Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2023 5:43 am


Date Joined: September 3, 2014
Last Online: September 23, 2023

Country: United States

About Me

I'm a mother, writer, photographer, graphic designer, artist, teacher, and general pursuer of all things creative. I live in Seattle with my husband, my teenage son and daughter, two cats, two dogs, and two chickens.

Happy by nature, I'm a believer that every person can create something beautiful and I love the idea of swapping beauty instead of selling it.

I ALWAYS send my swaps so if you haven't received something from me, please contact me. I also rate as soon as I receive your swap.

2023 Word of the Year: Thrive

Favorite Crafts

  • abstracts
  • ATCs
  • carving
  • drawing
  • mixed media
  • painting
  • paper crafts of all kinds
  • watercolor
  • wood burning
  • Zentangle®

Favorite Movies

There's a lot out there I like but two of my all time favorites are from when I was younger - The Princess Bride and Goonies.

More recently I've enjoyed Begin Again and This is 40.

Favorite Books

There are too many favorites to name but these came immediately to mind: 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; 'Watership Down' by Richard Adams; The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan; Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

I like...

  • purple is my favorite but I appreciate all colors
  • animals esp elephants, deer, hawks
  • all things vintage
  • dragons
  • fairies and fairy houses
  • miniatures
  • tea
  • chai
  • candy
  • hand made things
  • fiction
  • butterflies and dragonflies
  • bees
  • faces
  • old stamps
  • cling stamps
  • unique paper
  • maps
  • paper punches
  • templates
  • stencils
  • flowers


  • liver
  • fruit cake
  • coffee
  • mean people
  • extremely cold weather
  • being in large groups
  • glitter in excess


Comment: Thanks for the teabag art, Michelle. I'm glad you enjoyed creating these! Cheers!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
watercolorgirl rated for PRIVATE: 5x7 Art Journal #14 on Sep 15, 2023
Comment: WOWSIERS!!!!!! Your mandala is simply gorgeous. I hope you get to put one in my journal too! Then I can hold my breath when I see mine :0) A BIG thanks for the cup of hot cocoa on the envelop with whipped cream. The samples of"linen" will make great backs for ATCs. Hope you are keeping will.
Response: I'm happy you liked the whole package! And I would be thrilled to draw a mandala in yours - I'll be sure to look out for it because drawing them in so meditative for me.
Sonya rated for USAPC: Ink Box Card #7: Black Cat on Sep 11, 2023
Comment: I really like how you juxtaposed the fairy - cat - plant together, Michelle. It came out great. Cheers!
Response: I'm thrilled you're happy with it - I had such a fun time creating it!
Comment: Thanks for the JJ
kendall rated for AA.HM.PC: Book Pages Art - July on Aug 29, 2023
Comment: I love this postcard.The nautilus shape is one of my favorites. The whole thing screams the sea. It's very beautifully done. Thank you for that and thank you for being patient for the very late rating while I was unable to give it one time.
Response: Woohoo I'm so glad. Thanks for the heart!
kendall rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #81 on Aug 29, 2023
Comment: Hi Michelle, I love the three element Atc you sent for this swap. It's sweet without being overly so. And thank for the extra one. I love that one two. Also thank you for being patient about this very late rating while I was out of commision.
Response: Of course and I'm so happy you liked them. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Cool!
Response: Thanks!
Sequoia183 rated for USAPC: Ink Box Card #5: Bees! on Aug 20, 2023
Comment: Very nice, I love doing these it is so fun!
Response: It is fun. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Michelle, thanks for the Mason Jar Shaped PC July! Thanks for using mine (and yours) favorite colors! and entangle background! Love it!
Response: Woohoo I'm happy to hear it made it safely to you! Thanks for the heart!
PeliKat rated for PRIVATE: 5x7 Art Journal #13 on Aug 8, 2023
Comment: Michelle, I love the page spread you created in this journal! I like the way you made the background with the map and the texture of the purple paper. And the lighter purple butterflies are excellent! I love the quote itself, and the purple font in it fits in so well and draws the eye to see it as an important part of the creation. I think Misty will love the journal when she gets it back. There are so many great creations in it, that I just hope mine will be of the high quality of the rest of them. 😊 Thank you for all the wonderful extras you included too! Those black cats are so cute, and I love the dragonflies and bees. I can't wait to start using those leaves in projects -the texture will be such a great addition to anything I add it to. 😁
Response: Ahhh thank you for such a lovely rating. I had such a great time creating this spread. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Michelle! I was so happy to see that my August journal was coming from you! And I wasn’t disappointed! Such a sweet journal! I love it! The pages are so pretty. I love all the stickers you used especially the vintage ladies. Love the floating pocket tucked in at the back of the journal. Thank you for all the little bits and stickers you added in. I also love the hidden paper clip. Thank you so very much for such a lovely journal!
Response: Ahhh that's so sweet and makes my day. I love creating these and I'm so happy you liked everything. Thanks for the kind words and the heart!
ÇisnerosV rated for YTPC: Envelope Tucks USA on Aug 3, 2023
Comment: These are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much! I'm just sorry that when they arrived I was away fir my birthday, then it got put with all the mail pile. I'm very sorry.
Response: I'm so happy you liked them and no worries at all. Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for a gorgeous pc! The metallic, layered acrylic came out soooo good!! Really lovely!! Thanks muchly!
Response: This one was a lot of fun to create so I'm happy you like it. Thanks for the heart!
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R83 on Aug 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely book and wow what a nice package. Thanks so very much.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. :) Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the extra "found poetry" to go with it! By the way, do you have the name of the cards you sent me? I really really want that deck! I want to know the name so I can find them to buy them! (Did they come in a box?) Thank you.
Response: Doing 'found poetry' is one of my favorite things to do with book pages. Believe it or not the deck is made by Spenser's - you know the one in malls. It's a great deck. Thanks for the heart!
PrairieKittin rated for ZEN USA ~ Zentangle ATC on Aug 2, 2023
Comment: That is a beautiful ATC!! That's the best one I've seen in a really long time!! Thank you!! WOW!!
Response: You're so welcome and I'm happy you liked it. Thanks for the kind words and heart!
mjhaertling rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #80 on Aug 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the 3 Elements ATC #80. I love the image of the storybook woman with her tea. And raising the elements of the teapot and roses really adds to the beauty. i am sorry that I forgot to rate this when I received it. Several of my swaps got misplaced in a pile of mail.
Response: No worries on the delay, I'm just happy to hear it made it. Thanks for the heart!
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Deconstructed Envelopes on Aug 1, 2023
Comment: Love them can't wait till Christmas to use them in my Christmas journal
Response: Woohoo!! I'm so glad. I had such a great time creating them. Thanks for the rating and heart!
ccmmsu rated for AMA: Etegami Inspired Mail Art on Jul 31, 2023
Comment: Awww, I love this little kitty! Thank you so much for this awesome art! This was my first time trying this, too, and I had the same feeling -- I had to let go of the perfectionist and just send what came out. It's so freeing. And funny enough, I think the loose, imperfect style actually makes them feel more artsy and awesome. This kitty is going up on my bulletin board. :)
Response: It makes me so happy that you liked it! This swap definitely makes me want to do more with this. Thanks for the kind words and heart!
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute pocket. Just my style with the botanicals and butterflies. Plan to place it in a journal asap. Appreciate you joining the swap!
Response: That makes me so happy! Thanks for the rating and heart.

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Poeprincess on Mar 25, 2023:

The work you did on the hand drawn winter scene for ABC’s Sender’s Choice is fabulous! Thank you so much!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 10, 2021:


AmookIslandCreations on Apr 19, 2018:

Thanks for sending my Twinchie Postcard home. I love all the tangles! I have a friend who is starting to tangle her quilt squares. Isn't that a cool idea? Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

institches on Dec 5, 2017:

I abandoned the Christmas ornament from the Christmas Art/Craft Abandonment Swapyou sent to me at the post office today. Someone is sure to love it!

Hell0Z0mbie on Sep 7, 2017:

Looking at your profile bc I'm about to invite you to my new group... No clue if you're interested, but you're one of my favorite swappers so I wanted to try! I just wanted to say Wheel of Time!!! I love it so much and got excited when I saw it on your favorites list. So underrated. <3

Babsmomof5 on Feb 14, 2017:

Sent you a pm, but haven't gotten a response. Just needing to see if you could you please check in to the Winter Wonderland RR Journal thread? Thanks!

Hell0Z0mbie on Jan 25, 2017:

Hey Michelle! I am hosting a couple of deco swaps you might enjoy… Fits in Envelope Deco and Zentangle Deco - I hope you'll think about joining!! - Emma

Babsmomof5 on Dec 27, 2016:

Thanks so much for the extra ATC you sent me! Your zentangling is beautiful

njstauter on Mar 17, 2015:

Hope you have a great birthday and that this coming year brings you all manner of good things.

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