Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2016 2:51 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: June 25, 2016
Birthday: February 1
Country: United States
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About Me

Rating: Second only to making, I love rating...and responding to ratings. I alway find myself grinning like a fool when I'm doing either of those.

I live in Titusville, Fl., a small town between Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach. Titusville's kind of like nowheresville, but I love it here!

During the summer we spend a lot of time at the beach and not enough time kayaking in our beautiful lagoon.

I have a thirteen-year old son and a twenty three year-old daughter. I often joke that I'm going to change my son's middle name to "whatwasmymotherthinking", but he's a funny kid and we have a good time together.

I have a lot of interests and way too many hobbies!

I love to cook, but not to bake (that's my husband's thing and that's just fine with me.)

I love to travel, but can't stand cruises. I like going places and learning about the people, the area and especially the food of the region or country.

I can be obsessive about knitting but prefer to do it in solitude instead of groups - I guess you could say that I don't play well with others.

I'm a warm weather girl who believes the only place ice belongs is in my scotch and the only snow I want to see is in a paper cone drizzled with sticky red syrup.

My sense of humor can be a little odd, but I'm blessed with friends who must "get me" because my best pals have been my friends for 20+ years.

I believe that if you can count your friends on one hand you are truly blessed. I enjoy my many acquaintances, but I know the difference between an acquaintance and a friend.

You never know what may come out of my pockets - that torn lottery ticket I found in the parking lot or the fortune from a wonton cookie. I'm really going to have to come up with a way to stop saving all the bits and baubs, that someday will find their way onto an ATC or into an art journal.

So, there you have it: That's kind of me in a nutshell.

Favorite Music

There's generally classical music playing constantly in my kitchen.

Those who really know me, know that I know more words to more 70's songs than should be allowed for someone who can't carry a tune if her life depended on it!

My musical philosophy is that if you can't sing well, sing loud!

My iPod is bursting at the seams with podcasts. I love love love podcasts! I listen to knitting podcasts when I'm knitting, gardening podcasts when I'm gardening, organizational and life-coachy podcasts when I'm cleaning or decluttering.

Did I say how much I love podcasts? I fear my family is going to stage an intervention.

Favorite Television

Cooking shows are probably my favorites: Top Chef, Master Chef and anything that includes Anthony Bourdain. I adore Anthony Bourdain. Oh and Gordan. That would be Chef Ramsay to you , but I like to think we are on a first name basis!

I like Downton Abbey and have been known to binge watch various HBO and Showtime series like some people eat potato chips!

Favorite Crafts

Any craft I'm doing at any given moment is my favorite.

Right now (January 2015), I'm crazy about ATCs, Art Journaling and Altered Books.

This is the year that I'm going to push myself to work outside the box - my box - and try everything I've always put off trying.

Mailing preferences

However it's easiest to mail items to me and what ever makes my swap buddy the happiest makes me happy too!

The bottom line

I'm crazy about color - big, bold, noisy color - and white. Lots of white to show off all those loud colors.

I love grafitti and even thought I know it's technically vandalism, I photograph it whenever I see good ones.

Steampunk - love that too! That's something I want to experiment more with this year as well.

Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman and Christopher Moore are five people (real or imaginary) I would love to go to Mardi Gras with.

Quirky - off the wall - funny - I love all of it!

The thing I like best about Swap-bot is receiving something that someone has made and is so excited about sharing with someone else. I personally participate to push myself outside my comfort zone and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience!

I always read profiles and find them fascinating! There are some very cool people out in this wacky world!


Comment: Nice. Thank you. I kinda see the 'dog' but I saw the butterflies first. :) Thank you for the vintage papers. They are definitely special enough that I don't see them as extra 'stuff'.
Johkup rated for shaped card: clock ( june) on Jun 22, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the clock card :)
luleemik rated for That's a Crappy Bag on Jun 21, 2016
Comment: Omgosh!!! I got such a good laugh at the cute tag attached to the amazing bag (lotsa sparkle!!) LOVE IT!!! It is definitely going to work with me for my lunch---no brown bagging for me...lol! I always get a kick out of the extras you send and this swap was no exception---polka dot gloves (where did you find them?), cute stamped images and really cool postage stamps, sticky jewels (perfect for my DOD crafts) and of course, the huge zinnia on a clip (perfect for the 4th of July)!!! Thanks for an amazing swap--[[[hugs}}}
Response: I'm so glad you like it! You do say you're a girly girl who likes sparkle! For some reason the gloves had "Lu" written all over them when I saw them. Enjoy! Thanks for yet another fun swap!
wolfeagle rated for Windows to the Soul PC on Jun 20, 2016
Comment: You're welcome. I love that quote.
Response: Glad you like it - I thought it was a great quote too!
wolfeagle rated for Dog ATC on Jun 16, 2016
Comment: This ATC made me smile also. Thank you.
Response: So happy to hear it made you smile! Thanks again for all the swaps you host for us - I'm having a blast!
SamiE rated for Wings ???? on Jun 16, 2016
Comment: If frogs did fly, it would be interesting... Thanks for the really cute ATC.
Response: I'm so glad they don't fly - I think it would be awful having to swat the frogs away from around my ears! LOL Thanks for the heart.
BeckyG56 rated for IntL-Kandinsky Circles June on Jun 15, 2016
Comment: I like your color combo! I've done these cards from the beginning,what a fun variety I've received. I'm going to mount them on a canvas or something at the end of the year.
Response: I came into the 'circles' late, but what a lot of fun that was. I'll bet you're going to have something really lovely once all are done! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the butterfly cute card Julia. I can sure agree with your thoughts regarding, "What I should have said . . . . " And as the saying goes . . . hindsight is 20/20.
Response: I'm happy you liked it! That darn hindsight gets me every time! Thanks for the heart!
mjhaertling rated for alphabet series: C on Jun 13, 2016
Comment: Thanks for replacing the card. Thanks for doing a camera card. It took me a bit to catch the "say cheese" image. :D
Response: I'm so happy you received it. I was hoping you would catch the "say cheese". That was a lot of fun. Thanks for the heart!
JenniferB rated for Artist Choice atc swap on Jun 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your very colourful 'flower' Julia, yes it does look like one! Very pretty. Prettiest I've ever received actually! Thanks for the extras too. I will look up that book and podcast, I need all the help I can get hahaha. (No I didn't mind them sent in same post...if you save on postage, go for it!) 😊❤️
Response: So glad you like it! That was a fun technique. If you can't find the book there, go to flylady.com. Thanks so much for the rating!
Comment: Hi Julia...I love your creation from being in Fort Myers, it's amazing and clever that you came up with the idea. Like you, it's funny what you can pick up for a project. There is a whole different meaning to what we find and don't bin these days. Well I can't believe what I stash LOL.😜 Hope the baseball tournament went well too! 😊❤️
Response: I don't think Ford and Edison would be too amused, but it sure amused me! It's so much fun taking things out of context. Thanks so much!
turtles27 rated for WIYM: Butterfly ATC on Jun 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much! Love the sentiment. HA! Is it a rubber stamp? Nope, the storm didn't do much here. Just a little rain. So funny you know about 4 B's! Just around the corner from me. Thanks, again!
Response: I was having one of those "I'm running away from home" days when I made that one. No. That wasn't a stamp. I printed it and the butterfly on tissue paper and the put them down with matte medium. I was really happy with the way the tissue paper 'disappeared' on that card. Thanks for the rating!
AZmom875 rated for Wacky Holiday ATC JUNE 2016 INT on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: These two cards are gorgeous and so fun. Thanks for doing the log cabin like a quilt, I cherish it. The hug your cat day is priceless. I hope to see you in more atc swaps. Loved them. I appreciate the extras too, never can have enough of goodlies like that.
Response: So happy you liked them! It was your wonderful profile page that made that easy for me! Thanks so much for the rating!
Caithness rated for WIYM: To Be or Not To Be ... on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely handmade postcard.
Response: So glad you like it! Thanks for the rating!
swamplover rated for EWFW ATC on Jun 6, 2016
Comment: I love it and it arrived without a trip thru never-never land!!!
Response: Great news! So happy you liked it! Thanks for the rating!
weepingtardis rated for May Color combo #7 on Jun 6, 2016
Response: Thanks for the heart!
SwissChallet rated for Stencils With Hot Glue on Jun 5, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the ATCs and all the extras! I'm gonna try to use the flower stencil on my gelli plate ;-)
Response: You are so welcome! Each time someone mentions gelli plate, my resolve to not buy anymore craft supplies weakens! Thanks for the rating!
graciepie49 rated for CC: Gimme a Circle! on Jun 3, 2016
Comment: Julia thank you for this darling postcard! I love the caterpillar you made from the little animal stickers. What a good idea. The whole nature scene made of circles is very clever, and I love the sun/moon clock in the sky. It looks so vintage. I really hope that we'll get to swap partners again some time :-)
Response: I'm happy you like it. It was fun to make. We'll be swap partners sooner than you think! Lol. Thanks for the heart!
123Poggy123 rated for a bird on May 31, 2016
Comment: This is a wonderful, creative post card. Love it.
Response: I am so happy you like it. I find myself inspired by Anne Traintor's work and snarky is something I can relate to! Thanks for the rating!
AshbyDanielle rated for Dragonfly PC on May 28, 2016
Comment: What a beautiful pc
Response: Glad you like it. Thanks so much for the heart!

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RyeRye on Jun 15, 2016:

Thanks for joining and taking part of INSPIRATION STATION!

Sophiedarling on Apr 22, 2016:

Many thanks for your awesome card with the LOVE Sculpture which I received for the March 2016 WTA. It was also a pleasure to read your kind note. It made me smile.

stonekeepers on Apr 15, 2016:

I received an ATC Jam card today that you helped create (Lady). Thanks so much for adding your creative touch!

taeniura on Feb 5, 2016:

Hello Julia, many thanks for your RAK thank you-card, beautiful adcard, and super cool Inbloom lizard stickers! It was really a surprise in my mailbox! It even made my partner smile. As long as the group and swapping brings me joy, I'll keep on going :-) It's good to hear you appreciate it! Hugs, Marjan

TerryF on Feb 2, 2016:

Please see this thread. Thanks! (";)

BevT on Dec 23, 2015:

Julia, I received the ATC jams, will work on them when I return from my christmas trip. Thanks for sending them. I LOVE the background you created.💕💕 ~ Bev

raven on Dec 10, 2015:

anrtist on Dec 5, 2015:

to the APDG!
Such a fun & Awesome group !
Striving to keep SB Beautiful! ;-)
You are an officer so you may host whenever you want!
Be sure to enter the group RAK too, We just need 15 more members to reach 500 ;-)
Enjoy this fun group!
🎎 🎄 🎅 💩 🎎 🎄 🎅 💩 🎎 🎄 🎅 💩 🎎 🎄 🎅 💩 🎎 🎄
Have a great CHRISTMAS! Blessings, cc

Artstamper on Nov 27, 2015:

Absolutely loved the Christmas PC you made for the Postcards not store bought WTA, Thank you!!

Artstamper on Nov 27, 2015:

Absolutely loved the Christmas PC you made for the Postcards not store bought WTA, Thank you!!

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