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Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: February 4, 2023
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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About Me

On Nov. 27, 2021, I mailed out my 1000th swap & Nov. 23, 2022 marked 15 years as an active member of swap-bot woo-hoo! :)

Hi! I'm Nicole. I'm here because snail mail is a fun, low-stress hobby I can invest more or less time in as the seasons of my life allow, and I enjoy the connections made with snail-mail partners from all over. :) The info in my profile is for those, like me, who prefer lengthy profiles to get to know their partners. However, if you are a "less is more" person, feel free to skip over the chattiness & just please avoid the items in the "Please No" section (hopefully not too constraining). Other than that, I enjoy the many creative ideas people come up with in their snail-mail and my partners need not feel like they have to be profile-specific unless the swap calls for it!

I live in the outskirts of Atlanta, GA, I'm 40-something ;), married to a wonderful man, mom to 2 beautiful young (adult) women.

Other than that... I enjoy thrifting, reading, hiking/walking, healthy-eating, being active in my church, tea-drinking, houseplants, my cat, my dog, sunshine & summertime, and an occasional nip of whiskey! ;)

In sum- to quote one of my favorite poets, Langston Hughes, "Well, I enjoy eating, sleeping, drinking, and loving people. I like to work and read, to learn new things and to understand life."

My husband and I hope to move "out to the country" within the next year. I'm eager to embrace a small town lifestyle, having lived in a metro/urban area my entire life.

Travel has been a huge part of my life, personally & academically. Places I've visited &/or studied: Mexico (spent many summers there as a child & briefly studied at a university), Canada, Cuba (study abroad), Brazil, France, England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy (taught English for a summer), Vatican City, 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!

Stuff I like

Please know that this is is no way meant to be a 'list of expectations", just some info for swaps that call for well-filled out profile likes & because I personally like to have lots to go on when I'm reading my own partners' profiles. :)

My favorite colors are probably blues- all shades from sky to navy, especially combined with white. I'm also drawn toward lavender and pinks. I actually enjoy most colors depending on the context (e.g. some I like generally but wouldn't wear). The exceptions would probably be I'm not much a fan of large doses of drab olives, mustard yellows, oranges, or browns- I guess the fall colors are not my palette unless it's seasonal.

  • A: (original) Art, Architecture (esp. the designs of Oscar Niemeyer & Zaha Hadid)
  • B: books, bourbons
  • C: Carolina dogs, Cats! (esp. grey tabbies) , cognac, clouds, courtesy
  • D: Dolly Parton, disco balls, dollhouse minis, donkeys
  • E: ephemera pockets, envelopes that are handmade or decorated, essential oils (brands I trust for purity are YL, DoTerra, Revive & Plant Therapy), embroidery
  • F: "fussy cut" paper images, forests, Fornasetti imagery, French culture & language, flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, lupine, wildflowers),
  • G: Garfield & Odie, Gluebooks, "glamping"
  • H: hand lettering, hiking, honeybees, houseplants, handkerchiefs (vintage)
  • I: Iconography of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • J: Junk Journals
  • K: Kittens
  • L: lemon prints, library & literary themes, linguistics (my passion!), lunar phases
  • M: Maine, matchbooks or boxes (with matches still inside), Mexican folk art, "Mamma Mia!"
  • N: National Parks,
  • O: Owls
  • P: photography, poetry (uplifting, not depressing), polaroids, politeness, Pusheen
  • Q: Queretaro, Mexico (my childhood second home)
  • R: RV-ing (we are "fifth-wheelers")
  • S: seascapes, Selena Quintanilla, Southern US culture/ lifestyle/ aesthetics/ music/ food, etc... (think Sweet Home Alabama to the Kentucky Derby and everything in between!), starfish & sea horses, simple living, sunsets, sunshine & summertime
  • T: travel, tea time, toile prints, tags that are handmade or decorated
  • U: underwater images
  • V: Vintage/ retro ephemera, vintage cameras, vegetable seeds for planting
  • W: watercolor paintings, whiskey, wholesomeness, washi
  • X: xenophilia :)
  • Y: YOUR art: doodles/ drawings/ sketches, watercolors/ paintings, collage, mail art, altered ephemera, photography, etc...
  • Z: Zibaldone

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Much of my clothing and home decor comes from thrift/vintage stores. I'm definitely not a minimalist but I'm drawn to the ideals of minimalism & strive to "live with less".

If you don't know what to write, I enjoy quotes, song lyrics, haikus, jokes, or simple notes about you or your day.

My postcard wishlist:

  • National Parks, especially the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters
  • colorful/ Kodachrome vintage scenic cards
  • women or children reading
  • tea-themed
  • people dancing
  • cats or people with cats
  • animal illustrations
  • 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. So I'm always appreciative of postcards 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, Cancun, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Pena de Bernal), 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), Canada (Montreal, Niagara Falls, Ontario).

I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I love a cuppa Earl Grey in the morning, flavored green tea with jasmine or mint in the afternoon (not a fan of plain old green tho), and herbal teas in the evening- I especially love spearmint, lemongrass, and flavored rooibos. My favorite bagged tea brands are NUMI & Runa brands, and I always like trying new flavors in those lines or other unique surprises you may have to share! (Sadly I have a slight ginger sensitivity, which is unfortunate because I really like the taste, so I do try to avoid blends with ginger, which includes chais- boo)

If anyone wants to pass along a book to me they think I would enjoy, that would be lovely! If sending media mail makes it more affordable, please feel free, and you can message me the "note" to go with it (since technically media mail is only supposed to include educational items, no personal correspondence).

For fiction I enjoy mostly realistic contemporary or historical, some magical realism, and some dystopia (mostly YA for that genre). I enjoy both classics and contemporary novels. My favorite contemporary author is probably Liane Moriarty. I also enjoy Fredrik Backman and I've recently discovered Amity Gaige and think she's brilliant. Please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder. I'm also not into the "harlequin" type romances, but a novel with a romantic plot is fine (for example I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife").

As for nonfiction I mostly read memoirs, particularly related to expats exploring international language and cultures, or people who had very rural or nature-rich childhoods. I'm passionately and professionally interested in linguistics (socio, psycho, historical, cultural, etc) and my favorite linguist is John McWhorter. I really enjoy his books as well as his take on current issues.

Thrift store swaps
When I thrift, I always look out for blue & white dishes or pottery & Longaberger baskets, though I realize those are tough to mail. For smaller things, I enjoy vintage hankies or napkins with embroidery, vintage/ retro brooches, silk scarves, interesting belt buckles, small original paintings, needlepoint, & vintage (unstained) baby clothes.

Skin care/ fragrance products
Some swaps I join may call for skin care/ fragranced type items. Due to skin & sinus sensitivities, I have very sensitive skin, so if at all possible, I greatly prefer very gentle, mostly natural products. Burt's Bees is an example of a brand that is easily found in most stores. I find many places, including Wal-Mart, now have a nice selection of more naturally sourced products.
For fragranced items, I cannot use most that soak into my skin (lotions, perfumes) or creates smoke (candles). I am fine with sachets, potpourri, things like car air fresheners, anything scratch n sniff, etc. I do diffuse pure essential oils, so if you use essential oils like YL or DT, I would love any recommendations of EO products you have enjoyed, including DIY formulas.

Please NO

crudity, nudity, profanity, or religious/ spiritual materials 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.

As for book swaps, please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder.

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.

Not a fan of: items with loose glitter that falls off when I open the package, or anything poop or barf related (e.g. emojis, and while I enjoy cats-not so much images of them in litterboxes, etc).

not into most licensed character imagery/ items (e.g. Disney, Marvel, Starwars, etc) with the exception being cat characters which are usually a "yes please!" (i.e. I do love Garfield, Pusheen, Aristocats, etc)

Also I have been put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist & physician so other than bagged teas, I'd prefer not to receive anything edible.

craftyness/ stash sharing

I'm not super 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 enjoy creating collage journals/ glue-books/ smash books & mail art

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty/ random destash things I would enjoy and use include:
* would really love a bone folder tool or a mini paper cutter if anyone has one to pass along
* number 2 lead pencils with erasers intact for the students I work with (&/or pencil topper erasers like these )
* random single playing cards with images of cats or owls on them. Why? I don't know, but I've received a few over the years here, and now I have an odd little collection that I find myself strangely fond of :)
* fun, novelty shaped paper clips- another tiny collection I've started without realizing it :)
* glassine or vellum envelopes or pockets of any size
* beautiful/ interesting ephemera or images to put in my glue books
* ephemera pockets, folders, and tags
* die cuts, especially nature themed (butterflies, animals, plants, celestial, weather themed...)
* nature/ animal themed rubber stamps (gently used fine)
* still usable/ inky ink pads
* blank labels to use to write addresses on mail art envies
* good quality crafting glue sticks (not for hot glue guns, for paper crafting:)
* nice colored pencils
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D)
* washi (the papery kind, not the plastic-y kind)
* blank kraft paper stickers/ seals I can use my rubber stamps on here's an example
* handmade or decorated envelopes
*Sharpie S-gel pens or Pilot G2 pens are my favorites (black or asst. colors)

My swap-bot M.O.

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. You can count on me to rate quickly (although I don't check my POB every day, so don't get nervous if your d.c. says the package has been delivered & I haven't rated the same day; probably just didn't check my box yet, give me a day or 2;)).

To those I send to, I pledge to swap unto others as I would have swapped unto me; I'll send on time (or 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.

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 & 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 & finding happy surprises in my mail box! :)

package pro-tip:

I've received some packages lately where the postage is $10 or more & the package isn't even that big, it's just weighty. I feel bad for my fellow swappers spending so much on postage when I know they could be saving a bit. If you send heavy packages out on occasion, order yourself some priority mail padded flat rate envelopes from USPS. There is no cost to deliver them to your home & you can fill them up as much as you want for $9.35 as of October 2021. These are usually not available in the post office though, so you have to order them online,


hellojett rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #35 on Jan 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for all the interesting papers, stickers and cutouts and for the lovely notecards! I'm also looking forward to spring!
debbiespoms rated for CPG Just a Note #19 - US on Jan 14, 2023
Comment: Hello Nicole! I received your swap today and TYSM for your nice note in note card, along with the 2 postcards and butterfly sticker sheet. I really love what you sent! We've had our fair share of single digit temps. too, here in Canton, PA. When it gets this low, like it is now, I will not let my 2 little dogs outside. They aren't supposed to be out when it's below 25 degrees and it's 18 right now. The low for tonight is 3 degrees. I have one of those pads, that look like grass from outside, for them to go on if weather isn't suitable for them. But like you, when it's so cold out, I love just staying home reading a good book or do swaps.
Piccolo rated for WIYM- No spending swap-US on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: Nicole, This was so much fun!!!! I was having a sub- par day and I came home to this wonderful package! Honestly- it felt like getting a Christmas stocking full of wonderful! You are a magical unicorn and I am grateful. Warmly, Jenny🦄🦄🦄
LadyJo rated for SMSUSA: Holiday Card, Tea & Surprise on Dec 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card, tea, and the extras! It is always nice to hear about the lovely warm weather in the South. It is warming up nicely for this weekend compared of last weekend!
Comment: that card was too cute!!!!!
Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas card, tea and bits to craft with. Mele Kalikimaka
Highlander18 rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #34 on Dec 14, 2022
Comment: ❤️Love the doxie & dogs notecards - smiles here! Thank you very much.
jeka396 rated for CPG Just a Note #17 - US on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the adorable card with pumpkins and cats, and all the cat goodies! Can’t wait to use those stickers!
Comment: Thank you very much for another beautifully decorated envie and love the Happy Mail inside - great postcards and oh so cute pinecone stamped envies
explore rated for CPG Just a Note #15 - US on Nov 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your notecard and thoughtful goodies. I appreciate you taking the time to read my profile and sorting out those freebies. I am amazed that you could come up with something about fox, bunnies, music and German. I bet you must have a huge inventory of things 😉
Comment: Great robot card! Thanks for your note! It was great to have you as a partner again! I joined when swap-bot when my son was a baby and now he’s in high school! Time flies! I still love it! Thanks again!
whit763 rated for CPG Just a Note #5 - US on Oct 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you!!
Comment: Love it all!! Thank you very much for the beautifully decorated envie, pumpkin stickers, oh so cute squirrel tags and homemade envie.
Comment: Thank you! :)
Comment: Always nice to get a swap from you! Thank you for a fun envie filled with lotsa goodies:)
grammypammy rated for CPG Just a Note #13- US on Sep 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the notecard and for sharing with me about why you like the summer, I can understand that it's better for your health. Thank you for the postcard and stationery you tucked in too! Enjoy your day!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Find four #25 on Sep 22, 2022
Comment: thanks!
Comment: Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos. I can't wait to use them in my art journal. :-)

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Stepht on Feb 2, 2023:

Wow, thank you so much for the package of goodness for my bday!! You are so kind :) I love it all. My daughter Faith loves the unicorn roller too lol. It was a nice surprise to receive in the mail yesterday! Many hugs <3 (via cpg wishlist january)

hazelwitch3 on Jan 23, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely coloured envelopes that arrived this morning for my December wishlist! I will enjoy using them.

lunatenchi on Jan 19, 2023:

thank you so much for the christmas card and all the goodies! the envolope and doll were my favorite! :D

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2022:

from USA Happy Mail

teejlc on Dec 17, 2022:

CPG December Wishlist- Thank you so much for the beautiful card, Nicole! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. You and your daughter both deserve a nice relaxing break after all the hard work you've been doing in school! Thank you for all the lovely ephemera you sent too. It was so much fun to look through all the little pieces. I will use all of it in future deco books! Merry Christmas to you!!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:


user6937 on Nov 1, 2022:

CPG wish! I would LOVE to go to the Galapagos Islands (and Peru).

The Caribbean Sea pc is new to me - I've been to Costa Rica and Cuba and went on a cruise to see Puerto Rico, Barbuda, Dominica and St. Lucia (Puerto Rico and St. Lucia were my faves).

What a nice memory you've given me.

I'm planning a trip to Jamaica in February!!

Highlander18 on Oct 5, 2022:

Thank you very much for the Wishlist - love the gnomes and Lantern Press cards

Poohtat on Oct 3, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG Sept wishes. Acadia on MDI is where I grew up. Yes, the trees are in full color here. I love your froggy photo! Thank you

anicka22 on Sep 7, 2022:

Thank you for all the many stamped images for my august wishlist!

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