Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2018 6:54 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: June 15, 2018
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Moving Again... be back whenever I get settled. May 2018

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, 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.

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, 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

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 05-18 ~ I'm stocked up)

Whole bean coffee or ground coffee. Dark or medium roast

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 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

~ 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



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! :)
e2java rated for SEKS: April Happy Mail on May 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for such a fun and cheerful package! I love the dog pencil sharpener and the colored pencils are so cool. Good luck with your move...you'll b fine <3
whytewillow rated for JOURNALING by FIVES #4 on May 4, 2018
Comment: Very nicely done...thank you.
tcornell rated for MM Art Tag ~ Rainy Day Weather on Apr 27, 2018
Comment: I love your rainy day tag! Thank you <3 xo
Comment: I love this tag! This little cherub is the cutest. I love the background as well.
Comment: Loved all these embellishments! and thanks also for the supplies for making more. Hope things are going well with you.
shinyserra rated for JOURNALING by FIVES #3 on Apr 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for hosting this swap series! It is so fun :) I love what you added to these pages.
Comment: Thanks! Saving it for December to open!
Comment: Again, my condolences. Sending this swap was not necessary to do so fast pending the circumstances. My prayers to you and the entire family (hugs). Thank-you
whytewillow rated for JOURNALING by FIVES! #1 on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Ok, got em' and already did my thing...off it goes tomorrow for the next round...cheers.
Artstamper rated for JOURNALING by FIVES #2 on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Yes, I'm loving this swap. I like what you have added, especially the translucent ones. Thank you. I will be working on them soon. Should be ready by tomorrow.
CurlyTea rated for 2 Stamp Flat Envie of Ephemera on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the fun stuff to play with. My gel plate came yesterday but I haven't had a chance to break it in yet. Thanks for all your advise!
Comment: Adorable tag! Love the flowers especially :)
shinyserra rated for Tag Swap on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Love this peacock tag! Thank you so much
Comment: Too funny that you sent two! I liked your steampunk one. The images from the vintage catalogue are great! Thanks! Oh! And thanks for sending them all in such a cute little pencil case.
Comment: Lovely tag! And even more than one thing with wings! Thanks!
joybells2426 rated for Mixed Media Art Tag - Floral on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the tag! One cannot go overboard when die cutting flowers. 😉

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tcornell on Jun 2, 2018:


yvonne401 on May 27, 2018:

Hi Patty!

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

Let’s never take it for granted!


Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on May 13, 2018:

Dear Patty,

Friendship and motherhood are two of the most wonderful things that anyone can experience!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

tcornell on May 10, 2018:

Thank you for the lovely card and your heartfelt words. It means a lot to me.

bjmonroe on May 6, 2018:

Sometime life isn't fair.

heatherknits on Apr 17, 2018:

Thank you for the Pen Pal Supplies Pick 2 Tag - USA items!

bluehairedmary on Apr 15, 2018:

Thanks so much for the postcards and the vintage postage! This was for the Pick 2 Tag! Thanks! ♥

mgallardo68 on Apr 14, 2018:

I have no words to express you my gratitude! And I will cherish and treasure the special gift you shared with me, it makes me feel important!! Thank you so much for a wonderful I collect...send to the person above you wish! ♥♥

CurlyTea on Apr 12, 2018:

Thanks for all the fun items for my new gel plate. I can't wait for the weekend so that I can bust it out and play for a few hours. I will definitely be adding those papers to my Amazon cart. I will have to send you a sampling of what I create... as long as it is not just mud... lol
BIG HUGS!!! Thanks

bbsporty on Apr 10, 2018:

Thank you so much for the wonderful note of support and the absolutely beautiful bookmark! My apt with the surgeon is on Thursday and I'm beginning to get scared.

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