Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2020 7:37 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: September 23, 2020
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

✈ I'm married to an Englishman and I have relatives and friends in England, Switzerland, Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights. I have two stepsons and two grandchildren.

I have a small, backyard hobby farm. Both of us have an interest in beekeeping and we have two flow hives in the garden as well as a greenhouse with hydroponic system on one side and a potting bench on the other. We have four black Orpington chickens. We started some bucket gardening this year with potatoes, carrots, onions and sweet potatoes.

I have a small raised bed garden and am fairly successful with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, kale, onions, garlic and herbs. We are doing well with ginger, peas, beans, bok choi and rhubarb this year. I have three grape vines that are producing and about 12 mature fruit trees in the garden. I hope the deer leave them alone this year (with the help of a newly installed electric fence).

We have three dogs Chase, Charlie and Abby. We took over Abby when a friend's father was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into a nursing home. Chase is 17, Charlie is 14 (with dementia) and Abby is now 10.

I love essential oils and use DoTerra. I've been making small roller bottles for my coworkers with Frankincense, lemon, oregano, OnGuard and Tea Tree Oil to stop passing around all the bugs and virus and yucky stuff at work. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.

Favorite Music

🎶 I listen to anything pop, 70s, 80s, Motown and British Invasion. I also like Vitas, Duffy, Billie Eilish, The Beautiful South, Prince, George Michael, Alison Moyet and Amy Winehouse. On Vinyl, anything 80s, Billy Joel, T-Rex, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Carly Simon and ABBA.

I'm a huge fan of vinyl records and search flea markets and old record stores to find them. I listen to vinyl more than anything else! We've collected so many albums over the years. I need to start cataloging our albums because we really have quite a collection.

I play the piano, flute and have just started learning the Mountain Dulcimer. Thank you YouTube for great lessons.

Favorite Television

We use Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. I'm currently watching The Society and Revenge. Guilty pleasures: Binge watching "Nashville" with my mom. It gives us reasons to see each other.

📻 So this isn't really TV but I've been enjoying several Podcasts on my phone. I started with "Serial" and then discovered "Lore". I LOVE Crime Junkie. I listen to Business Wars and it's so thoroughly researched and well-produced. I also listen to Coffee Break French - quick little episodes talking about.....French of course!

Favorite Crafts

🌠 I quilt. I am a machine quilter and I use a rotary cutter to cut my material. I typically make lap quilts or baby quilts. I have MANY unfinished projects. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt but find time to sew some small projects. I adore my serger machine I need to find more time to quilt.

I've put my quilting stash to manic mask making use in 2020. Mostly I've been giving them to my employees at work and mailing some off to friends and family. I've probably made 200+ so far but have truly lost count. My stepson set up an Etsy store for me called JavaCatCrafts and listed all of my masks.

🎨 I like to doodle. I like creating envelope art and just starting using watercolor pencils. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress. I send pen pal letters to my toddler grandson who enjoys going to the mailbox with his dad.

✏️ I love to write and try to keep up with my blog.

Favorite Books

📚 Recently read Orphan Train which I loved, Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and just started The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate.

I also enjoy horror books but it seems so hard to find any good ones these days like old school Stephen King / Dean Koontz. I wanna be SCARED! I'm rereading a lot of these like The Shining and Phantoms. I'm on GoodReads.

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to them on Audible, YouTube and find second hand audiobooks at thrift stores and used book stores. I loved listening to Where the Crawdads Sing.

I've also started collecting Nancy Drew books - the kind that I had in the 70s and early 80s. My husband and I look through antique stores and thrift shops trying to find the ones I am missing. I would like to read them all from the first book on.

I read a few magazines when I'm looking for something different and shorter than a book. My favorites are Mary Jane's Farm, Garden & Gun and Daphne's Diary.

Things I Would Enjoy

📌Recipes (I love to bake, cook and use the crock pot and my InstaPot). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful. I enjoy old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks. I'm currently translating my great-grandmother's handwritten French recipes.

📌Interesting articles from magazines or newspapers that you would like to share

📌Local lore articles from your area.

📌Interesting Stickers or Washi tape. I love Lisa Frank stickers

📌Fun pens - especially for work

📌Jelly Babies or Walker's Eclairs from UK...so hard to find here :)

📌Real Cadbury candy from the UK

📌Herbal Teas / Green Teas or other teas (No loose, please and no Matcha)

📌Post cards- not a fan of touristy ones but like art, unusual, vintage, creepy, funny, animals, and recipe post cards.

📌Unusual stamps, vintage or foreign (used is fine)

📌Sample Essential Oils (prefer YL or DoTerra) and would love to reciprocate.

📌All things Edward Gorey

📌Book or Podcast recommendations

📌Website recommendations

📌A dog toy - I have three but one ends up with all the toys in the end

The No List

Because I live in the South, be careful of sending things that could melt in the mail...hot months are end of April through end of September.


PooKwin73 rated for Instax/Polaroid swap on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: What a sweet puppy! The only time I can get a good picture of my Doxie is when he's sleeping :) Thank you for the great swap, and I loved reading your note. Thanks so much!
Zefaniya rated for Send Anything #15 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for such a fun swap! The mask is super cute, thank you!! 😷
Response: I saw the cactus material when I was out shopping and thought it was perfect for you. Thanks for the rating!
AnnaL rated for Send Anything #15 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: OMG Sarah, you are too sweet. Absolutely everything you sent I love & did not have. My 1st & only Effiel Tower mask, wow am a lucky girl. I cant thank you enough for your kindness, you really made my day. Wishing you a wonderful weekend & most of all.CRAFT ON! AnnaL.
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything. I had the Eiffel Tower material already and thought of you. Thanks for the rating!
AnnaL rated for Quotes on a postcard #3 on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks Sarah for the adorable Beatrix Potter postcard, my very 1st one, yippee. Wishing you a wonderful week, AnnaL.
Comment: Thank you! The decorated envelop brought a big grin. :D and I really like how you set up your letter, with the book covers at the bottom... I will have to try something like that!
Response: I love book covers....it's how I remember what I've read. Thank you for the rating and heart.
Comment: Thanks for the swap! I'm excited to try the tea you included. :)
AFK rated for 16th Century poets challange on Aug 20, 2020
Comment: I enjoyed getting to know 2 new poets the third John Donne is an old favourite of mine. Thank you for joining in my swap. ❤️ I forgot to say I loved your envelope it gave me a smile as soon as I saw it laying in my mail box ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the cool card! Also the cat on it is ADORABLE.
craftyAnnaLu rated for CPG ~ Washi/Deco Samples ~ USA on Aug 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I love the washi. The Pusheen you drew on the envie made me smile!
Comment: I like the cute tracker! Good quotes too! Thanks for joining the swap!
Comment: Wow, what a cool letter! Loved the photos and the effort put into telling the story :)
Amycrafts rated for Blind Surprise on Jul 23, 2020
Comment: Prettiest envelope I have ever seen... hands down. I loved every single item. Thank you. You Rock!🌻
sugabb rated for 🍓 Strawberry Recipes Swap on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the strawberry recipes! the cards you used are super cute!
Zefaniya rated for Quotes on a postcard #2 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Such a GREAT quote! That mercat is so cute!!
Response: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the Bee I.D. PC—I love bees!
Comment: Thanks I love this whole swap from the envelope to the cute recipe cards! The tea sounds amazing and can't wait to try it! Thanks for joining my swap and brightening my day!
swolverton rated for 🍓 Strawberry Recipes Swap on Jul 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!!! I just love the recipes. So thoughtful :)
Comment: Thanks for the package, everything is so cute. I love the washi samples and the recipe card will be perfect for my penpal who I trade recipes with.
Comment: thanks a lot for your postcard!
bambam rated for Name the Cat !! on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: Good name suggestions, although I wouldn't be able to ever say Clarice normal i always say it creepily lol 😂

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LavenderSprinkles on Jul 23, 2020:

Thanks so much for the heartwarming sympathy card. My daughter loved the cactuses on the envelope. That meant so much to us.

anrtist on Jul 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful peacock themed mask you made for me! I luv it so much i was screaming for my daughters to come see it when i opened the mail! That was some of the happiest mail I have ever gotten! It was so sweet of you to make it for me! Thank you! THANK You! THANK YOU!!!

Blessings, cc

efjellro on Dec 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for the great work you do in the Swap-Bot Flakers group!

Happy Holidays!


Zefaniya on Nov 22, 2019:

Thank you for the two postcards tag! 😃

Ky on May 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for the sweet snail mail note and I'm thrilled that the book was a help to you and that you are working on your book! :-)

CurlyTea on Apr 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

bbsporty on May 15, 2018:

Thank you for the adorable superhero card you sent me with the sweet words of support!

CurlyTea on Apr 24, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Mugsie on Feb 26, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Valentine! It made my day!!

anrtist on Feb 22, 2018:

THANK YOU for the sweet Valentine's Card!

Blessings, cc

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