Swap-bot Time: May 25, 2019 1:59 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: May 24, 2019
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated May 6, 2019

I'm heading back east in the middle of June, first to Boston and Cape Cod, then south to New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia, visiting family and friends. My current swaps have send by dates in May so that I can register incoming swaps before I go.

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 and cooking and baking are my crafts. Someone said I'm fearless in the kitchen and that's true: I enjoy trying new recipes of all sorts.

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 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 visited 29 states this year.
  • 2017: Chicago, and Madison and Stevens Point, WI to help my in-laws. Boston, Cape Cod, New York and Morristown, NJ to meet Pattie in person.
  • 2016: Dallas and Houston; Boston, Cape Cod, and New York City; Chicago
  • 2015: a road trip to Texas and back with a stop to see sights in KC, MO
  • 2014: Travels with my niece: 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

I swap for blank postcards in envelopes. Ages ago I sent someone a postcard they'd sent me and my partner wasn't happy. Now I set aside postcards I receive via Swap-bot and send them to family, friends and Postcrossers. Please consider this strategy because postcards that pass through several swaps become a little worn and soft. (This request doesn't include vintage postcards.) I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder.

  • Airplanes, rockets and lighter-than-air aircraft. I took flying lessons so I could fly airships. 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.
  • 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
  • Royal Mail postage stamp postcards

No thank you: Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I 💖 food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cats serving at Starbucks. I don't care for poo and dogs' rear ends.

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. My favorite characters now are Corocoro Coronya, Gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, Sentimental Circus and Sumikko Gurashi.
Corocoro Coronya

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 envelopes and postcards so they travel safely in the mail.

What else does manders like?

  • A personal note or letter
  • Blank postcards, new or vintage, to send
  • Facial sheet masks of all flavors
  • Handmade envelopes, A4 or A6, large enough for postcards
  • Magnetic bookmarks
  • Muffin recipes, not too sweet. I put streusel on top.
  • National parks: your suggestions of what to see and what to skip
  • New notecards and envelopes
  • Personalized swap cards printed on address labels

No thank you

  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • Coffee
  • 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)
  • Postcards and sheets to color: I don't
  • 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)


Comment: Thank you for the “strange” postcard!! I love foto folio postcards and have two boxes of them. They are so fun to pick out for just the right person.
Comment: Thank you so much for the resend! Lovely cards and an extra, so beautiful wrapped in tissue! Really enjoy that Egypt map! Should the original swap ever show up, I will be sure to RAK you!
Response: Would you please check the postmark? I put extras in the first swap I mailed and exactly five when I resent the swap.
turboneko rated for KSU: PinkPinkPink on May 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the pink goodies and for the tokidoki postcards, love them (especially the fridge one)! I already started coloring the first one :D
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you're going the Tokidoki coloring postcards a good home.
simcoe54 rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt - May 2019 on May 13, 2019
Comment: Love the pcs - thanks!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
simcoe54 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6M on May 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 25/25/25 Sweets! on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: manders, sweetie, thank you for all the sweet swag. I hope your adventures in oven temp variations are a thing of the past by now. =D
Response: You're so welcome. I baked on Tuesday and Wednesday for book club at my home and everything was lovely, without trauma.
Mimosagirl rated for KSU: 50 Sticker Flakes on Apr 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the awesome kawaii sticker flakes and I so enjoyed your baking story. I hope everything went well.
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy sharing my everyday life.
Liiskah rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #168 on Apr 24, 2019
Comment: Thankyou! Funny you sent a postcard of Ansel Adams work, I did an assignment about him once haha!
Response: You're welcome. Adams's work is iconic in the US. He once said photography requires patience. He'd wait for hours for the perfect picture.
Heirloom rated for UHM: April Pick-2 Happy Mail on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you, thank you! Kawaii always makes my day. The stickers and bandaids are lovely. 🌹🌹🌹
Response: You're welcome. It's always fun sharing kawaii with you.
susieq11 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6L on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such a nice swap!! The envelope is beautiful! I love all the postcards you sent. The bats!!!!! : ) Thank you for the lovely note - I’d love to live back East again, lucky you!!!!!! Thanks for joining my swap! xxx
Response: Thank you for hosting the swap. I'm glad you like what I sent.
Comment: WOWWWWW, these cards are so wonderful, I love them! Very cool Bond and scifi cards. Thank you for the circus cards, too. I will definitely use them in my diorama. Also, Calder is one of my favorites of all time. I got to see some of his paintings and mobiles in person a few years ago and it was such a joy. AND I love William Steig. My Pinterest is full of his stuff. THANK YOU for such a thoughtful swap. Will be sending you an email in a bit. I went to my first face-to-face mtg last night. Lots of thoughts. THANKS! :):):)
Response: You're welcome. When I was pulling postcards for you, I felt cards I have and your interests were a fortuitous match. I look forward to keeping in touch.
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for all the cute flakes!!!
Response: You're welcome. This one reminds me to read swap descriptions carefully. 👀
Comment: Thank you for all the cute flakes and the coloring postcards, I love them <3 <3
Response: You're welcome. Let me know when you'd like more coloring postcards. I bought the set for the colored ones. 😊
PokerHontaz rated for ILK: 25/25/25 on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: So so so soooo cute! hehe I loved the memos and flakes! Thank you so much for such a cute swap <3 <3 <3
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like everything.
Comment: Thanks! :) I really loved the flakes, especially the Batz Maru! hehe
Response: You're welcome. Lately I've found some fun Sanrio sticker flakes.
Comment: So much awesome! Thank you for sharing!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you like it.
Comment: Great cards -- the cats made me laugh! Will look up the Highwaymen! thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I have several sets of postcards of anthropomorphic cats because they are favorites of mine. I'm glad you like them too.
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of pcs! I like them all. My favorite is the Bryce Canyon Pc, and also the little toast one! Thanks so much :)
Response: You're welcome. I always enjoy a good scavenger hunt.
shirleyinCA rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #168 on Apr 7, 2019
Comment: Thanks for great postcards and an extra! The toast card is fun and I love the maps and cacti card! Of course Disney and Anderson Design are always favorites for me. You chose very well for me, thank you! Pretty washi on the envelope,too.
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you like everything.
Comment: Thank you! So lovely!
Response: You're so welcome

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sebastian122 on May 17, 2019:

Thanks for the TokiDoki postcard! XOXO

susieq11 on May 16, 2019:

Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for all the May WW wishes! The birthday postcard and all the blank ones are awesome!!! I love Half Price Books - I will be going this weekend! You can find amazing stuff there but like you said - it’s not organized very well! Makes the search fun I guess! Thank you for everything! xoxo

Mimosagirl on May 13, 2019:

Thank you very much for the WW May. I really needed some pc’s😃 I appreciate it : D

kiddomerriweather on May 13, 2019:

Thank you for the May WW wish. I love the kawaii sticker sacks. It was such a nice surprise to find in my mailbox.

choke on May 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for granting my postcard wish in Wonderful Wishes! These are fabulous, I adore the tiny hands one!! I rarely find cards like this so I'm thrilled to add them to my stash!

Mimosagirl on May 9, 2019:

Thank you very much for the adorable WWMay bday postcard. I’m so grateful ❤️

tcornell on Apr 25, 2019:

Meredith, thank you so much for the nice note with the large Kawaii memos you sent me for WW April. Your washi was so cute on the envie! I also thank you for the Kawaii flat back cabochons you sent me- they are adorable! I really appreciate you thinking of me! Where do you order your Kawaii from? ~Tracy

raniheartspaper on Apr 22, 2019:

Hey Meredith, just wanted to let you know I got the kawaii sticker flake bags. Can't wait to move them along! :) Thank you!

CariahCreates on Apr 20, 2019:

Thank you for the cute mini memos from my WW wishlist

Heirloom on Apr 18, 2019:

Wonderful Wishes > April
Thanks so much for the Pusheen and Alexander Calder wire cow postcards. So thoughtful!

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