Swap-bot Time: May 31, 2020 1:26 am


Date Joined: April 21, 2008
Last Online: July 31, 2019
Birthday: September 21
Country: United States
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Favorite Crafts

I am rather a love all of crafts. I've done scrapbooking, lampwork bead making, assemblage, altered art, drawing, tattoos, pen and ink, pastel, ATCs, acrylic and watercolor, leather work, costuming, jewelry making, cards, photography and just recently bought a screen printing kit.

Favorite Music

I enjoy hodge podge blending of different musical elements. Love cultural New Age and Folk blends. Love Blues. I grew Punk and lived on Industrial Rock in high school. Eventually fell into Electronica and presently enjoy a mix of House, Trap and Dubstep in addition to Delta Blues, Electronica and cultural music. I am open to most genres except Rap and Hiphop though I am very much a Ruary fan at the moment. That kid is the exception!

Favorite Books

I love books! I think my fav. books would have to be the Tao Te Ching and the Book of Hopi, Man's Search for Meaning. I do a lot of reading on Celtic History so there is an extended list there along with many philosophy books from Plato and Netzche. I am presently reading Vegetable, Animal, Miracle. Awesome book. Really getting into Curio Wonder Cabinet's so vintage nature study books are awesome- typcially those with prints. I also enjoy many ancient history cultures in addition to Celtic like Egyptian, Roman, Native American, Viking, Chinese, ect. Theology.

About Me

Well, there's allot to me:

I am a single mom with 3 boys who lives in a historic home in a small town. We tend to be doers and it's my mission to introduce my kids to the world one outing and one museum at a time. Our interests have no bounds.

I am a contract archaeologist and a Etsy shop owner.

I love collecting from the Victorian and Art Nouveau periods and my house is a tribute to those periods in addition to my love of curiosity cabinets.

I am a big big researcher and have amassed a very extensive library with focuses on Native American, Roman, and Celtic history in addition to philosophy, theology and art history. My research papers are published on Academia.edu with subjects covering Celtic foods, beads and costume which supports my historical reenactment as a 500 BC Celtic persona.

I collect antique apothocary pre-1930s. Love quackery. I also LOVE ephemera and old books and have a massive collection of these things as well. Enjoy the anthropological understanding of how other times and cultures viewed and handled death so subjects like Victorian mourning photography and burial costumes interest me.

I metal detect and hunt arrow heads (mainly work related at this point). Love photography for which my middle child has excelled and started me on. My collection of subjects in this field tend to lean towards nature and dystopia.

I am a avid jewelry craft combining natural, cultural and historical elements into statement and treasure necklaces and bracelets that reflect my vast interests. Check out my store.

What I get passionate about

*Archaeology, history, philosophy, psychology *Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Pre-Raphaelite movements. *Mexican, Egyptian, Celtic, Roman, Viking and indigenous peoples’ art. Cultural and Religious items and art. Day of the Dead, Catholic, Native American, Celtic, Roman, Egyptian, Viking, Chinese, early civilization, historical. *Steam Punk, didn't even know there was a name to the stuff I liked untill Heatherlayne started a Steam Punk swap. It's like the best of both my punk past mixed up with my new vintage interests! * Ephemera!!! Antiques. Old pharmaceutical items (bottles, boxes, labels ect), vintage labels, vintage domestic items. Our house is decorated in Victorian and 1920’s-30’s era so any help would be appreciated. *Nature and animals- all of it! *Anything Glass- I am fascinated by glass and its uses. I've researched the history of glass and also work with it. Beads, dishes, marbles, jewelry, ect. *Unusual paper- marbled, flocked, hand made, recycled ect. *scrap booking, card and matchbox making, and ATC supplies *Butterflies and beetles- I love insects! I actually collect them, end of life however. No killing here! *Wolves, Dolphins, Hawks, Owls, Hedgehogs, Octopus/Cuddlefish and Squids, Snakes and of recently, Elk! LOVE them! *Imported and forign foods and candy. Love trying new things with the family. *Rocks and rock hounding, LOVE fossils. *Macabre, Gothic and Dark stuff. Not serial killer or morbid! *Favorite smells would include exotic and foreign scents such as Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang ylang, and Dragon's Blood. Green Tea, Peach, Honey, I don't care much for incense esp. Nag Champa which gives me headaches. What I am looking for at the moment:

Day of the Dead


Cute vintage birds


Vintage pharmaceutical items, labels

Domestic vintage antiques

Old Crackerjack/ Gum ball charms

Cute button pins

Unusual paper

Catholic, Voodoo, Curanderismo (fasinated by the cultural aspects and how they mingle with Christianity)

Cultural items, charms, jewelry, paper items, ect.

Special thanks to the following angels:

Thanks to Swan for angeling the Children's Scavanger Swap for my boys.


II do actually do have some dislikes: Disney

Plastic unless its vintage or having to do with scrap booking. This includes beads and jewelry.

Famous people- don't care about them except the occasional movie.

Sewing, knitting, needle work- I love receiving but don't do any of them myself unless it's historical costuming.

Barbie- I hate her. She sucks as a role model and that goes for all the other dolls similar to her now. I've never been a fan of dolls unless it's frozen charlotte dolls or vintage china dolls.

Romance Novels, Girly and Beauty Mags. I suspect Martha might be my exception. She has a few cute things in hers.

Make up and beauty, clothes shopping, most girly stuff. I am a tom boy and would rather be out hiking than shopping. It's just not me. I do like pre-1940s beauty stuff, but not for personal use

Mean people. I don't understand why or how folks can be mean, rude or uncaring.


FLWAVE rated for Dead Poet's Society on Sep 4, 2016
Comment: Wow, Heather! I am thrilled with my package. The ephemera is wonderful, as well as all of the vintage bits you included. Truly spoiled by all of the extra goodies. But your Poe box is perfect...love all of the story references you Included. It's gonna look great in Poe's Corner with my other Poe books and art. Thank you so much for a wonderful swap. Best wishes to you!
Response: I am so happy you liked it. After looking over your interests I found we had a lot in common. Enjoy!
tiaragoth rated for The Steamy & Creepy Swap on May 12, 2012
Comment: Fantastic! What a wonderful creation Heather. Such a very cool Steampunked Nutcracker. Just what I was hoping for : ) I absolutely love it. Thanks so much for going to the trouble of posting this swap back to me after it got returned.
Response: I am thrilled it made it to you safely this time around and you were finally able to get if. Enjoy!
joyceann888 rated for Antique or Vintage Book Pages on Dec 25, 2011
Comment: Wow! Thanks for the amazing selection of pages!!
Response: Your welcome!
Coco26 rated for Steampunk Tree Ornament on Nov 28, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ornament! You did a wonderful job. And the extras are very appreciated!! :)
Response: Glad you enjoyed it. Happy swapping!
LilJenn82 rated for WHY I BELIEIVE WHAT I DO: on Nov 11, 2011
Comment: Sorry for the late rating... Happy Swapping :)
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Thanks so much for a fun swap ...stay safe :)
Response: :D I will. I have a zombie plan.
KatarinaNavane rated for Medical ATC on Nov 9, 2011
Comment: Awesome cards, beautiful packaging. The dangly milagro is a neat touch! Thank you so much ^_^
Response: Glad you liked them!
Wildchild rated for WHY I BELIEIVE WHAT I DO: on Nov 5, 2011
Response: Thanks.
Comment: Love the way this was sent, I thought my brother was joking at first when he said I got a message in a bottle, lol. Awesome zombie letter as well.
Response: Lol. I've received letters like this before and thought it would be fun.
Fenix825 rated for Teeny Tiny Ephemera - #2 on Oct 11, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much for the teeny goodies! :0)
Response: Glad you liked them.
KatarinaNavane rated for 32 Count Curio Matchbox Swap on Oct 3, 2011
Comment: Awesome! The matchbox is beautiful and I love all the goodies, thank you!
Response: Hope you can use them and happy swapping!
KatarinaNavane rated for Steampunk Mini-zine on Sep 27, 2011
Comment: This is really cool! Thank you. Your computer difficulties though are exactly why I laid mine out the old fashioned way with scissors and glue, then took a photocopier to it. I hate dealing with frustrating computer stuff like that. Thanks again!
Response: Glade you enjoyed it and thanks for waiting.
trollop rated for Steampunk Mini-zine on Sep 27, 2011
Comment: awesome! thank you!
Response: Thanks. It was a pain, but educationally fun. :D
Comment: Love the tin you did for me!! Thanks so much for your hard work and I love all the things you included. It was so much fun looking through and seeing all the stuff! I already have some ideas for using some of the stuff! Hearts to you! :)
Response: Excellent, soo glad to hear that the creative wheels are already turning for you. Enjoy!
Comment: Awesome package! Very fun stuff. I particularly like the medical stuff actually and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one if you decided to put things like that in your etsy. Thank you very much!
Response: Thanks for the great feedback. Still undecided on the Etsy posting. Actually looking into selling digital images on line. I have a rare book store on Etsy, Thedustytome where I have stashed many of my great boxes with a lot of excellent images which mainly have exceeded their copyright sooo, maybe selling the images might be more profitable than selling the books themselves? Just a thought. :D
Eksky rated for Teeny Tiny Ephemera - #2 on Sep 2, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the nice variety of items.
Response: Happy crafting!
Comment: Thanks very very much, you were too generous & deserve many more hearts for the time & trouble that went into getting this swap to me. I appreciate your extra time & effort.
Response: So relieved it arrived! Enjoy!
PisceanMama rated for WHY I BELIEIVE WHAT I DO: on Aug 24, 2011
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your beliefs. They seem to be very similar to mine, though far better stated than mine were. Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself.
Response: Thanks for reading it!
cerealgirl rated for WHY I BELIEIVE WHAT I DO: on Aug 23, 2011
Comment: Wow! What an essay, Heather! You are so very insightful and intelligent! Alot of what you wrote reminded me of my dad who was a philosopher and journalist. Unfortunately, I do not have the brain capacity to take in all that you wrote but I feel I've learned something of great value. Funny, too, because my rendition of this assignment is basically a complaint that there is too much suffering in this world! You are an amazing person, Heather! Very admirable! Thank you so much for your thoughts and sharing them with the rest of us.
Response: Maybe that's a great benefit from this assignment, that we can get new insights that can help us ourselves learn, grow, enjoy life ect. I enjoyed the ability to do it but worried about offending someone. Glad you liked it.
ladyknite rated for WHY I BELIEIVE WHAT I DO: on Aug 22, 2011
Comment: Nice to meet you! Your explainations was very well worded and thought out. I appreciated your input and personal insight very much.
Response: Thanks so much!

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zoev1975 on Jul 31, 2014:

Welcome to the Vintage & History group.

I have also sent you an invite to the Myths, Legends and Fairytales group which you might enjoy.

Look forward to swapping with you


RyeRye on Oct 22, 2012:

Masterbard on Apr 26, 2011:

May your zepplin never break down and your time machine never lose a day / safe skies for flying and fuel in your tank!

Jex on Sep 7, 2010:


I´m hosting a swap in the Alice in Wonderland Group - Disney Cheshire Cat ATC

Please join us, it´s going to be fun!

junemoon on Feb 8, 2010:

Thank you for the generous package of quilting fabrics. I'm not an expert but I think they are truly vintage, probably before 1950, maybe '40s, which I'm guessing from both colors and patterns. I've neer made a vintage quilt per se but this is enough to inspire me. Thanks a lot..

Vblarney on Jan 23, 2010:


Jeepers on Jan 22, 2010:

Thank you for granting a January wish for me! :D

Tryph on Jan 21, 2010:

Much thanks for the paper ephemera that arrived today (Jan wishlist). It'll serve perfectly for some projects I have in mind!

blueackerson on Jan 19, 2010:

Thanks so much for the Jan wish on the Wishlist group of the Vintage things and papers, I love them!!!!!

Swan on Jan 19, 2010:

I'm happy your boys enjoy the angeled swap so much. At first I thought I could angel only a few of the items, but then I kept going and going and soon had 10 items for them :)

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