Swap-bot Time: March 29, 2017 12:18 am


Date Joined: July 14, 2007
Last Online: March 3, 2017
Birthday: December 24
Country: United States
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About Me


my name is irene, but just about everyone who knows me calls me reenie. (i recently changed my name since my divorce and am now back to my maiden name.)

i'm returning to swapbot after about five years away. there have been a lot of changes in my life and i feel that going back to doing the things i enjoy is good for me right now.

i was born in los angeles, california on december 24th to my parents, who divorced 18 months later. my mom was in the us navy for 12 years and we moved around a lot. i've lived all over the usa but am settled in the pacific northwest, specifically, washington.

i was married to a navy submariner for 16 years. we divorced in june 2015. i am still struggling with my current situation and while i still feel poorly and often sad and angry about it, i am trying to stay positive.

currently it's just me and my cat, baer. he's the love of my life, well, the cat of my life. baer is a sleek black kitty with gold and green eyes. he was adopted from my local animal shelter in 2010 when he was just a wee baby. he's incredibly affectionate, intelligent, and stubborn. he loves heavily scented catnip toys (the more catnip the better!), crunchy cat treats in just about every flavor, although tuna is his favorite, and just about any flavor of canned food except turkey. he's my silky kitty and i adore him.

i adore snail mail, pen palling, reading, swapping (obviously), gardening, although I don’t have a yard of my own, photography, and journaling.

things i love: my mom. my friends, local and far away. disney. winter nights. disneyland. faeries. the magickal and mystical. hello kitty. bubble baths. bath & body works. christmas. manatees. greeting cards. twizzlers. cloudy, thunder-stormy days. fruit punch. the beach. hello kitty. amy brown's artwork. caramel apple lollies. scented candles. glitter pens. stationery. snail mail. lilacs. collecting picture frames. barbie. butterflies. gold things. stila. mac. bonne bell. good luck bear. hydrangeas. candy-cane tootsie pops. starbucks. vanilla milkshakes. flip-flops. stickers.. music. perfume. kawaii anything. makeup

notice: if you fail to include a note or any swap information with your swap, i will not hunt through all of my swaps to try and match a swap with a name. if you do not include your information, i will not be rating you. i'm sorry, but i just don't have that kind of time.

swap preferences: if end up being my swap partner, here are some things you can take into consideration when sending. anyone who sends me packages of the gevalia cappuccino specials toblerone or daim and anything with daim in it will forever be my bestest friend!

i would prefer to not receive any handmade items.

stationery: above all, when it comes to stationery i prefer anything kawaii; sanrio, san-x, q-lia, kamio, disney, etc. please do not send any diddl. when it comes to favorite characters, i'm not especially picky. i like hello kitty, rilakkuma, tarepanda, kutusitanyanko, nyan nyan nyanko, jewel cat, mamegoma, pom pom purin; i'm more partial to the older sanrio and san-x characters but please, no "real life" food or animals.

  • letter sets
  • pens
  • greeting cards
  • postcards
  • gel pens
    i'd love the marbled gel pens, as i've been having a tough time finding them lately.
  • stickers
    this includes sticker sheets & sticker sacks.

beverages: i love hot drinks, especially flavored hot chocolate, and unique or exotic teas. please do not send any dietary drink mixes.

  • flavored hot chocolates
  • plain hot chocolate
  • coffee
  • tea

candy/sweets: i despise white chocolate, so please do not send it.

  • starburst
  • m&ms
  • twizzlers
  • jelly belly jellybeans
  • chocolate
  • swedish fish
  • daim

miscellaneous: just a handful of random things i'm always happy to receive.

  • wrapping paper
  • wrapping ribbon
  • wrapping bows
  • unused greeting cards
  • bubble wrap pockets
  • anything with faeries
  • postcards
  • picture frames
  • planner stuff
  • bookmarks

please do not send the following:

  • white chocolate
  • dietary drink mixes
  • recipe cards
  • religious items
  • conservative/republican items
  • toys
  • eyelets
  • beads
  • gems
  • buttons
  • embroidery materials
  • knitting materials
  • atcs
  • erasers
  • non-kawaii stickers (except for christmas)
  • potpourri
  • linen or floral scented anything
  • romance novels
  • jewelry (handmade or store-bought)
  • napkins/tissues/hankies
    i have an allergy to cigarettes, including the scent of them, so if you're a smoker, please make sure that the items you send do not smell like smoke.

everything else: i’m not especially picky but i do detest anything obviously cheap. i love makeup, and while i have more than enough to last a dozen lifetimes, i don't mind receiving it in swaps. i like brands like mac, stila, urban decay, and the more expensive brands like chanel, dior and nars. i don’t expect to receive items from these brands but these give an idea of what i like. i also like drugstore brands like maybelline, revlon, l’oreal, sleek and mua makeup academy. i love trying new recipes so please don’t hesitate to send me printed versions of your favorites. mix cd’s are also welcome.

if you still have questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Favorite Books

i am an avid reader of historical fiction, specifically from the tudor- and elizabethan-eras. i also enjoy reading fantasy and some science-fiction. some favorite authors include anne rice, robin maxwell, philippa gregory, margaret george, juliet blackwell, amy tan, anne mccaffrey, mercedes lackey, marion zimmer-bradley, linda lay schuler, alison weir, octavia butler, sue harrison, jean m. auel, wally lamb, and half a dozen others.

i loathe romance novels so please don't send them.

Postcard Preferences

i am an keen collector of postcards. while i'm happy with most kinds of posties, i do have a few types that i prefer:

  • states
  • state maps
  • disney; characters & parks
  • paris
  • austria
  • flowers
  • faeries

please, nothing cheap or tacky. please send me a postcard you would like to have in your collection.

Possible One On One Trades

i am open to one-on-one swaps, especially for newbies. here is a list of items i am willing to swap for in one-on-one swaps.

  • candies from outside the us, especially pocky
  • kawaii letter sets
  • decotape
  • postcards

Angels / Flakers / Non Raters

i suppose you're no one on swapbot until you've been flaked on. and more than once. flakes seem to run especially rampant in the kawaii community, and a lot of my flaked swaps involve kawaii.

- swapbotfool for the beauty wishlist
my list can be found on the swap page.
- MIZZb0obo0 for the hello kitty lovers
- lilpinkymaloof23 for the pick 6 kawaii items #1


jezb750 rated for WIYM: DISNEY CHARACTER PC SWAP #1 on Mar 11, 2017
Comment: Hi Irene, thank you for sending a nice Disney card and a bonus card! Love the mermaid card. Hope you are doing OK and looking forward to a next swap with you.
Comment: I love the envelope, and everything. Thank you so much. I hope you're doing well.
Fabriqueen rated for WIYM: Washi Doodle Postcards on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: I love how you did your card. It is so pretty! Thank you so much! Hugs, Diane
Response: OMG - thank you! I was afraid you wouldn't like it but I'm so glad you do. <3
pcfan13 rated for 3 Things in an Envie #2 on Feb 26, 2017
LizzyJo rated for WIYM: Washi Doodle Postcards on Feb 26, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your postcard. Your doodles were just fine (you are much too hard on yourself.) I like the quote you wrote on the back and will add it to my quote collection.
Response: Thank you for the reassurance. I do appreciate that. <3
Comment: Thank you, beautiful
Comment: OMG, you totally made my f*cking day!!!! That is one of thee BEST cards I have ever received. So awesome of you. Thanks for the Anne Taintor postie too. Yay! Thank you!
Response: YAY! I'm so happy I was able to make YOU so happy. :)
Kraftylady777 rated for What I'm Reading PC on Jan 4, 2017
nsciambi rated for Disney/Pixar Postcard Swap #2 on Nov 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you!
swap4fun rated for Disney/Pixar Postcard Swap #2 on Nov 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you!
Swan rated for Disney/Pixar Postcard Swap #2 on Nov 9, 2016
Comment: Bambi, how great! I remember watching this as a child.
Comment: Thanks for the cute Halloween card and extra postcards. I will keep the postcard continued! Happy swapping.
Artistic rated for 12 Days of Christmas Day 4 on Sep 15, 2016
Comment: The presentation on the outside tells me I'm going to love the inside! Envelope tucked away until December.
Comment: I will send it on, and thank you for the extras.
nsciambi rated for Expand my Vocab PC swap USA #7 on Sep 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you! Zarf is a great word!
LizFinn rated for Disney Post Card-International Swap on Sep 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you for this lovely pink Belle card (one of my favorites! I always smile when a card I like very much "comes back" to me), gorgeous vintage postage (one of my favorites! I've been eyeing it, but everytime a sheet goes to auction, the price skyrockets :p), and cool trivia, Irene! I love DIsney cameos like this (like Rapunzel and Eugene in Frozen, or Belle in The Hunchback of Notre Dame) -- I will have to keep an eye out for her next time I watch BatB <3 Happy Labor Day weekend!
Response: This makes me so happy! I'm thrilled that you loved the postcard and the nifty bit of trivia. Happy Disney watching!
Comment: Thank you so very much for the great card. Enjoy life, Jane
shinyserra rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #6 on Aug 29, 2016
Comment: I loved it all and your pretty note :)

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RyeRye on Dec 24, 2016:



lou on Dec 7, 2016:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

reader44ever on Jul 31, 2016:

Hi Irene! Thank you for a really cute postcard! (It arrived yesterday but I wasn't able to pick up the mail until today.)

I would love to swap with you again. I'm sorry if I forgot to respond in the positive, if you asked me if I'd like to swap again. As far as I'm concerned, you can set one up whenever! Just shoot me a message and I'll be there. :-)

~~ Jen

RyeRye on Jul 7, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

reader44ever on Jun 17, 2016:

Hi Irene! Thank you for the profile "hello"! I just stopped by to return your friendly greeting with a wave, and I hope it shows up! (It's my first time posting a picture. . . Can this box be edited if it doesn't work? haha Here goes. . .)


tcornell on May 30, 2016:

Sounds good Irene, I have 40 letter sets on order from Etsy, so give me a bit as my stash is dwindling. So many outgoing letters!

tcornell on May 29, 2016:

Irene, the letter sets were some of the cutest I've seen! The one with a doily type page and the other a regular Kawaii memo I used to write to someone today. Very unique it was! I think I only have 2 left now. Thanks!

tcornell on May 24, 2016:

Thank you so much for so many letter sets for the "Swaps and Wishes" group, May Wishlist! I love them all and your thoughtfulness really made my day! Hugs, Tracy

ChrisAnne on Apr 4, 2016:

Thank you for the numerous rolls of washi you sent from my Swaps & Wishes wish list. You are so generous.

Neenie on Dec 22, 2015:

Read my profile and leave a nice comment swap.

Hello Irene, I'm your partner in the above swap. You have a great profile! Really tells a lot about your likes. Your cat is beautiful! I have two Goldendoodles. I can't Imagine my life without animals in it. I love all stationary, paper and office supplies. I'm always on the look out for new and different mail related items. Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Healing New Year for you! Hope to swap with you in 2016! Janeen

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