Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2021 4:59 am


Date Joined: August 1, 2011
Last Online: July 19, 2020

Country: United States
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About Me

Hi there!! My name is Laurie. Livin’ in Hotlanta, GA.

Due to COVID-19 and my husband found with pancreatic cancer I am taking a break from joining swaps Please pray for my dear husband.

Recent pic of Mom and I on a fabulous Quilting Cruise to Alaska. I Wanna go back!! I so enjoyed my Alaskan experience!!

HAPPY 2020!!

— Love SWAPPING!!! WoooHoooo!

Usually I rate the day of swap receipt. Really love receiving your surprise!!

I can not stress enough that I have NO intention of flaking. If you have not received something PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know PRIOR to giving me a bad rating so I can mend it and send a resend if necessary or look up the tracking number if its a larger package. I mark “sent” when the swap is placed in my mailbox or dropped in the PO mailbox. The postmarked date may show a day or 2 later on the item due to this.

Love paper, paint, pencils, pens, textiles, cool beads, old ephemera, interesting rocks, yarn and COLOR! All colors. It’s taken a few years to become bored with ATC’s.

I adore unusual and odd themes along with landscapes, birds, kitties and big burly dogs (I have Italian Mastiffs a rescue doggie and a rescue white cat).

I've focused on textile art for the past 10 years. Previous to the textile phase... I was into pencil drawing... previous to the pencil drawing phase I was into acrylic painting.

~NOW.... Mixed Media: Incorporating all the above phases.


Fave Entertainment Media


I LOVE romance novels with a Steampunk/Otherworldly twist. Books on how to create with paper, yarn, fabric, paints, pencils and recycled items using thread, glue, wax, brads, staples, nails and duck tape. Love trying new things!!


Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, War of the Worlds (1953 version), and the Sound of Music are my most memorable movies from childhood.

I soooo enjoy movies, however have not seen many due to I'd rather be crafting. LOL!

TV Shows:

Oh goodness....Ummmm..... Flea Market Flip, True Crime Shows, Quilting Arts, Long Lost Family, Dr. Pimple Popper, American Pickers, Mike Rowe (I meant Dirty Jobs), How It's Made, Hoarders (I feel like my studio is not so messy, after all), Tyler Henry Hollywood Medium, Triple D (Diners, Drive-in's and Dives) and Antiques Roadshow!


My Ipod has almost everything on it with the exception of Rap. OK, there are a couple Rap songs on there.... I stand corrected.

Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Irish Punk Rock, Alternative, Country, Pop, Hawaiian, Jazz & Show Tunes...

I love to turn it on random and have a sweet mixture to create by.


I like postcards... a lot. I like them fresh and in an envie the best... so I can send to someone special later. Love beautiful scenery, animals (especially farm animals and domestic house pets) and people (famous or not) doing funny things, ELVIS, grave yards, tombs, museums, art, MAPS, architecture, industrial, historical, unusual and odd, nudes, antique written on and stamp dated, new, old, colorful, black and white, farm fresh (not a duplicate in my collection), beachy, Wild West, Grand Canyon, ELVIS, British Royals or other Royals, Illinois, Chicago, flowers, patriotic, states of USA, cities, feminist, pro-women, equality, inspiring, animals with clothes on, oceanic, steampunk... Swedish, Dutch, British (my grandparents were born in these three countries), all other countries.

Another Few Things About Me

I love the unusual, the funny, the creepy, the offensive, the poignant, the thought provoking, the respectful of other points of view, the odd and strangely creative..

I am a strong believer in Jesus and I love others of different faiths.

Behaviors I do NOT like are: Adults acting like babies, lying or fake-ness, jumping to (wrong!) conclusions, non-use of swap-bot etiquette (communication, communication, communication!), a half-baked job on the swap, the attitude that the world revolves around them, ungraciousness and ungratefulness . Enuf said... on to more positive information.

I like reading or hearing Life After Death stories

Wish Lust

Antique Ephemera & Accordians

Boy Angels & Beachscapes & Bright Colors

Coffee - Black & Crochet & Chocolate - Dark

Dutch & Nitro Drag Racing

Elvis & Earthy

Farm Fresh & Cotton Fabrics

Grand Canyon & Electric Guitars

Hand Crafted & Honey Bees & History

Illinois - Cities, Parks and Farm Life

Junque & Jackalopes

Kindness & Knitting

Landscapes & Llamas & Licorice - Black

Mastiffs & Manatees & Museums

Nevada - Las Vegas & Narwhales

Octopi & Electric Organs

Pie & Postcards - Blank in an Envie

Quilts & Queen - Rock Band

Rhubarb & Royal Family - All

Swedish & Science & Steampunk

True Crime & Surprise Twists

Utah - Parks and Scenery

Vintage Ephemera

Whimsical & Wise

Yarn - Soft or Cotton

Zen - Peace & Harmony

My Little Family...

Our youngest was a victim of the choking game the day before Halloween in 2010. David was only 13 years old. I have a memorial tattoo of him as of 8/25/11.

My Little Family

I MISS DAVID EVERY MINUTE EVERY DAY Sweet David We are two peas in a pod. Just alike in so many ways.

Half of my heart is gone forever. I know David is in Heaven waiting.... Jesus and His promises are getting me through this valley of grief. Thankful that I will see David in Heaven... someday.

My most difficult months are October (David’s angel day near end of month) and April (David’s birthday near middle of month). The days leading up to these events grow more sad and painful until that “anniversary” day is over... similar to a pimple that festers more each day and pops the morning after the event. Yes, it has been 10 years and NO, I’ll not ever “get over it”. I continue to improve with living through “It”. Thankfully, As of 2017 DH and I are living joyously.

Recent Victims and More Victims



Signs Your Child Is Participating in the Choking Game

Marks or bruises on the neck.

Bloodshot eyes and headaches.

Wearing clothing that covers the neck, even in warm weather.

Confusion or disorientation after being alone for a period of time.

The presence of unusual items such as dog leashes, ropes, scarves, bungee cords, and belts.


My two older sons age 30 and 31 have flown the nest. We treasure their visits!! Home is our sweet haven. Just the 2 of us with 2 dogs and one kitty.

Hubby and I enjoy traveling out west and the beach. Before David's accident we would would rent a boat on Memorial Day. The whole family would go deep sea fishing. Haven't had the heart since David's death... at least we have visited Daytona Beach a few times. Someday we hope to continue the family tradition and take David's ashes with us.

Tragedy has changed us. All of us appreciate life and living it to the fullest. Life is too short not to follow your dreams. Every day holds promise. David was all about living this way.

My Fave Themes

BOY angels are my absolute fave. Girl angels are all over the place commercially (In the Bible the angels are mostly men). It takes a special effort to find or create BOY/MALE angels and I appreciate ALL your efforts.

Other than that: SW USA desert, hand drawn, Steampunk, vintage buttons, landscapes, flowers, anything oceanic, boy angels, mastiffs and poodles, kitty cats, Elvis, paper dolls, birds, dark chocolate, corny jokes and phrases, things that make me laugh or think of a new perspective or TWIST.... LOVE IT!


If you would like to include a little something extra ... I'm not opposed to receiving something with our trade, in fact I will feel that I've hit the jack pot!

My heritage is Swedish, Dutch, and British (Manchester, England). Anything from or about these places are of great interest to me.

I LOVE all things black licorice flavor!

Hopefully with the profile details I've included you will find something interesting in your stash.

Please do NOT....

PLEASE, DO NOT SEND a half-baked Artwork. Lack of attention to detail. Take time to color it up. Show you care. Give it your BEST work. I will not rate (at best give a 3 for) a half done piece and will gladly return it to the sender to complete or add back to their collection. Remember we are to send something we would want in our own collection!

~~~~~~~ALLERGY WARNING!~~~~~~~~

Please don't trade with me if you are allergic to pet hair and burnt wood. I have both. I try to keep the hairs away from my workspace, but what if I miss one or two and you become ill. I'd feel awful, so I'd prefer we not trade to be safe. Thank you.

List of Thankless Non-Raters:

  • The rating is the "thank you" for sending the swap.


Please don't forget to rate!!

Thank You My Sweet Swap-bot friends:


Response: I mailed 2/18 to USA address and it took this long to rate? No apology? I will consider this if you join any of my future swaps.
dawnakaulen rated for P&M: 3 PCs in Envie - Beach on May 10, 2020
Comment: Nice choices, thank you!
Response: Greatly appreciate the heart rating. Thank you!
Lorabora rated for CPG: 3 PCs in Envie - Mountain on May 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome mountain postcards! 😊 thanks for hosting ❤
Response: Thank you for your thank you! Glad you enjoyed the pc selection. Really appreciate the heart rating!!
Tricia22 rated for CPG: 3 PCs in Envie- Transportation on Apr 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards!!
Response: TY!
Comment: Hi Laurie, Thank you for the postcards. I LOVE the holiday in card. Thank you for the extra. So fun! I also think it's neat how you tilt your stamps on the envie. Such a simple touch that adds alot.! Hope you're staying healthy!! Michelle
Response: So far so good. Working from home. DH goes in (logistics) and 2 peeps got the virus. We are being careful. Thank you for your happy comments. :D Very much appreciate the heart rating.
banjobraids rated for P&M: 3 PCs in Envie - Animal on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Yayyyy, cool cards from my friend. :):) Hope y'all are doing well. We're a bit bonkers, but you're right, who can tell? Love these funny cards, thanks so much! The fighting bears remind me of the kids. LOL
Response: LOL!! Glad you laughed at a few of them. Can’t wait until this is over.
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP: Non-Touristy with an Ad on Mar 29, 2020
Comment: Great choices, love that giraffe. Thank you
Response: You are welcome! Hope you are staying safe and sane! Appreciate the heart :)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I do not find this postcard offensive. I see it as art. Thank you and happy swapping!
Response: I think it is a learned response. My mom would be appalled... for me it is normal and art. I’m down here in the Bible Belt. Did it arrive in a window envie, so no one could see the card? They’ve arrived to my mailbox all covered up! Appreciate the heart!!
Comment: Thanks so much for this beautiful postcard! I love that the stamp was inspired by your mom, she's beautiful! Many thanks, stay safe!
Response: Glad you could read that part, LOL! Made my day that you loved the card. Stay safe! Appreciate the heart rating :)
ch23 rated for PH: Pick & Choose #4 on Mar 23, 2020
Comment: Love all the choices you made for me and the bonus one! Have a nice day.
Response: Made my day that you loved the cards. Stay safe! Appreciate the heart rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards! My last name VanderWal means from the wall. Van=from der=the wal=wall. I'm not sure what VanderPal is though. Sorry for the late rating.
Response: No problem!! I was searching for the word in Dutch and I can’t find anything. Probably it was changed on Ellis Island to be very different than the original. Could have been Wal and it was spelled Pal?
Suzyanner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #188 on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun selection of postcards!
Response: Glad they hit the spot! Appreciate the heart rating :)
Mark63 rated for NYUP: 3 Vintage PC’s in Envie on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice selection of PCs. The fires are over. Some of those same affected areas have since had floods. Now we're dealing with Covid-19, like everyone else. Hang in there! :-)
Response: One after another... it’s our new normal, aye? You are welcome. Stay safe and have fun! Appreciate the heart :D
marija rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #93 on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Response: UR welcome! TY 4 the ❤️!
PaperProf rated for VS: Fabulous Ephemera on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: I love everything you sent. Thanks so much! I will definitely send some Peoria postcards your way as soon as I can get back out to go shopping when all this craziness is over. I don't have any currently in my stash. Would you like them naked and stamped or in an envelope?
Response: I totally understand... it’s nutz everywhere. Keep safe!! Thank you for considering. I’d love them blank and in an envie. Glad you liked the items sent. Greatly appreciate the heart rating.
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards, and thank you for the Sound of Music extra - I think I will have to listen to that soundtrack today! :) I hope you are staying healthy and staying sane with the way things are in the world. Be safe and take care! <3
Response: I’ve been working from home since yesterday. Good way to keep us safe and still working. You are super welcome. Thank you for the heart rating.
Comment: I got it! Thank you she's beautiful! Such a fancy lady! Going right on the fridge
Response: Not bad for over a hundred years old, aye? Appreciate your heart rating, Berri.
CHOWEFACE rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #188 on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the interesting cards!
Response: You are welcome, Michelle. Appreciate the heart.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #20 on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: Great postcard selection. Thank you
Response: I was hoping you’d like them, Maxine. Hugs! Thank you for the heart 😉
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. The picture is a very creative one!
Response: All three I sent were a bit out there.

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BlueberryLady on Feb 13, 2021:

Prayers and Healing for your Husband...

banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!👻 happyhallll

susieq11 on Mar 14, 2020:

Oh I can still use it!!! : ) It’s adorable!!!

HelenG6 on Oct 7, 2019:

I love your kitty GIFs. I have 4 cats myself. The kitten, Smoaky, is a bit of a rascal. I have to watch her, but this is her time to be challenging.

OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


Stargazer008 on May 8, 2019:

Oh Laurie, you really made my day! What a lovely envelope in my letterbox! Thank you so much for angeling NYUP: 1 Ad, 1 Non-touristy and 1 Surprise! I simply like all of the postcards. Gonna try the recipe at the weekend...whoopp something to look forward to. And now have a nice evening, Joana

bluehairedmary on May 1, 2019:

Thanks for angelling for NYUP: 1 Ad, 1 Non-touristy and 1 Surprise! I especially like the spinning postcard! I don't spin, but I love all crafts!

mandigutterrose on Apr 8, 2019:

I received your resend for 4 out the door (I was out of town for a wedding). Bless your heart, you are the sweetest. Thank you so much. XOXO

splendorpursuit on Jan 16, 2019:

Hi Laurie,

I was checking out your profile via your recent swap posted and just wanted to say that the cat in your gif is a total badass. Where did you find the gif? :) [If this is your actual cat, color me jealous.]

ktk8 on Sep 18, 2018:

Hello and THANKS for adding the mailbox... first class stamp....and bird coloration on my Collaboration 59 card...... it turned out so pretty! Many hearts to YOU......

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