Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2020 1:38 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: October 24, 2020

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

July 1, 2020: Time for a profile update.

Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Hoping to be in the building in August, but not sure if it will happen.

I took advantage of these past months at home to open an Etsy shop - see link above. I don't have many listings yet but I am adding to them. And I have made some sales which was exciting!

Married for 28 years with two adult sons who live in different cities from each other and from us. These past months have been difficult since we have only seen each other online, but grateful that we have the technology to do so.

Some of my hobbies (besides art, of course) include - reading, cooking, baking, hiking, going to theater, the NYTimes crossword puzzle, and trying to stay fit with HIIT at my gym.

Favorite Music

Broadway musicals are my favorites. Old and contemporary.

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Gregory Porter. I'm Long Island born and raised, and so of course I like Billy Joel. AND our son is a musician so we listen to his music ;)

In addition to music, I also listen to podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial, S-Town, Caliphate) and my new favorite, Everything is Alive. I also listen to a super nerdy yet top notch Hebrew grammar podcast.

Favorite Books

I read as much as I can - books, magazines, newspapers. My favorite thing to read is contemporary literary fiction, and I have a special interest in reading about Indian families and culture. I also love to read short stories.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

Rolodex cards (mine are mini - 2 by 4 inches)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, A quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

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, travel tickets and other tickets.

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

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

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

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Tags - my own or others' - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you 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


meeltje57 rated for TPS: Mail Art - September 2020 on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous printwork. I love it all, the envelope, the notecard and the stickers, excellent!!
Comment: Deborah! Omg I love everything especially the ledger pages and the stabillo pencils! The bag is super cute too! You knocked it out of the park!
Response: I'm so glad you like everything. This was such a fun swap to send and also to receive. Thanks for hosting it!
Nicole19 rated for E-mail Swap: 20 Questions! on Sep 27, 2020
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Stamped images swap #10 on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: thank you!
EleanB rated for USA: Face Time-Sept on Sep 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you, I have a hard time with portraits (yours looks so much better than mine!)
Comment: Thanks for the great embellishments! I took Dina’s painted faces class too. It was so much funn
PooKwin73 rated for E-mail Swap: 20 Questions! on Sep 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great answers! (And I just watched the same movie ("Work It") a few days ago. Thought it was cute, too!)
wolfeagle rated for Intl: Face Time-August on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you. What's wierd is this postcard was postmarked on both the front and back sides, so it adds a cool texture to the face. lol
RockyBeach rated for Intl: Face Time-September on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your portrait. It goes well with the background coloring.
Comment: Lovely card!
Camiliann rated for YTPC: Fold-Out Booklet on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the booklet
Scarlett3639 rated for Rosh Hashanah / High Holidays on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! Yes, I am just about across the lake from Plattsburgh, planning to run over there in a couple weeks actually. Our congregation is doing virtual services this year which will certainly be interesting.
carol rated for USA: Face Time-August on Aug 30, 2020
Comment: Very cool interpretation! I love the randomness of the background. Thanks!
Coss rated for SMSUSA: Washi Mail Art x2 on Aug 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the envelopes and the extra washi. Even your stamp was quite festive.
beachchicken rated for TPS: Mail Art - August 2020 on Aug 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome stickers! I love the colors you used, I can't wait to use them on something.
Spicynacho rated for Painted Envelope on Aug 17, 2020
Comment: I love your painted envelope and the goodies you sent me! Thank you x ❤️
Response: Wow that was fast to get to the UK! Thrilled! (Faster than some domestic US mail these days!)
Comment: Thank you for the arch. I'm glad you enjoyed the series. :)
wolfeagle rated for Round and Round on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you. Your background is very pretty. At first I thought it was abstract, until I read your note, then I turned it around and Viola...silhoettes, lol
Kalalinga rated for UHM: Altered Tag on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much. I love the tag, the colors, mixed media technique and the composition.....just everything really. Enjoyed your note also. Best wishes and be safe.
marymary914 rated for Mystery Supply Swap 6.20 on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: Great tag! Thanks so much!

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jamicam on Sep 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the generous Napkin RAK - such a great variety and I cannot wait to use them!


sherba31 on Sep 29, 2020:

Thanks for the RAK Napkins. So many pretty designs! Looking forward to experimenting with these. Hope whatever the situation is in your school district that you and your students are safe. Thanks again and take care.

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

YooperHill on Jul 24, 2020:

Mystery supply swap 6.20 arrived! Thank you for the wonderful art!

Rainydancer on Jul 21, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

AZmom875 on Apr 27, 2020:

I wanted to thank you for doing 2 pages in my Trash to treasure art journal. Both pages were so well done, I of course love butterflies, so that is a given, but you cityscape was equally artful and beautiful. Thanks for participating.

Heirloom on Apr 24, 2020:


(UHM: Social Distancing E-Swap)

threelittlebirds411 on Mar 30, 2020:


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wolfeagle on Mar 4, 2020:

Thank you for the tag you created with the AMA:Mystery Supply Challenge supplies. I'm loving the variety of projects.

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