Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2022 3:49 pm


Date Joined: January 8, 2010
Last Online: December 7, 2022

Country: Canada
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About Me

Please do not post fast flashing images/ GIFs to my page. As I get older I find that these give me very bad headaches and I will have to remove them. Thank you.

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 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.

I am not interested in participating in ATC Jams. I have heard of some people sending them out to people not wanting to join and then they feel obligated to participate. I will not. Thank you for thinking of me but I am not interested in this current trend.

Packing tape on mail art.

Sheet masks (and most single-use products)

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, vanilla and anything really 'sweet' smelling.

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

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

Please, no butterflies! I have so many and I am really over the butterfly trend. Please save them for a person that loves them. However, I do enjoying working with wings (not real ones).


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!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful mixed media mermaid ATC. And thanks for the bonus octopus and mermaid bits - I am intrigued by their translucency!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. :) I enjoyed working on this piece. And gel printing on transparencies is such fun! I will be playing with the idea more.
January rated for OMAE: Spring Ahead! on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: What an absolutely lovely postcard you created! I love that it is on sheet music, and the trees and blossoms are so delicate and lovely. It sings spring! Thank you Dawn!
Response: Thank you so much! I love to print on music paper, the results are always wonderful! I always have extra sheets, if you ever want to play on some. :)
bigmamabird rated for EASY 25 Sticker Grab Bag-USA/CAN on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: So fun to receive your envelope.. Love all the stickers on the envelope and all the fun stickers inside! My favorite is the gorilla! The stamps are so pretty too....Many thanks Dawn!
Response: Haha! I knew it!! As soon as I saw that you were my partner I had to add that gorilla into the mix. :) I thought it was pretty cool but figured you would appreciate it even more than I do!
jeka396 rated for FS ~ Decos ~ March on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely deco! Dark themes are outside of my usual but that just means I may need to hunt a bit for supplies :). Still will be very fun! Also, I have a new deco pal in Germany who likes dark themes so I know exactly where this is going next!!!
Response: That is awesome!! I love working outside of my norm. Plus, I secretly like darker themes myself, haha!
jeka396 rated for FS ~ Decos ~ February on Feb 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for this fun little space deco! Love your page too!
Response: WooHoo! I found it a fun little theme to work on. Hope you have fun with it!

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katjl on Nov 29, 2022:

Thank you for the paper bomb of stuff I got today. You certainty made my day with all the lovely items. Appreciated your kindness. Have a wonderful holiday season. 😀

user6937 on Nov 29, 2022:

The Paper Bomb has arrived - thank you. Lots of things to use (love the angel wings)!

DeboraCreates on Oct 25, 2022:

Thanks so much for the envelope full of beautiful gel printed papers and the vintage images I can use in collage. It is a very thoughtful package and I love it.

sassafrass on Oct 24, 2022:

Thank you so much for the amazing vintage paper goodies for October MAW!! I was so excited to open and find all this goodness. Can't wait to use these!

ladybug513 on Oct 21, 2022:

Thank you for the fun paper bomb! Definitely going to get some use out of those goodies 😊

fourgnomesinatrenchcoat on Oct 18, 2022:

Thank you so much for the paper bomb! I cant wait to use everything!

Highlander18 on Oct 18, 2022:

Oh my!!! thank you so very much for the paper bomb - love it all!! You spoiled me with so many sheets of colors and styles and also Whales!! You are so generous. ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

chimerix on Oct 18, 2022:

Thank you so much for the Paper Bomb/Sampler! What fun papers you sent. They will be so useful in my art. Aloha!

Petaltea on Oct 18, 2022:

Thank you for the postage stamps from the make a wish group October! These are fantastic stamps! Take care! ❤️

susieq11 on Oct 13, 2022:

Thank you for the ATC and postcards for Make A Wish September! I love the ATC - it is so pretty! The tiny stars are amazing! Great postcards - cannot wait to send happy mail! Oh, and your envelope is so cool! Fun mail for sure! xoxo

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