Swap-bot Time: April 30, 2017 5:59 am


Date Joined: February 19, 2013
Last Online: April 29, 2017
Birthday: March 6
Country: United States

About Me

Thank you Swap-Bot Friends for the Best Birthday Ever- 57 was great !!!

I'm Mary and I have a new address as of Dec 2016. I now live halfway between the cities of Nashville and Chattanooga TN in Manchester Tennessee.

Big family (blended 30 yrs ago with children ages 2,5,9) and now they are the parents of our ten grandchildren.

I have a childlike excitement about getting mail. My tiny hometown had a three week exchange visit with a group of young ladies from Japan when I was a tween. I knew one of the host families and I got to spend a lot of time and become 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.

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 his brain bleed with surgery to clip a ruptured aneurysm. Rebleed and coma with residule impairments but amazing progress ongoing!! If you know someone recovering from a brain injury, Rick's progress was not a steady improvement. It occurred in intermittent leap frog jumps. Hang In There if you someone with a brain injury.

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

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 Artist 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 SP 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.

I am very sentimental. I have every hand made craft or holiday gift from school from my kids and grandkids and every family or friend trip souvenir, hand made craft or collection related gifts from the last 25 yrs. I have kept all my greeting cards since my teens.

A friend gave me mini clothes pins and wire to hang my fav ATCs, posts, photos and etc above my desk (mini art gallery) .

On my profile I stated I had planned to get either stacking luggage or a trunk to keep my letters and stationery. ( Well a very special Swap-Bot Friend sent me a treasure chest shape (9.5 x 14 x 9.5 hinged trunk that is decorated and lined - so cute inside- with pastel burlap and ribbon and even a cork bulletin board and push pins in the inside top. Also ribbon strip and decorative bow on the outside top. I keep my collection of hotel stationery in there for safe keeping. Wow 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


redeemed rated for TCHH: April Showers on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you wow!! What a beautiful envelope. I can see all the care you placed in this package!! Thank you for such a lovely note. Thank you for the pretty card. Thank you for the washi. Thank you for the stickers. Thank you for the embellishments. Thank you for everything!!
Response: My pleasure -Really enjoyed your profile and swapping with you. Thank you for the fast rating & heart & taking the time to add your kind words about presentation & tuck ins & my note. Take care and Hope we swap again
bbsporty rated for AMMM: A Washi Zine on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: WOW! What a wonderful zine you made! I love how you added the words to match the washi tape! You did awesome for only your second zine! Also thank you for the decorated envie and wonderful extras. I've already got plans for that cute little gnome!
Response: It was fun especially knowing it was for you. Thank you for the full fast rating and happy comments. I'll be looking on FLICKR for your creations
Comment: Loved the envelope full of jokes and so perfect that the GREEN envelope arrived on Earth Day! Innards were fantastic, you know me well!! This is the third time I've tried to rate and swap-bot keeps crashing (but still I persisted haha). Thanks so much for this wonderful swap, you are very dear!!
Response: You are so very welcome and thanks for the comments. Happy Earth Day
djcamp04 rated for #kindnesscounts ~ 2 on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: Mary, thank you so much for the amazing #kindnesscounts goodies! You went way above & beyond tucking things in! And in my favorite color, too!! Your letter was a wonderful pick me up today. You and I need to do an ATC swap! I love doing 3D on my ATC's. The chunkier the better I say. You sound very creative in your letter. And the J initial in my name is also for Jean! You were a great partner on this! ❤
Response: Let's Do That ! Thx for the fast rating, heart and especially your comments!!
Comment: Dear Mary, I want you to know that this was the most touching swap I've received in ages, all because of your wonderful letter and generosity of spirit. The labels are gorgeous as well, and so many (along with all the thoughtful extras)! You had no reason to know this, but round labels are my favorites, and I adore all of the designs you made for me. I'm using the beautiful wrapping paper to make envelopes and look forward to sending the lovely cards to some of my dear friends. Again, your letter is an absolute treasure. I hope you received a delightful package for this swap as all you put into it was remarkable. Thank you. ♥♥♥
Response: I had great fun putting this swap together for you. I so enjoy your group and was excited to get to be your partner. Thank you for the lovely comments and making my day. My partner did send a great pkg
Comment: Thanks for the lovely notecards and the long letter. I envy folks that can write letters. I tend to keep mine very short. Hope we swap again soon. CJ
Response: Enjoyed your profile and this swap! Thx for the heart and comments.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards!
Response: You are so welcome and thank you for the heart and comment.
Comment: I dont know how you pulled that out of your hat. Oh wait. Yes, I do. The one with the printer wins every time. lol You went far over zee top and beyond. To affinity and beyond! The envie was so ugly and awesome. Your evil plan worked. Tis been opened. lol
Response: I have sources and was happy to share and return the favor of exchanging interesting industry paper goods. Thank you for heart and comments. HONK HONK !! Keep on Trucking
Comment: Oh my giddy aunt! You would have gotten a heart simply because of the decorated envelopes...candygram....but the note cards, stickers, the visitor's guide for Jonesborough and finally the TELEGRAM...delivered by a landshark no less. The presentation was sublime and so was the cleverness behind the congratulations. Definitely one of my favourite swaps ever.
Response: One of my favorite ratings ever!! It was major fun to create this for you and your profile inspired it. I hope we swap again in the future. I may have met your Aunt and Bob's your Uncle?
Comment: Got telegram stop No postage due stop. My giddy aunt can you stuff an envelope or what? Stop. Loved all of it Stop. Sending Friend request, don't stop
Response: Train and Time flew by Stop Same Time Nxt Yr Birthday Lady Stop Checkmark SB Friend Today Stop
Comment: If I could give you ten hearts I would!! I want to send you a huge THANK YOU! I have enjoyed all my swaps so far but yours is a whole new level of amazing and thoughtful. You made my whole week when I got my mail today :) I hope you get to travel to England sometime. I have been there twice and loved it (and of course Canada too! Its still my favourite after my travelling - but I understand I am probably a little biased). Funnily enough going to Nashville is at the top of my bucket list! Thanks for your thoughtfulness and attention to detail
Response: Thank you so much for those comments- I hope we swap again.
Comment: Every once in a while I get a swap that I know is going to be awesome before I open it. So I save it for last, so I can really enjoy it. This swap was one of those. First, that owl collaged envelope was the best thing every. I very slowly took all the postage stickers off and I'm gonna use it for something, I just don't know what yet! All the notecards were awesome! It's very clear that you read my profile very carefully! All the extras were awesome too. Thank you for the amazing swap!
Response: Thank you so much for your comments. I had fun working on your swap. I'm an owl person too. Happy swapping!
lou rated for WIYM: Big Annual 2016 MAIL CALL Swap on Sep 24, 2016
Comment: Thank you very, very much for all the pretty things you made and sent! It took me a long time to look through everything and the tiny letter is exquisite and awesome and I love how the ATC you made me tells a story!
Response: You are so very welcome . Thank you for hosting so many great swaps. Your kind comments are so appreciated.
luluvision rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP!! on Sep 20, 2016
Comment: Wow Mary! You really went all out on this swap! Thank you so much! I enjoyed going through all the goodies you sent! You really read through my profile! I truly appreciate that! It was fun seeing your past Halloween costumes and reading your letter! Thank you so much!! And oh gosh! I had so much fun with the goodies, I forgot to comment about your envie! Love it!!
Response: Loved your profile and hope we cross paths again. Thx for taking time to write comments!!
Comment: Wow!! Thank you so much for everything!! You even sent a little badger sticker.. Without even knowing my boyfriend's nickname is Badger!! I loved everything in the package, especially the long letter. I wish I could give you ten hearts! <3
Response: So glad you liked the swap. I appreciate you writing these kind comments. It was my pleasure and I hope we cross paths again
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap :) I kept the card with two girls listening music (I hope it's ok with you) - I really loved it. Also I got both of my cards back. The one with sleeping Alice I bought from a fellow artist at local art-market. The other, with girl on monster, was made by my good friend Olga (we studied in Academy together and worked a lot since then).
Response: Great! I thought you would choose that one and I sent it hoping I had picked the right one with you in mind. I enjoyed the swap. Thank you for hosting and the rating. Perhaps we should do it annually:)
reader44ever rated for Sticker Slapped postcard on Aug 22, 2016
Comment: Hi Mary! Thank you for a delightful sticker-slapped postcard with such a neat note! Keyser Söze for the win! :-) And WALL-E, and 80s music, and rain and more! Wow!!! Thank you so much for sharing! :-)
Response: Enjoyed your profile and making card for you. Hope we swap again. Thanks for your kind feedback. Mary
Babsmomof5 rated for AMMM: Handmade Bookmark Swap on Aug 15, 2016
Comment: Oh my goodness!!! Squeal!!! Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much for the FOUR !4! Chicken bookmarks! These are all so incredible and how amazing that you'd make them so specific to my heart! And then there are all the additional chicken goodies you included too... Wow, just wow...blown away!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: You are so welcome!! It was fun for me to make them. My partner sent 4 so you get 4 too. Until our next swap take care!
Comment: Finally!!! I get a piece of your art and I love it! I love looking at all the fun things on it and it's in my favorite color! Green! Thank you so much!
Response: Was so happy to get to send to you ! THX for the thumbs up.
hollycm6 rated for C&C: who doesn't love bookmarks?? on Jul 25, 2016
Comment: As usual a beautiful swap! Thank you for everything,above and beyond! The envie is decorated so fun, too! I love all the FIVE bookmarks AND the notepaper... The list of Holly's made me smile.... Thank you!!!!
Response: Your comments make my heart smile!

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allthingsregency on Apr 24, 2017:

Came across this cute image and thought I would share! It made me think of the April Showers swap we just did.

bbsporty on Apr 21, 2017:

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 16, 2017:

Whats this?

sherba31 on Apr 6, 2017:

Thanks so much for the happy mail pc. It definitely was a bright spot on a hectic day. I am adding the Shakespeare Garden at U of the South to my bucket list. Take care!

jamicam on Apr 4, 2017:

Thank you so much for the unexpected labels! You are so kind, Mary. Thank you for being YOU!


LMeowkin on Apr 3, 2017:

Thank you SO much for such a wonderful RAK! It was packaged beautifully - I LOVE the Scottie buttons! I think I know what I'm going to use them for. I make bunting out of fabric, and when I move into my new home (still yet to be determined), I am going to make one to hang in my new place. These will be PERFECT on it! I also love the neat owl envelope AND the cat washi. Most of all, though - and I appreciated your very nice note! Thank you so much - it was sweet and touching and also humorous. You made my day!

tcornell on Mar 28, 2017:

Mary, your card with the beautiful, touching words means more to me than you could know. Thank you, and you will hear something back from me. Hugs, Tracy SEKandS

scrappermama on Mar 7, 2017:

Wow! Thank you for the great unbirthday gifties! How very thoughtful of you! I love the personalized addy labels, signature book, keys & washi tape but more than all of that, your letter! We have a lot in common! I think letter writing is a lost art. I enjoyed reading it! Thank you again for sharing with me! Hope your unbirthday was wonderful!!

jamicam on Mar 6, 2017:

It's your birthday - do what makes you happy!



kittyhahahotbot on Mar 5, 2017:

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