Swap-bot Time: April 15, 2024 2:47 am


Date Joined: August 26, 2009
Last Online: February 15, 2022
Birthday: January 10
Country: United States
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Favorite Music


  • Classic Rock
  • Contemporary Country
  • Contemporary Classical Piano
  • Acoustic Guitar.

I really do like almost any music, but I am not into Heavy Metal or too keen on the techno type music. I am always willing to check out new music and sometimes and surprised at what I find myself liking. Right now I am loving Darius Rucker and still drag out the ole Hootie and the Blowfish music for comparison sake. Phil Phillips (Idol) and Alex & Sierra (X Factor) are frequent choices also. I listen to XM Radio most of the time, so I don't buy many CD's.

Favorite Books


  • Sander's Starfish,
  • Three Weeks With My Brother,
  • Suzanne's Letter For Nicholas.

Reading is a passion on mine and I love checking out some of the non-mainstream books that aren't even close to best-sellers... yet! I also enjoy reading "what my kids are into". Even though it may not be my thing, I like knowing what types of books they are interested in. It is so fun to see how their tastes change as they grow. I've read the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, but have no interest in the tv series. The Aurora Teegarden series is by the same author and quite enjoyable.

Favorite Authors


  • Tara Allred Niekamp,
  • Nicholas Sparks,
  • James Patterson,
  • Charlaine Harris.

Favorite Movies


  • An Affair To Remember,
  • Sabrina (both the old and new versions),
  • Grease,
  • Sleepless In Seattle,
  • The Wedding Singer,
  • The Breakfast Club,
  • Say Anything
  • A Knight's Tale
  • Serendipity

Favorite Television


  • Wings,
  • How I Met Your Mother,
  • MAS*H,
  • Little House on the Prairie,
  • American Idol,
  • Fox News,
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Walking Dead

Favorite Crafts


  • Papercrafting,
  • Stamping,
  • Sewing.

Okay, if you really want to know, I have "done" almost any craft that has been invented. I am better at some than others. Knitting, crocheting, tatting, are not my thing, but I love tatted items. I grew up with a very crafty mother, and I think we paper mache`ed (sp?), decoupaged, tole painted, leather tooled, any and everything imaginable in the 70's. I love crafting of all shapes and sizes and am always interested in the next big fad for crafters.

I love my Cricut, serger, and sewing machine. I'm trying my hand at polymer and paper clay. I've made a few things out of molds and have made a few flower canes. I also made a few molds of my own. My youngest daughter and I have really enjoyed working with the clay. Eventually, I want to add some of these creations to my Etsy store.

Thanks to @zerofantasies I'm now hooked on hand-carving rubber stamps. As if I didn't already own enough stamps. I like being able to really personalize a profile package by adding a nifty stamp.

I also love making and receiving matchboxes. I'm always on the lookout for cute and tiny treasures to put in them. I finally put found a cool shadow box shelf to display the matchboxes I've received from so many talented Swap-bot participants. I love every matchbox I have ever gotten. Each one has it's own "personality". I would love to also add matchboxes to my Etsy shop!

My newest swap interest is Pocket Letters. I only just found out about them. I can already tell that I am going to become as crazy about them as I am about matchboxes! Now that is crazy!



I have hundreds of bells in a collection I started in my late teens. I like mainly porcelin and glass bells, but have a variety of others, too. I can't pass them up at garage sales, but try to keep myself from the thrift stores ones. Only because every thrift store has dozens and I would quickly outgrow my collection cupboard it I grabbed all of them. As my collection has grown, I am more selective in the new ones I add to my stash.

Did you ever wonder how a penguin collection starts? In my 20's, I happened to comment after watching a National Geographic program, that I loved penguins. Someone who heard me make that comment, bought me a keychain that said, "I ♥ Penguins". Well that is all it took for a collection to start. Suddenly I started getting penguin items as gifts, just from friends seeing the keychain. It's amazing as one little keychain can turn in the a big collection. Now, 20 some years later, I really do ♥ my penguin collection.

Oh my, I almost forgot to mention my two biggest collections: Cookbooks and Cookie Cutters. I love old cookbooks (except the ones with bugs in them, but that's a whole 'nother story). I have 100's of cookie cutters, but try to stick mainly with metal ones, unless the plastic one is too hard to resist. One of the newest cutters in my collection is one of the Space Needle. I haven't used it yet, but I will, sometime in the future, when that perfect occasion for a space needle cookie arrives. I've gotten so many cute ones in swaps: angels, crowns, ornaments, and many, many others.

Thoughts as I near my 4th Swap-bot anniversary: When I signed up, I really was just looking for a place to swap a few scrapbooking pages or kits. I had no idea how much fun was in store for me. Check this picture out, that is just from my first few months on Swap-bot! As I looked around this morning, I noticed that there is not a room in my home void of Swap-bot swap items. The bathrooms have candles, scrubs, and lotions. The kitchen has linens, cookbooks, and cookie cutters. The piano room has some lovely knick knacks. The TV room has the Swap-bot additions to my bell and penguin collection. The girls' bedrooms have many goodies that they have claimed as their own, like stickers, stationery, and jewelry. My son's room has a few items that caught his eye. My desk is literally overflowing with swap related stuff. Even my husband's desk has a Swap-bot thingie or two on it! Thanks so much to all my awesome swap partners for making me smile everytime I open my mailbox! This community really has enhanced my life, crafting and otherwise. It is so nice getting mail from friends all over the world. I love getting to know you. Y'all are really awesome.

About Me


I love Swap-bot and am so thankful that the administrators (yep, that's you Rachel and Travis) have provided such a great place to swap. I've been scrapbooking and stamping since 1994 and have participated in and hosted 100's of swaps throughout those years. I loved scrapbook page swaps, but my favorites were the Secret Sister, Birthday Club, and RAK type swaps. I'm loving tagging, but have to police myself a little bit to keep from getting carried away with them.

Please contact me if your item does not arrive on time. I will always send my swaps by the deadline and I will rate as quickly as possible. I would appreciate my swap recipients doing the same.



I am reluctant to list all my likes, because I really enjoy the mystery involved in swaps. One of the best things about participating in swaps is getting something that I never would have bought or crafted myself. I love seeing what YOU think is great! I tend to get in ruts with my color choices, etc. and love the variety of swaps. But here is a quickie list.

Bright, vibrant, colors. Any season, just not the soft muted tones. If it is "groovy", I will love it! I love patterned papers, and double sided cardstock. I prefer acrylic stamps and am in the process of whittling down my huge wood mounted rubber stamp collection. BUT, sometimes I do see a wood mounted stamp that has an image too tempting to just leave on the shelf. So, I have to buy it! I love brads, eyelets, and all sorts of other embellishments as long as they aren't too bulky. I think paper piecing is just too cool, but don't have the patience to do the work myself, (if it involves using a tweezers, it's way too detailed for me).

You can rarely go wrong in giving me fabric of any sort. I love vintage fabric and new fabric, yards of it, or fat quarters. I spent the summer hitting estate sales and I now have quite a stash of vintage sheet fat quarters. I don't even care if I have no need for a particular piece, someday I might!

Please don't feel restricted into sending only the colors and such that I've listed. Who knows, if you send your favs, they may become my new favs.




Be warned, your package may arrive looking like it has been around the world a time or two - maybe it has. I just can't justify throwing away usable bubble envies, especially the decorated ones.


Special thanks to Spin for angeling the Bottlecap Pincushion swap (Hanane).



I stand by the guidelines as listed the swaps I host. In fairness to those who meet the requirements, I don't make exceptions. Swaps come around again and again, most likely you'll be able to join a similiar one another time.


TrishaLouise rated for Spring Matchbox on Apr 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the great matchbox!
Response: You are welcome.
Kamishaja rated for Pocket Letter Pal Swap on Apr 27, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful pocket letter.
Response: You are welcome. It was fun to make.
TrishaLouise rated for Holiday Fun Matchbox Swap 2014 on Dec 30, 2014
Comment: Loved the matchbox you made me. Thank you!
Response: You are welcome!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome matchbox! Everything is better with Hello Kitty ;). Hope you have a great holiday season!
Response: You are welcome. I hope you have a wonderful holiday too!
grimmlynn rated for Sender's Choice Matchbox on Mar 29, 2014
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful matchbox. The flower on top was amazing! I was so impressed when I learned it was handmade. Such talent! Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: So happy that you liked it. Oh yes, the rosette flowers. I just started to make them last month and I cannot stop!
crispy rated for Pick 3 Swap - March on Mar 18, 2014
Comment: thanks
Response: You are welcome.
JenniE2006 rated for Sender's Choice Matchbox on Mar 17, 2014
Comment: thank you so much for the beautiful matchbox and goodies!! Love them!!
Response: You are welcome. I had fun making it for you.
JenniferWatsonMcDonald rated for ATC Bible Verse on Mar 14, 2014
Comment: One of my favorite verses !! Love the ATC !! Many blessings !! <3
Response: Glad you love the verse too!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely apron
Response: You are welcome. Glad it arrived safely.
jdawn1105 rated for February Love Matchbox Swap #6 on Feb 23, 2014
Comment: Loved the matchbox, thanks so much.
Response: You are welcome. Glad you love it! I enjoyed making it for you!
woodlandlady rated for Surprise Me Matchbox - Private on Feb 19, 2014
Comment: thank you, liked the tiny bottle inside, so twee. swap arrived today 19/2
Response: So glad you liked it. It was fun to make for you. :)
Comment: Tara, thank you for the great package. I love everything, especially the Sweethearts, those are my favorite candy!
Response: You are welcome. I am happy that you love the things. It was fun to shop for you!
Comment: Love all the fun stuff you sent! No worries about lack of handmade, life happens! And I enjoyed everything you sent so it's still a win situation! :-) BTW, do you have a dog? Our Yorkie was all over the package as we were opening everything! LOL
Response: No, we don't have a dog. Maybe your Yorkie was after the candy! LOL. Glad you can use everything. Great swapping with you, as always.
JeanetteC rated for Pick 3 Swap - February on Feb 15, 2014
Comment: Awesome package, thank you Kathleen. I have just begun some life changes so the stamp is perfect =o)
Response: You are welcome. I thought the saying was great too!
zoev1975 rated for Valentine's day matchbox on Feb 12, 2014
Comment: Beautiful matchbox. Thank you so much.
Response: You are welcome. :)
Babytreese rated for ~~Be My Valentine~~#2 on Feb 10, 2014
Comment: Beautiful card! One of my favorite Bible verses. Thanks for the stickers too! Cheers, Theresa
Response: You are welcome. Glad you liked the verse too!
Jenna83 rated for Pick 3 Swap - January on Jan 23, 2014
Comment: Very pretty swap. Thank you so much. I especially loved the verse in the card and the pretty envelopes. I can't wait to put something sweet in them and send them out. :) Take Care, Jenna
Response: So glad you liked them.
MNJoviGirl rated for January Birthdays on Jan 18, 2014
Comment: Renville is slightly bigger, 1300 people. But we have a nursing home.
Response: Yes, that is a bit bigger, with perhaps a few more businesses than ours. :)
Comment: Hi! I am so sorry for the late rating! I had marked that I rated but than for some reason I did not - yikes! A sign of age? LOL! TY for the lovely B-day wishes and the flowers - I love them! Hugs, Happy Birthday, and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Glad you liked the card and flowers. :)
zebragirlzebra rated for January Birthdays on Jan 9, 2014
Comment: Thanks so much for the extra flowers my birthday twin!!!
Response: Glad you liked them! I cannot stop myself from buying more of them EVERY time I go to Michaels!!!

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CurlyTea on Jan 10, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Jan 12, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

anicka22 on Jun 14, 2014:

Thank you so much for the wonderful decotapes. Loved them all, especially the kawaii ones :)

anicka22 on Apr 22, 2014:

You are very welcome. Love sending you. If you ever want things from the netherlands, just send me a message :) Love, Anicka

luckycharms on Apr 18, 2014:

Happy Easter


mara76 on Apr 11, 2014:

thank you very much for the twines.. i love all the colours!!

nellswell on Apr 6, 2014:

Thank you so much for the wonderful happy mail! I love the postcards and the checklist (so cute!) and I very much appreciate your kindness. :-)

fairypretty7 on Mar 17, 2014:

Thank you for the altered matchboxes they are so cute.....Angela n Anisha

Arabella on Feb 28, 2014:

Kathleen, received your beautiful altered ribbon spool box and it is just amazing! Sheet music paper is my favorite for a background. The flower and butterfly napkin mod podged over it worked beautifully! Then you filled it with goodies and added several of the napkins so I can try podging, too! Thank you so much for being an amazing angel!!!

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