Swap-bot Time: August 24, 2019 10:55 am


Date Joined: August 1, 2011
Last Online: August 14, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

Hi there!! My name is Laurie.

Soon I will be on a Quilting Cruise to Alaska. I will be back to Swap-bot sometime the first week of September. Looking forward to some Alaskan inspiration.

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. I mark β€œsent” when the swap is placed in my mailbox or dropped in the PO mailbox. The postmarked date may show a day or 2 later on the item due to this.

Love paper, paint, pencils, pens, textiles, yarn and COLOR! All colors. It’s taken a few years to become bored with ATC’s.

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 ???


My First Swap

Creating swaps is great fun!

Fave Entertainment Media


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.

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, True Crime Shows, Quilting Arts, Long Lost Family, Dr. Pimple Popper, 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: Adults acting like babies, 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

Wish Lust

Antique Ephemera & Accordians

Boy Angels & Beachscapes & Bright Colors

Coffee - Black & Crochet & Chocolate - Dark

Dutch & Nitro Drag Racing

Elvis & Earthy

Farm Fresh & Cotton Fabrics

Grand Canyon & Electric Guitars

Hand Crafted & Honey Bees & History

Illinois - Cities, Parks and Farm Life

Junque & Jackalopes

Kindness & Knitting

Landscapes & Llamas & Licorice - Black

Mastiffs & Manatees & Museums

Nevada - Las Vegas & Narwhales

Octopi & Electric Organs

Pie & Postcards - Blank in an Envie

Quilts & Queen - Rock Band

Rhubarb & Royal Family - All

Swedish & Science & Steampunk

True Crime & Surprise Twists

Utah - Parks and Scenery

Vintage Ephemera

Whimsical & Wise

Yarn - Soft or Cotton

Zen - Peace & Harmony

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 β€œanniversary” 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 β€œget over it”. I continue to improve with living through β€œIt”. Thankfully, As of 2017 DH and I are living joyously.

Recent Victims and More Victims



Signs Your Child Is Participating in the Choking Game

Marks or bruises on the neck.

Bloodshot eyes and headaches.

Wearing clothing that covers the neck, even in warm weather.

Confusion or disorientation after being alone for a period of time.

The presence of unusual items such as dog leashes, ropes, scarves, bungee cords, and belts.


My two older sons age 29 and 30 have flown the nest. We treasure their visits!! 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.

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.

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:


skinny52 rated for P&M Not So Perfect Scavenger Hunt 1 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: HAHAHA! I guess I did ask for it! Great assortment of cards and yes I do appreciate the ad cards too! Thanks for the very creative selections!
Response: Appreciate the heart rating:) So glad you like my motley selection of strange, yet wonderful cards :D
Comment: Thank you :) especially I like the one with map of Native Indian Tribes!
Response: U R welcome :)
MeggyMoo rated for Four Seasons + on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: I love my cards, thankyou! They were all interesting, particularly the one of Illinois, as I have a friend there that I have been writing to since we were 12! Tracy
Response: Thank you for the heart :D Tracy. I’m from IL and truly miss the big blue skies and beautiful farmland. I hope to make a trip back to see friends and family in the next 12 months.
Comment: Thank you
Response: U R welcome :)
Comment: thanks so much for the sumptious supply of cards ... i don't feel left out for not taking vacations anymore, when postcards bring in parts of the world to my mailbox > enjoy your summer of swapping!
Response: You are welcome :D
shirleyinCA rated for One for the Road on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Fabulous and fun cards - and so many! All of them perfectly fit the theme and all are new to me and definitely keepers! Coke is my beverage of choice, especially for the perfect road trip! Thanks so much for a wonderful swap!
Response: So glad! DH is a Coke collector, we love cars and traveling down the road. Appreciate your special rating, Shirley :D
Comment: Thanks for the variety of postcards and a bonus recipe card! It made my day happier receiving them in the mail today!
Response: Glad to hear :)
Margothecat rated for EP Postcard Swap on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards!
Response: It was my pleasure! Appreciate your heart rating.
cherylld rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: Very cool finds, thank you!
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the heart :)
RNRISLOVE rated for 3 Blank Map Pcs #9 on Jul 27, 2019
Comment: WOW, loved all the new great cards. I can't wait to go on vacation in September so I can get more state cards.
Response: I found that the truck stops and tourist traps are best for postcards. Have a fabulous vacay!! Appreciate the heart.
Comment: Oh thanks for the lovely package with the wide variety of goodies, the beautiful envelope and also thanks for hosting the swap!
Response: I love ephemera and enjoy sending off some of my findings. You are welcome :) Appreciate the heart, too!
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #69 on Jul 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cool selection & extra, Laurie. Good choices all! I never knew there was a Postcard Collector's Magazine, but love that playing card pc.
Response: I found that card at Scott Antique Market here in Hotlanta. Thank you for the heart rating, Linda.
Comment: You sent some fun postcards for the swap; thank you! Thanks for the extra as well.
Response: Happy to hear you enjoyed them. Thank you for the heart rating.
michelejeanne rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #16 on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Love these cards, especially the kitty and thanks for the extra too ❀
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart :)
swayzer rated for NFSC: Summer Dotee Doll on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Dotee, this was my first time creating and receiving one. It's quite lovely :-)
Response: I read your profile and saw you like orange... added a bit here and there on the beading. Thank you for the heart rating.
mb58ca rated for Maps n Things on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: YYYaaahhhoooo!!! These are awesome! Thanks for choosing to send them :)
Response: Pleased that you loved them :) Thank you for the rating
vickysounio rated for QUICK Send 2 Postcards Swap #4 on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcards!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart :)
young46356 rated for PH: Bird Postcards #5 on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great bird postcards. I know people often complain about the postal service but you transposed a couple of numbers in the address and it still arrived just fine. Best wishes, Rich
Response: Oops! So glad it arrived okay!! Appreciate your heart rating, Rich.
Comment: Thank you for the nice variety of lovely and interesting postcards.
Response: You are welcome. Happy they are lovely and interesting :) I appreciate the heart!
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Glad they arrived okay :)

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OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


Stargazer008 on May 8, 2019:

Oh Laurie, you really made my day! What a lovely envelope in my letterbox! Thank you so much for angeling NYUP: 1 Ad, 1 Non-touristy and 1 Surprise! I simply like all of the postcards. Gonna try the recipe at the weekend...whoopp something to look forward to. And now have a nice evening, Joana

bluehairedmary on May 1, 2019:

Thanks for angelling for NYUP: 1 Ad, 1 Non-touristy and 1 Surprise! I especially like the spinning postcard! I don't spin, but I love all crafts!

mandigutterrose on Apr 8, 2019:

I received your resend for 4 out the door (I was out of town for a wedding). Bless your heart, you are the sweetest. Thank you so much. XOXO

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!

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