Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 10:25 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: February 18, 2020
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 02-02-2020---gotta love that date!)


Creativity is my passion. I am a serious craft-a-holic, and have been ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. If anything sits still long enough, it is fair game for decorating. I find it difficult to send out an envelope without some form of decoration on it.

My current swap faves are mail art, Zentangles and ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art), ATCs, Artist Trading Coins, small hand sewing projects and smash books. (If you happen to have any spare bits of Spring (rabbits especially), lime green, iris, or angel goodness, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash books.) I enjoy drawing, beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, paper crafts, altered Rolodex cards, inchies, skinnies, scrapbooking, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done counted cross stitch, needlepoint, decorative painting, glass etching, wood carving, knitting and origami.

My style tends to be stylistic.

I can use any size art journal/smash book page.

Note to future rolo swap partners: I prefer to have the back of the card (2 1/4" x 4") decorated with the notches up.

Just for fun (not required), I'd like to see a small green ♥ (drawn, stamped, a sticker, etc.) somewhere on the envie/package my partner sends.

THINGS I CAN MAKE TO SWAP --- I have a Sizzix die cutter and a nice variety of die shapes---I can cut designs for embellishing projects, make shaped note cards, cut stencils from plastic, etc. I also have texture plates for embossing patterns on card stock.

I make small crocheted flowers (for use on ATCs or note cards, etc.) and have sent out 4 batches to swap partners so far. I also crochet bookmarks.

I have drawn original swap cards for a few partners.

Other Favorites

Favorite colors: blue, orchid, lime green;
favorite combination--aqua, burnt orange, brown and ivory.
Lately I have been drawn to orange (not neon, but more the orange on Baltimore Orioles or burnt orange shades.)
I am not overly fond of an abundance of pink.

Favorite artists: Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Monet, Van Gogh, Escher, Charley Harper

Favorite animals: dogs, rabbits, fox, cats,
hedgehogs, frogs, lambs,
polar bears, pandas, moose,
dolphins, sea lions, orcas, jelly fish, dragonflies, owls, hummingbirds, flamingos

Favorite cartoon characters: Snoopy, Kermit, Eeyore, Grinch, Tazmanian Devil, Suzy's Zoo critters, Lambchop

Favorite scents: cucumber melon, apple, peach, fresh linen, seabreeze

Favorite gems: Tanzanite, Larimar, green Amethyst, Alexandrite

Favorite flavors: chocolate, peach, green apple, pear, watermelon, bacon

Favorite places traveled to: San Diego CA,
Door County WI, Grand Cayman Island, Kyoto Japan, London UK

Favorite activities: in addition to crafting--- reading, RVing in our newly bought 5th wheel, cruising, canoe/kayaking as well as just sitting by water, hiking with my dog

More favorites angels, anything with the words JOY, HOPE, or BREATHE on it

  • washi tape (looking for the following themes: postage, frogs, scisssors, seasonal themes)

  • beads & charms, rings (size 7 or 9), bracelets

  • fun fibers, stickers, shaped confetti/sequins, brads

  • Pigma Micron pens, Copic markers, extra fine point Sharpies, metallic gel pens

  • maps, travel brochures, used stamps (especially foreign), paper doilies

  • handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks

  • small dolls (paper, art, Russian Matryoshyka, Japanese Kokeshi)

  • bird cages, hot air balloons, light houses, castles

  • rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars

  • oceans, lakes, rivers

  • irises, trees, autumn

  • a current (as well as long time) favorite is paths. It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.

  • abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures

  • For Christmas swaps: snowmen, reindeer, angels, gingerbread houses, snowflakes, old world Santas, mittens


  • the smell of smoke

  • coffee, herbal and green tea

  • zombies

  • Sponge Bob

  • Poop emojis

  • violence

  • negativity

  • drama

Favorite Books

I love to read (both on my Kindle and "real" paper books). I can't fall asleep unless I have read for an hour (or 2...or 3). I prefer reading a series over stand alone books.

  • Craft how-to and idea books
  • Cozy mysteries (most recent fave is the Bellingwood series by Diane Greenwood Muir)
  • Historical fiction (Lori Wick and Kathleen Ernst.)
  • Crime novels--(Michael Connely, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais)
  • Paranormal romances--(J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Rain)
  • Christopher Moore
  • Rock star romances (Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning; Silver Strings Series by Lisa Gillis)
  • A couple years ago I was on a circus kick and read "Water for Elephants", "Under the Big Top", "Mumbo Jumbo Circus", and "Toby Tyler".
  • A few years ago I read the "Little House on the Prairie" books (I never read them as a child.) I got the "Pioneer Girl...The Annotated Autobiography" for Christmas (2015).
  • Last year (2019) my neighbor's 11 yo daughter lent me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.

Favorite Television

This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, MASH, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Weird Wonders, Impossible Engineering, the travel channel, painting and sewing shows.

Favorite Music

Oldies (especially Beatles, Bad Company, Badfinger, Beach Boys, etc.)


I used to play the accordion.

Favorite Movies

Princess Bride; Romancing the Stone; Cutting Edge; Dirty Dancing; The Thornbirds; Tombstone; Despicable Me, cheesy sci-fi like the Sharknados, and Tremors

About Me

I live in the country (Midwestern USA---Wisconsin) with hubby and a rescued furbaby (Hamlet, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, ground hogs, raccoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 40 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 3-1-13 and 10-25-16) and a granddaughter (born 10-28-03).

My daughter became an angel when she was 19 (on 3-23-03). Many of my projects are done with thoughts of her working right along with me. We loved making "ugly art" (repurposing leftovers into crazy pieces of art). Her favorite color was lime green, and that is why I like to see green hearts added to the envies of swaps sent to me.

I was an Activity Director for a psych hosp. for 7 years before having kids, then an Activity Coord. for a nursing home for 11 years after kids (with a non-creative stretch of data entry between the 2).

When I was diagnosed with cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) Oct. 2011, I didn't think I would be around to celebrate another birthday. But 6 months of chemo did what it was supposed to. I still have cancer, but don't need more chemo at this time. I had my stem cells collected the end of Oct. 2012 and they are being cryo-stored until I need my transplant. As of my latest oncologist appt. (Sept. 2019), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.

My word for this year (2020) is "Find". It has several applications for me. 1) I have a tendency to lose projects (or supplies) when I am working on them. I am making an effort this year to have to spend less time in unproductive searching. 2) I want to find more joy in the little things. 3) I want to find ways to avoid and release negativity.

what I pledged * I appreciate being rated soon after you receive my swaps. What's even more important to me than seeing the rating is just knowing that my swap made it to you. I feel bad asking if my swap disappeared on the way when I don't hear in a reasonable amount of time (2 weeks for USA swaps, longer for international), but I am concerned, and need to know if I should get started on a re-send if need be.

I enjoy reading your comments about my swaps. I also like reading the responses to my comments.

I put a lot of effort into my swap and presentation and I really appreciate it when it's evident that my swap partners add extra effort as well. It makes my day when I can tell that my partner took the effort to read my profile.

Artsy Accomplishments

  • I have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, doctor's offices, hospitals, and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).

  • I volunteer as needed at the Senior Living Complex my dad lived in. I take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations. I also help make fund raising items.

  • I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors) every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 4 daughters (12, 10, and 7) and 2 sons (4 and 6).

  • I added Zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at. I also was asked to draw a series of adult coloring pages (which I completed in May 2016). I made 80 tangled thank you bookmarks for the staff at the assisted living complex and the nursing home where he spent his last days.

  • I entered a sketchbook to the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project 2011 (theme "It's Raining Dogs and Cats") and did one Zentangle Inspired Design page for a collaborative sketchbook for the 2020 Sketchbook Project.

  • I crocheted 18 scarves for 2010 Special Olympics.

  • I crocheted 12 angel gowns (infant burial gowns) for a local hospital in 2010.

  • I crocheted 8 shawls and 2 doz. coin purses for nursing home residents in 2009-10.


Itti rated for TUT ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Feb 16, 2020
Comment: Lovely tangles, I'm keen to do the next round. I loved your beautiful tangled envelope! I almost didn't want to open it, it was so pretty!
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Add a heart on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful swap!! The envelop is so pretty And thank you for the lovely note card as well as the 2 wonderful tiles. l like what you did with the first one but the 2nd one is so beautiful that I'm glad I don't have to pick.I love getting your swaps but this is one of the best you ever sent. Thank you so much.
Response: Boy, that swap got to you fast! Your kind comments made my day and took my breath away. I'm glad you like it. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: wow, thank you Jo for your beautiful work, love,the cat,wish I could draw like that.,I will send on in the next round,and the envelope is awesome,thank you. hugs from Penguin ..Wendy (nannycat)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like your cat, I have fun drawing them. Thank you for the heart.
turtles27 rated for Dog Altered Index Card on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: So adorable! Thank you so much!!
Response: You are very welcome. Thanks for the heart.
orneryswife rated for UHM: Mail Art - Love Theme on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Ooh, la la! What a great envelope! And thank you for the little house die cuts! I love them!
Response: I really enjoy decorating envies. I'm glad you are happy with it and the houses. (If you would like any more die cuts, just let me know.) Thanks for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT~ Happy 2020 tile on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: You spoil me rotten with 2 tiles and a pretty bright yellow card! Thanks too for the pretty tangle on the front of the envie and the snail, in yellow and blue. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Spoiling you makes me happy. I'm glad you were pleased. Thank you for the heart.
nannycat rated for TUT ~ Tangle an ATK on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: thank you so much for the 3 tangled A.T.K,S you did the are lovely,as usual you zentangle is great. warm regards Wendy
Response: You're very welcome. I'm glad you like them. Thank you for the heart.
kiddomerriweather rated for UHM: Altered Hearts on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Wow! You actually sent to me this time! LOL! You sent the most beautiful altered heart! Your stitching is lovely and I adore the purples. Now I'll have to find someplace special to display it. Thank you so much! ETA: Thank you for the Disney villain stamps and the beautiful heart mail art. That made this swap even more special!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. It warms my heart to hear you want to display it. Thank you for the heart and kind comments.
Comment: Oh my goodness, that makes 2/2 for cat patches in this swap. Both will eventually go on my cat jacket. Thank you so much for the lovely patch and the extra kitties!
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the heart.
bstitched rated for NT: Stitched Mandala on Jan 23, 2020
Comment: Beautiful, beautiful work. Your stitches are so perfect and I love the colors. Thank you and for including a second "flower" version too! The possibilities are endless!! Truly was happy mail:)
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart. They are so much fun to make, aren't they?
sherba31 rated for CPG Mail Art Random Envie - US only on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing envelope! Your detailed patterns are so great. Thanks for the nature ephemera as well. Great swap!
Response: I'm so glad you were pleased. Thanks for your kind comments and the heart.
Sandy1969 rated for WIYM ~ Cover My envelope! on Jan 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you jo for the Lovely decorated envelope with Fish Stamps in and on the envelope!! I liked your handmade card and nice to know that you are living near Nature.
Response: You're welcome. I like when I can find things in my stash to send that match my partner's likes. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Yummy purple! I love this card!! Thank you!!!
Response: I'm glad you love it. Thank you for the heart.
elflady rated for TUT~Recycle a greeting card on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Wow what great tiles. Thanks so much for the extras and the colourful envelope. I always love receiving your swaps . Thank you for always sending me inspirational work. elflady
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. They made my day! And thanks for the heart.
renmagpie rated for TPS: ATC #8 on Jan 12, 2020
Comment: Oh wow, I really, really love this card! It's absolutely beautiful and completely worth the wait. I'm so sorry the first one turned up missing but this one is just lovely! xoxo
Response: I am so relieved that this one got there, and I am so happy that you love it. Thank you for the kind comments and for the heart.
nannycat rated for TUT ~ Twinchie Postcard ongoing on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: I love your section of the twinchie pct the chalk pencils look interesting ,where do the mandalla stencils come from l love the tile you made with it thank you. that,s all for now Happy New Year ,hugs from Penguin ... Wendy
Response: I'm glad you were pleased. I got the stencils on Amazon (the seller was Augshy). They came in a pack of 13. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Lovely tile as usual. I love the colouringand your little signature snail.I also loved the tangles on the envelope . elflady
Response: Turn about mail between us has not been taking long at all. Maybe my snail is helping to speed things along. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for Sending me both of these fun tangled pc! I will finish them and send them home to Tasmania. I love your mini snail-mail snail and your envie is gorgeous too! Happy New Year with hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for being willing to send on both PCs. (I just got 2 from Noelene yesterday myself.) I thought the snail was a fun addition and think I will be adding him more often. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: These are so fun! I will add to it and send it on. Thanks too for the Christmas Card and tree. We did end up with a white Christmas, with more snow than we have seen in a bunch of years. It has stayed too, when it usually melts within a day or two. Happy New Year with Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you for the heart. I have been enjoying working on these PCs, too.
Comment: What a beautiful card! Your addition was perfect!!
Response: Thank you. I thought it worked out pretty well, too. Thanks for the heart.

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nannycat on Feb 12, 2020:

thank you Jo ,loved all you sent. ......... I forgot to say the colors are beautiful

nannycat on Jan 8, 2020:

also ,I forgot to thank you for the christmas card , it was lovely hugs Wendy

elflady on Jan 7, 2020:

Thank you for sending my twinchie postcard home to me. I am always excited when I get a returned piece of my work. Thanks for adding your tangles before sending it home. Have a great creative tear, elflady

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

LahDeeDah on Dec 22, 2019:

Thank you for the bee-you-tee-full Christmas card! What a fabulous surprise! You did good :-) Have a very merry Christmas, Falalalahdeedah

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 19, 2019:

Thanks for letting me know it arrived safely! Thanks too for all your kind words! It is a joy to swap with you! Merry Christmas with hugs from Alaska, Sherry

luluvision on Nov 17, 2019:

Received your scribbles to art pc! Oh boy!! You sent a challenging one. I really need to put my creativity cap on for sure! I'll let you know when I send out. Thanks.

AmookIslandCreations on Oct 16, 2019:

These tangle and pass ones are so fun! Glad you like it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

DaisyNY on Aug 20, 2019:

JediLibrarian on Aug 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for the pretty blue twinchie from the Needles and Thread July drawing. It is so peaceful and pretty. I adore the stitches. Thank you again!!!

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