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About Me


Me and Lily

I like...

birds, kawaii, gadgets, dark humor, nerds/geeks, the weird, supernatural, and the fantastic

I enjoy...

taking pictures, people watching, succulent plants, deltiology, piano, thrifting, research, candlemaking

Postcard Preferences



currently working on these collections: (in no particular order)

  • identified islands, rivers and bodies of water
  • dining rooms and bedrooms
  • candles (anywhere on the postcard)
  • sea creatures
  • taxidermy
  • commemorative event gathering cards (festivals, bowl games, inaugurations, etc.) stadiums, amphitheaters, any large gathering place
  • graves/cemeteries/dead themes
  • postal-related
  • people in uniforms or cultural dress
  • large letter and 'Greetings from' cards
  • vintage South, especially North Florida and Georgia
  • Eastern and Middle Eastern sites in Western places (Chinatowns, Asian restaurants, temples, monuments -- anything of Asian influence located in the Western Hemisphere)

Topics always appreciated:

  • royalty, historical, presidential figures & any Pope
  • capitols, emblems, symbols, insignia, flags
  • aerial or night views of your town, country, region
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • cultural styles, music, folklore
  • political cartoons
  • Lantern Press
  • lighthouses
  • Ken Brown
  • Leeds
  • non-touristy, unusual, weird, humor, & adult themes...I am not easily offended
  • map postcards of anything! Since I have many state maps, I would especially love any country, city, regional, park, or transportation map, even schematics. Check out my map collection on Flickr. You can see I've worked hard on this collection!

  • vintage linen and chrome cards of any of the above categories

  • more suggestions are on my Postcrossing profile.



store-bought, labels/titles on postcard front (no mystery cards), interesting stamps, trivia about your location, anecdotes about yourself, information about the postcard subject. Maps and die-cuts/odd shapes in an envelope, if possible.

Greetings from Earth

My Postcard Swaps

I am not one to send out cards immediately after partners are assigned. My enjoyment in swapping postcards includes reading partner profiles to get to know each person, and then lingering in my collection to find the right ones to send. I usually send closer to the swap date and always before the deadline.

I try to rate received swaps as soon as possible. If for any reason you have not received any of my swaps or my rating for you, please contact me.

Swap Swamp USA - Postcard Exchange Group

I am an admin for this group of 100+ mostly Postcrossing and Swap-Bot people on Facebook. Prior to this group I only traded on swap-bot, and I have found this more personal way of swapping to be a great alternative! In the Swamp, we exchange all kinds of postcards with people from all over the United States. Chat about postcards, your collection, and postcard hunting. Members may randomly send postcards to other members, offer/show-off postcards on the group wall, play postcard tag, and participate in organized group swaps. The Golden Rule – mail a postcard in return, if someone sends you one. USA addresses only. Swap Swamp USA on Facebook. Also check out our new Swap-bot group - Swap Swamp USA on Swap-bot

Papery Preferences

Prefer anything weird or unusual, Japanese or Korean, especially San-X, Kamio, Crux, Mindwave, Q-Lia, & classic Sanrio. I also love any Dark Horse stationery, both the kawaii and the unusual art. I have not, however, found much kawaii I don't like.

I am also in love with envelopes! I love teeny-tiny ones, vellum, metallic, odd shaped, anything out of the ordinary. Seeing one in my mailbox makes my day.

Not a huge fan of really girlie stuff, pink, or hearts -- except the ratings kind wink wink! Give me hearts!. With two little girls, however, I have come to tolerate and appreciate a LOT of girlie stuff! :)

Favorite Crafts


I'm a candlemaker. For many years, I had a studio downtown in Tallahassee's Railroad Square art park. I sold candles regularly and taught candlemaking classes/workshops. In 2000 I was fortunate to author Candlemaking for Fun & Profit, a technical candlemaking guide - re-published in 2010 by Random House as an e-book for all digital platforms. I wrote all the candlemaking and candle shop how-to, and craft business guru Barbara Brabec wrote the general craft business stuff at the end.


It was a great hobby when I had hours of time to devote to melting wax and finishing candles. Now my two little girls take up much of my "spare" time. Now I make candle gifts for Christmas, and now I try to make some candle batches whenever I can.



I liked to sew before I had kids...but I hadn't had time to sew for quite a while! But now my youngest has taken an interest. I love showing her how to sew, mainly making quick stuffed animals and tiny kawaii dolls to keep her interested. When my husband was performing I made him lots of sparkly pants...he is too tall for anything cool off-the-rack...


So lately I've come to enjoy collecting and sending postcards. This is why I'm on swap-bot. I have very little time to devote to crafts nowadays and so this pastime is great for me because it doesn't take too long and I can work on cards while multitasking everything else. I also like to file and categorize them...I'm just weird that way.


Ok...It's not technically "crafty" but another big pastime of mine is gardening, indoors and out. Bought a great house in summer 2010 on a rare acre lot inside of town. Some nice trees around the edges and a few old camellias, but for the most part, a big blank empty space that I will transform into my gardening wonderland. When it's not 100 degrees outside, I'm working on veggie patches, chicken coop, butterfly garden, annual beds, and kids' gardens. Inside, I work on seed starting and babying my houseplants.

Favorite Television

I love the Daily Show,The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Project Runway, House Hunters Int'l, How It's Made, Lip Sync Battle, Hot in Cleveland, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, SNL, the Muppets, and Portlandia. I also love everything Monster High, including the webisodes and TV specials.

Project Runway Betty White Daily Show Colbert Report Game of Thrones The Walking Dead Bewitched All in the Family Monster High

Favorite Movies

Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Johnny Depp, The Rock, Tim Burton, Hitchcock, Wes Anderson, Peter Jackson, Monty Python, Coen brothers, sci-fi & space movies, Marvel superheroes, James Bond, & disaster flicks. Not a big fan of chick flicks and drama, but sometimes I am compelled to watch.

Star Wars 007

Favorite Music

Billie Holiday Beatles Queen Duran Duran Prince Dolly Parton David Bowie Bootsy Collins Justin Timberlake

Billie Holiday, the Beatles, Queen, Prince, Duran Duran, Ween, the blues, and whatever my husband is performing or listening to...I love his taste in music! Also dabble in techno, pop, and rap - I can listen to most everything, especially if it fits into my workout playlist.


marclively rated for Bird PC Swap (US Only) on Jul 25, 2018
Comment: nice
dawnakaulen rated for Bird PC Swap (US Only) on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Great PC, thank you!
dawnakaulen rated for Multi Multiview PC swap #22 on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Great PC, thank you! I am in love with the perfect circle cancellations :)
Comment: Thank you so much Michelle, I absolutely love the pcs!!!!
heliogal rated for Native American Heritage Month Swap on Nov 16, 2016
Comment: Wow Awesome card! I love it!
nsciambi rated for Lantern Press Postcard Swap #1 on Nov 11, 2016
Comment: Thanks, Michelle!
Comment: Great postcard! Thanks! 😀
alyhsnna rated for 5 Tourist PC's blank in envelope on Oct 1, 2016
Comment: I love all of the cards you sent! Thank you. :)
kdeorne1 rated for Scavenger 30 - T/F on Jun 13, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I want to say it is false.
nsciambi rated for Lantern Press Postcard Swap on Jun 4, 2016
widelo123 rated for 5 Tourist PC's blank in envelope on Jun 1, 2016
Comment: Michelle, great assortment of postcards. Didn't have the one of the Harbour Town Lighthouse, so that was an extra surprise. Thank you, Shirley
Comment: Thanks for the cards. I like the all. The cat with the glasses is so funny and I like the glittery one from Atlanta.
justmesks rated for SBPC: 5 Blank PCs in an Envie #1 on May 24, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the awesome cards you sent. Love the Mill and covered bridge as well as the others. Have a great Memorial weekend.
Comment: Awesome card, thank you! Weird they sent it back to you. Somebody there needs more training :)
lubilu rated for WIYM Bird Postcard Swap on Apr 26, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, love the stamps.
Comment: Thanks! Happy Earth Day!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! That's quite a lovely view with all the trees! Update: I just got the first package too! Thank you so much for the extra postcards as well! Salamat!
zanetheakong rated for Postcards in an Envelope #12 on Apr 11, 2016
Comment: thank you!!!

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alyhsnna on Sep 26, 2016:

LOL ;)

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Irishangel71 on Feb 6, 2016:

Thank you very much for the addition to my collection!

Irishangel71 on Jan 24, 2016:

Hi Michelle! We've had a lot of great swaps! Here's to many more! Thanks!

Heatherevans on Jan 13, 2015:

Hi Michelle :) How are you? very glad to see you had joined my swap! Hope your enjoy it. Happy Swapping :)

abbyaguas on Jun 30, 2013:

Thank you for joining Random Postcard Swap #19

rachelcdoyle on Jun 29, 2013:

HelloCindi on Jun 12, 2013:

I received the Map Card you sent me :) Thank you soooo much! I appreciate it you sending it to me even though I wasn't your partner! I will send you a PC in return! xoxo

Aria on Sep 20, 2011:

Hi there, I hope you can join this cool vintage ad/poster reprints PC swap #2. :)

Here is the link:




hippofairy on Jun 22, 2009:

thank you for the postcard for the "Scenic Postcard Swap" that you hosted in March. i wasn't flaked on by crayzscrapper (but probably received the card late). i will send you a postcard in return! as a thank you for your thoughtfulness and for hosting the swap. thanks again!

frankcheez on Mar 20, 2009:

I really enjoyed reading your blog about your chickens. I'd LOVE to see chickens like that in person. I've only ever seen them on the internet. Way cool

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