Swap-bot Time: February 21, 2019 3:39 am


Date Joined: March 29, 2011
Last Online: February 18, 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.


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
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome. Hope you'll give the recipes a try.And thanks for the rating and heart. Hope you havea great day every day all year long. bearnbabs
Comment: I love your envie decoration with four birds flying from the cage! And thank you for everything - my daughter claimed the notebook and loves it. Hope you can achieve your goals for 2019!
Response: Glad you liked what I sent.And thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day every day,all year long. bearnbabs
Eclectonote rated for Reading Postcard! on Jan 20, 2019
Comment: I love this postcard "Do I dare Disturb the universe?" Thanks also for the book recommendation.
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating & heart. Have a great New Year. bearnbabs
kpfree rated for 2019 Bucket List on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Hi Barbara! Happy New Year! Loved your Beagle puppy card. I’m opening up mail as I watch art:21 on pbs. Watching Sally Moss who took incredible pictures of her kids. As she said they were right there. She made the pictures look so effortless! I love seeing what people do with art. I love artists and how so much of what we create is incredible! I see you have a great list for 2019! Awesome! Yes, I’ve been making some art and really clearing out my unfinished studio now to finish the floor and hang window coverings up and then move back what I want in the studio and get creating art out there! Sending you greetings for a great year too! Enjoy doodlewash!
Response: Your studio will be wonderful, I can tell. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful week. bearnbabs
clutterfree rated for 2019 New Year Pen Pal on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Barbara...I really enjoyed reading your letter and am hoping to write back...I started the New Year in McGaheysville in your beautiful Shenandoah Valley area....we had a beautiful week there and understand you are expecting some pretty cold wintry weather this weekend...stay safe and warm...Charlene
Response: Wow! I live abt 45mins from where you were. Glad you had a great time. We got abt 4" of snow. It could have been the 10" they said we could have gotten, but not this time. Glad you liked my letter, can't wait to hear from you. Thank you for the rating and heart.Havea wonderful week. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for Dear Diary on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for being you, my sister and BF Hugs pynart2
Response: You are welcome sis, Iwouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for the rating and heart. Hugs babs(bearnbabs)
Bookaunt rated for Book Marks & Hot Drinks on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely bookmark, new teas to try and a couple of books to look up.
Response: Your welcome. Thank you for the rating & heart, Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
lynnerfb rated for AAMA ~ Red and green on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Love the red and green. thank you so much for the level letter..i want to come visit some time.
Response: Glad you liked the Red & Green mail art. I rally enjoyed drawing it for you. How far is Boiling Springs, PA from Va??? A visit would be fun. Thanks for the rating and heart, Hope to hear from you. bearnbabs
pernie123 rated for Happy New Year 2019 on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: For New Year's Eve, ham is needed for the animal that roots ahead, black eyed peas, and stewed tomatoes. You, gal, are living in VA, my beloved state where I grew up and still consider myself a displaced Virginian. Thank you for sweet note, card, and extras. I had to go several places to find my black eyed peas up here in VT. Happy New Year!!!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the rating and heart. Glad you found the black eyed peas.Happy New Year to you too. bearnbabs
Fabriqueen rated for 12 Letters in 2018 on Dec 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! It has been such a pleasure to receive your letters. Happy New Year! Hugs, Diane
Response: You are welcome, I hope we can continue to write each other. I really looked forward in hearing from you. Happy New Year. May every day be filled with love & laughter with a new adventure around every corner. Thanks for the rating &heart. bearnbabs
Vickyen rated for Wishing You A Merry Christmas on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Hi Barbara! Thank you for the lovely Christmas card - love the quote from Emerson! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year and may all your resolutions come true! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Happy New Year to you. May every day be filled with love, laughter and adventure around every corner.Glad you liked what I sent. Thanks for the rating& heart. bearnbabs
abrown00 rated for HAPPY NEW YEAR BOOK LIST on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: I really like the postcard you sent! I looked up a couple of the books on your list because they sounded very interesting to me! So, thanks for giving me some new reads!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the rating & heart/ Happy New Year. May it be filled with love, laughter and adventure around every corner. bearnbabs
Comment: Thank You. Love the cards.
Response: Your welcome. Thanks for rating & heart. Hope your having a great day.bearnbabs
Bookaunt rated for Season's reading on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I am going to check out the book you mentioned. Thank you for the bookmarks, I love getting new bookmarks to add to my collection.
Response: Your welcome. Thanks for the rating & 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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