Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2018 8:15 pm


Date Joined: June 8, 2018
Last Online: December 10, 2018
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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11/7/18 - I changed my profile. Not ALL of it, but updated. I have enough green stuff, and other interesting things.

Note: I was apparently an original member. Never did a swap, but here: http://www.swap-bot.com/user:user744 if you have questions about my membership status. Rachel suspended that one so I could use this one, not realizing I had already had one.

About Me

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I'm 47. I like many types of art, and have gone through phases in life, always creating. Some phases I've been through.

  • cross stitch
  • knitting
  • crochet
  • quilting
  • mod podge madness
  • painting with acrylics
  • sketching
  • zentangles
  • inchies (my new budding fave)
  • stamping and card making (Stampin' Up)
  • And then, no matter what else I may be doing art-wise, I'm always a writer.
  • There have been more, no doubt, but who can remember it all?

I am not good at painting, so don't worry about finding a picture in there, but I like mixing pretty colors in pretty ways.

I'm fanatically obsessed with.

  • the color green
  • but also all the other colors, too!
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • David Tennant
  • dogs
  • songbirds
  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
  • and mainly, the color GREEN. My daughter can't wait to move out cuz "I'm sick of living in a lime!"
  • but I also love ALL the colors, too!

Other things I like, in no particular order.

  • abstract paintings
  • all things Irish
  • birds
  • having all adult children!!!!
  • being on my OWN for the first time in my LIFE
  • photography (but the kind with the $200 camera or my iPhone 7+),not the $1500 camera--

As for who I am.

  • I am an ultra liberal
  • Atheist (a bit agnostic), which means
  • I love people very much and
  • Appreciate life now cuz I believe it's all I've got and
  • I don't hate religious people who don't hate others.
  • I have a kid who's gay. Have been a vocal supporter of gay rights since Matthew Shepard (I'll bet half of you youngsters don't even know who that is--if not, you really should look up his story. Heartbreaking.)
  • All 3 of my kids are mixed race (white/black)
  • I had 4 grandkids, but
  • One died of SIDS at age 4 months and 5 days.

  • I'm from Minnesota born and raised

  • I had my first kid at 17
  • So now at 47,
  • I'm "free" for the first time in my entire life.
  • Not married, kids grown and heading out.
  • I'm in a stage where I am seeking ME.
  • Part of that is I've started painting.

  • I mostly stay at home and

  • Am now medicated and recovered more or less from agoraphobia.
  • But I'm still a homebody

Grandkids are the very reason for having kids. They are so awesome!!!

My dad died 3 years ago, and I still miss him every single day of my life, and my ex (children's father) died 2 years ago, and I miss him more and more. I thought time was supposed to heal! I'm patient...

  • I love history.
  • I am and have always been a writer. I journal a LOT and write fiction a LOT. Please don't ask me what I've published. I'll let you know if I ever have something to answer that question with! Well, blog articles, which I do for work.
  • I think people and their stories are super interesting, so...
  • If we end up in a swap together, I'd love for you to tell me your story! You know, those anecdotes that are hilarious or sentimental that the rest of your friends and family are sick of hearing. I haven't heard them yet! Tell me! I would honestly prefer that to physical extras.
  • Also, I'll 99.99999% of the time include at least a page, likely more, with any swap. If not, though, there was a time crunch, and I'll have at LEAST a quick note. If it's a letter swap, don't worry about having to measure how many pages - mine will be WELL OVER the requirement cuz I LOVE to write letters.

What I Like to Receive

This was going to be a list, but I realized what I'd like to receive is something you put your heart into. If it's a postcard, it can be either something you are super interested in, or something that matches stuff I've written here. Just please no bible verses. I don't like that. If you want to pray for my soul, feel free, just don't tell me about it. :D I have realized that as far as postcards go, I mainly look at the side you have written on. Sometimes I forget to look at the "front" for days. So it's your words that mean the most to me.

ATCs - People here are at all different levels, and as long as I can tell you put your best into it, I love it! I truly love each one best. I mean, think about it. You are sitting down, spending time, sometimes a lot of time, creating a piece of art for me. Of course I love it!

Notecards - Again, as far as what it looks like, whatever floats your boat, or mine. It's your words I care about. Share a piece of you, and I love it.

Letters - The longer, the better, baby. That's all I'm saying. Also, PLEASE legible, because I hate when I try to read it and can't! So if you're writing a really looooong letter and your hand gets tired, set it aside for the next day or something, so I can definitely read it. I'll do the same for you.

Hearts - I have literally not given a heart to one person who I gave a 5, because I could tell no effort had been put in. Otherwise, I always give hearts.

Extras - Welcomed, but not required. I give hearts for people who put effort in. Who am I kidding? I basically give everyone hearts. So I do love when I see extras, but I do not feel "disappointed" when I don't see them. All I want is my swap, and if you are thinking of making it a little extra special, as I mentioned above, tell me a story. Tell me a funny thing that happened today, or a funny kid story everyone who you know IRL is sick of hearing. Even funny pet story. I would love a page or two much more than a few extra things. But I totally appreciate when you do send extra things, too, and I can make use of them. What I'm saying is, I get mail that's not a bill, I'm thrilled with it already!

Favorite Books

I sometimes read more than 200 books annually, so I have a list of favorite authors, which includes, first and foremost, Stephen King. Then in no particular order.

1 Stephen King

  • JK Rowling
  • Amy Tan
  • Louise Erdrich (home grown)
  • Bryce Courtenay
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Charles Dickens
  • Anne Rice
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Anchee Minh
  • Ursula K Leguin
  • Joe Hill
  • Owen King
  • Margaret Atwood (long before the Hulu show came out)
  • Gregory Maguire
  • William Kent Krueger (home grown)
  • NK Jemisin
  • Charlaine Harris (guilty pleasure)
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • Lisa See
  • GRR Martin
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Octavia Butler
  • Ian McEwan
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • David McCullough
  • Dominic Murray (a friend!)
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Tony Hillerman
  • Margaret Cole
  • John D. McDonald
  • Lemony Snicket
  • Walter Mosley

Okay, there are so many more. But you get the idea. I like books.

Favorite Television

I watch way too much TV. The top three, in the order I became a fan of them, are

1 The West Wing, BBC's Sherlock, and Doctor Who

2 Then all the Law & Orders (I will always love Jerry Orbach), Firefly (robbed!), Grey's Anatomy.

And in no particular order

  • ER
  • Buffy
  • Castle
  • Criminal Minds
  • Supernatural
  • The Walking Dead
  • Being Human (UK)
  • Star Trek (all)
  • LA Law
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Young Sheldon
  • Modern Family
  • Blackish
  • Life in Pieces

Much to my shame, there are many more. I'll leave it at that, though.

Favorite Music

I mostly listen to books and NPR, but in the last couple years, Pandora and I have been working out my fave music. So here's some of my fave artists.

  • Maroon 5!
  • Mumford & Sons!
  • The Fray
  • Milky Chance
  • Bastille
  • Of Monsters & Men
  • The Lumineers
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • The Arctic Monkeys
  • The Script
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • AWOL Nation
  • Fallout Boy
  • The White Stripes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foster the People

So that, whatever that is called.

Favorite Movies

1 Shawshank Redemption

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Tombstone (the only Western on the list cuz - not a fan of Westerns - but the Wyatt Earp/ Doc Holliday relationship in this gets me every time).
  • Harry Potter movies
  • Meet the Parents
  • Schindler's List
  • Dead Again
  • Fallen
  • Star Trek movies

I don't watch a lot of movies. But this is a selection of ones I have liked.


  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • Monotheism
  • Bible verses
  • Thoughts & Prayers
  • Insincerity
  • Pessimism
  • Large crowds
  • Small crowds if they are too noisy
  • Trying to have a conversation when I can hear another conversation or radio or TV
  • Loud Noises
  • Ticks
  • Pickles
  • Bagless Vacuums
  • Cleaning (though I love having a clean home, so...)
  • Cats (but only because I am so allergic to them that if I'm around them too long I might actually die, otherwise they are cool)


USAFwife rated for R&W December book challenge on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Both books sound really interesting. :) Thanks for sharing!
USAFwife rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute card. :) Happy Fall! haha!
kittyhahahotbot rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Dec 9, 2018
Comment: I so love your handmade postcard! Very cool and pretty! I know! The snow storms are very close to fall. lolol Thank you!
Response: This year especially. Fall happened during the one week when it rained every single day, and then, whoosh! Winter! Thanks so much for rating and for the heart!
Comment: It is fun to see what everyone has come up with. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Response: Yeah, I have them all in order together in an album, and it's very fun. I hope she starts again! Have a great holiday season yourself! Thanks for rating and thanks for the heart.
angelgram rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Love the motif on this PC would love to have this in a fabric or a rug. Like you word leaf embellishment. You did make it Fallish Fun! Thanks!
Response: Aw, thanks! The style is called retiform. If you look it up in Pinterest, there's quite a bit. Very fun. Doesn't work as well on an ATC, so I was happy to have postcards to do it on. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Coin Wreaths on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Jen, these wreaths are so cute! Thank you also for the kind comments, they mean a lot! I like sparkles, too.
Response: I'm glad you like them! Thanks so much for rating! Happy sparkly winter!
AZmom875 rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: No fall leaves and no snow in Phoenix, which is why I love the fall fun swaps. Your postcard is beautiful.
Response: Well, with the crazy weather stuff that's happening, you might end up with more snow than we do in Minnesota this year. Haha! I love fall swaps, too, because it all goes away soooo fast! Thanks very much for the rating and the heart!
Bananers rated for C.I.~ ATC Tag and Matching Coin on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Very lovely! Thank you.
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
yvonne401 rated for PPWAH ~ Getting To Know You #5 on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers. i'm so sorry about your son. life definitely has its ups and downs. enjoy the ups while you can.
Response: Thanks, that's exactly what I do. People call me "the most positive happy person" they've ever met. It's half just the way I am, and half intentional obliviousness! Thanks much for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thank you Jen! I enjoyed reading about your Thanksgiving. That is how we celebrated when I was young. I will write back soon! Merry Christmas!!!! Oh thanks for the awesome stickers!!!!
Response: Have a lovely Christmas, too, and I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Comment: The coin you sent is absolutely beautiful!! Thank, Thank You, Thank You! -- and thank you for the goodies too 😊
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I love birds so much, and had a good time making it. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
bjansen rated for ATC #6: MONTH of NOVEMBER 2018 on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much :)
Response: I had great fun making that one - thanks for the rating and the heart!
keahirada rated for AAA - Rainbow Series Red on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Great ATC! I do like the simplicity, especially as its holiday themed! p.s. I would love to do a peacock pocket letter in January too!
Response: I'm glad you like it! I'll PM you about the pocket letter - it's definitely a go. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the Very nice card and list. I enjoy the Anne Rice books. Have you read any of the Mayfair Witches books?
Response: Oh, absolutely. When going through the vampire chronicles, I stopped before Merrick to get caught up on the witches, then went forward with the combined stuff. I love when fictional worlds collide like that! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
ktk8 rated for All Squared Up on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Love the ATC what a great way to use SQUARES.....love the snowman.....and OF COURSE love the giraffes.....thank you so much....great swap many hearts!!!!
Response: I'm so happy you liked it,and the giraffes. It was fun to make. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Comment: One of my favorite atcs!! You created a great card ... loved the vintage cowgirl and every element was just great...thanks also for the great note... a super swap..
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you like it! It was so fun to put together. Thanks you so much for the rating and the heart!
blueseabliss rated for Mail Art and ATC on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: So cute, thank you! Every once in awhile we get a bunch of snow. I do love it. :)
Response: Fun. Do you build snowmen real quick when you can? Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
LauraElizabeth rated for Fall Zine on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: What a cute zine - you are super good at digital scrapbooking! Thank you so much for it!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
HappyMom rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #22 on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Just got the journal today and can't wait to go through it! Thank you Jen :)
Response: Awesome! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Jenicat rated for Fall Zine on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely creative zine. I love all the beautiful colors! I love the pumpkin patch too. I have not been on a hayride. It sounds like fun though. Thank you for the kind words about my Kiki. Your kitty sounds very sweet. She's lucky to have you to take care of her 💜
Response: Yeah, she's awesome. Did I mention her name is Zelda? It fits her well. You MUST get thee to a hayride one of these days! So fun! IF you're not allergic. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!

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Mark63 on Dec 9, 2018:

I shout so no one misses out ! 📢 😊

swayzer on Nov 27, 2018:

I'm replying to your yellow parachute pants comment and adding an off the shoulder sweatshirt with a side ponytail and frosted lip gloss ;-)

CurlyTea on Nov 27, 2018:

Snowball fight!

blueseabliss on Nov 13, 2018:

Thank you for reaching out with such a nice letter! I wrote back...see you in the mail soon!

Michelle0329 on Sep 27, 2018:

Thank you for the "extra" strawberry postcard!!! I'm glad you mailed it!! I like getting them in the mail!! It made my day! :)

craftykat68 on Sep 21, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending the raok of coin backs!!That was very kind of you to do that for me!!

Ramya on Sep 20, 2018:


Bhindblueeyes on Sep 11, 2018:

Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

yvonne401 on Sep 7, 2018:

Welcome to IBATL! It's great to have you here!



stormofangels on Sep 6, 2018:

OMG! I mix colors in a pretty way also! That would be an awesome postcard and/or note card swap.. giggles.. hint hint

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