Swap-bot Time: December 6, 2021 12:46 pm


Date Joined: March 6, 2016
Last Online: December 6, 2021

Country: United States

About Me

I regularly correspond with penpals. Since letter writing keeps me busy, I don't swapbot as much as I used to--but I love to exchange holiday cards.

November 2021: I can't believe I have been on swapbot for 5 years. 💜 Time for a profile refresh! (...in advance of the year-end holiday card frenzy--a.k.a. the most wonderful mail time of the year.)

Hello swapping friends; welcome to my updated profile. I love everything crafty and hand-made. I spend entirely too much time on the internet looking at art and craft content and tutorials. I enjoy all arts-and-craft supplies and everything that goes along with living a creative life--there isn't a craft I won't attempt! I paint/draw/urban sketch, hand letter (not well ;), hand and garment sew, papercraft, decorate and renovate, try to spin, sometimes knit or crochet, embellish...cute, sparkly, trendy awesomeness is hard to resist.

Favorite Television

Re-watchable favorite television shows: Versailles, Outlander. Favorite art programs: Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year/Landscape Artist of the Year, Fake or Fortune. Watching now on Netflix: You. Favorite youtube: Mira Byler (art), Jess Karp (art), the Frugal Crafter, Furniture Fables. Favorite podcasts: Artholes, The Vanished. The Erasable Podcast. Decoder Ring, 99PI.

Favorite Books

I like to read, and I read a lot. I generally get most of my books from the new fiction section of my local public library. I regularly use Little Free Libraries (the swapbot for books!). I prefer suspenseful fiction. Some authors I have enjoyed: Riley Sager, Tana French, Carol Goodman. I also like how-to books. Current reading area of interest: how to develop a personal art style, encouraging creativity every day. I keep up with home decorating/craft room organization/craft magazines; "Where Women Create" is a fav. Bag day at a library book sale is one of my favorite days! I miss blogs. I write professionally.

Current nonfiction deep dive: "Van Gogh: The Life" by Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh

I also like to listen to audiobooks while I am doing boring tasks around the house. Currently listening to: The Dream Daughter, Diane Chamberlain and Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

Favorite Movies

I like independent films and movies about people and their unique stories. I enjoy interesting and offbeat documentaries.

Favorite Crafts


I live in a 200-year-old house. Merging the old with the new is more than a style choice, it is a daily necessity and a license to decorate quirky.

While I will always have a love of shabby chic and farmhouse style, lately I am becoming intrigued by the clean lines and color palette of mid-century modern. I enjoy resale shopping to find treasures from previous eras and lucky-to-me cast-offs that help me explore my time-travel design fantasies.

I am working up the energy to start a drastic interior change-up; I’m just not ready for the mess or all of the work. DIY Danie on youtube makes home reno look more fun than it really is.


My current most time-consuming hobby is making art while listening to art history podcasts.

I collect pins and stickers from the museums/interesting places I visit to put on my traveling art gear. I like to take virtual and continuing education classes for drawing and painting. I usually always travel plein air/urban sketching ready.

I am working on a sketchbook for Volume 19 of the Brooklyn Sketchbook Library. I would love to figure out a way to make my art/craft hobby a career, but that’s a tricky one and I am not looking for a side hustle.

--Art interests--

I collect every kind of art supply, new and vintage. I enjoy creating with:

Fountain pens. Fountain Pen Day is the first Friday in November. I love ink samples and ink swatches.

Pointed pens, Nikko G nibs for hand lettering/Spencerian

Markers: fine point, waterproof (Not yet a fan of alcohol markers. Too juicy for me.)

I am pencils crazy: vintage, drawing, blackwing, advertisement—pencil point protectors, erasers, sharpeners, cases, pencil cups—the entire pencil lifestyle ;)

Colored pencils. All brands new and old.

All watercolor paint (especially Schmincke #1, Sennelier #2, anything in a fun/novelty palette #3)

Holbein acryla gouache

Someday I want to figure out alla prima in oil and pastel.

Sketchbooks, putting gesso on objects to paint

Paint by number

Favorite color: the rainbow. I love all colors

I am a stationery addict, particularly Japanese pens and stationery items. I appreciate washi tape samples. I need advice where to purchase more interesting washi. I would like to improve my collection.

I am always looking for fun and interesting ways to store and display my supplies. I am lucky to have a studio, craft and home office area all to myself in my home.

--For crafting--

To make collages, ATCs, art journal pages, junk journals, happy mail envies, mixed media, altered art, I collect:

  • Decorative papers, book pages, classic ads/images, maps

  • Ephemera, vintage/found images, flat items

  • Postage stamps, old or new/canceled or unused

  • Stationery sheets, writing sets, cool stickers (Maybe someday I will give dot grid journaling a try.)


Fiber used to be my main thing, but it’s on the back burner these days. My creative focus is cyclical. While I am not doing as much with fiber these days, I can hand and garment sew, embroider, knit, crochet, weave and spin.

Favorite Fabrics: Cotton (retro prints imported from Japan, Liberty), 100% wool felt

I do nearly all my machine sewing on a Bernina 220, but I also have a working Featherweight and 301 that I will use occasionally. Would love to sew on a treadle. I have a collection of sewing machines that I have stopped adding to; the vintage mini toy ones are my favorite because they are easy to tuck on a shelf.

I have 2 Ashford spinning wheels, a single and double drive – I am a novice. I make ugly yarn.

Some sewing likes: Costumery, vintage sewing stuff (patterns, notions, buttons, equipment, literature, advertising, tools, furniture), friendship bracelets, modern macramé, Zakka, sashiko, Blythe customizing.

Visible mending, Boho Embroidery


Things that catch my eye and a random list of likes:

Vintage equipment (typewriters, dial phones, cameras, airplanes (vintage travel) etc.) Roller skates, cassette tapes.

Vintage post office, anything mail related

1950s kitchen, vintage housewife, vintage office, vintage camping (I own 2 VW buses and a 1969 Beetle: peace love and vdub.) And a 1977 Datsun Z in yellow.

Nancy Drew, classic children's literature

Libraries, Museums

Versailles, Marie Antoinette

The Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship/American Penmanship

Constellation illustrations/Galaxy, skies with beautiful clouds

Enamel pins

High-quality stickers, vinyl, die-cut, holographic, custom, etc.


My 2 rescue cats. They showed up and improved my life!

Metal detecting

Geocaching. Path tags

Woodland deer/fawn

Hygge, Scandinavian design

Favorite tea: Teeccino Dandelion Turmeric (best with good chocolate)

Subscriptions: Artsnacks and Trade (coffee). I have Creativebug and Craftsy for inspiration. I love stickii, but I don't have it. I am always so excited when someone shares their stickii stuff with me.

On my to-do list:

  • 1,000 paper cranes

  • Polymer Clay (kawaii charms)

  • Inktober (completed 2021)

  • Book binding

  • Make a zine

2022 Craft Resolutions:

  • To use the arts and crafts supplies in my stash. Stop worrying about wasting the "good stuff." Follow through with the reasons why I bought it all.

  • Create a 2022 mood board in my studio. Tack up all the interesting bits in pieces of inspiration in a way I see them. Stop losing ideas in drawers and folders.

POSTCARDS: Letterpress and postallove are always appreciated; however, I save and enjoy every postcard I receive. I postcross and penpal. I do not use Instagram or facebook. I do not scrapbook.



Comment: Thanks very much for the cute woodland card with deer !
Comment: Thank you for the pretty papyrus card! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card! Happy holidays with your sweet kitty-cats!
Cellolady rated for Send me a Thanksgiving Card on Dec 4, 2021
Comment: THank you!
kromo rated for Send me a Thanksgiving Card on Nov 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and the sweet message. It is always nice to know we have people out there like ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving.
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Loved this Halloween card! Thank you so much. Take care :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute card and tuck-ins! Happy Halloween! 🎃
AJ73 rated for MissBrenda's Halloween Card Swap #12 on Oct 15, 2021
Comment: What a cool vintage Halloween card. Thank you. Thanks, too For the tiny Halloween playing card and ribbon. Happy Halloween!
Comment: Thank you. Black cats rule!
Comment: I loved the card!!! Thank you for the extras!
Comment: I love your card. I haven't gone to the Van Gogh exhibit, but it is on my list. I love the stickers too. I am glad that swap bot paired us together.
AJ73 rated for MissBrenda's Halloween Card Swap #6 on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. Sorry for the late rate. Things got a little crazy around here forages days.
Comment: Thank you for the spooky mail! Happy Halloween :)
Comment: Thank you!!!
Comment: Yay for your fence being up in time for the homecoming parade! I haven't heard of Artholes - but I'm listening to a podcast now and will check it out. Thanks for the recommendation. What a cute card & thank you for the goodies!
Mersh22 rated for MissBrenda's Halloween Card Swap #8 on Oct 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cars. Congrats on the fence, that is a hard and long job.
Comment: Thanks for the cute card! I used to work for Hallmark...
Comment: Thank you for the card ♡ლ(´͈◡ુ`͈ლ) I'm going to open it soon (ෆ˙ᵕ˙ෆ)♡
Comment: Nice swap. Thanks!

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jjhere on May 29, 2016:

That was so sweet of you to send me the ultra-cool soccer fabric and awesome note. I was happy to share. Enjoy!

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