Swap-bot Time: October 18, 2019 8:57 am


Date Joined: December 2, 2008
Last Online: October 17, 2019
Birthday: December 21
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a mom first, to two beautiful girls. My oldest is 15 and a sophmore this year...I am still not sure how that happened so fast! My youngest is 13 and in the 8th grade. They are as different as night and day, My oldest is a sporty girl, a deep thinker, a reader, a writer and an old soul. My youngest is talkative, outgoing and gregarious. She loves to dance and perform, and be creative. I have been a single parenting parent for the last 10 years when my husband, my college sweetheart, suffered an accident that has left him in coma since then. I volunteer in our community and belong to several philanthropic organizations, including a mother/daughter one. I have an online store where I sell fabulous supplies and luxury trims, boutique goods and whimsical jewelry. .

My Crafty Life

Paper Crafts, Cardmaking, Sewing, Jewelry Making ( I make jewelry from reclaimed vintage findings, Swarovski Crystal, and Vintage Buttons), Holiday Crafts, and Mixed Media. I love all things vintage, and if I have a common theme in the things that I make it is that they all either contain something vintage or are vintage inspired. If it is paper arts, I probably have thrown some vintage sheet music or old wallpaper in the mix. If I am sewing I am probably trying to salvage the remains of some vintage textile I have drug home. Some things speak to me right away, and others stay with me for many years before they find their voice.

Things I Read

  • Books; I love to read! I read everything from Chic Lit and Biographies to Crime Novels. Harlan Coben, Lee Childs,Mary Kay Andrews, Janet Evanovich, or any other Murder, Mayhem and Mystery!

My Home/My Style

  • Shabby Chic, Antique, Distressed style (not the tole painted cabbage rose shabby chic, but the faded linens, chipped paint, vintage french style).

  • Grays and aqua, white cabinets, brushed granite, and stainless in the kitchen.

  • Warm leather and reclaimed wood in the living room.

  • Aqua and burlap in the studio/craft room.

  • Beachy blues and white in the master and bath.

  • Favorite colors, all shades of grays, champagne, robins egg blue, pink, sage, aqua, periwinkle, red, silver, white, cream, bronze, mercury glass, pewter, black. stone, gray.

  • Favorite scents fresh scents, lavender, clean linen, seashore. But I prefer not to receive scented things unless it is individually wrapped as when they travel in a package, they can become overwhelming, and make me sneeze :o)

A Few of My Favorite Things


  • Vintage buttons

  • Vintage laces and trims

  • Millinery and Fabric flowers

  • Embellishments

  • "Keep Calm and Carry On" is the mantra of my life, I love stuff with this saying on it!

  • Vintage ephemera

  • Broken(or not) rhinestone jewelry

  • Crystal beads

  • Antique brass or antique silver finish jewelry findings or charms

  • Collage sheets

  • Vintage or vintage style Halloween and Christmas items

  • Fun stuff for the girls

  • Sizzix stuff for my bigshot

  • Rubber stamps, (I like stamps that are more realistic ie:Tim Holtz style rather than whimsical ie:Debbie Mum)

  • Vintage photo/people (realistic) rubber rubber stamps

  • French themed rubber stamps

  • Anything Tim Holtz

  • Glass tiles for jewelry making

  • Old game pieces (especially with the letters L,H,E & C)

  • Silver colored solder and solder supplies

  • Old silver plated forks and spoons

  • Vintage hankies and linens (damaged or not)

  • French themed ephemera & embellishments

  • Washi tapes

  • Day of the Dead and sugar skulls

  • Frida

  • Altered Art Supplies

  • Polka dots

  • Sloths

  • Tea-I like fruity tea like lemon, peach etc. I have not liked tea for most of my life, but have recently started to like some teas.

  • Milk Chocolate(I don’t care for any Hershey’s chocolates, don’t care for fruit filled chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate or snickers) I love licorice(red and black),Caramel, Butterscotch, Runts and sweet tarts are a few Favs

The Girls

** Hayley** is 15 and she is a sophmore in high school! Her favorite colors are grays with pops of color. She loves quotes, fun school supplies, boho, and playing field hockey, FFA, and ski team for school. Her school colors are red and gold and her school mascot is a panther. She loves to read, crafts, Stranger Things, Friends, Beauty and the Beast, Riverdale, Harry Potter and decorating!

** Emerson ** is 13 and in 8th grade, her favorite colors are shades of yellow, blues, and corals. .She loves tiny things, crafting, Friends, mermaids, gilmore girls,dancing,baking,unicorns, llamas, blingy things and fun school supplies.

You can always send stuff for the girls in place of me or choose things from their likes instead of my personal likes :o)

No Thank You

  • Scarves, they are pretty but I don't wear them

*Stickers, unless they are vintage inspired (like Tim Holtz) I don't use them.

  • Little kid things, cutesy things.

*Cute Halloween items, we like it creepy and spooky over here ;o)

  • Marshmallows

  • Stuffed animals (we have way too many)

  • Gummy anything (kids love them though)

  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate or most hot beverages

  • Seed beads or plastic beads

  • Heart shaped things (for kids they are fine or for valentines day)

  • Dottee, Skinny, Inchies etc (It is not that I dislike them, just that I do not do them)

*Confetti, Punchies, or Sequins

*crochet dish towels or dish rags

*Dark or white chocolate, Hershey’s chocolates, fruit filled chocolate, snickers.

************** FLAKERS!!!!******************

** Hall of Shame: ** Flaked on by @BabyBee78 for 3 holiday tags

Halloween Whimsy Box Flaked on by @GOLDIE she offered to resend then never did or respond to my messages.

Holly Jolly Handmade Christmas Flaked on by @TSHAVER25 told swap coordinator that she had sent but never did or responded to my messages. She finally contacted me and offered to resend but never did.And contacted me again, but again did not resend.

PKC Triple Treat Tag: Flaked on by @SAVVYGAL

Stamping Lp Tag: Flaked on by @BEX

Profile Lp Tag: Flaked on by @BEX

Flaked on by: @LILMISSPOLKADOT profile Lp


Comment: I am flailing all over the place over all the awesome stuff you found! Thank you so much!!!
kfaye rated for Altered Skeleton on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: I love the skeleton you made! Thank you :D
Drea3nvy rated for Spooky Taxidermy on Oct 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful swap! You did an amazing job I love it!!
Comment: Just got it in the mail today! I'm going to wait until december to open it! Thank you
scrappermama rated for VTHS: Send 2 #2 on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Holy guacamoley!! Amazing package! I can't give you enough ♡'s. Thank you SO much!! I will happily use all what you sent! Wow!! Happy fall!!
Comment: 10 good vintage pieces with a few reproductions included. Sweet presentation. Thank you, Lesley :)
Comment: Awesome! You must have a huge button collection!
luleemik rated for Trash to Treasure #22 on Sep 28, 2019
Comment: Always LOVE to get a swap from you---amazing job as always!! Especially like the ones using maps!! Thank you for joining my swap:)
Comment: Got my stocking stuffer, but I'm waiting to open it, it's packaged beautifully though and it will give me such a thrill to have some spooky goodies when Christmas invades! <3
bluebear rated for Round 1 Christmas stocking stuffer on Sep 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thanks for everything! Funny how y'all pronounce almonds, I'm from New Orleans and we have our own way of pronouncing almost everything 😂
Star7Lily rated for SC-Charming Charms.. on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Lesley, thank you I love the gorgeous charms. The buttons are so tiny! What a treat. My bracelet will look charming. xxxx
Comment: Thanks for the great box. I love it. Everything you sent was great. I really enjoyed the swap.
Response: Thank you! I really enjoyed making that box and how it turned out :o)
Ac2052 rated for VC: Altered Bingo Card: Halloween! on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the very awesome bingo card!!!
LisaLaughs rated for Boo Box is back! on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: O.M.Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Lesley - thank you so much for an amazing box of Halloween!! You can't imagine how I felt when I saw your name in the return address - I knew it was going to be Christmas in September a la Halloween!!! How lucky am I to have been the recipient of your box?!?!?! The box itself is gorgeous and I just love your style so much!! Then I got to open it and all the darling wrapped items. Needless to say, I love everything (that banner!!!!) and I am a happy girl!! You deserve a hundred hearts my friend - thank you so much for all the Halloween love!!!!!!!
Response: Lisa! I was so excited to get you for a partner!! It was so much fun getting things together for you and decorating the box:o) I still have a sweet pink box in the studio that you did for me years ago! xoxo
donetta rated for SC-Charming Charms.. on Sep 6, 2019
Comment: Super cute charms, Lesley...I love the wee stacked buttons! Thank you for always going above and beyond for your swap partners!
luleemik rated for Halloween Ornament on Sep 5, 2019
Comment: Love, love, love the shaker ornament!! What a great idea that I might have to "borrow" to use with my sheets of mica. Thank you for always being a super swapper!!
Response: Thank you! I was super excited when I figured it out!!
luleemik rated for Mixed Media Challenge #9 on Sep 5, 2019
Comment: OMGosh---best quote EVER!! I can totally relate...lol! Thanks so much for bringing a smile to my face and sending another great art piece:)
Comment: Lesley, thank you so much for the overstuffed box of goodies! I love all of the wonderful things you put inside…way more than I ever would have thought would fit in there. I appreciate you remailing the box. Many, many hearts for you.
Comment: Thanks for a nice swap ♥♥♥

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kiddomerriweather on Aug 10, 2019:

Oooh! I really like the name Boojangles! His name is no longer Jack.

luleemik on Apr 26, 2019:

Hi Lesley, hope you are well! Just wondering if you received the Halloween garland that I mailed to you on Apr. 5. Let me know please:)

user6937 on Mar 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for angeling the Stars ATC that @slewis234 never sent. The card is so very nice (front AND back), and your kindness is appreciated!

sassafrass on Feb 21, 2019:

I'm loving the wonderful creative swaps you always seem to have going in Shabby Chateau! I'm looking forward to when life is more caught up and I can join in! Love your creativity!

CurlyTea on Dec 21, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Moni on Oct 7, 2018:

Received this lovely tag from you, thanks so much!

wolfeagle on Aug 28, 2018:


Lishmo on Apr 11, 2018:

I think of you often, hope you're doing well!

cbpoole on May 16, 2013:

Hey dear! I mailed our your swap on May 6 for the "Spring 2013 Kindness Swap - USA only" swap and was wondering if you had received it? I have the tracking information, but it's at home so I won't be able to check it until tonight. :P Hope you are doing well!

jukejan on Jan 3, 2013:

Loved my carefully selected gifts. You nailed it!

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