Swap-bot Time: October 26, 2020 6:26 pm


Date Joined: June 10, 2009
Last Online: August 18, 2019
Birthday: March 27, 1986
Country: United States
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About Me

Please excuse any broken images on my page. I am currently in the process of re-hosting my images elsewhere and re-linking them once I'm done.

MermaidWave First, I would like to say, if you have not received a swap from me, please let me know! I am very diligent on sending my swaps! If you have not received one, I will do everything I can to remedy whatever may have happened!

I like to try to reuse packaging as much as I can, so you may receive a package that looks like it's made a few trips. Wink

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Hello! My name is Laura. I am from Colorado, USA. I have a bachelor's degree in computer arts with a foundation in traditional art. I am currently an art teacher for a K-12 charter school.

I love mermaids. In my spare time, I like to play video games, love all things arts & crafts, and am currently attempting to learn crochet. I think I'm getting the hang of it, but I may switch to knitting because I think the stitches are more what I'm looking for with some of the project ideas I have.

I am a SCUBA diver. My boyfriend and I got our certifications together the beginning of 2016. Our last dive was in Hawaii off the coast of the Big Island for a night dive with manta rays. If you ever have a chance to do that, I highly recommend it! It's also great for snorkelers from what I hear, but I was down at the bottom of the ocean from the SCUBA side when we did it. =) My boyfriend and I have been together since March 2011.


I just got my new fabric mermaid tail (Apr. 2017) and I'm SOOO excited! When I lose more weight, my reward to myself is going to be a full silicone tail! I can't wait!! For now, this will work while I practice mermaiding! Teehee!!!

I love the work of Chris Sanders, who just happens to have also worked on several of my favorite movies and was the designer for 2 of my favorite characters (see below). I just love his style. The fact that he also illustrates mermaids doesn't hurt, either. I also absolutely adore art nouveau, mermaid-related or not! Beautiful and flowy!

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I have 2 cats. Both are bengals, which are hypoallergenic, so if you're allergic to cats, you should be ok! I don't tend to let them in my craft room much anyways. One is a traditional tan/gold coloring with green eyes. The other is silver. They are named after characters in Firefly (Kaylee & Hoban (a.k.a. Wash)). After they developed their personalities, I should have named them Saffron & Jayne... haha.

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If you would ever like a private swap, just shoot me a message!



Seriously... go check out their shops and just TRY to not blow all of your money!

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Favorite Movies

How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, anything by Wes Anderson, Song of the Sea, Lord of the Rings, Tropic Thunder, Star Trek (old and new), Fifth Element, Back to the Future, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Aladdin, Lion King, I could keep going with the Disney movies, but you get the idea. I do NOT like Frozen. I'm sorry...

I'm sure there's some I'm forgetting.

Favorite Television

Futurama, Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Archer, Mythbusters, Pokemon (first and second ones when there were still only like... 150-something pokemon), Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Firefly, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Robot Chicken, Scrubs, Star Trek (mostly TNG and Voyager), Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog (not really television... but not really movie either), Adventure Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Once Upon a Time, Drunk History, Last Man on Earth...

I'll add more as I think of them. =P

Favorite Characters

Gloomy Bear, Wolverine, Iron Man, Deadpool, Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lumpy Space Princess, BMO, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Poison Ivy, Catwoman (NOT the Halle Berry version...), Stitch, Toothless, Nyanko Market, Pokemon (especially water-type, and of course Pikachu), companion cube (from Portal)... I know I'm forgetting some, but I'll add as I think of them. There's just so much cute out there!!


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Favorite Colors

My favorite color is bluegreen.

When bluegreen isn't available, I like blues and greens (go figure, right? haha). I prefer blue if I DO have to pick.

I also like the color combinations of a dark brown with light colors like bright green or light blue or pink. I like reds with blacks, too.


Favorite Animals:

Typically water-based creatures, but I also love hummingbirds, butterflies, cats (ones I can pet or hilarious memes), goats, and foxes. Really... I love all animals, but those are the top of the list. ;)

Oh yeah!! And narwhals!!! (Yes, they're "water-based", but they deserve their own mention. Teehee!)

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Favorite Video Games

Trove, Minecraft, Portal, Lego games (any), Pokemon, Skyrim, Dr. Mario, old school Mario games, Fallout, Katamari Damacy, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, Zelda

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  • handmade things from the heart
  • inchies/ATCs/APCs (especially mermaid/nautical-themed)
  • Decorated envelopes (I just think it's fun to open the mailbox to see something colorful waiting for me)
  • charms
  • polymer clay teeny tiny things
  • anything lego
  • handmade papers
  • Japanese stuff (candy, cherry blossom art, origami, cute stuff, chibi, kawaii, etc)
  • ocean-related stuff
  • mermaids
  • art nouveau
  • anything in a "mini" version (mini stuff ROCKS)
  • Adventure Time ANYTHING
  • anything Skelanimal & Tokidoki
  • anything 20s-50s style
  • anything steampunk (gears, small chains, etc)
  • vintage
  • glow-in the dark anything
  • shells
  • washi tape
  • beads
  • reuseable bags
  • socks
  • crafting wire
  • knitting/crochet stuff
  • amigurumi books & supplies
  • gift cards (especially Amazon, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, JoAnn & Hot Topic)
  • quality origami paper
  • Voodoo dolls (the little cute keychain ones)
  • Ugly Dolls & Ugly Doll stuff
  • unique stamps (mailing (used or unused) and rubber)
  • socks (I love wearing socks!!)
  • Things that you think would help out an art classroom for K-12 (books, things to make textures, supplies, etc)



  • spiders
  • Frozen (probably the only Disney I don't really care for)
  • traditional "Disney-style" stuff (I do tend to collect Disney stuff that has more of an artistic-flair to it rather than just the usual drawings. I tend to like "Disney-style" only in the movies themselves)
  • black licorice
  • banana or grape-flavored stuff (I dunno... they just can't seem to get it right)
  • gold (I prefer silver, tarnished, or brassy-colored things)
  • earrings (there are a lot of beautiful ones that I love, but I don't have pierced ears - on the other hand, if the dangly part on them is reuseable or too dang pretty to resist, I wouldn't mind them)

Side Notes

If there's ever a time that you might need a little more time on a swap, just let me know. I'm a very understanding person. Communication is always welcome! If there's no communication, though, I'll end up rating for what I DO know.

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GigiCrafts rated for MLU: Mermaid Hair Clip on Feb 7, 2018
Comment: I realy love this clip. I was so excited when I opened the box. I also like the fairy dust and shells . Is this clip the one in the swap advertisement ?
Response: Not the exact one, but one I made just like it. =) I'm glad you like it!!
mandigutterrose rated for MLU: Mermaid Scales Bookmark on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: BEAUTIFUL, A TRUE WORK OF HEART! I'm so glad it finally found it's way here and whoever had it didn't keep it. Thank you so much for joining this swap.
Response: I' so glad you like it, and yes. I'm glad it found its way, too! I get so scared when I get those messages of "Uh.... where's the swap??" Darn post office. Glad it made it!
kfaye rated for MLU: My Mer-Home on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your letter. I'm going to read it on my flight this Saturday :) Fun swap!
Response: Great!! Good reading for a flight. I made it like... what... 100 pages?! rofl ;) I hope you enjoy it!
georgiafae rated for MLU: Mermaid Envelope Flip book on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: This is a fantastic flip book! I love the colors (of course)and all the wonderful images and goodies inside. Very nicely done and a super addition to my mermaid collection! Thanks for sharing!
Response: Absolutely! I'm so glad you like it. A few of my "experiments" I was doing didn't quite work out, so I didn't get to include it on your envelope (encasing it all in fish netting), but I'm not going to give up on the idea. =P I was very happy to make it for you! =)
JudalineZ rated for MLU: Mermaid Matchbox Bed & Doll on Jan 23, 2017
Comment: thank you !
Response: Whew! Glad it made it. You're welcome! <3
Comment: Wow that is so beautiful dresser and love the surprises inside! Thank you very much
Response: Hooray! You are very very welcome! I'm glad you like it! =D
janski48 rated for MLU: Halloween Mermaid ATC on Nov 7, 2016
Comment: The card is amazing! I love it. The colors are blended so nicely and I love mermaid figure. Thanks for a great card! 😊
Response: Oh yay!! I'm so glad you like it!!! Thank you! <3 And thanks for joining the swap!!
SunTradeToo rated for Mermaid Matchbox Bed & Doll on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: Love it, love it, love it! The mermaid is SO CUTE! Thank you ❤¸♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤
Response: Yayyy!! Glad you like it! I really enjoy making those. Teehee!
Comment: I've been a bit confused at which round we are on @[email protected] I will add another mermaid to this card! :D
Response: I don't think the rounds count as much as just continuing to pass along a postcard if it's unfinished. haha. I had one postcard that I finished and sent back, but then I also received a postcard another swap where I was the first. Some have existing ones from past swaps. It all works out in the end as long as the person with your postcard continues to join swaps to at least send yours off. =P Thanks for the heart!!! <3 You rock.
Comment: Got it! Thanks! Love the Mermaid you added!
Response: Awesome! Glad it made it ok! =D Sorry for the delay!
Comment: Sweet Swap!! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you like it! I apologize about the packaging. How crummy. I feel bad! I'll keep that in mind for the future swaps! I hope you will join again! =D
Comment: Laura, I LOVE my mermaid!!!!! You did an amazing job. Thank you so much!!!! P.S I can't wait to try the recipe!!!!
Response: Hooray! Glad she made it ok!! I absolutely loved those cupcakes. I could eat them for breakfast (and sometimes did...). haha. Have fun!! =D
Comment: She is so beautiful! And I love the paper you wrote on. Where did you get it? So cute!
Response: An old college roommate of mine sent me a few mermaidy goodies for my birthday this past March. The memo notepad was one of them. I love them!!! I can't seem to find it online to buy more, though. The artist is Lorelay Bove, though, I believe. She has a very beautiful style!! Love it!! After I got that notepad, I bought one of her art prints! I bet you can figure out which one. haha >>> http://www.lorelaybove.com/
Comment: Your sweet mermaid doll arrived today. She's beautifully made, very nice work. The baggie of extras is a nice assortment of cute. I especially like the owl stickers. Thank you so much for a wonderful swap package. ♥
Response: Yay! You are very welcome! I had a lot of fun putting everything together for you! <3
Comment: very pretty! and thankyou for the stickers!!
Response: Oh yay! I'm glad you like her! You are very welcome!! =D
Mimi7 rated for MLU: Mermaid Postcard Pass & Paste on Jun 22, 2016
Comment: Hi Laura Nice to hear from a fellow educator. Wow, I would love to teach art!!At the small parochial school, they let me teach handwriting and I used Books called Draw, Write Now. So they did their cursive handwritng lesson and then they got to draw a picture after the handwriting was finished. It was lots of fun teaching them this and I think they enjoyed it also. Thanks for the pass and paste and thanks for the lovely extras.
Response: Oh very fun!! And you are very welcome!! <3 Teaching cursive would be fun! Eventually, I need to teach calligraphy! I'm easing in to the job right now. Calligraphy will come soon! =P Hopefully this upcoming school year! I'm glad you got my postcard ok! I can't wait to see what you draw!!! =D
samjowers rated for MLU: Mermaid Altered Playing Cards on Jun 21, 2016
Comment: lol! i loved the post card! the mermaid cards are amazing! and i even got a joker! thanks for hosting this swap!
Response: Heck yeah! I was glad to see Joker was available on your list! That seemed like it'd be fun to do! Teehee! Glad you like them!!! And I'd be glad to host another if you don't! teehee <3
tlemon4 rated for MLU: Mermaid-ATC on Jun 14, 2016
Comment: Yea , it came today!! :) It is by far the coolest mermaid atc that I have ever received. Well worth the wait, I loved it. Thank you so much for a great swap!! Also in my craf troom I hung a pair of handlebars that we could not bend back into shape after one of my crashes on my bike; lol so your license plate in your room... ahhhhh I love other motorcycle gals. LOL Happy Swapping until we swap again. Hugs
Response: Hooray!! Aww, well thank you! I had a lot of fun making it! I really enjoy painting ATCs! =D <3 And heck yeah to biker chicks! rofl ;)
scrapingd rated for World Oceans Day Coloring Pages on Jun 14, 2016
Response: I'm glad everything arrived!! ;) I hope you enjoy coloring the extra pages!!
Comment: She is adorable! I love the flag you pick, because the colors remind me of the ocean! Thank you!
Response: You are very welcome! I'm glad you like her! I picked the Greek flag, too, because Greek mythology has lots of water-related myths and was one of the reasons I got into mermaids to begin with when I was little. =D

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CurlyTea on Mar 27, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

anrtist on Mar 20, 2019:

HAPPY SPRING!!!! yay YAY yay SPRING is finally here! LOL ;-)

Blessings, cc

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luckycharms on Dec 21, 2017:

Merry Christmas

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CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

anrtist on Aug 30, 2017:

THANK YOU!!! @wolviechick121 for the pretty mermaid decal! it is on my mermaid mantle mirror & it is so so pretty! THANX so so much! Blessings, cc

Mermaid Lovers Unite July RAK ;-)

anrtist on May 27, 2017:

Blessings, cc

MissPaula on Mar 24, 2017:

Your special day is right around the corner........Celebrate you!

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