Swap-bot Time: May 15, 2021 1:16 am


Date Joined: July 22, 2016
Last Online: May 14, 2021
Birthday: November 10, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a wife and homeschooling mother of three. I spend a lot of my time at home with my kids or participating in all of the activities that come with having homeschooled children. When I can, I squeeze in time for reading and crafting/creating. I love art and while I don't consider myself an artist, I love trying my hand at painting and drawing. When I get outside I like to bike (bicycle) and I've discovered I love camping.

Favorite Books

I love reading all kinds of books. My house is basically a library. My husband jokes that we are going to have to learn how to make my bookshelves a structural part of our house if I buy any more of them. I'm currently in a classics book club and I'm really enjoying it. The only genre I do not really enjoy is romance, but if it is recommended, I'm willing to try just about anything. I do believe my favorite author of all time is Neil Gaiman. I also have recently started to enjoy reading some of my kids' books too. I find juvenile fiction delightful. Favorite books of all time would be Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (most things by Neil, really) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, A Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain just to name a very few.

I have read some of the best books lately. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright, A Horse Came Running by Meindert DeJong and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music with the exception of post-1980s country. I am always obsessed with finding the next great song that makes me want to listen to it over and over again. Old favorites are The Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, Pearl Jam, The Cure, BT, Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Chevelle, Fiona Apple and Beck. These people made me want to be rock stars. Some favorite bands/singers that I'm listening to right now are Regina Spektor, Pete Yorn, School of Seven Bells, The Joy Formiddable, Wolf Alice, Silversun Pickups, Meg Meyers, Grimes, The Kills, K. Flay, GEMS, Ryan Adams, The Replacements, Alt-J, Doomtree and Dessa. I could literally go on and on. There is so much good music out there!

I’ve got some new music. The new Florence and the Machine and Neko Case are great! Love every song. Also loving the older Greta Van Fleet album and a new song by Cat Power.

Favorite Crafts

I love crafting in most of its forms. I love to scrapbook, art journal, make cards, paint, draw, knit, crochet and spin yarn. I HATE sewing. I used to think I'd like it, but every time I try it, I end up hating the process and the finished product. So I've given up on that one. I go through phases with all my preferred crafts. Right now, I'm trying to learn to knit brioche and finding it very challenging. Working in a store that sells art supplies and scrapbooking paper has helped me amass quite a stash of crafty things to work on. ATCs have become my preferred art form for the time being and I can't get enough of them!

Favorite Television

I don't watch a whole lot of television lately. Shows I have really enjoyed in the past are The Office, Arrested Development, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seinfeld, Parks and Recreation, Firefly, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica and Gilmore Girls. I haven't had actual network tv or cable or anything in my house in almost 14 years. Everything we watch in my house is on DVD.

Recently watched and loved The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Call the Midwife

Favorite Movies

My favorite movies are pretty much all older ones. The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars episodes 4-6, Empire Records, Pillow Talk, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Braveheart, Roman Holiday, Amelie, Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I do like the new Star Trek movies just to name a few.


  • anything handmade
  • vintage
  • ephemera
  • die cuts
  • coffee
  • colors (I love them all, except for things that are predominantly orange. Aqua, turquoise and red are favorites)
  • vintage Pyrex
  • tea (all kinds)
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • geek
  • natural fiber yarn
  • tattoos (I have none, but love them anyway)
  • stamps (rubber, acrylic and postage)
  • Chapstick
  • pop art
  • graffiti
  • geometric patterns
  • markers
  • watercolor
  • Tim holtz products
  • ATCs
  • art made by you
  • mermaids
  • children's book illustrations
  • books
  • socks

I promise, if I receive something handmade and it is obvious you put effort into the item, I will love it! I am a huge proponent of handmade crafts.

I also promise that I will rate you the day I get your swap or shortly thereafter and I ask the same of anyone who receives swaps from me.

I pledge to rate

Private swaps

I am ALWAYS looking for someone to swap privately with me. If you are interested, please send me a message. I am more than willing to set it up. I am interested in swapping:

  • music playlists/recommendations
  • book recommendations
  • postcards homemade and store bought
  • ATCs
  • yarn
  • knitted items
  • stamped images
  • vintage ephemera
  • die cuts
  • washi tape samples


Please don't send:

  • foam stickers/shapes
  • anything scented
  • Christmas themed items-I'm just not into Christmas crafting. I've tried, but it just doesn't excite me.
  • Disney stuff

I'm pretty easy to please!


Comment: I absolutely love the envelopes you made, and can't wait to use them (following a few months of hoarding them, haha!). The outer envelope you decorated was awesome, too! Thanks for an excellent swap!
Response: You’re welcome! So glad you liked them. I loved this swap. Decorating envelopes is fun.
olenaspicer rated for Free themed ATC swap-PRIVATE on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Joy, I received your swap today! Thank you, thank you - love everything to the last bit, incl. the envelope. Beautiful background, and I really like that there is a special meaning behind the ATC. Thank you so much for all the goodies - all my faves :):):) It was a pleasure to swap with you.
Response: I’m so glad it did arrive. I worry about that sometimes. And you’re so very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the things I sent. I’ll swap with you anytime😊
Aeon rated for Private background paper swap on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: This swap deserves 5 more hearts! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you SO much for the envelope of rainbow cheery papers! They are all SO gorgeous!
Comment: Thank you, sorry for late rating..lots was going on
Juniebird rated for Big 4-0 Paper Party on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: Oh wow, what a fantastic envelope absolutely stuffed with goodies! I haven't even had time to finish looking through it all (busy weekend) but it is so amazing... you have really been generous with so many lovely things. I really can't thank you enough, but I'll say it anyway... Thank you!!!
Comment: Dear Joy: Your flip tags (day 38) are so well done. Love all the papers you used and the cute fabric trim. And you tucked in such great goodies - I hate to take them out but they are just too fun not to use! Thanks so much for a super fun swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great Altered Index Cards! They are absolutely beautiful
Comment: Thank You so much the lovely journal tags , this was a fun project to do. Hope you enjoyed your trip!
donetta rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #13 on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Oh Joy! I love that making this ATC for me has put you back in the mood for making ATCs, but I wonder why you put them on a back burner, since you do them so beautifully! I love everything about it, and wish I had more of your artwork. You are fabulous.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments! I think I have a little ADD when it comes to art and crafts. I can’t stay focused on just one thing. I cycle through phases of interest. I think that’s why I’ve been off the ATC train for a while.
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: 100 Day: Day 32: Bag Tags! on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Joy and thank you for the awesome bag tag! These were really fun to do and I love the one you made for me. I like that you used a book plate for the inside pocket and love the vintage photo and papers that you used. Also, you have beautiful handwriting! Thanks for a fun swap.
lvpoohbr2 rated for SMSUSA: Tell Me About . . . #4 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you Joy for the lovely letter! Looks like we definitely have a lot in common! I was born in MN. I have no memory of it but still have a pride of being born there! I sure wish the swap partners were mutual rather than random. I hope to swap with you again! Ü
Response: I have thought that about the mutual partner thing before especially in regards to letter writing swaps. It would be nice. I’m so glad you enjoyed my letter!
georgiafae rated for YTPC; 100-Day: Day 31: Lace Tabs on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Wonderful lace tabs-love the variety of colors and textures. They will go in the vintage junk journal I am working on now. They did (and still do call me George) as a nickname but for the reason my dad's name was George and I was to be a George jr. but after two sisters before me-this is the name I got. I did read Nancy Drew and thought it was cool her friend was named George. Also thanks for the library book plates and cute sewing inspired envelope you sent them in-Thanks for sharing!
Response: You’re welcome! I love that you are a George Jr! That’s so cool!
Comment: Wish I could give you more hearts! Your work is amazing! Love the stamps you used, the wonderful fabric and lace and the amazing buttons and decorations. The packaging was amazing as well. Thank you so much for such a great swap!
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed my swap! You’re very welcome!
Comment: Hi Joy! I am starting to get very excited when I see your name on my incoming mail! What a fun bunch of goodies you sent to fulfill this swap. Your envelope with the music, rainbow and sweet little bee is amazing. Love your handmade envie and those gorgeous washi samples; they are REALLY beautiful and I'm going to hoard them for awhile. Thanks, too, for the envie seals and the stamped images. I loved this swap and hope we're partnered again vey soon!
Response: Thank you for all your kind comments! I’m so glad you liked it. I kind of fell in love with that envelope after I finished it. I made a page in my art journal that was kind of a copy of it.
Comment: Got the resend and its so cool! I love the sewing and stamp! Cant wait to put it in my junk journal. Also thanks for the extra paperclips. I love the seashell!
Comment: Two cute belly bands arrived today in a very pretty envelope. Thank you :)
Comment: Love that you made the envelope out of a pattern sheet. I remember Kwik Sew patterns-they were based out of Minnesota-I lived in St Paul for 8 years in the 80?"s. Nice ephemera and thanks for extras-cute little hanger and measuring tape washi-Thanks for sharing!
Response: You’re very welcome! I’ve been in Minnesota my whole life and I didn’t know Kwik Sew was from here. You learn something new every day!
roosje rated for YTPC: 100 Day: Day 20: Journal Cards on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Hello dear Joy, thank you so much for a wonderful swap. I love the journal cards and I think your collage work is amazing. Thank you for the extras in the cute envelope too!
Response: You are very welcome! I’m so glad you are enjoying the things I sent you.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome re-send! I love it all!
Comment: Hi Joy! Thank you so much for this lovely tag book. i am absolutely incredibly impressed with all the treatments to the pages inside the book--you WORKED it! So many lovely colors, stenciled images, rubber stamped images, etc. I'm just in love with that egg stamp and would LOVE to know where to get one for myself! Also love the little fibers you used through the hole t the top--that cream colored one is gorgeous. Thanks bunches for another wonderful swap--I'm always so pleased when you're my sending partner.
Response: I’m so glad that my swap made you happy! I believe the egg stamp is from stampin’ up. I got it at a thrift store though, so I can’t be sure.

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Hell0Z0mbie on May 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for the lovely page in my OMAE butterfly deco book! It looks so great! Is the butterfly cutout thing from a Cricut or something? The lines are so sharp!

kiddomerriweather on May 1, 2021:

Thank you for working on my "From the Desk of" deco (OMAE). I love the VW bus!

bigmamabird on Apr 30, 2021:

So glad you liked the faces sending! I didn't take a picture of it, but I'm pretty sure it was the photo of a young rene russo? Did I gussy up the back..? Bad that I don't remember that, lol...Hope spring is treating you well. We are having the rains we desperately needed and the greens are really starting to pop, yay!

Hell0Z0mbie on Mar 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for your Seas the Day page in my mermaid deco book! I love it, really pretty design. <3

HippieChick on Mar 10, 2021:

Woohoo! Glad it got to you safe! I am officially at an age where I have to ask myself if microfiche was a real thing or not, HaHa! I have a habit of collecting the weirdest things when I find them. Hope you enjoy. And I have much more microfiche, if you would like more. ;)

goosey on Feb 24, 2021:

joy, thank you so much for your lyrical addition to the "blue" deco!! i love the way it turned out!! i am amazed too that it surfaced!!! hugs to you, marlies

Singske on Dec 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for your ‘confident enough’ postcard for the OMAE handmade postcard tag. I love all the layers of beautiful papers on it. So nice to hear you are watching ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ too. My husband is a fanatic chess player. So we also liked it a lot. The best thing I saw this year!!! Enjoy your Christmas and wishing you all the best for the next year. Hope to see you again here on swapbot⭐️⭐️⭐️

Singske on Dec 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for your ‘confident enough’ postcard for the OMAE handmade postcard tag. I love all the layers of beautiful papers on it. So nice to hear you are watching ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ too. My husband is a fanatic chess player. So we also liked it a lot. The best thing I saw this year!!! Enjoy your Christmas and wishing you all the best for the next year. Hope to see you again here on swapbot⭐️⭐️⭐️

bigmamabird on Oct 18, 2020:

Thanks for the OMAE paper bomb, Joy! I love the blues of those handmade papers, so so pretty... Always glad for incoming from you... Happy Sunday!

HippieChick on Oct 16, 2020:

Awesome! I'm glad it arrived and was well received, haha. I had gotten the printed money in a swap a couple years ago and hadn't used them all. I may have to add more to my outgoing mail stash for other crafters. :)

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