Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2018 8:15 am


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: August 16, 2018
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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I rate fairly according to swap-bot's rating criteria. If I receive a swap that meets all posted swap requirements, including being sent on time, I rate a 5. If I personally feel the swap was extra special to me, and that actually happens a lot, I add a heart For those that are new to swapping, and aren't aware, though, I'd just like to point out that it's generally considered very bad form to ask for hearts; it's really subjective. If the swap does not meet requirements, including being unreasonably late, I'll rate a 3. If I feel a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not received anything I will contact you first before rating a 1. I try to reflect my swap experience honestly and fairly, both for the person sending to me & the rest of the s-b community.

To those I send to, I pledge to swap unto others as I would have swapped unto me; I'll send on time (and would pm you if for some extenuating circumstance I couldn't), I'll put effort into making swaps that I hope would make my partners smile, and you can always count on me to rate quickly (although I do not check my POB every single day, so please don't get nervous if your d.c. says the package has been delivered & I haven't rated the same day; probably just haven't checked my box yet, give me a day or 2;)).
My swap-bot weak spot: replying to profile comments. I will reply to pm's (that need replying) but admit that since I can view comments from e-mail without logging into s-b, I sometimes forget to reply later or they get pushed off my profile quickly by other comments, and there is no way to mark them "unread". So the short of it is: if you really need a reply from me, better to pm than comment, though I do love sweet comments I get that require no direct reply!:)

These days I'm in less official swaps, and busy granting wishes for my favorite group:)

wishlist I also participate in other group wishlists and have so much fun granting wishes as well as finding happy surprises in my mail box!:)

getting to know me...

My favorite hobbies are hiking/ taking long walks, reading, traveling & exploring near and far, trying new restaurants, learning about healthy living, and swap-bot, natch!:)

Places I've visited: Mexico, Brazil, France, Canada, England, Spain, Italy (& the Vatican), Slovenia, and Cuba, as well as Puerto Rico and 25 U.S. states + D.C. so far. I love to travel, even though I'm skittish about flying!

Some Stuff I like

artsy postcards, Cats! (especially grey tabbies and solid white cats like my 2 kitties), cloudscapes, Darling Magazine (longshot wish: back issues numbers 1-5 & 8), Dolly Parton, dollhouse minis, donkeys, farm life images, Fiestaware, flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, wildflowers), forests, hand lettering, hiking, houseplants, Icons of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, lunar phases, Maine, matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them), mermaids, mountains, moonrise, photography, Pilot G2 gel pens, Sharpies, seascapes, starfish, sea horses, sail boats, succulents, simple living, sunsets, travel, tea time, View Master toys & reels (I collect these!), watercolor paintings, wine corks (the real, cork ones, not the rubbery ones)

I don't purchase things "made in China" if possible. I know it may seem unavoidable, but I do a pretty good job finding alternates!:) I don't like to see useful things end up in the landfill, though, so I will often pass these things on to other swappers who I thing would enjoy them. I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Most of my clothing comes from thrift stores.

I would love to receive any postcards from National Parks, especially the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters, I also especially like artsy pcs, seascapes, skyscapes, naturescapes, colorful vintage scenic cards, and any cards featuring the following: mothers with children, images of 2 little girls (because I have 2 daughters), people reading, tea-themed, people dancing, hiking trails.

I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I try to avoid black tea, and mostly stick to herbal teas, especially mint and ginger/turmeric teas. I enjoy NUMI, Runa, or Traditional Medicinals brands, or any organic teas in your stash you feel like sharing and think I might like. This is not because I'm a snob, but with my family history of cancer, I am always looking for ways to reduce potential toxins to my body, thereby being a proactive and good caretaker of my own health. If you are interested in what unhealthy additives may be in your tea, I recommend reading this

Please NO

crudity, nudity, profanity, or religious/ spiritual imagery in swaps I'm sent. Thanks for respecting my beliefs and preferences, I'll do the same for those I send to.

the following things won't offend me, but in the interest of full disclosure and saving your postage on things I probably won't use or pass on...

I prefer not to receive:

Please do NOT send me friendship books or sticker bags or other such "pass it along" mail. I don't participate in them, so their journey will probably end with me.

broken or rusty jewelry or other such items. I know some people are very creative with these things, but I'm not.

I don't sew or do any needle crafts so please save your extra needle craft supplies for someone who will actually use and enjoy them.

Also I'm kind of a "health nut" and was recently put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist (no soy, no dairy, no wheat, no peanuts, no corn, no canola, limited sugars), so other than organic teas or truly healthy snacks like natural, peanut-free and soy-free snack bars such as larabars or Rx bars- not peanut, etc) I'd prefer not to receive edibles.

my girls

I have 2 daughters ("big kids"- in high school & college) who enjoy seeing what I receive in my swaps and love it when I can share something with them. If swaps can be fulfilled by sending something they would like, that would be fine with me.

L is in high school. She loves volleyball, One Direction & especially Niall Horan, choker necklaces, delicate rings, Pura Vida style bracelets, scrunchies, fun stationery items for writing to her penpal, The Hunger Games series, and most typical things girls her age enjoy.

R is a college student living at home. She is studying to be an OTA and currently works teaching dance to children as well as occasionally working as an extra in film & tv. She loves musical theater, swing dance, ballet/tap/jazz, playing piano & ukulele, retro/ vintage & bohemian style, the original Addams family, mermaids- even Disney's Little Mermaid (never too old for princesses), the beach, being outdoors, yoga, hiking & stars/ galaxy themes, and dried flowers.


I'm just not terribly crafty. I know to many people this might seem strange because they consider swap-bot to be a craft exchange site. I consider it and use it as a pen-pal/ snail-mail site.
I do keep a collage journal/ glue-book/ smash book, and occasionally take on simpler crafty endeavors.

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, things I would enjoy and use include:
* interesting/ inspiring/ pretty bits of flat paper ephemera to use in a glue book type junk journal (sketches, magazine cut outs, photos, images, quotes, pretty "grownup" stickers, polaroids, etc...). Please nothing tiny :) I especially enjoy retro (40's-80's) inspired, nature, and farm themes
* real wine corks (not rubber ones)
* colored pens, colored sharpies, brush markers, colored pencils
* "grown-up" pretty stickers
* travel location stickers, like the kind people used to put on their luggage
* adhesive labels/ mailing labels, decorative/ washi tape
* cotton fabric pieces large enough to be used in place of wrapping paper(like a "fat quarter")
* any cute reusable embellishments that could be used as tags or decorations with eco friendly gift wrap alternatives
* super longshot wish: anyone who has back issues of Darling Magazine and would be willing to pass them along to me, I would be forever grateful!


Vickyen rated for USAHM: Send a happy card on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Hi Nicole! Loved your card and the goodies! Yep enjoy your daughter while you can as those HS years sure fly by!! I am not a hug fan of the heat and humidity but I don't want to rush summer, so... Thanks for everything, you made my day! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful PC, Nicole. Good luck with your final year of teaching! Dual enrollment is awesome. My son went to middle college high school. Saved us many thousands. :)
Comment: Thanks so much for the posties! Love them!
suepier rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet Y - USA on Jun 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great kitty postcard. I liked it a lot.
turtles27 rated for UHM: Profile based Happy Mail MAY on May 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all of the wonderful goodies!
Comment: Thank you! Can't wait to open it later this year!!
Comment: Love this cat card!!!! Thx!
Comment: WOW, you went all out for me! I am thrilled with the goodies and it was nice to hear from you again! Thanks
USAFwife rated for UHM: Quick Happy Mail USA 🚀 on May 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great swap and the fun stickers. :) I'm right there with you about the pollen - I've been suffering from pollen and allergies all week, after planting flowers. Sigh .... Hope you are well!
MichelleKemper rated for USAHM; Send a card on May 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you Nicole, it's always a pleasure to swap with you. I absolutely love the card. and the card you included inside. I just love bridges, especially covered bridges. And the little beach themed cards already have a place to be as I begin to decorate for summer here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Bring on the Summer!!! Thanks again!
Comment: Thank you for this Z is for this Zion National Park postcard, Nicole! I hope that your dream to travel around the U.S. in an RV comes true someday. :-) Thank you for sharing! :-) <3
Comment: Thank you. =)
Comment: Oh my goodness Nicole thank you so much for everything you sent me. Especially love the vintage greeting card with an iris on it. One for my collection!
isabellasnow rated for WIYM - Dollah Destash - USA on Apr 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package of goodies! Kitties galore! I am so sorry to be a late rater on this great swap. You chose such perfect items for me; thank you for making it so much fun to open!
Comment: thank you for the nice useful swap. Love your choices!!!
Macw1975 rated for CPG Bird Lovers PC - US on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Nice owl postcard. My grandmother collected owls so they always make me think about her. I've always wanted an orange or calico cat. For now we have a regular tabby & one who is chocolate brown but looks black. Have a great day!
Comment: Thank You so much for all the Wonderful Note cards and Postcards !
Kraftylady777 rated for UHM: Profile Based Happy Mail on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Yes!!! I just wish the evil postal machine didn't feel the need to stamp both sides....thanks so much nonetheless, into my postcard Smashbook it goes!
Comment: thanks for a nice swap ♥♥♥

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MSturgill87 on Aug 2, 2018:

Thank you for the awesome package of beads, jewelry findings, and acrylic stamps for my July wishlist! ❤❤❤

mejulia on Aug 2, 2018:

Thank you so much for the wonderful wishlist package that came today. I will enjoy it all, but especially the box tops for education.

CrystalZ on Jul 21, 2018:

Thank you so much for the postcards you sent towards my June wishlist! You picked the perfect cards for my collections...all are new ones to me and I think my fav one is the Zion Park one.

I apologize for the delayed note....I could of sworn I had already done this but after re-going over some mail I realize I completely overlooked it :(

Bavarija on Jul 4, 2018:

Thank you for my wishes!!!!

Queensmiley2530 on Jul 3, 2018:

Thank you so much for my panda stamp. I can not wait to use it.

Tryph on Jun 12, 2018:

Much thanks for the assortment of washi and ephemera and stamps from my wishlist. They'll definitely get some use!

pickleme on Jun 4, 2018:

Thanks for the postcards!! CPG wishlist

Prpldy on Jun 2, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful Postcards you sent to fulfill my CPG May wish. Very mch appreciated.

CrystalZ on Jun 1, 2018:

Thank you for the great May wishes you sent me for the Wishlist group! The postcards go well in my collection and the envelope and purple ephemera will be good in the future projects I have :)

khronicole on Jun 1, 2018:

Thank you so much for the sheet mask <3 [May Wish - Wishlist group]

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