Swap-bot Time: June 27, 2017 5:04 am


Date Joined: July 22, 2016
Last Online: June 26, 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!


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!
marymary914 rated for EASU: Mixed media Flowers ATC on Jun 17, 2017
Comment: Awesome ATC! Thanks so much!
Comment: Adorable envie!! Thanks for the goodies as well! Love the gray washi!! Happy swapping!! 💗
Response: Glad you liked it!
annielou rated for VS: Altered Puzzle Piece on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: This is beautiful! It may be your first but it's outstanding!!! Thank you so much for this amazing work of art
Response: You are so welcome! I'm really happy that you like it!!! Thank you for the kind compliment and rating.
Comment: great red tapes,the flowers are awesome, all are new for me except one, thanks!!
Response: You're welcome! Glad you like them. The flowers are always my favorites.
GinaVisione rated for MA: Sender's Choice June 2017 on Jun 10, 2017
Comment: Great job on the security envelope doodling postcard! Great idea, I might need to try it myself. Thank you :-)
Response: You're welcome! So glad you like it! 😁
tcornell rated for JUNKIES: Sassy Saying on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: Joy, I am soooo sorry for the late rating, somehow this envelope was tucked in amongst some others and I hadn't opened it. I love the card you made! Thank you!
Response: That's okay! I was JUST starting to think about messaging to ask if you got it. Thanks for the great rating!
redyellownow rated for WOW: Blind Washi Swap on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: Yes, lovely and color coordinated, for sure. That blue grid washi is giant! I've never seen one that wide :-) Thanks! The one that looks like blue/green fireworks is a new favorite - do you know where it came from?
Response: I'm glad you like them! The blue/green one I bought on eBay. I have no idea what brand it is anymore. Sorry!
wittmert rated for WOW: Blind Washi Swap on Jun 8, 2017
Comment: LOVE the blues, especially the really wide one!
Response: I'm glad you like them!
Comment: Such yummy tapes!!
ninarae4381 rated for WOW: Washi Washi! on Jun 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice washi samples!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: love the variety. thanks
Response: You're welcome!
WendyTVee rated for EASU: Zetti Style ATC Swap on Jun 6, 2017
Comment: Sorry for the late rating but I actually love love loved your Zetti atc. I actually hung it on my art desk it's so creative and fun. Thank you again for sending it to me
Response: Whew! I'm so glad it got to you! I was worried I'd have to make another one. That was out of my comfort zone! Lol! You are very welcome and I'm pleased that you like it!
orneryswife rated for ►Snail Mail Supplies◄ on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: What a great selection of goodies! Thanks!! 😀😘
Response: You're welcome! 😊
Artfreak16 rated for WOW: Washi Washi! on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the washi tape samples!

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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:


bbsporty on Apr 2, 2017:

Thank you so much for the mpu MMH ATC! Mushrooms are one of my favorite subjects! Also where did you find the mushroom washi? I've been looking everywhere for it!

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