Swap-bot Time: June 3, 2020 10:47 pm


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: June 3, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

UpDATE: Plan to retire in June 26 2020. Taking an early retirement from the hospital . We are tanking thank you covid19 😡I got a very nice package deal.

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


Comment: Thank you Lauri! I love the botanical theme too!
Response: Thanks for the heart, have another swap coming it’s way,
Comment: Lauri, congrats on your early retirement! I hope you’re future is filled with amazing trips 💖 thank you so much for the extras and the photographs! They’re beautiful!
Response: Thank you, yes I am excited. More road trips and crafting..thanks for the heart
jcgypsy292 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #193 on May 24, 2020
Response: Thank you
ymasophie rated for Pen Pal of the Month Club - May on May 22, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri! I've received your mail c: Thanks so much for the surprise goodies and photos! Your mail is so pretty hehe it made my day! May you keep crafting in your beautiful craft room! Have a good day <3
Response: Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it. I work this weekend but have mon tues wed off. 3 days of crafting!!!
pixiegirlanna rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #189 on May 19, 2020
Response: Thank you
SuperDorkula rated for Get to Know Me Pen Pal Swap #2 on May 16, 2020
Comment: I loved hearing from you and I’m definitely writing back, thank you for the picture and that bookmark. The glitter was super pretty too!
Response: II will be looking forward to hearing from you
knitterofhats rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #192 on May 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your newsy note, lovely card and goodies.
Response: Your welcome and thanks for the heart
toni rated for UHM: Senders choice card on May 16, 2020
Comment: beautiful card! thank you!
Response: Your welcome, I hope you can use it.
Comment: Thanks! I love the washi and the pictures were beautiful.
Response: Thank you and thanks for the heart.
toni rated for A Note For You # 47 on May 11, 2020
Comment: thank you for the beautiful notecard and bookmark!
Response: Thanks for the heart, another swap on it way lol!
Comment: Thanks so much Lauri !
Response: Thank you for the heart. I hope you enjoy the bookmark.
Comment: Thank you for the great message and recommendation! I received it last night, but I had other things to do so I was late in rated it. I'm really sorry. In Japan, it rarely snows after the cherry blossoms have bloomed (it snowed in Tokyo this year, but I didn't get to see the cherry blossoms), so I was surprised at the cherry blossoms in the snow you sent me! The camellia are also beautiful. This camellias(TSUBAKI) are called "Otome Tsubaki" in Japan.Otome is an Japanese old word that means "girl". Looking at your bookmark makes me feel like I've been to Hawaii (dream place for Japanese people)! Jessie Bennety Sam should be respected for tackling a difficult subject in the 1950s And thank you from Far East for all the work you do. Have a nice days And take care of youeself.
Response: Thank you, what a sweet rating. I am so glad you finally got it. I am doing well thank you. I hope we can swap again in the future....thanks for the heart.
SweetAsStevie rated for ATC A DAY #17 - Tape Resist on May 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for my adorable atc!! <3
Response: Just so glad you got it !!! Thanks for the heart
Kraftylady777 rated for booklet sample swap on May 1, 2020
Comment: So creative! Wow!! I love it! Thank you so much! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I was a little apprehensive but I am glad you enjoyed it !!!! Thanks for the heart
mejulia rated for National Card & Letter Writing on Apr 28, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful envelope you made. Thank you.
Response: Your welcome, thank you for the ❤️
Comment: Thank you for sharing this beautiful envie of tree treasure!!! I too ❤️ the cherry blossoms 🌸 of DC in Spring! The view of Jefferson Memorial that you photographed is a perfect bookmark and I look forward to using it! It seems we like many of the same places too - as Kawaii is certainly on my list of places to see! I adore Lake Tahoe visits too 😉 An extra special thanks 😊 for sharing the postage stamps you inherited - they’re fantastic!!! I’m just so grateful and deeply blessed to have had this opportunity to be partnered with you! You’re so very kind and it means the world to me! Mahalo nui loa!
Response: Back at ya sista! I am so pleased you liked everything. It was a fun swap for me to put together for you. Thank you for the ❤️
NRGordon rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #190 on Apr 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card, pictures, and your note. Only two years? I took almost three remodeling the master bath. In my defense, I was still working at the time.
Response: And that is a good defense! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Aww that's so nice they did those kind acts <3 Thanks for sharing some GOOD news with me, that's what I like to hear!
Response: We all need to hear good news these days. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you!!
Response: Your welcome, thanks for the heart!
karli rated for I'm Bored...Let's Write! on Apr 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a sweet letter! I grew up about 2 hrs from Prague, I am Czech. Prague is awesome! K
Response: Well I hope we can still go. Perhaps we can stay in touch .I would live to know the ends and outs! The less known places to see. Thanks for the heart!!!

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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??

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

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

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