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Date Joined: July 14, 2010
Last Online: May 11, 2023
Birthday: August 13
Country: United States
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About Me

February 2021 update

I'm about three quarters of organizing through my stash. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I am so inspired by the bits and bobs I've found. Anyone with simple plastic canvas ideas, please pass them on.

November 2020 update

Starting a different craft diet after the success of this year. Each month, I will be allowed to spend $20 or save it till the next month AND I will organize/inventory my craft space.

Stuff About Me in General

I will try any craft at least once but I prefer needlework, drawing, and paper craft. I'm learning that I can make nearly anything out of fabric or paper. I've discovered that I hate knitting but I love the things you can produce with knitting. It's kind of a pickle.

I am the wife of a very sweet man who puts up with my craft clutter (and a has a painting table of his own!). I have two boys,neither of which create anything except whatever it is you create in Fortnite and Minecraft. They're both capable though. One is more willing to trust his imagination than the other.

Our general themes are fantasy, dragonflies, Magic, space, books, goats, cats, and monkeys. Our house is a real hodgepodge and we love it!

When I'm not at home, I work as a Mobile Library Supervisor. We're not on the road right now which is disappointing but this is the best library job ever. We get smalls, bigs, olds, and people who just plain appreciate the library coming to them.

Goals for 2021

I will learn how to speak Spanish, play the guitar, operate my sewing machine, and wire a lamp.

Frequent visitors to my profile will notice these are the same as last year AND the year before. Whoops! Maybe I'm doing this wrong.


I would rather have something you made than anything else. If we are in a swap where you have to give me something, feel free to send useful items for my favorite craft habits, contribute useful advice or items towards my goals, or use my alphabetical list of happy things to guide you.

Happy Mail Swaps

I will take anything you offer but in particular for flat swaps, I love handmade envelopes, hand drawn anything, ATC blanks, unused postage, washi tape, stickers, your favorite poem, heart healthy recipes, DMC floss in your favorite color, fun paperclips, matching stationary and envelopes, directions for card games or dice games, and handmade anything. Truthfully, I can't wait to see what randomness you have buried in your stash. Isn't it amazing how much we collect!

How are you?

If you need a kind note in your mailbox, please do drop me a PM with your address. International addresses are welcome. Sometimes, that's all any of us really need, is for someone to be nice to us.

Favorite Crafts and Things

Crafts I'm good at:

Cross-Stitching, Embroidery, ATCs, straight crochet (scarves and washclothes!), and Kid's crafts

Crafts I like but am still working on learning:

Beading, beading embroidery, Book Making, knitting (why, I don't know.)

Things I use in crafts:

Really, just about anything I can get my hands on. I prefer blues and greens. I love the alphabet. And if it's got something to do with nature, particularly the things below that make me happy, I'm all in. But truly, if you send it, I'll use it or find a good home for it.


Captain Chaos is 18 and likes almost everything. He particularly likes:

  • Computer games

  • Reading Harry Potter Fan Fiction and then tormenting me with it.

  • violins and modern music sheets for violins

  • cats

Kid Chaos is 9 and likes everything more than his brother. He particularly likes

  • animals

  • super heroes

  • Computer games

  • Reading fantasy. He's at that perfect age where if you put it in front of him, he will read it. Do you have suggestions?

Things I don't want

  • Please no more Cross Stitch Kits. I know it isn't glamorous but I will take your favorite colors in DMC floss or AIDA cloth any day! If you don't have a favorite color, I will take skeins of DMC 310 or DMC 823. I go through them like crazy.
  • Smelly stuff (even pretty smells!)
  • Dog stuff
  • I like dark stuff but not gory stuff
  • Pink or any pastels really
  • Cutesy
  • Television characters or movie characters
  • Boring marketing (different from clever or pun-ny marketing)

Your trash. If you don't want it, I don't want it either. :)


If you are sending me extras because you want them to help you get a heart, please don't. I would rather we both know you got the heart because of your hard work on the swap.

On the flip side, I very rarely send extras. It has to be something in my collection that I think you cannot live without. If I send extras, it is usually one or two more of whatever we were trading in the first place.

Things that Make Me Happy

This is a work in progress. Thank you for the inspiration @CajunLady

A-- Alphabet, ATCs, Architecture, animals

B-- Books, blues (the color, not the music), boxes, board games

C-- Christmas, cats, cooking, competence, cross stitching, compass roses, card games

D-- Dictionaries, Dia de los Muertos, Dragonflies, Dr. Pepper

E-- Elephants, embroidery

F-- Full moons, flea markets, fabric, Fairy Tales

G-- Gypsies, greens (the color and the food), green left turn arrows, Grimm brothers, games

H-- Herons, Halloween

I-- Italy, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

J-- Jelly beans, journals

K-- Kiwi (I like the fruit and the word.), kaleidoscope

L-- Loon calls, Laughter (Specifically kid laughter)

M-- Maps, music

N-- Northern Lights, notebooks

O-- Ott Lights, oceans

P-- Private swaps, postcards, pictures, pressed pennies, pelicans

Q-- Quotes, quilting, quilts

R-- Rome, Rhinos, Red Riding Hood

S-- Stars, sunrises, sunsets, summer, spring, shrines, Sherlock Holmes

T-- Tattoos, Tie Dye

U-- Useful things (I really prefer useful over pretties though I love pretties too!), Umbrellas

V-- Variegated thread, Venice

W-- Words, whisper

X-- Xeriscaping

Y-- Your craft (make me want to learn how to do something new!), Yarn

Z-- zombies, zentangles, zoos

Things that don't fit neatly, In no particular order... Good pictures, Learning something new, Finding something beautiful, Making something that I want to touch over and over, Curling up with a good book, Spring after Winter, the five minutes when everything is tidy and clean, Handmade pieces that reflect someone else's obsession (I never know when I'll find a new obsession for myself!)

Things that make my kids happy: High contrast, monkeys, outer space, legos, cats, running (or crawling as the case may be), swords, a bad guy to conquer

ATCs are awesome and I'm always looking to expand my collection. If you'd like to do a swap of profile based ATCs, so would I!

A Small Kindness

Daisy Yellow does this index card challenge once a year that is super fun. One year, I did them from June to December and sent them to my Mom as a Christmas gift. She keeps them in a box in a place where she can go through them every now and again.

I've recently started sending her "refresher" cards. I can't do one a day but I do one when I'm trying out a new drawing or new technique. If you make an index card piece of art or scribble or whatever else, I'd love to send it on to her. Make sure you sign and date it. Mom hates it when people don't take credit for their art.

Please only do this if it tickles your fancy. And don't worry about it at all if it doesn't. As I said before, I'm generous with hearts and they are solely based on the hard work of the actual swap.

Media Love

This section is usually of no use to me on other people's profiles. I can't draw characters and I don't collage. (Unless you want glue hanging off and too many papers piled on top of each other.) So I'm moving mine to the bottom of my profile and combining all the media together.

I'm a librarian so I love books. I love fantasy best though mysteries have been sneaking in to my to read pile more and more lately. Books that changed my life: To Kill a Mockingbird, Tigana, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Good Omens, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and 100 Years of Solitude. I carried around a book of Grimm fairy tales when I was a kid and still love Little Red Ridinghood, The Six Swans, The Goose Girl, The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Nightingale and The Tinderbox.

I watch far too much Netflix and have gotten addicted to crime dramas from other countries. I get alot of crafting done while bingeing on Netflix. It has re-introduced me to the documentary world and while I'm just as likely to turn it off after 15 minutes as watch the whole thing, I really like them. Which is not to say that I won't watch funny movies or musicales. Because I totally will.

I listen to my Pandora radio nearly all day. My favorite stations are musical based or 50s-60s music based. I like being able to sing along. Everything else has its time and place. For example, from late October to mid-January, I listen almost exclusively to Christmas music.

On the Subject of Promises

I don't believe in grand promises to rate, to send, or to communicate. Those should be minimum expected behavior on this website. If we need to talk about something, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Heck, contact me if we don't need to talk about something. I like a nice random conversation now and again.


Comment: Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL blue bookmark! And it arrived today, after I can home from buying actual books from an actual bookstore, the first time in almost two years! Excited to use the bookmark with my summer reading.
Comment: Thank you for the sweet bookmark!
Cgscdy rated for CPG One Sheet MiniZines #5 - US only on Apr 25, 2021
Comment: Loved them. Ty
Comment: I love musicals, I will need to steal that idea, thanks!
jmjackson rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all of the goodies!
Comment: Thank you for all the fun goodies, loved the handprinted envelope too! Thanks for swapping!
Moxieroe rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Mar 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I especially like the ghost hug and washi.
bluerose3 rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Mar 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you. Planting the tree seeds will be fun.
TonyaAshe rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Mar 6, 2021
CheyanneB rated for WIYM: ATC x2 on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: I wish I could give you extra hearts! I love that you used the backgrounds I sent with your art on them - extra special! Thanks so much!!
Comment: Thanks for this great swap! Oh horrors! That you think I would ever put a perfectly good paper in a recycle bin! Lol. I am cutting my papers into pc size, separating my papers into color bins and setting up a bin for extras. I love all of these! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful gift. It's perfect for me. I absolutely adore it, and will treasure it always. ♥
Comment: Thank you very much for the time you took to write this swap. I enjoyed reading you a lot and it gave me the impression you are an awesome human being. I loved the positivity ans truthfullness in your answers. It was very refreshing to read it . Take care
Comment: Fun variety -- thank you!
jjhere rated for WIYM: Need Happy Mail on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Oh, Linda, I feel your pain. We were snowed in for a few days and one of them I spent in my artsy space purging and organizing - barely scratched the surface. I commend you on your goal! I'm with your husband, glue shouldn't count. 😉 Thank you for the great note and the gorgeous envelope it came in!
gagirl828 rated for CPG 2019 Flat Ornament - Global on Nov 27, 2019
Comment: Loved it. Good to see I'm not the only cross stitcher! Thank you!
Comment: Tysm for the pretty mandala atcs.
elinor rated for WIYM: miniZINE #2 - Bucket list on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Really sorry for the late rating - thank you for the lovely and creative zine, good luck with your bucket list!
Comment: Really enjoyed yours! Sorry it took me a bit to get back on this. I misplaced your zine in a pile. :)
Libertyjayne rated for WIYM: Mail Art #1 - Home on Sep 30, 2019
Comment: I love the envelope and all the goodies inside! So cute! Cant wait to use them on a project!

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pahasiga on Oct 3, 2021:

Thank you for your "craft diet muzings" zine!

phillaine on Jul 11, 2021:


I hope very much that you're okay and all is well. Please contact me via personal message when you see this and are able. Thank you! (re: Itty Bitty Stitchery swap #6)

phillaine on Nov 6, 2020:

for all the time and care you put into my beautiful bookmark! ♥

kittyhahahotbot on Sep 27, 2019:

Lucky girl! A hotel room? Woot!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

aenk on Apr 11, 2018:

Thank you sooo much that you angeled the Kind Note January swap! I really appreciate that. :) <3

OrigamiGrace on Sep 25, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


bigmamabird on May 3, 2017:

Love the trio of behatted animals Linda, the style is awesome! Am tempted to frame them, but must first finish wading through my living room/ art room wrangle session, it's at the very messy sneezy stage! Many thanks!

midwestkiwi on Feb 17, 2017:

Did I thank you for the “I know things now” minizine? Thank you, and if it was part of a swap that goes unrated, I am happy to rate a hearted five, I just can’t find it.

JeanetteC on Feb 6, 2017:

Thank you Linda for the Jan Random Mail. The snail card is so cute! As is your ladybug. You have way more patience than I do. Wow weaving your own towels? That blows my mind. Most of all thank you for the chatty note and sharing a bit of your trip with me. =o)

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