Swap-bot Time: May 28, 2022 1:13 am


Date Joined: February 17, 2011
Last Online: April 20, 2022
Birthday: June 28, 1989
Country: Canada
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About Me

My name is Jay, I'm 26 and living in a rainy little town in British Columbia. I'm transgendered (androgyne, so you can use whatever pronouns you like), straightedge, and a huge geek. I taught myself to write in tengwar, the elvish alphabet from The Lord of the Rings.

Favorite Books

I'm an avid reader, mostly fantasy and some sci-fi. My all-time favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien, which should surprise nobody. I read a lot of fairytale retellings, especially Beauty and the Beast, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I own a lot of these books, but any recommendations would be highly appreciated, just in case I find something new!

My other favourite genre at the moment is harder to define, I call it "tangible fiction" or "fictional nonfiction." I like faux how-to guides, like The Zombie Survival Guide or the Superhero's Handbook. I also include things like the Griffin and Sabine series and Barbara Hodgson's work, that blurs the line between fiction and reality.

And while it may seem unrelated, I love superhero comics. I see them much the same way as fairy tales, in that you can take the same characters and basic storylines and retell them endlessly. Marvel's Ultimate and 1602 universes are good examples. My favourite teams are the X-Men and Fantastic Four.


My biggest crafting obsession is bookbinding, I do coptic stitch bindings. I make journals and sometimes mini books with postage stamp covers. I sporadically do collage and art journalling.

General likes/themes

  • Dark blue, indigo, and grey are my favourite colours, green and purple are nice too. Really, anything except pink!
  • Birds, especially bluejays!
  • Botanical illustrations
  • Anything to do with the stars, especially Orion
  • Anything to do with the ocean
  • Intricate patterns like brocade or celtic knots
  • Art Nouveau and Deco
  • Marbled paper
  • Pomegranates
  • Tengwar and other invented alphabets
  • Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, and Edmund Dulac


I'm leaving this wishlist up for now, but I'm currently in destash mode and I'm not looking to collect any more stuff. I may update this if I start swapping again.

  • Letter sets in any of the themes above, or anything you think I'd like, really. As long as it's not terribly girly and pink, I probably will.
  • Postcards, naked and stamped or in an envelope. It's really hard to find any around here at all, I usually have to go to Vancouver.
  • Handmade books, even simple or small ones. I love seeing other people's work!
  • Bookmarks. Help save my books from being dog-eared!
  • Ephemera, like old maps, transport tickets, book pages...
  • Old black and white photos
  • Airmail envelopes! I collect them.
  • Airmail labels from other countries.
  • Foreign coins.
  • Washi tape
  • Onion skin paper

I don't collect stamps, but I love getting mail with interesting commemorative stamps. It's probably the easiest and cheapest way to make my day!

If you've got me as a partner in a postcard swap and you're stuck for what to write, I like hearing about your favourite books, the city you live in, your collections, or your favourite quote.


  • Pink
  • Kawaii
  • Religious things
  • Apple scented things (I'm not allergic, but there was this incident with a middle school bully and a bottle of apple perfume...)

Other than that, just use some common sense and put your heart into it, and I'll probably love it.


Discordia rated for The Zombies Are Coming...PC Swap on Apr 8, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcard! I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...everything is better with zombies :)
atanava rated for Advertsing/Free Postcard Swap #9 on Apr 5, 2014
Comment: thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the great card from Amsterdam.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I love how you found all the stamps to have something flying on them, especially superman!!
Response: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman!
JanHardt rated for Blind Postcard Swap 32 on Mar 24, 2014
Comment: Love the card and stamps. Thank you.
Comment: I love to ride ferries. We have one that takes us to the islands in Lake Erie.
Comment: thank you so much of the gorgeous postcard from vancouver island! i think it's so cool that you've been to new zealand and are soon going to italy--how exciting! i, too, have been bitten by the wanderlust bug, haha. have a lovely day, and thank you once again! ♥
Comment: Great card, and love the stamps. Thanks!
Jenzeestyle rated for Owl PC! -International on May 30, 2013
Comment: Love it thank you so much
ohhgraciebee rated for Museum Postcards! ^-^ #3 on May 21, 2013
Comment: The postcard is beautiful!! I hope to visit London one day! :D
tiggerski rated for Museum Postcards! ^-^ #3 on May 21, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much! I love anything Greek!
ohhgraciebee rated for National Park Postcards :) on May 21, 2013
Comment: This has got to be the coolest postcard ever!! :D
Response: Glad you liked it! It's from the same site that sells the card you used as the swap image, so I wasn't sure if you had the set already!
Lizzycat7 rated for Flock Together Postcard Swap on May 20, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the great card! I loved the story about the robin! Thanks for brightening my day :)
Comment: Oh. My. Gosh. How much do YOU rock? Ooh, ooh! I know! I know! :-D Cannot thank you enough for this wonderful swap. I about fell over from happiness at the ginormous and amazing Titanic stamp! Best stamp I have ever seen, ever! All of the FIVE note cards are totally, utterly my style! And super mega thank you for the vintage London Underground map PC. You so made my day! Thanks so much! I will send you a little something soon :-)
Response: I'm glad you like the notecards and everything! I had a lot of fun putting together a package I thought you'd like!
Veterok rated for Typewriter Letter - April 2013 on May 7, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the letter and the teas! I really dig the paper you wrote on, and your typewriting is generally much neater and better organised than mine. In fact I also wrote you a somewhat long reply and put it in the mail today, I hope it reaches you safe and sound!
Response: I look forward to your response! Thanks for the heart!
pahunt925 rated for Animal Postcard Swap 4 on May 7, 2013
Comment: thank you for this great bear postcard.
CzechFriend rated for Famous Locations Postcard Swap on Apr 19, 2013
Comment: Great card! Thank you very mucg! I have heard of the Hollywood sign but have not seen it... I have not been out of Europe yet :)
cathlud rated for The Road Less Traveled PC Swap on Apr 17, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. It certainly is something that I would not go out of my way to see, unless you like "big" things. In Australia we have a "big" sheep, banana, guitar and fish, plus lots more.
JanHardt rated for Birds of a Feather Postcard Swap on Apr 13, 2013
Comment: Very pretty card. I hope your Robin "friend"does not show up this year! Thank you.
mejulia rated for Blind Postcard Swap 23 on Apr 4, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the great card. I love the stamps you used.

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user6937 on Dec 27, 2018:

Jay, I've received an awesome envelope filled with all sorts of stationery items; no note with them, so I'm very happy I keep track of things I'm expecting! Thank you so much; this was a very lovely RAK from you. I hope you had a great Xmas and will have a health, wealthy New Year :)

simcoe54 on Dec 18, 2018:

Canada only - stationery RAK -- Thanks so much for the envelope of postcards and postage stamps. Perfect for my collection.

Marryth on Dec 14, 2018:

Thank you so much for the LoTR postcards, and for the postage stamps as well - I appreciate 'em! Thanks for making my day with happy mail! :)

Eponita on May 4, 2014:

First of all, I'm soooo sorry that I am notifying you so late about the ATC you sent. I have no brain!

I loved the technique! On close inspection, I can tell it took a lot of work. But it also adds a lot to the background - a subtle but effective technique. I can imagine that your collage will be awesome!

Eponita on Mar 22, 2014:

So glad to hear the magazine arrived, I was just wondering about it today! If you are able to show the finished product to me that would be great, I am sure it will be awesome!

teli on Mar 8, 2014:

I was just perusing your Flickr and OMG those adorable mini books with the stamp covers. I think I fell over from shock and awe! Freaking awesome.

arianneroxa on Mar 5, 2014:

I was just checking out your profile, as you've signed up for one of my nutso postcard swaps, and wanted to say a quick hello. Like you, I'm from a rainy little town in BC (Salt Spring Island) and I also love botanical illustrations, birds, the ocean and so many other things that you've listed on your profile. Anyway, nice to meet you! :) xo Arianne

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michst74 on Apr 23, 2013:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for ALL the RAK jokers that you sent! Love how unique they are... you are so kind to share them! (Love the "jays" card that you used to sent them in, too!)

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