Swap-bot Time: November 27, 2020 8:43 pm


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: November 27, 2020

Country: United States
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About Me

I am on swap-bot to find pen pals. Here is a little about me:

I love musical instruments and instrumental music from all over the world. For visual arts, I like watercolor painting and Chinese brush painting. I'm interested in making soap, 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 and lei using seeds, nuts and flowers from Hawaiian plants and trees.

I welcome pen pals who want to share friendship. I currently have tons of mainstream writing stationery, so no need to send more to me, unless you have written a pen pal letter to me on it. 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 am more interested in traveling and forming friendships than accumulating stuff. I would like to find some like-minded people.

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 use Amazon.com to buy my textbooks and supplies for school.

Some favorites:

  • Ocean - I love walking and swimming at the beach.
  • Earth - I love being outside, hiking to waterfalls and great views, planting native trees.
  • the color gray and the gray scale from black to white
  • birds
  • exercise: yoga, walking, hiking
  • worry dolls
  • thin, durable bookmarks - I use them in my cookbooks, so ones that can be wiped clean are great.
  • natural, plant-based essential oil soap
  • Favorite scents: sweet grass, lavender, orange, ginger, fresh cut burdock root
  • big tree forests
  • international and USA pen pals
  • musical instruments
  • friendship bracelets

    Things I Use:

    • Asian bamboo paint brushes

    • packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow herbs, cacti and succulents ...I'm always looking for swapping pen pals in warm climates to exchange seeds .

    • body part milagros

    • art supplies: watercolor paint, very fine-line brushes, medium and fine grit sandpaper, colored pencils, mechanical pencils and lead for them, wood glue

    • unused USA postage stamps

    • For flat swaps, I like: bookmarks, unused USA postage stamps, seed packets, sandpaper, milagros

  • For papercrafts, I like origami, bookbinding supplies and supplies for making handmade paper. I also use watercolor paper, watercolor paint and brushes, colored pencils, nice wrapping paper that is not for children, beautiful and unusual letter-writing paper and envelopes. I also use writing instruments like mechanical pencils and sketching tools. I don't use markers so much and they usually dry out before I get to use them. I like pens with colored ink, but the multipack ones from dollar stores usually don't write well or are old and dried out when still in the package.

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

I don't make scrapbooks or greeting cards, so please do not send glitter, stamped images, embellishments from a craft store, journal cards/project life/prompts, memo paper, things cut from magazines, ATC supplies, list pad paper, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, blank recipe cards, synthetic fabric, tags, used postage stamps, coloring pages/cards/books.

  • Please don't send food or drink (this includes tea bags)..these tend to melt, get weird in the tropical heat or the gecko living in my mailbox gets to them first.

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

  • I have more books than I can possibly read in my lifetime. Please do not send books unless they are from my Amazon.com wish list.

  • Stuff from big box and chain stores. Why pay to mail something that I can find here? I would rather receive something you make or a natural product from where you live.

    It is difficult to remove plastic on an island. watch this to learn more


takehimaway rated for Package Swap on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: TY!
Comment: Hello and thank you so much for all the great paper Goodies. So nice to come home to such a fun envie to open. Thank you so much.. Debbie
Autist rated for Shop Small Business on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely books! I think these will fit great in my library. Cheers!
simplyjeannette rated for Magic Box Destash--June on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Thank You - I found some useful stuff
hfe777 rated for Walk Thru The Alphabet - H on Jun 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! So nice to hear from someone also from Hawaii!
Hyshu rated for Anything goes~STICKERS! on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the package of stickers. I loved them all and you were very generous in sending above and beyond the requirement! Thank you for the knitting DVD. I am looking forward to playing it, I have trouble casting on. Thank you for your penpal letter. Thank you for joining my Swap! Sorry I was late in rating.
CherryBlossomLady rated for Send A Smile on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for doing this private swap wth me. I loved the Catholic prayers cards- so many! They are always a treasure and I love passing them on to people i meet. The music is cool- i will listen to it in the car as i have no other cd players! HA! I am looking forward to hearing them in the car during my next commute! Thanks you again and have a great week.
AliCrafter rated for Walk thru the Alphabet - G on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the G's! I love the curly G's. They're so fun. Love the postcards and grossery note card! And the ginger tea-i sent the same thing to my partner! Thank you for a fun swap.
Comment: Thank you! Also thanks for sending me stamps to make up for the postage due (silly super picky postal supervisor)
Response: I will avoid sending mail to Harrisonburg VA in the future.
Comment: I can´t remember the last time I received a package that was this fascinating to open and go through. Jam packed with a huge variety of items! You went above and beyond. I will never know how you were able to stuff it all into one bubble envie. Thank you so much.
Fabriqueen rated for Friendship Survival Kit on May 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the survival kit and the wonderful extras you sent! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you <3
Fullsteampowell rated for Weird Stuff Swap on May 26, 2020
Comment: Well played! You have good taste in music.
Basset1104 rated for Spooky Halloween Fun Mail on May 14, 2020
Comment: What an assortment of strange/creepy/unusual things! Too cool! I loved the Alice in Chains CD covers! And I have not seen the movie...look forward to watching it! Thanks a ton!!
Response: I am happy to learn that the DVD arrived safely.
Comment: Thank you so much! Loved it all! Stay safe!
Comment: Thank you for the personalized mail. It made my day🙂
Comment: Fun goodies, thanks :)
Comment: Thanks for the goodies. I love the USPS patch!
C3lemon rated for Friendly Notecard Swap #16 USA on Apr 11, 2020
Followyourart rated for Profile Based Easter Basket! on Apr 10, 2020
Comment: I can’t thank you enough for the amazing package you put together!!! I can tell you put so much thought into it and I LOVED it all! It really made my day. Those cactuses are beautiful! The patches are going right onto my denim jacket. This was by far the BEST package swap I have ever received!!!! Many hearts!!! Thank you so so much:):):) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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TryshaH81 on Nov 15, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome Kawaii envies from the tag in forums!!! Love them!!

Autist on May 9, 2020:

Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL dance card and the Ariel stickers. I love them both very much.

From the I wish for... tag

Cheers, Evan

stephiedee on Mar 1, 2020:

Thank you for the mulberry papers and vintage postage for the "I wish for" tag.

chimerix on Feb 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Korean papercrafting kit and Valentine's Day surprises for the Pick 2 tag. The papers will definitely be seeing use on my ATCs. Aloha

bblue on Sep 8, 2019:

Thanks for the "I collect" forum tag. The Miffy cards are cute!

jinxspinx on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you so much for the PIF that I received!! I loved all the randomness!!! It was a lot of fun opening!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 24, 2019:

Thank you for the Batman PC you sent for the Send to the Person Above You PF tag. It was very thoughtful of you. I love it!

AmericanHeiress on Jul 23, 2019:

Thanks for your wishlist tags they arrived today!

GabySkye on Jun 29, 2019:

thank you Thank you so much for the pagan pay it forward Tag! Those pressed flowers are so beautiful. Hawaii is a a very energetically sacred place, so I’m so happy to have a piece of the islands ❤️

CariahCreates on May 13, 2019:

Thank you for the envie of goodies from the Cheap Postage PIB tag.

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