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Date Joined: May 28, 2008
Last Online: January 3, 2018

Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a gal in her mid-30s, happily married with no kids and 2 excessively spoiled and very loved cats.

I am a little bit obsessed with letters and snail mail - you can see all my mail action on my blog, www.missivemaven.com.

I'm very into mail art or decorative mail, I like funky postcards and decorated envelopes, anything interesting, different, fun in my mailbox makes my day! I send and receive a ridiculous amount of mail, but there's always room for more.

(My previous Swap-Bot username was GreenVelvet - I am most grateful to the admins for changing it for me in June 2011!)



*bats (the amazing flying mammals!)

*mythical creatures such as dragons, unicorns, fairies, mermaids


*fountain pens and ink. I am mad crazy about fountain pens and fountain pen ink.

*Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau

*postal and writing motifs

*cards with postal/mailbox/airmail themes

*anything magical (wizards, Harry Potter, etc) / fantasy artwork

*images of books, reading, writing

*The Muppets and anything by Jim Henson

*Edward Gorey

*hedgehogs, forest creatures

*reptiles and amphibians

*weird or dark humor

*spooky halloween themes

*not generally into dogs, but I love pugs

*postcards by Inkognito or Nouvelles Images

*artwork/postcards by Michael Sowa

*mid-century modern style or illustration

*anything odd, offbeat, unusual

*genuine upfront honesty

*curling up with a good book and losing myself for an hour

*sitting by a cozy fire in winter

Favorite Television

I do not own a TV. I know that is odd and unusual but I'm very happy without it.

But - I do watch some things on DVD or streamed video, and I am absolutely devoted to old episodes of The Muppet Show.

I do stream some more current shows, too, and I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones.

Favorite Books

I read a lot, and am partial to modern literary fiction, but I have a big fantasy streak, too.

Some of my favorite books, in no particular order (except the order I think of them): The Corrections / Jonathan Franzen

The Mists of Avalon / Marion Zimmer Bradley

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit / Jeanette Winterson

The Passion / Jeanette Winterson

(actually I love almost anything by Jeanette Winterson)

Bastard out of Carolina / Dorothy Allison

Three Junes / Julia Glass

The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky

The God of Small Things / Arundhati Roy

Middlesex / Jeffrey Eugenides

Revolutionary / Alex Myers

...I could go on and on...

but here's my LibraryThing library, which I use pretty much as a reading journal: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/GreenVelvet

Please don't send me

*Please, please, please DON'T send me religious items or sentiments. Yes, Easter and Christmas are religious and I'm not Christian. Please save churches, crosses, bible verses for someone else.

*CHRISTMAS STUFF / anything with a Christmas theme (stickers, notecards, etc)

*FBs / friendship books

*Anything that smells like / has been near cigarette smoke. I'm very sensitive to smoke.

*I'm not a fan of general "touristy" postcards. I have more than enough already. I understand I'll get them for a sender's choice swap, but if you have the choice between something touristy and something else, choose something else and I'll be most grateful.


rngstgstll rated for Bat Themed Halloween PC. on Oct 23, 2014
Comment: This is bat-tastic! Love the glittery bats and moon and bat washi tape, but the clincher has got to be the Batman Forever stamp. Whoever thought of that is ... well, I want to meet that stamp collector!
Response: Wonderful - so glad you enjoyed! I had such a fun time making this postcard, and the timing of the Batman Forever stamps was just too, too perfect. Thanks for the heart!
Whippet rated for Kitty Cat PC Swap #2 - US Only on Oct 20, 2014
Comment: Gorgeous grey Persian cat with blue eyes, love this postcard you sent to me with the lovely cat postage stamp & sticker. Know some thing about your love of your cats - had dogs - Whippets & a Russian Wolfhound for years. My last dog, Whippet went over the Rainbow Bridge a month before I moved to Florida. How I miss owning a dog. Not allergic to them, thankfully. My apt isn't ideal place for a dog. Wish I could live in a house again with fenced in back yard. Cats make great house pets.
Response: So glad you enjoyed the postcard and stamps and stickers - thanks for the heart! I'm not a dog person but goodness, Whippets are exceptionally beautiful dogs! I always thought they looked very feline.
darzy30 rated for Kitty Cat PC Swap #2 - US Only on Oct 16, 2014
Comment: I love this postcard, the stamp, and sticker! So sorry to hear about the loss of your cats. I bet the kittens are keeping you busy!
Response: I'm so glad you like it, and thank you for your kind words. Yes, the kittens keep me busy all the time!! (Thanks for the heart, too. :-)
squince rated for Kitty Cat PC Swap #2 - US Only on Oct 15, 2014
Comment: Cute card! Thank you!!!! <3
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it - thanks for the heart!
stiffneck78 rated for Halloween postcard swap on Sep 28, 2014
Comment: Very cool postcard of Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies! Love your handwriting, stickers, and postage! Thank you.
Response: Awesome, so glad you liked it - thanks for the heart!
Noel rated for Ugly /Tacky /Bizarre Postcard Swap, R11 on May 13, 2014
Comment: Interesting card...do you miss really go bbq(I know DC is awesome)
Response: Well, I'm a vegetarian... but I wasn't always, and yes, I do miss good BBQ.
brooklynbunch rated for Book Lovers PC Swap on Mar 23, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the Iris Murdoch card. I haven't read any Hilary mantel yet; another to put on the "to read" list. susan (brooklynbunch)
Response: You're welcome - hope you enjoy the Hilary Mantel if you read her.
Snuggles555 rated for Book Lovers PC Swap on Mar 19, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your book list! :-)
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
London13 rated for Book Lovers PC Swap on Mar 15, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the PC and book list. I like how your PC matches the theme. I will have to check out those titles. =)
Response: Glad you liked - I had fun matching the postcard to the theme.
darzy30 rated for Serial PC Swappers - Week #86 on Nov 20, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the fun vintage Halloween illustration PC! I love those!
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it - thanks for the heart!
suepier rated for Halloween Postcard Swap on Nov 7, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the cute Halloween card.
Response: You're most welcome - thanks for the heart!
suepier rated for Serial PC Swappers - Week #86 on Nov 7, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the cute Halloween card. I hope that you had a great Halloween.
Response: You're welcome, I did - and thanks for the heart!
Jenny712 rated for Serial PC Swappers - Week #86 on Oct 29, 2012
Response: Thanks for the heart!
ladybegood rated for Halloween Postcard Swap on Oct 26, 2012
Comment: Thank you for another wonderful postcard--I love the skeleton stamp and the sticker. I went to your Etsy store looking for stickers, but all I found were the note cards with the skeleton. They are great, too, but I would really like to have stickers.
Response: I'm so glad you liked the postcard, thanks for the heart! I do also have postcards with the skull/envelope design. The skull stickers are a brand-new product that I'll be listing in my shop very soon!
Dragonhead rated for Monster Postcard Swap #2 on Oct 26, 2012
Comment: Many thanks, yes, it's the perfect postcard!!
Response: Hooray! So glad I chose a good one for you, and thanks for the heart.
ladybegood rated for Quick! Halloween Postcard Swap! on Oct 16, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Halloween postcard. I love how you altered it to make it even MORE Halloweenie--and I love, love, love the small sticker of the skull with an envelope in its mouth. Where did you get it? Happy Halloween!!
Response: So glad you liked the postcard and the spooky alterations. Thanks for the heart! I had the sticker printed, the skull with the envelope is my own design. :-) I sell postcards of that design in my etsy store, linked from my profile - they're called "Snail Mail, Not Dead Yet." Happy Halloween to you, too!
Comment: Love the postcard and the stamps! :)
Response: Awesome - thanks for the heart.
knitchic54 rated for Wild and weird postcards -1- on Sep 18, 2012
Comment: thanks Ilona, I love the wild card! thanks for thinking of me in the '50's! Chele
Response: Yay, glad you liked - thanks for the heart!
scrappermama rated for Harry Potter Postcard on Sep 17, 2012
Comment: No matter how old I get (& I'm pretty dang old now according to my kids), I'll ALWAYS like Harry Potter. What a fun series! Thank you so much for a great card!
Response: I know, me too - forever a Harry Potter fan! So glad you liked the card, and thanks for the heart.
schin rated for Wild and weird postcards -1- on Sep 12, 2012
Comment: Thanks for a very fountain penny postcard! As if I needed more excuse to buy more inks. The herbs and Provence ink has such a lovely dark blue. And yes I check fpn religiously, under the name schin as well. Catch you later on the bot or on fpn :)
Response: Oh fantastic, I'm so glad all my ink talk was something you enjoyed. Thanks for the heart!

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arianneroxa on May 1, 2014:

Wow! You seem like such an inspiring person, and I have to say that I absolutely adore your taste and style (your Pinterest boards and Etsy shop are fantastic!)

Thank you so much for joining my "Ugly/ Tacky/ Bizarre Postcard Swap"-- looking forward to swapping with you! xo Arianne

rachelcdoyle on Apr 4, 2013:

kankalin on Oct 29, 2012:

Welcome to th Artsy Postcard Lovers club :)

rachelcdoyle on Sep 15, 2012:

racheljohnson on Sep 10, 2012:

This is a bit late, but thank you so much for the "Save The Postal Service" postcard you sent for the Thank You Swap-bot swap. Your kind note means a lot. Users like you make the Swap-bot community great!

Pashanista on Jul 19, 2012:

I just saw your comment on the most recent send a letter swap :) and yes and it is about to celebrate one year in the being :D

ericabella on Jun 20, 2012:

Yay! I am so glad that you're on SwapBot. I ADORE your blog!

MichelleWillow on Jun 1, 2012:

for joining THANK YOU SWAP-BOT! swap!

summerhawk on Aug 27, 2011:

Hi - I think we may have swapped books on BookMooch. I recognize your profile pic. :) That's it. Just hello.

Atropos on Aug 9, 2011:

Thanks a lot for your gift on bookmooch! That is so very kind of you. Nearly all of Neil Gaiman´s works are on my wishlist and I can´t wait to mooch them. I read "American Gods" and was overwhelmed! Which book can you recommend? Have a wonderful day!


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