Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2017 9:12 am


Original Member
Last Online: January 16, 2017
Birthday: January 20
Country: United States

About Me

Mom to three, grand mom to eight, with two full-time jobs: embarrassing my kids, and spoiling my g'kids! (Both full-time!)

Old enough to remember what keeping a locked diary under my pillow meant, specially with a pesky older brother!

I have been crafting and letter writing, most of my life, and really love anything hand-made. and if it's cute and tiny, I will love it even more!

I'm also a stamp collector, and have enjoyed all the beautiful papers from all over the world. A letter-writer at heart, I have written to soldiers who do not get any mail, for over 30 years!

Educated as a teacher, I taught 4th grade for many years, then another many years taught middle school math! I am very involved in Scouting, have been all my life, since my brother is an Eagle Scout. (That never becomes "past tense"). I love Scouting, I love Scouts. I love the lessons it teaches our young boys, and helps them become fine men.

Swapping: I host a lot of different kinds of swaps, and most of them are newbie-friendly, with just ONE "rule": you MUST have a completed profile. Your swap partners want to get to know you, your interests, and anything else you'd like a new friend to know about you.

A good "rule of thumb" to follow: When I open your profile page, I should have to scroll down to read it!

There are many good tabs to help, in swapbot, or just use your imagination.

There is never a 'rating minimum' to join any of my swaps. I do not start a project by NOT trusting people. If someone flakes on a swap, THEN they have damaged my trust.

I DO welcome newbies, and hope you have a great swapping experience, and make lots of wonderful swapping friends.

The "profile rule" is to just help us out here, and let us get to know a little more about you!

So often, when reading the info about a swap, I read about partners needing to check profiles to find something their partners might like.

Well, I already have lotsa things that I like, 😉😀!

And this is about having FUN! I hope if you ever get my name in a swap, you will artistically 'let yourself go,' and come up with something that YOU love!

I promise you, I will like it too! I want to see your interpretation of the swap!

I have been involved in swaps of all sizes, I have hosted many swaps, including "round robin journals", which were some of the most fun projects I'd ever seen! Be sure to look for them SOON! (More about them below)

I promise to rate!

(I've seen some nice graphics that use a picture...I haven't figured out this iPad yet, enough to do that. Hopefully it's coming soon!

I often host a "Swap Card" swap, and encourage every swapper, whether they join or not, to please always include the name of the swap, YOUR swapping ID, your first name, and the date it was mailed.

Several reasons: lots of us use nicknames here, in Swap-bot, and we'd like to know who you are, when we get your swap, so we can thank you! I have received swaps, and had NO idea who they were from! We might be involved in several swaps of the same type, so please help us out!

The other reason, maybe even more important: if you don't include the date that you mailed it, somewhere on the swap, even if you drop it in the mailbox on time, maybe the mail has already been picked up....or maybe it's a Friday, and might not be picked up for several days.

Please don't risk a lower rating, just because your partner might have nothing but the postmark to check on.

Favorite Crafts

paper crafts of all kinds, I prefer inches/twinchies a bit more than ATC's, but promise to love anything that has been hand-crafted by my partner!

I also love pin cushions and needle cases,and am part of a wonderful group with that name.

I enjoy seed beading, rubber stamping, and fabric crafting, including quilting, counted x-stitch, felt work, and kumihimo and Temari (beautiful Japanese thread arts)

I love surprises, and hope my swap partners express themselves with their creativity!

I am not a very talented painter, but I enjoy it, and can follow numbers pretty easily to end up with a nice picture! 😊

I also have a group in Flickr, called My Crafting Room. It has thousands of pictures from the group members of their inspirational crafting spaces!

Favorite Music

I play piano, guitar, and flute, so especially enjoy listening to either or all of them. Especially enjoy listening to Kenny G, David Lanz, and other instrumentalists.

I also give piano lessons.

Favorite Books

I am not much of an "electronic" book reader, altho I really love to read - - I enjoy turning the pages!

I like everything from humor, romantic comedy, historic fiction, drama, legal suspense, mysteries, and more - - but not horror.

One thing I've learned about myself, if the word "organize" appears anywhere on the cover of a magazine, I HAVE to get it! Actually getting my crafting room organized, however, is still only a dream of mine!

Fave Authors: Scott Turow, John Grisham, and other "legal drama" writers

Favorite Movies

I think The Princess Bride is one of the best movies ever made. I also like Miracle, because it's a true story, and is about Minnesota winters! A couple other favorites are Two Brothers, (because I love Tigers!), Mrs. Winterbourne, The Cutting Edge, American President, the Pirates of the Caribbean series...

I am also slightly addicted to Netflix, and enjoy getting the marathon "fix" it gives me, making it possible to watch the entire season of House of Cards!

About Me

I've been asked quite often, to tell people more about the RR Journal Swaps I've hosted. These have turned out to be some of the most FUN! Swaps I've been involved in!

You can read about them, as well as some of the rules and ratings, etc, if you click on the number that's shown under the "star" on the upper right, to see a list of the swaps I've hosted. In that list are the RR swaps, and you can click on any of them, to read the specifics. (As for "rules", etc, they are all pretty much the same.

My plan is to start again, hosting Round Robin Journals (RRJ's) in mid to late March.

I shut it down at about 6-7 swappers, because it would take too long, with each person allowed one week, before sending the journals onward. I will run a USA only one first, then possibly in June, or July, an International version.

I've been offline for a few years, tending to family issues, so yes, there is a "gap"in my timeline, but I always knew I'd return to swap--bot.

I do welcome all the new swappers, and hope you will find a lot of FUN swaps, and make some great friends here!

also, there are pictures of these journals, in Flickr, if you do a search for "swap-bot, round robin journals". Three of them should come up. There is a "Kimberly's", the friendship lounge, and "Round Robin Journals", with a pink striped circle avatar. That's the One! Hope you enjoy the tour, and feel inspired!


tanjah76 rated for "Ransom Note" Card Swap (EDITED) on Jan 14, 2017
Comment: Hi Mary, Thank you for the ransome note card. I like how you made it. Hope you did have a great holiday season. Best wishes for 2017 Kind regards Tanja
Drvr337 rated for "Ransom Note" Card Swap (EDITED) on Dec 29, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the really cute card and the great extras. I had a lot of fun with this swap.
Response: Im so glad you joined the swap, and had fun with it!
Lilpurplepig rated for Alphabet ATCs - I & J on Dec 19, 2016
Comment: Loved the Atc's and the theme you picked out for them.
Taliesyn rated for For the Love of a Dollar Store on Dec 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you! I especially like that you sent me a wrapped goodie. I'm sticking it my stocking for Christmas morning! ❤️
Lilpurplepig rated for Alphabet ATCs - K & L on Dec 14, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC's. Loved each ones themes.
SilviaSanAntonio rated for Alphabet ATCs - G & H on Dec 10, 2016
Comment: Your swaps are so much fun, Mary! What good luck I have to receive these ATCs from you. The G card is cool with a green gingham fabric background. The Juliette Gordon Low postage stamp is gorgeous, it looks like currency! The H card is lovely; can't go wrong with horses and hearts. Thanks for the ATCs and for hosting.
angeness rated for FAST swap - get/improve ratings! on Nov 26, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the cards and the extras! I loved the cards you chose. :)
slamophile rated for FAST swap - get/improve ratings! on Nov 22, 2016
Comment: Wow - Thank you so much for those most adorable Swap-cards. I've never seen such cute ones. Love the note-cards you enclosed, too. Thank you - and - Super thanks for hosting this fun swap. Happy day to you.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed them...the swap cards are fun to make, i hope you will include them with all your future swaps!
JazmínFV rated for "Ransom Note" Holiday Card on Nov 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you Mary for the nice card! I was coming home all sore from the dentist and this really put a smile on my face (on the non-numbed side, that is!) Happy holidays to you too :)
mymymymy rated for New to Zentangling? (Int'l) on Nov 14, 2016
Comment: Another great parcel I have had today, my 2 senders all did very good in artwork, mine are terrible LOL! Know what Mary?! The fabrics are just too nice, I am recalling my yesteryear of doing patchwork and quilting, but I hardly start again, too many hobbies too little time!
kittymojo rated for "Owned by a Cat" ATC on Nov 11, 2016
Comment: Gorgeous kitty, is he yours?
Response: yes, his name is Max...he's about 7 years old...he has "starred in lots of ATCs, heehee!
Fabriqueen rated for Itty Bitty Button Inchie Swap on Nov 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling inchie! I love making these. Hugs, Diane
Gobarb rated for New to Zentangling? (USA) on Nov 7, 2016
Contraduck rated for Alphabet ATCs - C & D on Nov 6, 2016
Germanbaby77 rated for Alphabet ATCs - E & F on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: I like the F one the best! thanks!
Ruthless rated for "Ransom Note" Holiday Card on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: This was such a fun swap! I ended up using a bigger card I hope that doesn't hurt my ratings... I really enjoyed doing this. It was a great idea!
Katana rated for Ratings Booster #18 on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: Thank you for my Friday surprise! It was lovely to have something to look forward to besides the weekend:)
WayUpInAlaska rated for New to Zentangling? (USA) on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: Love your zentangles! never tried these before, was fun! The tag card was great too! am going to have to break out my cricket and get to creating some this winter I think :)
MissBrenda rated for New to Zentangling? (Int'l) on Nov 3, 2016
Comment: Hi Mary! Thanks for the card! Wonderful! Happy swapping...can't wait for more swaps!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely cards.

Rating Overview

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Debmitch on Jan 8, 2017:

Hope this brings a smile!!! Have a great day ♥

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Debmitch on Dec 25, 2016:

Much love ♥♥♥


Debmitch on Dec 21, 2016:

Lady on Dec 20, 2016:

I love the "ransom note" card swap you're hosting. What a great idea. Sadly I just saw it today after it closed. Maybe you'll do it again?

Debmitch on Dec 18, 2016:

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Debmitch on Dec 3, 2016:

Hello! Hope your December is going well!!

Sending hugs to you

Debmitch on Nov 22, 2016:

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