Swap-bot Time: April 18, 2019 8:10 am


Date Joined: November 7, 2018
Last Online: April 18, 2019
Birthday: May 4
Country: United States
My Pinterest! (to see my style)

About Me

Hi there, my name is Sandara (san-DAIR-uh). I'm super easy-going and absolutely love putting together sweet packages for people. I'm married and a mom of two little girls. My girls are young and their names are Hazel and Tessi. Please feel free to address mail to one of them instead of just me!

I'm a lifetime lover of art and graphic design, so I will love anything artistic or handmade that you send me! Anything with nature, poetry, drawings, illustration, art, or just generally creative mail I will enjoy thoroughly. 💕 (Especially anything sparkly or holographic!)

I also love bullet journaling and use the system for all kinds of things. I love receiving pretty papers, drawings, and stickers I can use to decorate them.

You can check out my Pinterest (linked above) to get a feel for my style :)

one of my favorite illustrations

Things I Love...

  • Color: robin's egg blue/aqua/turquoise!!
  • Anything glittery, sparkly, or holographic!!!
  • Other colors: dusty pink/champagne pink, pastel purples, mint green, light grey
  • Flowers! Especially cosmos, anemones and peonys
  • The woodlands, mountains, rivers, nature in general
  • Graphic design, especially typography, water colors, and illustration
  • Art! I love drawings, illustration, paintings, or sketches
  • Polar Bears
  • Chocolate!! (The darker the better!) :)
  • Music: A Fine Frenzy, The Lumineers, & Mutemath
  • Movies: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Nacho Libre, The Little Prince

My Favorite Items

  • ZINES!!!
  • Washi tape!!!
  • Anything handmade, especially art/drawings! :)
  • Pressed flowers, leaves, etc.
  • Journals or notebooks, big or tiny! (especially unlined and that lay flat)
  • Really any sort of art supplies (literally - I do everything - from quilling to leatherworking to jewelry-making!)
  • Hot chocolate packets! I love to try new brands! The darker/richer the better. :)
  • Stationery, envelopes, handmade postcards
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Postage stamps (new or used)
  • Recipes from countries outside the U.S.
  • Comic strip that makes you laugh :)
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Rubber stamps (or the flat, acrylic ones)
  • Paper garland/banner
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Origami (you can flatten it)
  • Beads
  • Twine
  • Unique or pretty fabric strips/ribbons/yarn that I can decorate my dreadlocks with
  • Pretty much any kind of craft supplies or stationery... pretty paper clips, note cards, paper pads, die cuts... :)


  • Caramel (just don't like the flavor. Weird, right?)
  • Licorice (same)
  • Anything scary, gothic, witchcraft, skulls, etc.
  • Characters, like Disney, movie or tv characters, HelloKitty, etc.
  • Anything spiritual-themed that is not Jesus-focused
  • Halloween themed (pumpkins yes, jack-o-lanterns no)
  • Santa Clause (I love Christmas! Just don't love Santa.)
  • Temporary tattoos

My kids are young, so keeping my mail happy and innocent is important to me. Thanks for understanding!

I don't collect...

It's not technically a "dislike", but I don't collect postcards, and I really only like receiving and sending homemade ones. Also, I appreciate the art and time put into making ATC's, but I don't collect them, either. Any you send me will inevitably be passed on.

My Girls

My little girls are super girly and love anything full of rainbows, butterflies, and sunshine. ;) I usually open my mail with them and they get so excited when there is a surprise for them to enjoy.

Some things that make them squeal with delight are:

  • Stickers (the smaller/more on a sheet the better because they use them up so quickly! But they love all kinds!)
  • Anything sparkly
  • The colors pink, purple, and blue
  • Ballet-themed anything (or dance in general)
  • Washi tape samples
  • Bookmarks

Also, educational items are great too! They are preschool & kindergarten age. We love reading kids' nature magazines, bookmarks with interesting facts on them, and practicing our ABC's. ;)


9O96O rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: I'm always blown away by the zines that come in via this monthly group. I love the black & white look, the textured backgrounds, the handwritten font and the sweet line drawing cover illustration. Great zine, Thank you for joining April's zine e-swap iowa05 and sharing your talent for zine creation.
wolfeagle rated for Feather Mail Art on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Love that you tried to print feathers. And love the way you hand addressed the envelope.
moonillusion rated for Lots of Glitter GIVEAWAY on Apr 14, 2019
sojourner rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Home is always a good topic and I love the sentiments.
aoliver rated for PRIVATE: 200 Questions on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you! <3
Writercat rated for Mail Art Penpal Swap #2 - Int'l on Apr 6, 2019
Comment: Hi Sandara! What a lovely letter you sent so beautifully hand decorated, both inside and out. You're so talented! Love it. So fun to read about you and your life in Springfield. All the best to you! Cathy
Response: Aww, thanks! I had a lot of fun putting it together. Glad you liked it! 😁
Comment: Sandara, this bracelet is Beautiful! I can never get my stitches so tight! the colors are JUST my style and the pattern you chose is great! It's so well made, it looks manufacturer-good! the envelope and packaging were so great and matched the bracelet, too! thanks for remembering I love rainbow motif! and the calligraphy on the envelope.. that's so great, dude! Thanks for being my first private swap and making it so memorable and positive!
Response: I'm so, so glad you liked it! I had so much fun making that envelope! (And the bracelet.) 😂 Thanks for swapping with me!
breezyp rated for The Squiggle Game Round 1 on Apr 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much! I love the envelope paper! And you have beautiful handwriting. Will get it sent back asap! P.s. I was born in Iowa. :-)
Response: Nice! I've never been to Iowa - it was just a super random nickname once that stuck as a username. :P So glad you liked the swap. 😁 Can't wait to see what you do with it!
Comment: Love the postcard and all its creativity in shades of blue! Thank you for such a cool piece for my collection! Hugs, Mona
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I think this was my favorite postcard I've made yet! 😁
Kraftylady777 rated for Do what you want 3 on Mar 28, 2019
RooBaRoo rated for AMA - Nostalgia Mail Art - Music on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: Wow! Thank you for sharing a part of yourself with me. I know where you've been. I was college classmates with my husband. & when we packed up & went home after college final year ended, the day we took different trains, I had thought I'd never see him again. Your artwork is beautiful. I LOVE it. It was just a little battered when it reached here. I like the imagery of sea, seed, tree you have created, but I love the overall tone of the art ... it's brown but not the dead brown of lost leaves, it's the tranquil brown of the earth.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It's the biggest postcard I've ever made/sent - sorry it got a little battered! I love that song, and it always takes me back to that December. I'm happy you related to my story, and even more happy you and your husband found each other! 💕
CANNEKCUL rated for Star Wars Themed - USA on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for my awesome items.
Response: Yay! So glad it made it to you! Cheers! 💕 :) I had so much fun picking out the items for this swap!
lemooon rated for Illustration inside an outline on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for beautiful artwork! I really like it, and also like botanical stickers. I appreciate your kindness. Have a great day!
Response: So glad you liked it! :) Cheers! 💕
mediatinker rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: Ah, simple happiness. :-)
rainydayangie rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: What beautiful colors on your zine!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely quote and image- may your day be filled with beauty!
sojourner rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Rains earthy aroma!... we have just had a little rain after a drought, It smells so good! Thank you
Response: Yessss! I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, so I am well-accustomed to that smell. 💕
PeliKat rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Sandara, I received your zine in my email today and want to thank you for such a great zine to add to my collection! I loved the layout and the way you used borders and different fonts for the pages. Very cool!! I can tell you put a lot of creative energy into it! Best wishes and happy swapping!!!
Response: Thanks so much! It was a joy to make and it's so good for me to practice my artsy-fartsy skills. ;D
Purplmyst rated for Friendship Bracelet - USA on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Love the bracelet, thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it! :) I had so much fun making it.
samjowers rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great zine!!.

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CaseyErin on Apr 15, 2019:

You did a fantastic job with the squiggles! I loved that you turned them all in to animals. Today was a fun mail day. Thank you!

breezyp on Apr 14, 2019:

Yay!!! I'm so glad you got it back! It was fun💜🚀

CaseyErin on Apr 8, 2019:

Thank you, Sandara! I am excited to see what you made of those squiggles. Thanks for playing. :D Have a great week.

blanketfort on Apr 6, 2019:

😃 It's already on its way to you 🌼

blanketfort on Apr 3, 2019:

Your letter arrived 💛 it warms my heart and fills me with creativity! I can't wait to reply to it 😍

Daycie on Apr 1, 2019:

I really love flowers, I hope you like these ones as well. :)

Plant A Flower Day

MCGalaxy on Mar 30, 2019:

March, Learn About Butterflies Day Swap

  1. Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  1. Butterflies are self propelled flowers.

R.H. Heinlein

  1. Butterflies are God's confetti, thrown upon the Earth in celebration of His love

K. D'Angelo

  1. The butterflies...What an educated sense of beauty they have. They seem only an ornament to society, and yet, if they were gone, how substantial would be their loss

Phil Robinson

PineappleTarts on Mar 29, 2019:

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” -Helen Keller

March, Plant A Flower Day Profile Swap

aoliver on Mar 26, 2019:

Thank you for the beautiful butterfly! Here's some happy spring art for your page. :) So thankful for you and your awesome heart!

"The earth laughs in flowers." -Emerson

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yvonne401 on Mar 23, 2019:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here! Happy Spring!



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