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Date Joined: January 24, 2009
Last Online: March 16, 2024
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I am Connie, wife and mother. I have been married for 26 years and have a wonderful daughter! I have an identical twin( and yes her name is Bonnie!!) Mom had to come up with names quickly, they were expecting a baby boy!! Surprise!!!!. I think that is where I have received my love of surprises. The whole swapping thing was new to me, but I have quickly become addicted too it. I am also a licensed Optician,I was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years. But now that I have found this site, I do believe the craft side of me is coming back out. 04/21/10 We have a new addition to the family!! A 6 week old schnoodle puppy. Her name is Evie. I lost my beloved Sandy on 02/27/10. But the house was empty without a fur baby running around, so in comes Evie. She is full speed, I was use to a 12 year old, and now this. I have my hands full, but I'm loving every minute.

I LOVE Christmas! The decorations, the lights, the music ( I hum X-mas songs all year) the yummy smells, the Christmas cards, shows, and all the wonderful, and happy spirit of the season. I see more smiles and cheerful looks during this time of year than any other time. Christmas

Oct. 2010: I have started a new hobby. Yea!! I bought a new camera and several different lenses, and driving everyone around me crazy taking photos.. It has been great fun going on long drives and seeing new places, so I can get different shots...Sept 2015- Still loving my Photography!.. I got my Christmas present early this year from the DH, a new full frame camera!! I am one happy girl!!!...

2019: MY New Year resolution, was to enjoy the simple and pure things in life.and what a wonderful year it has been!!! More family time, cookouts, games,and crafts, Spending as much time at the beach, fishing, kayaking, taking night strolls. Picnics at the lake, and wonderful long drives in the country! Life is good :) , No keeping up with the Jones, No drama, just pure happiness! This is the only resolution I think I have every keep. Fingers crossed we keep going strong for years to come!

Swapping Pledge

I pledge not to be a flaker and to always Rate my partners. If I am your swap partner and you have not received my swap on time, Please contact me,I would be very upset to disappoint my partner. Hope to meet all of you soon!


Things I Like

Fish with big lips,Pink dogwood and Sunflowers, . To hear Children laughing, BIRDS,Rainy Days,Old Shrimp boats, Water Grist Mills, Autumn (favorite season) Antique stores, Flea markets, vintages items, Hidden object games,and BAKING!!! My favorite colors are: Pink,Gray,Teal and Yellow.

  • A- Apples, Art , Aprons
  • B- Bubbles, Baking, Bluebirds
  • C- Clouds, Cool days, Christmas, Caramels, Camera, Chocolate
  • D- Dough bowls, Dogs, Dandelions, Dover Clip Art
  • E- Easter eggs, Energy
  • F- Friendship, Funny thing, Fishes with big lips , Fall
  • G- Green grass, Gnomes, Grist mills, Grits, Gerber daisy
  • H- Hugs, Hubby, Holidays, Hallmark Christmas movies
  • I- Icicles,Indian corn,Iceland,Ice cream
  • J- Jelly beans, Jeans, Jewel quest
  • K- Kayaks, Kites, Kindness
  • L- Leaves, Lucky charms, Lighting, Leather bracelets
  • M- Magazine, Magic, Masks Mala Bracelets
  • N- Naps, Nutcrackers, Nostalgia, Nite lights
  • O- Oceans, Old Shrimp Boats, Oak trees,
  • P- Photography,Puppies, PJ's, Place mats, Pink dogwoods
  • Q- Quite time, Quotes
  • R- Rainy day,Ravens, Road trips!!
  • S- Sunflower, Santa, Sundrop, Surprises,Scandinavian Gnomes
  • T- Twins, Trees, Tim Holtz
  • U- Umbrella, Utah,
  • V- Vintage Sea Captains, boat wheels, old ships and clocks... Valentine, Veterans
  • W- Walks, Waterfall, Water wheels,
  • X- X-Men,
  • Y- You got mail, Yellow, YouTube
  • Z- Zoom lenses


I photographed this little guy Saturday 01/27/13 in Conway SC



  • Cheddar Cheese straws
  • Chocolate covered carmels
  • Milk Chocolate Kisses,
  • Ritter Sport Corn flakes or Choco biscuit,
  • Brach's Classic Jellybeans (Love them)

Favorite Crafts

  • Baking

  • Photography

  • ATC

  • Collage Canvas

  • Altered Blocks

Things I Dislike

  • Tea

  • Cats

  • Coffee

  • Stationary sheets or letter sets

  • Socks

  • Post Cards

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Fruit filled chocolate

  • Sport themes

  • Window cling decorations

  • Scented Candles and Lotions ( My head just doesn't appreciate certain aromas)

  • Please No dollar tree cooking and baking utensils, and measuring items.

  • Character themes

  • I HATE packing tape! we fight and it always wins!! Okay, we can now add CLING WRAP! It hates me too. lol..

Favorite Books

Anything written by, Iris Johansen,JD Robb,Nora Roberts, Christine Feehan,and the Harry Potter series. I have read all of these authors books that is out, I like to read about paranormal stuff,magic powers,ancient gifts. If you know of a good book in this genre, I would love to know about it. I enjoy Craft ,Baking and Photography magazines.

Favorite Movies

Harry Potter, You got mail, Love actually, The Wedding date,, Over board, The Avengers and StarTrek!! I love to laugh and smile during a movie. I don't like sad endings, or really silly movies.

Favorite Television

Big Bang Theory,Face Off, Chopped, Castle, Bones, NCIS, Cup Cake Wars, Holiday Baking Champions and The Magician

Favorite Music

Aerosmith, AC/DC, Daughtry,Hinder and ,all of the true classic rock bands, Big Bang K-Pop and Christmas music always makes me happy


  • Carolina Wrens

  • Bluebirds

  • Cardinals

  • Song birds (do you see a pattern here? Yes I love birds)


Wish List

  • This is my Amazon wishlist

  • This is my Etsy wishlist

  • Black watercolor pencil

  • Any thing Tim Holtz

  • Things for my Sizzix Bigshot

  • Any thing Ranger products

  • Vintage or old looking clocks (don't have to work, for display only ) Battery operated

  • Items for my 3 tier tray Holidays or seasonal (ex: 3 tier tray

  • Lottery scratch-offs

  • Anything- Carolina Wrens

  • Needle felting kits or supplies

  • Refrigerator magnets, Vintage looking, Gnome, Birds, Route 66

  • Covergirl Outlast moisturizing top coat or Outlast lipstick 549

  • I Love Vintage items I can photograph. ex:Vintage items

  • Dover Clip Art book (Victorian, Holidays, or Birds

  • Cheddar Cheese Straws (I love them!!) or a good recipe for them

  • Sponge Daubers

  • Tombow mono permanent tape or refills

  • White Gel pens

  • Uhu stic Glue stick

  • Rub-Ons

  • StazOn ink pads

  • Silicone 9 inch round cake pan mat

  • Spices or seasonings

  • Baker salts

  • Cookie stamps

Thrift Store Finds

Here are a few things I look for when I go to thrift shops:

Vintage Clocks or alarm clocks

Victorian Lady images

Faces that I can make clay molds of (would LOVE an Indian, African, Egyptian, any face with character... No bigger than 2 inches)

Old Vintage items I can use in a Still Life photo, like my last one I shot I used long gloves, vintage lipstick case, long necklace,earring and vintage mirror .It made a great photo to hang!! So anything with interest.Ex: Vintage Item

I usually go with nothing really on my mind and just enjoy the surprise I hope to find!!!


thriftymermaid rated for No Coal for Christmas 2023 on Dec 19, 2023
Comment: Hi Connie. Thank you so much for the explosion of Amazon packages!! It was fun just to open the boxes. It was like “Oh another one!”, “Anothrr one!!!” LOL Bringing them with me to Maine to open on the big day!! Your goodies are all packed up and waiting for pick up. I’m so glad we keep up this tradition. Big hugs and Merry, Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend. 🤗🎄❤️🎄❤️🤗 Update 12/25: Thank you, thank you, thank you Sweet Connie!! I’m so excited to start crafting and making more jewelry and suncatchers!! I’m feeling very inspired!! And the Morrocan lamp!!!!!! Thank you!! It’s gorgeous!! Big hugs!! I hope you had a beautiful, cozy day!! I’m so glad we keep this tradition going!! ❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️
Response: I am so very Glad you were happy with all your goodies!!! I had fun shopping for you and continuing our tradition! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my Friend!
shellbede rated for YTPC: Mason Jar Pockets on Jun 5, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the mason jar pockets!
Comment: Oh my Goodness, I received an awesome Easter Basket full of goodies! You went way above by sending everything I love! You hit my likes so well! One being I love Hobby Lobby, so I can't say enough! Oh I had a piece of Chocolate, too! YUMMY! I already displayed the Beautiful Spring sign! Thank you again so much! :) I also like these notebooks, they are really a nice print! The Spring Gnome I have hanging from my dining room hutch! So cute! I cherish this because it is handmade by you! I hope your Easter and Spring is full of beauty and things you enjoy!
Response: I am so Very Happy you liked your Easter Basket and goodies! I had a lot of fun putting it together for you! I hope you have a wonderful Easter 🐰🐣🐰
Comment: Connie, Thank you for the nice card & stickers!! It cracks me up that we both bought the same exact stickers!! Were your's at Hobby Lobby, too? Those were all I could find!!
Response: You are very welcome! Yep, The stickers are from Hobby Lobby! lol They were very limited on their Easter stuff this year! I hope you have a wonderful Easter 🐰🐣🐰
Comment: What a beautiful card and stickers thank you so so much my friend!
Response: You are very Welcome!!!! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!🐰🐣🐰
Kitty2cats rated for TA - Watercolor Doodle Birds on Feb 19, 2023
Comment: Hi Connie, Oh, your doodle bird is adorable! I love it❤️ Thank you. Great idea to splatter the background and to add an extra layer of fluff with a pen. I struggled getting the eyes right. Yours look great! It was fun trying something new. Thank you also for the watercolor stickers. These will be great fun to use!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the very kind words, I struggled with this , but Loved trying something new!
warheart rated for UHM: Feed the Birds Day 🐦 on Jan 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card & note about the birds!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you thank you for the sweet valentines! I especially love the little one as it was a pilot and I used to be a flight attendant
Response: You are welcome! I hope you have a great Valentine Day!
Comment: Thank you for the card, Valentine and all the adorable goodies!
Response: You are welcome! I hope you have a great Valentine Day!
Comment: thank you for the valentine and extras!
Response: You are welcome! I hope you have a great Valentine Day!
Comment: Thank you- so much, my friend, for the gnome-tastic Valentine. I love the foodie Valentine stickers!! Big hugs to you, thank for joining, hope your Valentine's Day is wonderful as you!! 💝💝💝
Response: You are very welcome! I hope you have a great Valentine Day with lots of hugs and chocolate! 🍫🥰💖
Comment: Adorable thanks for a cute swap!♥
Response: You are welcome! I hope you have a great Valentine Day!
Rainydancer rated for CPG: Theme is Birds-Global on Jan 22, 2023
Comment: thanks so much!
Response: You are very welcome!!! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Hi Connie! Love the flower notecard and goodies! I am seeing some daffodil greens pop up - love that as it feels like maybe spring is not too far behind! I am hopeful the deer will leave my sunflowers alone - two years ago I had over 6 foot plants, last year the deer decided the small green plants were just too yummy looking - sigh! We were gone for one week and came back to almost everything being chewed down to the ground - dang deer! But of course will try again this year, as we have to be optimistic when it comes to planting and growing! LOL! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I am so happy you liked the goodies I sent!!! I LOVE Sunflowers! but can't seem to grow the real tall ones! Fingers crossed the deer will let your flowers grow Tall and beautiful!!!
Comment: thank you. love everything
Response: You are welcome! I hope you have a great Valentine Day!
thriftymermaid rated for No Coal for Christmas 2022 on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: Hey Connie!! Your box arrived--YAY!! I look forward to opening it on Christmas. Thinking of you and sending lots of love!! More soon!! Update 1/3/23: Lady—you’re the best!! Wow!! You spoiled us like crazy!! I can’t say thank you enough. I just opened yesterday! Can you believe, just to top off 2022, I got Covid for Christmas?!?!?! I was exposed on Christmas Eve by my SIL and niece. Oy vey!! So I did all the stuff for Zora and made it through Christmas okay, but went down for a few days after that!! I had such a fun time opening your package with Zora and my Mom, we were ooohhh-ing and ahhh-ing over all the beautiful, thoughtful things you sent!! Zora loves her Barbie legos. Thank you so much for all the Amazon wishes, the bead spacers I’ve already starting using!! 🤗 The Xmas beads, the gorgeous cross body bag!! I love the rubber stamps, the great stickers and papers!! I adore the beautiful sea glass bracelet!! So many amazing gifties!! Thank you for keeping our great tradition going!! You are part of my Christmas family and it wouldn’t be the same without you!! Lots of love and many thanks—til next year!! xoxo
Response: I am so happy you liked your Christmas goodies!! It is very true, You are part of MY Christmas family too! You always make Christmas extra special! I hope 2023 will be a wonderful year for you and the family!
Comment: Thank you so much Connie, it’s in my stocking! ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much! What a great surprise!! I don't have that tape yet and I love it!
Response: You are very welcome!!! I am so happy you like it! It peaked my interest when I saw it, Now I need to order some for me!!!
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for my gifts! I’ve placed the wrapped one with others to be opened in December. I most definitely will make hot chocolate using the recipe on the dish towel! ♥️
Response: You are more than welcome!!! I hope you will like your gift!!!
Comment: Thank you very much. I enjoyed my gifts. The items you sent were lovely.
Response: You are very welcome, I am so very happy you liked your goodies!!!!

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LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2023:


Tricia22 on Feb 5, 2023:

CPG Jan WTA- Thank you for the envelope of goodies!!

thriftymermaid on Jan 3, 2023:

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Connie!! I hope you had a wonderful day!! Wishing you love, laughter, creativity, adventure, good eats, good health, and prosperity in the coming year, and always!! So glad to have you as a friend!! 💜💜🎂💜💜

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2022:

from USA Happy Mail

SharMarie513 on Dec 18, 2022:

Hi Connie thank you for the beautiful hummingbird brooch for WIYM May stocking stuffer! I love it! Merry Christmas!

thriftymermaid on Apr 23, 2022:

Thank you for the wonderful Easter Basket!! You're the best!! ❤️🐰🐰🐰❤️

thriftymermaid on Dec 25, 2021:

Wishing you and yours all the best at Christmas and in the coming New Year!! 💚🎄💚🎅💚🧜‍♀️💚

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2021:

thriftymermaid on Feb 27, 2021:

Hello, Sweet Friend, just a little head's up in case you're interested that I just posted the Ultimate Easter Basket swap in the WIYM group. I knew it used to be a fave of yours. Hope you have time!! Hugs and well wishes!!

thriftymermaid on Feb 14, 2021:

Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! 💗💌🧜‍♀️

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