Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2021 4:13 am


Date Joined: January 31, 2014
Last Online: March 19, 2021
Birthday: October 13
Country: United States
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Hi Friends!
Taking a break from swapping for a bit. I'll check back periodically.

Please don't send extras (I don't rate based on extras anyways), I have SO MUCH and just don't have room for it all. I really need to destash...

This list is to let you get to know me a bit more.

  1. I LOVE THE COLOR ORANGE! All shades... I love other colors too, especially bright and jewel tone colors, but ORANGE is the best!
  2. I love to travel.
  3. I love to read.
  4. I love music, television, and movies.
  5. I love to make art. Currently, I do more paper ART (greeting cards) than anything else. But I also cross stitch, paint ceramics, draw, make bookmarks out of many different medias, zentangle, paper collage (with embellishments sometimes)...
  6. Birds, especially artsy/funky/whimsical birds in bright colors
  7. Stickers, of all kinds!
  8. Printed papers
  9. Fridge magnets from across the US and around the world
  10. Tea! A very spicy Chai is my favorite, but I drink most teas! I have found that I do not like flowery teas like jasmine. They smell good, but I don't like the taste. :( I think my taste buds are changing...)
  11. Star Trek
  12. Doctor Who
  13. Sherlock (BBC) and Elementary
  14. Firefly
  15. Minions (from Despicable Me)
  16. Chocolate!
  17. Embellishments: bling!, clips, brads, ribbon, bakers twine...
  18. Cutouts, punched shapes, etc...
  19. Steampunk
  20. Butterflies
  21. Vintage
  22. Sparkle and Shine! I love glitter! The more the better, I say! I absoutely don't mind if you use glitter and sparkly things on the art you send me!!! And I won't rate you lower for loose glitter! ;)
  23. Baby animals especially, but big animals as well
  24. Washi tape and other decorative tapes
  25. favorite fragrances: anything fruity, clove
  26. Postcards... I like touristy, vintage, funny, handmade, anything really! (I think) I prefer them naked with a note from my partner. But, if the swap calls for sending them in an envie, that's good too!
  27. Angels!!! Thank you to @AnitaHames for angeling the SS: Christmas washi in a note card USA only! Love the Washi and the Washi note card!!! Thank you @flowerchild for angeling Winter & Christmas Washi Fast Swap! Love the beautiful washi you sent!!! Thank you @OrigamiGrace for angeling CPG Oct '16 Senders Choice PCs - US Only! Now I want to go to Australia! @OrigamiGrace for angeling CPG Snowman Profile Bling - Global. Why would you flake on an electronic swap?!?!?!
  28. Sweet swappers with giving hearts! @pkpeace who sent me a wonderful birthday surprise (2016). @Sandara333 who, just out of the blue, sent me the most awesome box of goodies for Christmas (2016)!

I give hearts for those that go above and beyond on the swap, not on the extras sent. I do not expect extras in swaps. And really have too much of my own stuff, so, please dont send extras.

Things I don't love...

Not much...

  1. I don't do friendship books, deco books, or smash books. Just really don't know anything about them...
  2. Some flavors: banana, pumpkin, flowery teas.
  3. Cigarette/Cigar smelling things. I don't mind if you smoke, it's your life and your choice, but try your best to not sent me smokey art. Thanks! :)
  4. Real spiders give me nightmares, especially tarantulas! Eeeeek! I don't mind pictures of them tho, especially at HALLOWEEN!
  5. Non-raters and people that don't respond to messages.
  6. Flakers!


My niece, @BugLeigh is now my roommate, as of November 2017. Initially, we did not have the same address, but recently admin answered our messages and now we do have the same address. She is an established swapper and we do completely different swaps. Just wanted to be transparent about our address and swapping!

I purchased a postal scale so I can send my mail without having to go into the post office. If you receive a package from me that does not have enough postage, PLEASE let me know. It was not intentional and I will reimburse you!

If you do not receive a swap from me, PLEASE let me know. I will resend. You can message me through swap-bot or my personal e-mail [email protected] I've already been flaked on (one of my first swaps! :'( BOO!) and I did not enjoy the feeling. I will not do that to someone else. I spend a lot of time on and put a lot of thought into my art and want to share it and get all the accolades from my partners! :) I won't flake! I won't be late unless it cannot be avoided (death, dismemberment, that kind of thing), and I will notify you if that type of thing happens.

I also find it sad that anyone would have to place info like this on their profile... :(

About Me

I'm a 40 something kid-at-heart. I'm happily single and have no children.

My sister @AnitaHames got me started here. She's been swapping for a while and finally talked me into joining. I'm enjoying it so much! My oldest sister @JocysMom is swapping now as well! Her daughter, @BugLeigh has also begun swapping! We are a crafty/artistic group!!!

I'm a Registered Nurse working in a Neonatal ICU. I love my job! It's so rewarding watching these tiny babies grow and get healthy and strong!

I work 12 1/2 hour shifts 3 days (in a row) a week. And I work at least 2 extra shifts a month (I have a very expensive hobby and travel habit)! I have a "6 days in a row" off stretch, which is when I usually work my overtime shifts. The rest of my work days are crammed into the rest of the month. Whew, this is a very exhausting schedule, but I LOVE my job and the time it gives me to live my life. I'm putting this here so you can see that if I'm working, I may not get back to you the day I read a message. And, when I'm working, I can't create (I need my sleep). So, if you need to get in touch with me, be patient, I will get back to you ASAP. And, if you need me to resend, be patient, I will resend. I may have to wait until I'm off work to recreate your swap.

I volunteer for the March of Dimes Arkansas Chapter. I make footprint cards for the babies in the NICU @ my hospital. I also help with Kangaroo Care week (March), Read-a-book-athon (March), NICU Reunion (April), MonsterBash Fundraiser (October), and Prematurity awareness month (November), and other fundraisers, and functions held at my hospital for mom's and families of newborns and premies.

5/23/16 -- 400 Swaps completed!!! Woot! Woot!!
7/16/16 -- 500 "5's"!!! WaHooo!!!
12/9/16 -- 500 Swaps sent!!! Sweet!

Favorite ART!

I am a paper artist! Mostly I make greeting cards. I also make book marks, ATCs, Inchies, Artist tiles of all sizes, envies, mail art, and scrapbook. I draw a bit; zentagles and doodles mostly. In high school and college I drew a lot.

I also dabble in ceramic painting, ornament making, cross stitching...

I love printed papers, stickers, cutouts, embellishments, and anything ORANGE!

I have a small Cricut and a Big Shot. I have a lot of Stampin' Up products. And, thankfully, I'm lucky enough to have a craft room! It should be a guest room, but... Priorities!

I learned how to "arm knit" and made a lovely, tho messy, infinity scarf! Now I want to learn how to knit for real!

Favorite Books

"Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose." Neil Gaiman

I love to READ!!! I've always loved to read! Yes, I was a book nerd in High School, and proud of it! I always bring a book along, just in case. It stresses me out if I forget one...

A few of my favorite books (and series): Harry Potter series, In Death series by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz, Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch, Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fford, The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Gahl, The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume...

I'm in a book club. We meet monthly and typically read a book a month. Current Book Club Book: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Some of my favorite books we've read in book club: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Martian by Andy Weir.

That said, I'll read just about anything! I prefer fiction. Sci Fi, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult, funny! My "guilty pleasure" is a good historical romance novel set in Regency England (a little earlier/a little later as well). I really don't feel guilty about that tho! ;)

Favorite Music

I listen to a lot of different types of music from Classical to Metal. My all time favorite band is the Eagles. But I also love Muse, Jewel, Blake Shelton, Volbeat, Adele, Hurts, Mumford and Sons, Apocalyptica (cello's on steroids!), Katatonia, Within Temptation, Device, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Jonsi and Sigur Ros (indefinably beautiful music!), Sonata Arctica (melodic metal, beautiful!) Thousand Foot Krutch, Tool, Disturbed, Journey, CCR, Eric Clapton... I could go on and on...

Mostly I listen to Hard Rock, Rock and 80's music (what can I say, I'm a child of the 80's)... I also like a little Country and Heavy Metal \m/ (even Death Metal)!!!

Favorite Television and Movies

Favorite Television I'm a bit of a SciFi nerd and British TV nerd. My favorite television series': Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek (all series, but my favorite is The Next Generation), Firefly, Warehouse 13, Criminal Minds, Psych, The Graham Norton Show, NCIS, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Haven, Grimm, Person of Interest, Face Off, Falling Skies, So You Think You Can Dance, Wipeout, Top Chef, Project Runway, Ripper Street, Copper... I watch a bit too much TV...

Favorite Movies I love going to the movie theater to see a movie! The big screen, the sound, the popcorn... It's the whole experience. I lean towards Sci Fi, action, and comedy; but I do enjoy a good drama, suspense, and the occasional romance as well. Don't really watch horror movies, they give me nightmares! Eeeeeek! It makes me sad that movies are so expensive these days. I don't get to go as often as I would like because it costs too much... :-/


I love to travel! Anywhere, anytime.

Summer 2018 was a trip to northern CA and an ALASKAN CRUISE! Alaska was beautiful! I really want to spend more time there! Spent 2 weeks in Iceland in 2017. We had wonderful weather, which was a good thing since everything we did was outdoor related! Even though the country is small, we still didn't have time to do everything we wanted! We gave it our best shot!!! We do need to go back in the winter for the Aurora Borealis. ICELAND was AMAZING!!! Getting home, on the other hand, not so much. After delayed flights, some misplaced luggage, flat out lies from Air Canada employees, a cancelled flight, sleeping in a freezing airport, more misplaced luggage, and 41 hours of travel time, we finally made it home.

Spent 3 weeks touring England, Scotland, and Ireland through a College English course. We hit all the great "Literary" sites: Shakespeare's birthplace, Potter Farm, Thoor Ballylee, the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the Lake District, Warwick Castle, Coole Park, Glamis Castle... And many other places. It was an amazing trip and I fell in love with the UK and Ireland! My sister went on the trip as well. And in June of 2015, my sister, her husband, and I went back to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland! We did some of the same stuff as before, but a lot of new stuff as well: Loch Ness, The Doctor Who Experience, The Isle of Skye, Skellig Michael (super cute PUFFINS!)... It was amazing!!!

I have also cruised Italy and Greece (with my sister). Another amazing trip! Venice is beautiful! Rome is exciting! Athens is so vibrant! Santorini and Mykinos were absolutely tranquil! And the food! Oh my!!! During this cruise we also made a stop in Turkey (the bazaar!!!) and Croatia.

I'm working my way through the USA as well. Summer 2018 was a trip to northern CA and an ALASKAN CRUISE! Alaska was beautiful! I really want to spend more time there! My sister lives in northern CA, so I will be spending more time there in the future. I've also been to New York City (Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, Broadway play, Brooklyn...), Washington DC, Hawaii (O'ahu), the Grand Canyon (Arizona), the Painted Desert and the Petrified National Forest (New Mexico and Arizona), the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and The Stanley Hotel, Denver, Boulder and The Celestial Seasonings factory (Colorado), Yellowstone (Montana and Wyoming), Devil's Tower (Wyoming), Devil's Den, Custer State Park and Needles Highway, Badlands (South Dakota), Kalamazoo, MI, San Diego and Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Norfolk and Virginia City Beach, VA, and the Florida Gulf Coast.


AnitaHames rated for SS- Color My World PINK on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: I love it! The turquoise looks beautiful on the hot pink. And you know I love stationery.
Response: YaY! Stationery is always a good idea for you! Glad you like it! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!!!
swiftbrooks rated for SS- The CATS Meow! on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: I absolutely LOVE this card! It is SO CUTE!! I loved your little note about it being sent on Caturday too! Thanks for a great swap!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I saw it on Pinterest and had the right tools to recreate so voila! Thank you for the sweet words and the 5 and ❤!
rarjones rated for SS- Howdy Neighbor! on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Your notecard arrived today. Thank you for the resend and just maybe the first will arrive shortly - I will be sure to let you know if it does. I will try to make that crockpot recipe. I use mine alot in the fall and wnter months. One of my faves is Cherried Chops : frozen no bone pork chops, one can of cherry pie filling and 4-5 beef boullion cubes. Cook low for 6-8 hours. Dish over cooked white rice. Very good!
Response: Sounds yummy!!! Ill have to try those! Glad you got thr resend! Maybe the 1st will make it as well! Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!
rarjones rated for SS- Mask Up!! on Aug 21, 2020
Comment: received your swap this morning! I like the earthy tones you used. I think the masking tape method is lots of fun and very simple to do. Thanks for swapping with me:)
Response: I like the technique! Simple, yet effective! Thank you for hosting! Thanks for the 5 and heart as well!!!
Kalalinga rated for SS- Paper Napkin Card on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Your card arrived today and it was so worth waiting for. It's beautiful! Thanks so much for the card and extra paper napkin. Very thoughtful.
Response: Oh my goodness! I'm so glad it finally arrived! LOL! I've never had that kind of trouble! So glad you liked it! Thank you for your patience and understanding! And that you so much for a lovely rating!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS- Embossed on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, and that was an awesome idea to make matching stationery sheets to send as an extra! You know I love it!
Response: I knew you would!!! I can make more and another envie to match if you happen to have any extras... Thanks for the 5 and the ❤!!!
susieq40 rated for RSC - Birds are Singing on May 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card, love all the glitter You be safe, I'm a hygienist they ask me not to come back yet since I'm almost 80, they felt I should not be right in a mouth right now.
Response: Glad you liked the card! And, it probably is a good idea you stay away for a bit longer! I don't think I'd want to me right in a mouth and I'm not quite 50!!! Thank you for the lovely rating!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Washi Swap Cards (USA) on May 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for such pretty swap cards! I love both the themes but especially the travel one!
Response: I knew you'd like that one! I want to make some holiday themed ones next!!! Use some of my holiday themed washi! Thanks for the 5 and ❤!
Comment: What a beautiful orange card! Your gold embossing always looks so good!
Response: I do love some nice gold embossing! Glad you liked it. I have more plans for that stamp set! Thanks for the lovely words, the 5, and ❤.
Kalalinga rated for SS: Handmade Envelopes (USA) on May 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty envelopes and all the extras. Love the pretty, colorful doilies! My mailbox felt very happy today! 💞
Response: I was hoping you'd like those doilies! Thank you for the 5 and the ❤!
IDreamOfAfrica rated for SS- Valentines Day Time! on Feb 7, 2020
Comment: Michelle, thank you for the ☆♥♥❥❥❥✿☆BEAUTIFUL ☆✿❥❥❥♥♥☆ handmade Valentine's Day card.
Response: So glad you liked it! Thank you for the 5 and the ❤!
TamiHope rated for SS: Holiday Card (USA) on Dec 10, 2019
Comment: I loved receiving my Christmas card today! Your note was so fun to read, and you even mentioned Charlotte and Emma! :-) Thank you very much - this was a fun swap!
Response: I enjoyed it as well! Thank you for the awesome rating! Have a very Mery Christmas!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Christmas Washi (INT) on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the awesome washi tape! I only have a couple of them. I recognize most of them from Michaels even if I don't have them myself, but some of them I've never seen before. Thank you so much! I've already used them on Christmas cards that I wrote tonight!
Response: I got a few of them from Ebay, so probably from China... LOL! I tried to choose ones I didn't think you had... Thanks for the awesome rating!!!
orneryswife rated for SS: Christmas Washi (USA) on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Above. And. BEYOND!! What a fun selection of Christmas washi tapes! Thank you so much!
Response: Glad you liked them! I have a bit of washi to choose from! LOL! Thank you for such a wonderful rating!
Comment: You made some awesome words! I'm not as good as you are! Thanks for joining my swap!
Response: He! Whatever! I spend a long time on those just to find words that are more than 4 letters long!!! LOL! Thanks for hosting! And thanks for the 5 and heart!
123Poggy123 rated for RSC - Christmas Card on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: This card is especially cute. May I ask who makes the tree dies. I love those. The whole card was just wonderful & well thought out.
Response: Glad you liked it! I got the tree dies on Wish, so they are a Chinese knock-off. I don't know who the original creator of the dies is. I love them tho! They are so cute! Thank you for the 5 and the ❤!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Season of many Colors! on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Cute card! Of course you used orange! Guess what color I used on mine?! And of course I need those tree dies you used!
Response: WISH! Aren't they awesome!!! And, I bet you used red? Of course you did! LOL! I hope the little stars and circles stayed glued on! First time I've used those particular accents. Thank you for the 5 and the heart!
Mindy82671 rated for SS - Poinsetta Card on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: The card you made is beautiful. Thank you💕
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for the kind rating and the 5 and the heart!
TamiHope rated for RSC - Christmas Card #3 SNOW on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Hi Michelle! Another adorable card - I just love your cards! Thank you very much. :-)
Response: Thank you so much for the awesome rating and the kind words! I love sending you cards!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Book Page File Folders on Nov 3, 2019
Comment: Love the folders and all the goodies inside! Thanks so much!
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks for the awesome rating!!!

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Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


CurlyTea on Oct 22, 2018:

Happy Belated Birthday!

Heirloom on Aug 30, 2018:

If you have a fall birthday (Sept-Nov) and would welcome profile greetings from fellow UHM members on your special day, be sure to post your birth date (month & date only) in the UHM group forum!

Sandara333 on May 21, 2018:

I hope you're having a great day...

great day

ChelleHames on Feb 25, 2018:

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Vickyen on Feb 24, 2018:

HI! Agree about growing a thicker skin - sometimes folks just get their feelings hurt so easily over silly stuff! If she also did not care for the book, why did she think others would or should! We humans are way too sensitive at times!! LOL! Thanks for making me feel better and Happy Reading! :)

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