Swap-bot Time: December 18, 2018 2:09 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: December 17, 2018
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. It gets ridiculous, When the last child left for college, I finally got a room devoted to my flights of fancy. Yay!!

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

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.


margaeli rated for 🎄 Christmas Card x2 🎄 on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: I hope you’re enjoying/have enjoyed your visit to Texas. Congrats on the new family member. I loved your card. Thanks so much for the washi tape, too. Happy swapping. And see you around the swaps in the new year.
kelsue62 rated for Brenda's Merry Christmas Swap #4 on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: This is by far the most beautiful envelope I have ever seen. Thank you kindly. I pray all those in California and for the ace arrival of your Grand Baby! Christmas with little ones is th best!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! Merry Christmas! Congrats on the new-to-be-grandbaby.
shellbee8 rated for Mini Crafty Happy Mail on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: Your letter was so cute I loved receiving from you! I hope you have a great Christmas!
vlhafer54 rated for Christmas Cards Across America on Dec 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great Santa card and Merry Christmas!
Comment: Hi Alissyn Thank you for the cute card and goodies Spicemom
Seaville rated for This is my Kitty! on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Alissyn I received your beautifully decorated swap. Thank you for introducing me to Teddy and Lilly. I absolutely loved reading about them I hope Teddy gets a little more confident with the other animals. All the very best to your daughter and I wish you bundles of happiness with your new granddaughter. This has been one of my very favourite swaps to receive! Thank you again. Melanie xx
Comment: Thank you very much for the sweet card, warm wishes and extras!..... Congratulations on the news of that soon to be Grand baby!!! I know your Christmas and New Year will be lots of fun!!!
shellybuckmeier rated for Shapes #1- Circle Swap on Dec 14, 2018
Comment: I loved everything about your package. Making a round envie was very creative and you sure sent a lot of cool goodies! Congrats on your daughter being pregnant! I know for a fact being a grandma is the best!
Response: My daughter had a C-section yesterday and I am now the proud Grandma of a baby girl! She wasn't due until middle of January so baby is preemie, but looking good.
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and stickers!
Comment: Thank you for the card! The sticker on the back is beautiful! I’m totally saving it! Have a happy holiday!
Midsummerlily rated for Christmas Mail Art and ATC on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful ATC! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas & a Blessed 2019!
dogkisses rated for Christmas Card -SNOWMAN-USA on Dec 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and I love how you decorated the envelope. I'm jealous but happy and excited for you becoming a grandma. My only son doesn't even have a GF. Merry Christmas.
Comment: The front of your card was so awesome! Thank you :-)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. Merry Christmas.
Comment: Thank you so much! It has been fun to get handwritten Christmas stuff in the mail! :)
Comment: thanks for the lovely sentiments!
armadillogal rated for Christmas Card -SNOW SCENE-USA on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute card and snowflakes!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and nice extras.

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ladyaduial on Dec 18, 2018:


You are signed up for the upcoming journal swap. I have had a lot of flakers recently, which leaves someone without a journal after putting a lot of work into one throughout the month. This month, I am trying something different and sending a reminder a week before the swap.

Be reminded, this is a long swap that requires some work. You will be filling out a journal throughout the month and sending it to your partner at the end. Make sure you read through the swap and understand the requirements.

Also, please reply to this message and let me know you're ready for the swap. I will be removing people from the swap who have not logged into the website recently and who do not reply to me.

Thank you!

Have fun with this journal! I love getting one every month and hope you all enjoy it.

Allison LadyAduial

tentmari on Dec 17, 2018:

Congratulations on becoming a grandma!!! That's such an awesome Christmas gift. : )

I am contacting you, also, about a missing rating for the WIYM: Christmas Glitter Card. I sent this swap it on 11/19, but have not been rated by you for it yet. Have you received it? You can email me or leave a message on my profile.

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 8, 2018:

MNJoviGirl on Sep 23, 2018:

It's been ages write soon!


MeHeartsQuilting on Sep 17, 2018:

Sorry, lol, wrong Person :D:D

MeHeartsQuilting on Sep 17, 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely filled envelope - very nice cut outs, I cant wait to craft them!

And I reaaaallly Always wanted a Janis Joplin stamp! This is so awesome! Thank you!! 823784 non-rated hearts!!

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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