Swap-bot Time: August 23, 2017 8:08 pm


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: August 22, 2017
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada
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About Me

I'm 43, married, and have a 14-year old daughter and 11-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 * Go to life drawing night (aka naked drawing night) * Cook and bake * Plan out imaginary houses * Keep a vegetable garden; can and preserve

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. I use a Hobonichi Techo planner for my daily to-do list and my regular journal right now is a Pentalic sketchbook.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Labels/stickers/journal cards that I can use to put the date in my journals, either blank or with days of the week, or months of the year
  • Cool packaging design
  • 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
  • Waxed linen thread
  • 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
  • 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!)
  • Fountain pens & inks
  • Steampunk
  • 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
  • Used teabag paper - I don't drink tea but I love using the tea-stained paper in my journal
  • 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


Comment: What a fun and lovely package of goodies! Thank you so much, everything is gorgeous!
Comment: Wow your envelope made me speechless. What a heartwarming collection of bits and pieces and stunning stamp collection! WOW. All I can say is thank you! And now have a great start into the new week!
Comment: I love the Happy Mail you sent to me! The card, the envelope, and all of the goodies you tucked inside. Thank you so much for all.
Comment: Thank you for the assortment of items for the swap, I appreciate everything. We just came back from Brandon, looking at your postcard, thinking we should've gone to Winnipeg as well, beautiful hotel. And what a neat pc to color 😀. Thank you ❤️❤️
Comment: Thank you for the nice swap! I love the address labels. I will use them! Have a great rest of the summer!
MadeByRori rated for IU: SOC_June on Jul 18, 2017
Comment: Oh I so enjoyed your letter and the goodies. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Thank you so much for the generous swap and the beautiful way you packaged it 💌❤️
dodie rated for QUICK flat destash swap #117 on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: I finally got your enveloppe!! way!!!! thanks to resend it! I love everything you choose for me
Comment: Hej Shelley, Thank you for the letter. I do believe we would get along famously, as they say. Life is a more than a little hectic right now, but I will write a reply as time allows. eel
Response: OH I HOPE YOU DO!!!! I will go wait by the mailbox. xoxo
Comment: thank you so much, especially for the cute starbuckscards that fits to my collection. love them
Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I love the stamps, they were on top of my wishlist, and of course I don't mind some of theme are used. You really made my day! Thanks!
Comment: LOVE the pretty envie stuffed full of PCs! Thank you 😘💌
Comment: I was very excited and surprised to receive fabric Shelley!! These purples are gorgeous, and yes, purples are much needed in my stash! Thank you SO much! I understand being super busy, I am swamped too. Maybe when things die down we can do a private swap for a mug rug/mini quilt! I've been feeling the urge to make some recently. <3
Comment: Thank you so much for all the unique items Shelley, I love everything! xoxoxo
Comment: You put such a smile on my face today. I absolutely love that notebook - it's gorgeous! Thank you so much and I loved all the stamps on the envelope too. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Sorry for rating this late! Thank you!
Comment: O.M.G!!! You sent me a TN notebook!!! You seriously made me cry! So incredibly thoughtful of you. I wish I could give you a hundred hearts ❤💙💚💛💜. Thank you so much!! And the envelope!!! Gorgeous 👌
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the musici paper
Comment: Thank you for the Awesome postcard! Using the formica sample as your base was such a cool idea!!
Comment: Oh, Shelley!! :D :D Thank you for the air mail theme swap!!! <3 It is my favourite theme at the moment, and I am making my own sticker supplies in this theme, and in vintage theme too! <3 So I really loved everything you send and I will use them right away!! :D Also I am in love with your envelope! aahhh!!! <3 I'm excited when I see we are partners! And, lastly but very important to me.. You are the only one (I think) so far that sticks the washie samples around so neatly(!) (like me)! Ah! I really appreciate that, you have no idea........ !!!.... So I hope to swap with you again sometime! Maybe I am to send you some of my stickers next time! ;) Either privately (if you wish, I'll be very glad! :D ) or in another swap with a little luck!! haha!! I wish you a wonderful day!! You really made mine! <3 (with your neat washies first and foremost....!! xD haha) Thank you! =D

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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:

oblivionspin on Jul 26, 2016:

I should have written the watermelon rage while it was still fresh. Today the remains were tossed, arguments about my patented new way to eat watermelon linger. (Life hack: just cut the fucker in half, put one half in your lap like a bowl and scoop it out with a giant serving spoon, eat.)
Look forward to hearing about the messes you're cleaning up, assuming that's super secret spy talk. I'll have my decoder and black light at the ready.

oblivionspin on Jul 14, 2016:

Did I um... send you the last letter I thought I sent you, or did I imagine it? I'm in a cranky mood and seriously considering having a few drinks so I can write you an angry letter about the giant ass watermelon that is taking up half my fridge.

ScrapHappyGabi on Jul 10, 2016:


RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

ScrapHappyGabi on Mar 20, 2016:


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