Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2020 5:04 am


Date Joined: July 12, 2007
Last Online: September 20, 2020
Birthday: August 18
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm 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 and painted by hand - 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 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 or the nearby area. 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, 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 and am mostly transitioning to Texas native species in new things I add.

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. 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.


Bag Currently, I am interested (again) 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. Current projects are 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

The Passion of the Christ, Dunkirk, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, Lonesome Dove 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 (sometimes), 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. Currently, I’m in the mood to sew and embroider, so any supplies for that would be appreciated.

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, especially crooked or twirly limbed trees

  • 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

  • embroidery transfers

  • embroidery pencil

  • 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

  • paintings done on newspaper or similar prints

  • art work done on brown paper such as pieces of brown paper bags

  • vintage

  • 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

  • anything I can use for bento (decorative picks, dividers, small cute containers, rice molds, egg molds, etc.)

  • 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 that are not frilly or girly-girl, 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 β€˜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
  • 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, 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 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. :)


Comment: Thank you for everything vintage! It is fun! Thank you for joining this swap too!
Response: You are so welcome! Thank you for the heart and for hosting!
minniepic rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #23 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice postcards:)
Response: You’re very welcome. 😊 Thank you for the heart.
StagKing rated for N&T: Easy PC Swap on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the PC and funky PC! It got put under a pile of mail that I only caught today, but it made my day!
Response: I’m so glad you like it! This was a fun swap t do. Thanks for the heart! β€οΈπŸ§΅βœ‚οΈ
Suzyanner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #200 on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the terrific cards! You were so thoughtful to send Christmas ones---I love those! Thanks also for the adorable stickers!
Response: I’m so glad you like them! Thanks for the heart. πŸ’–πŸ“«πŸ˜Š
dawnakaulen rated for PH: 4 USA #3 on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Great choices, thank you! I have been to 1/2 of these- WA and TX.
Response: I’m so glad you like them. 😊 Thank you for the heart.
Comment: All great cards, but you are right: I love the socks! Thank you!
Response: I’m so glad! 🧦🧦🧦🧦🧦😊 Thank you for the heart. ❀️
photovivie rated for Bookish Monthly Wrap-up July 2020 on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you!! I love the quote you chose <3
Response: You’re welcome! Thank you for the heart. I really enjoyed this swap. πŸ“– πŸ“š
Purplmyst rated for NT: Japanese Knot Bag on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Love my lavender bag, thank you!!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad you like it. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ’œ
JuneRosebud rated for Magic Box Destash Swap March on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks; I found a few things I could use=)
Response: You’re welcome. I’m glad there were a few things you liked. Thank you for the heart.
Leo0302 rated for Swap the Rainbow--Yellow on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You’re welcome! Thanks for the heart.
Kathy821 rated for Just Randomness on Mar 12, 2020
Comment: I love all the items you chose. Thank you very much!
Response: I’m so glad you liked everything! πŸ˜„πŸ’–Thank you for the heart!
evanselli rated for AAA: Sender's Choice on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC! I loved that little person holding the heart. I’m always inspired by other people’s creativity.😊❀️
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for the heart. πŸ’–
shellybuckmeier rated for Swap The Rainbow--Red on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for all the fun red things! How did you know I was running low on cards to put washi on! :)
Response: Those are always useful for various crafty purposes. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the heart.
suzwa rated for ATC - Free Themed #10 (USA) on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks so very much!
Response: You’re very welcome. Thank you for rating. 😊
Comment: Thanks for the pretty fabric ~ I really like that color!
Response: I’m so glad you like it! Thank you for the heart. 🧡 βœ‚οΈ
gizmodust rated for BLUE BLUE All things blue / SFR on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: Thank You. Thank You. Can't wait to get out in the garden and try the gloves but it's near zero today. Great selection. I love all my swaps but I really like the kind where you receive useful things. You can only use so many stickers. LOL !! Even though kind of expensive I love the flat rate box ones. Thank you again.
Response: Thank you for the heart. I prefer a mix of useful things too, usually. And I love the surprise of a box of an assortment of things. These are really fun swaps. 😊
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You’re welcome, Marie. Thanks for the heart. 😊❀️
mariewilliams810 rated for Swap The Rainbow-Orange on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You’re very welcome, Marie! πŸ‘πŸ€πŸ„πŸΊπŸ“™πŸ§‘πŸŸ πŸŸ§πŸ”ΆπŸŠπŸ₯•πŸ¦ŠπŸ©³πŸŽƒ
IDreamOfAfrica rated for ATC - Free Themed #11 (USA) on Feb 7, 2020
Comment: β–‚β–ƒβ–…β–‡β–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘Ϋ©ΫžΫ© Thank You Ϋ©ΫžΫ©β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–‡β–…β–ƒβ–‚ Wanda for the (Β―`*β€’.ΒΈβ™₯β™« β™« Bβ–‘Eβ–‘Aβ–‘Uβ–‘Tβ–‘Iβ–‘Fβ–‘Uβ–‘L β™« β™₯ΒΈ.β€’*´¯) β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ ATC that required some of your undivided attention and quality time. I am deeply touched. It is gorgeous. I love it! πŸ’–β₯πŸ’žβ¦πŸ’•β§πŸ’—β™‘πŸ’“β™₯οΈβ€οΈβ€πŸ’˜αƒ¦πŸ’β£πŸ’˜πŸ’šπŸ’ŸπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’› Ξ΅Ρ—Π· Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❀ ƸӜƷ Ξ΅Ρ—Π·
Response: What an energetic comment! This definitely required YOUR quality time and undivided attention! Thank you! And I’m glad you liked the ATC. πŸ’–
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #9 (USA) on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: I love both of the ATC's you sent to me. Especially the painted/colored flower one. That's so neat how you did that, it's kind of trippy and fascinates me. Thank you so much.
Response: I’m so glad you liked them, Onaki! Thanks for the hearts. That flower method/design is one I like to do fairly often. I’ve done it as ATCs, postcards, on writing paper and in my journals. Fun to do, cool and foolproof! πŸ˜‰

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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.


JuneRosebud on Sep 10, 2019:

Just wanted to let you know that your Menagerie Tag star fish arrived...

LilysMama on Aug 26, 2019:

Thank you for the items you sent for the Send to the Person above You Tag! I love the bookmarks, very different :)

wolfeagle on Mar 26, 2019:


Thank you for working on my Collaboration pc with the bird. Your quote brings it all together.

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