Back from my hiatus!
I've taken a hiatus from swap-bot for a few years and now I'm back!
The username "mizutama" comes from the Japanese word for polka dot, which works I suppose, since I've been studying Japanese for nearly 7 years, and I love dots.
While I'm a California native, I've moved across the country for graduate school.
I love to travel! I've solo-traveled in Europe and Japan, and most recently came back from China.
My hobbies include: design, reading, writing, photography, crafting, cooking/baking, knitting... the list goes on.
In terms of my aesthetic, I really like simplicity. I enjoy vintage packaging and lettering as well.
Happy Mail: There's nothing like receiving an (un)expected letter in the mail. For the past decade and a half I've accumulated a ton of Japanese stationery, and it makes me feel good to send ones that have not been loved too much to a new home. I like gift wrapping and decorating my envelopes - I feel like that adds some happiness to our post.)
Ephemera: While I would not like to receive printed images (downloaded from Google and printed out), I collect vintage illustrations from books, old train tickets, used postage stamps, vintage packaging, receipt pads, are all things that I use in journaling and decorating my letters / packages.
Dots and stripes: Simple patterns and bright colors are appealing to me! Is it a coincidence that over half my wardrobe consists of striped shirts? I think not!
Fountain pens and dip pens: I enjoy pretending that I know calligraphy.
Marimekko and Kokka fabric: These two fabric companies are known for their graphic prints - one's more bold, the other more warm and understated. I love them both anyway.
Yarn, knitting, crocheting: After stocking up on Walmart's $1 sale on Mandala yarn, I am no longer allowed to buy more yarn. But I love knitting and crocheting!
Kraft paper stationery / envelopes: I like the warm feeling of kraft paper. I tend to use these the most for letter-writing and crafting.
Tea: I've recently weaned myself off of coffee. I drink a lot of Earl Gray, oolong, and that green tea from Ito-en. I do not like peppermind/mint teas however.
Midori Traveler's Notebooks: I have recently obtained a Traveler's Notebook. I find decorating it to be relaxing, and love browsing for accessories and inserts online.
Washi Tape: I tend to collect washi tape from Classiky and MT - I'm not too fond of the non-Japanese varieties. Some of the designs are too garish for my taste.
Paper: I've been trying to collage lately, and like to work with papers of different textures. I would love some interesting vintage paper scraps. Homemade paper is also good too!
Stamps: I use rubber stamps a lot in my projects, and recently have been trying to make a few of my own. I tend to buy stamps from Asian brands, like Lihaopaper and Classiky.
Miscellaneous: I like Moomin, drawing and painting, vintage design, trains, graphic prints, postcards, lace and doilies, and wax seals.
If you're not sure whether or not I'll like something, just send me a message! I put a lot of thought into my swaps, and try to include things that people like, and I hope you will also do the same.
Credit goes to king-lulu-deer for all the pixel art.
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