Swap-bot Time: October 2, 2022 6:18 am


Date Joined: September 11, 2009
Last Online: May 1, 2021

Country: United States

About Me

Hello there,

I'm Lauren. Maker. Cat person. Snail mailer. Stamp & ephemera collector. Zakka enthusiast. I’ve been away from swap-bot for a long time, but I’m ready to dive back in and get swapping! I enjoy visiting museums, making art, curating my collections, thrift shopping, and spending time with nature.

My favorite crafts & hobbies include mixed media collage, sumi ink, and paper crafting. My collections include postcards, postage stamps, unique ephemera, kokeshi, and netsuke.

My list of favorite films and books are long, but my favorite directors are Spike Lee, Francis Ford Coppola, and Ang Lee.

I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan!

My favorite authors include Bell Hooks, Joyce Carol Oates, Poppy Z. Brite, Haruki Murakami, and Augusten Burroughs.

My likes and loves include:

Animal friends (deer, owls, cats, bunnies, shiba inu dogs)

Ancient Egypt/Ancient near east

International Ephemera (especially take-out menus and cosmetic catalogs and ads from other countries)

Soft colors (pastel pink, periwinkle, baby blue, violet, mint, gold)

Stationery/ Notecards (especially thank you cards)

Decorated or Handmade Envelopes to mail swaps in

Envelope Seals

Deco and washi tape

Maneki neko (Japanese lucky cat)

Botanical and flora and fauna illustrations

Contemporary art

Vellum/ Paper bags

Kawaii (especially My Melody, Rilakkuma, Miffy, cafe cafe, Molang, chococat, kutusita nyanko)

Upcycled envelopes

International Postage stamps (any condition)


Postcard themes I collect are: Fine Art, Zoos, Deer, Cats, cards from Middle Eastern and Asian countries, Kawaii, Kitsch, Museum cards, and Botanical Illustrations.

I'm not too fond of...

Neon colors

Glitter, sparkles, sequins


Paper scraps (I have so much junk already and am bad at organizing)


Scented things

I didn’t want to have to post something like this on my profile, but not all of us use swapping as a fun hobby. Please do not write to me about or send me paraphernalia about your religious or political views. Swapping is an enjoyable hobby for me. I like getting and sending snail mail and making people smile. Please, keep things fun and relaxed!


I always send my swaps and always put effort into reading profiles and making each swap fun for my partner and sharing any profile goodies, if I have them. If I suspect there will be a delay in my sending a swap, I will always notify my partner in advance. If you do not receive a swap from me, please message me first before rating so we can figure out if it got lost in the mail or what have you. If you don’t receive a rating from me within good time please let me know. I try to not give out any 1 ratings without contacting the person first. I live with multiple people and we get lots of mail so it may have gotten lost around the house, please let me know so that I can be sure I received your swap.


Wish List

Stationery from MIDORI, Muji, or Rifle Paper Co, Jetoy

[Postage Stamps (any condition)

Countries & Regions: Japan, China, Korea, Egypt, Jordan, East Asia, Middle East

US Series & Commemoratives: Lunar New Year, Black Heritage, Olympics, National Cherry Blossom Festival]

Etude House catalogs

Maneki-neko Japanese lucky cats

Ephemera from other countries (non-USA)

Address labels (I always need these)


Comment: Thanks for the cute card and fun goodies! I love your tags and pocket!
Comment: I spy a cute penguin letter set! ^^ thanks for the fun photo and extras :)
Comment: Thank you, I always love Cat cards.
Comment: Thank you for the stamps as well as the extra stationery - Lovely!
Comment: I don't think I will ever achieve Marie Kondo greatness, but I will start with small steps! ^^
Comment: Update: My apologies, I found it. Feeling very embarrassed. Thank you! Love the memo paper too. I enjoyed your memo letter. (I had to search for you through all my recent memo sheet swaps because you didn’t write the swap name anywhere. ) super kawaii ❤️
Response: Hey, I sent a swap card with my username and swap name on it. Maybe you didn't see it?
Comment: Thank you for the card and the note about your co-workers Siamese.
Comment: Thanks.
Comment: Those walks during the workday are great aren't they? :) I feel like I can really clear my mind when I go for walks!
squince rated for Kitty Cat PC Swap #25 - US Only on Apr 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you!!
Comment: Thank you so much!
pernie123 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Ugly PC - US Only on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: They think poor Abe had a condition causing certain problems with his body. However, he was a fine example of a president. Thank you for card. I am pleased to receive it.
Comment: Thank You very cute loved it all.
Comment: Thanks
Comment: Thanks for the list ;D
Comment: Thank you for the donuts card and the nice note about your beautiful weather. Ours is just starting to turn to spring. I'm a little jealous. Your collage tags are so nice 🌸
Comment: Thx for cute postcard
Comment: What a beautiful tree! And how lucky to have it outside your window! Thanks for the extras. The beautiful tree will be added to my picture collection!
Comment: one thing we may have in common? We tend to write on the train! :P

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mcwg on Apr 6, 2019:

omg you are so sweet. thank you thank you thank you for the letter. it was such a pleasant surprise to get that from you.

SeleneW on Mar 29, 2019:

Welcome back to Swap bot!


thriftymermaid on May 18, 2014:

P.S.--I should've mentioned that the bathing beauty card is now on my bulletin board and the typewriter envie I have to use in a smash book because I like it too much to give away!! Thanks again. :o)

thriftymermaid on May 18, 2014:

Hi Lauren,

It was so, so nice of you to send me a thank you for the kawaii swap I sent to you. Totally unexpected--it put a big ol' smile on my face after a long day. Much appreciated. I'm sorry it took me so long to write to you. I've moved to Cape Cod for the summer and my mom was forwarding my mail from Maine. So although you sent it a while ago I just got it last night.

Wishing you a wonderful summer.


GlitterBird on Mar 9, 2014:

Thank you for the return card in "use 'em up". I'm a huge Disney fan so loved the Earth Day card anyway. :). Thank you, too, for the pretty tags! The funny thing about this swap is that no one I was involved with (including what I received) thought anything was ugly. At worst, just not to one's taste. It sure was fun to use things up, though, guilt-free! :) happy Swapping!

slamophile on May 10, 2013:

Thanks so much for your comment on my profile page about acquiring washi tape. It was a nice surprise to see. Much appreciated.

pyropae on May 5, 2013:

Hi Lauren. I was reading your profile and I'm a fan of Jetoy too. So adorable! Well I just wanted to let you know that you can purchase them through kawaiidepot.com and they are based out of CA. They charge cheap shipping for domestic. Just to give you a heads up. :)

jgobandoe on Mar 8, 2012:

I hope everything goes well for your, I'll be praying, best whishes hugs, Jessica

Castlequeen on Mar 4, 2012:

I hope you surgery goes well... best wishes for a speedy and full recovery! :-)

IssueGirl on Nov 9, 2009:

Thanks for joining my Ancient Egyptian God ATC Swap! :)

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