Swap-bot Time: August 7, 2022 9:33 pm


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: August 5, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

My swap preferences have evolved. I used to be very active on Swap-bot doing ATCs, postcards, handmade postcards, charms (years ago when there were more charm swaps), and other happy mail swaps, but recently I have been focusing on my bookbinding/craft business and haven't had the extra energy for swaps. I still enjoy swapping and sign up when I have extra time and energy to send out good swaps.

I'm not too hard to find on Instagram. My professional account is @meliora_books

One of my goals for 2022 (and beyond) is to write more letters.

I've worked in all sorts of mediums but mostly in paper and jewelry. I like to explore new techniques and mediums and look to have my creativity challenged.

I like making charms, cards, and art from found objects, and upcycled materials.

I'm an RN and have a side job/apprenticeship at a book bindery that restores and preserves old books and occasionally makes new ones. I have a working bindery at my house now and it makes me happy because I really love books. And paper. And glue. And string.

Favorite Books

I like books about food such as Food in History; and Pickled, Potted, and Canned.

I like pretty much everything by Dorothy Gilman.

I like classics by authors such as Shakespeare, Dumas, Austen, Twain, Doyle, and Rand.

One of my top favorite books (I really can't pick just one) is Possession by A. S. Byatt. And I like that she is also a critic.

I like sci-fi/fantasy/romance by Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Gabbaldon, Isabel Allende, Ray Bradbury, Robin McKinley, and MCA Hogarth.

I like non-fiction that takes a deep dive into a subject or a period of history or an event.


I deeply appreciate handmade items... effort & risk taking is always admired!

I like swears, sassy everything, nudes and pinups. That inappropriate postcard you bought when you'd had one too many margaritas - I'm the girl you send it to.

Handmade books or restored books (bookbinding) - I like to reback and rebind old medical textbooks and medical books for home use.

The periods I like are the Renaissance, the Romantic period (Rosetti, Wm. Blake), and the "Arts & Crafts" movement (late 1800's to 1920's), the Silver Screen era.

I like Edward Gorey, Erte, Gustav Adolf Mosa, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, William Blake, Gabriel Dante Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Salvadore Dali, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Andrew Wyeth (especially the Helga pictures), N.C. Wyeth, and pre-1900 lithographs. I like modern lithography too, but I really like the old stuff.

Street art/graffiti

Altoid tins that have been altered or filled

sassy art/collage

I like collage and assemblage. Some of my favorite artists are Nick Bantock, Joseph Cornell, and Lance Letscher.

My favorite colors are blue and green. I love all the colors, but I don't wear yellow or orange.

Handmade charms including shrinky dink charms

Interesting papers - especially handmade, marbled, pages with foreign (not English) languages, japanese paper, odd natural fiber paper, old maps (pre 1900), dictionary pages

Day of the Dead anything - skeletons/calaveras, papel picado, milagros, prints by Jorge Guadalupe Posada

Mexican folkart - lucha, loteria, saints, etc. Plus Mexican artists such as Frida Khalo and her dear husband.

Fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from all cultures. I especially like the illustrations from fairy tale books.

Tarot, Wheel of the Year, European/Northern hemisphere lunar calendar, Chinese/Lunar calendar

Patterns I like include paisley, vintage looking, travel inspired, Victorian and french flourishes. I like fleur de lis, peacock colors, butterflies, Asian inspired, French or Latin American roosters (not the cute country ones), feminine - think Victorian, and the artists I listed above.

Washi tape.

I love rainbows, rabbit and butterfly images.

I like to travel and plan to see the world. Some of my favorite places are San Francisco, England, Belize, Austin TX, and the Sonoran desert.

TV: Derek

Postcard swaps: If you don't know what to write on the back, I like trivia, quotes, and recipes.


Not a fan of plastic pony beads, polyester yarn, plastic mesh crafts, needlepoint-type stuff.

Not into "cutsey" stuff like Disney, kittens or puppies, babies or children, country or cowboy, sports, school stuff or super girly.

I don't like Christmas themed items.

I don't like religious items meant to convert me, especially crosses.


I promise I will always rate swaps. Even if it takes me a while.

On the other hand, I am not on swap bot to collect ratings. I like the creative outlet it provides me. I'm not going to post flakers or send out reminders to rate me. I figure if you didn't get my swap or it wasn't what you expected, you will let me know. I send out things I'd like to receive and am pleased when I get the same in return. This site is for fun and that's it. If it isn't fun, there's no point.

Food & recipes

For food and recipe swaps:

I love food. I and my family have no allergies to food and love trying new things. Any and all recipes welcome.


RoBeastRo rated for Book Club PC on Aug 4, 2022
Comment: Agreed, would totally like one of those Galactic Gargle Blasters!
nanadiana rated for Non- Touristy PC swap #52 on Jul 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the resend pc. 'Sacrifice to the Mail Gods' gave made me laugh. That's exactly what happens when you place mail in their hands. Thank you for the giggle!
Abbyla rated for My Current Read PC Swap on Jul 25, 2022
Comment: So sorry it took me forever to rate! Your PC got lost in my “pile” at the end of the table! Loved what you wrote about the book “Women” and will take a look at it.
Comment: Hi Emily! I love this postcard, makes me want to make more of my own!
Response: I think I'm going to make some too!
cassie3001 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #106 on Jul 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcards, Emily. They both arrived today and I was a bit confused as to why there were two of them. Then I read them. Haha. I don’t even think I would have noticed that it was touristy and not meant to be; I really like it! I hope to visit the Grand Canyon someday. Thanks again!
aspens rated for Totally Inappropriate PC Swap #8 on Jul 3, 2022
Comment: AHAHAH good pick! I've never heard of goat bunny but consider me a fan! Thank you for sending <3
Response: you can check out goatbunny on instagram! There is so much more where that came from!
kelliegirl6 rated for My Current Read PC Swap on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the rebel rodent card. Lol. Glad you’re enjoying the book. Cool witchy stamps!
kishna rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #106 on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: I love the postcards! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to pull out my google translate app to see what the script said. :)
VAgardengirlgirl rated for Bit of History #14 on Jun 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the Pr charles PC! He was handsome, and I like his signet ring and watch. The cane is even of the finest quality. Would you expect less? Thanks for the thoughtfulness ❣️
Eulegirl rated for Play on Words PC on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the awesome mermaid card! It sounds like you seased the day at the used bookstore!! I think my house is becoming overrun by books. I also don't think that is an actual problem. :)
nigatsubebe rated for Stickers and a Sketch - June on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: I love that you made your envelope! It looks like an old calendar page, glossy and sturdy. And don't worry about artistic skills. A lot of this tiktok/ig artists actually take hours on a drawing of some small thing, like 8 hours to get an eye right. This is fun, not professional! <3 The turtle is adorable. We get sliders and softshells in the pond nearby.
noone7212 rated for Quote PC Swap #52 on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card! :-) I hope you're having a great June!
noone7212 rated for Non- Touristy PC swap #52 on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card, and congratulations to your son! :-) I hope he loves welding, that sounds so cool!
brooklynbunch rated for Play on Words PC on Jun 19, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the card--love the dog. "The meaning of life" is a great subject for a paper. Susan (brooklynbunch)
CoffeePotPeople rated for WIYM: miscellaneous on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Oh, my. Even the envie you sent this in was so awesome it took me a day to open, because I didn't want to damage it! And the goodies are Perfect, including those stickers! Wherever did you find them? I've never seen any like them. Thank you so much!
Response: I made the stickers. I'm glad you like them.
Unbijou rated for Homemade Postcard Challenge #2 on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous! And it came in one piece. You have a lovely touch with homemade pc’s! Thanks. ☕️
octobereve930 rated for Non- Touristy PC swap #52 on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: zipper card was cute...thank you 6/15
Begokschaf rated for WIYM: miscellaneous on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much
RoBeastRo rated for Play on Words PC on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: This postcard looks familiar! Love the extra puns! As always, thanks for playing!
SJCheney rated for Bit of History #14 on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: Wow, a very interesting card! I love a ghost tour. :) Thank you!

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bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

watercolorgirl on Dec 15, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful selection of unmounted stamps you sent me. They are a treasure to have and nicely selected. The wee cat stickers are adorable too.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 19, 2020:

Thank you for the finished JAM and set to finish off!

newrule on Jan 29, 2020:

Hello Emily! Thanks so much for the lovely surprise of washi samples. You didn't have to you know. But I really appreciate it. Take care and see you around!

Hell0Z0mbie on Oct 9, 2017:

LOL I'm only brave on IG because I have my "art" one that's separate from my normal/linked to Facebook one that's associated with my actual name. IRL people don't see my account linked here which is for the best! :P

debtea2 on Jun 8, 2017:

awesome finish on the dragonfly jam thank you and hope to jam with you soon

judgedbyabookscover on Jun 8, 2017:

Thanks for the homer, and the set to work on. They are awesome! I ill keep them moving : )

hibiscus on Feb 26, 2017:

Love those finished jams! So creative!

Candyn29 on Jun 3, 2014:


Meepy on Jul 3, 2013:

Just want to say that it's time to send your surprise packet out!!! ;-) Many greetings

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