Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2024 10:07 pm


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: February 28, 2024
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

I just got the most fabulous tea from an Australian partner from Red Seal, I believe it was called. it was a fruity black tea and I have to say, it was so delicious that I used it twice. Thumbs up!!!

11-15-23: Back from Hawaii and whoa, did I have a big batch of swaps!!! How fun was that. Working on getting everything rated.

6-6-23: Just got back from Jolly England. What an awesome time hubby and I had, Disney World with my son and family and Las Vegas with the retired girls club. What a summer! UPDATE: my favorite time of year Cherry blossoms. . : I am officially retired! And a member of the RGC. Retired Girls Club as of June 26, 2020

FYI: for tea swaps, I do not enjoy green tea. I wish I did but it’s not happening. I. Know it’s so good for you too . I just received lychee tee from a swap. It was so good so if you have it in your country, I would love to have some. When I married in 2015, along with Kevin and Winston, his Yorkie Terrior. I am his people now. Kevin says he loves me more than him!. When checking into a hotel, they asking he is a therapy dog. I say yes. We are his therapy people.lol. He runs our lives. I have a baby carrier and I put him in ot when we go for walks or hikes. He gathers so much attention. His favorite toy is the big rubber ball. He acts like a circus animal rolling around on it. Only with his two front feet. My BFF has been all over the internet and met some pretty amazing people. I was raised as an Army Brat but spent all my years till jr college living at Fort Ord and Monterey California. Lucky me, I met my best friend at the age of 8, Dorothy. We are still to this day 54 years later side kicks. Spent 14 years living in Los Angelos area. Because of the smog, crime, and pollution our family moved to the great north west and ended up in Vancouver Washington.Been here since 1994 and worked at our hospital for 26 years in the lab, hence, LABLAURI.I am married to a wonderful man of 8 year. On our first date, he said he wanted to save Venice Italy for his honeymoon. A year later on Oahu, under a big crescent moon, reflexing off the still waters, he asked for my hand in marriage. A year later, we are on a gondola in Venice . Other than my husband, I have 3 boys. Will 42 and my twins, John and Chris 40 I should mention were born on Christmas Day with red hair. Will and his wife have 2 children Joey and FINALLY a girl, Annabelle. John and his wife are expecting a boy in July. UPDATE: 5 lb 5 oz. with, yes, red hair. Which brings me to my best friend. I wouldn't say we are to competitive, but I will never forget my phone call to her announcing I too was having twins. She had twin girls 4 months before my twin boys. We don't live near each since I left for college but the 4 remain friends to this day.

I love to garden and am starting my first herb garden. UPDATE: Not very successful, oh well. 2/22: Thanks to a swapper, I now have 15 different purple flowers to plant this spring. I am going to baby them so much.... My favorite color is sage and purple. My husband must really love me because he let me paint our bedroom lavender fUPDATE: 5 YEARS LATER, we have painted it gray. I was ready for a change The rest of the house is sage.

I play piano but only for myself .

I must be honest, I did not know what a Washi was till my BFF shared with me her stash. Looking forward to obtaining some. UPDATE: we got throw away lab coats now. Wear for a week or so then depose of it. I have since brought WASHI tape to work with me and I have the prettiest and most unusual lab coat. I have got to introduce Washi tape to people! Even got one med tech to check into swap bot.

Favorite Television

I love British TV. Thank goodness for my iPad and wireless headphones. Hubby can watch his shows and I can watch mine, I don’t watch regular TV as we do not have cable. I would rather watch my favorite you tubes, sports, or Korean drama. I also joined a book making class called Vintage Page Design, Book binding by Ali Manning. I love it. A new book every month.


I am a cubbies fan and married into it. Love Baseball and Football. I also love the Seattle Seahawks as I am from Washington. We watch a lot of baseball and football. So I would like anything Seahawks or Chicago Cubs stickies or whatever! UPDATE: boycotting NFL New UPDATE: The nfl got their heads out of their butts and I will watch football now, I am an army brat and disrespecting our flag is nothing I can tolerate. Leave it at that. UPDATE: back to boycotting the NFL. UPDATE: Glad to see the knee bending has stopped. May watch again, maybe.

Favorite Crafts

If it wasn't for by best friend, I wouldn't do crafts. I see the hours she spends making and creating art. I started small with jewelry. Still learning but can do the basics. My first mistake was spending three days beading. I didn't know to take breaks. I paid the price. Now, I get up, make a cup of tea or glass of wine🍷 My BFF gave me a water color set and I have fallen in love with water coloring. My favorite thing to do is land scaping. When we go on vacation, I have a mini set I bring with me. Making cards for family and friends with their favorite places brings me joy.

Watercoloring is my new passion. Found a teacher and well, don’t be surprise if you get a card from me with one of my watercolors.

Traveling has given me the opportunity to take pictures. Now I make beautiful cards. Favorites are snap shots from Venice Italy and Kauai. UPDATE I have a pink and gold Glam Craft Room. Love my girlie room, no boys allowed. LoL


I love to travel. I did not know my husband belonged to a time share till I ran across it while moving into our home. What's this I asked. He rarely has used it over the years and I was, give me everything you have on it because it will be used. I love going to the resorts, no travel lodge for me! Other than Venice, I have been to England, Paris, Rome, Florida, San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, Kauai ( first Anniversary). Victoria BC (New Years). San Antonio Texas just cause...I have us locked into San Francisco again..for Christmas, my brother Dave got my husband and I tickets to the Cubs one night and the next night him and his wife will join us. This fall, the big island Hawaii, and St. Thomas Virgin Island next April. The hardest part is waiting. UPDATE: St Thomas canceled boohoo Washington DC for Cherry Blossom Parade. Just took a road trip to Arches, Moab Utah, Colorado ! Iowa , Mt Rushmore and finally Yellowstone. Now retired so much of America remains to be seen. Europe is out these days sadly. I have 3 retired girlfriends so we made the RGC. Retired Girls Club. We have already taken a trip to Vegas where one of the gals bought a condo! I do the itinerary. 2021 i hope will see us in New Zealand, home of the HOBBIT and Lords of the Ring. We keep putting it off but this maybe the year. We must watch the trilogies about twice a year. Right now it is cherry blossom time. My bucket list is going to Kyoto, Maruyama Park to see the mountain side of cherry blossoms .but until then, I am visiting the Portland tea garden for my cherry blossom thrill.


Things I like Sparkling stuff, Photos of you or your travels Hand made cards, Washi tape, tea ( no green or early grey). and coffee, Color pens, Anything to make jewelry , Postcards, Stationary sets, Note cards Turtles .O1 or .03 micron pen Ocean theme stamps Flowers/ tropical stamps

Anything pink and,gold for my craft/glam room

Anything lavender, purple, or sage, Anything Cubs or SEAHAWKS

Not a big fan or small scraps of paper for journaling

Watercoloring and book binding is my jam. Any information, brochures, maps, ideas about Germany or Austria. Best info is by those who know. So, if you’re writing to me and have travel experience in those countries, please tell me about it. Maybe things on don’t waste your time on.


Candles Soaps I do not journal and really don’t ever use those little pieces of paper.

I spend a lot of time on my swaps and hope you can see that. I recently got the spare room for my crafts/glam room. I would stay in there all day if I could. It's been fun getting it set up.


If you have a favorite picture of yourself, feel free to send me one. I have an inspirational board that I made for my craft room. I would love to fill it with pictures of my swap buddies. Please drop a note to say hi with your swap. I really enjoy hearing from people the most. thanks


Comment: thank you for such a pleasant envelope:)
Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #379 on Feb 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend with me!
Response: ty for the heart
Colinde rated for Tea swap #6 on Feb 22, 2024
Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely swap! I loved all, also your lovely note, and the extra's! :) all the best!
Response: I hope you enjoy the teas. thanks for the heart
gadasinialdigim rated for PP - Welcome 2024 on Feb 15, 2024
Comment: Hey Lauri thanks for your Pc 🌸 I really enjoy visiting old bookstores also
Response: The are a world unto them selfs
Mlhadder rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #378 on Feb 5, 2024
Response: Ty
Comment: Thanks for resneding. I love your painting on the envelope and the pictures of the wolves as wolf is my spirit animal
Response: Very happy you got it !
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #377 on Jan 31, 2024
Comment: Wow, what a fun weekend out at the coast!! Your condo had such a fabulous view! And the hike and the relaxation must have been wonderful... Thank you for the pictures and telling me all about it! Oh, and what a bummer that your fav shop is going out of business... nice that you got such a great deal on the sale, tho!! So sorry about my delayed rating.
Response: It diffidently was. Enjoying my new mug thanks for the heart
craftyone rated for USA - Penpal Letter Writing Week on Jan 30, 2024
Comment: Thanks for your delightful letter. You certainly lead an adventurous life! I will be writing back soon.
Response: Thanks, enjoying it for sure
Meeshywii rated for “What’s Up?” Writing Swap on Jan 30, 2024
Comment: ლ ( ◕ ᗜ ◕ ) ლ thank you so much
Response: Thanks for the heart
sorcha rated for Tea for two, yum #10 on Jan 28, 2024
Comment: Hi Lauri! Thank you for the teas, and thank you for such a great swap. I loved reading your letter so much! <3
Response: That makes me smile!!! Hope the teas were delightful.. thanks for the heart❤️
hazelwitch3 rated for SPCP: Christmas pictures on Dec 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas pictures! I really enjoyed looking at them and reading your comments about your Christmas. I think your decorated brown paper bags are great -- hopefully you've kept some of them to use again. A few years ago I sewed drawstring bags out of Christmas fabric and we use those each year to wrap the presents in and then fold them up, ready to use again next year. We all cherish being able to use the special decorations over and over (like your mom's beautiful crystals!) -- why not do the same with gift wrapping? Much friendlier to the environment and bags are actually much easier to use than rolls of wrapping paper and tape! Have a lovely 2024.
Response: The material bag is a great idea, My girlfriend did that and I hope I can remember next year. Why Christmas, how about birthdays too! I love not having to tape. Although I love making dancing wraps on books! Thanks for the heart. May have started a new tradition
Comment: I adore your card and the leaves ❤️ 🍁❤️ And love fall for all the same reasons!
Response: Thank you!
amccracken109 rated for Christmas card swap🎄 on Dec 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and blank postcards! I will definitely put them to good use. Merry Christmas!
Response: Have a lovely Holiday Season
Lexa1985 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #374 on Dec 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your weekend! Happy holidays! :)
Response: Thank you for the ❤️
metrognome rated for FLL: November Letter on Dec 14, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for letter and goodies! Sounds like you had a really hectic month. Hope you enjoy the trip to Yellowstone!
Response: Thank you, yes, we had a good time, good weather, easy drive. It was beautiful.
noone7212 rated for Christmas card swap🎄 on Dec 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card! :⁠-⁠) I hope you have a great holiday!
Response: You too! Thanks for the heart.
IDASHi rated for ATP: Happy Mail #1 on Dec 12, 2023
Comment: Thank you for all of the great stuff, it's felt like an early Christmas gift!. The post card you included is beautiful, it almost got me thinking about which National Park to visit next. But I think I'll wait for spring. I hope you had safe and relaxing trip to Yellowstone. thanks again!
Response: It was a great trip, beautify weather for hiking.
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and pc.
Response: Your welcome, happy holidays
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Your welcome 😄
Comment: Thank you merry christmas.
Response: Thank you happy holidays

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Traceyk on Jun 5, 2023:

Thanks for the postcard! I sent one back to you. :) Have a great week!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

MNJoviGirl on Aug 22, 2022:

Hello! It's been ages since I heard from you. Hope all is well. ~~Jodie Renville, Minnesota

RiverTopanga on Apr 10, 2022:

Lauri, such a lovely package you sent for the WTA! Thank you so much! Sent you a long pm regarding the package. Thank you, you are always so thoughtful 😀 💜 💗 💙

Poohtat on Feb 5, 2022:

Happy Birthday!!

Valval on Jul 1, 2021:

Thank you for the letter! And for the tip about my profile! I’m excited to send you a letter back, we have a bit in common!

Petaltea on Mar 26, 2021:

Your Hawaii postcard came today Lauri!! That is so cool. Thank you for sending. It looks so beautiful and I hope you had a great time!

Crazipurplelady on Mar 8, 2021:

I am so sorry I flaked on the letter writing with you! Things got topsy turvy what with covid & all, and I blanked out! Hopefully you can get your traveling back on soon. I was in Vegas this last January, unfortunately not a lot f gambling, but visiting. Happy belated birthday!!!

Crazipurplelady on Mar 8, 2021:
1koolkrafter on Feb 4, 2021:

Happy Birthday 🎉🎊🎂🎈🎁

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