Swap-bot Time: November 21, 2017 3:02 pm


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Last Online: November 21, 2017
Birthday: November 14
Country: United States
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About Me

04/28/2017 My favorite cat, Buster, met his maker today. He had been ill since December, and progressively getting worse. Making the decision to let him go today is probably one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make in my life. My house seems so empty without him.

12/29/2016 My dad recently died - or at least it still feels recent. There are days I feel perfectly fine, and others that find me sobbing uncontrollably. This holiday season has left me feeling especially melancholy. I fluctuate between having a really good day and a really horrible day. This month I find myself in a sort of a grief fog - Please be kind. Thank you!**

I love good mail, and I always have! I was in the Army, but that was years ago. Now I'm living the high life in Reno (get it? High life? Sierra? oh well...), working as an office manager. I have three cats, a love of tarot, divination, and gardening (flowers, not veggies). I like to read (cozy mysteries are my current faves), I'm a magazine-aholic, and I drink lots of chamomile tea (no wonder I'm so calm!).

I love Mary Engelbreit, French Kitty, Chococat, Maneki Neko and scotties. For scents, vanilla, spice, and citrus-smelling items are my favorites. I love tarot cards and other types of divination. I love cats. And reading. And BPAL!!! I love cosmetic and perfume samples. I'm rediscovering fairies. I would love guided meditation CDs (okay if burned copies!). I love magazines: girlie, home, different (Utne, Mental Floss, B*tch, Bust), mystery (Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock), and British mags. Starbucks cards are always appreciated! I guess you could say I'm a girly girl...love pink.

Favorite colors are the combo of pink and black together, yellow and gray together, pink and brown together, turquoise and brown together. I don't wear silver jewelry, but love gold and copper. I like autumn colors, but my office is decorated kind of with purples and browns.

Being an ex-California girl and a Scorpio, I have a love of water. I am almost always in the bathtub or taking a shower. My favorite bath/lotion stuff is Blackberry Vanilla (their "sensual" scent), Warm Vanilla Sugar and Moonlight (Moonlit?) Path by Bath & Body Works, Pear Glace by Victoria's Secret, and Origins Ginger scented stuff.

I love Yankee candles, but not many of the floral scented ones. Some favorites include, but not limited to, Sage & Citrus, Lemon Lavender, French Vanilla, Fresh Balsam, Home Sweet Home, and Spiced Pumpkin. I also like the Bath and Body scents as well, especially the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

I HATE GLITTER. Seriously...glitter and I don't get along. Glitter is the litter of the art world...it gets on everything, you can never get rid of it, and it lingers until the end of time.


GLITTER. I think I mentioned that already, but it's always worth mentioning again! ;-)

Photo albums and frames Oh ye gads...I have absolutely no use for photo albums or frames. I don't post pictures around the house or at my desk.

Most things made in China Seriously. Their products have killed cats and dogs and children. Why do we continue to trade with China? I realize that I can't stay away from all things China - but for sure stay away from items my food might touch, that go into my mouth, or on my face/body are items I will not use.

Memo sheets The only time I've used memo sheets sent to me is when someone kindly sent me about 5 ME ones. However, for the most part I prefer the whole pad or nothing at all. I lose the sheets, and they just add clutter to my work area. Honestly, I've gotten to the point where I just throw loose memo sheets away, so it's not worth your time or money to send them to me.

Hot Drinks I would prefer not to receive any hot drinks (teas, hot chocolate, etc.). I am not really a hot drink kind of gal - and I especially don't drink hot chocolate, because I don't drink milk.

Christmas ornaments I do not set up a tree. If an ornament is part of a swap requirement, please do not send me one - it would be a waste of your money and time. I won't mark you down for not including an ornament.

Postcards I do not participate in postcard swaps anymore. Exception: I enjoy receiving blank/unused Mary Engelbreit and kitty postcards, especially Grumpy Cat.

White chocolate This is like Fake News - a lot of hype, and no substance! :)

Knick Knacks and Whatnots

Some of my favorite things include:

  • Mary Engelbreit
  • Laurel Burch (esp. cats & dogs)
  • French Kitty
  • Chococat
  • Owls
  • Tarot
  • Gardening
  • Cozy mysteries (without romance)
  • Cats (I have three)
  • Magazines! I hardly ever buy them, but I love them!
  • Dark chocolate
  • Dark chocolate sea salt caramels!
  • Scotties
  • Lucky Cat (also known as Maneki Neko)
  • Roll on perfumes
  • Copper anything!
  • Bath salts (not made in China)
  • Candles (also not made in China)
  • Bookmarks
  • Witch stuff (not hags)
  • Grumpy Cat (who doesn't?)
  • Cool stickers (meaning not reward, kids, Disney, etc.)
  • Pretty note cards (not from Dollar store)

Group Wish Lists

I love, love, LOVE granting wishes via the Wish Lists posted in various groups I belong to. However, I am really tired of not getting thanked - either via PM or Profile Comment - for sending out wishes. As rudeness should not be rewarded, I've decided to stop sending out wishes to those people who can't be bothered to offer a thank you.

I'm also avoiding the dreaded "One Wish Wonders" - you know who you are. You're the people who post expansive, expensive, and extensive wish lists, yet only send out the minimum of 1 wish per month. You guys suck the fun right out of it.

Don't Open 'Til Christmas Swap

Regarding "Don't Open Till Christmas" type swaps - I am rating 5s once received, and will add hearts and additional comments after opening.

Favorite Crafts

I don't think of myself as a crafty person, but I do engage in light papercrafting for pocket letters (my new favorite thing to do) and I have also started to make my own small envelopes (microlopes).

I was attempting to learn how to knit... that didn't go well, but I don't think I've given up entirely yet. I recently bought a crochet needle, and I hope to learn how to make dishcloths. We'll see...

The one thing I like to do, but is really expensive to send, is making altered candles. I use the glass pillar candles that can be found in the "religious" section of the grocery store, and I decoupage them, add embellishments, etc. I like to make spell candles out of them, or "just for fun" candles - this Christmas I made myself a holiday candle using fabric, a vintage image of a cat hanging up an ornament, some fancy yarn, and a jingle bell.

I had a lot of fun with altered clothespins as well - this crafting thing is addicting!

Favorite Books

I love reading fiction that was written by women. Some of my favorite authors include Krista Davis, Joyce Maynard, Bailey Cates, Melissa Bourbon, Nancy Coco, Elizabeth Berg, Sandra Dallas, and Sophie Kinsella. Favorite books include P.S. I Love You, Good Grief, Twenty Questions, The Persian Pickle Club, and Lovely Bones. I also like the anthology groupings like Irish Girls About Town, Scottish Girls About Town, and the like. I've been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately and also enjoy mystery anthologies, you know, books with short stories by mystery authors.

Things I have to swap

If anyone is interested in a one-on-one, I have some stuff - US only:

Lots of cosmetics, brand new, received from Ipsy and Birchbox. Let me know what you are interested in (eye make up, etc.). I have a ton of stuff I would love to get rid of.

My Decorating Style

Brown and turquoise pretty much run through my house. My bedroom is brown and red.

I love shabby chic stuff, vintage, etc. One of my most favorite furniture pieces is something I got from my parents when they were alive - their record console! It's from the 50's, and holds probably about 100 albums. I love it!

I have a REAL garden for the first time in my life! I decorate it with garden gnomes, and would welcome any that were sent to me. Would love anything else for the garden (if sending seeds, please make sure they are for this planting year!). Gardening books, seeds, planters...it's all good!


I know tea is popular in the swap world. Please refrain from sending it to me. Due to dietary restrictions and allergies, I am unable to consume most teas. Chamomile and rooibus work for me. Everything else seems to cause distress - and that includes chamomile tea doctored with any other type of flavoring, like citrus.

Please: no green tea, no black tea - caffeinated or otherwise. My system reacts wildly inappropriately to it!

Thank you!


Comment: Thank you for the adorable card! I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving also.
Comment: Hey! I love the card and the awesome notebook and I especially love how fun you sound! Thank you so much for swapping!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and heart! And Happy Birthday - I hope you're out celebrating!
Poohtat rated for CPG Thanksgiving 2017 Card - US Only on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card. I hope you have a healthy, happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Comment: Thank you! Cool card!
greenafy rated for Happy Birthday, November! - USA on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much LMeowkin! The purse is so cute! I'm going to open the rest of the goodies on my birthday, I can't wait. :)
Response: I'm so glad you like the purse! I saw it and couldn't resist. I thought it would make a better "present bag" than a real bag!
Comment: Thank you for the card and extras. Happy Birthday to you.
Comment: Thank you for the nice Halloween card!
Comment: Thank you for the great card and the awesomely decorated envelope. I hang my Halloween cards on a door (the way some people do at Christmas) and the envelope will be hung up as well. Happy Halloween!
Comment: I LOVE this card! Thank you - and for the extras also, that encouragement card was an "I needed that " :)
Vickyen rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail October 2017 on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Hi Lucy! Thank you for the awesome Oct. Happy Mail! I love everything about it!! You have totally made my day! Congrats on your new home! I hope the move goes great for you - the thought of packing to move makes me shudder!! We have lived here 20 years and have soooo much stuff! LOL! The kids keep praying we will have an auction so they don't have to deal with it!! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks much! Good luck w/ new house.
Comment: super cute card! thank you β™₯ happy halloween! πŸ’€
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and note! What you described with cooking is what happens every time I cook so I don't do it often ;) p.s. cool envelope too!
PrairieKittin rated for Halloween Card (flat mail) on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: I adore the witch!!!!! Thank you so much!! This one is going up on my wall. :-)
Response: I just love Punch Studio cards - thank you so much for the quick rating and I'm so glad you liked it!
Comment: Hi there! The car show you attended sounds fun. I can just imagine the basset hounds look. Lol My weekend was great. My family spent the week and weekend at a beach house on Sunset Beach in CA. It was really needed.
Response: Thanks for the quick rating and heart! I am so jelly of your beach time! I have been craving a visit to the beach!
auralily rated for AUGUST Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I'm going to try to be good and wait to open it :)
Comment: Yes I do like it here. Since I got here I never sat in traffic. I think that's my favorite thing about Cheyenne LOL. The worst thing is the winters. It last forever. It's like we have no spring. Goes from winter to summer. Thank you for the pretty gold box. I'm dying to know what's inside and thank you for the fortune teller fish. I haven't seen one of those in years.
Bargnoffle rated for SMSUSA: July 2017 Happy Mail on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: OMG I am in love with what you sent!! I seriously loved everything about it. The envelope, the ribbons, and all the fun stuff on the inside 😊 I don't know if you've made flipbooks before but it reminded me of one. So much fun!!
Response: Thank you for the quick rating and the heart! I am so glad you like it - it was so much fun to make. I hosted a swap for those about a year ago. The swap wasn't popular, but it is something I really like to make and send them now and again!
Comment: Thank you so much
Comment: Thank you so much

Rating Overview

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djcamp04 on Nov 21, 2017:

Thank you for the pretty Christmas πŸŽ„ card from PF Card tag! And the added β€œcoal” was extra special. β€οΈβ›„οΈπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ»

Poohtat on Nov 21, 2017:

Thank you for the cute stickers for the Christmas Card Tag. I love them!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Nov 20, 2017:


kiddomerriweather on Nov 18, 2017:

OMGoodness! That cat in the box that @Tigerlilyknotwise posted earlier just made my day.

Thank you so much for the return addy labels you sent me for my November AATW wishlist. I love them so much! You could not have chosen better images. They are too cute. They came in the mail just as I was addressing a letter and was about to write my address on the letter. It truly was perfect timing.

Happy Belated Birthday! I swear I've been working on your bday package for a week. I've just been struggling with my dad's passing. Hopefully I'll finish up your package this morning and get it out in an hour, but no promises. If not today, then Monday.

Love, Suzanne

crescendo on Nov 14, 2017:

Hope you had a supah dupah Birthday!!

CurlyTea on Nov 14, 2017:

LivingInSong on Nov 13, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely Autumn RAK! It was such a joy to receive it in the mail today - I've already hung all the flowers up around the house!

Thank you so much again, you are too kind! I hope your day is wonderful, ~Emily Z.

MyHeartBelongsToSnailMail on Nov 11, 2017:

Happy Crap-O-Ween!!! Thank you for the awesome envelope of "crap"!!! I really dig every thing in there! There was so much variety!!! Thank you thank you thank you... so so so much for such a kick a** RAK!!! ❀❀❀❀

shirleyinCA on Nov 11, 2017:

WOW! I got teary-eyed when I saw my beloved Dumbo and Jiminy on all those address labels just for me! Thank you so much for this AATW Nov. Wish. I am just horrible at trying to create labels so this is a really special treat. I'm still smiling, and I could really use this happiness today!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Nov 10, 2017:


Don't forget to pack all the kittehs!

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