Swap-bot Time: July 18, 2018 7:02 pm


Date Joined: February 17, 2008
Last Online: July 18, 2018
Birthday: November 9
Country: United States
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About Me

Asking all not to send extra paper. I wind up using it for shopping lists., thanks!

Welcome, come on in and sit down....I invite you to see what makes me tick creatively and things that make me happy! My motto for now open up, be yourself, trust. I am also practicing active listening. That means I meet your gaze and listen carefully without getting my comment ready to tell you.

I am contently retired from my 32 years at a county job. I am happy with a small side gig and I live on Cape Cod.

This is very important, I am not one for any prejudiced actions or comments. There is no need for perpetuating those sorts of things anywhere in my life. Art especially transcends all of that. [badge

Every day I wake up and take a moment to be grateful for all the blessings in my life. Even the stuff that isn't good contains an opportunity for me to learn something about myself.

About me in the visual sense.... I love anything vintage, the older the better for me, but all looks from the 1800's to the 1970's..

Nature is really my passion. I really adore the following items, botanicals of all types, birds, moss, dragonflies, bees, butterflies, nests, eggs, mushrooms, snails, flowers, any nature themes!

"Campy" images like 50's, 40's, 30's humor, sexual content does not offend me. Betty Page, etc. I love to laugh, send me your humorous quotes if you don't know what to write on a PC.

Colors of the world!! I gravitate alot to green & aqua when I create, but I really like ALL COLORS. I like to combine colors and love metallic finishes, too!

I have started on a new journey of story writing. I find it be a wonderful creative outlet and I have always loved words. I love word games on the PFs.

Favorite Music

I sing the blues. My band is presently on hiatus. We have no guitarist and since we are just jamming in the cellar that is ok for now. My musical interests are all over the place.

KoKo Taylor, Shemekia Copeland link, Susan Tedeschi, Debbie Davies link, Janis Joplin, Clapton, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stones, Doors, folk, Scottish, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ray Charles.... Muddy Waters, BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Aretha, Motown, Do- Whop, smooth style kd lang, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, Jimmy Buffett,all beachy music, reggae, Beatles, Everly Brothers, Elvis, Beach Boys. We have a vinyl record collection of over two hundred albums in our "Pub in the cellar". Like most music excluding headbanger & opera.


Favorite Crafts

I have made a decision to go to a different Post Office and get all of my send outs "hand cancelled." The clerks at my nearby PO are too grumpy if I want stamps, or if I have a bag full of to-be-hand-canceled. Another thing, I am sending resends far too often. So, I am taking good action to see that my swaps get there.

Currently into postcard making and altering. Love to decorate envelopes.

I really like doing collage the best. When I use various cut outs from magazines and make ridiculous new images from them, with exciting backgrounds, I am content!

Watercolor and acrylic painting, watercolor pencils too.

Wands made from driftwood, signs made from old boats, driftwood bit pendants. I collect the buoys washed up from lobster pots, shells, beach debris... anything that catches my fancy. Of course beach glass, too. I have pinned a bunch of future projects on Pinterest.

I love to write letters and get written notes on PCs. I would welcome any letter writers out there.

Starting to make my own jewelry. I am very slow at it, but keep plugging away.

The following badges are compliments of Raven.



Photography - I like nature shots more that people shots. I also love to take pictures of doors. Doors are the portals of our lives, in and out we go in life and death.

Home Base

Married, no kids by choice. Loving the DH 36yrs plus. He's amazing and I am blessed to have a wonderful man...Being a New Englander beach babe, I love to dance on the beach around the campfire and proclaim it to be a beach party. (shades of Annette Funichello). I live 2 miles to the beach and across from beautiful woods.

** I am not particularly sports minded excluding hydroplane racing since my nephew Captains the US-A TEAM.**. see them here on FB and more

Love thrillers & suspense (not horror) in the movies and books. And I enjoy reading about foreign countries, spiritually based stories and books that develop the characters well.

Totally hooked on the Outlander books and tv show. I am now destashing many books that are just collecting dust.

Celine by Peter Heller was one of the best books that I have ever read.

Indie movies are also a fav. I like movies that have intense emotions and often show the moral compass side of life. I also like feel good movies and I try to not watch the same genre over and over. TV shows that I like: The Americans, Top Chef, Chopped, Outlander, Power, Sugar Queen, Madam Secretary & home improvement type shows are mostly what I watch. Oh yeah, Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes are great, too.

Church of the big blue sky type of spirituality for me. Prayer works in miraculous ways. Serenity is the goal, baby! My totems are the crow and the turtle.

Open minded, but please don't try to convert me. I'm happy that you are happy. It's always important for me to find the path to peace. I believe in intuition and the ability to know what you just know.

Goddesses that are important to me are: Kuan Yin, Diana, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sarasvati, & Isis.

My mom was my craft mentor, clever Lil!

We camp on the beach in the spring, summer, & fall. We are fortunate to travel whenever we can. Punta Cana DR beach is my fav with those palms that go to the water... Costa Rica another visit??? I speak enough Spanish to get by and make an ass out of myself. Got to go on a bucket list trip to Scotland. WOW! I can't wait to go back! Loved the castles and the scenery.

I had the world's most affectionate cat, Smokey Boo Boo Lucky Cat. He went to kitty heaven 1/7/14. Best cat I ever had.

We had inherited Mr. Marmalade. A loving old boy. Had to put Marm down April 2017. Take videos of your pets. I am comforted by the ones that I have of him. Smokey

We recycle everything we can and we are down to one bag of trash a week. Love my garden, my stone walls, the woods across the street and birdwatching. I am a self proclaimed nature girl. I still love that dirty water, too. Boston was my home in the early part of my life.

not so much...don't want

Don't care for superhero movies, action movies( they make me fall asleep)

Disney blech, no likey! I don't care for the vampire look or bloody stuff but appreciate that is your art.

Super cutesy isn't my preference either.

Don't care for country/Americana style.

Pledge/Swaps/Waiting For

I dislike to chase ratings and seems far more commonplace now that I am swapping more.

FLAKED BY: @IAmAlwaysIn for CQ Mini Pinata Free Style- I was the host. Angelled by @Amandalee

FLAKED BY @CraftyAnnie for Make Your Own Bubble Mailers. I was the host on this swap, too. http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/72253

@lovestosew never send a WTA from Inspire Me group, I have since left that group.

When I join a swap, I look to see ratings of other participants and if there are a number of 3's, never mind the ones, I leave the swap.I do not care for drama around swapping, period.

I reuse packaging. Be good to mother earth!

Art & craft is always subjective, if I think you sent me your best work I always rate well! I can't say something isn't ART!

My rating (5.00) speaks for itself. I act like a responsible adult and expect the same from you. When I host, I use this disclaimer----I maintain the ability to question ratings and discuss them with you before assigning partners.


Other things I like

The fact is something created by you is great. However, I am NO LONGER collecting ATCs. Please, I am destashing these days, no need to send me extras in swaps. Thanks so much.

I can always use letter sets.

Heart shaped rocks.

Necklaces that are long.

Fairy images.

Fine tip white pens. Fine tip black pens for zentangle.

Would love anything with crow or turtle images.

I have a great appreciation for meeting so many wonderful people here.We have such a varied community and I have come to appreciate that the longer I am here.This is not a snarky place, so go snark somewhere else is my motto.

Nature report

mushroom My Fav nature pic, outside my front door.

My brother passed on 11/26/2009. Dedicating this section to him, my birdwatching mentor.

. This is the link to Cornell Lab BirdCams for red tailed hawks 3/11/18 linkforhawks The may be laying first eggs anyday now. 3 Hawks are fledged!

Missoula MT Osprey Cam linkforospreys

Whenever I see a hawk, I think of you, Jack, watching from above. Got to see two and I happened to be talking about my dad.

2017 July a big hawk came through my yard this morning as I was eating breakfast on the deck. A big gift! 2018 it flew right over me as I rested on a stone wall. Hi Jack!

2017 April I have been watching the Cornell Univ. bird webcams. Osprey nests are very interesting to me. I monitor 2-3 nests within a mile from my home. 2017 Feb 24 snowdrops cover my neighbors front yard. A lot of geese have been flying in formation over or near my house.

2016 Fall- a very late fall this year, we still have some minor green leaves on low lying shrubs. Also, many yellow leaves still haven't fallen. I am blessed to have the time to take it all in.

I had blooms on window box plants up until Dec 7th.

2016 Spring - took some cool pics of the skunk cabbage emerging in a boggy area on my lunch break today.

Had an intense purple/red daybreak this morning. Love to hear all the birds singing their Spring songs. I could hear cardinals, mourning doves, chickadees, Carolina wrens, Phoebes, woodpeckers, robins and more this morning


"Aging is a kick in the crotchety." from It's Not Menopause... I'm Just Like This, Maxine's Guide to Aging Disgracefully

"Be careful ...the toe that you stepped on yesterday, may be connected to the ass you have to kiss today." Buddy Cianci, former Mayor of Providence RI incarcerated for fraud.

Send me your humorous quote!

Links, swaps, ideas

pic posting


post a pic info from PFs

1st additional oz is 98 cents, so add 98 cents in US postage stamps to $1.15 For 3 & more oz mail weight, add 99 cents postage for each additional oz. PC are .35


Comment: Love all those stamps on your envie and the painting on the back. Thanks for the memory of Brussels, I was there about half a day about 40 years ago but remember the gracefulness and impressive grand square. Yes, I also got some chocolate when there. Nice to remember and share.
Paige1900 rated for CUCrew: One Mag HMPC on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Jan I love the black and white PC. Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks Paige, I had fun making it!
spinweaver rated for OFAP: I remember PC swap on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: cheers
Comment: so sorry had a load of mail at post office which went astray thanks for the offer to resend
Response: You are welcome, but please, use punctuation in msg next time. I thought that you wanted the resend.
Jjean rated for CUCrew: July Collage Kit on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the "kit" - That will be interesting to put together....And I have to say your collaged envelope was one of the best I have ever received, so many things to look over .
Response: Your rating makes me so happy! I love to make the envies super fun and a small envie was not cutting the mustard for the assembled goodies. Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for all the thought that went into your postcard. I loved it. I had seen that painting before but never thought about it much. I loved that you pointed out her customer! So awesome.
Response: Before I mailed it out, I showed my friend how cleverly that was executed. Thanks for the heart and your very sweet rating.
kfaye rated for July Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gift and the marriage advise!
Response: So funny that I get you again! Heart grateful.
Comment: Beautiful illustrated PC, thank you Jan! I looks delicious :)
Response: You are very welcome!
Comment: Thanks for fun creative post card
Response: My pleasure!
RooBaRoo rated for IS: Make a Mandala PC #2 on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: I really like what you did. The colours & the entire work is so serene! Are those golden shapes die-cuts? I do hope you repeat this swap once in a while! :)
Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. The golden shape is chip board that came gold, with adhesive backing. This is fun to reinterpret the Mandala each time.
breethefrog rated for Symbols and symbolism #2 on Jun 29, 2018
Comment: I enjoyed reading your story. It had an ending that I did not see coming! I like the use of the infinity sign at the end. Thank you for sharing with me. Peace be with you!
Response: Really happy that my ending created a surprise for you! Thanks so much for the nice rating.
wolfeagle rated for USA: Here Comes The Sun-June on Jun 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you.
Response: Sayonara and aloha.
BhaktiCreations rated for CQ: Matchbox Shrine on Jun 28, 2018
Comment: How sweet is your shrine? I love it. And yes please put me in any groups that you would like, I am especially looking for more crafty groups like this one. Love and Light, Alexis
Response: So glad that it made it there quickly and that you are enjoying it! Peace, love, Woodstock back to you!
Comment: Thanks for this pretty Mandala PC! I love the colors and it came through the mail just fine! We have eagles nesting up behind our house on the island. They chirr-chirr-chirr, every time we walk down on the beach. My DH has a fox that follows him around and he saw a den, down by the volcano chimneys, with 3 kits and the mom and dad outside. So cute! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: So happy that it made it there intact. The scene that you describe sounds incredible, especially the fox. I have a an animal spirit book that is wonderful!
Comment: Oh dear! I hear there’s a cream for that... :p EDIT: wow I just noticed this is a MAGNETIC postcard! I didn’t even know that was a thing! How cool; thanks again!
Response: I bet that there is a cream for that! I picked that up awhile back and knew that it was what I wanted to send out. Hope that you had a good giggle.
catlingmex rated for Lemon Recipe International on Jun 24, 2018
Comment: Wow, wonderful-sounding recipes on cute cards, a gorgeous notecard, and fabulous stamps! The perfect thing to get in the mail. Thank you!
Response: So happy that you liked what I sent to you. Those meatballs are scrumptious!
ittybittykitty rated for Anatomical Mail Art on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: I love this journal page, thank you so much!
Response: My pleasure, I like how he appears to staring at the unknown!
ByJQ rated for BTH: Witchy Letter and Small Surprise on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much. Sorry for the delayed rating. I have been moving my art room to the basement and a lot of things are in limbo... lol.
Response: Thanks for the heart and sorry about 2 msgs.
benny rated for Lemon Recipe International on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: 3 recipes! Lucky me!!! Cape Cod...wow! I'll be there on August during my USA East Coast trip, can't wait!
Response: I hope that you like my recipes! And I will pm you my phone number. Perhaps we can do a quick drink or coffee while you are here. I live mid-Cape.
Comment: Sorry for rating so late, I must have missed rating. Thank you for the fun card.
Response: thanks!

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stephiedee on Jul 17, 2018:

Hi Jan! Your Misfit Mail Art winnings went out in today's mail!

earthnk on Jul 14, 2018:

Hi Jan, It's nice to be back. Thanks for the welcome. Hope you and yours are well!

ChrisAnne on Jul 10, 2018:

Sorry that I have been so quiet lately.

There is some personal health stuff that has me in a funk and things are crazy with our foster kiddos. I miss you sweet friend!

Paige1900 on Jul 8, 2018:

Thank you for the great "Who Likes...Camping" tag. Its all great! :)

TereDiane1954 on Jun 4, 2018:

Hi, Jan! Wow, we do have a lot in common, don't we? Your mushroom picture is gorgeous! We should do a nature photo notecard swap. Thanks again for your beautiful poem♥

ittybittykitty on May 28, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Fatherted on May 27, 2018:

Received your letter! xoxo

OrigamiGrace on May 13, 2018:


lovetherain on May 1, 2018:

Beltane Blessings to you! 🌹🌱💙

groundhogstamper on Apr 12, 2018:

I'm honored to have won the whacky chicken and everything else you packed into the box! I wish I knew how to post photos so I could show everyone the chicken. The one ChrisAnne posted above made me laugh too!

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