Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2018 9:38 am


Original Member
Last Online: April 19, 2018
Birthday: January 20
Country: United States

About Me

For a number of personal reasons, my swaps are going to be USA only - I have had some health problems, and I do not want to risk any of my swaps not arriving in a timely manner, so hopefully this will help. I do plan to return to hosting International swaps at some point, but for now, this is the way things must be.

I am Mom to three, gran- mom to eight, with two full-time jobs: embarrassing my kids, and spoiling my g'kids!

Old enough to remember what keeping a locked diary under my pillow meant, specially with a pesky older brother!

I have been crafting and letter writing, most of my life, and really love anything hand-made. and if it's cute and tiny, I will love it even more!

I'm also a stamp collector, and have enjoyed all the beautiful papers from all over the world. A letter-writer at heart, I have written to soldiers who do not get any mail, for over 30 years!

Educated as a teacher, I taught 4th grade for many years, then another many years taught middle school math! I am very involved in Scouting, have been all my life, since my brother is an Eagle Scout. (That never becomes "past tense"). I love Scouting, I love Scouts. I love the lessons it teaches our young boys, and helps them become fine men.

Swapping: I host a lot of different kinds of swaps, and most of them are newbie-friendly, with just ONE "rule": you MUST have a completed profile. Your swap partners want to get to know you, your interests, and anything else you'd like a new friend to know about you.

A good "rule of thumb" to follow: When I open your profile page, I should have to scroll down to read it!

There are many good tabs to help, in swapbot, or just use your imagination.

There is never a 'rating minimum' to join any of my swaps. I do not start a project by NOT trusting people. If someone flakes on a swap, THEN they have damaged my trust.

I DO welcome newbies, and hope you have a great swapping experience, and make lots of wonderful swapping friends.

The "profile rule" is to just help us out here, and let us get to know a little more about you!

So often, when reading the info about a swap, I read about partners needing to check profiles to find something their partners might like.

Well, I already have lotsa things that I like, 😉😀!

And this is about having FUN! I hope if you ever get my name in a swap, you will artistically 'let yourself go,' and come up with something that YOU love!

I promise you, I will like it too! I want to see your interpretation of the swap!

I have been involved in swaps of all sizes, I have hosted many swaps, including "round robin journals", which were some of the most fun projects I'd ever seen! Be sure to look for them SOON! (More about them below)

I promise to rate!

(I've seen some nice graphics that use a picture...I haven't figured out this iPad yet, enough to do that. Hopefully it's coming soon!

I often host a "Swap Card" swap, and encourage every swapper, whether they join or not, to please always include the name of the swap, YOUR swapping ID, your first name, and the date it was mailed.

Several reasons: lots of us use nicknames here, in Swap-bot, and we'd like to know who you are, when we get your swap, so we can thank you! I have received swaps, and had NO idea who they were from! We might be involved in several swaps of the same type, so please help us out!

The other reason, maybe even more important: if you don't include the date that you mailed it, somewhere on the swap, even if you drop it in the mailbox on time, maybe the mail has already been picked up....or maybe it's a Friday, and might not be picked up for several days.

Please don't risk a lower rating, just because your partner might have nothing but the postmark to check on.

Favorite Crafts

paper crafts of all kinds, I prefer inches/twinchies a bit more than ATC's, but promise to love anything that has been hand-crafted by my partner!

I also love pin cushions and needle cases,and am part of a wonderful group with that name.

I enjoy seed beading, rubber stamping, and fabric crafting, including quilting, counted x-stitch, felt work, and kumihimo and Temari (beautiful Japanese thread arts)

I love surprises, and hope my swap partners express themselves with their creativity!

I am not a very talented painter, but I enjoy it, and can follow numbers pretty easily to end up with a nice picture! 😊

I also have a group in Flickr, called My Crafting Room. It has thousands of pictures from the group members of their inspirational crafting spaces!

Favorite Music

I play piano, guitar, and flute, so especially enjoy listening to either or all of them. Especially enjoy listening to Kenny G, David Lanz, and other instrumentalists.

I also give piano lessons.

Favorite Books

I am not much of an "electronic" book reader, altho I really love to read - - I enjoy turning the pages!

I like everything from humor, romantic comedy, historic fiction, drama, legal suspense, mysteries, and more - - but not horror.

One thing I've learned about myself, if the word "organize" appears anywhere on the cover of a magazine, I HAVE to get it! Actually getting my crafting room organized, however, is still only a dream of mine!

Fave Authors: Scott Turow, John Grisham, and other "legal drama" writers

Favorite Movies

I think The Princess Bride is one of the best movies ever made. I also like Miracle, because it's a true story, and is about Minnesota winters! A couple other favorites are Two Brothers, (because I love Tigers!), Mrs. Winterbourne, The Cutting Edge, American President, the Pirates of the Caribbean series...

I am also slightly addicted to Netflix, and enjoy getting the marathon "fix" it gives me, making it possible to watch the entire season of House of Cards!

About Me

I've been asked quite often, to tell people more about the RR Journal Swaps I've hosted. These have turned out to be some of the most FUN! Swaps I've been involved in!

You can read about them, as well as some of the rules and ratings, etc, if you click on the number that's shown under the "star" on the upper right, to see a list of the swaps I've hosted. In that list are the RR swaps, and you can click on any of them, to read the specifics. (As for "rules", etc, they are all pretty much the same.

My plan is to start again, hosting Round Robin Journals (RRJ's) in mid to late March.

I shut it down at about 6-7 swappers, because it would take too long, with each person allowed one week, before sending the journals onward. I will run a USA only one first, then possibly in June, or July, an International version.

I've been offline for a few years, tending to family issues, so yes, there is a "gap"in my timeline, but I always knew I'd return to swap--bot.

I do welcome all the new swappers, and hope you will find a lot of FUN swaps, and make some great friends here!

also, there are pictures of these journals, in Flickr, if you do a search for "swap-bot, round robin journals". Three of them should come up. There is a "Kimberly's", the friendship lounge, and "Round Robin Journals", with a pink striped circle avatar. That's the One! Hope you enjoy the tour, and feel inspired!


lynnerfb rated for USA RR Journal Swap on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: you never put anything in my journal.
thequilterslink rated for Swap Card Swap (USA) on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks
CarolNZ rated for "Owned by a Cat' ATC on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much, I did send your card of, being new I didn't know people added extra things in. I did take photos as suggested in case something went wrong. well hope you did get it
Clearbrite rated for Just to Say Hello Swap on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: I have a huge grin on my face!! Thank you so very much for your beautiful notecard and extra papers in it. And your words! I will definitely write back soon. Like mother, like daughter 😀 Thank you Thank you Thank you Aussie Clare (hehe)
Artfreak16 rated for Swap Card Swap on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the swap cards!
Comment: Thank you for an amazing first swap! I loved all of the notecards and all of the extra goodies!
rocsina207 rated for Alphabet ATCs - Y & Z on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Another day another happy mail from you. Thanks for the lovely creations for this swap.And thanks for hosting such creative swaps .
rocsina207 rated for Itty Bitty Teensy Craft on Mar 7, 2018
Comment: One day I saw a very beautiful fabric sewn flower on Pinterest and I fell in love.I pinned it to try it one day.And opening your cute hedgehog card, there it was :the lovely fabric sewn flower. Ok, maybe not the exact the same one but I'm still loving it. Thanks !
tam2016 rated for New to Zentangling? (USA only) on Mar 5, 2018
LorisGlassworks rated for "Owned by a Cat' ATC on Mar 4, 2018
Comment: Hi Mary, Thank you for the funny kitty ATC, it made me smile when I opened the little envelope. Happy Swapping!
marhod5 rated for Itty Bitty Teensy Craft on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely quilted craft. And thanks for all you do for us newbies!
aprilfoolzbaby86 rated for Swap Card Swap on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: I love the cards. Thank you. We haven't had snow since the beginning of February, and it seems like spring is going to come, so I am happy about that. Of course, we never have as much as you are talking about. We had about 6 inches at our biggest snow, and all of NC shut down for about 3 days. :) It's nice that everything gets quiet for a little bit. I love the snow, but I looking anxiously forward to the spring! Stay warm!
Kalalinga rated for New to Zentangling? (USA only) on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much. This is some of the best zentangling I have ever seen!!
WritersSoul rated for FAST Swap! Get/Improve Ratings on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Wow. What a lovely surprise in the mail! Thank you for the cards and it came so fast! How Fun!!
Doraecyscraps rated for Alphabet ATCs - Q & R on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Always happy to receive from you! ❤❤❤
Response: as I am always so happy to see that you are my partner! have a great week, dear heart!
Doraecyscraps rated for Alphabet ATCs - U & V on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: ❤❤❤ Love the ATCs!
ShelleyBee rated for Swap Card Swap on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for my swap tags, they are great xx
Fabriqueen rated for New to Zentangling? on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the great zentangle card! Hugs, Diane
Wildchild rated for Swap Card Swap on Jan 17, 2018

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9960 373 222 223
Completed Fives Threes Ones
329 501 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Chrissiemeade85 on Apr 17, 2018:

Thank you for the beautiful ATC that you angled for the owned by a Cat ATC swap where one of my partners never done I really appreciate you doing that I love your cat I love your card I love the cute little sweet envelope that you put the ATC in and thank you for your sweet and kind words that you wrote I wish I could write you on this because I would give you A5 with hearts thank you it means a lot a lot

Chicadita on Mar 21, 2018:

Thank you for the quilt orphan. I ❤️ It and will quilt it into something special!

wombatlady on Dec 27, 2017:

Thank you so much for the angel for your notecard swap! Can't wait to use them. :-)

NiniJae on Dec 4, 2017:

Thank You for angeling your Fast Swap for me. It is very appreciated. Happy Swapping!

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groundhogstamper on Jan 22, 2017:

Belated Happy Birthday wishes! Hope you had a great day.

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