Swap-bot Time: March 17, 2018 3:08 pm


Date Joined: April 10, 2009
Last Online: March 17, 2018

Country: United States
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It's been one heck of a year. I am trying to settle into some kind of normalcy. Life can be unpredictable and change suddenly. Hold your loved ones close and cherish each day you have.

A note on rating ... I will always rate. I do my best to rate promptly, but sometimes this doesn't happen immediately. I get a huge volume of mail from here and other sites, and can't always get to my post boxes during their normal hours. Thank you for your patience!

CANADA Address

I do have a Canadian address. If you are sending to me from Canada or for an international swap and wish to send to my Cdn. address instead of U.S. please message me :)

A Note about Mail from Canada

It's slow and very inefficient at times! There is no mail pickup on weekends or holidays. I mark my swaps sent the day I put them in the mailbox. If it happens to be later in the day, I may have missed the pickup time for that mailbox (times vary). Also, please note that mail is no longer handled and sorted locally in my city. Any mail picked up from my city is sent to a sorting facility in another city. This is where it will be postmarked, so please keep in mind that it can be days off from the day I put it in the mailbox because of the extra travel time.

About Me

♥♥ Hard to believe I've been here over 8 years! ♥♥ Time flies :) I love swapping here, and most of my experience here has been amazing and wonderful. I've had the pleasure and joy of meeting a lot of great people from around the world, that I would have otherwise never known.

I design and create metalwork jewelry, and it's my passion and full time job. I am lucky enough to spend my days in my studio, creating pretty things to send to lovely people around the world.

In my spare time, I love to do crafts of all kinds (see below), spend time with my hubby and cats (we have 4 hoodlums!) and frequent thrift shops and vintage and antiques markets.

Favorite Crafts

I love creating so many different things, and can't think of much I have not tried yet.

My current passions are jewellery making, paper crafts, scrapbooking, stamping, painting, mixed media art and collage, art journals, junk journals, ATC's, smash books, altered art, and digital art. I am totally loving flip books and pocket letters!

I envy those that can sew well, and knit and crochet. It just wasn't my thing, and I have far too many wonky shaped scarves!

Likes & Loves

Vintagy Things

  • old photos, especially Victorian photos like tintypes and cabinet cards. I also love black and whites from the 1920's and 1930's
  • vintage ephemera, old maps, travel stubs, old documents, victorian postcards, vintage postcards
  • tiny vintage bisque dolls and figurines (frozen charlotte/penny dolls, little dogs, cats)
  • vintage and old scraps of lace and ribbons, vintage rhinestone bits, vintage glass and/or rhinestone buttons .. love Victorian era buttons
  • vintage hat pins
  • old skeleton keys
  • old used postage stamps from around the world
  • foreign language book/dictionary pages
  • vintage maps
  • interesting images from magazines (whole pages and cut out)
  • vintage wooden spools (with or without thread)

Food & Drink

Love chocolate, except dark/bitter (on it's own). I don't mind dark if it has nuts or fruit. Fave is milk chocolate or white chocolate, and anything with fruit/nuts or peanut butter. I would enjoy trying anything :) I really love anything Fazer from Finland! I love lots of different candies, including gummies and sour candies.

I am a coffee fanatic and especially love pumpkin spiced or any spiced coffees, mocha, etc. Also a huge fan of iced coffees. I also drink a lot of tea and especially enjoy spiced teas, and fruity teas. Some of my faves are from Zhena's. I also love things with a tea motif/theme. Not a huge fan of chamomile or licorice or mint. Hot chocolate (any flavor) as well as cold drink sachets are always welcome too :)

Crafty Things

  • Love anything from Tim Holtz, Amy Tangerine, 7 Gypsies, My Minds Eye, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, etc.
  • handmade junk journals
  • handmade envelopes
  • Things for junk journals/smash books - used bus or metro tickets, interesting candy/sweets wrappers (esp with foreign writing), other little ticket stubs/papers/receipts, little envelopes, takeout menus, etc. I especially like anything that is unique or from a different country, or has foreign writing on it :) I would love air mail labels/stickers from your country
  • chipboard and embellishments of all kinds
  • stickers (words, quotes, vintage style)
  • sari silk ribbons (any colours!)
  • beads - glass beads or natural beads
  • other ribbons (not primary colours)
  • decorative and fancy papers, beautiful scrapbook papers
  • love washi tapes
  • rubber stamps (love artsy ones, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, old writing, ornamental, etc.)

Home & Bath

  • candles .. spiced or floral or fresh scents
  • yummy smelling shower things. I prefer floral or light and fresh (rosemary, green tea, cucumber, citrus)

I'm not fussy about smells like vanilla and coconut.

Miscellaneous Random Things :)

  • small shells and beach/sea glass
  • I love postcards of any kind, but do prefer store bought PCs unless the swap is for handmade
  • love anything matryoshkas (they always look so happy!)
  • cute owl things (note papers, cards, stickers, etc)
  • Mickey Mouse (especially classic Mickey)
  • journal books, notebook, note cards, sticky notes etc
  • absolutely LOVE anything from Papaya Art
  • love anything with a morroccan style/design
  • bird motifs (natural and/or vintage looking and whimsically drawn)
  • small pretty things
  • aged and worn looking things
  • pretty florals
  • Anything Edward Gorey
  • owls and woodland things
  • Chococat and Deery Lou, although not a fan of Kawaii, otherwise :)
  • I LOVE Halloween
  • Felix the Cat
  • Dr. Seuss (esp. Cat in the Hat)
  • Charley Harper anything :)
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Classic fairytales
  • Art by Waterhouse, Klimt, etc
  • cats on postcards, notes, etc
  • Anything Moomins :)
  • things with a tea motif/theme
  • Mary Engelbreit
  • anything from Somerset
  • nature inspired things
  • strange things like old pictures/postcards of urban decay, ornamental and unique headstones/cemeteries
  • I love and appreciate anything handmade :)

Fave Colors

  • My favourite colours are black, pinks (not bubble gum) kiwi/avocado/moss/celery greens, turquoise, aqua, teal, and choc or moss brown, jewel tones, fall colors, rustic colors. Not really into primary colors or fluorescents/neons


  • cozy socks (none with toes!) U.S./Canada size 9
  • As far as jewelry, I like things in an organic or rustic style, and chunky :) I love aged looking pieces. I am especially fond of jewelry with natural elements and earthy colours. I have pierced ears and like anything from small studs to big chunky hoops. I also love pieces done in an assemblage style, or vintage style.

Themes I Enjoy

  • whimsical drawings/art
  • Charley Harper
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Felix the Cat
  • Birds in a whimsical or vintage illustrated style (not cartoons)
  • Flowers
  • Woodland
  • Studio Ghibli My NeighborTotoro
  • Architecture
  • Paris, french, and eiffel tower
  • Vintage/Victorian Halloween
  • Alice in Wonderland (classic illustrations, not cartoonish)

Not So Fussy About

I appreciate and welcome everything I receive. The following are just not really my personal taste:

  • sweet sugary smelling things, and vanilla scented
  • primary and bright colours
  • cartoonish/child-like items (except those mentioned above)
  • anime, kawaii, etc. (unless noted)
  • religious items
  • dragons, vampires, etc

Favorite Television

.Cold Case, Friends, The Mentalist, Law & Order, Monk, Castle, Bones, Elementary, Sherlock, House MD, The Blacklist, The Closer, Major Crimes, True Detective, Criminal Minds, Dexter, Modern Family, CSI (all of them) Backstrom, Rizzoli & Isles, Stalker, crafting shows, cooking shows

Favorite Music

I enjoy a huge variety of music. Mostly an alternative/grunge gal, but I'm all over the map really! Some faves:

The Fray, Lifehouse, Maroon 5, Thirteen Senses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Type O Negative, The White Stripes, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Radiohead, Muse, The Verve, The Cult, Linkin Park, The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, One Republic, Avicii, Oasis, The Offspring, Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Third Eye Blind, Broken Bells, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Killers, Neverending White Lights, Bjork, etc

Movies & Books

Books I most enjoy are mysteries and crime dramas. Some of my favourites being from James Patterson (love the Alex Cross ones!). I also love Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Kathy Reichs (Bones), Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli and Isles)

I also LOVE craft books and art magazines. Would cherish anything from Stampington/Somerset (even previously loved)

My fave movies are rom coms, comedy, some action movies, and thrillers. Love any and all James Bond movies!

I must admit I am in love with Robert Downey Jr. I know we are meant to be together, and as soon as he realizes this, it will all be good! ;o


deerMissing swap? If you have not received from me, chances are it's gone missing in the mail. I take swapping very seriously, and always send my swaps. If it hasn't arrived, please let me know before rating so that I can make it right. Sadly, it is the mail, and things do get lost occasionally. If something in life happens to cause me to be late with a swap, I will communicate with you before the swap deadline (barring extenuating circumstances), and I appreciate the same.


MichelleKemper rated for OSS: Washi Love! on Mar 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you Christine for the awesome washi and Project Life cards! I love them!!
Rbrstmpr rated for OSS: 3-2-1 Swap on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Yowza Batgirl!! I love it all from the great photos to all the paper ephemera. Woo Hoo!! What a great partner! Thanks for everything.
choke rated for IPC: ATC with a Quote or Words on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Well at least we know your mail CAN reach me :-D This is a fabulous ATC, it's the first I've seen TH texture paste used on something in person! How fabulous! Certainly I need to try this one, thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration and beautiful ATC!
ellecamino rated for IPC: Easy Peasy PC Swap on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks :)
sweetgypsy rated for VTHS: Altered Tickets on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Love the altered tickets and extras! Thank you. This was a fun swap! :)
wombatlady rated for IPC: Magazine Collage Postcard on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the PC! I live pretty much on the outskirts of Portland, and while it does have a good arts (and I hear coffee) scene, traffic is so bonkers these days I hardly ever actually go into Portland proper. But it's a great place to visit!
pianoheart rated for Pvt: pianoheart & sassafrass on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: The ring is nice, but wearing it would remind me of the drama you created for this swap. I realize the work involved in making the ring and I would have rated a heart if it were not for the drama.
Response: I am pretty sure that if you had not been happy with your ring, or it was not as you expected, you also would have messaged me and let me know. In fact, I would want that, because I put a lot of time and thought into swaps, especially private swaps. I want it to be special for that person and it’s always thought out and if I missed the mark, I would appreciate the honesty. I did not "leave you hanging for a week". My post box you sent to is in an entirely different country. It's not down the street. I told you I hadn't been able to get there. You say that I should change my profile. You sent me a wonderful tag, so you had no problem with my profile then. I will say that the envelope you sent for the tag was very profile based and it was a true treat to open and you had sent a lot of wonderful little things. That was all I had hoped for with this swap, but just couldn’t help but feel that you quickly threw a bunch of things in a box with little thought. I do love craft books and magazines, but I don’t think it’s fair to send 25+ magazines and say that they count as collage, jewelry making, paper crafting, etc. Yes, I do like magazines, but not a whole box of them that have little to do with me. I also like socks. That doesn't mean I want a whole box of socks :) Regardless of how you feel about me, I think you got a beautiful gemstone ring, which was exactly what you wanted and expected. This was a very personal swap to me, as I created something which I felt was special for you. Part of me. From my heart and hands. I didn't even expect a lot in return. One thoughtfully chosen item would have made my day.
suepier rated for OSS: Random PC on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard from Canada.
Arabella rated for APCs - First swap! on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: I love this atc, Christine! The background is beautifully done and love the TH little girls! Thank you so much!
Pandd rated for VTHS: Altered Bingo Card on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: What a wonderful altered bingo card and so “Timmy”. It is beautiful. Thank you for hosting again. And thank you for the cool extras! Wonderful swap. Pat💕💕
clutterfree rated for OSS: Heart Happy Mail on Mar 6, 2018
Comment: Christine...thank you for hosting this fun swap. The cute items you sent did my heart good :) Your envelope art is so cute!! Hope you are seeing more spring signs than I am....over a foot of snow last week left me without power for 48 hours and tons of damage from winds to so many trees :( Hugs from NY...Charlene
lady41701 rated for OSS: ATC with a Number on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely vintage ATC. I loved it and the extra card as well!
slckad rated for OSS: Wishlist - February on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the great washi samples and notecard! I loved them!
damilola rated for IPC: 3 Days of Happy Things on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Please, where are the higher ratings ???? You really made my day ! I found it in my PO box today and since it is freezing cold over here as well, I had to wait till I was back home... But then.... !!!!!!!! OMG ! I love the way you wrap it individually and than in this big envie. And you sent the perfect goodies !! Really perfect ! I <3 journaling cards and the paper and stickers, especially they fit perfectly in the photo album I make for my daughter right now. I am SO thankful and happy ! You are wonderful ! THANK YOU !!!!
tampatha rated for TIAZ: One Word Swap on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: What a perfect swap! I totally love everything! Thanks so much for the effort you put into it. I can't wait to play with these goodies, while I drink my tea ;) Again, thanks so much! I also love the really cool handmade envie that you put everything in!
Comment: Thank you for the great happy mail & surprise
wm rated for 10 used CHRISTMAS post stamps (int) on Feb 24, 2018
Comment: Thumbs-up!
marymary914 rated for VTHS: ATC - Fantastic Plastic on Feb 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC!
Comment: This package you sent is SO MAGNIFICENT! I love it so very much, what a generous and beautiful thing. You brought me a HUGE smile. Thank you so much!!!
lmdesign7 rated for ISS: Scrappy Background ATC on Feb 15, 2018
Comment: Packaging was lovely! ATC was nicely done. Love the colors and butterfly. Thank you!

Rating Overview

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Lucine on Mar 16, 2018:

Thank you for the invitation to the International Paper Crafts group:)

Amyncognito on Mar 13, 2018:

How cute is that parakeet paper! Thanks for the head up!!!

Poeprincess on Mar 12, 2018:

Welcome to the TIMs group. Looking forward to sharing some miniart with you!

Paige1900 on Mar 8, 2018:

You are without a doubt totally...

Sandara333 on Feb 27, 2018:

Hey...hey. I’m unable to send messages on swapbot so I’m replying here. Yes...OMG, my cats are shredding my curtains, couch & now the chairs!! I need help.😹

CrystalZ on Feb 16, 2018:

Thank you for the goodies you sent me for the US & Canafs Wishlist tag game! Everything you sent I am looking forward to you on future projects :) The Graphic 45 paper is so pretty and the postcards and stamps will for sure be quite useful. Thanks again!

choke on Feb 3, 2018:

Thank you for the RAK and sharing your stash of manila tags with me! I didn't expect to get so many, thank you so much for your generosity! I look forward to joining your swap(s?) now!!

ittybittykitty on Dec 12, 2017:

Thanks so much for the great Tim Holtz destash package! I love all of it, and can’t wait to start playing with it!

kiddomerriweather on Oct 16, 2017:

Thank you for the love and prayers. I hope you are doing well. My dad is still in critical condition. I'm just trying to be the best support possible for my mom. I think she'll be relieved once a new nurse comes on her/his 3 day shift tomorrow. This current one was not very nice.

I'm holding it together. I've been hit with so many traumatizing blows this year that I think I am all callous now. I couldn't do it without friends like you supporting me and sending prayers our way. We really appreciate it. Love ya!

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