Swap-bot Time: February 15, 2019 7:19 pm


Date Joined: September 4, 2014
Last Online: September 1, 2018
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! I live near the Oregon coast in a small town in the country with my husband, daughter, and two dogs. Our puppy is an adorable Australian Shepherd, and our sweet older dog is a miniature Shitzu. I am studying Cultural Anthropology and Social Psychology part time. We live in a valley surrounded by one of the largest national forests in the US, with mountains that can be seen in every direction. The vineyards in Oregon are breathtaking, especially Kingwood Estates. Living in the Willamette valley is great for wine tasting, visiting small breweries, and a thriving local art scene. I visit Portland, Salem, or Newport as often as I can for the museums. This spring we went to two TEDx conferences, which was fantastic. We go to all the interesting lectures we can find, and watch a lot of documentaries. I plan to work in the non-profit sector one day. Fun fact: we are very non-traditional, my husband does all of the cooking, and it's amazing.

I enjoy sending and receiving mail, both within the US and internationally, because it's fascinating to see a glimpse of what life is like elsewhere. I love to travel, although it has been limited to the US mainly, but we intend to travel internationally one day. It will be hard to choose where to go first! Germany is at the top of the list, as well as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, India, just to name a few.

I love all types of cards and postcards, especially of sunsets with landmarks or beautiful architecture in the background. I love art, just about any type aside from abstract. Mucha, Kahlo, Klimt, Rivera, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Hiroshige are among my favorite artists. I love to receive cards that show what other places look like, even simple pictures. I would love it if you could write something about where you live and what life is like there.

I am really into painting, drawing, journaling, altered books and making jewelry. I don't scrapbook, I make altered books for my journaling. I save everything when we travel. I also do a lot of writing, mostly short stories and some occasional poetry.

General Wish List:

I am totally happy to receive found things, second hand, hand made, original art, or something that you already have that is listed on my profile wish list.

*Matryoska or nesting dolls, handmade dolls

*Sugar skulls, Day of the Dead

*Coins, paper currency, hand made crafts/art, postage stamps, particularly in languages other than English.

*Pressed pennies.

*Key chains, local touristy things.

*Fridge Magnets of any thing interesting, inspiring, beautiful, unique, or of animals, city/landscape, state or country, etc.

*Spiritual/sacred items: prayer beads, miniature carvings, prayer cards
from all religions and cultures. Rosaries, malas, inexpensive medallions of patron saints or artwork on cards.

*Tarot card decks

*Postcards/cards; vintage, new, etc. Favorite themes: Art, religious temples, cathedrals, scenic views, people, famous landmarks, ruins, castles, cities, animals, and anything with languages other than English.

*Tea. I love all black and green teas, especially caramels or vanilla blends. I drink herbal tea in the evenings, all types. My only dislikes are plain green tea or rooibos.

  • Chinese New Year type envelopes

*Nutcrackers, doves, reindeer


*Glass or crystal beads

*Hand made decorations, coin purses, jewelry

*Anne Taintor type sarcasm

  • The animals I love are foxes, dogs, wolves, horses, whales, elephants with trunks pointing skyward, dolphins, and hummingbirds, birds of all types. I also like some mythical creatures, such as phoenix's, dragon's, and unicorn or pegasus art.

My favorite colors are along the pink to dark fuschia spectrum or sky blue to Indigo spectrum, especially with combinations of gold or silver. I also love crimson red. I have different color schemes in every room, so anything I receive can be incorporated into my collection somewhere. I frame my favorite cards, others I pin around my very large world map, which I am marking with all of the places I have received mail from.

I particularly love day of the dead sugar skulls. All Souls Day is something I celebrate as well.

I also collect Christmas decorations and trinkets of all types. Especially ornaments that are shiny and sparkly that can be on display the rest of the year. I make crystal, glass, and painted wood and ceramic decorations every year for gifts, as well as crystal and glass bead bracelets with toggle clasps. Nice beads in glass or crystal would be much appreciated for crafting with, in any color.

I like kawaii, love sentimental circus (theres something about that rabbit), anime, etc, but not a fan of Disney characters, Harry Potter or Twilight themes.

Favorite books in fiction: The Handmaid's Tale, The House of the Spirits, The Book Thief, The Pearl That Broke It's Shell, The House on Mango Street, The Secret Language of Flowers, Tell The Wolves I'm Home, 100 years of Solitude, The Alchemist, The Red Tent, anything by Hemingway, Shakespeare, Toni Morrison, Jodi Piccoult, Anita Shreve, Isabel Allende, Vonnegut, Tolstoy...too many to list.

Non fiction: The Meme Machine, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect', The Psychopath Test, Man's Search For Meaning.

Favorite movie: Frida. Also, Amelie, Cloud Atlas, Something The Lord Made (with Alan Rickman), The Fountain, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bladerunner, Say Anything, Practical Magic, Chef, The Age of Adaline, The Wedding Crashers.

The shows we watch are Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Modern Family, Last Week Tonight.

Thanks for reading!


Comment: I have wanted these distress crayons for a long time!! Thank you so much!!!
Response: I'm so glad you loved them! I love using those colors as an accent for all my multi-media projects. : )
Uplandcin rated for Christmas ornament swap! #3 on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Dear Sofia I received my ornament and I love it! Thank you so much! 💚⭐ Kind regards Cindy-Anne
Comment: I just wanted to thank you for the card and the gift. I have no clue where they've been hiding for the last couple of weeks.
Comment: Hey Sofia, I opened your gift on christmas eve and really enjoy the things you got me. its very apparent you took the time and care to read my profile and select some things for my collections that I would really appreciate! Ive been wanting to visit oregon for a long time, ive never been even though I'm just below in CA! By the way, for the pressed penny you think I sent you, are you sure it wasnt the winchester mystery house? I used to send out pennies from there a lot.
Response: Hi Laura, yes, I did spend a lot of time reading and re-reading your profile to send you gifts I hoped you would love! I am so glad you liked everything. You are right, I meant to say Winchester house, I guess I spaced on the name, but it is by far my favorite pressed penny in my collection. I have always been fascinated by that story, and would love to tour it one day. I hope you make it to Oregon, it is beautiful here. Maybe one day if you do, send me a message, and if I have the day off, I could take you to see one of my favorite wineries, or give you a fun tour of Portland. The outside market of artists selling their art spans for a mile, and is great to explore. I also think you would love the museums and Japanese gardens. I wish you a happy new year!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty icicle ornament🎄
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas!
Comment: Sofia, Thank you SO much for the lovely card and gift. I absolutely LOVE the owl stickers, they are so cool.Thank you and thanks for hosting. Hope you have a lovely Christmas!
Response: You are very welcome! I had a lot of fun shopping for your gifts. I found the owl stickers when I was at the store stocking up on bubble wrap mailers and wrapping paper. They were by the Christmas decorations, when I saw them I knew immediately I needed to send them to you, even though I had already bought your gifts. : ) I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas!
Comment: Love it! So wintery. And thanks for the stamps
Response: You are very welcome! I'm so happy to hear that you love it, I love making them. : )
Comment: Thank you for hosting, the beautiful card and extras!! Have a beautiful Christmas!! <3
Response: You are so welcome, thank you for joining my swap! I hope you have a wonderful new year. : )
Comment: Thank you for the very special beautiful card. Merry Christmas!
Response: You are welcome! Merry Christmas and happy new year!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card. Merry Christmas!
Comment: thank you so much for the stickers and beautiful peacock card, unusual but very beautiful. Loved it
Response: You are very welcome, I am so glad that you loved it! Merry Christmas!
millie52 rated for Beautiful Christmas card swap #4 US on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: I do like this snowy black and white card. I miss those kind of days especially for Christmas. Merry Christmas.
Response: I miss those days, too! I grew up in Michigan, and miss the snow, but not being snowed in. : ) Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. Such a serene winter scene. Nothing like that her in my part of California. And thank you,too, for the snowflake label stickers. Very nice. Merriest Christmas to you and your loved ones!
Response: I'm so glad you loved what I sent, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, too!
Comment: This is truly one of rhe most beautiful cards I have received this year! Thank you for your kind message as well. I wish you a very blessed Christmas season!
Response: Your comment made my day, I am so glad you loved it! I do try very hard to read my partners profile and send something I think they will love. Thank you for exchanging with me, Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the Beautiful Christmas Card and the goodies. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!
Response: You are very welcome! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It was fun swapping with you. : )
Natasa rated for Beautiful Christmas card swap #4 (WW) on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card with snow. We have snow, since Sunday and outside it looks the same as on your card.
Response: You are very welcome! I do miss the snow at Christmas! Have a wonderful holiday. : )
Comment: Loved all the little bits.
Response: I'm so glad! Merry Christmas1

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CurlyTea on Apr 16, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

OrigamiGrace on Sep 25, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

LiMorris on Dec 29, 2015:

Best Wishes to you and yours ...from me and mine <3

reauk on Nov 8, 2015:

love the wish from flakers and raters wish always need washi lol

reauk on Nov 8, 2015:

thank you for both of my wishes for Nov /Dec from autumn and fall lovers group love the sugar skull magnet your such a star........

tmarlo on Nov 5, 2015:

I had create swap about magnet. If possible please join us. link : http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209194 , http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209195 , http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209196

TurtleLove on Oct 19, 2015:

WOW...you have some really neat stuff on your profile! I've just recently started wine tasting, and love it! I love travel too and have been able to do a little bit internationally (lived abroad for years). You mentioned saving memorabilia from your trips but not being a scrapbooker---have you seen smashbooking? It seems like that style of keeping stuff as memories would suit you very well. I had to laugh when you said you have "enough" washi tape samples. I didn't know that was even a possibility! lol Comment left for the read my profile leave a comment round 2.

dodothefairy on Oct 16, 2015:

Read my profile--Write a comment round 1 Hello girl! I watch a lot of TED lectures online, they are very inspiring and is exceptional that you could attend thei conferences! I was impressed by a lecture of Sting, the singer. He had a great life and inspired me. I read that you are studying beautiful matter, I graduated in Philosophy so I am really interested in human being like you.

tatntole on Oct 15, 2015:

Read my profile- Write a comment 2 I love Halloween too. I have gotten two thirds of the way through my book (Eve).I read slow as I spend so much time on the computer and doing art projects, but it is really good. Were you live sounds so beautiful. When I was a teen my family went to Oregon and Washington State on vacation. We use to camp a lot and I remember both states were wonderful and beautiful. Nice talking to you again.

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