Swap-bot Time: December 15, 2019 5:44 am


Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: December 14, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

(Updated Nov 2019)

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


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Comment: Car troubles are the worst! I hope it is all sorted out by now!
CookieMomster78 rated for USAPC: Paper Scrap Heart on Dec 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your wonderful gelli printed and marbled art scrap with me! I love the glassine paper you wrapped my heart in too! Very nice presentation πŸ₯° Happy mail indeed πŸ“«
carfra89 rated for OSS: 3x3 - Sender's Choice on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: This is all so cute!! Thank you for everything you sent. :)
carol rated for Monochromatic Purple Collage on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Wow! This is just beautiful! So funny-- I used stamps in mine as well, even the Count to send it! haha! Thanks so much!
cmalaina rated for Airing of grievances notecard #17 on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing how you felt about the coffee and the snow .
ChristineMartinez rated for Me from A to Z on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the note! I love India too. :)
LizzyJo rated for Scribbles to Amazing ARt on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Your scribble arrived today. Thanks! I've been looking at it from all different angles to see what's in there aching to come out! This swap really is a challenge.
SatisHuman rated for β˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #11 β˜† on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Who doesn't love Seinfeld?!
SkaGirl rated for β˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #11 β˜† on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks!!! :)
Merimax rated for β˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #11 β˜† on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the interesting answers. My hairstyle issue with perm was bad... But not nearly as bad as yours...
sweetgypsy rated for IS: Let's Make some Stickers on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
BLUR rated for Airing of grievances notecard #15 on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Too fun! Glad you had a good week!
orneryswife rated for IS: Let's Make some Stickers on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Beautiful gelli printed stickers!! Thank you.
fbresnah rated for Airing of grievances notecard #14 on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: Hello thank you for the card! Sorry you had problems with the bus being late and the drug store. I hate long lines, especially when I am trying to get my prescription!
Cgscdy rated for TAG~ mystery supplies + yours on Oct 30, 2019
Comment: Tysm for the tag. I can't wait to see all of them as well!
Comment: I have waaaayyyy too many pens! :P
user2148 rated for HCSI: Orange Themed Postcard on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Love it!! The book is amazing! Iβ€˜M just getting into my reading season! Thanks so much for the great card!!
diesel101 rated for Non Dominant Hand (NDH) PC on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: thank you so much for the PC! so sorry to hear about your little knife-fruit accident

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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.

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

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