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Date Joined: January 10, 2008
Last Online: September 21, 2017
Birthday: July 14
Country: United States
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About Me

I pledge to rate on the day I receive a swap. I have gotten upset over some swaps that were rated very late, feeling like the packages I worked so hard on went into oblivion. It is stressful when partners can't even bother to rate, comment, or answer a PM. Sigh. So, please rate when you receive something and PM when you are missing something.

♥♥ I'm a 40yr old working mom of two friendly and ultra cute kids, a 9 year-old and a 7 year-old. Crafts are my passion, what I do when I'm stressed out. I'm happiest when I'm with my children, husband, or making things. I also have 3 chihuahuas - our eldest Assata passed away just recently. So, along with the two little ones, my husband, the dogs, all the sewing, knitting, and crocheting, I've got my hands full.

I am half-Korean and half-Caucasian. I consider myself Asian American; I grew up with both cultures, giving me a different worldview and perspective on issues of culture and race. My favorite foods include tofu, Korean bbq, and veg sushi. I love learning about different cultures and lifestyles. I love traveling and experiencing new places. I lived in England for a semester in college and loved it! We spent our spring break in Amsterdam, France, and Brussels.


I lost my first born child, after I developed pre-eclampsia. This came less than a year after I lost my mom suddenly due to heart failure. The last couple of years have been hard, to say the least.

After a difficult, very high risk pregnancy, we finally welcomed our beloved son Ishmael. He is the new love of my life and I'm grateful for every day I have with him. He is 9 years old! I can't believe how quickly he's grown!

We also welcomed our new baby girl Naderah. This pregnancy was normal, but the twice daily shots made it pretty interesting. She is such a healthy and beautiful little girl! She's been smiling since her first week! I still can't believe this perfect little girl was inside of me!

I include my losses on my profile because that's part of who I am, as much as my two beautiful children and husband are a part of my life. Grief and joy are somehow with me everyday. It is different with everyone who has had a loved one pass away, but this is my way. With my friends, I can truly talk about this stuff and not have to hide it and pretend like everything is okay all of the time. I am not asking for sympathy, but if I am sharing who I am on this site, then this is part of it. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't swap at all. I hope that makes sense.

Favorite Crafts

As I said, I'm a crafter. I started knitting from the age of 8 and have added to my crafty ability ever since - crochet, cross-stitch, sewing, and embroidery. I make lots of general crafty stuff too - magnets, scrabble bracelets, plastic canvas, etc. I do some paper crafts too, but needlework is really my passion.

Nowadays I am knitting shawls, scarves, and fingerless mittens with sock yarn and the occasional dishcloth with cotton yarn. I am almost done crocheting a ripple blanket for my daughter too.

Yes, I am thrifty. Thrift stores and yard sales are my favorite shopping places. I've only splurged on expensive-ish yarn for some baby items.

Over the years, my fabric collection has grown a yard and fat quarter at a time! My general style or aesthetic is modern and bright. Think high-contrast and vivid colors. I also love Asian inspired fabrics. I love vintage fabrics and patterns. Turquoise is my favorite color these days, but I still love pinks and other blues. Combos like pink and brown, turquoise and brown. Yum. I love Japanese and French crafts, too.

I've been collecting postcards since college, but mostly art, artsy, beautiful, and interesting or weird cards. I love animal cards and vintage cards. I don't know what to do with touristy, cityscapes or scenic cards, so please no thank you. I do appreciate any snail mail I get lately (really, I do), but honestly, I don't keep these cards and feel bad about it. I prefer non-touristy cards, vintage cards, and some scenic cards without many words on the front. Zazzle cards are okay with me, too.

I joined Postcrossing because I love sending and receiving postcards so much. I still prefer non-touristy cards, but I just love the mail.

After making my first ATC's, I fell in love with making them! It allowed me to be creative and very detailed and achieve a sense of completion. Of course, these were for a swap, but I had to make some for myself, too!

Favorite Movies

  • The Matrix
  • Hate (French movie)
  • Fight Club
  • Pride & Prejudice (the A&E version)
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Black Swan
  • The Lake House

Favorite Television

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • X-Files
  • Criminal Minds
  • Project Runway
  • Medium and Ghost Whisperer
  • True Blood
  • The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Books

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Yes, I was obsessed with the twilight saga, which led me to devour Charlaine Harris' Sookie books and many other vampire/werewolf books Some of the best include: Sunshine by Robin McKinley, Night Road by A.M. Jenkins, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. These days I have moved away from paranormal romance to romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I loved the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. I love reading self-published or small-press authors as well. Two of my favorites are Roxie Rivera and Rachel Grant, very different from each other, but both excellent authors.

I graduated from college with a double major in creative writing and political science. These are two things close to my heart. I continue to write both poetry and prose, and you can find some of it on my blog.

Random Questions

  • If you could, where would you max out a credit card? JoAnn's (where have you been all of my life??), Hobby Lobby, Target (where I have maxed out a card or two) and Ikea
  • Why do you like the music you listen to? I feel a connection to the lyrics or it's just really good (i.e. Radiohead)
  • What are your favorite colors? Pinks (not hot), blues, turquoise
  • Do you collect anything? Vintage postcards, craft books, books, fabric, cotton and wool blend yarns, owls, interesting and artsy postcards
  • What's your dream job? Writer; For now, my job as a teacher is exceedingly good, something I usually enjoy and am good at
  • Favorite cosmetics brands: Oh, I hardly wear anything at all, except chapstick! Occasionally, lipstick, like parent conference night! I do love a good body wash and Lush bath bombs
  • Favorite scents: Lavender, jasmine, rose
  • Favorite flavors: hazelnut, vanilla, dark chocolate
  • Favorite magazines: ReadyMade, Adbusters, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Piecework, Giant Robot, Marie Claire Idees, Stitchery
  • Favorite piece of jewelry: a mother of pearl locket that holds a picture of my husband and resized footprints of the son we lost, a purple "tiger's eye" ring which belonged to my mother and my engagement ring
  • Favorite Holiday: Halloween
  • Favorite season: Fall and Spring
  • Coffee or tea? I just got a Keurig machine and am addicted! So send those K-cups my way! I also take tea if it's individually wrapped.
  • Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere? Japan or Cuba
  • What kind of geek are you? I'm a book nerd, a video game addict (e.g. Mario Bros, etc.), chess player, and Trekkie. Plus I wear a calculator watch!


  • fabric - FQs or charms
  • Japanese crafts/fabrics
  • zakka anything
  • deco tape
  • washi tape
  • ribbon
  • DMC brand embroidery floss
  • handmade sewn items
  • cotton yarn
  • wool blend yarn
  • sock yarn
  • bamboo knitting needles
  • craft books or patterns
  • unused postcards (non-touristy, animals, art)
  • Jetoy cat postcards and stationery
  • ephemera for ATC making
  • geeky stuff like office supplies, notebooks, felt tip pens, sharpies
  • handmade paper
  • kawai memo sheets & lettersets
  • Hannari Tofu stuff - so cute it hurts
  • other Kawaii stuff
  • Super Mario Bros. items
  • 80s stuff
  • nice soaps
  • unique, blank journals and notepads
  • listpads
  • address labels
  • stickers (just not sticker flakes)
  • owls, squirrels, mushrooms, birds
  • robots, geekery
  • things made from recycled or reused items
  • handmade things by YOU!

What I Don't Like or Want

  • touristy or glossy scenic postcards (not so much)
  • sticker flakes
  • images of death (skulls, the word death, x'd out eyes)
  • furry or glittery yarn
  • acrylic yarn
  • matchboxes
  • licorice, gummy candy
  • fluorescent colors
  • patriotic or religious images or quotes (including Easter)
  • your political beliefs
  • Disney or character specific products
  • anime or manga
  • lotion (I just have too much right now)
  • candy-flavored lipbalm
  • cheap or unwanted dollar store items
  • packages that don't have a hand-written note included
  • swappers that don't rate

What I Can Send You

  • washi tape
  • washi tape samples
  • cute notepads or notebooks
  • handmade envies
  • address labels
  • handmade pouches
  • knit or crocheted dishcloth
  • crocheted bookmark
  • stickers
  • notecards and postcards

Flaked on by:
@tehrenanaiis - Not the Usual PCs in an Envie
@hippiechick1955 - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Swap
@madpoetics - Put a Hat on it altered PC swap
@Annelies - Christmas Card Express 2011 - angelled by @coolbaker5
@lorijean - Embroidery Floss Swap - angelled by @slamophile
@missflowers - Tiny Profile Surprise in a 1-stamp envie #2 - angelled by @nyansan
@daisiessnailmail - 4,3,2,1 fun swap


ezredax rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #4 on Sep 21, 2017
Comment: Hi Mary, Thank you for the resend. Sorry your first didn't arrive. Enjoy the day! Demaris
mandigutterrose rated for Happy Little Notecards #46 on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: I also love fall and everything that comes with it.
Toby2017 rated for Halloween Card Swap-Newbie Friendly on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: LOVED the card!!! Halloweenies!!! Thank you so much!!!
m3i5 rated for FREE/AD #31 SENDER'S CHOICE on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Hi Mary, I got your resend postcard today, thank you very much! :) Hope the first one will arrive eventually.
CHOWEFACE rated for Postcards x5 on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: thanks!
aprilivy rated for Easy Halloween Postcard #2 US on Sep 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much :)
Comment: Hi Mary! Thanks for the lovely card and washi tape. I've read Wild (well, listed on audiobook) and really enjoyed it, too. The movie wasn't too bad either. ~ Janine
BluGinhm rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #53 on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: I'm so, so sorry for the late rate! I thought I rated already. Thanks for the great postcard! I love the little dog sitting so patiently under the horse, waiting for his master's next move! Thanks so much!
VASaint rated for Postcards x5 on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Yeasssss, finally cooling down! But, I'm sooo not ready for winter!
emilynhr rated for Meowgust Cat Postcard Swap (USA) on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
KSENiA rated for NYUP Return to Me #1 on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard for me. This is one of my most favorite paintings. Your's on its way.
Response: Just received my card back! Lovely to see it stamped and returned! Thanks!
Toby2017 rated for Postcards x5 on Sep 8, 2017
Comment: What a cool postcard!!!! Love it!!!
Comment: Thanks very much for the nice post cards, I was very happy to receive them :)
LegacyHardware rated for Random PC International #7 on Sep 4, 2017
Comment: Hi Mary, Thanks for the lovely art collage card. Stylish and trendy! Interesting to hear about teaching Australian history. It's fair to say we do have it good here overall. For those born and raised here though, most don't realise just how good :)
armadillogal rated for B&W PCs week 32 on Sep 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the neat card!
MelbourneGirl rated for ANIMAL PC #3 C is for... on Sep 1, 2017
Comment: Hello again Mary <3 Thank you for the very cool painting cat postcard - he! he!
jendoggie rated for Meowgust Cat Postcard Swap (USA) on Aug 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fur in my mailbox. I love it.
Candace rated for Meowgust Cat Postcard Swap (USA) on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: I loved the postcard! Good thing my cat doesn't run into the stairs as he goes up! Meow!
jn6754 rated for Random PC International #7 on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: Great card! We just had a retirement party for a co-worker. It was Route 66! I just may give this to him.
Tricia22 rated for NYUP USA Only #29 on Aug 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks, hope your having a great summer!!!

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craftyone on Sep 12, 2017:

Thank you so much for the AWG wish for French things! I love the Eiffel Tower notecards. The Eiffel tower is one of my favorite images. Have a nice week!

Stargazer008 on Sep 10, 2017:

Thank you for returning the postcard to me. And now have a great start into the new week! Smiles, Joana

Margothecat on Sep 8, 2017:

Thank you for the Really Funny birthday card! I laughed and laughed and laughed! I needed that! It is one of my most favorite birthday cards ever!! AWG September

Lonestarchild on Aug 19, 2017:

Great C. Harper card! Thank you so much! CPG: PC Tag

CurlyTea on Aug 3, 2017:

Sazza on Aug 2, 2017:

Thank you for the Pick 2 - US Only Tag! I very much appreciate the extra Washi rolls (always love washi, thank you!) and the envelopes you made (thanks for the extra one!) are great; I especially love the National Geographic maps. :D Thank you again, Mary, you always send something wonderful. :)

CurlyTea on Jul 29, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful washi. I love the feathers!

MelodicPenguin on Jul 29, 2017:

I love love love your fox postcard for the Postcards Tag! It's so adorable, and I couldn't agree with you more that they are most beautiful in the wild :) Thank you so much!

Lonestarchild on Jul 28, 2017:

Thanks so much for the BIG envies (love to deco the craft paper ones!) and the fun PCs. LOVE the folk art one! Thanks so much! Pen Pal Supplies - Pick 2 - USA

heatherknits on Jul 27, 2017:

OMG I just saw the .gif on your last comment, maybe I couldn't see on my phone? HILARIOUS. I think I need to add a section in my profile for Love Cats in Boxes. :D

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