Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2018 11:16 am


Date Joined: February 15, 2008
Last Online: January 19, 2018
Birthday: September 18, 1983
Country: United States
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Most recent profile update: Dec 17, 2017

I’m a 34 year old college grad currently living in Central PA with my husband (Of 12 years on December 31, 2017!) and my recently retired Mother. My husband and I are Lifetime members of the Universal Gamers Guild - our motto: “Play Games, Have Fun.”

~ I have a 2 year old son! (Born in January 2016) His online handle is Squid. He helps me get the mail every day. He loves reading, playing with toy cars and getting into everything.

~I worked at the circulation desk of the local public library. We moved, and now I’m a domestic engineer. I loved providing Reader’s Advisory - suggesting the next book someone should check out.

~I don’t like cooking, but I do occasionally like baking. I do, however, like to read cookbooks.

~My Family does ALL the crafts. Our basement craft room looks like a craft store! The incomplete list of crafts includes paper crafting, knitting, crochet, spinning, tatting, painting, drawing, woodworking and chainmail (my husband), quilting (my mom)....

current events

Our house theme for 2017 is Food, Fun and Friends.

We're looking forward to lots of comfort food in November and cookies in December!

If you've got me as a partner in an Ornament Swap - I'd ADORE a food themed one this year. Our holiday tree is going to be food themed!

Our 2018 theme is ART: Make Stuff, Have Fun!

My major hobby at the moment is the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup at Ravelry - tons of my time goes to crocheting, knitting and spinning! I have also recently taken up needle tatting.


~I collect ATC's and lapel pins.

~My favorite book genres are Romance, Fantasy and cookbooks (although I don't really like to cook, I just like to browse the recipes). I adore rewritten and fractured fairy tales (Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms series is wonderful!). I have a Kindle but still love physical books. I also love audiobooks.

~My favorite colors are black and jewel tones - especially blue and green.

~I love mythical beasties - particularly dragons. I used to work in a zoo and am rather fond of most all critters, actually.

~I love playing games - board games, card games, RPGS, video games - any kind of games! If you're curious, our game collection is here: https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/Kaypendragon

~I am a tea snob - I love tea, but am very particular about it. My favorite brands are Stash and Twinnings. I prefer the plainer black teas, like English Breakfast, and spiced teas. (Sadly, I've had to give up caffeine recently, so I'm learning to like decaf.) I also like herbal teas. I also love tea baked goods: scones, biscuits, buns and desserts - tea time is the only time I cook for.


There's not a lot that I don't like and most of the stuff I'm not fond of I can give to people around me who do like it (IE: I don't drink coffee but Hubby does).

But there are a couple of real dislikes: I don't do artificial sweeteners. No "sugar-free" anything. I can't even give it away.

In Teas, I don't like Lipton brand or Bigelow brand. I do not like roobios tea. Most anything else, I'll at least try. I'm not fond of most flavored black teas but if you think it's really good, I'll try it.

I'm highly allergic to cigarette smoke. So, if you are or live with a smoker, drop me a note ahead of time.


I LOVE hand drawn Atc's. I don't make judgements on drawing skill so if you want to try out mini-sized drawing or painting, I'm the one to send it to!

Games - board games, card games, dice games.

We’re big game players in our household. Cards or game pieces or dice or mini games would decidedly be welcome here.

We have a WiiU, a Switch and a PS2 which love hand crafted accessories or used games.

Tea icons - I'm particularly hunting for a tea cup or teapot stencil. Tea themed stamps are cool too.

Yarn! Mini skeins are lovely. Acrylic goes to making baby hats and blankets for a local hospital, so it's better if it's soft. Wool and bends become things for me. It's nice to know the fiber content, and the brand if it's commercial yarn.

I’m restarting my collection of felt food for my son's play kitchen. We’d love a handmade treat.

I'd love some self adhesive return address labels. I'm always running out.

I recently got a Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine! Dies would be awesome, if you're destashing. Also, tips and tricks for using it!


adaywithmom rated for ATC / use Christmas Cards on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty ATC.
Comment: Hello Laura -- thanks for the fun envelope of BLUE treats. Best wishes for 2018! Al
stiffneck78 rated for Holiday Recycled ATC on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great ATCs!! I love them. Good job.
Airam rated for ATCO: SteamPunk ATC on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the two Atc, I love them!
toni rated for ATC Cleanout #2 (USA) on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Wow! What a lot of interesting atc's! Thank you!
Lilpurplepig rated for Complete Holiday Alphabet #2 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC's love them all.
MisplacedfromPA rated for WIYM: Small Profile RAK-USA on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Oh how adorable. I love it all. I have a special shelf in my craft room exactly for these type of swaps that were sent so personally to me. Reaching out across the internet with a hug. Thank you so very much! Its all so perfect. And to think you made it :-)
MsLee rated for Recycled Christmas Card ATCs on Jan 14, 2018
Comment: Laura, Happy New Year! Thank you for my ATC, the swap idea and my die cuts. Blessings to you all.
Ac2052 rated for C.I. ~ Coloring In A ATC on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute ATC! I appreciate the extra card as well, and can’t wait to color it up!
Poohtat rated for ATC - Free Themed #1 (USA) on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the two ATCs. Very nice, both of them.
danarenee rated for Handmade Christmas ornament swap on Dec 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you! It's such a lovely addition to the tree :)
JanetLK rated for USA Beer Box Postcard Swap on Dec 24, 2017
Comment: Love it!
Comment: Thank you Laura so much for the washi & goodies, love everything. Have a Very Merry Christmas, AnnaL.
amabear62 rated for Gingerbread Man/Woman ATC (USA) on Dec 18, 2017
Kaizla rated for ATC Cleanout! #1 (USA) on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Thank for the atc’s
Comment: Thank you
Fawnofglory rated for Painted ATC swap on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks. Super cute.
Comment: Ok as soon as I opened this, my 4 year old was all over it! I barely had a chance to look at it before she was shouting. She loves it! The cookies are so cute and I love the pastry bag (wish mine was that tidy in real life!) thank you!!
Response: Yeah - my pastry bags never look like that either. Glad she likes it!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty snowflake ornament and card! I crochet too. Happy Holidays !
supersquirrel rated for A cup of Christmas Tea ATC on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the 2 Christmas tea ATCs and tea. I like your technique!

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CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

RiverTopanga on Dec 27, 2017:

Profile check for Holiday Recycled ATC. Welcome to the swap! Hope you have fun creating this one :-)

Ryleighsmom on Dec 25, 2017:

Thank you so much for the AWG Dec wishes!! The Box Tops made my daughter and I very happy! Cute Christmas card too!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 21, 2017:



Lonestarchild on Dec 18, 2017:

Thank you for the lovely REDNESS for Dec AWG and thank you especially for your donation to the 2 children's programming. There's never enough support for these kinds of programs so I'm always delighted when people pitch in. Thank you very much!

daydreamer47 on Dec 10, 2017:

Hey Laura! Thank you so much for the gorgeous gold washi and pretty deer images, they'll certainly make my journal look snazzy xoxo

bbsporty on Dec 9, 2017:

Thank you for the AWG of a Christmas card and Christmas washi samples!

CurlyTea on Nov 28, 2017:

Snowball Fight!

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

Babsmomof5 on Nov 20, 2017:

Received the lovely ATCs you made and sent (nearly a month ago!) tiday in the mail from my AWG October Wishlist. Thank you so, so much!

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