Swap-bot Time: February 23, 2019 12:52 am


Date Joined: March 26, 2008
Last Online: February 18, 2019
Birthday: June 29
Country: United States
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About Me

After many years in the non-profit sector (with the last 8 of that founding/operating/directing a children's art and farm camp), I'm now a stay-at-home mom who homeschools my two daughters.

This is perhaps the most challenging - and rewarding - position I've held. I feel so fortunate each day that I get to spend teaching and learning with the girls.

I enjoy photography...and documenting everyday life around the home...including homeschooling, crafts the girls and I do, cooking, the pets (4 dogs, 3 cats, miniature horse, and pony), nature, and wildlife. Come visit MY BLOG to read about life at the farm.

When I have breaks from homeschooling, I make translucent window stars (like these window stars I made). The stars have been such a fun and creative way to add some beauty to the home, and to daily life.

I enjoy participating in swaps and meeting new people throughout the world. Receiving mail filled with creative work by others is so inspiring!

For a look at my work, please visit either my Flickr site and look under "Things I've Made" or to my Etsy shop to see handmade things I sell.

About my Daughters

Sophia and Olivia are 17 and 15 years old. Both were born in China and adopted at 11 and 10 months respectively. Both are loving, generous girls who care deeply about others - people and animals.

Both play the piano, and Sophia also plays the harp. They take classes through a homeschool co-op to connect with other children and learn new subjects - like ceramics, photography, public speaking, and logic. Sophia also takes three PSEO courses each semester (college courses that are free and paid for by the state of Minnesota).

The girls and I enjoy birdwatching since there are many types of birds here (we live on almost 10 acres of which we've kept the majority in its natural state). We enjoy going on nature walks and discovering animals that live or pass through here (deer, pheasants, fox, coyotes, snakes, owls, eagles, and turkeys).

Favorite Crafts

Photography, embroidery, colored pencil, sewing, quilting, and Saori weaving.

I enjoy trying new things. I have tons of ideas that I've clipped from magazines for scrapbooking, but haven't sat down to do that yet.

Since being a part of Swap-Bot, I've tried new projects which have been fun and challenged me creatively: ATCs, dotee dolls, altered matchboxes, inchies, and button fairies.

Favorite Colors

My favorite colors are purple and green.

Favorite Scents

Lilac, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, sandalwood, patchouly, and lemon.

Favorite Music

Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, U2, Barbra Streisand, Enya - any artists along that line. I also like new age and classical music. Will listen to jazz. Enjoy listening to music from the eighties. I do not like rap or other offensive music.

Favorite Books


I read MANY books to my daughters and enjoy books that are well-illustrated and have a good story line, especially those that are classical or “old-fashioned" (ones written in the 1930s-1950s).

The books I enjoy tend to be from several sections in the library: arts/crafts, inspirational, and non-fiction about something I'm learning about or teaching my daughters (I homeschool them).

Favorite Quotes

"There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free, if you truly wish to be." - Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelo

"May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life." - Apache blessing

"You have everything you need...if you just believe." - Josh Groban - Believe (Polar Express Soundtrack) Lyrics

Favorite Movies

These movies are ones I could watch many times and they wouldn't get old for me: Defending Your Life; The Birdcage; Dead Poets Society; The Truman Show, Wizard of Oz; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Sound of Music; Arsenic and Old Lace; Mrs. Doubtfire; Best in Show, and Waiting for Guffman. Don't have large blocks of time to watch movies, unfortunately.

Items We'd Love to Receive

  • Small gifts to put in my daughters' Christmas stockings or under the tree

  • Japanese fabric - anything larger than 6"x6" would be great!

  • Essential oils - any oils are welcome so I can try new blends.

  • Fountain pens for doing calligraphy/Spencerian handwriting - they should have a flexible nib. I'm looking for the kind where you don't have to dip them into ink since I'll be teaching my oldest daughter how to do calligraphy and would prefer not to work with ink initially.

  • Assisi embroidery patterns - Here's an example: Assisi Embroidery Pattern.

  • Bubble bath soap.

  • Japanese Craft Magazines - Anything related to felt food, making little stuffed animals (mascots), sewing, and/or quilting. Would love to see "Cotton Time."

  • Anything from my favorite items on Etsy or Amazon - Etsy Favorites or Amazon.com Wishlist.

  • Sashiko Fabric - Am looking for pre-printed fabric with different sashiko embroidery patterns on it.

  • Craft Magazines that You Are Done Looking At - Ones that I enjoy are Living Crafts, Home Companion, Somerset Studio, Cotton Time, and any craft magazine (especially ones that focus on paper crafts.

  • Something for my Daughters - If anyone feels inclined to send something to the girls, I know they would LOVE it.

~~~~~~~ Please Note: Please do not send items that smell of smoke. I have asthma and allergies (Sophia has allergies as well), and smoke is something neither of us can handle well. Even if your item is beautifully constructed, but it smells of smoke, I unfortunately cannot have it in the home. Thank you for understanding. ~~~~~~~

My Daughters

Sophia - is 17 years old and likes:

  • anything that is lime green and robin's egg blue for her room; or purple

  • horses

  • cats

  • gum (mint)

  • harps and harp music

  • make-up

Olivia - is 15 years old and likes:

  • anything that is blue

  • dogs

  • art supplies and kits - Prismacolor color pencils and markers; etching kits; paint-by-numbers (complicated ones)

  • wolves

  • Skittles


smadronia rated for Blog Comments- January 2019 on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the blog comment. Perfect was an interesting book. It was out of the norm for most Young Adult dystopias, so I thought it was a neat idea.
cynaemon rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - January on Feb 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing! It looks like you had a great month!
ericabella rated for Blog Comments- January 2019 on Jan 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the comment and for being a part of my swap!
MCGalaxy rated for ESG: 10 Questions on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing
elkalsa rated for ESG: 10 Questions on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing ☆☆ I enjoyed reading it. Sorry for your loss. Hope you have great time at vacation ahead.
itsnobody rated for ESG: 10 Questions on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Your kids are very cute! I hope you're better from your car accident and the fires at your farm. Wishing you the best trip for you and your family. Great photos, thanks for sharing
3stairs rated for PF - Planners / Bullet Journals on Jan 14, 2019
Jjean rated for PF - Planners / Bullet Journals on Jan 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing a very nice board... saved on of the Weekly layouts always fun to try something new in the journal. :) :)
Comment: I always love your posts! You have one of the most wholesome families I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing!
Comment: Thank you for sending your swap
magnyette rated for Blog Comments- January 2019 on Jan 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your comments
ginico rated for ESG: December Scavenger Hunt on Dec 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great pictures you shared. I love the folded stars.
HappyMom rated for ESG: December Scavenger Hunt on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Your snowflakes are so pretty! And I’ve seen similar candle-powered items like your advent scene, and it didn’t work quite right either! Maybe our air quality changed or something. Hope you and your family have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Thank you so much for telling me about your month! Choires are great and you have a lovely family ♥
Emro rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo of November on Dec 9, 2018
Comment: Sorry, I got home very late last night... Today was better though and I really enjoyed reading about your November. I liked all the photos of all the activities you and your family went on over the month and the paper stars look like something I could maybe try myself.
Comment: Happy (belated) adoption anniversary to you and your daughters!

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anicka22 on Mar 1, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful owl stickers, washitape samples and even more for your lovely note! You made me very happy!

Fenix825 on Feb 28, 2018:

Thank you very much for the notecards and the car air freshener from my February wishlist in the Wishlist group!

mejulia on Jan 30, 2018:

Thank you so much for the fun envelope of wishes that came in today's mail.

grimmlynn on Dec 10, 2010:

This is a very belated thank you for a November wish. I just found your message today in my inbox. Apparently, it thought you were spam.

What a wonderful way to give back and help out others in need. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It is always nice to read about the good deeds of others!


chincho on Nov 24, 2010:

Thanks for the comment, dear! It's great to know that oll the items are going to be in good use!

julief on Nov 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for the huge bag of fabric scraps. I already have a couple in mind for some current projects. Thanks again for thinking of me this month :)

TangleCrafts on Nov 9, 2010:

After receiving your wonderful club package, I just wondered if you can be tempted by the new ZMACS Etsy promo swap? Thanks again for putting together such a great package! :)

Swan on Sep 14, 2010:

Thank you for fulfilling my September wish. It was great to read about your de-cluttering and donations. I started that process, too, before our temporary move and will continue when we come back. Thank you also for the healthy recipes.

smokeandmirrors on Aug 9, 2010:

Hi there, i thought you might be interested in checking out The Round Robin Group. Hope to see you there!


Artistic on Aug 4, 2010:

Hi there. Glad you enjoyed my July quilt journal mailing! I had fun. And I got to show it off at my quilt guild before sending it on to Sally. All of the flag blocks I received in the BaM exchange were machine pieced. Hope you have fun creating something with the block.

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