Swap-bot Time: August 3, 2021 7:20 am


Date Joined: July 12, 2007
Last Online: August 2, 2021
Birthday: August 18
Country: United States
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RATING: I ALWAYS RATE THE SAME DAY THAT I RECEIVE THE SWAP. So if you sent a swap a good while ago, and I haven’t rated you, then, unfortunately, I haven’t received it, and it may be lost in the mail. 🙁

I'm awkward, eccentric, happy and kind. Kind of an oddball, prone to flights of fancy and imagination. I'm a whimsical type of person who revels in nature, plants, trees and the wild.

My favorite season is Autumn. The air is both thick and thin with a magical pulse. It feels as though if I were to round a corner quick enough, I might catch sight of some little fae creature scurrying off into the weeds.

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother from South Texas. My interests include art - especially outsider type, drawn/painted by hand, but am now gravitating back to collage and mixed media. I’m into native plants, herbs, genealogy, history, cemeteries, journaling, playing video games (All Sims games, Viva Pinata, all Harvest Moon games, Animal Crossing, etc.), vintage vinyl dolls, American Girl dolls, My Life dolls and most 18" dolls, handmade doll clothes, posing my Barbie type dolls and taking photos of them, then adding dialog and posting them somewhere.

Other favorite hobbies are journaling, and decorating my journal pages, and en masse composition notebooks, and working on my commonplace book. I also enjoy making and receiving ATCs and handmade postcards, and lately I’m gravitating back to zines.

I do collect storebought postcards too. I love a wide (VERY wide) range of subjects but in particular, New Mexico and Arizona culture or scenery and ANYTHING and everything related to Forks, Washington. I also like postcards related to books. Also Ireland and Scotland - Celtic history, Natural attractions, stone circles, celtic crosses, history, etc., Frida Kahlo related, Mexican pyramids or ancient sites and archeology, Europe, Art, and any history - U. S. and worldwide, cemeteries, botanical, special or unusual trees, Halloween. Are there Bridgerton postcards? I am completely taken by that Netflix series!!!! ❤️ How about Outlander postcards? Twilight postcards?

I like all things gardening, yard art, farming (very small scale), permaculture, ecology, nature and related subjects. I keep a tiny garden for veggies. I have herbs and flowers (wild and domestic) and trees and bushes of all kinds.

FOR RECIPE SWAPS/TAGS: I really like all kinds, but some are especially nice: healthy recipes, main dishes, side dishes, savory snacks and hors d'oeuvres, and of course your tried and true recipes that you use regularly. Charcuterie boards are a new interest to me, too. I prefer recipes on paper (but not written on front AND back) rather than on recipe cards since I glue them into a binder, sort of like scrapbook style. But I won't gripe if you feel the need to use recipe cards. ;) ALLERGIC TO SHRIMP, but other seafood is fine. AND, NOTHING FOR AN AIR FRYER OR INSTAPOT since I don’t have those.


I have an on again off again interest in sewing. I am in no way an expert, but try, and do my best. I only do simple projects. Sewing related things are always welcome. I like all fabric themes, but especially Asian, botanical, plaids, woodland animals, cats (for my granddaughter), and well, almost everything. Colors: ALL, but mostly nature colors and jewel tones. Semi recent projects were Japanese knot bags, a circle skirt for my granddaughter, doll clothes and quilt blocks.

I am also wanting to get back into embroidery.


I taught myself to crochet many years ago. I am definitely no expert and only make easier things. I’m currently working on rectangles for a Afghan in forest colors. Other projects I’m interested in starting soon(ish) are a patchwork cardigan in shades of blue, and maybe some simple earrings.

My favorite books

  • The Bible

  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

  • all books by Michael D. O'Brien - I love his art, too.

  • all books by Charles de Lint. He is the creator of the urban fantasy genre. I love both his YA books and his adult fiction.

  • the book, 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - His short story, Eyes of the Blue Dog is amazingly wonderful.

  • The Twilight series

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

  • The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

My favorite movies

Dunkirk, My Family/Mi Familia, almost all of M. Knight Shayamalan's movies, Lonesome Dove, The Passion of the Christ, and the oldies, -It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take it With You, Harvey, most Johnny Depp movies (love odd characters!) and others.

My favorite TV shows

Bridgerton and Outlander on Netflix, Survivor, The Walking Dead, Big Brother (most seasons), Top Chef, Food Network Star, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, Modern Family, The Middle, Who Do You Think You Are, Finding Our Roots, Deadliest Catch, The Good Witch on Hallmark, Breaking Bad, The Dead Files, Dateline, Tough as Nails, Schitt’s Creek....

My favorite crafts to do

I like painting, drawing or collaging ATCs and postcards. Also making zines, journaling and making little assembleges, collage, mixed media, also crochet, but only VERY simple things, and I have to be in the mood.

Some swap item ideas or art themes I like!

These are just suggestions, not a 'gimme list'. So many of the things I like are cheap or free, that I thought swappers might like to have a lower cost choice to send, rather than spend more money than necessary.

  • Georgian-Regency era images, papers, ephemera, etc. I am in great need of them at the moment and have had trouble finding anything like them anywhere.

  • fabric - small pieces/scraps at least of a size to make Teesha Moore patches at least 3”x4” or more. Used fabric is fine.

  • Flannel fabric at least large enough for a quilt square. Larger is good too. Used or scrap pieces are fine, as well.

  • YARN any kind or color and any small amount leftover from your projects

  • folk art

  • outsider art

  • Postcards of all kinds

  • anything to do with street art of any kind or
    graffiti on train cars

  • trees in art or illustration-especially odd ones

  • Zetti anything

  • zines

  • zipper bags

  • tote bags for groceries (usually $1)

  • pencil bags

  • fabric (Cuts from used clothing are fine. Especially flannel or men’s plaid shirts! Denim is good too. Anything, really.)

  • embroidery thread

  • large eyed needles

  • any kind of miniature

  • mixed media art

  • historical subjects

  • botanical illustrations

  • special or historical trees

  • Irish, Celtic, Czech, German, Scottish, subjects

  • anything to do with Nicola Tesla

  • anything to do with Robert the Bruce

  • anything to do with Boudica

  • anything to do with Bridgerton

  • anything to do with Outlander

  • art done on newspaper or brown bag paper

  • vintage

  • kitschy

  • funky and retro things all make me happy.

  • homemade sewn stuffed animals

  • bee items

  • veggie garden themes

  • veggie things

  • cactus and succulants

  • acorn themed things

  • crows and ravens

  • anything that can be used to decorate my journal pages

  • interesting canned food labels.

  • used stamps cut from your incoming mail ( but not the regular US flag ones) My absolute favorite is the “World War 1 Turning the Tide” stamp. If you have a used one (or more than one), I’d love it if you would send them to me!

  • anthromorphic animals, veggies, fruit or plants

  • wine charms - mismatched singles are GREAT; it doesn't have to be a set, just one is fine.

  • Seeds of all kinds, including any collected from your own flowers or plants

  • stencils of any kind (used or home made is fine)

  • hand carved stamps

  • doll clothes (for 18" American girl and My Life dolls and for Barbies/Kens), especially vintage or handmade doll clothes. Thrifted things are great!

  • anything Claddagh themed

  • tree of life theme

  • thistle theme

  • faerie lore

  • faerie themed things - all kinds of fae such as goblins, trolls, elves, etc. (But not Disney or cartoon types.)

  • anything with the initial 'W'

  • the number 5 as a theme or a cut-out or ‘thing’.

  • Woodsy embellishments and things like leaves, trees, acorns, pressed flowers, etc. (not real ones)

  • collage sheets and images (many are offered free for printing on Flickr and elsewhere)

  • I LOVE Little Red Riding Hood themed Items

  • Almost any fairy tale themed thing, as long as it is not Disney

  • Especially Snow White and Rose Red - I'd love to have the children's book of that - used, even in poor condition would totally ROCK!

  • Any little doll (but not dotees) or action figure or animal

  • Interesting magazine cut-outs.



  • Disney items
  • sexual themes
  • Not into bling, girly-girl, animal prints, furry stuff, glam, etc.

My favorite colors

Reds, greens, and mostly dark, bright (but not neon) or jewel tones. I also LOVE plaid of any kind or color.

Halloween Preferences:

I love Halloween!!! Cute or creepy, vintage, woeful and grim. But not bloody, gory, devil or anti-Christian (like upside down crosses, evil nuns, etc.). I'm not crazy about ouija boards either. Halloween things are welcome year around!

My favorites are:

  • Pumpkins, bats, black cats, owls, ravens/crows, Edgar Allen Poe, all things macabre, strange, woeful and creepy, jack-o-lanterns, or other "veggie people"

  • I LOVE altered vintage photos used for Halloween things...like witch hats on people, etc.

  • Skeletons, both regular ones and Dia de los Muertos style

  • Halloween papers

  • Halloween collage sheets or collage elements...there are many free ones offered on Flickr, if your printer prints them well. Mine doesn’t.

  • creepy or twirly limbed tree items

  • die-cuts, any kind, but especially 'fences'. Also borders or edging.

  • cemetery, grave or tombstone themed things

-ghosts and monsters of all kinds

  • Most strange, creepy things, barring the things I said I don't like at the top of this category. But if I join a swap where these are allowed or called for, please send whatever you want. I will never rate down for it. Halloween things are welcome year around!

Christmas Preferences:

Favorite themes would be...

  • Nativity (or any part of it)

  • Posada

  • Elves

  • Vintage/retro look

  • Christmas collage sheets or various collage elements.

  • etc., etc., etc.!!!

  • If we are in a swap together and the Christmas or Winter theme is unspecified, you are more than welcome to send me art in YOUR favorite winter holiday celebration. I am not offended by receiving Yule, Hanukkah, Kwaanza or other art work. :)


AnnaM rated for The Annual Garden Fete - swap on Jul 29, 2021
Comment: Dearest Ellen, Your flowers are lovely, thank you for sharing them with me. I especially liked the vase you chose for your arrangement. Kindest regards, Elizabeth ♥
Response: Thank you so much for the heart, Elizabeth/Anna. And thanks especially for the message and email after I bombarded you with nervous missives last night. 😉 I do like my new little vase. I had trolled vintage shops for weeks looking for one that looked ‘Georgian’ or ‘Regency’. That McCoy vase with the two handles was the closest I could get.
kssunlover1947 rated for Cardboard F swap on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Cookie card and the fudge recipe. I might try it sometime.
Response: You’re welcome! Thank you for the heart. 😊
loverofpostcards rated for Cardboard F swap on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Love Frosted Flakes!
Response: So glad it arrived safely and that you like it. Thanks for the heart. 😊
AnnaM rated for Fold-Over Journal Spot on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Wanda, what a lovely surprise to receive your fold-over journal spot in the post this morning. It was such a joy to open and I loved all the pretty little tuck ins. Thank you for the care you took in creating this swap and for a most interesting missive from Ellen. Anna ♥
Response: Oh, Anna, I am so happy and relieved that it arrived safely. I am glad that you like it. It is the first craft like that, and in that style, that I have ever done, and I was fairly apprehensive about it. Thank you so much for the heart.
bearnbabs rated for tLB: Love that Post Card on May 29, 2021
Comment: I recd your wonderful and creative PC. It reminds my of all the flowers I have in my yard. I just love it. And thank for ll the added goodies. I will definitely use them in my Journaling. And welcome to the Georgettes...another great group. .I know we will swap again sometime. Have a wonderful Memorial Day week end. bearnbabs
Response: Thank you so much, bearnbabs! I am happy that you like it all. 😊 Oh, the Georgettes! I am completely enthralled with the group - especially the roll playing! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
grammypammy rated for tLB: Love that Post Card on May 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the handmade postcard...very nice artwork! Thank you for the extras too!
Response: You’re welcome, grammypammy! Thank you for the heart. 😊
phillaine rated for Challenge Image Swap on May 25, 2021
Comment: I LOVE LOVE LOVE my owls, Wanda! Thank you for making it extra special, too, with the mirror images. ♥
Response: I am SO glad you liked my carvings, phillaine! Thank you for your kind words and for the heart. 🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉
Autist rated for tLB: Getting to know you! on May 19, 2021
Comment: WOW!! Thank you for such a lovely letter. I enjoyed reading it. I am very much a city girl, but love my time away too. Jasper and Nuna thank you much for the stickers. Cheers!!
Response: Evan, I am really happy that you liked it! 😀 I had fun putting it together and decorating the stationery and envelope. And I am especially pleased that Jasper and Nuna enjoyed their surprise. Thank you for the heart. ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely square and extras!! I love the simple design with the flower. I'm a beginner when it comes to crochet and I'm just loving all of the cool patterns people have come up with. Thanks so much!! <3 AL
Response: I’m so glad it arrived safely and that you like it, Alison! 😊Thank you for the heart.
leo67 rated for Scrap Monsters on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: Your monsters are so adorable! Thank you so much!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad you liked them. 👹 👿
9O96O rated for HCSI: Dog Theme ATC or PC USA/CAN on Mar 23, 2021
Comment: Oooo really nice Wanda. I love the border, the starry background, the wag in the dog's tale and the 'arf'. I'm glad to read that the swap spurred you to do some carving. I'm like you, I did most of my carving years ago. Thanks!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun both carving it and making the ATC. Thank you for the heart! 😊🐕
Comment: LOVE everything you sent, so cute! ^^
Response: I’m so glad! Thanks for rating. 😊❤️
Sweetrizzo44 rated for Just Randomness #1 on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Wanda - thank you for the sweet surprises. I love stickers and the ones you sent to me made me smile. Keep on swapping!
Response: I’m so glad you like them. 💖 Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for your note and the bookmark and labels. I've been making envelopes that are rather "busy" and require blank labels for the address. These colors are absolutely perfect! Don't give up on Time & Again. Every time I read it, it gets better and better,
Response: You’re very welcome! No, I’m determined to continue it, but am taking a break, reading another book now. I’ve heard from someone else who really likes Time and Again, too. So with 2-3 recommendations, it’s bound to get better. ❤️ Thanks for the heart!
BicycleUkulele rated for Write a Letter Quick swap #3 on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you, Wanda, for your letter & bookmark. I enjoyed reading your letter & profile, & the leaf decorated envelope, even the postal stamp co-ordinated with the envelope. Thank you.
Response: You’re very welcome. 😊 I’m so glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart.
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Rorschach Ink Blot ATC on Feb 13, 2021
Comment: Hey Wanda! Thanks! I love that it's multicolored. I see a guy with a handlebar mustache, and an angel on the back. I always think my answers are silly because I'm feel like I'm quite literal and less interpretive!
Response: Thanks so much for the heart, PerArduaAdAlta! To me, it looked like two Santas touching face to face. And I agree that the one on the back looked like an angel. (Or actually a 4 o’clock flower, too) This was a fun swap! 😊👍
mchesser12 rated for WIYM: SSS - FEB 2021 (USA) on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the note, owl, Disney, and princess stickers, bookmark, and notecards. Lots of rain here lately. Have a great week!
Response: You’re welcome. Thanks for the heart. It’s cold and rainy here, too. Enjoy your day!
jaimierandolph rated for A Letter a Day 2018 #37 on Feb 11, 2021
Response: Thanks for rating.
LindaW rated for Brighten My Week Notecard February #1 on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the bright and cheery floral card. Hawaii is a popular place to visit and that many people want to move here. Thank you for the cute stickers.
Response: Thank you for the heart, Linda. 😊 I’m glad you liked it and that it made its way to you safely. 🌷🌼🌺🌻🌸🌹💐
riviwriter rated for Write a Letter Quick swap #2 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Your stamping is so pretty! And your cursive is beautiful. Thank you :)
Response: Thank you for the kind comments and the heart, riviwriter! 😊📫✍️

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hamsterfarm on Mar 30, 2021:


Welcome to Yarn addicts!

CrystalZ on Mar 7, 2021:

Thank you for the 5 postcards you sent for "5 Mix Postcard Tag" in the public forum. All will fit nicely in my collection. The vintage "wasting time" one was unique but my favourite is the Mt Rainier one :)

myancey on Jan 29, 2021:

Hey saw u aren’t signed up for j yet. Hope to see u soon! 😊❤️

Hell0Z0mbie on Jan 23, 2021:

That's so much for the PC, super pretty! I love it!

Poftoffel on Jan 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for the OMAE rak postcard!!! It’s so beautiful and cheered up my day!!

bigmamabird on Jan 20, 2021:

Inaugural greetings fom snowbound Vermont! Your cheerful postcard for OMAE was a bright and happy spot in my day, thanks for sendin' it my way! We are doing well, staying safe- hope you are doing same! It's funny how we adjust to local temperature patterns, mid 40s does sound nice.....

kiddomerriweather on Jan 19, 2021:

Thank you for the OMAE RAK!!! The handmade PC is absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you for brightening my day. =D

stephiedee on Jan 16, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful RAK handmade postcard! Love the little flowers.

goosey on Jan 15, 2021:

wanda, thank you for the hand painted postcard! i love it!! it is such a welcome cheering!! marlies

bigmamabird on Jan 1, 2021:

Happy New Year Wanda! Glad you liked my little fairy!

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