Swap-bot Time: December 2, 2023 12:58 am


Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: December 1, 2023

Country: Canada
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About Me

I have been here on the Bot for some time now. I still feel like a 'Newbie' at times. This just means I still have more growing to do. I have grown as both a person and an artist during my time here, and I am very grateful to those that have helped me along this journey. Some of ya'll are like a second family to me. :) Thank you for the encouragement and challenges these past years. I look forward to the next ones...

I really am a hippie soul deep down. My mom used to always say I was born in the wrong era because I have always been fascinated with other decades (not so much the actual history but design, culture, attitudes, beliefs,etc) I LOVE the Art Deco period, some of the most beautiful architecture and design elements came out of that time period. I embrace the fact that Vancouver has many Deco Era buildings that survived all the fires over the years. And then of course the 60's-70's Hippie Era. The colours, the designs, the attitudes. Sigh

Detail image of one of my favourite buildings- the Marine Building We are a relatively young city, so our history is still developing.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art has become a love over the last few years. I really enjoy making/decorating my own envelopes and postcards. I am usually up for private mail art swaps. Let me know if you are interested. I try to photograph and post my creations to my Instagram (linked above). I forget a lot of the time, haha. Please avoid putting tape over handmade postcards and mail art sent to me. I really dislike this and would prefer the art to travel naked through the system. Thank you for considering this.

I may have an addiction to my gelli plates. I have a few. And yes, I use them. I love to hit up my local Re-Use store (check if your town has one!) and pick up fun things like transfer foils and Braille paper for mixed media work. Ever gel print on Braille before? It is fun and interesting! It both pulls and leaves behind a wonderful texture. Music sheets, book text, and atlas pages are other favourites to work on. I like the idea that I am reducing waste, not creating more when I use re-purposed items.

I do sometimes make ATCs but only if the theme/subject is one I resonate with. And sometimes just because. Mostly I like to dabble in different media and am always doing something.

I have crocheted since childhood. I don't work the yarn as much these days but still pick up the hook every once in a while. I like to design my own intarsia designs for patches, blankets, and scarves. I also occasionally make amigarimi critters but not very often as they are tiny and drive me insane! So consider yourself special if you get one! Every once in a while I feel the urge to start a small stitching or embroidery project. Living so close to Dressew (our local everything sewing/crafts/costume shop) is a bit of temptation that is really hard to resist!

I am doing more painting projects as well as a few smaller scale assemblage pieces. I have chosen to throw caution to the wind and fully embrace the chaos of creation. I am working on silencing the little voices that critique every move. Learning to look at my art with an un-attached eye has been difficult but so very helpful. I now like more of what I create and am able to sit with it in joy. This has been a huge step for me and I look forward to the ones still ahead. This year I am trying very hard to embrace the label of Artist, but I still feel as though Creative is more me.

Favorite Books

I love to read but don't as often these days. I have been saddened by the death of Sir Terry Pratchett in 2015 and hence the lack of Discworld books. Perhaps it is time to re-read the series again... That being said, I have found a few more worthy authors over the last while.

I love a good heavy Sci -fi, anything with great scope that covers the tough stuff (Vernor Vinge is awesome for this, IMO).

Others I happily read:

  • Neil Gaiman

  • Warren Ellis

  • Douglas Adams

  • John Barnes

  • Orson Scott Card

  • Paolo Bacigalupi

  • Stephanie Plum series

  • Hunger Games trilogy

  • Gaiman's Sandman comics

  • Transmetropolitan series

    And I am in love with The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson ! She makes me laugh, cry, snort, and believe that I am not as crazy as the mean portion of my brain tries to insist I am! If you haven't read her blog or books, do yourself a favour and give her a try.

Favorite Music

My music tastes are all over the place! I love rock, 80's, dance, techno, jazz, classical, swing, industrial, some country, some Top 40 and most anything in between.. I am always looking for new stuff to listen to. If you have a suggestion, send it my way. I grew up in the era of mix tapes...

I love a good rhythm, fierce female vocalists, good lyrics, slide guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc...

Favorite TV and Movies

I haven't had a TV or cable for a few years now. And I don't miss it. I watch shows/movies online when I feel the need. Mostly I watch Youtube videos. Or listen to music.

I have a weakness for internet cartoons. Foamy the Squirrel (WARNING: this may offend many people!) is my absolute fave!

I loved Coraline (both movie and book), but anything by Neil Gaiman is pretty good. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Good Omens and can't wait for them to finish filming!

Being in Vancouver we get a lot of movies and shows filmed here. That being said, I usually don't watch most of them.

Things that make me smile

Themes and imagery I enjoy:

  • Gudetama! That little egg butt makes me smile!

  • sticker flakes

  • Trees/branches/leaves

  • spirals

  • mushrooms

  • Goddesses

  • Green Man

  • Steampunk

  • goth

  • Gothic-Lolita

  • Alphonse Mucha - I love his Nouveau ladies!

  • Salvador Dali

  • Takashi Murakami

    *Ken Foster - a local Vancouver artist

  • Art Deco

  • Art Nouveau

  • Bettie Page/pin-up/burlesque/vaudeville

  • vintage circus/freak-show

  • hippies (colours/patterns/design/etc)

  • fairies

  • dragons

  • some gnomes

  • skulls/skeletons/anatomy

  • tarot

  • anything Halloween

  • Moon/Stars/Galaxy

  • underwater/JELLYFISH!/ Octopus/ coral/ etc

  • CAULDRONS! and witch hats, really anything 'witchy'

  • broken/mismatched jewellery

  • Keys - I have collected interesting and odd keys my whole life. I just love to think of the stories behind them.

  • Your art! - This means I am not easily offended. Nipples don't scare me, and we all are nude under our clothes! If it is edgy, I'll probably love it. Art should create strong emotions, this includes love and hate. Please don't ever fear sending me something you think is 'risqué'.

I pretty much enjoy playing around with new to me items. If I can't make it work for me I never hesitate to find someone that loves it! I will re-gift if something isn't to my taste or I can't alter it to be.

Postcards: I love to receive postcards. Touristy are not my favourite if they are blank or not sent from the place but I will not rate down for them as long as they meet swap requirements. Otherwise, I am happy with most anything you choose to send. I am not picky as I like the messages you write and the images that I really like get put up as wall decoration. The others get stored in my received postcard collection. I like to flip through them every once in a while.

I love die-cuts in most any shapes. I do not have a die-cut or embossing machine. If you do and wish to share some die-cuts I would love it. My favourite is re-cycled materials such as food boxes and plastic containers. The plastic makes for great masks/stencils. Thank you.


This is a pretty short list, I think.

Please note my household chooses to not celebrate Christmas. I appreciate Winter themes over Holiday themes. Thank you for understanding.

Packing tape on mail art.

I am not into Harry Potter. I appreciate that many people do but I just can't.

Disney - there are a few Disney movies I enjoy but as a whole, no thanks.

SCENTS: Patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, rose, vanilla and anything really 'sweet' smelling.

I am also allergic to apples. Strange, I know.

I have recently developed a slight (?) allergy to wheat.


Comment: Thanks for the fun PC and the awesome song rec! Can't wait to check it out in Spotify! And sorry about the late rate, as it was in my "already rated" pile somehow.
Response: Thanks for the rating. And I hope you are feeling better. :)
KrystalCook84 rated for Halloween Postcard on Oct 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you!! I love Halloween too!
Response: Best time of year, in my opinion! :) Thanks for the rating and joining the swap.
NJBird rated for Postcard with a Song Recommendation 3 on Jun 25, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the card. Very cool song!
Response: Thanks! They have some interesting songs and covers. Thanks for the rating and heart. :)
user6937 rated for CS Heart ATC on Feb 13, 2023
Comment: I'm very happy to hear you were comfortable making your ATC and it turned out really nice - thanks for signing up :) Did you draw that little cactus on the envelope - so cute!!
Response: Thank you for the kind words. Actually, the cactus is a rub-on from Dollar Tree. I can see if they have any next time I'm there and send you some. :)
Comment: Thank you for a great postcard and song choice. happy swapping x
Comment: Thank you for the super cute postcard & song recommendation! I haven't heard of LP before but I'll check them out!
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart. :) Another song by them I am loving is Strange. I hope you enjoy.
Myself333 rated for FS: PC Nov. #2 on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: I absolutely LOVE this creepy Alice in Wonderland PC, it's so cool!! If you're interested in a private swap regarding the others you mentioned, feel free to message me or invite me to one! Thanks so much XD
Response: I am so glad you like it! I love art that makes me a bit uncomfortable. I love to collect cards from local artists that trigger that creep factor. Please let me know if you prefer drawn/painted or still life photos, I have both. :)
marliese rated for FS: PC Nov. #1 on Nov 17, 2021
Comment: Mushrooms rule!! 🍄 Thanks Dawn :)
Response: Woot! Glad it got there safely. Hope you have a great week!
Comment: Thanks so much - I love it!
Response: Thank you. I was hoping you would enjoy it. I usually try to match a theme to a profile, but this month has been challenging.
Comment: Yay! Your dripy collab is here! I'm excited to play with my collection now and see what comes of it all... Many thanks for creating part of this for me!
Response: I am loving the variety of drips I have gotten and think this was a fabulous swap! Thank you for the wonderful art and kind words!
Comment: Yours is my last drip! Now I can put them all together...really excited to see how they come out and will share! Thank you, Dawn, so happy to have you partake in the swaps and that I received from you in both. ❤️️
Response: Thank you! These swaps were a fabulous catalyst to help me motivate into a creative space again. I am eager to display my pieces as well! Thank you again!
Comment: Cool drips! I love how they all look together. Thanks so much :D
Response: Woot!! Glad they arrived so quickly! This has been a blast of a swap, thank you for participating. :)
Comment: Delightful drips. Great colours too :) can’t wait to display them all!
Response: Thank you so much! I am also looking forward to the displaying part. I'm kind of hoping we have these every once in a while to add to the murals.
Comment: What a coincidence 😁 Thank you for another nice postcard from you! I usually search for old postcards (1910s) or some figures/pin badges/random objects at flea markets, heh
Response: I am glad it arrived safely! I also love to search for old items to use at flea markets and thrift shops. Such great treasures!
Comment: Awesome drips, Dawn! They have a great movement to them, like they're almost animated. Love the coloring!
Response: Thanks for hosting such a muse-inspiring swap! I had a blast with it! Looking forward to the next instalment.
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, Dawn! Such a lovely Illustration on ir!
Comment: Thanks for the cool postcard from Vancouver :) Take care!
wombatlady rated for OMAE: DIY Patterned Papers on May 12, 2021
Comment: These are so fun and varied! I especially love the stenciled mica powders (so shimmery) - when you say "set with acrylic," do you mean like a spray sealer? Thanks so much for all the lovely papers!
Response: I am thrilled you like them. I pulled the print with acrylic paint which seems to 'set' the mica powder and it doesn't seem to migrate. :) But I am sure an extra coat of spray sealer would also help. And if you feel any don't fit the theme, please let me know and I will happily send more! :)
Braej25 rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers #4 on May 7, 2021
Comment: Loved the variety of stickers you sent and already have ideas of where I can use some of them! The two little envelopes with them in was such a thoughtful touch as well, thank you very much :)
Response: I am so glad you enjoy them! I am always making little envelopes for tuck-ins and such. I find the stickers are less likely to get damaged, plus a cute envelope for future projects! :) Happy swapping!
chimerix rated for OMAE: Sender's Choice ATC - APRIL on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the really interesting and unusual ATC. I just love it! Aloha
Response: Thanks. I always enjoys working on different substrates. And cork was interesting!

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LadyJo on Nov 29, 2023:

Thank you for the CPG Random Envie of Tag I received! Handmade envies and postcards great for me!

DeboraCreates on Nov 15, 2023:

Thank you for your RAK of Foil strips - and your note. I can't wait to experiment with them! HUGS!

DeboraCreates on Nov 4, 2023:

Thank you for granting my CPG OCT WISH! The Halloween Cards are really gorgeous and I will look for that brand when shopping stationery in the future. Thanks also for the Deco - I will get it back into circulation!

Bhindblueeyes on Oct 30, 2023:

Dawn, thank you so much for your envie for the CPG tag!!! I have yet to open it as I am waiting to enjoy my mail when I have a quiet moment. Your mail has come to me at a time where smiles are ever most needed. Extra smiles for my name! Hahahaha. I just know I will love everything about this mail. If I have learned anything the last few days, it's to let people know how I feel. You are very much loved by me; meeting you on the bot has been a wonderful blessing! <3

LadyJo on Sep 29, 2023:

Oh I love these map handmade envies! They are so fun! Love maps! Thanks for thinking of me for the September MAW!

Stellaerrans on Sep 24, 2023:

Thank you so much for the wonderful happy mail! I love it all, from the handmade blue envelope to the little things that fit my profile... See you soon in your mailbox! MAW September 2023

susieq11 on Aug 14, 2023:

Thank you very much for the awesome happy mail for Make A Wish - July! First off, I love the envelope - you make amazing ones! And I am thrilled to get the airmail envelopes and Snoopy stickers - yay, so fun! : ) I do not know how to do cross stitch...I am terribly unskilled and uncrafty (is that a word?!) If you ever want to send it, I will totally pay the postage and/or swap with you! Hope it is cooler for you soon. Thank you so much! xoxo

user6937 on Jul 27, 2023:

A very nice surprise RAK has arrived from you, Dawn; I love the super-cute spacey paperclips and the tropical leaf - thank you so much for thinking of me!

Ellen101 on Jul 5, 2023:

Thank you very much for your card RAK! I can't wait to dress then up and use them in my journal. They're perfect💖

susieq11 on Jul 5, 2023:

Thanks so much for the cute dog stickers for Make A Wish June! They are so fun! What a neat idea. Right now we are smoke free and I hope it stays this way! I thought I was done with filtered masks but I am glad I saved some. Have a happy Summer and thanks for thinking of me! xoxo

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