Swap-bot Time: September 18, 2019 1:14 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: September 18, 2019

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 4 years. I miss him more every day. But, 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 will be 15 this spring. She is my 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:


Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome decorated envie and the super nice extras. Love, love, love all those doilies! So many nice people here on swap bot. Cheers!
Shiraz rated for CMF - Card with 3 elements on Sep 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks Tracy - sorry I’m so late.
Sunflower107 rated for CF: Friendship Day on Sep 7, 2019
glennasgarden rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ SEP on Sep 4, 2019
Comment: WOW nice happy mail Joan Thanks so much for everything! Especially the stamps! Love the fancy stationery, flower stickers and postcards. The old PC from Portland is sweet! Cute owls on the envie too!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF - Put a Scripture Verse on it on Aug 28, 2019
Comment: 💕 I really love your vintage embossed kraft stationery! I think It should hold up through the mail just fine. 😀
Response: Oh, good. I was a bit worried on this one. But, I know you like to send letters. Thank you for the rating and heart.
glennasgarden rated for CF: Fun Card #1 on Aug 27, 2019
Comment: Love this card you made Joan! Pretty and Fall like! Thanks for the encouraging bible verses, papers and embossed stamped papers. YAY I can make some more cards~
Response: Glad it arrived and you enjoyed the swap. Fun card to make, send and receive. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Fritosmom rated for CF: Patience on Aug 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the notecard & an awesome letter. The Love of God never fails. I learned to pray for God's will and not for anything specific. He knows what is good for me. God Bless...
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. We can never go wrong praying for God's will.
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Fun Card #1 on Aug 23, 2019
Comment: Nice card! I enjoyed your newsy note too. 🌸
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart. Try to stay cool this week. I thought summer was over.
Heirloom rated for UHM: Postcard Scavenger Hunt #7 on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Joan, what a lovely swap. Looks like you took a look at my profile! I do love all the postcards, of course. And the note. All so thoughtful. Happy mail!
Response: You enjoyed the swap and that makes me happy. Thank you for the nice rating with heart.
Comment: I love the selection you sent. Thank you. Yes, my house is a lot of work but it is loads of fun!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
susieq40 rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ AUG on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Got my scavenger hunt goodies, thank you so much...❤️❤️❤️❤️
clutterfree rated for CF: Celebrate Lighthouse Day on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Joan...how wonderful to have friend visit via my mailbox! The handmade note card you sent is amazing! I never did catch on to the paper crafting so many do so well so I can really appreciate others great work! I confess I was excited to get what I thought was going to be several pages of a note from you and had to chuckle at myself when I sat down to enjoy it .... It turned out to be only the top sheet of memo pad and the other sheets were blank for my use...lol so i used them right away to write to my partner for this swap!! Thanks for a great swap and all your thoughts and prayers over the years..... it was good to join a few summer swaps! I had missed "happy mail"! Blessings, Charlene
Response: I'm sorry I disappointed you with the shorter note. I'm just not into pen pal type writing. So, I'm glad you enjoyed the card I made and thank you for the nice rating and heart. It was great to see you swapping again!
glennasgarden rated for CF: Kindness on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: What a sweet card you made with words and butterflies. I love it! Thank you so much for everything, especially needed the postage :) Happy Mail!
Response: Thank you for the nice rating, Glenna. I'm glad you enjoyed your swap.
123Poggy123 rated for UHM: Card with a cat on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: I love this card!!!!!! The meow on the inside added so much to this card & so did the cat Washi Tape on the envelope. What a great idea. Thank you for the stamped cats for me to use.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the meow, meow card. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Comment: Joan I love how the card that you made turned out. Inspires me to try it that way too! Beautiful card. Thanks so much for the extras and the extra napkins too for me to use. Fun swap! :)
glennasgarden rated for CF - Put a BEE on it on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Joan I love all of the bees! So cute! Thank you so much for everything and even the clever envie you mailed everything to me in. Very HAPPY MAIL Thanks too for hosting this swap!
Response: Bzzzing by to say thank you for the nice rating and heart. Glad you enjoyed the swap.
TereDiane1954 rated for CF: Book Lover’s Day Swap on Aug 3, 2019
Comment: Very cool postcard, Joan! I always love things made with bits of dictionary ♥ Thank you so much!
Response: I'm happy you liked it. I have a stack of big, very old vintage dictionaries. It is hard to cut them up, but does give them new life. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Comment: Thank you so very much! You are the FIRST to ever send me Egyptian PCs! And those bottles and labels!!! I am absolutely blown away with this swap. A million hearts to you! I have a Big Shot and love it but dreaming about an electric one Lol. Would love to do a swap for diecuts but not sure I have anything you might be interested in.
Response: You really made my evening! I was happy to find a home for those Egyptian cards. I love making die cuts. I'll PM you. Thanks for the nice rating and million hearts : )
thevmatt rated for UHM: Make my Day #2: Envelopes 💌 on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks a ton!!!
Response: You are very welcome. I'm so glad it arrived. Thank you for the rating with heart.
Sunflower107 rated for CF: Mail Art-Ice Cream on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Love your mail art with ice cream. Thanks for all the goodies. Love them!
Response: I'm glad you liked the swap. Thank you for the heart and be happy licking your favorite ice cream! A cone is the way to go.

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BlueberryLady on Sep 16, 2019:

Thank you for the Beautiful Birthday Card and Verse.. Hugs...

glennasgarden on Aug 14, 2019:

Thanks for posting the kitty on my profile Joan! Have a wonderful day my friend!

Mimi7 on Aug 14, 2019:

Hi Joan Have a great day :) Thanks for posting the kitty on my page, love it :)

LindaW on Jul 20, 2019:

Thank you for the cute Birthday card.

Fritosmom on Jul 15, 2019:

Thank you for the lovely Welcome card and goodies are always appreciated. I had a Siamese Cat named Pudge for 10 years plus. He preferred outside to inside but would come in to eat. One day he just didn't come home. I believe he is running free and exploring the world.

marinda on Jul 5, 2019:

Thank you so much for the great postcards! That was so wonderful of you to look at my profile. The postcards are awesome. Thank you!

Ukucaitie on Jul 1, 2019:

Hello Joan!!

I just got the envelope from RAK postcards uhm.filled with postcard goodness! Thank you so much! You picked put the perfect cards for us! These will be perfect to share too! I want to keep all of them thank you!!!!!!!

pinklilly on Jun 30, 2019:

Joan, thank you so much for all the beautiful postcards!!!! I received them yesterday from the UHM Postcard RAK!!! You are so awesome!!!!!! I love them all!!!!

Poohtat on Jun 30, 2019:

UHM Postcard RAK- Thank you very much for the great selection of postcards you sent to me. I love them all!

LadyJo on Jun 10, 2019:

Thank you so very very much for the nice books you sent my way! I also like the extra Mail Art ones too! I will be using them! Thank you for the RAK offer!

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