Swap-bot Time: May 16, 2021 8:23 am


Date Joined: January 10, 2008
Last Online: May 15, 2021
Birthday: July 14
Country: United States
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I pledge to rate on the day I receive a swap. I have gotten upset over some swaps that were rated very late, feeling like the packages I worked so hard on went into oblivion. It is stressful when partners can't even bother to rate, comment, or answer a PM. Sigh. So, please rate when you receive something and PM when you are missing something.

My dad recently passed away (3/1). I'm catching up with swaps and may take a few weeks break. Swapping certainly brings me happiness, but I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.

I'm a 43 year old working mom of two friendly and ultra cute kids, a 13 year-old and a 11 year-old. Crafts are my passion, what I do when I'm stressed out. I'm happiest when I'm with my children, husband, or making things. I love chihuahuas, but my best girl Assata passed away about 6 years ago. We can not really have a dog in our current situation, which makes my heart sad. Along with the two little ones, my husband, working full time, all the sewing, knitting, and crocheting, I've got my hands full.

I am half-Korean and half-Caucasian. I consider myself Asian American; I grew up with both cultures, giving me a different worldview and perspective on issues of culture and race. My favorite foods include tofu, Korean bbq, and veg sushi. I love learning about different cultures, languages, and lifestyles. I love traveling and experiencing new places. I lived in England for a semester in college and loved it! We spent our spring break in Amsterdam, France, and Brussels. I've lived in South Korea as a child and many different states because my dad was in the military.


In 2007, I lost my first born child, after I developed pre-eclampsia. This came less than a year after I lost my mom suddenly due to heart failure. Those years were hard, to say the least.

After a difficult, very high risk pregnancy, we finally welcomed our beloved son Ishmael. He is the new love of my life and I'm grateful for every day I have with him. He is 13 years old! I can't believe how quickly he's grown!

We also welcomed our new baby girl Naderah. This pregnancy was normal, but the twice daily shots made it pretty interesting. She is such a healthy and beautiful little girl! She's been smiling since her first week! I still can't believe this perfect little girl was inside of me!

I include my losses on my profile because that's part of who I am, as much as my two beautiful children and husband are a part of my life. Grief and joy are somehow with me everyday. It is different with everyone who has had a loved one pass away, but this is my way. With my friends, I can truly talk about this stuff and not have to hide it and pretend like everything is okay all of the time. I am not asking for sympathy, but if I am sharing who I am on this site, then this is part of it. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't swap at all. I hope that makes sense.

I don't really expect you to send things for my kids. I keep the items I receive - even stickers! - for myself! Sometimes I share, but swapping is my hobby.

Favorite Crafts

As I said, I'm a crafter. I started knitting from the age of 8 and have added to my crafty ability ever since - crochet, cross-stitch, sewing, and embroidery. I make lots of general crafty stuff too - magnets, scrabble bracelets, plastic canvas, etc. I do some paper crafts too, but needlework is really my passion.

Nowadays I am knitting shawls, hats, scarves, socks, cowls, and fingerless mittens with sock yarn and the occasional dishcloth with cotton yarn. I love indie dyed yarns in all weights, but right now I prefer sock yarn and DK weight yarn.

Yes, I am thrifty. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite shopping places. Most of my clothes come from thrift stores, even my shoes! Don't worry, though, I do shop at regular stores too, especially for my swap partners. I've found the neatest vintage postcards and built my Christmas card collection at thrift stores.

Over the years, my fabric collection has grown a yard and fat quarter at a time! My general style or aesthetic is modern and bright. Think high-contrast and vivid colors. I also love Asian inspired fabrics. I love vintage fabrics and patterns. Turquoise is my favorite color these days, but I still love pinks and other blues. I love Japanese and French crafts, too.

I've been collecting postcards since college, but mostly art, artsy, beautiful, and interesting or weird cards. I love animal cards and vintage cards. I don't know what to do with touristy, cityscapes or scenic cards, so please no thank you. I do appreciate any snail mail I get lately (really, I do), but honestly, I don't keep these cards and feel bad about it. I generally keep the touristy cards of places I've visited but not others. I prefer non-touristy cards, vintage cards, and some scenic cards without many words on the front. Zazzle cards are okay with me, too.

I joined Postcrossing because I love sending and receiving postcards so much. I still prefer non-touristy cards, but I just love the mail.

After making my first ATC's, I fell in love with making them! It allowed me to be creative and very detailed and achieve a sense of completion. Of course, these were for a swap, but I had to make some for myself, too!

Favorite Movies

  • The Matrix
  • Hate (French movie)
  • Fight Club
  • Pride & Prejudice (the A&E version)
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Black Swan
  • The Lake House
  • Crazy Rich Asians

Favorite Television

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • X-Files
  • Criminal Minds
  • Project Runway
  • Medium and Ghost Whisperer
  • True Blood
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Top Chef
  • NCIS

Favorite Books

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Yes, I was obsessed with the twilight saga, which led me to devour Charlaine Harris' Sookie books and many other vampire/werewolf books Some of the best include: Sunshine by Robin McKinley, Night Road by A.M. Jenkins, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I have moved away from paranormal romance to romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I loved the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. I love reading self-published or small-press authors as well. Two of my favorites are Roxie Rivera and Rachel Grant, very different from each other, but both excellent authors. I'm currently reading literary fiction, thrillers (The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, etc.), and non-fiction like Trevor Noah's Born a Crime.

I graduated from college with a double major in creative writing and political science. These are two things close to my heart. I continue to write both poetry and prose, and you can find some of it on my blog. I participated in NaNoWriMo for several years and even completed it one year. Maybe when my kids get older or life gets less busy, I'll try again!

Random Questions

  • If you could, where would you max out a credit card? JoAnn's (where have you been all of my life??), Hobby Lobby, Target (where I have maxed out a card or two) and Ikea
  • Why do you like the music you listen to? I feel a connection to the lyrics or it's just really good (i.e. Radiohead)
  • What are your favorite colors? Pinks (not hot), blues, turquoise
  • Do you collect anything? Vintage postcards, weird postcards, craft books (especially about knitting), books, fabric, cotton and wool yarns, and everything owl
  • What's your dream job? Writer; For now, my job as a teacher is exceedingly good, something I usually enjoy and am good at
  • Favorite cosmetics brands: Oh, I hardly wear anything at all, except chapstick! Occasionally, lipstick, like parent conference night! I do love a good body wash and Lush bath bombs
  • Favorite scents: Lavender, jasmine, rose
  • Favorite flavors: hazelnut, dark chocolate
  • Favorite magazines: ReadyMade, Adbusters, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Piecework, Giant Robot, Marie Claire Idees, Stitchery
  • Favorite piece of jewelry: a mother of pearl locket that holds a picture of my husband and resized footprints of the son we lost, a purple "tiger's eye" ring which belonged to my mother and my engagement ring
  • Favorite Holiday: Halloween
  • Favorite season: Fall and Spring
  • Coffee or tea? I just got a Keurig machine and am addicted! So send those K-cups my way! I also take green or black tea if it's individually wrapped.
  • Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere? Japan or Vancouver
  • What kind of geek are you? I'm a book nerd, a video game addict (e.g. Mario Bros, etc.), chess player, and Trekkie. Plus I wear a calculator watch!


  • fabric - FQs or charms
  • Japanese crafts/fabrics
  • zakka anything
  • deco tape
  • washi tape
  • DMC brand embroidery floss
  • handmade sewn items
  • cotton yarn
  • wool yarn (either fingering or DK weight)
  • bamboo knitting needles
  • craft books or patterns
  • unused postcards (non-touristy, animals, vintage art)
  • Jetoy cat postcards
  • ephemera for ATC making
  • geeky stuff like office supplies, notebooks, felt tip pens, sharpies
  • Kawaii memo sheets & lettersets
  • Hannari Tofu stuff - so cute it hurts
  • Super Mario Bros. items
  • 80s stuff
  • nice soaps
  • small notepads or notebooks
  • listpads or memo sheets
  • address labels
  • stickers (just NOT sticker flakes)
  • owls, squirrels, mushrooms, birds, llamas
  • robots, geekery
  • things made from recycled or reused items
  • handmade things by YOU!

What I Don't Like or Want

  • touristy or glossy scenic postcards (not so much)
  • sticker flakes or loose stickers
  • puffy stickers or 3-D stickers
  • images of death (skulls, the word death, x'd out eyes)
  • furry or glittery yarn
  • acrylic yarn
  • matchboxes
  • licorice, gummy candy
  • fluorescent colors
  • patriotic or religious images or quotes (including Easter - I DO exchange Christmas Cards but prefer non-religious ones)
  • your political beliefs
  • Disney or character specific products
  • anime or manga
  • lotion (I just have too much right now)
  • candy-flavored lipbalm
  • cheap or unwanted dollar store items
  • packages that don't have a hand-written note included
  • swappers that don't rate

What I Can Send You

  • washi tape
  • washi tape samples
  • cute notepads or notebooks
  • handmade envies
  • address labels
  • handmade pouches
  • knit or crocheted dishcloths
  • crocheted bookmarks
  • stickers
  • notecards and postcards

Flaked on by:
@tehrenanaiis - Not the Usual PCs in an Envie
@madpoetics - Put a Hat on it altered PC swap
@Annelies - Christmas Card Express 2011 - angelled by @coolbaker5
@lorijean - Embroidery Floss Swap - angelled by @slamophile
@missflowers - Tiny Profile Surprise in a 1-stamp envie #2 - angelled by @nyansan
@daisiessnailmail - 4,3,2,1 fun swap


JenZen5 rated for PH: Animal Series: Birds #2 on May 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cool bird postcards. I like the owl poling out of the cactus and the hummingbirds. Thanks for the extra!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love all of it. <3 Al
fortannam rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 8, 2021
Comment: thank you for the lovely selection of goodies!! the recipe card made me hungry!
Comment: Loved the postcards The narwhale was really different huh? Thanks πŸ™
ashanti2106 rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great swap. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thanks so much for the items, they were great! :)
amandat0913 rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome goodies!!
susieq11 rated for Send 3 From the List #17 on May 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for everything!! Glad you joined. : )
Maddashin rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #95 on May 1, 2021
Comment: Stickers will always earn a heart πŸ’œ Thanks
pintis rated for NYUP USA Only #70 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! Hope your weather finds a happy medium.
debbiespoms rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #95 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Hey there Mary ! Thank you very much for the cute animal PC and your nice note. Been trying like heck to think spring here. It doesn't make it easy. As Mother nature has other plans for us here in Canton, PA. We live in a very rural tiny town & in a valley & the weather is so nuts right now. Here it is April 30th & we are supposed to get snow flurries, ugh ! But so far don't see any & it's just raining. Plus we have very very high winds. Have a great day Mary!
Aseret25 rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #21 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the variety of postcards - I especially like the Marimekko one!
Aseret25 rated for NYUP USA Only #70 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! :)
blinger2008 rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #11 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your items! Love everything especially the cute silly stickers!!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I translated the text on Google and found out the rock is called Turtle Rock in Mongolia. If you look online you can see the rock formation at a better angle. I had fun trying to figure out where it was.
Response: Awesome! What a neat find! Thanks for the detective work!
basykes rated for NYUP: PC - back into history on Apr 25, 2021
Comment: fascinating building description!
Comment: Thank you so much!! Take Care always!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card and fun stickers, especially all of the animals!
atomita2 rated for Mental Health Check In on Apr 17, 2021
Comment: Have an amazing day!!
dial208medusa rated for Happy Little Notecards #54 on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: Added this rating 4/15/21 and updated 4.27.21 Thanks Mary
Response: This is a swap from 2017 that the user rated a 1 for on 3-28-2021. I resent and she re-rated.

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OrigamiGrace on May 10, 2021:

Thank you for the cute kitty pc from tag at CPG! Cats are sooo fickle, lol!

debbiespoms on Mar 24, 2021:

I am so sorry to hear Mary, you lost your father. I send you my deepest Sympathy. I lost my dear sweet father in 2005. I still miss him more than anything.

mummsie on Mar 14, 2021:

Oh Dearest Sweet Mary, I am so very sorry....cyber hug

kittyhahahotbot on Mar 13, 2021:

Tricia22 on Mar 12, 2021:

So sorry for your loss, sending prayers. Lost my father a year ago. Miss him every day β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

Lonestarchild on Feb 12, 2021:

Thanks so much for the fun vintage Christmas PCs. Will stash those away for next year! Something to look forward to. Thank you! PC Tag PIF - Rated US Swappers

OrigamiGrace on Dec 24, 2020:



anicka22 on Dec 18, 2020:

Thank you for the nice stickersheets for the who likes tag. Especially love the suzy’s Zoo!

grammypammy on Dec 13, 2020:


Thank you for the adorable little Dachshund card, yes it made me laugh! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Hugs, Pam

LMeowkin on Dec 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Christmas Card from the CPG Holiday card tag game!

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