Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2020 7:53 pm


Date Joined: August 28, 2014
Last Online: September 22, 2020
Birthday: July 23
Country: United States

About Me

I am a middle-aged married mum of 2 (who loves alliteration.) I was once the regional buyer for a local bookstore and transitioned to the non-profit sector before I gave it all up to be at home with my littles. I am learning to enjoy being home but do miss interacting with different people every day. I am hoping swaps will be a way to embiggen my circle again. Pen pals and Letteran always welcome.

Crafty Habits

linocut, stamp carving, ink marbling, weaving, crochet, book binding, sewing, encaustic, needle tatting, embroidery, and a dozen others that grabbed my fancy for a bit. I have even tried my hand at blacksmithing and glass blowing.

I have become a bit obsessed with mail art and faux postage of late. Swap-bot may be very good for me or a quicker trip down the rabbit hole.

Bad Habits

always having 6 different notebooks started at once, keeping too many scraps of paper, thinking I can tolerate caffeine (it gets me every time), stash building (when do I think I will really use all this fabric), forgetting to charge my laptop and cell phone, thinking my handwriting is legible, automatically changing the font to something without serifs, not spending enough time checking my grammar (I am so sorry grammar police, it will only get worse from here)


anamorphic text, antiquated slang, art nouveau, Baba Yaga, beach glass, book recommendations, canning, clean lines, collective nouns, Joseph Cornell, cosplay, creative swearing, cuckoo clocks, curry, drift wood, Amelia Earhart, Earl Grey, elephants, embroidery, epistolary novels, faux postage, Janet Fish, forced perspective photography, Ganesh, handmade items, Charley Harper, high tea, honey bees, InuYasha, Eddie Izzard, Japan, kokeshi dolls, lilacs, Micron pens, Tim Minchin, modern furniture, moths, mushrooms, the 9th Doctor, nuns, octopi, the color orange, pancakes, flat pennies, pin hole cameras, poetry, polka dots, pumpkins, quirky signs, random people, ranunculus, small bits of nature, snails, Studio Ghibli, succulents, the Taj mahal, tarot, tattoos, TED Talks, Thai food, thrifting, tofu, trees, umbrellas, vultures, wasabi, x-rays, Hiroshi Yoshida & the letter Z

Favorite Authors

Jane Austen, Charles Baxter, Emma Bull, Douglas Coupland, Jim Crace, Neil Gaimen, Molly Gloss, Michael Koryta, Norton Juster, Alan Moore, Scott Morse, Mary Oliver, Mary Doria Russell, Jody Shields, Brad Watson (These are really just a few. I read everything and anything except true crime. Why oh why does this exist? Don't we all look at our neighbors a little funny as it is? Do we really need this in our heads? Also I am not overly keen on YA as most of my memories of being a teen are frightful and full of awkwardness. I know there is some truly lovely stuff out there but it just doesn't really move to the top of the TBR list.)

Favorite Movies

The Big Lebowski, My Man Godfrey, Stranger than Fiction, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Fifth Element, The Lego Movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shaun of the Dead, Gosford Park, Howl's Moving Castle, Read or Die, Still Breathing, Triplets of Belleville, Groundhogs Day, My Fair Lady


I don't let my kids wear heavily branded clothes and we don't have a tv. Throw in the fact that we are all vegetarian and I start to sound like a hippie but mostly we just like to spend our time wisely and appreciate nice things.

I will admit to disliking: clutter, makeup, glitter, The Beatles, disposability and people who do not hold doors open. I also do not like country kitsch, most floral patterns, Wal-Mart, Disney characters, people who hug too long and tweeny colors like teal and magenta. I like the things I own to last forever so I avoid anything too trendy. I am terrified of spiders (but that is only responsible), rip tides, and most large crowds.

The Dare

I dare you to PM me your five favorite books and why. I will send you a list of book recommendations.

If you like any of them, send me a quick thank you and maybe we can chat about books or crafts or swaps.

If you hate all my recommendations, I will craft you a bit of art mail with my abject apologies and post it to you.

Information for current swaps

  • I prefer labels to stickers

  • I love the color orange in all fashions: tape, markers, yarn, paper, ink. Any and all forms

  • Preferred themes: astronomy, libraries & books, stamps & air mail, snails & mushrooms. I also love hand drawn art and doodles.

  • I am currently remodeling our broken beauty of an old home which means half our bits are still in boxes and my construction free time in limited. I still relish the chance to focus on writing a fun letter and sending it in a fancy envelope but any extras are going to be handmade and from my limited art kit.

I am fond of meeting new people and would love to get to know you!


Comment: Thanks for the cute envie. I really liked how you put it together. The wax melt was a great addition.
LiliLuv rated for WIYM - Tiny blind Summer swap :) on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely fox postcard and the fun summer stickers! They will come in handy soon as I'm working on some summer themed swaps. I hope things get better soon and that you and your kids can enjoy the rest of your summer! ☀️
Ashzaller rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the delayed rating! thanks so much <3
Comment: I just received the PC from you and must say... I love the back more than the b&w picture on teh front of it. The decoration is really beautiful. Thank you so very much :D!
MarthaB rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #4 on Jul 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much, loved everything. The cat stamp is super! Placed it on my desk.
DragonflyDreamer rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #4 on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the grate goodies. I love the German name tags.
cmalaina rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #4 on Jun 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you love it all and the bookmark with the cat on it was amazing my cat keeps looking at it I wonder if she thinks its her reflection lol
user2148 rated for Challenge Image Swap on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Oh MY!!! This little guy is just perfect!! I would put him on every flat surface that would hold ink!! And together with that leaf design, just makes my heart happy!! Thank you so much for all the images and sharing your other designs as well! I’ll be getting a letter off to you soon!! ❤️❤️❤️
SkyFairies rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #3 on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies! I loved how you used the stamps to write out my name, and the envelope was so pretty!
Comment: Saba! thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL letter! it's so cool t meet another person from oregon, i will be writing back shortly!
anely73 rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #3 on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: I gotta say I love your style and the way you packaged everything! Very cute. You inspire me to work on my mixed media!
Kristipye rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #3 on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for such a thoughtful envie--I will enjoy using everything--the envelope it all came in is so beautiful--what a joy it was to see it in the mailbox!
Rita rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on May 20, 2020
Comment: I love your envie and paper goodies so much. It all went together with a color theme which I loved. Thank you. ❤️
Followyourart rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on May 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the envelope of goodies! I loved everything you sent. The stickers are really cute;)
user2148 rated for Pandemic Postcard on May 15, 2020
Comment: I love this card so much!! The beautiful carvings and the way you used the colors make it just pop!! I still can’t figure out smooth round dots - but you nailed it! The red trio and the sky writting - wow! ❤️❤️
dobiegirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on May 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you.
oneholypassion44 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on Apr 27, 2020
Ellevee rated for Pen Pals in the Americas on Apr 22, 2020
Comment: Everything was so lovely! I’ll be sending a reply shortly 💖
PennywisePap rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on Apr 19, 2020
Elliepatterson rated for Stuff the Mailbox #23 on Apr 16, 2020
Comment: Sssh don't tell anyone, but your envie of goodies is thee best happy mail I've had in a long time!!! my name stamped, how did your do that? I loved the Snail mail par escargot stamped card!!!! A PC of black/white cows, oooooow my be still my heart. A ghost hug, I don't like ghosts, but I do love my ghost hug. And the piece da resistance-oriental paper to use:-) I am smiling, smiling, smiling, Loved your swap! blessings

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smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


RyeRye on Jul 23, 2016:

Happy Birthday!


Loonstruck on Jul 23, 2016:

Happy Birthday Sweet Saba! I hope your day is filled with dustless destruction, compliant wilds, and all the very best food!

dawnielynn on May 24, 2016:

Thanks for the happy mail! Love all the labels you included for me - so generous! Hugs.

ladydy5 on Mar 6, 2016:

Welcome to our group Make An Envelope.

Vickyen on Feb 25, 2016:

Pen pals with a PC twist #1- Hi Saba! My pc traveled home just fine and it was great to have a visit from you! Hows the remodeling going? I would love to have the vision to do this! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

Loonstruck on Aug 27, 2015:

What a remarkable present to find in my mail box! Thank you for the amazing Loon stamp (and the much needed stamp pad), the fantastical dragonfly, and new book to read. Not to mention the wonderful packaging, wrapping, and bonus postcards! I'm so lucky to have made friends with you!

sherba31 on Jul 20, 2015:

Oops! Forgot to say that was for the AATW July Wishlist!

sherba31 on Jul 20, 2015:

Thanks for the very cool playing cards, stamps and the paper. It's so amazing! I've not seen anything like it so do let me know the source if you can. =)

kiddomerriweather on Jun 4, 2015:

Thank you so much for the generous birthday gift! I'm thrilled to have so many of these little books! Thank you also for the beautiful envelopes and awesome fabric rope. I've tried to make my own fabric scrap rope before, but didn't have the patience and gave up. Now I finally have some to craft with! Yay! You are the greatest!

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