Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2021 5:00 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: June 18, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me

I am on swap-bot to make friends and have fun. Here is a little about me:

I love musical instruments and instrumental music from all over the world. I love small instruments, strings and accessories, CDs of instrumental world music, but not so much things with music themes, i.e. things with music notes or pictures of musical instruments on them. Most swaps seem to be visual rather than auditory :( But for visual arts, I like Chinese brush painting. I'm interested in making soap, handmade paper, artistic bookbinding and making/restoring ukulele. I make jewelry and lei using seeds, nuts and flowers from Hawaiian plants and trees.

I welcome pen pals who want to share friendship. I currently have tons of mainstream writing stationery, so no need to send more to me, unless you have written a pen pal letter to me on it. I love to travel and explore new places. I am always looking for interesting places to visit next. I would love to read about your own travel experiences rather than from a travel book. I am more interested in traveling and forming friendships than accumulating stuff. I would like to find some like-minded people.

I love to cook. I experiment with adapting recipes for use with local Hawaiian ingredients. I grow many kinds of tropical fruit and like to use them in recipes. I cook mostly vegetables, fruit and whole grains. I don't cook with dairy, eggs or meat. I have too many vegetarian cookbooks, so no need to send more to me.

My husband collects retired license plates from all over the world. They don't need to be old, just no longer on a vehicle. If you would like to add to his collection, please send me a message to see if he already has a plate from your area.

I'm more about giving than receiving, so if you are sending to me in a flat rate box de-stash, you have the option of sending an electronic amazon gift code to save time and postage - envelope or small box 15, medium box 25, large box 30. This is just for a de-stash swap, not a profile-based swap. Hearts for this option because I use amazon.com to buy my instrument strings, music, and instrument construction books. I love to experiment with handmade musical instruments.

Some favorites:

  • Ocean - I love walking and swimming at the beach.
  • Earth - I love being outside, hiking to waterfalls and great views, planting native trees.
  • the color gray and the gray scale from black to white
  • birds
  • exercise: yoga, walking, hiking, bocce, mountain biking, pickle ball, kite flying, table tennis
  • worry dolls - these are tiny handmade dolls, made by you or from their native home in central/south America.
  • thin, durable bookmarks - I use them in my cookbooks, so ones that can be wiped clean are great.
  • natural, plant-based essential oil soap
  • Favorite scents: sweet grass, lavender, orange, ginger, fresh cut burdock root
  • big tree forests
  • international and USA pen pals
  • musical instruments
  • friendship bracelets, made by you
  • For shopping and physical gift cards (not electronic), my favorite store is Lowes Home Improvement.

    Things I Use:

    • Pages of clear vinyl pockets to hold coins, banknotes and trading cards

    • Asian bamboo paint brushes

    • packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow herbs, cacti and succulents. I can use actual seeds, but not so much things with plant designs on them. It's too hot here for most vegetable and flower seeds. I'm always looking for swapping pen pals in warm climates to exchange seeds. Please do not send packets of wildflower seeds - these can be invasive in Hawai'i.

    • body part milagros and prayer beads from different countries

    • art supplies: medium and fine grit sandpaper, mechanical pencils and lead for them, wood glue, classic X-acto knives and blades, metal jewelry clasps and findings, any Dremel tool attachments, small drill bits, wood carving tools.

    • unused USA postage stamps

    • For flat swaps, I like: unused USA postage stamps, seed packets, sandpaper, milagros, origami paper, nice stickers without words

  • For papercrafts, I like origami, bookbinding supplies and supplies for making handmade paper. I like beautiful and unusual letter-writing paper and envelopes. I also use writing instruments like mechanical pencils and sketching tools. I don't use markers so much and they usually dry out before I get to use them. I like pens with colored ink, but the multipack ones from dollar stores usually don't write well or are old and dried out when still in the package.

  • Things for the puppy: collar, harness (size medium - must be new due to his skin allergy), leash, dog treats, chew toys that are not fiber-filled, glow-in-the-dark squeaky ball

  • Things for the plants and the garden: sharp hand-pruners (Corona or similar), padded cloth work gloves (please no thin dollar store gloves - those don't even last a day on my farm), grafting tape, outdoor digital thermometer, solar powered anything

  • Nice stickers to use on envelopes, larger (5 x 7) colorful envelopes to mail swaps, larger notecards (5x7) with matching envelopes. I have lots to share and the smaller cards and envelopes don't hold enough :)

  • Sealed, unused packages of natural skin care samples/products, like exfoliator, face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen without oxybenzone and octinoxate (These are banned in Hawai'i.), essential oil perfume, magnesium bath salts, essential oil bar soap.

    Things I Don't Need So Much:

  • Allergies:
    dust mites - I cannot use large pieces of fabric, stuffed toys made of fabric, pillows, knick knacks and other things that collect dust.

    skin sensitivities - parabens, preservatives, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate (common in liquid soap). Unfortunately, I cannot use products that are used, unsealed, or do not list ingredients. Please tell me ingredients of your handmade soaps.

  • I don't make scrapbooks or greeting cards, so please do not send glitter, stamped images, embellishments from a craft store, journal cards/project life/prompts, memo paper, things cut from magazines, ATC supplies, list pad paper, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, blank recipe cards, synthetic fabric, tags, used postage stamps, coloring pages/cards/books.

  • Please don't send food or drink (this includes tea bags)..these tend to melt, get weird in the tropical heat or the gecko living in my mailbox gets to them first.

  • Please don't send makeup or nail polish - I don't wear them. I prefer natural skin care products - see above.

  • Please don't send things that smell of cigarette smoke or cigarette smoke with perfume/dryer sheet smell added to it. Thank you for understanding.

    It is difficult to remove plastic on an island. watch this to learn more


myrrhmaid rated for Seed swap grow your own on Jun 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks for making my day with your extra special swap gifts! I will be planting the seeds as soon as this heat spell passes! There's no way to tell you how much those gorgeous wings mean to me! Much cherished! Thank you! You're the best! Love it all! The bookmark, postcard, everything! THX!
Christianmom rated for Seed swap grow your own on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you Malia for the flower seeds and all the extras you sent me. I can't wait to plant my flowers. I love all kinds of flowers. They are all so pretty.
Comment: Thank you for a lovely assortment of items.
catlingmex rated for Magic Box Destash-- April on May 17, 2021
Comment: I was a bit despondent, thinking I very well might never receive my box in this swap....but it arrived the day before yesterday and I understood the reason wait: you sent it media mail. Thanks for the books and cassettes; it was obvious you had read my profile!
AngelOH73 rated for Support small business on May 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the cross stitch card using my favorite color combo and favorite word. Also, thank you for adding the green heart to the envie. I really appreciate it all.
Jsereg001 rated for Massive destash/extras swap! on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all the awesome goodies!!! I love the apron and the little folded frame and of course the seashells!!! Love it all.... thanks!!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Comment: Thank you! I love the awesome hat! I'm wearing it to my poetry reading for National Poetry Month tonight!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the interesting goodies... again. Ha! I ended up finding the old photo the most fun part. While she did look very familiar, I did not know who she was. Hollywood was good at making everyone up to look the same during this era. I spent about 20 minutes "sleuthing" on Google and have concluded it's Myrna Loy. The name printed at the bottom has a Lo and part of a long tail. That fits Loy. And, once I found a photo of her from the same angle, it matches up pretty darn well with her. Thanks so much! I really enjoy solving little mysterious like that.
Comment: Hello, well so I couldn't resist and wait until this weekend to open up your box, so here I am going through your box of goodies!!! First off, I loved all the stuff you gave me! There were some interesting goodies that were very intriguing, stuff I hardly ever receive on swapbot. These cute bunnies are now sitting as a decoration by my office desk. I put these Precious moments in my living room right next to my kids pictures, it matches perfectly! And of course, I am happy with any stationeries, so I appreciate these awesome stickers, notepad, origami papers, and sketchbook. Happy Easter to you and thank you very much for taking the time out of your day to pack up this package, I appreciate it!
Ace330660 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R58 on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the journal and extras ! Will gladly pass along !
Kraftylady777 rated for BIG happy mail swap -1 usa on Mar 22, 2021
KarenFife rated for Pick 3 for Me! - Plants on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Such a lovely envelope stuffed with so many wonderful “plant” items. I just loved reading your sweet letter!! I wouldn’t be a very good pen pal, unfortunately! I still owe a letter to a swapper from months ago. Maybe when I don’t have so many hobbies someday I will be better at writing. Postcards, seeds, and so many great notecards you included. More than one heart worthy 💚❤️💜💛🧡💙!!!!!! And that is most definitely a sloth! Thank you for a super happy swap!
Tara rated for Mail-Themed Items Swap - USA on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: You sent such cool things for this time. I love the postage worker patch. Thank you!
Fabriqueen rated for Just Randomness #1 on Mar 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the awesome items you sent! I can't wait to listen to the CD. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
ArtfulFig rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: I loved the postcard of the sparrows. I really enjoyed hearing about the java sparrows that 'stayed' at your home.
Comment: Thank you for your letter. I enjoyed reading about you and your life.
Wingsofgossamer rated for Painted Papers on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: The painted papers you created are so nice. Your style is really beautiful. I’ve been doing collages lately and I was looking forward to using the papers but yours are possibly to pretty to change!
Wingsofgossamer rated for Pagan/Wiccan penpal on Feb 19, 2021
Comment: Hello, Malia. Thank you for the wonderful letter outlining your beliefs 😍I’m looking forward to replying to your thoughts in kind.
sjbult rated for BIG happy mail swap -1 usa on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you

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AngelOH73 on May 17, 2021:

Where are you? I want to send you something. PM me info, please.

chimerix on Apr 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for the really cool print and for the gorgeous earrings you sent! I absolutely love them both. Aloha

user6937 on Mar 17, 2021:

Hi, wanted to let you know that your tag (Pick Two) has made it to Canada - shaped paper clips & the old milk bottle cap. What does "milk cap bottle cover" game mean on it?

Soph on Mar 5, 2021:

Hello from Berlin! I am happy that my Random Flat Envie - Pay It Forward Tag reached you safely. It was a pleasure to put it together for you. The round papers are for origami crafts.

DragonflyDreamer on Mar 2, 2021:

Thank you SO much for all the wonderful goodies you sent for the Surprise Tag! I'm so excited to listen to the CD. I Travel to Louisville every week (a three hour drive from Nashville) and am always looking for new music and audiobooks. You really made my day today! Thank you thank you!!! Happy swapping and be well.

FeltPrincess on Feb 25, 2021:

TYSM for the crochet patterns for the profile surprise tag in forums! :) They are cute.

jamicam on Feb 23, 2021:

Thanks for the Random Flat Envie - Pay it Forward tag! It was fun going through things and reading the brochures. I'll make use of the pressed flowers right away. Thank you!

user6937 on Feb 2, 2021:

"Themed Envie Tag - Rated Swappers: your Hawaii themed envelope has arrived. Very interesting (I loved the mythology story I found when I looked it up), but also sad to hear about the Ohi'a tree. So much of this continues to happen in our world.

TryshaH81 on Nov 15, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome Kawaii envies from the tag in forums!!! Love them!!

Autist on May 9, 2020:

Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL dance card and the Ariel stickers. I love them both very much.

From the I wish for... tag

Cheers, Evan

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