Swap-bot Time: May 21, 2019 2:27 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: May 20, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

Updated July 2018: I no longer have my giant commute! I am not returning to my school next fall and am currently thinking about what I want to do; what I do know is that I will not be traveling more than 30 minutes to get to work anymore.

More updates below...it's been a while since I updated my profile:)

I am a teacher with a mega-commute (70 miles each way to work...don't ask). 54 yo, married, with two sons. We currently live in the Hudson Valley of NY, although we have also lived in MA and Pittsburgh, PA. We are still Steelers fans because of that.

To pass the time on my commute, I listen to music, podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial, S-Town, Caliphate.) I don't like books on tape, though. I also talk on the phone - love my hands-free system.
In my free time, besides playing around in my basement studio, I go to boot camp, hike, cook, read, and I'm a crossword puzzle fanatic. Must be the Times and I must do it in ink. I also love to do KenKen.

Favorite Music

SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES. I am a huge musical theater fan. Happily, since we currently live near enough to NYC, we go in as often as we can (afford), to see shows. And I listen to the soundtracks and sing loudly in the car (again, on that long drive). Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Gregory Porter. I also really like Bruno Mars, but I don't like much pop music.

Favorite Books

July 2018 update - recently read some great books - The Good Thief and The 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley, both by Hannah Tinti

Modern Girls, by Jennifer Brown

Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly

The Night Child, by Anna Quinn

Halsey Street, by Naima Coster

Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage

Behind Closed Doors, by B A Paris

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my preferred authors, and I tend to like fiction written by Indian writers. I like to read modern fiction and family sagas.
Some books that have stuck with me include -

The Paris Architect

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

The Language of Flowers

The Night Circus

The Red Tent

The Midwife of Hope River

Orphan Train

I do not like mysteries. However, I love the series by Alexander McCall Smith called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. They are set in Botswana and although there is technically a mystery included, they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media


Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies - kind of a new-ish product

(I follow Julie Balzer's blog...really like her style and use of color)

(I also follow a quilting blog called Exuberant Color - her use of color is incredible)

I love all kinds of pens - especially paint pens (the sharpie paint pens are good, so are Molotow), gel pens, markers (love the Pigma micron pens), white pens. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one.

My style...

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, etc

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

New obsession that I've seen but don't own any (yet...!) - vintage bus tickets, train tickets, travel stuff

I collect...

Pens. Pens. Pens.

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Blank books

Mechanical pencils

Dislikes - please don't send

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea


Comment: Yay! Your envie was kept by the caretaker, hehe. Thank you so much for your beautiful page, I enjoyed it a lot! Have a nice day and happy swapping!
Response: Hooray it arrived :) A month and a bit to Chile from US...not bad!
Comment: I really enjoyed your comment on this swap :)
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Comment: Thanks for participating in this swap hope you won!!
paperlvr rated for RAK Stash Clean Out on May 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for posting your sweet quote to my profile!
Comment: Thank you so very much
Comment: Thanks for the earth bag.....
WoodlandBanshee rated for Collaboration #68 on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I will add to it send it off to the owner with my next set of swaps that go out!
Ukucaitie rated for Crafts giveaway on Apr 25, 2019
ladydy5 rated for Channel Your Inner Keith Haring ATC on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: Sweet, thanks for extras too
shinyserra rated for Mini Junk Journal Open Themed on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: I am so in love with this journal! I love how colorful it is and the marbled paper is so pretty. Thanks a bunch for this awesome creation :)
Response: I'm thrilled you love it - I so enjoy making journals and this one was fun to put together!
Comment: Good luck and Happy swapping! :)
Cha13 rated for "A week in my life" letter swap on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing your week with me. I also work in a school but our classes are larger (30) and the students can be challenging!
Pepsicola57 rated for Paper crafting GIVE AWAY!!! on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Yes! I love everything hand made too and try to reproduce it myself.
Comment: Thanks for your colourful envelope and the goodies!
smadronia rated for TIAZ - Pick a Color on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: So much blue! I knew, even without the note or the ziplock, that it had to be this swap because of the overwhelming about of blue awesomeness! thank you!

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iowa05 on May 5, 2019:

Happy Sunday! I hope you like this quote. :)


wolfeagle on Apr 10, 2019:


Thank you so much for the Tag for the AMA:Mystery Supply Swap. The bunny slippers crack me up.

wolfeagle on Mar 26, 2019:

Thank you for working on my Collaboration pc with the bird. I love your triangles...they are similar to my own acrylic poured paintings.

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CurlyTea on Jan 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


jaimierandolph on Oct 3, 2017:

Profile Check for: Washi tape swap #1 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you enjoy the swap and join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping!!!!!!!

doulakk on Apr 17, 2017:

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jaimierandolph on Dec 24, 2016:

Profile Check for PEN swap. Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping jaimierandolph

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