Many thanks to all the talented artists I have had the privilege to swap with these past five years. I have loved meeting people from around the world and treasure the wonderful friendships that have resulted.
I first found Swap-bot as a place to trade ATCs. I had been making notecards for years and was so excited to try making my art smaller. From there my art exploded into collage, mixed media, doll making and more.
I am currently hooked on Mail Art but love finding anything art related in my mailbox. If you send it, I will probably like it.
I am retired, originally from the Chicago area. I now live in SW Florida with my DH, our dog Pearl and The cat Lucy. If you have a cat you already know you don't "own" them.
We live on a salt water canal and love to boat ride and fish. We have ducks and iguanas on a daily basis. We sometimes have manatees, turtles and sea otters. It's a beautiful place to live. I love plants and am trying to learn what I can keep alive here in Florida.
I love thrift stores, garage sales and of course craft stores. My family shops for me from my Amazon wish list. They keep the art supplies coming.
I do not flake and I strive to keep my high rating. I rate fairly each swap I receive. Extras are not required to earn a heart. If you are going to be late with a swap please communicate with me. Likewise, if something I send is lost in the mail or running late, please contact me before rating down.
I am very good at some things but dabble in many. I am always curious and searching for new projects.
I am a potter and own my own wheel and kiln although it is currently in storage :)
Mail Art, especially hand made postcards
Painting, all mediums
Mixed media and collage
I love my Gelli plate
Sewing small projects
Making art dolls
My all time favorite is Avatar (in 3D of course). Also Benny and Joon, My Cousin Vinny, Mama Mia, Saving Private Ryan, Steel Magnolias. I am a big Johnny Depp fan, so any of the "Pirates" and now Dark Shadows. I like Kevin Klein, Tom Hanks, Colin Firth (he is the Mr. Darby to me) and Jodie Foster.
Most programs on HGTV, Bones, Vikings, Criminal Minds, Body of Proof, The Voice, Designated Survivor, NCIS. I am also a sports fan, Nascar (go #11, Denny Hamlin), football and boxing (not mma or cage)
When I read my nose is mostly stuck in a magazine such as Cloth, Papers, Scissors; Card Maker, Soft Doll or any jewelry making magazine. I can also be found at the library sitting on the floor looking at books in the Arts/Crafts section.
I love bright colors, tropical colors. I used to not like orange but over the last year I like it more and more and even find myself wearing it. I prefer jewel tones over pastels. I like floral and spice scents, also vanilla and of course lavender. . Things I like in general are
Our Creator, nature, Mother Earth, wind, sun, water, all things great and small. Being at the beach is a favorite. So is camping in the mountains..
Animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats.
Hearts and being in love. Warm fuzzies and hugs. I am blessed with a wonderful husband.
Bling and more bling
gel pens, glitter pens
Hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies
Lace, yarn, ribbon, fibers
Buttons and beads
embellishments, bits of paper and fabric
Romantic and Victorian goodies
Hand made cards, tags, ATCs, Mail Art and etc.
Stamps, rubber,clear and postage
Paints and inks, spray inks and dyes
turquoise blue glass figurines-especially birds or other animals
Owls and birds in general
Big, chunky jewelry. Rings, necklaces, pierced ear rings, bracelets, to rings and anklets. Silver, gold, copper and pewter tones. I do prefer silver and love moonstones. Doesn't have to be real. I can have more if it's not "fine" jewelry.
Thrift stores and treasure hunting (bargain hunting) Garage sales if I can get up early enough.
Dreams and new ideas
Anything handmade by you
I like exploring old graveyards but more for the history of them than scarry stuff. Not going there at night.
I like Civil War history and have walked the battlefield at Vicksburg, following the progress of the battle from both sides.
People who create and people who share. Kind people, people who have an open mind and do not judge. I have met so many great people here. Yippee.
Chocolate, coffee not tea. Must have Hazelnut creamer.
I don't really care for this category but I do understand the reasons for it. So here goes: I don't like cold weather or cold people, narrow minded people and people who judge. Venting can be good but there is never a reason to be petty.
Now that I have been swapping I do see the reason for this category although I know that some don't read our profiles.
Please no baby, kid's childish, wedding, Disney, cute-sie, religious and advertising items. No Kawaii. No Hello Kitty please.
@nosboh99 for Non Winning Lotter Ticket ATC. She was also the host.
I am happy to do private swaps and would welcome any suggestions as to what you would like to swap with me. I am especially happy to swap Mail Art and spirit/goddess dolls. I also make button fairies. Anyone who would like Florida postcards, I can get those for you.
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