Swap-bot Time: May 25, 2017 2:50 pm


Date Joined: January 17, 2015
Last Online: May 24, 2017
Birthday: November 13
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! ~ I'm an artist and crafter from the mountains of North Carolina, USA. In addition, I am a classically trained pastry chef and pro photographic artist, proficient in photography, Photoshop and Corel Painter. I am single, have two precious children (ages 21 and 25) and a frisky Bengal cat named Effie. I am intrigued by how others use their creative gifts. I paint portraits, retouch photographs and create art for a living. I struggle at some point weekly with Meniere's disease (migraines/vertigo) and back pain. I try to make the best of my good days and delve deep into creativity. I lost my father in October 2016, to a two year fight with cancer and my brother, my only sibling, passed away in January 2017. I am hoping to find healing while grieving by sharing with others in the SwapBot community.

My Colors: Kitchen- Dark Teal, Eggplant, Taupe Bathroom #1- Sage Green, Chocolate, Pink, White Bathroom #2- White, Gray, Light Sky Blue

Favorite Television

This changes from season to season but current favs are: Downton Abbey, Old Game Shows,The Blacklist, Home Improvement Shows, Victoria, Sneaky Pete, and This Is Us.

My Favorite Actvities

Mindfulness & Meditation, Getting lost in a good book while on the treadmill, Baking, Cross Stitch, Oil & Watercolor Painting, Multi Media Art, Photography, Sewing, Wreath Making, Calligraphy, Card Making, Scrapbooking Including Digital Scrapbooking, Swap-Botting, And am open to trying anything :)

Wishing For These Things

MY CURRENT WISH LIST: New Pocket Letter Sheets, Oil Paint, Pretty Stickers for My Planner, Handmade Envies, Embossing Supplies/Tools, Gift Tags, Glitter Markers and Pencils, Pigma Fine Ink Pens, Pink Sharpies, Vintage Themed Stickers & Ephemera, Teapot Themed Stickers & Ephemera, Vintage or New Baking Tools, French & Paris Themed Items, Glossy ModPodge, Calligraphy Nibs, Funny Old Photographs, Vintage Motel Ephemera of All Kinds, Metal Tins

~ I AM ALLERGIC to most perfumes, cigarette smoke, wool (lanolin) and anything containing eucalyptus or pachouli.

Favorite Things

~ I collect ladies handkerchiefs. Vintage ones are my favorite. ~ I am learning watercolor as it applies to architecture and home landscapes ~ Favorite color is magenta ~ Folk art makes me smile. ~ I collect unusual and antique tea pots.

OTHER RANDOM LIKES: ...Birch Trees...Gardening...Things Related to France...Old Maid Playing Cards...Heritage...Clotheslines...Moss... Bittersweet Vines...Coconut Oil...Waterproof Mascara..Fancy Vintage Rings...Terra Cotta Pots...Burlap...Sandcastles...Mini Golf...Warm Fires...Treat Bags...Old (old looking) Crate Labels...Hydrangeas...Old Children's Books...Apricot Scents...Vintage Magazine Ads...Scarves...Warm Socks

I Simply Don't Need...

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THE FOLLOWING: - PLEASE nothing scented or smoky (highly allergic) - No FQ or fabric - I don't need matchboxes or any ATC supplies - PLEASE nothing cartoon related or kawaii or Hello Kitty - I prefer no candy or food. - Please, there is no need to send anything too juvenile (i.e. kiddie stickers, cartoons, small toys or stuffed animals). That includes baby things. - I'm not into mystical items, Wiccan, or things zodiac related

Shipments/ Ratings

I ALWAYS participate in swaps I sign-up for and try to send mail in a timely manner. Please message or email me if you do not get a swap I have marked as sent. I truly appreciate the effort each of you puts into your packages and will be happy to leave a rating. You are welcome to remind me to rate if I forget :)

Have a Happy Day!


btbeth rated for Send Something! #6 (USA) on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: I got the swap today & I enjoyed all that you sent but to maintain proper rating requirements for the site, I am giving this swap a 3 since there wasn't any communication, whatsoever, that the swap was going to be late. It was marked as sent on the site on 4/19 and postmarked on 4/20 which is 13 days beyond the send by date. I do appreciate you sending. Thank you.
Response: I do apologize for the late arrival and did send a brief message. I'm glad you are happy with all that was sent and hope you weren't too disappointed by the delay. Happy swapping in the future!
doulakk rated for Pocket Letter : Sender's Choice on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much
breethefrog rated for Spring Time Pocket Letter on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: Your pocket letter was so colorful with so many bright doo-dads to decorate it! It was a delight to receive. Thank you.
Response: I'm happy you enjoyed it! I hope it brought you inspiration. I love to see how others do them.
Hag53 rated for Send Useful Things on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the things in this swap! All very useful!
Response: You are very welcome!
Comment: What a lovely envie full of fun and vintagy stuff! And such a sweet note. Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked it!
aspens rated for Send Something! #5 (USA) on Mar 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! Happy swapping!
Response: You are welcome!!!
JINANNE rated for Notecard w/flat surprise # 2 on Mar 8, 2017
Comment: Melanie, thank you for brightening my day and for sharing your thoughts and good wishes. Please forgive my late rating; I somehow overlooked your notecard, but I DO thank you so much. Hearts and hugs...jinanne
Response: You are very welcome!
annielou rated for 4,3,2,1 swap on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: What a wonderful package to receive in the mail. Now THIS is something special. I loved everything! which makes it even more fun. I think my dh might be getting just a little jealous! Thank you for the 4,3,2,1 ++
Response: I'm happy to hear you are pleased! Have a happy week crafting!
CutePenguin rated for Lots of Mail: Stickers #1 on Feb 28, 2017
Jenicat rated for Send Something! #3 (USA) on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute goodies. Love the stickers πŸ’œ
Response: You're welcome!
Junebug505 rated for Mature sticker swap #2 USA on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: thank you so much
Response: You are very welcome!
Fabriqueen rated for Random Quicky, USA #1 on Feb 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute items you sent! Hugs, Diane
Response: You are very welcome!
pattiairel rated for Destash in a bubble mailer on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: thanks for a nice swap. Ill enjoy using it!!
Response: I'm glad you found some things you can use!
Comment: Hi Melanie. This was the very first swap I have received and I thank you. The items you sent are very sweet and much appreciated. Happy swapping! "Kalalinga"
Response: You are very welcome! I hope our paths cross again.
slamophile rated for 3 Things in an Envie #2 on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Wowie! What a cool envelope full of all sorts of good stuff -- Thanks so much ! PS: Just a heads up -- There was postage due -- Just remember - if the envie is over 1/4 in., or other "abnormalities" -- it's going to cost a bunch more postage. Don't worry - I covered it - But, just be advised, for next time. Thanks again for the swap!
Response: Oh my! I'm so sorry!!! I've never had that happen before. Please accept my apologies!!!
heliogal rated for Notecard w/flat surprise # 2 on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks Melanie for the nice note and little surprises. That is awesome that your daughter is an architect specializing in green building and solar energy!! Its the future!
Response: You're welcome! I hope our paths across again!
Comment: Oh I feel your pain! I always make a bigger mess when I attempt to organize my craft hoard!
Response: LOL- Have a super day!
lovesmail rated for Lots of Mail: Stickers #1 on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Nice variety of stickers! Thank you!
Response: You are welcome!
Jsereg001 rated for Lots of Mail: Stickers #1 on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Love the stickers! Thanks :)
Response: Thanks for rating! You are welcome!
craftyone rated for ONE Stamp - quick - simple -fun on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Hi, Melanie, Thanks for the fun things!
Response: You are very welcome!

Rating Overview

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4.9732 155 5 6
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reauk on Feb 18, 2017:

thankyou Mel it means a lot to me Andrea x

yvonne401 on Feb 17, 2017:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!

JenniferB on Feb 8, 2017:

Hello Melanie...thank you for joining my swap.

I am so sorry to see that you have lost two dear ones to your heart. Thinking of you at this time.

I am glad you are throwing yourself into being creative. Mindfulness can be a wonderful thing at times like this.

Take care ❀ JenniferB

biasbabe on Dec 14, 2015:


Welcome to the Scrapbook fun Group

anrtist on Dec 3, 2015:

Blessings, cc

anrtist on Nov 10, 2015:

WELCOME!!!!! ;-)

I made you an officer so you may host some swaps if you wish ;-) Enjoy the group! Blessigs, cc

Keruka on Sep 30, 2015:

Hi Melanie, Here are some verses for you for the share a verse of encouragement swap. God Bless xx

Kathy821 on Sep 26, 2015:

Love the graphics you posted for verse of encouragement! I was actually born in Asheville and Steve in Highlands. I also have a brother, niece and nephew in Columbia lol.

doulakk on Aug 4, 2015:


You are the WINNER for the Vintage-themed Pocket Letter Give-Away in the Paper on Steroids Forum!

Congratulations!!! PM me your mailing addy and I will get it out to you this week!

Kelly Kravitz

kdeorne1 on Jul 9, 2015:

Hello Melanie,

I am stopping by your profile today to share my :) ~ Flower Power Profile Comment for you. I read you like hydrangeas on your profile, here are two hydrangeas photos for you.

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