Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2023 8:27 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: September 27, 2023
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Thank you for visiting my profile. I’m Marie or my nickname is Mons. Born and raised in San Francisco, California and I’m Filipina American.

Do you struggle with keeping your space your home your life clean and clear?! I do! My latest interest is cleaning and clearing and decluttering. I’ve been listening to Dana K. White’s podcasts, audiobooks and her blog. She also has YouTube videos but I’m listening to her first! I’m afraid to look at the mess that is my space my spaces!! What about you? Please share your tips and tricks! I’d love to learn more. And share if you feel like sharing with me.

Tell me something about you. Tell me what you are reading or watching or making! We went to Santa Barbara last month. Beaches and the beach towns were beautiful and actually they were beyond my expectations. My stepdaughter graduated from university but she's jumped right into graduate school. And she's staying on so we will have more chances to visit her at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Have you been camping or hiking or wandering? Tell me about your adventure.

I live in Alameda, California which is a rather large island over 75,000 population. It’s really three islands and I’m on Bay Farm. It used to be old stone fruit orchards which are plums, apricots, peaches and still occasionally you will see some of those old fruit trees.

Favorite Books

I'm currently reading two books written by @junemoon who is June Calender. I’m on the Friendship Quilts and love it!

My reading goal for 2023 was to read about 150 books this year. I’ve read 29 books so far this year.

My reading goal is now a 3-5 year goal instead of a one year goal. But that’s ok.

YouTube, Podcasts, Media

Watching and reading or listening to over at YouTube or Podcasts or Etsy or magazines:

2 Lil Owls Studio


Tim Holtz

Shana at Shanouki

Pam at The Paper Outpost


Marta at Maremi Small Arts

Martyna at tealandtattered

Louise Heinzl

Barbara at 49dragonflies

Susanne Rose Art - collage, painting, stamping

CreeationsCeeCee - she does watercolor

Joie de fi

Gayle Agostinelli

LightSpeed Magazine also a podcast

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast

Michael Lewis’ Against the Rules podcast

Terry Gross' Fresh Air podcast

Magazines I love love love are:

Daphne’s Diary

Bella Grace

Somerset Studio

Art Journaling

Pioneer Woman

For praise music I’m enraptured by the YouTube channel for the Jesus Image. They also have songs out on ITunes. I found them by listening to a version of How Great Thou Art. They do podcasts but mostly now I listen to the songs. For me they are very powerful and they get all kinds of singers and musicians to lead their songs. It’s multiethnic and just beautiful to me.

Paper & Postcards & Projects


Paper: I love paper!! Any kind of paper, stationery, loose pieces of paper, letter sets, postcards, notecards, ephemera.

Arts & crafts I’m into are journals, book pages like old books including illustrated flowers and plants, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, found objects, and more.

Thank you for all the extras and gifts from you all!!!



Vintage or new but in a vintage style

Junk journals and fodder for them

Art all kinds and every style of art and crafts

Die cuts


ephemera, any



Rice paper

Sari ribbon

Stationery anything

Stamped images


Washi tape

Found objects

Dyed by ink or store bought or hand dyed fabric or yarn


In general I like all colors.

Junk Journals

** For JJJ Let’s Make a Junk Journal **

Any size journal works for me.

And I like all themes. To give you a few ideas, here are some: sea, nautical, floral, circus, antique or vintage even if it's new but in the vintage style, Asian theme or French style.

Any theme is good as I like eclectic or putting various themes together in more a mix! Ha ha!

I have been collecting things to put into a junk journal but I haven't actually started making the journal itself. I've no doubt it'll happen. I'm having a ton of itself and enjoying the process. I hope you enjoy your process too!


gothbarbie rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R85 on Sep 23, 2023
Comment: Thanks!
TryshaH81 rated for TCHH ~ Just a Note #14 on Sep 21, 2023
Comment: You honestly dont know how much I needed that verse tonight <3 Thank you for the prayer cards & postage stamps!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers and for the recipe. I am very challenged by jealousy. I need to pray for relief. Thanks for the postcards and other tuck-ins.
Comment: Update: Received a cute notecard and 2 faith pocket cards from you on 9/20. Thank you! Thank you so much for the swap & birthday gift combined into one! I can't wait to use my Amazon gift card and find something I really like! I appreciate you for being so generous! Love and Hugs back to ya!
Comment: The envelope is so CUTE! I love your message in a bottle, and the little boat that is clearly riding the waves! Great job!!! Thank you for the prayer cards, I had never heard of St. Faustina. I especially like the Fruit of the Spirit book mark. I will be looking up the passages that relate. Thank you so much!
Karen07 rated for FLL: World Letter writing day on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you, Marie! Always good to hear from you!
shinyserra rated for R&W: Letter journal on Sep 15, 2023
Comment: I love that you hand made this! I will reply soon. Thank you for the extras :)
Juniebird rated for WIYM- Tea Time -US on Sep 14, 2023
Comment: I'm excited to try the teas - especially the Sweet & Spicy green tea. And thanks for the extras... such pretty postcards, and love the washi! Best wishes and thanks again for the lovley swap!
Response: You are very welcome! Happy you like it all!
twileteyes rated for Forrest themed JAM #2 on Sep 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
Courtney rated for WIYM- Tea Time -US on Sep 7, 2023
Comment: Thanks, I'm really excited to try the strawberry.
USAFwife rated for FLL: Franken-letter on Sep 6, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for your Frankenletter! :)
Comment: Hello dear Marie! What a wonderful envelope filled with autumn joy . . . LOVE the stationery items and those gorgeous dark papers, but my most favorite thing of all? Those glittering acorn stickers! Thank you so much for putting this wonderful envie together for me!
Response: Oh good. So many people are anti glitter that I get nervous even pulling them out!
DRMOM rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R84 on Aug 29, 2023
Comment: Journal received safe n sound thank you! Lovely spread :0)
CherryBlossomLady rated for Gratitude List PC Swap on Aug 27, 2023
Comment: GIRL! Yes! I loved this list... send you a PC back asap.
Response: Terrific you are the greatest pen pal!
Comment: The letter has arrived safe and sound. Thank you for the extra note paper with the typewriters!!
Response: Yes that type writer ñpaper is neat. Now if only I could get my old manual typewriter working I’d be extra happy!
TryshaH81 rated for TCHH: Yard Sale/Thrift Store Find on Aug 22, 2023
Comment: OMG this tea towel is so beautiful! I already hung it on my stove & told everybody No Touchie!! Thank you <3
Response: Super find isn’t it? Very glad you like it too!
mchesser12 rated for TCHH ~ Just a Note #13 on Aug 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the note and stickers. And thanks for sharing the scripture. Congrats on your step-daughter's college graduation. It hit me on the first day of school this year!
Response: Hi yes school we live and hate it don’t we?!
twileteyes rated for Forrest themed Jam #1 on Aug 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great starter set!

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grammypammy on Sep 27, 2023:

Thank you for the pretty birthday card, sweet friend!

I appreciate you!

Hugs, Pam

chimerix on Sep 14, 2023:

Thank you so much for the AIW paper pad for your August RAK. I absolutely adore it and I'm going to use it in my Alice in Wonderland junk journal. Thank you for sending something so very special. I appreciate your thoughtfulness! Aloha and have a great day!

Aumonae on Sep 12, 2023:

Thank you for your envie! I really needed it. Via All About the Wishes September Wishlist.

grammypammy on Sep 10, 2023:

G.I.F.T. ~ Faith Sister ~ September

Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Aren't you thankful that God already has plans for us and they are plans that can only be for good, even when we don't understand why things happen in our lives, it was his plan all along and he will give us the strength to go through it.

Have a Blessed Week!

bluerose3 on Sep 9, 2023:

Rak August 2 surprise. Thank you for the great package. The atcs are an awesome addition to my collection. I will be putting one of them on my easel as soon as I figure which one will be first. The washi and stickers are neat and I may be using them soon. I appreciate the unused postage...can never have too much of them 🙂

mejulia on Sep 7, 2023:

I love the two books you sent from the RAK group. Such a wonderful surprise!

Aumonae on Sep 6, 2023:

Wow. I found you. Thank you very much for the scrapbooking paper you sent from Amazon! Incredibly generous of you.

9O96O on Sep 6, 2023:

Thank you monsbrick for contributing to my Pass & Paste postcard. What a treat to see the finished results. Here's what the PC looks like:

grammypammy on Sep 6, 2023:

G.I.F.T. ~ Faith Sister ~ September

Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

You are loved!

Hugs, Pam

grammypammy on Sep 3, 2023:

G.I.F.T. ~ Faith Sister ~ September

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

May the Holy Spirit bring you abounding Hope today!

Have a Blessed Day!

Hugs, Pam

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