Swap-bot Time: November 23, 2017 3:01 am


Date Joined: January 4, 2009
Last Online: November 21, 2017
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


RockyBeach rated for CC: Stripes postcard on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: Your card was a bright spot in a grey and rainy day! Thanks a lot for it. Great! So many different coloured stripes without looking like chaos.
georgiafae rated for CC: Moon postcard on Jul 23, 2017
Comment: Love this postcard-gorgeous teal back ground-great composition!
bjmonroe rated for CC: Fish postcard on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: I love your postcard. The colors are wonderful together. Thank you for making it for me.
wolfeagle rated for Mail Art PC/Girlfriends on Jul 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard.
vlhafer54 rated for IS: Envelope of Hearts INT on Jun 30, 2017
Comment: Oh wow! What a wonderful bunch of hearts you sent. I see a lot of inspiration there. Thank you and Happy 4th!
Response: I'm glad you like the hearts. I hope you have fun with them! Thank you for the heart!
mgallardo68 rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on Jun 7, 2017
Comment: I LOOOved your card, Beautiful details and colors!! What did you use to protect it? Great stuff. Thank you so much ♥♥♥
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It is sealed with a couple of coats of Liquitex High Gloss Varnish. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Debbi .... WOW!!! I love the mail art you created!! It looks like you put a rubber like coating on it! The colors are awesome! The bird sticker sheet is perfect.... I have been trying for years to get bluebirds to come to our yard and feeders, even buying mealworms especially for them. This year we have a pair that built a nest in our back yard!! I can get them to come to the feeder when I play a bluebird call from an app on my phone! Little things like that are what makes my world a happy place...😀Thanks for an awesome swap...many hearts to you...💙💚💛
Response: m so glad you liked the swap! The mail art was just sealed with matte Mod Podge.I love the finish it leaves. That is so cool about your bluebirds - maybe they'll have a family! And I love that they come to the app - that is happy! Thanks for the heart!
MissPaula rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful PC! I love your handmade stamp and all the collage elements. Very nicely done! ♥ = )
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
teresa110 rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 30, 2017
Comment: Love the pc thank you.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
GinaVisione rated for CC: 4 from 1 pc on May 30, 2017
Comment: Love the fun, multi-layered "public merrymaking" PC :D!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart!
Prismcat rated for EASU: Mixed Media ATC Swap on Mar 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks, I love this ATC with the texture and colors.
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the heart!
marymary914 rated for EASU: Mixed Media ATC Swap on Mar 8, 2017
Comment: This may be one of my all time fave ATCs! It's beautiful! Thanks for the extra cards too!!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the sweet comments and the heart!
hollycm6 rated for SOS Journal: 2017 IS OUR YEAR !!! on Jan 14, 2017
Comment: You are so crazy creative and talented! What a beautiful book, full of promise, promises, hope, and happy. And anguish that we cause ourselves! I love it. We have so many reasons and so much opportunity. !!!!!!
Response: Thank you, Holly! Yes. Yes!
Gwillisinc rated for EASU: Snowman ATC Swap on Dec 1, 2016
Comment: Debi, these are beautiful! thank you so much You put alot of work into them! You may want to tape the envelope edges. 2 1/2 sides were open
Response: Good to know. Thanks! And I'm glad you liked the ATCs! Thank you for the heart!
jannieb rated for EASU: "ART" ATC Swap on Nov 16, 2016
Comment: The ATC's you made are amazing & I am so lucky to get both of them. You are a great artist! Thank you for Grayson's surprise as well. He's in bed at the moment so he'll have to open it up in the morning, but I know he will love whatever you sent him. Thanks for joining my swap & again, for the awesome ATC's,
Response: Thank you so much for the nice comments and the heart. I'm glad you liked the ATCs! Thank you also for hosting this swap!
hollycm6 rated for Mission:Possible! on Aug 31, 2016
Comment: Well, we did it.... Why can't we make these every-day-decisions?????
hollycm6 rated for No Walk of Shame for US! on Aug 10, 2016
Comment: You did it!!!! On time, too, which I know was hard there at the end and took a decided effort. Or... An effort of decision. I'm proud of you. Now... To add step two..,
Response: Thanks, Holly, for the encouragement and the heart!
Comment: Lovely, thank you.
Comment: Thank you so much for the resend. It was very nice of you. The atc is absolutely gorgeous! I love it thank you for all the extras your so sweet. 😍
Response: I'm very glad that this one got to you and glad that you liked it as well! Thank you for the heart!
sherba31 rated for MMPC - Collage ATC w/ a Bird on Jul 16, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much Debbi for your gorgeous work and fun extras! I love the heat embossed border especially. I've been meaning to do that but it's so HOT here already. =)
Response: I'm happy that you liked your swap! Thank for the kind comments and the heart!

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CurlyTea on Oct 27, 2017:

bjmonroe on Nov 22, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 27, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

stephiedee on May 17, 2016:

Hi Debbi! Thank you so much for the generous envelope of ATCs and goodies for the MMH tag. Lucky me for being in the right place at the right time. :) I love both ATCs and the extra goodies are great - the stamps are all new to me.

Candyn29 on Oct 29, 2014:


hollycm6 on Oct 27, 2014:

Happy Jilly Birthday!!

scrappermama on Oct 20, 2014:

Thank you SO much for the extra HC, October tag! She'll fit in perfect with my collection! Have a beautiful fall & happy halloween!

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