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howdyholly

howdyholly
Date Joined: August 15, 2020
Last Online: July 27, 2021
Birthday: August 21, 1948
Country: United States

About Me

I live way out in the country - 5 miles from Rock Island. There is no rural mail delivery out here, hence the PO Box. Rock Island has about 100 people but I think they are counting legs not people.

A bar and the post office are the only businesses in town. Mail is slow. Please have patience with my mail. If you don't get your mail from me within a reasonable time, please let me know and I will send it again.

Rock Island is not an island and there are no rocks here. It was named in the 30's to entice Yankees to move here with the promise that the beach was close. The beach is 70 miles away!

My husband and I do not share the same last name. Obviously, my name is Patterson. If you get a label with Jack Giesecke, he is my husband.

My husband and I have both had our vaccines. He has diabetes II and cancer. His cancer is treatable but not curable. His chemo is 2 pills a day that leave him very weak. He is essentially wheelchair bound. But he is alive as long as he takes his pills. His getting the vaccine has given me great relief.

I have Bipolar II with depression and with the two new medications I am doing much better! The new pills have done the trick. I sold my long arm quilting machine and am following the advice of my counsellor about anger, relaxing and getting back to a better mental state. It works..

Favorite Crafts

I have been crocheting since I was 10 when my Grandmother taught me. I have made afghans, sweaters, and toys. I have taught crochet. Making small things is my new passion!

I quilt - love making tops. Scrappy is my favorite. And I quilt them.

I really like paper and fabric. Homemade postcards, homemade envelopes, junk journals, fabric books, homemade paper, smash journals, etc. My manic side takes over and I get into too many projects.

Finding swap-bot has fueled my creativity and stretched my mind. I love it!

Favorite Books

I read fiction...mostly science fiction these days - lots of pandemic and EMP end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it types. I have read the Red Rising series and really liked it. My favorite authors in this genre are: Ryan Schow, Christine Kersey, Jack Hunt, and T.L. Payne.

I also read thrillers and mysteries. Yes, all escapism.

Favorite Paper Crafts

I love paper. And I love fabric. I love combining them for whatever I am making. I like making junk journals from old books or from ideas I see on Pinterest. I have made books out of fabric. And just started making paper, especially from recycled paper.

My design style is very simple. If you want lots of decorations, my work will not thrill you. I am trying to find ideas to expand my horizons, but right now I am using paper to tell the story.

I love postcard swaps and making postcards. I like decorating the cards with bits of paper and fabric. Denim pants are a great resource: I use a seam line, the small watch pocket, top of the big pocket, even a patch work of different colors of denim. Then sometimes a sticker, a bit of lace or applique. To attach any fabric to a card, use double sided fusible interfacing or Stitch Witchery.

I love the color purple. In fact, my hair is in-your-face purple! Love it!

What I like in mail:

Color - especially purple, blue and green; and have grown into tans like vintage..

Texture - I LOVE texture. It can be subtle, background or the focus. Fabric used on projects is great.

Shape - All shapes on the project are great. I really like geometric, and freeform shapes (torn paper).

Other - I like butterflies, birds, cats, frogs and roses, Flowers are good. Plants and other animals are also good.

Religious - I am a Christian and I like religious symbols.

I really like homemade postcards, sending and receiving. Because the towns around here are all small, I don't have a way of buying them around here. I order some from Amazon and use those when required. My girlfriend, Vicki, has recently given me her collection of pc's and her uncle's collection. They are mostly travel cards but some are old but in good conditions.

What I DISLIKE: Cutesy - 'sweet', cartoons, Disney; Confetti, Candy; Glitter; Negative thoughts; Political from any party or group; Tea - I can drink only herbal or decaf teas.

If I receive anything on my "dislike" list but the item meets the swap requirements, then you will receive a 5.

ABC's of Me

Saw this on a couple of profiles and thought I would give it a try. I got tired of all the room my list took up so I have compressed it.

A - Altered books, Animals, Accordion music, Avocados; B - Blue, Black, Butterflies, Birds, Bipolar II with depression; C - Cats, Cookies, Crochet, Crafts, Catfish fried, Christianity and its symbols; D - Donuts, Dogs, Decaf coffee, Denim; E - EMP (survival Sci-Fi), handmade Envelopes, cheese Enchiladas; F - Friends, Fabric, Frogs (but not as pets), Floral; G - God, Grandchildren, Gmail; H - Holy Bible, Hugs, Handmade items; I - Iced tea unsweet, decaf; J - Jesus the Christ, Jack my husband, Junk Journal; K - Kathleen my daughter; L- Love, Lace, Lap quilt, Lemons; M - Mexican food, Mockingbirds; N - Nuts, Neutral colors; O - Orange, Okra; P - Prayers, Postcards, Purple, Paper, Pinterest, my front Porch, Pecans; Q - Quilts, Quilting, Quality time with my husband; R - Rain, Roses, Reading; S - Sean my son, Smiles, Sunshine, Swapping, Sci-Fi, Sewing, Scrappy quilts; T - Texas, Twinkle lights, Texture; U - Ultramarine; V - Venison backstrap, Vellum; W - Water, Waffles, Wordplay game; X - Xi'an archeological site (I got to visit it and it was breathtaking); Y - Yellow, Yams; Z - Zoos!

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard of the Five Finger Lighthouse.
suepier rated for Quote PC Swap USA #26 on Jul 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful botanical postcard and nice quote.
Reklamatel rated for 20 Stamps Swap #2 on Jul 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank You for stamps and PC ! Best regards Andrew P.S. See please my Colnect.me/hobby77ru and lets SWAP :)
debbiespoms rated for Quote PC Swap #30 on Jul 26, 2021
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Comment: Hi Holly! Thank you for the Hello PC and quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe!
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Comment: First off, thank you!!! I know this took a lot of time and really appreciate receiving it. I am still going through it but am enjoying getting to know you. I also loveeeee the paper made of string that you included- such a cool result!!
bluehairedmary rated for Non- Touristy PC swap #34 on Jul 26, 2021
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Comment: What a neat art card! Thanks for sharing! Stay cool!
paperlover rated for Quote PC Swap #30 on Jul 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the Mambo postcard and quote
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Comment: Thank you for the square! :)
mariewilliams810 rated for Christian Postcard Swap #11 on Jul 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!
fairypretty7 rated for JJJ SEND 3: Paper clusters on Jul 25, 2021
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Comment: Love the clusters and the moon pc.
kelliegirl6 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2021 on Jul 23, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for sharing a quote you like.
AZmom875 rated for Used Postage Stamps on a Card on Jul 23, 2021
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Comment: It is lovely thanks for the PC too.
kammy rated for 10 starter labelbags swap on Jul 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for this bags
Risna rated for 3 people postcards #8 on Jul 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for this snail mail! I just love the Elvis card. Take care and stay safe!
Conniegirl rated for 3 people postcards #8 on Jul 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cards. I love them!😊
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Comment: Thank you, it will be fun toadd to the note book :)
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Comment: I'm sad to rate this swap a 3. It requirement Was for a hundred items and making sure the partner hasn't signed any of them. The envelope included a half of that with an item that I signed. I'm happy to amend the rating if the missing items are sent. / Edit: Unfortunately the second envelope never arrived in my mailbox, nor did a notice to pick it up directly at the post office - when an envelope exceeds certain dimensions, they ask you to get it yourself - so it was returned to sender. $14 is a lot to pay for postage so I don't expect it to be resent. I do appreciate the effort to make amends, so I'm changing the rating to 5, I didn't get it clearly due to the mix-up at the post office. Still, I don't think you should join a swap if you don't have enough items to cover the requirements in the first place. Or at least please inform your partner beforehand that the swap will come in two parts.
Response: I received a 3 when I sent only 50 of the 'send 100 bags'. 50 was all that I had. When notified that I would get a 3, I created another 50 bags and sent them on. Those new bags have been returned to me although I used the same address as I first used. I will not be sending them back because of the cost. An additional $14 is just too much - $14 for first package, $14 for the second and it would have to be another $14 (total of $42 - too much). I have notified my partner but not heard back from her. Of course, she does not have to change the rating; I can live with that even though I get kicked out of swaps because of the 3.
Maddashin rated for Take 10 Postcard swap #37 USA on Jul 20, 2021
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riviwriter rated for PH: Send 6 PCs (USA/Canada) #19 on Jul 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!
Rosie2766 rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 19, 2021
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Comment: I really think postcards should be dressed and not naked!!! I find it kinda offensive!!! Lol

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Comments

OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2021:

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katjalves on May 7, 2021:

Thank you for sending me the stamp bag. It was a lovely surprise. Love you! <3

CherryBlossomLady on Oct 28, 2020:

Hope you are well!

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