Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2018 12:02 am


Date Joined: October 3, 2007
Last Online: August 11, 2018
Birthday: November 6
Country: United States

Favorite Music

Moby, Morcheeba, Massive Attack, Faithless, Citizen Cope, Tricky, Tech9ine, Mazzy Star, Citizen Cope, Major Lazer, G-Eazy, Post Malone, Fetty Wap, Fugees, Wyclef, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Russ, 6lack, etc...

Favorite Books

Favorite book of all time: Veronica by Nicholas Christopher

I also like: Short stories by O. Henry, anything written by David Sedaris or Miranda July, The Little Prince, The Glass Castle, Love Walked In and Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos, Garlic & Sapphires and other books/articles written by Ruth Reichl, anything by MFK Fisher, "Stories" by Brian Andreas.

Favorite poets: Virginia Hamilton Adair and Nicholas Christopher

Favorite Movies

All time favorite: Bottle Rocket (and I like most all other Wes Anderson movies like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Royal Tenenbaums)

Closely followed, in no particular order, by: Groundhog Day, What About Bob, Run Lola Run, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Little Miss Sunshine, Elf, Station Agent, Birth, Nobody Knows, Amelie, Celestial Clockwork, Lost in Translation, Anchorman, Punch Drunk Love, Pieces of April, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, About Schmidt, I Heart Huckabees, Love Actually, Dough, Demolition Man, Oscar shorts (LOVED Stutterer and Le Femme et le VTG).

Favorite Television

Arrested Development, At Midnight, Ozark, Flight of the Conchords, Nathan for You, Top Chef, Chopped, Big Brother, Insecure, Amazing Race, The Mole (miss it), Parenthood (also miss it), Impractical Jokers, Billy on the Street, Flea Bag, Catfish, The Missing, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Master of None, The Affair, any and all ATP men's (tennis) tournaments, NFL Football (Go Chiefs!), any and ALL documentaries (Something's Wrong with Aunt Diane is a fave), anything having to do with true mysteries/mysterious disappearances (Disappeared, Gine, Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, etc)...ID Channel is a new favorite!

About Me

  • I live in Portland, Oregon but have lived in other parts of the US as well (Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and California).

  • I have been a personal chef in the past, but after I adopted my kids , I went back to freelance writing. I have written all kinds of stuff professionally, but right now I am an astrology writer for horoscope.com, plus I do tarot readings and astrology charts. I am working on a memoir.

  • I love art (especially book arts like journal making, paper making, etc.), color, design and all kinds of packaging...

  • I like bright colors like pink, fuscia, white, turquoise, lime green, periwinkle (esp. in the Spring/Summer) and black/white combo, deep reds, deep blue and purple.

  • Autumn is my favorite season and dusk/twilight is my favorite time of day. Sunset and sunrise are magical times, I try to appreciate them daily...

  • I love cooking, wine (especially sparkling/Champagne and Rose), giving gifts (especially the wrapping part!), reading, listening to music and getting surprises in the mail.

  • I love glossy cooking and art magazines!

  • I love to play games - board (Monopoly, Pictionary, Parcheesi), card (hearts, garbage, Michigan rummy), pub (pool and darts), etc; any new recommendations would be great! Next on my To Try list is Exploding Kittens, that's supposed to be fun
  • I love to laugh (sarcasm, dumb jokes, bad puns and other variations of word play are the best way to get me to crack a smile). I am not easily offended.

A Few of My Favorite Things...

  • the ocean
  • poetry
  • hotels and hotel minibars
  • things that smell good (vanilla, spices, exotic/spicy perfumes, Autumn air, baby powder)
  • bonfires
  • NFL football (Go KC Chiefs!)
  • sunsets
  • moonlight
  • dusk (favorite time of day)
  • Moomin
  • the moon
  • potato chip cookies
  • Carmel California
  • Thai food
  • cool/interesting restaurant menus
  • islands
  • tennis
  • Champagne
  • animals (especially dogs, cats and squirrels)
  • art and cooking magazines
  • peanuts and other salty treats like smoked almonds and cheese popcorn
  • hummingbirds
  • passionflowers
  • magnets
  • interesting stickers
  • interesting quotes
  • fancy sweets (good caramels, truffles and macarons...yum)
  • Joshua trees
  • Cuba
  • congas
  • Carribean food
  • Candlelight
  • Tiny things
  • Words/word etymology/learning new vocabulary words
  • Gift wrap
  • Interesting packaging/food packaging

· Don't really care for goth, "country/Americana" or Kawaii stuff, but I am open to it if it is something you are passionate about. Just tell me why you love it when you send it!

Things I Love To Get

  • Art/design/cooking magazines

  • Unique ephemera

  • Sweets (love fancy caramels and turtles)

  • Mini things
  • Interesting/unique stickers, any type
  • Wine or food packaging labels (like clean candy wrappers/labels off cans/boxes, etc...)

  • Poetry

  • Zines

  • I collect funny/unusual/interesting obituaries, so if you see one in your local paper that fits that description I would LOVE it if you cut it out and sent it to me!

  • Black and White Photos

  • Old letters

  • Found receipts/shopping lists

  • Handmade Papers

  • Anything with Squirrels on it

  • Things related to the Moon and/or Stars

  • Articles about mysteries/disappearances

  • Interesting takeout/restaurant menus

  • Jokes/sarcastic humor (not easily offended)

  • Flipbooks (my new favorites thing to make)
  • Handmade "activity" books 
  • I'll probably love anything that can be categorized as a packet or kit

Private Swaps

I love to do 'profile surprise' or similar interest type swaps with other non-flaky swappers. PM me if we have stuff in common and you'd like to set something up!


Comment: Thank you so so much for your beautiful flipbook stuffed with even more georgeous goodies! I oohed and aahed all the way through opening it! (if you like, i opened it live on instagram and its there for the net 24 hours hihi) And YES we totally have similar styles! Thank you again :) Lots of love
Comment: Absolutely fabulous package. The honey bee candy was delicious. We are moving to a new house with a fireplace so the matches in the bee box are special and appreciated. I can’t wait to start the book!! Thank you so very very much!!!
Response: Yay! So happy you liked it. Let me know if you like the book!
kfaye rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: Awe, thank you! That was fun to open :D Happy Valentine's Day! <3
Comment: Thank you! Will open on Valentines! Love the envie :D
Comment: So cute thank you! 💝
Comment: Thanks for a cute valentine, and a really unique envelope! I would never have thought of using a disk sleeve! Happy swapping!
Comment: What a creative idea for an envelope! I love it. Thank you for the adorable Valentine and goodies!
Comment: I have no problem admitting I love Frozen, thank you for the valentine and cute pin!
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you
DosNinas rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much !! My 2 year old is obsessed with Elsa so it was a big hit. My 6 year old put the pin on her back pack. She loves stuff like that. Thanks again <3
bb2 rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: How fun; another Oregonian to swap with. Thank you for the cute valentine and button. And, the creative mailing envelope!
marhod5 rated for Valentines Bag Flip #7 on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: A blue Van Gogh Valentine? Who knew such fabulous things existed! I love the decorations and all the goodies. So thoughtful and creative. And you found my favorite tea! Thank you so much.
SycamoreSuzy rated for Floral FlipBook - USA on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: such a unique flip-book, and so very creative! I love it!! I've looked at it about 10 times already ;)
LittleDonnaGirl rated for 12 Days of Christmas on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the very fun and festive package and all the goodies! My apologies for the delay in this rating. I hope you have a fabulous new year! (Thanks also for hosting this swap!)
MommaBaxter rated for Beat the Bad Day Blahs on Dec 15, 2017
Comment: WOAH! This is above and beyond what I had even imagined! I’m using all my willpower not to open every one right now! This package was such a bright spot in my day. My children broke one of my favorite ornaments today, and my best friend had a terrible time at work, so she came over and we each opened one box....simply amazing! Each box is so lovingly crafted with the blue art and words of encouragement on the inside. I opened the felted mouse ornament (perfect replacement for the one I lost today), and my friend opened the black tags. Truly helped both of us beat the bad day blahs! Thank you, as always, for the time, effort, and creativity you put into every swap! I look forward to our next one 😊
Response: Yay Michelle...so happy that the swap has already fulfilled the purpose it was designed for;-) Hope you and your family are on the mend and are enjoying the holidays. Let me know when you're up for another swap...maybe after the new year when all the craziness has died down. Until then, take care!
Comment: Aunt Diane had to have been a closeted alcholic, right? Maybe? I’m still stumped on that one. As I write this note to you I’m watching “ 11/8/16”on Netflix, which follows voters (on both sides) on Election Day. It’s interesting to watch it knowing the outcome, and knowing that these folks don’t for most of the film. Your box rocked! Gimme all the greens and dots! I will certainly start using these fab notecards this weekend and I absolutely love the sticky note album. It’s truly perfect. Your letter may have been my most favorite among these favorite things. I feel like we should be pen pals! I’ll be catching up on some letter writing over the holiday weekend. Mind if I send one your way? This private swap was so fun and winning was like winning the big Bingo jackpot. Thank you so much for the invite! ☺️
Response: I think you're right about Diane, although she's seen on the gas station convenience store security footage as seeming perfectly fine. It's just so weird to me. I'm going to check out Election Day; I put it on my list. And oooooh yes, I'd love a letter. Seems we'd have endless things to talk about as pen pals! Look forward to hearing from you soon! Have a good rest of your weekend!!
CENDING rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you. =)
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the resend!
Response: Whew! Sorry the first one got lost; if it ever shows up, let me know ;-)
Comment: Your fantastic and you send such fab things, so I apologize for being absent minded with this swap =)
Comment: Such a wonderful box of goodies! Thank you for including some items for Phoebe and Penny 😊 I LOVE the flipbook packed with awesome stuff—especially the Steve Zissou pins!!! (That happens to be one of my favorite movie quotes EVER) ❤️ So wonderful to swap with you, and I hope you would like to swap again!
Response: I'm so with you on Steve Zissou...it's funny we both sent Wes Anderson items...you really nailed the theme on yours though! It was a truly fantastic (Mr. Fox) box! I forgot to ask you where you got your stationary; that is so very cool. I need that! Check your inbox for my next idea ;-)

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Fenix825 on Jan 31, 2018:

Just thought I'd pop on over and say hi! Hope you're doing well!

lawchick on Nov 9, 2017:

Putting together your parcel! Planning to send early next week! :)

CurlyTea on Nov 6, 2017:

LittleDonnaGirl on Aug 30, 2017:

I have had such fun putting your package together for our swap! :-) I do need to ask for a little extension with the deadline as we are having fires again and bad smoke has filled our area. If it clears up enough by Saturday, I will go to the post office then, otherwise I hope to take it on Tuesday since Monday is a holiday. So sorry about the delay. It smells like I am surrounded by campfires. :(

SilverD on Aug 28, 2017:

Hello Mary, I received your parcel for the Wacky, Silly & Unusual Holidays-September swap today, thank you so much! I really appreciate it that you thought of me to send to! I will open the gifts on the holiday. Next month is my birthday month so it will be nice surprises all month! I am very grateful for your angeling on this swap, you're awesome!!! 💜 💗 💛

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

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Roseg on Feb 3, 2015:

Hi EmJayBe, I received the 100 questions swap you angeled for me in today's mail. Thank you so much for being kind enough to do that for me. I enjoyed reading your answers and thank you for the neat envelope you sent. I have rated my original partner a 1. I wish I could rate you because you deserve a 5 with a bunch of hearts. Thank you:)

Sarahjroc on Jan 12, 2015:

You're too sweet! Thank you! :)

TereDiane1954 on Dec 5, 2013:

Hello from a little east of you: Sandy, Oregon, the Gateway to Mt. Hood.

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