Swap-bot Time: June 1, 2020 11:18 am


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Last Online: May 26, 2020
Birthday: November 14
Country: United States
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About Me

Little gnomie I made...

02/12/2018 FYI - I moved recently. Finally. Kind of. Anyway, the old address isn't good anymore, but I did put in a change of address card, and for the most part, stuff has been forwarded. I did change my address here, so it's been showing up correctly in swaps. Just posting here in case you were about to send a RAK or something to cheer this old lady up. :)

12/13/2017 It's hard to believe that this will be my third Christmas without any living family members. My losses feel so recent - but of course, that's because it's all in my own head. I have been enjoying the love given to me via snail mail from my Swap-Bot family. Thank you!

I love good mail, and I always have! I was in the Army, but that was years ago. Now I'm living the high life in Reno (get it? High life? Sierra? oh well...), working as an office manager. I have three cats, a love of tarot, divination, and gardening (flowers, not veggies). I like to read (cozy mysteries are my current faves), I'm a magazine-aholic, and I drink lots of chamomile tea (no wonder I'm so calm!).

I love Mary Engelbreit, French Kitty, Chococat, Maneki Neko and scotties. For scents, vanilla, spice, and citrus-smelling items are my favorites. I love tarot cards and other types of divination. I love cats. And reading. And BPAL!!! I'm rediscovering fairies. I would love guided meditation CDs (okay if burned copies!). I love magazines: girlie, home, different (Utne, Mental Floss, B*tch, Bust), mystery (Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock), and British mags. Starbucks cards are always appreciated! I guess you could say I'm a girly girl...love pink.

Favorite colors are the combo of pink and black together, yellow and gray together, pink and brown together, turquoise and brown together. I don't wear silver jewelry, but love gold and copper. I like autumn colors, but my office is with tropical colors (purple, turquoise, yellow, white).

I HATE GLITTER. Seriously...glitter and I don't get along. Glitter is the litter of the art world...it gets on everything, you can never get rid of it, and it lingers until the end of time.

Knick Knacks and Whatnots

Some of my favorite things include:

  • Sea glass
  • Mary Engelbreit
  • Laurel Burch (esp. cats & dogs)
  • French Kitty
  • Chococat
  • Necklaces (gold or copper chains; black cord)
  • Owls
  • Gardening
  • Cozy mysteries (without romance)
  • Cats (I have three)
  • Magazines! I hardly ever buy them, but I love them!
  • Dark chocolate
  • Dark chocolate sea salt caramels!
  • Scotties
  • Lucky Cat (also known as Maneki Neko)
  • Roll on perfumes
  • Copper anything!
  • Bath salts (not made in China)
  • Candles (also not made in China)
  • Witch stuff (not hags)
  • Grumpy Cat (who doesn't?)
  • Cool stickers (meaning not reward, kids, Disney, etc.)


GLITTER. I think I mentioned that already, but it's always worth mentioning again! ;-)

Photo albums and frames I don't post pictures around the house or at my desk.

Most things made in China Seriously. Their products have killed cats and dogs and children. Why do we continue to trade with China? I realize that I can't stay away from all things China - but for sure stay away from items my food might touch, that go into my mouth, or on my face/body are items I will not use.

Memo sheets For the most part I prefer the whole pad or nothing at all. I've gotten to the point where I just throw loose memo sheets away, so it's not worth your time or money to send them to me.

Hot Drinks I would prefer not to receive any hot drinks (teas, hot chocolate, etc.). I am not really a hot drink kind of gal - and I especially don't drink hot chocolate, because I don't drink milk.

Earrings, bracelets, rings

Christmas ornaments I do not set up a tree.

Postcards I do not participate in postcard swaps anymore. Exception: I enjoy receiving blank/unused Mary Engelbreit and kitty postcards, especially Grumpy Cat.

White chocolate This is like Fake News - a lot of hype, and no substance! :)

Cosmetics/Lip Balms/Lotions I get all I need through the beauty box subs to which I subscribe!

Don't Open 'Til Christmas Swap

Regarding "Don't Open Till Christmas" type swaps - I am rating 5s once received, and will add hearts and additional comments after opening.

Favorite Crafts

I don't think of myself as a crafty person, but I do engage in light papercrafting for pocket letters (my new favorite thing to do) and I have also started to make my own small envelopes (microlopes).

I was attempting to learn how to knit... that didn't go well, but I don't think I've given up entirely yet. I recently bought a crochet needle, and I hope to learn how to make dishcloths. We'll see...

The one thing I like to do, but is really expensive to send, is making altered candles. I use the glass pillar candles that can be found in the "religious" section of the grocery store, and I decoupage them, add embellishments, etc. I like to make spell candles out of them, or "just for fun" candles - this Christmas I made myself a holiday candle using fabric, a vintage image of a cat hanging up an ornament, some fancy yarn, and a jingle bell.

I had a lot of fun with altered clothespins as well - this crafting thing is addicting!

Things I have to swap

If anyone is interested in a one-on-one, I have some stuff - US only:

Lots of cosmetics, brand new, received from Ipsy and Birchbox. Let me know what you are interested in (eye make up, etc.). I have a ton of stuff I would love to get rid of it all.

Also have some tarot decks I wouldn't mind swapping. If interested, let me know, and I'll tell you what I've got in my "going away" stack!


I know tea is popular in the swap world. Please refrain from sending it to me. Due to dietary restrictions and allergies, I am unable to consume most teas. Chamomile and rooibus work for me. Everything else seems to cause distress - and that includes chamomile tea doctored with any other type of flavoring, like citrus.

Please: no green tea, no black tea - caffeinated or otherwise. My system reacts wildly inappropriately to it!

Thank you!


Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful book notecard!! Such a nice note!! You are doing fun events!!! Encourages me to!!
Comment: My Mister and I have a summer step challenge going. He works in a garage so hes always moving. Its hard to keep up with him, but Im trying! Thanks for your letter.
Poohtat rated for UHM: Open theme card on Jul 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and letter. Artown sounds fun!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your weekend with me and I loved the cute fortune cookie card. :)
Comment: This was a truly wonderful bit of something special just when I needed it. I love all of it, with the butterfly necklace and the bohemian / Indian style earrings near the top of the list. The absolute cherry on top though was the little Scottie dog hiding in the bag. Thank you so much for the smiles you have given me with the whimsy jar you obviously took a lot of care in creating.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely notecard. I love quiches, especially bacon spinach quiche. My little family went to my parents for Easter (about 4 hours away). I'm not much of a gardener, my house has three giant trees that makes it difficult for light to pass through. I hope your Easter lunch was great.
Comment: Thank you so much! I can totally relate on the daylight savings time! Florida is trying to pass a bill to do away with it for the state! Thank you for all the punchies, they will be used in a few projects I have!💕👍🌹
Comment: Received today! I am attempting to hold onto it until Valentine's Day! Thank you, and have a wonderful Valentine's Day! **Updated 2/22/19** So sorry for the late response, lovely card! Thank you so much!
TeaNi rated for UHM: Send a card on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cute Valentine card and the fun scratch-off! You should host a Galentines party- that sounds so fun! My husband and I sometimes celebrate, and sometimes not, depends on our mood. Last year, we went out, everything was packed, long waits everywhere, so my husband looked at me and said "Do you want to just go home and eat cookies and spend time with the cats?" I said "That sounds great!" So that's what we did ;-D This year, we're going away for a romantic weekend in Miami the week before V-day, so we probably won't bother with anything that day. I still make my two daughters (big girls- 16 & 22) little goodie bags, though. I love the hearts and cuteness of the holiday. :)
Candace rated for USAHM: Valentine Day Card on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: I'm going to a Galentine's dinner; have fun party planning!
Comment: What a fun pocket letter! I love the colors, they are my favorite. I especially loved how you used feathers! I’m definitely going to steal that idea!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the cute card!
Comment: I love love the soft deer card, thank you Lucy!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and heart - and also for joining the swap! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Hi Lucy! Thank you for the sweet Christmas card and the pcs & stamps! The pcs are so cute! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (sorry for not replying to your pm - it was a busy weekend!) Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and heart. No worries on the PM - homie expects people to be out and about on the weekends!
bluehairedmary rated for A Holiday Card in the US #4 on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Lovely card with 3-D stockings! Thank you so much for the sweet message! Happy holidays to you!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart! I love those cards - well, I try only to buy cards I love, but those REALLY grabbed me!
Comment: Thank you! Stuffed away for the next 10 days :)
Comment: Saving the gifts for Christmas, but judged on my giddiness already, it's a 5 + ❤️ for me. That CAT ornament is everything! (I have 2 black cats.) Thanks also for the note, Lucy! 12/26: All I can say is "wow." Thank you SO much for the washi, rubber stamp & French Kitty cards!
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous card and sentiment! Happy Holidays!
CajunLady rated for A Holiday Card in the US #3 on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card!
Comment: Thanks!

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OrigamiGrace on May 26, 2020:


Hope you're well!!

tcornell on Apr 6, 2020:

staySafe Just dropping by to say Hi and let you know you were on my mind!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs Pam

tcornell on Nov 3, 2019:


Can you believe it?!? It gets dark so early now!

LilysMama on Oct 7, 2019:

Thank you for the RAK note card, I really like the card you sent. That joke made me giggle :) I love the fall season, cider is my favorite although I'm bummed there is not an orchard near us this year to enjoy the fresh pressed cider. Happy Fall to you!

LauraM540 on Sep 30, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome postcard RAK

Mon1496 on Sep 30, 2019:

Thank you for the postcard! alt text

pkpeace on Sep 27, 2019:

Popping in to say hi! I'm easing my way back (post stroke)!! Happy Fall!

tcornell on Sep 22, 2019:


Stopping by to say Hi and let you know that I am thinking of you... I hope all is well your way- I miss you!

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