Swap-bot Time: November 23, 2017 1:35 am


Date Joined: August 1, 2011
Last Online: November 22, 2017

Country: United States
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About Me

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

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 8 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. I like the challenge of creating on a smaller format, hence ATC's!

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 ATC's.

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

Fun times coming up with ideas..... Please 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.
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, architecture, industrial, historical, unusual and odd, nude, naked, written on, new, old, colorful, black and white, farm fresh, beachy, Wild West, flowers, patriotic, states of USA, cities, feminist, pro-women, equality, inspiring, animals with clothes on, oceanic, steampunk... Swedish, Dutch, English, 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.

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: dragonflies, flowers, fish, guitars, paper dolls, birds, chocolate, corny jokes and phrases, things that make me laugh or think of a new perspective or TWIST.... LOVE IT!

BTW... My fave ATC's are DRAWN / PAINTED / COLORED by hand with other embellished accents. I do enjoy shiny things... a little bling or some Mod Podge go a long way with me.


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 sharing with me. I'm glad you can find some happiness now. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
squince rated for I Am Thankful For...Mega PC Swap on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: I am so sorry on the loss of your child -- I cannot imagine that pain and I'm so glad you're finding happiness again!
Response: Thank you for the super rating. Yes, I wanted to join him. I stayed earthbound for the sake of my two older sons, hubby, parents and best friend. Thankful for my family, friends, and Jesus.
aprilivy rated for Dogs & Puppies postcard - US only on Nov 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the 101 Dalmatians. You made my day!
Response: Awesome!! πŸ‘
afloyd541 rated for Small Town postcard - US only on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcard!
Response: Thank you for the super rating... we love panning for gold in Dahloneha. Very Soothing. The state capitol dome in Atlanta is covered with gold from Dahlonega!!
FundyGirl rated for I Am Thankful For...Mega PC Swap on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: I LOVE the photo on the pc. And those are great things to be thankful for. I'm sorry about your past loss, but I'm so glad that you are finally starting to feel "happy" again.
Response: I thought you might like that one! So glad I selected well. I just want to spread the word and save a life. I thought this day would never come. I'm cherishing our happiness. Thank you for the heart 😘
Comment: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have two boys and I couldn't imagine losing one of them. I am so glad you are happy again! β™₯
Response: Many times it tears the marriage apart. DH and I are closer now than ever. Thank you for your kindness and for your lovely rating😘
emmaswaps rated for Headstone Pillow - USA only on Mar 25, 2015
Comment: rec'd your headstone pillow today..it is beautiful.....I have not sent mine yet and now will go back and embellish it a little more...I feel it is too plain...and thanks for the extras..I collect bookmarks and stickers so they are appreciated....and the pillow matches colors in my living room....thanks again
Response: Really glad it hit the mark for you. I've been wanting to create and trade one of these pillows for months and wasn't able to find any others brave enough to join in. Found a wonderful group of others with this swap. :D
Comment: what a great life and a beautiful family ,made me cry lol thanks for setting this up for me
Response: I so enjoyed the whole exercise. I loved yours too! Glad we could do this together. Still wanna swap with you while I'm on sabbatical.
Comment: lol.. It was soooo good. It was like: but wait there's more!!
Response: Cool! Glad you liked :)
Comment: Thanks for a really great p.c. You are very talented and I enjoyed looking at your technique. You made this a fun swap!
Response: Cool! Glad you liked my crazy technique style :D. Thank you for the rating, too.
Sakubik rated for CCC ~ Creepy and interactive ATC on Mar 9, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the ATC. Very nice idea to use a mask with the face behind (and the blouse XD)
Response: Glad it arrived and that you liked the dangerously beautiful siren. :)
user6937 rated for CCC: Going Buggy on Mar 6, 2015
Comment: Great pc, thanks! Sort of a photomontage, which I love!
Response: Bugs just bring out my strange side. LOL
Comment: AHHHhaha! Oh this was fun! I love my charms and I am using the target tape next time we shoot! My absolute favorite part? The box with the wishbone. I giggled hard. Epic! Everything is great, this was fun!
Response: I had the best time looking through my stash and making something special just for you (wish box). Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks : )
Response: You's welcome :)
sybil31562 rated for SBPC February Postcard on Feb 24, 2015
Comment: I'll have to try it!
Response: Let me know how it goes, when you do :)
Deluxx rated for CIS: Envie of ODD USA on Feb 24, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the fun oddness!
Response: You are welcome :) ODDness rules!!!
mandymo rated for CCC ~ Cage that Beast! on Feb 24, 2015
Comment: OH Doodlebug! I love Ursa sooooooo much! She is wonderfully whimsical and the little care manual is so unique and well done. I laughed out loud several times as I read it. I will make sure that she has coke at all times. My daughter was fascinated with Ursa as well. Thank you so much for the time and effort you devoted to this strange little swap. I truly appreciate it and I am thrilled with your creation. :):):)
Response: Awwww.... So glad you are her new home. She was a bit nervous. I'm sure her tentacles are radiating joy :)
MrsSkywalker rated for CCC - Creepy cool...Candy! on Feb 24, 2015
Comment: Thank you so so much for your awesome package, I love it! :)
Response: Glad the pkg arrived and you like the candy selection :) I personally love the puss plugs.... Yummmmm!!
Comment: Laurie, this is so great! And sad!! Thank you.
Response: :) Glad you liked it & :( sorry it was sad. Thank you for the heart :)
mahlermail rated for EJ: Scavenger Hunt #2 on Feb 21, 2015
Comment: cute items - thanks....have a great week
Response: UR welcome :) hope you have a good week, too!!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 267 84 91
Completed Fives Threes Ones
248 286 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
1 92 155 0
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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:

EmilyT on Sep 9, 2014:

LOL those finger fonts are GROSSLY hilarious!

justmesks on Sep 6, 2014:

What a beautiful envelope for the swap 3 blank PC's in a deco'd envie! My 3 year old grand daughter was so excited when she helped me get the mail from the mailbox and she saw the monkey on the front. Great job!

Candyn29 on May 3, 2014:


anrtist on Feb 22, 2014:

Christian Swappers Group ;-)

RyeRye on Feb 14, 2014:

hannibal on Nov 22, 2013:

i just opened your creepy silly diptyck. it is sensational from every side and every angle. do you have any sudjestions on how to attach a haning system? i cant bear to leave it flat. right now it is sitting up on my desk. thank you if you would like to do another swap please let me know.

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