Swap-bot Time: November 27, 2020 12:35 pm


Date Joined: April 17, 2019
Last Online: November 27, 2020
Birthday: March 17, 1978
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated as of: 11/26/2020

Today is a day of thanksgiving and remembrance. So, nearing the years end, I am reflecting upon my life. For multiple reasons the year 2020 has been incredibly challenging for us all. For me, it began New Years day with the passing of my “grand-MOM Cook” who was the one person in my life I could count on. Although she’s my mother’s mother, she did more raising of me and my siblings than both my biological parents combined. Seriously, the woman even took a part-time job as the domestic assistant in my first long-term foster home, just to remain active in our lives after we became wards of the state! Her love and faith were a strong fortress that comforted us and I can count several times she’s literally saved my life. I miss her daily. Today I feel like she would want me to say thank you. Thank you to those whose lives have been sacrificed or inconvenienced, so that I could live. Particularly the indigenous peoples, military, emergency responders, and service personnel. I am also grateful to be participating here on swap-bot because it has been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

This is MY mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.

Partner/Coordinator communication will take place should this status change for any reason.


Missing Mail? Please direct message me BEFORE rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging & will gladly resend when necessary.

Postage DUE? I have learned of this happening 3 times since joining SB. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and will always reimburse with brand-new USPS postage stamps.

Please scroll to “DNS’s” if here for a quick review of Dislikes🛑 Thank you!


My name is Harmony Joy Cook🎶🎵 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. However, others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or "Cookie" - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣

Yes, my name is musically-inspired because both of my biological parents are hippies! I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and NORTHERN California foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force.

Together, we have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally get more excited about 💙 Mother’s Day than my own birthday!🎁 The title also includes ALL my animals (past & present)! 😉

I've had companions that were cats, ducks, fish, horses, kangaroo mice, tortoises, one squirrel, and several dog breeds ranging from Australian Cattle, Pugster, and Sheltie to Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky. I've only ever pet-sat for people that own “designer” or "lap" dogs like the Yorkie, Dachshund, and Chihuahua.

🐾 At the moment, our fur-family consists of 1 feline & 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Rhodesian Ridgeback & Basenji mix) and Ella (a Black Labrador & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾 & a tortoise-shell "grand-kitten" named Piper

Perhaps you can surmise that I've always really enjoyed my animals! I especially love horses & big dogs! I feel connected to them somehow...and they always seem to make me smile!

Whether feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my OHANA really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA). Besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many HOBBIES:

  • (indoor) Art-Journaling, Ballroom Dancing, Card-Making, Coloring, Crocheting, DIY, Face-Painting, Genealogy, Painting, Paper-Making, Pottery, Pressed Flower Craft (oshibana), Reading, Sewing, Smash/Scrap-booking, Watching Movies, and Weaving.

(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)

  • (outdoor) Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hula Dancing, Kayaking, Rollerblading, Scouting (Boy/Girl), Shooting, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, and Shopping.

I've earned my GSUSA Gold Award! Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing. Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered volunteer adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank, while I am actively working my “Woodbadge ticket”. My Patrol is Da “Bears”🐻 which is another reason (beside being a Mama Bear) that I like the animal!

  • My current collections include: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC's and all sizes & shapes of the 7-of-❤️’s playing card, Deltiology (postcards), Numismatics (currency), Philately (postal stamps), and Vintage Scouting Ephemera,

  • I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl records! I love to listen to MUSIC and even in "silence", there’s often a tune in my head! 🤭

  • I am most comfortable at the OCEAN where I can lose all sense of time hunting for SEA GLASS, smooth rocks, and tiny shells to use in my crafts! I also enjoy fishing, but this ol' gal ain't cut out for boats! I've got a fair pair of fins, but no "sea legs!" 🤢
  • I also enjoy spending quality time at libraries, museums, art galleries, or ceramic studios. This is because I REALLY enjoy learning, folk art & handicrafts. Prior to my military enlistment, I was a K-12 teacher, so I think experiential arts-n-crafts should always be a part of life for learning!
  • In my youth, I also enjoyed traveling the Americas alone and spent time living in Chile as a foreign exchange student! Now, I prefer to travel in good company, whenever possible. However, my current travels have been vicariously via postcards!

I 💜 snail 🐌 mail! 💌

  • When handwriting, PLEASE PRINT as I have difficulty reading some cursive penmanship.

NEATLY written or typed things are always welcome!

Some A to Z’s of Me!

A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs

(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage-inspired, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Oceania & Sea Turtles!)

B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (esp Giant Panda 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt), Bald 🦅 Eagles & BALANCE (My focus word for 2020)

C: Chick-O-Stick Coconut Candy, Celtic Heritage, Clogging, Cinnamon Teas, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse & Cookie Monster

D: Daffodils, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) Dr. Seuss & Decoupage Tissue/Napkins

E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore & Emerald Green💚

F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ Fantastic Beasts & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)

G: Groot, Guitar Picks, Golden State Warriors, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉

H: Hi-Chew Fruity Candies, 🐾Huskies 🐾, 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hibiscus & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/FLOWER belly badge)

I: Ireland, Icebergs & Incredible Hulk

J: Jordan Almonds, Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, Jade Green 💚, 🏀 Jordan#23 & ⚾️Jeter#2

K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit & Koru Loops (like this one)

L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, LEGO’s & Levi’s👖

M: Misty Mint Drop Candies(aka Mini Meltaway Mints by Hickory Farms), Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁

N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles & Notes w/my Name on 'em 😉

O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters & Optimus Prime

P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Punky Brewster, Princess Bride, Penguins & 💜Purple Pansies

Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)

R: Roasted Peanuts, 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Rocking Horses, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees

S: Simply Cheetos Puffs White Cheddar Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Smokey the Bear, Sheet Music🎼 & Sea Turtles

T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tartan & Tribal Tattoos

U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) & Uniformed Personnel

V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie & Vintageitis!


W: Wolves, Wicket the Ewok & Wyland Art (below)

X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️

Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda & The Child

Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle

Thank YOU for thinking of me!

Postcard Faves!

  • Pin-Up Ladies (my FAVES are tasteful photography of risqué brunettes. Bunny Yeager photography especially!)
  • Post Office Buildings
  • Mailboxes 📮📭
  • Giant TREES 🌲
  • Large-Letter
  • License Plate, Graffiti/Street Art
  • WonderGround Gallery (DisneyArt)
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Studio Ghibli: Ponyo & My Neighbor Totoro
  • B&W Photography! Especially of:

    • People Dancing📻💃
    • Close-ups of Hands, Feet or Paws
    • Vintage Boots, Hats & Instruments📯🎻
    • Abandoned Cars, Trucks & Trains
    • Old Books, Globes & Typewriters
    • Saturday Evening POST, LIFE or TIME
    • Pacific Island & Polynesian Culture
  • Handmade postcards are always VERY welcome too. I heart ART! So, please feel free to share your collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” (Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press) postcards. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "NO"), please share it with me, and let me know why! I promise that I’ll NEVER RATE DOWN for thoughtful intentions!

🍪SPECIAL REQUEST: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard! Cookie is my nickname!

  • I also ask that my postcards please be sent ✏WRITTEN🖊 on, but in an✉ ENVELOPE🌎 (if the swap allows a choice). The envelope (or clear sleeve) simply protects the image on the postcard from being smudged or torn by the USPS machinery (and they seem to be arriving damaged more recently).

👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝


  • Some swappers enjoy having a list of ideas, while others feel creatively squelched by too many ideas. For this reason, I have tried to create “harmony” in my profile by briefly listing SOME of the things I like. This is not an extensive listing 😉
  • EDIBLES: I am dye & gluten-sensitive and must eat soy-free. This includes Red Dye #40 & the emulsifier “soy lecithin” frequently found in snack foods and chocolates. If a swap calls for edible treats, I do understand that product ingredients are frequently changing, and you may not be able to find suitable items. That's no big deal, I have friends/family who may enjoy it, even if I'm unable to for some reason. For specifics though, I have listed some of my favorite treats in my A-Z list above.

  • I’ve been asked to identify my strong DISLIKES, as this is sometimes easier for swap partners to work with.

🛑I like things with neither:

🚫 Claymation nor Stop-motion Characters

🚫 Sock-puppets nor Dolls

🚫 Zombies nor Aliens

🚫 Snakes nor Scorpions

🚫 Cosmetics nor Perfume/Scents

  • DISCLOSURE: I am a trauma survivor with diagnosed PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression. I struggle with trusting people, executive functions, and memory impairments. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been a way to not only re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner, but also challenge myself to “be flexible” within healthy boundaries. I am also a board-certified recovery peer support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based programs. I have received training as a W.R.A.P facilitator and advocate for mental health awareness, but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another. Please respect me by practicing the same. Do not send me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask.

  • GREETING CARD SWAPS: I am NOT offended by the greetings "Happy Easter" and “Merry Christmas” although I respect other spiritual observances. It's okay to write them in my cards rather than the generic "happy holidays" or "season's greetings" (if you like).

  • Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful effort with 💖-felt gratitude!


Swap Etiquette

I am 3 hours ahead of Swap-bot time!

  • As a swap coordinator, PLEASE NOTE that I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a night-owl and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)

  • If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will DELETE it to perhaps repost at a different time.

  • I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to ANGEL. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.

    • I follow-up on swaps if it's been THIRTY (30) USPS business days from the date I logged my swap as sent, (and at least two weeks from the deadline date) but no rating has been posted, I will contact my partner about a resend because I know USPS loses things sometimes!
    • I rate incoming swaps within 48 hours of their receipt. It’s my practice to only ARCHIVE them once received/rated!
    • I appreciate feedback when rating and do try to make the time to respond to rater's COMMENTS accordingly. Even “silent” ratings I’ve received will often receive a simple “thank you” to show my gratitude for remembering to rate!
      • I do not visit the public FORUMS on purpose. My first visit there felt terribly negative and since it's not a membership requirement, I have made a healthy choice to avoid the unnecessary distress. I simply swap on Swap-bot because I enjoy sharing happy mail!
      • I am sometimes a forgetful human who makes mistakes, so these references are here to refresh my memory of what I’ve AGREED to by participating in Swap-bot:

[Terms of Use] (www.swap-bot.com/terms.php)

[DOs and DON'Ts] (www.swap-bot.com/about.php)

[FAQs] (www.swap-bot.com/faq.php#general-whonot)


ericabella rated for SF~Simply Send Something! (US) on Nov 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet goodies!
turnsoleluna rated for ATCET: Sharpie on Foil on Nov 26, 2020
Comment: Great card! I learned a lot on this technique also.
willowh rated for PA: Clear PCs for Halloween (USA) on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: So fun! The clear pc made it safely and it’s soooo great! I’ll add it to my art binder :)
Murras01 rated for SSM: QSCP #14 on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Hi! Thanks so much for the great card & quote. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
gerberdaisy rated for GDF: Disney Stationery Swap on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much my friend! The Wonderground PC is amazeballs. That is totally going to be hung in my office at home! As always, you are a delight and am honored to have your swaps any time!!
Comment: Thank you for the fun little ATC, I love the gnome!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty fold over. I like that artist. I enjoyed reading about cozy rainy days! I like them now and again! Your trip to Chile sounded interesting.
Comment: I was happy to open the envelope and find it was from you! Thanks for the nice stickers, die cuts and the notecard and thanks for hosting this fun swap!
Comment: Lovely as always—thank you! Adorable envelope and the mushroom sheet is one of my favorites. ❤️
Zander rated for YTPC: Embossing Folder Collage Card on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: Thank You so much for the embossed card, Take Care
Comment: Oh my goodness -- what a wonderful swap! LOVE the bag -- never have enough of those. Never ever. And this one is a great size and very pretty. And super fun travel themed PCs -- I think I'll send them to my daughter at college next semester to get her thinking about summer plans. Thank you so much for a super groovy swap!
myancey rated for SF~Simply Send Something! (US) on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Harmony thank you!!!!! First off where ever did u find these envies and secondly squeee I love love love the postcards. Thanks.
Response: 😆 I’m sooo glad you like the postcards & the envie I ordered from Zazzle!
stkirsch rated for SF- No Rules PC #5- USA on Nov 16, 2020
Response: Thank you for rating!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and quote.
Response: I’m so glad that you enjoyed the Everglades PC (they’re newbies I just ordered, so I was excited to share). Thank you especially for rating with ❤️
georgiafae rated for I&B: Twelve Days of Holidays 4-6 on Nov 16, 2020
Comment: OH! JOY! What a wonderful package I received from you today. I didn't know board books existed that were blank-how much easier that will make it to make those baby books! And Love the napkins-ones I hadn't had before! I'm waiting until Christmas to open the gifts since it's just my hubbie and I and I'm still a child at heart and like opening gifts-I'm sure I'll love what you sent. So great tp swap with you! Blessings and take care! Stay safe!
Response: YAY!! So happy to have had this swap-opp’ to share with you again, my friend! Have a very, very Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 ❤️😉
Comment: What a wonderful start into the new week. Thank you so much for the cool envelope filled with great postcards! Your favorite shoes make me smile, and what an honor to have birthday when the whole nation celebrate Dr Seuss! Simply stunning. And now have a nice evening.
Response: I’m very pleased to have shared a little “smiley” mail with you, Joana! Thank you for sharing your ❤️ and rating promptly!
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous card that you sent to me. I really appreciate it. :)
Response: Thank YOU for rating with ❤️ and may your Christmas be merrier than ever this year! 🎄
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful multi view postcard. I love beaches. Have a happy holiday.
Response: So glad that it made it to you! Thank you for rating with a ❤️ too!! Merry Christmas 🎄
Vickyen rated for WIYM: Gelli Plate PC #3 - USA only on Nov 14, 2020
Comment: Hi Harmony! I love your pc - it has so much going on! Also do you mind if I ask where you got the mail washi? Very cool to have so much mail stuff on it - my hubby is a mail carrier and will really appreciate how awesome it looks! Thank you for joining the swap as well! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: This is wonderful to hear, thank you rating with ❤️ as well!! That top washi tape (teal background) came from ArtfulGeetCreations and the one underneath that is from SnailMailPlatform. Both are Etsy vendors! Geet can be slow to ship sometimes (even though she’s in the US), but the Snail’ is in Ireland and has speedy delivery!
Comment: Thank you for the card and information on Frieda! :-) I hope you're doing well and staying safe!
Response: You’re welcome & thanks so much for rating with ❤️!

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isandie on Nov 26, 2020:

Thank you for the sweet profile note! I don’t know how to post those lol! But I loved yours! ❤️❤️❤️

Autist on Nov 26, 2020:

supersquirrel on Nov 15, 2020:

Thank you for the jam homer in the bright yellow envelope...and thank you so much for the watercolor backs - yupee!

chimerix on Nov 7, 2020:

Thank you for the fairy ATC you included with the JAMS envelope. It will find a happy home in my collection. Aloha

MamaD on Nov 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the finished Halloween Jam! I knew I sent it to the right partner to finish! I love it!!

marinda on Sep 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for sending my postcard back to me! I am so happy to have it sent through the mail!

PeliKat on Aug 19, 2020:

Harmony, thanks so much for the funny postcard! I've been struggling with a lot of health issues lately and this really brightened my day. It feels good to know that you thought of me. 🤗 And where did you find the "save the postal service" stamp? I love that, as well as your snail mail address label! Thanks for reaching out to me;it is appreciated more than you can know!! Stay safe and healthy!! PeliKat

lynnpinkdaisy on Mar 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card! It's one of the most beautiful handmade ones I have ever received. You are so kind to have made that for me. I hope you have a wonderful week and stay healthy and safe!

gerberdaisy on Feb 12, 2020:

isandie on Jan 29, 2020:

thank you so much for the stickii pages!!! you're the BESTEST EVER!!! :) love

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