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Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: September 28, 2020
Birthday: April 28
Country: United States
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About Me

My trip has been postponed. I will remain at home until further notice.

Hello. Welcome to my profile. My name is Phillaine. I live with my sweetheart and our two (magic!) hypoallergenic Siberian cats in a city that's pretty great as far as cities go. My heart's home is in the North Woods, 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 fortunate to live near an enormous wilderness area which I'm eager to explore.

My current focus is on creating an environment and lifestyle that will support my health and growth. 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, embroidery, 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, cuddling up with my kitties while watching shows 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, 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, Schitt's Creek, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Bones, Charmed, Arrested Development, Hannibal, Grace & Frankie, The Blacklist, Leverage, The Wire, Breakout Kings, Orange is the New Black, Wentworth, House, Pushing Daisies, Once Upon a Time, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Community, RuPaul's Drag Race, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, House Hunters, Fixer-Upper, Property Brothers, Love it or List it, 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 ♥
  • Please send me your own personal tried-and-loved dairy-free recipes ♥
  • Anything on my Amazon or Etsy favorites lists, or things inspired by them
  • 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 and rub-on transfers: I only use the flat ones, and I enjoy a large variety. As I'm currently exploring mandala-making, groups of 4 or 8 of the same image are especially appreciated
  • washi tape sample cards with a theme (all red, all metallic, cats, floral, etc.)
  • rings or necklaces in any color metal but gold, especially filigree, enameled, and/or natural stones
  • 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 ♥
  • cool old playing cards with the colorful drawings/paintings on the backs ♥
  • 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 like that I can easily 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.
  • playing card jokers
  • DMC embroidery floss ♥
  • little embroidery hoops or frames ♥
  • scraps/pieces of good-quality felt to use in little sewing projects
  • scissors! any and all, especially pretty, fun, quirky or unique
  • letter openers
  • 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
  • any fun things having to do with my other interests

I'm always looking to swap for wishlist items, tools and supplies I'd like for my studio and current projects, and interesting unused U.S. postage stamps I can incorporate into mail art. If you're interested in setting up a private swap, please contact me via PM.

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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, so they'd be better saved for someone who will appreciate them:

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

I can't use anything made of wool (fabric, felt, yarns, etc.) because it makes me SUPER itchy. :(

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

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 lost or torn up in the post.


September Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

August Wishes Sent

@GrrMeoww rec'd 9/4
@gingerbee rec'd 8/21
@penpallingfool rec'd end of August

Wonderful Wishes
@kiddomerriweather rec'd 8/22
@Lonestarchild rec'd 8/21
@TryshaH81 rec'd 8/31
@sherba31 rec'd 8/31
@pkpeace rec'd 9/5
@susieq11 rec'd 9/10

June Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

Wonderful Wishes

May Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

Wonderful Wishes

April Wishes Sent

A Wish Granted (USA)

Make a Wish

Wonderful Wishes

RAKs and surprises pending arrival:

Outstanding Swaps:

Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:


Eulegirl rated for A smile for ya! on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the stickers in the cute smile envie!
Response: You're welcome! :)
Comment: Thank you for the Autumn poem. I agree I’ve been in the mood lately too.
Response: You're welcome. Feeling October-ish all September here. Happy official Autumn!
Manjigirl rated for Postage Stamp Mail ARt on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you. You ATC is amazing. Such a pleasure to receive one with thought behind it. ♥️ for that 😉
Response: Thank you! ♥ It was a fun challenge, and I'm pleased that you like the way it turned out.
Mamasch rated for LSRUS Travelling Postcard Round 2 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! ♥
RockyBeach rated for Art Journal Pages-August on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the art journal pages, they're great! And I also love the way you've presented them, just like a little journal itself. :) It's not at all busy, a little forerunner of autumn.
Response: Thank you! ♥ I'm glad that you like them, and hope you have fun playing with them. Happy Autumn!
Comment: Got your letter and the goodies. Thank you for the project life cards and especially the playing cards - so many cute ones! I've been to Savannah, Maine, and just last year went to Boulder. Stayed there for a week and had a wonderful time. And I've always wanted to go to Sicily. I wonder if we will ever be able to travel internationally again???!!!
Response: You're welcome! I also wonder... mostly when, how freely, and how safely and securely. In the meantime, a chance to better appreciate our local offerings, I suppose.
dartha rated for MAIL ART - Hearts ❤️ on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Philaine, Love the envelope and hearts! We're doing fine - right now the main issue is the smoke and terrible air quality, but hopefully soon it will get better. Take care, darla
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you're safe and well. ♥
Comment: Thank you for your lovely note on the cute raccoon postalette and the great stickers Phillaine! It is cooling down a bit here now too, Autumn is coming :)
Response: You're welcome! Hooray for Autumn! :)
Comment: ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💗🤎🤍🖤 Oh, I wish I could give you a big hug, Phillaine! This heart of Te’fiti is so beautiful, it made my own heart skip a beat when I saw it!!! Mahalo a million times over 🌺 You amazing human who blesses me so abundantly! ☀️ 🌊 💕. You again amaze me with the nicely written note that says this is the first embroidery pattern you’ve ever designed! OMG! Awe-someness! I’m holding a prized possession here! Seriously, I love and will cherish this “itty bitty stitchery” for all my days! Thank you for coordinating the great swap too! Aloha & a hui hou (in the mail), take care my friend!
Response: Your kind words overwhelm me. Thank you, sweet lady. Much aloha went into this for you, and I'm so pleased that you see and appreciate it. Thank you for inspiring me. It was truly a pleasure. ♥
PaperPassion rated for Coloring In-Bookmark on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: I just love the bookmark.It is beautiful, thanks so much.I also would like to say thank you for joining this swap.Have a great day.
Response: Thank you for your sweet comment, and for hosting! ♥ It was so relaxing to make, lots of good vibes went into it for you. :)
thriftymermaid rated for SMSUSA: Autumn Happy Mail on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the super pretty envelope and goodies. Nice to be swapping with you again. I hope you and yours are well! 🧡💌
Response: You're welcome. It was fun putting a swap together for you again. ♥
Comment: Goodness -- what a fun and creative swap. Just love the little birdie seals you made -- so cute! Can't wait to use those. And delighted with all the labels -- I never have enough of those. Also very much enjoyed the envie you sent it in. Thank you for a wonderful swap.
Response: Thanks for your kind words. I had a lot of fun putting this together for you, and I'm glad you like it. ♥
Comment: I got to your swap! Woo hoo! I loved all of it and the collage you did, great idea!
Response: Thank you! I'm happy you like it. 🙂
fabmama72 rated for WIYM: ABCs of washi #2: F-J on Jun 30, 2020
January rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: What a cute owl you carved! And thanks for the variety of stuff - the sticker is great!
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy you like it. ♥🦉♥
Comment: Hi Phillaine thank you for the beautiful washi tapes from Sweet Supplies ...they came wrapped up like a little present with gorgeous cute postage stamps from Nippon and a cute little Rilakkuma notecard. Sorry for this late rating..I thought I had rated this already. My apologies. Happy Spring swapping be safe be loved be healthy
Response: You're welcome! The seller was so sweet, she sent me a picture of the way she wrapped them up and everything. ♥ Thanks for your kind note.
Lillypooh12 rated for UHM: May "Something" Wishes on May 12, 2020
Comment: THANK YOU!! If I could rate higher with so many more stars, I would. This was such a lovely swap and your writing is beautiful! I am so excited to add these things to my daughters scrapbook!! Again, thank you so mcuh!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for your sweet comment. ♥ I'm happy you found some things you'll enjoy using. :) It's tricky to predict what style people will like.
Comment: Thank you for everything! They made me smile :)
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy they brightened your day. :)
Comment: I love everything you sent me!
Response: Hooray! 😊 Thanks. ♥
Comment: What a wonderful envie of B&W. Love the envies and PCs -- such great images! And totally cute snailmail stickers! Thanks for a great swap!!
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy you like them. 😊

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susieq11 on Sep 26, 2020:

Thank you so so much for the Snoopy stickers and Make A Wish rubber stamp for MAW September!! How fun is that!?! I enjoyed reading your note too. I’m glad you’re pushing forward with your clean up plan!! I love my “stuff” too much lol!! I’d need hypnosis to stop ha ha haha!! It would be nice to just have a small amount of things and be able to pick and go in a second! Happy autumn to you and a huge thanks as always. 🧡🤍🤎

Kirkdebb on Sep 25, 2020:

Thank you for your RAK, Recollections Creative Year Notepad. I love the saying on them "Do Something Creative Every Day"! I am definitely more happy when I am making something!!

dartha on Sep 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for all the amazing Alice in Wonderland goodies in Make A Wish - September Love them - thank you, darla

susieq11 on Sep 10, 2020:

Hi Phillaine! Thank you for the “postcats” (love that!!) for WW August! Just perfect. And of course the stamps were wonderful. I loved those! Hope you’re enjoying these last weeks of summer and glad you can still meet up outside!! Thanks for always thinking of me! xoxo

pkpeace on Sep 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the lovely napkins and really gorgeous doilies! I appreciate the pretty presentation and lovely envelope! I really appreciate the time you put into this wish for me! Wonderful Wishes ~ August 2020

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

sherba31 on Aug 31, 2020:

Thanks so much for the August WW mushroom yum! We've had so much rain that tiny ones are even popping up through the mulch. Once the outrageous heat dies down we'll be able to walk more and explore the trails for the mushrooms and other wildlife. Take care!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 26, 2020:

Thank you for the random happy mail! It was so much fun to go through! Expect some happy mail to come your way soon. I'm taking a break from creating (except for what I owe--I have a big undertaking due in September). I'll just be focusing on sending out letters and happy mail. Thank you again!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 22, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome August WW!!! I'm so grateful for the Mint sheets!!! I was totally out of them. I'm so addicted to making stamps!!! I'm so sorry for taking so long to thank you. I've been sick and it's taken me a few days to recover, so I've haven't logged on in a while. I'm super appreciative though. <3

gingerbee on Aug 21, 2020:

Thank you for the LSRU August Wishlist envie full of fun Halloween stuff! And I love the stamped images you used on the outside of the envelope (pumpkin and bat with scrolls) - could you pass on what brand those are?!? Thanks again!

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