Swap-bot Time: August 11, 2020 11:58 am


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: August 11, 2020
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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About Me

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 June we had unexpected family visit us. I had to drop some of my swaps and made some of my swaps not late but sent later than I wanted. Feels good to be caught up on everything! Swaps and home. lol

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) making greeting cards 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 and I'm still asked to sew them. 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 and he's the fermenting king. lol (he makes water kefir and other ferments) There's definitely a learning curve to both but fun! I'm a newbie so don't ask any questions. LOL It's that time again for making Oregon strawberry jam (I barely got my strawberries 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 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 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, 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....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.... Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Fave movies: Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Avatar. Old shows: I Love Lucy, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Lassie, Bewitched

Music and Dance

My favorite music is from1970s and 80s. Also love Elvis and music from the 1950s. I like old school country; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. 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 I 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....

Things I won't use...trying to keep it short as it should be, but I end up with too many of certain things!

*pencils, erasers, reward stickers

*scraps of paper

*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 and socks, make-up or make-up bags

Be Kind

A few last words..I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. Please do the same for me. Life happens though, so let's be kind. Very rarely things have had to be resent. It happens, just be sure there is sufficient postage. I go by the USPS mailing guidelines and have had no problem. I try to go to the post office once a week. I do not mail from our community mailbox where I live. Sometimes that means on the weekend. If that happens, I drop off in the Blue Box.The post office has different hours on the weekends and it certainly isn't open 24/7! One of the post offices I use is closed on the weekend (no Saturday like the other one) and because of people problems they decided to close their lobby at night. When I drop off my swaps, that's when I mark sent. Sitting right in the parking lot! It's a wonder the USPS system works as well as it does with the millions of mail we send. So....if you can be anything be kind. Communicate with me. I will do the same. I have enjoyed swapping here for many years. Craft on!


Comment: Ooooh! Thank you so much for the lovely things you sent! I love Dennison..and the stamps! And the Eaton's postcard!! Wonderful. I love it all!
Response: Very welcome! Enjoy and thank you for the ❤️
Comment: Hay, hay, hay, MIss Bonnie! Loving the Hello KItty envelope! You forgot the floor? LOLOLOL. Loving everything you sent esp. the vintage recipe card. I think I may someday get all my coolio cards together and x-fer my recipes to them. What a job! LOL, Ooooooo is that really real money note? Sure looks cool. With the old statue dude. LOL The retro paper book marks? Im not tearing them apart. The paper is sooooooooo pretty. The tahoe card. I dont have one! Bad girl note? LOL I'll find someone no doubt to write a note to. LOL So, thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait, what about all that pink? Was that intentional? lol
Response: Hay Miss Kitty Hello! That would be a huge job! I have quite a few recipes in my old 3x5" wood recipe box. I still use them too. Learned way back to use Playtex plastic baby bottle liners on my 3x5 recipe cards to protect them. Fit perfectly! Are those even around anymore? Lol Don't know if that is real money and don't remember where it came from. It's one of a kind in my stash! Thought you'd like it. I can't tell if the bookmarks are retro but they sure look that way. No date on them Of course I always swap with intention cause that's the way I roll! 😁
Comment: Thank you so much for this envelope of awesomeness!! I love the various newspaper articles! History is so amazing and old newspapers have SO MUCH to teach us! Thank you for the vintage colorado postcard too and the lovely music pages too! I really love to use these to make vintage embellishments or to add some prettiness to my junk journal pages! everything is so super amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!! xx Gabi
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed what I sent. I agree and this kind of history is my favorite! Still am so giddy over these hometown newspapers! Lol Thank you for hosting and awesome ❤️ rate.
Comment: I love, love, love this card! Thank you!! The origami hawaiian shirt is perfect and those teeny tiny buttons are too cute!! Thank you so much for a lovely swap!
Response: 💛💛💛 Very welcome Grace!
DRMOM rated for VES: Vintage Book Pages Swap #2 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: LOVE 💜💜💜💜 That Sears ad is EVERYTHING!!! Love everything - thank you.
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for all the pretty hearts! P.S. There may be more Sears in your future. 💙
Comment: OMG - Loved your note, loved the card, loved the stickers and the coffee print/postie! Holy cow, did you ever make my day! Thank you for the nice note and the thoughtful enclosures. You're one of my all-time favorite swappers - so glad you were my partner on this one!
Response: Aww Miss Lucy you're making me blush! I don't know why it took so long for our paths to cross but I'm sure glad! (after all the years we've been here, lol) Always a joy swapping with you. I'm so glad you loved what I sent and it made your day. Stay safe my friend!
Arabella rated for VES: VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS on Aug 2, 2020
Comment: Love these old photos, Bonnie! The one of the woman out in the garden looks like it could have been my mom!! She loved to grow all of our vegetables and that even looks like a chicken coop behind her which we had too!! Thank you!! I'll enjoy using the photos - and the other ephemera you added - in my journals and crafts! And congratulations on finishing your quilt!!
Response: Hi Nancy, I'm so glad you are enjoying what I sent and happy to be swapping with you again. I received a photo that looks like one of my kids' childhood friends. That's ironic! Thank you, I really have enjoyed sewing again. It's been too long. My friend loved her quilt! Stay safe and craft on my friend!
LeaTheShark rated for LSRUS Cat Swap! 😺 on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely cat goodies!! <3 I enjoyed reading about all the special cats in your life :)
Response: So very happy your swap arrived! You're very welcome and I love talking about our furbabies. So glad you enjoyed the cat stories. Stay safe!
craftykathy1 rated for EP- Napkin Art on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating. I seem to be falling behind in these. Anyway, I LOVE the card you made with the beautiful bird/flower napkin. I may not give this one away. I think I'll put it in a journal I plan on doing soon. Thank you for telling me how you did it and sending along extras for me to try. I will enjoy that very much. I'd give more than one heart if I could. Blessings to you, Kathy
Response: Very welcome.. I'm just so glad your swap arrived safely! I had so much fun with this that I'm going to be doing more with this technique for my journals too. Thank you for the awesome rating and happy you love it. Stay safe. Hugs, Bonnie
Comment: Bonnie, love all you sent. The steampunk owl is so cool and I love gears always. Thank you, stickers are great for my classes and such pretty ones they are. Wish I could give you more hearts......
Response: You're very welcome. Your rating just makes me smile! I think it's so wonderful that you teach and happy I could send you a little Steampunk. Stay safe and craft on.
Karmi53 rated for Doll Journal Page#3 on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty doll journal page very well done. And thank you for the extras and my birthday card that was nice of you. Thank you stay safe
Response: You're very welcome. So glad your swap arrived. Woohoo! Looking forward to the next one. Stay safe and craft on!
Vickyen rated for Washi-fied Pen Pal Letter on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Hi Bonnie! What fun to be partners again and I love the way you used your washi in the letter - very clever! Thank you so much for all the goodies and you let me know if you really want a pen pal or if one and done works for you! Cuz you know we will be swapping again as great minds are thinking alike! LOL! Thanks again for everything and I wish you all the best - stay safe my friend! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Good morning Vicky! Thank you, for the sweet rating! I'm so glad you like your swap. So much fun! I haven't been using my washi near enough so this was a perfect opportunity to. Lol I'm not one of those who writes every month but given some ideas of things you'd like to write or share I'm game to have a new pen-pal! Stay cool and happy summer my friend! Hugs, Bonnie 💛
Comment: Such a lovely swap! Thank you so much! I love the napkin!!
Response: Very welcome. Thank you for heart rate. :) That napkin is a hoot! Lol
MKayla rated for LSRUS:💓Stuffed Envie💓 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for everything! This was such a nice swap, I absolutely LOVE everything you sent! :)
Response: So glad you love it all! Have fun creating!
Comment: Oh my goodness -- what a great swap! Lovely things and so nicely presented! Thanks so much!
Response: You're very welcome! So glad you like your swap and thank you for your kind words and the ❤️
Comment: Amazing :) the tag is absolutely gorgeous! I love that you used my love of Disney :) thank you so much. ❤️❤️❤️
Response: So very welcome! It was great fun making a Disney tag for you. Love that mouse! He was created the same year my Mom was born in 1928. He has a special place in my heart too. Thank you for all the ❤️'s!
Comment: Just got it in the mail!! So adorable!! Thank you so much!!
Response: Oh yayyy!! I'm so happy it showed up. Just this morning I thought okay, it's lost so I started another page. I'll just make one for me now. lol Thank you for the heart rating. :)
elflady rated for Paper Doll Journal Page #2 on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely doll page I received today. I love it also the fact that your grandaughter worked on it also .I am looking forward to the time when we can put the book together. elflady
Response: So glad it arrived safely. Thanks for the heart. I'm going to be putting my pages in a new book as a tip-in, Really enjoying these pages.
PaperPassion rated for Julie Nutting-July 4th Tag on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Bonnie,what a beautiful tag I received.I love everything about it .Thanks so much.I appreciate all the thought and time that went into it.One of my all time favorites.
Response: I'm so glad you love her! I have enjoyed these past few months and feel like my muse is coming out to play more.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty tag and goodies. I love that technique you used. I’m going to look for those crayons. I needed some washi tape like the blue with stars for a July tag Stay safe and happy crafting!
Response: Yay! Thanks for the heart. I had to learn how to use those crayons and been playing with them more .So much fun! Stay safe and happy!

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ChrisAnne on Aug 8, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome stamps with my birthday wishes from A Wish Granted. I love them. They will definitely get used in my planner and in my Bible!

susieq11 on Aug 3, 2020:

Thank you for the second set of WW July wishes! Omg amazing!!! I love that Snoopy paper, I’ve never seen it! The Peanuts book pages and chart are so nice. Thank you for all the foreign book pages too, wow! The one set of pages is Finnish!! So cool. I really love it all and appreciate your kindness and generosity so much. Have a great week!! xoxo

susieq11 on Aug 1, 2020:

Thank you for the wishes for WW July! I love the Snoopy card and glitter (!!) summer stickers! You made me so happy! : )

tcornell on Jul 27, 2020:

Thank you so much for all of the ATC coin backgrounds, the cute Sticko stickers, and the adorable post it notes too, that you sent to me for July AWG. Apparently, this package took the scenic route in getting to me, but it did arrive- and put a big smile on my face too! ♥Tracy

Highlander18 on Jul 25, 2020:

RAK - Received the beautiful handmade envelopes! Thank you very very much!

yvonne401 on Jul 23, 2020:

Thank you for my AWG July wishes!



LadyJo on Jul 20, 2020:

Thank you so very very much for the awesome July wishes AWG! I love the different colored doilies! I haven't found that many colors ever. Mainly white and red. Where do you find them? Thanks again!

Poohtat on Jul 16, 2020:

Thank you for the WW July. I enjoyed your note and your stationary is adorable. Thank you for the goodies you sent as well. Happy Swapping

kiddomerriweather on Jul 15, 2020:

Thank you for the July WW! I appreciate your generosity.

bluehairedmary on Jul 15, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome birthday wishes! Handmade envies are always special and I love the stickers! Thanks!

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