Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 1:43 pm


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: January 30, 2023

Country: United States

About Me

My swap preferences have evolved. I used to be very active on Swap-bot doing ATCs, postcards, handmade postcards, charms (years ago when there were more charm swaps), and other happy mail swaps, but recently I have been focusing on my bookbinding/craft business and haven't had the extra energy for swaps. I still enjoy swapping and sign up when I have extra time and energy to send out good swaps.

I'm not too hard to find on Instagram. My professional account is @meliora_books

One of my goals for 2022 (and beyond) is to write more letters.

I've worked in all sorts of mediums but mostly in paper and jewelry. I like to explore new techniques and mediums and look to have my creativity challenged.

I like making charms, cards, and art from found objects, and upcycled materials.

I'm an RN and I also do bookbinding. I have a working bindery at my house and it makes me happy because I really love books. And paper. And glue. And string.

Favorite Books

I like books about food such as Food in History; and Pickled, Potted, and Canned.

I like pretty much everything by Dorothy Gilman.

I like classics by authors such as Shakespeare, Dumas, Austen, Twain, Doyle, and Rand.

One of my top favorite books (I really can't pick just one) is Possession by A. S. Byatt. And I like that she is also a critic.

I like sci-fi/fantasy/romance by Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Gabbaldon, Isabel Allende, Ray Bradbury, Robin McKinley, and MCA Hogarth.

I like non-fiction that takes a deep dive into a subject or a period of history or an event.


I deeply appreciate handmade items... effort & risk taking is always admired!

I like swears, sassy everything, nudes and pinups. That inappropriate postcard you bought when you'd had one too many margaritas - I'm the girl you send it to.

Handmade books or restored books (bookbinding) - I like to reback and rebind old medical textbooks and medical books for home use.

The periods I like are the Renaissance, the Romantic period (Rosetti, Wm. Blake), and the "Arts & Crafts" movement (late 1800's to 1920's), the Silver Screen era.

I like Edward Gorey, Erte, Gustav Adolf Mosa, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, William Blake, Gabriel Dante Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Salvadore Dali, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Andrew Wyeth (especially the Helga pictures), N.C. Wyeth, and pre-1900 lithographs. I like modern lithography too, but I really like the old stuff.

Street art/graffiti

Altoid tins that have been altered or filled

sassy art/collage

I like collage and assemblage. Some of my favorite artists are Nick Bantock, Joseph Cornell, and Lance Letscher.

My favorite colors are blue and green. I love all the colors, but I don't wear yellow or orange.

Handmade charms including shrinky dink charms

Interesting papers - especially handmade, marbled, pages with foreign (not English) languages, japanese paper, odd natural fiber paper, old maps (pre 1900), dictionary pages

Day of the Dead anything - skeletons/calaveras, papel picado, milagros, prints by Jorge Guadalupe Posada

Mexican folkart - lucha, loteria, saints, etc. Plus Mexican artists such as Frida Khalo and her dear husband.

Fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from all cultures. I especially like the illustrations from fairy tale books.

Tarot, Wheel of the Year, European/Northern hemisphere lunar calendar, Chinese/Lunar calendar

Patterns I like include paisley, vintage looking, travel inspired, Victorian and french flourishes. I like fleur de lis, peacock colors, butterflies, Asian inspired, French or Latin American roosters (not the cute country ones), feminine - think Victorian, and the artists I listed above.

Washi tape.

I love rainbows, rabbit and butterfly images.

I like to travel and plan to see the world. Some of my favorite places are San Francisco, England, Belize, Austin TX, and the Sonoran desert.

TV: Derek

Postcard swaps: If you don't know what to write on the back, I like trivia, quotes, and recipes.


Not a fan of plastic pony beads, polyester yarn, plastic mesh crafts, needlepoint-type stuff.

Not into "cutsey" stuff like Disney, kittens or puppies, babies or children, country or cowboy, sports, school stuff or super girly.

I don't like Christmas themed items.

I don't like religious items meant to convert me, especially crosses.


I promise I will always rate swaps. Even if it takes me a while.

On the other hand, I am not on swap bot to collect ratings. I like the creative outlet it provides me. I'm not going to post flakers or send out reminders to rate me. I figure if you didn't get my swap or it wasn't what you expected, you will let me know. I send out things I'd like to receive and am pleased when I get the same in return. This site is for fun and that's it. If it isn't fun, there's no point.

Food & recipes

For food and recipe swaps:

I love food. I and my family have no allergies to food and love trying new things. Any and all recipes welcome.


pennypuppy rated for Washi Postcard on Jan 29, 2023
Comment: Thanks! I like the foxes and the birds and flowers. It brightened up my day!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2023 on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: ห‡hanks for the swap and the colorful 'chunk'. I don't drink beer. Both my daughters and their husband and fiancรฉ like to try different ones and save me the cartons.
Comment: I'm sooooo jealous of your winter weather! Thanks for the pretty card.
Comment: Thanks for the PC! The cookies sound amazing, I will have to see if I can find them anywhere to try myself! :)
Comment: Thank you for the chunk. I'm not a fan of IPA either. Are there many murals in Austin? I love small-ish cities full of murals.
Response: There is a lot of street art and murals in Austin.
Leistessa rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: Extraordinary nothing; I'm at a loss for words for how awesome!
makka rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 11, 2023
Comment: I have nothing to say
nicolebrooke23 rated for Bad joke postcard swap #6 on Dec 11, 2022
Comment: Cute!!
RoxieLilly rated for Bad joke postcard swap #6 on Dec 11, 2022
Comment: That wasnโ€™t a โ€œbad jokeโ€ that was an awful joke ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ
lrm1980 rated for Splash of Color on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great pc! I love the torn paper and the colors peeking through. Fantastic!
feverfawn rated for Easy PC Swap #3 on Nov 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the mothman flying kites postcard, it's very cute! :) Your handwriting is lovely also!
ericabella rated for Halloween Postcard Swap USA on Nov 8, 2022
Comment: Hi Emily! I hope you had a fun Halloween. I love the postcard you made!
Kairbear rated for Halloween Postcard Swap USA on Nov 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute handmade Halloween postcard! I love how you used the washi tape! Hope you had a nice Halloween!
QueenHannie rated for Random Postcard Swap on Oct 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard! I love it!
CHOWEFACE rated for Random Postcard Swap on Oct 23, 2022
Comment: Thanks Emily!
explore rated for QHPC #19 on Oct 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your "Be Informed" handmade postcard and for sharing how you made it. The collage is cool! I never thought of making a huge background piece in bulk. Maybe I could try it one day!
chaienthusiast rated for Random Postcard Swap on Oct 21, 2022
Comment: Great card, thanks!
Maddashin rated for World Postcard Day 2022 ๐ŸŒŽ on Oct 9, 2022
Comment: Thanks ๐Ÿ™ Hearts ๐Ÿ’• Maddashin
Ahdridri rated for Cut & Paste Postcard #336748 on Oct 4, 2022
Comment: A whole stack of free magazines? What a score! Thank you for passing on the good luck with the second extra postcard, it was such a fun extra treat! And that's crazy that you saw your first live armadillo here and not home in Texas! They're definitely much more common as roadkill here too! I'm glad you got to see some of our famous Florida wildlife haha. Thank you again for the two cards!!
Response: ๐Ÿ˜

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bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

watercolorgirl on Dec 15, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful selection of unmounted stamps you sent me. They are a treasure to have and nicely selected. The wee cat stickers are adorable too.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 19, 2020:

Thank you for the finished JAM and set to finish off!

newrule on Jan 29, 2020:

Hello Emily! Thanks so much for the lovely surprise of washi samples. You didn't have to you know. But I really appreciate it. Take care and see you around!

Hell0Z0mbie on Oct 9, 2017:

LOL I'm only brave on IG because I have my "art" one that's separate from my normal/linked to Facebook one that's associated with my actual name. IRL people don't see my account linked here which is for the best! :P

debtea2 on Jun 8, 2017:

awesome finish on the dragonfly jam thank you and hope to jam with you soon

judgedbyabookscover on Jun 8, 2017:

Thanks for the homer, and the set to work on. They are awesome! I ill keep them moving : )

hibiscus on Feb 26, 2017:

Love those finished jams! So creative!

Candyn29 on Jun 3, 2014:


Meepy on Jul 3, 2013:

Just want to say that it's time to send your surprise packet out!!! ;-) Many greetings

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