Swap-bot Time: December 2, 2023 12:04 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2008
Last Online: December 1, 2023
Birthday: August 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Update 11/11/2023 My sweet cat, Ozzie passed away. I only had him 3 years, but it seemed he was always in my life. I still hear him talking to me, and I live by his schedule. It will take awhile.

My name is Joy, and I am a retired real estate broker from northern Ohio. I have 4 daughters, 4 stepchildren, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Number 4, Nora was born on 3-20-23 (a palindrome birthdate) I craft and travel. I used to cruise. I also love the Cleveland Guardians (Indians), Cavaliers, Browns and any Ohio sports team. I now have a 17 yr old Tuxedo cat named Ozzie. He is vocal, (we argue all the time) loving, and very handsome. Sadly, Ozzie is deaf. He's very geriatric now. But he seems happy and eats well. Sleeps a lot. His owner passed away in a car accident at the age of 30. I wanted company during Covid but wanted a senior cat. One of the funniest YouTube videos is: Sad Cat Diary by zefrank1. A must see for cat lovers.

Favorite Music

Music seems to be limited to oldies, classical, and anything my grandchildren (the musical ones) are involved in. Norah Jones is a fav. I really like peace and quiet.

Favorite Books

*Spare (Interesting perspective)
*The Midnight Library
*The Book of Names
* Dear Edward
* Where the Crawdads Sing
* All Nicholas Sparks
*WWII love stories
* Love Jeffrey Archer
* Lee Child
* David Baldacci
* Harlan Coben
* Rosamunde Pilcher
* Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour (not a western)
* Philippa Gregory.
* JoJo Moyes

Books are a big part of my life, both written and audio. I will read almost any mystery or best seller. Historical novels are pretty good also. Once in a great while I'll read a "trashy love story" just to break the monotony of serial killers. My eyes get tired more often, so sometime it takes a while to get through a book. I am downloading books on my IPad more and more. Love it!

Favorite Movies

TV is just a vehicle for watching movies and sports. I LOVE movies. I found that the local library has most of the just released movies, and I usually have a list of 25 or 30 at any one time on reserve. My favorite movies are: Anything Marvel or DC, French Kiss, You've Got Mail, Moonstruck, Kinky Boots, Avatar, Chicago, Triplets of Belleville, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Breakfast Club, Howl's Moving Castle, Shall we Dance, original Japanese version. I am not opposed to any genre, except perhaps most sci-fi's. (Ok, I'm not totally square....I do like The Matrix and most Quentin Tarantino movies) Loved John Wick 4. I find I like Kung Fu movies, and laugh at myself. I have been watching dvds of BBC series, such as Upstairs/Downstairs, Downton Abbey, etc. I look forward to Project Runway and all variations. I always loved Fashion Police.....I will miss "bleeping" Joan Rivers and the ugly red carpet dresses. Since Covid, Netflix is my new addiction. They carry movies, tv series and original programming that I can watch anytime, anywhere.

Favorite Crafts

My interests include textiles & fiber knitting (scarves) and crochet (afghans), sewing, and collage jewelry/button stuff. Button dolls. Any Christmas ornament or decoration. I started making my own Christmas cards. I am obsessed with ATC's. I made 5 "family history" altered books. Also trading postcards has become an interest. . I do some Kumihimo braiding. I am making beaded bracelets. 2019: Beaded suncatchers and tree ornaments. Fun and easy gift.

More about me

I am not easily offended, love tasteful nudes, double entendre's, clever sarcasm, etc. I collect and hoard whatever I need at the time for my current project(s). I did purge all the supplies for past projects during the move. I feel so much lighter. There is so much to learn and do, and so little time. I do love hand made things. There is a little bit of the artist in everything hand made. I think thats why I love ATC's. The maker's personality shows through. So, do not worry about what I like. I am open to anything you love. I have recently developed a love for postcards. It's instant mail gratification...I like them naked with a nice note, or sent in an envelope (to be used for another swap). I love sending and getting little pieces of mail. My vacation shopping now includes buying interesting postcards for my swaps. Too funny!

Yes, Please

OK.... I will be adding thoughts from time to time. It's hard to list likes when there is very little I don't like.

I Love...........

  • Anything about the Royal family. I have a small collection of British commemoratives (china, postcards, etc.)
  • Middle ages (Henry VIII, etc.)
  • anything (book pages, etc.) written in a foreign language
  • Unusual colored/patterned/floral papers. All colors, especially muddy/washed out/muted colors and patterns. ATC sized papers (2.5 x 3.5 or larger). I also like hand made papers and backgrounds.
  • Rubber stamps, especially clear or unmounted ones
  • ephemera from victorian to the 50's
  • Anything Tim Holtz
  • Notecards, decorated envies
  • I would love it if you used real stamps when mailing me.
  • books and magazines on crafts, beading, buttons, or paper crafts.
  • Butterflies
  • Beer Coasters

  • POSTCARDS - written or unwritten from anywhere in the world. I prefer standard 4x6 size (NOT oversized or large) for my album unless the swap calls for something else. I DO NOT collect multi view cards or vintage or handmade. I like in no particular order, but not limited to:

    • people
    • real animals (not the cartoony ones)
    • art
    • lighthouses
    • touristy
    • Lantern Press
    • world heritage sites
    • foreign
    • scenic
    • map
    • national parks
    • black and white
    • stadiums/sports
    • Maxicards *State Capital Buildings
  • my state map collection (blank) is almost complete but, there is more than one design for each state. I need all New England states and any foreign countries are welcome.

  • I love Go Cards and Max cards. They are ad postcards with great graphics. They are actual post cards with ads on the front and no/very little print on the back. I have not been able to find them in Ohio.

  • pierced earrings - I like hooks rather than posts.
  • Chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet
  • Decaf coffee
  • Anything made with love
    • Computers (I don't mean someone should send me a computer, but I spend a lot of time on mine.)
  • Movies (ditto for movies) I would love recommendations
  • Book recommendations
    *PLAYING CARDS: I'm looking for all playing cards in any suit. Love jokers. I started a frankendeck of cities, states and countries. I need 8,9,J,Q of diamonds. A,5, of clubs, A,2,6,K of hearts.
    I would love postcards or playing cards specific to your country/area.
    ****I was given a couple of decks of pinups (nude men or women) from the 70's. If anyone is interested in acquiring a couple of cards, PM me with your address. I will be glad to send some on. I know this is not for everyone, but many collect playing cards of all types.

No, Thank You

If you can avoid these.

  • Cutsy stickers (Hello Kitty, Kawaii, etc.)... It's ok if you make me something with them, I just don't feel creative using them myself.
  • Quilting-supplies or fabrics, I don't quilt- that would be a whole other life.
  • I don't journal
  • All jazz music, heavy metal, most country (I know, it's un-american)
  • Sci-fi movies
  • Most bugs
  • Spandex anything
  • make-up, I don't wear much
  • Cooked spinach - liver - mushrooms
  • squash (anything with a z or q in it)
  • perfumes and lotions. I'm not into scented anything.
  • People who send swaps or postcards without a little personal note. A line or two would be enough. I would love to hear something about you or your area.
  • Postcard dislikes:
  • multi view
  • cartoony animals/people unless it's cartoon characters
  • Oversized (larger than 4x6)
  • Handmade (unless the swap calls for it)
  • Zazzle
  • Vintage


I always send my swaps on time. I never mark sent until I actually mail my swap. However, sometimes it goes into a mail box, not the post office, so the post mark might not be the same as my send date. If you don't receive anything in a reasonable time-frame, please let me know before you rate me and I will resend. I send all multiple partner swaps at the same time. So, if you see I have been rated by someone in your swap, you know I did send to you also. I WILL NEVER LET THE POST OFFICE WIN! I do keep track of my swaps. I know it's my responsibility to check on whether you received my swap, and as many of you know, I do. But it's also your responsibility to rate me when you do receive it. Thank you.

I promise to rate as soon as I receive your swap. (Unless I have a brain cramp that day) I appreciate thoughtful extras, but, they are not necessary for a heart. I will give hearts for good and/or caring work. If you send on time and it is the required item(s), you will at least get a 5. If you have a good reason for being late and let me know, I will be patient. Communication is the key. Sometimes life does kick us when we're not paying attention.

THANK YOU to my swap-bot family for all your wonderful swaps. You never disappoint. It's a real pleasure to belong to this group.




rosehippo rated for PCS: Season’s Greetings 2023! on Nov 29, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much!
MelissaLB rated for PCS: Season’s Greetings 2023! on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the nice cards. Merry Christmas!
Comment: I love this card, the red and white is so pretty. Have a Merry Christmas.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card! I love it!!💚❤️ I hope you enjoy the wonderful season!!
chimerix rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #5 on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card. Mele Kalikimaka!
Jangonz rated for PC-Sticker Bomb 4 on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Loved it! Thanks for the Christmas PC Sticker bomb.
Lolle rated for PTG: California Postcard on Nov 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for this great pc from San Francisco. I love the glitter on it! Enjoy the fall season, it's almost summer down here.
Response: Glad you liked it. It's almost winter up here. LOL.
KellyR rated for Playing Card Obsessed #59 on Nov 16, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the cards! You're right, some are mine, but I haven't seen the bird on the pussy willows before and it's very cute!
nanadiana rated for PTG: OHIO postcard on Nov 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the Ohio pc. Looks like a beautiful place to live. :)
susieq11 rated for NIGHT VIEW Postcard on Nov 10, 2023
Comment: This was an unexpected and awesome postcard choice! I LOVE it! Thank you so much! I have not been to Memphis - I do want to go to Graceland one day though! It is hard to believe we are on our way to winter - but at least it has been pretty mild! Thanks a lot for joining my swap! xoxo
Response: I save the best for special peeps. I'm glad you like it.
rosehippo rated for Playing Card Obsessed #58 on Nov 6, 2023
Comment: thank you so much, i love the mini tarot card! doubles are no problem; some i keep, some get recirculated.
Vickyen rated for ITALY Postcard on Oct 31, 2023
Comment: Hi Joy! How wonderful that you have been to Italy three times! I have heard great things about it and we currently have a friend that is traveling there! For his birthday, so that is very cool! Thank you for the lovely pc and share! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: you made a beautiful card - thank you for sharing it with me! happy swapping/halloween!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the 💗
Nordmen rated for FLOWER Postcard on Oct 28, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard ! Have a nice day
Comment: Thank you tons for all the great postcards and the extra too! I really love the cranberry harvest - what a great aerial view! They are all perfect - and thank you for joining!!! Yes, the weather has been SO nice...I fear the changes by Tuesday, lol!!! xoxo PS - cute washi tape with the faces!!
Response: Thanks Susan. I love to share my favorites. Thanks for hosting.
minniepic rated for PCS: Six cards for two partners #9 on Oct 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you so very much for all the wonderful playing cards. Also thought the note card you sent them in was gorgeous ❤️❤️❤️
shirleyinCA rated for A Favorite Because . . . on Oct 23, 2023
Comment: Pretty artwork on the envelope and very nice ad cards! I enjoyed hearing why you like each one.Thank you for joining the swap!
Comment: cute! thank you :)
kydestar rated for Two Maps + Two #5 on Oct 22, 2023
Comment: Great selection of postcards, thank you!
Comment: Thank you! How do you make the paper pocket? I opened one up and it looks like a die cut.
Response: Thanks for the rating. Is it made with a magazine page? I resend those I get. I just folded it that way. The next time I will make it smaller.

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simcoe54 on Aug 4, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

Byn0604 on Jun 19, 2022:

Hope you had a fantastic weekend.

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debbiespoms on Mar 21, 2022:

Received the 3 map PC's via PH postcard tag and thanks very much for them!

Mark63 on Feb 7, 2022:

Hi, I’m back! And I’ve listed a swap if you’re interested. 😀

myancey on Mar 3, 2021:

I am so glad the second arrived. Happy swapping!

CrystalZ on Feb 10, 2021:

Thank you for the fun Alice in Wonderland themed postcards that you sent for the Postcard Tag in Postcard Hideout! I will definately be adding these to my collection :)

user6937 on Jan 29, 2021:

What an unexpected surprise in my mailbox today! Two wonderful map cards (Ohio & Hilton Head Island) - thank you, Joy! Extremely nice of you ;)

jjhere on Jan 25, 2021:

I'm learning some cool stuff reading your profile! I love Phillipa Gregory, too. I've read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy but didn't know the made all the movies (have seen the first one - loved it). I had to look up 'Kumihimo braiding'...wow, beautiful!

susieq11 on Aug 19, 2019:

OK, I’m glad you liked both mapcards!! : )

susieq11 on Aug 5, 2019:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Joy! Have a nice day!!!

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