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Date Joined: February 17, 2012
Last Online: February 20, 2018
Birthday: February 14
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a serious night owl and have been known to be up at 4am working in my studio or glued to YouTube.

Profile updated 10/6/2017.

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. in fact I do not need any. Don't think you have to send me an extra to get 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.

Favorite Crafts

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


Jewelry making

Favorite Movies

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.

Favorite Television

Most programs on HGTV, Vikings, Criminal Minds, The Voice, Designated Survivor, NCIS, Bull, and my guilty pleasure Live PD. I am also a sports fan, Nascar (go #11, Denny Hamlin), football and boxing (not mma or cage)

Favorite Books

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..

OK, I also love to spend hours on Pinterest or YouTube. I love new ideas and seeing what others are doing and how they are doing it.

Animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats.

Hearts and being in love. Warm fuzzies and hugs. I am blessed with a wonderful husband.


Snail mail

Bling and more bling

gel pens, glitter pens

Hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies

Sea shells


Wind chimes

My Cricut

Lace, yarn, ribbon, fibers

embossing powder

Buttons and beads

embellishments, bits of paper and fabric

craft magazines

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. Please don't talk about religion or politics to me. So much ugly in the world and I am a believer in The Golden Rule.

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.

Private swaps

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.


Comment: I enjoyed your letter and beautiful card and envie very much. Your life does not sound boring at all, it sounds very serene and mellow. It was fun to learn some new things about you. I hope all is well with you and that you aced your tests. Good luck with the key hunt. I wasn't quite sure if you'd been wandering around looking for them for a month? lol. You must be getting in a lot of steps! har har. ♥
Response: Yes Sue, I look for my keys everyday. Still no keys. It is driving me crazy. Thanks for the rating and the heart.
AnitaHames rated for USAPC: Valentines Day Card on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card and all the hearts!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and for the heart.
Stickerz78 rated for WIYM Stocking stuffer January on Feb 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks! Tucked in the stocking for safe keeping 🎄
Response: it's a long time to wait. Thanks for rating and for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for your nice letter. So seldom do I receive a REAL letter. Enjoyed it very much. We seem to have a few things in common. I had a Torti Cat at one time. She was so beautiful. Tipper because she had a white Tip on her tail. It was 26 degrees today but the wind chill made it near 0. Just staying in and keeping warm. Thanks for the note cards too. Always have a use for them. Thanks again.
Response: I hadn't written a letter in forever but this one was fun. Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for rating and for the heart
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Put a "Postage Stamp" on it on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your painted coast scene! That fitted well. Who says you're not artistic? That's a great card!
Response: It was fun to do, I have never used that technique before. THnk you for rating so quickly and for the heart
CurlyTea rated for Feelin' the Love Art Hearts on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package. The hearts are fabulous and will be fun to use on Valentine's.
Response: Thank you! Glad you like them and will be able to use them. Than
bearnbabs rated for FF50-Quick Christmas Card Swap-USA on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Loved the Christmas card and stickers. Have a Very Merry Christmas. ans the Best New Year Ever. bearnbabs
luckycharms rated for Private: Jingle Bells on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: Bonnie, I think you are Santa in disguise!!! Wow oh Wow, I didn't even open the presents and I am grinning from ear to ear, Thank you for all the thought and Love you have put into this this swap my friend, I love the baby shoes!, the red truck is amazing, trinket boxes and these are things I can see and more goodies yet to open!!!! You will definitelybe thought of on Christmas morning while I am opening up my presents. :) ...Thank you and I will come back and Thank you again properly. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!!
Comment: Holy Smokes! This handmade card is a beauty. You have given me an idea to try with a collage (using napkins). Thanks so much. I love it! xo
Response: Thank you for the five and the heart. I am glad you liked the postcard and really happy to know it inspirered
RockyBeach rated for WIYM: Handmade PC-Bird on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Cookie birds! Thanks for the PC! :) Oh well, time to start to think about Christmas cookies already.
Response: Cookies sound good to me. Thank you for the five and the heart.
pkpeace rated for SEKS : Thanksgiving Card on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Bonnie, Thank you so much for the beautiful card... it's just lovely. Also for your lovely letter and kind words. We did not have to move, thankfully at the last minute everything fell into place and we do have heat! It's the bad part of renting however I wouldn't have wanted the bill he paid! Hugs, Patty xo
Response: Thanks Patty for the heart rating. It amazes me how many things you can handle at one time. Are you related to the energizer bunny?
Jamnj rated for SEKS : Thanksgiving Card on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the so very nice card. Thankful for the card and for having you as a friend !
Response: You are so welcome. Thanks for the heart.
LMeowkin rated for Happy Halloween Greeting Card on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and the delightful posties! Love them!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart
GinaVisione rated for CC: Sender's Choice October 2017 on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Love your PC - don’t think it is pastel at all (I’m a fan of teal and turquoise :D). The fires are pretty much contained - SO sad. Yarn bombing is knitting or crocheting fun things in public spaces :D - hopefully to make others smile!
Response: So glad you liked it. thank you for the nice compliment. I am going to send you a pm t get more info on yarn bombing.Thank you for rating me with a heart
Coco26 rated for CC: Exquisite Corpse postcard on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: I absolutely love this postcard! It's definitely my style of wonderfully weird!
Response: I do have my weird side and love to make these little bits of wackiness. Thanks for rating and for the heart. So glad you enjoyed it
junemoon rated for OFAP: 3 Piece PC Portrait on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the head with the wonderful horns.
Response: You are so welcome. Thanks for rating so quickly
secretterrabite rated for TPS: Mail Art - October 2017 on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Small world. re : Boy George, you're not THE legendary fan "American Bonnie" who used to go everywhere are you? Thanks for a gorgeous card, I love the flamingo, and yes, life is too short, live for the day :-)
Response: Yes, I am THAT Bonnie
Angie rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC-Oct on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Greetings and thank you for the lovely postcard! The trees are starting to turn here but it gets so windy that most of the leaves blow off before I get to enjoy the view. Oh well! Thanks again!
Response: You are welcome Angie. I have to admit since we moved here in Florida I miss fall. The look of it, the colors and the smell of it.
Comment: Ha! Loved it. thanks.
Response: You are welcome! I love doing these swaps, allows me to get a bit silly. Thanks for rating and for the heart. Have a great week
SharMarie513 rated for WIYM-November Stocking Stuffer on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you, it's in my stocking! Merry Christmas!
Response: you are very welcome

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MsRose on Feb 14, 2018:

💕💕💕💕 HAPPY BIRTHDAY 💕💕💕 Thank you for my special Valentines tag Check out my profile , to see it ;)

Happy Valentines and birthday Beautiful friend 💜Cher

CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

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pkpeace on Feb 14, 2018:

ChelleHames on Feb 14, 2018:

Happy Valentine's Day

bluehairedmary on Feb 12, 2018:

Thanks so much for the Valentine's Day card for my February AWG Wishlist! Hope you are well!

ChrisAnne on Feb 12, 2018:

Thank you for the absolutely stunning notecards! I can't wait to use them!

jukejan on Feb 11, 2018:

Loved your sweet Valentine and I so appreciate that you think of me! Hope that you are doing ok. Haven't been down your way in a long time. Will send you a note!

yvonne401 on Feb 10, 2018:

THANK YOU @bjmonroe for the AWG FEBRUARY WISH of a homemade Valentine card with a flat surprise!

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