Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2021 9:56 am


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: January 16, 2021
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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January 1st 2021!! So thankful for a New Year! I started my new year off right by calling and talking with my two young Granddaughters at midnight. Lol So cuute! ❤️ It took awhile but I finally came up with my word for the this year and it's....LIGHT After the darkness of 2020 the world needs some light and a glimmer of hope as we head into 2021.

November 18th...I am loving all the holiday swaps and finally getting into the spirit in spite of all that is going on. I hope you all are safe healthy and happy! Did I mention I love glittery Christmas cards?! Oh yes I know I have glitter on my face! Heehee Happy Holidays, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to everybody! Stay safe and craft on! xoxo

Happy October 1st! So happy it's Autumn, love this time of year!

Today is September 18th...."Oregon my beautiful Oregon do what you do best...RAIN" It's raining in northern Oregon!! My family and friends are safe! My son in Southern Oregon called early this morning to happily report he can see down the street and clouds (not smoke) in the sky. For the first time in over a week we have windows and doors open. A great day to be thankful!! ❤️

Update: September 14th.... A lot of you have been asking how I'm doing here in Portland Oregon. Thank you for asking. 💛 We are doing okay. We live near the WA state border and are away from the downtown area where most of the riots and demonstrations are happening. The wildfires have affected our family and friends in evacuations, all levels in Southern Oregon (our hometown is there, our hearts are broken 💔) and my oldest Sister living 40 minutes south of us. Two friends lost their homes in Southern and still waiting to hear about some if their homes will be saved. We are in no immediate danger. Except the air quality is awful in most of Oregon.

It's time to update my profile....Goodness, way overdue! Today is July 8th 2020. My hubby is going into week 17 of working at home. He's an IT professional. Lots going on and all we can do is be hopeful and live each day trying not to dwell on everything happening in our world. We are very blessed and for that we are grateful.

During this coronavirus pandemic I have become more creative than I have in a long time! It started off with coloring in my paper doll stamped images while I watched Netflix and got hooked on the "The Talk" ( I don't watch daytime TV!) lol) and lots of baking. Even hubby set a record of baking batches of his famous peanut butter cookies! lol Then I was asked by my granddaughters mom if I would make masks for her as she was going back to work. That led to making masks for family and friends. That led to finding my quilts I started. Finishing one for a friend's birthday this month.

Lastly my son shared some of his sourdough starter that he bartered for from a restaurant where he lives and he's the fermenting king. lol (he makes water kefir and other ferments) It's that time again for making Oregon strawberry jam (I barely got the strawberries I like before they were gone) and maybe some fruit preserving. Yumm!

It's great to stay busy and creative during this time! Keeps both hubby and I sane!

We have one cat who has our heart. Our beautiful Yuki Maru. In Japanese it means snowball thus her white fluffy coat. It suits her. Our little 'sack 'o sugar" At her first health check years ago the vet told her that. It's true, she's the little princess in our home. She is 16 years old. We lost her sister Oni in March 2019. Our hearts were broken. RIP little one. ❤️

When growing up there were always animals in our family and my children loved them too. (hubby not always a fan, lol) I even had a horse when I was 14 but I was not a good cowgirl! Lol We've had rabbits, rats, horses, chickens, an 'onery little black rooster named 'Chuckles' who would chase me all over the yard! Lol My brother had a horse named Shawnee and a 4H hog one year. I miss our little dog Blondie, One year my oldest son and I went Christmas shopping and Blondie came home with us! Hubby was not happy but she was well loved by her human children and our home was hers for 17 years. Animals are amazing!

I'm a boymom! Not much offends me. LOL Seems my hubby and I talk about this often recently. I'm half tomboy and half girly girl. I'm a Gemini. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Lol

Humor is good for your soul! I love it when we can laugh and one of the things I love about my sweet man of 39 years. He always makes me laugh, he's my best friend. ❤️

ABC Easy as 1-2-3...OH wait that's a song..lol This is the ABCs of me..thought it might be worth adding as some of these things aren't listed in the other sections....

  • 💙A Art by you Autumn ATCoins Art junque Alice in Wonderland my Art journals

  • 💙B Barbie Blackberries Blue my fave color Book pages Baking Breakfast Beaches Botanicals Betty Boop

  • 💙C Claude Monet Cats Coffee Children's book illustrations Cookbooks Christmas Collage Campfires Cookies Cooking Children x3 Cross Stitching Circles especially in art Casper the Friendly Ghost

  • 💙D Dawn Dolls (had these as a child and now looking for vintage or repro ephemera for my doll journals. Same with Barbie) Disney Dogs doTerra essential oils Dyan Reaveley Dance

  • 💙E Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Essential Oils Embroidery

  • 💙F Fabric Foodie Forest Food preservation Ferment foodie (sourdough bread and kefir) Flowers Fresh Fruit Farmer's Market Fussy cutting

  • 💙G Garfield Glue book Gardening GF Grandchildren x2 Glittery Gelli prints Gluten Free (I still cook non GF for hubby and sometimes convert recipes. Been a fun cooking adventure!) G45

  • 💙H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting History Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 39 years

  • 💙I Ice Cream

  • 💙J Junk journals Johnny Cash the word JOY

  • 💙K Kefir Kindness in many forms...

  • 💙L Lace Letters Lightening storms Lemon

  • 💙M Marjolein Bastin artist Mail Art Mickey Mouse Magazine cut outs Movies Matryoshka Dolls the Moon Mountains

  • 💙N Nuts Nature Notes from pals interesting Newspaper cutouts

  • 💙O Ocean "Mother Ocean"

  • 💙P Pen-pals Paper dolls Postcards (vintage and new) Princess:Cinderella Pink my second fave color Paint Pockets (JJ) Peanuts (comics) Popcorn

  • 💙Q Quilting Quotes

  • 💙R Raspberries Rubberstamper for over 30 years Rain Recipes (tried and true)

  • 💙S Sewing Sea Animals Strawberries Sunshine Snoopy Scooby Doo Snowmen Suzy's Zoo Star Wars

  • 💙T Tea Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade

  • 💙U Umbrellas Unicorns

  • 💙V Vincent van Gogh Vintage real ephemera Vintage valentines Vintage paper dolls Vintage 1930s 40s 50s 60s 70s Vintage stickers Valentine's Day Vintage fabric & sewing

  • 💙W Wild animals Wool roving and fibers Willie Nelson Woodland animals Walks Whimsy

  • 💙X

  • 💙Y Yard sales

  • 💙Z Zoo (Oregon Zoo) and Zoo animals Zentangles

Favorite Crafts and Art

I have tried a lot of art and crafts in my life. While I am no expert I do have an eclectic style and appreciation of art in many forms. Handmade is always appreciated and treasured. A few of my favorite things:

  • paper dolls, I love my dolls! Have on-going doll art journals; die cut dolls, stamped, magazine and paper cut outs, even clothes etc, made by you, stickers of dolls etc.

  • Julie Nutting paper dolls

  • Tim Holtz and Graphic 45

  • I do love drawing and painting. I started watercoloring with online instruction in summer 2019.

  • Sewing was the first craft I learned when I was ten years old. My angel mother taught me and I designed my own shirt. lol After 40 plus years I still enjoy sewing. Although I made my own prom dress, wedding dress and clothes as a teenager, Halloween costumes for my kids and granddaughters I don't sew many clothes now.. But I do sew for their American Girl dolls. We make dolls accessories together. (hand sewing or crafting for now)

  • Quilting, My Grandmother, my Dad's mother was an amazing quilter. Still have one of the last quilts she made for my Dad. What a treasure!

  • Fabric

  • Junk Journals

  • Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I love it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I have made a great new friend and sure do miss not being able to attend since the pandemic. Or meeting my friend for lunch before club. I still enjoy working in my journal and have learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!

  • Love true Vintage ephemera! My favorites are 1960s and earlier, I like the 70s too, vintage textiles, fabrics and scraps, sewing and hand stitching items, vintage magazines, fashion and sewing magazine pages, cookbooks, children's books, readers and song books, old medical, geography or encyclopedia pages, wallpaper and wrapping paper, vintage ads and pamphlets, sewing patterns from 1970s or earlier, vintage rhinestones and costume jewelry, old type written letters and documents, forms and envelopes, old handwritten letters are a favorite

  • Die cuts, use them in my journals and collage

  • I enjoy "junkin'" for art junk /vintage treasures My bestest pen pal gave our goodies the name "art junk" And when my sister goes antique hunting she calls it 'junkin'" Well the terms stuck! lol Love that!

  • embroidery, cross stitch, needle felting, wool roving or wool fibers

  • most colors (except neon colors) but some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors

  • Love all animals! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, African animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.

  • My favorite artist is Marjolein Bastin (née uit den Bogaard) (born 1943) is a Dutch nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator. She is the creator of the character "Vera the Mouse" I discovered her 25 years or so ago when I use to buy Hallmark cards that featured her beautiful watercolor artworks including Vera the Mouse. I have a large framed print "Nature's Sketchbook" hanging on the wall by my art desk that I love!

  • the sea and all it's many beauties

  • quilling and origami

  • interesting metal embellishments

  • hearts (collected since I was a teenager)

  • Halloween, Valentines Day and Christmas are my favorite holidays.

  • Disney, Hello Kitty, The Peanuts, Scoobydo, Garfield, favorite Disney Princess Cinderella

  • Vintage Barbie and Dawn dolls

  • Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, vintage Barbie, Katy Keene, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s Rock n Roll, Dance, Fairies, Butterflies, Birds, Nature, Retro, Quirky and Colorful, Skulls/Skeletons, Quotes and Poetry, Cats and Dogs, Zentangles, Humor, Repurposing and Recycling, Fashion (paper dolls or old magazine cut outs for my paper doll junk journal)

Favorite Television

My husband and I watch a lot of TV through the week in the evenings because it's the best way to relax together after our long days....This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS (still watch the orginal with Gibbs) Use to love CSI (with Grissom) Firefly, Bones and Grimm, That 70s Show, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Americas Got Talent, The Talk (Daytime TV) Mike and Frank on American Pickers, Food Network, Anne of Avonlea, DinersDriveIns&Dives .... Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Fave movies: Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Avatar, Breakfast Club, Original Ghostbusters. Old shows: I Love Lucy, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Lassie, Bewitched, Little House on the Astroid, I mean Prairie. Sorry I had to, my hubby hated that show! Lol

Music and Dance

My favorite music is from1970s, 80s, 90s. Also love Elvis and music from the 1950s. I like old school country; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Easy listening, James Taylor, Jewel, Enya. I grew up with a country music loving family, but I'm a rock n roll girl! In 1980 I met my dear hubby at an under 21 club, a discotech called "Fat City" in Medford Oregon. Yes I still enjoy disco music and love dance! The days of our dancing together, what magic!! I enjoy watching dance reality TV, ice skaters and ballerinas, hip-hop It's just wonderful live art to me!

No thank you....

*I enjoy making ATCs for others but I don't collect them anymore. Just running out of space to store more binders. I still enjoy ATC coins especially when I can use them in my journals. *pencils, erasers, reward stickers, window clings(I don't have small children) *Please DON'T send me your scraps of paper. I have plenty of my own. *blank recipe cards, packages of note cards or memo pads. I have too many! lol *please no more washi tape rolls *glitter, any, but I do I LOVE glitter in art that you send. I just have a big stash already. *not fond of neon colors *scarves, socks, make-up or make-up bags, mug rugs/coasters. I appreciate all the handmade coasters but now we have plenty. My BFF has also made a few for hubby and me.

Swapping and mailing

I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. I always communicate with my partners mostly through the swap-bot messenger system. Sometimes an occasional email message. Please do the same for me. Our mailbox where we receive mail is locked. I drop off mail inside the post office (always my first choice) and drop off in the Blue Box when the post office is closed. The pick up times are not coinciding with their lobby open hours. The post office has different hours on the weekends and the lobby certainly isn't open 24/7! One of two of the post offices I use is closed on the weekend. When I drop off my swaps, that's when I mark sent. Sitting right in the parking lot! I mail multiple swaps and wishes together so I make less trips to the post office as driving in Portland takes a lot of my time and gasoline. Stay safe and craft on!

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@Caithness CPG Happy Mail Global 12/1


Comment: Thanks for this beautiful coin, card and extras! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
TonyaAshe rated for CPG 2021 Red & PInk Envie - Global on Jan 12, 2021
Vickyen rated for UHM: Dear 2020 & 2021 Letter on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Hi Bonnie! I loved reading your letters to 2020 and 2021! It was serious in many ways and LIGHThearted in others - just perfect! No worries on the pen pal letter - enjoy your time with the hubby and insta pot! LOL! That sounds a tad strange but you know what I mean! LOL! 2020 did turn into a total sh*tshow and yet when I look back for me and my family personally, we were inconvenienced but thankfully not impacted as so many were. We had our jobs, health, and each other, so much to be thankful for although it was a strange new world for all of us! I had high hopes for 2021 but the things that happened in DC and at other state Capitols just really makes me worry for our country. Prayers that 2021 will be better for all and yet... Wishing you all the best! Hugs, Happy New Year, and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Lol Hi Vicky! You crack me up, haha! I did enjoy my time with hubby and our Insta pot. Everything I've cooked so far has been yummy and so fast. Last week was a sad week both personally and for our country and it's people. Like you I worry about our country. Gonna have to hold on tight, looks like it's gonna be a tough road ahead. Gotta stay strong and move forward. Thank you for an awesome rating and always being a LIGHT that makes me smile. 😊 I'm so glad you enjoyed the letters! All the best my friend!
Chocopan rated for Floral/Nature Mail Swap #3 on Jan 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great swap! If I could I'd give you an extra heart for including Snoopy extras, that was so thoughtful of you and really made my day <3 Loved everything else you sent too :)
Response: Very welcome! Yay, your swap found you! Lol So glad I helped brighten your day. Happy New Year!
Caithness rated for New Year’s Card 2021 on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your lovely written New Year's card along with the lovely postcards and info of where you live. A Good New Year to you and your family.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart. 😊
Comment: Wow this is a really beautiful, colorful tote bag. I was in an after-Christmas funk today, and was so surprised to get this swap! The mail was so backed up that it took almost a month to get to me! But it was well-worth the wait! I will tote-ally use it, LOL! Also thanks for the really nice, cute extras! Amazing swap!
Response: I was so happy this morning, first email in my inbox telling me your package was out for delivery! I'm tote-ally relieved and happy you love what I sent! Lol That was the only piece of fabric like that one in my stash. And my serger is getting a tune-up, won't see her for about another 4 weeks. Whew, here's to 2021!! Thank you for an awesome rating.
Comment: Thank you, love it. Happy Holidays
Response: Hi Nancy, So glad you are enjoying what I sent. Happy New Year!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful PC! Have a great holiday!!
colleenbUSA rated for CPG - Prompt PC #5 - US only on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cute card! Happy Holidays!
christy102194 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #26 on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: so cute! thanks! :)
Response: You're welcome. You had already rated this a long time ago. I marked everyone off as I received ratings. So weird! hmmmm Glad you liked all the kawaii. I keep good swap notes! ❤️
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card and the warm welcome! I've been on another postcard site for years, so swap bot feels very homey. :) I appreciate your kindness!!!
Response: You're very welcome! ❤️❤️❤️ I hope you will enjoy being here for a long time to come. Thank you for the sweet heart rating.
squince rated for AN: Teach Me #23 (US) on Dec 17, 2020
Comment: haha we both did penguins! :)
Response: Lol that's been happening a lot in my swaps and sending the same postcard. Great minds! 😁
Comment: Love Frosty!! Thank you!! Hoping if you get snow, it's as cute as the pics!!!
Response: ⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄ Let it snow!!!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful kitty card. I have that same set of cards and had sent the same card to my partner. I had a hard time parting with it, so am very happy that you sent it to me! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Response: Hi again, I'm glad I picked that one for you! I had a hard time parting with it too, but I have a few more keepers. :) Same to you, I hope you and yours have a joyous holiday season! Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and the super cute Tim Holtz Card Holder. I love it! Happy Holidays.
Response: Very welcome! I'm so glad you love your swap. Thank you for your heart rating! ❄️🌲⛄
Comment: Wow, that's a lot of snow on that postcard! Can you imagine? I'm ready for winter too, we've had a few cold days but not many so far. I'm also looking forward to the New Year and hoping for better times for all. Thanks for the PC and best wishes!
Response: My husband liked that postcard and I didn't want to part with it but the person sending to me sent the same one. Lol I can't imagine! In a movie maybe. Lol Thank you for your heart rating.
Comment: Thanks for the cute card! Thanks also for the pretty die cut and cute stickers! Happy Holidays!
Response: Very welcome! 🌲⛄❄️
Comment: Thank you for the pretty glittery card! I love the mermaids and the card holder. They will get used with love. AND love your story about the foil paper! Wonderful. Thank you for sharing with me. Mele Kalikimaka
Response: So very welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed your swap. You are so sweet and I thank you for your heart rating and message. Mele Kalikimaka hoaloha!
Comment: What a pretty card! Thanks for the stickers!
Response: Very welcome and thanks for rating.
Response: Welcome, thanks for rating.

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tcornell on Jan 13, 2021:

Thank you for the Merry Christmas RAK that you sent to me- I actually just ran across it today, as a little stack of my mail got lost in my stationery papers and I was writing letters. It was so sweet of you to think of me! ♥ Tracy (Hope your Christmas was wonderful and that 2021 is treating you well!)

TryshaH81 on Jan 2, 2021:

Many thanks for the earsavers & teas!!! Look forward to trying the teas. Thanks for sending to me for the RAKs group!

LadyJo on Dec 28, 2020:

Thank you for the WW Dec. wishes! I enjoy your letters so much! It was neat to see what you enjoy during the cold winter months. Thanks to for the great postcards as well! I still like to collect Lighthouse post cards, too!

fishsteak on Dec 27, 2020:

Thank you for the postcard for my December WW wishlist! It would be so nice to live near a river.

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2020:


wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


kiddomerriweather on Dec 24, 2020:

Merry Christmas!

caf1988 on Dec 24, 2020:

Wonderful Wishes Dec 2020

Thank you for the card! Merry Christmas!

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2020:

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