Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2020 7:52 pm


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: September 23, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE: I am officially retired! And a member of the RGC. Retired Girls Club as of June 26, 2020

Returning from RGC trip to Vegas 7-5-2020. Gal bought a condo!!!! Now we have a place to crash

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 don’t watch regular TV as we do not have cable. I would rather watch my favorite you tubes, Now I a, taking an abstract art class on line called Amanda’s insiders. I am amazed at the work I have produced and they hang on my wall. It’s the best 19.99 a month for its value, a class every week but what more, we have developed a community of artis from all ranges.


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. UPDATE: back to boycotting the NFL.

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. Just took a road trip to Arches, Moab Utah, Colorado ! Iowa , Mt Rushmore and finally Yellowstone. Now retired so much of America remains to be seen. Europe is out these days sadly. I have 3 retired girlfriends so we made the RGC. Retired Girls Club. We have already taken a trip to Vegas where one of the gals bought a condo! I do the itinerary.


Things I like Sparkling stuff, Photos of you or your travels Hand made cards, 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

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


Comment: Got your letter today, thank you so much. Love the travel journal cards too. Will write back soon.
Catt007 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #211 on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: I love the envelope, if that's what you call being on the low end of Art then I'm rock bottom 😀, it's lovely. I can't imagine what it's like dealing with the fires and now the storm. Hope you're safe. thank you.
Response: Well you just made my day! Thank you for your kind words. It was really needed! Thanks for the heart. We have our much needed rain.
Comment: I love the paper, the washi tape and the postcard - makes me think the scene in Harry Potter. It finally rained here so the air is breathable once again!
Response: That is great, we have rain here to, like right at this moment. Glad your happy with everything , thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: Your welcome, thanks for the heart.
Comment: Ill be writing back soon!!!
Response: I am excited to be hearing back from you. Thanks for the heart
user6937 rated for SPCP: Photo ATC on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Is that a fisherman behind you - he seems so far away?!
Response: They were suppose to be sharks!!!
Mountaingirl82 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #210 on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri, thank you so much for your nice letter. So bad that you trip to Germany is cancelled. Hope you can travel some time later. Let me know if you are in Nuremberg 😀
Comment: Sounds like you ended up with an awesome vaca! On congrats on retiring, my hubby is counting down the months:) Then we are hitting the road too and lol, I'll be buying postcards at every tacky souvenir shop I can find:) SO glad you got out and about!!
Response: Have a fun road trip, good luck with the postcard hunt!
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful letter and the photo greeting card!
Response: Your welcome and thanks for the heart!!!
Comment: I love the pumpkin. I have a not so secret obession with eating all things pumpkin this time of year so this ATC is perfect. I will check out the art group you mentioned. If we can avoid more natural disasters here in CA maybe I will have more time for art and less time at work. :) I have a monthly art group here that I also really enjoy.
Response: Pumpkins are fun to paint!! Hope you check out our class. They are opening for new members the 17th for three days!! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the note and goodies! I do have a craft room and it's a mess! Lol!
Response: Thanks for the heart. Finally got mine in order!
tizzicat rated for One Week - One Letter #7 on Sep 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you. Letter in the post to you shortly.
Response: Thank you for the heart. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely swap! Isn’t the PNW just stunning in the fall?! Safe travels!
Response: Oh I think the best! thanks for the heart.
Comment: You forgot to put the name of the swap on your envelope or in your letter but I was able to find it. I enjoyed your pics and letter. Thanks for sharing.
Response: Ugg hate it when I do that, thanks for figuring it out and the heart.
Comment: Proud of you for getting out for a long Sunday walk. It looks beautiful. I hope you have the best time ever in Hawaii. Stay safe!
Response: Thank you! Fingers crossed, thanks for the heart
Nekomiao rated for July Journal Swap on Aug 30, 2020
Comment: Your journal swap has arrived today! Thank you so much for taking the effort to scan and send everything to me. I haven't had a read through of it quite yet because I want to find time to sit down and really enjoy going through it but a quick flip of it is already making me quite excited coz it looks super interesting!
Response: Oh I am so sososo happy you got it. Enjoy the read, I have fun and looked forward to writing in it everyday.
bluecrayons rated for Journal GIVEAWAY - Bedazzeled! on Aug 27, 2020
Response: Thanks, to bad we didn’t win!
LibraryMaker rated for A Note For You # 62 on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the delightful note! I love long letters and it was so nice to read on my walk home from the post office. The photo you included was lovely! :)
Response: I am glad it met with your approval. Thank you for the heart!
thebrassyletter rated for Botanical Mail on Aug 19, 2020
Comment: What a wonderful and thoughtful swap! I loved reading all the captions on the beautiful photos. I will definitely look into that book!
Response: You will love it,
Traceyk rated for Happy Little Notecards #117 on Aug 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great swap! I loved hearing about your adventures. :)
Response: Happy to partner up with you

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Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

Snaileditcrafts on Aug 2, 2020:

Thank you for joining this swap that I am hosting, "Home Made With Love." Partners have been assigned! Have fun with this, as you share your home made items with your assigned partner! p

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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