Swap-bot Time: October 29, 2020 9:52 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2011
Last Online: October 27, 2020
Birthday: September 28
Country: United States
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Favorite Music

Almost everything: punk, metal, blues, jazz, classical, R&B, not a huge fan of country, though I like some old school artists... I'm not sure how to really fill this out more without randomly listing artists. There truly are many & a list will exclude a lot of things that I like. So, here, in random order & covering decades (if not centuries) an incomplete list: Otep, Silversun Pickups, The Clash, The Ramones, Rob Zombie, Nirvana, Mozart, Sonic Youth, Primus, The Gorillaz, The Deftones, 80's music, 90's music...

Favorite Books

Anything that has something to say, humor, sci fi, history, biographies, some science, modern lit...

Randomly: Christopher Moore, Haruki Murakami, Chuck Pahulniak, biographies, history, art books, photo books, Kafka...

Favorite Crafts

Almost everything: photography, jewelry making, crochet, sewing, embroidery...

I generally use natural materials, unless I am recycling something vintage or found or if I really like the texture/color

I might be fun to try felting (I tried some awhile back & it is fun)

I can't knit :(

love photography, art & music. I have been to many places & would love to visit more. I love graphic design. I take vintage, new & found objects & give them a new purpose, life & story to tell. I love to write when I can. I have a blog & have had articles published on several online craft sites.

Other things I like: gardening & growing things animals journals, notebooks, mail art & zines :)

Favorite Movies

So many, I love movies

Another random list: Moonlight Kingdom, Donnie Darko, Fight Club, Casino Royale, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Sean of the Dead, Juan of the Dead, The Big Lebowski, Pan's Labryrinth, Repo Man...

Favorite Television

True Detective, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (the new ones), old British comedies, The Daily Show, American Horror Story, Breaking Bad, The Tudors, Heros was great, at least in the beginning, Firefly...

Favorite things

My favorite colors- right now I like bright or chartruese type greens & bright cherry red (so, not the traditional Christmas red or green), I like khaki green, pink, oranges, blues (especially turquoise) & sometimes black, but I like other colors, too. Things I could use: I am currently looking for old math & science textbooks & sheet music or music books, vintage is great, if you can find them or have them lying about Button forms (I like making little embroidered buttons) Twill ribbon (I like using it to make hand embroidered labels) Natural fiber yarn Embroidery thread Vintage buttons, beads, bits & pieces of vintage jewelry Ribbon & fabric (preferably natural fibers/vintage) Vintage cookbooks, game books, math books, music & science books (even if they are in poor condition) Embroidery hoops (especially if they are vintage) & frames Findings & beads (preferably natural materials or vintage) Vintage photos & paper In general: The ocean Music The sky Movies Books Cameras Teapots & tea Vintage things Geeky stuff


Things I don't really like:

Country music (although, every once in a while I like something old school, like Johnny Cash). Lapsang Souchong & chamomile tea coffee (unless it has lots of stuff in it or it's really concentrated, like Greek coffee) dried fish products knit fabrics, in general. I prefer natural fibers to man made. Stickers (I don't hate them, I just don't use them for anything) Plastic beads I don't do scrapbooking, but I do occasionally use some supplies for making other things Plastic Headbands or any hard headband, they hurt & give me headaches Clip-on earrings, I can't wear them (though, I might be able to use them for something else)

For Jewelry Swaps

Jewelry: I generally like less chunky jewelry & am more likely to wear mid length to long necklaces, though any length is usually ok. I love bracelets & earrings, short posts to longer 'shoulder duster' styles. I prefer smaller, less chunky styles & lighter weight earrings. I also prefer natural components to man made. I love rings...

Swapping Stuff

Alright, so I don't really want to do this, but it seems that this needs to be said: I'll keep it short, since I really want Swap-Bot to be fun, for myself & for those I swap with. I really make an effort to make & send things that, based on my partners profile, I think they might like & am careful to follow the rules of each swap, as written. When rating, please rate based on the actual rules of the swap & not perceptions or expectations. When I select/make my item, I have only the rules to go by, anything else would be guess work. I will rate you a 5 if you have followed the rules or have made an effort to let me know that you have an issue (I'll give you a heart, if you've made an extra effort). I don't rate based on assumption, expectation (because you can't read my mind, either) or likes/dislikes. I also don't rate based on extras. It's great if you want to send extras, but don't feel like you have to, to get a good rating. I have enough extra stuff lying around to last a lifetime, just ask my husband, if you don't believe me...

While I'm on the subject, sending early is great & appreciated, but sending on the due date is not the same thing as sending late. A last day to send date, is just that, the last day to send. I'd love to send early, but I work & don't have lots of spare time. Just because I sent it on the due date doesn't mean I threw it together at the last moment. I take care in making everything I send. Period. Even if it's not your style.

Lastly, I find a lot of due dates end up being on a Sunday/a postal holiday. Sometimes it's that it's not Sunday/a holiday for the swap host & sometimes it's because of an oversight. In these cases, I may have to send on the next available day.

The postmark date can often be a later date than the ship day. If I drop something off at the post office on Saturday evening, after work, it may not be postmarked until Monday (or Tuesday, if it's a holiday on Monday). It doesn't mean I didn't ship on time.

Disclaimer: You can read on if you wish. I have left these things up as they were important at some point, but please remember that this occurred in 2013 or before. That has been quite some time to keep holding on to the past. For those that need to know, here's my side of the story: 8/7/13 I've decided to leave Swap Bot, for the most part. I'll finish the swaps I've got going & I might join something here & there, but right now, I'm not sure that I'll ever want to do this again. While I've met many friendly & fun people & received some amazing things, I've also met others who have made this a very unpleasant experience, whatever their motivations might be. I don't want to stick around & become part of some smear campaign, be bashed in the forums or elsewhere on the site, in public or in private. I will resend, if you need me to. I take care & put thought into every swap. I send things that, based on your profile, I think you would like, but this is costing me too much time, money, effort & lastly, distress for me to continue. I refuse to be bullied & I refuse to become a bully. Thank you to all those who have been friendly & sent such amazing things!

Anyway, enough negative stuff, Swap-Bot should be fun. For me, the fun is in the surprise & the challenge of the swap. I really want this to be a fun experience, for everyone. Let the swapping begin :)

About Me

Update 1/20: More surgery scheduled for the middle of this month. Update 3/19: I have just had major surgery. I am recovering, but I don't know how fast that recovery will be. I'm getting help & will be sending out current swaps as fast as I can & will be rating when I can. I apologize, in advance, should any of this not be completely on time. I'm not sure when I'll be back to full 'swapping strength,' but for now, I won't be joining any swaps in the near future.


Comment: Thank you!!!
tcornell rated for Dear Story #4 Newbie Friendly USA on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the story and the PC as well ♥
Maggie249 rated for NFSC: Dammit Doll on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love this ATC! The vintage stamp and the stitching are such lovely details and I like what looks like the ship’s registrar signature in the background! it’s so funny because I’ve been doing genealogy research and we’ve recently found out we might be mayflower descendants. We’re still trying to dig up the paper trail but what a funny coincidence! Thank you ⛵️
postmarkd rated for 🖤Black & White🤍Postcard Swap on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: What a lovely postcard - thank you so much!! I love it! I hope you have a mild winter and it stays green as long as possible! Best wishes & stay safe!
AlisonKingWriter rated for LSRUS: Handmade postcard on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard! I love the embroidery/lacing you did on the front! <3 AL
Comment: Thanks so much for the pretty postcard. It's getting colder and darker here too :( Take Care :)
KSENiA rated for CL: Traveling Book Card #24 on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. the other one will be forwarded.
KaliOya rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R54 on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for passing along this journal. I am looking forward to adding to it. The ATC you sent is beautiful! I am blessed to have you share your art with me:) Happy swapping.
Comment: I love the beautiful PC. Your answers made me laugh. I didn't even think about working in a sewage plant. You couldn't pay me enough to do that either!
uiltje rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #99 on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your cute dinosaur, I really love him/her. I love to send the card back home, here in the Netherlands.
Tamawi rated for Pass and Paste #78 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks! I like how this scene looks so far - fun!
Mimi7 rated for Art Collab #71 add postage on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: Hi Shelley, Thanks for the cool card to work on and send home.
Comment: I loved the texture that the stitching made. Thank you for your ATC.
NRGordon rated for Dear Story #3 -USA Newbie Friendly on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: I received the story and the PC. Thank you for both. I'm happy to hear that the fire / smoke situation is improving some. We have had several fires in New England, from the extended drought and heat, but nothing like on the west coast.
Comment: So cool, thank you!
Ace330660 rated for Art Collab #70 add postage on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the card and extra goodies ! Will gladly pass along !
kfaye rated for WIYM: Stocking Stuffer August 2020 on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you :)
Ukucaitie rated for SF- Strange/Weird PC- USA on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the very strange card. The pickle and fish is kinda cool in a way!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and the fun goodies. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to travel safely around the world again... I loved your list though, we can always dream, don't we?

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thisismeAXiD on Sep 1, 2020:

Happy birthday

grammypammy on Jul 28, 2020:

Thank you for your participation and swapping in ABCUSA Swaps!



MamaD on Jun 16, 2020:

Thank you for working on my Art Collab PC. It came home today!

groundhogstamper on Mar 18, 2020:

Thanks so much for the ATCs RAK from the RAKs ONLY group. I really like each one of them.

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs Pam

stiffneck78 on Sep 9, 2019:

thisismeAXiD on Sep 3, 2019:

Happy birthday month

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

shellbede on Mar 8, 2019:

Thank you for sending home my completed journal - I love it! Thanks for the fantastic work in it too. :)

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


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