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Date Joined: December 28, 2011
Last Online: June 14, 2021
Birthday: August 28
Country: United States
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About Me

07 Feb 2021 Update

I have taken quite the hiatus from swapping (over 23 years), but I'm feeling the itch to at least start back with making and swapping ATCs ... my supplies have been staring at me mournfully.

Swaps Not Yet Received:

I pledge to rate! I open my mail in front of my computer, so I rate while I'm opening my mail. :-)

I always send my swaps! I prepare my swaps in front of my computer too, so as soon as I put postage on it, I mark them sent. I usually do this at night because I have a full time job, so they are picked up by the post office the next day. If you don't receive a swap I sent, please let me know so I can follow up on it. I will happily resend anything eaten by the post office.

Receiving Resent Swaps Every now and again, the USPS will lose swaps, so I advise my partners before rating. Always. I've had a few situations where I will get the resent swap, then I'll also get the original swap at some later date (Thanks USPS). When I end up getting both, I send a "Thank You" in the mail equivalent to the swap sent and received twice because of awesome swap partners. It just seems like the right thing to do. :-)

I live in Northern Virginia with my husband and kitties, but would much rather live in the forest on a mountain. Perhaps when we retire! I work full time and spend most of my days on the computer so by the time I get home I usually stay away from the computer because I'm tired of it. In my free time, I like to make stained glass and fused glass. I also like to try new crafts.

I like to travel but haven't been anywhere since the plague started. Little trips into nature have been so refreshing.

I have a witty and often sick sense of humor. I cuss ... a lot. I enjoy many things geeky. I'm a Nerdfighter ... DFTBA! And I love playing games with friends and family - Munchkin, Cards Against Humanity, and Exploding Kittens are a couple of my current favorites.

I'm also a pagan who is comfortable talking religion to anyone. In my theological studies, I've come to realize that all major world religions can pretty much be boiled down to one thing: Don't be an asshole. :-) So I try not to be.

Teas and Foods


I am allergic to maple syrup. To be safe, please don't send anything that is even maple flavored. Thank you!


I do not like floral teas, blackberry/raspberry, ginger, lemon, licorice/anise, mango, any melons, rooibos, or mint flavors. I also don't like earl grey or anything by Ashby's.

I like plain black teas and I do prefer black tea over green. Darjeeling is my favorite black tea.

I also like flavored teas with peach, orange, strawberry, spices, vanilla, and apple and I like trying new-to-me flavors too.
I am always looking for Twinings Peach Black Tea. They appear to have quit selling it in the States.

Favorite Teas discovered in swaps:

I will always love to receive these flavors!!

• Ahmad Vanilla Tranquility

• Greenfield Vanilla Cranberry

• ICA Chai

• SPAR Aardbei Thee (strawberry)

• Stash Vanilla Chai

• Tazo Organic Peach Cobbler


I like chocolate, caramel, pecans, hazelnut, peanut butter, orange, toffee for sure.

I don't like almond, blackberry, coffee, ginger, lemon, licorice/anise, lime, kiwi, mango, melon, or raspberry flavors.

I don't like chewing gum.

Favorite Crafts

Stained Glass

I have been making stained glass and fused glass art since the 1990s. I can use MANY things in my glass work and like to use "weird" things whenever possible ... like sliced agate, river rocks, crystal points, sea glass, sea shells used bike gears, keys, antique glass plates, antique glass buttons, cabochons, chain, jewelry findings, empty bottles, metal stirrups ... I'll use anything! :-)

Beaded Jewelry

I have been making beaded jewelry since I was a child - my mother did macramé and taught me when I was little. I work with glass beads, gemstone/mineral beads, and metal beads. Specifically NO plastic.

Other Stuff

I have really been getting in to making ATCs lately and I like receiving ATCs and supplies that I can use when making them.

I like trying new crafts and find that I can always use ribbon, Sharpies, origami paper, acrylic paints, metal jewelry findings, metal pendants.

I enjoy painting and decorating those plain cheap wood boxes from craft stores as well as other boxes too. It's nice to re-purpose boxes that are in good shape and make them into something prettier and then use them!

Every spring I make pysanki (Ukrainian Easter eggs).

Things I Love

These are things I'd love to receive in any form (ATCs, ephemera, goodies, stickers, etc.)

  • Astronomy - Moon, stars, galaxies, constellations, planets ... all the things!
  • Charmander is my favorite Pokémon
  • Crystal & mineral specimens
  • Deadpool and all things Deadpool
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Nerdfighters & the Vlogbrothers - DFTBA!!!
  • Pusheen
  • Stamps from other countries
  • Trees and/or leaves
  • Washi (any, but I especially like purples, snowflakes, trees, leaves, moon and stars, rabbits, and cats.)

  • Favorite colors are purples, jewel tones, and saturated colors.

  • Snowflakes - One of my favorite websites is http://www.snowcrystals.com/ because they have beautiful pictures of snowflakes as well as a great science section about how snowflakes form and how the crystals grow in nature (2, 3, 6, and 12 points - Never 4, 5, or 8 points!).

Flakers and Non-Raters

Oy I hate to even have to keep track of this, but all it takes is one bad egg to ruin it for the rest of us.


  • @Alliwood10 User is partially suspended. User has not logged in since 09/27/16 (as of 1/31/17) and has flaked on Washi Swap-a-plooza.
  • @freyacz User has not logged in since 11/07/16 (as of 1/31/17) and has flaked on Ready for Winter Tea Swap.
  • @Halipulla User has not logged in since 3/14/17 (as of 4/5/17). I emailed her and never received a reply. She flaked on the Altered Keys swap with a Send By of Feb 13, 2017
  • @jesslynne - Flaked on 2017 MEGA Washi Swap #1 - Send By: Jan 3, 2017. Emailed her on 1/24/17. As of 1/31/17, @jesslynne has not logged in since 1/10/17.
  • @paoliplanner User has not logged in since 12/19/16 (as of 1/31/17) and has flaked on January Tea Swap. I contacted user both by Swap-Bot email and Internet email with no replies.
  • @Pallolla User has flaked on Where's all the tea? (Swaps). Her partner contacted me via SB message yesterday to advise me of this. She tried contacting her partner with no response. User has not been online since October 18, 2016 (as of 1/31/17). This user is also a Double profiler @pahzin in 2014...returned as @Pallolla from Brazil.
  • @ShivaniParasnis User hasn't logged in since 12/16/16 (as of 1/31/17) and has flaked on the January Tea Swap. I have tried contacting her via SB and Internet email and have not received a reply.
  • @thatsnotmyname - flaked on January Tea Swap and Lovely Penpal Mail Swap! - Germany & America. As of 1/31/17, User has not logged in since 11/25/16.
  • @Vanilla90 - flaked on January Tea Swap. I contacted user both by Swap-Bot email and Internet email with no replies.
  • @YharaLuna User has flaked on Lots of Tea. I contacted her via SB message and she said she would resend. Neither the original or "resent" swaps were received and she stopped responding to messages after she said she would resend. She was last online November 28, 2016 (as of 1/31/17).


Artteacherjen rated for ATC Set- Nature on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful fairy/nature ATCs!
chimerix rated for EATC: Random Elements Challenge ATC on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC. I really like how you combined the elements. Aloha
Katastick rated for ATC COLOR SWAP 3 for 3: BLUE on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: Hello, Thanks for the great ATCs. Love the details. Also, enjoyed the pretty envelope.
Amyncognito rated for Bee ATCs - Newbie Friendly on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable ATC! I love how you used the stamp!
Comment: Thank you! Love the thread!
sleepingrover2010 rated for Fruity ATC on Jun 6, 2021
Comment: Hi Michelle, I want to start out this rating with A BIG THANK YOU for your patience in receiving this rating on this swap. Since my surgery, I have had a difficult time, post-op infection, continued slow healing, and GI issues. I really enjoyed swapping with you, so I APPRECIATE your patience. The mail in Colorado continues to move slow, both in and out of the state. PLEASE be Patient with my mail as I never know how it will be handled after I turn it over to the Post Office. Thank you for your beautiful ATC you created for this swap. It is Great!! I like citrus foods too. I will proudly add your ATC to my ATC Collection. Thank you also for the extra Goodies you sent along with your swap project. I will definitely find ways to use the Goodies. I haven't e had the opportunity to swap with you before on Swap-bot. Over the last 8-9 months, I have met a lot of new swappers, new swappers to sending me a swap for the first time. This first experience has been WONDERFUL! . I look forward to swapping with you in the future. Until then, HAPPY SWAPPING! Barbara sleepingrover2010
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC. I'm glad to add it to my collection (ʘᴗʘ✿)
Tverne05 rated for Baker's Dozen ATC Swap on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you Michelle for the ATCs you sent. There are quite a few that I will be able to add to my collection. Especially thanks for the ones you created for me. Take care and be safe!
Meliknives rated for Crystal Themed ATC on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Loved the card!
Comment: Cute ATC! And thanks for the extras!
Mersh22 rated for COLOR Me Happy ATC #9 (Brown) on May 27, 2021
Comment: This is just awesome! Thank you!
SarafinaKaine rated for Outer Space ATC on May 26, 2021
Comment: this is beautiful! Thank you Michelle! I also enjoy the lobster card [I'm from NS!!!!]
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC! I've never seen origami like this before!
magicinker rated for USATC: May Free Theme ATC Coin on May 22, 2021
Comment: Hi Michelle, Got your ATC COIN in todays mail.I absolutely love it ! Also i want to Thank you for the goodies....Creative Hugs, Patt Prober
gadasinialdigim rated for ATC int #14 - Old times on May 18, 2021
Comment: Hey Michelle your atc turned out so good I really enjoyed to get it thanks a lot 🌸🌸 Take care
captkristi rated for Lemon ATC on May 17, 2021
Comment: I agree! The Lemon prompt was great! I love painting lemons, especially when I am anxiously awaiting summer. Thank you for the pink backgrounds as well. That dusty mauve one is getting used ASAP. It's such a gorgeous color.
Wambatty rated for ATC Swap #1 on May 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the feathery ATC and extra backgrounds.
Artteacherjen rated for COLOR Me Happy ATC #8 (Grey) on May 13, 2021
Comment: How fun to recycle old nail polish! Thank you so very much for the gorgeous ATC!
Comment: Really cute ATC, thank you!
Shannonfitz rated for Found Image ATC #2 - USA on May 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cute bird - I'm a big bird lover so it felt like it was meant for me : ) and thank you for the extra backgrounds, I'll definitely use them!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 422 42 42
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386 491 0 0
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njstauter on Oct 19, 2017:

How are you doing? I like that you are taking care of yourself first. Thinking of you and wishing you well.

Camg on Feb 26, 2017:

Thank you very much for being an angel in the January tea swap, you were very, I liked it a lot, including the card, once again I thank you, I hope to hear from you in another swap.

LokiAngel on Feb 25, 2017:

Thank you so much for being an angel in the Feb Tea swap! I received the teas today and can't wait to try them! I added you to my profile list of angels.

flowerchild on Dec 7, 2016:

WOW!!!! I got this envelope in the mail today and when I opened it it was like a clown car...goodies kept coming and coming :) Thank you so much, you really went above and beyond a simple token!!!!

jaimierandolph on Sep 21, 2016:

Profile Check for swap: Any kind of Washi or WHATEVER swap #1 Welcome to swap! Hope you enjoy it! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

jimncinpease on Jul 14, 2016:

thank you so much for the teas! the apricot one was waaaayyyy delish!!! thank you again so much!

KatlynAva on Jun 28, 2016:

Thank you again for more than making up for the missing postage! You're a wonderful swapper!!!

julierachelliz on Dec 31, 2011:

I would love to see some of your Easter eggs and some of your glass work! From one newbie to another- HI!

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