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Last Online: August 5, 2018

Country: Canada
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About Me

I'm living in an old house in a rainy city with three cats: my partner, Russ - a Leo; his trickster, Puck; and my perpetual kitten, Zoey.

I spend a lot of time on LiveJournal, and almost as much in my craft room. In between, I work for an organic food company.

I don't have a driver's license, so I walk and bus a lot.

I'm an office manager, a landlord, a secret shopper, a writer, a crafter, and a Topless Wish Fairy. I am a bad drummer who tries really hard, and I love to dance around a camp fire. I have a degree in Political Science, with a minor in Women's Studies, that I only use to win debates at parties.

I seem to accidentally cause grammar discussions to erupt wherever I am. Does anyone else have passionate discussions about the Oxford comma while drunk?

I'm vegetarian, but not vegan. I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate and chocolate with nuts or soft centers. I love coffee and tea. And I love marzipan.

I am fascinated by spirituality and religion, and loving learning about what other people believe. I'm sort of an agnostic Pagan myself, and I am most interested in "pan-spiritual" practices, like prayer beads, shrines and altars, and labyrinth walking.

I like to shop at locally owned and independent stores and farmers' markets. I also like to shop at garage sales and thrift stores, especially to find things I can re-use and re-purpose. I will gladly accept second hand and used items in swaps.

Please let me know when something I sent to you arrives - I worry! I always rate, email, or message when I receive things, so if you haven't heard from me, it hasn't arrived yet.


I believe in fair play and waiting my turn. I believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt. I believe in magic and wonder and awe. I believe in literacy and good grammar and the power of the written word. I believe that a community is built by working together and eating together. I believe in making lists. I believe in relentless compassion.

I am almost always cheerful and optimistic. People know I'm coming because they hear me giggling before they see me. I also giggle when I'm angry; it's known as the "giggle of death" and smart people shut up and back off when they hear it. But I'm usually pretty happy and easy going.

Likes & Dislikes

I love earth tones, especially greens, coppers, and golds (but there aren't any colours that I hate). I have a fascination with dragonflies and bees. I love spiral patterns and paisley. I collect postcards that have a lot of red on them, mini gargoyle statues, and decorative metal hooks (the kind you put on your wall to hang coats on).

I love words, grammar, punctuation, and dictionaries. English is my first language, but after eleven years of French immersion education, I can still read it, and I can write and speak it poorly, but probably passably.

I really love Keith Haring's art, and deeply regret that I didn't get myself a t-shirt when I visited New York's Pop Shop, especially now that I've learned that the Pop Shop no longer exists. I did get my partner a shirt when I was there, so I just admire his.

Things that I love to receive: Pens, blank books, mixed CDs, dish cloths, candy, bits of cool papers, stickers, crafting supplies of almost any kind, unmounted stamps, things that can be altered, head scarves, bookmarks, cool clothes pins (I don't own a clothing dryer), children's books, used books, beads and charms, medium-sized t-shirts with fun things on them (second hand is absolutely wonderful; faded and worn is fine, as long as it doesn't have any stains), small bundles of fibers and ribbons, fun bandannas, Autumn-themed items, mysterious things that could be made into something else, eyelets and brads, handmade books of any kind, things that inspire, things featuring images of hands, tiny and miniature books, prayer cards or spiritual information from any religion, shrines or materials for them, fairy costume items, ATCs, 4x4s, and anything that features words or letters.

I prefer not to receive too many things that are just decorative (except gargoyles and spiritually-themed items): I'm running out of display space!

Also, I don't wear perfume, makeup, or hair things, and I don't have much use for lotions and potions. I don't wear a lot of jewelery either. I'm a pretty low maintenance girl.

I hate banana-flavoured things. Comes from having too many rounds of banana-flavoured antibiotics as a child, I think.

One-on-One Swaps

Feel free to PM if you are interested in doing a one-on-one swap. I love getting surprises in the mail. Some things I can offer:

I have a coil binder, so I can send out handmade journals or notebooks, or I can do some custom binding for you (for example, send me a file via email and I can bind it and mail it back to you).

I also have access to some inexpensive bento boxes and accessories from a Daiso-type store. I love shopping for bento stuff.

Favourite Books

I love to read urban fantasy, especially Charles de Lint. He is my absolute favourite author of all time. I also enjoy Francesca Lia Block and Holly Black, magical realism (e.g., Lee Maracle), funny fantasy and science fiction (e.g., Terry Pratchett, Spider Robinson, and Tanya Huff), and some darker fantasy/science fiction (especially Simon Green). My new favourite author is Ivan E Coyote, and I intend to read everything she's written as soon as possible.

My all-time favourite books are probably "Memory and Dream" (by Charles de Lint), "Water Babies" (the children's classic by Charles Kingsley), and "Ana Historic" (by Daphne Marlatt).

I love "Eats Shoots and Leaves" (very funny book about punctuation). I subscribe to "Utne" and "The Walrus" magazines.

Favourite Music

Live drumming circles are the most wonderful thing to experience. Commercial music I love: Kim Barlow, Joni Mitchell, The Tea Party, Meatloaf, Bif Naked, The Beatles, Britt Black, Great Big Sea, traditional and new folk, musical soundtracks (Rent, Chicago, etc.).

Favourite Movies

Shrek, Pixar movies, A Series of Unfortunate Events, What Dreams May Come, Chicago. I have a weakness for chick flicks and silly teen movies (like the "Bring It On" series). I don't enjoy gross-out humour and I cannot watch violent films. If Quentin Tarantino was involved, I can't watch it at all.

Favourite Television

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, Heroes, Gilmore Girls, Project Runway, Ugly Betty, Scrubs. And my new love: Pushing Daisies.

Favourite Crafts

Altering books (especially children's board books), making books, knitting, writing, doing laundry. I'm starting to learn to crochet; I've got single crochet and double down, but all I can make so far are dishcloths (slowly). My latest love is weaving, and I'm trying to learn to spin.

I love to write, though I am still unpublished. I've done NaNoWriMo and the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. I wrote three novels in 2006 and one in 2007, so I will get around to editing at least one of them, one of these days.

I've just started making ATCs, which are so much fun. I've also started carving my own stamps, which has gotten me into stamping, which I never really bothered with before. I have lots of stamp pads now, and I just got a heat gun to do some embossing. And I have everything I need to deal with unmounted stamps too.

I love playing with wire, charms, beads, paints, and different papers when I make book covers.


Emzycal rated for A home town profile surprise on Feb 28, 2010
Comment: Melissa! Oh, my God. I recieved the package and...well, I can't believe how much you sent and how fantastic everything was... I've already used the Bento and it's made it so much easier to take healthy lunches to college. Everything in that box made me smile. Thank you so, so much... I'd give you a million hearts if I could.
jcat rated for Cat Postcard Swap on Dec 4, 2009
Comment: great card
Christina rated for Cat Postcard Swap on Nov 25, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the darling card--what a cutie!
user10383 rated for Any Postcard Will Do! on Oct 20, 2009
Comment: Thanks so much!
vyl87 rated for Any Postcard Will Do! on Oct 10, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the card. It was really nice. Have a great day!
Ethaina rated for Gargoyle ATC Swap on Feb 22, 2009
Comment: Thanks for this cute little guy! Love the creativity behind his components and creation.
kasade rated for Gargoyle ATC Swap on Feb 7, 2009
Comment: Awesome!! Thank you!
valentine69 rated for Gargoyle ATC Swap on Feb 6, 2009
Comment: Thanks so much for the great atc and the letter....I think you are receiving one of my gargoyles also...too funny! I really liked the unusual materials you used for the card.Have a Hapy Valentine's Day.
chimerix rated for Gargoyle ATC Swap on Feb 5, 2009
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. I love the use of the "brick" for the background. Aloha.
heartbreaker rated for The Thrift Store T-shirt Swap on Feb 5, 2009
Comment: Thankyou! The t-shirt is very cool! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous atc and the wonderful letterset - I love it ;- ]
Comment: Thank you so much! Got your package today (my that was quick!) I was so excited :) I love everything :) It's all so cute.. :) I can't wait to use it. I think I might have to try some of it this weekend... I might start with the egg shapers or the rice molds.... Hmmm.. Thank you so much :)
starseeker rated for From Scratch Dotee Doll on Nov 5, 2008
Comment: What a lovely doll! Your weaving and craftiness are beautiful ;)
salfra rated for DreamHope & salfra private swap on Sep 23, 2008
Comment: OOOOOOOOOOOH!!! My husband finally had to tell me to quit screaming after I opened my package as he was worried the neighbors would call the police! I told him to let them call as I would have more people to show my awesome package too!!! The journal is beyond words - the cover is just unbelievable and the binding is totally professional. The size is perfect, there is plenty of room to add/alter, and it is just totally great!!! Now, if the journal was not enough, you included the most wonderful surprises. I will be wearing my necklace and bracelet tomorrow to show it off and know I will be the envy of all my co-workers. Not only are they in my favorite color, they fit perfectly and are so unique. As soon as I finish rating, I will be enjoying one of my chocolate bars as enjoy my post cards and design ATC's for all the blanks and sleeves you sent. I can't believe all you fit in that box, especially the kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, and effort. I know rating comments aren't supposed to be this long and detailed but if everyone saw my package, they would see this thank you as inadequate. You have totally made my day and I can't thank you enough:) Hugs, Sally
meggert rated for INEXPENSIVE FALL PROFILE SURPRISE on Sep 11, 2008
Comment: Melissa, thank you so much for the journal and the little container. Both are just beautiful. You fit my profile to a tea!!! Recycled and a peace sign. thanks again. I just love it. Love and peace Mary
MsAzadi rated for Crows ATC on Sep 2, 2008
Comment: Fascinating description about your process DreamHope. I really appreciated the technique tips. Well done cards, well packaged. A big heart.
Robocluck rated for DreamHope & Robocluck on Aug 27, 2008
Comment: Package arrived today, thank you so much! The journal was a beautiful surprise, I love it :) (can't wait to use the shrink paper sheets, either) <3
HeideC rated for HeideC and Dreamhope on Aug 15, 2008
Comment: Oh my gosh you do not know how wonderful this package is! A small two tiered bento box with cute little birdies on it, a bento lunch bag, four accessory packs, and the most wonderful handmade notebook. I thank you again and again and again.
Comment: What an amazing package! I love the labyrinth! It is soothing and calming and yet so unique! I do plan on doing more research on them! The notebook was beautiful! The dottee doll was very different and the color choices were amazing! I loved it! I can't wait to try the chocolates and the rice molds were so cute! Thanks so much for everything!

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Basilika on Apr 14, 2010:

Thank you so much for sending me the two paralympic coins and the Vancouver postcard for my march wishlist in the Wishlist group!

MissThundercat on Apr 12, 2010:

thank you so much for the beautiful vancouver blossom postcard you sent for the march wishlist! so sweet of you to think of me :) hugs

KatarinaNavane on Apr 5, 2010:

Thank you so much for the beautiful scarf from my wishlist!! You are very generous and it looks amazing. Thanks!

TeaNi on Mar 27, 2010:

Thank you so very much

for the adorable Vancouver Olympic mascot goodies! I love them so much, you can't imagine how excited I am to receive them!!! (((hugs))) :)

Kathleen on Mar 26, 2010:

Thanks so much for the lovely Vancouver cherry blossoms postcard from my March wishlist. I love the photo! (And now that you mention it, I remember hearing on some of the Olympics coverage that the cherry trees were already in bloom. Here in New York we have to wait until April-ish.)

julief on Mar 4, 2010:

Hey! It's your birthday! Happy birthday!

Nekozet on Feb 17, 2010:

Just got your package for the Wishlist Group for February and WOW - these are awesome! What awesome handmade mug mats for my drippy icy drinks! And in my FAVORITE colors! These will be used, beloved and treasured for years to come - it's so cool that they are handmade, and yes, they do also count as something not typically sent on Swap-Bot ;-p You are so kind and I'm sure good Karma is heading your way!!!

cookie on Feb 16, 2010:

Thank you a hundred times for the AWESOME Wishlist package!!! My wind-up robot is running around my counter top making me smile, and I am thrilled completely by the Pocky, Kinder chocolates (especially the eggs!) and the hard candies! If you ever want to do a private trade, just let me know. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

poeticpaper on Feb 2, 2010:

I'm so sorry for the delay in thanking you for my infinity scarf you sent me for a wish!!!

It was lovely and super thoughtful of you!! It actually got really cold here in Florida!

bubblygreek on Jan 18, 2010:

Thank you so much for my pressed penny and lovely postcard of Vancouver.

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