Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2022 4:12 pm


Date Joined: October 31, 2009
Last Online: August 18, 2022
Birthday: January 14
Country: United States
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About Me

Update 05/13/2022 I'm back, after quite an absence. My husband continued to battle cancer for several years after I updated last, fighting one recurrence after another. In January of this year, the cancer suddenly metastasized. Ten days later he was gone; the doctors were surprised he hung on that long.

I now have my dear 96-yr-old Mama living with me 3/4 of the time; I've taken up Swap-bot again to give us both something to do. (Well, I have more to do now than ever in my life, but Mama has dementia.) If you see AuntPawnee signing up for one of your swaps and notice she has no or few ratings, please let her in; I'll be the one making sure they're fulfilled.

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Just a note to say I've been unable to swap lately, for multiple reasons that add up to No Time, No Headspace. Life is easing up,though (I may finally retire for real! Hubby's through cancer treatments!) Hope to be active again soon. 😊😊😊

I'm a singer/musician, and retired recycled-materials artist who enjoys the (sometimes, lol) benefits of being ADD, which means I "specialize" in whatever has most recently riveted my attention. I love to create.

Most especially, I love writing lyrics and creating music as half of the duo, Sparrow. I've included the links to our YouTube channel, which has the videos we've created, our Patreon page, and our Soundcloud channel, with all the recent tracks. I love visitors, so please come give us a listen!

In General

I'm married to my second husband; together we have 7 "kids", 16 grandkids, and have just welcomed our second greatgrandson, Griffin Maxwell. (Isn't that an awesome name?!) We live with our calico cat and little Scotty dog, in a house filled with collectibles, antiques, and whimsy. My mom likes to just wander around looking to see what's new.

Things I love to do: garden, play, dance, sing, bake, create art, crochet, make jewelry. Most of all, I love singing, and creating music. I swear, it's like a drug high for me. (Not that I ever was into drug highs, lol.)

I love toe socks! You know, the ones that fit your feet like gloves. Here's the deal: I have big feet! (Size 9 1/2) Most socks that Say they fit, are just a little bit on the small side, and they tend to twist around on my feet, which drives me nuts. Toe socks can't do that, and it's just plain wonderful.

Favorite Music

Folk, especially British Isles, Country/Western, Show Tunes, Freak Folk, Oldies of every ilk, Alternative, Opera (I'm a lyric soprano), Old Rock...

Actually, my tastes are so eclectic, it might be easier just to say I'm not a huge fan of Jazz, and don't care for Rap (or anything else I can't harmonize with), or hard Rock.

Favorite groups, singers: First Aid Kit, Ma Muse, Elephant Revival, Fleet Foxes, Loreena McKennit, John Renbourne, Steeleye Span, Trio, Asleep at the Wheel, Dixie Chicks, Clearwater Revival, Eliza Gilkison, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor....there are so many more!

Favorite Books

Holographic Universe (quantum physics, but an excellent read), The Time Traveler's Wife, Guy Murchie's Seven Mysteries of Life, anything by Dorothy Sayers, mysteries of all sorts, Gore's Attack on Reason, The Stuff of Thought (can't think of the author right now), all of Mark Twain, everything I ever read by CS Lewis (and he wrote a LOT beyond The Chronicles of Narnia), anything by Victoria Holt, Regency romances, Science Fiction, Historical novels, anything by Dick Francis or his son Felix. I read mostly fiction, but if I run across a well-written non-fiction book I will absolutely devour it.

I love audio books, and listen to mostly non-fiction there.

Favorite Movies

I don't get to see many, even on TV, but I adore musicals, science fiction, chick flicks. I love Disney, especially the animated ones. Actually, I like animated movies, period. A particular favorite: Howl's Moving Castle. Oh, and I adored Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles.

Favorite Television

Pretty much anything British. The Voice, America's Got Talent (or any other country, for that matter--watch them on YouTube) Bletchley Circle, Father Brown, Dancing with the Stars, political news (I'm kind of a political news junkie), CSI, Antiques Roadshow.

Favorite Crafts

Recycled/reclaimed/repurposed crafts of all kinds. Photography. Playing with Photoshop. Paper crafts. Crochet. Collage, both flat and 3-D, gardening, reading, decorative envies.

I love baking cookies, and I collect metal cookie cutters. Don't know why I'm not attracted to the plastic ones, just amn't, I guess.

This isn't a craft, per se, but I love, love, love wordplay of all varieties.

Just miscellaneous stuff here:

I'm a coffee drinker of the grind my own beans ilk, always black. Tea is good, too. I like to try new ones, but I'm allergic to licorice, chicory, and mint. Anything else, though, is good.

I'm neither low carb nor Keto these days, but steer clear of sugar and refined foods. These days I eat to support my brain's health, and cook for Mom's. Sugar and refined foods are not helpful.

Dislikes, Etc.

It's not like there's a lot I dislike, but intolerant or judgmental people do get to me. This is such a sweet website, full of sweet people. Why lie in wait for someone to slip up? You know that feeling you get when you're driving and a cop pulls in behind you? You know you aren't doing anything wrong, and don't intend to, but....More than once I've seen things like, "If you don't send by the cut-off date, even if you're just one day late, I'll wait until the 3 rating becomes available and give it to you!" That's mean-spirited, IMHO. What do you do? Check the postmark & and rate on that, instead of the lovelies inside? Lighten up, folks, and give people the benefit of the doubt. We're here for Fun; it isn't a job. Honestly, if you're one of those people, I'd rather not have you for a partner; I get all tense just worrying I might do something to upset you!

As for likes, how about a list of things I love receiving? Chocolate Ephemera Stickers, except kiddy ATC's Decorated tags Unusual images, especially funny ones Neat art papers Beads and jewelry findings Magnet sheets Buttons Bits o' this n' that Vintage anything Handwritten notes Ribbon & lace Socks with toes (What can I say?)

And just one last thing: My name is Anitra, not Anita. It's a little thing to be picky about, I know, but it's my name.

If you're sending to me:

If you're sending to me, here's a list of option, things I like: A: Antiques, Adorable anything B: Books, Buttons, Baby animals, Butterflies, Birds, Beads C: Card-making, Cricut, Collage, Christmas, Cheese, Crochet D: Daffodils, Daisies, Dumbo, Dreams E: Ephemera, Earrings (pierced or clip) F: Fairies, Feathers, Fingerless gloves, Flowers G: Girly things, Glam, Glitz H: Handkerchiefs, Handmade envies, Halloween I: Iris, Incense J: Jewelry, Jewels (fake ones, too!) K: Kaleidoscopes, Kittens L: Lace, Letters, Leaves M: Music, Mermaids, Masks O: Opals, Oddball stuff, Oaks, Original artwork P: Pinterest, Paper, Poetry, Poppies, Pocket Letters Q: Quick crafts, Quotes, Quotations, Quirky stuff R: Rainbows, Recipes (healthy yummy), Recycled crafts S: Stickers without borders, Scrapbooking materials, Scotty dogs, Skunks T: Tea, Templates, Tags U: Uhhh... V: Vibrant colors, Vintage W: Washi, Waterlilies, Word stickers, Word games X: ? Y: Yellow, Yarn Z: Zentangles, Ziplock bags any size


lyssathemermaid rated for My Crafty Side #4 ~ USA on Aug 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely goodies! The halloween cards are my favorite :-) and the unique 3-D hand papercraft, really cool! Wishing you all the best ❤️
Winklet rated for MAE~Napkin Covered Envies~US on Aug 10, 2022
Comment: amazing! I agree such a fun swap, glad you enjoyed making them because I enjoyed receiving!!! thank you!!
kclicquot rated for WIYM: revised SSS-JUL ‘22 (USA+) on Aug 10, 2022
Comment: Anrita! Thank you for the generous swap!! So many delightful components. I can use them all in the mini book!!!
Tverne05 rated for WIYM: SSS-JUN ‘22 (USA+) on Jul 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the items you sent. There’s a magazine that I read every so often and I found some useful ideas in it that will allow me to put the spiral notebook you sent to good use. I plan to use it to make cluster pages, which will allow me to have things already made up to use for journaling. I appreciate the ephemera you sent. The soap sparked an interest…lol. I looked it up online. There’s many different other types of soaps from the owner. I wasn’t sure if the plastic on the soap was supposed to be opened, but I did see online that the owner makes a variety of their items with jagged edge. Take care and be safe.
LadyJo rated for CPG June '22 Stocking Stuffer - US on Jul 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the neat looking package! I loved the floral paper you shipped my gift in! How cool, it was calendar. Great idea! I also put the gift away till December. Thank you for the organizer as well! Oh, I hope your mother received her first postcard if not shortly!
Momskii rated for WIYM: miscellaneous on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: thank you so much. it was a great package. My mom passed a few years ago at age 98 thanks for joining my swap
mle rated for WIYM: miscellaneous on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: What a great package! I loved the wrapper and the contents! Thank you!
RoxieLilly rated for MAE - Easy Peasy Swap on Jun 18, 2022
Comment: Thank-you😊 what a great swap. I love the envelopes, they are almost to nice to use. And the extras are well appreciated. ❤️
Comment: Thank you for this amazing swap! Since the gift is from another country, that makes me real curious. I love the little bag you also put it in. I also will love using this planner. Oh my word, it is so neat! Thank you for the extra postcards, oh the ABC stamps as well. I will be using this all for my project. I love sending out post cards to others! Have a wonderful summer.
Response: Oh, I am sitting here just smiling and smiling! So glad you like what I sent! Thanks for the Heart, too!
Eulegirl rated for MAE: Birds, Birds, Birds (Envies) on Jun 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the awesome bird envies! I especially appreciate the large size of envies!!
Comment: Oh wow! What a beautiful swap you put together, thank you so much! I love all of it, there are SO many different goodies you included. And the home made envelope to boot. You are an awesome swap partner, thanks so much.♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
warheart rated for CPG QUICKIE: 25 Stickers #3 - US on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Love all the fun assortment of stickers you sent! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the Heart!
Myself333 rated for CPG Handmade Envies #2 - US on Jun 2, 2022
Comment: Got your re-send today, thanks so much Anitra! The envies and extras are all so fun! I chuckled so hard at the snarky stickers that I accidentally snorted XD Loved your story about the PO experience too!
Response: And your comment made Me snort and wake up Mama, lol! I'm so glad you liked what I sent--smiling all the way across my face. Thanks for the heart, too!
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice package and all the sweet extras! Looking forward to opening this at the holidays!
Response: Yay! Thanks for the Heart! (PS--Isn't anticipation just the Best? This series of swaps is my all-time favorite. :^D )
Comment: Anitra, thank you so so much for those great coffee pot people postcards! They’re really cool! And I love those buttons! I will definitely find something to do with them! The beautifully wrapped gift is in my stocking! Thank you again!
Response: I'm so glad! I had a great time putting your package together, and love that you love it! Thanks for the Heart, too!
2Hearts rated for MAE: Handmade Map Envies on May 23, 2022
Comment: The absolute BEST swap I have received in awhile!! Thank you so much!!
Response: Whoo hoo! I am smiling all the way across my face! I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for the Heart, too!
toni rated for Brighten My Week Notecard May #2 on May 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice note and all the goodies!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart!
Hotthreads rated for CPG QUICKIE: Pink Envie - US on May 6, 2022
Comment: It arrived today. What a fun variety. Hoping things are going smoother for you. 💕
Response: Thank you! I had a great time picking things out. :^) Thank you for the encouraging words, too, and the Hearts. <3 <3
Comment: Thank you for the stocking stuffer. I can't wait to open it and thank you very much for the paper pads. I love them!!
Response: Yay! I was hoping you'd like them! Thanks for the heart, too!
Comment: Anitra, thank you so so much for the vintage cards and Oregon postcards! I love them all! Oregon is beautiful! I enjoyed reading your letter, thank you! My pretty wrapped gift is in my stocking! Take care!
Response: I'm go glad! I'm smiling so big, I swear if my ears weren't in the way, it would go all the way around my head, lol. Thanks for the Heart, too!

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CurlyTea on Jan 16, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Nov 6, 2018:

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 3, 2018:

P.s Luv your adorable CrysalBall labels!

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 3, 2018:

Oh, ghoul! Thank you so much for thinking of me. I have plenty of "hat" to share too. lmao. Muah!

CurlyTea on Jan 15, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 24, 2017:

armadillogal on Dec 10, 2017:

Still opening the yule gifts. The cat earrings are gorgeous!!!

asddsa28 on Oct 23, 2017:

Thank you so much for the sticker bag you made for me!

kittyhahahotbot on Aug 21, 2017:

We got ripped off. It was as though someone dimmed the lights. But we did have a unusual cool breeze. I like to think the Eclipse moved through me

GuchamusGirl on Aug 6, 2017:

Mermaid Pocket Letter from Merry Mail group: Tracking #: 9400 1118 9956 4008 9976 97

Should be there August 10th!

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