Swap-bot Time: November 21, 2019 3:25 pm


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: November 18, 2019
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 !
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...

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 in a job I enjoy, and am also now a graduate student online 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
  • seascapes & sail boats
  • starfish & sea horses
  • succulents
  • simple living
  • sunsets
  • travel
  • tea time
  • View Master toys & reels
  • vintage cameras
  • watercolor paintings
  • whiskey
  • 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), 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, 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 in high school. She loves dystopian fiction, One Direction (especially Niall Horan), choker necklaces, delicate rings, Pura Vida style bracelets, scrunchies, honeybees, sloths, The Hunger Games series, and most typical things girls her age enjoy. 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 filming a commercial & extra work in several films & tv shows, as well as a photo double. 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 games, and dried flowers.


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!


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!
Comment: Thank you for such a fun "sticker-slapped" postcard! I absolutely love how colorful it is :)
Comment: Thanks for the great cards!
Comment: This was actually tough! I first wanted to say that it's the riding an elephant in a circus that is the lie, but that could be true! I am going to guess the lie is the total of 5ks you've run. Thank you for the beautiful postcard! I'm so curious to see which one was the lie lol!
Response: You are correct! I've never run a 5k- or any other K in my life, haha! When I was a child, my father took me to a circus and there was an opportunity to ride an elephant in the rings before the main program started. I don't remember it too clearly but I have a photo!
lindseyjae rated for CPG Flower or Plant PC - US Only on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Hi Nicole! Thank you very much for the cute flower postcard. I am glad to hear that your plant-growing skills are improving! I'm not the best at gardening either but I have some houseplants that I LOVE! Anyway - thanks again for the PC!
LMeowkin rated for UHM: Open theme card on Jul 18, 2019
Comment: Received a note card and not a card, but after checking with the hostess am rating a 5, as it was decided that the wording of the swap could be left up to interpretation.
Response: Lucy, I'm very sorry you are disappointed. After rereading the swap description, your rating comment here, and the pm you sent me, however, I am still apparently confused. I guess I don't know the difference. I even googled "difference between a card and a note card" and found this: https://www.purplerosegraphics.com/notecards-vs-greeting-cards/ which still seems ambiguous, other than maybe you were hoping for something with a preset greeting inside other than the note I wrote? I thought the card I sent you was a "card". It is a bifold, not a post card. I also attempted to tailor it to your profile, being it was cat themed. As far as I could tell, it was a Hallmark brand "card". It was not home made if that was what you hoped for, but the description clearly stated it could be store bought. I'm at a loss for what the expectations were that I didn't meet.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envie and the PC's.
Comment: Thanks for the goodies, Nicole. The stickers and envelopes are lovely. πŸ’—
Comment: Thank you for all the interesting ephemera! Good job!
Comment: Thank you for the card.
nisforneville rated for CPG: Easy Postcard on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: I also want to see the Northern Lights. Thanks!
Poohtat rated for CPG QUICKIE: Nature PC - US Only on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Pretty postcard! Thank you
Comment: Thanks, I'm looking forward to Spring too, Can't wait for the flowers in my garden to start pop up🌻🌷
Comment: Thank you for a great swap. Your card was so cute. My puppy just turned a year.
Comment: Thank you for the nice teacup items! Great pick!
Paige1900 rated for CPG ~ Unbirthday Card ~ USA on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful "Un-Birthday Card" and the goodies. The best thing was that it arrived on my actual "Un-Birthday" so it was perfect! β™₯
earthnk rated for UHM: Send a card on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Baby steps toward your goals...they will happen. Good luck πŸ€
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I hope you get to exchange many more this year

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rainbowfizz on Nov 7, 2019:

Thank you for my October wishes. I love all of it. The stickers are super cute and the envelopes are great. Thanks again x

Lillypooh12 on Oct 15, 2019:

Omg - sooo many post it notes! Thank you so much for my CPG September Wish!

Trinket on Oct 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for my September wish granted, I especially loved the pumpkin ribbons and the snail mail stickers - where did you find them, I treasure them now.

Swan on Oct 9, 2019:

Thank you for the fruit, fall leaves, and harvest postcards for my September Wishlist. We visited Shenandoah National Park many years ago, so this postcard brought up happy memories. I also love the cute owl tape you decorated the envelope with.

Queensmiley2530 on Oct 7, 2019:

Thank you so much for my CPG wish of clear block and the cool extra stamps you send.

Mon1496 on Oct 4, 2019:

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Thank you for the envelopes, The adorable peanuts stickers, (thank you so much for two sheets my mother has ran off with one, as that's one of her favorite movies) and the the hello kitty sticker is cute

Swan on Sep 5, 2019:

Thank you for the succulent and railroad themed stickers for August wishlist. They are wonderful!

OrigamiGrace on Sep 4, 2019:

Thank you for all the fun stickers from my August wishlist!! Much appreciated!

DRMOM on Sep 2, 2019:

Thank you so much for your wonderful assortment of teas! I like the tea a day idea. I haven't tried many of these before. Wishing you well!

phillaine on Aug 31, 2019:

The bright colored markers and fun handmade envelopes you sent me for my August wish list really brightened my day. :) Thank you so much for your kindness, and for thinking of me. β™₯

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