Date Joined: May 25, 2009
Last Online: August 20, 2017
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
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 and play with craft supplies, write postcards, and look for wildlife when I'm not working.
I'm new to Swap Bot (I made an account years ago but never used it), but I've done book and story exchanges on other sites.
I always send by the deadline and hopefully well before, but I always try to put together something that fits my recipient's profile as much as possible so that may take some time. 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. 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 in Hungary or a German-speaking country I could practice with (my Hungarian is much better than my German, though).
*Hoard stationery (I'm trying to actually send it more)
*Go to the theatre
*Hit snooze too many times (I identify a lot with Pusheen)
*Window-shop (and shop shop, although I hate paying full price) craft supply stores - 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. 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, 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, 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 don't really collect stamps anymore, but I do use them in crafts.
*Vintage and vintage-style travel ephemera (airmail stickers, luggage labels, bits of maps, etc.)
*Pretty paper (especially Graphic 45 and 7gypsies).
*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)
*Architecture, especially historical and environmental design
*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.
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 my collage nature/travel scrap journal. 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.
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.
Star Wars original trilogy, Rogue One + a laundry list of historically questionable costume/action movies.
*Glittery items (it gets EVERYWHERE)
*Religious or political-themed mail or craft supplies (postcards of churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, etc. are fine - I'm interested in religious architecture).
*Patriotic materials - I don't mind small flag stickers from your country or state that I can use in journalling, but I can get all the stars and stripes craft supplies I could ever want and I don't have much use for them.
*Origami paper (I have so much. so so much.)
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