Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2022 3:13 pm


Date Joined: July 20, 2010
Last Online: May 2, 2022
Birthday: May 7
Country: United States
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About Me

If you receive my Travelling Art Journal, I'd love to get it back. Thanks.

I'm a 40-ish Jewish mom of 3. I'm happily married to my high school sweetheart (we've been together since we were 17). We have 15 hens (I eat a lot of eggs...yum!), a cat, and one pet bunny. My 9 year old also has 2 guinea pigs and a betta fish. I had a cockatiel who was my companion since I was 14; he passed away in November 2011 and I still miss him and catch myself talking to him.

I hate to cook but love to bake. I don't like messes but I'm not a big fan of housework; my house is "clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be happy."

I have a daughter in 9th a daughter in 4th grade, and a son in 3rd. My 9-year-old daughter loves Dr. Who, animals, Minecraft and art; my 8 year old son loves anything Minecraft, Pixar and SpongeBob. My 13 year old is eccentric and I'm not sure I could list the things she likes and have them stay current for more than a few weeks! Both my oldest and youngest have been diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger's, so we're learning how to better parent them according to their strengths and challenges, and to help them learn to navigate the world according to their special needs. Not that we weren't before, but now it's taken a more specialized tack, you know?

My politics lean decidedly to the right.

My houseplants are required to thrive on neglect; if they can't survive being watered once a month and never getting repotted, I have no use for them.

I love coffee and tea (but NOT raspberry flavor or herbals). I had a Keurig brewer, which I LOVED since I could make a different flavored cup every time, but it DIED so now I just boil water on the stove or use the old drip brewer.

In 2013 I planted an 800 sq foot vegetable garden and I love it. It keeps me very busy (but doesn't everything??).

My current interests include 18th and 19th Century New England architecture, linguistics, and collecting vintage sewing machines. I have 5 sewing machines and a serger, only 1 of which is newer than about 1985.

Favorite Television

I don't watch very much TV; the most that gets watched is by the kids.

When I get to watch TV, my husband and I like to watch The Walking Dead, zombie movies, SHIELD, Dr. Who, and cooking and survival shows together.

Favorite Crafts

I learned to crochet from my Grandma Dolly (z"l) in the mid-1990s and have been creating ever since, mostly following patterns and adapting them to my needs. My favorite patterns are kitchen items, but really I like any pattern with a lot of texture or new stitches/techniques. I also enjoy loom knitting.

I love cotton yarns, and Simply Soft in earthy and jewel-y colors. I love silk and bamboo yarns also but can't afford them! I love sock yarns with interesting patterns (though I don't know how to make socks).

I started making ATCs in August of 2009, and I have participated in ATC swaps around the internet but I rarely make any these days.

My favorite media include watercolors, marker drawings, Zentangle with a Sharpie Pen, colored pencils, and some collage.

I own a lot of rubber stamps, but most of them are leaves, flowers, birds and "flourishes." I love getting stamped images of objects, words, people and non-cutesy animals.

I'm trying really hard to teach myself tatting. It's quite challenging! I wish I knew someone who could teach me in person, but for now I'm relying on a DVD and YouTube.

I own a spinning wheel and an angora rabbit, but have yet to have the time to sit down and get the two together.

I mostly like to sew little projects, like cat toys and such. I taught myself to quilt, and I made a TARDIS quilt for a friend, and TARDIS, Creeper and Enderman quilts for my kids.

My middle daughter bought herself an American Girl doll with her birthday money, so I am the doll's personal seamstress. I crochet things for her like hats and slippers, and also plan on sewing rather than purchasing a doll wardrobe. The doll has light brown hair and blue eyes. My daughter thinks pink suits her very well and neither one is very picky about style, so modern or historical are both welcome.

I am open to learning how to do just about anything.

Crafty Wish List

  • Cotton crochet thread (Sizes 3, 5 or 10)
  • Sock yarn
  • Fat quarters or 5" squares or 10" squares in purple, fall/earth colors, jewel tones, patterns or solids
  • I received a bone folder from an extremely kind and thoughtful swapper. Thanks again, Mary!

I inherited a LARGE stash of acrylic yarns from a friend of a friend; if you are interested in receiving some, let me know and we can swap because it's not something I'm likely to crochet with much. I'd love to trade with it though!

I was also the happy recipient of quite a few upholstery sample books, so don't be surprised if you receive some from me as padding material (especially if your profile says you like fabric).

Favorite Books

I read a lot and I'm not sure I could list a favorite book. I enjoyed Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and Kristin Hannah's "Winter Garden." I have a thing for reading authors' first novels. I really like Tana French; I enjoyed her novel, "Faithful Place." I like mysteries, "true crime" and medical detective stories. My husband likes it when I read romance novels!!

I like non-fiction and how-to books. Books about art techniques (stamping, sewing, polymer clay, drawing, spinning) and crochet patterns are fun too.

I enjoy Roald Dahl (especially Danny, Champion of the World), Anne of Green Gables, A Secret Garden and The Little Princess, and the Little House books, and I revisit them from time to time; it's like coming back to visit old friends each time.

Favorite stuff

I love PURPLE.

I love birds, and I collect eggs (not the real thing, but carved from stone, wood, metal etc).

I love fall and fall colors.

Other things I like:

  • Rocks, crystals, gems, pretty stones
  • Lupines and lavender and lilies-of-the-valley
  • Chickens
  • Owls (charms, beads, fabric prints, or postcards)
  • Glass and gemstone beads
  • Chapstick, lip gloss (mint or unflavored), lip/skin/nail stuff with sparkles in it, bright colored nail polish for my toes! (reds, purples, pinks and browns)
  • Anything purple, even weird or totally mundane things (I have a purple fly swatter and a purple can opener)
  • Note cards
  • Composition books
  • Colored pencils
  • I keep a Bullet Journal in a quad-ruled composition book
  • Genesis (the band) and Phil Collins
  • My favorite bug (!!) is the Pill Bug
  • I love lavender, sandalwood, eucalyptus, pumpkin pie/cinnamon/spice and mint scents. Florals and patchouli are icky to me.
  • I love chocolate of any variety, but it has to be the real thing, no imitation chocolate flavor/scent.
  • I love candy corn!
  • I have no allergies, B"H

Just So You Know

I don't generally decorate the outsides of envelopes/packages. This doesn't mean that no thought went into the contents, I just don't want the Post Office folks to be distracted in any way from getting my package to you!

I am not a Christian and would not like to receive Christmas or other religious-themed items.

I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's, or Easter. I don't dislike hearts, clovers or pastel colors, and I love eggs, but I'm just not into the holidays themselves.

I LOVE Autumn, but do not celebrate Halloween (although my kids dress up and trick-or-treat). Pumpkins, yes; with faces, no. However, I love candy corn!

I don't like Herbal or Raspberry-flavored tea.

Please do not send expired, out of date, or stale items.

I keep sort of Kosher and can't use any recipes with pork/ham/bacon or shellfish. I'm pretty good at finding workarounds, though, so don't sweat it too hard (salmon instead of clams, turkey bacon, yeah, it's all good).

Other than those, I like surprises, even weird stuff (but not dirt/garbage weird. "Oooo look what I scraped off my shoe! Wonder who would want this...." Answer: Not me!).

Notes to Self

In possession of PrairieKittin's Travelling Journal.


ContraryHousewife rated for 2019 Seed Swap -- US Only on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: Received today, thanks. Still too cold to plant, but I hope to get some started indoors.
yvonne401 rated for HG ~ Let's Make Coasters! - USA on Apr 3, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the pretty coasters! No worries, it was stamped 3/31/19. Even if it wasn't, I would have understood. I used to work in an accounting firm and I know what tax season is like. I didn't have any free time.
vlhafer54 rated for HG: Bust that Stash on Mar 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely yarns. I see new amigurumi in my future!
pahasiga rated for HG: Yarny Goals for 2019 on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card!
bluehairedmary rated for HG: Yarny Goals for 2019 on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: Good to hear you'll be doing some crafting this year! I couldn't imagine leaving my knitting, crocheting, or cross-stitch behind! Good luck with your business venture!
BennysMumma rated for LBOE June: Cuddle-Fish on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Wow Laura! This is definitely the cutest, most colorful and so soft squid that I've ever seen! Thank you for crochecting him for me, I love crocheted things :)
Comment: I love Foosh and her fins. Lol. Her henna tattoo is gorgeous! Your letter had me rolling! The part about her dreads and how it's "hard enough to get a job as a monster in this economy" was hilarious! Thank you so much for making me smile as I've been having a rough time lately. That really means a lot. I always love swapping with you. ҝ€ï¸
Comment: Thank you!
biasbabe rated for Summer wonder FQ Swap on Jun 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the resend. Love the colors also I don't think I ever thanked you for the blessings of quotes. Thanks ever so much
Paulaeliza rated for FF: Sew Me Something! ~ USA ~ #2 on Jun 24, 2017
Comment: Love the special hot pad. So colorful and fun. And I love that you had a good time making it....lots of positive energy!
Comment: Beautiful cloth and colors! I absolutely love the fringe along the edges!
AnitaHames rated for USAHM: Send a handmade card on Jun 8, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the summer-y card! I am enjoying spring so far, especially now that it's summer break! It hasn't gotten too awfully hot here, yet, either.
widelo123 rated for NSC ~ FQ ~ May Flowers on May 26, 2017
Comment: Laura, thank you for the pretty daisy fabric. I will be making an American Girl doll swimsuit with it. Shirley
Purplmyst rated for NSC ~ Fat Quarter Creations ~ USA on May 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute little basket!
BlueberryLady rated for FF: Sew Me Something! ~ USA on May 19, 2017
Comment: I absolutely LOVE the Fabric Basket... I have seen them on line but have never made any..I made my partner 2 Purple pieced Potholders cuz she bakes..! ! Thank you for the Nice Letter too..
Fabriqueen rated for NSC ~ Fat Quarter ~ DOTS ~ USA on May 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely purple polka dot fabric! Hugs, Diane
Comment: thanks, I can't wait to put them all together.
biasbabe rated for Spring Fling FQ swap on Apr 18, 2017
Comment: Loved the colors. Yellow and green go good with everything. Thanks for swapping.
swededreams rated for Passover Holiday Greeting Card on Apr 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and memory. Happy Passover!

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Krochet4Life on Mar 24, 2022:

Hi Laura, We've messaged about this swap back in December. You said you didn't want me to send you anything now and I absolutely understand. And you wished me a Merry Christmas. It's been a long time since the swap. I will not ever harass you about it. I only wish to say, if you ever change your mind and allow me to send this to you, please let me know and I will right away. You don't even need to worry about the rating. Its been quite a few years and I don't expect anything about the swap but would only like to send it to you. Life happened for me back then and again, I will tell you how sorry I am that I did not send this swap to you when I was supposed to. Please take care and I hope that all is well for you.



hamsterfarm on Apr 17, 2021:


Welcome to Yarn addicts!

CurlyTea on May 7, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

BlueberryLady on Oct 16, 2018:

Hello this morning from Chilly Ohio.. 41* Cloudy too.. Keep in Touch !!! Leaves here are just starting to Turn colors...

Heirloom on Sep 22, 2016:

Cheers! ~Donna

BlueberryLady on Sep 8, 2016:

Thank You for the FF Know Where You are Sending Wish List Tag Package- I got it today and Love the Blue Fabrics You sent... and the Mug Rug Kissing Fish Pattern is so cute... ! ! ! Love the Fish in the Fishbowl ! ! ! !

Hell0Z0mbie on Mar 24, 2016:

Hey I wanted to invite you to join my zentangle deco swap that's closing soon: http://swap-bot.com/swap/show/219420 :)

veronicallama on Oct 24, 2015:

Hi Laura, I think you are the swapper I'm looking to thank- I received your round 1 of the Snowbal lSwap in my round two mail. Thanks for the cute pumpkin stickers and I really liked the lovely fall foliage of your envelope art. Hope Fall is treating you well! -Rhonda aka veronicallama

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