Swap-bot Time: July 24, 2021 12:55 pm


Date Joined: October 3, 2007
Last Online: July 1, 2021
Birthday: November 6
Country: United States
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Favorite Music

Moby, Morcheeba, Massive Attack, Faithless, Citizen Cope, Tricky, Tech9ine, Mazzy Star, Citizen Cope, Major Lazer, G-Eazy, Fugees, Wyclef, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Russ, 6lack, Post Malone, lo-fi hip hop playlists, etc...

Favorite Books

Favorite book of all time: Veronica by Nicholas Christopher

I also like: Short stories by O. Henry, anything written by David Sedaris or Miranda July, The Little Prince, The Glass Castle, Love Walked In and Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos, Garlic & Sapphires and other books/articles written by Ruth Reichl, anything by MFK Fisher, "Stories" by Brian Andreas.

Favorite poets: Virginia Hamilton Adair and Nicholas Christopher

Favorite Movies

All time favorite: Bottle Rocket (and I like most all other Wes Anderson movies like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Royal Tenenbaums)

Closely followed, in no particular order, by: Groundhog Day, What About Bob, Run Lola Run, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Little Miss Sunshine, Elf, Station Agent, Birth, Nobody Knows, Amelie, Celestial Clockwork, Lost in Translation, Anchorman, Punch Drunk Love, Pieces of April, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, About Schmidt, I Heart Huckabees, Love Actually, Dough, Demolition Man, Oscar shorts (LOVED Stutterer and Le Femme et le VTG).

Favorite Television

Arrested Development, At Midnight, Ozark, Flight of the Conchords, Nathan for You, Top Chef, Chopped, Big Brother, Insecure, Amazing Race, The Mole (miss it), Parenthood (also miss it), Impractical Jokers, Billy on the Street, Flea Bag, Catfish, The Missing, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Master of None, The Affair, any and all ATP men's (tennis) tournaments, NFL Football (Go Chiefs!), any and ALL documentaries (Something's Wrong with Aunt Diane is a fave), anything having to do with true mysteries/mysterious disappearances (Homicide Hunter, The Perfect Murder, Disappeared, Gone, Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, etc)...ID Channel is a new favorite!

About Me

  • I live in Portland, Oregon but have lived in other parts of the US as well (Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and California).

  • I have been a personal chef in the past, but after I adopted my kids, I went back to freelance writing. I have written all kinds of stuff professionally, but right now I am an astrology writer for horoscope.com, plus I do tarot readings and astrology charts. I am working on a memoir.

  • I love art (especially book arts like journal making, paper making, etc.), color, design and all kinds of packaging...

  • I like bright colors like pink, fuscia, white, turquoise, lime green, periwinkle (esp. in the Spring/Summer) and black/white combo, deep reds, deep blue and purple.

  • Autumn is my favorite season and dusk/twilight is my favorite time of day. Sunset and sunrise are magical times, I try to appreciate them daily...

  • I love cooking, wine (especially sparkling/Champagne and Rose), giving gifts (especially the wrapping part!), reading, listening to music and getting surprises in the mail.

  • I love glossy cooking and art magazines!

  • I love to play games - board (Monopoly, Pictionary, Parcheesi), cards (hearts, garbage, Michigan rummy), pub (pool and darts), etc; any new recommendations would be great! Next on my To Try list is Exploding Kittens, that's supposed to be fun
  • I love to laugh (sarcasm, dumb Dad jokes, bad puns and other variations of word play are the best way to get me to crack a smile). I am not easily offended.

A Few of My Favorite Things...

  • the ocean
  • poetry
  • hotels and hotel minibars
  • things that smell good (vanilla, spices, exotic/spicy perfumes, Autumn air, baby powder)
  • bonfires
  • NFL football (Go KC Chiefs!)
  • sunsets
  • moonlight
  • dusk (favorite time of day)
  • Moomin
  • the moon
  • potato chip cookies
  • Carmel California
  • Thai food
  • cool/interesting restaurant menus
  • islands
  • tennis
  • Champagne
  • animals (especially dogs, cats and squirrels)
  • art and cooking magazines
  • peanuts and other salty treats like smoked almonds and cheese popcorn
  • hummingbirds
  • passionflowers
  • magnets
  • interesting stickers
  • interesting quotes
  • fancy sweets (good caramels, truffles and macarons...yum)
  • Joshua trees
  • Cuba
  • congas
  • Carribean food
  • Candlelight
  • Tiny things
  • Words/word etymology/learning new vocabulary words
  • Gift wrap
  • Interesting packaging/food packaging

· Don't really care for goth, religious or "country/Americana" stuff, but I am open to it if it is something you are passionate about. Just tell me why you love it when you send it!

Things I Love To Get

  • Art/design/cooking magazines

  • Post Malone anything
  • Unique ephemera

  • Sweets (love fancy caramels and turtles)

  • Mini things
  • Interesting/unique stickers, any type
  • Wine or food packaging labels (like clean candy wrappers/labels off cans/boxes, etc...)

  • Poetry

  • Zines

  • I collect funny/unusual/interesting obituaries, so if you see one in your local paper that fits that description I would LOVE it if you cut it out and sent it to me!

  • Black and White Photos

  • Old letters

  • Found receipts/shopping lists

  • Handmade Papers

  • Anything with Squirrels on it

  • Things related to the Moon and/or Stars

  • Articles about mysteries/disappearances

  • Interesting takeout/restaurant menus

  • Jokes/sarcastic humor (not easily offended)

  • Flipbooks (my new favorites thing to make)
  • Handmade "activity" books 
  • I'll probably love anything that can be categorized as a packet or kit

Private Swaps

I love to do 'profile surprise' or similar interest type swaps with other non-flaky swappers. Am really into flip books right now and would love to trade them. PM me if we have stuff in common and you'd like to set something up!


Eulegirl rated for WIYM: SEND ME SOMETHING - June 2021 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous little mirror!
Comment: Thank you for the thoughtful package!! My fur friends loved the treats as well!! Happy swapping :)
fishsteak rated for EmJayBe and Fishsteak's MFPSE swap on May 21, 2021
Comment: You went above and beyond a flat swap! Thank you so much for everything. I appreciate all the profile-based things you sent from the candy to the zines. Seeing the cat bag and cute wrapping made me not want to open anything at first! I love the space stamps, note pad, and pin. Your swap really made my day. :)
valentina22 rated for WIYM: mail art-LARGE ENVIE: USA on Apr 25, 2019
Comment: Boy was I surprised to receive such a fun package on a gloomy, rainy day! Now I can watch the Blues play hockey tonight with my favorite snack!!! Thanks for a fun glittery surprise! !
paperlvr rated for WIYM: Mail Art and flat surprise on Apr 6, 2019
Comment: Your swap was awesome! The outer envie was so amazing! I loved the images of the birds and the way you printed the address and the incredible collection of postage stamps! Just wonderful! I watched the Put a Bird on It episode after reading the article. Hysterical! Thank you for the fun-filled swap! xoxo
phillaine rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #6 on Mar 31, 2019
Comment: Wonderful! ♥ How had I never heard of this story? The language is lovely and clever and the whole thing is delightful. The mail art is fantastic, too: I like how you juxtaposed the images with the text. Thank you so much!
Comment: What a fun envelope! Thank you!
nnair rated for FBF-Holiday Flipbook-USA on Dec 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you!!
Comment: omg you spoiled me SO MUCH! The flipbook is ADORABLE, I love all the goodies, and the extras are SO PRECIOUS <3
amyduff rated for Private Flipbook Swap for Amy & Mary on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you Mary for my amazing flipbook! I absolutely love it! You did a beautiful job and I enjoyed looking in the pockets and reading the phrases you used. Love my bird items infeference to my J-bird. Thank you so very much! I am finishing yours up and hope to have mailed out by the end of the week. 😊
splendorpursuit rated for FFF-Halloween Flipbook USA on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: It’s too cute to open! I’m rating now (permanently) so that I can look over at it all week and enjoy my delayed gratification. :-*
Response: Hehehe too funny! Send me a PM and let me know if you like it once you actually open it ;-P
shinyserra rated for Create a Fun Flipbook on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the GORGEOUS flip book! I am so in love with it. Where else would you find a peacock, Paris, and Kurt Cobain? Thank you also for the movie recommendation and kind words. This swap really meant a lot to me.
Response: Thanks so much; I'm so happy you appreciated its ecclecticness. ;-) If you ever want to do a private swap, let me know!
HannahsMommy07 rated for What's For Dinner? Letter on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: GREAT LETTER!!!!
Comment: Cute napkins and lovely bits and pieces. Happy swapping.
Comment: Mary, thank you so much for the beautiful swap and all the extras!!! I love them all!!!
Comment: Thank you so so much for your beautiful flipbook stuffed with even more georgeous goodies! I oohed and aahed all the way through opening it! (if you like, i opened it live on instagram and its there for the net 24 hours hihi) And YES we totally have similar styles! Thank you again :) Lots of love
Comment: Absolutely fabulous package. The honey bee candy was delicious. We are moving to a new house with a fireplace so the matches in the bee box are special and appreciated. I can’t wait to start the book!! Thank you so very very much!!!
Response: Yay! So happy you liked it. Let me know if you like the book!
kfaye rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: Awe, thank you! That was fun to open :D Happy Valentine's Day! <3
Comment: Thank you! Will open on Valentines! Love the envie :D

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splendorpursuit on Nov 15, 2018:

I’d really like that! I would also love to do a perfume tour, now that I know Ineke is local. ;) I went to this Jeep party years ago in which they had La Perfumerie (my fave scent house) do a whole workshop and had flown in one of their professional ‘nose’ folks. It was inspiring/amazing. I’ll have to check out your favorite scent too - thanks for introducing them to me!

Breadzim and I will be hosting a Christmas/winter/holiday tag flip very soon if you’re interested - but I am also totally open for private swaps as well.

splendorpursuit on Nov 14, 2018:

Have I told you how much I appreciate the perfume you included in my Halloween flipbook? The men’s scent is absolutely DIVINE. I keep it in my purse and just take a sniff every once in a while just because. I feel like I need to find the perfect guy for it and just hand it over and say: ‘you must where this. Trust me.’ Such a lovely scent and SUCH a thoughtful touch with your flipbook. Thank you so so much. Xoxo

CurlyTea on Nov 8, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

earthnk on Oct 17, 2018:

You’re welcome. The committee magazines were stacking up. Glad to pass some on for you to enjoy. I love sending happy mail and surprise RAKs Kaye😀

Fenix825 on Jan 31, 2018:

Just thought I'd pop on over and say hi! Hope you're doing well!

lawchick on Nov 9, 2017:

Putting together your parcel! Planning to send early next week! :)

CurlyTea on Nov 6, 2017:

LittleDonnaGirl on Aug 30, 2017:

I have had such fun putting your package together for our swap! :-) I do need to ask for a little extension with the deadline as we are having fires again and bad smoke has filled our area. If it clears up enough by Saturday, I will go to the post office then, otherwise I hope to take it on Tuesday since Monday is a holiday. So sorry about the delay. It smells like I am surrounded by campfires. :(

SilverD on Aug 28, 2017:

Hello Mary, I received your parcel for the Wacky, Silly & Unusual Holidays-September swap today, thank you so much! I really appreciate it that you thought of me to send to! I will open the gifts on the holiday. Next month is my birthday month so it will be nice surprises all month! I am very grateful for your angeling on this swap, you're awesome!!! 💜 💗 💛

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

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