Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 1:04 pm


Date Joined: August 27, 2008
Last Online: January 5, 2023
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States
My etsy favorites

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!


Mamabemus rated for TRANSPORT PC- MARCH (TWO WHEELS) on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: thanks. sorry for the late rating
Mamabemus rated for I SPY #22 on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: thanks. sorry for the late rating
AnnaofTarth rated for APRIL BIRTHDAY CARD SWAP 2022 on Jul 3, 2022
AmySue2 rated for I SPY #26 on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you.
octobereve930 rated for I SPY #26 on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: i must have gotten this card as I have it marked off on my sheet ...thank you 6/8 I am not sure when it arrived sorry for the late rating. xxx
squince rated for I SPY #26 on May 23, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
sndrtkt rated for I SPY #26 on May 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the Tatooine postcard!:)
simcoe54 rated for Water Postcard (sent naked) on May 15, 2022
Comment: Lovely vintage waterfall pc. Thanks
devdevie rated for Fantasy postcard on May 13, 2022
Comment: What an awesome card thank you!
silvermoonsnake rated for Fantasy postcard on May 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Beautiful flower pc. Thanks
squince rated for SCAVENGER HUNT #24 on May 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
debbiespoms rated for SCAVENGER HUNT #24 on Apr 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you lots & lots for the really cute Birthday PC. I love it! I hope you had a great birthday Marinda! 🎁
octobereve930 rated for SCAVENGER HUNT #24 on Apr 29, 2022
Comment: that card came at an almost good time for you.. Happy belated birthday. 4/29
Comment: Hi Marinda! Thank you for the lovely castle pc! We have been fortunate to visit Germany twice over a 30 year period and visited a castle or two both times! Hearing the history behind the castles just always put me in awe! How can they survive all these years and the activities that have taken place? I hope you get to visit a castle or several castles sooner than later! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
mchesser12 rated for AN: Go Birding Day PC #2 (US) on Apr 27, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard of the blue tit bird and for sharing the information about it.
mariewilliams810 rated for Upcycled Easter Card PC #3 on Apr 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I hope you had a great Easter!
Comment: Hi Marinda, Belated Happy Birthday. I love massages and who doesn't love chocolate Cake? LOL YOur Easter sounded so lovely. Ours was good but just a quiet day after Church with me and my hubby. I love these Postalette swaps, maybe I will get to send to you again soon. Take care
Mistyinltown rated for Upcycled Easter Card PC #1 on Apr 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the tulips card. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Sorry for the late rating.

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from USA Happy Mail

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From Cheap Postage Group:)

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

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CF Group - Rose

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Happy April Birthday!!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 11, 2020:

Snowman Bling!! Let it snow!! (but only a little bit at the holidays:)




yvonne401 on Nov 9, 2020:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! Glad to have you here!



ChrisAnne on Sep 25, 2020:

Welcome to The Christian Homestead. We're happy to have you join us!

thisismeAXiD on Apr 1, 2020:

Happy birthday

PineappleTarts on Jan 10, 2020:

Thank you for the washi samples RAK!

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