Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 7:09 am


Date Joined: July 8, 2009
Last Online: October 20, 2019
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
my blog! 365 days of art
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About Me

IIIIIntroducing... Holly! I am sort of a colorful chaotic mess. Married for thirty+ years with kids, and grandchildren, I stay busy!

I'm a Swap-bot Ambassador and happy to answer any questions or to do a private swap with you if I have time.

I work with (for??) my husband and I enjoy it... But it is exhausting. I also try-to-be an artist, teaching myself drawing and watercolor and urban sketching. I'd love to write and illustrate a book one day, and have it published.

Little artsy-crafty swaps help me relax. SHOPPING, traveling (which I never do), and creating are really my favorite things. Along with hanging out with my family (grandkids!!) or watching movies, reading, wasting my time on youtube (or learning about painting!), painting or cuddling my puppies... being at HOME... Yeah I much prefer being at home to be out.

I'd really really REEEEALLY love it if you'd check out my blog, and follow if you enjoy it, And comment, too!

I also have tumblr and twitter (which I've never checked!) linked to the blog if you prefer to follow that way... Facebook look for threesixfive art or the page threesixfive.art and tumblr I'm threesixfive-art. (2018: I've continued the project!)


I love everything about books. :-) Especially classics, mysteries, quirky stuff like jasper fforde, YA (especially YA and childrens from decades or generations ago) I'd like a room with shelves and tables full of beautiful books and big comfy chairs and a beautiful curtained window seat...

No horror (even classics), or graphic violence, or overly sexually explicit books. I do love pretty much anything else that's well-written.

I love the poetry of EE Cummings, Mary Oliver, and others, and I like to write my own as well. And I'd like to read yours!

Important stuff


-I enjoy fruity herbals. (esp berry or pomegranate) but I am pretty well stocked up right now, unless you have something you really want me to try OR London Fruit and Herb, esp berry types, OR access to Greenberry's triple berry blend, which they HAVE STOPPED SELLING ONLINE AGGGGGH!

-I LOVE tea cups, little spoons, any tea party type things


Vivid colors over pastels. Orange, lime green, olive green are my favorites. Deep yellow, Bright or dark pink, teal blue, brown... also faded old colors...Well... okay really whatever color you enjoy!

THEMES AND THINGS I ESPECIALLY ENJOY (but... I love to be surprised by random things, so skip this if you prefer!)

-holly leaf notecards
-art supplies
-all things art, drawing, or watercolor
-handmade items and unique art
-Mail and mail art
-pens, pencils, typewriters
-refills for my Pilot Coleto 5 pen holder...3mm or 5mm pencil, or any color ink
-another pilot Coleto holder
-fairy garden items
-newfoundland anything. The dog (I have two)
-a new letter opener
-large ish handmade
or up cycled envelopes
or lettersets
-tree houses (don't mail these!!) :-)
-candy.. i am always looking for:
Haribo "saft goldbären"
or any gummy bears
Cadbury "eclairs"
Chocolate (esp milk, esp with with fruit or nuts or caramel)
Dentyne Ice, Arctic Chill (gum)
Lutti cara-choco chocolate caramels (oh yum PLEASE)
Curly wurlies (or something?) from europe -my birthday is Christmas Eve, so anything Christmas or HOLLY leaves
Color themed swaps!
-books and book stuff (see book section above)
-very old book covers for repurposing into sketchbooks
(esp dandelions! And clover. And... pussy willows, honeysuckle, daffodils, poppies, lightning bugs, ladybugs, moths, leaves, acorns, the beach, woodland things, beetles, birds...fish...clouds... other stuff) -fingerless gloves
-calvin and Hobbes. LOVE!
-your favorite Bible verse, encouraging idea, interesting quote, poem, or song lyric.
-Words, letters, typography
-anything from England (my birthplace) or Norway (my heritage)
-quirky, feminine, or hopeful anything
-seasonal mini garden flags
-seasonal potholders, kitchen towels, etc
(Off season=INEXPENSIVE, my motto :) -VW beetles (mine is chocolatey brown)
-fun (or boring) ankle socks


I have enjoyed learning about other people's religious views here on swap-bot, as much as about other cultures, but I've also been surprised and saddened by the closed mindedness of supposedly open minded people when it comes specifically to MY faith. I respect yours, even though it isn't what I believe, and I respect your right to believe it and share it, please respect my faith, and me as well. I will never NEVER try to criticise or belittle you or your faith, or even lack of faith, or judge you based on assumptions I've made, or things I've read about other people who practice your religion. I will not try to convert you or even discuss religion unless you ask to discuss it. Please show me the same consideration regarding respect and belittling comments. That said, I am happy to discuss religion or anything else with you, and would love to count you among my friends whether we are the same or very different in the way we think and how we see the world!

(eternal life spoiler... skip this part if reading about Christianity offends you) I am a born-again Christian... I firmly believe being sweet or kind or caring is important for every person of every religion, and plenty of religions teach people to love each other... and plenty of "Christians" DON'T love others... but I understand that my deeds and behavior are not the way to eternal life, which can only be found through a personal relationship with Christ. And while I do have that relationship, that doesn't mean I think I am better or worse than you or anyone else. I am a sinner by nature and will often do selfish thoughtless things, just like everyone else, and need to turn myself back to face Christ. Please don't blame my Christianity for my shortcomings or weaknesses, which are completely mine, and I won't blame your religion for yours. Of course I don't enjoy my errors pointed out to me, but sometimes it is necessary and I'll thank you now for doing it (because honestly I may not thank you at the time) but I know I probably needed it said, (whether you say it out of love and concern or just petty mean spiritedness, either way if it's true, it's true, and I need to look at it)

In short: Being nice doesn't save me, and being Christian doesn't make me nice... it makes me realize how different I am from how God wants me to be and how much I thoroughly require his grace. This is the extent of my "preaching", and all I will ever say unasked. And thank you for letting me!

People Smarter Than Me Said:

Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. -Leo Buscaglia

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -e e cummings

Sweet Unexpected Swappiness

And The Good List of Thankyous

I should have created this section years and years ago, but I was simply too lazy! Now I am kicking myself.

So as of January 20, 2017, these are some very sweet thoughtful things I have received, and I'm so sorry for the hundreds of things which happened before and are not recorded here. And can never be repaid. I have been so blessed and so moved by the thoughtfulness of Swap-bot members over the past years. And I'm also sorry (ahead of time) for the probably erratic attempts to keep this part current.

12/17: @sandyponey sent me a big sweet Christmas Eve birthday package, a complete surprise. Full of special stuff. Such a nice thing to do for a person she barely knows!!!!! Made me feel great.

1/17 @djcamp04 sweetly sent me a replacement of the Calvin and Hobbes book Emmett my Newfie puppy ATE. Thank you! How sweet!

(3/2018 update: ugh, I forgot to add things here and I received such awesome stuff over and over! I'm not good at keeping things up. Now this section just makes me sad because I'm such a jerk. But happy because other people do nice things, so I'm leaving it. Even if I only record a few, it's better than none.)


Eulegirl rated for Christmas in July Stocking Stuffer on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Oh, I love Anne! I am going to enjoy this book. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you! Arrived today. ❤
Winegeek rated for June Stocking Stuffer - Blue on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: I just love this swap, and Santa is my favorite, I will incorporate these into my holidays this year.
Eclectonote rated for MA: Paint this cat on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: Wow - what a wonderful painting. I love how your water color kitty turned out, with the color focus on kitty and the background effects complementing the whole composition. I consider myself lucky to be your swap partner!
glennasgarden rated for CF: Handmade ATC/Bookmark on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: I was so excited when I saw you were a partner to send to me for this swap. I knew I would get some really nice ATC's from you~ I love them! Thank you so much Holly!
GabySkye rated for PRIVATE: Random Swap Anything! on Jun 12, 2019
Comment: If I could give you 10 hearts, I would. This package was so special and meant so much to me. Thank you so so so much holly 💙
rarjones rated for CF: Weekly Snail Mail on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: I received your colorful entertaining envelope of goodies this afternoon! Thank you so much for all the goodies inside! I am so sorry that it cost you so much to send this out to me. I really enjoyed reading your letter of the holiday weekend. Mmmm filet - sounded delicious and I am sure your pet LOVES you:) I will enjoy the stamps and stencils - thank you so very much! I enjoyed your post card too and all the swap sendings from beginning to end. Great swap and lots of fun!
ChrisAnne rated for NB ~ Round 3 CA to Holly on May 28, 2019
Comment: I LOVE my bookmark. I see your blog most days through email. I am thrilled to now have my own Holly art.
esew123 rated for May Stocking Stuffer - Yellow on May 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card with the flamingo. Definitely frame worthy! cute stickers on the outside too. Thanks again :-)
starmccoy rated for Fairy Garden Kit on May 13, 2019
Comment: Oh My Word! Thank you so much! There are sooooo many adorable things here! I appreciate the effort you put into this! Amazing!
luckycharms rated for Send a RAK stocking gift. on May 12, 2019
Comment: Holly, you are the best!!!! I Love the blue birds and cardinal goodies!!! You truly spoiled me!!!! Thank you very much :)
Response: I’m glad you like them!! I felt so stupid almost flubbing the whole thing with the little unwrapped amazon one, I wanted to make sure you had some wrapped surprises!!!
Dorkydactyl rated for AMA National Dandelion Day! on May 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! Your mail art is so lovely, and I’m so thankful for the ATC blanks and the bookmark you made!! <3
Response: I'm glad you liked it!! Thanks for joining the swap!
Comment: ADORABLE!! and a great envelope too. Thanks so much. I love little journals.
Response: Oh, good! I hope you have fun with it!
susieq40 rated for CF: Sorry, Charlie! on May 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all my lift me up items, I thought the wrapping paper was awesome..loved your artistic talent with all the drawings..you just deserve A+ for originality
Response: I hope you have fun with them! Thank you for joining the swap!
24Donna rated for CF: National Dandelion Day on May 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Oh so very creative! I really like the idea of the mailing book! God bless!
Response: I'm glad you liked it... so fun to make!
glennasgarden rated for CF: National Haiku Day Swap on Apr 27, 2019
Comment: I love dandelions Holly! Thanks so much for the lovely card and the sweet Haiku. Thanks too for participating in my swap!
Response: Haiku can be fun/ Or it can be super hard/ This one is just bad. :)
Butterfly1974 rated for Butterfly1974 and hollycm6 on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience swapping with you. I really appreciate the extra time and care you invested. I love my mini watercolor palette!! I’m so impressed with the art you created for me. You’re very talented. Thank you Holly! 💙💛💚
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I know you will love your watercolor journey!!
thevmatt rated for Ostrich Mail Art on Apr 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much!! Very creative;)
Response: Thanks for swapping... it was fun to create!
Comment: Oh, Holly! You deserve a standing ovation!! WooHoo!! Every envie you made (including the mailing envie) is something I want to keep forever. You have me pegged. Of corse, the Nancy Drew goodies are super special. You really got me inspired, LOVE your work. Thank you so much for the great swap.❤️
Response: I'm really happy you liked them! (I love Nancy Drew!!)
Comment: It's very beautiful!!! You really did a spectacular job on it. Thank you for the extras as well.This is my first matchbox also.
Response: Oh that does make me feel better... I was really worried about this one (and then did have fun with it after all!)

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CariahCreates on Oct 22, 2019:

Thank you for the tree book from my AWG October wishlist! It was exactly what I needed to finish my little project.

bluehairedmary on Oct 21, 2019:

Thank you SO much for all the vintage postcards! Amazing! Such happy mail! I love the tiny owl stickers, too! Thanks again! ~AWG October wishlist

ChrisAnne on Oct 21, 2019:

Thank you for the wishes! What fun!

LadyJo on Oct 21, 2019:

Thank you for the AWG October wishes of a great selection of envies and nice selection of postcards! I will have fun sending them out to friends and penpals. I kept a few for my collection as well.

pkpeace on Oct 19, 2019:

You are awesome, Holly! I love everything on the OUTSIDE of the great envelope and everything INSIDE too! Your thoughtfulness and generosity are truly appreciated... you made my weekend! Thank you so much! Hugs, Patty

goinjenny on Oct 18, 2019:

Thank you for my goodies in A Wish Granted October! Boy Howdy did you go overboard!! THANK YOU!!!

yvonne401 on Oct 18, 2019:

Thank you for my AWG October wishes of a nice selection of tea, Christmas stickers and Halloween stickers!



Lonestarchild on Oct 17, 2019:

Holy cow! No words here. I'm just gobsmacked by this incredible box that landed on my porch today. Happy Dance! This makes me crazy happy and I can't wait to dive in. The timing, however, is dreadful. I'm in the middle of a huge project with a fast approaching deadline and I can see that this afternoon is about to go off the rails so I can play with all my new STAMPS!!! I should set this aside for later but I know I won't!!! Thank you so much for such an over-the-top generous Oct AWG.

Canariangal78 on Sep 6, 2019:

I just signed up to follow your blog. I am taking baby steps in the world of art - painting in an art studio here in Sofia whenever I have some free time and I looove reading digital magazines on pottery; in the UK they have several ones that are amazing- and it is always inspiring to see what other people do in their art. Cheers, Yuri

Poftoffel on Jun 15, 2019:

Oh my goodness, girl with green hair is so BEAUTIFUL! I am totally in love!!! Going to have her framed for my art room. Thank you sooooooooo much I am blown away!!!

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