Swap-bot Time: March 19, 2018 9:19 pm


Date Joined: March 18, 2016
Last Online: December 9, 2016
Birthday: December 18, 1989
Country: United States

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For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.

--Carl Sagan

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I certainly do not intend on flaking, but knock-on-wood should I find myself in a flaming-toilet-seat-from-space accident on my way to the post box, please forgive me. If you do not receive your swap from me, let me know. I will either resend or check the tracking number if it's a larger swap.

Also, my free time for swaps has been drastically cut back. So if it's been a few days since I logged on, I'm just in a particularly bad week. I do my damnest to send out swaps early so they won't be sent late, but I do apologise if I'm a day late on a send.


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Hearts: Generally, if you hand-write something or make your swap a little heart-felt (Slap some washi tape on, doodle a smiley face) I'll give you a heart. Don't feel you have to put in extras to get a heart!

Also, I do not check postmarks. I really only check that "It's been two weeks since mailing deadline" email that's sent by Swap-Bot, and even then, I don't rate down if something is late. Life happens. I know that too well.

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Postcards and Quick Swaps

I love postcards! Please send naked (~oohlala~) (Not in an envelope). If it is not listed on your profile, please include your city name! I will be eternally grateful. I have a fondness for:

  • Unique
  • Humor
  • Location/Tourist
  • Please no advertisements


If you don't know what to write, or it isn't specified in the swap, I like to hear about:

  • Quotes. Anything that is currently inspiring to you or helps to keep you going.
  • Food. Recipes are always nice to receive, it doesn't have to be fancy!
  • Pets. I have two weird dogs, and weird animal stories are the best.
  • Hobbies. Tell me about what you're working on, what you just completed, or what your favorite project was.
  • Puns and Clever Jokes. Please nothing blatantly offensive, but it doesn't have to be clean.
  • Books, TV, and Music I have Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, and a nearby bookstore, if you have any recommendations!

Alternatively: Pick a postcard you like, and tell me why you love it. :)

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Large/Craft Swaps

Honestly I am not picky about swaps. Please do not worry about sending something I will not like, it's not possible!

I do have a few small requests.

  • If you send me food, please include a note if it has gluten. I will not be able to eat it since I am intolerant, but my spouse will, so he can enjoy it for me. If you send a recipe that calls for wheat, don't worry, I'm a pro at substitutions.

  • If you send me something large and made of cloth, let me know if you have a cat. This is just so I can wash it when it arrives, and so I won't start sneezing without knowing why! I'm not super sensitive.

I won't be upset or rate down if you send these items and they are not labeled, but it will greatly improve my health and happiness if you label them!

I appreciate receiving materials I can use in hobbies and for swaps, like stickers and washi tape samples.

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About Me

Phew, now that all those details are done, here is some information about me.


Hello! My name is Sara. I live in Ypsilanti, Michigan with two dogs that I love very dearly and a husband that I kinda love as much as the dogs ahahah. I love puzzles, and enjoy playing with my Rubiks Cube, jigsaw puzzles, and taking on complex knitting patterns. I love art, and my favorite artist is Alphonse Mucha, but I appreciate all artists.


As you might guess, I love to knit! I have been knitting since 2006. I am also an independent teacher, and have been teaching since 2012. My favorite thing to make is lacework, such as the gossamer Shetland you-can-see-through-it lacework. I also knit everything else too, including sweaters, scarves, and hats. Otherwise I am a Jack of All Trades, and I enjoy crochet, sewing, mail art, and doodling in my bullet journal. But I always circle back to knitting without fail.

I'm a big couch potato. I love to sit and knit and watch new TV series. My all-time favorites include Steven Universe, Parks and Rec, Avatar the Last Airbender, Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Amazing Race. Anything witty and humorous I'm sure to enjoy. The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross is a lot of fun, and very enjoyable to have in the background while I'm working.


I also enjoy podcasts. I try to keep up with Welcome to Night Vale, which is all kinds of creepy and hilarious. Think: If Stephen King and Neil Gaiman wrote a city in the Sims and let it run for a few years.

I also try to keep up with The TED Radio Hour on NPR. I love to listen to TED Talks (Lectures on Technology, Entertainment, Design). It's Ideas Worth Spreading. They always spark great conversations with my friends, and get me thinking about the world and how we view it.

My favorite TED Radio Hour so far is Beyond Tolerance. It has opened my eyes to how much I enjoy Swap-Bot. That it is such an enriching thing to be able to meet new people and share in experiences and hear from everyone here, if I agree with them or, more importantly, if I don't.

  • We talk about tolerance because we have low standards. It's not enough to tolerate people. It's not even enough to help people. We need to need people who are not like us. And only when we do that can we have a kind of unity that we really crave. So today on the show: Beyond Tolerance. Ideas not just for co-existing, but really about respecting each other, about working together, really about thriving together.

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ABC... Easy as 123

I spotted this in a few other profiles, and it's a great idea! Here's some quick-log things, which will be added to and expanded (Last update: 4/2/16).

  • A- Alpacas, affirmations, amythest
  • B- Books, buddha, birds, baking, bullet journal
  • C- Crochet, cooking, cats (even if I'm allergic, they're still cute), candles, coffee
  • D- Dogs!!
  • E- Elephants, Etsy
  • F- Flowers, Fall
  • G- Goats, geodes
  • H- Hot sauce, house plants
  • I- Incense
  • J- (clever, not offensive) Jokes
  • K- Knitting, kindness
  • L- Llamas, leaves
  • M- Mucha
  • N- Nature
  • O- October, orchards
  • P- Puppies, which of course, applies to all dogs. Puns
  • Q- Quilts
  • R- Rats, recipes
  • S- Sheep
  • T- Tea, TED Talks
  • U-
  • V-
  • W- Woods
  • X-
  • Y-
  • Z- Nothing starts with Z :(

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Knitting & Crafts

Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin Ale Sweater by Ysolda Teague, 4mm and worsted weight Shepherd's Wool, 2014


Rose of England by Marianne Kinzel, 2.5mm and lace weight wool, 2008


Tia the Rabbit, improv sweater pattern, 5mm and worsted weight Shepherd's Wool, 2015


My second Senbazuru, 1,000 origami cranes. There is a spool of thread in the corner.



Bodie and Maggie. So fluffy!

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Thank you for reading!! You're amazing!!!

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Comment: Thank you for all the fun things! I love the color of the slippers!
Comment: I have received this swap! I'll update when opened. :) Thanks, I'm super excited! EDIT:12/7 - My socks are perfect - the pattern is gorgeous, the color sublime, and they fit wonderfully. I appreciate all the extras tailored to me - raspberry dark choice, lip balm (stolen by my spawn), notecards... just lovely. Thank you so much. :)
Comment: So sorry for the late rating- Thanks for the recommendations😃
Yekaterina rated for 6 Postcards in June 2016 on Aug 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the amazing postcard! I love it :D And thanks for the best wishes!!
Comment: Thank you for the sticker sheet!
suepier rated for 6 Postcards in June 2016 on Aug 3, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the map card from Michigan. I think that this is my first card from there.
Sammoning rated for ISS: Don't be a Square on Jul 31, 2016
Comment: First card was very cute but did not include a note on the back which was a requirement. Thanks for the smooth resend! I like this card it's nicely drawn and kind of cute :)
kittymojo rated for ISS: Happy Mail (with prompts) on Jul 25, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard - it will be on its way in the next round. Thank you for the lovely stickers.
Comment: Thank you so much for the card, and donation! ♥ Both are much appreciated :)
Comment: Thank you!
bluesky rated for Brighten My Week Notecard June #4 on Jul 11, 2016
Comment: thanks
bluesky rated for Brighten My Week Notecard July #1 on Jul 11, 2016
Comment: thank you
Melissahenning rated for 6 Postcards in June 2016 on Jul 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you!!
HappyMom rated for 10 FBs WK 17 on Jul 5, 2016
Comment: Awesome swap, Sara - thank you so much!
Concertgirl32 rated for 6 Postcards in June 2016 on Jul 3, 2016
Comment: Hi Sara! I rec'd your PC on June 29/16. Thanks so much :)
Comment: Thank you for your postcard and reading list. Happy summer!!
RNRISLOVE rated for 6 Postcards in June 2016 on Jun 27, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the great Michigan card. I've been there numerous times.
HappyMom rated for 10 FBs WK 16 on Jun 25, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the great swap!
marclively rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 6 on Jun 24, 2016
Comment: Sara, my apologies for the late rating, thank you for the snail mail!

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Ree87 on Dec 2, 2016:

Hi Sara! Just wanted to say hello and give your wall a little love!

phillaine on Sep 22, 2016:

Happy Autumn! ♥

bluesky on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for your card and the cute tuck ins.

sassafrass on May 29, 2016:

I'm glad you enjoyed the goodies I sent :) I thought it was pretty funny too about us being so close and being matched up in an international swap :D My first thought was .. hey, I've drive there. Can't say that about many places I've sent to!

Hope you are having a great Memorial Day weekend!

phillaine on May 25, 2016:

to a whole new year of Profile-Based Swaps!

pobuffy on May 19, 2016:

Sara - Just read your profile. Oh my goodness girl, YOU CAN KNIT. I love the pictures you have posted here. I am a new knitter (beginner) and I am your partner for Monthly Bonus Dishcloth Swap! Please don't laugh when you get my dishcloth. Good thing you don't have to wear a dishcloth, lol.

phillaine on Apr 28, 2016:

Ypsi! I love it there, and lived there while getting my MA and doing my student teaching at Carpenter Elementary back in '07-'08. It seems like we have a lot in common. :) I wanted to stop by and offer to do a private swap to help build your type-3 ratings (while you love to knit, I mostly crochet and enjoy embroidery) so you can join us in "Hell's Grannies." I JUST did a ton of research on bullet-journaling and am getting one ready to start for the month of May, too, so if you'd like to do a type-3 involving things for that, I'd be happy to do that, too. :) Okay, I'll stop writing on your wall, but I do want to say that If you're reading the Kondo book (which I'm interested in and would like to hear your thoughts on), I highly recommend checking out Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out (my favorite book about organization, as it is absolutely completely personalized and brilliant). Finally, your knit work is incredibly gorgeous, and your dogs are beautiful. :) Nice to meet you!

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