Swap-bot Time: August 22, 2017 11:13 pm


Date Joined: July 28, 2009
Last Online: August 22, 2017
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

On October 3 2016, the cost of sending an international letter from Australia went up from $2.75 to $2.95. Because of this, I will be participating in less international swaps.

On February 7 2017, I was banned for a swap due to my poor rating. It was a swap that I was really looking forward to, and had started preparing. The minimum rating was 4.95. PLEASE make sure you put rating requirements very clearly in any swaps you host, and make sure you check the requirements as well as participants before assigning partners. This has really damaged my confidence in taking part in swaps.

I have a 1 on my profile dating back to 2010. Something major happened in my life, and I failed to send this swap. The user has not logged in since 2012. I have messaged them stating that if they return to swap-bot, I would love to send to make up the swap. I know that this 1 will be permanently on my profile, and I know that even though I have all 5's otherwise, this 1 will be seen as a problem to many hosts, and I will be banned from swaps. All I ask is that you read this, and send me a message before banning me. Thank you.

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 cat. 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


*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!


Comment: Thank so much, Mellie! I loved getting a letter from Australia! A bucket list place to visit one day! Thanks for all the stickers too (:
Kyari rated for Simple Note Card - Newbie Friendly #3 on Aug 21, 2017
Comment: Hey! I had bronchitis recently too! I threw me off of my typical swap schedule! 100 books is a lot, but you sound like you are well on your way! I checked my reading list for the year and I'm at 30 this year! I listen to my books at work though.
Comment: Thank you so much, Melly!! You did GREAT and should not stress too much about coming in a little short - I did too! The stickers are SO adorable and very generous of you - they will be put to very good use!!
Comment: Thank you!
mle rated for WIYM - 'Let's be random' Postcard Swap on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Awww....so. Cute! Thanks Melly
wombatlady rated for Happy Anniversary to VLD♥ on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable fairy penguin postcard! I got to see them doing their march from the sea in Australia when I was six and it was amazing, very memorable. It's been so hot here I've been counting down to autumn...I guess the weather is always better in another season. :-)
Comment: Sorry for the late rating, I just noticed that your email went into my spam folder by accident. Thank you for sharing! Your nephews address so cute!
bluecrayons rated for Advertisement Your Business on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Your nephews are so cute! I just came back home from my sisters, got to teach my niece how to play UNO :D
Comment: OMG! Excellent cat items!! Thanks so much. I loved everything you sent!!!
PeggyO rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Aug 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for what is certainly a book-related postcard. I like seeing book covers also, and I especially like the covers of vintage children's literature. Happy Swapping! PeggyO
Comment: Such a sweet picture of the boys, thank you for the swap!
Comment: Thank you for your thoughts-so-far on The Winter Sea, Melly! I would love to hear your final thoughts on it when you are able to complete it, whenever that might be. :-) I'm sorry to hear that you were ill in July! I hope you are feeling much better now. (???) :-) All the best and thank you for sharing!
Net3811 rated for Card Making Challenge #40 on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Loved the card Melanie! Thanks.
MadeByRori rated for NH: Easy Postcard #18 on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun 🚂 PC! Reading and making cards sounds like a wonderful plan 💌
Comment: thanks Melly for the Card and book marks
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. I appreciate the joy of having your own stall. I do it too. I have steampunk stall with my friend.
sakura15 rated for AS: Currently I'm.. on Jul 23, 2017
Comment: I hope you are feeling much better! Thanks for sharing with me :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing the positives in your week. And thank you for the die cuts and flowers! They will be a perfect addition to my cards! Have a great weekend!

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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:

user6937 on Nov 19, 2016:

PFATW WTA Sept - home from holidays and found 3 cards from you - 2 mapcards of Australia and one showing a tourists riding a train through the Dandenong Ranges. Thanks!

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