Swap-bot Time: November 21, 2017 1:15 pm


Date Joined: January 10, 2008
Last Online: November 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


churlann rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #6 on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the four wonderful postcards. I like them a lot.
Comment: Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: Thanks for the card and the washi tape samples. So glad to hear you are happier in your new position. Job satisfaction (or lack thereof) makes such a difference on our lives! Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Vickyen rated for WPS - Thankful/Grateful Postcard on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: Hi Mary! Love the pc and good for you for making a change after working at your old job for so long! A job you love and less stress - you go girl! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Congrats on the new job this year! Thank you for the card and washi. Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Mary!
Comment: Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Vickyen rated for CPG Thanksgiving 2017 Card - US Only on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Hi Mary! I love the card you sent me - yes, making memories over the holidays is so important! Thank you for the leave stickers as well, they are so pretty! Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving and Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcards:)
PinkFluffyUnicorn rated for Thanksgiving Cards x 2 on Nov 12, 2017
Comment: Congratulations on the new job! Thanks for the cute card and washi!
StarburstOwl rated for Thanksgiving Cards x 2 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and adorable washi tape. Good luck with the new job and have a great Thanksgiving :)
airpigeon rated for Happy Little Notecards #54 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much!!! Have a great week!
Comment: Hi Mary! Thank you for the great selection of cards you chose for me. Love them all but my absolute favorite is man playing the violin wit the little boy watching him. Oh . . . and the flying bird illustration ;+)
Comment: Thanks for the fabulous Mary J Blige ad card - great find!
aspens rated for NYUP Return to Me #2 on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Got your postcard! And thank you for the extra! It'll be out in the mail tomorrow! :)
Response: Got my card back today! Thanks for the washi samples - what a neat idea! Hope you have a great holiday party!
Mamamoose rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #55 on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Beautiful postcard! Thanks a lot!
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #55 on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Pretty PC, thank you!
veronicallama rated for NYUP Return to Me #2 on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Response: I got my old man knitting card back! Thanks for sending - it's one of my favorite cards now! Happy swapping!
judee0624 rated for NYUP USA Only #31 on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the bromeliads - very nice!
Comment: You really got a good one. Thanks
aladyde rated for WIYM: CARTOON ANIMAL POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute card. Danke!

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Babsmomof5 on Nov 20, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful scarf! I'm just giddy with excitement!

BusyB on Nov 16, 2017:

Thank you for the November wish on AWG. Love the Christmas card!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 13, 2017:

Thank you so much for the face masks from Swap Tag US Rated Swappers! They look so cute I may use em instead of sharing with my daughters, lol!:)

Ryleighsmom on Nov 13, 2017:

Thank you so much for the AWG Nov. wishes! I’m with you...we all need to take a personal day every now and then! I am starting to feel better and move around more and I’m so thankful! Happy November! 🍁🌻

piratecaptainmo on Nov 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the cute and sparkly Christmas card and stickers that you sent for the PF Christmas Card tag!

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

spinweaver on Nov 9, 2017:

I got my card from the Return to Me post card swap just now- thanks! I enjoy knitting too, I usually weave with my handspun because people don't want to wear wool very much anymore. - Spinweaver

Lonestarchild on Nov 5, 2017:

Thank you for the fun B&W envies for the B&W Tag US. Will be fun to use these!

CurlyTea on Nov 2, 2017:

CurlyTea on Sep 28, 2017:

I love the cards and washi. Thanks for granting my wishes in AWG.

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