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Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: February 6, 2024

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About Me

Hello. Welcome to my profile. My name is Phillaine. I live with my sweetheart and our two (magic!) hypoallergenic Siberian cats in a cozy home surrounded by magnificent old oak and maple trees. I'm getting all snuggled in for hibernation season with another long Minnesota winter, and I've never been happier to have big beautiful windows. ♥

I LOVE to be outside: my happiness is directly tied to the amount of time I spend outdoors. My heart's home is in the North Woods, and I aspire to build a little house of my own in the forest someday.

🌈My FAVORITE things to do on swap-bot are granting wishes in wish list groups and sending profile-based swaps and surprises. 💌

Thank you for joining me here and taking the time to peruse my thoughts. 💗

I'll be working on updating my profile over the next few months as well. :)


Things I Enjoy Doing (verbs!)
reading, exploring, traveling, making things (so many things!), 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, playing games like Scrabble, Boggle, Huggermugger, Taboo, Scattergories,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, compelling 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, stones and fossils (like spectrolite, moonstone, onyx, ammolite, etc.), sea glass, trains, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles and penny-farthings, clocks, mechanisms, rube-goldberg machines, typewriters, strawberries, raspberries, Blythe, photography, many things that are considered "strange," "peculiar," or "dark," I find intriguing 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 exploring the ways that colors transform in combination with one another.

Some favorite sounds are rain on a 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 wait around to be "saved" . I'd love to hear your recommendations!

As for "grown-up" books, I like original 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). Ever since I got a kindle in late 2022, my reading has increased at least threefold (I read 169 books this past year)! Being able to check out e-books from the library has been literally life-changing for me. Much recommended for anyone who has mobility issues or difficulty getting out and about regularly.

Music, Movies, and Television

Johnny Cash, Regina Spektor, Madeleine Peyroux, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Elvis, Tom Waits, The Ramones, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Queen, 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. ♥

The Addams Family • Addams Family Values • Amélie • The Apartment • Batman Returns • Beetlejuice • Best in Show • Blast From the Past • Bottle Shock • Clue • Coco • Coraline • The Dark Knight • Death Becomes Her • Despicable Me • Django Unchained • Edward Scissorhands • The Fantastic Mr. Fox • The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound • Get Out • The Goonies • Harold and Maude • Heathers • Hocus Pocus • Isle of Dogs • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle • Knives Out • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra • A Mighty Wind • Moana • My Big Fat Greek Wedding • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 • My Neighbor Totoro • The Neverending Story • The Nightmare Before Christmas • O Brother, Where Art Thou? • Parasite • The Princess Bride • The Producers (1967) • Quigley Down Under • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion • The Shawshank Redemption • Sing • The Skeleton Key • Stand By Me • The Triplets of Belleville • Up • The Wedding Singer • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) • The Witches (1990) • Wreck it Ralph • X-Men • Young Frankenstein • Zootopia

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. I'm thinking 'tis the season to catch up on 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 playing around with 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 any good-quality non-wool 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, very small fabric or paper 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! ♥


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.


January Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

Wonderful Wishes

December Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

Wonderful Wishes

RAKs and surprises pending arrival:

Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:


Comment: Thank you! I also don't have much orange in the house. Your garden sounds lovely
Comment: What a gorgeous mandala! Thank you so much ☺️
Comment: Thanks so much for a lovely assortment of red stickers on this PC, and for writing out the PC in red ink too :). Looked great!!
Response: Thank you! I'm happy you liked it. :)
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: Such a charming print of the blooming tulips. I really like how you designed the postcard and used the stamp in multiples. Colors are fantastic, too. Thanks for sharing your artwork!
Response: Thank you so much! ♥ Your kind words brighten my day.
dvmac rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks Phillaine. Summer is nice too, right? 😁
Response: LOL! :) I do love the summer storms. ♥
Comment: what an envelope! thank you for the swap. Cheers.
Response: :) Thanks!
Juniebird rated for WIYM: Wishy-Washi #3 💌 on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Such a lot of very pretty tapes! Thanks for everything, I especially love all the birds, especially the owls! 😊. Can’t wait to use them all!
Lonestarchild rated for WIYM: Wishy-Washi #3 💌 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: Oh very fun -- wonderful additions to my H'ween washi stash! I have a fair bit of mostly orange, but not so much black. This is great! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your generosity and sending stickers!! I enjoyed reading your letter, your snail mail really made my day, thank you!
Comment: Hi Phillaine! I enjoyed your letter very much and hearing about your biggest embroidery project, jelly making and future plans for a homestead. The bonus is the "Forest Friends seal & send. Super cute! Like you I'm happy for September. We're even expecting rain this weekend which we are welcoming! Thank you for your nice letter . Happy September!
Reisegern rated for Challenge Image Swap on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: Hi Phillaine, your wonderful envelope arrived yesterday. It was postmarked on Aug24, so the re-send travelled really quickly over here. The house you carved is a great stamp. And it's so detailed - great work altogether. I like it a lot. I also like that you did so many prints of it on stickers and envelopes. It will be fun to use them. Thanks!
Comment: They are lovely and I have such a good use for them!
Comment: You totally nailed it!! I adore the Bureau of Paranormal Research patch! Totally spot on. And I do love Guardians of the Galaxy too! They are both perfect. Thank you so much for tailoring the patches to me! Aloha
Comment: Thank you for sending stickers tailored to my profile - and most importantly the effort and thought you have put behind the mail you sent out! Love 'em!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: June sticker swap on Jun 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! I loved your envelope, and Pipsticks is my fav brand too. I had stopped Violette because of the creepy kids/people/holiday ones! I do like the sheets like the unicorn one you sent though! The women feminist ones I have never seen before, and adore! If you ever remember where you got those I would love to know!
anicka22 rated for SSM: May Stickers on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you sooooo much for the beautiful stickers. Love them so much!
mjhaertling rated for CPG ~ Ransom Note HMPC ~ USA on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the super sweet ransom PC. Every postal worker between Minnesota and Missouri must have kept if for a day - it finally arrived on June 5 or 6. LOL It was worth waiting for, the variety of letters is great. How far north is your "up north"?
Response: Crazy! Sorry it took so long to get to you. ♥ My "up north" is right near the Mississippi river headwaters. :) Can't wait to get up there!! Waiting on negative covid results for my family so I can make the trip (they all have it and mom just tested positive again). I'm so happy you like the card-- made with love! ♥
ccap rated for Private Swap: ccap and phillaine on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the goodies. I'll enjoy them this weekend when we head off to a cabin.
Response: Hooray! That'll be perfect timing! :) Thanks again for initiating this swap. I'd be happy to do another with you in the future. ♥
StagKing rated for N&T: Textile Amulet V on Jun 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pendent! I gasped when I opened it up, the details are stunning! Thanks for participating in my swap and hello from across the river!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. ♥ I have pretty much no experience with textile jewelry, so your swap series has been a fun challenge. I'm so pleased you like the one I made for you. Hello back! :)
Arhel rated for HDoP profile-themed bookmark on May 25, 2021
Comment: Dear Phillaine, thank you so, so much for your lovely mail! I love the bookmark (so pretty!) and it went immediately into use: I marked the page in one of my chess books with it. :) I prefer my bookmarks totally flat, too, so, no hole. And you even sent a second bookmark and die-cut leaves, thank you so much!!! My best wishes to you and of course your whole family!
Response: I'm so happy you like the bookmarks -- it was a challenge for me using those new brush markers, and I was hoping to get more detail than I managed. Thank you for hosting this lovely swap, and for your kind words! ♥

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Autist on Feb 1, 2024:

Thank you for the yarn bits for my scarf!! I will put them to good use! Cheers Evan

Oneartcookie5 on Jan 26, 2024:

WW Dec. Hi thank you so much for sending me the envie of pdt labels. I definitely can use them and appreciate them! Thank you so much for thinking of me!

anicka22 on Jan 21, 2024:

Thank you so much for the lovely December wishes. The stickersheets are amazing! Hope you are doing well. It was so nice to hear from you ❤️ Lots of love, Anicka

susieq11 on Jan 18, 2024:

Thank you for the Valentine’s Day goodies for Make A Wish January! Cannot wait to use everything on my mail! Hope you are well and staying warm! XOXO

BusyB on Jan 17, 2024:

Thank you so much for the Valentine stickers and washi for Jan WW. I'll be using some this week to decorate some happy mail. Great to hear from you! I hope you have a wonderful 2024!

susieq11 on Jan 15, 2024:

Thanks so much for the card and stickers for MAW December! : ) I hope your New Year has started off well! xoxo

Giddyanni on Jan 15, 2024:

Hi Phillaine and thank you very much for the MAW December wish! I haven't seen this type of card before.. is it a postalet? (sp?) The stickers are super; I can't wait to use them :o) Wishing you a Very Happy New Year and once again, thank you!

kiddomerriweather on Jan 13, 2024:

Thank you for the Valentine washi samples, stickers, and labels you sent for my January WW! I really appreciate you.

Oneartcookie5 on Jan 13, 2024:

WW Jan Thank you sending me the pretty Valentine's stickers and washi. It was very kind of you. I cannot wait to use them.

CajunLady on Jan 12, 2024:

Thank you for the stamps from my December wishlist in WW

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