Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2024 2:31 pm


Date Joined: November 9, 2009
Last Online: August 26, 2022
Birthday: June 27
Country: United States

about ME...

I'm excited to be living in California again (returned to San Diego in 2014). I moved (back) across country, changed jobs a couple times, started my own baking & cake decorating business (2017) and had breast cancer last year. Life is crazy, but I’m so grateful for everything I’ve lived & learned.

My health has been my #1 priority for sometime. I was "healthy" when I got cancer, now I am truly WELL. I eat "clean" mostly & love working out - lifting weights specifically!

I enjoy creating, from envelopes & mail art to all things baked. I love the idea of starting with just raw materials or ingredients and ending up with something tangible that I've created! I enjoy giving things to people, especially when they appreciate all the time & effort I put into my work. I love vintage ephemera, travel-related or foreign ephemera, stamp carving, zentangle & mail art.

I've been working in the restaurant industry for all of my adult life (and then some!) I’ve worked in a few bakeries and wedding/special occasion cakes on my own since 2005. I started my own baking & cake decorating business here in San Diego in 2017 and was extremely busy for about a year & a half before my cancer diagnosis. I have immensely cut back accepting new clients since last summer. When I'm ready to be in business again, I'll offer keto/low-sugar/gluten-free desserts only. I've been working part-time in the same restaurant for about 3 years and spend my free time at the gym, reading, baking & being grateful. I love being creative!

Creative things I enjoy

mAiL aRt ~ handmade envelopes ~ stamp carving ~ journaling ~ decoupage ~ altered anything ~ mixed media ~ zentangle ~ photo/memory crafts ~ baking from scratch

my WISHLIST :) & Likes!

I'm more into sending & receiving handmade items & creating, than collecting more "stuff". Aside from the list below, there's not too much I really want to receive. It would be great to get any of the following, not in any particular order....

I'd Love to Receive:

  • postal/airmail themed things like washi or deco tape, hand-carved stamps with a postal theme, foreign (non-US) postal forms like customs or registered/express mail

  • vintage ephemera (most of the swaps I join/host have a vintage element)

  • unused airmail stickers from any country (like the kind you get free at the post office!)

  • unused airmail envelopes from anywhere, vintage or new

  • aerograms - vintage, new, or foreign (so hard to find!) and/or “fold-n-sends”

  • any memorabilia or ephemera from foreign airlines or that are no longer in business, like PanAm or TWA or even existing airlines (like the safety cards in the seat backs; menus from foreign airlines), used tickets

  • stamp-carving supplies, or hand-carved stamps relating to my profile

  • REAL stamps (postage) on my swaps

  • handmade paper tape or washi tape

  • UNUSED US postage stamps - any denomination, vintage or new. I don't collect cancelled (used) stamps anymore but have lots to trade!

  • vintage recipe cards (written or unwritten)


Though I don't collect as much as I used to, I have lots of postcards available for trade. Let me know what you're looking for - chances are I have it. The only postcards I would be interested in are map cards from foreign countries/cities & vintage cards from most anywhere. I'm happy to send postcards & receive something different from my wishlist.

Postcards I'm collecting now: (I prefer my postcards UNWRITTEN, in an envelope if possible.)

  • vintage (or anything from before 1970)
  • map cards of other countries & cities (I have most states)
  • new, store-bought scenic, single-view postcards from other lesser-known places & countries, especially Iceland, South Africa & southern African countries, Kenya, Morocco, Seychelles, Maldives, Azores, Mauritius, New Zealand & islands in the Indian or Pacific Oceans.
  • I prefer scenic "view" cards - countrysides, cities, neighborhoods, beaches, oceans.


  • animal cards, insect cards or cards with people on them
  • art cards (unless its a really cool black & white vintage card)
  • ad cards
  • zazzle cards
  • cutesy, country, flowers or floral
  • churches, crosses or any religious persons

Pleeeeeeeze Don't Send...

I DO NOT WANT/Don't Need/Will probably end up re-gifting or sending to someone else

  • store-bought rubber stamps; I prefer only handmade or vintage
  • anything religious or related to religion
  • anything flower/floral-printed, including postcards
  • please don't send seasonal items (Halloween, Easter, X-mas, Valentine's, NOT any holiday) I don't use or care for holiday-themed items, thanks!
  • scrapbook paper (I have more than I'll ever use!)
  • flower embellishments or anything floral printed
  • country/Americana/folk art crafts, prints or colors or ANYTHING
  • perfume & scented things such as lotions
    & soaps (I have eliminated most chemicals from my house since healing from cancer)
  • bath & body items or cosmetics (I have VERY sensitive skin.)
  • postcards I'm not collecting (above)
  • key chains or refrigerator magnets
  • post-its or note pads
  • candy
  • blank recipe cards, unless handmade
  • I'm not religious, so I would appreciate not receiving any religious items, bible quotes, stickers, etc.
  • I prefer things I can use year-round
  • things smelling of cigarette smoke - YUK! No offense meant, I have allergies

I always try to respect others likes/dislikes, beliefs, etc. as well, and I go out of my way to send what you like. Thanks in advance :) and THANK YOU for reading my profile!!

About my swaps & groups ~

** I love to do private swaps with dependable swappers! Just PM me :) I have the following available to send: postcards, note cards, handmade envelopes, airmail labels from many countries, ephemera (mostly vintage), stationery sets, stickers...try me ;)

99% of the time, I send extras with my swaps. It is never to make up for the swap, or that my swaps are lacking in any way; I send extras if I have things you like, according to your profile. I like to make others happy & don't mind sharing my stuff! I only join & host swaps that I know I can complete and am able to do well. I don't like to send mediocre type-3 swaps and feel free to let me know if I send you something that you don't love. (and tell me why). I read my partners' profiles repeatedly to make sure that I never send items that your profile says not to send! By the same token, if you want a heart from me, please don't send items I don't like or want according to my profile, but more importantly, put some effort into it please!"

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this! Again, these are all just requests, not demands :)

I don't mind getting re-used packaging :) I always use real postage on my swaps and I REALLY appreciate it when there are real stamps (not metered) on anything I receive. Thank you :))))


lou rated for SS: 5 Photo Notecards: Q3 2019 on Nov 9, 2019
Comment: Love all your travel pics, so glad I got you as my partner, been hoping to see your pics!!
Response: I was so glad when I was assigned you as a partner. Thanks for the ♥️ Lou!
Tracykason rated for Penpals Worldwide! on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Fabulous - thank-you!, just mailing a reply.
Response: I’m excited to read it! Hope you’re well :) and thanks for the ♥️
mgallardo68 rated for Looking for... #2 on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you Alfie, I loved so much all these vintage papers. That check punched is magnificent and the lace just PERFECT!!! ♥♥
Response: Oh that’s wonderful Maria, I’m so glad you liked everything 🤗 thanks so much for hosting! And for the ♥️
elflady rated for Tangled State or Country PC on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great zentangled map of Tasmania. You have done a great job.elflady
Response: Thank you so much! I’m really happy you like it :) I’ll message you back regarding a private swap from the airport tomorrow. Thanks Noelene!
Mark63 rated for Rare Postcards in an Envie! on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice selection of PCs. And for sending all the extras!!! :-)
Response: Glad you like them Mark! Thanks so much for joining :)
ileimgruber rated for Penpals Worldwide! on Jul 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for your letter ! I enjoyed so much the nicely decorated enveloppe and all the really beautiful stamps <3
Response: Thanks so much for the ♥️ and I hope to hear from you again :)
kittyhahahotbot rated for Envelope ART on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely 'lopes! That wax stuff is so cool. I dont have any but I love it when I get some. Oh that carnival pix is cool too! Can that be a really, real invoice from 1911? Wow! Its beautiful. Dont ya love stuffs from that long ago-go?Did you make those stickers out of ledger paper? HOw neat is that! Oh and love your outter envie too! Thank you so much!
Response: Hi! Yes, I made the stickers :) always looking for random pieces to turn into address labels & stickers. Thanks so much for joining my swap & for the ♥️
user6937 rated for Any Two Blank Map PCs #3 on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Wow, FIVE cards and they're ALL new to me!! Yipppeeeee :)
Response: I’m so glad there weren’t any repeats! Thanks so much for the ♥️
guinstar rated for WIYM: Random Washi Tape on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: I love the washi you sent! 💜 I was blown away by the extras! I too love going crazy on sending extras! ☺ My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw the Sandyion stickers! I was so excited and thankful! (If you have more I would love a private swap sometime! Or just a private swap in general!). Thank you so much for everything! 💜
Response: Oh I’m so thrilled that you like what I sent! I was glad to find the SandyLion stickers in my collection, as I was more of a Lisa Frank collector :) I would love a private swap in the future; getting ready to leave on a month-long trip but definitely when I come back if you’re still interested! Thanks so much for the ♥️
happyhaggis123 rated for WIYM: Random Washi Tape on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: Wow what an amazing letter! Very Happy Mail. I love the tapes and so many thoughtful extras, you made my day. Thank you.
Response: Ooh I’m so glad you got it & that you like everything! Thanks for the ♥️
rsartistnl rated for Envelope ART on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the envelopes and extras. I am going to use it in my art journal
Response: That’s great, I’m so glad you’re able to use what I sent! Thanks for joining my swap & for the ♥️
Comment: Sorry for the late rating Alfie; I've been under the weather a bit. So Wowzers! What a wonderful Happy Mail envelope full of super good things. I like your stamped stickers, especially the small note stamp with lines, very useful! Thanks for the cool vintage ephemera envelope you made and sent them in. I love the little Creativity Bee sticker. Thanks! Also thanks for sending the Quote Flower print. I'm enjoying reading it.
Response: No worries at all, I hope you feel better soon! Making stickers is so fun for me; I’m always looking for cool “pieces” to make them from. All of the hand-carved stamps I used (except for the SnailMail) were made for me by other swappers here in the past! What a talented bunch of ladies, huh? Thanks so much for the ♥️
susieq11 rated for Handmade Envelopes - June 2019 on Jul 3, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely envelopes and the extra fold and seal letter envelope (not sure of the right phrase!!). How fun! Love all the papers you used. Thank you too for sending the extra postcards!!! That was so nice and so thoughtful. They are awesome. I really appreciate everything - what a great mail day!! Thanks so much for joining my swap! : )
Response: I’m so glad you liked them, I love making envelopes from random paper items! I get it wrong almost every time too lol - I think I called it a send n fold or something. Anyway, thanks so much for the ♥️
Lilianders rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: What a wonderful package, thank you so much. And this swap was so much fun, you can put it on again!
Response: Wonderful!! Thanks for joining & for the ♥️. I’ll host another as soon as I get back from Europe, hoping to find some cool stuff there!
CreativeCitrine rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the ephemera, it is all so awesome! The postcard and the ledger paper are my favorite. The teas look so yum, especially that chocolate one.
Response: I love ledger paper too!! So glad you liked it all, thanks for joining & for the ♥️
MamaMangrove rated for EJ: Vintage Ephemera Love on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your fun & generous selections of vintage ephemera plus all the cool extras. My offerings were skimpy in comparison! I especially love the old receipt, the ledger page & the Swedish journal page - all with their delicate handwriting.
Response: I love vintage so it was fun putting it together! Thanks for joining & for the ♥️
lou rated for SS: Photo Notecards: Q2 2019 on Jun 25, 2019
Comment: Fantastic you’re back, adored all your pics - love sunrises & sunsets and retreats and curious to know what’s in a pie pop, too!! Happy almost birthday!
Response: Thanks Lou, I enjoyed making them! What’s in a pie pop? Any pie filling you want - it’s literally pie on a stick. I do them for weddings & showers. Thanks for the ♥️
camelsamba rated for Used Postage Stamp Mail Art on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Wow, what a treat! So much fun stuff in this envelope on top of the fun shark faux-postage. The fish postage is fun - when I dabbled in stamp collecting for a couple years I focused on fish.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it Tricia...I was a little nervous after I received mine (people are so freakin' talented here!!) Thanks for the heart!
Hyshu rated for Blank Notecard Swap #3 USA Only on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful selection of cards Thank you for the bonus cards! Thank you for the washi tape and the 2 vintage postcards! They were awesome! Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: Thanks for hosting! I enjoyed putting your envelope together. I really appreciate the rating & heart!
scrappermama rated for MaE: Ephemera Envelope Envy! on Jun 11, 2019
Comment: Love, love , love!! Thank you for the great envies & yummy ephemera!! I can't wait to wait to use them!! Have an amazing summer!!
Response: You too! Thanks so much for joining & for the heart ♥️!

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lou on Jun 27, 2021:

Happy birthday!

CurlyTea on Jul 1, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

thisismeAXiD on Jun 17, 2019:

Happy birthday month

SabrinaDeeBerry on Apr 29, 2013:

Wishing you a happy spring ♡

Beckster on Mar 15, 2013:

Thank you for the awesome envie and the Whimsy Jar!

rngstgstll on Feb 28, 2013:

" If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." George MacDonald

Thinking of you :)

RyeRye on Feb 13, 2013:

Happy Valentines Day~

From all of us in The Friendship Circle!

RyeRye on Feb 8, 2013:

Thanks for thinking of me on my Birthday!

Deluxx on Jan 20, 2013:

Alfie, thank you so much for the hand carved stamp for my rolos! I honestly had forgotten about the tag (I guess I need to keep better track) so it was a truly wonderful surprise. And I love the fabric tapes -- so cool. I went and looked up the tutorial to see how you did it. Thank you so much!

wokeupmissing on Jan 16, 2013:

The airmail stickers are from Laughing Elephant. I picked them up a few years back from a local craft store. You can get a box of them on Amazon or LaughingElephant.com for about $10. I've got a couple sheets with about 5 stickers each, if you want to do some kind of little trade. Let me know. Glad you liked the swap cards.

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