Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 10:59 am


Date Joined: November 10, 2008
Last Online: January 29, 2023

Country: United States


I like

  • ocean colors
  • coffee, the occasional hot herbal tea, and chai lattes (made at home)
  • lilacs and tulips
  • interesting typography
  • Craftsman style architecture; Mission style furniture
  • stories about time travel
  • podcasts, mostly about true crime, theology, or cults
  • outdoorsy things and nature and anything around water (beaches, rivers, and lakes). I hike and kayak, and one of my bucket list items is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
  • I completed another bucket list item, running a marathon, in March 2020, just before the world shut down. Now I just walk 3 miles a day and run the occasional 5K race. I love being outside, unless it’s cold, wet, and windy.
  • Cats. I have 1 barn cat (a very fat tiger kitty) and 2 house cats (a lynx point and a tuxedo ragdoll). I think dogs are wonderful, too, but I no longer have the time to parent a dog. In the past, I've had black labs, pugs, golden retrievers, Brittany spaniels, and assorted mixed breeds.
  • Birds, especially North American songbirds and penguins.

Favorite Crafts

  • Sewing and quilting. I also teach sewing to kids, and taught myself basic sewing machine maintenance and repair. I try to rescue vintage machines that are otherwise destined for the garbage heap. I have enough fabric and trims for 3 lifetimes, please don’t send me any.
  • Paper crafts. With rising postage costs, I stick to ATCs and other small, 1-stamp domestic swaps. I downsized a lot of my paper stash this year; please don’t send me any.
  • Baking. Pies and cheesecakes are my specialty. I gave away a lot of my cookware over the last few years, as I minimized my meal routine. The cookbooks are going next.



Comment: Love it!! Best swap ever!! Thank you for hosting too!!
Response: Thanks, Grace! Sorry it took the USPS so long to deliver. :P
SkaGirl rated for Flower Notecard - USA 🌸 on Jan 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you! What a beautiful notecard!!!
Comment: I absolutely LOVE this ATC and you did great with the watercolor pencils. They are fun, aren't they? And your notecard that you made is fabulous!!!!! I MUST know how you made the beautiful flower and leaves nd what product you used. Sooo beautiful.
Seely7 rated for Upcycled Christmas Card PC ~ Animals on Dec 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Comment: Pretty card, it reminds me of the cottage in the movie The Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Comment: Yikes! 7° in Texas is crazy! I hope those wool socks helped! Happy New Year!
Response: They did! Good old Amazon came through for me just in time. LOL.
Comment: 7degrees!!! I didn’t realize Texas ever got that cold! Merry Christmas!
Response: It’s dumb. Haha. Fortunately, the cold doesn’t usually last long, just a few days at most.
luv2kraft rated for ATC glitter and shine on Dec 23, 2022
Comment: Absolutely delightful.Thank you bunches.
Response: Yay! I’m excited to receive mine. I love me some sparkles!
Comment: Thank you 🎄
Comment: Hi Diane! What a cute doggy card! It is pretty cold here but not as bad as lots of places, so trying not to complain! I finally getting in a holiday mood, so that is good - I hope! LOL! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Arabella rated for CPG ~ ATC of the Month ~ Nov ~ USA on Dec 10, 2022
Comment: Great card, Diane, love the leaves! And the wooden one is really cute! Thank you so much! This will be a nice addition to my atc binder!
Response: I’m very glad you like it. I have a whole box of those wooden leaves and never used even one of them until this swap!
Robin1969 rated for CPG ~ ATC of the Month ~ Oct ~ USA on Oct 17, 2022
Comment: I love the ATC, thank you so very much!
Response: You’re welcome. It was nice sending to someone new to me. :)
Comment: Ooh it’s so spooky, I love it! Thank you, it’s beautifully made and I like the fiber ‘fascinator’. I just realized you could lift up the heart to see the skull’s eyes!
MuggleMom rated for MMPC - 3 Layer ATC - March on Apr 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending me a great ATC! I've been to WW Orlando - it's buried on my profile page so I can where you'd miss it, lol!! Thank you so much for sending an ATC I will surely not trade! And you used a Dumbledore stamp! I'm hoarding mine, lol!!xxMuggleMom
Response: :)
marymary914 rated for CPG Valentines 2022 ATC - US on Feb 7, 2022
Comment: Beautiful ATC!! I love the zen tangles!
Response: OH, I'm so glad! I was out of practice so had a little trepidation about that ATC. Thanks for the nice comment. :)
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun and glittery gift tags! I loved the various edge punches you used on them too!
Response: I’m always nervous about the USPS, especially when i don’t have duplicate raw materials to remake a swap, so I’m super glad it arrived! Thanks for the kind words.
Comment: I love the pumpkin ATC you made for me..thank you so much!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it. It's fun to add loved ATCs to our collections!
StitchingWitch rated for Butterfly ATC - USA only on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Love the 3D butterfly and your painting on the background is awesome. Glitter is good!
Response: I’m happy you like it. Thanks for the kind words.
theinkqueen rated for USA State Fun on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: Hi Diane, Thanks for the fun Texas facts! Love that Dish got free TV service! I never heard about the 'Mums", would love to see those! Thanks for swapping! Sharon
Response: Google “Texas Homecoming Mums.” They’re absolutely over-the-top ridiculous. Thanks for the rating.
jayneblonde002 rated for NH: Christmas Postcard on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely postcard.
Response: WOW that took a long time to arrive! Thanks for rating. :)

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sebastian122 on Dec 19, 2022:

I eat 1/4c every morning with breakfast and lemme tell you, it's REALLY hard to not eat the whole 2 pounds in the container.

Maybe for Xmas I'll treat myself. ;-)

sebastian122 on Dec 1, 2022:

Sadly, harmless. ;-)

sebastian122 on Oct 15, 2022:

You're such a sweetie!!

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2021:


sebastian122 on May 30, 2019:

Thinking of you

VivaLaDiane on Apr 17, 2019:

I love you and I miss you my friend. xoxoxo♥

Paige1900 on Feb 18, 2019:


VivaLaDiane on Dec 18, 2018:

Just letting you know I was thinking of you. Merry Christmas lady!! May 2019 be our year!!! xoxo♥

piratecaptainmo on Jul 9, 2018:

Thank you for the cool note cards you sent for the PF swap tag(US), they're great!

jukejan on Jul 1, 2018:

Here is a hug, just read your post about your pet. The compassion as the Vet's office is so wonderful!

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