Swap-bot Time: June 22, 2018 4:01 am


Date Joined: July 26, 2015
Last Online: June 14, 2018

Country: United States
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Basics About Me!

June 1st, 2018

June will be a rather busy month for me. On the 2nd, I have a church block party to go to (to publicize our upcoming Vacation Bible School). Then, my son Jacob's birthday party is on the 3rd immediately following church service. I have to have a root canal on the 6th. I work as an assistant teacher for VBS from the 10th to the 14th. I also have to have my temporary crown put on the tooth that is getting the root canal on the 13th (before VBS that evening). Then, on the 14th (either instead of VBS or immediately after we dismiss), we are leaving for our vacation. Jacob will be with his dad at that point. We are taking the two little ones to my in-laws' house for the vacation while Jerry and I head to St. Mary's, GA. We will stay there 6 nights, then head back to the in-laws' on the 22nd to pick up Callum & Evie, stay one night there, and then come home on the 23rd. We have church service on the 24th and Jerry returns to work on the 25th. Plus, somewhere in all of this, we have to put the pool up for the summer! I will, therefore, be doing very few swaps this month.

My name is Mandi. I am 30 years old. I live in Kentucky. I am very happily married. My husband's name is Jerry.

I am a stay-at-home-mom. My oldest son's name is Jacob and he is 8 years old.

Jacob likes Lego, basketball, sports trading cards (baseball, basketball, football), Pokemon trading cards, art supplies (he loves to color and draw), books (he reads chapter books geared toward children aged 7-9), and Minecraft. He wears a size 8 in clothing.

My second son's name is Callum and he is 2. Callum likes trains, planes, automobiles, stars, the moon, police cars, firetrucks, ambulances, stuffed animals, drawing, Paw Patrol, Chuggington, Thomas the Train, and books geared toward boys his age. He wears a 24m/2T in clothing.

My baby girl is Evelyn. Evie is 1 year old. Since she is so little, she is still developing her own personality. She wears cloth diapers due to an allergy to the chemicals in disposables. She is also allergic to cow's milk (but can have soy finally). If you'd like to send something for Evie, hair bows are great as are the tiny rubber bands for her hair. This girl has a lot of hair! LOL Clothing is great, as are small age-appropriate toys. She wears a size 18 or 24-month in clothing.

Hobbies & Interests

Music - Country, rock, and 90's are my favorites but I listen to just about anything. Some of my favorite artists include Zac Brown Band, Journey, Miranda Lambert, Metallica, Backstreet Boys, Train, 3 Doors Down, and Matchbox Twenty.

Movies - Horror, fantasy, action, a bit of everything really. Some favorites are The Shawshank Redemption, all the Harry Potter films, Million Dollar Baby, Gridiron Gang, The Freedom Writers, and Paranormal Activity.

Snail mail obviously - Pen pals, swapping, mail art

Crafts - Crochet, paper crafts, and sewing. I'm a newbie to sewing.

Reading - I read anything I can get my hands on! I'll always be a Potterhead and re-read the series as often as I can. I also love historical fiction, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, mystery, and things I randomly pick up at a bookstore.

Body Positivity and Health at Every Size - I believe there is no wrong way to have a body. I believe every body can be healthy, whether they are thin, fat, muscular, etc. I believe a person's worth does not come from a number on the scale. I believe anyone can wear a bikini at the beach and I believe every person as the right to feel beautiful, because they are.

Religion - 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 Paganism. In my early-20s, I was agnostic. In my mid & late 20s, I was absolutely an atheist. At 29, I found God, joined a local Baptist church, was saved & 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, and ttend church at least every Sunday but more often when I can. I won't badger you about religion but if you want to discuss it we can. :-)


This list is mostly for profile-based swaps. :-) If it's on this list, I'd like it! And handmade items are great too! I also have links at the top of my profile to my actual wishlisted items on Etsy.

Vintage papers & ephemera

Washi tape (samples or full rolls)

Die cuts & punches

Shiny stuff

Sparkly stuff that doesn't get glitter everywhere

Enamel dots

Felt-tip pens

Glitter glue

Lace ribbon


Confetti, rhinestones, glitter, etc for making shakers. Please do not send this stuff loose though- in a zipper bag or similar is great.

Small metal charms

Tassel keychains or pendants

Gift cards or gift card codes for Amazon, Etsy, or Wal-Mart.

Single-use drink packets (that you add to bottled water)

Fleece, flannel, cotton, or terry cloth fabric (at least 6 inch x 6 inch please) or scraps of burlap, muslin, bamboo, or cheesecloth fabrics.

Ephemera for my junk journals.

Unused USA Forever stamps

Unused USA Global Mail Forever stamps

Anything you make! I love to see other peoples' creativity. If you enjoy making something, I'll enjoy receiving it.

Things pertaining to my "likes" list below.

Please Do Not Send

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.

Tea - I'm not a tea drinker. I will drink chai tea though and welcome it.

Chocolate - I actually like chocolate, but our weather is unpredictable and it will likely melt.

Makeup - I have sensitive skin and have to be careful what I use.


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

  • Butterflies
  • Hedgehogs
  • Fairies
  • Unicorns
  • Penguins
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Beaches
  • Seashells
  • Sunsets
  • Mountains
  • Coffee
  • Lemonade
  • Doctor Who
  • Harry Potter
  • Ghosts
  • Zombies
  • Vampires
  • Mythology
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Supernatural
  • Hearts
  • Stars
  • Space
  • Dolphins
  • Ancient Ruins
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Kawaii
  • Christian-themed things
  • Jesus

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, BJ, at the post office (we are on a first name basis lol).
  • I have hit 'send' on an electronic swap.

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.

If I do not receive a rating for a swap I've sent after a reasonable amount of time, I'll PM you or comment on your profile to inquire whether you've received it and if you have to please take a moment to rate for it. This way I know when you've gotten the swap. Thank you.

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.

If I don't receive a swap from someone in my country within 2 weeks, I'll PM them about it. I wait 4-6 weeks to contact international swap partners as I've found that is the typical time frame for receiving swaps.

My Swap History

Swap Hosts Please Read This Section in Full

I took a break from Swap-bot in early 2017. That break started in January 2017. I had a 15 month old and was pregnant. I had my baby on May 4th 2017 and spent the rest of 2017 adjusting to having 3 kids. As of January 2018, I'm back to swap-bot and I look forward to swapping again.

I used to have a different profile which I contacted Rachel about and she merged with this profile. I went through a lot of crazy life changes, some bad and some good. When I was ready to return to Swap-Bot two years later, I no longer had the email address associated with the old profile, did not know the password of the old profile, had a new last name (I got remarried), and a new address (I moved). Unsure of how to get in contact with Rachel, I made this profile. Then she merged the old one into this one for me.

As you can see, all of my ratings from the old profile were good except one rating for this swap. That swap happened right when my life went crazy. It is from 2013 and I have swapped since then (in 2015, 2016, and January 2017) and gotten all 5's. I did send the swap. I sent it once, it came back stating 'undeliverable' and I resent it. That's when I went thru some crazy life changes (divorce, move, another move, remarriage, pregnancy) and didn't get back on here to see it wasn't received until 2 years later.

When I saw the 1 (in 2015, 2 years after the rating happened), I contacted my partner but she had quit logging in. I sent her another PM when I returned again (January 2018).

I honestly didn't know what more I could do. So, I am offering to angel a swap in the public forums and I posted an RAK in the public forums to try to atone for this swap. I truly am sorry that she had never received the swap and I wish I had known sooner. My life went crazy and Swap-bot kind of got lost in the shuffle for a while.

As of February 8, 2018 my partner contacted me. After we discussed via PM what she would like me to create for her to make up for the missed swap, I got started right away on an amigurumi doll for her daughter. It was shipped shortly thereafter, via flat rate priority with tracking, and received a few days later. She was very happy with the creation and gave me an extremely generous 5 even though I know I only truly deserved a 3. I hope my honesty in this rating shows that I am a sincere swapper. I hope this shows, too, that any time something is not received from me, I will do my absolute best in trying to correct the situation.


Comment: Thank you for hosting and sharing !!
LadyJo rated for TCHH ~ Send and Envelope of PICNIC on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you! The Panda Bear postcard is so cute!
Comment: I love the stickers! Thank you.
Response: So happy you like them!
Ace330660 rated for FF: Handmade Journal Swap on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for re sending ! I really like that you added my name on the cover ! I will gladly participate in any other journal swaps you have !
Response: I'm so glad you like the journal! And once again, I'm sorry for the mix-up on the first one. Hopefully you'll be able to use that one as well though. :-) I'd love to see you in future swaps!
knitterofhats rated for FF: June 2018 Letter on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks! I enjoyed hearing about your very full month of June. I hope you and your hubby have a great vacay!
Response: Thank you! It's going to be interesting to say the least. LoL sadly, the weather forecast for our vacation is showing rain but maybe we will luck out.
ginny19590 rated for TCHH ~ Seal & Send ~ Spring Time on Jun 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you........=)
Response: Thanks! Happy swapping.
Lucia rated for MJS ~ Share your Magpie stash on Jun 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, Mandi.
Response: Thanks for rating! I hope there was some stuff you could use.
vlhafer54 rated for HG: Let's Try Amigurumi! on May 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute sea creature - I love the curly legs.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It was my first jellyfish and I had a lot of fun making the curly things!
Comment: Thank you! Sorry for the late rating!
Response: No worries. Thank you for rating. Happy swapping!
Kathy821 rated for TCHH ~ Send an Envie of FLOWERS on May 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I will definitely be able to use most of it. I will put the bookmark in the book I'm reading and the flower bag is really pretty too.
Response: So glad you're able to use most of the items!
spotteddogs rated for ATC Private Swap on May 15, 2018
Comment: Absolute LOVED these - you would never guess you are new to ATC making. The vintage ephemera and images you used are cool. The pressure is now definitely on for me!!! Many thanks for such a great swap!
Response: Thank you for such kind words! I had a blast creating these. I definitely look forward to creating more ATCs in the future.
Comment: A really great selection of items. Thanks! 💓
Response: Thank you. I hope you can use it all.
Comment: Oh I love giraffes too! So gentle and beautiful. I love this postcard and your story about your son. Thank you so much! : )
Response: You're welcome! When I saw you liked giraffes on your profile I knew exactly which card to send. :)
Didi rated for CPG Spring 2018 Scavenger Hunt - Global on May 14, 2018
Comment: really loved the stickers and will definitely use them on my calendar to keep my fitness going. day 1 today.
Response: Yay! So glad you liked them and hope they help keep you motivated.
pattiairel rated for Die Cuts Jamboree on May 11, 2018
Comment: thanks for the cute die cuts♥♥♥
Response: I hope you can use them all.
ladydy5 rated for MAE-Polka Dot Envelopes on May 11, 2018
Comment: Very different. Thank you Thought paper inside a note but was part of envelope, intrigueing.
Response: Yes, I like that it gives a bit of extra security with the extra flap inside. It's a new way of folding envelopes to me but I find that I quite like them like that. :)
happymama rated for AMA Sender's Choice-May on May 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the spring-inspired decorated envie!
Response: Thanks for rating! Happy swapping!
tigermousecat rated for YTPC: Embellishment Clusters on May 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely and varied clusters. Was worried about the large size of mine as it was hard to judge from the video what the actual sizes were. These are a nice range of sizes as well as quotes that will be put to various uses. Thanks again!
Response: In glad you like them! It was my first time doing these but I really enjoyed it. It was fun using my stash to create new things. Happy swapping!
clutterfree rated for TCHH ~ Seal & Send ~ POLKA DOTS on May 1, 2018
Comment: Mandi...Thank you for a great swap....what cute note cards, ribbons and one can never have enough washi!! Appreciate your generosity...happy spring, Charlene
Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed the swap! Happy spring.
christy102194 rated for OSS: Senders Choice PC #2 on Apr 29, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating. Happy swapping.

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kiddomerriweather on Jun 19, 2018:

Thank you for the random envie for my June AATW wishlist. I especially love the magnetic Disney PC.

knitterofhats on Jun 18, 2018:

Thanks for the handmade envies for my June wish in the AATW group!

piratecaptainmo on Jun 16, 2018:

Thank you for the tea bag for my June wishlist

shirleyinCA on May 29, 2018:

Thanks so much for the great postcards for my May Wishlist! I especially love the Daisy Duck and lightning in Seattle!

simcoe54 on May 23, 2018:

CPG: Pick 2 - Global -- Thanks for the postage stamps and postcards. The postcards are perfect for my collection!

zurdoswifey on May 23, 2018:

Thanks for the May wishes in AATW...Have a fantastic week =) Can always use more PCs and washi

kiddomerriweather on May 17, 2018:

Thank you for the awesome UFO pin from my Etsy faves (May AATW). I’m totally addicted to pins, so this was a fabulous wish to receive. They also sent a sticker which was very cool because I stick unusual stickers underneath my loft where I craft. Thank you a million times over.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on May 17, 2018:

Hello, the new write a Letter quick swap is up


djcamp04 on May 14, 2018:

❤️ Loved the Random flat envie you sent!!! Thanks so much!! 💕

kiddomerriweather on May 14, 2018:

You’re welcome. I’m supposed to get two more newspapers, but one of them was supposed to ship at the end of last month. I talked to Atticus and she said that she was running super behind. They’ll get here eventually. I’ve shopped there for years. It’s the last two months of the subscription boxes, so things are bound to happen.

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