Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2020 5:12 am


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: November 28, 2020
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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I rate fairly according to swap-bot's rating criteria. If I receive a swap that meets all posted swap requirements, including being sent on time, I rate a 5. If I personally feel the swap was extra special to me, and that actually happens a lot, I add a heart For those that are new to swapping, and aren't aware, though, I'd just like to point out that it's generally considered very bad form to ask for hearts; it's really subjective. If the swap does not meet requirements, including being unreasonably late, I'll rate a 3. If I feel a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not received anything I will contact you first before rating a 1. I try to reflect my swap experience honestly and fairly, both for the person sending to me & the rest of the s-b community.

To those I send to, I pledge to swap unto others as I would have swapped unto me; I'll send on time (and would pm you if for some extenuating circumstance I couldn't), I'll put effort into making swaps that I hope would make my partners smile, and you can always count on me to rate quickly (although I do not check my POB every single day, so please don't get nervous if your d.c. says the package has been delivered & I haven't rated the same day; probably just haven't checked my box yet, give me a day or 2;)).
My swap-bot weak spot: replying to profile comments. I will reply to pm's (that need replying) but admit that since I can view comments from e-mail without logging into s-b, I sometimes forget to reply later or they get pushed off my profile quickly by other comments, and there is no way to mark them "unread". So the short of it is: if you really need a reply from me, better to pm than comment, though I do love sweet comments I get that require no direct reply!:)

These days I'm in less official swaps, and enjoy granting wishes for my favorite groups, Wishlist and Cheap Postage swaps, tags, and fun
I have so much fun granting wishes as well as finding happy surprises in my mail box! :)

getting to know me...

I'm married & a mom to 2 young-adult daughters, one has graduated from college, one is a college freshman. We have 2 pets: a grey tabby girl I adore, and a somewhat bratty but lovable mutt puppy :) I work full time, and am also now a graduate student pursuing a Masters degree to teach ESOL. My favorite hobbies are hiking/ taking long walks, reading, traveling & exploring near and far, trying new restaurants, learning about healthy living, thrifting, spending time at home with my family and pets, and swap-bot, natch!:)

Places I've visited: Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, France, England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy (& the Vatican), as well as Puerto Rico and 25 U.S. states + D.C. so far. I love to travel, even though I'm skittish about flying!

Some Stuff I like

  • anchors
  • Cats! (especially grey tabbies like my kitty)
  • cloudscapes,
  • Dolly Parton
  • dollhouse minis
  • donkeys
  • farm life images
  • Fiestaware
  • flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, wildflowers)
  • forests
  • Garfield & Odie
  • hand lettering
  • hiking
  • honeybees
  • houseplants
  • Icons of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • libraries & literary themes
  • lunar phases
  • Maine
  • matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them)
  • mountains
  • moonrise
  • National Parks
  • photography
  • polaroids
  • Pusheen the cat
  • puzzles (jigsaw 300- 1000 pieces- if anyone would like to send me a puzzle they are done with I would love to receive it. To save on postagee, feel free to cut the image off the box and send it along with the pieces in an envelope or baggie) :)
  • seascapes & sail boats
  • starfish & sea horses
  • succulents
  • simple living
  • sunsets
  • sunshine
  • travel
  • tea time
  • View Master toys & reels
  • vintage cameras
  • watercolor paintings
  • whiskey

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Most of my clothing comes from thrift stores.

I would love to receive any postcards from National Parks, especially the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters, I also especially like artsy pcs, seascapes, skyscapes, naturescapes, colorful vintage scenic cards, and any cards featuring the following: mothers with children, images of 2 little girls (because I have 2 daughters), women or children reading, tea-themed, people dancing, hiking trails, cats, women or girls with cats.

Postcards from places I've visited: I never seem to buy enough postcards from the places I travel, and send them all out, then wish I had kept some for my own memories. To that end, I am always appreciative of postcards (or stickers or bookmarks) from any of the following locations-
Europe: London, Paris, Strasbourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice, Slovenia, Italian Alps
South America: Brazil (Goiania, Salvador, Brasilia)
North/Central America: Mexico (Acapulco, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende), Cuba (Havana), Puerto Rico (San Juan), U.S. (Los Angeles, Tucson, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Nashville, Hilton Head Island, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, NY City, Columbus OH, Maine- Portland & Bar Harbor/ Acadia)

I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I try to avoid black tea, and mostly stick to herbal teas, especially mint and rooibos teas. I enjoy NUMI, Runa, or Traditional Medicinals brands, or any organic teas in your stash you feel like sharing and think I might like. This is not because I'm a snob, but with my family history of cancer, I am always looking for ways to reduce potential toxins to my body, thereby being a proactive and good caretaker of my own health. If you are interested in what unhealthy additives may be in your tea, I recommend reading this

Please NO

crudity, nudity, profanity, or religious/ spiritual imagery in swaps I'm sent (Orthodox Christian iconography is in my likes, so obviously, that's an exception). Thanks for respecting my beliefs and preferences, I'll do the same for those I send to.

the following things won't offend me, but in the interest of full disclosure and saving your postage on things I probably won't use or pass on...

I prefer not to receive:

Please do NOT send me friendship books or sticker bags or other such "pass it along" mail. I don't participate in them, so their journey will probably end with me.

broken or rusty jewelry or other such items. I know some people are very creative with these things, but I'm not.

I don't sew or do any needle crafts so please save your extra needle craft supplies for someone who will actually use and enjoy them.

Also I'm kind of a "health nut" and have been put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist & physician (no soy, no dairy, no wheat, no peanuts, no corn, no canola, limited sugars), so other than organic teas, I'd prefer not to receive edibles.

my girls

I have 2 young adult daughters who aren't s-b members but enjoy seeing what I receive in my swaps and love it when I share something with them. If swaps can be fulfilled by sending something they would like, that would be fine with me.

L is 18 & a college freshman. She loves: anchors, Imagine Dragons, One Direction (especially Niall Horan), Vampire Diaries, delicate necklaces and rings, Pura Vida style bracelets, scrunchies, honeybees, sloths, succulents... Her college spirit colors are gold & purple. Her favorite movies are both of the Mamma Mia! musicals.

R is in her early 20's. She's a COTA & also does acting work including commercials & extra work in films & tv shows- she has even been a double for a famous actress in a Disney movie. She loves musical theater, singing, playing piano & ukulele, retro/ vintage & bohemian style, cute Halloween themes, the beach, yoga, hiking, FRIENDS & The Office (the tv shows) & card/ board games.


I'm just not very crafty. I know to many people this might seem strange because they consider swap-bot to be a craft exchange site. I consider it and use it as a pen-pal/ snail-mail site.
I do keep a collage journal/ glue-book/ smash book, and occasionally take on simpler crafty endeavors.

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty things I would enjoy and use include:
* new ink pads to use with the rubber stamps I already have
* good quality crafting glue sticks
* real wine corks (not rubber ones)
* colored pens, colored sharpies, brush markers, colored pencils- especially metallic or neon
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D)
* travel location stickers, like the kind people used to put on their luggage
* adhesive labels/ mailing labels, decorative/ washi tape
* super longshot wish: anyone who has back issues of Darling Magazine or Magnolia magazine and would be willing to pass them along to me, I would be forever grateful!


Comment: Thank you so much for looking at my likes . I love this card. Extra special because my ( late ) husband grew up in Marietta. We don’t have all the saints celebrations but the día del Guadalupe celebration is very important. I think it will be smaller this year. Thinking about all the vendors makes me hungry lol! It’s been month since I’ve had elote
ginny19590 rated for CPG Blind Envie #1 - US Only on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: I have decided to end this frustrating waiting for you and give you a rating. You definitely deserve the heart for all your effort. I will still let you know if it arrives though so you won't be wondering. God Bless and stay safe......=)
Response: Ginny you've been so gracious. This one is truly perplexing! Fingers still crossed though.
BusyB rated for CPG Thanksgiving Card - US Only on Nov 7, 2020
Comment: Nicole! Thank you! Oh I LOVE this Snoopy Thanksgiving card and the profile based tuck in goodies! You are so thoughtful. Everything is so nice and I do love this vintage Valentine. So pretty! It will find a special place in my journal. Many ❤️'s for you. Thanksgiving hasn't been the same in our home for a long time with everyone living all over the place. It's rather quiet. I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you again for a special swap.
LMeowkin rated for CPG Oct 2020 SC PC - US only on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you - cute cat postie!
Lila84 rated for CPG Blind Envie #1 - US Only on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Hi! Thank you much for the variety of items you sent! Just a heads up..your envelope was open on both sides by the time it got to me so I'm not sure if anything fell out but re-enforcing the edges with tape may be more safe. :-) loved the polar bear card everything was in, as well!
Response: Thank you for letting me know, I'll be more aware of loose edges! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Comment: Thank you for this awesome post card! I enjoyed hearing about the England trip!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card. I would love to see the Atlantic ocean.
Comment: Oh so great cards, thank yo very much! The bird card is a hoot had me searching the internet. I love the Cape Cod map with a whale - now where to place that one? Map or whale collection.
Comment: How interesting! I actually teach ESOL! I teach 6th graders and LOVE my job! Great to be your partner again! Love the notecards and postcard! Thanks! Good luck and see you in the mail!
Comment: Wow! This was amazing to open I was so excited to see the wonderful Michigan cards you included. I love them! Thank you so much for being very thoughtful and reading my profile. I wish I could give 100 hearts!
Zefaniya rated for CPG QUICKIE: Ugly PC - US only on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Lol Thanks for the sarcastic bunny postcard.
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies - the pc is really pretty! Countdown to 2021 is on:)
BusyB rated for CPG Flat Destash Envie - US Only on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: Squeeeeee! I screamed with delight when I saw the Hallmark cards with vintage Barbie!! ❤️ Those will have a special place in my large doll journal. First time seeing those, who knew?! Lol I'm working on a new sewing journal with pattern envelopes, perfect! Love everything you sent and have ideas for some already. Thank you so very much for the happy mail! Many ❤️❤️❤️'s for you Nicole. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of summer.
Response: Yay! So glad you liked everything so much! I was excited when I read your profile knowing I had some cool stuff that I thought you would enjoy :)
LMeowkin rated for CPG Xmas in July Card - US only on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice card!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty flower postcard and note. My classic favorite is Pride and Prejudice. It never gets old. And I like Northanger Abbey too. They are all good. I hope you enjoy whatever you choose.
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! It’s been hot and humid here too! Yuck!
Comment: I’m glad to hear you’re doing well! I love the stickers and book plates! Thanks so much!
fortannam rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: thank you for the stickers and postcards! can't wait to use them!
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a lovely envie of goodies! Your card was gorgeous too. I've been turning off the news lately too:)
Comment: Oh, thank you for the beautiful pc! Thank you for sharing it with me. I visited there in 2015. We want to go back there as well! I wasn't collecting pc's back than, so I am so happy to add it to my collection!

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ladyaries7 on Nov 5, 2020:

Thank you so much for the lovely lined stationery! Wishlist group- october wishes

pinklilly on Nov 2, 2020:

Nicole thank you so much for the beautiful package of ephemera I received!! I love all the different kinds of items you included!! You are very creative!! Love the ginger chews container, I've never seen that one!!!💕💕

CrystalZ on Oct 29, 2020:

Thank you for the postcards for my collection that you sent me for my October wishlist posted in the Wishlist group! And the stickers were fun too :)

chimerix on Oct 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Sept Wishlist wish. I love the St. George coin. Much Aloha!

Sternenfee on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome cat items! (CPG September wish) All the best to you!

BusyB on Sep 14, 2020:

Thank you for remembering my hubby for his 60th birthday! You did a great job on his handmade card (love that you included some of his face things) and he likes those a lot. Since were both "makers" he appreciates the time it takes. 😊 CPG September Wish

mejulia on Sep 13, 2020:

Thank you for the fun assortment of postcards from the Sept. wishlist group. I will sure enjoy using them.

kiddomerriweather on Sep 12, 2020:

Thank you for the PC's for my CPG September wish. I absolutely love them!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

chimerix on Aug 31, 2020:

Thank you so much for the fun envie of matryoshka doll items! What a treat. Much Aloha!

Wishlist Group Aug 2020

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