Swap-bot Time: July 19, 2018 2:29 pm


Date Joined: June 2, 2017
Last Online: June 28, 2018
Birthday: December 31
Country: United States
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About Me


My name is Michelle. I live in (mostly) sunny California with my husband and my twin toddlers. I enjoy handicrafts, travel, reading, and MAIL! I have my degree in History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz (GO BANANA SLUGS!), but love working with children. Currently a stay-at-home mom.

I am an avid Postcrosser, LWA member and pen pal. :-)

I love mice, hedgehogs, bumblebees, mermaids, sea horses, otters, maps, stickers, washi tape, and glitter. I'm inspired by a lot of artists from my college studies, especially Klimt, Camille Rose Garcia, Frida Kahlo, Kandinsky, and children's book illustrators.

UPDATE: Our vacation to the Pacific Northwest was great! Thanks to everyone who gave travel recommendations! 😊

I just started working on the weekends at Paper Source again (YAY CRAFTS!), but my time at work will cut down on my crafts and letter-writing at home, so I won’t be signing up for quite as many swaps. This also means I might not check on the status of my sent swaps, so if you have not yet received a swap that I have sent you, please contact me.


Favorite Books

Harry Potter series, The Night Circus, Pride and Prejudice, Where'd You Go Bernadette, Bossypants, Percy Jackson series, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, Anne of Green Gables series, Outlander series, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Hunger Games, Wesley the Owl, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Favorite Television

Master of None, Game of Thrones, Archer, Bob's Burgers, Grace and Frankie, Parks and Recreation, Mozart in the Jungle, The Crown, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Real Housewives of OC/BH/NY, cooking shows

Favorite Crafts

Crochet, Knitting, Collage, Rubber Stamping, Heat Embossing, Making Paper, Sewing, and anything with Washi Tape

Favorite Movies

Amelie, Pride and Prejudice (1995 miniseries), Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2, The Princess Bride, Kingsman, Big Fish, Guardians of the Galaxy, Superbad, Star Wars, Zoolander, Anchorman, Mean Girls, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 10 Things I Hate About You

Favorite Music

Ratatat, Santigold, Phoenix, Justice, Ingrid Michaelson, NERD, Sufjan Stevens, MSTRKRFT, She & Him, Beyoncé, No Doubt, and movie soundtracks.

With my kids I like Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, and Caspar Babypants.

Like to Receive

I am very new to ATC's and flipbooks. If you like making them and I have signed up for an open-ended swap I would love to build my collection of them and get more inspiration on what to make for my own.

If you are wondering what to send me in a swap, I am fairly easy to please. Just show that you put a little effort into sending me something that you yourself would like to receive. I always like hearing why you sent me what you did, something that we may have in common, a strange fact or secret about you, or what you had for breakfast.

I don't have many dislikes, and anything you send if it is something you enjoy will be welcomed. BUT I don't prefer Disney items (unless it's Tim Burton), super feminine or masculine items, or any politics regarding #45.

Always open to direct swaps, just send me a message!


dawnakaulen rated for PH: 3 Blind Postcards - Touristy on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful PC's- happy mail indeed!
EmJayBe rated for Beat the Bad Day Blahs on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Wow Michelle, what an awesome package! Every detail is perfect, right down to the paper you wadded up for packing purposes (I actually straightened it all out to look at it, is that weird?!). Everything is wrapped so beautifully; I can't wait to have a bad day hehe. Thank you so much for your amazing attention to detail and creativity, as usual. Can't wait to swap again. (And p.s...your little ones are so adorable! Thank you for including that. They are precious.)
Response: Yay! I’m sorry for sending it late, but I’m thrilled that it arrived quickly! Maybe you can choose a couple days for opening goodies even if you aren’t having a bad day 😊 I’m so happy that you enjoyed the wrapping and the packing paper! I had a fun time collecting everything for you, and I can’t wait for our next swap in the New Year. I just had to share our holiday card with you this year...too cute not to! ❤️
renmagpie rated for FBF: FlipBook Free Style- USA on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the absolutely amazing flipbook! I love everything about this! xoxo
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Comment: In a word: perfect!! From the fabulous wrapped box to the awesome packages inside...loved it all (of course)! The way you used the Portland stuff (pok pok paper,Voodoo donut box,e tc.) was genius...and I loved reading your perfectly penned letter. I'm so glad you enjoyed Portland and hit a lot of the spots I love. I am saving the two cute wrapped packages for Monday, for a little something to open on my bday. Thank you so much for remembering it was coming; what a special touch. Thank you so much! (And I'm gonna PM you about a future swap idea I have.)
Response: Awesome! I’m glad that the box arrived quickly (and hopefully in good condition)! I had so much fun preparing it for you with the time and care that your put in your packages for me. I hope you have a lovely birthday! Can’t wait to hear your swap ideas!!! 😀
Comment: Thank you
Response: 😊 you’re welcome!
Comment: Your envelope was so beautiful. I loved it.
Response: I’m so glad it arrived quickly and that you like it! Thanks for the ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the lovely minimalist-style journal you sent my way! Your quotes are lovely--my favorite is the emily bronte quote--so simple and beautiful. I'm so impressed with your journal construction. So clever. I'm going to try that technique out for myself!
Response: I’m so glad you enjoyed the quotes and style. Thanks for the heart!
MsLee rated for newbie welcome July 2017 on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you Michelle for everything in my envelope. Loved the postcards, some of them are great ideas for drawings :) Thanks for the stamps, I didn't have those in my album. Have a wonderful week.
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad that the resend arrived quickly! Hopefully someday you receive the original and get to enjoy those too 😀
thelindblad rated for NH: Postcards x5 on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard! I had heard of these "women in science" postcards but have never before seen one. Super fascinating and awesome to receive. I also love how colourfully and cutely you wrote it. Thanks again!
Response: You’re welcome! I love those cards, and I’m so happy to share them with people who like them! 😊
EllieBeth8 rated for Happy October on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: Michelle!! Too funny! I didn't know you were on this site!! Well thank you for the lovely postcard and I look forward to hearing all about your vacation!! :) Take Care and Happy Oct!! Shelley
Response: I know, right?! I was just as surprised to get assigned you as my partner 😄 Happy October!
kdeorne1 rated for NH: Postcards x5 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
Response: You’re welcome! 😊
piashlara rated for NH: Simple PC swap on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Hi Michelle, thanks for the beautiful postcard. I hope you had a great trip to Washington and Oregon <3
Response: I had a great vacation, thanks! Glad the postcard arrived safely. Thanks for the heart!
starmccoy rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Ladybugs on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love it and the postcards! Yes I will use them, they are awesome!
Response: I’m so glad you liked it and it arrived quickly! Thanks for the heart!
galadkria rated for Snailmail Flip-book Swap on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Omg ... The . Best. Flipbook.ever. Such a beautiful creation... Thank you so so so much
Response: Oh yay! I'm glad that you like it! I hope that you will get lots of use out of the goodies I included!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard! One of my new favorites. I love how it is just orange and black.
Response: I'm glad that you enjoy it! I love that set of postcards and save it for people who will appreciate it most :-)
Comment: Thank you so much <3 We LOVE the postcard ! Hope you guys have a fun time trick or treating - sooooo exciting!
Response: You're welcome! I think we are dressing up my daughters as a unicorn and an elephant...should be great!
Mugsie rated for BLC ~ Magazine Lovers! on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: WOW Michelle ~ I am speechless! That envelope and card is absolutely gorgeous, the card is so beautiful, I love them both! Enjoyed your message too! Thank you so very much and thank you again for joining in!!
Response: You're welcome! I hope that you will consider hosting another magazine-style swap soon!
ccmmsu rated for NH: Postcards x5 on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Welcome to Swap-bot! Thank you so much for the women in science PC. This is the 2nd one I've received from that series, and I am absolutely in love with them!!
Response: I'm glad you love them! Thanks for the heart!
SouthsideTracie rated for I've Been Here! on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the postcards and your lovely note! Hey, an airport has a zip code, so you absolutely have been in Philly!
Response: You're welcome! I hope you'll use some of the postcards. Thanks for the heart!
BizzyBusMom rated for NH: Postcards x5 on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: Loved the card... Loved the artwork. You go Mary Anning, right?!
Response: Yea! Gotta love smart women in history!

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OrigamiGrace on Dec 21, 2017:



EmilyT on Aug 26, 2017:

Whops I had a typo, not pie. Serious pi , it's pizza!

EmilyT on Aug 18, 2017:

Me again...I really need to pause B4 leaving ng a comment...I don't remember the street but on a street near the public market there is a nice map store(yes, more map PCs if intetested) and really near that store is a yummy bar/restaurant with yummy tacos & margaritas and decent happy hour...though it may not be kid friendly restaurant bar...can't remember.

EmilyT on Aug 18, 2017:

Ps-im sending to you in the I've been there swap, I won't send Seattle, lol! Found interesting art PCs at Public Market, decent priced tourist PCs too. Of course other PCs along all the touristy things I did.

EmilyT on Aug 18, 2017:

I've been to Seattle on vacation from Denver. I really liked the botanical gardens and the Space Needle. I also did a boat tour, aquarium & zoo. Had a great time. To eat I really like Serious Pie. Unique crust & toppings, at breakfast they have yummy biscuit & other things. I don't have kids so I'm not sure if it's the right restaurant for them...depends on their taste I guess. Of course people watching & shopping at the Public Market is fun. We did a day trip to Portland, wish we had more time but a stop in Powell's bookstore was great.

Glittermomm on Jun 15, 2017:

Your card was so beautiful! Thank you for it!

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