Swap-bot Time: August 10, 2022 10:27 am


Date Joined: January 21, 2017
Last Online: August 9, 2022
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I'm Leslie.

7/27/22- Hello all my dear Crafty friends.. My mum will be celebrating her 91st birthday on Aug. 25. In the past, a few people in a pocket letter group on another site sent have her pocket letters as RAKs (not on her birthday). On here, there have been a few very sweet people that have sent her letters and pcs- just because. I will say, she is not big on writing back...her eyes are getting to the "90 yr old weary syndrome", but she enjoys, loves, and is amazed when she receives a card from a stranger. She didn't understand why people would take the time to bless her with such a wonderful thing! I have explained the idea of RAKs to her, and she loves that concept! If she shops with me (doesn't do that much now she has serious hip pain), she is always saying to let someone cut in front of us if they only have a few items (which I do anyway), at Aldi, we always pass on a cart without taking a quarter, etc. And she will say, "that's our RAK for the day" with a big grin 😁 - she has a good grasp of the concept now! She loves to bring my swaps to the mailbox at the end of the driveway when I have some going out. She loves picking up the mail too, to see the pretty envelopes and interesting postcards. I was wondering, if it isn't too much trouble, you find an extra postage stamp for the month, or you have an extra moment to write a quick note, would you mind sending her a postcard or notecard (store bought is more than OK!) with a simple Happy Birthday message? Please, do not feel obligated... the rest of my family is scattered around the country, and will call to wish her a happy day, but we all know it's not quite the same as a physical piece of mail... we all get that! Thank you in advance, if you decide to do this.. Happy summer! Her name is Susan Coleman, and she does live with me, so address is same - 403 Seawane Circle, Auburndale FL 33823-5801

New Postal Rates per USPS website: Letters: Standard-sized, rectangular envelope stamps start atΒ $0.60. Square, oversized, or unusually shaped envelope stamps start atΒ $0.99.

Postcards: Standard-sized, rectangular postcard stamps start atΒ $0.44. Oversized postcards need letter stamps, which start atΒ $0.60.

Large Envelopes/Small Packages:. Large envelopes (flats) start atΒ $1.20.
Small packages start atΒ $4.50.

Please Google the USPS website to see a complete list of more pricing, weights, and sizes.

Please Note: I am taking a break from several groups at this time due to health issues. Thank you for understanding: I will update as needed

  1. RAKS USA ONLY - time off approved by @Grammypammy 7-10
  2. All About the Wishes - time off approved by @debbiespoms 8-5


  1. 8/4/22: nothing has been received yet. Sent message on 8/2, it has not been read. This is more than a couple weeks late now. Will have to give a 1 rating very soon. Contacted 7/17/22: by howdyholly - Art Collab PC #104. She will send late.


11/17/21: Get ready swappers! Found this article "USPS plans price hikes two times a year starting in 2023"


Please be sure to rate!

7/2/22- Hello! Please note that I will be rating late for a while. It's hard for me to sit with my back against a chair, it sets off all the nerves in my back. Please be patient. It will just take a little longer.

6/17/22- Hello my friends. Tonight, my heart is breaking. My beautiful, darling Kohi passed away. My mother and I went to Olive Garden for a late lunch, when we got home, she was on the bottom of her cage, wings spread, and unable to sit upright. She was fine when we left. And has not shown any signs of illness. Sadly, that is usually the way it is with our avian friends.. healthy one minute, and Not the next.. I was able to hold her for 2 hours, give her "head rubs," and keep her warm. At the last minute, she jumped out of my hand, and flew to the floor. This was her "Rally". She passed one minute later. She was 15 years old. A great age for a cockatiel.

4/22/22: have been having several health issues on top of my back issues. I have developed a trigger thumb which is very painful - even with a brace. I have also started having falls. My leg is buckling under me, and I crumple to the ground. There is no warning. I fell in a restaurant, and at home yesterday. I may have broken my big toe. Please forgive me if I rate or respond to ratings a little slower than usual. I promise I will get my swaps out on time as usual, or notify you if there is a reason I can't. I hope everyone else is having a wonderful post-Easter experience. πŸ˜€πŸ°

1/23/22: UPDATE - This year has been difficult to date. Several bad things have happened. A. Several friends in the next community came down with COVID. B: The grandson of a friend was sentenced to jail time. C: My sister's husband passed away. D: A friend of 26 years passed away. E: Found out one of my cousins is in stage 4 renal failure. F: Another cousin has brain damage from a car accident last summer. G: A 3rd cousin has "LONG COVID" H: My Fibromyalgia is giving me trouble, and I am having a lot of trouble sleeping.

My swaps have Not been affected.
I am still on target with all send dates.
This month, I have been a couple days late rating at times, but I am up to date on all ratings at this moment.

12/28/21: my son and his g.f. had 3 flights out of Florida canceled in 2 days. Needless to say, I'm behind in my ratings of received swaps...honestly, haven't opened mail in about 3 days. Please be patient. I will get to it as soon as we have seen them on their way 😲 Thank you! πŸ™‚ they are home and ratings are up to date.

11/15/21: I have officially hosted 100 swaps! Isn't swapping great? I've met so many new friends, it's fantastic!

10/18/21: Amazing! I have completed 1001 swaps as of today.... WOW!

I LOVE 🐌🐌 mail! Finding something other than a bill in my mailbox, it really makes my day!

If you have not received a swap from me, please let me know before you rate. I have not missed a swap deadline to date, and will always message you if I think it will be late. In fact, I usually have swaps ready to go a few days after they are assigned. I will wait, however until a few days before swap deadline to send if you have not sent yours to your partner. When putting outgoing mail in the mailbox, I will not mark sent until the postman has picked it up.

PLEASE, if I owe you postage, let me know.


Colors: I love all shades of purple, Jewel Tones and bright colors. Not fond of pastels.

I have a beautiful Cockatiel named Kohi no Karemu. Coffee and Cream in Japanese. She is a beautiful buff color as opposed to the normal white. She has the orange cheeks and some gorgeous yellow tail feathers (see my Avatar). Unlike females of other bird species, the female cockatiel cannot talk or imitate other sounds (like whistling tunes). This does not keep her from letting me know what she wants! If I am cooking or crafting, she has to have her nosey little beak right beside me to let me know if she approves or not 🦜. She also loves it when I bring her cage out to the table on the deck for breakfast. If it's raining, she makes a stink about not going out. She also greets us vocally before we even come in the door, if we have been out. She is a great companion, and cheers me up immensely when I am down. πŸ’œ I wish I could put a vest on her and make her my companion animal.

I was a Lead Investigator in a paranormal group in Nebraska (Great Plains Supernatural Investigations) for several years before I moved to Florida. We all loved doing investigations, and listening to the evening's recordings can be tedious, but when you find something... WOW!

Rating: please be thoughtful when rating. If your partner sent you 3 things pertaining to a swap theme, when they only needed to send one, or sent some extras that your profile says you like, be kind...rate with a heart. Don't you want to to make someone's day?? πŸ’š

POSTCARDS: if you want a 🧑 from me, please write more than a word or three on a postcard swap you send to me. I would like to hear about you - your likes/dislikes, your day, the weather in your area, your pet, your craft faves, fave TV or movies, your fave quote,, anything that's on your mind.... Sending me a postcard that only says... "Happing swapping" or "Have a nice day" for example, will not prompt me to give a heart rating.


My 90 yr old mother lives with me. She still has her license (but doesn't drive here in Florida), and makes friends easily.

My son and his girlfriend just moved to NY City! Hooray!!! Now we are on the same coast!

Favorite Crafts

For Crafts, I am a long-time stamper and scrapbooker. I used to make full size Pocket Letters - i rarely do those now, they are very time consuming.

I can do most crafts, however, I have not yet been able to get the hang of sewing, crocheting, or knitting... but I would still like to learn someday.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I am an amateur photographer. I use a point and shoot camera, and have gotten some great pictures! I mostly photograph nature. Plants, birds, dragonflies, butterflies. People are okay, but to me, they spoil a nice scene more often than not!! That includes pics of me. I'm not a selfie fan, and I usually don't want to be in a pic when I'm traveling...I know what I look like!! I want to remember where I've been πŸ˜‰

I have found my inner artist from being on swap sites. It's exciting to be challenged like this!


My all time favorite books...

  1. Martians Go Home

  2. The Disc World series by Terry Prachett

  3. The Harry Potter Series

  4. A book from childhood... The Diamond in the Window.

  5. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (any LMA book, truth be told)

  6. The Golden Compass trilogy


I really love almost any music. Depends on my mood as to what I listen to.

Classical: Rachmaninoff, Bach, Schubert 40s-80s Grateful Dead John Denver Jimmy Buffet Lulu Bread ELO Schooner Faire Recently found : Fishermen's Friends Big band (wish I had learned how to Swing dance when I was in High School!)

Favorite Movies

Favorite Movies... hmmm So Many!

I love old movies: Examples: Singing in the Rain, Bringing up Baby, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Philadelphia Story, American Graffiti, Back to the Future (the first is the best! and yes, it IS a classic!), Dirty Dancing... and the list goes on.

If you like classic movies check out this website... http://www.omahafilmevent.com. My friend Bruce puts on these events, and before I moved, I was a volunteer at the bi-annual events. A fabulous, fun, and tiring evening! Please note : COVID-19 has a put a hold on these events for now.

TELEVISION: I have a new "star crush" - Move over Nathan Fillion...Time to make room for sexy, Simon Baker. Ooh la la!! πŸ₯°

I am addicted to older British Sitcoms - in particular: Butterflies, To The Manor Born, and The Good Life (Good Neighbors - in the US), Monarch of the Glen.

I loved The Last Man On Earth ... and so upset when it was canceled. I feel they need to do an anniversary show to let people know what happens.

MASH, Scrubs, Peak Practice, New Amsterdam, and The Resident (hmm, theme emerging!). Outlander, Lucifer, Sabrina (original tv show), Don't Trust the B in Apt 23, Ghost Whisperer, Cheers, The Big Bang Theory, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Mare of East Town, The Mentalist, and so many more. The key is, I like to be entertained, and like shows that don't talk down to me like I'm 3 yrs old. I also don't like gore for gore's sake.


Please, do not feel you need to send me anything from below...however, if you have some of these, please use them to create your swap! Or you can send some if you absolutely insist! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ lol.

Also, I love all things Dyan Reaveley/Dylusions. I use the Dylusions paints and inks in a lot of my Swaps. The colors are so vibrant, and the Dyan Reaveley stamps are so funky and fun, I love them! So receiving anything you create with these would be fabulous!

I have taken classes from Dina Wakley, as well. She is a beautiful, warm, talented woman! I learned how to use a gelli plate, and I love it! Never thought I would want to learn something else, but Gelli printing is awesome.. try it if you have a chance. Loved, loved, loved the Dina Classes!

I love Tim Holtz products too. He is so creative! I don't own a lot of his things, but someday, I will.

And, I really love Smash Books. They are what I have been using on my trips for the past few years.

Swap On!!

..Thank you!


TEAS: please DO NOT send me teas. I have enough tea to last me 2 years. I also have several allergies that prevent me from drinking certain teas. And, I have received back teas that I sent to people. So best not to send any all!! Thank you for understanding.

SCENTS: SMOKEY OR STRONG SMELLING ODORS. I have Severe allergies and any smokey, moldy, musty or other strong smelling odors (including perfumes, and candles). They actually make me physically sick. Sadly, I have thrown swaps in the trash before I even open them due to the strong odors. 😫


People who won't give a πŸ’œ for a postcard they received. Postcards require thought too. If there is a nice note, or the pc is profile related, your partner is trying to connect with you by sending a special pc. Why withhold a heart ❀?

People who don't rate.

People who rate 1 without contacting their partner first.


If I am participating in sock swap.... partner, please note- I take a size 9-11. I wear crew or short crew socks (above the ankle). I am unable to wear ankle socks any more due to a failed ankle surgery 4 yrs ago, and pain when things touch my ankle. Thank you!


Not notifying someone that you will be late is just plain rude, and subject to poor ratings ... I will contact you if I expect my swap to be mailed late. Rules of swaps are there to be followed (as are all rules in life!) I follow them when I send to you, I would sincerely appreciate you follow them when sending to me.

REGARDING QUESTIONABLE ENVIES: Please note that I am a responsible and reasonable swapper. I always try to bring questionable envies to the post office, but sometimes one will slip through and need extra extra postage πŸ™ PLEASE, if I owe you postage, let me know. Also, I have been receiving a growing number of POSTAGE OWED envies. I am now telling my postman to return these to the sender. I have been burned by people not paying me back. Once in a while the postman will pay the extra postage and I will pay him back. I will ask you to please return the money to me by unused postage, postal check, or cashiers check. Please note, I have no control over when he does this!

*NOTE: Since the move to Florida, I have been mailing most of my swaps from the mailbox. If your swap has a post date on the item that is one day later than I sent from the mailbox, I apologize. I always hit the sent button after the mail has been picked up, not when I put it in my mailbox. Unfortunately, it may take the mailman (yes, it's really a man!) a long time to get it back to the post office for sorting and mailing. And, I regret that the postal service may have issues if I tell my postman to get the items to post office ASAP ... and darn the rest of his route!! Lol. πŸ˜‰ I do usually send swaps out ahead of the swap date, so it should still be in compliance.

I can't believe that I actually have to put this on my profile: Swappers that owe me postage:

***Speedy Found Image #16 - $2.68 UPDATE: 1/22/20: I was told by a member of the Swap Bot Flakers that it could be a problem at my end of the postal system. I should go and talk to my post office. So, I did. Here is what they told me: PO stated they would never let an envie that size, with a tracking number, be mailed for $1.10 in stamps. The Post Office will give out piles of tracking numbers to people that mail a lot of items (who knew?). She had to have put the tracking on herself and mailed it. So, when I got home, out of curiosity, I Checked USPS website, here is what it says for the tracking number on the envie: "Label Created, not yet in system A status update is not yet available on your package. It will be available when the shipper provides an update or the package is delivered to USPS. Check back soon."
If it had been mailed with the PO and they put the tracking number on it, it would be in the system as having reached its destination at my house. And the proper postage would be on it.


squince rated for Funny Post Card Swap #2 on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
Response: YW !!
Psychopomp rated for HEUSA - Halloween Animal PC on Aug 3, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the postcard- isn't Iron giant the best!? Your ghost investigations sound so cool!
Response: Yes! Iron Giant is awesome πŸ˜€
JuneRosebud rated for ABC USA: Postcard Letter C for: on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: Hi Leslie, Thanks for the Cocoa Cola post card for this swap, You asked about our weather. it is hotter than Hades here. Last week was above 105F almost every day & this week will not be much different than last week at least until the weekend. It is miserable but I know I'll be complaining about the snow & ice in not too long!!
Response: Isn't that the truth? Thanks for rating.
ultracinematik rated for SSM: Stamped images swap #23 on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the super fun variety of stamps and papers! I especially like the tea bag stamp! Very different from my collection, which is mostly hand me downs from my crafty auntie. I'll take Kat Dennings over Kat von D any day!
Response: So happy you like the images! Yes, the tea bag one is really fun! Must be nice to have some of your aunt's stamps! What is your favorite in her collection that you inherited? Had to look up KVD. I'm not into tattoos, so I didn't know who she is. I agree, I would take Kat Dennings over KVD, too. I'm sure KVD is a very nice person, but I don't think I could relate to her. But, who knows? πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the 🧑 rating πŸ™‚ Have a superfantastic weekend!!
SunflowerRose rated for Familyhood 35 usa on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks for playing while it lasted People not following directions was one of the few reasons why i stoped it.
Response: I totally understand that! I had to stop a few swaps for the same reason. Seriously, READ! How hard is that? Thank you for having the swaps. They were fun πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the 🧑 rating πŸ™‚
explore rated for SSM: July Sender's choice ATC on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the thoughtful selection of freebies and the tulip ATC. I was about to toss away the napkin and then saw how well it was embedded in your ATC design, so I decided to give it a try πŸ˜‚. Thank you for the new idea!
Response: So happy I could spur a new technique for you! I love using napkins... a quick background, pretty, and leaves you open to create whatever you want for your focal image πŸ˜€ They are great for postcards, too. Thank you for the 🧑 rating πŸ™‚ Have fun with the napkin!! 🎨
Comment: Whoo hoo! Lucky me got you for the sending partner! Always so happy, when I get something from you! Thanks so much for the adorable Halloween Black cat PC (I love it!) and where you'd love to travel to. Out of the ones you choose, I also put down Egypt. This country has always been my dream to see. But alas, is only but a dream. Being on SSD, I could never afford to go there, much take a trip anywhere else in the States even. But wouldn't it be wonderful, if you and I could go there?! I'd love it! Take care and I hope you enjoy the rest of your Summer.
Response: So happy you like the black cat card! I was hoping you would πŸˆβ€β¬› I have wanted to see the pyramids since I was school age. Sadly, the political climate has been unsafe for so long, and there are so many nutters out there.... I think it would be great if we could travel there together. Nice to have a travel friend that has similar interests. Do you think we could find a place with postcards there?!! Lol. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ ALWAYS love swapping with you!
Beckster rated for CPG Coloring Collab #29 July - US on Jul 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard to color.
Response: You're welcome! Have fun with it! 😁 Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚.
Beckster rated for CPG ~ Collab HMPC ~ July '22 ~ USA on Jul 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard and the extras. I look forward to working on it.
Response: Thank you for working on N it! These pc swaps are so fun, and sometimes, very challenging πŸ™‚ Have fin! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
sleepykitty rated for PH: Something In Common #2 on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing about how you're improving your drawing skills with online tutorials. I bought a book that is supposed to help, but I get nervous about using it, so maybe I should try YouTube, too!
Response: That's so funny.. I never thought about getting a book! I love YouTube, you can find anything on it! If you are afraid of ruining your book, you should use a separate piece of paper when you use your book... use something like a sheet of copy/computer/ typewriter paper. πŸ˜€ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚. Good luck! ☘
soyprincesa2 rated for PH: 1 + 1 Postcard Swap #8 on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Got it! Thanks!!
Response: Excellent! I was hoping you had, because I didn't hear back from you. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚. Have a delightful rest of your week. Stay crafty!
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG ICAD 2022 #3 - US on Jul 25, 2022
Comment: Great collaged card! Thank you!! So nice and beachy:) I picked hand drawing this year for my ICAD cards but your collage is awesome.
Response: Thank you for your encouraging kind words regarding my collage ATC. I did not theme my first ICAD Challenge 2 years ago. Didn't e en know if people did that or not. But decided I should use this year as collage practice. I'm glad I did... I was able to send you a nice collage! πŸ™‚ Hand drawing is brave πŸ˜… and, you are already so good at it! Are you sure you need the practice? Lol. Good luck with the ICAD challenge. Have fun with it. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
Comment: Yummy glass of iced tea! The best thing to have on a hot summer afternoon. I love how it came together & the ice cubes (I’ll have to try the technique). Thank you for a great swap & die cut. Love swapping with you!
Response: Hooray! I was hoping iced tea wasn't too mundane for you. I really do drink a lot of it here in florida. The ice cubes were a "test"... luckily, they came out ok. I love the new glitter dust I used for them! Have to find more uses for it! I never know what to put in for extras, if you ever don't like something, please feel free to trash or pass on πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ Cheers! πŸŽ¨πŸ’š
Comment: Thanks for the pretty in pink ATC. I really like how you framed it and the pink/black contrast. Best to you!
Response: Sonya, I am delighted that you like the pink ATC. πŸ’— I had fun making it for you. Thank you for joining the swap! I hope you had fun with your pink ATC. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚.
Lilyhax rated for PH: 3 Blind Postcards - Touristy #8 on Jul 18, 2022
Comment: Thanks for all the postcards. I remember going to Sears and being able to buy candy from a counter.
Response: It's a shame there are now generations that will never know what that was like. You're welcome for the pcs. Hope you like them πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
Comment: I like what you added to my ATC. This has been fun.
Response: Hi!! I know, I love these swaps. It's nice to have something small and quic, to work on each month. Thanks for joining the swaps, I'm so happy you liked them πŸ˜€ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ too!!
Comment: Aren't they amazing! Thank you.
Response: They truly are! So beautiful to watch πŸ³πŸ‹ thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
lrm1980 rated for Art Collab PC #104 (USA) on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: Beautiful start to this card! I love the sun in the corner. Thanks for sending it and for all the awesome goodies! I especially love the pretty floral napkins.
Response: Great! You got it! It's always challenging to come up with a new background.... so happy to hear that it is working!! Have fun with it πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚.
fighterangel rated for ANY CARD FOLLOW THE PROMPT #15 on Jul 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable dolphin PC! Yeah, not many last names of actresses start with A... I appreciate the list nonetheless!
Response: I'm so glad you like the dolphin pc! I guess if I had Google names it would have been easier...but I think that's cheating! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ Enjoy!
luvbird rated for SS: Collaged Index Card on Jul 12, 2022
Comment: Hi Leslie! What a darling collaged index card…I love it! Very good collage work! I love all of the sweet little birdies! Very nice swap! Thank you so very much! I appreciate the extras…thanks!
Response: I'm so happy you liked it. I am so new at collating, but I love it! Finally something to do with my "extra" bits πŸ˜‰ you're so welcome for the extras. I love to share β˜€οΈ. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating. 🦜 Hope to catch you in round 3 of the collages cards.

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SatisHuman on Jul 28, 2022:

Thank you for returning my CPG Coloring Collab PC!

mchesser12 on Jul 18, 2022:

Thanks for asking to my Art Collab postcard and sending it home.

heliogal on Jul 2, 2022:

I am so sorry about your Kohi passing! It is so good that you had that last 2 hours to be with them! I am hope that your back will feel better soon too! Maybe it is some of the grief coming out in this physical way. Please be good to yourself!!

DaisyNY on Jun 28, 2022:

Just read about your cockatiel - I'm so sorry. Fifteen years is a long time.

DaisyNY on Jun 28, 2022:

Yes, the chain is hand drawn. It is a Zentangle "Blockchain".

Poohtat on Jun 28, 2022:

Thank you for the adorable hand drawn mushrooms for my ATW June wish. Also appreciate the book pages. The mushrooms will be going into my happy journal. So cute!

Autist on Jun 23, 2022:

Thank you for the June RAK of random postcards,they will come in handy!! Cheers - Rook

myancey on Jun 18, 2022:

Bojangles is fried chicken like kfc and they have incredible breakfast biscuits. They serve breakfast all day and is just awesome

tatntole on Jun 17, 2022:

Thank you for sending my CPG - Collab HMPC - USA - May 2020 home to me. I love it.

AZmom875 on May 26, 2022:

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