Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2018 9:04 pm


Date Joined: October 20, 2012
Last Online: March 23, 2018

Country: United States
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About Me

In May 2017, I graduated with a BA in Visual Art from Boise State University. I now work at a local library - I love my job!

I live in a suburb of Boise, ID - we've been here for ten years, and really love the more laid back, relaxed, fairly traffic-jam free life we have here.

I will always send, so if you don't receive your swap, please send me a message or email and I'll get a replacement to you ASAP.

Favorite Music

Ben Taylor, Death Cab for Cutie, Rich Mullins, Wil Maring, Switchfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Lisa Hannigan, Glenn Hansard, Swell Season, Blind Pilot, Jon Foreman, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, Scars on 45.

Favorite Books

Harry Potter, The Uncommon Reader, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, Blue Like Jazz, Chronicles of Narnia, Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot), anything by Marilynne Robinson (with Gilead at the top of the list), The Father Brown Omnibus, anything by Shannon Hale, the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.

Favorite Crafts

ATCs -- mainly collage/mixed-media, pen-and-ink, watercolor, or colored pencil (often made with the turpenoid technique.)

I started making fused glass projects over the last year, and have been really enjoying that as well. I dabble in a variety of other arts and crafts as well, from paper piecing to crochet to repurposed books.

My favorite hobby is photography - the first website linked takes you to my photography blog.

Things I don't really care for

'Kountry Klutter' type crafts (cutesy things in pastel shades.) Anything above a PG rating (please keep language and graphic/visual elements on anything you are sending me at or below that level.) Fabric yoyos. Bracelets and rings (can't wear them). I would also rather not receive things related to divination or the occult. Don't care for glitter or 'bling'.

And I really don't need any more paper - I have paper stacks that defy explanation, so please don't add bits of paper as extras. Too. Much. Paper. I swear, paper is taking over my life, It's not that I don't like it. I just am out of space to store it!

Things I love/Wish List

Cancelled or new postage stamps, jewel tones, miniature turtles of whatever material (I collect those in a shadow box,) Christmas, vintage bits and pieces, the ocean, pewter, jelly fish, octopuses, owls, old book illustrations, lino cuts, all shades of green, Klimt, earrings, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, board games, really loud live music, glass, ATCs, nature photography, insects, the color orange, tatting shuttles. I love nativity scenes for Christmas (I collect those.) My favorite ATCs are hand drawn /hand painted (any medium.) I also love artist pens, alcohol inks, small fun rubber stamps that are appropriate for children (I use those at the library), corner or paper punches, anything Severus Snape or Alan Rickman, Nikon accessories or lenses (one can dream, right?), vegetable seeds, pendants or necklaces that have a modern, clean look.


I will usually rate the day I receive the package. I don't rate for extras -- don't feel you need to stuff an envelope to get a good rating. If I can tell time, care, and effort were spent on the ATC/letter/package, if it makes me smile big - that's what a heart rating will be based on.

Some sample ATC's I have made

Octopus diptych


Hearts and Circles

After VanGogh's 'Cypresses'

Stable Fly





Comment: Thanks for this beautiful mountain blue bird ATC! I love the painting that you did as a background! Thanks too for the extras! I was a little puzzled, at first, when I opened the card as my best friend's son is not old enough to graduate from BSU, yet. LOL! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
craftymimi rated for CPG Shamrock ATCs - Global on Mar 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love both the ATCs & pic! That is cool!
churlann rated for Sharp Shooters: Show Some Snow! on Jan 30, 2018
Comment: Wow, thanks for the awesome photos. The card is so prfessional. The phot of your dog looks a lot like mine.
Response: I use Amazing Mail (the Postal Service at some point had a link to it - but that was a few year back.) It's a great way to send pictures by snail mail (since my family is in Germany and my mom is not tech savvy at all, emailing photos is out, so I use Amazing Mail to send her pictures a lot.) I am so glad you liked the photos!
Comment: The ATC you made is just lovely and I am amazed by the tiny, beaded wreath you tatted. It's absolutely precious! Thank you for coins!!! I am thinking of you and sending virtual hugs.
Fieke rated for WIYM: Nativity Christmas ATC on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for your beautiful ATC and extra's. You are a talented drawer ! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018 !
Comment: Love love love these atcs! Thanks so much for the handdrawn snowmen!
Response: Yay - I am so glad you liked them!
Mimi7 rated for WIYM: APC Animal Series-Turtle on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great turtle APC, I love all the different colors!! Thanks for the great ribbons also.
Mammybarnes rated for Bird ATC inside and out on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Great ATC and nice drawn envelope with the birds. Thank you ❤️ For the extras Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
Manurnakey rated for BMAG: Let's try that again #2 on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Wow! You really did an amazing job on the "Straight Lines" ATC. Super creative! And thank you so much for the itty bitty stickers and tea. I'm going to try it out this weekend when I have time to savor it :)
aladyde rated for WIYM: BLACK AND WHITE POSTCARD on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Danke für diese außergewöhnliche Karte. Wir haben das früher oft gemacht, dass wir deutsche Städtenamen ins englische übersetzt haben. So heißt ein kleiner Nachbarort Harnrode - urineclear. Ich hoffe, du kannst dein Leben in USA genießen.
magicinker rated for Put a Bird on It ATC on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Eagle ATC.Loved it and the beautiful pic of the hot air balloons..We have a balloon rally at the Speidi Fest every year !! Enjoy the rest of your summer !
KatlynAva rated for WIYM: Handmade PC Swap -USA- on Aug 27, 2017
Comment: The jellyfish postcard you sent was great, and I also appreciate the vintage postcards you sent as well. Thank you!
Comment: Loved your cards!! I visited Iceland 7 yrs ago and it a simply amazing place!! Thanks so much!!
stonekeepers rated for EASU: June Free Theme ATC Swap on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC! I love the colors. Hope your trip is exciting. The card is great too. :-)
marlak2008 rated for CPG Fav Quote ATCs - US Only on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: Absolutely beautiful ATCs. I am staying with my cousin who is also a librarian so I had to share with her. She loved it too! Thank you so much.
Response: Us bookish types have to stick together!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the butterflies!
Response: I was so glad you like butterflies, because I love to draw them! Thank you for the heart!
dally rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - orange on Jun 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful atc! It's great what you got done in a 10 minute timeframe! <3
Response: The background was already prepped (a while back, I did a bunch of splatterpaint on canvas and cut that into ATC shapes for future purposes.) I figured that was time it was legitimate to not count towards the ten minutes. ;0)
Poftoffel rated for RCAS ~ Guardians of the Galaxy on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: Omg, this atc is just so AMAZING. I absolutely LOVE IT. It's likeness is almost creepy lol! I put it in a frame with my other favorite atc's, so now Yondu stares at me while I'm at the computer. I can't give you enough hearts for this!!!! <3 <3 <3
Response: Yay - I am so glad you liked it! My husband was mad I was sending it away to the Netherlands - Yondu is his favorite character, as well!
Comment: Well done! I love the extras too. Thank you.
Response: Thank you for the nice rating and the heart! I think the hardest part was to get the ATC into its protective sleeve - without any adhesive, all the little bits stick up! ;0)
audrey rated for COLORFUL SONG TITLES, ATC Swap on Jan 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the ATC and all the extra goodies. Thanks for reading my profile!

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STUFFellaneous on May 9, 2017:

Hi Ms. Birgit! So blessed to work with you and share our love of Swap-bot! Congratulations on graduating! You are an inspiration. See you in the mail and at the circ desk!!!

jukejan on Oct 21, 2016:

Additionally, your art work is stunning!

RyeRye on Jun 25, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

raven on Nov 20, 2015:

Manifest on Oct 19, 2015:

I got my Coronation card. Thanks, I really like it. The crown is really integrated into the card. I putting up on my blog with a couple of my things. bloomingwyldeiris.blogspot.com I would leave extra stars for you if I could.

CalyD on Aug 26, 2015:

I absolutely ADORE your avatar and your artwork is awesome, especially the Van Gogh reproduction. I love his cypress series. All the Best to You.


ladydy5 on Jun 25, 2015:

Artistically Inclined welcomes you and your art.

laurieburkett17 on Nov 28, 2014:

Waving Hi from Nampa!

ARTG33K74 on Jan 9, 2014:

I think I was a little forlorn with the winter tree I sent out for the swap. It's just been SO COLD!! 8P It's hard to want to think of the outdoors right now. :3

TereDiane1954 on Nov 10, 2013:

I just looked at your photo page. WOW! Awesome photography! I love it.

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