Swap-bot Time: October 3, 2022 8:59 pm


Date Joined: March 26, 2008
Last Online: October 3, 2022
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States
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About Me

After close to 18 years as a homeschool mom to two daughters, I now will be going back to work as a special ed paraprofessional.

Homeschooling was the most challenging - and rewarding - position I've held. I feel so fortunate that was able to spend so much time teaching and learning with my daughters.

I enjoy photography...and documenting everyday life around the home...including homeschooling, crafts, cooking, the pets (4 dogs), nature, and wildlife. Come visit MY BLOG to read about life at the farm.

I enjoy participating in swaps and meeting new people throughout the world. With the price of postage continuing to increase, I have moved from doing mail swaps to electronic swaps.

For a look at my work, please visit my Flickr site and look under "Things I've Made".

About my Daughters

Sophia and Olivia are 21 and 19 years old. Both were born in China and adopted at 11 and 10 months respectively. Both are loving, generous girls who care deeply about others - people and animals.

Both play the piano, and Sophia also plays the harp. They also attend the same college which is nice. They have the support of one another and enjoy seeing each other on campus, and it makes it easy to visit and do things with them.

I enjoy birdwatching since there are many types of birds here (we live on almost 10 acres of which we've kept the majority in its natural state). We enjoy going on nature walks and discovering animals that live or pass through here (deer, pheasants, fox, coyotes, snakes, owls, eagles, and turkeys).

Favorite Crafts

Photography, colored pencil, sewing, quilting, and Saori weaving.

I enjoy trying new things. I have tons of ideas that I've clipped from magazines for scrapbooking, but haven't sat down to do that yet.

Since being a part of Swap-Bot, I've tried new projects which have been fun and challenged me creatively: ATCs, dotee dolls, altered matchboxes, inchies, and button fairies.

Favorite Colors

My favorite colors are purple and green.

Favorite Scents

Lilac, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and patchouly.

Favorite Music

Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Barbra Streisand, Enya - any artists along that line. I also like new age and classical music. Enjoy listening to music from the eighties. I do not like rap or other offensive music.

Favorite Books


I read MANY books to my daughters when they were growing up. I still enjoy children's books that are well-illustrated and have a good storyline, especially those that are classical or "old-fashioned" (ones written in the 1930s-1950s).

Other books I enjoy tend to be from several sections in the library: arts/crafts, inspirational, and non-fiction.

Favorite Quotes

"There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free, if you truly wish to be." - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelo

"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life." - Apache blessing

"You have everything you need...if you just believe." - Josh Groban - Believe (Polar Express Soundtrack) Lyrics

Favorite Movies

These movies are ones I could watch many times and they wouldn't get old for me: Defending Your Life; The Birdcage; Dead Poets Society; The Truman Show, Wizard of Oz; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Sound of Music; Arsenic and Old Lace; Mrs. Doubtfire; Best in Show, and Waiting for Guffman. Don't have large blocks of time to watch movies, unfortunately.

Items We'd Love to Receive

  • Small gifts to put in my daughters' Christmas stockings or under the tree

  • Essential oils - any oils are welcome so I can try new blends.

  • Bubble bath soap.

  • Japanese Craft Magazines - Anything related to felt food, making little stuffed animals (mascots), sewing, and/or quilting. Would love to see "Cotton Time."

  • Anything from my favorite items on Etsy or Amazon - Etsy Favorites or Amazon.com Wishlist.

  • Sashiko Fabric - Am looking for pre-printed fabric with different sashiko embroidery patterns on it.

  • Craft Magazines that You Are Done Looking At - Ones that I enjoy are Living Crafts, Home Companion, Somerset Studio, Cotton Time, and any craft magazine (especially ones that focus on papercrafts.

~~~~~~~ Please Note: Please do not send items that smell of smoke. I have asthma and allergies (Sophia has allergies as well), and smoke is something neither of us can handle well. Even if your item is beautifully constructed, but it smells of smoke, I, unfortunately, cannot have it in the home. Thank you for understanding. ~~~~~~~

My Daughters

Sophia - is 21 years old and likes:

  • cats

  • harps and harp music

  • make-up

Olivia - is 19 years old and likes:

  • dogs

  • art supplies and kits - Prismacolor color pencils and markers; etching kits; paint-by-numbers (complicated ones)

  • wolves

  • Skittles


Cindymt rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - September on Oct 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
user6937 rated for SPCP - September photo on Sep 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the nice photo's and the explanations! I could have taken better ones if I'd waited a bit - weird about the leaves taking longer than usual this year. I have some milkweed seeds - need to try them next year.
user6937 rated for SPCP: Photo scavenger hunt #2 on Sep 26, 2022
Comment: I love seeing your pictures and reading your explanations of them! Thanks for sharing them :)
infphann rated for SPCP: Photo scavenger hunt #2 on Sep 26, 2022
Comment: That eagle looked majestic 🦅 Tysm for sharing these photos. Have a great day 👋🏾 Edit: still loved all the photos especially the sculpture one 👍🏾✨
Comment: Ann, this was such a delight to explore! I love how you arranged everything and I actually just filled my diffuser with your Apple Orchard blend - It's perfect for our day here today. Fall is in the air, right on time! Thank you for always going above and beyond - I really appreciate it!
candytuftcolors rated for SPCP - September photo on Sep 22, 2022
cindygroet rated for ESG: Scavenger Hunt - September on Sep 22, 2022
Comment: I really liked the black & white monochromatic drawing! I also would appreciate it when you rate me as well.
lob rated for ESG: Scavenger Hunt - September on Sep 18, 2022
Comment: What a lovely blog! Thanks for sharing!
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - August on Sep 12, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing! That college dining room looks vaguely familiar, LOL, I live in WI and went to college in Milwaukee plus visited colleges in Milwaukee and Madison, so I've probably been in that one at some point! Your pups are so sweet looking!
candytuftcolors rated for ESG: Rainbow of photos on Sep 9, 2022
Comment: Hey, I absolutely loved reading your blog and great pics too.. Thank you!! Have a great day!!
03Scarlett rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - August on Sep 4, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing all of your photos for the month. Congrats on getting the blue ribbon, that's awesome! Have a wonderful week coming up. 😀 😀
dorcii rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - August on Sep 4, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the lovely pictures! :)
ariestess rated for ESG: 5 x 5 - August on Sep 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Sorry for the late rate. Thought I'd already done this.
KSENiA rated for ESG: My oldest photos on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures. They feel like a peace of living history.
ButterflyGirl85 rated for ESG: My oldest photos on Aug 26, 2022
Comment: I loved all the pictures you shared. You were a really cute kid.
03Scarlett rated for ESG: My oldest photos on Aug 21, 2022
Comment: Hi Ann, thanks so much for sharing your photos and the info on each of them ... I really enjoyed looking at them. Love the pic of you when you were little, you were such a cutie! Have an awesome day!
mchesser12 rated for ESG: 5 x 5 - August on Aug 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Love the pictures of your pictures and your words about them. I am also a fan of dogs and service work! Great descriptions of everything!!!
LoveJester rated for ESG: 5 x 5 - August on Aug 19, 2022
Comment: I love sunsets and sunrises too! Those are the best times of the day.
MeetSarah87 rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - July on Aug 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you forsharing your photo :-)

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JayRobertsGirl on Apr 9, 2020:

That is so awesome you have so many pets. I would love to have a farm one day.

HappyMom on Dec 8, 2019:

Ann - I loved seeing your November photos and was sorry to read about the passing of your uncle. You have such a beautiful family ❤️I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

anicka22 on Mar 1, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful owl stickers, washitape samples and even more for your lovely note! You made me very happy!

Fenix825 on Feb 28, 2018:

Thank you very much for the notecards and the car air freshener from my February wishlist in the Wishlist group!

mejulia on Jan 30, 2018:

Thank you so much for the fun envelope of wishes that came in today's mail.

grimmlynn on Dec 10, 2010:

This is a very belated thank you for a November wish. I just found your message today in my inbox. Apparently, it thought you were spam.

What a wonderful way to give back and help out others in need. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It is always nice to read about the good deeds of others!


chincho on Nov 24, 2010:

Thanks for the comment, dear! It's great to know that oll the items are going to be in good use!

julief on Nov 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for the huge bag of fabric scraps. I already have a couple in mind for some current projects. Thanks again for thinking of me this month :)

TangleCrafts on Nov 9, 2010:

After receiving your wonderful club package, I just wondered if you can be tempted by the new ZMACS Etsy promo swap? Thanks again for putting together such a great package! :)

Swan on Sep 14, 2010:

Thank you for fulfilling my September wish. It was great to read about your de-cluttering and donations. I started that process, too, before our temporary move and will continue when we come back. Thank you also for the healthy recipes.

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