Swap-bot Time: May 9, 2021 12:39 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2020
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: June 28
Country: United States

About Me

On temporary hiatus. Back working extra (12-hour shifts) in the ICU and we are still WAY too busy with COVID patients. Please, #WearAMask so I have less work and more 'fun' time.

I'm an RN in Minnesota. Former Art/Art History teacher (all ages). Dog Mom. Grandma. Wildly inappropriate (at appropriate times).

Working on my garden this year. On the lookout for heirloom (or unusual) fruit/vegetable seeds for next year. Things like the 'cucamelon (a.k.a. 'mouse melon')', 'watermelon radish', or unusual varieties of other edible plants. Unfortunately, I live in US zone 4 so the growing season is short.

I will ALWAYS send on time. Period. If you don't receive, please let me know ASAP and I will make it right.

I click "sent" when I put items in the mailbox at the post office; it might be after the last 'pick up' time, so possibly postmarked the next day. I seldom wait until the last day to mail items.

I rate items as I get my hands on them. I'm often away from home 2-3 days at a time, and will rate immediately once I get home to my mail.

HOW I RATE: 1=did not receive (I will contact you and give opportunity to send before rating a 'one'). 3=item sent late or did not match the description. 5=sent on time and fit the description. Heart=more than the minimum requirements (i.e. you acknowledged something in my profile or wrote more than "hi there" on a postcard. Extra items are nice, but thoughts are more important to me than things)

If your item arrives with more than $0.15 due in postage, I will have the mail returned to you, and I will likely rate you a '3' for not meeting the swap requirements. (Sorry to be 'that person'; I've been stiffed too many times by people who said they would reimburse me the extra costs, and didn't)

Please rate items I send to you in a timely manner. I like knowing my items made them to you safely.


The following items in any of the listed themes below (don't stress though, I enjoy pretty much everything that isn't on my 'dislikes' list).

Letter sets, enamel pins, embroidered patches. ATCs and ATCoins (not 'sticker slapped', any media).

Krampus in any form

Anatomical prints/images/illustrations, Skulls and skeletons, Vintage horror and sci-fi, Vintage nurses, especially WWII era

COOKIE MONSTER!!!! Oscar, Big Bird, Grover, Yip Yips, Kermit, Animal, Beaker, the Swedish Chef

Mr. Rogers

Female Villains Gargoyles, the more grotesque the better

Stained glass windows, especially gemoetric (think of rose windows rather than images of saints. York Minster has a spectacular window known as 'the Heart of Yorkshire'. Sagrada Familia windows are absolutely breathtaking)

Fabric: 100% cotton, good quality for quilting. Fat quarter or larger in dark purple, batik, or grown-up halloween prints

Sheet music

Foreign language text (newspapers, scrapbook paper, magazines, especially with different alphabets/scripts)


Any other themes from my "Likes"


Dark purple, jewel tones

Quality over quantity.

Halloween (grown-up, not childish), Grown-up Gothic aesthetic, Steampunk, and Victorian. Celtic, Nordic/Icelandic.

Comic book and graphic novel art.


Swearing. You will not offend me with the "F-bomb". Same with risque or 'naughty' images (just not flat-out pornography please)

Dragonflies, seahorses, hedgehogs

Catahoulas, Corgis, Golden Retrievers (All my fur friends were rescues)

Leather, luxury fibers, sterling silver. Amethyst, hematite, lapis lazuli, carnelian, 'snowflake obsidian'.



Feminist art, protest art, advertising art.

Public broadcasting (tv and radio)

International travel (I miss it so much!)

Marlinspike rope work and bell pulls

Fountain pens, dip pens, and pretty ink. (I gravitate towards dark purples) Wax seals. Making my own ink (let me know if you'd like to trade for some)

Art and Art History, especially European Renaissance, Icelandic and Nordic, Islamic, African and African-American, and all things Expressionist.

Historical nurse/medical art/posters, Eco- and 'green' living, repurposing and upcycling

Whisky, whiskey, and Scotch. (Yet, I've never been drunk. Go figure.)

Passionate about good (healthful, "whole food", Nutritarian when I'm being good) food and I still love 'junk' food.

Modern/urban homesteading. Food preservation.

No tea or coffee please, as I don't drink either. I DO appreciate hot cocoa (dark, bittersweet, or flavored just about every way except "white chocolate")

Food/edible items: I prefer fun graphics on the packaging over the foods inside. I especially like if the item is unusual or has fun/seasonal/limited run graphics such as limited flavor M&Ms, specialty potato chips (I had haggis chips once!) or regional items (salted nut roll candy is made in St Paul, MN). If the bag is big enough to reuse, I'll probably have fun with it.

Favorite Crafts

Favorite crafts to do:

Knitting/crochet, ATCards/coins and other mini works of art, useful items, Aromatherapy items, Jewelry, Sewing/quilting, Amigurumi (both knit and crochet), Challenges that make me 'think outside the box', Recycled items into crafts, Origami and other folded/manipulated paper crafts

Working on my watercolor skills (watercolor has always vexed me... I will eventually conquer it)

Favorite Movies, Music, Media

Musicals/Theater (Yes, please!)

Hamilton, Hadestown, The Book of Mormon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Local theater. Fringe festivals. Opera. Symphonic music


Killing Eve, Outlander, Dexter, Counterpart, Dark, Foreign movies, Good (and bad) Vampire movies, Great British Baking Show, Monty Python, satire, and dark humor

Please Don't Send:


"Cute" or childish items, 'kawaii', and the like. No 'reward' stickers (even for my grandkids)


Glitter. Seriously. NO LOOSE GLITTER! (irridescent ink, etc, is OK if the glitter will not come off)

Overly 'girly' items (specifically requested for my daughter or granddaughter)

Racism, hate

Makeup/bath/body products (skin is too sensitive, fragrances often give me migraines)

Bootlegged items (please respect copyright)

Anything that smells of cigarette/cigar/smoke

(Illicit) drug or pot imagery

NO religious or political themes (unless the swap is specifically for them)


Comment: Thank you for resending. I have been stressing pretty hard about EVERYTHING and your quotes are going on my mirror to bring my brain back into focus. Have a great day!
CookieMomster78 rated for SSM: Profile ATC on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the resend! I think we got lucky this go-round because the envelope you mailed it in was opened entirely on the top and half of the bottom. It’s amazing that the ATC didn’t slide right out in transit. Not sure if the seams ripping was cause for the first swap to go missing; but it’s a good reminder for us to always “t” tape handmade envelopes 😉 I use two strips of clear packing tape (one centered vertically, the other horizontally) to make a cross that holds seams shut enough to usually get to their destinations. Best wishes to you and yours for a healthy 2021! 💙🍪
Response: Yikes, I'm glad it made it to you (were mini envelopes inside too?). I'll keep the tape in mind for future non-watercolor paper envelopes.
MallowCat rated for ATC int #7 - Dreams on Dec 11, 2020
VaGrammy66 rated for ITW: Quick Postcard Swap on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard!
Comment: Yes, I completely agree. Masks aren't ideal, but they are necessary. Halloween is my favorite. So when I realized it was going to be a no go, I was depressed. But we ended up having an awesome time without trick or treating.
Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Let’s Face It Coin on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful mermaid Coin! I love your notepaper, too. Great swap.
PrincessP rated for Halloween ATC on Nov 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for your Halloween ATC, it arrived today, so just not quite in time for Halloween, but I love it! My favourite part is the embossed spider web that catches your eye when you tilt the ATC :) Stay well x
peipeicl rated for ACTs: Autumn Things Coin on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Love your pumpkin ATC coin! It is SO adorable <3<3<3
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Halloween Card Swap on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute Halloween card, your note and the gorgeous spider-halloween ATC you made! I LOVE IT!!!! OH! you taught me something---- I didnt know about the BBC DRACULA series... so there's that -- I'm SO ON IT!! THANK YOU!! xx Gabi
Comment: Great card! Thank you.
suepier rated for SSM: QSCP #12 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and great quote.
jinxspinx rated for Speedy Cuss Word ATC! #3 on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: I loved the card you made and sent!! One of my fave words :) I agree 70 degree weather is the best!
kssunlover1947 rated for LSRUS: 1000 Hearts Giveaway on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute fabric heart and the Quote by H.H. Dalai Lama XIV.
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable Halloween card!
MiRdLHWY43 rated for Festive Halloween Card! (US) on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun card and awesome atc! Love it. I will watch Dracula and hopefully have a bag of candy beside me, haha Happy Halloween!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome card. I adore the fall and find myself quite intrigued with your ink making! Have a fabulous Halloween. Hugs, Mona
Comment: I love this ATC! Purple is such a cool color and I love it for Halloween stuff! The shimmer is really nice, is it mica powder? I have a subsection of ATC that I collect, hand drawn Halloween! This will be stored there! Thank you again!
Mindy82671 rated for WIYM: Cat Halloween Card Swap-USA on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute card 🤗
CatAroo rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #9 on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! No other words... But if you need a giggle... I did Sesame Street! hahaha
ittybittykitty rated for Invent-A-Word: 2020 Edition on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Aww, this is cute! I love Beau-snoozle!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

Rainydancer on Sep 30, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

ladydy5 on Sep 28, 2020:

God Bless your service to humanity and welcome to our group Artistically Inclined

ladydy5 on Sep 28, 2020:

God Bless your service to humanity and welcome to our group Artistically Inclined

CariahCreates on Sep 16, 2020:

Reminding myself to send you some Krampus greetings this holiday season!

djcamp04 on Aug 4, 2020:

Thank you for Dad’s birthday cards!!! It put a smile on his face for sure!! ❤️

Snaileditcrafts on Aug 2, 2020:

Thank you for joining this swap that I am hosting, "Home Made With Love." Partners have been assigned! Have fun with this, as you share your home made items with your assigned partner! p

arimails on Jul 22, 2020:

Haiku for You! Thanks for joining :)

What a lovely day/ When the sunshine is so warm/ I do enjoy this.

alexalgebra on Jul 21, 2020:

Hello! Here's my Haiku for You:

It's so freaking hot

How am I sweaty right now?

I just took a shower!

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