Swap-bot Time: August 12, 2020 2:52 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2019
Last Online: August 11, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE 7/25/2020:
I'm taking a bit of a break from swapping/hosting to focus on work, but will still be online. Please message me if there's anything you need from me (or if you just want to randomly message me, that's fine, too :D).

Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!

Hello there!

My name is Mary and I'm a graphic designer based in northern Virginia (close to Washington, DC). I've been married to my husband, Joe, since 2007. I spent the earlier (and longer) part of my career in biology, but have recently made the switch to more creative work (YAY!). When I make artwork, I often use watercolors, gouache, pens/pencils, and computer graphic tools (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite). I also enjoy using Posca markers (super fun!) and creating paper collages. I'm pretty much a paper nerd.

When I'm not being artsy, I like to do a bit of gardening, cooking/baking, sewing/knitting or watching a good flick or show. I like a wide range of genres, but some pieces I've liked include the Sherlock Holmes series, Dead Poets Society, Goonies, The Little Prince, several films based on Jane Austen works, Studio Ghibli films, the Harry Potter movies, and Marvel flicks. Same goes for music - love me some '80s, oldies, Big Band, classical, electropop, hip hop, rock, etc...songs from pretty much all genres.

I've always had a passion for anything to do with art, crafts, stationery, and design, and I'm excited to share that enthusiasm with fellow enthusiasts here at Swap-bot! I also love the personal aspect of snail mail and getting to know people for who they genuinely are (hope the feeling is mutual!). It's been a joy receiving swaps, especially knowing that people have taken the time to write or put them together. I also enjoy putting fun swap packages together (I can't help but include extras, heehee), so I always hope my partners are happy with what they get! If you have any issues (whether it be with what you receive, postage...etc), please message me and I will work with you to resolve them!

Just a note: I mark my swaps sent when they've been dropped in the mailbox. The mail is picked up at irregular times in my neighborhood, so sometimes the USPS comes before I drop it in the mailbox, meaning swaps may get sent out the following day. Also, our HOA is terrible at notifying us of maintenance activities - they recently withheld residents' mail for a few days while the mailboxes were being repainted and let us know AFTER the fact. I apologize in advance for any future impact this may have on receiving or sending swaps!


  • kawaii
  • botanical/scientific illustrations
  • woodland flora/fauna
  • vintage prints/ephemera
  • screenprinted or painterly effects
  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • washi paper
  • calligraphy
  • pretty or cute letter-writing stationery
  • stripes, grids, and dots
  • almost all colors, but faves are blues, greens, coral, neutrals, natural and citrusy tones (black and white are great, too!)
  • would love to receive your handmade art!

I'm sure there are a lot more likes I could list here, but just can't remember everything at the moment...


  • Disney (although I like the movies)
  • Diddl and similar cartoonish characters
  • deco tape
  • macabre/horror
  • profanity
  • nudity
  • planner stickers/items
  • teacher/reward stickers/items
  • not too fond of items with quotes and text, except for vintage script and some kawaii
  • animal prints (e.g. zebra patterns or leopard prints)
  • things with glitter that comes off
  • journaling cards
  • travel post cards (I have too many!)
  • keychains (again, too many!)
  • jewel-like embellishments


  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • thin, decorative papers (e.g. washi paper)
  • kawaii stationery (letter paper, envies, memo sheets...etc)
  • ephemera (e.g. old book pages, maps)
  • your artistic creations :)


  • coffeeeeeeee
  • I like a range of teas, but I especially like black tea-based varieties
  • chocolate
  • fruity or creamy hard candies
  • potato chips (even salt and vinegar...YUM...not sure why I'm listing this here, but why not, haha)


  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Within the U.S., about 11 states (California is one of my faves!)


  • Japan
  • UK
  • Australia
    (I'd be excited to go almost anywhere, really!)


m3i5 rated for Make an Envelope and Add A Surprise! 38 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Hi Mary, Thank you very much for your lovely package full of little surprises with things that I love!! :D pretty creative artwork tag! :) Wish you all the best with your new online shop! Stay healthy and safe :)
Response: You're very welcome! So happy to hear you liked everything :) Thank you for the well-wishes and for the heart! Please stay healthy and safe, too!!!
bpl76 rated for LSRUS 🍓Strawberry Mail Art🍓 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you love it all
Response: You're welcome! It was a fun swap to put together :) Thanks for the heart!
lindseyjae rated for lindseyjae & thatsmemyk on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: hi mary! was so excited to see mail from you in my mailbox today!! and as always opening it made me smile, everything you send is always packaged so nicely! you are so creative and it's so much fun to open and to keep finding more and more cute things from you! i ADORE all of the goodies that you've created yourself, i do hope you'll open a shop someday, as i think many people would buy from you!! anyway - thanks SO much again, it was wonderful to be able to do this private swap with you! i hope you'll like the envie you get from me soon as well. take care!!!
Response: Hi Lindsey, I'm so glad you liked everything I sent for our private swap and the destash envie!!! The shop is maybe a month away (fingers crossed)?? Thanks so much as always for your kind words and encouragement! Can't wait to get your envie. Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: I must not have hit "save" when I filled this out before. I've had that happen before. yikes! I'm glad you noticed. The past few months have been goofy as I broke my leg in April and spent months in bed as I wasn't allowed to put ANY weight on it... what a deal...I'm up walking around again...not as steady as I would like but that will happen. Now that I can use this computer, I'll get things right...using the laptop, tablet or phone, things don't come up like they do on here... and this is much easier to type on. Whoever thought people would like typing on a phone never used touch typing!! lol
Response: Oh my goodness, so sorry to hear about your leg! I'm sure it's been quite an ordeal to recover :( Thanks so much for joining my swap and for the heart - wishing you a speedy recovery!!!
mandigutterrose rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jul 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the stickers (I did end up sharing but only because I was caught redhanded!) I hope you had a goo July 4th.
Response: Haha, well I'm glad there was enough to go around ;) You're welcome, and thanks so much for joining my swap and for the heart! I had a relaxing 4th, hope you did, too :)
fortannam rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - Global on Jul 5, 2020
Comment: A million ❤️‘s to you! Thank you for the fun fabric, doilies, stickers, and vintagey goodies!! Can’t wait to use them in swapping!!
Response: You're so welcome! Happy to hear you liked everything and can use them in your swaps :) Thanks so much for the heart!
Sequoia183 rated for LSRUS:💓Stuffed Envie💓 on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: I love the items you made! Let me know when you are up and running
Response: Oh, thank you so much!!! I will definitely keep you posted! I'm so glad you liked what I sent, and thank you for the heart :)
ToujoursMoi rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for the super special envelope full of great and amazing things. I really love the envelope itself, but the things inside really made my day. I definitely love everything. Thank you so much and lots of greetings out of Virginia to a fellow Virginian
Response: You are so welcome! Happy to hear you liked the envie and goodies :) Thanks so much for joining my swap, and thank you for the heart! Sending happy VA vibes your way :)
arystotle rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #4 - US Only on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: I love it all, thank you so much and the envelope was so cute.
Response: Great! Glad you liked the goodies and envie, it was fun putting everything together :) Thanks for joining my swap and for the heart!
Comment: Oh my -- TWO fun envies from you today. These is just a perfect little package for me! Love the pastels and all the fun things. Really like the lily-of-the-valley cards you designed -- how fun and creative. And what lovely penmanship you have -- I can only wish for such lovely writing! Thanks for a great swap!
Response: Yay! Relieved you got them both, considering the one getting misdirected the first time :P You're very welcome, and happy you like everything :) Thanks for the kind compliments and for the heart!
Lonestarchild rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - Global on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Oh what a fun swap! Love all the little bits you've cut out -- will be fun to use for collage. Thanks for wrapping it up so nicely too!
sherba31 rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #3 - US Only on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome envie and goodies! So cool to have some of your personal designs. Small world I used to live close to the metro in your area ages ago (when the metro was more reliable!)
Response: Glad you liked everything! It was a lot of fun going back to the 80s, haha :D You're right, it IS a small world, and yes, the metro is definitely less than reliable these days :( Thanks for the kind comments and the heart!
Magenta3 rated for CPG Flat Nature Envie - US Only on Jun 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the paper goodies and washi. I especially enjoyed the artwork on the envelope.
Response: You're very welcome! Glad you liked the envie design and goodies :) Thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: I love the envelope with the birds and bird watcher. And thank you for all the extras! Happy Swapping
Response: Glad you liked it and you're welcome for the goodies! It was a fun envie to make :D Thanks so much for joining my swap (hope you enjoyed it as well!) and thank you for the heart!
meeltje57 rated for Large Envie of Fun Goodies! on Jun 3, 2020
Comment: Your package just got in. I have started to open the envelope and followed your instructions. It is lying on my work desk, opened, and it takes my breath away. I did not even start to look at all the beauty you've put inside af all the pockets and envelopes. I just don't know where to begin. And I don't want to spoil the magic of it's beauty as it is. I am going to very slowly look at all it's hidden treasures one by one. That will take quite a while. I wanted to tell you right away that I LOVE it. I am so happy we are having this swap. Thank you VERY, VERY much.💙💜💛❤💚💕
Response: I'm so happy and relieved that the package made it!!! Take your time and hope you like everything! Looking forward to getting your envie :) Thanks for the heart!
porpie5 rated for CPG Fun Fact Random Envie - US Only on May 29, 2020
Comment: What interesting facts about Alice In Wonderland! I did not know any of them! I love your envelope! You are a fantastic artist! You chose some interesting items to put in my envelope and I am delighted with them! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked the envie/goodies and that I could pass on some fun facts! I thought the one about the book being banned was pretty amusing :D Thank you for all your kind comments and for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for a sweet little envie of goodies and your note! I had to "teach" from home once the quarantine began but the school year is finally over. That was interesting and also stressful! Glad for summer break, even without summer camps. Thanks again and take care!
Response: You're so welcome! Glad you liked the goodies :) Wow, good job getting through teaching from home - hope you get some R&R throughout the summer. Thanks so much for the heart!
AnnaL rated for CPG Spring Decorated Envie - US Only on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks Mary for drawing Moomin on front of envelope, too cute. Also thanks for all the fun goodies, I love everything you sent. Have a wonderful crafty week. AnnaL.
Response: You're very welcome, Anna! It was fun getting you as a partner once again and making another Moomin envie :) So happy you like the goodies. Thanks so much for the heart, and have a great week as well!
Comment: Thank you for an awesome envie of treasures!!! I don't know what I like best... the cute stamps, fabulous washi and stickers (PEACOCK LOVE!), or the wonderful cards -- just impossible to choose a favourite! You made my day <3
Response: You're so very welcome, and glad the mail made it to you safely! Thanks so much for your kind comments and for the heart! :)
carfra89 rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #2 - US Only on May 24, 2020
Comment: I love this! Starting with the classic pooh on the envelope, thank you for the awesome happy mail and all the cute goodies you included :)
Response: Yay, so glad you liked it! I've always loved the classic Pooh illustrations, too :) You're very welcome for the happy mail, and thank you for the heart!

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LadyJo on Jul 21, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful CPG RAK Detash Envie ! I will have fun using these things!

LadyJo on Jul 21, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful CPG RAK Detash Envie ! I will have fun using these things!

area51ufo1 on Jul 20, 2020:

Thank you so. I hope for my CPG wishlist . You made my day with the lovely white memos. I never thought that was possible. I love the labels and just everything !

daydreamer47 on Jul 18, 2020:

Ahhh, thank you so so much for the awesome CPG wishes!

lindseyjae on Jul 15, 2020:

Hi again! I also have to say a HUGE thank you for the destash envie from the CPG Cheap Postage Tag!!! Everything is sooo cute! I really appreciate the nice things you send, you make swap-bot a great place! Thank you so much!!!! Hope all is well.

Poohtat on Jul 15, 2020:

Thank you for my CPG July Wishes for happy mail. I love it all! Your stickers are awesome. I really love the rainbow one. Love how you packaged it all to. Happy swapping

Poohtat on Jul 14, 2020:

Thank you for all the goodies you sent me from the CPG Destash Envie RAK. I love the way you packaged everything. I love the Keroppi papers! Happy swapping

OrigamiGrace on Jul 10, 2020:

thank you

Very much for a lovely envie of wishes from my July wishlist at Cheap Postage!! I too love how you packaged everything so thoughtfully and cutely:)

kiddomerriweather on Jul 10, 2020:

Thank you soooooo much for the July CPG wish!!! It's packaged so beautifully. There are so many wonderful goodies in there. You took so much time and care putting it together. You made my day!

Gnoe on Jul 4, 2020:

The pressed flowers may need some more time to be flattened and dried, I guess depending on how long delivery takes, haha ;)

Remember writing this?

YOU JINXED IT! LOL Today I got your first sent CPG April wish dated April 14th! Together with another April happymail from the US. Must have been sitting in the same mail sack!

Thank you ever so much for this wonderful bunch of wishes in a beautiful envelope <3 You've treated me for a year! Love ya!

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