Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 9:17 am


Original Member
Last Online: June 26, 2019
Birthday: August 20, 1956
Country: United States

About Me

5/10/19 update: It's been a long long time... My mother's illness worsened a few years ago, her care requirements became more intense, and I had less time for swapping and other artistic pursuits...She passed away earlier this year, and after caring for her for 8+ years, I find I have a lot more time, suddenly...and I've started doing more art, and would like to get back into swapping.

7/21/16 Update:

My husband was diagnosed in early spring with a serious illness. After some painful trial and error, David is now on a medication regimen that seems to be working for now. He will need to continue this or a similar mediation for the rest of his life. We are hopeful that in late September his doctor will tell us he is "in treatment-induced remission". David has been off work since mid February, and will likely not be able to resume the high-stress, frequent travel work that he had been doing, but at present he is enjoying the summer and rebuilding strength and endurance.

My gratitude to all who have sent good thoughts and prayers for us.


I work 4 days a week doing occupational therapy with adults who are mentally ill--and love my work. I get to spend 2 - 3 hours every workday teaching folks to make art...

I'm married, 38 years. We have no kids, but love Setters--at present we have a 7-year old Gordon Setter named Brenna who is sweet and delightful, and a 3 year old Gordon named Ruby who still has too much energy!

I love all colors, with a preference for cool colors. I collect sheep, whistles shaped like fish (yes, it's an odd thing to collect--my collection is rather small), wool, glass beads and penguins.

I enjoy reading and always have a book or two underway. I also enjoy audiobooks for my commute time

For exercise I walk or ride my bike.

Favorite Music

Folk/eclectic--from Joni Mitchell's early stuff to Lucy Kaplansky to Martyn Joseph to Eliza Gilkyson.

I also like Brazilian bossa nova/samba music and some of the older mellow jazz for background music.

Favorite Crafts

paper crafts -- needlepoint & embroidery -- art clay silver -- beading -- acrylic paint pouring

I make and sell books and greeting cards, and sell/gift some of my silver and beaded jewelry.

I do collage, mostly as art-as-therapy for myself, but will also do it on a smaller scale for swaps.

Allergies/Food Sensitivites

After a scary allergy response to 'something I ate' in June 2016, I had food sensitivity testing done, and score as very reactive to avocados, eggs, bananas, pineapple, almonds & sunflower seeds/oils. Please don't send me any of those items, and if you do send a food item, please check the ingredients, as I have found eggs and sunflower oil/sunflower lecithin to lurk in the most unexpected places!

I also do not use any artificial sweeteners, as the chemical ones upset my tummy, and Stevia is a relative of the sunflower...

Like to Receive

I am interested in private swaps for various items, please PM me if you would like to discuss doing a swap with me!

(avatar by Tom Richardson)


Comment: I love the tags and quotes you chose! Many thanks for the lovely watercolor tags you sent my way. Love everything!
Response: Thank you for the heart and 5 rating! I'm very happy that you liked the tags! They were fun to make...
DragonflyDaisy rated for One, Two, Three ATC on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: I know I am in for a treat when I see your name on the envelope and this time was no exception! 😃 Thank you sooooo much for the happy mail you sent. I love the ATC you made for me. I love quotes and the weaving you did was amazing not to mention the technique you used for the backgrounds was awesome. And the little leaf stamps are so cute. I can't wait to use them and the other extras you sent too! Wish I could give you more hearts! 😍
Response: Love swapping with you, Michele! So happy you were happy with the ATC, I enjoyed finding something new to try and was pretty happy with the results....thank you for the heart and five!
Comment: Wow Kathy!! What a pretty mini pocket letter!! It is one of the nicest ones I've ever gotten on here; just love it=) Thank you for the goodies, too, the little butterflies are just adorable. Have never heard of that company before. Your mail was really up-lifting; thank you!! Oh, and yes, I am familiar with Grandview; it is not overly far from Yakima. Small world....
Response: Collette, thank you for your nice comments and great rating with heart! I'm delighted that you liked the pocket letter--I had such fun making each ATC! Thank you so much for hosting the swap!
iamdawt rated for Embossing Folder on Jun 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for the beautifully embossed greeting card, Kathy! It's so rich and elegant; I'll be sending it to someone really special if I can let go of it. I appreciate the extra embellishment coins as well, something I don't have, which is hard to do because I have so much stuff...hahaa! I wish I could give you two hearts.
Response: Dorothy, I'm very happy you liked the card...it was fun to make, and fun to try an old technique again... Glad you like the little coins, too! Thank you for the great rating and heart!
LizzyJo rated for N&T: ATC Coin on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap. The green heart on the envie made me smile, as did the stitched bird (in my fave colors), the felt flowers, buttons and tags., and your nice note. You made my day!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the little bird coin...I love felt, and how easy it is to die cut, it was fun making all the little buttons & bits for you...thank you so much for the good rating and heart!
DragonflyDaisy rated for Layered stamp technique! on May 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such fun happy mail! 😃 Everything from the stamps you used down to all the fun extras and having two beautiful swaps in one package - the fun just kept coming - lol! See you in the swaps again soon! 🙂
Response: Thank you for the five and heart! I'm so glad you liked the swap package!
DragonflyDaisy rated for Fossilized Background Swap on May 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for hosting such a fun swap - I love learning new techniques! The card you made for me was so cute! Her fairy wings did great through the mail! Your background turned out a lot better than mine did. I used a baggie and my backgrounds have more of a marbled look and yours are more sphere-like. Did you use a baggie for the technique or something else? Anyway, thank you for my happy mail! 😃
Response: Michele, thank you for your comments, and for the great rating! I'm enjoying the group swaps a lot!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful tags..I love them..I think I will stsrt a tag journal.
Response: I'm glad you like the tags, they were fun to make...I am thinking of starting a tag journal too...thank you for the heart and five rating!
CatieCat388 rated for Faux Leather Technique on May 19, 2019
Comment: Beautiful work. Reminds me of my "leather carving" days. Thank you
Response: Thank you for your comments and great rating! I enjoyed making that card and am so glad you like it!
Lillypooh12 rated for Private Pocket Letter Swap on Apr 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for sending the pocket letter so quickly! I think it was wonderful!! I can't believe you put the wax in there - I loved it! I should be getting mine out very soon - It's been hard for me to not be a perfectionist over it. Thanks again for doing this swap!!
Response: Elizabeth, thank you for the heart and 5 rating! I'm glad you wanted to swap pocket letters, I had a great time making that one, and finding goodies for you!
BusyB rated for Crackle paint technique! on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Hi Kathy, Thank you for the awesome swap and extra goodies, your kindness touched me. I love the puffy heart with real stitching! I'm sorry for your great loss as well. My brother left this world in March, 6 days after my kitty. I also enjoyed your letter, hope we swap again soon. Happy springtime!
Response: Bonnie, thanks so much for the good rating, the heart and your positive words...loss is an ongoing heartache, but it does diminish slowly...I wish you peace as well.
Comment: Thank you. I am very excited that you went vintage! Thank you for the package it was wonderful.
Response: Thanks, Sarah! Glad they arrived safely and that you were pleased with the pockets...thank you also for hosting the swap!!!
Poftoffel rated for Private: Etsy & papercraft swap on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: Where should I begin with rating this swap!! Everything is so nice, beautiful, thoughtful...it makes me happy just thinking about all of it! I absolutely LOVE the earrings, I get lots of compliments on them, they fit my hair perfectly :D And just now I got your papercraft, which is awesome! I never thought of making a notepad cover myself. I love the colors and the cheery inside, and now I won't have to use scraps of envelopes anymore for my shopping lists :D The nesting boxes are great too, what a genius thing to send them folded flat! All kinds of mailing options have opened themselves up to me lol. And the ornament....I teared up a little, because it's so thoughtful and nice. Thank you so much for another amazing swap, the love and friendship! <3 <3 <3
Response: So glad you liked it all, Annejo...I very much enjoy our swaps, it's fun to find/make things I think you will like...Thank you for your friendship, love & support!
starrycat rated for TPD - Mystery Supply Swap #9 on Apr 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful cards, Kathy! I was planning to use my stock for cards too, but didn't know how yet. Your cards give me some ideas for what I may do now! Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome--thank you for the good rating, heart, and your kind words...I so love the mystery supply swaps...intriguing to see what everyone comes up with!
TereDiane1954 rated for Lapel Pin on Mar 17, 2017
Comment: These are beautiful, Kathy! What do you call the technique? I love the colors and the butterfly and the cross. These are treasures. Thank you so much! ♥♥♥♥♥
Response: Thanks for your kind words & great rating, I had fun making the pins...PM'd you about the technique...I hope to play with it some more...
Comment: These little note cards are seriously too pretty to use! I love the colors, and the designs, and the velum envelopes are gorgeous. Thank you so much♥
Response: Whoa! I just mailed them out yesterday! Quick delivery! I'm glad you like the little cards, they were very fun to make. Thanks for hosting this and so many other great swaps!
drgngirl rated for It's a FOPS Christmas on Dec 10, 2016
Comment: Kathy! I love, love, love the card you sent! And that tree?! I absolutely LOVE it! Did you make it? If I could give you more than one heart , I would!
Response: Thank you for the good rating and your kind words...the tree is from a kit made by Some Assembly Required (love that name for their products!!)...they have lots of really cool things...
dobie256 rated for It's a FOPS Christmas on Dec 7, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card and the sweet little kraft paper Christmas tree. And your heartfelt note -- right there with you! I hope your holidays are filled with love and joy and beautiful family memories. I always enjoy swapping with you and hope to do more of it in the New Year. Peace.
Response: Thank you for the great rating & heart, and for your words... Happy Christmas and winter holidays to you, too!
Comment: Super snowman, made with your usual love and care -- thank you so much!
Response: Thank you for hosting this swap! And for your kind words and good rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for such an amazing package! You can make your own decals? How cool! My car would be covered! Haha. Love the one you made me-very important to me! The planner stickers are great-can't wait to use them! And last but defiantly not least.. The needle book and scissor holder (omg it took me way too long to spell scissor correctly 😳) are just perfect! GORGEOUS!!! Thank you thank you thank you
Response: You are welcome, I'm happy that you were pleased with this swap. Thanks for the great rating!

Rating Overview

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Mimi7 on Jun 17, 2019:

thank you so much for a wonderful RAK!! It made my day!! :)

LizzyJo on Jun 16, 2019:

Thanks again for the felt flowers and buttons. They came at a good time. I used some of them on my own N&T ATC coin swap.

Jippiefant on Jun 5, 2019:

Your sticker RAK came in my mailbox today! The stickers are perfect for in my bullet journal and I love the little journal pockets you made, they are so cute! The tip on finding stencils is also really helpfull, I am definitely going to have a look at Ali Express. Thank you so much!

LizzyJo on May 23, 2019:

I am so happy you are enjoying the bookmark I made for you 4 years ago. Your message made my day. :-)

Frickenjazzed on May 7, 2019:

The stamps came in today and I am so excited to try them out! And you included an ink pad, which means I get to use them faster! Thanks so much for holding the RAK ♡

BusyB on Apr 15, 2019:

Oh Kathy you are so thoughtful! You didn't have to send the postage. I do love the article on Julie Nutting, so excited you sent this to me! I knew this existed but never got to see it until now. THANK YOU! Peace Bonnie

bstitched on Jul 4, 2017:

Happy Independence Day!

Paige1900 on Oct 3, 2016:

The scale arrived safe and sound. It is just wonderful that you sent this as a RAK to me. You are super!

Poftoffel on Aug 20, 2016:

dobie256 on Jun 28, 2016:

Hi Kathy. Thank you for the wonderful Three Wise Monkeys card. I love it! I so appreciate you thinking of me. Know that you and your DH are in my thoughts and prayers. <3<3<3

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