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Last Online: May 28, 2017
Birthday: November 14
Country: United States
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About Me

04/28/2017 My favorite cat, Buster, met his maker today. He had been ill since December, and progressively getting worse. Making the decision to let him go today is probably one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make in my life. My house seems so empty without him.

12/29/2016 My dad recently died - or at least it still feels recent. There are days I feel perfectly fine, and others that find me sobbing uncontrollably. This holiday season has left me feeling especially melancholy. I fluctuate between having a really good day and a really horrible day. This month I find myself in a sort of a grief fog - Please be kind. Thank you!**

I love good mail, and I always have! I was in the Army, but that was years ago. Now I'm living the high life in Reno (get it? High life? Sierra? oh well...), working as an office manager. I have three cats, a love of tarot, divination, and gardening (flowers, not veggies). I like to read (cozy mysteries are my current faves), I'm a magazine-aholic, and I drink lots of chamomile tea (no wonder I'm so calm!).

I love Mary Engelbreit, French Kitty, Chococat, Maneki Neko and scotties. For scents, vanilla, spice, and citrus-smelling items are my favorites. I love tarot cards and other types of divination. I love cats. And reading. And BPAL!!! I love cosmetic and perfume samples. I'm rediscovering fairies. I would love guided meditation CDs (okay if burned copies!). I love magazines: girlie, home, different (Utne, Mental Floss, B*tch, Bust), mystery (Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock), and British mags. Starbucks cards are always appreciated! I guess you could say I'm a girly girl...love pink.

Favorite colors are the combo of pink and black together, yellow and gray together, pink and brown together, turquoise and brown together. I don't wear silver jewelry, but love gold and copper. I like autumn colors, but my office is decorated kind of with purples and browns.

Being an ex-California girl and a Scorpio, I have a love of water. I am almost always in the bathtub or taking a shower. My favorite bath/lotion stuff is Blackberry Vanilla (their "sensual" scent), Warm Vanilla Sugar and Moonlight (Moonlit?) Path by Bath & Body Works, Pear Glace by Victoria's Secret, and Origins Ginger scented stuff.

I love Yankee candles, but not many of the floral scented ones. Some favorites include, but not limited to, Sage & Citrus, Lemon Lavender, French Vanilla, Fresh Balsam, Home Sweet Home, and Spiced Pumpkin. I also like the Bath and Body scents as well, especially the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

I HATE GLITTER. Seriously...glitter and I don't get along. Glitter is the litter of the art world...it gets on everything, you can never get rid of it, and it lingers until the end of time.


GLITTER. I think I mentioned that already, but it's always worth mentioning again! ;-)

Photo albums and frames Oh ye gads...I have absolutely no use for photo albums or frames. I don't post pictures around the house or at my desk.

Most things made in China Seriously. Their products have killed cats and dogs and children. Why do we continue to trade with China? I realize that I can't stay away from all things China - but for sure stay away from items my food might touch, that go into my mouth, or on my face/body are items I will not use.

Memo sheets The only time I've used memo sheets sent to me is when someone kindly sent me about 5 ME ones. However, for the most part I prefer the whole pad or nothing at all. I lose the sheets, and they just add clutter to my work area. Honestly, I've gotten to the point where I just throw loose memo sheets away, so it's not worth your time or money to send them to me.

Hot Drinks I would prefer not to receive any hot drinks (teas, hot chocolate, etc.). I am not really a hot drink kind of gal - and I especially don't drink hot chocolate, because I don't drink milk.

Christmas ornaments I do not set up a tree. If an ornament is part of a swap requirement, please do not send me one - it would be a waste of your money and time. I won't mark you down for not including an ornament.

Postcards I do not participate in postcard swaps anymore. Exception: I enjoy receiving blank/unused Mary Engelbreit and kitty postcards, especially Grumpy Cat.

Knick Knacks and Whatnots

Some of my favorite things include:

  • Mary Engelbreit
  • Laurel Burch (esp. cats & dogs)
  • French Kitty
  • Chococat
  • Owls
  • Tarot
  • Gardening
  • Cozy mysteries (without romance)
  • Cats (I have three)
  • Magazines! I hardly ever buy them, but I love them!
  • Dark chocolate
  • Dark chocolate sea salt caramels!
  • Scotties
  • Lucky Cat (also known as Maneki Neko)
  • Roll on perfumes
  • Copper anything!
  • Bath salts (not made in China)
  • Candles (also not made in China)
  • Bookmarks
  • Witch stuff (not hags)
  • Grumpy Cat (who doesn't?)
  • Cool stickers (meaning not reward, kids, Disney, etc.)

Group Wish Lists

I love, love, LOVE granting wishes via the Wish Lists posted in various groups I belong to. However, I am really tired of not getting thanked - either via PM or Profile Comment - for sending out wishes. As rudeness should not be rewarded, I've decided to stop sending out wishes to those people who can't be bothered to offer a thank you.

I'm also avoiding the dreaded "One Wish Wonders" - you know who you are. You're the people who post expansive, expensive, and extensive wish lists, yet only send out the minimum of 1 wish per month. You guys suck the fun right out of it.

Don't Open 'Til Christmas Swap

Regarding "Don't Open Till Christmas" type swaps - I am rating 5s once received, and will add hearts and additional comments after opening.

Favorite Crafts

I don't think of myself as a crafty person, but I do engage in light papercrafting for pocket letters (my new favorite thing to do) and I have also started to make my own small envelopes (microlopes).

I was attempting to learn how to knit... that didn't go well, but I don't think I've given up entirely yet. I recently bought a crochet needle, and I hope to learn how to make dishcloths. We'll see...

The one thing I like to do, but is really expensive to send, is making altered candles. I use the glass pillar candles that can be found in the "religious" section of the grocery store, and I decoupage them, add embellishments, etc. I like to make spell candles out of them, or "just for fun" candles - this Christmas I made myself a holiday candle using fabric, a vintage image of a cat hanging up an ornament, some fancy yarn, and a jingle bell.

I had a lot of fun with altered clothespins as well - this crafting thing is addicting!

Favorite Books

I love reading fiction that was written by women. Some of my favorite authors include Krista Davis, Joyce Maynard, Bailey Cates, Melissa Bourbon, Nancy Coco, Elizabeth Berg, Sandra Dallas, and Sophie Kinsella. Favorite books include P.S. I Love You, Good Grief, Twenty Questions, The Persian Pickle Club, and Lovely Bones. I also like the anthology groupings like Irish Girls About Town, Scottish Girls About Town, and the like. I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately and also enjoy mystery anthologies, you know, books with short stories by mystery authors.

Things I have to swap

If anyone is interested in a one-on-one, I have some stuff - US only:

Lots of cosmetics, brand new, received from Ipsy and Birchbox. Let me know what you are interested in (eye make up, etc.). I have a ton of stuff I would love to get rid of.

My Decorating Style

Brown and turquoise pretty much run through my house. My bedroom is brown and red.

I love shabby chic stuff, vintage, etc. One of my most favorite furniture pieces is something I got from my parents when they were alive - their record console! It's from the 50's, and holds probably about 100 albums. I love it!

I have a REAL garden for the first time in my life! I decorate it with garden gnomes, and would welcome any that were sent to me. Would love anything else for the garden (if sending seeds, please make sure they are for this planting year!). Gardening books, seeds, planters...it's all good!


I know tea is popular in the swap world. Please refrain from sending it to me. Due to dietary restrictions and allergies, I am unable to consume most teas. Chamomile and rooibus work for me. Everything else seems to cause distress - and that includes chamomile tea doctored with any other type of flavoring, like citrus.

Please: no green tea, no black tea - caffeinated or otherwise. My system reacts wildly inappropriately to it!

Thank you!


kathiann rated for TGIF Weekend Note Card #55 on May 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the note! I hope you're still enjoying you Kitten!
Response: Thank you so much for the quick rating! Yeah, he's a handful, and he's got poopy butt right now - but other than that, he's a blast!
Comment: thank you
girlpicasso rated for May Magickal Stocking Stuffer on May 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘ β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart! Merry (early) Christmas!
Comment: You have me so curious! But, I will wait ;) Thank you for the sticker sheet & pretty owl card :)
Comment: Hi Lucy! Love the bag!! I want to open it now, but I'm going to wait until Christmas! Thank you SO much 😊
Response: I'm so glad you like the bag - I just knew you were the right home for it! Thank you for the quick rating!
Comment: One of my favorite things to do, in past years was go to Open Houses on Sundays. I sure hope the "perfect" house finds you soon! Thank you so much for my stocking stuffer and the most adorable tiny wash-line stickers.
Response: Thank you so much for the quick rating. I don't wanna jinx it - but I think I found a place! We'll see...
Comment: Thank you, Lucy. For the note and prayers, and for the fun stuffers!
Comment: Hi, we me meet again :) I love all you cat stuff, you've got so much of it. I'm excited about planting the heart. Birds and cats are my true love and the stamp will be put to good use quickly. Thank you
Response: Thank you SO much for the quick rating - I was really glad to receive your name as my "send to" partner!
bearnbabs rated for SMSUSA: April 2017 Happy Mail! on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful surprises. Getting mail , when your not expecting it can really brighten your day/Hope you have a great day every day. bearnbabs
Response: Thank you so much for the quick rating - and you're right about the mail. Today I got a package I was not expecting and it was SO much fun to go through it! Take care, girl!
Comment: Thank you, Lucy! I love the little pocket diary--it went right into my purse! Thanks for a great swap! (I'm squirreling the stuffer away til Christmas!) <3
spicemom rated for WIYM- stocking stuffer April- USA on Apr 17, 2017
Comment: Hi Lucy Thank you IL open it on Christmas Spicemom
Moominbrooke rated for April Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: Thanks! I look forward to opening it! Meanwhile....(shaky-shaky-shaky!) :0)
Response: Thank you so much for the quick rating and heart! It's hard to wait, huh? :)
Froggy2974 rated for Stuff My Stocking - March - USA on Mar 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the gift, I'm saving it for Christmas, it will be hard to wait with how wonderfully you wrapped it.
Fenix825 rated for Stuff My Stocking - Private on Mar 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for hosting a private swap for us so that way I didn't miss out on this month. I look forward to opening the gift come December and for many more Stuff my Stocking swaps!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card, and cool little extra... I loved the tiny pop open card!
Comment: Can't wait to open it!
Kvwanderlost rated for TGIF Weekend NC #44 on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you Lucy :D
pattiairel rated for CQ: Stuff My Stocking Feb. USA on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: thanks for my swap. Itll go in my stocking. Putting your heart back where it belongs Very sorry I had no idea it was deleted. Glad you told me. And thanks for letting me know. 4/24/17
SharMarie513 rated for WIYM: Feb Stocking Stuffer USA on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: It's in my stocking!!! Thank you so very much!!!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 233 83 89
Completed Fives Threes Ones
249 308 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 78 120 51
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DarkSkullMistress42 on May 28, 2017:

Love the cards and pot holder for my wish in AWG. Thank you for thinking of me. Excited to try the Samba card game! I have played canasta, but not that veriation.

anrtist on May 27, 2017:

ps~ yOUR PICTURE of your cat looks just like my 1st cat I ever had at about age 5 named Thomasina... bet you can guess where I got that name! LOL

anrtist on May 27, 2017:

Blessings, cc

Tigerlilyknotwise on May 23, 2017:

Lucy, thank you so much for the AWG happy mail! I really love the Flourish address labels!! And what a fun variety of "flourish" designs! I'm going to use some to make a masterboard for postcards. What a thoughtful send! ☺️

Lonestarchild on May 22, 2017:

Thank you for the sweet wishes from AWG! Made my day!

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 22, 2017:

Thank you for the postcard and list of your favorite songs!


MiRdLHWY43 on May 21, 2017:

I forgot to tell you how much I love the cute pickle note card that you included!

ShyAnn64 on May 19, 2017:

Thank you so much for the very cute fairy doll that you made for me form my AWG wish! She is adorable!πŸŒΈπŸ’•πŸŒΈ

MiRdLHWY43 on May 19, 2017:

Thank you so much for the magazines, I love them and will be browsing through them this weekend!

ShyAnn64 on May 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for the book that you sent to me! It is such a nice surprise 🌸

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