Swap-bot Time: September 21, 2018 10:30 am


Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: September 21, 2018
Birthday: April 28
Country: United States
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About Me

As of September 18th, 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.
Thank you!

Hi! My name is Phillaine, and I'm 36 years old. I'm 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 the flame makes when it's extinguished, 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, clover, honeysuckle, and pumpkin spice; I adore the flavors and don't at all mind the aroma 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 campfire, 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 experience 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 LOVE 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, 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.

  • I would LOVE to receive a pocket letter from 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-and-tried-again-and-again recipes ♥ Dairy-free would be extra fantastic as I have a dairy allergy
  • 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 my pocket letters--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 welcome
  • rings or necklaces in silver or antiqued-look metals, expecially 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"
  • vintage advertisements
  • vintage seed packet images or botanical illustrations
  • vintage valentines and vintage Halloween-themed items
  • I enjoy traditional (not Disney or cartoonish) fairy tale themed items, especially uncommon or beautifully illustrated fairy tales
  • unused postage stamps of any denomination would be great, and 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!), so I don't really use planner stickers/decorations much anymore.
  • any fun things having to do with my other interests :)

No thanks:

Please don't send me anything involving violence or gore, religious things (spiritual/inspirational=fine, just not religious), or any food or beverage items, band-aids, 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, 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. Do you collect a specific playing card? Or also collect jokers? I have several different decks of cards and some duplicate jokers to trade with you.

  • authentic wooden Scrabble tiles, any age or condition (gift projects for my sister's and brother's families)

  • colored (not painted-on, but colored all the way through) glass or stone 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 recently 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 2018

This 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 US postage of any denomination (so I can send out more wishes and RAKs), wishlist items, and/or tools and supplies I'd like for my studio and current projects.

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 makes all the difference in the world to me to know you put such thought into your care packages; 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! ♥

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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.

Wishes and RAKs:

September Wishes Sent

A Wish Granted: USA

All About the Wishes

Make a Wish


July Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

June Wishes Sent

Swaps & Wishes
@mariamichelle rec'd 6/26

April Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@simcoe54 rec'd 4/26
@CrystalZ rec'd 5/4
@shirleyinCA rec'd 4/20
@anicka22 rec'd 4/24

RAKs and surprises pending arrival

Outstanding Swaps:

contacted @PinkFluffyUnicorn re: WIYM: Happy Flat Mail May-USA as I did not receive anything from her and also didn't receive a rating. Sent personal messages on 6/28 and 7/16. Waiting for a response from her. On 9/4 she responded to my messages, and I replied on 9/5. As of 9/11, the status is waiting for her to read and reply to my PM in order to resolve the matter.

Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:

need to send to @shirleyinCA


Comment: Thank you so, so much for such lovely happy mail - and wonderful pieces to work with for future junk journaling! I really appreciate the care and thought you put into everything in this parcel. xoxoxo
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envelope of goodies! I especially love the acorn sticky notes!
Airam rated for WIYM: APC Animal Series-Panda Bear on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: thank you for the awesome flipbook. I just loved it and all the little ocean goodies:)
ArtsyEm rated for ZIP ~ Postalette! on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the cutest postalette I have ever seen! It is darling. I enjoyed your letter and am fascinated by your plans to build a cottage! Sounds awesome- I wish you best of luck and hope it provides many years of cozy reading/crafting/ writing whatever!
Lady rated for Masterboard of Collage #2 on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: my ratings don't seem to stick :(
geekgirl1001000 rated for Masterboard of Collage #2 on Jun 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
mylove4craft rated for SMSUSA: Stationery Swap on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely stationery! Can't wait to use them up!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, I can’t wait to colour my section and send it on again :)
scrappycats rated for WIYM: Happy Flat Mail May-USA on Jun 6, 2018
Comment: thanks for the teal!
MadeByRori rated for WIYM: Happy Flat Mail May-USA on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: I always love mail from you, Phillaine! Thank you so much for another lovely envie full of airmail and rainbow magic.
Ryleighsmom rated for WIYM: Happy Flat Mail May-USA on Jun 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Love all that you sent!!
Loonstruck rated for WIYM: Happy Flat Mail May-USA on Jun 1, 2018
Comment: What a smart idea to make those envelopes. love it!
emilynhr rated for WIYM: Happy Flat Mail May-USA on May 31, 2018
Comment: 🦄Thanks!🦄
Comment: I'm in Kitty heaven, thanks for all the kitty things!
Babsmomof5 rated for WIYM: Happy Flat Mail May-USA on May 29, 2018
Comment: Oh, Phillaine these stickers are just gorgeous colors! Thank you so much, I know I will enjoy using them in projects!
Jsereg001 rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #24 on May 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome goodies!! I love everything!!
Comment: I just got your beautiful flip book, i love it and all the little things you added, i really like the cat with the glasses, it made me smile. thank you!
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies; and I LOVE the kitty stickers!
Ikran3 rated for PBS: Little Blue Surprise Swap on May 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you SO much!! I adore it, you got my style totally! Absolutely love it, thank you so much!! <3 <3 <3

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OrigamiGrace on Sep 16, 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely green beads from my September Wishlist! Much appreciated!

sherba31 on Sep 15, 2018:

Thanks for the AATW envie full of lettersets! Great variety and totally ready to use the babies. Hope your weekend is a lovely one.

kaypendragon on Sep 15, 2018:

Thanks soo much for the AATW birthday goodies!! The stamps and die are awesome!

anicka22 on Sep 12, 2018:

Thank you so very much for the wonderful stationery sheets for my birthday! So sweet of you to think of me. Hope you are doing allright and send you Lots of hugs!

shirleyinCA on May 6, 2018:

It was very hard to wait, but I finally got to open your Make A Wish birthday treat yesterday -WOOHOO- so terrific! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your great letter, and the Disney pin puzzle will be such fun to do -- I have collected favorite pins and also love to trade, especially with the kids that visit Disneyland! And we love to do puzzles, especially when our kids visit. I love the Mickey punch, too and will enjoy making cards and ATCs with it! Your thoughtfulness and generosity really made my birthday special -- thank you, dear Phillaine.

CrystalZ on May 6, 2018:

Thank you for the address labels and stickers towards my April wishlist in the Make a Wish! Group. I will definately be using everything in the future :)

CurlyTea on May 1, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

DeAnnaVarela on Apr 30, 2018:

Thank you for the terrific profile comments. I'm so glad you found the envie of goodies useful!

simcoe54 on Apr 26, 2018:

Make A Wish - April 2018 Wishes: Thanks for the address labels which are so lovely. I can never have enough of these.

crystalite on Apr 26, 2018:

Uggh...I meant pigs, not pugs!

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