Swap-bot Time: April 23, 2018 8:08 pm


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: April 23, 2018
Birthday: June 24
Country: United States
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About Me

Happy Spring!

Tree, grasses pollen - Red Zone in Central FL. My allergies have slowed me down. I will drop from swaps if my asthma & allergies are worse.

Went to Hospital Feb 1st, 2018 had emergency surgery for kidney stones, groan, again.

End of July '2017 I had emergency surgery for a kidney stone. I was diagnosed with Paget's Disease of the bone. Good news its not "active," & not causing serious orthopedic problems, being monitored by four different doctors.

Born in the year of the Dragon, I'm a professional artist, photographer, sculptor, crafts, art teacher.

Love/Like/Wish List: My fave Tea is Twinning's English Breakfast Tea. Though send me a Tea you think I might like & I will try it.

Postcard views of your city, town, village, parks, zoo, (multi-views OK,) angels, animals, cats, big cats, dogs (especially Borzoi, Dachshunds, Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Salukis, Whippets,) horses, ponies, swans, reindeer, butterflies, dolphins, doves, dragonflies, orchids, peacocks, roses, seahorses, seashells, sunflowers, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, rainbows, sunsets, aurora borealis, Unicorns, Classic & Vintage images of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Happy New Year, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Summer, Autumn views, Art Nouveau, Gemstones, Metallics, Lace, faux pearls & faux jewels, rhinestones, sequins, glitter I will mix with acrylic medium or paints, snowflake confetti.

Wall Calendars (discounted from another year,) I use picture pages to create mail art envelopes.

PLEASE SEND "G" - Rated Items, NO "R" or "X."

I draw, paint, sculpt, take photos, rubber stamping, print making, ATCs, jewelry making, love to decorate mail envelopes, also postcards. I create & swap friendship books, deco books, handmade postcards, altered postage stamps, & enjoy using used postage stamps (worldwide, all themes, g-rated please, sending postcards without envelope preferred.

Enjoy receiving your mail art, decorated envelopes, your creative piece of artwork, ATC's or greeting card. Love to swap envelope full of used postage stamps, decorative papers, stickers, ribbons, bits of lace, sequins, confetti, pictures, twinchies art, mail - letters, mail art, cards, postcards, collages, ATCs. I enjoy hosting RAKs as my health problems keep me from hosting swaps.
Contact me for private swap.

I send large envelopes, packages, boxes with USPS delivery confirmation tracking # to help you track the package & for me know you received it. International envelope, package has a US Customs form attached. It may take week - more than a month for US mail to reach an International address. If you do not receive my swap please message me, I will resend. Please communicate with me.

My worse fear: (fantasy scenario) phone call from my post office - "Hello Ms. Smith, your artwork is here, folded in half & on fire. We're trying to get the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but you'll have to come to the post office to pick it up. There're be no claim to file as the package wasn't registered or insured. Thank you for using the US postal service and have a nice day."
Police arrive at my apt: "Mam, there's no sense in getting upset over a bad experience with the post office. Please step away from the easel, put your paint brush down & no one gets sketched, OK? "

About Me

I have Paget's disease of bone, fibromyalgia, asthma, seasonal allergies, food allergies MSG,) cat allergy (though sending postcards, envelopes from apt, house with cats is OK.) (Hug your cat for me, I'm sad I can't own a cat, I love cats.) My immune system is "broken." Worse seasons: Spring tree pollen, Summer - high heat, high humidity, mold, mildew, grass pollen, Late summer - ragweed, grasses, mold. Can't tolerate high heat, strong sunlight, I "over heat," stay indoors in A/C temperature control to my comfort level, hepa air purifiers, filter on electrostatic air filter . Some times of the year I am apt - bound in A/C due to sensitivity to heat. Rest of the year I'm allergic to house dust mites & their residue, indoor mold. A "controlled" environment is way I live my life. Thankful for arts, crafts, photography, access to the internet, cable TV, mail, newspapers, magazines, books, CD's & DVD's - movies, anime episodes, YouTube I watch online. Now have Amazon Fire Stick.
Mail, sent & received, activities with Swap - Bot, pinterest, postcrossing, pen pals, helps keep me alive & active. I have facebook, Pinterest boards: "Mail Art," "Swap - Bot Swaps."

*Allergy Pollen Mask I wear when I go outside - Proven best blocking pollen, dust, mold spores, fits best Gempler's N95 Particulate Respirator - comes in different sizes, has exhale valve to breathe out but pollen can't get in, feels cool to wear in heat, all day. Adjustable fit noseband, elastic strings hold mask on. Sold # of masks in one box. One box for one "normal" pollen season. Where to buy: www.gemplers.com

Favorite Movies

Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, The Thirteenth Floor, The Forgotten, Jackie Chan's Miracles, The Gods Must Be Crazy 1, The Haunting, The Secret of Moonacre, Anime: The Fantastic Children, Innuyasha, Emma, The Dragon Hunters Anime movie, Ghost Hunt, The Ouran Host Club, Trinity Blood, Bamboo Blade, The Matrix, + 2 movies in the series, The Others,
Lord of the Rings - 3 movies, The Hobbit - 3 movies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hell Boy, MirrorMask, The Last Quarter, Boys Before Flowers TV Korean Series, Tales of Hoffman,
Ghost In The Shell anime series, Avatar, Underworld- 3 movies, Beauty & the Beast - Disney, Finding Nemo - Disney, Frozen - Disney (I love Sven the Caribou,) Tangled, Epic, The Guardians - ("Jack Frost") .

Favorite Music

Classical music: Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Shubert ("Trout",) Vivaldi

Other Music: Kelly Clarkson, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Enya, The Virve, Lady Gaga, Sting, Justin Timberlake, The Thompson Twins, Usher. Swedish House Mafia - "Antidote" & "Greyhound." Soundrack to Ghost In The Shell Anime, Howls Moving Castle, MirrorMask, "White Noise"-simulation of ocean waves crashing on the beach.

Favorite Television

Live PD, The Artful Detective, Cops, K9 Cops, Medieval Dead - UK, Great British Ghosts, Time Team, Most Haunted (UK,) Numb3rs, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Policewomen of Broward County, FL, Ghost Adventures, The Haunted, Paranormal States, Criminal Minds, Say Yes To The Dress, Tanked, Televised Dog Shows, Walking With Dinosaurs, Being Chased By Dinosaurs, The Universe.

Favorite Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Vincent Price, Hugh Grant.

Favorite Actresses: Liz Hurley, Zoey Deschanel, Gemma Arterton (as "Io" in '2010 "Clash of the Titans," Emily Browning.

About Me

Favorite Books:
Art books, books about artists, Geometry of Life & Art, books about history of art, museums collections, famous artists, books about art, style, Fantasy genre - "Crown Duel" by Sherwood Smith, art illustrators, graphic artists, anime artists, manga artists, etc.
Flowers books, roses, orchids, Irises, etc.
Fashion books, fashion magazines, love designing clothing, costumes for my bjd Dollfies.

Self-Help books: "The Survivor's Guide," Loss of A Loved One, Suicide Survior's Grief, etc. (Lost my only female cousin to suicide in '2011.) Please feel free to talk to me if you want to about this loss & feelings of grief.

Romance books: Regency, Victorian Historicals, Paranormal, Youth Fiction, Fantasy, Futuristic, Contemporary Christian Romance, Christian Inspired Historical Romance.

Favorite Authors: Virginia Kantra, Jane Austen, Mary Jo Putney, Mary Balogh, Barbara Metzger, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBain, Johanna Lindsey (earler novels,).

About Me

Art Books I Highly Recommend:

"Keys to Drawing" by Bert Dodson, ISBN - 13: 9780891343370 or ISBN - 10: 0891343377

"Perspective Made Easy" by Ernest R. Norling, ISBN - 13:9780486404738 (available thru www.doverpublications.com)

"DK Series: "The Artist's Handbook," Revised Edition, by Ray Smith, ISBN - 9780756626211

"Light And Shade" by Mary P. Merrifield, ISBN - 13: 9780486441436 (available thru doverpublications.com)

"DK Series: Smithsonian - Rock and Gem," ISBN - 9780756633424 Definitive guide to rocks, minerals, gems, & fossils - lots of photos are resource to inspire artwork, crafts with look of gemstones, fossils, rocks, etc.

"7000 Years of Jewelry" by Hugh Tait, ISBN - 13: 9781554073955 Illustrated history of jewelry with 400 color photos to inspire you - Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torques, Chinese jade, African amulets, Renaissance pendants, Art Nouveau, etc.

"Dressed for the Photographer" by Joan Severa, ISBN: 9780873381521. Search for this book in your local library as book is Xpensive!, B/W photos, (best quality reproductions for good photocopies,) photos of 18th C. - 20th C. children, ladies, great resource for images to use for ATC's, art collage, handmade cards, etc. Warning: this is a hardbound book, large, lots of pages, heavy weight.

*Ask me about Arts, Crafts, Jewelry Books & I will suggest a few for you.


Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely flower notecard - it made me feel like spring has arrived! The stamps and postcards are beautiful too - all my favourites!
nannydino rated for Girl Power PC Swap - International on Apr 20, 2018
Comment: Hi Kathryn, thank you for the gorgeous postcard of Neysa McMein. I really love it and also thank you for using the assortment of postage stamps. Happy Spring swapping. peace love light
fairyduster53 rated for CPG 1 Deco Book - Global on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: Lovely!!
Comment: Love that beach view! Thanks for sharing.
Comment: Thank you for the great long letter postcard. Happy Spring to you. Warm here, weather I always enjoy.
Comment: I simply loved your note about your love for chocolate ❤️
Response: Thank you for the rating. Oh, where would I be, feeling empty, without chocolate? You are welcome & I'm glad you liked the PC showing chocolate. Fun swap. Happy Spring!
stiffneck78 rated for Deco Books - International 6 on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Nice deco!! Thank you.
Response: Wow, you received another Deco Book from me in another Deco Book swap. That enhances your pleasure to decorate the Deco Books. Thank you for the rating.
stiffneck78 rated for CPG 2 Deco Books - US Only on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Kathy, thank you for the great Decos!! I will play and pass them.
Response: Hooray, you received the Deco Books I sent to you. Glad you like them, hope you enjoy decorating them & sending them on. Thank you for the rating. Happy Spring!
theevidenceisme rated for P&M make a choice postcard 9 on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Super cute cartoony card, thanks! Taking that giant jug of milk to college is a curious thing, ha.
Response: You are welcome. Glad you liked the USPS Postcard showing cartoon characters. Fun PC swap. Thanks for the rating.
fbresnah rated for Deco Books - International 6 on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the deco book! Will move it along.
fbresnah rated for US Only: Anything Food PC Swap on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the chocolate card! Love anything chocolate! By the way, every time I see your username I get that Devo song stuck in my head lol.
glennasgarden rated for P&M Happy Postcard swap on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely manatee PC. I miss that a lot about FL. Always nice when you hear about a good story when one of them was saved. Yes it is a happy time meeting you too!
nsciambi rated for P&M Happy Postcard swap on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I've always had a special place in my heart for manatees.
Response: Couldn't resist to send you PC showing Chocolate. How I love chocolate. Thank you for rating. Happy Spring!
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful card you're beautiful artwork on the envelope that is absolutely beautiful so is the no card I will love it I mean in the made me smile today so thank you I love the fun actors and I absolutely love the Paris postcard yeah I definitely won't be sending it to no one else because I love it and I'll keep it as a piece of artwork and I love the ATC extras you sent me and the use stamps of butterflies from around the world they are amazing thank you thank you thank you you are awesome
Response: You are welcome, you cheer my heart you liked the envelope, postage stamp, etc. Fun swap! You saw what I enjoy doing. Thank you for loving Butterflies like I do. Happy Spring!
Comment: Thank you for the card.............that is a whole lotta water!! Neat postage to match, very cool.
Response: Yes, lots of water! You made me laugh, as I live here in FL, state surrounded on 3 sides by Ocean, my apt complex surrounded by orange groves, ponds, lakes. Thank you for the rating. Happy Spring!
Comment: Thank you for nice cards!
Response: You are welcome, you make me happy for liking the PCs I sent to you. And thank you for the rating. Happy Spring!
BizzyBusMom rated for CPG: Simple Little Doodle PC on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: Delightful.....!! Such a beautiful drawing.. I love the way you used the blue sparkle pen for the water, and how one of the stamps is all a part of the same theme - I love the dolphins = very, very, very nice!!!
Response: You are most welcome. Fun swap to create doodles on PC. I used Sakura Gel Pens for the all the doodles. Yes, I love dolphins too. Thank you for the rating. Happy Spring!
starrycat rated for CPG Easter Card Swap - US only on Mar 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and all the extra goodies you sent! Very cute! I hope you have a nice time with your sister and mother! Happy Easter!
Comment: Perfect card for me! It's to cute!!! Thank you😁

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Paige1900 on Apr 19, 2018:

This is a reply to the message in the PFs. I agree border collies are indeed smart creatures. We already have an Australian Shepard (Molly), they are super smart dogs as well. :)

yvonne401 on Apr 1, 2018:

In this season of new beginnings, new hope and new joys...

Wishing for you every happiness, prosperity and continued success!

Happy Easter!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

MissTullie on Mar 21, 2018:

Kathy ...Thanks so much for the wonderful CPG March wishes you sent me. The peacock note cards are just beautiful ... I love them! The Paris postcard is a delightful addition to my collection. You really made my day special. Blessings!

Swan on Mar 20, 2018:

Thank you for the cards and Easter greetings for my CPG March wishlist!

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2018:

jukejan on Mar 18, 2018:

Hope that you find some good wood while out walking!

yvonne401 on Mar 17, 2018:

A good friend is like a four leaf clover. Hard to find but lucky to have.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

bombardiette on Feb 21, 2018:

Thank you so much for such a lovely valentine's post card, Kathy. xoxo

yvonne401 on Feb 14, 2018:

I am unable to post pictures anymore and I have no idea why.

True friends are like diamonds, bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style. Glad to have a friend like you in my life.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

Fenix825 on Feb 3, 2018:

I saw a response you posted on the forum thread talking about postage prices. We must live relatively nearby each other. You mentioned the Clermont and Minneola POs. I live in South Clermont near Four Corners. Small world!

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