Swap-bot Time: October 28, 2021 7:15 am


Date Joined: August 27, 2008
Last Online: October 26, 2021
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States
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About Me

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

Here is a quick run down about me so you can get to know me better.

I am studying to become a proofreader as well as taking college courses to earn an associates degree in Genealogical Research. I currently have a degree in Speech and Hearing Science and a Proofreading certificate.

I have recently been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, an autoimmune, inflammatory arthritis. If any of you have an autoimmune disease, or inflammatory arthritis, I would love some input or tips!

My family consists of my husband and our five children, ranging in age from 20 to 8. I have three cockatiels. I live in Arizona. Hot!!😓

I love to send and receive mail, which is why I am on swap-bot. I have been here in the swap community for many years now and I have enjoyed swapping things with people all over the world. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL!


Colors: Any shade of green, my very favorite is dark/forest green. Purple is a close second. I especially enjoy green and purple in combination. That being said, I love all colors!

Animals: I love duck-billed platypuses! They are my favorite animal. I find them fascinating! I love fascinating and unusual animals.

I also love: hedgehogs, Basset hounds, cockatiels, mallard ducks, walruses, sea horses, and tortoises

Hobbies: Playing the piano, reading, soccer (I'm a "soccer mom"), crocheting, knitting, coloring (especially color-by-number), recycling, proofreading, genealogy, jigsaw puzzles

Crafts: Crocheting and knitting. I also enjoy cross stitching occasionally. I have tried ATCs in the past and enjoy those as well. I also love to color, especially adult color-by-number.

More detailed descriptions of what I like are below. Feel free to read what you like and skip what isn't relevant:

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit and crochet.

Note: If you have no use for and don't know what to do with your leftover yarn balls, you can send them my way! I make little things from yarn leftovers all the time and I love to have variety in colors.

I love to color. It is very relaxing to me. Color-by-number is by far my favorite, because it takes the "stress" of choosing colors out of the process.

My collections/FYI:

My collections: I love to collect NATIVITY Christmas tree ornaments. (Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, shepherds, and/or wisemen.)

My other collections:

Anything with a platypus on it

Leftover yarn balls

Acrylic worsted weight yarn

ATCs (especially profile-based ones)

Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings for pierced ears), handmade or store bought

Christmas postcards, store bought, blank/unused

Postcards, blank in an envelope (I prefer non-touristy, but I like all postcards.)

Advent calendars, Advent, the countdown to Christmas

Other things I LOVE:

My wish list:

Stories or anything relating to adoption (near and dear to my heart)

Anything from my collections section above! 😄

Nativity scenes

Pocket tissues with designs

Scented lip gloss or chapstick

Personal address labels

Adult color-by-number books, pages, photocopies, etc.

Washi tape (or any deco tape)

Perfume samples

Colorful pens

Gel pens

Colorful, fine point permanent markers

Languages! Postcards, note cards, images, letters, etc. in a language foreign to English

Cultural diversity (all diversity, really)

Images of sunsets on the beach

Baymax from "Big Hero 6"

Sock monkeys

Handwritten letters and chatty notes (A letter from YOU would make my day!)

Decorative bandages (any and all designs or pictures)

Decorative/decorated envelopes, store bought or handmade

Gift cards to any store


Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving

Button up hanging kitchen towels, handmade or store bought

Stickers (flat ones, not puffy, foam, or 3D)

Potholders/hot pads, handmade or store bought

Piano or flute sheet music 🎶


Holiday cards (blank/unused) for any holiday: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc., store bought or handmade

Hair accessories: barrettes, clips, headbands, etc.

Sugar free mints or gum

Snow! Snow flakes and/or snow scenes. We don't get any snow here, and I'm glad, but I really think it's beautiful and sometimes I feel I am missing out.

Wrapping paper/gift wrap (Christmas, birthday, all occasion, wedding, baby, etc.)

A handmade (or store bought) half apron with pocket(s)

I am a fan of the paranormal, especially ghosts! I love ghost stories and personal paranormal accounts. I would LOVE to hear yours if you are willing to share your experience! (But please no bloody, gory, dark, or demonic.)

Anything from (or similar to) my etsy favorites

An Advent calendar (I love Advent calendars of any kind. I love the anticipation and countdown to Christmas and I love Advent.)

Anything that has to do with platypuses or has a platypus on it


Postcard Preferences:

I love nearly all postcards, but here is a list of the postcards I particularly enjoy:


Fluffy, soft animals, domestic or wild (photographs that make you want to touch or pet them)

Sea creatures, especially sea horses



Mallard ducks




Castles or palaces

Hawaii or other tropical places

Beautiful sunsets

Norman Rockwell paintings




Vintage (true vintage, not copies)


Multiview without borders (the pictures fade into each other and/or overlap)


Dogs, especially Bassett hounds


Airplanes in flight

Rainbows (photographs)



Autumn leaves or other Fall photographs

Nativity scenes

Native/cultural dress

Books/reading related


America's founding fathers

Holidays (any)

Black and white photographs

Anything related to my likes or collections above

A note about postcard preferences: If a swap asks for a choice, I most often prefer postcards sent blank in an envelope. I love swapping postcards and it is nice to have a variety in my stash. That being said, I enjoy almost as much to receive stamped and written on postcards, especially if the postcard is from my postcard preferences list above, has a nice, chatty handwritten note on it, is nicely decorated, and/or has unusual postage stamps on the back.🤩


Thank you for swapping with me and I am easy to please, but after years of swapping experience I am adding a small "please don't send me" section:

Coffee or tea (Herbal tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, or kool-aid-type packets are fine to replace these with in a swap.)

Macabre, bloody, gory, or demonic


Skulls (although I love Halloween, this is one thing I dislike, even cartoon-y ones. I like full body skeletons, though!)

Romance novels

Stickers that don't stick well!

Zazzle (or other printed) postcards

I don't do scrap booking or card making.

I have all the notebooks, journals, and note cards I need right now. However, I would love to receive any of these items in a swap if they feature any of my favorites listed above!

Not a fan of primates (with the exception of sock monkeys, lemurs and their relatives, and humans, of course)

Thank you!


SunflowerRose rated for WnWHS ~ School Valentine Swap on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the goodies
Comment: Hi Miranda! Thank you for your Postalette note! It came to me all opened up. I bet some people had fun reading it. I know I did! Answer to question, am I ready for spring? I'm more than ready! I've had cabin fever for a while now, ha! I'm looking forward to May for my planting of veggies & flowers. Awesome, you love to crochet too & make Ami's! I'm in Yarn Addicts group too & Surprised you didn't join in on my Mythical creature swap, hee hee!
Response: Yeah, I wish I could have. I'm just too busy right now in my life, but I'm in the group for when more free time opens up! 🧡
Ashzaller rated for Theme A Week Postcard Swap #3 Maps on Feb 24, 2021
Comment: Happy Swapping!
Comment: thank you for such a wonderful mail i loved everything
Snailmail1772 rated for WIYM: FAMOUS PERSON PC SWAP on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Your pc was perfect for President’s Day. Thanks for using the vintage postage.
sleepykitty rated for Vintage Postcard Swap - USA on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great vintage card. I like to imagine their history, too! Take care!
Comment: Happy V-Day❤️ I am thankful for your sweet Valentine Card & Stickers❤️🥀🌹 I hope your day is filled with love.
captkristi rated for CPG QUICKIE: Flower PC - Global on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Is it possible!?!? Is mail getting faster? Maybe :) Thanks so much for the cool PC and all the vintage postage! I love it. I get fearful that the PO will reject my application of stamps if they aren't in the right hand corner...you have given me bravery!!
bringitb rated for Vintage Postcard Swap - USA on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: What a great card! Over this past summer I was able to road trip my way to California to finally see the Redwoods in person. They're so awe-inspiring! (I hugged one.) ;) Thanks for sharing this vintage view of one—it's so great!
Response: That's great! I would love to see them!
TabbyJay rated for Theme A Week Postcard Swap #3 Maps on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: This is the coolest postcard I have EVER received! I am definitely going to put this one somewhere very special. Thank you so much!
Response: You're so welcome!
Comment: Hi Marinda! It was very nice to get a visit from you and thank you for joining the swap! You do sound like a proud Momma and there is nothing wrong with that! Glad your son has been able to continue to play soccer, the kids have lost out on so much this past year that anything that helps them, helps us all! My boys played soccer (the oldest even in college and while overseas in Germany) and I loved watching them play more than any professional on the planet! Wishing you all the best and please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Yes, exactly! :D
Comment: Thx for cute cards!
TabbyJay rated for Pink & Purple Post Card Swap on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Absolutely love the postcard! Pink and purple are my favorite colors. Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad! I love that postcard. I've had it in my collection for awhile. I liked looking at it. I'm glad you like it, too!
Comment: Thanks! Love 'em!
Tricia22 rated for AN: Teach Me #24 (US) on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you
kssunlover1947 rated for AN: Intl Zebra Day PC (US) on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the zebra card and note. The last time I saw zebras at our local zoo was probably 30 years ago. The last ones I saw were 2 years ago at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO.
matt319 rated for Christmas on Jan 31, 2021
marclively rated for New Years POSTCARD - USA on Jan 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks, Marc

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Thank you for the washi samples RAK!

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grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:

Wild 'n' Wacky Holiday Swaps

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grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs, Pam

ginny19590 on Dec 20, 2019:

Thank you so very much for the awesome stamp set. I would have documented that I received it sooner but I've been very ill with one of the bad flus that have been going around. Thanks again. God Bless and Happy Holidays........=)

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