Swap-bot Time: August 7, 2022 8:30 pm


Date Joined: November 20, 2013
Last Online: August 6, 2022
Birthday: December 26
Country: United States

About Me

I've been making mixed-media ATCs for several years. They're a great creative outlet! I've recently started making postcards and am finding them quite addictive.

My hobbies are varied. I sew and knit. I collect buttons and have my late grandmother's original button jar and sewing baskets, which I treasure.

On weekends, my boyfriend and I sometimes go fishing, with hit-and-miss results. My grandfather was an avid fisherman, and I have fond memories of him getting up early on a Sunday morning and leaving to catch dinner. He'd clean and gut the fish in the backyard, which seemed seriously gross at the time, but my grandmother turned his catch into the most divine dishes. He'd then plant the fish heads in the garden, as they make incredible (albeit stinky) natural fertilizer.

I love being on the water, be it sailing or enjoying brunch at a waterfront seafood restaurant. Give me a New England lobster roll or a seat at a summer clambake, and I'm a happy girl.

I recently started boxing at the gym, which is a great stress reliever. I'm not Muhammad Ali, by any means, but I'm learning to hold my own. I recommend it as a way to feel really empowered!

As you can probably tell, I'm not a girly girl. My art is seldom frilly--more modern, eclectic and occasionally weird. I like pushing the envelope. I prefer dapper gents to Victorian ladies. I'm more film noir than Disney.

I have fantasies of moving to Maine or Scotland, and I'm a little obsessed with finding the Loch Ness monster.

We live about 30 minutes away from a cool whaling museum, where I always take out-of-town visitors. It has a 19th-century whaleboat with all the original gear, and it's pretty amazing. One of the exhibits focuses on women who left their homes to join their husbands at sea. Most regretted that decision! There's also really cool nautical folk art on display, which I'd love to have on my walls.

Favorite Music

Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Allen Stone, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Valerie June, Petra Haden

Currently Reading:

"The It Girl" (Ruth Ware)
"The Joy of Sweat" (Sarah Everts) -- audiobook

Favorite Television

British mysteries (BBC, BritBox and Acorn TV)
Now bingeing "House of Cards" on Netflix (had never seen it)
Murder, She Wrote reruns (Maine + Angela Lansbury = retro, campy fun)
Law & Order franchise

Favorite ATC Themes

  • Sewing themes (particularly buttons).
  • Nancy Drew
  • Nautical (ships & sailing)
  • Seafood
  • Breakfast foods
  • Eggnog year-round
  • Oceans, fish & marine life
  • Fave faces: Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren

ATC Dislikes

  • Religious themes.
  • Christmas, Halloween & other holidays (maxed out on these themes)
  • Kawaii, Disney & other cutesy themes
  • Sticker slapping
  • Pink and other pastels
  • Puffy stickers

Supplies I Love to Receive

  • Washi tape samples
  • Buttons
  • ATC blanks (sturdy)
  • Poker-size playing cards
  • Die cuts
  • Anything nautical
  • Sewing-themed ephemera
  • Used international postage stamps
  • Ticket stubs
  • Sticky notes
  • Vintage book pages (not smelly/moldy)
  • Vintage recipe pamphlets


ladygrey rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #9- INT on Aug 3, 2022
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #110 on Jul 19, 2022
Comment: This will be a fun one. Thank you.
Ace330660 rated for Art Collab PC #104 (USA) on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the pc's and hosting. I can't wait to work on them !
Comment: LOL, love the startled mushroom!! Thank you!
Shelleynwillow rated for Art Collab PC #103 (USA) on Jul 11, 2022
Comment: Loved it
Begokschaf rated for ATC Bag #109 (USA) on Jul 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the bag. Happy swapping.
explore rated for CPG Ocean/Beach HMPC - Global on Jul 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your torpedo fish postcard. Was it a stamp image?
Response: Not a stamp! Created a digital hybrid in Photoshop and added mixed-media elements.
wolfeagle rated for MM&L: Everyday Monsters ATC on Jul 6, 2022
Comment: Love it. Thank you.
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #109 on Jun 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the card, now let's find out what to add :)
MailArtbyJac rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #8- INT. on Jun 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
DeboraCreates rated for Art Collab PC #102 (USA) on Jun 12, 2022
Comment: These cards will be fun to work on. Thanks for them, and for coordinating these swaps. This is my favorite swap!
questionauthority13 rated for ATC Bag #4 International on May 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
lrm1980 rated for ATC Bag #108 (USA) on May 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the ATC bag and goodies! I found a couple of keepers. :)
uiltje rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #108 on May 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for this PC, especially for the notecard it was put in. Hungarian soldiers waiting to depart for Ukraine. The situation at this moment feels like it happens in my backyard. Because of my volunteer work I met some Ukrainian women and children. My heart broke. I was born after WW2 and hope I can keep it that way.......
mchesser12 rated for Art Collab PC #101 (USA) on May 24, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending these my way. First time I participated in this swap - LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the papers.
bethe rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #7- INT on May 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
ReginaDrago rated for ATC Bag #106 (USA) on May 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
AlisonKingWriter rated for Bags, Glorious Bags #6- INT on May 13, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much! Will pass along :) <3 Al
ReginaDrago rated for ATC Bag #107 (USA) on May 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you! Getting prepped and ready to get moved along!
Artteacherjen rated for Nautical ATC Swap - US Only on May 2, 2022
Comment: wow so beautiful!

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DeboraCreates on Aug 2, 2022:

Thanks for sending home Art Collab PC#96 and for your fun contribution to the card!

bbsporty on Dec 25, 2021:

JuneRosebud on Sep 29, 2021:

Hi Allegrae,Thanks for working on my Art Coll PC. It finally made it home after "wandering" for two years; go figure!!

hibiscus on Sep 8, 2021:

Loved the yacht! Thanks for a really nice swap!

cmalaina on Jul 4, 2021:


MamaD on May 25, 2021:

Received the set of jams! Will work on them this week! Thanks so much!

colleenbUSA on Mar 5, 2021:

Thank you for the New York bookmark RAK! YAY for bichons and bichon mixes! I love your dogs name!

cmalaina on Feb 14, 2021:

Happy Valentine's Day

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


cmalaina on Dec 25, 2020:

I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

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