Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2019 11:09 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2008
Last Online: February 19, 2019
Birthday: August 4
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Joy, and I am a retired real estate broker from northern Ohio. I have 4 daughters, 4 stepchildren, 6 grandchildren, and 2 new, great-grandchildren. I play golf, camp with my sister, craft and travel. I used to cruise. I also love the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, Browns and any Ohio sports team.

Favorite Music

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

Favorite Books


  • The Other Girl
  • All Nicholas Sparks
  • David Rosenfelt. It's even better if you listen as the reader has an east coast accent which is perfect for the character. If you like dogs, you will love this series. Courtroom drama, but funny.
  • I am binge reading Robert Crais mysteries
  • Love Jeffrey Archer
  • James Patterson (he writes (yeah, right)) at least 10 books a year)
    • Lee Child
    • David Baldacci
    • Love: Michael Connelly & Harlan Coben
    • Winter Solstice by 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. Funny how I can whip through them at camp when it's quiet and peaceful. I received an ipad2 from my children, what a wonderful tool for downloading books, etc. 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, French Kiss, You've Got Mail, Moonstruck, Kinky Boots, Avatar, Chicago, Triplets of Belleville, Breakfast Club, Howl's Moving Castle. 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) 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 do look forward to Project Runway and all variations every year. I always loved Fashion Police.....I will miss "bleeping" Joan Rivers and the ugly red carpet dresses. 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 a new interest. . I took a class on Lampworking a few years ago and bought the supplies. I want to get serious about it. Love making glass beads. Hope to get more consistent so I can make jewelry for myself. Kumihimo braiding. I am making beaded bracelets. Very Zen'ish.

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
  • Used/unused postage stamps from anywhere. I would love it if you used real stamps when mailing me.
  • new or old buttons and glass beads
  • unusual yarn (not 4 ply Red Heart type) , any color, single, individual strands about 6 foot long, for a particular scarf project.
  • books and magazines on crafts, beading, buttons, or paper crafts.
  • Butterflies
  • dotees (I would like to learn to make them)
  • handmade dolls of any kind

  • 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:

    • people
    • real animals (not the cartoony ones)
    • art
    • lighthouses
    • touristy
    • world heritage sites
    • foreign
    • scenic
    • map
    • national parks
    • black and white
    • stadiums/sports
    • Maxicards

    • my state map collection (blank) is complete but, there is more than one design for each state.

    • I ALSO HAVE (blank):
      Mackinac Island
      Pirates of the Carolinas
      Yellowstone N.P.
      Kelley's Island, OH
      Cape Cod
      Martha's Vineyard, MA
      Lakes Region NH
      Highway 49 CA
      Cascade Loop Highway, New River VA/WV
      Lake Tahoe
      Finger Lakes, MT
      Mountains & Rivers, Pacific Coast,
      Nantucket Island
      United States of America
      World Map
      Lewis & Clark Trails - Montana

  • I love Go Cards and Max cards. They are ad cards with great graphics. They are actual post cards with ads on the front and I no/very little writing 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)

No, Thank You

If you can avoid these. You won't be marked down if you send something on this list.

  • 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 sent 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. Thanks.

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.




Villagegreen rated for Water, Water Everywhere on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of post cards. Also loved the stamps and envelope. Hopefully winter is almost over. We have many signs of spring, lambs in the field etc. I hope that you survived the bad weather that you had. It must have been horrendous. Best wishes
Response: Glad you liked the pcs. I live in an area that has had a pretty good winter so far. Thanks for the nice rating.
thebragal rated for ATCO: Free Theme February on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Totally love it. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful selection of postcards! Loved them!
Response: So glad you got them. Thank you for the heart.
Winegeek rated for AAA: Sparkle ATC on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: I LOVE this ATC. The background paper and your design are wonderful. Thank you also for the tissue txt paper, and I love the card, going to re purpose it. Thank you for a wonderful swap.
Response: I've made a couple of that card because I really like it. I wish I could remember where I got the background paper. I learned to print on tissue paper when I couldn't find Tim Holtz paper. It's fun to do. Glad you liked everything. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Very pretty church, thank you! Hope you thaw out soon. We're gonna need an Ark if it doesn't stop raining soon :)
goinjenny rated for Multi Multiview Pc #26 on Jan 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you
elflady rated for ATCO: Free Theme January on Jan 22, 2019
Comment: I love every part of this ATC but especially love the background. They are my favourite colours at the moment. Thanks so much also for the extras. elflady
Response: I don't know what craft supplies are available in other countries, so I may be sending stuff you already have. Glad you liked the card. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I got the background paper or I would buy more. I'm almost out. Thank you for the heart.
LadyJo rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #51 on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of postcards! I love the selection you sent to me! Yes I do think it is a first time to swap! I have been to Lake Erie and loved it.
Comment: These are fun! Thank you! (Super fun envie too!)
Comment: Thank you!
Johanna51 rated for Not Your Country Map PC on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Puket Island pc. Sorry for late rating. I received the pc on October 15.
Comment: Thank you! Don't worry about sending me doubles- I can always use extras for trading :)
MeHeartsQuilting rated for ACTION! on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Just so lovely Collection of postcards and Little extras! Thank you so much, it´s a real happy mail <3 5 hearts, if I could :D
Response: Happy you received everything. Thank you for your kind words and rating.
CHOWEFACE rated for Two Maps and a Touristy #7 on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cards! I don't have either map and this is my first Cuyahoga Valley NP card!
Comment: Very well made atcs... never thought of Truman as boring ! Love the pumpkin balloon nice work thank you!
Comment: Lovely postcards, I particularly liked the lighthouse!
Comment: Surely that dragon stamp wasn't in with the "boring" stamps! It and the Polska tree are beautiful. Your witch was creative. Thanks!
Response: No, they we’re from my stash. The USA stamp was sent to me along with the Eleanor Roosevelt and celebrate stamp. Fun swap. I love postage stamp people. Glad you liked them.
Kvwanderlost rated for AN Birds on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: I love the Snowy Egret :) Thank you Joy!
jenmcjen rated for Coins from Cards Challenge USA on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for two beautifully well-done coins. Very creative!

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susieq11 on Apr 11, 2018:

Thank you for the PTG: Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag! I looove the iguana and owl. We are desperately ready for Spring too!! OMG! xoxo

denimblu14 on Aug 4, 2016:

Happy Birthday Joy, I hope that you are having a lovely day :)

RyeRye on Aug 4, 2016:



RyeRye on Aug 1, 2016:

Happy Birthday Month!


simcoe54 on Jun 12, 2016:

The single postcard that you sent in error for PTG: "B" Is For, just arrived. It sure took its time getting here as I received your resend faster. I love the card. Thanks!!!

marinda on Dec 14, 2015:

Thank you so much for the religious building postcard! That was really sweet of you! :) I imagine the first pc falling down behind something at the post office, then some mail worker finding it weeks later and thinking, oops! Better send this off! Ha ha. Yeah, one month is very strange for domestic mail.

susieq11 on Mar 6, 2015:

You could've sent me an Ohio map card! I wouldn't mind at all!! : )

emilynhr on Dec 23, 2014:

bbsporty on Aug 4, 2014:

Happy Birthday!

sherba31 on Jun 5, 2014:

Thanks for the monkeys and rum ad card. It's really great!

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