Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2019 12:47 pm


Original Member
Last Online: June 5, 2019
Birthday: December 9
Country: United States

About Me

I've been married for 45 years to the same great guy. We have two adult children, and three elementary age grandchildren. If I were to pick words to describe myself they would be: Christian, Creative, Compassionate, Retired, Fun and Pioneering. My hairdresser called me a pioneer woman because I've never been afraid to take on something hard or new.

I home educated my two girls over 11.5 years starting back in the mid 80's way before it was popular! As a young adult I started a sewing business, sold Creative Memories and Stampin Up, managed a craft consignment mall and had a job working with homeless families.

The name Resourcepit was given to me by a friend who wrote the curriculum for our children's ministry. She drew the children into the stories by using their character traits. Mine, of course, was resourcefulness. My introduction to the stories came when the children were in need of supplies and didn't have all the money they needed to buy them. One child suggested they visit me, after all, I had everything they needed - I was a resource pit. All during the time my children were growing up I supplied our neighborhood children with items from poster board to powdered wigs for a play. After 25 years, the name remains a term of endearment.

I have crafted since I was old enough to hold a pair of scissors. When I discovered Altered Art I knew it was for me. For a few years I hosted an online group that made collaborative books. I enjoy making and sharing Artistic Decos. I have been a member of several deco groups but have taken a rest from group participation for a while.

My favorite toy is a large Accucut die cut machine with lots and lots of dies. I can use Accucut, Ellison, and Sizzix dies!

Several years ago I took an online journal class from Mary Ann Moss called Remains of the Day. I have made about 15 journals in different sizes using every kind of ephemera you could imagine. I'm working on a new book with quilt scraps and lace for pages. I love old advertising, bus and subway tickets from international countries, & business cards or printed advertising from restaurants or places using non-English languages. Sometimes these books are themed, such as my last one which was all about things God tells us to Put On, like humility and gentleness and kindness. Every page was made from old vintage pattern covers and contained a ton of vintage sewing ephemera., Sometimes the books are just very random and made for holding photos, more ephemera, artwork and journaling.

Being a Christian has shaped my worldview. I have been surprised by other's beliefs as others are surprised at mine, but do not let that get in the way of making art, or being kind. I like well done art using religious themes, as long as the art is respectful.

I love peanuts, pecans, cashews and milk chocolate. I like citrus scented anything.

It would be my great pleasure to exchange mail with you, surprize you, or send you the perfect gift!

I keep a book of every swap I join and add the date I send out. If you don't receive a swap from me, please message me first and I will re-send. Going to the mailbox should be a happy experience!

Favorite Music

Contemporary Christian like Sara Groves,The Beatles, Old Folk Music including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joni Mitchell. I love Irish music that makes you want to dance, all kinds of classical music, and oldies from the 60's. The only kinds of music I don't like are Jazz, Rap and Heavy Metal.

Favorite Movies

Shall We Dance, The Princess Bride, Any Action movie with Bruce Willis The Hundred Foot Journey August Rush Austin Land Anything Jane Austin The Three Amigos

Favorite Television


Favorite Crafts

Art Journaling, Rubber Stamping, Altered Books, Collecting STUFF for the above addictions

Things I don't like

Anything cute like Hello Kitty, Kawaii,

Nudes, Witchcraft, Dark Themes or Celebreties

Messy workmanship


Anything Disney

I don't drink tea or coffee

Things I like and/or collect

I'll try this list in alphabetical order and add to the list as I think about it.

A Artistic handwriting, Old Aprons, 1920-1950's Advertising from old magazines, American Flags, Albert Einstein (my hero), Abe Lincoln (my other hero)

B Buttons, especially on cards, and even sewn on handmade cards! Buttons in bags, in boxes and used as packing material. I really like buttons. I don't need any as I have about 30 quart jars, numerous smaller jars and a drawer full that hasn't been sorted yet. But they make me very happy to see them, and I don't think I could ever have too many.
Beautiful handwriting, Bees Wax

C Colors - I like all colors especially Jewel Tones, Collage, Vintage Crocheted Trims, Calligraphy, Christmas, but not Santa. Last year I decorated 3 full size trees and two smaller ones. One is Nature themed, one is recycled theme, one is old family ornaments, one is more elegant and the last one is paper embellished. Cigar Boxes, Canning jars

D Dictionary Pages, especially in foreign languages, Decorated envelopes, Handmade Decos, DIY Books, doodling pen (black Pilot sharp point)

E Envelopes made from maps, Embroidery Thread, Excellent grammar, Edgar Allen Poe

F Foreign postage stamps, both vintage and new, Flowers, Fleur de lys

G Glue Dots, Gift Cards, Gel Pens in any colors, Gardening seeds

H Hand cut pictures of birds and flowers, Handmade cards, Hat Boxes

I Inspirational sayings, Ink Joy pens

J Junque Jewelry, Jasmine & Vanilla

K KIWIs - the bird from New Zealand. My granddaughter has fallen in love with them, so anything Kiwi Bird related would be fantastic.

L Linens with embroidery or crocheted lace - can even be stained or partial pieces. Lists, Labels (from vintage cans, cigar boxes, crates, mailing labels, etc.), Longaberger baskets, Life and Look Magazines from the 40's-50's.

M Mother Teresa

N Small New Testaments or Missals, especially ones in foreign languages that can be found at flea markets

O Owls and birds to go on my Christmas nature tree.

P Pinterest (postscripts50), Photography, Patriotism

Q Quotes especially from Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein. your favorite Scripture quotes, Quilt scraps

R Retirement! Rubber Stamps, Ranger Products, Recycling

S Skeleton Keys, Stazon Ink Pad and/or refill in black, sewing, sorting!

T Table cloths from the 40's and 50's (can come with stains and holes too!) Old tea towels, Thrift shopping, Tim Holtz

U UHU glue sticks

V Vintage advertising tins and ledgers

W Wooden Rulers, White fine point doodling pen, wooden thread spools

X X-Rays

Y Yellow, especially mustard yellow, YES glue

Z Zennia Seeds


Comment: Love the vintage!
shirleyinCA rated for EJ: Ephemera Destash May 2016 on Jun 4, 2016
Comment: 100 hearts to you, Jan, for such a super swap! I absolutely love each item you sent -- I can't even pick a favorite, they are all favorites!!! Really enjoyed your envelope and postage too! Great suggestion for me to make a list of the Golden Books I have. I do know I am on the lookout especially for any by Eloise Wilkin, Little Red Riding Hood and Dumbo. I envy your 15 cent per inch books! Our Good Wills have high prices; I try at the Friends of the Library shop or yard sales. So happy you are back with Swap-Bot!
Response: I'm happy you liked your package. I'll add your authors and books to my search list! It's fun to look for things others want. Yesterday I found a Jaymar children's piano and a vintage roadmaster tricycle for a total of $6!!!!
Comment: Thank you Jan, for the generous and wonderful array of vintage items in a gorgeous envie! This swap deserves 5 stars! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm so glad you like the items I sent. Right now I could send you a shoe box full and not notice a difference in my stash. I hope you are having a lovely spring!
Katiebrandx303 rated for 2 Things From Your Profile #6 on Jul 20, 2015
Comment: Thank you!
fairypretty7 rated for SWL - Intro to Pocket Letters on Jul 13, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the cool pocket ltter and items, must have got lost in the post.
Tjace007 rated for Fill My Stocking - June on Jun 23, 2015
Comment: Because I cant wait till Christmas- I opened my gift. and I am glad I did. Thank you-Thank you for my stickies. :)
Comment: So pretty. I love everything about this pocket letter. This is only the 2nd time I have received these little stamps. They don't look used. Are they real stamps for mailing? Thank you so much for everything you sent. : ) I loved reading about your life and I can picture your beautiful garden with the colored bottles.
Response: The stamps I sent that are unused are from a collection I inherited at work last year. Look close before you use them as I think they might be international stamps. Glad you liked the PL. I had fun making it for you.
uiltje rated for Yellow pocket letter on Jun 3, 2015
Comment: You have spoiled me too much by sending me this swap. Especially your letter made me very happy. You excused yourself for putting a little bit extra colour into it......it's accepted!
Response: Thanks for your kind remarks. Glad you liked the pocket letter! Thanks for the heart too.
SuZignomeMoM rated for Desk De-clutter #10 (USA) on Jun 1, 2015
Comment: Γ’β„’Β₯ I don't know what your desk looks like now but you sure sent me a haul. Thank you for everything. I love the papers, the pens, the tags and cutouts, the ribbons.......Thank you!!!!!
Response: I could send a hundred bags out that size and not miss much! I have been called a stuff-magnet! Things just find their way to my home, and usually my art table is the recipient of it first. I am so glad you liked everything!
DJillM rated for Fill My Stocking - May on May 23, 2015
Comment: The pretty box arrived and I put it in my stocking. Thank you!
Lucynthia rated for Pick 3 Swap - May USA only on May 21, 2015
Comment: Thanks!
shalvorsen rated for One Deco Book - May on May 20, 2015
Comment: Your deco book is very nice and unique, I've never seen one like it. I can't wait to decorate my page and sent it along :) Thank you!
Response: Thank you for your nice comments! Deco books should make us happy!
eveyinorbit rated for Speedy Bird ATC! on May 19, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the atc! I really love the graphic and color combo. The metal letter is also amazing!
Response: Glad you liked the atc. I have drawers full of ephemera, so was glad to dig that letter out for you!
yamikolynn rated for 3 things in an envelope on May 14, 2015
Comment: thank you for the goodies!
SMackie rated for QUICK 50 stamps swap #199 on May 14, 2015
Comment: Thank you so very much for the stamps and the first day covers. I save first day cover so they will fit into my collection.
cutesygirlynai rated for SWL ~ Childrens ATCs on May 2, 2015
Comment: i love it :) thank you.
Comment: Thanks
babyxoe rated for Fill My Stocking - April on Apr 27, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the stocking stuffer. Maybe check postage next time, I had to pay 1.60 to get it from the post office.
Response: Just read this. I'm so sorry you had to go out of your way to get a gift! I will send you the $ when I get home this evening. Jan
shirleyinCA rated for SWL ~ Childrens ATCs on Apr 24, 2015
Comment: Very nicely done ATC and I will use the great musician envie in a journal -- love your humor of adding the 60 degrees on his leg spread!
Response: Years ago when I turned 30 my brother, an artist, comic, and photographer did a slide show of my life. One was a picture of me with my feet at an odd angle and he measured it and added the info to the slide. Thirty five years later it has become a fond memory and inspiration!
fabmama72 rated for QUICK Book Pages Swap #80 on Apr 23, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the book pages :)

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bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

ladydy5 on Apr 22, 2015:

Your profile is stunning to read. Welcome to 9 Little Pockets.

myshoesdontmatch on Feb 25, 2015:

lostinavalon on Jan 26, 2015:

After rating you tonight, I popped over to read your profile. You are living a very full and rewarding life, I can tell! What a blessing you must be to those who know you---you've blessed me today!

StarMouse on Aug 26, 2014:

Thank you very much!

You have a good heart!

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