Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2020 2:48 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: December 2, 2020
Birthday: July 7
Country: United States

What i like love like:

I LOVE HEARTS! I put my best effort into every swap and ALWAYS read my partners profile for inspiration. I'm here to send things that will make people HAPPY!

Themes I enjoy:

-Astrology, crystals and galaxy

-Succulents, cactus and flowers

-Vintage lace, floral and tea time

-Gothic, spooky and Halloween

-Travel, Asian art and maps

-Books, hand lettering and letters

-Dessert, foodie and sweets

-Paris, Marie Antoinette and frippery

About Me

I really enjoy Swap-bot for inspiration, connecting with pen pals and trading art. Art Journaling and mixed media are my favorites right now for swapping.

Some of my hobbies are letter writing, reading (sci fi and the classics), crocheting, travel, dancing, shopping and stamp carving.

I look like a party on the outside- but I've always kind of been a little old lady on the INSIDE - things even out more each decade : )


I'm currently living in the San Francisco area and there are MANY MANY opportunities to take classes and join groups for any kind of hobby or interest. Since moving here I've taken lots of amazing mixed media workshops, joined great groups of crafters that meet up monthly and have access to lovely shops and artist markets!

Some Favorite Artists I've learned from in person:

-Julie Balzer

-Traci Bautista

-Kelly Kilmer

-Seth Apter

-Pam Carriker

-Dina Wakley

Favorite Movies

I am in LOVE with the TCM channel, old movies from the 1920's-1950's make me so happy. The clothes, the style, the refinement, the actors and actresses, the singing and dancing, the magical sets they created - all of it adds up to a world of glamour that this world lacks in the current day.

Anything with Bettie Davis, Marlene Deitrich, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Rosalind Russel, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Marilyn Monroe or any other glorious gentleman and ladies that graced the screen!

Favorite Music

Goth, Industrial, Synthpop, New Wave, Rockabilly and Psychobilly. Some favorites in no particular order - Orange Sector- Leaether Strip- Funger Vogt- Faderhead- Lana Del Rey- She Past Away- Die Krupps- Doris Day- Fink- The Andrews Sisters- I AM X- The Faint- Panzer AG- Prince- Madonna- Red Flag- She Wants Revenge- Radiohead- Wolfsheim- Covenant- oh i could go on and on and on...

Favorite Books

Science Fiction/ Fantasy and the great literary classics are my two favorite genres.

If you have suggestions for authors similar to the following favorites - I'd love to hear about them!

-Sharon Shinn

-Carol Berg

-Kim Harrison

-Jim Butcher

-Patricia Briggs

Swapping with me

I love to find new penpals from all over the map. I'm a wordy penpal, so I appreciate people who have a lot to say.

I love doing long term journal swaps, message me if you're interested. When I do these, it's really about the writing part of journaling and less about the art part.

I really enjoy seeing handmade creations. I love ATCs and art journals because each person makes one of a kind art when they sit down and create. Handmade postcards are awesome.

I'm interested in the following types of swaps: Mixed media art, ATCs, Handmade Journals, Art Journaling, penpal and I'm thinking of starting a swap series for advanced/experienced card maker pen pals. I'd really enjoy seeing what some other card makers are doing and it's only fair to exchange something that takes that much time and effort to create for an equal effort.

If you want to send along vintage ephemera it's my new obsession! I will put it to good use!

Ideas for flat items I'd enjoy: ATCs, Stamped Images, Ephemera, Washi tape in my favorite themes, used postage stamps, gelli printed papers, postcards, handmade cards or postcards, vintage book pages.

Dislikes/ Do not send


-#1- please don't send ANIMAL anything - dogs, cats, goats, horses - no thank you. I am afraid of animals and i have nightmares about them, and am also allergic. (of course i am not allergic to hello kitty!)

-Don't send things smelling of SMOKE - allergic to this too

-NO Country Cutesey, rustic, Mary Englebright

-NO Outdoorsey sportsman type things

-NO Sports things

-NO Patriotic, Americana, Armed Forces etc.

-NO Religious Themes

-While i AM indeed GOTH - i am NOT into yucky bloody gory realistic horror stuff - I don't want to know about serial killers.

[added extra "NO"s for skim readers, I swear I've gotten envies filled with just my dislikes - lol]


shellbede rated for Art Journal Swap - SB x GB on Nov 30, 2020
Comment: Love it all - the envelope and spread are gorgeous!
Comment: Thank you for accepting my journal. Yours is wonderful! And, welcome to Texas!!
Comment: Hi Sara, loved what you did with this page! Thanks for your sweet note and the early arrival.
thebragal rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R54 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Gorgeous Thank you. Love the page. So glad it finally got here!!
Comment: Thanks for the great homemade card and thoughtful note!
samsstuff rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R53 on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I also really like how this journal is made!
Artstamper rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R52 on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Love what you did in this journal. I will do the two page spread. I like the next prompt a lot. Thanks .
Response: Thanks Joan! You are one of the constant fabulous participants in this series and I'm so glad you liked what I created. Thanks for the sweet rating!
Comment: Thank you so very much for sending this journal to me. I am looking forward to work in it. Just by chance do you know where my own journal currently is?
samsstuff rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R50 on May 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
amathyst7 rated for Partner's Zodiac PC on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: I love it it's very creative thank you 💕
DRMOM rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R49 on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: How funny! I rarely peek who has me in a swap. Beautiful journal and even more beautiful art piece. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece with me. Cant wait to frame it.
Response: Sharing art is just so much fun! I'm so glad you are in this swap series with me!!
lynnerfb rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R48 on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you!!! I didn't have any off to the races line!!! I'm so looking forward to making something wonderful!!!! and the ephermera is wonderful too!!! <3
Ace330660 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R47 on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the journal and hosting this swap ! I look forward to receiving mine back that you angeled.
ktk8 rated for Pass and Paste #66 on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: WoW interesting card to finish and send home.....never done one like this.....hummm Thank you for the extra vintage postcards I love them too and the envelope was stunning .... many hearts!
Comment: I wish that I could thank you in person with a big island-style hug! This was a wonderful surprise to receive so many profile-perfect bonuses. I’m in love with the postcards and Elvis notecards!! It was fun to hear a bit about your snorkel experience too! Mahalo nui loa! Sending you all the best as you move to the lone star ⭐️
Response: Hooray! this made my day! : ) This is what swapping is all about! Thanks for the glowing review and comment - knowing I made someone happy is just everything!!
Comment: OMGoodness your envelope made my day!! I added that stamp set to my want list lol!! They are fabulous!! Thanks for the recipes! I added them to my girls' books! Thanks for a wonderful swap!
Response: Awesome! I'm always so glad when I get the chance to use that stamp set for someone who will really appreciate it! I had a lot of fun putting this swap together for you. I hope you have many cream cheese pound cakes in your future!
ARTG33K74 rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap - USA on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC. Yes, Ann Sathers is still around with the main restaurant near Clark and Belmont. That neighborhood has changed a lot. Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: This was a fun swap! And I can't wait to get some Ann Sathers Cinnamon Rolls next time I'm in Chicago!!
Comment: this envelope was gorgeous! I love the color - where did you get them? The postcards, note cards and paper, tea and ephemera were wonderful. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed everything I sent! I'm not sure which color/ item you're wondering about - message me if you want me to dig deeper into my memory : ) Thanks for the sweet rating!
squince rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap - USA on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: I LOVE this Bookstore postcard!!
Response: Yay! I really love it when I have the perfect PC for a swapper! Thanks for the kind rating!

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Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

phillaine on Sep 14, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

January on Aug 18, 2019:

Thank you for the gorgeous spreads you added to my MiniJournal - and for sending it back safely to me!

CurlyTea on Jul 10, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

thisismeAXiD on Jul 7, 2019:

Happy birthday month

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 4, 2019:

Hello! Thank you for finishing up my collaboration postcard and sending it back to me! The embossed bits and the swirl stamps you added are a wonderful addition to the undersea theme that octopus promoted ;)
All the best to you and happy swapping!

Vickyen on Jul 3, 2019:

Hi! Thanks so much for getting my Art Collab pc sent out to me - I love everything that was added to it and these swaps have been great fun! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

Frickenjazzed on Jun 8, 2019:

Thanks so much for adding to my Art Collab PC!

Love your name stamp, too!

smmarrty on May 15, 2019:

Thanks so much for your contribution to my Art Collab PC - it's awesome!

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