Swap-bot Time: August 5, 2020 3:11 pm


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: August 5, 2020
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 20 April 2020.

I'm a gal who lives with my husband in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, where the climate is desert (dry and hot). We were married in Maui. We enjoy traveling and golfing.

My hobbies/interests: Postcrossing, mailart, antiques, golf, cupcakes, ephemera, fishing, family activities, Anglophile, travel, museums, napping, cooking, the U.K., practicing Spanish, yoga, pro-choice, vodka martinis, flea markets, Hispanic & Japanese culture, vintage, pin-up girls, thrift shops, tag sales, reading, fleur-de-lis, indie and foreign films, lavender, Frida Kahlo, Dia de los Muertos, Texas Hold 'Em poker, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, turquoise (the color and the jewelry), wrapping presents, morning tea with a splash of milk, sushi, collections,rock painting/hiding, royalty, letter writing,British Television (Killing Eve, Keeping Up Appearances, PEAKY BLINDERS), theme parties, crafting, Guinness...

I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 30 years. I love sending postcards and letters to friends and family, even if they don't reciprocate. I know they enjoy receiving them.

I love recycling/upcycling. Chunk 'O Cardboard is my favorite monthly swap. I'm always on the lookout for cardboard chunks to send as postcards (food packaging, book covers, VCR boxes, board game boxes, etc).

Swapping note: 1) I strive to get a heart each and every time I do a swap by going above and beyond with extras or personalization. 2) I won't be bullied or bribed into changing ratings. I can overlook some lateness if it's communicated, but if you are a month late on your swap and you think I won't notice...then you deserve a "3." 3) I am very liberal with giving HEARTS because it makes people happy and we're all busy and we do our best with these swaps. Not everyone is an artist. When you get older, you realize life's too short to be petty.


I'm fairly easy with these four themes: Vintage, foreign, postal-related, ephemera!

Postcard wish list: *Wedding theme *Bigfoot or Yeti *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo *Royalty *Don't really like typical tourist postcards

vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)

anything postal related ephemera






rubber stamps

French ribbon

foreign language newspaper

postage stamps (unused or used; foreign and domestic)



handmade envelopes

foreign language dictionary pages

vintage children's books

Air Mail stickers

vintage cookbooks/pamphlets

Everything about Italy: Art, museums, wine, language, food, churches

Day of the Dead

old tickets of any kind (i.e., travel, train, movie, concert)

vintage books that are tattered and can be used for crafting

glue sticks

My favorite color is purple



The ocean


Country music

B&W postcards featuring vintage scenes or people (i.e., photography by Robert Doisneau)



plant-based eating

Don't Need

felt, yarn, fabric, playing cards, lotion, tote bags, jewelry, doilies, pencils, bookmarks, licorice

Only allergy is tree nuts (i.e., walnuts)

Favorite Movies

Too many to list them all!

I like to watch all Academy award nominated movies.

Indie films

Foreign films


Amelie, Priceless (Audrey Tatou)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (I love British humor)


The Queen

The Dutchess

Shakespeare in Love

The King's Speech



Mrs. Brown


Love Actually


Bridget Jones' Diary

The Italian Job

The DaVinci Code

Julie & Julia

The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite Television

The Good Doctor, The Resident

The Crown

Stranger Things

Big Little Lies

Peaky Blinders

Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares

Master Chef, Chopped

Martha Stewart

BBC America: Graham Norton, Call the Midwife, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar, Killing Eve

Favorite Books

I enjoy:

Biographies, Autobiographies, Art books, Chick Lit and Celebrity-related

My three favorites I've read that I listed on goodreads.com: Pink Slip Party, Good Mail Day, and The Kite Runner

and I read a lot of magazines!


English/Irish/Scottish breakfast tea. Any other black tea. I also drink chai or vanilla and I will try fruit teas.


chelle523 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt - Summer #2 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: OMG what an amazing package! I love everything about it! It's all just perfect. Thanks so much! ❤️
Comment: I love that big birch postcard. Picture calendars are a good idea for a cut n paste swap. You're more Canadian than me, I haven't visited any of those provinces (except Quebec). Someday I hope to travel west. 112F!! I remember those days. It's a dry heat, but I bet you stayed indoors with the swamp cooler at maximum. Say hello to the Saguaros from me. I miss them. I've got a little one growing in a pot (well maybe not a saguaro -- no arms -- too small to know for sure).
Response: Hello! I've got a saguaro in my backyard. Ill give it a wave for you but no hugs...haha
Comment: Thank you.. loved everything!
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2020 on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Hearty Heart Heart Heart! I LOOOOOVE the Spinner card. It works GREAT! Thanks!!!
gingerbee rated for CPG Xmas in July Card - US only on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you! From the vintage postage and fabulous card (I will be looking up that company), to the stunning postcard, I loved it’s!
Ukucaitie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2020 on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: WOW!! Love this card! I was shocked when I opened my mailbox and saw the awsome record album image! Love it thank you 100 hearts
Comment: I love the pcs you chose for me! Thank you so much for weeding through my novel length profile (I'm an oversharer, I need to work on that) and getting to know me. And the envelope was downright beautiful.
scrappermama rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2020 on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: Kit Kat frozen treats!!! Yum!! Nice way to tolerate the hot summer! Might have to go in search of... Lol, you'll have plenty of time to create YOUR own beautiful masterpieces at this covid rate 😷 Take care friend, stay covid cooty free & mostly, stay cool. TY for the chunk!
jeka396 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2020 on Jul 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for such a lovely chunkie! The colors on the box were gorgeous—-beer boxes make some of the best chunks in my opinion. My boys loved the Dino stamps you used too!
Comment: Oh my gosh!! I love the cards you chose for me. They are all new ones. I also remember the commercial for "I'd like to teach the world to sing". The Corona virus is on the rise here also. Our county is ranked #3 in the state. Mandatory to wear masks every where now. My husband and I have not been any where since March 16th. We are in our 70's. The kids do our shopping for us. I keep busy sewing, scrap booking, sending lots of cards, postcards and letters. I'm a home body so it doesn't bother me. My husband is ready to climb the walls! Take care and be safe. Thanks again for the wonderful cards!!
MexiMidge rated for LSRUS:💓Stuffed Envie💓 on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: OMG! You win the envelope game. I loved everything you sent—it really made my day. I can’t wait to get my art space cleared up to work on some collages with the amazing ephemera you sent! Also, LOOOOVE that you’re sending post cards to the nursing home! What a great idea! How do I get involved in that?!
gingerbee rated for MAIL ART: Food on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, I LOVED it! The envelope was fabulous, and the fun stuff inside was so thoughtful. Thank you, thank you!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2020 on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice 'chunk'. We have friends in Tucson who have a good view of the Bighorn fire and have been posting pictures. Our relatives north of Phoenix can see fires from their house too. Very sad.
SydneySix rated for Photo Postcard : INTL on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard—those fall colors are amazing!
DragonflyDreamer rated for Photo Postcard : USA on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful PC. I visited Maui in 2005. An unforgettable trip with my mom for mothers day.
carol rated for Ugly PC Swap #11 on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: Well, hello neighbor! You're right, that is one ugly PC! A gun-toting cowboy shrimp up a telephone pole! Wow. Quite a concept! I would love to join your PC socials once this pandemic is over. Sounds like fun. I'm getting quite a collection! Stay safe!
jeka396 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2020 on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the chunk and nice note. It was nice to feel the positivity!! Hope your rock-hiding walk went well!
Comment: Thank you for the great cards. My favorite was the Corn Palace that you picked for Take a road trip. I got to see it in Oct 2011 on the last road trip I got to take with my husband before he passed that Nov.
Comment: Mmmmmm, chocolate and cookie...
Comment: You always send the most beautiful envelopes. These postcards are great--thank you so much! Focaccia bread art looks so cool! I might have to try it, too. Thanks for letting me know about it 😊 I really appreciate that you added extra stamps for me. I love using old stamps but don't have many. I agree with you. To get good mail, send good mail. I've been sending some more creative things. I'm not great at collages, but I'm making my own envelopes and decorating them. I love collage envelopes and really need to start practicing. Yours are always so fun! Thank you ❤

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simcoe54 on Jul 19, 2020:

Thanks for the random RAK - stamps and postcards and for thinking of me. I always love to receive these items. 💚

ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:

Thanks for your RAK birthday greeting, it pleased me a lot!

ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:
SeleneW on Jan 15, 2019:

Happy Belated Birthday to you! Thank you for the wonderful card!


CurlyTea on Jan 3, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

isabellasnow on Jan 2, 2019:

Happy January Birthday from WIYM Group!

RooBaRoo on Jul 24, 2018:

Thanks for the chunk Happy mail :) Congrats on your 6 years together - & wow, you "do things" :) I wish we were as interesting! :D Wow, that's some rough weather!!!! Yes ... Monsoon Wedding is actually quite nice :) & thanks for pointing me to the scented stamps :D I'd never have guessed!! See you around!

bbsporty on May 26, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard! I love cactus!

kssunlover1947 on Feb 6, 2018:

Thank you for the RAK. I will enjoy using the stamps you sent. I had just ordered some $.25 and $.10 ones from Ebay. So I am set for awhile.

CurlyTea on Jan 3, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

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