Swap-bot Time: July 10, 2020 2:20 am


Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: July 9, 2020
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

✈ I'm married and my husband is from England and I have relatives and friends both there and in Switzerland, Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights. I have two stepsons and one grandson. We have another grandchild on the way in May.

I have a small, backyard hobby farm. Both of us have an interest in beekeeping and we have two flow hives in the garden as well as a greenhouse with hydroponic system on one side and a potting bench on the other. We have four black Orpington chickens. We started some bucket gardening this year with potatoes, carrots, onions and sweet potatoes.

I have a small raised bed garden and am fairly successful with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, kale, onions, garlic and herbs. We are doing well with ginger, peas, beans, bok choi and rhubarb this year. I have three grape vines that are producing and about 12 mature fruit trees in the garden. I hope the deer leave them alone this year (with the help of a newly installed electric fence).

We have three dogs Chase, Charlie and Abby. We took over Abby when a friend's father was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into a nursing home. Chase is 17, Charlie is 14 (with dementia) and Abby is now 10.

I love essential oils and use DoTerra. I've been making small roller bottles for my coworkers with Frankincense, lemon, oregano, OnGuard and Tea Tree Oil to stop passing around all the bugs and virus and yucky stuff at work. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.

Favorite Music

🎶 I listen to anything pop, 70s, 80s, Motown and British Invasion. I also like Vitas, Duffy, Billie Eilish, The Beautiful South, Prince, George Michael, Alison Moyet and Amy Winehouse. On Vinyl, anything 80s, Billy Joel, T-Rex, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Carly Simon and ABBA.

I'm a huge fan of vinyl records and search flea markets and old record stores to find them. I listen to vinyl more than anything else! We've collected so many albums over the years. I need to start cataloging our albums because we really have quite a collection.

I don't like polka, Zamphir the Pan Flutist and anything out of tune. I play the piano, flute and have just started learning the Mountain Dulcimer. Thank you YouTube for great lessons.

Favorite Television

We use Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. I'm currently watching Hunters and Ozark. I just binge watched all of Grey's Anatomy. I started with the first episode last June (2019) and just caught up. I think I truly know how to wash my hands properly now. Guilty pleasures: Married at First Sight, This is Us and American Horror Story.

📻 So this isn't really TV but I've been enjoying several Podcasts on my phone. I started with "Serial" and then discovered "Lore". I LOVE Crime Junkie. I started listening to Business Wars and it's so thoroughly researched and well-produced. I also listen to Coffee Break French - quick little episodes talking about.....French of course!

Favorite Crafts

🌠 I quilt. I am a machine quilter and I use a rotary cutter to cut my material. I typically make lap quilts or baby quilts. I have MANY unfinished projects. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt but find time to sew some small projects. I adore my serger machine I need to find more time to quilt.

I've put my quilting stash to manic mask making use in 2020. Mostly I've been giving them to my employees at work and mailing some off to friends and family. I've probably made 75+ so far but have truly lost count.

🎨 I like to doodle. I like creating envelope art and just starting using watercolor pencils. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress. I send pen pal letters to my toddler grandson who enjoys going to the mailbox with his dad.

✏️ I love to write and try to keep up with my blog.

Favorite Books

📚 Labyrinth and Sepulchre by Kate Mosse, Marley and Me by John Grogan, books by Jodi Picoult and Dorthea Benton Frank. I love Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian" and "The Swan Thieves". I also enjoy horror books but it seems so hard to find any good ones these days like old school Stephen King / Dean Koontz. I wanna be SCARED! I'm on GoodReads.

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to them on Audible, YouTube and find second hand audiobooks at thrift stores and used book stores. I loved listening to Where the Crawdads Sing.

I've also started collecting Nancy Drew books - the kind that I had in the 70s and early 80s. My husband and I look through antique stores and thrift shops trying to find the ones I am missing. I would like to read them all from the first book on.

I read a few magazines when I'm looking for something different and shorter than a book. My favorites are Mary Jane's Farm, Garden & Gun and Daphne's Diary.

Things I Would Enjoy

📌Recipes (I love to bake, cook and use the crock pot and my InstaPot). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful. I enjoy old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks. I'm currently translating my great-grandmother's handwritten French recipes.

📌Interesting articles from magazines or newspapers that you would like to share

📌Local lore articles from your area.

📌Interesting Stickers or Washi tape. I love Lisa Frank stickers

📌Fun pens - especially for work

📌Jelly Babies or Walker's Eclairs from UK...so hard to find here :)

📌Real Cadbury candy from the UK

📌Herbal Teas / Green Teas or other teas (No loose, please and no Matcha)

📌Post cards- not a fan of touristy ones but like art, unusual, vintage, creepy, funny, animals, and recipe post cards.

📌Unusual stamps, vintage or foreign (used is fine)

📌Sample Essential Oils (prefer YL or DoTerra) and would love to reciprocate.

📌All things Edward Gorey

📌Book recommendations

📌Website recommendations

📌A dog toy - I have three but one ends up with all the toys in the end

📌Coupons are great (I like the Lowe's project starter, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Pottery Barn or really any non-expired coupon specifically for major stores)

The No List

Because I live in the South, be careful of sending things that could melt in the mail...hot months are end of April through end of September.


Comment: Thanks for the package, everything is so cute. I love the washi samples and the recipe card will be perfect for my penpal who I trade recipes with.
Comment: thanks a lot for your postcard!
bambam rated for Name the Cat !! on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: Good name suggestions, although I wouldn't be able to ever say Clarice normal i always say it creepily lol 😂
NRGordon rated for Name the Cat !! on Jun 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the swap. I love “Clarice” and your reason.
Kellym rated for Hot Air Balloon MailArt on May 26, 2020
Comment: Your beautiful hot air balloon art arrived today! Thank you so much it’s gorgeous! Thank you also for the sweet card! Hugs to you!
Response: Thank you - that took so very long to reach you. I appreciate your comments - i really liked the challenge of the hot air balloon.
Zefaniya rated for Quotes on a postcard on May 2, 2020
Comment: Great quote!
CookieMomster78 rated for Quotes on a postcard on May 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing a great C.S. Lewis quote! Loved your cute little “hang in there” kitty cat drawing too!!!
Comment: This swap certainly brightened my day! Thanks so much for the mouse in boots stamped evie, the gorgeous "book" mark seedling planner and lovely note! I have bee doing all those things as well. I made each of the grandkids copies of favorite recipes. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thank you very much Sarah for the Wales Church PC & Welsh quotes.
CookieMomster78 rated for JOYOUS 80’s PC w/Giveaway on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Your postcard of Robert Mallet Stevens “Inn” drawing did not need an envelope, bit it tells me you read my profile and respect my family! That’s ❤️ worthy to me! Thank you for sharing some of your joy-filled memories from the 80’s with me as well! I too miss watching Knight Rider on TV!
kelliegirl6 rated for JOYOUS 80’s PC w/Giveaway on Mar 10, 2020
Comment: I love Ferris! The 80s were the best!
myancey rated for JOYOUS 80’s PC w/Giveaway on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Sarah thank u so much for the card. Loved reading ur answers and welcome neighbor.
yvonne401 rated for 1-INCH of PCs FEB 2020 on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard. I agree with you. There are a lot of great food choices in Philly. I love going to the Italian Market. So fun.
Comment: Hi fellow Georgian!! :P Thank you for the absolutely adorable Valentine card and for including two of my favorite things: roses and vintage stamps! ;v; I loved my happy mail so much!! I hope you had an awesome holiday!
ladymcgingerton rated for Pen Pal Swap on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for your wonderful letter. It made my day. It was postmarked Jan 25th and I recieved it the 14th. I'm not sure why it took nearly a month to arrive. I hope mine gets to you sooner. <3 -Virginia
Response: I can't believe how slow US Mail is lately. At least it arrived. I look forward to reading your letter.
captkristi rated for POSTCARD of LISTS #4 on Feb 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you!!! GREAT songs :)
Comment: Thank you love the card. Happy Valentines
Zefaniya rated for Valentine's Day Card Swap on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute card ❤️💜💓
Autist rated for Valentine's Day Card Swap on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: OMG! Glitter everywhere!! Also that Walt Disney stamp is amazing!’ Thanks
Comment: Love the drawing on both sides of the card!

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efjellro on Dec 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for the great work you do in the Swap-Bot Flakers group!

Happy Holidays!


Zefaniya on Nov 22, 2019:

Thank you for the two postcards tag! 😃

Ky on May 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for the sweet snail mail note and I'm thrilled that the book was a help to you and that you are working on your book! :-)

CurlyTea on Apr 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

bbsporty on May 15, 2018:

Thank you for the adorable superhero card you sent me with the sweet words of support!

CurlyTea on Apr 24, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Mugsie on Feb 26, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Valentine! It made my day!!

anrtist on Feb 22, 2018:

THANK YOU for the sweet Valentine's Card!

Blessings, cc

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

VivaLaDiane on Aug 2, 2017:


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