Swap-bot Time: June 23, 2017 5:11 am


Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Last Online: June 23, 2017
Birthday: October 26
Country: United States
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Right now in my life...

Currently participating in: #100dayproject

Current focus: Bookbinding, learning how to write graffiti (on paper)

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!

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 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!



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!
shinyserra rated for Journaling for you on Jun 11, 2017
Comment: Patty thank you for this beautiful journal! I have looked through it at least a dozen times already. I seriously love it so much. We will definitely have to do this swap again in the future!
Response: I'm so glad that you like it, there's a lot of love in there! I'll do it again but you know... it takes me longer than it does you... hugs!
scrappycats rated for Masterboard for One on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: love it,so pretty!
scrappycats rated for Scrap Family on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: Cute!
savvvannnah rated for Inspirational Journal Page on Jun 6, 2017
Comment: The quote was beautiful and everything was so pretty, thank you so so much for the lovely package! <3
Response: So Happy that you liked it!
shinyserra rated for Watercolor Painting - Flower on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Patty!!! Oh my gosh I love it!!! This is going in a frame ASAP. It is beautiful! Thank you so very much :)
Response: Oh, I'm so happy that you like it, LB!! I'm glad it arrived safely... how about that packing job, huh?! lol!! Enjoy and thanks for encouraging watercolor painting... I haven't stopped yet! Hugs xo
btbeth rated for Pack & Play - Goodie Bag Swap #8 on Jun 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you! These swaps can be fun, and YOU made this one fun! I will play it and then get it sent home soon!
Response: Wow, you got that fast! Enjoy!
oblivionspin rated for mpu: lots of rules HMPC on Jun 2, 2017
Comment: thank you for the totally crazy postcard!
Response: crazy,,, random.... I made three different PCs for this swap.... the eye kept tripping me up!
shinyserra rated for Mommaa: ATC-Go Round Swap 1 of 3 on May 29, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great themes! You're ATCs are lovely as well!
Response: I wanted to have a little bit of everyone's flair.... as you can see, I stuck with paint and textures for this one. Fun swap, especially because ATCs aren't my thing!
Babsmomof5 rated for Mommaa: Create a Kit Round 1 on May 15, 2017
Comment: Oh what fun! I love everything...especially the bag, and this picture of the dog who has stepped through the hammock! Thank you so much for the lovely stamp too...I'll be able to use it over and over โค๏ธ
Response: SO happy you like it... I KNEW you would love the bag! Thought that of the stamp, too! Have fun creating! The only downside is I wish I was getting what you create! xo
Comment: Thank you for the nice variety of prints! and for the extra deli papers. LOVE them!
Beat rated for Heat Embossing: April, the Giraffe! on May 9, 2017
Comment: Great ATC THanks for the artstampsโค๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ
Response: Glad you like it... enjoy the artstamps! They are fun to use! thanks for the heart.
BeeMGee rated for TPD: April 2017 Handmade Notecard on May 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you Patty for your norecard. I really enjoyed readingall you shared and I hope the next 12 months brings an abundance of peace and happiness.I am a country dweller too so can truly appreciate how much you enjoy being back. I love too the handpainted card. Thank you so much. Have a lovely day
Response: I'm happy you liked the painted card! I enjoyed painting it for you! But mostly thank you for letting me share that story! It was therapeutic! Thanks for the heart! Best ~ Patty
Butterfly1974 rated for Private ATC on May 8, 2017
Comment: Your ATC is absolutely beautiful! The flower and colors are absolutely gorgeous! I bought the cutest, mini easel made of wood that your ATC is going to sit in on top of my desk. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š
Response: Oh my goodness, thank you! I'm so happy you like it! It was based on a photo a former classmate took! I'm hoping to start a bird she also photographed soon. Thanks for your kind words and the heart
Lilpurplepig rated for Adopt! Don't Shop! Stickers! on May 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great PC. I love it. It just goes to show you can create great pieces of art work is you know how to properly use stickers with other mediums. Just love it.
Response: So happy that you like it! I used a masterboard piece created with shreds of deli paper that I had printed on a gel plate. I really like that sticker set and glad i bought two packs. It was a fun swap with an important message! Thans for joining and for the heart!
graciepie49 rated for MPU: Easy Sticker Swap on May 6, 2017
Comment: Patty I LOVE what you have sent me <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 What a great variety, and SO cute (except the two "Fragile: Handle with care" aren't "cute," but they are really Cool)! I was thrilled to look at each sticker, and I especially love the King Kong one and the sheet of little monsters. Thanks Very much for this great swap!
Response: So glad you're happy with them, Grace! I love the little monsters too! Thanks! xo
Babsmomof5 rated for Between friends on May 4, 2017
Comment: Oh, Patty I never thought about using clear! What a bright and wonderful idea!
Response: Don't be too impressed... I had help from my pal, @shinyserra ! I found this to be much more complicated than I ever imagined! I am very happy with the final results though, and so consider it a lesson learned! I've come to look at heat embossing (with clear) as something I can use more often for many things! Thank you, Barbara for swapping Giraffes with me. I really have come to love them!
whytewillow rated for Pack & Play - Goodie Bag Swap #7 on Apr 30, 2017
Comment: Hi Patty, Isn't this fun!? Thanks for the extra goodies. Sweet! Ding ding ding, round 8 coming up.
Response: You are quite welcome! Enjoy rummaging through the "shiny things"!! Thanks!

Rating Overview

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LMeowkin on Jun 19, 2017:

Thank you for the amazing pack of kitty goodness! Oh man, what a fun little box of stuff! I cannot wait to start using it! Thank you for thinking of me and granting one of my AWG wishes for June!

tcornell on Jun 15, 2017:

I received the ATC Go Round MOMMAA. Thank you, and I love the ATC's that you did! Rachael will love it! xo

tcornell on Jun 15, 2017:

Thank you, dear friend, for the sweet card that you sent (and stickers). I know how much you hate to write too! I appreciate that you were thinking of me. I definitely brought a smile to my face. Big hugs, Tracy

yvonne401 on Jun 15, 2017:

Sorry I forgot to mention that the wish of stickers was for the AWG group!

bluehairedmary on Jun 15, 2017:

Thank you so much for the postcards, stamps, and mermaid stamped images! These were for the 5,4,3,2,1 Tag -USA Only and Tag Through the Alphabet - US Only. I especially love the stamped images! Lovely! Thanks again!

yvonne401 on Jun 15, 2017:

THANK YOU @pkpeace for the JUNE WISH of stickers. You included all my favorites, owls, crosses, hearts and flowers. Such an awesome variety!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Babsmomof5 on Jun 12, 2017:

Thank you my sweet friend for the wishes you sent me for the AWG group! โค๏ธ

Paige1900 on Jun 11, 2017:

It was my pleasure. :)

Lonestarchild on Jun 9, 2017:

Exactly YES!!! Loving the headband! Thank you so much for such a sweet AWG wish!!

LaurenPappas on Jun 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for the goodies! You definitely answered my wish lists! I love all of it. <3 Those nail wraps are going to to go to great use!


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