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MelissaLB

MelissaLB
Date Joined: September 26, 2017
Last Online: July 17, 2024
Birthday: March 20
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm dedicated to Swap-Bot and send all my swaps on time. If you haven't received a swap from me, please let me know. I'm always happy to re-send.

In a world where you can be anything....be kind.

April 24, 2023 - I hit 500 swaps! I’m so excited to be at this milestone. I love Swap-Bot. I've met some awesome people and really enjoy snail mail.

I practice yoga, reiki, meditation and energy healing.

I love to garden. When I was a kid, I would help my little Italian Grandma with her garden every summer. We would plant tomatoes, zucchini, all kinds of peppers, watermelon, green beans and potatoes. I've scaled my garden way back as an adult. I mostly plant a large variety of tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

My favorite herbs are basil, rosemary and lavender. These are also some of my favorite scents. As for other smelly stuff, I like berry, lemon, cinnamon, patchouli and nag champa. Not a big fan of strong flowers, apple, watermelon or jasmine.

I love honey! I use it for medicine, sweetening my tea and baking.

I work full-time as a paralegal in-house for a government contractor. We build military trucks.

I am an energy healer. Energy Healing is a pleasant and powerful therapy that helps you connect to your inner source of vibrancy and life force, making it available to shift physical, emotional, and mental dysfunction to health and well-being.

https://sites.google.com/view/melissa-energy-healing/home

I consider myself spiritual. I don’t care for the dogma connected with organized religion. I love to visit sacred spaces and buildings of all types. I practice pagan traditions and holidays. I enjoy exploring the sacred feminine in many different traditions.

I'm an avid tarot/oracle card reader. I collect decks of both. I'm also interested in trading decks if anyone would like to do a private swap.

I was raised Catholic. What it gave me was a love for the Mother and a belief in miracles. I've always believed nature is sacred. I believe in the natural cycle of birth, growth and death and the sacredness around the cycle. I don't like labels, but identify with Pagan, Witch and Goddess. I love the idea of a kitchen witch. I enjoy nature spells and creating magic feeding others.

I love to celebrate the festivals and holidays of the Wheel of the Year.

My favorite "regular" holidays: Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I also don't mind receiving holiday items all year.

For Easter, I love bunnies, pastel flowers & ribbon, colored eggs, carrots and Victorian looking Easter baskets.

Favorite Halloween icons: witches, ouija boards, skulls, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, haunted houses, scary trees and cemeteries; not really into black cats or monsters or anything gory.

For Thanksgiving, I like traditional themes - turkeys, pumpkins, fall leaves and woodland animals. I love vintage Thanksgiving images. They are so bizzare!

Favorite Christmas themes: traditional red & green, angels, snowman, snowflakes, holly, silver – anything sparkly. Lots of glitter and sequins. Not into country or rustic themed decorations like burlap and plaid.

I have a serious love for all things Starbucks; both the beverages and merchandise. I also love all types of Starbucks inspired stickers, stationary and washi tape.

I am addicted to washi tape. I love it! πŸ’œ

Some of my favorite Washi boutiques: Simply Gilded, Paper Geek Co. and Fox and Cactus.

One of my favorite washi shops on Etsy is GoatGirlMH.

My favorite washi themes: bees, purple flowers, dragonfly, coffee, whales, Star Wars and people.

I'm a fan of the Cavallini stationery, journals, stickers, papers, puzzles...all of it is so intriguing.

I LOVE Star Wars! I've been a fan of Star Wars since I was 8 years old and the FIRST movie was released. (Yep! I'm old. Hahaha) It's been a life long obsession. I read all the books and watch everything - the whole Star Wars universe is amazing. Thank goodness for Disney+

I like zodiac inspired art, stickers and washi. I'm a Pisces and I collect things with Pisces symbols and imagery.

I LOVE:

β€’ Nature – trees, flowers, birds, bugs

β€’ Oceans and beaches

β€’ Coffee

β€’ Road trips

β€’ Books

β€’ Study of meridians and chakras

β€’ Volunteering

β€’ Used and independent bookstores

β€’ Baking

β€’ Tarot & Oracle cards

β€’ Gardening - herbs, vegetables and flowers

β€’ Painting pottery

β€’ Candle making

β€’ Journals - love to journal daily

β€’ Chocolate

β€’ Peanut butter

β€’ Chocolate & peanut butter πŸ˜‰

β€’ Wine

β€’ Favorite color – Purple

β€’ Dragonflies

β€’ Bumble bees

β€’ Images and art of the Blessed Mother

β€’ Shells from the ocean, Lake Michigan and local rivers

β€’ Crystals and stones

β€’ Sun & moon images

My favorite vacation spots: Sedona AZ, Northern California (the Redwoods!), Gulf Shores, Alabama, Northern Michigan and Lake Michigan, New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Taos, NM and San Francisco.

I'm a big fan of art museums - especially enjoy Monet, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Degas, Matisse and Gauguin. I also love Chihuly glass.

I'm a huge IndyCar fan. I've been attending the Indy 500 since I was a kid. I also lived in Indianapolis for 20 years. I love watching the races all season.

I can't explain it, but I have a fascination with Bigfoot. I collect postcards, playing cards, stickers,etc. of Bigfoot.

I collect all things peanut butter & jelly. The cuter the better.

About Me

THINGS I DO NOT LOVE

I do not eat beef or pork

β€’ Kiddie stickers/Dollar Tree Items β€’ Color your own anything β€’ Chocolate covered fruit β€’ Flower flavored tea β€’ Scraps of paper β€’ Not a big fan of St. Patrick's Day. I lived in South Bend -home to the University of Notre Dame- for 18 years, so it's everything Irish all year long.

I’m not a fan of bath bombs or anything bath related.

BOOKS

I love books! I love reading, collecting and sharing all types of books. I'm a big fan of used-book stores, small independent stores and Paperbackswap.

I like to collect old cookbooks, spiritual books (everything from Catholic saints to yoga), books of art and books on the Wheel of the Year.

I read a lot of fiction. I especially like books in a series. It's a fun way to spend more time with the characters.

I looked up book genres on Goodreads, so here's my list of favorite genres:

Fiction

Fantasy

Science Fiction

Mystery

Historical Fiction

Romance

Women's Fiction

Contemporary Fiction

Literary Fiction

Magical Realism

YA

Non Fiction

Memoir & Autobiography

Biography

Food & Drink

History

Travel

Religion & Spirituality

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts, journaling, baking, making prayer beads and rosaries, painting on all types of mediums, washi crafts, candle making, painting pottery, baking/decorating sugar cookies in holiday shapes, and drawing yantras and mandalas.

Favorite Music

Music is a big part of my life and brings me great joy. I feel really blessed to live in a time when all my music fits in the palm of my hand (i.e. iPhone). Streaming services are a true blessing!

Some of my favorite genres:

Pop - some current top 40's, but always will love the 80's best! I love Duran Duran, Prince and Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, too many to name.

Classic Rock - Everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Motley Crue

Classical - Mozart, Beethoven and Baroque

World - Kirtan and Liquid Mind

Oldies - I love Elvis and music from the 50's and 60's

Postcards

I enjoy all postcards, here are some of my favorites:

Star Wars

Coffeehouses, coffee mugs, people drinking coffee

Libraries, bookstores, people reading

Beaches

Favorite animals - bears, rhinoceros, whales, birds, tortoise and rabbits

Mother nature: mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans, forests, meadows

City scenes

Trees

Flowers, fields of flowers

State map cards

Postcards of artwork, such as those bought in a museum

Touristy postcards from your town, city. state or country

Musicians from the 80's - Duran Duran, David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson etc.

Elvis

Recipes cards (but not recipes with meat if it is a picture of the dead carcass)

Alcoholic beverages

Pagan images

Frida Kahlo

Playing Cards

Ive been collecting playing cards for a few years and we have made many Frankendecks. I mostly collect them now because I like the designs and art.

My favorite themes:
β€’ Flowers/Trees/Nature
β€’ Ocean/Fish/Sharks/Shells
β€’ Butterfly/Dragonfly
β€’ Birds
β€’ Places: landmarks, city, state, countries
β€’ U.S. States; Favorites Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, California

β€’ Space/Moon/Sun/Planet
β€’ Alcohol, beer, wine, liqueur
β€’ Star Wars
β€’ Coffee/Tea
β€’ Elvis

I also collect random tarot and oracle cards for crafting and other interesting projects.

Temperance is my card for 2024 Balance, harmony, self-control, moderation

Favorite Movies

Favorite movies in no particular order:

*Top Gun * ALL Star Wars *Avatar movies *Tangled *Julie & Julia *all Hangover movies *A Star is Born *Elf *Field of Dreams *The Sound of Music *The Thomas Crown Affair *Dune *A Few Good Men *The Abyss *Bull Durham *Failure to Launch *Christmas with the Cranks

Private Swaps

I have various items to exchange in private swaps if anyone reads this far in my profile (LOL). The swaps don't need to be for like items.

I would be interested in swapping for items I like listed in my profile, your original art, tarot/oracle card readings sent by email, books, long-distance energy healing or anything you would like to offer.

I have the following items to swap:

β€’ 25-30 postcards that don’t fit into my collection or I haven’t seemed to find the right swap

β€’ 100s of playing cards in a variety of backgrounds (many duplicate backgrounds obviously. I keep buying decks cheap online or find them at the flea market)

β€’ Tarot and Oracle decks that don’t work for me – I would love to swap these out.

I also have a lot of tea bags. I'm in a monthly tea swap, but I don't really drink tea every day. I'd be happy to send some out. I don't keep any beyond their expiration date

I have a photo postcard of Ram Dass to share with someone. I visited the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos, NM in May 2024 and they gave me the photo when I purchased a couple t-shirts. I will mail it in an envelope.

Thank you!

Ratings

MamaKek rated for Elemental Altar Swap-Earth on Jul 16, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for the altar jar, as well as the meditation and other info!
TryshaH81 rated for PS: Scavenger Hunt Postcards #8 on Jul 15, 2024
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Comment: Beautiful cards!! Thank you <3
katcon rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #401 on Jul 13, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for the notecard and sticker sheet. I looooove the stickers, They are perfect. Your weekend sounded lovely to me, thank you for telling me about it!
bestdayever rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #400 on Jul 13, 2024
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Comment: Hello Melissa! thank you for the cool tye dye card. I saw some videos on tik tok of the concert and of course, they showed the wildest people lol. I wish you mucho good vibes :)
marclively rated for PCS: Js - All Suits on Jul 13, 2024
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Comment: Many thanks!! Marc
MonkeyMom23 rated for Frankendeck Tarot Swap #6 on Jul 12, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! I think that deck is beautiful. Hope you fire puja was fun!
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Comment: This was amazing! Right down to the envelope. Thank you so much for sharing.
SamanthaJane rated for Frankendeck Tarot Swap #5 on Jul 9, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for helping my build my Frankendeck of Tarot cards. I've never really been into Tarot but I do love the art on the cards. I have found some really beautiful decks. The last deck I bought is The Golden Girls. Too much fun! The ghost card is fun and the Goddess card is beautiful. Thank you again. πŸ™‚
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Comment: Thank you for all the goodies in this pretty bsg.
Mystyne rated for Quick Swaps: Elephant on Jul 8, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the elephant PC.
krspellman rated for PCS: Ks - All Suits on Jul 5, 2024
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Comment: thank you for the super cute cards, i love the cheetos guy! :-)
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Comment: Thank you for the green happy mail!
Burger1girl rated for Frankendeck Tarot Swap #4 on Jun 30, 2024
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Comment: Lovely swap. Beautiful washi on the envelope. I really like the cards you sent, beautiful empress cards. Your description of the card is entrancing. Sending good thoughts and best wishes. Thank you.
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Comment: Thanks for the wonderful pc of New Mexico and for your list of items you keep in your car. I keep 3 of the same items as you.
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Comment: Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for the wonderful pc choices. Love all the cards, but that sweet raccoon is my most favorite ;+) And, no, you hadn't sent that one to me before, but I'm so glad you did this time!
sgjolinar rated for BS&S~ June Stocking Stuffer on Jun 27, 2024
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Comment: I want to open it!!
Pyrhulla rated for PC: πŸ’œ PC of Summer 2024 #1 on Jun 27, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful purple cabbage postcard! Really lovely :) Have a great Summer!
LittleFlower rated for PS: Scavenger Hunt Postcards #6 on Jun 26, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the post cards and the bonus Our Lady one. Also I love your stamp washi, now I need to add that one to my extensive collection. Thanks for the swap.
karli rated for Frankendeck Tarot Swap #3 on Jun 26, 2024
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Comment: This was a great swap, and many thanks for these cool cards! Karolina
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Comment: what wonderful swap. Thank you for sharing and the beautiful enclosures.

Rating Overview

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Comments

anicka22 on Jul 4, 2024:

Thank you for the amazing simply gilded stickersheets! LOVE them πŸ’•πŸ™β€οΈ

NatashaJane on May 11, 2024:

Congratulations on your 500 milestone. And the fact you have done nearly 200ore since is amazing to say the least!!!! You are my Inspiration πŸ’ž

MuggleMom on Mar 20, 2024:

I hope your birthday is PURPLICIOUS!

xx

MuggleMom

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