Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2019 7:56 pm


Date Joined: September 12, 2010
Last Online: October 17, 2019
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States
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Profile updated on 4/22/19.

Please note: I have a new address as of November 2018.

SPOILER ALERT I sometimes post photos of ongoing swaps on flickr and my blog. Don't look if you'd rather be surprised!

I sometimes weigh my swaps at home and use postage stamps rather than taking them to the PO. I use the USPS site to calculate postage and make every aim to get it right, but if for some reason my swap comes to you with postage owed, please don't be afraid to let me know and I'll make it right. Thank you!

For swappers interested in Gelli printing and other types of monoprinting, check out my group The Print Shop. It's a small yet active group with at least one swap running pretty much at all times, and a forum with tips, techniques, a monthly WTA, and links to monoprinting info and inspiration.

About Me

I am a mom, artist, cook, traveler, music-lover, devourer of books and one who enjoys the little things in life. I've been obsessed with crafting/making art since I was a teenager, and generally try to spend time at my art desk every single day. Creating is my passion and acts as therapy for me, whether it's paper crafts, mail art, playing with polymer clay, mixed media, crochet, sewing, or cooking. I'm happiest when I have a project going, and I love to stay busy. I refuse to accept boredom as part of my life!

Even though I'm "settled" now, I'm a traveler at heart. Inspiring places I've been: New Zealand, London, San Francisco, Alaska, Hawaii, the American Southwest. Places I'd love to go: New Orleans, Mexico, Morocco, India, Thailand, Peru, Italy. Dream road trip: drive the ALCAN Highway with my dad, and on life's wishlist: see the Northern Lights.

I am very open-minded and am not easily offended. Swear words and dirty jokes welcome, haha.

Note: I do reuse packaging - there's enough waste filling our landfills!

FYI: Swapping and making arts/crafts means a lot to me, and I take pride in what I make and send. Know that I will always give my best effort and put thought and heart into what I make for you. If you have not received from me in a reasonable amount of time, PLEASE let me know and I will make it right!

I only mark a swap sent after dropping it in the mail box, or I return from the PO after sending.

If you'll be late sending your swap to me, please let me know. As long as we have good communication, it's all gravy. However, please don't lie to me, or take advantage of my understanding attitude. Then it's no longer "gravy".

Hosting: A note for any and all swappers who join a swap I host - if you ever encounter any problems with your partners, in either sending to you and/or rating, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm more than happy to help to resolve an issue to the best of my ability. I always check profiles before assigning partners, but in the event that you are flaked on, I will be happy to angel, or, if I just can't for some reason, I will do my best to find you an angel.

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Favorite Crafts

I love all kinds of arts and crafts - mixed media, collage, crochet, handmade books, polymer clay, sewing, altered books, ATC's, rubber stamping, handcrafted jewelry, photography, mail art, stamp carving, assemblages, art journaling,.. I'm probably forgetting 2 or 10 things, but you get the idea.

I like to work with: acrylic paints and mediums,
watercolors (and watercolor pencils!),
soft pastels,
rubber stamps,
watercolor paper,
spray paint,
found objects.

I make:
mixed media ornaments,
polymer clay beads, ornaments and what-nots,
greeting/note cards,
drawstring pouches,
mixed media collages,
handcarved stamps,
crocheted items,
handmade postcards,
charm bracelets and necklaces,
anything that strikes my fancy.

Favorite artists

Nina Bagley
Lynne Perrella
Anne Bagby
Nick Bantock
Misty Mawn
Seth Apter
Tracey Long
Andrea Joseph
Jude Hill
Judy Wise
Michael DeMeng
Mary Beth Shaw
Ann Baldwin

What floats my boat

I love bright, bold colors. My favorite colors are turquoise and teal blues, chartreuse, and light orange, but I really like all colors. Lately, I've been very much into neon and tropical color combinations.

I love
* really old things
* rusty bits
* sea glass
* feathers
* vintage ephemera
* black and white/sepia photos
* postage stamps (especially ones from outside the US)
* mushrooms
* handwritten letters
* old postcards
* ledger paper
* batik
* artistamps/faux postage
* urban/rural decay
* weathered wood
* sock monkeys
* cemetaries
* the moon
* moths
* trees
* thunderstorms
* snow
* mountains
* the ocean
* the desert
* teapots
* cowgirls, especially vintage cowgirl images and whatnots
* gypsies and gypsy culture
* Native American culture
* vintage clip art: flora, insects, food/bottle labels/advertising, zodiac/astrology, astronomy, body parts/medical books, celestial, travel, postal
* travel ephemera: ticket stubs, postcards, luggage tags, brochures...
* Moroccan architecture and design

As you might guess, I'd love to receive items or artwork with blue monkeys on them, especially blue sock monkeys.

**A few months ago I became the proud owner of a 5 year old Scottish Terrier named Fergie. I am absolutely in love! I would be thrilled to receive anything to do with Scotties (because I'm apparently now one of those crazy doggie parents, haha). Update 4/22/19: Fergie passed away January 2018. She was the best dog I ever had the pleasure of being owned by. In May 2019, I am bringing home a wheaten male Scottie, name TBD. :) **

My preferences often veer towards the old, vintage and quirky, or unusual. I also love the gritty look of lots of layers, textures and ink splatter. Mixed media and collage are where I really feel at home. I gravitate towards the more detailed, grungy and "artsy" than the cutesy, girly or folksy. I can play on both sides, though, and also enjoy bright colors and some cute things, like woodland creatures and trees/mushrooms/plants.

I love treasure hunting at flea markets, junk sales, garage sales and thrift stores.

I love receiving handmade stuff!

Favorite scents: vanilla, citrus.

Favorite tastes: sour candy, spicy stuff, dark and milk chocolate, chocolate with additions (like nuts, fruit, crispy rice, etc.), all citrus!, coffee (dislike flavored coffees), black or spiced teas, Thai food, cranberry, lime (did I mention citrus?).

I love to cook and love all foods, especially ethnic foods - mostly asian. Always open to new recipes! Oh, and I also love to garden - flowers and vegetables.

I am swapping more PCs now than when I first joined, so thought I'd add a little section of my likes. I like both storebought and quality handmade PCs. I love PCs of the ocean, forests, mountains, lakes, the desert, architecture... I prefer beautiful landscapes and photographs to touristy-type PCs. I also love artsy, vintage, unusual and black and white PCs. I'm not overly picky, really, just wanted to give my partners some direction.

Favorite Books

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (and everything else she's written), Annie Dillard. American Gods, Neil Gaman. Imajica; The Great and Secret Show; Everville, Clive Barker. The Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare; Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, Henry Miller. Barbara Kingsolver. Anne Sexton. Joseph Campbell. Richard Brautigan. Nick Bantock. Roger Zelazny. Tom Robbins. John D. MacDonald.

Favorite Music

Gillian Welch. The Black Keys. Florence + The Machine. Alabama Shakes. Taj Mahal. The Killers. Radiohead. Tool. A Perfect Circle. Neko Case. Johnny Cash. The Beatles. The Carter Family. Eddie Vedder. Sarah McClachlin. Tori. Natalie Merchant. The White Stripes. Kings of Leon. Neil Young. Jack Johnson. Pearl Jam. Tracy Chapman. Tenacious D. Pink Floyd. Death Cab for Cutie. Modest Mouse. Cowboy Junkies. Dead Can Dance. MGMT. Cat Power. Wilco. Tom Petty. Sinead O'Connor. Iron & Wine. Fleetwood Mac. Janis Joplin. Nickel Creek. PJ Harvey. Adele. Ray LaMontagne. There's tons - basically, I have varied tastes in music. Don't like modern country, metal where all you hear is screaming, or teen pop.

Favorite Television

30 Rock. Modern Family. No Reservations. NOVA. Independent Lens. Squidbillies. Adult Swim. Chappelle's Show. The Daily Show. The Colbert Report. Firefly. MASH. Pushing Daisies. Discovery Channel. History Channel. Kids in the Hall. Northern Exposure. An Idiot Abroad. Golden Girls. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Arrested Development. The IT Crowd. NEW FAVORITES: Doctor Who. Trailer Park Boys. Archer. Vera. The Fall. And the British show Sherlock is my new favorite thing! If you're not watching it, you should be!

Favorite Movies

Signs. 300. Nacho Libre. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Waitress. Ghostbusters. Cold Mountain. Sherlock Holmes. Labyrinth. Fight Club. Choke. The Invention of Lying. Vibes. The Royal Tenenbaums. Indiocracy. Box of Moonlight. The Piano. The Shipping News. American Beauty. Fantastic Mr. Fox. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Life of Brian. Indiana Jones. Waking Life. North By Northwest. Pulp Fiction. Inglorious Basterds. I Heart Huckabees. Adaptation.


I'm really not super-picky, but here's a few things I'd rather not receive/don't like:

*lavender-scented stuff
*really girly stuff
*cutesy or country/prim items
*racist, sexist or homophobic messages
*religious items (though I do like religious iconography)
*I'm not into Twilight or Harry Potter
*mean people

Hearts, ratings, extras, etc.

The number one reason I joined Swap-bot was to swap handmade items. I do enjoy swapping storebought stuff, too, but this is second to my love of creating and receiving handmade. I do not require extras to rate a heart. I don't mind extras, and I sometimes include them myself if I see something on your profile I have/can make that I think you would really like, but I would rather you put the extra effort into your creation than send extras. I will not rate down for extras, of course, but know that they aren't necessary.

Some of the swaps I've sent out:

gelli ornaments
Christmas ornaments created using paper mache bases and Gelli prints (monoprints). Made for a swap in The Print Shop group.

alice card
Inspiration card (front and back) made for a swap in the Inspiration Station group.

gelli atcs
ATCs made for a swap in The Print Shop group.

gelli atcs
ATCs using my own Gelli prints. For a swap in The Print Shop group.

lizard ATCs
Lizard Diptych ATCs made for the Mystery Supply Swap in The Paper Dragon group.

eggshell flower
Eggshell Mosaic Magnet made for Eggshell Mosaic Technique swap in The Paper Dragon group.

Thank you's and Tag reminders

I'd like to add a little section here for special thank you's. I've received some amazing things here, not only through swapping, but also via RAKs and giveaways. I want to give a shout out to swappers who have been so kind and generous with me but I wasn't able to rate due to some things not being actual swaps. (If you've sent me something along these lines and don't see your name here yet, I apologize. I just decided to do this - June 16, 2011 - so it may take me a bit to go through and list everyone.)

@wickedred An amazing swapper who sent me an over the top package in celebration of her having 200 hearts. She included things from 2 of my favorite artists, including a signed copy of Dusty Diablos by Michael deMeng and postcards by Nick Bantock (!). The awesomeness didn't stop there, and it's a package of goodies I won't soon forget, full of inspiration! Thank you so very much!

@spotteddogs She has offered some really fantastic RAKs in the PFs, and I have been the happy recipient of a few. I am humbled by her generosity.


One of my partners, @halcigone - now partially suspended, didn't rate me for Season's Greetings/Winter; PRNMK PCs #6

Kids Handmade PC Swap - Newbie Friendly!! Not rated by one partner: @Beckaroo ; also flaked on by one of my partners: @HarrietAnne , now partially suspended. The host of this swap, @irishfaerie9 , has had her account deleted.

I was not rated for the Fragmented Embellishments 2nd Round swap by my partner @paperfairys . She has deleted her account, unfortunately.


helo rated for TPS: Mail Art - June 2019 on Aug 27, 2019
Comment: What a great 3D card and unusual print. Thank-you. x
helo rated for TPS: Monoprint Bookmarks #3 on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: 2 Gorgeous bookmarks - I love that stamp you used. Thanks
DaisyNY rated for TPS: ATC #7 on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: This is actually the 2nd time I'm rating this - the 1st time didn't "take". I was particularly impressed with how beautifully your cheesecloth impression came out because I have never been able to do that successfully. Thank you for a really nice ATC and sorry that I didn't realize the rating was missing.
Response: No worries! :) Thanks so much for the awesome rating! I am so happy you liked it!
helo rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2019 on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Great postcard. Did you use matt medium to give it that glazed look?
Response: I am glad you like it! I believe I did add matte medium to it! Thanks for the stellar rating! :)
Comment: Love, love, love your hand-carved stamp images <3 The ATCS are gorgeousl! The Praying Mantis is fabulous and the background really shows him off. The detail on the fish is wonderful and the medallion stamp is fantastic. I love circle stamps that create a pattern -- they're so versatile. Your work always inspires me to look at different ways of using pieces together :) Thank you for another great swap!
Response: Yay! I am so happy you like everything! Thanks again for swapping with me, and for the stellar rating! :)
roosje rated for TPS: Mail Art - April 2019 on May 1, 2019
Comment: Oh my, Jessica, what an amazing swap you send me! I love all the printing you used on the gorgeous notecards, the atc, and the die-cuts. You are so creative and I love your artistic style. Thank you very much for the ephemera too!
Response: You are most welcome! I am so happy you like it all! :)
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2019 on Mar 29, 2019
Comment: I love that Swap-bot paired us because your work is always stunning! Thank you so much for the gorgeous ATC and note card. I love that stamp and the sparkly circles are the perfect accent. I'm so pleased to have another of your ATCs to add to my collection :)
Response: Yay! I am so happy you like it!
Comment: Wowzers!! Your ATCS are amazing!! You have opened my eyes to some products and techniques I had no idea existed :) I absolutely love what you created. Each one is so unique and so beautiful to look at and touch. I am thrilled to add these to my collection. Thank you so much for a wonderful swap <3 <3
Response: You are so welcome! :)
dobie256 rated for Mixed Media Ornament Swap - 2018 on Dec 23, 2018
Comment: Wow Jessica! As always, your ornaments are spectacular! I have played with similar glass ornaments using acrylic paints but love the shimmery effect you achieved using alcohol inks. I wish I could watch you make some of your paper mache ornaments. I stare and stare at them and can't figure out how the heck you did it! lol. Love the shine/matte areas on the star and the textures you created. But the white floral circle is over the top gorgeous. These will definitely stay out in my studio all year round! Thanks for another perfect swap. I hope your 2019 is fabulous! <3<3<3
jjhere rated for TPS: Mail Art - June 2018 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Ooooo...beautiful gelli'd card! I love how you edged it with gold, too. Thank you so much. I have the same little gelli plates you talked about (circle, triangle, square). I need to use them more. :)
meeltje57 rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2018 on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you, I like the stamps on your evelope very much too !!
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - April 2018 on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, Jessica! It's always a pleasure to receive mail from you :) I love the layers, colors, and especially the bit of gold <3 The stamped images on the envelope are awesome, and I'll be cutting them out to use later!
Response: Aww, thank you! I'm so happy you were happy! I'd be happy to send you some stamped images sometime! Just say the word! :)
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2018 on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: I recognized the citra-solve technique right away - great fun! I’ve never tried it, but love how it looks. Thank you~ Hope you had a great, creative snow-day!
Response: Yay! Thanks for the heart!
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - February 2018 on Mar 4, 2018
Comment: Love the gelli piece print on top of black; I keep meaning to try that! And the gold layer on top is yummy too :D. Thanks for hosting! (No worries re time delays, I totally get it!!)
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart! :)
dobie256 rated for Mixed Media Ornament Swap - 2017 on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Well once again your swap package blew me away. The pretty box and beautiful woodland card are both lovely. But your ornaments are spectacular. I love the round sunflower -- you achieved an amazing amount of texture detail with your stencil. And it arrived in perfect condition. The purple crackle light bulb is amazing with its depth of color and consistency of crackle texture. Both are up in my living room and will probably stay up all year lol. This is becoming one of my favorite holiday traditions. Thank you thank you thank you. Big hugs!
Response: I am so thrilled you like everything! I love putting together swaps for you, and this is one of my favorite traditions, too! You are more than welcome. <3
Comment: Thank you and Happy Holidays.
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - October 2017 on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Oh those gelli shapes look like tons of fun to play with!! Great PC - thank you!
Response: You are so welcome! Thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: Wow! What a lovely ATC! I'll have to look into Dina Wakley stamps - that is so nice. I love your background too - and color choices. Gorgeous! Thank you for sending it to me!
Response: You're most welcome, Angie! I'm so happy you like it! Thanks for a stellar rating. :)
edgetorn rated for TPS: Mail Art - September 2017 on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Whoa...what a super cool flower magnet! I love the technique you used! I put it right over my art desk on the metal crane lamp so I can see it every day! Thank you!
Response: Yay! So glad you like it. :) Thanks for the heart!
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Mail Art - August 2017 on Aug 23, 2017
Comment: As always...your mail art is stunning! Thank you for the gorgeous postcard. I love that you printed on black paper! It really makes the colors and the metallics pop :) All the different patterns and layers are beautiful together :) Now I am motivated to get out my shaped plates and give it a go :D
Response: I'm so happy you like it! Thanks for the heart. :)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 340 102 104
Completed Fives Threes Ones
291 353 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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VivaLaDiane on May 22, 2019:

Thank you for such a caring note and an adorable star. I appreciate your kindness so very much! ♥♥

Poohtat on May 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for the handmade scarf! I love the blues and grays.

VivaLaDiane on Apr 23, 2019:

Your kindness is keeping the light going for me today. Your RAK is continued proof that there is good in this world and just the notion makes my day brighter. Thank you so much for such a selfless reminder what I wake up for. ♥♥

LahDeeDah on Apr 9, 2019:

Please read the PM I sent on March 25 and let me know what you want to do. Thanks!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


CurlyTea on Aug 30, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

jukejan on Feb 27, 2018:

Hiya, just stopped by to say hope all is good in your hood.

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2017:

CurlyTea on Sep 1, 2017:

spotteddogs on Jan 30, 2017:

Hi Jess !!! Thanks for stopping by to say hi. Hope all is well with you, too, and that 2017 brings you all good things. Hope to swap with you sometime this year! Hugs -

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