Swap-bot Time: February 21, 2018 10:59 pm


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

Now Celebrating... 2018

To every thing there is a season & a time to every purpose under heaven a time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, a time to pluck up that which is planted.

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 (I can sing along to most of the top 40 of the era), 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- there are several versions on you tube.

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

Some days I do not want to be strong, but God says He has this, and provides the way!

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

Hymns... Amazing Grace...

Favorite Books

Romance, Mysteries, Sci-Fi... Anything I've down loaded on my Kindle (maybe NOT anything!!) Audio Books are the best, I can listen while driving, or doing housework or gardening. I even love cookbooks, especially when there is a story behind the recipe.

The best book I have read in a while is The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet- I’m waiting to find a new fav, but I'm sure if it is going to happen.

Update: Jamiebee1 sent me a door sign advertising Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and sweet signed by the author Jamie Ford!

Favorite Television

Don’t laugh, PBS I love Masterpiece, Agatha Christie, Piroit, Sherlock Holmes, Death in Paradise, & Keeping up Appearances to name a few.BBC America! Especially Doctor Who.

I look forward to the weekly NCIS New Orleans- If only to see historic New Orleans, or to catch a glimpse of someone I know as an extra bonus. The accents are rarely correct, but occasionally the real N'awlin's comes trough.


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!


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!
Artistic rated for TCHH: Week of Happy Envies :) June on Jul 5, 2017
Comment: Typewriter envie!! Woot! I'm so enjoying my charmed week. :)
Response: YEAH!
Comment: Great cards -- really love the sepia color bike one! Thank you!
Response: The bike is one of my favs. Thanks for the❤
Comment: Great postcard choices, so many different types! Thanks also so very much for the sailboat charm!
Response: So glad you liked! Thank you for the ♥
Babsmomof5 rated for P&M Fishin For Postcards 2 on Jun 30, 2017
Comment: Very nice "fish" thanks!
Response: Glad you liked! ;~D
Comment: Thanks for the envies and postcard. The kids on the hay made me smile.
Response: The kids were my favorite! ♥

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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!

shannonlinde on Jun 14, 2017:

Oh Marie!!! Can't wait to crack open a bottle with my mermaid bottle opener!! Might be a Pepsi, might be a wine cooler!! Or a short bottle of Coke!!! My Granddaddy used to always have short bottles of cokes and Mr. Goodbars in the fridge in the carport in Georgia when I was a little girl!! It was a special treat!! What an awesome week!! You are SOOOO creative and awesome!!! xxooxxooxxooxxo :)

Artistic on Jun 10, 2017:

Got your note. :). How are you, my friend?

shannonlinde on Jun 7, 2017:

Guess where I am going today? The beach!! What an awesome envie!! You are so creative!! Love the umbrella for my drink!!! Thanks for my beach day!!

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