Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2020 11:37 pm


Date Joined: August 1, 2009
Last Online: February 17, 2020
Birthday: October 16
Country: United States
Etsy Faves

About Me


I'm 63years old with two grown children and three grandsons. I also have a five year old granddaughter. I work with special needs high school students. I live in Arizona where it's very hot in the summer, but really nice in the winter (when it finally decides to cool down).

I'm actually very easy to please - if you make it for me, I'm going to appreciate the effort. I'm thankful when people put time, thought and heart into what they make and send. Hand made items are wonderful, but finding vintage items at a thrift store or yard sale also takes time and energy, so I really appreciate what is required to complete a well done swap.

I won't flake and I will rate. If I should happen to forget to rate a swap, please let me know. I always try to send something my partner will like and I read all profiles, regardless if the swap says "sender's choice". Profiles are fun to read and they help me create a good swap package.

If you don't receive a swap or tag from me, please let me know right away. I have no problem re-sending or doing whatever it takes to fix a problem. I host swaps sometimes and I will angel any swap I host if necessary.

Favorite Music

Classic rock: Rolling Stones (best rock & roll band ever!), The Beatles, Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan...etc.

Country (mostly retro, classics and bluegrass)



As far as newer music, I love folk rock and roots music, as well as some of the folky country bands.

Favorite Books

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Godfather

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Alice in Wonderland

Classic children's literature (including Peter Pan, the Oz books, Winnie the Pooh, Little Women, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder), beautifully illustrated fairy tales and nursery rhymes, Beatrix Potter's work

Some of my favorite modern book authors and books for children include: Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry, H.A. Rey's Curious George series, the Amelia Bedelia books, Russell Hoban's Frances series

I love very old, out of print books for children. I would love to collect vintage books, but they are usually too expensive. I do find them sometimes in thrift stores though!

Favorite Movies

The Wizard of Oz

anything with Johnny Depp

Comedies - especially adult humor. I love Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, etc.


Favorite Television


I'm Dyin' Up Here

Anthony Bourdain's shows - I LOVE him!

Modern Family

The Voice

Antiques Roadshow

true crime shows

history, nature, Nova type shows

About Me


*altered objects - matchboxes, rusty old tins, altoid tins, boxes, dolls, lotsa stuff!

*mixed media - configurations, shadowboxes, etc.


** I LOVE to make ornaments for different holidays or occasions

I DO NOT sew, nor do I embroider, crochet, knit...but oh how I admire the talents of those who do! Nothing better than receiving something hand crafted that I could never even begin to know how to do myself.


handmade items!!!

original art - I have no talent whatever in the fine arts and I love so very much to receive art made by others. Artists rock! =)

pinup girls and old school tattoo art

art dolls and vintage dolls, even doll parts

wooden boxes, all sizes - I've loved them for years.



Day of the Dead ~ Frida Kahlo ~ Loteria

HALLOWEEN!!!! - devils, bats and witches are faves - I especially enjoy vintage Halloween (all eras) and gothic Halloween. Spooky is GOOD! I like ouija boards, spirits, graveyards,Poe, ravens, mystical, fall colors, scary jack-o-lanterns,apothecary stuff, scary but not too overtly gory (NO slasher movies)

Christmas - I adore retro/kitchy Christmas (think 1950s - ish) - little elves, gnomes, glittery, tinsel, all that fun stuff!

More Christmas - Victorian Christmas images are also a favorite and I've discovered in recent years that I like angels. I enjoy Krampus and Scandinavian trolls and elves. I'm quirky!

lowbrow Victorian imagery

Neanderthals - my DNA test results show that I have more Neanderthal DNA than most people have - wow!

vintage circus and vintage magician images

vintage ephemera from all eras

flowers - new or vintage crochet, paper, anything flower related to use for Day of the Dead or Frida projects

MERMAIDS!!!! - yep, even Disney

garden gnomes

weird, wacky, wonderful things


items from other countries, cultures and eras

jewelry - love anything handmade

suns and moons (especially the man in the moon), stars, clouds...

I like all colors. It's more about the way different colors are combined that appeals to me rather than one particular color. But I do have to say that I'm always drawn to ocean colors...aqua, turquoise, teal - I call them "mermaid colors"...


rodents, especially rats. I have a bit of a phobia, I guess. Realistic rats and mice freak me out.

scrapbook supplies - I do some scrapbooking once in awhile but I already have a lot of supplies on hand, and I usually need something specific when I do scrapbooking projects. And please, no scrapbook paper scraps. My cup runneth over with paper scraps already.

ATCs ~ Please, don't send me an ATC!! I actually do like making ATCs and I used to make and swap tons of them, but I stopped collecting them years ago.

As I said in my "likes", I LOVE Halloween and Christmas, but not so much the cutesy/kiddish stuff, unless it's vintage style.

Stickers that children would use. I do use stickers on occasion, but not really the flat ones that look obviously like a sticker.

I know that bookmarks are very popular, but I really don't need any. I do most of my reading online. I do enjoy making bookmarks though.

If you are doing a THRIFT STORE SWAP with me, please don't send items that can just as easily have come from a dollar store. Sorry if that seems harsh, but a trinket that originated at Dollar Tree is probably not something that will make me happy if I'm hoping for something thrifted and awesome. A few times, I have received items that I don't even want to pass along to another partner. It's very rare though, I'm happy to say! =)

I don't do stamping so I really have no need for stamps or ink pads. I will gladly pass them on if I receive them though.


weird, funky clay faces - especially painted ones

small Halloween or otherwise spooky things that I can use for Halloween shadowboxes - I like them kind of creepy!


old keys

old photos, especially of people...the older the photo, the better!

vintage needlework - small doilies, crochet, embroidery, etc.

THRIFT STORE FINDS - small items I can use for shadowbox and assembly pieces, especially items for Halloween, Day of the Dead shrines and retro chic Christmas projects

cool vintage stuff

Vintage Lefton china items ~ especially holiday

handmade items that you LOVE to make!

nautical, ocean, seashell, MERMAID items

Old discarded small doll clothes - Barbie sized or smaller. I don't sew, but I do re-fashion doll clothes for some of my art dolls/altered dolls.

I'm in love with retro Christmas items - kitchy 1950-1960s elves, Lefton china figurines, retro stickers, wrapping paper, cards, etc. These items don't have to be in "like new" condition because they are VINTAGE! I can hide all sorts of flaws and cracks with glue and glitter...=).


I like candy, especially chocolate. I dislike gummy candy. I don't drink herbal teas, but do drink black tea. Spices from other places interest me.

I've recently started drinking coffee! Fifty nine years old and I managed to stay away from it all this time - imagine that! My coffee maker takes Keurig style cups and I'd love to receive and try different flavored coffees - no decaf though.

I like to try unusual (regional) things.

I am a semi-vegetarian and have been for 30 years. (I do eat fish, eggs and cheese.)


Comment: Thank you for the absolutely lovely wall hanging!!!!
Comment: I couldn't wait to open and I'm glad because the beautiful tin heart ornament went right on my valentine tree! Thank you :)
Response: Thank you for the rating! I thought it would be nice for your tree. xo
Comment: Wish I could give you at least 5 stars. OMG, my happy mail is fabulous. The bird & shoe buttons are cute, the rainbow chipboard stickers are great, the tags are wonderful. But the dragon buttons--AWESOME!!. Thank you so much. You're a goddess. :-)
Response: Oh, I'm happy that you like the dragon buttons! I wanted to find something with dragons. Enjoy making your paperclips! xo
JudalineZ rated for Be My Hallowtine! on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Love it! Thank you for the goodies!
Response: You are very welcome!! xo
jjhere rated for Be My Hallowtine! on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Wow! Where's the quadruple heart button?? What an amazing package of happiness. My son brought the mail in and when he saw your envie he said, "Oh, Mom. You are having a REALLY good mail day." Thank you so much!
Response: Ha! You are welcome! I felt bad that the tape looked kind of funky but I thought the envie needed to be covered. Anyway, it was a lot of fun to make. Happy Hallowtine!!! xo
thriftymermaid rated for MLU: A Tiny Mermaid Bottle on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for my beautiful Mermaid Bottle and the wonderful extras!! We may have to open a Mermaid Museum for all of our crafty treasures!! <3
Response: You're very welcome!! xo
Comment: Robin! Robin! Robin! You are one of my favorite persons!! :o) I just love getting a box of goodness from you. The stocking is gorgeous!! I'm going to hang it up tonight, The rest I'm saving for my birthday on the 27th, I've decided to leave all of my swap-bot packages in Maine instead of traveling with them. I'll be back on the 26th and it will be something to make my bday special--they have a way of getting lackluster the older we get. ;o) Wishing you and your family a wonderful, wonderful holiday!! xoxo
Response: Oh, that will be fun to open them on your birthday! My box from you arrived today too ~ I'm off to leave a rating and a comment. xo
Comment: Thank you ever so much. Its a though I asked for them!!!!!!!!!!!!! I luV colourful cacti! Merry Christmas!
Response: You are very welcome!!!
Comment: Such an incredibly wonderful and thoughtful swap! You really made my month!
Response: I'm happy that you like it! Thank you for the nice rating, the comment and for joining the swap. xo
Comment: Thanks so much Robin!! The mermaid scent is awesome! Thanks for being in my Swap!!
Response: You're welcome!!! xo
Comment: Robin, if I could rate you 100 on this, I absolutely would!! You outdid yourself on this and I truly appreciate all the effort you put into it! I opened everything tonight and loved each item!!! Thank you again sooo much and Happy Halloween!!!!!
Response: You're welcome! It was fun and I'm so glad you liked it all. Thank you for the nice message and rating. It's kind of sad that Halloween is over. xo
Comment: I really like every thing in this envie! The envelope that you put the items in is really beautiful and so are the tags. I am enjoying this so much. Happy Halloween!
Response: Oh good! Thank you for the rating and Happy Halloween!! xo
Comment: What!?!? I am blind sided! What a freaking cool altered doll you created for me! I feel like the luckiest Halloweeen Nut in the world! What a fabulous idea and you executed it perfectly. She looks awesome on the doilie with the cards. She is in my Halloween dollhouse right now doing readings for all of the creatures who live there. She is a big hit. I cannot tell you how much I love her. She will be a part of Halloween display from now on. Thank you thank you thank you!
Response: Mandy, I'm so relieved that you like her. I made her before the swap partners were assigned and I wasn't sure she would be your style. =) Thank you for the rating and the very nice comment! Happy Halloween!!! xo
Cocoa rated for VTHS: Send 2 #2 on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Wow! Your out did yourself! The TH Paper dolls are very welcome. I am sure I can use it all. Thank you!!
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the rating. xo
dartha rated for September stocking stuffer on Sep 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much Robin for such an adorable ornament. So creative! thank you, darla
Response: You're welcome, dartha! I had to curb my natural instinct to make it into something Halloweeny. ha ha
Eulegirl rated for Jingle in July on Sep 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you! My kitty and I both love it! She came running as soon as she heard the bell sound. If only I could have gotten a cute pic!
Response: Glad you both like it! xo
Comment: Sorry, thought I had rated you earlier but perhaps I forgot to hit save?! thank you for the delightful ornaments - I love my ghost - she will have a place of honor on my tree!
Response: You are welcome! I love your idea of an all ghost Halloween tree - would love to see a picture of it!
Christopherpines rated for Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for such a lovely selection! These are some of my favorite swaps!!
Response: You're welcome ~ Happy Halloween!
hollycm6 rated for Christmas in July Stocking Stuffer on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Such a beautiful package!! I'm trying to hide it away and open it at Christmas but it is soooo tempting!! update: oh how cute!!! I love this decoration, and the holly on it makes it so personal!!! (now I kinda wish I'd opened it in July haha and enjoyed it all year :)
Response: Thank you for the rating!! xo
kfaye rated for Haunted Houseplant on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Haha-love it! Thank you :D
Response: You're very welcome! These are fun to make. The first one I made was bigger but then I found these tiny pots at the thrift store and decided they would be better as ornaments for this swap. xo

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Karen07 on Dec 14, 2019:

Cactus looks great on the tree! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

thriftymermaid on Nov 28, 2019:

Happy Thanksgiving! <3

MyRetroSoul on May 18, 2019:

Hello Robin! You were my partner for March Stocking Stuffer-Green. I have been saving all of my stocking stuffers and waiting to open them but I’ve been having a hard time lately and thought it would cheer me up to open a few early. One of them was yours. This sweet pained doll with funky hair and hat and wand! She is so amazing and i cant thank you enough for passing her along to me. It my favorite thing I’ve recieved since joining swapbot. Thank you, Thank you!

thriftymermaid on Jan 12, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lovely card and the anchor buttons!! Love them!! I hope you're having a warm and happy New Year so far! Hugs!! <3

thriftymermaid on Jan 2, 2018:

I missed Christmas swapping with you! I have some goodies I hope to send your way soon...maybe a little private swap if you're up to it. All the best to you and yours in 2018. Hugs.

luckycharms on Nov 22, 2017:


thriftymermaid on Oct 18, 2017:

I missed getting to say Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a great time on your special day. I hope all is well with you and yours. Zora continues to love the blanket you sent her! Hugs!

wolviechick121 on Jan 1, 2017:

JenniferWatsonMcDonald on Dec 18, 2016:

I want to thank you so much for your card for my birthday and the goodies you sent! I truly appreciate it and it meant the world to me! <3 Hope you are doing well!


sassafrass on Aug 21, 2016:

Ohhh how I wish I could do the Prims Halloween swap!! Thank you for setting it up (although I feel depressed to be missing it!)

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