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phillaine

phillaine
Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: December 9, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

Happy October!


After a long absence, it feels gratifying to finally be back.

I am grateful for my swap-bot friends and appreciate you all helping me to feel connected to the world. Every letter you sent or time you reached out has made my life better. Thank you!


Hello. Welcome to my profile. My name is Phillaine. I live with my sweetheart and our two (magic!) hypoallergenic Siberian cats in a cozy home surrounded by magnificent old oak and maple trees. It's our first Autumn here, and I've never been happier to have big beautiful windows. ♥

I LOVE to be outside: my happiness is directly tied to the amount of time I spend outdoors. My heart's home is in the North Woods, and I aspire to build a little house of my own in the forest someday.

🌈My FAVORITE things to do on swap-bot are granting wishes in wish list groups and sending profile-based swaps and surprises. 💌

Thank you for joining me here and taking the time to peruse my thoughts. 💗

I'll be working on updating my profile over the next few months as well. :)

Interests



Things I Enjoy Doing (verbs!)
reading, exploring, traveling, making things (so many things!), planning, being spontaneous (yes, both), making lists, solving problems, visiting with people, being outdoors, taking photos, gardening, baking, cooking, painting, embroidery, crocheting, sewing, paper crafting (e.g. collage, stationery, envelopes and mailers, pocket letters, flipbooks), customizing and photographing Blythe dolls, carving rubber stamps, preparing and sending happy mail by post, writing fairly brief letters and occasional journal entries, solving sudoku and jigsaw puzzles (though I never buy them), playing games like Scrabble, Boggle, Huggermugger, Taboo, Scattergories, Tetris, Alhambra, Arkham Horror, and Skyrim, cuddling up with my kitties while watching shows and working on and/or coming up with ideas for more projects. I am in absolutely no danger of running out of projects. ;)

Things which Interest me (nouns!)
Many sorts of art, literature, and music, folk tales, fairy tales, myths, and legends, intriguing illustrations, thunderstorms, Autumn, Spring, cats of all kinds, wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (some favorite plants include oak, maple, birch, boxwood, and willow trees, iris, poppies, pansies, columbines, lilies, morning glories, bachelor buttons, clover, bluebells, and magnolias), botanical gardens, orchards, vegetable gardens, rainbows, mischievous fairies, phoenixes, cryptozoology, dinosaurs, TARDIS, Totoro and his umbrella, semi-precious stones and fossils (like spectrolite, moonstone, onyx, ammolite, etc.), sea glass, trains, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles and penny-farthings, clocks, mechanisms, typewriters, strawberries, raspberries, Blythe, photography, many things that are considered "strange," "peculiar," or "dark," I find interesting and sometimes beautiful.

Five Senses
I love ALL of these colors:

Some favorites are autumnal tones, black/greys, All kinds of blues, turquoise, reds, greens, purples-- I do tend to be drawn to more deep, earthy, or rich colors and don't do much with many pastels or neon/day-glo colors.
I especially enjoy ways that colors transform in combination with one another.

Some favorite sounds are rain on a metal rooftop, a crackling wood-burning fire, the sound of lighting a wooden match and the sound of the flame being extinguished by a breath, the songs of crickets and coquis, and the indescribable calm experienced while parasailing.

Some of my favorite flavors/scents are: genuine maple syrup and vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, and clover; I adore the flavors and, accordingly, the aromas of garlic and curry. I'm crazy about the smell of coffee beans, but can't drink coffee. My favorite scents that are definitely NOT for eating are probably the smell of a wood-burning fire, a forest after rain, and certain cats (the smell reminds me of my grandma's house and our visits there). No eating fire, forests, or kitties.

The cool stone faces of cliffs and canyons, the feel of my hands working through soil and stones or sorting through big bins of buttons, seeds, grain, or other smooth things, cozy homemade quilts of cotton, and the feeling of modal fabrics are all extremely soothing and comforting to me.

Books

Too many to mention! Like I said, I collect myths, folk tales, fairy tales, and legends. Those are my favorites. I have a great fascination with and passion for children's literature. I especially adore Le Petit Prince and The Neverending Story, and reread Heidi and the Little House books every so often when nostalgia attacks ♥. Some favorite fairy tales (off the top of my head) include The White Cat, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Blockhead Hans, and Hansel and Gretel; I'm always in search of stories where the girls and women are clever and play active roles rather than being basically powerless victims who are "saved" by a man. I'd love to hear your recommendations!

As for "grown-up" books, I like interesting fiction that features unique characters and storytelling (my favorite I can think of off-hand is Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut), quirky old books on things like etiquette and education, "vintage," unusual, and vegan cookbooks (I'm not vegan, but am allergic to milk, so this helps). I also enjoy modern nonfiction, especially cultural anthropology and self-help/psychology books (e.g. Blink by Malcom Gladwell and The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker) as well as books on mindfulness and meditation (e.g. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh).

Music, Movies, and Television

Johnny Cash, Regina Spektor, Madeleine Peyroux, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Elvis, Tom Waits, The Ramones, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Joan Jett, Mika, Mumford and Sons, Trampled by Turtles, Flight of the Conchords, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Patsy Cline, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Led Zeppelin, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Sting, U2, Cher (mostly in person--she's a delightful entertainer), Lady Gaga...I enjoy a wide variety of music. I get nostalgic and a little homesick (in a good way) when I listen to the old Grand Ole Opry Country Classics and Blues and Bluegrass and Folk music. ♥

The Addams Family • Addams Family Values • Amélie • The Apartment • Batman Returns • Beetlejuice • Best in Show • Blast From the Past • Clue • Coco • Coraline • The Dark Knight • Death Becomes Her • Despicable Me • Django Unchained • Edward Scissorhands • The Fantastic Mr. Fox • The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound • The Goonies • Harold and Maude • Heathers • Hocus Pocus • Isle of Dogs • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle • Knives Out • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra • A Mighty Wind • Moana • My Big Fat Greek Wedding • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 • My Neighbor Totoro • The Neverending Story • The Nightmare Before Christmas • O Brother, Where Art Thou? • Parasite • The Princess Bride • The Producers (1967) • Quigley Down Under • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion • The Shawshank Redemption • Sing • The Skeleton Key • Stand By Me • The Triplets of Belleville • Up • The Wedding Singer • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) • The Witches (1990) • Wreck it Ralph • X-Men • Young Frankenstein • Zootopia

Dr. Who, Schitt's Creek, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Bones, Charmed, Arrested Development, Hannibal, Grace & Frankie, The Blacklist, Leverage, The Wire, Breakout Kings, Orange is the New Black, Wentworth, House, Pushing Daisies, Once Upon a Time, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Community, RuPaul's Drag Race, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, House Hunters, Fixer-Upper, Property Brothers, Love it or List it, all sorts of HGTV shows. I also enjoy documentaries. Lately, I've been especially enjoying The Great British Baking Show. BAKE!

Yes, Please! and No, Thanks!

Yes Please! (also refer to interests):
I have a great appreciation for things which are both useful and beautiful.

  • fun kitchen tools, potholders, swedish dishcloths, etc.
  • handmade bookmarks, coasters, cotton pillowcases, cotton/bamboo/acrylic scarves (allergic to wool), or a word for my word wall (please sign your artwork) would be lovely
  • I would also be very happy to receive a pocket letter, flipbook, or ATC made by you!
  • Your mail art always makes me smile ♥
  • Please send me your own personal tried-and-loved dairy-free recipes ♥
  • Anything on my Amazon or Etsy favorites lists, or things inspired by them
  • stationery--I LOVE stationery, especially letter sets, homemade envelopes and any other colorful/interesting envelopes in mailable sizes, decorative adhesive or gummed labels, and anything made with a letterpress
  • art journal goodies (any brand or good quality homemade is great)
  • nice quality ATC backgrounds (I use these in pocket letters and flipbooks--I can never have too many!)
  • stickers and rub-on transfers: I only use the flat ones, and I enjoy a large variety. As I'm currently exploring mandala-making, groups of 4 or 8 of the same image are especially appreciated
  • washi tape sample cards with a theme (all red, all metallic, cats, floral, etc.)
  • rings or necklaces in any color metal but gold, especially filigree, enameled, and/or natural stones
  • charms
  • pendants
  • stones or crystals
  • information on natural healing (the healing properties of plants, reiki, accupressure, etc.)
  • anything forest related: wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (see "interests" section)
  • uncommon and interesting quotes
  • stamps, cut-outs, stickers, stationery, etc. with the following words/phrases: "enjoy," "explore," "hello," "surprise" or "surprise inside," "wish" or "make a wish," "happy mail"
  • original "vintage" advertisements, seed packet images or botanical illustrations ♥
  • cool old playing cards with the colorful drawings/paintings on the backs ♥
  • I enjoy traditional (not Disney or cartoonish) fairy tale themed items, especially uncommon and/or beautifully illustrated fairy tales ♥
  • unused US postage stamps of any denomination: I have a special fondness for older (out of print) postage stamps which I can still use to send mail! ♥
  • ANYTHING from Paper Source, Now Designs kitchen goodies, or pouches/bags from BlueQ would be an absolute delight ♥
  • pigma micron pens (LOVE these!) ♥
  • Since my planner literally got flooded (severe water damage), I've started a bullet journal, which is working very well for me. I like that I can easily personalize it to meet my changing needs. The only things I need for it are a black pigma micron pen (I've been using a 01 for daily entries) and colored pencils (I can always use more of those!), and I don't really use planner stickers/decorations.
  • playing card jokers
  • DMC embroidery floss ♥
  • little embroidery hoops or frames ♥
  • scraps/pieces of good-quality felt to use in little sewing projects
  • scissors! any and all, especially pretty, fun, quirky or unique
  • letter openers
  • glass, stone, or glazed ceramic pony beads and strong waxed cord-- I have had trouble finding these, but like to use them to make "fidgets" for folks to help alleviate anxiety and improve concentration, focus, and ability to be present
  • any fun things having to do with my other interests

I'm always looking to swap for wishlist items, tools and supplies I'd like for my studio and current projects, and interesting unused U.S. postage stamps I can incorporate into mail art. If you're interested in setting up a private swap, please contact me via PM.

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No thanks:

Please don't send me anything involving violence or gore, political or religious things (spiritual/inspirational=fine, just not religious), or any food or beverage items, makeup, or other personal care items (unless it's something specifically on my Etsy or Amazon wishlist). Thank you.

As for the following things, I simply don't care for them and don't have any use for them, so they'd be better saved for someone who will appreciate them:

touristy or ad postcards, small fabric scraps, kids' craft supplies, foam/puffy/"3D" stickers, sequins, glitter, bling, items that are frilly, over-the-top cutesy, Americana, "country charm," "glam/fashionista," sports, wedding, or baby-themed

I can't use anything made of wool (fabric, felt, yarns, etc.) because it makes me SUPER itchy. :(

Most importantly, please don't send me anything smelling of smoke, mildew, or strong perfumes (I have allergies). Thanks!

Thank You!


Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and learn a little bit about me and what I like. It really means a lot to me to know you put such thought and care into your parcels; it makes them personal and meaningful rather than simply transactional. It's the difference that can totally make someone's day. I always read the profiles of my partners for this reason; it's one of my favorite things about swap-bot. So, thanks again! ♥

Reference

Hello, everyone!

Current postage rates as of July 10th, 2022

I made a chart with the current USPS postage rates to print out on an index card, and thought I'd share. Feel free to copy, print, and distribute however you like.

Happy Mailing!
♥ Phillaine


This section is where I keep notes on outstanding swaps/tags/wishes/RAKs/WTAs to make sure everything arrives safely; I always send my swaps on time and try to rate as soon as I can after receiving from my partners.

PLEASE contact me before rating if you haven't received from me or the envelope is damaged; I'm happy to re-send if something gets lost or torn up in the post.


Wishes:

November Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@LadyJo
@susieq11
@anicka22

Wonderful Wishes
@Poohtat
@MiRdLHWY43
@fishsteak
@kiddomerriweather
@Highlander18

October Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@susieq11
@sassafrass
@Giddyanni

Wonderful Wishes
@lindseyjae
@kiddomerriweather
@autist
@BusyB


RAKs and surprises pending arrival:


Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks so much for a lovely assortment of red stickers on this PC, and for writing out the PC in red ink too :). Looked great!!
Response: Thank you! I'm happy you liked it. :)
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jul 1, 2022
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Comment: Such a charming print of the blooming tulips. I really like how you designed the postcard and used the stamp in multiples. Colors are fantastic, too. Thanks for sharing your artwork!
Response: Thank you so much! ♥ Your kind words brighten my day.
dvmac rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 26, 2022
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Comment: Thanks Phillaine. Summer is nice too, right? 😁
Response: LOL! :) I do love the summer storms. ♥
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Comment: what an envelope! thank you for the swap. Cheers.
Response: :) Thanks!
Juniebird rated for WIYM: Wishy-Washi #3 💌 on Oct 8, 2021
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Comment: Such a lot of very pretty tapes! Thanks for everything, I especially love all the birds, especially the owls! 😊. Can’t wait to use them all!
Lonestarchild rated for WIYM: Wishy-Washi #3 💌 on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Oh very fun -- wonderful additions to my H'ween washi stash! I have a fair bit of mostly orange, but not so much black. This is great! Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for your generosity and sending stickers!! I enjoyed reading your letter, your snail mail really made my day, thank you!
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Comment: Hi Phillaine! I enjoyed your letter very much and hearing about your biggest embroidery project, jelly making and future plans for a homestead. The bonus is the "Forest Friends seal & send. Super cute! Like you I'm happy for September. We're even expecting rain this weekend which we are welcoming! Thank you for your nice letter . Happy September!
Reisegern rated for Challenge Image Swap on Sep 1, 2021
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Comment: Hi Phillaine, your wonderful envelope arrived yesterday. It was postmarked on Aug24, so the re-send travelled really quickly over here. The house you carved is a great stamp. And it's so detailed - great work altogether. I like it a lot. I also like that you did so many prints of it on stickers and envelopes. It will be fun to use them. Thanks!
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Comment: They are lovely and I have such a good use for them!
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Comment: You totally nailed it!! I adore the Bureau of Paranormal Research patch! Totally spot on. And I do love Guardians of the Galaxy too! They are both perfect. Thank you so much for tailoring the patches to me! Aloha
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Comment: Thank you for sending stickers tailored to my profile - and most importantly the effort and thought you have put behind the mail you sent out! Love 'em!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: June sticker swap on Jun 27, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much! I loved your envelope, and Pipsticks is my fav brand too. I had stopped Violette because of the creepy kids/people/holiday ones! I do like the sheets like the unicorn one you sent though! The women feminist ones I have never seen before, and adore! If you ever remember where you got those I would love to know!
anicka22 rated for SSM: May Stickers on Jun 25, 2021
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Comment: Thank you sooooo much for the beautiful stickers. Love them so much!
mjhaertling rated for CPG ~ Ransom Note HMPC ~ USA on Jun 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the super sweet ransom PC. Every postal worker between Minnesota and Missouri must have kept if for a day - it finally arrived on June 5 or 6. LOL It was worth waiting for, the variety of letters is great. How far north is your "up north"?
Response: Crazy! Sorry it took so long to get to you. ♥ My "up north" is right near the Mississippi river headwaters. :) Can't wait to get up there!! Waiting on negative covid results for my family so I can make the trip (they all have it and mom just tested positive again). I'm so happy you like the card-- made with love! ♥
ccap rated for Private Swap: ccap and phillaine on Jun 8, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for the goodies. I'll enjoy them this weekend when we head off to a cabin.
Response: Hooray! That'll be perfect timing! :) Thanks again for initiating this swap. I'd be happy to do another with you in the future. ♥
StagKing rated for N&T: Textile Amulet V on Jun 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pendent! I gasped when I opened it up, the details are stunning! Thanks for participating in my swap and hello from across the river!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. ♥ I have pretty much no experience with textile jewelry, so your swap series has been a fun challenge. I'm so pleased you like the one I made for you. Hello back! :)
Arhel rated for HDoP profile-themed bookmark on May 25, 2021
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Comment: Dear Phillaine, thank you so, so much for your lovely mail! I love the bookmark (so pretty!) and it went immediately into use: I marked the page in one of my chess books with it. :) I prefer my bookmarks totally flat, too, so, no hole. And you even sent a second bookmark and die-cut leaves, thank you so much!!! My best wishes to you and of course your whole family!
Response: I'm so happy you like the bookmarks -- it was a challenge for me using those new brush markers, and I was hoping to get more detail than I managed. Thank you for hosting this lovely swap, and for your kind words! ♥
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Comment: Great patches again! I especially like the simplicity of the Frozen one. Thank you!
Response: Thanks! I really didn't want to do characters on that one as much as the pretty setting, so I'm glad you like the skyscape. Have a lovely day!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing this Mr. Zip inspired envie of stickers! I love all of them and will enjoy using each one! Reading your letter was a delight too - I definitely recommend Kauai when you go back to HI! It offers much more of the “real” (less-touristy) nature and beauty of the islands than Maui does, so you can hike and photograph some amazing sights! I strongly recommend Wailua Falls as a place to hike and dip your toes in! 😉 🤙🏽 💦 🥾 Aloha!🌺
Response: That sounds wonderful! My short time in Maui was not touristy at all. The whole road to Hana was open to us with no traffic, and we walked around in the bamboo forest near a waterfall and a grassy area and the volcanic rock shore without anyone around except a few people in the distance. It was only after coming back home that I heard that the road to Hana is usually crazy-busy. Lucky me! Thanks so much for the recommendation-- I'll be sure to check out Wailua Falls. ♥

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Comments

Highlander18 on Dec 7, 2022:

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you very much for WW Nov wishes - oh so cute whale sticker and love the breaching whale pc!

fishsteak on Dec 5, 2022:

Thank you for the sakura cards for my November WW. They're so cute!

LadyJo on Nov 30, 2022:

Make A Wish November Thank you so very very much for the fun map handmade envelopes! I really like these! I love map item things. Thank you for the birthday card as well. Love the dog with the letter. Fun! I had a nice birthday month. It all went so fast1

susieq11 on Nov 29, 2022:

Thank you for the adorable Tokyo stickers in a decorated air mail envelope! OMG how cute! Thank you for sending to me for Make A Wish November! If you can bear with me a little, I will write you a note about the trip!! xoxo

kiddomerriweather on Nov 28, 2022:

Thank you for the awesomely adorable gummy critter stickers you sent for my November WW! It was so sweet of you to share them with me. It was nice to see a touch of neon in my PO Box today!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:

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Poohtat on Nov 22, 2022:

Thank you so much of the WW Nov Kokopelli stamp. This is awesome! Kokopelli seem to be so difficult to find. I really appreciate this. Happy Holidays

MiRdLHWY43 on Nov 20, 2022:

I love these stickers and postcard so much! Thank you for parting with them, I don't think I'll Be able to😆

Giddyanni on Nov 16, 2022:

MAW October 2022 Thank you so much for the very happy mail I received today, it brightened up the coldest and dreariest day of the year:o) The printer paper is absolutely perfect for my projects and I love the "Stuffed to the max" As we say in Ireland.."You're a person after my own heart!" Once again, thank you so much, now to get printing..

kiddomerriweather on Nov 12, 2022:

Thank you for the super awesome Lydia fabric you sent "just because!" I can't wait to make something out of it. It was so sweet of you to think of me. You certainly cheered me up on an otherwise dreary day. =D

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