Swap-bot Time: June 21, 2018 1:46 am


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: June 19, 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.


Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Cathedral PC! I hope you get to visit Alaska one day! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
MsLee rated for A.I. ATC - Summertime Vacation? on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Dearest Emily, thank you for my ATC, My idea of a great Summer it's also a place where I can have access to a lot of great books! Have a great Summer
Lantana149 rated for Random Handmade PC! on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: As soon as i saw the glitter on this PC i LOVED it! I also like the "master board" idea, i've never done that, i may give it a try.
Comment: I love England :3 ive been there 3 times. I love visiting and seeing my sister and her family :]
Poeprincess rated for Random Handmade PC! on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great collage PC. My 1st HMPC ever! Loved it.
Comment: Oh my gosh!! I LOVE this card! And you cracked me up with the "that's one I won't want to paint" LOL You are right, I absolutely wouldn't Totally cool. Thank you
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the card!
samsstuff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I like the glitter you added!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and the quote! I'm a quote collector so it's perfect! Have a great day.
Comment: We love Austin and believe in keeping it weird! We are heading that way for some BBQ real soon! Thank you for the great card!
Leftie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: 😃😃 Loved the sparkly fruit-o’s! Chocolate is one of my favorite flavors of ice cream..🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦
Comment: Thanks for the PC - love the quote!
Comment: Hi Emily! Thank you so much for the Lao Tzu quote. I have seen it before, and thought, "How true is that?" lol. The Museum was blocked out.. which museum has such a beautiful eagle as an art display? Thanks again :-)
Response: The British Museum in London is where I got that postcard. I'm glad you liked the quote.
RiverTopanga rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Hi Emily! Really cute Honey Nut O's Chunk O' Cardboard. Like the gold sparkle on the honey spoon :-) Thank you so much!
Comment: Great postcard and quote! Thank you
LauraM540 rated for JAM Supply Kit on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the goodies!
oceanilumn rated for Botanical Postcard Swap USA #4 on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Super cute!!! Def one to keep ^-^
chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2018 on Jun 2, 2018
Comment: Hi Emily, Thanks for the glittery Fruity O's chunk! I have eaten at Los Dos Molinos a couple of times but not lately. One thing I love about Texas is that there are breakfast tacos everywhere. Not so much here in AZ. Not sure why not! Thanks again xo
Rocktopus rated for Quotes on a postcard #21 on May 30, 2018
Comment: Love this pc, and this quote is so sweet
christy102194 rated for Quotes on a postcard #21 on May 30, 2018

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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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