Swap-bot Time: March 27, 2023 6:17 am


Date Joined: October 20, 2012
Last Online: March 24, 2023

Country: United States
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About Me

In May 2017, I graduated with a BA in Visual Art from Boise State University. I now work at a local library - I love my job!

I live in a suburb of Boise, ID - we've been here for close to twenty years, and really love the more laid back, relaxed, fairly traffic-jam free life we have here.

I will always send, so if you don't receive your swap, please send me a message or email and I'll get a replacement to you ASAP.

Favorite Music

Korby Lenker, Death Cab for Cutie, Dawes, Bee Gees, Jason Isbell, Billy Joel, Gomez, The Format, John Prine,

Favorite Books

Harry Potter, Sorcery and Cecelia, Code Name Verity, Neverwhere (Gaiman), Mitford series (Karon), The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, The Giver of Stars, Gilead (Robertson)

Favorite Crafts

ATCs -- mainly collage/mixed-media, pen-and-ink, watercolor, or colored pencil (often made with the turpenoid technique.)

I started making fused glass projects over the last year, and have been really enjoying that as well. I dabble in a variety of other arts and crafts as well, from paper piecing to crochet to repurposed books.

My favorite hobby is photography - the first website linked takes you to my photography blog.

Things I don't really care for

'Kountry Klutter' type crafts (cutesy things in pastel shades.) Anything above a PG rating (please keep language and graphic/visual elements on anything you are sending me at or below that level.) Fabric yoyos. Bracelets and rings (can't wear them). I would also rather not receive things related to divination or the occult. Don't care for tons of glitter or 'bling' - but it's fine in moderation and I love silver and gold ink!

And I really don't need any more paper - I have paper stacks that defy explanation, so please don't add bits of paper as extras. Too. Much. Paper. I swear, paper is taking over my life, It's not that I don't like it. I just am out of space to store it!

Things I love/Wish List

vintage postage stamps (loose, not still stuck to envelope), jewel tones, miniature turtles of whatever material (I collect those in a shadow box,) Christmas, vintage bits and pieces, the ocean, pewter, jelly fish, octopuses, owls, old book illustrations, lino cuts, all shades of green, Klimt, earrings, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, board games, really loud live music, glass, ATCs, nature photography, insects, the color orange, tatting shuttles. I love nativity scenes for Christmas (I collect those.) My favorite ATCs are hand drawn /hand painted (any medium.) I also love artist pens, alcohol inks, small fun rubber stamps that are appropriate for children (I use those at the library), corner or paper punches, anything Severus Snape or Alan Rickman, Nikon accessories or lenses (one can dream, right?), vegetable seeds, pendants or necklaces that have a modern, clean look.


I will usually rate the day I receive the package. I don't rate for extras -- don't feel you need to stuff an envelope to get a good rating. If I can tell time, care, and effort were spent on the ATC/letter/package, if it makes me smile big - that's what a heart rating will be based on.

Some sample ATC's I have made

Octopus diptych


Hearts and Circles

After VanGogh's 'Cypresses'

Stable Fly





boriquaz rated for AAA: Sender's Choice February on Mar 4, 2023
Comment: I love the under the sea image and your lovely story. It's fun hearing things from different people, thank you for sharing. Amazing photo as well. Thank you and Happy Swapping!
Response: Thank you for your kind words and for rating!
Gobarb rated for EASU: Mid-Century Modern ATC on Feb 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC and the extras. It is ok that it was 2 days late. I have no problem with that. I love the cat stamps. I will definitely be able to use them!
Response: Thank you for being so kind and for the nice rating! I got those cat stamps back when I collected stamps as a kid, so they should be around 50 years old or so!
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful swap. The pc is lovely, and I enjoyed everything you sent. I especially like the personal touches, like your card you made and the bookmark with a great quote. Long live the library! 📚 👓
Response: I was so happy to get a library person as my partner!!
Gwillisinc rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Swap on Dec 28, 2022
Comment: Oh my goodness- beautiful homemade Christmas card, ATC, snowflakes & gorgeous PC from Greece
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating! It was really fun to put this swap together!
Trinket rated for WIYM - HD/HP Nativity ATC on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: This is an amazing swap to have been sent thank you so much for my foxy nativity scene and the handmade card, the snail was also an excellent photograph I would have been proud to have taken myself.
Response: Thank you - it was a really fun swap to put together!!
katie333 rated for Where I Live ATC on Sep 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely ATC and beautiful packaging etc. All the best!
Response: I am so glad that you liked it!
lou rated for Private swap between Lou and Birgit on Aug 28, 2022
Comment: Party in a box! So so beautiful, inside and out, I truly loved it all — really touched by your thoughtfulness, creativity and wonderful ideas!!
Comment: What a LOVELY swap! a bookmark, ATC and a postcard!!!! Thank you! the photo on the card is wonderful! the stamps and the playing card too! HOW did you make the bookmark???? it's amazing! the silver looks SO shiny! AND a Harry potter stamp on the envelope too!! Thank you for such a wonderful surprise today!
Response: The bookmark is silver scratch paper!
tristitia rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap on Jun 12, 2022
Comment: I'm staring at this ATC trying to figure out how you did it with alcohol ink... whenever I use alcohol ink, I get huge, uncontrollable blobs! It's really cool! Also thank you for the postcard, the picture is beautiful!
addieixmarie rated for EASU: Filled Heart ATC on Apr 26, 2022
Comment: Birgit, you have made my day!! Awwh! Thank you so much for both of the heart ATCs that you sent me! They are both just beautiful and so nicely done! I love them so much and I am so excited to add them into my collection:) I am so grateful and appreciative for both of the ATCs! Thank you so much again! <3
Response: Oh, I am so glad that you liked them!! Birgit
Poeprincess rated for AO: 3 Layer ATC - March on Apr 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you, Birgit, for a great ATC. You sound like you have many art projects. How much fun!
Response: Too many! My art room is always a crazy place! Thank you for the rating!
colodad rated for EASU: Balloon ATC on Mar 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you soooo much for the wonderful ATC and the matted card to hold it. such a great way to present your impressive painting. and the postage stamps are so appreciated.
Response: I am so glad you liked what I made for you!
boriquaz rated for EASU: Animal ATC on Mar 3, 2022
Comment: Amazing views by you, absolutely beautiful. I adore the ATC. thank you for the wonderful card. Happy Swapping!
Response: I am so glad you liked the swap! Thank you for your kind words!
tatntole rated for WIYM: Handmade Bookmark on Feb 8, 2022
Comment: I loved the bookmark you made with watercolors I'm guessing and tatted flowers and tatted butterfly. I'm guessing you painted the picture the postcard is made from? Thank you so much, I love them both.
Response: Yes, it is watercolor! The postcard is from a photo I took. I am so glad you enjoyed them!
geekgirl1001000 rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap on Jan 16, 2022
Comment: Gorgeous watercolor tree ATC! I love it. Great photography also. Thanks!
jjhere rated for AO: December Theme Swap - Silhouette on Dec 17, 2021
Comment: Great ATC (beautiful photo one, too)! We drove right by you this summer when we road-tripped from Bryce Canyon back home to WA; loved ID. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Response: Nice! Bryce Canyon is one of my favorite spots on the planet!
Comment: Hello Birgit! I thank you so much, for the beautiful & wonderfully handmade Christmas card, with Penguin & snow flakes & pine trees in the background and the 3 postcards. Especially the one of snow tunnel in your area. Is beautiful! I wish I was talented at drawing & painting. But alas I can't do those. But I do make great cards from cut-outs and with cross stitch though. Thanks so much again. You're so talented! Happy Christmas to you!🎍
Response: Hie Debbie, thank you so much for the lovely rating! I am so glad that you liked the card! Yes, that snow tunnel is a magical place - it is in a state park that is on my way to work - so I stop by there often! Happy holidays!
Comment: WOW! what wonderful photos!!!! I love the one with the postcard imprint on the back! so cool! THANKS!
Response: Yay, I am so glad you liked them!
YooperHill rated for EASU: Favorite Color ATC on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: Great ATC! Thank you!
Comment: The envelope was in my PO Box. Not sure how they got separated on their way to me. I love the ATC and the card and the goodies! The brochure is awesome too! Thank you so much!
Response: I am so glad the swap made it safely! Yay!

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STUFFellaneous on Nov 30, 2019:

I was trying to leave you a cute message via a photo, but I can't figure out how to get a picture on here. Cheers!

STUFFellaneous on Oct 13, 2019:
Itti on Jul 10, 2019:

Your ATCs look really cool! I love the stable fly and the bugs ones.

Since you're into more unusual animals, I wonder if you'd be interested in joining Scales 'n' Tails? It's for all reptile and amphibian themed swaps. We currently have a dragon postcard (handmade welcome) and turtle ATC but I'm thinking of adding some more unusual reptile/amphibian ATCs later in the summer (red salamander, purple frog (google it, it looks so odd!!!), and others). With your art skills you would be so welcome 💖

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


STUFFellaneous on May 9, 2017:

Hi Ms. Birgit! So blessed to work with you and share our love of Swap-bot! Congratulations on graduating! You are an inspiration. See you in the mail and at the circ desk!!!

jukejan on Oct 21, 2016:

Additionally, your art work is stunning!

RyeRye on Jun 25, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

raven on Nov 20, 2015:

Manifest on Oct 19, 2015:

I got my Coronation card. Thanks, I really like it. The crown is really integrated into the card. I putting up on my blog with a couple of my things. bloomingwyldeiris.blogspot.com I would leave extra stars for you if I could.

CalyD on Aug 26, 2015:

I absolutely ADORE your avatar and your artwork is awesome, especially the Van Gogh reproduction. I love his cypress series. All the Best to You.


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