Swap-bot Time: March 19, 2019 1:19 am


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: March 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:


ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Happy First Day of Spring 2019 on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: I'm loving all the cards I'm getting from you these days. This one was pretty with the purple irises & bees. ;) I like the vertical, open from the bottom card. I never do those, but should try some. I have that lace border punch. It really gave a nice touch to your design. Thanks for the string postage and stickers!! :)
susieq40 rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ MAR on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for a big envy of goodies, can't wait to use them...didn't have any of them..the MAR was all different from ones I sent..Have aBlessed Day
LindaW rated for Bible Verses (Seven Days of ...) on Mar 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the encouraging scriptures! I liked how you decorated the cards and how thereโ€™s a cat or cats on them. Thanks also for the Forever stamps.
Response: I'm glad it arrived safely and you enjoyed everything. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
sabbysteg rated for UHM: Ad/free postcards on Mar 6, 2019
Comment: Hello! Thanks for the card and how is the tales that I presume tell about Marilla?
Response: Thank you for rating and heart. I sent a PM to answer your question.
LadyJo rated for CF: Happy Birthday Mail Art on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: I loved your Mail Art Happy Birthday envie! It is neat! I like the snail too! Than what a nice Birthday card and the butterflies! Thank you so very very much!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your swap. Thank you for hosting these mail art swaps. They are very fun! Thank you for the nice rating and heart, too.
glennasgarden rated for CF - Send 1 Ounce of Sunshine on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Beautiful sunshine swap Joan! Thanks so much for everything~LOVE
Response: So happy to send you a bit of sun in the midst of your snowstorms. Thank you for rating and the heart, too.
ncnurse04 rated for Grab bag die cut swap on Mar 4, 2019
Comment: I adored your decorated envelope and thoroughly enjoyed the selection of die cuts you sent. Thank you so much.
Response: You made my day with such nice comments. And, thank you for the heart, too. Happy March!
Thumpersivy rated for Grab bag die cut swap on Mar 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great assortment
1koolkrafter rated for Grab bag die cut swap on Mar 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun die cuts...๐Ÿค“
marinda rated for UHM: Ad/free postcards on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
swayzer rated for Grab bag die cut swap on Feb 28, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness Joan your die cut are beautiful, I hope you like the ones I sent as well. I too have tons more and love to use them for goodies for my swap partners.. Do you have any dress dies?? Thank you so much!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked them. Yes. I did like yours and already rated with note. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. I'll answer your question in a PM.
Comment: thank you for the birthday card and all the wonderful extras! This is a great group :)
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. I think we have a wonderful group of friends also. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
phillaine rated for UHM: Smiles Across the Miles on Feb 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your sweet note and all the thoughtful little gifts you sent me. Postage stamps, jokers, and kitties: love it all! And your envelope was delightful, definitely lots of smiles. Thanks again! โ™ฅ
Response: I'm glad the swap made you smile. Thank you for the nice rating and I'm smiling while looking at another heart. Thanks!
Comment: YAY it finally arrived in great shape 2/26 Thanks so much for the beautiful bird mail art envie and the stampings and paper too. I am already thinking about the cards I can make! LOVE
Response: I am so happy it arrived safely. Thank you for the rating and heart.
BeadDiva rated for Grab bag die cut swap on Feb 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful die cuts. I love my postcard. Thank you so much.
Response: : ) You are very welcome. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
DixieDiane rated for Grab bag die cut swap on Feb 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks joan
Comment: Thank you so much for the happy mail. I liked everything you sent me! Sorry to say I don't get up Portland way hardly ever. I know you will enjoy swapping on this site. There are tons of fun swaps and nice swappers.
Response: You are very welcome. I am glad you enjoyed what I sent. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. Let me know if you should be coming this way sometime. I love company!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty hummingbird. My mom's 93 this year, I hope I make it that far. Happy swapping!
Response: Best wishes to you and your Mom for a healthy, long life. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Comment: awesome. thanks for the extras
Response: You are very welcome. This was a fun swap. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the top rating and heart!
glennasgarden rated for CF: Senders Choice PC on Feb 17, 2019
Comment: Joan I LOVE the PC you made for me! So sweet! It went through the mail perfect Thanks so very much!
Response: I'm so glad it arrived safely and you like it. Thank you for the nice rating and heart! Happy swapping my friend.

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ReadMoreBooks33 on Mar 7, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome Garfield birthday card and forever stamps! <3

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2019:

SCORE! lol The Tower Records postcard! OMgosh!

03Scarlett on Feb 14, 2019:

Happy Valentine's Day, Joan ... I hope your day is an extra special one. (Hugs) Love ya!

Swan on Jan 8, 2019:

Looks like I may not have thanked you for your Christmas card yet. The ornament is great, too!

glennasgarden on Dec 25, 2018:


rarjones on Dec 21, 2018:

Happy December Birthday to you! Hope your day is extra special:)

hollycm6 on Dec 21, 2018:

Thank you for the Christmas birthday card, recipe cards, and postage... I don't think I've ever received a card that was BIRTHDAY/Christmas before! I love it! I hope you'll have a merry-happy birthday, as well! :)

BlueberryLady on Nov 30, 2018:

Just got your note in today's mail for the CF Nov. WTA. What a Great Idea Heifer International, Yes I heard of them many years ago at Church.. Thank you for the Note and Stamps. !! Blessings and Hugs..

Mimi7 on Nov 27, 2018:

Joan thanks so much for the great Birthday card. I love it Hot pink is my favorite color plus my kitty looks just like this white kitty. Her name is Mistletoes. thanks for the kitty postcard and the lovely bird stamps, You made my day. Our bluebirds are at their feeder and water dish every day now. Hugs

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 19, 2018:

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