Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2021 12:38 pm


Date Joined: January 4, 2009
Last Online: January 15, 2021
Birthday: October 27
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Debbi - Jillybird just pooped into my head one morning and I liked it. (I know there's a typo in that first sentence and I would normally edit it, but I thought it was kind of funny.) And I swear I didn't type it on purpose. I am 53 years old. Somehow that happened. I live in West Texas.

MY FAMILY I've been married for 30 years. I dearly love my husband, and am very lucky to have found someone who, although not always enthusiastically, is willing to help me with my “artistic visions“ for our home and yard. He is a very talented builder and problem solver. I don’t think there is anything that he can’t do. I also have three daughters that I truly consider to be my best friends in life, three wonderful sons-in-law, five absolutely adorable and extremely smart grandsons and a beautiful, creative step-granddaughter. I have a dachshund that gets on my last nerve every single day, but would be heartbroken over if anything bad ever happened to him.

HOW I PAY FOR ART SUPPLIES I am a teacher. This year, after 25 years of working in elementary schools, I moved up to middle school. Wow. It’s an entirely different world that is taking me some time to get used to. I teach reading and writing to sixth graders. I really enjoy the laughter and creativity of the kids in my classroom and am fortunate in that it makes me happy to go to work every day. (Does that sound convincing?) Actually, I really do love it most days.

I ENJOY/LOVE... I love beauty and enjoy finding it in unexpected places. For example, the best art that I do is what shows up on the newspaper that I use to clean my brushes and stamps - it always turns out to be almost breathtakingly lovely. I love bright, saturated colors and go to thrift shops and flea markets to look for things made of colored glass just so I can possess their glowing jewel tones. Lately I’ve been intrigued by the beauty of rusted scraps of metal that can be found in parking lots. I’m afraid I will injure myself by running into a moving vehicle while scanning the ground for perfectly flattened and rusted bottle caps because I just know I’m going to make something amazing out of them. Someday.

Working in my yard - Well, not actually working. I don’t like working in my yard at all, but I do love the finished product of the work, so I do it. I have quite a bit of unusual “yard art” and a lot of beautiful flowers and shrubbery. (I love that word - shrubbery!) I have a small cement pond inhabited by water lilies and goldfish that are peaceful to watch and fun to feed.

Making art, and more often than actually making art, thinking about making art - I get excited about trying everything. I am by no means a master of anything. I love oil pastels, acrylics, glitter and anything else sparkly, embossing powder, rubber stamps, vintage ephemera, and tape and gel medium transfers. I also enjoy making mosaic stepping stones and what I call “yard balls” out of stained glass. I want to try sewing and encaustics. I do not have a certain style. I wish I did, but each piece I make comes out differently from the piece before. Maybe I am evolving. Maybe I am just artistically ADHD. I mostly participate in ATC, handmade postcard/envelope, and journal/list making swaps.

Looking at others people’s art - I spend entirely too much money buying magazines and entirely too much time on the Internet looking at other peoples' art, but I’m obsessed with the variety of ideas and generosity of spirit and willingness to share that I find. And the beauty - the beauty of it all! - it is so inspiring!

Thrift store/estate sale/ flea market shopping - A perfect day includes a treat of expensive coffee and a decadent muffin and then hitting my established trail of thrift stores. I love the fact that you never know what you will find or what will find you, calling out as you walk by, begging to be rescued from the crowded racks. My husband has lined the wall on one side of the garage with shelves for me to store my treasures on while they wait for me to do something amazing with them. Someday.

Hanging out with friends/family - Either on the patio of my favorite bar or on the patio in my back yard. Usually with drinks and music playing which leads to the occasional spontaneous dancing in my red thrift store coat under the colored lights my husband strung up for me. Life is good.


  • old things that have a story, even if you don't actually know the story

  • vintage images and ephemera

  • music of any genre that is loud and makes you want to dance

  • flowers, especially those with big billowy blooms like roses, peonies and dahlias

  • images from exotic (to me) places like India, Thailand, Cuba, or Brazil

  • bright, sparkly colors

  • swirly patterns

  • images from all religions, especially saints and buddhas

  • winged hearts, moons with faces, whimsical birds, butterflies, cats, vintage dancing ladies, stars

  • turquoise + rust or orange or barn red or mustard yellow or sage green or lime green...

  • used postage stamps, rub-ons, washi tape, stencils, lace, glitter and sequins, pieces of rusty metal, pressed flowers,


  • mean people

  • strong perfume


Comment: Wow! I wish I could give you more hearts! Thank you for the amazing, festive envelope full of goodies. Everything is beautiful and all of it made me smile so big! Merry Christmas!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap and thank you for the heart! Merry Christmas to you!
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! I’m sorry the first envelope got lost. Happy swapping!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap! Hopefully the original will make it's way to you also! Someday! Thanks for the heart!
carfra89 rated for SMSUSA: Match-A-Stamp Mail Art #1 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: This is super cute! I'm happy they didn't cancel out the stamp, I've never seen it before. Thank you!!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!
Gobarb rated for MMPC - A Good Heart ATC on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Hi Debbie. I just love the ATC and package that you sent! I am sure that I will eventually be able to use it all. The kitten notecard is precious. By the way, your envelope is so cool! Thank you so much for everything!
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the swap! Thank your kind comments and the heart!
Poeprincess rated for Monochromatic Collaged PC on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: No problem w/damage, it came through just fine, bling totally intact. Love your collage—thanks so much!
Response: Thanks for letting me know! I'm glad you liked the card and thank you for the heart!
Arabella rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #8 on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: I love Patsy and Shirley! They arrived safely and together! Thank you so much for creating beautiful atcs! We need to be partners more often! Thank goodness for our crafty grandmas! Thank you for all the great extras,too - skulls!! And I love your envelope!!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked everything! Thank you for your sweet comments and the heart!!!
Sylvia4647 rated for VS - Vintage Lady w/ Wings ATC on May 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for treating me to such a special envelope of goodies! I can easily see that we like many of the same things. Lucky me! I look forward to meeting at the mailbox again.
Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the heart!!
lynellvanessa rated for Just Randomness on Mar 25, 2019
vanneparis rated for MMPC - Soul ATC on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Hi Debbi - I was so happy to see that you were my partner for the swap. It has been ages since we swapped. WOW, what a beautifully created Soul ATC. I love all the layers and techniques that you used; there is so much detail. I adore the decorated envelope, the wonderful extra ATC and all the really cool cards that you sent me. I can't wait to use them for something. I hope you had fun with the theme. Thank you for sending such a special swap. Take Care - Vanne
Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed the swap, Vanne! It's always fun to send to you! You take care as well!
Winegeek rated for MMPC - Buddha ATC on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: I absolutely love this ATC, your envelope is almost a piece of art work itself, and as far as my extras, I love them all. Especially all my Santa stamps. Thanks for a wonderful swap.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it all!Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful PC! It is going into my favorites! the reverse is just as beautiful as the front! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the heart!
quirky2sunshine rated for Cut+Paste PC with a Quote on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Where do I start... Very CREATIVE! I absolutely LOVED it. I don't usually get great stuff from people and that has put a bit of a damper on SWAT-BOT but yours was truly refreshing so I thank you greatly for that. Keep doing what your doing...Happy Swapping!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the postcard! Thanks for the kind comments and the heart!
MyRetroSoul rated for EASU: Altered Mona Lisa ATC on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: WHAT?!?! Ok, first, the ATC’s are wonderful, the envelope amazing! I love that you put her face as the balloons. Your creativity and the colors you used are so great. Second, these weird cards you sent me and the story behind them is so perfect. I’ve never been happier to recieve snail mail. Thank you a thousand times!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap! I could tell from your profile that you are just the right kind of person to share some of my weird cards with!
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Look it Has Wings! on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: The car did land savely. Thanks for that awesome flying car! Lovely background too.
urocyonfox rated for EASU: MEGA ATC SWAP - 20 Partners on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Sorry for the late response, I was trying to figure out which swap your card was for lol! I totally recommend putting on the back on on the card which swap an atc is for. That way goobs like me that join several assorted swaps have an easier time. Just a suggestion. Thank you for the atc and the cute note and wedding anniversary.
Comment: Wow! Very cool & I love your background! Do you do them with gelli?paint? Thanks so much! Happy Easter! 🐥
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and the lovely note. I love your wedding picture too. :-)
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart!
CurlyTea rated for PVT: Spring Into Spring ATCs on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for all the loveliness that you sent. The ATCs are amazing and I thought the envelope book is very clever and so much fun and then you spoiled me on top of all that. Seriously cool mail to receive. Thanks!
Response: I had so much fun putting that swap together! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the heart!
jannieb rated for EASU: MEGA ATC SWAP - 20 Partners on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for joining my swap & for the wonderful ATC & goodies. I enjoyed reading your inspiration for the card & seeing the picture of you walking down the aisle. It's always a pleasure swapping with you :)
Response: I enjoy swapping with you too! I'm glad you liked the ATC! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Love Love Love then card and envelope you made for me!!!! ....Wow 35 years!, Congratulation! that is amazing and wonderful. I hope you and your loving DH having more blessed years together ♥♥♥
Response: I'm glad you liked the swap! Thank you for the heart and the good wishes!

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Bhindblueeyes on Sep 24, 2020:

Thank you so so much for your index cards!!! They are phenomenal, and I know Leola will love them! The box is shaping up nicely, and your contribution is SO appreciated!!! Thank you!!!

Gobarb on Jul 22, 2020:

I just want to thank you again for the wonderful package that you sent to me! I love everything! 🤗

Poftoffel on Mar 23, 2019:

What an AWESOME atc!!! I love it!!! I put it on my desk ^___^ I loved the envelope and all the goodies too, real happy mail! And thank you for the compliments about my art, it means a lot to me :D Thank you so much for making my day! :D

CurlyTea on Oct 29, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

WestTexasPenny on Jul 4, 2018:

I was in Lubbock last weekend for a high school basketball tournament. Always enjoy my time in Lubbock. I live in Odessa. I participated in Swapbot years ago and look forward to getting back into swapping.

Hell0Z0mbie on Feb 9, 2018:

LOVE the octopus ATC! everything is so cute, thank you! It's weird, it arrived in a USPS "body bag" envelope saying it was damaged, but it didn't seem damaged. Love all of it, thank you.

stephiedee on Feb 9, 2018:

I'm so glad you liked the ATC and zine! I put that zine together in Google Docs (after a good bit of fidgeting with the images). I was a little surprised at how well it worked.

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