Swap-bot Time: June 20, 2019 8:03 am


Date Joined: June 8, 2018
Last Online: June 20, 2019
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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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?
  • My new passion, diamond painting. Prettier and far more meditative than you'd think.

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
  • peacocks
  • 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)


Burger1girl rated for SF~ Pick 3 on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: You sent me the perfect supplies I love and needed!! Just right! Cant wait to get started on a summer project! Have a fun summer and enjoy ARTing!! Thank you for everything!!
Response: I'm relieved to hear it. I didn't know if sending coordinated stuff would be the best idea, but happily it worked out. Thanks for the rating and heart.
Wykyd rated for Zines with jenmcjen & wykyd on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: You are the bomb.com! Thank you SO much!
Response: Oh, did you like them a bit? hahahahahahaha! Thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Very nice! Thank you!
Response: I had so much fun making that. I never made anything like it, but I've made two more since then for different projects. Thanks for the rating and heart!
PeliKat rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - June on Jun 15, 2019
Comment: Jennifer, thank you for the oh-so-colorful zine for June's Wacky Holidays! Every page was an eye-catching blast of rainbow colors and images! Hot Air Balloon Day was my very favorite, because I've ridden in them twice and it brought back such nice memories of the other balloons that were flying with mine. Juneteenth reminded me of the time I was in Atlanta for the PrideFest Parade and how impressive and touching it was to see it all. And I love the cute pink animals on National Pink Day's page. This is another one for my 'keeper' collection! Thanks so much for another great swap! Best wishes until next month!!! PS - I would LOVE to get a letter from you and 'celebrate the Wacky' together!!! ROFL!!!
Comment: love this VERY colorful zine!!...love the font...fav is between cookies or pink page...cant decide....cool zine...cheers!!!
mjhaertling rated for Monochromatic GREEN Postcard on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the glittery card. Sorry I did not rate it when I received it.
purrincup rated for APP: Mail Tag! on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for writing back! I'm so glad to have found another pen-friend! Also, thank you fro the extra tags~ I will send my response after I get caught up on some mail. 💕
Comment: Love how you used the rainbow colors for the backgrounds! especially the the color pink page. The illustrations are great, thank you so much. I'll message you about your question.
Jenicat rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - June on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the colorful zine! Love it 💜
Comment: Thank you so much loved them all
Comment: Thank you for the card. I think, maybe not creepy, but definitely a bit weird.
elinor rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - June on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun zine, I'm going to print them all out next week and give it a proper read :)
sarasart rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - June on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: So nice to see all the pieces you did :)
GabySkye rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - June on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Jennifer, I had such a great time reading your zine. I loved the look into your past! Reading it gave me a sense of nostalgia for a hobbies I did not have! Very nice :)
Response: That's an awesome line, concept! Nostalgia for what you didn't do! haha! Well, you can borrow my nostalgia any day. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: I loved the rainbow theme you used throughout the zine. This is perfect for June being Gay Pride Month. The bright colors are so cheerful. All the pages were nice, but my favorite was National Pink Day. I think it was because of all the cute characters you put together for that day. Thank you for another great zine!
NRGordon rated for Ask me anything! ~ e-swap #6 on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your interesting answers. I really enjoyed that you elaborated. I find little value in 'yes' or 'no' answers that so many seem to give.
Response: Yeah, that would be boring. So we didn't discuss what to do if one of us got the other, but I still think you should answer mine! Thanks for the rating and the heart! You can always count on me to write WAY more than is absolutely necessary!
Leen rated for A Minizine of Lists-newbie friendly on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice zine
Response: Thanks for rating!
Leen rated for amaZINE #11 - craft on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zine
Response: Thanks for rating! Glad you liked it!
Leen rated for Monthly Zine Swap - May 19 on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice zines. Love the one about Dan Patch
Response: Thanks for rating! I'm glad you did, because that was special to me growing up and involved my dad, who I miss and love! Thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed looking through your wordless zine. I see that we like a lot of the same movies and tv-series :)
Response: We'd be great Netflix (or Hulu) buddies! Thanks for the rating and the heart!

Rating Overview

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ChrisAnne on May 13, 2019:

Welcome to Planner Partners! We are happy to have you and appreciate that you have cleared up the old profile issue right at the top of your page! Thank you for that! I am moving in early June so there aren't many swaps up, but we will pick back up soon. Happy planning!

nancylee on Apr 17, 2019:

Doctor Who: Profile Swap I haven't seen all the Dr's but I really like David Tennant and Donna Noble as a team...

I just want you to know, there are worlds out there, safe in the sky because of her. That there are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble. A thousand, million light years away. They will never forget her, while she can never remember. But for one moment, one shining moment, she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe.DR.

He saves planets, rescues civilizations, defeats terrible creatures…and runs a lot. Seriously, there’s an outrageous amount of running involved. Donna Noble

forfeitco on Apr 15, 2019:

Hello, I'm your partner from the Doctor Who profile swap. One of my favourite quotes from Doctor Who is from Season 6 - A Good Man Goes to War:

"Demons run when a good man goes to war, Night will fall and drown the sun, When a good man goes to war. Friendship dies and true love lies, Night will fall and the dark will rise, When a good man goes to war. Demons run, but count the cost. The battle's won but the child is lost"

TeaRoll on Mar 25, 2019:

Thank you so much for the extra Zine. It is super cute!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

yvonne401 on Mar 20, 2019:

A good friend is like a four leaf clover. Hard to find but lucky to have.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

anrtist on Mar 20, 2019:

HAPPY SPRING!!!! yay YAY yay SPRING is finally here! LOL ;-)

Blessings, cc

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Mar 20, 2019:


supersquirrel on Mar 18, 2019:

What a cutie!!

christy102194 on Mar 18, 2019:

Happy St.Patty's to you too! ^^

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