Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2017 9:34 am


Date Joined: July 22, 2016
Last Online: August 19, 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: beautiful card and washi samples ty ty ty xx
Response: I'm glad you liked my swap! Thanks for the great rating!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty washi samples. :) And I LOVED the card you used! Thank you :)
Response: You're welcome!
ArtyBeth3 rated for WOW: Washi Ideas and a Craft on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pretty washi card, nice letter, tapes, and how can I forget the nicely decorated envelope as well?! :) A lovely mail day it was!
ArtyBeth3 rated for UHM: Washi Ideas and Craft on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful tapes, of which they are all new to me. The coloring one is neat. I like your chicken (rooster ?) washi tag and especially your letter. You sound like me in that I totally hear you about washi tapes and pretty papers! It's hard not to always want more & more & more, and like you, just looking at them makes me smile. Thank for making my day! :)
Response: You are very welcome! I'm so glad you liked my swap(s). Thanks again for letting me send in just one envelope!
heatherknits rated for Lost in Space ATC on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Yes I love to knit. I have the same username on Ravelry if you want to come find me! Great card, I like your take on the theme. And, I hadn't seen the Venus stamp before!
Response: I found you on Ravelry. Nice projects! I'm glad you liked my ATC. Thanks for the great rating!
DaisyNY rated for FCMA: Postcard with map paper on Aug 14, 2017
Comment: Nice evocative card (but the circles somehow don't go). Is the picture of someone you know or random?
Response: Thanks for the nice rating! The picture was random. I have a big book of photos from old vanity fair magazines and that was one of them.
AnitaHames rated for RSC - Loving the color Pink! on Aug 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card! I like the tag in the pocket. At my school this year, we're trying to be more supportive among the staff, so I think I'll give this card to one of the staff members to brighten their day!
Response: I'm so glad you like the card and can use it!
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC-Aug on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Love the Valentine's Day PC from Sioux CITY IN 1948! Wonderful :D Thank you!
Response: Ha! I'm glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun making it. You're very welcome!
USAFwife rated for WOW: The Most washi! on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much. I loved the way you kept them flat, too. Wonderful idea! :) The wide, black and white butterflies are really pretty. :)
Response: You're welcome! I love those really wide tapes.
BeverlyGray rated for Stamped Images ~ Birds ~ USA on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Love the Tim Holtz birds. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
gillman rated for MMA Cleanup Cards June on Jul 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Joy!!!! I LOVE the cards! :)
penelopesamuel rated for MMA Cleanup Cards June on Jul 6, 2017
Comment: Love the cleanup cards you sent! They're wonderful :) I especially love the swan <3 I totally agree with your statement about how these cards stretch you creatively. It's pretty amazing how a bunch of random scraps can turn into something so beautiful! Happy Swapping :)
Response: I am so glad you like them!!! Thanks for the great rating and sweet message! Have a wonderful summer!
Artstamper rated for VC: Mixed Media Collage ATC on Jul 3, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the very pretty Atc.
sassafrass rated for VTH: ATC with a Party Hat on Jun 27, 2017
Comment: From the beautifully decorated and lettered envelope, to the amazing ATC, this was such a delight to receive. I appreciate all the extra little bits too! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the heart!
smmarrty rated for JUNKIES: Sender's Choice ATC on Jun 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC! Happy summer and swapping!
Response: You're welcome!
bjmonroe rated for Summertime MailArt on Jun 21, 2017
Comment: I love the postcard, thank you. It's been raining here too. For weeks!
Response: You're welcome! We got a couple good sunny days in now. It makes me happy!
Ajijic rated for IS: Stamped Images~USA~Birds on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thanks, Joy. Love your stamps. Thanks for joining my swap.
Response: You are welcome! I am happy that you like the ones I sent!
Rimbar rated for Let's make us some envies ~ USA on Jun 18, 2017
Comment: Ty for all the nicely made envies. Happy swapping.
Response: You're welcome!
user2148 rated for VC - Stamped Images - USA on Jun 17, 2017
Comment: I've got to tell you how much I love your handwriting- and the brush lettering on the envelope is something I wish I could do! Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for the great images - they are all wonderful! I can't wait to find places to use them! I would not have minded at all if you had mailed both swaps together 😁 - I'm happy you got me twice! I hope I get to reciprocate soon!! Happy swapping!! ❤️❤️
Response: Wow! Thank you for all the compliments! And you are most welcome!

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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 (:

CurlyTea on May 17, 2017:

bbsporty on Apr 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the mpu: randomail! I was smiling from ear to ear after I opened up my package from you. My husband couldn't figure out why some mushroom tape would make me so happy! LOL!

pkpeace on Apr 11, 2017:


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