Swap-bot Time: February 24, 2021 8:49 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: February 24, 2021
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated the 21st minute of the 21st hour of the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century)


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, Orioles, 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 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.
  • This year (2020) my 16 yo granddaughter told me I had to read the Anne of Green Gables series. So I borrowed the set from my neighbors.

Favorite Television

All Rise, 911, This is Us, NCIS, Law & Order, The Resident, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, Bull, Outlander, Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, 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.)


Random fact: 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 41 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 was 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 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. 2020), 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 dropped off 1 1/2 doz. beaded angel charms when I was at the oncology clinic for my 6 mo. checkup (3-17-20) for them to pass out to any pt. who needs an angel to watch over them.

  • 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).

  • Prior to the Covid restrictions, I used to volunteer as needed at the Senior Living Complex my dad lived in. I'd take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations. I also helped 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 (13, 11, 8 and 2) 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.


LahDeeDah rated for N&T: Lucky Charms - RED on Feb 13, 2021
Comment: What a nice assortment of goodies! The red beads are especially sweet. 💚 Did you braid this little cord? GREAT job, as always! Thank you very much!
Response: I had a good time gathering up and packaging your red goodies. I hope the alpacas are behaving. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for returning my completed zine to me! It looks so wonderful! I love the monogrammed tag and pretty envie too! The young eagle looked pretty miserable in the pouring rain yesterday! It sat on our railing directly under the wave! Silly birdie. Today, it is holding its wing in a better position and flying around. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: It's always a treat to be able to complete and send a collaborative swap home. Thank you for the heart. (I enjoy hearing about the young eagle you've been watching.)
StagKing rated for N&T: Textile Amulet III on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful amulet! I really love the shape and colors, and the fringe is SO fun! Thank you for participating in my swap and I hope to see you in the next one soon!
Response: They are so much fun to plan and make. Thanks for hosting this series of swaps and thanks for the heart.
LahDeeDah rated for PVT: Learning Curve on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: I can certainly see why you were attracted to pan pastels. They are awesome! Very soft and subtle. Did you use a fixative? I gently rubbed my finger on it and it didn't come off. I love the theme you chose to embellish the card! I'm glad you included the lyrics because I'm not familiar with this song. Your storage idea sounds really smart, and who knew they had to be kept away from sunlight? You do get extra credit for the tile, the photo and the cool drawing on the envie :-) All of your swaps are beautifully done. This was no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed everything you sent. Thank you so much!
Response: It's always a pleasure to swap with you. Your comments are so kind and heartwarming. Thank you for the heart and extra credit. I didn't use fixative this time. (I don't like using it when it's too cold to use outside.) I just rubbed the color into the paper with a paper towel until the color stayed put.
Artstamper rated for TUT: Zentangle Border Work on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Beautiful border and note card, thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome. I hope you have fun filling in the border. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for my two wonderful tiles! I love the card and the envie too! We have been keeping track of a young injured eagle. It did something to its right wing. It can fly short distances, but misjudges landing surfaces. It crashed into our deck railing at one point. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I hope you enjoy finishing the tiles. Thank you for the heart. How cool that you get to observe wildlife up close. I hope the eagle heals.
Comment: WOW! This was extra special!! Thank you so much! I love it!!
Response: I'm glad you are pleased. Thanks for hosting this swap, and thanks for the heart.
Comment: Ahhhh so cute!!! I adore the little Fox ornament. He is hanging in my craft room because he is so so cute! Your stitches are perfect. Well done. Thank you so much!
Response: You're very welcome. Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart.
pat5036 rated for Book page Valentine on Feb 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the 2 beautiful Book Page Valentine ATCs. I love them both!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you love them. Thank you for the heart.
Artstamper rated for TUT~ Add a snowflake on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely snowflake tile. I too used a diecut snowflake but as luck would have it yours are different than mine. Always great to receive a swap from you!
Response: You're welcome. I like using die cuts with tangles. (It's amazing how many different dies are available.) Thanks for your kind comments and for the heart.
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Zentangled on Jan 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. This is fantastic.
Response: You're very welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for such a beautiful puzzle piece! I love the hot air balloon. I'm so excited to add this to my puzzle! Thank you for the nice bookmark, too.
Response: That really got to you fast. I guess it flew there! I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Very cute GB man. I like how you used the tangles to decorate him. Thanks also for the Christmas greetings, thankfully they made it.
Response: I'm glad you like it, and that it finally got there. Thank you for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ It's a string thing! 201 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: What beautiful piece of artwork! I love the Fall color palette. Your design is spot on. I love this so much! Thank you!!!
Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for the heart. I am always inspired by your work. I strive to send you something that pleases you as much as what you send to others pleases them.
Comment: I love the birds you created on these great tags! Pretty color scheme too. Very nice presentation of them also.
Response: I'm so glad you are happy with the birds. I had more fun making them than I expected. Thanks for the heart.
takehimaway rated for ATC & Surprises on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Oh wow - this was so thoughtful and perfect. Thank you so much for all the ATC blanks and all these totally amazing diecuts. I didn't have anything like either of these yet, so I really appreciate your help, willingness to trade, and you reaching out! 💚💚💚💚💚
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the heart. I enjoy sharing supplies and helping out newbies to a craft. Have fun creating your first ATCs.
Comment: thank you for the lovely selection of scrapbook papers! i love the tiny hearts and fish - that'll be good on an upcoming valentines tag!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad I sent something you can use. Thanks for the heart.
Minxy1964 rated for N&T: Textile Amulet II on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: It arrived today, 2nd January, so not bad! It's really pretty, thank you so much! Xx
Response: You're very welcome. They are so much fun to make. It got to you faster than things I've sent regionally lately. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you, have a happy healthy holiday
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for hosting this swap.
Comment: Love him! And beautiful papers! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad. He was fun to make. Thank you for the heart.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 962 124 132
Completed Fives Threes Ones
919 975 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
4 84 831 0
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takehimaway on Jan 5, 2021:

Can you believe I accidently left them out?! I found them on the bed right as I finished packaging EVERYTHINGGGGGGGGGGGG up, and as you see, I had to open the bottom to stick the hearts in. Sorry they were microscopic, but that was all I could find. <3~ I looooooooove washi, so I'm happy to share my collection with you.

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


LahDeeDah on Dec 26, 2020:

For the most excellent Christmas gift and for being such a great friend . . .

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2020:


wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


Rabbitfreedom on Nov 25, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wonderful bee stuff! I greatly appreciate it and can't wait to start working on my bee journal!

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:


OrigamiGrace on Oct 31, 2020:


LahDeeDah on Sep 17, 2020:

You are so amazing! This is why I keep telling you that you intimidate me! What a lovely idea . . . using part of the wrapping to create a thank you note! Are you kidding?!? This is sweet as can be. Thank YOU!


Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

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