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Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: May 24, 2019

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About Me

As of 5/21/19, 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.


May Wishes Sent

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

Wonderful Wishes

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:

letter to @anicka22

Outstanding Swaps:

Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:

ISS group flat surprise tag:
sent to @phenyx
sent to @ncnurse04

ISS group "Take 10" tag:
waiting to be tagged ♥

ISS group "I offer" tag:
waiting to be tagged ♥


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.
keahirada rated for CPG Flower Flat Envie - US Only on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Wow wow wow! So much fun stuff! Im so glad to have you as my partner too! I love the washie tape and semi-clear envelope and card and just everything! Thank you so much for looking and seeing I want circles and butterflies, these are perfect for making my embellishments. I also love the decorations on the envelope itself. They made me smile and im definitely keeping the stamps!
Soph rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #6 on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: It was a real pleasure to receive your swap! Thank you so much for the beautiful sea related envelope and the absolutely lovely airmail themed items you enclosed.
Comment: Very nice...thanks...🤓
Tricia22 rated for I Want Stickers! on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies💜💜 Happy Birthday to you🎈🎂
Comment: Oh boy!!!! Thank you for the great swap. I LOVE the bookmarks you sent and the stickers you made. And of course, I adore the envies you made also. Very cool! Yes, I'd love to do a private swap with you. Just let me know...thanks, again. =)
rsartistnl rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope! on Apr 3, 2019
Comment: Just got your beautiful envelope. It is brilliant. Thank you so much for it and the extras!
BasketWorks15 rated for Teal Scavenger Hunt on Mar 28, 2019
Comment: As always Phillaine, a lovely selection of teal delights.
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #56 on Mar 19, 2019
Comment: Love this second postcard. I am really impressedwith the way you did the send back address. Great work. I have not received the first one so I presumed it has been lost. Thanks for the wasi tape. elflady
Peaches12 rated for UHM: Smiles Across the Miles on Mar 7, 2019
Comment: I so enjoyed reading your letter. Reading it reminded me of my grandma - we would visit her on Saturdays cause my mom worked during the week. She would always have homemade bread and koch kase(German for cooked cheese) - so good. I am fixing up my Uncle's house and I think he would be happy to know that someone is going to be using it again. Maybe your grandma would be happy to know that you have started crocheting again! I hope you have a blessed day.
user2148 rated for Handcarved Profile Image Swap on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: WOW!! I love him!!! My son brought the mail in and I showed him the envie and said “love at this cool handcarved stamp!” Then was overjoyed that he was carved for this challenge!! You’re sure to have fun with him for years - thanks for sharing with me!!
kelsue62 rated for WIYM: Die cut exchange on Jan 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Yay! The envies have arrived, all very nice. Thanks for the resend. Happy New Year.
bjansen rated for WIYM: Use Your Stickers Postcard on Dec 3, 2018
Comment: Love it
Comment: What a lovely surprise in my letterbox! Thank you so much for your heartwarming piece of mail - Iam speechless and can't stop smiling. I love simply everything. YOUR envelope is simply stunning! And now have a wonderful xmas time!
clutterfree rated for SMSUSA: Stationery Lovers Swap on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Phillaine...what a beautiful swap!! Your outside of the envie is a truly beautiful and made me smile at all the vibrant colors! Thank you for reading my profile and making this such a personal swap with items that had my favorite woodland creatures and birds on them, the beautiful vintage seals and of course what a surprise to fine all the awesome christian themed stickers and memo sheets. I LOVE it ALL and so appreciate your generosity!! Joyous holiday wishes and may your New Year grant you safety, health and warmth...Charlene
BasketWorks15 rated for Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: The binder is gorgeous! I love it!
rsartistnl rated for MAIL ART - Books/Reading on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your swap that arrived here today! I am happy with it.
wolfeagle rated for AMA Sender's Choice-October on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the decorated envelope and labels. Hope your day is a great one.

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shirleyinCA on May 22, 2019:

What a wonderful birthday surprise! I just love those Mickey glasses, especially cool square style and from 2000 - how fun! And of course, lovely wrapping and the very classy labels. Thank you so, so much dear Phillaine. Hope you are doing well and have a very good day today!

Ciska76 on May 22, 2019:

Thank you Phillaine for the take 10 tag address labels in a gorgeous envelope. I love the tea time labels. Thank you so much for sending some more tree frog labels. I almost finished my previous set...perfect timing! 🦎💕

susieq11 on May 21, 2019:

Thank you sweet Phillaine for the card!! You have no idea how happy it made me! You’re so thoughtful!!!! xxxx

Marryth on May 15, 2019:

Thank you very much for the washi tape samples & fox stickers towards my ISS May wishlist! The foxes are super-cute. ♥♥♥

anicka22 on May 10, 2019:

Thank you so much for all the beautiful washi samples! Mail from you is the best and makes my days so much better!!

TeaNi on May 9, 2019:

Thank you very much

for the pretty handmade envelopes, the pore strip, and the cute vintage inspo stickers for my April wishlist! :)

Phenyx on May 8, 2019:

Thank you so much for the assortment of goodies you packed in my ISS: April wish. The charms will definitely go on my TN cover and I truly love how you incorporated bits and pieces of most of what I listed on my wishlist. 😘💕

Wooper on May 8, 2019:

Thank you so much for the April wish you sent me! I love love love the postcard, it has a place on my fridge door soon ♥ Also the washi samples you sent are awesome, my calendar is getting space themed! Thank you! ♥

anicka22 on May 6, 2019:

Thank you dear friend for the beautiful washitapes! It was such a beautiful suprise!

manders2280 on May 3, 2019:

Thank you for wonderful wishes sent in April - I know exactly to whom I'll send the postcards and the postage I'll use.

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