Swap-bot Time: October 4, 2022 3:35 pm


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Last Online: October 3, 2022
Birthday: February 10
Country: United States

About Me

I have been retired for a number of years and find that very delightful. Have been married to the most wonderful man for more than 40 years.Life is great. We lived in Palo Alto, California for almost 30 years and they were great years. Northern California in the early 70s was the corridor to heaven. Unbelievably beautiful, wherever you were. The freeways were lined with Oleander. Wonderful fruit orchards with the best apricots in the world. I could go on and on. But then came the computer businesses and people beyond people and the flowers and orchards were replaced with concrete. So, about 9 years ago we 'escaped'. Never regretted it at all.

Here in Reno I belong to a quilting guild and a small private group, we get together somewhat frequently and usually do shoe box projects. Sometimes we meet for lunch only, or go some place exciting.

Every Morning (M - F) I walk for about 50 min. It's a good way to start off the day.

I love trees. The most beautiful thing for me is to walk through a forest and see the sun shine through the trees.And listen for bird serenading and little critters rustling about. My emphasis is on little critters. Once I saw a bear not very far from where I was and it scared the dickens out of me. That was only once and that definitely is enough.

In the winter we usually spend several months in Mexico.

Life is a continuous series of treats!

I love to eat. Cooking is a great pleasure for me and baking even more.

I love licorice.

One of my favorite people is Shirley MacLaine. I think she is terrific.

CRAFTS. Besides rubber stamping my favorite things are photography, gardening, making packages, and doing swaps, eating, reading, listen to music.

My collection of rubber stamps is rather large, however, I am always looking for Ken Brown stamps and would love to trade.

Altering almost anything is fun! Especially books or matchboxes or Altoid type tins.

Lately I picked up quilting again. Many years ago I gave it a try and started buying fabrics, but then I got into stamping and that one won. Both are rather time consuming. But now I am back at quilting (and buying fabrics!!!) and mostly I make smaller quilts for or 'Loving Laps' charity.

I am a dabbler at lots and master of none!

Swap-Bot. I love doing swaps and reading profiles on Swap-Bot. What a great organization this is! So many wonderful and interesting people . At the end of my profile I used to list flakers but I now have deleted them. Those people are despicable and not worth a second thought. Every time I saw that grouping it annoyed me. So now they are gone. Non-raters are another group of unlikable folks. Why are they like that? Especially those who have this big announcement in their profile of pledging to rate.

SWAPS. It is greatly appreciated if you write on the outside of the envelope the name of the swap.

ABOUT RATINGS. I put my heart into all my swaps and would never dream of flaking. If a problem arises I will contact my swap partner, please do the same. If for some reason you have not been rated then most likely I haven't received the swap, so please PM me. Also, if you receive something from me and there was postage due, please let me know and I will pay for that immediately. Often I use older stamps from my previous collection and the glue might not be as good as the new ones.

DISLIKES besides flakers and non-raters are things that are considered cute. I am not into cute, like Hello Kitty or Kawaii or children related stickers etc. Disney is my No. 1 dislike. Please DO NOT send me any little snips of papers, I have boxes full of that.




Guns. If I watch a show and within the first few minutes there are dead people and a lot of firing and screaming, well, off goes this program. The same fate goes with too much cussing. Is there really a need for that?

I recycle packing materials and envelopes. If they are not torn I use them again to protect the environment. You can do this as well when you send to me, please.

Favorite Music

Rock and Roll, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Yes, Grateful Dead, Zucchero, etc. All the great bands, gosh, there was a lot of wonderful music out there. Having lived in the Bay Area in the 70s had it advantages. It seems that all the great band gave concerts in San Francisco and I went to lots of them. Seen almost everyone I wanted to, a special treat was the Floyd. Absolutely. And the Stones, and U2 and and and ....

Favorite Movies

I am quite fond of movies and my very very all-time favorite is 'Notorious' with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. This movie I have seen so often I could just about recite is frame by frame. Wonderful film.

Favorite Television

Not too crazy about TV. A good bet is always PBS with their Nature programs and 'Independent Lens' and 'Front line'. Some of my very favorite series were Homeland, The Americans, Ozark. Nurse Jackie. Netflix is marvelous, wouldn't want to miss it. So very user friendly.


I am fond of postcards, especially non-touristy but all are great. Honestly I must say I have never thrown a postcard away. Over the years I collected those that people sent me from vacations and travels etc. They are written on and with stamps, they filled a large shoe box.

Then I started collecting vintage cards and they are in a 3-ring binder in protective holders, mostly Valentines and also some Christmas. I look at them quite often. So beautiful. There must be about 40 of them.

My collection got rather large and I have enough! No space. So please don't send any postcards to me. Thanks. Except ---

I would like to collect postcards of Royal Families and US Presidents and their families. Now I have two, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie on their wedding day and John F. Kennedy. What treasures.


I like anything from the 60s or 70ts

Small fabric scraps (100% cotton)


Georgia O'Keefe, Maxfield Parrish

Art Deco

Tim Holtz

Stencils I love stencils

About Me

Please, please, please do NOT send me any of these items: scraps of paper, I have tons of it. No Post-its No loose lined papers.

Favorite Authors

I love reading books.

A favorite author is Barbara Kingsolver, I have all her books, The Poisenwood Bible is terrific and I have read it more than once. Also I am very fond of Kurt Vonnegut.


Onaki rated for Zines #26 on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Another wonderful zine! Thank you so much.
Response: You are so very welcome! I am so happy you were happy!!
Onaki rated for Zines #25 on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Absolutely love your zines! You can always put multiple swaps in one envelope to save on postage! I'm fine with that. :)
Response: I am thrilled that you love my zines and I know yours are the very best. It means a lot - thanks.
derakisu rated for Zines #27 on Sep 14, 2022
Comment: I got a good laugh out of your "Women have the right to shoes/choose" ! I own a minimal pair of shoes, including infamous Québec winter-weather boots but I can't help stopping at shoes store every time I go shopping.
Response: Happy you liked the zine. Thanks for the heart.
lrm1980 rated for Zines #30 on Sep 13, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the great shoes zine and for all the goodies, including the love birthday wishes! Your zine is so cute, and I truly appreciate the ATCs, stickers and card! 💕
Response: How wonderful you were happy with this swap! That's what it is all about. thanks for the heart, much appreciated.
Larina rated for Zines #32 on Sep 11, 2022
Comment: I love your vine and the all the butterfly goodies! Thank you so much!!!
Response: You are very welcome and thank you for the heart. I am so happy you liked this swap.
rachelgogan rated for Zines #33 on Sep 9, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the fun zine and the adorable witch card!
Response: Thanks for the heart, much appreciated. I am so happy you liked everything.
rachelgogan rated for Zines #31 on Sep 7, 2022
Comment: Cute zine! Thanks for the washi tape too!
Response: You;re welcome!
lrm1980 rated for Zines #28 on Sep 5, 2022
Comment: I love your clown zine and the fantastic stickers you sent. Thank you!!
catlingmex rated for Zines #29 on Aug 31, 2022
Comment: I love your full-color zine! Also the stickers, word searches, and other paper miscellany—it was a great envelope to open. So happy for you that you get to spend half the year in Mexico. I lived in Mexico City for all those years, but if I moved back in retirement I´d opt for somewhere less hectic.
Response: Thanks for the heart, I am so happy you liked the zine. They are so much fun. A few more weeks and we are off to Guadalajara for the winter!
samsstuff rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 12 on Aug 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sending along the zine & the little extras!
Response: You are very welcome, so glad that you were happy with this swap. Thanks for the great rating!
Trevismom rated for CPG: Butterfly Happy Mail - GLOBAL on Jul 25, 2022
Comment: Hi Barbara! Thank you so much for the cute butterfly goodies! The card is really beautiful and I always love stickers! Did you emboss the notecard yourself? I'm trying to learn embossing but yours looks great! Happy swapping! ❤ p.s Love purple glitter! 💜
Response: Thank you for your lovely note and the wonderful rating. Yes, I did emboss the card myself. I have tons of embossing powder, if you like some just send me a message. I'd love to send you some! BC
Onaki rated for Zines #18 on Jun 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your zines with me! <3
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and hosting all those swps!!
derakisu rated for Zines #16 on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the creative zine ! I love how colourful every page is. I think "zeen" is how to pronunce them but I've been known to say "zyn" quite a few times ! I think that comes from the difference in pronunciation of magazine in English and French !
Response: Thanks for the great rating, really appreciate it. I am so glad you liked the zine.
derakisu rated for Zines #14 on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the super cute cat zine and extra tag ! I have two cats and they own me lol.
Response: So glad yo liked the cat zine, it was great fun to create. Thanks!
derakisu rated for Zines #13 on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: I think I've mixed up the rathings for 12 and 13... So sorry about that. I love the coffee-themed zine, I'm a huge coffee drinker so it's always nice to receive a bit of coffee in any form. Thank you for the extras, it's very generous of you !
Response: Yes, coffee is always a wonderful topic, so glad you liked it.
derakisu rated for Zines #15 on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute collage/stamped zine ! The gingko tree is one of my favs, I love the stamp you used and thanks for the stunning die cut. ^_^
Response: Thank you, Elisabeth, you are very kind!
Larina rated for Zines #24 on Jun 13, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful zine,
Response: So glad you liked the zines. Thanks for rating and the heart.
theaestheticlistlessproject rated for Zines #9 on Jun 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the musical zine. I loved it. Loved all the extras too. Happy swapping!
Response: So happy you liked it, they are great much fun to make. Thanks for rating and the heart, much appreciated! BC
Saba rated for Zines #17 on Jun 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the generous swap
Response: Thank you, Saba, for rating and the heart. I;m so glad you enjoyd the swap. BC
derakisu rated for Zines #12 on Jun 5, 2022
Comment: I love this little zine collecting collage pieces and ephemera. Even without words, it tells its own story. Thank you also for the lovely extras. :)
Response: How wonderful you were happy with this swap! Thank for you so very much!

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dorcii on Nov 19, 2020:

Thank you soo much for the happy mail you sent to me, I received it!! :)

anrtist on Aug 5, 2015:

AMAZING MAIL ART GROUP has a ~B I N G O ~ Game starting SUNDAY if you wanna play! Just check in the group and select your words, say you're in & pm me your list! ;-)
ENJOY!!! Blessings, cc

ladydy5 on May 29, 2015:

Oh! It's great to be retire, so welcome to Our group 9Little Pockets.

pne on Oct 10, 2014:

Thank you for helping my travelling postcard from round 19 get back to me!

doulakk on Jul 25, 2014:

Welcome to our group!
Please join one or two swaps!

click here

camelsamba on May 4, 2014:

Hi Barbara - I got those postcards that you sent / resent me. Funny thing is, we used to get mail addressed to "112-114 W Washington". It was the official address of a cafe downtown. My husband knew the owner, so he finally told her she should change the address to be 112 or 114. I don't think we've gotten anything for them since. There is no 124, though - but I'm surprised the PO didn't try to find a few variations that would have yielded my name. Thanks for sending them on!

AnnieMaxine on Oct 25, 2013:

Thank you for returning the Adventures of the Traveling Postcards! I will be sure to get them out in the next round! Also, thank you for the extras! My son loved the cowgirl one! HAHA :) Have a great winter in the warm weather! See you in the spring! Annie

Jjean on Aug 10, 2013:

Just had to tell you, read your profile and you sound like a super person...very interesting!

needlewings on Apr 29, 2013:


oops forgot the coding for the photo to show!

AnnieMaxine on Mar 27, 2013:

Hi! Please send your Adventures of the Traveling Postcard out as soon as possible! The send-by date was the 25th! I will not be listing the next round until everyone has clicked "Sent"!

Thanks! Annie

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