Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2022 1:23 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2013
Last Online: September 9, 2022
Birthday: November 8
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Janie, a 32-year-old lady living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my best friend and our two cats, Ava and Nora. I am single and childless, both by choice. :)

I love mail and have been penpalling since about 2008, and joined Swap-Bot in 2013. I'm not always the most active, but I love this community!

I visited Egypt in January 2019 - the one and only real item on my bucket list! I can’t wait to go back.

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: cool tones (especially green), pinks, metallics
˖ 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
˖ ephemera
˖ mug rugs
˖ postage stamps (both used & unused!)
˖ pocket letters
˖ flip books
˖ ATCs
˖ zines
˖ stickers - I would particularly appreciate any tiny alphabet stickers
˖ libraries & books
˖ feminism
˖ Scandinavian anything
˖ glam rock
˖ lilacs & lavender
˖ occult/witchy stuff - especially tarot, astrology, crystals
˖ crosswords
˖ the paranormal & anything spooky - send me your personal ghost story!
˖ tattoos (both temporary and permanent)
˖ castles
˖ cemeteries & graveyards
˖ BTS & Stray Kids
˖ 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 ˖ N.K. Jemisin ˖ Frances Hodgson Burnett ˖ Elizabeth Peters ˖ Margaret Atwood ˖ Shirley Jackson ˖ Nora Roberts ˖ Beverly Jenkins

Favorite Podcasts

I'm a podcast junkie and am subscribed to ~35! (I finally freed myself from the self-set expectation to listen to every single episode of every single one; now I just listen if the description sounds appealing.) I'm always open to suggestions and recommendations! Some of my favorite topics/specific podcasts:

˖ self-help/self-improvement (Happier with Gretchen Rubin, By the Book)
˖ personal finance (Choose FI, Afford Anything, Frugal Friends, How To Money, YNAB)
˖ general educational (99% Invisible, The History of Egypt, You're Wrong About, Maintenance Phase)
˖ pop culture (Pop Culture Happy Hour, Reply All, Satellite Sisters)


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful coin envelopes..I love them both.
Response: Glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for the rating and the heart. 😊
LadyJo rated for UHM: Mini Penpal Challenge #4 on Jul 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pen pal letter! I enjoyed hearing about your traveling! I may also have to check out some of those books you said about. Also thanks so much for the stamps and postcards to use in my Elderly Project!
Response: So happy you liked it! Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)
DParker85 rated for YTPC: 1 pg wonder July - USA on Jul 21, 2022
Comment: Your pocket turned out beautifully! The envelope didn’t hold up so well but it looks like everything made it! Love the moon theme and what a great idea to use the paper doilies to contrast busy paper!
Response: Oh no! So sorry about the envelope. But so glad it made it and that you liked it! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
cloudjun rated for UHM: June Pick-2 Happy Mail on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: omg hiii! It really is rare for me to meet anyone in person, let alone on this website with the same name as me! Considering there aren't many of us compared to other names lol xD thank you for such an awesome swap and I hope your weekend will be great!
Response: Haha same! I’m so glad you liked it - thanks for the quick rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the washi tape rolls! Definitely a welcome and happy surprise for me - both are so pretty and right up my alley :) I appreciate you!
Response: I am so very glad you liked it - I had fun picking them out! Thanks for rating and for the heart. :)
bb2 rated for SMSUSA: Travels, Tea & Me on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this fun swap. Yogi is one of my favorite brands of tea. I love having a new one to try. I enjoyed reading your letter. I wish you the best in your new home. You sound like a fun person. Thank you for the interesting postcard and papers too. Happy swapping!
Response: I’m so happy to hear you liked it! Thanks for the thoughtful rating and the heart.
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Zig Zag Flipbook on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Hi Janie! It's such a pleasure to receive something from you. I do see spring all over this beautiful flipbook and I'm having a love affair with yellow right now, so all those sweet yellow flowers made me smile ;+) Your little tuck-ins are all so nicely done and filled with things I'm looking forward to using in my creative endeavors. Thanks, too, for your sweet note. I feel very 'connected' to you, even though we haven't swapped together too often; it's good to know you feel the same. I love your 'tidy' craft--it brought joy to my day. Hope we get to swap together again soon!
Response: Aw I'm so so glad you liked it! Swapping with you is always such a treat - hope we cross paths again soon!
Comment: Hi Janie! Thank you so much for the lovely Happy Mail! I really enjoyed reading your responses to the questions - loved the details instead of just a short answer! Patrick sounds like a really wonderful person and room-mate! I have to agree to disagree about cursive handwriting but I believe I am way older than you, so probably a bit more archaic in my thinking! LOL! Thanks again! Wishing you all the best and please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;) p.s. loved how your envie matched the postage stamp you used - very pretty!
Response: So glad you liked it Vicky, I had a blast writing it! And so happy you liked the envie/stamp coordination, I was pretty proud of it haha. Thanks for the rating and heart!
ArtyBeth3 rated for UHM: Mini Penpal Challenge on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: Cats, cats, & cats. I loved reading about the personalities of your two cats!! Thanks for the cool goodies. I’m especially grateful for the tea, as I’m not getting out to shop often. I’ll write back & “talk cat.” 🐈 Stay safe.
Tessssssa rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Apr 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zine you made!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter and little extras.
Artstamper rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful zine. I love the vintage look of it.
Response: So happy you liked it - thanks for rating and for the heart! :)
isabellasnow rated for YTPC: Let's Make a Zine! on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Janie!! I have really missed swapping together! Your 'zine is so pretty; I love the images you chose. Each page is more beautiful than the last. LOVE that doily on the back cover. Your little notecard and matching envie are so pretty as well. Thanks for joining; hope we get to swap together again soon!
Response: Aw, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it, Kristy! Always a joy to swap with you - hopefully we can again soon!
warheart rated for CPG Flipbook Swap - US Only on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely flipbook and the fun goodies! Your handwriting is so pretty and the shaker window on the back is adorable!!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and the generous heart. :)
Comment: Utterly fabulous! Lettersets, a bookmark, tea, unused postage, washi samples, a be happy fortune (“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson) all in themes I love. Plus, your lovely, very neatly scribed letter (What an inspiration you are with your ambitious, but “well worth it” goals for this new year! It’s something everyone should strive for.) Thanks for making my day. 😀 💜 P.S. Thanks for the tip about the free printable stationery website. The one you chose for me (cat theme) was super cute.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, Beth! It's been a while since I've done a profile-based swap and you were so fun to pick things out for. :) Thank you for the thoughtful rating and the heart!
Autist rated for Novel - TEA Swap #2 on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: What a lovely letter!! Thank you for the letter and the tea. Can’t wait to try it! Cheers
Response: I’m so glad you liked it! And thank you for the heart. :)
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. :)