Swap-bot Time: May 23, 2022 8:31 pm


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Last Online: May 23, 2022
Birthday: February 10
Country: United States

About Me

Please Note: Sadly I will no longer participate in International Swaps. Postage is so high and getting more so every year, but what really disturbs me is that so many swaps just don't reach my partner. And for that reason I will do mostly US swaps. Sorry.

I have been retired for a number of years and find that very delightful. Have been married to the most wonderful man for more than 40 years.Life is great. We lived in Palo Alto, California for almost 30 years and they were great years. Northern California in the early 70s was the corridor to heaven. Unbelievably beautiful, wherever you were. The freeways were lined with Oleander. Wonderful fruit orchards with the best apricots in the world. I could go on and on. But then came the computer businesses and people beyond people and the flowers and orchards were replaced with concrete. So, about 9 years ago we 'escaped'. Never regretted it at all.

Here in Reno I belong to a quilting guild and a small private group, we get together somewhat frequently and usually do shoe box projects. Sometimes we meet for lunch only, or go some place exciting.

Every Morning (M - F) I walk for about 50 min. It's a good way to start off the day.

I love trees. The most beautiful thing for me is to walk through a forest and see the sun shine through the trees.And listen for bird serenading and little critters rustling about. My emphasis is on little critters. Once I saw a bear not very far from where I was and it scared the dickens out of me. That was only once and that definitely is enough.

In the winter we usually spend several months in Mexico.

Life is a continuous series of treats!

I love to eat. Cooking is a great pleasure for me and baking even more.

I love licorice.

One of my favorite people is Shirley MacLaine. I think she is terrific. A favorite author is Barbara Kingsolver, I have all her books, The Poisenwood Bible is terrific and I have read it more than once.

CRAFTS. Besides rubber stamping my favorite things are photography, gardening, making packages, and doing swaps, eating, reading, listen to music. One of my favorite writers is Barbara Kingsolver.

My collection of rubber stamps is rather large, however, I am always looking for Ken Brown stamps and would love to trade.

Altering almost anything is fun! Especially books or matchboxes or Altoid type tins.

Lately I picked up quilting again. Many years ago I gave it a try and started buying fabrics, but then I got into stamping and that one won. Both are rather time consuming. But now I am back at quilting (and buying fabrics!!!) and mostly I make smaller quilts for or 'Loving Laps' charity.

I am a dabbler at lots and master of none!

Swap-Bot. I love doing swaps and reading profiles on Swap-Bot. What a great organization this is! So many wonderful and interesting people . At the end of my profile I used to list flakers but I now have deleted them. Those people are despicable and not worth a second thought. Every time I saw that grouping it annoyed me. So now they are gone. Non-raters are another group of unlikable folks. Why are they like that? Especially those who have this big announcement in their profile of pledging to rate.

SWAPS. It is greatly appreciated if you write on the outside of the envelope the name of the swap.

ABOUT RATINGS. I put my heart into all my swaps and would never dream of flaking. If a problem arises I will contact my swap partner, please do the same. If for some reason you have not been rated then most likely I haven't received the swap, so please PM me. Also, if you receive something from me and there was postage due, please let me know and I will pay for that immediately. Often I use older stamps from my previous collection and the glue might not be as good as the new ones.

DISLIKES besides flakers and non-raters are things that are considered cute. I am not into cute, like Hello Kitty or Kawaii or children related stickers etc. Disney is my No. 1 dislike. Please DO NOT send me any little snips of papers, I have boxes full of that.




Guns. If I watch a show and within the first few minutes there are dead people and a lot of firing and screaming, well, off goes this program. The same fate goes with too much cussing. Is there really a need for that?

I recycle packing materials and envelopes. If they are not torn I use them again to protect the environment. You can do this as well when you send to me, please.

Favorite Music

Rock and Roll, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Yes, Grateful Dead, Zucchero, etc. All the great bands, gosh, there was a lot of wonderful music out there. Having lived in the Bay Area in the 70s had it advantages. It seems that all the great band gave concerts in San Francisco and I went to lots of them. Seen almost everyone I wanted to, a special treat was the Floyd. Absolutely. And the Stones, and U2 and and and ....

Favorite Movies

I am quite fond of movies and my very very all-time favorite is 'Notorious' with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. This movie I have seen so often I could just about recite is frame by frame. Wonderful film.

Favorite Television

Not too crazy about TV. A good bet is always PBS with their Nature programs and 'Independent Lens' and 'Front line'. Some of my very favorite series were Homeland, The Americans, Ozark. Nurse Jackie. Netflix is marvelous, wouldn't want to miss it. So very user friendly.



I am fond of postcards, especially non-touristy but all are great. Honestly I must say I have never thrown a postcard away. Over the years I collected those that people sent me from vacations and travels etc. They are written on and with stamps, they filled a large shoe box.

Then I started collecting vintage cards and they are in a 3-ring binder in protective holders, mostly Valentines and also some Christmas. I look at them quite often. So beautiful. There must be about 40 of them.

My collection got rather large and I have enough! No space. So please don't send any postcards to me. Thanks. Except ---

I would like to collect postcards of Royal Families and US Presidents and their families. Now I have two, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie on their wedding day and John F. Kennedy. What treasures.


I like anything from the 60s or 70ts

Small fabric scraps (100% cotton)


Georgia O'Keefe, Maxfield Parrish

Art Deco

Tim Holtz

Stencils I love stencils

About Me

Please, please, please do NOT send me any of these items: scraps of paper, I have tons of it. No Post-its No loose lined papers.


soyprincesa2 rated for Zines #4 on May 22, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much!!! I loved them both! I am curious... did you live in Ajijic?? It is such a beautiful town.
Comment: Fastest and easiest swap ever lol
Response: Thanks for the heart! This is the funniest swap ever.
user2148 rated for YTPC: Junk Journal - US Only on Aug 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful junk journal!! I am starting a new job soon and will use it throughout my training to keep reminders, inspirational messages, pertinent info, etc. I think it will be perfect to keep me motivated! Thanks so very much!! 💗💗💗
Response: I am so happy that you liked the journal, so much fun to make. Thanks for your wonderful words and the rating, very much appreciated!
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty playing card. I love all the layers, stitching, and lady’s face used as the focal point. Also thanks for all the little envies and goodies. You put so much though into the swap…so appreciated.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart, I am so happy you liked what I made for you!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos and wonderful letter. Such a vivid blue sky! "Escaping," I imagine is EXACTLY the right term for getting out of CA lol. Thank you for the plethora of cookie slips, so excited to add them to my journal. The purple dragonfly is so pretty too. Thanks for such a wonderful swap. Be well.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart, I appreciate it. And I am thrilled that you liked what I sent. It was a great subject.
vlhafer54 rated for QnT Bird shaped mug rug on Aug 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute mug rug - I love it. And thank you for the little hankies from Paraguay - perfect additions to my collection - Happy Swapping!
Response: Hi Vicki how wonderful you liked what I sent to you! This was a fun swap. Thanks for the heart, much apreciated! BC
Comment: The gift package is gorgeous! I will try to save it until Dec. This year I'm going to San Diego for Christmas so will probably open it on my birthday which is Dec. 2. Also many thanks for the folder with all the goodies inside. I sure appreciate all of it!
Response: I am so glad you liked what I sent, it was a great fun swap. Thanks fr rating and the heart, much appreciated. By the way, I will wait till Christmas to open the gift I received. We'll be in Mexico and it will travel with me. BC
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful package. I love what you chose to send me! I especially lie the pieced bag you made, very cool. Now I have another project to start. Aloha!!
Response: So glad you liked what I sent to you, it was fun! And that's what it is all about to make the partner happy. Thanks for rating and the heart!
AmyMarie rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #5 on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great altered playing card. I appreciate all the extras. I am also working on altering a full deck of cards. So much fun! Take care.
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart, much appreciated. I only need a few more cards till the deck is full. Such fun to look through. Hope we'll be partners again! Barbara
Comment: Hi Barbara! Thank you for the bird nc and all the lovely photos as well as for the pc and necklace! Love everything and appreciate all that you sent! I am not sure why international swaps sometimes seem to go MIA - US is getting as bad at times - dang COVID! Thank you for making my day! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you for your lovely note, I am so happy you enjoyed the birds pictures. Thank so much for the heart, much appreciated!
alafour rated for EPUSA- Coin Circle Tag w Pocket on Jul 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you! So cute
Response: Glad yu liked what I sent to you. Thanks for rating and the heart, much appreciated.
kclicquot rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #4 on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great card! I loved the envelope! was a little beat up by the USPS, and the buttons loosened up in transit. But a wonderful altered playing card and some terrific goodies too!!!!
Response: Oh I am so sorry that the USPS beat up this swap. Thanks for rating and the heart, much appreciated.
1koolkrafter rated for EPUSA- Slim Line Spring Card on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: Hello Barbara...I had several pieces of mail that were miss sorted by the postal service. Your envelope was one of them. They had actually placed -9- pieces of my mail in another box and that box tenant was out of the country only returning recently! I was so mad because one of those envelopes was a replacement credit card on one of my accounts that had expired. I had to have the bank send me a replacement and that was a hassle!!! Anyway...this is the reason my rating is late. Speaking of your card...it is beautiful! I love it and thank you for all the extra goodies that you enclosed!!! I love those to. I read your profile...small world...I have relatives that live up north...San Jose, Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto, Corte Madera, Elk Grove. They are all over up there...lol. And then...I have a relative that just retired...well about -3- years ago and they moved to Glenbrook, NV. Their home breathtaking. I did not want to leave. They bought and renovated...to their liking...an already nice house/cabin/what ever you want to call it. It looks down over the lake. Again...simply breath taking!
Response: What a lovely newsy comment! I am so glad that you finally received the card and enjoyed it. Thanks for rating and the heart, much appreciated.
Comment: Oh Wow! You went above and beyond to send this swap! Thank you for the lovely journaling cards and all the extra goodies!
Response: You arevery welcome. Wising you a lovely summer and thanks so much for rating and the heart. Much appreciated.
Magenta3 rated for EPUSA- Floral Card on Jun 19, 2021
Comment: Thanks.These are the only pansies I have this year. Also, thanks for the folio . Love the iridescent ribbon.
Vickyen rated for SS: MAY: Free-form subject: FLOWERS on Jun 13, 2021
Comment: Hi Barbara! Thank you for the lovely flower photos and all the goodies - so sweet of you! I have been swapping for a very long time (I think over 10 years now) - hard to believe how quickly the time has passed by! Time flies when you are having fun! LOL! Your flowers are gorgeous and I appreciate your sweet note, as well as everything else! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Hi Vicky, how wonderful that you liked what I sent to you Your rating and comment made my day, Thank you so very much for the heart. BC
laterdayze rated for WIYM: SSS - JUN 2021 (USA+) on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies! Sofie says 'meow'. I love how you described your previous cat 'that cat had style' - love it!
Response: Thank you so much for rating and the heart, much appreciated. I am glad that you were happy with this swap1 It was great fun. BC
Comment: Thank you for my card and all the extras!! :)
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart, much appreciated! Happy Swapping.
Comment: Super fun little swap, thank you!
Response: It was a fun swap indeed, glad you liked it and thanks for the heart! Much appreciated.
Comment: This was a fun swap. And I love the paper you sent! Already got an idea where to use it.
Response: Thanks for the great rating and the heart. How wonderful you were happy with the swap!

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dorcii on Nov 19, 2020:

Thank you soo much for the happy mail you sent to me, I received it!! :)

CurlyTea on Feb 11, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Jenicat on May 22, 2018:

I received your mini zine in the mail today. It's so cool. I love music. Thank you for sending it to me 💜

CurlyTea on Feb 12, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Fabriqueen on Jul 7, 2016:

Thank you so much for the beautiful Aquatic block you made for me. I love it! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Hugs, Diane

perkl8r on May 29, 2016:

Thank you for being so generous and sharing your fabric squares with me. I lots for several projects I am currently working on and plan to do as well. Thank you again you are the best!

luckycharms on Feb 11, 2016:


raven on Nov 20, 2015:

anrtist on Aug 5, 2015:

AMAZING MAIL ART GROUP has a ~B I N G O ~ Game starting SUNDAY if you wanna play! Just check in the group and select your words, say you're in & pm me your list! ;-)
ENJOY!!! Blessings, cc

ladydy5 on May 29, 2015:

Oh! It's great to be retire, so welcome to Our group 9Little Pockets.

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