Swap-bot Time: May 9, 2021 10:42 am


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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Hi! I'm Nicole. I'm here because I love snail mail and it's a hobby I can invest more or less time in as the seasons of my life allow.

I rate fairly according to swap-bot's rating criteria. If I receive a swap that meets all posted swap requirements, including being sent on time, I rate a 5. If I personally feel the swap was extra special to me, and that actually happens a lot, I add a heart For those that are new to swapping, and aren't aware, though, I'd just like to point out that it's generally considered very bad form to ask for hearts; it's really subjective. If the swap does not meet requirements, including being unreasonably late, I'll rate a 3. If I feel a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not received anything I will contact you first before rating a 1. I try to reflect my swap experience honestly and fairly, both for the person sending to me & the rest of the s-b community. You can count on me to rate quickly (although I don't check my POB every day, so don't get nervous if your d.c. says the package has been delivered & I haven't rated the same day; probably just didn't check my box yet, give me a day or 2;)).

To those I send to, I pledge to swap unto others as I would have swapped unto me; I'll send on time (or would pm you if for some extenuating circumstance I couldn't) & I'll put effort into making swaps that I hope would make my partners smile.

My swap-bot weak spot: replying to profile comments. I will reply to pm's (that need replying) but admit that since I can view comments from e-mail without logging into s-b, I sometimes forget to reply later or they get pushed off my profile quickly by other comments & there is no way to mark them "unread". So the short of it is: if you really need a reply from me, better to pm than comment, though I do love sweet comments I get that require no direct reply!:)

These days I'm in less official swaps, and enjoy granting wishes for my favorite groups, Wishlist and Cheap Postage swaps, tags, and fun
I have so much fun granting wishes & finding happy surprises in my mail box! :)

getting to know me...

I live near Atlanta, 40-something, married to a cute & funny Brazilian man, mom to 2 beautiful young (adult) women. The oldest is in her mid 20's and recently engaged, so we're planning a wedding for 2022! The youngest is in college. We just became empty nesters in 2020. I'm currently in grad school slowly pursuing a Masters to teach ESOL.

Other than that... I love snail mail (obvs), thrifting, reading, hiking/walking, healthy-eating, being active in my church, tea-drinking, my houseplants, my cat, my dog, sunshine & summertime, and an occasional nip of whiskey! :)

My husband and I recently bought an RV, so we are excited to begin enjoying that, and we also hope to move "out to the country" within the next year. I'm eager to embrace a small town lifestyle, having lived in a metro/urban/suburban area my entire life.

Travel has been a huge part of my life, personally & academically. Places I've visited/ studied: Mexico (spent many summers there as a child), Canada, Cuba, Brazil, France, England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy (& the Vatican), as well as Puerto Rico and 25 U.S. states + D.C. so far. I love to travel, even though I'm skittish about flying!

Some Stuff I like

  • brooches, especially vintage
  • Cats! (especially grey tabbies like my kitty)
  • cognac
  • cloudscapes,
  • Dolly Parton
  • dollhouse minis
  • donkeys
  • farm life images
  • Fiestaware
  • flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, wildflowers)
  • forests
  • Fornasetti imagery
  • French culture & language (took 3 years in hs, visited twice, and trying to refresh my ability with Duolingo)*
  • Garfield & Odie
  • (Our Lady of/ Virgen de) Guadalupe
  • hand lettering
  • hiking
  • honeybees
  • houseplants
  • Icons of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • libraries & literary themes
  • lunar phases
  • Maine
  • matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them)
  • mountains
  • moonrise
  • National Parks
  • photography
  • polaroids
  • Pusheen the cat
  • RV-ing (we are newly "fifth-wheelers")
  • seascapes
  • Selena Quintanilla
  • sketches, doodles, and one-line drawings- I'd love to receive one of yours on unlined, unfolded paper! :)
  • starfish & sea horses
  • succulents
  • simple living
  • sunsets
  • sunshine & summertime
  • travel
  • tea time
  • View Master toys & reels
  • vintage cameras
  • vintage fashion
  • watercolor paintings
  • whiskey

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Much of my clothing and home decor comes from thrift/vintage stores.

If you don't know what to write, I enjoy quotes, song lyrics, haikus, jokes, or simple notes about you or your day.

I would love to receive any postcards from National Parks, especially the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters, I also especially like artsy pcs, seascapes, skyscapes, nature-scapes, colorful vintage scenic cards, and any cards featuring the following: mothers with children, images of 2 little girls (because I have 2 daughters), women or children reading, tea-themed, people dancing, hiking trails, cats, women or girls with cats, vintage fashion.

Postcards from places I've visited: I never seem to buy enough postcards from the places I travel, and send them all out, then wish I had kept some for my own memories. To that end, I am always appreciative of postcards (or stickers or bookmarks) from any of the following locations-
Europe: London, Paris, Strasbourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice, Slovenia, Italian Alps
South America: Brazil (Goiania, Salvador, Brasilia)
North/Central America: Mexico (Acapulco, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende), Cuba (Havana), Puerto Rico (San Juan), U.S. (Los Angeles, Tucson, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Nashville, Hilton Head Island, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, NY City, Columbus OH, Maine- Portland & Bar Harbor/ Acadia)

I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I try to avoid black tea (sort of), and mostly stick to green tea with jasmine or green tea with mint (not a fan of plain old green tho), or herbal teas- I especially love spearmint, hibiscus, and lemongrass. My favorite bagged tea brands are NUMI, Runa, or Traditional Medicinals brands, and I always like trying new flavors in those lines or other unique surprises you may have to share! (Sadly I have a slight ginger sensitivity, which is unfortunate because I really like the taste, so I do try to avoid blends with ginger)

Please NO

crudity, nudity, profanity, or religious/ spiritual materials in swaps I'm sent (Orthodox Christian iconography is in my likes, so obviously, that's an exception). Thanks for respecting my beliefs and preferences, I'll do the same for those I send to.

the following things won't offend me, but in the interest of full disclosure and saving your postage on things I probably won't use or pass on...

I prefer not to receive:

Please do NOT send me friendship books or sticker bags or other such "pass it along" mail. I don't participate in them, so their journey will probably end with me.

broken or rusty jewelry or other such items. I know some people are very creative with these things, but I'm not.

I don't sew or do any needle crafts so please save your extra needle craft supplies for someone who will actually use and enjoy them.

Also I have been put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist & physician (no soy, no dairy, no wheat, no peanuts, no corn, no canola, limited sugars- no fun, right?), so other than organic bagged teas, I'd prefer not to receive anything edible.

my girls

I have 2 young adult daughters who aren't s-b members but enjoy seeing what I receive in my swaps and love it when I share something with them. If swaps can be fulfilled by sending something they would like, that would be fine with me.

L is 18 & a college freshman. She likes: Imagine Dragons, One Direction (especially Niall Horan), delicate necklaces and rings, makeup samples, Pura Vida style bracelets, scrunchies, honeybees, sloths... Her college spirit colors are gold & purple. Her favorite movies are both of the Mamma Mia! musicals & Dirty Dancing.

R is in her early 20's. She's a COTA & a working actress including commercials & extra work in films & tv shows- she has even been a double for a famous actress in a Disney movie. She likes musical theater, singing, playing piano & ukulele, retro/ vintage & bohemian style, cute Halloween & Dia de los muertos themes, the beach, yoga, hiking, FRIENDS & The Office & Schitts Creek (the tv shows), card/ board games. She is recently engaged, so now we are planning a wedding!


I'm just not very crafty. I know to many people this might seem strange because they consider swap-bot to be a craft exchange site. I consider it and use it as a pen-pal/ snail-mail site.
I do keep a collage journal/ glue-book/ smash book, and occasionally take on simpler crafty endeavors.

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty things I would enjoy and use include:
* die cuts, especially nature themed (butterflies, animals, plants, celestial, weather themed...
* new(er) ink pads to use with the rubber stamps I already have
* good quality crafting glue sticks (not the kind for hot glue guns, the kind for paper crafting:)
* colored pens, colored sharpies, brush markers, colored pencils
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D)
* travel location stickers, like the kind people used to put on their luggage
* handmade envelopes, sturdy
* brooches- new, vintage, etc. None with missing pieces please.
* super longshot wish: anyone who has back issues of Darling Magazine or Magnolia magazine and would be willing to pass them along to me, I would be forever grateful!


HappyMom rated for CPG Things w/Wings PC - US Only on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing a slice of life from your Maine trip - I love that part of our country but haven't been there since the 70's!
Comment: Love the ET card!
Comment: h my gosh. Where to start. The mermaid necklace, key chain and box are wonderful. The art prints are really cool. BUT - I am in love with the blue rhinestone sphere. It is absolutely gorgeous! thank you for such a wonderful swap! Aloha
Response: Yay- I'm so glad you like everything! Thank you for the nice comment and here's wishing you many more happy mail days! :)
Aseret25 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Ugly/Unloved PC - US on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Mt. Rainier postcard. I've never visited Washington state either - hopefully someday!
Comment: I can not even type the words of awe i am feeling with the swap you sent me!! It's like Christmas!! The jewelry is my favorite! SO pretty! I can always use the scrap papers. I so needed new markers. And I was just tickled pink with the Savannah stickers! Degas is one of my favorites. I can never thank you enough for a swap that made my day..so very very thankful!! You are a kind hearted soul!
Response: Ah, yay! I'm so glad it was a happy mail day for you, thank you for your comment! :)
Comment: Thank you for the postcards! The lighthouse one if my favorite! :D
jeka396 rated for CPG ~ Not Near Me Tourist PC ~ USA on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the Maine sea coast PC! I’ve never been!
Comment: This still hasn't arrived but mail was and still is insane so I'm going to go ahead and archive this. No resend necessary.
CraftyTara rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: So sorry for the late rating, your envelope got mixed in the wrong pile. Thank you so so much for everything!! Such a great swap ❀️
Kookielove rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #10 on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the extra goodies! I love them. XD
LadyJo rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice selection!
ericabella rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #10 on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! It was spring weather last week but today is 44 degrees. Take care and happy swapping!
Comment: thanks for the card and great quote
Comment: Such a wonderful package!!! Turtle bracelet to cute! Thank you!
dawnakaulen rated for CPG B&W PC - US only on Mar 27, 2021
Comment: Great photo, thank you!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Awesome assortment of stickers :) Thank you :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and goodies. You are so kind to share such sweet things <3
Poohtat rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Mar 13, 2021
Comment: I love all the unicorns. The junk journal cards are cute too. Thank you for a lovely swap.
mariewilliams810 rated for Magic Box Destash-- March on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks!

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Autist on May 3, 2021:

Thank you for the Wishlist - April!! I am excited to go thru all the stickers!! And the KEYS are GREAT!! I love them all!! I don't know where you got these pooh charms, but they are adorable!! Thank you for thinking of me!! Cheers, Evan

mejulia on Apr 30, 2021:

Wow! You sent a wonderful package from the wishlist group. I love everything and feel so lucky to receive such a wonderful package. THANK YOU!!!

dabellaraquella on Apr 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for my April Wishes! I'll be making Xmas cards soon ^^

yvonne401 on Apr 25, 2021:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!



Zefaniya on Apr 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the CPG April wish...you are so sweet!

Swan on Apr 20, 2021:

Thank you for the bird coloring book and birthday card for my April Wishlist!

CrystalZ on Apr 7, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome postcards for my collection that you sent for my March wishlist. I will be updating my list this weekend and I am happy to be able to add these countries to my collection!

Autist on Apr 5, 2021:

Thank you for the pinklicious padded envelope of wonder! So much fun stuff!! Thank you so much for thinking of me and granting my wishlist wish. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the Tinkerbell journal and have decided it's sassy enough to be my skate journal. I just love it so much. Thank you again, Evan

LadyJo on Mar 29, 2021:

Thank you for the great CPG March wishes of post cards! Awesome map postcards!!

teddygirl on Mar 25, 2021:

Aww Nicole, you really made my day with all those map postcards you sent...THANKYOU so very much I just love them, from CPG Feb wishes, watch your mailbox βš˜πŸ€πŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ’•

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