Swap-bot Time: April 30, 2017 6:00 am


Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: April 30, 2017
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Right now in my life...

Please check out my post in the forums to enter a drawing I'm hosting! It's to fill my friend's home with pink ribbons as she goes through another month of chemotherapy. This month will be a bit more difficult as it's a different chemo and has side effects that are brutal. Thank you so very much.

Cindi before chemo ![]

We're still missing my Mom so much but it is getting a little easier. After she passed on May 17, 2016 I was overwhelmed by the love from this incredible community! I will be forever grateful! We are happy to have moved back home and prior to the water heater flood we were pretty happy while still settling in! In the past few weeks we have been spending time with long time friends who we somehow lost touch with while living close to our Moms. That has been so heartwarming! Also, for all who were interested in the book donation in memory of my Mom, it totaled over $35,000. retail in books! I did not pay that amount for the books! That's the msrp of them. It was a lot of books and honestly more came out of the storage unit and I think we delivered the last of them last week. Who knows, there are still boxes to go through and organize, there may be more. My Mom would be thrilled to be honored in this way. Update: April 2017: We are donating another 150 Children's Picture books to a school in Seaside Heights NJ that completely lost the entirety of their school in Super Storm Sandy. Many people have forgotten about the storm that destroyed so much of our state but believe me, people are still displaced. Also, we filled a "Give / Take library at the local Starbucks yesterday with absolutely beautiful books! The very last of the children's books are going to ABC School / Childtime where I worked as a teacher > administrator for 12 years. There are still about 200 that I will keep and some stragglers. Also, about 100 went to the young members of my family. I'm hoping that by the end of the month this will be totally complete!

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! While 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 also taught a class called "What color is your rainbow?" I did not learn "ROYGBIV" until I was older... in my 30's! Of course I knew it in scientific terms ( the prism) but never applied it to my art.

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. I enjoy spending time with my family... I adore being a mom and also an aunt! I have two adult sons and 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!!

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.

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.

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!

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. I'm very interested in learning how to felt wool. I purchased a "Klutz" book and kit for felting wool and making little creatures. It's stored away in my ottoman! I will bring it with me on a vacation some day or rip it out when the mood strikes me!

PEACE Poster Project!


At this time I am calling this Peace Poster complete! Thank you for all of your contributions! I will post updated photos as soon as I can!

So these are photos of the Peace Poster small! It will be much, much bigger when it gets arranged on it's new wall. Thank you for everything you have sent!!

I have to say... you have have sent me ANYTHING with the word PEACE on it or a PEACE SIGN on it... it's on the poster. If you sent a sticker, it's on there. If you sent anything at all, in any way, shape or form having to do with PEACE, it's on the poster.

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

Things that I enjoy

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

Sugar free candies

Giraffes yes, definitely influenced by April!**

Vera Bradley Notebooks

Aloe infused socks

Burts Bees (plain lip balm) (I'm totally stocked up right now!)

Whole bean coffee or ground coffee. Dark or medium roast

Garden flags

~Archival Ink Pads (Reds, Metallics, Sepia Chocolate Brown)

~I love bags! Especially homemade drawstring bags! Any kind of bags! Yes, it's an addiction! Also 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 Although, I will happily accept sugar free candies!

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, nail polish

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!



turtles27 rated for Packing Tape Transfer a Dog?! on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Such a cute post card. Thank you so much!
Response: It was fun to make, glad you like it! Thanks! xo
luluvision rated for MPU: Scrapbook paper postcard on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: What a gorgeous and sparkly postcard! Thank you so much! And when were you working in NYC? I worked on 37th and 5th for a long time in the 90s!
Response: Oh! I'm glad you like it! lol! I put it on instagram in black and white hoping you wouldn't see it! I worked in NY in the 90's to 2000, left before 9-11... G&R Royalcraft. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Very cute post card!! I understand the "comfortable" shoe problem! I used to be able to wear anything - not anymore!! :-))
Response: Oh that card gave me a run for my money! Whatever that means! I'm glad that you like it! It was fun to make but challenging! Thanks xo
MLouiseOliver rated for #kindnesscounts ~ 6 on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: My daughter, and I loved all you sent. Thank you so much. I hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart, I'm glad you enjoyed your swap AND so glad it made it there this time!
JeanetteC rated for #kindnesscounts ~ 7 on Apr 18, 2017
Comment: Such a beautiful and beautifully wrapped note pad...thank you. And thank you for the wonderful note.
Response: The index card letter?? lol! I like to use those cards for a quick note! Who knew I would end up answering a note from you too! I'm happy you like the notepad... it seemed "Jeanette"> Thanks xo
stephiedee rated for MPU: April Happy Mail on Apr 18, 2017
Comment: I guessed Arbor Day when I saw the envelope and I was right. :) Thanks for the great swap, Patty! The ATC is lovely, as are the postcards.
Response: April has a lot of fun holidays to choose from! But I am a sucker for trees! Glad you liked it Steph!! Thanks! xo
tcornell rated for Spring Fling and Ink Swap PVT on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Patty, I can't thank you enough for all the goodies you sent to me: I love the postcards, the sepia and purple inks for the pen you got me, the ink pad (squeeee!), and the ink blending solution (never used this before). Thank you thank you thank you!!! xo Tracy
Response: It's always a pleasure to send to you, my dear friend! Hugs! xo Patty
Comment: Thank you so much for swapping with me and the extra postcards. They are great!
Response: I'm pretty sure I sent Marimekko postcards... they are my new favorites! Thanks for another great swap! Hugs xo
Comment: Oh Patty! What a wonderful package! The handkerchief is so precious! What a special gift! I love the tree wax seal! And I'm really excited about the pink stamp pad - I've been wanting one for a long time, but I always talk myself out of it at the store...in fact, I just got home from Michaels and talking myself out of it again! LOL The doily stickers are lovely too. Oh, and the Crazy Cat Lady bag is a perfect fit! ;) Thank you for also including the custard recipe - I'm going to try it soon...I would do it tonight but I just made 2 loaves of banana bread we have to eat up first. Thank you for the care and love included with these items. You've really brightened my day! Oh, and I forgot to add a thank you for including the little things for the girls - they will be delighted! :)
Response: My day is brightened because everyone is so happy with the packages I sent! I have been trying to send my Mom's favorites for awhile... I'm so happy you like the pink ink... I talked myself out of buying one for myself! lol! I'm so happy you like everything!! Hugs xo
slamophile rated for Sugar Free Candy Spring Fling! on Apr 6, 2017
Comment: Ohmygosh! - Where do I start!? - I Love the way you wrapped the package - The deco tape against the black, is so pretty.. Then when I opened it - Wow! - I am Never tossing that Gorgeous box out! That is So pretty. Thank you - You're a doll for putting all that Yummmmy candy in that pretty box - It was So pretty to open ... along with the color-coordinated tissue paper - You think of everything - and - you are a Very artistic decorator. I love the assorted candies - and - I love Everything - and - I Love the pretty Easter card. Thank you for the lovely sentiments - and - Super thanks for running this yummy swap. Thank you SO much for a marvelous send. Thank you - Thank you - Happy Easter to you! You really do deserve a hundred hearts for this!
Response: You deserve every bit of it! Enjoy!!! Happy Easter! xo
MLouiseOliver rated for #kindnesscounts ~ 5 on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: I loved all you sent, and loved what you made. Thank you so much. I hope you're having a wonderful day.
Response: Oh, I'm so happy that you liked everything! The tea bag holder was fuun to figure out / cut! I would like to try it again! Enjoy! xo
Comment: Thank you for the pretty green postcard! Green with Growth is just perfect πŸŒΏπŸƒ These mountains are indeed bursting into growth and I'm loving it!
Response: I had a bunch of ideas but when I learned I was sending your way it's the mountains / trees that popped into my head! Glad you liked it! Thank you, Patty xo
Comment: Great variety, thank you. I added a ton of fun stuff and it was marked. Looking forward to everything circling around.
Response: Oh great!! I hope you found some things you could use! It's a fun swap!! Thank you, Patty xo
Comment: Thanks for the great D PC - the drawing looks very much like a dachshund/mix dog my Mom had 25 years ago! :D Cheers!
Response: I'm so happy it brought a smile! Thanks for the heart! I'm really enjoying this swap!
crystalite rated for Stamped ATC #1 on Apr 1, 2017
Comment: Got your awesome card today! I love the blue and purple colors you chose to use, and I love the white embossed daisy!! The white embossing is so crisp against the background; it just pops right out at you! I'm so happy to add your card to my collection! And thank you for the pretty washi tape too!
Response: Oh yea! I'm so glad that you like it, I love those colors together! I'm happy to be included in your collection! Thanks!
stkirsch rated for The Ides of Trump on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your support with the swap. We really need to work on turning or government around.
Response: I'm so afraid of this education issue... people don't seem to understand everything that it entails! It's so much more than a voucher system! It's truly scary... thanks for hosting!
Comment: Hi. Firstly, Thank You for being brave and trusting to share your Endometriosis journey with me. I truly can empathise, and can feel the pain. On a high note, this is THE BEST swap I have participated in (out of 40). It was meaningful and powerful and relevant (to many sufferers), and a shame that more that were watching didn't participate, because it was like therapy (for me, at least). I appreciate all that you stand for, and have suffered, it has made you a strong woman filled with stoic virtue. I aspire to that. All the Best and LOVE and PEACE - with tears of happiness. Diane (PS. Thank you also for the colorful postcards!)
Response: Tears.. that only you could understand. I think it was my best swap ever too. It was empowering. Maybe not everyone is ready to share... next time. Thank you so very much. Hugs Patty xo
MLouiseOliver rated for #kindnesscounts ~ 3 on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: I loved all you sent. Thank you so much. I hope you're well, and having a wonderful week.
Response: I'm happy it finally got there... I have to ask why my mail seems to be taking forever! Thanks for the heart. Hugs
cookies37 rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - C - USA on Mar 27, 2017
Comment: What a cute "c" postcard! Thanks so much. I'm not sure what the gun has to do with J.&P. Coats, but love the outfit she has on. Take care and may peace always be with you! Judy P.S. Just seen your response to my rating :) I wanted you to know that I'm not upset about the gun, and I'm glad you didn't alter it out. Take care, Judy
Response: I know the gun, right? I just thought it had to be a toy and being "vintage" style... idk, but it was too cute to pass up... I should have altered the gun out?! I'm glad you liked it too! Thanks for the heart! xo
njstauter rated for #kindnesscounts ~4 on Mar 25, 2017
Comment: The sheet of stickers is so cute. I am currently writing a letter (via a Junque Journal) to one of my Grandgrrrls and will put a couple of them in it for her to smile too. Many thanks
Response: You are quite welcome, always happy to share a smile and you are sharing too! Thanks!

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piratecaptainmo on Apr 29, 2017:

Thank you for the ATC backs from the PF: pick 10 tag :)

Tigerlilyknotwise on Apr 29, 2017:


isabellasnow on Apr 27, 2017:

Oh, Patty, thank you for the LOVELY cards/postcards you sent to fulfill a wish on my April AWG list . . . what neat cards! I've seen the marimekko cards on amazon and wondered what they looked like--now I know ;+) They're so cute. Thanks bunches for thinking of me this month.

anrtist on Apr 25, 2017:

An extra~ Special THANK YOU for my wonderful April AWG Wishes! ;-) I wanted you to know I appreciate your "Original" wrapping talents ;-) & I was so excited to see a pencil case... cause no one else has granted that wish! ... thank you so much for it and the PL goodies inside too!
I appreciate everything so much!!!
Blessings! cc

stephiedee on Apr 25, 2017:

Thanks for the goodies for the MPU One Stamp tag! I really dig the tissue paper you used and the deli paper (I'm on a translucent paper kick lately). ^_^

CariahCreates on Apr 25, 2017:

Thank you for the cute little book from my A Wish Granted april wishlist!

bbsporty on Apr 25, 2017:

Thank you for the gelli pulls for the HMPC: Pick One Tag game!! Also thanks for the awesome sticker on the envie!

Babsmomof5 on Apr 24, 2017:

Received the menagerie tag of "bird" goodies today...loved it all, thank you so much! Also loved the bird stamps!!!

isamanthax on Apr 24, 2017:

I got your my request tag! Thank you! The envelopes are super cute!

Bhindblueeyes on Apr 22, 2017:

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the unicorn book! It is just what I needed after a brutal week! I will enjoy it immensely - it's to be read in my special reading room :) THANK YOU!!

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