Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 9:38 am


Date Joined: July 21, 2017
Last Online: November 17, 2017
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

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November 2017 - Slowing down a bit on swaps as I am currently working on shop things. :)

Hello, my name is Valerie. Native Texan. I love animals, I have two rescue dogs, a rescue cat, and a bunny. [I cant wait to learn how to place their pics here!] Most of my time is spent being lazy with them or being a hermit in my craft "cave". Spend lots of time being an animal advocate, which is why my friends call me Animal.

I love paper crafting, not a day goes by that I am not making something "artsy" or learning something new to try. I love taking pictures, my camera is practically attached to me though I rarely get them printed even though that is the goal. I have a full time job, a sometimes job and recently opened an Etsy store I hope to expand on as well.

I like creepy things and cute things and basically anything with skulls on it, I keep buying Halloween themed things to decorate my house but I have no more shelf space for any of it. I can never get enough cute bunny themed items! Literally, I don't know where to find them!

I am really bad at letter writing portions, I'm pretty antisocial but I am making an effort. Please keep that in mind when receiving things like Pocket letters/note cards etc. I join these swaps more for the craft component and to push myself to be more open and to socialize with people. Thought I would put this even though it makes me sound a bit deranged.

Favorite Music

I'm very eclectic especially when it comes to my music taste! I listen to just about anything and everything, but lately feel "old" as I have not been keeping up with current songs/artist, which I feel horrible about as I used to promote bands locally and online YEARS ago. I feel like a fraud as I lived in Austin (the dying "Live Music Capital") my entire life until about 10 months ago. Most tuned to Radio stations: Country 80's pop Alternative/Rock but I do listen to EVERYTHING! Feel free to give me suggestions on what you're listening to right now :)

Favorite Television

I do my best not to watch TV but sometimes I get sucked in, I watch You're the Worst, This is US, Doctor Who, a lot of crime shows, AHS, still watch Grey's Anatomy even though that show should probably end already, The Orville, Bull. My husband watches a lot of car shows and hes got me watching Americas Got Talent lately as well.

Favorite Books

I love anything art/craft realated that I can get inspiration from. I also love books on crime, steampunk, mystery, etc. Sadly I collect books more than actually read them.

I also rescue books from a terrible fate and give them new life in the journals I make for myself and my Etsy shop. Though mostly they just mingle in their own walk in closet turned mini library.

Favorite Crafts

Making handmade journals and art books. I love to scrapbook; art journal, I work on at least 4 books at a time; paint; collage, probably one of my oldest and favorite things to do; making journals and planner charms for my Etsy shop.



TOP LIKES: Skulls (all styles- realistic-cartoony) and BUNNIES. Other Likes: Mammoth, Elephant, Rhinosorous, Scarab Beetles, Jelly Fish, steampunk, Circus/Carnivals! arts/crafts, sparkly/shiny things, "dark" things, happy things, dried flowers, hand drawn things, unique images, random photos, vintage things, new things, robots, dinosaurs, space, stars, aliens, anything HALLOWEEN (at any time of the year), glitter, confetti, things that remind me of that old school Funfetti cake with matching icing!!, sequence, unique packaging, decoupage papers/ cool tissue paper designs/gift wrap, anything animal related, small toys (under 2 inches - like you find in gumball machines), zines, used stamps especially from other countries, playing card/random cards with different designs/for different unusual games.... Favorite colors in no particular order: Pink, Gray, Black, Green

POSTCARDS: NAKED! - dont know what to write? Weird facts are cool! the more random/weird the better, not to fond of touristy cards but I know how hard it can be to find cool ones. I've been loving those cards with glitter. Do not mind handmade cards as long as it is clear that effort was involved.


Absolute: If you get nothing else from below PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY FOOD/DRINK ITEMS...Please no letter writing paper, especially copied/printed, I am not a letter writer and these just take up space before I am able to send them along.


***Store bought items (brand new), as I am not finacially able to purchase brand new items for everyone in every swap I participate in, I NEVER expect you to go out and purchase something brand new for me as a swap partner (unless swap specific). If its a new unused product from your stash you will never use thats fine. I just dont want you to feel pressured into having to do something like that, for me! Frankly I much prefer random ods and ends that would make great additions to my personal journals.

Reduse! Reuse! Recycle!

The Fine Print

If I have an option of sending a PC naked or in an envelope, I will likely send naked because that makes me happy (sorry I'm weird y'all!).

Posting this again because I think it is important: I am really bad at letter writing portions, I'm pretty antisocial but I am making an effort. Please keep that in mind when receiving things like Pocket letters/note cards etc. I join these swaps more for the craft component and to push myself to be more open and to socialize with people.

I will send swaps on time (typically as soon as partners are assigned though not always) unless I'm dead or imprisoned, so if you don't get my swap check the jail or the obits then let my family know!

ā˜¹ļø I would probably join more swaps if everyone stopped requiring tea packets! šŸ˜

I will RATE as soon as I get my mail from you and hope you would kindly do the same as that lets me know you recieved what I sent.

PLEASE try to write the name of the swap somewhere on the outside of the the envelope/package it helps me when rating. It would be greatly appreciated. I always try to do the same as it also helps me with keeping my outgoing mail straight! Thank you!!

Please message me here if needed as opposed to email if you are able as I typically only check my email if im looking for something specific. If you do email please include the swap name as I join several of the same type of swaps.


You're the WORST:

The Worst Experience with a Swapper Award goes to: @lynndespin



I have received a swap from zip code 21044 please message me if this is you! 10/25/17


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful diary, love the Huricane Aid information you enclosed and the cute fridge magnet and bookmarks xx wish I could use all your vouchers!!! šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚
LacieLove rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!! End Oct. on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
pbcquiltlover rated for Just Randomness on Nov 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a wonderful bundle of happiness!
Saba rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail NOV, 2017: USA on Nov 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun post!
Comment: Thank you for the fun envie full of goodies, especially all of the washi!
Astahl rated for Decos for DAYS #8 on Nov 13, 2017
fairyduster53 rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Cute deco!
Comment: Look at all the zines for my collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omgosh! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dsweeny rated for Paper swap on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Hi sweety! PERFECTION!!! I loved and will use every cotton pickin' piece of paper you sent!! I absolutely love all of them, but if I had to pick, I think my favorite is the old cars - I've never seen any paper like that! Thank you so much for sending. You are a wonderful swapper!
joppagirl rated for Decos Only - USA November on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thanks
DaiziDruke rated for Paper swap on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Valerie, for the new additions to my paper hoarding stash. I especiilay liked the vintage style papers. =)
Comment: Thank you for the fun goodies!
Response: Happy to see that you liked the items!!
Comment: The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, which I learned when I lived in New Orleans! Love the old school race car paper.
Response: :)
Comment: Thanks for the great things! I will be able to use most of this!!
Response: SO glad that you will be able to use the items! That makes me feel less horrible! :)
BusyB rated for *WIYM: Happy Flat Mail NOV, 2017: USA on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: What a cute envelope with all the llamas, love it! Thank you for the blue goodies and all the quotes, love using these in my JJ. The quotes about friends are awesome!
Response: I cant take credit for the envelope but glad you liked it I thought it was super cute too! You are very welcome, I am glad you're happy with it all. :)
Comment: thank you
Response: Your welcome! :)
Comment: Thank you for the envies!
Response: Very welcome! <3
Comment: Love what you sent..especially the postcards!
Response: So glad to hear!! <3
kdj42160 rated for TS - Questions Only Texans Get! on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great answers! I love hearing from other SB members!
Response: Thanks for the fun swap!

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widelo123 on Nov 14, 2017:

Valerie I just received your postcard. I do not mind getting a postcard from you at all. I love receiving postcards from everyone. The postcard put a smile on my face. I love the expressions on the animal faces. Shirley

nevers on Nov 8, 2017:

Thank you for angeling for Postcard Party for Newbies! I love this deep-sea fish postcard. They are so delightfully ugly!

Chaosfay on Nov 8, 2017:

Thank you for angeling!

crochetjunkie on Nov 6, 2017:

Thank you for angelling for Postcard Party! The pc was nice and sarcastic...just how I like it! Lol

stiffneck78 on Oct 31, 2017:

LadySunshine on Oct 12, 2017:

I am sorry for the late comment! This is for Profile Hello #1. Hope your day is going well and that you're having a wonderful time! hello

Ramya on Oct 10, 2017:

Hello! I enjoyed reading your profile:) You like to rescue Books? Me too... I buy books that are sadly sitting on the book sale table at the library for weeks. I deconstruct them and make crafts with them, cover and all! There are so many things to do with them and art journals too! Iā€™m rather quiet and keep to myself but Swapbot allows me to communicate in the ways I love... you too? I wish you Happy Swapping! -Ramya (Profile Hello #1)

esmy77 on Sep 27, 2017:

Thank you for the zine!

Also we cross in a lot of swaps he-he!

snail mail by esmeralda3

esmy77 on Aug 30, 2017:

snail mail by esmeralda3

Thank you for your postcard <3

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