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Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: July 19, 2019

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About Me

As of July 15th, ratings and thanks have been posted for all swaps, wishes, tags, WTAs, and RAKs. If you haven't been rated, then your swap has not yet arrived.
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Hi! My name is Phillaine. I'm 37 years old now, and am currently living with my sweetheart and our two incredible hypoallergenic Siberian cats in a city that's pretty great as far as cities go. My heart's home is in the forests and prairies of Northern Minnesota, and I aspire to build a tiny cabin to incorporate into our woodland adventures at the family homestead. At the same time, I am very happy to be living in my first-ever (rental) HOUSE which is charming and wonderful and crooked and a century old and in need of lots of love, which I supply with great enthusiasm.

I LOVE to be outside: my happiness is directly tied to the amount of time I spend outdoors. I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to do work in the yard any and all times that the weather is fine, and I'll never come close to running out of things to do. Also, I'm extremely fortunate to live near an enormous wilderness area which I'm always eager to explore.

My current focus is on personal discovery and renewal. Thank you for joining me here and taking the time to peruse my thoughts :)


Things I Enjoy Doing (verbs!)
reading, exploring, traveling, making things (so many things!), planning, being spontaneous (yes, both), making lists, solving problems, visiting with people, being outdoors, taking photos, gardening, baking, cooking, painting, crocheting, sewing, paper crafting (e.g. collage, stationery, envelopes and mailers, pocket letters, flipbooks), customizing and photographing Blythe dolls, carving rubber stamps, preparing and sending happy mail by post, writing fairly brief letters and occasional journal entries, solving sudoku and jigsaw puzzles (though I never buy them), playing games like Scrabble, Boggle, Huggermugger, Taboo, Scattergories, Tetris, Alhambra, Arkham Horror, and Skyrim, practicing mindfulness and self-discovery while working on being present, deliberate, and authentic
I also sit on the couch and watch shows while cuddling with my kitties and working on and/or coming up with ideas for more projects. I am in absolutely no danger of running out of projects. ;)

Things which Interest me (nouns!)
Many sorts of art, literature, and music, folk tales, fairy tales, myths, and legends, intriguing illustrations, thunderstorms, Autumn, Spring, cats of all kinds, wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (some favorite plants include oak, maple, birch, boxwood, and willow trees, iris, poppies, pansies, columbines, lilies, morning glories, bachelor buttons, clover, honeysuckle, bluebells, and magnolias), botanical gardens, orchards, vegetable gardens, rainbows, mischievous fairies, phoenixes, cryptozoology, dinosaurs, TARDIS, Totoro and his umbrella, semi-precious stones and fossils (like spectrolite, moonstone, onyx, ammolite, etc.), sea glass, trains, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles and penny-farthings, clocks, mechanisms, typewriters, strawberries, raspberries, Blythe, photography, many things that are considered "strange," "peculiar," or "dark," I find interesting and sometimes beautiful

Five Senses
I love ALL of these colors:

Some favorites are autumnal tones, black/greys, All kinds of blues, turquoise, reds, greens, purples-- I do tend to be drawn to more deep, earthy, or rich colors and don't do much with many pastels or neon/day-glo colors.
I especially enjoy ways that colors transform in combination with one another.

Some favorite sounds are rain on a metal rooftop, a crackling wood-burning fire, the sound of lighting a wooden match and the sound of the flame being extinguished by a breath, the songs of crickets and coquis, and the indescribable calm experienced while parasailing.

Some of my favorite flavors/scents are: genuine maple syrup and vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, and clover; I adore the flavors and, accordingly, the aromas of garlic and curry. I'm crazy about the smell of coffee beans, but can't drink coffee. My favorite scents that are definitely NOT for eating are probably the smell of a wood-burning fire, a forest after rain, and certain cats (the smell reminds me of my grandma's house and our visits there). No eating fire, forests, or kitties.

The cool stone faces of cliffs and canyons, the feel of my hands working through soil and stones or sorting through big bins of buttons, seeds, grain, or other smooth things, cozy homemade quilts of cotton, and the feeling of modal fabrics are all extremely soothing and comforting to me.


Too many to mention! Like I said, I collect myths, folk tales, fairy tales, and legends. Those are my favorites. I have a great fascination with and passion for children's literature. I especially adore Le Petit Prince and The Neverending Story, and reread Heidi and the Little House books every so often when nostalgia attacks ♥. Some favorite fairy tales (off the top of my head) include The White Cat, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Blockhead Hans, and Hansel and Gretel; I'm always in search of stories where the girls and women are clever and play active roles rather than being basically powerless victims who are "saved" by a man. I'd love to hear your recommendations!

As for "grown-up" books, I like interesting fiction that features unique characters and storytelling (my favorite I can think of off-hand is Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut), quirky old books on things like etiquette and education, vintage, unusual, and vegan cookbooks (I'm not vegan, but am allergic to milk, so this helps). I also enjoy modern nonfiction, especially cultural anthropology and self-help/psychology books (e.g. Blink by Malcom Gladwell and The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker) as well as books on mindfulness and meditation (e.g. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh).

Music, Movies, and Television

Johnny Cash, Regina Spektor, Madeleine Peyroux, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Elvis, Tom Waits, The Ramones, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Joan Jett, Mika, Mumford and Sons, Trampled by Turtles, Flight of the Conchords, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Patsy Cline, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Led Zeppelin, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Sting, U2, Cher (mostly in person--she's a delightful entertainer), Lady Gaga...I enjoy a wide variety of music. I get nostalgic and a little homesick (in a good way) when I listen to the old Grand Ole Opry Country Classics and Blues and Bluegrass and Folk music. ♥

Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Amélie, The Apartment, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Heathers, The Nomi Song, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, The Amazing Screw-on Head, My Neighbor Totoro, The Skeleton Key, Best in Show, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers (original version), The Triplets of Belleville, Dallas Buyers Club, Blast From the Past, Sweeny Todd, The Wedding Singer, Despicable Me, Wreck it Ralph, The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

Dr. Who, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Arrested Development, Hannibal, Grace & Frankie, The Blacklist, Leverage, Breakout Kings, Orange is the New Black, Wentworth, House, Pushing Daisies, Once Upon a Time, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Community, The Mindy Project, The New Girl, Bones, RuPaul's Drag Race, Charmed, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, House Hunters, Fixer-Upper, Property Brothers, all sorts of HGTV shows. I also enjoy documentaries. Lately, I've been especially enjoying The Great British Baking Show. BAKE!

Yes, Please! and No, Thanks!

Yes Please! (also refer to interests):
I have a great appreciation for things which are both useful and beautiful.

  • fun kitchen tools, potholders, swedish dishcloths, etc.
    *handmade bookmarks, coasters, cotton pillowcases, cotton/bamboo/acrylic scarves (allergic to wool), or a word for my word wall (please sign your artwork) would be lovely
  • I would also be very happy to receive a pocket letter, flipbook, or ATC made by you!
  • Your mail art always makes me smile ♥
  • Anything on my Amazon or Etsy favorites lists, or things inspired by them, would be delightful!
  • Please send me your own personal tried-and-loved dairy-free recipes ♥
  • stationery--I LOVE stationery, especially letter sets, homemade envelopes and any other colorful/interesting envelopes in mailable sizes, decorative adhesive or gummed labels, and anything made with a letterpress
  • art journal goodies (any brand or good quality homemade is great)
  • nice quality ATC backgrounds (I use these in pocket letters and flipbooks--I can never have too many!)
  • stickers--I only use the flat ones, and I enjoy a large variety (some of my favorites are here ) As I'm currently exploring mandala-making, groups of 4 or 8 of the same image are especially appreciated
  • rings or necklaces in any color metal but gold, especially filigree, enameled, and/or natural stones -- I'm just now exploring what kinds of jewelry I really like
  • charms
  • pendants
  • stones or crystals
  • information on natural healing (the healing properties of plants, reiki, accupressure, etc.)
  • anything forest related: wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (see "interests" section)
  • uncommon and interesting quotes
  • stamps, cut-outs, stickers, stationery, etc. with the following words/phrases: "enjoy," "explore," "hello," "surprise" or "surprise inside," "wish" or "make a wish," "happy mail"
  • original vintage advertisements, seed packet images or botanical illustrations, valentines and Halloween-themed items
  • I enjoy traditional (not Disney or cartoonish) fairy tale themed items, especially uncommon and/or beautifully illustrated fairy tales
  • unused US postage stamps of any denomination: I have a special fondness for older (out of print) postage stamps which I can still use to send mail! ♥
  • ANYTHING from Paper Source, Now Designs kitchen goodies, or pouches/bags from BlueQ would be an absolute delight ♥
  • pigma micron pens (LOVE these!) ♥
  • Since my planner literally got flooded (severe water damage), I've started a bullet journal, which is working very well for me. I use it daily and personalize it to meet my changing needs. The only things I need for it are a black pigma micron pen (I've been using a 01 for daily entries) and colored pencils (I can always use more of those!), and I don't really use planner stickers/decorations.
  • any fun things having to do with my other interests

No thanks:

Please don't send me anything involving violence or gore, political or religious things (spiritual/inspirational=fine, just not religious), or any food or beverage items, makeup, or other personal care items (unless it's something specifically on my Etsy or Amazon wishlist). Thank you.

As for the following things, I simply don't care for them and don't have any use for them:

touristy postcards, small fabric scraps, fake or dyed feathers, kids' craft supplies, foam, puffy, or "3D" stickers, sequins, glitter, bling, items that are frilly, over-the-top cutesy, "country," Americana,"glam/fashionista," sports, wedding, or baby-themed

Most importantly, please don't send me anything smelling of smoke, mildew, or strong perfumes (I have allergies). Thanks!

Private Swaps and Destash

Needed for current projects

  • JOKERS from playing card decks.

  • authentic wooden Scrabble tiles, any age or condition (to use in gift projects for family)

  • scraps/pieces of good-quality felt to use in little sewing projects

  • colored (not painted-on, but colored all the way through) glass, stone, or glazed ceramic pony beads and strong waxed cord-- I have had trouble finding these, but like to use them to make "fidgets" for folks to help alleviate anxiety and improve concentration, focus, and ability to be present

  • my swap-bot friend @piratecaptainmo introduced me to sticker mandalas. To make these, I need multiples of 8 or 4 of the same sticker (or 2 or 4 pairs of reflected images, like in many Mrs. Grossman's stickers). Any sticker bundles you send my way for this will be put to very good use, as I plan to make some for gifts for my little ones back home (and eventually a larger nature-themed one for my studio). They can be from anywhere; some good brands that are fairly easy to find include Mrs. Grossman's, Violette, Sticko, and Paper House (non-scrapbook kind). Especially desirable are any that are die-cut around the image or have clear backgrounds. Any cute multiples from planner stickers would work, too.

Work in Progress: The Great Destash of 2019

This coming year, I am going through all of my art supplies and making LOTS of things to give, share, and swap (along with lots of "extra" art and craft supplies and other treasures I find along the way).

I will be compiling a flickr album with photos of available items, so if you see something you'd love to have or give as a gift, I'd be happy to set up a private swap. I make homemade envelopes, personalized return address labels and swap cards as well.

I will update this section with the album link as soon as items are photographed and online

I'm always looking to swap for wishlist items, tools and supplies I'd like for my studio and current projects, and interesting unused US postage stamps I can incorporate into mail art.

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Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and learn a little bit about me and what I like. It really means a lot to me to know you put such thought and care into your parcels; it makes them personal and meaningful rather than simply transactional. It's the difference that can totally make someone's day. I always read the profiles of my partners for this reason; it's one of my favorite things about swap-bot. So, thanks again! ♥

Keeping Track

This section is where I keep notes on outstanding swaps/tags/wishes/RAKs/WTAs to make sure everything arrives safely; I always send my swaps on time and try to rate as soon as I can after receiving from my partners.

PLEASE contact me before rating if you haven't received from me or the envelope is damaged; I'm happy to re-send if something gets inexplicably lost or torn up in the post.


July Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@susieq11 rec'd 7/9

June Wishes Sent

International Small Swaps

Make a Wish

Wonderful Wishes
@tcornell rec'd 6/10
@bluehairedmary rec'd 6/20

May Wishes Sent

International Small Swaps
@Marryth rec'd 5/15
@anicka22 rec'd 5/10
@Mye rec'd 5/31

Wonderful Wishes
@susieq11 rec'd 5/29
@daydreamer47 rec'd 5/31
@debbiespoms rec'd 5/25
@kiddomerriweather rec'd 6/3

April Wishes Sent

A Wish Granted: USA
@lonestarchild rec'd 4/19

International Small Swaps
@Phenyx rec'd 5/8
@Wooper rec'd 5/8

Make a Wish
@mgallardo68 rec'd 4/27
@susieq11 rec'd 5/3
@anicka22 rec'd 5/6

@anicka22 rec'd 4/27
@TeaNi rec'd 5/9

Wonderful Wishes
@Queensmiley2530 rec'd 5/2
@manders2280 rec'd 5/3

March Wishes Sent

A Wish Granted: USA
@ChrisAnne rec'd 3/12
@tcornell rec'd 3/20

Make a Wish
@MSturgill87 rec'd 4/3
@anicka22 rec'd 3/26
@Ciska76 rec'd 3/26

Wonderful Wishes
@kiddomerriweather rec'd 3/8
@bluehairedmary rec'd 3/13

@keahirada rec'd 3/11
@Swan rec'd 3/25

RAKs and surprises pending arrival:

Outstanding Swaps:

Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:

ISS group "Take 10" tag:
preparing for @mgallardo68


ariestess rated for USAPC: 3 ATCoins: Nature Themed on Jul 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for these gorgeous ATCoins! They're so pretty! And thank you for the little post it things, too. I can't wait to use those!
Eclectonote rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #7 on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: A beautiful envelope - starry and moody with the best vintage space stamps ever. Even the back is space themed, and the "make a wish" sticker is just perfect. Thanks also for the galaxy stickers and washi and of course for the Totoro washi, too. A Great Mail Day!
Kvwanderlost rated for MAIL ART - Colorful on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your colorful envie and the goodies inside! I love it all, especially the return address labels, I needed those :)
Comment: What a cute envie! Even strawberry stamps! Those scratch and sniff stamps smell so good. I want to eat them! Thank you for a great swap.
tigerlily2110 rated for C.I. ~ Collaborative Postcard on Jul 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks
Comment: Love these stamps!! I LOVE the ocelot and panther ones!! Thank you! And the Zip code stamp is one of my ultimate favorites, so I was happy to see it on the envelope!
AmyMarie rated for USA Puzzle Collaboration #1 on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Lovely puzzle piece! Nicely painted. NOTE: The swap description states "Please mail your puzzle piece inside a Decorated card/envelope" so I was disappointed to receive a plain white envelope.
Response: I am so sorry about that! I took it with me to finish on the plane and mail out from my mom's house (had to leave unexpectedly due to a death in the family) and must have overlooked that part. I appreciate you letting me know, especially since I normally send everything in decorated or mail art envelopes. I will be sending you a little profile surprise in a decorated envelope to make up for my mistake, and again, my apologies. ♥ Have a lovely day. I'm happy you liked my painting.
marymary914 rated for IS ~ Handmade Bird Envies ~ USA on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great bird envies!!
yolomba rated for WIYM: A Few of my Favorite Things #2 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you. I absolutely adore everything you sent.
mgallardo68 rated for Monochromatic flat envie on Jun 16, 2019
Comment: Dear Phillaine, I loved your joyful red envelope! Thank you so much for all the pretty goodies you sent me! I will use them all! ♥♥
Comment: Thank you so much!
Ruthless rated for WIYM: ✉ Postage Stamps — USA #2 on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful stamps. I appreciate that you looked at my profile. I like all vintage stamps. I’ve never gotten a vintage stamp I didn’t like! Lol! I love the little envelope too! Very cool. If I could rate more hearts I would. You really brightened my day! Thank you.
tam2016 rated for All that teal!!! on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the little teal goodies. I really love them all. I especially like the pattern on the pencils. I don't even want to sharpen them... LOL.
carol rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #63 on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: What a lovely PC! I hope I can do it justice. Also, I LOVE the stamps! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness.
Comment: Thanks for all the wonderful yellow things you sent in the home made lemony-goodness envie! They all made me smile and brightened an otherwise gloomy day! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Ciska76 rated for Looking for... on May 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your thoughtful fruity surprise. What a lovely paper, washi and stickers. 🍒🍓🍉
PrairieKittin rated for C.I. ~ Collaborative Postcard on May 25, 2019
Comment: Flamingos!! And, I get to send it home, it looks like! Very cool. Thanks!
vlhafer54 rated for EP Layering/bavkground Paper Swap on May 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful paper - I love the papers you used for the ATC blanks!
watercolorgirl rated for Pass and Paste #61 on May 17, 2019
Comment: Your addition to the post card is very lovely. I'll do my best to follow it. Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envelope and goodies.

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wolfeagle on Jul 19, 2019:


Thank you for contributing to my Pass and Paste. I love how it turned out.

susieq11 on Jul 9, 2019:

Hi Phillaine!!! I looooove the poodle stickers for Make A Wish! July!! I love that they’re big and I agree, they’re wonderful illustrations. Beautiful!!!!! You made me smile a huge smile! I like the decorated envelope and fun stamps. Big hugs for you!!!! xoxo

bluehairedmary on Jun 20, 2019:

Thanks so much for the yarny sticker for the Wonderful Wishes group! I can't tell either if it's a sheep or an alpaca. But I can tell that it is cute and will be added to my collection! Thanks!

LahDeeDah on Jun 17, 2019:

I just answered your question. Sorry for the delay. I forgot to check the comments on that swap. :-)

mgallardo68 on Jun 16, 2019:

Received wonderful envelope full of goodies for smashbook/magpie journal from you dear @phillaine (ISS > I Offer Tag!). Thank you SO MUCH! ♥♥

lou on Jun 14, 2019:

Happy Anniversary Month, 9 years here, yea!!

anicka22 on Jun 13, 2019:

Mail from you is always awesome! Thank you for the lovely take 10 tag!

tcornell on Jun 10, 2019:

Wow, these are really nice labels that you sent me for June's Wonderful Wishes. They remind me of a book of labels I bought some time ago: Botanicals Labels & Stickers by Chronical Books. I will have to look this artist up! Thank you so much for thinking of me and for feeding my addiction LOL Tracy

ncnurse04 on Jun 7, 2019:

Please forgive me for being late to post a thank you for the wonderful and thoughtful envelope you sent me for the Flat Surprise tag. These beauties will be going into my personal art journal. Thank you so much.

kiddomerriweather on Jun 3, 2019:

Thank you for the May Wonderful Wishes wish. I love my birthday gift (I couldn't wait until my birthday to open it!). The painting is too cute! I will cherish it always. Thank you so much for thinking of me on my special day!

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