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Date Joined: January 10, 2008
Last Online: May 19, 2018
Birthday: July 14
Country: United States
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About Me

I pledge to rate on the day I receive a swap. I have gotten upset over some swaps that were rated very late, feeling like the packages I worked so hard on went into oblivion. It is stressful when partners can't even bother to rate, comment, or answer a PM. Sigh. So, please rate when you receive something and PM when you are missing something.

♥♥ I'm a 40yr old working mom of two friendly and ultra cute kids, a 10 year-old and a 8 year-old. Crafts are my passion, what I do when I'm stressed out. I'm happiest when I'm with my children, husband, or making things. I also have 3 chihuahuas - our eldest Assata passed away just recently. So, along with the two little ones, my husband, the dogs, all the sewing, knitting, and crocheting, I've got my hands full.

I am half-Korean and half-Caucasian. I consider myself Asian American; I grew up with both cultures, giving me a different worldview and perspective on issues of culture and race. My favorite foods include tofu, Korean bbq, and veg sushi. I love learning about different cultures and lifestyles. I love traveling and experiencing new places. I lived in England for a semester in college and loved it! We spent our spring break in Amsterdam, France, and Brussels.


I lost my first born child, after I developed pre-eclampsia. This came less than a year after I lost my mom suddenly due to heart failure. The last couple of years have been hard, to say the least.

After a difficult, very high risk pregnancy, we finally welcomed our beloved son Ishmael. He is the new love of my life and I'm grateful for every day I have with him. He is 10 years old! I can't believe how quickly he's grown!

We also welcomed our new baby girl Naderah. This pregnancy was normal, but the twice daily shots made it pretty interesting. She is such a healthy and beautiful little girl! She's been smiling since her first week! I still can't believe this perfect little girl was inside of me!

I include my losses on my profile because that's part of who I am, as much as my two beautiful children and husband are a part of my life. Grief and joy are somehow with me everyday. It is different with everyone who has had a loved one pass away, but this is my way. With my friends, I can truly talk about this stuff and not have to hide it and pretend like everything is okay all of the time. I am not asking for sympathy, but if I am sharing who I am on this site, then this is part of it. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't swap at all. I hope that makes sense.

Favorite Crafts

As I said, I'm a crafter. I started knitting from the age of 8 and have added to my crafty ability ever since - crochet, cross-stitch, sewing, and embroidery. I make lots of general crafty stuff too - magnets, scrabble bracelets, plastic canvas, etc. I do some paper crafts too, but needlework is really my passion.

Nowadays I am knitting shawls, hats, scarves, cowls, and fingerless mittens with sock yarn and the occasional dishcloth with cotton yarn. I love indie dyed yarns in all weights, but I guess sock yarn has a special place in my heart. I am almost done crocheting a ripple blanket for my daughter too.

Yes, I am thrifty. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite shopping places. I've only splurged on expensive-ish yarn for some baby items.

Over the years, my fabric collection has grown a yard and fat quarter at a time! My general style or aesthetic is modern and bright. Think high-contrast and vivid colors. I also love Asian inspired fabrics. I love vintage fabrics and patterns. Turquoise is my favorite color these days, but I still love pinks and other blues. I love Japanese and French crafts, too.

I've been collecting postcards since college, but mostly art, artsy, beautiful, and interesting or weird cards. I love animal cards and vintage cards. I don't know what to do with touristy, cityscapes or scenic cards, so please no thank you. I do appreciate any snail mail I get lately (really, I do), but honestly, I don't keep these cards and feel bad about it. I prefer non-touristy cards, vintage cards, and some scenic cards without many words on the front. Zazzle cards are okay with me, too.

I joined Postcrossing because I love sending and receiving postcards so much. I still prefer non-touristy cards, but I just love the mail.

After making my first ATC's, I fell in love with making them! It allowed me to be creative and very detailed and achieve a sense of completion. Of course, these were for a swap, but I had to make some for myself, too!

Favorite Movies

  • The Matrix
  • Hate (French movie)
  • Fight Club
  • Pride & Prejudice (the A&E version)
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Black Swan
  • The Lake House

Favorite Television

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • X-Files
  • Criminal Minds
  • Project Runway
  • Medium and Ghost Whisperer
  • True Blood
  • The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Books

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Yes, I was obsessed with the twilight saga, which led me to devour Charlaine Harris' Sookie books and many other vampire/werewolf books Some of the best include: Sunshine by Robin McKinley, Night Road by A.M. Jenkins, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. These days I have moved away from paranormal romance to romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I loved the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. I love reading self-published or small-press authors as well. Two of my favorites are Roxie Rivera and Rachel Grant, very different from each other, but both excellent authors.

I graduated from college with a double major in creative writing and political science. These are two things close to my heart. I continue to write both poetry and prose, and you can find some of it on my blog.

Random Questions

  • If you could, where would you max out a credit card? JoAnn's (where have you been all of my life??), Hobby Lobby, Target (where I have maxed out a card or two) and Ikea
  • Why do you like the music you listen to? I feel a connection to the lyrics or it's just really good (i.e. Radiohead)
  • What are your favorite colors? Pinks (not hot), blues, turquoise
  • Do you collect anything? Vintage postcards, craft books, books, fabric, cotton and wool blend yarns, owls, interesting and artsy postcards
  • What's your dream job? Writer; For now, my job as a teacher is exceedingly good, something I usually enjoy and am good at
  • Favorite cosmetics brands: Oh, I hardly wear anything at all, except chapstick! Occasionally, lipstick, like parent conference night! I do love a good body wash and Lush bath bombs
  • Favorite scents: Lavender, jasmine, rose
  • Favorite flavors: hazelnut, vanilla, dark chocolate
  • Favorite magazines: ReadyMade, Adbusters, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Piecework, Giant Robot, Marie Claire Idees, Stitchery
  • Favorite piece of jewelry: a mother of pearl locket that holds a picture of my husband and resized footprints of the son we lost, a purple "tiger's eye" ring which belonged to my mother and my engagement ring
  • Favorite Holiday: Halloween
  • Favorite season: Fall and Spring
  • Coffee or tea? I just got a Keurig machine and am addicted! So send those K-cups my way! I also take tea if it's individually wrapped.
  • Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere? Japan or Cuba
  • What kind of geek are you? I'm a book nerd, a video game addict (e.g. Mario Bros, etc.), chess player, and Trekkie. Plus I wear a calculator watch!


  • fabric - FQs or charms
  • Japanese crafts/fabrics
  • zakka anything
  • deco tape
  • washi tape
  • ribbon
  • DMC brand embroidery floss
  • handmade sewn items
  • cotton yarn
  • wool blend yarn
  • sock yarn
  • bamboo knitting needles
  • craft books or patterns
  • unused postcards (non-touristy, animals, art)
  • Jetoy cat postcards and stationery
  • ephemera for ATC making
  • geeky stuff like office supplies, notebooks, felt tip pens, sharpies
  • handmade paper
  • kawai memo sheets & lettersets
  • Hannari Tofu stuff - so cute it hurts
  • other Kawaii stuff
  • Super Mario Bros. items
  • 80s stuff
  • nice soaps
  • unique, blank journals and notepads
  • listpads
  • address labels
  • stickers (just not sticker flakes)
  • owls, squirrels, mushrooms, birds
  • robots, geekery
  • things made from recycled or reused items
  • handmade things by YOU!

What I Don't Like or Want

  • touristy or glossy scenic postcards (not so much)
  • sticker flakes
  • images of death (skulls, the word death, x'd out eyes)
  • furry or glittery yarn
  • acrylic yarn
  • matchboxes
  • licorice, gummy candy
  • fluorescent colors
  • patriotic or religious images or quotes (including Easter)
  • your political beliefs
  • Disney or character specific products
  • anime or manga
  • lotion (I just have too much right now)
  • candy-flavored lipbalm
  • cheap or unwanted dollar store items
  • packages that don't have a hand-written note included
  • swappers that don't rate

What I Can Send You

  • washi tape
  • washi tape samples
  • cute notepads or notebooks
  • handmade envies
  • address labels
  • handmade pouches
  • knit or crocheted dishcloth
  • crocheted bookmark
  • stickers
  • notecards and postcards

Flaked on by:
@tehrenanaiis - Not the Usual PCs in an Envie
@hippiechick1955 - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Swap
@madpoetics - Put a Hat on it altered PC swap
@Annelies - Christmas Card Express 2011 - angelled by @coolbaker5
@lorijean - Embroidery Floss Swap - angelled by @slamophile
@missflowers - Tiny Profile Surprise in a 1-stamp envie #2 - angelled by @nyansan
@daisiessnailmail - 4,3,2,1 fun swap


Vickyen rated for CPG Mother's Day Card - US Only on May 15, 2018
Comment: Hi Mary! I think the card went by Pony Express as I just got it! Dang post office! I love it though, thanks so much! I did have a Happy Mother's Day - how about you? Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Love each one!! Thank you for the extra❤️
HelenG6 rated for Creatures Great and Small #12 on May 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice pig card and enjoyed seeing the cute llama washi tape on the card.
Comment: Mary!! 27 hearts at least! Thank you for the shawlette, it is such a beautiful soft rich teal blend. It is finally in the 70s here but chilly in the evenings, which is how I like it :D
Response: So perfect weather for the shawlette! Great! I'm making one for myself in a different yarn. Thanks for the 27 hearts!
Sammoning rated for NYUP: Colorful on May 9, 2018
Comment: This is the most beautiful postcard I've seen in a while! It's so shiny and cute and sturdy too. Thank you so much. Let's enjoy the better weather for sure :)
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #38 on May 9, 2018
Comment: Awesome vintage card! And Mr Rogers stamp!
Gardener rated for Book Themed Postcard! on May 9, 2018
Comment: I loved the quote. Thanks for a great swap ❤️
aprilivy rated for Quick poetry swap - USA on May 8, 2018
Comment: Hi Mary! I had heard of Robert Frost before, but the two others were new to me. Thank you so much!
clutterfree rated for NYUP USA Only #38 on May 8, 2018
Comment: Mary....what a fun vintage PC....I am doing a no carb eating plan right now and those "Bratwurst Beauties" make my stomach growl...LOL Bring on the weird and serve it up on a platter!!!!! Thanks for a great swap....Charlene
goinjenny rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #8 on May 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra
widelo123 rated for NYUP USA Only #38 on May 7, 2018
Comment: TY
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #62 on May 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I think you are right- Mr. Clean Erasers are the new SOS :)
dawnakaulen rated for Creatures Great and Small #12 on May 6, 2018
Comment: yes it is a great PC, love it. Thank you!
KSENiA rated for NYUP Return to Me #4 on May 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard for me. I love marimekko. Your's on it way back to you.
Response: Thanks for returning mine! Good luck with your exhibition!
Comment: Thank you and Happy Moms day to you too!
junemoon rated for Quick poetry swap - USA on May 3, 2018
Comment: The Frost poem pops up a lot but the Sexton I hadn't thought of for ages and the Plath one only comes to mind if I happen to cut myself when cooking (happily rarely-but she was so vivid!) Nice to be reminded of them.
Comment: Thank you very much.
heatherknits rated for NYUP: What are you reading? on Apr 26, 2018
Comment: Love the art card of the woman reading. That Stephen King book has been on my list for ages. Let me know what you think.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard you sent me! It is so cute and I love the fox washi tape on it!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 2159 272 276
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1611 2779 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
38 1355 195 23
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ReadMoreBooks33 on May 13, 2018:

OrigamiGrace on May 13, 2018:


kaypendragon on May 10, 2018:

Thanks for the activity kit! It's perfect!

anicka22 on May 9, 2018:

Thank you for a lovely random envie for the CPG tag

GrumpyBear on May 7, 2018:

Received Get Something, Give something tag

Thanks so much for the teas I'm looking forward to trying them

daydreamer47 on Apr 30, 2018:

Hi Mary! I received the washi, so pretty. Thank you for the generous extra roll too! 💞

susieq11 on Apr 27, 2018:

Thank you very much for CPG Envies of RANDOMNESS : ) I love it all, and I appreciate it so much. XOXO

Tigerlilyknotwise on Apr 25, 2018:

Thank you for the April AWG wish! Love the stamps! :) and I'd never read this poem before...very interesting! Have a beautiful day!

dawnielynn on Apr 23, 2018:

Got my Return to Me #4 back - thanks!

KSENiA on Apr 22, 2018:

Thank you for sending back my postcard. I am glad you liked my art, thank you for the warm words.

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