Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2019 10:49 am


Date Joined: September 9, 2018
Last Online: February 19, 2019
Birthday: December 8, 1972
Country: South Africa

About Me

I am a mother of two teenagers and just getting through things one day at a time. I yearn to be more creative and am trying out various styles/types/techniques of art and creativity to address this need. I've always wanted to travel but never really had the opportunity so I hope to be able to swap with people from all over the world and learn more about different countries/cultures.

I live in a little village next to the sea on the east coast of South Africa. We have lots of sun all year round but strangely I'm more of a rainy day girl - I love my coffee and blanket snuggles.

Besides the teens, I have two cats and a darling little doggy that I love dearly - so dearly they call me the "smother mother".

Favorite Music

I'm really quite an 80s chick in terms of music and love my 80s rock and pop. I've influenced my daughter's taste in music in this way so now I have an 18 year old who listens to Aerosmith!

Movies and Television

I've got to say The Notebook and The Lakehouse. I could watch those over and over. I'm also a huge fan of psychological twists so think Shutter Island, Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, oooo and The Others.

TV-wise I'm into Black Mirror. I really enjoy watching the Amazing Race. I wish like crazy that the Amazing Race would come to South Africa as I would definitely participate.

Favorite Books

My all-time favourite book, which has been my favourite for the past 18 years and has never had the title of "My Favourite Book" usurped, is Crosstitch by Diana Gabaldon, or the Outlander series as they are known now. Epic. Absolutely epic.

My second favourite book of all time is "When Hoopoe's Go to Heaven" by Gaile Parkin. I need to read it again. And I don't usually read books twice. But this one is a winner. The humour is too lovely and the drama bitter-sweet. It's captivating.

Besides that I tend to find myself looking for Stephen King and Dean Koontz on the shelf. This year I'd like to breakaway from that and get a bit more adventurous with my reading so I make notes of everyone's favourites on Swap-Bot and add them to my Library List.

Hobbies and interests

My hobbies and interests include reading, playing squash, painting, scrapbooking, ATCs, geocaching, crochet, genealogy and postcrossing.

Stuff I Love

  • Steampunk
  • Travel
  • Postcrossing
  • All kinds of stationery - notelets, writing paper - - it's sooo hard to get hold of writing paper and nice envelopes here
  • Stickers
  • Unused postcards - very difficult to get hold of here too.
  • Scrapbooking embellishments and ephemera
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Art
  • Trees and forests
  • Fabric swatches
  • Coffee
  • Rubber stamps
  • Rain
  • Frogs
  • Any little bits and bobs and tear-offs, ticket stubs, bits and pieces that can be used in scrapbooking and ATC making. Nothing is too small or too insignificant. I will use it all.

I do prefer cards in an envelope if possible, thanks, even if the swap says to send naked.

By The Way...

Unfortunately the postage system in South Africa is a little ...unstable. I do ask for a little bit of patience and understanding if it takes a while. I've actually had a postal clerk ask me if Russia was in the UK or the USA!!! Please contact me if you have any concerns before rating me down. I'm always happy to resend.

I believe there is a problem with the South African postal customs for incoming post. It may take a while for me to receive your stuff. I will never rate someone down because it took long for me to receive so please don't stress about that. I will continue to wait patiently and I will contact you if too much time has passed.


Phenyx rated for Share Some Poetry! #2 on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the poetry. I was really happy to see the little notes behind every poem. They added so much meaning to the entire mail. I also adored the flip card you made, it was really innovative. Much love.
StarRain rated for I Woof You on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: I loved reading your letter Kassy is adorable I just want to pet her. She reminds me of my Molly a little (She also was a shelter dog). She sounds like a great dog and the story about your cat going missing and finding her made me smile. God works in mysterious ways. I hope you have a great week Melinda! Thanks for your letter and the photos! <3
WoodlandBanshee rated for IPC: One Word Swap on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcards!
BookWorn rated for Me from A to Z on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: <3 it was so nice to get your letter! I agree X was a difficult one to find :) It was nice to meet you through post though
Neenarneenar rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your very long list, I wish the best of luck crossing some of those off this year. We have one book in common "The Notebook" I'm currently reading. It's a fast read and suitable for February since its a love story. I also just picked up "the Book Thief" It's not on my list for this year but one of these days.
Comment: Your swap arrived today. Thanks so much for the 2 x ten rand as well as all the extras and also for the private swap.
squince rated for Transportation Postcard Swap on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Great card!
Comment: Thanks for great cards that match my interests and for the extra!
MissAlissa rated for Transportation Postcard Swap on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Hello Melinda! I've tried knitting - I'm not very good at it. lol My mom crotchets and is very good at it - I should ask her to teach me. I agree, either one is better in the winter months. I LOVE the card - I wish I could do these kinds of drawings - its so pretty. Be well!
kssunlover1947 rated for ATC with a car on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC. And star stickers.
NRGordon rated for DIY Postcards on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice PC. I am familiar with the struggles of the rhino. Douglas Adams brought it to my attention years ago. We donate annually to helpingrinos.org and the WWF.
Response: Oh wow that's really so generous of you. I think I will start doing that too.
NRGordon rated for Transportation Postcard Swap on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC and note. I have my wish... -7C right now and plenty of snow on the ground for snowshoeing.
esmy77 rated for Botanical Illustration Postcard Swap on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Beautiful postcard!!! kiss kiss!!!
dawnakaulen rated for PH: 2-4-6-8 (3rd Edition) on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Very creative choices, thank you! Thank you for the bonus stamps as well :)
shinyserra rated for Notecard with a Prompt #1 on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Oh no! How embarrassing! Great story haha :)
Comment: Thank you for an awesome ATC!! love it :)
goinjenny rated for PH: Words With 7 Letters on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you
bluehairedmary rated for Share Some Poetry! #2 on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing! The way you shared your poems was so creative and neat! Thank you for sharing some of your own, as well! Thanks again!
Tverne05 rated for Limerick on Feb 10, 2019
Malika rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: I like that the authors are in alphabetical order but unfortunately it made it even easier to pick something to my own list!

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Tricia22 on Feb 11, 2019:

Thank you for all the goodies very nice of you to send☺💜

simcoe54 on Jan 31, 2019:

Global Swap Tag - Rated Swappers Only -- Thanks for the wonderful banknote. Perfect for my collection.

Bhindblueeyes on Jan 7, 2019:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your beautiful pet photos to include in my album!! I am so very excited to add them in. Let me know when my mail to you arrives :) If time passes where you think it's time for a re-send, let me know that too :) Thank you again for this amazing trade!

myancey on Nov 26, 2018:

Thank you for the unassigned pc for postcard roulette. Love the owls and love the South Africa stamp. Thank u so much.

tasminskye on Oct 9, 2018:

It has been pouring here today. I love the sunshine, but I do love the rain! I also love to crochet and I'm starting to learn more about genealogy. Fun things we have in common. Profile Love October

happy book lovers day

Autumn5 on Oct 6, 2018:

Profile Love - October

"How right it is to love flowers and the greenery of pines and ivy and hawthorn hedges; they have been with us from the very beginning." - Vincent van Gogh


FlynnxRider on Oct 6, 2018:

Shutter Island Profile Love - October

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