Swap-bot Time: September 25, 2020 3:49 am


Date Joined: May 30, 2010
Last Online: September 24, 2020

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I look forward to swapping with you. My rating is very important to me. Please let me know if you do not receive a swap or if I've failed to meet your expectations. I want to make it right.

Updated 9-21-20

Tomorrow is the Autumn Equinox - I love fall time, the colors and pumpkin pie! In Oregon we need the cooler weather and rain. Many families lost their homes in the wildfires. Smoke was the main problem in my area. I was one of the fortunate. Others have to start with nothing.

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

In October, I will have survived 6 years without my late husband. I miss him more every day. But, God has provided.

I have one daughter, three grown granddaughters and one great-grandaughter. My daughter and husband just moved to NJ. The granddaughters are in AZ, FL and the youngest just moved back to OR.

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 have one cat, Tinkerbell. She will be 16 this spring (2020) She is my loving companion.

I am retired. Before isolation I enjoyed tag sales, thrift stores and flea markets. Most of my days are now full of socializing on the computer and crafting. I enjoy paper and mixed media.

Themes I enjoy

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

I favorite postcards to collect are animals or birds with umbrellas.

I also collect vintage ephemera: Victorian Trading Cards, Vintage greeting cards, Single Swap Playing Cards (especially cats, owls, and unusual jokers) unusual cancelled postage stamps. All of my collections include used and unused paper items.

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!
  • Swap cards and/or Return address labels
  • Cats, owls
  • Christian themed stickers with scripture.
  • Flat stickers, rather than 3D types
  • 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)


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:


Jessinpa rated for WnWHS ~ Encouragement Notecard Swap on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Love the card it's beautiful and thank you for the fall goodies!
Response: So glad you enjoyed everything. Thank you for the quick rating and heart. Happy fall swapping!
Fritosmom rated for CF: Fall Postcard! on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Fall Gatlinburg PC and perfect scripture. God Bless
Response: Wow! That was fast. I'm glad you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Happy fall.
ArtyBeth3 rated for RSC: Slimline Cards on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Sweet card! Yes, always good to try a new card design. Unfortunately, they want us back in the office on Monday. We’re hoping they push it out until the smoke clears! P.S. Thanks for the fall themed punched shapes and die cuts! 🍁
Response: You are welcome and thank you for the heart rating. I'm sorry they are calling you into the office. The air is suppose to improve, but perhaps if it doesn't they will change their expectations.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for WnWHS: Skyscraper Day on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Oo thank you for the lovely postcards! I love them all! UN Building, Eiffel Tower and the lovely vintage train cards too! This is such a special swap! I love the handmade card too- so delicate and pretty!!
Response: I'm so glad they arrived and you are enjoying them. Thank you for the nice rating with a heart. Take care.
HappyDayMail rated for CF: Vintage Stamped Mail on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: So delightful to see your lovely p.c. in my mailbox! Thanks for making this a fun swap.
Response: I'm glad it arrived safely. Thank you for hte nice rating with heart. Happy swapping.
spotteddogs rated for RSC - Christmas in September on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Joan - what a LOVELY card! I have been obsessed with olive/lime green for Christmas lately and love the trees! Thanks, too, for the exquisite cardstock extras and die cuts. Will probably use them on gift tags! Thanks again for a special swap - breathe safely up in Oregon with all those fires. Take care!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the cards and have a use for the die cuts. I'm in a safe area so far and the smoke isn't as bad as it was. Thank you for the top rating with a heart. Take care.
rarjones rated for CF: Bee Ye Kind on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Yeah! Your re-send came today! Beautiful card as always. I love all the fixings to make one myself as well:) Thank you so much and sorry it was held up in the mail system.I will let you know if the first one ever makes it thru to me.
Response: I'm happy the resend made it to you. And, I do hope the first one will eventually show up. Thank you for being so kind about this and thank you for the nice rating.
Comment: Thank you Joan. I love all the owl items and your envelope. Blessings
Response: I'm glad it arrived quickly and you like the owls. They are always fun for fall. Thank you for the nice heart rating. Happy fall. God bless.
AbbyGailsCorner rated for CF- Fun with Tape on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: I LOVE this card Joan! So fun to learn a new technique. Thank you for your note and the die cuts and stamped images. Looking forward to Fall!
Response: You are very welcome. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the nice rating with heart. Yes. Come on fall!
Coss rated for RSC - Hello to Fall on Aug 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful card and the extra goodies. Those little squirrels are as cute as can be. Thank you for the lovely note as well.
Response: You are very welcome. I'm surprised how quickly that arrived. Some of my swaps are taking 3 weeks or more. I'm glad you liked the swap. Thanks for the nice rating with a heart. : )
LadyJo rated for CF: Share the Lesson Swap on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: Wow, Joan! What a beautiful lighthouse note card! I will enjoy this by displaying it! The beautiful blue sky, my favorite. I enjoyed Your devotional! I laughed about the material things, such as craft supplies. I love sending too! This is a great reminder, right now to humble ourselves. Thank you for the great swap, stamps, and the coloring card as well!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your swap. Thank you for the great rating with a heart. Your comments cheer me up. : )
rarjones rated for RSC - Sender's Choice on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: yeah it came in todays mail:) I love the card it is adorable! You always take alot of time in your swaps - I love getting you as a partner:) as for jpg/gif finds I just type in my theme and then gif with 300 x 300. I usually find alot to click on but not all will be the size I want - I still have to test them out many times. But I have enjoyed learning to do that:)
Response: I am so glad it came! And, happy you like it. Thank you for the tip on finding gif images and thank you for the nice rating with a heart.
Comment: Thanks so much for the Oregon Lighthouses PC I am sure I have seen a few of them when I was young. Some of the names sound familiar to me. Thanks too for hosting this swap.
Response: Thank you for joining the swap and rating with a heart. God bless.
isabellasnow rated for SMSUSA: Autumn Happy Mail on Aug 21, 2020
Comment: Hi Joan! You certainly brightened my day with your Autumn Happy Mail! What a wonderful bunch of goodies. I love everything and it went a long way toward putting me into a fall mood!
Response: And your rating just brightened my evening. I'm glad it made both of us happy. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. Happy fall swapping!
Comment: Nice swap. Thank you very much
Response: Glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart. Hugs!
susieq40 rated for CF- Sunflower / Son Follower on Aug 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for pretty card and extras. Hope you are doing well. Hugs
Response: I'm glad you liked the card and thank you for the heart. I'm doing well and pray you stay well also.
LindaW rated for CF- Just Droppin By! on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the homemade slimline card and the tucked in items. I have never made a slimline card. Last year a friend gave me a copy of Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional. It’s very insightful and encouraging to read.
Response: The slimline cards have given me new interest in card making. Another similar daily reading I like is The Poor Man's M&E Portions by Hawker. I alternate these two each year. Thank you for the rating with heart. God bless your Bible studies.
24Donna rated for CMF - Slimline Card on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, love the cherries and the verse on it! Thanks also for the extras! Stay safe and Hod bless you!
Response: I'm glad it arrived safely and you enjoyed the swap. Thank you for the nice rating and heart. Enjoy your weekend.
LadyJo rated for CF: Mail Art Ice Cream on Aug 6, 2020
Comment: I loved your Mail Art envie! It was neat! I also loved reading your note, and the fun awesome extras! All those ice cream die cuts! Fun! I am glad you are safe in your city. Also, sad to read about the Senior Center. It is good you can get outside and enjoy God's Beauty! Thank you for joining and I am glad to receive lovely things from you!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap. It was a fun one. Thank you for the nice rating with a heart. God bless.
TamiHope rated for RSC - One More Christmas in July on Aug 1, 2020
Comment: Hi Joan! Beautiful Christmas card - I have not seen this one! I love all the trees - they make me happy. :-) Thanks to for the great Christmas tags. And thank you for joining my swap! Tami
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. I enjoy that full page multi-tree rubber stamp and embossing folder. It was fun to do a Christmas card in July! Thank you for hosting and the heart rating. .

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grammypammy on Sep 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the birthday card and chicken stickers!

Hugs, Pam

BlueberryLady on Sep 15, 2020:

Thank you so much for remembering my Birthday with the Butterfly card !! and love the Vintage Recipe cards and postcards and Labels.. Very kind !!!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2019:

SCORE! lol The Tower Records postcard! OMgosh!

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..

ReadMoreBooks33 on Aug 3, 2018:

TereDiane1954 on May 14, 2018:

Joan, I love the typewriter and camera cut-outs you sent me! Hm, what shall I do with them . . .? Thank you so much! I'm still thinking about what a wonderful time you and Becky and Beth and I had last week. I treasure my friendship with all of you♥

Animatarian on Apr 5, 2018:

Joan, thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers!! The card was so appreciated, and your thoughtfulness at including thank-yous AND stamps was wonderful!! It's amazing how many things you "need" when you can't drive!! LOL The Lord must be teaching me something!! Thanks again for everything.

TereDiane1954 on Feb 9, 2018:

Dear Joan, I found the sweetest welcome-home note in my mailbox this morning! Thank you for your thoughtfulness. The article about how the Scrabble game got its start is fascinating. I like knowing odd bits of information like that. It makes me feel really intelligent ;) It's so good to be home♥

supersquirrel on Dec 13, 2016:

Just completed the MAE - I spy a kitty kat. My first event since joining MAE. It was a blast - a swap I truly enjoyed. Thank you for hosting such a fun event.

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