Swap-bot Time: February 21, 2019 4:41 am


Date Joined: July 8, 2009
Last Online: February 17, 2019
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!)

-holly leaf notecards, small is great, any type, purchased or handmade, without a christmas sentiment, just blank. I’d LOVE these!

-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 label tape... Any color

-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!!) :-)

-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)
Curly wurlies (or something?) from europe

-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: It's very beautiful!!! You really did a spectacular job on it. Thank you for the extras as well.This is my first matchbox also.
Comment: Wow, it's really beautiful, thank you very much! I do love silver also.
Comment: Holly, thanks for the card! I got a big laugh from it, and I loved your note and the story of the old ladies. And btw, I'm in the "crap" group, too, so I wouldn't have even noticed that note. Haha! OH! And thank . you for the elephants! <3
Response: Oh, thank you for being a good sport!!! :-)
Comment: Hi Holly. I think the napkin book pages are very pretty and I know I will be able to get a lot of use with them. I'm glad you decided to leave the edges messy. I never thought of that and it really gives me more uses with them. Cut some, leave some... Thank you! 😉 🤗
Response: I’m glad you like them!!! I hope you’ll have fun using them!
Comment: I’m so out of touch with swapping that I almost forgot to rate you. What a lovely package you sent me. I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into our swap. The chocolates and gummies are half eaten now, and I’m already enjoying my new pen. Thank you so much for making this swap truly fun and special!
Response: I had so much fun with this one... lets do something again soon!
ChrisAnne rated for Notebook Pals Bk 2 Round 2 on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the amazing Curious George. I am sorry for the delay in rating, but a stack of mail got buried in the Christmas chaos. Please forgive me!
Response: No worries!! I hope you liked him. I had fun painting him!!!
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous profile surprises. I hope you are having a Happy Birthday today. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Thank You for swapping :)
Response: Haha, oh they are all wrapped individually... peek away! You can set them out and drool over them until Christmas. I hope you will like what I chose for you!!!!
caf1988 rated for Favorite colors on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for such a fantastic envelope of orangeness! The envelope you painted is beautiful 😊. I haven't sent your envelope yet, so I'll tuck a note in it replying to your note.
Response: I'm glad it arrived, and glad you enjoyed it!
LivingInSong rated for CF Christmas Advent Countdown on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Oh Holly - it's going to be so difficult having to WAIT until December to open all these lovely packages. I simply can't wait! Thank you!!
Response: It's nearly time!! :) I hope you'll enjoy them!
PeggyO rated for CF: July's Clean Happy Space on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Super job!
Response: Thank you!
Tinne rated for @tinne and @hollycm6 say hello! on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your creative letter! Love the bookmark too.
Response: Thanks for swapping!! :)
LadyJo rated for CF Christmas Advent Countdown on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: Oh how cute the presents are! I can't wait to see what it all is!! Merry Christmas early to you! Thank you so much!
Response: It's nearly time! I hope you'll enjoy them!
MSturgill87 rated for Private notebook 2, round 1 on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: Got this in today! Thank you!! I can't wait to read through it, add to it, and pass it on!
Response: Hopefully we will be doing it again soon!
Moominbrooke rated for C&C Stocking stuffer (fall) on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I am looking forward to opening them :0)
Response: Stockings are so fun! I hope you'll enjoy them!
ChrisAnne rated for Notebook Pals ~ #2 ~ Round 1 on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: I love my perfectly imperfect card!
Response: Apologies for not commenting earlier :) I'm really glad you liked it!
Drachenfrau rated for Just Write #19 - A Poem on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for another great piece of your art, Holly! Beautiful presented and I was very touched by your wise writing! Just wonderful! (Btw. I have your beautiful ocean-painting from the last swap on my drawer, so I can see it every day!)
Response: Oh yay! That’s sweet! I haven’t written a real “poem” in so long, it was really fun!!
Drachenfrau rated for Summer Haiku + Free Haiku on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: I love the Haikus and the painting is beautiful! Thank you for a great swap, Holly! :-)
Response: It was really fun to do! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
clutterfree rated for CF- Fly Your Flag on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Holly...I always love receiving from you! You have the perfect mix of creativity and a touch of humor to bring a smile to my day! The items you sent are all great and you are right about me loving "usable" items! I opened that awesome recycled tote bag and I'm pretty sure I will NEVER get it back in that pocket again...LOL I do have a tad addiction to tote bags though so you NAILED this swap as usual :) Sorry to hear how the fireworks scare your big guy!! And I enjoyed reading about your celebrations gone by....we had a quiet day this year too....went to one of the Finger Lakes here in NY and sat by the shore soaking up the sun and reading a book, had a picnic :) We got together with church families on the 6th for a bon fire, food, fellowship and home style fireworks...my grands loved it :) Thanks for a great swap, another original painting and I hope you are enjoying summer! Stay cool and eat ice cream...Charlene
Response: I’m glad you liked everything!! :-)
AnnaM rated for C&C Summer Fun Mail on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Holly I loved your swap, the bookmark especially. Thank you for making my summer fun mail personalized. It's always a pleasure to swap with you.
Response: I’m glad you liked it! Maybe we should plan another birthday type swap??
BlueberryLady rated for CF 'Irregular' Mail on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Great idea and some interesting things about your self with Drawings included. Love all the stuck to the letter items..and the gift cards -will have to use them next time we go to Erie Pa.. about 40min to the east of where I live. Thank You.
Response: I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for joining!

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Gobarb on Feb 8, 2019:

Hi Holly. I just read your response to my rating for you and realized that I forgot to click on the heart! I was trying to rate you a 5 with a heart. I changed it as soon as I realized my mistake. Sorry, I really did like them a lot! Here is your heart...❤️

Lonestarchild on Jan 31, 2019:

Oh Holly!! How wonderful. I just love this -- the KIND bracelet you sent for AWG Jan. Could not be more perfect. Love it so much! You are one of the most creative people ever!!! Thank you so much!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jan 29, 2019:


Thank you for the January wish! (AWG) So cool! I tried jewelry stamping once and totally failed! LOL Love the wish (and the card :)

bluehairedmary on Jan 28, 2019:

Thanks for the vintage postage for my AWG January Wishlist! Sweeeet! It's funny how something so simple could bring so much joy to someone else! Thanks again!

ChrisAnne on Jan 25, 2019:

I love my necklace! Thank you so very much!

kaypendragon on Jan 25, 2019:

Thank you so much for the awesome "explore" necklace! It's perfect and I love it!

ChrisAnne on Jan 2, 2019:

Thank you for the great post cards!

debhous on Dec 28, 2018:

Thank you for the cute postcards. That was a sweet birthday surprise. Hope you had a wonderful birthday as well!

CurlyTea on Dec 27, 2018:

AWG - Many thanks!

CurlyTea on Dec 26, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

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