Swap-bot Time: November 28, 2020 8:29 am


Date Joined: May 31, 2017
Last Online: November 28, 2020
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE: I am officially retired! And a member of the RGC. Retired Girls Club as of June 26, 2020

Returning from RGC trip to Vegas 7-5-2020. Gal bought a condo!!!! Now we have a place to crash

My BFF has been all over the internet and met some pretty amazing people. I was raised as an Army Brat but spent all my years till jr college living at Fort Ord and Monterey California. Lucky me, I met my best friend at the age of 8, Dorothy. We are still to this day 54 years later side kicks. Spent 14 years living in Los Angelos area. Because of the smog, crime, and pollution our family moved to the great north west and ended up in Vancouver Washington.Been here since 1994 and worked at our hospital for 25 years in the lab, hence, LABLAURI.I am married to a wonderful man of 5 year. On our first date, he said he wanted to save Venice Italy for his honeymoon. A year later on Oahu, under a big crescent moon, reflexing off the still waters, he asked for my hand in marriage. A year later, we are on a gondola in Venice . Other than my husband, I have 3 boys. Will 39 and my twins, John and Chris 36 I should mention were born on Christmas Day with red hair. Will and his wife have 2 children Joey and FINALLY a girl, Annabelle. John and his wife are expecting a boy in July. UPDATE: 5 lb 5 oz. with, yes, red hair. Which brings me to my best friend. I wouldn't say we are to competitive, but I will never forget my phone call to her announcing I too was having twins. She had twin girls 4 months before my twin boys. We don't live near each since I left for college but the 4 remain friends to this day.

I love to garden and am starting my first herb garden. UPDATE: Not very successful, oh well.

My favorite color is sage and purple. My husband must really love me because he let me paint our bedroom lavender fUPDATE: 5 YEARS LATER, we have painted it gray. I was ready for a change The rest of the house is sage.

I play piano but only for myself .

I must be honest, I did not know what a Washi was till my BFF shared with me her stash. Looking forward to obtaining some. UPDATE: we got throw away lab coats now. Wear for a week or so then depose of it. I have since brought WASHI tape to work with me and I have the prettiest and most unusual lab coat. I have got to introduce Washi tape to people! Even got one med tech to check into swap bot.

Favorite Television

I love British TV. and subscribe to Acorn TV. They have Aussie tv shows too. Thank goodness for my iPad and wireless headphones. Hubby can watch his shows and I can watch mine, I don’t watch regular TV as we do not have cable. I would rather watch my favorite you tubes, Now I a, taking an abstract art class on line called Amanda’s insiders. I am amazed at the work I have produced and they hang on my wall. It’s the best 19.99 a month for its value, a class every week but what more, we have developed a community of artis from all ranges.


I am a cubbies fan and married into it. Love Baseball and Football. I also love the Seattle Seahawks as I am from Washington. We watch a lot of baseball and football. So I would like anything Seahawks or Chicago Cubs stickies or whatever! UPDATE: boycotting NFL New UPDATE: The nfl got their heads out of their butts and I will watch football now, I am an army brat and disrespecting our flag is nothing I can tolerate. Leave it at that. UPDATE: back to boycotting the NFL.

Favorite Crafts

If it wasn't for by best friend, I wouldn't do crafts. I see the hours she spends making and creating art. I started small with jewelry. Still learning but can do the basics. My first mistake was spending three days beading. I didn't know to take breaks. I paid the price. Now, I get up, make a cup of tea or glass of wine🍷 My BFF gave me a water color set and I have fallen in love with water coloring. My favorite thing to do is land scaping. When we go on vacation, I have a mini set I bring with me. Making cards for family and friends with their favorite places brings me joy.

Watercoloring is my new passion. Found a teacher and well, don’t be surprise if you get a card from me with one of my watercolors.

Traveling has given me the opportunity to take pictures. Now I make beautiful cards. Favorites are snap shots from Venice Italy and Kauai. UPDATE I have a pink and gold Glam Craft Room. Love my girlie room, no boys allowed. LoL


I love to travel. I did not know my husband belonged to a time share till I ran across it while moving into our home. What's this I asked. He rarely has used it over the years and I was, give me everything you have on it because it will be used. I love going to the resorts, no travel lodge for me! Other than Venice, I have been to England, Paris, Rome, Florida, San Francisco, Monterey, San Diego, Kauai ( first Anniversary). Victoria BC (New Years). San Antonio Texas just cause...I have us locked into San Francisco again..for Christmas, my brother Dave got my husband and I tickets to the Cubs one night and the next night him and his wife will join us. This fall, the big island Hawaii, and St. Thomas Virgin Island next April. The hardest part is waiting. UPDATE: St Thomas canceled boohoo Washington DC for Cherry Blossom Parade. Just took a road trip to Arches, Moab Utah, Colorado ! Iowa , Mt Rushmore and finally Yellowstone. Now retired so much of America remains to be seen. Europe is out these days sadly. I have 3 retired girlfriends so we made the RGC. Retired Girls Club. We have already taken a trip to Vegas where one of the gals bought a condo! I do the itinerary.


Things I like Sparkling stuff, Photos of you or your travels Hand made cards, Washi tape, tea ( no green) and coffee, Color pens, Anything to make jewelry , Postcards, Stationary sets, Note cards Turtles .O1 or .03 micron pen Ocean theme stamps Flowers/ tropical stamps

Anything pink and,gold for my craft/glam room

Anything lavender, purple, or sage, Anything Cubs or SEAHAWKS

Not a big fan or small scraps of paper for journaling

I am,learning to water color above new paint brushes Any information, brochures, maps, ideas about Germany or Austria. Best info is by those who know. So, if your writing to me and have travel experience in those countries, please tell me about it. Maybe things on don’t waste your time on.


Candles Soaps I do not journal and really don’t ever use those little pieces of paper.

I spend a lot of time on my swaps and hope you can see that. I recently got the spare room for my crafts/glam room. I would stay in there all day if I could. It's been fun getting it set up.


If you have a favorite picture of yourself, feel free to send me one. I have an inspirational board that I made for my craft room. I would love to fill it with pictures of my swap buddies. Please drop a note to say hi with your swap. I really enjoy hearing from people the most. thanks


Comment: I’ll write back soon.
Response: I will be looking forward to it
AlisonKingWriter rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #219 on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the card and extras! I love cutouts like that. Sounds like a good weekend! I love the lights here around christmas too! Hope you're well. <3 AL
Response: Thank you for the heart
Comment: loved it !!! thanks
Response: Your welcome
ladyaduial rated for October 2020 Journal Swap on Nov 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful journal. I love your style.
Response: Your welcome. Crazy month. Thank you for the heart
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #215 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Hello Neighbor! What a fun weekend minus the shingles. I've had them before. Sorry, that's never any fun. I hope you are feeling better.
Response: Hello, yes I am just at the itchy stage, been three weeks today. Had my tooth pulled and stitched up. Be glad when I can eat and Oct. is over with!
Carollee922 rated for Easy Peasy Note Card - USA on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the die cuts, they are adorable!
Response: thought you would like those. Thanks for the heart!
Wingsofgossamer rated for One Week - One Letter #13 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: What an absolutely beautiful letter. I hope you’re feeling better. I hope your son and his new bride have a long and happy life together. Your art is beautiful! You are beautiful! Thank you.
Response: Thank you for your kind words And the heart. I am finally feeling better...
LibraryMaker rated for Happy Little Notecards #121 on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card! The photograph is gorgeous! Did you apple pudding come out well?
Response: Glad you liked it! Well enough . I have an apple walnut cake I am going to make today. Need apples lol wish I had a tree near by but alas, I must go to the store :(..thanks for the heart
Candace rated for Notecard Penpals USA on Oct 12, 2020
Comment: I hope you had a great time at the wedding!
Response: It was lovely, small, but got the job done.
Comment: Wonderful mini happy mail! Thank you so much for all the goodies! I'm so in love with the pressed leaves especially ≧◡≦ 💕 Love the autumn theme. I hope you enjoy your trip! Stay safe and have a great time! + I love to paint the sky/sunsets in particular :}
Response: Thank you, glad I remembered them. Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the nice note and goodies!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter and goodies! I will get a letter back to you soon :)
Response: Look forward to hearing from you! Thanks for the heart
Lilyhax rated for Happy Little Notecards #121 on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for such amazing fall note card and extras. It really made my smile after such a stressful day. That picture makes we want to visit Multnomah Falls.
Response: Well that’s what it’s all about.i love it there to and plan on going next week! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and beautiful photos of your art! Love the stationary and your ideas on how to create your own!! :) Thank you also for the recommendation on the art group and Papermate pens. I will have to check out that group!
Response: Love to pass on stuff that I have learned, paper mate pens are a game changer. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: This was so nice!! Would you mind if I wrote you back?
Response: I would love to hear back from you, thanks for the ❤️
Petaltea rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #213 on Oct 3, 2020
Comment: Hi Lauri! I received your swap today! I loved it! I think you are very talented. I loved the drawing of the pumpkin on the envelope. I didn’t know you painted as well. I sent a letter, but I will write again because I want to know more about your online painting class. Have a nice weekend!
Response: Thank you for the heart and kind words. I would be happy to talk about my course and will be checking the mailbox for your letter!
Comment: First of all I love the paper you made the envelope from - I have had a hard time finding halloween paper here. That article you sent me was so shocking! Its crazy what people will pay for old pokemon stuff! The stationary you sent is very pretty and thanks for telling me how it was made - I will definitely steal that idea from you. The stickers and washi are so awesome and the memo sheet is adorable. Thank you SO much!
Response: I thought you would get a kick out of The article. Glad everything was liked! Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you so much! I really enjoyed reading your letter :)
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Traceyk rated for UHM: Mini Penpal Challenge 🌷 on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: OMG! I love your art! The colors are my favorite - and so vibrant!!! I'm going to try out your recipe once our weather cools off and I can turn on my oven. I'll write back if you don't mind. :)
Response: Oh thank you!!!! Ofcourse, I will look forward to hearing from you.! I am glad you like my art. Thank you for the heart
Comment: Got your letter today, thank you so much. Love the travel journal cards too. Will write back soon.
Response: Well I am really looking forward to. Thanks for the heart

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kizzlets on Oct 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the floral photos and cute dog stickers in response to the 💌 Mini Happy Mail #2!!! 💌 (USA) swap I sent. Much appreciated!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

Snaileditcrafts on Aug 2, 2020:

Thank you for joining this swap that I am hosting, "Home Made With Love." Partners have been assigned! Have fun with this, as you share your home made items with your assigned partner! p

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

Merimax on Aug 27, 2019:

Thank you for the photos and letter, also for the postcards and stamps that you had snail-mailed for the Photo of your house swap. Most kind of you.

iamdawt on Aug 11, 2019:

I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of the effort and thought you put into your swaps. You always go above and beyond. Anyone would be lucky to have you as a partner.

paperlvr on Apr 9, 2019:

Many thanks for your adorable note back for our original Brighten My Week March #5 Swap! I think you wrote to me on vintage stationery I sent to you! 😜 Your distressed oxide note card was beautiful! Thank you for sending me your very first one! Thanks also for the extra goodies! I hope to swap with you again soon!

christy102194 on Mar 25, 2019:

Thanks for the congrats! Cannot believe it's been 6 years!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

supersquirrel on Feb 13, 2019:

Hi Lauri - I've been snowbound with no mail service since Saturday. It was such a nice surprise to get your letter today (and in a yellow envelope)! What a great sounding store. It definitely is on my bucket list. Thanks for the cool sample you made. I picked up a few spray inks at a garage sale but it didn't turn out as nice as yours :) Thanks for brightening my day!

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