Swap-bot Time: February 16, 2019 2:57 am


Date Joined: January 7, 2017
Last Online: February 14, 2019
Birthday: August 31
Country: Canada
Bookworm Penpals
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The Canadian Coast to Coast Penpal Café

About Me

IMPORTANT: There is currently a rotating postal strike here in Canada. Cities are on strike for a 24-hour time period (bigger cities like Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, etc., often stay on strike for 2 or 3 consecutive days!). There is currently a HUGE backlog of mail and parcels.

So please be mindful of your Canadian partners, if things seem to get lost in the mail, if they fail to rate promptly, or if their swap is taking a long time to get to you. Your swap might be getting held hostage by Canada Post!

It also means that the date your partner has put your swap on the mailbox might not match the date stamp on the envelope.

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my profile! I'm a French Canadian girl in her early thirties (yikes!). I'm also fluent in English and have basic understanding of Spanish and Italian. I LOVE languages and I wish I could learn them all. Sadly, I do not have the time.

I'm an elementary school teacher, but at the moment I am on maternity leave. In March 2018, I gave birth to my first child, a little girl.

I have a large variety of interests: reading, writing letters, working on my novels, singing, listening to music, playing computer/video/board games, shopping at Dollar stores and Michael's, doing yoga, swimming, being outdoors, watching TV series and movies, and travelling.

I also LOVE participating in swaps both on Facebook and here on Swap-Bot.I just love preparing something for someone I don't know and knowing it will brighten their day.

I take my swaps very seriously, I always send on time, and it's why I would prefer you contact me and give me a chance to re-send if something gets lost in the mail before rating.

Favorite Books

I love reading thrillers and crime novels as well as the occasional biographies and chick lit novels. I don't have any favorite authors. As long as the book summary sounds interesting, I will give it a try. I really like discovering new authors as well.

Favorite Television

I'm a fan of How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, and crime shows like Castle and Bones. I don't have cable so I only stream online.

Favorite Crafts

I've tried many types of project in 2018. Those who stuck are: pocket letters, flipbooks, ATCs, and junk journaling.

I also like cross stitching and occasional adult coloring.

Swaps - Likes

Looking for inspiration on what to send me? Here are things I would love to receive:

  • Touristic postcards from your country or area
  • Magnets (touristic)
  • Embellishments/die cuts for paper crafting
  • Blank notecards (with envelope)
  • Anything Harry Potter (especially Hufflepuff, my House)

Here are other things I like to receive but have enough of at the moment (however, I won't say no to them if you decide to send lol):

  • Sticker sheets
  • Washi tape (ADDICTED!)
  • Bookmarks
  • Small journals
  • Handmade envelopes

Swaps - Dislikes

I'm usually not picky when it comes to swaps, but here are things I would prefer not to receive:

  • Nothing violent (against any living creature)
  • Nothing with spiders (my phobia)
  • Nothing religious. Spiritual and/or paranormal is fine.
  • Nothing erotic/nude or related to politics.
  • Though I like to color, I don't like receiving coloring pages. Got too many coloring books at home!
  • For stickers and washi, see following section!

Stickers & Washi

I thought these deserved a section of their own. My wishes are just that... wishes. No obligation to send!

Stickers (likes): dolphins, butterflies, owls, and frogs

Stickers (dislikes): Disney, religious, children stickers (ie Paw Patrol, Spiderman, etc.), planner stickers

Washi samples: LOVE all kinds, but right now I am looking for themed samples (ie books, dolphins, butterflies, etc.).

Facebook Groups

On top of swapping here on Swap-Bot, I also admin a few Facebook penpalling groups. Come take a look and join if you are interested!

You can find the links at the top of my profile!

The Canadian Coast to Coast Penpal Café - A pen pal group for Canadian residents. We also have weekly wishes, tags, and giveaways!

Penpals Across the World (Ladies Only 18+) - A safe Facebook group for women to find penpals worldwide. What makes us different is that we only accept members who are looking for penpals anywhere. Country specific posts (like UK only, or Canada only) are not accepted.

Bookworm Penpals - This group is still rather small, but it has started to grow. It is a penpal group for women who also LOVE to read! Join us and share your passion of reading with other members!


Comment: Thanks a lot for the 1000 islands postcard!
Comment: Thanks for the postcards! I sent one off yesterday already.
Comment: Thank you for the great card. You're right about the colours the blue hues in the sky really set it off
Comment: Thank you for your thoughtful responses. Motherhood certainly does change a person, don't let it change you completely though (unless you were an absolutely horrible person before, which I can tell you are not). When I had my son I thought I was supposed to become this totally different person and that just wasn't reality! I love your goal of getting published, it sounds like it's something very dear to you. How did you goal of a repeat win go last year?
HelenG6 rated for Only in Canada: Initial Swap on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice address labels and Disney post cards. I'm currently in FL on holiday. I'm not sure I'll see Mickey, but in the area. Sorry for the delay on rating. Enjoy 2019!
chandlerguera rated for WIYM: Initial Swap - INTL on Dec 24, 2018
Comment: Valerie, Thanks for the memo sheets and the RCMP postcard. I love Canada! Happy holidays xo
Keruka rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap #3 on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much. Love the washi and note :)
manme rated for FTLOC#1 Mini Pocket Letter Christmas on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Very lovely mini pocket letter. 🙂 Have a nice Christmas time!
Comment: Thank you for the swap, neighbour!
ArtyBeth3 rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap #3 on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the cool washi samples! I hear you. I've got too much washi. Did I really say that?? LOL 😀
nadithings rated for IWTS: My Favorite Color on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: thanks Valerie! I like the washi! xo Nadi
goosey rated for WIYM: Favorite Color Swap - INTL on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: thank you for the orange papers and stickers.
satinification rated for MEGA Fan of Washi #2 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love flamingos and colorful stripes ;)
crochetjunkie rated for MEGA Fan of Washi #2 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for some lovely washi!
Comment: Hi Valerie, thank you for your letter. Great bucket list. I hope you become a published author. I have 4 friends who have done this and it seems to be lucrative for them.
mb58ca rated for Only in Canada: Eyes Closed Swap #2 on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for picking the van Gogh painting ;)
emiiy8 rated for IWTS: A-U-T-U-M-N Samples on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Hey Valerie, thank you very much for the washi and for hosting! :)
tigermousecat rated for Winter ATC on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a fun swap!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. 📖 absolutely loved everything everything, and i am loving your log. will definitely check them out. sorry for the late rating.

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smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


CurlyTea on Aug 31, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

ReadMoreBooks33 on Aug 3, 2018:

Unicornblitz on Mar 3, 2018:

Profile quote #12 (huge apologies - i am late!)

Those who look only to the past and present Will sure miss their future

J f kennedy

adaywithmom on Mar 1, 2018:

Profile Quote #12 From: April - (adaywithmom)

"Be strong you never know who you are inspiring." -unknown

Have a great day! 😊 April

ncnurse04 on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12: If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

Happiness in a nutshell. Who knew? Nice to meet you! Michelle

Scrapinitblue on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

krissyhead1990 on Feb 28, 2018:

For > Profile Quote 12

Here is one of my favorite (and true!) travel quotes... I hope you are inspired to travel as much as I am.

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block


bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

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