Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 9:35 am


Date Joined: October 9, 2016
Last Online: November 18, 2017

Country: United States

About Me

I'm Gigi. I love sending and receiving letters and packages. Decorating envelopes and writing long letters has been my favorite hobby since I was a teenager. Coming home to find something special in my mailbox always makes me so excited! (this frequently results in skipping and jumping back from the mailbox, although I refrain when it's icy out).

I live in a small town in central Oregon. My town is full of Cowboys and amazing thrift stores. I'm always finding vintage treasures, like postcards, ephemera and old magazines I can use for collage projects and mail art.

I'm a huge fan of handmade treasures both old and new. I would describe my style as art deco meets mid century modern meets kitsch. (I'm all over the place). I drink a lot of tea (all kinds), collect abandoned homemade stuffed animals for my tiny stuffed animal museum (currently housed in a bookcase in my living room).

I love to cook and bake, and I often make bread because it makes my house smell great! I love to ride my bike, and drink dark beer and eat pizza. I feel most at home in nature, and I spend as much time in the woods as possible (regardless of weather, you can usually find me outside).

I write letters and send mail to help keep me inspired! Plus, a walk to the mailbox is much more rewarding when there is something better than bills inside the box!

Favorite Crafts

I like to make things from yarn and fabric and paper. Recently, I've been crocheting a lot of tea cozies, because an adorable teapot is a wonderful thing! I've also been making animal masks.

I make a lot of collage art, usually very small pieces (inside of old matchboxes), but sometimes I make larger pieces for show flyers or other events. I typically use old magazines and damaged cancelled stamps for these projects.

I also like to sew. I used to make stuffed animals, but recently I've taken up quilting. I sometimes make costume accessories because you never know when you will need to dress up like a lion. Plus, you can never have too many costumes!

I draw and make small zines in my free time. I'm learning to be better with watercolors. I've been making some potato stamps. I'm happiest when I'm making something, so I'm constantly trying to create new things.

Favorite Movies

I don't watch much television, but I love movies. My partner and I have been watching all the films that won the Oscar for Best Picture. We've made it to the 1960s and most of the films so far have been excellent.

It's difficult for me to pick a favorite movie, but I love films by Michel Gondry and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. I think they appeal to my love of whimsy.

Favorite Books

I read a lot, but I'm always bringing home new books, so I'm never without reading material.

The Tin Drum is my all time favorite book. Mary Poppins also holds a spot on the list. Recently, I've read and loved The Book Thief, The Night Circus, and Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore. I highly recommend all three.

Swap Preferences

  • I love bright, colorful things.
  • I don't have any allergies and I'm always excited to try new things.
  • I write lots of letters so stationary or notecards with envelopes are appreciated. I can always use single, plain, lost envelopes of any size.
  • I freak out over anything vintage, especially things from the 50s and earlier. I especially love vintage postcards.
  • colorful or patterned socks (sock size 9-11). but please no toe socks. . .my toes never feel right when separated.
  • odd bits and scraps of fabric.
  • Licorice anything! (I'm a huge fan, even salty varieties. I will not force my licorice love on you!)
  • I collect postage stamps, so those are always nice to receive. I prefer older, bi-colored stamps, space stamps and architecture stamps, but stamps are so lovely that I'm happy with anything. (I also use damaged, cancelled postage stamps in my collage projects).
  • any kind of tea, especially medicinal teas. loose tea is fine by me! Lady Grey is my absolute favorite, but I love trying any new varieties.
  • owls, foxes, birds, beetles and whales
  • old matchboxes
  • personified inanimate objects (lamps with faces, for example)
  • kawaii letter sets and memo sheets (especially awawa chan, harinezutan, sabokappa, and almost any mindwave characters).

Dislikes: I'm very easy to please. If you take time putting together your swap, I'm sure to love it. The only things I dislike are bible quotes and crosses/Christian things. These items would find a better home with someone else.

Postal Notes

I'm lucky enough to be friends with a few current and former mail carriers. That is one rough job! Because I value receiving mail so much, I try not to cause postal issues for my mail carrier. For example, she has to pay out of pocket to bring me mail with postage due. That seems like a hardship for her, so I'm always ready with tons of exact change to pay her back.

If mail I send you ever falls short on postage, please let me know. I will send you a special package to make it right!

Also, there are a lot of good stamps out there right now! Stamps on a package or envelope always makes me extra happy, especially foreign stamps. When I travel, I typically return home with postage stamps as souvenirs. They travel well (obviously!) and tell fantastic stories! Mail is simply the best!


Comment: thanks for the fun assortment of stuff and nice note! :)
Bridgette rated for Craft Destash 11/11 on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the goodies! There was a very wide assortment in there! I will be thinking of you and your mom, I hope she continues to heal! ๐Ÿ’™
Comment: Fantastic random items. It is wonderful that you have found a way to communicate with your deaf neighbor. I have had surgery on both ears now so I have cochlear implants that helps so much. I used to watch the original Wonder Woman on TV with Lynda Carter. Loved the new movie as well.
Babsmomof5 rated for Hosting my 100th Swap!! on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: What a lovely story, thank you for sharing! I think a 100th birthday party sounds like a wonderful idea that he would have truly appreciated...I bet he will smile down and be felt by all if you guys do it! Thank you also for the fun extras you sent!
uhohbabyos rated for Color Me Whimsy--Green on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Super cute package thanks so much. Loved the little animal green washi.
animal87x rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Wow thank you! I really love that paper Halloween treat bag and oddly enough my favorite was those yellow dot tags! XD cute eli on the envie too
patricia8288 rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 18, 2017
Comment: thank you
tates6 rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you. happy swapping
CariahCreates rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun assortment
Robinarie rated for Happy Mail fun on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Very nice fun mail!
Fenix825 rated for WIYM: Halloween Countdown #21 on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I'm opening these in order this month so I'm hanging on to yours til the 21st!
Comment: love the package thank you so much :) and also for the card with good wishes. happy holidays..
shellybuckmeier rated for Happy Little Notecards #42 on Sep 8, 2017
Comment: Hammocks are cozy places!
Comment: Ty for the envie and goodies. I too loved this swap felt good to slap those stickers on LOL ๐Ÿ˜…
Katarariana rated for Happy Notecard December #3 on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: I'm so sorry I normally don't forget to rate but I just realized this swap was unrated. Thank you for my happy mail. Hope your 2017 has been going well.
christy102194 rated for Happy Little Notecards #42 on Aug 26, 2017
Comment: Hammocks are just the best! - so comfy, great for de-stressing and taking naps :) sounds like you have a nice garden!
BusyB rated for WIYM: Solar Eclipse Swap on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Gigi, Hello neighbor. :) I feel so lucky to have you as my partner! Yes, I did see an aerial view of the masses of cars on their way to the festival at Big Summit Prairie. Crazy!! I thoroughly enjoyed your long letter. The eclipse was awesome for us ...see my profile. Thank you for sharing your experience with me and the Smokey Bear and other ephemera from where you work, awesome sauce!! lol This will go into one of my junk journals along with the letter I wrote to myself for future me to open next year. lol Hope you have a great day!!
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful kawaii goodies~ Happy Swapping!
Comment: Hello! Finally I got your 3rd mail with pink giraffe on the front ;) Unfortunately the letter came in a torn state, even from the post of Indonesia gave the stamp "torn / damaged" and had to cover it with additional plastic. I'm sorry for giving you 3 ratings because beside this already 5 months late, I don't think the envelope is 'enough decorated' to meet the swap requirement. Even I know this is your 3rd tried for me, so I'm still want to say Thank you so much for trying. :)
Response: your rating really bums me out. i'm sorry that a hand silkscreened envelope doesn't meet your standards...and i really can't do anything about torn or lost mail...i clearly put in a lot of effort with this swap, and i'm sad to see that isn't appreciated. i hope your future swaps make you happy!
ritchgirl rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #16 on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: This envie was so much fun to go through, thank you for the great assortment of goodies!!

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BusyB on Aug 30, 2017:

Thank you so much! You rock! What a nice happy mail surprise for post eclipse. I love your city's postmark. I sent some mail before the eclipse to be special post marked to friends and family. I had to send to Salem because Portland didn't have any! lol

jaimierandolph on Jan 20, 2017:

Profile Check for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 Welcome to the swap! Happy swapping, jaimierandolph

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ladydy5 on Dec 3, 2016:

Welcome to our group, enjoy! Thriftstore Find

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