Swap-bot Time: September 25, 2023 6:41 am


Date Joined: October 27, 2012
Last Online: April 12, 2023
Birthday: November 27
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Holly and I'm a full-time freelance journalist (my niches are travel, food and lifestyle). I love lots of things, some of them being fat books, cozy sweaters, adult beverages, Netflix marathons, traveling to new places, fun cookbooks, glitter and hobby jumping. I'm also an aspiring novelist and spend a good portion of my time writing adult historical fantasy.

Favorite Books

Favorite authors include:

  • Diana Gabaldon

  • Holly Black

  • Charlaine Harris

  • Libba Bray

  • VE Schwab

  • SA Chakraborty

  • Madeline Miller

  • Cassandra Clare

Favorite Movies

You've Got Mail. That's it. That's the favorite, feel-good movie that no other can top.

Other favs include:

  • PoTC

  • Sweeney Todd

  • Halloween series (both OG and new)

  • Scream series

  • Most Christmas movies

Favorite Television

  • Gossip Girl

  • Doctor Who

  • GBBS

  • The Vampire Diaries

  • Gilmore Girls

  • True Blood

  • Sex and the City

  • Supernatural

  • Penny Dreadful

  • Peaky Blinders


  • Halloween/fall-themed items

  • Letter sets/notecards with envies

  • Any kind of recipes and/or cookbooks and cooking magazines!

  • Scrapbooking/art/smashing/junking supplies, any kind or style, just nothing dirty, used, or torn.

  • Extras of your crafting supplies

  • Anything sparkly or glittery!

ABC's of Things/Themes I'd LOVE:

  • Autumn-themed items
  • Books - if it's your favorite book, I'd love to read it, whether it be paperback, dog-eared, water-stained, whatever
  • Cooking - I love recipes, cooking magazines, cookbooks, etc. Actually if you send me a cookbook, I'll love you forever.
  • Dogs - love dog themed anything, especially black lab or patterdale terrier
  • Envies - big, small, homemade, storebought
  • Feminine - Pink, glitter, makeup, ribbons, girly girl stuff. ;)
  • Glitter - so much glitter
  • Home goods - I can always use extra stuff for my house
  • Incense - any scent!
  • Letter Sets - any kind, please with envelopes.
  • Martha Stewart-esque, cutesy domestic type items
  • Notecards
  • Orange items
  • Postage (any amount)
  • Quick projects/tutorials
  • Recipes (any and all)
  • Stickers - themes that are relevant to the season
  • Tapes of all kinds, washi or otherwise
  • Upcycling
  • Vintage - old is good, dirty/torn is not
  • Writing - anything to do with writing is welcome
  • Xtra surprises! ;)
  • Yarn


I have loved to penpal since I was about 12 years old. I am always up to accepting a new penpal, but I have a few requirements to keep us from wasting our time.

  • Must be at least 25+

  • Must write first

  • Must be looking for a long-term penpal relationship, not just a few letters here and there.

And that's it! :)

Flaking & Rating

I DO NOT LIKE FLAKERS. IT IS STEALING. Therefore, I do not flake. If you have not received something from me, let me know. My post office is sometimes quite slow. Also, I always rate when I receive, so PLEASE do me the same courtesy.

Current Non-Raters:

@fruitbat5150 for Adventures of the Traveling PC R18

@queencordy18 for Adventures of the Traveling PC R19

@crafts4me for Traveling Letter Round #8

@CrystalTenshi for NH: Basic Profile Surprise Swap

Tag Flakers:

@lillianmarie for US Tag Aficionados 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 Tag


I absolutely love collecting and hoarding craft/scrapbooking/journaling/ATC/mail art/mixed media supplies! I love it when people send me their leftover supplies, no matter what it is. One person's trash is another person's treasure!

Although I love crafting, I'm a bit of an amateur (or at least I think I am). My current focus is mail art.


I only dislike receiving a few things -

  • Items featuring cats (except for Halloween black cats, they're okay)
  • The color yellow (like neon yellow, pastel is okay)
  • Items geared towards younger kids (I don't need anymore kid-themed stickers, please)
  • Patriotic themes
  • Teacher/Reward stickers
  • Foods/candies (lots of allergies)
  • Masculine items


monsbrick rated for FLL: Letter and a recipe on Mar 7, 2022
Comment: Hi Holly, thank you for this recipe. Usually I’m intimidated by making chicken and dumplings. Your explanation and recipe look like one I could actually try!
Fuchsi rated for FLL: Introduction on Feb 12, 2022
Comment: Hello Holly, thank you very, very much for your wonderful introducion letter! I had great fun reading it and will soon write a reply to it. ^.^ With best wishes, Maxi
Duamutef rated for Imbolc recipe exchange on Jan 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful recipes, I dont like onions either :) Happy new year
USAFwife rated for Imbolc recipe exchange on Jan 19, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great recipes. :) The Egg & Potato one is similar to one I make on the stove top with hash browns - I'll give yours a try for sure. :)
cmosher rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #18 on Dec 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the kind welcome to swap-bot and the paper. I LOVE paper! 😊
Poohtat rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #18 on Dec 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you. Happy Holidays
aprilivy rated for Looking Forward #10 on Dec 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!
Linsoid rated for International PenPals - Fall 2021 on Dec 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks!!
AmySue2 rated for For the love of Pen Palling on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter. I will write back soon (this week). I did not even notice the purple until you mentioned it :) No points deducted. But you get three gold stars for all the mushrooms!
RoBeastRo rated for For the love of Pen Palling on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the letter! I do not see a return address, so I can’t send on back in return! I am currently juggling three books: Anthony Bourdain- “Medium Raw” and David foster Wallace - “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” and, lastly, I’m listening to the audiobook “Disappearance at Devils Rock” by Paul Tremblay. Need to knuckle down and focus on one until it’s done. 😆 hope you are well!
Chechel2 rated for Happy Mail #6 on Sep 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the letter set, postcard & little goodies! 😊
LavenderSprinkles rated for Happy Mail #6 on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the swap! My cousin lives in Albany. I was thinking this was from him at first as there was no retune address. You have a good day. Happy swapping!
Comment: Loved the extras
Cindymt rated for International PenPals - Summer 2021 on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Hello! Do not worry! Typed letters are 100% okay! So, I am currently visiting my hometown for a week and do not have my pen pal supplies. I may be able to do a simple letter without extras if that is okay. I will contact you soon for the updated address!
BethiquaC rated for Recipes Thru the Ages on Jul 10, 2021
Comment: This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for the extras too!
AJ73 rated for Stickers And A Card #4 on Jun 19, 2021
Comment: Hi and thank you. I love the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. It goes into my Quote Journal! The stickers are all fun and I will enjoy using them. The little fix stickers are adorable! Sincerely, Alma
Comment: Thank you, I love the couch postcard!
Comment: Thank you so much Holly for your letter and all the papers you've included with it! I have a few other letters to reply to before yours, but I will write you back as soon as I can! 🥰
Comment: Thank you for the letter, one on it's way back soon 😀

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smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


CurlyTea on Nov 27, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Heirloom on Aug 30, 2018:

If you have a fall birthday (Sept-Nov) and would welcome profile greetings from fellow UHM members on your special day, be sure to post your birth date (month & date only) in the UHM group forum!

susieq11 on May 21, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards you sent for AATW May!

sassafrass on Apr 1, 2018:

Hi! I ended up sending your March Wish for All about the Wishes group through Etsy. I was sick and ended up in hospital before I could put something together. Hope you will enjoy!

mariamichelle on Mar 14, 2018:

Thanks again for the adorable notecards in "All About the Wishes"

Aladyjackson on Mar 3, 2018:

Thank you so much for the letter from the tag. I can definitely relate to what you are going through. I will write soon 🐰🐇

zurdoswifey on Feb 27, 2018:

Thanks so much for the amazing assortment of goodies for my Feb Wishlist...everything is perfect

susieq11 on Feb 11, 2018:

Thanks for the fun postcards for AATW February! Happy to see you back : )

urbexarchaeology on Feb 8, 2018:

Thank you for the awesome planner stickers for my February AATW wishlist!

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