Swap-bot Time: August 25, 2019 12:59 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: August 25, 2019
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** 6-29-19 I'll be out of town until July 7th. Anything that comes in over the next week will be rated when my hold mail is delivered. :) ***

*** 5-6-19 My sister unexpectedly passed away today from a heart attack. I will be traveling a lot in the next few weeks, making funeral arrangements, and bringing my other niece home. I may be off Swap-bot for days at a time over the next few weeks. I will, of course, complete my current swaps and hosting duties, but I may fall behind on ratings and answering messages. Thank you for your understanding and patience. ***

*** 2-8-19 Deco Swappers, please note: I am not going to be swapping decos internationally anymore do to the high postage costs. Please do not send me any decos whose final destination is outside the USA. Also, please check with me first before sending extra decos beyond what the swap calls for. Thanks for understanding. A big thank you to @Aladyjackson @SeleneW and Anja in Germany for taking my excess decos! I love my swap partners! You guys ROCK! ***

Hi! My name is Christine, and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband, our 3 kiddos, and a niece who we now have guardianship of. We have a sweet, very lazy Pitt-mix named Lulu, and two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar. I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, hockey and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America so far.

I joined Swap-bot in May 2014 when someone recommended it to me. After checking it out I didn't quite feel ready to swap on this scale, so I stuck to swapping on smaller sites (Scrappin' Peeps for 4 years and Pocket Letter Pals for 1 year). After I became more comfortable I came back to Swap-bot and started swapping here in August 2016.

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. It is managed pretty well with medication, but if a swap includes a longer letter I may type it to ensure it's actually readable. :)

My Profile is getting kinda long, so here's a Table of Contents of sorts in case you want to skip down to a certain section:

  • About Swaps
  • Favorite Books
  • Favorite Movies and TV
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Kawaii
  • Postcards
  • Wish List

About Swaps

I consider signing up for a swap a contract. I never ever flake, so if you have not received from me, please let me know so I can resend. I don't want any of my partners to miss out on the fun of a swap! I do not mark items sent until the mailman has picked it up from my mailbox or I've dropped it off at the post office. If for some reason I will be late, I promise to message my partner(s) to let them know. If a partner is going to be late, I understand and just ask that they communicate with me. I do my best to make sure I have correct postage on the things I send, but I have had different clerks at my local post office charge different rates for similar things, so if for some reason there has been a mistake and you receive something postage due, please let me know. Finally, I promise to rate and do so soon after receiving. If you have not received a rating from me, I either haven't received your swap or it was an accidental oversight. Please message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not be able to respond to them all, but please know I do read and appreciate them! :)

Favorite Books

I write book reviews, so most of what I read is assigned to me by editors, but when I get to choose I've been gravitating to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy lately.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman

other favorite authors:

  • Bill Bryson
  • Cassandra Claire
  • Alice Walker
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies and TV

I love old black and white movies. Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night are probably my all time favorite movies. I'm also a sucker for Brat Pack-type teen movies like Breakfast Club, Say Anything, and Some Kind of Wonderful. My favorite Disney movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Brave. I like all kinds of movies, though.

I don't watch nearly as much TV as I used to. Some shows I really like are The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, Erased (Japanese) and MST3K. I've been watching a lot of anime lately, and I have an inconvenient addiction to Korean Dramas (inconvenient because I can't multitask while they're on because I have to read the subtitles). Those are saved as rewards for getting lots of work done. :) Some of my favorite K-dramas are Goblin, My Love from Another Star, Cinderella and the Four Knights, and of course Boys Over Flowers.

Favorite Crafts

I mostly do papercrafts and mixed media art now, though I have dabbled in many types of crafts over the years. I used to make and sell jewelry until my tremors got to the point that it took too long to do things. I still make custom pieces for people, which was my favorite thing to do anyway. I love creating something specifically for the recipient. :)

I am a true Gemini, so I like many different artistic styles depending on my mood: vintage, Steampunk, shabby chic, clean and simple. I adore Graphic 45. Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Finnabair, and Frank Garcia are fav designers. Prima flowers and colorful paints and ink make me happy.

Likes and Dislikes


I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's artistic styles, and I'm grateful for all the happy mail people share with me.

Here are a few things that make my heart flutter:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • school/office supplies
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, owls, cats, and hedgehogs)
  • dark and supernatural (think Edgar Allen Poe, dancing skeletons, ghosts -- especially if it has a hint of morbid humor to it)
  • kawaii (I know this is kind of the opposite of dark and supernatural -- see, I told you I was a Gemini! lol). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more


  • Please don't send me anything x-rated or full of profanity. I'm not a prude by any means, but my kids like to get the mail from the box and hang out while I open it.
  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive or hateful.
  • I love stickers, but would prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or stickers with baby/little kids' themes or characters (like dinosaurs, dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).


I fell in love with kawaii 20 years ago while working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A couple years ago I discovered online kawaii shops and become a collector (hoarder) of Japanese (and some Korean) kawaii. I swap memos, lettersets, letter pad sheets, sticker flakes and sheets, envelopes, deco and washi samples, and more.

I especially like pandas, red pandas, cats, manga girls and boys, and kawaii with weird backstories. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). I pretty much love it all, though, and love discovering new (to me) characters from my swap partners.

Current Kawaii Wish List:

  • older Tarepanda
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog

tarepanda kutusita sumikkogurashi


I tend to like non-touristy more than touristy, but really I am happy to receive anything. Sometimes I get a touristy postcard I love. You never know. If a swap allows for handmade postcards, I like those, too, especially if they show the sender's art and style. I'm equally happy with naked PCs or ones in envelopes. Some themes I'm particularly interested in collecting are "Greetings From (State or City name)," black and white, old Hollywood, book and movie related, and art.

If it's a naked PC swap and you're wondering what to write to me, here are some ideas:

  • What does your Swap-Bot ID mean?
  • What is your favorite food to cook at home? What's your favorite food to eat out?
  • Do you come from a big family or a small family? Do you like the size of your family, or do you wish it were smaller/larger?
  • What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
  • What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
  • If someone offered you plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Wish List

I'll add and subtract from this over time. If you happen to have one of these items laying around and want to toss it into a swap, I promise it will be going to a home where it will be appreciated and loved. :)

  • My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia, so I'm always looking for items that feature African American kids or Ethiopian/African images to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals and any used stamps from other countries
  • anything from Cavallini
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

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*** profile updated 4-19-19


Comment: Thank you so much
Dinkyde rated for Postcard Purge USA # 2 on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: Nice to meet a fellow Bloggess fan
kakipi rated for Postcard Purge USA # 2 on Aug 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and the kawaii sticker! It's absolutely adorable. Hopefully if I get you again, I'll be able to get you a card you didn't get yet! Congrats on 3 years with Swap-bot!!
BeHappyToday rated for Postcard Purge USA # 2 on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice note & the coloring card. ๐Ÿ™‚
Ukucaitie rated for Postcard Purge USA # 2 on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Hello! I love the beautiful card and also the nice note! I love the lake too! Just is home for me. Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the Alice postcard, love the black and white illustration.
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcards! I like them very much! Yes, I love Alice, too! You did a very good job in choosing them! Thanks again!
Comment: Love love love these clips!!! Thank you!!! รœ
Comment: >0< these are super cute! ^^ thanks!!! :D
asddsa28 rated for KSU: Those leftover envelopes!! on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: thank you soo much!!! i dont have a lot of the memos and stickers!!
Comment: That envelope is going right into the magic cookbook, baby! I awwwwwed a lot, looking through the goodies you sent. XOXO
Comment: This is beautiful!! I extra love the stickers. Thank you so muchโค๏ธ
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: I loved your mail art and thank you for all the goodies!
USAFwife rated for Commit, read, write, mail, MAY 2019 on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the great swap! I've actually been making a list of childhood books to re-read over the summer (or listen to for the first time) and hadn't thought of this one, so I think I'll put it on my list! DId you read Bud, Not Buddy as well? My son read both for a school assignment a few years ago, so I reviewed the books then. :) Thanks for sharing! And I LOVED the Garfield envelope! :)
Comment: love it thank you
eurocat rated for KSU: Pick 5- Kawaii Style! on May 31, 2019
Comment: ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•Thank you so much for everything! I love them all. Everything is so cute. Thank you for the extra too. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘
Fairydollmilk rated for KSU: 5 letter sets on May 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much! Love them all :3
Comment: thank you for the lovely colourful washi!

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craftyone on Jul 1, 2019:

Thanks for the June AWG wishes. I love the papers and letter set!

goinjenny on Jun 28, 2019:

Thank you for the PCs and memos in AWG June!!

tcornell on Jun 24, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Kawaii memo papers, the decorative napkins and the embossing powder sample that you sent me for June AWG- I truly love everything and can't wait to try the embossing powder! ~Tracy

stiffneck78 on Jun 21, 2019:

CurlyTea on Jun 11, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

sebastian122 on Jun 9, 2019:

Happy Day!

stiffneck78 on May 2, 2019:

Thanks for your support!

phillaine on Mar 27, 2019:

Thank you for the lovely and generous packet of surprises you sent me for my March wishlist! (AWG group) It was very kind of you to put so much thought and care into this for me, and everything you sent me is sparking inspiration for different projects. โ™ฅ An absolute delight!

Aladyjackson on Feb 26, 2019:

Thank you so much for these gorgeous address labels!!! I just sat down to get to the decos that you sent me and I never expected you to send anything more than decos! I love them, thank you!!

MamaMangrove on Dec 21, 2018:

The PH tag Disney cards arrived & I'm delighted. So charming. Thank you very much. Good Solstice!

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