Swap-bot Time: May 29, 2020 6:27 am


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: May 8, 2020
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 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 daughters, one has graduated from college, one is a senior in high school. We have 2 pets: a grey tabby girl I adore, and a somewhat bratty but lovable mutt puppy :) I work full time, and am also now a graduate student 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!:)

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 like my kitty)
  • 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
  • Garfield & Odie
  • 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
  • puzzles (jigsaw 300- 1000 pieces- if anyone would like to send me a puzzle they are done with I would love to receive it. To save on postagee, feel free to cut the image off the box and send it along with the pieces in an envelope or baggie) :)
  • seascapes & sail boats
  • 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.

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), women or children reading, tea-themed, people dancing, hiking trails, 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, 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 herbal teas, especially mint and rooibos 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 (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'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, I'd prefer not to receive edibles.

my girls

I have 2 daughters 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 17 & in high school. She loves dystopian fiction, Imagine Dragons, One Direction (especially Niall Horan), delicate necklaces and rings, Pura Vida style bracelets, scrunchies, honeybees, sloths, and most typical things girls her age enjoy. Her school spirit colors are gold & purple. She coaches younger girls' volleyball at the Y. Some of her favorite movies are Baby Driver & both of the Mamma Mia! musicals.

R is a recent college graduate living at home for now. She's now a COTA working with children who have special needs. She has also done acting work including a commercial & extra work in several films & tv shows, as well as being a photo double for a Disney movie. She loves musical theater, swing dance, ballet/tap/jazz, singing, playing piano & ukulele, retro/ vintage & bohemian style, the original Addams family, mermaids- even Disney's Little Mermaid, the beach, being outdoors, yoga, hiking & stars/ galaxy themes, FRIENDS (the tv show) & card/board games.


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 ink pads to use with the rubber stamps I already have
* good quality crafting glue sticks
* 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...). I especially love vintage ephemera featuring women/girls reading, walking/ hiking, with cats, mothers and daughters, farm themed, and old sewing pattern envelopes. Please nothing too tiny- I don't make ATC's or inchies :)
* real wine corks (not rubber ones)
* colored pens, colored sharpies, brush markers, colored pencils- especially metallic or neon
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, not a fan of 3-D)
* 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 or Magnolia magazine and would be willing to pass them along to me, I would be forever grateful!


Zefaniya rated for CPG ~ Blah Buster ~ USA on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing.
suepier rated for Postcard with a Prompt...#1 on Feb 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and sharing your thoughts with me.
toni rated for CPG Feb '20 Senders Choice PC - US Only on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: thank you for the pretty pc!
Comment: Some of these are really cute!
Comment: Thank you for the generous and thoughtful swap! I love everything!
LadyJo rated for Send Anything #4 on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcards and the nice other things! I will be able to use it! I love the Maine The Way Life Should be that you wrote on the back of it. I will keep that to go with my Maine pictures! Cool!
ToujoursMoi rated for Book Recommendations! on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the recommendations and the enclosed goodies. I will check your books out. I have the same goal for each year with 14 books. Some years I am good, some I am not.
Zefaniya rated for Book Recommendations! on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: Have you heard of Goodreads? I used to find I was accidentally starting books again that I had already read but I archive books on goodreads now. I may have to add The great alone to my To read list. I read Walked the line a few years ago..great book!
CANNEKCUL rated for Pick 3 #2 on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the awesome items. The vintage postcard is cute. Thank you so much for the unicorn items.♥️
Comment: Hello to Nala :)
Zefaniya rated for Postcard with a Prompt...#1 on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: A unique answer! Hopefully you’ll make it there some day.
Zefaniya rated for Send Anything #4 on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: Thanks! That Soda parlor postcard is so cute.
turtles27 rated for Pick 3 Swap on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for all of the goodies!
Comment: Thank you so much for the cat PC!! I love it and loved hearing about your cat Nala! I have 3 now, one we adopted, 1 was a stray that found us, and 1 is a kitten we saved from a bad home. I just love them all and love this little orange guy looking out the window on this pc :)
SeleneW rated for CPG 2020 Resolutions PC - US Only on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Pretty PC! Thank you so much. I love your resolution about better self care including quiet time and hot baths. That sounds wonderful.
Comment: Thanks so much for this wonderful swap. I love your card and note and the goodies you enclosed. It all arrived in a plastic Postal Service bag. with the envelope in pieces. I don't know how they managed to find that it belonged to me but I'm glad they did! This kitty stamp is so cute and I love the way you packaged it. Did you make the little bag?
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful card and goodies. This has been a tough week, but you really brightened my day. ❤️
Comment: Thanks very much for the beautiful card and stickers. I was very happy to receive it all. Thanks for a great swap, I love it all :)
Comment: Super cute PC! I will gladly add it to my collection under the bizarre section. :)
Comment: thanks so much for the postcards & extra goodies!

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OrigamiGrace on May 26, 2020:


Hope you're well!!

Gnoe on Apr 19, 2020:

Oh my, thank you for the darling donkey postcard!!! It's so sweet of you to part with it as a CPG March wish surprise for me <3 I'm at a loss for words. I'll cherish it!

Swan on Apr 2, 2020:

Thank you for the library pockets and book postcard for my March Wishlist! They’re great!

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2020:

thank you

For the nice wish from my March wishlist at the Wishlist group!

user6937 on Mar 25, 2020:

Wow, those cardinals must have flown on their own! So glad they finally got to you :)

rainbowfizz on Mar 18, 2020:

Thank for the lovely Oregon postcards and the pretty notecards from my March wishlist. One of the postcards is a perfect size for something I am putting together to help us remember our trips there x

shirleyinCA on Mar 6, 2020:

Wow! Many thanks for the wonderful Disney items for February Wishlist! I really love all of them. I've never seen such a tiny Mickey punch - so great. And that precious Winnie the Pooh and classy Pluto! All awesome. You really made my day.

lambchoppy on Feb 29, 2020:

New swap up if you're interested!

Sticker PC Swap #17 - USA ONLY

keahirada on Feb 21, 2020:

A late thank you for my January wish! It somehow made it to my neighbors box and I just got it. I love the charms. You really did pick them out with my likes in mind. I especially love(!) the teapot charm! Thanks so much!!!

djcamp04 on Feb 11, 2020:

❤️Thank you so much for the bag of jewelry pieces. Love all the bits & bobs included. I have used a couple pieces already on a mixed media wall hanging for my daughter. Thanks again for the January wish from CPS group January wishlist. ❤️

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