Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2018 10:18 am


Date Joined: May 4, 2017
Last Online: December 16, 2018
Birthday: June 13
Country: United States
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What to write...?


Gifts and words of affirmation are my love languages.

It's difficult to write that first letter, I know. If you are writing me to, relax. Tell me anything, I am not here to judge. I revel in the diversity of people and cultures. Religion is not my thing, but it's ok if it's yours. Be WHO you ARE and be real. I will be. If all that is too much, tell me what you are passionate about or jot some thoughts on the things I have listed as likes. Just have fun writing, that it the point. I'll listen. Coffee and conversation is one of my favorite pastimes. Since we can't meet for coffee, pretend--and order what you will. :)

I love deciphering people's handwriting--your handwriting is as unique as your fingerprint--so do hand write if you are willing. Doodle, draw, decorate...it's all good. Know that I will find joy in receiving a letter whether it's a "get to know you", a "brain dump", a rant or an artistic expression. Just write.

Clarification: by "deciphering" I mean that I can usually read the most abominable handwriting and would prefer that to something typed out.

About me

"I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment--not entirely human in its origins." --Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic

I am an artist. My mediums of choice are watercolor, and acrylic and pottery.

I think sharing art is the greatest way to pass time--aside from making it.

I am also an author. I have published 4 books of poetry. I'm not into the sappy yucky love stuff, just the guts and grit of life, bearing witness to nature and finding words where others might not have any.

I love Nature! I grew up on a small farm with a huge garden so I think I'm somewhat old fashioned in a way. I love ferns, lichens, moss, the deep greens of trees and plants. I love being at the edge of a stream (or anywhere near water) watching birds or bugs or whatever comes by. I freeze and can my food from the garden, I cook and bake. I recycle like crazy.

I got my M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a focus on Ecocriticism. If you know what that is, message me and let's write immediately.

MUSIC is the fluidity we need between languages. I love to listen to my Valley of the Clouds CD while I paint. Instrumentals soothe me.

I began piano at a young age and love all things jazz, classic or chorale. I also adore: P!NK, Adele, Pentatonix, Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran. I'm also an 80's girl, so punk and butt-rock still find their way into my sound waves. Sometimes, I do play a song on repeat, OR dork out while "driver's seat dancing."

I love READING! I do not limit my interests in reading as I have found something to love in every genre (though I have not tried a graphic novel yet). Subject-wise, I have also loved novels about art, writing, readers, and even witches. As for poetry, Mary Oliver and William Stafford still top my list.

Great Artists to Check Out

Lori Preusch
Carrie Draber
Judith Gebhard Smith
Simon Bull
Beki Killorin
Melissa Cole
Derek DeYoung
Yellena James
Alex Clark
Corey Barksdale
Trey Surtees
Tommy Kane

Things I love

urban sketches, watercolors
words, books, bookshops, poetry, reading
chickens, farm life, old barns, goats, cows
sunflowers, orchids, magnolias, poppies
Frida Kahlo
Calvin & Hobbes, Snoopy
Sealing wax and unusual seals
Yuppo paper, vellum
snowflakes and snowmen
Flannel Sheets
Whimsical things
the Sea
Nature walks, Ginko and Oak leaves
coffee and unique coffee shops
Skippy John Jones (Children's Book Series)
art galleries
masquerade balls
ancient manuscripts
Botanical drawings
instrumental music
theater and opera
the moon
white string lights
botany, alchemy, architecture
vibrant colors
Farmer's Markets
silver, purple, turquoise, orange
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries...
crushed ice
postage stamps
wind chimes
my cats (Lily & Piper)
my Chihuahua (Luna)
midnight swimming
Da Vinci
funky frames for art

ICK! / NO Thank you

I am not trying to be rude, just trying to save you some expense/waste by asking you please, do NOT send me anything with snakes, gore, kiddie stickers, teacher/reward themed items, confetti, glitter packets, project life, dish towels, make up, sticky notes or memo/list pads, flowery fragrances, perfumed lotions or soaps -- I am allergic --, key chains, food, tea, or paper ripped from a spiral notebook--that drives me nuts.

Also NO political or religious propaganda, discriminatory language or images.

Much obliged!


debrbrts rated for 5/5 Senders choice ATC on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you
PeliKat rated for Quick Favorite WINTER Quote or Poem on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the Winter Poem/Quote swap that you sent to me, and also for the stamped images! I can definitely put those to good use! I think the Andrew Wyeth quote is my favorite; I love looking at the shapes of the tree branches once all the leaves have fallen. I have a friend who feels that in winter, everything just looks dead, but to me winter is when I have the chance to really see the 'bone structure' of the trees and the true beauty of them. It doesn't seem dead to me at all; it seems like nature is getting ready for the Spring party... Oh, and I loved the happy yellow envelope you used and the citrus washi tape - it made me smile just to see the envelope!!! Great swap!
Response: You're welcome. I love winter because all of the earth's energy has gone aground and I swear I can feel it beneath my feet!
draco rated for Quick Favorite WINTER Quote or Poem on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: thank you
Comment: Thank you for all your wonderful goodies! The crochet snowflake is precious!
PaperPassion rated for Secret Garden: Polymer Clay ATC on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Wow, beautiful pc ATC.Thanks so much.It really does look like a secret garden.
Response: I am super glad you like it! It was fun! I'm doing another FIMO clay ATC swap because it was so fun!
Comment: Wow, realy cool coin. Thank you
Response: You're very welcome!
Comment: You absolutely made my day! Such a beautiful flower painting, thank you! <3
Response: I'm so glad! Enjoy!
Comment: Thanks so much!
supersquirrel rated for 5/5 Senders choice ATC on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the sweet Cherish ATC. Very pretty and fun extras :)
michelemb12 rated for Mixed Media Art Journal Page on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: I L-O-V-E this page, and your handwriting is stunning! The eye is hypnotizing. Thank you so much. Happy Holidays.
Response: I am so glad you like it! Enjoy!
Comment: Love the mail art and the home made gift tags. Awesome!
suzwa rated for 5/5 Senders choice ATC on Dec 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much !!
Eulegirl rated for TSCL: Christmas Card Exchange on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: What a lovely card! Thank you so much. I enjoyed the Christmas letter and goodies as well.
arimails rated for 5/5 Senders choice ATC on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the ATC!
rsartistnl rated for Stamped Images for paper crafts on Nov 30, 2018
LadyJo rated for TSCL: Christmas Card Exchange on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: I enjoyed the Christmas card, the wonderful letter, stickers and the tea! All just perfect! Your letter was a delight to read! I was smelling the wreaths you were making here at Thanksgiving. Oh the all the nice memories you will share going to your relatives. Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!
Response: Merry Christmas to you too! Hugs!
SLembke rated for SnOwMaN Artist Trading Coin on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: Great card. The snowman coin is super cute and I really like the snowflake as well. I also appreciated the snowflake quote. Thank you!
tentmari rated for ATC - Free Themed #154 (USA) on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you so, so very much for the awesome ATC and all the stamped images. I wish I could give you more than one heart! You made my day!!!
jjhere rated for EASU: ATC with a Pocket on Nov 25, 2018
Comment: I love your pocket ATC and that you put a note in the pocket (great stationery and decorated envie, too!!). Thank you so much.
CraftyChristina rated for MOD PODGE ATC Free theme on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for an awesome ATC and a second one I love! And a MOOSE die cut...so cute!!

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RiverTopanga on Oct 4, 2018:

HI! Welcome to the Artisan ATCs group. I am so happy you would like to join us in our creative journey! I adore the quote you have on your profile, "I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment--not entirely human in its origins." --Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic. It's so true! Look forward to swapping with you. If you would like to become an officer of the group and host some swaps, let me know :-) Leslie

hibiscus on Sep 6, 2018:

hi! I had this really lovely autumn picture to put here to thank you for the wonderful fall card you sent...but for some reason my new computer will not let me leave a picture...so I will just have to say...happy autumn to you...love this time of year...! and thanks for sharing your talent

Xira on Mar 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for your surprise mail: the happy envelope, the cute stickers and everything else (I do not know the English words for :) A very happy mailday here! Best wishes! Barbara

kfaye on Dec 14, 2017:

You are a spreader of love and happiness. people like you are few and far between. I believe this is what we are all here for and you are a shining example to others. Thank you for being you <3

PrairieKittin on Dec 1, 2017:

Thank you for the kind thoughts. Thank you for being "you". It's appreciated more than you know.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 31, 2017:

Love love love my ATC you made me!! Thank you! CPG Make me an ATC Swap

njstauter on Oct 13, 2017:

I am so amazed by what you sent. And I feel honored that you thought of me with such care. The Raven is by far the most beautiful example of quilling I have ever seend. The journal, coffee and bar of soap will go to good use. I was just getting down in my supplies of all three. Again, Thank you.

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