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Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: December 1, 2023
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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About Me

On Nov. 27, 2021, I mailed out my 1000th swap & Nov. 23, 2022 marked 15 years as an active member of swap-bot woo-hoo! :)

Hi! I'm Nicole. I'm here because snail mail is a fun, low-stress hobby I can invest more or less time in as the seasons of my life allow, and I enjoy the connections made with snail-mail partners from all over. :) The info in my profile is for those, like me, who prefer lengthy profiles to get to know their partners. However, if you are a "less is more" person, feel free to skip over the chattiness & just please avoid the items in the "Please No" section (hopefully not too constraining). Other than that, I enjoy the many creative ideas people come up with in their snail-mail and my partners need not feel like they have to be profile-specific unless the swap calls for it!

I live in Northwest GA, am married to a good man, mom to 2 beautiful young (adult) women, the oldest of whom is expecting (due in spring of '24), so I am a soon to be grandmother to my first grandchild!

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

In sum- to quote one of my favorite poets, Langston Hughes, "Well, I enjoy eating, sleeping, drinking, and loving people. I like to work and read, to learn new things and to understand life."

My husband and I hope to move "out to the country" within the somewhat not too distant future. I'm eager to embrace a small town lifestyle, having lived in a metro/urban area my entire life.

Travel has been a huge part of my life, personally & academically. Places I've visited &/or studied: Mexico (spent many summers there as a child & briefly studied at a university), Canada, Cuba (study abroad), Brazil, France, England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy (taught English for a summer), Vatican City, as well as Puerto Rico and 27 U.S. states + D.C. so far. I love to travel, even though I'm skittish about flying!

Stuff I like

Please know that this is is no way meant to be a 'list of expectations", just some info for swaps that call for well-filled out profile likes & because I personally like to have lots to go on with my own partners' profiles. :)

My favorite colors are blues- all shades from sky to navy, especially combined with white. I'm also drawn toward soft pinks. I actually enjoy most colors depending on the context (i.e. some I like generally but wouldn't wear). The exceptions would probably be I'm not much a fan of large doses of drab olives, mustard yellows, oranges, or browns- I guess the fall colors are not my personal palette unless it's seasonal items.

  • A: (original) Art, Architecture (esp. the designs of Oscar Niemeyer & Zaha Hadid)
  • B: books, bourbons
  • C: Carolina dogs, Cats! (esp. grey tabbies) , cognac, champagne, clouds, courtesy
  • D: Dolly Parton, disco balls, dollhouse minis, donkeys
  • E: ephemera pockets, envelopes that are handmade or decorated, essential oils (brands I trust for purity are YL, DoTerra, Revive & Plant Therapy), embroidery
  • F: "fussy cut" paper images, forests, Fornasetti imagery, French culture & language, flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, lupine, wildflowers),
  • G: Garfield & Odie, Gluebooks, "glamping", goats
  • H: hand lettering, hiking, honeybees, houseplants, handkerchiefs (vintage)
  • I: Iconography of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • J: Junk Journals
  • K: Kittens
  • L: lemon prints, library & literary themes, linguistics (my passion!), lunar phases, Latin American cultures
  • M: Maine, matchbooks or boxes (with matches still inside), Mexican folk art, "Mamma Mia!"
  • N: National Parks,
  • O: Owls
  • P: photography, poetry (uplifting, not depressing), polaroids, politeness, Pusheen
  • Q: Queretaro, Mexico (my childhood second home)
  • R: RV-ing (we are "fifth-wheelers")
  • S: seascapes, Selena Quintanilla, Southern US culture/ lifestyle/ aesthetics/ music/ food, etc... (some of my favorite movies are Big Fish, Fried Green Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias, & O Brother Where Art Thou), starfish & sea horses, simple living, sunsets, sunshine & summertime
  • T: travel, tea time, toile prints, tags that are handmade or decorated
  • U: underwater images, UFC/MMA
  • V: Vintage/ retro (ephemera, clothing, books, home items)
  • W: watercolor paintings, whiskey, wholesomeness, washi
  • X: xenophilia :)
  • Y: YOUR art: doodles/ drawings/ sketches, watercolors/ paintings, collage, mail art, altered ephemera, photography, etc...
  • Z: Zibaldone

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Much of my clothing and home decor comes from thrift/vintage stores. I'm definitely not a minimalist but I'm drawn to the ideals of minimalism & strive to "live with less".

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

My postcard wishlist:

  • National Parks, especially scenic or the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters
  • colorful/ Kodachrome vintage scenic cards
  • women or children reading
  • tea-themed
  • people dancing
  • cats or people with cats
  • animal illustrations
  • 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. So I'm always appreciative of postcards 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, Cancun, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Pena de Bernal), 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), Canada (Montreal, Niagara Falls, Ontario).

I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I love a cuppa Earl Grey in the morning, flavored green tea with jasmine or mint in the afternoon (not a fan of plain old green tho), and herbal teas in the evening- I especially love spearmint, lemongrass, and flavored rooibos. My favorite bagged tea brands are NUMI & Runa 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, which includes chais- boo)

If anyone wants to pass along a book to me they think I would enjoy, that would be lovely! If sending media mail makes it more affordable, please feel free, and you can message me the "note" to go with it (since technically media mail is only supposed to include educational items, no personal correspondence).

For fiction I enjoy mostly realistic contemporary or historical, some magical realism, and some dystopia (mostly YA for that genre). I enjoy both classics and contemporary novels. My favorite contemporary author is probably Liane Moriarty. I also enjoy Fredrik Backman and I've recently discovered Amity Gaige and think she's brilliant. Please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder. I'm also not into the "harlequin" type romances, but a novel with a romantic plot is fine (for example I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife").

As for nonfiction I mostly read memoirs, particularly related to expats exploring international language and cultures, or people who had very rural or nature-rich childhoods. I'm passionately and professionally interested in linguistics (socio, psycho, historical, cultural, etc) and my favorite linguist is John McWhorter. I really enjoy his books as well as his take on current issues.

Thrift store swaps
When I thrift, I always look out for blue & white dishes or pottery & Longaberger baskets, though I realize those are tough to mail. For smaller things, I enjoy vintage hankies or napkins with embroidery, vintage/ retro brooches, silk scarves, interesting belt buckles, small original paintings, needlepoint, & vintage (unstained) baby clothes.

Skin care/ fragrance products
Some swaps I join may call for skin care/ fragranced type items. Due to skin & sinus sensitivities, I have very sensitive skin, so if at all possible, I greatly prefer very gentle, mostly natural products. Burt's Bees is an example of a brand that is easily found in most stores. I find many places, including Wal-Mart, now have a nice selection of more naturally sourced products.
For fragranced items, I cannot use most that soak into my skin (lotions, perfumes) or creates smoke (candles). I am fine with sachets, potpourri, things like car air fresheners, anything scratch n sniff, etc. I do diffuse pure essential oils, so if you use essential oils like YL or DT, I would love any recommendations of EO products you have enjoyed, including DIY formulas.

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.

As for book swaps, please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder. I'm not too keen on most sci-fi, but I do love anything to do with time travel or magical realism.

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.

Not a fan of: items with loose glitter that falls off when I open the package, or anything poop or barf related (e.g. emojis, and while I enjoy cats-not so much images of them in litterboxes, etc).

not into most licensed character imagery/ items (e.g. Disney, Marvel, Starwars, etc) with the exception being cat characters which are usually a "yes please!" (i.e. I do love Garfield, Pusheen, Aristocats, etc)

Also I have been put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist & physician so other than bagged teas, I'd prefer not to receive anything edible.

craftyness/ stash sharing

I'm not super 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 enjoy creating collage journals/ glue-books/ smash books & mail art

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty/ random destash things I would enjoy and use include:
* random single playing cards with images of cats or owls on them. Why? I don't know, but I've received a few over the years here, and now I have an odd little collection that I find myself strangely fond of :)
* beautiful/ interesting ephemera or images to put in my glue books
* ephemera pockets, folders, and tags
* mini file folders
* nature/ animal themed wood-mounted rubber stamps (gently used fine)
* blank labels to use to write addresses on mail art envies
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D)
* blank kraft paper stickers/ seals I can use my rubber stamps on here's an example
* handmade or decorated envelopes

Movies & Books

I have varied and eclectic tastes in movies & books. Thought I'd add some of my favorites here...

Age of Adaline, Amelie, Aristocats, Baby Driver, Beetlejuice, Big Fish, Casino, Dead Poets Society, Edward Scissorhands, Ella Enchanted, Enchanted April, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Fried Green Tomatoes, Harry Potter (all), Il Postino, Life is Beautiful, Mamma Mia (1 & 2), My Big Fat Greek Wedding, O Brother Where Art Thou, Princess Bride, A Room with a View, Selena, Stardust, Steel Magnolias, Sound of Music, When Harry Met Sally

(harder to narrow down for me, in progress)
The Chronicales of Narnia, Harry Potter series, The Time Travelers Wife, All books by Liane Moriarty, The Way of a Pilgrim, Franny and Zooey, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Animal Farm, Anne of Green Gable series, Little Women, Gone With the Wind, Hunger Games series, The Night Library, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society... I also enjoy reading a lot of memoirs and nonfiction- I just love books!

My swap-bot M.O.

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! :)

package pro-tip:
I've received some packages lately where the postage is $10 or more & the package isn't even that big, it's just weighty. I feel bad for my fellow swappers spending so much on postage when I know they could be saving a bit. If you send heavy packages out on occasion, order yourself some priority mail padded flat rate envelopes from USPS. There is no cost to deliver them to your home & you can fill them up as much as you want for $9.35 as of October 2021. These are usually not available in the post office though, so you have to order them online,


Comment: LOVE the handmade card, pretty bookmark and the rest of the package. Thank you Nicole :)
Comment: what a great swap, thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, note 🖤, and wonderful collection of goodies. You always send such interesting items that I just love. You see the lighter side of my "dark" taste well. It is rare to feel seen, and your swaps make me feel seen.
jessiedau rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #35 - US on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Nicole thanks for the great card and extra goodies ❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Loved everything - thanks so much! ❤️
Comment: Thank you, the tea sounds like something I will enjoy and of course I love the postcards.
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice note. Also, thank you for all the extra tuck ins! . I love them all!
Comment: Love the card and the goodies. Happy Halloween!!
CraftyMail rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #3 on Oct 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail!
marinda rated for SMSUSA: Halloween Card & Goodie on Oct 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute card and awesome postcard and stickers!
captkristi rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail USA #24 on Oct 14, 2023
Comment: What a fun envelope!! Thank you so much. Love swapping with you.
Comment: Wow! Beautiful card, quote and omgosh I love the folder! Thank you so much for the spoiling. You made my day!
Comment: This card and envelope is gorgeous! Thank for the awesome quote. I hope you’re enjoying your season change. We are still in the 90’s here. I don’t mind the heat though so long as the AC is humming and the sweet tea is flowing. 😄
Mistyinltown rated for SMSUSA: Halloween Happy Mail on Oct 1, 2023
Comment: What an adorable card! Thank you for the goodies, I just love those gold seals, they are so cool! Have a happy Halloween!
Comment: Thank you for such a cute card! Hope your autumn days are well spent!
Comment: Thank you so much
Comment: OH my goodness. What a wonderfully perfect swap to receive. I ADORE the southwest note card. It looks like home to me! And all the goodies from the National parks, stones and minerals to butterflies. YOU HIT IT ALL. Thank you so much for taking the time to curate this special swap for me!
Comment: Nicole, Thank you for the lovely surprises, You put a smile on my face today ;-) -Gracias

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LadyJo on Nov 4, 2023:

Thank you for the October CPG wishes! I will enjoy using these things to create more happy mail! Love the pumpkin stifckers! Thanks for thinking of me!

simcoe54 on Oct 9, 2023:

CPP: September Wishes -- Thanks so much for the wonderful package. The postcards are perfect for my collection, I can never have enough envies and my grand-daughters will love the stickers.

lady41701 on Oct 3, 2023:

Thank you for the wonderful CPG Sept wishes. The stamps will be a great addition to my collection and the tea and ephemera were appreciated too! I appreciated you thinking of me.

LadyJo on Sep 14, 2023:

Thank you for the encouragement in your CPG August Wishes! I know it will be ok, but whew getting there. Love your note! Also, I love the bookmark! I have been there, so I will treasure this! The notecard and stickers are also great!

anicka22 on Sep 13, 2023:

Thank you for the awesome Halloween goodies for my CPG august wishlist! Love it all.

LadyJo on Jul 19, 2023:

Thank you for the CPG July wishes of postcards to use in my Elderly swap! Greatly Appreciated!

colleenbUSA on Jul 10, 2023:

Thank you for the adorable doggie notecards for CPG July wishes!

LadyJo on Jun 30, 2023:

Thank you for the CPG June wishes of my Anniversary! Love the extras you sent with the card, stickers, pc, Nautical papers! So perfect!

Swan on Jun 26, 2023:

Thank you for the blank birthday cards for my June COG wishlist!

bpl76 on Jun 4, 2023:

Thank you for all the CPG May wishes

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