Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2022 5:47 pm


Date Joined: March 29, 2011
Last Online: August 17, 2022
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.


ShireSeamstress rated for BW&PP: Roll & Retail on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: Enjoyed your description of “Long Road to Mercy” - will be seeing if my library has it 😊
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. 💜
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
pynart2 rated for AAAMA ~ Handmade Postcard with Love on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Wow! what a great design, really love it, Thank you so much, sending you lots of hearts.
Response: Glad you liked it.And thanks for the rating and all the hearts. Have a great day. bearnbabs
pynart2 rated for BW&PP: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Always love your great letters. Thank you so much for the extras also. Sending you lots of hearts.
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for all the hearts. Have a great day. bearnbabs
amccracken109 rated for Create a Post card on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard!
Response: You are welcome.Thank you for the rating and heart.Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Star7Lily rated for Pocket Poetry on Jun 20, 2022
Comment: Dearest Phebe, Barbara, what a gorgeous poetry pocket you have made me. I shall treasure it. William Blake is a favourite of mine. Thank you so much, many hearts to you. xx
Response: So glad you liked the pocket I made. I've added many of the poets into my Georgian Journal. I'm now working on my third journal and just loving it. Thank you for the rating and all the hearts. Have a great day. Barbara/Phebe
Comment: Thank you for such a pretty bird notecard and your most welcome note. It’s so nice to get a warm handwritten note. Hugs!!!
Response: Glad you liked the card & note. Thank you for the rating & heart.Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
amccracken109 rated for Faux Rice Paper on Jun 12, 2022
Comment: Your rice paper was so nice! I liked the swap, but I am not sure I see myself making more of it.
Response: Glad you liked my rice paper. They would make some lovely envies. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
theshyone rated for BW&PP: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: EDIT: I got your second letter for this swap today and felt so spoiled! You also cracked me up, your reasoning for writing the second one. Well, I cannot complain because I got another lovely letter from you. I also adored the notecard, recipe, and homemade bookmark (so, so pretty)! Thank you for the spoiling! Two letters in one day! What did I do to deserve this treat?! I loved it <3 Also, my daughter went completely soft (felt so special) that you drew the doberman for her. She is excited to hang it on her art wall in her bedroom (quite an honor, trust me!). Excited to write you back :D
Response: Hi again, Glad you liked my letters. And am so happy your daughter loved the Dobermann drawing. Her cat drawing id on my desk & I enjoy it every day. Looking forward to your letter. bearnbabs
theshyone rated for tLB: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: Oh my...I got 2 letters from you in one day! I was in heaven :) I enjoyed reading both of them so much, also, your doodles were so great! It feels like such a special treat receiving them <3 Thank you for spending the time making them for me! I will be writing back soon :D
Response: Hi there, It seems I had you a my partner in 2 different swaps, thus the 2 letters. I am so glad you enjoyed my ramblings and doodles. I look foward to your letter. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
denisedecker58 rated for BW &PP: Letters & Books on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter! I enjoyed reading it and will definitely be writing you back!
Response: I am so glad you liked my letter. I look foward in hearing from you. Thank you for the rating and heart. Have a great day, bearnbabs
aspens rated for tLB: 2022 Postcard exchange on May 18, 2022
Comment: Cute postcard! Your grandma's cake sounds amazing!! I hope you and your loved ones have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.
Response: You are welcome. And may you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day too. Thank you for the rating and heart. bearnbabs
user2148 rated for Easter Dyed Thread on May 16, 2022
Comment: Beautiful! I did blueberry as well, loved how they all came out!! 😍 I never considered carrot - I may have to try that!!
Response: Hope you ha a wonderful Birthday get away. This was a fun swap.The carrot didn't come oyt as well or a orange as I had hoped. Imay try some danilions next time. Thank you for the rating and heart. Barbara/Phebe
Comment: Barbara, the cards you made are so pretty and make such a nice addition to my deck. I love the way you used tissue paper to give depth. Many hearts to you. Anna ♥
Response: so glad you liked the cards. They were fun to make.Andthank you for the rating and many hearts. Have a great day. Barbara/Phebe

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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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