Swap-bot Time: March 21, 2018 11:30 am


Date Joined: May 19, 2015
Last Online: September 29, 2017

Country: United States

About Me

I'm into snail mail, postcards, and pocket letters. I have an addiction to stickers, washi, scrap paper, ephemera, and fabric and will soon need an intervention, or a room addition! I am also a member of PostCrossing.

My likes (in no particular order): birds, books, rom- com movies, college football, gardening, old and unusual cookbooks, community/church cookbooks, writing, sewing, pocket letters, maps, transportation schedules, ticket stubs, sewing, fabric, sewing, (did I say sewing?), making bags & totes. I collect Trader Joe's city or area tote bags. I will gladly swap a Chicago bag for another city.


Swap-Bot has been a great experience and I look forward to each and every swap!

It goes without saying because I am a dedicated snail mailer and swapper ... BUT ... if there is ever any delay in receiving one of my swaps, please contact me. I am not a flaker ... the date I use as SENT DATE is accurate and then I have to leave it in the hands of the postal service. :-) Brave girl, I know!! I rate promptly and appreciate it if you do, too!

Favorite Music

I like a lot of different music from classical to modern, but I draw the line at Rap, Heavy Metal, and anything else that makes my ears bleed! Basically any music from the '60's and '70's, show tunes, movie soundtracks, soft rock, soft jazz, etc. Some of my throw back faves are Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young, etc. Current faves: Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Adele, etc.

Favorite Books

As an avid reader, there's not much I would pass up. I love a good romantic novel (but not Harlequin types). I'm much more into the likes of Elizabeth Berg, Maeve Binchey, and John Green. Bildungsroman is one of my favorite genres. Yes, I read YA books!

Lately I've also been drawn to historical novels like Buddha in the Attic about the Japanese interment in the US during WWII.

Non-fiction is good, too, and I enjoy sewing books, cook books, home dec, travel, etc. I love my local library and frequent it often!

Favorite Crafts

'Crafting' may be my middle name! I have done all (most) crafts, needlework (except crochet & knitting!!), sewing, stamping, stickering, and most importantly, collecting all kinds of bits and bobs along the way! I'm not a scrap booker, but love scrapping supplies like stickers, washi tape, rubber stamps, pretty papers, twine, buttons, etc. I'm always looking for train, bus, ferry schedules and used tickets.

I tend to gravitate towards 'cool' colors ... I like blues, greens, purples, pinks, and a little silver (glam) thrown in for good measure!


I love to feather my nest and an hour or two at Home Goods is just as good as therapy to me. I can wander the aisles endlessly looking for that great bargain or an orphan piece that I know just what to do with! I was into Shabby Chic and using words like patina long before anyone knew what they were! :-)


Jessicat rated for WIYM: My Audiobook List on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: Hi Valerie! Thank you for your list! You've put a lot of thought and effort into these descriptions. I love it. I'm going to listen to Siracusa next. Thank you!
Response: Hi Jessica! Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! :-) I think you're going to enjoy Siracusa. It's done in four voices and is very entertaining! Happy Swapping! Valerie
ImnotDorothy rated for JJJ: Send an Alphabet on Dec 3, 2016
Comment: This was such a wonderful swap. I cat wait to use it all. Thank you!
Response: Apologies for not responding sooner. Life got in the way! I'm glad you liked the swap! I had fun sticking all the goodies in with the alphabet. Happy Swapping!
Vickimac rated for Sending Some Happens on Nov 29, 2016
Comment: Where do I begin? The envelope- adorable....The V notecard- so cute! The vintage Christmas stamps--- I actually squealed out loud when I opened them! And I love, LOVE the printout. Already framed it and put it up in my office. This was some major happiness you sent me, thank you so much. I really enjoyed reading your note as well. The quote you put on there- Happiness is not out there, it's in you, I am going to be thinking on that for a while. Thank you again so much!
Response: Hi Vicki! The nice thing about us being 'neighbors' is that you get your mail quickly! :-) Glad you liked everything. I tried to tuck in as much happiness as I could! Thanks for the kind words and the heart! Happy Swapping! And Happy December if you can believe it!! :-) Valerie
seekingjoytoday rated for MM: My Collection on Nov 10, 2016
Comment: What an awesome addition to my collection! Thank you for such amazing thoughtfulness and care to this package!
Response: Hi Kris! Glad that the package arrived safely and in one piece! I do love me some bubble wrap! HA! Hope you can use everything this upcoming holiday season! Thank you for the nice rating and the heart! I appreciate it! Happy Swapping! Valerie
jukejan rated for Somerset FALL FLAVOR package on Nov 10, 2016
Comment: Valerie, so fancy and fun! Your inside folder is a wonder, stuffed with such goodness and care. I love your newsy letters and I am sure that you noticed we have a similar side to our humor. This is a swap to remember and I am so happy that you joined up. hugs!
Response: Thank you, Jan, for your sweet comments and the nice rating and heart! I loved this swap ... anytime I can get my creative juice flowing is a good day! :-) Have a great weekend! Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous pouch! I love everything, plus the extras! Also, Sam thanks you for the hot cocoa :-). Hope we can swap again soon!
Response: Hi Meredith! You received my package despite what the USPS tracking said?? I was waiting for it to be returned to me! Did they forward it to you? Yay for that! Totally happy that you liked everything! Great Swap! Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: Valerie, thank you for everything- this entire month. It was wonderful to see you in my mailbox and hope to continue to see you. I will be writing back soon!
Response: Thank you, Tracy! I loved this swap! Glad you received everything! It will be fun to continue to write ... even little snippets just to stay in touch! Have a great weekend! Happy Swapping! Valerie
bluesky rated for SWL ~ Getting to Know You on Oct 28, 2016
Comment: Love your pocket letter with the "goodies" and the personal letter thank you :)
Response: So glad that you enjoyed everything. I love making those envelope style flip books and thought it was a good way to include the goodies. Thank you for the nice rating and the heart! Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: I love the corduroy owls and the woodsy buttons. I'm a bit obsessed with feathers, so the ribbon is a great choice. And I enjoyed your newsy letter and the envie full of goodies. Thank you for a great swap!
Response: Hi Vicki! Happy that you like everything! Something woodsy was a good pick as I love that, too! Thank you for the nice rating and the heart! Have a great weekend and Happy Swapping! Valerie
Robinarie rated for Halloween Card on Oct 21, 2016
Comment: Happy Halloween Valerie! Thank you for all the fun Halloweenie items! Great Mail Day!
Response: Hi Robin! Glad you liked your goodies! I always like putting something in the mail to you! Have a great week and Happy Halloween! Valerie
dartha rated for Altered Mini Halloween Bottle on Oct 18, 2016
Comment: WOW girl - thank you so much. Awesome bottle - it looks amazing with my Halloween Decorations. Love everything and will get a letter out to you next week. Happy Halloween, darla
Response: Hi Darla! Glad you found a spot for the bottle among your other Halloween decorations! :-) My favorite part of the swap was finding that coffin box. HA! I loved it! Thanks so much for rating and the heart! TTYS! Valerie
Comment: Thank you so much for such an awesome swap, wish I could give you more than one heart just for all the special time and effort you put into it!
Response: Thank you, Nancy! Can you tell I get into Halloween just a little bit?? I had fun putting this swap together for you and am happy that you liked it! Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! Happy Swapping! Valerie
debhous rated for A.Q. ~ Fabric Envelope! on Oct 12, 2016
Comment: love it! We have more in common than you thin k - I work better under pressure so many of my swaps are last minute!
Response: Hi Debbie! Sitting here at my computer ... procrastinating! HA! Glad you liked the envelope! It was fun to make ... something different! Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: Very nice! Thanks for the nice letter. So many times, swappers don't take the time to do this. I love a nice letter. Also for everything else, much appreciated.
Response: Hi Star! Thanks for the kind words. I love to write and sometimes I get carried away! :-) Glad you enjoyed the letter. I had fun filling up this PL. Thanks for the heart! Happy Autumn & Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: I will write soon.
Response: Hi Pattie! Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! Looking forward to hearing from you! Hope you're enjoying a beautiful autumn in New York! Happy Swapping! Valerie
widelo123 rated for Now What? Summer's Over on Oct 9, 2016
Comment: Valerie, that you so much for your wonderful letter and extras. The road trip through New England made me long to go back up North where I lived for over 60+ years. I wish I had known you were going because I could have told you some wonderful places to go. Did you see the mansions at Newport,RI? What was the name of the small town you stopped in CT? I am happy you got to the beautiful Berkshire but I wish you could have seen it in the fall. We were lucky with the hurricane. I seemed to go around us. Just some small limbs and branches and lots of leaves to pick up. Minor, thank goodness. Shirley
Response: Hi Shirley! I am breathing a sigh of relief to know that you weathered the storm okay. It was quite the rain producer for sure! We did not get to Newport, but stopped in Haddam, CT. I know we missed the glorious fall colors, but we missed the crowds as well. Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! Happy Swapping! Valerie
carterj rated for Now What? Summer's Over on Oct 8, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the sweet letter and for the extras! I am not a college football fan but my sister went to UofM and I have many friends that went there as well! Still waiting for the coolier weather to get here!
Response: Hi Jody! Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! I enjoyed this swap because I was able to use that cute stationery set! I've been waiting for the right moment! :-) Hope that you have a wonderful fall! Happy Swapping! Valerie
Sallyo rated for JJJ: Send 10 RED on Oct 7, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and fun stuff of RED items! I will find many uses for them:)
Response: Hi Wendy! I enjoyed putting this swap together for you! When you craft with red, think of me! :-) Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: Hi Valerie Wow thank you for the cookbooks I I love them And the nice letter and the little goodies in the envelope Spicemom
Response: Hi Alison! Glad you liked the cookbooks! Hope you can find some yummy recipes that become your favorites! Fall is the best for comfort foods! Thanks for the nice rating and the heart! Happy Swapping! Valerie
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card from your travels and for your account of the trip!
Response: Hi Philip! Thanks for your comment and the heart! I received your postcard today from the divided city of Česky Tesín. Thank you for thinking of me! I always like to learn about a place I have never been to.

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OrigamiGrace on Dec 21, 2017:



shinyserra on Feb 10, 2017:

Thanks so much for the Cath Kidston mailers from the Swapping Shenanigans tag game! I love all the little extras too :)

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Feb 1, 2017:

Hello I received your post card thank you, I will write as soon as I am better.

jandmterry on Jan 26, 2017:

I received your letter today from the Letter tag in the Swaps in the USA forums. I will be writing you back soon.


perkl8r on Nov 18, 2016:

Thank you dear for the wonderful (and I do mean wonderful) RAK gift package that arrived at my home yesterday from the FF RAK October. I love everything, and you did a great job of selecting things to send, I even like the way you packaged them!

jukejan on Nov 5, 2016:

omg word not work. I need an editor!

jukejan on Nov 5, 2016:

Jeeze I really killed the work SOMERSET, now didn't I? Hey your Trader Joe's amazing package came today and I thought it was the Fall Flavor until I read the letter! Really generous of you, my dear! My store presently is out of the Massachusetts type, but they have one that is sort of nautical. Why don't I wait a bit and see if they restock? Chocolate is going on the plane for vacation next week.

homeandheart on Jul 10, 2016:

Welcome to Somerset Style! We are happy you're here! 💖

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

From Inspiration Station~

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

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