Swap-bot Time: July 14, 2024 9:42 pm


Date Joined: July 8, 2009
Last Online: July 9, 2024
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
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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. UPDATE 9/2022: I HAVE ILLUSTRATED A BOOK! 100% of the profits go to newfietherapy.org which is the only newfoundland therapy dog group in the country providing free therapy to veterans, first responders, hospitalized children, etc... if you purchase through this link I might receive a few cents from Amazon as well:

Try this link for the book Chewie the Newfie To The Rescue

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... 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 LOVE old books. Vintage books. Preread books. New books are awesome too lol. But I love a falling apart book nearly as much. Do I already have it? I’m ok with that, too!! You can’t go wrong with books. Well UNLESS….

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! Send me one!

Important stuff


I like them all. :-) Especially color THEMED groupings.

Vivid colors over pastels.

Olive green, orange, and lime green are generally my favorites. Buuuut….

Deep yellow, Bright or dark pink, teal blue, brown... also faded old colors...Well... okay really whatever color you enjoy. Even black and white. I adore color themed mail!


Drawing, painting (gouache, watercolor, acrylic), zentangling, doodling, altered books, art journals, writing poetry, stamp carving, really any paper raft type thing, pressing flowers, gluing stuff together, baking cookies, bike riding, walking, training my dogs, camping (sort of. With ac and a fridge), reading, shopping, thrifting, watching movies and youtube videos, playing with my hamster, baking (esp cookies), jigsaw puzzles, wordle, playing games, blowing bubbles, chasing fireflies, making messes.

Recently discovered that I love art journaling, and collage. Layer after layer of fun. Love love love!!! And also “glue booking”!

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

My number one wish right now: I’m searching for vintage sewing patterns, if you happen upon any you don’t want for yourself?

Also love magazines with beautiful pictures. New, old, vintage, any. Magazines are so expensive!

Other ideas:

-something you like to make
-wrapped surprises for my Christmas stocking, any time of year.
-random holly leaf items
-small holly leaf earrings
-holly leaf US postage stamps
-handmade items
-unique little art you find or have made
-Mail and mail art
-newfoundland anything. The dog (I have two)
-a new letter opener (Always)
-anything winnie-the-pooh
-large-ish handmade or up-cycled envelopes
or lettersets
-Color themed swaps. Or color themed envie.
-books and book stuff (see book section above)
-vintage books for altering
-very old beautiful book covers for repurposing into sketchbooks, and/or book pages
-anything funny, or sweet
-a Handmade journal or sketchbook
-anything “nature”
(esp FIREFLIES/LIGHTNING BUGS! dandelions! And clover.

And... pussy willows, honeysuckle, daffodils, poppies, ladybugs, moths, leaves, acorns, the beach, beetles, birds. And other stuff.)

-fingerless gloves
-calvin and Hobbes. LOVE!
-Words, letters, typography
-quirky, feminine, or hopeful anything
-hamster anything, or hamster treats... I have a black one named Picasso in my art room
-seasonal mini garden flags or potholders
-glue sticks or tape runners, adhesives, etc
-a little craft kit of any kind
-jigsaw puzzles
-miniature anything
-fairy garden bits (especially if you make them! Or stuff to make them with?)
-a card or letter from/about your everyday life
-anything that makes you say "Oh isn't that fun??" I probably will say it, too.

Basically, if you enjoy making it, or shopping for it, and packing it up with love and sending it, I will enjoy receiving it from you!


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. )


susieq40 rated for CF: Music Mail Art on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: Wow Wow Wow, What a treasure I received from you..You deserve 10 hearts, I LOVE it, you fulfilled the theme for sure...This music is close to my heart, play keyboard at church, old hymns, don't sing but I make a joyful noise..thanks so very much...
Comment: Thank you for the delightful swap! You always spoil me! The cards you made are lovely and I so enjoyed hearing about the many birds that visit your feeder. What a blessing. BTW - when I sent the reminder I didn't even realize you were sending to me. I'm glad it all worked out. I hope you had or will have a blessed time with your friend.
bb2 rated for Christmas Stocking Swap on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: I love, love this stocking with scripture, no less! Dec26 - I opened my stocking gifts late Christmas night while relaxing after a busy day. What fun. You really spoiled me. So many umbrella animal/bird postcards! Wonderful scripture items, a sticker maker, and collage papers and packet of goodies to collage. Thank you for making this swap so special. Happy New Year hugs!
Comment: Wow, Holly, I got your cleverly wrapped gifts today, and can't wait to open them! That piece of magazine cover is such a unique idea; I love it! Thank you, and I'll post again after Christmas♥ December 25~ Holly, I will cherish this beautiful old New Testament! 1871, isn't that incredible. It now becomes my oldest. I love it, thank you so much! Oh, and the salted caramels wee simply delicious♥
bbpolymath rated for Postcard in an envie on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you my talented friend
bbpolymath rated for Private: upcycled postcard swap on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: I loved it. Just beautiful. Thanks
Response: Yours was really beautiful!!! Thanks for swapping!!!
bbpolymath rated for Private ATC swap on Nov 9, 2023
Comment: These are so lovely. Thank you so much. And the notes all over the envelope. I need to take lessons <3
Response: I’m glad you like them! They were so fun to do!!!
LindaW rated for CF - Scripture Art Journal on Jun 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful collage with the Song of Songs verse written on it. Thank you also for the scripture coloring card.
bb2 rated for CF: Our STRENGTH is in the Lord on Jun 14, 2023
Comment: So many positive scriptures on this beautiful handmade card. Love the little bookmark too. Now, I know which swap you messaged me about and yes - it is postmarked way before the send deadline. Love my swap. Thanks!
Tuutis rated for AMA: Forest Animal Art - Fox on Apr 26, 2023
Comment: Cute envelope <3, cute card and postcard <3 <3 <3 This mail made me so so happy, thank you!
tristitia rated for AMA: ABstrAct Collage MA on Apr 26, 2023
Comment: Adorable ATC - and I love the photo card of Jack!
Comment: What a great bookmark! I love it! The rats, the pied piper and the border! So fantastic!!
Sonya rated for AMA: Triad of Colors- March on Apr 4, 2023
Comment: WOW! Just WOW! The bookmark and matching card are extraordinary, Holly. I only wish I could draw and letter like you. Thanks for an A+++ swap.
LauraM540 rated for AMA: Music themed mail art on Apr 3, 2023
Comment: Very cool bookmark! I loved the card inside and the envelope too!
Comment: I'm so SO glad we continue this tradition. Great theme this year and you went all out! Among so much goodness: that gorgeous peacock gem journal, the CREATE sketchbook, the Totally Tiffany triangle tote, the "Plot Thickener" card set, and enough stamps and embossing folders to keep me busy all year long!! And just like Santa looks for his cookies and milk every year, I look for the annual treat that I tuck in my wallet. :) Thank you so very much for everything, and for making Mom's Christmas bright.
rarjones rated for CF: Christmas stocking exchange on Dec 26, 2022
Comment: Holly I LOVED everything you sent to me in the stocking! The stocking itself was beautiful! You wrapped each item so carefully I loved it! I love the mini puzzle, salt/pepper shakers ( snowmen!) the devo is the best I love Sara Young! Everything was so personal to my liking THANK YOU. I waited to open till Christmas morning - I was smiling all the way thru. May God bring only His best to you and yours this New Year:)
Response: I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun getting it all together. I always look forward to this swap!!
Comment: Package arrived quickly! Looks awesome. I'm one of those annoying people who has no problem with delayed gratification so not opening all these little packages yet. Virginia is one of my favorite states so I know that I'll find what you sent to be great! Thank you!
Response: Merry Christmas and thank you!! I hope you had fun with it!!
ittybittykitty rated for Cupids cool crappy heart! on Mar 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool heart! I put some comics on mine too, we were clearly on the same vibe! I really like it (and heck no you can’t have it back!) :p I love the way it was packaged too, the sewing pattern bundle was so pretty…and I just happen to need more pattern paper! Thanks again!
Artistic rated for It’s CHRISTMAS on Jan 4, 2022
Comment: Can I say Wow? What about WOW! I'm so glad we continue this holiday tradition. (Looking forward to trying out the dry polish too!) Happy New Year.
TamiHope rated for CF Christmas Stocking gift exchange on Nov 27, 2021
Response: I hope you love it!

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rarjones on Dec 17, 2023:

Blessings on your special day!

Rose CF group 2023

rarjones on Dec 15, 2022:

Merry Christmas

CF- 2022 Rose

rarjones on Dec 1, 2022:

Happy Birthday Month 2022

CF Group - Rose

Karen07 on Oct 12, 2022:

Hi Holly! The postcard that you sent as part of the hometown love swap just arrived! Thank you!

debbiespoms on Oct 5, 2022:

Hey there Holly! Remember me?😊 How have you been? It's been forever since we've been in any swaps. I am so sorry I haven't touched base with you in long long time. I was dealing with so many of health problems. Which are under control now. Take care and I hope you have a very good evening.

TamiHope on Dec 30, 2021:

Holly!! What a terrfic stocking you sent me for the CF Stocking exchange! I love the things you picked out for me. It was just perfect. Such a generous heart you have! Talk with you soon!

rarjones on Dec 5, 2021:

December Birthday blessings to YOU!

Rose - CF Group

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!

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