Swap-bot Time: March 21, 2019 5:34 pm


Date Joined: February 19, 2013
Last Online: March 21, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

"Angelgram" is a tribute to my Grandmother.

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 the Sierra Foothills with a swap-bot pen pal -partner-friend. Previously I met another partner from the Mile High CIty area when she came through TN on her vacation. There are lots of you in Swap-Bot land I hope to meet in person someday.

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 2001 brain injury, His 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:

ARTIST: Andre Bocelli - Maroon 5 - Phil Collins - Enya -Snow Patrol - Iron and Wine- Bread- Perry Como- Celtic Women -Toni Braxton-The Ballycastle Players-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 and some 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. You also need an ink pad and ink pen to write in your trail name, 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: Wow, what a gorgeous postcard! It's so sweet of you to send an extra, too. They're both so lovely! Thank you so much! :)
Response: You are so Welcome and Thank You for taking the time to write comments
Singske rated for Put spring on! on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: So nice to find an envie full of spring after a stormy and rainy day here in Belgium. I especially love the litle envies and notecards, so beautiful. Your collage envelope turned out really great. I also enjoyed your letter, I was suprised you grew up in a village where dances and proms were forbitten, makes me think of the movie ‘footloose’... I can’t imagine that, music is really important to me. So thanks again for the lovelyness you’ve send me and I hope to meet you again in some other swap. Hugs 💌
Response: Makes my day to read your kind comments. Yes Footloose is how it was but your heart always finds music and your soul dances.I hope we do swap again soon. Have a great week!
scrappermama rated for AMMM Be my Valentine, please on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice card & extras! I opened it today! Happy Valentine's day to you!!
Response: You are so welcome Happy Swapping till next time. Thanks for your kind comments.
nyxluna rated for INTL PC #2 - Sender's Choice on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: thank you for the wonderful postcard. loved the moon on front and all the interesting things you had to say :) the blacksmithing shop sounds like fun place. there is a course offered here by a museum i am hoping to take it in few months. Lake Louise is beautiful my dad lives near there.
Response: So glad we crossed paths. Have a have 2019 till we swap again. Thanks for answering back.
bearnbabs rated for Book Themed Postcard on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Loved the PC and reading about your life. Going to the Paducah Ky Quilt show is on my bucket list. I really enjoyed reading Mutant Down Under too, Hope your enjoying your day. bearnbabs
Response: Thanks for your kind comments and hope we swap again
DaisyDDD rated for Fox postcard swap #2 on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Hi! this card is really really cute. I hope you liked California. I have been to several states now but still love CA the best.
Response: I got a cute one too from my partner. We should have a whole collection joining this series. Hope we cross paths again!
Jafferty rated for AMMM Be my Valentine, please on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: Mary, thanks for the lovely swap and the extras! I love your happy mail decorated envelope!!
Response: You are so welcome.
Comment: GAh, I forgot all about clove & wassil. lol Is there anything better? I think not. Its so EZ to fill up a postcard about all the wonders of Autumn. All else sucks. lol
Response: I'll have to check out your recipe. ☕Thanks for hosting these fun postcard swaps ◳☃⁂❄◳
evanselli rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope! on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you, thank you! What a wonderful envie, I just loved it. you obviously read my profile! The letter was also great. I wish I could give you a hundred stars. You made an awesome mail day for me :)
Response: Yay I am so glad that you liked what I made for you. Your kind comments made my day.
kittyhahahotbot rated for WIYM: WiNtEr P0sTc@rd Pr0mpt on Jan 27, 2019
Comment: Wow, you found a pretty one! And where did you find those prompts! Lucky find.
Response: Thank you for the compliments and I found them last minute inside my head, LOL
Sacovey rated for Newbie W!nter Postc@rd Pr0mpt on Jan 27, 2019
Comment: Love the postcard, and learning more about you!
Response: Thank you much and hope we'll swap again before next winter.
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful birdie PC! My son is planning to move to TN, around the north of Chattanooga area, after he gets out of the Army. Looking for a house there now. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: When you come visit him you'll love it. Let me know when you will be in the area. I am one hour from Chattanooga and lived there in the past.
Jafferty rated for WIYM: WiNtEr P0sTc@rd Pr0mpt on Jan 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and the lovely note. So nice to hear from you!
Response: I was so happy to get to send to you!
ArtsyEm rated for Newbie W!nter Postc@rd Pr0mpt on Jan 25, 2019
Comment: Thank Mary:) I was familiar with pluviophile but had to look up petrichor! I’m gonna check out that website too thanks!
Response: You are so welcome and glad you liked the link.
Poohtat rated for M00nMail postcard Newbie OK on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Love the quote. I’m glad I could introduce new words to you. Isopods are so far to watch.
Response: Thanks for the feedback with comments. Hope we swap again.
kittyhahahotbot rated for CC: CupCaKe L0Ve postcard on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: You are by far, over-the-moon, the best postcard picker! Seriously, this is super precious! Certainly appeals to my whimsy side.
Response: That PC was so you and wasn't even in the cup cake section on Zazzle but had cupcakes. Having fun using the curvature feature on the add text tool.
Comment: The title of that book, The M00n by Whale light is just a dreamy title! I even looked it up to see the graphics which isn't as image provoking as the title. Darn. But the postcard is so soul stirring. OH heart be still!
Response: So pleased that you researched the info I added to the card and that my image was so to your liking. Thanks for hosting the Moon series, Love it Hugs Mary
Comment: Thank you very much! You did a very nice job. I l love all the colors and how colorful you made it.
Response: You are so welcome Thanks for taking the time to write comments.
Comment: I love your envelope and all the goodies inside! It was like a treasure hunt ~ envies in envies in envies. Your letter was very enjoyable and interesting, I've read it twice so far.
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap. Thanks for taking time to write comments with the rating. Hope we swap again.
Gatzcat rated for AFWLS - Thanksgiving Postcard on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you! It was interesting to read your postcard.
Response: You are so welcome THX for comments

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 348 0 0
Completed Fives Threes Ones
299 363 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
5 179 115 0
View all

Currently Hosting

  • the user is not hosting any current swaps


jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

scrappermama on Mar 10, 2019:

Happy belated birthday! I just opened your letter to me for my birthday... thank YOU so much for your kind words! I am thrilled to hear about the nested boxes!! Sorry I'm behind on the birthday wishes... my husband is having a medical issue. ((Hugs mz. Mary))

tcornell on Mar 8, 2019:

Happy belated birthday to you! I hope your day was nothing short of magical!

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

isabellasnow on Mar 6, 2019:


lou on Mar 5, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

kittyhahahotbot on Mar 3, 2019:

Lemme be the first. lol

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 20, 2019:

HOw can I thank you for all the work you put into this loveRly banner. ....it will take me at least 3 years to do so.

Kathy821 on Feb 16, 2019:

Wow, thank you so much for the Rak. I love the card and love the die cuts and other things you sent. You very kind.

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 13, 2019:

Like this? lol

Login to leave a comment now!