Update as of: 5/14/2021
😉 Thanks to all my special bot-babes whose mail has brightened up my life! I’m reminded there’s still good in people. 😘 A huge MAHALO NUI LOA for the special someones out there who made my birthday feel special this year too. 😘 🤗 🤩 🥳 🇺🇸 💙💙💙💌💙💙💙🇺🇸
USPS is doing the best it can to keep America connected!
PLEASE BE PATIENT & KIND.
Over 429 million pieces of mail are processed daily by just 644,000 postal employees.
Let’s all thank our postal workers for all they do to try and keep up with the regular mail workloads! (Not to mention e-commerce)
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 & will gladly resend when necessary.
Spoiler-Alert: My Flickr account often has photographs of swaps I’ve sent.
Postage Due? I have learned of this happening 3 times since joining SB. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and will always reimburse with brand-new USPS postage stamps.
Please scroll down to “DNS’s” if you’re here for just a quick review of the Dislikes List 🛑 Thank you!
'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 Cook🎶🎵 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. However, others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or "Cookie" - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣
Yes, 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.
Together, we have three children (his 2 daughters, our 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)! 😉
"Children are not distractions from more important work. They are the most important work." --C.S. Lewis
I've had companions that were cats, ducks, fish, horses, kangaroo mice, tortoises, one squirrel, and several dog breeds ranging from Australian Cattle, Pugster, and Sheltie to Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky. I've only ever pet-sat for people that own small dogs.
🐾 At the moment, our fur-family consists of 2 feline & 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Carolina Dog) and Ella (a Black Lab & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾, a tortoiseshell shorthair "grand-kitten" named Piper & her brother Theo, who is a ginger tabby.
Perhaps you can surmise that I've always really enjoyed my animals! I especially love horses & big dogs! I feel connected to them somehow...and they always seem to make me smile!
Whether feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my ohana really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA).
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)
I've earned my GSUSA Gold Award! Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing.
Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered volunteer adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank. I am a “Woodbadge” alumni & my Patrol is Da “Bears”🐻 which is another reason (beside being a Mama Bear) that I like the animal!🧸 Can you tell why Bettie White is my favorite Golden Girl!? 😂
My current collections include: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC's 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 once the Tuskegee Airmen coin is released this year.
I really 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!" 🤢
Neatly written or typed things are always welcome!
A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs
(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage Postage Stamps or Mailboxes, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Giant Pandas, ☘️Shamrocks/Clovers🍀, Oceania & Sea Turtles!)
B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (esp Giant Panda 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt), Bald 🦅 Eagles & BALANCE (My focus word for 2020)
C: Chick-O-Stick Coconut Candy, Celtic Heritage, Clogging, 🍀Clovers, Cinnamon Teas, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse & Cookie Monster
D: Daffodils, Dr. Strange, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) Dr. Seuss & Decoupage Tissue/Napkins
E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore & Emerald Green💚
F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)
G: Groot, Guitar Picks, Golden State Warriors, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉
H: Hi-Chew Fruity Candies, 🐾Huskies 🐾, 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hummingbirds, Hibiscus & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/flower belly badge)
I: Ireland (esp Éire postage), Icebergs & Incredible Hulk
J: Jordan Almonds, Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, Jade Green 💚, 🏀Jordan#23 & ⚾️Jeter#2
K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit, Kliban’s Cat & Koru Loops
L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, Luke & Leia, LEGO’s & Levi’s👖
M: Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Mandalorian, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁
N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles & Notes w/my Name on 'em 😉
O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters, Origami & Optimus Prime
P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Princess Bride, Penguins & 💜Purple Pansies
Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)
R: Roasted Almonds, 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Rocking Horses, R2-D2, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees
S: Simply Cheetos White Cheddar Puffs or Snyder’s of Hanover GF Pretzel Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Strawberries 🍓, Smokey the Bear, Sheet Music🎼 & Sea Turtles (the aquatic/marine reptiles w/flippers)
T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tweeds, Tartan & Tribal Tattoos
U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) & Uniformed Personnel
V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie & Vintageitis!
W: Walkers Shortbread Cookies, Winter Soldier, Wolves, Wicket the Ewok & Wyland Art (below)
X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️
Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda, Yaddle & The Child (Grogu)
Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle
Thank YOU for thinking of me!
B&W Photography! Especially of:
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! Cookie is my nickname!
If you’re the sort of swapper who enjoys add-in goodies (extras) I would love to see some of your:
These are interesting things I’ve seen swapped here, but know little to nothing about (yet!) Also, if you have a YouTuber you recommend watching to learn some of the art techniques, please share with me!
👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝
🛑Please refrain from sending things with:
🚫 Loose Glitter or Confetti
🚫 Foam/Puffy, or Planner Stickers😣
🚫 Claymation or Stop-motion Characters
🚫 Sock-puppets or Anything with Monkeys
🚫 Dolls or Zettiology Creatures
🚫 Zombies or Aliens
🚫 Cosmetics, Perfume, or Scents
🚫 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 PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression. I struggle with trusting people, executive functions, and memory impairments. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot has 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.
I know from first-hand experience that having a W.R.A.P works, and I advocate for mental health awareness but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another.
Please respect me by practicing the same and refrain from sending me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask.
🐣🥚 "Happy Easter" and
🎄✝️ “Merry Christmas”
although I respect other spiritual observances.
A Note About My Faith/Beliefs
My dog-tags say Non-denominational Christian ⛪️
I consider myself to be a “spiritual” being, who recognizes God as a higher power that is without “constraints”. Since humans often like/need to put things into boxes/categories, I think that God has been misrepresented as a single gender, nationality, or entity. But I am of the mind that God is not one, but all of the possible categories, so 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 beliefs and theories.
I was baptized, as a teenager, in the Four Square Church, but as an adult find most of my truth is found in nature because it’s where I feel most free. So, 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.
☺🚧 Profile page & person always under construction 🚧☺
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! :-)
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.
My "crafting style" is very eclectic and sometimes "moody" because I tend to make what I feel. Most of the time I embrace the messy, 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. Many moons ago I was part of her team of crafting "Flamingo Gals"...she has moved up to SC though, so now we just see each other on IG. 🤭
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