Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2019 2:01 pm


Date Joined: June 7, 2015
Last Online: November 17, 2019
Birthday: May 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm very crafty & love making stuff. I will usually try to "make" just about anything & I often personalize store-bought items. My favorite part about Swap-Bot is that it helps me have all kinds of creative artsy fun with new inspiration from an awesome variety of personalities. Most swaps that I send out are personalized to the recipient even if it is not specifically a "profile based" swap. I do tend to try out new art mediums/crafts for the first time here, so please let me know if something you received from me isn't right & I'll try again.

I always strive to send my swaps out on time. If for any reason I'll be sending a day late I will message my partner to let them know. I always message my partner with tracking info for larger packages on the day it is sent. If you didn't get tracking from me & haven't received a (USA destination) swap by a week after the send deadline, please let me know!

Camping is a frequent weekend pastime; I have a pop-up tent trailer. I often take funky solar lighting, always eat well, enjoy long walks in the woods, and love to enjoy an adult beverage around the campfire.

Gardening is another hobby of mine. I love growing roses and generally puttering around my backyard garden on weekends. I totally dig crafts & stationary with a flower/garden theme.

I'm a hobby photographer. Mostly I take pictures of animals at zoos/sanctuaries or plants in my garden. But I'm always looking for opportunities to to expand my skills.

I'm all for recycling & re-use. When possible I try to purchase items with limited packaging & I try to always re-use shipping materials. I always try to wrap gifts with re-useable wrapping or use gift bags/boxes/containers.

Crazy Cat Lady

I love animals; especially cats! Here's my current cast of characters:

Jimmy - Orange tabby boy who is now 14 years old, and just starting to slow down a bit. He's currently recovering from knee surgery and should be back to ruling the house in no time. He and his brother Charlie were part of a litter from a friend's rescued dumpster cat. This boy loves to play fetch, he brings toys to bed with him, and he absolutely LOVES potato chips.

James Bond - named so for his tuxedo coat and super-friendly personality. He's now 3 years old & he and his sister Stormy were part of a litter of abandoned kittens that I hand raised from about 2 weeks old. This guy loves to race through the house with other cats, drag my fabric or sewing projects around through the house, and will go nutso for just about any stick+string toy.

Stormy - she's a gray/black/brown tabby with a heart of gold. She spends most of her days sleeping on the bed and getting up occasionally to play with a random piece of string. We've nicknamed her "Nurse Stormy" as she's always checking up on people cats that are sick, breaking up fights between other cats, and is an excellent snuggler.

Patti - Princess Patti does things her own way. She was a foster for a family member & she ended up staying with us full time. She never really learned cat manners & thus doesn't really interact with the other kitties much. But she loves hanging out with her humans & has to be in the middle of any project.

Millie - An all black 2 year old kitty that is our very own house-panther. She was rescued along with 2 of her sisters that were a feral litter in our own backyard. Mama cat was spayed & released, and we socialized the kittens and have adopted the other 2 out. Millie was the first one to adapt to human interaction and these days she likes playing with just about everything, gets along great with our other cats, and she even likes sitting on laps.

Zira is our latest addition & she's just about a year old. She was somebody else's pet but she was either lost or abandoned as a kitten. She just showed up (very hungry!) in our backyard one day. After being unable to find her original owners, we've now given her a permanent home. She's very spunky & loves racing around the house with the other cats; and then curling up on a lap when she's all tired out.

I also like big cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs) and often visit zoos & sanctuaries. I also volunteer at my local SPCA

Favorite Crafts

I sew a LOT! Lots clothes for myself & my husband. I also sew coats, costumes, bags, and sometimes funky accessories. No kids stuff though. I've even started putting my own "purple tiger" tag on my creations.

I really enjoy beading; mostly with seed beads. My favorite projects have been snowflakes, flowers, and bracelets. I've recently branched out into other forms of jewelry making including bangle charms, wire wrapping, and leather knotting.

I keep finding new things to make with FIMO clay! Pendants, beads, magnets, zipper pulls...

I have a Cricut machine & use it for just about everything but papercrafting! Usually I cut out iron-ons that I apply to the garments I make. I also have made some funky vinyl stickers, and quite a few stencils for my glass etching projects.

I go in spurts of making various crafts with paracord. I've done 100's of bracelets but also dabble in zipper pulls, necklaces, and random funky bits of knotted cord.

Crafty things that I've dabbled in but need more practice at: wood scorching, crochet, chainmaille, needle felting

Favorite Books

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

A Song if Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

The Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice

Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper


If it glows in the dark, sparkles, is highly reflective, metallic, or lights up; I'll love it.

Favorite color is any shade of purple from plum to lavender, and my 2nd favorite is grey or silver. I also like blues, dark forest or emerald greens, aqua/teal/turquoise, and deep rich reds.

The more funky/weird/unique, the better and I love hand-made items.

*I adore little plushy/stuffy/crochet animals; either handmade or store bought. I LOVE beanie babies!

*Stickers - cats, safari animals, pawprints, flowers/roses, deco swirls/scrolls, butterflies, ladybugs, alphabet

*funky effect pens/markers/paints (please no scented ones)

*5x7 or larger solid colored (even white) card stock (any size), glitter/sparkly/metallic is good too

*Notepads/memo pads - totally plain/blank or any with flower or cat borders. Please no "to-do" or inspirational quotes.

*Necklace pendants (with or without chain/cord) or small jewelry charms


*Jewelry findings - bits of chain, clasps, jump rings (silver, pewter, colored)

*metal clasps, clips, clamps (jewelry or keychain sized)

*zippers; any size, any color. Used is fine, as long as it still works!


*FQ or larger pieces of heavy duty fabric: duck cloth, nylon, canvas, leather (real or fake), etc.

*Any glow-in-the-dark craft medium - stickers, beads, string, fabric, vinyl, foam, etc

*bags -everything from coin purse to shoulder bag to tote bag

*gardening stuff - metal or glass decor, tools, seeds/bulbs

*Fantasy elements like dragons, witches/sorcerers, fairies/fae

*Safari themed items - things with animal prints, or things with lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, or rhinos

*rubber duckies - I have a shelf of themed duckies in my bathroom & can always add more! Some neat additions would be purple, disco/glitter, cat, mohawk, dragon, wine/cocktail...

*cat stuff - kitchen items, towels/washcloths, bandanas, shirts, stationary, washi, stickers, pens, etc. Just about anything with a cat on it! I totally dig all the wild/big cats too, but my favorite is the tiger

*other cute critters - foxes, otters, raccoons, bears, rabbits, meerkats, lemurs,


*animal prints / faux fur

*funky drinking cups/glasses/bottles

*If the swap specifically calls for tea - Black tea/Earl Gray, or green tea.

*if the swap specifically calls for candy - dark chocolate, chocolate+caramel are my favorites. Citrus flavored candy (orange, lemon, lime) is OK too.

No thank you

I really don't do much papercrafting so please NO PAPER SCRAPS. I don't have any use for die cuts, picture cutouts, flakes, magazine/book cutouts, or any kind of ephermera.

I'm not a big fan of pink, orange, neon colors, or gold

I don't really like camouflage, calico, or paisley patterns

Although I do like lots of "toys", I don't have any children. So please no Disney, cartoon, or character themed items.

Please no plastic ribbons or small/thin strings; it's bad for all the curious kitties in my home.

*Food/candy/tea unless the swap specifically calls for it.

*ATCs (unless it is specifically an ATC swap. I think they're fun to make every once in a while, but I don't really collect them.


*Candles or anything with a strong scent/perfumed/potpourri

*Religious themed items

*small (less than FQ) Fabric or ribbon scraps (I already have too much)

*adult coloring books/pages; I already have too many


My two favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. I go crazy and celebrate for the entire month!

I go to as many costume parties as I can, and wear a different (usually home made) costume for each. My record so far is 6 costumes in 1 year! Even some of my kitties get costumes. I love spooky/scary decorations for my home; lots of skulls, spiders, potions, black cats, cobwebs, glow-in-the-dark, and gothic themed items. I usually have a witchy/wizard bar setup, so I love little spooky potion bottles & jars, spell ingredient bottle labels, and any Halloween themed barware. Also like little costume extras; ears, tails, purple/glitter/glow makeup or nail polish, flashing necklaces, theme socks. However after a small fire a few years ago, no open flame candles!

My house is fully decorated for all of December. The entire front of the house is covered in lights that are syncronized to music. Inside I have an amazing fiber-optic tree that goes up every year. Nearly every doorway, window, and flat surface gets decorations; and even our kitties get a stocking. I concentrate on seasonal decorations as opposed to religious. Can always use more purple/lavender ornaments, cat themed decorations or ornaments, holly+berry themed garland/deco/ornaments, clear window suction hooks, silver ornament hooks, stickers, washi tapes, and holiday theme casual jewelry (especially light-up stuff!).


PrettyAlice rated for Boo Box is back! on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: This is great! Thanks so much! I especially love the Disney pin!
Response: glad you like it!!
Comment: Love how you emailed me the photos to help with no waste! this plushy is so cute and i love the bracelets you added!
Response: Glad you liked it! That little guy is definitely well-traveled ;o)
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much! I love that you made things special for me...and were so creative with your packaging and choosing things to match me! Thank you!!!
Response: Glad you liked it! This was a fun one to put together
Comment: omg thank you so much for your swap I LOVE all the photos you sent. I love tigers also so was nice to see them. I replied with few photos I sent to my partner for swap. xx thanks again
Response: Sounds like you were my perfect partner for this one! Glad you liked the pictures
Comment: Thank you so much! Kenya is on my bucket list, so I enjoyed seeing your photos. I think I want to keep everything instead of using them.
Response: I highly recommend visiting Kenya if you can! The people are so friendly & the safari experience really is amazing.
Comment: Hi Erin! Thank you so much for the cat pcs and note about you sweet fur babies! I have some "crazy" cat lady friends and I sort of get it! LOL! I am sorry to read that Charlie recently crossed the rainbow bridge - that is so hard to bear! Hoping your Happy Memories of him will help get you through the tough times! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks for the kind words & I'm glad you liked the photos!
KathyB rated for Fill a Purse on Jul 27, 2019
Spice rated for Haunted Houseplant on Jul 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so very much for the haunted house plant. It will definitely go with my haunted houses.
starmccoy rated for Mini Potion Bottle #2 on Jul 7, 2019
Comment: I was gone when this arrived, so I'm sorry I'm late rating. This potion bottle was so perfect! I love it. You deserve way more hearts! Thank you! It is a treasured piece <3
KathyB rated for Wacky, Silly & Unusual Holidays~July on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: Loved everything! Thank you!
ladyaries7 rated for Summer Swap on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: I received your lovely purple summer themed package today..i loved everything! thank you so much ;)
necr0lepsy rated for Halloween in May on May 30, 2019
Comment: I loved everything you sent! I put the bracelet on as soon as I opened it. Thank you so much ❤️
Scuslidge rated for Sharp Shooters: Scenic view photo on May 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the photos! Looks like a fun time.
Mye rated for WTL: Spring Washi Card Swap on Apr 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely spring washi card 😊
Comment: Thanks for the lovely pictures and the notes about them. Next time you might want to consider using a large envelope to send them -- it was a pity to have folds across the images. I particularly enjoyed the green succulent but liked all of them.
dartha rated for Halloween Easter Egg on Apr 10, 2019
Comment: Erin, Those are so clever. Thank you so much for everything!!! thank you, darla
Response: so glad you liked them! This swap was definitely different
Comment: Thanks a lot for sharing these special vacations with me!!
Vickyen rated for SS: SPRING FLOWER PHOTO SWAP on Apr 1, 2019
Comment: Hi Erin! Thank you so much for the beautitul flower photos and the extra flower goodies that you shared! Everything is just so lovely and I am jealous that you have no winter frost! Of course, I chose to live here, so... LOL! Thank you for making my day with your lovely flowers! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
dolphingirl rated for Halloween photograph swap on Mar 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun photos. It is so nice to see how much you like Halloween!
pepita2608 rated for Profile Fun #1: St. Patrick's Day on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks You!!

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CurlyTea on May 28, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!


ladybehemot on Mar 17, 2019:

Hello! I'm from Poland and I hope that one day I will have an opportunity to visit Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. :)

st patrick's day icon

bluecrayons on Mar 11, 2019:

profile fun #1: st.patrick's day ~bluecrayons

I Hope you have a wonderful St.Patrick's Day.Hopefully one day we will find the pot of gold.

jenirlsrsly on Mar 11, 2019:

Thanks for joining my swap! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Duckygirl on Oct 2, 2018:

My cat also LOVES potatoe chips. I thought he was the only one! His name is butterball.

nancylee on Mar 12, 2018:

Animals celebrating St. Patrick's Day profile decoration Hi thank you for joining my swap- enjoy and Happy St. Patrick's Day


greygooselime on Oct 30, 2017:

Happy Halloween!
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OrigamiGrace on Oct 30, 2017:

Happy Halloween from Cheap Postage Group!



JossieAyame on Feb 24, 2017:

Yay I'm glad they reached you safely and that you like them :)

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