Swap-bot Time: November 27, 2020 3:22 pm


Date Joined: January 19, 2010
Last Online: May 27, 2020
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

January 2020 - I am returning to swap bot after a 10 year hiatus & working to repair my rating.

In 2010 life sent me a series of curve balls. My current low rating is because of this dark period. I am in a very different place now (10 years later). I hope you can see fit to give me a chance to prove that I am better than my past mistakes. Examples of my swaps available on My Flickr Photos.

I am a wife & Mom to two sweet boys (ages 5 & 2), a crafter, an activist, a religious educator, a book lover & a wanna be...

I wanna be: an artist, a good person, someone who dances while sober, wickedly clever, fun, beautiful, musically talented, educated, kind, exciting, a philosopher, political, knowledgeable, loved, spiritual, vibrant, a world traveler, someone who knows how to: fix things, ride a horse, inspire others & get places on time.I wanna be a great hostess, dramatic, truthful, wise, sexy, a fantastic cook, & happy. I have mastered some of these things, dabbled in many, & some of them may elude me always but wanting to be these things, successful or not, gives you an idea of who I am for me.

"As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you." -- James Lane Allen

Interests include : Arts & Crafts (obviously), My family, My friends, My lovely gray tabby cats, the city of Asheville NC where I live, Asheville montage Cooking , Baking & Candy-making (chocolates), Wine (especially dry,spicy reds), Herbology, Really good Coffee,
Vintage/retro styles/items, ephemera (especially Art Nouveau, & Craftsman & to some extent Art Deco), Steampunk items/aesthetic , Ink, Woad, & Henna Tattoos, Architecture, Celtic Myths/Legends/Crafts, Irish anything, Costumes, Masks & anything Carnival/ Mardi Gras, Travel (that is I'd really like to- I haven't so much yet),
Paganism (Wicca), Unitarian Universalism, & Catholicism,
Social Justice & Politics(I secretly want to be Arianna Huffington) , Feminism, & Standing up for the oppressed, NPR (Public Radio in General - especially This American Life, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Democracy Now, Car Talk, Speaking of Faith, the Story Core segments & the excerpts from The Moth)
Reading , Poetry, Roller Derby, Film Noir, Pin up art, Vintage Cars, Power tools, Peacock Feathers, Swans, Seahorses, Mermaids, Snakes, Cameos, Time pieces of all kinds, Antique buttons. Ivy, Poppies, Lillies, Shamrocks, Dogwoods, Willows, Thistles, Lotuses & other "pod" plants Shakespeare in the Park, Renaissance Faires,
& the Muppets (or really anything Jim Henson) Jim Henson & Muppets

Favorite Crafts

I love pretty much all crafts! I have the most experience with: drawing, painting, photography, acting, collage, henna, & some sculpting, I also love: beading, print making, stamping, calligraphy/fonts, stencils/screen prints, puppets, ceramics, paper making, book arts, sewing, doll making, jewelery making, etc & would love to try/learn/get better at: furniture design, woodworking, glass blowing, tree sculpting (arbor smithing), gardening/landscaping in general, bas relief tiles, art restoration, perfumery & millinery

Favorite Books

Since becoming a Mom I don't get to read as many physical books as I'd like, but thankfully audio books keep me sane. I read/listen to a pretty wide mix of fiction & non-fiction from a variety of genres. I like to read anthropology, sociology & political science books for fun as well as light fantasy/fiction. I'm one of those people who can be in the middle of 3 or 4 books at once & I think this is totally normal, or at least as normal (& far less annoying to those around me) as channel surfing. I also occasionally like erotica but I do not read romance books with the likes of Fabio & women in ripped bodices etc on the covers. Some noteworthy books are: Slaying the Mermaid..., The Red Tent, The Time Traveler's Wife, Of Love and Other Demons, Like Water for Chocolate, Waiting for Godot, The Other Woman..., Ahab's Wife, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, the works of Anais Nin & any I've found by Charles deLint, I.Allende, B. Kingsolver , F. McCourt, or N. Gaimen. I have also been known to like books by: Joanne Harris, Sarah Addelson, Sue Monk Kidd, Phillipa Gregory, Laurel K Hamilton & so many others...


Lately I am especially into blues/greens. My general tastes run to muted earthy tones (olive greens/cadet blues) black and shades of gray. I am really into navy & peacock feather colors. I love purples & deep, claret reds. I prefer silver to gold & adore copper.

I do not generally care for pink...the only exceptions I can think of are the first lovely pink blooms of spring here in the mountains: the redbuds, the pink dogwoods & "tulip" Jane Magnolias.

Favorite Movies

My favorite movies tend to be set in another time/place ...I like period dramas/comedies & fantasy... I'm having a hard time thinking of them now... Much Ado About Nothing, Labyrinth, Big Fish, Howard's End, Chocolat, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Oscar & Lucinda, Tea with Mussolini, Braveheart, Stardust, The Aviator, The Last King of Scotland, Waking Ned Divine, Gross Point Blank, Big Night, The Lord of the Rings Movies, Miller's Crossing, Frida, Edward Scissorhands, Chasing Amy, Atonement, The Princess Bride, Stealing Beauty, Pan's Labyrinth, Benny & Joon, The Dead Poet's Society & of course anything Jim Henson.

Favorite Music

Tori Amos, The Cure, The Pogues, Ani Di Franco, This Mortal Coil, Portishead, Rasputina, Sting, U2, Erin McKeown, Madeline Peyroux, Led Zepplin, Teegan & Sara, Dresden Dolls, the Beastie Boys, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Beck, The Black Crowes, They Might be Giants, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, The Empty Hats, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, Enya, Suzanne Vega, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt & local "hot club" artists: One Leg Up & the Spaceheaters, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana...

My work

Here are some examples of my swaps so far: Imbolc postcard:Imbolc postcard Jan'10
February Theme Matchbox swap (2): Feb Matchbox close up
Vintage Flower Girl ATC:Vintage Flower Girl ATC Paper Goddess Doll: Goddess Paper Doll [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/]Susan Alena E[/url], on Flickr)

Favorite Artists

Artists I Love E. Gorey, E. Munch, V. Van Gogh
E. Schiele, G. Klimt
C.R. Mackintosh, A. Mucha, & H. Matisse

I love all kinds of art but seem to be especially drawn to the works of these artists (and too many others to mention).

I like expressive art & provocative images.


Comment: Thank you so much, I absolutely love it!! <3
skeffiboo rated for Paper Goddess - Spring - Ostara on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for my beautiful paper goddess, she's gorgeous! You are a very talented illustrator. I especially love her floral crown and the sweet bunny at her feet! I will keep her on my desk to keep me cheered. Stay safe and thanks again x
Response: You're very welcome! I'm so glad you like her. Thanks for joining my swap!
Comment: OMG OMG OMG I Love It. The earrings are so cute and I love the watercolor ATC. Did you make the ATC yourself? And do you make a lot of shrink stuff?
Response: yes I made the ATC & yeas, in the last 6 months or so I have come to really love shrink plastic crafts. Glad you liked them!
Comment: (⊃。•́‿•̀。)⊃━☆゚.*・。゚☆゚.*・。゚☆゚.*・。゚☆゚.*・。゚☆゚.*・。゚Thank you for the (¯`*•.¸♥♫ ♫ B░E░A░U░T░I░F░U░L ♫ ♥¸.•*´¯) ♥♥♥♥ spirit animal profile deco!
Response: You’re very welcome!
Catmaid rated for Profile Graffiti #2 - Spirit Animal on Mar 13, 2020
Comment: Love it! Thank you for the well wishes!
Comment: WOW! thanks for the gorgeous spirit animal artwork! I LOVE IT! Tis better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all... Lord Alfred Tennyson
Comment: Greetings, Many thanx for the lovely Valentines on my profile. I have done these profile swaps before but this time I had a harder time getting the images to post. Thank you for your patience in waiting for me to rate 🌻
Response: Of course. I keep having to "re-learn" everytime I do one of these myself!
wanderluster rated for Quick Email Newbie Swap on Feb 27, 2020
Response: Thanks!
margeux rated for Quick Email Newbie Swap on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: I've already been to Italy twice and it's still what I chose as my dream vacation, too. Haha. It's a truly magical place. I appreciated all of the links you included; they were fun to look at. I hope your Italian vacation dreams come true soon, Susan!
Response: Thank you! Fingers crossed!
mailsbyjah rated for Quick Email Newbie Swap on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: You have a very specific dream destination!! Thanks for taking me somehow to your dream place! It makes me want to be my itinerary too when I go to those places ♡
Response: 😊 Good luck making your dreams happen!
Comment: Susan thanks so much for the lovely ATC it turned out great! I love your interpretation of aquarius! & it sounds like you have an awesome little two year old! Ps thanks for reading my profile to❤
Response: I’m so glad you like it! & yes, life with my boys is epic 🤣!
Kts6girl rated for Quick Email Newbie Swap on Feb 18, 2020
Response: Thanks
LiliLuv rated for Quick Email Newbie Swap on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Sounds like you've spent a lot of time researching and dreaming about Italy. That would be an amazing trip! Happy Birthday!
Response: Thanks! Yeah - hopefully I'll make it someday! Thanks for the quick rating!
kikakreativa rated for Profile Swap - Valentine's Day on Feb 16, 2020
Response: Thanks 😊❤️
Comment: Thank you for the pictures! And no problem at all. It happens <3
Response: Thanks so much! 😊❤️
LinSoles rated for Pinterest - Recycling Ideas on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the link to your pinterest recycling board, was fun flipping through it.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks!
mariewilliams810 rated for Pinterest - Recycling Ideas on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Response: Thanks for rating!
yunasy rated for Fairie ATC on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you very, very much! I really like them :) I'm impressed that you got back to me 10 years later to make up this swap XD
Response: :) Thanks for working with me & being so patient!
Response: Thanks!
Luciie rated for TV Show Reccomendations on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Susan, Thank you for reaching out to me! It looks like my inbox ate your email, but I searched for it and found it! The Good Place is one of my fave shows. I've heard great things about Good Girls/The Crown and will put them on my list. Luci
Response: 👍 Thanks!

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CherryBlossomLady on Mar 14, 2020:


IDreamOfAfrica on Mar 12, 2020:

Profile Graffiti #2 - Spirit Animal

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Catmaid on Mar 12, 2020:

Profile Graffiti: Spirit Animal. I really thing cats are my spirit animal. I sleep a lot, whine if I'm without food, and judges people from a distance. The last part is half true lol.

postmansdaughter on Mar 9, 2020:

PineappleTarts on Feb 14, 2020:

Profile Swap - Valentine's Day

euniceq on Feb 14, 2020:

❤ Profile Swap - Valentine's Day ❤

Bvernon on Feb 14, 2020:

Bvernon on Feb 14, 2020:


Kirkdebb on Feb 14, 2020:

Profile Swap - Valentine's Day

Bonus image! Thanks for joining my swap!

tampatha on Feb 3, 2020:

Happy Carrot Cake Day! (carrot cake deco)


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