Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 2:47 am


Date Joined: January 22, 2009
Last Online: September 15, 2015

Country: United States
drift closely

About Me

Hi, my name is judith. :) (formerly @dearlybeloved - was changed to match up with my domain).

I love crafting and making things. I adore handmade items and useful things. ♥ I love going out and doing stuff. :D

I built a row boat. :) Still have some finishing work to put on her, but other than that, she's done! (For those interested, I'm gradually blogging about the process in my blog.)

I believe that every single dollar spent is a vote that actually matters. It can sometimes be tough when times are difficult, but I try to do my best. :) I buy fair-trade and organic whenever I can and try to purchase things made domestically in the US or in countries where workers are paid fair wages and not exploited for corporate gain. I like to recycle and reuse, too!

I put a lot of thought and care into my packages and crafts as well as what my partner likes. I send out things that I personally would like to receive, none of it being dollar store crap. No one likes to get junk or leftovers!

Come visit me at driftclosely.com for all sorts of crafty-related posts.

I send ALL of my packages with Delivery Confirmation (US) or with a Certificate of Mailing (international). Delivery Confirmation shows when the package was delivered, and a Certificate of Mailing is a certificate that indicates a parcel has been mailed and validated by the post office. I keep in good contact, and you will hear from me when your stuff is mailed!

I reuse packaging supplies. I would love it if you would do the same, too!

Favorite Books

  • Vonnegut: Mother Night, Breakfast of Champions
  • Gaiman: Neverwhere, Coraline, The Graveyard Book (I couldn't just pick one!)
  • McCann: Let the Great World Spin

I also enjoy reading vegan/veg cookbooks and magazines, crafting books and magazines, wedding magazines for the crafty stuff, Japanese craft books, dark fiction (Vonnegut, Gaiman, R. Dahl, and authors in a similar vein), German Romanticism (uncanny). No Harry Potter, Twilight, Da Vinci Code, romance novels, etc.

Favorite Music

  • Lumineers
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Portishead
  • The Decemberists
  • Regina Spektor
  • Massive Attack
  • Gotan Project
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela

I have an incredibly soft spot for the aforementioned artists. :)

And I absolutely, positively adore Ella Fitzgerald - she's my girl!

Favorite Crafts

Here are crafts that I enjoy making:

  • Sewing (I can make cute stuff and knick knacks, but I try to sew things that will get used.)
  • Embroidery
  • ATCs

On Swapbot, I primarily join ATC swaps. I used to join the sewing ones, but I have grown to love (and favor) ATCs. Who doesn't like portable, miniature works of art? ;)

I also love calligraphy, but it's too time consuming to offer as a trade here.

And while this isn't a craft, I like writing handwritten letters to friends.


I really love handmade! If it's made by you, and you put lots of heart into it, I will adore it!

I also love useful handmade things/accessories, so I can show it off instead of having it sit in my treasure chest. ;)

Here are some themes that I like!

  • Realistic, nature themes
  • Classic nautical themes (think elaborate compass roses, cartography, sailboats, intricate rope/knot work, etc.)
  • Octopus
  • Squid
  • Swallows and sparrows/birds
  • Goldfish & koi
  • Mushrooms
  • Forest themes
  • Vintage/scientific animal illustrations
  • TEAL!! And jewel-toned colors
  • Aranzo Aronzo
  • Kawaii food such as Hannari Tofu and lucky poo/unchin
  • Fair-trade & organic
  • Handmade papers
  • 1920s &1930s
  • Sustainable fabrics such as cotton and bamboo
  • Filigree
  • Calligraphy & illuminated manuscripts
  • Monsters!
  • Distressed artwork
  • Legos!
  • European lingerie
  • Watercolor
  • Black & white photography
  • Bath stuff as long as it's handmade and (mostly) natural
  • Things that can be used/are useful. :D
  • Handmade jewelry where components are actually made by the artist.

That's just a guide, not a rule or anything! :)


  • Cartoon-ish, clip-art looking stuff (To be quite frank, I really do NOT like this kind of stuff at all.)
  • Diddl
  • Dated looking things
  • Quilty-looking fabrics; also, low quality fabrics
  • Tacky fonts like Comic Sans and Papyrus
  • Sanrio
  • Disney
  • Country
  • Edibles (unless they're vegan/vegetarian)
  • Candles
  • Dotee dolls
  • Anime
  • Bath and Body Works and other overly perfumey type of body care
  • Western religious iconography such as crosses
  • Walmart
  • Inchies

Please don't send me trinkets or knick knacks that aren't handmade. I don't like mass-produced items that just sit and gather dust, nor do I have the space for them.

I also ask that you do not send me extras unless they are relevant to the swap (trying to destash and reduce clutter). I rate on the swap item made, not on extras.



Just a simple little wishlist here! I have a lot of crafty stuff in my possession, especially stuff that can be purchased from chain craft stores, but these are a few items I have a difficult time acquiring or would love to receive. :D

  • Japanese linens and cottons
  • Japanese fabric trims/elastic
  • Small sequins (smaller than 8mm)
  • Well-made ATCs
  • Decotape

Again, this is just a wishlist, no demands or anything! :) As previously mentioned, I love handmade and tend to participate in those swaps. If you put the time, effort, and thought into your swap, I know that I'll love it. :D


@Paralistocrat - For the mushroom stuffie swap. After apologizing and promising to send, a month went by with nothing. The host was very sweet as to angel this for me.

@bubbleburd21 - For the vegan recipe swap. This one hits a bit close to home as I think it's super lame how someone who is interested in a cruelty-free lifestyle would steal from others. Told me she would resend but received nothing. bubbleburd also swaplifted the host.

Private Swaps & Other Swapping

I love doing private swaps! If you're interested in doing a private swap, please contact me. If I have not swapped with you before, I would kindly ask that you send first.

Please check my website to see the types of swap I send out to people.

Also, I am pretty understanding if there is a delay when it comes to mailing out a swap. I keep in good contact with my swaps, and I really do expect the courtesy to be returned. To me, communication is the most important aspect in swapping, especially if there is a long delay. I honestly do not think that it's fair for me to chase down my swapper.

I just ask that you please be mindful of swapping because I am tired of dealing with the lies and constantly following up with my sender. I swap because I enjoy meeting new people and making things, not because I enjoy being lied to or chasing down senders. Thanks. :)


PaulandLeezy rated for Vintage ATC - With Gold! on Jun 19, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! :)
Amuterasu rated for Altered Text ATC Swap #5---Yellow on Jun 6, 2012
Comment: Thank you! I love the ATC :]
Response: Thank you for rating; I'm glad you love the ATC - I really enjoyed making it for you. :)
ixykix rated for Altered Text ATC Swap #7----RED on Jun 6, 2012
Comment: hi Judith - thanks so much for a lovely ATC! I very much liked the style of the washed red - it really suits the text. I'm loving this series so much! Thank you too for the lovely extras - just the kind of things I like!! :-) I'm still learning with my veganism! I've been veggie for 6 years, but only went vegan a month ago - makes life interesting!
Response: Hey, Fran, thank you so much for commenting, rating, and the heart. Means quite a bit coming from you as I truly do cherish the ATC you sent me (as well as those beautiful extras!). I loved creating for the red card in this series, and I'm quite glad that you like it so! Good luck with the veganism - I enjoyed it the year I went vegan. Hope our paths cross again, soon! :D
Wingy rated for Altered Text ATC Swap #7----RED on Jun 1, 2012
Comment: thank you for sharing your art with me..i <3 it
Response: Thank you for the comment, rating, and heart, Wingy! I loved making the red series: explored new techniques in my card creation, and I'm so glad it found a home with you. :D
JemStone rated for Altered Text ATC Swap #5---Yellow on May 7, 2012
Comment: I just love the ATC! How cool! The phrase you made is just wow!
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart, JemStone! I'm thrilled that you like the phrase - I guess dull Sumerian mythology books have a time and place, huh? ;)
aploenes rated for ATC: It's all about me! on Apr 14, 2012
Comment: so pretty and I loved the card that doubles as a post card!
Response: Apologies for the late response, but thank you so much for the rating and heart! I'm quite happy that you liked my constellation card - brings back a lot of good memories of the past. Glad you liked the card/postcard, too!
Comment: I love the ATC!!! And the postcard! Thank you
Response: Sorry it took so long for me to respond, but thank you, kurtina! I'm glad that you love the ATC - that was was, indeed, hard to let go. :) Hope you can find use for the postcard!
Comment: The ATC is beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to look at my profile. You did good :)
Response: So very sorry for the late response, but thank you, grammag, for the rating and the heart! I loved making this for you. :D
Marsha907 rated for Profile Based ATC on Mar 31, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card you made just for me. Very nice, capturing some of my interests.Perhaps I'll get to Norway someday. That was a cool note card you sent too.
Response: Thank you for the rating, Marsha907! Maybe I'll see you in Norway someday - I added that place onto my list of "to visits." ;)
KraftyKaren rated for Egg Shaped ATC on Mar 28, 2012
Comment: Thanks. Your atc is gorgeous and vintage looking. I like the card you sent it in. :)
Response: Thanks for the rating, Karen! I'm glad you like the notecard as well as the ATC. It was hard to let go, but it has a great home with you. ;)
Comment: Thank for everything.. the wallet is very well made - just put all my stuff in it.. and the star is adorable.. and the peeps well.. that goes without saying!! Thanks a bunch!!
Comment: Judith - WOW! Thank you so much for the 3 brilliant ATCs!!! They are so unique and different, and have had so much effort put into them – something that I really appreciate =D I particularly love the "My Favorite Color" ATC - so beautiful! Thank you so much for such a wonderful swap – it is swappers like you that make swap-bot such a great experience! Margarita xxx
lavendarcat rated for blue bird of happiness on Apr 16, 2011
Comment: This is a beautiful card. Thank you.
Response: Thank you, lavendarcat! I'm glad you like the card, and thanks for the rating and heart!
jennifersheremetta rated for blue bird of happiness on Apr 8, 2011
Comment: This was the very first ATC Ive ever had! Its absolutely amazing! I can tell alot of time and thought went into this! Thank you so very much! Its beautiful!! :)
Response: *squee* I'm super flattered that my card is the first ATC that you've ever received. They're addicting, aren't they? I'm so happy that you liked it, and thank you so much for the great comment, rating, and heart! :D
krimsonlake rated for Free Theme ATC #28 on Mar 30, 2011
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful ATC. I also really enjoyed reading about how you made it.
Response: Yay, I'm so glad that you like it! Thank you for the comment, rating, and heart! :)
n03mi63 rated for Free Theme ATC #28 on Mar 25, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC. Have a great weekend!
Response: Thank you, Noemi! I hope you have a wonderful end of the weekend. ;) Also, thank you so much for the rating and heart!
Luv2stamp rated for Free Theme ATC #28 on Mar 21, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the free theme ATC. Love it!
Response: It makes me happy to hear that you love my ATC: thank you so much for the rating and heart! :D
lcjustme rated for Free Theme ATC #28 on Mar 20, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and the note explaining how it was made. It is so different from my style. It will make a nice addition to my collection!
Response: I'm glad you liked my card. :) I actually divvied up my cards based on profile, and I was a bit nervous if you would like it. ;) Thank you for the rating and heart!
Polymath rated for Altered Text ATC Series: Black on Mar 2, 2011
Comment: I am so sorry for not rating sooner! Time just went wild and life got busy for me. The card was fantastic...thank you so much!!
Response: I have to apologize myself for the late response, but I'm stoked you liked the card; thank you so much for the rating and heart! :D
nobelli rated for Re-use/Recycle/Re-purpose ATC on Feb 28, 2011

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lilspotteddog on May 1, 2012:

Do you have a previous user name of dearly beloved?

JenDiggityDirt on Apr 24, 2009:

Click here to join!

nifwlseirff on Apr 18, 2009:

Thank you ever so much for your comments and rating for the recent Blog swap! You've made me much more motivated to update things more often and work a little more in my rather frustrating garden - thank you!! Good luck getting FTP running again. :-)

weeatcrayons on Mar 17, 2009:

Come see all the new swaps we have up at Rainbows & Rainclouds!! There's some edible yummies, beads, paper scraps and stationery swaps going on!! Come join us in the fun!!

lilacamy931 on Mar 17, 2009:

Check out the Fake Food Group for upcoming ideas for swaps (input needed!!) and also some fun and games, prizes to be won!


pianoheart on Mar 3, 2009:

Judith, thank you for the so cute dorayaki!

LavenderLizard on Feb 26, 2009:

Thanks so much for trading books with me! Lovely package received!

krambear on Jan 31, 2009:

I'm your first comment, yay :D

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