Swap-bot Time: April 24, 2024 5:58 pm


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: April 24, 2024
Birthday: June 24
Country: United States
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About Me

Welcome to our family, Dec. 21, 2022 - "Finn" little boy born to my brother's daughter. My Mom 1st time great grand mom. I'm 1st time great Aunt.

Andrew Smith (passed 7/2021) My brother's only son. We miss him dearly.

"Scout" the Dachshund (2004 - 2020) RIP sweet boy we loved you. "Sandy" the German Shepherd passed 8/17/23, she has passed over the Rainbow Bridge to join Scout.

My only brother Robert passed, Robert R. Smith (1950 - 2020.)

'2017 & 2018 I had emergency surgery for a kidney stone. I was diagnosed with Paget's Disease of the bone, being monitored by four different doctors.

Born in the year of the Dragon, I'm a professional artist, photographer, sculptor, crafts, art teacher.

Love/Like/Wish List: My fave Tea is Twinning's English Breakfast Tea. Though send me a Tea you think I might like & I will try it.

Postcard views of your city, town, village, parks, zoo, (multi-views OK,) angels, animals, cats, big cats, dogs (especially Borzoi, Dachshunds, Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Salukis, Whippets,) horses, ponies, swans, reindeer, butterflies, dolphins, doves, dragonflies, orchids, peacocks, roses, seahorses, seashells, sunflowers, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, rainbows, sunsets, aurora borealis, Unicorns, Classic & Vintage images of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Happy New Year, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Summer, Autumn views, Art Nouveau, Gemstones, Metallics, Lace, faux pearls & faux jewels, rhinestones, sequins, glitter I will mix with acrylic medium or paints, snowflake confetti.

Wall Calendars (discounted after New Year's Day,) I use picture pages to create mail art envelopes.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND SWAP IN BLACK ENVELOPE! It means a "person has passed away" for me. Black PC or greeting card OK)
PLEASE SEND "G" - Rated Items, NO "R" or "X."

I draw, paint, sculpt, take photos, rubber stamping, print making, ATCs, jewelry making, love to decorate mail envelopes, also postcards. I create & swap friendship books, deco books, handmade postcards, altered postage stamps, & enjoy using used postage stamps (worldwide, all themes, g-rated please, sending postcards without envelope preferred.

Enjoy receiving your mail art, I enjoy hosting RAKs as my health problems keep me from hosting swaps.
Contact me for private swap.

I send large envelopes, packages, boxes with USPS delivery confirmation tracking # to help you track the package & for me know you received it. International envelope, package has a US Customs form attached. It may take week - more than a month for US mail to reach an International address. If you do not receive my swap please message me, I will resend. Please communicate with me.

My worse fear: (fantasy scenario) phone call from my post office - "Hello Ms. Smith, your artwork is here, folded in half & on fire. We're trying to get the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but you'll have to come to the post office to pick it up. There're be no claim to file as the package wasn't registered or insured. Thank you for using the US postal service and have a nice day."
Police arrive at my apt: "Mam, there's no sense in getting upset over a bad experience with the post office. Please step away from the easel, put your paint brush down & no one gets sketched, OK? "

About Me

I have Paget's disease of bone, fibromyalgia, asthma, seasonal allergies, food allergy MSG,) cat allergy (though sending postcards, envelopes from apt, house with cats is OK.) (Hug your cat for me, I'm sad I can't own a cat, I love cats.) My immune system is "broken." Worse seasons: Spring tree pollen, Summer - high heat, high humidity, mold, mildew, grass pollen, Late summer - ragweed, grasses, mold. Can't tolerate high heat, strong sunlight, I "over heat," stay indoors in A/C temp control to my comfort level, hepa air purifiers, air filter on A/C . Some times of the year I am apt - bound in A/C due to sensitivity to heat & humidity. Rest of the year I'm allergic to house dust mites & their residue, indoor mold. A "controlled" environment is way I live my life. Thankful for arts, crafts, photography, access to the internet, cable TV, mail, newspapers, magazines, books, CD's & DVD's - movies, anime episodes, YouTube I watch online.
Mail, sent & received, activities with Swap - Bot, pinterest, postcrossing, pen pals, helps keep me alive & active. I have facebook, Pinterest boards: "Mail Art," "Swap - Bot Swaps."

*Allergy Pollen Mask, COVID-19 Mask, I wear when I go outside - Proven best blocking pollen, dust, mold spores, fits best Gempler's N95 Particulate Respirator - comes in different sizes, has exhale valve to breathe out but pollen can't get in, feels cool to wear in heat, all day. Adjustable fit noseband, elastic strings hold mask on. Sold # of masks in one box. One box for one "normal" pollen season. Where to buy: www.gemplers.com

Favorite Movies

Jurassic Park movies & Jurassic World, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, The Thirteenth Floor, The Forgotten, Jackie Chan's Miracles, The Haunting, The Secret of Moonacre, Anime: The Fantastic Children, Innuyasha, Emma, The Dragon Hunters Anime movie, Ghost Hunt, The Ouran Host Club, Trinity Blood, Bamboo Blade, The Matrix, + 2 movies in the series, The Others,
Lord of the Rings - 3 movies, The Hobbit - 3 movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hell Boy, Dr. Strange, MirrorMask, The Last Quarter, Boys Before Flowers TV Korean Series, Tales of Hoffman,
Ghost In The Shell anime series, Avatar, Underworld- 3 movies, Beauty & the Beast - Disney, Finding Nemo - Disney, Frozen - Disney (I love Sven the Caribou,) Tangled, Epic, The Guardians - ("Jack Frost") .

Favorite Music

Classical music: Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Shubert ("Trout",) Vivaldi

Other Music: Kelly Brianne, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Enya, The Virve, Lady Gaga, Sting, Justin Timberlake, The Thompson Twins, Usher. Swedish House Mafia - "Antidote" & "Greyhound." Soundrack to Ghost In The Shell Anime, Howls Moving Castle, MirrorMask, "White Noise"-simulation of ocean waves crashing on the beach.

Favorite Television

Expedition Unknown, Dino Hunters, Ancient Aliens, The Artful Detective, Great British Ghosts, Time Team, Most Haunted (UK,) Numb3rs, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Policewomen of Broward County, FL, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal States, Say Yes To The Dress, Televised Dog Shows, Walking With Dinosaurs, Being Chased By Dinosaurs, The Universe, Nova.

Favorite Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Vincent Price, Hugh Grant.

Favorite Actresses: Liz Hurley, Zoey Deschanel, Gemma Arterton (as "Io" in '2010 "Clash of the Titans," Emily Browning.

About Me

Favorite Books:
Art books, books about artists, Geometry of Life & Art, books about history of art, museums collections, famous artists, books about art, style, Fantasy genre - "Crown Duel" by Sherwood Smith, art illustrators, graphic artists, anime artists, manga artists, etc.
Flowers books, roses, orchids, Irises, water lilies, etc.
Fashion books, fashion magazines, love designing clothing, costumes for my bjd Dollfies.

Self-Help books: "The Survivor's Guide," Loss of A Loved One, Suicide Survivor's Grief, etc. (Lost my only female cousin to suicide in '2011, my nephew Andrew 7/2021.) Please feel free to talk to me about loss & feelings of grief.

Romance books: Regency, Victorian Historicals, Paranormal, Youth Fiction, Fantasy, Futuristic, Contemporary Christian Romance, Christian Inspired Historical Romance.

Favorite Authors: Virginia Kantra, Jane Austen, Mary Jo Putney, Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBain, Johanna Lindsey (earlier novels,).

About Me

Art Books I Highly Recommend:

"Keys to Drawing" by Bert Dodson, ISBN - 13: 9780891343370 or ISBN - 10: 0891343377

"Perspective Made Easy" by Ernest R. Norling, ISBN - 13:9780486404738 (available thru www.doverpublications.com)

"DK Series: "The Artist's Handbook," Revised Edition, by Ray Smith, ISBN - 9780756626211

"Light And Shade" by Mary P. Merrifield, ISBN - 13: 9780486441436 (available thru doverpublications.com)

"DK Series: Smithsonian - Rock and Gem," ISBN - 9780756633424 Definitive guide to rocks, minerals, gems, & fossils - lots of photos are resource to inspire artwork, crafts with look of gemstones, fossils, rocks, etc.

"7000 Years of Jewelry" by Hugh Tait, ISBN - 13: 9781554073955 Illustrated history of jewelry with 400 color photos to inspire you - Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torques, Chinese jade, African amulets, Renaissance pendants, Art Nouveau, etc.

"Dressed for the Photographer" by Joan Severa, ISBN: 9780873381521. Search for this book in your local library as book is Xpensive!, B/W photos, (best quality reproductions for good photocopies,) photos of 18th C. - 20th C. children, ladies, great resource for images to use for ATC's, art collage, handmade cards, etc. Warning: this is a hardbound book, large, lots of pages, heavy weight.

*Ask me about Arts, Crafts, Jewelry Books & I will suggest a few for you.


Comment: Love all the kitty stamps! My one cat Kiki would love to be laying outside like the cat on this PC.
Response: Deidre, glad you like the Cat postcard I sent you with kitty postage stamps, Hope your Kiki enjoys the spring. Thank you for the rating. Happy Spring!
Comment: Always a treat to get a swap from you! Thank you much for the nice pcs and stickies - you know how much I love Hello Kitty AND the beach!! We are hoping to visit Pensacola for the first time this fall!!
Response: Thank you for the rating Grace, you are welcome, I'm glad you liked all I sent to you for your July swap. Oh, how we love the beach, will love it more in Autumn or winter.
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful PC of sunflowers! Perfect in my favorite colors! Thanks for the sunflower legend too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Hello Sherry, way up in Alaska! You are welcome, I was glad to send you some sunshine from way down south in Florida. Hope your summer is happy. Thank you for the rating!
DeboraCreates rated for CPG Deco Exchange USA on May 18, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the Island deco for OG that you made, in the fun envelope, and your nice note!
Response: Happy May Debora! Sent you something different mail art, I wanted to send some thrill to you thru the mail. The tourist magazines, brochures can feature some inspiring images to use. Thank you for the rating!
Comment: Your wonderful flock of flamingos arrived today. Thank you for the postcard and your nice note.
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed the flock of flamingos in your mail box. Thank you for your rating. Happy March!
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely ATC backgrounds which arrived this morning. I've already started using one of them for my next ATC!
Response: Blessed be my envelope with my swap arrived to you in UK! My happiness you liked the ATC background papers I sent to you. Fun swap to receive new & interesting ATC backgrounds. Thank you for the rating. Happy March!
Mistyinltown rated for CPG 2023 St Pats Card - US on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you! My Mom is doing well, I always love receiving happy mail from you! Our mini dachshunds all bring great joy to us as well!💕 Have a Happy St Patrick's Day!
Response: Thank you for your rating my dear friend! Blessings for your Mom. This will be a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Happy March!
Comment: Thank You
Response: Hope you liked the yellow flowers notecard I sent to you for the swap. It was delightful to tell you about my love of South Carolina. Beautiful flowers in the spring. We are thinking spring thoughts as we go into March.
teejlc rated for CPG Feb ‘23 Move a US Deco - US on Feb 22, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much to you and your mom for sending Debora's Simple Joys deco! This swap worked out great - what a delight to get two fun envelopes to open!!
Response: My Mom & I had fun putting the swap together, my Mom's idea about the double envelope. Wonderful you enjoyed the swap & I know you will enjoy decorating a page in the Deco Book. Wow, its almost March.
jeka396 rated for CPG Jan ‘23 Move a US Deco - US on Jan 24, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing Shelley’s deco book with me. I enjoyed your page with the collaged flowers, and was so happy to see the pretty handmade envelope in the mail. I loved your chatty note as well!
Response: Thank you for the rating. Sunshine happiness of Sunflowers cheers one up during winter months, you'll enjoy decorating a page in the Deco Book. Happy New Year!
nicolebrooke23 rated for CPG 2023 Resolutions PC - US on Jan 11, 2023
Comment: wishing you and your mom a happy and healthy new year!!
Response: Thank you Nicole for your New Year's wish for my Mom & me. & thank you for the rating, glad you liked the PC & 2023 resolutions I sent to you. Happy January 2023!
TryshaH81 rated for No Glitter Christmas Card on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: OMG I like the card but those postcards melted me!! I love & adore them!! Thank you for swapping with me 🥰
Response: Thank you Trysha, I'm glad you like the non-glitter Christmas card, & the postcards I sent along with the swap. Fun holiday swap. Happy December!
Comment: Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for the beautiful card and your lovely note!! Sounds like your Thanksgiving Day and weekend will be very cozy and full of amazing food & family fun - I hope you all enjoy it! I’m glad to hear you didn’t suffer any damage from the hurricane. Thank you so much for the postcards!! All new to me and going into my collection! I was thrilled to see the cloud stamp on the envelope too!! Thank you so much for a really nice swap - it put a smile on my face!!! xoxo
Response: You are welcome, fun swap, I'm glad you liked the greeting card & extras. I enjoy these seasonal swaps. Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: This is an awesome Deco book. Hawaii theme is great! Cant wait to add to it! The envelop was really a neat idea. Thanks!
Response: Oh, you honor me as I wanted the deco book to look "Hawaiian" & help set the theme. Its fun & flowery. You have seen the enjoyment I have making mail art. Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thanks for the Mickey Mouse Christmas card and stickers. No snow here at Christmas either. I also enjoy riding around looking at Christmas lights.
Response: Glad you liked the special Mickey Mouse Christmas card I sent to you for the swap. Only Disney card without glitter I could find, happy your liked the happy card. Thank you for the rating. The Christmas card swaps are cool way thru this long hot summer.
Comment: I love lotus flowers! Thank you. 🪷
Response: Happiness your received the lotus flower PC I sent to you for the swap. A pleasure meeting you in a PC swap. Thank you for the rating.
Eulegirl rated for CPG 2022 St Pats Card - US on Mar 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card and goodies! I've lived in VA for 20 years this August. Aspect sends hugs and cuddles.
Response: You are welcome, thank you for the rating.
teejlc rated for CPG Jan '22 Move a US Deco - US on Jan 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun animal deco and your sweet note. Looking forward to swapping more decos with you in the future!
Response: You have cheered me knowing you received the Animal Deco for the swap & your enjoyment to decorate a page. Yes, also I'm looking forward to moving more Deco books in '2022. Thank you for the rating. Happy New Year - 2022!
primaveratime rated for CPG Move Any Deco 07 - Global on Jan 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much !! Have a great weekend !!!
Response: Blessed be, the Deco book I sent to you finally arrived to your address in Mexico. That is International mail travel, 2 months, '2021 - '2022, we have no control about it. I'm thankful you received my swap & hope you enjoy decorating the book. Happy New Year!
ccmmsu rated for CPG Nov '21 Move a US Deco -US on Dec 1, 2021
Comment: I rec'd the deco, and your page is gorgeous! You did indeed put enough postage on the envelope. :) I LOVE vintage postage and envies covered in them. This one will be going in one of my junk journals. Thank you for a fabulous swap!
Response: Brings me joy to know you received the Deco Book, glad you liked the mail art envelope, all the stamps. You'll enjoy decorating a page in the book. Thank you for the rating!

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yvonne401 on Apr 22, 2024:

Hi Kathy! You are most welcome for the Easter card! Thank you for your kind words.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

DeboraCreates on Apr 21, 2024:

Thank you for the deco RAK~ I can't wait to make a page!

CariahCreates on Apr 20, 2024:

Thank you for the cute PC from my CPG April wishlist

theshyone on Apr 12, 2024:

Hello my friend Kathy! No worries about how long it takes to reply to any of my letters. I am not a stickler about response times at all. Take a week, take a month, take a year! It truly does not bother me :D Just take care of yourself in this allergy-ridden season! My doggo's name is Winston, but we call him Bloopie (an accidental nickname that just stuck, Lol!). (ᗒᗨᗕ)

yvonne401 on Apr 12, 2024:

Hi Kathy! Sent you an Easter card today.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

DeboraCreates on Apr 11, 2024:

Thanks for creating a page in the free theme deco deanie made for me!

DeboraCreates on Apr 7, 2024:

Happy Spring!

yvonne401 on Mar 31, 2024:

Hi Kathy!

Hoping you are having a nice Easter Sunday with you family and friends! Happy Easter!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

BusyB on Mar 31, 2024:

Dear Kathy, Thank you for the sweetest Easter card with the bunny. Springtime is here, sunny days and everybody is feeling happy! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying springtime. Hope you have a Happy Easter Day. ❤️

yvonne401 on Mar 23, 2024:

Hi Kathy!

Wishing you a fun and safe Spring!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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