Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 11:26 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: February 17, 2020
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

✈ 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. We did a long road trip in England in April starting in London, headed down to Devon, back up to Stratford-Upon Avon and finally Manchester where we did a couple day trips to Wales and the Lake District.

We both work in manufacturing in management (automotive for me and food for him) and I'm super busy at work right now. We are still renovating our house (which doesn't leave a lot of time for anything else I love to do) so my "crafting" has become installing hardwood flooring, tile, hammering tin ceiling tiles, rewiring the house and endless amounts of painting walls, trim and the exterior. In the process of renovating, I'm learning British. Yes...I now know the British words for tools as well as lots of colorful curse words thanks to my beloved! I learned French years ago due to my French-Canadian grandmother and took conversational Spanish for work reasons but now I no longer need the closed captioning on for British films and shows (the one exception is Trainspotting).

I have a small, backyard hobby farm with chickens - 5 of them. 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.

I have a small raised bed garden and am fairly successful with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, kale, onions, garlic and herbs.

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.

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.

Favorite Television

We use Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus and have been watching a few guilty pleasure shows. I'm currently watching the X-Files, Derry Girls, Game of Silence and Ozark.

📻 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 also listen to Up and Vanished, Someone Knows Something and In the Dark. I was so very happy that Up and Vanished contributed toward the case being solved. 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 and use it to make sheets for my dogs' beds. They might be a bit spoiled :) I need to find time to quilt more. I made one in June for my first grandchild.

🖍 I like to color my own doodles/drawings. I like creating envelope art and just starting using watercolor pencils. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress.

🎨 I also like photography and to doodle. I love to write and try to keep up with a couple of blogs.

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!

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. Recent ones that had me laughing out loud (and looking like an idiot to other drivers) were The Devil in the Junior League and The Ex-Debutante. Being in a Junior League, myself, I could totally relate! I am currently listening to "I'd Know You Anywhere" by Laura Lippman which I found in a used bookstore in Atlanta a week ago.

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 also listen to audiobooks on YouTube. I recently took a walk down memory lane and found a few Sweet Valley High books to listen to there. You could literally hear the cassette tape being turned over to side B!

I keep up with my books on GoodReads. My 2019 book challenge there is 65 books.

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

📌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)

📌Interesting post cards- not a fan of touristy ones but like art, unusual, vintage, creepy, funny

📌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.


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
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!
pattiairel rated for TF stocking stuffer December on Dec 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the purse kleenex♥
armadillogal rated for Very fast swap.... on Dec 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cute card!
Comment: Beautiful card! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Elliepatterson rated for GREETING CARD - CHRISTMAS on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Season's Greetings Sarah, Thank you for the wonderful Christmas Card! So very festive. Merry Christmas!
Luvslife3 rated for SECRET SANTA on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: oh Sarah...I opened the box and saw the awesome wrapping and thought "I will wait until Christmas"...well tonight, that went by the wayside!!! You so thrilled me with everything you sent!! I love the vintage stamps, the Nancy Drew books, the Paula Deen mag!! The Doxie note paper is so cute!! The book of "to-from" tags are awesome!! I already ate half the cheese straws...how lucky are you to live where you can readily get those!!! I very carefully opened everything so I could save the beautiful papers you used!! Thank you so much for making me feel loved!!!! I wish you and your family a Christmas that is magical beyond you wildest desires!!!!
Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed your box. Merry Christmas to you as well.
Jenicat rated for First & Last Lines No. 15 on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I love the drawing on the back! I used to read a lot of James Patterson books. I need to revisit his books 💜
Stargazer008 rated for Interest ME #3 on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the book recommendation. This book seems to be nerve breaking - the wife as a killer?! Oh dear ...have you finished it? Well and now have a nice evening.
Response: I did finish it. It was very good. The poor book is a bit tattered but if you'd like it I can send it your way.
MomOfPoms rated for GREETING CARD - THANKSGIVING on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Your card made me cry. That’s a good thing. I needed kind words and uplifting so bad today! Thank you.
dogmom16 rated for GREETING CARD - HALLOWEEN on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Amazing card and thanks for the stamp!
Response: Thanks for the rating. Happy Halloween
Comment: Thank you for the cute post card. Makes me hungry. Love the kitty drawing on the back. One of mine always sleeps with one leg stretched out like the in drawing. Thanks again.
pkpeace rated for CPG Halloween Card - US only on Oct 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cool witchy card (lol) and the even cooler stamp! I tried to get Jackolanterns again but they didn't have them but no one mentioned these! I didn't see them online either! I'm going to hoard it until next year,,,, Happy Halloween!!!
ksperline90 rated for CPG Halloween Card - US only on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you! ❤
Comment: thank you so very much what a wonderful card
mummsie rated for CPG Make Me Laugh PC - US only on Sep 29, 2019

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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!

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