Swap-bot Time: July 24, 2021 4:39 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: July 24, 2021

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Making it work as we are still in a hybrid situation.

I started my "art journey" as a quilter. When I took a journal quilting class and learned about art journaling, I was hooked immediately. Then I began to start exploring mixed media and here I am. I haven't quilted in years but I still sew things from time to time; recently, masks which I donated to various places in need.

I took advantage of last spring's quarantine at home to open an Etsy shop - see link above. I don't have many listings yet but I am adding to them. And I have made some sales which was exciting!

Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us.

Favorite Music

Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter, Billy Joel. Plus our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;) (one of his songs recently reached 1 million streams on Spotify... PM me if you are interested in listening ;)

In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts and my new favorite, Everything is Alive.

Favorite Books

I read as much as I can - books, magazines, newspapers.

My favorite thing to read is contemporary literary fiction, and I have a special interest in reading about Indian families and culture. I also love to read short stories.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

Rolodex cards (mine are mini - 2 by 4 inches)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, and Wanda Hanson, a quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

No glitter please, if possible; thanks.

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


Comment: What a truly beautiful card you sent! And envelope!! Yes, I am a Dina fan for sure. I would love to send you some images, but right now, I don't know which "art" box I've packed the Dina and Dyan stamps in! Remind me in a few months, if I've moved, I will tear thru the boxes to find them!! Lol. The bird stamps are among my favorites πŸ™‚ I'm sorry your son is in CA. A song writer...that must be a difficult profession to break into. My son was there 4 years... unbelievably, he and his gf just moved (last week) to NY. At least now we are both on the east coast!! I haven't watched her tutorials. I probably should! I'm not on FB. THANK YOU FOR THE FABULOUS CARD AND SWAP! Extra hearts πŸ§‘πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ–€πŸ’šπŸ€β€
sweetgypsy rated for FJPP: Funky Shack on Jul 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun house. I really like the grungy bricks stamped on your painted background. :)
Comment: Thank you for making my mailbox happy!!! The notepad and envelopes are so pretty and you can never have too much washi. Thanks so much :)
Comment: Oh my, what a beautiful tag! I love what you did with the pieces I sent you. It’s gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining in and being so creative!❀️
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome swap! I love the envelope, and the leaf print turned out beautiful! πŸ’™
sweetgypsy rated for FJPP: Paper Art Doll on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the funky paper art doll. :)
wolfeagle rated for Holy sCrap Mail Art on Jun 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I love how it turned out, especially the paint splatters.
Saba rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: I loved the nest! Thank you!
marymary914 rated for MMA: Textured Tag (USA only) on Jun 16, 2021
Comment: Great tag! Love the Frieda! Thanks so much!
ChristyClark1970 rated for June Mixed Media Tag Swap on Jun 16, 2021
Comment: Beautiful tag! I love it sorry for delayed rating I’m recovering from surgery.
Comment: Love the bright colors! Thank you.
KSENiA rated for LLU Bookish Monthly Wrap-up May 2021 on Jun 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Thanks for the rolodex ! I love the mixed media style you created !
Comment: I'm amazed that you can borrow so many books from your library haha Mine only allows for up to 6 at the same time! Thank you for the wrap-up!
Comment: Your rolodex was lovely. Thank you!
Artstamper rated for OMAE: Funky Shack (USA) on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun funky shack! Especially like what you did with the door, wish I had thought of it. Great happy mail!
Comment: Beautiful PC! Love the purple.
stephiedee rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on May 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pretty stickers.
Comment: Very nice, thank you. I love the dangly bits from the corner and the colour combo is very pretty

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Lonestarchild on Jul 12, 2021:

Thanks so much for the B&W fun for the Quick I Need...Tag. Love these old PCs!

Scrapinitblue on Jul 7, 2021:

Thank you for swapping Dina images with me for the Cheap postage tag! I got them and I LOVE them all! I recently signed on as a Supporter on her FB page, have you seen that? It's $5 a month and there are lots of perks!

DaisyNY on Jun 28, 2021:

Thank you for the Hebrew book pages from the Cheap Postage Tag Your It. There was a wonderful variety in the packet!

AZmom875 on Jun 6, 2021:

I love the ROLODex you made for me in the challenge. Nice work.

sassafrass on Jun 4, 2021:

I'm so glad the Pick 2 tag arrived safely. Thank you so much for your kind message! I'm really glad you love everything. I had so much fun putting everything together. Happy weekend!

user6937 on May 25, 2021:

Tags > 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Tag ~ International - thanks for the SIX colourful washi tape samples :)

wolfeagle on May 12, 2021:


Thank you so much for the lovely bookmark, for the Amazing Mail Art: International Mystery supply swap.

Rabbitfreedom on May 4, 2021:

Thank you so much for the library pockets! Can't wait to use them in my junk journals!

ladyaries7 on Apr 17, 2021:

Thanks so much for the random flat envie tag --public forums.

wolfeagle on Apr 8, 2021:


Thank you for the large bird tag. Love your stencil use.

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