Swap-bot Time: October 31, 2020 12:39 am


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: October 30, 2020
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Happy Fall Autumnal Season to all northern hemisphere and Happy Spring to those in the Southern Hemisphere.

Thank you for rating me! I used to write comments back to each person and I want to start by thanking you for your comments and rating me. When I started at swap-bot I took each eating to heart and also at times let it wound me. Now I like to savor the comments and I will send a private message to some people which I feel is easier to chat back and forth instead of going back and forth in public not rh profile page. I am more and more private the older I get!

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

Welcome to my profile! I am 53 years old and live in Alameda an island town in a suburb outside San Francisco, California.

A few of my favorite things: Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace& Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: turning from tourist postcards and eating to swap only homemade or art and craft postcards. In one year I have amassed and huge collection of postcards and would like to collage or recycle this abundance without building it up to excess! Exploring ways I can save or share my collection. What do you do with your postcards? How do you share, save, or recycle? ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that coordinated nor designed. My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper.

Favorite Books

Currently listening to these audiobooks: a collection called The Mad Scientists' Guide to World Domination and also Scott Sigler's book Pandemic.

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me?

Black Lives Matter and even beyond that I have loved James Baldwin since I discovered him by wandering around my local library and picking up books. I love everything he has written from fiction like Another Country to non-fiction, Price of the Ticket. The latest tv show Lovecraft Country has a voice over excerpt of James Baldwin and I was jumping up and down in my living room screaming that's James Baldwin. He writes the kind of words that make me want to cry and laugh and dance. When he talks or writes about jazz it makes me want to play the piano or dance and sway like I can feel the drums beating. He became an ex-pat and moved to Paris and France and explored the Negro experience in that country, which has its own struggles and history different from ours here in the USA but I could gush and gush. There are times when I feel so raw and realize that is how I am, I come across to other people at times, deep and raw and oversharing. But it's epic. And beautiful and yet some things a person has to experience on their own. They can't just read about or hear about. They need to go out and walk the trail, or smell the rain, or watch the waves crash at the ocean. Not everything can come through a book, but it is nice to find an author or a book or movie/tv show that can convey some of the beauty.

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi *John Joseph Adams

Cyber fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson


*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Scott Sigler *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger *Jim Harrison

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner *John McPhee


*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau


On writing, mostly I write for myself. I've kept a journal or diary since I was a kid. Today I've decided to try a writing group here at swap-bot. I feel nervous about sharing what I write but just look at this profile page...it is filled with words. It will be a challenge but I probably need to feel less possessive about my private writing and to share some of it with other people. Part of me is very excited to try a new creative writing group experience!


Swim, walk, run, and dance. I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air.


Here are a few things I'd like to receive but only if you have extras. Please don't buy anything for me. If you have extra die cuts, I've not been able to figure out how to make my own die cut though I love collage and cutting papers one by one. Also ephemera fascinates me and I have started experimenting with making my own watercolor doodles or ephemera like paper flowers and textured ribbons or fabric and fiber.

Something I seem to buy often are brats? Or those little beads and metal pieces but then I don't do much with my collection. If you need these message me and I can send some to you.

Crystals & Rocks

Crystals & Rocks & Precious Metals: I used to think hippies were crazy for being into these things. I didn't get it. I still do not really understand the metaphysical aspects but I just love crystals and rocks and metals.

Here are a few of my favorite crystals: Rock crystal, rutilated quartz, amazonite, tourmaline, pyrite, mica, rose quartz, celetite, serpentine, selenite, jasper, azurite, obsidian, and many more.


Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. I download all kinds of podcasts and news on YouTube or other online sources. Spoken word.

I heard some big investor, one of the Rolling Stones maybe? Is saving the old blues recordings on 78-- from like the Mississippi delta and Louisiana-- vinyl and converting the into digital collections. I also love Gospel. I am not familiar with too many Gospel singers but I love some Gospel music, church music, Gregorian chants, ecstatic dance...Amen.

Gardens & Plants

My husband and I have planted a small victory garden. We have had a garden for over 10 years. This year we planted with the intention of reducing our dependence on the grocery store. Edible flowers too. Fruits like this year a volunteer blackberry bush joined our harvest. Cucumber, kale, mache, lettuces, beets, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and peppers all varieties of peppers.

What about you? Do you grow anything? Do you have house plants? Succulents/ can you give me any advice on succulents. I kill mine-unintentionally.


Comment: Thank you for the starters! Can’t wait to work on them.
USAFwife rated for LLU: Books for the Spooky Season on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: thanks for sharing! I'm not a big fan of horror, overall, though I have read some over the years. I don't consider Stephen King really horror, though. :)
mcorbus rated for AAA: Sender's Choice ATC #2 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you,
postmarkd rated for LLU: Books for the Spooky Season on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing your halloween reads! I've never heard of any of them, but the Knowing sounds like a very interesting read!
Autist rated for JAMS - Starters w/ a Pumpkin on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: Very cute. Can’t wait to get started! Thanks!
Ilovemybabies7 rated for Note on Journal Update on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: OH, I've heard of that series! I haven't read them - I still haven't tried many fantasy authors - but I remember him being really popular even back in the 90's when I worked at the public library.
Comment: Sorry to hear you didn’t like your book! But better to DNF than have it stuck on your shelf, I agree!
BrunetteBunny rated for TBR: Banned Book Week! on Oct 11, 2020
Comment: Interesting--makes sense that a book might be banned for the author's political leanings, rather than the text itself, though. I read the Alchemist last year, because I was hearing from some high school seniors how much they enjoyed it (I suspect it was on a reading list in their English class), and it wasn't for me. It reminded me a lot of Jonathan Livingston Seagull--sort of hand-wavy metaphor about finding your purpose. I'm not a spiritual person like that, so I can see why I didn't dig it. For sure alchemists invested a lot of time trying to turn lead and other base metals to gold, but, as I understand it, alchemy is all about a secret knowledge of how the physical world works together based on a framework for its essential makeup. So like early chemistry meets religion, except you think the elements are air, fire, water, etc, and that looking for a universal solvent is no more a leap than an elixir for eternal life.
Comment: Thank you for the hand drawn eggplants! I've seen other varieties in the seed catalog but have never tried any of them. I only eat eggplant once every couple years so I just get the common one.
InsanePenguins rated for AAA: Sender's Choice ATC on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you. It is a cute ATC. The etras are greatly appreciated. I don't have any of those patterns of washi. I can wait to add the Kawaii litter sticker to my project.
Comment: Thank you for the blue crabs! I can't wait to work on them
Comment: I'm glad you were at least able to get rid of a dead weight. Those books end up being an annoyance in the back of our minds, just by existing there and waiting to be read, judging us from the shelf xD
JenZen5 rated for MMPC: With a little heart - ATC on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Very pretty ATC. I like the colors too - it' fun to experiment with new techniques. I like the heart on the flower. Have a great day!
USAFwife rated for TBR: Banned Book Week! on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: I didn't know The Alchemist was banned either. But isn't it a good [email protected]! My kids had to read it a few years ago, so I read it with them. Some books are banned for really odd reasons - or at least, to me.
bbade rated for Letter and journal prompts swap on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: This was a really lovely package to open! I plan on using the journal prompts and writing back soon :)) thank you!!
Bucket rated for TBR: In August I read ... on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the avocado starters! Can't wait to work on them!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note! So good to get to know you! Keep your eyes on your mailbox!
bluerose3 rated for PH: A Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you.

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hibiscus on Oct 28, 2020:

Thank you for a lovely jams finish .. what a kind generous and thoughtful swap!

supersquirrel on Sep 2, 2020:

Thank you for the disco jam homer

and the cool fabric - it will be fun to create with.

supersquirrel on May 9, 2020:

Thank you for the JAM homer and all the wonderful papers. Something got Buster yesterday. He has a big patch of fur missing but he'll be ok - he's 1 tough kitty!

supersquirrel on May 9, 2020:

Thank you for the JAM homer and all the wonderful papers. Something got Buster yesterday. He has a big patch of fur missing but he'll be ok - he's 1 tough kitty!

hibiscus on May 4, 2020:

Just got your swap jam with the Neruda orange poem ... one look and I knew you had to be a true artist with an artist soul... thanks it’s very nice

myancey on Feb 13, 2020:

Thanks for the butterfly birthday card and for thinking about me. Happy swapping

Carolien25 on Feb 9, 2020:

Thanks so much for your awesome meeting card from San Francisco as of unassigned partner from postcard roulette swap! I love it! <3

armadillogal on Jan 12, 2020:

Postcard likes????

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