Swap-bot Time: September 18, 2019 5:12 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: September 17, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

Update: July 2019 - we have moved and my new address has been entered. I've also updated my profile.

I am an elementary (and sometimes middle school) teacher. Since we recently moved, I am again searching for a teaching job but I am confident I will find one. In our city there are a number of museums with art labs/studios/hands-on areas so I am also looking for a job there - wouldn't that be amazing.....

Some of my hobbies (besides art, of course) include - reading, cooking, baking, hiking, the NYTimes crossword puzzle, and working out. I was never athletic my entire life, but in the past 4 years I have tried to get stronger and healthier. I am still by no means athletic but I have more physical confidence, and I can swing a mean kettlebell.

Favorite Music

SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES.( I am a huge musical theater fan. We almost always buy the soundtrack on CD (old school now, most people just stream music) and we keep the ticket stub in the jewel box as a reminder of when we saw the show. In recent years, extra ticket stubs have made their way into my art journals. We also see plays, so those stubs also go in my AJs. Theater is our hobby.)

Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Gregory Porter. I also like Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Carly Simon, 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.

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 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.

Newest obsession - marbling. I've been experimenting with Suminagashi. And I took a workshop on Ebru (Turkish marbling) which may have been the most 3 hours of fun I had this year. I'm doing another Ebru workshop in September. Because the materials for Ebru (carageenan and alum) are pricey and take pre-setting, I've researched online and learned that you can get a similar effect with liquid starch to fill the tray. I'm going to be trying that - it's less than $5 a bottle. Now to figure out which paper works best...that's been tricky. If anyone out there has a good favorite, let me know.

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. (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


orneryswife rated for EP: Show off your washi tape on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Lovely envie and great samples. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your grievances with me. I hope there was no damage with the open window! I would have been livid! I hope your having a great week!
cherlita rated for Language swap 🌍 on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: תודה! I learn something new. The Hebrew letters are delicate.
farangelinan rated for Language swap 🌍 on Sep 10, 2019
Comment: Shalom! Was curious to the reason why you are fluent in Hebrew. Do you speak any other languages even though you are not as fluent? Thank you for the lesson :)
Response: Glad you liked it! I used to speak French and Spanish fairly well, but I don't any longer. I started learning Hebrew in college and really learned because of immersion/living/working in the country. I also learned so much from listening to music in Hebrew.
sweetnlo rated for BONUS Blind Envelope on Sep 9, 2019
SkaGirl rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #7 ☆ on Jul 20, 2019
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 :)

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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.

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

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CurlyTea on Jan 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

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