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Date Joined: May 25, 2009
Last Online: April 20, 2018
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

13 March 2018: I''m still keeping things dialed down, but am available for private swaps. I'd also love to find someone to exchange mostly-nature-themed happy mail/small-scale art with on a regular basis, so please PM me if that sounds fun to you!

I'm Melissa, and I live in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., although I've spent most of the past 15 years in other places.

I work a lot (self-employed, so my schedule is irregular and swings unpredictably between overwhelming and slow) and play with craft supplies, write postcards, and look for wildlife when I'm not working.

Although I made my Swap-Bot account in 2009, all my activity has been since 2017 (I apparently forgot about my account the moment I made it). I've done some swapping and exchanges on other websites over the years.

I always try to put together something that fits my recipient's profile as much as possible unless the swap is specifically random. I mark sent after dropping mail in the postbox. Of course I also love receiving mail, but that's less under my control than what I put together, so I'm here to send mail and have fun. If you don't receive a swap from me, please message me so I can try to figure out what happened and resolve it. I rate as soon as I receive, so if I haven't rated and you're concerned, drop me a message (mail from Malaysia in particular seems to take a long time to reach me). If you receive an envelope with postage due, let me know and I will reimburse you - I do weigh my envelopes and tend to put on extra postage if I'm not sure, but the USPS has complicated rules.

I'd love to make some regular penpals outside of swapping as well! I have one already, and it's nice to just send postcards/letters back and forth when we feel like it and have something to say. I'd particularly love a penpal from a German-speaking country I could practice with (my German is pretty basic at this point).

Things I do...

*Nature photography



*Irish dance (currently on an indefinite break)

*Send postcards

*Hoard stationery (I'm trying to actually send it more)

*Go to the theatre - plays, musicals, operetta, occasionally opera

*Hit snooze too many times (I identify a lot with Pusheen)

*Window-shop craft supply stores (and shop shop, although I hate paying full price) - I especially love SCRAP PDX, my local secondhand craft/art supply shop.

*Study too many languages (currently Hungarian and German - feel free to write me a postcard in either if you want, since I need the practice)


*Postcards, notecards, or letters with something about the subject or your day or where you live or an interest of yours. I love thoughtful notes and letters! Please don't worry about your English. You can also write to me in German or Hungarian if you want, and I can probably get through Russian and Spanish still with a dictionary. For postcards, I strongly prefer naked, written (or doodled/stamp collaged, if you like doing that), and stamped, unless you don't trust your postal system with naked cards or the swap calls for unused postcards. I like all types of postcards.

*Vintage natural history/science ephemera, including book/magazine cutouts and pages. I love old illustrated (not photo) field guides and like the info along with the drawing. Modern nature & science stuff is cool, too!

*Digital files of 18th-19th century natural history engravings (or links to websites with good free vintage book image libraries).

*Nature in general! Some favorites: botanical illustration of wildflowers and carnivorous plants, insects/spiders (especially dragonflies, damselflies, and beetles), marine invertebrates (nudibranchs, anemones, octopuses, anything you'd find in a tidepool), sharks and rays, wombats, birds (especially crows/ravens and herons), salamanders and newts. But honestly, I like almost everything, and have friends who like the rest, so you really can't go wrong.

*Historical things, especially ancient world/medieval/Renaissance (any country).

*Anything with art by 16th/17th century artist Joris Hoefnagel - I have some notecards and a temporary tattoo (!), but I'm always on the lookout for other things.

*Other artists I like: Ernst Haeckel, Maria Sibylla Merian, other scientific illustration, Mucha and Art Nouveau in general. I'm not really into abstract art, but otherwise I'd love to learn about your favorite artists!

*Stickers (not super kawaii or kids' stickers, unless they're dinosaurs or sea turtles - I collect those for a friend of mine)

*Washi tape samples, especially vintage travel, nature, INSECTS!!, nighttime cityscapes, galaxies, and ocean themes. I especially love watercolor-style washi.

*Postage stamps (unused U.S. commemoratives from pre self-adhesive era - I use these for mail; used stamps from anywhere, especially with a nature theme - I also always need small denominations, like 1-10c. I LOVE the old 1c kestrel stamps and 2c woodpeckers and I used up all of mine). I don't really collect stamps anymore, but I do use them in crafts. I also enjoy nice stamps on postcards and envelopes!

*Vintage and vintage-style travel ephemera (airmail stickers, luggage labels, bits of maps, etc.)

*Interesting art papers, and scrapbook papers that fit the vintage/travel/nature aesthetic (I don't scrapbook, though).

*Nature-themed rubber stamps, particularly very small stamps and vintage-engraving-style.

*Graphic 45, Tim Coffey, and Tim Holtz generally hit my aesthetic fairly often.

*I will use stickers, cutouts, or paper with words in ANY language. I love languages.

*A little something from your city or town is always fun - a postcard, a used transit ticket, a transit map, other bits of ephemera.

*I love handmade cards and mail art! Handmade supplies like cutouts, stamped images (colored or uncolored), and homemade stickers are also cool. I'm just about to start venturing into ATCs, so ATCs or ATC bases would be cool - it's exciting to see all the techniques everyone uses. While I mostly go for vintage aesthetics and nature themes in my own crafting, I love seeing other people's styles.

*Shakespeare (my favorite plays are Julius Caesar, Richard III, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet). I love theatre in general, especially musical theatre and operetta.

*Architecture of any country, especially historical and environmental design

*Book pages I can use in crafting, especially in non-English languages, vintage, nature/science, history, dictionary/encyclopedia/grammar, textbook...I prefer nonfiction and non-religious themes.

*Hot chocolate (I don't drink tea much, but I'll either try it or pass it on - the smell of coffee kind of bothers me, though)

*Colors: jewel tones, dark or muted colors, pastels, gold and silver...anything but neon or glitter. I especially like blue, green, and dark red/maroon/burgundy.

Favorite Crafts

I'm trying to direct my crafting impulses into flat things I can mail to people, so in general, flat crafts.

Currently I'm doing cardmaking, mail art, art/nature journaling, stamping, collage, botanical illustration (watercolor pencil, watercolor/gouache, colored pencil), coloring (marker and colored pencil), and cyanotype printing.

My main projects are sending pretty mail and dabbling with watercolor and collage. I always appreciate cut-outs of animals and plants from vintage books, magazines, tourist brochures, etc., particularly Pacific Northwest nature but also anywhere else I've been (particularly Iceland, Sweden, Hungary, the rest of the U.S.) or where you're from (maybe I'll go there next!).

I'm just starting to play with ATCs and handmade postcards.

Journal/Planner Stuff

I have a Traveller's Notebook knockoff (original size) that I use for a planner with a weekly insert and some grid inserts for bullet journal collections and project planning. I do some basic decoration, mostly with stickers and washi tape, and I'm more of a decorative sticker than a functional sticker person. But it's always evolving, so I'm open to trying new things!

I don't use journalling cards, but I do use fancy page flags/stickies, occasional stencils, rubber stamps, pens, stickers, washi, and magnetic bookmarks.

I also have a "Some lines a day" 5-year journal from Leuchtturm that I just started in 2018.

Favorite Books

Mostly SF/fantasy/historical fiction.

Imperial Radch trilogy (Ann Leckie), Familias Regnant series (Elizabeth Moon), Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett), Discworld series (Pratchett), Les Miserables (Victor Hugo). Almost everything by Rosemary Sutcliff.

Currently in a science fiction mood (for TV/movies as well - original trilogy Star Wars is one of my all-time favorites, and I also love Deep Space Nine).

Holidays I celebrate

*Winter Solstice

*New Year's (calendar version, but totally cool with other New Year traditions as well)

*U.S. Thanksgiving as a food and friends day

*Generic winter holiday greetings are also fine

Please don't send me...

*I'm really not into Christmas or other holiday aesthetics - I'm fine with seasonal nature/weather stuff, like snow, cardinals, pumpkins, etc., but not really into Santas, Valentine's hearts, holiday ornaments, cornucopias, etc., or anything symbolizing religious aspects of holidays. I'm not offended by it, I just have zero use for it, so it's probably better to make someone else's day. :-)

*Glittery items (it gets EVERYWHERE)

*Religious or political-themed mail or craft supplies (exception: architectural postcards of churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, etc. are fine!).

*Coffee (I am very sensitive to the smell and it tends to permeate everything).

*Flags and patriotic-themed stuff - I don't have any use for it (I do like fireworks, but don't mail them to me, haha).

*Origami paper except for chiyogami/yuzen washi, which I can always use.

*Seeds or plant materials from outside the U.S. (forbidden by Customs).


Comment: A hundred hearts. BTW, I dont know why the heart button isnt working. So, your grocery bag envie was so pretty! Your Earth DAy card is beautiful! All the images you sent are spectacular! You naughty girl..you cut up books. lol Hard, I know. OUr library tosses books all the time so I grab them, hug them and cut. lol Whales! Thar she blows! Stamps! This is almost like a wish list. And that one little piece of pink chi origami paper. Ooooooo. Its all so delish! Hay, I see you make handmade stickers. I'd love to see some. I've been wanting to make some forever. We can even swap for some. Again, thank you so much and thank you for joining! x
Response: Haha, yes, book art has been a bit of a struggle for me...but I mostly go for damaged or battered books that I get super cheap, like at library sales. I figure it's better than pulping! Sometimes I get a book and then decide I can't bear to cut it up, though. I'm glad you liked the packagelet! I'd be happy to swap handmade stickers sometime.
Comment: Happy swapping! :)
Response: Likewise!
Christine6035 rated for WOW: Mini Washi notes on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks Melissa:) Your cards turned out very nice - especially the collaged ones!
Response: Thanks! They were fun to make, but more time-consuming, so I think I'll save that technique for other uses in the future.
ArtsyEm rated for Botanical Postcard swap #1 USA on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the PC Melissa=) I esp LOVE the turtle stamp! Spring seems to be taking it's precious time here in MI... but Fri should be lovely!
Response: You're welcome! The habitat scene stamps were such a great series, probably my favorite the USPS has put out.
shinyserra rated for Stamped Mail Art on Apr 5, 2018
Comment: This under the sea envelope is gorgeous! I love it so much. It is going in my smash book :)
Response: Yay, I'm glad you liked it! I was fun to try out a different style.
manme rated for Watercolor ATC on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I just love your tetra fishes ATC! Your effort really show. Also thank you for lovely washi tapes (you really didn't need to send them, but thanks!) Oh, you just made my day! :)
Response: You're very welcome! I like to include extras when I think I have something someone will like. :-) These swaps push me to actually do art, and ATCs are nice and small so they're not really intimidating.
blueseabliss rated for Music ATC inside and out on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Sweet! I love that you combined it with nature! Clever, and deeply appreciated! Thank you for everything!
Response: You're very welcome!
Fieke rated for Handmade postcard international on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: Great art work ! I love it <3 <3
Response: Cheers, glad it arrived safely!
keeru1689 rated for IPC: Handmade Envies on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: Oh my god. You made my day with all the lovely envies. They’re sooooo beautiful. The Japanese and Music papers are so pretty. I wish I get the heart to use them! I love mails with sweet notes, yours was awesome. I felt like I knew you for so long while reading that! I hope you get to visit malaysia sometime, it would be great to meet you! It’s hot here throughout the year. Rains a lot too! The beat time to visit would be Feb to October (lesser rain). Hope you do make it!
Response: Yay, I'm glad you liked the envies and the note! :-) Malaysia is definitely on my list.
Comment: I loved everything in here! I've been using many of them in my Happy Planner! <3
Response: Yay, I'm glad you liked them!
masnawawi80 rated for Quick Swaps: Bird on Mar 11, 2018
LauraElizabeth rated for Handmade Sticker Swap on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: OMG - I am in love!!!! In love with your stickers! These are gorgeous - I would pay money for them. I was obsessed with handmade stickers before - and now I think the obsession has grown. Thank you so much - I love them!
Response: MUWAHAHAHA! er. I mean... ...you're welcome. (Seriously, it's a fun obsession, and at least for me sidesteps the problem with storebought stickers where I can never bring myself to USE my favorites. And once my life settles down I'd be happy to do a private swap for more if you want - I did a huge handmade sticker swap earlier this year but my partner dropped off the face of the planet without sending, so after I have time to rebuild the stash I'd be up for trying again with someone else.)
bombardiette rated for IPC: Magazine Collage Postcard on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: Melissa, wow. Just...wow. Your re-send arrived today and I absolutely love, love, love this PC. I don't think magazines are my stiyle either, but dang woman - you've nailed it with this one. Thank you so much for such a beautifully done PC - and I'm so sorry the first was lost to the ether. xoxo
Response: Phew, I'm so relieved it made it and you liked it. :-) I tried to capture some of my favorite things about the coast - heading out there this weekend!
Comment: Hello Melissa, thank you so much for your lovely swap. I love everything you've sent.
Response: Yay, I'm glad it finally arrived and you liked it!
Whippet rated for CPG Local PC - Global on Mar 3, 2018
keeru1689 rated for IPC: 3 Days of Happy Things on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Wheeeeee! You made my day! I love everything that you’ve sent me! I got an envelope punch boar recently, and I really am addicted to it. It’s a pity we don’t get beautiful paper here. Thanks a lot.
Response: You're very welcome! I think my favorite things to make envelopes out of are found papers, like sheet music and maps.
BrendaB rated for Adult Coloring PC #65 USA on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous PC! You did beautiful coloring and I love that tulip :D
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it.
Comment: Wow, this was realy beautiful. The envelop was even beautiful
Response: Thank you - I'm glad it arrived safely!
Comment: I too found this challenging and mine didn't turn out like I had imagined. Yours is so awesome. It turned our really great. I like your combination of washi, collage, and the hand drawn circles around the gold. SUPER!! Thanks for joining!
Response: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. I need to make time to do a few sketchbook pages to noodle around...kind of overwhelming inspiration!
MakersgonnaMake rated for Space Postcard Swap INTL #2 on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Love the card and love, love the stamps! I agree that pre-digital photography was awesome - love it!
Response: Glad you liked the stamps - it's great to be able to use some of my topical stamp horde. (I think astronomical photography is maybe technically better now, but it's awfully impressive what they pulled off pre-digital.)

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djcamp04 on Apr 2, 2018:

The envelopes are beautiful! Love the vintage one so much. Ehhhh, don’t worry about not decorating envie you sent in, it was pretty as is! 😁

pinklilly on Mar 17, 2018:

Thank you so much Melissa for the beautiful washi samples win, I just received today!! I love them!! You are so generous and so kind!! Much appreciated!

simcoe54 on Feb 22, 2018:

Handmade Envies RAK - Thanks for the handmade envelopes, washi samples and stickers. They were worth the wait. Love them.

user6937 on Feb 20, 2018:

Your RAK of envelopes are here, thank you! I also love the Hawaii postcards :)

OrigamiGrace on Feb 19, 2018:

Thank you for the lovely RAK of handmade envies, they are so cute!!

tigerlily2110 on Feb 5, 2018:

Hi, just received my owl collaborative postcard back. Thank you so much for sending it back.

mgallardo68 on Feb 1, 2018:

These are wonderful 'galaxies' themed washi samples and those stickers you made are striking. Beautiful and thank you so much for sending some my way!! Love my Themed Washi Tag Swap package!! ♥♥

Buecherwurm on Jan 6, 2018:

Oh, schön, dann ist die Postkarte aber richtig schnell angekommen, oft ist die Post ein bisschen langsamer! :D Ich freue mich schon auf deine Karte :) ("zurückschreiben" war richtig :))

Buecherwurm on Jan 2, 2018:

Hi, I forgot to say: I sent the postcard in German to you some days ago and took a picture, so if you have any question about the words/text, just ask, I can answer that directly :) I hope you had a great start into the new year! :)

ChrisAnne on Dec 26, 2017:

Welcome to Planner Partners. New swaps will be posted soon! Please jump into the forums and let me know any swaps you would like to see!

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