Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2018 1:22 am


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: August 17, 2018

Country: United States
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Hello -

I look forward to swapping with you.

I enjoy making people happy, so do let me know (before rating down) if for any reason my swap content did not meet your expectations or the instructions and especially if you do not receive a swap. My rating is very important to me and I want to make it right.

I have been a widow for 3 years. God has provided. I'm also a Mother (1 married daughter), Grandmother to three grown girls and Great-grandmother to a 3 year old girl. My daughter and husband live in Florida and the grown girls are in three different states: AZ, AL and FL. They all like sunshine. I like Oregon rain. Lived here all my life except for a few years in the San Francisco Bay area. Couldn't wait to return to Oregon. I'd prefer the Oregon coast, actually, but I'd miss all my friends here.

I am Christian and trust in God for the salvation he provides through his son, Jesus.

I have one cat, Tinkerbell. She is a loving companion. I am retired and enjoy tag sales, thrift stores and flea markets. I love crafting with paper and all kinds of mixed media.

Themes I enjoy

Cute birds, chickens, owls, cats, vintage toys & images, and Victorian steampunk (no skulls or goth please). I also like whimsey and playful (not Disney, but more vintage looking like 40s & 50s book pages) and vintage postcards and greeting cards

I collect postcards. My very favorites are animals and especially birds holding umbrellas.

I also collect vintage ephemera: Victorian Trading Cards, Vintage greeting cards, Single Swap Playing Cards (especially cats, owls, and unusual jokers) Postage Stamps. All of my collections include used and unused. I love them all!

Wish List

I'm a child at heart and enjoy fun, playful themes. I also enjoy vintage era graphics (40s - 50s).

Think of Handmade, vintage, part packages, gently used from your stash first. Other people's trash is my treasure LOL.

I tend to prefer muted colors over primary colors. I like yellow and lime green for all seasons. I also like "unexpected" color combinations. I can use:

  • Handmade paper or paper you alter w/swirls, splatters, Gelli plate prints, stamped on and textured papers (all sizes) I love paper!
  • Hand stamped images (black or brown on white or cream color) and images that blend on unusual papers
  • Cats, chickens & roosters are favs
  • Christian themed stickers with scripture.
  • Pictures of you and your family to add to my Swap-bot scrapbook
  • Pretty stickers. I prefer just flat ones, not 3D
  • Old, interesting black/white photos/cabinet photos. You know; the instant relative types : )
  • Retro and Victorian pictures or phrases cut from books, magazines.
  • Anything handmade by you.
  • Vintage single playing cards (collect jokers and interesting pictures)
  • Fun, bright printed socks (Size 9-11)
  • Vintage lace, ribbon and crinkled seam binding


I try to be thankful for any gift received, but some things just don't work for me due to my allergies: perfumes, soaps, lotions, candles, and some foods.

Tea and coffee samples are fine.

Although I'm a Christian I don't care for crosses, pictures of Christ, or most Christian imagery. I prefer items with scripture and a flower or other non-religious pictures.

Please do not send skulls, goth, fairies, nudes, and such. I don't celebrate Halloween and also don't care much for elves, Santas, fantasy, surreal or cutesy, but will re-gift to someone who has these listed as favorites.

Reminders for me . . .

My Games, Tags, Trains, RAKs & Wishes:

Challenge game sent 7-19


Comment: The Mason jars are so cute, Joan! And I love the little doilies. Thank you so much, my friend♥
pattiairel rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail August 2018 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Joan thanks for a wonderful letter. My granddaughter Mari age 4 is with me until friday so I will write a letter after that!! ♥♥♥♥ thanks for a awexome swap, and beautiful handmade card!!
BlueberryLady rated for CF - Sender's Choice Card on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Love the Watermelon Hello Card !! thank you for the Note you wrote/and Prayers and for the Cute Note Card from Currant ( used to order from them a lot).
Comment: Joan, the way you completed this swap was so whimsical and fun! I love reading about Tinkerbell's summer. What a neat idea! I wished I had thought of it ;++) Your beautifully deco'd kitty envie is darling and I so appreciate you sharing some of your kitty goodies with me. Thank you very much!
Response: I'm happy you enjoyed the swap. Hmm . . . maybe I should do more musings from Tinkerbell. Thank you for the lovely comments and top rating.
georgiafae rated for All About Summer on Aug 8, 2018
Comment: Fun print envelopes and the inside treats were wonderful. Love the old pages from the sewing magazine/catalog and the pretty matching card to the one envelope! Thanks for sharing!
Whovian487 rated for All About Summer on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cool summer envelopes with notecard. 😀 Thanks also for the lighthouse card as well. 😀
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pc and hymn information. Will look it up!
Response: Thank you for the nice rating. I hope you will be blessed when you research that hymn.
Comment: Joan...what a bright spot in my mail box when I returned from the beach...yellow like the SUN!! LOVE the handmade card with the adorbs popcicles and stuffed with yummies that were all calorie free!!!! Thank you for a great and generous swap! I love these fun scented postage stamps :) Thanks for sharing a note about your garden..I didn't do any vegetables this year but am enjoying some new to me flower beds! Hugs and prayers, Charlene
Response: Welcome home and thank you for the wonderful rating. Hugs!
JocysMom rated for SS: Yankee DOODLE Dandee on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and sweet note!
Response: I'm so glad it arrived. I was getting a little worried since it was one of a kind. Thank you for the nice rating. I'm happy you liked the swap.
Comment: I enjoyed your predominantly green swap and oh what fun, you made a lovely banner with green popsicles on it. :) Very clever and creative of you to use die cuts. The green fish & jelly fish die cuts, along with the card are now living in my washi journal (yes, I will bring it for show 'n tell in September). The other washi die cut summer treats will be fun to use for other things. Thanks for a wonderful color swap! :)
Response: Thank you for the nice rating. I can't wait to see your Washi journal. I think we need more popsicle swaps before summer is over. I found the acrylic stamp you used on my envelope : )
TereDiane1954 rated for CF: Washi Popsicles on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Whoa, I got popsicles on the stamp, on the envelope, and on the card! Wonderful swap, Joan♥ Thank you so much, and thank you also for the "delicious" extras :)
Response: Yes. I've gone kind of crazy with popsicles! Such a fun, happy theme. Thank you for the wonderful comments and rating! Eat more popsicles!
susieq40 rated for CF- Fly Your Flag on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: What a envy full of goodies, I can really use all of it..how generous you were. Thanks. Blessings Susie
fishsteak rated for SMSUSA: Sunshine in My Mailbox #2 on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the swap! Your cat sounds lovely and thanks for all the cat-themed goodies. :)
TereDiane1954 rated for Yard Sale Surprise for July on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: What a beautiful book, Joan! It's in excellent shape for its age, too. Thank you so much. I have not read it, but I've heard it's good. Now I can! (Maybe if I'd not skipped class so much when I was in school, I would have!)
Response: I'm happy the book is new to you and hope you enjoy reading it. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Vickyen rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail June 2018 on Jun 23, 2018
Comment: Hi Joan! Thank you so much for the wonderful Happy Mail! You are so sweet to share your pcs (love them!) and to send pc postage - wish I was clever enough to think of that! I might have to "borrow" your idea!! Hope you have a wonderful trip to the beach over the 4th! I am a tad jealous, as we are off that week as well but I cannot get my hubby to make a decision on what we are doing - grrrr! LOL! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
rarjones rated for SS- Follow the Sketch! on Jun 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your card and extras:) What a neat idea to re-purpose designs from other cards for the flowers!
LadyJo rated for CF: SUMMER 2018 SWAP on Jun 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, neat washi tape, butterfly cut outs, and the letter telling about your summer. It sounds fun for what you have planned! I know this group is going to be a real blessing!
rarjones rated for CF- Summertime Yellow! on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: received your envie of yellow today! Beautiful card and the little bees are so cute. Although I was recently stung by one in my yard and OUCH! I will try to use them on a card. Thanks for swapping with me:)
Response: Sorry to send bees to remind you of the ouch. But, glad you liked the card. Thank you for the top rating!
BeckyG56 rated for CF - Collage HM Postcard on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Love this card, you have such a gift for collage, and creating wonderful scenes. Thanks so much for the scripture, one of my favorites, and promises.
Response: Thank you for the nice comment and top rating. Glad you liked it.
NotAllWhoWander rated for Paper Bomb on Jun 9, 2018

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Animatarian on Aug 10, 2018:

Joan, thanks so much for the tea and for sharing stamped images of that sweet sentiment with me. I'll certainly find several ways to incorporate it into my cards. So happy for you that you found it!!

Animatarian on Aug 6, 2018:

My DH went to the PO today and brought home a handful of mail, including a sweet card from you! I love the little mason jar, so sweet, and thanks for the rooster note cards and stamps. Believe me, they will be put to good use. Thanks again, for everything!!

ReadMoreBooks33 on Aug 3, 2018:

snailmaillover on Jul 27, 2018:

Thank you so much for the fun summer die cuts! Love them! And I was so excited to see the popsicle stamps! So fun!! Thanks again!!

AbbyGailsCorner on Jul 18, 2018:

Joan, I was so touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity regarding the passing of my mother!! You are a blessing to me!

debhous on Jul 1, 2018:

Thank you for the sweet card!

GrannysNamesake on Jun 29, 2018:

Hi Joan, thank you for the pretty hummingbird which gave me a huge smile. They're so very special to me as I've only seen a few in my life.

Animatarian on Jun 28, 2018:

Joan, "Happy Mail" arrived in my PO Box today, such a joy!! Thanks so much for taking the time to write while you were away. Nice to hear what a rewarding time you had, and know you will have a great time coming up on the 4th with everyone. Hugs, Patty

TamiHope on Jun 27, 2018:

Thank you, Joan, for the beautiful butterfly note card you sent me while you were away. I always love hearing from you! :-)

TereDiane1954 on Jun 25, 2018:

Joan, welcome home!! We missed our illustrious leader ;) Hope you had a great time.

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