Swap-bot Time: February 5, 2023 3:33 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2013
Last Online: February 5, 2023
Birthday: January 13
Country: United States
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What I'm about:


I send all my swaps on time and am willing to resend if it isn't received in a timely manner. Life happens and mail gets lost from time to time. Just communicate with me. I rate my partners as soon as received and look forward to leaving friendly feedback. That's half the fun!

I am a huge Journaling and mail art fan. I used to craft all the time and use this site as a therapeutic outlet. Then my life didn't allow for it and I went dormant for a long time. I'm dipping my feet back in the habit of crafting and swapping again.

I gave away thousands of dollars of crafting supplies, papers and ephemera when I thought I was done with crafting for good, I am slowly trying to build up my supplies again. If you wish to RAK stuff, I would be ever so grateful! Or we could do a private swap and trade items. I'm always open to inexpensive ideas.

I'm married to the love of my life and ever so grateful he is alive! Paul has been fighting for his life and a normal existence since May 2nd of this year (2022). I am his "nurse" and all around caretaker. The hope is that by February of 2023 he will be able to be healed completely and put the last several months behind him. It will also give me a chance to go back to a normal schedule and free time.

I volunteer for a local palliative and hospice care network doing administrative duties. Because I care for Paul, I just don't have the time or energy to care for clients or their families. Doing the administrative stuff, however, still allows me to give in a meaningful way.

I am disabled and dealing with my own health issues keeps me busy. I struggle with PTSD in addition to my physical difficulties. I am active in therapy and work closely with my Psychiatrist. She's been with me for many, many years and knows me well so I trust her.

During the spring and summer months I love to garden and grow container plants as well. I used to have a black thumb, but this last year I did pretty well at keeping everything alive and even thriving. I'm a huge lover of nature and try to partake of her beauty as often as I'm able.

I'm not very religious in the sense of church politics and such, but I am profoundly spiritual. I refer to myself as having a higher power and leave it at that. I don't force my views or beliefs on others and appreciate the same courtesy extended to me. I do love relevant Bible verses, Buddhist teachings, knowledge of nature, and such. I don't subscribe to messages of hate or discrimination. There's just not enough time given to us, as a species, to waste any of it on anything but unity, peace, and goodwill.

However, I am a hard fast Libertarian. I love my country and appreciate our Military. I am a staunch supporter of the Constitution and am always grateful for the rights afforded me.

I'm fairly laid back and enjoy most anything done with love and care- very easy to please.

Halloween/ Samhain is my absolute favorite holiday and I love to do crafts themed in that vein all year round. I am especially fond of Nightmare Before Christmas. Tim Burton ROCKS! But he is second to my hero, Guillermo del Toro. I have seen everything he's done! I don't appreciate the finer points of gore and his presentations, while at times super gory, are done in spectacularly good taste.

Guillermo del Toro

Nightmare Before Christmas

Favorite Music

I enjoy EVERY type of music except rap/jazz. I'm more into mood and feeling when it comes to what I listen to. I am fond of discovering new music so welcome input.

Different artists I'm fond of includes: Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Il Volo, Sarah Brightman, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Pink, Ennio Morricone, Enya, The Eagles, Ray Stevens, Weird Al Yankovic, The Fray, Andrea Bocelli, Imagine Dragons, Tori Amos, Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dido, and many, many more. I'm more about the melody and lyrics than I am the actual group or singer. I may only like one single song by an artist for this reason. I'm the farthest thing from a fan girl you can get!

Reading and writing

I have always been a voracious reader of fiction. Lately I have discovered non-fiction and am eager to discover what's out there. I like narrative stories of things that actually happened. My all-time favorite author is still Dean Koontz and I have recently gained a great fondness for Ryan Holiday.

I took a long break from reading around 2020 and am finally feeling a pull to start again.

Once upon a time I was a prolific writer of poetry, song lyrics, prose, letters to penpals, and short stories. I stopped writing in 2008 when my brother died tragically. We were very close and it was a major blow to me and I basically had no desire to be creative. I've since come to the conclusion that I dishonor him by letting his death steal my joy and creative expression. I am slowly writing again. Not like I used to, but writing all the same. It is my goal to write a book for my son to have when I die. It will be like a memoir in nature.

Favorite Crafts

I love it all, but ATCs, washi tapes, handmade journals (think junk journals), journal pages, mail art, cloth "stuffies" (dolls and stuffed creations), letters, tea swaps, handmade envelopes/pockets, and ephemera swaps are most relevant to me. Additionally, both I and my husband collect used postage stamps. International ones are a treat, but we collect them all. Hubby is an actual collector and I use them for crafting (duplicates).

I stick mostly to Regional USA swaps because money is tight and rates on everything have gone up. Gotta mind the pennies these days. I love private swaps where both parties more readily get what they want.

Themes I adore are:

Halloween- my all-time favorite is Nightmare Before Christmas, nothing overly gory or bloody, monsters, demons, ghosts, general spookiness, Phantom of the Opera, graveyards, Day of the Dead, skulls, cute pumpkins, Ichabod Crane, vampires, mummies

Egyptian- anything and everything

Aliens- cute and mildly scary

vintage- 1950's and before, nature, people, animals, Smokey the Bear, medical instruments, architecture, law enforcement, photos of people and groups, vehicles and aircraft, letters and invoices

abstract art- especially background papers

animals- dogs, cats, babies, birds, exotic, geckos/lizards, bears (anything from grizzly to koala), tropical fish, cute, imaginary, mice, ferrets, most insects, spiders, squirrels, skunks, deer/elk

music- everything but rap/jazz, individual notes, scales, sheet music, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Nine Inch Nails, 80's, 90's, 70's, (see above likes)

movies/ TV shows- Criminal Minds, true crime shows on the True Crime network, Big Bang Theory, Chicago Fire, NCIS (all of them), Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Wagontrain, Have Gun Will Travel, The Arrow, The Flash, (almost every Marvel show made), The White Queen, The Spanish Princess, Ghost, The Nutty Professor, Princess Bride, Monsters Inc, Driving Miss Daisy, Phenomenon, Disney and DreamWorks movies, The Witcher, The Last Witcher, docudramas, documentaries

Holidays- non-religious, absolutely anything and everything Halloween (except gratuitous violence or gory)

dark- brooding and moody, gothic

steam punk- really enjoy this genre

futuristic- Sci-fi and anything tech related

garden- Mary Engelbrite, English gardens, forest, fairies, whimsical, tropical, wild, individual flowers

monochromatic- this can be difficult which is why I like it

Patriotic- anything and everything that relates my pride and gratitude to be an American

medical- nursing, surgical, general

What NOT to send

My favorite colors are pinks, blues, black, greens, yellows, and purples.

My dislikes include overly cutsie, babies, political, violent, gory, and activism to name a few.

I do not want cheap stickers, adverts, googly eyes, candy, coffee, magazine pages/images, or blank playing cards (unsolicited).


explore rated for Swap-bot Stickers Swap #2 on Jan 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your Christmas card and writings in German. Hope your husband will get better soon! I will update this review when I receive your second envelope. Update: received your second swap! Thank you so much for the beautiful die-cuts and words. Loved these! I will save them for next Christmas. Happy new year!
Response: Thank you so much! I appreciate the rating and the ❤. I hope you like the stuff I sent in the second envelope.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, enclosures and picture of you and your husband! Nice to meet you! Happy Holidays!
Response: You're most welcome. Thank you for the rating and the ❤!
di53 rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #13 on Dec 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card. I love the little envelope with the goodies inside. It's so sweet. I'm going to have to figure out how to make those! You're the first person to include their picture of you and your husband. I'll hang it with all my cards! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Response: I learned how to do the little envelopes on YouTube. I searched for tutorials and found several. So glad you liked everything. Thank you so much for the rating and the ❤!
Jangonz rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #11 on Dec 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you Rachel for the lovely card. Decorating is my favorite part of the holiday too. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.
Response: You're so welcome! Thank you for the rating and the heart.
Kairbear rated for THEMED Xmas Card Swap USA - Santa! on Dec 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute Santa card and great extras! Merry Christmas, Rachael!
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you so much for the rating and heart.
Comment: Thanks for sharing a family photo card! Happy Holidays!
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart!
Comment: Rachael - I love your handwriting - it's really beautiful! I absolutely love the Christmas card and the picture card! It's so fun! I have a confession - I've never seen Nightmare Before Christmas - I'll give a try this year! Enjoy your decorations and holiday! <3 thank you!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. So glad it pleased you! Thanks for the heart as well. The movie is great, I hope you enjoy it!
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and the Christmas card of you and your husband. May your Holidays be everything you wish for and more... Have an epic day.
Response: Thank you so much!
FreeFeather rated for SWMHC - Confessional on May 12, 2020
Response: Is it possible for me to make this up to you?
HannahsMommy07 rated for MAE. - Swapping Out on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: THANK YOU
jandmterry rated for LBoE - Magpie Journal Fun on Apr 29, 2015
Comment: I love my journal and all the extras!! Dr. Who postcards and they have my favorite Doctor on them. :) You went above and beyond!! You deserve lots of ❤️❤️❤️❤️!
Response: I am so glad you liked it! My first altered book. It was so much fun to make. I'm also glad you liked the extras :-) I appreciate that you were so patient with me and waited without complaint :-) Enjoy, and thank you for the rating and hearts!!!!
Comment: Rachael, thank you so much for the great-as-usual swap! I love all the washi tape you sent, especially the ladybug one! So cute!
Response: You are so welcome! Glad you liked them :-) Thank you for the heart and rating.
Comment: Thank you!!!
Response: Thank you.
Kamishaja rated for Winter Mail Art on Jan 8, 2015
Comment: Thanks for everything!
Response: You're most welcome! Thanks for the heart :-)
spicemom rated for Christmas Eve / Day on Jan 5, 2015
Comment: Hi Rachael Thank you your letter and the cute Xmas recipe cards Spicemom
Response: YVW!! Thanks for the heart :-)
Milokissyfur rated for Winter Mail Art on Jan 5, 2015
Comment: Thanks so much for the winter mail art!!! very lovely and thank you for the fun envelopes you included
Response: You are so very welcome!! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Many apologies for the late rating (due to being out of the country, then being sick). Daisy did receive her card and wants to let your doggies know that she loved it, and she and I both hope that you had a very merry Christmas!! :-)
Response: Being sick in the winter time sucks! Hope you are much better :-) Thank you for the rating and the heart.
mollypop rated for Snowman Christmas Card on Jan 2, 2015
Comment: Received the card today, thank you for resending! I had no idea we lived so close! Thanks for the extra too! Have a happy 2015.
Response: You are most welcome! That we live so close is why I was surprised it didn't make it ;-) But you got the second one so all is well! Thanks for the heart.
phgloria rated for City View PC swap *EDITED* on Jan 2, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the card! Happy New Year!
Response: YVW! Thanks for the heart :-)
Comment: The Corpus Christi PC was pretty but damn if the space rhinoceros isn't one of the coolest PCs I've ever gotten :D Thanks so much, happy new year :)))
Response: You are most welcome! When I saw it I knew I HAD to send it as well because, who doesn't want to travel to another planet ;-) Happy New Year to you as well and thanks for the heart!

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CurlyTea on Jan 16, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

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anrtist on Jan 6, 2016:

Stopping by to say HELLO!!!! ;-) Much Love! cc

tamtamlee on Dec 18, 2015:

Stopping by to say Hello ! Hope you are feeling better! Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!

anrtist on Dec 3, 2015:

Blessings! cc

anrtist on Jul 3, 2015:

joyceann888 on Jun 27, 2015:

Thanks for contributing to my Bat Zine! I love your contribution!

anrtist on Jun 5, 2015:

blessings, cc

anrtist on May 23, 2015:

It is beautiful this Memorial Day weekend ;-) Have a GREAT 1!!!





Enjoy & Blessings, cc

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