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Date Joined: July 22, 2016
Last Online: April 28, 2022
Birthday: November 10, 1979
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a wife and homeschooling mother of three. I spend a lot of my time at home with my kids or participating in all of the activities that come with having homeschooled children. When I can, I squeeze in time for reading and crafting/creating. I love art and while I don't consider myself an artist, I love trying my hand at painting and drawing. When I get outside I like to bike (bicycle) and I've discovered I love camping.

Favorite Books

I love reading all kinds of books. My house is basically a library. My husband jokes that we are going to have to learn how to make my bookshelves a structural part of our house if I buy any more of them. I'm currently in a classics book club and I'm really enjoying it. The only genre I do not really enjoy is romance, but if it is recommended, I'm willing to try just about anything. I do believe my favorite author of all time is Neil Gaiman. I also have recently started to enjoy reading some of my kids' books too. I find juvenile fiction delightful. Favorite books of all time would be Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (most things by Neil, really) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, A Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain just to name a very few.

I have read some of the best books lately. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright, A Horse Came Running by Meindert DeJong and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music with the exception of post-1980s country. I am always obsessed with finding the next great song that makes me want to listen to it over and over again. Old favorites are The Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, Pearl Jam, The Cure, BT, Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Chevelle, Fiona Apple and Beck. These people made me want to be rock stars. Some favorite bands/singers that I'm listening to right now are Regina Spektor, Pete Yorn, School of Seven Bells, The Joy Formiddable, Wolf Alice, Silversun Pickups, Meg Meyers, Grimes, The Kills, K. Flay, GEMS, Ryan Adams, The Replacements, Alt-J, Doomtree and Dessa. I could literally go on and on. There is so much good music out there!

I’ve got some new music. The new Florence and the Machine and Neko Case are great! Love every song. Also loving the older Greta Van Fleet album and a new song by Cat Power.

Favorite Crafts

I love crafting in most of its forms. I love to scrapbook, art journal, make cards, paint, draw, knit, crochet and spin yarn. I HATE sewing. I used to think I'd like it, but every time I try it, I end up hating the process and the finished product. So I've given up on that one. I go through phases with all my preferred crafts. Right now, I'm trying to learn to knit brioche and finding it very challenging. Working in a store that sells art supplies and scrapbooking paper has helped me amass quite a stash of crafty things to work on. ATCs have become my preferred art form for the time being and I can't get enough of them!

Favorite Television

I don't watch a whole lot of television lately. Shows I have really enjoyed in the past are The Office, Arrested Development, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seinfeld, Parks and Recreation, Firefly, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica and Gilmore Girls. I haven't had actual network tv or cable or anything in my house in almost 14 years. Everything we watch in my house is on DVD.

Recently watched and loved The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Call the Midwife

Favorite Movies

My favorite movies are pretty much all older ones. The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars episodes 4-6, Empire Records, Pillow Talk, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Braveheart, Roman Holiday, Amelie, Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I do like the new Star Trek movies just to name a few.


  • anything handmade
  • vintage
  • ephemera
  • die cuts
  • coffee
  • colors (I love them all, except for things that are predominantly orange. Aqua, turquoise and red are favorites)
  • vintage Pyrex
  • tea (all kinds)
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • geek
  • natural fiber yarn
  • tattoos (I have none, but love them anyway)
  • stamps (rubber, acrylic and postage)
  • Chapstick
  • pop art
  • graffiti
  • geometric patterns
  • markers
  • watercolor
  • Tim holtz products
  • ATCs
  • art made by you
  • mermaids
  • children's book illustrations
  • books
  • socks

I promise, if I receive something handmade and it is obvious you put effort into the item, I will love it! I am a huge proponent of handmade crafts.

I also promise that I will rate you the day I get your swap or shortly thereafter and I ask the same of anyone who receives swaps from me.

I pledge to rate

Private swaps

I am ALWAYS looking for someone to swap privately with me. If you are interested, please send me a message. I am more than willing to set it up. I am interested in swapping:

  • music playlists/recommendations
  • book recommendations
  • postcards homemade and store bought
  • ATCs
  • yarn
  • knitted items
  • stamped images
  • vintage ephemera
  • die cuts
  • washi tape samples


Please don't send:

  • foam stickers/shapes
  • anything scented
  • Christmas themed items-I'm just not into Christmas crafting. I've tried, but it just doesn't excite me.
  • Disney stuff

I'm pretty easy to please!


Heynowokay rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 3 on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Love this final installment of the exquisite corpse. Thank you!
Comment: Really beautiful card! I like the layers of dictionary and the glitteriness around the flower and the hand drawn elements. Thank you very much :)
Artstamper rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 2 on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Love your fancy dress! Thanks for the second part to what is looking like a fine corpse.
Heynowokay rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 1 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Love the first part, she's super fancy!
turnsoleluna rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: So very glad to hear you are feeling better. I love the artsy hand you created and the envelope theme was appreciated. Take care and I hope we may swap again :)
MiRdLHWY43 rated for OMAE: Mail Art Pick 3 on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap. I love everything you sent and I didn't have any postmark stamps, I'm so happy to get these! 💜
Response: I’m so glad to hear that! Enjoy!
kiddomerriweather rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome stickers! I especially love the bright pink ones and the butterfly.
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad you like them!
orneryswife rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Love that shimmery paint!! I'm glad to be swapping with you, too!!
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on May 29, 2021
Comment: Love your hand, Joy! Me being a boy mom, it's perfect... I am so very glad you are feeling better.
Response: Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. I love that weirdo image so much. It sat around waiting for just the right project....
Comment: I absolutely love the envelopes you made, and can't wait to use them (following a few months of hoarding them, haha!). The outer envelope you decorated was awesome, too! Thanks for an excellent swap!
Response: You’re welcome! So glad you liked them. I loved this swap. Decorating envelopes is fun.
olenaspicer rated for Free themed ATC swap-PRIVATE on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Joy, I received your swap today! Thank you, thank you - love everything to the last bit, incl. the envelope. Beautiful background, and I really like that there is a special meaning behind the ATC. Thank you so much for all the goodies - all my faves :):):) It was a pleasure to swap with you.
Response: I’m so glad it did arrive. I worry about that sometimes. And you’re so very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the things I sent. I’ll swap with you anytime😊
Aeon rated for Private background paper swap on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: This swap deserves 5 more hearts! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you SO much for the envelope of rainbow cheery papers! They are all SO gorgeous!
Comment: Thank you, sorry for late rating..lots was going on
Juniebird rated for Big 4-0 Paper Party on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: Oh wow, what a fantastic envelope absolutely stuffed with goodies! I haven't even had time to finish looking through it all (busy weekend) but it is so amazing... you have really been generous with so many lovely things. I really can't thank you enough, but I'll say it anyway... Thank you!!!
Comment: Dear Joy: Your flip tags (day 38) are so well done. Love all the papers you used and the cute fabric trim. And you tucked in such great goodies - I hate to take them out but they are just too fun not to use! Thanks so much for a super fun swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great Altered Index Cards! They are absolutely beautiful
Comment: Thank You so much the lovely journal tags , this was a fun project to do. Hope you enjoyed your trip!
donetta rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #13 on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Oh Joy! I love that making this ATC for me has put you back in the mood for making ATCs, but I wonder why you put them on a back burner, since you do them so beautifully! I love everything about it, and wish I had more of your artwork. You are fabulous.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments! I think I have a little ADD when it comes to art and crafts. I can’t stay focused on just one thing. I cycle through phases of interest. I think that’s why I’ve been off the ATC train for a while.
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: 100 Day: Day 32: Bag Tags! on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Joy and thank you for the awesome bag tag! These were really fun to do and I love the one you made for me. I like that you used a book plate for the inside pocket and love the vintage photo and papers that you used. Also, you have beautiful handwriting! Thanks for a fun swap.
lvpoohbr2 rated for SMSUSA: Tell Me About . . . #4 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you Joy for the lovely letter! Looks like we definitely have a lot in common! I was born in MN. I have no memory of it but still have a pride of being born there! I sure wish the swap partners were mutual rather than random. I hope to swap with you again! Ü
Response: I have thought that about the mutual partner thing before especially in regards to letter writing swaps. It would be nice. I’m so glad you enjoyed my letter!

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Hell0Z0mbie on Sep 20, 2021:

Thank you much for your page in my cactus deco! It's really pretty! Very well done, thank you much.

orneryswife on Aug 30, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely page you added to my In the Garden deco. I am really loving these collaborations! ❤

orneryswife on Aug 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for adding your art to my Homes deco. I love how it turned out!

MiRdLHWY43 on Aug 16, 2021:

Thank you for the cool and fun flower guy addition to my fee style deco, living wild and free is a great life goal....💜

bigmamabird on Jun 21, 2021:

***with the deco, I meant deco..!

bigmamabird on Jun 20, 2021:

Hey Joy, I am so glad you are recovering well! I had fun going overboard with the zine...

Hell0Z0mbie on May 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for the lovely page in my OMAE butterfly deco book! It looks so great! Is the butterfly cutout thing from a Cricut or something? The lines are so sharp!

kiddomerriweather on May 1, 2021:

Thank you for working on my "From the Desk of" deco (OMAE). I love the VW bus!

bigmamabird on Apr 30, 2021:

So glad you liked the faces sending! I didn't take a picture of it, but I'm pretty sure it was the photo of a young rene russo? Did I gussy up the back..? Bad that I don't remember that, lol...Hope spring is treating you well. We are having the rains we desperately needed and the greens are really starting to pop, yay!

Hell0Z0mbie on Mar 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for your Seas the Day page in my mermaid deco book! I love it, really pretty design. <3

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