Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2018 9:30 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: October 21, 2018

Country: United States
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About Me

I play piano, guitar and ukulele. I recently began studying the violin. When I'm not playing music, I'm usually listening to music. My favorite music to listen to is instrumental folk music. I lead group music therapy and would like to swap for any musical instruments you may want to share with my adult group members.

For visual arts, I like watercolor painting, Chinese brush painting and sketching in blank unlined journals. I'm interested in making handmade paper, artistic bookbinding and making/restoring ukulele. I love working with plants - growing them and pressing them for artwork and study. I make jewelry using seeds, nuts and flowers from Hawaiian plants and trees. I like to make quilted/embroidered sashiko projects using natural fiber cloth, thread and yarn.

I welcome pen pals who want to share friendship. I love to travel and explore new places. I am always looking for interesting places to visit next. I would love to read about your own travel experiences rather than from a travel book :)

I love to cook. I experiment with adapting recipes for use with local Hawaiian ingredients. I grow many kinds of tropical fruit and like to use them in recipes. I cook mostly vegetables, fruit and whole grains. I don't cook with dairy, eggs or meat. I have too many vegetarian cookbooks, so no need to send more to me.

My husband collects retired license plates from all over the world. They don't need to be old, just no longer on a vehicle. If you would like to add to his collection, please send me a message.

I collect amazon and etsy gift cards. These gift cards count as profile-related items in profile-based swaps..

Some favorites:

  • the color gray and the gray scale from black to white
  • nice quality below-the ankle socks
  • birds...real/realistic, not cute
  • exercise: yoga, walking, hiking
  • ethnic worry dolls
  • quartz crystal balls
  • handmade essential oil soap
  • sage, sweetgrass, lavender, orange
  • 100% silk, linen, hemp and organic cotton fabric, thread and yarn
  • magnesium bath salts
  • big tree forests
  • international pen pals
  • musical instruments

    Things I Use:

    • Asian bamboo paint brushes

    • animation and foreign films with English subtitles on region 1 DVD or VCD... no anime or manga

    • packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow cacti, bamboo and palm trees...I'm always looking for swapping pen pals in warm climates to exchange seeds.

    • Old religious saint medals and statues, non-plastic rosary beads, mala and other prayer beads, milagros...please no fairies or cute, non-specific angel-with-wings themed things.

  • art supplies: watercolor paint, very fine-line brushes, fine-line art pens, medium and fine grit sandpaper

    • sashiko thread (white, off-white, dark green)
  • strings!...for ukulele, guitar, dulcimer, banjo, violin

  • unused USA postage stamps

  • sew-on patches, especially those related to the environment

I would rather receive one thoughtfully chosen inspiration of my profile or amazon/etsy wish lists than a whole box of dollar store plastic things.

I live in a non-smoking, pet-free home. My land is a sanctuary for birds and the trees that provide them with food and shelter. I love to watch them and listen to them. I don't feed birds because I want them to stay wild.

******** Things I Don't Need: *****************

  • glitter, stamped images, things cut from magazines, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers - I only like feathers if they are attached to a live bird :), blank recipe cards, synthetic fiber cloth, tags, used postage stamps

  • I don't make scrapbooks. I don't use scrap paper, cardboard or quotes written on paper.

  • earrings (I don't have anything pierced)

  • Please don't send food or drink (unless required for a swap), candles, wax, crayons...these tend to melt, get weird in the tropical heat or the gecko living in my mailbox gets to them first.

  • makeup and nail polish - I don't wear them.

  • Animals I can live without: dogs, cats, pigs, rodents, cattle, primates

  • I have more than enough tape - deco, washi and otherwise - If you would like to swap for some, please send me a message.

  • If possible, please do not send things made of plastic, unless it is part of a musical instrument, gift card, art pen or disc (CD/DVD - please only send disc and paper front/back/inserts, not plastic box or plastic packaging - it saves you postage.). It is difficult to remove plastic on an island. watch this to learn more


skier11 rated for 10 Partner Pick 4 Flat Items USA on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: My apologies for the late rating. Thank you for everything you sent! I loved the postalettes.
Whovian487 rated for 10 Items For My Partner - USA on Sep 27, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the nice goodies!😀
soccer8s rated for 10 Partner Pick 4 Flat Items USA on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the fun items Malia, I especially love the victrola notecard :D
Peaches12 rated for 10 Partner Pick 4 Flat Items USA on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the goodies!
AlishaK rated for 10 Partner Pick 4 Flat Items USA on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Loved the Harry Potter Stickers.
Nurse101 rated for 10 Partner Pick 4 Flat Items USA on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome goodies!
Cupcake436 rated for 10 Partner Pick 4 Flat Items USA on Sep 24, 2018
shinyserra rated for 10 Partner Pick 4 Flat Items USA on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for the cute stuff! I really like the papers to make envelopes.
Kimm902 rated for Thrift Store swap on Aug 30, 2018
Comment: I loved the CDs very much I can’t wait to listen to all the music. Thank you very much!! :)
HexG rated for Swappers Dream! on Aug 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you!!
junemoon rated for Thrift Shop Find on Aug 30, 2018
Comment: An amazing find! Hearts aren't enough, I'd send you gold stars and diamonds if I could.
Love2ScrapNCraft rated for HUGE Craft De-Stash #7 USA on Aug 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you. I received my pkg today Wednesday 8/29/18
sassafrass rated for Pvt: pianoheart & sassafrass on Mar 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the amazing dictionary, journal, and various magazines.
OliviaKayyli rated for Simple Profile Surprise on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the cute kawaii stationery paper love it 💕
HappyMom rated for Profile Based Box of Goodies on Feb 17, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness - I cannot even begin to tell you how this package touched my heart! I am blown away by how perfect it is, and how generous you are in putting this together for me. I can’t wait to read this book on who is the 1950s. That is my all-time favorite thing to read. The postcards are amazing, the glass and coral are already in special places in my office and believe it or not… I think my favorite thing is the milk jar top! What a crazy good package! Much mahalo!!!
AlyssaYFTM rated for Art/Craft Abandonment on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful extras! I am excited to listen to the cd, color, and read about Mozart. If I can figure out how to add pics, I'll send you one of where I left your Mardi-gra M.
Comment: Thank you for the cute doll dress and Pumpkin pin. I really like both. I'm giving the dress to my grand daughter. She has dolls that it will fit.

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shinyserra on Oct 16, 2018:

Thank you so much for all of the amazing items for the pick 3 tag! You made my day!

thelocalman on Oct 7, 2018:

Received the patch, stamps and flat goodies from 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Tag - International. Thank you so much! The patch is amazing, a unique item that I will treasure forever! Also, I loved the stamps ( I don't have any of them in my collection!!) and the flat goodies such as the coaster, stickers, postcard and calendar. Very generous of you, I can't being to tell you how you made my day :) Thanks a million ^^

mariewilliams810 on Sep 26, 2018:

I got your Destash tag a long time ago, but realized just now that I forgot to say thank you :( Sorry. I very much appreciated that you sent me a cool personalized destash! Thanks for a great tag.

Pei04 on Sep 20, 2018:

Received "Something... tag game". Thank you so much for the Hawaiian things you sent!

JuneRosebud on Sep 1, 2018:

Thanks for the raccoon post card in the Menagerie Tag game....

sassafrass on Mar 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for the envelope of goodies you sent for the Wishlist US&Canada tag. The pages from the Beatrix Potter book are sweet, the vintage PC and ephemera are amazing, and the foreign language papers, the tickets and other ephemera and the stamps. I really love everything, thank you!

shinyserra on Mar 5, 2018:

Thank you for the destash padded flat rate tag :)

MisplacedfromPA on Mar 2, 2018:

I am so enjoying the cassette tape collection you sent me a while back. We thought we had spring arrival, but a snow storm hit us yesterday and we put on the hawaiian music and had heat turned way up in the house and sat and enjoyed a shaved ice. Ahhh,, felt so good to listen to the music, be in shorts and see the snow falling outside. Thank you again for giving a present that will last many many years.----Michelle

ChrisAnne on Jan 16, 2018:

Thank you for the two tags you sent ~ "I collect" and "Random Flat Envie." I adore my goodies! Now to find the perfect project for the fabric...

ittybittykitty on Jan 11, 2018:

Thank you for the upcycled matchbox from Tag through the Alphabet Tag! It’s so cute :)

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