Swap-bot Time: March 18, 2018 11:49 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: March 18, 2018
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Starting a New Year ~ 2018!

While not actively swapping I AM around checking messages etc. I'm trying to raise funds to help rescues that pull dogs, cats and other pets from high kill shelters. They are all 501c rescues. Do you want to help?? Send me a message and I'll fill you in. Everyone has something to offer to animals... let me tell you how!

Best Wishes for Health, Peace and Happiness in 2018!

October 2017

This profile has needed an overhaul for a very long time... so here it goes!

First up... The Swap-Bot community! Wow! You all continue to amaze me by your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. In 2016 May I was completely embraced by this community when my Mom passed away. As a result of that and because of the people that I met through that difficult time I started a group called Sympathy, Empathy, Kindness and Support It's a place to go when life is more than difficult and you need to scream! It's a place to go when you have the time and desire to send some love through the mail to fellow swappers that could really use it. It's something different for everyone, why don't you check it out here and see if you're a good fit. Everyone is welcome!

It's been a good year, 2017, settling into our new home and searching for a second furbaby. Murphy is opposed to that idea it seems. But there were a few times that things were rough for friends of mine... people that I love. Again, SB members embraced my lifelong friend, Cindi, as she went on her breast cancer journey. I think SB changed her life as much as cancer did. I will never stop thanking each of you for the happy mail, artwork and gifts sent her way! Sincerely, I thank each of you for your thoughts, prayers and mail. More recently I stumbled blindly into a situation with my friend Karen. Things were looking very grim for her but I am happy to say that everything is pointing towards living now. At one time it was hospice. Again your thoughts and prayers were (and still are) incredibly appreciated. It's really a miracle the way things have turned around for Karen.

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 like to repurpose, reuse, recycle, upcycle... whatever you want to call it... I call it doing my part to keep stuff out of the garbage and subsequently the landfills!

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.

I will always rate your swap and never consider extras for hearts.

I love children's literature and have been collecting children's books since I was 18 years old! While most of my collection has been donated I have kept all of my favorites so that one day I may share them with a grandchild or two. That probability is looking less and less likely to happen but I still have hope!

I studied Fine Arts in college as well as Early Childhood Education. I have enjoyed two careers! I worked as a designer for beaded and/or embroidered garments in the garment district of NYC. The company that I worked for, G&R Royalcraft Trimmings and Embroidery has closed it's doors after many generations! It's sad they chose to not follow technology... this art is most commonly done by computer now. There are still a few smaller companies that do it by hand but they are few and far between. I also enjoyed many, many years as an Early Childhood Educator then as an administrator. I trained thousands of teachers for the state of NJ in the area of art and how to present different experiences to very young children. Our focus was always more on the experience rather than a finished project.

I have always enjoyed crafting as a hobby. I've long given up counted cross stitch for projects much easier to see! I love working with all mediums and on all kinds of projects I love all things old, antique & vintage! Art Deco jewelry, vintage Fiestaware, depression glass, doilies, crockery, pottery, furniture. I love spending time at garage sales and estate sales. Mostly I enjoy spending time with my family... I adore being a mom (two sons, Anthony: 32 and Patrick: 29) and also an aunt! I have many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well! 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! I also love all things hippie, bohemian, peace, love and happiness!!

Regarding Christmas and Stocking Stuffer Swaps for 2018 ~ I would love to do private swaps for stocking stuffers and /or gifts preferably $5 - $25... I would definitely swap these throughout the year.

If you're looking for an idea of what to send to me there are a few safe bets~

  • Moleskin Notebooks / Accordion Folders (small)

  • I LOVE Moleskin anything

  • DIES! The thin ones... just got a Big Kick! (I have a medium sized bloomed rose, dogs, penguins, snowflakes, a beautiful house, mason jar, small tags)

  • Embossing Folders (I have paisley, trees and paw prints)

  • Clear / Cling stamps (gently used ok)

  • Ranger Archival Reinkers : Emerald Green, Coffee, Cactus Flower

  • Embellishments, especially homemade...Dogs, paw prints, flowers, books, hearts

  • Store bought / Homemade Bookmarks

  • Aloe Infused Socks: I have neuropathy in my feet and these are the only socks that I can wear. They last through six washings and then they become rags.

  • Washi (I LIKE Scotch and mt brands the best but any brand is fine!)

  • Duck Tape that is a small, .75" width

  • T-Shirts: Men's Size XL (ideas: your state, local lacrosse team, unique tie dye... anything sarcastic or punny)

  • Bristol Board (100#)

  • Watercolor Paper (140#)

  • Gelly Roll pens (I have "Moonlight and copper. I can always use white)

  • Sticker Sheets! Flat stickers rather than 3D are always welcome!

While I do use Ranger Products, I don't go crazy for Tim Holtz...

  • I LOVE calendars!

  • Anything with dogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Greyhounds, Beagles or Mutts)

**Homemade Ornaments, especially glass. I have fumble fingers with tiny objects and handmade ornaments are very tricky for me sometimes.

Also, Dotee Dolls ... "Hippies", long brown braided hair or men's short brown hair... Peace sign themes. I love and cherish them!

New for 2018... we have three sets of cool salt and pepper shakers and would love to have any unique sets. Also, any vintage Fiestaware sets or simply vintage

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. I would love to know what your favorite childhood books were! Some of my favorite authors would include, in no particular order:

Jodi Picoult, Herve Tullet, ***Shel Silverstein, ***Robert Munsch, Susan Jeffers, Ezra Jack Keats, John Steinbeck, Jane Yolen, Harper Lee (RIP), Lois Lowry, Neil Gaiman, Gordan Korman, John Green, Kate DiCamillo, Jane O'Connor, Byron Barton, Eric Carle, Bill Martin Jr., Donald Crews, Jerry Pinkney, Rachel Isadora, ***Mem Fox, S.E. Hinton, ***J.K. Rowlings, David Sheff, Nic Sheff, Roald Dahl

I could go on all day....

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, DWTS or The Incredible Dr. Pol... loving the new show "Little Big Shots" is that the name?? Adorable! We loved The Sopranos and have the boxed set which we enjoy every now and then. Call the Midwife 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 stamp/ embossing, are just some of the things I enjoy. I recently learned to draw Mandalas and I'm hooked... I just learned to Zentangle and really like using a fountain pen to do it. I also crochet and enjoy loom knitting. I use an AIO loom as I prefer the smaller gauge. At some point in 2017 I would like to weave on one of my larger looms. 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!

More about me

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

I enjoyed creating a Peace Poster made of things sent to me from swappers around the world! Thank you so much for your contributions!

My Dogs

** My dogs that I have been blessed by as an adult**

Dylan Purebred Greyhound rescued directly from a race track on the East coast. He was never fostered, he went from the track to a carrier to a king sized bed in one day!

Marley Our second greyhound, such a blessing. We were Marley's third home. He was a wonderful dog, I could never figure out what problems he caused for others.

Dante American Staffordshire Terrier came to us as a baby... just weaned from his Mama. I had a knee replacement two weeks prior and this little love rehabilitated my knee. He loved to walk and walk and walk. Another blessing.

Murphy was a "gift" of sorts from our son. He had taken Murph from the litter his boss' dog had. He had hoped Dante and Murphy would be playmates. Murphy doesn't have a love for Staffies like we do. So we got Murphy by default. I am currently looking for a second dog... yes, I have been looking for a year (10/17) but Murphy doesn't like to share his pack. I have enough room and mostly love for another dog (or more!). I'm being as patient as possible while giving the time needed for Murphy to acclimate to sharing his world. I realize that it may not happen.


My new collections are of ATCs in these themes~


*Coffee / Coffee Mugs

  • Dogs in general

*Murphy, my dog... pictured above!

Things that I enjoy

Any Moleskin Notebooks have always been and continue to be a favorite

Sugar free candies: Twizzlers, Werthers... sadly, no chocolate

Giraffes yes, definitely influenced by April!

American Staffordshire Terriers In particular ~ blue


Vera Bradley Notebooks

Aloe infused socks Because of neuropathy these are the only socks I can wear.

Burts Bees (plain lip balm as of 12/17 I'm stocked up)

Whole bean coffee or ground coffee. Dark or medium roast

Garden flags

Archival Ink Pads (Reds, Metallics, Sepia) I prefer Ranger because they offer reinkers.**

I love bags! Especially homemade drawstring bags! Any kind of bags! and zippered pouches!

~Sachets for my drawers

~Anything to do with Children's Literature

~Your favorite quotes

~Quotes about books

~Hand thrown pottery especially if it's not perfect

~Batiked anything! I haven't batiked in probably 17 years! Wow! (Update January 2017 Santa brought batik supplies!)







~Sugar Skulls

~Skeleton keys (real)


~Pinup Girl images

~Burlesque (images, ephemera)

~Anything related to the band "Grateful Dead"

~Anything related to Woodstock", the first one 1969

"During the three days of the Woodstock festival, there were no reported incidents of violence among the half-million people in the audience"

~I love and collect all copies and anything to do with The Princess and the Pea and The Gift of the Magi

~I love AA MILNE's Winnie the Pooh and gang... not the Disney Pooh

~Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and Woodstock

Favorite colors...combo of purples, pinks & blues or oranges, earth tones - browns sages, non-metallic golds, blues however, I TRULY love every color

Homemade, thick, warm, wool, hand knit by needle red or brown or deep purple mittens would be a dream come true!!

My heartfelt thanks to @scrappycats who has made this dream come true! Two beautiful and very warm pairs of mittens arrived last Saturday! I absolutely love them!

~ Through Swap=Bot I have discovered Dottee Dolls and have four "hippies" created by: @Tigerlilyknotwise @Kiddomerriweather @oblivionspin and @judgedbyabookscover My many thanks to these friends for sharing their talent with me! I love them and they have a special place in my world! Thank you ladies! If you , too, create Dottee Dolls and would like to make a hippie, I would totally be up for a private swap!

Please do not send food, I am diabetic and also follow a diet to control Interstitial Cystitis. While sugar free chocolates were something I enjoyed, chocolate and I have parted ways. I also cannot have even a bit of soy. It's the worst to give up foods I once loved but the pain I'm in from eating those foods is enough to take down an elephant.**

While I do appreciate everything that is sent my way there are some things that I just won't use! So to that end, Please do not send


~ Reward stickers

~ Coconut

~ Yarn

~ Tea (with exception to black spicy teas such as Chai)

Kawaii, Disney, Lisa Frank, Strawberry Shortcake, Hello Kitty and other cutsie types of characters are wasted on me. They are truly not my thing!

Make up

Confetti, table scatter, shakers filled with either

Pieces of paper unless it's very special. I don't scrapbook and have lots of pretty papers saved for that something special

Tiny die cuts. I'm overwhelmed at the moment

Thank you for reading my profile.

Please know that I ALWAYS send out my swaps! If you do not receive in a timely manner please do not hesitate to contact me! I rate the day that I receive!

Most importantly, I will always send my VERY BEST to you. Always. If I would not like to receive it I'd never swap it out. Please give me the same respect! If you don't want it or like it, I probably don't want it either!



Comment: Thank you!! The 3D stickers you sent for “now” are so cute!! The gift Is tucked in the sack Until Christmas. 🎅
Response: I'm so glad that you like them! I meant to add the receipt if you wanted to exchange them! Happy Holidays 2018! Thanks for the heart!
shinyserra rated for Mixed Media Tag #senderschoice on Feb 23, 2018
Comment: I love the dog pile! Those felt die cuts are so cute and I also love the gelli printed background. Awesome job. Thank you!
Marl33n rated for Christmas Cards #3 on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the christmas card. Are you both alright now? Your christmas eve sounds amazing! I love food, def. italian food and the cake and cookies, wowie! Can we fly over? ;) Have a very merry christmas!
Response: Bob followed up with a specialist and a second one this week. They're trying to treat it with physical therapy and anti inflammatory medication. Hopefully that will work. Thank you and happy holidays! xo
Comment: Patty, thanks for the cute notecards! I'll definitely be sending one of these to my aunt who works in an eye doctor's office ☺️
Response: I thought they were too cute... I wish I had bought a second pack! Enjoy, Rachael! Merry Christmas. xo
Comment: I hope your Christmas celebrations are everything you hope for! I can relate to the broken family situation. Thank God for hope! Merry Christmas & happy New Year Patty! Thank you for the Christmas card!
Response: You are welcome, Happy Holidays and Thank you for the heart!
luckycharms rated for Santa Christmas Cards on Dec 17, 2017
Comment: I love this card!!!! Santa is my all time favorite guy!!!! Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!
Response: Everyone is loving that Santa card! I wish I had bought more!! Thanks for the heart and Happy Holidays!
suepier rated for Santa Christmas Cards on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Santa Christmas card.
Response: It's become infamous, that card! You are very welcome and Happy Holidays! Thanks for the heart!!
widelo123 rated for Santa Christmas Cards on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Patty, thank you for the unique Santa Christmas card. I must have received at least 25 Santa cards and they are all different. Shirley
Response: Everyone has been loving that card! We tried to get more but no luck! Happy you got so many Santas!!! Thanks for the heart! Happy Holidays!
Aew324 rated for Santa Christmas Cards on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: I like the clever Santa illustration and cute envelope. Thank you!
Response: So happy you like it, so many people commented to us about that card! I wish I had bought more, they're gone from all of the Hallmark stores! Thanks for the heart! Happy Holidays!
pinklilly rated for Christmas Cards #3 on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card you sent me!! Thank you for the penguins stickers, I love those! Hope things get better for you and your family!!
Response: You're welcome, thanks for thee heart! Happy Holidays!
NaitomeaMinx rated for Santa Christmas Cards on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: I love the card! Thank you! Happy holidays!
Response: I never realized how unique that card is... so many people really love it! Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you for the great card! Volunteering at an animal shelter sounds like a great way to spend the day! I actually have to work Christmas Eve into Christmas morning, so it's a good thing my son is almost 16 and doesn't really be live in Santa anymore! Sorry for the late rating! Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling card! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thanks for the heart and for rating! Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling card! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thanks for the heart and for rating! Happy Holidays!
scrappycats rated for Day *25* Last Advent Swap on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: I am trying so hard to be good and not open til Christmas! so far succeeding.Update: thanks so much for the stencil and embossing folder. They are great.
Response: I'm crossing my fingers that I chose happy things for you! Thanks for the heart and for rating! Happy Holidays!
Psychopomp rated for DD ~ Christmas Card with a Dog! on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: This card was so awesome! I love the washi tape on the envelope as well!
Response: I have to tell you that I received that card last year and LOVED it! When I found them in a store I waited at least an hour to pay for just the cards... I wasn't leaving without them. We have now run out and I wish I had bought more... I'll be looking all year to find them again. I'm happy you liked it!! Cheers and Happy Holidays!
Comment: Seasons Greetings Patty and thank you for the beautiful card w/ Christmas tree and dog & the Christmas stickers ! Love them!
Response: You are very welcome, Happy Holidays to you! Thanks for the heart!
Leekoba rated for Fill My Stocking - December on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the stocking stuffer, I like the wrapping! I can't wait to open it, happy holidays and happy swapping <3
Response: I'm pretty sure you're going to like it! Fingers crossed! Happy Holidays!!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for rating! Happy Holidays!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for rating! Happy Holidays!

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yvonne401 on Mar 17, 2018:

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

MissPaula on Mar 9, 2018:

I hope you are well and your weather is comfortable. Hello Spring, we Welcome you! ♥

mgallardo68 on Mar 9, 2018:

Thank you so much Patti for my random envie you sent for your RAK Random Envelopes. Love it!!! ♥

bigmamabird on Mar 9, 2018:

Thanks for the hug! We didn't get as much snow as you guys did. hope you're surviving it all...

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

angelgram on Mar 5, 2018:

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Loved your supportive and caring words on the Winnie the Pooh card. Great quote on the Mountains and Wildlife quote card. Getting Happy mail while recovering was a day brightener and a joy. Thank you

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RooBaRoo on Mar 1, 2018:

Received the public forum "Random Envie" RAK today :)

It's an eclectic collection, I esp. like the handmade tag, & the Urban sketching PC :)

Sorry about the seriously rough patch that you are facing :( Strength to you & your family, 7 keeping you in my prayers ...

bjmonroe on Feb 25, 2018:

Thank you Patty for the RAK. I love the tag you made for me. Nice job! You should know that I like your brand of crazy. I will never doubt you. After all you gave me the gift of Cindi. What a wonderful world we have.

kiddomerriweather on Feb 15, 2018:

yvonne401 on Feb 14, 2018:

Hi, Patty! Thanks for the Valentine's Day pic! I am unable to post pictures anymore and I have no idea why.

True friends are like diamonds, bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style. Glad to have a friend like you in my life.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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