Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2020 4:57 am


Date Joined: March 16, 2014
Last Online: December 1, 2019
Birthday: September 18
Country: Canada

About Me


I love sending mail and opening my mailbox to find a surprise but have slowed down on my swaps due to the disappointments I have experienced. I am way more selective. I am generous with my hearts and only ask that you put in some effort!

I paint (oil), am an amateur photographer, love music and poetry. I am very curious about the world and those who are in it and would enjoy another person's perspective on the every day. My over-used saying is that there is beauty in the breakdown. In other words, it's the every day details that give me the greatest joy.

I believe that all people, regardless of sex, sexual preferences, religion or race, deserve respect. Anything contrary will not be appreciated. Please do not send me anything religious in nature, I respect your beliefs but am not interested in discussing them.

I love all things vintage. Old paper dolls, cards, paper, envelopes etc. I have just started collecting stationary supplies such as stamps, wax seals and crafting paper. I have a HUGE collection of antique buttons and linens!

Please don't send food, candy or tea. I don't like things from the dollar store, plastic jewelry or cheap feeling items. I will not use generic printed (picture) envelopes unless really spectacular, preferring instead to make my own envelopes.

I am so looking forward to sharing and experiencing the joy of letters.

It kind of exasperates me to have to be specific but after a few swaps I see why everyone has such detailed profiles.... so see below.... G

Postcard Ideas

Black and white photography, landscapes, art, Victorian, architectural and the unexpected.

I don't really like multi views or printed off postcards. I spend a great deal of time hunting out cool and beautiful cards to send you, it would be nice to know you did the same.

Or if you wanted to create a postcard, I would love that! I have really enjoyed receiving recycled postcards made of book covers etc.

Swaps... Oh my!

I always send something special. I live for this stuff! I imagine you opening my swap and being excited and pleased.

I will not send you dollar store items. Old food or candy. I refuse to send you something I wouldn't want and I will NOT pass on those items to another swapper. Please, please... keep this in mind. I am not a junk deposit.


It amazes me how many swaps I get without a letter included. I love reading about your little corner of the world and am so disappointed when I open a package to a swap sans letter.

I always, ALWAYS send a letter. It doesn't mean you have to write back, but if you do that's wonderful too!

A letter, if thoughtful, will usually earn you a heart.

Friendship Books

Please don't send me these. I am careful about the weight of my packages due to postage charges, I weigh every letter prior to sending. I will not be using up space in my swaps to forward these on.

2015 Update

If anyone would like to do an "off the record" letter swap, I am open to that. Especially if we have swapped before.

Oh! Or REAL junk journals. I would love to exchange those. The kind where we use very little scrap book paper and include items (crap) from our day to day.

Just send me a message.


Comment: Thank you for the poems. I really enjoyed ""Race My Melancholy Heart." I also miss the days when I used to write all the time. I have children now, so I don't write as often as I used to. And when I look back on my old poetry, I fuss with it as well. I think it's because I write differently now, plus as an editor I can see all the mistakes I made or cliches I used then.
Response: So glad you enjoyed it. Hoping the typo copy didn't distract you too badly. (Read comment below.) Augh. The dreaded "life gets in the way of art". I found I wrote about those struggles when the kids were little, I was inspired by Robyn Sarah and Margaret Atwood. Two great Canadian poets, Maternal Femenism at its best. Happy writing!
Comment: Oh unrequited love, how I know thee...! Lol! Thank you for the beautiful poetry and the lovely letter! I really enjoyed reading both :D The poems are so powerful and gorgeous, they took my breath away! I've reread them a few times now and I can only love them more <3.
Response: Thank you. One of you ended up with the typo copy, only realized well after it was sent! Glad you enjoyed it despite them, if it was you. Thank you for your enthusiasm and kind rating. 💛💛
Comment: Thank you for the great letter. It was lovely to hear about your writing history and letters from your grandmother. I'll reply soon :)
Comment: Thanks for your lovely letter and kind words. Yeah, it is hard when we have lost our loved ones, over the years the pain is still there...but life has to go on right. Anyway, thanks for the awesome selection of stamps and also for pasting so many nice ones on the cover! Appreciate it. Take care and "see" you around!
metammi123 rated for Canadian - Fill Up My Mailbox! on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: your penmanship is beautiful ...
Response: Thank you... ☺️
Shannoneke rated for Write on! Letter swap on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: I received your lovely letter today!! Thank you! Such soft paper! :-o I kind of wanted to rub my face on it! haha! I will be writing back very soon, we have SO much to talk about!! :P
Response: Tomoe River. I may have gotten a few people hooked on it! Haha!
jaimiemarcotte rated for My Choice PCs on Apr 18, 2017
Comment: Gabrielle, Thank you for everything!! Jaimie
Response: Most welcome!
Kvwanderlost rated for Penpal Intro Swap on Apr 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful letter Gabrielle! I look forward to writing you back :)
Response: Me too! See you in the post. ❤️
Comment: Thanks so much for the super swap!!! 😁
Response: Most welcome. Thank you for joining and for the rating! ❤
Tracykason rated for Canadian - Fill Up My Mailbox! on Apr 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks! No offence but I think you might be as nerdy as me. I am going to write you a letter.
Response: Nerds unite! I am looking forward to your letter. 📬
frogginghappy rated for Canadian - Fill Up My Mailbox! on Apr 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter, you have beautiful handwriting! The whole thing is absolutely gorgeous!!! Blomidon sounded very familiar so I asked my friend if I had been there and he said we passed it on the way to Split Point. We took the trip East years ago (there's more details of that trip in the letter I sent you for this swap 😊) so the details are fuzzy but I do remember it was all gorgeous 😍. I hope you enjoy my letter as much as I enjoyed yours!
Response: Cape Split! Some of the best (smoothest) stones are found on a beach close by. I picked wild mushrooms on the way to Cape Split and then had to be careful not to crush them the entire way back. Sigh! Thank you for your rating! 🍄
Comment: Gabrielle sent a notecard & letter, plus some cat-themed goodies. It was lovely to read about Gabrielle's shared interests, and the postcards were especially cute.
Response: Glad you enjoyed it. Any opportunity to send mail to a fellow "cat lady"! Thank you for your rating. 😊
shtrqueen rated for Canadian - Fill Up My Mailbox! on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for a wonderful envelope of happy mail. I adore the notecard - it's so pretty - I don't know if I can use it! The stamps are fantastic and the tea sounds delicious. Hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Response: Wow, when Canada Post wants to, things move fast! I love that notecard too, that's why I couldn't bring myself to write in it. So pleased you enjoyed it all. See you in the post!
greygooselime rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #12 on Mar 11, 2017
Comment: Wow! I'm so very lucky you got my name to send to. I am in love with the envelope, the letter, and all the goodies. I feel spoiled, and I like it! :) You can count on hearing back from me but it might be a couple months...finishing up school and going to Europe in the next 8 weeks is going to eat up my time. I'll let you know when I mail though. Thanks so much for the most thoughtful package. ❤
Response: So glad you feel spoiled! I enjoyed putting it together, call it celebrating another "bit" collector. So jealous about Europe but looking forward to hearing about it and all the treasures you bring back!
MJBCoffee rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - May 2015 on Aug 24, 2015
Comment: Yay! I received your resend! Love the cute dog stamp!
Response: I am so glad this one made it to you. Thank you for your patience! And let me add, the wine was delishious. ;)
mawwis rated for Typewriter Letter - May 2015 on Jun 11, 2015
Comment: Thank you so much for the delightful letter and vintage bits! It really made my day. :) I am hoping to write a reply soon-ish!
Response: Welcome! I am so pleased you liked it! I was so mad at Canada Post for making me stick so many stamps on the envelope! Thanks for your generous rating. See you in the post!
Magickspirit51 rated for Fountain Pen Pal - May 2015 on Jun 1, 2015
Comment: I loved the way you started your letter. Like you have written to me before. Your home sounds beautiful and amazing and I wanted to say. I loved your paper. You will have to tell me the address or company again that you got it from. I love they way it feels too. Thanks for the extras.
Response: Hello! The paper is Tomoe River, I purchased it from a shop in Toronto but I know you can buy it in the US. Just Google it! You are most welcome for the extras... thank you for rating. :)
Comment: Wow! I've never received a journal like this. So much time and effort and it's visually stunning. My vintage mad daughter has claimed it! Thank you so much :-)
Response: I was starting to worry! Glad it arrived and that you enjoyed it. I really liked the cover of that one.
Beach722 rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - May 2015 on May 29, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the fun drink card and the nice message about the ocean.
Response: Welcome. Thank you for the generous rating.
msgforjohn rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - May 2015 on May 28, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the funny chunk! Your photo shoot on the beach sounds fun--would love to see the shots. Thanks again!
Response: Welcome! A couple of the photos turned out ok. Have you seen the one with the Hulk peeing on the side of a building with his other superhero buddies? So funny!

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widelo123 on May 16, 2017:

Gabrielle, Thank you for the pretty postcard of the Butchart Gardens. Shirley

shelleym on Apr 9, 2017:

I think I owe you a letter. I haven't been able to figure out who wrote last. I'll send you a pic of my craft room/desk and you'll understand why (and probably call the authorities on me). I'll write this week. ; )

LittleRed on Aug 20, 2015:

There is a Stuff a Smarties Box Swap -Fall/ Autumn themed in the Canadian Swappers Group. We'd love to have you join!! Come by the Canadian Swappers Group and have a look:)

shelleym on Aug 7, 2015:

HELLO! I'm not dead, I was just in the US. Just got home a couple of hours ago. Your* letter arrived, and I have answered it but I didn't quite manage to get it into the mailbox before I left**. But it will be on its way tomorrow. awesome poison ivy and ear infection, not laziness ***my son, not me, but I had to get him straightened out so we could all leave town in time.

rexypants on Jun 11, 2015:

Thank you for the wonderful hexagon mail. I love hexagons, how did you know? :) I thoroughly enjoyed reading your letter (and feeling the velvety Tomoe River goodness between my fingers). Haha. I will be commenting on the rest in my reply...many thanks for the happy mail, G!

rexypants on May 14, 2015:

I'm looking, I'm looking - but there's so much eye candy. That grey kitty, for just one example...I'll look some more, but my head might explode from calligraphy envy. No sweat about the journal, at all. Have a wonderfully relaxing long weekend in Tofino. So gorgeous there!

rexypants on Apr 29, 2015:

And now I'm curious about Tomoe River paper. Wonder if Paper Ya carries it?

Shannoneke on Apr 22, 2015:

Hi! I didn't realize they stopped teaching cursive! They taught us in school starting it grade 3, but they never really enforced it much, try as I might, my cursive is a sloppy mess after just a few words!!

rexypants on Apr 21, 2015:

Hey G! I'm glad the envie made it to you (one of these days, I'll manage to type your street address correctly!). Found the braille paper at Urban Source Alternative Art Supplies on Main St. in Vanc http://www.urbansource.bc.ca/. I don't get there as often as I'd like, but any visit is always filled with surprise finds. I've had some kraft braille paper sent to me by an awesome swapper - love this kind of stuff. Oh, and I'm not worthy but thank you for the compliments. I'm still smiling from the mail you sent me!!

lettergirl on Apr 20, 2015:

I got your wonderful letter! Thank you so much! I will be writing back, soon! And guess what? You are in BetsyPreston's swaps, and she's my pen-pal (I just met her here!! She's awesome!) and SHE"S ShelleyM's pen-pal, too, and that's YOUR pen-pal, and I just wrote to her because she had written me so long ago and now I have TWO people--you and her! who intimidate me with your pen-paly greatness and artistic ways. (BetsyPreston has to get my mail no matter what, so even though I know her letters are better, I need her to listen to me ramble about my problems, so too bad if she doesn't like them that much.) That is to say: I loved your letter, I'm writing back, small world, and I make no promises, since I do more silly kinds of writing and odd decorating using crap up I already have, glued to the front of the envelope. But if you can stand me, then I'm happy! :)

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