Swap-bot Time: March 31, 2023 2:06 am


Date Joined: July 4, 2014
Last Online: March 30, 2023
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States

About Me

Hello! My name is Linda and I'm a mixed-media artist, instructor, and designer, teaching mostly to women, but occasionally men. I specialize in paper arts, but also books & journals, dolls, wearable art, and assemblage projects. I live in a small town in NC, and love to travel & shop at antique stores for supplies to use in my class kits. I also love to crochet while watching TV.

Things I Collect

I've been collecting rubber stamps for 40+ years, and prefer wood mounted over cling, though I own thousands of both.

I love sending & receiving decorated and handmade envelopes through the mail! Everything leaving my house is in a decorated envelope whether it's going to the IRS or a donation to the SPCA.

More fascinations I adore: handmade envelopes, foreign vocabulary cards, vintage postage stamps, antique ledger books, typewriters & typography, numbers (especially 4’s and the #14), zinnias, sunflowers, tulips and pansies, paper ephemera like tickets, sachets, vintage linens & antique quilts.

I especially enjoy swapping postcards of all kinds. Those are some of my favorite swaps, especially vintage and b&w PC's.

A favorite collection: my old black & white photographs, mostly of women and groups of women, laughing and doing silly things, that I use on my journal pages, adding captions of witty sayings.

I love making journals of all shapes and sizes and then filling them with cheerful as well as unusual ephemera and rubber stamped images. I have multiple smash books, junk journals & art journals and love all the new, bright, cheerful supplies and pockets to adorn my pages.


I do a great bit of travel to teach classes, but also because we love sightseeing. We bought a new 2017 Mercedes Winnebago so we get to see far more of this great country. Road trips here we come!

I've been to England 3 times and France once. Would love to visit England again.


My favorite number is 14. Do me a favor. If you've read this far down my profile, please include the number 14 on whatever you send me. Write it, stamp it, cut the numbers off the page of a magazine or book. Tape it down, use a glue stick, or slip it loose in an envelope. Sending a PC? You can still add it on there somewhere. Let's see if I'm clever enough to find it and mention it when I rate you. Wanna play?

I love to read, preferring mysteries or humorous fiction.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I like both cute and scary.

Christmas means snowmen, lots & lots of snowmen!

Favorite color: Yellow Every room in my home is a shade of yellow, mostly a creamy butter shade of the palest yellow.

I collect unique pigs: multiple wire and metal pig baskets that hold face clothes in the guest bath & plants in the kitchen. My favorites are pig wind chimes my brother sent me from his 25 years in England.

My studio is filled with beautiful little bowls to hold beads, rubber bands, clips and embellishments. I find them in thrift & antique stores for $1-$2 each.

This and That

I have a 700+ sq. ft. studio filled with art I've made, far too many supplies, and art I've received. Since joining swap-bot my boxes of mail art are overflowing, which is a good thing!

I'm now making envelopes from old topography maps, calendar pages, book pages and scrapbook paper just to keep up with the amount of mail I have going out daily.

I own more than a dozen different sets of alphabet rubber stamps and use those often on my mail art.

My love of swapping!

Oh my, I’ve now enjoyed over 7 years of incredible swapping! Thanks to everyone who has sent me fabulous swaps and rated me graciously when you've received one of mine that meant a lot to you. Here's to another great year!!

All my mail is carried to the post office for weight and postage verification whether it’s questionable or not.

Wish List

I love anything handmade! I've received coasters and tote bags that I treasure from partners on Swap-bot. I don't sew and therefore love that someone would take the time to make me a gift with their talents.

In winter months I like plain hot chocolate and keep mini marshmallows on hand for a cup most evenings, and I like warm & fuzzy socks.

I love all stationery from note cards to note pads, pens, markers, bags, stickers, etc.

I love lemon and citrus in candies, soaps, candles, lotions, etc. I love candy corn & Lifesavers and mini chocolate bars.

We have a three year old male black Scottish Terrier named Beemer after hubby’s BMW so anything with the black Scottie motif is always welcome.

I love birds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and botanicals. Anything from stickers to postcards or book pages of illustrations would be much appreciated. I also love handmade envies of all shapes and sizes. Small scraps of sturdy decorative papers for punching and banners and altering are also welcomed. And if you make decorated bookmarks, pockets or layered embellishments, I’d love to be the recipient of your talents!


Created46 rated for UHM: March Pick-2 Happy Mail 🌻 on Mar 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you so very much for your generosity. This swap is wonderful.
Response: So very happy you’re pleased. I just love these swaps and appreciate the rating.
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you again for an amazing envie - great pcs and love the lipstick envie and pocket folder with special closure I must copy! Love the goodies inside too!! Love it when your name shows up. Time will fly and your grandson will be graduating. Back to snow again here, Ugh!
Response: Yippee! I do love having you as a partner and truly enjoy putting them together for you. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Not sure why this took a bit to arrive, but it just came yesterday. It seems like the mail slows down at times. It was a very nice swap. I like the envelope and the contents was very unique. You truly overdid yourself with this swap. Thank you for being so generous. I enjoyed what you sent to me.
Response: All my mail is taking forever to get out of NC. So glad it arrived and you were pleased. Thanks for the rating and heart.
TeaNi rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #23 - US on Mar 19, 2023
Comment: thank you for the pretty envie filled with lovely paper goodies! The lemon envies, wide AIW washi, and swap cards are all delightful! :)
Response: Glad you were pleased. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Linda! This got wet 😢 it’s totally smeared but I got it nonetheless thank you
Response: I had a box full of wet mail today too. Hate when that happens but thanks for the rating.
Comment: I LOVE the postcard. Enjoy your flowers. We're about 2/3 months away. Sigh.....
Response: Yeah! I found it in a FL antique mall more than 10 years ago. Thanks for the rating.
mchesser12 rated for SMSUSA: Today, I saw . . . on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the great letter! I live in a neighborhood with a nice sized yard. But I don't do anything with the yard as far as flowers. And thanks for the info about candles! And thanks for all the tuck-ins!
Response: Thank you for the kind words and rating.
Comment: Oh, Linda, what a wonderful 6 weeks! I really looked forward each week to your newsy letter and goodies. You have such a talent for writing--I really felt like we were talking over coffee each week. Thanks, too, for the amazing goodies you sent--especially that last week--wow--I treasure everything and they'll always remind me of you.
Response: So very glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Hope it arrived safely in CA and that you enjoyed your visit out there.
Comment: ⭐⭐⭐❤️❤️❤️ You are an all star stamper for sure!! An absolute pleasure to receive your work!! Love the long letter - I did look up your beautiful home, Your mention of a Forsythia and Red bud tree reminded me of my home in Illinois (miss that) I do get lost on You-tube and Pinterest! Love all the envies, extras and stickers. The swap/name cards are so beautiful!. Hope we are partners again where I can send to you from your Wishlist.
Response: Thanks! Looking forward to our next meet up at the mailbox.
MailLover69 rated for UHM: Blank Postcards Swap 🌻 on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you for those great postcards and also the extras! I loved them all :)
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart.
Trevismom rated for WIYM: Leftover Christmas card swap on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: Hello! Linda! I got your package! I don't know why it didn't make it the first time. The addresses are the same! This is four swaps that have gone crazy in the mail for me just since the beginning of the year! Well, thank you for the lovely cards and recipe cards! Happy swapping! ❤
Response: Not sure what the PO is doing these days but second time is the charm. Thanks again for the rating.
Zefaniya rated for CPG Jan '23 Senders Choice PC - US on Feb 5, 2023
Comment: Thank you :D
monsbrick rated for SMSUSA Pen Pal Happy Mail on Feb 3, 2023
Comment: Hello Linda, yes your letter is compelling and your art blows my mind. Thank you!
Response: So glad you were pleased. Many thanks for the kind words and rating.
MamaKek rated for CPG Just a Note #19 - US on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: I apologize for the delay in my rating. I got distracting getting kiddos back to college and such. I very much enjoyed your letter. Your studio space sound fabulous! I wish I had a room for all my crafts. And i hope your gnomes are keeping you company, I bet they are great listeners when you need them to be 💕 Ps….enjoyed all the goodies as well!
Response: Thank you!
Highlander18 rated for UHM: Pretty Envelopes on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Another absolutely wonderful mail art envie full of beautiful things. Thank you so very much for the Pretty Envies and inside tiny ones too! I want to make those with butterflies!!
Response: Your rating and kind words made my day. Thanks.
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Oh I was so pampered today with your mail art!! And of course I do not mind. Thank you very much for the awesome envies and postage stamps (Scooby - fav) and two postcards (whale - a new one)!!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart. Much appreciated.
Comment: Thanks again for a great swap! First off, love the envelope of birds! Than the fun swap index cards! That is a great idea! I may have to do that sometime, too! I will use stickers and washi. Also, love the stickers, notecard, and postcard! Thanks for a lovely swap!
Response: Thanks Girlie, you know I had fun putting it together for you.
Ruthless rated for WIYM: Leftover Christmas card swap on Jan 18, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for the great Christmas cards. I love the envelope! Awesome job. Your envelope stood out in the collection of letters! Thanks for making my day.
Response: Yes Haw! I do love making and decorating my envies. So glad it made your day.
Comment: It FINALLY came. Totally worth the wait!!! You did an amazing job! thank you,
Response: Was it the first mailing with 2 houses or the second mailing with 5 or 6 houses?

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Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:


theirmimi on May 9, 2022:

Thank you for the notecard, postcard and nice letter for the May Snail Mail Pal swap. Your yard sounds beautiful. You and I have a lot in common. I hope you have a great week! 😊

CANNEKCUL on Dec 26, 2021:

Hi Linda! You have been my sending partner for several swaps this year. I wanted to thank you for the awesome gifts. You also have the cutest Christmas cards. ♥️ I am already using the tiny journal (and the magnetic bookmark).

Merry Christmas

BusyB on Dec 26, 2021:

Thank you for the CPG March 2021 Stocking Stuffer. It will be fun to play with the cotton lace tape and especially the paper doll kit with the rubber stamp images of paper doll dresses, little dolls, large chipboard doll blank and fancy papers. I so appreciate your written explanation and ideas. I love dolls of all kinds and my stash shows it. Lol Happy New Year soon!

bluerose3 on Dec 26, 2021:

(CPG May Stocking Stuffer) Thank you for the bookmark, monkey images, atc sleeves, and atc kit. It will be fun making and sending atcs in the new year :)

bluerose3 on Dec 26, 2021:

(CPG January 2021 Stocking Stuffer) Thank you for the ATC frames, washi tape, and the zippered bag. It'll be so fun to use them in the new year :)

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 25, 2021:

Linda--How cute is this button doll tree ornament you made for the CPG Stocking Stuffer-Sept. This year you really spoiled me with well made items homemade by you. Thank you so very much. Merry Christmas~~Michelle

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 20, 2021:

Today I opened the WIYM Stocking stuffer Jan 2021 and found 2 more light green/white coasters you made. I REALLY like these. Very spring-like colors. Makes me happy. I appreciate all the thought and work you put into my presents, thank you very much. ~~Merry Christmas, Michelle

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 20, 2021:

Linda, how gorgeous are hot pad and coaster you made me for the CPG Sept. Stocking stuffer. With lovely Christmas colors too. You do very fine work, thank you so much. I have the coaster next to me while I am on the computer. And the hot pad actually is under a flower arrangement I have on my kitchen table. Merry Christmas~~~

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