Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2020 2:32 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: February 28, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

I am a teacher! Currently a math specialist for grades 3-8. And, oh, those middle schoolers....

Married, 2 sons who are post-college and paying their own rent, but I miss them like crazy.

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. I'm one of the older folk there but I do try and keep up!

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. It's magic. Try it, you'll be hooked. I also listen to a super nerdy yet top notch Hebrew grammar podcast. (I speak fluent Hebrew.)

Favorite Books

The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones

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

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones



Stamp carving

Art foamies

(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. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one but lately I have restraining myself and not buying new ones. I really do have more than enough.

And recently I have been experimenting with paper marbling. It's tricky (and can be messy) but fun when it works.

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, 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. (See above - but I really have too many...)

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

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


cynaemon rated for What's in a Name? -PC Swap on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks
2012ash rated for Intl: Face Time-January on Feb 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the card
Comment: New York City is the best! I'm a bit biased, because I'm a New Yorker born and raised.... and still there. Let me know if you ever stop by and need recommendations! :)
Comment: Sounds like a lovely way to spend Valentine’s.
Comment: I love your answer! NYC sounds like a great place to spend VD in, and I love that you described a whole day's worth of lovely things to do there.
Comment: Sounds like you have a very very full dream valentine's day planned :)
Comment: Thanks for joining
Comment: Happy swapping
Comment: Love your Envelope, and all the goodie's !! I will put to good use....Thanks so much !!
samsstuff rated for Relax-Bath-&Craft:GIVEAWAY on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your great ways to relax!
Arabella rated for WIYM: Calendar Page Envelopes on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Nice envelopes, Deborah, I will enjoy using them! Thank you!
AZmom875 rated for EP: Let's Swap Ephemera! on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Was a fine and fun assortment of goodies. Thank you.
Poeprincess rated for USA: Face Time-January on Jan 24, 2020
Comment: Great job, Deb! I feel the same way you do—this series gives us a chance to practice our portrait skills. Thanks for a great swap!
beaglemom rated for Me from A to Z swap on Jan 22, 2020
Comment: Your stationary was so cute! It is great to get to know you!
Burger1girl rated for Comfy, Cozy Winter on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so MUCH for the WONDEROUS gifts you sent me in this swap!! Wow, just like Christmas morning..gift after gift...I thank you for being so attentive and caring in this swap. I already have plans for the bath soak and hot tea tonight then lotion up!! I love the stamps, washi beautiful purple note book. It can get chilly down here 28-30 is the normal cold usually in late Dec -Jan. I dont care much for it, aggravates my fibro and arthritis, thus I love the warm temps here. Lats week lows were 38. High today was 75!! LOL so many ppl get sick due to fast change. Thank you again for making my day esp after a cruddy day at work. Right now I send you a gentle hug and a big smile!!!
Response: I am so so glad that you enjoyed everything in your package! I had fun shopping for comfy/cozy goodies and when you have a cold spell, I hope it brings some warmth to you. (We're getting more cold weather here this weekend...but I love it. I'm a winter so bring it on!)
sassafrass rated for SIS: Small Stocking Stuffer on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the handmade little journal! I love it. I keep looking through it and just admiring the beautiful papers and bits. It's almost too lovely to use, but perhaps some very special things for this year ♥
cmalaina rated for Airing of grievances notecard #21 on Dec 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing .
Rosa1 rated for Random Questions #3! on Dec 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks - fun to read!
SatisHuman rated for Random Questions #3! on Dec 21, 2019
Comment: To be honest, I was thrown off by your answer to the first question because my answer was vastly different. But as I read on and saw you how you incorporated it into your other answers I realized how funny it was. Kudos! And that you remembered I l love foreign languages was the cherry on top. Thank you!

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mandigutterrose on Feb 13, 2020:

 Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY! RAK @mandigutterrose

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

Cgscdy on Nov 29, 2019:

Thank you so much for the stickers. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE them!!!

Heirloom on Nov 29, 2019:

SO MUCH for offering RAKs in the USA Happy Mail group!

Artstamper on Aug 5, 2019:

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for working in the Handmade art Journal of mine that returned home today. You did Rd 42 Patterns and I wanted to let you know that I liked what you did and to thank you for your work. I will enjoy having such a nice selection of pages from so many swapbot partners.

Artstamper on Aug 5, 2019:
OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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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