Swap-bot Time: October 15, 2021 7:38 pm


Date Joined: November 20, 2013
Last Online: October 15, 2021
Birthday: December 26
Country: United States
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About Me

I've been making mixed-media ATCs for several years. They're a great creative outlet! I've recently started making postcards and am finding them quite addictive.

My hobbies are varied. I sew and knit. I collect buttons and have my late grandmother's original button jar and sewing baskets, which I treasure.

On weekends, my boyfriend and I sometimes go fishing, with hit-and-miss results. My grandfather was an avid fisherman, and I have fond memories of him getting up early on a Sunday morning and leaving to catch dinner. He'd clean and gut the fish in the backyard, which seemed seriously gross at the time, but my grandmother turned his catch into the most divine dishes. He'd then plant the fish heads in the garden, as they make incredible (albeit stinky) natural fertilizer.

I love being on the water, be it sailing or enjoying brunch at a waterfront seafood restaurant. Give me a New England lobster roll or a seat at a summer clambake, and I'm a happy girl.

I recently started boxing at the gym, which is a great stress reliever. I'm not Muhammad Ali, by any means, but I'm learning to hold my own. I recommend it as a way to feel really empowered!

As you can probably tell, I'm not a girly girl. My art is seldom frilly--more modern, eclectic and occasionally weird. I like pushing the envelope. I prefer dapper gents to Victorian ladies. I'm more film noir than Disney.

I have fantasies of moving to Maine or Scotland, and I'm a little obsessed with finding the Loch Ness monster.

We live about 30 minutes away from a cool whaling museum, where I always take out-of-town visitors. It has a 19th-century whaleboat with all the original gear, and it's pretty amazing. One of the exhibits focuses on women who left their homes to join their husbands at sea. Most regretted that decision! There's also really cool nautical folk art on display, which I'd love to have on my walls.

Favorite Music

Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Allen Stone, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Valerie June, Petra Haden

Currently Reading:

"I Alone Can Fix It" (Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig)

Favorite Television

British mysteries (BBC, BritBox and Acorn TV)
Now bingeing "House of Cards" on Netflix (had never seen it)
Murder, She Wrote reruns (Maine + Angela Lansbury = retro, campy fun)
Law & Order franchise

Favorite ATC Themes

  • Sewing themes (particularly buttons).
  • Nancy Drew
  • Nautical (ships & sailing)
  • Seafood
  • Breakfast foods
  • Eggnog year-round
  • Oceans, fish & marine life
  • Fave faces: Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren

ATC Dislikes

  • Religious themes.
  • Christmas, Halloween & other holidays (maxed out on these themes)
  • Kawaii, Disney & other cutesy themes
  • Sticker slapping
  • Pink and other pastels
  • Puffy stickers

Supplies I Love to Receive

  • Washi tape samples
  • Buttons
  • ATC blanks (sturdy)
  • Poker-size playing cards
  • Die cuts
  • Anything nautical
  • Sewing-themed ephemera
  • Used international postage stamps
  • Ticket stubs
  • Sticky notes
  • Vintage book pages (not smelly/moldy)
  • Vintage recipe pamphlets


Comment: Thank you for the swap!
carol rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #100 on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: What a cool start to your Collaboration PC! Thanks for the note as well. I enjoy hearing what's happening in fellow swappers world. I haven't watched the new Perry Mason yet, but loved the original series. I hear this one is good, and he makes a great "faux" BF! Thanks for the cute goodies too. I'm going up to NE Ohio to visit my son next week and see the fall foliage. Looking forward to that and cooler weather here, too.
Vickyen rated for ART collab #89 add postage on Sep 27, 2021
Comment: Hi Allegrae - thanks for the starters - always love adding to others art! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks! I liked the sticker books.
kizzlets rated for ATC Bag #98 (USA) on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for hosting this! This is my first time participating in a bag swap, wanted to know how it works, glad I know I did it right. Can't wait for the next round!
Raven93 rated for CPG Bags, Bags, Bags, #13 (Int'l) on Sep 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you, these are fun!
Pupullona rated for CPG Bags, Bags, Bags, #12 (Int'l) on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: The bags finally arrived, yay! Thank you so much :) Will be happy to pass them along :)
questionauthority13 rated for ATC Bag #97 (USA) on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks! :)
renmagpie rated for SSM: Name your ATC swap #6 on Sep 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for this great ATC and for creatively combining more than one theme! I love it. xoxo
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #99 on Sep 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card, i will add something and send on.
Comment: Love the starters. I'll get to work on them soon. Aloha
Mimi7 rated for Art Collab #88 add postage on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Hi Allegrae, This will be a fun one to add to. Thanks for the extra nice papers. take care
Comment: Very cool ATC! The vintage food pics are awesome. 😁
Comment: Thank you for the neat items! Will be happy to pass them along :-)
Comment: Thanks for the ATCs what a great start. I see you went with a sports theme. Thanks for the extra starter set. Take care! I will work on them and send them on to a third partner.
wyrdfae rated for Art Collab #87 add postage on Aug 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Right on time for me to add to and send to the next one
Cgscdy rated for ATC Bag #96 (USA) on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Tysm
K8thecrafter rated for Private swap - 20 bags on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: I got your stuffed package of awesomeness. Thank you! Its going to be a fun weekend going through all the bags!! I'm so glad we could do this swap.
Comment: Thanks!
Wambatty rated for 🌍 ATC ATW #20: Oman & Peru 🌍 on Aug 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the ATCs. I lived in Oman for 3 years and got to go to the Sultan Qaboos Stadium. Sultan Qaboos was a really wonderful man that did a lot of wonderful things for the country. Your Peru card is really creative.

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JuneRosebud on Sep 29, 2021:

Hi Allegrae,Thanks for working on my Art Coll PC. It finally made it home after "wandering" for two years; go figure!!

hibiscus on Sep 8, 2021:

Loved the yacht! Thanks for a really nice swap!

cmalaina on Jul 4, 2021:


MamaD on May 25, 2021:

Received the set of jams! Will work on them this week! Thanks so much!

colleenbUSA on Mar 5, 2021:

Thank you for the New York bookmark RAK! YAY for bichons and bichon mixes! I love your dogs name!

cmalaina on Feb 14, 2021:

Happy Valentine's Day

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


cmalaina on Dec 25, 2020:

I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

momto8cats on Dec 24, 2020:

Happy birthday, Allegrae!

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Mystery makes life interesting

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