Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2018 9:29 am


Date Joined: February 23, 2008
Last Online: April 19, 2018
Birthday: May 8
Country: United States

General Stuff

I am Joyce in Texas. Here is a rambling list of things about me. I hope it helps.

How to guarantee you get a heart from me:

Here's a new item that I'd love to get - the free postcards that LaQuinta gives out. They are usually sitting on the check-in counter. If you have access to one or more and would like to do a private swap, just let me know.

A single playing card or am empty gift card with a dragon, elephant, deer, caribou, owl, moose, or bats on it will guarantee a heart! Actually any item with those themes will get you a heart! I would really love a single card or deck of cards for the game Authors and single Old Maid cards. Also, I'd love to receive single dominoes, especially doubles.

Another thing I would love to receive is any GEICO gecko junk mail. I save all envelopes with the gecko on them (please open the envelopes carefully so that they are in good shape) and mailers with his picture. Here's a way that junk mail can get you a heart!

I love to find the stickers/pens/bookmarks/dream catchers/other stuff that charities send with "free" address labels when they want you to donate. If you have any of these or some arrive in the mail, don't throw them away. Send them to me and get a heart! I'd also enjoy receiving the notepads that St. Jude's Hospital sends. Any theme is acceptable.

I'd love to receive church bulletins/programs, especially if they have interesting graphics/photos/pictures on the front. This is another automatic heart item.

Send me any of the small Christmas cards (singles - 3 1/2" X 5"-ish; just the front is fine, even) from companies like Peter Pauper Press. The more glitter and shine, the better! You'll get a heart for this, too!

I really prefer not to get anything Kawaii-themed, except for the Jetoy cat postcards. One of those would also earn a heart!

I always send out my swaps, usually right after the partners are assigned. If you don't get one from me, it's lost in the mail. Please let me know so that I can resend.

Here are some fun, odd, etc. facts about me:


  • Travel - we have a travel trailer. The mountains, especially Colorado, are my favorite place. I was born in Colorado, so I love the chance to visit "home" again.

  • Reading - anything but bloody stories. Especially books on women in the Old West.

  • My husband and I enjoy geocaching (geocaching.com).

  • Quilting & crocheting - Hand quilting is my favorite part. I'd rather thread crochet than use yarn.

  • Paper crafts - I love working with paper. My favorite paper activity is making and filling junk journals. I also do journal pages and whatever other paper crafts grab my interest.

  • Junk Journals and Smash Books - I'm loving making and filling these!!! I can finally use all of that stuff I've been hanging on to for years - LOL! I really love using "found" and repurposed papers. I try to use stuff from the mail rather than throw it away.

  • Altered Books - I'm hooked!!.


  • Popcorn - the perfect food!

  • Bats - I'm a cave fanatic (over 60 caves so far). I collect anything to do with bats.

  • Moose - I love these guys. I have lots of moose items, as well.

  • Reindeer / Caribou - see moose

  • Armadillos - living in Texas, I've come to really like armadillos - postcards, stuffed, etc.

  • Owls - owls are a new favorite of mine, especially postcards and pins/pendants.

  • Mountains - especially in Colorado. This is my favorite place to be.

  • Altered books. Since I enjoy doing these, I'm always looking for goodies to use in them.

  • Purple - my favorite color. I also like peach and teal. Really I like almost every shade of purple (lavenders, lilacs, etc., too) and almost every green. Any of these colors combined with black is great, too.

  • Tea - I'm a devoted tea drinker. My preference is for black teas, but I do drink green and white teas, especially fruit and minty ones. I don't like coffee flavor in anything. If you have a good licorice tea to share, I'd love to try it!

  • Postage Stamps - I would call myself a casual collector. I love postage stamps and keep my favorites. The rest I trade with others. Some of my favorite themes are bats, moose, woodland and mountain animals, teapots, Chinese (Lunar) New Year, Christmas, Colorado, rocks and minerals, and the British Machin series.

  • My favorite Christmas themes are reindeer (not big on Santa, though), Christmas trees, and churches.

Random Thoughts

  • I'm a collector at heart. My family says that I have collections of collections. Some of my collections are listed below.

  • Yellow is my least favorite color. I'm blond (or I was - now it's blond and gray) and fair-skinned, so I can't wear it either. My face just disappears.

  • I love junk journals, including making the journal itself. It's a fun challenge to see what I can turn into a blank book to junk in.

  • I really like flowers. My favorites are: iris, moss rose, carnations, morning glory, lupine (especially Texas bluebonnets), Indian paintbrush, and columbine (especially blue columbines).

  • Forests are a favorite place (especially in the mountains). I love aspen trees!!! Blue spruce is another favorite tree!

  • Unfortunately, I'm sensitive to most scents. They give me headaches. I can't do scented candles, bath products or even perfumes. I've only found one perfume in my whole life that I could wear.


Here is a list of the postcard themes that I really like:

  • free postcards from LaQuinta Inns and Suites
  • all black "by night" cards
  • bats (the flying mammal)
  • caribou & reindeer
  • aspen trees
  • caves
  • cows
  • gems and jewels
  • Jetoy cats
  • lava
  • map cards
  • moose
  • mountains
  • owls
  • rocks and stones
  • rubber ducks
  • teapots
  • volcano (active)
  • wild cats
  • wildflowers, especially columbines


Here are some of the things I collect: (** - my favorite collections)

  • Starbucks ephemera, planners, sleeves,etc.
  • cardboard/paper coffee cuffs/sleeves*****
  • coffee club cards (business card size; buy 10, get one free, etc. Also called "loyalty cards")*****
  • bats - anything with bats (the flying mammal). I LOVE bats.*******
  • offering/tithe envelopes from churches (vintage or new)******
  • gift cards (with no money on them) that picture bats, deer, moose, Christmas trees, teapots, Year of the ***, elephants, odd shapes (not rectangular)*****
  • single playing cards with a fun/different back. It's extra wonderful if it has bats, owls, moose, reindeer/caribou, elk or dragons on it.****
  • single Rook cards, especially the 20 point card.***
  • ace of spades and jokers from decks of cards****.
  • Scratch-off lottery tickets with bats, dragons, moose or any of the things I've mentioned that I like on them (already scratched off)****
  • images on paper of the Gieco gecko (like the ones that are on the envelopes they send when trying to get you to buy their products).
  • Smokey Bear -- I love all things Smokey!*****
  • vintage handkerchiefs with purple flowers on them
  • airmail labels****
  • miniature perfume bottles (ones specific to a scent)
  • moose - small items with moose (stickers, pins, etc.)**
  • owls - pins, pendants and on paper****
  • teapots by Hall China Company***
  • needle threaders
  • Christmas tree pins with rhinestones**
  • rubber ducks*
  • spark plug gappers
  • teapot pins
  • troll dolls (original, not the new ones)
  • postcards (see list above)**

Thrift Store Wishlist

Here are some of the things I love to find in thrift stores:

  • decks of playing cards, except for plain decks like Bicycle
  • Mahjongg tiles or game sets
  • ex-library books that still have the pockets and cards (one from each library)
  • baker's twine
  • old ledgers (used or unused)
  • ledger paper
  • old, interesting postal ephemera
  • Old Maid card decks, standard size (2 1/2" x 3 1/2" ish)
  • old metal recipe card boxes
  • solid or patterned men's ties with purple (the more purple, the better)
  • necklaces with small, plastic leaves
  • blingy jewelry, especially purple (I want to make a framed jewelry tree)
  • dice, any but standard white with black dots
  • watches (they don't have to be working and the bands can be broken), especially Mickey Mouse ( but not Minnie Mouse) and Christmas trees.


MissBrenda rated for Granny Squares a month - April on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: very nice squares! thank you... happy swapping...
Response: Thanks for the heart!
cllfdl rated for Granny Squares a month - April on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: thank you!!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
pattiairel rated for WIYM March stocking stuffer USA on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: thanks for the nice swap...I opened it!! Love it!!♥♥♥
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Cleo101 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 11 on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the tea! :)
Response: Thanks for the heart!
BasketWorks15 rated for Fill My Stocking - March on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the washi tape! Three rolls—woo hoo!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
newrule rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 10 on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks! Ready for next round. Thanks for the extras!!!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: very nice squares. Thank you! Love them all!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful squares.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much!! The earrings are beautiful & I'm looking forward to the stuffer in December!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart1
skier11 rated for STATES: Colorado PC on Feb 21, 2018
Comment: Beautiful card! Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
m3i5 rated for Granny Square A Month Swap 1 on Feb 17, 2018
Comment: Hi Joyce, Thank you for the 2 granny squares. Little bit dissapointed that you used a not clean pre-used ziplock bag to put the grannies in...
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the package and the ephemera. I might have to open the present this month since its heart month!.....I am still enjoying all the little Christmas gifts you sent for December.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the stocking stuffer. I am waiting until December to open!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the extra. They are so very cute!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Shellybelle rated for Stuff an Envelope #3 on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Received your swap today 😊 Thankyou, look forward to trying the recipe.
Response: Thanks for letting me know you received it.
Tjace007 rated for WIYM Stocking stuffer January on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you Joyce. There is a pleasant smell coming from the package. It smells so good.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful squares! The extra one was a nice surprise.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love the colors! thank you for joining my swap!
Response: Thanks for the heart!

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Margothecat on Dec 28, 2017:

Thank you so much for the stocking stuffer gift of eos lip balm! I love it :)

anrtist on Aug 1, 2017:

HAPPY National Girlfiends Day! Aug 1st!!!

Enjoy your month & Blessings, cc

anrtist on Dec 22, 2016:


Christmas Blessings! cc

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ladydy5 on Nov 16, 2016:

Wow!you will be easy to please! Thriftstore Find swapper

anrtist on Nov 8, 2016:

There are so many negative things on TV & everywhere you turn,.. esp on this election day!
I want to share this with you lovely ladies today!!!

Blessings, cc

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