Swap-bot Time: February 24, 2021 8:51 pm


Date Joined: August 15, 2020
Last Online: February 24, 2021
Birthday: August 21, 1948
Country: United States

About Me

I live way out in the country - 5 miles from Rock Island. There is no rural mail delivery out here, hence the PO Box. Rock Island has about 100 people but I think they are counting legs not people.

A bar and the post office are the only businesses in town. Mail is slow. Please have patience with my mail. If you don't get your mail from me within a reasonable time, please let me know and I will send it again.

Rock Island is not an island and there are no rocks here. It was named in the 30's to entice Yankees to move here with the promise that the beach was close. The beach is 70 miles away!

My husband and I do not share the same last name. Obviously, my name is Patterson. If you get a label with Jack Giesecke, he is my husband.

My husband just got his first COVID vaccination! That was Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. Yea!!! We had to drive to Houston to get it - about 90 miles away. He has diabetes II and cancer. His cancer is treatable but not curable. His chemo is 2 pills a day that leave him very weak. He is essentially wheelchair bound. But he is alive as long as he takes his pills.

Too often I have been late getting my swaps completed. I apologize. I have Bipolar II with depression and I have been having episodes. My doctor has increased one medication and that worked for a while. Then he had to add a new medication. Please forgive me for being late in completing my swaps. I often blame the mail which is terribly slow but for about 6 weeks it has been my fault.

Favorite Crafts

I have been crocheting since I was 10 when my Grandmother taught me. I have made afghans, sweaters, and toys. I have taught crochet. Making small things is my new passion!

I quilt - love making tops. Scrappy is my favorite. And I quilt them.

I really like paper and fabric. Homemade postcards, homemade envelopes, junk journals, fabric books, homemade paper, smash journals, etc. My manic side takes over and I get into too many projects.

Finding swap-bot has fueled my creativity and stretched my mind. I love it!

Favorite Books

I read fiction...mostly science fiction these days - lots of pandemic and EMP end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it types. I have read the Red Rising series and really liked it. My favorite authors in this genre are: Ryan Schow, Christine Kersey, Jack Hunt, and T.L. Payne.

I also read thrillers and mysteries. Yes, all escapism.

Favorite Paper Crafts

I love paper. And I love fabric. I love combining them for whatever I am making. I like making junk journals from old books or from ideas I see on Pinterest. I have made books out of fabric. And just started making paper, especially from recycled paper.

I love postcard swaps and making postcards. I like decorating the cards with bits of paper and fabric. Denim pants are a great resource: I use a seam line, the small watch pocket, top of the big pocket, even a patch work of different colors of denim. Then sometimes a sticker, a bit of lace or applique. To attach any fabric to a card, use double sided fusible interfacing or Stitch Witchery.

I do not like glitter but I love the color purple. In fact, my hair is in-your-face purple! Note: on Feb 9, 2021 I got my hair cut to 1 inch long. I wanted to see how gray my hair really is. It is solid gray around the front of my face and then salt and pepper for the rest - lots of salt but plenty pepper, too. When my hair grows out, it will be purple again. Seems funny to look in the mirror and not see purple hair.

What I like in mail:

Color - especially purple; bright colors; and have grown into tans like vintage..

Texture - I LOVE texture. It can be subtle, background or the focus. Fabric is great.

Shape - All shapes on the project are great. I really like geometric, and freeform shapes (torn paper).

Other - I like butterflies, birds, cats, frogs and roses, Flowers are good. Plants and other animals are also good.

Religious - I am a Christian and I like religious symbols.

I really like homemade postcards, sending and receiving. Because the towns around here are all small, I don't have a way of buying them around here. I order some from Amazon and use those when required. My girlfriend, Vicki, has recently given me her collection of pc's and her uncle's collection. They are mostly travel cards but some are old but in good conditions.

What is not a favorite:

Cutesy - 'sweet', cartoons, Disney


Glitter - yes, it is a texture, but it is not a favorite.

Funny - it is ok, but not a favorite.

Negative thoughts

Political from any party or group

Tea - I can drink only herbal or decaf teas

If I receive anything on my 'Not a favorite" list but the item meets the swap requirements, then you will receive a 5.

ABC's of Me

Saw this on a couple of profiles and thought I would give it a try.

A - Altered books, Animals, Accordion music, Avocados

B - Blue, Black. Bipolar II with depression

C - Cats, Cookies, Crochet, Crafts, Catfish fried

D - Donuts, Dogs, Decaf coffee

E - EMP (survival Sci-Fi), handmade Envelopes, cheese Enchiladas

F - Friends, Fabric, Frogs (but not as pets)

G - God, Grandchildren, Gmail

H - Holy Bible, Hugs

I - Iced tea unsweet, decaf

J - Jesus the Christ, Jack my husband, Junk Journal

K - Kathleen my daughter

L- Love, Lace, Lap quilt

M - Mexican food, Mockingbirds

N - Nuts

O - Orange, Okra

P - Prayers, Postcards, Purple, Paper, Pinterest, my front Porch, Pecans

Q - Quilts, Quilting, Quality time with my husband

R - Rain, Roses, Reading

S - Sean my son, Smiles, Sunshine, Swapping, Sci-Fi, Sewing

T - Texas, Twinkle lights

U - Ultramarine

V - Venison backstrap

W - Water, Waffles, Wordplay game

X - Xi'an archeological site (I got to visit it and it was breathtaking)

Y - Yellow, Yams

Z - Zoos!


misscorina rated for post card clear out on Feb 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks a lot for the lovely Texas card which is new to my collection *yay* Also love the quote on the back. Stay safe!
Comment: Hi Holly, thank you for the beautifully written verses znd stickers. Just love the postal paper and envie too. Stay sweet!
Comment: It's incredible what's happening in Texas!
Comment: Thank you for the 'boatload' (lol, had to!😆) of wonderful goodies! I love all the unique & special hand made items. Your letter detailing how they were made is very helpful great idea! Hard to believe that red cabbage juice made green! Cool! I love the colours, and so many lovely items! I have ideas on how to use them already ( & I had never thought to use coffee filters either!). Thank you again for your generous swap! 😀♥️
Avi rated for Let’s get crafty #5 on Feb 22, 2021
Comment: Very basic and tiny flip book but I guess my bad! I didn’t specify a minimum size!
Response: I am hoping to learn more about flip books as I receive some. Deco'ing them is really challenging for me - I have no problem with junk journals but flip books intimidate me.
Abbyla rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #1 USA on Feb 20, 2021
Comment: Your PC and goodies arrived today! I do t know what's up with the USPS...it almost took a whole month to arrive, but well worth the wait!
dally rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #46 on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the bags, and all the extra goodies!
kittyfun rated for Stuff the Mailbox #27 on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for everything.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard - if there was a Christmas tree on here it must have fallen off in the mail, oops! The holographic tape is pretty groovy though! Ooh, I just checked the weather where you are and see it will be 1 degree tonight - OMG please be safe and try to stay warm! Here I am complaining in 60 degree weather in SoCal, yikes! Take care!
Response: No tree? How can that be? Holo tape. That had a fairly plain tree and I used the holo tape to brighten it up a bit. Guess the tree did fall off - oof! Timber! Thank you for graciously given me a 5 rating.
turkucpodjadek rated for Fill A Pencil Bag on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you! The pens are amazing! <3 So smooth :D
nanadiana rated for 10 Things Postcards Swap #2 on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your list of 10 things you can't live without. We have some of the same things on our lists. Take care!
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #29 on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the intriguing selection of postcards & for including extras, Holly. While you are enduring that awful cold & snow I am complaining about summer arriving in February in South Florida. Crazy times we live in!
photovivie rated for Ugly PC Swap #24 on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the card!! I really like the pattern 😅😬 would love to have a couch with that colour and pattern! 🥳
Comment: This was so pretty! And yes, I see purple hearts. Thank you so much and I'm so glad your husband got the chance to receive he's first shot. Yay!!! My dad has received both now and my mom has just received her first. I'm high risk but haven't made it onto the list yet. I'll have to keep hiding out in the house for awhile yet 8)
Sagebrushs rated for Vintage Postcard Swap - USA on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Love the old pc's, thank you.
isandie rated for Notecard Swap #4 on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Beautiful cards! Thank you!!! (Btw there was nothing noting the name of the swap in the envelope!)
Comment: Beautiful twinchies Holly! I wish more people would join in too - I want to finish my twinchie “quilt”! And Thanks for the washi!
SoCarla rated for UPDATED: Letter Sets on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks!!!
CHOWEFACE rated for Oh the Places I Have Been #2 on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great card!
SGriffin rated for post card clear out on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you!