Swap-bot Time: August 20, 2018 4:53 pm


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: August 20, 2018
Birthday: October 5, 1949
Country: United States
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About Me

Reality Elf, Imagination Sprite, Bohemian Soul . . . I love to surf the internet, collect recipes and cook good meals, create art, write an occasional poem, watch and listen to an eclectic array of movies and music. I just had a birthday so I'm 68 now. The only thing about being older is the body experience is so different than what it used to be. You make daily physical, emotional and mental adjustments and carry on. I was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area but haven't lived there for about 47 years. Since then I've lived in Southern California, Nevada, and briefly in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was married for nearly 30 years, got divorced in '98 after I finally busted down the closet walls. I have 3 grown daughters who are now 44, 38, and 28, and 5 grandkids who are 19, 14, 13, 3, and 1 year.

I have been artistic my whole life, creating all kinds of art and using many kinds of mediums. I have never been very prolific in my production though. I usually have many, many other interests that have to share time with my artistic impulses. I started doing mail-art and swaps in 2008, mainly black pen and color marker ATCs until I joined Swap-bot 3 1/2 years ago and ventured into other forms of mail-art (postcards, zines) and other sorts of image types, like multi-media, rubber stamping, and collage. Here is a list of some of the kinds of art I make:

DRAWING - black pens like Micron, black brush pen, color markers, colored pencils

ABSTRACT - most of my work is abstract. Wikipedia says "Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world." I love geometric abstract most of all.

CONSTRUCTIONS - (cardstock or thin cardboard) of geometric solids, boxes, small chests-of-drawers, etc.

STAMP CARVING - I love making my own stamps. I started doing it because I can't afford to buy them, and I now have a very large collection which grows every month. I need to seriously think about stamp storage other than tossing them in a plastic bin.

PAPER COLLAGE - I love paper collage! I collect and use images, words and phrases, textures, color, and all kinds of bits from junk mail, magazines and books.

ZINES/SMALL BOOKS - I don't do as much of this as I would like, but I could get serious about it and do more.

QUILLING (paper rolling) - Sometimes . . . .

PAINTING - acrylic, watercolor, gouache . . . not as much as I'd like to do

DIGITAL/COMPUTER - some digital collage, computer art, page design, etc.

LIKES - - - -

  • Sacred Geometry - geometric designs - shapes and Euclidean solids, Exploring hyper dimensional geometry of space time
  • Balance and Harmony in all expressions
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Gratitude, Kindness, Love, Tolerance, Cheerfulness, Sincerity, Responsibility, etc. (good character)
  • LIFE - People/humanity/cultures, animals, plants, earth, rocks/minerals, sky, sun, moon, planets, history, math and sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, astronomy, cosmos/cosmic, inner life and exploration
  • ALL COLOR - bold colors - pale colors - muted colors - ANY AND ALL colors in the right time and place. My favorites include deep cobalt blue, shades of teal and turquois, and deep rich purple.
  • Abstract art, Watercolors, Retro Space and Sci-Fi, Retro/Vintage mid-century-modern graphic design, fabric, decor, especially Atomic, Space, Googie, Kitsch
  • Quiet and being alone - just me and the sounds of life in the house and neighborhood.
  • Study of awareness, consciousness, existence, mindfulness, dreaming, lucid dreaming, day dreaming, mystical, mythical, esoteric, Spirit
  • Internet surfing, image collecting, YouTube, curious minds want to know, information junkie
  • Current music, TV, etc. - Sigur Ros/Jonsi, Imogen Heap, Dave Brubeck, Laurie Anderson, many kinds of instrumental jazz, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, documentaries, The Good Place, The Good Doctor, Young Sheldon, Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace,

Dislikes - - - -

ALL that is mean, horrifying, misogynistic, insensitive, thoughtless, narrow minded, bigoted, maliciously deceptive, and grotesque (notwithstanding Equisite Corpse).

Namaste. Baraka Bashad.


Comment: Thank you for your lovely handmade postcard! I enjoyed the shapes on both sides!
Response: You're welcome Lisa :-) I'm very happy you liked it. It was one of my favorites actually. I would love to see how it survived the postal system for my future reference in using unprotected colored pencil areas. Would you be willing to email me a close-up snapshot to graciepie49@gmail.com?
wittmert rated for MA: Put some ART on it! on Aug 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're Welcome 🌝💗
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ M Tangle on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this very generous swap! I always love to receive your swaps and you always make them so interesting and beautiful! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thanks for the map of Utah! It's a new card for my collection!
Response: Hi Michelle :-) . . . . You're welcome! I'm happy you like the one I sent to you. Thanks for giving a heart 💙😊
Comment: Thank you for the great PC of lightning in the mountains. And welcome to Swap-bot. I've been doing this for years and it's great fun!
Response: Thanks for your rating and heart :-) . . . Misunderstanding . . . I'm not new to Swap-bot (Date Joined: April 28, 2014) but I am new to "What's In Your Mailbox" and new to sending store-bought postcards. I mainly hand-make all my postcards, but I do have some printed postcards that people have given to me and a good amount of UTAH postcards that I got from my daughter from when they lived in Moab and took care of an RV park.
Anettethhjertnes rated for Zentangle with color on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: First, thank you for a beatiful envelop and good extras. The zentangle was beatiful, I will put it in my art journal
Response: Hi Anette :-) . . . I'm very glad you have enjoyed the swap I made for you! Thank you for your rating and the heart ❤️️
heatherkm rated for MAS: ATCoins!! on Aug 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the atCoins. They are fun to make!
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: What a cute ATC! I love it. I wouldn't have minded the "shut up" saying LOL! I like the mama cat thinking about her kitten best. Thanks for joining my swap & for the great ATC. It's always great swapping with you :)
Response: Hi Janis :-) . . . . I'm Happy you have enjoyed my ATC :-D . . . . Um, can you email me a snapshot of this whale stamp you want to know about? I don't own a whale stamp that I know of so I'm Super curious. . . . . graciepie49@gmail.com
Comment: Wow! Love the page you did, as well the as 'chest of drawers' picture on the card. I'll pass this on. Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome Prairie :-) Thank you for sending love <3 Love back to you always.
georgiafae rated for YTPC: Collage Mail Art on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: You did a great job as far I was concerned because I wasn't sure of the real purpose of the YouTube video either other than glue a bunch of stuff on the envelope! Thanks also for the varied and fun stuff inside the envelope-thanks for sharing! Nice note card that was created from an original by you!
Response: Hi Georgene :-) . . . I'm super happy that you enjoyed all that I sent to you ☺♥ . . . . What I need to do is re-cycle all the old note cards and old greeting cards that I have received from other swappers, but instead what I like to do is make new note cards on cardstock paper with images of my past ATC's and other art.
djcamp04 rated for ATCO: A Touch of Gold INTL on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: Oh my, graciepie! Awesome touch of gold ATC and 2 for the price of one! Twinkies, twinsies, whatever you want to call them, they’re pretty! I love them! Also the cool card, your note with drawings put a smile on my face. The envelope was pretty awesome, too!! Thank you for a wonderful swap! ❤️
Moominbrooke rated for HCSI: Summer Stamping PC on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Fun! Nice job on the jolly sunshine :0)
Response: Thank you very much ☺♥ I loved making the stamp for this swap and I love using it on my envelopes.
Lishmo rated for TIMs: “MOOny Eyes on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Oh my, this was an amazing swap! I love your style! You're very talented. That envelope was a joy to open. Thank you very much!
Response: Hi Cynthia :-) . . . . I am Very Happy that you liked my Moos so much ! ♥ and my style too ♥THANKS♥, that really means a lot to me. I sure do hope I get to be your partner again sometime.
Gnoe rated for EJ: Postal Ephemera Postcard on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a lovely piece of mailart!
Response: Hi Chanou :-) . . . I'm so glad you have enjoyed the postcard. ♥
bbsporty rated for CC: Sender's Choice ATC #3 on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Oh Grace, I always love getting mail from you! Your atc is so nice. It makes me happy when I look at it!
Response: Thank you Barbara ☺ . . . I was happy to make it too. Thanks for the heart ♥
wittmert rated for EJ: Everyday Ephemera Mail Art-June on Jun 30, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome Tina :-) Thanks for the heart too ♥
bbsporty rated for CC: Sender's Choice ATC #2 on Jun 30, 2018
Comment: Yay! Your atc arrived and it is awesome! I love the look of the red striped circles against the black background!
Response: Thank you Barbara, you're a sweetheart. I'm happy you enjoyed it, and thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hi Grace, I always look forward to seeing what you send. It is always awe inspiring. I'm happy to have shared your Zen Zine Colab #1.
Response: Thank you Joan! :-D . . . I'm looking forward to getting it back and seeing everyone's addition, but that will take a while. Thanks for giving a heart too <3 ♥
Allegrae rated for MAS: Put a pig on it on Jun 22, 2018
Comment: So happy to receive this whimsical ATC! You did an amazing job! I love the composition, colors and concept. Much appreciated!
Response: Hi Allegrae :-) . . . . I am really thrilled that you enjoyed this ATC :-D . . . . Like I said, I had those funny pig clips for so long and was glad to use them for this swap. And the flying pig is also from some ancient ads that ran for a while, and I tried to get every one of them cut out, but now I only have a couple of them left. How often does one see ads that feature flying pigs? Not too darn often LOL. Thanks for giving a heart too <3 ♥
StagKing rated for EASU: ATC featuring Circles on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the super funky ATCs and the beautifully decorated swap! Happy Pride to a fellow enby as well! :)
Response: You're welcome Megan, I enjoyed making them. I always enjoy making geometric abstract art. I hope we'll be swap partners again and I would get to be the recipient.

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CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

ittybittykitty on Jun 29, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

PrairieKittin on May 17, 2018:

Tangle and Pass
Thank you for adding to my Tangle and Pass postcard!

Poeprincess on Jan 26, 2018:

Welcome to the TIMs group, Grace! We welcome your mini-art creations & look forward to swapping with you.

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

Lady on Sep 16, 2017:

thanks for letting me know! appreciate your consideration.

moM on Jun 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for finishing up those ATCs! Love that stamp! I know all about losing things in piles - my best trick though, was marking an item as sent only to find it a week later still in the scanner.

ladydy5 on May 23, 2017:

Welcome to our fantastic group! Artistically Inclined

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