Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2022 7:35 am


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: May 13, 2022
Birthday: October 24
Country: United States
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About SWAP-ing

March 2021: Behind on one swap but hope to start participating & hosting again soon. Always please let me know if you think I missed anything or if something has not arrived

29 March 2020: take as long as you want to rate me. Virus should not last on paper/cardboard over 9 days?

January 2020- US postage rate: First class ($0.55 or "forever), postcards $0.35; international $1.20

If you are my partner in more than one swap and want to just put them in one envelope, that's fine - even for "naked postcard" swaps.

I Pledge to Rate. Items mailed on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday may not be postmarked until Monday, sometimes Tuesday.

Dh and I are allergic to cigarette smoke. Let me know if you've got smokers in your house. The house is also allergic to dogs - but that should not be an issue with paper craft, more with fabrics/lace.

This is long; please use the headings to find what you need.

About Me & My Creating

I love getting mail, creating, the light in autumn, purple and jewel tones, and some people. Right now I am most into collage, I like to design/sew clothes by machine, cleverness, zetti, paper craft, steampunk, using ephemera & postage stamps. Purple is my favorite color, followed by turquoise, lime green, burgundy, ... bright colors, jewel tones, ethnic mixes, dark colors, most anything but princess-y or “pesto-bismol” pink and not find of pastels generally.

Lots of collage in 2017 and 2018, sometimes bigger pieces. I don't have room to really paint regularly or work on anything really large. More sewing in 2016. Fewer mandalas and ATC jams in 2014. More collage in 2013.

I use clean scraps (crap to some) that don't rise to the level of ephemera. I have printed onto book pages or tissue paper to get the look I want. In 2012 sketched animals quite a bit, got more realistic with birds, insects, butterflies, and some less common ones. What is next?

My ears are pierced for light weight earrings. Bracelets are a fav but I have small wrists. Allergic to cigarette smoke.

My homeschooling family is active in Boy Scouts, a local food coop, hitting the gym, and travel.

I prefer natural fibers: 100% cotton, linen, or silk (but not wool) for fabric.

Favorite Books

Stopped reading months ago. Read a lot, especially science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries and information on education & learning. I love myths and legends and non-Disney fairy tales, and the different versions of the same story whether folk tales from the same place or similar stories found around the world. Is Lon Po Po from China really "Red Riding Hood"?. I enjoy YA and mysteries and history. Don't appreciate Twilight nor JK Rowling's clever but also derivative work.

Favorite authors: Family's: Terry Prattchet (for his DiscWorld books) & Tamora Pierce. Mine: Tolkien, A. A. Milne, Tamora Pierce. Picture books: Jan Brett.

we rarely use bookmarks, any would have to be glitter-free and the bit that goes in the book must be thin and flat, sad this needs explaining. (Charms or beads may hang out or over the top!)


Jewel tones. Handmade Postcards. Paper dolls, altered postcards. (no longer collecting ATCs although have a ton) Clever use of book pages and maps. Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper

I don't need extras but if the swap requires QUICK FLATS: washi tape, napkins, (used) postage stamps (especially people, animals, flowers, architecture, art/artists). I don't want/need recipe cards, memo pads, ATCs nor bookmarks. Thanks.

Postcards: love hand-made! In general: art, natural settings, architecture or "local people", Photos of animals. Not interested in kitch-y tourist postcards or naked people on (or off) the beach. geek-y ones are appreciated

Love art pens, Sakura micros, Copic with a brush tip & thin Sharpies & new things to sketch/design with. Alphabet (rubber) stamps and interesting rub-ons OK. No more stationery please.

FALL 2012, I am using mostly watercolor colored pencils. 2017: mostly collage/mixed media, still love paint pens & great white pens. Starting to use acrylic paints.

Most Asian & ethnic things are fine - but I don't appreciate much kawaii.

AMERICAN GIRL: funky or uncommon.

MANDALAs, when no size is specified: a 6 inch by 6 inch with a one inch edge on one side (so 6 x 7) can be nicely stored with many of my others.

Dislikes & no-no's

    • My family is allergic to cigarettes, cats & dogs so for crafts with fabric & pets walking around, I probably should not be the one you send it to! If you do with a sender's choice - PLEASE let me know so that I can keep it away from the family, or pass it on.
  • *, I will rate ignoring cigarette smell but warn me so someone else can open it - outside. Thanks.
  • No Christian religious pieces. (non-religious Christmas items are OK in November & December.)
  • Don't appreciate much pink or princess. No Disney.
  • No loose glitter, it's fine if it will stay on the ATC. None on bookmarks! Thanks

Food & Drinks

Tea only in manufacturer's packaging, thanks! No drink mixes, unless required in swaps. (Dh & I get that unpleasant after-taste from artificial sweeteners.) Favorite tea (today): (black tea) Prince of Wales, mint green tea.

love dark chocolate and I can not eat any dairy anymore (in anything), but I could easily walk away from milk chocolate even when I was eating dairy. Prefer European chocolate, made in Europe (even Cadbury made in the US is different!) I've never appreciate Godiva. Do not like peanuts in chocolate.

Angel Dreams for

Most of those who flaked on me went on to be suspended. If my swaps do not arrive, I resend & I angel swaps that I host (if not it will be very clear in the description but I don't think I've ever done that). * Lozzabee flaked on Triptych ATC in Jan-Feb2012). Aug. 2012: hosted some triptych ATC swaps myself. * ANGEL @tc angel'ed "Artistically Inclined ATC/Note Card" in 2013 after she saw that the host & one other offered to angel but didn't. * Recycle unwanted swap items #3 * Sweet First aid kit in Dec2011-Jan2012. Host & 2 others said they'd angel but did not send. Letting go was hard - but my partner's happy note when she rec'd hers left a longer glow than the bad taste from the flaker(s). I am so glad it brought her joy & she shared it.


THANK YOU! Host-angels include: @rngstgstll
@jaminthemail @CraftyReflections @muses76 and @sagesparrow .

Beautiful RAK or forum give-away swappers include: @TerryF (RAK postcards, to-do stamp), @jukejan (Real estate plans) , @bedazzle ("gold foil"!) , and @giddyani Lovely ANGEL @tc for ARC card swap!

Wonderful swap-bot traders include @RoobaRoo @tesscalhoun @tigermousecat @sagesparrow , @lsmahutchin and special mention to angels including: @artg33k74 (owl ATC). Great hosts include @rngstgstll

Info for GROUPs

Last updated 2/2018: -?Mail Art: at least every 3rd month: Green/Words July 2018, Next before: Oct 2018

-The Paper Dragon: Members at least once in 6 months, 10 Things, 2/2018. Officers need one RAK & host a swap every other month. Last 10 things, 2/2018

-First Class Mail Art: every 4 months, last mailed 2/2018

"normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow there"

US Postcard Rate(s)

For the postcard rate mailed within the USA: * $0.35 since 1/21/2018 * rectangular, * at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, AND * no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick.

If it is larger than 4.25 x 6 " (but less than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick) requires first class postage. Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)

(First class & "forever stamp" value $0.55 0 sinice 1/27/2019). Each "additional ounce" on first class is $0.21?? ---- International "forever" : $1.15 for PC or letter


Aseret25 rated for Quick Handmade PC #6 on May 6, 2021
Comment: This finally arrived! Thanks! :)
Response: That was longer than I expected! Guess I don't have to make a re-send this weekend!
MorgueStudies201 rated for Monochromatic Collaged PC on Jul 26, 2020
Comment: I am IN LOVE with this. I put it on my art wall by my desk <3
HennyPenny rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2020 on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: Drats...Just realized I never rated you. Thanks for the Ginger Ale PC. Ginger ale with a little cranberry juice in it is a holiday favorite for me. Stay healthy!
MailArtbyJac rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2020 on Apr 7, 2020
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2020 on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Recipe boxes make me laugh (in a good way). Look at all the stuff they want you do add to make it fancy! I wonder how that compares side to side with just the plain box mix?
9O96O rated for PnS: Not Store-bought DIY Postcard on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Got your CelebRATe postcard today. Fun new years, year of the rat cut n paste. Thanks Lady.
Comment: Hi Robin, Thank you for the cool ideas for cardboard swaps. Hearts for the vintage stamps!
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Year of The Rat on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your card! First I thought that the rat is missing on the card. Then I recognized the clever twist you did with the word!
Comment: Oh I love Matisse too! It’s hard to chose one artist. Flax would go uneaten at my house too!
Comment: Thank you for your little boat. It's lovely! It's interesting to see all the different patterns.The sea looks a bit stormy but the boat is a tough one!
Response: Tough little boat. Glad you liked it.
Fieke rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard- August on Nov 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for your resend. I love the card you made for me !!
bluemonkeymama rated for MA: Person with animal head on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the awesome PC, Robin! I love it! :)
MamaMangrove rated for EJ: Security Envelope PC Swap on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Hip, hip hooray for the fun hippo you created from security envelope patterns! Thanks, Robin.Sorry to hear you're already freezing in NJ. Here in So Fla we finally got weather cool enough to turn off the AC and open the windows. I'm loving it!
Response: Thank you. I had fun with it.
Comment: Thanks for this great dragonfly! I love all the eyelets and brads! It arrived in perfect condition! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: No way I could make it fit in a smaller envie! Glad you like it
Comment: Thank you for the collage PC. Raising chicken became a "thing" around here about 10 years ago and many neighbors still have them thus fresh eggs can be purchased easily. Thank you for joining in on this swap!.
Comment: Thank you for the underwater scene PC! It's lovely! My favourite glue for collages is a glue stick. I had to test many brands before I found the best one.
GinaVisione rated for Heart Postcard on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: “We’re all mad here.” :D Love the bright and fun Heart PC - thank you!
wittmert rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Postcards on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Great ephemera PC - there’s always plenty, right?! :D
Response: so much!
Catida rated for Zetti Style MAil ARt on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your cool Zetti style art cards with witty quotes!

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YooperHill on Nov 21, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, star received! Very nicely wrapped and a fun art piece. Thank you!

RockyBeach on Nov 7, 2019:

Thank you Robin for the surprise extra card for the Person-with-animal-head swap!! The well-trained crocodile is fun! I agree, searching for fitting pieces takes sometimes more time that I would like. Especially when I get distracted by other pieces I find during the process and start to work with them too.

YooperHill on Jun 17, 2019:

Thank you for the fun mystery supply swap, again mail!

wolfeagle on Apr 14, 2019:


Thank you for the postcard for the AMA:Mystery Supply Swap. Clever turning the Octopus in to a tree.

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


cloudjun on Mar 14, 2019:

Hello c: I saw that you left a comment on my profile about watercolors! Thank you for informing me about those watercolor brushes. I should go check them out. Hope your Thursday is going well!

RooBaRoo on Jun 20, 2018:

Hey Robin! Think up your CAH questions!

anrtist on Jun 9, 2018:

They arrived today and they are so delicate and lovely!
They will have to be framed in a gold bamboo frames with black backgrounds!!! ;-)
Thanx again! Blessings, cc

user6937 on May 31, 2018:

HMPC WTA - April has arrived. Going to use some of the pages today, Robin - thanks for plastering the envelope with real stamps, too!

jukejan on May 8, 2018:

Just took a look at your Blog and saw that you like Negative Space! Perhaps you would like my swap in Crafty Recyclers. You are my partner for Cancer Sucks and that's why I popped in!

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