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Date Joined: June 7, 2015
Last Online: May 7, 2021
Birthday: May 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm very crafty & love making stuff. I will usually try to "make" just about anything & I often personalize store-bought items. My favorite part about Swap-Bot is that it helps me have all kinds of creative artsy fun with new inspiration from an awesome variety of personalities. Most swaps that I send out are personalized to the recipient even if it is not specifically a "profile based" swap. I do tend to try out new art mediums/crafts for the first time here, so please let me know if something you received from me isn't right & I'll try again.

I always strive to send my swaps out on time. If for any reason I'll be sending a day late I will message my partner to let them know. I always message my partner with tracking info for larger packages on the day it is sent. If you didn't get tracking from me & haven't received a (USA destination) swap by a week after the send deadline, please let me know!

Camping is a frequent weekend pastime; I have a pop-up tent trailer. I often take funky solar lighting, always eat well, enjoy long walks in the woods, and love to enjoy an adult beverage around the campfire.

Gardening is another hobby of mine. I love growing roses and generally puttering around my backyard garden on weekends. I totally dig crafts & stationary with a flower/garden theme.

I'm a hobby photographer. Mostly I take pictures of animals at zoos/sanctuaries or plants in my garden. But I'm always looking for opportunities to to expand my skills.

I'm all for recycling & re-use. When possible I try to purchase items with limited packaging & I try to always re-use shipping materials. I always try to wrap gifts with re-useable wrapping or use gift bags/boxes/containers.

Crazy Cat Lady

I love animals; especially cats! Here's my current cast of characters:

Jimmy - Orange tabby boy who is now 16 years old, and enjoying his golden years. He was part of a litter from a friend's rescued dumpster cat. When he was younger he was such an active cat that he's now had 2 knee surgeries! This boy still loves to play fetch, he brings toys to bed with him, and he absolutely LOVES potato chips.

James Bond - named so for his tuxedo coat and super-friendly personality. He's now 6 years old & he and his sister Stormy were part of a litter of abandoned kittens that I hand raised from about 2 weeks old. This guy loves to race through the house with other cats, drag my fabric or sewing projects around through the house, and insists on sleeping on a human's lap.

Stormy - she's a gray/black/brown tabby with a heart of gold. She spends most of her days sleeping on the bed and getting up occasionally to play with a random piece of string or to bring up a "present" (gloves or sewing supplies) from the basement. We've nicknamed her "Nurse Stormy" as she's always checking up on people cats that are sick, breaking up fights between other cats, and is an excellent snuggler.

Patti - Princess Patti does things her own way. She was a foster for a family member & she ended up staying with us full time. She never really learned cat manners & thus doesn't really interact with the other kitties much. But she loves hanging out with her humans, supervising bathroom activities, and she has to be in the middle of any project.

Millie - An all black 4 year old kitty that is our very own house-panther. She was rescued along with 2 of her sisters that were a feral litter in our own backyard. Mama cat was spayed & released, and we socialized the kittens and have adopted the other 2 out. Millie was the first one to adapt to human interaction and these days she likes playing with just about everything, gets along great with our other cats, and she even likes sitting on laps.

Zira is our latest addition & she's just now 3 years old. She was somebody else's pet but she was either lost or abandoned as a kitten. She just showed up (very hungry!) in our backyard one day. After being unable to find her original owners, we've now given her a permanent home. She's very spunky & loves racing around the house with the other cats; and then curling up on a lap when she's all tired out.

I also like big cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs) and often visit zoos & sanctuaries. I also volunteer at my local SPCA

Favorite Crafts

I sew a LOT! Lots clothes for myself & my husband. I also sew coats, costumes, bags, and sometimes funky accessories. No kids stuff though. I've even started putting my own "purple tiger" tag on my creations.

I really enjoy beading; mostly with seed beads. My favorite projects have been snowflakes, flowers, and bracelets. I've recently branched out into other forms of jewelry making including bangle charms, wire wrapping, and leather knotting.

I keep finding new things to make with FIMO clay! Pendants, beads, magnets, zipper pulls...

I have a Cricut machine & use it for just about everything but papercrafting! Usually I cut out iron-ons that I apply to the garments I make. I also have made some funky vinyl stickers, and quite a few stencils for my glass etching projects.

I go in spurts of making various crafts with paracord. I've done 100's of bracelets but also dabble in zipper pulls, necklaces, and random funky bits of knotted cord.

Crafty things that I've dabbled in but need more practice at: wood scorching, crochet, chainmaille, needle felting

Favorite Books

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

A Song if Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

The Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice

Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper


If it glows in the dark, sparkles, is highly reflective, metallic, or lights up; I'll love it.

Favorite color is any shade of purple from plum to lavender, and my 2nd favorite is grey or silver. I also like blues, dark forest or emerald greens, aqua/teal/turquoise, and deep rich reds.

The more funky/weird/unique, the better and I love hand-made items.

*I adore little plushy/stuffy/crochet animals; either handmade or store bought. I LOVE beanie babies!

*Stickers - cats, safari animals, pawprints, flowers/roses, deco swirls/scrolls, butterflies, ladybugs, alphabet

*funky effect pens/markers/paints (please no scented ones)

*5x7 or larger solid colored (even white) card stock (any size), glitter/sparkly/metallic is good too

*Notepads/memo pads - totally plain/blank or any with flower or cat borders. Please no "to-do" or inspirational quotes.

*Necklace pendants (with or without chain/cord) or small jewelry charms


*Jewelry findings - bits of chain, clasps, jump rings (silver, pewter, colored)

*metal clasps, clips, clamps (jewelry or keychain sized)

*zippers; any size, any color. Used is fine, as long as it still works!


*FQ or larger pieces of heavy duty fabric: duck cloth, nylon, canvas, leather (real or fake), etc.

*Any glow-in-the-dark craft medium - stickers, beads, string, fabric, vinyl, foam, etc

*bags -everything from coin purse to shoulder bag to tote bag

*gardening stuff - metal or glass decor, tools, seeds/bulbs

*Fantasy elements like dragons, witches/sorcerers, fairies/fae

*Safari themed items - things with animal prints, or things with lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, or rhinos

*rubber duckies - I have a shelf of themed duckies in my bathroom & can always add more! Some neat additions would be purple, disco/glitter, cat, mohawk, dragon, wine/cocktail...

*cat stuff - kitchen items, towels/washcloths, bandanas, shirts, stationary, washi, stickers, pens, etc. Just about anything with a cat on it! I totally dig all the wild/big cats too, but my favorite is the tiger

*other cute critters - foxes, otters, raccoons, bears, rabbits, meerkats, lemurs,


*animal prints / faux fur

*funky drinking cups/glasses/bottles

*If the swap specifically calls for tea - Black tea/Earl Gray, or green tea.

*if the swap specifically calls for candy - dark chocolate, chocolate+caramel are my favorites. Citrus flavored candy (orange, lemon, lime) is OK too.

No thank you

I really don't do much papercrafting so please NO PAPER SCRAPS. I don't have any use for die cuts, picture cutouts, flakes, magazine/book cutouts, or any kind of ephermera.

I'm not a big fan of pink, orange, neon colors, or gold

I don't really like camouflage, calico, or paisley patterns

Although I do like lots of "toys", I don't have any children. So please no Disney, cartoon, or character themed items.

Please no plastic ribbons or small/thin strings; it's bad for all the curious kitties in my home.

*Food/candy/tea unless the swap specifically calls for it.

*ATCs (unless it is specifically an ATC swap. I think they're fun to make every once in a while, but I don't really collect them.


*Candles or anything with a strong scent/perfumed/potpourri

*Religious themed items

*small (less than FQ) Fabric or ribbon scraps (I already have too much)

*adult coloring books/pages; I already have too many


My two favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. I go crazy and celebrate for the entire month!

I go to as many costume parties as I can, and wear a different (usually home made) costume for each. My record so far is 6 costumes in 1 year! Even some of my kitties get costumes. I love spooky/scary decorations for my home; lots of skulls, spiders, potions, black cats, cobwebs, glow-in-the-dark, and gothic themed items. I usually have a witchy/wizard bar setup, so I love little spooky potion bottles & jars, spell ingredient bottle labels, and any Halloween themed barware. Also like little costume extras; ears, tails, purple/glitter/glow makeup or nail polish, flashing necklaces, theme socks. However after a small fire a few years ago, no open flame candles!

My house is fully decorated for all of December. The entire front of the house is covered in lights that are syncronized to music. Inside I have an amazing fiber-optic tree that goes up every year. Nearly every doorway, window, and flat surface gets decorations; and even our kitties get a stocking. I concentrate on seasonal decorations as opposed to religious. Can always use more purple/lavender ornaments, cat themed decorations or ornaments, holly+berry themed garland/deco/ornaments, clear window suction hooks, silver ornament hooks, stickers, washi tapes, and holiday theme casual jewelry (especially light-up stuff!).


LizzyJo rated for N&T~ 2x2x2 on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the 2x2x2 earth and sky bookmark. I plan on starting to read a new paperback book (I usually read on Kindle) tonight, so your bookmark came at the perfect time. Also thanks for the little crocheted pumpkin and the green hearts on the envie.
Comment: WOW!!! This is such an amazing swap!! I love everything!! Thank you so much!! I wish I could give more than one heart!
Eulegirl rated for Get Catitude! on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Sorry for the late rating--my cat hid this swap from me under the sofa! I love the cat stickers. Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun decorated envie and all the stickers!! I love the little fuzzy clover stickers you used on the envelope, and the beautiful purple flower postcard you also included. Thank you again!!
Comment: What a clever envie! Love these deco flowers -- and excited to see some inside to do something with myself! Thanks for a great swap!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos of the flowers at you house. We have 12 inches of snow on the ground so it will be a qhile til we see flowers, so that you again for yours.
Comment: I LOVE THE PICS! particularly because of the format they are printed on!!! THANK YOU!
Comment: WOW I love it all than you
taledo rated for SS: 4 Legs Swap on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: OMG. I LOVE the tiger postcard. such a beautiful pair of tigers. thank you also for the photo collection as well.
sunshinesuperman rated for Halloween Lucky Parcel on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you Erin for putting together such a fabulous package. First I am going to wear my mask to work tomorrow (I am a nurse). I just adore that you sent a black cat theme, LOVE IT!!! The garland will go in my work window. I am going to use the bag for work also. We all share treats on Halloween. The cat pin is too cute so I will find a special place for it .But my most favorite is the skeleton votive!!! It is already in use in my art room. Thank you again for all the great items. Hugs, Mona
Response: So glad you liked everything! It was really fun putting it all together for you
Eulegirl rated for $ Store Halloween Check List 2 on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely goodies! I especially love the Boo glittery sign, which I'm going to hang up in my home office. Aspect adores the glittery skull garland and immediately rushed over to inspect it. I'm going to hang it around a window!
Response: So glad that you (and Aspect) are enjoying everything!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful "cigar" box swap. :) The basket you created is so whimsical and special. I already have it sitting out with some Halloween treats in side. I also love all of the goodies! The mask is perfect and fits so well and those napkins are "to die for." I really appreciate you sharing your creativity with me. Have a wonderful Halloween season!
Response: So glad you like it! That was a fun one to make; thanks for the unique inspiration.
armadillogal rated for SS: Love Grows Swap on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome photo and postcard. Love them!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Wild for Stickers!! on Sep 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful stickers!! Loved all the bunnies and the super cute bag they were in!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Hooray for Black Cats! on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
swiftbrooks rated for Halloween Filled Paper Treat Bag on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: OMG, ERIN!! Thank you so much for all of the Halloween goodies, stamps, sticker sheets and AWESOME skull face mask! I love everything that you sent! 1,000 hearts to you! :D
Response: Wow, that got to you fast! so glad you liked everything :o)
Comment: First off, the envelope was so cute! The zippered handmade bag was so pretty. The handmade items were so adorable. The other items were definitely amazing. I loved how you put your heart into this swap. I almost cried about my guinea pig labels (my poor little Buddy). Thanks dear for making me smile. I showed my husband everything. My scarf is beautiful! Handmade items make me feel special! Sending a million hearts! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
Response: Yay! glad I was able to send some smiles
dartha rated for HEUSA-Halloween Mini 3PL on Aug 18, 2020
Comment: Erin thank you so much for the amazing Halloween mini pocket letter!!! Love your snoopy on the jack-o-lanter - that is the BEST! Thank you for everything - just it is just so awesome and thank you for the peanut stickers too.
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for hosting a great swap
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package! I loved the little violet. They are one of the few flowers that bloom through the entire Summer. All the best to you.
Response: glad you enjoyed it! The violets are going nuts in my garden right now, so I've been practicing my drying technique on a lot of them

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debbiespoms on Dec 26, 2020:

Hi again Erin! Am here to thank you for the Secret Santa gifts, via 1$ Store Addicts. Thank you so much for the 2 snowman potholders, snowman hand towel, Ink pen with the roll of Christmas washi tape, Christmas teddy bear keychain, and Snowman ornament. You sent me way too much! But I love each & every item you sent me so much! I especially love the Snowman items! Thank you again many times over!

debbiespoms on Dec 19, 2020:

Oops. I forgot to Wish you a Very Merry Christmas!
I hope it's just so wonderful & special !

debbiespoms on Dec 19, 2020:

Hi Erin ! I want to thank you so much, for the $1. Store Addicts Secret Santa Gifts you placed inside a beautiful white Christmas stocking and for beautiful Christmas card! I am waiting until Christmas Day to open them. Because my husband & I aren't exchanging gifts this year. Thank you again! This sure was a Fun swap!

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:


Nicollcia on Jan 27, 2020:

Swap #2: Kittens

Hope you like them! :)

neca84 on Jan 25, 2020:

Saw #2 Kittens, I hope you get a smile out of these





Jaimiepaige on Jan 24, 2020:

I hope you love these kitten photos! Thank you for joining the PDS group, and the swap!

LahDeeDah on Jan 7, 2020:

Welcome to Needle & Thread. We're happy to have you join us :-)

colleenbUSA on Dec 21, 2019:

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Merry Christmas!

Mimosagirl on Dec 19, 2019:

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Happy Xmas!

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