Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2018 5:07 am


Date Joined: May 25, 2009
Last Online: January 19, 2018
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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About Me

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: Thank you so much for the washi tape samples!! How's Portland right now? I visited there last year in March and I've been wanting to go back!!
Response: Unseasonably warm and seasonably rainy! Not the most picturesque time of year, haha... (did the washi collage on the envelope hold up okay? I slapped on a coat of ModPodge for durability).
Monastelar rated for NH: Coloring Postcard on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: i Adore it! Thank you very much for such lovely PC!
iamred rated for WOW: Let's Share our Newest Washi on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: what a fantastic set of samples! thank you so much! =D i love them all!
Ace330660 rated for Happy New Year! on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all of the goodies ! I really like the stickers ! Just my style.
Comment: Thank you!
Poohtat rated for WOW: Let's Share our Newest Washi on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the samples. I love the bug washi!
emeraldawn rated for Remembering 2017 Writing Swap on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter and the extra stickers, they look great. I hope 2018 is the year you find a job in your field.
Response: Thank you - me too!
Comment: Thank you for your nice postcard. Happy new year :)
Response: Thanks! Happy new year! :-)
Nordbaer rated for Science Fiction PC Swap - Star Wars on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: great card with great stamps, many thanks!
Response: You're very welcome!
Fieke rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard-Dec on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: I love the postcard you made ! Thank you very much ! Happy Holidays !
Response: You're welcome - glad you liked it!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful selection of tapes! Happy 2018
Response: You're very welcome! Happy New Year!
Comment: I love the washi! (And I love the sea-going extras! <3 )
Response: Yay, I'm glad! I love marine life, too. :-)
Buecherwurm rated for NH: Space Postcard Swap INTL on Dec 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much!❤ Love the postcard, and thank you very much for the space stamp and the Mars sticker on the backside! :) And I love that the stamp and postcard image match! :) Thank you for the book recommendation, the book sounds quite different and interesting and I'm always looking for new science fiction books to read :) Happy Holidays!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad you could identify the planet, haha. Have a great holiday!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your november "adventures" with me.
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Hi Melissa, Wow i loved your flat surprise! This was the first time I signed up for this swap and it was a surprise indeed! I will definitely try paint you've send me
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I hope the paint samples are fun. :-)
japn rated for Science Postcard Swap #6 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Response: Cheers!
Comment: Hi there! I got 1/2 of the postcards you sent, you did not have to send 2. :) Thank you! Updated, I did receive both, thank you so much!
Response: I know, I just like sending postcards!
Shellyr rated for WIYM: Handmade PC-Bird on Dec 3, 2017
Comment: This post card is incredibly beautiful. I am glad you tried the technique.
Response: Phew, I've been worried about it surviving the mail since I dropped it in the box! I'm so glad you like it - thank you for the kind words!
nancybarlow rated for Background stamping on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Melissa, I really like this ATC! Your stamping technique is masterful...such nice images. Thanks for the Sci-fi rec...I have downloaded Spin State for holiday reading. Sounds like my kind of sci-fi...My current is Orson Scott Card's Keeper of Dreams...short stories so I can read one before I fall asleep. ; )
Response: Thank you - honestly, my technique is so-so, but Versafine ink is magical. I hope you enjoy Spin State - I'm not quite done yet.
Comment: Interesting I received your PC today, my daughter and I were just talking about Portland yesterday she is considering going to school there. It looks like a beautiful city with the mountain and background and I didn't know was classified as the city of roses. We live in an area where there's lots of bears and wildlife around us and I love that fact and seen them in their natural habitat. Thank you for the wonderful postcard and letter 😀
Response: It's pretty nice (or at least parts of it are), and close to nature, although it can be tough to get to it without a car. Not many bears, though! There are some good schools here.

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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!

oblivionspin on Dec 26, 2017:

Oh absolutely. I always figure December is a bit of a lost month as far as, well, anything that isn't holiday related goes. Just drop me a line with things slow down for you. Oh, and happy stamp carving. It's addictive. (:

simcoe54 on Dec 22, 2017:

Penpal Supply, Pick 2 - International - Thanks so much for the envies, postcards and washi & extras too. Love them. Happy Holidays!

oblivionspin on Dec 10, 2017:

Guten tag, Nachbar! Gee whiz we sure do have a lot in common, don't we? More than it seems because my profile is a little shorter and does not reveal my stint doing living history (1347) or my deep love of marine life or like, 20 other things we have in common. I know we're pretty close, but if you want to be super local pen pals, let me know!

simcoe54 on Nov 21, 2017:

Puzzle Postcard RAK - The puzzle postcard arrived and I really loved putting it together. The picture was beautiful and it is so very unique. Also, the extra map postcard that you enclosed is a new one for my collection. Thanks so so much:)

wombatlady on Nov 11, 2017:

Just a note that I did rate @ainaignies postcard as when I received it!

Juniebird on Nov 7, 2017:

Hello... Just a note to let you know that I got my postcard (Send My Postcard Back) - Thank you! And thank you for the Sutcliff reading suggestions, I have been looking for my next book to read. If you ever decide to try Renault again I would say that The King Must Die is a great one to start with. Best wishes and thanks again!

ladydy5 on Nov 1, 2017:

Welcome back . Artistically Inclined

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