Swap-bot Time: July 31, 2021 4:55 pm


Date Joined: April 17, 2019
Last Online: July 30, 2021
Birthday: March 17, 1978
Country: United States
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Please be patient & kind.

Over 429 million pieces of mail are processed daily by just 644,000 postal employees.

Let’s thank our postal workers for all they do to try and keep up with the regular mail workloads! (Not to mention e-commerce)



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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.

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Postage Due? 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.

Please scroll down to “DNS’s” if you’re here for just a quick list review of the 🌡Dislikes 🛑 Thank you for your consideration!

'Nuff of that serious stuff now, on to some light-hearted matter! 😉


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 animals. I think my pets help me cope with the “people problems” better. 😉

Whether feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my ohana really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 And I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA).

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:

  • (indoor) Alterations, Art-Journaling, Ballroom Dancing, Card-Making, Coloring, Crocheting, DIY, Face-Painting, Genealogy, Painting, Paper-Making, Pottery, Pressed Flower Craft (oshibana), Reading, Sewing, Smash/Scrap-booking, Watching Movies, Weaving, and West African Dancing.

(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)

  • (outdoor) Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hula Dancing, Kayaking, Rollerblading, Scouting (BSA/GSUSA), Shooting, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, and Shopping.

I've earned my GSUSA Gold Award and BSA Wood Badge beads. I’m proud to be a part of the Bear 🐻 Patrol.🧸 Can you tell why Bettie White is my favorite Golden Girl!? 😂

  • My current collections include: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC/APC and the 7-of-❤️’s playing card (in all sizes & shapes), Challenge Coins, Deltiology (postcards), Philately (postal stuff), and Vintage Scouting Ephemera. I used to also collect currency (numismatics) but I’ve decided to end with my state park quarters now that the Tuskegee Airmen coin was released this year.

  • I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl records! 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!" 🤢

  • I also enjoy spending quality time at libraries, museums, galleries, or studios. This is because I really enjoy folk-arts & handicrafts. I ❤️ experiential arts!
  • In my youth, I enjoyed traveling the Americas and spent time living in Chile as a foreign exchange student! Now, I prefer to travel in good company, whenever possible. However, my current travels have been vicariously via postcards!

I 💜 snail 🐌 mail! 💌

  • When handwriting, please print as I have difficulty reading some cursive penmanship.

Neatly written or typed things are always welcome!

Postcard Faves!

  • Pin-Up Ladies (esp. tasteful photography of Risqué brunettes by Bunny Yeager)
  • Post Office Buildings
  • Mailboxes 📮📭
  • Giant Trees 🌲
  • Studio Ghibli: Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service & My Neighbor Totoro
  • B&W Photography! Especially of:

    • People Dancing📻💃
    • Close-ups of Hands or Paws
    • Vintage Boots, Hats & Instruments📯🎻
    • Abandoned Cars, Trucks & Trains
    • Old Books, Globes & Typewriters
    • Saturday Evening Post, Life or Time
    • Pacific Island & Polynesian Culture
  • Handmade postcards are always welcome too. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💗💜💖🤎🤍🖤💝 I heart art! So, please feel free to share your collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” (Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press) postcards. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "No"), please share it with me, and let me know why! I promise that I’ll never rate down for thoughtful intentions!

🍪🍪🍪Special Request: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard!🍪🥠🍪🥠

  • I also ask that my postcards please be sent ✏written🖊 on, but in an✉ envelope🌎 (if the swap allows a choice). The envelope (or clear sleeve) simply protects the image on the postcard from being smudged or torn by the USPS machinery (and they seem to be arriving damaged more recently).

WISHLIST (a.k.a. Insta-smiles 😃 & hearts 💕)

  • Star Wars Postage Stamps (new, used, or faux)
  • Sea Turtle Postage Stamps (new, used, or faux)
  • Canceled Postage from Fiji, or Papua New Guinea
  • Tw/Inchies/Betwinchies or Rinchie Rounds
  • Hand-carved Stamp Images (on any scrap papers)
  • Gelli-plate Printed Tissues/Scrap Papers
  • Scraps of an “Acrylic Pour” or Marble Painting
  • Stitched/Sewn Paper Scraps or Fabric Snippets
  • Your Poetry, Song, or Short-story
  • Any Canx’d Postage Stamp with: bears, marine animals, or Éire on it

🤙🏽 Mahalo nui loa! 🤙🏽


  • Some swappers enjoy having a list to “shop” from, while others feel squelched by too many ideas. For this reason, I have tried to create “harmony” in my profile by listing some of the things I like. This is not an extensive listing, 😉 so pleasant postage presents are possible. (tongue twisted intentionally). In other words, my swap partners can breathe easy because I default to finding the good in what is mailed my way. 😉 😃 😊

  • Edibles: I am dye & gluten-sensitive and must eat strictly soy-free. This includes Red Dye #40 & the emulsifier “soy lecithin” frequently found in snack foods and chocolates. If a swap calls for edible treats, please refer to my A-Z list (below) for ideas.

  • Here's a list of my strong dislikes, since this is sometimes easier for swap partners to work with.

🛑 Please do not send things with:

🚫 Loose Glitter or Confetti

🚫 Planner Stickers😣

🚫 Claymation or Stop-motion Characters

🚫 Sock-puppets or Anything with Monkeys

🚫 Dolls or Zettiology Creatures

🚫 Zombies or Aliens

🚫 Cosmetics or Fragrances

🚫 Snakes, Spiders or Scorpions

Actually, the only “safe” animals in this exothermic (cold-blooded) genre are sea turtles, lady bugs, and butterflies🦋 The occasional snail 🐌 isn’t any bother either, though I prefer the kawaii/cute snail to the realistic ones anytime!

I greatly appreciate your efforts to avoid sending any other insect, reptile, or amphibian stuff.

  • Disclosure: I am a trauma survivor with medically diagnosed post-traumatic stress injuries, anxiety, and depression. I have also been diagnosed with ADHD-Combined type but I prefer to call it “variable attention stimulus trait” (VAST). The negative connotations associated with ADHD make me sad and angry because I’m a very intelligent, successful person. I sometimes struggle with trusting others, executive functions, and memory impairment though. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been a way for me to re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner.

  • I am also a board-certified peer support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based programs. This doesn’t mean I “know everything”, however continuing education is part of maintaining my credentials, so I am often learning and training. More recently I was introduced to the gender unicorn and what it means to be an LGBTQ+ Ally. I share this because it’s not just a “current event”, but a journey to enlightenment for me. Although I am considered a cisgender female, and use the pronouns she/her, I am not a “girly-girl.” Boots are my go-to heels and you’ll never catch me wearing a skirt without shorts underneath. Too drafty! 🤣 No, really though, I prefer to be practical and comfy, yet prepared for anything. That’s why my eyeliner, eyebrows, and lipstick are tattooed on!

  • I know from first-hand experience that having a W.R.A.P works. I believe that having a plan allows me to stay in control and working my WRAP® helps me monitor feelings/behaviors and, through planned responses, reduce, modify, or eliminate those feelings. My WRAP® also includes plans for responses from others when I cannot make decisions, take care of myself and/or keep myself safe. I always advocate for mental health awareness. However, I wouldn’t ever “push” information onto another.

Learn more about W.R.A.P

Please respect me and refrain from sending me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask.

  • Greeting Cards: I am not offended by the greetings:

🐣🥚 "Happy Easter" and

🎄✝️ “Merry Christmas”

although I respect other spiritual observances.

A Note About My Faith/Beliefs

  • My dog-tags say Non-denominational Christian ⛪️ but I consider myself to be a “spiritual” being, who recognizes God as a higher power that is without “constraints”. I do not subscribe to any extremely religious, one-sighted, or legalistic views. I find that truth can be found in all and therefore embrace tenets from many different faiths, beliefs, and theories.

  • I was baptized, as a teenager, in the Four Square Church, but as an adult find that nature is truly my favorite “church” and I often hug trees, wander in the great outdoors, and observe wildlife.

  • I abhor politics & do not identify with any “party” (why is it even called that?) But I do believe in the importance of informed voting practices, so I do my “homework” before heading to the ballot box. Confirmation bias is as bad as hypocrisy, so I try not to propagate that malady, if I can help it. How to FactCheck

  • Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful consideration with 💖-felt gratitude!

☺🚧 Profile page & person always under construction 🚧☺

(Up-to-date as of: 7/18/2021)

Swap Etiquette

I am 3 hours ahead of Swap-bot time!

  • 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 am responsible for coordinating regular or recurring swaps. This means that sometimes my dashboard will show a bunch of swaps listed, months in advance. This doesn’t mean that partners have been assigned for all my swaps yet. It certainly doesn’t mean that I’m overwhelmed and going to flake on a swap either. Please message me before banning me from a swap for the perceived “appearance” of my dashboard.

  • If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will delete it to perhaps repost at a different time.

  • 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.

    • I follow-up on swaps if it's been thirty (30) USPS business days from the date I logged my swap as sent, (and at least two weeks from the deadline date) but no rating has been posted. I will contact my partner about a resend because I know postal services lose things sometimes.

what I pledge

    • I rate incoming swaps within 48 hours of their receipt. It’s my practice to only archive them once received/rated! I am not concerned with postmark dates. They’re completely unreliable and have been counterfeited by swappers here before. As far as I’m concerned, if I receive the swap described your good to go. 👍🏼
    • I appreciate feedback when rating and do try to make the time to respond to rater's comments accordingly. Even “silent” ratings I’ve received will often receive a simple “thank you” to show my gratitude for remembering to rate! However, there are times when I cannot get to all of them. This does not mean that I am any less grateful for the happy mail though! I promise.
      • I do not visit the public forums on purpose. My first visit there felt terribly negative and since it's not a membership requirement, I have made a healthy choice to avoid the unnecessary distress. I simply swap on Swap-bot because I enjoy sharing happy mail!
      • I am sometimes a forgetful human who makes mistakes, so these references are here to refresh my memory of what I’ve agreed to by participating in Swap-bot:


DOs and DON'Ts


Favorite Crafts

I 💙 paper-crafting! My new-found "loves" are ATCs & APCs. However, my portfolio is varied from fiber arts and beading to woodwork and pyrography. My "crafting style" also varies and is sometimes "moody" because I tend to make what I feel. Most of the time I embrace the mixed-media, distressed look of inky grunge and painterly splatters. However, I also enjoy the beauty of clean-and-simple (CAS) designs too. I honestly try to find a balance between these two whenever possible. If the swap gives me specifics to work with, I enjoy the challenge and will put my utmost attention into making something worthwhile for my partner(s).

As far as paper crafting and altered projects, I learned most of what I know under the tutelage of Annette Green (who is a graphic designer by trade, graduated from Ranger U, and designs projects for both Elizabeth Craft Designs & Graphic 45). Many moons ago I was a member of her crafting team "Flamingo Gals"...however, she has moved up to Greenville, SC now.

Annette’s Tutorial Blog


Kirkdebb rated for AAA: Challenge #5 Number Six on Jul 31, 2021
Comment: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the ladybugs! You did a great job layering and adding lots of little details on this one. Thank you!!
Comment: I love the theme, of course, you knew I would. I will work on this next week and send you back the finished product.
Cgscdy rated for EATC: Lunch ATC - Meal Series #2 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Ty very cute!
colodad rated for ABCs: Use Postage Stamps on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great starts! What a great collection of airplane stamps. I am not sure what I am going to add, I like the way they look now!
Response: Wonderful! I am so glad that you like them - please feel free to add to only if you want to though; there’s truly no pressure….maybe just a simple air mail/par avion label or piece of the traditional red & blue hashed envelope!? Ideas to toy around with. Thank you for the quick rating and sharing a little ❤️ too!
captkristi rated for PA: Mixed Media PC (USA) on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Hey Cookie!! This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Thanks so much. I haven't done the masterboard thing yet. I would love too...I just have "too many" hobbies at the moment hahaha See you in the mailbox. Hugs!
Response: Awesome sauce; I’m thrilled that you like it! The master board thing is such a fun way to use the scraps I have a hard time throwing away. LOL. Ya just never know what they can be turned into!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Fish Shaped Postcards on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the punny fish postcard.
Response: You’re welcome 😉 Thanks for the rating with ❤️
supersquirrel rated for ABCs: Travel & Things That Go! on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: What a WONDERFUL starter set! What to do, what to do... Thank you for your sweet note too ✈️👩‍✈️🐿️
Response: Aww, yay! This is so great to hear because I’ve felt a little discouraged after a few wrinkles have popped up in the ABCs group. I really like doing these swaps with artists like yourself. Your encouragement means the world to me. Many thanks for your kindness and for rating with ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much!
Response: You’re so welcome. 😉 Thanks for rating with ❤️
Poeprincess rated for ABCs: Patina on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for another challenging collaborative swap. Love the elements!
Response: Sweeeet! Thanks for the quick rating - those were delivered to ya pretty fast! I'm impressed 👍📮💌 Please take your time and enjoy working on them at your creative leisure, my friend. No rush whatsoever. 😉 I always hope they're fun and not stressful "challenges"...especially after that amazing candy wrapper creation where you thought all the pieces I sent were supposed to go on the ATC & you rocked it!!! I feel so bad about that still...duh! Lesson learned for this newb group founder huh. 🤭
bpl76 rated for LSRUS-Hearts atc's-us on Jul 16, 2021
Comment: WOW thank you
Response: You're welcome; I'm excited you like them. The "WOW" really encourages my inner artist 🥰 Thank you for the ❤ rating and for coordinating another great swap theme! I really like geometric hearts!💗🤍🖤🤎💜💙💚💛🧡💌❤🥰💕💖🎨👍
circularlogic rated for SMSUSA: Pick 5!! on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: what a thoughtful swap package! thank you for taking the time to make handmade and gathered items from my profile likes! until we swap again...
Response: My pleasure; I enjoy sharing when I have things I think my swap partner will enjoy! That's basically my definition of "happy mail" actually. 😉😊💌😁📮✉Thank you for the❤🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍💗
MuggleMom rated for GAG: My Studio G or Avatar Fave on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: LOVE my ATC and it was posted on the main swapbot page last week because I was drawn to it and thought, how fun, how cool! LO and BEHOLD, it's mine!!!! Can't wait for you to host another ATC swap!! xxMuggleMom
Response: ☺😁🤣That's so awesome! I'm glad the flickr pic wasn't a total "spoiler" but more of a fun **surprise!** That makes my day and I look forward to swapping with you again soon!
kizzlets rated for USATC: Torn Edges ATC on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the ATC! I really like that BEE vellum paper, now I want it in my stash! My name is pronounced as "crystal", the only reason why I added a capital L is because people keep naming me Krystie or spelling it another way. Loved the way it's collaged!
Response: Ah, that totally makes sense! I understand about your name and can relate to feeling frustrated with a mis-spelled name. Thanks for sharing with me and rating with ❤ - I'm very happy that I found a BEE for you and that you like how the torn paper collage turned out!
Comment: I loved the card, but loved it even more when you described all the elements of it. You are so creative!! Thank you for such a great card!!
Response: This is great to hear, thank you. I enjoyed creating that one a lot because it's a personal favorite in our household!
Kalalinga rated for EASU: Blooming Borders ATC on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the super nice atc. I LOVE the quail on it!
Response: Fantastic! Thanks for letting me know that you like the quail; I was hoping we would have that in common. Thanks also for rating with ❤️
ktk8 rated for AAA: Cut n Paste #317979 on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: What an absolutely GLORIOUS two ATC's that just make my heart swell with some of my favorite characters......I just love Moomins... and I too love to fish and love friend time.... Many Many hearts to YOU!!!
Response: Yay!!!! I’m so glad I picked Moomins to send your way. 😊 Thank you for the hearts! 🥰
user6937 rated for ABCs: Typography on Jul 5, 2021
Comment: This is going to be so easy with the wonderful sets you've sent me, lol. I WILL add a bit of something else, and thanks for the stickers AND the self-addressed envelope!
Response: Aww ☺️ I appreciate the compliment and hope it’s still enjoyable to add your finishing touches. Sorry the self-addressed was envie lacked postage though; I didn’t think it would help for your outgoing mail via Canada post. 😉 Thank you for the ❤️ rating!
JuneRosebud rated for WIYM: Profile Based ATC Kit USA on Jul 2, 2021
Comment: Harmony, You've outdone yourself again!! You are the most amazing person; thank you so much for a wonderful kit & thank you for joining my swaps!!
Response: My pleasure, Collette! Thank YOU for being such a kind rater despite my postage-due. Those stamps will be arriving in your mailbox soon. 😉
Comment: Harmony, Thank you for the lovely mini pocket letter you sent of the flowers of the month. I love what you made=) Thank you, too, for the goodies; I was tickled to get them!! Am looking forward to the rest of the swaps...
Response: Me too! This series is a fab idea, Collette! Thank you for coordinating it and always being so kind!
Roxy926 rated for WIYM: SSS - JUN 2021 (USA+) on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Omg! I can see why you wanted to make sure I got it! This is so much and so amazing! I love it all! This has got to be one of the most thoughtful packages ever! This is so impressive. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. I am so happy! :)
Response: Mission accomplished! 😁 Thank you for rating with ❤️ too!

Rating Overview

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YooperHill on Jul 29, 2021:

Ooooo! Thank you for the address labels too! Amazing!

YooperHill on Jul 29, 2021:

I received the ATC forSCSS#6! Thank you. I love the name, & what you did with the wings!

Aeon on May 4, 2021:

Thank you so much for the SSM Happy Mail tag! I love that you made shrink plastic Baby Yodas! Thanks for the extra shrink plastic too.

1koolkrafter on Mar 17, 2021:

“Happy...Happy...Happy...Birthday! Hope your day is full of “green fun”...lol. Have a great day!🎉🎈🎁🪅🌸💥🌸🪅🎁🎊🎉🎈🎊🎁🪅🌸💥🥰🎂🌼🤗

postmarkd on Feb 25, 2021:

I just wanted to stop by and say that I absolutely love the Mondrian and Hundertwasser artist tribute swaps!! I've been spending the last few weeks reading up and watching youtube videos explaining their work and ideologies, and it's been giving me a whole new appreciation for artists I never gave much thought to in the past! Thanks so much for hosting the swaps, they were a fantastic idea!

DRMOM on Feb 21, 2021:

💜💜Thank you so much for the RAK Birthday card. Very thoughtful of you and truly lifted my spirits. - Zoe @drmom

traceyj on Feb 12, 2021:

🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️

Seriously this is the most amazing badger-themed art I have ever seen! Thank you so much for this incredible mail art !!!!!!!!!

🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️ 🦡 ❤️

captkristi on Feb 3, 2021:

Harmony!!! You never cease to amaze me. Thank you SO VERY much for the card!! You didn't have to do that - but it was so wonderful you did. Having you in the world revives my faith in humanity almost daily. You are a LIGHT and I see you love. Thank you - Kristi

megan1230 on Dec 31, 2020:

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! You're definitely one of the highlights from 2020! I really appreciate every time I swap with you! Thank you for being you!

captkristi on Dec 10, 2020:


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