Swap-bot Time: December 4, 2020 6:34 am


Date Joined: August 24, 2017
Last Online: April 9, 2019

Country: Australia

About Me

I'm Melanie and live in a suburb of Sydney with my partner and our kitties Minty and Betsy.

As a long time crafter and lover of all things paper I have shoe boxes filled with booklets, pamphlets, cards and paper things I love. I am forever picking up free brochures and postcards and can't walk out of an office supply store empty handed; a hopeless stationery addict.

I love all colours (except fluoro) but especially love peacock blues and pastels. Florals would have to be my favourite patterns along with vintage textures.

When I'm not playing with paper I am usually crocheting, gardening, visiting art galleries, reading, picking tiny posies or exploring my neighbourhood.

Have also just started playing around with zines ie I made one and now I'm hooked. I can't wait to sit down and make more - there are so many ideas floating around in my head.

Preferences ~ postcards to be sent naked unless the swap states otherwise

~ I would love to some Trader Joes flyers. Often I see people cutting out the interesting artwork used in them but have yet to see a whole flyer.

Things I love...

  • absolutely love flowers and botanical images
  • postage stamps (would love to collect air mail stamps from around the world)
  • art themes
  • birds and butterflies
  • snail mail / mail art
  • vintage childrens' books / illustrations
  • vintage ephemera / paper / photos
  • washi tape
  • interesting food labels / packaging

I love collecting...

  • ad / free postcards
  • postage stamps
  • Little Golden Books
  • interesting envelopes / bags
  • vintage cards
  • notebooks (that I never seem to fill)
  • cute clothing swing tags
  • wine labels / tea wrappers / fruit stickers

What I don't like...

religious, military, Halloween or sports related items.

Favorite Crafts

  • avid crocheter (particularly amigurumi)

  • junk journal junkie

  • collage and paper craft

  • book binding

Favorite Books

The Time Traveller's Wife

The God of Small Things

The Book Thief

When God Was a Rabbit

Favorite Movies

Bright Star

The Piano

500 Days of Summer

Lars and the Real Girl


Comment: Lovely things especially liked the rose lace.
shellyc rated for INTL - Happy Mail 5 pieces #2 on Mar 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your swap and the cute little pieces, I'll use them all! 😄
Wildspoon28 rated for amaZINE #7 - pets on Feb 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks for a great swap!
rainydayangie rated for amaZINE #7 - pets on Feb 7, 2019
Comment: So cute! Thanks!
neea1989 rated for amaZINE #7 - pets on Jan 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such a cute zine, I love it! ♡♡♡
Response: Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the heart :)
Klbbird2 rated for This is my Kitty! on Dec 28, 2018
Onibah3 rated for Pretty Things in an Envelope Swap #3 on Jun 28, 2018
Comment: Hi! Took a while, but your wonderful envelope came in the mail today! Thank you so much for the beautiful assortment of things, the stamps are really appreciated, and I loved your envelope too - Be Well! :D
Response: I'm so glad it finally got to you, almost took as long as it has for me to respond here! Thank you for your message :)
Comment: Oh my goodness, I just opened the envelope from your for this swap - It's GREAT! Everything you included (including the zine on Australia, which is really wonderful and so totally different from the one I made about Australia...), the READING zine, yee-ha! and the LOVELY fabric pieces....I'm so thrilled. Thanks so very much!
Response: This makes me so happy to read. I really loved that you like fabric swatches and that you were very specific about the size. How do you display them? Also apologies for being super slow to respond here.
Whippet rated for Deco Books - International 6 on May 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you Melanie for the wonderful mail art envelope, loved it. And thank you for sending me the Deco Book. You are great to decorate a page. Thank you for the used postage.
Response: You are so very welcome :)
stiffneck78 rated for Deco Books - International 6 on May 1, 2018
Comment: Oh wow!!! I freakin love this envelope! Thank you for the great deco and all of the wonderful extras. The quirky stationery is great! Love everything. I wish I could give you two hearts. Thanks, again. Have a wonderful week!
Response: Haha! This is a hoot. Thank you for leaving such a great message :) Sorry I haven't responded until now, I started back to work in May and all my spare time and energy disappeared.
allieo rated for A Minizine of Lists-newbie friendly on Apr 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a very thoughtful minizine! I enjoyed the selection of lists - I was wondering what type of lists people would create. Super fun! I appreciate your attention to detail.
Response: I had a lot of fun making this one; it was a great prompt and I'm so happy you like it. Also so sorry it's taken me almost forever to respond here.
Comment: thank you for the great zine
Response: My pleasure :)
Comment: OH my gosh, my gosh! I have never received mail from Australia! I am so excited. Your zine is just adorable - I love it. Your lists are so fun - esp the handbag and I have never lists. Thank you for the extras too. I am keeping all of it just to keep looking at!
Response: Oh this is such a lovely message. It is really wonderful to hear how excited you were to receive my mail :) I'd happily send you some more goodies from Australia and thank you for your kind words.
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous zines! And the magnet is beautiful, I love it. :) Lovely letter too. :)
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap :)
LadyRisa rated for Deco Books - International 5 on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: Guess what arrived today? It took one month based off the post date! The envelope you sent it in was coming apart on 2 ends, so I’m glad it made it here. I love the stamps you used & the postcard included. Thanks bunches!
Response: I'm so glad it finally arrived but am concerned about the travel time and condition of the envelope. Thank you for the feedback and heart :)
marliese rated for Journal out of ad cards on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: Dear Melanie, I was completely in awe when I opened your envelope. You really rocked this swap, such a gorgeous little book! I consider myself very lucky receiving this. It is always nice to find people who enjoy the 'art of creating' with found treasures as much as you do yourself. If you ever want to do a private swap with me, please let me know!
Response: Oh Marlies you are very welcome :) It was one of the most interesting swaps I've been in and I absolutely loved the challenge - so much so that I've started making two more of my own! I have received some wonderful swaps here & it makes me so happy to hear how much you appreciate something I've made. I would love to do a private swap in the future.
fbresnah rated for Deco Books - International 5 on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice deco! Will pass it along!
Response: You're welcome Flo :) I thought it was a pretty one.
Comment: Melanie I love your zine! It will be highly treasured - so cute in its little envelope <3! Thank you also for the extra papers. I love them so much! Those bags are just the cutest and they will be used for sure! Thanks again!
Response: I am so glad to hear Laura! This has been one of my favourite swaps so far and I can’t wait to make some more zines. Thank you so much for your generous note x
EvieB rated for Make a Minizine About READING on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: Omigoodness, Melanie! The little Reading 'zine you sent me--and the rest of the unexpected goodies (postcards, bookmarks, etc.) were SOOOO AWESOME. Even the envelope you sent it in is a piece of art. Thank you for making my first swap SO fun. :) :) I already can't wait to do more---and I have to admit that seeing what your package consisted of has inspired me for my next one (and shown me I'll have to up my game, LOL). P.S. I've decided I'm going to create a special shelf in my library to display especially cool Swap-Bot goodies. Yours is the first addition! :)
Response: Ev, that’s so sweet of you. I’m really pleased you enjoyed your first swap so much and I hope they keep getting better. I had a ball creating the zine and putting together the other goodies for you. I’m planning to use a similar design on other envelopes so I appreciate the feedback. I’d love to see a photo of your swap-bot shelf as it fills up. Thank you for such a lovely comment x
skeffiboo rated for Make a Minizine About READING on Mar 1, 2018
Comment: What a beautiful package of pure joy! Not only was your zine absolutely gorgeous and SO inspiring, you included such a wonderful mix of goodies and it's all so nicely packaged and decorated. A thousand hearts to you, thank you so very much! =) <3<3<3<3<3
Response: Sarah, you just made my morning! I am thrilled you loved the swap and I had such fun creating the zine and decorating your envelope. Funny story; the letter was actually mailed back to me by mistake (postie must have missed the stamps on the front) so I’m so glad it reached you. Thank you again for your lovely words x

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Seaville on Dec 12, 2017:

Oh you're very welcome! It was the least I could do after receiving the wonderful journal (which stays in my desk so I can always look through it). And yes, do try a zine. They come together pretty quickly and if you make enough you could end up being your own "book" publisher ;P

tristitia on Dec 12, 2017:

Thank you for the thank you mail! I love everything you sent. Your zine is really awesome and beautifully printed - I need to get into making them, they seem fun :)

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