Swap-bot Time: May 23, 2022 12:54 am


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: May 7, 2022
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada
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About Me

I'm 49, married, and have a 19-year old daughter and 17-year old son; plus our 19-year old nephew lives with us.

Things I do for my soul: * Send long chatty letters and other happy mail * Art journal * Keep a written journal * Draw * Collage * Watercolor and gouache * Cook and bake * Sew * Garden

Favorite Crafts

I sketch, art journal, make mail art, keep a written journal, and I also paint with acrylics and watercolours. I'm trying my hand at illustration lately too. I have several favourite thrift shops where I pick up vintage papers and fabrics and all kinds of stuff that makes me happy and find their way into my work. My daily journal is a Seven Seas blank book filled with Tomoe River paper and I use a fountain pen as much as possible in it.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Vintage ledger paper
  • Anatomical imagery
  • Anything written in old fountain pen ink
  • Doodles and sketches (yours, someone else's, something you found on the ground at the bus stop...)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Cassette tape imagery / mix tape
  • Old skeleton keys
  • X-rays
  • Blueprints
  • The unusual, the weird, the inappropriate
  • Interesting obituaries
  • Vintage wallpaper samples
  • Black/white striped tissue paper like the stuff from Sephora
  • Sketchnotes
  • Make me laugh - the less appropriate the better.
  • Old passports
  • Airmail theme
  • Eco-printed paper
  • Gelli-printed paper
  • Labels, onion-skin paper
  • Skulls (real ones, not sugar skulls)
  • Vintage ink blotter papers
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • Steampunk
  • Washi tape, especially if it features numbers or letters
  • Typewriters & typewritten stuff
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Collage stuff - interesting pictures, bits of typography, patterns, textures, anything you think is too nice to throw out
  • Daily ephemera - I use these in my journal, and don't worry if it's got a footprint or other sign of use on it. If you think it looks cool, then I probably will too.
  • Vintage ephemera yummm
  • Stationery for writing letters
  • Personal, chatty letters
  • Favourite colour is orange; but I also love neutral palettes; or colourful things; or analogous colours (side by side on the colour wheel); or complementary colours (across from each other). Yep. I like colour.

What People Say About Me

***Disclaimer: these may have been taken completely out of context. "You write like a serial killer." - April, 2015 "Your letter had just the right amount of cock." - August, 2015

Favorite Books

The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch

John Rain series by Barry Eisler

Nowhere Man series by Gregg Hurwitz

John Sandford - anything he writes

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

Currently reading:

Louise Penny

Robin Hobb

Stephen King

Jen Sincero

Thomas King

Also starting The Good Money Revolution by Derrick Kinney, based on a recommendation from Jon Acuff, another favourite

Other favourite authors include Neil Pasricha, Johann Hari, Katherine Ryan, Joy Ellis, David Sedaris, Harlan Coben, Bill Bryson, Glennon Doyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joshilyn Jackson, Jenny Lawson, Robert Galbraith, Sarah Knight, Gretchen Rubin, Max Berry... I could go on all day but that's a good handful of authors I watch for.


annanymark rated for VES: Ephemera Scavenger Hunt 7 on May 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the nice things you sent me and for writing a little something about them to.
Comment: Thank you Shelley! Love receiving happy mail from you and all the effort you you take send me fun packaging and a,aging items!
Comment: Oh my goodness! I got your envie today and boy did I feel spoiled! I enjoyed all the goodies from your stationery shopping trip, thanks for sharing :D And to answer your question, yes, I have so enjoyed sending and receiving all the Happy Mails, they are among my fave swaps <3 I have to say though, my fave goodie from this swap was your letter <3, I so enjoyed reading it. Thank you for taking the time to write and send it :D
Chantiemaya rated for Stickers and a Sketch - March on Apr 17, 2022
Comment: Shelley, thank you so much for your gorgeous sketch!! I absolutely adore it! So thoughtful of you to pick a topic I love and your skills are awesome <3 thanks soooo much! Love the stickers and extras too :)
carol rated for BLC Book recommendation #11 on Apr 7, 2022
Comment: So funny, but right after I got your card (love it, btw--I'll have to track this one down!), I saw someone else raving about The Maid. it's definitely on my list now! SO many books to read! Thanks or all the stamps too!
AJ73 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #286 on Mar 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you Shelley. Your weekend notecard was so interesting. I would loved to have gone with you. I have driven to Yakima to shop the thrift stores. I appreciate the journaling cards and the gorgeous bird playing cards. Sincerely. Alma
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #285 on Mar 21, 2022
Comment: Emergency cheese - ha ha :)
Comment: Incredibly awesome! Thank you for the phenomenal swap goodies! I am in LOVE with the ledger pages, lace, file folder, book pages, antique car ad and the awesome invoice page too! This is SUCH a fun swap! All of these goodies will make their new home in my journals!! Sending you hugs !!! Stay safe! x Gabi
saturnsrings rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #25 on Mar 14, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely swap, I love all the stamps you used and the goodies are awesome, can't wait to use them!
nomadmama rated for Bucket List zine on Mar 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the zine. I like your idea of subsets. It makes me feel more accomplished.
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #282 on Mar 10, 2022
Comment: Laughs! I Loved reading your restaurant story of your fun trip to Eddy's!! Pics are great too! Fun postal stamps, too. Thanks for a wonderful swap! โ™ฅ!
nanadiana rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #281 on Mar 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute Tony the Tiger notecard and all of the extras. The extras will be perfect for making cards for the Card for Soldiers project. Your weekend sounds very relaxing and productive at the same time. I hope your plants do well and that you get the job that you want. Thank you again for brightening my day! ~ Forgot to thank you for all of the cool stamps too. I have been saving them for a project that someone is doing for veterans, so the stamps you used will go to them. Thank you!
KrystalCook84 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #283 on Feb 28, 2022
Comment: We celebrate Family Day too in Omtario. Spent the weekend at my Brother's in Ottawa. Thank you for your lovely notecard. Enjoyed it
BethiquaC rated for Bucket List zine on Feb 24, 2022
Comment: The โ€˜openโ€™ me already sticker on your envelop was fantastic and made me laugh! Thanks for a fun zine - a cabin in the woods with unlimited art supplies would be the perfect place to get all those projects done!
Comment: Thank you so much for your gorgeous swap. I love every single piece you sent and it looks so great how you packaged your swap! 100 hearts for you <3
soyprincesa2 rated for Bucket List zine on Feb 19, 2022
Comment: I love your zine style. I am so glad that you remembered how much you love making zines. I have other zine swaps and hope to see you in more of mine in the future. Thanks so much and I love your goals for 2022. Especially the series of illustrations of vintage signs like motels and stores. Thanks for the exra bits! I have to tell you that the envelope you decorated for this swap was ART!!!! It is beautiful... and the typed address label oh man... I love it all and will treasure it.
Smsands2 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #278 on Feb 15, 2022
Comment: Haha wow.....I do NOT want to poo in a steel bucket.....haha
Dillon97 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #280 on Feb 15, 2022
Murras01 rated for Cover a Postcard in Postage Stamps! on Feb 12, 2022
Comment: What a lovely swap to receive! Thanks so much for all the pretty stamps & displayed so nicely!! Best wishes to you
Tig rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #279 on Feb 11, 2022
Comment: Great letter! Good luck with the tomatoes. What is your etsy shop...most of the time when I click on the links here they don't work.

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