Swap-bot Time: November 14, 2019 5:24 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: November 13, 2019
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 9-19-19)


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

  • 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).

  • 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).
  • This year (2019) my neighbor's 11 yo daughter has been lending 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 (Theo, a Norwegian Elkhound.) We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, ground hogs, racoons, opossums, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 39 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).

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.

 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 presentation (decorated envie, personalized note card, folder, or hand drawn swap card) as well as the swap item itself, 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).

  • My focus this year (2019) is to share my talents and supplies/ tools with others:

  • I volunteer several times a month 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 have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors) every other week with my neighbors (the mom and her 3 daughters (11, 9, and 6) and 2 sons (3 and 5). The baby (18 months) loves to scribble, so she will be joining us soon.

  • 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.


Dinkyde rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Love how everything was packaged. Thanks!!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
LahDeeDah rated for NT: ATCoin Patch on Nov 8, 2019
Comment: This is the first handmade patch I've ever received. Now I have to buy a jean jacket (or something) to begin an official collection because these are so stinking cute! How fun that you are the one to get that ball rolling. Thanks for making something you knew I would love and for the magazine inspiration, extra-special envie and zipper pull. You went way above the swap requirements, as usual, and absolutely made my day. THANK YOU!
Response: Knowing I made your day has made my day! (Cool how that works, huh?) I enjoyed every part of doing this swap for you. Thanks for your kind comments and for the heart.
Comment: Love your little gnome ATC and thank you also for the extras, such a pretty package!
Response: I'm glad you love it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
HippieChick rated for N&T: A Game of Catch ATC on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful little artwork! I love it! The tree is awesome and I think you did a wonderful job with the challenge. It is a always a pleasure swpping with you. :)
Response: I'm am so glad it got there (especially without postage due!) I'm glad you love what I made for you. It really was quite the challenge. Thank you for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ X Tangle on Oct 12, 2019
Comment: I love your choice of tangles. Looks great!!
Response: I'm glad you like them. X tangles have never been my favorites. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I like your addition. Very cool! This one will be fun to work on!
Response: It is a fun one. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: What a gorgeous tile! Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the kind comment and the heart.
Sylvia4647 rated for UHM: Book Page File Folder on Oct 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the assortment of folders . . . and tuck-ins as well. I liked how you reinforced the bottom fold. Great idea!
Response: You're welcome. They were so much fun to make. Thanks for the heart.
WoodlandBanshee rated for SG - Senders Choice Skinny on Sep 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this very pretty skinny card and the extra Autumn coloured and patterned papers
Response: You're welcome. I love the colors of Autumn, Thank you for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Initial Tangle on Sep 26, 2019
Comment: I think this swap brought out the best in all of us. I really enjoyed doing something so different and it looks like you did too!Both tiles are excellent but I love what you did with the Js. Especially alternating the plain with the tangled. Thank you so much.
Response: You are very welcome. I did enjoy doing something different, and am glad you love the Js. Thanks for joining this swap, and thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelope and profile surprises.
Response: Boy, those mail snails must have run the envelope to you! One day is a record! You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
CarlyJo rated for Lizzyjo and carlyjo on Sep 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such a pretty Swap and I do wish that I was smart enough to do something similar in mailing! I used Mini folders that I made and it made the package chubby! Eta: the Washi is beautiful and I love so many cards! I adore the girls, the Washi that says so high and especially a card that's more teal and aqua
Response: I can't believe how fast it got to you! I try to keep my envies as flat as possible. I'm looking forward to seeing what you sent. Thank you for the heart.
neva rated for WIYM: Mail Art #1 - Home on Sep 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous envelope and so many sweet home-themed doodads, and the Japanese ads, I love it all!
Response: I'm so happy you were pleased. I had fun putting it together for you. Thank you for the heart.
JediLibrarian rated for N&T: Medicated Twinkie Coaster on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful coaster. I love the birds. Your stitching is so neat and tidy! I appreciate you hosting this swap!
Response: I'm so glad you are happy with it. I enjoyed making it for you. Thanks for joining the swap, and thank you for the heart.
Mimosagirl rated for QUICK Send Anything Swap #2 USA on Sep 17, 2019
Comment: I’m so excited about the shaped paper clips and ephemera cards! Thank you very much. I think the pumpkin stenciling on the envelope is so cute. Your zebra tape too! Thank you for all the effort and extras.
Response: It makes me so happy when my partner is excited about what I send. Thanks for the kind comments and for the heart.
Comment: Thank you, the shaped paperclips are my favorite.
Response: You're welcome. I think shaped paperclips are fun. Thanks for the heart.
SuZignomeMoM rated for WIYM: Colorful Envies on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: ♥ Thank you for the lovely envelopes. The gnomes blew me away. Love 'em. You also have some of the cutest Washi. Thanks again.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad the gnomes made you happy. Thank you for the heart.
mle rated for USATC: 4 Elements ATC Challenge on Sep 5, 2019
Response: Thank you for the heart.
Comment: As usual a great addition to this postcard. Hugs elflady
Response: They are fun to add to. Thanks for the heart.

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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!!!

ChrisAnne on Aug 3, 2019:

Hope it was a great day!

Cgscdy on Aug 3, 2019:

kiddomerriweather on Aug 2, 2019:

Happy belated birthday! It's a month-long celebration anyway, right?

susieq11 on Aug 1, 2019:


Heirloom on Aug 1, 2019:

Hope it's FUN! -Donna

caf1988 on Aug 1, 2019:

Happy birthday!! 🎂

Poohtat on Aug 1, 2019:

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