Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2018 1:44 am


Date Joined: November 13, 2016
Last Online: November 12, 2017
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States

About Me

11/12/17 I'm taking a break from Swap-Bot for a while, including hosting and participating in swaps. I'll be back soon!

I'm Christine! I'm 33 and from Cleveland, Ohio, USA! I live with my husband and our pets in a little mid-century house in the suburbs.

I love animals. I have two French Bulldogs, two gray cats, and a red betta fish named Roger Chillingworth (bonus points if you get the reference).

Ria and Bindi

I am a hardcore knitter. Like, Secretary-of-my-Knitting-Guild hardcore. I also crochet, and sew a little, and I love crafts and doing handmade projects. In past lives I have also dabbled in scrapbooking, modeling clay, resin, and beading.

I love books and am an insatiable reader. Historical romance is my favorite genre! but I also love classics and am currently working my way through the collected works of Jane Austen.

I just graduated with a BA in Creative Writing and eventually I plan to start a freelance business as an editor so I can tell other people how to write.

I am a language and grammar nerd and a planner junkie. I am currently bullet journaling in a bright green Filofax A5 Saffiano.

My favorite pens are Pilot Hi-Tec C 0.3mm black. My favorite fountain pen is my highlighter yellow Lamy Safari EF. I would rather chop off my right hand than write with a ballpoint pen.

I love notebooks and journals and stationery and postcards and note cards and stamps and stickers and washi tape but I almost never buy these things for myself so please feel free to share.

Collections include tattoos (six) and vintage owl figurines (over 100) and lace handkerchiefs (I have no idea).

I love to swear and I wish I could cuss in more languages but alas, I speak English only. (Swap partners, please speak freely. You literally cannot offend me.)

I also love kayaking and camping and being outdoors. Once while kayaking the Chagrin Lagoons I caught a baby duck that had been separated from its mother. So I took a selfie with it and set it free because I didn't know what else to do with it.

My favorite colors are avocado green and harvest gold (straight out of the 1970s!). We painted our kitchen a color called Swamp Water.

I am obsessed with tea. I recently got one of those fancy tea kettles that whistles when the water boils, and a strainer for loose leaf tea. Is there anything cozier than a cup of tea and a smutty book? I submit that there is not.

I really really like patchouli and I don't care who knows it.

I just started gardening. Last year I grew broccoli, kale, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, two kinds of peppers, big and little tomatoes, and herbs: catnip, basil, cilantro, rosemary, chamomile, thyme, and lavender. We ate all the vegetables but the only herb I used was the basil. And a little catnip (for emergencies).

I love gangster rap and golden oldies.

I love love love Kawaii Japanese and Korean office supplies, stationery, pens, etc., especially the kind with bad English translations.

I love ugly vintage stuff. Chances are if you think it is old and hideously outdated, I will probably love it. My favorite decades are mid-century, 1940s through 1970s.

My husband and I like to trash-pick ugly furniture. Sometimes we refinish it in our garage; sometimes we just put it in our house straight off the street.

Living Room

Things I Love

  • "Ugly" colors (brown, puke green) and weird color combinations
  • Neon colors
  • Neutral colors
  • Mid-century style
  • Botanical illustrations (especially vintage)
  • Owls and mushrooms
  • Tea, teacups, & tea-related paraphanalia
  • French bulldogs
  • Classic literature
  • Fountain pens
  • Nature scenes & landscapes
  • Questionnaires
  • Hairless cats
  • Kawaii
  • Profanity & swear words
  • Trashy romance novels

Things I Dislike

  • Primary colors
  • Pastel colors
  • Puppets
  • Unpleasant smells (ex. smoke, burps, kitty litter, bleach, etc.)
  • Rude dogs with bad doggy manners
  • Country music
  • Religious imagery (unless it's vintage & ugly & creepy)
  • Earl Grey tea

Things I Collect

  • Pens
  • Owls
  • Tattoos
  • Vintage handkerchiefs
  • Vintage Pyrex
  • Houseplants
  • Yarn
  • Old hardcover books
  • Antique glass bottles
  • Vintage fabric
  • Vintage romance novels with heaving bosoms on the covers

Things I Would Love To Receive

  • Postcards (unused)
  • Fabric (especially vintage or kawaii)
  • Washi tape
  • Stationery
  • Journals
  • Planner supplies (flags, sticky notes, paperclips, etc)
  • Bookmarks
  • Tarot cards/decks
  • Stickers
  • Nail polish
  • Yarn (no acrylic... I'm a snob)
  • Pens, markers, writing utensils
  • Anything with owls or mushrooms on it
  • Anything with French bulldogs on it
  • Ugly old vintage stuff that you can't stand to look at because it is so hideous


Crochet and Shit

Will Knit for Tattoos


d2photo rated for I Love to Read Letter on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the letter - slow reader here :)
MamaCat rated for penpals for life on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card. I do enjoy making these cards either from my books of printing a free page from the web. Thank you for hosting these swaps.
clorinspats rated for LIST LETTER #2 - Dream Home on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Firstly, I have to compliment your choice of stationary!! Making it from natural history illustrations was an amazing idea--I want to try it myself! Your dream home sounds absolutely EXQUISITE!! It sounds like we have a lot of the same interests--plants, owls, books; what more could anyone want? Finally: I am singing your praises for this bookmark! I had the same one that for years I used, but my kittens have shredded it. I was resigned to not having this one anymore, and then lo! Your wonderful letter appears with a much hardier version!! What good luck! I hope you enjoy your break from swapping--I am doing the same right now. Have a happy Halloween and enjoy the holidays coming up!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. I love the vibrant colors.
Comment: Thank you for the postcards! I do love the woodcut one! That's gorgeous! <3
Leekoba rated for LIST LETTER #1 - Awesome on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: I love knitting and gardening too! You have so many indoor plants, thats cool :) Thanks for the letter, Happy Swapping!
Ramya rated for Write me a letter about BOOKS on Sep 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Letter about Books! You are certainly receiving a letter back from me as I love historical fiction. I'll explain more of what type in my letter. Loved reading your letter- I understand your passions. So for now, Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thanks Christine for a very enjoyable letter. I have started to explore graphic novels so your recommendation is a timely one. I'll let you know when your naked postcard arrives.
Comment: I'm a sucker for b&w cards, but I totally agree. I can't even imagine being on that ship and having a full-on plague of cawing birds surrounding my air. Oh my god.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely colored PC. You have great penmanship! Love your swap hope to join many more of them in the future. Best Wishes-✌️❤️😁
ainaignies rated for Bookish Quote 3 on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Onyx rated for I've Been Here! on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Jenicat rated for Currently reading PC swap #5 on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I might have to find this book 💜
Chaosfay rated for Music Shuffle PC swap on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: I got me some new workout music now! Thank you!
Candace rated for Just finished reading notecard #4 on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: I love audio books too! Thank you!
Comment: It arrived this morning, thank you very much.
Response: Oh good I'm so relieved! ♥
kydestar rated for Profanity Postcard Swap #3 on Aug 20, 2017
Comment: Hi Christine, THANKS for the well cool postcard. I agree, "F**k" is the best swearword - also better when I say it in another language so confuse those here.
Comment: Thanks for the PC. I would love to go Nova Scotia myself. Funny - both the Swap-Bot postcards I received yesterday mentioned Anne of Green Gables! The other card featured an LM Montgomery book cover and the sender was from PEI.
StephKelly369 rated for WIYM: BIRD POSTCARD on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Cardinal pc!✌️❤️😁

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bunsofaluminum on May 28, 2017:

Hi Christine... I am such an airhead. It didn't even register that we were sending to two partners for the poetry swap! So, when I got to rating someone whose postcard I received today, it hit me...TWO? Well, I've sent one...and today I will put yours in the mail. Thankfully I realized my gaff before the deadline, but since I listed myself as sent, I thought you'd like a note as to why yours doesn't appear in a timely manner.

jaimierandolph on Jan 20, 2017:

Profile Check for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 Welcome to the swap! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

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