Swap-bot Time: November 14, 2019 7:27 am


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: November 14, 2019
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 two 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 36, and my twins, John and Chris 33 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

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


Comment: LOVED your letter I will write back in the next couple days - you gave me a ton of stuff to respond to! Thank you!
Response: Fantastic, can’t wait to hear from you...thanks for the ❤️
rocci94 rated for QUICKSWAP Newbies Penpal Swap on Nov 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the amazing letter and goodies Lauri, I can't wait to reply. You sound AMAZING!!
Response: well I will be looking in the mail box! thanks for the heart
Autist rated for PUMPKIN Funtastic Swap on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: What fun stuff!! Thank you so much for participating in the heart of these swaps!! Cheers
Response: it was a fun one wasn't it? Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for a lovely letter, the washi and the nice pictures! i will be writing back :-)
Response: I will be delighted to hear from you. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Laurie, Thanks so much for the great stamps! They're gorgeous😊really love the folk art ones. Thanks also for the pictures and stickers. I love to take pics too, but rarely print them anymore. Wow, lace from your wedding dress, so cool! It's beautiful😊
Response: Thank you for the kind words. The stamps are very unique for sure. Thanks for the heart
shellbee8 rated for Fall Letter swap on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such a great letter! I'm going to send a response soon! Happy Halloween!
Response: Thanks for the heart, look forward to hearing from you.
lilmermaid rated for Photo swap : hallowen decoration on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so very much great pics
Response: Your welcome..thanks for the heart
fairylover rated for Photo swap : hallowen decoration on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: What a wonderful little booklet you made! It's lovely and it was great to see all your Halloween photos!! Thanks a lot!
Response: A pen pal did that for me and I thought how cute!!! Thanks for the heart
Clearbrite rated for 📬 Postcard penpals 📬 on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Hi Lauri, I received your postcard today! Thank you! You do live in a beautiful area..oh wow..you're coming to Australia December 2020?!! I'd love to write..maybe could meet up if you're in the area and show you around! You have my address, would love to hear from you to get your details if you like a reply? All the best and safe travels 🙂 (I'll be in Hawaii and San Diego end of April to end of May 2020)
Response: Oh that would be awesome. Have a good vacation
Comment: Wow, Lauri thank you! I always love receiving Halloween themed mail!
Response: Your welcome! Thankfor the heart
Poina rated for 📬 Postcard penpals 📬 on Oct 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the post card, I loved it a lot!
Response: Thank you for the heart!!!
Comment: I LOVE everything!!! The earrings and bracelet are beautiful!!!! I can’t get over them! You spoiled me sending so much and the washi you sent is awesome too!!! Thank you so much for being so generous!!! ❤️ ❤️
Response: Well I am so glad you liked them! I wanted to stick with your favorite colors and ocean theme. I am very tickled, thank you for the heart
Comment: I adore all the floral stamps you sent me!! I hadn’t actually seen the seasons greetings $.22 stamp, so thank you for that! 🥰📮💌 Hope you have a great day and thanks for the sweet note too, Micaela
Response: Your so welcome, really enjoy these swaps. Can we do a Christmas stamps swap?
Comment: What a beautiful ATC! Also loved the matching card and envie. Thx.
Response: Thanks, I like the whole package look! Thanks for the heart!
Zefaniya rated for New Penpals & a photo #3 on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the chatty letter! How was the Starbucks creamer? I haven't tried that brand of creamer. Lake Tahoe looks gorgeous!
Response: Love the creamer, thank you for the heart
metrognome rated for New Penpals & a photo #3 on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much! I loved your beautiful notecard and getting to see a bit of your travels. I can see why you like Hawaii :)
Response: Yes, Hawaii is lovely. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Hi Lauri! What a wonderful note and photo with the swap. Such a beautiful ATC made with the pressed leaf... I love it! Wasn't it fortunate that you had those already!! Very cool, my kind of gal, I do things like that too! The gems really brighten it up. Mine was also in the dark red/brown ... but nothing to brighten it up :-( Thank you so much for the extras! Thank you for joining the swap.. glad you enjoyed it . <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Response: Going out to find more leaves for next year! Fall is here in full swing. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hi Lauri , wow I wish I could give you more hearts...I cant tell you how awesome it was to receive your letter and pictures :) It made me so happy , you rock girl! The notecard you made is really lovely. What a fabulous view. I take my kids to the Butchart Gardens for the twelve days of Christmas event...they skate and ride the carousel and then we walk the lights. Magical. I love my Pyrex but I have so much now that I don't buy anymore pieces ...lol fingers crossed. Have you tried selling at a vintage fair event? or marketplace on Facebook? Good luck to you. Happy October swapping peace love light
Response: Thanks for heart. Great ideas for selling my set. Maybe with Christmas coming up it might sell.
mjhaertling rated for SPCP: Street Art Snapshot on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Again, very cute pictures. I love street art and train graffiti. Hope we are partners in more swaps. Just read your profile. Note to self: ISO loving man with travel plans like your husband's.
Response: Thanks for the heart, time to make more traveling plans.
Comment: Thanks for the most inspiring fun fall package. No we dont get fall leaves in Phoenix, but we can go up to Northern AZ to see some colors. You were a great partner, and went above and beyond
Response: Thank you so much...I am happy you liked it...thanks for the heart.

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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??

BabyBee78 on Oct 18, 2018:
RiverTopanga on Sep 15, 2018:

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

kclicquot on Jul 24, 2018:

Thank you so much for Angeling the 4th of July earrings!!! They are so beautiful!

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