Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 7:43 am


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: October 21, 2019
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

December 2018


DECEMBER 13, 2018 ----- I AM A GRANDMA - FINALLY!! My daughter was due in January, but had an emergency C-section today and had a sweet little girl! I am sooooo excited! She's in the NICU but everything looks good. I'm still crying tears of joy!

I feel compelled to add this: While I certainly appreciate anything that is sent to me, I find that I am getting an overabundance of little bits and pieces of enclosures, some useful but mostly sent on. You don't need to send these little bits to ensure you a heart! All I ask is that is the swap is nicely put together and contains a little note or a profile based picture or something like that - something that makes it personal for me, and that'll land you a nice red heart!!

I am a 58 year old-desperate-to-be-a-grandma! It's taking toooooo long!! I have three daughters, one married, so there's hope.Oh My Goodness! Finally, at last! My daughter just told me I am going to be a Grandma next January!! Yahoo!

My days are rather quiet, as I am a home-body but love it.

Art and creating are my passions, making invitations, announcements, etc., journaling, writing, sewing, all paper arts and paper crafts. All sorts of crafty stuff.

But I also love the literary world, reading, writing, journaling...

HUGE supporter of the written word and snail mail. What would I do without USPS - and, while I am an ardent participator in the digital world, I so much prefer the printed matter contained in crisp envelopes with entrancing stamps (argh on postmarks without stamps, and the ubiquitous flag stamp - not to imply I'm unpatriotic, but given the choice, I have to go with something colorful and fun.) I learned about LWA from another swapper and am proud to say I, too, am now a card-carrying member!

I'm a Pisces, bask in teal and purple, love my fountain pens, roaming endlessly on Pinterest, and organizing all my fun "shtuff." Always looking to learn new art skills. LOVE that I don't have to cook for a family anymore. It takes too much time, and food is so annoying!

Favorite Books

Favorite books include To Kill a Mockingbird; The Secret Life of Bees, Ethan Fromm, loads of Nonfiction - World War I and World War II era, historical fiction. Hard to really pinpoint favorites 'cause I'm all over the place! No mysteries or romances.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish is my favorite, Steel Magnolias, Friendship's Field, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mama Mia, Wallace and Grommit, Agnes Brown, Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness, and many more.

TV - I love Madam Secretary, Code Black. I watch programs on NetFlix,the only problem there is that once you watch the episodes they have for a particular series that's it and you have to wait FOREVER for a new season to come out! Love Call the Midwife, Foyle's War. Like TED talks, and my guilty pleasure - America's Got Talent and Chrislie Knows Best. I like the Crime dramas and British Tele.

Yays and Boos

YAYS: the ocean, rain, anything art, waltz music, indi music, children's picture books (good literature -my favorite author/illustrator is Arnold Lobel), tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms, mexican cuisine, hershey kisses, white cake with ridiculously sweet buttercream frosting, baking bread, all kinda cats big and small, mousies, tigers, camels, squirrels, peacocks, windmills (like Holland's), history, reading, beautiful ranges of colors in my inks, paints, chalks, glitters, etc., thrift stores and flea markets, used bookstores, live performances on stage or in concert, psychological thrillers, metal embellishments like charms, cleverness....

BOOS: California summer weather, chocolate cake, rock 'n roll, rap, harsh music, cooking, disaster or shoot'em up movies; I detest grocery shopping , board games, snakes, girly motifs and overboard pinkie, anime, unreliable people, injustice, cartoonish, crude things, dogs, kawaii, hello kitty,"modern art," coffee... But really anything is fine, just in moderation.


I've pretty well covered likes and dislikes, but I see other profiles have a bit on what they prefer to receive in swaps. To be quite honest, I would love anything that I have the privilege of receiving. I respect that everyone has their own style and their own ideas of what is "good" or "bad." Surprises make it fun. However, as I am told I need this, here goes:

Unusual Playing card jokers and foreign cards

Matryoshka dolls (illustrations, stickers, etc.)

Product Labels and any sort of logo art (this can be clothing, food, non-food items....)

World War II anything (World War I would be even better!)

neat pens (gel, metallic, fine points...)

embossing powder

Anything pertaining to Holland motif

Washi Tape (who doesn't love washi?)

Ephemera and embellishments

Peacocks; big Game animals like Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Giraffes; Squirrels, Camels and kitties. ADDED 2-6-18; foxes, frogs and knitting (I'm working on projects for my daughters). I particularly prefer illustrations rather than "real life" type photos.

Color choice doesn't matter, though I am partial to teal and purple


Tea bags (the packaging not for the tea itself)

Mules, but not donkeys

Parodies of American Gothic

Renditions of See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil in illustrative or photo format


Love unusual papers

Patterns or instructions for an usual envelope or craft or card idea


No Hello Kitty stuff or Sponge Bob, Kawaii, please

Cute Mice

Die Cuts - esp seahorse and frame types

No allergies / bad flavors black licorice and watermelon - yuck!

Novelty brads

Surprises / cleverness/ creativity

Amaze me

The icing on the cake: a letter (long or short) included with swap. Now THAT really makes my day!

If you don't receive my swap for whatever reason, PLEASE let me know, and like others, I will resend or otherwise fix the problem.


Comment: OH! I love the black cat ATC's you sent me for this swap. They are all sweet and adorable-guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be the one with yellow flowers! And I Love the stationery you made the envelope out of and wrote your note on. Two of the cats are mine so I searched the internet to try and find some but sadly-no luck. I did find a hoodie that has those two cats that are like mine so HAD to order that. Then I scanned all the pieces of your mail-the envelope and note letterhead so I could at least have a copy of all the wonderful and varied cats. Hope your car is doing well soon-Happy Swapping-Oh-almost forgot-love the little folder you sent the ATC's in also-thanks for sharing with me.!
Response: Your comments made me smile. You're so exuberant! I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. Hey, and you got a hoodie out of it, too!
artgirl29 rated for September 2019 Journal Swap on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Wow, so awesome! I love the color pages and all the items you came up with for each color. I enjoyed the collage you made from all your desk fodder. The pop up butterfly magazine mosaic is gorgeous! I was simply delighted by the things you came up with. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this.
Response: All the work is worth it when someone appreciates it. Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the great card and goodies!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and chatty note! This might be my kids' first year going trick-or-treating in a neighborhood! We've always done malls or a local natural history museum. We'll see! Happy Halloween!
Response: Have a great time and take loads of pictures!
Poohtat rated for Halloween Happy Mail Swap on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Wow! You really spoiled me. Thank you for an awesome package of Halloween goodies!
VenusEnvyGrrl rated for Pastel Halloween ATC swap on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the very creative card!
Kitawny rated for Pastel Halloween ATC swap on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Wow ! I love it especially the pull out from the pumpkin ! So cute โค๏ธ
luckylynnl rated for Non Dominant Hand (NDH) PC on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the post card. I think you did a good job with the wrong hand. Fun swap. Lynn
Comment: Thank you for the cute Halloween card. I like the stickers and notepad you sent. Thanks for sharing with me about your kids and Halloween.
Poohtat rated for WIYM: Random Playing Card Swap on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Wow, thank you! Love the envelope you sent them in and the folder you made for them. So many cool cards!
marooter rated for Magic Destash Box October on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the Magic Box, Alissyn! I'm going to wait to open it (if I can resist) until I'm having a really bad day and need some cheering up! :-) Mary
Response: I admire your discipline! I hope when you do open the box you won't be disappointed!
Comment: Thanks for a great swap! Beautiful notecard! My favorite color is purple too!
sherylk3 rated for Playing Cards Swap on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the assortment of cards, especially like the hummingbird - thank you also for the fall & Halloween cut outs, will come in handy ;)
Comment: Wow! What a darling little Autumn waterfall pocket...so stinkโ€™in cute. I like the use of the dark colored envelopes. I love, love all the precious little critters (especially the squirrel page) and all the lovely bits and pieces of embellishments. This is so beautifully constructed! I have been enjoying it on my craft table. Thank you so very much for all the great extras tucked into the pockets...canโ€™t wait to use them.
Response: I'm so happy you enjoy my waterfall. It was a fun little project. Thank you for the rating and heart, and Happy Fall!
Jess1991 rated for All things sticky on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Wow, thanks for all the great sticky items Alissyn! I loved everything!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely washi samples! โค๏ธ And the lovely card you send with it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Comment: I LOVE your clips! They are so detailed and have so many layers! Very Autumn. Im having a hard time switching over to autumn from summer so im going to put these by my bed and on my bulletin board to remind me of the greatness of autumn! I think whatever size paperclips is fine. Isabellasnow always says to use what you have on hand.
Response: I know what you mean--usually I'm so glad summer is over but this year I was really enjoying the evenings staying light until 8:30 or more. But time moves on! Thank you for your rating. I'm glad you enjoyed my offering. Happy Fall!
MamaD rated for Playing Cards Swap on Sep 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great cards & extras I can't believe you have so many!!
Comment: So many goodies, thank you. Marina
Comment: Loved the mail art you made with the envelope, thank you ๐Ÿ’œ

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Fritosmom on Jul 9, 2019:

Puzzling Letter-Finally had time to put your Puzzle together. Very challenging. I decided to try Puzzle Guard (a glue) since it was so little and I had so much trouble getting MY Puzzle Letter turned over. Short story. LOL! The front looked great but the back was Off....Parts were not correct. I was able to read most of it. So 1. I am an organized Hoarder of Crafts 2. It is 100 degrees with awful humidity 3. Writing on puzzles is difficult. Thanks again and Happy Swapping!

CurlyTea on Mar 19, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

Aladyjackson on Jan 3, 2019:

Happy new year! Congrats on the baby!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

ellecamino on Dec 18, 2018:

Congrats on becoming a grandma!! I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for the Christmas Art Journal Supplies. I got your package today and wow-so many goodies!!! I almost Christmas was still a month away so I could get a chance to use everything you sent me :) Thanks.

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 8, 2018:

MNJoviGirl on Sep 23, 2018:

It's been ages write soon!


simcoe54 on May 27, 2018:

All I can say is awesome. The banknotes are perfect for my collection and all new ones. Thank you so so much!!!

BlueberryLady on May 11, 2018:

Thank you Very much for the Beautiful and Unusual Notecard and envies you sent me for Cheap Postage Tag You're It - US Only ! Love them and have never seen any like them before ! !! HUGS from chilly 47* Ohio.

LauraM540 on May 7, 2018:

Thanks for the wonderful envelope of goodies from the theme in the ziplock tag! I love your packaging too!

simcoe54 on Apr 28, 2018:

OMG - Thanks so much for the package with so much amazing items. Love the wood postcard (1st one for my collection) as well as all the other postcards and of course, I love the banknotes. You made my mail day special. Thanks again.

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