Swap-bot Time: May 12, 2021 12:52 pm


Date Joined: November 4, 2008
Last Online: August 15, 2020
Birthday: February 2
Country: United States
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About Me

5/2019 NOTE: We're having worsening problems with our mail carrier. Mail is being delivered to houses all over the neighborhood, or packages are marked "delivered" when they aren't. I've finally found the local phone number to reach postal supervisors and I've been calling to complain. Neighbors getting together to swap out our mail is getting old and we shouldn't have to do it. I'm now mailing out at the post office, but if I've marked a swap "mailed" and you don't have it within 2 weeks or so (domestic) or a month (international) please contact me and I'll send again. If you've mailed to me and I haven't rated, please contact me as it's highly likely I never got it due to our mail carrier.

Originally from beautiful Southern California, my husband and I spent 11 years on the Olympic peninsula of Washington and just moved to southern Oregon a year ago.

Alan and I have two kids: Watson (or Dr. Watson if he’s being good) and Emma. Both dachshunds, Watson was rescued in 2011 after living for 3+ years in a freezing garage and having food thrown to him occasionally. He’s around 12 years old, we think. Emma we got from the top breeder of long-haired show dachshunds in Washington. She’s 4, has epilepsy, and is a daddy’s girl.

I've participated in hundreds of swaps around the world through different groups, and I was quite active on this site for a while, but got flaked on too often, so I stopped. After a few years away, a friend convinced me to return.

I would not join a swap if I did not intend to send. If you don't receive something from me, contact me and I will resend.

Also, if you sent me something and I have not rated you yet or left you a thank you on your profile, please contact me.

Favorite Crafts

We are Civil War reenactors, which means I love history and, therefore, vintage-style art. I enjoy making ATCs, altered books, altered postcards, and chunky books with vintage themes. I like 1950s retro, Classic Hollywood, cemeteries, and animals. Really dislike anything religious, cutesy, politically conservative, mostly stickers, or Disney.

I also enjoy doing mixed media collages and experimenting with different techniques. I just had neck surgery and as I recover I've discovered an interest in watercolors. I've been painting ATCs from some of my photographs.

My passions are genealogy, international travel, and photography. I especially love to photograph cemeteries, abandoned places, nature, and Yosemite.

Favorites, etc.

I love to dumpster dive and reuse whatever I can. A really good dumpster dive is like Christmas morning for me!


Swapping ATCs, handmade or altered postcards, zines, ephemera, art supplies, decorative napkins, mail art. Alcohol inks, twinkling H2Os, Perfect Pearls, Anything Tim Holtz. Handmade papers & cool papers to use on ATCs. ATCs to add to my collection. Halloween E.A. Poe Birds, especially crows, ravens, and owls Vintage and muted colors I'm not offended by nudes as long as it's vintage. Not into modern porn as art at all.


People that are mean to or mock other people or animals. People who consider the press to be "the enemy of the people." People who discriminate or are closed minded. People who are inconsiderate of others. Conservative politics & wanna-be dictators. Spiders & snakes. Flakers of swaps Stickers Bright, primary colors Perfume, cigarette smoke, cigarettes, inconsiderate cigarette smokers, Disney/cutesy, kiddie stuff religious (unless it's Goddess/Pagan),

ATC themes I collect: Owls, ravens, birds Snarky Retro HP/HD House-shaped Halloween/Spooky

Favorite Movies

Casablanca Gone With the Wind Sound of Music Airplane! Monty Python's Life of Brian Monty Python and the Holy Grail Harry Potter All the Star Trek movies

Favorite Television

Educational, documentaries, and history stuff. Murdoch Mysteries show from Canada, "Mars," "Drunk History," "Who Do You Think You Are" (I watch the UK and Aussie versions on YouTube), "Finding Your Roots," "The Walking Dead."
Oldies but goodies: I Love Lucy; Golden Girls; Twilight Zone; Star Trek series (all of them). "El Ministerio del Tiempo" (a Spanish series which can be found on Netflix).

Favorite Books

Love the "Coffeehouse" and "Haunted Guest House" cozy mysteries; biographies and autobiographies; true crime; history


bigmamabird rated for Big 4-0 Paper Party on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Many thanks for all the papers, my favorites are the foreign language papers!
Response: Glad you liked it! I worked in a library and would get all sorts of stuff out of the recycling, including foreign language books and antique magazines.
jannieb rated for EASU: Hand Drawn HALLOWEEN ATC Swap on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderfully drawn Halloween pumpkin ATC. You did a great job & I will enjoy adding it to my collection. Happy Halloween!!
Comment: Not sure what I enjoyed more... your very interesting note of Texas ties or your absolutely wonderful watercolor cats! Thank you for sharing your talent... thank you as well for that big sheet of checkered paper... will use for my zetti swaps! Thanks for all
lukeyduke rated for GAA: 'The Raven' by EA Poe ATC on Sep 7, 2019
Comment: OMG! But first I must rate your work. I love your card as it was creatively done as was the background! Thank you however, YOU SAW THEM, TOO!! I went to the concert July 7, at gillette Stadium in Mass. It was mind blowing, fantastic! Out of all their concerts I've seen, this was the best. I also have my ticket from Nov 1964 when they first toured America. Thank you so much for the pictures!! Finally, someone who understands me!!!
Response: YES! The first time I saw them was in 1981, but I don't have the ticket; it was a first date and the guy kept them... jerk! We were supposed to see them in May, but it got postponed due to Mick's heart surgery. What a fabulous show!! Hard to believe Mick's a great-grandfather (and his youngest child is younger than his great-grandchild)! And I'm glad you liked The Raven, too ;-)
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween ATC - Spooky on Aug 27, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great atc!
Response: Glad you like it!
marymary914 rated for USATC - Embrace the Darkness on Aug 27, 2019
Comment: Love love love! 😍
Response: I'm so glad you do! I''m never too sure if it's gone TOO dark.
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty ATC and the postcards!! They were lovely.
lilmermaid rated for ATC Cleanout #26 (USA) on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so very very much
luv2kraft rated for ATC-Zettiology Style on Jul 10, 2019
Comment: wonderful! THANKS
margaeli rated for AAA: Say Something on Jul 8, 2019
Comment: Your replacement arrived!! Woohoo. Thanks for a wild ATC. and the dictionary pages. I love old paper for collages so that's MUCH appreciated. Happy swapping.
Response: Thank goodness!! I was beginning to get worried about this one, too! I'm so glad you like it and the old dictionary pages - let me know if you want more because I certainly have a lot!
AZmom875 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #8 on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: I got your envelope today. Good thing I can read. I didnt "remember" a CRRR with the blue background. DUH, it was fo this swap. SO glad to get both items from you. You did a great job on the 3 elements. I did forget to list Pleasantville, I did see that. Loving the CRRR.
Response: So glad you like it! I wasn't sure if I should send the CRRR along with it, but glad you figured it out.
grammypammy rated for Christmas in July USA only on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: What beautiful ATC's you sent for the swap! The card you sent them in is adorable too! Thank you!
stiffneck78 rated for USATC: Peacock on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: Beautiful peacock ATC!!!! I LOVE it! Thanks for the zine, also. I always enjoy looking through these.
Comment: Love your patriotic atc, Colleen! It makes a nice addition to my 4th of July atc binder! Thank you! Love all the extra stamps, too!
Response: Glad you like it! She was fun to make.
Churchmouse70 rated for USATC: Hand Drawn ATC Swap on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Wow! You are so talented! 😘 This is an awesome ATC of Cinderella’s castle! Thank you for your kind words about my Fluffy. I was just looking at his paw print today. Thank you for sending such great happy mail today and making me smile. πŸ˜„
Poeprincess rated for AI - HD/HP ATC Beach Theme on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Lovely ATCβ€”I think I’ve been on that beach! Thank you for my tropical vacation. Great artwork.
Response: I'm glad you like it! It's sort of Goleta Beach, which is the beach I grew up on in So. Calif.
makestuff rated for EASU: Hand Drawn ATC Swap on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful painted ATC!! The photograph is awesome as well. I appreciate how you used colors that I like and tied your photo to the art. Thank you!!!
Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you like it!
RAINDARGON rated for AAA: Wings on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful atc and extras,love the napkins.
ShabbyJules rated for GAA: Vintage Gypsy Theme on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such a sweet swap love my atc and extras
Comment: How did you know the chickadee is the only bird that will eat out of my hand? You didn't, did you? Your chickadee ATC is so realistic and so special. I see them on your address labels too. Thank you for the pretty decorative napkins!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, and that I somehow knew that chickadees are eating out of your hand! I wish they'd do that for me!!

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stephiedee on Jan 7, 2020:

Thank you for the RAK of paper goodies! I already used a couple of the things on a project today.

Heynowokay on Nov 18, 2019:

Thank you so very much for the beautiful paper and the gorgeous ATC for the OMAE Nov RAK! :)

bigmamabird on Sep 30, 2019:

Thanks for the lovely purply grapes page in my Fruits of Summer deco sheet! Ah, and now for some Autumnal change!

Artstamper on Sep 14, 2019:

Thanks so much for your lovely work in my "Colors"deco! Love what you did with it and I always like found words.

bigmamabird on Sep 9, 2019:

Thanks for playing in Fantasy Faces, I love how this deco sheet turned out!

Hell0Z0mbie on Aug 11, 2019:

LOVE the zetti ATC, thanks so much. Really cool style!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


RiverTopanga on Nov 19, 2018:

Welcome to the ARtisan ATC group. We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations! - leslie/RiverTopanga.

renees on Sep 6, 2009:

Hello! I saw that you have a dachshund and I thought you might like to join our group Dachshund Lovers

zerofantasies on Jul 17, 2009:

Just wondering if you got the tag I sent of the ATC blanks. Let me know~ Thanks!

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