Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2022 5:13 pm


Date Joined: November 12, 2016
Last Online: January 16, 2022
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States

About Me

Retired. Recently widowed (June 15, 2021). Two daughters both married. Two granddaughters. I love cats. I am spiritual, but not religious. I embrace tenets from many beliefs and recognize the existence of a higher power. I dislike "good ole' boy" politics & do not identify with any specific party. I am a tree-hugging animal lover & love nature.

Crafts: Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery/crewel, dried florals, papercrafting; Arts: drawing, painting, calligraphy, writing prose/poetry, journaling, cooking, playing piano, reading.

Likes: Traveling, cruising, salt air, the ocean, crisp morning air, rain on my face, fall colors, laughter of children, smiles, soft snowfall, the wind, fantasy, meditation, metaphysics, silence, hugs

Favorite Music

Genre: Folk, Blues, Alternative, World Music, New Age: Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo', Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, David Bowie, Dr. John, Annie Lenox, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Gary Jules, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Andrea Bochelli, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Five for Fighting, Bare Naked Ladies, CCR, Steve Winwood, Dead Can Dance, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Emmy Lou Harris, Nancy Griffith, Patty Griffin, and oh, so many others!

Favorite Books

Books: American Dirt, Cutting for Stone, White Dog Falling from the Sky, Game of Thrones series, Harry Potter series, Dune series, Water for Elephants, The Silent Patient, Where the Crawdads Sing; Authors: Jeffrey Archer, Sharon Kay Pennman, Ken Follett, John Grisham; Poetry: Gail Mazur, Rod McKuen, Maxine Kumin, Edgar Alan Poe (poetry/prose), Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost

Favorite Movies

Not a movie goer-- just watch whatever's playing on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Netflix, etc.; Love foreign films (with subtitles, not dubbed); Like suspense, sci-fi, drama and deep movies that leave you thinking.

Favorite Television

Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, American Horror Story, Dexter, Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, Hightown (of course, it takes place in P-town!), Survivor, Chicago Med, Vikings, VICE, Frontline, NCIS (all), Blue Bloods, Ice Road Truckers, The Deadliest Catch, The Amazing Race, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Aching Feet, & all the veterinary sites (Dr. Pol, Dr. T., etc.)

Favorite Crafts

Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Crewel, Any papercrafts (but especially Inchies, Twinchies, ATCs & Moo cards), Journaling, Sewing, watercolor painting, calligraphy, shell pictures, drawing


Likes: Coffee (not decaf) Caffeinated tea of all kinds, All colors, Handmade papers, Used postage stamps from anywhere, Die cuts;

Dislikes: Herbal teas, Instant coffee, Religious stuff, Disney (I’ve outgrown it)

Wish list

I have been doing papercrafts all my life & have a whole room of supplies & tools. I can honestly say I don't need another thing. I just replace supplies.

Favorite Artists

Favorite Artists: Jaime & Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Alphonse Mucha, Erte, Norman Rockwell, Peter Maxwell, Maxfield Parrish; Art Deco, Art Nuvo

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: I try to get my swaps done as soon as I sign up because I sign up for so many. Therefore, they do not reflect partner preferences as partners are not assigned until weeks later. I don't sign up for profile swaps for this reason.

Please don’t feel you must include extras in our swaps. Your awesome creative art is enough to make me happy and is the base for my rating.

I take my membership in the groups I belong to or have created very seriously. The founders/coordinators/officers of these groups work very hard to think of swaps, vet participants, and troubleshoot any problems. I do my best to support them by signing up for swaps and being available to host when needed.

I create upstairs & receive mail downstairs. I rate on the day I receive swaps (or the next day at the latest) & after rating, place the swap on the dining room table to go up & be entered in my swap journal. If you’re missing a rating, I’m missing your swap. Please pm me so I know you will resend.

I have never, nor will I ever flake on any swap I undertake. If I find, by some cruel twist of fate, that I cannot complete a swap by its deadline, I will notify you & the coordinator to obtain a mutually agreeable solution. I would appreciate it if you have any problems with or do not receive any of my swaps that you notify me so I may rectify the problem. I promise to do the same for you.

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful creative journey with you!


mcall rated for VC: Rustic Memories ATCoin on Jan 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you Dianne for the sweet cabin and extras too. You made my day
Barbara rated for January Birthstone on Jan 14, 2022
Comment: Hi Dianne, thank you for the lovely January birthstone and flower page, The colors you chose are beautiful. I will place your little note and signature label with your page in my annual jpurnal. Kind regards and be warm, safe, and grateful.
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for including me in your journal & for the heart.
mjhaertling rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #59 on Jan 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty ATC. I love the way you covered the background with the lace, it reminds me of fancy wallpaper. Thanks also for the extras. "I have way too many little add-ons," said no crafter ever.
Response: I was hoping it looked like wallpaper! Thank you for the heart & liking the extras.
Comment: Oh so lovely! All the best of winter in blue tones...thank you for always sending such great swaps, Di!
Response: We might as well enjoy the winter “blues” with color, right? Thank you for the heart & compliment, my friend!
aspens rated for PA: Teddy Bear on Jan 10, 2022
Comment: I'm not even finished with mine and I already got yours, wow! You're fast! Your teddy is soooo cute! Great job!! I feel like I can just cuddle him right off the page haha
Response: Glad you liked him! Trying to get ahead after the holidays. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely collage.I always love to receive from you.Hope to swap with you again soon.
Response: Thank you for the compliment! I like participating in your swaps. Thank you for the heart. See you in the mailbox!
watercolorgirl rated for ABC: Sender’s Choice #11 on Jan 8, 2022
Comment: Your JAMs are so pretty. Will be a lot of fun to complete. Hope you're having a Happy 2022 Year so far.
Response: Thank you for the compliment! Can’t wait to see your finish!
ChristineMartinez rated for MMPC - Crown ATC on Jan 3, 2022
Comment: Cleverly done! I loved the textures.
Response: Thank you! A regal headpiece to be sure. Thank you for the heart.
lrm1980 rated for HMPC: Put an Insect on it Postcard on Dec 28, 2021
Comment: Oh, I just love your hand-drawn Beneficial Insects! Beautiful work. Thank you!
Response: I like trying to draw my PCs & am so pleased to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you for the heart & Happy Healthy New Year to you.
Comment: Thanks for the atc ! I loved that you used embossing powder !
Response: You are welcome. Happy New Year to you!
Karmi53 rated for Happy New Year on Dec 25, 2021
Comment: Wow love the woman and man great new years page to start my journal. Very pretty back group d paper and l love that side pocket you do thanks it's perfect. Thank you for the extra too. Merry Christmas
Response: Hope you have a Happy New Year & that it’s waaay better than this one! Thanks for the great review & the heart!
Jjean rated for USAPC: Winter Glue Book Page on Dec 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice Winter page..... and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year...
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the heart & Happy New Year to you.
RiverTopanga rated for HMPC: Bird love - December on Dec 24, 2021
Comment: Absolutely adorable owl! And the tree is so detailed with all its branches! I love that you have them in your yard. When we were in Nebraska, we had a great horned owl that would sit on the corner of the roof, right above my room. Only on those coldest nights. One day, we did see him in a tree in the back yard...I believe we had just had about 8 inches of snow. He was beautiful. You are lucky to have 4 owls!! Enjoy them!! I love the twinkling watercolors! Where can I get some of them?? Thank you for such a beautiful postcard! Happy Holidays! ❄🐻‍❄️
Response: So glad to swap with you again, my friend, and hear of your owl experience. I will have to pm you on the Twinkling H2Os source. They are getting tougher to find. Thank you for the heart & Happiest of the coming New Year to you.
lmacdavis93 rated for VJP: Snowman 4x6" Journal Page on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Hi Dianne and thank you so much for this wonderful snowman 4 x 6 journal page! Did you draw this?? It's incredible! I may put it in a little frame and get it out every Christmas. Thank you so much! And thank you for the extra goodies as well. Happy holidays!
Response: Yes, Laurie, I drew him. So glad you liked him. I try to draw most of my swaps—I loved art class in high school & retirement is the first time I’ve had enough time & courage to get back to it. Thank you for the compliment & heart! You have Happy Holidays, too.
chimerix rated for USATC: Winter Themed ATC on Dec 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute winter boy and dog ATC. My sister always had basset hounds growing up, so this reminded me of her. Mele Kalikimaka!
Response: Glad you enjoyed him. Happy Holidays!
Zander rated for Craft supplies on Dec 17, 2021
Comment: Thank You for the wonderful assortment of Christmas goodies, The ribbons are beautiful. Take Care and Happy Holidays
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the heart & have a great Holiday.
Comment: Very nice card (really nice paper), thank you!
Response: Happy you liked it! I enjoyed creating it for you. Happy Holidays to you.
AmookIslandCreations rated for Birthstone And flower on Dec 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks for these beautiful Nov and Dec Pages! You did a wonderful job on them! Thanks too for all the extras! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you for the inspiring words, Sherry. Thanks, also for the heart! Have a Happy Holiday & I hope your New Year is better than 2021!
Camiliann rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #58 on Dec 15, 2021
Comment: thanks for the lovely ATC, and the extras!!!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart & Happy Holidays to you!
PaperPassion rated for Collage Postcard on Dec 14, 2021
Comment: Love the postcard you sent. Thanks so much.Thank you also for joining my swap.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart & Happiest of Holiday wishes to you!

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Gobarb on Jan 1, 2022:

Just wanted to say happy new year! Hope this is a better year than 2021.

tcornell on Dec 24, 2021:

Thank you for thinking of me, and for the kind words on my profile ♥ This community has been so supportive! Y'all are more appreciated than you realize :) Tracy

YooperHill on Sep 9, 2021:

Hey there! I received the ABBc’s black & white return today & I love it! Thank you!

LauraM540 on Jul 29, 2021:

Hi Dianne! I got back the beach chair ATC from the ABC's group SCSS#6 Swap! LOVIN' the way it turned out!! The seagull rocks! (I can appreciate them more now that I don't live mear a beach lol) And also, thanks for all of the fun Beachy extras! Have a super weekend, hope it doesn't rain!!

georgiafae on May 28, 2021:

Thanks for finishing the POE stamp card-I love the story behind how you arrived at finishing it! Thanks for the wonderful little bits you sent too-Take care, friend!

donetta on May 15, 2021:

Oh, Di! How you embellished this ATC is a pleasure to behold! The sweet feather! The bark-y stuffs down the side! Is it bark from a tree or bush? I must be looking for this while I'm outside! As always, you are truly an inspiration, and I'm so happy that we met in swap-land!

supersquirrel on Apr 10, 2021:

Great finishing touches on the ABCs: Aquatic Theme buddy jam. Thanks for the great ephemera too 🦆🦆🐿️ (duck duck squirrel - haha)

beachchicken on Apr 10, 2021:

Thanks for the finished Explore buddy jam, I love the way it turned out! Have a great weekend!

camelsamba on Apr 1, 2021:

Sorry for the very delayed rating on Bird Love January - it's a wonderful card and worthy of extra hearts <3 <3 <3

megan1230 on Apr 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for your return of Moose (the ABC Canine swap)! He's gorgeous! My favorite ATC ever!!

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