Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 10:24 pm


Date Joined: June 20, 2018
Last Online: March 15, 2021

Country: United States

About Me

I moved in January 2021 to be a live-in assistant for a person who needs a bit of help every day. It's an adjustment, and I'm very grateful for having productive work! I have some ideas to generate part-time work to supplement that.

Besides crafting, I like to:

  • read (widely). I can walk to the library now - it's only a mile. I've gotten a Kindle during COVID, and love that the library has so many ebooks and audiobooks!
  • do genealogy. I was adopted at birth. In late 2019, I discovered my birth parents via DNA matches on Ancestry. I haven't gotten up the courage to contact my living half-siblings yet... I'm pretty sure they have no idea I exist. I love helping others, as well, with their trees.
  • finish the Sunday NYT crossword with a friend over the phone. He knows trivia and I know history and literature...
  • play advanced strategy games (Euro games). I often play on BoardGameArena.com. I like Carcassonne, Thurn & Taxis, Innovation and Love Letter.
  • watch youTube videos about crafts, writing, journaling, cognitive behavioral therapy, geology, history and ancient genomes


I did all these activities before COVID, and have fallen back on them as good things to do even more often in isolation. The thing I miss most about the shut down is #1 seeing my 4 adult children (and SOs) in person, and #2 going to coffee shops for an afternoon with my laptop. Well, and the job I had that I liked a lot, but that seems to be a thing of the past.

I'm writing my first novel, and I'm in the research phase. My goal is to have a robust outline for NaNoWriMo next fall. There are lots of things to learn a bit about:

  • permaculture and food forests
  • inventing an alien species!
  • writing a YA romance
  • contrasting a bucolic culture with an urban one
  • psychic healing (or like Jill Bolton Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight)
  • stages of psychological development
  • hospice
  • sailing, and storms at sea
  • ana-Baptist culture and history


I'm currently learning about character arcs, which involves identifying the characters' mistaken beliefs, unsuccessful attempts to get what they think they need (but actually just want), their self-discovery of this flaw, and their difficult, but successful, journey to growth.

Also I'm studying several personality systems to give me ideas to make characters distinct from each other: Enneagram, MBTI, and Clifton Strengths.

Favorite Crafts

I love hand drawn images, especially that tell a story or convey a feeling. Also watercolor. My favorite patterning is batik, and wax resist on watercolors. I guess I love what I can't make!

My favorite color palettes vary quite a bit. Some current favs:

  • Fuscia, gold, buttercup, cream, dark purple
  • Turquoise, sea green, golden yellow, blue
  • Olive, Forest Green, Light Green, Ivory, Tan


OTHER CRAFTS: I like to make collages -- ATCs, and larger formats.

I'm just making some bound books, some to be journals, some to be flow journals. Exciting! Last fall (2020), I listed this as an aspiration! I made a flow journal for my daughter-in-law for Xmas. That was a new thing for her, and she said it knocked her out of her comfort zone to journal in it, and she liked that. I included part of a poster of my son from his college dance days, and she got a big kick out of that -- it really warmed her up to the idea of a funny hand-crafted journal.

I'm finally willing to put my hand to drawing, and then sharing it. All those drawing books claim ANYONE can draw....

Extras I like

My favorite themes or images are mixed media collage, dogs, star bursts, ocean, true-to-life plants, landscapes, water-color-ish anything.

Did I mention watercolor? haha

Unfortunately I am allergic, so please send NO SCENTS or PERFUMES.

I can use:

  • washi tape
  • little pockets
  • letter sets, or stationery that fits in a 6"x9" envelope
  • greeting cards
  • handmade envelopes of ALL sizes
  • ATC's, Coins, inchies, twinchies
  • materials for ATCs, inchies, twinchies
  • book pages in foreign scripts
  • any ephemera



bluecrayons rated for Mae- Your creativity! on Dec 7, 2020
tlemon4 rated for Christmas Junk & Flow Journal Style on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! Happy Holidays
Response: You are so welcome. Thanks for hosting!
Manifest rated for A.I. - Tag It on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: I enjoyed received your tags! Thank you for your creative tags. Per your note, I will check my links.
klover rated for Give one, get SIX! on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Love the postcard! I really enjoy using sprays and stencils as well. Continue having fun with your sprays! Have a great day and happy swapping!
Response: Thanks, hope we swap again!
wincejl rated for Handmade Greeting Card Swap #2 on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! This reminds me of the view from one of my favorite spots!
Response: great ! that's what I was going for...
KSENiA rated for 12 Reading Questions- Email on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Happy reading to you :)
Response: Thanks for your generous rating :)
CrankDatDesigns rated for My Crafty Side #3 ~ USA on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Your so creative! Thank you I loved your work!
Response: Why thank you! It's fun to share.
junemoon rated for 12 Reading Questions- Email on Sep 24, 2020
Response: Thank you! It was fun.
grammypammy rated for ATC Trade #5 ~ USA on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love the ATC's...thank you for joining this swap!
Response: Oh thank you for the generous rating! It's nice to be back in the ATC world.
lovenita rated for Why is my mailbox so empty? #12 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You are so welcome :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice items. You forgot to include a note,
Response: Oh thank you for the generous rating. I will sent you a note! I didn't put that on my To Do list... have to be more careful.
howdyholly rated for Why is my mailbox so empty? #12 on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the quilt block! Did you make it? I love the colors and pattern.
Response: yes I did make the quilt block. But I have moved on, and now my quilt blocks are UFOs. Thought it might be appreciated - glad it was!
Comment: Thank you for the goodies, including the super cool summer themed washi tape. I really enjoyed scrapbooking your letter. Also thank you for the resend, I appreciate you doing that. <3
Response: Yay -- all is well. Thanks for your patience.
Comment: What a sweet picture! I love the way you did the plants :) Thank you so much!
Response: thanks! It's encouraging for a beginner to get positive comments <3. Thanks for the generous rating.
tonat80 rated for I spy jar quilting blocks #2 on Jul 29, 2018
Comment: Sorry to hear you won't be progressing forward. Thank you for the nice blocks and extra fabric.
Response: Thank you for hosting! I'm sure our paths will cross again.
Fabriqueen rated for I spy jar quilting blocks #2 on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the parrot block and the lovely extras. I love the mushrooms the best. I remember the era of the olive, orange, brown and yellow. I said I would never go there again but I find I like it, especially with mushrooms. LOL! Does that tell you how old I am? Hugs, Diane
Response: I hear you! But in an I Spy quilt -- we need no permission :) Thanks for the generous rating.
Seacrow rated for I spy jar quilting blocks #2 on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Love the parrot block, Sue! Great colors, too. Sweet of you to include some cool goodies that I look forward to creating with. Thank you!
Response: Yay for parrots! Glad it works for you. Thanks for the generous rating.
Comment: Thanks for the cute fabric squares. Fun patterns and colors. Happy swapping!
Response: Glad you liked them! Thanks for the generous rating.
bearnbabs rated for 2 1/2 inch square fabric swap on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: What a wonderful selection of fabric squares. Love the blue ones the most.And thank you for the ATC cards and the book suggestion. What a fun swap. Have a great day every day. bearnbabs
Response: Oh I'm glad you liked them -- tx so much for the nice rating. Btw, keep us updated on the family military quilt (via your profile) -- I also feel an urge to combine quilting and genealogy, so maybe your project will inspire me to think one up. <3

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messymama on Aug 22, 2020:

@Rosa1 what a beautiful sun ==> I'm a Sag :)

Rosa1 on Aug 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for the reading!

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