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Date Joined: January 10, 2008
Last Online: August 17, 2017
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 9 year-old and a 7 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 9 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, scarves, and fingerless mittens with sock yarn and the occasional dishcloth with cotton yarn. 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. Combos like pink and brown, turquoise and brown. Yum. 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


nmlacagno rated for EZ PC...USA on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank You!!!!!
Comment: Thank you for the cards Mary :)
annielou rated for Happy Little Notecards #41 on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: So the stamp with the total solar eclipse is awesome!!! My husband noticed it right away! I thoroughly enjoyed your note. Iike you, I hope to improve my sewing skills. I'm awestruck with your hope to learn how to change a tire!! Enjoyed your card very much. Thank you for writing!
Comment: Thank you for the postcards:)
orneryswife rated for Happy Little Notecards #41 on Aug 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you! It was a beautiful card.
Frannie rated for Random PC International #5 on Aug 9, 2017
Comment: Hello Mary, Many thanks for the postcard.
mandigutterrose rated for Random PC International #6 on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: Good luck at the new job!
squince rated for WPS - Zazzle Postcard #2 on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: Loved the card!
Comment: Hi Mary, many thanks for the Mt. Fuji card. I am well and we recently had a typhoon last week and had buckets of rain. Good thing, we had sunny days after. Best regards!
Miamorswife rated for Happy Little Notecards #40 on Aug 6, 2017
Comment: i would love to work in a library
pintis rated for WPS - Zazzle Postcard #2 on Aug 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
goinjenny rated for WIYM: Let's Trade 4 Postcards #1 on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the extra
goinjenny rated for Happy Little Notecards #40 on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Good luck with your goals!!
heatherknits rated for Random PC International #6 on Aug 3, 2017
Comment: You know me so well. Reminds me of Simon's Cats animation :D
armadillogal rated for B&W PCs week 31 on Aug 3, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the retro card....
wittmert rated for Science Postcard Swap #1 on Aug 3, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Einstein PC!
squince rated for WIYM - Book Quote in a Notecard on Aug 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Camiliann rated for NYUP USA Only #27 on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks
Miamorswife rated for WPS - Animal Postcard #32 on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: love the postcard! i had a pet mouse once. well kinda. i had a snake and my uncle tried to feed it a mouse, but the snake wouldn't touch it for some reason! so snake and mouse lived together in the same cage for years!
piratejimbob87 rated for WIYM: BIRD POSTCARD on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard :)

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CurlyTea on Aug 3, 2017:

Sazza on Aug 2, 2017:

Thank you for the Pick 2 - US Only Tag! I very much appreciate the extra Washi rolls (always love washi, thank you!) and the envelopes you made (thanks for the extra one!) are great; I especially love the National Geographic maps. :D Thank you again, Mary, you always send something wonderful. :)

CurlyTea on Jul 29, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful washi. I love the feathers!

MelodicPenguin on Jul 29, 2017:

I love love love your fox postcard for the Postcards Tag! It's so adorable, and I couldn't agree with you more that they are most beautiful in the wild :) Thank you so much!

Lonestarchild on Jul 28, 2017:

Thanks so much for the BIG envies (love to deco the craft paper ones!) and the fun PCs. LOVE the folk art one! Thanks so much! Pen Pal Supplies - Pick 2 - USA

heatherknits on Jul 27, 2017:

OMG I just saw the .gif on your last comment, maybe I couldn't see on my phone? HILARIOUS. I think I need to add a section in my profile for Love Cats in Boxes. :D

hamolla22 on Jul 27, 2017:

You re awesome 😊🌹 Thank you so much for the clear stamps anddd for the boho stencils too! Perfect ! I love receiving something I need and these I can totally use ❤️ Thanks again xxxx

heatherknits on Jul 26, 2017:

I just got your package yesterday - thank you, you rock!!!! I was going to write you a note this week. Very sweet, I was not anticipating a replacement needle or special surprises :D

simcoe54 on Jul 25, 2017:

Thanks for the awesome postcards (esp. the map) for CPG: July'17 Wishlist.

Dsweeny on Jul 24, 2017:

Mary!!! I love the 2 washi rolls from CPG "Who Likes...tag US only. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I hope you have a wonderful day :)


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