Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2018 5:41 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: August 16, 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
  • original Winnie-the-Pooh and friends

    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

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, not plastic box or plastic packaging - it saves you postage.). It is difficult to remove plastic on an island.


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.
Comment: So cute loved both the goodies! They will be put to good use! Thank You!
lovetherain rated for Dolls for Profile-Based Items on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful stuffed envie! The crafting/crochet books will come in handy. I gave the posters to my daughter. She was very excited (we're currently trying to make the origami bird from Kubo). Thank you also for sharing all the nature items! It's so special to me, to have a little bit of Hawaii here in Texas. Wishing you a blessed Imbolc!
Turnip74 rated for Penpal letter on a puzzle on Jan 27, 2018
Comment: Love the puzzle and your letter! Thank you for all the cool goodies, especially the bookmarker. 😊
Created46 rated for HUGE Craft De-Stash #5 USA on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you Pianoheart for all of the lovely paper memorabilia. I have several projects in progress for which much of this will be the perfect addition. And thank you for being a lovely swap partner.
craftyone rated for Paper, Paper, Paper! on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Hi, thanks so much for all the interesting papers and I love the little envelopes.
MisplacedfromPA rated for Let's Send Happy Mail! on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: HUGE HUGS. I am thrilled at what you sent. 21 music tapes! I posted a thank-you at the top of my page as well to you. My breath has been taken away. You are so generous! My husband spent 6 years at the Air Force base there in Hawaii and he will get a surprise at supper tonight while I play Hawaiian Music. Did you own these? I just cant say thank you enough. I so appreciate the happiness I got today. It will be used each day!
institches rated for Just Randomness on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you, love the dragon! *Update* I purchased some puzzle glue and I'm going to hang it in my computer/craft room
mags142 rated for Just Randomness on Jan 4, 2018
Comment: Hello! sorry again for the delay! Thank you for the items you sent, and I cant wait to pass along the FBs heheh <3
blueseabliss rated for Magick Mail #7 on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Malia! This is amazing, beautiful, a true blessing! I am going to do the seashell healing spell for my auntie who has spinal meningitis and is fighting hard to beat it. Thank you for the lovely wreath. This box is full of care and I am grateful.
libertylithium rated for Profile Swap on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the package of goodies. I especially liked the tea wallet- what an interesting concept!
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the wonderful sticker covered envelope. I really love the assortment of stickers you used. I am having a hard time picking out my favorite.I think my favorite is the sugar skull or the big blue butterfly.
Comment: My 4 year old loved the journal but it wasn't for me. Thanks for the extras.
Comment: Thank you for the two great postcards! Those sound like great places to check out if I ever make it to Maui.
institches rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #72 on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: Thanks, all are signed and ready to pass on. I can use the POG's as swag when we go Geocaching!

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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 :)

marinda on Sep 18, 2017:

Thank you so much for the exercise dvd!! I can't wait to try it! :)

bjmonroe on Sep 15, 2017:

Received the exercise CD today. I think it will be perfect for me. Thank you so much for this generous gift

WaywardDreamer3 on Sep 12, 2017:

I recieved the 3 Marion Deuchers art postcards- via the PF Swap Tag- US only.. cute and awesome! Thank you!

Peachapatchi on Sep 9, 2017:

Random Flat Envie PIF tag

Thanks so much! I enjoyed looking through everything.

Toby2017 on Sep 5, 2017:

Thank you soooo much for the awesome postcards from the forum tag!!! They are so cool!!! And the vintage doily booklet....that topped it!!!

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