Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2019 3:44 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: December 7, 2019
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Happy to be back!

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 by mid December 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. 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 to 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!

I am going for a ultrasound of the carotid arteries Oct. 18th. I'm thinking that is when the decision re surgery will be made. Hopefully I will not need a MRI but that seems crazy to even me. Not too happy about the thought of having yet another surgical procedure but it beats the alternative. I also need to go for Occupational therapy. Too much medical stuff for my taste!

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 own several gel plates (all different brands) and am passionate about creating background papers for ATCs or Postcards... papers to cut for collage. I usually print on 110# paper or for master boards, 140# watercolor paper. I only use Amsterdam, Liquitex and Golden acrylic paints. I love to print layer upon layer to achieve beautiful colors and textures. I am very open to private swaps if you're interested in hand painted collage papers or master boards.

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.

Things and Themes I Love!

I just started piecing together a disc bound notebook / planner so anything punched for a disc bound planner, I would love! My art journal is disc bound too and I love it!

  • Extra Discs (any size!) for my art journals and planner / notebooks

  • Reusable bags (small) from where you live

  • Enamel Pins

  • Vintage US postage ~ Unused

  • Stamped Quotes for art journaling

  • homemade embellishments

  • I adore Mixed Medium Art Tags created by others for my Tag Journals!

  • gel prints (larger than ATC)

  • Interesting papers of any kind

  • Brayers you don't want or use

  • Interesting ~ Unique and vintage buttons

  • Interesting ~ Unique die cuts

  • Calendars (Dogs, Quotes, Butterflies, Classic size Happy Planner) 2020

  • Masterboard pieces (ATC or larger)

  • Clear or mounted rubber stamps you no longer use

  • Mark making tools for gel plate printing

  • Embossing powders

  • Embossing folders

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

  • Homemade greeting or note cards

  • Homemade envelopes (Coin sized are a favorite)

  • Blank Journals or notebooks ~ High quality Paper!

  • Homemade Bookmarks

  • Dark Roast Coffee

**Themes that I love!

  • Coffee

  • Monarch Butterflies

  • Swallowtail Butterflies

  • Zebras

  • Hedgehogs

  • Giraffes

  • DOGS!

  • Animal rescue

  • Owls!

  • Deer

  • Beaches

  • Skulls

  • Skeletons

  • USMC

  • Chai Teas

  • Your favorite Diabetic Friendly recipes (esp desserts)

  • 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)

Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

I am open to doing a few private Christmas swaps... message me if you're interested.

  • I love yellows esp yellow ochre

  • greens too! And purples as well as magentas!

  • I use the Classic size Happy Planner (any add ins)

  • Susan Branch ~ Anyhting

  • Tim Holtz ~ Movers and Shakers dies (I Have mini Chocolate Rabbit, Sewing Notions, Camera, Globe, Typewriter, Badge / shield)

  • I have the Big Kick so thin or Sizzix dies

  • Le Crueset Rammekin ( I need one more red)

  • Loose teas! (Jasmine, Chai ... I'm open)

  • Dark Roast Coffees (Lavazza and 1850 are supermarket coffees that I love) But any dark roast coffee is welcome!

  • Handmade journals

  • Tube of Pebeo DYNA paint any color (acrylics)

  • Watercolor brush

  • Stencils with large openings

  • Gessos or mediums

  • Lauren Burch Cling Stamps The newer dog stamps

  • US Postage either vintage or new Any denomination

  • !00% Cotton Kitchen Towels

  • Anything coffee / dogs

  • Salt and Pepper shakers of my favorite themes

  • Larger laptop type stickers (Grateful Dead)

  • I welcome stocking stuffers from thrift stores as long as they are in new or like new shapes

  • Materials to be used to alter composition books

  • I adore any and all Moleskin products as well as Levenger

  • Aloe socks for neuopaty!

  • I love pajamas and flannel shirts (XL)

  • Bookmarks

  • T-shirts (XL or Men's L)

  • Real vintage ephemera


earthnk rated for SECRET SANTA on Dec 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you Patty for the box of teas and the starbucks gc. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season.
Comment: Just checked my mail and found happiness! I absolutely love this card you made! It's going right onto my mood board :) Thank you for the cute stickers, the fun poem (I love rhymes!) and the great quote. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And thank you for the reminder to focus on being grateful for each thing we CAN do! Be well, my friend!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for Winter Stickers Swap! on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Patty, thank you for the fun stickers! They're all so cute and perfect for using on my holiday mail! Thanks so much for joining my swap :) And thanks for sharing about your butterflies - I've enjoyed seeing their progress on IG :)
BasketWorks15 rated for Touristy Postcard Swap on Nov 26, 2019
shiloh102 rated for DD:Christmas Card Swap on Nov 19, 2019
MeggyMoo rated for DD:Christmas Card Swap on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: What a gorgeous card, thankyou! Thankyou, too, for the pretty little snails - amazing: pretty snails!!!! - they will be used on something, some where, that's for sure!
AnnaL rated for CPG Halloween Card - US only on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks Patty for the adorable Halloween card & paper clips too cute. Have a wonderful week & a Happy Halloween. AnnaL
Comment: Thank you for the Wonderful Halloween Tag..I love it. Glad you are back to creating Art!
ksperline90 rated for CPG Halloween Card - US only on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you ❤
suepier rated for ⛄ Glitter Christmas Cards #2 ⛄ on Jan 25, 2019
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!

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JediLibrarian on Dec 5, 2019:

Thank you so much for the super sweet birthday postcard! I finally received it today. You are so sweet for thinking of me. Thank you times a billion!! Best wishes!

Artistic on Dec 5, 2019:

Your note made MY day. I'm so very happy you enjoyed the encouragement swap. I had fun making it for you. Happy Merry!

Lonestarchild on Dec 4, 2019:

Narwal! How fun is that! And fun shiny stuff to play with. Might use it for stencils, but might do some fun envie thing. Hmmm Thanks for a great OLD TAG!

Zefaniya on Dec 2, 2019:

Thank you so much for the postage for The Who likes tag! 😁

Mimosagirl on Nov 30, 2019:

Thank you very much for the magpie journal goodies. I’m looking forward to adding these things in soon. Very cool stuff! November WW

kiddomerriweather on Nov 28, 2019:

Thank you for my November WW! I love the mail art and the Christmas stickers that you sent! Thank you for thinking of me.

yvonne401 on Nov 27, 2019:

Hi Patty!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

“I know why families were created, with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.” - Anais Nin

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

tcornell on Nov 27, 2019:

Thank you for the Christmas stickers! Nov. WW

sherba31 on Nov 26, 2019:

Hi there! Thanks for the cute Christmas stickers for Wonderful Wishes November. These will be very handy as I prep December wishes and cards. Take care!

grammypammy on Nov 26, 2019:

WW~Wish for Stickers

Thank you for granting my wish for stickers!

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