Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2022 2:19 pm


Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: September 6, 2022
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

Gave birth Sept 5, 2021. She's a perfect little stinker, giving me heartburn both in utero and out, lol.

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.


Toraoh rated for Private caf1988 and toraoh on Apr 5, 2022
Comment: Thanks for hosting this swap and for your choice of LB's. I'll pass them on. Happy swapping! ^-^
Comment: Thanks so much! Will pass them along! <3 Al
Johndeeregurl44 rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #224 on Mar 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the swap!
quaisoir rated for SSM: Letter set switch #17 on Mar 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous letter sets.such pretty designs. 😊
DinkySparkle rated for SSM: Slams, Slams, Slams #15 on Mar 24, 2022
Comment: Whoa! Big slams! Thank you for the swap!
Comment: Thank you for the bags! Will try to pass on quickly!
Jafferty rated for Move your bags--last signers #12 on Mar 19, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap!
Ebbie78 rated for 10+ label bags for 2 partners on Mar 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome label bags!! I will be signing, and passing them on soon :)
Pupullona rated for Move your bags--last signers #11 on Mar 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you! :)
Pupullona rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #12 - Global on Mar 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the bags and your very kind words! Means a lot in these sad sad times.
Jafferty rated for 10+ label bags for 2 partners on Mar 7, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the swap! Here's to more fun mail!
Writercat rated for APP: February, the month of love on Mar 5, 2022
Comment: Hi to another Cathy! I so enjoyed your letter of the things that you love and enjoyed your humour, too about the baby spit. All the best with your new baby. It brought back lovely memories of my days with babies. They are 28 and 26 now so it's been a while. Cathy
Vickyen rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail USA #9 on Mar 5, 2022
Comment: Hi Cathy! Loved everything in my wonderful Sunshine Happy Mail! I wish I was not such a paper hoarder - I loved your envie and yet I just will not use my paper to make them! LOL! Thank you for making my day! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Teraecau rated for FS/FB swap #7 on Mar 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you very much for the envelope with the FB's. I will pass them on asap.
Jafferty rated for February FB Swap - US Only on Feb 28, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the swap! Hope all is well with you.
JenniferJo rated for FS/FB swap #7 on Feb 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Jafferty rated for Move your bags--last signers #10 on Jan 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap!
Saxofenris rated for Move Those Bags #8 USA on Dec 19, 2021

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DeboraCreates on Oct 12, 2022:

Thank you for the 2022 RAK of notepapers, lettersets and notecards. It will all be put to good use!

sherba31 on Sep 30, 2022:

Thanks for your 2022 RAK of letterwriting goodies! They will definitely be of good use. I hope you are well. Take care!

LauraM540 on Sep 29, 2022:

I got a nice surprise RAK envie from you toda! Made my day, thanks for the fun goodies, they will all be put to good use!

simcoe54 on Jul 2, 2022:

Cathy's RAKs 2022 -- Thanks for the envie filled with letter writing supplies & papercrafting items. I loved going through it and plan on using most of it. Thanks again!

grammypammy on Feb 21, 2022:

WW ~ Feb Wish

Thanks for granting my wish for postcards! I appreciate you thinking of me!

Hugs, Pam

Ikat78 on Feb 19, 2022:

Hi Cathy, thank you for the notecards for WW Feb! They are wonderful. πŸ₯°

susieq11 on Feb 18, 2022:

Thank you for the sticker and postcards for WW February! So cute!!! I definitely want to be their friends ha ha! Thank you for thinking of me. Hope you have a nice weekend! : )

kiddomerriweather on Feb 18, 2022:

Thank you for the PC's you sent for my February WW! I really appreciate them.

tcornell on Feb 17, 2022:

Thank you for the pretty stationery sets and the blank labels that you sent me for Feb 2022 WW β™₯β™₯β™₯

bpl76 on Feb 1, 2022:

Thank you so much for the RAK looking forward to using the papers !!

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