COVID-19 UPDATE: California is currently on a mandatory shelter in place order. This means we can only leave our home to get groceries, gas, go to the bank, doctor, or get exercise. I am fortunate that I print postage at home and my postal carrier picks up my mail/packages from my home without complaint. Therefore, the only delay is in picking up mail which goes to another address. Please be patient as my ratings will be slower than usual as I am visiting my box only 1 time per week during hours that I am less likely to come in contact with others. Finally, YES I am sending and receiving letters and packages. - Updated April 3, 2020
"Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and its produced the most extraordinary results in human culture" - Ken Robinson
My name is Zoe. I am 4X years young. I live in California. I have two teens and a wonderful husband. I am self-employed full time (ish) in a career that I love that involves helping others heal. I enjoy writing letters to my pen friends worldwide and paper crafts. I typically join the two (snail mail and paper crafting). I joined Swap-Bot in 2018 and enjoy it. Watching crafting videos on YouTube is enjoyable to me. Twice a month I meet with some other crafty ladies and we make cards/create together, sharing our designs and joy of paper crafts. Things that bring me joy are hearing my children laugh, seeing my husband smile, watching nature (esp. butterflies and birds), and of course making happy mail and crafting.
I enjoy my spa days and lunch with friends. I feel blessed to have an amazing family, friends, a great imagination, and happy memories.
Instagram Note: My IG account is for papercrafting, happy mail, and mix media inspiration. If your IG account isn't about these things I will probably not follow you. I don't use this account to keep up with friends and loved ones. I do that through letters, in person, and with phone calls. It doesn't mean I don't like you or not interested in what you have to say. Remember, tech is a tool, NOT the master.
Current Pen Friend Count: 26 (27 if you count my wonderful 94 year old great aunt)
Color: violet and green
Drink: Bundaberg ginger beer and limeade
Flower: lily, violets, and roses (but love all flowers and succulents)
Movie: murder on the orient express & the original star wars
Scents: lavender, sage, tangerine
Season: winter and spring
Tea: jasmine, green tea, herbal, fruity
Time: I am a morning person
Candy: ALL. Kidding...but I do have a sweet tooth. Some of my favorites are: bottlecaps, smash-mallow, smarties, rocky road, candy corn, jelly belly, gummy bears, caramel and hazelnut m&m...and so on...(think 80's retro candy)
Exchanging Letters with Pen Friends,
Making Happy Mail & Granting Wishes
Word games & puzzles,
Fountain pens & hand-lettering,
Spa Treatments of all kinds
Travel to warm climates,
Coloring for Adults (floral and landscape)
Handwriting Practice Books
I enjoy paper crafts, specifically making cards to send to pen pals as happy mail. I enjoy making tags but typically use them on cards. I am enjoying DECO's. I use die cuts, stamps, stickers, ribbon, color pencils, glitter, sealing wax, and other embellishments. My tools include a paper cutter, color pencils, Zig markers, Empress die cut machine, heat tool, stamping platform, and envelope score board. I like to use anything postage or snail mail themed for my cards and to decorate my letters. I also like butterflies, owls, elephants, zebras, anything snail mail, things decorated with books, teacups/teapots, and flowers. Recently have become interested in some mixed media art and art journals.
Note: I DO NOT scrapbook or make ATC's. Just cards, happy mail, loaded bags/envies, and occasionally flip books or pocket letters.
We enjoy traveling to warm climates. I have traveled to Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, Belize, Cuba, and St. Lucia. Our next adventure will hopefully be to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In the USA, I have been to many cities in California, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns), Alabama, New York, Chicago, and Indiana. Our next adventure will hopefully be Washington DC.
Please note that: Extras are NOT expected or necessary for me. I don't rate my swaps based on extras.
This list is for someone to pick one thing for swaps that call for a PROFILE SURPRISE or HAPPY MAIL.
Tea related ephemera (e.g. die cuts, stamped images, washi, stickers, etc.)
Roasted green tea or Matcha powder from Japan (LOVE!!!)
Snail Mail related ephemera (e.g. images of mail boxes, letters, stamps, etc.)
Herbal, Fruity, or Green Tea
avril yarn from Japan
Face Mask Sheets
Photograph of outdoors/flowers taken by you
Floral or Butterfly ephemera
Address labels with my address on them
Vintage paper, especially book pages with florals, ledger, grid, and onion skin
Book/Library themed ephemera (e.g. vintage library cards, book die cuts, vintage book pages, etc.)
A2 or A7 Envelopes made by you (e.g. snail mail themed, purple, textured, etc.) appropriate for mailing.
Personalized Swap Cards
We R' Memory Keepers (or similar) Eyelets - Standard
washi with script
Used postal stamps
A profile based photo or gif posted on my profile
A profile based quote posted on my profile
Something from or inspired by my ETSY wish list
Something from or inspired by my AMAZON wish list
A letter about how you incorporate kindness into your day
I am open to private swaps with those who have a shared interest worldwide. I enjoy swapping vintage papers, ephemera, homemade cards, tea, used postage stamps, etc. Currently NOT accepting new pen friends.
I don't have or want even basic cable. I'd rather spend my $$$ on craft supplies or a spa day. But a couple of shows have caught my eye and they are:
YouTube Card Making/Mix Media/Snail Mail Videos (let's be honest - this is mostly what I watch)
Agatha Christie (Miss. Marple/HP)
Anne of Green Gables
70's & 80's Saturday Morning Cartoons :-)
News Comedy (e.g. The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, etc.)
I pledge to rate.
(If I have not given you a rating, I have not received your item.)
Note: I enjoy swapping in the USA and internationally. A while ago, I decided to use Stamps.com to save money and time. This means, your mail will not have pretty stamps or be decorated on the outside (unless it is a mail art swap). International postage rates have gone up in 2020. I will continue to happily participate in international swaps, however, all international happy mail will be flat. Thanks for your understanding.
Last updated: April, 2020
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