Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2018 1:49 am


Date Joined: February 19, 2013
Last Online: March 22, 2018
Birthday: March 6
Country: United States

About Me

(02-18-2018 Update after quad x4 bypasses Open Heart Surgery on Dec 29th - Getting lovely mail from RAKs and Groups. Also meeting people I have other wise missed meeting in swaps. which is so neat. I want to contact each of you when I can. Thank You so much for your kindness. Mary (angelgram)


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.

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. 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.” —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 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


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.
Saba rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail NOV, 2017: USA on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful card, letter and the extra goodies. The envelope was so much fun to get in my mailbox. And then I had a wonderful letter to read. The story of your first sewing machine is similar to mine. When it finally quite working, the man at the sewing machine repair shop said I should use it for a boat anchor!! It would have cost more to fix it than to buy a new one!!
Response: LOL there's a thought for a recycle. So enjoyed swapping with you
Comment: Love the envies filled with goodies - and you did an amazing job with my profile! The note was fantastic, thank you.
Response: My pleasure to send to you & are so welcome. Have a great rest of 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and goodies! They're all really great. I also love the decorated envie. It's always nice to get happy mail especially decorated so nicely.
Response: Such kind comments -thank you for taking the time -So glad it made you happy.
Comment: WOW!I love this packed!! envelope! <3 so many goodies I love all the bunnies!!! I look forward to using these things in my journals and adding your zine to my small but growing collection :) Thank you so much for everything!
Response: You profile was great to read and happy you can use these things . Hope we swap again !
Eclectonote rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Delightful quote and postcard! Thanks for your postcard creation and your note. I hadn't known that there are gardenia bonsai; hope it grows well for you. And a big thank you for the RAK. The envelope and stamps are so cheery and I love the postalette!
Response: You are so welcome. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Oh thank you! YOur envelope is most cheery full of fall. Only you can prevent forest fires. giggles. Im a stamp fiend. Most cool explanation of Lorem Ipsum! Thank you for all your thought!!! Love it all!
Response: Thank you so much for your comments and telling me it was cheerful as that was my intent. Hugs Mary
Comment: Thank you : )
Response: My pleasure and I enjoyed your profile
BusyB rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail NOV, 2017: USA on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Hi Mary, Fantastic letter and swap! Thank you for sharing part your Saturday night with me, wonderful inside and out. Happy Fall Ya'll!
Response: You are so welcome and I hope we swap again.
Response: Glad you liked it and thanks for the nice rating.
Mimi7 rated for WIYM: Thanksgiving Postcard Swap-USA on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: I so enjoyed your card and reading about you. It is nice to meet you here at swap-bot!! I think you would love being a teachers aide!! 10 grandchildren, wow so wonderful as we only have 1. Thanksgiving has always been a favorite Holiday of mine, I love that my birthday falls around this time of year. Wishing yu and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018!
Response: I enjoyed your profile and hope we swap again . Wishing you a great rest of the year and memory making holidays.
Comment: My first micro - zine ever! I didnt even know they could made this little. lol Its supberb! And I thought the totality envie was just brilliant! Oh! The envie is just wonder full front and back albeit a sucky print. lololololol. Love, luV, loVe!
Response: My first microzine too. Thks for comments. Let's call faded "vintage" and Let's whisper so the printer can't hear it is going to be replaced soon. I also must give credit to the host: THANK YOU GABI FOR SENDING ME A FOLDED blank microzine AS I COULD NOT FOLD IT CORRECTLY !!!!
Comment: Its the most beautiful postcard! I have that same pumpkin. I think someones been shopping on page one of zizzle. lololololol
Response: Pinky promise - I will start on page 10 from now on and leave you page 1-10 since you introduced me to Zazzle/sizzle andyou get 20-30 and we'll just play leap frog so we don't send each other the same things like has happened before.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for AMMM: Themed Zine-Fall on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Mary! LOVE your Fall Zine! Wow it's so cute! Love the recipe in here and the list of Fall Favorites! It really turned out SO NICE!!! Love the stickers and goodies you tucked inside your envie! HUGS and loads of love!! xooxoxxoxox
Response: Thanks for your kind comments about the Fall Zine. It actually traveled to Kitty in CA and she copied on her fav copier & mailed it back to me. ( my copier needs replaced.) I have a copy of the micro coming your way (taped not folded, LOL ) THX for sending me a folded blank one as I couldn't fold it) .So both zines were done with wonderful assistance Hugs till we swap again
Comment: So like, earlier today, I WAS going to email you and cry and complain over my unlucky 13 swap, lol, witch I worked on till 3am and inaddition had to go through my books looking for a drawing of a pumpkin garland for your postcard. BUT THEN, I rcvd your postcard today where you drew a darling wagon, a pumpkin patch and a sun. After seeing your MonaLisa I decided not to cry. lmao I bow and concede to the Postcard Picasso. (and no crying allowed!)
Response: Same thing I've been drawing since first grade and is still first grade style You're so kind to grade me on effort of just putting your addy in a wagon of which the wheels can not roll as they need air in the tires due to my uneven circles meant as tires on a PC TY KIndred Spirit
Comment: This postcard is so adorable and very clever!! I love your art on the back as well. I very much enjoyed your note and share your enthusiasm for Pinterest and Autumn. Thank you so much! :-)
Response: Thanks for your continued favorable comments after I have been your partner a couple of times lately.

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Heirloom on Mar 17, 2018:

lou on Mar 11, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

cookies37 on Mar 7, 2018:

Hi Mary!

Thanks for the very magical version of a happy birthday, sounds perfect! March babies are the best, lol
Take care, Judy 🍀

kittyhahahotbot on Mar 6, 2018:

kittyhahahotbot on Mar 6, 2018:

cookies37 on Mar 6, 2018:

Happy Happy Birthday! Wishing you a beautiful day! (🎂💌😻🎶🍀🌷🐱🐌☀️) Hope you continue to be stronger and healthier everyday! Best Wishes, Judy P.S. I agree with 4-H being awesome!

Heirloom on Mar 6, 2018:

allthingsregency on Mar 6, 2018:

Praying you have a wonderful blessed day!

Lots of Love and Hugs,


MsRose on Mar 6, 2018:

🌻🌻🌻🌻Happy Birthday Mary 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 May your day shine as bright as you !!!! 💜💜Cher 💜💜

MsRose on Mar 5, 2018:

Thank you Mary for my birthday card ! ☮️☮️💜💜🐏🐏

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