Swap-bot Time: February 6, 2023 2:45 pm


Date Joined: June 10, 2009
Last Online: March 24, 2022
Birthday: March 27, 1986
Country: United States
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About Me

Be careful checking my Flickr photos if you are expecting a package from me soon! There might be spoilers! πŸ˜‰

MermaidWave First, I would like to say, if you have not received a swap from me, please let me know! I am very diligent on sending my swaps! If you have not received one, I will do everything I can to remedy whatever may have happened!

I like to try to reuse packaging as much as I can, so you may receive a package that looks like it's made a few trips. πŸ˜ƒ

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Hello! My name is Laura. I am from Colorado, USA. I have a bachelor's degree in computer arts with a foundation in traditional art. I have been a teacher since 2015. I was a K-12 art teacher 'til Nov. 2020. I am currently a middle school STEAM and film arts teacher for a local charter school.

I love mermaids. In my spare time, I like to play video games, love all things arts & crafts and am currently learning stained glass.

I am a SCUBA diver. My boyfriend and I got our certifications together the beginning of 2016. Our last dive was in Hawaii off the coast of the Big Island for a night dive with manta rays. If you ever have a chance to do that, I highly recommend it! It's also great for snorkelers from what I hear, but I was down at the bottom of the ocean from the SCUBA side when we did it. =) My boyfriend and I have been together since March 2011.


I have 5 swimmable mermaid tails (2 Finfolk, 2 Mertailor, and a knock-off Fin-Fun tail. I am part of a local group that does free events and fundraisers for kids around our local area.

I love the work of Chris Sanders, who just happens to have also worked on several of my favorite movies and was the designer for 2 of my favorite characters (see below). I just love his style. The fact that he also illustrates mermaids doesn't hurt, either. I also absolutely adore art nouveau, mermaid-related or not! Beautiful and flowy!

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I have 2 cats. Both are bengals, which are hypoallergenic, so if you're allergic to cats, you should be ok! I don't tend to let them in my craft room much anyways. One is a traditional tan/gold coloring with green eyes. The other is silver. They are named after characters in Firefly (Kaylee & Hoban (a.k.a. Wash)). After they developed their personalities, I should have named them Saffron & Jayne... haha.

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If you would ever like a private swap, just shoot me a message!



Seriously... go check out their shops and just TRY to not blow all of your money!

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Favorite Movies

How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, anything by Wes Anderson, Song of the Sea, Lord of the Rings, Tropic Thunder, Star Trek (old and new), Fifth Element, Back to the Future, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Aladdin, Lion King, I could keep going with the Disney movies, but you get the idea. I do NOT like Frozen. I'm sorry...

I'm sure there's some I'm forgetting.

Favorite Television

Futurama, Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Archer, Mythbusters, Pokemon (first and second ones when there were still only like... 150-something pokemon), Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Firefly, Robot Chicken, Scrubs, Star Trek (mostly TNG and Voyager), Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog (not really television... but not really movie either), Adventure Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Drunk History, Game of Thrones, Lost in Space (new Netflix one), Expanse...

I'll add more as I think of them. =P

Favorite Characters

Gloomy Bear, Wolverine, Iron Man, Deadpool, Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lumpy Space Princess, BMO, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Stitch, Toothless, Nyanko Market, Pokemon (especially water-type, and of course Pikachu), companion cube (from Portal)... I know I'm forgetting some, but I'll add as I think of them. There's just so much cute out there!!


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Favorite Colors

My favorite color is bluegreen.

When bluegreen isn't available, I like blues and greens (go figure, right? haha). I prefer blue if I DO have to pick.

I also like the color combinations of a dark brown with light colors like bright green or light blue or pink. I like reds with blacks, too.


Favorite Animals:

Typically water-based creatures, but I also love hummingbirds, butterflies, cats (ones I can pet or hilarious memes), goats, and foxes. Really... I love all animals, but those are the top of the list. ;)

Oh yeah!! And narwhals!!! (Yes, they're "water-based", but they deserve their own mention. Teehee!)

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Favorite Video Games

Minecraft, Subnautica, Portal, Lego games (any), Pokemon, Skyrim, Dr. Mario, old school Mario games, Fallout, Katamari Damacy, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, Zelda

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  • handmade things from the heart
  • inchies/ATCs/APCs (especially mermaid/nautical-themed)
  • Decorated envelopes (I just think it's fun to open the mailbox to see something colorful waiting for me)
  • charms
  • polymer clay teeny tiny things
  • anything lego
  • handmade papers
  • Japanese stuff (candy, cherry blossom art, origami, cute stuff, chibi, kawaii, etc)
  • ocean-related stuff
  • mermaids (classy adult style, not little-kid stuff)
  • art nouveau
  • mandalas
  • boho decor
  • anything in a "mini" version (mini stuff ROCKS)
  • Adventure Time ANYTHING
  • Skelanimal & Tokidoki
  • 20s-50s style stuff
  • steampunk stuff (gears, small chains, etc)
  • vintage
  • glow-in-the-dark things
  • shells
  • washi tape
  • beads
  • reuseable bags
  • crafting wire
  • knitting/crochet stuff
  • amigurumi books & supplies
  • gift cards (especially Amazon, Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, JoAnn & Hot Topic)
  • quality origami paper
  • Voodoo dolls (the little cute keychain ones)
  • Ugly Dolls & Ugly Doll stuff
  • unique stamps (mailing (used or unused) and rubber)
  • ankle socks (I love wearing cute socks!!)



  • spiders
  • little kid-style mermaid stuff
  • Frozen (probably the only Disney I don't really care for)
  • traditional "Disney-style" stuff (I do tend to collect Disney stuff that has more of an artistic-flair to it rather than just the usual drawings. I tend to like "Disney-style" only in the movies themselves)
  • black licorice
  • banana or grape-flavored stuff (I dunno... they just can't seem to get it right)
  • gold (I prefer silver, tarnished, or brassy-colored things)
  • earrings (I don't have pierced ears, so unless they are clip-ons (which would be fine), I can't use them. There are a lot of beautiful ones that I love. On the other hand, if the dangly part on them is reuseable or too dang pretty to resist, or something I can convert to clip-on earrings, I wouldn't mind them)

Side Notes

If there's ever a time that you might need a little more time on a swap, just let me know. I'm a very understanding person. Communication is always welcome! If there's no communication, though, I'll end up rating for what I DO know.

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Comment: Thank you so much!! Love the wrapping paper. I’ve tucked these into my stocking! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!! πŸ’šπŸŽ„πŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŽ„πŸ’šπŸ§œπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŽ„πŸ’š
Comment: I am going to actually open it closer to christmas, but the paper is fabulous. Edit: The ornament and earrings are amazing. Laser cutters seem like such a fun tool. Thank you : )
Response: I love my laser cutters. Teehee. I got a 3D printer for xmas, so we’ll see what fun happens in the next year! Merry xmas!! πŸ’•
chimerix rated for MLU: Mermaid ATC on Jul 24, 2021
Comment: WOW!!! This ATC is stunning! Thank you so much, I absolutely adore it. Aloha
Response: So happy you like it! I really enjoy making those! =D Was happy to get to send it to you!
kizzlets rated for MLU: Mermaid ATC on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Well now...mine doesn't look pretty as yours D: You're so talented, honestly never received an ATC like this before
Response: I like to experiment! haha. Glad you like it! They are really fun to make! =)
chimerix rated for MLU: Handmade Mermaid Accessories on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: WOW!! Thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful jewelry!! I absolutely love both of the pairs of the wooden earrings. And I can't believe this was your first time doing resin! The pendants are stunning. A big ALOHA!
Response: Oh yay! I'm glad you like everything! I had so much fun making it! I can't wait to make more! Teehee!
Comment: wolviechick121β€”Thank you very much for this wonderful package of mermaid goodies! This mermaid pen is so awesome!! I will be putting this as a display in my home office. And, much appreciated for the decals, sea turtle necklace, wooden mermaid, and notebook! Love it all :)
Response: Happy to have put it all together for you! That was a lot of fun! =D
ChinaCat rated for MLU: Sardine/Tuna Can Diorama USA on May 6, 2021
Comment: I LOVE it!!! I especially like the simplicity of the color scheme. And did you know that it smells like cedar? When I opened the box I could smell it instantly. Dang, everything I make reeks of E6000! =) Thank you for such a special swap. And the little shell of tinies was very thoughtful and much appreciated as well. xo
Response: Aww yay! I'm glad you like it! =D I had a lot of fun making it and can't wait to make more!!!
Arhel rated for MLU: Ocean/Mermaid ATC on May 2, 2021
Comment: Okay, WOW, this has to be one of the coolest ATCs I've ever received! O_O How did you do that??? The wood is... laser-cut? burned?, and the transparent parts... poured resin, or what's that? Anyway - impressive technique, and I absolutely LOVE this "stained-glass window" look! Thank you so, so, SOOOOO much!!!!
Response: Awwww yay! <3 It was something I had wanted to try for quite some time. I laser-cut the ATC and did a colored resin pour. ^_^ So glad you like it, and I'm glad it made it safely!
GigiCrafts rated for MLU: Mermaid Hair Clip on Feb 7, 2018
Comment: I realy love this clip. I was so excited when I opened the box. I also like the fairy dust and shells . Is this clip the one in the swap advertisement ?
Response: Not the exact one, but one I made just like it. =) I'm glad you like it!!
mandigutterrose rated for MLU: Mermaid Scales Bookmark on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: BEAUTIFUL, A TRUE WORK OF HEART! I'm so glad it finally found it's way here and whoever had it didn't keep it. Thank you so much for joining this swap.
Response: I' so glad you like it, and yes. I'm glad it found its way, too! I get so scared when I get those messages of "Uh.... where's the swap??" Darn post office. Glad it made it!
kfaye rated for MLU: My Mer-Home on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your letter. I'm going to read it on my flight this Saturday :) Fun swap!
Response: Great!! Good reading for a flight. I made it like... what... 100 pages?! rofl ;) I hope you enjoy it!
georgiafae rated for MLU: Mermaid Envelope Flip book on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: This is a fantastic flip book! I love the colors (of course)and all the wonderful images and goodies inside. Very nicely done and a super addition to my mermaid collection! Thanks for sharing!
Response: Absolutely! I'm so glad you like it. A few of my "experiments" I was doing didn't quite work out, so I didn't get to include it on your envelope (encasing it all in fish netting), but I'm not going to give up on the idea. =P I was very happy to make it for you! =)
JudalineZ rated for MLU: Mermaid Matchbox Bed & Doll on Jan 23, 2017
Comment: thank you !
Response: Whew! Glad it made it. You're welcome! <3
Comment: Wow that is so beautiful dresser and love the surprises inside! Thank you very much
Response: Hooray! You are very very welcome! I'm glad you like it! =D
janski48 rated for MLU: Halloween Mermaid ATC on Nov 7, 2016
Comment: The card is amazing! I love it. The colors are blended so nicely and I love mermaid figure. Thanks for a great card! 😊
Response: Oh yay!! I'm so glad you like it!!! Thank you! <3 And thanks for joining the swap!!
SunTradeToo rated for Mermaid Matchbox Bed & Doll on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: Love it, love it, love it! The mermaid is SO CUTE! Thank you ҝ€Â¸ÒℒΒ₯Γ’β„’ΒͺΓ’β„’Β«*¨*Ò€’.¸¸ҝ€
Response: Yayyy!! Glad you like it! I really enjoy making those. Teehee!
Comment: I've been a bit confused at which round we are on @[email protected] I will add another mermaid to this card! :D
Response: I don't think the rounds count as much as just continuing to pass along a postcard if it's unfinished. haha. I had one postcard that I finished and sent back, but then I also received a postcard another swap where I was the first. Some have existing ones from past swaps. It all works out in the end as long as the person with your postcard continues to join swaps to at least send yours off. =P Thanks for the heart!!! <3 You rock.
Comment: Got it! Thanks! Love the Mermaid you added!
Response: Awesome! Glad it made it ok! =D Sorry for the delay!
Comment: Sweet Swap!! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you like it! I apologize about the packaging. How crummy. I feel bad! I'll keep that in mind for the future swaps! I hope you will join again! =D
Comment: Laura, I LOVE my mermaid!!!!! You did an amazing job. Thank you so much!!!! P.S I can't wait to try the recipe!!!!
Response: Hooray! Glad she made it ok!! I absolutely loved those cupcakes. I could eat them for breakfast (and sometimes did...). haha. Have fun!! =D

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thriftymermaid on Mar 19, 2022:

Happy Birthday Month from the Mermaid Lovers Unite Group. We hope you have a happy, healthy, creative, happy-mail-filled year ahead!! πŸ’™πŸŽˆπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸŽˆπŸ’™

thriftymermaid on Dec 25, 2021:

Wishing you and yours all the best at Christmas and in the coming New Year!! πŸ’šπŸŽ„πŸ’šπŸŽ…πŸ’šπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ’š

CurlyTea on Mar 27, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

anrtist on Mar 20, 2019:

HAPPY SPRING!!!! yay YAY yay SPRING is finally here! LOL ;-)

Blessings, cc

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luckycharms on Dec 21, 2017:

Merry Christmas

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CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

anrtist on Aug 30, 2017:

THANK YOU!!! @wolviechick121 for the pretty mermaid decal! it is on my mermaid mantle mirror & it is so so pretty! THANX so so much! Blessings, cc

Mermaid Lovers Unite July RAK ;-)

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