Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2018 8:03 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2011
Last Online: February 19, 2018
Birthday: February 1
Country: United States
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About Me

Spoiler Alert*** - I post pics of my swaps on my flickr page (unless I know you're watching - you know who you are! Lol) so if you don't want to see what you are getting in advance, don't look.

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 fifteen-year old son and a twenty six 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.

In September 2017, we added Hooch the Pooch, an 8 week old Great Pyrenees to the clan.

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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!


LadyRisa rated for January Stocking Stuffer on Feb 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great tags! The technique, theme, &!designs are all super appreciated. These are fabulous!
luleemik rated for Trash to Treasure #4 on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: What a cute little "hooter"! Your swaps always make me smile and I am so thankful for everything you sent----Love, love, love the Frida Quotable Notable and the rubber stamp is so me...lol. Always appreciate your thoughtfulness! Holiday Hugs!
Comment: What a clever card-I've got lots of eyelets and this gives me a new idea on how to use them! Thanks for the nice note and the extra fun bits! Peace!
crystalite rated for MAS group: Handmade Xmas Card on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Hi Julia! Thank you for such a CUTE Christmas card...I love it! The snowman is adorable!
Lisapotterylady rated for Crappy Holiday Ornament on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ornament and the box too!
MiekeC rated for CC: Exquisite Corpse postcard on Nov 23, 2017
Comment: Well, i also like your girl too. Thanks!
bjmonroe rated for WIYM: Handmade PC-Bird on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: This night owl loves the one you created.for me
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely altoid tin ornament! The altoid tins are one of my favorite to alter.😊😊💟
sheilav452000 rated for Trash to Treasure #1 on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: What a beauty, thank you. I really love it.
Response: So happy you received it and like it! I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts!
GinaVisione rated for CC: Dia De Los Muertos PC on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Very cool sugar skull Julia! Love the background and ALL the details! It looks like everything made it intact (including the forehead jewel :D) !! Thanks for participating in the swap - glad you had fun!
Response: I hope the "diamond" on his gold tooth made it too! I'm so happy you like him and thanks so much for hosting the swap.
luleemik rated for Trash to Treasure #3 on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: So, we need to start a new group---The Sisterhood of the Traveling Box---lol. It travels more than I do! Love that you know how much I love Frida and made me a spoon representing her. The gold colors will fit in with my tree colors (white & gold) and now I can hardly wait to put up my tree! Thanks for a great swap and the Frida Monkey soap is beyond amazing!!!
Response: She was a lot of fun to make and I'm so happy you can use her on your tree! I like these challenges because they push me outside my paper and glue comfort zone. That would be a funny group but it would have to be THAT box. Lol!! Thanks for hosting and now I'm on to #4 in this crazy series you've concocted!
RooBaRoo rated for MCA - Puzzle me! on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Awesome! I & my daughter had fun solving the puzzle :) Your hand drawn patterns helped :D Well!! I'm thankful you did not cut yourself & bleed! You indeed chose a very complicated jigsaw piece pattern! Thanks for joining my swap, it was a lot of fun!
Response: I'm so happy it got there - I was beginning to worry. I'm especially happy that you and your daughter had fun solving it. Thanks for hosting this swap!
Comment: Very creative dahlink! Love the little lizard lady.
Response: Thanks! Those were some crazy lizard stickers. Glad you liked it dahlink!
Comment: Julia, I had to laugh when I saw your ATC. Talk about an interesting use of the "tacky" item. Ingenious :0)
Response: Thanks! Sometimes you have to double down on tacky! Those were pretty crazy elements Heather sent us.
Comment: Your postcard is so well done. I love the idea of the sunflower as the face. Love the lips too. All around great portrait. Thank you very much.
Response: Thank you! I kept coming back to that sunflower because the bee looked like a nose to me.
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card!
Response: So happy you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
luleemik rated for Make Some Crappy Halloween Cards on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Love that you sent me a Dia de los Muertos card! You know me and my profile too well---lol! The extras were an added bonus! Thanks for always being a super swapper! PS I found the perfect place to hang the stained glass wind chime that you made for me:)
Response: You're too funny! Dia de los Muertos, Vodka and chocolate - yep, I have your number!! So happy you found a place to hang that wind chime...really happy it hasn't fallen apart! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Wow - thanks for the really cool card and extras!
Response: It was a lot of fun making that card. So happy you liked it! Thanks for the heart!!
georgiafae rated for Make Some Crappy Halloween Cards on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: Great sugar skull! Love the netting and feathers! Great card and great extras-thanks for making it good "crappy" happy mail Halloween card!
Response: Thanks! There's nothing better than crappy happy mail! Thanks for the heart!

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CurlyTea on Feb 1, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

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Mugsie on Sep 3, 2017:

AZmom875 on Aug 7, 2017:

I think of you often. I have been back to Bookman's which is what makes me think of you. I hope we meet again.

Tigerlilyknotwise on May 25, 2017:

Got back 2 lovely jams that you finished up! Love the flower power! They're both great 😊 And thanks for sending another set for me to finish too! Have a beautiful day!

AZmom875 on May 21, 2017:

Thanks for the ATC Jams homers. The chicken card words were hilarious. I too dream of a day when a chicken can cross the road without their motives being questioned!!!

AZmom875 on Mar 14, 2017:

I got my DEF< JKL jams back from the 3rd player, Hibiscus. She was a great finisher, thanks for picking her. I just wanted to say I am so thrilled with the work you did on the cards and the words you picked, Dance, Fork, Eclipse, Key, Jump and Lexicon. I know it was a big task and you have been a super player.

AZmom875 on Feb 20, 2017:

I just got back my ABC starter set. Those are the cutest cards ever. Thank you so much for working on them Alligator, birds and coffee. BTW, I was a big Gilmore Girls fan. Thank you

judgedbyabookscover on Feb 6, 2017:

I love how the homer turned out! Thanks for jamming with me. I will get yours moving along soon. I am always stumped by nautical themes... lol..

bjmonroe on Nov 22, 2016:

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