Swap-bot Time: March 7, 2021 7:26 pm


Date Joined: November 19, 2020
Last Online: March 1, 2021
Birthday: May 21
Country: United States

About Me

My daughter has penpals all over the world and all her fun mail tucked in with my bills makes me jealous! Her rule is that she has to keep up with it and not delay - I figure if I can wrangle a 7 year old with 7 penpals, I can have my own!!!

My collection of fun pens is only used for shopping lists and work notes and it is high time they got to have a little fun! Who says the only fun I get to have is decorating my planner?

I really love to make art with my child. We do paint nights together in our dining room, play around with different mediums, and we make and send art and fun packages to her friends. We do all our holiday gifts by hand - 2020 is cocoa mixes, stovetop potpourri, calendula salve, lip balm, bath bombs, and hand carved stamp printed notecards...and whatever else we get inspired to make! We also letterbox and carving stamps is one of our favorite hobbies.

As for food, I am not super picky. I like trying out:

  • Nut butters
  • Salty snacks
  • Chocolate
  • Maple things
  • Just about anything...surprise me!

We have a pet hedgehog and we're obsessed. The cat is a bit of an afterthought but she is an antique who purrs loudly and sleeps except at dinner time! Outside of the 'hog and the cat, I am a fan of bees. I have a bee tattoo and find myself drawn to honeycomb patterns, yellow & gray combinations, and bee motifs. Since childhood bees and I have had a special connection. I used to sit in the garden with orange juice on my hands for the bees to enjoy!

My favorite smell is geranium but I also make some pink grapefruit bath bombs that are to die for. I like geranium because it is sweet and cheerful but a little bit dark and mysterious. I like to think that is what makes it the right smell for me - I'm complex and I am many things. Something that is simple simply doesn't describe me!

For most of my adult life, I've struggled with body image. The only time I was ever a "healthy" weight I was so sick I almost died. Not a good weight loss plan! I love inspirational and motivational sayings. My house has at least one affirmation on the wall but most rooms have many more.

I currently live in Massachusetts (North Central) and I work in Connecticut (outside Norwich). I am pretty sure I was made to live in the frigid North. I grew up overseas in some really hot places and winter from October to May suits me well! Where did I live? I was born in South Africa, lived in Australia, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Peru (very briefly), and now the States. I've live in 6 states (Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Nevada). I love travel themed items and art from all over the world. International foods make me very happy!

I am sure I will have more to say as I read profiles of people I am mailing to and I get more swaps under my belt! I am so very excited to be starting this!

Food, Tea, and Tasty Things

I love growing things and preserving them to use. I can, freeze, and dry almost everything that comes out of the garden. This is handy because I cook like crazy! We are vegan but not crazy people. We just like veggies a lot.

I love teas and trying out different teas. My collection currently resides in three drawers and two boxes. I am a firm believer that there is a tea for every physical and emotional ailment. I drink all sorts of flavors so surprise me! However, when tea just won't do some good strong coffee or a beautiful chunk of dark chocolate fill in the gaps perfectly.

The only teas I don't really care for are things like "Strawberries and Cream" and things that are all berry without anything else. I don't mind black tea but if possible I would rather not receive it as I have a lot of it and prefer it loose leaf.

Favorite Music

I like a mix of the stuff my parents listened to, early 2000s indie/folk, and some hip hop. Enough to make anyone's ears bleed! It boils down to mood. Sometimes I want something rowdy and dark - like Social Distortion. Sometimes I want a wordless classical piece that makes me want to dance in the street! Not so much on dancing in the street - we do like to make up our own words to instrumentals, though!

Standout artists: Felix Fables, Cat Stevens, Arlo Guthrie, Melanie...more to be added!

Favorite Books

I am currently rereading books from middle and high school...it has me upended. I loved Ayn Rand and still do. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques. Harry Potter. Daniel Pinkwater absolutely cracks me up. My daughter and I are reading "The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death" at the moment and even after reading it thirty or so times in my life, it still cracks me up. I think that is what I like in a book - I love it when I weep, when I laugh out loud, or when I am so engaged I have a physical response. Those books are worlds of their own.

Favorite Movies

Stanley Kubrick films. Quentin Tarantino for the most part. LOTR. Fantastic Mr. Fox. These days I don't get to watch much for myself. We watch so little TV in general that most of our movie time is used up with the sorts of movies a 7 year old will enjoy. Her favorite is Monty Python and the Holy Grail so I suppose I should be relieved and consider myself a lucky parent!

If we're talking movies, I feel like we're talking snacks, too! I love oil free popcorn. My favorite is whole dried corn on the cob that I pop and top with lime zest and chili powder. I eat it with a spray bottle of coconut aminos that I spritz on. Yummy. Nori, kale, and rice chips are crunchy and salty and delicious. I love trying out unique dried fruits and leathers. Cream soda (and cherry cream soda) and root beer are my sweet non-fruit treats.

Favorite Television

Ozark. Breaking Bad. The Crown. 24. The Great British Baking Show. Chef's Table. Anne with an E.

Much like my taste in music, books, and movies, I am absolutely all over the place on the TV front. I like historical drama, I like characters who are the bad guy but you like them anyway, and I like food!

Favorite Crafts

  • Knitting
  • Crosstitch
  • Painting
  • Calligraphy
  • Bleeding tissue art
  • Card making
  • Drawing (pencil, pen, ink, etc.)
  • Zine making
  • Dying yarn
  • Bath goodies
  • Making clay figurines
  • Origami (although my 1000 Paper Cranes project stalled)


Violet is 7, soon to be 8. I received a kawaii cat washi covered envelope and she completely lost her mind. She stole every single piece off the envelope.

She loves lego, cats, hedgehogs, fluffy chunky puppies, Harry Potter, Redwall, crafting (painting, drawing, collage), glitter gel pens, stickers, surprises, knitting (she is learning and loves sort of chunky yarn), coloring pages, chamomile tea, nutella, hot chocolate, pink and purple (but she tells me she is a dark rock child who only likes black).


Wish List

  • Peony themes
  • Bee themes
  • Hedgehog theme
  • Pens for hand lettering
  • Papers

    Likes (Things I've received that made me happy!)

  • washi samples
  • sticker flakes
  • blank postcards


  • Religious and political themes
  • Horror anything
  • crumpled, used, or damaged things (this is in reference to things tucked in and not envelopes or postcards!)


PrincessLeia rated for 🍄MUSHROOMS🍄 #2 on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks or the lovely envie and mushroom pieces! I haven’t seen any mushroom PCs in Australian shops. The earrings are very cute, but they broke off at the attachment, but no worries, because I have an idea to use them in my art journals! Thanks so much, you are very thoughtful. I’ve only been to townsville once for a course/workshop on bone surgery. I was quite impressed by all the fabric shops that they had for a small place. We only have one in darwin. Stay safe and hope t9 swap again in the future!
Dmangrum rated for Challenge! 15 questions #1 on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: I love everything about it it’s beautiful!
heidiblooms rated for Recipe Zine Pizza #1 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Love it! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you. I finally received this & I enjoyed reading what you wrote.
takehimaway rated for Color Theme: Yellow and Grey on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for taking the time to put together a lovely all grey swap for me. Having you go out of your way to cater to my very specific sensory preferences truly allowed you to show your mindfulness and care for others, and I truly appreciate that. Whilst I definitely don't want to use it all up, I have added that stunning silver pen to my every single letter doodle! I am hoarding up the tape though, as that's the first silver one I have like that! I've already put the stickers into my collection too. Your handwriting is just exquisite, and my beloved remarked that it looks just like hers. It did make my heart happy. (Ever considered something like PunkPost as a side gig?!) Thank you again. If you'd ever like to do a private swap, please don't hesitate to ask.
Rockmask rated for Cottagecore Happy Mail Folder on Feb 2, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness!!! This swap was amazing! Not only are the goodies super cute, but the whole flip book is just, wow! I agree, the washi tape is adorable! I can’t wait to use it in all my crafts! I’m very excited to try the recipes you sent as well. Thank you for the fabulous swap! 🖤🖤🖤
sjbult rated for Aloha 2020 - Challenge and Happy Mail on Jan 29, 2021
Comment: I thoroughly enjoyed reading your letter. Wow! 2020 was definitely a way to reset. Resetting our lives (although very chaotic) can be such a gift. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life and learning with me. The goodies and so amazing! The embroidery! 🦌❤️ Edit: I had to come back here and say that embroidery always reminds me of my dear Grandma who I miss everyday. Her name... Violet 💜
Carollee922 rated for tea swap for tealovers 17 on Jan 24, 2021
Comment: This was one of the best swaps I have received in a long time. You were so creative. I am going to try and enjoy them at your recommendations. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much! Everything you sent was so nice :) And that little booklet was adorable!
LittleRed rated for Harry Potter letter #56 on Jan 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the long letter. Nicely done! I enjoyed it with a nice cup of tea😊
maryrose rated for Tea For Thee # 80 on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Hello Melissa. I got your tea yesterday 19 jan 2021. I had try the tea, the jasmine one, it tasted good, i like it. Thank you for the tea that you gave to me.
Response: I am glad you liked the jasmine tea!
isandie rated for Tea For Thee # 82 on Jan 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the yummy tea! U cannot wait to try the mark twainquility!!! Lol!!! I love this sticker too!!! As far as typewriters go, I’m finding that really anything from the 60’s forward are pretty sturdy, regardless of the maker. I am focusing my collection on travel typewriters because they take up less room and only weigh 10-15 lbs! If you’re feeling fancy, looks for a Hermès brand one: baby or rocket. Super cute, and will last forever...but because of their cult following, they can get pricey!
Response: I love funny/artsy teas. They are so fun! Thank you for the direction on typewriters. I have fallen down a rabbit hole!
Wingsofgossamer rated for Recipe Zine Pizza #1 on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful zine! I’m looking forward to trying the recipes:)
Response: I hope you enjoy them!
Elliepatterson rated for Recipe Zine Pizza #1 on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: A ton of ❤️S and gratitude for your wonderful zine, extras & the artsy decorated envie❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for joining my swap. Yes I'd love your pesto recipe. You can email it if you like🌻 Happy pizza'ing
Response: I'll send you the recipe soon. Thank you so much for setting up this swap. I absolutely loved it!
mymerakidesk rated for Tea For Thee # 79 on Jan 11, 2021
Comment: Dear Melissa, Thank you SO much for your letter, I enjoyed reading it, as well as the teas. You are a generous person. ☺️🧡 Keep safe. Regards, Serviana mymerakidesk
Response: Thank you so much! I hope you stay safe, too!
Response: Thank you for the rating!
eshasketch rated for ☆ TEA TIME #24 ☆ on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely teas and extras! I’m so intrigued by the Buddha tea, filled with intention and magic! Can’t wait to try it! 💜
Response: Hooray! I was beginning to think we'd have to start over! I hope you like the tea!
nigatsubebe rated for Goodies swap #6 on Jan 5, 2021
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous. If it was possible to give more hearts, I would. The tiny envelopes with the bee wax seals are gorgeous! Everything in them is fun, too. The packaging is just as wonderful as the surprises inside. Thank you so much!
Response: I loved reading your profile and I had an absolute blast making your package. I am so happy you enjoyed it. Isn't opening everything up so much fun?!
Comment: Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL hot air balloon postcard and the granola recipe! I'm obsessed with the postcard, I have a thing for rainbows!
Response: I was so excited when I found it. Finding rainbow PCs was no joke for some reason. I am so glad you knew why I sent it!!
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You are welcome!

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hamsterfarm on Jan 23, 2021:


Welcome to Yarn addicts!

MCGalaxy on Nov 30, 2020:

Thanksgiving profile comment

I'm thankful for mine and my family's health. We've had a crazy year. It started out with me being hospitalized twice and having surgery and then my father-in-law died from COVID and then my husband wound up with renal failure and then my daughter wound up with a tumor on her leg. All in all it was a crazy year but thankfully we've all made it thru and we're ready for a better 2021

MauiMami on Nov 30, 2020:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFK

One of my favorite quotes regarding gratitude. I am thankful that we both joined this swap.

Aloha from Maui ~ Tanya

Honeyloveart on Nov 30, 2020:

Hello there! I hope you had a lovely November! I'm grateful you and your child can create things together and inspire each other! I am also thankful to have a wood stove this year to stay warm in our off grid tent! Sending warmth and well wishes!!

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