The current swaps on my dashboard, that I have yet to send or assign partners for in the year 2021, will have little to no craft components (or time-intensive crafting). This is because we had a pipe burst in our wall that forced me out of my office/craftroom for a little while. Now that all has been repaired I will focus on getting my creative space back in working order and moving my supplies out of our storage unit. My swap participation will remain VERY minimal during this transition, but I’m looking forward to fun swapping adventures in 2022! Thank you for understanding.
Postal Services are doing the best they can to keep us connected!
Please remain patient & kind during these uncertain times.
This is my actual mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.
Partner/Coordinator Communication will take place should this status change for any reason.
Missing Mail? Please direct message me before rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging.
Spoiler-Alert: My Flickr account often has photographs of swaps I’ve sent.
Postage Due? I now have a postal scale! 😁 But, I have learned of this happening 4 times since joining SB. I'm truly sorry for the inconvenience this causes. Please message me if this happens to you. I will reimburse via PayPal or with unused USPS postage stamps.
Allergy Alert: My home is pet-friendly and smoke-free. But I shed a lot, due to Hashimoto’s. So, I apologize ahead of time if there’s any hair/fur stuck in packing tape. I understand how unsightly that can be, and try hard to send shed-free mail. 😆
Please scroll down to “Do Not Send” section if you’re just here to review my 🛑 Dislikes list. 🛑 Thank you for your consideration!
My Motivational Word for 2021: Gratitude
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFK
My name is 🎵Harmony Joy🎶 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. Others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or 🍪"Cookie" (because of my last name) - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣
My name is musically-inspired because both of my biological parents are hippies. I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and Nor-Cal foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force.
"Children are not distractions from more important work. They are the most important work." --C.S. Lewis 💞👩🏽💻👩🏽🎨👩🏽🏫👷🏽♂️👨🏽🎓💞
Together, we have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally get more excited about 💙 Mother’s Day than my own birthday!🎁 The title also includes all my animals (past & present). 😉
🐾 At the moment, our fur-family consists of 3 feline & 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Carolina Dog) and Ella (a Great Dane & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna, two tortoiseshell shorthair "grand-kittens" named Lily and Piper & Theo, who is a ginger tabby.🐾
Perhaps you can surmise that I've always really enjoyed my animals. I think my pets help me cope with “people problems” better. 😉
Whether finned, feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my ohana really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 And I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA).
I’m proud to be a Mama Bear 🐻🧸 Can you tell why Bettie White is my favorite Golden Girl!? 😂
My family says I’m “the jack of all trades, master of some.” 😆 I’m simply never bored! 🎨
So, besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many Hobbies:
(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)
(outdoor) Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hula Dancing, Kayaking, Rollerblading, Shooting, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, and Shopping.
I 💙 crafting! I like to try new techniques too. My new-found interests are ATCs & APCs. However, my portfolio is varied from fiber arts and beading to woodwork and pyrography. My style often varies and is sometimes "moody" because I tend to make what I feel. Most of the time I embrace the mixed-media, distressed looks of inky grunge and painterly splatters. However, I enjoy the beauty of clean-and-simple (CAS) designs too.
My current collections are: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC/APC and the 7-of-❤️’s playing card (in all sizes & shapes), Deltiology (postcards), and Philately (postal stuff).
I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music. My go-to’s are usually country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl! Even in silence, I often have a tune playing in my head! 🤭
I am most comfortable at the ocean where I can lose all sense of time hunting for sea glass, smooth rocks, and tiny shells to use in my crafts! I also enjoy fishing, but this ol' gal ain't cut out for boats! I've got a fair pair of fins 🧜🏽♀️, but no "sea legs!" 🤢
Neatly written or typed things are always welcome!
As a swap coordinator, I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a "night-owl" and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)
As a co-founder or officer in multiple groups, I coordinate regular/recurring swaps that are often posted months in advance. However, to mitigate any further misunderstanding based on the perceived appearance of my dashboard, I will only participate in 16 (or less) swaps at any given time. If my dashboard = 16 swap capacity, but you’d like to swap privately, please direct message me.
Posted swaps that are left without any interest for 72 hours, will be deleted to perhaps repost at a different time. Sometimes my swaps have a Sunday send-by date even though there’s no service because swaps can still be dropped off in the outgoing mail boxes. I often drop by the P.O. on my way to do other errands on Sundays, and once the swap leaves my possession it’s marked as sent!
I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to angel. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.
If you end up needing a swap angel'd, please direct message me after you’ve contacted your partner.
Current USPS postage rates are as follows:
For postage stamps, here are some themes I enjoy (they can be used or new, from all countries and any year):
For Postcards, I most enjoy:
B&W Photography! Especially of:
Handmade postcards are always welcome too. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💗💜💖🤎🤍🖤💝 I heart art!
Please share your PC collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” PCs by Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press, Society 6, etc. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "No"), mail it and let me know why! I promise I’d never rate down for thoughtful intentions!
Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard🍪🥠
🤙🏽 Mahalo nui loa! 🤙🏽
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🚫 Dolls, Zettiology Creatures, Clowns
🚫 Monkeys, Gorillas, Baboons
🚫 Perfumes or Cosmetics
🚫 Soy Anything
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