Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2017 5:39 am


Date Joined: January 17, 2015
Last Online: October 16, 2017
Birthday: November 13
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! ~ I'm an artist and crafter from the mountains of North Carolina, USA. In addition, I am a classically trained pastry chef and pro photographic artist, proficient in photography, Adobe applications and Corel Painter. I am single, have two precious children (ages 21 and 26) and a frisky Bengal cat named Effie. I am super intrigued by how others use their creative talents. I love to paint digitally and then add some "real" paint before finishing my pieces. I also love to retouch photos and restore old and damaged ones. I struggle at some point every week with Meniere's disease (migraines/vertigo) and back pain. I try to make the best of my good days and delve deep into creativity for healing.

Fav TV Shows

This changes from season to season but current favs are: Downton Abbey, Old Game Shows,The Blacklist, Shades of Blue, Home Improvement Shows, Victoria, Madam Secretary, This Is Us, Blue Bloods, and anything made by the Coen brothers.

Fav Activities

Mindfulness & Meditation, Getting lost in a good book while on the treadmill, Going to Festivals, Live Music, Walks in the Woods, Baking, Cross Stitch, Video Games, Oil & Watercolor Painting, Multi Media Art, Photography, Sewing, Wreath Making, Gardening, Calligraphy, Card Making, Scrapbooking Including Digital Scrapbooking

Wishing For These Things

MY CURRENT WISH LIST: Old or New Uncut Patterns (the brown paper tissue type) of any kind, New Pocket Letter Pages, Old Game Pieces & Kids Game Cards, Acorn & Pinecone Themed Items, Handmade Envies, Embossing Supplies/Tools, Gift Tags, Nice Drawing & Ink Pens, Pink & Peach Sharpies, Vintage Themed Stickers & Ephemera, Vintage or New Baking Tools, French & Paris Themed Items, Glossy ModPodge, Calligraphy Nibs, Funny Old Photographs, Vintage Motel Ephemera of All Kinds, Fancy Brooches

Favorite Things

ALL HOLIDAYS & ANY REASON TO CELEBRATE :) ~ Most anything in the vintage or old industrial style. ~ I collect ladies handkerchiefs. Vintage looking ones are my favorite. ~ I am learning watercolor as it applies to architecture and home landscapes ~ Favorite color is magenta ~ Folk art makes me smile. ~ I collect unusual and antique tea pots.

OTHER RANDOM PERSONAL LIKES: ...Birch Trees...Gardening...Things Related to France...Old Maid Playing Cards..."Stuff" from the 50's 60's 70's...Clotheslines...Moss... Bittersweet Vines...Almond Oil...Waterproof Mascara...Fancy Vintage Rings...Terra Cotta Pots...Burlap...Sandcastles...Mini Golf...Warm Fires...Treat Bags...Old (old looking) Crate Labels...Hydrangeas...Old Children's Books...Apricot Scents...Vintage Magazine Ads...Warm Socks

I Simply Don't Need...


~ I AM ALLERGIC to most perfumes, cigarette smoke, wool (lanolin) and anything containing eucalyptus or pachouli.

  • No FQ or fabric
  • I don't need matchboxes or any ATC supplies
  • PLEASE nothing cartoon related or kawaii or Hello Kitty
  • I prefer no candy or food. Tea is fine.
  • Please, there is no need to send anything too juvenile (i.e. kiddie stickers, cartoons, small toys or stuffed animals). That includes baby things.
  • I'm not into mystical items, Wiccan, or things zodiac related

Shipments/ Ratings

I ALWAYS participate in swaps I sign-up for and try to send mail in a timely manner. Please message or email me if you do not get a swap I have marked as sent. I truly appreciate the effort each of you puts into your packages and will be happy to leave a rating. You are welcome to remind me to rate if I forget :)

Have a Happy Day!


BlackPearlTx rated for Profile Bible Verse #3 on Oct 19, 2017
sleepingrover2010 rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Hello Melanie, Thank you for your envelope filled with goodies from the "Happy Mail Fun." I like the 2clubs card you sent me. I will add it to my other cards. I love how it changes. I love the mini book. Thank you for the coin purse. I appreciate your kindness. Barb sleepingrover2010
Spatter rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: Loved all my goodies!!! The Washi was a nice surprise 😊😊
cfroggie rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 17, 2017
MyRetroSoul rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: What an awesome envelope of goodies! I love the pen! Thank you so much.
SouthsideTracie rated for Just Randomness on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the randomness! I actually have a vintage hankie collection and use page flags like crazy!
KaurinMarie rated for Halloween Bag Flip #2 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the bag flip! It was so wonderful! I love all the goodies! Thanks for joining my swap! 🎃🕸
Rosina176 rated for Halloween This and That Flat Swap on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute goodies. Love the stamp! I didn't see those going around at all.
Response: You are welcome! Happy Halloween!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Bananers rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
MamaJo rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much. I love the rub-ons.Happy swapping
Soaksupthesun rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Thank for the handmade tag and postcard!
piratewithtea rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the envelope! Especially love the baked goods pc!
aligurl75 rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, rub-ons and stickers :)
sweetpea22 rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: Thank You so much, everything is Awesome!!
SunshineAndInk rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you especially for the postcard! Nice touch ❤
Kvwanderlost rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you, I love the vintage FL PC :)
Loubeth rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the goodies! I loved the handmade tag and the vintage picture!
craftyone rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the fun shapes and cool Daniel Boone postcard!
lyricalmia rated for Stuff the Mailbox on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much. I love the die cuts!!! Perfect for my smash book.

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Jaymmers on Oct 15, 2017:

"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today. Mathew 6:34 Swap: Profile Bible verse #3

This is my favorite verse. It helps me a lot when I get overwhelmed or down in the dumps. I hope it speaks to you as it does to me :)


jaimierandolph on Oct 14, 2017:

Psalm 139 139 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

This is my favorite book in the Bible!

Psalm 139 is the 139th psalm from the Book of Psalms. It is attributed to David. It is known for its affirmation of God's omnipresence. The psalm addresses God, or, in Jewish tradition, YHWH, and the speaker calls out and establishes a salutation and an understanding of what he knows God to be. He goes on to marvel at the omnipresence of God even in the most secret of places, and praise God for His vast knowledge of the future. Finally, the psalmist concludes by asking God to “slay the wicked” and stands against them, assuring God of his fervor, asking to be tested and led in the correct path. Some scholars have interpreted this psalm to be a response to an accusation of idolatrous sun worship, something forbidden in the Jewish faith, but incredibly common in rival religions of the time. I really hope you don't mind it isn't just one verse but a whole chapter I can't just pick one verse out of that chapter! I need all of them! Thank you so much for joining! Hugs- jaimierandolph

reauk on Feb 18, 2017:

thankyou Mel it means a lot to me Andrea x

yvonne401 on Feb 17, 2017:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!

JenniferB on Feb 8, 2017:

Hello Melanie...thank you for joining my swap.

I am so sorry to see that you have lost two dear ones to your heart. Thinking of you at this time.

I am glad you are throwing yourself into being creative. Mindfulness can be a wonderful thing at times like this.

Take care ❤ JenniferB

Keruka on Sep 30, 2015:

Hi Melanie, Here are some verses for you for the share a verse of encouragement swap. God Bless xx

hamsterfarm on May 23, 2015:

Hello! I love that you paint! I've tried before but it turned out awfully D: it was during set class in high school and we all had to hang up our works for critique hahaha I was so embarrassed :P


Maybe I should try it out again! Do you mostly paint portraits?


How did you get started painting? I started drawing when I was young and I'm pretty decent at that but I stick to crafty stuff. I do a lot of crochet and knitting!


I see that you want to learn crochet! I learned EVERYTHING on YouTube :P it's really helpful! Hahaha maybe I could YouTube some painting skills


And this is my favorite painter! Sometimes I still catch his show when I'm at work and it comes on. I laugh whenever he mentions a "happy twig" of the likes <3

This is happy profile swap :D

Nerdy0919Wolf on May 23, 2015:

My name is Lillie and you're one of my partners for Happy Profile Swap! Hope you have a great day/night and happy swapping!

shannonlinde on May 19, 2015:

Thank you so much for praying for me this month. I hope you have a blessed May! Shannon

Stepht on Apr 13, 2015:

Hi Mel!

Welcome to the Bible Study Group :) Looking forward to getting to know you!

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