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Date Joined: September 29, 2010
Last Online: May 18, 2011
Birthday: November 18
Country: United States
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About Me

April 29th:
I'm in the midst of the exam and grading rush here, so I won't be joining any new swaps until late May. Send a private message if you need anything!


I'm a 27 year-old academic who just left my wonderful office and apartment at the University of North Carolina (go Heels!) to move to rural Pennsylvania. Sadly, our new apartment is less awesome.

We teach stuff.


kindle cover mail artmail art

Because I am never sure when I'll be suddenly busy at work (and because stress isn't joyful) I only participate in one or two swaps at a time during the academic year. This guarantees that I do not become overwhelmed and can always send out a quality package.

my loves

dimensional scaling.

Doctor Steve.

Loud Irish Families.

WWII era posters.

The Tarheels. Go Heels!

Altered/painted envelopes.

Air Mail themed items.

Grey and Yellow.

Female Superheroes.

Cobalt Blue.

Tarheel Blue. Go Heels!


learning Mandarin.


World of Warcraft. (Don't be a hater!)


the Edwardian period.

hair clips.

quirky buttons and charms.

darjeeling tea.




halloween. the mad-scientist kind of halloween.

folk music.

vegetarian recipes.

envelopes of scraps.


fabric flowers.

wine charms.

coffee cozys.

stamp making.

hand-carved stamps.



peacock feathers and jewel tones.

mercury glass and faux mercury glass.

vintage clothes.

...and adventuring.

I really love hand-made. Additionally, I really appreciate it when my swap partners take the trouble to include a handwritten note.

not so loved


tourist postcards.

fbs, lbs, ziplockbag/label-thingie swaps.


flavored teas.

thank you..

..for reading! I'm looking forward to meeting some fabulous new people through the art of swap!

Favorite Crafts

painted envelopes. see above.

altered recipe cards.


practical sewing crafts.

paper cutting: I love you, xacto.

altering clothing.

pumpkin carving: ..and you too, dremel.

raku: nothing better on an early spring day then building a burn box in the yard and putting a winters worth of pottery in the fire!

glass-etching: with the dremel!

stamp-carving: also with my dremel. If you'd like to try it, just let me know! I have plenty of hard-learned tips to pass on.

Favorite Books

favorite authors







Pat Frank.

Basically, I appreciate wit. I (love)workteach in an applied statistics field, so I also read a lot of historical or narrative accounts on the outbreak of disease/public health response, the development of planned cities and the creation of major public works.

A Funny Story

My best friend called this afternoon:

"Hi Tom, why aren't you in the lab?"

"Well, guess who accidentally exposed himself to a controlled substance this morning?"

"That's hilarious. Are you experiencing a Jim Bruer high?"

"Not so much, it wasn't weed or coke."


"Well, it was an unidentified sample from a drug bust and I was wearing latex gloves."

"wait, so it was transdermal?"


"so you're telling me that you cranked yourself up with PCP, aren't you?"

"Way up."

"What did your supervisor say?"

" 'A little PCP never killed anyone' and then he locked all of my office windows."


CometaGuavaberry rated for ZINE SWAP on Aug 18, 2011
Comment: Sorry ! But the swap is now closed and i never got the zine or resend. Will change if it arrives on this days.
clutterfree rated for Recycled Apron on Jun 21, 2011
Comment: Michelle...I will gladly change this if you ever send. I see that you have not even read my second PM regarding that I did not receive this swap :( Hope you are just enjoying a summer break from campus chaos and all is well with you!!
BoudoirTea rated for Anatomy ATC on Apr 8, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC! So a heart to you too;)
plumeriafan rated for Altered Recipe Card Swap on Apr 6, 2011
Comment: Hi Michelle! I got you sweet recipe cards today. Your illustrations are adorable! I can't wait to try them out.Oh, and I loved the painted envelope too! Thanks so much for doing this swap with me! :)
MorahLaura rated for Anatomy ATC on Mar 30, 2011
Comment: Wow. What an amazing drawing! I love the "Veins of the Head and Neck," and also the skull anatomy on the envelope! Thank you so much for a beautiful addition to my ATC collection!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I was worried that sending a simple sketch could be a bit too plain for an atc, but I really liked the idea of trying to recreate my old anatomy class sketches.
robotlove rated for PoorMan's Journal on Mar 22, 2011
Comment: =o I am so glad you wanted to test our your bookbinding on this swap, because I love the way it came out! - I'm actually trying my hand at turning old books into journals, as well. I even found an awesome vintage children's books that I've gutted out, so it was nice to see that you used the same technique. :D
PinkMudd rated for Pretty Envies: Mail Art on Mar 17, 2011
Comment: Thank you!!! I love what you sent me... it was among the most creative mail I have ever received. :) THANKS!
Response: woohoo! I love painting envelopes and I'm soo pleased you liked it!
Comment: Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Thank you so much for the beautiful artwork.
Ashby rated for Newbie Friendly Dottee Doll Swap on Mar 8, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the Dottee Doll. I like the theme of Paris opera dancers because I enjoy opera music.
Fritosmom rated for Re-fill a matchbox on Mar 8, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the AWESOME poly-clay Matchbox and goodies:-) I love it!
fawnscrafts rated for ❤ Altered Cake-Mix Recipe on Mar 6, 2011
Comment: Thank you., i cannot drink alcohol, but it sounds yummy.
lilmouse rated for ❤ Altered Cake-Mix Recipe on Mar 3, 2011
Comment: You are so talented!!!! I love your beautiful recipe cards as much as I love the recipes! I can't wait to bake the "Irish car bomb cake", that looks sooooo yummy! Thank you!
ThinkingofBlue rated for twenty-something penpal swap on Mar 1, 2011
Comment: Loved your letter! And the typewriter address decor on the envelope was shown off to everyone because it was so creatively done! Thank you!! <3 I'm in the works of reply!
Comment: Really cute matchbox...love the stamp, and all the cute handmade items ~ thank you :)
AynE rated for Kindle Book Cover on Feb 22, 2011
Comment: It arrived here in mint condition and I love the cover and the extra notebook you included. It is funny, I went and got a book from the discard shelf in our public library, $0.25 for a hardback titled All Booked Up. It was vastly improved by gluing the pages together and cutting kindle shaped hole in them. You were brave to destroy a Mark Twain book, them's good readin'
PhoenixPeacock rated for What Would Jane Say? on Feb 19, 2011
Comment: You would never know it was your first ATC. Beautiful.
Schwallie rated for Show Me Your Studio on Feb 17, 2011
Comment: Thanks! Your descriptions are great! I love your side-by-side desks!
minibean04 rated for Show Me Your Studio on Feb 10, 2011
wobgirl rated for Show Me Your Studio on Feb 10, 2011
Comment: Thanks for letting me peak in your studio :)
emmaellis rated for Show Me Your Studio on Feb 10, 2011

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CometaGuavaberry on Apr 9, 2011:

Hey girl ! I received a zine, but i dont know if its yours, because i joined many zine swaps and receive many from USA, and many of them are Michelle!. Please tell me if its yours !

here is it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cometa-guvaberry-correu/5602955595/


kayler00 on Apr 7, 2011:

recieved your rak today! thanks so much! i found some awesome stuff i could use. =)

bluehairedmary on Mar 26, 2011:

Come join my $5 Etsy Surprise swap in the All About Austen! group!

Leashah on Feb 23, 2011:

Thank you for joining Tags, Tags, Tags!!!


id0be1ieve on Feb 5, 2011:

Thank you for the vintage photos and cute mini envies (..adorable! :-D) for the 'Crafty Reyclers > Tag' game! :-)

CraftyRiki on Feb 3, 2011:

Hey I kept running out of time to make the Kindle cover, so I ordered one from Rogue Theory for you. So when you receive it, you know where it is coming from.

dolcxvita on Feb 3, 2011:

Now I have two original pieces of artwork from the very talented artist Michelle! I received your second mailart envelope today and it is beautiful inside as well as outside. Looks like a print and the theme is fantastic. This postman really messes up sometimes.. but you have taken so much effort and have included lovely things inside.. so I am sending you back some 'thank you' mail.. look out for it & thank you so much once again! :)

dolcxvita on Jan 24, 2011:

Hello! .. I havent received anything form you for the Mail Art Swap.. has it been a while since you sent it? I hope its on its way! :) x

Halogen on Jan 15, 2011:

Thanks, I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

Faeorain on Jan 3, 2011:

Hey there, fellow rural PA swapper...let me send a belated Welcome to Swap-bot your way!

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