Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2022 12:14 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: November 25, 2022
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

✈ I'm married to an Englishman and I have relatives and friends in England, Switzerland, Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights. I have two stepsons and two grandchildren.

I'm figuring out how I want to lay out a garden and greenhouse on my new property. We have about 10 acres to play with. I'm almost finished building my chicken palace for my four black Orphington chickens. I have dug up herbs and flowers at my old house to bring here.

I love transplanted plants. I have candy-striped amaryllis from an old plantation in Montmorenci, SC. I have Ginger Lilies from a coastal hideaway in McClellanville, SC. I have white irises that were growing in a ditch along the road in Washington, GA. Daffodils and snow drops from a forgotten country farm. My plants tell stories and remind me of family and friendships.

We have two dogs: an English Shepherd named Abby. We took over Abby when a friend's father was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into a nursing home. She is 12 and features on my TikTok page often. I just adopted an English Setter rescue. His name is Willie and he is an orange belton. He is mostly white with orange spots and ticks. Such a sweet soul and he is about 9 years old. I have a weakness for working dogs.

I love essential oils and use DoTerra. I've been making small roller bottles for my coworkers with Frankincense, lemon, oregano, OnGuard and Tea Tree Oil to stop passing around all the bugs and virus and yucky stuff at work. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.

Favorite Colors

I like all colors. I really love blues and browns and colors of nature.

Favorite Post Cards

Unusual, thought provoking, art, architecture, foreign places, vintage, creepy, funny, animals, and recipe postcards.

Not so much into the state postcards or state map postcards.

Favorite Crafts

🌠 I quilt. I am a machine quilter and I use a rotary cutter to cut my material. I typically make lap quilts or baby quilts. I have MANY unfinished projects. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt but find time to sew some small projects. I adore my serger machine I need to find more time to quilt.

I've put my quilting stash to manic mask making use in 2020. Mostly I've been giving them to my employees at work and mailing some off to friends and family. I've probably made 200+ so far but have truly lost count. My stepson set up an Etsy store for me called JavaCatCrafts and listed all of my masks.

I also created a slipper sock for dogs that helps them with weaker back legs or wooden floors. My inspiration was my English Setter, Chase, who passed away in 2021 at well over 18 years of age. I was lucky to have him for so many years but it still hurts.

🎨 I like to doodle. I like creating envelope art and just starting using watercolor pencils. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress. I send pen pal letters to my toddler grandson who enjoys going to the mailbox with his dad.

✏️ I love to write and try to keep up with my blog.

Favorite Books

📚 I'm on GoodReads.

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to them on Audible, YouTube and find second hand audiobooks at thrift stores and used book stores. I'm currently enjoying "The Queen's Gambit". My sister started a travel book club on Facebook and I just finished "Anxious People" for February.

I've also started collecting Nancy Drew books - the kind that I had in the 70s and early 80s. My husband and I look through antique stores and thrift shops trying to find the ones I am missing. I would like to read them all from the first book on.

I read a few magazines when I'm looking for something different and shorter than a book. My favorites are Mary Jane's Farm, Garden & Gun and Daphne's Diary.

Things I Would Enjoy

📌Recipes (I love to bake, cook and use the crock pot and my InstaPot). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful. We are vegetarian (not vegan but I do a lot of vegan recipes). I enjoy old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks. I'm currently translating my great-grandmother's handwritten French recipes.

📌Interesting articles from magazines or newspapers that you would like to share or even magazines (gently used is fine)

📌Local lore articles from your area.

📌Interesting Stickers or Washi tape. I love Lisa Frank stickers, Tim Holtz, Washi Stickers

📌Anything you made: art, envelopes, notecards, crochet, knitted, etc.

📌Herbal Teas / Green Teas or other teas (No loose, please and no Matcha)

📌Unusual stamps, vintage or foreign (used is fine)

📌Sample Essential Oils, cosmetic samples

📌All things Edward Gorey

📌Book or Podcast recommendations

📌A pen pal letter. I love hearing about your life.

📌A dog toy

The No List

Because I live in the South, be careful of sending things that could melt in the mail...hot months are end of April through end of September.


mspandatrain rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Loved the envelope! I can't wait to open the envelope in December. Only a few more days to wait.
mchesser12 rated for CPG ~ Collab HMPC ~ Nov '22 on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Hello "neighbor"! Thanks for sending this postcard my way and for the extra special gift.
Stepht rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you, looking forward to opening it! :)
laprochaine rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I will open it for advent <3
Sylvia4647 rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the festive envelope. I couldn’t wait and opened your mailing. Thank you for the multitude of embellishments. I’m eager to use them! I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Happy holidays to you and yours!
bpl76 rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 21, 2022
Comment: wow Thank you
Comment: Love that I got your card on Halloween. Pretty card and nice extras. Thank you. The sunflower festival sounds great and it sounds like bulldog heaven! Lol
bluerose3 rated for CPG Aug 22 Stocking Stuffer - US on Aug 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you. Into the basket it goes so my temptation to open it now goes away :)
Saba rated for CPG One Sheet Minizines #25 - US on Jul 3, 2022
Comment: I love your zines and your mail art! I hope you make your recipe zine soon. I would love to see it. Thanks!
Comment: Thanks much!
Gnoe rated for Ugly PC Swap #51 on May 9, 2022
Comment: You chose well! The pig stuffies are fun :-D And I love, love, LOVE that you used the jack ass stamp!!! Thank you & many hearts!!!
Response: Glad you liked it and thank you for the heart ;)
Beckster rated for CPG ~ Collab HMPC ~ April '22 ~ USA on Apr 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the extra movie images. I will definetly use them!
tatntole rated for CPG April 22 Senders Choice PC - US on Apr 18, 2022
Comment: I seriously just saw a car at the post office with a layer of yellow pollen all over its hood. I know that the pollen is heavy around here too. Hang in there!
rkassman rated for CPG 1 Sheet Minizines #23 - US on Apr 5, 2022
Comment: OMG thank you for the fab zines - I absolutely lost it at the food pun one!!! Would you be ok with me sharing copies of it with others?
Response: Thank you - so glad you enjoyed it. I don't mind if you share copies.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas card and goodies <3 I love the little hedgehog! So sorry for such a late rating, I am working my way through a giant snailmail pile. After having covid through the holidays, I put off opening all of my Christmas cards. I hope you and your loved ones had a nice holiday ^^
Comment: What a delightful envie of goodies!! Thank you very much - the hedgehog notecard might be too cute to part with:)
Response: Someone once sent me the hedgehog notecard as a pen pal letter. I promptly went out and bought a box for myself.
Zefaniya rated for CPG March 2022 Mailbox Stuffer - US on Mar 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the ephemera!
Response: You are welcome 🌼
Comment: Love the envie of happy mail you sent! I hope your post box is full of happy mail also! Thank you for sending my style of items!!xxMuggleMom
Response: Glad you liked everything! 🌼🌼

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Stepht on Apr 28, 2022:

Hi Sarah, thank you so much for the lovely stickers ❤ via CPG April Wishlist

Stellaerrans on Apr 26, 2022:

CPG April Wishlist - thank you so much for granting many wishes, I love the mail art envelope, paper goodies and the description of your craft space!

simcoe54 on Apr 23, 2022:

CPG: April Wishes -- Thanks for the kool-aid packets and address labels. The peach mango flavor is a new one so looking forward to trying it. I can never have enough address labels so these will definately come in handy.

LadyJo on Apr 22, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG April wishes of Spring stickers! I always enjoy making fun Mail Art or use them in my Journal!

colleenbUSA on Apr 21, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG April wish for a birthday card, as well as the pcs and hm envies!

Tricia22 on Apr 19, 2022:

CPG April wishlist- Thank you for the birthday card and postage stamps

OrigamiGrace on Apr 18, 2022:


For the awesome wish from my April wishlist at CPG! Can't wait to use the handmasks!!

Beckster on Apr 17, 2022:

Thank you for granting my wishes in the CPG group wishlist.

Zefaniya on Apr 17, 2022:

Thank you so much for the April CPG wish! Those boba are too cute 🧋

lady41701 on Apr 16, 2022:

Thank you so VERY MUCH for the awesome CPG April wishes!!! I am super excited to apply my spring BLING manicure. You really made my day with such a thoughtful gift and your generosity was greatly appreciated.

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