Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2019 12:10 am


Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: September 22, 2019
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States

Easing My Way Back Into SB...

I'm making my way back to SB after over a year of inactivity, with the exception of Christmas cards 2018. Just taking one day at a time. We are hoping to move in October and I'm pretty much not wavering about that. Everything we own is in storage and it's getting totally crazy! I have really missed participating in Swaps and just the general company of friends here. I will work on updating my profile throughout the week. Great to be back!

Post Stroke Update~

SO my left arm / hand still is a bit uncoordinated. It's strange that my physical therapist left a message a few days ago, saying that if I feel the need to come back I should give her a call. I definitely feel the need.To counteract the general weakness, I need to strengthen my upper body muscles. I manage pretty well but definitely am thinking of returning. I see a new neurologist (University of PA) on September 30, 2019. I'm curious too see what her opinion is of the blockage which is 100% in left carotid artery. My body just made it's own bypass. I'll update when I have anything new. Thank you all so much for your kindnesses through the past year!

Some things to know about me...

  • I reuse packaging. If I'm sending you a bubble mailer chances are high that it's traveled before! I encourage you to do the same, at least if you are sending something to me.

  • I repurpose, reuse, recycle, up-cycle... whatever you want to call it... I call it doing my part to keep stuff out of the garbage and subsequently the landfills and the oceans! It's crazy how much plastic is in the oceans!

I love reuse centers. The one in NJ closed and that's sad for me but you may have more luck...

International! Check out the reuse center in your neighborhood! Here's a link to find your local shoppe!

Some other things important to me...

Being kind and reaching out to a stranger in need is incredibly powerful. Kindness can change the world.

My love for dogs is something that partly defines me. From puppies to senior dogs, they all have my heart! I am a peaceful, soulful person that adores treating strangers to a cup of coffee! If I'm at a coffee house I many times will just pay for the person in front of me!

Favorite Music

My taste in music is quite eclectic! I can listen to my husband play the acoustic guitar all night! We enjoy music from the Woodstock era to Natalie Merchant. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Buddy Guy, Box Scaggs, Van Morrison.... my husband and I met through our love of the Grateful Dead

Favorite Books

As I get older I seem to be reading more non fiction than fiction. I enjoy reading the Dali Lama as well as James Patterson. We both loved the Harry Potter series and have read it several times. We enjoy literature for young adults as well...and of course I'm passionate about children's literature

Favorite Movies

We go back and forth between obsessively binge watching shows on Netflix, documentaries and various cable TV shows. We have always maintained a "Movie List" and catch up watching movies when we can.

Favorite Television

Cooking shows, DIY shows, The Incredible Dr. Pol.We loved The Sopranos and have the boxed set which we enjoy every now and then. "Call the Midwife" Netflix is another show I love to watch. I generally have these shows on while doing something else so I never actually watch an entire show.

Favorite Crafts

Paper crafting to include paper piecing and rubber stamping and embossing, are just some of the things I enjoy. My newest thing is making felt flowers! I'm working on a few different wreaths for Spring! I also crochet and enjoy loom knitting. I use an AIO loom as I prefer the smaller gauge. I also paint with watercolors, enjoy sketching and block cutting. It's printmaking that is my true passion! I just got my second "gelli plate" but also use glass to achieve a slightly different effect. I have become very fond of deli paper and print a lot of it to use for backgrounds. I'm always happy to share sheets of printed deli paper... let me know!

Before my Mom passed away she insisted on buying me a sewing machine which is an unsophisticated computerized Singer machine. I hope to overcome my "fear" of running this machine. II know HOW to sew. But, I have a difficult time running a machine. Especially when straight lines are called for. I've spent my life coloring outside of the lines and avoiding straight lines... oh geez. We'll see how it goes! My goal is to have this machine out of the box, threaded with a bobbin too and ready to go by AUgust 2017. I only want to use it for crafting but am still intimidated.

While I have crafted all my life and learned to use different art mediums it's not always been as a means to an end. I enjoy just experimenting with mediums. No expectations. I am a firm believer that children should have large pieces of blank paper or newspaper rather than coloring books. I do not enjoy coloring for adults either but understand how it's a comforting, relaxing activity for some people. My definite project for 2018 is to make and bind my own art journal. I'm determined to learn this skill!

Things and Themes I Love!

  • stickers

  • homemade embellishments

  • gel prints (larger than ATC)

  • ATC and Postcard BLANKS

  • Interesting papers of any kind

  • Brayers you don't want or use

  • Interesting buttons

  • Interesting die cuts

  • Stamped quotes for art journaling

  • Masterboard pieces (ATC or larger)

  • Clear or mounted rubber stamps you no longer use

  • Mark making tools for gel plate printing

  • Embossing powders

  • Insta-Pot recipes

  • Embossing folders

  • Stencils* Duplicate? Unused? Tired of it? ANY

  • Homemade greeting or note cards

  • Homemade envelopes (Coin sized are a favorite)

  • Bookmarks

  • Dark Roast Coffee

**Themes that I love!

  • Coffee

  • Zebras

  • Hedgehogs

  • Giraffes

  • DOGS!

  • Animal rescue

  • Owls!

  • Deer

  • Beaches

  • USMC

  • Chai Teas

  • Diabetic Friendly recipes (esp desserts)

  • Recipes with Stevia

  • Anything with Peace sign

Alleriges etc

While I am always grateful to receive anything from my partners there are some things that are simply wasted on me. So here are a few things I would rather not receive..

  • I am very allergic to mold. Please, do not send anything damp or things stored in your basement if it could possibly be moldy. This has happened to me with a swap and my entire face blew up. Thank you.

I am very sensitive to cats... Allergic!

Glitter makes me itchy...please no loose glitter

Coconut and candy (unless sugar free)


Comment: Thank you for the pretty Christmas card and the stickers.
stiffneck78 rated for More Christmas Cards! on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
babsohio rated for Christmas Card Exchange (USA) on Jan 4, 2019
ayates rated for Christmas Card Exchange (USA) on Dec 29, 2018
Comment: your card arrived today, Dec 29th
DaiziDruke rated for Christmas Card Exchange (USA) on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and the stickers! Hope your Christmas Day was wonderful and your New Year will see your wishes come true!
Cicely321 rated for Christmas Card Exchange (USA) on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Thank You ~ HaPpy NeW YeaR! :o)
Comment: Merry Christmas!
millie52 rated for More Christmas Cards! on Dec 22, 2018
Comment: Adorable, thank you. Merry Christmas!
Lazydaisy0104 rated for More Christmas Cards! on Dec 22, 2018
Comment: Sparkle cards are my favorite!! I love the little stickers, they were a wonderful surprise thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card. Merry Christmas!
Tverne05 rated for A Holiday Card in the US #4 on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the card. I plan to open it Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
jenlovespsu rated for More Christmas Cards! on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas! :)
Tverne05 rated for Walking in a Winterwonderland on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the card. I plan to wait until Christmas Eve to open it. Have a bless and wonderful Christmas.
TreeAnn629 rated for More Christmas Cards! on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you Merry Christmas
Comment: What a cute Christmas card! Thank you. Love the little stickers also!
January rated for What is Your Favorite..... on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks - I enjoyed reading your answers, and your lovely note. (PS - you have such great handwriting!!)
Comment: Okay. I like both the tags, but coffee wins every time! I just love that you used real coffee in your texture paste!!! I also love my journal pages. Thanks for working on them. And the die cuts and tim holtz ephemera too! It was a very fun mail day. Thank you!!!
shinyserra rated for Mixed Media Art Tag - Desserts on May 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful tag! I love those brads.
whytewillow rated for JOURNALING by FIVES! #5 on May 10, 2018
Comment: Love how my pages turned out. Really wonderful. Thanks for your contribution...and for hosting this great swap.
Chelle rated for SEKS: April Happy Mail on May 10, 2018
Comment: I got your resend! Thank you! :)

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ChrisAnne on Sep 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for the postage from my Wonderful Wishes Wish List.

phillaine on Sep 10, 2019:

to Profile-Based Swaps!

yvonne401 on Sep 2, 2019:

Hi Patty!

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. (James P Hoffa)

Wishing you a happy and safe Labor Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Jun 21, 2019:

Hi Patty!


I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

tcornell on Jun 2, 2019:


Just wanted to say Hi! Hope you're not melting too... LOL

yvonne401 on May 27, 2019:

Hi Patty!

Feels good to wake up each morning and hear the sweet sound of liberty.

Letโ€™s never take it for granted!


Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

tcornell on May 4, 2019:

Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I was


MsRose on Apr 7, 2019:

Patty ,

Thinking of you and your family ๐Ÿฅ

โ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ Cher

yvonne401 on Mar 20, 2019:

Hi Patty!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Spring brings new growth, weed out the bad and make room for something beautiful.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Mar 17, 2019:

Hi Patty!

A good friend is like a four leaf clover. Hard to find but lucky to have.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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