Swap-bot Time: February 26, 2021 2:29 pm


Date Joined: July 26, 2015
Last Online: May 9, 2020

Country: United States
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The Grey Rose Paper Company (My Etsy Shop)

Basics About Me!

Updated 19 December 2019

The Basics

My name is Mandi. I am 32 years old. I live in Kentucky with my best friend/husband, Jerry, and our 3 kids. I am a stay at home mom and I own an Etsy shop, The Grey Rose Paper Company.

I only swap/communicate with other women. It is not due to any sexism, I am not comfortable with men online having my address and also I am simply a wife heeding to her husband's understandable requests.

My oldest son's name is Jacob. He is 10 and in 5th grade, the final year of elementary school! Jacob likes basketball, football, books (he reads chapter books geared toward children aged 10-12 or 5th to 8th grade), World War Z, and the Walking Dead.

My second son's name is Callum and he is 4 & in preschool. Callum likes pre-k early readers books, trains, planes, automobiles, space, science stuff for early learners, building toys, anything STEM for preschool age, drawing/coloring, Paw Patrol, Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss, PJ Masks, Wild Kratts, and books geared toward boys age 3-5.

My baby girl is Evelyn. Evie is 2 years old and has a speech disorder, called apraxia. Evie likes hair bows (clip-in, any size), Peppa Pig, Blippi, unicorns, and books for her age.

I have two pet rats, Nox and Nargle. They enjoy bird toys, ferret tunnels & hammocks, and wood chews. Rats are not gross. They are as intelligent as a dog (mine know their names and come when called), as clean as a cat (mine clean themselves more than any cat I've seen and some rats are even litter trained), and they love human interaction & cuddles and never bite (I've had over a dozen rats in my lifetime and I've literally never been bit)! My little ratties are cage-dwellers. Nargle prefers not to leave the cage ever as he prefers me to reach in and give him treats/petting and insists I clean around him instead of leaving the cage while I clean it (he will move so I eventually get the whole cage done)! Nox is a parrot-rat... He will perch on my shoulder all day if I let him. He's not into crafting, though, so you'll never have pet hair on your stuff.

I also have a rabbit named Bunny that was born September 15, 2019. She also isn't into crafting (no worries about allergies or pet hair) but does appreciate any bunny-safe toys or treats that may find their way to her via our postal system.

Hobbies & Interests

My music style is car-karaoke. If I know the words, I'm gonna sing along (loudly and poorly). If I don't know the words, I usually skip it unless it's catchy. Country, alt rock, classic rock, 90s, contemporary Christian, and praise/worship are my most played genres. My #1 favorite is (and always will be) Journey! Some other favorite artists that spring to mind are:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba
  • Old Dominion
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Passenger
  • 3 Doors Down
  • Matchbox 20
  • Shinedown
  • Seether
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Sidewalk Prophets
  • Chris Tomlin

As for movies, I have always been a horror movie fan. My mom had me watching 70s & 80s horror movies even before I can remember. I grew up watching Tales From the Crypt, every Stephen King novel based movie and all the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th films. I've kept that love for horror my entire life, even the B-list stuff. I also love foreign films (I even took Foreign Film Studies in college), short films, and classic Disney. Some favorite films are:

  • Cargo (the short film that the Netflix full-length is based on)
  • Amelie
  • Sarah's Key
  • All the Harry Potter films
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • The practically unknown Bad Ben series (free for Amazon Prime!)

Some folks like to read... I like to read everything! I'll always be a Potterhead and re-read the series quite often. I also love historical fiction, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, mystery, true crime/murder, bestsellers, and things I randomly pick up at a bookstore or happen to see while browsing the Kindle books on Amazon (I have a FireHD, a Kindle Voyage, and the app on my phone). My "TBR" list is so long and is literally always expanding. I know I'll realistically never be able to read them all, but I'll die trying! I read in bed every night. I can't finish a book and stop reading; I have to start a new book immediately.

I am a crafter. I have a large craft room! My crafting interests include (but are not limited to) papercrafting, crochet, designing stationery for my Etsy shop, and writing letters & sending mail art to my pen pals.

I enjoy various other hobbies, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and photography (Nikon DSLR user here).

I am a firm believer that there is no wrong way to have a body. A person's worth does not come from a number on the scale, their outward appearance, or their physical capabilities or limitations. Anyone can wear whatever they want to put on their body. I believe fat isn't a bad word. I am fat. I am also beautiful. Those things aren't mutually exclusive. I am also happy, worthy, physically active, energetic, and confident (although I'm an introvert). We need to stop letting the media tell us who is beautiful and instead get to know each other and find the beauty in everyone, then maybe some of the other problems in society will be fixed too.

World religions were always fascinating to me when I was younger. I didn't grow up in a church or a particular religion & religion was never really talked about in my house. As a teenager I believed in and practices paganism (wicca). In my early-20s, I was agnostic. In my mid & late 20s, I was a confident athiest. At 29, Jesus saved me. I joined a local church, was baptized, and I now participate in a monthly women's Bible study, a monthly craft ministry where we make things for different charities or other donations, attend church at least every Sunday (but more often when I can), and host Bible study swaps on here. That being said, I won't bring up religion in my swaps (unless it is a religious-themed swap). If you want a theological discussion, I'm up for it but you'll have to approach the topic first.

I can't pass an hourglass without flipping it over. Weird quirk, but I feel it's relevant information. Also, I might believe in aliens and UFOs... It depends on the day.

Postcard Swap Info

Send something you think I will like based on my profile. There is a lot of info here. LoL

Also, I like touristy, funny, and strange PCs. Just no nudity please. Pin-up style is fine.

If we are in a swap that does not specify whether to send in an envie or naked & stamped, I prefer naked & stamped if you will write something on the back. If you don't know what to write, some suggestions are:

  • Recommend a book. Tell me why it's a good read.
  • Tell me some kind of positive news headline from the past few weeks. Local, national, or world news! (Nothing sad or political please)
  • Go to Wikipedia, click "random article" and tell me a bit about what came up.

Current Wishlist

This list is mostly for profile-based swaps. If it's on this list, I'd like it! Be sure to check out the rest of my profile for more "likes" scattered in.

  • Handmade items are welcome! Even if it isn't on my list. I like seeing what others make.

  • Check out my wishlists on Etsy & Amazon.

  • Anything from England, Ireland, Scotland, or Italy! Or things featuring landmarks from those places.

  • Tourist brochures for places in/near London, England. I'll be visiting in September 2021!

  • Unused USA Global Mail Forever stamps

  • Unused USA stamps: Forever, Additional Ounce, Nonmachinable surcharge, or just the small amounts (under 50c).

  • Rat/mouse/hamster/gerbil/bird toys/treats for my pet rats.

  • Rabbit toys/treats for Bunny.

  • Magnets (store bought or handmade) pertaining to my likes list below... or see my Etsy wishlist for other ideas.

Please Do Not Send / Dislikes

This list is pretty small, but it is a list of dislikes - things I simply won't use and would be better off being sent to someone who will treasure it.




Anything that could melt in warm temperatures between the months of May and October. In the wintertime, it's safe.

Sticker flakes unless I'm in a swap for them

Items that smell heavily like smoke

Loose confetti or things that will get it everywhere when I open the package

Friendship Books, Slams, etc.

Random Likes List

An ever-expanding and ever-changing list of random things I like!

  • Jesus
  • Christian-themed stuff
  • Rats
  • The United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • Aliens & UFOs
  • Hedgehogs
  • Penguins
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Beaches
  • Seashells
  • Sunsets
  • Mountains
  • Coffee
  • Lemonade
  • Doctor Who (Especially 10)
  • Harry Potter (I'm a Ravenclaw)
  • Ghosts
  • Vampires (scary or old-school suave, not "sparkly")
  • Mythology
  • Conspiracy Theories (all topics!)
  • Supernatural
  • Vikings
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Gilmore Girls (Luke, Jess)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Criminal Minds (Spence)
  • Classic Disney
  • Disney/Pixar
  • Body Positivity
  • Autumn
  • Space
  • Ancient Ruins
  • Flip flops
  • Kawaii style stuff (Gudetama)
  • Bob Ross
  • How I Met Your Mother (Robin)

How I Rate & Send

I click send if...

  • I have dropped a stamped package in a blue box.
  • I have given the package to the postal worker at the post office.
  • I have hit 'send' on an electronic swap.1

If you are in the USA and do not receive a swap from me within 2 weeks of my clicking send please PM me and I will happily resend.

If you are outside the USA, please allow 4-6 weeks to receive a swap from me. If that timeframe has passed, please PM me and I'll gladly resend.

I rate based on the rules of Swap-Bot. There are only three different rating criteria: I got my stuff and it met posted swap requirements (5 points); I got my stuff, but it didn't meet the posted swap requirements (3 points); I never got anything (1 point).

I rate the day I get your package from the post office or the following day, but I don't go to the post office daily. If you have tracking on your item and it says it's been delivered but I haven't rated it, please give me a few days. I usually pick up my mail at least twice a week.

I will contact my partner prior to giving a 1 or a 3. If you're going to be a few days late, please PM me. Communication goes a long way. :-)

Postmark Discrepancies

My town has less than 500 people. Due to this, we have a very small post office. I have come to realize that the mail I send off does not get a postmark on it until 2-4 days after I have sent it because it doesn't arrive at a point with a machine until later in its journey. It depends on when I drop it off (before/after pickup, weekend, etc.). I try to get my swaps out so that this doesn't matter and will allow for the postmark to still be in the time for the deadline. However, I do mark "sent" when I drop it in the box. So you may receive something from me that I've marked sent one day and the postmark not be for up to 4 days later. This, unfortunately, is just part of tiny town living. I've talked to my postal worker and the only way around this is to always have it hand-cancelled. With my schedule, this isn't feasible. Not to mention, the added postage cost for "non-machinable" mail. Thank you for your understanding.

September 2009

I joined this site in September 2009. I stopped getting online in April 2013 due to sudden, unforeseen, unpredictable, non-preventable (private) reasons. Due to the fact that I no longer had any access to the previously used email address, I could not remember my password for SB, I had no idea how to contact Rachel without a SB account, and I had a new name & address, I rejoined Swap-Bot in August 2015 with a new profile. I immediately contacted admin and had Rachel merge them. All my ratings from the old profile are accessible by clicking "View All" and scrolling down. I also didn't do any swapping from October 2015 (when my 2nd child was born) until January 2017, but I left on good terms and returned on good terms. If you have any questions about any of this, please PM me.


Comment: Thank you for sharing your list!
mchesser12 rated for TCHH ~ Guided PC #6 ~ Presents on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing about your best and worst presents. I have bookcases and built-ins that need a good cleaning. Lots of "just put it on the bookshelf".
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the postcard, I'll pass it along in the next round! Have a lovely week :)
LadyJo rated for TCHH ~ Send Me An Envie of FEBRUARY on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice envie of goodies!
Comment: hi Mandi...thanks for the cool postcard...love the look of it!...yeah...pillows...I hang on to pillows far tooo long😬...cheers!
michlove rated for PH: List 5 Series: Favorite Foods on Feb 1, 2020
Comment: I love, love, love this postcard so much. Where did you find it? I recently realized how cool bears are while watching a video with my son and a cub was playing with a star fish. Star fish are really cool too, in that if you chop one in half, it wont die but instead you'll get two star fish. Anyway, what I mean is thank you. You made me smile today! AND I love all the foods you listed as well :)
Response: You're welcome! The postcard was sent to me in a swap, so not sure where it was originally from. So glad you liked it!
Comment: Wow its cold there I can see why you’d want to be on that nice beach.
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, Mandi!
carfra89 rated for TCHH ~ Send an Envie of JANUARY on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you! These are so fun to put together and go through! :D
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #57 on Jan 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
MissNyx rated for A to Z Books on Jan 15, 2020
Comment: Hi Mandy, Thank you for the lovely selfmade envelope and the surprise inside.... and for writing down two lovely quotes.
pianoheart rated for Art and Travel on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Looking forward to trying these pigments. Thanks for swapping :)
SeleneW rated for NYUP USA Only #57 on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: I have to agree it is a bit odd. I wish there was people seated at the tables rather than empty. I am half expecting a ghost to show up in the background. Heh
Response: Yes! It is just so strange. Haha
MissBrenda rated for NYUP USA Only #57 on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Love that PC! You are right about what is written on the back! Too funny! Happy swapping....
Comment: Thank you for the card! That'a great movie, I used to watch with my grandpa.
robinjeree rated for NYUP USA Only #56 on Dec 15, 2019
Comment: Hi Mandi, I got your turtle postcard--I agree these are not my favorite turtles either, I think they look a bit too much like snakes? :) anyway, I hope your kids had a good doctor visit, and everyone has a very merry happy holiday! --RJ
Response: Ah! Maybe that's what it was. I've had that turtle PC a while and though I love turtles that one was always... off. Haha
doodlebugdezines rated for NYUP USA Only #56 on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Thought the doll cute. However, the title of Poison Girls Dolls is truly creepy. It’s a bit unusual!!
Response: Thank you! The title is what made me choose it. :-) Happy swapping!
Vickyen rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 17 on Dec 11, 2019
Comment: Hi Mandi! Love the pc and will pass it along for the next swap! Thanks for the book suggestion as well! Hugs, Happy Reading and Swapping! ;)
Ukucaitie rated for NYUP USA Only #56 on Dec 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the interesting post card of the Old Post Office!

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DRMOM on Jul 27, 2020:

Whew -

What a year!

You deserve to sit back

with a pillow under your feet,

an umbrella in your drink,

and the absolute conviction that you,

my friend,

are one hell of an amazing woman!

Happy Birthday!!!!

Tryph on Mar 9, 2020:

Thanks for the book rec from my Feb wishlist! And the postcard: perfect. It actually arrived last week and I set up the postcard to remind myself to post the thank-you but just kept admiring the pc instead! Thanks again. :)

Lonestarchild on Feb 27, 2020:

Thanks for chiming on on the Instapot! AWG Feb

MiRdLHWY43 on Feb 24, 2020:

Thank you for the very sweet card for my birthday! 💙

yvonne401 on Feb 22, 2020:

Thank you for my AWG February wish of tea! Thanks for thinking of me!



kiddomerriweather on Feb 22, 2020:

Thank you for the unused postage for my February WW! It will definitely be put to good use.

goinjenny on Feb 22, 2020:

Thank you for the postage in WW February!! I really appreciate it!!

dartha on Feb 22, 2020:

AATW-Feb Thank you so much for the adorable cat postcard and the wonderful quote. Very motivating and it is definitely going in my journal today. Thank you so much for sharing it with me, darla

susieq11 on Feb 21, 2020:

Thank you for the postcards for WW February!! I got a good laugh at the Wisconsin one because my husband was there last week and one morning it was -14F LOL! Awful!! Have a great weekend!! : )

Ciska76 on Feb 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the nice variety of washi samples for make a wish! January.

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