Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2017 7:14 pm


Date Joined: May 25, 2009
Last Online: October 23, 2017
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States
My Postcrossing profile

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.

Note as of October 21, 2017: I was travelling from September 28 to October 20 and have now rated everything I received before the mail was stopped. I will try to get to the post office to unstop mail on Monday and pick up anything else that's arrived. Thank you for your patience!

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 also 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 from a German-speaking country I could practice with (my German is pretty basic at this point).

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 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.)

*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). I love theatre in general, especially musical theatre and operetta.

*Architecture, 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 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 huge laundry list of historically questionable costume/action movies. Master and Commander and Lawrence of Arabia are among my all-time favorites.

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: Thanks for the card, Melissa. I met a woman recently who has spent a lot of time there at the John Day Fossil Beds digging around and she says it's a very interesting place.
Response: Nice! It certainly made a big impression on me as a kid.
Comment: Thank you for a great destash =)
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love pandas so I was so excited about the card!
Response: I'm glad I had a panda card. :-) Glad you liked it!
ginny19590 rated for Postage Stamp ATC! on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: What an awesome ATC......=)
Response: Glad you liked it! I still plan to try again, though. :-)
patchworkchickadee rated for Adult Coloring PC USA #56 on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Pretty coloring, Melissa. And thanks for your nicely illustrated note! :)
Response: You're welcome!
kssunlover1947 rated for QUICK ATC swap #245 on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the ATC's. and extras. That is one thing nice about this swap is it doesn't matter if it is your ATC or anothers. They are called Trading Cards after all. Loved it all.
Response: You're welcome!
nytetears rated for TGIF Weekend NoteCard #72 on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your letter. It sounds like you had a great weekend. I miss the west coast a lot
Response: It was pretty good! The rainy season has set in at last.
Froggy2974 rated for WOW: No thank you on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful washi samples and all the extras.
Response: Glad you liked them!
Walks4Bling rated for Science Postcard Swap #3 on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Thankx for the great postcard! 😊
Response: You're very welcome!
Katiekay rated for NH: Postcards x5 on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you! 💕💕
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Beautiful fish theme mail. Love it and thank you so much for the swap .
Response: You're so welcome! I just got a beautiful postcard from you today. :-)
MsVal313 rated for NH: Coloring Postcard on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: I adore this card! The stickers and super cool stamp are awesome. Thank you for such a fun swap. Rogue One was awesome and I agree with you about Force Awakens. May the force be with you.
Response: You're very welcome!
LilithFaye rated for long-term Geek/Nerd penpals on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful letter! I'm super excited to write back, my goal is to send out a response letter within the next week or two. I absolutely loved the washi tape you sent, thank you!
Response: Yay! No worries if it takes longer, of course (I'm looking at a pile of work and mail to catch up on after being sick...life happens).
Comment: Hi I really like your beautiful selection! Thanks so much :D And a sound of Owl from your backyard must be so cute!!! Envy you! :)
Response: It is a very cute sound! Some owls just sound silly, but this one has a cute call. Glad you liked the stamps!
pne rated for NH: Postcards x5 on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and for the interesting stamps! Wow, more power to you for knowing Hungarian... I started to learn it once but gave up fairly soon; I think it needs more dedication than I had at the time.
Response: Well, I wouldn't say I "know" it, but I could get by okay most of the time. :-) Living there for a while helped a lot, so now I just need to find a way to live in Germany so I can learn German!
squince rated for City Lights PC on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: LOVE the card!
Response: Yay!
wonderingmindfield rated for Book Page ATC! on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the ATC and the lovely card. I LOVE IT!!!! You ATC card was perfect and so pretty I would not dare do anything to it as you suggested. The artist in the card is so talented and I can see why you love her, Is beautiful! Thanks!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I have been using ATCs to try out new-to-me techniques and styles, so it's a little scary!
LouiseW rated for NH: Postcards x5 on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Such a gorgeous thoughtful card ty so much. I really enjoyed Desperate Romantics too. ^^
Response: You're welcome!
LaurenPappas rated for WOW: No thank you on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi, I absolutely love them! Also, thank you for the awesome extras as well.
Response: You're very welcome!
Sabbe77 rated for Where You Live (PC) - September 2017 on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Imagine me: I raise my arms elbows on and shake my hands "iiiik I LOVE it" when I got your card 😃 The card, the stamps (!), neat writing, stickers.. thank you, I loved it, the whole of everything ♡ 😊 Ps. I'd love some waterfalls here!
Response: So glad you liked it! I guess Norway got most of the waterfalls in the region. :-)

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ainaignies on Oct 20, 2017:

hi, i just check my swapbot. i noticed that you not rate my swap yet. have you received my pc yet?

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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