Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2023 3:59 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: November 29, 2023
Birthday: July 7
Country: United States

What i like love like:

I LOVE HEARTS! I put my best effort into every swap and ALWAYS read my partners profile for inspiration. I'm here to send things that will make people HAPPY!

Themes I enjoy:

-Fountain Pens and Ink, Typewriters and Typeface

-Astrology, crystals and galaxy

-Succulents, cactus and flowers

-Vintage lace, floral and tea time

-Gothic, spooky and Halloween

-Travel, Asian art and maps

-Books, hand lettering and letters

-Dessert, foodie and sweets

-Paris, Marie Antoinette and frippery

About Me

I really enjoy Swap-bot for inspiration, connecting with pen pals and trading art. Art Journaling and mixed media are my favorites right now for swapping.

Some of my hobbies are letter writing, reading (sci fi and the classics), crocheting, travel, card making, shopping and stamp carving.

I look like a party on the outside- but I've always kind of been a little old lady on the INSIDE - things even out more each decade : )


I was living in the San Francisco area and there were MANY MANY opportunities to take classes and join groups for any kind of hobby or interest. While living there I took lots of amazing mixed media workshops, joined great groups of crafters that met up monthly and had access to lovely shops and artist markets!

Some Favorite Artists I've learned from in person:

-Julie Balzer

-Traci Bautista

-Kelly Kilmer

-Seth Apter

-Pam Carriker

-Dina Wakley

Favorite Movies

I am in LOVE with the TCM channel, old movies from the 1920's-1950's make me so happy. The clothes, the style, the refinement, the actors and actresses, the singing and dancing, the magical sets they created - all of it adds up to a world of glamour that this world lacks in the current day.

Anything with Bettie Davis, Marlene Deitrich, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Rosalind Russel, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Marilyn Monroe or any other glorious gentleman and ladies that graced the screen!

Favorite Music

Goth, Industrial, Synthpop, New Wave, Rockabilly and Psychobilly. Some favorites in no particular order - Orange Sector- Leaether Strip- Funger Vogt- Faderhead- Lana Del Rey- She Past Away- Die Krupps- Doris Day- Fink- The Andrews Sisters- I AM X- The Faint- Panzer AG- Prince- Madonna- Red Flag- She Wants Revenge- Radiohead- Wolfsheim- Covenant- oh i could go on and on and on...

Favorite Books

Science Fiction/ Fantasy and the great literary classics are my two favorite genres.

If you have suggestions for authors similar to the following favorites - I'd love to hear about them!

-Sharon Shinn

-Carol Berg

-Kim Harrison

-Jim Butcher

-Patricia Briggs

Swapping with me

I love to find new penpals from all over the map. I'm a wordy penpal, so I appreciate people who have a lot to say.

I love doing long term journal swaps, message me if you're interested. When I do these, it's really about the writing part of journaling and less about the art part.

I really enjoy seeing handmade creations. I love ATCs and art journals because each person makes one of a kind art when they sit down and create. Handmade postcards are awesome.

I'm interested in the following types of swaps: Mixed media art, ATCs, Handmade Journals, Art Journaling, penpal and I'm thinking of starting a swap series for advanced/experienced card maker pen pals. I'd really enjoy seeing what some other card makers are doing and it's only fair to exchange something that takes that much time and effort to create for an equal effort.

Ideas for flat items I'd enjoy: vintage ephemera, ATCs, Stamped Images, used postage stamps, gelli printed papers, handmade cards or postcards, vintage book pages, vintage tickets and ledger paper.

Dislikes/ Do not send


-#1- please don't send ANIMAL anything - dogs, cats, goats, horses - no thank you. I am afraid of animals and i have nightmares about them, and am also allergic. (of course i am not allergic to hello kitty!)

-Don't send things smelling of SMOKE - allergic to this too

-NO Country Cutesey, rustic, Mary Englebright

-NO Outdoorsey sportsman type things

-NO Sports things

-NO Patriotic, Americana, Armed Forces etc.

-NO Religious Themes

[added extra "NO"s for skim readers, I swear I've gotten envies filled with just my dislikes - lol]


Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R86 on Oct 31, 2023
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R85 on Sep 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the angel book
lrm1980 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R84 on Sep 10, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sending Shelly’s new book. I love your fun and colorful page!
Hwbayley rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R83 on Aug 2, 2023
Comment: You made the envelope awesome. I took the two flower stamp stickers and repurposed them. And I loved the map washi tape. Thanks!
nancyjo49 rated for Snail Mail Related Questions on Jul 15, 2023
USAFwife rated for Fountain Pens & Wax Seals on Jul 1, 2023
Comment: Wow, I love the paper you used for the envelope! And your wax seal is beautiful. :) Thanks so much for your letter, too. :)
Rhino44 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R82 on Jun 29, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the angel journal! I love the drama of your spread! And the feather one, with the embroidery, is beautiful, isn't it? Wow!
MeetSarah87 rated for Snail Mail Related Questions on Jun 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing your penpal facts. I enjoyed reading them. Hope you will receive many lovely letters in the future and continue your penpal story :-)
Comment: Thank you for lovely letter and resend. Still didn't get the 1st one, I guess its in postal heaven.LOL.
MNJoviGirl rated for Snail Mail Related Questions on Jun 22, 2023
junemoon rated for Snail Mail Related Questions on Jun 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the good letter. Finland is the only Scandinavian country I've visited -- truly enjoyed before there. And reading your letter made me remember many good days.
Muna rated for Snail Mail Related Questions on Jun 20, 2023
Comment: I really enjoyed your answers ♥️ the layout of the email was easy on the eyes. PS I wish postal service were better here, I’d definitely host a flat mail swap like this one
jay9 rated for National Pen Pal Day - USA only on Jun 9, 2023
Comment: Thank You gotharbie! Really cool self-made envelope and I appreciate your skill in making greeting cards! I am happy to see/use your work. (my greeting cards are NOT so good🙂) But your friendly chatty letter is the heart worthy thing! Thank You,
Rrush19 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R81 on May 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you Sara for the sketchbook. Love your message. I do have fun with this swap. I like seeing what other artists have made and the idea of a sketchbook containing a variety of styles.
Comment: Thank you for the great letter. I love the front of the notecard. So pretty. I loved reading your letter and learning a little about you.
Moxieroe rated for WIYM:Your best stationery on May 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous letter! That stationary is so beautiful!
katierose rated for March 2023 Journal Swap on May 2, 2023
Comment: Sara, I'm so sorry I didn't rate you sooner! I love the junk journal you made and I'm getting so much inspiration from it. I think you made the card too? It's beautiful! I really enjoyed reading your hournal. You had such a busy and interesting month! My rising sign is Scorpio by the way 😁 Anyway thank you for the lovely journal and I hope everything works out with your job and your mom!
Response: I had so much fun putting that together and decorating the pages! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the kind words and lovely rating!
samsstuff rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R80 on Apr 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sending this journal along to me!
explore rated for WIYM: Handmade Cards - Free Theme #5 on Mar 27, 2023
Comment: Sara, thank you for your very pretty card! I can almost feel the Stampin' Up style in your card right away just by looking at the layers and thickness of it. My encounter with Stampin' Up was brief but I always remember the SU style - usually several cardstock layers and perfectly color coordination (cardstock, ink, patterned paper). I would call it a classic and professional cardmaking style. Happy swapping!

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Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

raveniacono on Feb 1, 2021:

GothBarbie - AKA Sara the GREAT! has done so much for me and allowing me to grow while doing the art journal swap she's in charge of. I love that it's international and amazed at how she manages to wrangle everyone from across the globe to create amazing artwork and send it off monthly. I am sure it must be like herding cats but she makes it look flawless and it's smoooooth as butter! EVERY MONTH. I never have to worry about her or my swap. She is the QUEEN of swaps. KNOW that you will be better for joining her group.

thebragal on Jan 31, 2021:

Miss Sarah is a brilliant organizer keeping the craziness that is the Handmade Art Journal Go Round series afloat! I only say crazy because she manages to track packages all over the world and make sure everyone has a journal to work in even when some go missing or arrive late. Brilliant! So far the quality of the journal pages has been amazing. I’ve gotten one book back now and love it. Anyone who loves art journaling should join ASAP.

DRMOM on Dec 28, 2020:

Handmade Art Journal Go Round Swaps

Thank you so much for hosting these swaps! I have participated for over 6 months and am so impressed with how organized this swap is. Sara stays on top of the participants, the location of the journals, and works hard to ensure the journals make their way home. The quality of the spreads in the journals are inspiring. I love everything about these swaps and am so sad whenever I have to skip a round. Thanks for making swapping art journals amazing!

CookieMomster78 on Dec 17, 2020:

🎨Thank you for coordinating the Handmade Art Journal swaps! I always enjoy participating and really appreciate your hard work & organization! You do such a fantastic job keeping our journals filled with awesome art! I really ❤️ how my completed journal turned out & look forward to more creative journeys with you in the future! 📬

phillaine on Sep 14, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

January on Aug 18, 2019:

Thank you for the gorgeous spreads you added to my MiniJournal - and for sending it back safely to me!

thisismeAXiD on Jul 7, 2019:

Happy birthday month

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 4, 2019:

Hello! Thank you for finishing up my collaboration postcard and sending it back to me! The embossed bits and the swirl stamps you added are a wonderful addition to the undersea theme that octopus promoted ;)
All the best to you and happy swapping!

Vickyen on Jul 3, 2019:

Hi! Thanks so much for getting my Art Collab pc sent out to me - I love everything that was added to it and these swaps have been great fun! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

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