Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2024 4:05 pm


Date Joined: June 20, 2018
Last Online: June 12, 2024

Country: United States

About Me

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UPDATE: 12 July 2022 I am finally getting to contact my partners of 3 missed swaps. I've been ill, and without access to my crafting supplies. I expect to be home within a week, and will mail the two that are ready-to-go, but still on my desk, and will complete the one I haven't finished.

I'm going to take a break from swapping, or at least tread carefully. I have reduced energy, but am feeling a bit more capable every day!


I like writing, reading and paper crafting swaps. When I'm in a "what have you read" swap, I carefully record all my reading, which is super helpful. I love also to receive or give book recommendations based on likes and dislikes.

Besides swapping, I like to:

  • read (widely). I read mostly in historical fiction, science fiction and mystery, and challenge myself to read out of my usual genre at least once a month, including a classic.
  • do genealogy. I love helping others, as well, with their trees. I'm currently doing descendancy research, so that if new cousins take a DNA test, it will be easier to identify them.
  • play advanced strategy games (Euro games). I often play on BoardGameArena.com. I like Thurn & Taxis, Innovation and Love Letter.
  • watch youTube videos about crafts, writing, journaling, cognitive behavioral therapy, geology, history and ancient genomes.

I'm learning about writing a novel. I feel pretty confident about how to structure a novel. I'm still learning about character arcs, which involves identifying the characters' mistaken beliefs, unsuccessful attempts to get what they think they need (but actually just want), their self-discovery of this flaw, and their difficult, but successful, journey to growth.

To prep for a first draft of my first novel, I'm researching:

  • permaculture and food forests
  • inventing an alien species
  • contrasting a bucolic culture with an urban one
  • psychic healing (or like Jill Bolton Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight)
  • stages of psychological development
  • hospice
  • sailing, and storms at sea
  • ana-Baptist culture and history

I'm using several personality systems to give me ideas to make characters distinct from each other, especially the Enneagram and Clifton Strengths.

Favorite Crafts

I like Zentangle, mosaic, and mock-quilting patterns. My absolute favorite patterning is batik, and wax resist on watercolors. I haven't yet learned to do that --> this year (2022)?

I love hand drawn images, particularly if they tell a story or convey a feeling. And anything watercolor.

I'm not so into vintage, I think because I love color so much. But when I like vintage, it's because of how the pastel tones are used to effect. My favorite color palettes vary quite a bit. Some current favs:

  • Fuscia, gold, buttercup, cream, dark purple
  • Turquoise, sea green, golden yellow, blue
  • SW USA palette: purple, turquoise, gold, umber, yellow, and even pink
  • Olive, Forest Green, Light Green, Ivory, Tan.


OTHER CRAFTS: I like to make collages -- ATCs, and larger formats.

I've made a few simple bound books in the junk journal style. This year (2022) I hope to create a vision book, with a spread for each of my main projects.


I'm not traditionally religious. I lean more toward Solstice than Christmas. But I'm good with others expressing their own preferences and experiences. Hymns and Bible verses remind me of the wise, kind people I met as a child and young person attending a Lutheran Church, and later Catholic Mass for a few years. I feel that "Christ consciousness" is as good a way to refer to the Presence I sometimes find in meditation, and when I need to draw on something greater than myself in my personal life's travels.

My favorite tarot deck is the Light Seers Tarot, because I adore the art on every card. I also use the HeroRise Masculine Archetype Deck, which I got on their Kickstarter.

Extras I like

My favorite themes or images are dragonflies, birds, celestial images, the Moon, urban settings in pen-and-ink, townhouses all in a row, water-color-ish anything, Zen doodles.

Unfortunately I am allergic, so please send NO SCENTS or PERFUMES.

I can use:

  • washi tape
  • pretty napkins for collage
  • little pockets
  • letter sets, or stationery that fits in a 6"x9" envelope
  • greeting cards
  • handmade envelopes of ALL sizes
  • ATC's, Coins, inchies, twinchies
  • materials for ATCs, inchies, twinchies
  • book pages in foreign scripts
  • any of the items I've mentioned above in image form (for art journal)



snels119 rated for Coloring Collab 2022 #5 on Nov 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card and extras!!
starmccoy rated for Alphabet ATC - F (round #2) on Jul 30, 2022
Kraftylady777 rated for Coloring Collab 2022 #6 on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much
Comment: Thanks for sharing.
carfra89 rated for CPG Coloring Collab #27 MAY - US on Jun 28, 2022
Comment: I received this today! Thank you
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful swap! I appreciate the extra PC and the few used stamps. I LOVED your envie!!
Comment: Thank you so cute!
DollyDotBoo rated for HEP: Purple ATC 💜 on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you 💟
WoodlandBanshee rated for AO: 3 Layer ATC - May on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the clown card! Take care
Comment: Thank you for the sharing ε٩(๑> ₃ <)۶з!
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
hazelwitch3 rated for BLC: Big Jubilee Read 2 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: This second decade of books do seem to have been a somewhat unsatisfying lot, don't they! Thanks very much for your review of Picnic on Hanging Rock. I appreciated your analysis -- and although I don't think I will read it, it was good to have an insight into it. Hopefully we'll all be happier with decade three!
Response: I think when one decides to dip into historical writing, you have to appreciate just expanding your horizons. Actually liking it is just icing on the cake. Tx for hosting!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your books! I plan on reading Red, White, & Royal Blue this month since it's pride month :)
Response: That's a good choice - they're a pretty good writer. Enjoy!
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG 1 Sheet Minizines #28 - US on May 31, 2022
Comment: Some great zines - thank you! The geneology one is awesome, great idea! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked them. [I don't want to admit how many rounds it took to line them up (newbie here)!!] I'm not on social media, but if you ever wanted to show someone the genealogy one, feel free (as an example). I love to help people love genealogy <3
LadyAbigail rated for BLC: Big Jubilee Read 1 on May 30, 2022
Response: thanks for the rating!
Jjean rated for BLC: Big Jubilee Read 1 on May 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the very interesting review....
Response: you're welcome. thanks for the review!
oldsoul rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Mail ARt- May on May 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you Sue, and no - it doesn't matter, that it's upside down. Actually, as today the next season of Stranger Things start on Netflix, it is just on the nose, don't you think!
Comment: Thank you so much for the email! I am so sorry it took me so long to rate you! Have a lovely week :)
Response: welcome back!
TTrotti rated for AMA: April Scavenger Hunt on May 19, 2022
Comment: Hi Sue, thx so much for the scavenger hunt PC - yes, I found them all. The blues and yellow look so nice together. Thx again! xTama
Response: I do enjoy the arbitrariness of a scavenger hunt. It gives a fun random starting place to play with. Thanks for the rating!
Comment: I think I should check out the books you've mentioned, they sound quite interesting. Thank you!
Response: I hope you get a chance to! thanks for rating :)

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messymama on Aug 22, 2020:

@Rosa1 what a beautiful sun ==> I'm a Sag :)

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