Swap-bot Time: March 18, 2019 8:44 am


About Me

update May 25: We are undergoing a home remodel. A lot of things have been packed up and moved elsewhere. There are some swaps I've received, but have not had the chance to rate yet. I will not be signing up for anymore swaps aside from the monthly traveling postcard swap for at least a couple months.

update July 3: We are leaving tomorrow for our family vacation and will be returning July 19.

Hello and thanks for taking the time to look at/read my profile. My son is in third grade and I am a SAHM, but I'm also the volunteer garden coordinator at his city public school. Lately in my spare time I have been organizing my stamp collection, making handmade postcards for swaps, Postcrossing, and reading. My main interests/activities are reading, cooking/baking, board games, art, gardening, walking... sometimes running, and collecting used postage stamps. Some secondary ones include going to estate sales, researching/exploring new places when we travel, and Pokémon Go (my son and I share an account... our avatar is a guy haha). I have collections/stashes of vintage playing cards, vintage wallpaper, other vintage papers (mostly gift wrap), postcards, and used postage stamps that I am selectively adding to.

I guess I should add a bit more to my profile since I noticed I'm missing favorite _____ sections... For the most part the books that interest me are fantasy/sci-if/dystopian for fiction and art, gardening, and cookbooks for non-fiction. I don't really have a set list of absolute favorite authors or titles, but some that I've read and liked include Blake Crouch - Dark Matter, V.E. (or Victoria) Schwab - A Darker Shade of Magic, Pierce Brown - Red Rising, Hugh Howey - Wool, The Fireman - Joe Hill, and Harry Potter. My son and I recently went to see author Gene Luen Yang when he came to town for an author talk. I read American Born Chinese and the first two Secret Coders books and enjoyed them.

My favorite board games are Dixit, Splendor, Settlers of Catan, and 7 Wonders.

TV: Game of Thrones, The Expanse on Syfy, Master of None (currently watching the DVD... it's on Netflix), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I used to watch Jeopardy and Fresh Off the Boat pretty regularly, but don't anymore. One YouTube show that I used to watch and need to find time to catch up on is TableTop (board games).

Movies: If you're guessing that I'm not a movie buff judging by my TV viewing habits you would be correct. The most recent movie I saw and liked was Kubo and the Two Strings, but an older one that I sometimes rewatch is When Harry Met Sally.

On music: I have been listening to the local indie radio station lately (91.3 WYEP), but sometimes have on the top 40 or classical stations. NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is great too if I can catch it on time. Spotify playlists/radio are good as well; the last artist radio station I played was Of Monsters and Men.

General likes:

  • colorful things
  • gold/rose gold/copper used with other colors
  • artsy images (especially watercolor/ink/colored pencil/acrylic/mixed media)
  • murals and street art
  • true vintage items made of paper, but not pages of just text
  • fruits, vegetables, baked goods/desserts
  • botanical and gardening themes, flowers, succulents
  • woodland animals (especially owls, hedgehogs, chipmunks, squirrels, foxes)
  • cats
  • reading/books, libraries
  • mail/post-related things

Hope this helps!

Here is my Flickr album of items I currently have to trade: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9193524@N02/sets/72157673448438870

notes: I haven't forgotten about leaving ratings... just taking a long time getting around to the older swaps I received. All recently received swaps have been rated.

After completing the swaps I have signed up for I will be taking a break from most handmade swaps to focus on creating art I can potentially exhibit.

Regarding the very late swap that I haven't sent (Do More Art March): I am waiting for a reply with an email address from my partner because it's not available anymore so I can't send it. Please note that I have now messaged the other user twice and the second time was recently. updated 3/26/17


I'm trying not to acquire things if I won't be using them. These are items that I would enjoy receiving in swaps or private trades:

primary wishes:

  • gift cards: Amazon, Target, Anthropologie
  • Used postage stamps in these themes: fruits, vegetables, baked goods/desserts, food in general, planets/constellations/galaxies, succulents, flowers, trees, botanical, owls, hedgehogs, woodland animals, cats, wild animals, dinosaurs, hearts, children's book illustrations, fantasy themed (e.g. dragons and unicorns), Harry Potter, books/reading/libraries, odd shapes (not rectangular or square), minerals/gems, maps, mail-related, Chinese zodiac (especially rat), Western zodiac (especially Sagittarius), bridges, buses, bicycles, balloons, bubbles, chess, recent/colorful stamps in general. I don't like definitives or commemoratives that feature a specific person. Please do not send me damaged stamps!
  • Mint (new, unused) U.S. 17 cents postage stamps, e.g. bighorn sheep from 2007. Makes things a lot easier for me when I send mail internationally since the $1.15 rate equals 2 $0.49 forever stamps plus $0.17.
  • vintage playing cards
  • vintage seed packets (empty/just the envelope) or labels with an image that were glued onto them
  • vintage images/ephemera related to gardening, flowers, fruits, vegetables
  • vintage die cuts (flowers, birds, etc. not really into people/faces)
  • unique or vintage serveware
  • new with tag men's medium University of Alabama shirt
  • new with tag boys' medium University of Alabama clothing

secondary wishes/not important:

  • pictures you took of public mail/post boxes (non-USA... would be great if your picture was printed on a heavier paper or cardstock/made into a postcard)
  • pictures you took of murals/street art in your city
  • map postcards from non-USA countries (I already have ones from Canada, Finland, and Japan.)
  • vintage postcards of Pittsburgh, PA
  • original vintage illustrations of the Earth, balloons, bubbles, cars, buses, fruits, vegetables, baked goods and desserts, flowers (Please leave a space around it/them for me to cut it out myself.)
  • vintage wallpaper, vintage gift wrap, vintage paper in general with an interesting image or pattern
  • vintage atlases and maps
  • air mail labels from other countries
  • circular date stamps cut from envelopes or postcards (Please leave a space around it for me to cut it myself.)
  • colorful or unique vintage sew-on buttons
  • used wooden rulers with no metal straightedge, from the 90s or vintage
  • x-rays
  • may consider other interesting materials that can be used in art, as well as quality art supplies
  • Box Tops for Education (if you are not already saving them for another school)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond coupons (I like to save them up to use all in one trip)

Please do not send:

If you send me the following items they will most likely be given/sent to someone else, donated, recycled, or thrown away so please save them for someone who can use them!

  • anything that smells like cigarette/cigar smoke, or weed
  • scented things because I get headaches and/or allergic reactions
  • images that are not original (copies/printed out), folded, wrinkled, haphazardly cut
  • vintage look/style things (I like true vintage items.)
  • anything religious, political, racist or hateful, scary, gory
  • makeup
  • coffee, tea, drink mixes
  • yarn, knitting, crochet, or embroidery items
  • jewelry, accessories (I don't wear them often and am particular about what I do like.)
  • scrapbook paper, scrapbook embellishments
  • smashbook/Project Life? supplies like little papers for making specific lists
  • brads and eyelets
  • glitter, glittery things
  • ATCs/twinchies/inchies (I don't collect them.)
  • matchboxes, dotee dolls, button fairies
  • knickknacks or things that are not useful
  • Disney or cartoon items, angels/cherubs, clowns

Thank you!

A few sites I like:

If you like shopping for clothes or shoes online and/or have kids (or nieces or nephews), check out this site called thredUP. I have ordered multiple times from them for my son as well as myself. They sell both gently used (like new/almost like new) and new with tag/NWOT clothing, shoes and accessories.

If you purchase things online and aren't already a member of a cash back rewards site, check out Mr. Rebates! There are a lot of sites listed with varying percentages cash back. Once you have $10 available you can request a check or PayPal.

Paperback Swap! Post your unwanted books online. If someone requests one of your books, you send it to them (you pay for shipping). After they receive your book you get a credit to request a book you want from someone else at no cost to you.

Keeping Track

Note: This section has not been updated in a long time and I don't intend to add to it, but would happily delete anyone after whatever is owed has been taken care of.

Waiting for swaps from:

Sent and waiting for ratings from:



vickysounio rated for 5+ Stamps on Envelope 2017 #2 on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: After 6 months i didnt received anything..And she didnt reply to my messages..
Comment: Thank you so much, I will pass the cards on in the next round!
Comment: Thanks for the nice note! I don't mind extra stuff, it's just that it does tend to pile up, and I don't use much of it. I just pass it on if I don't have a use for it. I like the note just as well!
Comment: Remarkable stamps. Huge thanks to you!
Comment: Thanks for the great stamps. All new to me. Thank you for the playing cards also. I'd love to swap playing cards whenever you are ready. I have plenty to trade. Thank you again.
Comment: Hello, thanks for the stamps and the ephemera - l really liked the vintage vegetable playing cards and the other extras, too.
Babsmomof5 rated for 5+ Stamps on Envelope 2017 #2 on May 30, 2017
Comment: What beautiful stamps! They all arrived and I loved the vintage ribbon as well. Thanks so much for such a thoughtful piece of happy mail!
Comment: Hello Patty, i adore your stamps. They are all new for my collection. Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful stamps.
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful stamps. A lot I had not seen and great for my different collections. Thank you for the cute card.❤️
mb58ca rated for You got 40? on May 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks for putting the swap together. I don't have time to look through them now but I'm looking forward to seeing them in a few hours.
wm rated for Doing it by 40s on May 15, 2017
Comment: thanks for the stamps! I can indeed use the torn one, my daughter's pasting them up on her wall!!
Naya rated for 5+ Stamps on Envelope on May 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely stamps and extra goodies. I love it!!
Comment: Thank you for the kitty cards!
Comment: thanks for the great stamps and also the awesome recipe. can't wait to try it.
Comment: I finally got your mail today. I absolutely loved your package and the stamps you used on the envelope. I think my favourite (excluding the tigers) stamp is the dog with sunglasses and ice cream. Made me laugh. Hope we can swap again some time. I am nowhere with my smashbook. I guess i have to stop procrastination and start completing my half decorated pages.
Jafferty rated for 5+ Stamps on Envelope on Apr 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the AWESOME stamps, letter and vintage playing cards! I love that we have so much in common! I'm also reading Neil Gaimon's 'Norse Mythology'! So nice meeting you through Swapbot. Hope we meet/swap again!
Comment: I will send the postcards on their way in the next round.
wm rated for Your Choice Stamps on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: ... you were so worried that i wouldn't like it ... i love what you've sent! THANK YOU!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely christmasstamps! I like them a lot. I m happy to hear that you like my drawings and stuff. I wish you all the best Shana

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CurlyTea on Dec 18, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

bbsporty on Feb 17, 2017:

Handmade Postcard Club

RyeRye on Dec 11, 2016:

Mugsie on Dec 31, 2015:

PookiePie1307 on Jan 22, 2015:

I'm at work but think I might be able to assist you in some of the books you're looking for! I buy, read, and sell like new condition books all the time (I sell them very, very cheap to encourage more folks to read, it's a calling of mine) so generally have a pretty good stash. Maybe we can arrange a private swap! If I don't have them now I will definitely in the future. I just sold the entire MI series a few days ago for $1 a book, wish I still had it so I could send the ones you need! Comment on my profile if you don't mind so I can find your profile again when I get home. I love love love that you guys are such avid readers!!!

Sakubik on Dec 10, 2014:

Glad you like the idea, and this time we have even twice the participants!

I recall you have contacted your partner about it and since this includes no physical sending I am not too strict on this one :D But please still try to finish some time soon ;) Would love to see the old and new one

Mugsie on Nov 27, 2014:

anrtist on Oct 7, 2014:


Blessings, cc

VivaLaDiane on Jun 25, 2014:

Thanks for the message. It's always been my pleasure to help anyone I can but now is my time to break for quite awhile. Take care always!! ♥♥

Candyn29 on Apr 4, 2014:

Mini figs arrived today, YAY!

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