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Date Joined: June 7, 2015
Last Online: January 10, 2024
Birthday: May 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm very crafty & love making stuff. I will usually try to "make" just about anything & I often personalize store-bought items. My favorite part about Swap-Bot is that it helps me have all kinds of creative artsy fun with new inspiration from an awesome variety of personalities. Most swaps that I send out are personalized to the recipient even if it is not specifically a "profile based" swap. I do tend to try out new art mediums/crafts for the first time here, so please let me know if something you received from me isn't right & I'll try again.

I always strive to send my swaps out on time. If for any reason I'll be sending a day late I will message my partner to let them know. I always message my partner with tracking info for larger packages on the day it is sent. If you didn't get tracking from me & haven't received a (USA destination) swap by a week after the send deadline, please let me know!

Camping is a frequent weekend pastime; I have a pop-up tent trailer. I often take funky solar lighting, always eat well, enjoy long walks in the woods, and love to enjoy an adult beverage around the campfire.

Gardening is another hobby of mine. I love growing roses and generally puttering around my backyard garden on weekends. I totally dig crafts & stationary with a flower/garden theme.

I'm a hobby photographer. Mostly I take pictures of animals at zoos/sanctuaries or plants in my garden. But I'm always looking for opportunities to to expand my skills.

I'm all for recycling & re-use. When possible I try to purchase items with limited packaging & I try to always re-use shipping materials. I always try to wrap gifts with re-useable wrapping or use gift bags/boxes/containers.

Crazy Cat Lady

I love animals; especially cats! I'm currently sharing my house with 9(!!) kitties. They're all rescues of one type or another, and one was even born in our backyard. Our oldest just turned 19 and the youngest just turned 5. They're all different personalities, and they get along for the most part. Somehow I seem to draw in the black ones; we have 3 that are all black and 3 that are tuxedos.

I also like big cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs) and often visit zoos & sanctuaries. Sometimes I also volunteer at my local SPCA

Favorite Crafts

I sew a LOT! Lots clothes for myself & my husband. I also sew coats, costumes, bags, and sometimes funky accessories. No kids stuff though. I've even started putting my own "purple tiger" tag on my creations.

I really enjoy beading; mostly with seed beads. My favorite projects have been snowflakes, flowers, and bracelets. I've recently branched out into other forms of jewelry making including bangle charms, wire wrapping, and leather knotting.

I keep finding new things to make with FIMO clay! Pendants, beads, magnets, zipper pulls...

I have a Cricut machine & use it for just about everything but papercrafting! Usually I cut out iron-ons that I apply to the garments I make. I also have made some funky vinyl stickers, and quite a few stencils for my glass etching projects.

I go in spurts of making various crafts with paracord. I've done 100's of bracelets but also dabble in zipper pulls, necklaces, and random funky bits of knotted cord.

Crafty things that I've dabbled in but need more practice at: wood scorching, crochet, chainmaille, needle felting

Favorite Books

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

A Song if Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

The Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice

Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper


If it glows in the dark, sparkles, is highly reflective, metallic, or lights up; I'll love it.

Favorite color is any shade of purple from plum to lavender, and my 2nd favorite is grey or silver. I also like blues, dark forest or emerald greens, aqua/teal/turquoise, and deep rich reds.

The more funky/weird/unique, the better and I love hand-made items.

*I adore little plushy/stuffy/crochet animals; either handmade or store bought. I LOVE beanie babies!

*Stickers - cats, safari animals, pawprints, flowers/roses, deco swirls/scrolls, butterflies, ladybugs, alphabet

*funky effect pens/markers/paints (please no scented ones)

*5x7 or larger solid colored (even white) card stock (any size), glitter/sparkly/metallic is good too

*Notepads/memo pads - totally plain/blank or any with flower or cat borders. Please no "to-do" or inspirational quotes.

*Necklace pendants (with or without chain/cord) or small jewelry charms


*Jewelry findings - bits of chain, clasps, jump rings (silver, pewter, colored)

*metal clasps, clips, clamps (jewelry or keychain sized)

*zippers; any size, any color. Used is fine, as long as it still works!


*FQ or larger pieces of heavy duty fabric: duck cloth, nylon, canvas, leather (real or fake), etc.

*Any glow-in-the-dark craft medium - stickers, beads, string, fabric, vinyl, foam, etc

*bags -everything from coin purse to shoulder bag to tote bag

*gardening stuff - metal or glass decor, tools, seeds/bulbs

*Fantasy elements like dragons, witches/sorcerers, fairies/fae

*Safari themed items - things with animal prints, or things with lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, or rhinos

*rubber duckies - I have a shelf of themed duckies in my bathroom & can always add more! Some neat additions would be purple, disco/glitter, cat, mohawk, dragon, wine/cocktail...

*cat stuff - kitchen items, towels/washcloths, bandanas, shirts, stationary, washi, stickers, pens, etc. Just about anything with a cat on it! I totally dig all the wild/big cats too, but my favorite is the tiger

*other cute critters - foxes, otters, raccoons, bears, rabbits, meerkats, lemurs,


*animal prints / faux fur

*funky drinking cups/glasses/bottles

*If the swap specifically calls for tea - Black tea/Earl Gray, or green tea.

*if the swap specifically calls for candy - dark chocolate, chocolate+caramel are my favorites. Citrus flavored candy (orange, lemon, lime) is OK too.

No thank you

I really don't do much papercrafting so please NO PAPER SCRAPS. I don't have any use for die cuts, picture cutouts, flakes, magazine/book cutouts, or any kind of ephermera.

I'm not a big fan of pink, orange, neon colors, or gold

I don't really like camouflage, calico, or paisley patterns

Although I do like lots of "toys", I prefer generic things. So please no Disney, cartoon, or character themed items.

Please no plastic ribbons or small/thin strings; it's bad for all the curious kitties in my home.

*Food/candy/tea unless the swap specifically calls for it.

*ATCs (unless it is specifically an ATC swap. I think they're fun to make every once in a while, but I don't really collect them.


*Candles or anything with a strong scent/perfumed/potpourri

*makeup, lipgloss/chapstick, perfume

*Religious themed items

*small (less than FQ) Fabric or ribbon scraps (I already have too much)

*adult coloring books/pages; I already have too many


My two favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. I go crazy and celebrate for the entire month!

I go to as many costume parties as I can, and wear a different (usually home made) costume for each. My record so far is 6 costumes in 1 year! Even some of my kitties get costumes. I love spooky/scary decorations for my home; lots of skulls, spiders, potions, black cats, cobwebs, glow-in-the-dark, and gothic themed items. I usually have a witchy/wizard bar setup, so I love little spooky potion bottles & jars, spell ingredient bottle labels, and any Halloween themed barware. Also like little costume extras; ears, tails, purple/glitter/glow makeup or nail polish, flashing necklaces, theme socks. However after a small fire a few years ago, no open flame candles!

My house is fully decorated for all of December. The entire front of the house is covered in lights that are syncronized to music. Inside I have an amazing fiber-optic tree that goes up every year. Nearly every doorway, window, and flat surface gets decorations; and even our kitties get a stocking. I concentrate on seasonal decorations as opposed to religious. Can always use more purple/lavender ornaments, cat themed decorations or ornaments, holly+berry themed garland/deco/ornaments, clear window suction hooks, silver ornament hooks, stickers, washi tapes, and holiday theme casual jewelry (especially light-up stuff!).


Dragonflyfaerie rated for SPOOKY PARCEL on Nov 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the package and the handmade tote!
rainydayangie rated for 13 Days of Halloween USA 2023 on Oct 5, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much! I can't wait to start opening these later this month. I've got all the gifts in a basket near my couch.
minniepic rated for LSRUS: Fill a Purse Swap-USA on Oct 2, 2023
Comment: ❤️❤️ Thank you so much for the purse and the matching coin purse, Very cute set. Also thank you for all the goodies inside, I really loved the Mickey mouse playing cards ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I'm sure it was a great event.
Comment: Thanks for the great photos and pcs!
Comment: Erin, it’s so nice to meet another purple fanatic! I also used to have a purple cubicle at work. My favorite was discovering that there were purple staples and ordering them for my purple stapler. Thank you so much for your generous gifts packed in the most gorgeous orchid bubble mailer! 💜💜💜
Comment: Thanks for the great photos and extras! I wish my roses would bloom. I'm afraid I lost them.
lou rated for KKL: Kitty Tote with a Note on Mar 30, 2023
Comment: Thanks, I couldn’t wait any longer and I opened your swap, thank you so much! It is SO spectacularly beautiful, the fabric is so pretty! I even want to wear it as a spring hat and if my head were bigger or the bag were smaller, I definitely would! I love it bunches and bunches and the pins are fantastic, too … you are so talented and creative!! I’m thrilled you’re back!!! You sure rocked this swap😻
Christopherpines rated for A SPOOKY PARCEL on Oct 29, 2022
Comment: This might be my favorite swap ever! Thank you so much for all of detail you put into this swap. All of the goodies were wonderful, the lights, the plates, napkins will all be used tomorrow at out family carving party. The star of the swap is the bag. So beautifully made, reversible, roomy and perfect! I love it so much!!!
Response: So glad you like it! That's awesome you're able to use so many things right away 🙂
Changeling rated for An Envie of Black Cats! on Oct 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the envelope of black cats goodness! And thanks for sharing with me about the black cats that you rescued! The black cat stamp was a nice touch too, I didn't yet have one in my stamp collection. Happy Halloween! Update: second envelope of black cats arrived. Thanks for sending those that were hiding when you sent the first envelope! Awesome swap!
Comment: Hi Erin! Thanks so much for all the adorable cat stuff. I love it. So cute and fun! Much appreciated! Meowwww! Cathy
Comment: Such a great box! Thank you so much! The box itself will be displayed on my "wall of ravens" in my room and the goodies inside were all wonderful!
Response: So glad you liked it. That box was fun to make
ChinaCat rated for 13 Days of Halloween USA 2022 on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: It arrived!!! I'm so excited. Seriously EXCITED!!! I love, love, love the tote you made for me. I peeked inside and saw all the nicely wrapped goodies and I think I literally squealed. =) Many thanks and I'll be back to update during the opening. I really love Halloween! ETA: I'm loving everything and having so much fun unwrapping a new treat each day! Thank you so much. I'll update again on the last day. xo Last edit: What a great swap! I opened the napkins today and they are so pretty. I will use a few of them to line baskets for gourds, etc. and I'll use the others under my spooky decor. Perfect! I hope you have a wonderfully spooooy Halloween!!! xo
Response: So glad you like the tote! Enjoy your spooky goodies...
Comment: Hi Erin! Thank you for joining the swap and the amazing photos! I love what your lions are all saying and how awesome that you have been on safari! I am so impressed with your photos! All the best! Hugs, Happy Snapping, and Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcards, they are so great. I hope to visit Yellowstone National Park someday (and I won't pet the fluffy cows).
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the beautiful decorated envelopes and goodies! They will definitely get put to good use. It is hot AS ANYTHING here and I'm already ready for the fall and cooler weather lol. Stay hydrated and take care of yourself!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for SS: Spring Flowers on Apr 19, 2022
Comment: Beautiful photos! Your garden is magnificent! I would love to have roses like you do! it's way too hot for them here and no shade! Thank you for the fun vellum macro shots! gorgeous and will go to great use!!Have a great week!! xx Gabi
Comment: Oh my goodness! What a simply amazing swap! I am so floored and appreciative of the beautiful placemats that you made for me!! I got home to this lovely package and I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much!
Response: So glad you like them!
bostianh rated for FTLOC#1-"Owned by a Cat"-US on Feb 7, 2022
Comment: ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️So awesome! Everything you sent is absolutely wonderful! I love the die cuts, stationary/memo sheets, stickers, sticky cats, wow! This swap felt like a birthday gift, you went above and beyond, thank you so very much.
Response: So glad you liked everything! I always enjoy sharing fun kitty stuff. >^. .^<
Comment: Thank you! I love them all! Especially the stickers sheet cause they look like my cats! Lol!

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debbiespoms on Dec 26, 2020:

Hi again Erin! Am here to thank you for the Secret Santa gifts, via 1$ Store Addicts. Thank you so much for the 2 snowman potholders, snowman hand towel, Ink pen with the roll of Christmas washi tape, Christmas teddy bear keychain, and Snowman ornament. You sent me way too much! But I love each & every item you sent me so much! I especially love the Snowman items! Thank you again many times over!

debbiespoms on Dec 19, 2020:

Oops. I forgot to Wish you a Very Merry Christmas!
I hope it's just so wonderful & special !

debbiespoms on Dec 19, 2020:

Hi Erin ! I want to thank you so much, for the $1. Store Addicts Secret Santa Gifts you placed inside a beautiful white Christmas stocking and for beautiful Christmas card! I am waiting until Christmas Day to open them. Because my husband & I aren't exchanging gifts this year. Thank you again! This sure was a Fun swap!

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:


Nicollcia on Jan 27, 2020:

Swap #2: Kittens

Hope you like them! :)

neca84 on Jan 25, 2020:

Saw #2 Kittens, I hope you get a smile out of these





Jaimiepaige on Jan 24, 2020:

I hope you love these kitten photos! Thank you for joining the PDS group, and the swap!

LahDeeDah on Jan 7, 2020:

Welcome to Needle & Thread. We're happy to have you join us :-)

colleenbUSA on Dec 21, 2019:

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Merry Christmas!

Mimosagirl on Dec 19, 2019:

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Happy Xmas!

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