Swap-bot Time: October 27, 2020 1:02 pm


Date Joined: September 4, 2014
Last Online: October 27, 2020
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! I have been away for a long time, and how I have missed swapping with you all. I am remarried now, so, I'm living a new life in a new city. I've updated my profile and I can't wait to swap with you all!

I live near the Oregon coast in a small town in the city of Corvallis with my husband and our senior rescue dog, Buddy. My daughter is grown now, and lives nearby while she attends college. I studied Cultural Anthropology and Social Psychology. We live in a valley surrounded by one of the largest national forests in the US, with mountains that can be seen in every direction. The vineyards in Oregon are breathtaking, especially Kingwood Estates. Living in the Willamette valley is great for wine tasting, visiting small breweries, and a thriving local art scene. I visit Portland, Salem, or Newport as often as I can. Unfortunately my state is on fire currently, but we are safe here in the valley.

I enjoy sending and receiving mail, both within the US and internationally, because it's fascinating to see a glimpse of what life is like elsewhere. I love to travel, although it has been limited to the US mainly, but we intend to travel internationally one day. It will be hard to choose where to go first! Germany is at the top of the list, as well as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, India, just to name a few.

I love all types of cards and postcards, especially of sunsets with landmarks or beautiful architecture in the background. I love art, just about any type aside from abstract. Mucha, Kahlo, Klimt, Rivera, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Hiroshige are among my favorite artists. I love to receive cards that show what other places look like, even simple pictures. I would love it if you could write something about where you live and what life is like there. I also love languages other than English, so if you write something to me that would make my day!

I am really into painting, drawing, journaling, altered books and making jewelry. I don't scrapbook, I make altered books for my journaling. I save everything when we travel. I also do a lot of writing, I am currently working on a memoir.

General Wish List:

I am totally happy to receive found things, second hand, hand made, original art, or something that you already have that is listed on my profile wish list.

*Matryoska or nesting dolls, handmade dolls!

*Sugar skulls, Day of the Dead

*Coins, paper currency, hand made crafts/art, postage stamps, particularly in languages other than English.

*Pressed pennies.

*Spiritual/sacred items: prayer beads, miniature carvings, prayer cards
from all religions and cultures. Rosaries, malas, inexpensive medallions of patron saints or artwork on cards.

*Tarot card decks

*Postcards/cards; vintage, new, etc. Favorite themes: Art, religious temples, cathedrals, scenic views, people, famous landmarks, ruins, castles, cities, animals, and anything with languages other than English.

*Tea. I love all black and green teas, especially caramels or vanilla blends. I drink herbal tea in the evenings, all types. My only dislikes are plain green tea or rooibos.

  • Chinese New Year type envelopes Hand made envelopes

*Nutcrackers, doves, reindeer

*Angels and Fairies

*Hand made decorations, coin purses, jewelry

*Anne Taintor type sarcasm

My new favorite thing to use in my swaps is pretty washi tape. I also discovered new Halloween themed washi tape that I cannot wait to use. I would love to add nice washi tape rolls to my collection. Holiday, whimsical, gold, flowers, etc. would be so appreciated!

  • The animals I love most are foxes, dogs, wolves, horses, whales, elephants with trunks pointing skyward, dolphins, and hummingbirds, birds of all types. I also like some mythical creatures, such as phoenix's, dragon's, and unicorn or pegasus art.

My favorite colors tend to be in pairs. I love gold, bronze, copper, anything Autumn. Anything along the pink to dark fuschia spectrum with gold, or sky blue to Indigo spectrum, especially with combinations of gold or silver. I also love crimson red. I have different color schemes in every room, so anything I receive can be incorporated into my collection somewhere. I frame my favorite cards, others I pin around my very large world map, which I am marking with all of the places I have received mail from.

I particularly love day of the dead sugar skulls. All Souls Day is something I celebrate as well.

I also collect Christmas decorations and trinkets of all types. Especially ornaments that are shiny and sparkly that can be on display the rest of the year. I make crystal, glass, and painted wood and ceramic decorations every year for gifts, as well as crystal and glass bead bracelets with toggle clasps. Nice beads in glass or crystal would be much appreciated for crafting with, in any color.

I like kawaii, love sentimental circus (theres something about that rabbit), anime, etc, but not a fan of Disney characters, Harry Potter or Twilight themes.

Favorite books in fiction: The Handmaid's Tale, The House of the Spirits, The Book Thief, The Pearl That Broke It's Shell, The House on Mango Street, The Secret Language of Flowers, Tell The Wolves I'm Home, 100 years of Solitude, The Alchemist, The Red Tent, anything by Hemingway, Shakespeare, Toni Morrison, Jodi Piccoult, Anita Shreve, Isabel Allende, Vonnegut, Tolstoy...too many to list.

Also collect vintage Roald Dahl and Choose Your Own Adventure.

Non fiction: The Meme Machine, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect', The Psychopath Test, Man's Search For Meaning.

Favorite movie: Frida. Also, Amelie, Cloud Atlas, Something The Lord Made (with Alan Rickman), The Fountain, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bladerunner, Say Anything, Practical Magic, Chef, The Age of Adaline, The Wedding Crashers.

For gift swap ideas, I absolutely love all things Halloween and Christmas. I love Autumn, and all the colors associated with it. I love candles, I use them every day, journals, especially handmade with pockets, books, book marks, and pretty or unique stationary and stickers. I like strange things, I am very eclectic and easy to please, especially if it is from other countries or something you made, and last but not least, vintage themed items.

Please don't send face masks, my sister is an amazing seamstress and has sent me enough to last a decade! Otherwise, anything hand made or chosen with me in mind will be treasured.

I love gardening, and I have a mini apothecary of essential oils. as well as herbs I dry and use in cooking and home remedies. I have studied reiki and other healing modalities. I am immersed in studying Jin Shin Jyutsu, and other studies. I am also a member of a local, committed, long term spiritual group.

Thanks for reading!


LaetiArts rated for WIYM: Welcome Autumn on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! I love all seasons, they all have something unique and beautiful ! Automn is really pretty here as well, just missing a bit of sun right now! As we have a lot of mountains and volcanos, They became all orange and red, so gorgeous!!
Comment: TYSM for the wonderful Swap! Sorry was delayed in Rating, been crazy on this end :)
Response: You are very welcome, I am so glad you liked it! I totally understand, things are a bit chaotic right now for all of us. I hope you have a Happy Halloween!
kfaye rated for CPG Day Of The Dead Swap (US) on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the fun swap and for sharing your story with me. Your grandmother sounds like she was a cool woman to know ❤️
Response: Hi, you are very welcome, this was a fun swap to make! Yes, I was pretty lucky to have had her in my life. : )
Comment: What can I say, but WOW, what a story!?! You're quite the writer, and I really enjoyed reading your very emotional story. I'm not nearly as sensitive to the spirits as you are, but I definitely wouldn't mind sharing some other stories with you. Thank you for sharing this one ❤️
Response: Oh, thank you, and I am so happy to hear that you liked my story. I had such a wonderful time writing it. I would love to share more stories with you. I am immersed in Holiday swaps for now, but in January, I will begin posting writing swaps. They help keep me motivated to write, and having someone to write to and audience for even a small piece is very helpful. I hope you have a good Halloween!
Kittybob83 rated for CPG Tell Me Your Ghost Story 2020 on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: very interesting story. I have always had a sense sorta like that, that I never got in tune with. To be honest it scares me a bit. Thank you for the great letter!
Response: You are very welcome, and I am so glad that you liked it! I might have felt afraid as well at times, but my grandmother was so grounded about it, it was just normal for us. Thank you for joining the swap, I hope you will join again next year!
Comment: Thank you look forward to opening it
Response: You are very welcome!
shiloh102 rated for HEUSA- Quick Halloween Cards on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: I love stickers and really loved the card. Happy Halloween.
Response: I am so glad you loved it! Happy Halloween!
ArtyBeth3 rated for WIYM: Welcome Autumn on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: What a sweet card and envelope you made me! My “neighbor to the south.” I enjoyed your note, and yes waterfalls with fall foliage nearby are delightful! Thanks for the jasmine green tea!!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it! We are so blessed to live in Oregon!
Rosa1 rated for Day Of The Dead Swap (US) on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you, and for sharing such a wonderful memory & tradition...
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for joining the swap!
Comment: thank you for your envelope. i cant wait to open in december!
Response: You are very welcome, I hope you love it!
Comment: Thank you! ♥♥♥
Response: You are so welcome!
Comment: Thank you for this charming little Christmas envie, can't wait to open it up.
Response: You are very welcome, I am just learning how to make envelopes, and I had fun making them for this swap!
morgainegeiser rated for HEUSA- Quick Halloween Cards on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the blingy card and the tea smells great, will try it tomorrow.
Comment: Thank you for a lovely envie - I'm looking forward to opening it in December!
Comment: Your envie is so pretty, I can’t wait to open it!
pkpeace rated for HEUSA- Quick Halloween Cards on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Hi Jennifer! Thank you for the very cool card and great stickers! I enjoyed your note, always love to know other people that share the love for the Grateful Dead! Happy Halloween! Patty
Comment: Thank you so much for a wonderful swap! I love everything and can’t wait to decorate my classroom for day of the dead! I loved your letter and hearing all about your family traditions ❤️
Comment: Waiting to open until December. I'm numbering my envies as I receive and open one each day in December..😊 Thank you such a pretty envie!
renmagpie rated for MAIL ART - Halloween on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the happy mail envie and the lovely little note inside. : ) I've been looking forward to this season too, and I definitely agree we could all use some fun mail cheer. Thanks for a lovely swap. xoxo
Response: You are very welcome! I had fun making your swap, even though it was a simple one. I hope you have a Happy Halloween!
Comment: Thank you for the Halloween card and tea bag - I love Chai and once it's no longer 100 degrees, I will have to try it! :) We don't have plans for Halloween this year due to Covid, usually we have a party and have crazy decorations and a walk thru maze...this year we have zero decorations up since Trick or Treating is discouraged. :( I had a dream about Halloween last night... I think I am going through withdrawals already. Sigh. Take care and stay safe! Happy Halloween!
Response: You are very welcome! I outdid myself decorating this year, inside and out, and I am glad I did, because I feel cheered every time I see it. : ) I hope you will change your mind, at least inside the house! I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

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susieq11 on Oct 3, 2020:

Thank you so so much for the CPG: Envies of Randomness! So much fun stuff, I really appreciate all the postcards, notecards, Halloween stickers! So cute. And the poodle magnet!!!! omg! It is adorable!! Thank you too for your sweet note! : ) Hope you enjoy the weekend! xxxx

BlueberryLady on Sep 26, 2020:

Hi its Jean Welcoming You to the Beginner's Crafting Group... Hope you will join in one of our Swaps soon... usually 1 Swap up a Month..any ideas please feel free to add in Thread in Forum.. Happy Saturday !!!

CurlyTea on Apr 16, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Apr 16, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Sep 25, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

LiMorris on Dec 29, 2015:

Best Wishes to you and yours ...from me and mine <3

reauk on Nov 8, 2015:

love the wish from flakers and raters wish always need washi lol

reauk on Nov 8, 2015:

thank you for both of my wishes for Nov /Dec from autumn and fall lovers group love the sugar skull magnet your such a star........

tmarlo on Nov 5, 2015:

I had create swap about magnet. If possible please join us. link : http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209194 , http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209195 , http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209196

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