Swap-bot Time: April 15, 2021 4:23 pm


Date Joined: August 5, 2010
Last Online: April 15, 2021
Birthday: July 1, 1958
Country: Canada
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About Me

ABOUT THE THREE: I was late on an email swap. Kind of bummed that a late electronic swap ruined over 1,000 stellar swaps. Rules are rules I guess. Just keep in mind—I never flaked; I was just late.

If you prefer blank postcards in swaps, join my group "Postcard Stashers" that deals with swaps requiring blank postcards only.

1) Even if there's a note or paper inside, please put the swap name somewhere on the envelope, too.
2) If choices are allowed, my postcard preference is blank in an envelope.

I am an avid reader (by heart), romantic (by nature), 61 (by years alive), French (by design), Canadian (by birth), Ontario (by residency), engaged (by choice), Pentecostal/born-again (by faith) and loved (by God and all who know me).

I am also a freelance editor, writer, and founder of Halcyon Days Magazine at (http://halcyondaysmagazine.blogspot.ca).

Fav Swap Themes


  • 3D items (the kind that look like they're moving)
  • anything with the following words (or derivatives) on them: "Create," "Discover," "Dream," "Imagine," "Journey," "Memories," "Mystery," "Passion"
  • beach scenes
  • books (medical romance, law/courtroom, rescue)
  • bookmarks
  • business cards of nearby/favourite cafes and tea rooms
  • Canadian gift cards for Amazon, Coles/Indigo, Michaels, Target, Walmart
  • Cafes, street scenes
  • Canadian souvenir sticker sheets or singles
  • cardinals (birds)
  • cameos
  • Cinderella
  • clouds
  • courtrooms
  • covered bridges
  • Downton Abbey
  • Elongated pennies
  • Envelope/Letter seals
  • FDC (First Day Covers)
  • gazebos
  • glitter
  • gift cards from Michael's, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Walmart
  • hourglass
  • Jim Holtz items
  • journals
  • keys
  • key chains
  • kissing
  • ladybugs
  • lambs
  • libraries
  • MAILBOXES - any items! Stamps, rubber stamps, envelopes, stickers...
  • maps on anything (trinkets, postcards, notecards, etc.)
  • MAXI cards
  • mickey mouse
  • moleskin planners
  • nautical objects (seashells, anchors, etc.)
  • panda bears
  • pens / fountain pens / FriXion pens
  • pocket letter refills
  • postcards (if the swap calls for naked, then don't send in an envelope). Basically, my preference is blank postcards in an envelope. I like postcards with beautiful or unique postmarks, mailboxes, stamps, and tea/coffee cups.
  • postmarks (unbroken) on stamps/envelopes
  • rain/rainbows
  • rhinestones
  • roses
  • samples of ATCs, decos, and FBs
  • snails
  • spoons
  • Starbucks gift cards and other goodies ;)
  • stickers suitable for diaries and planners
  • teddy bears (and anything with teddies on them) EXCEPT Winnie-the-Pooh
  • things framed/llined with gold or silver
  • Tim Horton gift cards and goodies :)
  • travel-related items
  • umbrellas
  • vintage ephemera
  • wishing wells (fountains)

I prefer not receiving things with the following themes. But if it's a sender's choice, don't worry about it :)
* angels * balloons * cartoonish things -- see samples here * cats * clowns * dogs * Hello Kitty
* Route 66 * Winnie-the-Pooh

Fav Colors, Scents, & Tastes

My favorite color schemes are teal green/blue and coral or purple tones, hunter green, or ocean colors. My favorite flower and scent is Lily-of-the-Valley. For cooking or tastes, I'm a fan of anything with cinnamon, chocolate, lemon and orange in it.

Favorite Television

I can't get enough reruns of Bones, Coach, Dexter, Downton Abbey, ER, Flashpoint, Frasier, Grey's Anatomy, Mr. Selfridge, Rome, Trauma

Other Fav Pastimes

I love cross-stitching, painting with acrylics, sketching, and definitely photography.

Wish list

  • Address labels
  • Anything to help organize things better
  • Blank postcards
  • Fountain pens
  • "FriXion" pens by Pilot
  • Lapel pins
  • Note cards
  • Postcards with teacups/coffee cups
  • Sharpie pens (fine/ultra fine)
  • Souvenir item from Austria or Disney World
  • Starbucks gift cards
  • Stickers suitable for journals and planners
  • Swap cards
  • Tim Horton gift cards


Drachenfrau rated for Haiku Challenge on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: I got your replacement postcard, Monique and will send your Haiku tomorrow. :-)
annim rated for February Days - 2021 on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you. You had done this of January and not February.
Hyshu rated for Acrostic Bio on Mar 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great swap
bblue rated for Pass It On #2 on Mar 8, 2021
Comment: Guess I got it back already! Looks lovely!
NRGordon rated for First & Last Lines No. 30 on Feb 28, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the swap. I hope that, having not et finished the book, having to look at the last line wasn't a spoiler.
NRGordon rated for Haiku PC on Feb 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely PC and Haiku. It certainly does envoke a lovely visual.
Artteacherjen rated for SNAIL Mail - Int'l on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, Monique! I loved your "Snail" mail, esp. the waterlily card! Happy swapping!
minniepic rated for 2021 Alphabet Series D-F on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards🌻
Rhino44 rated for January Days - 2021 on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: I enjoyed reading about your month, and thank you for the postcard too! How funny that you're in Hamilton -- I have family in Port Dover. Happy February!
glassnowdrop rated for What are you reading 2021 on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Haha thank you for your letter - your reactions to the story made me smile! I hope the Peculiar Life of a Lonely postman continued to be great! Thanks for the goodies as well :)
Maddashin rated for 2021 Color Series - Jan - Purple on Feb 13, 2021
Comment: Ty
Carollee922 rated for First & Last Lines No. 30 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: A secret vice, I am intregued.
Response: Yeah, it's DEFINITELY UNIQUE. Thanks for rating.
tizzicat rated for First & Last Lines No. 30 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you.
squince rated for I want to go here! on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks!!
Suzyanner rated for 2021 Series - January on Jan 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for your amazing Queen Elizabeth Maxicard! I will not be sending that one to anyone---I'm keeping it always! You were so thoughtful to send it!
Response: Ha, I thought you might like that one ☺️!
evanselli rated for 2020 Goodies Series - December on Jan 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely swap. Everything is perfect and I don’t have anything that you sent. Thank you so much again. 😊❤️
Response: Super!
CrystalZ rated for SNAIL Mail - Canada on Jan 27, 2021
Comment: What great picks you sent for SNAIL! I really like the postcard from Guild Park and Gardens in Toronto...such a unique park that must be! I will definately be using everything here soon :)
Response: 👍🏻 Wonderful to read 🙂
Ashzaller rated for Me -- In Postcards on Jan 23, 2021
Comment: such amazing cards! <3 thanks
Eulegirl rated for Colour Series - Dec Green on Jan 22, 2021
Comment: Love these! Especially the ones with the trees!
tampatha rated for Grant A Wish on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Monique, I loved the post card! thanks so very much. I'm ashamed to say that when I was younger I lived in St. Catharines and only 45 mins from Hamilton and yet, never visited the Dundurn Castle. I wish I had!!!
Response: Aww, let me know if you're ever this way. We'll meet up!

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