Swap-bot Time: March 31, 2020 2:09 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: March 30, 2020

Country: United States
My Postcrossing Profile

A Note About Online Security

Updated March 18, 2020

Because my Swap-bot profile is public, visible to everyone on the internet, I'm deleting most everything. It's a bit like latching the barn door after the horse is gone, but friends who are security experts tell me every little bit helps.

I'll leave a little information for swaps and wishes. Send me a pm if you want to know more about my preferences. If you're a member of Postcrossing, you can see my Postcrossing profile for more information.


I swap for blank postcards in envelopes. I send the postcards I receive to family and friends and people on Postcrossing. I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder.

No thank you: Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I love food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cat servers at Starbucks.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. My favorite characters at the moment are Corocoro Coronya, gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, 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?

Life Without Plastic

I throw away too much plastic. This is a list of plastic that I receive in swaps and would like to avoid. And perhaps this list of preferences will add another tick mark to the online statistics of people who want to change the world.

  • Metallic, iridescent or holographic plastic bows, glitter, shreds, and wrapping tissue.
  • Plastic ziplock bags, especially tiny ones. I can't open the tiny ones so I cut off the top to open them and then throw them out.
  • Deco tape and plastic shipping tape. I'm using up what I have on hand and won't buy more.
  • Bubble wrap padded envelopes. I try to reuse these.

Instead use:

  • Paper bows, shreds, and wrapping paper.
  • Furoshiki: Japanese wrapping cloth, made from any piece of cloth. Google how to wrap Furoshiki for directions. Reuse the furoshiki you receive to wrap another swap or a present, or for your next quilt.
  • Reuse small envelopes and packing materials, bags, boxes and bubble mailing envelopes. Many people reuse the cellophane wrapper from stickers sacks. Pattie reuses small envelopes from bag swaps when she's the Send it home to....
  • Reuse ziplock bags.
  • Fold a nice piece of paper around tiny kawaii to make an informal envelope and seal it with washi tape. Or fold it the same way you'd fold parchment paper around fish to bake it.
  • Paper tape. We all love washi tape. Kraft paper shipping tape is widely available now. U-Haul sells self-sticking paper tape.
  • Use 100% recycled padded mailers or reuse plastic bubble mailers. In fact, reuse any padded mailer to ship a swap.


Comment: Fun cards -- love the flufftail!
Response: You're welcome. Not so many bird postcards the next time I send to you!
Suzyanner rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #12 on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards! What an amazing amount of connections between us! Both my younger son and my husband went to Boston Latin, my son graduating in 2015. He is curious about who your niece is, if you want to message me! And I am curious where you lived in Maine!
Response: You're welcome. I'll message you.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Yellow! on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: That's a lot o' yellow!! Thanks for the awesome selection. It must have taken forever to pick out so much!! XOXOX
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for hosting such a sunny swap.
Mimosagirl rated for KSU: 10 pieces of San-X on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: Wowwwwzers! Thank you VERY much for the beautiful SanX memos I don’t have any of those. I’m so giddy over these! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I'm thrilled that I could make you giddy!
Comment: Great selection of cards. The cow milking machine card makes me 😢 sad. They should be dancing in the meadow chewing their cud. It was very eye-opening for me. Thank you for sending each one.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you understand about those cows. Milk really does taste better from happy cows who are dancing in meadows - and many people never have a chance to taste great milk and ice cream. Horizon Milk, though organic, is from a factory farm too.
Comment: Great card! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like it!
MamaMangrove rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #11 on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: Always a pleasure to get mail from you, Meredith, & this swap was no exception. Enjoyed your note (on the intriguing art card) as well as your thoughtful selection of postcards. Two (count 'em 2) Highwaymen cards! Be still my heart. I've met all the surviving members of the group. They're still painting, but their current output lacks the charm of the the stuff they did when they were hungrier. Love the Steinberg too & the wonderful B&W photo at El Morocco. And while I'm envious of your getting to experience the Cirque du Soleil show, I'm delighted that you shared the cool Beatles letter paper with me. Thanks for everything, It was a special swap.
Response: You're welcome. I always enjoy sending to you. I think we have many interests in common.
Heirloom rated for UHM: Postcard Scavenger Hunt #8 on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the superb swap -- theme-based, at that. Every postcard is a little treasure. :-)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like all of them. Thanks for hosting the swap and I liked your list.
Bavarija rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #10 on Jan 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for nice cards and extra!!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
suepier rated for AN: National Bird Day 2020 (US) on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great bird pc.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating and the heart.
asddsa28 rated for KSU: 20 Mini memos! on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: thank you for the memos a lot did not have I love it!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad many are new to you. I don't buy as much as I have in the past and I think my older ones are new to people who joined Swap-bot and KSU more recently than I did.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: New Year's postcard on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: 3 mice/rats! =D Thanks for the card. XOXO
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the RAK new year's greetings. Those washi stickers are gorgeous!
simcoe54 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #7C on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extra banknotes. Love everything!!!
Response: Lucky you - this swap traveled faster than most things I send to Canada! I'm always happy to share banknotes from my little pile of worthless Indian currency that cost me $100.
ccmmsu rated for KSU Matryoshka 2019 :: Round Four on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap series! It was so much fun. Happy New Year!!
Response: Thank you for participating in the swap. I'm glad you like the little folder - they are a favorite of mine so I hoard them.
turboneko rated for KSU: 1 oz of kawaii! on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies :D
Response: You're welcome. Best wishes for the holidays.
LadyJo rated for UHM: Christmas Card x 2 on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Cute card! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I love sharing cuteness of all sorts.
Tricia22 rated for UHM: Christmas Card x 2 on Dec 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the snow globe card so cute!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🎄
Response: You're welcome. I wish I could have found more boxes of them when I bought them.
Comment: Wonderful cards! I really like the illustration of the Surfbird. Never heard of that before! Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome. The surfbird was new to me too - such great surprises in sets of postcards.
Comment: Thanks so much! Thanks for hosting too!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for participating in all the fun!
sebastian122 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R5 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Funny that this got here after the mega swap, so I know how your plans changed. It's like time travel. ;-) Thanks for the goodies to play with!
Response: And I can't even remember what I write in those notes - they are very much of the moment!

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goinjenny on Mar 26, 2020:

Thank you for the PCs and sticker flakes in WW March!

Fairydollmilk on Mar 25, 2020:

Thanks much for the wishes granted for March!

grammypammy on Mar 24, 2020:

WW ~ March Wishlist

Thank you for the postcard and sharing with me how you celebrate the Passover!

Hugs, Pam

sebastian122 on Mar 24, 2020:

Stay safe, be well, and wash your hands! XOXO

ChrisAnne on Mar 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for my Wonderful Wishes! I'll be using your "perfect pen" for my Bible Study tonight. And the Dr. Suess fabric ~ what fun!

sherba31 on Mar 21, 2020:

Thanks again for the fabric you sent via WW March. I have many ideas for projects now with the extra time at home. Congrats on your feat of cooking for 90! I am in awe!

StagKing on Mar 19, 2020:

Thank you so much for the lovely fabric you sent me! The robots are perfect and I can't help but chuckle since they are "soft robots". I can't wait to make something with them!
Also, thank you for the well wishes for grad school! I just got my UMN- TC application in so I may end up in the Twin Cities again yet! :)

WW - March 2020

sherba31 on Mar 18, 2020:

Thanks very much for sending happy mail for Wonderful Wishes March!

kiddomerriweather on Mar 18, 2020:

Thank you for March WW #2! So many fun cabochons to play with! I'm going to wait to get my mica colorant before I embed them in resin. Hopefully I'll get it this week. You're the best!

Poohtat on Mar 18, 2020:

Thank you for the WW Pocket Letter. The card with the girl on the broom is so adorable! What a great idea to use postcards.

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