Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2019 8:23 am


Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: September 23, 2019
Birthday: April 28
Country: United States
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About Me

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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, 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, valentines and Halloween-themed items ♥
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • 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:

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!

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

A Wish Granted (USA)
@yvonne401 rec'd 9/21

Make a Wish
@susieq11 rec'd 9/19


Wonderful Wishes
@Mimosagirl rec'd 9/19

August Wishes Sent

A Wish Granted (USA)
@debbiespoms rec'd 8/15
@ladyjo rec'd 8/20
@orneryswife rec'd 9/4

Make a Wish
@anicka22 rec'd 8/26
@Ciska76 rec'd 8/24

@origamigrace rec'd 8/27
@renate rec'd
@Tryph rec'd 9/12

Wonderful Wishes
@ChrisAnne rec'd 8/23
@kiddomerriweather rec'd 8/23
@grammypammy rec'd 8/21
@caf1988 rec'd 8/24

July Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@susieq11 rec'd 7/9
@anicka22 rec'd 8/2
@MSturgill87 rec'd 7/28
@notme78 rec'd 8/5

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
sent to @mgallardo68


papercraftkath rated for Sticker-Licious on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun and adorable stickers! I appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Response: You're welcome! ♥
Comment: Squeal! What a wonderful ocean theme envie! So many things I adore -- thanks so much!
Response: I had so much fun putting this together for you! I'm happy that it brightened your day. ♥
orneryswife rated for EP ATC Background Papers on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the variety and extras.
Response: You're welcome! ♥
AnneliesV rated for C.I. ~ Collaborative Postcard on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you I sent the card to the owner.
Response: You're welcome! :) Thanks for sending it home.
bjansen rated for EP Sticker Sheets on Sep 6, 2019
Response: Thanks!
Lonestarchild rated for EP Sticker Sheets on Sep 6, 2019
Comment: Oh perfect! Travel theme is always a fav with me. Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy you like them. :)
orneryswife rated for USA Puzzle Collaboration #4 on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Oh, such a lovely piece, and all the stickers are awesome! I really like the card, too! Thank you for an excellent swap!
Response: You're very welcome. Thanks for the compliment; I'm glad you like my little painting. I'm having so much fun with this series of swaps, and hope you are, too!
Michelle0329 rated for Jam Supply Scavenger Hunt Swap on Aug 28, 2019
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS I had so much fun opening all the goodies!!! Thank you so much!! Feel free to send JAMS if you would like!!
Response: :) I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I will send you a batch as soon as I finish them. Thanks! ♥
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #66 on Aug 25, 2019
Comment: Lovely addition to this postcard.I hope i can do it justice. Thanks for the extras and the stamps. We have not had lace stamps down here probably because our national body is not old enough yet.elflady
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy you like it. This was such a fun one to work on, I love the background she chose. I'll send more stamps your way if I come across them. ♥
Comment: Love my Etsy surprise. Thank you so much x
Response: You're welcome! They are such fun patterns, I hope you have a great time stitching them.
1koolkrafter rated for WIYM: Memo/note paper Swap on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun goodies. I appreciate the resend and liked everything you sent.
Response: You're welcome. I hope you're feeling better and recovering well from your surgery. ♥
JediLibrarian rated for N&T: Backstitch ATC on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Omg I adore this ATC! You used on of my favorite Firefly quotes!! It’s absolutely adorable! Well done!!
Response: Thank you. I'm so happy you like it! :) It's one of my favorites, too. ♥
Comment: The postage stamps you chose and the enclosed washi samples are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for using your pretty postage and sharing your tapes with me! Happy swapping :-)
Response: Thank you, Allison. ♥
JaneInSD rated for IS: Handmade Flower Envies ~ USA on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envies. I really like them!! :-)
Response: :) Thank you! I'm happy you like them.
BeckyG56 rated for USA Puzzle Collaboration #3 on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Beautiful artwork on a tiny canvas! Thank you so much for making this for me! And I loved your homemade envelope! Both are keepers!
Response: You're very welcome! :) I enjoyed making them for you, and I'm happy you like them. ♥
susieq11 rated for MAIL ART - Hearts on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the pretty envelope, stamp, stickers, and your note!!! We have had super amazing weather this summer. Makes up for last year! So glad you joined the swap!!!! XOXO
Response: You're very welcome, as always. :) I'm happy you liked it all. And it's another gorgeous-weather day! ♥
Phenyx rated for My favorite prompts on Aug 3, 2019
Comment: The prompts finally made it to me. I love how you've decorated each prompt and the pockets you used, that was really clever. Besides I've never seen those pockets here in India. Thank you so much. I look forward to using the prompts in my writing.
Response: I'm happy you liked them. I look forward to seeing yours as well and will be sure to write you when they arrive. I'll send some more pockets for you next time we swap! ♥
susieq11 rated for MAIL ART - Cartoons on Jul 27, 2019
Comment: Oh what an awesome Snoopy envelope!!! I’ve never seen a sticker mandala, how cool is that!! I love the colors and decorations, just fab! Thanks too for the Snoopy hóngbāo and stickers! What a treat!!! Thank you for everything, and for joining my swap!!!! : )
Response: Hooray! I'm so happy you liked it! It was a lot of fun to make. In fact, I think I'll make another in my next mail art swap, only more elaborate. :) Love your swaps, thanks for having me. ♥
wolfeagle rated for Phillaine PVT Puzzle on Jul 26, 2019
Comment: What a lovely puzzle piece. Thank you so much. My grandkids are going to love these dinosaur stickers.
Response: Thank you! ♥ I'm happy you like my little painting.
kiddomerriweather rated for N&T: Meditative Twinchie on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: I absolutely adore your twinchie! The stitching is beautiful and I love the paper that you stitched on. The colors are so nice. The card you sent it in is beautiful and I love the scented strawberry stickers, too. Thank you for a fantastic, happy swap!
Response: Thank you! I loved making this for you. I should take little breaks and do it more often. Maybe just have bits in a basket by the bed or couch or something? Anyway, I'm happy you like it. ♥

Rating Overview

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yvonne401 on Sep 21, 2019:

Thank you for my AWG September wish of Halloween goodies!



Mimosagirl on Sep 21, 2019:

The Halloween treats are awesome! Thank you very much for filling my WW September.

susieq11 on Sep 19, 2019:

Thank you so much for vintage poodle cards! They are so adorable, and I collect poodle and Snoopy ones!!!!!! Awesome! You made me so happy today! (Make A Wish! September)

djcamp04 on Sep 15, 2019:

Thank you 💜

sassafrass on Sep 13, 2019:

So nice to see PBS group back! Thank you for the invite :)

tcornell on Sep 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Recollections notepad for the RAKS Only group!

AmyMarie on Sep 8, 2019:

Thanks for the really fun snail mail! I absolutely LOVE your hand carved Mr Zip!!! Such a great envelope. <3 <3 <3 hearts!

HippieChick on Aug 28, 2019:

I'm glad you like them. I start with old atlas pages (I love the feel of the old paper and the size is always big enough) and cover with a coat of gesso. 2 of them I stencilled acrylic paint through a hand cut stencil and the other 2 I used Archival ink with a blending tool through some stencils. I've never been good at that technique but I like how these turned out.
I hope you have a lovey week.

OrigamiGrace on Aug 27, 2019:


for the lovely alphabet stickers from my August wishlist at the Wishlist group!!

anicka22 on Aug 26, 2019:

Thank you so much fo the adorable cute embroidery apttern fro my etsy wishlist!! I really love it and look forward to some time to start with it. Lots and Lots of Love!

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