Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2017 11:34 pm


Date Joined: July 22, 2016
Last Online: October 21, 2017
Birthday: November 10, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a wife and homeschooling mother of three with a part time job at a scrapbooking/stamp store that I love. I spend a lot of my time at home with my kids or participating in all of the activities that come with having homeschooled children. When I can, I squeeze in time for reading and crafting/creating. I love art and while I don't consider myself an artist, I love trying my hand at painting and drawing. When I get outside I like to bike (bicycle) and I've discovered I love camping.

Favorite Books

I love reading all kinds of books. My house is basically a library. My husband jokes that we are going to have to learn how to make my bookshelves a structural part of our house if I buy any more of them. I'm currently in a classics book club and I'm really enjoying it. The only genre I do not really enjoy is romance, but if it is recommended, I'm willing to try just about anything. I do believe my favorite author of all time is Neil Gaiman. I also have recently started to enjoy reading some of my kids' books too. I find juvenile fiction delightful. Favorite books of all time would be Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (most things by Neil, really) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, A Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain just to name a very few.

My current list of favorites include, Pavillion of Women by Pearl Buck, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Robe by Lloyd Douglas, A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Oh so good!

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music with the exception of post-1980s country. I am always obsessed with finding the next great song that makes me want to listen to it over and over again. Old favorites are The Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, Pearl Jam, The Cure, BT, Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Chevelle, Fiona Apple and Beck. These people made me want to be rock stars. Some favorite bands/singers that I'm listening to right now are Regina Spektor, Pete Yorn, School of Seven Bells, The Joy Formiddable, Wolf Alice, Silversun Pickups, Meg Meyers, Grimes, The Kills, K. Flay, GEMS, Ryan Adams, The Replacements, Alt-J, Doomtree and Dessa. I could literally go on and on. There is so much good music out there!

Favorite Crafts

I love crafting in most of its forms. I love to scrapbook, art journal, make cards, paint, draw, knit, crochet and spin yarn. I HATE sewing. I used to think I'd like it, but every time I try it, I end up hating the process and the finished product. So I've given up on that one. I go through phases with all my preferred crafts. Right now, I'm trying to learn to knit brioche and finding it very challenging. Working in a store that sells art supplies and scrapbooking paper has helped me amass quite a stash of crafty things to work on. ATCs have become my preferred art form for the time being and I can't get enough of them!

Favorite Television

I don't watch a whole lot of television lately. Shows I have really enjoyed in the past are The Office, Arrested Development, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seinfeld, Parks and Recreation, Firefly, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica and Gilmore Girls. I haven't had actual network tv or cable or anything in my house in almost 14 years. Everything we watch in my house is on DVD.

Recently watched and loved The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Once Upon a Time.

Favorite Movies

My favorite movies are pretty much all older ones. The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars episodes 4-6, Empire Records, Pillow Talk, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Braveheart, Roman Holiday, Amelie, Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I do like the new Star Trek movies just to name a few.


  • anything handmade
  • vintage
  • ephemera
  • die cuts
  • coffee
  • colors (I love them all, except for things that are predominantly orange. Aqua, turquoise and red are favorites)
  • vintage Pyrex
  • tea (all kinds)
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • geek
  • natural fiber yarn
  • tattoos (I have none, but love them anyway)
  • stamps (rubber, acrylic and postage)
  • Chapstick
  • pop art
  • graffiti
  • geometric patterns
  • markers
  • watercolor
  • Tim holtz products
  • ATCs
  • art made by you
  • fairy tale characters
  • Alice in wonderland (not Disney version)
  • mermaids
  • children's book illustrations
  • books
  • socks

I promise, if I receive something handmade and it is obvious you put effort into the item, I will love it! I am a huge proponent of handmade crafts.

I also promise that I will rate you the day I get your swap or shortly thereafter and I ask the same of anyone who receives swaps from me.

I pledge to rate

Private swaps

I am ALWAYS looking for someone to swap privately with me. If you are interested, please send me a message. I am more than willing to set it up. I am interested in swapping:

  • music playlists/recommendations
  • book recommendations
  • postcards homemade and store bought
  • ATCs
  • yarn
  • knitted items
  • stamped images
  • vintage ephemera
  • die cuts
  • pocket letters
  • washi tape samples

I am looking for a pen pal. I'm not really interested in letter writing swaps as you aren't getting to know the person who's getting to know you through your letters and there's very few people who actually write back. I know it's not usually required. I would like to do some one on one letter writing and get a true pen pal or two. If you read my profile and think we might get along and you would like to communicate in that way with me, please contact me privately. I would be delighted.


I have just started trading postcards and thought I'd list my preferences here.

Themes I Like

  • black and white
  • mailboxes
  • works of art
  • handmade
  • buildings
  • vintage
  • sci-fi
  • books/authors/book quotes
  • superheroes/comics
  • manga
  • weird or bizarre
  • maps
  • touristy
  • botanical

Themes I Dislike

  • cartoons
  • ad/free cards
  • anything that is inappropriate for children to see (my kids get the mail for me every day)

The dislikes are null, of course, if the swap calls for that type of card.

I prefer my cards naked with a bit about you written on them. I like learning about the people I'm swapping with. Give me a book recommendation, tell me what you've been listening to lately, tell me about how you spend your time or about something you wish for. Something besides, "here's your PC".


Please don't send:

  • foam stickers/shapes
  • anything scented
  • Christmas themed items-I'm just not into Christmas crafting. I've tried, but it just doesn't excite me.
  • Disney stuff

I'm pretty easy to please!


Comment: Joy, I love this ATC! So cool! And the colors are right up my alley. Thanks for a great swap! :)
Response: I am SO glad that you like it! You’re very welcome!
kathiann rated for WOW: Washi Scavenger Hunt #2 on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Love the washi you picked out to match my word! I think the animals are my favorite. Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m glad you like the animals ;)
Comment: Thank you, Joy!! I love all the prints-I may use them as stationary, they are lovely! :)
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you like them! You are the monoprint queen after all! Lol!
Comment: Great tag, beautiful color! Distress inks are my go to inks too. Thank you so much, this will be a good addition to my tag journal
Response: You're so very welcome!
pkpeace rated for Build a Mixed Media Tag Journal #6 on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Your tags are always a pleasure to receive, Joy! Thank you. I love my journal and will always cherish it! Hugs, Patty xo
Response: You're welcome! And thank you for the wonderful compliment! ❤️
Comment: Love seeing all your washi! Thank you for sharing your washi story :)
Response: You're very welcome!
kathiann rated for WOW: Send your Favorites on Oct 9, 2017
Comment: I love the cameras and the books. They are fantastic! Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you found some to love!
Comment: Thank you, I love the paintings on your wall.
Cgscdy rated for WOW: Washi Samples (A Baker's Dozen) on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: Tysm for all the cute washi.
orneryswife rated for WOW: Send your Favorites on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: I've never seen some of those! Thank you! 😘
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: I love the skeleton! And it's sparkly too! Awesome tag :)
Response: Thanks!
Comment: I like this tag a lot! I admit I love sparkle so it is perfect. Thank you so much. I am also enjoying these tag swaps.
Response: I'm glad you like it. I don't normally do Halloween, but the tag thing is addicting.
Comment: Thank you for your e-mails, Joy! I actually got all three of them. ;-) I love that picture of your Josephus! And those paintings! Beautiful! :-) Thank you so much for sharing!
Response: You're welcome! Sorry it came in three. I kept getting error messages saying it didn't send. I wanted to be sure it got to people on time. I'm glad you liked it.
Comment: I love the washi You picked for the swap! Thank you so much for the extra as well.
Response: I'm so glad you received it and like it too! You're welcome!
Comment: I really like the butterfly tag, thanks so much.
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: I love this tag! The die cut background is so cute. Yes, I go by my full name because my mom and grandma were both Elizabeth and went by shortened versions so I chose to keep the full name :)
Response: Thanks! I am so glad you like it! How cool that you are a "jr". You don't see that too often in women.
rarjones rated for RSC - Something New on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: such a cute stamp and I love how you used it and popped it up! Thank you for sharing it with me.
Response: You're very welcome!
Comment: thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
Jjean rated for ATBR: Favourite books (Pinterest) #3 on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Ty for the lovely washi however swap was missing the explaination of why you chose each washi for what.Nevertheless great choices.
Response: I am so sorry! I am so sure I had explained which of your wishes I was including. I can't believe I didn't! Thanks for having the grace to rate me well anyway. ❤️

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orneryswife on Sep 22, 2017:

Thank you for the fantastic washi envies for the Sept WTA in the Wow group. I love them both! 😘

Mugsie on Sep 3, 2017:

dawnielynn on Aug 31, 2017:

Received your letter! Will reply soon :)

CurlyTea on Aug 3, 2017:

dawnielynn on Jun 6, 2017:

Received your letter! Thanks for new washi :) I'll write back soon.

stephiedee on Jun 2, 2017:

Thanks for collabing on ATCs with me, Joy. The mandala you added was the perfect finish. Thanks for the congrats for my grad - my daughter (I don't have a son). :)

JeanetteC on May 27, 2017:

You have such beautiful writing! Thank you for the beautiful springy randommail. I love the colors =o)

bigmamabird on May 22, 2017:

Thanks for the wonderfully colorful mermaid postcard Joy! Yes, I am so happy with spring, we just had the best weekend ever! A garden party and warm sunshine, campfire conversations and good food... Mmm mmm!!

oblivionspin on May 20, 2017:

I really really really love the quote you sent me, it went right up above my desk! Your lettering is getting really really good, it's been incredible watching your progress through your instagram posts. Thanks for thinking of me (:

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