Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2018 3:32 am


Date Joined: March 28, 2012
Last Online: February 25, 2018
Birthday: June 24
Country: United States
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About Me

Went to Hospital Feb 1st, had emergency surgery for kidney stones on right side. I'm back in my apt to rest, sleep, recovery.

End of July '2017 I had emergency surgery for a kidney stone. During my hospital stay 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. I'm working on holiday, winter arts, crafts, etc.

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.


WayUpInAlaska rated for P&M blind postcard swap 7 on Feb 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard :) Would be so neat to see flamingos out in the wild! We don't have them up here - first time seeing a blue heron i didn't have words to describe what i had seen...never saw one before...told the hubby i saw a pterodactyl haha. Thank you for the wonderful postcard :)
Comment: Thanks Kathy for the pretty Orlando postcard, I really enjoyed it. My very 1st one from Orlando. Have a great week, AnnaL.
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the Orlando city PC I sent to you for the swap. Thank you for the rating.
simcoe54 rated for Private Swap: Various for Stamps on Feb 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the great stamps and for the private swap. I have been having fun going through them.
Response: Fantastic private swap Maxine. You are welcome & thank you for all the wonderful things you sent to me for the swap. Thanks for the rating. Happy February!
Comment: Love the vintage stamps! LOVE the postcards! It's actually been a reasonable temperature this week. Today was the first time I ordered an iced coffee instead of hot, so I think that counts for something. :) Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the rating. You are welcome, glad you enjoyed the postcards. I enjoy using the unused older postage stamps I've bought from eBay sellers. Happy February!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful cat card and all the wonderful items!
Sagebrushs rated for CPG Year of the Dog PC - US only on Feb 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you and have a great year of the dog.
Comment: Thanks!!
Response: You are welcome & I'm glad you liked the Valentine's Day card I sent to you for the swap. Happy February!
zerosummons rated for P&M Postcard 2 on Feb 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great puppy and Maine postcards!
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty card and the stickers for my daughter and me. Happy Valentine's Day!
goinjenny rated for P&M color postcard swap on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and adorable memo sheets!
sassafrass rated for Naked Postcard Swap #1 on Jan 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard from warm climes. If I’d been there I wouldn’t have slipped on the ice and broken my ankle! My husband says we’ll move someplace without ice when we retire.
Response: So sorry you broke you ankle. Glad the Hawaii PC helped to cheer you at this time. Thank you for the rating.
theevidenceisme rated for P&M make a choice postcard 8 on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard and matching stamp :).
Response: You are welcome, I'm glad you liked the PC & happy I was able to match the postage stamp to the PC. Thank you for the rating.
Zefaniya rated for P&M Tourist Postcard #2 on Jan 26, 2018
paperpusher rated for FS: 3 New Notecards w/ Envies on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty cards, Kathy! I hope you’re feeling better!! Hugs!
fbresnah rated for FS: 3 New Postcards in an Envie on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the great postcards!
WayUpInAlaska rated for FS: Easy Postcard swap #1 on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: What a beautiful mountain lion card! :) Wouldn't that be something to see them in the wild...we have lynx here, but in all my years of living here, have only seen their tracks. Thank you for the great card :)
Ivy1971 rated for CHWH: 3 Postcards - Let's Swap on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you soow much for the beautiful postcards you send me. I understand that it can be a little bit tricky to find a pc for me if Most of yours are of the tourist type. On the other hand.... I hardly ever join a profilebased swap. So you could have send me anything you wanted. Thank you for putting so much efford in this swap. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
moosemama rated for P&M alphabet postcard swap (A) on Jan 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card

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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!

sabbysteg on Jan 28, 2018:

Hi Whippet! Thanks for the nice RAK! I got it here recently and just haven't had a chance to come online and let you know. I appreciate it! I may actually end up using the postage to mail my carnival themed wedding invites so they were just in time. The Boston terrier card is so adorable. I am going to tack it up above my computer so I can think CUTE! every day. Thanks!

yvonne401 on Dec 30, 2017:



ContraryHousewife on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice

sabbysteg on Dec 19, 2017:

Hi there Kathy, thanks again for the CPG Boston terrier items and Victoriana info you sent me, I really liked it a lot!

Ryleighsmom on Dec 16, 2017:

THANK you for the amazing mail you sent my daughter! How fun!! You sure put a big smile on her face! Happy Holidays to you!

simcoe54 on Dec 13, 2017:

CPG: Dec.'17 Wishlist - Received the 2nd half of the wishlist. The Christmas card is so cute and I love the owl pcs. Thanks so much!!!

yvonne401 on Dec 13, 2017:

Merry Christmas!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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