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Date Joined: March 30, 2008
Last Online: December 4, 2016
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States
My Tatting Blog

financial cutbacks

2/28/12 I'm sorry to say that due to financial issues I have to leave Swap Bot. I'm hoping it's only a temporary thing, but for now we are looking at ways to cut back.

Thank you to everyone who swapped with me and those who allowed me to join your swap groups.

I enjoy swapping so will try to cut it back to swapping things that I can make or have little or no cost other than shipping, which I will have to be careful with too. ~ Bonnie aka mbhp12

About Me

I have been married for 28 years. We have a wonderful daughter, who is grown and does not live at home.

We have 2 dogs, Zoe, a black and white sheltie and Maya Key, a liver and white English Springer Spaniel, she is a hunting dog. Both live in the house with us.

We also have a cockatiel, Nodak. I am originally from North Dakota, which is how we came up with his name. In addition to being a jerk (I say that lovingly) he can say one thing .... "Hi Nodak" humm wonder where we went wrong. LOL

I love our house. It is small, just enough to try to keep clean sigh. It is in a rural setting. We have flowers on our deck and a garden out back in the summer, it's lovely. However in the winter most years we get over 200 inches of snow a season. No really it's true. No matter what I still love home.

And .......... I love my life.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy crafting and will gladly try anything at least once. I have done sewing, cross stitch, calligraphy, beading, latch hook, plastic canvas, rubber stamping, tole painting, zentangle, etc. I put etc because I know I missed something.

I probably still have most if not all of the stuff for each craft listed above, so that I could pick each one up at any time. (That statement made me laugh out loud because it is so true.)

In Nov 2007 I picked up a new bug and it's one I hope to not get over. It's tatting. (view my blog to see more about tatting)

It is my craft of choice, but I will always enjoy sewing. As for sewing fabric postcards are my favorite. Small instant gratification and I enjoy sharing my crafts so that's an excellent way to do it.

Mostly I enjoy sharing what I make with others. I keep very little for myself.


I love color, every color of the rainbow and then some. I thrive on it. Even the colors that others may not consider fun, such as black, brown and white, are wonderful to me.

If I had to pick a favorite color I'd have a hard time with that. Okay now I'm trying to think of a favorite color to say and when I do it's not a favorite, it's a combination of colors, blue and yellow or black and white, or the color that coffee turns when a bunch of creamer is added to it, or the color the sun gets when it's yellow meets the earth as it's rising or setting and it makes that beautiful color - how do you even discribe that color?

You get the idea, I just love color.


I greatly enjoy plants, especially plants that flower. I'd have to say my favorite flower is the daffodil. I enjoy seeing them pop up in the fields on my rural drive to work in the spring.

I love chocolate! Not flavored though, like not mint chocolate or orange chocolate. I really like the basic ones, milk and dark. Oh yeah and I really enjoy the new Pretzel M&Ms, something about the salt and sweet yum.

Tattoos. I have many, and my husband and daughter each have many. I like classy tattoos, not the skull and cross bone type, but the ones that people have put thought into. I currently have 7 tattoos, and although I like them all my favorite is our daughter's first name in her hand writing in her favorite color on my heart, and she was with me when I had it done, so it was a daugher/mother bonding time.

Natural lip balms. I can't do anything that is petroleum based, so I am always on the look out for new ones. *** I'd be interested in swapping with people from countries other than the US to see what natural ones are available to elsewheret. If interested please PM me.

I adore paper and pens. For paper, I enjoy all paper, from post it note to paper to use in my crafting. I like different color paper, or just "plain" writing tablet paper with a fun cover.
For pens - fine point black is my preference, but anything that writes is good. I have some that are odd shapes, for example, flower shape, or big around and long. Fun. Pencils - I have a big collections of odd or in some way different pencils that I could never bear to sharpen and use. For instance I have some that are shaped, one is a moose head and one is made from a flexable type and is tied into a knot. They set on my desktop just to give me a smile when I look at them.

Office supplies: love them! I greatly enjoy fun shaped paper clips, or colored staples, or desk top containers to keep my "finds" in, things like that.

I have long thick hair so I enjoy putting fun things in it, flowers, head bands, clips, etc.


One of my dislikes is when people wear so much perfume that I feel like I'm eating it if I am even in the same room with them.

I dislike cut flowers, seems like such a waste of a perfectly good flower, because it's going to die sooner than if it had been left alone.

I can't do strong perfumy scents, so only boring hand lotions for me, and faint scented cologne. This also includes candles. Although I greatly enjoy them, they can't be over powering or I'll get a headache. We usually do a citrus type smelling candle or hazelnut which is my favorite.

This isn't a dislike it's just something I can't do. I can not have anything to do with real milk, so no hot chocolate packs that have to be mixed with milk, that kind of thing.

Favorite Music

County is my music of choice, not so much the old time stuff, but definatley the current style.

And let me tell you, Elvis sure could sing back in his day. And although I was only about 8 when he died, I think he was hot when he was young. I have an Elvis Gospel CD, love it.

Favorite Television

My favorite can-not-miss show is Deadliest Catch.

But I also enjoy After The Catch, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Swamp People (gotta love Troy!), all tattoo shows, such as the new NY Ink. Wow that's alot and it's only some of them, does that mean I'm a couch potato, yugh

Favorite things to do or just

crafting - reading - using cloth napkins - paper - natural lip balms - flavored coffee or packets of flavoring for coffee - packets of flavoring for water - gum - fun buttons (spaded or color or vintage) - shaped post it type notes - cards (note cards or thank you cards) - ANYTHING hand made - tatting thread & shuttles - ribbons - Chocolate! - stickers (not teacher type stickers though) - using totes (for work or shopping .. love totes) (swapping totes is one of my favorites, PM me if you'd be interested in doing a private tote swap.)


Cakers rated for Send A Postcard on Jun 8, 2012
Comment: Hi, I love the postcard you sent, the falls are beautiful! Thank you so much!
shellsajerseygirl rated for Send A Postcard on Jun 2, 2012
Comment: Thank You for the nice postcard =)
Dairenn rated for Red and Pink are for Valentine's on Feb 7, 2012
Comment: thank you for the cute tote
Comment: hi, thanks for the neat purse, Anisha has already run off with the goodies inside, but not before i took out the owl tag.
earthnk rated for Suds & Bubbles:A Soap Swap on Jan 20, 2012
Comment: Oh Bonnie, thank you so much for another wonderful swap. Those soaps smell so good. I think the "messenger" scented soap is the one I'll try first. Love your delicate tatting goody as well. Thank you for swapping with me. You always make me smile with your kindness. Happy Swapping~
widelo123 rated for tote and a note on Nov 10, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the tote and the yarn. My mind is going crazy with what I can make with the yarn. I will have to wait until after Christmas to do so. Maybe then someone will teach me how to send photos. Thank you again, Shirley
Comment: My tote arrived this morning! Thank you so much also for the lip salves and FireBalls, I've not had those for years - took me right back yo my childhood!! x
Comment: Received your tote with a note today. Thanks for the extra (candles and coupons). The candles smell good.
maxbenleo rated for tote bag on Aug 20, 2011
Comment: Thank you for your lovely tote and post-it notes!
momncrew8 rated for Send me a Tote & Note #6 on Aug 9, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the tote and note Bonnie. Love the little extra that you tucked in - the vintage fabrics. Lovely.Thinking of a project to do with them.
DebR rated for Choose your own theme in a Ziplock #1 on Jun 27, 2011
Comment: Thank you for everything. I was just looking at those earrings on your blog yesterday and thought how pretty they are. I will give tatting a go sometime.
Maggiesmother rated for Send Me a Tote & a Note #4 on Jun 27, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the tote bags. Love the color. The extra tote was very nice of you to send it. These are such fun swaps. Happy swapping.
earthnk rated for A Craftypoo for YOU! on Jun 22, 2011
Comment: Just lovely! Thank you so much :-)
JuliasAlteredArt rated for Altered Cigar Box on Jun 6, 2011
Response: After all of the time and expense of making swap, and $9 in shipping, this is all I get, not even a thank you, or nice work, nothing? This is why I am leaving swap bot.
Comment: Thanks for the package :) I love tthe tin, notepads, and pens!! I have already stuffed the tin full of my writing instruments!!
CreatrixAzalea rated for Small Sewn Project Swap! on May 13, 2011
Response: After all of the time and expense of making swap, and cost of shipping, this is all I get, not even a thank you, or nice work, nothing? This is why I am leaving swap bot.
iamthatis rated for New Lip balms-all natural swap on Apr 27, 2011
Comment: Thank you! Lip balms with sunscreen are always welcome!!!
Miabiff rated for New Lip balms-all natural swap on Apr 27, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the lipbalms I have never tried Alba before and like you I'm always needing a stain eliminator.
Comment: WoW! Thank you for *3* journals.....how awesome! I love them and I love the way that you put them together---> nice job. Can't wait to play in them. (-:
Comment: thank you for telling me about your furry friend!! Maya is so cute!

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RyeRye on Oct 9, 2012:


ladyaries7 on Jan 19, 2012:

thank you very much for the tote bag and soap from the toe bag lovers group. the soap smells so good!

TeaNi on Dec 29, 2011:

Welcome to the USA Swappers group! Please be sure to edit your profile group settings to receive notices of our new swaps so you don't miss any of the fun, and come by to check out our current swaps and forum tags. Happy Swapping!:)

lorepuckett on Dec 8, 2011:

Thank you so much for the tag items you sent for the coin purse/bag ladies group! I love your tatting, wow! It's so delicate and pretty looking. I can use everything you sent and do appreciate it! :)

earthnk on Oct 26, 2011:

Thank you for the nice profile comment. Glad you liked the coin purse tag. I found myself having such fun putting your tag together. Thank you for turning me onto the awesome pretzel M&M's. Who knew they could be so tasty! Glad you liked the coin purse and POG. The Pogs I brought back from my Middle East & Africa tour are special to me as they've no doubt passed through many a fine soldiers hands. Happy Swapping.

earthnk on Sep 16, 2011:

Wowee Wow wow! I'm jet legged as heck but I gotta tell you how your wonderful tag package perked me right up. Great tote but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tatting you made me. So delicately special. I will think on it but I'm leaning towards adding them to a garment I can wear and therefore show off your beautiful work. Thank you so much for making my day with this wonderful package. Kaye

Linda52156 on Sep 15, 2011:

Thank you so much for the homemade purse and bookmark, they are beautiful. I envy you that you can make those, the tote was great too. You made my nasty day so much brighter. thank you so much...

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