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"Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and its produced the most extraordinary results in human culture" - Ken Robinson
My name is Zoe. I was born in the 70's. I live in California. I have two teens and a wonderful husband. I am self-employed in a career that I love and considered an essential worker. I enjoy writing letters to my pen friends worldwide and paper crafts. I typically join the two (snail mail and paper crafting). I began paper crafting in 2017 and I joined Swap-Bot in 2018 and enjoy it. Watching crafting videos on YouTube is enjoyable to me. Pre-COVID19: 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.
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: 18 (19 if you count my wonderful 94 year old great aunt)
Color: violet, green, magenta, and browns (neutrals)
Flower: lily, violets, and roses (but love all flowers and succulents)
Movie: murder on the orient express & the original star wars
Scents: sage and tangerine
Season: winter and spring
Tea: jasmine, green tea, herbal, fruity
Time: I am a morning person
Exchanging Letters with Pen Friends,
Sharing Happy Mail
Word games & puzzles,
Fountain pens & hand-lettering,
Spa Treatments of all kinds
Travel to warm climates,
Handwriting Practice Books
coloring (pencils and water based markers)
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 use die cuts, stamps, stickers, ribbon, color pencils, glitter, sealing wax, and other embellishments. My tools include a paper cutter, color pencils, full set of 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 am NO LONGER swapping DECOS's. If I receive some, I will return them to you as I don't have anyone to pass them on to. 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 Arizona to see if we want to locate there.
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.
Current usable postage.
Small gift card to Etsy, Scrapbook.com, Amazon, or Joanns
Tea related ephemera (e.g. die cuts, stamped images, washi, stickers, etc.)
Snail Mail related ephemera (e.g. images of mail boxes, letters, stamps, etc.)
vellum floral stickers
avril yarn sample from Japan
floral book pages
Photograph of outdoors/flowers taken by you
Address labels with my address on them
VINTAGE: "Vintage" often indicates that the item is at least 20 years old, while items a century old or more can be considered antique.
I have recently began acquiring vintage items over the past year or so and have come to enjoy vintage items such as ledger paper, book pages, photos, transportation tickets, maps, used stamps, coupons, advertisements, cancelled checks, envelopes, onion skin/typing paper, and register tapes. I prefer things from 1975 or earlier.
I especially enjoy vintage items that are postal themed, images of flowers, sewing patterns, and typewriters. Triple bonus if the vintage photos are of people of color (e.g. African American, Asian, etc.). Finally, I love, a little too much, vintage numbering stamps. I have a small collection, but only out of restraint not desire.
Book/Library themed ephemera (e.g. vintage library cards, book die cuts, vintage book pages, etc.)
Personalized Swap Cards with flowers, violets, snail mail themes
We R' Memory Keepers (or similar) Eyelets - Standard
washi with script
Used postal stamps (especially purple and brown)
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
Shop using my affiliate link (in bio)
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)
70's & 80's Saturday Morning Cartoons :-)
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). I will continue to happily participate in international swaps, however, all international happy mail will be flat. Thanks for your understanding.
Last updated: February 2021
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