Swap-bot Time: February 4, 2023 7:37 pm


Date Joined: February 25, 2021
Last Online: February 3, 2023
Birthday: November 22
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello (โ—โ€ขแด—โ€ขโ—) to all who may read this!!

As you may guess from my SB name... I โค love pandas ๐Ÿผ and I used to collect anything stationary/craft related to pandas. My IG account is even panda related @pandaartsylifestyle It all started when I chose "Panda" as my camp counselor name from Girl Scouts a few years ago and it has stuck.

I am 48. I'm married and have a daughter who is a young adult. I work full time in the public schools with children with special needs.

SWAPPING๐Ÿ“Œ Where will I swap -- Is Antarctica too far?? Yes, I am willing to swap internationally.

INCOMING SWAPS-- I try to rate within 24 hours of receiving swaps. If I haven't rated and you have sent... please send me a message and I will double check my log. I am a patient swapper and realize things get returned, lost and otherwise stuck in the various postal service systems of the world. I will contact others before rating anything other than a 5, but do believe in the need for ratings.๐Ÿ’™ Anything sent with effort and friendship in mind is appreciated. (โ—โ€ขแด—โ€ขโ—) ๐Ÿ’™ Anything that is sent with an awareness of my profile and/or with generosity will get a quick heart.

OUTGOING SWAPS-- PLEASE send me a message if you don't receive a swap from me. I'm happy to resend if something goes amiss. I do mark sent on the day the item goes into my mailbox. May be picked up by the post office the next day or two days later if there's a holiday. I do try to send out my swaps to the recipients as the partners are posted if they are non-profile based and days before the mail out deadline is they are profile based. If you receive something that isn't your taste and it's a non-profile based swap... kindly just pass on to the next person.

โค๏ธ Currently open for ATC or YouTube tutorial loaded pockets or junk journal supply private swaps. Message me and I will gladly set it up.

โค๏ธ I'm currently closed for new pen pals.

CRAFTING HISTORY ๐Ÿ“Œ I've put together personal scrapbooks for the last 20 years... and snail mail pen pals for nearly 30 years. I have a love of stationary and stickers that spans my life since grade school. In recent years I've added pocket letters, faith journalling, ATCs, loaded pockets and junk journaling into my frequent craft hobbies. Adding texture for intrigue and dimension is something I'm very much so interested in and attempting to use more often. Stitching on paper is so much fun for me.

JUNK JOURNAL "STYLE": My main crafting hobby this last year has been junk journaling. My style is shabby, feminine and often grungy. I appreciate true vintage papers, but I incorporate lots of items including junk mail into my journals. I

I'm starting a purple themed junk journal... So if you are reading this for a swap that's a big big hint!!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

HOT TOPICS ๐Ÿ“Œ I am an open minded, but not easily swayed individual. I am a straight, Catholic, democrat that is also Asian-American, that lives in the USA/Mexico border, supports our military and is fully immunized. I am strong in my beliefs but enjoy other points of view and intelligent debate. If your interests, age group, culture, race, religion and/or lifestyle are different then mine that's a BONUS to me. I have many close friends that live different than I do and I love learning about new people, their cultures, their religions and differing points of view. Nice is nice and I truly believe that variety makes the world an interesting place. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผโ™ฅ๏ธ Love is love. ๐ŸŒˆ Be kind to ALL.

Likes: ๐Ÿ’—See ABC likes list below

Dislikes: ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผFoam/puffy stickers. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผThemes as follows: creepy bugs (like beetles, spiders); Mushrooms (but most nature/woodland is great); cats; tarot, witches, magic, clown or political items. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผI'm not a fan of fluorescent colors or yellow in general. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผItems that smell of smoke. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸผPlease don't send loose glitter. It gets all over my area/crafts and my fluffy pets.

For "JJJ Let's Make a Junk Journal" ongoing journal my favorite themes are all types of vintage or shabby chic.

Favorite Music

I like upbeat and thought provoking music from just about any genre/language. Favorites are country, rock, pop, music from musicals (Guys and Dolls; Mama Mia, Moana) and Christian music.

I love โคโคโค to swap playlists as listening to new music can be great fun. I'm currently really into Fall Out Boy and fellow Filipino American Olivia Rodrigo!

Favorite Books

I listen to audio books when I doing chores or exercising. Mystery and dramas are my favorite. Recommendations are appreciated.

I collect and use several in hand, real life actual cookbooks: Skinnytaste Air Fryer, Hungry Girl Simply 6; Pioneer Woman, 5 Ingredient Semi-Homemade and The Hell's Kitchen Cookbook are my favorites.

Favorite Television

Reality shows (Survivor; Amazing Race; Top Chef; Love Island USA/UK/Australia; 90 Day Fiance), dramas related to medicine (Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor) and other types of series (Downton Abbey; Call the Midwife; Virgin River).

Does YouTube count as television? I love listening/watching others craft while I'm crafting. I enjoy following along with the tutorials... But also to just have the videos on in the background. My crafting favorites include: The Paper Outpost, Joie de Fi, Camelia Crafts Designs and Artymaze.

ABC likes

A: Art, ATC cards, acrylic painting, animals, Alaska, atlas book pages

B: Bible, blue ๐Ÿ”ต, black โšซ, botanicals, butterflies, bees, birds, beaches, burlap, boba tea, babies, boating

C: creativity, churches, crochet, cooking, coffee, cappuccino, campers/camping, children, cards, cruises, clouded snow leopards, Chicago Bears/Cubs, chocolate

D: dogs, dragonflies, die cuts, desserts, doilies

E: elephants, home made/craft store bought envelopes, embellishments, exercise, echo park, espresso, embroidery

F: flip books, flowers, friendship, flamingos, football, fellowship, foreign languages (book pages, brochures etc.), fabric with small images.

G: gorjuss girls, grey, geology, graphic45, globes, gesso

H: Hobonichi planners, hiking, Heidi Swapp, Holy Trinity, healthy lifestyle

I: stamping ink, international mail, Instagram

J: Jesus, junk journals, journals, Jim holtz,

K: koalas, kindness, kings, Kung Fu panda, kids

L: lavender, lace, light houses, layers

M: maps, sheet music, music, mixed media, movies, musicals, markers, mulan, tombow markers

N: nutrition, navy blue, national parks (USA), nature, noncaff tea, napkins for decoupauge

O: optimism, otters, oceans, Olympics

P: pandas, Philippines, purple ๐ŸŸฃ, painting, pocket letters, planners, pink ๐Ÿ’Ÿ , plants, play lists, pens, pink fresh studio, Peleton non-bike workouts. prayers, postcards

Q: quotes, queens

R: rickrack, roses, ribbons, RVs, road trips, retro, rabbits

S: sewing on paper, stickers, stationary for letter writing, scrapbooking, snail mail, cling rubber stamps, shabby, sparkle, sanrio (hello kitty may be the only cat I like), soccer, sparkle, swap sheets, stamped quotes, sentiments, sari silk

T: trees, travel, turtles, typewriters, tags, tea, theatre

U: umbrellas, USA

V: vintage looking items, authentic vintage items, vellum, vans, vegetarian/vegan recipes, VR games

W: watercolor paints/markers, washi tape/stickers, whales, weather (rain, snow, clouds), white โšช, wax seals, wooden stamps, words

X: xeriscape landscaping (I do live in a desert)

Y: YouTube tutorials/recommendations, yummy treats (no food allergies here), yarns samples with texture

Z: zoo animals, zen, zebras

Favorite Places I've Been

I grew up in Illinois. Went to college in Iowa. Lived in New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Arizona after graduation prior to moving to Texas.

When I have breaks from my job in the schools I love ๐Ÿ’Ÿ to travel. We own a small motorhome and love to get out on the open road whenever we have a chance. I've been all over the United States including Alaska. Internationally I've visited: Barcelona, Spain; London, England; Mexico, Canada and the Philippines.

Other interests

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I'm a treadmill and trail jogger/walker/hiker. I recently got a stationary bike and am on Peloton as "panda749296"

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I am very interested in nutrition: I count calories and am learning to count macros. I do eat meat, but eat vegetarian many days a week and try to eat primarily plant based as well.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ Chocolate is my favorite dessert, but unfortunately if its mailed to me between April to October the chances it will arrive melted is significant. Second favorite sweet is gummy candy - especially Swedish fish.

๐Ÿ’Ÿ I enjoy VR Cardio games (Supernatural, Beat Saber) on our Oculus headsets.


Comment: Thank you so much for a lovely swap and all the goodies.
Comment: Thank you!
Inesrv rated for VJP: Neutral Palette on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you Barbara for this beautiful Tag and goodies! Have a wonderful day and happy swaps :)
isabellasnow rated for FFF: Neutral Fabric Collage Tag on Jan 28, 2023
Comment: Hello dear Barbara, and thank you for this absolutely gorgeous tag! I love the laces you used--especially that side piece with the sun-like design. Love that the Kraft paper shows through the laces and the bead/pearl dangle is a beautiful touch. Thanks, too, for the generous pieces of lace and fabric you sent!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much the stamps you used were very interesting and fun. I absolutely loved opening this and all of the extras you sent me I absolutely adore and canโ€™t wait to use them! Thank you so much and hope you had fun making these.
Comment: Oh my, what an amazing swap! I loved the beautiful envelopes you made for me, they are so elegant! Thank you for the extras as well, those Edith Holden pages are so special!
Comment: Love it. Amazing as usual. Thank you
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for another great swap โค๏ธ
MissChief rated for Collage Supply Paper Swap on Jan 14, 2023
Comment: Wow! You went well over 2 ounces! That was very kind! I loved how many different languages you had collected and were willing to share. Thank you for the die cuts and nature pages as well.
Response: You're welcome. I have lots to share so it was easy to go a little over the 2 ounces. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful pockets and tags!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart โค๏ธ
Comment: I like the accordion journal insert very much! The added yarn and clip made it so much more interesting.I also like how you decorated it and added the words.And I LOVED the postcards! The first one had the whole person so it wasn;t until the second one that I realized they are all about the shoes. Thank you so much, very thoughtful!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like what I sent... Especially the shoe postcards. They just had to be yours โค๏ธ
shalvorsen rated for YTPC: pocket pouches USA on Dec 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you so very much!!! I love pink and I love everything about these pouches. Thank you for the extras too. Love it all!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like what I sent โค๏ธ.
EchoLima rated for YTPC: Accordion Pocket x 2 ~ USA on Dec 19, 2022
Comment: It's finally here! I told you my mail was slow, lol! Thank you so much for the adorable pocket and all the cool goodies! It quite literally made my day!
Response: I'm so glad it made it safely and that it out a smile on your face โ˜บ๏ธ Thanks for rating and the โค๏ธ
nomadmama rated for 30 Stickers #2 on Dec 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the stickers.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating โ˜บ๏ธ
porpie5 rated for G.I.F.T. ~ Christmas Card Swap on Dec 8, 2022
Comment: This is the smallest Christmas card I've ever seen and it is so cute! Thanks for all the Christmas-themed items- I love them! Thank you! Your letter with your list was very imaginative and makes me think of more things I could do. Blessings on you and your family!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating and the heart โค๏ธ
Comment: Thank you for swapping with me look forward to fun swaps โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart (๏พ‰โ—•ใƒฎโ—•)๏พ‰*:๏ฝฅ๏พŸโœง
Tverne05 rated for YTPC: Accordion Pocket x 2 ~ USA on Nov 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the Accordion Pocket and goodies. The tabs came just in time for me to use them in another swap I was working on. Take care and be safe!
Response: How great you are ready to use the tabs! If you need more... let me know and I can make a private swap. You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart!
sjbult rated for YTPC: Over Page Fabric Flip USA on Nov 21, 2022
Comment: So so cute! I really like hydrangeas. You made a beautiful swap. Thank you so much!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart! I'm so glad you like what I made for you. Hydrangeas are some of my favorite as well.
kromo rated for FTLOC#1-Christmas count down 4-US on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I am waiting till Christmas to open. Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ thank you for the stickers and washi
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart!
Jillemina rated for FTLOC#1-Christmas count down 4-US on Nov 12, 2022
Comment: WOOHOO! It arrived!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for rating and the heart!

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Highlander18 on Jan 15, 2023:

Thank you very much for the beautiful and variety of patterns - January RAK - Scrapbook Paper destash. Will have fun with these in crafting.

chimerix on Jan 15, 2023:

Thank you so much for the wonderful selection of papers for your scrapbook paper RAK. I just love so many of them. They are going to be great in my crafting. Aloha

supersquirrel on Jan 14, 2023:

Love the assortment of papers you sent me for the January RAKs Only - especially the fortune cookie and rain boots! Thank you โค๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธโค๏ธ

katjl on Jan 13, 2023:

Thank you so much for the scrapbook paper destash. Great selection of papers. I will surely use them. ๐Ÿ˜

Jillemina on Jan 10, 2023:

OH MY GOODNESS! I just received the sweetest and most thoughtful envelope in the mail! Thank you so much for the kindness! And stamps? WOOHOO! I can never have enough!! Jill

sleepykitty on Dec 26, 2022:

Thank you for your Dec 2022 RAK #3 of wonderful rainbow stickers! I love them! ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

AJ73 on Dec 10, 2022:

Hello Dear Barbara. Wow !! Thank you for your absolutely wonderful and beautiful Christmas Card for the RAKS Christmas Card Tag. It is so nice to put a face to your name! You are so pretty and look just as sweet as I know you are! It was also fun to see your family. I can't thank you enough for sharing with me. Thanks, too for hello Kitty tuck-ins!!!

circularlogic on Dec 8, 2022:

Thank you for the awesome lace samples!!! Love them! (RAKS USA)


Tricia22 on Dec 8, 2022:

RAKS Only USA Dec wishes- Thank you for Christmas card & happy mail stickers. Wishing you a magical Holiday!

Poohtat on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you for the Nov RAK #2 Stencils and papers. So many crafting possibilities in here. Awesome!

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