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Date Joined: April 18, 2009
Last Online: July 30, 2013
Birthday: March 8, 1970
Country: United States
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About Me

In addition to promising to rate - I want it to be know that I will try to recycle packaging whenever possible!

Do not look at my flicker account if you are a partner waiting for a swap. I like to post pics when I complete a project. unless, of course, you do not like surprises. haha.

I'm a single mom and a substitute teacher in Chicago. Inspired by my son, who has special needs. He is in the sixth grade and has the energy of five kids. I love the opportunities that living in a big city provides us, but I also like to get out and drive in the country.

I miss the human interaction that we, as a society, are losing through the wonderful medium of the internet. Swap-bot seems to be drawing people together and I believe that we can change the world - one swap at a time! Haha.

Favorite Music

This is hard to answer. I like alot of types of music and am open to learning about new ones.

By decades:

50's - I love the iconology that is Elvis Presley. He represents fame, rock and roll, and all things American!

60's - I could listen to the Beatles anytime of the day. Transcends time, really.

70's - I love the melodic voice of David Bowie. Groundbreaking in many ways. or Elton John

80's - Guns n Roses really knows how to rock the house. They reinvented the music video medium. As did the Beastie Boys. Let's not forget prince!

90's - I worked in the club scene for the entire decade and there was so much great music. From industrial-rock-goth-techno-rap. Nothing I really listen to now on a regular basis, but when I hear it - I enjoy.

2000's - Based on the influence of the previous decades there has been spawned great artists like the Killers, Frans Ferdinand and the White Stripes. lot's of great hip-hop - Outcast, Gnarls Barkley, Black Eyed Peas.

Not up to date on lots of music, but this gives a general style, or does it?

Favorite Books

I am presently reading "City of Bones". Many of my older students recommended it. I do enjoy psychological thrillers and horror/mystery. Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Philip K. Dick, some Clive Barker. of a different genre - Dominick Dunne, Armistead Maupin, Roald Dahl (especially his adult fiction). I mostly read textbooks and snippets of useless trivia on the internet. I pretty much read whatever I can.

Favorite Television

Television. What can I say? Dear friend, you have served me well. I love Hulu, which makes it dangerous for me to get anything done. Right now the shows I watch faithfully are Being Human, Supernatural, and anything involving Chef Ramsy (for some insaine reason); Not big on the reality shows or sitcoms. But, there is a new wave of funny ones - Don't Trust the B, Modern Family and Community...I am glad they brought back Arrested Developement. I am beginning to think I watch too much t.v. Haha

Favorite Crafts

I used to design clothes and costumes for performers. I worked in the clubs and put on big production fashion shows of the outlandish nature. I have done alot of millinery work and soft sculpture. as of late I don't engage in any creative endeavors but hope that being a part of this swap will change that. I enjoy collage and quilting piecework. I have worked in ceramics and love taking photographs. Once I get out of school I plan on pursuing these interest more. That doesn't really answer the question of favorite crafts...

Favorite Movies

scary movies. some comedy. campy b-movies. more later.

a little more info...

Other things I like are stars...lots of STARS. Elvis icons, girly skulls. cherries, pin-ups and mud flap girls, wide eyed kid paintings. Some anime. Superman. Freak shows. Fairy tales. Tradition tattoo styled art (and tattoos). Surrealistic art. Cutesy, girly stuff.

Colors are wide ranging. Primary colors make me feel stable and bright pinks makes me smile. lately, I have been wearing earth/jewel tones.

I like funky jewelry. Big earrings (pierced) unusual pendants can really make an outfit complete. Personal style leans towards the 70's, be it disco, glam or rock. I am a meld of them all with a dash of punk to top it off.

I love living in the city - despite the traffic. I am an urban girl to the core, but I enjoy a camping getaway.

I am not an animal lover, but my son adores dogs of all kinds.

Although I don't eat fish, I love sushi. It's all in the presentation. I want to learn how to do bento boxes (need recipes and supplies). I am learning how to cook and enjoy new meals. I am an avid crock-potter.

I like beautiful things, especially among the mundane. I believe that we should remember the past, live in the moment and plan for the future! Life is a game and we all must play a part.

reported flakers...

Unfortunately, I believe this will inevitably be filled out. I hope not. I promise to contact partner first before listing them as 'flakers', but, if I do not get a response. I will put all your info here.

I am having a hard time rating a one for simple swaps like postcards. Please send your swaps, people!

MEGA Christmas 2009 Ornament Swap for NEWBIES!

Emily Sweeney @ambulancechaos

myshelle cole @shelldevil

Monster Dotee Series #2 - Count Dracula - International - Kayla Wolfman @Ghidora

Group-Halloween Apron Swap - Kamila Janik-Rogowska @Goldie

Holocaust Museum butterfly Project (http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/40139) flaker - Randi Sysk @StichedSongbird


DuhBe rated for Junker Jane Inspired on Dec 17, 2013
Comment: I never recieved a doll. :-( I was contacted in July asking for 2 more weeks. I was in the middle of moving and told her to take her time and give me a new deadline. I never got a response for a new deadline. I messaged again in September, no response to that either. She has not logged in since July (5 months ago) So at this point I am rating a 1 and will happily re-rate a 3 if the swap is ever received.
pahasiga rated for The Hunt is on..... on Aug 9, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the photos! They were sent on 21st, with first contact on 23rd.
darkshines rated for Make a plushie robot! on Jul 30, 2013
Comment: I will rerate a 3 should it ever arrive. EDIT: Robot arrived today, was sent on the 11th July. It's a shame, the work is good and swapper paid attention to my profile, but it doesn't excuse sending almost 2 weeks late.....
Response: This was sent last week, as we had discussed. Traveling first class, but overseas I am not sure how long a package should take to get to you. I put a lot of heart into this for you and am disappointed that you have already judged it a 3. Maybe someday you will need someone to show you compassion and I hope you are granted that.
dlhwz rated for shared quotes/sayings journal~~round 7 on Jul 21, 2013
Comment: thank you for the extra letter and postcard you've included in the envie!! ^_^ I also loved all the quotes you included in the journal :3
siouxx05 rated for One Sentence Journal for May on Jul 10, 2013
Comment: Thank you..
Response: you're welcome. i haven't done something like this before. so, it was a new endeavour.
pennypuppy rated for Something different..... on Jul 8, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the season themed collaged photo; it's very lovely and I love the swan. Thanks also for the extra photos of the crocus and the deer. I enjoyed the quote about the seasons as well =)
Response: i was a bit stumped at first on this, but it came together nicely. thanks for the heart.
Comment: Really well done. Thank you :)
Response: glad you liked it. thanks for the heart.
winniethepooh rated for Photo Quote Bookmark/May 2013 on Jun 10, 2013
Comment: Thankyou Amanda for the lovely bookmarks, I love the quotes. Thankyou Amanda for the nice card, the words are nice, love Jennifer.
Response: So glad you liked it. Things always turn out when you are inspired. :) Thanks for the heart.
shellsajerseygirl rated for Take a photo - flowers on Jun 8, 2013
Comment: Thank You ,
Response: you're welcome. Hope you enjoyed them.
Comment: It was awesome!!! You did a great job!! was my first too. I had so much fun. I never thought about the mirror,weren"t you CLEVER! You Rock!!! Thanks so much for entering my swap!!! I loved your box too!! Lots of hearts your way!!!
Response: I was very happy with the final product. It took a few runs to get it to my liking. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart.
RETIREDARTGAL rated for Oddities Photography#1 on Jun 7, 2013
Comment: nicely presented! 2 interesting photos with the stories to go with them. I got a kick out of the Santa card!
Response: We had fun discovering those locations. I am glad someone see the humor of my out of season greetings. ;) Thanks for the heart.
sherryg221 rated for It's a wonderful life on Jun 5, 2013
Comment: I am so sorry for the late rate (see Message). I really enjoyed your letter and bookmark-we love Chicago! Your list is truly Wonderful! Thanks!!!
Response: I am so glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart.
gemmy1 rated for Photo Scavenger Hunt # 7 on Jun 4, 2013
Comment: Great presentation of your fabulous photos! thank you!
Response: Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart.
Jananini rated for Oddities Photography#1 on Jun 3, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the interesting shots. What if you used the upstairs outhouse where does it trickle down?
Response: They say there is a shute. ;) Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for you journal. I cannot wait to add to it. Thank you so much for the postcards. I LOVE THEM!!!!!
Response: I am glad it got to you. Quite costly to send, but it sounded llike a fun idea. I hope it continues. Thanks for the heart.
ohhgraciebee rated for Happy!!! on May 31, 2013
Comment: I loved it*! It was all so perfect!! Thank you for the donut <3
Response: I am glad you liked it. Hope it all brought you some happiness. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hello & Thank You for the great quotes & photos. Lovely greeting card also. What city sky line would that be in the photo?
Response: glad you like them. i just sent you another package yesterday. that is our view of downtown chicago. we live a few miles west of the lake and often go for walks along the beach there. thanks for the heart!!
fairyduster53 rated for Altered Watch Charms on May 25, 2013
Comment: Lovely charm...I really enjoyed your letter and the beautiful bookmark! Thank you very much! Smiles
Response: I am so glad you liked it - being my first attempt. I wouldn't mind trying this again sometime. Thanks for the heart.
readingsbyastrid rated for Oddities Photography#1 on May 25, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the photos and note ! I loved the goat castle, very cool !
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was an amazing discovery for us. Thanks for the heart/
yellowglory rated for Photo Scavenger Hunt # 5 on May 14, 2013
Comment: They just Came today!!! Beautiful! and I love the "J" ;) and the both the bridges!
Response: I am so glad you like them! Surprised it took so long to get there. Thanks for your patience and the heart.

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oliviarrow on May 21, 2013:

Hey! I thought you had quit swap-bot, cool to see you active again! Maybe we can swap some crap sometime, I have this pancake flipper pan on hold for you. :D

biasbabe on May 15, 2013:


To the Nuts for Sewing Group

PrairieKittin on May 8, 2013:

Mother adores her Mother's Day card! Thank you so much!!!!!! :-D (She's been carrying it around and smiling all morning!)

shellsajerseygirl on Apr 20, 2013:

Welcome to the grp. Four Photos and A Note. Please drop the grp. forum to read the rules and also write a bit about your photo side. Take Care =)

katara on Jan 6, 2011:


katara on Jan 6, 2011:



DeniseN10ec on Dec 19, 2010:

Happy Holidays From Shutter Me Up

One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say Thank You and to wish you the very best for the New Year

DeniseN10ec on Dec 4, 2010:

We would like to welcome you to the Shutter Me Up Group . We look forward to seeing your creative photographic talents.

TerryF on Nov 22, 2009:

Your Christmas surprise for the MEGA Ornament photo posting contest will be in the mail tomorrow!

BBQ on Nov 9, 2009:

thank you got the penny today

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