Swap-bot Time: March 18, 2018 8:22 am


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: March 17, 2018

Country: United States

About Me

I am interested in swaps, especially in charm swaps and ATC swaps. Lately I've been in more postcard swaps - they are simple and fast. I've worked in all sorts of mediums but mostly in paper and jewelry. I like to explore new techniques and mediums and look to have my creativity challenged.

I like making charms, cards, and art from found objects, and upcycled materials.

I've made several altered books and enjoy the rebirthing process of turning an unwanted book into a treasure.

I'm an RN and have a side job/apprenticeship at a book bindery that restores and preserves old books and occasionally makes new ones.

Favorite Books

I like books about food such as Food in History; and Pickled, Potted, and Canned.

I like pretty much everything by Dorothy Gilman.

I like classics by authors such as Shakespeare, Dumas, Austen, Twain, Doyle, and Rand.

One of my top favorite books (I really can't pick just one) is Possession by A. S. Byatt. And I like that she is also a critic - means she writes quality stuff.

I like sci-fi/fantasy/romance by Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Gabbaldon, and Isabel Allende.

I love old dictionaries with lots of pictures and truly aged pages.


I deeply appreciate handmade items... effort & risk taking is always admired!

Altered Books & Journals

Handmade books or restored books (bookbinding) - I like to reback and rebind old medical textbooks and medical books for home use.

The periods I like are the Renaissance, the Romantic period (Rosetti, Wm. Blake), and the "Arts & Crafts" movement (late 1800's to 1920's), the Silver Screen era.

I like Edward Gorey, Erte, Gustav Adolf Mosa, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, William Blake, Gabriel Dante Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright Salvadore, Dali, Maxfield Parrish, Andrew Wyeth (especially the Helga pictures), N.C. Wyeth, and pre-1900 lithographs. I like modern lithography too, but I really like the old stuff.

Washi tape. It's really become an obsession.

Embossing folders and cutting dies and suggestions for creative ways to emboss.

Embossed or punched foil pieces


Altoid tins

Anne Taintor


My favorite colors are blue and green. I love all the colors, but I don't wear yellow or orange.

Keys, old postage stamps, old dictionary pages and pictures, old sewing notions (I'm pretty well stocked on buttons and lace at the moment, thanks to so many generous swap partners), old gears, springs, washers, and cogs.

Vintage anything - but not musty or moldy!

Glass, sparkly beads, gemstone, or metal beads (no plastic please)

Handmade charms

Glitter glue, glitter, confetti (in small amounts)

Old jewelery. It can be broken or have some stones missing. Single earrings are good and things with beads.

Interesting papers - especially handmade, marbled, pages with foreign (not English) languages, japanese paper, odd natural fiber paper, old maps (pre 1900)

Asian stationery sets

natural/ "handmade" wrapping paper

Day of the Dead anything - skeletons/calaveras, papel picado, milagros, prints by Jorge Guadaleupe Posada

Mexican folkart - lucho, loteria, etc.

Fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from all cultures. I especially like the illustrations from fairy tale books.

Patterns I like include paisley, vintage looking, travel inspired, Victorian and french flourishes. I like fleur de lis, peacock colors, butterflies, asian inspired, French or Latin American roosters (not the cute country ones), feminine - think Victorian, and the artists I listed above.

I love rabbit and butterfly images.

I like to travel and plan to see the world. Some of my favorite places are San Francisco, England, Austin TX, and the Sonoran desert.


Not a fan of plastic pony beads, polyester yarn, plastic mesh crafts, needlepoint-type stuff.

Not into "cutsey" stuff like Disney, kittens or puppies, babies or children, country or cowboy, sports, school stuff or super girly.

I don't like holiday themes, especially Christmas.

I don't like religious items meant to convert me, especially crosses.

No Hershey's Chocolate or Cadbury's made in the US by Hershey.


I promise I will always rate swaps. Even if it takes me a while.

On the other hand, I am not on swap bot to collect ratings. I like the creative outlet it provides me. I'm not going to post flakers or send out reminders to rate me. I figure if you didn't get my swap or it wasn't what you expected, you will let me know. I send out things I'd like to receive and am pleased when I get the same in return. This site is for fun and that's it. If it isn't fun, there's no point.

Food & recipes

For food and recipe swaps:

I love food. I and my family have no allergies to food and love trying new things. Any and all recipes welcome. I do have one vegetarian in the house and we tend to eat pretty healthy in general (whole food, low carb, less meat). I also have one in the house who thinks no meal is complete without meat. And one who thinks sugar is a legit food group.


Pandd rated for A.I. Stencil ATC Background on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: What a wonderful image. Thank you for reading my profile. Love the ATC. Thank you. Pat💕💕
Onyx rated for PH: A Challenging Scavenger Hunt #3 on Feb 22, 2018
Comment: Wonderful swaps! We have very similar taste which makes everything you sent very much appreciated.
Comment: Great postcard and great list of words! Thanks!
MeghanMac rated for Expand my Vocab PC swap USA #10 on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: Great work choices!
candybeads rated for 3 Sticker Sheet Swap USA 11-14 on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much. Will be happy to have you aboard any time. 😊
Response: Thank you for the updated rating. I truly appreciate it.
DorothyH rated for Craft Destash #3 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 My goodness Emily I can't believe how many "great" things you were able to stuff into that box. There is no way I could ever get it all back in. (When I go on my next trip I want you to come pack my suitcase!) thank you soooooooo much for all the wonderful treasures - so many nice things to work with. It's really ALL so exciting - so many things I will use - so many type of things I like. thank you, thank you, thank you!💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
Response: I'm so glad you like it!
Comment: Thanks for the journal and the extra stencils ! You are the 1st person to send me some ! Greatly appreciated. I liked your use of the old book. Let me know if you want to swap again !
MyRetroSoul rated for Naked Nudie Swap on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you for this great card! I love it!
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC! I love the way you collaged it all together! The drawing in your note made me laugh too (in a good way). I can't draw either!
Comment: thank you very much for journal and extras!! I loved them!<3
DragonflyDreamer rated for Craft Destash #2 on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a wonderful package of goodies! So many fun things that I will absolutely use. You are such a dear for taking all that time to make me so many die cuts, and out of the book pages, such a cool look; love it. Thank you so very much.
Response: I'm glad you liked it.
Comment: thank you so much for the postcard :)
suepier rated for Postcard Extravaganza #2 on Dec 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. It is very interesting.
Kenzie2806 rated for Postcard Extravaganza #2 on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Love the elephant postcard, thank you!
kssunlover1947 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2017 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute card. Love how you embellished it. I have a grandson (20 years old) who loves those sugary cereals.
mcovey rated for Postcard Extravaganza #2 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Arizona pc love the moon cut out
MawBella rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2017 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: I love the card. Thank you ❣️❣️
anotherfairytale rated for Postcard Extravaganza #2 on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: I love this pc and thanks for the great Alice sticker too
SGriffin rated for Postcard Extravaganza #2 on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card! and yes, herbals are as old as the day is long.
PostcardAl rated for Postcard Extravaganza #2 on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: Hi emily -- thanks for the great vintage card from Tucson. I was there last year, but spent all my time looking at cacti, not churches. But would love to visit again. Best, al

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Hell0Z0mbie on Oct 9, 2017:

LOL I'm only brave on IG because I have my "art" one that's separate from my normal/linked to Facebook one that's associated with my actual name. IRL people don't see my account linked here which is for the best! :P

debtea2 on Jun 8, 2017:

awesome finish on the dragonfly jam thank you and hope to jam with you soon

judgedbyabookscover on Jun 8, 2017:

Thanks for the homer, and the set to work on. They are awesome! I ill keep them moving : )

hibiscus on Feb 26, 2017:

Love those finished jams! So creative!

Candyn29 on Jun 3, 2014:


cmdunderground on Jan 20, 2014:

Hello, can you please rate for ATC bizarre, wacky,& unique holidays JAN. I sent it to you on Dec. 11th..

Meepy on Jul 3, 2013:

Just want to say that it's time to send your surprise packet out!!! ;-) Many greetings

Itti on Nov 15, 2011:

Have you received my banknote swap yet? I haven't heard from you and I posted it a while back.

memtree on Jul 28, 2011:

oh wow emily! that is so nice! i wish we could do that more often as so much food does go to waste!

keep up your RAKs :)

Elayne on Jun 10, 2011:

Emily, recieved my swap pkg, thank you for the stickers, charms and the rubber stamps. As soon as I figure out how to rate , you'll have another 5 heart rating!

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