Swap-bot Time: May 10, 2021 7:03 pm


Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: May 10, 2021
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

My day job is doing bindery at a print shop (everything after a job is printed).

If you'd like to cover the cost of a flat rate box for some paper goods, please send me a PM. I have access to a ton of random paper from work and I hate the idea of recycling it (I can make notepads or leave sheets loose, any size). Plus, I have a large stash of stuff I've made (notecards and envelopes) and will never use. Just let me know what you'd like and I'll see what I have/can find. Obscure requests encouraged :-).

My hobbies are reading, writing letters (snail-mail), and doing simple, quick crafts. I love to make cards and am dabbling in mailart and atcs. I studied history and environmental science at the University of Virginia, College 2011 (Yep, I'm still pissed!) and I love to learn new things.*

I'm a duckpin bowler (bonus points if you know what this is!)

While I'm not picky about what I receive, I do have a preference for stationary items (notecards, paper, envelopes, stickers, etc), small notions that can be used to decorate handmade cards (die cuts, washi tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, glitter glue, etc), or anything else that can get my crafting juices flowing. Cling/Clear Stamps (particularly flowers or animals) and ink pads (all colors).

I like all kinds of postcards.

I don't have a use for "Post-It" type sticky paper.

My favorite color is orange.

ATCs are always welcome! As is any kind of artwork. I have very diverse taste in art.

I like fairies, but not the Tinker Bell type. I prefer them to be more realistic rather than cartoon-y. I love anything nature oriented, particularly flowers, bees, and mushrooms. I'm totally into gnomes right now.

Articles cut out of magazines are cool, too!

I'm interested in typography and would love to receive interesting labels (from wine or beer bottles, for example, though the sky's the limit) and other ephemera. I don't drink alcohol in any form (I don't care for the taste), so please only send the labels! smile.

My dad (coworker) runs the letterpress at the print shop we work at. If you have a cut (type/image for lack of a better explanation of the term) for something that'd look good on a 4x6 postcard or similar size notecard, and would like to see it printed, drop me a message.

I have recently started a love affair with fountain pens and would love to receive some cool ink samples!

If you're writing a letter or postcard to me and aren't sure what to write, I enjoy hearing about your local current or not so current events/drama (good, bad, or ugly it's all social history to me), whatever your current paasion/obsession is (watching an unhealthy amount of reality tv? Been there!), or a favorite book recommendation--I'm always looking for new authors to read (any and all genres)!

I have no food allergies and am game to try any unique snacks you may want to send. I am game to try any new flavors of tea. Hubby likes instant coffee.

My husband drives a tow truck, so I'm intrigued by any towing related items you may find. While we like Tow Mater, I'd rather see vintage trucks rather than cartoons.

Some of my fandoms are Doctor Who, Star Trek (particularly Voyager), and pretty much anything that is a reworking of a fairy tale (I LOVE Once Upon a Time). Oddly enough, I really get excited about fan created art/cosplay even when I don't know and/or care about the original source.

(From above)*I'm particularly interested in "social history" which is the stories of individual people and their interaction with bigger events. I don't care for "military history" which looks at the intricacies of how a specific battle was fought. I like politics from the perspective of why people think what they do, rather than the wheeling and dealing to implement policy; I'm fascinated by the academics rather than trying to change opinions. The world is a fascinating place and I enjoy looking for that "awkward" point where two similar people disagree and where two dissimilar people can find agreement.

Pen Pals

I'm always looking for new pen pals! I like long chatty letters about anything and everything. Feel free to ask me any questions you like. Sorry, no men, please.

I swap FBs and the like (slams, bags, etc), but ONLY in small quantities (less than $1 in postage).

Administrative Stuff

Our mailbox is located at the entrance to the neighborhood, so I check it once a week in winter and 2 to 3 times a week in summer. I rate swaps the same day I get them out of the mailbox.

As a favor to me (it's not required!), please write the name of the swap and your username somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This just makes my life easier when I'm sorting the mail. Thanks!

I honestly don't notice that the swap you're sending is late until it's been on my sent page for over a month from the send date, but at that point I do send out messages to try to figure out what happened. I refrain from rating 1 until I want to clear out my sent page, IF there's been no communication.

If you want me to run out and check my mailbox immediately for your swap, just send me a message. I really don't mind the walk when I know there's something better than junk mail in it!

I once got a 1 because Swap Bot lost the message the recipient sent me to say my envelope had never arrived. Please be kind and send a second message if you don't hear from me, especially if SB says I've read the message.


KandaceB rated for Move your bags--last signers #4 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your swap, can't wait to sign these!
heatherg2 rated for Sisterhood traveling card #17 usa on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Absolutely LOVE the scrap papers and washi!! Thank you so much :)
HappyMom rated for 5 slams April 2021 USA on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Hi Cathy - what a great swap you sent! Thank you for the fun slams and the goodies. These are the biggest slams I've ever seen since grade school when we made them in composition books! LOL :)
wyrdfae rated for Sticker Bags Across America #13 on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I will pass these on
Comment: Thank you for the swap. I loved it!
HeidiJean rated for Friendship book swap #3 US only on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
wyrdfae rated for Friendship book swap #3 US only on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you
MailLover69 rated for Sticker Bags Across the USA #11 on Mar 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you :)
Comment: Thanks for passing it on! Have a marvelous day and happy swapping.....
rev1901 rated for Bags but NO LB Bags #5 on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the bags!
Comment: Received the swap and will happily send on in the next round. Hope you are well and looking forward to the rest of the new year.
Kookielove rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #202 on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the holiday card! Sorry for rating it late. I love how you decorated the envelope. Happy Swapping! xoxo
smartymartyky rated for 15 FSheet/Cram Swap (USA only) on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Sending you good vibes and magical moments!
Comment: Thanks for forwarding. I will also do on the next round. Happy New Year
Comment: Thanks will pass on soon
cmalaina rated for Slams, Slams, Slams, #7 (USA ONLY) on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you and will pass on to other pals or swappers as well thank you again :)-
Eel9585 rated for Move your bags--last signers #3 on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the swap
Mamabemus rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #189 on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: awesome thanks
KaliOya rated for USA : Make & Send Bags on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for making and sending along these bags. I look forward to going through them. Happy swapping.
MailLover69 rated for Sticker Bags Across the USA #9 on Jan 8, 2021

Rating Overview

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5.0000 484 38 42
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IsadoraWing on Jan 8, 2021:

Thanks for the wonderful big-open-space maps from the WW group! I can't believe how long they took to get here, but I'm glad they did!

manders2280 on Jan 5, 2021:

You're welcome. I hope a new postmaster general is among the first Biden appointees.

I had a Priority Mail box of cookies for my in-laws sit in St Paul for three days last week before it headed off to Wisconsin. I sent an email saying that I won't feel badly if they don't eat the cookies because they are stale. Yesterday they called and said not a crumb was out off place and that they are enjoying them enormously. I had excellent advice from the King Arthur blog for the best way to ship cookies.

CajunLady on Dec 31, 2020:

Thank you for the envie of goodies from my Dec 2020 WW list!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


LadyJo on Dec 28, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful envies for my WW Dec 2020 wishes. I enjoyed your note of all the happy simple cozy things you like in wintertime. It gave me smiles!

LahDeeDah on Dec 25, 2020:


Lonestarchild on Dec 24, 2020:

Thanks so much for granting my Dec WW wishes! These labels are perfect! HOHOHO

phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

grammypammy on Dec 15, 2020:


Thank you for the pretty Christmas card and the cute stamped images too! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Hugs, Pam

wolfeagle on Dec 10, 2020:


Thank you for the chipboard RAK. It's great for what I make.

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