Swap-bot Time: July 16, 2019 6:15 pm


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: July 15, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

July 2019 Update: We are moving states this month, so for the time being I am taking a SB break - I'm current with all my send-outs. Considering the packing and the details and the move, we are in flux for a bit, so I'm not signing up for any new swaps until we settle in - and until I get my art "area" unpacked and set up. I will update our new address when we are settled, hopefully some time in late July/early August. H has a new job; I am job searching (again) remotely for now, and soon locally. But teachers are generally in demand so I should find something.

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


purrincup rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #7 ☆ on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Nails on a chalkboard is gross, but luckily fewer and fewer schools are using them!! I love AirBnB. Hope you have a fun time!
Comment: Thanks so much for the stickers, great hand-carved stamps!
elflady rated for Collaboration #71 on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks for posting this to me. I will send it to the next person. elflady
donetta rated for USAPC: Envelope Flip Book on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Oh so wonderful, Deborah! I love the flip book itself (beautiful and bright) and equally love all the sweet tuck-ins you stuffed in the pockets Thank you for brightening my day, and please know that your hard work is very appreciated!
Comment: THank you for the great assortment , I especially like the paper flowers, did you make that ?
Comment: Thank you!! Great little envelope of goodies!! Fun choices for me to use as I write up some letters this weekend.
helo rated for HCSI: Sender's Choice on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: I love lino cuts! Thank-you.
MiekeC rated for YTPC: Vintage Vibes Tag Book on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Hi Deborah, what a lovely tag book. Very nice to receive, i like it very much.
fairypretty7 rated for Bird MailArt on Jun 9, 2019
Comment: Great envelope, The napkin used is awesome as well.
purrincup rated for Trader Joe's Grocery Tote on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the bag! I'm excited to grow my collection.
dchance rated for OSS: It's all about Me (and you) on Jun 4, 2019
Comment: What a great list and goodies! I do need to update my blog, don't I?? Thank you so much for the kind words about my writing.
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!
pegharp rated for Memo Pad ✨GIVEAWAY!✨ USA ONLY #3 on May 14, 2019
Comment: I really enjoyed your comment on this swap :)
Comment: Happy Swapping!
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

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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.

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

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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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