Swap-bot Time: June 21, 2018 9:10 am


Date Joined: July 8, 2009
Last Online: June 20, 2018
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
my blog! All The Crazy World...
My Etsy Store
Deviant art
my 2017/2018 ART project blog

About Me

IIIIIntroducing... Holly! I am sort of a colorful chaotic mess. Married for thirty-some years with kids, and grandchildren now, too... I stay busy! I'm a Swap-bot Ambassador and happy to answer any questions or to do a private swap with you if I have time. I work with (for??) my husband and I enjoy it... But it is exhausting. Little artsy-crafty swaps help me relax. SHOPPING, traveling (which I never do), 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 puppies... books, being at HOME... Yeah I much prefer being at home to be out.

I'd really really REEEEALLY love it if you'd check out my blogs, and follow if you enjoy them, especially my art blog. And comment, too! They are listed above. My world is so crazy right now that I rarely post to the All The Crazy World one, but post nearly daily to the threesixfive.art blog.

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. (2018: I've continued the project!)


I love everything about books. :-) Especially classics, mysteries, quirky stuff like jasper fforde, YA (especially YA and childrens from decades or generations ago) I'd like a room with shelves and tables full of beautiful books and big comfy chairs and a beautiful curtained window seat...

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, and I like to write my own as well. And I'd like to read yours!

Important stuff


-I enjoy fruity herbals. (esp berry or pomegranate)
-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, little spoons, any tea party type things


vivid colors over pastels. Orange, lime green, olive green, are my favorites. Deep yellow too... Bright pink, teal blue, brown... also faded old colors...Well... okay really whatever color you enjoy!

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

-art supplies:
-all things art, drawing, or watercolor...Supplies for me to use, or something you create that I can display... handmade items and unique art

-Mail and mail art: anything goes!

-pens, pencils, typewriters

-fairy garden items: I'd love a little mailbox for my fairy garden!

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

-newfoundland anything. The dog. I love Emmett and Clara, my giant black newfie babies

-"Pegstamps," any, esp flowers, bees, etc

-a new letter opener

-large ish handmade or up cycled envelopes or lettersets

-tree houses (don't mail these ;)

-Mac eyeshadow, "handwritten" or "Shadowy Lady" (retired and awesome) but this is stupid. I hardly ever wear makeup anyway.

-candy (any!) but i am always looking for:
Haribo "saft goldbären"
or any gummy bears
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 :-) ... bookmarks, any book stuff, too.

(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!!

-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!!!)

-fun ankle socks


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, and I respect your right to believe it and share it, please respect my faith, and me as well. I will never 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!

(eternal life spoiler... skip this part if reading about Christianity offends you) I am a born-again Christian... I firmly believe being sweet or kind or caring is important for every person of every religion, and plenty of religions teach people to love each other... and plenty of "Christians" DON'T love others... but I understand that my deeds and behavior are not the way to eternal life, which can only be found through a personal relationship with Christ. And while I do have that relationship, that doesn't mean I think I am better or worse than you or anyone else. I am a sinner by nature and will often do selfish thoughtless things, just like everyone else, and need to turn myself back to face Christ. Please don't blame my Christianity for my shortcomings or weaknesses, which are completely mine, and I won't blame your religion for yours. Of course I don't enjoy my errors pointed out to me, but sometimes it is necessary and I'll thank you now for doing it (because honestly I may not thank you at the time) but I know I probably needed it said, (whether you say it out of love and concern or just petty mean spiritedness, either way if it's true, it's true, and I need to look at it)

In short: Being nice doesn't save me, and being Christian doesn't make me nice... it makes me realize how different I am from how God wants me to be and how much I thoroughly require his grace. This is the extent of my "preaching", and all I will ever say unasked. And thank you for letting me!

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!

(3/2018 update: ugh, I forgot to add things here and I received such awesome stuff over and over! I'm not good at keeping things up. Now this section just makes me sad.)


Comment: Incredibly cool crap Holly! I'm not the wait until Christmas type! Love everything! Thanks!
Response: Oh haha! Good! I'm glad you liked it!! :)
moM rated for Crappy Green Stocking Stuffer - March on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Love the way you decorated the box! I'm putting this with my January and February Crappy Stocking stuffer packages to open on Christmas. My stocking is going to be stuffed!!!
Response: Oh good! All the inside stuff are wrapped too, some are crappy and some are not, and I’ve labelled them as such in case you want to open any now haha! Although that might start you on a downward spiral unwrapping everything so maybe that’s a bad idea. :-)
Comment: Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love your typed letter--mistakes and all. And hilarious, by the way! I love the labels--even if they don't stick well. That means I can move them if I place them in the wrong spot. ;-) I especially love, love, love the card and envelope with the hand-drawn art. I will never, ever give them away. The card will be placed on my inspiration wall. Thank you so much for a happy, happy swap!
Response: Thanks for hosting such sweet fun swaps. And for your inspiring blog!!
Moominbrooke rated for CC: Let's Celebrate Pooh! on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Love it, as well as the swell inside-out envelope! :0)
Response: Yay!! I'm so glad!
Comment: Holly, I am so blown away with your creativity and generosity!! THANK YOU!! It started with the fun and creative box and continued with ALL of the extras you included!!. I almost wanted to get the swap I sent to my partner back and pack it with goodies, like you did! If I could give you multiples hearts, I certainly would!!
Response: I’m really trying to declutter haha and this swap caught me in the throes of that! I was concerned you might be irritated with the quantity. I hope youve found things you’ll enjoy using!! (Or passing on:-)
Star7Lily rated for Jane & Holly Birthday exchange on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much Holly. I love my pages! It was such a joy to open and savour the painting skills you have acquired over your year long journey. Well done. Thank you for the little interesting book too, i shall enjoy reading it. What a great adventure this was. My daughter adored the mice page, I loved them all! Thank you again.
Response: Happy happy birthday! Let me know if you’d like to do another swap. We have to complete our little journals :-)
AnnaM rated for Holly and Anna Christmas birthdays on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: After several days of no mail due to too much snow your package arrived. Can't wait to open it! Thank you for decorating the package so beautifully,
Response: Your gift to me was SO AMAZING, thank you AGAIN. :-)
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Christmas Stocking exchange on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Many, many hearts to you my friend; I opened the box and the cute stocking is crammed full as you said with goodness. I opened just one gift (even though I was going to try to wait), but I'm glad I did as there was the coolest box of red & white holiday washi tapes that I'm now using in my Christmas card making project. Thank you, thank you - I just know the rest of the stocking is going to be fabulous! :) 12/25/17 - Well, of course if was ;). From the alpha & artsy stamps to all the cute cat themed items and everything else, thank you, thank you! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebration.
Response: Merry late christmas!!!
Comment: Wonderful array of stocking stuffers! Truly appreciate the kitty watercolor. Will frame and hang it. It already is a treasured favorite. My cats appreciate the treats. The short book of stories is tucked in my purse so I will have something to read on the go. Thank you ever so much for your thoughtfulness.
Response: It was my pleasure!
DebR rated for Cup & Chaucer stocking stuffers 2017 on Nov 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you Holly, I look forward to opening these but have hidden them out of harms way
Response: Merry late christmas!!!
Comment: I got your package of stocking stuffers, an I didn't open them, even though I was tempted. Thank you.
Response: Haha i waited too!! Wasnt it hard??
Comment: OMG! Those treehouses are AWESOME!!! I love them! (and the bonus puzzle on the back is great!)
Response: I'm so glad you loved them. Couldn't have loved them as much as I loved the box you sent!!!!
Comment: Holly, the spring/summer addition to my journal is absolutely amazing! I have sat here for the last hour looking at all your beautiful artwork. I find something new each time I go back thru. This is awesome. I love the entry on the barn, that is so cool. And the bluebonnet! OMGeee! I LOVE them!!! AND Sweet hearted poem & Emmet (hope that's spelled right). Every single page is beautiful. Thank you so much! ❤️
Response: I'm glad you like it! It isn't very chatty, I know, but I wanted you to have some art to keep!
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!!! 😄
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!

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meeltje57 on May 11, 2018:

Hi Holly.

Got your package today and I love all the extra's you've sent. The stick with the shells on it is the absolute breathtaker. The wrapping paper so smart and lovely. And those more than 100 years old advertisements,OMG. I am gonna work on your tote with all my heart, it's challeging to be the first one.

meeltje57 on May 11, 2018:
LMeowkin on Jan 23, 2018:

Visited your art blog, and can I just say "Wow"??? !!! I absolutely LOVED perusing it. I like your art style!

CurlyTea on Dec 27, 2017:

CurlyTea on Dec 27, 2017:

Happy Belated Birthday!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Dec 5, 2017:


hamolla22 on Oct 17, 2017:

Oh myyy !!!!! I got your BIG & AWESOME package 😍❤️ Bestest, Coolest swap_bot happy mail everrr 💐 Needless to say, you got right to my heart with the watercolor tubes, I am an avid hoarder of watercolor supplies lol!!! I fell in love with watercolors this spring and going strong... I absolutely love the coloring book and sketching set as well, really really awesome gift (no more a tag lol!!!). Stay blessed and I hope your kindness is rewarded multiplied ❤️❤️❤️

BlueberryLady on Oct 16, 2017:

Got your Package today for the Dog Day... Wow, You really put some neat things in .Love the Book mark..book, key ring and the cute dog Button Pins.. Thank you very Much.. Hugs from Ohio.. ! !

ReadMoreBooks33 on Sep 19, 2017:

Thank you for the Autumn goodies!


pkpeace on Sep 15, 2017:

Thank you x a million! I LOVE the giraffe ATC ~ it's going to look beautiful in my ATC collage!

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