Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2018 7:55 pm


Date Joined: March 20, 2014
Last Online: September 11, 2015
Birthday: July 13
Country: United States

About Me

Update as of 9/11/15: I am currently working on resolving all of my outstanding swaps. I apologize for leaving so many people hanging as I have been dealing with ongoing health issues.

Note as of March 8, 2015: I am dealing with some ongoing health issues. I realize I have fallen behind sending out some of my recent swaps. I am working on getting everything out, and then will be seriously cutting back on my swapping until I get my health issues sorted out. I'm sorry for my swap partners this has affected!

[Note: Please let me know if there are any issues with a swap you receive from me (postage due, etc.). I am always willing to work with you to resolve an issue! I use a postage scale to weigh all my swaps at home, but please let me know if I've made a mistake!]

Hello! My name's Melissa. I'm 29 and I live in Brooklyn (NYC). I'm mildly crafty, but I probably spend too much time on Pinterest admiring the work of others and making lists of things I'd like to do. :)

I love knitting (mainly socks and scarves/shawls). I use a personal-sized Filofax as my daily planner/journal. I also use a Hobonichi A6 and a Midori Traveler's Notebook for journaling, as well as an A5 Kikki.k planner, which I use to keep track of my various crafting adventures. :) I love decorating all of them with stickers, washi tape, and other cute stuff I can find.

I also love reading, yoga, and watching movies. I've spent a lot of time traveling and studying abroad in the past, and I love receiving things with other languages on them or from places outside the US. Spain and Italy are both very close to my heart, so items from those places would make me especially happy. :)

I'm looking for penpals if anyone is interested in exchanging letters on a regular basis. I love exchanging handwritten letters, so it usually works out best if we have some things in common!

Here are some of the basics about me:


knitting, journaling, sending/receiving snail mail, decorating my planners (personal size and A5), reading, watching movies, learning languages, decorating whatever I can find with washi tape. I may be almost 30 but I love kawaii stuff.

Favorite music: Arcade Fire, Johnny Flynn, Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Death Cab for Cutie, the Beatles, Radiohead, Immaculate Machine, Florence + the Machine


  • Running/Yoga/General Fitness related stickers, etc. I've had some health issues over the past year and am working on getting myself healthy again. It would be great to have some cute items to use in my planner.
  • stickers/ sticker flakes
  • washi tape (Please no religious-themed tapes, as I have no use for them).
  • blank postcards >* cute stationary >* journal cards (nothing children or family themed please. I'm still a single girl!)
  • sticky notes
  • kawaii anything *stuff with cats (especially black and white tuxedo cats or siamese cats)
  • Tasty things: peppermint tea, hot chocolate or mocha mixes, sour patch kids, sour punch straws
  • playlists or music recommendations if we have similar taste. *lip balm *cute paperclips (animal shaped, colored/patterned, etc.) *anything with glasses on it (especially big nerdy glasses) *samples of cosmetics like hand lotion, lip balm, moisturizers, hair care products. I have sensitive skin though, so please don't send any strongly scented items that are meant for the face. *Send me anything Harry Potter, Firefly, or Buffy themed, and I'll love you forever :P

Postcard-specific wishlist:

If you are just sending a postcard, I prefer to receive it naked, as postcards were meant to be sent! :)

  • cats
  • postcards from museums (especially art museums) featuring a piece at that museum. I love Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Goya, Rodin, Degas
  • old buildings
  • candid shots of normal people
  • cities other than New York
  • vintage ads
  • natural landscapes
  • old Catholic churches
  • old buildings of any sort

Likes: cats (especially Siamese and tuxedo cats), penguins, foxes, elephants, alpacas, camels, dalmatians, bright colors, mermaids, nautical-themed items, polka dots, traveling, pictures of nature and old buildings, plain chocolate, sour patch kids, poetry, sugar skulls/dia de los muertos, Rosie the Riveter, Wonder Woman

TV: Sherlock (the BBC series), Buffy, Firefly, X-Files, Bones, Fringe, Downton Abbey, the Daily Show, the Colbert Report Music: Arcade Fire, the Beatles, Johny Flynn, Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale

I'm pretty easy to please, but I especially love quirky/unique items. I love to be surprised!

Favorite colors

yellow, the brighter the better! I also love pink, teal, and mint green. Super saturated colors make me happy, though I also have a strange fondness for grey.

Instagram: technicolorwallflower
Etsy: missyjo

For CAS Group Swaps

I have Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, so I am constantly tired in a way that's difficult for those without a chronic illness to fully understand. I would love to receive a cute eye mask and relaxing lavender scented items to help get me to sleep. I enjoy bath products, but I have sensitive skin, so it's best to stick to unscented or lightly scented items. I overheat easily, so I put my hair up a lot. Cute bobby pins and hair ties are always appreciated.


*Bugs! Please don't sent me anything with insects or spiders on it unless they are cutesy unrealistic bumblebees! :) *peanut butter *lotus flowers *religious items/quotes *bacon (random, I know, but it seems like everyone loves bacon these days, and I am not a meaty person! :P)

Things I do not like to swap

candy not on my wish list (sorry, I'm picky!), scented face lotion/cleansers, tea, items with religious themes other than those mentioned in my likes


imaisha rated for Postcard Pen Pal in 2015 on Jan 22, 2016
Comment: Had PM 2 times to remind about this swap. I only got the first postcard in January and none for the rest of the other months.
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: I read your profile.....will be happy to change the rating when the swap is completed.
BubbLeGumGirLie rated for CAS: Feel Good Package on Mar 30, 2015
Comment: I will change my rating when we solved this. No package yet, so when it arrives I'll change the rating.
ktina rated for SWL ~ themes in an envie; yellow on Mar 19, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the nice swap, the stickies are adorable :) There wouldn't have been any problem if you had sent the postcard in it too.
simcoe54 rated for 1st Scavenger Hunt of 2015 on Mar 18, 2015
Comment: I hate to do this. Will change my rating when I receive something.
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely envelope and all the great stationery and stickers! I especially love the colour-scheme! Thank you for asking about my family - unfortunately not so good news here. But I really appreciate your note! Thank you.
Comment: Thank you!
Changeling rated for International Friendship Week on Mar 14, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter.
KattB68 rated for FTLOW: GREEN Washi card and Samples on Mar 10, 2015
Comment: I really love the green washi you sent. THANK YOU
suepier rated for Feathered Friends PC Swap #4 on Feb 24, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Flamingo card. I love it.
Johkup rated for SWL ~ Friend's Day card on Feb 19, 2015
Comment: Lovely :) Thank you
dartha rated for CHWH: I Love Owls! on Feb 17, 2015
Comment: Thank you Melissa for the cool owl goodies! Love them all and thank you for the owl washi tape!! take care, darla
MommaMako rated for WIYM: Notecard Galore! on Feb 14, 2015
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thks for the Valentine, Happy Valentines Day, love and prayers, Sandra
Response: You're welcome! I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day!
Comment: Thanks for the cool old-school street & gas station view! Makes me very curious as to where this was. :)
Response: You're welcome!
KattB68 rated for WIYM: Washi Tape Envelopes on Feb 10, 2015
Comment: Thank you. I love the envies. The bicycle tape is SO CUTE. I wish I had some. Where did you get it please. Also, thank you for the Valentine stickers.
Response: You're welcome! I'm pretty sure the bicycle tape came from Micheal's.
shellyc rated for WIYM: Washi Tape Envelopes on Feb 10, 2015
Comment: Your envies are so prettily decorated with the tapes and I don't know if I can bear to use them!! I also appreciate the cards and the stamps on the lovely envie, thank you very much for the happy mail! ♡( •⌄• )
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything!!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome pc you sent me. I love them!! I also love the way you decorated the envelope. So cool!!
Response: You're very welcome! And I can never pass up the opportunity to decorate my snail mail! :P
LynnMoore rated for FTLOW- Swap 7 Favorite Washi on Feb 7, 2015
Comment: Thanks so much for the washi and the stickers. I do appreciate them.
Response: You're very welcome! :)

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ktina on Jul 16, 2015:

Hi! I haven't received the February postcard - animals swap. I hope everything is OK with you and you can resend it, thanks!

doulakk on Jun 12, 2014:

Welcome to our group!
Please join one or two swaps!

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leilx on Jun 10, 2014:

Hi, your PC is on the way--I sent it yesterday but forgot to mark it. Hope you like it

kerrydwynn on Apr 21, 2014:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts group! Come on in and have fun!

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