Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2018 11:18 pm


Date Joined: July 22, 2016
Last Online: December 17, 2018
Birthday: November 10, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a wife and homeschooling mother of three. 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.

I have read some of the best books lately. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright, A Horse Came Running by Meindert DeJong and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

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!

I’ve got some new music. The new Florence and the Machine and Neko Case are great! Love every song. Also loving the older Greta Van Fleet album and a new song by Cat Power.

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 Call the Midwife

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
  • 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
  • washi tape samples


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!


bigmamabird rated for MMA: Art Tag on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Loved it all-- tag, envelope, note and wrapper! Happy holidays to you and yours, keep warm!
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: Collab ArtBook, Part 1 on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Love your pages, Joy! I've said this so many times now, but I'm super excited to collect the pages and put this little artbook together. :D Glad you're joining in the fun! Onward to part 2.
sherylk3 rated for Coins from Cards Challenge INT on Nov 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely coins.
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: November Collage Kit on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cool b&w paper goodies, Joy! I'm going to have to save a couple of the images in my "happy things" gluebook (Dolly!) 😍 The yearbook page is awesome - there are some truly priceless faces in the bunch, lol.
Response: I’m glad I could send some things you enjoy! Hooray for Dolly!
Comment: Great scrappy papers, Joy! I dig all the details on both. Yay for creative mess-making! 😄
bbsporty rated for CUCrew: DIY Scrappy Collage Papers on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome scrappy paper! They will make great backgrounds!
CraftyElf rated for Coins from Cards Challenge INT on Nov 19, 2018
Comment: Neat coins... Thank you. 🤗 This challenge certainly makes you create differently.
graciepie49 rated for OMAE: See Thru (USA) on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Cool Postcard! Thanks :-) . . . . I like the hexagons of course. I'm jealous that you have a hexagon punch.
Response: You’re very welcome! And the only reason I have a hexagon punch is because of garage sales. They’re the best.
AZmom875 rated for Coins from Cards Challenge INT on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute coins. I will send you some more soon this week. Thanks for being in the swap
ktk8 rated for CC: Sender's Choice ATC #7 on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Love love love the ATC I think I recognize that "lady" from my childhood and my mamma's patterns...... yes thoughts do drift and fade.... more and more all the time. I hope by the end of the week to have cleaned off workspace and cleaned up gypsy wagon creative caravan..... working on that..... thanks for a great swap.... love the card too....
Response: You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you like it❤️
FiWebster rated for CC: September Sender's Choice PC on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Great postcard! Thanks!
marymary914 rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Love these! Thanks!!
gillman rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 30, 2018
Comment: Awesome coins!!! Love, love, love them!! Thank you!!
gillman rated for MMA: ATCs- Senders Choice on Sep 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you Joy! Love it! and love old yearbooks!
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Stamp Sheet on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: You have a fun collection of stamps! What shall I do with them..envelopes maybe or backgrounds...?
bigmamabird rated for MMA: Artist Trading Coins on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: I've been off swaps and the travelig ATCs for a while, but really miss my mail art... These coins are a fun new shape! Thanks for the lovely swap!
toni rated for CC: Sender's Choice ATC #6 on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: great atc!
mcall rated for Coins, things with wings USA on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: WOW! you are a pro Joy, love them so much, thanks
mahlermail rated for MMA: ATCs- Senders Choice on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much!
ttbishop rated for CUCrew: Paper Hunt PC on Sep 16, 2018
Comment: It's gorgeous. I love it! thanks!!

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CurlyTea on Nov 13, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:

Happy Halloween!

stephiedee on Oct 23, 2018:

◦•●◉✿ ᴛʜᴀɴᴋ ʏᴏᴜ ✿◉●•◦ for the surprise collage goodies! The Halloween napkins are really cool and I've already stamped on the circle labels, ha. Good luck organizing! Wouldn't a free assistant be rad? 😄

Heirloom on Aug 30, 2018:

If you have a fall birthday (Sept-Nov) and would welcome profile greetings from fellow UHM members on your special day, be sure to post your birth date (month & date only) in the UHM group forum!

CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

Angie on May 6, 2018:

Thank you for contributing to my pages! They look great!!!

jukejan on Mar 18, 2018:

Praying that ease and comfort will help your grandmother cross over. XXOO

jukejan on Mar 8, 2018:

That PC got there in 2 days! Waving..

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

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