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Date Joined: December 28, 2011
Last Online: July 29, 2021
Birthday: August 28
Country: United States
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07 Feb 2021 Update

I have taken quite the hiatus from swapping (2-3 years), but I'm feeling the itch to at least start back with making and swapping ATCs ... my supplies have been staring at me mournfully.

Swaps Not Yet Received:

GROUP: ATC COLOR SWAP 3 for 3: BLUE - Cheyanne Bertrand (CheyanneB) Swap Deadline: 08 June 2021. As of 24 June, not received and showing as not sent.

COLOR Me Happy ATC #7 (Pink) - Janet Briceno (lachicababy1) Swap Deadline: 03 May 2021. As of 24 June, not received and showing as not sent.

I pledge to rate! I open my mail in front of my computer, so I rate while I'm opening my mail. :-)

I always send my swaps! I prepare my swaps in front of my computer too, so as soon as I put postage on it, I mark them sent. I usually do this at night because I have a full time job, so they are picked up by the post office the next day. If you don't receive a swap I sent, please let me know so I can follow up on it. I will happily resend anything eaten by the post office.

Receiving Resent Swaps Every now and again, the USPS will lose swaps, so I advise my partners before rating. Always. I've had a few situations where I will get the resent swap, then I'll also get the original swap at some later date (Thanks USPS). When I end up getting both, I send a "Thank You" in the mail equivalent to the swap sent and received twice because of awesome swap partners. It just seems like the right thing to do. :-)

I live in Northern Virginia with my husband and kitties, but would much rather live in the forest on a mountain. Perhaps when we retire! I work full time and spend most of my days on the computer so by the time I get home I usually stay away from the computer because I'm tired of it. In my free time, I like to make stained glass and fused glass. I also like to try new crafts.

I like to travel but haven't been anywhere since the plague started. Little trips into nature have been so refreshing.

I have a witty and often sick sense of humor. I cuss ... a lot. I enjoy many things geeky. I'm a Nerdfighter ... DFTBA! And I love playing games with friends and family - Munchkin, Cards Against Humanity, and Exploding Kittens are a couple of my current favorites.

I'm also a pagan who is comfortable talking religion to anyone. In my theological studies, I've come to realize that all major world religions can pretty much be boiled down to one thing: Don't be an asshole. :-) So I try not to be.



I am allergic to maple syrup. To be safe, please don't send anything that is even maple flavored. Thank you!


I do not like floral teas, blackberry/raspberry, ginger, lemon, licorice/anise, mango, any melons, rooibos, or mint flavors. I also don't like earl grey or anything by Ashby's.

I like plain black teas and I do prefer black tea over green. Darjeeling is my favorite black tea.

I also like flavored teas with peach, orange, strawberry, spices, vanilla, and apple and I like trying new-to-me flavors too.
I am always looking for Twinings Peach Black Tea. They appear to have quit selling it in the States.

Favorite Teas discovered in swaps:

I will always love to receive these flavors!!

  • Ahmad Vanilla Tranquility
  • Greenfield Vanilla Cranberry
  • ICA Chai
  • SPAR Aardbei Thee (strawberry)
  • Stash Vanilla Chai
  • Tazo Organic Peach Cobbler

Favorite Crafts

Stained Glass

I have been making stained glass and fused glass art since the 1990s. I can use MANY things in my glass work and like to use "weird" things whenever possible ... like sliced agate, river rocks, crystal points, sea glass, sea shells used bike gears, keys, antique glass plates, antique glass buttons, cabochons, chain, jewelry findings, empty bottles, metal stirrups ... I'll use anything! :-)

Other Stuff

I have really been getting in to making ATCs lately and I like receiving ATCs and supplies that I can use when making them. My style is usually a mixed media / collage type style, but I love trying all sorts of new styles and mediums.

I like trying new crafts and find that I can always use ribbon, Sharpies, origami paper, acrylic paints, metal jewelry findings, metal pendants.

I enjoy painting and decorating those plain cheap wood boxes from craft stores as well as other boxes too. It's nice to re-purpose boxes that are in good shape and make them into something prettier and then use them!

Things I Love

These are things I'd love to receive in any form (ATCs, ephemera, goodies, stickers, etc.)

  • Astronomy - Moon, stars, galaxies, constellations, planets ... all the things!
  • Cats
  • Charmander is my favorite Pokémon
  • Chibi things (especially food and animals)
  • Deadpool and all things Deadpool
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Nerdfighters & the Vlogbrothers - DFTBA!!!
  • Old paper
  • Pusheen ❤️
  • Stamps from other countries
  • Trees and/or leaves
  • Washi (any, but I especially like purples, snowflakes, trees, leaves, moon and stars, rabbits, and cats.)

  • Favorite colors are purples, jewel tones, and saturated colors.

  • Snowflakes - One of my favorite websites is http://www.snowcrystals.com/ because they have beautiful pictures of snowflakes as well as a great science section about how snowflakes form and how the crystals grow in nature (2, 3, 6, and 12 points - Never 4, 5, or 8 points!).


Themes and things I don't care for:

  • Bugs & gross things
  • Religious / scripture
  • Caption words or phrases on ATCs
  • Things with little effort put into them
  • Childish / cartoony / kid-oriented things


Cgscdy rated for Free Themed ATC Swap #5 - USA on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Tysm! Love the atc and the extras! Even a whale card ❤️!!! You rock!
tristitia rated for USATC: ATC with a Hole on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: I love it! So fun - this one is definitely going to the "keeper" pile :)
RealRhinoMan rated for ATC int #17 - Nature on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for my ATC and extras. The recipes will be fun with my boys this school holiday. I agree, I think that is a yellowfinch, they are beautiful creatures.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC. Such a fantastic idea.
savannahsbujo rated for USATC: You're A Star ATC on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you! It's so cool!
Response: ⭐️❤️Thank you for the heart!!
Cgscdy rated for Free Themed ATC Swap #4 - USA on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Absolutely beautiful! Ty for the pretty napkins as well! ❤️
Response: Thank you! And you're welcome - printed napkins are FUN. I love them too.
thequilterslink rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #51 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thank you for the rating and happy swapping!
Akanksha23 rated for Butterfly ATC - USA only on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Loved the Atc! Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! :-)
theprairiemailbox rated for Xmas in July ATC on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Love the ATC - we get tons of snow up here in Canada so it's always a white Christmas for us!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I have dreams of retiring up north so I can have white winters all the time! I might have an inappropriate love of snow. LOL!
mzkfiend rated for ATC int #14 - Old times on Jul 20, 2021
magicinker rated for USATC: Torn Edges ATC on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: hi michelle, Got your torn edges ATC today,,Soo creative.Thank bunches...
Response: Thanks so much for rating - I had so much fun making this ATC. :-)
sillysusie rated for Squares Challenge ATC swap on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: What an awesome idea, how clever of you. I think you beat me with the number of squares.
Response: I'm just happy I saw the grid paper in my scrap stash - this was a fun prompt that I'd never thought of before!
ellie rated for Mixed Media ATC #1 on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mixed media atc..
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like it. Mixed media is my favorite for making ATCs for sure.
vintageprincess rated for ATC Swap #3 on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Lovely ATC and very nice extras
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! :-) Thank you!
tristitia rated for Mandala ATC - USA only on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Your mandala ATC is lovely - I also really love the lobster card you sent it in, and the weirdo little men stickers! Thank you!
Response: Thank you! I really enjoyed making the ATC and when I saw you liked weird things, I HAD to share those stickers. They make me laugh. :-)
chimerix rated for ATC int #16 - minimal paper on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: WOW! What an amazing ATC. I absolutely LOVE it! I would have never thought to use shrink plastic - well done! And thanks for the little extras to craft with. Aloha
Response: I'm glad you liked it! It was quite the challenge doing such a big shrinky but I loved making it.
kizzlets rated for ATC int #16 - minimal paper on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: This is a pretty unique ATC! Amazing! Leather did not pop up in my head as minimal paper. And, thank so much for the envelope full of amazing goodies :D
Response: I would have never thought of leather either if my husband didn't do leather crafting. It was fun to try my hand at his medium. :-)
sillysusie rated for Dot Painting ATC Swap on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you I love the atc. It has provided me with a diagram of sorts, and sparked something. Now that is special, in my opinion
Response: I love dot painting and I hope you're inspired to do all sorts of fun dots. I use a variety of wood dowels to make my dots - nothing fancy. :-)
HappyMom rated for Found Image ATC #3 - USA on Jun 26, 2021
Comment: Howdy Neighbor! I love the image - it looks like a work of art all on its own :) And thanks for the postcards and butterfly. Seeing the Twin Towers tugged at my heart. ❤️🇺🇸
Response: I'm so glad you liked the found image I sent. I collect maybe too many cool pictures I see in magazines and other mail and it's fun to share the pretties.
Fabriqueen rated for A.I.- ATC with a Pocket on Jun 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling ATC pocket and extras! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: You're welcome and thank you for such kind comments. :-) I'm so glad you liked what I sent!

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RiverTopanga on Jun 24, 2021:

Welcome to the Artisan ATC group.

I once made a Charmander, jigglypuff, and a few other pancakes for my son when he was young. "Freehand" as it were. They weren't the best art, but spooning pancake batter can be tricky! It started because my mom used to make us snowmen pancakes when we were young 😉

Look forward to swapping with you 🙂

njstauter on Oct 19, 2017:

How are you doing? I like that you are taking care of yourself first. Thinking of you and wishing you well.

Camg on Feb 26, 2017:

Thank you very much for being an angel in the January tea swap, you were very, I liked it a lot, including the card, once again I thank you, I hope to hear from you in another swap.

LokiAngel on Feb 25, 2017:

Thank you so much for being an angel in the Feb Tea swap! I received the teas today and can't wait to try them! I added you to my profile list of angels.

flowerchild on Dec 7, 2016:

WOW!!!! I got this envelope in the mail today and when I opened it it was like a clown car...goodies kept coming and coming :) Thank you so much, you really went above and beyond a simple token!!!!

jaimierandolph on Sep 21, 2016:

Profile Check for swap: Any kind of Washi or WHATEVER swap #1 Welcome to swap! Hope you enjoy it! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

jimncinpease on Jul 14, 2016:

thank you so much for the teas! the apricot one was waaaayyyy delish!!! thank you again so much!

KatlynAva on Jun 28, 2016:

Thank you again for more than making up for the missing postage! You're a wonderful swapper!!!

julierachelliz on Dec 31, 2011:

I would love to see some of your Easter eggs and some of your glass work! From one newbie to another- HI!

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