I have a pretty extensive profile, which I update often, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and stay awhile...if you've been here before, you'll likely find a few new things...or if you prefer, just jump right to the most relevant information pertaining to the swap we are in! Above all, I hope that you find something that makes you smile while you are here!
Today 1/13/17 a received a postcard with no address (meaning not even mine!) that says "It's your birthday" on the front, and has lots of pieces of colored glitter washi on the back. If you sent this, PLEASE let me know so I can thank you and solve the mystery of how it got to me, sans address!
Squeeeeee...11-29-16 I reached over 1000 5's! It makes me so happy to have brightened that many mailboxes and peoples lives with my mail through Swap-bot!
I live in a rural area, and our post office isn't always as precise as it should be with placing postage on envelopes, or handling packages. If you ever receive a swap or tag from me with postage due, or simply do not receive a swap or tag, PLEASE let me know! I always send my stuff, and unless it's a simple card, I always take it to the post office. I will always reimburse you postage costs, and work to find or replace lost mail! Likewise, things do not always get postmarked when I drop them off, sometimes they are postmarked at the sorting facility which can be several days after I've dropped them at the local office. If you ever have any question as to when something was mailed, you can note the date it was marked sent. I do not mark things sent unless I have physically placed them in the mailbox, or dropped them at the post office.
I try always to rate the day I receive your swaps, but with a crazy busy life, occasionally things get missed. If you've sent your swap to me, and haven't received a rating, please let me know! Likewise, I almost always send my swaps out within 3 days of partners being assigned. If the swap date has closed and you haven't received something from me, please let me know because it has gotten lost in the mail. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS send out swaps of time. I don't sign up unless I can complete them!
I'm an extremely blessed, Christian mom of 5 beautiful children, aged 13, 12, 12, (twins) 6, and 5. My youngest two children we adopted from China, so international adoption and advocacy are a huge part of our lives! We love the Chinese culture, and hope to be able to go back one day to visit.
Adoption is a journey. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about adoption, please let me know and I will help you with some resources!
Four of our five children have special needs, so I always love connecting with other moms who have special kids! I'm married to my soulmate, and we just celebrated our 19th anniversary in January. We are 3 years into our homeschool journey and are having a blast teaching our kids in a real "hands on" way with lots of nature walks, and visiting new and interesting places. We also love pets, and currently have 4 cats, 4 hermit crabs, 4 budgies (parakeets,) and 25-30ish chickens. (I'm allergic to dogs, so we enjoy visiting my parents dogs who live next door.) We raise chickens for the eggs, and have some that lay white, blue, green, dark olive green, light brown, and chocolate brown eggs. I also love to cook (especially bake,) and I hoard recipes! I have about a dozen Pintrest boards devoted to recipes of all types from beverages to desserts to snacks to international. I adore good quality dark chocolate, reading, coffee, and anything art related! I'm an artist at heart, and I have taught mixed media classes, and classes on making ATC's and Inchies in the past. I love to alter almost anything, so you'll see me either participating or hosting lots of these type swaps ;-) If you're a mixed media artist, send me something you've made, and I'll adore it! I also love to sew, although I've not found time recently to do any. I've completed 3 bubble quilts, and a queen sized quilt top so far! I believe art takes many forms, and tattoos are one form I adore. Want to hear a funny story? Ask me how I got my first tattoo! I currently am working on a full sleeve on my left arm, and have the next piece in my head...I am getting it done in the spring of 2017! Eeeeeeee!!!!!!
My belief system is basically this...treat others the way you want to be treated. I believe all people, should have the same rights and privileges. I understand not all people, especially Christians agree with that. I only share this because it's a huge part of the person that I am. I believe God wants us to love one another, and I strive every day to do that through my actions, and to share what I can through the abilities He has given me. I do not tolerate people who are judgmental and I abhor intolerance.
I have always been a very open minded, and I like to think, open hearted person. Through my years, I have done loads of volunteer work, everything from working in a vets office as a child, to volunteering at homeless shelters serving meals, to a semi permanent volunteer job at an HIV/AIDS clinic in my college days. I have donated blood most of my adult life, and am part of the bone marrow donor registry, and I try to raise awareness about adoption. My latest volunteer job was to manage one of the local tornado relief centers when a rash of tornadoes swept through our state on April 28, 2014. I enjoy being able to help others in some small way, and feel the lord has blessed me in the ability to help.
I love to share my passions through private swaps, so if you see something in my profile that entices you, shoot me a message and we can work one out! I'm not a stickler for rules, but if you are sending to me and know you will be late, communication is vital. In all my time on swap-bot, I have only been flaked on a few times, and I know life happens, but please know I will rate according to swap-bot policy in almost all cases. I live with fibromyalgia, so my crafting sometimes takes a back seat when my hands don't want to cooperate. It's yet another reason I almost always send my swaps quickly. I usually always have a start, especially on labor intensive swaps before I even sign up. I will never send you something that I think is of sub-par quality, and it will never be quickly thrown together, rather I know to allow myself a few extra days in a swap in case my body needs them ;-)
I swap for the joy of swapping. This is my happy place, and I try to embody the true spirit and joy of swapping without being too critical or nit picky! If you receive something from me, it's something I've put time, thought, and love into. If for any reason it fails to meet your expectations, let me know and I will do my best to make it right. If you take the time to send me something, I would appreciate it if you show me the same curtesy. I love opening my mailbox each day and seeing what treasures await. Some days it's quite literally what gets me out of bed lately with all we've been going through! I'm quick to rate a heart if I can see you've put your best foot forward, and any effort into the swap, and I don't rate a 1 or a 3 unless you force my hand. I'll always try to work with you before rating down.
About my swap name...I am called Barbara by basically everyone who knows me. I once had a dear friend who called me Babs and that's where I got that part of my ID. The "mom of 5" part is pretty self explainatory, lol! So few people explain their choice of swapper ID but I find it interesting to find out how people chose one, so I figured why not explain my own for anyone else who might be curious!
I am an avid reader and I've always got a few books going. Currently: Reading The Descent Series by S. M. Reine. Currently on book 4. After I finish this series I will begin the Ascent series by the same author. While I am working on art projects, I am listening to the audiobook version of The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton, which is part of her Anita Blake series. I'll be on this series awhile, so no plans on what will come afterwards yet. While hubby and I are in the car or just having a quiet moment together, we are listening to the audiobook version of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. We have listened to it before, but are enjoying going back through it after many years, and we are on The Dark Tower. Next up for hubby and I will be Stephen King's The Talisman and Black House. I also listen to several podcasts including Lore, Serial, and Welcome To Nightvale. I also have subscriptions to Flow, and Daphne's Diary, and occasionally pick up art journalling or mixed media books and magazines....especially Somerset Studios and Paper Scissors Cloth. I will read just about anything other than regency romance type books, (honestly any romance, Outlander series none withstanding, lol!) and anything that makes you cry. My favorite genres/authors include: Stephen King, Ted Dekker or spooky or horror related things, vampire/witch/elves/magical such as The Paper Magician, The Night Circus, or The Weather Warden series by Rachael Caine. I also enjoy true crime, and biographies on occasion. Science fiction is not really my favorite genre either...but I'm open to suggestions of things you love! As you can see, I am almost always immersed in some sort of reading, lol!
I am really easy to please. If you put any time and thought into what you send, I am sure I will adore it! This list is definitely not a comprehensive list of likes, simply another window into my world for those who feel they need one!
Current MOST needed/wanted items on my Wishlist are in bold
My very favorite color ever is sea green. It's nearly impossible to find as most things are more teal or turquoise, or a softer sea foam or mint green color, but I'm feeling love for pretty much all greens and blues and purples...and rose gold and copper are my favorite metallics!
I'm loving flip books, stuffed envies, handmade embellishments, handmade postcards, ATC's, APC's
Please share your favorite online resource for art and craft supplies! I love www.youratcstore.com and www.artfullymusing.com which generally uses products found at www.alphastamps.com I also love the Etsy shop 365 degrees north, and website www.deepredstamps.com and have recently found delicious new stamps and image pages from www.redleadartworks.com
I'm currently obsessed with Tarot cards. I would love to have one, or two...or an entire deck. Also getting ready to begin work on a children's story book art/ fairy tale themed art journal, so if you could share something with me to use in it, I'd be so grateful! I'll be looking for lots of soft and bright colors especially in fibers and embellishments to go along with the beautiful illustrations generally found in this theme as well as book pages, illustrations, or themed envelopes such as a Red Ridinghood theme with images of wolves, red items, etc.
Also feeling very "junky" in that I would love to receive a themed envie from you to create a page spread in my junk journal. Any theme at all!
I have received some of the most amazing chicken mail! I would LOVE to continue to get mail that features chicken anything, because it's just so unusual, lol!
Birds, fairies, mermaids, black cats, (all cats!) toad stools, butterflies, angels, and chickens all make me happy!
Cool, funky, artsy, whimsical anything...images, stamps, art you've created
Beautiful Mail...any and all, nothing makes me happier than opening the mailbox and finding something amazing waiting for me!
pretty pieces of tissue paper (gift wrap type tissue) Tissue paper can even be used and folded! I use these for backgrounds in a lot of the art I create
books or articles on altered arts, mixed media technique, tattoos, or chickens...can be old editions and used or printed from the Internet
Anything in the style of Teesha Moore, Tim Holtz, Finnabair, etc. I love the vintage shabby and artsy eclectic styles of these artists, and use lots of their products, and similar product lines. Click each artists name to see their website!
Aren't these artists amazing?!?!
Other goodies that would make me giggle with delight...
cigar boxes that I can alter
Interesting or vintage high quality images to use in ATC, APC, PostCards, and Journals pages I create
Tarot cards, singles or a full deck
fibers, interesting ribbon, interesting yarn...for making tags and bookmarks
holiday shaped sequins which are also called table scatter, and micro beads in any color or theme
Sticker flakes... Especially Pusheen!
Tiny envelopes, especially tiny glassine envelopes
Unused Postage stamps, especially the lick and stick kind!
Pretty used postage stamps, especially from outside the USA
Unusual or pretty mailing labels I can use on packages and letters
Classic Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz or Grimm fairy tale anything and everything, also love regular fairy tales, but not Disney style...more book or fantasy style (if that makes sense, lol!)
Woodland fairies, ladybugs, toadstools, elves, foxes, or deer
Seeds for heirloom flowers and non gmo veggies or herbs, or empty packages from seeds you've used (I love to use these as envelopes in my art journals, or to include extras for swaps!)
dresden German scrap or trim, any style, any color
vintage or boho funky jewelry (can be broken) beads, metal pieces, charms, old typewriter keys, game pieces, etc... like this
Pens...any super smooth writing pen, prisma color pens, black micron pens 10 .08 .05 or .03, permapaque markers, brush pens, calligraphy nibs for pilot parallel pens in any colors, chalk pens and markers, gel pens, soufflé pens, a snow pen, moonlight pens, stardust pens, puff pens, etc! I have a need for therapy for my addiction to pens, lol!
Treats I enjoy: Dove dark chocolate with or without mint and nuts, trader Joes dark chocolate anything (except chili pepper,) and especially with caramel or sea salt. Trader Joe's speculoos cookies, or dark chocolate bars with speculoos butter ❤️ I've also recently discovered I enjoy Russell Stover boxes of chocolate, especially chewy with nuts!
I don't wear make up, but I do love Burt's bees lip products, with or without color...anything but powder puff pink...Walgreens has a great Burt's Bees generic lip balm too!
Toys for our cats or chickens (would particularly love to get a baby mirror to go in our chicken coop...chickens love to look at themselves!
small wrapped gifts for My Christmas stocking(I collect gifts all year, and open one on days I really need a pick me up. I try to save as many as possible for Christmas )
I drink coffee from a keurig mainly, so any and all k-cups. I like flavored and plain, but not a huge fan of bold blends. (If you send it, I'll drink anything!) I do love southern sweet tea k-cups!
Would love to get cat or chicken salt and pepper shakers or small cream pitchers as I collect both!
Carnival style glass lidded containers, also called powder boxes, candy boxes, etc. They need not be vintage, I just love beautiful small glass lidded boxes! I do not, however, like ones with any type of painting on them.
Fresh Made taffy (if you live near a place that makes it daily...we only get it when we go to the mountains every 3-4 years.)
We also collect box tops for education. I turn all of these in through our homeschool association and get money back for school supplies.
Reading ...send me a list of great books you've read, I always love to find new things to read! (For high dollar swaps, iTunes or amazon gift cards...I read electronically, and listen to audiobooks)
I'm a cat and chicken lover... Did I mention that already, lol? Send me stamps, stickers, washi, anything with cats or chickens, and I'll be one happy happy gal!
My hubby collects foreign currency (both paper and coin,) so any and all foreign currency is welcome. (We do however have plenty of Chinese currency.)
I am currently on a bit of a postcard kick, and am really enjoying sending and receiving lots of different postcards. If you're sending me extras, Would love to receive blank Mississippi map ones as I have nowhere to purchase these myself, or any that feature any type of animals. If you are sending to me in a PC swap, I enjoy state maps, well made handmade ones, and anything that you find interesting whether touristy or non touristy. I also LOVE the shaped Gotochi postcards, and other die cut shaped postcards. If you're sending to me from overseas, and your country has a postcrossing stamp, or one that features cats or chickens, I would love for you to use it on your postcard to me. The only postcards I simply can not use, (and frankly do not like,) are super flimsy ones as they get torn up in the sorting machines. If you love postcards too, and would like to do a swap either for unused ones, or just swap a written and stamped one through the mail, let me know!
My list of received State postcards: AZ, AK, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NB, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, VA, WA
A- adoption, Asian, altered, Angels, artistic, ATC's, antique, airmail, (classic) Alice In Wonderland
B- butterflies, blue, birds, (honey)bees, birthday's, box tops for education, books, book pages
C- CATS, CHICKENS, Christmas, Christian, crosses, Celtic, coffee, (foreign) currency
D- Dresden trims, dark chocolate, deco tape, Deep Red stamps
E- (images of) egg cartons, elves, ephemera, ETSY
F- foxes, Fenton style glass, flower tea, foreign (currency, and stamps) fibers, fairies, fairy tales, fabric, feathers
G- gnomes, green, giraffes, glass, glassine envelopes, Grimm fairy tales, gardenia or green apple scented candles,
H- hens, hot air balloons, hedgehogs, hand carved stamps, handmade items, Huggies points
I- International adoption, inchies, ink pens, images (for creating ATC's and pocket letters)
J- junk jewelry, junk journals and supplies
K- keys, King cake, King crowns, Kawaii
L- lace, lip balm (organic or burts bees) ladybugs, (mailing) labels,
M- mushrooms, music, myths, mermaids, microbeads, music sheets, MMA
N- nests, narwhals,
O- octopus, odd, old, owls
P- pocket letters, pressed pennies, peacocks, postage stamps, planner goodies, pralines, pampers rewards points, postcards
Q- quail images, quizzes, quirky, quetzal images,
R- roosters, root beer, rubber stamps, recipes,
S- skeleton keys, STAR BUCKS, strange mail, stamps (old unused,) sequins, STICKER FLAKES, salt water taffy,
T- toadstools, twinchies, TAROT CARDS, twine, tattoos, Teesha Moore, (fresh made) taffy
U- unusual, unicorns
V- venti lattes, vintage,
W- weird mail, wings, winged things, whiskey, wands, Winnie the Pooh (classic style,) Wizard of Oz, Washi tape
Y- yesteryear, yin yang,
Z- zentangles, zen gardens, zebra items, zetti
I'm generally easy to please, and appreciate anything you take the time and money to send. I definitely have one steadfast rule...
I'm terrified of clowns...please don't send me mail with clown stamps, or stickers, or images.
Other things I prefer not to receive, but will work with you on include:
Please don't send me items with a strong smoke smell. My son has asthma that is triggered by smoke, and I have severe allergies affected by smoky packages, so this isn't merely a request of preference, but for health reasons. If you're a smoker, contact me privately and we can work something out, or at least I know to air the package/letter out before bringing it in.
Please don't send me anything with foul language or that's overtly sexual in nature...I often open mail in front of my kids. However, if you do feel like something in this category would be appropriate to a swap we are in, please mark the outside of the envelope "for your eyes only" and I'll be sure to open it away from my kids.
Again, please do not send me anything at all with clowns. I have a legitimate phobia and even the smallest image can induce weeks of nightmares and night terrors, and general panic. Thanks for understanding!
~disclaimer...none of the artwork featured on my profile is my own. It is of art I've found inspiring in some way. You may view my art by clicking the link to my Flickr page above!
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