Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2016 2:23 pm


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: October 22, 2016
Birthday: February 1
Country: United States
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About Me

10/9/16 - Thank you for all the kind messages of concern I received during hurricane Matthew. We are fine. Just had some limbs down but no damage. Life is good.

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!


dawnielynn rated for CQ: Take out Menu Mail Art on Oct 22, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcard!
vlhafer54 rated for alphabet series: F on Oct 22, 2016
Comment: Love the PC. I'm currently watching a Danish series 'Dicte' on Netflix.
Response: So happy you liked it! I'll have to check that series out as soon as I finish up the French series The Returned.
mandymo rated for moM and Mandy private swap on Oct 19, 2016
Comment: LOVE LOVE LOVE! Thank you so much for doing this swap with me! It is so totally cool! The paint tecinque yo used is crazy wonderful! I absolutely love it! !!
Response: You are so very welcome! The painting was a happy accident the first time and I was so glad I was able to do it again.
Wanda rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 17, 2016
Comment: Julia, thank you so much for the perfect ATC, wonderful little extras an dthe great card and note! I loved it all! What a cute little story about your mom. So sweet.
Response: You are so welcome! I'm glad you liked it Thanks for the rating!
EmilyT rated for Monsters PC on Oct 10, 2016
Comment: Fantastic pc! Love the vintage look with the monstrous alien attacking the lady!! Love your technique with Asian print in the background.
Response: So glad you liked it! It was a lot of fun to make. Thanks for the rating!
bbsporty rated for CC: Braaaaaains! on Oct 10, 2016
Comment: Love, love, love your postcard! It is so creative and unexpected! I definitely got a laugh out of it!
Response: I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. Somehow it just came together! Thanks so much!
SuMay rated for Halloween - Avian Style on Oct 9, 2016
Comment: I enjoyed your ATC and letter very much. It was lovely to hear about you and your various airborne neighbours!
Response: Thank you! It's always fun to hear and tell about where each of us live. That's half the fun of swap-bot!
Comment: I love how you used the mystery items. The orange makes a great pop of color!
Response: Thank you! That was a really fun swap!
Comment: Hot flash cocktail indeed...lol! How appropriate!! You thought of everything right down to the ice cube tray. I think I'll make the skeleton craft as a prize for the best costume at work!! You sent soooo many things and helped me get my crafting mojo back after my surgery and long week at work! Everyone should be so lucky to get you as a partner! {{hugs}}
Response: Let me know how that craft project turns out! They look so cute in the pictures. I hope you're feeling better this week and work isn't as exhausting as last. Thanks!
luleemik rated for Halloween Wine Glass on Oct 8, 2016
Comment: Can I just say WOW! What an amazing Halloween glass and the extras are just over the top!! Love EVERYTHING from the mummy pinata, napkins, DOD hot chocolate---I could go on forever. You my dear, are a super swapper and there is no way to adequately express my gratitude! {{hugs}} and thanks yous!!!
Response: I hope the pinata worked when you pulled the string. That would have been a good craft project for the other swap. I have so much fun gathering bits for these swaps - the pleasure is all mine. Thank YOU for hosting them!
Comment: Great job on your card, thanks so much! :)
Response: So glad you liked it. That was a really fun swap! Thanks!
GummiBear rated for 1 for All - moustache on Oct 3, 2016
Comment: So cute love the google googley eyes! Great atc.
Response: I'm so glad he got to you! It's not often I can justify googley eyes, but with that moustache, he could pull them off! Thanks
Lucine rated for PNS: Something in the air on Sep 30, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Even the the pig is flying in the air;-)
Response: Thanks! I'm so happy you liked it!
Comment: Thank you for the cool Mab Graves screen! It's so nice to receive quality art. I really love it!
Response: So happy you liked it! That was a lot of fun to do! Thanks for the rating!
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the inspiring things to work with!!! I love your stencil and i cant wait to get to my studio space tomorrow and dabble with all this fun stuff!
Response: Enjoy! I like swaps like this because I can send my "treasures" to a good home. Like everyone on here, my ephemera box 'overfloweth'. Lol Thanks for the rating!
MamaMangrove rated for Put a "Cat" on it on Sep 23, 2016
Comment: Love the catitude card, Julia. Perfect pose! Thank you. Actually I liked it before it got here. I saw it on the Swapbot log-in page and thought, "cool, looks like something I might create..." so I laughed with glee when I opened my mailbox today.
Response: Oh, good! She made me laugh when I made her. Thanks for the rating!
luleemik rated for Music Themed Altered CD on Sep 23, 2016
Comment: What an amazing story that you have a personal connection to "Lady Day"! thank you for sharing it with me and for the incredible altered cd. LOVE it:)
Response: I love that story. I just wish I had thought to ask so many more questions when they were alive. Glad you like the CD!
Comment: Did you hear me clap my hands when I saw your huge envelope? You must have, I was over the moon, so it must have reached you. I have to go over all the beautiful presents a few more times to say anything coherent about it. The little spoon and fork are already put to use in my kitchen, to start with. How many hearts do you think will be needed to express my joy? Something like this? 💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚 💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚 💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚💙💜💛❤💚
Response: Yay! I'm so glad it got there! Enjoy all the Crap! Lol! Thanks for all the beautiful hearts!
cafras rated for Black and white only atc... on Sep 20, 2016
Comment: Thank you again for an interesting ATC and the stamps. Yes I can see what a spot of red would do, Ernie says thanks :)
Response: You are so very welcome! Glad you liked it and thanks for the rating!
SamiE rated for Tropical Pin Up Girl ATC on Sep 19, 2016
Comment: Love the girl. Wish I could find goodies like that.... Thanks and thanks for the flowers.
Response: Yes. That book was a score. I try not to look for goodies because I already have more than I'll ever use! Lol Thanks for the rating!

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hibiscus on Sep 26, 2016:

I just wanted to say ...I love what you do with your jams...this last set...the map one was terrific...so nice talking about panama and the zone...

Mimi7 on Sep 26, 2016:

thanks for the hometown starter jams to complete and send home. I also loved the way the fall tree home town starter set turned out and the London one and the Florida one :)

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

flowerchild on Sep 12, 2016:

thank you for returning the seahorse ATC jam! I will be happy to pass your set on!

AZmom875 on Sep 12, 2016:

I got the super special seahorse atc jam homer card today. I am thrilled. Thanks.

AZmom875 on Sep 2, 2016:

Holy Flamings, IceQueen, that is the funniest sticker slapped card ever. I am so glad I was in the swap, I hope you liked yours

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RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

Inspiration Station~

wolfeagle on Jun 28, 2016:

Just wanted to drop in to say Hi. I love your Kandinsky circles postcard in your Flickr photos. Nice work!

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