Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2024 12:59 pm


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: February 24, 2024
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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About Me

πŸ’™ February 17th 2024 We had to say goodbye to our cat, our beautiful Yuki Maru. 😭 She would have been 20 years old in March. A cancer mass was found in her abdomen and she was so very sick. So hard to say goodbye and we are heartbroken. πŸ’”Now she will fly high over the rainbow bridge with her Oni Kitty and Blondie! Running in a field of daisies and chasing butterflies. ❀️❀️❀️

πŸ’™ January 2024 Keeping my same focus word for this year as last "FUTURE" an expectation of advancement or progressive development

I'm a country girl stuck in the city!


πŸ’™Updated January 2024

πŸ’™ July 2023, my first color gluebook! It's an altered composition book with 10 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, pink, white and rainbow. I love it so much I altered another one with less pages for genuine vintage only. My 11 vintage colors/theme are red, orange, yellow, vintage olive green, powder blue, purple/lavender, black, pink, white, mixed vintage color and Christmas. (was Mom's favorite holiday)

πŸ’™ February 2022- Update December 2022, my collection of USA map postcards is complete! Thank you to everybody who contributed to making this happen and a big thank you to @Highlander18 who sent me so many! ❀️ I appreciate you one and all!! AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, IL, KY, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY, WV,

Other postcards: written from you about where you travel or live, animals, animals, animals, anything from my ABCs of Me.
I collect any postcards of my home state of Oregon. Vintage would be so fun! (Oregon new or used)

πŸ’™ I enjoy my art and junk books/journaling. I work in small journals, 6"x8" Dyllusions art journal (got a great deal on these when I attended art journal classes locally a few years ago) and travelers notebook size. I write in my journals, add photos of my photography and family. I enjoy genuine vintage ephemera especially colorful; bright or pastel. I enjoy artsy, mixed mediums in art journaling; gelli prints, paint, watercolor, inks, rubber stamps, hand drawing, collage, fussy cuts..so much fun! Best way to describe my style is "eclectic" from cute to vintage, zetti to whimsy weird/cute, colorful.


πŸ’™ We have one cat who has our hearts. Our beautiful Yuki Maru. In Japanese it means snowball thus her white fluffy coat. It suits her. Our little 'sack 'o sugar" At her first health check years ago the vet told her that. It's true, she's the little princess in our home. She is 19 years old. We lost her sister Oni in March 2019. Our hearts are broken. RIP little one. ❀️

πŸ’™ We enjoy many other activities as you can read the ABCs of me. My husband has been 3D printing items. In 2019 he bought his first printer from Craigslist. We've had more fun with this new age machine! Lol And making fun gifts for family, friends, and swap-bot pals. Hubby and me use to travel but we are slowing down and focusing on retirement in the next 2-4 years. We're both looking forward to growing a vegetable garden again. Gardens don't do well where we are now, too many evergreens surrounding us.

πŸ’™ I really appreciate a note or letter from my pals here. It's always enjoyable reading what everybody is doing, your thoughts, how you made your art, your travels. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with me! ❀️

Happy 2022 everybody! It didn't start off that great and it finally happened. I tested positive for Covid19. Lucky for me I am fully vaccinated and boosted. Feeling much better now and happy to say the only thing lasting is fatigue. Hubby had no symptoms. 🀞 Change so much change the last two years...

"There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it." ~Amanda Gorman National Youth Poet Laureate #InauguralDay 2021

January 1st 2021!! So thankful for a New Year! I started my new year off right by calling and talking with my two young Granddaughters at midnight. Lol So cuute! ❀️ It took awhile but I finally came up with my word for the this year and it's....LIGHT After the darkness of 2020 the world needs some light and a glimmer of hope as we head into 2021.

Today is September 18th 2020...."Oregon my beautiful Oregon do what you do best...RAIN" It's raining in northern Oregon!! My family and friends are safe! My son in Southern Oregon called early this morning to happily report he can see down the street and clouds (not smoke) in the sky. For the first time in over a week we have windows and doors open. A great day to be thankful!! ❀️

Update: September 14th 2020.... A lot of you have been asking how I'm doing here in Portland Oregon. Thank you for asking. πŸ’› We are doing okay. We live near the WA state border and are away from the downtown area where most of the riots and demonstrations are happening. The wildfires have affected our family and friends in evacuations, all levels in Southern Oregon (our hometown is there, our hearts are broken πŸ’”) and my oldest Sister living 40 minutes south of us. Two friends lost their homes in Southern and still waiting to hear about some if their homes will be saved. We are in no immediate danger. Except the air quality is awful in most of Oregon.

It's time to update my profile....Goodness, way overdue! Today is July 8th 2020. My hubby is going into week 17 of working at home. He's an IT professional. Lots going on and all we can do is be hopeful and live each day trying not to dwell on everything happening in our world. We are very blessed and for that we are grateful.

When growing up there were always animals in our family. (hubby not always a fan, lol) I even had a horse when I was 14 but I was not a good cowgirl! Lol We've had rabbits, rats, horses, chickens, an 'onery little black rooster named 'Chuckles' who would chase me all over the yard! Lol My brother had a horse named Shawnee and a 4H hog one year. I miss our little dog Blondie, One year when Christmas shopping Blondie came home with us! Hubby was not happy but she was well loved by her human children and our home was hers for 17 years. Animals are amazing!

Humor is good for your soul! I love it when we can laugh and one of the things I love about my sweet husband of 41 years. He always makes me laugh, he's my best friend. ❀️

πŸ’™πŸ’™ ABC Easy as 1-2-3...OH wait that's a song..lol This is the ABCs of me. Reading these on others profiles so thought I would add one as well.

  • πŸ’™A Art by you Autumn ATCoins Art junque Alice in Wonderland my Art journals Artists (fave art journal artists, Dyan Reaveley, James Burke) Adele (singing artist) Love all animals!! Except most reptiles, snakes, bugs and ewwww spiders!! forest/woodland creatures, sea creatures, wild animals, pets, especially cats and dogs.

  • πŸ’™B Bath & Bodyworks products, love Vanillas and Lemon, Honeysuckle Peach Tea, Into the Night, Gingham, and Into the Stars scents Barbie Blackberries Blue my fave color Baking Breakfast Beaches Beatles, Boston as in the singing artists Botanicals Betty Boop Bohemian

  • πŸ’™C Claude Monet Cats Coffee Children's book illustrations COLOR, Colorful Bright happy Colors Cookbooks Christmas Collage Campfires Cookies Cooking Cross Stitching Circles especially in art Casper the Friendly Ghost Craft Warehouse store Cupcakes Cinderella COLOR (neon colors in small amounts) Some of my favorites are blue, pink, purple, aqua, and autumn colors

  • πŸ’™D Daffodils (fave flower) Vintage Dolls; Dawn Dolls and Barbie Paper Dolls Disney Dogs doTerra essential oils Dyan Reaveley Dance Drawing

  • πŸ’™E Eighties music Embroidery Elvis Estate sales, Earrings; silver, small dangles

  • πŸ’™F Fabric Foodie Forest Food preservation Flowers Fresh Fruit Farmer's Market Fussy cutting Fairies

  • πŸ’™G Garfield Glue book Gardening Gnomes Glittery Gelli prints

  • πŸ’™H Hello Kitty Halloween Handwriting History Hand drawing Humor Hubby of 40 years Holly Hobbie Helen Reddy Heart, as in the singing artists Hearts (collected since I was a teenager)

  • πŸ’™I Instant Pot (got one for Christmas 2020) Iris Folding

  • πŸ’™J Jewelry I have pierced ears and like pretty dangle earrings in silver, not gaudy, necklaces and bracelets same. I have small wrists. Junk journals Johnny Cash the word JOY Julie Nutting Paper Dolls Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

  • πŸ’™K Kefir Kindness in many forms... Kate Greenaway Katy Keene

  • πŸ’™L Lace Letters (Penpal) Lightening storms Lemon Lilacs Lilies I ❀️ Lucy Little Golden Books

  • πŸ’™M Magnets for my fridge Marjolein Bastin artist Claude Oscar Monet Mail Art Mickey Mouse Magazine cut outs Movies Matryoshka Dolls the Moon Mountains Maya Angelou Marilyn Monroe Mushrooms Mixed Medium

  • πŸ’™N Nature Notes from pals interesting Newspaper cutouts Nature walks

  • πŸ’™O Ocean "Mother Ocean" Origami

  • πŸ’™ P Paper dolls Postcards, anything from my ABC favorites list Playing Cards Princess:Cinderella Pink my second fave color Painting Pockets (JJ) Peanuts (comics) Pansies Poetry

  • πŸ’™Q Quilting by machine and hand stitching Quotes Quirky Quilling

  • πŸ’™R Raspberries Rubberstamper for over 30 years Rain Recipes (tried and true) Retro Rock n Roll Retro

  • πŸ’™S Squirrels Sewing Sea Animals Strawberries Sunshine Snoopy Scooby Doo Snowmen Suzy's Zoo Star Wars Saint Patrick's Day, my Mother was Irish

  • πŸ’™T Textiles, new and vintage Thrift stores Thomas Kinkade Tulips (was mom's favorite flower)

  • πŸ’™U Umbrellas Unicorns

  • πŸ’™V Vincent van Gogh Vintage real ephemera Vintage valentines Vintage paper dolls Vintage 1930s 40s 50s 60s 70s Vintage stickers Valentine's Day Vintage fabric & sewing Vintage textiles

  • πŸ’™W Wind Chimes Wild animals Wildflowers Whimsy Wool roving and fibers Willie Nelson Woodland animals Walks

  • πŸ’™X

  • πŸ’™Y Yard sales

  • πŸ’™Z Zoo (Oregon Zoo) and Zoo animals Zentangles Zines

Favorite Crafts and Art

I have tried a lot of art and crafts in my life. While I am no expert I do have an eclectic style and appreciation of art in many forms. Handmade is always appreciated and treasured.

πŸ’™ Sewing was the first craft I learned when I was ten years old. My angel mother taught me and I designed my own shirt. lol After 50 years I still enjoy sewing. Although I made my own prom dress, wedding dress and clothes as a teenager, Halloween costumes for my kids and granddaughters I don't sew many clothes now.

πŸ’™Quilting, My Grandmother, my Dad's mother was an amazing quilter. Still have one of the last quilts she made for my Dad. What a treasure!

πŸ’™ Art Journaling. In 2017 I started attending monthly art journal classes at a local store. I loved it so much! Also attended a monthly paper craft club with challenges and incredible peeps' creations, prizes and coupons. I sure do miss not being able to attend since the pandemic. Or meeting my friend for lunch before club. I still enjoy working in my journals and learned a lot from our wonderful teacher, Lori. She has forever inspired me!

πŸ’™ LOVE true Vintage ephemera! My favorites are 1970s and earlier....vintage textiles, fabrics and scraps, sewing and hand stitching items, vintage magazines, fashion and sewing magazine pages or vintage sewing books, cookbooks, children's books, readers and song books, old medical, geography or encyclopedia pages, wallpaper and wrapping paper, vintage ads and pamphlets, sewing patterns from 1970s or earlier, vintage rhinestones and costume jewelry, old type written letters and documents, forms and envelopes, old handwritten letters are a favorite

πŸ’™ I enjoy "junkin'" for art junk /vintage treasures My bestest pen pal gave our goodies the name "art junk" And when my sister goes antique hunting she calls it 'junkin'" Well the terms stuck! lol Love that!

πŸ’™ My favorite artist is Marjolein Bastin (nΓ©e uit den Bogaard) (born 1943) is a Dutch nature artist, writer, children's author and illustrator. She is the creator of the character "Vera the Mouse" I discovered her 25 years or so ago when I use to buy Hallmark cards that featured her beautiful watercolor artworks including Vera the Mouse. I have a large framed print "Nature's Sketchbook" hanging on the wall by my art desk that I love!

Favorite Television

My husband and I watch TV together through the week but I also watch shows while he plays computer games. Lol A few of my favorites are; World's Funniest Animals, Young Sheldon, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS, NCIS Hawaii, Americas Got Talent, La Brea, Wednesday, Dateline, 48 Hours, Netflix and Paramount some. Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Old favorites; Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Avatar, Breakfast Club, Original Ghostbusters. Old shows: I Love Lucy, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Lassie, Bewitched, Little House on the Astroid, I mean Prairie. Sorry I had to, my hubby hated that show! Lol

Music and Dance

My favorite music is from1970s, 80s, 90s. Also love Elvis and music from the 1950s. I like old school country; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Easy listening, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Jewel, Enya, Adele, Ed Sheeran. Also love Boston, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Jason Mraz, Peter Frampton, Heart, Sir Elton John. I grew up with a country music loving family, but I'm a rock n roll girl! In 1980 I met my dear hubby at an under 21 club, a disco-tech called "Fat City" in Medford Oregon. Yes I still enjoy disco music and love dance! The days of our dancing together, what magic!! I enjoy watching dance reality TV, ice skaters and ballet, hip-hop It's just wonderful live art to me!


  • NON-RATERS are my biggest pet-peave!

*Please don't send me anything with nuts, seeds, popcorn or peanuts. Slowly adding nuts back in my diet. The last few years has been a nightmare with intolerance to foods and other health issues. Ugh.. I am lactose intolerant. Plain dark chocolate, jelly beans or fruity candy I can have.

*NO paper scraps. I do like vintage wrapping paper for collage in my glue books and collage.

*While I l love my junk journals please don't send me your everyday trash.

*pencils, erasers, reward stickers, window clings for children

*socks (someone sent me a children's size that I couldn't wear) make-up or make-up bags, mug rugs/coasters. I appreciate all the handmade coasters but we now have plenty AND I use and enjoy all of them! All around our home. My BFF has also made some for hubby and me.

*Spiders, eeek! Bugs, snakes and lizards eek! I guess I do like a lot more reptiles than I admit. Lol I love to watch anything about the animal world on TV or Netflix. So interesting and entertaining! Bees especially honey bees are okay. :-)

Swapping and mailing

I always send my swaps and rate promptly and say thank you. Same for wishes, tags, and RAKS. If I don't it means I didn't receive. I always communicate with my partners when needed via the swap-bot messenger system. Sometimes an occasional email message. Please do the same for me.

Wishes, Tags, WTA, RAKS

Tag Games:
CPG Pick 2 USA Only November 29th, tagged @ChrisAnne sent December 19th, received Jan. 12th

Sent CPG Pick 2 USA sent to @LadyJo - December 6th, posted rec'd December 26th

WTA Sent:


RAKS Sent:


COLLABS(homers) and Mystery Supply Swaps


Comment: Thank you for early Xmas present! I love the spatula and the towel! I’ve been baking and I’ve already used both items! <3
Response: Very welcome! Glad you are enjoying your gifts. Just checking to see if you found the recipe cards and new sticker sheet? Wasn't sure if you open now or wait until December so I included some things for now. Lol
Comment: Hi Bonnie! Thank you for the adorable faux stamps! They are amazing! Have a great Spring!
chimerix rated for AMA: USA Puzzle Collaboration -Jan on Feb 22, 2024
Comment: Hopefully I'll see you in the new puzzle rounds. Aloha and thanks for chatting with me. Aloha
fortannam rated for CPG Feb 2024 SC Postcard - US on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: thank you for the fun postcard and note!
warheart rated for IFM: Hearts Mail Art on Feb 9, 2024
Comment: Super cute heart filled envelope! Thank you!
Comment: I apologize for the late rating, I LOVED the My Melody Address labels, I also get frustrated with printing labels! Something is always off! Thank you so much for them, and the lovely washi tapes. I am having Valentines with my Best Friend, we are just going to have a girls night and catch up with each other. Happy Valentine's Day!
marinda rated for VALENTINE'S DAY Postcard on Feb 2, 2024
Comment: I love this postcard! Thank you so much. πŸ’“
Comment: This is a beautiful page! It's the first one in my collection! Thank you so much and for the extras! Great swap
Response: Oh yay! I'm so glad you like your first page swap! :) Had so much fun with Gelli printing I played some more. Lol So relaxing too. Thank you for your sweet rating and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the goodies! I hope by now you have thawed out & things are getting back to normal in your neck of the woods!
Zefaniya rated for Postcard with a prompt #1 on Jan 26, 2024
Comment: For whatever reason in high school I used to have peanut butter and pickle sandwiches LOL
Stampalia rated for Postcard with a prompt #1 on Jan 26, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the postcard with the cool Portland bridges washi tape. Peanut butter is a special food. It goes well with the most random things.
Response: Lol I'm so glad I get to still eat peanut butter! Long story... I'm so glad you like the postcard and thank you for the heart. :) Received your postcard today.
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and red list!
Comment: A bazillions hearts!! Thank you for all the nice extras and woohoo for the first stocking stuffer of the year. Thank you so much, it's always the best to get you as a partner!! PS that lemon cookie was delicious!
Response: Very welcome Grace. So glad you are enjoying everything. ❀️
Comment: Bonnie thank you so much for your lovely Holiday Fussy Cut booklet. I love the variety of stamps and can’t wait to use them!! Valentines Day is right around the corner so I know I’ll use those soon!! Love the storage pockets too!!
Response: Lori, very welcome! I'm so glad you like your swap. When I made the cover it just occured to me to use up some scraps to make pockets! Thank you for your sweet message and heart rating.
young46356 rated for BIG CITY Postcard on Jan 2, 2024
Comment: Thanks, Happy New Year, Richard
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard and for sharing your favorite treats. They all sound delicious. Also, thanks for the extra kool-aids. Happy New Year!
Response: Very welcome! Wow, that sure got to you fast! Thank you for the heart, for hosting and Happy New Year! ❀️
roosje rated for Season's Greetings 2023 on Dec 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for a great swap! I love your little embossed bags, what a great idea! Warm wishes for this season, Catherine.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful handmade Christmas Card and the cute extras, especially the hidden journal pocket! -Gracias!
nanadiana rated for CHRISTMAS Postcard on Dec 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the sweet Christmas pc. I love the old style ones. We drew names for Christmas this year, so you would think that I would have it all done, but I'm far from finished! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Comment: Thank you for making such a beautiful Christmas greeting card. I do love the snow men!

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DeboraCreates on Feb 11, 2024:

Thank you for the Valentine card!

CariahCreates on Feb 7, 2024:

Thank you for the lovely Valentine RAK package. It definitely brightened my day!

susieq11 on Feb 7, 2024:

Letter on the way!!!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

MiRdLHWY43 on Jan 31, 2024:

Thank you for the Happy New Year postcard! I really appreciate you thinking of me!

Oneartcookie5 on Jan 30, 2024:

WW Jan Hello! Thank you so much for the Peanuts Valentine card. So cute! Thank you also for the Valentine goodies and washi. Im going to love using them on Happy Mail. Thanks for thinking of me this month.πŸ’—

Ikat78 on Jan 29, 2024:

WW Jan-thank you for the cute decorated envie, snoopy card, bookmark and stickers. The bookmark turned out great! I love your envie collage with the cute little panda. Thank you so much!

kiddomerriweather on Jan 29, 2024:

I was actually the opposite of you. I went stir crazy the first few days of being trapped. I think it was the thought of not having the option of being able to leave my house. It really messed with my head. Then I started organizing my rooms and working on a swap and I was fine. I'm always backassward like that. LOL!

kiddomerriweather on Jan 28, 2024:

Thank you for the little return address labels and super cute Valentine stickers you sent me for my January WW! I also got your PC today, too. We were snowed in for about a week and a half. I thought I'd lose my mind! LOL! Sorry to hear that you were trapped as well.

supersquirrel on Jan 27, 2024:

Sweet Valentine! Thank you πŸ’—

Zefaniya on Jan 27, 2024:

Thank you for the January WW...that mushroom paperclip is super cute! And I love the address labels!!

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