Swap-bot Time: December 17, 2017 12:06 am


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated SEPT 1. 2017,

I am thrilled if someone posts fun images to my profile. Despite the explanation, I can not do this with my computer.

9/29/17 My husband Paul, is battling Bone Marrow Cancer. He is working towards a stem cell transplant. His chances of survival are good.

I have been married 29 years, and we used to be foster parents. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

We have both 6 cats and 4 dogs. I bought the crazy cat lady starter kit, but I swear the last 2 cats adopted us. One just came in the back door and started eating. So we fixed her and she is still here. In May of 2017, 2 more cats adopted us. We named the last one UNA purrman, cause what is one more cat? Well let me tell you, 6 cats is enough. Oh the cat litter boxes!!!

How I got 4 dogs, when I swore I was not a dog person, is very hard to explain. The oldest dog Sadie is 11 and at the request of a friend we took in her unwanted dog 2007. Then I needed Princess, in Aug of 2015 (humane society), then Shyanne, needed me in OCT of 2016, and this year Tess needed us. So four dogs. And they are all so lovely and sweet. We are family. The last two dogs have some real issues with anxiety. It does make you wonder what happened to them before they came to me.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. We presently have 3 kids who are all adults, living with us. My oldest son moved to California with his wife in May of 2017. My daughter, that iis going to college in Tuscon will be studying endophytes in Paris for the rest of 2017, and 2 adults that live in New Mexico near their bio mom. So 4 kids in college right now, and no we are not paying their way. We will put a roof over their head while they are in college as long as they can follow a few simple rules. As IF! Two of my girls should graduate in May of 2018. One will be a teacher and the other will study endophytes in a lab or something close to that.
An endophyte is an endosymbiont, often a bacterium or fungus, that lives within a plant for at least part of its life cycle without causing apparent disease. Yes, I had no idea either.

I am CastleQueen over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didnt reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better. It stuck with me.

Things we leave behind.

Sometimes in life, we take a deeper look and try to decide what would we leave behind if we were to die? What brings me joy while I am alive? After doing some reflection due to having life's big events shoved in my face, I have decided I want to leave behind more quilts for my family and less paper items that might not mean so much to them. I rightly suspect that when I die they might toss all my ATCs and postcards, as they have no meaning to them. My ATCs do bring me joy while I am alive, and some postcards also do. But my future will be focusing creating some quilts to leave behind. No, I am not dying. Well, we are all going to die someday, but I should be fine for another 20 years or so.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards:
I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, John Cusack, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, zebras, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Geigo Gecko, Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I host swaps once a month for one bizarre holiday in the group ALL ABOUT ATC. See my profile for the group.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.

Dislikes/ No JOY

I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com Azmom875 there too.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do swap tea, here and on Paperbackswap.com I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

if you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.


pkpeace rated for DD ~ Christmas Card with a Dog! on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Heather thanks for the great card! A few of the stickers look exactly like Murphy!! I hope you guys have happy holidays... xo Patty
Comment: What a wonderful set of ATC's-love -the pictures and the "messages" Always nice to get something from you and thanks for the black kitty cut-outs-and such a pretty sparkly card! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays to you,Heather!
supersquirrel rated for Upcycled from a Christmas card on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Nice job on the upcycling and thank you for the cute Christmas card. I spy a squirrel and a chipmunk =)
Dsweeny rated for Upcycled from a Christmas card on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Hi Heather - thank you for the Gorgeous! ATC. It is really, really lovely, and I'm in love with the ribbon you used at the top. Thank you so much. The Christmas card is perfect as well. So sweet. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty washi tapes and the Christmas card (& the cute heart stickers too).
Comment: TY Heather for the fun washi samples. Of course my fav. is the one w/ the purple flowers! so cute! Have a great holiday season!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful washi samples, Heather, can’t wait to try them! And the lovely Christmas card!
SamiE rated for Upcycled from a Christmas card on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cool ATC. Happy Holidays.
Comment: Your package arrived so quickly and I didn't immediately rate... my apologies! Stuffed full of stocking goodies... I can hardly wait to open them!
lovetherain rated for Private Scrap swap on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the wonderful swap. I love all the animals and flowers. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you for the swap! Loved the ATC :)
CharlieChick86 rated for All decked out APC FIVES on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: I love theses thank you so much
DebR rated for Cup & Chaucer stocking stuffers 2017 on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you Heather for the gifts. I have hidden them away and look forward to opening them at Christmas
Comment: Heather! These are great... love the butterfly stamps! Perfect for this swap .. and I liked the variety of the other collage elements ...thanks for the amazing rickrack! Great swap!
Babsmomof5 rated for AMMM:House Shaped ATC on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC! I love how you used the hearts from the cups!
Comment: Package arrived and I love the peacock feather stencil! Already thinking about how to use it in an art journal. Thank you for the teas, not much of a tea drinker but am going to try a couple of them. Thank you for being my partner for this swap!
Larina rated for Trading other person's ATC's on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Absolutely love the ATCs you sent! THanks so much!
bbsporty rated for AMMM: Christmas Stocking Gift #2 on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Squeal with delight!! I've put your gift in my stocking pile to open on Christmas! Thank you for adding to the fun!!
Comment: Heather, thank you! I love it all and now I can't wait for it to rain!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard :) xx

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Tigerlilyknotwise on Dec 16, 2017:


Thank you for the funny knitting bookmarks! (Dec AWG) These are great! I'll get to start my group with smiles :)

Tigerlilyknotwise on Dec 12, 2017:


Thank you for granting my December wish of Christmas cards to my Mom and Sisters :)

kaypendragon on Dec 8, 2017:

Thank you so much for the art books!!

Poohtat on Dec 8, 2017:


CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

hibiscus on Dec 4, 2017:

Love the "all decked out" series! Thanks also for the lovely Christmas card

CurlyTea on Nov 28, 2017:

Snowball Fight!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Nov 26, 2017:

Thank you Heather! My mom got your package today and was excited about the K-cups! (Via AWG Nov) Thanks for bringing her a smile! 🙂

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

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