Swap-bot Time: March 19, 2018 9:37 am


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: March 19, 2018
Birthday: October 5, 1949
Country: United States
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About Me

Reality Elf, Imagination Sprite, Bohemian Soul . . . I love to surf the internet, collect recipes and cook good meals, create art, write an occasional poem, watch and listen to an eclectic array of movies and music. I desire to achieve a balance in all experiences, yet I am admittedly more focused on the inner than the outer experiences, thus I enjoy the company of others in moderation, and I enjoy the company of my guides and muses immensely. I am pro economic globalization, pro cultural diversity, sexual and identity diversity, and reproductive choice. Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me. I have taken a personal vow to do and be the best I can.

I just had a birthday so I'm 68 now. The only thing about being older is the body experience is so different than what it used to be. You make daily physical, emotional and mental adjustments and carry on. I was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area but haven't lived there for about 47 years. Since then I've lived in Southern California, Nevada, and briefly in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was married for nearly 30 years, got divorced in '98 after I finally busted down the closet walls. I have 3 grown daughters who are now 43, 37, and 28, and 5 grandkids who are 18, 14, 13, 3, and 9 months.

I have been artistic my whole life, creating all kinds of art and using many kinds of mediums. I have never been very prolific in my production though. I usually have many, many other interests that have to share time with my artistic impulses. I started doing mail-art and swaps in 2008, mainly black pen and color marker ATCs until I joined Swap-bot 3 1/2 years ago and ventured into other forms of mail-art (postcards, zines) and other sorts of image types, like multi-media, rubber stamping, and collage. Here is a list of some of the kinds of art I make:

DRAWING - black pens like Micron, black brush pen, color markers, colored pencils

ABSTRACT - most of my work is abstract. Wikipedia says "Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world." I love geometric abstract most of all.

CONSTRUCTIONS - (cardstock or thin cardboard) of geometric solids, boxes, small chests-of-drawers, etc.

STAMP CARVING - I love making my own stamps. I started doing it because I can't afford to buy them, and I now have a very large collection which grows every month. I need to seriously think about stamp storage other than tossing them in a plastic bin.

PAPER COLLAGE - I love paper collage! I collect and use images, words and phrases, textures, color, and all kinds of bits from junk mail, magazines and books.

ZINES/SMALL BOOKS - I don't do as much of this as I would like, but I could get serious about it and do more.

QUILLING (paper rolling) - Sometimes . . . .

PAINTING - acrylic, watercolor, gouache . . . not as much as I'd like to do

DIGITAL/COMPUTER - some digital collage, computer art, page design, etc.

LIKES - - - -

  • Sacred Geometry - geometric designs - shapes and Euclidean solids, Exploring hyper dimensional geometry of space time
  • Balance and Harmony in all expressions
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Gratitude, Kindness, Love, Tolerance, Cheerfulness, Sincerity, Responsibility, etc. (good character)
  • LIFE - People/humanity/cultures, animals, plants, earth, rocks/minerals, sky, sun, moon, planets, history, math and sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, astronomy, cosmos/cosmic, inner life and exploration
  • ALL COLOR - bold colors - pale colors - muted colors - ANY AND ALL colors in the right time and place. My favorites include deep cobalt blue, shades of teal and turquois, and deep rich purple.
  • Abstract art, Watercolors, Retro Space and Sci-Fi, Retro/Vintage mid-century-modern graphic design, fabric, decor, especially Atomic, Space, Googie, Kitsch
  • Quiet and being alone - just me and the sounds of life in the house and neighborhood.
  • Study of awareness, consciousness, existence, mindfulness, dreaming, lucid dreaming, day dreaming, mystical, mythical, esoteric, Spirit
  • Internet surfing, image collecting, YouTube, curious minds want to know, information junkie
  • Current music, TV, etc. - Sigur Ros/Jonsi, Imogen Heap, Dave Brubeck, Nora Jones, Damon Albarn/Gorillas, many kinds of instrumental jazz, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, documentaries, The Good Place, The Good Doctor, Young Sheldon, Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace,

Dislikes - - - -

ALL that is mean, horrifying, misogynistic, insensitive, thoughtless, narrow minded, bigoted, maliciously deceptive, and grotesque (notwithstanding Equisite Corpse).

Namaste. Baraka Bashad.


SwissChallet rated for HCSI: Year of the Dog on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: This will be another great addition to my collection of handmade postcards: many thanks for this cute dog,Grace!
Response: Hello Annick :-) . . . I'm so glad you have enjoyed my postcard :-) . . . Thanks for the heart <3 ♥
choke rated for TIMs: Fields of Green on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Love these! Great job and what a unique idea, I will have to try this sometime but I'm not sure I would have the patience to get all the tiny pieces aligned so perfectly. Thanks so much!
Response: You are welcome Colleen! I'm super happy you have enjoyed my creations :-) I find the process of precision cut-and-paste both relaxing and a challenge. I think it is relaxing because you have to focus closely on what you are doing and stay in the now moment without thinking about a lot of other stuff. And taking breaks to rest your eyes helps too. Thanks for the heart too <3 ♥
kittyhahahotbot rated for MA: Ransom Postcard on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Loooooooooooove your postcard! Thank you. P.s thank you for using a Artistamp!
Response: Hi Kitty! I'm very glad you like my Ransom PC :-) . . . . Isn't it fun to while away some time by rummaging through magazines and junk mail to add to the clipped alphabet collection? My collection is way larger than it will ever need to be, but I add to it anyway. . . . . Artistamps! I have made new editions for the last few years, but haven't done this year's yet. Just say the word and I'd be happy to send you some samples to use as you wish. Thanks very much for the heart <3 ♥
Angie rated for EJ: Scavenger Hunt Postcard USA on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Hi Grace. Your card is so lovely. I love your year of the dog stamp - it's so cute. Thanks for the great postcard!
Response: I'm so happy you liked my postcard :-) I had much fun making it because it is always a challenge to get such random images into a space with any sort of cohesiveness. Thanks for the heart too <3 ♥
Comment: Thank you for your very orange postcard.
Response: You're welcome! I loved making it for you!
Angie rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #1 on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. Very orangy and fun.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for giving a heart ☺♥
Comment: Thanks, I will complete this one and send it home! I love the card you sent with it, with the botanical print on it. Where did you find that? I would like to purchase some of them. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Hi Sherry :-) ♥ Thank you for giving a heart ♥ I bought the cards on Amazon, the name of the product is "Graphic 45 4501492 Nature Sketchbook Ephemera Cards." When I went to view my past order to get the name, Amazon says "Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock," but I think there are probably many other places to find the cards.
jukejan rated for HMPC: Money, Money! on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Very clever PC! I smiled as I pulled it out the box. Thanks.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the postcard Jan! I have a lot of images of old coins that I clip from coin ads from junk mail, magazines, and PCH envelope contents LOL Thank you for your heart rating very much!
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome Nickalli ☺ Thanks for your heart rating very much!
toni rated for CC: Sender's Choice Jan 2018 on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the colorful postcard!
Response: You're welcome Toni! I wanted to try something totally different for the swap because that's why I like the "Sender's Choice" category. The postcard is definitely on the wild side :-)
Comment: That is some great drop art! Such a simple idea which creates an impressive picture. Love it. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome Monique, and Thank You for your nice rating for me. I was surprised by the good response for this postcard on IG and Facebook. I didn't appreciate it so much until I saw that others liked it so well. Now I'm thinking of making a larger one of the same pattern for a wall piece. I'd have to find just the right papers though because I think a lot of what works in it is the happenstance of the papers I used.
SwissChallet rated for HCSI: 2 ATCs to 1 partner on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this great swap, Grace! I like the look of watercolors with images stamped in black: it really suits your handcarved patterns and images. And those recipe cards you designed are really neat, too! Wishing you lots of happy mail in 2018 😉
Response: You're welcome Annick and Thank You for a lovely rating :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the ATCs. It was fun using the watercolors and I need to choose them for coloring more often. Besides, my Tombow Brush marker set is running out of so many colors now. I hope for you to have lots of Happy Mail in 2018 also!
donetta rated for CC: Monochrome ATC-Purple on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: Grace, thank you so much for the cool purple ATC, and also for the extra paper...I can never have too much paper (my family might disagree with this assessment!), and also for the lovely compliment regarding my work! Always a pleasure swapping with you...
Response: Thanks Donetta :-) I'm glad you liked it.
dawnielynn rated for HMPC: Put a "Number" on it on Jan 5, 2018
Comment: Awesome postcard! Thanks so much :)
Response: You are welcome Dawn! I adore the postcard myself, so I'm very glad you are enjoying it too. I had a wonderful evening making it for this swap.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT: E Tangles on Dec 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful E tangle tile! I love all the handmade stamps and is that your card stock that you made the small envie from? I love all the patterns! They are an inspiration! Happy New Year! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry PS: I'm going to include a section of that envie on my Happiness Zine! :)
Response: Hi Sherry :-) . . . . I'm glad you liked my E Tangle tile and the little envelope for the tile. I made the envie on cardstock from a printout I did of a jigsaw puzzle I made for a site called JIGIDI (www.jigidi.com). It is a puzzle site where people can post images for different size puzzles that anyone can solve. You don't have to post puzzles though. Many just go there to solve online jigsaw puzzles. Anyway, I used to compose puzzles from my art work, and from images I gathered from Google Images. I wold make montage mosaic puzzles, many with 100 small square images. It would take me a couple of days to gather images, edit them for the proper size and color balance. I have 21 pages of puzzles and you can see them and/or solve them here: https://www.jigidi.com/user/graciepie49. I will send you some cardstock prints of a couple of my puzzles if you tell me which ones you like.
Eclectonote rated for EJ: Ephemera ATC on Dec 24, 2017
Comment: Very cool ATC - great assortment of random stuff in good composition. Thanks also for Stars in Your Eyes and especially for the classically awesome carved stamp envelope!
Response: Thank you Amy :-) I'm happy you enjoyed everything. I love make ATC size collages. I don't know why I don't make more. And thanks for your appreciation of my stamps. Stars in Your Eyes is one of my old favorites, and I love to stamp all over the envelopes I send to others. Sometimes I even color a few of them. Thank you for giving me a nice red heart. I love getting hearts :-)
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Fish Mail on Dec 19, 2017
Comment: WOW! What a fantastic card - thanks so much for all the time and skill you put into the card. Thanks!
Response: You are very welcome Susan. I truly enjoy creating mosaic collage and stamps.
donetta rated for CC: Monochrome ATC-Red on Dec 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute circles ATC...so many different reds!
Response: You're welcome Donetta :-)
Artstamper rated for Tangle and Pass Postcard Round 4 on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Love this postcard! Thank you for finishing it rather than sending it to me to finish. I really appreciate that. I especially like that the patterns are yours.
Response: (Ugh, I'm behind on my responses again.) Hi Joan :-) . . . I'm very glad you like my tangles! I have so much fun with drawing patterns, but I do believe that there couldn't possibly anything really new in the way of pattern design today. People have been creating and drawing patterns since we first picked up a stick and drew in the dirt. And geometric and repeating designs are built into our brains, we only discover and bring out what is already there.
tangerine rated for A.I. ATC: Drawing on black paper on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Wonderful ATC, I love the graphic style and the gold on the black and I also love this quote from Seth. Thanks for the beautiful ATC!
Response: (Ugh, I'm behind on my responses again.) Hi Mona :-) . . . Thanks for liking my ATC. I really liked it too, and thanks for mentioning Seth Godin in your profile. I hadn't heard of him before so I Googled his name, of course, and liked a lot of what I read that he wrote.

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CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

Poeprincess on Jan 26, 2018:

Welcome to the TIMs group, Grace! We welcome your mini-art creations & look forward to swapping with you.

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

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Lady on Sep 16, 2017:

thanks for letting me know! appreciate your consideration.

moM on Jun 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for finishing up those ATCs! Love that stamp! I know all about losing things in piles - my best trick though, was marking an item as sent only to find it a week later still in the scanner.

ladydy5 on May 23, 2017:

Welcome to our fantastic group! Artistically Inclined

georgiafae on May 8, 2017:

Hi Grace-Thanks so much for returning the finished ATC Jam -my coffee-tea starter. And you're right-it did need gossip! The perfect touch. Glad you worked on this one-sorry to hear you are leaving group! Take care and Thanks again! Georgene

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