Swap-bot Time: August 20, 2017 7:40 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: August 20, 2017
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Right now in my life...

I'm limiting my swap involvement for the rest of the summer! Have a good one!

If you need to contact me you can email @ patty.kelly.nj(at)gmail.com

Follow me on instagram: #pkpeacesb

Completed the #100dayproject and preparing for #showmeyourflorals beginning August 1, 2017.

There are some things that I really want to accomplish this summer including:

*Create an accordion book (private swap)

*Learn Bookbinding

*Learn graffiti (on paper)

*Getting into NYC at least a few times! (shop at Mood, visit Casey's Rubber Stamps, go to a book bindery for a class and use of their work space and tools)

*Learn to run that sewing machine

*Make a Dotee Doll

*Visit friends and family at the shore

*Spend time on the beach

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


Thank you all so very much for your incredible support of my dear friend, Cindi who is fighting breast cancer. SwapBot members have changed her life almost as much as the cancer! She will be going through treatments up until mid July. She is tolerating the current chemo much better than the first round. If you would like to send Cindi a few words of encouragement please message me for her address!

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

What you should know about me...

I REUSE bubble mailers.

I upcycle paper.

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

I have accumulated an extraordinary amount of stuff in 16 months on SB! I'm destashing like crazy so if you would like a two stamp envelope of destash, let me know and I'll put it in the mail. If you want a lot of destash for your personal use (not for your eBay or Etsy stores) ... ie 25 postcards, rubber stamps etc and are willing to pay the postage, let's talk.

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 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. 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 the summer of 2017 is to make and bind my own art journal. I'm determined to learn this skill!

About me...

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

I enjoyed creating a Peace Poster made of thinggs sent to me from swappers around the world!

My new collections are of ATCs in these themes~


*Coffee / Coffee Mugs

*Murphy, my dog... pictured above!

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) I prefer Ranger because they offer reinkers. I have several doubles of colors... want to trade?**

**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 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

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 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!



shinyserra rated for Stamped ATC #1 on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful star ATC! I love the sheet music and blueprint background :)
Response: So it was in that mystery envelope! lol! It got there fast!! Glad you like it! xo
scrappycats rated for MOMMA: 1~2 oz Ephemera Swap on Jul 30, 2017
Comment: thanks so much!! those green stamps are awesome! love everything you sent
Response: Yea! I'm so happy you liked everything! I can remember my Nanny collecting those stamp to save for prizes!! Thanks Nancy xo
bigmamabird rated for Craftermath Zine on Jul 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cheerful zine, Patty! I too was left with a big mess, does that mean I need to make more zines to use it all up?!?
Response: It was so much fun to see how different everyone did this... it was a fun swap! I should have added a note to mine that I meant for it to be "usuable" as a little notebook... I have used two copies already for lists! Thanks, I want to do this again!! xo
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for Craftermath Zine on Jul 26, 2017
Comment: Great zine Patty! It's been fun seeing how different all of these are! Glad to see that stamp is working :) Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: I think we should do this at least four times a year... it really was fun! I am also enjoying all of the different "takes" on it! Thanks Rachael! xo
Babsmomof5 rated for ATC ~ You Pick! on Jul 26, 2017
Comment: Cute ATC! Love all the shimmer and shine!
Response: She made a big splash on Instagram! lol! Glad you like her. xo
bbsporty rated for Craftermath Zine on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great zine! It's so colorful and happy!
Response: I made it thinking it would be "usable" for lists etc. I put a copy in my purse! I scored every single fold and it still came out crooked! Grwl! Thanks for the heart... I think these were really fun to make! xoxo
tlemon4 rated for Pack & Play - Goodie Bag Swap #10 on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: Great swap!! Thank you sooooo much for the crochet needle, I am dying to learn how to do this, :):)Thank you for being so thoughtful, it is greatly appreciated. Happy swapping until we swap again. :)
Response: Oh, I was happy to have it to send to you! Check out some youtube videos for easy ways to begin! Good luck! xo
scrappycats rated for ATC Sized Monoprints on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: love them
Response: Another fun swap, enjoy your summer!! xo
scrappycats rated for Artful Collection on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: thanks so much!
Response: This was a fun swap, thanks for the heart! Enjoy your summer! xo
bbsporty rated for MOMMA: 1~2 oz Ephemera Swap on Jul 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome envie of goodies! I love everything!
Response: I've been collecting it for weeks! I'm glad you're happy with it! Enjoy the rest of your summer.... hugs, Patty xo
shinyserra rated for PVT: Backgrounds on Jul 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the gorgeous backgrounds! So pretty :)
Response: Oh good... they showed up! Were they in the funky envelope?? lol? The USPS has an issue with mail between our homes! xo
tcornell rated for PVT: Backgrounds on Jul 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful backgrounds and the heart stickers :) Hugs!
Response: You are very welcome, enjoy! Thanks for the heart! xo
graciepie49 rated for Cut A Stamp Swap! on Jul 4, 2017
Comment: I let you know this morning that I received your stamps but then promptly forgot until now that I needed to also rate the swap. I really do like your stamps, and I love the time and effort you put into learning something so new to your experience of previously carving linoleum. I think if you keep at it you could become a very good carver of soft materials and enjoy doing it. I really enjoy making stamps because I've always liked to make, build, and construct things. Thanks for the other nice inclusions too.
Response: Grace, you are always SO supportive of me and I truly appreciate it. This was definitely a re-learning process! But, I have been practicing a bit on remaining scraps and am feeling more confident! My next attempt will be a pinecone! ~ Thankful for you~ xo
Heynowokay rated for ATC Sized Monoprints on Jul 3, 2017
Comment: These are so delightful. Can't wait to put them to good use!
Response: It's my favorite thing to do! Hope you'll enjoy using them! xo
Heynowokay rated for ATC ~ Your Way! on Jul 3, 2017
Comment: What a neat ATC! This style isn't the kind I usually make either, but this is so fun with the stamp and paper layers. Thank you!
Response: I'm definitely going through an INK phase and was determined to work it in... I'm glad you like it! xo
btbeth rated for Pack & Play - Goodie Bag Swap #9 on Jul 3, 2017
Comment: you spoil me, lady! thank you for all the extra fun goodies! Hugs, My friend!
Response: Enjoy! Enjoy! xo
Comment: Your papers are fantastic! Mine didn't turn out as shimmery as yours. I'm addicted to these and have made entirely too many, lol!
Response: They are so much fun to make... I love the ones that Lisa sent too! Lots of fun! Thanks for the heart!! xo
Amycreates rated for private swap Patty and Amy on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Great swap! Thanks for the wonderful goodies - the ATC envelopes, stamped labels which will come in handy, cool envelope and more!
Response: Yea! You're doing great, Amy! Thanks for the rating and the heart... glad you liked your stash stuff!
bigmamabird rated for MailArt Started! on Jun 17, 2017
Comment: This was a great arrival today! It's the big envelope with the green duck tape on the back! Mystery solved, and most pleasantly I must say...I do enjoy having other people's starts to play with as they always have elements that are new to me or are using supplies I don't have.Love all the extras, of course, especially the chicken pcs and stickers... Thanks Patty!
Response: Carroll, I love your mailart and I struggled with what to send to you! I decided obviously to leave the bottom back of each envelope blank for your awesome doodles. I'm glad you like them, I was happy to have you as a partner! Thanks for the rating and heart! xo
Comment: You've got some cute ATC's here! Love how you used that purple background I sent :) It'll be on its way back to you soon ;)
Response: I challenged myself for this swap to use just paint, ink, stencils and that one coffee embellishment. I hope you're going to like yours too! I have a fourth (for you) I just threw some gesso over AGAIN... I'm determined to get it right! Very fun swap!

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MsRose on Aug 18, 2017:

Patty Just in , A BUNCH of sticker books From you!! ;) thank you SO much for granting my wish on AWG .. your constant support of my charities and causes. You are one of beautiful soul .PLG Ms Rose ☮️💜🐶 💜😻💚

bbsporty on Aug 17, 2017:

Patty, thank you for the MOMMA July muse of seeds and citrus towlette!

mummsie on Aug 15, 2017:

Patty,mom loved your happy mail. Thank you so much for making her day!! I really appreciate your extra effort! Hugs, Mummsie

ChrisAnne on Aug 15, 2017:

Thank you for my great RAK goodies! I love them!

phillaine on Aug 14, 2017:

So happy to hear your good news!
peace and love,

bbsporty on Aug 12, 2017:

Thank you so much for my wonderful colored pens! Pentel is a favorite pen brand of mine and I can't wait to use them!!!

Heynowokay on Aug 11, 2017:

Thank you so much for sending a few of those pipettes. I've got an idea for some watercolor backgrounds, and hopefully those will help me control my accuracy. I've not see those kind of mailing bags before either, and they're super fun. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! :)

Babsmomof5 on Aug 11, 2017:

Oh, Patty, thank you so much for spoiling me, and my kids yet again! Loved the tag, and the extra goodies you sent my way!

Lonestarchild on Aug 10, 2017:

Thank you my friend for all the handmade goodies. LOVE LOVE the envies and never enough labels to suit me - thank you for refilling my stash!!! AWG - August

CrystalZ on Aug 9, 2017:

Thank you for the pretty Paris themed atc you created for me! I will definately be putting it up on my desk so I can see it while I craft :)

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