Swap-bot Time: July 24, 2021 4:37 pm


Date Joined: January 11, 2016
Last Online: July 24, 2021
Birthday: June 5
Country: United States
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About Me

Update March 2021 - I have been away for a while, but I am back.I have mailed out the zine swap I owed to 3 people (rightfully rated "1" by 2 of them). Everyone has received theirs. Link to finished zine on Flickr

I was looking at some of the "top swaps" and noticed that many of them specified "no home made", well, home made is really what I would most like to receive (I can buy things for myself).

I'm older than I've ever been (and now I'm even older, and now I'm even older...I'm older than that still). 2020 was a year of change for me - I retired and moved to the Finger Lakes area of NY. I am still married and still attached to a black pittie rescue dog.

I like doll making most of all as that incorporates sculpture, painting, design, fabric, embroidery and beading. I used to be able to draw and paint, but I lost the knack from disuse. Zentangling seemed like a way back, but I like it for itself. I think the gems are really pretty.

I don't really need extras ~~ my ratings are based on the swap itself. That said, I use almost everything as I like junk journaling and such like.


  • Jewel tone colors
  • Hand-made/one of a kind
  • Wit and Symbolism
  • Fish-related (includes cephalopods)
  • Insects and Arachnids
  • Ooak Art Dolls
  • Shiny stuff
  • Grungy stuff
  • Beads, ribbons, embellishments
  • Anything interesting or unusual or personal
  • Religious iconography and mythology


  • Violence, cruelty and gore
  • Saccharin or kawaii
  • Passive-aggressive narcissists who can't be bothered to acknowledge they even received the swap for weeks on end because that isn't "fun" for them.


  • Stickers - most, but not all, are uninteresting
  • Cartoons (Garfield is hideous, but Mutts is elegant; I do love Lynda Barry)
  • mutts pic It just depends on how well it's done

  • Clowns mostly hate, but it could be done well, this one is charming: "Primitive Clown"

  • Muddy colors, again, it all depends on how they're used
  • I don't mind receiving religious tracts as long as you don't mind how I use them in my work (be forewarned)

Favorite Crafts

I like to do mixed media using jewelry, paper, ceramics - anything that can be altered or repurposed - one man's crap is another man's treasure.

Since I've joined Swap-bot, mail art has become my main creative outlet ~ postcards, ATCs and just starting zines which have challenge of the added elements of time and narrative. I've added gelli printing (lowercase because it's homemade from gelatin and glycerine, remelted after each use, pia) and alcohol inks to my repertoire since being here. I've done a couple of journals, but honestly, they're exhausting.

I also do handmade one of a kind paperclay and polymer clay dolls, so fabrics and embellishments (dangly earrings) are always welcome.


Comment: This is a great idea for a skyline Thank you!
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Inkbox card - Napkin on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely bird on the inbox card!
Response: I was lucky that I had a napkin with birds on it. Thanks for the rating
orode rated for AMA Pass and Paste 85 on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Love the theme. Can't wait to add my section. Thanks, Olga
Kraftylady777 rated for ZEN TANGLE a Animal June on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: WOW!! What an amazing dragonfly! So so beautiful! I love the shading you did and the tangles you used. Thank you!!
Response: Thank you. Good to swap with you again. I love shading because that just transforms it
Artstamper rated for Zentangle ~ S,T,U Postcard on Jul 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful PC.l have not used any of these tangles. They are so pretty I will have to try them. The weather in Delaware varies all the time. If you don't like it one day it will be better soon. Recently it has been hotter than usual. I'm thankful for AC!
Response: I put "2021" in the search box for the tangles so I could see the new ones. There are so many! Thank you for rating and the note.
Star7Lily rated for Zentangle ~ P,Q,R Postcard on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Cecily, the OPQ arrived and I love it so much. Wow the curves stand out phenomenally. I appreciate your sending a second PQR for swap, you are are a sweet lady. Thank you xxx
Response: Thank you - I enjoy doing them <3
Ace330660 rated for HME: Small Embellishments on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the embellishments ! Love the mixed media as well !
uiltje rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #97 on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: I had to think deeply about the use of the envelope I sent you. Now I know again ;-) I always use simple white envelopes to roll my brayer. And I don't mind about re-using it. Actually, I love the one you send me for this swap. It looks and feels almost antique and the seal with the butterfly is amazing! So (if you don't mind) I like to use little pieces in other projects.
Response: Please do reuse whatever I send you. That's what collaboration is all about!
samsstuff rated for PNS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 30 on Jun 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC to work on! I wish we had more peonies here, they're some of my favorites, too!
darcilena rated for **PBP …****Feathers** ** on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Omg!! Love!! 😍 Have lots to tell you. Sending you a prv't message later. Happy swapping! ThanX for the goodies too!! Arty Darss aka Darcilena Xo
Artstamper rated for ZEN -Tangled Animal on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness this tile is beautiful!! This bee looks like a piece of jewelry. I was excited to see you were my partner but this exceeded my expectations. I need to up my tangles. Thank you so much.
Response: Thank you Joan! Now I feel all warm and fuzzy...and inspired to get back to work.
AmookIslandCreations rated for EPUSA: Colorless ATC on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for this great textured ATC! It just glows and is so soft to the touch! It looks like you had so much fun with not only the ATC, but the envie you made for it, the fancy folded note, and the sending envelope too! They are all beautiful! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you, yes, it was fun. And I'm so glad you like it! I did not make the little envelope, though; I got it in a swap. It was way too nice not to use.
BigSockTramp rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #96 on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Beautiful! I’m not sure what to add. Thanks for the extras!
Response: Thank you. I hope that you or carol will post the finished version - it's always such a surprise to see how these things turn out.
RockyBeach rated for AMA: Art Journal Pages -May on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your pages. Both arrived save here. The dragonfly one feels almost like summer. The one with the pockets is a clever one. I also like how you made the back of it.
Response: I was beginning to worry that the second wasn't going to make it. Thank you for your comments.
craftykathy1 rated for CPG Zentangled PC - US on May 26, 2021
Comment: Absolutely beautiful post card! Thank you so much. I'll be looking those tangles up. I'm not sure I've done them before. I enjoy all the color too. Blessings to you, Kathy
WoodlandBanshee rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #95 on May 20, 2021
Comment: It arrived! Thank you. I will work on it for the next collaboration round. Take care!
Response: 'K, thx
PrincessLeia rated for CR: Intl- Dragonfly Mail Art on May 18, 2021
Comment: Hello Cecily, Thanks for the dragonfly ATC. Both it and the envelope are beautiful! It is marked resend - havent received the 1st one. 20th may - i have just received the first item which i absolutely LOVE!!!!!!! ❤️. Its a really nice surpise when i open it! Thanks for all the extras as well.
Response: It's odd you haven't received the 1st one; it was large, not outsized, but I think I put sufficient postage on it. So it's just as well that I did do the resend preemptively. Thanks for the rating!
sjbult rated for CPG Mini Envies - Global on May 17, 2021
Comment: Wow! The mini envies are so beautiful. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm so glad you like them!
January rated for AMA: Advanced Mixed Media Postcard on May 14, 2021
Comment: Love the postcard you created! It's so full of great details, so much to look at! (And, no worries about the glittery parts - you are right, your embossing makes them not flakey and look amazing.) Thank you for this one:)
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thank you for the nice comments!
Comment: Thank you so much for the resend! Your ATC is beautiful and I love your geli plate papers! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry Update! May 3rd: I also received the first one today! It had a bunch of those postal tapes on it so I am thinking it went on a field trip, before ending up here! I love this one!!! So innovative with the "floating" dragonflies and all the cool embellishments! The handmade envie and extras are appreciated as well! Just Wow!!! Thanks! Hugs!
Response: Thanks, DeJoy! I saw the floating bugs on Youtube (the original had butterflies) and wanted to try it. I like the surprise! factor.

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papercraft70 on Jul 13, 2021:

Hello Cecily, Thank you for the HMPC tag. It is so lovely. ❤️ - Hamiza

wolfeagle on May 4, 2021:


Thank you so much for the great big butterfly and flowers postcard. I like how you used the tea bags to tone down the butterflies.

stephiedee on Apr 4, 2021:

Thank you for the Cheap Postage - Pay It Back tag - your painted papers are great. :)

OrigamiGrace on May 26, 2020:


Hope you're well!!

Artstamper on Dec 19, 2019:

Just received my finished USA Zentangle zine. Just wanted to thank you for the lovely page you added Will put it on my flicker page so you can see all of it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

LizzyJo on Aug 20, 2019:

Thanks for sharing with me how the dream PC turned out. It looks pretty cool!

elflady on Aug 15, 2019:

Thanks so much for completing and sending home my postcard. They do get mixed up sometimes. Noelene

YooperHill on Aug 13, 2019:

I love you return for the Mestery supply swap, again swap. Everything from the envelope to the art inside! Thank you.

AmookIslandCreations on Jun 13, 2019:

I would love to work out something with you to get some yellow peonies! When are you moving? Hugs from Alaska!

mgallardo68 on Jun 11, 2019:

That page looks so pretty! So happy you can use what I sent! Thank you for letting me know it! ♥♥

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