Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 5:35 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated AUGUST 16, 2019

I DO NOT CELEBRATE Halloween, but love fall items. I also do make Halloween atcs for others when needed. But it is best to not send me that stuff. See info later in profile for more info.

I am going on a train trip to Chicago and Michigan. Any mail that arrives after Saturday July 27th, will not be rated until Sept 3rd-4th. My family is home to collect my mail in a Large box, so I will have some fun checking in my mail and rating you all Sept 3rd. Sorry for the inconvenience, I did make an effort to not join swaps that might affect a long wait for a rating. ETA 8-16-19, My daughter has been FaceTiming me and opening my mail for me once a week, so I can rate sooner than Sept 3rd.

I dont read my emails often, I do read the pms here, many times a day. So Pm me here, first.

I am thrilled if someone posts fun images to my profile. Despite the explanation from others, I can not do this with my computer.

I will have been married 31 years, as for, Jan 2019. We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH! they are all adults now. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. We presently have ONLY 1 adult child at home now. It is grand!

I am CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didn't reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better. It stuck with me.

My husband and I are both Cancer survivors, I had breast cancer in 2015, and he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer. He successfully has made it past the 1 year mark, of a Stem cell transplant from a stranger. I can not thank you enough, those of you 18-44 who have joined the Bethematch.com donor bank with your simple cheek swab. A stranger from Germany saved his life. If you have ever donated blood, I also thank you. He was in need of red blood cells (and sometimes platelets), every month for months, before his transplant. Thank you!

pets and postcards

We have 3 dogs and 3 cats, and are non smokers. Pet hair seems to abound in my house.

I really dont think I want anything for my pets. The dogs like treats and so do the cats, but I can buy them myself.

I am Azmom875, on postcrossing.com, so I do collect postcards. Lately I have been enjoying hand made postcard. I also like just about every type of touristy postcard, Fave themes are Cats, clocktowers, windmills, old postcards where the cars are really old, and dated. Yes, those faded ones. I like the old tacky vintage postcards. They make me smile. Ones with images of a motel, or old scene. I also collect ad cards, which is another odd thing, I guess. Again they just make me smile. I really do not like those postcards you can color, mainly cause I dont like adult coloring. It is not my thing.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards: I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees, snails or snails delivering mail, as in Snail mail.

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Cacti. Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I like Christmas in July stuff.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.


I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

I like wacky holiday and Christmas in July.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com I have a bookcrossing.com and a goodread.com account, but I am not as active on the last two sites. I am Azmom875 on all 4 sites.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do swap tea, here and on Paperbackswap.com I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

if you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.


03Scarlett rated for PW - A Simple Woman's Day Swap on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Heather, thanks so much for the great swap and thanks for joining too!
Comment: Thanks for the postage stamp postcard and for hosting the swap. These are really fun to make and to search!
haagmm rated for ABC upcycled cardboard --H on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: I love cinnamon graham crackers! Hope you're having a good time in MI. It's funny that both of the H cards I received were "Honey"
Comment: Whoa, that was fast! Nice work, I like the glitter especially. And there was so much to find. Thanks so much! :):):)
Comment: Thank you for the polar bear postcard and quote from proverbs. This is one I am very familiar with and agree with 110% πŸ˜‰
kclicquot rated for BL ~ Postcard with a Butterfly #5 on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the zoo postcard!
Comment: Your quilts sound lovely! What a beautiful way to preserve the wedding dress and uniform. I've never liked the idea of encasing the dress in plastic or framing it. A quit is a beautiful and practical choice!
AtTheSmithHouse rated for Inspiring Article Swap on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: the blessing of the pets sounds like my kind of event! I'm going to have to see if we have one around here.
AtTheSmithHouse rated for ABC upcycled cardboard --H on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Love it! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your email! I appreciate the additional online recs as well!
DMarcella rated for Ask me anything! ~ e-swap #9 on Aug 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the answer answers and the quick follow up!!!
kssunlover1947 rated for ABC upcycled cardboard --G on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the Go Lean card and the note. Hope your mom had a great birthday.Our weather has been hot but we had a front come thru this week that cooled it down to the 80s. But will be back into 90's tomorrow.
Comment: Thank you for the fab fall swap! πŸπŸ‚
Comment: Cute postcard - it did indeed make me smile :^) I've taken a train to Chicago but it's a much shorter journey than from AZ - surely less scenic as well. Hope you are greeted with nice weather when you arrive in MI!
Fritosmom rated for Pass on a book that is ...... on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for LARGE PRINT April in Bloom-perfect for the Pool. Extra Heart :-)
AtTheSmithHouse rated for ABC upcycled cardboard --G on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cardboard! :) That's one of my favorite cereals.
samsstuff rated for BL ~ Butterfly and the color Blue on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun ATC!
montigneyrules rated for Book Lovers Day on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks, I want to check out some of the books you mentioned!

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marinda on Aug 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Christian fiction books! πŸ’œπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™

Tigerlilyknotwise on Aug 9, 2019:

Thank you for the Michigan PC...I learned something new! :)

LadyJo on Aug 9, 2019:

Thank you for the great AWG August wishes of the naked MI postcard and the envie of postcards! I love them! They are all neat ones! I want to explore this state some more! Been there twice but want to see more!

HappyMom on Aug 8, 2019:

Hope you're having a great trip! Thanks for the nice card and postcards for my birthday on AWG August :)

Tigerlilyknotwise on Aug 5, 2019:

Hey- thank you for the postcard from "The Bean". I've been to Chicago a few times - such a fun place to visit! Hope you're enjoying Michigan too. I was born there! (in Farmington Hills) I really enjoy getting the postcards :)

bluehairedmary on Jul 29, 2019:

Thanks for the birthday wishes and owl and llama goodies for the AWG July wishlist! Thank you for being so thoughtful!

DragonflyDaisy on Jul 9, 2019:

Just wanted to say Hi! When I was reading your profile, I noticed you like picture comments and thought I would leave you a little message to say your swap from me is on its way! :)

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

Hi, I see from your ratings you're a great artist and crafter, and you like alligators and frogs, so I was wondering if you'd be interested in joining my Scales 'n' Tails group? I sent you an invite just in case - no worries if it's not your thing!


kittyhahahotbot on Jul 2, 2019:

JBlackwood on Jul 1, 2019:

So Hello, Thank you for reaching out to me. And just to get the ball rolling before the swap, This is for you!!!!

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