Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2019 3:01 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: January 19, 2019

Country: United States
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Hello -

I look forward to swapping with you.

I enjoy making people happy, so do let me know (before rating down) if for any reason my swap content did not meet your expectations or the instructions and especially if you do not receive a swap. My rating is very important to me and I want to make it right.

I have been a widow for 3 years. God has provided. I'm also a Mother (1 married daughter), Grandmother to three grown girls and Great-grandmother to a 3 year old girl. My daughter and husband live in Florida and the grown girls are in three different states: AZ, AL and FL. They all like sunshine. I like Oregon rain. Lived here all my life except for a few years in the San Francisco Bay area. Couldn't wait to return to Oregon. I'd prefer the Oregon coast, actually, but I'd miss all my friends here.

I am Christian and trust in God for the salvation he provides through his son, Jesus.

I have one cat, Tinkerbell. She is a loving companion. I am retired and enjoy tag sales, thrift stores and flea markets. I love crafting with paper and all kinds of mixed media.

Themes I enjoy

Cute birds, chickens, owls, cats, vintage toys & images, and Victorian steampunk (no skulls or goth please). I also like whimsey and playful (not Disney, but more vintage looking like 40s & 50s book pages) and vintage postcards and greeting cards

I collect postcards. My very favorites are animals and especially birds holding umbrellas.

I also collect vintage ephemera: Victorian Trading Cards, Vintage greeting cards, Single Swap Playing Cards (especially cats, owls, and unusual jokers) Postage Stamps. All of my collections include used and unused. I love them all!

Wish List

I'm a child at heart and enjoy fun, playful themes. I also enjoy vintage era graphics (40s - 50s).

Think of Handmade, vintage, part packages, gently used from your stash first. Other people's trash is my treasure LOL.

I tend to prefer muted colors over primary colors. I like yellow and lime green for all seasons. I also like "unexpected" color combinations. I can use:

  • Handmade paper or paper you alter w/swirls, splatters, Gelli plate prints, stamped on and textured papers (all sizes) I love paper!
  • Hand stamped images (black or brown on white or cream color) and images that blend on unusual papers
  • Cats, chickens & roosters are favs
  • Christian themed stickers with scripture.
  • Pictures of you and your family to add to my Swap-bot scrapbook
  • Pretty stickers. I prefer just flat ones, not 3D
  • Old, interesting black/white photos/cabinet photos. You know; the instant relative types : )
  • Retro and Victorian pictures or phrases cut from books, magazines.
  • Anything handmade by you.
  • Vintage single playing cards (collect jokers and interesting pictures)
  • Fun, bright printed socks (Size 9-11)
  • Vintage lace, ribbon and crinkled seam binding


I try to be thankful for any gift received, but some things just don't work for me due to my allergies: perfumes, soaps, lotions, candles, and some foods.

Tea and coffee samples are fine.

Although I'm a Christian I don't care for crosses, pictures of Christ, or most Christian imagery. I prefer items with scripture and a flower or other non-religious pictures.

Please do not send skulls, goth, fairies, nudes, and such. I don't celebrate Halloween and also don't care much for elves, Santas, fantasy, surreal or cutesy, but will re-gift to someone who has these listed as favorites.

Reminders for me . . .

My Games, Tags, Trains, RAKs & Wishes:

Challenge game sent 7-19


apryl rated for RSC: Send a card on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Gorgeous card and thanks so much for the dragons! I love those stamps!
LadyJo rated for CF: Mail Art- Happy New Year on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the neat Mail Art envie! I liked how you did it! I also love the extras you sent to me as well! I love postcards of all kinds. Thank you! It is a delight to get mail from you! I enjoy doing these Mail Art swaps! I like to see what others do!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it Jo. These are fun swaps to send and receive.
AbbyGailsCorner rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ JAN on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Joan, I was delighted to receive your JAN items this morning! You are so CLEVER!! The AF Academy stamps are extra special as my son who lives in your neck of the woods, is a 2008 AF Academy grad!! Those will go into his scrapbook! Thank you!
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you received this and enjoyed everything. How fun the AF Academy stamps have special meaning for you. Thank you for the the nice rating and heart.
jannieb rated for Meowy Christmas card on Jan 4, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. Thank you for the adorable kitty Christmas card. The little note card you sent was just as adorable. I think I will probably hoard it & neer to send it to anyone - LOL!! Grayson cracked up at the Kliban cat calendar page joke. Thanks again for the great swap. I hope you have a happy New Year!
debrbrts rated for C.F Christmas card swap 2018 on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cardinals card (and extra goodies too)! What a sweet pair! I am always happy when I see them at the bird feeder as they are truly a favorite. Cardinals are also a sign that a departed loved one is near!
Tricia22 rated for Brenda's Christmas Birds Card Swap on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and bird card, Hope you had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Comment: Thanks for the envies full of goodies! Elephant paper, and cutouts? Wow, let the stories continue! I may have to send you some happy mail in that envelope!
Response: I just found another elephant item you missed out on. LOL Glad it arrived. Thank you for joining the swap and the nice rating and heart.
debbiespoms rated for CAT CHRISTMAS CARD USA on Dec 17, 2018
Comment: Season's Greetings Joan! Thank you for the awesomely cute Cat Christmas card. OMG, I love it, so funny! And. yes, I sure do understand the cat card, lol ! My cat Bella is 6 yrs. old and just full of it! She's one of those cats, she doesn't care what she plays with. So, A lot of time she is full of Mischief, Ha! Thank you too, for the snowman memo pad & handmade gift tag. Love them!
SuZignomeMoM rated for MAE - Winter Wonderland on Dec 14, 2018
Comment: ♥ Thank you so much for the lovely envelopes. I shall enjoy using them. Merry Christmas. (I don't know why the rating didn't save but it was here waiting for me.)
Response: Thank you for the nice rating and heart. I'm glad you liked them. Happy New Year.
Comment: What a fun swap! Thank you!
glennasgarden rated for Christmas Gift Tags on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Beautiful tags Joan! I can't wait to use all of them on family Christmas gifts and then tell them who made them~ Thanks so much for the tags and the extras too!
Response: I'm glad you liked them. Thank you for the rating and heart. Merry Christmas.
Comment: Stocking package arrived today. .Will wait till Christmas to open.. Can't wait...Hugs and Thank you..12/25/2018 WOW What a Stuffed Stocking: Love the Apron and Potholders,Fabric,Doily, and Bag of goodies inside the Stocking, Heartfelt Thanks for your Generous Package for the Swap. Love/hugs...Will make time to Read the Book you sent soon...
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the nice rating. I hope you enjoy each gift. Merry Christmas.
LadyJo rated for CF: Mail Art- Christmas Theme on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty envie and the wonderful goodies you enclosed! Thank you for joining this swap! I will continue these!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the nice rating. I look forward to each month.
clutterfree rated for CF - Scavenger Hunt ~ NOV on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Joan...I always love the scavenger hunt swaps...thank you for hosting! Thank you for my fun items for NOV....fun and useful items! I'm falling behind on what is going on in my family too...LOL Grands are still near..I'm still putting them on and getting them off the bus daily....keeps me tied to home. I'm taking them on a road trip to VA the first week of Jan while they are on winter break ...my oldest daughter moved there in Nov. and the grands have not seen her home. We will have a late Christmas celebration that week while we are there :) Being a military family always made us flexible so we figure out how to make it work the best we can....blessings, Charlene
Response: Thank you for joining and the nice rating. I'm happy the grands are still close by..
Comment: Thank you for beautiful cards! Blessing to you at Christmas:)
ChelleHames rated for RSC: Rounded Squares on Nov 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card! I love the stamping you did! Thank you as well for the die cuts! They will make a lovely card!!! I've had my Christmas supplies out for a while. I love making Christmas cards!
Response: So glad you like the card. That is a fun and versatile design. The one I received is completely different and beautiful. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for the handmade envelope and the gifts. Whew, you saved my butt. I didnt have a fall card for a swap and thanks to you now I do! The vintage stamps are just beautiful! Love them! I so treasure them. You suggested in your note that we "swap postcards" Im mailing you one tomorrow.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the swap and found everything useful. I have a lot of vintage. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. You made my day! I'll send you some postcards soon.
snailmaillover rated for CF: Happy Thanksgiving on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice letter and very cute card! I loved reading about what you’re grateful for. God always provides! Thanks also for the card to use to write someone else. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. Have a blessed time around the family table.
ChelleHames rated for SS- Look For Circles Day on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: Your card is beautiful!!! I love the red, light blue, and silver color combo. And it's never too early for a Chrisgmas card!!! Thank you for a wonderful swap with a lot of extras as well!
Response: Thank you for the nice comments and heart. I'm glad it isn't too early for Christmas cards to use later because I got you for a partner again and had already made a Christmas one. It went out today.

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Swan on Jan 8, 2019:

Looks like I may not have thanked you for your Christmas card yet. The ornament is great, too!

glennasgarden on Dec 25, 2018:


rarjones on Dec 21, 2018:

Happy December Birthday to you! Hope your day is extra special:)

hollycm6 on Dec 21, 2018:

Thank you for the Christmas birthday card, recipe cards, and postage... I don't think I've ever received a card that was BIRTHDAY/Christmas before! I love it! I hope you'll have a merry-happy birthday, as well! :)

BlueberryLady on Nov 30, 2018:

Just got your note in today's mail for the CF Nov. WTA. What a Great Idea Heifer International, Yes I heard of them many years ago at Church.. Thank you for the Note and Stamps. !! Blessings and Hugs..

Mimi7 on Nov 27, 2018:

Joan thanks so much for the great Birthday card. I love it Hot pink is my favorite color plus my kitty looks just like this white kitty. Her name is Mistletoes. thanks for the kitty postcard and the lovely bird stamps, You made my day. Our bluebirds are at their feeder and water dish every day now. Hugs

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 19, 2018:

Animatarian on Nov 17, 2018:

Thanks for the sweet birthday card! I love the little jar, and all the sparkly accents!! Thanks, too, for the darling "little note" and the stamps... I'll certainly put them to good use! Appreciate your thoughtfulness.

BlueberryLady on Sep 17, 2018:

Thank you for the Cute Owl Happy Birthday Card you made me and the Stamps you sent inside.. Hugs and Love... My first owl was a Ceramic one my Aunt painted for Me quite a few years ago..!!

BeckyG56 on Sep 14, 2018:

Thanks for the birthday greeting! Love you!!

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