Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2021 7:56 pm


Date Joined: January 24, 2009
Last Online: September 10, 2021
Birthday: January 1
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I am Connie, wife and mother. I have been married for 26 years and have a wonderful daughter! I have an identical twin( and yes her name is Bonnie!!) Mom had to come up with names quickly, they were expecting a baby boy!! Surprise!!!!. I think that is where I have received my love of surprises. The whole swapping thing was new to me, but I have quickly become addicted too it. I am also a licensed Optician,I was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years. But now that I have found this site, I do believe the craft side of me is coming back out. 04/21/10 We have a new addition to the family!! A 6 week old schnoodle puppy. Her name is Evie. I lost my beloved Sandy on 02/27/10. But the house was empty without a fur baby running around, so in comes Evie. She is full speed, I was use to a 12 year old, and now this. I have my hands full, but I'm loving every minute.

I LOVE Christmas! The decorations, the lights, the music ( I hum X-mas songs all year) the yummy smells, the Christmas cards, shows, and all the wonderful, and happy spirit of the season. I see more smiles and cheerful looks during this time of year than any other time. Christmas

Oct. 2010: I have started a new hobby. Yea!! I bought a new camera and several different lenses, and driving everyone around me crazy taking photos.. It has been great fun going on long drives and seeing new places, so I can get different shots...Sept 2015- Still loving my Photography!.. I got my Christmas present early this year from the DH, a new full frame camera!! I am one happy girl!!!...

2019: MY New Year resolution, was to enjoy the simple and pure things in life.and what a wonderful year it has been!!! More family time, cookouts, games,and crafts, Spending as much time at the beach, fishing, kayaking, taking night strolls. Picnics at the lake, and wonderful long drives in the country! Life is good :) , No keeping up with the Jones, No drama, just pure happiness! This is the only resolution I think I have every keep. Fingers crossed we keep going strong for years to come!

Swapping Pledge

I pledge not to be a flaker and to always Rate my partners. If I am your swap partner and you have not received my swap on time, Please contact me,I would be very upset to disappoint my partner. Hope to meet all of you soon!


Things I Like

Fish with big lips,Pink dogwood and Sunflowers, . To hear Children laughing, BIRDS,Rainy Days,Old Shrimp boats, Water Grist Mills, Autumn (favorite season) Antique stores, Flea markets, vintages items, Hidden object games,and BAKING!!! My favorite colors are: Pink,Gray,Teal and Yellow.

  • A- Apples, Art , Aprons
  • B- Bubbles, Baking, Bluebirds
  • C- Clouds, Cool days, Christmas, Caramels, Camera, Chocolate
  • D- Dough bowls, Dogs, Dandelions, Dover Clip Art
  • E- Easter eggs, Energy
  • F- Friendship, Funny thing, Fishes with big lips , Fall
  • G- Green grass, Gnomes, Grist mills, Grits, Gerber daisy
  • H- Hugs, Hubby, Holidays, Hallmark Christmas movies
  • I- Icicles,Indian corn,Iceland,Ice cream
  • J- Jelly beans, Jeans, Jewel quest
  • K- Kayaks, Kites, Kindness
  • L- Leaves, Lucky charms, Lighting, Leather bracelets
  • M- Magazine, Magic, Masks Mala Bracelets
  • N- Naps, Nutcrackers, Nostalgia, Nite lights
  • O- Oceans, Old Shrimp Boats, Oak trees,
  • P- Photography,Puppies, PJ's, Place mats, Pink dogwoods
  • Q- Quite time, Quotes
  • R- Rainy day,Ravens, Road trips!!
  • S- Sunflower, Santa, Sundrop, Surprises,Scandinavian Gnomes
  • T- Twins, Trees, Tim Holtz
  • U- Umbrella, Utah,
  • V- Vintage Sea Captains, boat wheels, old ships and clocks... Valentine, Veterans
  • W- Walks, Waterfall, Water wheels,
  • X- X-Men,
  • Y- You got mail, Yellow, YouTube
  • Z- Zoom lenses


I photographed this little guy Saturday 01/27/13 in Conway SC



  • Cheddar Cheese straws
  • Chocolate covered carmels
  • Milk Chocolate Kisses,
  • Ritter Sport Corn flakes or Choco biscuit,
  • Brach's Classic Jellybeans (Love them)

Favorite Crafts

  • Baking

  • Photography

  • ATC

  • Collage Canvas

  • Altered Blocks

Things I Dislike

  • Tea

  • Cats

  • Coffee

  • Stationary sheets or letter sets

  • Socks

  • Post Cards

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Fruit filled chocolate

  • Sport themes

  • Window cling decorations

  • Scented Candles and Lotions ( My head just doesn't appreciate certain aromas)

  • Please No dollar tree cooking and baking utensils, and measuring items.

  • Character themes

  • I HATE packing tape! we fight and it always wins!! Okay, we can now add CLING WRAP! It hates me too. lol..

Favorite Books

Anything written by, Iris Johansen,JD Robb,Nora Roberts, Christine Feehan,and the Harry Potter series. I have read all of these authors books that is out, I like to read about paranormal stuff,magic powers,ancient gifts. If you know of a good book in this genre, I would love to know about it. I enjoy Craft ,Baking and Photography magazines.

Favorite Movies

Harry Potter, You got mail, Love actually, The Wedding date,, Over board, The Avengers and StarTrek!! I love to laugh and smile during a movie. I don't like sad endings, or really silly movies.

Favorite Television

Big Bang Theory,Face Off, Chopped, Castle, Bones, NCIS, Cup Cake Wars, Holiday Baking Champions and The Magician

Favorite Music

Aerosmith, AC/DC, Daughtry,Hinder and ,all of the true classic rock bands, Big Bang K-Pop and Christmas music always makes me happy


  • Carolina Wrens

  • Bluebirds

  • Cardinals

  • Song birds (do you see a pattern here? Yes I love birds)


Wish List

  • This is my Amazon wishlist

  • This is my Etsy wishlist

  • Black watercolor pencil

  • Amiibo cards for Animal crossing (used is fine)

  • Any thing Tim Holtz

  • Things for my Sizzix Bigshot

  • Any thing Ranger products

  • Vintage or old looking clocks (don't have to work, for display only ) Battery operated

  • Items for my 3 tier tray Holidays or seasonal (ex: 3 tier tray

  • Lottery scratch-offs

  • Anything- Carolina Wrens

  • Needle felting kits or supplies

  • Refrigerator magnets, Vintage looking, Gnome, Birds, Route 66

  • Covergirl Outlast moisturizing top coat

  • I Love Vintage items I can photograph. ex:Vintage items

  • Dover Clip Art book (Victorian, Holidays, or Birds

  • Cheddar Cheese Straws (I love them!!) or a good recipe for them

  • Sponge Daubers

  • Tombow mono permanent tape or refills

  • White Gel pens

  • Uhu stic Glue stick

  • Rub-Ons

  • StazOn ink pads

  • Silicone 9 inch round cake pan mat

  • Spices or seasonings

  • Baker salts

  • Cookie stamps

Thrift Store Finds

Here are a few things I look for when I go to thrift shops:

Vintage Clocks or alarm clocks

Victorian Lady images

Faces that I can make clay molds of (would LOVE an Indian, African, Egyptian, any face with character... No bigger than 2 inches)

Old Vintage items I can use in a Still Life photo, like my last one I shot I used long gloves, vintage lipstick case, long necklace,earring and vintage mirror .It made a great photo to hang!! So anything with interest.Ex: Vintage Item

I usually go with nothing really on my mind and just enjoy the surprise I hope to find!!!


Comment: Thanks so much for the wonderful puzzle piece. An awesome final for my puzzle. I also love ❀️ the ephemera you included!
chimerix rated for AMA: USA Collaboration Puzzle #11 on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great oceany mermaid puzzle piece. I love it. And thanks for the extras to craft with. Aloha
iamdawt rated for Smooshing Technique on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: I absolutely love the ATC you created for me, Connie, thank you! It has so many great layers to it. I keep looking at it and discovering more and more interesting aspects of it. Very well done! The vintage labels and seed packet you included are very cool as well. This was a lovely decorated envelope of joy, thank you so much!
Comment: Wow this was amazing happy mail!! The green washi, white pens, thick tea towels, and incense pack all made me squee and my kiddo still won't take the Curious George stickers off his arm the next day haha. Also loved your creative wrapping and all the little extras. Thank you so so much!!!
ChinaCat rated for MLU: Filled Easter Eggs 2021 USA on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Oh my gosh!!! What a wonderful box of Easter egg fun and goodies! Thank you so much for all the yummy chocolates and the thoughtful profile surprises. It's all items I will use either for myself or my crafting. I love the wood cutouts so much! The mermaid charms, faces, keys...everything is just great, Connie. Thank you soooo much! HAPPY EASTER!!!
Response: Yeah!!!! I am so happy you liked your goodies!!! I had so much fun with this swap! I hope you and your family have a wonderful EasterπŸ‡πŸ£πŸ‡
Comment: thanks for the card and the fun metallic mermaid valentines!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the πŸ’—
chimerix rated for AMA: USA- Collaboration Puzzle #10 on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely puzzle piece. Aloha
Response: You are welcome!
Zander rated for YTPC: Pockets & Tags from 6x6 Paper on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: Love these pockets tags, Thank You so much for a fun swap. Take Care
Response: I am so glad you liked them! I had a lot of fun making them! Thank you for theπŸ’—
Comment: Those Valentine scratchers were really cool, thanks
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the πŸ’—
jinxspinx rated for AMA: USA- Collaboration Puzzle #9 on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Lovely puzzle piece you sent! reminds me of spring! Thank you!!
Response: You are very welcome! I am so ready for Spring! It's been in the 70's here and I'm loving it!!!
Comment: I love these specimen cards!!! Thank you so much!!! Ü
Response: You are very welcome! I had so much fun making them! Thank you for the heart πŸ’“
Comment: Thank you for the cute valentine and extras!
Response: You are very welcome!!! Thank you for the heart πŸ’—
Comment: Thanks for the puppy valentine and the bonus stickers!
Response: You are very welcome!!! Thank you for the heart πŸ’—
Comment: Thanks for the cute vintage card and the goodies sticker sheet.
Comment: Thank you so much for the super sweet Valentine! What a nice message--you're the best, too, my friend. So glad we've come to know each other thru swap-bot. I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful weekend! πŸ’—πŸ’ŒπŸ’—
Response: You are so very welcome!! We had a very good weekend!!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
Comment: Awwww Connie, this is the most precious Valentine!! I love her!! And thank you for the beautiful stickers, too!! xoxo
Response: You are very welcome!!! Thank you for the heart πŸ’— and hosting this fun swap!!!!
Comment: Hello, my sweet friend! I was so happy to get your beautiful Valentine box!! I'm waiting until Valentine's Day to open it. Sending lots of luv--hope you're doing well!! oxox πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Update (2/17): Connie, Connie, Connie!!! Thank you so much for the beautiful box of magic that you sent to me!! I absolutely LOVE everything!! I'm going to try out the stamp set soon, I love the dish towels, the great mermaid mirror and the coin purse is gorgeous!! All the yummy goodies I;ve shared with my Mom and Zora--they thank you too! I love the Valentine gnomies! Everything is just great! Thank you for making my Valentine's Day extra special. You're the best!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
Response: I hope it will bring a big smile to you on Valentine day!!!..... I saw on your profile you were not feeling well, I hope you get better soon my dear friend!!!
Comment: Thanks for the adorable retro valentine and stickers! I loved your hearts envelope too.
Response: You are very welcome!!!! I hope you have a Happy Valentine Day!!!!
Comment: Thank you for the Valentine. I appreciate the fun heart envie with the LOVE postage stamp.
Response: You are very welcome!!!! I hope you have a Happy Valentine Day!!!!
wolfeagle rated for AMA USA: Collaboration Puzzle #8 on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great puzzle piece. I'm so glad you stayed also.
Response: You are very welcome!!! I have really enjoyed this swap!!!

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thriftymermaid on Feb 27, 2021:

Hello, Sweet Friend, just a little head's up in case you're interested that I just posted the Ultimate Easter Basket swap in the WIYM group. I knew it used to be a fave of yours. Hope you have time!! Hugs and well wishes!!

thriftymermaid on Feb 14, 2021:

Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! πŸ’—πŸ’ŒπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ

thriftymermaid on Jan 1, 2021:


thriftymermaid on Dec 30, 2020:

Connie!! Thank you so much for all of the awesomeness you sent for Christmas! I love the stamps, washi, the awesome giant gnome! And the stocking stuffer package with all of the beautiful mermaids!! So amazing--thanks so much!! I hope you have a wonderful New Year, my friend!! Thank you for keeping up this tradition with me!! xoxo

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


thriftymermaid on Dec 24, 2020:

Merry Christmas!! πŸŽ„πŸ’—

OrigamiGrace on Dec 24, 2020:



thriftymermaid on Nov 26, 2020:

Happy Thanksgiving Connie!! <3

ncsue on Oct 26, 2020:
Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

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