Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2018 8:30 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: April 19, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Swaps & mail

Updated & current as of March 30, 2018

I took a bit of a break, but am slowly coming back.

If you don't get a swap from me, please PM me! I am happy to re-send. Sadly, the mail here in Western MA is rough - I get more and more mail that is torn open and damaged. If sending me anything thicker than a letter, please reinforce the envelope with tape - a few times, only well-placed Washi tape has kept a letter in the envelope!

I mark swaps sent after I drop them in the blue box, but the USPS doesn't always pick up on schedule. There may be times the dates don't match. I've heard the post mark has been off by up to a week. I am not a postmark reader. If I get the swap from you, thank you, and I will rate you according to the swap guidelines. If you haven't gotten a rating from me, I didn't get your swap.


Hearts - I give hearts based on the swap, not on the extra bits that you include. I would rather not receive odd bits of paper and post-its or word search pages, odd stickers. Unless it is an item listed in my 'likes', please do not send extras! I give 'hearts' for the swap, if you spell my name right, etc - not for extra added bits. You cannot 'bully' me into giving hearts!

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy! Seriously, if you are addressing mail to me, it's right there in black and white, typed out. Take the second to spell my name correctly! Thanks!

About Me

I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988, from a series of books called "Pen Pals". Anyone remember those?

In 2017, I learned of the **Write On Challenge for the National Letter Writers Month of April. How did I not know about this before?! Honestly, I think I have been looking forward to the Write On Challenge more than I ever anticipated Christmas as a child!**

I'm a member of the Letter Writers Alliance! Love the idea of this club, and would LOVE to send a pigeon! If you know what I'm talking about, send me a PM. :)

So, about me & mine: I'm 42 years old, married 23 years now, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. I tend to be more of a serious person (rather than whimsical), and have little to no time for 'drama-llamas' who want to point fingers and gossip.

I'm not Christian, but do have my own beliefs. I love to follow the lunar cycles, celebrate the start of a season more than a holiday, and in general have little use for any holiday. I dislike commercialization, don't understand decorating for a holiday, but do still tend to send out greeting cards in the Christmas season (though I prefer the 'season's greeting' or 'happy holiday' types.) I'll respect you if you respect me!

I don't 'hate' any race, religion or group of people. I am "LGBTQ friendly" even though I am a hetro-married woman. It can happen!

I'm not a prude, I don't care for excessive swearing. I don't drink, don't smoke.

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. My children have varying levels of "special needs".

I'm not a crafter, but I do like to read, write letters, swap. I knit a bit, I cook & take care of the house, the family.

We have used an online school for 7 years and counting now. It's not the traditional 'homeschool' - where I am the teacher, set the schedule, etc .... - this system has a school body with principal, teachers, counselors who set the standards and classes, and we do the state standardized tests as well.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Ben is a Turkish Van cat, Jack is an orange tiger cat, and Falcon is a Husky mix dog.

I'm afraid of owls. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it.

I love to read. I prefer printed books to e-books, but I'm not a collector. Prefer used books to new books. I trade my books through 2 sites, and am a member of Good Reads. Also love audio books, use the library Overdrive app and a subscription to Audible.

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.

I would like

I like butterfly shapes, trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes.

My favorite color is blue (dark rather than pastel)

stationery sheets or letter sets (neatly folded is fine, but not torn/dirty or a messy fold)

any Garfield item

items designed by Laurel Burch

new postage stamps (but not used)

pens - especially like purple ink - or business/promotional pens, souvenir pens

items with sun/moon/stars

Fountain pens (I have a Jinhao)

envelope seals and sealing wax

Animals I like: sloths, llamas, cats, giraffes. Not much into reptiles or fish, in general. Prefer real animal pictures to drawn/cartoon types.

washi tape I do like washi tape, and would like tapes relating to books or text, script writing, sloths, giraffes, coffee, cats, unicorns and rainbows, stars, moons, trees. Prefer silver to gold

please do not send:

Items that smell like cigarette smoke (I have to throw those away, outside, as they will give me very bad headaches)

Items that are used or dirty

Items with nudity or profanity

any food items (except tea bags)

Watchtower and similar religious material. I am happy that you have your religion, but I am not interested in joining.

Items with my name spelled incorrectly(seriously, if you are going to 'surprise' me with address labels, please make sure my name is spelled correctly!)

Owl paper, stickers, washi, etc .... I'm afraid of them, so it's actually traumatic.

Types of make up, face masks, trial sized items, etc. I have to use very specific cremes and lotions, and scents, so all of those items will just go in the trash.

Any scented items - candles, samples, etc - I cannot use many scented items, so I would rather you not send them.

Used stamps - I do not collect them

Post cards - I do not collect or send them.

Patriotic & 'God Bless America' type items - we are a military family, but do not care for those type of items.

FB's, x-slips, LB's, SB's, etc .... I do not swap them any longer.

Planner items (I use a Passion Planner, but do not embellish it)

Dollar store type items

Favorite Crafts

I HATE it when someone tells me to "just Google it"! If you want to introduce me to something new, that's fine, but I need directions! Refer me to a specific web site, that's ok, but don't tell me to "just Google it" - first of all, I've probably already done that! And second, sometimes dear old Google will give wildly different items!

THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com

I try some paper crafts, I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do some journal swaps. I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible. I've made some basic envelope journals, but not really into embellishment. If I have to buy a bunch of stuff to make something, I'm not likely to get into it. I already have too much stuff!

Private swaps

I am open to private swaps!

I don't mind doing International or newbie swaps. So, please send me a PM if you would like to do a private swap. :)


littlemissme84 rated for I love my library! Email swap on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I love my local libraries but I still buy books lol. This was a fab swap.
Comment: Hi Cindi! Oh, my gosh! There was so much fun with your letter. Where did you get your cute little Garfield swap card and that washi? Super duper cute! Since it's fun receiving mail (d'uh!), I'll post a reply. :)
heatherknits rated for Write On: Letter swap #3 Int'l on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Hi you have not talked about TV and books before and this letter was nice and packed with recommendations I need to follow up on! Especially Amazon Prime stuff because I feel like Amazon keeps telling me to watch the same stuff, and although they have a ton of options, I'm having trouble finding new things I want to watch. I'm working on "Vincent" right now, two seasons of Brit drama about a private investigator and his business and cases.
RooBaRoo rated for I love my library! Email swap on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the swap Cindi, & also for hosting it :) We belong to the same "tribe" :)
BooksTeaAndMe rated for I love my library! Email swap on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
nikinoo123 rated for I love my library! Email swap on Apr 16, 2018
SpredSmiles rated for I love my library! Email swap on Apr 15, 2018
StagKing rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the responses, they were fun to read!
femamerica13 rated for Write On: Letter swap #1 Int'l on Apr 13, 2018
claradead rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: You're back! Thank you for the detailed answers. I enjoyed reading them. Best Regards from Hong Kong!
MissPaula rated for WIYM: Postalette/Fold n Seal #10 on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the Tuxedo Kitty note. I love it. I lost My Mr. Hunter several months ago at the age of 17! He was the best! I know the Nor'Easters have been brutal this year, hope you are thawing and will get some warm sun soon. = )
PurpleEars rated for Write On: Poetry Letter - Int'l on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for rating :)
heatherknits rated for Write On: Letter swap #2 USA on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: I think it's interesting to know about people's different schedules and routines! Also intrigued about your kids being home schooled. On the weather, we had 3" of snow yesterday but actually not a lot of rain!
Response: We had more snow today. Ugh! Thought this was spring. Oh well, good to stay inside and write letters, right? :) haha Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: I won't run away from your letters if you don't from mine:> We have a lot in common!
Response: Good to know! :) Thanks for the heart :)
sunshinesuperman rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #4 on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a great envie full of goodness! I loved the way you packaged, the stamps and my items. Perfect. Hugs, Mona
Response: Thank you for the rating, and the heart :)
catonip rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap on Apr 6, 2018
Comment: Wow Cindi you've spoiled me with all the lovely washi you've sent. Thank you! I especially love your note and the adorable cats on a train washi you put on the front. Tack så mycket!
Response: So happy that you liked the tapes I sent. :) The one on the envelope was a swap I'd gotten, I'd love to find a roll of it. :) Thanks for the heart :)
heatherknits rated for Write On: Letter swap #1 Int'l on Apr 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your nice long letter! I'm glad that you are hosting these swaps and enjoying letter writing. I also have decades of letter-writing history, but there was a bit of a hiatus in there due to the uptick of email and social media. It's so nice to be a part of this community and know that when I write a letter, I'll get one too! I'm also old school in that I like hard cover books - I've never finished the e-books I've downloaded or borrowed. Maybe if I had a Kindle, but... eh. Hope you're having a great letter-writing month!
Response: Thanks for joining the group and the swaps. So far I've been paired up with you 3 times, so you'll probably be sick of me soon. haha You're right, it is good to know that a return letter is on the way. Thanks for the heart :)
polyk rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap on Apr 6, 2018
Comment: Love the selection! Actually don’t have any one of them so it was perfect! Thanks for the extras too! Super excited to get to using them :)
Response: I'm so happy that you liked the tapes. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: The story took an interesting direction, I like that now I can imagine both, an ending or continuing it, before I wasn't able to imagine an ending to the story soon, loved the addition :)
Response: Yes, I thought it was taking an interesting turn as well. :) It will be interesting to see how they all end up. :) Thanks for continuing with me. :)
LadyJo rated for Homeschool Encouragment on Mar 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome swap! I enjoyed the things you sent me. Thank you for being a part of the swap as well! I just adore the ice cream paper!
Response: Thank you for hosting such a nice swap! I'm glad you liked what I chose. Hope the year goes well for you! Thank you for the heart, too!

Rating Overview

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bblue on Jan 11, 2018:

Hello! I received your amazing happy mail! The clear envelope was very fun to receive, and the washi tape collage is now decorating my desk.

Ryleighsmom on Dec 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for sending Christmas wishes to my daughter. She LOVES Peanuts and the Snoopy card is adorable! She loved the mail! Happy Holidays!

anrtist on Dec 7, 2017:

Thank you so much for the extra crafty postage you sent me! I love all the stamps you sent! I just love using them to decorate my envies and for making bookmarks and other crafty things too!
THANK YOU so much for the


Blessings! cc

TamiTam55 on Dec 6, 2017:

ChrisAnne on Nov 30, 2017:

Welcome to Planner Partners. We are on a bit of a swapping break until the first of the year, but please jump in and look around. If you are interested in hosting or have ideas for great swaps, please let me know.

simcoe54 on Nov 21, 2017:

Thanks for the envie of stamps. They have found a home in my collection.

Babsmomof5 on Nov 18, 2017:

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

racheljohnson on Nov 16, 2017:

It is so good to hear from another parent of boy/girl twins! We are so thrilled, but it is definitely not easy. I don't totally dress them alike, but sometimes they wear corresponding outfits.... they are too young to protest at this point. ha!!

ladybugluvsstuff on Nov 7, 2017:

postage stamps rak received thanks for the awesome stamps!!

ladybugluvsstuff on Nov 7, 2017:

postage stamps rak received thanks for the awesome stamps!!

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