Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 12:42 am


Date Joined: July 8, 2009
Last Online: September 1, 2021
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
my blog! 365 days of art
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About Me

IIIIIntroducing... Holly! I am sort of a colorful chaotic mess. Married for thirty+ years with kids, and grandchildren, I stay busy!

I'm a Swap-bot Ambassador and happy to answer any questions or to do a private swap with you if I have time.

I work with (for??) my husband and I enjoy it... But it is exhausting. I also try-to-be an artist, teaching myself drawing and watercolor and urban sketching. I'd love to write and illustrate a book one day, and have it published.

I'd really really REEEEALLY love it if you'd check out my blog, and follow if you enjoy it, And comment, too!

I also have tumblr and twitter (which I've never checked!) linked to the blog if you prefer to follow that way... Facebook look for threesixfive art or the page threesixfive.art and tumblr I'm threesixfive-art. (2018: I've continued the project!)


I love everything about books. :-) Especially classics, mysteries, quirky stuff like jasper fforde, YA (especially YA and childrens from decades or generations ago) I'd like a room with shelves and tables full of beautiful books and big comfy chairs and a beautiful curtained window seat...

No horror (even classics), or graphic violence, or overly sexually explicit books. I do love pretty much anything else that's well-written.

I love the poetry of EE Cummings, Mary Oliver, and others, and I like to write my own as well. And I'd like to read yours!

Important stuff


-I enjoy fruity herbals. (esp berry or pomegranate) London Fruit and Herb, esp berry types, OR if you have access to Greenberry's triple berry blend Loose tea, which they HAVE STOPPED SELLING ONLINE AGGGGGH!

-I LOVE tea cups, little spoons, any tea party type things


Vivid colors over pastels. Orange, lime green, olive green are my favorites. Deep yellow, Bright or dark pink, teal blue, brown... also faded old colors...Well... okay really whatever color you enjoy. I adore color themed mail!

THEMES AND THINGS I ESPECIALLY ENJOY (but... I love to be surprised by random things, so skip this if you prefer!)

-wrapped surprises for my Christmas stocking, any time of year. I WILL SAVE THEM.
-holly leaf items, especially notecards or postage stamps (Anything Christmas or holly leaves) -art supplies, esp drawing, or watercolor
-handmade items and unique little art you find or have made
-Mail and mail art
-newfoundland anything. The dog (I have two)
-a new letter opener
-large-ish handmade
or up cycled envelopes
or lettersets
-candy.. chocolate (esp dark), gummy bears, chewy caramel, anything
Color themed swaps!
-books and book stuff (see book section above)
-very old book covers for repurposing into sketchbooks
-a Handmade journal or sketchbook
(esp FIREFLIES/LIGHTNING BUGS! dandelions! And clover. And... pussy willows, honeysuckle, daffodils, poppies, ladybugs, moths, leaves, acorns, the beach, beetles, birds) -fingerless gloves
-calvin and Hobbes. LOVE!
-your favorite Bible verse, encouraging idea, interesting quote, poem, or song lyric.
-Words, letters, typography
-anything from England (my birthplace) or Norway (my heritage)
-quirky, feminine, or hopeful anything
-seasonal mini garden flags, potholders, kitchen towels, etc (Off season is cheaper and fine!)
-mini travel watercolor sets. I cannot explain my obsession with these
-comic books, cartoon books, anything to make me laugh or giggle
-command hooks. Why do I always need these??
-good quality glue sticks or tape runners, adhesives, etc
-low fat vegetarian recipes to make me forget I don’t really love vegetables
-low fat dessert recipes PLEASE


I have enjoyed learning about other people's religious views here on swap-bot, as much as about other cultures, but I've also been surprised and saddened by the closed mindedness of supposedly open minded people when it comes specifically to MY faith. I respect yours, even though it isn't what I believe, and I respect your right to believe it and share it, please respect my faith, and me as well. I will never NEVER try to criticise or belittle you or your faith, or even lack of faith, or judge you based on assumptions I've made, or things I've read about other people who practice your religion. I will not try to convert you or even discuss religion unless you ask to discuss it. Please show me the same consideration regarding respect and belittling comments. That said, I am happy to discuss religion or anything else with you, and would love to count you among my friends whether we are the same or very different in the way we think and how we see the world!

(eternal life spoiler... skip this part if reading about Christianity offends you) I am a born-again Christian... I firmly believe being sweet or kind or caring is important for every person of every religion, and plenty of religions teach people to love each other... and plenty of "Christians" DON'T love others... but I understand that my deeds and behavior are not the way to eternal life, which can only be found through a personal relationship with Christ. And while I do have that relationship, that doesn't mean I think I am better or worse than you or anyone else. I am a sinner by nature and will often do selfish thoughtless things, just like everyone else, and need to turn myself back to face Christ. Please don't blame my Christianity for my shortcomings or weaknesses, which are completely mine, and I won't blame your religion for yours. Of course I don't enjoy my errors pointed out to me, but sometimes it is necessary and I'll thank you now for doing it (because honestly I may not thank you at the time) but I know I probably needed it said, (whether you say it out of love and concern or just petty mean spiritedness, either way if it's true, it's true, and I need to look at it)

In short: Being nice doesn't save me, and being Christian doesn't make me nice... it makes me realize how different I am from how God wants me to be and how much I thoroughly require his grace. This is the extent of my "preaching", and all I will ever say unasked. And thank you for letting me!

People Smarter Than Me Said:

Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. -Leo Buscaglia

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -e e cummings

Sweet Unexpected Swappiness

And The Good List of Thankyous

I should have created this section years and years ago, but I was simply too lazy! Now I am kicking myself.

So as of January 20, 2017, these are some very sweet thoughtful things I have received, and I'm so sorry for the hundreds of things which happened before and are not recorded here. And can never be repaid. I have been so blessed and so moved by the thoughtfulness of Swap-bot members over the past years. And I'm also sorry (ahead of time) for the probably erratic attempts to keep this part current.

12/17: @sandyponey sent me a big sweet Christmas Eve birthday package, a complete surprise. Full of special stuff. Such a nice thing to do for a person she barely knows!!!!! Made me feel great.

1/17 @djcamp04 sweetly sent me a replacement of the Calvin and Hobbes book Emmett my Newfie puppy ATE. Thank you! How sweet!

(3/2018 update: ugh, I forgot to add things here and I received such awesome stuff over and over! I'm not good at keeping things up. Now this section just makes me sad because I'm such a jerk. But happy because other people do nice things, so I'm leaving it. Even if I only record a few, it's better than none.)

(Sept 2020 AAAAAAND I SUCK. )


Comment: Thank you very much for my lovely card, The colours are just perfect!!
Sunflower107 rated for CF: Washi Tape Hello on Feb 4, 2021
Comment: Beautiful card and washi tape. Thank you
Response: You are very welcome! Thank you for the rating and heart!
Eclectonote rated for 2021 Book Tracking Bookmark on Jan 29, 2021
Comment: Love the book tracking bookmark. Such a cute and handy illustration, with all the books ready for their titles and wonderful details - a succulent, cat, globe, and even fairy lights and a spider with its web! Thanks for sharing your artistry!
ArtyBeth3 rated for CF: Washi Tape Hello on Jan 27, 2021
Comment: I enjoyed your card, note, & tape. Your plans for 2021 sound great. We’re decluttering our house this month. Next month, we’re aiming for better health. May we both have success this year!
YooperHill rated for Let’s get out our paints! on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: My favorite! Thank you!
lostinavalon rated for Book page ornament, 2020 on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: I love the pretty ornament set you made me---adorable! Thank you for the Chick-Fil-A card, also!
Comment: Dear Holly, I got your package today, and I'm going to do my best to wait until Christmas to open it! I know I'll love everything you send, but I'll come back and add to my comments after Christmas. Thank you so much♥ Christmas Day~ Wow, Holly, you really spoiled me! The sets of washi tape in boxes are gorgeous♥ They are exactly to my taste, and I am excited to use them. I am also looking forward to using the lovely devotional. The candy is yummy, the old postcards are fascinating, and of course you know I love word games. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful, special gift!
Autist rated for OPP: TREASURE Hunt - Michael on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: This was so fun! I will be starting them again in January. The things you found to represent Micheal were so fun!! I LOVE the little kiss bonus!! The bear with the mug is adorable! It is going in my fairy house. Thank you so much!!
Response: The bear was from invitations to my daughters baby shower a few years ago, a teddy bear picnic. Each guest received a tiny basket with the gingham “blanket”, mug and “honey”, and shower info on the lid. It was so much more fun than a paper invite! I’m glad you enjoyed everything. And thanks for hosting!
Artistic rated for Christmas Swap on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: At the same time I was texting Mom to look for a package from you, she was texting me saying "Do I know a Holly in Chesapeake?" :) She's met and visited with friends in Chesapeake which is why I was alerting her that other mail/swap mail would be coming from there. :) Thank you so much for doing this. I received your box and it's tucked away until the holiday season.
Response: Oh I’m so glad they arrived!!! I’m excited for you both to go through the stockings haha. Tell her the stuff is wrapped so she can open it and take it out. Yours too!
Comment: Your parcel arrived yesterday, stuffed with goodness. I'm holding out for now, and hope to stay strong until Christmas morn -- but no promises! :) Thanks for the lovely 1:1 swap and your efforts to get it to me well in advance of the holiday. I'm sure everything is amazing! ♥
Response: I’m still holding out, are you??? We might as well wait now, it’s not that much longer!
Sunflower107 rated for Crazy Spring Envie on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful drawing on the envelope. Thank you for the stamps and book marks!
Response: I’m glad you liked it! Sorry for the late response from me!!
nannydino rated for February C&C stocking stuffer swap on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Hi Holly thank you for the stocking stuffer and the extra bookmark to use now. I might open mine before Christmas 2020. lol. peace love light
Eclectonote rated for CC: Let's Celebrate Pooh! 2020 on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Pooh art! Everything is so charming - the envelope, tag, and especially the card. I hadn't been aware of AA Milne's poetry; thanks for the introduction.
Comment: Thank you! I love the pennies and the tiny button kit!
Comment: Got it! Very nice and I really, really like the envelope and papers you messed around with. Planning on writing a letter on it soon. :) Will use the gift certificates and the gift card holder is screaming, "I'm a tiny purse". All great! And by the way, it is not at all serial killerish. lol
midteacher rated for Brilliant Beginnings (2) on Dec 14, 2019
Comment: This was a nice PC. I find my list of books I want to read growing longer and longer as I get recommendations from friends and Goodreads.
AZmom875 rated for upcycled literary letterset on Dec 8, 2019
Comment: Your creations were so different than mine. And I really love them. I do hope you liked mine.
LadyJo rated for CF: Advent Fun on Nov 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun looking box of presents! I can't believe either how well it all fit! I can't wait to see what all you sent to me!
shellbee8 rated for Brilliant Beginnings (2) on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: I haven't read this book but definitely want to now it sounds so beautifully written! Thank you for such a lovely postcard!
Eulegirl rated for Christmas in July Stocking Stuffer on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Oh, I love Anne! I am going to enjoy this book. Thank you!

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yvonne401 on Mar 27, 2021:

Thank you for my AWG reply to @hollycm6

orneryswife on Mar 14, 2021:

Thank you for my March wishes! I'm excited about it all, and plan to write back soon. Hopefully you found my letter in the journal package. It was written on coffee filters... 😁

orneryswife on Feb 27, 2021:

Holly! Such a beautiful little painting! I already have it up, and several visitors have said how lovely it is. Thank you for granting my wish!

ChrisAnne on Feb 15, 2021:

Thank you for the sweet Valentines Day card. It was such a sweet blessing in my mailbox!

Poohtat on Feb 9, 2021:

Thank you for the AWG Jan. The frog is adorable! Going in my journal. The recipe sounds tasty and I like how easy it will be to change things up. Loved your note. Spider plants are very forgiving. The more you forget to water, the more babies you will have. Kind of strange. Poinsettia are hard to grow. I love Sakura pens and I am going to check out all your recommendations. Amazon here I come!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


rarjones on Dec 27, 2020:

sorry I am late:)

phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Tigerlilyknotwise on Dec 15, 2020:

Thank you for the fudge recipe! (Dec AWG) We accidentally just bought peanut butter twice because I didn't mark it off the list, so I have plenty to devote to it! Yay!
Merry Christmas!

takehimaway on Dec 14, 2020:

When are you coming back to Etsy?

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