Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2017 5:16 pm


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Last Online: June 26, 2017
Birthday: May 16
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a 5th grade science teacher. I have a husband, 3 great kids, 26, 23 and 15. I also have two beautiful grandchildren. I love music, reading, and seeing new things. I'm Christian, but open to many religious views. I don't mind used stuff if it is still useable and not dirty or smelly.

Favorite Television

Shows I watch: I love Grey's Anatomy, Judge Judy, Law and Order, The Crown, House of Cards, Criminal Minds and Cooking competition shows. I also love reruns of Little House on the Prairie and the the Waltons.

Favorite Crafts

I love smash booking with some art journaling.

I have practiced Zentangle and Zendoodles. Fun and relaxing!

I love to decorate my day planner with fun stickers and washi tape. i have a personal size yellow filofax and an A5 size Malden Filofax in aqua.

I like to make stuffed journals and long term journal projects.

I knit and quilt as well. I usually have 4-8 projects going at a time.

These are a Few of my Favorite

I love:

black Teas including fruit flavors, chai and plain. Lipton specialty teas are fine with me. I am highly allergic to chamomile which hides in herbal teas, so I will never drink an herbal . . . just in case.

Stickers for personal use or for use in my classroom - while grading papers.


10 inch + pieces of trim, ribbon, lace and other things for a crazy quilt I'm making.

scraps (5 inches or more) of silk, velvet or textured fabrics.

I love historical fiction - Esp. English history.

Wild birds are a love of mine. I also love butterflies, garden themes, flowers, heck any nature.

M&M theme - stickers, paper clips, etc.


malas or any types of prayer beads- all faiths.

Sock knitting

journal spots

anything with your art - not just stickers, but real art.

Zentangle Art

My Filofax

I've recently started using a personal organizer. I splurged on a really nice Filofax personal size in yellow!. I also have an Aqua Malden in A5 size that I use as a personal diary / journal. I learned that many people decorate them, so I'm all into doing that now. It's like smash booking my life while keeping me organized. Anything for my personal size filofax planner or my A5 will be loved!


printed pages, dashboard etc. would be great!

Faith vs Religion

I am a Christian, but I recently have been exploring (not practicing) other world religions. I love anything from any faith. To me Faith is different than religion. And faith is personal. So, while some of my art may express religion or my faith, I am open to accepting you for what you believe. Only through knowledge and understanding of each other can we live in peace and harmony. Two quotes from Buddha express my opinion perfectly:

  1. To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.

  2. Let all listen and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.

What I don't like

Hello Kitty

Cartoon stuff

postcards unless they are part of the swap or are hand made - I don't collect them.

coffee or coffee flavor

Non- black teas - I'm highly allergic to chamomile and often it is hidden in Herbal teas. I'll do herbals if you check and verify that there is no Chamomile, but otherwise it will be re-swapped or thrown away. All tea must be in wrappers. Loose tea in zip loc baggies is fine.


perkl8r rated for USA REDWORK hand embroidery #1 on May 31, 2017
Comment: This butterfly is beautiful, I love it, and so did my husband. He helps me open packages and drools over my goodies from swap-bot. Thank you.
Response: Glad you liked it.
lawchick rated for Winter Stuffed Journal on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: I really loved the journal you created. Thank you for sharing part of your life with me. I was inspired in so many ways!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I love journaling!
summerlake77 rated for February Tea Swap on Feb 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great teas!
Twishlow rated for Planner/Agenda Addict Swap #1 on Feb 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the goodies and for being willing to fix it. I appreciate it.
Response: Glad you got the resend. I will read more carefully from now on! LOL
Buecherwurm rated for Postkarte auf Deutsch, Nr. 2 on Jan 31, 2017
Comment: Danke für deine Karte :) Schön, dass du beim Swap mitmachst und dein Deutsch auffrischst! Ich konnte alles verstehen :) (Für "Journaling" gibt es, glaube ich, keine absolut passende Übersetzung, vielleicht passt "Tagebuch schreiben"/"Notizbücher gestalten"?) Ich hoffe, du hast einen schönen Tag :)
foudre rated for January Tea Swap on Jan 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks very much for all the great tea bags :)
roesslet rated for Snowman Pocket Letter on Jan 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the snowman goodies and the sweet letter. It was nice to meet you through this swap.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Dsweeny rated for Lovely Tea Greetings on Jan 3, 2017
Comment: Loved the tea, and loved the note card. :) Thank you for making my first swap so fun!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Welcome to swap-bot and have a great day - week - year!
mermaidery rated for USA - Spontaneous Combustion II on Dec 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the journal. I enjoyed reading it. I wish I could give you another heart for not spraying perfume! Ladybird thanks you as well. My father has a sun conure. She's a sweet bird, but BOY is she loud. He also has a yellow sided green cheeked conure (I think thats what its called?) and when those two start squawking to each other, it's like a jungle in there!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it. I loved making it, too! My conure is still a baby and not too loud yet. . . but I know it's coming!
bestdaughterever rated for Swap For You on Dec 16, 2016
Comment: Well done!
Comment: Let me start by saying that this rating isn't intended to be mean spirited or rude. I am posting this rating after much deliberation. At first I wasn't going to rate. I felt like everybody deserves a chance (in most cases they do) and I also felt that if I were in the situation I would want a chance. But then I realized I would never be in a swap and not reach out to my partner if I were going to be late. I also would not change the deadline on a swap 2 times to accommodate my own lateness. With that said I am rating a 3 because the swap was shipped to me very late with no communication from my partner who was the swap host. And with that lack of communication came a deadline change on the hosts part and then a second deadline change. All without communication to me. I was very upset with the way the swap host handled sending a late swap. I am a very understanding person and I would have appreciated some type of contact. I would have been happy to receive a well planned / thoughtfully executed swap but this was certainly not the case.
Response: Wow! I really thought you'd be more understanding after reading my journal and seeing the kind of summer I had and how I was trapped in a foreign country with no money and no internet. I guess you have to do what you have to do. I hope you never are put in the situation I was in. I'm only left with one question. . . why did you wait so long to rate me?
Comment: Thank you for the amazing journal! I love the papers you used, especially the interesting foreign ones :) Huge thank you for the coins (I collect foreign coins) and the wonderful teas. I love everything you sent, and appreciate the time you put into this journal!
scrappybilby rated for Our Buddy James on Sep 25, 2015
Comment: thanks so much for this swap. im sorry i forgot to rate this swap.
debhous rated for James 2 on Jun 10, 2015
Comment: Sorry so late in rating - I enjoyed your thoughts on James. Thanks for sharing and being patient!
Kathy821 rated for James 2 on Jun 1, 2015
Comment: Thank you very much. Enjoyed reading your answers. Great job.
ChrisAnne rated for James 2 on May 31, 2015
Comment: Thanks for your efforts. You had some insights I didn't think of.
Stepht rated for Our Buddy James on May 3, 2015
Comment: Thank you for your study Mary Ellen! I enjoyed reading from you :) God bless you!
Comment: ETA: so your 8yo daughter didn't do the nail polish background? That's what it said in the back of the book. And many people living at the same address as another member sign up. And even if she is 21, this is supposed to be made by you! You are my partner. Thank you. You really should make this yourself, not your daughter.
Response: If you look I had already done one entry. My daughter is 21 and because she lives with me she cannot sign up for swaps. So we do them together. I thought what was made was beautiful.
madremia rated for Planner Surprize! Jan 2015 on Feb 19, 2015
Comment: Awesome goodies!!! Thank you so much!!
Comment: I loved The Red Tent!

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ChrisAnne on Jun 13, 2017:

Glad to have you with us in Planner Partners. We will begin swapping very soon. Please check out the forums and introduce yourself to the rest of the bunch!

crescendo on Jan 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the sparkly snowman Christmas card and book reading list from my December Wishlist! So sorry for my late thankyou, we went out of town on Christmas day for a week and I am getting to catch up now on my desk. I loved displaying all of the sparkly cards, I hung up a wide candy striped ribbon and used clothespins to clip all of the cards down the length of it. I loved how it looked and I don't want to take it down. I have read a couple of the books you mentioned on your list, and will look into the others. I am hoping to find some time in 2017 to actually read again, its been a long time.

Dsweeny on Jan 3, 2017:

Tea Swap - LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I give you a 5 star rating. :) The teas you sent were sent in a timely manner, and your card was very personal and kind. Thank you for doing this :)

Rarie61 on Jan 29, 2015:

Hi Mary I just received your Christmas card today that was sent way back in Nov. I love the letter you sent along with it explaining how you spend the holidays. Thank you for the extra coins it was a nice surprise. It was fun swapping with you! I hope you have a great day!

dolcxvita on Dec 2, 2014:

Hi there! Just sent you an invite to the new and active Creative Mail Asia group. Do join in so we can swap with in our region! :)

camelsamba on Aug 18, 2014:

Thanks for the book recommendations. Can't find I Married a Bedouin at our library or the statewide ILL, but I did request Butterfly Mosque!

KristinCali on May 14, 2014:

Hello there! I was your partner for the Stuffed Summer Journal last year. I was hoping you'd host another one! I'm in a spring journal swap right now and when it's done I really want to start another :D Let me know! xoxo

Elliepatterson on May 4, 2014:

Many thanx for hosting this great swap, "I'd join this swap if..." It was a hoot for sure. All I can say is, Unicorns, what unicorns, who is sending unicorns, where did they get them to send, I want a unicorn" LOL. ( Laughing out loud for sure) blessings,

Cissybelle on Apr 17, 2014:

Got your envelope today, I love everything you sent. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the Washi tapes I sent. Happy swapping! 💜

Fever on Apr 6, 2014:

Ahahaaha, I just needed to drop in to thank you for hosting the "I'd join this swap if ..." swap. It's so much fun! I've been waiting for it to come around again, thanks a bunch, you're great! And I'd definitely join, but international postage for 10 partners is just too expensive for me. :P ;-)

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