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Date Joined: November 15, 2014
Last Online: May 20, 2018
Birthday: April 15
Country: United States
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18 May 2018

US Mail costs have skyrocketed or at least according to the clerks. I have an official postal scale (a gift to myself when I joined Swap-bot) and know about what it will take to send before it is out the door. The clerks are always adding that 21¢ surcharge no matter how many I already put on the envelope. (I think they have orders to upgrade to make money.)

2 flip books cost me $10 to Canada & $14 to Finland. There goes my whole months mail budget. sigh

At least my health is improving. Looks as if the blood clot dissolved and other than maintenance visits, I have not had to see a Dr since Feb. HURRAH!!!

About Me

I grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky, the oldest of 6. Because we had no TV until I was 14, I spent a lot of time crafting.

Later when I was out of school I worked as an illustrator and cartographer.

While raising my children I took ceramic & woodworking classes at the local craft shop.

Now I work with paper. Making paper, marbling paper, making paste paper and creating all sorts of things from those papers. To see some of these visit my Pinterest board SuZi's Samples.

Books, Movies & TV

Many of my favorite books are posted on my Pinterest board, "Best Book EV-VER"

I can speed read but never bother to if I am enjoying what I call "entertainment reading".

To find most of my favorite movies check out, "Movie Magic"

Many of my favorite TV shows are just a click away, "Turn on the Telly"

Likes and Dislikes

Any of these things will make me when I receive them in the mail;

a. ATCs, Alphabets

b. BTCs, Butterflies, Birds, Books, Buttons, Blue (color), Brown (color)

c. Chocolate (I am always up for chocolate as my lack of waistline will attest), Cats, Cards

d. Dragons, Dragonflies, Doodles, Dogs (all sorts but if I was going to have one I would want a Heinz 57.)

e. Envelopes (handmade), Ephemera, Easter (anything/anytime)

f. Faeries, Foxes, Frogs, Folios, Fortune cookie fortunes

g. Gnomes, Glitter, Green (color)

h. Handcrafted anything, Halloween (cutesy, please not horrific)

i. Ice cream, Irises

j. Junk journals

k.Kittens, Kitsch, Kites, Keys

l. Long letters, Lace

m. Minions, Maps, Music

n. Nature, Note paper, Note pads

o. Origami, Owls, Orange (color)

p. PAPER (exotic or plain), Pocket letters, Postage stamps, Pen pals, Purple (color)

q. Quilts, Quilling

r. Ribbons, Recycle/Re-purposed/Reused items, Red (color)

s. Stickers (Teeny tiny to ATC size, I love em all and can find a place to use them), Skinnies, Sunflowers, Stamps (rubber), Stamps (postage), Short letters

t. TEA (all sorts) I maintain a board on Pinterest where I rate teas as I experience them. I am always looking for something new, Twinchies, Turtles

u. Unusual paper

v. Vintage things, Violet, Valentines

w. Washi, Washi, Washi

x. X-mas anything/anytime

y. Yarn, Yellow (color)

z. Zendangles (not to be confused with zentangles®)

Things that will make me ;

  1. Cosmetics, bath & body items.
  2. Jewelry and hair accessories
  3. Food out of the original packaging
  4. Heavy Metal, Death Metal, etc
  5. Blood and gut images
  6. Cartoons like Cow & Chicken, Beavis and Butthead, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony, etc.

If you happen to send something from the dislike list I promise not to hate you.

Anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask.


I belong to two art based clubs.

LAFTA "Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists".

STABA (Second Tuesday Artist Book Association) a very small group devoted to creating books that are also works of art.


I have 4 International penpals, 2 of the 4 started with flat swaps I joined at random about a year ago. Another blossomed from my Post Crossing exchange, and the last came from a blog I follow called Penpal of the Week I was even featured as Penpal #141 on Aug 4th.

I am hoping to form several new penpal relationships with people I have met here on swaps.

I have been very bad about answering letters lately. If I owe you a letter and you read this, feel free to give me a hard nudge in messages.

Mini albums

Mini albums made from Project Life sized cards have replaced my love of Pocket Letters.

I don't do Project Life but have received many cards as extras in swaps. Rather than sending them to another swapper I decided to use them. The 1st couple of mini albums were easy and so much fun that now I am making my own 3 x 4 cards to match the swap themes I have found for these little gems.

You can still include things like a confetti packet and tags. Even add a full-fledged letter or just a note. The possibilities are endless.

more of my Mostly Gold swap

Perfect pairing. Paper scraps 3 x 4 and smaller with Washi (I have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much of both). Cannot get much better.

How I became a gnome Mom

My sister in Iowa created a bunch of gnomes. She gave them to her friends in hopes that they would photograph the gnomes in their travels and send back pictures to a project she called "Gnomes2Roam".

When she made Wally (named after Crocodile Dundee's mate, Walter, because of his hat) for me, I offered to send some gnomes to my overseas pen pals. She made 6 brothers for Wally. The gnomes refer to her as "the creator".

The first brother to move out was Wiggo who went to Norway and started his own home security business and has fallen in love with the smallest Matryoshka sister living there. Wyatt moved out to live with my daughter in Ohio and practice his yoga. William went all the way to New Zealand where he had a shock shortly after arrival when it snowed. Wilson (named after the Seahawks quarterback) moved to California to quarterback his own team of Lego® football players. Finally Thor flew off to the Netherlands to live the quiet life.

After he named himself, Soren decided he liked it just fine here with Wally. He is the only gnome I know without a mustache.

Watch Wally and Soren's cousins on YouTube

Meet Olav in grey and Lars in red.

They are the newest Gnomes to move in with me.


We have one cat, Kit, who loves putting in her 2¢ on all my creations but I try very hard to limit her contact with anything I send people with allergies. So far I have been successful. Please just be aware.

" Hope to swap with you again." Six of the most coveted words on here. It really makes me smile to know what I gathered together has made someone happy.

I ALWAYS send. If the unforeseeable happens and I am going to be late, I will contact you.

I ALWAYS rate. My mail comes in around 5 PM and I am down here on the computer rating right after supper.

I ALWAYS respond. Even if it is just a ♥. This helps me keep track of the swaps that got to their destination.

What I pledged...


I learned several things from joining Swap-bot.

One - I have way too much .

Two - All my efforts to downsize using Swap-bot have

My partners are sending back waaaaaaaaaay too much stuff.

Three - There are a lot of lovely, talented people out there that have no idea what a gift to the world they are.


Jsereg001 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on May 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely items!!!
Response: ♥ I hope it inspires great things. Thanks for the heart.
Churchmouse70 rated for MAE~May Bee on May 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the cute bee envelopes and the fall extras. This was a great swap!
Response: ♥ Hope you find some use for them. Thanks for the heart.
SGriffin rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on May 12, 2018
Response: ♥ Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Agree, this paper is very pretty! Thanks for the washi and other surprises :D
Response: ♥ I thought it was perfect for you. Thanks for the heart.
esew123 rated for AMA Sender's Choice-May on May 6, 2018
Comment: What an amazing package! Thank you so much for the beautiful envies and writing paper. Love a Paris theme...:-)
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart. I am glad you liked it.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely spring images may your flowers grow beautifully :)
Response: ♥ Thanks for the heart and the creative swap.
ckwini rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on May 1, 2018
Comment: Hi Suzi, thank you so much for the package! I love the variety of ephemera and colorful papers you included. They will be put to good use.
Response: ♥ I love ratings like this. It makes me feel good and thanks for the heart.
luvmesum20 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you !! Love all the goodies :)
Response: ♥ Good to hear. You're welcome.
provadia rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: ♥ You are welcome.
Response: ♥ Hope you and your Mom are better soon. Thanks for the heart.
denisedecker58 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: ♥ You are welcome.
juhninja rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Quick delivery.
Response: ♥ You are welcome. Enjoy.
Peaches12 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the goodies!
Response: ♥I hope they inspire. Thanks for the heart.
getanzt rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the neat stuff! :D
Response: ♥ Enjoy, create, repeat. Thanks for the heart.
wokeupmissing rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fun happy mail, greatly look forward to adding some of the bits you sent to my journal and future projects.
Response: ♥ Always good when you have a plan. Thanks for the heart.
Bridgette rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the envelope filled with lots of fun profile goodies! 💙
Response: ♥ Your profile was easy to match up with. Thanks for the heart.
debbee2014 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the goodies, love the envelope and the lunar stamp.
Response: ♥ Always glad when someone loves what I send. Thanks for the heart.
catonip rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the suffed envi with all the goodies. <3
Response: ♥ Stuffing a mailbox requires a stuffed envelope. Thanks for the heart.
tigerlilly0709 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love everything you sent and will definitely put it to use.
Response: ♥ That is always good to hear. Thanks for the heart.
Poohtat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #7 on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: WOW! What a great envelope of goodies! Love the napkins!
Response: ♥ Nice to know they are appreciated. Thanks for the heart.

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nancylee on May 3, 2018:

APDG April Showers bring May flowers challenge

HI and HAppy MAy - our temperature shot up from 49 on MAy 1st t 89 yesterday May 2nd and now lots of tulips, daffodils, pansies,hyacinth, petunia and geranium are blooming - we need rain again or I will need to water tonight :)

Happy Spring!

ladydy5 on Apr 22, 2018:

CurlyTea on Apr 16, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

emeraldawn on Mar 20, 2018:

Sorry this is a few days late, we are still in the LION part of march and last week my roof leaked and water took out the internet! And the hours I work (overnight) my work shuts off the internet.

Anyway hope you're getting a nicer spring like weather...we have 3 to 4 more days of rain, then nice spring like weather.

The "out like a lamb" APDG swap

nancylee on Mar 12, 2018:

MARCH out like a lamb APDG Hi Thanks for joining my swap - enjoy the decorations and hope you have a lovely mild March

spring flowers in early March

soft spring rain and sun getting brighter

time for outdoor fun bubbles, kites, hoola hoops!

emeraldawn on Mar 10, 2018:

Hope you're March is more lamb than Lion. (In like a Lamb swap )

nancylee on Mar 10, 2018:

MARCH In like a lion APDG

Hi and thanks for joining my swap!! It snowed the other day at home and was 70 the week before for our fun wacky early MARCH weather( NYC)

I always feel like this weather messes up my hair (hare) !

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

CurlyTea on Feb 14, 2018:

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