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Date Joined: March 22, 2008
Last Online: January 31, 2015
Birthday: June 25
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi! I am a married mom of 3 boys. I worked in the perennial plant growing business for many years and at a lovely nursery selling them along with other beautiful things.. I love books, paper,art, dance,music and life..I love sending and receiving real mail... I am creative and love making weird things(haha). I like antique furniture and the look of everything in the Anthropologie stores..unfortunately...they are usually way overpriced for my budget....and there's the sweatshop thing..so disappointing!

One of my children is a dancer/choreographer and WOOOHOOO he was accepted to Juilliard and graduated from there (huge accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) One is a graduate student with an amazing incredible mind, and one is a lacrosse player,yo-yo expert and all round funny guy. I feel lucky! If you are interested in a private swap or just want to exchange mail... please do PM me-I will gladly give you my addy. I love movies in the theater, foreign and old as well as new...there's only so many hours in the day... I do not like anything having to do with hunting or fishing or for that matter, anything which causes pain to others;human or animal. I think I am pretty easygoing and always like to think the best of people until they prove otherwise. I think kindness is a superb personality trait!

Favorite Music

I listen to everything...literally because my kids have hugely varied music tastes,. I like so many different things, instrumental, jazz, classical, r&r, pop,foreign music, "alternative", small town band... I love soundtracks and interesting "talking" music as well. CURRENTLY i am obsessed with kate nash, and love morrisey forever.

Favorite Books

Books are one of my favorite things in the entire universe... I LOVE reading...its a wonderful part of life. SOME authors i love are Barb.Kingsolver ,John Steinbeck, Jonathon Safran- foer, John Irving, Dave Eggers...TOO many to name. Some all time faves:' The god of small things', 'Extremely loud and Incredibly close', 'Life of Pi', 'Animal dreams','Native son', 'To kill a mockingbird','The Invisible Bridge', 'Room'.....and I love good non fiction and documentaries too... .OH I COULD GO ON AND ON... aren't stories amazing? recently discovered the hilarious humor of Jen Lancaster's books...so funny. I still own some of my own books from childhood in the 1960's. I love them so. My grown children treasure their older books as well. I think some children's books are among the most beautiful artworks I've ever seen! I love good gardening books and art books as well. So much to learn.


I just enjoy so many things..I love seeing new places and experiencing life and friendships.I love paper, making collages and things. Love sharing and seeing artwork, bags,(the kind you carry stuff in), great clothes and shoes, food, old dishes, coffee, small bakery/bread shops, thrift stores, the fabulous city of Chicago, plants, dance, movies, theater, seeing other people's artwork, graffiti, dark beer, watching my talented children do funny things haha, love NYC, trees, rainy days,sunny days, french things... good humor and laughing, and springtime!!!!! I try to re-use and recycle as much as I can. I love being able to use packaging and shipping materials more than one time. I truly enjoy putting together an awesome swap and sending it off.

Favorite Crafts

I must say that I love to do collage, I love found object art and altered things like journals as well as other things... I am not currently a scrap-booker. I love painting and drawing... I see art in EVERYTHING, everywhere I look. Fabric is extremely interesting to me ...hmmm. Love to receive homemade things even if they're not my style. A lot of my art is created using recycled and re purposed materials...especially "junk mail"(heavier paper and cardboard) I have an eye for good garbage :) I really can't toss away a beautiful piece of paper, to be honest...even if it is "toss-away" packaging in something. Hoping to learn to use a sewing machine in the near future! My latest endeavor is making original art greeting cards mixing old stuff with other stuff.

things I like and use

Moleskine sketchbooks or journals!, card stock, watercolor paper, textured paper,interesting patterned paper, letterpress cards, tissue paper, blank books/journals, notebooks, colored sharpies and good markers, calligraphy pens, fabric bits, old postcards-the older,the better, text in any language other than mine (English), typography,quality paintbrushes, maps. old black and white photos,strange or unusual books, rare books, old book pages, vintage maps, vintage book illustrations, french things, things from Anthropologie :), bits of beautiful old china, nice wood, Domino magazines, mixed cds of music I may have never heard before. I adore old books.

and some bits I love...

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up" -Pablo Picasso

"We are presented with lessons in this life. If we don't learn a lesson the first time, we will be presented with it again and again until it is learned" -Buddhist saying

What you think about others is more your business than what they think about you. Because what they think about you has nothing to do with you while what you think about them has everything to do with you. Your thoughts generate feelings and emotions that affect you. You are always affected more than the person you are projecting it out toward.


Please don't send me anything religious...I am not a fan of organized religion!

one other thing...

I sometimes go for long periods of time without swapping... but don't want to totally give it up yet. I do love mail and would always be open to exchanging mail.


Newfie rated for Notecard Scavenger Hunt - March 2012 on Apr 17, 2012
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely cards, and for the sweet note you wrote. I'll drop you a note too...very soon. :) Dee
Response: Thanks Dee!! would love to get a note from you!! :)
ElizabethObviously rated for Old Photos--Cute Kids on Mar 15, 2012
Comment: I'm the same way as you! I created the swap, thinking yeah I have tons I can send...then as I was looking I was like...hmmmm.....Thank you though!
Response: :) you're welcome! It was fun to exchange photos with another Old Photo Lover!
KristinaLynn rated for private randomness swap on Mar 12, 2012
Comment: Oh my gosh, this stash of stuff is just awesome! I love everything, thank you so much. I'll find reasons to use almost everything in here, I think. Thank you so, so much! You made my day. <3
Response: Thanks Kristina!! I am so glad! It was a fun swap.
ArtTeachToBe rated for In the Woods on Feb 21, 2012
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful piece of work :)
Response: Thank you!!
Whiskers rated for Watercolor on Jan 4, 2012
Comment: Very nice! Love the effect you achieved in the sky. Thank you.
Response: Thank you so much!!!
cazmae55 rated for A Note About .... Projects on Dec 15, 2011
bamagrrl rated for Mail Art #9 - Open Theme & Empty on Dec 5, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved this :)
Response: Oh I'm so relieved!!! Thank you, It was fun!
Comment: Thanks for the great note. Loved the card. Its special because it is one of a kind. Good luck with sales.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words!!
Comment: beautiful card- rnjoyed hearing about you and your son's adventures Johnina
Response: Thank you Johnina! and thanks for rating.
WystericalViolets rated for 100,000! on Oct 27, 2011
Comment: Just AWESOME!
Response: awww THANK YOU! :)
Comment: Loved the cards and postcard with note. It's so cool that we live so close! What a coincidence :) I have never been to Northwind but it is a favorite of my in-laws. I will have to take a trip up there with the hubby. Thanks!
Response: Yay! If you come, say hi to me!!! Thanks for the nice comment!!
Comment: Hi Lois - I just love the cards you sent, they are wonderful! The one you made is magnificent. Thank you!
Response: THANK YOU! I am thrilled you like it! <3
smallhawk rated for Easy Notecard swap-new or handmade on Oct 17, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful assortment! I love the crossstiched owl, it will be the hardest to part with for sure.
Response: You're welcome. That one is one I received from another swapper! So glad you like it! Thank you!
pinkwishjenn rated for Leave A Nice Comment #5 on Oct 12, 2011
Comment: thanks for the help! <3
Response: Any time my friend! Thank you.
nashka rated for Leave A Nice Comment #5 on Oct 5, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the sweet comment! I don't sew (yet), but would love to get into it :)
Response: You're so welcome and thank you.
ObsessedAngel rated for Leave A Nice Comment #5 on Oct 5, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the lovely comments. :)
Response: You are very welcome!
Aria rated for would LOVE to receive/WANT LIST on Sep 24, 2011
Comment: Hello! I received the re-send! It's great! :) you said the first one was amazing, but I love this as well because I know you chose everything for me. :)
Response: Oh my gosh Maria! Thank YOU! You were awesome to wait so long for this and I only WISH so much you could have had the original :) xox
iLoveMail rated for Show Me the Notecards on Jun 30, 2011
DaftDabbler rated for A Note About .... Travel on Apr 26, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the note - love the pretty vintage photo notecard! And the fruit stamps!
Response: You are welcome! Glad you liked it- I love the actual building on that card too.
jessmarie rated for A Note About .... Books on Apr 19, 2011
Comment: I'm terribly sorry for such a late rating. I did get your note, it was lovely. Thank you.
Response: Thanks Jess. Glad you got it.

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shortmommy23 on Dec 28, 2011:

I received the NTG tag notecards today just now. Thank you for everything. I like it all alot!!!!

shortmommy23 on Dec 27, 2011:

I have not seen it in the mail yet, but message me in about a week to check again if I haven't messaged you. It will probably take about that long for the mail to get settled and on track again.

MoonlightingJD on Oct 5, 2011:

Hi Lois, my name is Andrea, I am your partner for the "leave a nice comment #5" I enjoyed reading your profile. I too love reading as much as I can and also have my childhood books by Enid Blyton (which i still read many years on!), It was nice to read about you ~ Happy Swapping

MsMarvel on Oct 4, 2011:

Hi Lois! :) I'm writing you for "Leave A Nice Comment #5". I loved reading your Profile!! Congrats on your son getting into Julliard!! What an accomplishment!! :) I grew up dancing so I can appreciate it! I can't stand cruelty to animals or humans either. I'm a vegetarian. :). You like movies? I HIGHLY recommend 'Midnight in Paris'. AMAZING movie. :). Please check it out!! It was in theatres all summer so probably not on DVD yet. But check your local art theatres if you haven't seen it! I loved the quotes on your profile!! I'm gonna have to steal them! Lol. I see you like to recycle have you ever done a stuffed toliet paper roll swap? They're kinda fun! Have a good week!!! <3 MsMarvel

aNJOiNHa on Oct 4, 2011:

Hi Lois, ---I'm here for the "Leave A Nice Comment #5" swap. I was reading your profile and I remember going to Paris when I was eight .. I went do Disneyland and I just loved it! I hope to go back there again, in a near future. I also love to recycled, I have a shop where I sell some of my recycled wallets ^-^ Maybe we could do a swap one of these days, recycling material and things like that ^-^

hope you'll have a wonderful day w

LizzyJo on Sep 5, 2011:

Hi Lois---I'm here for the "leave a comment on my profile tag". I envy anyone who can grow things. I don't have a green thumb myself. I like your favorite Picasso quote. I have used some of his quotes in the Zentagle journal pages I have done. I see you have 101 hearts. I just got my 100th heart last week....Don't they just make you feel all warm and fuzzy? :-)

Batmamma on Mar 18, 2011:

Tagged you on Leave a comment on my profile :)

I've been to Paris once and totally fell in love, I really want to go back there again. :) I am very impatiently waiting for spring when I can get lots of plants and flowers for my balcony, but today the snow is coming down really heavily so I guess I'm stuck to dreaming a while longer.. Wishing you a lovely weekend :)

djcamp04 on Mar 13, 2011:

Hi Lois! I tagged you from the forum game "Leave a comment on my Profile". I love your profile. You should be proud of your boys, they sound awesome! And Spring is almost here! Aren't you excited about that! I know I am, I LOVE SPRING!!! I have used some of the photos and lace you sent not too long ago. I absolutely loved that lace. I hope to swap or tag with you again in the future. <3

djcamp04 on Feb 17, 2011:

Oh wow Lois! Got my "Quick I need" tag today. The B/W photos are wonderful and the lace!!!! As soon as I opened the package my mind went on the "I just know how to use this" mode. Thank you so very much! <3 <3 <3

jennibek on Feb 17, 2011:

ONE Swap I just wanted to make sure you knew how much I appreciated the package I got for the ONE swap! I had a tough time with this one too for my partner. Just so you know...I loved everything in the package but the card was very whitty! For fun/to de-stress etc... I enjoy going to Hallmark and just reading the cards on my lunch break once a week. Thank you again for a great package! Jenny

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