Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2018 9:10 pm


Date Joined: December 14, 2015
Last Online: January 19, 2018
Birthday: August 3
Country: United States

About Me

Please feel free to send me friendship books, I will be doing a lot of pen palling this year and I would love to start FBs.

****I love snail mail of any kind**** Mom of 3, I love baking, facials, writing letters, books (of any kind), long walks, going to the gym, COFFEE, note cards, postage stamps (new/used), post cards of any kind. I love pocket letters, I love spring and fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, St Patrick's Day. The Dollar Tree and Target are my favorite places to shop. I love the color purple and hearts.

Mail art!!! LOVE mail art!! Zebras, Giraffes, Notebooks, Note cards, post cards, stickers WASHI, LOVE WASHI, embellishments. Postage stamps, tags, paper. Yarn and tulle shopkins

I am thankful for what you send me, even if it is just mail art and a letter inside an envie, I always try to write back, sometimes life gets the best of me and, I do forget to write you back, PLEASE send me a message. I love ephemera, and random envies!!! In desperate need of handmade envies Anything Christian! Post-its Bible study materials, highlighter markers, book marks, (hand made books marks or store bought) list pads, notebook, journals when in doubt send me a book of any kind or newspaper articles. I love anything vintage, from any era, I love the 80s and 90s. New Kids on The Block, vintage toys, smurfs, strawberry shortcake, rainbow brite, Alf, Kirk Cameron, Punky Brewster. All the shows from the 80s and 90s

Just a quick note.... my friends call me V, I usually sign all emails, correspondence...V. I do add swap-bot user name to all swaps.

I study Herb Science anything about herbs you send me with gain you a heart.

If you have NOT received a swap from me, please by all means let me know, if I see i am not getting rated I will contact you about the swap. If you have not received a rating from me, please message me. I just went through all my messages, tried to get caught up on type 1 swaps (ratings) If I owe you postage, I have no problem reimbursing you, I usually take my swaps to the post office to get weighed, but you just never know. They can be wrong too

I am working on a junk journal for 2018, I add stuff from my swaps, and recycle all goodies into my journal :) It is looking really GREAT.

Favorite Books

V.C Andrews, Murder Mysteries, Horror Christian books Edgar Alan Poe

Magazines; Any craft Any cooking Dot to dot books Cross word puzzles Find the words Coloring pages or books National Geographic Travel magazine Any educational magazines. Herb magazines

I love newspaper clippings from your local newspaper. Anything easy to read, i am on the go all day long. Prayer requests, bible verses on a note card, what your reading, book reviews,,Goodreads, anything book or magazine related. No politics please!!

Favorite Music

Gospel, Christian, Blues, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith LOVE classical BACH is one of my favorites. Opera Sierra Bogess, The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyed Webber ( have to read the book Phantom of the Opera)

Favorite Movies

Chick flicks, Horror, Mysteries, Documentaries, Christian films

Disney; Finding Nemo Beauty & the beast Cinderella Sleeping Beauty Aladdin Tinkerbell Moana

Favorite Television

Anything educational, Fox news. Sci-fi, food network, Greta Van Susteran, The National Geographic channel The Animal Planet, ID channel, lately I am getting into criminal shows.Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger, anything educational for children.

I have a 4 yr old we love shows and books


FLAKERS, Owls, they creep me out, skulls, anything gothic. I am a Christian woman. I do suffer with migraines and cluster headaches, please #DO NOT send me strong scents, OK TO SEND ME peppermint, almond, tea tree, or coffee scents. I love any herbal tea, kava, yarrow root, ginger, any exotic is fine. I love lady, earl grey, english breakfast, and irish breakfast, in fact any breakfast tea is good. Any milk chocolate is good, dark chocolate just doesn't taste too good to me, I am fine with nuts, just not macadamia.


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Response: Hi I love polar bears thanks for the rate and the heart
Comment: I loved this swap, thank you!
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Comment: I loved your swap! Thanks for the cute picture and the info. I especially liked the picture of the baby polar bear kissing his mama. Anyway that's how I interpreted the picture.
yvonne401 rated for BL ~ Winter Butterfly Deco Swap #1 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your swap, pretty butterflies and interesting info!
Nellie1 rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY JANUARY 2018!!!! on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the profile pics! I love the snowman. I hope you are having a great January!
Aynora rated for Write a letter quick swap 1 2018 on Jan 10, 2018
kweandee rated for Pinterest Golden Girls on Jan 8, 2018
Comment: Thought I did this already...sry for the late rating :)
Comment: I didn't realize January was Glaucoma awareness month. Thank you very much for sharing!
Shellyr rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY JANUARY 2018!!!! on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: Love the variety of items in your January post on my profile. Thanks.
yvonne401 rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY JANUARY 2018!!!! on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much! Very nice variety! Happy New Year, my dear friend!
anrtist rated for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY JANUARY 2018!!!! on Dec 28, 2017
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junemoon rated for Write a letter quick swap # 12 on Dec 27, 2017
Comment: I hope you and your daughter have kicked that awful super-cold-bug. It is going around, I had something milder a few weeks ago. I'm sorry it put such a damper on your Christmas.
Comment: Dear Vanessa, thank you so much for the beautiful pictures on our guestbook. ❤❤❤ Wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours & your loved ones 😊
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Rimbar rated for SWAPS Fall Diary on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: 12/15/2017 Ty for the fall diary. I so enjoyed reading your entries. happy swapping.
LindaW rated for CSG~ What are you reading? on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card, inspirational reading material, prayer requests, and for sharing what you’re reading. May God bless your Christmas!
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Luvslife3 rated for Pinterest Elf on the Shelf on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Love the elf...thanks for sharing!!
Jjean rated for Pinterest Elf on the Shelf on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Enjoyed your board and thank you for hosting such a fun swap...... Merry Christmas.

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Shellyr on Jan 17, 2018:


I am lucky and live in South Florida, so I see butterflies a lot in the winter. Just today I saw a monarch. When I lived in CA>, I saw the monarch butterflies in migration in Santa Cruz. There were 100's of thousands of them and they clung to each other with their wings closed. They made the trees look like willows. Simply amazing!


In Butterflies of North America, Jeffrey Glassberg describes the mourning cloak butterfly: "Above, there is nothing like a Mourning Cloak, with its plush brown velvety color, studded with royal blue and edged in ochre." It is, indeed, a handsome butterfly in its own right. But when you find a mourning cloak butterfly warming itself in the sun on one of the last days of winter, you may think it's the most beautiful sight you've seen in months.

Mourning cloaks are some of our longest-lived butterflies, with adults surviving as long as 11 months. By the end of winter, individuals may be noticeably tattered. On late winter days when the temperature is mild, they may emerge to feed on tree sap (most often oak) and sun themselves. Throw some bananas and cantaloupe on top of your garden compost heap, and you might find them enjoying a late winter snack.

Scientific Name: Nymphalis antiopa

Range: Nearly all of North America, with the exception of the Florida peninsula and the southernmost parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Habitat: Woodlands, stream corridors, urban parks

Adult Size: 2-1/4 to 4 inches


Question marks like habitats with open spaces, so suburban butterfly enthusiasts have a good chance of finding this species. It's larger than other anglewing butterflies. The question mark butterfly has two distinct forms: summer and winter. In the summer form, the hindwings are almost entirely black. Winter question marks are mainly orange and black, with violet tails on the hindwings. The underside of the butterfly is drab, except for the contrasting white question mark symbol that gives this species its common name.

Question mark adults feed on carrion, dung, tree sap, and rotting fruit, but will visit flowers for nectar if their preferred diet is in limited supply. In some parts of their range, you can lure them out of hiding on warmer March days with overripe fruit.

Scientific Name: Polygonia interrogationis

Range: East of the Rockies, from southern Canada to Mexico, with the exception of the southernmost part of Florida.

Habitat: Wooded areas, including forests, swamps, urban parks, and river corridors

Adult Size: 2-1/4 to 3 inches


Milbert's tortoiseshell is simply stunning, with a wide orange band of color that gradually fades to yellow at its inner edge. Its wings are outlined in black, and the hindwings are usually marked with bright blue dots on the outer edge. The leading edge of each forewing is decorated with two orange marks.

Although the flight season for Milbert's tortoiseshells is May to October, overwintering adults may be seen in early March. This species can be plentiful one year and rare the next.

Scientific Name: Nymphalis milberti

Range: Canada and northern U.S. Occasionally migrates south as far as California, New Mexico, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, but rarely seen in southeastern U.S.

Habitat: Moist locations where nettles grow, including pastures, woodlands, and marshes.

Adult Size: 1-5/8 to 2-1/2 inches

yvonne401 on Jan 17, 2018:

Hi, Vanessa! I just figured out how to post a video. Just click on the Polar Bear link. Continue to click until it plays. This is a really good video. It shows polar bear up close and personal. I hope you enjoy.

Polar Bears

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

emeraldawn on Jan 17, 2018:



yvonne401 on Jan 16, 2018:

BL ~ Winter Butterfly Deco Swap #1

I hope you enjoy the winter butterflies that I am sharing with you!

The American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis

The American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis, inhabits North America from southern Canada through the entire United States, as well as the mountains of Central America, Colombia, and the Galapagos Islands. Typical habitat includes open areas with low vegetation, such as meadows, floodplains, vacant lots, and beach dunes. The larvae, unlike those of the Painted Lady, feed on a comparatively limited range of food plants. The preferred food sources are plants of the everlasting tribe of the Composite, such as sweet everlasting (Graphalium obtusifolium), pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), and plantain-leaved pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia); they also feed occasionally on burdock (Arctium), wormwood (Artemisia), and ironweed (Vernonia). The dorsal side of the wings is orange-patterned, and a small white spot in the center of the cubital cell of the forewing is a distinguishing characteristic of this species. The American Lady can be most readily distinguished from the Painted Lady by the two large, black-ringed blue eyespots on the underside of the hindwing (Painted Ladies instead have five small submarginal eyespots). V. virginiensis' wing span varies from 53 to 67 mm; the male forewing length ranges from 2.4 to 3.0 cm (mean = 2.7 cm). Females are very slightly larger than males: forewing length ranges from 2.4 to 3.1 cm (mean = 2.8 cm). As do V. atalanta and V. cardui, V. virginiensis has distinct summer and winter forms. The summer form is larger and more brightly colored, whereas the winter form is smaller and paler, with reduced black markings. The number of broods varies from two in the northern part of its range to three or four in the southern U.S. Adults occur in every month in Mississippi and Florida, but it is uncertain whether or not they are reproductive there during the winter. Scott (1986) describes V. virginiensis as being "somewhat migratory." A northward migration was observed in Iowa and southern Ontario in spring 2001. Whether or not adults can survive cold winters is not clearly documented. Because V. virginiensis may not be able to overwinter in the northernmost states, migrants may need to recolonize much of the eastern U.S. each year.

The Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui

The Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world). It is found throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and Central America. It is not a permanent resident in the eastern United States, but quasi-periodically migrates there from the deserts of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. These migrations are sporadic and often enormous, and often follow rainy periods in these deserts. There are two subspecies: V. cardui cardui is found throughout North America south to Venezuela and throughout the Bahamas and Antilles; throughout Eurasia including India and Ceylon, and Africa including Madagascar. The other, V. c. kershawi, occurs in Australia and New Zealand and strays into Fiji. Hawaiian V. cardui adults are intermediate between the two subspecies, and both forms can develop from the eggs of a single female. V. cardui prefers open areas, including old fields, vacant lots, and gardens .In Iowa, V. cardui prefers more open areas such as prairies and fields, whereas V. atalanta prefers forest margins and park-like areas with more trees. Painted Lady larvae feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Composite (especially thistles), Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially the hollyhock Althaea), common mallow (Malva neglecta), and a number of legumes including Iowa soybeans. The dorsal side of the wings is orange-patterned. On the underside of the hindwing are five small sub marginal eyespots. Females are generally larger than males. Male forewing length ranges from 2.5 to 3.3 cm (mean = 3.0 cm); female forewing length ranges from 3.0 to 3.4 cm (mean = 3.2 cm). V. cardui, like V. atalanta, has distinct summer and winter forms. The summer form is larger and brighter and has blue pupils in the submarginal spots on the dorsal hind wing. The winter form has entirely black wing spots. The number of broods in any one place may vary from year to year because it is not a permanent resident in most of the U.S.

The Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta

The Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta, is a common and cosmopolitan Holarctic butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It inhabits North America from central Canada through the Mexican highlands to Guatemala. Typical habitat is rich, moist bottomland woods containing larval host plants such as stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) and false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica). V. atalanta is typically found in sunlit forest openings or margins often in or near stream courses; in moist fields, in city parks, and on ridge tops. The dorsal side of the wings is dark brown to black. The forewing has small white apical spots and a prominent red-orange median band, and the hindwing has a red-orange marginal band. V. atalanta's wing span varies from 58 to 76 mm; the male forewing length ranges from 2.6 to 3.3 cm (mean = 3.1 cm). Females are slightly larger than males: forewing length ranges from 2.9 to 3.5 cm (mean = 3.2 cm). Although V. atalanta shows little morphological variation over its geographic range, it has distinct summer and winter forms. The summer form is larger and brighter, with an interrupted forewing band, whereas the winter form is smaller and duller in color. V. atalanta is double-brooded throughout most of its range. It is single-brooded in the northernmost United States and Canada, and triple-brooded in the southern states. In Iowa, V. atalanta is active from mid to late April to late September or early October. V. atalanta is seasonally migratory. It probably cannot survive colder winters in the northern part of its range, although adults hibernate successfully as far north as New York. It overwinters in the southern states, including south Texas and Florida.



yvonne401 on Jan 16, 2018:

EF ~ Animal Series #1, Polar Bear Deco Swap

I hope you like the pics and gifs that I've chosen for you!

I've seen the polar bears at the Philadelphia Zoo as pictured here.

The polar bear is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear. A boar weighs around 350–700 kg, while a sow is about half that size. Although it is the sister species of the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, and for hunting seals, which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice. Their scientific name means "maritime bear" and derives from this fact. Polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present. Because of their dependence on the sea ice, polar bears are classified as marine mammals.

Weight: 771.62 pound (350 kg) – 1,543 pound (700 kg) (Male) · 330.69 pound (150 kg) – 551.16 pound (250 kg) (Female)

Scientific name: Ursus maritimus

Height: 48.03 inch (122 cm) – 62.99 inch (160 cm) · 52.36 inch (133 cm) on average (Male) Length: 94.49 inch (240 cm) – 118.11 inch (300 cm) (Male) · 70.87 inch (180 cm) – 94.49 inch (240 cm) (Female)

Speed: 3.48 mph (5.60 km/h) on average (Walk) · 6.21 mph (10 km/h) (Swimming)

Tail length: 2.76 inch (7 cm) – 5.12 inch (13 cm)

I don't know what you think, but I think they are one of the cutest animals around. I tried to post a video here but it wouldn't work. If you really like polar bears I would recommend watching some videos. They will make you like them even more.



CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Jan 16, 2018:

BL ~ Winter Butterfly Deco Swap #1

Hello, I hope you like the butterflies I chose for this swap

Scientific name: Gonepteryx rhamni. The Brimstone is a medium-large butterfly of England, Wales and Ireland. When it roosts among foliage, the angular shape and strong veining of its wings closely resemble leaves. There is a view that the word 'butterfly' originates from the yellow colour of male Brimstones.

Polygonia c-album The butterfly gets its name from the only white marking on its underside, which resembles a comma Scientific name: Polygonia c-album Polygonia c-album (comma) is a food generalist (polyphagous) butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae. The angular notches on the edges of the forewings are characteristic of the Polygonia genus, which is why species in the genus are commonly referred to as anglewing butterflies. Comma butterflies can be identified by their prominent orange and dark brown/black dorsal wings. To prevent predation, both the larval and adult stages exhibit protective camouflage, mimicking bird droppings and fallen leaves, respectively. During the later stage of development, the larvae also develop strong spines along their backs.[1] The species is commonly found in Europe, North Africa, and Asia, and contains several subspecies.[2] Although the species is not migratory, the butterflies are strong fliers, resulting in an open population structure with high gene flow and increased genetic variation My Favorite

Small tortoiseshell The small tortoiseshell is a colourful Eurasian butterfly in the family Nymphalidae Scientific name: Aglais urticae The small tortoiseshell is the national butterfly of Denmark.

I couldn't find much on this one

Nellie1 on Jan 16, 2018:

A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY JANUARY 2018!!!! Happy 2018. So sorry this is late. Family stuff going on.

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CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Jan 15, 2018:

EF ~ Animal Series #1, Polar Bear Deco Swap

Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world, rivaled only by the Kodiak brown bears of southwestern Alaska. Polar bears sit at the top of the food chain in the biologically rich Arctic. The most carnivorous of the bear species, polar bears feed primarily on the fat of ice-dependent seals

SIZE: Head and body, 7.25 to 8 ft; tail, 3 to 5 in

WEIGHT: 900 to 1,600 lbs


Minivandreams on Jan 15, 2018:

Happy January! A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY JANUARY 2018!!!! ~Mini Van Dreams

kathiann on Jan 1, 2018:

HELLO! Stopping by for A.P.D.G.~ HAPPY JANUARY 2018!!!! Here's hoping that 2018 is fantastic for you!





Best, kathiann

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