Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2022 3:45 pm


Date Joined: June 7, 2007
Last Online: December 2, 2022
Birthday: May 28
Country: United States
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About Me

πŸ’™ January 2022- My focus word for this year is "STRIDE" a good or regular rate of progress. A step in progress toward an aim"


πŸ’™Updated November 2022

❀️ Today is Oct 13th 2022.. 25 years ago today my sweet mama left this earth on a beautiful sunny day. Seems like it was only yesterday..... She loved Autumn. If she were here now she would be in shock at everything going on in our world. Remember to be kind and enjoy small pleasures. If someone doesn't have a smile give them one of yours.

πŸ’™ February 2022- I am starting a new collection this year for USA map postcards, unwritten, blank. This list is what I HAVE so far and would love it if ya'll have one to share, new or vintage. I also collect anything of my home state of Oregon. Vintage would be so fun! (Oregon new or used)

Other postcards: from where you travel or live, animals, animals, animals, anything from my ABCs of Me. I have postcard penpals I send to every month and 2 elderly ladies I send to.

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 enjoy many other activities as you can read the ABCs of me. My husband has been 3D printing items. Three years ago 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 3-5 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.

We have one cat who has our heart. 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 18 years old. We lost her sister Oni in March 2019. Our hearts were broken. RIP little one. ❀️

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 Envelopes decorated by you Eighties music Embroidery Elvis Estate sales

  • 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 Ice Cream Instant Pot (just 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 (to alter)

  • 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 Tea (green and black, flavors are my fave) 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

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  • 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 a lot of TV through the week in the evenings because it's the best way to relax together after our long days....World's Funniest Animals, This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, Survivor (since the beginning) NCIS, still watch the original with Gibbs Use to love CSI (with Grissom) Firefly, Bones and Grimm, That 70s Show, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Americas Got Talent, Mike and Frank on American Pickers, Food Network, Anne of Avonlea, DinersDriveIns&Dives .... Sad to say some of my favorites are no more. Fave movies: Grease, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and 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, Jewel, Enya and Adele. Also love Boston, 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 ballerinas, hip-hop It's just wonderful live art to me!


*Please don't send me anything with nuts, seeds, popcorn or peanut butter. I can't eat them anymore. Ugh...plain milk, white, or dark chocolate, jelly beans or fruity candy I can have.

*paper scraps

*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 respond 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. Our mailbox where we receive mail is locked. I drop off mail at the post office. The outgoing mailbox where I live has a 3/4" drop slot and mail can get wet in there. Not ideal. I go to the post office once or twice a week for mailing. When I drop off my swaps and other mail, that's when I mark sent because after all I did mail it off. Mail may not get postmarked for the same day. The two post offices I use have different hours and only one is open on Saturday for short hours, so please keep that in mind if you are a postmark stickler! I also take photos of sent swap mail in case it's needed. Stay safe and craft on! πŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›

Wishes, Tags, WTA, RAKS

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COLLABS(homers) and Mystery Supply Swaps


JJJ Let's Make a Junk Journal:

I will be working in my new travelers sized journal with lots of torn edged pages I just ripped with my new ruler! Works great! I made a fabric cover and it has a rustic/forest/woodland theme fabric with watercolor birds print mixed with some brown. So pretty!

I'm going with a vintage style nature theme with some color! I love bees, butterflies, woodland animals; squirrels, rabbits, deer, fox, mushrooms, forest, trees, leaves, forest plants and wildflowers. Fern and columbine are two of my favorites. I don't really like people in most of my journals. I have specific books for including people and most are of my family. Things I love are gelli prints, mixed medium and handmade papers, handmade by you, words and quotes, genuine vintage papers and fabric are a favorite and bring a big smile! Old book pages of all kinds, postcards, recipes, handwritten letters, love handwriting! I think that list is pretty comprehensive! Thanks for reading. :)


anicka22 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #32 on Dec 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap. Love the postcard, your note and the stamps you ued
Comment: Thank you for the very cool postcard. I have not heard of that author. Have you finished the book yet? I have to admit when I’m reading something and can’t seem to really get into it it will take me forever to finish because it feels more like a chore.
Comment: Hi Bonnie. Thank you for the nice card and tags! Plus the nice note. I don't believe we have been partnered up before. Glad we were now! I hope your Holidays are everything you wish for and more.... Hugs, Brenda
TryshaH81 rated for CPG Christmas Post Card - US on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: Beautiful card! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Comment: I love vintage cards. Thankyou so much for this beautiful post card!
Comment: That sounds so awesome!! The East Coast definitely has a lot more in the way of old architecture!! Thanks for sharing your memory.
sherylk3 rated for I Spy Something with an I (R4) on Nov 25, 2022
Zefaniya rated for CPG Christmas Post Card - US on Nov 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you, love this card! Into my December daily it goes! :)
CHOWEFACE rated for CPG-Glitter Only Christmas - US on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Love the card! And the stickers! Thanks :)
Comment: Sadly, your envelope was delivered with both sides sliced open. So I'm not sure what was in it but there were a few Christmas items. It probably got wet at some point which is not surprising with the hurricanes we've had here lately. Thank you, though items I did receive.
Comment: Lovely card! Thank you for the great postcard as well.
Comment: I loved this swap b/c I love talking about my 13 year old calico to anyone who will listen. And even better is getting cat goodies in the mail! Thank you for the adorable card and it was so fun to read about fellow Portlander who has an old girl who is thriving. She is a beauty and looks like such a sweatheart. <3
glassnowdrop rated for MAIL ART - Cats or Dogs on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the cat themed mail! I hope you and your cats are doing well :)
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Thanksgiving card and goodies. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
Comment: Thank you so much I love your choice of fall washi :))
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and stickers. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!
SerenBunny rated for NIGHT VIEW Postcard on Nov 14, 2022
Comment: OMG so pretty, thank you! I found Janet E in my library when I was...15? I started with book 8, which ;) ya know! Xx
Response: Very welcome! Just started reading Hardcore Twenty-Four last night. I'm not reading them in order because I'm finding books at thrift stores. :) Lol
Comment: Thank you for the multitude of vintage ephemera that you sent winging my way. I love reflecting on the days of old! I look forward to these swaps. Happy holidays to you and yours!
Response: Very welcome! I am an old soul too! I'm happy you like your swap and thank you for the heart. Happy Holidays!
amyduff rated for YTPC: Over Page Fabric Flip USA on Nov 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you Bonnie for the fabric flip!
debbiespoms rated for PTG: Animal Postcard on Nov 11, 2022
Comment: +Hi Bonnie ! TYVM for the 2 beautiful horses PC! I love them so much and would so love to ride them! i miss doing that. I once had 2 beautiful horses and still miss them so much! TY for the Thanksgiving sentiment. I wish for you & yours to have a good Thanksgiving as well.
Response: Hi Debbie, You're most welcome! I didn't know you use to ride! Now when I see horses I'll think of you. I read you like horses on your profile. I don't run across horse postcards hardly ever, but I'll keep my eye out for them. Thank you for the heart and wish for Thanksgiving. :)

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Whippet on Nov 28, 2022:

Bonnie - You are wonderful & I thank you! You have the honor of sending me & I received my 1st Christmas card of the season! Gorgeous huge glitter happy snowman card, my Mom loves your card. Your card is up on display. Fabulous extras, the almond tree branches with blossoms is another popular Van Gogh painting. The snowflake effect sparkle stickers - first time seeing them, wow. Happy December!

LadyJo on Nov 25, 2022:

Thank you for the birthday wishes and card! I like the winter stickers as well. I will write after this weekend,pc pal! November WW

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AJ73 on Nov 21, 2022:

Thank you so much for the amazing November RAK Random Junk Journal Christmas Ephemera. I am totally shocked 😳 and extremely happy 😁 that I was the lucky winner. I had written a long thank you message and it wouldn't post. So I'm going to post this much and will send a card with more thankful information.

AJ73 on Nov 21, 2022:

I just realized I posted twice for the WTA postcards. .....

AJ73 on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you Bonnie for all the WTA Postcards. The house in West Virginia is definitely a fixer upper. Lol. I love the lemon postcards. I like to cut them up and put them in water. When the water has all been drunk then I eat the lemons!!!The cat postcards and note cards are always a hit with me. πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ±β€οΈβ­πŸ˜

AJ73 on Nov 19, 2022:

Hi Bonnie. Thank you for the WTA postcards. The Rugged and beautiful West Virginia home needs a little love and is definitely a fixer upper!!! The lemons are so cool. And, the cat postcards and cat note cards are always a bit with me. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. ,,,πŸ˜β­β­β­β€οΈπŸ±πŸˆβ€β¬›

Whippet on Nov 14, 2022:

Thank you Bonnie for the 2 PCs you sent to me, view of Wash DC, & picture of Van Gogh's painting "The Potato Eaters. Wow, Thnksgvng is next week. - Kathy

susieq11 on Nov 9, 2022:

Bonnie!!!! WOW, the part 2 wishes you sent to me for WW October are ahhhh-mazing! Oh my, what treasures - Thank you for parting with them! I loved reading your note - and I am so happy for your guidance too. I will definitely get things together to do at least some pages in a glue book - I am doing it this time, ha ha! I will keep the note with all the wonderful things you sent for inspiration. I can't tell you how much I love it all, thank you so so very much!! Huge hugs! xoxo

AZmom875 on Nov 8, 2022:

RAK October Lace n Trims n Fabric Pieces Winner drawn October 28th

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