Swap-bot Time: February 2, 2023 6:05 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: February 1, 2023
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 1/23/23)


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. In 2021 I started a smash book with birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies and hot air balloons. If you have any extra bits in any of those themes, I would be happy to give them a good home in my smash book.

I enjoy drawing, beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, needle tatting, cross stitch, paper crafts, inchies, skinnies, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done needlepoint, scrapbooking, 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.

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 7 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 (especially Caribbean 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, Mr.Peabody, 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

  • abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures

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

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

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

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

  • handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks

  • irises, trees, autumn

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

  • oceans, lakes, rivers

  • paths (It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.)

  • rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars

  • rushing water (waterfalls, dams, rapids)

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

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


  • the smell of smoke

  • loose glitter

  • alphabet stickers

  • 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.)
  • Mail Order Brides and The Oregon Trail
  • 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).
  • In 2019 my neighbor's 11 yo daughter lent me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.
  • In 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.
  • This year (2022) I'm hooked on mail order bride books.

Favorite Television

The Resident, The Good Doctor, the Rookie, Ghosts, New Amsterdam, Mike & Molly, Mom, MASH, Wagon Train, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Too Cute, Ariel America, 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, groundhogs, raccoons, opossums, and fox, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits)

I have a 42 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 2013 and 2016) and a granddaughter (born 2003).

My daughter became an angel when she was 19 (2003). 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. (March 2022), 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 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 time and 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, voting locations 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 where my dad lived before he died in 2016. 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) monthly with my neighbors (the mom and her 4 daughters (13, 11, 8 and 3) and 2 sons (4 and 6). I'm expecting that their 18 mo. old son 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 (my chosen theme was "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.


Vickyen rated for CPG Made with Washi PC #3 - US on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Hi Jo! It has been ages since we have been swap partners - I hope all has been well with you! I love to travel and your washi tape pc is just perfect! Your dog body surfing has to be a hoot to watch! Our fur baby loves when the snow is deep enough that she can toss it in the air - she gets the roomies playing in it! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Shuttlebug rated for 6 ATC backgrounds #2 on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC backgrounds - I'll have fun using them! And wow, we do have a lot of common interests!
Response: I'm glad you like them. Have fun with them. Thank you for the heart.
IrisDrissen rated for TUT ~ It's A String Thing #250 on Jan 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the loverly card and little card with it. You used a lot of different tangles! I love it! A few new for me!
Response: You're very welcome. I'm glad you love it. Thank you for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round JAN 2023 on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: It's nice to see the beautiful progression of this booklet so far. Thank you! Also I love the little note tile you made. So far 2023 has been good (knock wood).
Response: It is fun seeing how the zines grow. Thank you for the heart.
MrsSarahMonster rated for UHM: Food Packaging Postcard on Jan 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely postcard! Buzz says "HI" back!! ;)
Response: It was fun to do something so simple. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart. (PS "bark" to Buzz)
DaisyNY rated for TUT~Geometric Tile (edited) on Jan 15, 2023
Comment: Circle, eh? Thanks for the yin-yang tangle and for the extra circles, too.I hope you're well and warm.
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the beautifully decorated envie. Happy new year!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: I love the tile you send, very cool and I have not seen that tangle before, so thank you
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you were pleased. (It's my latest fave tangle.) Thank you for the heart.
ariestess rated for TUT ~ It's a String Thing #64 on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous tile! I can't wait to add it to my collection!
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thank you for the heart.
ariestess rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round November on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending the zine my way to add to! It looks awesome!
Response: I hope you have fun adding to it. Thanks for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT~Out of Shape Zentangle on Nov 19, 2022
Comment: What lovely cards! Thank you!! And, thanks for the extra blank shapes. These will be fun to tangle on.
Response: I'm so happy you are pleased. I hope you will have fun with the blank flowers. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome tiles! I can't wait to finish and add them to my collection!
Response: I'm glad you like them. Have fun finishing them. Thank you for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round October on Oct 24, 2022
Comment: This is a beautiful one. I do like your page.
Response: I hope you have fun adding to it. Thank you for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT ~ It's A String Thing #164 on Oct 24, 2022
Comment: Snow already? Two months too soon! Leaves are about a quarter fallen here.~~~~I love this blue tile. The little enclosure could be a preview of the shaped swap?
Response: I enjoyed making the blue tile. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for passing these on to me to work on! They will be so much fun! Thanks too for sending my Twinchie PC home from almost exactly 3 years ago! It turned out to be so beautiful! I love the cards that you make! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad that they all got to you. It really was a treat to be able to send something home, especially with it having been away from home for so long. Have fun working on the next 2. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I really like this one. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad you like it. You are very welcome. Thanks for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round on Sep 26, 2022
Comment: This is a fancy one with its own little case. It will be fun to work on. I also love the fall weather (even though we have been having too much rain - it's hard to wake up properly.)
Response: Thank you for the heart. Have fun working in the zine.
Comment: Super cute - thanks!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT~ Zine-Go-Round on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: I like the collabs, too. Your contribution looks like a pretty mirror for some reason. This neon-color is very different from arieste's usual style.
Response: Tangling with neon colors is different for me, too. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: I got the envelope and the goodies inside. The cutest was the tiny envelope that had your note inside, did you make that? I enjoy getting the colored paper squares, thank you
Response: Thank you for the heart. I got the tiny envelope notes on Amazon.

Rating Overview

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Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

DaisyNY on Dec 30, 2022:

Thank you for working on my Twinchie PC!

Zen - Twinchie 2022 DaisyNY_LizzyJo_Instatangle_AmookIslandCreations_PrairieKittin

LahDeeDah on Dec 24, 2022:

Merry Christmas!

LahDeeDah on Sep 1, 2022:

LahDeeDah on Aug 1, 2022:





YooperHill on Apr 10, 2022:

I received the great art you made for the mystery supply swap 3.22.22! Thank you very much for your support & for joining this swap!

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for returning my collaboration PC! You did such a fabulous job on it! I love it! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

PrairieKittin on Feb 23, 2022:

Thank you
Thank you for the Get Wellephant! LOL! I'm starting to feel better. Next surgery is on March 3rd, so I'm getting there. Thank you!!

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2021:


nannycat on Dec 23, 2021:

Merry Christmas....................

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