Swap-bot Time: July 19, 2019 6:11 am


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: July 18, 2019
Birthday: July 7
Country: United States

What i like love like:

I LOVE HEARTS! I put my best effort into every swap and ALWAYS read my partners profile for inspiration. I'm here to send things that will make people HAPPY!

Themes I enjoy:

-Astrology, crystals and galaxy

-Succulents, cactus and flowers

-Vintage lace, floral and tea time

-Gothic, spooky and Halloween

-Travel, Asian art and maps

-Books, hand lettering and letters

-Dessert, foodie and sweets

-Paris, Marie Antoinette and frippery

About Me

I really enjoy Swap-bot for inspiration, connecting with pen pals and trading art. Art Journaling and mixed media are my favorites right now for swapping.

Some of my hobbies are letter writing, reading (sci fi and the classics), crocheting, travel, dancing, shopping and stamp carving.

I look like a party on the outside- but I've always kind of been a little old lady on the INSIDE - things even out more each decade : )


I'm currently living in the San Francisco area and there are MANY MANY opportunities to take classes and join groups for any kind of hobby or interest. Since moving here I've taken lots of amazing mixed media workshops, joined great groups of crafters that meet up monthly and have access to lovely shops and artist markets!

Some Favorite Artists I've learned from in person:

-Julie Balzer

-Traci Bautista

-Kelly Kilmer

-Seth Apter

-Pam Carriker

-Dina Wakley

Favorite Movies

I am in LOVE with the TCM channel, old movies from the 1920's-1950's make me so happy. The clothes, the style, the refinement, the actors and actresses, the singing and dancing, the magical sets they created - all of it adds up to a world of glamour that this world lacks in the current day.

Anything with Bettie Davis, Marlene Deitrich, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Rosalind Russel, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Marilyn Monroe or any other glorious gentleman and ladies that graced the screen!

Favorite Music

Goth, Industrial, Synthpop, New Wave, Rockabilly and Psychobilly. Some favorites in no particular order - Orange Sector- Leaether Strip- Leichtmatrose- Faderhead- Morrisey- Din{a}tod- The Cramps- Sasquatch and the Sickabillys- Doris Day- The Andrews Sisters- Cake- The Yeah Yeah Yeahs- The Sounds- Prince- Madonna- Red Flag- She Wants Revenge- Radiohead- Ours- Garbage- The Retrosic- Wolfsheim- Covenant- Cinephile- Rasputina- oh i could go on and on and on...

Favorite Books

Science Fiction/ Fantasy and the great literary classics are my two favorite genres.

If you have suggestions for authors similar to the following favorites - I'd love to hear about them!

-Sharon Shinn

-Carol Berg

-Kim Harrison

-Jim Butcher

-Patricia Briggs

Swapping with me

I love to find new penpals from all over the map. I'm a wordy penpal, so I appreciate people who have a lot to say.

I love doing long term journal swaps, message me if you're interested. When I do these, it's really about the writing part of journaling and less about the art part.

I really enjoy seeing handmade creations. I love ATCs and art journals because each person makes one of a kind art when they sit down and create. Handmade postcards are awesome.

I'm interested in the following types of swaps: Mixed media art, ATCs, Handmade Journals, Art Journaling, penpal and I'm thinking of starting a swap series for advanced/experienced card maker pen pals. I'd really enjoy seeing what some other card makers are doing and it's only fair to exchange something that takes that much time and effort to create for an equal effort.

If you want to send along vintage ephemera it's my new obsession! I will put it to good use!

Dislikes/ Do not send


-#1- please don't send ANIMAL anything - dogs, cats, goats, horses - no thank you. I am afraid of animals and i have nightmares about them, and am also allergic. (of course i am not allergic to hello kitty!)

-Don't send things smelling of SMOKE - allergic to this too

-NO Country Cutesey, rustic, Mary Englebright

-NO Outdoorsey sportsman type things

-NO Sports things

-NO Patriotic, Americana, Armed Forces etc.

-NO Religious Themes

-While i AM indeed GOTH - i am NOT into yucky bloody gory realistic horror stuff - I don't want to know about serial killers.

[added extra "NO"s for skim readers, I swear I've gotten envies filled with just my dislikes - lol]


mjhaertling rated for Collaboration #72 on Jul 15, 2019
Comment: Sometimes it is hard to determine what direction to take, but I like what you did with the card. Is this Mrs. Lovett, Sweeny Todd 's neighbor, perhaps?
Response: maybe! you might have solved the mystery : ) Happy arting!
nisforneville rated for WIYM: Send Me A Postcard!! on Jul 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for a cool postcard and the gelli printing tip!
Response: You're very welcome : ) Happy to share my sci-fi love!
Response: Glad you liked it ! : )
Allegrae rated for Art Collab #37 add postage on Jul 7, 2019
Comment: You did a lovely job with the gold embossed coral! What an elegant card! I think Donna will be thrilled to receive the finished art. I'll never complain about an ocean theme!
Response: Thanks for the sweet compliment - I've been really into using my embossing powders lately - they add so much to a project!
Comment: Thank you! That is very nice of u to replace a journal. I can’t wait until we get this full and back to the owner!!!
Response: Thanks for joining our series! I think you'll have a lot of fun with this group! Thanks also for the kind rating!
wolfeagle rated for Pass and Paste #62 on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much. We do watch the same tv. lol And we also watch Fear the walking dead. Have you watched Black Sails or Sons of Anarchy?...both series are over now, but I enjoyed them while they were on.
Response: Thanks for hosting this really fun swap series! And thanks for the lovely rating!
monsbrick rated for Movie Lovers Letter Swap on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you Sara! Your list and descriptions are inspiring and awesome!! Can’t wait to watch more classics.
Response: So glad you enjoyed my letter all about old movies : ) You can tell I'm a bit obsessed! Thanks for the kind rating!
Allegrae rated for Art Collab #36 add postage on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: What a fantastic starter! It's gorgeous! Happy to add to it and send it along.
Response: Glad you like it! I hope it inspires you : ) Thanks for the compliment and lovely rating!
DaisyNY rated for Collaboration #71 on Jun 12, 2019
Comment: I think I like being the last a lot more than being the first - it's a challenge. It's kind of frustrating being a middle collaborator because you don't get to see the end result, usually. Your marbled envelope - do you do that the traditional way, oil on water or some other technique?
Response: That's true. I've finished up a LOT of the PCs since I started this series and it is fun seeing the final product : ) I used Maribu Easy Marble - just water and the colors in the set! super fun and easy! Thanks for the sweet rating.
JuneRosebud rated for Collaboration #70 on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: Love how you started the post card out; can't wait to see how it turns out in the end!!
Response: It's such a fun surprise when they return home! Have fun with it : )
JuneRosebud rated for Pass and Paste #61 on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: Love the way you decorated your portion of the post card. I can already tell I am out of my league here!! Love the decorated envelope; Is it from a gelli plate? Thanks for the extras, too!!
Response: Yes gelli printed on the envelope : ) I love gelli printing! Thanks for the compliment on my section - this is my first pass & paste.
smmarrty rated for Art Collab #35 add postage on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: Oooh, so many possibilities! Thanks.
Response: Thanks for rating!
Comment: I like what you did with this book! Great job!
Response: Have fun adding to it! Use any prompt you like! Thanks for the sweet rating!
Comment: Thanks for the stamps and the note you wrote. The envelope the stamps were in is so cute.
Response: Glad you liked everything! I tried to include a few butterflies since your profile listed them as a favorite : )
thebragal rated for ATCO: Free Theme March on May 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!!
Response: So glad it finally made it to you! : ) Post between the US and Canada is not speedy thing. LOL. Happy you like what I created! Thanks for the lovely rating!
lizzmathwhiz rated for Art Collab #33 add postage on May 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great card. Excited to send it home soon :)
Response: Thank you for the nice comment and rating!
Frickenjazzed rated for Art Collab #32 add postage on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the added note with the PC - I agree very much! I've only just started and this is the first one I've gotten that already looks complete, but you have a great point.
Response: Have fun! And thanks for the lovely rating!
Singske rated for Collaboration #67 on Apr 25, 2019
Comment: Wow love this one! It will be great to work on and send back. Thanks!
Response: I bet you'll find a really cool stamp for it too! I think she'll really love it : ) Thanks for the sweet rating!
jjhere rated for Collaboration #69 on Apr 24, 2019
Comment: What a fabulous PC! I'm looking forward to adding a little something-something and sending it home.
Response: I loved that one too : ) It came together so nicely! Thanks for the lovely rating!
smmarrty rated for Art Collab #31 on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: Ooooh, so many possibilities. It will be in the mail soon. Thanks.
Response: some of these inspire me more than others - I'm glad this one is inspiring you!

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CurlyTea on Jul 10, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

thisismeAXiD on Jul 7, 2019:

Happy birthday month

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 4, 2019:

Hello! Thank you for finishing up my collaboration postcard and sending it back to me! The embossed bits and the swirl stamps you added are a wonderful addition to the undersea theme that octopus promoted ;)
All the best to you and happy swapping!

Vickyen on Jul 3, 2019:

Hi! Thanks so much for getting my Art Collab pc sent out to me - I love everything that was added to it and these swaps have been great fun! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

Frickenjazzed on Jun 8, 2019:

Thanks so much for adding to my Art Collab PC!

Love your name stamp, too!

smmarrty on May 15, 2019:

Thanks so much for your contribution to my Art Collab PC - it's awesome!

DaisyNY on May 14, 2019:

Thank for putting the finishing touches on this Collaboration PC. Did you put the pink border on the back to match the stamp? That was a lovely touch!

AMA - Collaboration May2019 DaisyNY_GothBarbie_PrairieKittin_LuckyLynnL

smmarrty on Apr 9, 2019:

Thanks so much for my cool rock 'n' roll postcard. The retro lady with pearl texture paste is the bomb!

gothbarbie on Apr 3, 2019:

manders2280 on Feb 9, 2016:

When you get to Prague, go to the top of the castle first thing in the morning, and get a ticket to see the whole castle. When Beth and I went we loitered as we climbed to the castle, and didn't have time to see more than a few sights in the castle. Next time...

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