Swap-bot Time: November 27, 2022 7:21 am


Date Joined: January 26, 2009
Last Online: November 26, 2022
Birthday: July 30, 1981
Country: United States
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About Me

H E L L O Hey y'all! You have stumbled into my little swap-bot hub! My name is Jessie; I'm a 41-year-old obsessed with sending and receiving snail mail. DEATH to bill mail!

S T O P scrolling :: If you would like to do an 24 day Advent Calendar Countdown Pocket Letter, please let me know! I am hoping to do a couple of these this year in a group or private swap! Please message me!

H E Y YOU! A Swap-bot Group for Healthcare Workers
Are you in the healthcare field and love snail mail? I created a group you might be interested in. Check it out, and I hope you see yourself being part! (Created December|6|21)

My first pen pal was my favorite person growing up, Aunt Lori! She would send me letters, cards, and drawings in the mail! I also got letters from my Aunt Carrie! I remember how much happiness it brought me, and I have started the same correspondence with my nieces and nephew to hopefully inspire their own creativity and snail mail habits.

When I was in 6th grade, I gained two pen pals through school. One was in Italy and the other was from the Ivory Coast. I kept in touch with Aristide from the Ivory Coast for over a decade. We lost touch once he started working and had family and life obligations! That is where my love for snail mail, mail art, and writing began.

I enjoy many types of mail from short, sweet letters to rambling, long ones. I enjoy sending postcards from time to time as well. I love sending off my favorite ephemera and receiving others to use in letters, journals, and other mixed media projects I take on.

When I'm not sitting at my crafting desk writing a pen pal or creating something, I am living a busy, joy-filled life. I am a nurse, legendary (self-proclaimed) auntie, and enjoy my free time to the max! I have been enjoying reading, keeping a daily/weekly/monthly journal, spending time with family and friends, arts and crafts, and road trips!

I live in a quiet, quaint little town that reminds me of Stars Hollow (Have you seen Gilmore Girls?). We even have a little gazebo where performers can play for the town. The main streets are lined with old businesses, antique & specialty shops, and restaurants. I find so much joy in living here. There is something new I discover every time I walk or ride through the town.

The best part of Uptown is the dedication to art. There are murals, sculptures, and monuments that are colorful and rich with history. I love that my small town takes pride in ensuring art is forefront and important. Even the old theater still holds shows and pageants.

D O G M O M I am a dog mom. Zach is my 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, and he is a grumpy old man. He has earned every belly rub, tasty chicken-free treat, and ear scratch possible. When he isn't busy being grumpy, barking at the mail man, pretending to have the spunk of a puppy, or the tenacity of a toddler, he is curled up in a ball nearby wherever someone he loves happens to be! Zach is now living with my parents. He is loving it! I miss him terribly, but his health was suffering from my demanding career. Maybe one day I can be a stay-at-home dog mom. (Anyone know how I can get rich quick?)

C A T M O M I have two kittens, Onyx & Fossil. These gems were born in June 2021. They just turned one. I have waited a long time to bring cats into my home, and I am thrilled to love on them. They are so sweet and little purr boxes! Do you have any cat tips, info, or toys your cats can't live without? Let me know!

T R A V E L One of my favorite ways to spend a free day is hopping in the car and driving. I don't care much about the destination. What matters is the music, open road, fresh air, and God's beautiful creation. I love exploring new and old places, taking my time meandering around towns, driving along winding roads, sitting down in a restaurant where no one knows me. It's invigorating. Sometimes I travel with Zach, while other times I go alone or with family or friends. Any road trip is an adventure I can't wait to have.

N U R S E I have been a nurse for 5 years. I work in adult oncology, and I love what I do. Some days are more challenging than others. I like writing about my day to day experiences as a nurse. I never know what a day will hold. There are many times that I don't feel like I do enough while other times I feel overwhelmed by the love and compassion I have for the families and loved ones I care for. And some days are just darn frustrating! Nursing is truly a work of heart. I am in awe of the men and women I work alongside across the healthcare field! It takes a village.

A U N T I E I have 2 nieces (6 & 3) and 2 nephews (1 & newborn). They are the heartbeat of my life! I adore them, and I spend time with them each week. The oldest started kindergarten this year, and we have finally gotten into a good groove! I miss our special adventures, but she is so smart, and I love watching her learn! She is a ravenous reader! What book suggestions do you have for an advanced 6-8 year old reader? We love animals, reading, coloring, sticker slapping, drawing, arts & craft activities, outdoor walks, nature, museums, and ice cream! I love sending the kids snail mail, and when I visit them, they have placed their letters on the fridge or wall in their rooms!

Nephew #4 is here! 10/26 @ 1028, 19 inches, 6 lbs. 1 oz. Please pray for health and sanity! HaHa!

G A M E R G I R L I am a gamer girl at heart. I love all games. Card games, board games, video games. I have never been skilled at first person shooter games, and I prefer turn based play or video games that offer adventure, skill growth, and a variety of activities that keep the game play engaging.

card games- cards against humanity, rummy, skip-bo, what's in a meme?, go fish, old maid, spoons, speed, spades, phase 10, mermaid beach

board games- ticket to ride, monopoly, clue, pictionary, life, scrabble, up words, candyland, pretty, pretty princess, sorry, trouble

video games- skyrim, wizard101, crash bandicoot, super mario brothers, the oregon trail, pirate101, super mario karts, zelda, monster party, duck hunt, portal, lego series

F R E E T I M E I don't have a ton of free time, but I love when I do. I love listening to my favorite tunes, audiobook, or podcast, driving for hours taking in the beauty of the open road, laughing, supporting small businesses, creating things, stargazing, gardening, cooking, and cleaning.

Honestly, I also love driving in the rain at night when the sky lights up from a thunderstorm. There is something so satisfying about that experience. I like walking through the local library, the smell of books, and being sucked into a good book. I always have a hard time saying goodbye to characters that are touching. I love walking through antique malls, farmer's markets, specialty shops, flower gardens, museums, parks, and zoos. I have found the older I get the more I want to return to an organic, grounded existence. I want to be surrounded by the people I love, the pastimes I enjoy, and my grumpy old dog and cats.

I love making new friends and look forward to being in a swap with you or making your acquaintance as pen pals!

W O R D of the Y E A R

Each new year, I don't make many new year resolutions. Instead, I try to embrace a word. I try to keep that word in mind year long and do activities that help me grow in that area. This year I am elevating myself. I am striving to rise above in my faith, mindfulness, and overall well-being. It is a struggle some days, and others I find myself letting go. I am really hopeful to elevate myself.

2023 word of the year- intrepid
2022 word of the year- elevate
2021 word of the year- intentional
2020 word of the year- rebrand
2019 word of the year- sufficient
2018 word of the year- sophrosyne

10|28|22- I have officially caught up on pen pals from May to current. I would also like to say my life has done a 180 since March. I am feeling much better, centered, and am grateful for every good thing in my life. I am thankful for every prayer and positive thought that was sent my way! This community is a blessing!

03|31|22- 2022 started off okay, but I found myself depressed and more anxious than usual. I am feeling much better now. I am catching up on penpal letters, and I am joining swaps slowly. Please be kind to others, always. You never know what someone is going through.

10|18|21- Please be aware I sort and archive swaps about once every month or two. This is when I take inventory on swaps sent and received. I will kindly message to see if you have received and follow up with any swaps that haven't been rated. I am very flexible and patient when working these things out. I know mail can be delayed, illness and family/work/personal issues arise. Just try to keep in contact and all will be just fine!

I have received a few messages that I haven't put my name/swap in my letter or package. I am so sorry for the oversight. Please message me if this happens so I can tell you if your happy mail was a wish, RAK, or swap! Sometimes I know I forgot and have sealed the envelope, so the only identification is on the outside of a letter/package! I apologize for how inconvenient that is! I am doing my best to be cognizant of writing the swap and my username!

A Quick Note I was away from swap-bot for a few years while pursuing my nursing degree, but I missed the snail mail and friendships I had made here. I love how many wonderful, unique souls can be found through swaps. I love seeing how others express themselves in the different types of swaps, and I love sharing pieces of myself through the variety of swaps I join.

Many of the original friends I made here have moved on, but I look forward to meeting and connecting with new friends. I enjoy writing letters and creating special packages that house the letters I write. I think turning the pages of letters hand written (or typed) is so very special. I enjoy the deeper side of life and getting to know people in a real way. I love the light and fluffy questions as well as the deeper questions in life. I live in the balance of both.

S W A P B O T disclaimer I am pretty laid back, flexible, and understanding. If an issue with a swap arises, I am upfront and I hope you will be as well. It isn't unusual for me to drop a message to make sure you have received a swap. I don't demand a rating, but I want to make sure you receive what is expected. If you receive something that doesn't follow the swap guidelines precisely, let me know and I will gladly resend or make it right for you. If something is damaged in transit, let me know, and I will resend. If you do not receive, let me know, and I will resend. Snail mail isn't always linear, so I am willing to give it a little extra time or resend based on your preference. Just communicate with me! I don't bite... (hard!)!

my S T Y L E I like to dabble in many things but am not a master in anything. I enjoy the process. I like sitting in front of a blank canvas and creating something that has never been made before. I like the feel of ink on a blank page. I like the ache in my wrist from writing one more page of a rambling letter! I love the feel of putting my thoughts onto paper. I find so much joy in finding a way to express my own thoughts and feelings through words and art. I would say that my artistic expression is made through mixed media and abstract means verses a concrete idea executed perfectly. If you are looking for Rembrandt, I'm not your girl. If you're looking for happy little trees, I am most definitely your girl!

If you don't see what you're looking for in terms of my likes/interests, just ask. I am always expanding and evolving my likes and interests.


  • your favorite YouTube paper craft tutorial
  • fall, winter, or holiday (for me or the kiddos)
  • cat or faith washi
  • Rolodex card
  • fairytale or woodland ephemera
  • letter set
  • garbage pail kids trading card

last update to About Me :: oct|28|2022


ATCs, altered anything, antique mall finds
Butterflies, bible verses, beach, brain teasers, board games
Colors :: green (any shade!), neutrals, earth tones, jewel tones, conspiracy theories, Christmas
Doodles, drawings, dogs (jack russell terriers!)
Envelope art, embellishments, ephemera
Foreign languages, fairy tales, fabric (esp vintage, interesting, tiny patterns, or unique), firepits
Green, glue dots/runners, Gilmore Girls
Handmaking items, how to videos, handlettering, hiking, Halloween
Index cards (altered), interesting (to you) interpretations, inspirational quotes, and ideas--please share yours!
Journals (tiny, sewn binding)
Knitting, kawaii fabric & kawaii stationery, kawaii stickers and memo sheets Letters, lists (seriously a postcard filled with lists would give me so much joy!), lazy days, lakes, laughter
Mixed CDs, mermaids, mail art, mountains
Nature themed items, notebooks, nieces, nephew, naps
Ocean animals (sea cucumbers, jellyfish, dolphins, deep sea creatures, narwhals, nessie, & mermaids!)
Pen pals, pocket letters, paper (unique, vintage, strange), photography (vintage), playlists (your favorite songs!), penny press variety puzzles, podcasts
Quotes on items (handmade or bought)
Reusing/recycling items, road trips, rolodex altered cards, recipes
Stationery, stamped images or messages, stories, The ScrapExchange, serial killers (i'm totally intrigued!)
Tape runners, teas (loose leaf, bags, simple, or flavored), tiny tidbits
Unique stickers, upcycling ideas
Vintage games, vampires, vacations
Weird takes on ordinary swaps (just add a note explaining yourself!) think outside the box; it's fun! washi tape (new obsession--obsessed with dog washi and funky, cool patterns), writing
Your religious/spiritual/life/current story; tell me about you
Zines, zentangles, zendalas, zombies

last update to ABC me :: june|24|2022

Current Wishlist

1 :: cat themed
2 :: a letter about you
3 :: fairy tale/fairy/woodland related ephemera
4 :: anything faith-based or inspirational
5 :: a postcard filled with your favorite things
6 :: a letter set
7 :: garbage pail kids trading card
8 :: any unwanted dotees!!! send them to meeeeee! i decorate a christmas tree with them! i LOVE them!
9 :: holiday stickers or epherma
10:: anything I can share with my perfectly adorable nieces (6 & 3) & nephews (2 & baby!) such as coloring pages, crafts, stickers, disney anything. they have a million toys, and we love doing things together, so anything that we can do together is a win in my book!

last update to current wishlist :: june|24|2022

The Nitty Gritty

Here are a few specific likes and wishes regarding some of the more niche swaps you might find me in!

Fairy Tales/Fables ::

Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty & the Beast, Hansel & Gretel, Princess & the Pea, Rapunzel, Rumplestilkskin, The Ugly Duckling, Snow Queen, The Little Red Hen, The Lion, the ASS, & the Fox, The Lion & the Mouse, Fern Gully, Robin Hood, Jack & the Beanstalk, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Mother Holle, Rusalka, elves, sprites, fairies of all varieties

Darkly Yours ::

if you're in a dark swap with me, I enjoy ::

zombies, sea monsters, aliens, monsters, hybrid creatures, cryptids, creatures from foreign countries, nymphs, werewolves, vampires, skulls (over skeletons), dark, eerie creatures, & not always dark but cool: mythical creatures, silhouettes of bones, heart, brain, lungs (body parts), conspiracy theories

pen pal idea :: write me a poem, haiku, or anything from the perspective of your (or my) favorite fairy tale, fable, or spooky character. Tell me about your greatest adventure. Write me a fictional short story. Describe a character you’d love to be in a book! Fill a letter with lists!

God, Bible, & Faith ::

I would love to hear about your favorite verse and what it means to you, how God has shown his love, how God has pulled you through adversity, how your relationship with God has changed you, Bible verses on overcoming difficult situations, uplifting verses, and I would love, love, love any story you have to share about your faith, your faith journey, or how God has been beside you in times of uncertainty! Share your favorite praise/worship playlist.

I love, love love, love , love, love the holidays. St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, July 4, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!! I love them all. Christmas is one of my favorites because I get to enjoy the act of gift giving, providing others with simply joys, and baking! I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays! Christmas lights, the Christmas movies, crafting, writing cards, and sending Christmas snail mail! All of it brings me so much happiness!

last update to the nitty gritty :: march|31|2022

Favorite Music

Current Playlist:
01 :: Sunflower, The Weepies
02 :: Social Stamina, Rosie
03 :: illicit affairs, Taylor Swift
04 :: Clarity, Zedd [feat. Foxes]
05 :: Different Eyes, Marco Tamimi
06 :: Next, Olivia Holt
07 :: Gardenia, Mandy Moore
08 :: I Hope, Gabby Barrett
09 :: Conversations with Emily, Park
10 :: Stranger, Skrillex
11 :: Easy on Me, Adele
12 :: The Call, Regina Spektor
13 :: This Is The Stuff, Francesca Battistelli
14 :: Love Is All I Got (Friction Remix), Feed Me
15 :: Meet Me in Our Spot, The Anxiety
16 :: Fancy Life, Walker Hayes
17 :: Would You Go With Me, Josh Turner
18 :: Should've Known Better, Carly Pearce
19 :: Society, Eddie Vedder
20 :: Biblical, Calum Scott
21 :: I Thank GOd, Maverick City Music
22 :: Death Was Arrested, North Point Worship
23 :: Leave a Light On, Tom Walker
24 :: Happy Together, The Turtles
25 :: Oh Love, Prateek Kuhad
26 :: Stay, tyDi

last update to favorite music :: april|3|2022

Favorite Books

The Bible
Eating Well (magazine)
Cookbooks (just about any one and especially those from before 1980!)
Only Revolutions, Mark Z. Danielewski
The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware
Behind Closed Doors, B.A. Paris
The Shift, Theresa Brown
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
Wicked, Gregory Maguire
Congo, Michael Crichton
Twilight Series, Stephenie Meyer
Sookie Stackhouse Series, Charlaine Harris
Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
Sarah J. Maas Series
Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things, Margie Fuston

Favorite Movies

Harry Potter Series
Twilight Series
Return to Oz
Jurassic Park Series
Bedknobs & Broomsticks
Fairy Tale Theater
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (TV 2 Part Series, 1985)
The Sweetest Thing
Leap Year
The Wilderness Family
Fern Gully

Favorite Television

Haters Back Off
Gilmore Girls
Grey's Anatomy
Beauty & the Beast
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette
Bachelor in Paradise
Drunk History
The Shannara Chronicles
The Vampire Diaries
Grace and Frankie
Hemlock Grove
Anne with an E
Road to Avonlea
Parks & Rec
The Office
All of Us are Dead

Favorite Crafts

I have been enjoying letters and writing recently, but I love to dabble in junk journals, journaling, photography, sewing, ATCs, drawing/doodling, mail art (very new to this, and I'm still learning so much as I make attempts!), and other paper crafts.

You Made It

If you made it here, bless your heart. Send me a private message and put Oh, biscuits! in the subject and put your address in the message for a profile based flat surprise.

If you think we’d make good friends, private message me with your idea for a swap or pen pal exchange.

Have a blessed day, and please take a little time today to find 3 good things to appreciate in your day! Doing this consistently is proven to lift your mood and have a long lasting, positive impact on your mental health.

3 Good Things ::

  • autumn
  • holidays
  • nieces & nephews!


Karen07 rated for FLL: December Holidays on Nov 26, 2022
Comment: Have a wonderful December and enjoy those girls!
Comment: Thank you for the Happy holidays card
Comment: That’s a creepy clown indeed haha! Thank you for the PC
Response: you're welcome! Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you! I was really looking forward to some glitter stickers LOLLL :)
Response: GIRL! HA! It was almost a tragedy.
Comment: Thank you so much, Lovely card, I love the cards that have the decorated matching envelopes!
Response: Happy Holidays! Me, too! It was a great card!
Comment: Nice PC!! It is a great end to the series! Thank you.
Response: It was my favorite to send! Thanks for rating! Have a great weekend!
Comment: Thanks so much for the pretty envelopes with pcs inside. They look so festive in my advent basket! I can’t wait to open them. I love your doodles all over the package and note, too. :)
Response: I had a blast putting this swap together for you! Have a wonderful holiday season!
Comment: Beautiful card-I love the deer image! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays to you too!
Response: Merry Christmas! I find wonderful partial sets of cards at a local thrift store!
Comment: Thanks Jessie very much for joining my swap, for your cute Santa card and for telling me, what you love about Christmas. Which are Twinkling lights. Same for me too! I hope you'll join me in my next swap. Which will be a bit smaller this time.
Response: Lights are the best! Have a great holiday season!
Comment: Thank you for the nice Christmas card and the terrific postcard you added -- I love it! Richard
Response: Wonderful that you enjoyed the postcard! Stay well!
Comment: thank you for the adorable card - happy holidays!
Response: Take care and stay well!
Comment: Thank you for your Christmas card!
Response: You're welcome! Have a great weekend!
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome! Hope you are having a good fall!
theprairiemailbox rated for Private Pocket Letter Swap on Oct 31, 2022
Comment: Your pocket letter made it to me today! Thanks for the goodies, I look forward to swapping again! :)
Response: Amazing! Hope you enjoyed! I am really enjoying them!
Comment: I am the lucky one. Two cards in this series from you. Love your witch.
Response: That's so kind of you to say! Have a great weekend!
Comment: Thank you for your fun Zombie handmade postcard! The pumpkin washi is cute.
Response: So glad you received and enjoyed!
LeslieLovesMail82 rated for Washi Advent Calendar #2 on Oct 26, 2022
Comment: Hi Jessie! Yay, it was soo fun to receive your package and I can't wait to open everything! :-) Thank you so much (heart)!
Response: I can't wait for December either! :D :D
LadyJo rated for Fruit of the Spirit ~ PATIENCE on Oct 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice card with verses and the perfect timing of God. I agree that our timing is not his. God knows best! Love the stickers!
Response: Thank you so much! Have a wonderfully nurturing November!
Comment: Love it. Thank you.
Response: :D Glad you enjoyed! Thank you so much for hosting! :D
squince rated for FTLOC#1-BIG Happy mail swap -US on Oct 22, 2022
Comment: Thanks
Response: You’re welcome!

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katjl on Nov 19, 2022:

Thank you so much for the Oct RAK random ephemera destash. So much goodies and fun stuff. Look forward to use them in my junk journals! 😀

veronicallama on Nov 18, 2022:

Hi Jessie- I enjoyed reading your notecard for the 6-Wk Swap for SMSUSA. Such a creative way to write it and I loved the envie. Looking forward to more from you! ~Rhonda

AJ73 on Nov 10, 2022:

Hi Jessie. Thank you for your October RAK #1 5 Different Christmas Cards. All of the cards (plus the one extra) are very very nice quality. Excellent cards I will be so happy to send for Christmas this year. I love this RAK and YOU!!

ccmmsu on Nov 2, 2022:

Thank you so much for the personalized RAK! I honestly love every single thing you sent. What a lovely surprise. You truly made my day! <3

colleenbUSA on Oct 19, 2022:

Thanks so much for the Halloween Destash RAK! So many fun goodies!

grammypammy on Oct 10, 2022:

Fruit of the Spirit ~ Patience

Have a Blessed Day!

grammypammy on Oct 3, 2022:

Fruit of the Spirit ~ Patience

Have a Blessed Day!

Hugs, Pam

LadyJo on Oct 1, 2022:

“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; it is not arrogant.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

October Faith Group Fruit of the Spirit Patient

AJ73 on Sep 18, 2022:

Hi Jesse. I’m just stopping by to say “Oh Biscuits”. Thinking about you tonight while working on some things for swap bot! 🍒🍒

AJ73 on Sep 17, 2022:

Hi Jessie. I’m thinking of you. I’m working n a little Cherryful Surprise Package for you. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace In believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy 👻 .” Romans 15:13

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