Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2023 12:51 pm


Date Joined: January 13, 2011
Last Online: December 6, 2023
Birthday: August 1
Country: United States
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(Profile updated 8/23/23)


Creativity is my passion. I am a serious craft-a-holic, and have been ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. If anything sits still long enough, it is fair game for decorating. I find it difficult to send out an envelope without some form of decoration on it.

My current swap faves are mail art, Zentangles and ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art), ATCs, Artist Trading Coins, small hand sewing projects and smash books.

I enjoy drawing, beading, other jewelry making, crocheting, needle tatting, cross stitch, paper crafts, inchies, skinnies, macrame, and misc. other crafts. I like recycling materials. In the past I have also done needlepoint, scrapbooking, decorative painting, glass etching, wood carving, knitting and origami.

My style tends to be stylistic.

I can use any size art journal/smash book page.

Just for fun (not required), I'd like to see a small green ♥ (drawn, stamped, a sticker, etc.) somewhere on the envie/package my partner sends.

THINGS I CAN MAKE TO SWAP --- I have a Sizzix die cutter and a nice variety of die shapes---I can cut designs for embellishing projects, make shaped note cards, cut stencils from plastic, etc. I also have texture plates for embossing patterns on card stock.

I make small crocheted flowers (for use on ATCs or note cards, etc.) and have sent out 7 batches to swap partners so far. I also crochet bookmarks.

I have drawn original swap cards for a few partners.

Other Favorites

Favorite colors: blue (especially Caribbean blue), orchid, lime green;
Favorite combination--aqua, burnt orange, brown and ivory.
Lately I have been drawn to orange (not neon, but more the orange on Baltimore Orioles or burnt orange shades.)
Pink is not a favorite color, but I tolerate it.

Favorite artists: Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Monet, Van Gogh, Escher, Charley Harper

Favorite animals: dogs, rabbits, fox, cats,
hedgehogs, frogs, lambs,
polar bears, pandas, moose,
dolphins, sea lions, orcas, jelly fish
dragonflies, owls, hummingbirds, Orioles, flamingos

Favorite cartoon characters: Snoopy, Mr.Peabody, Kermit, Eeyore, Grinch, Tazmanian Devil, Suzy's Zoo critters, Lambchop

Favorite scents: cucumber melon, apple, peach, fresh linen, seabreeze

Favorite gems: Tanzanite, Larimar, green Amethyst, Alexandrite

Favorite flavors: chocolate, peach, green apple, pear, watermelon, bacon

Favorite places traveled to: San Diego CA,
Door County WI, Grand Cayman Island, Kyoto Japan, London UK

Favorite activities: in addition to crafting--- reading, RVing in our 5th wheel, cruising, canoe/kayaking, just sitting by water (especially moving water), hiking with my dog

More favorites

  • angels

  • anything with the words JOY, HOPE, or BREATHE on it

  • abandoned theme parks, buildings, other structures

  • beads & charms, rings (size 7 or 9), bracelets

  • bird cages, hot air balloons, light houses, castles

  • dolls (small paper, art, Russian Matryoshyka, Japanese Kokeshi)

  • fun fibers, stickers, shaped confetti/sequins, brads

  • handmade items, decorated envelopes, bookmarks

  • irises, trees, autumn

  • maps, travel brochures, used stamps (especially foreign), paper doilies

  • oceans, lakes, rivers

  • paths (It doesn't matter if they are through the woods or just tall weeds, I find them very compelling.)

  • rainbows, sunsets, shooting stars

  • rushing water (waterfalls, dams, rapids)

  • washi tape (looking for the following themes: postage, frogs, scisssors, seasonal themes)

  • For Christmas swaps: snowmen, reindeer, angels, gingerbread houses, snowflakes, old world Santas, mittens


  • the smell of smoke

  • loose glitter

  • alphabet stickers

  • coffee, herbal and green tea

  • zombies

  • Sponge Bob

  • Poop emojis

  • violence

  • negativity

  • drama

Favorite Books

I love to read (both on my Kindle and "real" paper books). I can't fall asleep unless I have read for an hour (or 2...or 3). I prefer reading a series over stand alone books.

I like:

  • Craft how-to and idea books
  • Cozy mysteries (most recent fave is the Bellingwood series by Diane Greenwood Muir)
  • Historical fiction (Lori Wick and Kathleen Ernst.)
  • Crime novels--(Michael Connely, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais)
  • Paranormal romances--(J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Rain)
  • Rock star romances (Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning; Silver Strings Series by Lisa Gillis)
  • A couple years ago I was on a circus kick and read "Water for Elephants", "Under the Big Top", "Mumbo Jumbo Circus", and "Toby Tyler".
  • A few years ago I read the "Little House on the Prairie" books (I never read them as a child.)
  • In 2019 my neighbor's 11 yo daughter lent me her collection of Boxcar Children Mysteries, 3 books at a time.
  • In 2020 my 16 yo granddaughter told me I had to read the Anne of Green Gables series. So I borrowed the set from my neighbors.
  • This year (2023) I'm hooked on mail order bride, Oregon trail and Western books.

Favorite Television

The Good Doctor, the Rookie, Ghosts, Mike & Molly, Mom, Friends, Married at First Sight, MASH, Million Dollar Dream Home, Wagon Train, What on Earth, Mysteries of the Abandoned, Too Cute, Ariel America, painting and sewing shows.

Favorite Music

Oldies (especially Beatles, Bad Company, Badfinger, Beach Boys, etc.)


Random fact: I used to play the accordion.

Favorite Movies

Princess Bride; Romancing the Stone; Cutting Edge; Dirty Dancing; The Thornbirds; Tombstone; Despicable Me; cheesy sci-fi like the Sharknados, and Tremors

About Me

I live in the country (Midwestern USA---Wisconsin) with hubby and a rescued furbaby (Hamlet, a Norwegian Elkhound.)
We get frequent visitors to our yard (deer, wild turkeys, groundhogs, raccoons, opossums, and fox, as well as the usual squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits).

I have a 42 YO son and daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons (born 2013 and 2016) and a granddaughter (born 2003).

My daughter became an angel when she was 19 (2003). Many of my projects are done with thoughts of her working right along with me. We loved making "ugly art" (repurposing leftovers into crazy pieces of art). Her favorite color was lime green, and that is why I like to see green hearts added to the envies of swaps sent to me.

I was an Activity Director for a psych hosp. for 7 years before having kids, then was an Activity Coord. for a nursing home for 11 years after kids (with a non-creative stretch of data entry between the 2).

When I was diagnosed with cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) Oct. 2011, I didn't think I would be around to celebrate another birthday. But 6 months of chemo did what it was supposed to. I had my stem cells collected the end of Oct. 2012 and they are being cryo-stored until I need my transplant. As of my latest oncologist appt. (March 2023), my labs are looking good and I don't need to see him for another 6 months.

I appreciate being rated soon after you receive my swaps. What's even more important to me than seeing the rating is just knowing that my swap made it to you. I am concerned, and need to know if I should get started on a re-send if my swap doesn't show up.

I enjoy reading your comments about my swaps. I also like reading the responses to my comments.

I really appreciate it when it's evident that my swap partners add extra effort to their swaps. It makes my day when I can tell that my partner took the time and effort to read my profile.

Artsy Accomplishments

  • I dropped off 1 1/2 doz. beaded angel charms when I was at the oncology clinic for my 6 mo. checkup (3-17-20) for them to pass out to any pt. who needed an angel to watch over them.

  • I have been "abandoning" Zentangled bookmarks and seasonal tags at restaurants, doctor's offices, hospitals, voting locations and at Little Free Libraries (started doing this in 2014).

  • Prior to the Covid restrictions, I used to volunteer as needed at the Senior Living Complex where my dad lived before he died in 2016. I'd take along my Sizzix Big Shot to help the residents make seasonal door and window decorations. I also helped make fund raising items.

  • I have also been sharing the joy of Zentangles (and other creative endeavors) monthly with my neighbors (the mom and her 4 daughters (15, 12, 10 and 4) and 3 sons (8, 6 and 2).

  • I added Zentangle inspired designs to the daily menus at the senior living complex that my 99 year old father was living at. I also was asked to draw a series of adult coloring pages (which I completed in May 2016). I made 80 tangled thank you bookmarks for the staff at the assisted living complex and the nursing home where he spent his last days.

  • I entered a sketchbook to the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project 2011 (my chosen theme was "It's Raining Dogs and Cats") and did one Zentangle Inspired Design page for a collaborative sketchbook for the 2020 Sketchbook Project.

  • I crocheted 18 scarves for 2010 Special Olympics.

  • I crocheted 12 angel gowns (infant burial gowns) for a local hospital in 2010.

  • I crocheted 8 shawls and 2 doz. coin purses for nursing home residents in 2009-10.


Swan rated for WIYM: World Postcard Day 2023 on Oct 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the colorful greetings!
Response: You're welcome.
quaisoir rated for WIYM: World Postcard Day 2023 on Oct 10, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, Jo. It arrived a bit tattered and torn but most of the postcard is intact. Sending or receiving postcards are fun.
Response: I'm sorry the mail snails were so rough with it.
Comment: Love them! You can make one while waiting for the food to be served?! You are speedy! These are really cute. Now I get to decide where to leave one. That will be fun. Thanks for adding, "Made in Wisconsin." And thank you for the reusable notecard. As always, this was a lovely swap :-)
Response: I'm glad you liked them. Let me know where you decide to leave one. Thanks for encouraging me to set up the swap and thanks for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT~Colorful Tangle on Aug 30, 2023
Comment: Thanks for all the pretty colors! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. It's fun to work with colors. Thanks for the heart.
ariestess rated for ZEN USA ~ Akebia on Aug 22, 2023
Comment: Oh wow! Thanks so much for this lovely tile! It's so pretty! And I love the little sticker, too! That'll go in my journal.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round JUNE 2023 on Aug 17, 2023
Comment: So sorry for the late rating.I like what you chose to do - it will be fun to match it.
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for this great tile, all the great extras and the interesting envelope too! I hope your husby heals quickly. Make sure he does his stretches! Yes they are going to hurt, but he will heal faster. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you for the heart. I'm glad you like everything.
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful tile! I love the colors and the tangles that you used! I'm so glad that you continued on, as this piece is lovely! I love Mikail the Mail Snail! He always brings me wonderful things! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT~Initial Tangle on May 31, 2023
Comment: Thanks for this "out of the box" swap! I love that you used all "s" tangles for it! It turned out beautifully! All in my favorite colors! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I enjoy using your favorite colors. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for the great work you did on my zine! Thanks too for the washi panels! I love the note card too: all in my favorite colors! You so brightened my day! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for all your kind comments and thanks for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT ~ It's a String Thing #11 on May 15, 2023
Comment: I think that turned out really well. - I really like that Medusa which I hadn't seen before.~~~We're not getting any snow but frost is still a danger.
Response: I've been having a good time using Medusa. Thanks for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round APR 2023 on Apr 27, 2023
Comment: I love the backwards Spring!! Thank you. I'll go ahead and add a page and send it on.
Response: I was hoping you'd like my take on the backwards theme. Thank you for the heart.
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ It's a String Thing #183 on Apr 27, 2023
Comment: I really like how you did this string! Looks great!! Thank you.
Response: I'm glad you like it. It turned out much bolder than I originally thought. Thank you for the heart.
DaisyNY rated for TUT~Security Tangle on Apr 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you for hosting this. I like all the layers you sent. I agree that the security patterns do lend themselves nicely to Zentangle.
Response: Thanks for joining this swap, and thank you for the heart.
Comment: thank you for the green goodies! it is my absolute favorite color! it is finally starting to turn green here in NJ - I am loving it! happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for passing this green zine onto me. It will be fun to work on this one and pass it on. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Lime green is cheery, isn't it? Thanks for the heart.
Comment: I love "Abigail the Mail Snail!" Thanks for the great tile! The tangles you used are perfect! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for you kind comments and for the heart.
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT~Patchwork Tile on Mar 15, 2023
Comment: This was a great idea for a swap! Thanks for hosting it! Using rufflz for your edge was inspired! I love your masterboard tangled card too! The next 45° day we have I'm planting potatoes in containers. They will be replanted once we can get back out to Amook! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for joining this swap, and thanks for the heart. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Tara rated for TUT ~ It's A String Thing #67 on Mar 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zentangle. I especially liked the extra one you sent me that said hope. 😊
Response: You're welcome. I wanted to do something with the word hope since it is significant to both of us. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for sending this on to me in a cute springtime folder! Cecily cannot help but love this one! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I think she'll like it, too. Thank you for the heart.

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LahDeeDah on Aug 14, 2023:

LahDeeDah on Feb 14, 2023:

Happy Valentine's Day!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

DaisyNY on Dec 30, 2022:

Thank you for working on my Twinchie PC!

Zen - Twinchie 2022 DaisyNY_LizzyJo_Instatangle_AmookIslandCreations_PrairieKittin

LahDeeDah on Dec 24, 2022:

Merry Christmas!

LahDeeDah on Sep 1, 2022:

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YooperHill on Apr 10, 2022:

I received the great art you made for the mystery supply swap 3.22.22! Thank you very much for your support & for joining this swap!

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 21, 2022:

Thanks so much for returning my collaboration PC! You did such a fabulous job on it! I love it! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

PrairieKittin on Feb 23, 2022:

Thank you
Thank you for the Get Wellephant! LOL! I'm starting to feel better. Next surgery is on March 3rd, so I'm getting there. Thank you!!

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