Swap-bot Time: August 23, 2019 8:24 am


Date Joined: March 4, 2013
Last Online: August 22, 2019
Birthday: November 8
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Janie, a 29-year-old lady living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my best friend and two cats, Ava and Nora.

I love mail and have been penpalling for 10+ years. I joined swapbot to get a bit more into the swapping/theme-mail side of snail mail and am really loving it!

Swaps and Rating

I try to always send out swaps as soon as possible after partners are assigned, and I never send late. If for any reason you have not received a swap from me, it comes damaged, has postage due, or you're unsatisfied, please message me before rating. I would be more than happy to resend.

I always rate immediately after receiving swaps. If a reasonable time has passed and I still haven't rated you, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If I do not receive a swap, I will always contact my partner before rating. I realize life happens (and that the postal service is fallible) and would rather not give out 3s and 1s. If something comes up and you know your swap will be late, please tell me ahead of time.

I typically join domestic swaps (because of postage costs). These days I almost exclusively participate in group swaps, which is why I am in so many groups!

Likes and Interests

I love being surprised and will appreciate anything you send. But since I do occasionally join profile-based swaps, here’s a list of some of the things I particularly enjoy:

˖ colors: green, purple, blue, grey, silver, gold, rose gold

˖ tea - all kinds, but black is preferred (I also happily accept loose-leaf/non-factory packaged teas as long as they are neatly wrapped and labelled, even if the swap calls for packaged tea)

˖ washi tape

˖ cats, and especially stuff where the cats resemble mine - Ava is a medium haired calico and Nora is a short haired mostly-black tortie

˖ touristy things from your town/area - I love learning about where people live

˖ the moon

˖ flowers & florals

˖ Pre-Raphaelite art

˖ ancient Egypt

˖ mythology, folklore, legends, & tall tales

˖ Halloween

˖ clear stamps - I just started my collection and will gladly take donations

˖ ephemera

˖ postage stamps

˖ pocket letters

˖ flip books

˖ ATCs

˖ zines

˖ stickers - I would particularly appreciate any tiny alphabet stickers

˖ libraries & books

˖ velvet

˖ feminism

˖ singing - I'm a member of a wonderful local women's choir

˖ essential oils & perfumes (and other good smelling things as long as they aren't too artificially scented)

˖ candles

˖ Scandinavian anything

˖ forests & lakes

˖ corny jokes

˖ glam rock

˖ lilacs & lavender

˖ occult/witchy stuff - especially tarot, astrology, crystals, and basic herbalism

˖ crosswords

˖ the paranormal & anything spooky - send me your personal ghost story!

˖ tattoos (both temporary and permanent)

˖ castles

˖ cemeteries & graveyards

˖ I’m fine receiving things that are a little risqué/provocative (e.g., curse words, tasteful nudity, dirty jokes)


I'm really not picky at all, and even if I'm sent something I don't personally care for, I'll just send it along to someone else. That being said, I thought I'd try to make a list just to be helpful.

˖ coffee
˖ foam stickers
˖ anything that needs to be sent on (fbs, etc.)
˖ lotion or skincare, as I’m very particular
˖ Christian items (I celebrate Christian holidays but am not interested in any religious material)

Favorite Crafts

I'm a chronic craft dabbler!

In terms of mail art, I've recently gotten really into flip books, pocket letters, and ATCs. I'm still very new to these and they are kind of outside of my comfort zone, so please be gentle - but I'd love any productive feedback you have!

I can't draw to save my life, so my artsier crafts are mostly collage/mixed media/abstract.

Other crafts I enjoy include sewing (primarily clothing), cross stitch, embroidery, and crochet.

Favorite Books

I'm an avid reader - recommendations are always welcome!

My favorite genres are fantasy, magical realism, feminist fiction, and anything that utilizes mythology in a compelling way.

Some of my favorite authors include: Angela Carter ˖ Alice Hoffman ˖ Neil Gaiman ˖ Ursula K. Le Guin ˖ Octavia Butler ˖ Frances Hodgson Burnett ˖ Elizabeth Peters ˖ Margaret Atwood ˖ Shirley Jackson ˖ Nora Roberts

Other Favorites


Brooklyn Nine-Nine ˖ The Americans ˖ Elementary ˖ Bob's Burgers ˖ Parks & Recreation ˖ Frasier ˖ Broad City ˖ Outlander ˖ The Almighty Johnsons ˖ Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ˖ Star Trek ˖ Great British Bake Off


Beauty and the Beast (the animated one) ˖ Little Women (1994) ˖ An Affair to Remember ˖ French Kiss ˖ Sleepless in Seattle ˖ Labyrinth


Enya ˖ Shania Twain ˖ One Direction ˖ Niall Horan ˖ Linda Ronstadt ˖ David Bowie ˖ T. Rex ˖ The Ark


Forever 35 ˖ Satellite Sisters ˖ Pop Culture Happy Hour ˖ Ologies ˖ Happier with Gretchen Rubin ˖ Happier in Hollywood ˖ By the Book ˖ LeVar Burton Reads ˖ Back Story ˖ Criminal ˖ More Perfect ˖ Reply All ˖ Stuff You Missed in History Class ˖ The History of Egypt ˖ This American Life


Comment: Thank you so much for the pocket letter. I just loved it. I also loved the goodies.
Response: I’m glad it made it to you safely and that you liked it! Thanks for rating.
ccgigglebox rated for YTPC: Scrap Samplers on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: I can't wait to use them
Artstamper rated for YTPC: Scrap Samplers on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: Wow that is a fantastic selection of "scraps". They look better than scraps to me. Thanks for this generous swap!
Kalalinga rated for Celestial pocket letter on Mar 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pocket letter. I love your idea. Thanks for the mystery writer's name to check out too.
Response: I’m so glad you liked it because I had a lot of fun making it! Thanks for the heart. :)
bluehairedmary rated for Bookish Letter & a Cup of Tea on Mar 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter and the teas you included! I'm amazed that I haven't heard of many of the titles and authors you wrote about! Lol! It's not such a small reading world after all! A new Sci-Fi book that hasn't even been released yet that I'm interested in is called One Word Kill. Kind of a fantasy-sci-fi-young adult book reminiscent of Stranger Things, the tv show. Anyway, I'll get my letter out to you soon! Thanks for a great swap!
Response: So glad you liked the letter and that I was able to recommend some unread books! :) I'll have to check out One Word Kill when it comes out - sounds super interesting.
Tifflovestocraft rated for 10 Page Letter With Prompts on Mar 14, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading your letter. I wish we had that many community education classes. Maybe we do and I don't realize it. I am looking into it tomorrow. I would really enjoy taking a few. Thank you for the washi tape! Love them! Best washi I have had sent to me in a long time. I love the planets and constellations.
Response: I'm glad you liked the letter and washi, and I hope you're able to find some classes! If you don't have a strong community education program, I've also had some great luck with classes through locally-owned stores. :)
nnair rated for Pocket Letter , Books & Tea on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely PL, Janie!
ByJQ rated for BTH: Celebrating Abundance Gift Package on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: What a lovely box to open. Thank you so much! Palo Santo is my fave!!! And I'm excited to try out the other items also. I can tell you put good energy into packaging it up... much appreciated. I wish we could give more than 1 heart. ♡♡♡
Response: I am so thrilled you liked it! I had so much fun shopping for you and hope you get good use out of the items. Happy Lammas!
bb2 rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail August 2018 on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Your letter is an inspiration for me to get more organized too. I love the vintage inspired goodies. Thanks for a nice swap.
ScrappyCEW rated for BS&S: Witchy Pocket Letter on Aug 3, 2018
Comment: Wow - what a wonderful surprise today when I opened the Witchy Pocket Letter! Very clever, and the gifts included are well appreciated!!!!
Response: I’m so happy you liked it and glad it arrived safely (and speedily too!). Thanks again for hosting such a fun swap!
Zefaniya rated for UHM: Washi Tape Sample Swap on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
mylove4craft rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail June 2018 on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun extras! Hope you have an amazing time in Egypt!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely goodies! 😀
Response: You’re so welcome! Thanks for rating and for the heart! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing summer mini it's so pretty fantastic job
Response: I’m happy you liked it! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
laterdayze rated for SMSUSA: Send Me an ATC on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: Hello Janie, thank you for re-sending the ATC. I got it today and really like it :)
Response: So happy the resend made it! Thanks for rating and for the heart.
DCasey rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Jun 10, 2018
Comment: This was my first time making one of these, too. It was a lot of fun and would make a good way to send a special Christmas or birthday card, wouldn't it!
Comment: Thank you so much for my gorgeous mini!!!!! I love it!!!!
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and for the heart. :)
Kellpepper rated for YTPC: File Folder Flip Book on May 25, 2018
Comment: Wow! This is so awesome! I love everything on it. Thank you so much.
Response: Wow, that got to you quick! I’m so happy you liked it - thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely note, washi, and teas. They are both my favorite flavors!
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and for the heart. :)

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iowa05 on Apr 22, 2019:

I sent you a letter on April 12 and forgot to tell you! Have you gotten it yet? 💕

iowa05 on Apr 7, 2019:

I got your letter!! 💕 The flip book is just beautiful, and I think your shower zine is my new favorite!! 😂 Super excited to write back! 😁

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!

apirl 1

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

CurlyTea on Nov 8, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

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