Swap-bot Time: May 15, 2021 8:10 am


Date Joined: September 27, 2017
Last Online: May 14, 2021
Birthday: November 23
Country: United States

About Me

I live in central Texas with three precocious cats, in order of age (NOT intelligence): LuLu (male), Baxter, and Cookie. I enjoy
* reading,
* paper crafting,
* journaling,
* planning,
* essential oils,
* knitting,
* gardening/xeriscaping,
* coloring,
* yoga,
* memory keeping smash book style,
* snail mail/pen palling/happy mail/postcards, and
* Bible journaling and study.


I have always loved to read. I especially like mystery/thriller types of novels (John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Lee & Child) and the occasional romance. My current favorite series is about Armand Gamache and is written by Louise Penny. I don't typically re-read fiction, but this series I plan to!

My favorite books are The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Watchers by Dean Koontz.

My non-fiction shelves consist primarily of Bible studies & theology, yoga, and genealogy & history reference.

I always have one hard copy fiction, one audible fiction, and 1-2 Bible studies going at a time.

media favorites

I enjoy television more than movies because I appreciate the talent it takes to keep the audience involved for years in a plot. All time favorites include Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Alias, LOST, Big Bang Theory, and x-Files. I may have been a Survivor fanatic since it started. :)

I get hung up on fascinating podcasts sometimes. So much so that I want to take notes on them. Like Serial, Undisclosed, etc.

I spend too much time pinning things I'll never do on Pinterest or in craft swap Facebook groups.


I enjoy knitting (I can only do parallelograms - nothing fancy! - but I'm all about the scarves and potholders) and genealogy.

I'm still trying to find my paper crafting niche....I'm experimenting with making cards, pocket letters, embellishments, flip books, etc. I also love playing with paint. I use journaling cards, stickers, ephemera, etc. in my journals and planners. I use napkins for Bible journaling. So many napkins and bits and pieces that I love...I need to get into collages and glue books!

current junk journal themes that I'm collecting things for: * frogs,
* beach/sea,
* tea time,
* farm animal,
* bear,
* mouse

journaling & planning

I love memory keeping (smash book style, a little Project Life style) and planning. I've had a paper planner all my life and I love seeing more people getting involved in it. Some of the things I'm currently using:

  • Hobonichi cousin avec - memory keeping
  • Happy Planner classic - swap and pen pal logs
  • Happy Planner classic - scripture writing & gratitude
  • standard midori TN - planner
  • standard midori TN inserts - Bible studies, errand runner, craft supply inventory (it's a problem that I even need this)

favorite things

I collect/hoard journals and notebooks and office supplies and paper crafting supplies and napkins. It's an obsession.

I also collect mouse figurines and images, Gorjuss girl mini stamps, and location/vacation spoons.

I love butterflies, dragonflies, cats, and mice so they show up in my crafting a lot.

snail mail stuff

POSTCARDS! I love collecting postcards around the world and am a postcrosser! Please write a little about yourself... what makes your town special, what you're currently reading, what your plans are for the weekend. anything!. I love them addressed, written on, stamped, and well traveled!

PEN PALS! I love snail mail and would love to have more pen pals, especially outside the United States.

sending/receiving swaps

I mark items sent once I leave in an outgoing mail box or the post office itself. If I leave after my daily mail delivery, I assume the postmark is after the next day's delivery (and pickup) but considering how slow my mailman is, I can't guarantee it is even processed the same day! I try to compensate for this unknown in my sending. :)

If you don't receive, please PM me before rating. I may have a tracking number or other information to locate it and I am always willing to resend.

I rate upon receipt because that what I want people to do for me! But please know that I don't go to the post office to pick up mail every day. :)


colleenbUSA rated for R&W: In April I read .... EMAIL on May 7, 2021
Comment: The Stephanie Plum books are fun, but get repetitive if you listen/read too many in a row. Thanks for sharing!
Response: Good to know since I have a tendency to binge! I'll space them out a bit.
Rabbitfreedom rated for Paper Napkin Ephemera #1 on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely napkins! Hope to swap with you in the craft hoarders group! - thanks for joining!
paperlover rated for Paper Napkin Ephemera #1 on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great napkins. I tried watching better call Saul but I didn't like it I love ozark! Haven't tried Queen of the South yet.
Zefaniya rated for Spring Time Washi on May 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you 🦋
Comment: Thank you for the cards! I will sign & pass it on the next round.
Comment: Thank you for the great swap cards and the bonus cards! I love them!!!!
Barbara rated for Uplifting Article Swap on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: Hi Christy, thank you for the newspaper article. The Gift of the Magi" is also one of my favorite Christmas stories. We need to keep shining the light no matter how dark it may become.
Comment: Thank you for the extras! 😊
Comment: Great cards, I love the crafting pieces you added-how perfect! Thank you!
AmyMarie rated for MZA: Blind envie #29-map on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful map items! What a fun swap to receive. Take care.
JDiFani rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #3~Swap #5 on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: So fun!!! Thank you for the cute cards, fun for my collection, and the fun paper!!! I LOVE the paper soooo much and can't wait to use it!!
USAFwife rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #3~Swap #4 on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great cards! I don't have either design yet, so I'm excited to add them to my decks. :) Thanks so much!
ccap rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #3~Swap #3 on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the cards AND the wee notes. The note pages are just delightful.
Comment: Thank you very much for the PCs to send forward ánd the extra ones! Have a nice day!
carrotkate rated for LSRUS Travelling postcard round 7 on Mar 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the extra postcards too!
craftynut rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 3~Swap # 1 on Mar 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great playing cards. Both new designs that I have not had before. Thank you also for the wonderful selection of napkins. I have made a new junk journal that I wanted to decoupage with napkins and the selection you sent has just doubled my designs that I can use.
lvpoohbr2 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 3~Swap # 2 on Mar 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!!! Ü
Comment: Thank you for sending this swap my way. I know it’s not yours but the notecard you sent me is so unique. I’ve never seen one like that. Also thank you for the extra baby stickers, I appreciate them so much!
Zefaniya rated for Book Recs! on Feb 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the plethora of recommendations! Have you read any YA books by James Patterson? They’re pretty good! Thank you for the ephemera! ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the adorable fox clips, so so cute. I will pass this well traveled PC on in the next swap. Hope to meet up with you in another swap soon:)

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Rainydancer on May 13, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

thelocalman on Dec 15, 2019:

Just received your Texas Map Postcard. Thank you very much! Happy Holidays :)

thisismeAXiD on Nov 3, 2019:

Happy birthday month

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


yvonne401 on Aug 17, 2018:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!



ChrisAnne on Aug 15, 2018:

Welcome to The Christian Heart and Home listed as The Christian Homestead (SB won’t let us change it). Glad to have you.

USAFwife on May 20, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending the additional information about Emily Dickinson! It was nice to learn a little more about her life. I appreciate you taking the time to send the additional information. :) Thank you! Cindi

Lucine on Dec 13, 2017:

Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy playing in my mini rubber stamp book:))

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