Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 9:17 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: September 19, 2021
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

I am very sad to announce that my dog Chase passed away yesterday morning (5/5/21) and I am devastated. He was with me from 5 weeks of age and was the inspiration for my blog. He was an amazing English Setter who lived to be 18 years, 3 months and 1 week and I have cherished every moment with him.

✈ I'm married to an Englishman and I have relatives and friends in England, Switzerland, Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights. I have two stepsons and two grandchildren.

I'm figuring out how I want to layout a garden and greenhouse on my new property. We have about 10 acres to play with. I'm almost finished building my chicken palace for my four black Orphington chickens. I have dug up herbs and flowers at my old house to bring here.

I love transplanted plants. I have candy-striped amaryllis from an old plantation in Montmorenci, SC. I have Ginger Lilies from a coastal hideaway in McClellanville, SC. I have white irises that were growing in a ditch along the road in Washington, GA. Daffodils and snow drops from a forgotten country farm. My plants tell stories and remind me of family and friendships.

We have two dogs Charlie and Abby. We took over Abby when a friend's father was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into a nursing home. Charlie is 15 (with dementia) and Abby is now 10.

I love essential oils and use DoTerra. I've been making small roller bottles for my coworkers with Frankincense, lemon, oregano, OnGuard and Tea Tree Oil to stop passing around all the bugs and virus and yucky stuff at work. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.

Favorite Music

🎶 I listen to anything pop, 70s, 80s, Motown and British Invasion. I also like Vitas, Duffy, Billie Eilish, The Beautiful South, Prince, George Michael, Alison Moyet and Amy Winehouse. On Vinyl, anything 80s, Billy Joel, T-Rex, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Carly Simon and ABBA.

I'm a huge fan of vinyl records and search flea markets and old record stores to find them. I listen to vinyl more than anything else! We've collected so many albums over the years. I need to start cataloging our albums because we really have quite a collection.

I play the piano, flute and have just started learning the Mountain Dulcimer. Thank you YouTube for great lessons.

Favorite Television

We use Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. I'm currently watching "Nashville" with my mom and "The Stand" with my stepson.

📻 So this isn't really TV but I've been enjoying several Podcasts on my phone. I started with "Serial" and then discovered "Lore". I LOVE Crime Junkie. I listen to Business Wars and it's so thoroughly researched and well-produced. I also listen to Coffee Break French - quick little episodes talking about.....French of course!

My high school friend started a podcast with her husband called The Arcanum Project so I've been enjoying that one. They've also mentioned me in a couple of episodes - even dedicated their Halloween episode to me which was sweet.

Favorite Crafts

🌠 I quilt. I am a machine quilter and I use a rotary cutter to cut my material. I typically make lap quilts or baby quilts. I have MANY unfinished projects. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt but find time to sew some small projects. I adore my serger machine I need to find more time to quilt.

I've put my quilting stash to manic mask making use in 2020. Mostly I've been giving them to my employees at work and mailing some off to friends and family. I've probably made 200+ so far but have truly lost count. My stepson set up an Etsy store for me called JavaCatCrafts and listed all of my masks.

🎨 I like to doodle. I like creating envelope art and just starting using watercolor pencils. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress. I send pen pal letters to my toddler grandson who enjoys going to the mailbox with his dad.

✏️ I love to write and try to keep up with my blog.

Favorite Books

📚 I'm on GoodReads.

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to them on Audible, YouTube and find second hand audiobooks at thrift stores and used book stores. I'm currently enjoying "The Queen's Gambit". My sister started a travel book club on Facebook and I just finished "Anxious People" for February.

I've also started collecting Nancy Drew books - the kind that I had in the 70s and early 80s. My husband and I look through antique stores and thrift shops trying to find the ones I am missing. I would like to read them all from the first book on.

I read a few magazines when I'm looking for something different and shorter than a book. My favorites are Mary Jane's Farm, Garden & Gun and Daphne's Diary.

Things I Would Enjoy

📌Recipes (I love to bake, cook and use the crock pot and my InstaPot). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful. I enjoy old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks. I'm currently translating my great-grandmother's handwritten French recipes.

📌Interesting articles from magazines or newspapers that you would like to share

📌Local lore articles from your area.

📌Interesting Stickers or Washi tape. I love Lisa Frank stickers

📌Fun pens - especially for work

📌Jelly Babies or Walker's Eclairs from UK...so hard to find here :)

📌Real Cadbury candy from the UK

📌Herbal Teas / Green Teas or other teas (No loose, please and no Matcha)

📌Post cards- not a fan of touristy ones but like art, unusual, vintage, creepy, funny, animals, and recipe post cards.

📌Unusual stamps, vintage or foreign (used is fine)

📌Sample Essential Oils (prefer YL or DoTerra) and would love to reciprocate.

📌All things Edward Gorey

📌Book or Podcast recommendations

📌Website recommendations

📌A dog toy - I have three but one ends up with all the toys in the end

The No List

Because I live in the South, be careful of sending things that could melt in the mail...hot months are end of April through end of September.


user1664 rated for CPG Sept '21 Senders Choice PC - US on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Great postcard- thank you!
Comment: How fun you found your bio family! I had a cousin find me! It's been fun chatting with her. :-)
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful PC, and hand-drawn cat face on the back!
paperlover rated for Easy Postcard #10 on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the kachina dolls postcard and the funny story about the Eiffel Tower. I've only been to the one in Las Vegas
Comment: Thank you for the little duck Easter card and extras. I've seen Bret Michaels in concert many times and I even met him and got my picture taken with him at a Halloween party at the Hard Rock Casino here in Oklahoma. He is even more handsome in person!
teejlc rated for Easter Card - 100 US Rated Swappers on Mar 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the colorful, fun card! It made my day happier!
Comment: I recently saw a copy of The Adventure of Holly Hobby in a thrift shop and didn't pick it up, now I'm having second thoughts on that decision. Please tell me about Frodsham if you happen to make it back there! It's impressive you were able to hide your dolphin for so long!
Comment: I think it’s so sweet your husband gifted you one of your favorite books! I love rereading childhood classics too.
Comment: Thank you so much for the art PC! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
thefantasybookworm rated for Ugly PC Swap #20 on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard! The bird definitely made me laugh a little bit! :) Happy Swapping!
laterdayze rated for Ugly PC Swap #21 on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: I don't usually give hearts on the ugly pc swaps, but I LOVE the snowman you drew on the back - so cute! Thank you so much :D
Response: I'm glad you liked the snowman. I had to do something because I felt bad about sending a really ugly PC.
trishay79 rated for CPG~ Recipe Postcard~ U.S. only on Dec 26, 2020
nsciambi rated for Uninteresting PC Swap - USA - #3 on Dec 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I agree that it's a boring card! But boring cards need love, too.
takehimaway rated for Private Takehimaway and E2java on Dec 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for putting this all together for me! I really appreciate it. Let me know if you'd ever like to do a private swap again.
nanadiana rated for Uninteresting PC Swap - USA - #3 on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Great Bell of Mengoon postcard. I believe it would be more interesting in person, too. Not a very good picture of it, but it does peak my curiosity! Take care!
KellyR rated for Uninteresting PC Swap - USA - #3 on Dec 17, 2020
Comment: Yeah, that is uninteresting. It would be better with some bibliographical info. Otherwise it's like, "here's a painting of a guy...." :) Thank you!
klover rated for Ugly PC Swap #19 on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Raphael pc. I will find a place for him in one of my vintage journals.:-)
Comment: Thanks for the cute PC. The mole reminds me of the Pokemon' Diglet'. I know how you feel about the boat shoes. I keep asking my wife for toys and she keeps getting me shirts.
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Sarah, I wish I could give you a lot more hearts!!!!! I Love the swap you sent. I am waiting to open the wrapped gift,but the magazine, hot chocolate and 12 days of Christmas stickers make me warm and cozy already!!!! Thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness!!!! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Very merry Christmas!!!!

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Tricia22 on Apr 26, 2021:

CPG April Wishes- Thank you for the birthday card and stamps. Very much appreciated!!😊

simcoe54 on Apr 25, 2021:

CPG: April Wishes -- Thanks so much for the elastic and kool-aid. I needed the elastic to repair a slipper for my grand-daughter so I will give it a try and hope that it works. Excited about the kool-aid - love it, but we can't get it here. Thanks for thinking of me.

dabellaraquella on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the April Wishes!

Swan on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday card and stamp for my CPG April wishlist.

Poohtat on Apr 19, 2021:

Thank you for the LSRUS wish. We have Lady Slippers growing at our cabin. Always exciting to find one out in the woods.

kiddomerriweather on Apr 18, 2021:

Thank you for the April CPG wish. I can always use extra postage. I hear you about not wanting to travel because of your pets. My cat, Johnny Cash, will be 16 this year and I wouldn't leave him for anything. My mom goes to Disney World every month and I always stay behind so I can stay with Johnny.

colleenbUSA on Apr 17, 2021:

Thanks so much for the birthday card and stamps for CPG April wishes!

CariahCreates on Apr 16, 2021:

Thank you for all of the great notecards from my CPG April wishlist

OrigamiGrace on Dec 24, 2020:



Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥




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