Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2018 5:59 am


Date Joined: February 17, 2008
Last Online: January 19, 2018
Birthday: November 9
Country: United States
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About Me


Welcome, come on in and sit down....I invite you to see what makes me tick creatively and things that make me happy! My motto for now, Turtle Power-go slow, look around, peace.

Edited and updated December 22, 2017


About me in the visual sense.... I love anything vintage, the older the better for me, but all looks from the 1800's to the 1970's..

Nature is really my passion. I really adore the following items, botanicals of all types, birds, stamps, dragonflies, bees, butterflies, nests, eggs, mushrooms, any nature themes!

"Campy" images like 50's, 40's, 30's humor, sexual content does not offend me. Betty Page, etc. Colors of the world!! I gravitate alot to green & aqua when I create, but I really like ALL COLORS. I like to combine colors and right now I am fond of aqua & red combo. Oh, and love metallic finishes, too!

i have started on a new journey of story writing. I find it be a wonderful creative outlet and I have always loved words.

Favorite Music

I sing the blues. My band is presently on hiatus. We have no guitarist and since we are just jamming in the cellar that is ok for now.

KoKo Taylor, Shemekia Copeland link, Susan Tedeschi, Debbie Davies link, Janis Joplin, Clapton, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stones, Doors, folk, Scottish, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ray Charles.... Muddy Waters, BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Aretha, and not the least of smooth style kd lang. Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, Jimmy Buffett,all beachy music, reggae, oldies do-wop, Beatles We have a vinyl record collection of over two hundred albums in our "Pub in the cellar". Like most music excluding headbanger & opera.


Favorite Crafts

Paper, ephemera, used postage stamps, altered anything, love to glue things on things!! As my adult niece says to me, "Go glue somethin' will ya!"

I really like doing collage the best. When I use various cut outs from magazines and make ridiculous new images from them, I am content!

Watercolor and acrylic painting, watercolor pencils too.

Sign making with flat driftwood from old boats, driftwood bits, lobster pots, shells, beach debris... anything that catches my fancy. Of course beach glass, too. I like to make magic wands with driftwood.

Postcards, matchboxes, shrines, assemblage, altered envies are all things I love to create.

I love to write letters and get written notes on PCs. I would welcome any letter writers out there. Starting to make my own jewelry. I am very slow at it, but keep plugging away.

The following badges are compliments of Raven.



Photography - I like nature shots more that people shots. I also love to take pictures of doors. Doors are the portals of our lives, in and out we go in life and death.

Home Base

Married, no kids by choice. Loving the DH 34yrs plus. He's amazing and I am blessed to have a wonderful man...Being a New Englander beach babe, I love to dance on the beach and proclaim it to be a beach party. (shades of Annette Funichello).

** I am not particularly sports minded excluding hydroplane racing since my nephew Captains the US-A TEAM.**.

Love thrillers (not horror) in the movies and books. Totally hooked on the Outlander books and tv show. I am now destashing many books that are just collecting dust. Indie movies are also a fav. I like movies that have intense emotions and often show the moral compass side of life.

House of Cards,Top Chef, Outlander, Power, Sugar Queen, Nat Geo, home improvement type shows are mostly what I watch. Oh yeah, Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes are great, too.

I have a great appreciation for meeting so many wonderful people here.We have such a varied community and I have come to appreciate that the longer I am here.

I get irritated with people who aren't patient with others on swapbot for all kinds of reasons, but I stay out of the fray because I am here to make friends, make crafts, get ideas and swap stuff.

This is not a snarky place, so go snark somewhere else is my motto.

Church of the big blue sky type of spirituality for me. Prayer works in miraculous ways. Serenity is the goal, baby! My totems are the crow and the turtle. Open minded, but please don't try to convert me. I'm happy that you are happy.

Goddesses that are important to me are: Kuan Yin, Diana, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sarasvati, & Isis.

My mom was my craft mentor, clever Lil!

We camp on the beach in the spring, summer, & fall. We are fortunate to travel whenever we can. Mexico is magical. Punta Cana DR beach is my fav with those palms that go to the water... Costa Rica another visit??? I speak enough Spanish to get by and make an ass out of myself. Go to NC on a regular basis. Got to go on a bucket list trip to Scotland. WOW! I can't wait to go back! Loved the castles and the scenery.

I had the world's most affectionate cat, Smokey Boo Boo Lucky Cat. He went to kitty heaven 1/7/14. Best cat I ever had. We had inherited Mr. Marmalade. A loving old boy. Had to put Marm down April 2017. Take videos of your pets. I am comforted by the ones that I have of him.

Smokes and another pic

We recycle everything we can and we are down to one bag of trash a week. Love my garden, my stone walls, the woods across the street and birdwatching. I am a self proclaimed nature girl. I still love that dirty water, too. Boston was my home in the early part of my life.

UPDATE: I am not one for any prejudiced actions or comments. There is no need for perpetuating those sorts of things anywhere in my life. Art especially transcends all of that.

not so much...don't want

Disney blech, no likey! I don't care for the vampire look or bloody stuff but appreciate that is your art. Super cutesy isn't my preference either.

Pledge/Swaps/Waiting For

FLAKED BY Waiting on ratings: link to private swap I reached out to a newbie that has not responded to my pms even though I kept it light and pleasant.

@IAmAlwaysIn for CQ Mini Pinata Free Style- I was the host. Angelled by @Amandalee

FLAKED BY @CraftyAnnie for Make Your Own Bubble Mailers. She is my friend, but I never got any package. I was the host on this swap, too. http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/72253

@lovestosew never send a WTA from Inspire Me group, I have since left that group.

When I join a swap, I look to see ratings of other participants and if there are a number of 3's, never mind the ones, I leave the swap.

I reuse packaging. Be good to mother earth!

Art & craft is always subjective, if I think you sent me your best work I always rate well! I can't say something isn't ART!

My rating (5.00) speaks for itself. I act like a responsible adult and expect the same from you. When I host, I use this disclaimer----I maintain the ability to question ratings and discuss them with you before assigning partners.


Other things I like

The fact is something created by you is great. Handmade is always appreciated.....any art you do, I will cherish.

I can always use letter sets.

Nature report

mushroom My Fav nature pic, outside my front door.

My brother passed on 11/26/2009. Dedicating this section to him, my birdwatching mentor. Whenever I see a hawk, I think of you, Jack, watching from above. 2017 July a big hawk came through my yard this morning as I was eating breakfast on the deck. A big gift!

2017 April I have been watching the Cornell Univ. bird webcams. Osprey nests are very interesting to me. I monitor 2-3 nests within a mile from my home. 2017 Feb 24 snowdrops cover my neighbors front yard. A lot of geese have been flying in formation over or near my house.

2016 Fall- a very late fall this year, we still have some minor green leaves on low lying shrubs. Also, many yellow leaves still haven't fallen. I am blessed to have the time to take it all in.

I had blooms on window box plants up until Dec 7th.

2016 Spring - took some cool pics of the skunk cabbage emerging in a boggy area on my lunch break today.

Had an intense purple/red daybreak this morning. Love to hear all the birds singing their Spring songs. I could hear cardinals, mourning doves, chickadees, Carolina wrens, Phoebes, woodpeckers, robins and more this morning


"Aging is a kick in the crotchety." from It's Not Menopause... I'm Just Like This, Maxine's Guide to Aging Disgracefully

"Be careful ...the toe that you stepped on yesterday, may be connected to the ass you have to kiss today." Buddy Cianci, former Mayor of Providence RI incarcerated for fraud.

Links, swaps, ideas

Where I like to keep ideas that either I want to do or have attempted. Sometimes the swap descriptions have the greatest links!

If you live in New England you should consider contacting @FarStarr for her classes. SHE IS AMAZING!

pic posting

eggshell mosaic


tin tuts

paper ideas

Lots of altering ideas link





Comment: Hi Jan! Thank you for joining the swap and for the great share! I love learning about my swapping partners! We also have soooo much stuff that needs to be shredded how cool about the truck coming to your house!! Your trip to Scotland sounds great and it is wonderful that your timeshare is working so well for you! St. Croix this week? Can you see the green over here! LOL! Safe travels and looking forward to another mailbox visit in the future! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
pennypuppy rated for Intl-Here Comes the Sun-Jan on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Very cool, Jan! Or shall I say 'hot'? LOL The glimmering rays in the background show in different lighting. Love it! Have a sunny day, even if the real sun doesn't peek out!
Response: So happy that you liked the glimmering rays, sort of iridescent! Thanks for the kind words and heart.
Comment: Architecture is one of my favorite things to look at when I travel. Though downtowns are dying all over the world, I love to see what is going on and how much pride must have been used to build the buildings. I also love churches. We have sandstone churches that were built in the early 1800's here in town and they are just stunning. Here's to hoping you see hundreds more new buildings.
Response: I hope that all turns out well for you.
CurlyTea rated for Mixed Media Art Challenge on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for joining this swap. This is a beautiful piece that I will cherish on my wall. Also thank you for all the little extras. I am excited to try it out on my next project.
Response: Thanks for the lovely rating and good luck with the mica. Happy that it arrived in good form.
DaisyNY rated for CR: Tissue Box Background PC on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: I'd forgotten how nice real tissue is (as opposed to paper towels). Your postcard looks much nicer than its base.
Response: Aww thanks so much! I love that purpley color and sentiment. Heart grateful.
Helena8664 rated for Pinterest - Happy New Year on Jan 14, 2018
Comment: Unique take on the New Year's theme...thanks for sharing! :)
Response: I went with what I want to do for the coming year.
djcamp04 rated for CPG Fav Winter Recipes - US Only on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: These sound delicious! Especially the Southwestern Chicken soup, and I want to try the Brucetta, I know Dad will love it. And the Lemon Chiffon, oh yummy! Thank you so much for some great recipes!
Response: Such lovely praise! Thanks for that. That soup is really good, a staple here, as is the Lemon Chiffon. My BFF goes crazy for that!
Comment: Awesome mixed media PC! Stay warm and safe!!
Response: Thanks Gina, best wishes to you and hope that all is well there!
Comment: Thanks for fun swap and all the lovely die cuts
Response: My pleasure and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the card! Love your resolutions! Keep bugging your husband!
Response: LOL Don't worry, I will. Thanks very much.
katmiller rated for Pinterest - Happy New Year on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: I loved all of your recipes you pinned! And so many beautiful pictures and colors!! Happy new year!
Response: Thanks, I was inspired to share my world! Heart happy!
Comment: Great envie, and die cuts!
Response: So happy that you joined and liked what I sent. Heart thankful!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard - I love vintage photographs.
Response: It's great looking back at the past!
Comment: Thank you for the vintage card and the prompt and quote. I have been trying to phrase things in a better way when I am angry and I have been living in the moment. Best to you this year, Jan!
Response: I have been practicing that myself and as you go along it works!
Comment: Great PC ! Love the papers you used .
Response: Thanks for rating!
melsanchez rated for Pinterest - Happy New Year on Jan 3, 2018
Comment: I loved everything on the board! Thanks for the great pins, got some reading and researching to do!
Response: Awesome! I have to say that I enjoyed this swap big time.
Comment: thank you. your story was so sweet and thank you for my goodies <3
Response: Glad that you liked my Smokey Boo Boo story.
tigermousecat rated for HMPC: Put a "Number" on it on Jan 2, 2018
Comment: You really added a lot to this card! Still looking at all the bits and pieces! Thanks for a fun card! Retirement rocks!
Response: Yeah I went a little crazy! Thanks for the nice rating.
RachiiChu rated for IS: Merry Christmas Card on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and wonderful postcard inside! Merry Christmas!
Response: Merry Christmas and thanks !
apryl rated for IS: Merry Christmas Card on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: Beautiful! Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you!

Rating Overview

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Vickyen on Jan 20, 2018:

Loved the hand carved stamps on your envie! So creative!! Hugs ;)

crescendo on Jan 12, 2018:

oooh look at you with exactly 500 hearts today!

Anettethhjertnes on Jan 10, 2018:

Thank you very much for your funny erotic story, it was really full of literary imagery. Thank you too much for the extra you send, it was really beautiful. I fell in love with the little boy with the heart in particular

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

ChrisAnne on Dec 28, 2017:

****Please read my comment with the silly sarcasm intended!

ChrisAnne on Dec 28, 2017:

How dare you call purple appalling?! PURPLE is by far the best color ever! I may have to bring back the eggplant to the forum games!

crescendo on Dec 21, 2017:

~~~Happy Winter Solstice~~~

crescendo on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice to you Jukey! You just reminded me I need to add the simple syrup to finish off making my Limoncello! Hope you have a wonderful communion with nature on this fine Winter Solstice.

ContraryHousewife on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice

pickleme on Dec 17, 2017:

A big thanks for the beautiful and inspiring Random Grabbie Tag! I reveled in the beauty of the envie long before opening it. A creative and fun mix of items I can't wait to put my spin on!!

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