Swap-bot Time: June 24, 2019 10:38 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: June 24, 2019
Birthday: October 12
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I'm Janis from Texas. Yee Haw!

I have 23 year old twin boys and a 28 year old son who is developmentally delayed due to a rare chromosome disorder called "Ring 4". More information on this disorder can be found HERE.

**JUST IN: Grayson went to go see Aladdin yesterday & tripped while coming out of the movie theater & broke his arm. His ulna is fractured & he has to be in a sling for 6 weeks. He is so depressed because he can't go to work or do anything :( I thought some of you might want to send him some happy mail to cheer him up. He would love a card, some jokes or anything you want to send him. Thanks!

People have requested that I post a little wishlist for Grayson. All mail can be addressed directly to him at my mailing address. Just PM me if you need it.

If you want to send him something, please know that any used, handmade, & recycled items are just as good as something you bought from the store. Grayson will love it just the same.

  • He loves getting a single dollar bill in the mail. He saves it in a special bank to go to the movies. He likes single dollars so he can count them himself. He just went to see The Avengers EndGame movie with his Easter card money & was so happy to count it out all by himself.
  • $2 bills...he freaks when he gets one & is sooo happy. He says they are magic money & he never spends them - LOL! He has about 30 of them now.
  • Jokes...just sent to him printed or written from the internet or kids joke books.
  • Magnets (like you put on the fridge)...he puts them on a mini fridge in his room upstairs. Any animals, (especially cats)...kids characters, etc.
  • Kids books like Berenstain Bears ( but he has most of those)...Little Critter, Pete the cat, Disney, & books about Grandma's house. Any other used or new children's paperback books at around that reading level.
  • New or used comic books. Any popular characters, superhero, Disney, kid themed, etc. Also Manga books...he likes to look at the pictures & make up his own story.
  • He loves cats & has a little cat themed ATC & ATC Coin collection. He loves anything to do with cats...cards, jokes, books, magnets, little collectibles & figurines, etc.
  • He has 2 of those Ashton Drake baby dolls...Emily & Suzy. He likes clothes, blankets, socks, headbands & other stuff like that for them.
  • He enjoys eating out, bowling, going to the movies, broadway musicals , Disney Live & Disney On Ice shows, & video games.
  • A couple of his all-time favorites are The Power Rangers & The Wiggles & loves anything having to do with them.
  • He likes just about every Disney, Nickelodeon & other kids characters out there, boy or girl.
  • He's not into coloring books, stickers, tattoo's, trucks, or puzzles.

I have been married for 29 years. Our anniversary is Sept. 14th. I was a military wife for 10 years. We lived on Ft. Huachuca in AZ: (Loved it!!). Ft. Eustis in Newport News, Virginia: (Liked it!) & Ft. Meade in Maryland: (Hated it!) where my husband worked for the The National Security Agency (NSA) He is a Veteran of the Gulf War. He left 1 week after I found out I was pregnant with Grayson & came back 2 weeks after he was born. My twins were born at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

I LOVE killer whales...all whales really, but Orca are my all time favorite!!

My Pets

I have 3 dogs...Baloney (13 yr old Chiweenie). He was part of an unwanted litter & I adopted him from the SPCA. He has diabetes & we have to give him an insulin injection in the AM & PM. Sprocket (10 yr old Schnoodle) was rescued from a neglectful owner. His hair was so matted that he had bleeding & sores. The first thing we did was take him to the groomer to get shaved. He was so happy after that. We just rescued Bianca (7 yr old Doxie-Pin). She was neglected & went from home to home until she found us. They are all loved, spoiled, fat & happy little dogs who get lots of hugs & treats :)


Likes/Wishlist in no particular order...

  • An origami killer whale.
  • My #1 favorite thing to swap & receive is ATC's & now Artist Trading Coins too!
  • I also love to swap Inchies & Twinchies.
  • My favorite animal is the killer whale!
  • ♥ Steve Perry
  • I love the Mayor from Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • I love zipper pouches, coin purses & pencil pouches! Looking for larger ones.
  • Edgar Allen Poe, & Raven.
  • Animals dressed in hipster clothes.
  • I like Mariachi Bands, Mexican art, Day of the Dead & Sugar Skulls.
  • I love cute food with faces....especially avacados.
  • Anything with Pink frosted Donuts, Cactus or Llama's on it (any crafting supplies, stationary, decor, knick knacks, magnets, figurines, note cards, coin purses, etc)
  • Digital Stamps - see my Etsy wishlist.
  • Mason Jar - tags, cards, die cuts, stamps, etc.
  • I collect postcards & photos from Miami Seaquarium, Sea World, Sea Land of the Pacific, Marineland & any other aquariums or destinations depicting whales/dolphins in the wild or in aquariums.
  • I collect new & used dog rabies or registration tags.
  • I love funny chickens & roosters like Hei Hei from Moana, Chicken Boo from Animaniacs, etc.
  • Artist pens/pencils/markers/crayons, erasers.
  • Punny stuff.
  • I love the look & style of Jim Shore figures.
  • Stuff that is "creepy cute"
  • Guatemalan worry dolls & any other kind of worry doll too.
  • Worry stones
  • I collect coins & tokens such as: tax, ration, phone, bathroom, car wash, train, etc.
  • Vintage casino poker chips
  • Wooden nickels
  • Good Luck anything - Pennies, coins, tokens, clovers, charms, pocket cards, etc.
  • I collect squished pennies. I like ones with animals the most.
  • Any metal keys (house, car, suitcase, etc.)
  • Animal loves....All whales, especially Orca!!!, Narwhal, Dolphins, Octopus, Dachshunds, Chickens & Roosters, Elephants (except circus elephants), all Cats & Dogs, Blue-Jay's, Black & White Cows, Fighting bulls (not the fighting part, just that type of bull).

  • Some of the characters I like are...Quick Draw McGraw & Baba-Looey, Pixie & Dixie, The over-polite Goofy Gophers, Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote, Foghorn Leghorn (including George P. Dog, Henry Hawk, & Sam the Sheepdog), Ferdinand the Bull, Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang, Stitch, Animaniacs (including Goodfeathers, Chicken Boo, Mindy & Buttons, Katie Ka-Boom, etc.). Tiny Toons, Dexter's Lab, Power Puff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, cute Disney animal characters & animal sidekicks, Batman, Aquaman, & all the characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas....especially the Mayor & Dr. Finkelstein.

Dislikes/Don't Send

**Things I don't like...

  • Improperly packaged items that get damaged during shipping
  • Strong smell of cigarette smoke
  • Nudes (not prude, just not my thing)
  • Gore, or gross stuff like dismembered babies, medical specimens, realistic horror.
  • Monkeys/Chimps
  • Circus animals
  • Sea shells
  • Spiders - I have Arachnophobia!!

Please do not send: These are things I do not need or have an excess of, so while I appreciate you sending them, please be aware that they might be shared with others, which will put a smile on someone else's face too.

  • Journal or Planner items
  • Clothes, Iron on's
  • Notebooks, paper, sticky notes, memo sheets & recipe cards
  • Jewelry
  • Paper pieces/punchies
  • Scented sachets or perfume.
  • Books or Bookmarks (I do audiobooks)
  • Gems, rhinestones, bling, GLITTER!!, spangles, confetti or sequins.
  • Make up, Nail Polish, Perfume, any Bath & body stuff
  • Items from Dollar Tree (I go there all the time)
  • Food or drink of any kind (no tea bags/drink or coffee packets)

ATC Themes I Like

I am the founder of the Experienced ATC Swappers Group as well as the USA ATC Swap group.

I like all types of ATC's especially if they are hand drawn/painted in your unique "style". Just because it's not listed here doesn't mean I don't like it...these are just some of my faves that I can think of tight now...

  • Any animals, characters or likes listed in my wishlist above
  • All Whales (esp. Orca & Narwhals), Sperm whales, Beluga whales, & Bottlenose Dolphins.
  • Dachshunds, Pugs, Boston Terrier, Greyhound (or any dogs really)
  • Cats (my son Grayson collects cat ATC's)
  • Cutesy Characters
  • Day of the Dead/Sugar Skulls/Mariachi Singers/Mexican style art
  • Any character from The Nightmare before Christmas...especially the Mayor & Dr. Finkelstein. I love the background characters too like Bat Boy, Mummy Kid, Vampires, Clown, Witches & the Harlequin Monster.
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Cute woodland critters
  • Beta fish.
  • Whimsical style, Zetti style, Puns, Distress & Grunge style
  • Houses: row houses or house shaped
  • Backyard birds - especially blue jays, cardinals, raven & crows.
  • Big eyed or creepy cute characters
  • Your unique character.
  • Numbers

My Swapping Policies

I do not claim to be an expert in any of the swaps that I host. I am often trying out new things right along with you & for the very 1st. time. Sometimes I fail & sometimes I succeed, but I give it my best shot & hope you will do the same.

I swap USA only due to postage costs, wait times & reliability.

Feel free to use any of my past swap ideas, wording or pictures to host your own swap or to start an International version of a swap I am currently hosting. After all, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I ALWAYS send & I ALWAYS rate, so if you are missing a card, package or rating please let me know before giving a negative rating so I can make it right. If something prevents me from sending on time I will always let you know.

I always angel all of my swaps as long as you rate the person that flaked on you a 1.

Please don't hesitate to PM me if something doesn't look right, if I made a mistake on something or for any constructive comments. I welcome any FRIENDLY guidance, advice or reminders.

I am a tape fiend & I always make sure my envelopes & packages are taped up VERY well, so you might want a pair of scissors handy when you open up my swaps.

SMOKE STINKS! - I prefer not to swap with smokers unless you are very careful about keeping your items away from the smoke.


Rita rated for Stuff the Mailbox #17 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
sweetgypsy rated for EASU: Hand Drawn ATC Swap on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Love this so much! Hd faces and girls with purple hair are my favorites! Thank you!!!
Comment: Thank you Janis. The ATC is adorable! I also really like the happy mail stickers. I have never seen these before an I can't wait to start using them!
Comment: Very creative drawing with marvelous colors. Thank you for being my partner, the cute extras & the kitty card.
debrbrts rated for USATC: ATC with Wings on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great atc
sweetgypsy rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap - June on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the ATC & the ATCoin as well! :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC.
Comment: Wow! You are an extraordinary artist on the envelope! I knew it was going to be a great envelope of happy art supplies!! The stickers are the best!! Thank you so much for making this a special swap for me!!
ArtTeachToBe rated for JUNE ATC #1 - 2019 (USA ONLY) on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for resending the ATC with a june theme. It was really cute.
DaisyNY rated for TIMs: Inchies—Whatever on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Janis. Very cute chicken ladies.
lilmermaid rated for Stuff the Mailbox #17 on Jun 10, 2019
Piroshilove rated for Stuff the Mailbox #17 on Jun 9, 2019
arimails rated for Stuff the Mailbox #17 on Jun 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a fun-filled swap! Such a cute envie and card with great goodies inside. I love that you included your favorite quotes as well. ♥️
Love2ScrapNCraft rated for Stuff the Mailbox #17 on Jun 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you. I received swap on 5/25/19
RAINDARGON rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Swap JUNE on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your very cute kitten atc and the happy mail stickers.
Gwillisinc rated for EASU: Robot ATC Swap on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: So much personality in such a small card+ great happy xtras
CiCiHatter rated for ATC - Free Themed #28 (USA) on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: this atc is SO, SO adorable!!!....love it!...great color scheme and design...thank you!...cheers!...oh...and love all the fun! on the envie..."killer mail"...awesome!
Comment: Janis, These have got to be the prettiest ATC's I have received! Thank you very much, I've already showed them to my co-worker and she was also impressed! So glad you were my partner! )
PinkFluffyUnicorn rated for Stuff the Mailbox #17 on Jun 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful swap! I especially love the llama washi! :) Did you make the stickers? They are supper cute!
Comment: Lovely EASU HD/HP ATC received. Thank you! You've done a great job drawing this portrait "Green-eyed Girl", something I still can't do! And thank you, too for the little extras of happy mail stickers!!

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widelo123 on Jun 7, 2019:

Jannine, you are certainly an angel sent from heaven. I received the most wonderful envelope filled with goodies from you months ago. I am now getting to sort through old swap-bot mail. Being 76 is a challenge. I did definitely want to thank you for all you sent. I didn't want anything when I sent you things for Grayson, but I do appreciate everything you sent, especially the address labels. I never seem to have enough of those. Give Grayson a big hug and kiss for me. If I can send something you think he would like, please let me know. Love and kisses to you whole family. Shirley

kiddomerriweather on Jun 3, 2019:

That cheered me up knowing that I cheered him up. :) I was having a really bad day before I read your comment. Thank you.

catlingmex on May 28, 2019:

Janis, you sent me an awesome and very thick envelope of all sorts of postal joy out of the blue awhile back. I was blown away! Fantabulous address labels, notecards, stickers, stationery ... I can't remember when I have received a more exciting surprise envelope! The best part: I did nothing at all to deserve it, but you sent it anyway. Bless you for bringing some joy into my day/week/month/year. <3

ginny19590 on May 23, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Happy Mail you sent me. I received it today and was so very happy. I loved the address labels along with everything else. God Bless and have a safe and happy rest of the week......=)

catlingmex on Apr 30, 2019:

Janis, I received the most wonderful package from you, out of the blue, yesterday—thank you so much! <3 Fabulous address labels (which I was in need of) in one of my favorite themes (cats) plus s huge variety of postcards, notecards, and miscellany. I definitely did not deserve to receive this surprise, but I am glad I did. I loved it, and you made a somewhat blah day into a rainbow-unicorn kind of day. May God bless you. <3

supersquirrel on Feb 13, 2019:

Hi Janis - Thank you so much for the wonderful Valentine Day package RAK. No mail service since Saturday (today is Wed.) due to snow storms. Such fun filled and much needed happy mail. Thank you my darling Valentine!

djcamp04 on Feb 11, 2019:

❤️ What a wonderful SURPRISE in the mail today!!! I had forgot about your giveaway after signing up. You have got to be the best around!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face today!! ❤️

mummsie on Jan 12, 2019:

Oh Janis you bowled me over!! Such a lovely pkg. of coins and the labels!!!! So very awesome of you.Guess you know what I will be trying this week. Thanks for the mojo jolt!! Happy trails ....in the mail of course.

iowa05 on Jan 12, 2019:

Hi JannieB! I received a fat envelope full of wonderful stationery today! Thank you so much! What a sweet surprise to be the winner of a giveaway! (I think this may be the first random thing I've ever won.) I was just looking at purchasing some letter sets, so this came just in time. Thanks again!! 💕:)

Cheers, -Sandara

Gatzcat on Jan 1, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful make up Christmas card from the Don't Open Until Christmas Card Swap! I love the happy mail cats you sent and the Peanuts stickers. Also, very cute moose greeting card.

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