Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2017 1:25 pm


Date Joined: July 8, 2009
Last Online: March 28, 2017
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
my blog! All The Crazy World...
My Etsy Store
Deviant art
my 2017 art project blog

About Me

IIIIIntroducing... Holly! I am sort of a colorful chaotic mess. Married for thirty years to my best friend, with four kids and grandchildren now, too... I stay busy! I recently began working with my husband and I enjoy it... But it is exhausting. Little artsy-crafty swaps help me relax. SHOPPING, traveling, and creating are really my favorite things to do. Along with hanging out with my family (grandkids!!) or watching movies or painting or cuddling my puppy... books, being at HOME...

I'd really really REEEEALLY love it if you'd check out my blogs, and follow if you enjoy them. And comment, too! They are listed above. One is going to be occasional postings of crafty ideas, recipes, product reviews, stories about my newfoundland, or whatever else someone requests. :)

The other will consist of a daily post for 365 days, Jan 1 2017 to Dec 31 2017... a photo of whatever I drew, painted, or taped together that day. I'd REALLY appreciate encouragement or feedback there. It's a big project for me... I'm both excited and worried about it. I also have Facebook and tumblr and twitter (which I've never checked!) linked to the blog if you prefer to follow that way... Facebook look for threesixfive art and tumblr I'm threesixfive-art.


I'm completely addicted to Swap-bot, and excited to be an "Ambassador" ... I love sharing the rockingamazingtivity of this site with others. I'm happy to answer questions about the site, or try to direct you to someone else who can, and I am excited to do private swaps with you, too, if i have time.

(I draw things like this...)


I love everything about books. :-) Especially classics, mysteries, quirky stuff like jasper fforde, YA (YA and childrens from decades or generations ago, particularly)

No horror (even classics), or graphic violence, or overly sexually explicit books. I do love pretty much anything else that's well-written.

I love the poetry of EE Cummings, Mary Oliver, and others.

Important stuff


-I mostly enjoy fruity herbals.
-I don't enjoy black tea or coffee :(
-London Fruit and Herb, esp berry types
-I do use loose teas as well, so supplies for those are welcome
-I LOVE tea cups, any tea party type things


I prefer vivid colors over pastels. Orange, lime green, olive green, are my favorites. Deep yellow too... Bright pink, teal blue, brown... also faded old antiques colors... But use anything YOU love for the project!


My granddaughter and I will be creating a fairy garden outside this summer. If you have any little bits that you think might be nice for this, I'd really love them. Or if you know how to make tiny twig furniture? Or acorn anything? I'm thinking our first attempt will be small, maybe a house and little tea table with a mossy yard and pebble path in our big flower pot... I'm hoping to put a mailbox in for our little fairies as well, and really want one we can open to find fairy notes in! I need a name for our little fairy garden as well and maybe some tiny books? Suggestions welcome!

THEMES AND THINGS I ESPECIALLY ENJOY (but... I love to be surprised by random things, so skip this if you prefer!)

-Mail art: anything goes!

-pens, pencils, typewriters

-all things art...Something you create that I can display, or that you send me to create with.

-fairy garden items

-dymo type label maker... new, used, whatever

-newfoundland anything. The dog. I love Emmett, my giant black newfie baby

-handmade items and unique art


-thin tombow eraser

-a new letter opener

-tree houses (don't mail these)

-Mac eyeshadow, "handwritten" or "Shadowy Lady" (retired and awesome)

-candy (any!) but i am always looking for:
Haribo "saft goldbΓ€ren"
Haribo roulettes
Cadbury "eclairs"
Chocolate (esp milk, esp with with fruit or nuts or caramel)
Dentyne Ice, Arctic Chill (gum)
Lutti cara-choco chocolate caramels (oh yum PLEASE)

-my birthday is Christmas Eve, so anything Christmas or HOLLY leaves

-colors! Color themed swaps! I do love these. love love love.

-books and anything relating to books, no horror or 'dirty'... PG13 :-)

(esp dandelions! And clover! And... pussy willows, honeysuckle, daffodils, poppies, lightning bugs, ladybugs, moths, leaves, acorns, the beach, woodland things, beetles...)

-fingerless gloves (i don't work with yarn myself. I LOVE these. Serious love. Wear them daily 7 months of the year.. need need need.)

-maps and globes.

-calvin and Hobbes. LOVE THIS COMIC!! My sweet Emmett ate one of my books... the white one called "It's a Magical World". I'd really love another copy of this if you run across one, for my collection to keep. (update @djcamp04 kindly sent me this book!) Or if you find other damaged or cheap ones I love using them to decorate my mail or to make lettersets out of.

-your favorite Bible verse, encouraging idea, interesting quote, poem, or song lyric.

-Words, letters, typography

-anything from England (my birthplace) or Norway (my heritage)

-quirky, feminine, or hopeful anything


-seasonal potholders, kitchen towels, garden flags, etc, any season (Off season=INEXPENSIVE, my motto :)

-VW beetles (mine is chocolatey brown!!! Yes, I finally got one!!!) ` -any cute fun girlie stuff most girls enjoy, socks etc


I have enjoyed learning about other people's religious views here on swap-bot, as much as about other cultures, but I've also been surprised and saddened by the closed mindedness of supposedly open minded people when it comes specifically to MY faith. I respect yours, even though it isn't what I believe, please respect mine. I will never try to criticise or belittle you or your faith or even lack of faith, or judge you based on assumptions I've made, or things I've read about other people who practice your religion. I will not try to convert you or even discuss religion unless you ask to discuss it. Please show me the same consideration regarding respect and belittling comments. That said, I am happy to discuss religion or anything else with you, and would love to count you among my friends whether we are the same or very different in the way we think and how we see the world!

People Smarter Than Me Said:

Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. -Leo Buscaglia

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -e e cummings

Sweet Unexpected Swappiness

And The Good List of Thankyous

I should have created this section years and years ago, but I was simply too lazy! Now I am kicking myself.

So as of January 20, 2017, these are some very sweet thoughtful things I have received, and I'm so sorry for the hundreds of things which happened before and are not recorded here. And can never be repaid. I have been so blessed and so moved by the thoughtfulness of Swap-bot members over the past years. And I'm also sorry (ahead of time) for the probably erratic attempts to keep this part current.

Christmas: @sandyponey sent me a big sweet Christmas Eve birthday package, a complete surprise. Full of special stuff. Such a nice thing to do for a person she barely knows!!!!! Made me feel great.

January 18, 2017 @djcamp04 sweetly sent me a replacement of the Calvin and Hobbes book Emmett my Newfie puppy ATE. Thank you! How sweet!


Fever rated for hollycm6 & Fever private swap on Mar 16, 2017
Comment: Oh Holly, thanks a million for your wonderfully artsy swap! I'm blown away, and adore your painting and the bookmark. Absolutely gorgeous! My swap feels boring in comparison. Thank you for making my day!
Response: No, never boring. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
GeeLuv rated for Tip In Page for Art Journals on Mar 7, 2017
Comment: LOVE them! Gorgeous and vibrant. I might actually frame one and put the other in the art journal. Lol! Thanks so so much. Yay!
Response: I'm really happy you like them. :)
djcamp04 rated for (mini) Stuffed Winter Journal on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: Oh my goodness, Holly!! I love it! I have read a few pages and can't wait to read more. I will enjoy adding to this and then send it home. I can see why you would hate to part with it. Very beautiful work. ❀ ETA: I can not believe that both of our front pages are DANDELIONS!!! πŸ˜„
Response: dandelion love :) Yours is awesome, too! A lovely book!
Poftoffel rated for Just Write #5 - Poem on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing this lovely poem! I don't mind sadness, I think honest emotion makes the most beautiful poetry. (But I'm happy you're feeling better!) I really need to try a rhyming schedule myself, the effect is very striking! The stickers are also absolutely adorable, thank you!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it... it was really nice to do it!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Colorful Mail Art Fun on Jan 26, 2017
Comment: Bears with bikinis - how silly & fun! I enjoyed your colorful mail art & awesome stickers outside (and in). Thank you for a happy snail mail day!
Response: bikinibearsbikinibearsbikinibears heh heh heh. :) I'm glad you liked it.
scrappycats rated for A trio of inchies! on Jan 10, 2017
Comment: such awesome inchies - such detail Awesome!!!
Response: I'm glad you liked them. So much tinier than I expected haha!!!! Fun, though, so thank you for swapping!
jillybird rated for SOS Journal: 2017 IS OUR YEAR !!! on Jan 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Holly, for a FANTASTIC journal full of inspiration and concrete ideas. I will need to reread this frequently! Thank you also for the butterflies and the address labels. They are so pretty! Here we go - 2017 is going to be the year!!!
Response: We've got this! And thank you for a glowing rating for such an aesthetically disfigured item!
Rosina176 rated for Flipping Christmas Eve on Dec 20, 2016
Comment: Thanks for swapping with me again. I received your two package and can't wait to open them. Merry Christmas to you and your family πŸŽ„ ----- I opened your gifts today and I love them. Mermaid cards and a magnet. They're really nice. Problem is I like them too much and I may have difficulty using them. πŸ˜€ Your flip book was great too. You always have awesome useful goodies. And I really like how you did the sewing on the card and envelope. I need to learn that too. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.
Response: You too!!!! Have a great day tomorrow!!! (Update: yay!!!!! The cards were so much smaller than i had thought and less impressive, i do hope you enjoy them. Use them! Use them up!!!! I thought the magnet was pretty cool!!!)
bb2 rated for CF - All I Want For Christmas is . . . on Dec 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the fun package. So much love under my tree!
Response: Merry christmas.... AND on a totally separate note... happy birthday!
Comment: Thank You so very much and have a wonderful holiday!
Response: You too... merry christmas!!! :-)
Comment: I couldn't be more pleased with the most awesomest adorable miniature I've seen in a long time. Thank you so much Holly, for helping make my holiday season awesome. Hugs, Sandy
Response: YAY!!!! I'm so glad you love it as much as I'd hoped you would!!!!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card! I like your stamped trees. :)
Response: Merry Christmas!!
auralily rated for Chaucery Christmas (US only) on Dec 13, 2016
Comment: Thank you! I'm incredibly curious after getting your message but I'm going to try to wait until Christmas to open it :)
Response: I hope you will like it!
Comment: Yay! Presents! Love love the handmade wrapping paper! So fun :) Can't wait to open these up at Christmas! Thank you!! Edited12/26: Wow wow! Thank you ma'am for all the fun and cheerful tree-ish goodies...especially the cute stamp you carved and the amazing framed artwork! I'm in awe! Can't wait to use the pretty notecards, cheerful little address labels and adorable washi! :) What a fun swap! Thank you! ...Christmas in July sounds fun! ;) I'm in!
Response: This swap was super fun!! We should do a Christmas in July one or something... :) I sent you one more tiny thing that arrived in the mail (i'd forgotten all about it!!) and am aggravated with myself because this evening when I started cleaning off my desk I found a just-big-enough scrap of the handmade wrap I made for the swap, but I'd already used generic stuff!!Oh well. I also found some fabric I had promised you, so I'll try to send that out soon. -ish.
Shannoneke rated for Getting to know ME. on Dec 5, 2016
Comment: What a cute swap! I love how you bundled everything into cute presentations! The postcards are lovely, and I look forward to trying the tea. Fruity tea for the win!! ;) I must admit I'm a wee bit jealous of your washi collection, or at least the part that was visible on this swap lol. The bee washi made me squeal haha! It was nice getting to know you a bit and I look forward to swapping with you in C&C in the future :) Say '' Who's a goo'Puppy! Who's a Goo'Puppy!'' to Emmett for me! :P
Response: I have a washi (and faux washi!) addiction. I keep RAKing my surplus rolls... then end up buying more and then thinking good grief how do I have so much?? And then I'm afraid to use it because I don't want to have to buy more to replace it...?? :) Yeah that bee washi is one of my favorites, too. I'm glad you enjoyed the swap... I did, too!! Slobbery kiss from Emmett!!
KatShakKreations rated for C&C book page ornament on Dec 2, 2016
Comment: I received the ornaments. What a cute idea. Thank you!
Response: I'm so disappointed that they fell apart, though :-( That stinks. I'm going to make you something different!!
djcamp04 rated for dj and holly Swappy Christmas Cheer on Nov 29, 2016
Comment: Loved the card!! Your penmanship is beautiful!! The ATC is absolutely amazing, very well done & beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Response: I'm glad you like it... I had so much fun doing them!!! Thanks for swapping!
homeandheart rated for Home and heart and holly 1 on Nov 28, 2016
Comment: Holly thanks so much for the AMAZING winter banner!! I have never seen anything like it! SO creative !! You must have spent hours cutting out those stars! LOVE! The is a technique I will have to borrow. Thanks for a wonderful swap! ❄❀❄❀❄ ❀❄ ❀❄ ❀❄ ❀ ❄❀ ❄
Response: I am so relieved that you like it!!!
Eclectonote rated for ZMACS Nov: Comic Justice ATC on Nov 19, 2016
Comment: Hi there, I loved the ATCs and the Superman envie, too! Awesome that you persuaded Diana to autograph the ATC. The cut-out is cool, just like Wonder Woman. And I'm honored to receive a hand drawn portrait - personalized by WW herself! The WW pictures on the note paper are inspiring me to carve more art. Many thanks for a great swap!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love Wonder Woman and it was a treat to be able to theme things around her!
DebR rated for C&C stocking stuffers #5 on Nov 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you Holly, I have hidden it away till Christmas as I am so tempted.
Response: Won't it be fun opening our little surprises!

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Lonestarchild on Mar 15, 2017:

HONESTLY! You have lost your mind and are never allowed to send to me again! Good Lord -- the package I received today is AMAZING. Such fun digging through all if it. And so many FUN things inside! LOVE IT. LOVE IT. Although, if you call this "junk" I'm a little afraid to send to you again. This is wonderful my friend -- made my day!!!

happylilartist on Mar 8, 2017:

Hello! Not sure if you remember me, but I came across a journal you made that we did for a swap a long time ago (maybe it was a private swap?!)- coming across it made my day! Congrats on the title of swap-bot ambassador!

jukejan on Jan 29, 2017:

I am following your blog and am blown away at your wonderful perspective and abilities. Thanks for sharing your stuff!

djcamp04 on Jan 24, 2017:

Just stopping by to say hi...........

HI πŸ™‹

ladybugluvsstuff on Jan 21, 2017:

thank you for all the great goodies for the flate rate destash tag! that tiny beaded ladybug really made my day, it is too cute!!

clutterfree on Jan 16, 2017:

Holly...THANK YOU so much for this beautiful plaid "natural feelings" throw you sent for warmth for the CF WTA...I absolutely LOVE it!! Happy New Year and warm thoughts to you....Charlene

djcamp04 on Jan 3, 2017:

Are you still looking for the Calvin & Hobbes book, It's a magical world?

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emilynhr on Dec 24, 2016:

And I guess Happy Birthday, too! I had a brand new baby niece born early this morning, so you have one little birthday twin. :)

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