Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 6:15 am


Date Joined: October 2, 2019
Last Online: December 9, 2019
Birthday: March 1
Country: United States
IUOMA Mail Artist profile

Hello, mail friends!

Hi, my name is Robin (I often go by RJ.) I'm new to Swap-Bot and I love it - I'm excited to be here!

I've been a mail artist for a few years, so I do have some experience with exchanges by mail. In fact, I learned about Swap-Bot from a friend in the International Union of Mail Artists, IUOMA.

You can read more about why I fell in love with mail, below! Mail is my way of being a "virtual explorer" and connecting with other people, places and the world.

I'm mostly intersted in mail art, notecards or postcard penpals, writing prompts, book groups - US and International - Type 1 & 2 swaps.

I love to read my partners' profiles, and really appreciate the personal aspect of exchanging. My profile is a bit long but I hope you will enjoy reading it!

~|| IMPORTANT ||~ If you have any questions or concerns, please message me here instead of emailing me. I might not recognize your email name and overlook it.


  • fine art
  • museums
  • math, science
  • artists, art shows
  • literary, book-related
  • empowering women
  • human rights, equality
  • quotes, interesting facts
  • care for our environment


Hand made items, drawings or paintings are very special, because I believe everyone's creativity is valuable--I like whatever is sincere or uniquely you. I enjoy fun little notes like your word for the day, or a book recommendation, a haiku by you, etc. - whatever comes to mind!

Oh, one of your kids' drawings?!? Definitely throw that in! I LOVE children's art.

I like to use maps and book pages in collages. My favorite art medium is watercolor. I'm fascinated by handwriting, manuscripts and asemic art.

  • I don't use stickers, journal cards, washi samples.

  • Sadly, I'm allergic to animal hair and feathers. So please vacuum your mail before sending it. No, I'm kidding don't really do that!! I think I will be fine, at this distance from your pets ;) but I really do wish I could hug them.

More details are at the end of my profile. Also, visit my Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/robinjeree/


I'm on goodreads.com/robinjeree - you can see my bookshelves there. Some favorite books from this year:

  • Night of Cake and Puppets - Laini Taylor
  • Once Upon A River - Diane Setterfield
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue - Susan Vreeland
  • Unfurl - Meghan Genge

Genres: historical fiction, inspiring women, artist biographies, art-related books, classics. I enjoy e-books and audiobooks. I read a lot on Scribd.

More about Me

Penpals might like to know:

  • I'm very happily married, and my husband has two grown kids whom I adore.

  • I just turned 50 y.o. this year, and I don't even relate to that number! (how in the world can it be?!) In my mind and heart I'm still in my 20s. Alas, my body is not, but we are still friends ;)

  • After living in some nice places, I've returned to the city and neighborhood I grew up in. It's home-y and nostalgic. But I miss walks on the beach, hiking in mountains and redwood forests.

  • I used to work in the field of mental health and education.

  • I love humor and the unexpected. And silliness.

Random things

  • My word of the year is "delight" - to notice one thing that is delightful every day.

  • One of my favorite memories is flying kites in the park. I love to feel like a carefree kid again whenever I get the chance.

  • My husband M does all the grocery shopping and cooking, he's quite talented.

  • We have a tandem bike, and we ride it around the neighborhood when the weather is nice.

  • I enjoy going to libraries and museums. I went to school at a children's museum and I've felt at home in them all my life.

  • I like to watch: Masterpiece Theater, international documentaries, artist biographies, science, NOVA, National Geographic.

  • My favorite subjects were/are still Math, Geography and Art.

  • I taught basic ballroom dance when I was in college.

  • I'm a watercolor nerd. I'm fascinated by the different pigments and their properties.

  • I eat super dark chocolate every day for breakfast.

  • As an experiment I gave up my smart phone for a dumb phone, and yes, it's really awkward.

  • Are you still reading this? You are a Superstar!* There's a bit more, if you're curious.

Why I love mail

Mail has always seemed kindof "magical" to me. Ever since I learned how to mail a self-adressed stamped-envelope SASE. And definitely after I mailed in the picture I colored from Cappy Dick in the newspaper, all by myself without telling anyone, and won a camera!

My grandmother was my first penpal and as it turns out she kept all my childhood notes to her, and gave them back to me 10 years ago.

Anyway, later on, I had a penpal from Korea. We exchanged some fun letters and little gifts.

When I was in college, I made a lot of friends from other countries. I decided to travel around the world on a ship, stopping at ports. This was before email, cell phones, etc. so I communicated by MAIL.

Going to the post offices in different countries was always quite an adventure! This is when I began to collect stamps and postcards.

*Oh my gosh this profile is SO long! If you've taken the time to read this far, let me know! You totally deserve a heart. Maybe write "I'm a Superstar" plus something fun about yourself somewhere in your mail to me. That would be so great!

Contact me!

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please message me here first, rather than email.

  • I might not recognize your email, but I check my Swap-Bot messages every day.

  • Please message me if you've sent mail to me but haven't received a rating from me, or if you haven't received something I've marked as sent.

  • I want to be prompt, keep track and stay organized. If I've missed something, don't hesitate to message me!

~|| UPDATE 12.3.19 ||~ I have received a 1, but I hope it will be changed, regarding a Type 3 swap to Germany. My partner and I exchanged messages, and she was very helpful. It's important to me to follow through. As an artist I would not want to betray the goodwill intention of any swap.

I've enjoyed trying Swap-bot and meeting everyone. Please do message me if you would like to keep in touch.

Swap Preferences

I've learned on Swap-Bot it's important to list likes/dislikes. Well, ok here they are for your convenience.

It's the little things that make me happy :)

  • small-sized art
  • mini mail art
  • inchies, twinchies, etc.
  • rubber stamped labels or stickers
  • faux postage stamps, postoids
  • tiny books, booklets
  • bookmarks
  • decorated envelopes
  • home-made or painted collage papers
  • faces (drawings, self-portraits) and people
  • I adore children's art! If you have any random kids' art/scribbles that you'd like to share, please send.

My Art

I enjoy making abstract art. I like elements of design, patterns, different marks and materials.

  • cool colors, naturals, neutrals, black & white
  • watercolors or inks
  • patterns and designs
  • textured or embossed papers
  • old book pages
  • handwritten pages, manuscripts, notations
  • painted papers for collage
  • Maps of any kind
  • math and science themes
  • rubber stamped things
  • used postage, fake stamps
  • tree motifs

I'm not a cute-frills-bling kind of person. But if that's what you're feeling, hey, don't hold back ;) I enjoy seeing what inspires you too. I love to be surprised.

One thing for sure: I don't like flashing gifs or animated things in comments. I can't concentrate if they are there!


Comment: Thank you! That was so nice of you to send a Christmas looking PC & I love it! I remember those days of Christmas choirs. Glad you enjoyed your son's choir. But when my 5th child was in school, he had choir a lot and now he's 25. Where does the time go?
isandie rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #35 on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: i LOVE this postcard! Thanks so much! I'm so curious what medium they used in the painting. It almost looks like watercolor, but not. :) Anyway, thanks a bunch!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ card and lovely message. Merry Christmas!
Coffeeegal rated for Ho Ho Ho on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ โค๏ธ
lilmermaid rated for SF~Christmas Cards~INTL on Dec 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you so very much I cant wait to open all my cards and hang them on my wall which should either happen today or tomorrow!
Comment: Thank you for the great letter! I love how your thoughts go around to different topics and then all of sudden return to some points you mentioned earlier (like the music you were listening!) It was quite fun to read. I actually received this mail couple of days ago but I was working so much and so exhausted... I wanted to read with my thoughts fully on in. Sorry about that brief delay on rating! I don't actually really know how I ended up with so many languages, but I guess it was because I have lived in different countries. You see, it is very important to at least understand local language. Otherwise you will always feel like outsider. It should be also noted that I am mostly speaking languages from same language groups: Scandinavic / germanic and Finno languages. It is much easier to pick up one from the same group :) I think you should really go with the side business idea! It could be fun and why to wait for the perfect idea? Just go for what you have and the rest will follow :) Things tend to set right once you start and do. I hope you are having a nice day!
Kathy821 rated for SF~Christmas Card~USA on Dec 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much. Definitely happy mail. I love the envelope, card and the message. Very special!
Comment: Happy Holidays ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! I will check out 'Mary's Boy Child' song.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful angel card
Comment: Excellent art on the postcards. I am so impressed.
Lazydaisy0104 rated for Christmas greeting card on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: What a pretty card! I also love how you decorated the envelope!! Thank you! โค๏ธ
Comment: Thanks for the great card. I go by the bookstore and get coffee too. Really nice.
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas Tree card & lovely note. Merry Christmas
soccer8s rated for Eyes closed swap 24 on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely notecard! Iโ€™m glad youโ€™re back to enjoying the holidays! Wishing you the best :)
Response: Yes! And you're welcome. I wish you the best as well!
blubutterfly rated for In Memory Of...PC Intl on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: The card arrived today! Thank-you for the PC and for sharingโ™ฅ
Response: Oh my gosh that is so great to hear! Thank you for "listening" - my Dad was such a beloved man by many.
Rainydancer rated for Pass and Paste #68 on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks! Heads up for next time these should go in a decorated envelope!
Response: Oops, OK! Thank you for letting me know. I'm glad you received it.
Comment: Love the bookstore PC
Response: I'm so glad! I thought it was something unique. Happy holidays to you!

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wolfeagle on Dec 1, 2019:


Thank you for the Scribbles to Amazing Art postcard. I love what you made. Totally not something I would have thought of, which is one reason, I love this swap.

Tverne05 on Nov 24, 2019:

Welcome to swap-bot neighbor! Iโ€™m a Superstar.

USAFwife on Oct 22, 2019:

Welcome to swap bot :) Just checking out your profile after your request to join my TBR group. Looks like we have some things in common! :) While I"m not an artist, I have a life long love of snail mail (let's be honest - REAL mail! :) haha). My grandma, then great aunt, were my first pen pals & it's a bunch of great memories. :) Cindi

wolfeagle on Oct 16, 2019:

Welcome to Swap-bot.

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