Swap-bot Time: October 19, 2018 3:05 am


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

About Me

If I do not receive a rating from you then I do not know if you received an item I sent. Please message me if you do not receive an item so I can resend.

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 16 years old now. alt text

My kitty's favorite postcard! I have family in Arkansas that was friends with President Clinton and someone made sure my kitty received this PC from Socks, the First Cat:

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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

Postcards: Advertising, Animals (especially cats, see below), Art, Black & White, Book/Magazine covers, Botanical, Fairytales, Food/Drink, Funny, Holiday, Landmarks, Maps, Museum, Music, Non-Politically Correct, People, Pin-ups, Space, Touristy/Travel, Transportation, Vintage, (Pretty much any PC except those indicated in the "don't like" section)


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: Foreign Book pages, Vintage Papers (Tickets, Ledgers, Receipts, Labels, Music) Vintage Photographs, with or without Cabinet Cards, Washi Tape

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, 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.

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, some Kawaii (except fun cats; kawaii PCs are OK, just don't want stationary type 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

If I join a "non-politically correct" swap then you can disregard all the above except for "Tarot" or "animal cruelty." TY! 😎

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 in hardback:

-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, Practical Magic, Shall We Dance, First Wives Club, Connie & Carla, Hocus Pocus, Christmas Movies: especially Elf

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!!


MelbourneGirl rated for Alice in Wonderland PC Swap #4 on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Alice postcard - The National Gallery of Australia has just purchased Yoyoi Kusama's The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens (2015)!!! :) :)
marles rated for Animal Postcard Swap USA #13 on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and the extras!!
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for your card. I love it ❤️
Response: YW! And I'm you like it! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
kittyhahahotbot rated for Cat Postcard Swap USA #14 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the precious Cat postcard! Its just gr00vy!
Response: I love this PC and love sending it out with the Twain quote. They go together so well! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
earthnk rated for Scattergories PC Swap - N - US only on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Hi Katina, enjoyed your N answers, especially Narwhal, the neck nipper and the NYPD Red connection. I read a ton of Pattersons books especially fond of his Women's Murder Club series written with Maxine Paetro. How cool you are a character. We have something in common there. I'll share with you later. For now though, I just made a YouTube vid opening my swapbot mail and showing how I rate. Your pc is featured and I'll send link when its up. Thanks again for a fun swap.
Response: Can't wait to hear about your "character" and can't wait to see your YouTube video! It's things like this that make swapping so much fun! And I've read a lot of the "Women's Murder Club" series, need to read the rest! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
HannahF rated for Halloween Swap - (USA) on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you! ❤ Happy Halloween.
Response: YW! Happy Halloween to you too. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
squince rated for PC Swap #10 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: YW!
squince rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 74! on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Love it!
Response: TY! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
kayebubbly rated for HALLOWEEN CARD SWAP on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Ty! Have a great Halloween!
Response: YW! Happy Halloween to you too. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
MyRetroSoul rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 73! on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Love the quote. Thank you!
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
paperlover rated for Halloween Swap - (USA) on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Halloweeny card and postcards.
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
NRGordon rated for Animal Postcard Swap USA #13 on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice PC and the poem. Narwhals are cool!
Response: YW! I hate to admit it but I had never seen a narwhal until I saw the movie "Elf"! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much - your costume sounds rad!
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating. 🎃🎃🎃
FlynnxRider rated for Halloween Swap - (USA) on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Wow! Thank you for the very cute card and awesome postcards. :)
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
ButterflyLover rated for Animal Postcard Swap USA #12 on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: I am using the same set of cards for these swaps *giggles*. Thanks honey! ♥
Response: YW! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
goosey rated for Halloween Swap - (USA) on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: thank you so much for the card and extras! how did you know i loved shirley temple?
Response: YW! Just lucky! I saw you liked "little girls" and had this one so there you go!Thanks for the rating and the heart!
crimsonrivulet rated for PC Swap #11 on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Yes they are real. HAHAHA! I'm sure I don't have to tell you how much I love the postcard! But I'm going to anyways! I love it! I had received 2 others from the set as well! I'm getting quite the collection! I have syphilis and malignant! What should I do nurse? HAHAHA
Response: Couldn't resist! I got one in another swap and had to buy the set! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
JazD rated for Halloween Card with an Owl - USA ONLY on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Love the card and the goodies you sent with it. Thank you!
Response: YW! Glad you liked everything! Thanks for the rating & heart!

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jannieb on Oct 3, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending a Halloween card to Grayson. He was so happy to see his name in the mailbox. He was really excited when he saw the $2 bill. He says it's a lucky charm & now he has lots of luck! LOL! Take care!

vontakk on Oct 2, 2018:

I thought for sure you'd have gone! I'm so glad I put it on there! You'll have to let me know how it is! I've been to Blue Cat Cafe in Austin and we have a new one here I'm going to soon in our neighborhood!

MsBellaDonna on Aug 28, 2018:

Thank you for choosing me as an "unassigned partner" in Postcard Roulette :) I love the Las Vegas pc! :)

CurioussCass on Jul 31, 2018:

Travel Images

I dream of traveling to as many US National Parks as I can because they all seem beautiful! One park on the top of my list is Glacier National Park. The mountains and lakes and trails seem incredible.


Rosa1 on Jul 29, 2018:

I loved Harrison's Cave in Barbados - one of my favorite things from my one and only cruise!

Rosa1 on Jul 29, 2018:

a beautiful underground cave system!

astrodogg on Jul 26, 2018:

Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan

"Tokyo Tower" "Tokyo Tower"

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Swap: Travel Images for Profile Mail Deadline: Jul 30, 2018 ID: astrodogg

I've always wanted to go to Tokyo, Japan. From trying the food stalls at 3:00 in the morning, to checking out the latest thing in the Harajuku fashion scene. ❤


earthnk on Jul 18, 2018:

Hi there, Your botanical pc was mailed today. FYI, K

Stargazer008 on Jul 18, 2018:

How cool is that!!!! I won the postcard roulette! Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my letter box! And now have a lovely evening.

Sophie1002 on Jul 9, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Quote #3

'Wake up and do all that you can' - Unknown

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