Swap-bot Time: June 27, 2017 1:50 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: June 26, 2017
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated June 25, 2017

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 ๐Ÿ˜ข and dote on my nieces and nephews.

My kitchen is my craft room. Someone called me fearless in the kitchen and that's true: I enjoy trying new recipes of all sorts. I'm making quick breads for a little sweet in our lunches and learning the science of baking bread. In March I made lemon cake roll and, when the filling oozed out of the sides, I turned it into a lovely trifle. Dessert for my book club in April was a huge hit and simple to make: DIY profiteroles. I made pรขtรฉ ร  choux and butterscotch sauce. I put these and vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and high quality store-bought chocolate sauce on the dining room table, and everyone served themselves.

โœˆ 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 Iโ€™m away from home, I try new foods, explore markets, and meet local people as well as seeing museums and historic and natural UNESCO sites. With Airbnb accommodations I go on and beyond the usual tourist haunts.

  • More places to go in 2017: Israel and Dallas and more trips to Chicago. Maybe Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.
  • 2017: Chicago, and Madison and Stevens Point, WI to help my in-laws. ๐Ÿš˜ Boston, New York and Morristown, NJ to meet Pattie in person.
  • 2016: ๐Ÿš˜ Dallas and Houston; ๐Ÿš˜ Boston and New York City; ๐Ÿš˜ 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, Japan, Korea, London (with a side trip to Bath and Stonehenge), Madrid and Salamanca, Spain, Switzerland, ...
  • Where I want to go: New Zealand 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

Art and architecture, ethnic, famous people, local characters, markets, mountains, oceans, and vintage postcards are among my favorites. I love receiving vintage cards found in flea markets as much as I loved finding great ones (now all sent) at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX. Sorry, Zazzle and Christian legend postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.

More kinds of postcards on my wish list:

  • 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 to get a job.
  • Arts & Crafts design; William Morris patterns
  • Day of the Dead art
  • 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

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 deleted my list of favorite characters because I enjoy most, especially San-X. Two exceptions: poo and dogs' rear ends.

I'm looking for kawaii books ๐Ÿ“š 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
  • Quick bread recipes
  • Slow cooker recipes that don't include a can of soup or ranch dressing: we cook from scratch
  • Pressed pennies for my brother who collects them

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.
  • Confetti and glitter
  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • Disney
  • Dollar store/dollar bin items
  • 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)
  • X-rated items
  • Washi or deco tape samples (I have lots)
  • zazzle postcards (no hearts, sorry)


sebastian122 rated for KSU: 100 Sticker Flakes #2 on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: Wow. That was...impressive. Thanks for sharing them with me. =D
JazD rated for KSU: 100 Sticker Flakes #2 on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: I haven't bought any new Kawaii in awhile. A lot of these were new to me. Thank you very much!
starrycat rated for KSU: 100 Sticker Flakes #2 on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the lovey assortment. Sounds like your early/pre-summer has been filled with some awesome travels already!
tiggerkitn25 rated for KSU: 100 Sticker Flakes #2 on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the wonderful stickers and the letter! =) You've been busy!
FelinaSP rated for B&W PCs week 18 on Jun 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful postcard you sent me, I love the postcards of couples ... greetings from Chile
Comment: Thank you! I hope your drive goes well!
Comment: Thanks for the amazing Dali postcard and fun stickers ๐Ÿ˜Š I'm actually going over to the Dali Museum in St. Pete, Thursday, to look at a new sculpture exhibit. I can't wait! Have an awesome day, Nathan
Response: You're welcome. Did you notice that it's a redhead?
turboneko rated for KSU: People flake stickers on May 12, 2017
Comment: WOW, thank you for the flake shower!! :D Have a great time with your family and friends!
Response: You're welcome. At first people were few and far between, then I found a crowd.
MadeByRori rated for NH: Easy Postcard #16 on May 11, 2017
Comment: I love the PC. Thank you! :)
Response: You're welcome!
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: 25/25/25 on May 6, 2017
Comment: Hey Meredith, thank you so much for the swap. I loved all the stuff you sent for the 25/25/25 swap. I haven't read your letter yet (I always look forward to them) and will do so when I get a free moment. You're the best!
Response: You're welcome. It's finally spring here in Minnesota - I thought it would never come.
Comment: Animals AND another culinary adventure. You're a very busy lady! =D
Response: Last night we went to a friend's home for Shabbat dinner and I took a chocolate cake, the Chocolate Dump Cake, a recipe from NYT Cooking. It travels well *and* it tastes wonderful. The icing is melted chocolate chips and sour cream.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I love the cute elephant illustration!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. Do you know the saggy baggy elephant story?
Comment: Great card! Thank you very much. I see the heart did not save. Trying again.
Response: You're welcome.
zerosummons rated for NH: famous face on a postcard on Apr 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard!
Response: You're welcome!
Sammoning rated for NH: Easy Postcard #15 on Apr 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard with interesting sculpture! When I read the artist's names they sounded surprisingly Dutch to me and one of them is originally from indeed here, how curious :) Wishing you good luck with the house renovating!
Response: You're welcome. This is the last renovating this year. The other day they started tearing up the streets in our neighborhood to replace water mains and pavement and won't be done until August. The rest of this year's projects will wait until next year.
Comment: Flakes and a cooking lesson. Bliss. =D
Response: You're welcome. I was thrilled to share such an important cooking discovery.
Comment: Sorry, I meant to rate this a few days ago but we've been busy with Easter stuff. Thanks so much for the letter and sticker bags! Your mail is always fun to get all covered with stickers! =)
Response: You're welcome. I know you'll always rate!
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join today, mail Monday! on Apr 9, 2017
Comment: The Princess of Fruit is too cute!!! Thanks for sharing your stash with me. Have the best holiday ever. =D
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for hosting the swap. Tonight we're having potatoes in some form. Maybe soup? Then matzoh the next night. I rotate carbs.
Comment: It's always an extra-special swap from you, Meredith. Thanks for the cute kawaii flakes, mini memos, and newsy note card. (And I just HAD to peel that cute cat tape off the envelope so I could save it.) Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. This is the last swap for me for a while. Having painters all over the house will keep me busy through the end of February. Thanks for hosting this.
moonlightlaura rated for KSU: SEND ANYTHING!! on Jan 18, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for the awesome lettersets!!! I LOVE them!!!! My cats loved the string...they wont stop fighting over it LOL
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad the cats are easy to please.

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paperpusher on Jun 26, 2017:

Love the postcard!! Thank you!

sebastian122 on Jun 25, 2017:

Thank you for the gifts, and the postcard, and the tag. =D You're such a sweetie.

Heirloom on Jun 8, 2017:

Stopping by to say "hello!"

raniheartspaper on May 22, 2017:

Thank you for your package with the random bags and sticker sack! I hope you'll have a good time out east.

susieq11 on May 15, 2017:

Thank you for the fabric postcard - so cool! I love it! Thanks for thinking of me this month in AATW! xoxo

sebastian122 on May 7, 2017:

iamred on May 4, 2017:

thank you so much for sending home the full sticker flake bag! โ™ฅ it was a nice surprise! โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

paperpusher on May 1, 2017:

So sweet of you to send the full sticker flake bag home! Thank you, and thanks for the lovely origami papers, too!! You're the best!!!!

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


Heirloom on Jan 1, 2017:

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