Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2018 9:38 am


Date Joined: July 27, 2007
Last Online: September 18, 2018
Birthday: September 17
Country: United States
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Thanks for reading my profile. I am inspired by the fabulous artwork I get in swaps to try new crafts and techniques to become a better artist myself. Thank you for the awesome art you have made - I feel very grateful to be the recipient of such wonderful work. There is a lot of talent here at swap-bot!

I finally got brave and put my art on Flickr. And I put it all out there - the good and the not-so-good. But hey, I am ok with the not-so-good - practice makes perfect and I am still learning and growing! I will try not to post anything before I mail it at least but if you want to be surprised, just don't look ahead of time just in case. :)

I think I am pretty easy to please but if you have any doubts or questions, please feel free to PM me. :=D. If you sent a swap and I did not rate you, please contact me. The only reason I would not rate you is that I have not received the swap. After a fair amount of time, I will always contact you about sending it before I give a less than 5 rating.

If I send you a swap and I don't see a rating from you in a week-10 days, I will ask if you got my swap. I am happy to resend any swap that got lost in the mail. Please contact me if you are expecting a swap from me but do not get it.

Favorite Books

Reading is one of my favorite things to do ever since I learned how. I love cozy mysteries, especially British ones. Also read some sci-fi, chick-lit, historical fiction & just plain fiction. I read whatever my mood dictates and lately I am on a YA dystopian kick and an occasional biography. And I love non-fiction animal books. I'm not into vampire, horror or paranormal books - that stuff creeps me out! And I can only take romance books (unless they're more chick-litty) in small doses (LOL). I am a member of bookcrossing (dancing-dog) and bookobsessed. I have an online wishlist I can point you to if you're interested!

Favorite Music

I like a lot of different types of music - like classical, piano music of all sorts, Scott Joplin rags, 60's folk music, the Beatles, most rock, pop & jazz, mid-eastern, Spanish, Celtic, new-age, oldies. Not too crazy about rap, hip-hop, opera, heavy metal or country but I try to be open-minded!

Favorite Movies

I love the original Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. My favorite drama of all time is Schindler's List. I'm also a Disney & Pixar fan.

Favorite Television

I almost hate to admit it but I like a lot of the crazy "reality" shows on now particularly those that involve self improvement or improving people's conditions. My current favorite is Long Lost Family. And this is nerdy but I love game shows. I don't watch a lot of TV but when I do it may also be an animal, home, garden, fashion, DIY or food show or possibly Cops or Forensic Files.

Favorite Crafts

I like to do crafty stuff now and then and sometimes make book strings. I also play around with making jewelry. I enjoy making ATCs and appreciate anything I can use to make them. It takes me a while to get into a craft - I have tried matchboxes and whimsey jars and do keep my eye out for something new to try once in a while. Looking forward to trying flip books or zines soon. And on my bucket list is taking classes on drawing, painting with water colors and pottery.

About Me

I recently retired and enjoying having more free time. I still volunteer dog-walk at a local animal shelter and am part of the cleaning crew at a cat rescue once a week (I love all animals). I try to do some art, reading, dancing (although not much lately) and gardening in my spare time. I've just started taking yoga and am enjoying it. I also love to travel and wish I had more time and money to see the world. :=D

Other Likes/Dislikes:

I love: Food: almost anything but nothing too spicy and please, no raisins. Love most coffees including flavored coffees & cappuccino-type mixes. Love most teas although I prefer black teas over green or herbal. Love fruity teas. Don't like licorice/anise tea or anything heavily cinnamon. I also love hot cider and hot chocolate.

Candy: love anything chocolate. Fond of tropical fruit flavored Lifesavers. Don't care for gummy or sour candies.

Colors: blues and greens and I favor cool colors over hot.

Girly stuff: light flowery scents but nothing too fruity, charm or beaded bracelets, kind of have an obsession with lip gloss. Have pierced ears & like small, delicate-looking earrings.

Playthings: hmmm... like jigsaw puzzles when in the mood, trivia games but can never get anyone to play with me, crossword puzzles, word games.

Would love to receive art pens, sharpies, fancy brads, pretty papers, unusual looking ribbons, embellishments to use on ATCs, stickers, small pieces of fabric, double-sided craft tape, washi tape, ATC blanks & backs, address labels. Pretty much anything you send I can find a use for.

I like things with flowers and/or dragonflies, garden or nature themes, dog-related items, dance-related items, handmade bookmarks, fun socks and miniature sizes of things (not dollhouse stuff, just little things).

Do not like: super glittery, blingy stuff (a little goes a long way with me), blood, guts & gory stuff, neon colors.


ginny19590 rated for USA ATC SWAPS*** APPLE ATC on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC.......=)
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful APC :) I love it! (and the extras too - I look forward to incorporating them into my cards)
jannieb rated for USATC: August Free Theme ATC Swap on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: I LOVE the orca ATC you made me! I have a special book I keep all my killer whale ATC's that people make me & I love them all. I will be happy to add it to my collection. Take care :)
SLembke rated for MMPC - ATC w/ a Sunflower on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Lovely! Glad I already have the one I'm sending sealed up in the envelope or I might be re-thinking what I made. ;-)
me2az50 rated for ATC Coin Color Combo on Sep 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the coin. I love the colors of it.
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and extras! :)
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day #13 on Sep 1, 2018
Comment: Hi MJ and thank you for the #13 index card - it is great! And there is not too much Gesso for me! So glad you are trying these index cards - I have done all of them so far and have really enjoyed it. And this one is wonderful - love everything you did. And thank you for the extra goodies!!
jannieb rated for USATC: Free Themed ATC Swap on Aug 29, 2018
Comment: Hi there! Thanks for joining my swap. The chicken ATC is awesome. You did a good job drawing it. Thanks for taking the time to send me a profile based ATC. Have a great day!
esew123 rated for Arch ATC on Aug 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card! Very nice images.
Comment: Love the design!! Thanks!!
Myself333 rated for Pick 2 ATCs - Woodland Animals on Aug 19, 2018
Comment: Super cute ATCs, and thanks for the extras! Oh and yes, we get dust storms here in Phoenix too. We call them haboobs! I actually had a nightmare about one the other night. We had a pretty big one recently.
Comment: Thank you for what you sent. I found a 2 1/2 inch punch at JoAnns that makes it real easy to make the correct size. They had several different sizes 1 inch, 2 inch, and 2 1/2 inch.I might check next week and see if they still have the smaller ones as I only bought the largest one when I got mine.
CAMILES rated for SUSA - Skinny Card w/ a Palm Tree on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: Great atc
pat5036 rated for New-Artist Trading Coin on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your great travel memory coins. I love those tiny photos! And thanks for the ribbon pieces too.
donetta rated for New-Artist Trading Coin on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Ooh, so pretty! I love the coin, and can't seem to get enough of them. I guess I'm entranced because they are something new, and they are so much fun to make. Thank you so much also for the great sewing thread "tops"...I have already used one, on a tag with a sewing theme!
January rated for New-ATC Coin on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: MJ I LOVE the idea of using crosswords for a background and I am so going to "borrow" it:) The ATCoins are great - thank you for them. I don't know why I never thought of using them before - I use other parts of newspapers and book pages - this is perfect :)
Comment: I absolutely adore my bird coin! My first AtCoin ever. I Love this new form, I think they are a great size for magnets so I will be attaching magnets to mine and adding them to my floor lamp next to my chair where I do my creating. Thank You so much for the papers too!
cbzcando rated for VTHS: Vintage & Tim Holtz Style ATC on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: They look so happy to be in the typing pool! :). Thank you for a terrific ATC and fun little extras. I love the face postage stamps. Thanks for brightening up my day!
Comment: Thank you for the coloring card and note. Had to look up exactly where Altoona, KS was and saw it was along South US 75. I have been by it but it is one of the little towns that the hwy goes around rather then through but it would be so like so many other tiny KS towns.
luv2kraft rated for Vintage Woman ATC on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic ATC.I appreciate the extra goodies.

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CurlyTea on Sep 17, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

RiverTopanga on Feb 18, 2018:

Profile Check for Group: Artisan ATC Mixed Media ATC. Have fun with your mixed media... remember, making a mess is part of the deal! Happy Swapping :-)

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wolfeagle on Feb 8, 2017:

ty Thank you.

luckycharms on Dec 22, 2016:

Merry Christmas

Mareree10 on Dec 20, 2016:

Welcome to the Skinny Swappers Group!

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