Swap-bot Time: November 20, 2018 3:06 am


Date Joined: March 2, 2017
Last Online: November 19, 2018

Country: Canada


Hello! My name is Helene. I live and work on Vancouver Island on the West coast of Canada. I work p/t at an active day program for people living with dementia, and p/t at a pediatric respite care home for kids living with serious medical and/or behavioural issues.

Work/life balance is a big deal for our super active family. We make time for each other and each of our crafts and interests, which is really special because it gives me a lot more time with my family, but also enough alone time with my arts and crafts and time to participate in a lot of swaps here. I am also a nemophilist; I love camping, hiking, and exploring in outdoor landscapes. I just discovered the made up term Werifesteria, which is not an actual word, but it describes what I love so perfectly - ''the impulse to wander the forest longingly in search of magic and mystery''. The Pacific Northwest is the best place for a nemophilist with its mossy evergreen forests and arbutus trees, but you have to be able to live with a lot of rain. The rain puts a sparkle on spider webs and glistens on the tree tops. And it keeps everything green year round. I love all the seasons for the different wonderful things each brings. I find great beauty in darkness and welcome your spooky stories or wiccan art.

I love rich dark opulent colours. I really enjoy the colours of autumn and all metallic tones. I enjoy rusts and golds, turquoises and royal purples.

I make a lot of big canvas and little paper mixed media pieces along with the atcs, inchies and mail art swaps I enjoy here. I really enjoy layering and creating texture. I would love to get more into assemblage, stain glass, and acrylic pouring, but I haven't found the time to start new hobbies.


Some materials I use often in my craft includes but are never limited to:

textured paper and unique fibres

strips of lace and ribbon

metal charms

brads of all shapes, sizes, and colours

leaf skeletons

old keys or key images

die cuts

anything vintage or vintage looking

steampunk, Victorian, and space themes

homesteading images, pictures of tools/items

nature themes and fairies, gnomes, fantasy, forest creatures, and folklore

trees, leaves, plants

dark, Hallowe'en, witchy, and spooky themes

handmade paper

really sparkly paper

rubber stamped paper in all above themes

photography/imagery in all above themes

Woodblock or rubber stamps

Old photography or picture postcards

wood or wood like elements

anything for mixed media art making like artist trading cards, inchies, cards, smash books,paper art on wood/canvas/cardboard etc

Tim Holtz Ideology "Paperie Salvage Stickers", or more high end mixed media use style stickers for craft

nature themes and woodland animals

anything handmade, especially by you

**letter paper, handmade/coloured patterned envelopes

mail art

I love rich colours, deep dark reds, rich browns, oranges, blues, and greens. Mossy and inviting. I also love using silver, gold, and copper tones.

No thank you!

!Some things I would not like. Thank you!

foam shapes or kid crafts

city postcards

dollar store stickers

No religious or holiday stuff please (unless I have specifically joined a swap for it)

I am not a fan of childish stamps or images

No princess or Disney stuff. I will not pass it on either (sorry) I do, however, use crown brads or images on atcs.

I am not interested in your current ephemera like yesterday's bus ticket, receipts, labels etc. It will likely just get recycled. Truly vintage or Tim Holtz style only please.


MiriamYocheved rated for A Canadian Autumn on Nov 17, 2018
Comment: Received you great swap. It was fun to unwrap. There were many little things. Thank you so much!
Hirka rated for Put NATURE on it! on Nov 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderfully stuffed envelope!
Response: Hooray for Happy Mail! Thanks for hosting all the fun swaps.
federfuchs rated for WIYM: NOtable NOvemeber N0tes on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your long letter, I really enjoyed reading it! And thank you for all the goodies you included :) I hope you'll have a wonderful November, December and New Year!
Response: Thank you! Take care
tigermousecat rated for CS: Envelope Flip Book on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for such a fun and over stuffed envelope! These are fun to do aren't they?!
Response: They really are super fun to do. Take care!
BugLeigh rated for Get to Know a Weirdo - Round 2 on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the ATC & all the little extras!
shellyc rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - Mixed Media on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for making this PL for me, the colours and decorations are great :)
bblue rated for Mini Pocket Letter: Fanciful on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks, this was great. Made my day!
Response: Thanks for hosting! This was a slightly challenging theme for me, so it was extra fun. Cheers!
ElenaMaz rated for Random Questions on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: WOW, everything is amazing, thank you so much for everything, that icecream sounds delicious, we don't have it here in Mexico :(
Response: Thanks for rating! Take care
sunshinesuperman rated for Bot What? on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Love this so much! This was new to me but so much fun. Yeah, you used a great one. Thank you. Hugs, Mona
Response: Yeah, this was really cool swap. I hope she hosts it again! thanks for rating. Take care
yomousey rated for Polka dot ATC! on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the ATC! I just got it today, mail is a pain, LOL!
Response: .
laterdayze rated for Tree or Leaves ATC on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the ATC :)
elluzki rated for October Inspirations on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: what a beautiful card, thank you. Love the colors!
sunshinesuperman rated for Vintage Hallowe'en on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC. I love everything about it but then Halloween is my favorite of all! I can sure use all the fabulous extras you put inside. Perfect swap for a perfect day today...Happy Halloween. Hugs, Mona
deblew rated for Circles, Circles, Everywhere on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard! Love all the dots and circles!
lemooon rated for Put a forest critter on it! on Oct 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a great mail! I really like a deer tag! Happy swapping!
AuTiger rated for Vintage Hallowe'en private swap on Oct 23, 2018
Comment: ♥️♥️♥️♥️ The card is great and the extras just soooo great! Thank you so much. And thank you for the private swap. You allowed me to participate in a theme I love. Wish I had more stars!
Response: Shall we do it again? A different theme?
Comment: Thanks for vintage style card. Great work.
Response: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Halloween envelope and all the special goodies inside! I am especially excited about the ravens and the vintage bat. But everything is super special. Thank you and HaPpy HaLLoweeN!
Response: Happy Halloween! Thanks for your lovely words. I am glad it arrived!

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ittybittykitty on Sep 22, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

ittybittykitty on Jul 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for angeling the Stamped Images for Crafting swap! I really liked the images you sent!

pinkrenegade on Feb 28, 2018:

For what must be the 20th time!!!!... instead of writing a lot in the comment section, I just wrote that to see if it would go through. When it did I went back and wrote on it.. twice. Nothing. But thank you many times over for the great 3 letters sets of vintage stationery! ♥♥ Happy Note Card Feb #2

pinkrenegade on Feb 26, 2018:

Helene ~ I have no idea what's going on with my computer. I received your swap for Happy Notecard Feb #2, and since Friday I've been trying a few times a day to rate you, but nothing shows up. I will keep trying so you can get your ♥ :o) Pat

btbeth on Dec 21, 2017:

Beautiful handmade tags! Thank you for angeling this swap! I truly appreciate it! Hugs and happy holidays!!

TC on Nov 13, 2017:

"right on!" :) That's the favorite catchphrase of my brand new son-in-law. It's so funny that you wrote that on my profile. LOL.

Eclectonote on Nov 5, 2017:

Thank you for the Brown art swap - the many layers on the ATC made for a little work of art with much depth and interest, and all of the lovely papers and embellishments are inspiring!

sleepingrover2010 on Sep 23, 2017:

Hello Helena,

I want to send you a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for the beautiful piece of art you sent me as a "thank you." It is beautiful and shows a great deal of creativity. I recognize some of the items that I had sent you. I like the butterfly magnified glass piece you put on this piece of art. I love this piece. This piece will have a prominent place in my house. Thank you so much for this gift.

I am so glad that you liked what I sent you. I am so glad that you can use the supplies that I sent you.

I am very happy that I my swap brought a smile to your face.


Bee1981 on May 31, 2017:

Awwww, I am the host of the diffrent stuff for flipbooks... ...I hoped that I would be your partner, cause we have some things in common, but sadly it hasn´t happend.Maybe we can make a private swap one day? Love Rebecca

mgallardo68 on May 26, 2017:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!

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