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Date Joined: July 5, 2009
Last Online: August 29, 2011
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm no longer going to do swaps trying to wean myself off the Swap-Bot crack.

It was exciting to find this community of crafters and the swaps were fun & inspiring. The reality is that it's not a good use of my time and resources. It's too much time on the computer when I should be crafting for myself or doing something else like housework & cooking. It took all day to make a swap item and then I didn't accomplish anything else.

As much as I like making new friends all over the world, I didn't like the problems with international mail (extra postage, custom forms, mail disappears, longer wait time to send/receive/rate). So I switched to US only swaps.

Then I became paranoid about hurting my good ratings so I tried one-on-one swaps.

A lot of swaps are for things I want to receive or send but not reciprocally.

My ATC's are usually dimensional collages, interactive, or have some kind of interesting twist or new technique -- otherwise, why bother.

Some crafters have binders of received ATC's but I save only my own art. Eventually I donate received ATC's as samples to beginning crafters who want to learn how to make them and to charity organizations for them to enjoy your great art work. So it isn't worth it to me to make ATC's (plus extras for myself) to send and receive just one ATC.

I have the general feeling that I gave more in swaps than I received. I had to give extra to get a good rating. I was in some sticker swaps but didn't get back as much as I gave so didn't have enough do any more of those swaps.

And I'm tired of the DRAMA !

A shout out to my southern Oregon Swap-Bot neighbors. Thanks to SpinJenny who helped me load the picture. I have received help and extra packages from several very generous swappers.

Glue, scissors and my fingers are my favorite tools.

I started out as a scrapbooker, progressed to paper art and now just try to stop me.

ONGOING PROJECT: Hand sewing yo-yo's with the goal of making a 2nd coverlet for my 2 nieces. I dyed some of the "vanilla" yo's with kool aid and jello. I'm always looking for colored embroidery floss for sewing the yo's.

FAVORITE MUSIC is 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s, classical, opera and what I make myself on my piano & accordion. I want to learn to play the recorder.

COLLECTIONS are bird images, buttons, embroidery floss, keys, sheet music, odds & ends saved for their color or shape for crafting, tarot & playing cards, anything heart shaped.

LIKES Caffeine (coffee & diet cola), feng shui (I try to clear the clutter after a project), crafting, white wine, languages (esp. French & Japanese), quilt shows, and traveling (recently went to NYC, DC, Canada, France, England, N. Ireland).

I love cats but don't collect anything cat related because its a cruel reminder that I'm not able to have cats of my own at this time.

DISLIKES Babies, children, candles, chick flicks, chick lit, childish cute, clowns & mimes, Disney, dogs, hazel nuts, horses, jewelry, magic tricks, metallic / glitter, owls, perfume, religion, smoke, tea, & teddy bears. I admire Martha Stewart but kinda like to hate her.

I'm neurotic about meeting deadlines and always sent my swaps ASAP.

The heart rating system: A 5-but-no-heart rating isn't supposed to be a negative but somehow made me feel I failed. Its like a high school clicque of control, reward & punishment. I can't do that to anyone else and also as a protest, I always rated a 5+heart on every received swap and a star to the swap host.

Sending extras seemed like a bribe to get a heart. I tried to give extra stuff on my swaps so the recipient would be happy with some if not all of it.

Sometimes I was disappointed with a swap received but they tried. I would never tell them their swap wasn't good enough or ask them to resend because I didn't like it or slander them to anyone else.

Profile Grab Bag Tag...USA Only. I sent and because she didn't like it, resent on Nov. 27 to @revolutionoise I sent several messages but she never indicated she received or liked it.

I had the misfortune to have 2 flakers and rated them a 1 after they didn't respond to my contacts and they were suspended. FLAKERS
@tamaralouise (Tamara McRae) -- Free Theme ATC swap #10
@bowlofsurreal (Kris Patton) -- Scratcher Addicts Are Us #7


mgarrt rated for ATC Recycle Scraps 2-USA on Nov 14, 2009
Comment: I don't know how you managed to fit so much into one envelope:) I am having a great time going through it all. Love it all and Thanks a million!!!
NJack19 rated for ATC Recycle Scraps 2-USA on Nov 13, 2009
Comment: WOW what a package...thanks so much!!
Minney rated for Folded ATC swap on Oct 16, 2009
Comment: Thanks for ATC.
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely stickers! I especially loved the butterflies ones and the textured autumn leaves! I just received them today, and am so excited!
Karabasas rated for 100 sticker swap #3 on Sep 22, 2009
Comment: I just got it too :) And love it all. Thanks for the fast and easy swap!
Melisaf rated for Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket Swap on Sep 16, 2009
LeonieP rated for # 5 Color Combo ATC Swap on Sep 16, 2009
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC. I especially like what you did with the doiley. Thanks also for the extras. Best wishes from New Zealand.
aubreysmom rated for Greeting Card Make Over on Sep 9, 2009
Comment: Thanks for the great cards and the quick turnaround.
weeatcrayons rated for Free Theme ATC Swap #10 on Sep 3, 2009
Comment: Thank you!
clholmberg rated for # 5 Color Combo ATC Swap on Sep 3, 2009
Comment: your pink & orange card is very nice, thanks for the extra goodies.
jfreeman rated for Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket Swap on Sep 3, 2009
Comment: Thank you!
ivaart rated for 100 Stickers Swap - Quick Swap on Aug 30, 2009
Comment: Very cute stickers! Thank you!
PansySuz rated for Tagged ATC Swap on Aug 27, 2009
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC, and the wonderful extras!! ((Hugs))
mypoohbear60 rated for Tagged ATC Swap on Aug 25, 2009
Comment: Quite an interesting ATC, and i love the paper doll.
yomousey rated for Scratcher addicts are us #7 on Aug 24, 2009
Comment: thanks for the scratch off and the cute stickers! I hope you have better luck than I did, LOL!
Turtlegirl1 rated for Scratcher addicts are us #7 on Aug 24, 2009
Comment: thanks so much, you are so thoughtful
Toupti rated for Private "Trade" @Toupti & @MissJay on Aug 19, 2009
Comment: WOW... what an amazing package you've just sent me!!! You're so talented, your ATCs are amazing (and inspiring to me). Thanks a million for the starter kit and also for the nice postcard. Thanks for this private swap. =D
camkin rated for August Senders Choice on Aug 19, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC and all the extras.
Comment: HI Miss Jay! I really liked the stickers I received however the package was torn and resealed by the PO prior to me receiving it. So I received close to 30 green, great stickers. Thank you.
Response: I'm sorry I didn't package it very well. I will resend some stickers to yo.

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5.0000 24 1 1
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21 36 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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qbee on Dec 25, 2009:


BelleSouth on Nov 29, 2009:

Thanks for the kind words about my flickr page. I hope you will consider some of the comments about staying. As far as the drama, DON'T READ IT! Sometimes I find myself getting upset about what is being said, and I stop reading. And I resist the urge to reply. It's not worth it.

spinjenny on Nov 26, 2009:

I hope you change your mind and stay, but I understand how you feel about not always wanting reciprocal swaps. There are things I enjoy making but don't need myself, so I want to send them out but not necessarily to receive more of the same. Tagging and RAKs seem to be ways of doing that, and private swaps in which each partner can send something they are good at making and which the other partner wants.

TC on Nov 24, 2009:

I wish I could convince you to stay - it seems to me you're the kind of person SB needs more of - but I certainly understand being fed up with the drama that seems to permeate the place.

san100 on Oct 3, 2009:

thanks for the present from my SWAP leader of the greeting card makeover

snowqueen1426 on Sep 26, 2009:

Hey Miss Jay.. Thank you so much for the pop up card directions.. This looks like it is really going to be fun.. Hope you are having a wonderful day..!! ((HUGS)).. S M I L E S :D

BrennenB on Sep 19, 2009:

Thanks so much for the thank you for joining your card makeover swap. How very thoughtful!

spin on Sep 16, 2009:

OMGOSH The tag came today and it was so amazing! I loved EVERYTHING! My kids loved it too! The ATC's are amazing! Thank you so much! Are you sure you want me to have them!?! THANK YOU! :D You made my day today (my week!) :D

snowqueen1426 on Sep 8, 2009:

Oh.. darlin,, it was my pleassure.. and I do love the Pop-up.. You have a Blessed day.. ((HUGS))

Jazza on Sep 8, 2009:

thank you for the gift/craft package, so many things all of i can use and of cause i will be happy to pass on the fb's. LOVE TO SWAP FB'S. i can't belive you send me so much after i did only a little thing. your an A+ swap-botter.

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