Swap-bot Time: October 26, 2020 11:14 pm


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: October 26, 2020
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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Happy October 1st! So happy it's Autumn, love this time of year!

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It's getting crazy here already! With mail in voting in Oregon mail is going to be even slower than usual sending and receiving. I'm seeing it happen already. Please be patient. 😊

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. πŸ’› 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 πŸ’”) 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. Our post offices are open where I live...here is an article from USA TODAY. Portland is not on the list!


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 from a restaurant where he lives 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 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....

  • πŸ’™A Art by you Autumn ATCoins Art junque Alice in Wonderland my Art journals

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

  • πŸ’™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

  • πŸ’™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

  • πŸ’™E Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Essential Oils Embroidery

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

  • πŸ’™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

  • πŸ’™H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting History Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 39 years

  • πŸ’™I Ice Cream

  • πŸ’™J Junk journals Johnny Cash the word JOY

  • πŸ’™K Kefir Kindness

  • πŸ’™L Lace Letters Lightening storms

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

  • πŸ’™N Nuts Nature Notes from pals interesting Newspaper cutouts

  • πŸ’™O Ocean "Mother Ocean"

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

  • πŸ’™Q Quilting Quotes

  • πŸ’™R Raspberries Rubberstamper for over 30 years Rain Recipes (tried and true)

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

  • πŸ’™T Tea Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade

  • πŸ’™U Umbrellas Unicorns

  • πŸ’™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

  • πŸ’™W Wild animals Wool roving and fibers Willie Nelson Woodland animals Walks Whimsy

  • πŸ’™X

  • πŸ’™Y Yard sales

  • πŸ’™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 (nΓ©e 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....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....

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

*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

*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 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. Our mailbox where we receive mail is locked. I drop off mail inside the post office and drop off in the Blue Box when the post office is closed. 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 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. Please communicate with me. I will do the same. I have enjoyed swapping here for many years. Craft on!

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I tagged!

@susieq11 CPG tag 2 postcards in an envelope 10/18


MarthaB rated for Blind Surprise #2 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Just opened my mail, LOVE it. Cute receipt! Thanks so much, I can use all of it!
kolasx rated for CPG Oct 2020 SC PC - US only on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I really enjoyed the scenic view
Comment: Such a fun swap!! Thank you so much for the cute card and washi! I love the rubber stamps you used! CUTE!!! xx Gabi
katjalves rated for Blind Surprise #2 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Love the goodies! Thank you so much.
Comment: Great list!! Thank you!
Response: Very welcome. Got to you so quickly! 😊 Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Love the envelopeβ€”I look forward to opening it! πŸ’œ
Comment: Hi Bonnie, Thank you for the stickers that went around the world! Love the quotes, appreciate you looking at my profile for my likes. Take care and be safe! 😍
Response: Thank you Kat! A month and one day to arrive. Crazy! I'm just so happy you like what I sent to you. Enjoy. Be safe and craft on! Thank you for the ❀️
Comment: Thank you so much for all of these lovely, wonderful GOODIES! I love everything you sent! I love looking at these treasures and I wonder who designed the seals, who was the photographer who snapped the photo ? Who was that woman? Who was that Mexican check for? Who were they? I could make up a story for each piece of ephemera I have! Thank you !!! xx
Response: Ohhh journal pages with made up stories would be fun! So far the words in my journals are quotes, poetry or 'real life' like a scrapbook. Very welcome so glad your goodies got to you!
Comment: Thank you for the festive envelope. I'm adding it to my stack to open during advent.
Comment: Thank you so much for the 'Spooktacular' Halloween card and awesome package of fun! So cute! Halloween will be different this year for sure. Thank you for making my day!
Response: You're so very welcome! I'm so glad you are enjoying what I sent and I brightened your day. 😊 Thank you for the ❀️ rating.
Comment: Thank you!! LOL, I hope the Great Pumpkin visits you too - with lots of wine and candy:)
Comment: can't wait until december
Comment: Cute envie, I can’t wait to open it!
Comment: Thank you! I'm saving till December and yours will be the fourth one I open. I plan on opening them in the order I received them!!
Response: Hi there! That's my plan as well. So fun! ❀️
Comment: Thanks! Your envelope took a beating but has arrived. Will open on Dec. 3rd, so I'll be back then with more comments.
Response: Thanks for rating. Lately most of my incoming envies are beat up and have part of the seam slit on bottom or side, washi ripped, stickers ripped and some postcards have a spots that peeled top layer on back. Everything has been intact though on the inside! I even used commercial envelopes for mailing these and nothing was super lumpy that I've sent or received. Always check for 1/4" thickness as per USPS requirement. Just back luck! Lol It's a wonder the USPS does as well as it does with all the mail we send. Lol Hope you'll enjoy what's on the inside. 😊
Comment: This is an absolutely gorgeous tag, the time and effort that you put into creating this are evident... a definite favorite! I love the pocket and will put it into a journal... thank you so much! Patty
Response: Yay! I enjoy these MM swaps so much and so glad you are enjoying the tags I create for you. You seem to be stuck with me! 😁 Thanks for hosting these fun swaps.
Comment: Thank You! Very Cute Envie Decor! I have to get a Halloween Stamp Set. My neighborhood has hundreds of trick or treaters each year. But this year I will be sitting this one out. I'm sure everyone will still be out trick or treating. Anywho, Have a Happy Halloween and once again thank you for such a cool decorated envie! :o)
Response: Very welcome! I had a blast this year with Halloween swaps! Usually so busy I don't have time. Guess this is one thing that has been a positive during these times. Oh your neighborhood sounds wonderful! Our hometown use to be that way but as years have passed safer for kids at community events. Happy October!
Comment: Bonnie! what a cute card! I enjoyed Halloween, too, years ago. Now, I just pack my night (and usually the month of October) with as much scary stuff as possible. Happy Halloween!
Response: Ohhhh that sounds like a fun plan! Happy Halloween and thanks for the heart.
sofiafenntatum rated for MAIL ART - Halloween on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for such a wonderful gift! I love your envelope, you have some truly beautiful stamps and stickers. Thank you so much for the wonderful stickers, I will be using them to make cards. I also love the Halloween card and your note! It is always so nice to read your messages, thank you again!
Response: You're very welcome!, so glad you enjoyed your swap! Thank you for your sweet rating and heart. Happy October!
Comment: I absolutely LOVE your tag! β™₯ Thank you :) Also for the envies, labels and mini zine, such a lovely package!
Response: Hi there! I'm so glad you love YOUR tag! 😁 I am enjoying these swaps so much, such a talented group! Thank you for the awesome rating and heart. Happy weekend! ❀️

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ChrisAnne on Oct 25, 2020:


Please forgive me for typing Susie on my thank you! I am so sorry! I love the sloth goodies and the envies are great!

ChrisAnne on Oct 25, 2020:

Susie, thank you for the stamps and sloth page markers! I love them and can't wait to use them!

colleenbUSA on Oct 25, 2020:

Thank you for the Oregon postcards RAK! they're beautiful!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for the atc coin blanks and sleeves from my October CPG wishlist! I was out of blanks and these are perfect!!

Heirloom on Oct 22, 2020:

Lila84 on Oct 21, 2020:

Bonnie, Thank you for the beautiful fall leaf stamped envelope full of more leaves and pretty Fall colors and goodies! πŸ™‚ (Wonderful Wishes October)

colleenbUSA on Oct 21, 2020:

Thanks so much for the adorable CPG October wishes for envelope seals!

warheart on Oct 21, 2020:

I love the German/Victorian scrap you sent for my CPG Oct Wishlist!! Thank you!

kittyhahahotbot on Oct 20, 2020:

Queensmiley2530 on Oct 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for my cpg wish. I love the super cute Snail Sticker's

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