Swap-bot Time: December 13, 2018 3:03 am


Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: December 12, 2018
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

My day job is doing bindery at a print shop (everything after a job is printed).

My hobbies are reading, writing letters (snail-mail), and doing simple, quick crafts. I love to make cards. I studied history and environmental science at the University of Virginia, Col 2011 (Yep, I'm pissed!) and I love to learn new things.

While I'm not picky about what I receive, I do have a preference for stationary items (notecards, paper, envelopes, stickers, etc), small notions that can be used to decorate handmade cards (die cuts, washi tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, glitter glue, etc), or anything else that can get my crafting juices flowing.

I have decided to go back to school to get a degree and license in elementary education. One of the ideas I have for a future lesson is a creative writing assignment utilizing a picture on a postcard for inspiration. Postcards for this can really feature anything, but people and settings would probably work best. These can be photographs, paintings, drawings....the sky is the limit! These postcards need to be blank (not written on).

I'm interested in typography and would love to receive interesting labels (from wine or beer bottles, for example, though the sky's the limit) and other ephemera. I don't drink alcohol in any form (I don't care for the taste), so please only send the labels! smile

I have recently started a love affair with fountain pens and would love to receive some cool ink samples!

Or a favorite book recommendation--I'm always looking for new authors to read (any and all genres)! Articles cut out of magazines are cool, too!

I don't have a use for "Post-It" type sticky paper.

I have no food allergies and am game to try any unique snacks you may want to send.

ATCs are always welcome! As is any kind of artwork. I have very diverse taste in art.

My favorite color is orange.

I like fairies, but not the Tinker Bell type. I prefer them to be more realistic rather than cartoon-y. I love anything nature oriented.

My husband drives a tow truck, so I'm intrigued by any towing related items you may find. While we like Tow Mater, I'd rather see vintage trucks rather than cartoons.

Some of my fandoms are Doctor Who, Star Trek (particularly Voyager), and pretty much anything that is a reworking of a fairy tale (I LOVE Once Upon a Time). Oddly enough, I really get excited about fan created art/cosplay even when I don't know and/or care about the original source.

As a favor to me (it's not required!), please write the name of the swap and your username somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This just makes my life easier when I'm sorting the mail. Thanks!

Christmas List

These are items that I'd be super excited to receive regardless of the swap parameters. A single one will warrant a 5 and a Heart rating from me.

*Paper Punches (any size or shape and they need not be new, just in good working order)

*Rubber/Clear Stamps (particularly words) and ink pads (all colors).

*National Geographic or Smithsonian Magazines (or really any educational magazine). They don't have to be new, but can't have torn out pages and must be in generally good shape. This is for another future lesson.

*JAN 1, 2018: I'm already starting on Christmas presents for 2018! I'm making Ornaments and I was shocked that 4 days after Christmas (I.e. this past Friday) Michaels had NO thin Christmas ribbon (eighth to half inch) on their clearance shelf! So, if you have any in your stash that you'd like to part with (any length, any color, preferably not plastic/curling ribbon) this year, I'd be more than grateful! Any other items that you'd think would work for ornaments (buttons, stickers, die cuts, etc) would also be appreciated!


Pen Pals

I'm always looking for new pen pals! I like long chatty letters about anything and everything. Feel free to ask me any questions you like. Sorry, no men, please.

I swap FBs and the like (slams, bags, etc), but ONLY in small quantities (less than $1 in postage).

Administrative Stuff

Our mailbox is located at the entrance to the neighborhood, so I check it once a week in winter and 2 to 3 times a week in summer. I rate swaps the same day I get them out of the mailbox.

I honestly don't notice that the swap you're sending is late until it's been on my sent page for over a month from the send date, but at that point I do send out messages to try to figure out what happened. I refrain from rating 1 until I want to clear out my sent page, IF there's been no communication.

If you want me to run out and check my mailbox immediately for your swap, just send me a message. I really don't mind the walk when I know there's something better than junk mail in it!

I once got a 1 because Swap Bot lost the message the recipient sent me to say my envelope had never arrived. Please be kind and send a second message if you don't hear from me, especially if SB says I've read the message.


Wildspoon28 rated for Quick Sticker Bag #6 on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
momto8cats rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #115 on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the FSs! :)
KandaceB rated for Sticker Bags Across the World - 9 on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the sticker bags! I'll pass them on again soon!
muchen24 rated for Quick Sticker Bag #6 on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: Cathy, it was a delight to get to know you through this swap - you certainly are an interesting person! Thank you for your journal. I particularly loved the photos from your wedding - it is really nice to see pictures of your swap partner! Best wishes, Annabelle xoxoxo
Response: Glad you liked it! I wasn't sure if it was "magpie" enough (I don't consider myself to be much of an artist), but it sure was fun to put together!
KandaceB rated for Dump Your Excess on Nov 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for your envelope of stuff. So happy to have some new sticker bags to pass on to one of my pals!
AlishaK rated for Quick Sticker Bag #6 on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the swap!
StwbyQT rated for Friendship Book Swap #7 on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the FBs!
dalbright rated for 5+ Friendship Books #9 on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Cathy, It's always such a treat having you for a swap partner. Thanks for all the fun booklets to sign and pass along. I hope you're having a wonderful October thus far? Love from Carlisle Iowa ♥Debbie
piratecaptainmo rated for BMG: Data Selfie ATC on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and lovely letter.
Comment: Thank you for joining the swap and taking the time to answer all the questions! :)
Comment: Thank you so much, super cute green goodies!
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing, it is Nice to get to know a bit more about you. Thank you for your honesty. Wish you all the best
Comment: Fun to read - I like your sense of humor.
knitterofhats rated for FS: Flat Happy Mail #2 on Aug 23, 2018
Comment: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the themed stationery you sent me - so thoughtful - especially love the A-liner camper sets. Lovely envelopes too! Thanks a million!
Comment: Thank you for your great letter! I can totally understand why you like Ginny that much! My favourite character is Hermione, for similar reasons as yours for liking Ginny: they are both strong, independent girls and should be admired for that!
Whovian487 rated for FB/Slam Swap on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the slams. 😀 Will be on there way shortly.

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JuneRosebud on Aug 13, 2018:

Hi Cathy! Received an envelope of hand made note cards today; thank you so much for sharing your cute de-stash with me=)

mgallardo68 on Jul 31, 2018:

Hello!! I just got today, my Destash RAK INTL envie! Thank you so much!! ♥♥

Mye on Jul 28, 2018:

Hi Cathy! Thank you very much for the envelope of used postage stamps you sent me for your Destash RAK! They arrived safely and I love them! Will have fun time sorting and organising them :)

wombatlady on Jul 27, 2018:

Thank you so much for the awesome stamp RAK! I love them!

TeaP on Jul 25, 2018:

Thanks so much for the FBs RAK.

RooBaRoo on Jul 24, 2018:

Thank you for the envelopes, & the stickers & stationery :) I & my daughter will be able to use them :)

kiddomerriweather on Jul 21, 2018:

I got the used stamps from your Destash RAK and they are PERFECT!!! I can send all of them to the disabled vets. Thank you so much. I really appreciate you.

marinda on Jul 19, 2018:

Thanks so very much for the handmade envies and notecards! 🤗 They are great. The envie with Easter dinner on it made me so hungry! LOL

crochetjunkie on Jul 14, 2018:

Thank you for the goodies from your Destash RAK! I appreciate it!!

user6937 on Jul 13, 2018:

Yesterday I received another wonderful package of Wacky stickers from you. Totally love these ones, too. THANK YOU!! I didn't realize you could do puzzles with them; I'll see if I can complete one ;)

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