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Date Joined: February 20, 2018
Last Online: August 10, 2020
Birthday: February 16
Country: United States
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COVID-19 UPDATE: California remains on a modified shelter in place order. "School" will begin soon and will likely consume more time than the district says it will. My little parcels of goodness are sent on time, however, rating will continue to be slower than typical, as I am visiting my box once or twice weekly. Thanks for your patience. Wishing everyone good health and happy hearts. Updated: August 9, 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: 20 (21 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)


  • Paper-crafts& Stationary,

  • Exchanging Letters with Pen Friends,

  • Making Happy Mail & Granting Wishes

  • Word games & puzzles,

  • Cooking/baking,

  • Documentaries,

  • Fountain pens & hand-lettering,

  • Nature photos,

  • Tea

  • Spa Treatments of all kinds

  • Travel to warm climates,

  • Walks,

  • Swimming,

  • Handwriting Practice Books

  • Extreme Dot-to-Dot

Favorite Crafts

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, 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.

Places to Travel

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

  • vellum floral stickers

  • avril yarn sample from Japan

  • Face Mask Sheets

  • Photograph of outdoors/flowers taken by you

  • Floral or Butterfly ephemera (esp. magazine pages of floral images)

  • 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.)

  • 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.

Favorite Television

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)

Sherlock Holmes

Anne of Green Gables

The Librarians

Dr. Who

Star Trek

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: August 2020


Tamawi rated for Decos Only - 8/2020 on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: I have already made a page in 1 of the 2 decos. You'll want to check for that in the future. Thanks for the stickers.
Response: Oh no! I am SO very sorry. I thought I checked, but clearly not close enough. Gosh, I am so so very sorry.
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R52 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: What a gorgeous spread you created! And the extras and envelope all fitting the theme - you are good!
Response: Yay! It arrived safely. I am glad to hear it. Thanks for compliment. Enjoy creating. Thanks for prompt rating and heart.
1koolkrafter rated for CPG Handmade Envies - US Only on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the envies that you sent me and the extras. They were all very nice.
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping.
saturnsrings rated for SMSUSA: Handmade Envelopes on Jul 12, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely envelopes Zoe, I will definitely use them for my upcoming swaps!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping.
joppagirl rated for Decos Only - 6/2020 on Jul 12, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice decos. I can't imagine how thick the Shabby Chic Deco will be when 7 more pages are finished!
Response: Oh goodness, that is a good point. Probably quite thick. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping.
kclicquot rated for I&B: Pick-Me-Up #4 on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: WOW! The peacock cards are so beautiful! the envelopes are subtle enough to be decorative, but save all the excitement for the card itself! This was the bright spot of my day! Pick-Me-Up SUCCESS!!! Thank you!!!!
Response: So happy you liked the note cards. Wishing you well. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping.
mandigutterrose rated for Happy Maill Swap on Jul 5, 2020
Comment: I'm so sorry this has taken to so long to rate! I misplaced the swap card that was in the package and I just found it. I absolutely loved it, so many pretty papers and I love the sturdy envelopes. Thank you so much!
Response: Happy you enjoyed everything. Thanks for rating and heart. Happy swapping.
jeka396 rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #4 - US Only on Jun 29, 2020
Comment: Oh my, thank you for this completely gorgeous swap! I love the letterset and addy labels. The pens write well, I had to try them right away! Also, I just came into possession of a bunch of calligraphy nibs and can’t wait to try them on the memo pad!
Response: Yay! You liked the stuff. I am so glad. You are quite welcome. Enjoy your new goodies. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping 💜
Comment: very cool! I think you hit on every item on my wishlist! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for prompt rating and the 💖 Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you Zoe for the Dragonfly Deco Book, the little extras & the patriotic postage stamps. Hope you & your family enjoy a safe & good health summer.
Response: You're welcome. I am happy you liked the items. Enjoy! Thanks for prompt rating and the 💖 Happy swapping.
CookieMomster78 rated for I&B: Pick-Me-Up #3* on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing yet another amazing swap with me, Zoe! I adore the gelli printed matchbooks that you made and am tickled pink that you filled each one with vintage tix galore! The faux wax seals are super great too! Then, there’s these custom swap cards that I am just grinning from ear to ear over - I imagine you had to have searched extra hard for an image of Cookie Monsters’ MOM!!! I only remember seeing her once in the years I watched SS! LOL! My fave is the one with Cookie’ eating a MOM-shaped cookie though! You brought true joy to my heart today! THANK YOU again, for sharing SO MANY (not just a few) of my favorite things & always going ABOVE & BEYOND!
Response: Yay! I am so glad you liked the cards. I wasn't sure. The matchbooks are so much fun to make. My crafty friend was coveting them so I will have to make her some too. Glad you liked everything. I actually made the seals. I make a bunch at once and then use them as I go along. You are very welcome. Thank you for prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting.
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️💌 All the hearts!! I think if you looked up Happy Mail in the dictionary, a pic of your envelope full of goodies would be there. 1.) The envelope was super cute! How lucky I was it was addressed to me! 2.) The letter inside was a joy to read (and also cute). 3.) I loved all the note cards with matching envelopes & the teeny envelope with stamps tucked inside. 4.) The icing on the cake was the little Candy Shoppe card. How cute is that??! Thank you so much for sending a piece of mail that truly brightened my day. Keep on swappin'!!
Response: Oh my goodness you are so sweet. You had me blushing and giggling. I am so happy you liked everything. It was fun putting everything together. Thank you for the prompt rating and heart. Enjoy it all and happy swapping.
Tricia22 rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #3 - US Only on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the purple & pink goodies, love your swap card, where did you get it from? Happy Swapping💜💜
Response: You are quite welcome. Glad you liked everything. I made the swap cards. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting
Comment: Thank you so much, the card is beautiful and so well done. I love it! Thanks also for the extras, the brads are adorable!
Response: You are quite welcome. I am glad you liked the card and brads. Take good care and happy swapping!
ccmmsu rated for Decos Only - 5/2020 on May 29, 2020
Comment: I think these are the biggest decos I've seen so far. They're going to be fun to work in! Thank you for passing them along to me, and for the swap cards. Also, that pretty blue belly band that you wrapped the tissue paper in is going right into my junk journal. :)
Response: So glad you like the decos and the gel printed belly band. Enjoy and happy crafting.
Hell0Z0mbie rated for Decos Only - 5/2020 on May 28, 2020
Comment: Wow - I am blown away! Fun decos, and so beautifully packaged! I will enjoy decorating those.
Response: Glad you liked the happy mail. Enjoy your day! Happy swapping.
Autist rated for I&B: Pick-Me-Up! 1/52 on May 27, 2020
Comment: This was such a thoughtful little pick me up! I LOVE the Neverland Notecards, and the Peter Pan swap cards (never had those before!) and they match my profile!! And one can never have enough grid notebooks! Thank you so much.
Response: You are welcome and I am happy you liked the items. Happy swapping 😀
Comment: Zoe, thanks so much for joining my swap and for all the lovely stamps, not to mention the beautiful embossed and stamped envelopes. Wish I could give you more hearts. I may keep these and send some of my stamps to Ukraine. I know they'll love to have them. Thanks again.
Response: That is totally something I would do! I am glad you liked the envies/goodies. Wishing you well and happy crafting!
Comment: LOVE the array of tiny envelopes!! Thank you!! And the embossed card is lovely too!
Response: Enjoy the goodies and you are quite welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting!
Comment: You always send such beautifully packaged swaps. Thank you so much for the book pages, washi, photos, and swap cards! I'm so curious about the woman with the two little ones. It's like she's looking right at you through time with such inner strength. Like no wind will ever blow her over. She's beautiful.
Response: I am so happy you liked the ephemera! You are so sweet. Happy crafting! Happy Mother's Day!

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MrsAlderman on Jun 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for the ink spray RAK!!!! I'm going to have a ton of fun learning how to use these!! it made it safe!

Kirkdebb on Feb 26, 2020:

Thank you for the Cheers to That stamp set RAK! I am excited use it! Also, thank you for the cute decorated clothespins! I think I'll add some magnetic tape on the back and put them on my fridge.

loveretro on Feb 14, 2020:

Dear Zoe,

wishing you a very happy birthday !


many thanks for your happy mail ! Monique x

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs, Pam

Whovian487 on Dec 20, 2019:

Thanks for your letter and all the great goodies you sent. 😀 I love the Doctor Who saying on the mailbox. Thanks again!

Cgscdy on Dec 14, 2019:

For the awesome pen RAK! Loved the pens, paper and especially the card those are some CUTE stamps!!! Never seen a happymail envie or packages like that I will definitely be looking for that set Lol! Many thanks!!

glennasgarden on Oct 22, 2019:

What a lovely surprise I received from you! I love the way you wrapped up the RAK Thank you so much!

groundhogstamper on Sep 26, 2019:

What a treat to win a RAK from you! I love the tiny stationery and, even more, the way you packaged it so beautifully. Thank you.

MSturgill87 on Jul 26, 2019:

Thank you for the birthday card! It was funny! I also just sent your letter!

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