Swap-bot Time: October 19, 2020 11:07 pm


Date Joined: April 2, 2020
Last Online: October 19, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

Upate: 10/09/20 I am ready for this year to be OVER. We had a death in the family. :'( Last night, my Mom's boyfriend (whom I considered another "Dad") passed away. This won't affect the swaps I am currently in or hosting, but it will most likely affect how much I am online, as we may have to move my Mom in with us. She is almost blind with health issues and we really do not want her being by herself. Please bear with me when it comes to replying to messages and replying to ratings (I am already waaaaay behind on that,) but I WILL reply to each and every message and rating as soon as I can. Thank you for taking the time to read. Much love to all.

Update: 10/04/20 I figured I better update this a bit. I have decided to stay on here. :o) I am still battling a really tough depression, but I think I am slowly coming around. I even ventured out of my home for the first time in 6 1/2 months on October 2nd! Again, I want to thank EVERYONE who has been so kind to me. You have really made a difference in my life.

UPDATE! 07/16/20: In the past two weeks, we have lost TWO of our kitties. One on July 1st, and one just this morning. We don't know if there could have been something wrong with their food, or if one passed away from grieving the loss of the other. Either way, I am completely heartbroken. I have taken down 4 of the swaps I was hosting, as they were more time-consuming and I just do not know what frame of mind I may be in. I am so sorry, but I do not want to bite off more than I can chew. If anyone else would like to host those swaps, please feel free to do so. PENPALS: Please bear with me, as it may take me time to mail letters. SWAPPERS: Everything will still be sent, angelled or whatnot, as promised. Tags will be going out by the weekend. Again, I apologize for any inconveniences I may have caused. Everyone please hug your furbabies extra tight, because we never know when it may be the last time.

Hi there! 👋😊

My name is Mel and I am a pet mommy, living in an old, (1800's) farmhouse in rural, northeastern PA with my roommate, dog and kitty cats. :)

Happy mail is my favorite way to connect with the outside world and I love putting together special packages to make people smile.

**I try really hard to put thought into each and every package I send to make it special for the person receiving it, so if you ever do not receive a swap or tag from me, PLEASE message me before rating, as I ALWAYS send what I promise in good faith! ALSO: If I do not rate you within a reasonable amount of time, please message me as well! Sometimes I can be a "scatterbrain", but it is never intentional! Oh! And one last thing... if there is ever an issue with something I send (like I forgot to include something, or there was not enough postage), PLEASE let me know so I can fix it before rating. ALL of my swaps go directly to the post office to be weighed, but they HAVE made a mistake before, so just let me know.*

I do the majority of my shopping online, especially for happy mail goodies. 😊 Etsy is my favorite site to shop at! So many cute and gorgeous things! 💙

Boring, Yet Important Health Stuff:

I suffer from agoraphobia, depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and PTSD therefore do not leave my home very often.

I am also a type 2 diabetic with fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and a slew of other health issues. I am a stage 1 uterine cancer survivor! I am soon to be getting tested for lupus. HOWEVER, I do not let my physical/mental health issues define me as a person and I do not talk about them very often unless something major is going on. I like to try my best to remain as positive and upbeat as possible because life is too short to not be as happy as you can be.

Thank you for taking the time to read and I look forward to swapping with you all. Wishing you a bright and beautiful day!

Favorite Crafts

Altered Objects, Art Dolls, Art Journals, ATC's, Bookmarks, Card-Making, Decos, Envelope-Decorating, Glue Books, Jewelry-Making, Junk Journals, Matchboxes (Large or small, decorated & filled), Mixed-Media Art, Painting, Paper Crafts, Pocket Letters, Slams, Zentangles & Zines.

A few of my favorite things...

Colors ~

I love almost all colors, but my favorites would have to be teal/turquoise, purples, blues and pinks. (I love all shades of those colors!) I also love metallic colors, especially gold and color combos: pink/gold, purple/gold, black/gold and blue/silver. But seriously... I love all the colors. :)

Themes/Characters ~

70's, Alice In Wonderland, Breakfast At Tiffany's, Christmas, Coffee/Tea, Eeyore, Flowers (Forget-Me-Nots, Sunflowers, Bleeding Hearts and yellow or rainbow roses), Gnomes, Halloween, Kawaii (Especially BonBonRibbon, Charmmy Kitty, Gudetama, Hello Kitty, Hummingmint, Korilakkuma, Little Twin Stars, Milky Shy Cat, My Melody, Rilakkuma & Sentimental Circus), Little Red Riding Hood, Retro, Shabby Chic, Steampunk, Tinkerbell, Vintage, Victorian, Woodland Animals, & Winnie The Pooh.

Collections ~

ATC's, books, dolls, hand-made by you things, hat boxes & other pretty boxes, journals (junk journals and the guided/interactive/self-help kind with prompts), Kawaii, Pioneer Woman, plushies of my favorite animals, tarot decks (for the artwork) & zines.

Animals ~

(Pets): dogs & cats.

(To collect or admire in the wild): alpacas, bears, birds, chipmunks, bunnies, deer (especially fawns), foxes, groundhogs, hedgehogs, lemurs, llamas, meerkats, raccoons, red pandas, snow leopards, tigers & wolves.

Things I will love you FOREVER for!:

  • Anything hand-made/hand-written by YOU... especially art dolls, ATC's, books/journals you decorated, bookmarks, cards, envelopes, ephemera, favorite recipes of yours to try, decorated & filled matchboxes, penpal letters, poetry, song lyrics, stories & zines.

  • cute/pretty letter sets

  • cute/pretty stickers

  • cute/pretty washi samples

  • decos

  • happy mail stickers

  • pretty/vintage lace in my favorite colors

  • return address labels

  • slams

  • vintage ephemera, especially Christmas, Halloween & Valentine's.

Allergies & Dislikes

I am allergic to chamomile, seafood, walnuts, cigarette smoke & bees, so please do not send me any of those things... especially the bees!

I am type 2 diabetic, so please, no food items.

As for "dislikes"... there is not much I dislike, but the two biggest things for me would be anything satanic or anything to do with animal cruelty. Other than that, I am a pretty open-minded and non-judgemental type of person. :)


MissRich rated for Edgar Allan Poe Inspired ATC on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the awesome ATC Mel! and the Alice in Wonderland cards/extras were perfect!!!!! :):)
Comment: Thank you for the owl ATC you made for me. I really like it and thank you for all the useful extras. I appreciate it. :)
Comment: Thank you for the resend! It is crazy how mail is right now. I know some of mind people are waiting on. I sent a Birthday card to FL the end of July, and it still didn't arrive! I enjoyed your letter because I knew some of the area real well you were writing about. Thank you for all the fun goodies!
Response: You are VERY welcome and I am so relieved that this one got to you. I actually just made a post in the public forums about the mail. It seems like the problems are mainly with flat mail. (At least in my case.) I hope your birthday card reaches its destination soon. That is a LONG time! Thank you so much for your lovely rating and comment. :o)
Comment: Hi! Thank you so, so much for the adorable happy mail and the awesome stickers, I love them so much! The extras you included were so sweet of you, and I love the handmade lil envelope you put the goodies inside. I love everything!! Thank you!!!
Response: You are welcome. :o) I am so glad you are happy with everything. Have a beautiful day and thank you for your nice rating and comment. (((Hugs)))
kizzlets rated for Ephemera/Junk Journal Supplies on Oct 4, 2020
Comment: Hi HappyMailMel, I finally sat down and open some of my happy mail lol. Yours was one of the package I opened, I just want to say I've done quite a bit of junk journal swaps on here and it's definitely a hit and miss sometimes. I love junk journaling and I like bright happy things. Gosh the goodies you sent me are all amazing! Definitely the type of stationery stuff I like full of gold foil, kawaii, bright pastel colors! You must have an amazing stationery stash lol. I really like the silver accented cherry blossom/sakura half sheet of paper you sent me, can you tell me where it's from? It is very pretty! Thank you for your letter, I appreciate the time you took out of your day to write me a handwritten letter :). Thank you so much!
Response: Hi there! :o) I am so glad you are happy with what I sent. I admit... I have quite a huge stash (I have a paper problem!) Lol. I got that origami paper from either Etsy or Ebay. I will try to find the seller and send you their info. In the meantime, I am your partner for the bullet journal supply swap so I will send you some full sheets with that. :o) Thank you so much for your kind rating and the lovely comment. (((Hugs)))
Lemonine rated for Ephemera/Junk Journal Supplies on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you!! I will certainly write you back and include many pictures of my bunnies!
Response: Yaaay! I can't wait! And WOW, that got there fast!
area51ufo1 rated for Slams, Slams, Slams, #4 on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great slams tea ( hope to try soon) and the kindest note. That meant a lot
Response: You are very welcome. :o) (((Hugs)))
Comment: It arrived so fast! Sorry for delay in rating. I LOVE the ATC!!! I love the colors and his face and it reminds me of Miss Spider, which was a fav when my kids were small. THANK YOU! I understand why that postman has your ATC framed on his wall and threw aside his ethical postman code to steal it. The extras you included are AWESOME. Like, seriously awesome. I am so excited to make stuff with them. The vintage postcards are treasures. Your envelope is so beautiful, too. THANK YOU! And thank you for hosting!! :):):)
kathas28 rated for International PenPals - Spring 2020 on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Hi Mel, I want to thank you for all your efforts to receive me this letter! 😘🌺 There was so much trouble with the post service but Mel always gave her best to receive me her letter! 🤗🤗🤗 She even send a new one! I am pretty sure we are going to start this penpal! ☺️ Best wishes to you, Katharina
Response: Hey hon... did you get the second one yet? I am a little confused by your comment. I feel like you are rating me without receiving and I would not feel right about that. I am hoping you DID receive, but if not, please message me and let me know. I am really looking forward to writing with you.
Comment: Thank you Mel for the mini memo sheets and extra washi samples! I loved it all!
GirlMomToTwo rated for Slams, Slams, Slams, #2 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: This was an amazing swap! Firstly, thank you for making two of the slams for me. Secondly, you are so creative! Your slams are gorgeous! And finally, thank you for the extra washi. Best swap I've had in a long time :)
Comment: I got your RAK *AND* this swap today, so it was a SUPER Happy Mail Mel day! XOXO Everything was delightful!!! You're too generous and wonderful. Thanks for making my Friday. XOXO
cmalaina rated for Slams, Slams, Slams, #3 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you and I love the washi-tape so much had a very rough week so the washi tape made my day so much better thank you for them so much you are amazing :)
monsbrick rated for Letter of Encouragement on Sep 16, 2020
Comment: Hi Mel, What a wonderful collection of extras!💗💜💕❤️ Your envelope was also cheerful! Will write back to you and include a few pages from my favorite magazines. I subscribe online but they do come in port format and you can view their websites online but you won’t find them at the grocery store!
georgiafae rated for CPG Broken Record ATC on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks for hosting this swap-it was a fun new idea in ATC's! Love the one you sent-great use of pieces-words and music. Thanks also for the wonderful extra goodies you sent-love them all-you really did read my profile-THANK YOU!
djcamp04 rated for Art/Junk Journal supplies on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: 😳OH MY GOODNESS 😳 WOW!!! Girl you went above and beyond on this swap! What an awesome assortment of J&A supplies. I am going to go back through it because I’m sure I missed something. The patterns are great, those pages with vintage photos, I love them!! The doilies, napkins & tissue paper all pretty! Thank you so much! I see lots of creativity in that swap!! ❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Love Alice, thanks so much.
Fabriqueen rated for Die cuts and Decorated envelope on Aug 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome envelope and die-cuts! Have a wonderful day and stay safe! Hugs, Diane
ChrisD rated for Tea Time Happy Mail on Aug 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome. :o)
Comment: Your envelope arrived and OMG, thank you soooo much!!! I have a big day tomorrow and this was exactly what I needed! Thank you for the quotes, adorable note paper and sparkly washi!!!

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LavenderSprinkles on Oct 2, 2020:

Oh my goodness! Those teas are amazing! You brightened our day! So soothing and delicious! Thank you very much dear!

djcamp04 on Sep 18, 2020:

Hey Mel!! Hope you are feeling better these days. Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you & keeping you in my prayers. I’m also happy to see you in the winter/Christmas JJ supply swap! Woohoo.

sebastian122 on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you for the too wonderful RAK! You're so generous!! I love it all!!

vick302000 on Aug 20, 2020:

hang in there my dear. i have lost pets and know the heart ache and down right trauma. I have joined and left many groups over the years for the same reason you are. I came back a little at a time and now i know I will stop at a certain amount of groups and or swaps. So chin up as hard as this sounds there is another kittie waiting just for you to show up when you least expect it.

LavenderSprinkles on Aug 19, 2020:

I can help you with your group.

52901m on Aug 12, 2020:

Thank you for the tag!

bblue on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the 9 teas in the trading card sleeve you sent for the "I Collect" tag. A) that's so clever and B) you're amazing! Indeed I just want to leave them in the pockets and not drink them.:)

djcamp04 on Aug 11, 2020:

❤️Thanks for being a part of Dad’s month of happy birthday mail! He is loving all the cards & wishes! ❤️

sebastian122 on Aug 10, 2020:

I'm glad it got there, and that you weren't offended. =D Hope they help.

kittyhahahotbot on Aug 3, 2020:

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