Swap-bot Time: March 4, 2021 10:28 am


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: March 4, 2021
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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Hi! I'm Nicole. I'm here because I love snail mail and it's a hobby I can invest more or less time in as the seasons of my life allow.
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 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 enjoy granting wishes for my favorite groups, Wishlist and Cheap Postage swaps, tags, and fun
I have so much fun granting wishes as well as finding happy surprises in my mail box! :)

getting to know me...

I'm married & a mom to 2 young-adult daughters, one has graduated from college and is recently engaged, one is a college freshman. We have 2 pets: an arrogant grey tabby girl I adore, and a somewhat naughty but lovable mutt pup :) I am in graduate school pursuing a Masters degree to teach ESOL. My favorite hobbies are hiking/ taking long walks, reading, traveling & exploring near and far, trying new restaurants, learning about healthy living, thrifting, spending time at home with my family and pets, and swap-bot, natch!:) My husband and I recently bought an RV, so we are excited to begin enjoying that!

Places I've visited: Mexico (spent many summers there as a child), Canada, Cuba, Brazil, France, England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy (& the Vatican), 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

  • anchors
  • Cats! (especially grey tabbies like my kitty)
  • cognac
  • cloudscapes,
  • Chanel, Dior, or other "boujee" luxury brand name imagery, ha
  • Dolly Parton
  • dollhouse minis
  • donkeys
  • farm life images
  • Fiestaware
  • flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, wildflowers)
  • forests
  • French culture & language (took 3 years in hs, visited twice, and trying to refresh my ability with Duolingo)*
  • Garfield & Odie
  • (Our Lady of/ Virgen de) Guadalupe
  • hand lettering
  • hiking
  • honeybees
  • houseplants
  • Icons of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • libraries & literary themes
  • lunar phases
  • Maine
  • matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them)
  • mountains
  • moonrise
  • National Parks
  • photography
  • polaroids
  • Pusheen the cat
  • RV-ing (we are newly "fifth-wheelers")
  • seascapes
  • starfish & sea horses
  • succulents
  • simple living
  • sunsets
  • sunshine
  • travel
  • tea time
  • View Master toys & reels
  • vintage cameras
  • watercolor paintings
  • whiskey

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Most of my clothing comes from thrift stores.

If you don't know what to write, I enjoy quotes, song lyrics, haikus, jokes, or simple notes about you or your day.

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, nature-scapes, colorful vintage scenic cards, and any cards featuring the following: mothers with children, images of 2 little girls (because I have 2 daughters), women or children reading, tea-themed, people dancing, hiking trails, cats, women or girls with cats.

Postcards from places I've visited: I never seem to buy enough postcards from the places I travel, and send them all out, then wish I had kept some for my own memories. To that end, I am always appreciative of postcards (or stickers or bookmarks) from any of the following locations-
Europe: London, Paris, Strasbourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice, Slovenia, Italian Alps
South America: Brazil (Goiania, Salvador, Brasilia)
North/Central America: Mexico (Acapulco, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende), Cuba (Havana), Puerto Rico (San Juan), U.S. (Los Angeles, Tucson, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Nashville, Hilton Head Island, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, NY City, Columbus OH, Maine- Portland & Bar Harbor/ Acadia)

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 green blends or herbal teas, especially mint and rooibos. 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 (Orthodox Christian iconography is in my likes, so obviously, that's an exception). 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 have been put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist & physician (no soy, no dairy, no wheat, no peanuts, no corn, no canola, limited sugars- no fun, right?), so other than organic teas, I'd prefer not to receive anything edible.

my girls

I have 2 young adult daughters who aren't s-b members but enjoy seeing what I receive in my swaps and love it when I share something with them. If swaps can be fulfilled by sending something they would like, that would be fine with me.

L is 18 & a college freshman. She likes: anchors, Imagine Dragons, One Direction (especially Niall Horan), delicate necklaces and rings, makeup samples, Pura Vida style bracelets, scrunchies, honeybees, sloths... Her college spirit colors are gold & purple. Her favorite movies are both of the Mamma Mia! musicals.

R is in her early 20's. She's a COTA & also does acting work including commercials & extra work in films & tv shows- she has even been a double for a famous actress in a Disney movie. She likes musical theater, singing, playing piano & ukulele, retro/ vintage & bohemian style, cute Halloween & Dia de los muertos themes, the beach, yoga, hiking, FRIENDS & The Office (the tv shows), Schitts Creek & card/ board games. She is recently engaged, so now we are planning a wedding!


I'm just not very 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, crafty things I would enjoy and use include:
* new(er) ink pads to use with the rubber stamps I already have
* good quality crafting glue sticks (not the kind for hot glue guns, the kind for paper crafting:)
* colored pens, colored sharpies, brush markers, colored pencils
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D)
* travel location stickers, like the kind people used to put on their luggage
* handmade envelopes, sturdy
* brooches- new, vintage, etc. None with missing pieces please.
* super longshot wish: anyone who has back issues of Darling Magazine or Magnolia magazine and would be willing to pass them along to me, I would be forever grateful!


Comment: Thanks for the cool notecards and stickers! Stay warm...
Comment: Love this swap, thanks so much. That is a great story behind the PC...your final sentiments made me laugh. Thanks again & best wishes!
Comment: I cannot believe the package you sent. It was amazing. The socks are on my feet right now and I will use every item you included. WOW!!!
Response: I had fun "going big" on this swap. I'm so glad you like everything; thank you for letting me know! :)
Comment: Thank you! Sounds like you've made the best of a tough situation. Hope the good vibes continue for you.
Comment: Pretty seashells, thank you! I too love the beach.
chimerix rated for CPG Regift Swap :: US Only on Jan 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely two gifts. Hematite is one of my favorite stones to wear, so the necklace is great. And the notebook is really nice also.
Response: I'm so glad you liked them- I meant to tell you the hematite came from Peru- my dad brought me several necklaces from a trip he went on and I just never used many of them- glad it worked for you :)
Comment: Great card! I hoping this year is better too.
lindseyjae rated for CPG - Prompt PC #5 - US only on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely card. It was a wonderful piece of mail to find in my mailbox yesterday. Best wishes to you for 2021!
Comment: I love the vintage Christmas card! Hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Comment: Woohoo! You made this an EXTRA special swap! Thank you SO much for all the robot themed goodies! I also love the sheep postcard! Good to see you in the mail again! Happy holidays to you too!
Comment: Such a pretty card! And so many treats inside! Thank you for a wonderful swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for looking at my likes . I love this card. Extra special because my ( late ) husband grew up in Marietta. We don’t have all the saints celebrations but the día del Guadalupe celebration is very important. I think it will be smaller this year. Thinking about all the vendors makes me hungry lol! It’s been month since I’ve had elote
ginny19590 rated for CPG Blind Envie #1 - US Only on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: I have decided to end this frustrating waiting for you and give you a rating. You definitely deserve the heart for all your effort. I will still let you know if it arrives though so you won't be wondering. God Bless and stay safe......=)
Response: Ginny you've been so gracious. This one is truly perplexing! Fingers still crossed though.
BusyB rated for CPG Thanksgiving Card - US Only on Nov 7, 2020
Comment: Nicole! Thank you! Oh I LOVE this Snoopy Thanksgiving card and the profile based tuck in goodies! You are so thoughtful. Everything is so nice and I do love this vintage Valentine. So pretty! It will find a special place in my journal. Many ❤️'s for you. Thanksgiving hasn't been the same in our home for a long time with everyone living all over the place. It's rather quiet. I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you again for a special swap.
LMeowkin rated for CPG Oct 2020 SC PC - US only on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you - cute cat postie!
Lila84 rated for CPG Blind Envie #1 - US Only on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Hi! Thank you much for the variety of items you sent! Just a heads up..your envelope was open on both sides by the time it got to me so I'm not sure if anything fell out but re-enforcing the edges with tape may be more safe. :-) loved the polar bear card everything was in, as well!
Response: Thank you for letting me know, I'll be more aware of loose edges! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Comment: Thank you for this awesome post card! I enjoyed hearing about the England trip!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card. I would love to see the Atlantic ocean.
Comment: Oh so great cards, thank yo very much! The bird card is a hoot had me searching the internet. I love the Cape Cod map with a whale - now where to place that one? Map or whale collection.
Comment: How interesting! I actually teach ESOL! I teach 6th graders and LOVE my job! Great to be your partner again! Love the notecards and postcard! Thanks! Good luck and see you in the mail!

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Swan on Mar 3, 2021:

Thank you for the big fat envelope of blossom themed wishes for my February Wishlist. Is one of them for embossing?

kiddomerriweather on Mar 1, 2021:

Thank you for the robot stickers for my February CPG wish list. They are super duper cute!

HeidiJean on Feb 17, 2021:

Thank you for all of the goodies from my Jan CPG wishlist!

Swan on Jan 29, 2021:

Thank you for the rose themed ephemera for my January Wishlist!

Tryph on Jan 24, 2021:

Thanks so much for the tea and stationery. Great stuff! I feel very spoiled!

phillaine on Jan 13, 2021:

for the delightful postal-themed treats you sent me for my December wish list! As always, I appreciate your kindness and generosity, and I look forward to "seeing you" in the mail. ♥ Happy New Year!

phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Merry Christmas! ♥

OrigamiGrace on Dec 24, 2020:



simcoe54 on Dec 14, 2020:

CPG: November Wishes -- Thanks for the beautiful stickers. My grand-daughter will be delighted with them. So very pretty. Happy Holidays and thanks again!

phillaine on Dec 13, 2020:

Thank you for your sweet message. ♥

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