Swap-bot Time: October 6, 2022 2:25 pm


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: October 6, 2022
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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About Me

πŸ’™ January 2022- My focus word for this year is "STRIDE" a good or regular rate of progress. A step in progress toward an aim"


πŸ’™Updated August 2022

πŸ’™ February 2022- I am starting a new collection this year for USA map postcards, unwritten, blank. This list is what I HAVE so far and would love it if ya'll have one to share, new or vintage. I also collect anything of my home state of Oregon. Vintage would be so fun! (Oregon new or used)

πŸ’™ Postcards I like are animals, where you live/interesting places or places you visited or traveled to and anything on my ABC list.

πŸ’™ June 2022 I started collecting interesting or cute vintage playing cards for a franken-deck. My birth card is the 4 of clubs. Also fun to alter for junk journals.

πŸ’™ I enjoy my art and junk books/journaling a lot. I work in small journals, 6"x8" Dylusions art journal (got a great deal on these when I attended art journal classes locally a few years ago) and travelers notebook size. August 2022, I am gluing pages together to prep a composition notebook for a journal and working on more for Christmas gifts. Next hoping to try a 'Flow' type journal or an altered Little Golden Book. I write in my journals. I enjoy genuine vintage ephemera especially colorful; bright or pastel. I enjoy vintage postcards, color, black n white, linen, blank or written. Some I save for my collection, some I use in my journaling, some I send in postcard swaps. I enjoy artsy, mixed mediums in art journaling; gelli prints, paint, watercolor, inks, rubber stamps, hand drawing, collage, fussy cuts..so much fun! Best way to describe my style is "eclectic" from cute to vintage, zetti to whimsy weird/cute, colorful. In June/July 2022 I made and finished a junk book called 'pretty in pink' for my bestest pal and dear friend for her July birthday. (her fave color and themes: sewing, fashion, retro) She "loveloveloves" it!

πŸ’™ We enjoy many other activities as you can read the ABCs of me. My husband has been 3D printing items. Three years ago he bought his first printer from Craigslist. We've had more fun with this new age machine! Lol And making fun gifts for family, friends, and swap-bot pals. Hubby and me use to travel but we are slowing down and focusing on retirement in the next 3-5 years. We're both looking forward to growing a vegetable garden again. Gardens don't do well where we are now, too many evergreens surrounding us.

πŸ’™ I really appreciate a note or letter from my pals here. It's always enjoyable reading what everybody is doing, your thoughts, how you made your art, your travels. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with me! ❀️

πŸ’™Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays.

Here is my Etsy where I shop, keep my favorites and favorite shops.


Happy 2022 everybody! It didn't start off that great and it finally happened. I tested positive for Covid19. Lucky for me I am fully vaccinated and boosted. Feeling much better now and happy to say the only thing lasting is fatigue. Hubby had no symptoms. 🀞 Change so much change the last two years...

"There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it." ~Amanda Gorman National Youth Poet Laureate #InauguralDay 2021

Happy October! Today is Oct 14th 2021.. 24 years ago yesterday my sweet mama left this earth on a beautiful sunny day. Seems like it was only yesterday..... She loved Autumn. If she were here now she would love watching Gil Grissom on CSI-Vegas with me! Yeah.... Dr. Grissom is baaaack!

January 1st 2021!! So thankful for a New Year! I started my new year off right by calling and talking with my two young Granddaughters at midnight. Lol So cuute! ❀️ It took awhile but I finally came up with my word for the this year and it's....LIGHT After the darkness of 2020 the world needs some light and a glimmer of hope as we head into 2021.

Today is September 18th 2020...."Oregon my beautiful Oregon do what you do best...RAIN" It's raining in northern Oregon!! My family and friends are safe! My son in Southern Oregon called early this morning to happily report he can see down the street and clouds (not smoke) in the sky. For the first time in over a week we have windows and doors open. A great day to be thankful!! ❀️

Update: September 14th 2020.... A lot of you have been asking how I'm doing here in Portland Oregon. Thank you for asking. πŸ’› We are doing okay. We live near the WA state border and are away from the downtown area where most of the riots and demonstrations are happening. The wildfires have affected our family and friends in evacuations, all levels in Southern Oregon (our hometown is there, our hearts are broken πŸ’”) and my oldest Sister living 40 minutes south of us. Two friends lost their homes in Southern and still waiting to hear about some if their homes will be saved. We are in no immediate danger. Except the air quality is awful in most of Oregon.

It's time to update my profile....Goodness, way overdue! Today is July 8th 2020. My hubby is going into week 17 of working at home. He's an IT professional. Lots going on and all we can do is be hopeful and live each day trying not to dwell on everything happening in our world. We are very blessed and for that we are grateful.

We have one cat who has our heart. Our beautiful Yuki Maru. In Japanese it means snowball thus her white fluffy coat. It suits her. Our little 'sack 'o sugar" At her first health check years ago the vet told her that. It's true, she's the little princess in our home. She is 18 years old. We lost her sister Oni in March 2019. Our hearts were broken. RIP little one. ❀️

When growing up there were always animals in our family. (hubby not always a fan, lol) I even had a horse when I was 14 but I was not a good cowgirl! Lol We've had rabbits, rats, horses, chickens, an 'onery little black rooster named 'Chuckles' who would chase me all over the yard! Lol My brother had a horse named Shawnee and a 4H hog one year. I miss our little dog Blondie, One year when Christmas shopping Blondie came home with us! Hubby was not happy but she was well loved by her human children and our home was hers for 17 years. Animals are amazing!

Humor is good for your soul! I love it when we can laugh and one of the things I love about my sweet man of 40 years. He always makes me laugh, he's my best friend. ❀️

πŸ’™πŸ’™ ABC Easy as 1-2-3...OH wait that's a song..lol This is the ABCs of me. Reading these on others profiles so thought I would add one as well.

  • πŸ’™A Art by you Autumn ATCoins Art junque Alice in Wonderland my Art journals Artists (fave art journal artists, Dyan Reavely, James Burke) Adele (singing artist) Love all animals! Except most reptiles, snakes, bugs and ewwww spiders!! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, wild animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.

  • πŸ’™B Bath & Bodyworks products, love Vanillas and Lemon, Honeysuckle Peach Tea, Into the Night, Gingham, and Into the Stars scents Barbie Blackberries Blue my fave color Baking Breakfast Beaches Beatles, Boston as in the singing artists Botanicals Betty Boop Bohemian

  • πŸ’™C Claude Monet Cats Coffee Children's book illustrations COLOR, Colorful Bright happy Colors Cookbooks Christmas Collage Campfires Cookies Cooking Cross Stitching Circles especially in art Casper the Friendly Ghost Craft Warehouse store Cupcakes Cinderella COLOR (neon colors in small amounts) Some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors

  • πŸ’™D Daffodils (fave flower) Vintage Dolls; Dawn Dolls and Barbie Paper Dolls Disney Dogs doTerra essential oils Dyan Reaveley Dance Drawing

  • πŸ’™E Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Embroidery Elvis Estate sales

  • πŸ’™F Fabric Foodie Forest Food preservation Flowers Fresh Fruit Farmer's Market Fussy cutting Fairies

  • πŸ’™G Garfield Glue book Gardening Gnomes Glittery Gelli prints

  • πŸ’™H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting History Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 40 years Holly Hobbie Helen Reddy Heart, as in the singing artists Hearts (collected since I was a teenager)

  • πŸ’™I Ice Cream Instant Pot (just got one for Christmas 2020) Iris Folding

  • πŸ’™J Jewelry I have pierced ears and like pretty dangle earrings in silver, not gaudy, necklaces and bracelets same. I have small wrists. Junk journals Johnny Cash the word JOY Julie Nutting Paper Dolls Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

  • πŸ’™K Kefir Kindness in many forms... Kate Greenaway Katy Keene

  • πŸ’™L Lace Letters (Penpal) Lightening storms Lemon Lilacs Lilies I ❀️ Lucy Little Golden Books (to alter)

  • πŸ’™M Magnets for my fridge Marjolein Bastin artist Claude Oscar Monet Mail Art Mickey Mouse Magazine cut outs Movies Matryoshka Dolls the Moon Mountains Maya Angelou Marilyn Monroe Mushrooms Mixed Medium

  • πŸ’™N Nature Notes from pals interesting Newspaper cutouts Nature walks

  • πŸ’™O Ocean "Mother Ocean" Origami

  • πŸ’™ P Playing Cards Pen-pals Paper dolls Postcards (vintage and new, vintage linen and black n white) Playing Cards Princess:Cinderella Pink my second fave color Painting Pockets (JJ) Peanuts (comics) Pansies Poetry

  • πŸ’™Q Quilting by machine Quotes Quirky Quilling

  • πŸ’™R Raspberries Rubberstamper for over 30 years Rain Recipes (tried and true) Retro Rock n Roll Retro

  • πŸ’™S Sewing Sea Animals Strawberries Sunshine Snoopy Scooby Doo Snowmen Suzy's Zoo Star Wars Saint Patrick's Day, my Mother was Irish

  • πŸ’™T Textiles, new and vintage Tea (green and black, flavors are my fave) Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade Tulips (was mom's favorite flower)

  • πŸ’™U Umbrellas Unicorns

  • πŸ’™V Vincent van Gogh Vintage real ephemera Vintage valentines Vintage paper dolls Vintage 1930s 40s 50s 60s 70s Vintage stickers Valentine's Day Vintage fabric & sewing Vintage textiles

  • πŸ’™W Wind Chimes Wild animals Wildflowers Whimsy Wool roving and fibers Willie Nelson Woodland animals Walks

  • πŸ’™X

  • πŸ’™Y Yard sales

  • πŸ’™Z Zoo (Oregon Zoo) and Zoo animals Zentangles

Favorite Crafts and Art

I have tried a lot of art and crafts in my life. While I am no expert I do have an eclectic style and appreciation of art in many forms. Handmade is always appreciated and treasured.

πŸ’™ Sewing was the first craft I learned when I was ten years old. My angel mother taught me and I designed my own shirt. lol After 50 years I still enjoy sewing. Although I made my own prom dress, wedding dress and clothes as a teenager, Halloween costumes for my kids and granddaughters I don't sew many clothes now.

πŸ’™Quilting, My Grandmother, my Dad's mother was an amazing quilter. Still have one of the last quilts she made for my Dad. What a treasure! I am currently working on a quilt for my youngest granddaughter.

πŸ’™ Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I loved it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I sure do miss not being able to attend since the pandemic. Or meeting my friend for lunch before club. I still enjoy working in my journals and learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!

πŸ’™ LOVE true Vintage ephemera! My favorites are 1970s and earlier....vintage textiles, fabrics and scraps, sewing and hand stitching items, vintage magazines, fashion and sewing magazine pages or vintage sewing books, cookbooks, children's books, readers and song books, old medical, geography or encyclopedia pages, wallpaper and wrapping paper, vintage ads and pamphlets, sewing patterns from 1970s or earlier, vintage rhinestones and costume jewelry, old type written letters and documents, forms and envelopes, old handwritten letters are a favorite

πŸ’™ I enjoy "junkin'" for art junk /vintage treasures My bestest pen pal gave our goodies the name "art junk" And when my sister goes antique hunting she calls it 'junkin'" Well the terms stuck! lol Love that!

πŸ’™ My favorite artist is Marjolein Bastin (nΓ©e uit den Bogaard) (born 1943) is a Dutch nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator. She is the creator of the character "Vera the Mouse" I discovered her 25 years or so ago when I use to buy Hallmark cards that featured her beautiful watercolor artworks including Vera the Mouse. I have a large framed print "Nature's Sketchbook" hanging on the wall by my art desk that I love!

Favorite Television

My husband and I watch a lot of TV through the week in the evenings because it's the best way to relax together after our long days....World's Funniest Animals, This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS, still watch the original with Gibbs Use to love CSI (with Grissom) Firefly, Bones and Grimm, That 70s Show, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Americas Got Talent, Mike and Frank on American Pickers, Food Network, Anne of Avonlea, DinersDriveIns&Dives .... Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Fave movies: Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Avatar, Breakfast Club, Original Ghostbusters. Old shows: I Love Lucy, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Lassie, Bewitched, Little House on the Astroid, I mean Prairie. Sorry I had to, my hubby hated that show! Lol

Music and Dance

My favorite music is from1970s, 80s, 90s. Also love Elvis and music from the 1950s. I like old school country; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Easy listening, James Taylor, Jewel, Enya and Adele. Also love Boston, Peter Frampton, Heart, Sir Elton John. I grew up with a country music loving family, but I'm a rock n roll girl! In 1980 I met my dear hubby at an under 21 club, a disco-tech called "Fat City" in Medford Oregon. Yes I still enjoy disco music and love dance! The days of our dancing together, what magic!! I enjoy watching dance reality TV, ice skaters and ballerinas, hip-hop It's just wonderful live art to me!


*Please don't send me anything with nuts, seeds, popcorn or peanut butter. I can't eat them anymore. Ugh...plain milk, white, or dark chocolate, jelly beans or fruity candy I can have.

*paper scraps

*While I l love my junk journals please don't send me your everyday trash.

*pencils, erasers, reward stickers, window clings for children

*socks (someone sent me a children's size that I couldn't wear) make-up or make-up bags, mug rugs/coasters. I appreciate all the handmade coasters but we now have plenty AND I use and enjoy all of them! All around our home. My BFF has also made some for hubby and me.

*Spiders, eeek! Bugs, snakes and lizards eek! I guess I do like a lot more reptiles than I admit. Lol I love to watch anything about the animal world on TV or Netflix. So interesting and entertaining! Bees especially honey bees are okay. :-)

Swapping and mailing

I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. Same for wishes, tags, and RAKS. If I don't respond it means I didn't receive. I always communicate with my partners when needed via the swap-bot messenger system. Sometimes an occasional email message. Please do the same for me. Our mailbox where we receive mail is locked. I drop off mail inside the post office. The outgoing mailbox where I live has a 3/4" drop off slot and mail can get wet in there. Not ideal. The post office has different hours on the weekends and the lobby certainly isn't open 24/7. Mail pick up time inside the post office is now 5pm instead of 2:30 pm meaning my mail may not be postmarked the same day. When I drop off my swaps, that's when I mark sent. Sitting in my car in the parking lot before I leave! I also take photos of sent swap mail in case it's needed. Stay safe and craft on! πŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›

Wishes, Tags, WTA, RAKS

Tag Games:

WTA Sent:


RAKS Sent:


COLLABS(homers) and Mystery Supply Swaps


JJJ Let's Make a Junk Journal:

I will be working in my new travelers sized journal with lots of torn edged pages I just ripped with my new ruler! Works great! I made a fabric cover and it has a rustic/forest/woodland theme fabric with watercolor birds print mixed with some brown. So pretty!

I'm going with a vintage style nature theme with some color! I love bees, butterflies, woodland animals; squirrels, rabbits, deer, fox, mushrooms, forest, trees, leaves, forest plants and wildflowers. Fern and columbine are two of my favorites. I don't really like people in most of my journals. I have specific books for including people and most are of my family. Things I love are gelli prints, mixed medium and handmade papers, handmade by you, words and quotes, genuine vintage papers and fabric are a favorite and bring a big smile! Old book pages of all kinds, postcards, recipes, handwritten letters, love handwriting! I think that list is pretty comprehensive! Thanks for reading. :)


Ikat78 rated for AUTUMN Postcard on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: Oh, this is such a pretty postcard! Thank you Bonnie. I would really love full size skeletons to dress up for Halloween/Fall!!!! That would be so much fun. Have a great day!
DaisyNY rated for AMA: Collaboration Puzzle Fun #3 on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: I love what you did with the puzzle pieces. It's very different from the others I got - in a very good way!
Comment: Thanks for the resend. And goodies tucked inside. Happy Fall and hoping for some happy mail coming your way.
luvbird rated for MJS: Magpie Journal Supplies Swap on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: Oh, Bonnie! What a wonderful package of lovely goodies! I love every single little piece of journaling wonderfullness. So many cool items which I will definitely put to good use! I appreciate that you sent some of your precious things from your stash! Thank you so much for your generosity…a very lovely swap!
Onaki rated for Zines #33 on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: Love your zines, thank you so much!
Petaltea rated for IFM: Fall Envie on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your beautiful fall envie and all the goodies you tucked in. I love everything. Take care!
Shoreart rated for Junk Journaling Words on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks for being so patient.
Comment: Bonnie, thank you for your postcard --- it finally arrived today in good shape! The fall stickers are nice.
rachelgogan rated for Zines #32 on Sep 22, 2022
Comment: Your zines were super fun! Thank you very much!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for rating. :)
DragonflyDaisy rated for Interactive MemoryDex on Sep 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the super cute Halloween shaker MemoryDex. The little clay shaker bits are super cute. Thanks for playing with me! See you in the swaps again soon! ☺
Ace330660 rated for Stained Papers on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks for all of the lovely papers ! I love the purple especially ! Was the numbers listed a stamp?
Response: My favorite too! I'm not sure now why it's purple instead of blue especially since they were organic blueberries. (the little bit I used was freezer burnt, lol) The paper with numbers I bought last summer (2021) at a yard sale It's not a stamp.. A few sheets were among a stack of old misc papers. Look and feel like typing paper. So happy you received your swaps! Thanks for the hearts.
Ace330660 rated for JJJ: Let's Make A Junk Journal! #4 on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the nice pocket and extras ! I love the paper used !
Response: Very welcome and happy you love the l pocket and tag. That was the last piece of that double sided thick mulberry paper. Love that paper! :)
FLWAVE rated for Stained Papers on Sep 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all of the great papers. This was a bit of a science experiment, and great fun seeing how the pages would turn out. Now for some fun creating with them.
DragonflyDaisy rated for August 2022 Senders Choice on Sep 10, 2022
Comment: Bonnie, thank you for the super cute mouse MemoryDex and all the fun stamped images ~ definitely happy mail! πŸ˜€ I’m also going to upcycle the cute sunflower 🌻 card you sent into a tag or MemoryDex ~ can’t let the cuteness go to waste! πŸ˜€ See you in the swaps again soon!
Response: Hi Michele, Very welcome! 😊 I love House Mouse (since the 1990s) Bought a bunch of cling stamps at Tuesday Morning before the pandemic. The one I used on your card is an older wood mount from my collection. So many card fronts to repurpose! Lol Thank you for joining the fun! Until the next mailbox visit soon...❀️
squince rated for ABC USA: Postcard Letter C for: on Sep 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the 2 cards!
Response: You're welcome. Guess it took mailing in an envie for your mail to find you. :)
Comment: Bonnie, I'd give you a hundred hearts if I could. I LOVE cat mail! Everything you sent is perfect, especially the card with your Yuki on the front. What a blessing cats are. Thank you so much for a beautiful swap!
Response: Hi Donna, Aww, so happy you love what I sent to you. Waving hello from Princess Yuki and me. You're very welcome and thank you for the heart and awesome rating. You make my heart smile! Hope to swap again in the UHM Halloween swap! πŸŽƒ
Ladyadybug rated for Junk Journaling Words on Sep 6, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the words - it will be fun to use them to make some more masterboard collages!
Response: Woohoo so glad your swap found you safely. Oh that's a great idea, what fun!
Comment: I LOVE these!!! DISNEY!! soooo cute oh my goodness thank you! They are going right into my Disney journal RIGHT NOW!!! I cannot wait to use them for little tucks and journaling during our trip this coming January!! Thank you SO MUCH!! I LOVE THEM!!
Response: Woohoo!! That's awesome Gabi! I loved making them too, so fun. You're so welcome! xo Your rating makes me smile and happy travels to Disney in January!! ❀️
cassie3001 rated for PH: Postcard Challenge - Find Me on Sep 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcards, Bonnie! I especially love the fox that you sent as an extra.
Response: Very welcome Cassie! Woohoo, so glad your swap got to you safely and happy you like the postcards. Thanks for the heart. :)
mchesser12 rated for CPG Daily Q's #22 - US on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending the pictures of the postcard. I am not a fan of root beer. I don’t drink any sodas. Fireflies are so beautiful!
Response: Thanks for rating, glad your swap found you. I don't drink much soda but I really enjoy root beer floats. We don't have fireflies in Oregon. Fond childhood memories of the fireflies!

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anicka22 on Oct 6, 2022:

Thank you so much for the lovely September wishes!! Love the pretty paper, cute washi. It was really happy mail. Thank you very, very much

Ikat78 on Oct 5, 2022:

Thank you Friend for the mail postcard. I love these!! So sweet of you to think of me.

warheart on Oct 3, 2022:

Thank you for the lovely Sept WW Wish!!

susieq11 on Oct 1, 2022:

Thank you, Bonnie for the wishes for WW September! Love the postcards (Panama Canal!!!), Peanuts stickers, and especially your note about bookstores. It was fun to read and I love the mail art too! Thanks so much and have a great weekend! : )

kiddomerriweather on Oct 1, 2022:

Paul Frank is a designer. He's famous for his character, Julius the Monkey. I found a brand new journal designed by him on Mercari about 6 months ago. It's probably from the earlier 2000's. The cover is vinyl with a goofy looking giraffe on the front. I've been adding interesting things to it as I find them. So I guess I've turned it into a Magpie Journal. (Google "Paul Frank Clancy Journal." That's the one I have.)

kiddomerriweather on Sep 30, 2022:

Thank you for the drawing, PC, and Halloween stickers you sent me for my September WW! I love the drawing of the black cat and the jack-o-lantern. I plan on putting it in my Paul Frank journal I'm currently working on. It reminds me of my late black cat, Johnny Cash. It's weird not having him around as our "built in" Halloween decoration this year. I guess I'll have to dye Frankie. LOL! JK.

Poohtat on Sep 30, 2022:

Thank you for thinking of me for the CPG Sept wish

OrigamiGrace on Sep 29, 2022:

Thank you so much for the birthday wish from my September wishlist at CPG!! SO nice of you!! I love the voooo donut atc..mmmm donuts!! Many thanks!

Ikat78 on Sep 28, 2022:

Thank you for the awesome September wishes for WW group. I absolutely LOVE the pocket you made with the clear skeleton page!!!!! How cool. I will find a special place for it. Your story was fun to read. I appreciate the Fall envie, washi, note sheets, adorable cat/pumpkin card you made (OMG!!), and the cavern pc of Jesse James’ hideout. Let’s not forget the German foils and stained papers as well.They are beautiful. Thank you for thinking of me and including a letter as well. You’ll hear from me soon. πŸ’•

LadyJo on Sep 28, 2022:

Thank you for the September WW wishes of the Oregon map pc, note, and the extras! I like the map, great for my collection! Also, the note is always fun to see what your up too! I also received your pen pal pc yesterday! I sent you mail today! Happy Fall!

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