Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2018 1:50 am


Date Joined: July 28, 2009
Last Online: March 22, 2018
Birthday: July 27
Country: Australia
My personal Instagram
My book review blog
My small business (Mel's Paper Party)
My Charity Reading Challenge
My Etsy store

Regarding swaps

5/03/18 - I am struggling severely with mental illness at the moment. I have left all swaps where partners are not assigned, except for postcard series swaps and notecard swaps. I will properly return once I am well again.

Some swaps I will be sending, such as new postcards in round robin swaps, will have my parents' address on them. This is because we are being forced to move again in June, after moving in December, and at this stage we don't have another place organised yet. If it is a one-way, single swap, I will use my current address. So I may use my Greensborough address, or my parents' Lalor address. Please continue to send swaps to my listed address on swap-bot!

I do my very best to send every swap out on time. But please remember that I live in Australia! More often than not, I send swaps internationally. Please message me if you do not receive your swap within 4 weeks of the send date, as I am happy to re-send if necessary. If I have not received your item within two-four weeks of the send date of a swap, I will message you just to check if the item has been sent or not.

Also, please message me if I have not rated you for a swap! Usually it will be because I have not received it, but once in a while I may just forget to rate. Once a month I go through my Sent swaps and check for the swap, and will contact my partner if I haven't received anything.

About Me

I am 28 years old and I live with my fiance and 2 cats. I am studying Library and Information Services at TAFE, and currently work part-time at a school library. I am engaged to a man named Shaun - we have been together for 7 years, and engaged for 3 years. We are trying to save up for a house at the moment so we can have our own space! In the meantime we are renting. I am an aunty to three gorgeous, cheeky boys, who light up my life.

I have tried a lot of crafty things in the past, mostly jewellery and bookmarks, but also ATCs and painting. I haven't had a lot of patience for them though! I like to do colouring in though. I especially love colouring in butterflies and feathers.

I am currently into card making and love trying different designs and ideas. Pinterest has been a huge source of inspiration! I recently bought a die-cut machine, but need the metal stencils in order to start making my own embellishments. I am very excited! If you know where I can get inspiration from, please let me know! If you would like to see the cards I have made, please feel free to visit my Facebook page: My small business (Mel's Paper Party) or my Etsy store: Mel's Paper Party

In 2017 I am doing a Charity Reading Challenge to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This is an Australian organisation dedicated to improving the literacy of Indigenous children, particularly in remote communities. If you would like to follow me through this challenge, please like my Facebook page: My Charity Reading Challenge

Favorite Music

30 Seconds to Mars
Old Linkin Park
Foo Fighters
The Lonely Island
Weird Al Yankovic
Tegan and Sara
Alien Ant Farm
Old Birds of Tokyo

Favorite Books

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
Anything by Karin Slaughter
Anything by Michael Robotham
House Rules - Jodi Picoult
The boy who fell to Earth - Kathy Lette
Resurrection Bay - Emma Viskic
Anything by Karen Rose
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
All the light we cannot see - Anthony Doerr
Black Rock White City - A.S. Patric
The Dry - Jane Harper
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

I am mostly into crime fiction, but I will read anything that sounds interesting. No religious, sports, self-help books. No non-fiction.

I am a Bookcrosser, so if you'd like to do a private Bookcrossing swap with me, please message me so we can organise it, especially if we each have a book the other wants to read! I also have a book review blog, where I review books written by Australian authors: My book review blog

Favorite Movies

South Park
Anchorman 2
50 First Dates
Happy Gilmore
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Wallace and Gromit
The Power of One
The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners 2
The Taking of Pelham 123
Bad Santa
A street cat named Bob

Favorite Television

Arrested Development
Orphan Black
South Park
The Inbetweeners
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Key and Peele

Wishlist and likes

*Postcards from anywhere in the world - handmade or store bought - happy to be sent either blank in an envelope, or naked (written on and stamped)
*A handmade bookmark or two
*Anything Eeyore, Spongebob or Doctor Who - especially Dalek!!!!
*A letter writing kit or writing paper
*Washi tape samples
*Colouring sheets, particularly butterflies or feathers
*Something red - Red is my favourite colour
*Stickers! Any except for teacher/reward and religious stickers
*Hot chocolate!! My favourite hot drink! I would love sachets from where you live, including flavoured ones!
*Anything to make cards with - embellishments, ribbon, buttons, stickers, stencils, anything!
*Something handmade that you think I would like
*Plain milk chocolate
*Ephemera: Things like movie tickets, train tickets, library checkout cards, book pages, postage stamps, etc. for card making
*Cardmaking magazines or books *My Etsy wishlist


*Tea of any kind
*Coffee of any kind
*Dark or white chocolate
*Pink or purple
*Dirty, damaged items
*Make up
*Anything that has a smell to it, like perfumes, oils or scented candles. I have no sense of smell so these are useless to me.
*Body creams and lotions
*Anything banana. YUCK!
*Marshmallows. My number one most hated food! *I prefer not to be sent recipes as I'm not much of a cook!


sakura15 rated for AS: Etsy Favourites $5 and under #6 on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks. They sent it in a plain envelope with just a piece of paper attached so at least I knew what it was from. They didn't even say their store name! But anyway that is their bad branding! I was slightly disappointed you picked something that was only $2 but I suppose that is the gamble with this swap. You never know what your partner will pick. Thanks anyway. Happy swapping.
galadkria rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 6 on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: thank you for the card - intriguing suggestion
JadeFan rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 4 on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: I got this ages ago. I'm sorry for the delay.
sakura15 rated for AS: Hungry Letterbox on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the assortment of goodies.
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Your cats are cute.
mag rated for WIYM: I love snail -mail supplies #4 on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the resend, Melanie! Much appreciated!
TexyDeb rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Feb 2018) on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard! I have been collecting for almost 30 years! ;)
sakura15 rated for AS: Currently I'm (E-mail swap) on Mar 7, 2018
Comment: That sounds like an interesting job! I've always wanted to be a librarian but we got to study quite a lot for that here in Finland so I chose another career path :D but libraries...<3
Comment: Congratulations on your new job! Sounds like an interesting and rewarding one...especially with the work you do for those with vision impairments.
Comment: Cute photo :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing, great review. I might read it too in the near future. :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing :)
Comment: Thank you for the cards and extras!
Comment: I was going over my swaps and realized I didn't rate you for this one. Sorry for the late rating. Glad you enjoyed your read.
Comment: Nice to share you happy moments, thank you
Comment: These are really cute, I love the metal flowers! Thanks
Comment: thank you for sharing, I'm glad you enjoyed Lost & Found.
Net3811 rated for 5-4-3-2-1 on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks Melly, really sweet parcel

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CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

CurlyTea on Jul 29, 2017:

neca84 on Jul 12, 2017:


for my July Wish

jamicam on May 24, 2017:

Hope you're having a great day!


From Healthy Journaling

neca84 on May 10, 2017:

Melly, thanks for my March WTA prize, very useful

Bhindblueeyes on May 4, 2017:

Because I loved this .gif so much, I just have to leave it for all of the HFF members :)

neca84 on Feb 6, 2017:

Thanks so much for my Birthday Card and bits and bobs included, very much appreciated.


Whippet on Jan 8, 2017:

Happy New Year - '2017!

smokeandmirrors on Dec 6, 2016:

Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and stickers! My christmas sticker stash was getting low so this is a great top up. Merry Christmas!!!

JenniferB on Nov 21, 2016:

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