Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 12:17 pm


Date Joined: March 29, 2011
Last Online: January 30, 2023
Birthday: April 5, 1942
Country: United States

About Me

I'm a retired art teacher and love to draw, do zentangles, postcards, atc's, any kind of needlework and quilting. I love recycling & creating.Love making visual journals. I'm a widow and live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia ,with my Norwegian Elkhound named Mani. who is now 8.. I have an English garden and Vetg. garden during the summer. I love working in the soil and I love being out doors. I love all types of flowers. I have 3 grown children & 5 grandsons. And a new great grandson. My favorite color is blue. My sister & I are working on a special quilt about all the soldiers in our family, starting with the colonial militia to date. I also love writing poetry. My twin sister moved in with me and she too is on Swap Bot (pynart2) .

.I've really enjoyed being apart of Swap Bot and I try to send out the swaps a few days after I receive my partners names. So if you don't receive one from me, please let me know so that I can resend. I take my rating very seriously, because I try and send out what I would like to receive. I don't like flakers...when someone is late just let me know...life can get in the way of creativity, but not to answer an e-mail is just plain ...not nice.

Favorite Music

I grew up with a singer father and a mother who played the piano. So I love thirties & forties music. But I love soft jazz, piano music, some opera and definitely country. I love to listen to Easy Listening music on TV. And I love to dance. Someof my favorite songs are: My Melancholy Baby, When I Fall In Love, As Time Goes By,Three Times A Lady, Dream Alittle Dream of Me, Wrapped Up In You, Besame Mucho, Monday, Monday, Walking After Midnight, "409" and Ole Red. I love all types and the list is longer, but this will give you an idea.

Favorite Books

I love reading most genre. Favorite books are - The Bible, The Red Tent, Babiyar, Night, The Notebook, French Women For All Seasons, Under The Tuscan Sun, Mutant Message Down Under, The Red Badge of Courage, The Last Lecture and most Mysteries. I read 50 books plus a year so there are to many to list.

Favorite Movies

I like Romantic movies- Sleepless In Seattle, Notting Hill, An Officer An A Gentleman, Brigette Jones Diary etc.. But I also enjoy other types like Out Of Africa, Gorillas In The Mist, The Note Book, The Last Emperor, The Sound Of Music etc I guess I like all types. How could I forget Harry Potter & Indiana Jones. Dahhh!

Favorite Television

I recently cut the cord to my Comcast and now have Roku and I just love it. Some of my Netflix favorites are Ms. Fischer Mysteries, Call the Midwives, Father Brown Mysteries , The Crown and many others.

Favorite Crafts

I like creating. I love all kinds of needle work, crocheting, embroidering, quilting (all types).& sewing. I love to draw, & paint. I make my own cards, ATC, envelopes & Postcards. My sister & I make purses , throws & Teddy bears from mens neckties.Presently, I've found a whole new world in Journaling and I'm just loving it.I also take forest driftwood and paint santas that I see in the wood naturally. I also like making my own journals, mini file albums & pocket letters.

What I Love

Birds chirping in the early morn. Fresh mountain air Smell of Lavender in bloom The Sun on my face My Big Red dog Bear & now Mani My family I love recycling & creating something new Walking in the sand in bare feet The smell of the forest in the Fall The many colors of Fall When the first snow flake falls An Ice Storm (It looks like a Fairytale land) Love working in my garden Stamp collecting Seeing a double rainbow Hearing the distant whistle of a train Love Kick Boxing Postmarked PC'S from around the world Blue of any shade

Wish List

Vintage hankies used or new postage stamps,worldwide cardboard coasters Art Deco Magazine map PC & Black & White PC stationary chocolate love handmade items smashed souvenir pennies floral napkins antique lace

Not so nice:::

I was flaked by Hannah Dodd (alabaster)- on Swap - "Art Journal for Beginners Edited" from Oct 10, 2011 I waited til Nov 14th...no journal recd I was flaked by Stephanie Thompson(purplecircles) - on 3x3 Paper Bag Art Journal Pages Round #2 . Dealine to send swap was Nov3, 2011. I emailed her on Nov 28 & recd no reply Jan 11, 2011 Angel Flaker is Craftingdiva on my Angel journal for Art Journal for Beginners from Oct 31, 2011. I was flaked by minniepic ( Denise Kemp) on the Group: Spell A Word PC -USA Only April 2012. I was flaked by - lotti02 (Charlotte Blanchard) on the Group: E-Envie of Fun March 24, 20212 I was flaked by (karenvanita) Vanita Smith on my PBP Blue, Turq & gold SWap of Aug 31, 2012. I was flaked by JimVav for the Wild Cat ATC# 6- Lynx of Sept 22. I was flaked by Jutta Koenig for Book Page Atc #9 Valenntines Swap of Feb 4, 2013 I as flaked by IskanDetia Nov 2013- Tea Kit Swap. I was flaked by Lauren Avila for the Color What Page July 20, 2021. I sent her 3 Emails and she never responded.


A thank you goes out to all the Angels out there: smmarrty for the 3x3 paper bag journal For those who came forward to give me my 5x7 Art Journal...Thank you Taco5518 bobgrl topshelf43 VioletLove Faeorian Moonlightjade Pandessa I want to Thank Margothecat & SusieQ11 for angeling me for the Spell A Word PC I want to thank jandmterry for angeling me for Group-E-Envelope of Fun. I want to thank sewcrazy for angeling me my 7 & 8 of hearts. I want to thank Gwillisinc for angeling me, my 5x7 PBP Blue,Turq. Gold swap Oct 2012 I want to Thank Aumonoe for angeling me the Book Pg ATC #9 from 2013. I want to thank tatipop for angeling me my Tea Kit from Nov 2013. I want to thank CrystalZ for angeling me for my "Pick 3 Swap" from Sept 2015.


jandmterry rated for What's New for 2023 on Jan 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the booklist, I will definitely check a few of these out to read in 2023.
pynart2 rated for tLB Any Note with a Quote on Jan 25, 2023
Comment: Loved the quote you sent me. and all the nice extras. Thank you
pynart2 rated for BW&PP'S _ Books Books & more Books on Jan 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the list of books, looking forward to reading them. Love the extras also.
Comment: Barbara, I got two swaps from you this morning. Your playing cards are so lovely. The paper you used for the backs are just darling. Did you use napkins? Many hearts to you for another lovely swap. Anna β™₯
Response: How wonderful, getting two surprises in the post. yes I used nakins and so glad you liked them. thank you for the rating and heart. bearnbabs
AnnaM rated for Let’s Draw! on Nov 19, 2022
Comment: Barbara, I loved reading about you and your grandsons foraging for morel mushrooms. Thank you for such a gorgeous pen drawing. It, will take pride of place in my journal. Anna β™₯
Response: I so did enjoy drawing the mushroom, it's a springtime adventure for us.Thank you for the rating and heart bearnbabs
Minxy1964 rated for Word Clusters on Oct 25, 2022
Comment: Very pretty clusters, and lots of other bits and pieces that I'll be able to use. I love the cat card it came in, as well. Thank you! Hope your mum is continuing to heal. Not the sort of injury you want at that age, bless her. Xx
Response: Glad you liked what I sent. And my mom can walk with a walker. YEAH Thank you for the rating and heart. bearnbabs
Corina rated for 3 BLANK POSTCARDS IN AN ENVELOPE on Oct 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for resending πŸ™
Response: your welcome.bearnbabs
theoriginalbrooke rated for tLB: Chatter, Chatter #3 on Oct 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Response: your welcome
pynart2 rated for tLB: Letter Writing Celebration on Oct 2, 2022
Comment: Always enjoy reading what you write about. You must start writing your Book! Sending you a spray of Hearts.
Response: so glad you liked my letter, my book...we will see. thanks for rating and heart. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for BW&PP: Roll & Retail #2 on Oct 2, 2022
Comment: What an interesting book, One to read for sure.. Thank you for your support and the extra goodies.
Response: you are welcome.thank you for the rating and heart. have a great day. bearnbabs
circularlogic rated for tlb : Chatter, Chatter 2 on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing about your home and hometown!
Response: I am so glad you liked my letter. Thank you for the rating and heart.Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Comment: I like the vintage card you sent! Thanks!
Response: your welcome. bearnbabs
ShireSeamstress rated for BW&PP: Roll & Retail on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: Enjoyed your description of β€œLong Road to Mercy” - will be seeing if my library has it 😊
Response: Hope you enjoy reading it. Thank you for the rating and heart have a great day bearnbabs
Minxy1964 rated for Mystery Swap on Jul 28, 2022
Comment: You've done a beautiful job there! Thank you for sharing the photographs with me. It’s all so pretty! Xx
Response: You are welcome. I really enjoyed the challenge of using all the bits and bobs. Thank you for the rating and heart, Have a great day, bearnbabs
MuggleMom rated for Third Annual Garden Fete on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: Beautiful bonnet and so clever. The basket will be quite handy for all the goodies you will probably carry home from the fete!! xx
Response: It's always difficult to deside what to enter into the Fete. But I had found this beautiful handkerchief and thought it would make such a lovely bonnet for my newest great grandchild. and I;ve always wanted to try my hand at basket weaving, thus the egg basket.Thank you for the rating and heart. See you at the Fete. Phebe/Bafbara bearnbabs
Comment: A beautiful swap, as always! Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you liked what I created. Thank you for the rating and heart.Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
MuggleMom rated for Annual Fete Bingo Game on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Cute bingo card! xxMuggleMom
Response: Thank you. I really enjoyed makinfg it.And I loved the Shirley Temple message. I can't wait to receive mine. Havae a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Comment: Another absolutely lovely swap! Thank you -- and I will be in touch about us meeting for tea soon.
Response: You are welcome. Pam & I look forward to getting together with you.Maybe we could meet at McKays Book Store. Thank you for the ratingand heart. May your day we wonderful. bearnbabs
amccracken109 rated for A Right Royal Tea Party on Jul 8, 2022
Comment: As always, dear Barbara, you have outdone yourself! Thank you so much for the lovely swap! I can't wait to put it into my journal. Happy swapping!
Response: I try and send what I would like to receive, so am most happy you like what I have sent. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
ShireSeamstress rated for tLB: Where have you Been? on Jun 30, 2022
Comment: I always enjoy reading about your life and travels - thanks for sharing. πŸ’œ
Response: ;ve been blessed with a wonderful life and I;ve had many an adventure. Glad you like what I write, Thank you for the rating and heart. bearnbabs

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MuggleMom on Jul 25, 2022:

Kiss kiss

for the beautiful journal pockets & goodies you made especially for me. They are gorgeous!! Thank you so much!!



Star7Lily on Apr 5, 2022:

Many Happy Returns of the day for your milestone Birthday Barbara. I hope it is a fantastic day,

AnnaM on Apr 5, 2022:

Have a lovely Day Barbara!

Love, Anna

Kairbear on Dec 6, 2021:

Hi, Barbara! I received your lovely Christmas card, along with the Florida postcard I had sent to you in a previous swap. I love the drawing you drew on it! So thoughtful of you to send it. Merry Christmas to you and a happy 2022!

circularlogic on Aug 6, 2021:

Thank you for your snail mail reply to tLB: What's your thoughts on this? I love that I was lucky enough to have you and your sister for this swap!

chimerix on Jul 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for the great coin purse that you made for me and the special quarter. Aloha

AWG July

bethe on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful 80's celebrity drawings! These are so wonderfully done. I can't wait to add all of these to my journal including the awesome artwork on the envelope! July AWG

Meisje on Jun 30, 2021:


Happy summer! Thanks for being in the Letter about your summer plans swap.

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jun 18, 2021:

Thank you for the note about your day! (AWG) It sounds like you had a productive day in the yard. I love watching the birds too, but had to take down my feeders because of cats :/ The berry smoothie sounds good...it's been a while since I made one. I usually opt for banana smoothies. :)

LadyJo on Jun 18, 2021:

Thank you for the AWG June wishes of cards! I am always sending someone a birthday card! Have a great weekend!

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