage Point - A Murder of Crows

Planes Trains & Automobiles - Serendipity - Sense and Sensibility- Dead Poets Society


10 minute video "Change For A Dollar'' shows what a homeless man did with a few cents at a time out of one dollar in one day. Each tiny kindness shown made a huge difference in each life (some were life altering changes) a no words drama set to music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DXL9vIUbWg

I love the T E D talks (all are 18 min or less)

TED Technology, Entertainment, Design. The best talks from TED are available to the world, for free. 1400 Talks on line. World's most fascinating thinkers and doers are challenged to give " talk of their lives" in 18 minutes Try the 3 min talks to sample TED. There's something for everyone www.ted.com

Favorite Television

NCIS - Flash Point- HGTV- Undercover Boss - BIO channel - I like Science, Nature, Invention and History. I watch The Voice, X Factor in multiple countries on You Tube.



FOR SWAPS: Your creation may become a new favorite on my list. This list is only what I usually gravitate toward in stores when I window shop and/or have used decorating my home.

Travel - Maps - Ships ( all sea faring ships - tall ships- clipper ships and also especially the RMS QM2 ) I DREAM OF GOING TO THE TALL SHIP EVENT AT BOSTON HARBOR

-International flags- Olympic flags- Globes especially the ones with multi national children/adults holding hands- Postage- Mountains- National parks-Monuments- Gates- Doors- Benches- Columns-Metal work-Archs- the Moon- Aurora borealis- Trees- all trees leaves or no leaves

Birds especially owls- Koala bears- Foxes-

CANADA -France-Germany-Japan--England and the UK -Italy- Greece--New Zealand and I love to learn about all other countries

Favorite B/W photographers:

.Dianne Poinski: professional photographer who hand-colors her black and white photographs with PanPastel

Alan Blaustein

Favorite Color Photography: Gabi Gealbhain An Ruadh

Favorite Artists and Watercolorist Kimmi Bui (see her ETSY)

TEA:excited to try new flavors and brands. I have on been on a quest to find the Best Earl Grey tea. I have ordered various brands from EBAY. I would love to about hear your fav EG. Thanks to my partners for tea samples and SB penpals for the samples.

I want to try new teas so introduce me to yours.

NOT INTERESTED IN THESE THEMES OR ITEMS occult--vampires-futuristic-dystopian-zombies-cartoon characters- fast food kid meal toys. - PLEASE NO MASKS or PHOTOS WITH MASKS


I collect stationery from International Hotels and Inns (A friend who travels brought some back for me two years ago. I loved researching the Hotel, the area and attractions. That first stationery had a watermark. I learned watermarks as an identifier on paper can be traced back to the 13th century.

A very special Swap-Bot Friend sent me a treasure chest. I keep my collection of hotel stationery in there. Swap -Bot friends are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!


I love researching so much it is a hobby.

Another indoor hobby is interactive COMPUTER TRAVEL: I travel around the world sitting at my desk using:

www.airpano.com for 360 degree aerial views it is like a helicopter tour and you pilot the helicopter

a non-for-profit project focused on high-resolution spherical panoramas shot from a bird’s eye view. (choose sort by country)

(.dk Denmark.) for ground level views

free website of interactive 360 degree full screen Panoramic Photos of World Destinations, Monuments and Festivals. On most of the screens you can go up and down view with your mouse in addition to the full circle 360 degrees to see the scene behind you. Type in Elves Chasm (at Grand Canyon) in the search box and you'll be hooked. Go to the top of Mount Everest and have a look around. ( If you move mouse too fast you'll get vertigo).

I also watch real time WORLD TRAVEL BY SHIPS at


a very interesting free site for anyone interested tracking ships real-time. It is an open community project hosted by a research team at the University of the Aegean, Greece.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vessel’s name, dimensions and voyage details.

The Greek University has stations set up around the world to receive the signals for research purposes and share the tracking capability with the public.

Go the live ocean map and click on a sector. You will see the different type vessels (which are color-coded) as it sits in it's realtime location in the ocean. Click on the icon and see a photo of the ship, check the country of origin flag that are flying, the stats, etc. At my last log on they had 52647 ships on the live map, 474004 vessels in database 1495096 photographs uploaded.

Seasonally, I follow www.viewbirds.com

to watch owls and other birds nest and raise their young on webcams located around the world


LETTERBOXING started in England in 1854. It is an intriguing pastime "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden containers by following clues.

The prize: finding a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp. Many people carve their own unique image but many of us use a store bought rubber stamp.

You use an ink pad to make the image of the found rubber stamp into your personal log book . Then you use your personal rubber stamp with your trail name and image and ink it into the hidden log book. Carefully put the container back in the hiding place. Be discreet so as not to let other people see what you are doing as they do not yet understand the rules and purpose of the hobby.

You will need an outdoor bag, mini back pack fanny pack etc to carry your supplies

My stamp is a snail I bought at Hobby Lobby. My trail name is Snails Pace II. You also need an ink pad and ink pen to write in your trailname, date and your city. ( A compass is optional as most letterboxes do not require a compass.) There are several that are hidden indoors at eateries , libraries and tourist areas so you can still do this in the winter.

www.atlasquest.com for locations by country or city directory, clues, mileage, terrain descriptions, hide/ find rules


Comment: Thank you for the magnificence postcard. I always love to hear from you!
Response: That was a RAK card with tiny squares of my best tapes so you could pick which samples you want me to share. I'm making a different PC for this swap.
Comment: Wow MARY!!!!!! I am jumping for joy here in Kansas as I pull each wonderful piece from the adorable envie. You went well above on this swap and I love it all. I love yellow and sunshine which makes me happy! I must say that the 3 cards are absolutely the best thing EVER! They are beautiful and I willl not be able to give them up. I shall fill them with poetry so I can hold them and read beautiful words forever! I think you must be a soul mate as we have so many of the same interests. Thank you again for such a happy swap. Hugs, Mona
Response: I was so happy to get you as my partner to try to send to you something as nice as you last sent to me. So glad you love it. Till we swap again Hugs Mary
Comment: Thank you for the lovely moon postcard.
Response: You are so welcome !
skier11 rated for Private Swap: angelgram and skier11 on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your long letter and all the extra goodies you sent! I have been away from swap-bot for a while, and I definitely miss having a full mailbox. Your letter really made my day! I would love to pen pal with you. Thanks again!
Response: Glad it has arrived and that you liked it. Would love to pen pal with you !
goinjenny rated for WPS - Zazzle Postcard #3 on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for all the extras
Response: You are so welcome. Have a great weekend
suepier rated for AMMM: MOON mail postcard FLOWER MOON on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great moon postcard.
Response: You are so welcome. Thank you for comment!
Comment: OH your June m00n is sooooooooo preeeeeeeeeeetty. Really nice Happy Mail. Ya know, I keep forgetting I can write text on the postcard. lol Go figure. lol
Response: Yay you did not have that one. We have to divide the Zazzle pages cause we have bought the same one more than once. Thank you for the OO and the long words, LOL
Comment: We were never there. lmfao. But if you think youve been there then thats a different story. And your stories are always entertaining. lmao NOt only did you go west you went somewhere we didnt go. lololololo Re-rate~ I almost fell off my chair laughing....Taking me there your fault....oh thats rich! Fault? Is that a play on words? Ya know, Fault line? Seismologist? Get it? Shall I super "size" that for ya? lololololo. Oh, we are too frunny. Oh the places we'll go. You'll be seeing great sights;who soar to great heights! Oh the places we'll go. lmfao
Response: The only way to give you a postcard you did not see me buy at the museum when I was with you was to get one on zazzle. So I ordered a post card about attractions in Sonora CA and had Zazzle sent it to you printed with my note on back BUT then I remembered we actually went to a Art Council and to a Museum in San Andreas the other direction from you house not Sonora CA. So I have already done a resend from Zazzle re: San Andreas, CA directly to you and I will send the one I actually got at the Museum which BUT you already saw all of them that day on the rotating display getting one for your partner. Oops I owe you two postcard stamps to put on them as I sent from Zazzle (free shipping) note printed on back but no stamp. It was a Mary Moment, LOL
reader44ever rated for Book Themed Postcard! on May 23, 2018
Comment: Mary! I got your postcard on Monday and I love it! The image is lovely and your note was so full of wonderful things that I really was just blown away by this swap from you. I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Pacific NW and your meet-up with a Swap-Bot partner. Sounds fun! Thank you for sharing your favorite book, too. I'll have to look it up on Goodreads! :-) Thank you again, so much, for sharing! <3 <3 <3
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and I hope we swap again
Comment: OH Mary no one does hack packet nothing art like you! One hundred hearts!
Response: Well THANK YOU host of this swap and host of great hospitality during my time at your home last week, please forgive that I never hit the sent till now. I forgot as I go so excited. about giving it to you in person. We must do this one again !
Comment: thank you
Response: You are so welcome. Be on the look out for a second envie with some vintage Earth Day stickers that did not arrive from EBAY in time for swap.
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun swap! Loved it all!
Response: My pleasure to swap with you again!
Comment: Love love LOVE this card and love YOU!! Thank you so much! It's so cute I am going to re-purpose it as a divider in my planner! <3 wow you got to meet some swappers!? That is SO FUN! There are a few I'd love to meet! You and Kat at the top of that list!! Hugs and happy SPRING!!!!
Response: Hope to meet you too someday. bolo for a little rak. Hugs Mary
Comment: THANKS for the BRILLIANT mail, I love the envelope and contents, very thoughtful of you!
Response: So glad it has arrived across the pond. It was a fun swap and a challenge not to send you typical girl things. So glad you were pleased. Hope more guys join swap-bot and hope we swap again
Comment: Wow! What a great package. I am so glad you were my partner. The envelope is fantastic. I love the poem. Did you write it? Do you mind if I use it, wish you listed as the author, of course. Your note was most interesting and of course, I love the notecards you sent. Thank you so much.
Response: It got there fast. I could not find the author of the poem but they deserve credit. Thanks for all you do for WIYM and swap-bot. You are so welcome and hope we cross paths again.
Cariboocarol rated for "Vegs" Hell0 SprinG postcard on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Hello Mary! Thanks for the beautiful spring card! So nice to hear you are workng a program---I need to do that too! Do you have your winner of the Voice chosen yet? Anyway, it was great to see your card in the mail today!❤️❤️
Response: The singers are all so good. Always fun to swap with you!!
Fabriqueen rated for AMMM: Religious Christmas cards on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and stickers. I so enjoyed your letter. It made my day! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Diane
Response: My pleasure and I hope we swap again.
AZmom875 rated for International Tea buddies on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: Oh thank you, so much. You went above and beyond. Loved your letter about tea. Loved the zebra washi tape and the other 2 tapes.
Response: You are so welcome. It arrived fast Enjoy and Thanks for hosting!
suepier rated for AMMM: Graditude Postcard on Dec 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard and your inspiring note. I hope that things will go well for you in the new year and that it brings you many blessings.
Response: YOU ARE SO WELCOME ! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the Sock Monkey card and items. I love all of it
Response: YAY! it was fun to gather up for you . I like them too.

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bbsporty on Jun 20, 2018:

Mary, thank you so much for the magazines! There is so much color in it. I can't wait to use some of it in my art! I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner buy my husband and I took a quick weekend to Dayton.

RooBaRoo on Jun 13, 2018:

Nope, never had mate ... only seen Rodrigo on Mozart in the Jungle have it 😍😍😍

kittyhahahotbot on May 13, 2018:

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 29, 2018:

Thank you for the Earth Day goodies!! LOVE YOU!

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 16, 2018:

The glitter you used on that crown was goo slime glitter. lololol

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 15, 2018:

Man! I gasped when I pulled the pink, yoga, glittery, mOOn postcard outta of my mailbox yesterday! WAy better than that other sucky glitter paint. lmao

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 6, 2018:

So very cute that you drew sprinkles on my p.c! :)) ![](

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 6, 2018:

Thank you for the veggie Spring butterfly postcard!

Heirloom on Mar 17, 2018:

lou on Mar 11, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

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