Swap-bot Time: June 30, 2022 3:49 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: June 29, 2022
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 3/23/22)


Creativity is my passion. I am a serious craft-a-holic, and have been ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. If anything sits still long enough, it is fair game for decorating. I find it difficult to send out an envelope without some form of decoration on it.

My current swap faves are mail art, Zentangles and ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art), ATCs, Artist Trading Coins, small hand sewing projects and smash books. In 2021 I started a smash book with birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies and hot air balloons. If you have any extra bits in any of those themes, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash book.

I enjoy drawing, beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, needle tatting, cross stitch, paper crafts, inchies, skinnies, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done needlepoint, scrapbooking, decorative painting, glass etching, wood carving, knitting and origami.

My style tends to be stylistic.

I can use any size art journal/smash book page.

Just for fun (not required), I'd like to see a small green ♥ (drawn, stamped, a sticker, etc.) somewhere on the envie/package my partner sends.

THINGS I CAN MAKE TO SWAP --- I have a Sizzix die cutter and a nice variety of die shapes---I can cut designs for embellishing projects, make shaped note cards, cut stencils from plastic, etc. I also have texture plates for embossing patterns on card stock.

I make small crocheted flowers (for use on ATCs or note cards, etc.) and have sent out 7 batches to swap partners so far. I also crochet bookmarks.

I have drawn original swap cards for a few partners.

Other Favorites

Favorite colors: blue (especially Caribbean blue), orchid, lime green;
favorite combination--aqua, burnt orange, brown and ivory.
Lately I have been drawn to orange (not neon, but more the orange on Baltimore Orioles or burnt orange shades.)
I am not overly fond of an abundance of pink.

Favorite artists: Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Monet, Van Gogh, Escher, Charley Harper

Favorite animals: dogs, rabbits, fox, cats,
hedgehogs, frogs, lambs,
polar bears, pandas, moose,
dolphins, sea lions, orcas, jelly fish
dragonflies, owls, hummingbirds, Orioles, flamingos

Favorite cartoon characters: Snoopy, Mr.Peabody, Kermit, Eeyore, Grinch, Tazmanian Devil, Suzy's Zoo critters, Lambchop

Favorite scents: cucumber melon, apple, peach, fresh linen, seabreeze

Favorite gems: Tanzanite, Larimar, green Amethyst, Alexandrite

Favorite flavors: chocolate, peach, green apple, pear, watermelon, bacon

Favorite places traveled to: San Diego CA,
Door County WI, Grand Cayman Island, Kyoto Japan, London UK

Favorite activities: in addition to crafting--- reading, RVing in our 5th wheel, cruising, canoe/kayaking as well as just sitting by water, hiking with my dog

More favorites

  • angels

  • anything with the words JOY, HOPE, or BREATHE on it

  • abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures

  • beads & charms, rings (size 7 or 9), bracelets

  • bird cages, hot air balloons, light houses, castles

  • dolls (small paper, art, Russian Matryoshyka, Japanese Kokeshi)

  • fun fibers, stickers, shaped confetti/sequins, brads

  • handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks

  • irises, trees, autumn

  • maps, travel brochures, used stamps (especially foreign), paper doilies

  • oceans, lakes, rivers

  • paths (It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.)

  • rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars

  • rushing water (waterfalls, dams, rapids)

  • washi tape (looking for the following themes: postage, frogs, scisssors, seasonal themes)

  • For Christmas swaps: snowmen, reindeer, angels, gingerbread houses, snowflakes, old world Santas, mittens


  • the smell of smoke

  • loose glitter

  • alphabet stickers

  • coffee, herbal and green tea

  • zombies

  • Sponge Bob

  • Poop emojis

  • violence

  • negativity

  • drama

Favorite Books

I love to read (both on my Kindle and "real" paper books). I can't fall asleep unless I have read for an hour (or 2...or 3). I prefer reading a series over stand alone books.

  • Craft how-to and idea books
  • Cozy mysteries (most recent fave is the Bellingwood series by Diane Greenwood Muir)
  • Historical fiction (Lori Wick and Kathleen Ernst.)
  • Crime novels--(Michael Connely, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais)
  • Paranormal romances--(J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Rain)
  • Christopher Moore
  • Rock star romances (Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning; Silver Strings Series by Lisa Gillis)
  • A couple years ago I was on a circus kick and read "Water for Elephants", "Under the Big Top", "Mumbo Jumbo Circus", and "Toby Tyler".
  • A few years ago I read the "Little House on the Prairie" books (I never read them as a child.) I got the "Pioneer Girl...The Annotated Autobiography" for Christmas (2015).
  • In 2019 my neighbor's 11 yo daughter lent me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.
  • In 2020 my 16 yo granddaughter told me I had to read the Anne of Green Gables series. So I borrowed the set from my neighbors.
  • This year (2022) I'm hooked on mail order bride books.

Favorite Television

All Rise, 911, This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, New Amsterdam, Bull, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, MASH, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Weird Wonders, Impossible Engineering, the travel channel, painting and sewing shows.

Favorite Music

Oldies (especially Beatles, Bad Company, Badfinger, Beach Boys, etc.)


Random fact: I used to play the accordion.

Favorite Movies

Princess Bride; Romancing the Stone; Cutting Edge; Dirty Dancing; The Thornbirds; Tombstone; Despicable Me, cheesy sci-fi like the Sharknados, and Tremors

About Me

I live in the country (Midwestern USA---Wisconsin) with hubby and a rescued furbaby (Hamlet, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, groundhogs, raccoons, opossums, and fox, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 42 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 2013 and 2016) and a granddaughter (born 2003).

My daughter became an angel when she was 19 (2003). Many of my projects are done with thoughts of her working right along with me. We loved making "ugly art" (repurposing leftovers into crazy pieces of art). Her favorite color was lime green, and that is why I like to see green hearts added to the envies of swaps sent to me.

I was an Activity Director for a psych hosp. for 7 years before having kids, then was an Activity Coord. for a nursing home for 11 years after kids (with a non-creative stretch of data entry between the 2).

When I was diagnosed with cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) Oct. 2011, I didn't think I would be around to celebrate another birthday. But 6 months of chemo did what it was supposed to. I had my stem cells collected the end of Oct. 2012 and they are being cryo-stored until I need my transplant. As of my latest oncologist appt. (March 2022), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.

what I pledged * I appreciate being rated soon after you receive my swaps. What's even more important to me than seeing the rating is just knowing that my swap made it to you. I feel bad asking if my swap disappeared on the way when I don't hear in a reasonable amount of time (2 weeks for USA swaps, longer for international), but I am concerned, and need to know if I should get started on a re-send if need be.

I enjoy reading your comments about my swaps. I also like reading the responses to my comments.

I put a lot of effort into my swap and presentation and I really appreciate it when it's evident that my swap partners add extra effort as well. It makes my day when I can tell that my partner took the time and effort to read my profile.

Artsy Accomplishments

  • I dropped off 1 1/2 doz. beaded angel charms when I was at the oncology clinic for my 6 mo. checkup (3-17-20) for them to pass out to any pt. who needs an angel to watch over them.

  • I have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, doctor's offices, hospitals, voting locations and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).

  • Prior to the Covid restrictions, I used to volunteer as needed at the Senior Living Complex where my dad lived before he died in 2016. I'd take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations. I also helped make fund raising items.

  • I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors) monthly with my neighbors (the mom and her 4 daughters (13, 11, 8 and 3) and 2 sons (4 and 6). I'm expecting that their 18 mo. old son will be joining us soon.

  • I added Zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at. I also was asked to draw a series of adult coloring pages (which I completed in May 2016). I made 80 tangled thank you bookmarks for the staff at the assisted living complex and the nursing home where he spent his last days.

  • I entered a sketchbook to the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project 2011 (my chosen theme was "It's Raining Dogs and Cats") and did one Zentangle Inspired Design page for a collaborative sketchbook for the 2020 Sketchbook Project.

  • I crocheted 18 scarves for 2010 Special Olympics.

  • I crocheted 12 angel gowns (infant burial gowns) for a local hospital in 2010.

  • I crocheted 8 shawls and 2 doz. coin purses for nursing home residents in 2009-10.


PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R13 on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I like the page you did. I think I'm going to keep it this time and pass it around the family. Thanks!
Response: I'm glad you like it. What a fun idea to pass it around your family.
Itchy rated for AAA: Sender's Choice May on Jun 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice ATC, and I really adore the ballerina and the happy-mail stickers!
Response: I'm glad you are happy with what I sent. Thank you for the heart.
InstaTangle rated for TUT: Zentangle Border Work 🍄 on May 29, 2022
Comment: Your card is so cute, and I love that I can resend it because it is not signed. It matches the envelope, very sweet. Your border work is so good! Thank you
Response: I'm glad you liked my border. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Your card is so cute, and I love that I can resend it because it is not signed. It matches the envelope, very sweet. Thank you
Response: The card was fun to make. (I got the components in a card making kit from Stampin Up. Thank you for the heart.
Artstamper rated for ACTs: Floral Coins (2) on May 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful coins! Liked your envelope too. The wedding was wonderful and even though it was in a tent the drizzle didn't bother anyone. I never mind having you for my partner but it did feel weird in this one.
Response: I'm glad you liked the ATCoins and envelope. Thank you for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Tangled Tile with a Dog on May 17, 2022
Comment: Love this tile! The dog is so cute. Thanks so much! The tangles in the background look like scenery and the envelope is great.
Response: I'm so glad you love it. Thanks for joining the swap, and thanks for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R12 on May 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks for passing this great zine back to me to add to! I hope Joan is going to love this one when she gets it back! Thanks too for the extras, card and envie in my favorite colors! You are so thoughtful! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and for the heart.
Comment: Thanks so much for the PC that I can't wait to add to! Also thanks for the lovely extras!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
ariestess rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R11 on Apr 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks for passing along the fun zine! I can't wait to finish it and return it to its rightful owner.
Response: It's always fun to send them home.
BusyB rated for AMA: Mystery Supply Swap 3.12.22 on Apr 4, 2022
Comment: I love what you created and sent. I will be using these in my journal. So colorful! The flowers on the envie stayed put too. Thank you LizzyJo!
Response: I'm so glad you are happy with what I made for you. It's nice that you will use them in your journal. Good to hear that the flowers on the envie didn't wander off. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Love the clouds.
Response: The clouds are fun to draw. Thank you for the heart.
ariestess rated for TUT~ Tangled Tile with Initials on Mar 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous tile all in purple! I love it!
Response: I'm glad you are pleased. Thank you for the heart.
ariestess rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R10 on Mar 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for passing along the gorgeous zine to add to! And the extras are so lovely!
Response: Thanks for the kind comments and for the heart.
Sofiekemieke rated for PVT~Sofiekemicke and LizzyJo on Mar 24, 2022
Comment: wauw i love what you did with my tile it looks GREAT and totaly different as expected but better never the less i also love the tile you made for me. the border is super original, I will try that in my future tiles because i love it so much thank you for this swap. love love love it!
Response: I'm so glad you are pleased. Thanks for the kind comments, and thanks for the heart.
bostianh rated for SMSUSA: 5 Things 1 Envelope on Mar 12, 2022
Comment: 💗Thank you for the goodies! I love that you designed a green theme🍀. I cut and put the envelope corner you decorated into my swap tracker book, it adds a cute little flare. Thanks again, I love everything you sent.😻
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you love everything. Thank you for the kind comments and for the heart.
Comment: Wow, thanks for this great tile and all the goodies! I wonder if all of us used Cadooh, on this one? I did. I love all the different tangles you used! Did you make a masterboard for your bookmark? The stamp is a great idea too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm so glad you were pleased. Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart. I did use a masterboard for the bookmark.
InstaTangle rated for TUT: Bijou Tile ~ W, X, Y, Z on Mar 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the last 4 tiles in this Swap. The card is beautiful, amazing and it just makes me feel peaceful. I really like how you coordinate all the colors you use on the tiles plus the extra tile. Thank you
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for all the kind comments and for the heart.
Comment: This is so pretty! How can I possibly add to it? Thank you. I'll work on this tonight and get it back to you soon.
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thank you for your kind comments. I can't wait to see what you add.
lloydp rated for AAA: Sender's Choice #325687 on Feb 3, 2022
Comment: Hi Jo I finally received your beautiful ATC. With Covid, I could not cross the border to pick up my mail. I just love the ATC - you did a great job. I really appreciate the dragonflies - I have a dragonfly stamp but not a die. I will surely put them to good use.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart. I'm glad you were pleased.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R9 on Feb 1, 2022
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. I thought I had rated this earlier. Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad it got there. Thanks for the heart.

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YooperHill on Apr 10, 2022:

I received the great art you made for the mystery supply swap 3.22.22! Thank you very much for your support & for joining this swap!

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for returning my collaboration PC! You did such a fabulous job on it! I love it! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

PrairieKittin on Feb 23, 2022:

Thank you
Thank you for the Get Wellephant! LOL! I'm starting to feel better. Next surgery is on March 3rd, so I'm getting there. Thank you!!

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2021:


nannycat on Dec 23, 2021:

Merry Christmas....................

InstaTangle on Oct 27, 2021:

OMG Thank you for the Halloween postcard. I did not know what you were going to add to it, I love the witches hat! I really like how you added a pattern that looks like a cat face and one that looks like an owl face, so cool. Thank you so much

OrigamiGrace on Oct 20, 2021:

Just stopping by to say...


Artstamper on Apr 14, 2021:

Hi hope you are having a great birthday!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


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