Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2018 2:52 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: July 22, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Swaps & mail

Updated & current as of July 19, 2018

Our mail is very irregular, both in delivery and pick up & post mark. I don't open swaps until I can sit down and rate them, so if you're waiting on a rating, I most likely haven't received it yet. For this reason, I'm going to be hosting and joining more e-mail/type 1 swaps. Type 2 & 3 swaps I join will mostly be USA based, so I can use tracking numbers or flat rate mailing, as that seems to work better.

Postmarks rarely match up, and can be up to a week off of the day I actually sent off the swap. I don't like it, but it's out of my control.

If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap.

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!


For swaps I host, I will angel all swaps, but you need to contact me to let me know you were flaked on! I won't chase you down to angel the swap. If I'm hosting a swap, and you don't meet all the requirements, please send me a PM! I'm open to and happy to do private swaps, even with newbies, but you need to contact me via PM.

I'm open to doing private swaps, please just ask! :) I'm a 'beginner level' for most crafts, so if you want to give something a try, please send me a PM.

About Me

I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988, from a series of books called "Pen Pals". Anyone remember those? I'm not really looking for new pals, but if you read my profile and think we'd be a good match, please PM me. You can't plan finding a good friend, can you? :)

What I love most about swap-bot is connecting with people around the world, finding common interests and experiences. No other site will really help you 'meet' people in that way. That is what always drew me to pen palling and swapping FB's & xslips, back in the day. I've gotten some very close and long term friends this way. The world seems a little less scary when you realize you're not alone in a situation, or that others have your interests. So, this is my focus with swap-bot. Of course, no one likes to be flaked on or to receive poor quality - well - anything. But for me, the goal is to connect with others. To communicate. If that makes me a 'bad swapper' or a 'poor host' in your eyes, well, then just move on. This is a hobby for enjoyment, this is an opportunity to interact and understand others. Yeah, I'll send international swaps and I'll give new swappers a chance. And I'll rate a 1 or a 3 if the situation calls for it. For me, this is about sharing - thoughts, ideas, mail, information - not about the getting - OR the judging of quality of another's art work.

I'm more interested in the letter, what the writer is telling me, than the gifts and tuck ins, envelope art, etc.

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?!

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. (USAF = United States Air Force) We are currently in Western Massachusetts, but as I've been told too many times "You're not from around here". When asked where I'm from, or what my nationality is, I answer "I'm an American" -I used to identify with my dad's Czech family line, but that was mostly to explain my goofy last name. :) While I did family history with my mom growing up and was raised with ethnic foods & traditions, I've moved on & on & on. :) Not that I'm thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.

I'm not Christian, but do have my own beliefs. I have read a lot and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I don't 'hate' anyone for who they are or what they believe. 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 deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days.

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. I do all the cooking and baking for the family, and while I can't say that I always 'love it' or 'enjoy it', it's part of who I am. I do some sewing (by hand - I swear my sewing machine is possessed.), and like trying out a few crafts here and there, but am not an 'expert' at all.

I have a Traveler's Journal and am getting that system set up. But I don't decorate my pages - at least not so far!

We have used an online school for 8 years and counting now. It's not the traditional 'home-school' - 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. They don't lay on my desk or lap while I write or send mail, but they live here too, so the stray hair or dander may contaminate the mail. It's their house too.

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'm also afraid of deep water and drowning, but I doubt you'll send me a pool, so that's probably ok. :)

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; I prefer silver to gold; 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; pens - (especially like purple ink - or business / promotional pens, souvenir pens); items with sun/moon/stars; Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp. Bast); I love old, abandoned buildings. I don't do the exploring thing (anymore!), but love to see photography of the abandoned buildings, etc. Old churches are the saddest, closely followed by schools;

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

Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, some Sanrio characters - not Hello Kitty as much, but she's ok.

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 factory sealed 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. any scented items - candles, samples, etc - I cannot use many scented items, so I would rather you not send them,
Used stamps or post cards - I do not collect 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, 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".

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

I try some paper crafts, I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do somejournal swaps. I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible.

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. :)

I would love to try Round Robin journal swaps, as well, with the right group of people.

Favorite Books

I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. Also love audio books, use the library Overdrive app and a subscription to Audible.

Books I like

It is, of course, difficult to narrow down just a few favorites, but I do love folk stories and fairy tales (like the real ones, by the Grimm Brothers, not the Disney or Mother Goose versions.)

I love haunted house and ghost stories, always have. I love Egyptian mythology (Goddess Bast watches over me on my desk).

I enjoy memoirs and biographies. "Chaplin" by Charlie Chaplin was an interesting story.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Agatha Christie mysteries (Especially the Poirot series)

'Buddhist Boot Camp' and 'Faithfully Religionless' by Timber Hawkeye,

I'm a fan of Stephen King ( LOVE The Dark Tower books). Love the way he weaves places & characters through out his books. Also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. Lord of the Rings (but not the Hobbit), love the classic War of the World, and LOVED The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuval.

I read or listened to all of the Harry Potter books (& saw the movies), but preferred the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan more than HP. I think it was the mythology. :)

If you have a book that you just loved, even if it doesn't fit into the above categories, please let me know! I'll try just about anything. :) I'm very jealous of the YA books that are available now days - when I was that age, it was Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and RL Stine - those were good, but not enough! :)

Book recommendations for my kids are welcomed too. Oldest son likes books like "Hunger Games" Youngest son is very serious with his reading - favorite recent books were "The Complete Autobiography of Frederick Douglass", "John Adams" and "Truman" by David McCullough, and "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Daughter recently read and liked "Carry On", loves the Riordan series - all of them - and A Court of Thorns series, among others.

Favorite Television

TV & Movies Some of my favorite actors are: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant TV shows I watch & like: Are You Being Served? (Old BBC show), Supernatural, Sherlock, Dr Who

Favorite Movies: The Mummy, The Haunting, Brother's Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue;
Disney's Hercules, Disney's Emperor's New Groove

Favorite Music

Favorite Music The Monkees, Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Maroon 5 (on occasion), Katy Perry, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, One Republic, 80's music - I grew up with it!, American Authors, Dar Williams, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers), Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton


Comment: Thanks for the beautiful mountain card, Cindi! Sorry to hear your book wasn't satisfying :/
Rosa1 rated for Journal Prompts on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: thank you ~ that was fast ;)
coffeeaddictjess rated for Journal Prompts on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: Cindi, Thanks for the awesome journal prompts! I will be using them on future blog posts! So excited. Thanks!
draco rated for Journal Prompts on Jul 17, 2018
Comment: thank you for the great prompts
Comment: So In love with my Doll!!! Thank you so much!
Spice rated for Beginner's Dotee Doll on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: I'm sorry I'm so late! I love the doll and think you did a great job!! Thank you.
tigerlily2110 rated for Interest me No. 60 on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you.
Wildchild rated for MJS: Blind Envie Journal on Jul 5, 2018
Murmuration rated for Audio books are awesome! on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter, the cute bookmark, and for hosting this swap!
Ellivlove rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the goodies!
Avi rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #6 on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Hikue rated for Beginner's dotee doll USAFwife & Hikue on Jun 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for doing this swap with me. The doll arrived early and in lovely condition. And the bag of extras was just what I needed! Swapping with you has been such a joy!
pbcquiltlover rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jun 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies!
nolagirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: Terrific swap! Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for sharing. What a neat card!
lisamocker0412 rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #5 on Jun 19, 2018
DragonflyDreamer rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jun 17, 2018
Comment: Wow! What an awesome swap! Thank you for all the fun goodies!
acusatis rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jun 17, 2018
Comment: thank you for all the fabulous goodies, tea and for trying to personalize the stuff!
Rita rated for Stuff the Mailbox #8 on Jun 17, 2018
Comment: You did great! Thanks for the variety of goodies!
samsstuff rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 9 on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I haven't read the books you mentioned. I do enjoy watching Trevor Noah, though, so his book might be an interesting read.

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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