Swap-bot Time: January 25, 2021 8:43 am


Date Joined: November 27, 2017
Last Online: December 7, 2020
Birthday: December 18
Country: United States

About Me

I am an neuro/medical/trauma ICU registered nurse. I have 5 dogs (2 beagle, 1 basset hound, 1 short haired border collie, and a shepard lab mix). I have been married to my wonderful wife for 14 years. I love the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks but love sports in general. I love to travel and hope to make it to Ireland, Greece and Denmark someday. I am from New Jersey, but my favorite US city is Portland (Oregon not Maine). I recently traveled to Rome, Venice, Prague and Paris and it was absolutely amazing. I can't believe I waited so long to travel outside the U.S. My favorite animal is the hippo, but love pretty much all animals. Although I don't have any I am obsessed with tattoos, but do have quite a few body piercings (mostly in my ears).

Favorite Music

Outkast, Temptations, Mary J. Blige, Eddie Vedder, Live, The Doors, Common, Nora Jones, Al Green, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Heart, Alicia Keys, Queen

Favorite Movies

Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Dancing, The Italian Job, S.W.A.T, Batman The Dark Knight Rises, Empire Records, Coming to America, Lilo & Stitch, 10 Things I Hate About You

Favorite Crafts

Mixed media art journal, Greeting Cards, Stamping and Coloring, Flip books, Memory Dex cards, ATC, Origami

Favorite Television

Law & Order SVU, Chicago Fire/PD/Med, Bull, The Blacklist, Married at First Sight, The Voice, Ink Master, Orange is the New Black, Shameless, Lip Sync Battle, Wicked Tuna, The Good Doctor, The Masked Singer



I am pretty easy to please, as long as effort is put forth. I love the color green in all shades. I love music of all kind but especially R&B especially old school Motown. I enjoy the rain and gloomy days (not many here in Phoenix). My favorite holiday is Halloween and I love everything sugar skull, day of the dead and Frida Khalo. I like coffee and tea (but coffee much more). My favorites are bold patterns like argyle and paisley, but do also like polka dots and stripes.


I really do not like bugs or frogs even the images of. I especially do not like the Tim Holtz bird images.I detest lateness or flaking. I have had this happen far too many times on other sites. Over-embellished items (give it room to breathe). And the over use of glitter. I like using glitter paper, but if it is falling off and getting everywhere I would rather just avoid the mess it makes.


Stencil pal from Thermoweb


Alphabet dies

Simon Says Stamp metallic envelopes

The Greeting Farm-(magical kit, hairoscope, birthday wishes die, thank you die)

Tim Holtz-distressing tool, Metalliac paper

Doodlebug enamel shapes

WeR Memory Keepers-mini envelope punch board

Studio Katia- embellishment wand


I starting sewing in May of 2020. I learned to sew by making scrub hats for myself and co-workers. It turned into making quilts. My first quilt was a rail fence ottoman topper using the scraps from all the scrub hats I made. Next was a "tea time" pattern using a jelly roll that I gave as a baby gift. Next is a queen size plus "balancing act" quilt for my mom. I love bright colors with high contrast. I really love Tula Pink fabrics and Moda grunge. I try to avoid solid color fabrics but love tone on tone. I like polka dots, stripes, paisley, skulls, science, Loteria cards and pretty much any pattern. My favorite holidays are Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.


Comment: Yay! What a cool way to organize your week :) Love the card and I'll have to decide who gets it 😀
Response: So glad you got and like it. I figured that was a nice was to do a week long gratitude note. Happy Thanksgiving.
Comment: Thank you for the list of gratitude and the beautiful handmade Thanks card. It's beautiful and very thoughtful of you. Thank you for making me feel special!
Response: You are so very welcome. Thanks for swapping. Happy Thanksgiving.
Response: Glad you got the card. Happy Thanksgiving.
Comment: What a lovely card! Thank you. I hope you stay safe at work.
Response: Thank you I try my best everyday. Glad you enjoyed the card. Happy Thanksgiving.
Comment: Thanks for the great swap as always!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful fabrics! They are awesome! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: lovely work
tonat80 rated for Private swap round # 2 on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: As always - fun to swap with! Thank you.
perkl8r rated for Private swap round # 2 on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you, Melina. Nice package!
perkl8r rated for meenaRN & tonat80 & perkl8r R #1 on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: thank you Melina
tonat80 rated for meenaRN & tonat80 & perkl8r R #1 on Jul 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful fabrics you sent.
bluerose3 rated for Collage Book Mark ~ June 2020 on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you :)
AmazingAlex rated for Faithdex # 2- Proverbs 1 on May 19, 2020
Comment: This was the first faithdex swap I've been in and you set the bar super high! I love both cards you sent me! Thanks so much!
Response: So glad you received them and liked them. I look forward to seeing again.
Comment: Love your handmade Easter card and the goodies you sent. Happy Easter. Stay Safe! Hugs-Peg
Nnd482 rated for Easter Flipbook Swap on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: WOW!!!!! Beautiful FLIPBOOK!!! All the care and details you put into this did not go unnoticed!!!! All the goodies are just precious! Thank you!!! 💕❤️❤️💕❤️💕💕💕
Response: Yay I am so glad you got it and liked it. Hopefully it finds you and your family in good help. Happy Easter.
Fabriqueen rated for Faithdex #2a-Resurrection Sunday on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! This is so unique! I would never thought you could do one like this. I love it! Hugs, Diane
Response: So glad you got it I was nervous it had been lost. Hope you and your husband are well. Stay safe and happy Easter.
LovRasp rated for Mermaid Flipbook #3 on Mar 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely flipbook. It’s mermazing 🧜‍♀️ And super cute. It was full of cute little surprises 🥰 Thank You
Response: Yay, glad you received and liked it. Hope you are able to use the goodies in your upcoming projects. I look forward to swapping again. Thanks for the heart.
PeliKat rated for Mermaid Flipbook 2 on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Melina, the flipbook that you made is absolutely fantastic! I loved the size and the colors and patterns you used. I've studied it over several times, but your folding technique escapes me and I'm amazed at how sharp your pages are! It was such fun going through it to find all the little treasures that you had tucked into the pockets and I will enjoy using them in future projects. Thank you so much for the time and creative energy you put into this swap! Happy crafting!!!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun making it. I look forward to swapping again in the future.
ashchu rated for Valentine Envelope Banner on Feb 1, 2020
Comment: I love it all so so much!!! So beautiful!!! Yes! I would love to swap with you! Thank you so much for all the thoughtful goodies!!! Thank you!!! ❤️
Response: Glad you got it and liked it all.

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BlueberryLady on May 17, 2020:

Hi this is Jean, Welcome to Beginner's Crafting Group. Check out the latest Swap on our page.. If you have any ideas for crafts let me know..

CherryBlossomLady on Feb 17, 2020:

Hi there! I looked you up during our last swap and I loved your profile, so I wanted to invite you to join my first hosted swap. It's called: 3-person PC Collaboration #1- Theme: Anything Goes. Would love to have your art skills on deck!

Indira CherryBlossomLady

DragonflyDaisy on Oct 29, 2019:

Thank you Melina for the beautiful MD butterfly RAK. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! The background is AMAZING!!!! I would like to know how you did the background because I love it! Thank you!!!!

craftykat68 on Aug 2, 2019:

Hi Just letting you know that I got your letter an pics today.I'll be sending you a letter real soon.

iamdawt on Apr 2, 2019:

Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful handmade happy mail! Lauri and I get so excited when we get something from you guys. It was so fun to watch her open hers via Facetime. You are so thoughtful to write and give us updates on what's going on in your lives. Thank you for everything!

Lablauri57 on Apr 2, 2019:

OMGoodness, got your package and I was FaceTiming with Dorothy so we got oooohhhh and ahhh together! Nice job on the assortment. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

DragonflyDaisy on Feb 5, 2019:

Meena ~ You are so SWEET!!! Thank you so much for the RAK! ❤️ It is beautiful ~ I definitely loved the happy mail you sent! 💌

Kellpepper on Jan 5, 2019:

Thank you so much for my RAK! Both MD cards are beautiful. I hope you had a great holiday season.

naturenerd3 on Oct 25, 2018:

Did you send me a RAK? LOL. I got one without a user name attached so I'm not sure but I think it was you. If I am correct thank you so much for the dex cards. It was a complete surprise!

whytewillow on Oct 9, 2018:

Hi Melina,

I wrote a resounding and grateful comment when I received my beautiful flipbook...evidently I didn't hit leave comment. So I will write this once more. I loved my beautiful flipbook and the goodies you made for me. They're awesome and so are you... an angel is what you are. Thank you a 100 times. Many hearts, stars, and unicorns. ♥️🌹

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