Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2021 4:58 am


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: June 18, 2021
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada
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About Me

I'm 48, married, and have a 19-year old daughter and 16-year old son; plus our 18-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)
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • Colorful or unusual salvaged postage stamps
  • Graffiti
  • 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


Comment: Shelley! Thank you for this gorgeous swap of vintage goodness! I am LOVING going through all of the things you sent and I am overly eager for the weekend to get here already so I have time to work in my journals!! Thank you so much! The care and attention you pay your swaps is always so obvious!! Thank you again for a gorgeous vintage swap! xx gabi
DRMOM rated for VES: Vintage Ephemera Flat Envie #10 on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Wow. What an amazing piece of happy mail. It has so many goodies. The beautiful stamps, maps, book pages, check...all my favorite things. The envelope was decorated with great care. Thanks for taking the time to create this beautiful package. Wishing you wellness.
Comment: Thank you for the letter and gudetama stickies! I'm writing a reply to you :D Happy Swapping!
Panda1122 rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #10 on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great items!! Everything you sent is lovely and will be used by me! (◕ᴗ◕✿)
Comment: O. M. G. Thank you so much for some much fun stuff, right up my alley stuff. YES! And Orly! Did you get to take a live in-person workshop. I took one 2019 on Whidbey Island. And there were only 6 of us! Seems like decades ago. Anywho, thank you for everything. Your oma's prayer card, the vintage ticket and the map is pretty awesome too. YAY!
pernie123 rated for VES: A Little of this and that #1 on May 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for varieties of this and that. I especially like the King Edward Abdication speech article. I won't pass it on to anyone.
Comment: Love what you sent ! Thanks for the extras as well. Can't wait to use in my journal !
Comment: Thank you Shelley! I love the vintage and antique paper goodies you sent for the swap! So lovely!! Thank you also for the fun stickers- totally will use EVERYTHING! I want to just stop what I am doing and play with all of this awesomeness! Omg.. Id love to have been with you when you were on your 'date' and finding those books they tossed *GASP!* Sending hugs from Princeton, NJ to you! xx Gabi
amyduff rated for VES: Vintage Ephemera Flat Envie #10 on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Wow! You sent me a super cool elf Junior book! I love it! I love the extra papers you sent as well. That bird book is gorgeous and has lovely pictures! Hope you are getting your craft room set up. Happy Spring!
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous assortment of ephemera. I always love foreign book pages! Thank you for the U.S. postage stamps, too. Thank you! xo
Sequoia183 rated for VES: Ephemera Scavenger Hunt #3 on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Love!
Comment: What a simply magnificent collection of vintage papers! I'm in love with everything you sent. Thanks so much!
Comment: Tanks for everything, but especially the great New Guinea post cards. I have never seen a picture of New Guinea before. They used to be cannibals. And, the info on the cards! So informative! Where did you get them?
Response: I bought an old ledger journal that had been turned into a scrapbook, containing newspaper articles for an incredible array of world-wide events. There was a little stack of those postcards buried inside! It was just a lucky find - I had no idea I was getting those with the book when I ordered it on ebay!
Comment: Girl, we should do a craft room visitation swap! These ledger papers, wow, the Braille book page amazing and the book you rescued? The embossed letting feels so cool. Thank you for an amazing swap, I can hardly wait to use it!
Comment: Shelley! Received your amazing swap today and your lovely newsy letter ♥️. Thank you so much for all the wonderful pieces of ephemera and the nice packaging and great Canadian Postage on the outside! Outstanding swap! ♥️ Hugs, Jill ♥️
Comment: SPECTACULAR Swap! Thank you SO much for sharing those ledger pages with me! I will definitely do something awesome with them! 1842... gonna research that year and see what was jumpin' in Philadelphia at the time! Everything is awesome! I am going to get busy with some creating!!! x Gabi
kclicquot rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #4 on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for such a great collection. My first braille ephemera! WOW!
LauraM540 rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #3 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome goodies! The gas station receipts were from a town not far from where I lived in North Carolina so that was neat! I laughed when I read your note because I just recently bought a box of postcards from someone too- but I paid $20..LOL There were a ton of Canadian postcards in the box that I scored! :)
Erikaa rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #2 on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: I loved everything you sent! Thank you!
megan1230 rated for VES -Blind Surprise Swap #1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Great little swap! So many cute treasures! Thank you so much!!

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