Swap-bot Time: October 15, 2021 6:42 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: October 15, 2021
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Thank you for rating me!

Please do let me know if anything I send to you snells bad or moldy. I have a horrible sense of smell but I can obtain assistance to help monitor what I am sending. I will of course try to refrain but if I miss I am happy to resend or make it right for you.

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

Welcome to my profile! I am 54 years old and live in Alameda an island town in a suburb outside San Francisco, California.

A few of my favorite things: Free random things Surprises Pink, Blue, Brown, and all the exotic names for all the colors, I love all the colors of the rainbow and more colors that are in mind's eye but not in the real or material world Dreams Films Cooking channels Fixer Upper Glamping at home like a princess!

Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace& Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Food: Cooking and nutrition are big for me. My current big project is getting our family recipe scrapbook together. How did you plan meals? Do you do meal prep? Any recipes you recommend? Or cookbooks? Or similar like Instagram or other chefs.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: Exploring ways I can save or share my collection. What do you do with your postcards? How do you share, save, or recycle? ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Art, spiritual diaries, junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that coordinated nor designed. My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, found objects, even washi tape. I secretly love stickers though they seem not that popular. I've started a mini collection of recycled stickers, like people save used postage stamps. There should be a name for us like philatelist! But for stickers. It's a mini collection because it seems to be politically or socially incorrect to confess to this love here among "serious" arts and crafters. But then, I'm not good at being serious since I'm exceedingly serious at my day job.

Favorite Books

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me?

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi *John Joseph Adams

Science fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson *Scott Sigler


*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Scott Sigler *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Sue Grafton - mystery *James Baldwin *Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Marguerite Duras *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger *Jim Harrison *Ursula LeGuin

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel
*Gabrielle Bernstein *Eckhart Tolle *Jack Kornfield *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner *John McPhee


*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau


On writing, mostly I write for myself. I've kept a journal or diary since I was a kid. Lately I’ve joined journal swaps to make and share art and words with swappers. Sometimes just a page and for other swaps a whole notebook.

For journals, I’ve been working on art experiments like drawing, doodling, painting, coloring and more. Sometimes I work with watercolor, pencils, art crayons, found objects, ribbons, yarns and fiber art. I love words and I’m looking at ways to include more words and text.

Most recently I’m putting together a personal recipe and food journal. If you have ideas and suggestions around food and cooking and food storage or organizing my pantry and fridge please let me know! I’m curious.


Swim, walk, run, yoga and dance. I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air.

Outside in our back patio, we set up a table and lawn chairs outside. A big umbrella keeps us shady for hot days. I love to work outside and lounge. The bright jewel colors in my flower garden keep me inspired from lemon to purple lavender and Mexican deep purple sage blooms.

Favorite Movies

A few of my favorite films: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Splendor in the Grass, Get Him to the Greek, The Last Emperor of China, Gladiator, The Hunger Games, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Marie Antoniette, The Seven Samurai, Hero, Mulan

A few filmmakers I like are both Tony and Ridley Scott, the Cohen Brothers, Francis Ford and Sofia Coppola, Jon Chu, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Kasi Lemmons, and Jean-Luc Godard.


Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. I download all kinds of podcasts and news on YouTube or other online sources. Spoken word.

I love to change my daily playlist with my 5000+ songs in my collection.

Gardens & Plants

Sunflowers are big and in bloom! Volunteer lettuce and mache greens.

Paper whites and other bulbs are on their way! Very exciting!!

Planted sweet pea flowers for next spring. May sow seeds weekly for a nice series of blooms.

Kale is a big hit here and spicy and sweet peppers, 🍅 tomatoes, chives and various herbs, blackberries, strawberries. Scented flowers like jasmine and lavender and rose. Have you ever bathed in rose petals or rose hips? You can also bathe in lavender though I'm allergic to it so I watch it from a distance. Try it you will feel like a QUEEN when You bathe in rose petals!! You can scoop them out with a mesh strainer when you are done. They are also high in vitamin C which is good for your skin.

What about you? Do you grow anything?

How are you serving these pandemic times?


sleepingrover2010 rated for 3 Layer ATC #4 on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: Hi Marie, I received your swap on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Thank You so much for the French ATC you created for this swap above>. I am excited to add your 3 Layers ATC to my ATC Collection. I also want to express my appreciation for the extras you sent along with your ATC. I also appreciate your tip about Facebook Groups. I've explored that on a number of occasions, and I have joined a few groups. I really never thought I would leave Swap-Bot, but I also need to take care of me. So, I will see what happens. Continued FUN on Swap-bot! We have swapped on many swaps. I will miss those opportunities! Barbara B., sleepingrover2010
carol rated for WIYM: JOKE OR FUNNY POSTCARD on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: I love this PC! Sounds like a really cute set of PCs. Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard and fun "tour" of your garden!
Response: Happy World Postcard day!
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Put a Monster on It on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I totally get it, I still collect monsters...now they are art dolls.
Response: Yes gargoyles are my favorite but I’m loving the simple monsters too!!
Mamamoose rated for WIYM: ANY POSTCARD WILL DO #1 on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice postcard!
Response: Perfect!
Snailmail1772 rated for R&W: World Postcard Day - USA on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sending the pretty postcard. I enjoyed "The Night Circus" too. I can't read horror, I'm too much of a scaredy cat.
Response: Ah yes surrounding myself with less horror is a good idea. More love, more humor instead!
pahasiga rated for PNS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 31 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your postcard!
Response: My first experience and I’m addicted already!!!!!!!!
2Hearts rated for WIYM: SSS-SEP 2021 (USA+) on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: A very nice assortment of goodies. Thank you!
Response: Good! Glad you liked it!
skwerl81 rated for ATC Master Class #2 USA on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Awesome card (and extras!) <3 And I loved reading all about how you made it and what it means to you. Thank you! :)
Response: You are too sweet thank you!!
carol rated for WIYM: ANY POSTCARD WILL DO #1 on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the birthday wishes! I love the PC! I don't know any of those cookbooks, except Julia Child's! I'll have to look them up. I love trying new recipes. Lately, I've been attempting to curtail my purchases of cookbooks, but I'll bet my library has some of these! Sue Grafton is SO good! Love Kinsey. What a great character. Enjoy! I may have to start that series over just for the fun of it!
Response: My new secret is searching the internet for recipes though there are times you need the good old print version of the cookbook! Also do America’s Test Kitchen subscription since I love their shows.
riviwriter rated for ABCUSA ATC - Letter S on Oct 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! The ATC is so pretty and the fabric you wrapped it in Im going to make into a coaster :)
Response: Yes loving fabric lately. Looking for ways to use it more. Especially instead of plastic!!
Vickyen rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard on Oct 1, 2021
Comment: Hi Marie! I apologize for not rating sooner! I got your pc mixed up with someone else who also did a beautiful collage! I love your pc and again I apologize for not rating sooner - I have been really distracted by some family stuff - sigh! Thank you for the beautiful collaged pc - when I try to do something like that, it looks like a hot mess, you made it look and sound so easy!! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Really? Ok thank you!!!
tcornell rated for ATCJ: Watercolor Starter Set on Sep 30, 2021
Comment: Excited to work on this starter set, thanks! ♥ Oh- I appreciate the tag as well, thanks a bunch!!!
Response: Ha ha I got confused about who I was making tags for. Since you like pugs I made a pug tag for you!!
1koolkrafter rated for WIYM: Tags with Button Dangles on Sep 29, 2021
Comment: Hey Marie...I love the tags you made for me. Although both are very nice...the orange color themed one is my favorite...lol. thanks also for the great goodies that you enclosed as well !
Response: Cool. My first tag with buttons. Glad you liked the swap!!!
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤ 📬
Response: Been saving stamps!!!! What amazing emoji icons!!!
Comment: Thank your for such a fun swap of great stuff! I will definitely have a lot of fun this weekend using some of these bits in my journaling!!! So fun!! xxGabi
Response: Wow wow yay yay!!!
Akanksha23 rated for USATC: Rainbow ATC Swap on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Love rainbows!!! Rainbows everywhere I’m from San Francisco 🌈
Comment: Thanks for this great postcard! It's amazing how much ephemera you found! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I know right? Really to get rid of more junk or maybe swap my junk more!! I love junk journals!
Jangonz rated for Postcard Pen Pal on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: HI Marie, thanks for the Postcard. I will definitely be writing back! Looking forward to starting a Pen Pal connection.
Response: Super! Writing you back too!!
tam2016 rated for Journal Pages: Orange on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Eiffel Tower journal page. I really loved the distressed look!
Response: Cool yes that stamp is a distressed stamp! I love the tower so I have 3 different Eiffel Tower stamps!!

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grammypammy on Aug 22, 2021:


Enjoy your day!

Hugs, Pam

HollyBear on Jun 15, 2021:

Thank you for sending home our Junky Junk Buddy card. I love how it turned out. The drawing exercise pages definitely provided some inspiration.

supersquirrel on May 20, 2021:

I dub you Queen Marie of Surprises and Kindness! Thank you so much for the great package of bits and pieces. It is definately all treasure! 👑🐿️❤️

megan1230 on Apr 5, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome JAM! Can't wait for the journal!

supersquirrel on Feb 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the surprise package of goodies ❤️🐿️❤️. Just in time for a crafty weekend 😊

beachchicken on Feb 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for the homer with the message in a bottle! I love it!

itsnobody on Jan 3, 2021:

Did you receive my last letter. Hope you and your loved ones are healthy and happy!


wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Oooops!! It is not your birthday. Sorry about that!!

JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope you had a great one!!

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