Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2019 5:36 am


Date Joined: January 15, 2013
Last Online: September 18, 2019
Birthday: September 14
Country: United States
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About Me

Who am I? I ask myself regularly “ Who am I?" I am not sure I have ever really answered that question.

I am a writer and an adventure artist. I live in beautiful Northern California In the heart of what they called the gold country. I love living in the mountains, but I am continually drawn to the ocean.

So when I am home I love to create lovely things.

I am a mom to five lovely children. Four of them are adults, one is in high school. I also have two lovely adult step-daughters.

My husband is a professional chef and our family loves food and spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

We share our home with a crazy cat named Archer and 2 small dogs.

Latest Archer News

Archer has his own newsletter called "Archer Says".

He loves pen pals and has kitty friends all over the world. He loves reading about other kitties on Swap-Bot and especially loves to know the names of kitties of my swapping partners.

His birthday is April 22nd... He loves mail and tries to write back to his kitty friends =)



Update: Archer has been busy with all his kitty mail. All the fame has gone to his head. He is busy designing his own line of Luxury Cat Toys, but has been known to sneak into the catnip. It might be time to send him to rehab.

Favorite Crafts

I love dioramas and tiny miniature things. I have a doll house that I have turned into a mouse house that my cat likes to try to crawl inside and invade :)

I love to knit. For a while I was obsessed with knitting socks. Lately I have been knitting headbands.

I love sewing- I especially love to repurpose clothing. I enjoy taking something average and making it into something exceptional.

I love to collect and use: old lace and old sewing supplies; such as, buttons, ribbon, ric rac, sewing tools.

I am obsessed with chenille sticks/pipe cleaners. I especially love vintage ones. My family just doesn't understand ;)

I love glitter- especially vintage and unusual glitters- However, I won't send glittery things to people who don't like glitter and will keep glitter to a minimum :)

I love paper- I have been trying to use up my stockpiles and have been fairly successful. For the past three years I have been making origami cranes.

I like to make recycled art- I don't do as much of it as I would like because I am afraid of becoming a hoarder =)

Things I Love

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons.

I love all colors. My favorite colors are turquoise, periwinkle, and green. However, pink girly things make me very happy.

I like to write and I love quotes and funny or inspirational fortunes from fortune cookies. I keep them in a little book.

I adore holidays and love vintage holiday things, they remind me of happy times growing up.

I love coffee and cream. Life isn't the same without cream.

I love...love... love...Chocolate.

I love cats. I especially love funny cat things. Lately grumpy cat has captured my heart.

I like squirrels, possums and otters.

I love being outside in nature or in the garden. I especially enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature.


I love Pinterest. If it were up to me there would be a few extra hours added to my day so I could pin without guilt =)

I LOVE art supplies. This year I am trying to use up my many stashes.

Bigfoot & Bigfoot hunters crack me up and I secretively watch Bigfoot shows much to my family's shame... They love to make comments... but how could they comment unless they are watching too =)~

Books, TV & Movies

I mostly read non-fiction- Cookbooks and How To books and Craft Books.

I love fiction, but when I read it-- the book absorbs me and I can't get anything done, so I limit fiction to about 6 books a year.

My favorite books- The Professor & Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, All of Jane Austen, I love to read British romance novels.

My favorite movies are usually happy movies and comedies, but I like romance or drama if it doesn't have a lot of violence. You've got Mail, Enchanted, The Grinch, Chocolate, The other Sister, Napoleon Dynamite...

Swap Info

I like my postcards Naked & Written On. I also promise to rate the same day I get your swap. I put a lot of love and care into the swaps I send, even postcards get extra attention.

Please take the time to rate me when you receive your swap.

If you do not rate me, I will be messaging you to find out if you didn't receive your swap.

Please don't be offended by my asking if you received your swap. I want to make sure my swap arrived safely. If for some reason you don't like what I sent please let me know. I want you to be happy with your swap.


krspellman rated for SMSUSA: Autumn Happy Mail! on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Sooo adorable! I love the mail art, I was so excited to see that in my mailbox 🍁 I love your card and my goodies, and reading your note. Fall is the best! 🍁 thank you so much!!
jeka396 rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #17 on Sep 13, 2019
Comment: Loved that you sent a cat PC even if the cat is on a leash! My neighbor walks her cat on a leash....my Pounce-cat would never tolerate it!
kittyhahahotbot rated for Halloween postcard on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: Oh Michelle! I love all the decorations you put on back! And the stamp too! Very fun; Very Shelly postcard! lol Thank you!
Poohtat rated for SF ~ Send a Postcard USA ~ Sept. on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Love the stickers!
Dinkyde rated for SF ~ Send a Postcard USA ~ Sept. on Sep 11, 2019
Comment: Cute postcard
Comment: Thanks for the awesome waterfall postcard! Let me know if you try Quest Scouts. :)
Comment: Thank you for a great swap! I love the goodies, and the decorated envelope put a big smile on my face...thank you so much 🎃 from Chuck, Roger, Janet and Lizzie too!! :-)
Margothecat rated for WIYM 'State' Anything Postcard on Aug 28, 2019
Comment: Love this card - thanks so much! It is a new one for my collection.
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous space shuttle postcard and the extras. I too send genuine vintage postcards in envelopes. Reproductions go naked.
lorencz rated for WIYM: Story on a Postcard #1 on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the adorable panda postcard! I like the story about your cat, Archer. Is it true? Haha....poor little guy!
banjobraids rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #16 on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: This card is so cool! That's why I love this swap bc perspectives are different. I love this random vintage type card, but I'm always hesitant to send them out. I'd love to see one of your dioramas! And hi back to Archer :):):) THANKS!
Response: I am glad you liked it. I agree with you about sending out vintage PCs. Some of my cards are of some pretty ugly things like old hotels. I will need to get brave and swap them. Dioramas are the best! Happy Swapping 😊
Chaosfrau rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #15 on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Ugly? No, no, I like it, it's so strange, thank you very much! And special greetings to Archer :-) I have a tuxedo, too. But since yesterday she's walking with a limp :-/
Response: I would agree with you the PC wasn't really ugly. I just knew it would fit well with your profile and that card needed to go to a special person. Hope your kitty is feeling better 😊
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the lady slipper stamp and everything you sent. Your writing group sounds so fun. Hannah says “Hi Archer!”
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the Last Slipper. I thought it was pretty. ❤️
Comment: Thanks for the great notecard, photo and fishies. I'd give more hearts if I could! Back in the 70's I followed a band named Archer.
Response: I am not familiar with a band called Archer but I will Google it 😊 I am so glad you enjoyed the swap. I had fun creating it.
Comment: Wow, this is a freggin' coolio postcard! Its just a cool concept, huh? Bringing to life what your feed your mind? And I loves all the pretties on the back too! Woot! Thank you so much!
Response: That PC company makes the coolest postcards! I am so glad you liked it. ,😊
jessnewson98 rated for WIYM: Send Me A Postcard!! on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the stunning postcard and all you added to the back of it! I hope the weather stays nice for you!!
Response: I am glad you liked it 😊 Sadly, the weather turned hot... Hurry up Fall. Happy swapping 😊
Comment: Thanks for this pretty postcard resend! My husband and son, stayed by a lighthouse on Devil's Island, the Apostle Islands, on Lake Superior. It would be fun to be a caretaker of one over the summer! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I am glad it made it. The recycle portion is the mat board. It is recycled from our local framing shop. I like to paint on them when I just want to doodle...etc. I like to visit light houses along the western coastline. They are all so different. 😊
Comment: Great card! Thanks so much!
nisforneville rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #14 on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Definitely an ugly vintage pc look, haha. Thanks!
Response: It was ugly... Like I said... That thing couldn't have been good looking even when it was created. Hopefully we swap again with something prettier. 😊
AnnaL rated for CPG Flower or Plant PC - US Only on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks Michelle for my pretty postcard & awesome PEACOCK mini stickers, so sweet of you. Really made my day & put a smile on my face. Have a wonderful week, AnnaL.
Response: So glad they made it... I wanted to attempt to see if the stickers would make it on the postcard... I am so happy they did.

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kclicquot on Aug 26, 2019:

Dear Archer - meow, meow, chirp, meow, purr, meow, chirp, chirp, meow. . . . Google translation: Thank you so much for thinking of us and sending the delightful fish! We also appreciate the advice about not chewing on cords or cacti!!! We consider ourselves quite lucky to have a friend such as yourself! Caterwaulingly yours, Clan Brake

OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


Raff on Aug 20, 2013:

Hi! I’m wondering if you would be interested in joining my first swap – Cat Lovers

TC on Aug 1, 2013:

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! I'm sending you this greeting a day early so you can get the necessary items to celebrate tomorrow. :)

MBrunt on Jun 26, 2013:

Thank you for the seeds you send to me. I can't wait to let them grow! Also love the cat drawing you made on the envelope. It's all so kind, again thank you!

TC on Jun 12, 2013:

This is MIssy. She's stopping by to say hello to Archer. :)

Vblarney on Jun 3, 2013:

Thank you for the Rock City pc! I don't care what it says, if my mom had taken me there as a child I don't think I'd like gnomes now! It must be similar to being in the basement of a theater when you're surrounded by old mannequins and costumes.

kittylover on Jun 1, 2013:

Not only did you send me such wonderful gifts but they were all packaged up so pretty that I don't want to take them out.

Many thanks for making my day so much better!

sweetsugartree on May 25, 2013:

Thanks, Michelle, for the PC! Very thoughtful of you! Glad you like the fortunes and are getting use out of them :)

pne on May 24, 2013:

Thank you so much for your RAK Cornish miner postcard! I wish it had been a swap so I could have given you a heart for it! Instead, have this one:

Thank You Beary Much

And what a coincidence that your card should arrive just now! Cornish had been floating around in my head the last week or so and I had just ordered a book about the language to have a look at perhaps learning a couple of words :)

Thank you so much again!

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