Swap-bot Time: August 22, 2017 11:17 pm


Date Joined: February 19, 2013
Last Online: August 22, 2017
Birthday: March 6
Country: United States

About Me

I'm Mary and I'm 57. 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.

--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.” —Hermann Hesse

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) Holly Mitchell

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


Comment: aND 1000 hearts to you too. Yet, no heart. Strange. Come to the other side, Mary, come......lololololol
Response: Thanks for the heart ♥ and LOL ♪♫☼◊☺
Comment: Frun swap, great card; sorry no heart just to annoy you from far, far away.
Response: LOL You made me wait a day on the heart -Priceless! Hugs and THX
Comment: You do some of the best postcards ever!
Response: AH!!! Thanks you are so kind. Thank you for telling me about Zazzle and all it's perk of adding text to items.
Comment: I apologize for not rating sooner. I thought I had done so already. Thank you for the lovely envelope :) have a great summer!
Response: Thanks for the 5 heart and comments.
Comment: The funniest hieroglyphics ever. Too darling! I love it! And I could just die over the pic of Mrs Kravitz. I love that show too! You r0cK. Thank you!
Response: Wow-garbage bag-duct tape-Mrs Kravitz envie made it without USPS inspection THX for comments
Comment: A Martian CHICKEN?!?! This one is squeal worthy! Loved it and the message...thanks so much for the love you put into it!
Response: So glad it was to your liking. It was fun to search for one for you.
kittyhahahotbot rated for Martians in May postcard on Jun 1, 2017
Comment: A crazy 10 on the alien~0~meter! A beautiful, perfect 10! I adore it!
Response: Thank you for hosting this fun sci -fi swap.
TwinMom rated for TCHH: Rainbow Mail on May 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!!! This swap brought a big smile to my face. I love the rainbow envie. It was so awesome. And it was filled with so many awesome things - foxes, recipe cards, bookmarks, note cards... You really read my profile and sent things that I absolutely will use and love. And there was so much! I just kept opening so many little packages of goodies. It felt like Christmas. :) Thank you so much for sending such a wonderful thoughtful swap. You really went above and beyond what the swap called for. And thank you also for sharing about your ATC's and the picture of one. It looks really cool! I hope you have a blessed day!
Response: I so enjoyed your profile and kept finding things in my stash that I though you would enjoy and wanted you to have them. THank you for the kind words in your comments
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!

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djcamp04 on Aug 21, 2017:

Mary, I loved your postcard! Makes me wish we were neighbors! Girl, we could talk for hours 😄. Thank you so much for your kindness. 💜❤️❤️💜❤️💜

kittyhahahotbot on Aug 21, 2017:

The countdown is on. In less than one hour you will be plunged in total'ish darkness. The eclipse came and gone and all I got were murky shadows. lol

tcornell on Aug 19, 2017:

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful note that you sent me for the SEKS group! I am out of the hospital now and working on getting better. Hugs!

allthingsregency on Aug 7, 2017:

What a wonderful surprise to receive your beautiful box today full of birthday gifts! I haven't opened them yet and will save them to open on my birthday. Thank you so much my friend for thinking of me!!! Hugs.

allthingsregency on Aug 1, 2017:

Thanks for being such a wonderful friend to me! You have blessed my life in so many ways!

allthingsregency on Jul 4, 2017:

I hope you have a wonderful day!

LindaW on Jun 16, 2017:

HI! I hope you are doing well. Summer is quickly here. Looking forward to receiving a letter from you.


Heirloom on Jun 8, 2017:

Stopping by to say "hello!"

anrtist on Jun 1, 2017:

Thank you for the pretty THank You PC ;-)

Blessings, cc

pkpeace on May 30, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful postcard and your very kind words! ❤️ Patty xo

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