Swap-bot Time: November 25, 2020 10:24 pm


Date Joined: July 12, 2007
Last Online: November 25, 2020
Birthday: August 18
Country: United States
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RATING: I ALWAYS RATE THE SAME DAY THAT I RECEIVE THE SWAP. So if you sent a swap a good while ago, and I haven’t rated you, then, unfortunately, I haven’t received it, and it may be lost in the mail. 🙁

I'm awkward, eccentric, happy and kind. Kind of an oddball, prone to flights of fancy and imagination. I'm a whimsical type of person who revels in nature, plants, trees and the wild.

My favorite season is Autumn. The air is both thick and thin with a magical pulse. It feels as though if I were to round a corner quick enough, I might catch sight of some little fae creature scurrying off into the weeds.

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother from South Texas. My interests include art - especially outsider type, drawn/painted by hand, but am now gravitating back to collage and mixed media. I’m into native plants, herbs, history, cemeteries, journaling, playing video games (All Sims games, Viva Pinata, all Harvest Moon games, Animal Crossing, etc.), vintage vinyl dolls, American Girl dolls, My Life dolls and most 18" dolls, handmade doll clothes, posing my Barbie type dolls and taking photos of them, then adding dialog and posting them somewhere.

At the moment, my favorite projects are doing the Chunk O Cardboard swaps. I love selecting the cardboard and also decorating the back, around the note. If anyone wants to set up a private swap for that, I would love to join.

Other favorite hobbies are journaling, and decorating my journal pages, and en masse composition notebooks.I also enjoy making and receiving ATCs and handmade postcards.

I do collect storebought postcards too. I love a wide (VERY wide) range of subjects but in particular, New Mexico and Arizona culture or scenery and ANYTHING and everything related to Forks, Washington. I also like postcards related to books. Also Ireland and Scotland - Celtic history, Natural attractions, stone circles, celtic crosses, history, etc., Frida Kahlo related, Mexican pyramids or ancient sites and archeology, Europe, Art, and any history - U. S. and worldwide, cemeteries, botanical, special or unusual trees, Halloween.

I like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a tiny garden for veggies. I have herbs and flowers (wild and domestic) and trees and bushes of all kinds.

FOR RECIPE SWAPS/TAGS: I really like all kinds, but some are especially nice: healthy recipes, main dishes, side dishes, savory snacks and hors d'oeuvres, and of course your tried and true recipes that you use regularly. Charcuterie boards are a new interest to me, too. I prefer recipes on paper (but not written on front AND back) rather than on recipe cards since I glue them into a binder, sort of like scrapbook style. But I won't gripe if you feel the need to use recipe cards. ;) ALLERGIC TO SHRIMP, but other seafood is fine. AND, NOTHING FOR AN AIR FRYER OR INSTAPOT since I don’t have those.


I have an on again off again interest in sewing. I am in no way an expert, but try, and do my best. I only do simple projects. Sewing related things are always welcome. I like all fabric themes, but especially Asian, botanical, plaids, woodland animals, cats (for my granddaughter), and well, almost everything. Colors: ALL, but mostly nature colors and jewel tones. Semi recent projects were Japanese knot bags, a circle skirt for my granddaughter, doll clothes and quilt blocks.

I am also wanting to get back into embroidery.

My favorite books

  • The Bible

  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

  • all books by Michael D. O'Brien - I love his art, too.

  • all books by Charles de Lint. He is the creator of the urban fantasy genre. I love both his YA books and his adult fiction.

  • the book, 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - His short story, Eyes of the Blue Dog is amazingly wonderful.

  • The Twilight series

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

My favorite movies

Dunkirk, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, Lonesome Dove, The Passion of the Christ, and the oldies, -It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take it With You, Harvey, most Johnny Depp movies (love odd characters!) and others.

My favorite TV shows

Survivor, The Walking Dead, Big Brother (most seasons... I am suffering through the current season.), Top Chef, Food Network Star, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, Modern Family, The Middle, Who Do You Think You Are, Finding Our Roots, Deadliest Catch, The Good Witch on Hallmark, Breaking Bad, The Dead Files, Dateline, Tough as Nails...

My favorite crafts to do

I like painting, drawing or collaging ATCs and postcards. Also journaling and making little assembleges, collage, mixed media, also crochet, but only VERY simple things, and I have to be in the mood.

Some swap item ideas or art themes I like!

These are just suggestions, not a 'gimme list'. So many of the things I like are cheap or free, that I thought swappers might like to have a lower cost choice to send, rather than spend more money than necessary.


  • Pokemon cards (any condition)

  • anything Pokemon

  • folk art

  • outsider art

  • Postcards of all kinds

  • anything to do with street art of any kind or
    graffiti on train cars

  • trees in art or illustration-especially odd ones

  • Zetti anything

  • zines

  • zipper bags

  • tote bags

  • pencil bags

  • fabric (Cuts from used clothing are fine. Especially flannel or men’s plaid shirts! Denim is good too. Anything, really.)

  • embroidery thread

  • large eyed needles

  • any kind of miniature

  • mixed media art

  • historical subjects

  • botanical illustrations

  • special or historical trees

  • Irish, Celtic, Czech, German, Scottish, subjects

  • anything to do with Nicola Tesla

  • anything to do with Robert the Bruce

  • anything to do with Boudica

  • art done on newspaper or brown bag paper

  • vintage (but not lacey Victorian style)

  • kitschy

  • funky and retro things all make me happy.

  • homemade sewn stuffed animals or dolls (not dotees, though)

  • poem written by you

  • bee items

  • veggie garden themes

  • veggie things

  • cactus and succulants

  • acorn themed things

  • crows and ravens

  • anything that can be used to decorate my journal pages

  • interesting food packaging labels.

  • used stamps cut from your incoming mail ( but not the regular US flag ones)

  • anthromorphic animals or veggies or fruit or plants

  • wine charms - mismatched singles are GREAT; it doesn't have to be a set

  • Seeds of all kinds, but especially vegetable seeds

  • stencils of any kind (used or home made is fine)

  • hand carved stamps

  • doll clothes (for 18" American girl and My Life dolls and for Barbies/Kens), especially vintage or handmade doll clothes. Thrifted things are great!

  • anything Claddagh themed

  • tree of life theme

  • faerie lore

  • faerie themed things - all kinds of fae such as goblins, trolls, elves, etc. (But not Disney or cartoon types.)

  • anything with the initial 'W'

  • the number 5 as a theme or a cut-out or ‘thing’.

  • Woodsy embellishments and things like leaves, trees, acorns, etc. (not real ones)

  • collage sheets and images (many are offered free for printing on Flickr)

  • I LOVE Little Red Riding Hood themed Items

  • Almost any fairy tale themed thing, as long as it is not Disney

  • Especially Snow White and Rose Red - I'd love to have the children's book of that - used, even in poor condition would totally ROCK!

  • Gift cards to Walmart or HEB or Amazon

  • Any little doll (but not dotees) or action figure or animal

  • Interesting magazine cut-outs.



  • Disney items
  • gummy candy
  • sour or tart candy
  • licorice candy
  • Dotee dolls
  • sexual themes
  • Not really into bling, girly-girl, animal prints, furry stuff, glam, etc. I hate having such a long dislike list. :( So I want to say that if you send me any of these things it's OKAY. If I can't use them, I will pass them on or find something else to do with them. I will never rate down for anything that meets the host's swap requirements.

My favorite colors

Reds, greens, and mostly dark, bright (but not neon) or jewel tones. I also LOVE plaid of any kind or color.

Halloween Preferences:

I love Halloween!!! Cute or creepy, woeful and grim. But not too bloody, gory, devil or anti-Christian (like upside down crosses, evil nuns, etc.). I'm not crazy about ouija boards either. Halloween things are welcome year around!

My favorites are:

  • Pumpkins, bats, black cats, owls, ravens/crows, Edgar Allen Poe, all things macabre, strange, woeful and creepy, jack-o-lanterns, or other "veggie people"

  • Vintage look type of style is cool, too.

  • I LOVE altered vintage photos used for Halloween things...like witch hats on people, etc.

  • Skeletons, both regular ones and Dia de los Muertos style

  • Halloween papers

  • Halloween collage sheets or collage elements...there are many free ones offered on Flickr, if your printer prints them well.

  • creepy or twirly limbed tree items

  • die-cuts, any kind, but especially 'fences'.

  • cemetery, grave or tombstone themed things

-ghosts and monsters of all kinds

  • Most strange, creepy things, barring the things I said I don't like at the top of this category. But if I join a swap where these are allowed or called for, please send whatever you want. I will never rate down for it. Halloween things are welcome year around!

Christmas Preferences:

Favorite themes would be...

  • Nativity (or any part of it)

  • Posada

  • Elves

  • Vintage/retro look

  • Christmas collage sheets or various collage elements.

  • etc., etc., etc.!!!

  • If we are in a swap together and the Christmas or Winter theme is unspecified, you are more than welcome to send me art in YOUR favorite winter holiday celebration. I am not offended by receiving Yule, Hanukkah, Kwaanza or other art work. :)


neea1989 rated for AAA: Animal ATC (Quick turnaround) on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cool tiger atc! ✨🧡🐯✨
Response: You’re so welcome. Thank you for the heart. I’m really happy that you like it. 😊
Poeprincess rated for A. I. - make a Zetti ATC on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: Like the creativeness in this Zetti! Thank you so much.
Response: You’re welcome! Thank you for the heart. I’m really glad you like it. 😊
monsbrick rated for AMA: Sender's Choice -November on Nov 14, 2020
Comment: Hi Wanda, I love the chunk o cardboard swaps too! I kept trying to figure out if you had hand drawn the scene on the front of your postcard! Yes I do appreciate the minimalist theme. In many ways the minimalist style can be even more challenging as there’s no hiding behind layers. Yes gardening is good therapy! And yummy!!
Response: I think I sent you the Madonna and Child ATC...? It’s a stamped image from a rubber stamp that I carved. I didn’t draw the original image. I saw it as part of a larger artwork on a book cover. I traced the image, filled it in with pencil, and transferred it as best I could to the carving medium. Then I carved it out. It’s from the book “A Cry of Stone” by Michael D. O’Brien. His writing and his art is absolutely beautiful. But wait - you said postcard. I don’t think I’ve used that stamp on anything except ATCs. Message me, describing the postcard if you like. I may be mixed up. 🤪
Comment: What a fun chunk! I love how you decorated/collaged it, and the popsicles on the front look soooo good. Take care! <3
Response: I’m so glad you like it, sleepykitty! I love collaging the back of my chunks, and these Chunk O Cardboard swaps are my absolute favorites right now. 😊 Thanks for the heart! ❤️
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - November 2020 on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the chunk! I love what you did to the back! Dollar General is one of my go to stores. Your card cheered my day!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! Collaging/decorating the backs are my favorite part of these swaps. Thank you for the heart! 😊
Comment: Thank you. I like the idea of Nessie existing, but she probably doesn't
Response: You’re welcome, tizzicat. 😊 Thank you for the heart. 🌊 🐉 🌊
9O96O rated for AMA: Quick Turnaround ATC on Nov 10, 2020
Comment: Such a beautiful subject to turn into a block print. Really nice work on the carving and ATC, Wanda. Thank you.
Response: I’m so glad you like it, Rome. Thank you for the heart. I would like to do more stamp carving, but I have lost/misplaced what is left of my carving tool set, over several moves.
Lazydaisy0104 rated for ATC Cleanout #45 (USA) on Nov 9, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC Wanda!
Response: You are very welcome, Laura! I’m so glad you like them. Thank you for the heart. ❤️
Jenicat rated for WIYM: ATCs Of The Alphabet S USA on Nov 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the very cool space ATC!
Response: You are very welcome, Jenicat! I am so glad that you think it’s cool. 😊 Thank you for the heart. 🚀
Cgscdy rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: Hello, Wanda! I was so happy to receive your delightful mail today. I love your ATCs - they are really original and interesting. The one that was made with your hand-carved stamp (wow!) is amazing. And thank you for the sweet stickers and the numbers washi tape with my favorite numbers on it - so cool! :) Take care, and happy swapping!
Response: I’m so glad it arrived safely and you like what I sent! ❤️ Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I enjoyed reading all your stories.
Response: You’re welcome. And thanks for the heart. I’m surprised I knew that many - well 3 - accounts from smart, sensible people I know. LOL! And I’m not at all surprised that, that fact makes me worried. 😧
dvmac rated for HCSI: Holiday Season ATC on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Hi Wanda. What a beautiful ATC! The carving, the blue background, it's a very special piece and I thank you for it. May your holidays be blessed.
Response: I’m so glad you like it! Thank you for the heart. I’m thinking that our holidays may be a little quieter this year, and that may be a good thing. Blessings to you, too. ❤️
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the chunk. It will be interesting to see what "normal" is, when this is over.
Response: You’re welcome! Thank you for the heart. Yes, I agree. I’m thinking that ‘normal’ will look a little different than it did previously.
erosxart rated for Happy Little Notecards #123 on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Hi Wanda! Thank you for sharing a detailed history of your past Halloween costumes and decorating the envelope. I wish I had such diversity! I've only really dressed up as a witch or a vampire. Also wanted to say you have nice handwriting! Hope you're doing well.
Response: Wow, thank you! I’m so glad you liked it. I hope you have a fabulous Halloween! 🎃🦇🧛🏻‍♀️
kayebubbly rated for Happy Little Notecards #123 on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing that with me! i hope you have a safe and fun halloween!
Response: You’re welcome. Thank you for the heart, and I hope you have a really good Halloween, too! 🎃🦇🎃
MBakker rated for AAA: Orange on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful atc and the awesome washis as well! Xx Monique
Response: I’m so glad you like it. 😊🦋🧡 Thank you for the heart!
luv2kraft rated for Speedy Postage Stamp ATC! on Oct 18, 2020
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart. 😊❤️
EleanB rated for Give one, get SIX! on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you, I LOVE it! (I actually earned honors in German in high school). When I visited Texas, I was surprised at the German connection there. My partner's parents were both Texans, so I got a lot of history from him (I was surprised to learn his parents knew people who grew up in Texas in all-German speaking towns... I had no idea!)
Response: I’m so glad that you liked it! There are so many people of German ancestry in the U. S. and they are all proud to share their traditions with everyone. ❤️
Comment: I love this so much! What a fun surprise. This is my first time doing this swap too :) I think you nailed it!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it. I had so much fun making it and can’t wait until the next one! If you ever want to do an informal swap for these just let me know. Thank you for the heart. 😊

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LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:


bblue on Oct 27, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely Hallowe'en mail via the wish list on the forums. I really appreciate it!

yvonne401 on Oct 24, 2020:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!



glassnowdrop on Sep 16, 2020:

Sorry for the slow reply, but i'm so glad my postcard tag arrived and you enjoyed it :) It was so fun to do. Have a great day!!!

user6937 on Jul 23, 2020:

Hi, Wanda - I have your "skeptical" girl here now. Wish I knew what she didn't believe, haha. Nice colours, thank you. I'm happy to have her in my collection of ATCs.

LahDeeDah on Jun 24, 2020:

Hi there! Would you be interested in doing this with us?

HippieChick on Mar 6, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful envelope for the International Happy Mail Tag. :)

LahDeeDah on Feb 7, 2020:

Welcome to Needle & Thread. We're happy to have you join us :-)

supersquirrel on Jan 24, 2020:

Hi Wanda - Your "send to the person above you" tag arrived today. Thank you so much for such a quick send. I'm loving all the great items - such a wonderful assortment. Just yesterday I was stamping on tissue paper. Thank you for sending everything in the cheery yellow envelope :)

earthnk on Oct 26, 2019:

Thanks for the recommendation on Giver of Stars. I was able to dl the troublesome creek nook on audiobook and really enjoyed listening to it Looking forward to reading or hearing this book soon.


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