Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2020 12:28 am


Date Joined: May 24, 2011
Last Online: August 16, 2015
Birthday: February 27, 1974
Country: United States
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Favorite Television

Alias, AbFab, Bones, Castle, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, Buffy, Angel, Coupling, Family Guy, Hawaii Five-0, SYTYCD, Fringe, True Blood

Favorite Books

Anything by Jane Green, Marian Keyes, Wally Lamb, Jodi Picoult, Jean Sasson, Soheir Khashoggi. I also enjoy books about women from other cultures (fiction or non) and books about science, specifically biology and genetics.

Favorite Crafts

Beading necklaces, bracelets & earrings, and crochet (nothing too complicated, as my skills are pretty basic so far).

Favorite Music

You name it, I'll listen to it, depending on my mood. Everything from '80s & '90s to hip-hop to rock. I also love relaxing New Age-type music (Dean Evenson's Tao of Healing is excellent), Native American drum or flute music, and Celtic music (I particularly love Ceredwen ;if you like Celtic music, you MUST give them a listen.)

If you want to hear some of my favorite Native American Music, try Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble


Joanne Shenandoah


Songs of the Wabanaki

Favorite Movies

Drop Dead Gorgeous, Sweet Home Alabama, Juno, Love Actually, Bridget Jones' Diary, Bring it On, 13 Going on 30, Bride and Prejudice, Dear Frankie, Boomerang, Slumdog Millionaire, Spaceballs, and anything from John Hughes and Kevin Smith.

About Me

I'm a single mom to one very active 10yo son. I'm a student, majoring in Biology, minoring in geography, and I plan to eventually specialize in genetics or microbiology. I also really enjoy literature classes. I've always liked pen-palling, meeting new people from new places, and sending and receiving goodies in the mail.

Things I love: the ocean/beach, the moon, dragonflies, fairies, goddesses, nature, mosaics, the smell of sweet-grass, seahorses, starfish, beads (especially any made from glass, crystals, shells, gemstones, freshwater pearls, or bone), sci-fi, reading, geography, the colors blue/green/turquoise/rose/coral/cream, chocolate (all kinds), flavored coffees, taking photos, mythology, learning about other countries/cultures/religions.

Things my son loves: Turtles, Pokemon, Bakugan, Digimon, animals in general (especially sealife), Star Wars, beading, video/computer games, LEGOs.


~beads: any kind except plastic or acrylic. I especially appreciate the types I mentioned above, as well as anything unusual or unique to your area.

~other jewelry findings and supplies, such as tiger tail, nylon beading cord, metal findings, pendants, clasps, charms, etc.

~I love chocolate-colored metal jewelry chain, charms, and findings, but they are SO hard to find. If you send me anything like this, I will love you forever. :-)

~sachets of flavored hot cocoa or coffee

~I would love to try candy, cookies, or other snacks that are popular in your country or region. I have no allergies, so don't worry about that, but I hate raisins so please don't send anything that contains them. Some of my favorite flavors are strawberry, peach, chocolate, coffee, amaretto, caramel, honey, pineapple, and watermelon. Oh, and I absolutely love chestnuts and would love to try the milk chocolate chestnut KitKats that I've heard about. Or other KitKats with any of my favorite flavors.

~Speaking of chocolate, I'm open to just about any kind: milk chocolate is usually my favorite, dark or semisweet is my second choice, and white is my third. Strawberry or orange or mint flavored are all fine with me. Nuts are okay, or filling, or coconut. Or just about anything else you can think of. Also, I have no problem receiving chocolate containing alcohol, in fact I rather quite enjoy it :-)

~As long as we're on the subject of food, another thing I'd really like is to try some of your local cooking spice mixes/seasonings to use with meats, vegetables, or rice/pasta. Spicy is fine with me, as long as it's not blazing hot.

~I'd love to receive some recipes for your favorite local cuisine. Would especially love to try some more Portuguese recipes, as I've really enjoyed the few dishes I've tried.

~yarn to crochet with. Unusual is fine as long as it's not terribly difficult to work with, as I am not very skilled yet.

~picture frames of all sizes/shapes/kinds

~refrigerator magnets

~any used/old/unwanted beading magazines, especially from outside the U.S. (English language only, please)

~any kind of Pokemon gear for my son, including plushies, action figures, or cards. Bakugan and Digimon are also high on his list of favorites, as are LEGO mini-figures of all kinds. He has a Nintendo DS so secondhand games for that are always welcome.

~incense/fragrance oils/scented candles/wax melts and/or burners for them

~jewelry/figurines/boxes/decorations/wall hangings. I especially like things with an Asian or Indian theme, including items that have to do with any Eastern religions. I also like anything Celtic, Pagan, Aboriginal/indigenous to your area.

~hair chopsticks, with or without danglies at the ends. I usually only use one at a time, so they don't need to be in a pair.

I have posted a link to my Amazon Wishlist, but I don't expect anyone to buy anything specifically from it. It's more for people to look at and get an idea of some of the things that appeal to me. If you click on "purchased" in the drop-down box, you'll see some of my favorite possessions that I already own and products that I love.

Please don't send me:



~anything flavored with grape, banana, or black licorice

~anything with raisins or any other dried fruit

~plastic beads

~scrap-booking or stamping materials, as they'll be completely wasted on me


bluebear rated for The Great Christmas Swap on Dec 12, 2011
Comment: sorry to rate a one but another swap i have been flaked on ! not quite sure why you log into swapbot when you dont send your swaps out !
dolcxvita rated for gmd227 and 1teaspoon pvt swap on Nov 9, 2011
Comment: Got it today.. it was so worth the wait... you deserve so many many hearts for this...esp the starfish!! Very thoughtful of you and you have taken SO much effort to throughly read my profile and send things from my wishlist. I will enjoy the burts bees, kool aid, the Magnet is perfect.. just the type I like.. and the dream catcher is hanging on the porch..Thanks so much I am thrilled with what I received.. :D xx
Miabiff rated for Your Favourite Candy on Nov 7, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the chocolate. I love these M&Ms =)
Comment: Thank you, both sound real yummy and I look forward to try them
katslg rated for Candy Swap on Oct 22, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much! All of the candies were things I love!
perkl8r rated for Private swap: Cards for the Kids on Sep 29, 2011
Comment: this is felipe, i love the cards.excellent picks from your collection robert thanks.be watching your mail for something special. perkl8rs grandson
Lexidh rated for QUICK 10 metal charms swap #3 on Sep 20, 2011
Comment: Thank you! I love those Celtic hearts too!
Comment: Yummy~ Thanks for all the tasty M&Ms!! xXx
tnwidow rated for Variety Pack in an Envie on Sep 9, 2011
Comment: thank you very much . i got it today. i like it all. yummy
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad it arrived safely and you like it all. :-)
Lisapotterylady rated for It Ain't Easy Beading Green on Sep 8, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much! I can use all these beads for green projects i am working on. I really liked the Blue Moon assortment ~ it was fun to sort through.
Response: You are so welcome. Glad you liked it.
patumma rated for Beading Essentials on Aug 31, 2011
Comment: Great package thank you! I will certainly make use of everything. Thank you for checking out my profile!!!
Response: You're welcome. Glad you liked it. :-)
perkl8r rated for private SWAP gmd227 & perkl8r on Aug 15, 2011
Comment: thank you so much for the beautiful earrings...you did an excellent job and I'll have to wear them tomorrow....yes, they are exactly the right color for several of my tops I loved everything....those beads were unusual and my daughter asked if she could use some.....hope you didn't mind. My grandson LOVED the cards, one of them he has been looking for! Now you have him hooked and he wants to swap more cards! Thank you Gina for a great fun package. We are all happy. (except my husband, but he'll survive...hehehe)
Response: You're welcome. So glad you like them, I figured those colors would be perfect for you. We should definitely set up a Pokemon card swap for the boys, will message you about it. Also, feel free to share the beads with your daughter, they are yours to do whatever you wish with. :-) They are made by Miyuki, btw, in case she would like to find more of them. You should check out their website, they have some spectacular beads. P.S. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Gorgeous package you sent me .Thanks so much lovede everything my youngest daughter says thanks for the candy! hugs judex:)
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it. :-)
revolutionaries rated for Pick 5 Profile Swap 8# July on Aug 11, 2011
Comment: Ahh thank you so much! Everything was so amazing! And I LOVE the turtle charm so much, it's so adorable. Do you know what those Hello Kitty things are for? They're so adorable and they have these little holes on the bottom so I assume they're meant for some. For your very first swap you did an outstanding job!
Response: You're welcome! I have not the faintest clue what Squinkies are actually for, other than collecting, so I googled. Evidently they're intended to be pencil toppers, but people do all sorts of other stuff with them too: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110108190025AA3gLul
carterj rated for Charm Swap #2 on Aug 8, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much Gina for the great Charms! my charm package runneth over! I love the glass heart and all the blue beads! I actually had to read the requirments to make sure I sent the right amount of charms. You are a fun swap partner! and very generous! Thank you!!!
Response: LOL you're welcome. I actually had gone to a new bead shop and they had so many great charms that I couldn't make up my mind . . . so I went a wee bit overboard. I got some great ones for myself too.
inge1804 rated for Chocolate from Your Country on Jul 20, 2011
Comment: Oh my god, you choose my absolutely favorite, I have seen this so often on blogs I read and wanted to try them so badlu... You are great! And I also love the white chocolate with cookies :) I wish we would have that kind of thing in the Netherlands... Thanks very very much!
Response: You are welcome. I'm glad it got there safely. If you want to get some more in the future, let me know and we can set up a private swap of some sort.

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katara on Dec 24, 2011:


Season's Greetings!

bluebear on Dec 19, 2011:

Sorry but you got to laugh, you rated someone a 1 for not receiving a swap yet You have flaked on me - you are still logging into swap-bot - crazy !

vintervila on Oct 14, 2011:

Oh, WOW, it was worth waiting! Thanks so much for the biggest assortment of granola bars ever!!! Didn't expect such a huge package!!! Thank you very very very much!!


xxkarenlxx on Sep 1, 2011:

I'm glad you liked the beads. I just adore those little buddahs too. :)

kristyrogers on Aug 22, 2011:

Thank you so much for all the postcards!! This gets me so much closer to finishing! You Rock!

katara on Aug 7, 2011:

Welcome to Tarot United! a

SierraRN01 on Jul 11, 2011:

I was reading your profile, I had the same problem with all earrings and I found when I went to the local piercing shop the metal they used was perfect. also...bone and glass. bio-compatible. I have not had a problem since. Also, they have awesome hand carved bone earrings that is gorgeous. Just so ya know :-) I hope it works out for ya :-)

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