Swap-bot Time: July 18, 2019 4:29 pm


Date Joined: March 26, 2008
Last Online: July 4, 2019
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States
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About Me

After many years in the non-profit sector (with the last 8 of that founding/operating/directing a children's art and farm camp), I'm now a stay-at-home mom who homeschools my two daughters.

This is perhaps the most challenging - and rewarding - position I've held. I feel so fortunate each day that I get to spend teaching and learning with the girls.

I enjoy photography...and documenting everyday life around the home...including homeschooling, crafts the girls and I do, cooking, the pets (4 dogs, 3 cats, miniature horse, and pony), nature, and wildlife. Come visit MY BLOG to read about life at the farm.

When I have breaks from homeschooling, I make translucent window stars (like these window stars I made). The stars have been such a fun and creative way to add some beauty to the home, and to daily life.

I enjoy participating in swaps and meeting new people throughout the world. Receiving mail filled with creative work by others is so inspiring!

For a look at my work, please visit either my Flickr site and look under "Things I've Made" or to my Etsy shop to see handmade things I sell.

About my Daughters

Sophia and Olivia are 17 and 15 years old. Both were born in China and adopted at 11 and 10 months respectively. Both are loving, generous girls who care deeply about others - people and animals.

Both play the piano, and Sophia also plays the harp. They take classes through a homeschool co-op to connect with other children and learn new subjects - like ceramics, photography, public speaking, and logic. Sophia also takes three PSEO courses each semester (college courses that are free and paid for by the state of Minnesota).

The girls and I enjoy birdwatching since there are many types of birds here (we live on almost 10 acres of which we've kept the majority in its natural state). We enjoy going on nature walks and discovering animals that live or pass through here (deer, pheasants, fox, coyotes, snakes, owls, eagles, and turkeys).

Favorite Crafts

Photography, embroidery, colored pencil, sewing, quilting, and Saori weaving.

I enjoy trying new things. I have tons of ideas that I've clipped from magazines for scrapbooking, but haven't sat down to do that yet.

Since being a part of Swap-Bot, I've tried new projects which have been fun and challenged me creatively: ATCs, dotee dolls, altered matchboxes, inchies, and button fairies.

Favorite Colors

My favorite colors are purple and green.

Favorite Scents

Lilac, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, sandalwood, patchouly, and lemon.

Favorite Music

Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, U2, Barbra Streisand, Enya - any artists along that line. I also like new age and classical music. Will listen to jazz. Enjoy listening to music from the eighties. I do not like rap or other offensive music.

Favorite Books


I read MANY books to my daughters and enjoy books that are well-illustrated and have a good story line, especially those that are classical or “old-fashioned" (ones written in the 1930s-1950s).

The books I enjoy tend to be from several sections in the library: arts/crafts, inspirational, and non-fiction about something I'm learning about or teaching my daughters (I homeschool them).

Favorite Quotes

"There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free, if you truly wish to be." - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelo

"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life." - Apache blessing

"You have everything you need...if you just believe." - Josh Groban - Believe (Polar Express Soundtrack) Lyrics

Favorite Movies

These movies are ones I could watch many times and they wouldn't get old for me: Defending Your Life; The Birdcage; Dead Poets Society; The Truman Show, Wizard of Oz; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Sound of Music; Arsenic and Old Lace; Mrs. Doubtfire; Best in Show, and Waiting for Guffman. Don't have large blocks of time to watch movies, unfortunately.

Items We'd Love to Receive

  • Small gifts to put in my daughters' Christmas stockings or under the tree

  • Japanese fabric - anything larger than 6"x6" would be great!

  • Essential oils - any oils are welcome so I can try new blends.

  • Fountain pens for doing calligraphy/Spencerian handwriting - they should have a flexible nib. I'm looking for the kind where you don't have to dip them into ink since I'll be teaching my oldest daughter how to do calligraphy and would prefer not to work with ink initially.

  • Assisi embroidery patterns - Here's an example: Assisi Embroidery Pattern.

  • Bubble bath soap.

  • Japanese Craft Magazines - Anything related to felt food, making little stuffed animals (mascots), sewing, and/or quilting. Would love to see "Cotton Time."

  • Anything from my favorite items on Etsy or Amazon - Etsy Favorites or Amazon.com Wishlist.

  • Sashiko Fabric - Am looking for pre-printed fabric with different sashiko embroidery patterns on it.

  • Craft Magazines that You Are Done Looking At - Ones that I enjoy are Living Crafts, Home Companion, Somerset Studio, Cotton Time, and any craft magazine (especially ones that focus on paper crafts.

  • Something for my Daughters - If anyone feels inclined to send something to the girls, I know they would LOVE it.

~~~~~~~ Please Note: Please do not send items that smell of smoke. I have asthma and allergies (Sophia has allergies as well), and smoke is something neither of us can handle well. Even if your item is beautifully constructed, but it smells of smoke, I unfortunately cannot have it in the home. Thank you for understanding. ~~~~~~~

My Daughters

Sophia - is 17 years old and likes:

  • anything that is lime green and robin's egg blue for her room; or purple

  • horses

  • cats

  • gum (mint)

  • harps and harp music

  • make-up

Olivia - is 15 years old and likes:

  • anything that is blue

  • dogs

  • art supplies and kits - Prismacolor color pencils and markers; etching kits; paint-by-numbers (complicated ones)

  • wolves

  • Skittles


kasa rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - June on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the photos Ann. Thank you for sharing parts of your world with me. hope you have a lovely weekend. Happy swapping.
HappyMom rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - June on Jul 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos and reflections on your month. ❤️
GmaKim rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - June on Jul 3, 2019
Comment: Lots of wonderful photos! especially loved the robins eggs and the graduation gifts for your daughter!
HappyMom rated for ESG: My favorite Photo - May on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: You really outdid yourself this month! I am in awe of everything you shared… Your girls are so talented and I am excited for all they are doing. The origami necklace was something I had never seen before, but I just love it! And I sure hope that your back is feeling better. Congratulations to Sophia ❤️
MrsKytes rated for ESG: My favorite Photo - May on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing! I always love reading about your lovely family. The first picture is my favorite; such a great moment! I hope you are feeling better after your hospital stay! That must have been a scary experience.
elkalsa rated for ESG: My favorite Photo - May on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing. 💕 I'm always happy to receive your swap, especially concerning your homeschool children. That opens my mind on how happy homeschool student is, and the parents could benefit from it too. They all look happy, creative, and have something get done, not the usual textbook in most regular school. Of course it's not easy task to do, and depends on the "teacher" and students. So glad you do well :)
petaluda rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much !I enjoyed looking at the pictures🌷
Emro rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your month with me! It looks like it was a really unique and amazing experience from start to finish! ☺
AdP rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 13, 2019
sakura15 rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - March on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: I adore the photos you sent. That scarf you wove is stunning!
valleychic rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - March on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Lovely pictures. Loved the eagle, the snowy pics, the horses, the scarf, everything. :) Great job on the puzzle. That sounds like fun. I don't think there are any puzzle competitions in my town. Thanks for sharing.
MrsKytes rated for ESG: Where I live on Apr 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing! I'm familiar with how frustrating a flooded pasture can be! I hope it dries up for you quickly. Your house looks so cozy, and I like the picture of the dog looking out the window.
KSENiA rated for ESG: Where I live on Mar 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed your post very much.
ginico rated for ESG: March Scavenger Hunt on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures - I also love the whiskers on the Christmas Cactus :)
HappyMom rated for ESG: March Scavenger Hunt on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: It's always such a treat to read your blog, and I love the items you shared. Good luck on the scholarship apps - I'm excited for you and Sophia!
basykes rated for ESG: March Scavenger Hunt on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: Good job. You did good work here!
cynaemon rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - February on Mar 10, 2019
Comment: Love all your birds.
Comment: I loved your blog post. All of your pictures are beautiful, but I especially enjoyed the pictures of the birds. I enjoy birdwatching even if I only get to do it in my own backyard.
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I'm jealous that you got so much snow! We got hardly any in Belgium
smadronia rated for Blog Comments- January 2019 on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the blog comment. Perfect was an interesting book. It was out of the norm for most Young Adult dystopias, so I thought it was a neat idea.

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anicka22 on Mar 1, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful owl stickers, washitape samples and even more for your lovely note! You made me very happy!

Fenix825 on Feb 28, 2018:

Thank you very much for the notecards and the car air freshener from my February wishlist in the Wishlist group!

mejulia on Jan 30, 2018:

Thank you so much for the fun envelope of wishes that came in today's mail.

grimmlynn on Dec 10, 2010:

This is a very belated thank you for a November wish. I just found your message today in my inbox. Apparently, it thought you were spam.

What a wonderful way to give back and help out others in need. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It is always nice to read about the good deeds of others!


chincho on Nov 24, 2010:

Thanks for the comment, dear! It's great to know that oll the items are going to be in good use!

julief on Nov 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for the huge bag of fabric scraps. I already have a couple in mind for some current projects. Thanks again for thinking of me this month :)

TangleCrafts on Nov 9, 2010:

After receiving your wonderful club package, I just wondered if you can be tempted by the new ZMACS Etsy promo swap? Thanks again for putting together such a great package! :)

Swan on Sep 14, 2010:

Thank you for fulfilling my September wish. It was great to read about your de-cluttering and donations. I started that process, too, before our temporary move and will continue when we come back. Thank you also for the healthy recipes.

smokeandmirrors on Aug 9, 2010:

Hi there, i thought you might be interested in checking out The Round Robin Group. Hope to see you there!


Artistic on Aug 4, 2010:

Hi there. Glad you enjoyed my July quilt journal mailing! I had fun. And I got to show it off at my quilt guild before sending it on to Sally. All of the flag blocks I received in the BaM exchange were machine pieced. Hope you have fun creating something with the block.

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