Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2017 7:11 am


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: October 18, 2017
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada
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About Me

I'm 44, married, and have a 15-year old daughter and 12-year old son.

Things I do for my soul: * Send long chatty letters and other happy mail * Art journal * Keep a written journal * Draw * Collage * Go to life drawing night (aka naked drawing night) * Cook and bake * Sew, mostly quilting * Keep a vegetable garden; can and preserve

Favorite Books

  • Art instruction books (Art journaling, sign-painting, colour theory, etc.)
  • Cookbooks (Food from scratch, basic cookbooks, and specific ones like slow-cooker)
  • Personal development (Relentless, 4 Hour Work Week, Living More with Less)
  • Biography (Jenny Lawson, Russell Brand, Anne Lamott)
  • Spirituality
  • Fiction/mysteries (John Sandford, John Connolly, Lee Child)

Favorite Crafts

I sketch, art journal, make mail art, keep a written journal, and I also paint with acrylics and watercolours. I'm trying my hand at illustration lately too. I have several favourite thrift shops where I pick up vintage papers and fabrics and all kinds of stuff that makes me happy and find their way into my work. I use a Hobonichi Techo planner for my daily to-do list and my daily journal is a Seven Seas blank book filled with Tomoe River paper.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Doodles and sketches (yours, someone else's, something you found on the ground at the bus stop...)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Cassette tape imagery / mix tape
  • Old skeleton keys
  • The unusual, the weird, the inappropriate
  • Interesting obituaries
  • Rub-ons
  • Sketchnotes
  • Cigar labels
  • Make me laugh - the less appropriate the better.
  • Superhero stuff (especially Wonder Woman and Batman)
  • Paper goods: envelopes, notecards, Cavallini paper goods and stickers, labels, onion-skin paper
  • Cirque du Soleil style
  • Skulls (real ones, not sugar skulls)
  • Octopuses (octopi?)
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • Colorful or unusual salvaged postage stamps
  • Graffiti
  • Magazine articles that grabbed you so much that you just had to share with someone (share with me!)
  • Steampunk
  • Washi tape, especially if it features numbers or letters
  • Typewriters & typewritten stuff
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Collage stuff - interesting pictures, bits of typography, patterns, textures, anything you think is too nice to throw out
  • Daily ephemera - I use these in my journal, and don't worry if it's got a footprint or other sign of use on it. If you think it looks cool, then I probably will too.
  • Vintage ephemera yummm
  • Stationery for writing letters
  • Personal, chatty letters
  • Favourite colour is orange; but I also love neutral palettes; or colourful things; or analogous colours (side by side on the colour wheel); or complementary colours (across from each other). Yep. I like colour.

What People Say About Me

***Disclaimer: these may have been taken completely out of context. "You write like a serial killer." - April, 2015 "Your letter had just the right amount of cock." - August, 2015


Bhindblueeyes rated for IU: SOC Sept. #2 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Hehehe, always a delight to hear from you! I hope to be writing to you soon :)
Comment: Thanks for the happy mail! I totally love that you choose a themed. I will use it for sure
Comment: Thank you for your letter! I will write back soon!
Comment: Thank you so much, I loved it!
Comment: Thanks for your thoughtful list!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I too love seeing but I've only been on 1 sewing retreat. I'd love to go on another one someday.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the nice thoughts! Ia gree on so many points, hahaha
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Oh Shelley, what a wonderful assortment of goodies! I absolutely adore it all! I've just started venturing into making journals, so these bits will likely be worked into journal covers! I LOLed at the kayak story, and I won't tell. hehe
Comment: What a fun and lovely package of goodies! Thank you so much, everything is gorgeous!
Comment: Wow your envelope made me speechless. What a heartwarming collection of bits and pieces and stunning stamp collection! WOW. All I can say is thank you! And now have a great start into the new week!
Comment: I love the Happy Mail you sent to me! The card, the envelope, and all of the goodies you tucked inside. Thank you so much for all.
Comment: Thank you for the assortment of items for the swap, I appreciate everything. We just came back from Brandon, looking at your postcard, thinking we should've gone to Winnipeg as well, beautiful hotel. And what a neat pc to color 😀. Thank you ❤️❤️
Comment: Thank you for the nice swap! I love the address labels. I will use them! Have a great rest of the summer!
MadeByRori rated for IU: SOC_June on Jul 18, 2017
Comment: Oh I so enjoyed your letter and the goodies. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Thank you so much for the generous swap and the beautiful way you packaged it 💌❤️
dodie rated for QUICK flat destash swap #117 on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: I finally got your enveloppe!! way!!!! thanks to resend it! I love everything you choose for me

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RareBlue on Apr 14, 2017:

No worries at all! I am trying to keep up with Write_On this month, if I owed you a letter I would be all over that 💩.

RareBlue on Apr 5, 2017:

Pssssst. Do I owe you a letter? Or were you absconded by the minions devoted to the Goddess of Canning?

lou on Jan 13, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

oblivionspin on Sep 29, 2016:

You asked to see this. I would have printed it out and sent it with my letter, but SOMEONE used all the printer ink printing out dumb shit (it was me. I did it.)

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

oblivionspin on Jul 26, 2016:

I should have written the watermelon rage while it was still fresh. Today the remains were tossed, arguments about my patented new way to eat watermelon linger. (Life hack: just cut the fucker in half, put one half in your lap like a bowl and scoop it out with a giant serving spoon, eat.)
Look forward to hearing about the messes you're cleaning up, assuming that's super secret spy talk. I'll have my decoder and black light at the ready.

oblivionspin on Jul 14, 2016:

Did I um... send you the last letter I thought I sent you, or did I imagine it? I'm in a cranky mood and seriously considering having a few drinks so I can write you an angry letter about the giant ass watermelon that is taking up half my fridge.

ScrapHappyGabi on Jul 10, 2016:


RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

ScrapHappyGabi on Mar 20, 2016:


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