Swap-bot Time: June 28, 2017 8:59 pm


Date Joined: January 17, 2015
Last Online: June 26, 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, Adobe applications and Corel Painter. I am single, have two precious children (ages 21 and 26) and a frisky Bengal cat named Effie. I am intrigued by how others use their creative gifts. I love to paint digitally and then add some "real" paint before finishing my pieces. I also love to retouch photos and restore old and damaged ones. I struggle at some point every week with Meniere's disease (migraines/vertigo) and back pain. I try to make the best of my good days and delve deep into creativity (when I'm not playing "catch up"). 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 Home Colors: Living Areas- Black, Gray, Several Shades of White, Burgundy.......... Kitchen- Dark Teal, Eggplant, Taupe.......... Bathroom #1- Sage Green, Chocolate, Pink, White.......... Bathroom #2- White, Gray, Dark Turquoise Blue

Favorite Television

This changes from season to season but current favs are: Downton Abbey, Old Game Shows,The Blacklist, Shades of Blue, Home Improvement Shows, Victoria, This Is Us, and anything made by the Cohen brothers.

My Favorite Actvities

Mindfulness & Meditation, Getting lost in a good book while on the treadmill, Baking, Cross Stitch, Video Games, Oil & Watercolor Painting, Multi Media Art, Photography, Sewing, Wreath Making, Calligraphy, Card Making, Scrapbooking Including Digital Scrapbooking

Wishing For These Things

MY CURRENT WISH LIST: Old or New Uncut Patterns (the brown paper tissue type) of any kind, New Pocket Letter Pages, 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

Favorite Things

~ Most anything in the vintage or old industrial style. ~ I collect ladies handkerchiefs. Vintage looking 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 PERSONAL LIKES: ...Birch Trees...Gardening...Things Related to France...Old Maid Playing Cards..."Stuff" from the 50's 60's 70's...Clotheslines...Moss... Bittersweet Vines...Almond 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...


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

  • 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. Tea is fine.
  • 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!


Robinarie rated for Philippians 1 Bible Lesson on Jun 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your answers and the prayer card, God Bless You.
LisaLisa3 rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #4 on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the great stuff in my envelope. : )
dearchelsie rated for 2 x 4 Swap -USA- on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the fun paper goods and stickers. I can not wait to use them. =)
kamagna rated for Happy Mail *NEWBIE FRIENDLY* on Jun 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute, colorful happy mail! Be careful with envelope thickness though, it arrived with postage due. :)
Response: I am so sorry! I do weigh items but will be much more careful. There's nothing "happy" about postage being due!!!! Have a super week!
Celestite rated for Happy Mail *NEWBIE FRIENDLY* on Jun 11, 2017
Comment: Love my Happy Mail with all of the neat surprises. Thanks!
Ajijic rated for 2 x 4 Swap -USA- on Jun 8, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the nice things you sent.
vlhafer54 rated for NOTE CARDS “4” ALL…MAY on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note cards - happy swapping!
Response: You are very welcome!
Kyari rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #3 on Jun 1, 2017
ninarae4381 rated for USAHM: Alphabet Swap - B on May 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sending such nice B itens!
Suus rated for craft surprise #1 on May 30, 2017
Comment: Hi Melanie, Thank you for all the goodies you send me. Liked them a lot!! I hope jou had a lovely Memorial day :)
LowRain rated for 5 Oddities for 5$ ROUND 7 on May 25, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for the goodies. I struggled with this swap as well...Happy Swapping to you!
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

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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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