Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2018 1:18 pm


Date Joined: June 20, 2010
Last Online: February 19, 2018
Birthday: September 18, 1956
Country: United States
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About Me

I live outside of Columbus, OH with a DH and two terribly rowdy cats (Galen and Cody aka Riot and Chaos). I am a stay-at-home graphic designer and spend much of my time caring for a retired husband and trying to keep up with my out-of-control acre of yard/gardens. Former jobs include bartender in a poolhall, graphic artist in an offset printshop, a stained glass artisian, a high school freshman science/biology teacher, and a raptor rehabilitator/field researcher and zookeeper.

compassion singing heart

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Favorite Music

I like all kinds of music (except for most rap). My tastes are eclectic. I like obscure artists like Townes Van Zandt, Keb 'Mo, Leon Redbone, and Hazmat Modine. Adore Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bonnie Raitt, and most all rhythm and blues. Other favorites that spring to mind are The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Ani DiFranco, The Blasters, Offspring, Stained, Bad Religion, Jimmy Buffett, Beethoven, Bob Dylan, Green Day, and everything from the late 60s.

elephant heart

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Favorite Books

I read mostly forensic novels, mystery novels, crime novels. With a scattering of other things thrown in there. Favorite character is Lucas Davenport from the "Prey" series by John Sanford. Like Tom Robbins (esp. "Jitterbug Perfume"). Reread "Shogun" and "The Drifters" about every five years. Used to read a lot of Piers Anthony fantasy (now that would make for a fun swap series!)

thoughts owl

Fall down 7 times . . . get up 8!

Favorite Movies

Waaaaay to many to list fully. Like most movies by Walter Hill, John Carpenter, and the Cohen Brothers. Movies I see over and over include Immortal Beloved, Continental Divide, Streets of Fire, The Hunt for Red October, Fargo, Braveheart, Excalibur, A Lion in Winter, The Birdcage, Breaking Away, Thelma and Louise, and Point Break.


And the flowers bloom like madness in the spring

Favorite Television

Mostly watch forensic/drama stuff. Favorite show of all time -- Law and Order Criminal Intent with Vincent D'Onofrio. Also like Criminal Minds. Dexter is da bomb! Like obscure series like "Good Neighbors" (The Good Life) out of England and quirky stuff like Monk. Love to hate Dr. House. Rewatch the Firefly/Serenity series often. And DH is a HUGE Star Trek and Simpsons fan so I absorb that whether I want to or not! :) Newer shows that I am enjoying include Vikings, Modern Family, Person of Interest, Elementary, and Castle. And, unfortunately, they cancelled Lie to Me -- major bummer! New fan of The Big Bang Theory! It is too funny!


T.H.I.N.K. before you speak. Is it True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?


Favorite Crafts

Have tried them all -- knitting, crocheting, weaving, pottery, stained glass, beading, sewing, cross-stitch, painting, silkscreening, and numerous paper crafts. I have moderate arthritis in my hands, so presently I concentrate on paper and fabric designs, and some beading. I really miss stained glass as I used to design huge pieces for churches and restaurants. And 30 years of cross-stitch has wrecked my left thumb, so I don't do much stitching anymore (but still appreciate the medium).

I am presently concentrating on ATCs and Inchies while swapping on Swap-bot. I also want to try to do some block printing (which I did ages ago while in college) and I am a novice at zentangles (but am enjoying the learning process!) I am pushing myself to improve my average illustrating skills. Recently I have been trying to teach myself to watercolor. I also like Gelli printing, marbling paper, making handmade papers, and doing eggshell mosaic work. I am also teaching myself bookbinding.

I do mostly mixed media -- watercolor pencils, gel pens, sharpie markers, chalks, alcohol inks, and distress inks. I use intricate original design paper-piecings cut on my professional die-cutter. I often embellish with fabric, fibers, buttons, or beads. Occasionally I use my own photography in projects. Sometimes I use scrapbooking techniques on my cards. I really like to mix it up and do different types and styles of artwork.

Other Interests

I have a few other favorite hobbies: bird-watching, gardening, cooking, photography, fishing, and travel. I have an advanced degree in biology (concentrated in ornithology) and all science fascinates me. I like all colors, but love purple! Also jewel colors -- teal, turquoise, ruby, emerald. I collect dragonflies mostly, but also frogs, hedgehogs, turtles, and puffins. I am also a big fan of mermaids, fairies, and Noah's ark. I love Art Nouveau designs. Charley Harper is my all-time favorite artist, but I am also quite fond of Sulamith Wulfing, John William Waterhouse, Alphonse Mucha, Susan Boulet, Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, Robert Bateman, Glen Loates, Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies, and photography by Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, and Anne Geddes.

Quick List of Favorite Things:

♥ Autumn, sunsets, dewy mornings, snowflakes (one at a time LOL)

♥ Beaches, mountains, sparkling lakes

♥ Dragonflies, butterflies, bees

♥ Frogs and turtles

♥ Bizarre Animals: platypus, pangolin, okapi, coelacanth, jellyfish, sloth, narwhal

♥ Seahorses, starfish, horseshoe crabs, sea turtles

♥ Cephlapods! (octopus, squid, cuttlefish, nautilus)

♥ Raptors (esp. owls), hummingbirds, ostrich, puffins, flamingos, peacocks

♥ Hedgehogs, tapirs, big cats, giraffes, polar bears

♥ Any and all type of family pet

♥ Violets, iris, columbines, morning glories, wildflowers

♥ Noah's Ark, mermaids, fairies, gnomes, griffins, phoenix

♥ Anything by Charlie Harper (nature artist)

♥ PURPLE, jewel colors, silver

♥ Tiny charms, designs, ephemera, etc. for use on ATCs and inchies

♥ Decorative buttons -- vintage or newer, to be used in jewelry design and bookmaking.


I have started collecting postcards again after a 50 year hiatus. Therefore, pretty much any kind of postcard is welcome. Especially ones that reflect my interests -- favorite artists, photography, nature, animals and flowers, quirky, unusual, travel (especially map cards), etc. I have recently discovered Vanity Fair postcards and I think they would be fun to collect.


They are beautiful little artworks. If you go to the trouble to use actual stamps on my envelopes (as opposed to metered mail) I will greatly appreciate it!


Please no Disney, Kawaii, Girly girl / baby / kid's stuff. I just have no use or interest in them. Thanks!


cicada raven

Private Swaps / Wishlist

I am finalizing my ATC collection and would love to fill in the following themes. Please let me know if you would like to do a private swap.

Heart (2), Fortune (1), Halloween (1), Snow (1), Reindeer (1), Bird (5), Moon (4), Dragonfly (1), Mermaid (1), Octopus (1), Seahorse/Starfish/Jellyfish (6), Turtle (1), Waterlily (1), Rainbow/Sunshine (1), Renaissance/Royalty (1), Mushroom/Toadstool (1)


Thank you Thank you to these lovely ANGELS!

MonsterAlice for "Science Quote ATC (smallgirlafterall)" [Thanks for the wonderful ATC! Love it!]

JenHuff for "Design a . . . Cat . . . ATC (Goggabos)" [Gorgeous zentangle design - THANKS!!]

yunasy for "History ATC - Middle Ages #1 (Smilinthyme)" [I have always dearly loved that unicorn tapestry - thanks so much!]

LauraAust for "MEGA SWAP!! (US only) (rajo04)" [Love the pretty colorful jellyfish -- he makes me happy!]

LauraAust for "Pink Christmas (half-MEGA) ATC Swap (scrappintwins)" [Pink and white snowflakes -- how appropriate LOL Very cute ATC!]

islandgirl for "ATC Addict's - March Sender's Choice (angelslater)" [Absolutely a magical delightful Make-me-laugh ATC -- thanks SO much!]

OMG!! February 2012 Marryth angled me everything outstanding to date! She sent me "Design-A-Cat", "Steve Irwin (Whiskey)", "Pink Christmas", "Science Quote", "Pastel Inchies (HusFrejaVirk)" plus FIVE more ATCs for WTA flakes. Thank you thank you thank you!

KatarinaNavane for "ATC Mega Swap with a Catch (CreepyGirl)" [Incredibly delicate and detailed etching/drawing -- absolutely beautiful!]

Fatherted for "Dragonfly ATC (lilpuddin)" [Beautiful summer-fire dragonfly -- a special addition to my collection!]

dardarbinx for "Dragonfly ATC" [Thank you so much for angeling your swap -- so sorry the flaker hit right before your vacation. I love the ATC you made when you returned home]

VivaLaDiane for "I Need Some More ATCs in My Collection!!!" [Very cool ghostly spooky vintage Halloween ATC -- it is hard to describe in words because it is just so dang perfect!]

Paige1900 for "3 Techniques ATC - Bat (Popcornikimppu1)" [One of the coolest ATCs ever -- the wings are just incredible. I absolutely love him!]

KatarineNavane for "3 Techniques ATC - Sea Turtle (O2girl)" [beautiful colors and intricate background design. Thanks for angeling this for me!]

zoev1975 for "TNW-ATC-Toadstool (NaughtyElf)" [Thank you for sending me some magical fairy mushrooms!]

Sternenfee for a RAK "Decipher this Code" postcard. I had to work but my reward was a delightful message and beautiful map postcard. Thanks!


Comment: I was so worried about my own cards that I about forgot to rate yours. Thank you so much. What kind of backing do you use ? It seems so rigid. Did you draw the giraffe ? He's adorable. Love the long eye lashes. I have giraffes all over the house and always welcome another one. Thanks again.
Comment: These cards are AMAZING. I love them! I wish I could make them like that, I love how there are so many colors in each of them, so subtle, such a nice effect. Love love love! I feel very inspired now to try new things! Thank you also for the very nice card, and I hope to swap with you again soon too :-)
Response: Thanks so much for the compliments and for joining my swap. I do hope you join in again soon -- everyone is welcome as I love seeing how other people approach this inspiration card idea. My collection of cards is very dear to me. I enjoyed looking through your Flickr account and hope to receive some of your beautiful artwork in the future. Cheers! <3<3<3
Comment: Oh, Michele! It's like Christmas every time I see an envelope from you in my mailbox :) Both cards are absolutely gorgeous, but I am in love with the flower card. That background is beautiful and the circles remind me of the Starry Night! The flower center is so unique -- I may have to give that a try sometime :) The twinchie is like a mini abstract painting and the texture and shimmer are fantastic! Thank you so much for another beautiful set of cards. This swap always stretches my creative muscles, and I love it!
Response: Thanks, as always, for your generous compliments and detailed critique. I like to know what my partner's enjoy about my cards. :) I loved the black gesso/Lumiere paint twinchie work. I need to play with that again sometime. And I promise the next time we swap I will have some brighter, happier gelli prints. LOL I very much enjoyed swapping with you again! <3
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration cards you made.Excellent quotes.I love them.
Response: Thank you for the kind compliments. I particularly liked those quotes too and enjoyed sharing them on my cards. Thanks for joining my swap! :) <3
sazalina rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Jan 7, 2018
adaywithmom rated for Napkins to Decoupage on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun lovely napkins. I can't wait to use them. I really like the card you put the napkins in. Cardinals remind me of my Dad that passed away a couple years ago.
Response: I'm so glad you find the napkin selection useful and fun. I've loved cardinals since I was a child. My Mom loved them too (she thought red was the only color necessary lol). I hope you have a magical holiday season filled with happy memories.
fbresnah rated for FS: Christmas Card, USA only on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice card! Happy holidays!
Response: Thanks for the nice ratings! I hope you have magical holidays and a Happy New Year! <3
lawchick rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for this great card. I always neglect the TJ card display but after seeing this Christmas card, I'm going to have to have a closer look. :)
Response: Lol. Try not to become the super addict that I am (beautiful cards, incredible prices, independent artists). Yes, TJ cards rock!! Have yourself a beautiful Christmas! <3<3<3
peipeicl rated for Holiday ATC on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: I love everything about the card from the sparkly background to the lovely tree and squirrel. Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC! and the extra washi ( My favorite is the animals washi too) and Starbucks card! Happy Holidays!
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything. Thanks for the kind compliments and ratings. Happy Holidays to you too! <3<3<3
cja rated for Napkins to Decoupage on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks - loved the selection you sent!
Response: So glad to hear that. I'm never sure what others might like to collage. Thanks for the quick rating and for the heart. Enjoy! <3<3<3
Comment: Michele, as always, an absolutely wonderful swap from you! I LOVE love love the paper strip ornament; it's so beautiful! The stars are so very cool as well, love them! And your ATC, wow! I was blown away by that. Thank you also for the lovely handmade card. By the way, I counted last night, and I have at least 10 of your ornaments on my tree, and probably half of those stay out year-round. :) Thank you so much for another fantastic swap! A million hearts to you! <3 <3 <3
Response: I'm so glad you liked this year's offerings. We always get a white pine Christmas tree and it will only hold tiny lightweight ornaments. So those are the kind I tend to make. I loved hearing about your table top tree because now I know those little ornaments are easy for you to display. The spiral ornament can be adjusted size-wise but it is a bit easier to make larger. Thanks for your generous ratings and for hosting this wonderful swap again. I love seeing your ornaments throughout my house during the year. They are lovely reminders of a special swapping friendship. Blessings to you and yours this holiday season. Hope to swap with you again soon (if you want to do an eggshell mosaic swap after the holidays JLMK). <3<3<3
Gabrielle rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: thanks for the polar bear -- next to a moose, he is one of my favorite animals. I know what you mean about Christmas being simpler these days. Last year we gave our grown children and their spouses 1/4 of a donkey each through our church's mission giving program. We still send the grandkids money, because we both remember how exciting it was to get money that was all ours with no "strings" attached! I hope you and your DH have a wonderful Christmas, and a joy-filled New Year.
Response: lol the moose is my baby brother's favorite animals so he gets all of my moose cards. :) Thanks for the kind ratings! We still give a bit of money and handmade gifts to our nieces and nephews. I loved getting cash from my aunties when I was a kid. And we also give flocks of ducks and chickens to friends at Christmas (through Heifer). It is a wonderful positive impact on the world. May your Christmas be magical and your New Year be filled with blessing. It was a great pleasure swapping with you! <3<3<3
gojenn rated for Snowman atc on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: I adore Samuel Clemens. Thank you so much for this addition to my collection.
Response: Thank you so much for rating. I'm relieved to know that they arrived safely and that you like them. Thanks for joining my swap. <3
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Response: Thank you! I was happy to find a somewhat unusual Santa. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season as well! <3
Ironic1 rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, Michelle! I tape mine up too! We have a cut-out arch for the stairwell, and I always hang them there! Merry Christmas!
Response: Thanks for the quick rating and the heart. I hope your stairway arch overflows with pretty cards and well wishes! Merry Christmas! <3
Comment: Thank you Michele, I love seeing Santa Claus with reindeer skating on ice with snowflakes! Putting your Christmas card up on display in my apt. Happy December!
Response: I'm so glad you liked him. He made me chuckle. I hope you get lots of cards. I love displaying mine too. Have a magical Christmas and a beautiful New Year. Hope to swap with you again soon! <3

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susieq11 on Dec 9, 2017:

I am working a ton next week - how about the week after? PM me?! : ) Got your gorgeous card today. Thank you and for the deer!!! xxxx

VivaLaDiane on Dec 6, 2017:

Well, imagine my surprise coming in to my desk and seeing mail for me! :) It took me an hour to figure out how clever you were! Thank you so much Michelle. I smiled all day from just the happy note. Much appreciated!! ♥♥

susieq11 on Dec 6, 2017:

Hello!!! How are you?! : )

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2017:

VivaLaDiane on Nov 8, 2017:

I am humbled at the compliment. Much joy and love your way. xoxo♥

VivaLaDiane on Nov 7, 2017:

Just saw your name in my card swap and I smiled. Just wanted to let you know and hope you smile now too. ♥♥

lcjustme on Nov 3, 2017:

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration cards. What a wonderful treat to find inside my mailbox!

LahDeeDah on Oct 1, 2017:

Hi Michele! I was happy to see your inspiration card swaps pop up today because I spent the day making ATC backgrounds. I haven't made an ATC in ages. So glad to have a plan for them now. We do need to share beading ideas! I have a LOT of beads and only a few patterns. It's good to see you! Thanks for stopping by :-)

Paige1900 on Sep 19, 2017:

Happy Belated Birthday...I hope it was lovely.

CurlyTea on Sep 18, 2017:

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