Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2023 4:11 pm


Date Joined: April 23, 2020
Last Online: March 21, 2023
Birthday: March 8
Country: United States

About Me

The end of 2022 and start of 2023 were insane for us. Out first grand was born on 12-10 and did not get out of NICU until 12 23. I went to help out but got the call that my terminally ill father was heading downhill. He passed 1-6. I made several trips to Michigan and am just getting all the probate/executor stuff going. Thank you for those of you who were patient and to Isabella Snow for stepping in to help me with 2 swaps, you are loved!

My youngest is A 15-16 yr contender in the hammer throw for the National title.Jacksonville, Florida, here we come! HE JUST WON THE JR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIP!!!! (7-30-21)

I am a happily married woman (21 years) and have 3 teenage kids.

Update 4/2021 I love Swap-Bot, I have met so many wonderful people here. I continue to be amazed at the talent of people, and a good letter never fails to inspire. After 11 month I am back to work, so theoretically I should be slowing down on my swaps. That does not seem to be the case thus far...

Favorite Crafts

I love to watercolor paint, junk journal, smash books, collect vintage items, gelli print and make Happy Mail.

Favorite Colors

I like themed color palettes.

I am not picky about what the color is as long as it is cohesive an aesthetically pleasing.

Favorite Books

I love to read, period. I have library cards with 4 major libraries and usually have 30 books, audio and print on my tablet. American History, American Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, True crime, Suspense, Humor, craft idea or techniques, and cook books are usually on the list.

My life

I have survived breast cancer. I have had 14 different abdominal surgeries. I do not wish to receive any cancer survivor stuff. I feel that I have just dealt with what is in front of me. During my reconstruction recovery I went septic and nearly died. That was more impactful then cancer.

Things I like


Botanicals images of trees and plants

Anything forest related (I have a HUGE, 300 pieces or more, Smokey Bear bookmark collection, let me know if you want vintage Smokey)

Vintage anything, cards, printed ephemera,photos, postcards are all wonderful if you found it, I will love it.

Washi tape, blues, green and yellows, florals, mountains etc.

Any tags or pockets for a junk journal

Canceled stamps from anywhere,

Fibers, not yarn, not wool

Charms to use as dangles

Colored pliable wire

Jewelry findings or unique ideas for dangles

Lace, 2 inches or more vintage or not

I am intrigued with sari silk

Sequins or shaker materials

Favorite recipes


Paper flowers

Sewing machine stitched paper.

Linens, I have a deep love for tatted doilies and embroidered dresser scarves. Scan your favorite and share the print out!

Gardens, gates, houses in die cuts.

CD of fun digitals?

A memory dex base, if you have the punch send me a couple!


I am using Pirate Ship to calculate shipping. If I get it wrong let me know! I mis-weighed a swap the other day and added a bunch of postcard stamps to make up the difference, I hope it works!

Things I do not care for

Herbal teas, I am allergic. Stick with black tea.

Anything cancer survivorish

Cotton basic yarn

Stinky perfumed items, once again allergic

Wool, raw, spun ...all give me hives

Flat back "gems" the plastic type

I wish I didn't have to put this down but PLEASE no kiddie or dollar store stickers. No alphabets either.

I am diabetic...no sweets please.

Cooking Junk Journal

I do not care for green peppers, I will take recipes with them in it in small quantities.

I adore canning and preserving

I love Holiday baking and meal prep

About Me

A: Anchors, arrows, ATC's

B: Black, Bards, Birds, Bark, Backgrounds, Beach, Boats, Buttons

C: Carolers, Christmas, Cardinals, CAL - Berkeley, Coffee, Color

D: Daffodil, Daisy, Druids, Demi-Gods, Darkness, Dancers, Dawn, Daydreams, Deer, Direction (N,S,E,W), Dwarf

E: Elves, Eagles, eyes, Earth, Eclipse,

F: Fairies, firflies, field notes, ferns, fortune cookies, flowers, flamingos, frogs, full moon.

G: Guaze (dyed), glass, glue, globe, gardens, groves, gardenia, gnomes, galaxies and gazebos

H: hearts, honey pots, hummingbird, hydrangea, hollyhock,

I: icicles, iced coffee, ink,

J: jelly fish, jacks, juniper, jade, junk journals

K: Kittens, kimono, keys, kryptonite

L: Lace, lillies, lemons, limes, ladybugs, ledgers, libraries, locks,

M: moose, mail, mailboxes, measuring tapes, mushrooms,

N: Numbers, napkins, nerds,

O: Octopus, owls, oil painting, opals, origami, otters

P: pomegranate, puppies, playing card (unusual backs), pine cones,


RootedInNatureArt rated for USATC: Spring Flower ATC on Mar 19, 2023
Comment: What a lovely ATC with so many different products used. I REALLY appreciate you listing all that you used. And thank you for the extra tag you sent is really cool too. Very gentle.
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful swap. I agree the alcohol ink is too beautiful to cover. Loved the envelopes you used for each tag. Great swap!
lmacdavis93 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #75 on Mar 2, 2023
Comment: Hi Brenda and thanks so much for the 3 elements ATC #75. Your background is really pretty - tissue paper? Paper napkin? Whatever it is, I really like it. And the touches of red add so much. Beautiful brass bee too! Spring is coming - yay!! And thank you so much for the vintage postcards - I love them!!
Comment: Thank you
Comment: I received a wonder swap on your behalf. Hope things are getting better!
Response: Hi, I promise I will send you one o f my own. Dad passed yesterday, but the crazy hasn't ended, Kristy is an amazing person
Comment: Got your huge bag of goodies today!! Merry Christmas to me!! I love the song book! And the vintage postcards! And will definitely use the flower maker (or regift it to my daughter and get her to make the flowers for me!!!!) Love the two tags in the tag holder, too! And the tag with the metal heart! So much wonderful ephemera, I wonder if you even have any left for yourself!!! Thank you so much for a very much appreciated swap!!! (Love all the stamps on the envie, too!!)
Ace330660 rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #22 on Dec 16, 2022
Comment: I love the dimensions to your card! What a cute envelope with the chipmunk. What book is that from?
Response: Oh dang, I would have to see a photo of the chipmunk, I have so much stuff it is hard to keep track of it! Glad you enjoyed
Comment: Oh, Brenda, this made me laugh! What a wonderful, uplifting zine with my favorite subject . . . kitties! LOVE all the images you used in your zine. Thanks, too, for those simply amazing die cuts--so beautiful! When I saw one of those die cuts on the envie, I thought, 'I'm going to have to ask Brenda where she got these so I can get some!' Wonderful swap; thank you, my friend.
teejlc rated for YTPC: Holiday 'Zine from 8.5" x 11" on Dec 12, 2022
Comment: I am so happy to hear that your dad is doing a little better and that your grandson will be arriving soon! Maybe by now he is here already! I love your funny cat zine. Thank you for sharing it will me. Thanks for the pretty mini envelopes too! Let me know when you'll be in town and we will make plans for coffee!!
mcorbus rated for USATC: Book Page Background on Dec 3, 2022
Comment: I loved the book page atc. Thank you!
Comment: Great pocket cards, Brenda! And filled with lovely Christmas ephemera!! Thank you!
Comment: I received your journal today. I love it. So much fun to look through. I have been making junk journals for years and it’s so fun to see so many different styles. You are very creative. I will treasure this🎄
Lisapotterylady rated for SOHC~A Small Collage on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: I am really thankful for this beautiful collage! Its just right the way it is. Your techniques are amazing! And thanks for the metal word. I will hang it up someplace where I can see it every day.
LauraM540 rated for USATC: Bird House on Nov 15, 2022
Comment: Such a cute card! Thanks for the fun extras too!
toni rated for MMHWH - Vintage Ephemera Swap #2 USA on Nov 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome and large collection of vintage goodies. So many wonderful goodies!
coleenfranks rated for USAPC: Holiday Snippets on Nov 14, 2022
Comment: Brenda, You did such a lovely job on this...so cute. And thanks for the extras. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Comment: Hello dear Brenda! Wow! You sent so many GORGEOUS notepads! I love them all so much--I can't even pick a favorite (although the pink one really draws me ;+) You were so kind to make so many for me and they are all so well made and unique. Many thanks for them--they will be well used!
Comment: Great tag! Thanks so much!
Jjean rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card # 20 on Nov 7, 2022
Comment: Nice, thank you....... you were so late in sending but enjoyed when it arrived...thank you for the extras.
Response: Glad it got to you. I hate it when I make things before the assignment of partners, this was not the first and probably won't be the last that it happens with, Grace is needed in this world. Please remember that.
ellie rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #21 on Nov 7, 2022
Comment: You are right, it is bright, but fits right in the fall season. Thanks for making it special. Just a note, please fill the back with your information and sign it. Be proud of your work!
Response: It is signed, very small about mid way if I remember correctly. It is not that I am not proud, sometimes when I do the back I think it takes away from the art.

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heliogal on Mar 19, 2023:

Brenda, Thank you so much for sending me AATW March wishes!! I really loved reading your letter and hearing about the bargain dress! That dress sounds so amazing!! That was a steal!! It is going to be so pretty on your craft room wall!! I loved the postcard and the pretty ephemera and ribbon!! Thank you for thinking about me it really made my day!!!

debbiespoms on Feb 3, 2022:

Thanks so much Brenda, for the AATW January wish, for all the many Vintage stamps. I so love them a lot!

isabellasnow on Feb 3, 2022:

Brenda! I'm over the moon for all the gorgeous laces and trims you sent from my January AATW wishlist . . . I LOVE EVERYTHING! Thank you so very much!

CherryBlossomLady on Jan 30, 2022:

Hey Lady,

Long time no talk! Happy new year and missing you! Drop me a line soon.


Autist on Jan 27, 2022:

Thank you for the AATW- Jan Wishes of valentines goodies!! They will come in handy for sure!! Cheers!

laterdayze on Jan 27, 2022:

Thank you SO much for my January wishes from All About the Wishes group - they are too cute!!

DeboraCreates on Jan 27, 2022:

Thank you for granting my January wish on the AATW group! Very nice selection!

bostianh on Dec 18, 2021:

bethe on Jul 18, 2021:

I also love the cute kitty stationery :)

bethe on Jul 18, 2021:

I love the ATC, happy mail stickers and grid washi! Thank you so much. All about the wishes July.

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