Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2019 10:33 am


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: September 21, 2019

Country: Canada

About Me

September- A Haiku
by 90960

Cosy September
Golden brilliant trees delight
Long shadows emerge

July 15 2019: Created my first group! I'm excited and nervous. :)

Aug 30 Update: It's going well. All of the swaps so far have been sent and rated quickly and with nice messages. Really happy with the participation.

Snapshot Photo Craft Projects

Theme: A DIY group. Turn your snapshot photos into postcards, ATCs, notecards, zines, and more. Type: Arts and Crafts



If you haven't received a card within a month of my send date, please let me know.

I like staying creative in small ways and this site provides a lot of opportunities. I like handcrafted one-of-a-kind things.

I love making my own postcards.

Here's an example of one of my handcarved blocks postcards.

Carved block prints

Cut n Paste postcards are one of my favourite style of postcards. They are fun to make and receive. I like rummaging through magazines for images that will make a great postcard. Look over on the right, under "Currently Hosting" I've usually got one CnP on the go.

Borrowing from NRGordon's description, I like making postcards from found images. They are intriguing, and more personal. If you like making postcards, definitely send me one if you are my partner in a swap. Let me know how you made it and tell me something about the image you picked (why you picked it, what you like about it).

Besides being profoundly HOH (hard of hearing), I'm introverted (probably more so as I have lost my hearing over the years) and really enjoy the concept of Swapbot. It’s connection through creativity, connection through art, connection through writng, connection without physical contact.

Things I find interesting:

  • Everything Keri Smith--in particular her Wander Society concept. Solvitur Ambulando!
  • Documenting things a la the Wander Society
  • Hygge concept - cosy, comforting, calm, zen
  • Little Free Library visits while wandering and exploring
  • Dogs (and generally all animals including spiders and insects)
  • Coffee shops
  • Whimsical things
  • Folk art (e.g. Maud Lewis, Grandma Moses)
  • Canadiana (or your country's stereotypical/cultural/characteristic things)
  • Amateur art made by regular people
  • Tartan
  • Public art galleries

In my area I really like: Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gallery Stratford, and Art Gallery of Guelph. Ontario Gallery Finder

I also like Co-op Artist stores. Co-operative Art Galleries in Ontario directory

To all those people who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note...

Thank you

Favorite Books

My favourite books are the kind I want to keep and not give away. Or the kind I think are so good I want to pass it on, then buy a second copy to keep.

Being Mortal - Atul Gawande

The Wander Society - Keri Smith

The Guerrilla Art Kit - Keri Smith

Experimental Travel - Rachel Antony, Joel Henry

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well - Meik Wiking

El Deafo - Cece Bell

Good Mail Day - Jennie Hinchcliff

How Can Art Make You Happy - Bridget Payne

Currently reading:

Who's Your City: how the creative ecoomy is making where to live the most important decision of your life by Richard Florida

Microadventures: local discoveries for great escapes by Alastair Humphreys

Experimental Travel by Rachael Antony

America the Fair: using brain science to create a more just nation by Dan Meegan

The Legend of The Vila della Luna by Jana Kolpen


Comedians (and their TV shows):

Current TV Shows:

I'm still a fan of Saturday Night Live. I've watched every season. Including the years they hadn't invented VCRs yet and I had to stay up well past my bedtime to watch.

What We Do in the Shadows. I don't know anyone who doesn't love this movie. There's a TV series out now on the FX channel. Hilarious. These are classic Romanian Victorian vampires living in modern times.

Kim's Convenience (Toronto) Immigrant Korean family run a variety store near Kensington Market in Toronto. Funny. Wonderful characters.

Schitt's Creek I've grown to really like the "Green Acres" style fish-out-of-water storyline. They film in Orangeville and Goodwood, Ontario (I've visited both locations - my friends who like the show are jealous :D ). I've always loved the SCTV comedians. It's great to see Catherine OHara and Eugene Levy working together.

Coronation Street (the world's longest-running television soap opera) I've been watching for decades. Can't stop, even though the writing is pretty bad a lot of the time. But I like the characters, especially the older ones.

Food and Drink

Take-Out Food: Asian especially Thai and Indian.

Drink: Bubble tea, coffee, club soda with fruit juice, the tea lattes at Starbucks


Comment: Hi Rome thank you for the Frances Anne Hopkins 1869 PC...I enjoyed reading about her work: her paintings of traveling by canoe along the fur trading routes.I really like the illustration . Happy September peace love light
Response: Thanks G. I'm glad you like the Hopkins postcard. My hope is to someday see her work up close.
Comment: what an interesting postcard! I have a few mental associations with the Azores, but I've never met anyone with personal connections. Have you ever visited?
Response: I went decades ago. Beautiful beautiful place.
kssunlover1947 rated for SPCP: Street Art Snapshot on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the pretty bluebird mural and for the information about the painting.
Response: You're welcome. I really enjoyed that walk in Toronto. I like being able to share my snapshot photos via the SPCP group.
AZmom875 rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste #3 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: I love zebras!!! Did you read that in my profile, or did I just get lucky?
Response: I read your profile and lucked out. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a stack of donated National Geographics at work in the staff lounge and one of them had the running zebra herd. It was meant to be. :)
newrule rated for CAT Postcard Intl - Newbie Friendly on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute cat card! Loved it!
Response: Very nice that it made it to Malaysia in less than a month. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the postcard.
Comment: How exciting to receive mail from Canada! Thank you for the wonderful PC with hummingbirds on the back! They are beautiful birds! <3
Response: I'm so glad you liked the back of the postcard. :) Thanks msashtree.
Comment: What a beautiful picture of the trail in the park. I can’t wait for our weather to be friendly enough to do anything outside!
Response: Thank you for the photo compliment. Enjoy your comfortable fall/winter weather where you are. We're headed into a Canadian deep freeze in a couple of months. But I have my photos to look back on. ;)
Comment: Hi Rome thank you so much for the wonderful zine about the free book libraries...they are lovely. I am without a printer so cannot do any zines at the moment, great photos great subject I really enjoy it :) Happy September swapping peace love light
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed my zine. Sorry to hear about your printer. That's got to be rough. If you have to get a new one I hope it brings you years of great joy. :)
lemooon rated for SPCP: "A" is for... on Sep 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the A pc! Have a great week!
Response: My alleyway art postcard made it to Japan in good time. Less than a month. Nice.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I will definitely give Diesel a hug for you!! x
Response: I hope it made you and Diesel laugh. :D If you are young (pre-Chretien) you may need to google shawinigan handshake.
Comment: Awesome card Rome. I have a small collection of RCMP cards that just grew by 1. Will certainly look into littlefreelibrary and see what I can find around town. Thanks. :-D
Response: I'm so glad you like the Mountie postcard. I hope you enjoy those LFL boxes. I think you will. :)
nannydino rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste #2 on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Hi Rome thank you for the PC of Sitting Bull. I really like it.That's interesting info about the artist Carl Beam . Happy September swapping peace love light
Response: I'm glad I could peak your interest Geraldine. :) That's part of postcards that I like, especially when I do DIY postcards--being creative and finding new interesting things as a result.
Comment: Thanks a lot for this fun postcard! It was interesting reading how you decided to create it :)
Response: Thanks itsnobody. I had a lot of fun creating it. I'm so glad you like it.
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and info- that sounds like a fun thing to see!
Response: You're welcome fortannam. Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
Comment: I enjoyed reading about your neighborhood.
Response: Thanks bf0932. I like visiting The Ward whenever I get a chance, I try to get there at at least once a season. I'm glad you liked my pocket zine of photos.
Comment: Hi Rome thank you for the "there's no can't in Canada" PC. Love it :)Also thank you for your well wishes for me:the new NaNa to an absolutely lovely little man ...indeed I am smitten beyond measure ...and I love the infant ink stamp...is that one of your creations? I love it, makes the greeting very special thank you Rome.peace love light
Response: I'm so glad you like the postcard and the baby stamp. Congrats again on the new man in your life. :)
Chaosfrau rated for Profile Based PC & Msg on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: Hey, that motif was too psychedelic for the post office - it arrived today, without any postmarks :-) 3 years ago I sent exactly the same motif away, but it was a rectangular card. Cool, now I have it again, thank you!
Response: OMG. That's funny. Both the messing with the post office machinery, and that you also had a postcard with this optical illusion. :D
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful PC! I love that you chose it especially for the dog. =) So cute and very well made. Thanks, again!
Response: You're very welcome stiffneck78. I'm so glad you like the Firefly postcard. Thank you for the heart.
dancingtiger rated for WIYM: YELLOW POSTCARD SWAP #5 on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: thanks for the energy filled yellow card
Response: Wow. That's amazingly fast. It went out on Monday from Canada and you got my kaleidoscope postcard on Thursday in the UK. That's even faster than Canada to Canada (and even within the province). =0
sunnysimo rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #1 INTL on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: I really loved the card and I think that I did something wrong ore that SB was doing funny. I don't know anymore. Im happy that you send me a message I always do the same. ;) Thank you again for the beautiful card! =)
Response: So glad to know that my Canada Goose postcard made it to the Netherlands. Thank you for the heart sunnysimo. :)

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I love this personalized postal cancellation stamp. Got a postcard with this on it.

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