Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2022 7:16 pm


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: May 19, 2022
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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About Me

๐Ÿ’™ January 2022- My focus word for this year is "STRIDE" a good or regular rate of progress. A step in progress toward an aim"


๐Ÿ’™Updated May 18, 2022

๐Ÿ’™ 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)

๐Ÿ’™ I enjoy my art and junk journals a lot. I work in small journals, 6"x8" Dylusions art journal by Dyan Reaveley, Travelers Notebook size, alter books or use my large Sizzix dies to make my own journals. I enjoy genuine vintage ephemera especially colorful; bright or pastel. I enjoy vintage postcards, black n white, linen, blank or written. Some I save for my collection and some I use in my journaling. I enjoy artsy, mixed mediums in art journaling; gelli prints, paint, watercolor, inks...so much fun!

Also 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.

๐Ÿ’™ 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! โค๏ธ

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. ๐Ÿคž 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! โค๏ธ 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!! โค๏ธ

Update: September 14th 2020.... A lot of you have been asking how I'm doing here in Portland Oregon. Thank you for asking. ๐Ÿ’› 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 ๐Ÿ’”) 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. โค๏ธ

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. โค๏ธ

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.

  • ๐Ÿ’™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)

  • ๐Ÿ’™B Bath & Bodyworks products, love Vanilla and Lemon scents the best Barbie Blackberries Blue my fave color Baking Breakfast Beaches Beatles, Boston as in the singing artists Botanicals Betty Boop Bohemian

  • ๐Ÿ’™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

  • ๐Ÿ’™D Daffodils (fave flower) Dawn Dolls (had these as a child and now looking for vintage or repro ephemera for my doll journals. Same with Barbie) Disney Dogs doTerra essential oils Dyan Reaveley Dance

  • ๐Ÿ’™E Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Embroidery Elvis

  • ๐Ÿ’™F Fabric Foodie Forest Food preservation Flowers Fresh Fruit Farmer's Market Fussy cutting Fairies

  • ๐Ÿ’™G Garfield Glue book Gardening Gnomes Glittery Gelli prints

  • ๐Ÿ’™H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting History Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 40 years Holly Hobbie Helen Reddy Heart, as in the singing artists

  • ๐Ÿ’™I Ice Cream Instant Pot (just got one for Christmas 2020)

  • ๐Ÿ’™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

  • ๐Ÿ’™K Kefir Kindness in many forms... Kate Greenaway Katy Keene

  • ๐Ÿ’™L Lace Letters (Penpal) Lightening storms Lemon Lilacs Lilies I โค๏ธ Lucy

  • ๐Ÿ’™M Magnets for my fridge Marjolein Bastin artist Mail Art Mickey Mouse Magazine cut outs Movies Matryoshka Dolls the Moon Mountains Maya Angelou Marilyn Monroe Mushrooms Mixed Medium

  • ๐Ÿ’™N Nature Notes from pals interesting Newspaper cutouts Nature walks

  • ๐Ÿ’™O Ocean "Mother Ocean"

  • ๐Ÿ’™ P Pen-pals Paper dolls Postcards (vintage and new, vintage linen and black n white) Princess:Cinderella Pink my second fave color Painting Pockets (JJ) Peanuts (comics) Pansies

  • ๐Ÿ’™Q Quilting Quotes

  • ๐Ÿ’™R Raspberries Rubberstamper for over 30 years Rain Recipes (tried and true) Retro Rock n Roll

  • ๐Ÿ’™S Sewing Sea Animals Strawberries Sunshine Snoopy Scooby Doo Snowmen Suzy's Zoo Star Wars Saint Patrick's Day, my Mother was Irish

  • ๐Ÿ’™T Textiles, new and vintage Tea (green and black, flavors are my fave) Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade Tulips

  • ๐Ÿ’™U Umbrellas Unicorns

  • ๐Ÿ’™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

  • ๐Ÿ’™W Wind Chimes Wild animals Wildflowers Whimsy Wool roving and fibers Willie Nelson Woodland animals Walks

  • ๐Ÿ’™X

  • ๐Ÿ’™Y Yard sales

  • ๐Ÿ’™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. A few of my favorite things:

  • paper dolls, I love my dolls! Have on-going doll art journals; die cut dolls, stamped, magazine and paper cut outs, even clothes etc, made by you, stickers of dolls etc.

  • Drawing and Painting

  • 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.. We've made dolls accessories together. (hand sewing or crafting for now) They have lost interest in their AG dolls. Nana isn't there to play dolls together. Lol

  • 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!

  • ๐Ÿ’™ Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I love it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I have made a great new friend and 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 journal and have learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!

  • ๐Ÿ’™ 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

  • Die cuts, use them in my journals and collage

  • ๐Ÿ’™ 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!

  • embroidery, cross stitch, needle felting, wool roving or wool fibers

  • COLOR (neon colors in small amounts but I love Lisa Frank!) Some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors

  • Love all animals! Except most reptiles, snakes, bugs and ewwww spiders!! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, wild animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.

  • ๐Ÿ’™ My favorite artist is Marjolein Bastin (nรฉe 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!

  • the sea and all it's many beauties

  • quilling and origami_

  • ๐Ÿ’™ hearts (collected since I was a teenager)

  • Halloween, Valentines Day and Christmas are my favorite holidays.

  • Disney, Hello Kitty, The Peanuts, Scooby-Doo Garfield, favorite Disney Princess Cinderella

  • Vintage Barbie and Dawn dolls

*๐Ÿ’™ Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, vintage Barbie, Katy Keene, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s Rock n Roll, Dance, Fairies, Butterflies, Birds, Nature, Retro, Quirky and Colorful, Skulls/Skeletons, Quotes and Poetry, Cats and Dogs, Zentangles, Humor, Repurposing and Recycling, Fashion (paper dolls or old magazine cut outs for my paper doll junk journal)

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!

Likes vs dislikes

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

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

*I don't use personal paper journals.

*Memo/note sheets and pads, I have way too many already! The exception is Kawaii or Hello Kitty as I can't find any locally.

*I enjoy ATC coins over ATCS especially when I can use them in my journals. Flat is better. For some reason I have always loved circles and polka dots.

*pencils, erasers, reward stickers, window clings(I don't have small children at home or nearby)

*Please DON'T send your scraps of paper. I have plenty of my own.

*please no more washi tape rolls, but samples are great! I have run out of storage for rolls. Lol

*glitter, any, but I do I LOVE glitter in art that you make. I just have a big stash already.

*socks, make-up or make-up bags, mug rugs/coasters. I appreciate all the handmade coasters but now we have plenty AND I use and enjoy all of them! All over around our home. My BFF has also made some for hubby and me. The exception is if I sign up in a swap of course. I do use and enjoy Bath & Bodyworks products.

*Spiders, eeek! Most insects and reptiles. Bees especially honey bees are okay. :-)

Swapping and mailing

I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. 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 (always my first choice) or drop off in the Blue Box at 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! ๐Ÿ’›โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›

Wishes, Tags, WTA, RAKS

Tag Games:
CPG Happy Mail Global @Highlander tagged me May 18th

WTA Sent:


RAKS Sent:


COLLABS(homers) and Mystery Supply Swaps


Kitty2cats rated for ABCUSA: M Is for May Flowers on May 19, 2022
Comment: Hi Bonnie, Thank you for all of the fun florals! I love everything and such a nice variety๐ŸŒผโค๏ธ
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous swap you created for me. The puzzle pieces are all โ€œme.โ€ Just so pretty. Also thank you for sharing your special papers, washi, and stamps with me. They will be cherished. Love all of it so much!โค๏ธ
Response: You're very welcome! I'm so tickled you love what I created and sent to you and it was fun altering these again Thank you for hosting, much appreciated. Thank you for the heart rating. Hope to swap with you again! :)
Cgscdy rated for CPG Filled Easy Origami Pocket - US on May 13, 2022
Comment: Tysm LOVED them both! โค๏ธ
susieq11 rated for IFM: Vintage PC with a Quote #5 on May 12, 2022
Comment: Thatโ€™s a great quote and I love the postcard!!! Really good quote! Thank you so much!! xoxo
Response: Yay! So glad you like what I chose for you. You know the quote had to be about travel! ๐Ÿ˜ Lol Hugs!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Significant Other on May 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the lovely pc and for sharing how you met your partner.
Response: Very welcome, thanks for the heart. :)
TeaNi rated for CPG Multi Stamp Random Envie #2 - US on May 10, 2022
Comment: thank you so much for a lovely swap! The assortment of stamps that you put on the envelope is so fun- I will use them in my future paper crafting endeavors, I absolutely love the card with your princess Yuki, and the ephemera folder is perfection! Very happy mail indeed! :)
Response: So happy you are enjoying your swap. It was my pleasure to make a special swap for you. Yuki's photo is prolly one of the best of her ever. Thanks for the heart rating. :)
Comment: Great cards, Bonnie, in sunshine or rain! Thank you for the extras, too!
Comment: Yes . . . we do like the same things! You did a great job on the library cards. Iโ€™m looking forward to using them in future journals.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely clusters. I can't use them. The extras are perfect.
Kitty2cats rated for April Showers Bring May Flowers on May 4, 2022
Comment: Hi Bonnie, Thanks so much for the gorgeous Spring themed memdex card. I love it! Thank you for telling me the inking technique you used. I'll have to try that. I love the pink and green together, as well as the gold edges and sparklesโ™ฅ๏ธThanks also for the fun extras!
Response: Very welcome, so glad you are enjoying your swap! Thank you for your kind words and heart. It's fun to be making Memorydex again.
Magenta3 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Pink Envie - US on May 2, 2022
Comment: loved the flying flamingo on the mailing envie Thanks for the prettyi in pink.
MeetSarah87 rated for CPG Where I Live PC - Global on May 1, 2022
Comment: I am so sorry for the late rating! I rceived your postcard a week ago but however I did not see the swap name on the card and was wondering who had sent me the card. After receving your mesage and taking a second closer look at the card I found it. Thank you very much for the beautiful card. It is a great addition for my collection. Hopefully one day I will have one from every US state.
starmccoy rated for Junk Journal Pockets on May 1, 2022
Comment: Very nice! Thank you!
Comment: Wonderful! Love the stitching โค๏ธ Thank you
Response: Very welcome! I always love to stitch on paper. Lol So glad you are enjoying your pockets. Thank you for the hearts. :)
crtsjffrsn rated for CPG: My Top 5 Things to Do #INTL on May 1, 2022
Comment: Great list of fun things to do! Sorry for the delayed rating--just got back from two weeks of travel.
Comment: This is a great addition to my journal!! What a clever slide pocket on the front cover! And of course I love butterflies! Thank you so much, dear friend! And love the book pages!! Take care!!
Comment: Woo Hoo! Love my goodies. The pretty envies, papers and napkin are much appreciated, but of course my favorites are the yellow polka dot folio and belly band and your lovely note. So enjoyed hearing about life in your corner of the world. Thanks so very much for all the thoughtful touches!!!!!
Response: Very welcome, so happy you are enjoying your swap! Thank you girlie for the heart rating.
Comment: Thank you Bonnie, for the so pretty Tulips PC with your great answers for Spring! I definitely do that too. The first sign of a warm day, the windows open wide up! Got to let that fresh air in! I very much enjoyed reading what you wrote. Thank you again.
Response: Very welcome Deb! I'm always happy to read your rating. You make me smile! Thank you for the heart.
bostianh rated for Junk Journal Pockets on Apr 28, 2022
Comment: They are beautiful! The pockets you made are absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for the happy mail it cheered my day.
Response: That was fast! I'm so happy you are enjoying what I made for you. I am having fun fun fun with all the pockets and JJ goodies! I'm glad my little pockets cheered you. Thanks for my 17 hundredth heart! Special โค๏ธ indeed! Whee! ๐Ÿ˜
Comment: thank you so much for the wonderful mail! I loved everything you added for me! It really did make my day! <3 <3 <3
Response: Woohoo your swap found you! So happy you are enjoying what I sent. Thank you for the heart. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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grammypammy on May 18, 2022:

WW ~ May Wish

Thank you so much for the adorable Ladybug Pocket you made! I love it! I appreciate you sending me a wish.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs, Pam

kiddomerriweather on May 14, 2022:

Thank you for the neon goodies and banana you sent for my May WW! I definitely will be using them in my next journal. =D

Autist on May 13, 2022:

Thank you so much for the WW - May Birthday wishes!! The rook cards were fun! Never seen them before! They will go in my journal for sure. The Snow White sticker is amazing!! I am going to have to find the perfect use for it! Thank you for thinking of me! Cheers - Rook

Ikat78 on May 13, 2022:

You really outdid yourself with the May WW you sent me!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰ I LOVE the tulip notecard you sent me. The picture is gorgeous. Then you included the cave pc, owl pc, and goonies playing card. ๐Ÿค— PLUS the second envie with the wonderful jj pocket with clusters. The clusters are so well made and creative. I canโ€™t wait to use them. Thank you!!

susieq11 on May 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for all the lovely wishes for WW May!!! What a pretty card! I love the rubber stamps - the animals are perfect for me! The stickers are so cute - the travel ones are adorable! Even a neck pillow ha ha!! Coffee, bakeryโ€ฆbagels! Yes, you know me!!! Thank you for making my day special!!!

DinkySparkle on May 2, 2022:

Thank you for the April RAK #3 Vintage Stationary 3 for 3! They are adorable and I can't wait to use them! โค๏ธ

feverfawn on Apr 29, 2022:

Thanks so much for the RAKs only tag for 2 oregon postcards and 2 random + the nice happy mail stickers too! :)

RiverTopanga on Apr 28, 2022:

Congratulations to @BusyB You are the winner of the Envie of Random items ๐Ÿ˜€

Poohtat on Apr 26, 2022:

Thank you for the RAKs April 222 RAK. I love the stickers, love the notecards, love the postcards and love the stamps! Very kind and so perfect for me. Thank you.

simcoe54 on Apr 23, 2022:

CPG: April Wishes -- Thanks so much for the kool-aids and Oregon postcards. Looking forward to making a pitcher to drink, and the postcards will be a welcome addition to my collection.

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