Swap-bot Time: December 14, 2018 5:58 pm


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: December 14, 2018
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated December 13, 2018
I love the woods and mountains and the ocean. I live in Minnesota (I'm not from here) and winter is too long. My spouse is a professor and busy with research so I'm often finding adventure on my own. I don't have children 😢 and dote on my nieces and nephews.

My kitchen is my craft room. Someone said I'm fearless in the kitchen and that's true: I enjoy trying new recipes of all sorts. I hosted book club in December and made German chocolate cake for the first time. I'm not sure why it took me so long to make it; it was my father's and my brother's favorite cake, always the birthday cake.

I love to travel. I am fortunate to have had opportunities to travel to many parts of the world. I lived in France 🇫🇷 and worked and lived in India 🇮🇳 and Israel 🇮🇱. When I'm away from home, I try new foods, explore markets, and meet local people as well as seeing museums and cultural and natural UNESCO sites. With Airbnb accommodations I go on and beyond the usual tourist haunts.

  • 2018: National parks. I've seen more of the world than the US. UNESCO sites Chaco Canyon, Grand Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Monticello and UVA. Hoover Dam, Bryce, Arches, Voyageurs. Madison's home Montpelier. Ask me about my little rooftop tent ⛺. Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Cape Cod, DE, NY, NJ to visit family and friends. In all, I've driven in 29 states this year.
  • 2017: Chicago, and Madison and Stevens Point, WI to help my in-laws. Boston, New York and Morristown, NJ to meet Pattie in person.
  • 2016: Dallas and Houston; Boston and New York City; Chicago
  • 2015: a road trip to Texas and back with a stop to see sights in KC, MO
  • 2014: Prague, Czech Republic; Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Munich and Berlin, Germany
  • 2013: New York, Toronto, Chicago, Thanksgiving in Texas
  • and Canada; China; France; Germany; Japan; Korea; London (with a side trip to Bath and Stonehenge); Madrid and Salamanca, Spain; Switzerland, ...
  • Where I want to go: Somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere and Yellowstone

I read (mostly fiction by women) and work outside in our well-shaded garden. Alas, shade means lovely spring flowers and no vegetables. I watch films and TV programs on Netflix and Amazon.


My postcrossing profile

  • Airplanes, robots, rockets and lighter-than-air aircraft. I took flying lessons so I could fly airships. I never took the Practical Knowledge Test. And I wasn't sure how I'd raise enough money to buy an airship. Because you can't rent one. Unless someone gave me a job flying one. Except I need to log many hours flying an airship to get a job.
  • Arts & Crafts design
  • Dinosaurs, to send to Dinovember friends
  • Elephants, giraffes, puffins and penguins
  • Gnomes, fairies, elves and hedgehogs
  • Joseph Cornell boxes
  • Maps
  • Modern art like abstract expressionism & Andy Warhol
  • Totoro, Gotochi, and anime cards from Japan

Sorry, Zazzle and Christian holiday and legend postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.

manders loves kawaii

I am an appreciator of kawaii more than a collector. I use sheets from kawaii letter sets and memo pads for lists and notes around the house as well as the letters I send. I use lots of washi tape too.

I collect sticker sheets, especially ones that tell a story. They are a little collection I tuck away.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. Two exceptions: poo and dogs' rear ends. If pressed to name one favorite character, I'd be torn between Sentimental Circus and Sumikko Gurashi.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

The loose sticker flakes I receive go into a bowl on my desk. I decorate outgoing envelopes with these stickers: the sticker flakes you send me may head back to you. I use bone or teflon folders to rub sticker flakes flat on (empty) envelopes and postcards so they travel safely in the mail.

What else does manders like?

  • A personal note or letter
  • Blank notecards and envelopes
  • Blank postcards, new or vintage, to send
  • Handmade envelopes, large enough for postcards, please
  • Magnetic bookmarks
  • National parks: your suggestions of what to see and what to skip, for a visit to any one of the 59
  • Quick bread recipes, like banana bread
  • Sheet masks of all flavors, for my face
  • Tea of all sorts, wrapped (I like trying new teas)

Message me for more suggestions.

See Please do not send below.

Please do not send...

  • Cell phone charms: There's no place to hang them on an iPhone.
  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • Coffee
  • Coloring postcards and sheets
  • Confetti and glitter (unless the swap says to)
  • Disney
  • Dollar store/dollar bin items
  • Don't offload ugly kawaii
  • Hello Kitty that's not Hello Kitty Original
  • Kawaii pictures of poo and dogs' rear ends
  • Magnets (our refrigerator is stainless steel)
  • Rubber stamps (I have plenty)
  • Stickers that are not kawaii
  • Tatty or tacky (exception for over-the-top tacky)
  • Ugly. If you think it's ugly, I probably will too.
  • Washi or deco tape samples (I have lots)
  • X-rated items
  • zazzle postcards (no hearts, sorry)


tiggerkitn25 rated for KSU 🎁 Holiday Cheer on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: Presents! And you sent home my favorite sticker slam that I have made! =) Thanks so much Manders! I'm going to wait to open these, but I can already tell that you spoiled me.
Response: You're so welcome. I'm glad you were my send-to partner. I had fun filling all the empty spaces in your slam - I like being last. Thank you for joining my swap. Have a great holiday.
Comment: What great postcards - the cave would be a great walk! Love the hats, have always been a sci-fi fan, and Anne Taintor is a fave of mine. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have an oven like that to bake bread in?
Response: I found lots of videos about building bread ovens and pizza ovens with bricks in our back yard. Too bad my spouse thinks it's not a very good idea. He's probably right.
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I wanted to send that postcard to someone who would enjoy its weirdness.
JazD rated for UHM: Kawaii stickers, anyone? 🍨 on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: thank you very much!
Response: You're very welcome!
lynnpinkdaisy rated for I Voted! on Nov 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the PC. This is actually one of my new favorites! I tried to vote early but could never get around to doing it so I had to vote on voting day at the polls.
Response: Thank you for voting! I have many ferns in our shady garden though only two kinds: Ostrich and Interrupted. Ostrich ferns are taking over everywhere so I put cardboard and raked leaves over the largest area.
Comment: Thank you for the flakes. Enjoy your vacation and I hope the break from your website helped refresh everything.
Response: You're welcome. I'm catching up now, with loads of laundry and stacks of mail.
turboneko rated for KSU: Scavenger Hunt on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great selection, I tried to guess before peaking the list, I did an ok job (guessed only half of them right). Thank you also for the surprise flake bag homer :) This was a swap full of surprises!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you had fun guessing. I sent off many sticker flake bags, on their way or home. I got them all out the door and *then* another package arrived from Pattie.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 25 LARGE memos on Oct 1, 2018
Comment: What an awesome swap! Thanks for making me feel special, I love them all!!!
Response: Awww... you're so sweet. You're welcome.
Comment: Thank you for the cute memos and stickers! Especially the little coffee and chocolate memos, so cute.
Response: You're welcome
Comment: Wow, manders, a Da! Da! Da! envelope! I haven't thought of that series in YEARS. Thanks for the blast from the past! And the awesome flakes. =D You're the best!!
Response: I'm glad you like it.
Comment: Thank you for the kawaii items!! Sometimes swaps can cost more time than you actually have, which is why. I usually only pick swaps that give me enough time to spend on them :)
Response: You're welcome
Comment: Thanks so much. Glad i got to swap with you again!
Response: You're welcome
Comment: Oh --- this is very fun! Thank you so much!
Response: You're so welcome
Comment: thank you for the bags! I did them and sent the homers home.
Response: Your'e welcome. Thanks for moving them along.
Poohtat rated for UHM: Postcard Scavenger Hunt #1 📬 on Sep 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcards and the sticker flakes!
Response: You're welcome. Once I've published that website I'll set up a private swap for sticker flakes.
Comment: Other than food, I have no clue... but I LOVE everything and had a blast going through it all. You're the best.. and yeah, what kind of toast is that anyway???
Response: If I recall, it's one batch of food with faces and another of animals being food which isn't the same as food with faces. About 20 toasts, all different, looked cute on Amazon then were too small to send naked. Good swap tags.
Comment: Thanks for the stickers and your letter! I hope you have a great trip next month! =)
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for hosting the swap. It was perfect timing, after I'd received an order that accidentally included a duplicate.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Black flakes on Sep 5, 2018
Comment: Dang, manders! This is an AWESOME swap! It's all here, in black and white! I'm super impressed!!
Response: Thanks for hosting a fun swap - I gathered what I could find before I signed up - I'm glad you liked all the black and white -
LadyJo rated for PH: Your Holiday Pcs on Sep 4, 2018
Comment: Awesome cards you sent to me! Thank you! I also enjoyed hearing about your travels this summer! It is now sad that summer is coming to an end.
Response: You're welcome. I wanted to let you know how good my travels were this summer. In October I'm heading east and will take a few days camping on the way. Not coming back - it's too cold.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Where's Waldo? on Aug 24, 2018
Comment: What fun!! The blue squirrel had me going! Thanks, that was a blast! XOXO
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for hosting such a fun swap!

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raniheartspaper on Dec 11, 2018:


Meredith, thank you for contributing to my sticker flake bag. I have received it home!

iamred on Oct 4, 2018:

got some flake bags today! ♥ ill get them sent out!

raniheartspaper on Oct 1, 2018:


Meredith, thank you so much for contributing to another of my sticker flake bags and also sending it home to me! You're the best!

asddsa28 on Sep 27, 2018:

thank you for adding to my sticker flake bag and bring it home!

raniheartspaper on Sep 20, 2018:


Meredith, thank you for adding to my Kawaii sticker flake bag. I appreciate it!

raniheartspaper on Sep 20, 2018:

Meredith, thank you for contributing to a Kawaii sticker flake bag for me. I appreciate it and absolutely love it!


raniheartspaper on Sep 20, 2018:

Meredith, thank you so much for sending home to me a Kawaii sticker flake bag made by @iamred You're awesome! Thank you also for contributing to that bag.


asddsa28 on Sep 14, 2018:

thank you for adding to my sticker flake bag

sebastian122 on Sep 9, 2018:

Happy day!!

asddsa28 on Sep 8, 2018:

thank you so much for sending my full sticker flake bag home!!! I love it thanks so much!

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