Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 12:21 am


Date Joined: August 1, 2011
Last Online: January 21, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

Hi there!! My name is Laurie.

Aug. 1st 2018- received a wonderful surprise package from Jacqueline from nl6373lng area. If this was a swap I’d love to rate you. Please PM me. Thank you so much for the tea and cookie, colored postcards, and washi samples 😘

Love SWAPPING!!! WoooHoooo!

Usually I rate the day of swap receipt. Really love receiving your surprise!!

I can not stress enough that I have NO intention of flaking. If you have not received something PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know PRIOR to giving me a bad rating so I can mend it and send a resend if necessary or look up the tracking number if its a larger package.

Love paper, paint, pencils, pens, textiles, yarn and COLOR! All colors.

While attending college I took at least one art class a semester. Art helped me keep sane in the dry business class world. I graduated with a bachelor of business administration and a graphic art minor.

I've sold pencil drawings and commissioned art purses. I adore unusual and odd themes along with landscapes, birds, kitties and big burly dogs (I have 2 Italian Mastiffs a rescue doggie and a rescue white cat).

I've focused on textile art for the past 10 years. Previous to the textile phase... I was into pencil drawing... previous to the pencil drawing phase I was into acrylic painting.

~NOW.... Mixed Media: Incorporating all the above phases.

So glad there are Dotee Dolls and Articulated Paper Art Dolls...They are so fun to make. Let me know if you would be interested in a private trade on Dotees, APAD's or ???

DO NOT SEND half-baked artwork. Lack of attention to detail. Take time to color it up. Show you care. Give it your BEST work. PM me if you are in a bind. I'd rather receive your best work!

Hosting Swaps!

My First Swap

If I create a Swap and there is not a flurry of commitment... then I realize this Swap is not meant to be and I will delete it.

I may try to repost in the future. If you were lurking and missed joining... PM me and I’ll send you a note when I have it back up! Fun times coming up with ideas..... Please hurry to join my swaps!! XD

If you haven't seen a swap you'd be compelled to join... PM me!!

Fave Entertainment Media

I enjoy series books:

Some of my more recent faves: Amanda Hocking, Susan Wiggs, Jennifer Chiaverini, Stephanie Meyer, Laurell K Hamilton

It all started when I was a child reading many of the books in the Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene and Trixie Belden books by Julie Campbell.

Other than series books I LOVE romance novels with a Steampunk/Otherworldly twist. Books on how to create with paper, yarn, fabric, paints, pencils and recycled items using thread, glue, wax, brads, staples, nails and duck tape. Love trying new things!!


Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, War of the Worlds (1953 version), and the Sound of Music are my most memorable movies from childhood.

My recent fave movies are Fifty Shades of Gray, Hunger Games, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Magic Mike, All the Twilight movies.

I soooo enjoy movies, however have not seen many due to I'd rather be crafting. LOL!

TV Shows:

Oh goodness....Ummmm..... Flea Market Flip, Psychic Detectives/Investigators, Quilting Arts, Long Lost Family, American Pickers, Mike Rowe (I meant Dirty Jobs), How It's Made, Hoarders (I feel like my studio is not so messy, after all), Tyler Henry Hollywood Medium, Triple D (Diners, Drive-in's and Dives) and Antiques Roadshow!


My Ipod has almost everything on it with the exception of Rap. OK, there are a couple Rap songs on there.... I stand corrected.

Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Irish Punk Rock, Alternative, Country, Pop, Hawaiian, Jazz & Show Tunes...

I love to turn it on random and have a sweet mixture to create by.


I like postcards... a lot. I like them fresh and in an envie the best... so I can send to someone special later. Love beautiful scenery, animals (especially farm animals and domestic house pets) and people (famous or not) doing funny things, ELVIS, grave yards, tombs, museums, art, MAPS, architecture, industrial, historical, unusual and odd, nudes, antique written on and stamp dated, new, old, colorful, black and white, farm fresh (not a duplicate in my collection), beachy, Wild West, Grand Canyon, ELVIS, British Royals or other Royals, Illinois, Chicago, flowers, patriotic, states of USA, cities, feminist, pro-women, equality, inspiring, animals with clothes on, oceanic, steampunk... Swedish, Dutch, British (my grandparents were born in these three countries), all other countries.

Another Few Things About Me

I love the unusual, the funny, the creepy, the offensive, the poignant, the thought provoking, the respectful of other points of view, the odd and strangely creative.

I am a strong believer in Jesus and I love others of different faiths.

Behaviors I do NOT like are: lying or fake-ness, jumping to (wrong!) conclusions, non-use of swap-bot etiquette (communication, communication, communication!), a half-baked job on the swap, the attitude that the world revolves around them, ungraciousness and ungratefulness . Enuf said... on to more positive information.

I like reading or hearing Life After Death stories

Favorite Crafts

Love them all!

Noticed I hadn’t mentioned that I’ve delved into assemblage... OMG!! So much fun! Created a robot man named Victor and his pet robot pup named Pepper!! I’ve been gathering pieces to make a girlfriend for Victor and her pet cat.

My Little Family...

Our youngest was a victim of the choking game the day before Halloween in 2010. David was only 13 years old. I have a memorial tattoo of him as of 8/25/11.

My Little Family

I MISS DAVID EVERY MINUTE EVERY DAY Sweet David We are two peas in a pod. Just alike in so many ways.

Half of my heart is gone forever. I know David is in Heaven waiting.... Jesus and His promises are getting me through this valley of grief. Thankful that I will see David in Heaven... someday.

My most difficult months are October (David’s angel day near end of month) and April (David’s birthday near middle of month). The days leading up to these events grow more sad and painful until that “anniversary” day is over... similar to a pimple that festers more each day and pops the morning after the event. Yes, it has been over 8 years and NO, I’ll not ever “get over it”. I continue to improve with living through “It”. Thankfully, As of 2017 DH and I are living joyously.

Recent Victims and More Victims


Signs of Choking Game Participation

NEWS FLASH: Jan 2015 ~ My two older sons age 25 and 26 have flown the nest. Hallelujah! 11/10/17 ~ It is still marvelous!!! 1/14/19 ~ Home is our sweet haven. Just the 2 of us with 3 dogs and one kitty.

Hubby and I enjoy traveling out west and the beach. Before David's accident we would would rent a boat on Memorial Day. The whole family would go deep sea fishing. Haven't had the heart since David's death... at least we have visited Daytona Beach a few times. Someday we hope to continue the family tradition and take David's ashes with us.

Tragedy has changed us. All of us appreciate life and living it to the fullest. Life is too short not to follow your dreams. Every day holds promise. David was all about living this way.

My Fave Themes

BOY angels are my absolute fave. Girl angels are all over the place commercially (In the Bible the angels are mostly men). It takes a special effort to find or create BOY/MALE angels and I appreciate ALL your efforts.

Other than that: SW USA desert, hand drawn, Steampunk, vintage buttons, landscapes, flowers, anything oceanic, boy angels, mastiffs and poodles, kitty cats, Elvis, paper dolls, birds, dark chocolate, corny jokes and phrases, things that make me laugh or think of a new perspective or TWIST.... LOVE IT!


If you would like to include a little something extra ... I'm not opposed to receiving something with our trade, in fact I will feel that I've hit the jack pot!

My heritage is Swedish, Dutch, and British (Manchester, England). Anything from or about these places are of great interest to me.

I LOVE all things black licorice flavor!

Hopefully with the profile details I've included you will find something interesting in your stash.

I LOVE @Sherba31 's RAK: BTW... Received three great postcards from Sherry Gonzales (post date Sept. 25th) with a sweet note about the hazardous Choking Game, however the name of the swap wasn't included. I can't find the swap to rate. Sherry, please PM me so I can rate you. Thank you! ~~ Sher, my October's are difficult and your RAK surprise was perfectly timed. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I'm very touched.

Please do NOT....

PLEASE, DO NOT SEND a half-baked Artwork. Lack of attention to detail. Take time to color it up. Show you care. Give it your BEST work. I will not rate (at best give a 3 for) a half done piece and will gladly return it to the sender to complete or add back to their collection. Remember we are to send something we would want in our own collection!

~~~~~~~ALLERGY WARNING!~~~~~~~~

Please don't trade with me if you are allergic to pet hair and burnt wood. I have both. I try to keep the hairs away from my workspace, but what if I miss one or two and you become ill. I'd feel awful, so I'd prefer we not trade to be safe. Thank you.

~~~~~~~BAD NEWS LISTERS~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Recently I've had the worst experience with mailing and receiving swaps from Canada and India.



@bitsofwhimsy ~ I wish Paige well and hope that from now on she will commit to really participating in a swap before signing up. Whether a swap is 10 persons or two persons the swap is important to the recipient.

@destiney1 flaked on three swaps with me: CCC ~ Plushie Skull (USA), altered mouse trap! and CCC plush goth lovie. I wish her well and hope she comes back someday to complete her swaps. I fulfilled my end of swap and was rated for my participation. Destiney was very sweet and communicated with me about the situation.

List of Thankless Non-Raters:

  • The rating is the "thank you" for sending the swap.


Please don't forget to rate!!

Thank You My Sweet Swap-bot friends:


mejulia rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #13 on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: I love the postcards, thank you!
Response: So glad. Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Love the cards! Especially the one of Elvis first church! Also, liked the cute one you wrote your note on.
Response: I so enjoyed my trip to Tupelo and Memphis. Graceland has been updated. Sounds like a reason to go back!! Thank you for the heart :)
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP Vintage PC #2 on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Great vintage card! I wish it would snow too! But I think realistically it won't! Happy swapping!
Response: DH continues to be disappointed with our lack of snow in Hotlanta. Thank you for the heart :)
AmookIslandCreations rated for December Inspirations on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this great PC! I love the iridescent acrylics! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Glad it gave you a smile up in Alaska! Thank you for the heart. :D
Comment: Thank you for your sweet Christmas Card and generous flat surprises!
Response: You are very welcome!! Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Hi Laurie! Thank you so much for the pretty card, all the enclosures, and the newsy note about your Christmas plans. I completely agree about cleaning before company arrives--YUK--but your plans sound lovely and I hope you all make some beautiful holiday memories together!
Response: Thank you for the heart and well wishes. :D
ksperline90 rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #2-USA on Dec 6, 2018
ktk8 rated for Collaboration #63 on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Hi.... THANKS for the card..... looking forward to adding some touches and sending it on..... thanks for all the extras I love them..... Swap HaPPy.....
Response: You are welcome!! Thank you for the heart!!
HannahsMommy07 rated for Pass and Paste #55 on Dec 5, 2018
Comment: Great assortment of PC's! Thanks! And yes, I cannot believe Christmas is almost here. Comes quicker and quicker every year! Merry Christmas to you and happy swapping to you.....
Response: Glad you liked the selection. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you!!! :D
Response: UR welcome! Thank U4 the ❤️
dawnakaulen rated for P&M Blank Letter C Postcard Swap on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: Thank for the nice PC's
Response: You are welcome :) and thank you for the heart.
skinny52 rated for P&M Blank Letter C Postcard Swap on Nov 20, 2018
Comment: Oh my gosh, such great C postcards you chose for me! And the railway ephemera is just so cool! Thanks so very much!
Response: I’m an ephemera freak. Happy to hear you enjoyed your envie contents and postcards. Thank you for the heart.
blueseabliss rated for WASHINGTON AND GEORGIA on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: AWESOME!!!! Thank you, Laurie!
Response: 😘 You are welcome! Hugs!
Bavarija rated for NYUP: Two Ad Cards + One!! on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for cards!
Response: You are welcome😉. TY4❤️!!
Comment: Love the cards you chose, thank you!
Response: Awesome!! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Your art classes were better than mine, we didn't have any 3D. Print and paint, took 3D in collage and made bronze sculpture working for an artist for 39 yrs. Thank you for dishcloth, love it.
Response: You are super welcome!! Thank you for the ❤️:D
user2148 rated for HCSI: Year of the Dog PC September on Sep 5, 2018
Comment: Wow! Such a great carving!! Love it! And you are a wonderful doggie mama to put up with the slobbers! :0)
Response: LOL! Thank you for the heart :D
Autumn5 rated for WIYM: 3 PCs SPELL AUG on Sep 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the postcards you chose :)
Response: Yay!!! And thank you for the heart!!
Response: TY

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splendorpursuit on Jan 16, 2019:

Hi Laurie,

I was checking out your profile via your recent swap posted and just wanted to say that the cat in your gif is a total badass. Where did you find the gif? :) [If this is your actual cat, color me jealous.]

ktk8 on Sep 18, 2018:

Hello and THANKS for adding the mailbox... first class stamp....and bird coloration on my Collaboration 59 card...... it turned out so pretty! Many hearts to YOU......

wolfeagle on Sep 8, 2018:


Thank you for drawing a face on my Collaboration pc. It really makes the pc.

MissPaula on Aug 31, 2018:

Thanks so much for the winged pumpkin on my Collab PC, I Love it! It really made the card. I hope God's Blessings are chasing you down-Thanks again! = )

christywebb on Aug 20, 2018:

Thank you for part 2 supplement of the "WIYM BIG New Postcard Swap - USA" swap!

lou on Jul 17, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

Gnoe on Jul 11, 2018:

Thank you for your fat envelope with woman themed ephemera for the EJ swap under the same name! I've had yours ready since the day I signed up but need to get around to including a note. There's still time :D

LOVE your ladybug on flower drawing on the envelope!! <3

Babytreese on Jun 22, 2018:

Not sure what happened...♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Heart given! Thanks again! USA Landmarks

widelo123 on May 23, 2018:

Laurie, that you so much for the vintage posstcard of Bug Light, Boston Harbor, MA. I used to come from Massachusetts, so this postcard has some fond memories. Shirley

Poohtat on Apr 21, 2018:

Just thinking of you

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