Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2019 10:40 am


Date Joined: June 28, 2014
Last Online: February 20, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

Hello everyone. I have swapped off and on since the early 90s. Back then, swapping was done through pre-internet message boards (Prodigy for you youngins, lol) I then graduated to the WWW (AOL anyone?), and my swapping world completely opened up! I mean that was the first time I ever sent anything internationally other than a letter, postcard, or greeting card. Of course it was way cheaper then too. I miss those days. Onward to late 90s, and my swapping was through email based groups and forums. Onelist, then E-groups, then Yahoo groups. Sadly, Yahoo groups have declined and there is literally tumble weeds blowing through the halls of Yahoo High. Sad, sad, very sad. I stopped swapping altogether in 2006 due to life. I went back to graduate school and it completely consumed my entire life. I was also making sure my children graduated from HS. Life was busy. After it calmed down, I found Facebook, and started exploring different art technique and crafting groups. I've been creating solo for the past several years, and only sporadically swapping on Facebook. I do like all the FB groups, but it lacks the organization that I need, and I cannot stand that it dictates what I see in my feed. It's kind of hard to keep up with the happenings in groups when the FB algorithms are hell bent against it. It's also very easy to join like 500,000 groups. I miss the structure of Yahoo groups and online forums, sigh. So, here I am giving SB a try.

I am married, a mom to three adult children, and grand-mom to six grandsons. I am also mom to a snarky beagle, 9 chickens, and 3 ducks. I guess I'm mom to a few stray cats that wander through our outbuildings and property. I am an avid letter writer to my family, and penpals I've had for over 20 yrs.

I wish I could swap internationally again, but the postage rates have gone up considerably over the past decade, and its slower than its ever been. I find myself fretting over slow international mail. So much that I can't enjoy the experience. I'll just stick to letters, PCs, and greeting cards for international.

I check my mail frequently and I always rate on the day that I receive. If you don't receive a rating it's because I didn't receive anything. I will not down rate out of the blue. I will make contact with you to inquire about the swap. I usually do this at the 14 day sent date (domestic swaps), regardless of the swaps send deadline. Basically, if I haven't received something by your 14 day send date, I figure something is amiss and I will let you know.

I also follow up on the swaps that I have sent. If I have not received a rating at or near the 14 day sent date, regardless of the swap deadline date, I will send a message to inquire if the swap has been received. This isn't to hound you into a rating as much as it's to inquire if I need to resend something. Although I do appreciate not having to chase a rating. I do not flake. If something has been misplaced by the postal service, please allow me to correct the matter before down rating me. I will also let you know if something has come up that is going to cause a late send. I will communicate this before I actually send the swap. I also do not hit the send button until I have actually gone to the post office to mail the swap. I leave nothing in my mailbox. All mail from me is either dropped into the blue box at my post office, or is processed at my post office counter.

I don't participate in online drama or bullying. Life is much too short for such nonsense.

Be kind,

Have fun,

Happy Swapping.


Favorite Music

I'm pretty opened to all music.

I'm an 80s lady, so I always revert back to 80s pop and hair bands.

I also like music from the 60s, because my parents jammed to some of the best music of that time. Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Motown.

I also love country music, because well I'm a country gal. Old school country as well as the new stuff.

I really never grasped 90s music except I will listen to some Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morrisette, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains.

I am also opened to some of the newer alternative groups.

Basically if it's not screaming at me and has as a good beat, I am game. I really love music. I can go from Bach and Gregorian Chant, to metal banging Iron Maiden at the drop of a hat. Add a little bit of whiny Hank Sr., Jennings, and Cash, and well that pretty much sums me up.

Favorite Books

What can I say. I love books. I have my Kindle, but there is something about holding a book in your hand, flipping through its pages. While I do love fiction (no chick fiction please), I am currently working my way through the Western Canon and 1001 books to read before you die. I'm not sure that I will ever accomplish that.

I love the True Crime genre and I dearly love Detective Fiction.

I'm a short story and novella junkie. I usually read a Gothic short story a day during the month of October to bring in the Halloween spirit.

Book recommendations are always appreciated. I have a Good Reads account, but it's very neglected. However, I do belong to some of the reading groups on the website and participate in some of the monthly reads. I really need to read more. I used to read a book a week. Now I'm lucky to read one a month. I'm working on this. I also need to revisit my bookish blog that I've had for years. It's also very neglected.

Favorite Movies

I don't really watch a lot of movies. I would rather be reading or making something. When I do watch a movie it usually gravitates to the drama genre. I actually get bored watching movies sometimes.

I am also a seasonal viewer of movies during the holiday season. I love the countdown to Halloween movies, and I really love the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies.

Favorite Television

I don't really watch a lot of TV, but I did love the Sopranos, Bones, SOA, Downton Abbey, and the GIlmore Girls.

I have a membership to both Amazon Prime and Netflix. I'm catching up on some series when I have time.

I'm currently catching up on American Horror Story and Call the Midwife.

Favorite Crafts

I love anything to do with repurposing items into something new. I love to paint, tear apart, etc.

Papercrafts hold my interest as well. I don't really scrapbook. however I use all of the supplies to make cards, altered art, collage, junk journals, ATCs. I love to die cut using either my Silhouette Cameo, or Big Shot Plus dies.

Woodcrafts, nothing more pleasing than using your power tools to make a knock off table, shelf, etc. I like the smell of saw dust :)

I knit and crochet. I can sew somewhat, but I don't consider myself a seamstress. I'm working on increasing my sewing skills. I want to sew clothing from a pattern.

I consider gardening a craft. I love to design a new garden space. I also make a ton of whimsical garden art by repurposing thrift store finds.

I also make homemade soaps, toiletries, and perfumes.


Decorating for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Autumn.

Baking confections. Trying out a new recipe.

Scrapbook paper and embellishments


Old books

Blank greeting cards

Catholic icons, art, and spirituality

Ribbons and trim

Hens and roosters (I currently have 9 hens and 3 ducks, they are the new family pets)

Cardinal birds

Shabby chick, industrial farmhouse, vintage

Blues and greens, the colors of fall aren't too bad either.

Tea- I like both herbal and nonherbal. My favorite non herbal is English breakfast. I'm also a huge fan of bergamot. I like teas that have cinnamon and other spicy notes. My favorite nighttime tea is a blend of peppermint and lavender. If anyone would ever like to swap loose tea I could make you a herbal blend with some of the herbs I grow and harvest each growing season.

Coffee- Please do not send me decaf. I don't understand the concept and to me it tastes horribly flat. I'm opened to most flavored coffees. I trust your choices.

Chocolate, the more the merrie, but please no coconut or maple

Candy- I confess I am a junkie. My favorites are gummies and laffy taffy. No banana flavored please.

Playing cards and game pieces

Journaling and planner supplies (pens, markers, stickers, disc-bound discs, bookmarks, paper clips, rubber stamps, ink pads, dividers, dashboards)

Postage stamps and postcards

Eclectic fibers, hand dyed fibers, non synthetic fibers.

Fabric flowers

Die cuts

Art supplies, acrylics, alcohol inks, rubber stamps, etc.

Dried herbs, lavender and mints are my favorites.



Kiddie stickers or teacher stickers.

Anything sugar-free.

Do not send anything related to politics or social movements. This has nothing to do with any particular political or social movement or leaning, I'm just exhausted by it all.

I am a Catholic Christian. That said, I am open to learning about other religions, and do so on my own quite frequently, but I would rather not receive something that mocks my faith or the Christian God. I would never do that to someone of a different faith. Again, be kind.

Private Swaps

I am always open to private swaps.

I would love to privately swap new art techniques, especially those that you are afraid to try in open swaps. If that is you hit me up, I'm always opened for new techniques.

Other art techniques I would love to privately swap:

Inchies, Twinchies, and Moos

Altered Dominos, puzzle pieces, poker chips ATC & Coins

Handmade PC (open to pretty much all themes, although nudity probably wouldn't work because I live in a very small town and the P.O. staff know me and then I would blush, and well, UNCOMFORTABLE, lol)

Mixed media journal spreads instead of sending an entire journal book (although I don't mind sending an entire book, it can be costly though. Zetti inspired (I'm new to this technique)

I'm now into acrylic pours. This is a lot of fun. Where else can you play with acrylic paint, resin, and fire all at the same time? I am currently pouring a lot of mini canvases in my garage. If you are also into this, I would love to swap these with you, or something else like maybe you are in to Encaustic?

I would like to try my hand at a zine. So if you are new to zines and would like a newbie swap partner hit me up.

I'm always open to handmade cards. I've been a card maker for two decades.


3stairs rated for Valentines Card Swap #12 USA on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card and postcard! Our library here is a sister library with the one in Mineola, NY! <3
Response: You’re welcome! Isn’t that interesting about the two Mineolas. Small world.
Comment: I love your packing tape PC! Thank you for creating such a beautiful swap!!!
Response: I’m so glad this swap finally got to you. You’re very welcome, and I’m glad you liked it. I loved participating in this swap.
georgiafae rated for MAE: Graphic 45 on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: These are lovely! I love this Graphic 45 collection but don't have very many sheets of it-yet!
Response: You’re welcome. I’m glad you liked the selection. I love Graphic45, and that particular collection is one of my favorites. I’m lucky to have a scrapbooking studio close that is a stockist for G45
JazD rated for Valentines Card Swap #11 USA on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome
xtheechox rated for Valentines Card Swap #7 USA on Feb 17, 2019
Response: You’re welcome.
Mimosagirl rated for Valentines Card Swap #10 USA on Feb 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! I love the stickers on the envelope too. To answer your questions in the message... yes cards can be hung around anytime not just Christmas 🥰❤️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️😍
Response: You’re welcome. Thank you for rating.
luv2kraft rated for Valentines Card Swap #10 USA on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the peppy Valentine card and note.The post office takes it sweet time. I see it was postmarked on the 7th but it arrived today,the 16th.
Response: I’m glad you liked the card. Yes, you’re right about the post lately. I have no idea where the card has been. Taking a tour of the US I guess.
electrichaos rated for Valentines Card Swap #11 USA on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: thanks for the lovely card and stickers! :)
Response: You’re very welcome. Thank you for rating. Happy Valentines Day.
Comment: Thanks for the lovely handmade Valentine card. It arrived today. I hear you on making fairly flat cards so they aren't bulky & costly in the mail. Your die-cut embellished hearts are gorgeous! :)
Response: Yay! you received it on Valentine's Day!
Comment: Thank You, for reading my profile....have you found a geocache since reading? I really like the stickers.
Response: You're very welcome! Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day. Thank you for protecting our Veterans. Lots of vets in my family and my son is currently serving the US Navy proudly! I haven't been able to geocache in several weeks. I will hopefully be able to start again in early spring. I usually like to hunt for a geocache as I'm hunting for morel mushrooms.
Fabriqueen rated for Valentines Card Swap #5 USA on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the "Smooch Pooch" card and stickers! Happy Valentines Day! Hugs, Diane
Response: You're welcome Diane. Thank you for finally rating me. My advice to you is to get into the habit of reading your messages and comments left on your profile. It's very disappointing when your messages go unread or are not responded to.
pattiairel rated for Two Hearts (2019) on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Thanks Kelly for a nice swap♥♥♥
Response: You're very welcome. This was a fund swap.
Sherry71 rated for February Box/Envie swap on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Wow! Kelly, you out did your self! This box in Amazing! Everything in it is perfect! You are an outstanding swapper! thank you so much! Have a Blessed Forever
Response: Thank you, and you're very welcome. I had so much fun packaging up and mailing this swap. I hope you will continue this series.
Ryleighsmom rated for Valentines Card Swap #8 USA on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you! ❤️
Response: You're welcome!
CarolynSW rated for Monthly Dishcloth Swap - February on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely dish cloth! I like to crochet props and toys like your daughter but don’t do it formally. This will certainly make clean up a little brighter!
Response: You're welcome. So glad you liked the cloth.
jenlovespsu rated for Valentines Card Swap #9 USA on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️
Response: You're welcome. Happy Valentine's Day!
Comment: Such an adorable Valentine! Thank you!
Response: Oh you're welcome. So glad you liked the Valentine. These were a lot of fun to make.
Comment: Just got it and it’s adorable. These were such a great swap idea. I want to make a bunch more. :)
Response: So glad you liked it. I agree, these were a lot of fun to make. Whoever first thought to make a PC out of packaging tape was very clever. I hope to make more in the near future.
disneymermaid rated for Valentines Card Swap #7 USA on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and stickers! Your Valentine's Day sounds amazing and I hope you have lots of fun this year!
Response: You're very welcome. I love those stickers. They're by Cavallini Papers. That company makes the cutest vintage items for the holidays.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome package.
Response: You're welcome. So glad you liked everything. This was a fun swap. I hope to participate in future seasonal themed dish towel swaps.

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yvonne401 on Feb 13, 2019:

Welcome to Pennsylvania Swappers! It's great to have you here!



Highlander18 on Feb 12, 2019:

Let Your beautiful Art at the Post Office. It has been too cold and snowy to leave at the Veterans Memorial. Maybe next time. I can send a picture of its placement in an email, I am not sure how to do it here.

yvonne401 on Feb 10, 2019:

Welcome to IBATL! It's great to have you here!



camelsamba on Jan 12, 2019:

[alas, the best UM embeddable animated gif I could find and it's too wide for the swapbot page - sigh.]

camelsamba on Jan 12, 2019:

Good thing the swap description didn't specify "no profanity", because I'm pretty sure "Go Bucks!" crosses a line... :^)

go blue

BlueberryLady on Jan 7, 2019:

Welcome to Crazy for Cloths Group... Hope you will join the February Swap for Knitting or Crocheting Dishcloths.. which I will be posting soon..

BusyB on Dec 29, 2018:

Welcome to Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA! I will have more swaps up for February soon.

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 25, 2018:

Thanks for all your kind words on my profile! I love my adopted state and especially this wild and beautiful place, I now call home! People save up for their entire lives to be able to come here for 3 days or a week and I get to live here. I pinch myself every day. Hope you have fun on this site and swapping! You will make some wonderful friends here. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

wolfeagle on Nov 26, 2018:


Congratulations! You are a winner in my RAK. Please send me your mailing info and I will get your surprise out to you.

BusyB on Oct 28, 2018:

Welcome to Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA!

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