Swap-bot Time: December 13, 2018 2:37 am


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Last Online: December 12, 2018
Birthday: December 29
Country: United States
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The Basics

I'm Colorado born and raised, an expert daydreamer, and I hustle like crazy.

Random things that make me happy: typewriters, shades of green, gems/crystals/geology, Bill Murray, outer space/galaxies/stars, 3D images, vintage postage stamps, otters, the Royal Family, Chip-n-Dale, cacti (cactuses?), Gudetama, sparkly things, airmail, puffy stickers.

I never thought neon would make a comeback after the 1980s, but I'm glad it did. Especially neon red. :)

Good Mail Days are the best! I write thick letters and stuff them into colorful envelopes. I've been a member of the Letter Writer's Alliance for years. Let me know if you're looking for a new pen pal. :)

I don't get bored. I was an only child and developed the ability to entertain myself. In those rare moments when I'm not at the office, I can be happy doing nothing.

I love cooking and read cookbooks like they are novels.

It's hard to offend me in swaps--I'm fine with crazy, weird images and curse words...I'm fine with Kawaii and baby chihuahuas. One thing that does "offend" me a bit: terrible spelling and grammar in swap descriptions. I tend to pass on swaps that are a grammatical mess.

Wedding Day

What I Listen to

Dream pop, 1980s, 1990s R&B, British soul, classic rock, oldies, mariachi, old school hip hop, Motown, all those classic songs you'd sing out loud on a road trip, and any music that sounds a little spacey.

I'm also into podcasts and talk radio, especially when I'm driving around town on errands or taking longer road trips.

Favorite Movies

Edward Scissorhands, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, Drive, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, West Side Story, The Other Guys.

I miss "nice" comedies like You've Got Mail.

I watch a ton of documentaries. I dunno how that fact would ever play into a swap. Maybe it says something about my personality? Maybe suggest one for me check out?

TV Obsessions

My favorite TV shows are mindless and easy. They help me to de-stress..my day job stressful and can make my brain hurt.

I love that primetime game shows are back!

Some shows I'm hooked on: Terrace House, Ink Master, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Top Chef, 90 Day Fiancé.

I don't watch Food Network much anymore: too much Guy Fieri. I miss Anthony Bourdain roaming around eating things.


Religious and "Country Kitchen" themes, kiddie/reward/Dollar Tree stickers, and powdered drink mixes are not my thing. I'd be bummed to receive something that's used, dirty, completely thoughtless, covered in pet hair, heavy with the smell of cigarettes..

Crafty Habits

My worst habit might be obsessively buying supplies. I'm terrible about using my stash...I'm sure it's because I have zero craft supply organizational skills.

I tried making ATCs. I failed. But I do like making zines, and I hope they'll become trendy again.

No-rules creative journaling suits me. Big photos, ephemera, lots of washi, metallic pens..


roosje rated for AFWLS -Christmas Card Swap on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Hi Marika, thank you for this wonderful mail! I liked everything about it: your handlettering, the stamps the big postcard and your kind words and the decorations. Happy Holidays to you too!
mrsD rated for 🎄 Christmas Card x2 🎄 on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: utterly loved this gnomie card. thank you and happy holidays!
Comment: Marika!! Wow. I loved this beautiful card and the goodies so so much. How thoughtful you were to put typewriter note cards and the beautiful foil extras. I appreciate the thought so much, just wanted you to know! Cheers, and happy holidays! Micaela
Comment: Marika, what a lovely surprise to have a card from you! Loved the card. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas & new year. xxxxx p.s. I will reply to your letter ASAP!! :)
Comment: Thank you for the awesome envelope!
jenlovespsu rated for Christmas Cards Across America on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas! :)
AnnaL rated for Christmas Cards Across America on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much Marika for the cute Christmas card and goodies, I loved everything you sent. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas. AnnaL.
Bookaunt rated for Thanksgiving penpal swap on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the letter and all the goodies. I will send you a letter this week.
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #127 on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Hi Marika! Loved your nc and thank you for the extras! Sounds like part of the weekend was good and that freaking out thing happens - those babies do not come with a manual, so... I am sure you will both figure it out! Congrats and Best Wishes! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
TexyDeb rated for Tea and a Note 11 on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: I'm starrting from the outside. Your address label is wicked cool! I like the postage stamp. It's bright and pretty and reminds me of this time of the year. The envelope is crazy pretty. Makes me feel like a queen. Then I open it! Again, WOW! A gorgeous card that's fit for at least a princess. Inside three teas! I've never had any of them. One is with chocolate (priceless)! I love berries but rarely find them. When I do it's a very exspensive treat. My point is you have blessed me. I would like to give you more than one heart. TYVM I hope you get such treats or treats that you like ten fold of what you gave me. ((hugs))
Comment: First thing I saw was your address label- love it. The card is super cute and I love the extra pcs inside! My boyfriend..wait..fiancé! (I got engaged on Thanksgiving!) was born on New Years Day as well as my niece so I'm hoping for a New Years baby for you! 😉
Response: Congrats on your engagement! I think you and I are both in for a wild and great 2019!
Cupcake436 rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap-USA Only on Nov 23, 2018
MaggieRain rated for Thanksgiving penpal swap on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I was so delighted to get your letter (I did have to pick it up from the post office and pay a little extra postage) and I cannot wait to reply to your letter!
Response: Oh no!! I should have weighed it before sending. I’ll send a few extra stamps your way to hopefully make up the difference. Super sorry for that!
Amandlyn22 rated for Ho Ho Ho - Christmas Card Swap!! on Nov 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and gifts!
christywebb rated for Thanksgiving Card Swap #3 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and stickers! I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving and find a special way to give back!
shelleym rated for Long Letter Pen Pal (World Wide) on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Right from the envelope I knew this was going to be a good one, and I was not disappointed. Great letter - look for my reply soon with all sorts of very serious and advanced parenting advice. ; )
mothermarge rated for New penpals & a photo on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you so very much for your lovely letter and photos - you look gorgeous in your wedding dress! So excited to hear your having a baby - I'll be in touch soon take care
Villagegreen rated for Blank Postcard Destash on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely post cards especially the Christmas ones. In Britain we don't often get Christmas post cards even though the shops are awash with the ordinary folded ones
Comment: Thank you so much for the happy envelope and postcards!!! Have a great day! Groetjes Barbara
sixaguilars rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #11 on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: What a happy blind swap to receive. Thank you very much!

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spinweaver on May 9, 2018:

Hello, your blank tote arrived in good shape here in Kansas City. Will get started on it ASAP!

CurlyTea on Dec 29, 2017:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

aprilfoolzbaby86 on Nov 27, 2017:

Profile check for Blingy Pocket Letter. Happy Swapping.

EmJayBe on Nov 9, 2017:

Got your comment; thanx for the update! Yours is going in the mail tomorrow. Looking forward to the exchange!

Bhindblueeyes on May 15, 2017:

Was just reading your profile, getting ideas for your prize parcel. Had to comment because I'm an only child too!!! So, when people complain about being bored, I really never understand it lol :)

eel on May 12, 2017:

Hej Chick,

Rec'd your PC. Will write soon.


SassyChicken on May 7, 2017:

I'm glad you like the pocket letter!! I would love to be your first victim if you decide to make one! They're lots of fun. I'd be happy to swap Flip books with you again sometime, too!

SimoneLettrd on Mar 19, 2017:

Thank youuuuu for the sweetest comment tears up a bit you're so sweet!

msgforjohn on Dec 20, 2016:

Thanks for the unassigned Postcard Roulette card! Yeah, I also wondered whether I may not be chosen. Any unassigned come your way yet?

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