Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 12:29 am


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: February 17, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

Jan 2019: goal is a letter a week

UPDATE: Plan to retire in 2020 JUNE. Hubby wants to live in Europe for a year. Hoping to make friend with pen pals and get some fun places to go and see from those folks. Perhaps have a beer or cup of tea. I will be doing a blog about our adventures and people we meet along the way. Stay tune.

UPDate: 9-6-2019 we have a couple of kids wanting to get married in Oct 2020 so cutting trip down to one or two months...

UPDATE: Europe trip narrow down to Germany and Austria. Aug/sept 2020

My BFF has been all over the internet and met some pretty amazing people. I was raised as an Army Brat but spent all my years till jr college living at Fort Ord and Monterey California. Lucky me, I met my best friend at the age of 8, Dorothy. We are still to this day 54 years later side kicks. Spent 14 years living in Los Angelos area. Because of the smog, crime, and pollution our family moved to the great north west and ended up in Vancouver Washington.Been here since 1994 and worked at our hospital for 25 years in the lab, hence, LABLAURI.I am married to a wonderful man of 4 year. On our first date, he said he wanted to save Venice Italy for his honeymoon. A year later on Oahu, under a big crescent moon, reflexing off the still waters, he asked for my hand in marriage. A year later, we are on a gondola in Venice . Other than my husband, I have 3 boys. Will 39 and my twins, John and Chris 36 I should mention were born on Christmas Day with red hair. Will and his wife have 2 children Joey and FINALLY a girl, Annabelle. John and his wife are expecting a boy in July. UPDATE: 5 lb 5 oz. with, yes, red hair. Which brings me to my best friend. I wouldn't say we are to competitive, but I will never forget my phone call to her announcing I too was having twins. She had twin girls 4 months before my twin boys. We don't live near each since I left for college but the 4 remain friends to this day.

I love to garden and am starting my first herb garden. UPDATE: Not very successful, oh well.

My favorite color is sage and purple. My husband must really love me because he let me paint our bedroom lavender 💜💜💜💜. The rest of the house is sage.

I play piano but only for myself .

I must be honest, I did not know what a Washi was till my BFF shared with me her stash. Looking forward to obtaining some. UPDATE: we got throw away lab coats now. Wear for a week or so then depose of it. I have since brought WASHI tape to work with me and I have the prettiest and most unusual lab coat. I have got to introduce Washi tape to people! Even got one med tech to check into swap bot.

Favorite Television

I love British TV. and subscribe to Acorn TV. They have Aussie tv shows too. Thank goodness for my iPad and wireless headphones. Hubby can watch his shows and I can watch mine,


I am a cubbies fan and married into it. Love Baseball and Football. I also love the Seattle Seahawks as I am from Washington. We watch a lot of baseball and football. So I would like anything Seahawks or Chicago Cubs stickies or whatever! UPDATE: boycotting NFL New UPDATE: The nfl got their heads out of their butts and I will watch football now, I am an army brat and disrespecting our flag is nothing I can tolerate. Leave it at that.

Favorite Crafts

If it wasn't for by best friend, I wouldn't do crafts. I see the hours she spends making and creating art. I started small with jewelry. Still learning but can do the basics. My first mistake was spending three days beading. I didn't know to take breaks. I paid the price. Now, I get up, make a cup of tea or glass of wine🍷 My BFF gave me a water color set and I have fallen in love with water coloring. My favorite thing to do is land scaping. When we go on vacation, I have a mini set I bring with me. Making cards for family and friends with their favorite places brings me joy.

Watercoloring is my new passion. Found a teacher and well, don’t be surprise if you get a card from me with one of my watercolors.

Traveling has given me the opportunity to take pictures. Now I make beautiful cards. Favorites are snap shots from Venice Italy and Kauai. UPDATE I have a pink and gold Glam Craft Room. Love my girlie room, no boys allowed. LoL


I love to travel. I did not know my husband belonged to a time share till I ran across it while moving into our home. What's this I asked. He rarely has used it over the years and I was, give me everything you have on it because it will be used. I love going to the resorts, no travel lodge for me! Other than Venice, I have been to England, Paris, Rome, Florida, San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, Kauai ( first Anniversary). Victoria BC (New Years). San Antonio Texas just cause...I have us locked into San Francisco again..for Christmas, my brother Dave got my husband and I tickets to the Cubs one night and the next night him and his wife will join us. This fall, the big island Hawaii, and St. Thomas Virgin Island next April. The hardest part is waiting. UPDATE: St Thomas canceled boohoo Washington DC for Cherry Blossom Parade.


Things I like Sparkling stuff,

Beads, Washi tape, tea ( no green) and coffee, Color pens, Anything to make jewelry , Postcards, Stationary sets, Note cards Turtles .O1 or .03 micron pen Ocean theme stamps Flowers/ tropical stamps

Anything pink and,gold for my craft/glam room

Fuzzy socks, Hair barrettes/headbands, Anything lavender, purple, or sage, Anything Cubs or SEAHAWKS

Not a big fan or small scraps of paper for journaling

I am,learning to water color above new paint brushes Any information, brochures, maps, ideas about Germany or Austria. Best info is by those who know. So, if your writing to me and have travel experience in those countries, please tell me about it. Maybe things on don’t waste your time on.


Candles Soaps I do not journal and really don’t ever use those little pieces of paper.

I spend a lot of time on my swaps and hope you can see that. I recently got the spare room for my crafts/glam room. I would stay in there all day if I could. It's been fun getting it set up.


If you have a favorite picture of yourself, feel free to send me one. I have an inspirational board that I made for my craft room. I would love to fill it with pictures of my swap buddies. Please drop a note to say hi with your swap. I really enjoy hearing from people the most. thanks


Umdragon rated for Tea For Thee # 29 on Feb 16, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri!!! Thanks for the swap, mail is taking forever to arrive but I’m happy it ‘d here :) the apple & cranberry tea looks delicious and the Caramel it’s definitely a favorite. Thanks again!
Response: I am glad you finally got it! Hope the caramel lives up to its name! Thanks for the heart
MisplacedfromPA rated for Swaps ~ Talk about my week 1 on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: You really did have a great Birthday week! Thank you for not only sharing your adventures but for letting me "see" you thru pictures. I really enjoyed this swap. I hope you keep having a wonderful life. Happy Swapping.
Response: Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it. I hope they have more of these. I am just glad I had something to write about lol!
Comment: Lauri, I can not thank you enough for your card, letter, the business cards (which I absolutely LOVE!) and the stamps and old pictures. Wow, talk about making a persons day - you definitely made mine and I so appreciate it! Also, did you make the beautiful envelope? I love the pattern and was so excited because I just got into Happy Planners and don't have a lot of stickers but the beautiful flowers that are on the envelope, I can cut out and use my zig glue pen and put them in my planner to decorate it. Opening your envelope was like Christmas for me! (Hugs) Thank you again so much!
Response: Oh my that was a lovely rating! I really enjoyed putting that together! Thank you for the heart ❤️
basykes rated for January 2020 Journal Swap on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: What a great journal. I just spent the last hour reading it. Thanks also for all the goodies. I will be writing you a letter.
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to fill it with fun stuff. Boy it got there fast. Will look forward to your letter
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #177 on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you. The note was great. I love the card you made and I'm baking cookies for a bake sale this coming's weekend so most likely will use the recipe you sent.
Response: It is a fun cookie! I like these fast swaps. Thanks for the heart
Hwbayley rated for Snail Mail Valentines Day Swap on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You are welcome appreciate the heart
stephanieM rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #178 on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: So exciting you got to see Rick Steves in person! Thank you for the recipe, I can't wait to try it out.
Response: I hope they turn out awesome. Thanks for the heart
junemoon rated for Write a Letter quick swap 2 on Feb 1, 2020
Comment: Your travel plans sounds wonderful. I LOVED Vienna. Switzserland in the winter ---great if you love snow, Germany, Prague, any time (and do have beer with dinner.
Response: I love talking to people who have been these places. If you want to write back with absolute must see, I would be glad to know!. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Hey Lauri! WOW this is awesome! I love the envelope and all the goodies you tucked inside! Do you know anything about the photos you sent me? Who the people are? Years? Is that your grandad and grandma/?! These are awesome! Thank you SO much! I will treasure them! xxGabi
Response: I think the one with the fancy dress was my grandmothers friend. She is standing in front of her and has red hair. Other than that, the hawaiian pics were my family when we were young and living on the army base. Glad you liked them.
Joeanniee rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the extras! Congratulations on your soon to be retirement! Please wait for a card in your mailbox. I would love to respond to this!
Response: Well I will look forward to hearing from you! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you so much for the card AND all the great postcards! I loved your letter telling about them! The whole package was a huge treat to get today!
Response: Then my job is complete❤️ I think a little history is fun when sending a postcard. I am glad it met with delight. And Happy Birthday🎂🍰🧁
MeggyMoo rated for How I plan to spend my holidays on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Great letter, thankyou! I trust that there has been some downtime for you after all the fun with family? I especially loved the idea of the blood slide for your grandson: very unique! Thanks, too, for all the lovely Christmassy bits and pieces, they are very much appreciated and will find their way into a variety of projects next Christmas, I am sure! All the best, Tracy.
Response: Thanks for the Heart. Everything seems to be getting back to normal...
Kokoxo rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and goodies. So sorry your night was a bust :( Hopefully next year will make up for it! Happy swapping 💖
Response: Well, how can you go wrong in Kauai!!! Got it all arranged. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you
Melonkne rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri, thank you for such a beautiful card, the watercolor hummingbird is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing about your art class! Watercolor is such an interesting medium! And you're right I should add a my crafting section. I will amend that on my profile real soon. Also thank you for the move suggestion! It's funny where I work, it has a center in Seattle and don't get me wrong I love where I am at now, but I've considered/fantasized about moving somewhere closer to nature because of that. Also, not a fan of snow huh? lol, also thanks for the extras additives. -Mels
Response: Well we are getting 5 days of snow next week...I only work 2 days so lots of days of crafting indoors for me!
kleedawn rated for A Note For You # 30 on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much mam I truly enjoyed your letter and will be writing soon ❤️🙏🏻
Response: I look forward to hearing from you..thanks for the heart
Cindymt rated for About my Christmas Notecard on Jan 9, 2020
Comment: Glad you had a nice Christmas! And congratulations on your retirement! Thanks for the surprise!
Response: You are welcome, thanks for the heart!!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade Christmas card. And yes, the stickers will go in my stash for next year. Thank you!
Response: Your welcome, thanks for the heart!
MarHelene rated for Pen Pal Search # 7 on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: How fun, you will get a note back as soon as possible.
Response: I will be looking in the mail...thanks for the ❤️
mejulia rated for UHM: New Year - New Penpal on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your great letter, glad we were partners.
Response: Me too! Let’s stay in touch

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Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

Merimax on Aug 27, 2019:

Thank you for the photos and letter, also for the postcards and stamps that you had snail-mailed for the Photo of your house swap. Most kind of you.

iamdawt on Aug 11, 2019:

I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of the effort and thought you put into your swaps. You always go above and beyond. Anyone would be lucky to have you as a partner.

paperlvr on Apr 9, 2019:

Many thanks for your adorable note back for our original Brighten My Week March #5 Swap! I think you wrote to me on vintage stationery I sent to you! 😜 Your distressed oxide note card was beautiful! Thank you for sending me your very first one! Thanks also for the extra goodies! I hope to swap with you again soon!

christy102194 on Mar 25, 2019:

Thanks for the congrats! Cannot believe it's been 6 years!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

supersquirrel on Feb 13, 2019:

Hi Lauri - I've been snowbound with no mail service since Saturday. It was such a nice surprise to get your letter today (and in a yellow envelope)! What a great sounding store. It definitely is on my bucket list. Thanks for the cool sample you made. I picked up a few spray inks at a garage sale but it didn't turn out as nice as yours :) Thanks for brightening my day!

supersquirrel on Feb 2, 2019:

Early spring??

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RiverTopanga on Sep 15, 2018:

Hello! Hope you are doing well. Good to see you again :-)

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