Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2020 6:47 pm


Date Joined: November 7, 2007
Last Online: February 24, 2020
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States
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About Me

February 23, 2020: I am behind on rating swaps... will get to them, but it may be a little while. I'm sick and have been for the past several days. Thanks for your patience!

December 6, 2019: I took a long break from Swap-bot (more than two years), but now I'm back! We had some major home renovations during that time and my husband is still working on building cabinets for our kitchen. Since 2017 I'm also happy to say that I've had my art shown in several shows and my next one will be at my local library in February. When I was active on SB before I participated in a lot of swaps; that won't be the case now. I'll probably participate in just a few swaps each month in addition to private ones. In the next few days I will be working on taking pictures of items for a trade album on Flickr. Planning to post in the trade forum once it's ready to go.

About me: I am a stay at home mom (my son is 12), artist (not able to support myself with my art), and occasional movie extra! My main hobbies/interests are creating/viewing art, reading (mainly fiction), and cooking/baking. Whenever possible I walk for my errands and for exercise (while playing Pokemon GO). When the weather is a bit warmer I sometimes go for a run (it's more like a slow jog). My husband built me a raised bed garden and a nice planter, but all I have growing right now are thyme and rosemary (until it dies sometime this winter). I enjoy listening to music on Spotify, dancing by myself at home, playing board games, learning new things (especially love taking art/craft classes), and exploring new places (traveling is great but I don't like the actual act of traveling if it's anything other than walking). I also like camping though we don’t go often (car camping not backpacking) and I’m a beginner rock climber.

As far as my art is concerned, I enjoy working with a variety of media and techniques. These include (more seriously and dabbling/experimenting with) acrylic painting and pouring, collage, Asian ink painting, lettering/calligraphy, monoprinting, drawing with graphite/pen, colored pencil, embroidery, mail art, cyanotype, and pyrography (woodburning). I would like to improve my watercolor painting and like the idea of linoleum/wood block printmaking. Mixing media is something I love; I very rarely create a piece with only one medium. As mentioned above I enjoy art classes; next week my sister and I will be taking a punch needle class and I'm registered to attend my local art store's encaustic demo. My room is cluttered and full of supplies; I, like many of you I suspect, may have a problem with buying/acquiring more than I can use.

I'll include a quick few sentences on various media since Swap-bot has those listed as drop-down options for section titles. (I just saw that "Favorite Crafts" is listed... that's new!) My current favorite (music) artist is Børns and I've been listening to holiday/Christmas music lately as well. For books: Madeline Miller - Circe, Song of Achilles; Hugh Howey - Wool; Blake Crouch - Dark Matter. In addition to books I am a fan of a web comic called Lore Olympus; new “episodes” are posted online each week. I don't have a favorite movie(s). TV: Game of Thrones and Jeopardy! I don't watch anything else really aside from YouTube videos of Seth Meyers A Closer Look with my husband. Am curious about His Dark Materials though! We may end up getting HBO again for that.


Likes: art, murals and other public art, galleries and museums, books, libraries, mail-related items, floral, botanical, succulents, fruits and veggies, plants in general, vintage, patterned/printed items, art supplies, dresses, cooking/baking, gardening, traveling, camping, scenic views (especially in nature), night sky, planets, constellations, galaxies, rocks and minerals, sea shells and coral. Colors: blues and greens more than others I suppose though I prefer just about anything that’s colorful to items that aren’t. Gold, rose gold, brass as well. Some animals, but especially: cats, owls, sloths, hedgehogs, manatees, and hippos.

While ideally I'd like to be relatively easygoing regarding swaps, realistically I do not want to receive things I can't or won't use. I hope the following list is not a burden for you in any way, but I suppose that most people have some sort of wishlist on their profile to let others know what types of specific items they like so here's mine:

  • vintage playing cards, especially ones with floral designs
  • antique and vintage postcards: mainly looking for ones with flowers/leaves/plants and ones of Pittsburgh, PA
  • vintage gift wrap, wallpaper, maps, dictionary pages, empty seed packets, and just about any other ephemera/paper/cardboard that is vintage
  • Original (not copied or printed out) images or illustrations for collage/mixed media art. Would especially like flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, vintage/outdated items, doors, windows, rocks/minerals, sea shells, Earth/planets/celestial things, bubbles, squirrels. Vintage or antique would be a plus, but not necessary.
  • vintage illustrated children’s word picture books
  • vintage illustrated children’s nature/science-related books
  • newer patterned papers (not really into scrapbook paper though)
  • grocery store circulars or food catalogs from other countries with pictures of fruits/vegetables/food (Bonus if the pictures are next to text in a language other than English!)
  • vintage and newer decorative tins to cut up for art
  • vintage alphabet blocks and Color Cubes blocks (they're red, white, blue, yellow, maybe also gray... solid color on some sides and some have two colors divided diagonally)
  • Vintage and newer fabric. Especially prints that are colorful, bold/funky, floral, or feature fruits/vegetables. Also plain white cotton for dyeing and creating cyanotypes.
  • vintage and newer sew-on buttons
  • embroidery floss and wooden/bamboo hoops
  • Circular date stamp cancels from your mail, packages, or old Delivery Confirmation receipts. (Please leave space around it for me to cut it out myself.)
  • Used postage stamps, especially from other countries. I'd also appreciate it if you used an interesting stamp(s) on your swap to me! I prefer newer, colorful ones that do not feature people.
  • used or new air mail labels, especially vintage ones and from other countries
  • book: Bullfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable by Thomas Bullfinch
  • book: Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry
  • book: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  • book: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • book: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • book: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • book: Educated by Tara Westover
  • book: Dear Girls by Ali Wong
  • newer (published 2010 or later) books on embroidery, Chinese brush/sumi-e painting, punch needle, or metalworking
  • cyanotype supplies, original cyanotypes (plants and flowers)
  • bookmarks that relate to something mentioned on my profile
  • metal letter/envelope seal and sealing wax
  • blank notecards
  • rubber stamps with a realistic image (no people please)
  • Stamped images (black ink preferred) on white cardstock or other white thicker paper. Different colored inks and light colored paper may be interesting as well. I mainly just don't want images on plain white printer paper, thanks.
  • washi tape rolls (No samples please... I’ve tried using some I’ve received on cards and they were hard to unstick without tearing.)
  • stickers of fruits, vegetables, sweets, food in general, plants
  • Back pockets from jeans/jeggings (they don’t have to be blue) that you or someone else in your home no longer wants. Please leave about 3/4” of fabric around it.
  • Wooden rulers (all wood no metal straight edge). I'd also take longer pieces of a wooden yardstick if you happen to have a broken one.
  • Bare organic apple chips (Fuji and reds). That's the only kind/flavor I've tried... am also interested in organic cinnamon apple, organic granny smith.
  • Trader Joe's Organic Beary Tiny Gummies
  • Meiji Hello Panda snack (chocolate filling only)
  • Mentos Clean Breath mints (peppermint)
  • R&F brand encaustic painting supplies (half joking here since they are pricey)
  • Golden and Liquitex brand art supplies (paints, mediums, inks, etc.)
  • new Isotoner slippers size 6.5-7.5, prefer the ballet flat style ones
  • Super long shot: I like most pull on dresses by Boden and wear size 4P. If you have one you no longer want that is in very good condition or better I'd be happy to have it.
  • If we're doing a private swap I'd be glad to consider anything else you think might interest me... let me know what the item(s) are. If I'm your partner for a public swap and there's something you'd like to send me that you're not sure if I'd like/can use you're more than welcome to message me first before sending.

Please do not send:

If you send me the following items they will most likely be given/sent to someone else, donated, recycled, or thrown away so please save them for someone who can use them!

  • anything that smells like cigarette/cigar smoke or weed
  • scented things because I get headaches and/or allergic reactions
  • images that are not original (copies/printed out), folded, wrinkled, haphazardly cut
  • vintage look/style things (I like true vintage items.)
  • anything religious, political, racist or hateful, scary, gory
  • makeup
  • coffee, tea, drink mixes
  • earrings (My ears aren't pierced.)
  • scrapbook paper, scrapbook embellishments
  • smashbook/Project Life? supplies like little papers for making specific lists
  • brads and eyelets
  • glitter, glittery things
  • ATCs/twinchies/inchies (I don't collect them.)
  • matchboxes, dotee dolls, button fairies
  • Disney or cartoon items, angels/cherubs, clowns, stuff for kids

Thank you!

A few sites/apps I like:

If you like shopping for secondhand clothes, shoes, and/or accessories online check out this site called thredUP. I have ordered many times from them; they sell both gently used and new items for women and kids. I also like Poshmark (have been browsing there on the app more often actually) and if you haven't joined yet I'd appreciate it if you use my invite code: PANDOORA.

If you purchase things online and aren't already a member of a cash back rewards site, check out Mr. Rebates! There are a lot of sites listed with varying percentages cash back. Once you have $10 available you can request a check or PayPal. I also use ibotta; it's an app which I think now may have a browser extension as well. I compare the cash back rate between ibotta and Mr. Rebates before making a purchase... my referral code there is pkkhkvp. You have to reach $20 to withdraw your cash, but ibotta also has what are essentially coupons for items that you buy in store in addition to cash back online at a variety of websites.

Keeping Track

Note: This section has not been updated in a long time and I don't intend to add to it, but would happily delete anyone after whatever is owed has been taken care of.

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Sent and waiting for ratings from:



Postalstamplife rated for Stamped Images x 2 on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Loved the owls. Thank you for the cute stamps.
Comment: I LOVE this envelope! and thanks for the butterfly surprises too! Have a great time with family! Cheers!
shellbee8 rated for shellbee8 and jaz1yn on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: Such beautiful cards! thank you so much for sharing such cute vintage cards from your stash!
Comment: Thank you so much for this awesome swap! I love all the butterfly stamps and stickers and the bookmark! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Fabriqueen rated for Envy of Fun Swap on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful goodies! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Furie rated for A Happy Surprise on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: I love the material. It reminds me if The Brady Bunch. :) Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for some fun goodies! :D ^^ these bookmarks and PCs are so cute! ^^
marsiemade rated for Super easy de-stash swap! on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Fabulous selection!
mamameshach rated for A Happy Surprise on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much 😊
Comment: Thank you so much for the great envelope! I love all of the vintage postcards and ephemera!
Kraftylady777 rated for A Happy Surprise on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: I love it all! Thank you so much!
Ninna rated for 10 used post stamp#121✿♥‿♥✿ on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice selection!
Cindymt rated for Envy of Fun Swap on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you! My studies are going well!
aero rated for 30 used post stamp#111 ✿♥‿♥✿ on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the selection of stamps and the Butterfly card😊
Comment: I enjoyed seeing your envelope greet me today. Thank you for the movie suggestion. I have not watched it yet, but put it in list to do so. Love the chicken playing card, book mark, recipe and the 2 Christmas cards. Have a great weekend.
Prettyexpressions rated for Envy of Fun Swap on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
tammielynn1969 rated for Envy of Fun Swap on Feb 5, 2020
jules4534 rated for Envy of Fun Swap on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: Loved the items, especially the Mona Lisa postcard! Thank you!
vontakk rated for Just randomness giveaway on Feb 5, 2020
Burger1girl rated for Just Randomness Giveaway #7 on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: I too jaz1yn need to declutter my house. I try to paint bookmarks or work on painting ATC's an hour before work every morning. Congrats on drivers license. Ive had mine for 40 years and still drive mostly in my county..no highways or 4 lanes!! I know you can do all your goals..you seem to have determination!!! Go for it!! ARt ART ART get inspired and do it!!
Response: Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment! Good luck to you with your goal as well and best wishes for you in everything this year!

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SoCarla on Dec 9, 2019:

THANKS for joining the destash swap, and for a detailed, well filled out profile.

CurlyTea on Dec 18, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

bbsporty on Feb 17, 2017:

Handmade Postcard Club

RyeRye on Dec 11, 2016:

Mugsie on Dec 31, 2015:

PookiePie1307 on Jan 22, 2015:

I'm at work but think I might be able to assist you in some of the books you're looking for! I buy, read, and sell like new condition books all the time (I sell them very, very cheap to encourage more folks to read, it's a calling of mine) so generally have a pretty good stash. Maybe we can arrange a private swap! If I don't have them now I will definitely in the future. I just sold the entire MI series a few days ago for $1 a book, wish I still had it so I could send the ones you need! Comment on my profile if you don't mind so I can find your profile again when I get home. I love love love that you guys are such avid readers!!!

Sakubik on Dec 10, 2014:

Glad you like the idea, and this time we have even twice the participants!

I recall you have contacted your partner about it and since this includes no physical sending I am not too strict on this one :D But please still try to finish some time soon ;) Would love to see the old and new one

Mugsie on Nov 27, 2014:

anrtist on Oct 7, 2014:


Blessings, cc

VivaLaDiane on Jun 25, 2014:

Thanks for the message. It's always been my pleasure to help anyone I can but now is my time to break for quite awhile. Take care always!! ♥♥

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