Swap-bot Time: June 14, 2021 5:00 pm


Date Joined: January 15, 2013
Last Online: January 16, 2019
Birthday: September 27, 1987
Country: United States
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Check out my flickr to see my swaps, spoiler warning for those I am sending to (September 15, 2013) Hiatus My health has sadly not improved and I don't know when I will be back. I miss all of you and wish you a happy season! To my pen pals: I have received your letters, and will reply to you via PC when I hopefully have a good day. I also dropped all of my groups to make room for active swappers.

Favorite Books

I became a dedicated fiend of the Fantasy genre the moment Rowling's Chamber of Secrets found it's way onto my reading list in the 8th grade. I always return when life becomes exhausting and escapism is a requirement.

In high school and into college I embraced Horror, Dystopian, and Apocolyptic novels. Stephen King's The Stand was read repeatedly in between bouts of Lovecraft, Poe, Bradbury, and Orwell. I also joined the Zombie craze with relish enjoying any and all books involving a wicked virus strain raising the dead.

When I returned to Fantasy again after college I snapped up every long drawn-out mystical series I could find. Jordan, Rothfuss, Sanderson, McKillip, Jemisin, the list goes on and on.

As I found myself scraping the bottom of the barrel in the world of Fantasy and YA at the end of 2012, I decided it was time for something new. Mystery.

As of writing this I am adding Louise Penny to my list, as her Inspector Gamache series has grabbed me and won't let go.

I am also on Goodreads

My goal for 2013 is to read 50 books.

Current Crafts

I am currently investing my time with the following swaps/crafts. This will change sporadically.

  • Watercolour ATC's
  • Notecards
  • Fine Stationary/Letter writing 💌
  • Postage Stamps (I really love seeing fun stamps on the envelopes I receive, so I always add a few fun ones to the ones I send out. I've started collecting floral stamps of all kinds!)

Six Word Memoirs ATC

What You Can Expect From Me

I will do my absolute best to send you something you will love and treasure. I always do my research before sending something, just as I would want someone to do for me.

The best advice I've seen here is, "If you're having trouble sending out your ATC because you love it so much, you're doing it right". I've found this to be true with every single one of my swaps, and I plan to continue in this fashion.

I will always send my swap on time, no exceptions.

When I receive your swap I will rate and comment within 48hrs.

All of my letters/packages will include my username, email, and name of the swap.

Roses ATC

Things I Enjoy

To make it a little easier, the items in bold are things I especially love to receive =)

  • Art 🎨 (this includes watercolour, photographs, typography, paintings, collages, sketches, drawings, envies, etc..)
  • Writing/Reading (your own or someone else's stories, poetry, long ramblings about your day)
  • ATC's (Love, love, love seeing other peoples creativity)
  • Mythical Creatures (A side-effect of my love of fantasy novels. From Fairies to Mermaids and everything between)
  • Owls, Robins, Plump Song Birds 🐤
  • Octopuses 🐙 are pretty neat too
  • Seahorses
  • Cthulu!!
  • Turtles 🐢
  • Snails 🐌
  • Painted fans
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Cherry Blossoms
  • Snow globes
  • Baking/Cooking (recipes, photos of your latest or favorite creations)
  • Yoga (poses of the day, meditations)
  • Horoscopes (Libra ♎)
  • Fortunes 🔮 (tarot cards, fortune cookies, spreads, readings, runes, etc)
  • Earrings (I have pierced ears, love wearing studs)
  • Pugs 🐾 (I have 3! Frankie, Roxie, & Tigger. Anything related to the breed is ♡)
  • Salvador Dali
  • World of Warcraft or Skyrim (anything related)
  • Stationery
  • Pens ✎ (Especially LePens I adore them)
  • Wax seals, Wax kits
  • Envelopes
  • Notecards
  • Moon, 🌟 Stars, Constellations, Planets, Celestial themes 🌛
  • Items with a monogram (M or K or both)
  • Marie Antoinette (anything related)
  • Maps 🌏 (old world, vintage)
  • Stickers (I especially appreciate envelope closure sized stickers)
  • Macarons! (in art and yummy-ness forms)
  • Cupcakes (in art and yummy-ness)
  • David Bowie (anything related)
  • Deco/Washi tape (mini samples on a bobbin or pencil are glorious)
  • I've noticed quite a few people list their favorite colors. I lean on the side of brighter color palettes as well as jewel tones 💎. I can also appreciate dark colors so if that is your style feel free to run with it!
  • Since I've been asked a few times to be more precise I like Pink and Turquoise atm.
  • Pins (All types! From snarky sayings to artsy details, also holiday themed ones are always fun)
  • 🌹Flowers🌻 (landscapes, roses, dried petals, silk flowers, floral patterns and anything related)
  • French Country style
  • Victorian style
  • 🌱 Gardening (seed trades, pictures of gardens)
  • I have moved toward a more feminine aesthetic in recent years so hit me with all the lacy, pastel-y type things you can come up with
  • Travel ✈ (postcards, awesome floral stamps)
  • Tea (I prefer decaffeinated in bags. Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey are my favorites, but I love to try new flavors!)
  • Milk Chocolate and Caramel is love 💖
  • Red Velvet
  • Pumpkin is my all-time favorite flavor
  • Hot Chocolate (The richer the better!)

Hedgehog ATC

Things I'd rather not receive

  • Religious items of any kind, thank you for respecting my wishes.
  • Individual scraps of memo paper/notebook/post-it type paper
  • Folded in half envelopes in an envelope swap. 💔 Please send them flat.
  • Foam craft items. I'm sure someone out there loves them! Best to save them for a swap with someone who will fully appreciate them.

Beware of Artists


jesslynne rated for Valentine's Day Hot Cocoa on Nov 16, 2013
hayzeydayz rated for Postcard of a Building on Jun 25, 2013
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card!
KarlaKC rated for NTG: What were they thinking? on May 13, 2013
Comment: Thank you, Mary! I received this card on Friday, and I actually think it's pretty lovely. It is definitely "salvageable" as you called it. :) But I might just want to KEEP it rather than use it! ;) Thank you!
Response: Ah ha! Then the swap was a success! I'm glad it turned out to be a card you really like! Thank you for rating.
thequilterslink rated for Burn an ATC on May 8, 2013
Comment: thanks for the great ATC
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the great rating
TerryF rated for NTG Pop-Up Card for Beginners on May 6, 2013
Comment: You did a lovely job on the card - very pretty - thx! Hugs, Terry (";)
Gnoe rated for Private: Gnoe & kingm21 on May 3, 2013
Comment: Hey, that's not just 1 pun - it's a whole bunch! Thank you!!! You're an awesome swap partner :)
Response: Oh yay I'm glad this one made it intact! I taped it to death! I hope your son likes the pin(s) hehe
SamiE rated for ATC Envelopes on Apr 30, 2013
Comment: Love the envies. Thanks so much. Don't know if we are having spring or summer. Weather changes every day.
Response: So glad you love the envies! We are having the same season. Hot summer with allergies! Thank you for the great rating!
130kitten rated for ATC Envelopes on Apr 30, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envies and stamps! Luv, luv, luv my swap! Thank you!!!!
Response: Yay! I had so much fun making the little ATC Envies =) So happy you love them! Thank you for the 5 + heart!
Comment: It looks beautiful. I wish to see it one day too. :)
Response: So happy you liked the PC. Thank you for the great rating =)
darkshines rated for ArtTrader ATC's - Birds with hats on Apr 25, 2013
Comment: I loved my birds, thank you! The owl is my fave :) xxx
Response: I'm so glad you like them! I just knew you'd love the owl! Thanks for the great rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great stamped images! Love the fish ones on the water company delinquency notice! And the butterflies on the blank check (with the grocery list of booze on the back!) is just awesome!
Response: Haha I am so happy you liked the ephemera! The previous owner of the papers had some squirrely business practices that turned out to be superb for collage goodies! The blank check was my favorite as well, it was just so cool how it was partially scorched. Thank you for the excellent rating! <3
eveellis rated for Burn an ATC on Apr 23, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the great card and goodies! I love the typewriter look; it makes me want to get an old one just for this reason...:) Awesome freebies you made my week!
Response: So glad to hear you liked it! It was my first time with multiple mediums and a lot of fun. Luckily I didn't set myself on fire in the process! Thank you for the great rating :)
Response: Thank you for rating + the heart
Comment: Wonderful images in my mailbox today! I am so glad you didn't cut them out of the papers. The papers themselves are treasures. I kept looking over the Interiors stationery. Delightful! Most I plan to incorporate as you stamped them. But, you gotta tell me where you got that airplane stamp. It is great!
Response: I'm happy you like the entire page thing I was going with. Some of the old accounting sheets are pretty neat. The plane stamp is from a Tim Holtz clear set I got on sale. [Here](http://www.etsy.com/listing/125951128/destash-stamps-tim-holtz-collection-air) is one someone is selling on Etsy but with different stamps included. I kind of wish I had scored this one with the map. Thank you for a great swap as always!
Rosei rated for Easy PC Swap #1 - International on Apr 18, 2013
Comment: I LOVE this postcard! So much so that I was in such a hurry to hang it on my fridge that I forgot to ever rate it. Thank you Mary for tracking it down so diligently! <3
Response: I'm so glad it wasn't lost in the mail! I love that picture of the Las Vegas Strip as well so I'm so happy you enjoyed it enough to put it on your fridge! Thank you for the great rating and have a beautiful weekend =)
Comment: I am completely overwhelmed by how fantastic this package is! It was a treat from the moment I took the amazing envelope out of the mailbox :) As a serendipitous bonus, this package arrived on my birthday!!! I haven't even opened all the little envelopes inside yet. I'm taking my time and will unwrap some more of your surprises after my evening slows down again. Thank you so very much :) EDIT 4/18-- I finished opening all the goodies! Those button pins are so stinkin' cute! Everything is wonderful!
Response: Yay! A Very Happy Birthday to you! I've been so anxious to hear about what you thought of this package! So glad it was timed so well. You have far more self control than I do, I would have turned that folio upside down waiting for shinies to fall out lol. Enjoy and thank you for the excellent rating!
Pokerbelle rated for Watercolor ATCs on Apr 15, 2013
Comment: It is beautiful ! And I love roses--great choice...including the jazzy blue notecard! Have a wonderful day and keep doing roses--they are beautiful!
Response: Thank you so much for the great rating! I'm glad you enjoyed everything =)
ladydy5 rated for Draw A Bird House - international on Apr 15, 2013
Comment: Your painting was wonderful. Love it. Keep on painting. My favorite way of receiving paintings is on a miniature canvas. Thanks for a nice notecard too.
kerrydwynn rated for It's a big world out there! on Apr 13, 2013
Comment: Hello Mary -- what a great swap! Began with the giant notecard (what fun!) and the ATC and other enclosures are fab! A big thanks!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for hosting a great swap and the great rating!
mrsb007 rated for USA Spring is here ATC on Apr 12, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the lovely atc and I liked your atc envie too!
Response: Thanks so much! I hope it is a nice addition to your collection. Thank you for the great rating!

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JanHardt on Jun 13, 2013:

From one CUBS Fan to another. Tell your dad I said next year is here and it ain't gonna happen! Bummer. PM me your address if you like. I have some flower stamps you might not already have.

ReneeK on Jun 11, 2013:

Thank you for the wonderful notecards you sent, and the note. You are so kind and generous! I too cannot get enough notecards, and I absolutely love the group.

anrtist on Jun 1, 2013:

Hi!Luv your art! Hope you will join the 1 POSH ART GROUP ;-) & I also just sent you an invite to LLL (Location) GROUP ;-) So you can keep up with world happenings & SWAPBOTTERS in Your Area! ENJOY & Blessings, cc

Toupti on May 23, 2013:

so very much for the pumpkin teas for my chemo angel patient. I'm sure she will appreciate it. I'll send it to her this week end.

KarlaKC on May 21, 2013:

Aw, you're welcome! I knew a fellow stamp lover would love a new stamp and I was hoping it might be new to you.

BTW, I did finally obtain my own set of the flower seed packet stamps! I thought of you when my clerk showed them to me, and I told him I definitely wanted a sheet of those! :) They didn't have the new Flag stamps yet...I asked. ;)

TerryF on May 15, 2013:

You're welcome! (";)

KarlaKC on May 13, 2013:

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the new stamps you feature on your profile. I still haven't gotten the seed packet flower stamps you previously mentioned, but I found some other gorgeous flower stamps! I have to get more of those! But I haven't even seen these revamped Flag stamps til you showed them here! They are definitely lovelier than the previous version. I actually WANT to get some of these. Just wanted you to know this reader appreciates your stamp features. :)

Melyssa on May 10, 2013:

You are welcome! :-)

dardarbinx on Apr 26, 2013:

Hi Mary, I got your LOVELY rak yesterday, thank you so much, the Hot Air Balloon Card is so cool! The ATC you made for me is so lovely. And your note of kind words are so thoughtful. Please keep in touch with me, I will be sending you a note in the mail in reply to your sweet rak....thank you so much

catsandscales on Apr 18, 2013:

Glad you like!! That gif is fantastic. <3

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