Swap-bot Time: December 13, 2018 3:57 am


Date Joined: July 8, 2009
Last Online: December 12, 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!)

-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: The outside of the bubble envelope says "No Peeking!" so I will not open the package until Christmas Eve. Happy Birthday, 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!
auralily rated for C&C: Stocking Stuffer for June on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I've got it tucked away to open at Christmas :)
Response: Oooh I hope you’ll like it :-)
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Describe your Creative Space on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: Oh Holly, what a lovely Creative Space swap you made for me. Your watercolor illustrations are awesome - they are like the ones I see in field journals at the book stores. I love your quirky descriptions too. ;) and put some of the same "self-judging" explanations in my own descriptions (mostly about my crooked 3D depictions. LOL and that I shouldn't "quit my day job!"). Like you didn't need to add that the arms of the chair were crooked... Seriously though - your fine detail drawings of your cool pencil holder/pencils and brushes with the teeny tiny writing on them that I could read - wow! That cabinet is a way cool find. I'm a good organizer...hmmm....:) The Walmart shoe tree turned storage for all sorts of cool things is neat. I don't think I have space in my art space to put something like it, but I enjoyed hearing all that you put on it and ideas for what could go on it!! My cat hangs out in my room too, but she's only 7 lbs and she sits on my window sill until she wants down and then she'll usually walk across whatever I'm working on at the desk. I have to be careful not to leave the ink pads open. I'd better stop rambling. Thank you so much for sharing your very creative "Creative Space" description with me!! Many hearts to you.
Response: Thanks for hosting the swap... I’m glad you liked what I sent. It was fun!!
clutterfree rated for CF- Summertime Yellow! on Jul 2, 2018
Comment: Holly....oh how I wish I could give you more hearts!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the beautiful watercolor frame worthy sunflower card you painted for me!!! I also LOVE the washi bookmark with so many variations of "yellow" and the most adorbs bumble bees and smiley faces that truly bring a smile every time I look at it...I have been finding more time to read in the cool evenings after my tired grands close their sleepy eyes...it gives me time to decompress from the active days and shut down for restful sleep!! Hope you have a great 4th...land of the free because of the brave! Charlene
Response: I'm glad you liked them. I hope you do find plenty of time to read!! :)
Comment: I've been following your Three Six Five art blog for a year and a half now, Holly, and I really enjoy your beautiful artwork. So I was very pleasantly surprised to open an envelope from you to find one of your creations inside! I love the gorgeous purple wisteria♥ It's so dreamy and delicate. I'm definitely going to keep this out where I can see it every day. You are so talented. Thank you, and thank you for the purple designs washi tape and the vintage tape as well. You deserve more than one heart! ♥♥♥♥♥
Response: I'm glad you liked everything!!! I was too heavy handed with the wisteria, trying to do it from what I remembered from my "lesson" a few days earlier without looking (and I should have looked!) but it ended up ok so I hoped you'd appreciate the effort anyway. Thank you so much for following my blog!!
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. :-)

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dobie256 on Dec 7, 2018:

Your package is finally in the mail! ☺ ETA next Monday. Enjoy!

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

Lillypooh12 on Nov 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for you RAK envie! It was packed full! Such wonderful paper I can’t wait to use! <3

CariahCreates on Sep 28, 2018:

Thank you for that stuffed envie full of goodies for the I Collect tag. Lots of useful stuff in there!

Sandara333 on Sep 21, 2018:

😺✨Thank you for the great package you sent me! Tagged you in the forums for the flat rate destash and I’m happily surprised. There are a lot of things I can use in there. 😁🍸👏🏻—-thanks again. 💫🌟✨

BlueberryLady on Jul 5, 2018:

Thank you Hugs for the Beautiful watercolor painted Pen and Ink Drawing of Popsicles for the CF June WTA I got in the mail today... I have used pen and Ink too.. need to practice. long time since highschool Art Classes...Love the Kraft paper you used...I just got some..

ladydy5 on Jun 29, 2018:

Beautiful art and welcome to our group Artistically Inclined - Diane

piratecaptainmo on Jun 25, 2018:

Thank you for the stickers you sent for the I've got what you want tag. I have no idea what I'm going to do with these, but I'm really excited to have them!

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:
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