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Date Joined: May 6, 2018
Last Online: November 4, 2018
Birthday: March 20
Country: United States

About Me

Sept. 23, 2018 Dear Penpals, I have a family emergency and am not only away from the computer, but far from my mailbox as well. I will return to letter writing when possible.

It may go without saying, but please message me if a swap seems delayed or missing so I can resend. Everyone deserves happy mail!

A little about me: I am 38 years old and live near Portland, Oregon. I love antiques and "vintage" things. My prescription glasses are a pair of 1954 cat eye frames from an antique shop.

I'm happily married for 11 years (my wedding cake topper was Link and Zelda) and a stay-at-home mom to two adventurers who keep me busy. I am vegan, perhaps a touch "hippie" but very nerdy, artistic, and a lover of science and science fiction. I'm a bit eclectic!

Interests and collections:

  • poetry and tea

  • arts and crafts (more mod podge anyone?)

  • envelope art

  • Doctor Who

  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)

  • Studio Ghibli

  • Watercolor painting

  • 8 byte video games

  • Board games.

I collect: Memories and gray hairs. Really though, I love:

  • unique postal stamps, I especially adore all things postal related (air mail, pony express, mailboxes, etc) and women (Harriet Quimby, Amelia Earhart, Sacajawea, women voting, etc)

  • memo sheets (unfoldend) and writing paraphernalia

  • washi tape

  • fun stickers

  • Anything with mermaids (sinister or seductive)

  • fairies (sweet or child-like) and woodland creatures

  • vintage halloween

  • All history, but especially art deco (1920's) and art nouveau (1910's). I also have an affinity for mid century (1950's).

  • Georges Méliès type of images:

A Trip To The Moon 1902

Favorite Books

Books: I love to read anything from true crime, non fiction history, a little mystery, fantasy and science fiction.

Lately, when my kids pickup a middle school-reader that hints at a real theme within the fiction, I explore it at "my level". Ex: Houdini was a passing character in a children's mystery, so I read his biography and learned abut his fascination with the macabre (some of it shocking) and his passion to dispute the occult. They loved a picture book about "Owney the Railway Mail mascot" and I'm suddenly on my own journey through postal history, railway history, and the use of stamps.

Some of my favorites are:

  • "Stiff" by Mary Roach

  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

  • "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson

  • "The Neverending Story" by Michael Ende

  • "Watership Down" by Richard Adams

  • "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson

  • "The Eyes of The Dragon" by Stephen King

  • "Watchmen" Alan Moore

  • "Cinder House Rules" by John Irving

  • "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse

  • choose your own adventure series :)

Current book I am reading:

"I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch

I'm also treading through the Outlander series and in book 4 at the moment. "Drums of Autumn".

Wish List

Not sure what to send?

(Check "interests and collections" in the "about me" section.) Perhaps this list will help:

  • A postcard with a poem

  • Envelope art

  • Stamps, unused or unique and undamaged used.

  • Washi Tape

  • Totoro and other Studio Ghibli characters

  • Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, or national parks. Also forests and woodland creatures (and gnomes).

  • Mr. Zip or vintage postal history

  • Vintage arcade gaming themes or classic video games (joust, pac man, mario, zelda, etc)

Favorite colors: sky blue and red

  • Hand made items appreciated

  • I love mermaids

  • I love fairy art similar to Brian Froud and Margaret W Tarrant or Cicely Mary Barker.
    Red Poppy Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker

  • All things old and eclectic

  • Bats (that fly in the night)

  • Vintage Halloween images. vintage halloween


There aren't many things I don't like, but here is a list of things I would rather not receive:

No politics.

Nothing violent (against any living creature).

Nothing with spiders (this is my phobia).

Nothing religious. (Spiritual and/or paranormal is fine.)

No loose tea, please.

No cosmetics or things that are smelly.


Favorite Movies and Television


  • The Fifth Element

  • The Mummy (1999)

  • Jim Henson's The Labyrinth

  • Hugo

  • Inside Out

  • Up

  • The General (1926 starring Buster Keaton. I love anything with Buster Keaton in it.)

  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • My Neighbor Totoro

  • The Secret World of Arrietty

  • Kiki's Delivery Service


  • Doctor Who

  • Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Confession I don't watch much TV but have a long list of shows to catch up on.

I'd like to steal some time to watch:

  • Broadchurch

  • Carnivale

  • Firefly

  • Call The Midwife

  • Twin Peaks

  • Sherlock


fiorellaione rated for Summer Reading - Completed on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: I loved reading about your and your kids' readings :) Thank you for your letter, all the things you added to it, your envelope art, and for taking the trouble of resending it :)
Response: I'm so glad that I got it back to resend! :D I'm happy you enjoyed it!
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful mail art!! It's so pretty and I love the stamp combo. The stickers are so pretty too and I LOVE the foxes!!! I'm currently on a train with your letter and writing you a reply now! So expect a letter in the post in the next few weeks 😊
Response: Oh!!! I am so excited!!!
Sabbe77 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - July 2018 on Jul 25, 2018
Comment: Totally loved the beer case cover card! Totally worth the lagers! 😄 Oregon and the giant trees are on my bucket list, fhe nature is said to be amazing ♡ Have a good day 😊
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! :D
ByJQ rated for WIYM: Writing-themed happy mail on Jul 25, 2018
Comment: What a fun envelope of happy mail! Thank you. I appreciate especially the variety in your "theme" - worked out perfectly! I ordered my wax and seal from Wish to get started. I have seen some in Michael's or Joann in the wedding invitation section also.
Response: Thank you for the tip! I will check out the wish website.
Comment: Thank you so much for the Mr. Zip envelope of goodies. The prints of the old ads were great. Thank you for the 2 postcards. You outdid yourself!!
Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it! :D
ahnlynn rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! July on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I'm so excited to use everything you sent me!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you liked it!
MsBellaDonna rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2018 on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for such a great "chunk" - it's got kind of a steampunk look to it... I love it!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Glad you liked it!
Lablauri57 rated for July Bookmark on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Look at you! Loved everything from the envie to the bookmark. I am fascinated by the leaves of the palm tree. What mediums did you use?
Response: Did you see the "Hawaii" stamp? I wish i had others. The palm trees are colored pencil. :) But the sunset sky was washed out water color. I might have used ink on the tiki god? i don't think so, though.
Comment: I absolutely love this card-very cool state name retro image. The poem was very beautiful too. Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked them!
phiedragon rated for Mail Art x TEN on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the letters! I love how you made scenes on both and they went with the stamp. A reply is on its way to you soon!
Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you liked them. :D
Vickyen rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2018 on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Hi Robin! Thanks for the great chunk and share! Pizza is always a wonderful go to dinner item! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Oregon postcard. I do love postcards of where people are from.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating.
Comment: Thank you. This was a really pretty piece. I will have to look around here and see if any of the local specialty brewerys have any unusual cartons.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Ellivlove rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the goodies!
Response: Thanks for the rating
SassyChicken rated for Beginner's Dotee Doll on Jul 2, 2018
Comment: This Dottee Doll is wonderful! It's really the fist time you've done any sewing??? Her face is beautiful! Thanks so much! And thanks for the Big Foot drawing!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked her! I was really worried about the face because I haven't embroidered either. I've patched tears in stuffed animals, but I'm not sure they come out of surgery looking "better". >.< I'm so glad she made it safely and you enjoy her. Thanks for the heart!
Bridgette rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jun 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a great Swap!! 💙
Response: Thank you!
pbcquiltlover rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jun 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I hope the post office treated "space kitty" kindly.
ArtExpress rated for Make Me Happy With HappyMail #9 on Jun 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the cool paper goodies...I love and will put to good use! Your thoughtfulness and generosity definitely made for Happy Mail for me today! So cool :-) Hugs! :-D
Response: Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it!
Chelle rated for Mail Art x TEN on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: Lovely circus themed mail art! :)
Response: Thank you! Thanks for the heart!

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ArtsyEm on Aug 11, 2018:

Hi Robin! I got your letter and oh my goodness, your envelope is adorable!! So creative and talented, thank you for sharing it with me. I am crazy busy with some health concerns, and a return to school, but will be writing back soon!

USAFwife on May 20, 2018:

Hi Robin, Thanks so much for the great pen pal letter and the truly awesome envelope art! The whole family was impressed, and my mail carrier left a sticky note on it saying "Wow! This is awesome!" :)

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