Swap-bot Time: April 2, 2020 12:07 am


Date Joined: March 10, 2014
Last Online: April 1, 2020
Birthday: February 21, 1966
Country: United States

About Me

I am 53 years young, mother of four adult children, an English/Language Arts teacher, and an artist.

I live in the soggy but beautiful Pacific Northwest and enjoy gardening, cooking, baking, running, crocheting, reading, writing poetry, and creating art. I have participated in some art and ATC swaps through Instagram and Facebook. I am also a member of Postcrossing (an international postcard swapping website).

In the summer, my husband and I love to travel by motorcycle and go glamping :)

Favorite Music

I like everything except country. Currently, I am listening to groups such as Young the Giant, Imagine Dragons, Aloe Blacc, Amos Lee, Weaver at the Loom, The Neighbourhood, and Josiah Leming. I also like disco and dance music, especially when I am running.

Favorite Books

I am a voracious reader. Being an English/Language Arts teacher, I mostly read Young Adult Literature (YAL). I am on Goodreads ( user name: Penney Samuel). I also read poetry, and have had the privilege of meeting Lucille Cliffton.

Favorite Movies

I enjoy movies, but I don't watch them often. I couldn't tell you the last movie I watched, much less my favorite movie :)

Favorite Television

We don't have cable, but we do have Netflix. My favorite TV show is Dr. Who, followed closely by Futurama. When we had cable, I liked Jeopardy and The Big Bang Theory.

Favorite Crafts

I love crafts of all kinds. I enjoy making cards, using my gelli plate, making ATCs, postcards, art cards, zentangle, doodling, drawing, art journaling, and anything else that has to do with paper, paint, pens, crayons, pencils, etc.

random stuff

I love writing poetry and fiction and have had my poetry published in two literary journals. During my undergraduate studies, I was the poetry editor of my university's literary and arts journal. Throughout my college career, I tutored writing, grammar, math, natural science, and spanish.

Wish List

Sometimes swaps are surprises based on a person's profile, so I thought I should provide a list of items I'd love to receive should I join that type of swap :) My favorite color is purple, so you can't go wrong when using that as a guideline!

I love songbirds and trees, so cards, stationary, postcards, sticky notes, etc with a bird or tree theme will be cherished.

I drink mostly tea. My preferred tea is Numi (breakfast blend and chocolate pur-reh). I love to try new teas, but I don't like having to buy an entire box of tea to try a new brand or flavor.

I love anything literature or book themed.

I love quotes on cards, magnets, bookmarks

I like vintage paper ephemera -- anything from a page out of a children's book to an advertisement from a magazine. Blank ledger pages, old library check out cards, old card catalog cards.

I love when friends share their favorite recipes - please know that I am a vegetarian, so meatless recipes are greatly appreciated.

I love rubber stamps -- new or used.

I love old postage stamps and stickers

Lavender is my favorite natural scent.

Art Supplies:

Molotow pens, Pan Pastels,
NeoColor II water-soluble crayons,
Golden Fluid paints, Micron Pens, Staedtler Pens,
Yupo paper,
Zentangle books/tiles, rubber stamps,
washi tape,

Last but not least, I am perfectly fine with used or regifted items as long as they are in excellent condition :)


jjhere rated for TPS: Gelli print envelopes on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Lucky me! What a beautiful collection of envies! Love your card and gelli printed tissue that you wrapped the envies in. You just know I ever-so-gently opened that up to keep it. Quadruple hearts for you. Thank you, Penelope!!
marymary914 rated for TPS: Gelli-Print Notecards on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Beautiful cards! Can’t seem to pick my favorite because they are all great! Thanks so much!
Comment: Thanks for checking my profile! It is fun to collage bits and bobs...
dlchick rated for CC: Sender's Choice July 2019 on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! I love the handmade PC that you chose! Nice color scheme. ❤
Comment: Cute PC. Thanks ❣️
EllenWilGraagPost rated for TPS: Mail Art - July 2019 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: I really LOVE your artwork and recognized your style as soon as I saw the envelope! Thank you so very much!!!
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Monoprint Bookmarks #3 on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: Penelope, I absolutely LOVE the bookmarks you made for me! They are so cool! Thank you for also including the Gelli printed tea bags. I am excited to use those in something! Excellent swap! <3
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Mail Art - June 2019 on Jul 16, 2019
Comment: As always, lovely artwork. Thank you so much.
thevmatt rated for CC: Sender's Choice June 2019 on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much!!!
Comment: Awww I love words too....... believe I know this word but haven't really used it much being a nurse haha!!!! like the way you did the card....great swap...... hugs!
Comment: Thanks so much for a bright colorful PC. I enjoy receiving colorful postcards; I'm just not very good at putting bright colors together. I hope your little towhee family thrives this year. We had, I think, 3 nesting of European Starlings in the nests in our saguaro cactus. Such loves. Happy swapping.
Comment: YAY for Lupine! Are you a Harry Potter fan — Remus Lupin! :D. Cheers to you for plenty of naps, reading, and art making!!!
marymary914 rated for TPS: ATC #7 on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC! I also love the envie and card!
Comment: love the colors
Comment: Love the skyline great idea!
AmookIslandCreations rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful zine! You did an amazing job on your first one! I am inspired by many of the things you are! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
kittyhahahotbot rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Your zine is sooooooooo pretty! So happy to have it in my collection!
Heynowokay rated for What Inspires You? Zine on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: What an excellent first attempt at a zine! I’ve been making them for a while, and I still can’t get my folds as crisp as yours. Definitely inspiring!
Poeprincess rated for Monochromatic Yellow Postcard on Jun 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this very bright & uplifting PC! Even your stamp was yellow—great touch! I enjoyed being your partner & hope we get to do it again in the future.
Comment: Penelope, I love your PC! I actually used to make/sell bath and spa products and used Kaolin clay in several items!

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OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


CurlyTea on Feb 21, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

dobie256 on Jan 13, 2019:

Happy New Year to you too! I miss swapping here too but life is too busy right now. I hope 2019 is wonderful for you! Will try to keep in touch. 😊

dobie256 on Apr 13, 2018:

Thanks for the beautiful gelli print card surprise! Wax resist! DUH! Why haven't I tried this yet? (I LOVE all resist techniques). I'm glad to see you so actively swapping -- your artwork is always beautiful and inspirational. I am working on getting my gardens in shape so that I can spend the horrible hot Ohio summer in my cool basement art studio! :) Will be sure to play with some wax! Thanks for the lovely letter and cool bee postage stamp. May you have a glorious springtime! <3<3<3

CurlyTea on Feb 26, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

bbsporty on Jun 5, 2017:

Handmade Postcard Club

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