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Date Joined: April 18, 2014
Last Online: June 30, 2020
Birthday: January 17
Country: United States
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About Me

I am currently an inactive swapper. I've unenrolled from groups and am taking a break. If/when I return, I will join back up. Thanks to my previous partners for some really excellent swaps!

I am a mother, to a little bundle of 5 year old joy named Nora. I am married to Aaron, a fellow writer and educator, and we've been together 19 years (11 married). Funny note - DH made me an awesome pocket letter to celebrate our 10 year anniversary last year. Great minds think alike - I made him one too. :)

I am a poet, writer, art journaler/photographer and all around creative, when I have the time. And I make time, every morning at 5 AM, 365 days/year.

In my professional life, I am an educator who works in higher education. I try to blend my creative side with my work side, by using my poet's eye to create and sustain programming for college students.

I currently live in Southern Wisconsin, but I have lived (in order): Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Southern Wisconsin, suburban Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN (again), and now a small town south of Madison (again). My heart belongs in Minneapolis, where I've lived for the majority of my life.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy art journaling, mixed media, and collaging. I enjoy painting with watercolors, acrylic (craft paints), collaging my poems into my pages, using some ephermera, using watercolor pencils, and doodling with ink pens. I also completed the Index Card a Day Challenge two years in a row - 61 index cards in 61 days! (I'm currently doing year 3!)

Since joining Swapbot, I've discovered creating ATCs, Chunky Pages, handmade PCs and greeting cards, pocket letters, and other handmade paper crafts. These are my primary swapping choices.

I am a very novice photographer, but I only use my (pretty decent) cell phone camera for pictures. I love taking selfies and documenting the day-to-day of my life on Instagram. Please note that my Instagram does contain spoilers of works in progress, including swaps.

My first love is poetry and I love writing form poems, found poems, and experimental poetry forms...when I have the time and mental space.

Favorite Music

I love folk music, women vocalists, and some punk. My current favorites are: Ani DiFranco (always), Amanda Palmer, Mason Jennings, Greg Brown, Mumford & Sons, Regina Spektor, Glen Hansard, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, Jason Webley, and Le Tigre. I am also obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda, so I have been playing Hamilton, Hamilton Mixtape, and Moana soundtracks non-stop.

Favorite Books

I am an avid reader and I read everything, both high & low. For poetry, I love: Matthea Harvey, Rita Dove, Patricia Smith, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, the Beat poets, Kevin Young, and Gertrude Stein.

For popular fiction, I am a huge nerd. I mostly read urban fantasy/young adult fantasy (think Dresden Files or Hunger Games) and I spent over 2 years finishing the Song of Ice and Fire series. But I also like literary fiction and nonfiction. My favorite non-nerd novel of last year was The Circle by Dave Eggers and I'm a sucker for memoirs of artists, like Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane DiPrima or Patti Smith's memoir.

Favorite Television

I barely have the time for TV anymore, but I like some nerdy shows and a lot of HBO/Showtime/AMC/Netflix originals. Current favorites are: Game of Thrones (but I'm a season behind), Breaking Bad (RIP), Parks & Rec, Castle, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black.


  • Ephemera (book pages, postcards, instruction manuals, maps, diagrams, illustrations)
  • Collaged magazine art, especially ones that deconstruct media and/or political messages.
  • Political art from all eras, but especially propaganda style.
  • Watercolors
  • Doodles/drawings/line art, including zentagle style and mandalas
  • Indie comics, like autobiography in panels
  • Colors: Blues, greens, white, black, silver, deep reds - anything dramatic
  • Foods/recipes: Most foods, especially healthy "real food" (organic, unprocessed) recipes and ideas. But I also have a sweet tooth. :)
  • Favorite quotes, personal messages.


I am not very sentimental, even though some of my interests and roles (poets & poetry, motherhood) would seem otherwise. For example, I prefer hard hitting poetry rather than flowery language. I prefer real stories about the joys and struggles of motherhood.

I am not into super feminine design - more clean lines than lace, if that makes sense.

I am spiritual, but not religious, so I would prefer no quotes/materials that are Judeo-Christian in nature (respectfully). I am totally with fine with ecumenical inspirational quotes and materials, materials that promote mindfulness or kindness, and pagan/nature-honoring themes.

On the political side, I am a strong liberal feminist. So, I appreciate quotes and materials that promote equal rights, feminist theory, intersectionality, LGBTQIA issues, etc. Respectfully, please do not send Republican or right-wing materials. I've never had this happen, but I thought I'd just put it out there. :)

Finally, I am not a sticker collector. If I do receive them, I pass them along to my daughter. However, she has lots of stickers.

About Rating & Sending

I promise to rate the day I receive your swap, unless I am out of town. If I am out of town, I put a message at the top of my profile. If I haven't rated your swap, it's because I haven't received it.

I also promise to contact you before rating down. I understand that things get lost in the mail and I do my best to be understanding. However, I appreciate hearing from you before the swap deadline if issues arise.

I would appreciate it if you would do me the honor of rating my swap when you receive it. If I haven't received a rating from you for a swap I've sent, I'll contact you for a friendly reminder. :)


LizzyJo rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - grey on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the interesting ATC. I like the washi tape you used on the envie. Using grey was a challenge for me, too.
Comment: Thank you for another beautiful ATC!
Comment: I love your ATC! You really managed to create something beautiful within such a short space of time.
dally rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - blue on Jun 30, 2017
Comment: I do remember those pastels!! Great 10-min atc, thank you! :D
SuMay rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - yellow on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your "sunshine" ATC made of fun and sunny scraps.
LizzyJo rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - green on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cool green ATC and nice letter. I like getting a swap from a neighbor. :-)
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the rating and the <3!
Comment: What a great way to use up mono print scraps! Thanks for the fun ATC!
Response: Thanks for the kind comments! I plan on eating through some of my stash with this series. :)
Created46 rated for 10 minute ATC challenge - pink on May 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the little pink gem that you sent my way. I love the sparkles.
Response: You are welcome! I'm so glad that you received it. Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC! I love it!
Response: Yay - I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the <3!
spotteddogs rated for TPD - Mystery Supply Swap #9 on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: I LOVE this tag! The black, white, and red is so striking and I think you did a beautiful job. I haven't even started mine ... I can think of a supply, but not what to do with it! Thanks for joining this swap.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I haven't swapped much lately due to busy-ness in my personal life. This swap was so much fun to do. :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful page! Very inspiring and am thrilled to have it as my first page for this series!
Response: Hooray! I'm so glad that you liked it. <3
TereDiane1954 rated for 2017 Inspiration Journal on Dec 23, 2016
Comment: Beautiful! It's got purple, and music, and a very cool quote. I love it, thank you so much♥
Response: Yay! I had such fun making it. Enjoy!
skinny52 rated for EJ: Ephemera ATC exchange USA on Oct 27, 2016
Comment: I love the entire look of your atc and especially that you used postage stamps! Thanks
Response: You are so welcome! :)
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - August 2016 on Aug 29, 2016
Comment: What a great set of Kraft paper prints! I already have an idea to use them and re-use the beautiful heron images from the PC you sent - Thank you!!
Response: Thank you for the kind comments. I'm so glad that you'll be able to use them. :)
Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC! I love the flower theme.
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
ToujoursMoi rated for ABES: Send 10 Circles on Apr 7, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely envie that you re-sent. I love it. 💕
Response: Thank goodness! I was starting to get worried that this one went AWOL too. Thank you for the kind rating and your patience!
bstitched rated for TPD - Mystery Supply #6 on Mar 25, 2016
Comment: Jessica: thank you for a great swap, I love the ATC! I thought this Mystery Supply was a real challenge. Thank you again! ♥
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and rating! I am so glad that you liked the ATC...and that you thought it was challenging too. :)
Created46 rated for TPD: Folios on Mar 16, 2016
Comment: Thank you so very much for this folio. I had never thought about stamping the spine but that is genius. So much inspiration in this package.
Response: Hooray - I'm glad you liked it! Enjoy! :)
Houstonsgal rated for Dictionary or phone book page on Mar 12, 2016
Response: Thank you for the rating!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful swap! I love that you sent me blank postcards that I can send myself. :) They're all so pretty, too!
Response: Thank you so much! I'm so pleased that you like them. :)

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madebymilla on Jul 12, 2019:

So glad to hear the zines reached you and you liked them I really enjoyed creating the zine especially for you, felt good to be doing it. Thanks so much for giving me a second chance!

madebymilla on Jul 12, 2019:
bstitched on Jul 4, 2017:

Happy Independence Day!

btbeth on Jan 11, 2017:

Got the dictionary page RAK today, thank you so much! These are going to be perfect for my new adventure into ATC's. Hugs & Thanks so much!

gooddog56 on Jan 7, 2017:

Many thanks for the RAK! ♡♡♡Love♡♡♡ the pages...

anrtist on Jan 6, 2017:

THANK YOU so much for so many great C pages!
I like that dictionary! ;-)

This was a very sweet RAK for you to do! SweeeeeeeettttttttttT !!! ;-)
Blessings, cc

sherba31 on Jan 6, 2017:

Thank you for the I&L vintage dictionary pages RAK. Fun illustrations and plenty of inspiration. =)

Paige1900 on Aug 2, 2016:

OMGosh! The RAK arrived today. I have never seen a package packed this full with such wonderful stuff! I just am in awe with your generosity.

Fry on Mar 19, 2016:

I am so glad that you enjoy the random bits that I sent you. By the time I got everything in there I had no idea what else was under it! =) I remember the banana... I used that as a part of a still-life because then I could paint a picture of it without replacing it. It was easier to get rid of stuff when I knew I was sending it to someone! =) Thanks!

hollycm6 on Feb 20, 2016:

I have to add a thank you as I'm cleaning off my desk for the squirrel paperclips... So adorable!! And the Be teabag topper... I hadn't even noticed it matched the Be page (duh!) :-)

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