Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2018 12:10 am


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: September 22, 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 tea Emily! I was happy to see the one from HEB. I used to live in Texas and I always loved going there with my mother. It was fun to remember while drinking the tea! :)
Comment: Cool quote pages. Thanks for the tea!
Comment: "minatory" - new one for me!
MarHelene rated for How's The Weather Today PC US on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: Hope you got rain!
Response: OMG! After I sent that post card, it started raining and it hasn't really stopped. It has been wonderful!
aprilivy rated for Expand my Vocab PC swap USA #19 on Sep 15, 2018
Comment: Hi Emily! I loved the words you chose. Thanks so much :)
kfaye rated for 5 Oddities for 5$ ROUND 9 on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you. Items were definitely odd but were supposed to be NEW and some of these items were dirty & smelled of mildew.
theweirdsnailsmail rated for Instax photo - Food <3 on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the photos! That meal looks so yummy!
basykes rated for Something from your work on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: I loved your envelope. I read your letter while munching on the NatureValley bar! I was a transcriptionist for a psychiatrist for 30 years, so I really appreciated all the insights you provided. Thanks so much!
zerosummons rated for Expand my Vocab PC swap USA #15 on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and all the new words!
bluerose3 rated for Expand my Vocab PC swap USA #15 on Jul 23, 2018
dearchelsie rated for What are you reading? #8 on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. One of my friends was reading Lord John and the Brotherhood. She was telling me the other day how much she likes it. I have only read two of Diana Gabaldon's books. I do enjoy them. =)
Autumn5 rated for Quotes on a postcard #22 on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: I love the quote :) And Studio Ghibli! That's one I'd never heard of! Thank you so much
nsciambi rated for Quotes on a postcard #22 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
JenniferJo rated for What are you reading? #8 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
goinjenny rated for Quotes on a postcard #22 on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for sending blank
katmandu rated for What are you reading? #8 on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Love the PC, looks like the kitty has had a little too much "catnip"! I've read all of the Outlander Series but have not started the Lord John Series, it's on my reading list but so are several hundred other books!! Thank you!
Response: That one came as a surprise on Bookbub. It was great. I finished it the day after I sent you the PC.
goinjenny rated for MISHAP pc JULY on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Comment: First off..awesome bag!! From what I seen of it before it was whisked out of my hand and into my daughter's. I LOVE recycled and repurposed items and that was fantastic! I hope to use it someday or see it when my daughter does. Thank you so much!!!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Those bags hold so much stuff!
Comment: Thank you for the Betty Davis PC. I used to work a block away from Times Square and would never step foot in that place! I do love the Philharmonic, though, and lessons from one of their violinists must have been a great experience!
Comment: Thank you for a lovely washi pc! I am the opposite...I hate the heat. I don’t like the cold either, but you can always get warm with more blankets. You can’t get naked enough to cool off. Lmao

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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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