Swap-bot Time: November 20, 2019 7:09 pm


Date Joined: July 26, 2015
Last Online: November 19, 2019

Country: United States
Etsy Wishes Under $5
Etsy Wishes Over $5
Amazon Wishes
The Grey Rose Paper Company (My Etsy Shop)

Basics About Me!

Updated 12-NOV-2019

The Basics

My name is Mandi. I am 31 years old. I live in Kentucky with my best friend/husband, Jerry, and our 3 kids. I am a stay at home mom and I own an Etsy shop.

I only swap/communicate with other women. It is not due to any sexism, simply a wife heeding to her husband's understandable requests.

My oldest son's name is Jacob. He is 10 and in 5th grade, the final year of elementary school! Jacob likes basketball, football, books (he reads chapter books geared toward children aged 10-12 or 5th to 8th grade), World War Z, and the Walking Dead.

My second son's name is Callum and he is 4 & in preschool. Callum likes pre-k early readers books, trains, planes, automobiles, space (he can tell you how many planets are in the solar system and their names and which one we live on), police cars, construction and farm equipment, firetrucks, ambulances, science stuff for early learners, building toys, anything STEM for preschool age, stuffed animals, drawing/coloring, Paw Patrol, Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss, PJ Masks, dinosaurs, and books geared toward boys age 4-6.

My baby girl is Evelyn. Evie is 2 years old and mostly nonverbal. Evie likes hair bows (clip-in, any size), Blippi, elephants, books for girls age 1-3, felt food for her play kitchen, and animals.

I have two pet rats, Nox and Nargle. They enjoy bird toys, ferret tunnels & hammocks, and wood chews. Rats are not gross. They are as intelligent as a dog (mine know their names and come when called), as clean as a cat (mine clean themselves more than any cat I've seen and some rats are even litter trained), and they love human interaction & cuddles and never bite (I've had over a dozen rats in my lifetime and I've literally never been bit)! My little ratties are cage-dwellers. Nargle prefers not to leave the cage ever as he prefers me to reach in and give him treats/petting and insists I clean around him instead of leaving the cage while I clean it (he will move so I eventually get the whole cage done)! Nox is a parrot-rat... He will perch on my shoulder all day if I let him. He's not into crafting, though, so you'll never have pet hair on your stuff.

I also have a rabbit named Bunny that was born September 15, 2019. She also isn't into crafting (no worries about allergies or pet hair) but does appreciate any bunny-safe toys or treats that may find their way to her via our postal system.

Hobbies & Interests

My music style is car-karaoke. If I know the words, I'm gonna sing along (loudly and poorly). If I don't know the words, I usually skip it unless it's catchy. Country, alt rock, classic rock, 90s, contemporary Christian, and praise/worship are my most played genres. My #1 favorite is (and always will be) Journey! Some other favorite artists that spring to mind are:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba
  • Old Dominion
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Passenger
  • 3 Doors Down
  • Matchbox 20
  • Shinedown
  • Seether
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Sidewalk Prophets
  • Chris Tomlin

As for movies, I have always been a horror movie fan. My mom had me watching 70s & 80s horror movies even before I can remember. I grew up watching Tales From the Crypt, every Stephen King novel based movie and all the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th films. I've kept that love for horror my entire life, even the B-list stuff. I also love foreign films (I even took Foreign Film Studies in college), short films, and classic Disney. Some favorite films are:

  • Cargo (the short film that the Netflix full-length is based on)
  • Amelie
  • Sarah's Key
  • All the Harry Potter films
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • The practically unknown Bad Ben series (free for Amazon Prime!)

Some folks like to read... I like to read everything! I'll always be a Potterhead and re-read the series quite often. I also love historical fiction, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, mystery, true crime/murder, bestsellers, and things I randomly pick up at a bookstore or happen to see while browsing the Kindle books on Amazon (I have a FireHD 8, a Voyage, and the app on my phone). My "TBR" list is so long and is literally always expanding. I know I'll realistically never be able to read them all, but I'll die trying! I read in bed every night. I can't finish a book and stop reading; I have to start a new book immediately.

I am a crafter. I have a large craft room! My crafting interests include (but are not limited to) papercrafting, crochet, bookbinding, designing stationery for my Etsy shop, and writing letters & sending mail art to my pen pals.

I enjoy various other hobbies, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and photography (Nikon DSLR user here).

I am a firm believer that there is no wrong way to have a body. A person's worth does not come from a number on the scale, their outward appearance, or their physical capabilities or limitations. Anyone can wear whatever they want to put on their body. I believe fat isn't a bad word. I am fat. I am also beautiful. Those things aren't mutually exclusive. I am also happy, worthy, physically active, energetic, and confident (although I'm an introvert). We need to stop letting the media tell us who is beautiful and instead get to know each other and find the beauty in everyone, then maybe some of the other problems in society will be fixed too.

World religions were always fascinating to me when I was younger. I didn't grow up in a church or a particular religion & religion was never really talked about in my house. As a teenager I believed in and practices paganism (wicca). In my early-20s, I was agnostic. In my mid & late 20s, I was a confident athiest. At 29, Jesus saved me. I joined a local church, was baptized, and I now participate in a monthly women's Bible study, a monthly craft ministry where we make things for different charities or other donations, attend church at least every Sunday (but more often when I can), and host Bible study swaps on here. That being said, I won't bring up religion in my swaps (unless it is a religious-themed swap). If you want a theological discussion, I'm up for it but you'll have to approach the topic first.

I can't pass an hourglass without flipping it over. Weird quirk, but I feel it's relevant information. Also, I might believe in aliens and UFOs... It depends on the day.

Postcard Swap Info

Send something you think I will like based on my profile. There is a lot of info here. LoL

Also, I like touristy, funny, and strange PCs. Just no nudity please. Pin-up style is fine.

If we are in a swap that does not specify whether to send in an envie or naked & stamped, I prefer naked & stamped if you will write something on the back. If you don't know what to write, some suggestions are:

  • Recommend a book. Tell me why it's a good read.
  • Tell me some kind of positive news headline from the past few weeks. Local, national, or world news! (Nothing sad or political please)
  • Go to Wikipedia, click "random article" and tell me a bit about what came up.

Current Wishlist

This list is mostly for profile-based swaps. If it's on this list, I'd like it! Be sure to check out the rest of my profile for more "likes" scattered in.

Handmade items are welcome! I also have links at the top of my profile to my wishlists on Etsy & Amazon.

I'm now obsessed with my classic Happy Planner! Any Happy Planner stuff is welcome. For 2019-2020, I got the Be Happy box that was a collaborative with Amy Tangerine!

Amy Tangerine goodies

Anything from England, Ireland, Scotland, or Italy! Or things featuring landmarks from those places.

Tourist brochures for places in/near London, England. I'll be visiting in September 2021!

Glitter gel pens

Gift cards or gift card codes for Amazon or Etsy.

Unused USA Global Mail Forever stamps

Unused USA stamps: Forever, Additional Ounce, Nonmachinable surcharge, or just the small amounts (under 50c).

Pet bird toys (handmade or store-bought, the internet has a lot of ideas if you Google DIY bird toys, these are for my rats)

Magnets (store bought or handmade) pertaining to my likes list below... or see my Etsy wishlist for other ideas.

Giant puffy stickers

Flat sticker sheets (please no kiddie/teacher/reward)

Please Do Not Send / Dislikes

This list is pretty small, but it is a list of dislikes - things I simply won't use and would be better off being sent to someone who will treasure it.



Anything that could melt in warm temperatures between the months of May and October

Sticker flakes unless I'm in a swap for them

Items that smell heavily like smoke

Loose confetti or things that will get glitter everywhere when I open the package

Friendship Books, Slams, etc.

Random Likes List

An ever-expanding and ever-changing list of random things I like!

  • Jesus
  • Christian-themed stuff
  • Rats
  • The United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • Aliens & UFOs
  • Hedgehogs
  • Penguins
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Beaches
  • Seashells
  • Sunsets
  • Mountains
  • Coffee
  • Lemonade
  • Doctor Who (#10)
  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
  • Ghosts
  • Vampires (scary or old-school suave, not "sparkly")
  • Mythology
  • Conspiracy Theories (all topics!)
  • Supernatural
  • Vikings
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Gilmore Girls (Luke, Jess)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Criminal Minds (Spence)
  • Classic Disney
  • Disney/Pixar
  • Body Positivity
  • Autumn
  • Space
  • Ancient Ruins
  • Flip flops
  • Kawaii style stuff (Gudetama)
  • Bob Ross
  • How I Met Your Mother (Robin)
  • Any Tangerine
  • Happy Planner

How I Rate & Send

I click send if...

  • I have dropped a stamped package in a blue box.
  • I have given the package to the postal worker at the post office.
  • I have hit 'send' on an electronic swap.1

If you are in the USA and do not receive a swap from me within 2 weeks of my clicking send please PM me and I will happily resend.

If you are outside the USA, please allow 4-6 weeks to receive a swap from me. If that timeframe has passed, please PM me and I'll gladly resend.

I rate based on the rules of Swap-Bot. There are only three different rating criteria: I got my stuff and it met posted swap requirements (5 points); I got my stuff, but it didn't meet the posted swap requirements (3 points); I never got anything (1 point).

I rate the day I get your package from the post office or the following day, but I don't go to the post office daily. If you have tracking on your item and it says it's been delivered but I haven't rated it, please give me a few days. I usually pick up my mail at least twice a week.

I will contact my partner prior to giving a 1 or a 3. If you're going to be a few days late, please PM me. Communication goes a long way. :-)

September 2009

I joined this site in September 2009. I stopped getting online in April 2013 due to sudden, unforeseen, unpredictable, non-preventable (private) reasons. Due to the fact that I no longer had any access to the previously used email address, I could not remember my password for SB, I had no idea how to contact Rachel without a SB account, and I had a new name & address, I rejoined Swap-Bot in August 2015 with a new profile. I immediately contacted admin and had Rachel merge them. All my ratings from the old profile are accessible by clicking "View All" and scrolling down. I also didn't do any swapping from October 2015 (when my 2nd child was born) until January 2017, but I left on good terms and returned on good terms. If you have any questions about any of this, please PM me.


hollycm6 rated for Journal: hollycm6 and MSturgill87 on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: :) Have fun!!
HOLDENV84 rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on Jul 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the PC! I hope you haven't had to many run ins with the cruise ships. We have just come off one ourselves! We did a 3 night cruise that didn't stop anywhere
Comment: We made it to the end, and the study had lots of thought provoking questions. Thanks for seeing it to the end.
Poohtat rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Cute postcard. Thank you. I bet your rats are fun!
TexyDeb rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on Jun 8, 2019
Comment: I love the subject of this postcard. Thank you!
BeHappyToday rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
papercraftkath rated for MM! May 2019 PC Swap (naked) on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: I love this postcard! Thanks so much.
Comment: Very happy letter sets! Thanks!
Leen rated for MM! May 2019 ATC From My Stash Swap on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much! Love the mailart
kdeorne1 rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I did see the Big Bang Theory finale and it made me cry watching the series come to an end. I was happy to see the elevator start working :)
goinjenny rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you
TexyDeb rated for PCEW19 Round 2 on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: Just my kinda postcard. TYVM It got torn up and smeared along it's journey. ha ha ha
knitterofhats rated for FF - Prompted Notecard #5 on May 31, 2019
Comment: Sounds like it would be fun to make crafts with vinyl.
KarenFife rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on May 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice bird postcard!
widelo123 rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on May 31, 2019
Comment: Mandi, sorry for the lateness. found some pcs in a bunch of magazine.??? I love the Campbell Kid pc. They were around in the early 60's. I remember sending away to Campbell's for the Campbell Kid spoons and forks. They still have them. Shirley
mcovey rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on May 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for Whale pc
Comment: Oh my goodness!! I love it!! Thank you so much!
ncnurse04 rated for MM! May 2019 Profile Surprise on May 30, 2019
Comment: Awesome profile surprise. Thank you very much!
ncnurse04 rated for MM! May 2019 Something Swap on May 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the thought you put into this swap. I really appreciate it. Thank you.
Kathy821 rated for PCEW19 Round 3 on May 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for sending that one for Mason. He's already trying to draw them.

Rating Overview

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5.0000 391 140 160
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381 506 0 0
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notme78 on Jul 18, 2019:

Thank you for the postcards and the atc sleeves for july wish, via make a wish group.

Swan on Jul 17, 2019:

Thank you for your postcard about Sanibel Island for my July Wishlist!

TryshaH81 on Jul 17, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful package from Wishlist group!!

bluehairedmary on Jul 15, 2019:

Thanks so much for the birthday card and stickers for the WW group! I had a wonderful day (yesterday) and plan on celebrating the rest of the month too! Thanks again!

susieq11 on Jul 6, 2019:

That’s crazy! Lol! Well I’m happy it finally found you at least!!! : )

mgallardo68 on May 26, 2019:

Thank you @MSturgill87for my soon-to-be birthday present (MAW May wishes). I'll wait to open it until July but I can't wait! ♥

weatherwax on May 21, 2019:

I have read about those Total Solar Eclipse stamps, but never seen them before! They are great, so are all those lovely stickers!Thank you so much for a great envelope for the CPG wishlist May.

hollycm6 on May 19, 2019:

These bee address labels are just the thing!!! Thank you for taking the time to do them for me!! (AWG May)

bluehairedmary on May 18, 2019:

Thanks so much for the handmade envies for my AWG wishlist! These are so pretty and will get used up for some penpal letters right away! Thank you!

daydreamer47 on May 18, 2019:

Mandi! Thank you so much for the absolutely cool vintage book pages for the May WW 💜

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