Swap-bot Time: October 30, 2020 1:17 am


Date Joined: April 17, 2019
Last Online: October 30, 2020
Birthday: March 17, 1978
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated as of: 10/27/2020

This is MY mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.

Partner/Coordinator communication will take place should this status change for any reason.


Missing Mail? Please direct message me BEFORE rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging & will gladly resend when necessary.

Postage DUE? I have learned of this happening 3 times since joining SB. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and will always reimburse with brand-new USPS postage stamps.

Please scroll to “DNS’s” for simple review of Dislikes🛑


My name is Harmony Joy Cook🎶🎵 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. However, others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or "Cookie" - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣

Yes, my name is musically-inspired because both of my biological parents are hippies! I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and NORTHERN California foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force.

Together, we have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally get more excited about 💙 Mother’s Day than my own birthday!🎁 The title also includes ALL my animals (past & present)! 😉

I've had cats, ducks, fish, horses, kangaroo mice, tortoises, a squirrel, and several working dog breeds ranging from Australian Cattle Dog, Pug, and Sheltie to Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky. I've only ever pet-sat for people that own small "lap" dogs like the Yorkie, Dachshund, and Chihuahua.

🐾 At the moment, our current fur-family consists of just 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Rhodesian Ridgeback & Basenji mix) and Ella (a Black Labrador & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾 Our 19 pound American brown tabby cat, Maximus, just passed over the rainbow bridge from cancer on 10/19/2020, so we'll see him later on.

As you can maybe surmise, I've always really enjoyed my animals, but I especially love horses & big dogs! I feel connected to them somehow...and they always seem to make me smile!

Whether feathered, furry or human my OHANA means everything to me.

Besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many HOBBIES:

  • (indoor) Art-Journaling, (beginner-level) Cross-stitching,Dancing,Card-making, Coloring, Crocheting, DIY, Face-painting, Genealogy, Painting, Paper-making/marbling, Pottery, Pressed Flower Craft (oshibana), Reading, Sewing, Smash/Scrap-booking, Watching Movies, and Weaving.

(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)

  • (outdoor) Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hula Dancing, Kayaking, Rollerblading, Scouting (Boy/Girl), Shooting, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, and Thrift or Estate Shopping.

I've earned my GSUSA Gold Award! Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing. Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered volunteer adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank, while I am actively working my “Woodbadge ticket”. My Patrol is Da “Bears”🐻 which is another reason (beside being a Mama Bear) that I like the animal!

  • My current collections include: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC's and all sizes & shapes of the 7-of-❤️’s playing card, Deltiology (postcards), Numismatics (currency), Philately (postal stamps), and Vintage Scouting Ephemera,

  • I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl records! I love to listen to MUSIC and even in "silence", there’s often a tune in my head! 🤭

  • I am most comfortable at the OCEAN where I can lose all sense of time hunting for SEA GLASS, smooth rocks, and tiny shells to use in my crafts! I also enjoy fishing, but this ol' gal ain't cut out for boats! I've got a fair pair of fins, but no "sea legs!" 🤢
  • I also enjoy spending quality time at libraries, museums, art galleries, or ceramic studios. This is because I REALLY enjoy learning, folk art & handicrafts. Prior to my military enlistment, I was a K-12 teacher, so I think experiential arts-n-crafts should always be a part of life for learning!
  • In my youth, I also enjoyed traveling the Americas alone and spent time living in Chile as a foreign exchange student! Now, I prefer to travel in good company, whenever possible. However, my current travels have been vicariously via postcards!

I 💜 snail 🐌 mail! 💌

  • When handwriting, PLEASE PRINT as I have difficulty reading some cursive penmanship.

NEATLY written or typed things are always welcome!

Some A to Z’s of Me!

A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs

(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage-inspired, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Oceania & Sea Turtles!)

B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (esp Giant Panda 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt) & Bald 🦅 Eagles

C: Chick-O-Stick Coconut Candy, Celtic Heritage, Clogging, Cinnamon Tea/Toothpicks, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse & Cookie Monster

D: Daffodils, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) & Decoupage Tissue/Napkins

E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore & Emerald Green💚

F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ Fantastic Beasts & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)

G: Groot, Guitar Picks, Golden State Warriors, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉

H: Hi-Chew Fruity Candies, 🐾Huskies 🐾, 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hibiscus & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/FLOWER belly badge)

I: Ireland, Icebergs & Incredible Hulk

J: Jordan Almonds or Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, Jade Green 💚, 🏀Jordan #23 & ⚾️Jeter #2

K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit & Koru Loops (like this one)

L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, LEGO’s & Levi’s👖

M: Misty Mint Drop Candies, Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁

N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles & Notes w/my Name on 'em 😉

O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters & Optimus Prime

P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Punky Brewster, Princess Bride, Penguins & 💜Purple Pansies

Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)

R: Roasted Peanuts, 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Rocking Horses, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees

S: Simply Cheetos Puffs White Cheddar Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Smokey the Bear, Sheet Music🎼 & Sea Turtles

T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tartan & Tribal Tattoos

U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) & Uniformed Personnel

V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie & Vintageitis!


W: Wolves, Wicket the Ewok & Wyland Art (below)

X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️

Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda & The Child

Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle

Thank YOU for thinking of me!

Postcard Faves!

  • Pin-Up Ladies (my FAVES are tasteful photography of risqué brunettes. Bunny Yeager photography especially!)
  • Post Office Buildings
  • Mailboxes 📮📭
  • Giant TREES 🌲
  • Large-Letter
  • License Plate, Graffiti/Street Art
  • WonderGround Gallery (DisneyArt)
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Studio Ghibli: Ponyo & My Neighbor Totoro
  • B&W Photography! Especially of:

    • People Dancing📻💃
    • Close-ups of Hands, Feet or Paws
    • Vintage Boots, Hats & Instruments📯🎻
    • Abandoned Cars, Trucks & Trains
    • Old Books, Globes & Typewriters
    • Saturday Evening POST, LIFE or TIME
    • Pacific Island & Polynesian Culture
  • Handmade postcards are always VERY welcome too. I heart ART! So, please feel free to share your collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” (Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press) postcards. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "NO"), please share it with me, and let me know why! I promise that I’ll NEVER RATE DOWN for thoughtful intentions!

🍪SPECIAL REQUEST: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard! Cookie is my nickname!

  • I also ask that my postcards please be sent ✏WRITTEN🖊 on, but in an✉ ENVELOPE🌎 (if the swap allows a choice). The envelope (or clear sleeve) simply protects the image on the postcard from being smudged or torn by the USPS machinery (and they seem to be arriving damaged more recently).

👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝


  • Some swappers enjoy having a list of ideas, while others feel creatively squelched by too many ideas. For this reason, I have tried to create “harmony” in my profile by briefly listing SOME of the things I like. This is not an extensive listing 😉
  • EDIBLES: I am dye & gluten-sensitive and must eat soy-free. This includes Red Dye #40 & the emulsifier “soy lecithin” frequently found in snack foods and chocolates. If a swap calls for edible treats, I do understand that product ingredients are frequently changing, and you may not be able to find suitable items. That's no big deal, I have friends/family who may enjoy it, even if I'm unable to for some reason. For specifics though, I have listed some of my favorite treats in my A-Z list above.

  • I’ve been asked to identify my strong DISLIKES, as this is sometimes easier for swap partners to work with.

🛑I like things with neither:

🚫 Claymation nor Stop-motion Characters

🚫 Sock-puppets nor Dolls

🚫 Zombies nor Aliens

🚫 Snakes nor Scorpions

🚫 Cosmetics nor Perfume/Scents

  • DISCLOSURE: I am a trauma survivor with diagnosed PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression. I struggle with trusting people, executive functions, and memory impairments. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been a way to not only re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner, but also challenge myself to “be flexible” within healthy boundaries. I am also a board-certified recovery peer support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based programs. I have received training as a W.R.A.P facilitator and advocate for mental health awareness, but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another. Please respect me by practicing the same. Do not send me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask.

  • GREETING CARD SWAPS: I am NOT offended by the greetings "Happy Easter" and “Merry Christmas” although I respect other spiritual observances. It's okay to write them in my cards rather than the generic "happy holidays" or "season's greetings" (if you like).

  • Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful effort with 💖-felt gratitude!


Swap Etiquette

I am 3 hours ahead of Swap-bot time!

  • As a swap coordinator, PLEASE NOTE that I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a night-owl and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)

  • If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will DELETE it to perhaps repost at a different time.

  • I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to ANGEL. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.

    • I follow-up on swaps if it's been THIRTY (30) USPS business days from the date I logged my swap as sent, (and at least two weeks from the deadline date) but no rating has been posted, I will contact my partner about a resend because I know USPS loses things sometimes!
    • I rate incoming swaps within 48 hours of their receipt. It’s my practice to only ARCHIVE them once received/rated!
    • I appreciate feedback when rating and do try to make the time to respond to rater's COMMENTS accordingly. Even “silent” ratings I’ve received will often receive a simple “thank you” to show my gratitude for remembering to rate!
      • I do not visit the public FORUMS on purpose. My first visit there felt terribly negative and since it's not a membership requirement, I have made a healthy choice to avoid the unnecessary distress. I simply swap on Swap-bot because I enjoy sharing happy mail!
      • I am sometimes a forgetful human who makes mistakes, so these references are here to refresh my memory of what I’ve AGREED to by participating in Swap-bot:

[Terms of Use] (www.swap-bot.com/terms.php)

[DOs and DON'Ts] (www.swap-bot.com/about.php)

[FAQs] (www.swap-bot.com/faq.php#general-whonot)


Comment: Thank you cant wait for x mas
ChristineMartinez rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #38 on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: Beautiful card. Thank you for the fuzzy sticker too. He's cute.
cynaemon rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #14 on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. Thanks for your great answer.
octobereve930 rated for Disney PC Swap #8 on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: yes you are correct when I said that I dont like cartoons and that does not really prevent anyone from sending and that is ok I just do not prefer them.. But what I find difficult in this group are people who I get partnered up with in these swaps who have absolutely NO list of any kind for postcards. It is as if they dont even swap them. I am slowly trying to figure things out. Thank you so much Diane
Comment: Thank you. Waiting to open.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card!
Response: You're so very welcome! Thank you for sharing a little extra❤
Fry rated for Speedy Mail Art ATC! on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome ATC! I love me some mail art! I also love not having to spend money on things to make the cards with! Thanks for signing up and Happy Swapping!
Response: You're so very welcome! Thank you for sharing a little extra❤
nomadmama rated for WIYM: Any CARDS - K1S1 back (USA) on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the HP postcards. McGonagall is my favorite!
Response: You're so very welcome! "Lucky me" that I picked a fave of yours! Thank you for sharing a little extra❤
Comment: Thank you! Really excited to open these envies in December!
Response: You're so very welcome! Thank you for sharing a little extra❤ and happy holiday season!
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas-y envelope. Can't wait to open it!
Response: You're so very welcome! Thank you for sharing a little extra❤ and hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas season!
TexyDeb rated for WIYM: Anything Goes Postcard on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: I enjoyed reading this postcard. I also liked it. It said *BONUS CARD* I don't understand that. :) be well and thank you
Response: Oh gosh! "Bonus card" was the second one that I sent you at the same time because I happened upon it in my stash and thought "oh, she might like that one too!" That must mean your actual card never made it...ugh! The USPS saga continues (sigh).
Comment: I always love your writing. Disney World is on my bucket list, even my dad wants to go.
Response: Aww! Thank you for the compliment! I'm glad to hear your dad's got a WDW appreciation too! It's worthwhile :-)
Coss rated for PA: Burlap, Buttons & A Word on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Loved your card and thanks for the appropriate stamp! Very nice.
Response: You're so very welcome! Thank you for sharing a little extra❤
ScrapHappyGabi rated for WIYM~15 stamped images - USA on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love all of these stamped images SO MUCH! I don't have even ONE of them so this is extra special to have so many new ones to use in my journals! I really love them ALL! Thank you so much for sending SO MANY! I am having a great time going through them all and sorting and putting them in my craft drawer for safe keeping! I'm going to use the Halloween ones this week!! HUGS!! Thank you again!! Gabi
Response: Oh super!!! I'm so glad that I chose well this swap - I've never done one of these type before, so it was a bit nerve wracking "guessing" what another crafter might like/enjoy and use without duplicating the "common" stamps! I avoided the Stampers Anonymous ones by Tim Holtz as much as possible! LOL! All the Celtic ones are handmade by a lady from Etsy who no longer makes them, so they're "rare" LE now! Enjoy some happy journal crafting & HUGS right back atcha! :-)
Comment: I'm not peaking! Thank you in advance!
Response: You're so very welcome! Hope your holidays are happy & thank you for sharing a little extra❤
kssunlover1947 rated for Disney PC Swap #5 on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great card. Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Minnie, Mikey and Pluto. I remember watching them in the 50's when The Mickey Mouse Club first came on.
Response: Yeah, sorta a "FAB 6!" I'm glad that you liked it and you're quite welcome! Thank you for sharing a little extra❤ with me too!
Comment: Wow! Absolutely gorgeous envelope! Thank you!
Response: The paper I made the envie with is one of the many reasons that I really like Graphic 45! You're so very welcome! Hope your holidays are happy & thank you for sharing a little ❤ with me!
Honeyloveart rated for Calling All Outdoorswomen! on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: I loved reading your letter! My partner grew up in Michigan and used to catch fish with their bare hands too...the skill BLOWS MY MIND! I hope to have similar stories one day!
Response: That's so cool to hear of another & I do hope you'll get your mind-blowing "catch" someday too! Thank you for the ❤
Comment: These turned out great! I love the little Dia De Los Muertos dog! So cute. I also enjoyed the abandoned mailbox. I love abandoned places and things. Thank you!f
Response: Thanks for saying so - I liked that Dia De Los Doggos ATC as well! The mailbox was just an extra I had to add some protection to the cards via transit, but I'm happy you enjoyed it! The place is spooky and fits the season, huh! Thanks for sharing your ❤ with me too!

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marinda on Sep 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for sending my postcard back to me! I am so happy to have it sent through the mail!

PeliKat on Aug 19, 2020:

Harmony, thanks so much for the funny postcard! I've been struggling with a lot of health issues lately and this really brightened my day. It feels good to know that you thought of me. 🤗 And where did you find the "save the postal service" stamp? I love that, as well as your snail mail address label! Thanks for reaching out to me;it is appreciated more than you can know!! Stay safe and healthy!! PeliKat

lynnpinkdaisy on Mar 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card! It's one of the most beautiful handmade ones I have ever received. You are so kind to have made that for me. I hope you have a wonderful week and stay healthy and safe!

gerberdaisy on Feb 12, 2020:

isandie on Jan 29, 2020:

thank you so much for the stickii pages!!! you're the BESTEST EVER!!! :) love

lorencz on Oct 7, 2019:

Hi Harmony! I got your lovely orca postcard today and thank you so much! The watercolor is so pretty. I'm going to frame it and put it up in my classroom. Give Kyna a big hug for me. I wish I could get myself a dog, but my current landlady won't allow them. I really appreciate the sweet note and postcard.

Jbeth on Oct 1, 2019:

What a joy to find your amazingly beautiful card in my mailbox. It made me smile and filled my heart with joy. This jesture of friendliness is above and beyond and not often enough found in our society. I have it on display for my fall decor as it is craftsmenship at its best and filled with kindness. I am overjoyed that you are happy with what I sent to you. Thanks again ( jbeth)

Rosepettals007 on Aug 29, 2019:

Omgoodness! thank you for my post card! I love peach! She is elegant as she is gangsta! Haha! My sister always chose her is any Mario game! Fun times! Thank you! ❤❤❤❤

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