Swap-bot Time: June 18, 2018 4:51 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2018
Last Online: June 18, 2018
Birthday: April 1
Country: United States

About Me

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A Message about Postmarks: When I mark Sent, the Swap has been placed in the mailbox at the Post Office on that day. If it has been placed after pickup hours, or on the weekend, it will not get postmarked until the next business day. :)

I am a Registered Nurse by profession and currently work with Veterans. I'm single, never married, no kids, but have a kitty fur baby. He's a beautiful black and white tuxedo and he's 15 years old now. alt text

I've had many other fur babies in the past but they are no longer with me due to untreatable illness or old age.

Fortunately, my sister has a "small village" of progeny so my mom is "mostly" okay with the number of grandkids and great-grandkids she has so there is no longer any pressure on me to produce kids instead of art!

Artsy Things I Like


Grunge/Distressed, e.g. Tim Holtz, Finnabair, Micheal DeMeng, etc...

Art Dolls

Handmade: Fiber Arts including Postcards, Books, Tags, Collages, ATCs, etc...

Altered Art: Books, Clocks, Houses, Birdcages, etc...

Animals: Cats & Turtles the most; I love most animals except for the creepy crawlies(snakes, bugs, etc... except on Halloween items, which really need spiders!)

Ephemera: Vintage Papers (Ledgers, Receipts, Labels, Music) Vintage Photographs, with or without Cabinet Cards

Metal: Charms, Keys, other fun embellishments, broken jewelry & watch parts

Glass: Stained Glass, Blown-Glass Suncatchers, Vintage bottles, Beads

Halloween & Autumn: Witches, Ghosts & Goblins, Pumpkins (obviously Orange is ok here!), Leaves, Spiders

Christmas & Winter

Colors: Most primary colors, Black, Royal Blue, Fuchsia, Teal, Purple, Olive Sage or Seafoam greens; Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper. Pastels are okay on a limited basis.

Some Religious, Spiritual & Inspirational okay.

Sexual Innuendo & Nudity okay (esp. funny) but no Porn.

Bold Graphics

I pretty much like any art as long as it's not too cutesy.

Artsy Things I don't Like

Tacky crafts

Reward or smiley stickers

Syrupy cute stuff, e.g. Precious Moments, most Kawaii (except fun cats; kawaii PCs are OK, just don't want stationary stuff), etc...

Tarot: I like Tarot "art" but it creeps me out to have it in the house...

Soaps, Lotions or Perfumes: can't handle the smells, give me severe headaches.



Body Shaming




Animal cruelty

Swapping History

I will ALWAYS replace an item in a swap if you don't receive it, you just need to let me know. If it is a "crafty" Type 3 I may not be able to mail it immediately but will let you know when it is posted. I will NEVER flake so please communicate with me if something is not received.

I participated in many national and international postcard swaps several years ago with "Trading Fabric Postcards" and 99% of the cards we swapped were fabric, simple to extravagant, with and without embellishments. We also swapped a couple of Fabric Fat Books, so I have those and 300+ postcards from this group.

I have participated in several ATC and "handmade gift" swaps with the Dallas Area Fiber Artists, these were also fabric based.

I used to belong to Art-42 and we swapped a lot of ATCs, Charms & Fat Books over several years. Some of these were fabric but most were other media. Art-42 published several books with some of their swaps and my art is in 2 of them. (One of my "claims to fame").

I am looking forward to swapping again as I love receiving all types of art in the mail.

(Since my family and friends know that I am "creative" they usually won't give me a piece of handmade art since they think I will critique it and not enjoy it. They couldn't be more wrong! And so to satisfy my craving for "receiving" art I swap and buy instead!)

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Favorite Music

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE musicals, especially live but have to settle for the soundtracks after the fact.

I also enjoy listening to Classic, Pop & Light Rock, Country & Western, Oldies, & Gregorian Chants.

I love to sing-along to all music but since I can't carry a tune in a bucket I usually just do this when I am either alone at home or in my car!

Favorite Books

I do not watch TV so I read a ton of Books and also listen to Audiobooks when I can find the ones I want. 99% of these come from the library so I can save my money for art supplies! And an Audiobook is awesome to listen to while working on art.

I usually read:

-Mysteries & Suspense


-I occasionally read Sci-Fi, Paranormal & Romances.

As stated above I usually don't buy books but I do collect 3 authors:

-Stephen King

-John Sandford

-Marshall Karp

(A second claim to fame: I am a character in a book co-authored by James Patterson and Marshall Karp: NYPD Red 2. My character has 5 lines at the bottom of page 264. Marshall Karp & I had emailed each other a few times several years prior to that book and he told me he might use me as a character one day and I never took him seriously until I read that page. I had no foreknowledge he did that and I was literally gob-smacked when I read it! FYI: He's a great writer and you should read his books if you like mysteries.)

I do own several bookcases full of Art books and Art magazines and love to peruse them for ideas and to jump-start my "creativity" when I need some inspiration.

Favorite Movies

Favorite Movies:

I love Action movies and Comedies, so I especially love Action Movies that are also funny.

My favorite movie right now is "Armageddon" with Bruce Willis.

Other Favorite Movies:

Lethal Weapon Series, DieHard Series, Australia, Moulin Rouge, Holiday, XXX, Christmas Movies: especially Elf, Practical Magic, Shall We Dance, First Wives Club, Connie & Carla, Hocus Pocus

And on, and on, and on...

(I have an addiction to movies and must own a TV and Video & DVD players for that reason, even though I don't watch regular TV, on the TV. More about that later)

Favorite Television

As stated above I don't watch TV and haven't seen a regular TV show, on TV, in about 4 years. I also didn't even own a TV, in the 80's, for about 8 years.

I did watch the weekly series: NCIS, Bones and Castle when I had a roommate, but after she moved out I waited until each season was over and then watched the entire season on DVD. Alas, the only one still on the air is NCIS and I will miss it when it is gone.

Favorite Crafts

Too, too many!

Quilting, mostly Art Quilts; Art Dolls; Fabric Postcards & ATCs (obviously); Felting; Polymer Clay; Jewelry & Beading; Bookmaking; Encaustics; 3-D paper projects; Mixed Media: collage, tags & cards, dolls, assemblage; Stained Glass; Counted Cross Stitch; Fancy Needlepoint; Watercolor; Acrylics; T-Shirt painting; Tole Painting (I used to teach T-Shirt painting and Tole Painting at MJ Designs/Michael's back in the 80's); Photography.

I love the look of Steampunk and Grunge, and Tim Holtz rocks!

I love taking all sorts of art classes and use the excuse that I can incorporate a particular art in my Art Quilts, but really i just love to take classes and come home with a really cool "completed" project!

Other Tidbits

-I'm Greek and can speak the language fairly fluently since I'm 1st generation American.

-I love to cook. I read cook books like most people read novels.

-I love Greek, Mexican & Asian cuisines but am truly addicted to Chocolate!

-I hate housework.

-I hate yard work. I grew up hearing my dad say if he had a choice he would dig up the yard, replace it with concrete, and spray it green. We laughed then but today I totally understand and I would actually do it if I had the money to spare!

-I lettered in Volleyball and Soccer in High School and I can still throw the Discus and the Shotput 40 years later.

-I am very analytical and was tested by the Army in High School and was told I should be an Engineer; and so I can use both sides of my brain equally.

-I collect artwork that is Turtle or Cat themed, but only if it's really unusual or fun; I don't like "tacky" art.

-I also have a collection of Art Quilts & Art Dolls, obviously!

-And, last but not least, I learned to count money and run a cash register when I was 5 years old, Thanks Dad!!


kelsue62 rated for Touristy Postcard Swap USA #5 on Jun 16, 2018
Response: Thanks for the heart and the rating!
MMark rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 63! on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: I love stained glass! What a beautiful PC. Thank you! And I just looked at the Stainglass you did. So beautiful!
Response: YW and thanks for the compliment! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
kayebubbly rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 62! on Jun 16, 2018
Response: Thanks for the rating!
kayebubbly rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 61! on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: You should visit Uk ! :]
Response: I hope to one of these days. Thanks for the rating!
dustcollector rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 63! on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: There's a Tiffany museum in Winter Park, Floeida. Beautiful pieces! Thanks.
Response: I need to put that museum on my bucket list! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
Marykstaveness rated for B&W postcards swap 16 on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating!
Marykstaveness rated for Animal Postcard Swap USA #4 on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the dog postcard and the Ogen Nash poem!
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thank you for the blue animal card and your cute blue poem!
Response: YW! Thanks for the the rating!
nsciambi rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 63! on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you! We have a stained glass window in our front door and a coordinating one in the entryway. I looked at the ones you posted on your profile. They are lovely!
Response: Thank you. I made the sun stained glass in the 80's and the instructor told us we would not like our first window so we should use cheap glass. I disagreed and used antique glass (the most expensive at the time) because it had the look I wanted, and I've loved it ever since!! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
vlhafer54 rated for Simply an Animal Postcard INT #1 on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the interesting PC
Response: YW! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
goinjenny rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 63! on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Response: YW! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
AlyssaYFTM rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 61! on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: YW! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
nannydino rated for Quick Swap! - Holy Building PC #2 on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Hi Katina thank you for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre PC. Take good care peace love light
Response: YW! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
Comment: Your monkey story made me laugh! 😀 Thanks for the great PC!
Response: I hadn't thought of that story in many, many years so I'm glad it gave you a chuckle! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
KarenFife rated for Vintage re-print PC on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: That’s the best skyline postcard! Just finished a mystery that featured the Bowery in that exact historical time. Love it!
Response: Well that's too cool! Talk about serendipity! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
blubutterfly rated for Not a Pc Postcard #1 on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Love love love this pc!! My Mom and I went to the Neue Galerie in NYC to see his painting “Woman in Gold”. His work is so interesting! Thanks too for the lovely note:) Hope you had a great week!
Response: So glad you liked it. I wish I could see some of his work in person; I sure it's magnificent. Thanks for the heart and the rating!
blubutterfly rated for Cardboard swap intl on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the PC! Stamp wasn’t cancelled, I’m tempted to start peeling them off so they can be reused! Always nice to hear from a fellow RN:) Hope you have a great weekend!
Response: YW! I've found that the post office hasn't figured out which side is the front of the "cardboard" PCs so they don't run then through the sorter correctly so the stamps don't get cancelled. I have a lot like that too. Try to freeze them off or use "un-do remover"; that's what I'm going to do! You have a great w/e too! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
Comment: I got it today and it’s jus beautiful, I really love it, you did a great job!!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for the heart and the rating!
CaptiveofIowa rated for Scattergories PC Series - V on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Impressive adjective and painting!
Response: I'm glad you like them! Thanks for the heart and the rating!

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katmandu on Jun 16, 2018:

RE: Postcrossing Obsessed?! 63!

The Tiffany stained glass window that led me to learn the art: View of Oyster Bay

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The first stained glass window I made:

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TanzMac on May 30, 2018:

Thank you for the CUpcake Birthday wishes. You are such a beautiful, sweet person. I am still learning how to navigate swap-bot. I truly appreciate you.

ileimgruber on May 18, 2018:


I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. Hippolyte Taine

Make my day #4 Swap


foxyfoxy on May 16, 2018:

“The Only Way To Do Great Work Is To Love What You Do. If You Haven’t Found It Yet, Keep Looking. Don’t Settle.” - Steve Jobs

Hello! Thanks for joining this swap! This is Make my day #4

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Makiechan on May 16, 2018:

Make my day #4

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ― Marilyn Monroe

manme on May 11, 2018:

Make my day #3

"There is nothing permanent except change"

LunaMarrs on May 11, 2018:

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You must do the things you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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WintersGift on May 10, 2018:


"let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality." Malala Yousafzai

Make My Day #3

WintersGift on May 10, 2018:


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