Swap-bot Time: November 20, 2019 7:04 pm


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Last Online: November 20, 2019
Birthday: June 5
Country: Canada
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James Blunt makes me emotional.

October 19/19

I've always had a love of foreign (to me) coins and banknotes, so would love it if you could help me increase my small collection.

Whenever we go on vacation, I try to find pressed pennies. If you have extra's you don't want, they'd be appreciated.

Trades would be a welcome option!


The only thing I ask of my partners is don't send me pink - I just don't like it and I never have. I'm not a girly girl in the slightest way possible. I like BRIGHT over pastel any day!

Please be patient with mail! Even between Canada and the States, mail can take over a month. I had one swap take 39 days to get to me from the States, and now a swap of mine took 40 days to get to my partner there - the same day I resent (naturally)! lol

This list is updated whenever I get a new map card. I've been VERY responsible.

January 2017

I've finally made a list of the map cards I have.

May 24/18: the number beside the country/place is the number of pc's I have of different mapcards; duplicates aren't indicated (but are loved), nor are partial scenes of a particular place (except the Florida Keys).

North America (1):

Canada (7): British Columbia (3), Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (3), Manitoba (1), Ontario (2), Quebec (1), New Brunswick (3), Prince Edward Island (3), Nova Scotia (1), Newfoundland (0) and Labrador (0).

Territories: Yukon (0), Northwest Territories (0), Nunavut (0).

United States (5): Alabama (3), Alaska (10), Arizona (5), Arkansas (2), California (10), Colorado (4), Connecticut (3), Delaware (2), Florida (6), Florida Keys (2), Georgia (2), Hawaii (3), Idaho (4) Illinois (2), Indiana (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (6), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maine (2), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (4), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (2), Missouri (10), Montana (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada (2), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (2), New York (1), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (2), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (7), Utah (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (3), Washington (1), West Virginia (3), Wisconsin (6), Wyoming (5), (Territories): Guam (0), Puerto Rico (0), Virgin Islands (1)

Australia: 1 of the country, 2 showing its size compared to Europe (very differently), 1 of New South Wales

New Zealand: 5 of the country & 11 of the different areas:

North Island - Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula, Wellington & Kapiti Coast, Waikato, Auckland (2)

South Island - The "Top of the South", Canterbury, Southern Scene


UK: I have a lot of "parts" of places in England. Do have a couple of Scotland, a few of Ireland and a couple of Great Britain.

Mexico (0)

Central America (0): Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

South America (1): Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil (1), Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile

Europe (3): Austria (0), Belarus (0), Belgium (1), Czech Republic (2), Denmark (1), Finland (5), France (4), Germany (4), Greece (0), Holland (5), Italy (1), Norway (0), Poland (0), Portugal (1), Romania (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (2), Sweden (0), Ukraine (0)

I'd love to have a postcard from each individual province in any European country that has them!

Others: Iceland (1), Greenland (1), Turkey, Africa (1 of the continent, one of S. Africa), India, China, Malaysia (1), Japan (1), Russia (3), Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, etc etc etc.

I have Bermuda, Tortola, and two of the Caribbean Sea. I have one of the West Indies.

More postcard likes are down below (I like to receive my postcards blank and in an envelope - not written on).

December 11/26, 2016

The updates on my profile show both the date AND year, which is a bonus everybody likes. Wish everyone would do this.

Please - update your profile, especially if you join profile-based swaps. I sometimes wonder - are you/your husband/kids still sick? Have you moved? How's the new job going? etc etc. :)

Most of the statements on my profile are from the early days of SB (November 29, 2008), which many SB'ers will know.


Fave Books/Music


Stephen King (most of them but to me Salem's Lot was the scariest book I've ever read), Robert McCammon (Swan Song - a long story, but I didn't want it to end), Dean Koontz (Watchers - my first Dean Koontz and it got me to read them all; I even read it again), Jodi Picoult (just started her books - kind of whiney but that's the way people are these days), and others.

I like to read, so I read a lot, but I read so fast that I can't remember the books I do read - have you ever started a book, and know that you've HAVE read it, but you don't know what's going to happen, so you just continue to the end? Well, I've done that. More than once.

The Chrysalids (also called Rebirth), by John Wyndham is one of the best - read that one a lot of times. When I was younger I loved the Outsiders, by SE Hinton.

And, to age myself, before that - Trixie Beldon - The Gatehouse Mystery. I must have read that one seven times!

I don't like most movies made from books, and I'd rather read the book, but I was glad I saw the movie, The Godfather, before reading it. Most of Stephen King's books are slaughtered when made into movies. I actually thought that Needful Things would make a great movie, but... Ahem, it wasn't, LOL.

I've seen the Game of Thrones and now am reading the books; they're a bit tedious because of all the archaic names, but I want to watch the show again (and I'm glad I saw the show first - I'd never be able to picture who was who).


Try radiogarden.com! You can listen to music from all over the world.

I love the blues and, what I think is called, "alternative" music. I like rock, easy listening, and swing (think "In the Mood" by Glen Miller), too - I listen to a station you can log onto on the web: CKUA.com (Friday nights from 9 pm and Saturday from 3-5 pm they play the blues - Sunday AM they play swing). But, the station plays everything, and it's listener sponsored, so you don't hear ads. I hear music played by people I've never heard of and I LOVE (most of) their styles. Try it out.

I don't like classical, jazz or rap, so I do have to change the station sometimes :).

James Blunt, Ruthie Foster, Natalie Merchant, Molly Brown, Corey Hart, Huey Lewis, Uriah Heep, Dave Mathews, Los Lobos, Stampeders...

Favorite Movies

I don't see a lot of movies anymore. I did when I was younger - living on an Air Force base in Germany, I went to a movie every Saturday with my 25 cent allowance. A movie and a bag of fries is what that bought. Hayley Mills was one of my favourites back then - The Truth About Spring, The Moonspinners, etc.

Favorite Television

I like quirky comedy. There isn't a lot on TV anymore. I tend to rent DVDs from the library. Mrs. Brown's Boys is hilarious; I've been watching Blackish and it's funny :)

Favorite Crafts

Scrapbooking ruled once upon a time (I actually finished an album), but because card-making is so fast, I finish them more often than any of the albums I dream of having someday (there's no way I can give anybody a "store bought" card anymore)!

Since discovering Swap-bot Nov/08, ATCs rule these days! I spend so much time making these little gems, that everything else has been put on the back burner!

2018 - ATCs, APCs and postcard making is what I mainly do now. Mixed media and collage is awesome!

About Me

My first swap: X~Mas Card Swap International Nov 29/08 - there was over 400 people who signed up, with about 15 people who never sent.

I think I joined SB before this date (is that why I'm an "original member"?), but was banned from a recipe swap, because my profile wasn't long enough (HA, that changed, didn't it)!

I shrugged my shoulders and forgot all about SB; then I found it again! Haven't looked back.

Personal stuff:

I met my husband in 1992 and we married exactly 5 years later. We have a few children between us, all of them grown now.

I'm a camper - my husband and I have an acre sized campsite about an hour and a half away from the city and visit it every weekend if the weather allows. My parents had a place there before us, and that's where we got married.

I would love to have an acreage. Have always dreamed of living on a farm.

I'm an Air Force brat, so travel is in my blood - plan to see more of this planet. When we lived in Germany, mom and dad took us camping all over Europe - lucky me.

Have always had an interest in photography - my husband bought me a great camera so one of my retirement plans is to really USE it. 2018 - still haven't done this; now I have a smaller digital camera and use it most of the time.

July 5, 2011 - last day of my "real" job. Husband retired 2013 and we're content to putter around at home, or the campsite. How did we find the time to do things when we worked??



Please, if you're considering dental implants and going to Costa Rica to have it done, DON'T go to Prisma (with the big red lips). There are quite a few good doctors - research, research, research. I went on the word of a friends cousin, who had permanent implants put in. I haven't heard lately how her teeth are.

To hear the whole story, pm me.

Laser Surgery

If you can, do it BEFORE needing reading glasses. I can tell you now - you have to have glasses with you all the time, or at least accessible (in the car, in the bathroom, by the computer, in the kitchen, by your crafts, at the store), etc, etc, etc. And it's easy to forget to carry them around with you. They're always on the top of my head. It's a pain in the butt, but great to be able to walk in the rain :)

Likes & Dislikes


I like bright colours - red, yellow, and the different kinds of blue there are.

I like having little kids around, teaching them to cook or do crafts - expand their world. With babies, the first thing I do is have them touch something - usually a plant.

Love the vintage look; things that are old. Things from old books, old tickets, pictures. I like sorcerer pics, dark, mystical visions. Love the steampunk look!

The following likes could be for anything to do with rub-ons, stamps, die-cuts, etc.

I like: faux stitching, doodles, trees, wild animals & bugs, birds, ocean stuff, travel, nature, ducks (the real ones, not the rubber ducky ones), horses, grass, lighthouses, fairies, mushrooms, dinosaurs. dragons, pin-ups, tasteful nudes. I'd love to get some decent punch-outs or die-cuts - unusual ones, not hearts and squares (who doesn't have those?)

If somebody wants to trade some punch-outs or die-cuts with me I have a cool carousal (horse) punch, and others (wings) - I can send a list of what I have. Just pm me.

Feb 25/17 - Since this was written, I have a ton more die-cuts to share!

I like pictures that could be incorporated into an ATC - kind of off the wall, or macabre, quirky, not cutsey. Dragons, mermaids, Boris type art.

I like Native art, and masks.

I'd really like it if you wrote a bit about what you're sending me - why you like it and what you'd like me to know about it. Or even just something about yourself!

I don't wear jewellry, but I'd like to get "parts" that I could use - I'm getting into Steampunk art.

I love "Classic 45" scrapbooking paper, Zetti, the grunge look, Tim Holtz.

If you're from another country, I'd love it if you'd send me a coin or two from where you live. I've started to collect all the specialty quarters that I've just learned about on our trip to Florida this year (Apr/18)! Or a postcard (especially a map card), or a postage stamp (used is fine), or anything else different from what I'm used to seeing here.



I don't like any kind of pink, bright or otherwise, and don't like pastel colours. I still remember, as a child, my bedroom walls painted a pale green!

Disney, cutsie, lots of small anything, pet things, stuff for kids (mine are grown), wedding items, stickers with sayings on them, religious themes. Crayon drawings of "cute" things. I'm way too old to appreciate them - I'll give them to the young folk in the family :)

I don't need stickers - don't use the ones I have, so please don't send any. I don't like too much glitter, but I use Wink of Stella. I don't like stickers on the art you send me. Unless it's so nice, you can hardly tell it's a sticker! You know what I mean.

If you're sending me a recipe (food or drink), I don't like coffee, coconut, tequila or scotch. I'm not an adventurous person with many types of seafood (oysters, sardines & mussels), though I like fish and large shrimp.


January 29/18

I've just learned about maxi-cards! I thought it was just big postcards, but they're the ones with a corresponding stamp on the front of the postcard (not a real stamp, but a picture of one). Apparently, Australia issued a postcard with each new stamp they bring out - please send me one, if you can (blank and in an envelope, please).

November 4/13

I seem to really be interested in postcards lately!

I've been fortunate to receive some nice ones (that I can't ever find - in stores, anyway). The only ones I had were the touristy ones that I bought when away from my city.


Store bought pc's: I'd like mine sent blank/unwritten on, in an envelope, if it's allowed in the swap (or even if it isn't).

I'm not going to join many "naked and stamped" postcard swaps - I like to send some of 'em on when needed (themed swaps, more than one in an envelope, etc). I keep lots, just cause I like them so much.

I like lots of things, but anything "different" would be great.

If you sent the following, you'd be just fine:

map cards, map cards, map cards!! If you have any Canadian map cards, I'd love them. I'm also trying to collect all the US states, too

steampunk, retro ads, nudes, naughty, fairies, dinosaurs, sci-fi, fantasy, monsters, old comics, movie posters, some movie stars, space (stars), water (rivers, waterfalls, lakes, ocean - I love water), lighthouses, tropical (palm trees, beaches), ships (rocket, sailing, etc), muscle cars (I used to have a 1972 Challenger - I rue the day I sold it), aboriginal scenes/portraits (from any country), art, bright and colourful (NO PINK or PASTEL for me) and I've never seen a Christmas postcard (I have some of these now - cool, and thanks)!

I don't care for touristy postcards (but LOVE map cards). I don't care for reconnoissance art, but I do love Toulouse Lautrec art.

No kittens, puppies or cute things, unless it's a human baby. I do like horses. Not crazy about vintage, unless it's something to do with the above likes. I don't like them just because they're old. I was recently sent a vintage pc of a Hula dancer - that was fine.

Homemade postcards: I like to store them in photo albums, so please (if you can), keep them 4 x 6" so they'll fit (10 x 15 cm). These can be sent naked OR in an envelope.


December 11, 2016

I always rate and I don't flake. If I ever do, I'll take this statement off.

Because, why would I want to earn that 3, or (shudder) 1?

If you get my swap, I'd appreciate a rating. If you didn't, please let me know so I can fix the problem. After a month or so, I will pm if I haven't been rated to see if my item made it to your house.

Dec 11/16 - I care that you don't want me to bother you to see if you forgot to rate me, but I care more about getting my ratings, so I will be contacting you. Hope you read profiles like I do.

Postal workers in Canada don't work on weekends, so if the send date is a Saturday/Sunday, they won't be postmarked until Monday. I try to have it done before the w/e in those cases. I always give extra time for things - especially overseas, before rating (and will check before giving a 1 or 3). Even crossing the Canada/US border seems to take forever sometimes. See the top of my profile!

I will sometimes put something in the closest mailbox on a w/e, and hit "sent" that day, but it won't be picked up until the next p/u day. I don't worry about it, if it isn't due. If it's DUE to go out that day, I take it to the post office, so the stamp will have the correct date on it.

I don't automatically give a heart because of extra's. Except for postcard swaps - if you've given me an extra one, from my profile likes, on top of sending me great cards, then why wouldn't you deserve a heart? I always send an extra postcard, and hope my partner does, too.

If something makes me say "wow", you'll get a heart. Even if it has pink in it, you might still get a heart, but you'll know it's your art that got it for you. Hope you'll do the same for me.

October 16, 2017

If I send you something and the glue (or anything else) hasn't done its job, please tell me!

I've learnt recently that I was given a heart for a swap where the backing had fallen off the ATC - of course, I thought everything was fine. Then, much later, I was told my work was "subpar".

How can I fix things if I'm given a heart for something that wasn't considered "up to par"?

I want a heart if it's extra special for you - that's why Swap-bot introduced them; what they're for. If you think my swap is "subpar", please let me know, so I can fix it.

March 1, 2018

I have learned that pizza boxes have a shiny surface on them, so things don't stick as well to them; I've begun to use a sanding block on those surfaces to roughen them up and make that glue stick - I use Arlene's Tacky glue.

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Mamasch rated for PCOAT: Rock Formations on Nov 20, 2019
Response: Thanks for rating - it's a place I'd love to see, while imagining cattle rustlers!
shirleyinCA rated for NYUP: Animal/people mix-up on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Really great cards! Thank you! Maybe for such a unique (and very interesting) category more people will sign up if it is "send 1 or 2" that fit the category and then add 2 senders choice - to make it worth the postage and time?
Response: I'm glad you liked the category - I was surprised more people didn't join, so your idea is a good one. Thanks so much for the suggestion :)
shirleyinCA rated for Vocabulary Postcard Swap #7 on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for some delightful interpretations of these vocabulary words! I especially like the gangly bird. Nice of you to send an extra also. I loved your story of golfing - thanks for an interesting letter with the swap!
Response: You're very welcome, Shirley - I had fun selecting them. Thanks for your wonderful comment and, of course, the heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter, the great PC's and washi tape. Love all!
Response: So happy you like what I sent you. I appreciate your nice comment and great rating :)
derakisu rated for CA : Receiver's choice on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for teaching me a technique for layering stamps, I wouldn't have think of using cellophane. Love the card. ❤️
Response: I hadn't used it in ages, so it was good to apply the technique again. I'm glad you like it and thanks for the ❤️ rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard!
Response: Very happy you like it - thanks for the heart ;)
Comment: Thanks! New cards for me. Rich
Response: Always nice to get new ones! Thanks for the heart rating :)
StargazerHM rated for Coins (2+1) #3 on Nov 7, 2019
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
simcoe54 rated for CH: Coin Swap #2 on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the coins.
Response: Giving me a heart is much appreciated :)
CrystalZ rated for CDN Swappers - Handmade Xmas Card on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: Such a cute, well made, Christmas card....and it is the first one of the season too :) I will be happily putting this one up as soon as we decorate! Thank you
Response: You're very welcome. I love to make Xmas cards :)
CrystalZ rated for OOO - Let's Swap Stuff! on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for another great swap! The postcards are perfect for my collection...I think I just love touristy postcards because it is a small way of seeing the world :) The tags are great for decorating and such and the address labels are definately fun too for sending out those happy mails :)
Response: I'm pleased I had things that made you happy :)
suntattoo rated for December Survival Box on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much - I can't wait to put your parcel under the tree to crack open on a dreary December day :)
Response: Getting mine has made me want to have that tree up right now - hope you like the things I've sent. I'm not the best wrapper, but it's what's inside that counts, right? :)
Mamasch rated for PCOAT: Hot Air Balloon on Nov 4, 2019
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Pretty PC, thank you!
Response: I'm glad you like it; thanks for the heart rating!
Karmi53 rated for CS: Animal Series - cat on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for pretty but a little scarry Car atc. Love the cat and birds on the wire all to cool. And thank you for the extras too take care
Response: A bit scary, yes, but it was that time of year, right? Glad you like it :)
Comment: Thanks for the cool card & your nice letter. I think I may have gotten the original of that card from Gina in a swap any moons ago or maybe I just remember seeing it on her Flickr site. BTW, she's the only other swap-botter I've actually met. No holiday plans for me & all I want for Xmas are my 3 front teeth! Hugs & extra ♥♥♥ for the stamps!
Response: It could very well be I got it from you - I scan the ones I send, not the ones I get! I think it's pretty cool, too. Thanks for the heartS :)
bstrong rated for Canadian City Postcard on Oct 31, 2019
Comment: Received PC today. I used to live in the Forest Lawn area. I still have friends and family in Calgary. We moved to Brooks and that's where my family still lives. So I know Calgary area quite well and have been there many times. But it's very funny I do not have a Calgary postcard so it's great to receive this one. Thank you very much have a great day.
Response: WOW - you got this in 3 days!! So happy this is your very own "hometown" pc! :)
Malliecat rated for Intl ATC Black cat on Oct 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful black cat inspired atc 😻
Response: I'm so glad you got it before Halloween!! Thanks for the heart rating :)
thelocalman rated for PCOAT: Movies on Oct 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I've read the book but never seen the movie, maybe I will check it out ^^ Thank you!
Response: I'm glad I got you to think about it again! Merci re: the heart :)
NRGordon rated for October Lighthouse postcards on Oct 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcards. We have not seen any of the three but hope to visit Peggy's Cove next summer... Nova Scotia road trip!
Response: You will LOVE it! Be sure to visit Mahone Bay, too. I'd live there in a flash. And, if you can get to NB to see the Hopewell Rocks, you should. And.. oh, I could go on :)

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myancey on Nov 13, 2019:

Thank you for the postcards for AN:sept wta. Happy swapping! Have a great day!

susieq11 on Nov 11, 2019:

Glad you got the coins!! We had fun! That was our fourth trip and it gets better every time! We love it there. Have a great month! : )

CrystalZ on Nov 4, 2019:

Thank you so much for the fun Kris Kringle postcards you sent out for the Tag Through the Alphabet tag game. These are just perfect to send out this upcoming season and I am looking forward to adding a couple to my Christmas journal too!

susieq11 on Nov 3, 2019:

Thanks so much for the postcards for Make A Wish October! The seals are sooo cute! Hope you’ve had a nice weekend! : )

phillaine on Nov 2, 2019:

for the enormous and delightful collection of themed washi samples! Every. single. one. is new to me, and I'm going to have lots of fun playing with them. I appreciate all the time and care you took putting these together for me. (October MAW wish list).

shtrqueen on Oct 28, 2019:

Thank you so much for the used postage and enamel dots for Make a Wish - October. I love the colours of the enamel dots - can't wait to use them!

xthemasonsx on Oct 24, 2019:

Wow thank you SO much for the ATCs. I really loved them all. You picked perfect ones for me. Much love 💜

susieq11 on Oct 23, 2019:

Thank you so much for resending PTG Two Postcards in an Envelope Tag! Love both postcards - thank you! Hope you’re having a good week! xxx

xninolax on Oct 8, 2019:

I got the resend envelope of the PTG July WTA today! Thank you so much for resending, for the lovely lovely cards and yes, mail from Canada to here (and vice versa) usually is very quick. This one travelled for only 6 days! I cannot believe you're already experiencing snow! I hope we can still enjoy autumn leaves for a while. I remember from last year, leaves turned into beautiful colours and then a storm came and trees were bold for the rest of the many many winter months. Meh.. Xx NIna

IDreamOfAfrica on Oct 3, 2019:


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