Swap-bot Time: December 6, 2019 7:26 pm


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: October 24, 2019
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada

About Me

I'm 46, married, and have a 16-year old daughter and 14-year old son.

Things I do for my soul: * Send long chatty letters and other happy mail * Art journal * Keep a written journal * Draw * Collage * Cook and bake * Sew, mostly quilting * Garden

Favorite Books

  • Art instruction books (Art journaling, sign-painting, colour theory, etc.)
  • Cookbooks (Food from scratch, basic cookbooks, and specific ones like slow-cooker)
  • Personal development (Relentless, 4 Hour Work Week, Living More with Less)
  • Biography (Jenny Lawson, Russell Brand, Anne Lamott)
  • Spirituality
  • Fiction/mysteries (John Sandford, John Connolly, Lee Child)

Favorite Crafts

I sketch, art journal, make mail art, keep a written journal, and I also paint with acrylics and watercolours. I'm trying my hand at illustration lately too. I have several favourite thrift shops where I pick up vintage papers and fabrics and all kinds of stuff that makes me happy and find their way into my work. My daily journal is a Seven Seas blank book filled with Tomoe River paper and I'm still tweaking how I use it.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Doodles and sketches (yours, someone else's, something you found on the ground at the bus stop...)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Cassette tape imagery / mix tape
  • Old skeleton keys
  • The unusual, the weird, the inappropriate
  • Interesting obituaries
  • Rub-ons
  • Sketchnotes
  • Cigar labels
  • Make me laugh - the less appropriate the better.
  • Superhero stuff (especially Wonder Woman and Batman)
  • Paper goods: envelopes, notecards, Cavallini paper goods and stickers, labels, onion-skin paper
  • Cirque du Soleil style
  • Skulls (real ones, not sugar skulls)
  • Octopuses (octopi?)
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • Colorful or unusual salvaged postage stamps
  • Graffiti
  • Magazine articles that grabbed you so much that you just had to share with someone (share with me!)
  • Steampunk
  • Washi tape, especially if it features numbers or letters
  • Typewriters & typewritten stuff
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Collage stuff - interesting pictures, bits of typography, patterns, textures, anything you think is too nice to throw out
  • Daily ephemera - I use these in my journal, and don't worry if it's got a footprint or other sign of use on it. If you think it looks cool, then I probably will too.
  • Vintage ephemera yummm
  • Stationery for writing letters
  • Personal, chatty letters
  • Favourite colour is orange; but I also love neutral palettes; or colourful things; or analogous colours (side by side on the colour wheel); or complementary colours (across from each other). Yep. I like colour.

What People Say About Me

***Disclaimer: these may have been taken completely out of context. "You write like a serial killer." - April, 2015 "Your letter had just the right amount of cock." - August, 2015


bblue rated for IU : SOC Jan 2019 on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Too bad about the ink colour, but otherwise the letter was quite nice looking.
lou rated for Mr. Zip : Welcome swap/Hello #5: 2018 on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Oh Shelley! Loved your long letter and all the fun things you sent - great swap, thank you!!
Comment: So awesome Shelley!!! I love your style!
shinyserra rated for Long Letter Pen Pal (World Wide) on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and the Honda emblem! I was so pleasantly surprised to see that! It will fit nicely into some sort of mixed media art.
MMark rated for WIYM: List Journal - INTL on Oct 27, 2018
Comment: Wow Shelley!! I loved your lists. So thoughtful, interesting and i love your sense of humor. I love that we have a lot in common. So very appreciate this wonderful journal! Thank you!
ButterflyLover rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #10 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great items. Such a wide variety. My only note would be next time, make sure I can open the envelope without destroying it :( It was beautiful and I wanted to save it with the many others I have gotten that I liked. Other than that one thing, great job!
Response: Thank you so much! I was hoping you would just trim off one of the short ends... that's what I've done in the past with envelopes that have tape on the edges. But next time I'll be more careful... thanks for the feedback!
lynnerfb rated for Intl-Here Comes The Sun-Oct on Oct 12, 2018
MiekeC rated for WIYM: Packing Tape Transfer Images on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your very nice transfers. I like them a lot. And also thank you for so much deli paper. I use it on the gelli plate, and you can't buy it in the Netherlands. That was very nice from you.
biphobe rated for IU: QUOP (late-September) on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: what an awesome card! I love every inch of it, such a delightful treasure. I'd reblog it on Tumblr in a milsec if it showed up on my dashboard. haha. Yes, we do have toilet seats, although we use the European style toilets which lets you examine the result before flushing down. My American flatmate jokes a lot about it, especially after I returned from NYC and I detailed her how shocked I was with that lake I had to sit over. I actually tried avoiding to use it for as long as possible, because I was afraid it might feel like making a cup of tea or it splash back and waters the rose...
Comment: Thank you for this fine piece of Everyday Ephemera. I love it all, the Crochet&Knitting part is my favorite!!
MadeByRori rated for IU: SOC_September on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Loved your letter. I’m with you on the never ending to-do lists! Hope you’re feeling appreciated. I appreciate you taking the time to write. And I love the extras you included. Thank you!
MalibuStacey rated for Quick letter swap on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your letter 😁 really enjoyed reading it. And thank you so much for the extras you added I love all of them ❤️
movingstationery rated for Quick letter swap on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: You have lovely writing thank you for your letter!! Do you mind if I respond? Id love to keep writing with you! :)
Response: Oh, please do!! I would like that very much. ❤️
Comment: I haven't received this swap and have had no reply to the message I sent. I change this rating when I receive the swap. Update: 21 Nov 17 Still haven't received this and no communication from you. Update 7 Dec 17, still no zine or communication. Update: 13 September 2018 received a year+ after it was due. Thanks for finally sending it out. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: UPDATE 08/29/18 - Sent out in today's mail! I have the envelope ready to send; as soon as Sherry gives me her address I'll pop it in the mail.
junemoon rated for Quick letter swap on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Loved reading your letter, we share a lot of interests. You are a very busy person! An thanks for the b&w farbric,I can always use B&W becaues I like it with red (my fav combination)
Comment: Thanks for the fun and open answers! I couldn't help but gasp & chuckle with the pen story!!
Response: I tell that story with relish every time. It *may* be slightly exaggerated. ; )
Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers! Some of them made me laugh girl, it is always nice to know you're not alone <3
Response: I probably horrified some people but hey man... just keeping it real. ; )
Comment: Thank you for the goodies! Apologies for the late rating but... Happy-Early-Christmas to you and your loved ones (:
renmagpie rated for RM: A Day in the Life - Letter on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome letter. It was so good to read you again! xoxo
Comment: Thanks for the awesome envie and goodies! I loved the little note you included! Now to figure out the Braille message...

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ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 2, 2019:


happy october

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Jan 2, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 25, 2017:


ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 28, 2017:


RareBlue on Apr 14, 2017:

No worries at all! I am trying to keep up with Write_On this month, if I owed you a letter I would be all over that 💩.

RareBlue on Apr 5, 2017:

Pssssst. Do I owe you a letter? Or were you absconded by the minions devoted to the Goddess of Canning?

lou on Jan 13, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

oblivionspin on Sep 29, 2016:

You asked to see this. I would have printed it out and sent it with my letter, but SOMEONE used all the printer ink printing out dumb shit (it was me. I did it.)

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

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