Swap-bot Time: January 28, 2022 11:34 am


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: January 24, 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 - means she writes quality stuff.

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

I love old dictionaries with lots of pictures and truly aged pages.


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.

Altered Books & Journals

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.

Washi tape. It's really become an obsession.

Embossing folders and cutting dies and suggestions for creative ways to emboss.

Embossed or punched foil pieces


Street art/graffiti

Altoid tins that have been altered or filled

Anne Taintor & other sassy art/collage

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

Keys, old postage stamps, old dictionary pages and pictures, old sewing notions (I'm pretty well stocked on buttons at the moment, thanks to so many generous swap partners), old gears, springs, washers, and cogs.

Vintage anything - but not musty or moldy!

Glass, sparkly beads, gemstone, or metal beads (no plastic please)

Handmade charms including shrinky dink charms

Glitter glue, glitter, confetti (in small amounts)

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

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.

I love 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.


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.


Stellaerrans rated for Book Postcard Swap on Jan 25, 2022
Comment: Hello Emily, very nice card for my collection of bookcovers and interesting book, I would like to read it me too... Many thanks!
USAFwife rated for Pagan Pen Pals Jan '22 on Jan 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice letter. :) I'm going to be writing a lot of letters in February and will put your letter in line for a reply. :)
CraftyShana76 rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #14 on Jan 23, 2022
Comment: Loved the PCs and washi tape. TYVM!
Comment: Hi! Thank you for the card! I think the card COULD HAVE been interesting but the lawn in the background is so flat and expansive. Definitely a good choice for the swap! Hope you're well! ^_^
debbiespoms rated for Space Postcard Swap on Jan 19, 2022
Comment: Received your postcard today, of the Reflection Nebula. I love anything to do with Space! It's beautiful ! Especially the Milky way. I have yet to see a postcard of that!
mejulia rated for A Letter with Prompt Swap on Jan 18, 2022
Comment: I enjoyed your letter and will most certainly answer, I look forward to being your pen pal.
Comment: Thanks for the great package!
watercolorgirl rated for WIYM: SSS-NOV β€˜21 (USA+) on Dec 15, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness.. I couldn't believe it when I open my package. All those unmounted stamps just for me. Thank you so much for being so thoughtful. Happy Holidays.
Comment: Thank you so much Emily!!I love the christmas cut outs and the tissue strips! I don't have anything like either in my stash!
Comment: Haha! This haunted p. made me laugh so hard. I have a 15-year-old who I'm consistently mortifying with my crafting creations :D
Response: I'm glad we share the mutual satisfaction of mortifying our kids!
bpl76 rated for FTLOC#1-Altered paper clip -US on Oct 16, 2021
Comment: WOW thank you
AJ73 rated for FTLOC#1-Altered paper clip -US on Oct 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Paperclips. I’m not sure which journal I’ll use them in. They are fun and I appreciate the time you took to make them. 🎢
Comment: Thank you for the PC :)
Fabriqueen rated for Quote PC Swap #34 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC and quote! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Camiliann rated for Quote PC Swap #34 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: thanks for the postcard, stay safe!!
Dessie0416 rated for Quote PC Swap #34 on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard and quote. I llove it!
mchesser12 rated for Quote PC Swap #34 on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the Salvador Dali postcard and sharing the Florence Nightingale quote. Going to add this one to my favorite quotes.
debbiespoms rated for Quote PC Swap #34 on Oct 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the girl with flower PC and quote by Gianni Crow! πŸ˜€
papercrowns rated for Looking Forward PC #4 on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome card! I particularly loved the stamp and stickers/washi. I hope you're back into your routine again. Have a wonderful day! β˜†Raynor
StarrStuff rated for Happy Mail #5 on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful items!

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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

memtree on Jul 28, 2011:

oh wow emily! that is so nice! i wish we could do that more often as so much food does go to waste!

keep up your RAKs :)

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