Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2019 2:36 am


Date Joined: March 29, 2010
Last Online: August 17, 2019
Birthday: November 24
Country: United States

About Me

I'm Jamie, back on Swap-bot after a hugely long break. I must admit, I am a little sad to change my profile information, since it's been up here for roughly 8 years, and I kinda liked it! But I am told change is good, so I will update. (Plus, I finally learned how to take a screenshot, which is exciting, so I memorialized it!) It's in my camera roll, only to be deleted when I run out of space, since I still don't know how to upload photos to the cloud or the net or the sky or the computer or anywhere else that would be useful.

I'm 48. A mother. A wife. A teacher. Sorely out of practice in the art of making myself seem even remotely interesting.

Favorite Crafts

I like things you can buy and then put together easily, and you can thank my rotten home ec teacher in 7th grade for that. The miserable woman scared me away from ever being able to use a sewing machine, just because my pig pillow took too long to assemble. If I weren't so OVER her, I'd hunt down one of those kits and embroider a swear word on it and send it to her. She's probably dead now, but still. Good thing I'm over it.

I like paper crafts. No home ec teacher ever ruined me on cutting and gluing.

I like the idea of whimsey jars, and things that are delightful. I scrapbook, but my pages are really bad. Like the kind you don't put on flickr, but you rationalize them by believing your children will be glad to look at them when you're dead, even if they're awful. (I figure they might even feel sorry for me, and wished they had bought me better Mother's Day presents.)

I also like to make cards, because it requires no cutting of pictures, and if they're icky, you just send them to loved ones, and THEY can't complain, because they don't write at all.

Favorite Television

I'm sorry to say that if you are looking for tv recommendations, I am such a dud. I was reading what I wrote here the last time I updated this, and I mentioned the tv show ABOUT A BOY. Not the movie. Remember that show that ran for about two seasons? Yep, me neither.

I went through one of those really crap seasons in life for a couple of years a while back, and I think it was then that I kind of dropped watching tv much. At least not anything new, or hard for my anguished brain to focus on. Now I care again but I know the risks of getting into a new show. If you love it, you have to binge-watch until your eyes burn and you're forced to pretend to have a drug problem so nobody knows that reason you have bags and a zombie stare is because you couldn't discipline yourself to turn off the damned tv, since you HAVE a job, and going through three seasons of a show in a weekend isn't it.

Favorite Books

I go to the library and stand by the "new" book shelves, and if anyone looks like they're going in to reach for it, I grab it, because they know what they like, and it's probably good. It's fun to win.

I hate to admit it, us being just barely acquainted and all, but I like realistic fiction. Not that kind on the reading list for college literature, either. Just good old her-husband-had-an-affair-and-now-she's-picking-up-the-pieces kind of stories. Bonus if they contain recipes or talk about oceans. Extra bonus if they DON'T contain an overabundance of description.

Oh, and those memoirs of people who survived weird diseases, bad marriages, troubled children, hard times, or being trapped in countries where you can't take your children with you, even though he said they belonged to you both until you got there and now he said he divorced you and you'll never see your children again. And polygamy. I'm fascinated with polygamy.


scrapbook papers and stickers designed for scrapbooks

Chocolate and/or snacks

Address labels. What a score!

office supplies

unique pens and pencils

note paper that is decorated or funny

things with the "J" monogram on them

new sharpie markers in cool colors, or scrapbooking pens

glittery things

mini-sized things

Hot chocolate packets

a fun book you liked but no longer need around

star and heart shapes

trial sizes of regular products

shabby chic looking things

whimsey jars, or littler versions, like matchboxes, with a surprise inside

unique envelopes I can use, big or small

vintage bluebirds and happy looking birds

notecard and envelope

Stickles glitter glue

stamping supplies--stamps and inks

adhesives like tape runners, etc.

novelty key chains

journals or notebooks

larger stickers

charms that come in bubble gum machines, especially if they're old

when people send things out early

coloring books

vintage ephemera

felted toys

Grover from Sesame Street

anything related to the show "All in the Family"


iced tea

long letters

word games and puzzles

dotee dolls

craft tape

pretty ribbon

old salt and pepper shakers

items styled from the 20's to the 50's

postcards from your town

spring and summer

light orange, red, yellow, light green, blue, lilac, purple, pink, sometimes brown.

the ocean and things related to looking at the ocean and eating lobster or going to the beach or having a vacation

squirrels and other woodland creatures

cool fonts on the computer

certain Kawaii things

one million dollars in unmarked bills


painting by numbers

art kits, even the small ones

dot-to-dot books or sheets, especially hard ones

recommendations of good authors and books


cats wearing wigs

fruit prints

Snoopy items

A good magazine

A cigar box

hand-knitted socks...I've never had any, I just wish you would make me some, you charity knitters out there.

This is what I hate

Foam stickers. Foam anything.

Tiny stickers. Why do they make these?

People who take time to chastise something I've said on swap-bot. Don't like my swap? Who cares, lady?!

People overzealous with 3's and people who sort of hint that they "REAAALLY love those hearts!!"

Christmas stuff...I'm not against the idea of Christmas, I just really hate Christmas looking stuff.

Dark colors. Americana looking stuff, or apple-themed objects.

Candy made in China. (I just feel like I'm being poisoned with lead. Or melamine. Or leaded melamine.)

When people don't rate after they have gotten what you sent.

Fibers, confetti, plastic jewels, and those painted wooden little shapes.

The colors teal and logan green.

Black-eyed peas. Not Fergie. The actual legume.

Lady Gaga's sense of style.

Japanese anime.

Hear me out here: I hate re-gifted stuff. Now, now. I understand that we all have things we like and we don't, and can pass things on, and that's great. Very "green". But like, have any of you out there ever gotten a whole pile of stuff that you know has seen the rounds BECAUSE NOBODY REALLY LIKED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE AND PEOPLE KEEP SENDING IT ON AND ON? Very depressing. So, what I'm saying is, maybe if we re-gift something we KNOW is a kind of a "homely-not-bring-it-home-to-meet-mother" kind of item, then maybe we can make up for it with other, more attractive and usable stuff mixed in there, so the person we send it to does not want to hang themselves when they have no money but they're looking forward to a swap coming because, hey, at least there is MAIL to look forward to, and then you rip it open and it's like that "whaa whaa waaaaa..." sound they make when you lose in game shows and you know have no right to be choosy but still, you're...what? Oh, sorry. I mean...it's just that...er...sorry.

People who hate cats and like to say so.

LOL--I'm not saying you can't use it. I'm just asking, did you truly laugh out loud? Because if you didn't, I don't want you using that on me. I'll think you were laughing when you weren't.


tommykoul rated for Infidelity Moral Support on Feb 14, 2015
Comment: That was amazing...I related to your story so much. Thank you for sharing!
Response: I wish I could say that I'm glad but I'm not. :) Thanks for the nice rating. Take care!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your fun with me. QM
Comment: Loved your letter, and everything, I´d like to write a reply if it´s ok with you let me know!!
Response: Id love it!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderfully written letter, I wish I could reach over the ocean and give you a hug. Alas because I cannot do that, I will be sending you a response letter soon. Thanks again! x
Response: Yay! I will be looking forward to that very much!!
Zoebolt rated for Penpal Swap USA Only. on Jun 2, 2014
Comment: ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ I just got your package! WOWSERS!!!!!! I cant wait to finish reading it after dinner!!! Ill write back tonight or tomorrow (soon)!!!!
Comment: WOW, love ALL of the goodies. Your printing is so cool too on the envelope. Thanks again so much! God Bless! Charmaine
lagemaz rated for With FOCUSED Prayers & Supplications on Apr 22, 2014
Comment: Thank you for your continued prayers!
Comment: BEST*LETTER*EVER!!! This has to be one of the most fun letters I've ever received!!! Thanks for both sizes of the blessing, too - now I have one for my office and one for my kitchen! <3
Niche83 rated for 100: 10 Lists of 10 Each. (Round 2) on Mar 17, 2014
Comment: Love it. Thank you
Gabbyloco1 rated for Use 'Em Up, Get 'Em Out! on Mar 6, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and amazing letter!! I will be writing you back very soon!!
oregonstephanie rated for Use 'Em Up, Get 'Em Out! on Mar 6, 2014
Comment: Got the card today! Thanks.
paperplaysusan rated for My Super Sad Penpal Swap on Mar 2, 2014
Zoebolt rated for Stuff it! To the max! on Feb 28, 2014
Comment: Worth the wait!!
Response: Oh good! So glad you enjoyed it! :) (I was relieved that at least the box it gets mailed in is only a two day delivery time!)
shalvorsen rated for Pick 3 Swap - February on Feb 19, 2014
Comment: Jamie I loved everything in my pic 3!!! We have similar tastes. Love the little red riding hood bag in French. So retro! I'm framing for my kitchen. Your note (on the beloved notecard lol) was so sweet :). Thanks bunches!!
Response: So glad you liked it! I love those bags. Too bad I never want to put anything in them and give them away! haha!
cauwae rated for Composition book journalling fun on Jan 28, 2014
Comment: Beautiful and fun journal!! Well worth the wait!! Thank you!!!!
Response: Oh yay! I'm so glad you liked it--I was so worried! :) Thank you. You're a generous soul. Blessings to you!
Snowfairy rated for Mail Art & Letter on Dec 27, 2013
Comment: Thank you :)
marlea rated for Swap-bot GUILTY on Dec 7, 2013
Didi1959 rated for Bubblegum Prizes! on Dec 4, 2013
latinmermaid rated for Good Karma List on Jun 28, 2013
Comment: Thank you :)
Response: I mailed another out today 6/11. Very sorry for the delay. You deserve better!
waldfee rated for Good Karma List on Jun 18, 2013
Comment: Thank you very much! :) Have a lovely, sunny day!

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user2637 on Apr 24, 2015:

FYI - @gothnanacreations is offering to make up swaps that her 'neighbor' flaked on using her information. The old profile is @nana713 and owes you a swap.

shelleym on Apr 21, 2015:

Hello, you entertaining loon! I'm so sorry to hear that you're hungry and have no shoes. I can't wait to hear the rest of your extensive list of grievances when your letter arrives!! Meanwhile, yes, I can definitely accommodate your request. I'll have my driver take me to the art store and I'll point with my extra-long cigarette holder at the frame that I feel is most suitable for the (minimum 11"x17") artwork I will prepare. The owner will bow obsequiously and have it wrapped and sent to my penthouse apartment, and then I will design and execute an exclusive illustration for you, all while looking fabulous, of course. Did you want a pony, too?

RareBlue on Apr 20, 2015:

So glad! And don't worry about quirky mail. I love it all. Plain will do too! BetsyPreston and I got off to a rocky start but I have a peace offering to send her. Just waiting for her to send me her address. It's such a small pen pal world! ShellyM is hilarious just like you so I am not surprised you two write one another. See you in the post!

RareBlue on Apr 2, 2015:

Mail out. Yep. Never, ever feel bad for sending late with me. ;)


naturenerd3 on Jan 3, 2014:

Happy New Year! I got your letter and I'll be replying shortly so don't be a stranger! ;)

naturenerd3 on Dec 11, 2013:

Did you see this swap? It looks hilarious


Kera on Nov 12, 2013:

Your profile has been the most entertaining of all the ones I've read so far. Your sense of humor is hilarious, probably due in large to its blatant nature. I wish you the best outcome with the divorce and all the crap that comes along with it (like having to move back in The Mother Unit- "whaa whaa waaaaa..."). Things will get better ... Unless you're still waiting for rock-bottom, then, umm, I'm sorry. ;)

crescendo on Nov 9, 2013:

Bwahahaha about your comment on the Christmas card swap. Will you rate me down if the card has Santa depicted as fat or elves in a sweat shop?

fawnscrafts on Nov 8, 2013:

Good for you, you go girl!

shelleym on Jul 30, 2013:

I thought of you today and thought I would let you know. Not in a stalker-ish way, just in a casual, 'huh, I wonder how she's doing today' kind of way.

That is all.

xo Shelley

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