Swap-bot Time: August 16, 2018 5:42 am


Date Joined: August 1, 2011
Last Online: August 16, 2018

Country: United States
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About Me

Hi there!! My name is Laurie. I took a break from SB starting 3/15/15. I'm thrilled to be back as of 11/10/17

I will be gone from Swap-bot starting October 1st. It is my most difficult month and hope to be back November 1st.

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* 😘

2/12/18 ~ 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. I’ll try to post pics soon.

On 2/14/18 my 82 yo Mom fell and broke her wrist while at one of her quilt bee groups. Surgery to mend was 2 days later. I am driving 2.5 hours each way to help my parents every few days. I’ve dropped most of my swaps, because she and Dad are my main focus through March.

6/11/18 Mom’s wrist and hand are not properly aligned. She is so glad to be able to make quilts again for the children in foster homes. She wants each one to know they are wonderful and loved by the universal God! My Mom is a sweet tender hearted woman. I admire her creative talents and love for people that need a little help.

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!

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 7 years and NO, I’ll not ever “get over it”. I continue to improve with living through “It”. Thankfully, this past year (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!!!

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! I take time and care to create and send a special card in accordance to the recipients profiled taste. I expect no less for the cards I receive.

~~~~~~~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:


Comment: thanks for all the lovely vintage & antique goodness! Love the old checks! :-)
Response: Happy to hear you enjoyed the random selection!! Me, too... on the antique checks.
watercolorgirl rated for Pass and Paste #51 on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: I love your art on the pc and thank you for the extras. I'll send it on its way.
Response: Cool!
justmesks rated for Two Maps and a Non-Touristy PC #5 on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice cards for this swap.
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart.
uiltje rated for Quick Swap - Variety Package on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Your package arrived about a week ago, but we just returned from a shot stay abroad. I like your selection of cards!
Response: Super! Thank you for the heart!!
Gatzcat rated for PH: Yahtzee With Postcards on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Very cute selection of PC's. The sledding one reminds me of an incident that my friend and I got into in high school. I didn't stop in time and we were tangled up like a pretzel. No one got hurt, just a little bruised. It was pretty funny though.
Response: I did enjoy sledding as a kid in IL, I think it it was the thermos of hot chocolate that helped abate the cold. LOL! Glad you were okay after your spill!! Pleased that you enjoy the selection. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the postcards and reading my profile! I absolutely loved the Marilyn washi tape.
Response: Glad you loved the cards and envie decos 😘. Thank you for the ❤️
Singske rated for Collaboration #58 on Aug 6, 2018
Comment: The card arived today, looks great! Thanks for the extras. Have a lovely day
Response: Super!! Thank you for the heart, too!
simcoe54 rated for 3 Blank Map PCs #7 on Aug 5, 2018
Comment: Love the map postcards and the extra. Thank you!
Response: You are super welcome. Thank you for the heart!!
Comment: Thank you for all the postcards (and cute not card!).
Response: Glad you liked them! Thank you for the heart!
SilverD rated for Quick Swap - Your Choice on Aug 3, 2018
Comment: *UPDATE* Thank you very much for sending the others! It wasn't necessary, I was quite happy with what you sent. I do love what else you sent though, just love the atcs and postcards. The owl is a favorite, really beautiful and love how you enhanced with glossy accents. The "extra"postcard counts as one of the two postcards that were also supposed to be in the lot of goodies; so missing a postcard but that's okay. I like the one you sent. I love the pattern card and the ATC is really cute.
Response: I have shipment 2 in mailbox ready for pick up. So sorry!
bigmamabird rated for MMA: Gelli and More Envie on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks, sorry for rating late, I was sick...
Response: Glad you are better!! Thank you for the heart :)
SilverD rated for NYUP 4 pcs in an envie #11 on Aug 1, 2018
Comment: Sorry it's taken me so long to rate, I thought that I had already. They are all certainly interesting. "Sticks and Stones' is my fav.
Response: Thank you for the 5 and ❤️
thepinkaholic rated for WIYM: July recipe swap on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to trying them.
Response: I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Thank you for the heart :D
squince rated for P&M 4 blank Tourist postcard swap on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: YW!
sherylk3 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #28 on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great PCs.
Response: You are welcome 👍 Thank you for the heart.
MiekeC rated for EJ: Woman Themed Ephemera Swap #2 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all your women ephemera, a great choice. I can't stop by 5 by sending my swaps ;-), that's very difficult.
Response: I found some more old ephemera recently with women on it... maybe another swap in the future?! Thank you for the heart.
CariahCreates rated for Woman Themed Ephemera Swap on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the interesting mix of ephemera!
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the heart :)
Kvwanderlost rated for PH: Different Scavenger Hunt on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the PCs Laurie! The large group of flamingos is AMAZING, I love it :)
Response: An ariel view is the only way to see that huge flock! Thank you for the heart!!
Comment: Love what you sent, have fun on your Harley trip! karli
Response: Happy to hear you liked my random selection!! Hoping for a Harley ride tonite!!
blueseabliss rated for Steampunk Art on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: omg, omg, omg!!!! I LOVE these! Ty,ty, ty!!!! Yours is on the way soon..... These are seriously brilliant! Already framed and up on the wall! What's next? Be thinking!
Response: Hmmmmm..... will be thinking!! Glad you love. Could not decide so sent both...

Rating Overview

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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

stiffneck78 on Jan 2, 2018:

Angie on Nov 10, 2017:

You're back! Welcome!

Candyn29 on Mar 17, 2015:


fireyvalkyrie on Feb 25, 2015:

I will keep in touch ! will miss swapping with you my friend

fireyvalkyrie on Feb 8, 2015:

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