Swap-bot Time: August 4, 2020 1:18 pm


Date Joined: March 30, 2011
Last Online: June 27, 2015
Birthday: January 9, 1974
Country: United States

About Me

I am having to take a break from swaps for a bit now. The start of the kindergarten school year is kicking my butt. And, on top of that I am having jaw surgery soon and I am starting a culinary arts degree. I must be mad.

I teach kindergarten and love it. I look forward to retiring (though only 4 years into teaching so I have a way to go) so I can open a chocolate and pastry shop (in northern France would be my dream). I love to sew, make chocolates, bake, garden, and create. I love to travel and explore new places.

Favorite Music

I do love music! My favorites tend to be BritPop, music from the 90's, Americana, and catchy tunes. Currently, I am listening to a lot of Florence and the Machines, Mumford and Sons, Micah P Hinson, Caribou, The Earlies, Peter Bjorn and John, Trashcan Sinatras, and Ryan Adams. I can't say there is anything that I absolutely hate, but I would be content to never hear anymore steel drums, slow jazz, death metal, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Doors.

Favorite Books

I am in love with children's books. There is something spectacular about fitting a whole story in just 32 pages.

A few on my top books ever (for now at least):

  • Children Make Terrible Pets (brilliant!)
  • Flight of the Dodo (fantastic)
  • Diary of a Wombat (proof that wombats should not be pets)
  • We Were Tired of Living in a House (from back in the day)
  • Let's Be Enemies (from back in the day)
  • Chester (he is one crazy cat)

Favorite Movies

I generally fall asleep in the previews.

Here are a few that I have stayed awake for and like...

  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • This is England
  • Juno
  • Once

Great Places

Barcelona is one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Some other cities that I think are pretty cool include:

  • Manchester UK
  • LaTouque (northern France)
  • Paris (outside of the touristy bits)
  • Fenchingfield UK
  • Eniskillen (northern Ireland)
  • Cardiff
  • Tenby (Wales)

Wales is my favorite country! I have been to many more, but it is the best!

My sunroom is pretty cool! I like to watch the birds and squirrels while I pretend to work. For that matter, I am in love with my house. It is the best fixer uper on the planet.

Stores: Wine and Cake Hobbies, Total Wine, Sainsburys, Tesco, Joann, Fabric Hut

Fabric Love

I love fabric and could spend all day in a fabric store.

I generally go for the more muted colors (not pastels per say) or bold colors. I love my kitchen... it is seafoam green. Everytime I go in there I come closer to realizing that that could possibly be my favorite color.
I love light green, blue and brown combos.
I really like orange, but have no use for any more orange fabric as I have realized that I really never use it.
I love whimsical / cute prints... especially whimsical / cute bird / animal prints. I love cupcake / cake sort of prints. I love French country, whimsical prints, mod / retro, and funky prints.

I had a flourescent yellow purse in 4th grade - that has filled my life and burned my eyes enough. I do not need any more flourescents ever.
I am not really into realistic looking animals and whatnot, animal prints, anime, disney anything, nautical, or gross picture (like spiders and snakes) fabrics. But, I can always use those fabrics to make something for someone else. I have never had a fabric that I could not use for something.


I am pretty allergic to cigarette / cigar smoke and many flowers. Their scents make me feel yuck for quite a while. Please try to respect my allergy issues and keep those at your house.

how to make me smile

These things always make me happy (even when I am having a rotten day):

  • gnomes
  • tea towels
  • cocktail napkins (with cocktails is a bonus... but not so good in the post)
  • guinness stuff
  • hedgehogs
  • flamingos (but the cute ones - not realistic)
  • cute birds with long legs
  • cupcakes
  • owls (the cute ones)
  • plane tickets with my name on them
  • anything for making chocolates or cupcakes (I generally only make mini cupcakes)
  • sweet recipes from around the world

About swaps

I am doing this for fun and for the challenge... I need something to push me outside of my comfort zone from time to time. I understand that we all have lives outside of swap-bot and that things happen. I am totally cool with that. You are the most important thing... not getting a swap to me. If everything around you is falling to bits please fix that and then send me the swap. When you get a chance let me know. I will rate when I receive something. I don't keep a calendar and wait to give ones or threes... that is just not fun. If you send me something you get a five. Generally you get a heart, because you had to put thought into it just to do it. I used to get upset when I would put a lot of effort in a package and picking things out and then the person would not give me a heart. Now I have accepted that they are far more serious about this than me. Heart or no heart, please know that I have put a lot of thought into your swap.

This being said, please don't flake on me... that is not cool.

This being said, I did get flaked on by @mamamonkey for the @zipperED_pouch swap. Sucks. I'm still looking for an angel if you are interested.


lorepuckett rated for Happy Halloween My Friend! on Oct 28, 2011
Comment: Wow! What a fun swap you sent! :) I can't wait to make the ghost smore and those Mickey & Minnie rings are just too cute! That jack-0-lantern fabric you used for the pouch is adorable! And I can always use stickers and cupcake liners! ;) Thank you SO much! Happy Halloween!!!! =)
Response: I'm glad you liked the halloween package. Thanks for creating the swap. We should do another one sometime.
alaundra rated for Tote Bag **edited on Sep 29, 2011
alaundra rated for SOMETHING SEW PRETTY on Sep 29, 2011
kezeven rated for Snappy Coin Purse on Sep 14, 2011
Comment: Awwwwww thanks so much for the cute purse. I love the fabric and sticky notes heaps and heaps!
sbuck rated for Simple make-up bag on Sep 6, 2011
Comment: I am late in rating and very sorry for that but I am using the makeup bag everyday. I love it.
ransom rated for Something Special Home Made on Aug 28, 2011
Comment: Oh my happy joys!!!! LOVE so much your beautiful talents. Next stop....a bottle of wine to put in the bag you made. Thank you so very much for everything. You made my day. I hope this swap will be wanting me to host again.
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the handmade baggie! I've been wanting to try to make one and now I know what they should look like! I really like all the goodies too- the pencils are great, and I really like those new sharpie fine line pens. Thanks for everything- love the zebra erasers too! you are so cool! Thanks!
ncsue rated for 1 FQ gift bag on Aug 18, 2011
Comment: love the fabric you made the bag from and also the extra fq thanks
magentapink13 rated for Market Tote from 1, 2, 3 Sew on Aug 18, 2011
Comment: What a sweet tote and matching coin purse! Thank you, Sarah! I envy you working at the craft store and getting all these cool fabrics! lol But I am also glad to be the recipient of a project! :0)
ina rated for Wonky House Quilt Block #4 on Aug 18, 2011
Comment: Thanks a lot for your Wonky House,it's cute.Now I can start to build a little village,the next round it'll be a town.The teas are fine,specially the earl grey. groetjes,Ina.
Saucyknits rated for Themed sewing swap -- Whimsical on Aug 16, 2011
Comment: Love the coasters and the FQ -- soooo cute! Thank you so much :) Is there a tute for the coasters?
judee0624 rated for Wonky House Quilt Block #4 on Aug 15, 2011
Comment: Perfect block and I love the extra. Thank you so much.
Comment: Thank-you! I love the fabrics you chose and the chalkboard fabric is so clever! You even included little chalks! Wow! Love them!
theprincessr rated for Wonky House Quilt Block #4 on Aug 15, 2011
Comment: I love the way the colors turned out. Excellent job! I am new to quilt blocks too-- aren't they fun!?!
knitmom7 rated for Coasters for the stem on Aug 14, 2011
Comment: These are so cute and the colors..wow! Thanks for joining the swap!
leecytx rated for share your stash: Buttons on Aug 8, 2011
Comment: Love the buttons & the little bag! Thanks so much for being a part of my swap! You are awesome!
lorepuckett rated for Foldover Clutch on Aug 5, 2011
Comment: WOW! I love that you made the clutch reversible! and did you hand embroider all those heart outlines?! They're so sweet! Yes, I do like the FQ, A LOT, thank you for using some of your credit on me. ;)
Response: The reversible clutch came from my inability to decide on a fabric to use... it is hard with a credit. :) I did embroider all of the hearts. I thought it would take an hour, but I was wrong. I do like the fabric with them embroidered. The erasers either came from Joanns or Michaels... they both have some really cool erasers on sale at the moment. My favorite is the helicoptor that I am keeping. I made a swap for the snappy purse... I hope you join.
rebma rated for Upcycled Coin Purse on Aug 5, 2011
Comment: thanks for the coin purse and the xtra fabric. love it. thanks! :)
Response: I'm glad you love it. Enjoy them.
RainbowRose rated for share your stash: Buttons on Aug 4, 2011
Comment: Love the little bag! The little metal fish button is fabulous, and that cow jumping the moon button is destined to become part of a ring or necklace for a special little girl I know. Thanks so much!!!
Response: I'm glad you love it. I had fun going through my buttons to make a collection for you. I never realized how many cool buttons I had until then.
Comment: Perfect especially the fact you checked my colors and the pin thing is perfect as my boston terrier loves to pick them up for me in his mouth.Thank you
Response: I got a pin picker uper in a swap and decided that everyone should have one. I'm glad it can help keep your boston terrier from getting them.

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dmarie on Apr 3, 2013:

Please ...Come check out new poochie bag swap

lorepuckett on Mar 17, 2013:

lorepuckett on Jul 3, 2012:

lorepuckett on Sep 5, 2011:

Have a great first week! ;)
♥ lorena.

Saucyknits on Aug 9, 2011:

Themed Sewing Swap #3 is here

Thanks for being in these swaps!

adrianaclara on Aug 8, 2011:

Dearest Sarah, How adorable my Peas in a Pod tag game with a handmade item! I loved both of them, the pouch is absolutely gorgeous and thank you sooo much for angeling the tea swap I've been flaked on as well! Great people like you make swap-bot so great! have a lovely week!

lorepuckett on Aug 5, 2011:

Love my snap coin purse for the mystery coin purse tag, thank you! ♥♥♥ :) And where did you find those sewing themed erasers!? They're too cute!

dmarie on Aug 5, 2011:

Come check out the next Poochie Bag swap

Saucyknits on Jul 28, 2011:

Don't forget to sign up for NFS WTA #48 :)

Saucyknits on Jul 21, 2011:

Thank you, Sarah, for the cute cupcake fabric for NFS WTA #47!!

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