Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2019 1:12 pm


Date Joined: March 29, 2011
Last Online: April 14, 2019
Birthday: April 5, 1942
Country: United States

About Me

I'm a retired art teacher and love to draw, do zentangles, postcards, atc's, any kind of needlework and quilting. I love recycling & creating.Love making visual journals. I'm a widow and live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia ,with my Norwegian Elkhound named Mani. who is now 6. I have an English garden and Vetg. garden during the summer. I love working in the soil and I love being out doors. I love all types of flowers. I have 3 grown children & 5 grandsons. My favorite color is blue. My sister & I are working on a special quilt about all the soliders in our family, starting with the colonial mitia to date. I also love writing poetry. My twin sister moved in with me and she too is on Swap Bot (pynart2) .

.I've really enjoyed being apart of Swap Bot and I try to send out the swaps a few days after I receive my partners names. So if you don't receive one from me, please let me know so that I can resend. I take my rating very seriously, because I try and send out what I would like to receive. I don't like flakers...when someone is late just let me know...life can get in the way of creativity, but not to answer an e-mail is just plain ...not nice.

Favorite Music

I grew up with a singer father and a mother who played the piano. So I love thirties & forties music. But I love soft jazz, piano music, some opera and definitely country. I love to listen to Easy Listening music on TV. And I love to dance. Someof my favorite songs are: My Melancholy Baby, When I Fall In Love, As Time Goes By,Three Times A Lady, Dream Alittle Dream of Me, Wrapped Up In You, Besame Mucho, Monday, Monday, Walking After Midnight, "409" and Ole Red. I love all types and the list is longer, but this will give you an idea.

Favorite Books

I love reading most genre. Favorite books are - The Bible, The Red Tent, Babiyar, Night, The Notebook, French Women For All Seasons, Under The Tuscan Sun, Mutant Message Down Under, The Red Badge of Courage, The Last Lecture and most Mysteries. I read 50 books plus a year so there are to many to list.

Favorite Movies

I like Romantic movies- Sleepless In Seattle, Notting Hill, An Officer An A Gentleman, Brigette Jones Diary etc.. But I also enjoy other types like Out Of Africa, Gorillas In The Mist, The Note Book, The Last Emperor, The Sound Of Music etc I guess I like all types. How could I forget Harry Potter & Indiana Jones. Dahhh!

Favorite Television

I recently cut the cord to my Comcast and now have Roku and I just love it. Some of my Netflix favorites are Ms. Fischer Mysteries, Call the Midwives, Father Brown Mysteries , The Crown and many others.

Favorite Crafts

I like creating. I love all kinds of needle work, crocheting, embroidering, quilting (all types).& sewing. I love to draw, & paint. I make my own cards, ATC, envelopes & Postcards. My sister & I make purses , throws & Teddy bears from mens neckties.Presently, I've found a whole new world in Journaling and I'm just loving it.I also take forest driftwood and paint santas that I see in the wood naturally. I also like making my own journals, mini file albums & pocket letters.

What I Love

Birds chirping in the early morn. Fresh mountain air Smell of Lavender in bloom The Sun on my face My Big Red dog Bear & now Mani My family I love recycling & creating something new Walking in the sand in bare feet The smell of the forest in the Fall The many colors of Fall When the first snow flake falls An Ice Storm (It looks like a Fairytale land) Love working in my garden Stamp collecting Seeing a double rainbow Hearing the distant whistle of a train Love Kick Boxing Postmarked PC'S from around the world Blue of any shade

Wish List

fountain pens (love writing letters) composition books Vintage hankies used or new postage stamps, cardboard coasters Art Deco Magazine PC & Black & White PC stationary chocolate love handmade items smashed souvenir pennies

Not so nice:::

I was flaked by Hannah Dodd (alabaster)- on Swap - "Art Journal for Beginners Edited" from Oct 10, 2011 I waited til Nov 14th...no journal recd I was flaked by Stephanie Thompson(purplecircles) - on 3x3 Paper Bag Art Journal Pages Round #2 . Dealine to send swap was Nov3, 2011. I emailed her on Nov 28 & recd no reply Jan 11, 2011 Angel Flaker is Craftingdiva on my Angel journal for Art Journal for Beginners from Oct 31, 2011. I was flaked by minniepic ( Denise Kemp) on the Group: Spell A Word PC -USA Only April 2012. I was flaked by - lotti02 (Charlotte Blanchard) on the Group: E-Envie of Fun March 24, 20212 I was flaked by (karenvanita) Vanita Smith on my PBP Blue, Turq & gold SWap of Aug 31, 2012. I was flaked by JimVav for the Wild Cat ATC# 6- Lynx of Sept 22. I was flaked by Jutta Koenig for Book Page Atc #9 Valenntines Swap of Feb 4, 2013 I as flaked by IskanDetia Nov 2013- Tea Kit Swap.


A thank you goes out to all the Angels out there: smmarrty for the 3x3 paper bag journal For those who came forward to give me my 5x7 Art Journal...Thank you Taco5518 bobgrl topshelf43 VioletLove Faeorian Moonlightjade Pandessa I want to Thank Margothecat & SusieQ11 for angeling me for the Spell A Word PC I want to thank jandmterry for angeling me for Group-E-Envelope of Fun. I want to thank sewcrazy for angeling me my 7 & 8 of hearts. I want to thank Gwillisinc for angeling me, my 5x7 PBP Blue,Turq. Gold swap Oct 2012 I want to Thank Aumonoe for angeling me the Book Pg ATC #9 from 2013. I want to thank tatipop for angeling me my Tea Kit from Nov 2013. I want to thank CrystalZ for angeling me for my "Pick 3 Swap" from Sept 2015.


bluehairedmary rated for QUICK Animal Postcard #2 on Mar 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the Jetoy pc! Just lovely! I like the Norcross area - I used to work at a Publix there many moons ago! What a small world!
Response: Glad you liked the Jetoy PC. It sure is a small world. That part of Atlanta has grown so much since 1992 ,,,its part of the city now.Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Jafferty rated for Poem in your Pocket on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the poems and the cute mail art on the envelope! Also, Loved your pocket!
Response: Your welcome. I had fun making the pocket and the poems. I love adding art to all my envelopes, glad you like it. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Vickyen rated for QUICK Animal Postcard #2 on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: Hi Barbara! Thanks for the awesome antelope pc - not sure I have ever seen one out in the wild - looks very majestic! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Queensmiley2530 rated for Poem in your Pocket on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you and I love it all. I was confused until I realized I had your twin sister as a partner too.
Response: I am sorry, I should have told you. Glad you liked what I made , I really enjoyed this swap. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day, bearnbabs
stonekeepers rated for AAAMA ~ Full Crow Moon in March on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the wonderful envelope of goodies. I love them all! Great swap. :-)
Response: You are welcome. I really enjoyed putting it together and making it.. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Kathy821 rated for Notecard & Tea on Mar 19, 2019
Comment: I’m so sorry to be late in rating you. Thank you so much for the great tea that you sent. I’m looking forward to trying them.
Response: Hope you enjoy the teas. Thanks for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
pattiairel rated for AAAMA March Envelope Swap on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: thanks for a nice swap♥♥♥ love receiving from you!
Response: You are very welcome. Glad you liked what I sent. Thanks for the rating and heart. Hope you have a nice day. bearnbabs
BLUR rated for Vocabulary from my book, PC swap on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the PC! Love the picture/design on the front! This is the very first piece of swap-bot mail I have received! I should pick up this book. :)
Response: Glad you liked what I sent. I love making mail art. And you liked the book too. Thanks for the rating. bearnbabs
ShireSeamstress rated for Scavenger Hunt on Mar 10, 2019
Comment: Enjoyed the items you sent for the Scavenger Hunt. Loved the Virginia Woolf post card 😊 Thanks for sharing a list of some of your favorite books. I have read some from your list and I see some I will need to check out. You mentioned you are reading ‘The Nightingale’ - I read it back in the Fall for my book club. It was very good. LOVED the art work on the envelope!! Thanks again 😊
Response: So glad you liked what I sent and the envie too. I loved reading the Nightingale also. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Dana78 rated for TBR:Postcard Penpals 🖊 1 on Mar 8, 2019
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart, Have a wonderful day, bearnbabs
CarolynSW rated for Interest ME #2 on Mar 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I have this book and have been meaning to finish it!
Response: Sorry you are already reading the book I sent , but I hope you liked the extras. I"m getting ready to read 'Where The Crawdads Sing by Della Owens. Anyway, hope you have a great day. bearnbabs
pernie123 rated for ME: A TO Z on Mar 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for interesting replies from A to Z. I have learned a little about you. I enjoy writing swaps.
Response: Glad you liked what I sent. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for Notecard & Tea on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for note and Tea, looking forward to a quite afternoon with a cup of Tea.
Response: you are welcome, enjoy your tea with a favorite book and a cozy blanket. Thanks for the rating and heart. bearnbabs
Comment: Thank you very much for your letter and the teas! I loved reading your letter - much love to all the dogs and cats in your house! I only have one cat but she's the best ever and one puppy, a "cockapoo". The puppy is a lot of work but luckily easy to motivate with treats. My mom and my m-i-l both live 10min drive from us, in the same town. All our dads have passed away. My siblings live here and there but my hubby's siblings live close by. We don't get together as a full set that often though. I've been on Swap-bot since 2008 or so but took a 10 year break for no particular reason. Maybe it was money. I'm on Bookcrosdong so I read a lot too. Mostly fantasy, sci-fi, chick-lit and crime novels. I read in Finnish and English. There are some challenges set by the bookcrossing people on our forum; I rarely take part but recently someone set up a challenge to "travel by reading". You get points based on the coutries the books take you to. No genre limitations. I don't care about cooking. I used to enjoy baking but nowadaus my daughters are way more talented in it that I won't bother :D Warm greetings from chilly Finland!
Response: Loved hearing about your family. THE "Travel by reading" sounds like fun. How does the point system works??? And what have you read so far? Glad you enjoyed my letter. Hoped you liked my decorated envelope too? Enjoy some tea, a good book in a cozy chair and keep warm. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Mugsie rated for Book Themed Postcard on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much Barbara! XO Kelly
Response: You are so welcome. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day every day, all year long. bearnbabs
LadyJo rated for QUICK Scavenger Hunt For Items on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: What a cute envie you sent my things in! I like everything you picked for me! Did you make the bookmark? Thank you so much! Yes, I thought I marked the heart! Sometimes they don't take because I am sure I marked it! Yes it was sure a heart swap! Thanks for calling that to my attention!
Response: Yes I made the book mark.. With everything I sent ,plus the mail art I thought I would have gotten a heart too..Oh well, ....Thanks for the 5. bearnbabs
ShireSeamstress rated for HAIKU POEM on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: What a creatively themed haiku swap! Loved the Japanese art work and the way you put the haikus in a tiny book was wonderful! Loved that we both wrote haikus about the blood red wolf super moon 😊
tamtamlee rated for 20 Page Pen Pal Letter on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Letter will be going out tomorrow
Response: Can't wait. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day, every day. bearnbabs
ttbishop rated for SMSUSA: January 2019 Pen Pal on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much. It's been really nice getting to know you! I love your envelope drawings so much!
Response: I've really enjoyed being your pen pal, I hope we can continue. I love making mail art, glad you liked what I drew. And thanks for the rating and heart. Hope you have a great day every day all year long. bearnbabs
Comment: Thank you for the nice cozy socks and the teas to try. I also enjoyed reading about your book.
Response: Glad you liked what I sent. And thanks for the rating and heart. Hope you have a great day every day all year long. bearnbabs

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CurlyTea on Apr 5, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

BLUR on Mar 10, 2019:

Excited to see what comes my way from a fellow Art teacher! ♡ (This is my first SB swap! Vocabulary from my book PC)

MisplacedfromPA on Aug 10, 2018:

I feel so blessed to have a friend like you. Thank you for making me a wonderful reusable tote bag that I have declared my Beach Bag. Its huge! The inside pocket is perfect for my phone and goodies I keep in a plastic bag. Thank you also for the well wishes for my birthday (inside the card) and my upcoming trip to the ocean. I will always remember my 50th with such a fine present sent from your heart. HUGE HUGS.

ladydy5 on Feb 25, 2017:

Welcome to 9 Little Pockets!

USAFwife on Jan 30, 2017:

I LOVED the art work on the envelope you used to send my swap! The dog letter carrier and the cat on the back - they're great! Did you do them? Even our mail carrier commented on "how cool it is to see interesting mail!" :)

Heirloom on Jul 4, 2016:

.....Happy July 4th!.....

RyeRye on Jun 27, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

kiddomerriweather on Jun 14, 2016:

Thank you for the birthday card, ATC's, and the kitty mail art you sent me for my June AATW wishlist. It was so nice of you to think of me on my birthday.

bbsporty on Jun 14, 2016:

Thank you so much for the wonderful package of bookmarks and notecards you sent me from my S & W June Wish List!

sherba31 on Jun 13, 2016:

Thanks so much for the incredible mail art you sent for AATW June! I love the birds you drew! Thanks for the pcs - of course I love the unicorn one. =) Really made my day.

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