Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2017 9:55 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: December 10, 2017
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

About Me

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 57 year old-desperate-to-be-a-grandma! It's taking toooooo long!! I have three daughters, one married, so there's hope. My days are rather quiet, as I am a home-body but love it.

Art and creating are my passions, making invitations, announcements, etc., crocheting (small motifs), learning to tat, 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 Booktalk, and Judge Judy!!

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! especially foreign

Product Labels and any sort of logo art

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

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: Thank you!
widelo123 rated for Christmas Card w/ an Animal on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Alissyn, thank you for the cutest animal Christmas card I have seen Merry Christmas. Shirley
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card Alissyn! I’m sorry this will be your first Christmas without your husband. I hope you enjoy your holiday with your daughters, and have many blessings to come. Merry Christmas!!!!
Macw1975 rated for Christmas Cards to share #1 on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package.. waiting to open them! Happy holidays!
aprilivy rated for Wishing You A Merry Christmas on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much :)
Comment: Thanks for cute card! I'm also very happy for the holiday washi because I just ran out today. Awesome timing, right? Have a great holiday!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and washi samples!
paperlover rated for Wishing You A Merry Christmas on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the gold and green tree card and the washi tape.
Comment: thanks so much for all the kitty themed things, i loved the envelope, so creative :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice thanksgiving card!
jn6754 rated for Cute Paperclips on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: HEART HEART HEART HEART!! So cute, Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely little card!
Steinway5 rated for Lotsa lotsa Washi on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the super fun washi!! You have a lot of great ones!! :) Sorry for the late rating!
Comment: Thank you! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season too!
kfaye rated for Advent Calendar on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: MIND BLOWN! I am sure I will LOVE ALL of it! I even love the sparkly card with hearts! Thank you SO much!!! :D <3
Comment: This was such happy mail to receive today! It will be perfect to look through on the plane tomorrow -- can't wait. Thank you!!
Response: Enjoy! Be safe on your plane ride!
kathiann rated for List Minizine on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Love the way you decorated this! Thank you for sharing!

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naturenerd3 on Dec 5, 2017:

Welcome to Pockets and Flips USA

katmiller on Nov 28, 2017:

Thank you for the paperclips! That was so sweet of you to send me some back to add to my collection! :) I will have to look at thrift shops for more!! I really appreciate it! -Katelynn

Bananers on Jul 18, 2017:

Thank you for the great mystery bag!!

ladydy5 on Jun 20, 2017:

Welcome back and to our group Make an Envelope

btbeth on May 27, 2017:

My messages to you are still unread. I mailed the tag a week ago. Please confirm that you got the TIAZ group You Choose tag, thanks!

LauraM540 on May 26, 2017:

Thanks for feeding my washing addiction with the incredible baggie of samples for the you choose tag! Have a great weekend

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

montigneyrules on Nov 4, 2015:

I saw your comment about my swap being fun, I appreciate the excitement. (Guess What's in the Envelope)

ContraryHousewife on Oct 26, 2015:

Happy Halloween

flowerchild on Sep 16, 2015:

Thank you so much for the nice letter! I wish I had time to write notes like that, maybe if I got one of those speech to written word programs/app I could write while driving :) Hope all is well on your end. Take care.

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