Swap-bot Time: February 5, 2023 4:08 pm


Date Joined: March 26, 2008
Last Online: February 4, 2023
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


QuinGem rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - December on Jan 13, 2023
Comment: I absolutely loved all of your pictures!! And, the descriptions. My favorites were the old pictures. The pic of your grandmother with all those huge tomato plants was great.
HappyMom rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - December on Jan 10, 2023
Comment: I love how you make the most of all that snow! You captured some incredible shots and snagged the simple beauty of it. The pops of color from the Christmas lights are my favorites...and the old photos - such treasures! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!!
MeetSarah87 rated for ESG: Gratitude List on Jan 9, 2023
Comment: Dear Ann, thank you for the lovely swap. It is great that you share so many pics and details about your life. Wish you all the best
Comment: Thank you for sharing so many great puctures. The are all so beautiful. This winter we did not have a lot of snow over here. The Corgi is so cute :-D
Vickyen rated for SPCP: Photo walk on Jan 6, 2023
Comment: Hi Ann! Thank you for the beautiful share about your walk/service at the church and outer areas! What a bummer that you got bruised up with that darn chair-they can be dangerous! Hope you heal up soon! Thanks again for the beautiful walk!! Hugs and Happy Swapping 🤗✌️🤗
infphann rated for ESG: Gratitude List on Jan 2, 2023
Comment: Tysm for sharing your wonderful moments ❤️ Have a great day 👋🏾
HappyMom rated for ESG: Gratitude List on Dec 31, 2022
Comment: Your swaps never disappoint! I love reading about your girls and the rhythm of your life. Here's to a happy and healthy 2023 - thanks for always going the extra mile!
IntaglioDragon rated for SPCP: Cloud pictures on Dec 30, 2022
Comment: Fascinating to see how quickly the sky changed around sunset.
LiisaS rated for SPCP - December photo(s) on Dec 25, 2022
Comment: It is always a pleasure to read about the decorations you have. Every single one has a story. Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays!
hellojett rated for SPCP - December photo(s) on Dec 19, 2022
Comment: Wonderful pictures and little history of your beautiful christmas ornaments, thank you for sharing!
user6937 rated for SPCP - December photo(s) on Dec 18, 2022
Comment: I really love getting your photo's - excellent photo's and descriptions. Thank you!
NRGordon rated for Show us your house plants! on Dec 16, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the swap. You have nice large and varied collection of plants, I wish I could have more.
MamaKek rated for Show us your house plants! on Dec 15, 2022
Comment: I am quite impressed with your plant collection! I have t had a Christmas cactus is many years and have been thinking I’d love one. Yours is beautiful. Your Jade tree is gorgeous as well! I love how you keep propagating too!
ttpass12 rated for Show us your house plants! on Dec 15, 2022
Comment: You have a great collection of plants and as a documentary filmmaker I could make a film of the Christmas Cactus story. Thanks for sharing
lrm1980 rated for SPCP: Cloud pictures on Dec 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sending all your beautiful cloud photos! I really enjoyed seeing them and reading all your comments.
Comment: Thanks for the swap. I think I like the tighter of the two close ups. It brings out the fur.
Comment: I really enjoyed looking at your pictures and the different views of Cooper. I think of the two close-ups I prefer the one without the window trim, but it's obviously a matter of personal taste! There's so much lovely texture and shading in Cooper's coat that I wonder if it's worth experimenting with some even more close-up pictures, ones that move into the abstract. I tried that with a goose and was really pleased with the patterns the close-up of the feathers created. Thanks for joining the swap!
KSENiA rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - October on Nov 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
mjhaertling rated for SPCP: Scavenger hunt #3 on Nov 7, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the interesting assortment of photos for the scavenger hunt. I especially liked the one of the Chihuly glass. I have never seen a big exhibit of his work but there are several pieces in the botanical garden here in St. Louis.
Comment: I always love seeing your photos of the month :-) I especially love the cardinals - I have a thing for them as we don't really get them here in the UK. I especially love the Red Cardinals. Your daughter is very brave up there on those catwalks, and I am so glad you got to see some of your heritage - I think that is so important. Thank you for sharing <3

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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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