Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2017 3:21 am


Date Joined: April 15, 2012
Last Online: August 20, 2017
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
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8/20 caught up on all vacation mail and mail rec'd before 8/16. Please don't hesitate to reach out if I haven't rated summer mail or mine hasn't reached you. Mud July-early August I was mailing from Belgium.

6/27/17 I want to thank everyone upfront for rating! I used to keep up with personal replies to all rated swaps, but would get very behind. So now I'll just be personally responding to a few here and there but I do thank everyone for the kind ratings!

6/17/17 Finally really started working on finishing the quilt I've been procrastinating since October and really from months before that. I sewed yardage together for the back and spray basted (and some pins) the quilt sandwich. Later today I hope to begin the first diagional "quilting." Wish me luck..it's king sized and I don't have a long arm machine...

2017 update...Still happily buying from the same dairy, didn't end up buying into a CSA yet. Found one I really like but summer travels get in the way...I don't think that one let's you go on vacation hold at no cost like the dairy...Search continues.

10/20/16 reducing groups I'm in so I can get serious about finishing quilts I have completed the tops of and cross-stitching a huge art deco Christmas pattern I started 3-4 years ago then set aside and haven't picked up.

What I'm most excited about for 2016-we started buying raw milk, yogurt, cheese, and eggs from a local dairy! And sometimes other products such as eggs and meats. Currently looking into CSAs that delivery nearby and hopefully I will have some farm fresh veggies to go along with the animal products late this spring. I am aware that my photos bleed into all the info on the right and it is on my mind to fix it when I stop procrastinating logging into my old photobucket account where these pictures are located. So one day, I will make them smaller....but when...so in the meantime I moved all the photos and babble about me to the next section.

I love sender's choice swaps but if you need inspiration...

  • A aardvark, Alice in Wonderland(esp. the caterpillar), alien, ant-eater, architecture, argyle, art, art deco, art nouveau
  • B bars, Belgian Beers, Black&White, Black Teas (with or w/o other flavors), Buddha imagery and statues
  • C cactus, capybara, carnival-esp. European celebrations of it, Cary Grant, chickens, chocolate (dark&bitter) citrus(flavors, scents, fruit images) clown(friendly or evil), cocktails, coffee, cookbooks, cross-stitch
  • D dark themes, Day of the Dead, dodecahedron, dragon
  • E elephants, embroidery, Europe
  • F 1950s, fancy frogs & other insects wearing fancy clothes and hats, farm animals, flower garden, funny, first day issue PCs W/postage
  • G gargoyles, geology, geometrical patterns, goat(farm & mountain), goth
  • H Halloween, hexagons, hot air balloons, hot springs,
  • I industrial music, insects
  • J junk stores(thrift stores)
  • K kawaii stickers & stationery esp. food and halloween, kites,
  • L lace, Leo, lilies, Logic puzzles, Little Miss & Mr. Men
  • M mathematics, MOD&1960s, monsters(cute or scary), mosaics, museums
  • N National Parks, Nijntje, note cards, numbers-3, 13, 17, numerology (and my name numerology is 3)
  • O octagon, odd&strange&weird, organs&player pianos, owl
  • P paisley, patterns, Periodic Table of the Elements-esp. when it is used to spell other words, Periot, pig, polka-dots, post cards, plaid, prime numbers, purple
  • Q quilts
  • R raspberries & other berries, recipes, religious buildings & artifacts esp. Catholic and Jewish, robots, rock formations, roosters
  • S Saints-esp. St. Francis of Assisi, Sinterklaas (St. Nick!), and St. Emily, sheep, snowmen, stained glass, stationery, stickers (flat prefered, not puffy or 3D), still life, stripes, succulents
  • T tapestry, Tiki, tiles, tomatoes, travel, true crime (books, movies, documentaries), tulips
  • U UFOs, umbrellas
  • V vintage (real or reproduction), vintage cookbooks 1960&earlier, 100 vintage educational charts pcs
  • W wild boar, woodland theme & critters
  • X xeroscape
  • Y yak,
  • Z zoo animals & postcards

Not my favorites: seafood, pastel colors, small print flowers, evangelistic and/or proselytizing text. (I am fascinated and genuinely interested in saints, history of the Catholic church, architecture and art with churches or other religious buildings but I am very much a non-practicing Catholic). I do prefer to host and join "sender's choice" so if something falls in the swap category but is on my not my favorite, no big deal! The surprise of it all is the fun of sender's choice.

About Me

I am a Math Nerd married (18 years) to a wonderful Computer Nerd. I'm a bicentennial baby(now you know my age!), born in the year of the Dragon, and I'm a Leo on the cusp of Virgo. We have two dogs now, as one just passed, Katie, was a 17-year-old black Cockapoo(9/21/99--2/18/17). She was probably about 5yo in the photo. Goliath, a 7-year-old grey Tibetan Terrior, probably about 1-3yo in the photo. and Chanel, a 16-year-old white and tan Havanese! She now has no teeth left and her tongue hangs out all crazy. She is probably about 6 in the photo and Katie behind her was about 7.

We also have a huge pleco named Jesus, maybe 12-15 years old, and a rescued red-eared-slider named Edna. She is more than 20 years old.

*cross stitch is my first crafty love and my very favorite way to pass the time (if you love to cross stitch too, newbie or experienced, join Beginner's Cross Stitch The group also hosts various embroidery swaps

I've started my 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th quilts (1st was 21-20 years ago - machine quilting with my Nana(grandma)) this one is also machine quilting - with a little help from Nana, again! And now I've started a couple other quilts through groups here on Swap-bot. In other words-quite a few quilt tops and as soon as I get determined enough I will do the layering and the quilting. One I finished last summer, a baby quilt for my husband's cousin's first baby. I'm pretty new to sewing but I enjoy sewing a lot. I've made a few things here using my machine - dotee doll, little stuffed animals, a couple of plushies. Also in Feb. I started attending a once monthly English Paper Piecing quilt group! I've made a couple of hexagon shaped flowers but no big projects on the horizon until I get those other machine quilts completed.

The photo below is a Zombie cocktail. The barel is from a Geuze brewery near Brussel.


*religious buildings and art (any religion but especially Catholic), mosaics, stained glass, gargoyles, other interesting stone and wooden sculptures on churches and old buildings

, art nouveau & art-deco

*Cary Grant

*Nijntje (miffy)

*colors: dark purple, black, dark green, b&w with a splash of color, b&w

*goth, dark, creepy, odd & weird

UFO Watchtower outside of Hooper, CO

*music: agrotek, industrial, hellktro, electronic, 80s such as: Suicide Commando, Hocico, Agonoize, Welle:Erdball, the Cure, Depeche Mode

A quote I really like: A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb

ANGELS & flakers

Angels :-)

@BabsMomOf5 for city town village N 2016, @BabsMomOf5 for book page bookmark, it's beautiful!! @BabsMomOf5 for nude person pc! Super cool artsy beach nude. @Mugsie again, Wow! For Halloween ATC, @anitagrace angeld a tag I was stiffed on by sending a lovely stash of blank Colorado PCs!, @sebastian122 for angeling swap Nengajo!, @Mugsie for helping me complete the scrabble word robot! , @user6937 for free/ad postcards #4, @LaviniaRiverina for Handmade Butterfly Bookmarks @RooBaRoo for Seasonal summer art PC @pearlswithplaid for Summer ATC @ccgigglebox for Profile Surprise Embroidery Hoop, @VaGrammy66 for Buddha PC tag, @dragonfly for 4 element PCs, @ ? Sheep postcard. If it was you please pm me! I thought I typed your name here but did not :( @Taeniura for Children's Illustration PC, @Miabiff for Children's illustration PC, @Linda52156 (letter and tea), @Cirsium (cross-stitch round robin #5), @Lindsay919 (sending extra cross-stitch round robin for me to work on), @drgngirl house pet sticker slapped), @user6937 for altered text atc #6 purple, @flowerchild for last open quick 50 sticker swap.


@astrodog for free/ad pc #10 oversized

@Lizbee for make a bird for me

@Aksenovana @skessop @silviasanantonio @crystaljo330 @kimani @MaryPoppins84 @lilpuddn @cherly @acupofchai aka? @kobi @beatriz22 @felicialauren aka @morris who is also magically named Felicia Lauren and from a city over in the same state... @WanderingWrenn @basilikum83 @Anaryawe @wildncrazy091972 @Kitastic @SpiderBaby @MoominStar9 @katybean27 @chikunamika @tnhomeschoolmom @thebigbang @MrsMacT @mezzanotte @geluksdubbeltje @Lacrimosa @ArtistShu @FrankieTeardrop @roogirl @sweetsexyvicky aka @webddreamy butterfly pass &paste E

If you were flaked on in any swap I hosted and had to give a 1 rating, please contact me so I can angel

tag...you're it

Just to keep track...


Cocktial , updated Jan 18, 2016...seems to have died out but I would honor the person who tags me we just may have to pm back and forth about an item as after all this time (7/11/17) my offers may be different.


Comment: Thank you for the variety of postcards Emily, from the countries you toured. Very interesting indeed. Jenny
Comment: What an interesting piece. Thanks for sharing.
Buecherwurm rated for City / Town / Village with M R2 on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for the wonderful postcard, I really like the boat! And thank you for using so many pretty stamps :)
isabellasnow rated for Spell Out - July on Aug 19, 2017
Comment: Hello Emily! What a bunch of wonderful cards! (even the monkey is pretty cute ;+) The San Francisco Tea Garden (where my daughter and I had tea several years ago), and the cute animals (a bear!) Love love love them all and your envie was decorated and stamped so nicely . . a real joy to receive.
VerreShana rated for B&W PCs week 32 on Aug 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard and stamps I wish you all the best Shana
Comment: Thank you for the postcards - they will be on their way in the next round. I love the extra one.
EricB rated for B&W PCs week 33 on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Hi Emily--Thanks for the bridge card and vintage stamps. These "industry" topics really lend themselves to black & white.
ktk8 rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet - X - USA on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: I LOVE the cross-bone X..... love me some pirates and the Carribbean also.....a great great postcard for me.....thank you!!!!
Response: I'm so glad! Thanks for the nice rating & heart. I was hoping I didn't stretch the "x" too much, it was quite the challenge pc!
marclively rated for WPS - Summer Postcards on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Emily, thanks for the postcard! Marc :)
veronicallama rated for WIYM ~ spell BINGO on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great set! I especially like the guitar and the 'One million stories...' pcs. Would you believe your envelope arrived with no top or bottom edges? Did you send it that way? The pcs were all perfectly intact too. s t r a n g e
Response: You're very welcome! That is creepy about the envelope! I certainly didn't send it w/o edges, lol. I might have used deco tape, maybe it got caught on the postal machines? Thanks again for joining and thanks for the heart!
TangledInMegs rated for Art pc #32 art from the 1700's on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: I absolutely love this beautiful postcard. Thanks so much :)
Response: I'm so glad! It is pretty 🏵️ thanks for the heart
Comment: ♥ Never been to a stock show. Closest I have come is the State Fair animal pavilion. Love petting the alpacas. I had a good laugh reading your message. Thanks for the great postcard. BTW what did you name your rabbit?
Response: At the time I was teaching and I had my 6th grade class submit name suggestions to me. I went with Daisy out of the submissions! Later after she passed we had a 2nd rabbit and I named her Nijntje after Dick Bruna's cartoon character. Thanks for the heart!
MelbourneGirl rated for Art pc #30 from the 1500's on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you Emily for a great suit of armor postcard and atonium postage stamp from Belgium - hope you had a lovely vacation! <3
Response: I did! Thanks! You're welcome for the pc & thanks for the heart!
KristenG rated for ANIMAL PC #2 B is for... on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Bison PC!
manders2280 rated for Art pc #31 art from the 1600's on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the yummy still life. Thank you for hosting the swap.
Comment: Very cute PC, thank you! Looks like a great place:)
skinny52 rated for City / Town / Village with K R2 on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Very nice Koln pc...I visited there decades ago and I've even seen the manneken pis pictured on the postage stamp...good memories, thanks!
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart!
kygirl rated for ANIMAL PC #3 C is for... on Aug 6, 2017
Comment: Cute cat postcard. Thank u!
CookieChops rated for City / Town / Village with S on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for rating so I know it arrived & can archive it!
Comment: What a wonderful ventricular card - I love it! Glad you are enjoying your vacation. Belgian chocolate is the Best!
Response: You're welcome & thanks for the heart! Venticular cards are so fun, Imo and no doubt about it, Belgian chocolate rules!

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MommaBaxter on Aug 18, 2017:

Thanks Emily for the recommendations for my trip! I'm really excited for the pie place! Yum! How lucky that you were paired with me for a swap AND had great travel tips! Thanks so much!

isabellasnow on Aug 13, 2017:

Hi Emily!! Thank you so so much for the lovely RAK of vintage postcards! One is even deckle-edge--be still, my heart ;+) I also just adore the cute puffer fish notecard--how cute is that? You're the best!

Kayllra on Jul 21, 2017:

Hi Emily, Thank you for welcoming me. I hope you had a great time at the Efteling and enjoy your stay in germany, beautiful country. Greetings Karin

Babsmomof5 on Jul 16, 2017:

Thank you for the sweet RAK you sent me! I always tear my lucky star papers apart first thing, so that was 100% fine! It was so sweet of you to send me such an awesome thanks...and really, it was my pleasure to be able to angel for you!

savannahmay222 on May 5, 2017:

Hello! I don't know why it doesn't show I log in. I've been on everyday. I know I'm new but I'm looking for honest swaps. Working on building up my ranking or whatever it's called. Thanks for not taking me off. I have a B&W postcard all ready to go. Just waiting for assignment. I wasn't sure how to respond to your comment. So thought I'd try here

ainaignies on Mar 15, 2017:

Dear emily, thank you for angeling B&W week 4 postcard for me. I love the postcard and butterfly stamp. 😁

smmarrty on Mar 2, 2017:

Thanks so much for adding to and sending my completed Pass & Paste PC. I appreciate the message, too. Have a great weekend!

goinjenny on Mar 1, 2017:

Thank you for the I Love Lucy PC in SBPC: Tag. I have seen this card before and thought I actually had it in my collection but NOPE, its a new addition. Thank you!!

redyellownow on Jan 23, 2017:

Thanks for sending home my pass and paste PC. It's my first one to come home, yay! I like the duckies on the bingo card :-)

auralily on Jan 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely RAK Christmas card that you sent! I apologize for being late getting back to you. A family emergency and a virus over the holidays put me behind. It was a wonderful gesture, though, and very much appreciated :)

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