Swap-bot Time: March 25, 2019 2:57 am


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Last Online: March 24, 2019
Birthday: August 20, 1956
Country: United States

About Me

3/22/19 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 month, 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 an English Setter named Stella, 13 years old and, sadly in decline, 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!

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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!
Created46 rated for TPD Altered Box on Sep 26, 2016
Comment: I think your butterfly box is so very cute. I love that you used new techniques. But I understand the anxiety when you have some thing you are already liking. Thank you so very much for swapping with me.
Response: Thank you for hosting a great swap! I appreciate your feedback and rating...
Comment: Kathy, thank you for the wonderful selection of stamps and for the lovely card! I hope to swap with you again some time.
Response: Linda, thanks much for the great rating and heart...glad you liked the stamps...hope we can swap next in fewer than 9 years!!!
Comment: thank you
Response: I'm very happy you received this swap OK...thanks for the rating & heart.
Comment: Oh Kathy....I don't know what to say....I think this is the most wonderful gift I have ever received. It is so perfect, it's like you read my mind and made a piece of jewelry from my dreams! And it's so special because you made it for me!!!!! I love it so much! I have no words to properly thank you! And the matching earrings! Did I mention how much I love that curly pattern? <3 And all the other goodies!!! The notecards and washi tape and the adorable heart box! And thank you for sending me the envelope board! I am overwhelmed.....thank you so much... <3 <3 <3
Response: I'm just thrilled that you liked the bracelet & earrings...it was fun to make them for you...thank you for your friendship, and this rating...
Wooper rated for NH: Coloring Page Postcard on Aug 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you! The card arrived today and it's so sweet :3 (And I like the stamps you used too) Sorry you had to resend it, but I'm glad it arrived ^^
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart, I'm so glad you got the postcard!!
Giddyanni rated for TPD - Mystery Supply Swap #8 on Jul 29, 2016
Comment: What a lovely package to receive, thank you SO much!😀👏 I love the cards, they are so uncluttered and elegant and I do look forward to sending them to people. Except for the Follow your own star one, that it going up on the wall where I can see it every day! Thank you also for the lovely papers, one of which is going into a project I am working on right now. Happy Swapping and 💖💖💖
Response: Anni, thank you much for your kind words and good rating--I'm happy you liked the cards, and am flattered that you want to keep one for yourself...Have a wonderful summer!
Comment: Thank you Kathy for the lovely surprise waiting my homecoming =o) Your handiwork is very pretty. The Nat Geo pages are cool...I would love directions. Best of all was your lovely note...I really enjoyed your story. Thank you!
Response: Thank you for your rating & heart...hope you had a wonderful trip!
Poftoffel rated for May-June Craft Supply Swap on Jun 16, 2016
Comment: Oh Kathy, everything is so LOVELY! I just want to hold everything and look at its awesomeness! I love the Idea-ology things with the words and the metal. And you found Loki washi tape :D And the beautiful heart stamp, and the flowers, and the stickers... and and!! All those goodies! Every item is just perfect, the color, the style; I've put it all in a special box <3 Now I can use one of the masks to calm down a little lol! <33333
Response: I am way behind on responding to ratings! So sorry! I'm happy that you liked the craft supplies I picked out for you...Thank you very much for the rating, the heart and most of all, for your friendship. ♥♥♥
Mimi7 rated for TPD Mystery Supply Swap #7 on May 31, 2016
Comment: HI Kathy, Thanks so much for the very nice traveling journal. It will be used in Sept as I am going to Disney World in Florida for the first time with hubby, and daughters family and my granddaughter! I also enjoy the challenge of the mystery supply swaps. Everyone is so creative. Have a great summer!
Response: Thank you for your comments and good rating, I am happy that you like the little book I made...Have a wonderful trip to Disney!
TereDiane1954 rated for Profile-based Bookmark on Apr 30, 2016
Comment: This is beautiful, and I love it! How in the world did you cut all those layers so perfectly? Yes, I am happy that you used my whole name, and not my nickname. I would not change a thing. Thank you so much♥
Response: I'm so glad you liked the bookmark! Thanks for offering to send this swap for me, for the good rating and heart, and for your prayers!
Comment: I think these cards are lovely! I love the blueish colors of the Create card and the picture of the boy on the bird is so cool! But my favorite is the You hold the Key side on the other card...I always loved books like The Secret Garden when I was young, because it was so exciting to think of adventure...unknown places hiding just behind the corner :-) Thank you! <3
Response: Thank you so much for the good rating! And, thank you so much for your kind words and friendship!

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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

mariadastrouxas on Jun 8, 2016:

Hello ;) I sent you the China Stamps Magazine RAK. Let me know when you got it. Cheers, maria das trouxas



Poftoffel on May 11, 2016:

Thinking of you <3

bstitched on May 8, 2016:

Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts for you and your DH.

slewis234 on May 5, 2016:

Kathy you don't know me but I'm your partner for the upcoming bookmark swap. I just wanted to let you know you and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that he will find strength for his journey in knowing so many people are praying for him. When I'm facing a hard road ahead I reflect on the scripture "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me". Hoping he will find the healing he needs.

TerryF on Apr 24, 2016:

Sending good thoughts for your DH, K. (";)

nellswell on Apr 4, 2016:

Thank you so much for the postage and the lovely IKEA postcards. I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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