Swap-bot Time: June 22, 2018 6:02 pm


Date Joined: February 27, 2014
Last Online: June 21, 2018
Birthday: December 5, 1964
Country: United States

Take Time to Breath

I am a Christian. I grew up in the 70's. I can sing along to most of the top 40's of the era. I live in Louisiana where I was born and raised with my husband and our 9 pound black & white domestic short hair who answers to Sammy when he so desires. I am a pediatric nurse who loves to cook and craft.

Favorite Music

Country, 70's & 80's Pop... Do I have to choose?

When I have a bad day or life seems to be really throwing me a curve ball, like having a deluge of water fall for yet a second time, I think of Jamie Owens Collins song Hard Times.

"Just remember, the rains to help you grow...The hard times make you strong."

How about Kenny Rogers, "I am The Greatest". We just need to look at the situation from another perspective.

Favorite Books

Cozy Mysteries, romance, even a little Sci-Fi... Audio Books are the best, I can listen while driving!

Lately I've been immersing myself in books taking place in Louisiana.

Favorite Television

Don't laugh, PBS I love Agatha Christie, Piroit, Sherlock Holmes, Death in Paradise, & Keeping up Appearances to name a few.

Lately I've been binging "new" old stuff on NetFlix.


Collecting recipes, especially family favorites & pretty recipe cards.

Cooking with my husband. Walking-ok more of a goal than a hobby.

Reading- I keep my kindle on hand, you never know when you have to wait in line or your appointment is going to be pushed back by an hour or 2…

Reading & Writing- I keep my kindle on hand, you never know when you have to wait in line or your appointment is going to be pushed back by an hour or 2…Writing-I’ve always wanted to write, now I am beginning to dabble.

Photography, can you call it photography if all you do is point & shoot, but isn’t it great when that picture comes out, or even better when you find something extraordinary that you did not even realize you were taking.

Crochet, my all time favorite craft- any night (or in my case morning) after work, you can find me catching a dvr’d show while crocheting a few rows of my latest project. I can spend hours just browsing in the yarn isle. The colors and textures amaze me. Sometimes I can pick up a skein and know exactly the perfect pattern to turn it into a piece of art. My current crochet projects revolve around baby blankets & amigurumi.

Envies Why buy envelopes if you can make your own???


My favorite scripture is Psalms 23, there are more...

My favorite prayer is Our Father (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4)

things I like

Buttons, beads, yarn, unusual paper, smooth stones, crafted wood, pottery, texture… Flat item swaps: Stickers, book marks, post cards, unusual cancelled stamps... Anything that tells a story, it can be about you, where you are from or just something you find interesting. I love Christmas, and holidays. Don't concentrate on what I would like, tell me about you by sending something you would like. Send me your favorite quote or bible verse. Send a book mark that lists your favorite books. A post card from your home town... Just write a little note about the items you chose, or even what you wanted to send but couldn’t! Things made by hand...

Recently I have received some second hand local cookbooks- LOVE them!


When I was younger mom gave me her copy of the Joy of Cooking where I learned the “rules” of cooking. Learning to cook by rules was important because Mom's recipes or receipts as she called them were often just a list of ingredients with vague directions, "add just enough water to..." and the all helpful "cook until done". My favorite part of a recipe is the story it tells. Our family Cook book would not have been complete without the story of my dad explaining that Gramma always added well washed river rocks into the pot to make the beans extra creamy, (Gramma denied it when my sister-in-law asked how she chose the rocks, Dad still swears it is true!) I love learning about your cooking traditions. Chocolate, of course! Teas, Coffee... Seafood, Tex Mex, Gramma's home cooking!

In one swap I received a magazine clipping glued to an index card with hand written ideas. It brought me back to Mom's favorite recipes. Can I just say it is one of my favorite swap swag!


Kathy821 rated for TCHH: Week of Happy Envies :) May on May 26, 2018
Comment: I am so sorry that I didn't rate you. I thought I had, but doing a bit of housekeeping and realized that I hadn't. You are too sweet. I had a terrific week and already got plans for some of the material. Coffee was delicious! I loved the jokes and Mason had to take them to school for his teacher to read. You definitely blessed me! I can't thank you enough. There aren't enough hearts! God Bless you.
Response: Mason shared the jokes! YEAH!!!! That is better than a million ♥♥♥♥ You must let me know what you make ;~)
Comment: Oh Marie!! What an AMAZING week!! I have enjoyed each and every day, with coffee too!! You put that extra special touch into each "envie"!! XOXOXO :) Thank you!!!!!
Comment: Happy Easter, my friend. Thank you for a wonderfully playful Easter basket. I did the printables this morning, loved the M&M and jelly bean messages. I'm so glad your note said they were rabbit CRAYONS. Never would have guessed. :) Wishing you joyful memories of your Mom today.
Comment: Marie!!! What a fabulous swap!! THe outside of the mailing box is SO amazing!!!! The box alone would have been plenty!! I love the Easter basket and I know I am in for a huge treat!! As always!!!! Thank you! You are so creative and fill everything so much love!! xoxoxoxo
Ryleighsmom rated for TCHH ~ An Envie of LOVE ~ USA on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: The swap came today! Thank you!
Comment: I loved coming home to a special package-it was in the 60's today but it is windy and overcast. Tomorrow with be in the 40's so it will brighten my day to open packages from the Christmas train! The train and bear ornaments are lovely!
Response: I am so glad you like them. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you Marie! I love my "envelopes"! I haven't read a Readers Digest in a long time; what fun.
Response: YEAH!!!!!!! Enjoy your week. Take pics of what you do with your goodies!
TwinMom rated for TCHH: Pocket Letter on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I am sorry for such a late rating. I hadn't been on in a while. Hope all is well with you!
Response: :~)
Comment: I received my lovely box today. It was fun to open my first package and read the messages! It is fall like now with a high of 70 and breezy after a week of 90 plus. This is good baking weather.
Response: Oh good! The week should give you lots of baking ideas!
Comment: Your box was waiting for me when I arrived home. Wow! The outside is so pretty that I had a hard time opening it and the handkerchiefs are beautiful!!!! What a creative way to use them for "envies!" I may have to steal your idea. :) I haven't opened any yet, but I think I'll start later today. Thank you so much! Update: 9/17/17 - I have been taking my time opening my lovely handkerchiefs and still have 3 more left to open. Wow! I can't believe how creative the bookmarks you made are!!! What a fantastic job you did. Thank you for all the time and thought you put into knitting each one! My favorites thus far are the cat, owl and butterfly. I am in awe!
Response: Yeah! I am so glad you like them! My favorite was the butterfly :-)
Vickimac rated for TCHH: Week of Happy Envies :) July on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely week of envies! I love the tea and the tea facts each day, and all the awesome washi tape! You are so clever and creative and always go out of your way to make me feel special. Thanks!
Response: :~) So glad you liked them!
Comment: I'm going to check my library for that author. Thanks!
Tinker60 rated for P&M Make a choice 5 on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: What a great PC - I love these!! My son also got Highlights magazine when he was a boy and loved the 'seek and find' games. As for finding the checklist items on the PC, I did find them all including the 2 people in space helmets - one was on the ground level and the other was on the first tier of the middle balcony. Thanks again for the great PC and hope to see you again in future swaps ~~
fairyduster53 rated for SMSUSA: July 2017 Happy Mail on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: Wonderful!! Thanks so much!!
mejulia rated for P&M monthly recipe swap (July) on Jul 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the yummy recipes and for joining the swap.
Response: Thank you for hosting!
Artistic rated for Memes and Metaphors on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Love the Calvin and Hobbes and Idris (had to go hunt him up!) Thanks.
Response: I am a big BBC and PBS fan. Lots of British show.
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards!! Have a nice day! Shelley
Response: Glad you liked them!
Comment: Thanks for the card -- just a little tip, it's helpful when you put the swap name on it. :) I found this one, phew!
Response: OH NO!!!! I try to add the name... sometimes I forget. Glad you were able to figure it out. :~)
TwinMom rated for TCHH: Seal & Send - Cupcakes on Jul 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love my cupcake items! You always send the best surprises! I am not sure if I like my stickers more or the recipe cards. They are all so awesome. :)
Response: Glad to have you as a partner. I've missed our swaps!

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Artistic on May 14, 2018:

Thank you for a delightful surprise of chuckles!

Artistic on Apr 5, 2018:

Have fun! :)

shannonlinde on Mar 5, 2018:

Hi Marie!! Opened up my sunflowers seeds yesterday!! You are SO SO SO creative!! This is an awesome basket! :) xoxoxo

shannonlinde on Feb 1, 2018:

Marie, what a FABULOUS Week of Happy Envies!!! I enjoyed each day so much and will be cooking up so delish dishes!! xoxo Shannon

bb2 on Dec 4, 2017:

Rise and Shine on your special day. Have a very Happy Birthday!

shannonlinde on Aug 23, 2017:

Hello There!! :) Just saying "hey"!! xxoo

Artistic on Aug 17, 2017:

Got your note. Thank you. Totally fun envelope!! Were the faces washi?

allthingsregency on Aug 14, 2017:

You're so sweet! I am looking forward to my week of happy envies! :)

Artistic on Jul 6, 2017:

Oh, my goodness! Still giggling -- after laughing out loud -- about your bicycle lane! Too funny. You should send that to Reader's Digest.

allthingsregency on Jun 23, 2017:

Hello Marie!

I just thought I would check-in to see how you're coming along with the scripture reading in 60 days. Have you been able to do it every day? I have and I finished day 18 today. It's been a joy to read! Well, you have a great day!

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