Swap-bot Time: August 20, 2017 11:24 pm


Date Joined: May 25, 2009
Last Online: August 20, 2017
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States

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 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).

Things I do...

*Nature photography



*Irish dance

*Send postcards

*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.

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 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.

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.

Favorite Movies

Star Wars original trilogy, Rogue One + a laundry list of historically questionable costume/action movies.

Please don't send me...

*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.)


Comment: Love the ATC. Thank you for that and all the bits and pieces.
Response: Glad you liked it!
B3unhinged rated for Adult Coloring PC INTL #53 on Aug 20, 2017
Comment: So beautiful. Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely images. I really like the ones with the music sheets as the background. The ones you stained with tea are super lovely as well, I know I will have fun crafting with them. = )
Response: I'm glad you like them! :-)
ArtyBeth3 rated for NH: Big Washi Swap - Int'l #2 on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Hello "neighbor." :) What fun actually and yes, it's always amazing in international swaps to get someone in your own area. I've had it happen a few times. In any case, thank you for the lovely bird card flying me in some pretty washi tapes! :) I don't have any of your designs in my current collection.
Response: Yay, glad I could send you some new ones! :-)
KristinKing rated for Desert Cactus ATC on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: When I first opened your card it took me a second to realize that it wasn't hand drawn. Nice job.
Response: Glad you liked it! I'm new to collage, lots to learn still...
peipeicl rated for LANTERN PRESS POSTCARD SWAP on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for checking my collection before sending this beautiful postcard. It makes a great new addition to my LP collection :)
Response: Yay, I'm glad I found a different one!
penelopesamuel rated for Happy Anniversary to VLD♥ on Aug 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful bird postcard! Welcome to Swap-Bot :) I don't mind the heat, but the smoke made it seem really humid. When I saw we were neighbors, I had to read your profile :) I, too, love Scrap PDX! I haven't been there for a few months, but I love perusing all their treasures! Happy Swapping!!
Response: Glad you liked it! I'm looking forward to rain clearing up the air...
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful images! I think I did it wrong when I sent mine! I love every single image. Thank you!
Response: I have no idea what I'm doing, so maybe I did it wrong. I'm sure you did fine! Glad you liked them. :-)
Comment: Love the washi! Especially the watercolor style one. Thank you so much for sharing!
Response: You're very welcome (although now I don't remember what I sent...)!
Fabriqueen rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! End July on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love the things you sent. Two of my favorite things - lighthouses and butterflies. The envelope even has a Texas stamp I have never seen before LOL! Hugs, Diane
Response: So glad you liked it! I have a lot of older stamps, so I'm excited when I get to send a state one to the right state. :-)
Comment: What an exciting assortment of flat items you've sent, I don't know what I like the most..@.@ Definitely saving the sticker squid and really cool space stamps for a special day, but I love the Washi, wolf, winter paper and other stickers, and let me just say, those are the prettiest looking weeds I have ever seen! I had to look up how you did a sun print and it sounds like a lot of fun. :D Thanks for sharing your creative paper with me and all the other sweet treats, along with your lovely note. :) Best wishes, Sara
Response: I'm so glad you liked the items! Sunprinting is incredibly fun - I just got a little $7 kit with the small squares of paper to experiment small scale, but I have dreams of doing a cotton scarf if I can figure out how to get a big enough sheet of non-UV-blocking acrylic or glass.
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #64 on Aug 6, 2017
Comment: Beautiful card and LOVE the octopus drawing on the envelope!!! Thanks for sharing your weekend with me. :)
Response: Glad you liked it! I was really happy with how the octopus came out. :-)
petercure rated for Intl Newbie Type 3 Swap #1 on Aug 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package!(*^_^*)
Response: You're very welcome!
MommaBaxter rated for Bookish Quote 2 on Jul 29, 2017
Comment: I love the otter postcard! And I totally LOVE the quote! I read that series when I was about 12, and adored it...I might just have to reread it because you reminded me how great it was! Thanks!
Response: Glad you liked it! I was thinking I should reread them myself...I forgot how fun they were.
Comment: Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for the gorgeous postcard you sent me! I love it! Yes I've been to Prague, lovely city and the Mucha museum is amazing. Love all the architecture in the city too! Thanks again for the postcard!
Response: You're welcome!
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #62 on Jul 20, 2017
Comment: I loved your note and notecard. Thank you so much. I hope you have fun next weekend at the photography meeting.
Response: Thank you - it was really fun and we visited some great tidepools.
Comment: Thank you!!!
Response: You're welcome!

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123Poggy123 on Aug 18, 2017:

Thank you very much for the wonderful assortment of beads. I can't wait to start using them. I am excited. Thank you!!!!!!

Dsweeny on Aug 18, 2017:

WOOOOHOOO!!!! I received the crammed envelope of beautiful beads and goodies from the Bead Destash RAK- thank you SO SO much for sharing with me, everything is beyond gorgeous and you were very generous to do this. Thank you so much. Happy Friday! Dina (DSweeny)

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