Swap-bot Time: April 24, 2024 7:17 pm


Date Joined: September 3, 2014
Last Online: April 23, 2024

Country: United States

About Me

I'm a mother, writer, photographer, graphic designer, artist, teacher, and general pursuer of all things creative. I live in Seattle with my husband, my teenage son and daughter, two cats, two dogs, and two chickens.

Happy by nature, I'm a believer that every person can create something beautiful and I love the idea of swapping beauty instead of selling it.

I ALWAYS send my swaps so if you haven't received something from me, please contact me. I also rate as soon as I receive your swap.

2023 Word of the Year: Thrive

Favorite Crafts

  • abstracts
  • ATCs
  • carving
  • drawing
  • mixed media
  • painting
  • paper crafts of all kinds
  • watercolor
  • wood burning
  • Zentangle®

Favorite Movies

There's a lot out there I like but two of my all time favorites are from when I was younger - The Princess Bride and Goonies.

More recently I've enjoyed Begin Again and This is 40.

Favorite Books

There are too many favorites to name but these came immediately to mind: 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; 'Watership Down' by Richard Adams; The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan; Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

I like...

  • purple is my favorite but I appreciate all colors
  • animals esp elephants, deer, hawks
  • all things vintage
  • dragons
  • fairies and fairy houses
  • miniatures
  • tea
  • chai
  • candy
  • hand made things
  • fiction
  • butterflies and dragonflies
  • bees
  • faces
  • old stamps
  • cling stamps
  • unique paper
  • maps
  • paper punches
  • templates
  • stencils
  • flowers


  • liver
  • fruit cake
  • coffee
  • mean people
  • extremely cold weather
  • being in large groups
  • glitter in excess


Comment: michelle, thank you so much for this bee-utiful april journal! i love the cover, all your thoughtful details, the "tiny book of beekeeping", ribbons, fabrics, and everything.. this is a treasure of a journal. happy spring to you too!!
Response: Your rating absolutely made my day! I've wanted to create a bee themed journal for a while - it was so much fun. Thanks for the kind words and the heart!
Comment: WOW!! I love your entry!! So very pretty!!!
Response: Ahhhhhh, that's sweet. :) Thanks for the heart!
BeckyG56 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #90 on Apr 3, 2024
Comment: I loved the envelope, I recently made and envelope the same way. Thanks for the cute ATC, and all the santa images. I love the scripture card,which reminds me of God's promises.
Response: I'm so happy you liked everything. Thanks for the heart and rating!
Pantlessrobot rated for JLG: Create a Metamorph (1:1) on Apr 2, 2024
Comment: So fun! I think you did an excellent job! ThAnkyou for the postcard!
Response: Thanks so much - it was a tough one for me. Thanks for the heart!
Lobo816 rated for USAPC: One-Signature BOHO Journal on Mar 20, 2024
Comment: Oh my goodness Michelle!!!! I don’t know where to begin on how beautiful this BOHO journal is!!! I can’t decide which is my favorite page. I love them all!! I love all the dangles & charms so much and the beautiful cloth cover. Thank you so much for all you talented work!!❤️
Response: Thank you so much for the kind words and I'm so happy you like it! I certainly had a great time making it. Thanks for the heart!
stamparose rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #89 on Mar 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Your card is amazing! I love every about it! I can’t believe you made that shamrock! Thank you.
Response: Woohoo, I'm so happy you liked it. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Ooooh! Thanks for the fun goodies - the little tarot card charms are so cool, and the cacti stamped images what great stamps!! Thanks for being a great longtime participant in this swap series!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for hosting the series - I always love it!
crystalite rated for USAPC: Tag With Prompts #2 Feb on Mar 4, 2024
Comment: I am blown away! This tag is gorgeous, and I love it! Thank you so much for the extras; I'm looking forward to using them in my projects, and I look forward to swapping with you again soon!
Response: It makes my day to know you love it all. I love swapping. Thanks for the heart!
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #88 on Mar 2, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You're so welcome. Thanks for the heart!
Response: I hope you're doing alright. Thanks for the heart!
Poeprincess rated for JLG: Dress a Cat on Feb 12, 2024
Comment: What a great swap! I love your kitty, your notecard, the napkin & way you used one in your artwork. Thank you so much for sending them as extras—they made my day. Your arty yoga kitty is very special.
Response: Ahhhh this makes me feel good. I'm so happy you liked everything. It was so fun to create the whole shebang. :) Thanks for the heart!
PrairieKittin rated for ZEN USA ~ Traveling journal on Feb 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you. I love this. I'm going to do my page and send it on!
Response: That's great - thank you so much!!!
Lady rated for AAHMPC: Watercolour Doodles PC - Jan on Feb 9, 2024
Comment: Wow! Love it all. That is a doodle spectacular
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #87 on Feb 6, 2024
Comment: Michelle, I don't think I have EVER received a nicer ATC "envelope"...all the pockets, so beautifully decorated, and filled with sweet extras as well! I love the ATC as well...who could not love an homage to the cherub of love?
Response: Ahhhhh thanks for such a wonderful rating! It's always great swapping with you. Thanks for the heart!!
mjhaertling rated for USAPC: Tag With Prompts #1 Jan on Jan 30, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful tag and Bible verse bookmark. I really like the cut-away pocket on the tag. The butterfly ephemera is great; I like to use butterflies in my art.
Response: I'm so happy you liked them. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: WOW. What a wonderful February junk journal you have made for me. Love all the flips, tucks and interesting papers you incorporated into the journal. Thank you for all the napkins. Great swap.
Response: I'm so thrill you liked. Thanks for the kind words and the heart!
rkassman rated for USAPC: Quick Scrap Journal on Jan 23, 2024
Comment: I absolutely adore this journal - so many fun details and variety! And I might be a little obsesses with the dinosaur wrapping paper!!! <3
Response: Oh good! When I was cleaning up after the holidays and saw that I knew it had to be for you. Thanks for the heart!
donetta rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #86 on Jan 18, 2024
Comment: Michelle, this is such a lovely ATC, and presented so beautifully in a vintage French book page pocket...thank you so much! I often wonder, when I see photos of vintage ladies...were they happy? Did they have fulfilling lives? I'm a child of the 50's and 60's, and as I recall, other than the typical marital problems (I was a champion eavesdropper), they were happy and fulfilled. And they spent a lot more time with each other than I ever did with my friends. Maybe there's something to the "ideal" life of a mid-century housewife!
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! I feel like you should write a book of short stories based on your imaginings from vintage photos! Thanks for the rating and heart!
kendall rated for USAPC: Ink Box Card #10: Winter Bird on Jan 13, 2024
Comment: Michelle, Getting the ink box card you sent to me made my day, maybe week, maybe more... I love how it's made. The background is lovely and the cardinal is too funny. And the doily you sent is way generous, like way generous. It's the most delicate piece of needlework I've ever seen. Thank you very. much for this happy mail.
Response: Ahhhhh! I'm so happy you liked everything. I really enjoy trying to curate what I make for people. I couldn't believe when I found that needlework at the thrift store. I kept one for myself too. Thanks for the rating and the heart!!

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OrigamiGrace on Dec 25, 2023:


Have a wonderful holiday!

MuggleMom on Nov 6, 2023:

PRIVATE: 5x7 Art Journal

I got my first ever journal back and you were the first person to decorate pages and I was BLOWN away, no pun intended, by your drawing of a little girl blowing bubbles. It was black pages journal and you set the bar so high!!! When I bought the journal, especially with black pages, I was hoping for bubbles so you read my mind and I am so happy!



DaisyNY on Oct 18, 2023:

Thank you for working on this Twinchie:

Zen - Twinchie 2023 DaisyNY__AmookIslandCreations_LOB_Shellbede_PrairieKittin_MCorbus

Poeprincess on Mar 25, 2023:

The work you did on the hand drawn winter scene for ABC’s Sender’s Choice is fabulous! Thank you so much!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 10, 2021:


AmookIslandCreations on Apr 19, 2018:

Thanks for sending my Twinchie Postcard home. I love all the tangles! I have a friend who is starting to tangle her quilt squares. Isn't that a cool idea? Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

institches on Dec 5, 2017:

I abandoned the Christmas ornament from the Christmas Art/Craft Abandonment Swapyou sent to me at the post office today. Someone is sure to love it!

Hell0Z0mbie on Sep 7, 2017:

Looking at your profile bc I'm about to invite you to my new group... No clue if you're interested, but you're one of my favorite swappers so I wanted to try! I just wanted to say Wheel of Time!!! I love it so much and got excited when I saw it on your favorites list. So underrated. <3

Babsmomof5 on Feb 14, 2017:

Sent you a pm, but haven't gotten a response. Just needing to see if you could you please check in to the Winter Wonderland RR Journal thread? Thanks!

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