Swap-bot Time: March 8, 2021 10:26 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: March 8, 2021
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated FEB, 22, 2021, Time for an update

I dont read my emails often, I do read the pms here, many times a day. So Pm me here, first.

I will have been married 33 years, as of, Jan 2021. We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH! they are all adults now. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. I have 2 adult, former foster, still living with me, Junior, age 32. He moved back in with me OCT of 2019, as he in need of a kidney transplant. He will need our help over the next year to two. We keep thinking after he moves out, we might start all over again and be GRANDfoster parents, as we have zero, nada, zilch, grandkids. We will see, were are pretty tired as parenting doesnt seem to stop just because the kids become 18. Our second adult child, Cearra, at home just boomeranged back FEB 2021. She has tried to make it in the real world and just hasnt figured it out yet.

I am CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didn't reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better, maybe even as the queen of this castle. It stuck with me.

My husband and I are both Cancer survivors, I had breast cancer in 2015, and he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer, in 2017. (He always has to out do me). He successfully has made it past the 2 year mark, of a Stem cell transplant from a stranger. I can not thank you enough, those of you 18-44 who have joined the Bethematch.org donor bank, with your simple cheek swab. A stranger from Germany saved his life. If you have ever donated blood, I also thank you. He was in need of red blood cells (and sometimes platelets), every month for months, before his transplant. Thank you!

pets and postcards

We have 4 rescued dogs and 3 cats, and are non smokers. Pet hair seems to abound in my house.

I really dont think I want anything for my pets. The dogs like treats and so do the cats, but I can buy them myself. BUT I do love cat postcards and atcs. Dogs? Meh! Ok dogs too.

I am Azmom875, on postcrossing.com, so I do collect postcards. Lately I have been enjoying hand made postcard. I also like just about every type of touristy postcard, Fave themes are Cats, clocktowers, windmills, old postcards where the cars are really old, and dated. Yes, those faded ones. I like the old tacky vintage postcards. They make me smile. Ones with images of a motel, or old scene. I also collect ad cards, which is another odd thing, I guess. Again they just make me smile. I really do not like those postcards you can color, mainly cause I dont like adult coloring. It is not my thing. I cant seem to stay in the lines. Go figure.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards: I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees, snails or snails delivering mail, as in Snail mail.

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Cacti. Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I like Christmas in July stuff.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.


I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

I like wacky holiday and Christmas in July.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com I have a bookcrossing.com and a goodread.com account. I am Azmom875 on all 4 sites.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do like to swap tea. I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

If you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.

About Me

THEMES that bring me joy.

A- alligators, ants, animals, apple scented things, avocados, acorns

B- butterflies, black bears, brown bears, buttons, birds, borders for paper crafting, books,

C- cats, coffee, cacti, clocks, clocktowers, crowns,

D- dogs, dachshunds, deer, daisies, desert in bloom,

E- elephants, eggplants,

F- Fish, esp on atcs, I have not idea why, Flowers, fall leaves,

G- GEIGO GECKO, green is my favorite color. all green atcs.

H- heather plant, Hawaii


J -Jackalopes

K- kangaroos,

L- lemons. lace,

M- mice,



P- pumpkins but not jack-o-lanterns, Pumpkins scented things, Pumpkin spice things, postcard (see likes above), Playing card (5s, jokers, and Face card esp)

Q queens, quilts,


S- snakes are fine, I am not afraid. snowflakes, snowmen,

T- Tim holtz, trees,

U- umbrellas,

V- vintage

W- wings on people and dogs

X xenophobia depicted in art.


Z -zebras,


georgiafae rated for X Alphabet cardboard PC on Mar 8, 2021
Comment: I didn't know Jolly Time Popcorn was still around. Colorful postcard! Thanks for swapping-Take care!
grammypammy rated for Give a Heart, get a Heart.!!!! on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: I also love Artist Trading Cards and it's my favorite papercraft to create! Have fun creating!
debtea2 rated for TFT- Irish Tea Party on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Wow talk about an amazing package You really spoiled me with al! The goodies Lots of hearts and smiles for all fun things you crammed in there . Thank you so much your a wonderful partner.and a great member. Wishing you a happy st. Paddys day Hugs
debtea2 rated for TFT-Mega ATC swap on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Awesome selection and so many thank you And thanks for joining in.🙋
Comment: I too am an avid reader and LOVED your letter! I also love cozy mysteries as does my aunt in Iowa. I listen to the news as I craft...actually just background noise. My craft room is a mess, time to drink a cup of the tea you sent and figure out a redo in my room!! It's a mess! Thanks again, hope you get in the library soon!
colodad rated for Embossed Papers on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: What a great swap. I do not have any of the folders you used, so nice to get a new variety. I appreciate the variety of papers you used and the shapes. my favorites were the brick wall and the sliver quarter circle. I need to make some birthday cards and plan to use your collection as the inspiration. FYI, your envelope came in a body bag, but it looks like everything arrived, 5 pages and 5 shapes. It ripped along the top and bottom edges. Looks like it need reinforcements all around.
K8thecrafter rated for Z Alphabet cardboard PC on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: I love how you decorated the pc! Thank you
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun Christmas card postcard. Fun swap
georgiafae rated for Z Alphabet cardboard PC on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: This is going to be a fun series! Like the eyes you added to the packaging. Lightly snowing here today! Enjoy your sunflowers-Take care and stay safe!
CraftyShana76 rated for G.I.F.T. ~ Verse/Quote PC #1 on Feb 14, 2021
Comment: Loved the verse and loved the PC. TYSVM!
mle rated for COVID lockdown Ephemera on Feb 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for my first buddy Jam! I will get to work on these today. Have a great weekend!
Tryph rated for MJS: Magpie Journal Supplies Swap on Feb 5, 2021
Comment: Swap met requirements. Unfortunately, there were a lot of pieces that ended up being stuck to one another and some left sticky adhesive pieces in the middle of the papers, etc. making them less useable. Just something to watch for in future.
BLUR rated for Z is for Zebra on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Yay! Glad I got your example card! <3
Christianmom rated for G.I.F.T. ~ Happy Mail #1 on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you Heather for everything you sent me. Your letter really touched me. I will be praying for you and praying that your surgery goes well and for fast recovery. I know God will be watching over you and will be with you every step of the way. God is a good and loving God. I pray that 2021 will be your year to Bloom! Hugs and God bless.
PBee rated for AAA: Clear the Stash on Jan 30, 2021
Comment: Beautiful cards, thank you so much! I love them all.
onthesnap22 rated for E is for Elephant on Jan 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC! I love elephants and the card is awesome!!
Comment: Hi Heather! Love the cute Christmas in Jan pc! My library in Waterloo is doing curbside pickup but the library in Columbia you can go into - they are the same distance away from me, different towns and different rules - strange! I love to read more than crafting or almost anything else! LOL! Wishing you all the best and please stay safe! Hugs, Happy Reading, and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the pretty pink pinwheel postcard. Definitely fun and whimsical. ❤️
banjobraids rated for 3 AD Cards Plus . . . on Jan 17, 2021
Comment: Very cool cards, thanks! Appreciate the free taco, even if I can't eat it :D

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LadyJo on Mar 4, 2021:

Just checking in on you! I am your Faith Sister for the Month of March! Look for mail soon, well if it gets there in good timing. Praying you are having a good day!

CariahCreates on Feb 25, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday greetings from my AWG wishlist

yvonne401 on Feb 22, 2021:

Thank you for my AWG February wishes of a Valentine card and tea! Thanks for thinking of me!



phillaine on Feb 22, 2021:

Thank you for the yummy tea! (Feb. RAK #2)
Your postcard is on its way back to you. ♥

Ryleighsmom on Feb 20, 2021:

LOVE the bday card!! Thank you! 🥰 AWG Feb wishlist

Tigerlilyknotwise on Feb 18, 2021:


Tigerlilyknotwise on Feb 18, 2021:

Thanks for the funny birthday card via AWG :)
Hope you're doing well!! ~Rachael

BusyB on Feb 18, 2021:

I'm glad you got your address labels from December wishlist! I was so hoping they didn't get lost! Lol The lady I order from is awesome! Enjoy!

Poohtat on Feb 17, 2021:

Thank you for the adorable birthday card from AWG and the tea.

Poohtat on Feb 13, 2021:

Thank you for the fruity teas from RAKs Only. They all sound yummy. Your postcard will be going out Monday. Happy Swapping

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