Swap-bot Time: August 5, 2021 9:29 am


Date Joined: April 10, 2009
Last Online: August 5, 2021

Country: United States


7/23/21 My Uncle was placed in Hospice last week and has passed away. I am finishing up my swaps and will be taking a few days away. I likely won't be checking in every day, but if you need something, please message and I will respond as soon as I can.

Right now I have a temporary Canadian address for all outgoing/incoming swaps, so my swapping is a bit limited at this time (sadly!).

A note on rating ... All of my incoming mail goes to a mailbox that I can't access after hours. I try to get there at least twice a week and rate as soon as I go through my mail. Thank you for understanding!

Below are some things about me, things I love, things not so much. This is not a "you must send these things" list. It's to help with any profile related swaps, and to get to know a bit about me. I appreciate everything that is sent to me.

About Me

Hard to believe I've been here 12 years! Time flies :) I love swapping here, and most of my experience here has been amazing and wonderful. I've had the pleasure and joy of meeting a lot of great people from around the world, that I would have otherwise never known.

I design and create metalwork jewelry, and it's my passion and full time job. I am lucky enough to spend my days in my studio, creating pretty things to send to lovely people around the world.

In my spare time, I love to do crafts of all kinds (see below), spend time with my hubby and cats (we have 4 hoodlums!) and frequent thrift shops and vintage and antiques markets.

Favorite Crafts

I love creating so many different things, and can't think of much I have not tried yet.

My current passions are jewelry making, paper crafts, scrapbooking, stamping, painting, mixed media art and collage, art journals, junk journals, ATC's, smash books, altered art, and digital art.

I have started to get back to some old crafts I haven't done in years ... crochet, sewing, cross stitch, embroidery and macrame (it's actually cool again lol).

Likes & Loves

Vintagy Things

  • old photos, especially Victorian photos like tintypes and cabinet cards. I also love black and whites from the 1920's and 1930's
  • vintage ephemera, old maps, travel stubs, old documents, victorian postcards, vintage postcards
  • tiny vintage bisque dolls and figurines (frozen charlotte/penny dolls, little dogs, cats)
  • vintage and old scraps of lace and ribbons, vintage rhinestone bits, vintage glass and/or rhinestone buttons .. love Victorian era buttons
  • vintage hat pins
  • old skeleton keys
  • old used postage stamps from around the world
  • foreign language book/dictionary pages
  • vintage maps
  • interesting images from magazines (whole pages and cut out)
  • vintage wooden spools (with or without thread)

Food & Drink

I am a coffee fanatic and especially love pumpkin spiced or any spiced coffees, mocha, etc. Also a huge fan of iced coffees. I also drink a lot of tea and especially enjoy spiced teas, and fruity teas. Some of my faves are from Zhena's. I also love things with a tea motif/theme. Not a huge fan of chamomile or licorice or mint. Hot chocolate (any flavor) as well as cold drink sachets are always welcome too :)

Crafty Things

  • Love anything from Tim Holtz, Amy Tangerine, 7 Gypsies, Maggie Holmes, Dear Lizzy, My Minds Eye, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, etc.
  • handmade junk journals
  • handmade envelopes
  • Flow/Frankie magazines
  • Things for junk journals/smash books - used bus or metro tickets, interesting candy/sweets wrappers (esp with foreign writing), other little ticket stubs/papers/receipts, little envelopes, takeout menus, etc. I especially like anything that is unique or from a different country, or has foreign writing on it :) I would love air mail labels/stickers from your country
  • chipboard and embellishments of all kinds
  • stickers (words, quotes, vintage style)
  • sari silk ribbons (any colours!)
  • beads - glass beads or natural beads
  • other ribbons (not primary colours)
  • beautiful scrapbook papers
  • love washi tapes
  • rubber stamps (love artsy ones, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, old writing, ornamental, etc.)

Miscellaneous Random Things :)

  • small shells and beach/sea glass
  • I love postcards of any kind, but do prefer store bought PCs unless the swap is for handmade
  • love anything matryoshkas (they always look so happy!)
  • cute owl things (note papers, cards, stickers, etc)
  • absolutely LOVE anything from Papaya Art
  • love anything with a morroccan style/design
  • bird motifs (natural and/or vintage looking and whimsically drawn)
  • small pretty things
  • aged and worn looking things
  • pretty florals
  • Anything Edward Gorey
  • owls and woodland things
  • Chococat and Deery Lou, although not a fan of Kawaii, otherwise :)
  • I LOVE Halloween
  • Felix the Cat
  • Dr. Seuss the Cat in the Hat)
  • Charley Harper anything :)
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Classic fairytales
  • cats on postcards, notes, etc
  • Anything Moomins :)
  • things with a tea motif/theme
  • Mary Engelbreit
  • Somerset style
  • nature inspired things
  • strange things like old pictures/postcards of urban decay, ornamental and unique headstones/cemeteries
  • I love and appreciate anything handmade :)

Fave Colors

  • My favourite colours are black, pinks (not bubble gum) kiwi/avocado/moss/celery greens, turquoise, aqua, teal, and choc or moss brown, jewel tones, fall colors, rustic colors. Not really into primary colors or fluorescents/neons

Themes I Enjoy

  • whimsical drawings/art
  • Charley Harper
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Felix the Cat
  • Birds in a whimsical or vintage illustrated style (not cartoons)
  • Flowers
  • Woodland
  • Studio Ghibli My NeighborTotoro
  • Architecture
  • Paris, french, and eiffel tower
  • Vintage/Victorian Halloween
  • Alice in Wonderland (classic illustrations, not cartoonish)

Not So Fussy About

I appreciate and welcome everything I receive. The following are just not really my personal taste:

  • sweet sugary smelling things, and vanilla scented
  • primary and bright colours
  • cartoonish/child-like items (except those mentioned above)
  • anime, kawaii, etc. (unless noted)
  • religious items
  • dragons, vampires, etc

Favorite Television

Chicago PD, Criminal Minds, FBI, Cold Case, Friends, The Mentalist, Law & Order, Castle, Bones, Elementary, Sherlock, House (MD), The Closer, Major Crimes, True Detective, Dexter, Modern Family, CSI (all of them), Cardinal, Person of Interest, Coroner, crafting shows, cooking shows, serial watcher of Investigation Discovery channel.

Favorite Music

I love music and can't get through a day without it! Mostly an alternative/grunge gal, but I'm all over the map really! Some faves:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Type O Negative, The White Stripes, Brad Sucks, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Radiohead, Garbage, Thirteen Senses, Muse, The Verve, The Cult, Linkin Park, The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, Sisters of Mercy, Oasis, The Offspring, Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Third Eye Blind, Broken Bells, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, HIM, The 69 Eyes, AFI, Neverending White Lights, etc

Movies & Books

Books I most enjoy are mysteries and crime dramas. Some of my favourites being from James Patterson (love the Alex Cross ones!). I also love Stephen King, Stieg Larsson, Kathy Reichs (Bones), Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli and Isles)

I also LOVE craft books and art magazines. Would cherish anything from Stampington/Somerset (even previously loved)

My fave movies are rom coms, comedy, some action movies, and thrillers. Love any and all James Bond movies!

I must admit I am in love with Robert Downey Jr. I know we are meant to be together, and as soon as he realizes this, it will all be good! ;o


deerI mark all swaps as sent the day it goes in the mailbox. If you have not received from me, chances are it's gone missing in the mail. I take swapping very seriously, and always send my swaps. If it hasn't arrived, please let me know before rating so that I can make it right. Sadly, it is the mail, and things can go missing. If something in life happens to cause me to be late with a swap, I will communicate with you before the swap deadline (barring extenuating circumstances), and I appreciate the same.

I do not expect or rate based on "extras", but rather on the actual swap. Most times I do include a few extras in my outgoing swaps if I have looked at my partner's profile and have something on hand that I feel they would enjoy.


tampatha rated for IPC: Scavenger Hunt on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing items. They are fab!
RenVer rated for Mini Snail Mail Folder on Jul 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for an amazing experience Christine! This was the perfect swap for me as a newbie (my very first swap). Your instructions were very well laid out and easy to understand/follow. Getting happy mail from you really made my day. Everything was packaged so beautifully. It was easy to see that you really put your heart into it. I truly hope I get to make someone as happy as you made me someday. Thank you for making my first experience one that I will cherish forever!!
Comment: I'm so glad we did this swap - your cards are wonderful, thank you! I sure hope mine get to you - I sent 5 days before you did (and I got these on Friday, July 2, just before going camping - opened today).
browneyedmurmur rated for CPG 3-2-1 Swap - Global on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Wowza! Thank you so much, Christine, for the generous and thoughtful swap. Tim Holtz is one of my favorites, the doilies were so pretty, and I love the typed washi tape. I can’t wait to use these items in my happy mail! Thanks again!
Petaltea rated for IPC: One Sheet Pocket Album on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: This is so beautiful!! I wish I could give you more hearts! ♥️. Its just perfect and I love the cardstock, stamps, tags and ephemera. This made me smile today! Thank you! 🥰
WoodlandBanshee rated for IPC: ATC of the Month - June on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful atc and envelope!
Comment: Hi Christine, Thankyou for the delightful tags featuring my fave colour - they are very cool! And I love the halloween folder packed full of goodies!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
chimerix rated for CPG Pick 3 ATC - Global on Jun 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! I absolutely love it. Aloha
Poeprincess rated for IPC: ATC of the Month - May on Jun 2, 2021
Comment: I love the simplicity of this ATC—stunning! Thank you (loved what you enclosed your card in, too—clever).
Comment: Thanks, love the Atc!
winterBlue rated for Penpal Letter - Crafters Only :) on May 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great letter. I will be writing back to you!
user6937 rated for IPC: ATC of the Month - April on May 5, 2021
Comment: You're right - I don't think we've ever swapped! This was nice ATC to receive from you - nicely done :)
CrystalZ rated for CS: 3-2-1 Swap on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness you sent such an amazing swap! I always enjoy receiving swaps from you as you package them so nicely and take such great care in picking just the right things out :) I truly love everything you picked out and I am looking forward to using each piece on my projects. The Graphic45 pieces will go perfect in my Spring/Summer/botanical themed junk journal I will be creating. Thank you so much...if I could give you 50 hearts I certainly would!
Comment: Thank you! I love the variety and the envelope, thank you
Intrinzica rated for Digital Photo Collage on Apr 11, 2021
Comment: Omg! I absolutely LOVE IT! The pictures and the quote are gorgeous! Thank you so so much ❤️
Comment: Oh my goodness what a wonderful package arrived to me today! You my friend went above and beyond with this. I am looking to digging into everything. Thank you again for taking part in the swap!
LadyJo rated for UHM: One Word Swap on Feb 13, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness, I love what you sent to me! It was over and beyond what you choose, for me. It is all things I will enjoy using! Thank you so very very much!
HappyDayMail rated for OSS: One Word Swap on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Wow! Happy Day Mail for me today!! It was well worth the long delay in arriving...fantastic goodies! I LOVE everything!! Wish I could give you ten hearts. Thanks bunches for making this a special and fun swap. Happy New Year to ya ~~Linda
lmacdavis93 rated for VTHS: Stamped and Decorated Tags on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Hi Christine and thank you so much for this amazing pocket with tags and so many other goodies tucked inside. I love the pockets that you made to hold all of these fun pieces of ephemera, and your gel stamped tags are awesome. I have a gelli plate but have never used it for rubbers stamping, so I am inspired to give that a try. I just love everything about this finished project and thank you so much - I'd give you 10 hearts if I could!
Arabella rated for VTHS: ATC Coins on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Christine, thanks so much for the great atc coins! I love them! And all the great ephemera! Take care and have a great new year!! (And thanks again for the great Etsy surprise!)

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January on Jun 4, 2021:

Oh wow Christine! The pick 2 tag that you sent was absolutely amazing - thank you for your generosity! The items are great and what's more, the packaging and presentation made it so fun and special and exciting to open! It made my week! Happy mail indeed!

jamicam on May 2, 2021:


KitschyDesignsbyKara on Apr 26, 2021:

Hey there friend! Thanks for the nice comment on my profile! Always good to meet someone with similar interests! I checked out your etsy...I need to pick your brain about offering digital items!

sebastian122 on Jan 9, 2021:

Hang in there.

LahDeeDah on Mar 26, 2020:

Paige1900 on Feb 16, 2020:

Wishing all the best! Please keep in touch! 😃

Sandara333 on May 21, 2018:

I hope you're feeling better my friend.

hope you’re feeling better

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