Swap-bot Time: June 24, 2018 9:14 pm


Date Joined: August 22, 2007
Last Online: June 24, 2018
Birthday: May 27
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello everyone!

If there's a problem or concern with a swap (postage due or something else), please send me a message. I'm sure we can work something out. 2018 Note: For curious minds, I get mail at two different homes these days. If we swap often and you notice an address change, don’t worry. I’ll get your mail whichever address you used.

I like both vintage and modern looks. Favorite color: changes daily. I have lots of blue, silver, deep red, black and white, soft greens. I try to welcome all colors - no discrimination. Currently into: ATCs, collage, knitting, and making charms. Have a soft spot for all things vintage. Basically, I like to make things - it's soothing.

Favorite Crafts: ATCs, knitting scarves and dish cloths, making matchboxes, magnets, and altered charms, collage, getting messy with inks and paint. I like paper crafts of all sorts. Very fond of rubber stamps, especially vintage inspired, artsy, quirky and mail themed ones.

Currently looking for: Cloth napkins (cotton print, all colors and styles, surprise me) old photographs, Milagros, healthy recipes that also taste great, embossed or textured paper, Japanese five yen coins, one of your favorite quotes, calligraphy tips and worksheets, tea towels/dish towels, books/videos/recommendations for how to learn Swahili, ten million dollars :)

Likes: Mixed media supplies, stencils, beauty samples, fun beginner knitting patterns, collage sheets, vintage bird illustrations, air mail themed items, crowns, fortunes from fortune cookies, dresden scrap, Milagros, old photographs, stars, anthropomorphic animals, map themed things, typewriters, unusual or artistic rubber stamps, mini ink pads like Color Box Cat's Eye inks, keys, writing pens, little pins like those one inch button pins, hanging out with my dog (I have a rescue mutt named Lucky), exploring. Craft tools and supplies are my weakness - gently used is a-ok!

Some of my favorite crafty things are Somerset Studio magazine, 7 Gypsies paper, Staz-On ink pads, Paper Source, subway tokens, old tape measures, old pins and jewelry from thrift stores. I love tote bags of all kinds (helps me pretend that I'm organized). Always looking for reusable grocery bags with a nice design or quirky look (if you have a bag from Piggly Wiggly, l have a Trader Joe's bag with the SF design to swap with you).

I like trying candies and foods from different places. (Do they still sell Bassett's Milky Babies in the UK or is it just Jelly Babies now?) I like dark chocolate the most, then all the other chocolates, macadamia nuts, and berry favors. Love going to farmers markets. On the lookout for healthy, yummy, real food recipes. Finally broke down and splurged on a Vitamix (it's loud!) so your favorite recipes for that would be great.

Also, surprises are wonderful!

Dislikes: Glitter that gets all over the place, Disney, flashing graphics, foam stickers, people who swap but don't rate, coconuts (coconut oil is ok). Not really into Kawaii or cutesy things, although some of it is fun. No friendship books, sticker books, etc. please since I don't do those things.

Collects: Old keys and photographs, unusual writing pens, foreign coins, old metal bus/subway tokens.

Personal: Married to a great guy who likes to see me tinker with ideas. No kids. One dog named Lucky. Love the idea of swapping - both the giving and receiving. Who knows what inspirations will come through the mail!

For ATC Swaps

For themes, I'm drawn to vintage, nature, birds, houses, bingo, butterflies, the moon, postage stamps, postage stamp people, hearts, and minimalist designs. When sending to me, don't worry if we like different things. Send me what you like.

I usually make collage ATCs. Most of them have a star somewhere. That's just my thing :) When I make a card without one, my husband says things like, "Where's the star?" "Are you sure?" "How 'bout an asterisk?"

I also seem to reach for my favorite stamps and images over and over. So if we're in a lot of the same swaps, you might get twins. Or triplets. Trade them out! If you're bothered by that, just message me and we'll switch out a new card. No big deal.

Other Favorites

Crafts, jazz, and dogs come to mind. I love to go hunt for things (as in stuff, not bears). Favorite movie: Cinema Paradiso. Favorite books: varied. Past favorites include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou), The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen), A Personal Matter (Kenzaburo Oe). For non-fiction, how to craft books seem to pile up around me.

I like to swap because I enjoy seeing other people's creativity. It's fun to see what others like to make. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your day.

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jjhere rated for WIYM: Triangle Shaped ATC on Jun 9, 2018
Comment: I love it all, Bonnie. The Christmas card made me chuckle and I loved your note inside. How rewarding your volunteering must be! I've often thought of how difficult it would be for me to move to a country with dramatically different customs and a language I didn't understand. I am in awe of people who do it. Your ATC was brilliant as well. Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it! The volunteering has been an eye opener, for sure. Very humbling seeing a person’s ability to adapt. Have a great week end!
Pandd rated for VTHS: Make a vintage & TH style ATC on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: Love your ATC! Especially the background. Wonderful design. Thank you for a great swap. Pat💕💕
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! Always nice to swap with you. Have a great week :)
mrsD rated for Happy Mail - Januaryish on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Mail from you is the highlight of my everything!
Response: Well then, I’d better send you more more often! 💕
Comment: Thank you! Sorry for the late rate!
Response: No worries. Have a good week 🙋🏻
Comment: Thank you for the awesome happy mail.
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thanks so much for the nice card and note and the cute extras! Merry Christmas!
lou rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail: DEC 2017: USA on Dec 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you!!
jlink rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail: DEC 2017: USA on Dec 23, 2017
Comment: love, love, love the carousel horse postcard! the other items are fantastic as well - thank you very much
Response: So glad you enjoyed it! Happy holidays ☃️
bigmamabird rated for Day *25* Last Advent Swap on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Your package arrived today! Don't know if I'll make it to Christmas before opening it...will let you know when I do.
Response: Everyday is Christmas - open anytime 😀🎄☃️ I hope you enjoy the holidays.
marles rated for CPG Quickie: Fav Quote PC - US Only on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You’re welcome and happy holidays 🎄☃️🎄
Ryleighsmom rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #18 on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and washi! Merry Christmas!
Response: Merry Christmas to you, too! 🎄
Comment: Thank you for the great card! Thank you, also, for the washi, snowflake stickers, and the bag with the bear on it! That fox washi is too cute! Sorry for the late rating! I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!
Response: Happy holidays to you, too! ❄️☃️❄️
Comment: What a great card and fun treats on the inside. Thank you!
Response: Enjoy! And happy holidays ☃️
Comment: Loved everything so much. The unicorn card. The washi. The “Just Married 40 Years Ago” story. The way you decorated the envie. Thank you!! You made my day 💖💌
Response: I’m so glad you enjoyed it! That Just Married sign put me in good spirits for a week 😀
Comment: Got it! Will update when I open! :) Edit Dec 21: Love the alligator card and all the goodies it holds! Super cute washi and seals. Cool postcard and paper :) It was perfect that I opened yours today, as you mentioned the story about the truck you saw with the "just married 40 years ago" sign...as we are in Charleston celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary today! So that was a happy coincidence! Thank you so much! 💜
Response: Enjoy and hope you are keeping warm ❄️☃️❄️
Ryleighsmom rated for WIYM: Countdown to Christmas #19 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: The alligator card cracked me up! lol Thank you for the goodies!
Response: Ice skating on a whole different level 😄. Happy holidays!
LetsStartARiot rated for Holiday Cards! on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the really pretty card and envelope! I'm really hoping that we'll also get some crunchy frost/snow where I am soon - I love crunching around :)
Response: I just love that crunching sound! Enjoy the holidays ❄️❄️❄️

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CurlyTea on May 29, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

spotteddogs on Mar 14, 2018:

spotteddogs on Mar 12, 2018:

Such a belated "thank you" for the wonderful RAK-A-THON you sent in December. I loved the Christmas cards and hearing about your time in Oregon. Hope you enjoyed your visit with your mom. Were you there over Christmas? 2018 got off to a bumpy start, but things are normalizing now. Hope all is well. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness!

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

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bigmamabird on Dec 26, 2017:

Awww! Thanks so much for the coolio art supply bag I love it... love 'the silver lining' too! About sharing Salem as a hometown, thanks so much for the offer... I will always have a special place in my heart for Frankfurt, Germany as my birth place but ya let's share! I haven't ever been over to those northwestern states but I think i would feel right at home. Happy New Year to you!This has indeed been a fun swap...

mrsD on Dec 13, 2017:

TWO! TWO MORE BEAUTIFUL CARDS FROM YOU TODAY! thank you my most beautiful friend!! xxoo

CurlyTea on Nov 28, 2017:

Snowball Fight!

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