Swap-bot Time: July 26, 2017 5:40 pm


Date Joined: December 9, 2011
Last Online: July 25, 2017
Birthday: October 24
Country: United States
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About SWAP-ing

I'll be away for a couple of long weekends but I rate as soon as I get things.

If you are my partner in more than one swap and want to just put them in one envelope, that's fine - even if it's a "naked postcard" swap.

About Me & My Creating

I like to sketch, design/sew clothes by machine, collage, create clever mail art. I enjoy zetti, paper craft, mandalas, steampunk, dotees & using postage stamps (especially to make "people"). Purple is my favorite color, followed by turquoise, lime green, burgundy, ... bright colors, jewel tones, ethnic mixes, dark colors, most anything but princess-y pink and not find of pastels generally.

mostly collage so far in 2017. More sewing in 2016. Fewer mandalas and ATC jams in 2014. More collage in 2013. I use clean scraps (crap to some) that don't rise to the level of emphemera. I have printed onto book pages or tissue paper to get the look I want. In 2012 sketched animals quite a bit, got more realistic with birds, insects, butterflies, and some less common ones. What is next?

My ears are pierced for light weight earrings. Bracelets are a fav but I have small wrists. Allergic to cigarette smoke.

My homeschooling family is active in Boy Scouts, a local food coop, hitting the gym, and travel.

Favorite Books

Read a lot, especially science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries and information on education & learning. I enjoy YA and mysteries and history. Don't appreciate Twilight nor JK Rowling.

Favorite authors: Family's: Terry Prattchet (for his DiscWorld books) & Tamora Pierce. Mine: Tolkien, A. A. Milne, Tamora Pierce. Picture books: Jan Brett.

Sad that I have to explain this but since we read, any bookmarks need to the bit that goes in the book to be thin, flat & glitter-free. (Charms or beads may hang out or over the top!)


AMERICAN GIRL: funky or uncommon.

QUICK FLATS: washi tape, napkins, pretty "post it" (stick once), ATCs, ribbon, (used) postage stamps (especially people, animals, flowers, architecture, art/artists), or non-English book pages. I don't need recipe cards, memo pads, nor bookmarks. thanks.

MANDALAs, when no size is specified: a 6 inch by 6 inch with a one inch edge on one side (so 6 x 7) can be nicely stored with many of my others.

Love non-English papers & music sheets, maps, custom paper, ... for crafting

Postcards: love hand-made! In general: art, natural settings, architecture or "local people", Photos of animals. Not interested in kitch-y tourist postcards or naked people on (or off) the beach. geek-y ones are appreciated

Love art pens, Sakura micros, Copic with a brush tip & thin Sharpies & new things to sketch/design with. Can always use more alphabets stamps. Rub-ons are OK. No more stationery please. FALL 2012, I am using mostly watercolor colored pencils. 2017: mostly collage/mixed media, still love paint pens & great white pens. Starting to use acrylic paints.

Most Asian & ethnic things are fine - but I don't appreciate kawaii. (OK, that flattened panda guy is fine as my nephew loves him, but no other kawaii please!).

Dislikes & no-no's

    • My family is allergic to cats & dogs so for crafts with fabric & pets walking around, I probably should not be the one you send it to! If you do with a sender's choice - PLEASE let me know so that I can keep it away from the family, or pass it on.
    • I am allergic to cigarette smoke. When it's sender's choice, I will rate ignoring it but warn me so someone else can open it - outside. Thanks.
  • No Christian religious pieces. (non-religious Christmas items are OK in November & December.)
  • Don't appreciate much pink or princess. No Disney.
  • No loose glitter, it's fine if it will stay on the ATC. None on bookmarks! Thanks

Food & Drinks

Negatives first:! I am allergic to cigarettes, so please as smoke-free as possible so I can keep it, or let me know so I can rate you & pass it on. Family members allergic to dog & cat.

Tea only in manufacturer's packaging, thanks! No drink mixes, unless required in swaps. (Dh & I get that unpleasant after-taste from artificial sweeteners.) Favorite tea (today): (black tea) Prince of Wales, mint green tea.

love dark chocolate, but I could easily walk away from milk chocolate, even when I coukd(was) eating dairy. Prefer European chocolate, made in Europe (even Cadbury made in the US is different!) favorites: See's with dark chocolate (love dark walnut chews). I've never appreciate Godiva. Do not like peanuts in chocolate.

Angel Dreams for

Most of those who flaked on me went on to be suspended. If my swaps do not arrive, I resend & I angel swaps that I host (if not it will be very clear in the description but I don't think I've done it yet). * Lozzabee flaked on Triptych ATC in Jan-Feb2012). Aug. 2012: hosted some triptych ATC swaps myself. * ANGEL @tc angel'ed "Artistically Inclined ATC/Note Card" in 2013 after she saw that the host & one other offered to angel but didn't. * Recycle unwanted swap items #3 * Sweet First aid kit in Dec2011-Jan2012. Host & 2 others said they'd angel but did not send. Letting go was hard - but my partner's happy note when she rec'd hers left a longer glow than the bad taste from the flaker(s). I am so glad it brought her joy & she shared it.


THANK YOU! Host-angels include: @rngstgstll
@jaminthemail @CraftyReflections @muses76 and @sagesparrow .

Beautiful RAK or forum give-away swappers include: @TerryF (RAK postcards, to-do stamp), @jukejan (Real estate plans) , @bedazzle ("gold foil"!) , and @giddyani Lovely ANGEL @tc for ARC card swap!

Wonderful swap-bot traders include @tesscalhoun @sagesparrow , @lsmahutchin and special mention to angels including: @artg33k74 (owl ATC). Great hosts include @rngstgstll

Info for GROUPs

-WIYM At least every 3 months. Games swap, June 2017, next before Sept 2017

-Mail Art: at least every 3rd month: Icon(ic) Postcard 7/2017, Next before: Oct. 2017

-The Paper Dragon: Members at least once in 6 months, Mystery Supply Sept/Oct & June 2017, Officers need one RAK & host a swap every other month.

"normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow there"

US Postcard Rate(s)

For the postcard rate mailed within the USA: * $0.34 in 2016; * rectangular, * at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, AND * no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick.

If it is larger than 4.25 x 6 " (but less than 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 1/4" thick) requires first class postage ($0.49 since Jan 2017). Bigger than that and the "flats" (large envie) rate applies. (I got tired of looking it up on the USPS site.)

Each "additional ounce" on first class is $0.21


dvmac rated for PnS: ReUse an ad postcard #1 on Jul 25, 2017
Comment: Not a yellow ad card, eh??? Whatever! Thanks!
Comment: Great card--thank you! Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: Great postcard! There's actually a buffalo farm near my grandmothers place :)
luluvision rated for MA: Icon(ic) Postcard on Jul 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Paris postcard! We almost went back there this summer! Maybe next year!
brooklynbunch rated for Film Quote On A Postcard on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: Great Python quote. I played Pythonopoly with a few friends last month. The rules, you can imagine, are as strange as the Pythons. Thanks! Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: Very battered and travel worn but It made it today! Thank you. Some of it is torn off but it's battle scars make it unique.◕‿◕
katjl rated for PC Twist 4 on Jul 16, 2017
Comment: Thank for the postcard. Also, I checked out that website you recommended and it's pretty cool. I like the tea recipes and drawings. 😄
mjhaertling rated for Map It Mail Art on Jul 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the "map it" PC. I love the animals in the little car & also the vintage car. Very nice collaged card. Sorry for the late rate.
luluvision rated for FMCA Purple Post with an animal on Jul 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your lovely purple pc! I'm not sure if I found the hidden orca tho! :-)
Response: Thanks. Orca's in the upper right corner--- you probably noticed the rest of the sea scene folded onto the address-side
bjmonroe rated for TPP: Postage Face PC on Jul 15, 2017
Comment: Great job, love it. Thanks for hosting
lillinda3 rated for PC Twist 3 on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you, sorry for all your trouble! after posting this, I had another card from you under the next envelope. You sent two? thanks you!
Response: Yeah, I sent 2 or 3... lost confidence that the "resort" would get mine posted at all. Still surprised I forgot to pack what I had made at home. Enjoy!
Suncloud rated for PC Doodle Away! 3 on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the colorful postcard.
DLRodrigues rated for FCMA: Use those rubber stamps on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard! Thanks too for hosting this lovely swap xx
KSENiA rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #50 on Jul 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and lovely stamps.
JoMama rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard #3 on Jul 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Comment: Hey Robin, thanks a lot for the awesome blue Alice in Wonderland postcard! Thank you very much for checking my interests! <3 - Ellen
mjhaertling rated for Altered Text MAil Art on Jun 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the swap. I really like your background and the penguin.
Comment: Belated thank you for the nostalgic Toblerone card -- reminded me of childhood and how the bars were used in Chicken Run :) -- and for sharing your reading list with me! I recently finally "discovered" E.M. Forster (I am sad that there wasn't enough time in high school or college to take British Lit) in part thanks to Zadie Smith's On Beauty. I haven't yet read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but my sister and I loved the movie. Hope you and your family are having a good summer! p.s. Ms. Smith's White Teeth and Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things are next on my list after Howards End.
wolfeagle rated for Foreign Papers Mail Art on Jun 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: I'm not tired of them yet, Helen Mirren as a mermaids! Very cool! Thanks so much!

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camelsamba on Jul 14, 2017:

Hi Robin - you were my partner for 3 swaps that last week of June. Pretty sure the parasitic envelope was for "Map It Mail Art" in the Amazing Mail Art group. [insert sheep fluke emoji here :^]

GinaVisione on May 17, 2017:

Thanks for the bonus Venice PC - so thoughtful!

Babsmomof5 on Apr 22, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard you made me from the pns wta. I loved it so much!!!

bbsporty on Apr 21, 2017:

Thank you for my HMPC: Tag! Let's Play green dragonfly postcard! I love the texture of it and the wings made of foreign text! It's just beautiful!

mgallardo68 on Apr 6, 2017:

I could not stop laughing when I read your note 'Adventures in the Mail!!! Lol... Great envie and the beautiful paper (not-so)scraps came perfect and in a timely manner.

Thank you so much for my tag at HPC > [Sticky] Pick One Tag..... I love it!

GinaVisione on Mar 17, 2017:

Thank you for the extra 5 calls PCs!!! :D

bbsporty on Jan 15, 2017:

Thank you for the gorgeous Penguin postcard from the HMPC: Tag! Let's Play game. I'm just in love with it and the color is to die for!

Moominbrooke on Dec 19, 2016:

Thanks for the Zetti style pc with Bollywood and Steampunk touches :0)

RyeRye on Oct 28, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

rngstgstll on Dec 22, 2015:


Thank you so much for the Hogswatch cards and my favorite Hogfather in a Hood! They arrived just in time for Hogswatch and the entire family admired them, ooh ing and aah ing. Thank goodness for the Ankh-Morpork Post, that is what I say every year at this time! Ahem.

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