Swap-bot Time: March 1, 2021 6:25 pm


Date Joined: March 6, 2016
Last Online: February 28, 2021

Country: United States
Letter Writers Alliance

Favorite Crafts

I regularly correspond with penpals. Since letter writing keeps me busy, I don't swapbot as much as I used to--but I love to exchange holiday cards.

I am crafty! I love everything crafty and hand-made. I spend entirely too much time on the internet looking at art and craft content and tutorials. I enjoy arts-and-craft supplies and everything that goes along with living a creative life--and I love to share and swap with others who feel the same way! I make art: paint/draw/urban sketch, hand letter, hand and garment sew, papercraft, decorate and renovate, play with fibers and beads....cute, sparkly, trendy awesomeness is hard to resist and I am so happy to have an excuse to shop for it because of swapping.

Favorite Television

I don't have cable television; only streaming services. I am not up on current network shows, instead I enjoy streaming interesting programs from start to finish. Some re-watchable favorites: Versailles, Broadchurch, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, Bloodline. I enjoy Australian shows: Top of the Lake, Old School (TV), Wanted, Glitch. I finally got around to watching Downton Abbey. On Roku: Restoration Home, The Auction House. I love Sky Arts programs, yet they are difficult to get in the US. More than television, these days I am into podcasts: The History Chicks, Stuff You Should Know, 99% Invisible/Radiotopia, Wondery, Lonely Palette, Art Curious, Stitcher's Top 100, Decoder Ring.

Favorite Books

I like to read, and I read a lot. I generally get most of my books from the new fiction section of my local public library. I regularly use Little Free Libraries (the swapbot for books!). Current favs: Riley Sager, Tana French, Ruth Ware, Susan Orlean's "The Library Book," and a bio about the Bronte sisters. I also like how-to books. Current topics: making crepe paper flowers, portrait drawing. I enjoy home decorating/craft magazines. I write professionally.

Current nonfiction deep dive: the Gilded Age.

Favorite Movies

I like quirky independent films and movies about people and their stories more than big Hollywood action/ superhero blockbusters. I love interesting and offbeat documentaries.

About Me

I like vintage. I enjoy wandering antique and resale shops looking for cool stuff to display or refurbish with paint and ingenuity. I like to renovate and decorate my 200 year-old home. I am bakers twine and washi tape; I am twinkle fairy lights and day old roses with a dash of yellow sports car (it's a 1977 Datsun Z).

Things I like to create with:


Twill tape labels

Fabric (cotton, linen, kitsch/retro prints imported from Japan, Liberty)

Glass-headed sewing pins

French Bohin sewing needles or Tulip from Japan

Ribbon, trims, lace, bias tape

100% wool felt, wool felt balls

Repurposed buttons

Wooden spools

Small embroidery scissors

Colored sewing thread (Aurifil), floss

Tiny embroidery hoops

Pellon products


  • Decorative papers, book pages, old text, classic ads/images, maps

  • Ephemera, vintage/found images and items for collage and ATCs

  • Postage stamps, old or new/canceled or unused

  • Stationery sheets, writing sets

Spencerian, Nikko G nibs (pointed pen, straight or oblique), hand lettering

Fountain pens

Adult coloring pages

Plein Air: Watercolor, colored pencils; Urban Sketching: Pencil, pen, travel supplies

Fine point sharpies/markers (pens: all colors)

Stickers (scrapbook quality)

Fabric tape, washi tape samples :)

Mason jars

Things that catch my eye:

Fabric and design motifs: woodland/foxes or sweet deer (not owls), arrows, feathers, peace signs, little red riding-hood, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, 1930s reproduction feedsack

Little houses -- I am into making fairy houses: inside (dollhouse dioramas) and outside (gardens with natural and repurposed materials)

Mermaids, fairies, myth, legend, classic children's literature

Marie Antoinette

Vintage china and tableware

Vintage equipment (typewriters, dial phones, cameras, airplanes (vintage travel) etc.) Roller skates, cassette tapes.

Vintage post office

1950s kitchen, vintage housewife, vintage office, mid-century modern

Vintage camping

Nancy Drew

Nifty papergoods. Vintage advertising.

The Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship/American Penmanship

Constellation illustrations/Galaxy

I prefer modern quilting to traditional.

I am a sucker for anything in cute packaging.

Enamel pins

Some other things about me:

I have an awesome, quirky studio space in my home. I own an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel, but I can't spin well; I can weave, but I don't own a loom. I know how to knit and crochet, I just don't do it enough. I own an embarrassing number of sewing machines (vintage and new). I love ALL vintage sewing stuff (notions, buttons, equipment, patterns, literature, advertising, furniture). I want to restore a treadle sewing machine to working order. (I have two in pieces in my barn; just not sure how to put them back together now that I took them apart in a fugue of can-do energy.) I love fashion but don't dress as nice as I should. I love to research/sew historical costumes.

I have a small sour cherry orchard in my back yard (apples and peaches too, but I like the cherries the most). Next spring, I have challenged myself to do more with my garden design and upkeep. I have been watching gardening documentaries lately, like the history of french gardens.

I own 2 VWs that we use/drive regularly: an orange/brown Westfalia Camper and a tintop wasserboxer. I love anything and everything VW Bus! Peace, love and all that!

I like big city and rural country equally. I'm into the idea of zakka. I love museums and libraries. When doable, I like to travel by train. I love antique carousels. (If they weren't millions of dollars I'd have one in my back yard.) I enjoy metal detecting. Haven't found anything of value, but I love the hunt!

I love to design party themes and gift bags. PENNANTS! I appreciate nice smelling candles, soap, hand creams and balms. I love to hang out in a coffeeshop to write, hand sew, sketch, read or practice my hand-lettering.

On my to-do list: 1,000 paper cranes

Favorite tea: Teeccino Dandelion Turmeric

Singing karaoke is a hoot! Friday night at-home dance party!!! If music was a cup of coffee it would be microhouse/minimal techno.

Painted rocks. UV coatings/decorative spray finishes....if it sits still, I may spray on a sheen!

Polymer Clay (kawaii charms)

I am a sky watcher, beautiful clouds thrill me. Rainbows, my favorite color is all of them.

Even more recently, I have gone crazy for urban sketching. I am drawing and painting obsessed. I am taking classes, buying/researching supplies, and visiting art museums. If I could chuck it all, I would and go to art school.

POSTCARDS: I love letterpress, vintage/vintage inspired, cool images. I love seeing all the different stamps and your messages. Ship naked or in an envelope, either way is fine. (I postcross. I know some folks on swapbot don't like the postcrossing system, but I enjoy it. I have lost very few postcards and it is just easy-breezy and always nonjudgmental. To me, it is not really swapping, more of a pay it forward kind of thing.) I penpal. I HATE facebook. 2019 update: I very much dislike the current negative political climate and "outrage culture." I long for a time when people remember to be considerate to one another and strive to help others using kindness and calm rather than today's constant condemnation through sarcastic barbs and mean-spirited "humor" (...stepping off soapbox now :) 2020: Ditto. I am even more anti-Facebook/social media than last year; even more tired of the self-serving photoshopped chatter. Influencing as a career? How is that even a thing?

Subscriptions: I stopped Birchbox and Allure. I have a stockpile of beauty samples I need to get through. I have Creativebug and Craftsy for inspiration. I want the Lia Griffith subscription, but I don't want to spend the money. I just canceled an online yoga on-demand subscription that I never remembered to watch. Whoops!

Question: Should I buy a circut machine? Would I use it? Which model is best? Does it make crafting better or is learning how to use it and cost of ownership a drag?

2020 Craft Resolutions: 1. Make ATCs. [December: soooooo, I blew that deadline. 2021, I'm looking at you--let's start fresh together on Jan 1!] 2. Renovate craft area. [December: room done. Problem, the room looks too good to mess up!]

I LOVE pathtags!! Love all geocache swag!! To collect and drop. I can get yours out in the wild in my area, if you PM me.

In specific:

I will gladly arrange a one-to-one swap, just contact me if interested. I penpal.

Sorry, I don't scrapbook or use a planner. Not against either, they just don't suit my talents. I don't follow sports or enjoy fad emojis.



susieq11 rated for CPG 2021 St Pats Card - US Only on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card! Perfect with a mailbox on it! : ) Cute shamrock washi and even a dog stamp! I don’t think I ever read that book but I would’ve been the perfect age for it when it was first published. I’ll keep it on my list! Thanks for the recommendation. Hope you have a Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Lilyhax rated for Peace Dove Holiday Card, USA on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Thank for for the beautiful Dove card and stickers. Happy New Year! I loved this swap because I love birds - plus we needed to share the peace this year.
Comment: Just got this card today lol. Thank you I really like it!
kromo rated for New Year's Card Swap on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the card. Happy New Year to you too.
DreZee rated for Train Christmas Card on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: This was lost in the mail, but sender showed me photo proof of sending. She offered ro resend, but I declined. Thank you!
Comment: Super cute card! I love the ornament shape, I own none like them, but hope to get some on clearance one of these days! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Sooo excited about this one! We'll be opening it during our yearly card tradition!
heidiblooms rated for One More Christmas Card on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the sparkly card and the pretty label! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas~
Comment: That is easily the most adorable card I've seen! Thank you Soo much. Those marshmallows are so darn cute and they arrived without a hitch!
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling card! Have a wonderful Christmas! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling kitty card and sticker! Have a Merry Christmas! Hugs, Diane
RNRISLOVE rated for Train Christmas Card on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Loved the gorgeous card and goodies. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you, Merry Christmas! :)
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card, the wreath is beautiful! :)
Comment: Thank you for this adorable card!! So cute! Happy holidays to you and yours also.
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card!
Comment: I love Cardinals. Happy Holidays
Comment: Thank you very much for the so pretty card and the reindeer ruler! Love my reindeer!
Comment: Thank you for the nice Christmas card and tag. I love Christmas music too. At Christmas time last year, I had a store clerk tell me that she hated Christmas music. I told her that I loved it because I knew all of the words to the songs. She looked at me like I was nuts! Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you for the retro-style Christmas card - it is perfect! Vintage Christmas is my FAVE. I'll definitely be saving this card and upcycling it into a decoration for next Christmas. Thank you & have a festive December!!

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luckycharms on Dec 21, 2017:

Merry Christmas

hamsterfarm on Sep 28, 2016:

Thanks for joining magazine cutout bookmark! <3


RyeRye on Jul 20, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

jjhere on May 29, 2016:

That was so sweet of you to send me the ultra-cool soccer fabric and awesome note. I was happy to share. Enjoy!

RainbowRoseOregon on Mar 14, 2016:

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