Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2021 8:55 pm


Date Joined: March 26, 2008
Last Online: October 21, 2021
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 will be entering my final year homeschooling since my youngest daughter will be a senior in 2021-22.

Homeschooling has been the most challenging - and rewarding - position I've held. I feel so fortunate each day that I got and continue to get to spend teaching and learning with my daughters.

I enjoy photography...and documenting everyday life around the home...including homeschooling, crafts, cooking, the pets (4 dogs, miniature horse, and pony), 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 20 and 18 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. Olivia takes classes through a homeschool co-op to connect with other teens and learn new subjects as well as do PSEO courses (college courses that are free and paid for by the state of Minnesota).

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, U2, Barbra Streisand, Enya - any artists along that line. I also like new age and classical music. Will listen to jazz. 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.

  • Something for my Daughters - If anyone feels inclined to send something to the girls, I know they would LOVE it.

~~~~~~~ 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 20 years old and likes:

  • cats

  • harps and harp music

  • make-up

Olivia - is 18 years old and likes:

  • dogs

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

  • wolves

  • Skittles


Comment: I'm sorry for late rating 🙏🏽 Tysm for sharing your lovely moments! Have a great day 👋🏽
Comment: wow - the chalk drawings are so good! I always enjoy your swap and the details you share about your month. Congrats to Olivia on her college acceptances and to you for the job you did with Taco Daze. I loved seeing everything! ❤️❤️❤️
Comment: It looks like you had a busy month! Congrats to Olivia and Aspen is adorable! Thanks for sharing!
AmaranthSpirit rated for ESG: September 3-2-1 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the run down of your month! Congratulations to your daughter on being accepted at both colleges too :-) Congratulations also on a successful event! I love the pictures of the helicopter. Sounds like you have a great October planned too... enjoy the Harvest Festival and Corn Maze. I am sorry to hear of your horses having to go to another home, it is always so hard to say goodbye to your furry children. I wish them all the best for their new lives. Hope you have a great month!
MelissaLB rated for ESG: September 3-2-1 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: I enjoyed reading your blog post. It looks like you had an amazing month! Congratulations to your daughter on being accepted at two schools. So exciting! Your event looked amazing. I love food trucks. Those 3D chalk drawing were unreal. Wow! And, I'm sorry about your horses. Even when you make a decision for the best, its still painful. I think you were very brave. Happy October!
Hugsie86 rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the link! Particularly liked the pictures you added!
Comment: Thank you for the really elaborate and detailed swap :) I love how you give us an insight into your life and also your choice of songs. :)
Comment: I think this movie would be nominated for BEST PICTURE and be a fan-favorite for years to come :) Seriously - I just love how you depict your journey, with the perfect soundtrack and such style and grace. I love everything about it!
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: What a fantastic collection of photos for August... such a great month you've had! I really love the quilts! And Viking is just amazing! I bet so much work went into that moose too - I made a needlefelt bee once and that took me all day! Amazing! Thank you for sharing :-)
Comment: Thank you for sharing your photos, I really enjoyed looking at them
Comment: So many lovely pictures. Looks like you had fun! I know you are proud of your girls! Thanks for sharing.
ariestess rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
tinylans rated for ESG: August 3-2-1 on Sep 5, 2021
Comment: the fair you went to sounds really fun :D and congrats on winning those ribbons<3 take care and have a wonderful day!
Nicole72898 rated for ESG: 7 Days of Food on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Ann, I really enjoyed looking at your photos of what you had to eat in 7 days. Also, I was checking out your blog, and it’s really cool! I liked the 100 days of a better me post too!
FairyLady rated for ESG: My last vacation on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Sorry for the late rate, I should have checked my pm-inbox more closely. :o What a fun blog-post/blog. You've got yourself a new follower on your blog. :D Seems like you had some fun trips. ^_^Thanks for sharing.
KSENiA rated for ESG: My last vacation on Aug 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing. It looks you had lots of fun.
chaari rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram! on Aug 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the sweet comments and the instalove!
nadithings rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram! on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: Thank for the love!!! Xo nadi
Poohtat rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram! on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your lovely comments. Dart frogs are so fun!

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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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