Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2021 3:57 pm


Date Joined: June 22, 2013
Last Online: July 21, 2021
Birthday: March 16
Country: United States

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Does anyone out there remember a program in the early 60's called Miss Pat's Playroom? I'm beginning to think I only imagined it. If you remember it please let me know!! I would love to hear from you! --------*

2021: I guess I have to tone down the squeals of joy now that I'm not so new a Grammy. She's my only one though so I maybe I still have exhilaration rites?🎶🎶Grandma update: 2020-- I'm a one year old I Grandma! I just came back from Texas where I got to snuggle my little sweetheart for her birthday. I love being a "GRAMMY." It took a long time but I am revelling in it!🎶🎶

My name is Alissyn. I am about to turn 60 (yikes! How did that happen?). I live in Northern California. I have three grown daughters and two yummy cats, Teddy and Picalilly. We live quietly in a single room that I rent in a house. I spend a lot of time during the day chastising myself for not going to the gym and convincing myself that I love salad.

I used to overwhelm myself with swaps but I'm being more select now. I especially like the journal swaps and flipbooks, penpals and an ATC now and again. I also enjoy the You Tube challenges. I LOVE to scour magazines for images to snip and use in projects. Truth be told, I LOVE fussy cutting anything. I must be buried with at least six different sizes of scissors!

I have been making cards as long as I can remember and still love paper crafts with a passion. I like"fancy folds" and pop ups. My girls are constantly after me to open an Etsy shop. We'll see how that goes! "Get an Instagram Mom!" "You need a website!" They holler at me. Me????

But I also love the literary world, reading, writing, journaling... My favorite magazine is The New Yorker for reading, and Harper's Bazaar for excising! Reading the New York Review Of Books makes me feel savvy and The Smithsonian smart. I like thinking I'm smart when I can complete a crossword puzzle (never mind it's an easy level). I like word searches, cryptograms, and other word puzzles. My favorite on line game is Free Cell.

HUGE supporter of the written word and snail mail. What would I do without USPS - and, while I am an ardent participator in the digital world, I so much prefer the printed matter contained in crisp envelopes with entrancing stamps (argh on postmarks without stamps, and the ubiquitous flag stamp - not to imply I'm unpatriotic, but given the choice, I have to go with something colorful and fun.) I learned about LWA from another swapper and am proud to say I, too, am now a card-carrying member!

I'm a Pisces, bask in teal and purple, love my fountain pens, roaming endlessly on Pinterest, and organizing all my fun "shtuff." Always looking to learn new art skills. LOVE that I don't have to cook for a family anymore. It takes too much time, and food is so annoying!

Favorite Books

Favorite books include To Kill a Mockingbird; The Secret Life of Bees, A Man Named Ove, Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English; Ethan Fromm, loads of Nonfiction - World War I and World War II era, historical fiction. Hard to really pinpoint favorites 'cause I'm all over the place! No mysteries or romances.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish is my favorite, Steel Magnolias, Friendship's Field, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mama Mia, Wallace and Grommit, Agnes Brown, Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness, and many more.

TV -I watch very little prime time stuff. I watch on my tablet while I'm putzing around so I watch a lot of "noise" like true crime stuff (Homicide Hunter cracks me up) and reruns of Law & Order SVU and Law & Order. I do enjoy Call the Midwife, Foyle's War. Like TED talks, and my guilty pleasure - America's Got Talent.

Yays and Boos

YAYS: the ocean, rain, anything art, waltz music, indi music, children's picture books (good literature -my favorite author/illustrator is Arnold Lobel), tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms, mexican cuisine, hershey kisses, white cake with ridiculously sweet buttercream frosting, baking bread, all kinda cats big and small, mousies, tigers, camels, squirrels, peacocks, Dutch windmills and all things Holland, history, reading, beautiful ranges of colors in my inks, paints, chalks, glitters, etc., thrift stores and flea markets, used bookstores, live performances on stage or in concert, psychological thrillers, metal embellishments like charms, cleverness....

BOOS: California summer weather, chocolate cake, rock 'n roll, rap, harsh music, cooking, disaster or shoot'em up movies; I detest grocery shopping , board games, snakes, girly motifs and overboard pinkie, anime, unreliable people, injustice, cartoonish, crude things, dogs, kawaii, hello kitty,"modern art," coffee... But really anything is fine, just in moderation.


I've pretty well covered likes and dislikes, but I see other profiles have a bit on what they prefer to receive in swaps. To be quite honest, I would love anything that I have the privilege of receiving. I respect that everyone has their own style and their own ideas of what is "good" or "bad." Surprises make it fun. However, as I am told I need this, here goes:

Love word puzzles, puns, and single frame comics (like New Yorker)

Unusual Playing card jokers and foreign cards, vintage cards

Matryoshka dolls (illustrations, stickers, etc.

I love getting magazine clippings - an unusual article, strange or interesting pictures...

Product Labels and any sort of logo art (this can be clothing, food, non-food items....)

World War II anything (World War I would be even better!)

neat pens (gel, metallic, fine points...)

embossing powder

Anything pertaining to Holland motif, Venice, or England

Washi Tape (who doesn't love washi?)

Ephemera and embellishments

Peacocks; big Game animals like Tigers, Lions, raccoons, Elephants, Giraffes; Squirrels, Camels and kitties. ADDED 2-6-18; foxes, frogs and knitting (I'm working on projects for my daughters). I particularly prefer illustrations rather than "real life" type photos.

Color choice doesn't matter, though I am partial to teal and purple


Tea bags (the packaging not for the tea itself)

Mules, but not donkeys

Parodies of American Gothic

Renditions of See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil in illustrative or photo format


Love unusual papers

Patterns or instructions for an usual envelope or craft or card idea. Or a link to a YouTube video of something paper crafty


No Hello Kitty stuff or Sponge Bob, Kawaii, please

Cute Mice

Die Cuts - esp seahorse and frame types

No allergies / bad flavors black licorice and watermelon - yuck!

Novelty brads

Surprises / cleverness/ creativity

Amaze me

The icing on the cake: a letter (long or short) included with swap. Now THAT really makes my day!

Thanks for reading a little about me and for being my partner on SwapBot! Let's have fun! 😊

I absolutely ADORE art by young children. If you have a little one who would like to draw a picture to send, it would bring great joy to me!

If you don't receive my swap for whatever reason, PLEASE let me know, and like others, I will resend or otherwise fix the problem.


Comment: First of all, thank you so much for your nice note with the beautiful picture on the front. And how fun to find another William Morris fan - I find a lot of people have no idea who he is. Your envelope with the pocket flip book is just wonderful! It has such a soft romantic feel to it with the muted pinks and blues that you used. I love all the goodies you tucked inside - the William Morris washi tape that I have never seen before, the pretty tags and stickers, the tiny envelopes with sweet little ephemera - I just love it all! Thank you so much for a great swap - I will have such fun using many of these goodies in projects to come!
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! William Morris was brilliant. My daughter is getting married next year and she wants her invitations to reflect the artist Alphonse Mucha (kind of art nouveau) but some of Williams's beauties are similar so I'm excited to work with his designs for her invitations!
Comment: Hi Alissyn! Thanks so much for the adorable cat card and all the kitty stuff. It's totally PURRRRfect! Love it. I even scanned the cute black cat card and put it up for my profile pic. Lovely hearing from you and hearing and seeing the photo about your wonderful cats. I'm grateful for my cats, too. They're such great company and love unconditionally. We just had to put our Malamute down so I'm glad we still have the cats. All the best! Cathy
YolandiLetters rated for RAK Destash #6 - July on Jul 16, 2021
Helenahandbag rated for June 2021 Journal Swap on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your journal with me! I’m planning on sitting down and reading it tonight; it looks so lovely flipping through it!
Response: I hope you will enjoy reading through it!
Comment: Thank you for the fun variety of fussy cut images and the very cute and well-made flip books they came in I love it!
MCGalaxy rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Loved your comment
CrystalZ rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Funny comment!
Ace330660 rated for MJS: Magpie Journal Swap 2021 #3 on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the magpie ! These are so fun to look through ! I appreciate not gluing everything down either !
Response: I hope you enjoy looking through it. They are so much fun to make!
Katsuobii rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Fun to read your comment :D
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Booklet Using 6x6 Papers on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Hello Alissyn . . . and WOW!! This booklet is absolutely gorgeous! I love the paper you used and all that beautiful rosy accents. You included so many neat things in the pockets--it was like Christmas going through everything. It's so well made; I really love it. You know, I also detest fireworks. I'm consistently puzzled at people's fascination with them--once you've seen them, you've seen them, right? And I sympathize re your neighbors--we've got some of them, too. Every year, I tell my hubby I'm going to blast opera music outdoors on the 4th ;+)
Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so happy you liked it. I think the opera idea is a great one! Might try it!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome journal!! I loved the pages that were color themed! Also loved all the vintage looking things!! Thanks for the tea also! I enjoyed looking through the journal very much and appreciate the work that you put into creating it!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Response: Thank you! It was very fun to make for you!
Comment: Thank you for the origami pockets! they are so pretty and I love the extras! I too had trouble getting mine to line up, and then figure out how to close them... I thought it was just me! I'm glad to know you had issues too... not to worry - yours turned out great!!
CraftyShana76 rated for True Crime Killer Swap #3 on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: I so enjoyed reading about your true crime. So very sad. I enjoyed how you sent it to me. The envelope was amazing! TYSVM! I’m sorry it took me forever to rate once I received. I thought I had.
Response: I'm just so glad to know it got to you!! You never know these days. I had fun with the envelope😊
Comment: Thank you for the variety ! I enjoyed this so much!
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Triple Pocket Inserts USA on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you it is so cute. It will be going in my travel journal making for my trip♥️
Response: So glad you like it. I am happy knowing you will be keeping it! Thank you.
evanselli rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #16 on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap. Everything is beautiful. I love the big fairy, just what I need for the fairy journal I want to start soon. Thanks for the suggestion for the pod casts I haven’t listened to any yet😊❤️
Response: I hope you enjoy the podcasts. Wine and Crime is so good! Glad I could share fairy love with you!
Natasa rated for ATTENTION! - Int'l on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤ 📬
Response: I love all the little symbols😊
mariewilliams810 rated for CH - Tin full of Tinies! on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute tin of goodies!
Aurora1 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #3~Swap #13 on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: I must say that your beyond amazing and beautiful swap brought so much sunlight into my day. I felt so special when I opened up the envelope and saw the handmade Alice card holder. I was happily taken aback by your Amazing! artwork. Thank you so much. This artwork is something I am holding onto and enjoy admiring over and over. Thank you again for your personal touch. Aurora Andrade
Response: 😊 I'm so happy it made a fun mail for you! Thank you for the kind words. That made MY day!

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Rainydancer on Mar 14, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

USAFwife on Mar 4, 2021:

Thank you so much for the extra Joker cards and the nice letter. :) What a happy surprise in my mailbox. :)

takehimaway on Feb 4, 2021:

There is a true crime group on here, and I run my own off site, if you'd like to join us.

LavenderSprinkles on Sep 10, 2020:

That swap for the paper and gifts is USA only feel free to join.

skinny52 on Jul 19, 2020:

I received the best surprise envelope full of every sort of vintage ephemera! Thanks so very much!

tpwen on May 8, 2020:

Hi Alissyn, thank you so much for sharing with me your postcards! You are so generous and kind! I really appreciate it! I hope all is well for you and your family!

lovesreward on Apr 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the RAK of wonderful postcards, I love them all! <3 Have a wonderful day!

9O96O on Apr 15, 2020:

Hi Ali, regarding printing a zine with margins--I print with the white margins, then I cut off the white margins before folding.

MNJoviGirl on Feb 15, 2020:

Hello stranger!


MamaD on Feb 2, 2020:

Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful and sweet surprise to receive your happy mail RAK today! I was so surprised and THRILLED!! The cards will certainly be put to good use! Thank you again so much for being such a sweet and kind swapper!!! ❤❤❤❤❤

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