Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2020 3:46 pm


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: January 19, 2020

Country: United States
My Postcrossing Profile

A Note About Online Security

Updated December 6, 2019

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 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 💕 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.

  • 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.


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!
Comment: Thanks for hosting Manders! 😊
Response: Thanks for joining. It's fun hosting this series.
Comment: What a delightful collection!! Totally spoiled!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I like spoiling you.
Comment: Thank You for the Wonderful Postcards and Fabulous Note !
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Great postcards. Thanks
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Thank you for curating my selection. You did any awesome job. I'm feeling very lucky to have you as a partner. =D
Response: You're welcome and thanks for hosting the swap. I had to make up my own challenge. 8-D
Comment: Thanks for such a generous selection of great weather-related cards, Meredith. All those Antarctica & Alaska snow & ice scenes were refreshing in my too hot/too humid climate here in So FL. My morning walk this AM felt more like a swim!
Response: You're welcome. In the next few months you can send me reminders of heat and humidity!
Comment: Very nice, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute memo sheets! I also don't have medium sized sheets so these are perfect! :)
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad this traveled quickly to the Philippines - only two weeks after I mailed it!
asddsa28 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R4 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: thank you for the note. Yeah I want to out in postcard for myself but I have so meany that I fell I have to get them moving and cant make my own. I dont think I will join the swap again as I dont get anything out of it I feel. I will tho move them along.
Response: Thank you for the rating and for participating. Yes, people come and go in these swaps. Like the bags, it's sometimes easier to use the forum to keep them moving along.

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Mimosagirl on Jan 18, 2020:

Thank you so much for the kawaii stickers ❤️❤️❤️ I have been battling a terrible cold and cough and this really brightened my day. Again...Thank you 😃❤️

ChrisAnne on Jan 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the fun fabric! I promise to put it to good use!

bluehairedmary on Jan 15, 2020:

Thank you so much for the simple little notebook! Perfect for my purse! ~WW January Wishlist

LadyJo on Jan 10, 2020:

Thank you for the WW January 2020 for the awesome postcards you sent my way! I will be adding some new unseen ones to my collection.

tcornell on Jan 9, 2020:

Thank you so much for all of the Kawaii goodness that you sent me for WW December! BTW, it did NOT come postage due ;) I love everything!

Bhindblueeyes on Jan 9, 2020:

THANK YOU so much for the bday card and its message! I LOL'd at the DJ cat - so cute! Thanks also for the large kawaii memos, I use them a lot for my lists at work!! I had to put one of the banana ones on my happy board as there's an ongoing nanner joke around here :)

(Jan. WW)


kiddomerriweather on Jan 8, 2020:

Thank you for the January WW. You sent the most adorable kawaii sticker sheets and I love them! I loved reading your note as well. Thank you for being so kind. :)

PrettyAlice on Jan 7, 2020:

Thanks so much for my January Wonderful Wish of fabric! I love the pattern!

susieq11 on Jan 6, 2020:

Thanks for the postcards for WW January! Looks like a nice set - I haven’t seen it yet. Hope your year has started off well and I wish you all the best!! : )

Bhindblueeyes on Jan 5, 2020:

I was thinking about you last night! I remembered a couple of months ago I confirmed that dogs are good mousers - my Radin caught a wee one last night lol. His cat partner in crime is no longer with us, but he’s holding his own in protecting us from the mouse(s). Part of me felt so bad because I don’t want anything hurt or killed, but I also know how bad for the home / health they are. Ugh. Just confirming my confirmation from previous :) lol

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