Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2021 2:33 am


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: December 7, 2021
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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About Me

On Nov. 27, 2021, I mailed out my 1000th swap & Nov. 23 marked 14 years as a 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 the outskirts of Atlanta, GA, I'm 40-something, married to a wonderful man, mom to 2 beautiful young (adult) women. I'm currently in grad school slowly pursuing my Masters degree 20+ years after my undergrad.

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 next year. 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), 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!

package pro-tip:

I've received some packages lately where the postage is $10 or more- and the package isn't even all that big, it's just the weight. 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 and 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 (at least where I live) though, so you have to order them online,

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 when I'm reading my own partners' profiles. :)

Late 2021 Wishlist: blue & white/ off white/ tan color Christmas items, crocheted/ tatted/ felted garlands, crocheted or tatted snowflake ornaments, cow Christmas items, lightweight mini Christmas tree ornaments (about 1-2 inches), reusable fabric gift sacks (or basically pillow case style sacks sewn from festive fabric, I can put a gift in and tie a bow around), ephemera pockets, handmade or decorated envelopes, papery washi, rubber stamps (used ok!) in any of the following themes: butterflies, cats/ pawprints, houseplants. .

My favorite colors are probably blues- all shades from sky to navy, especially combined with white. I'm also currently loving the following colors or combinations of them: lavender, plum, & leafy greens.

  • A: (original) Art, Architecture (esp. the designs of Oscar Niemeyer & Zaha Hadid)
  • B: books, bourbons
  • C: Carolina dogs, Cats! (esp. grey tabbies like my kitty) , cognac, clouds
  • D: Dolly Parton, dollhouse minis, donkeys
  • E: 'eighties vibes, ephemera pockets, envelopes that are handmade or decorated, essential oils (brands I trust for purity are YL, DoTerra, Revive & Plant Therapy)
  • 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
  • H: hand lettering, hiking, honeybees, houseplants
  • I: Iconography of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • J: Junk Journals
  • K: Kittens
  • L: lemon prints, library & literary themes, linguistics (my passion!), lunar phases
  • M: Maine, matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them), Mexican folk art, Mamma Mia! (movies & stage musicals)
  • N: National Parks
  • O: Owls
  • P: photography, poetry (uplifting, not depressing), polaroids, politeness, Pusheen the cat
  • Q: Queretaro, Mexico (my childhood second home)
  • R: RV-ing (we are newly "fifth-wheelers")
  • S: seascapes, Selena Quintanilla, Southern US culture/ lifestyle/ aesthetics/ music/ food, etc... (think Sweet Home Alabama to the Kentucky Derby and everything in between!), starfish & sea horses, simple living, sunsets, sunshine & summertime
  • T: travel, tea time, toile prints, tags that are handmade or decorated
  • U: underwater images
  • V: Vintage/ retro ephemera, vintage cameras, vegetable seeds for planting
  • 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 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 products
Some swaps I join may call for skin care type items. 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. 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.

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).

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.


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, zibaldones and 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 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 :)
* glassine or vellum envelopes or pockets of any size
* beautiful/ interesting ephemera or images to put in my glue books
* ephemera pockets, folders, and tags
* die cuts, especially nature themed (butterflies, animals, plants, celestial, weather themed...
* nature/ animal themed rubber stamps (gently used fine)
* still usable/ inky ink pads
* blank labels to use to write addresses on mail art envies
* good quality crafting glue sticks (not the kind for hot glue guns, the kind for paper crafting:)
* nice colored pencils
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D), I esp. enjoy washi stickers, nature, & vintage travel themed
* washi (the papery kind, not the plastic-y kind)
* blank kraft paper stickers/ seals I can use my rubber stamps on here's an example
* handmade or decorated envelopes

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! :)

Note to self, waiting on a rating from:

@Hoorayforhappymail for 3 Things In An Envelope #10 mailed 3/14- messaged 8/6, she replied she would check and let me know, messaged again 9/2 offering to send pics of the stamped swap- no reply


Comment: What a great stamp set and notebook! Thank you very much. It was a delight to receive.
Comment: Thank you! Happy Holidays!
Comment: Loved your list! I agree, adults need fun toys, too!
Candace rated for CPG ~ Christian Christmas Card ~ US on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you :) I hope you have a beautiful holiday season!
Comment: Thank you so much for the stocking stuffer! I'm putting it under my tree. Love all the delicious teas! Merry Christmas and Happy Swapping- Thank you!
laterdayze rated for CPG Thanksgiving Card - US on Nov 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the card. I enjoyed reading your note and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Love the extras you included. :)
kromo rated for CPG Thanksgiving Card - US on Nov 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and for sharing so much. I come from a big family and I do not always appreciate what we have although you probably had more privacy, lol. As I watch my daughters grow up I wonder if they will hold onto our family traditions, start new ones, or let them go entirely - only time will tell. Enjoy your holiday and thank you for the ephemera. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: Hello neighbor! Thanks for the Florida postcard. The temps have been lower here in Augusta. But yesterday and today are in the upper 70s. Mother Nature can't make up her mind.
Comment: Thank you so much for the note and extras. I really like thecat postcard. Not sure-fire be able to part with it.
Comment: Thank you so much!! Can't wait to open!!!
Smsands2 rated for SMSUSA: Blind Swap: Easy as 1-2-3 on Nov 14, 2021
Comment: thank you! I love everything!
Comment: Hi Nicole. Thank you for the wonderful Thanksgiving Card! And also for the really cute Trader Joe hedgehog card! I sure wish we had a TJs closer than an hour away! You are very blessed with your family. I am so grateful to be able to swap with wonderful people like you. β€πŸ’πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’–
Comment: Thank you for the Thanksgiving card & all the wonderful extras. I really enjoyed reading your letter as well. Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: I enjoyed your note about the leaves and your dog... It sounds so nice where you live! Thanks for the postcards and the stickers and the cheerful envelope in my mail box. Best wishes!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful card! I’m sorry for the delayed rating- I accidentally set aside a stack of mail before I rated it. Thank you and happy swapping!
Comment: Your swap arrived today and I love it! From the envelope (especially the chickens washi), to your sweet note and kindness quote, and all of the great ATC goodies, you've sure made my day. Thanks so much.
andee73 rated for Send something from this list on Nov 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for everything you sent, I loved it all!
crtsjffrsn rated for SMSUSA: Sketchy Mail Art on Nov 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun envelope, nice card, and extras!!
bostianh rated for UHM: World Kindness Day! on Nov 8, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness, you sent me the greatest stuff! Thank you so much! I love the stickers, the postcard, the memo sheets, and you decorated the envelope so cute. It's all so awesome, thank you so much for cheering my day.
toni rated for UHM: Mail Art & Paper Scraps! on Nov 7, 2021
Comment: Lovely stuff! Thank you!

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bethe on Nov 27, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome ATCs and yummy teas! Looking forward to trying the teas and adding the awesome artwork to my collection. CPG November wishes.

Rainydancer on Nov 27, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

user6937 on Nov 10, 2021:

CPG November 2021 Wishlist: thank you for the CDN / Spain pc's! They're all new to me :)

Cgscdy on Nov 8, 2021:

Tysvm for Gracie's CPG-Oct wish and mine! She was absolutely thrilled so many cute stationary things for her to play with! You're amazing!!!

anicka22 on Nov 4, 2021:

My kids love you!! They are soooooo happy with the marvel stickers you send for my October wishlist . Thank you very, very much

Shenaniganator on Nov 2, 2021:

I can’t even begin to thank you enough for the amazing CPG October wishes you sent. So many amazing things, I can’t WAIT to sit down and play with all of it! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Swan on Oct 29, 2021:

Thank you for the owl items for my October Wishlist! The wooden postcard looks very special! The washi is very cute…

Linsoid on Oct 15, 2021:

Thanks a bunch for the teas for my Oct CPG wishes!! I am so excited to try them all!!

ladyaries7 on Sep 29, 2021:

Thank you so much for the teas! cheap postage group- september wishes

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