Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2021 9:43 pm


Date Joined: September 26, 2017
Last Online: January 16, 2021
Birthday: March 20
Country: United States

About Me

I appreciate kindness in all forms.

I send all my swaps on time, so if you are waiting on something from me, PLEASE send me a message before rating down. I am happy to re-send any swap. THANK YOU!!

I practice yoga, reiki, meditation and energy healing.

I love to garden. When I was a kid, I would help my little Italian Grandma with her garden every summer. We would plant tomatoes, zucchini, all kinds of peppers, watermelon, green beans and potatoes. I've scaled my garden way back as an adult. I mostly plant a large variety of tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

My favorite herbs are basil, rosemary and lavender. I love the way all 3 smell!! As for other smelly stuff, I like berry, lemon, cinnamon, patchouli and nag champa. Not a big fan of strong flowers, apple, watermelon or jasmine.

I love spending time with my extended family and because of COVID we haven't had any big gatherings. We have a weekly Zoom call each Saturday and its awesome but not the same. I miss hugging!

I have a serious Starbucks addiction. I love the coffee drinks and merchandise. I also love all types of Starbucks inspired stickers and washi tape.

My favorite Washi (but I love it all): Simply Gilded and Paper Geek Co.

I love the Cavallini stationary, journals, stickers, papers...all of it!

I do a lot of energy work and spend as much time outdoors in nature as I can manage with working full time and taking care of my parents. I love the spirituality of nature and practice pagan traditions and holidays. I love being a kitchen witch bringing the nature inside and creating magic with food. I LOVE all holidays and celebrations of the divine feminine and mother earth.

My favorites "regular" holidays: Christmas, Halloween, Easter and Thanksgiving. I also don't mind receiving holiday items all year.

Favorite Halloween items: witches, skulls, pumpkins, ghosts, haunted houses, scary trees and cemeteries; not really into black cats or monsters or anything gory. I love tarot readings and ouija board fun.

For Thanksgiving, I like traditional themes - turkeys, pumpkins, fall leaves and woodland animals.

Favorite Christmas themes: traditional red & green, nativity scenes, snowman, silver – anything sparkly. Lots of glitter and sequins. Not into country-themed decorations like burlap and plaid.

For Easter, I love bunnies just not too cartoon-y. I love pastel flowers & ribbon, colored eggs, carrots and Victorian looking Easter baskets.


• Nature – trees, flowers, birds, bugs • Oceans and beaches • Coffee • Road trips • Books • Study of meridians and chakras • Volunteering • Used Book stores • Baking • Tarot & Oracle cards • Gardening - herbs, vegetables and flowers • Painting pottery • Candle making • Attending the local theater and musical productions • Journals - love to journal daily • Religious art – specifically vintage Catholic, Orthodox and Hindu • Vintage jewelry • Chocolate • Peanut butter • Chocolate & peanut butter 😉 • Wine • Favorite color – Purple • Dragonflies • Bumble bees • Essential Oils • Sea Shells • Washi tape – good quality • Crystals and stones • Sun & moon images • My favorite vacation spots: Sedona, Northern California (the Redwoods!), Gulf Shores, Alabama, New Orleans and San Francisco.

I'm a big fan of art museums - especially enjoy Monet, Picasso, Degas, Matisse and Gauguin.

The Art Institute of Chicago is hosting a Monet exhibit. I'm so excited! Hopefully if things don't shut down, I'll be able to take the train to Chicago for the exhibit in December.

"Flat" items/ideas of things I will use in journals and projects: washi tape, unique stickers, paper pieces, punch-outs, used postage stamps neatly trimmed or off-paper, journal cards, homemade envelopes, tags, book pages and labels.

Fun fact: I don't eat pork or beef

About Me


• Cats (I know, I’m sorry) • Kiddie stickers • Color your own anything • Disney/Pixar • Facial masks that are cleansers or whatever • Bath bombs. I don’t take baths • Chocolate covered fruit • Flower flavored tea • Not a big fan of St. Patrick's Day. In my town, its shamrocks all year round because of the University of Notre Dame


I love books! I love reading, collecting and sharing all types of books. I'm a big fan of used-book stores and Paperbackswap.

I like to collect old cookbooks, spiritual books (everything from Catholic saints to yoga) and art books.

I read a lot of fiction. I especially like book series. They are fun way to spend more time with the characters.

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts, journaling, making prayer beads and rosaries, painting on all type of mediums, washi crafts, candle making, baking sugar cookies in holiday shapes, and drawing yantras and mandalas.

I'm new to knitting, wire-wrapping and paper roses.

I love pen-pals and writing letters. I feel like its a lost art.

Favorite Music

Music makes everything so amazing!

Some of my favorite genres:

Pop - some current top 40's, but always will love the 80's best!

Classic Rock - Everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Motley Crue

Classical - Mozart, Beethoven and Baroque

World - Kirtan and Liquid Mind

Oldies - I love Elvis and music from the 50's and 60's


I enjoy all postcards, here are some of my favorites:

Coffeehouses, coffee mugs, people drinking coffee

Libraries, bookstores, people reading



Mother nature: mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans, forests, meadows

City scenes


Flowers, fields of flowers

State map cards

Postcards of artwork, such as those bought in a museum

Touristy postcards from your town, city or state

Unique recipe postcards


MeggyMoo rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #2 on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: What a great card, sending South Bend IN out to the world! I certainly loved it! Hope you've got some ice skating in, while we have had some hot weather it's generally been quite pleasant. All the best for 2021! Tracy
manders2280 rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #1 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: It's here! It's here! Thanks ever so much for new year's greetings from Birmingham Owlabama lol.
Comment: I love your quote and question
Catt007 rated for PH: N Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Jan 10, 2021
Comment: Hi Melissa, thank you for the lovely card. Stay safe 😀
LadyJo rated for PH: M Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: Loved the post card you sent to me! I hope you get to eat some soon!
Comment: Thank you Melissa for the pretty wintery scenery PC. Love it! I would love to trade places with you, as far as snow goes. We always get snow here in Canton, Pa. On the 16th & 17th we had gotten 40 inches of snow. Most of it is gone now, as we got some rain. But along with it a lot of flooding. Don't get me wrong, I love the snow! But not so much of it. We literally had to dig our way out our house though.
Comment: Your Christmas meal sounds delicious.
Carollee922 rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #3 on Dec 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. I hope you and your family had a great holiday!
Comment: Thank you so much! Love the card and the super soft socks!!!
Comment: Thanks for the neat latte card-I have never seen one before!
Comment: Thank you for a lovely pc and quote! Hope your holiday season is off to a wonderful start!
ch23 rated for PH: J Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Dec 14, 2020
Comment: I like food cards so thanks for sending me jam my way.!
michlove rated for SSM: QSCP #15 on Dec 12, 2020
Comment: Thanks for this great postcard. It looks like a tunnel made of books.
JenZen5 rated for SMSUSA: Blind Envie: Holiday-Themed on Dec 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the fun Christmas items. Merry Christmas!
kfaye rated for Simple Spell on a PC on Dec 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you :) Happy holidays!
Comment: Thanks! I 'd love to learn Spanish as well.
marles rated for SF- I Spy PC- Bird- US on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks! I love birds and really enjoy going to Sylvan Bird Park about 2 hrs from me.
Comment: Oh my goodness, the postcard of the gas station makes me laugh so hard!! Like what? Who thinks to make a postcard of a gas station. Your selections were great. Thanks!
Comment: Thank you!!!! I am sure to love this! Thanks Melissa I didn't have one of those shells yet, and the sage and palo!!!! so thoughtful!!! Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you for the Indiana card. That was one of the states I lived in growing up.

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LavenderSprinkles on Dec 20, 2020:

Thanks for the gifts!

Juniebird on Nov 7, 2020:

Hi Melissa! I just opened your envie for the CPG Christmas Countdown #1... Such a cute snowman notepad! Thanks for your generosity. I hope you are enjoying the swaps, I know I am! Best wishes and happy (early) holidays!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 31, 2020:


Happy Halloween!:)

Rainydancer on Apr 9, 2020:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps and mail!

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