Swap-bot Time: September 25, 2023 5:44 am


Date Joined: January 4, 2009
Last Online: September 17, 2023
Birthday: October 27
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Debbi - Jillybird just popped into my head one morning, and I liked it. I am 60 years old. I live in West Texas.

MY FAMILY I've been married for 38 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, wonderful sons-in-law, six absolutely adorable and extremely smart grandsons and a beautiful, granddaughter. I have a very old stinky dachshund that gets on my last nerve pretty much every single day, but I would be heartbroken if anything bad ever happened to him.

HOW I PAY FOR ART SUPPLIES I am a retired teacher. After 36 years of working in elementary and middle schools, I finally decided it was enough. It was a hard decision, but I'm glad I did it!!! I do however, still work as a reading and writing interventionist 3 days a week. It's the perfect schedule!. I really enjoy the laughter and creativity of the kids in my classes and am fortunate in that it makes me happy to go to work. (And it makes me even happier on the days I get to stay home and play at my art desk!)

I 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 washi scrap covered newspaper that I use to clean my brushes and stencils on - it always turns out to be 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. I am intrigued by the beauty of rusted scraps of metal that can be found on streets and in fields. I'm afraid I will injure myself by running into a moving vehicle while scanning a parking lot for perfectly flattened and rusted bottle caps because I just know I'm going to make something amazing out of them. Some day.

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 although I am by no means a master of anything. I love oil pastels, acrylics, Stabilo woodies, glitter and anything else sparkly, embossing powder, rubber stamps, stencils, vintage ephemera, junk mail ephemera, washi tape and packing tape transfers. I have a really hard time putting any kind of paper in the trash. I also enjoy making mosaic stepping stones and what I call "yard balls" out of styrofoam spheres and stained glass. I love searching for magazine photos and just the right snippets of words for my glue books. I mostly participate in ATC, handmade postcard, and journal 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 treating myself to 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. Some day.

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

  • bright, sparkly colors

  • swirly patterns and abstract splashes of color

  • images from all religions, especially saints and buddhas

  • winged hearts, moons with faces, whimsical birds, butterflies, vintage dancing ladies, stars, unalomes, water lilies and lotuses

  • 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, random text


  • mean people

  • strong perfume


Comment: Hi Debbi! Oh my gosh, you really outdid yourself with this swap and I love the flip book soo much (heart)! What a fun creation to open...I had so much fun going through all the wonderful goodies! :-) Thank you so much for spoiling me with the adorable flip book and all the extra goodies...you are the sweetest and I hope you have a wonderful holiday! xo!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap! Happy holidays to you!
Magenta3 rated for CPG-Napkin swap-US on Aug 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful and generous swap. Indeed it made me smile. Wonderful envelope! Was the base a napkin?
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap - thanks for the heart! (The envelope was just a regular envelope that I painted and then added the napkin to.)
tigermousecat rated for HMPC: Bird love - February on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Love what you did with this card! One favour though, I do a lot of swaps, and it would be appreciated if you could mark which swap the card if for. I had another swap off-site with a similar theme. Thanks again!
Response: I thought I had put it down the center of the back of the card. I usually do, but I am so sorry if I forgot. I am very glad to know it made it to you! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Beautiful ATC! Thanks!!!
wombatlady rated for HMPC: Bird love - January on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous postcard! Thank you so much.
Response: I am so glad you like it! Thank you for the heart!
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.

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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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