Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2020 7:18 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: January 20, 2020

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 5 years. I miss him more every day. But, God has provided. I'm also a Mother (1 married daughter), Grandmother to three grown girls and Great-grandmother to a 5 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 will be 16 this spring (2020) She is my 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 and I like yellow and lime green for all seasons. I also like "unexpected" color combinations.

For flat surprises, I can use:

  • Textured papers, 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, owls
  • Christian themed stickers with scripture.
  • Flat stickers, rather than 3D types
  • Die cuts
  • 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)
  • 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:


Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade postcard and encouraging words.
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies you sent! Everything was so cute and I can’t wait to use them. :D
Response: I'm happy you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the rating with heart.
coleenfranks rated for CF: National Bird Day! on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: Joan, thank you for all the pretty bird goodies. Who doesn't love peacocks. Nice bookmark too. Happy New Year. Hope it proves a blessing each day.
Response: Thank you for the nice rating with heart. May God bless you in 2020.
rarjones rated for CF: SNOW Scavenger Hunt on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: just opened your envie with SNOW stuff! love all of it. Big thanks for the stamps too! So cute campbells note card :) I can use it all - thank you again for a very thoughtful swap:)
Response: So glad you can put everything to use. Thank you for the heart and happy 2020 swapping!
Comment: Beautiful redone card! It looks like it originally came that way. Also loved the idea of the circles mounted to solid circles! So much you can do with that idea - tags, card embellishments etc. Great reuse of Christmas cards. I enjoyed this swap - thanks for hosting it :) Happy New Year
Response: I am happy you liked your swap. I have a hard time throwing any cards, paper away, so it is fun to recycle. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. Happy 2000!
Comment: JOAN! YOU SPOILED ME ROTTEN!! Thank you SO much for all of the goodies and for taking the time to read my profile! ~ Your swap and the time you spent mean so much 💖 Happy New Year!
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed the swap. You made my evening with such nice comments and a heart too. Happy swapping in 2020.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and the bookmark. I hope your Christmas was merry.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your swap. Thank you for the rating with heart. I had a nice Christmas. Happy New Year and happy swapping in 2020!
Comment: Thank you for the cat card & goodies, Happy New Year🥳
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the top rating with heart. And, Happy 2020 to you also.
TamiHope rated for CF: One simple Christmas Card on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Joan - what a precious, beautiful card you sent me. I love it! I will be hanging it in a very special place. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm happy you liked the card; I had fun making it for you. Thank you for the rating with heart. God bless!
Candace rated for UHM: Christmas Card x 2 on Dec 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!! Merry Christmas :)
Comment: Thank you for the booklet, love it! And stamps and card! Merry Christmas!
Response: I'm happy you like the swap. Thank you for rating so quickly and the heart, too! Hugs.
24Donna rated for CMF - Profile based Christmas Card on Dec 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much very nice! Sorry for late rating! God bless you and Merry Christmas 🎄
Response: Oh, good. I'm relieved it did arrive. Thank you for rating, with the heart. Enjoy your family for the Christmas season.
JazD rated for UHM: Christmas Card x 2 on Dec 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Happy Holidays!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the rating with heart. Enjoy the season.
Comment: Your bookmarks are adorable. Thank you so very much.
Response: I'm so relieved they arrived. And, glad you like them. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Enjoy the holidays!
jannieb rated for 🎄🐱Meowy Christmas Cards USA on Dec 15, 2019
Comment: Oh, I love the cat Christmas card you sent...it is so cute!! Thank u for the card for Grayson as well. You really made his day :) You sent an awesome swap. Thanks again & Happy Holidays!!
Response: I'm glad you both enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
24Donna rated for CF: Merry Christmas Mail Art on Dec 14, 2019
Comment: I love the recycled envelope! How clever and Great idea! Excited to open since I could see Betty Boop peeking through the window! I use security envelopes in junk journals but now I will be using for mailings! Thank you! God bless and Merry Christmas 🎄
Response: Those window envelopes are so much fun! And, they are easy to open and turn inside out too. Thank you for the super nice rating, with heart.
shirleyinCA rated for SMSUSA: Blind Envelope on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Great assortment of items! I just love your notary seal on the translucent paper! Lots of things I can use in journals and art! really fun vintage Christmas tags. Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed what I sent. After reading your profile I was sorry it was a blind swap. I have a lot in my stash you would love. Maybe, next time we meet. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Comment: Thank you, Joan, for the adorable old-fashioned card, and for the extras. It's always so nice to get mail from you♥
Response: How nice; we both received on the same day. I'm glad you liked it. I've been sewing some of those old fashioned images on wallpaper samples. So, fun. Thank you for the nice rating and heart.
Comment: I loved the ornament card. So cute. I always wondered what to do with those foil seals. Now I'll start collecting what few I get. Thank you.
Response: I'm glad it was a new idea for you. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Happy recycling this holiday season!
Comment: Thank you so much!! What a cute design!! Sending another card wasn't necessary but I wanted to say thank you and acknowledge what an amazing swapper you are!!! Thanks again!!
Response: I'm glad it arrived safely. And, just to be safe I had mailed another one today. Thank you for the kind words and thank you for the rating with heart. Hugs!

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hollycm6 on Jan 17, 2020:

Oh AND THE HEART POSTAGE!!! :) I am a "chemo angel" sending lots of mail to a chemo patient so pretty postage is really really appreciated!!

hollycm6 on Jan 17, 2020:

Oh I don't think I thanked you for my birthday card!! With the holiday punches... oh my goodness that lamppost cutout with the holly leaves on it... too cute!! Thank you for thinking of me. I'm sorry I missed your Christmas birthday this year :( I have been thinking about you, though!

LadyJo on Jan 10, 2020:

Thank you for the fun RAK! I enjoyed looking at all the postcards and the teacup die cuts are so nice!

orneryswife on Jan 10, 2020:

Thank you for the amazing RAK package. Lots of cool stuff in there that will be fun to use. What a blessing!

glennasgarden on Jan 1, 2020:

May you have a blessed and happy new year!

Mimi7 on Jan 1, 2020:

Happy 2020!

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 31, 2019:

I was just thinking of you last night!

hollycm6 on Dec 31, 2019:

I received your lovely card today, thank you so much! I really did feel God's love and care before AND during the procedure, thank you for your prayers!! (also the card is beautiful!) I hope you had a happy birthday!!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

glennasgarden on Dec 25, 2019:

Merry Christmas Joan!

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