Swap-bot Time: October 19, 2018 6:55 pm


Date Joined: March 29, 2011
Last Online: October 17, 2018
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.


Eulegirl rated for WORLD POST DAY on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the Jules Verne card.
pynart2 rated for Letters and Books on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Love your creativity, so cute. Thank you very much. Can't wait to read the Book.
Response: you are welcome.Loved the book, hope you do too. Thanks for the rating and heart. Have a great day everyday. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for WORLD POST DAY on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: Love the quote on the POST CARD. Thank you.
Response: You are welcome. This was a fun swap.n Have a great day always Thank you for the heart & rating. bearnbabs
soccer8s rated for SMSUSA: Sunshine in My Mailbox on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: LOVE A million hearts for this one! Thank you! ADORE all of it.
Response: You are most welcome. Glad you liked what I sent. Have a most wonderful day every day. Thank you for the heart and rating. bearnbabs
Comment: Thanks, saving package tii christmas, will rate then.happy holidays
Response: Glad you got the pkg. Hope your surprised when you open it. Thank you for the heart & rating. Hope you have a most wonderful Holiday season.bearnbabs
Comment: Thank you for the lovely wrapped parcel and I specially loved hand made cat I promise I am saving the rest for Christmas and it’s a lovely idea how you wrapped everything up I hope we be partners soon
Response: So glad you liked your pkg for Christmas. Imade the cat from an quilt piece. Thank you for the rating & heart. Have a wonderful day and a Holiday Season full of laughter & love. bearnbabs
Comment: you truly WOWed me such wonderful gifts I love the tea caddy did you make that its beautiful and the embroidery amazing, the PL was Tre Chic. love it all and the adorable envie OMG I am blessed to have had you as a partner .. thank you and many Hearts
Response: Yes I made the tea caddy & embroidery. Glad you liked them.I enjoyed making up your Christmas pkg. Thank you for the rating & heart.Have a wonderful day and a season full of laughter & love. bearnbabs
kasa rated for Read a Book Challenge for Oct. on Oct 4, 2018
Comment: Hello Barbara, thanks for your letter and extras. I haven't read the book Water for Elephants , nor have I seen the movie. Maybe I should do both. Thanks for listing other books titles that start with W. Happy reading.
Response: Both the book & movie were good. Glad you liked what I sent. Thanks for the rating & heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
dancingtiger rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: thank you...not read Tolstoy...seems like it might be hard work
Response: your welcome. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for Pumpkins, Cider & Ghost, oh my! on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Can't wait to try the Butter beer. Dean Koontz sounds interesting, thanks.
Response: Enjoy. Thank you for the rating & heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for WHO'S WHO on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your support and the Info on Ms. McCrumb, looking forward to reading HER BOOKS.
Response: you are welcome. Thank you for the raring & heart. Have a great day.bearnbabs
Comment: Hi Barbara! Thanks for choosing all 3 mysteries! :D I'm a sucker for mysteries, so I'd probably read either, based on your review, if I come across them :) Thanks for the whimsical bookmark too!
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for the rating & heart. Have a great day.bearnbabs
Kvwanderlost rated for CALG: Postcard pen pals 3 on Sep 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you Barbara, I received the resend. I look forward to writing you back :)
Response: Glad you got the PC. Looking forward in hearing from you. Thanks for the heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Comment: Thank you.
Response: you are welcome. bearnbabs
Comment: Thank you for the book log :-)
Response: Your welcome. bearnbabs
ladeebug rated for Coffee/tea MUG Swap! on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Where do I begin, it was a beautiful package, I just had to smile when I saw it, and even better was the wonderful mug, covered with flowers. And then a darling mug mat ,that you made to match. Be still my heart. So nice. You are the BEST.
Response: So glad you loved what I sent. Hope you enjoy it every day. Thanks for the rating & heart. Have agreat day.bearnbabs
Eulegirl rated for "What's on your Bookshelf Now" on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely recipe too. I will definitely be checking out some of these book suggestions!
Response: Enjoy. Thanks for the rating & heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Mugsie rated for Book Marker swap! on Sep 15, 2018
Comment: Oh Barbara, I LOVE my book markers ~ especially the coffee mug! You did an amazing job! Thank you so much!!
Response: Glad you like what I created. Thank you for the rating & heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs
vlhafer54 rated for IS: summer of 2018 swap on Sep 15, 2018
Comment: Wow! Sounds like you and your sister had a wonderful summer - makes me feel like an old homebody. I really enjoyed your letter and good luck on the 5K run. And I love the tea caddy! Thank you.
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the rating & heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs We did the 5K walk in 1 hour.
Comment: Thanks Barbara!
Response: Your welcome. Thanks for heart. Have a great day. bearnbabs

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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.

Babsmomof5 on Jun 13, 2016:

Thank you so much for the wonderful selection of postcards for my AWG Wishlist! I absolutely loved your artwork on the envie too!

pkpeace on May 31, 2016:

Dear Barbara, Thank you for the beautiful card, the saying on it really hit home for me, I'm keeping it in a special place. The quote from Pooh is a favorite of mine too! Thank you for such kindness during a very difficult time. I truly appreciate it. xo Patty

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