Swap-bot Time: February 26, 2021 5:23 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: February 25, 2021

Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Teaching hybrid, learning all sorts of new technology tools, trying to manage all the tabs!!!

I took advantage of last spring's quarantine 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, and Wanda Hanson, 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


papercraft70 rated for Painted Papers on Feb 24, 2021
Comment: Swap received. Thank you.
RockyBeach rated for TPS: Mail Art - January 2021 on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your handmade note card!
YooperHill rated for AMA: USA- With One Image - Jan on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Well done! Thank you.
sojourner rated for Let’s get out our paints! on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: Its a lovely card. Thank you
Comment: Thank you.
McAnaraks rated for Intl: Face Time-Dec on Feb 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great handpainted face :-)
Honeyloveart rated for Let’s get out our paints! on Jan 27, 2021
Comment: I love the cards you sent! I got to play with a gelli plate at a workshop for a couple hours once and still use some of the papers I created- they are amazing!
Poeprincess rated for AMA: Face Time PC-Last One on Jan 25, 2021
Comment: I like your technique on this PC! The colors are great, too. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you. I agree it is a fun size to work in. Thank you for the awesome extras as well.
Comment: Thank you so much for the birthday card and thoughtful note. I have taken that ferry to Plattsburgh often.
wolfeagle rated for USA-Face Time PC on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. I have enjoyed the faces, from both swaps also. This is one of my favorites from the whole series. Love it.
Comment: I love the card. Thank you
Comment: The handmade bookmark is beautiful ! Thank you ! ( I am very Interested in Memories in the drift - I’m gonna check it out )
pianoheart rated for Pocket Notebook Swap #2 on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your note and pocket notebook. I am so glad that you sent and unlined book because I use these as sketchbooks.
Comment: Awesome stamp!! Such wonderful detail - quite ambitious and done so well! Love the play on the prompt. Thanks so much for everything!! ❤️❤️
Comment: Love the text you picked out for this swap!! Perfect! ❤️ The watercolor leaf is my favorite- just gorgeous!!
Comment: HI Deborah, Thanks for your art journal and I can hardly wait to start creating for you.
armadillogal rated for LSRUS-No-Spending Swap-us on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great package of goodies and lovely envelope. They didn't even cancel the stamps! I have relatives in PA...my fave building is the crystal one...
amathyst7 rated for USA: Face Time-November on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Hi just wanted to say that I love the way you created your postcard. Its very creative! Thanks <3
Onyx rated for Intl: Face Time-November on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Love the colors and style of your face art this month! Thank you so much.

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SatisHuman on Feb 23, 2021:

Thanks for the wonderful surprise tag! You went above and beyond!

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Rabbitfreedom on Dec 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the bee stampings - I love that you did them on many kinds of paper - I will be sure to use many of them in my journal - will be sending you a envie full of paper goodies out tomorrow. Also, love the Ink Pad! She has just moved within the last year but did not get to go to the new location due to pandemic. My friend and I used to take many classes there!

supersquirrel on Oct 28, 2020:

Hi - your wonderful napkin RAK arrived today. Thank you so much!! I just watched a Youtube video on napkin embellishments - what perfect timing. Thanks again 🐿️

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:

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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.

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