Swap-bot Time: September 30, 2022 9:09 pm


Date Joined: December 14, 2011
Last Online: November 19, 2021
Birthday: January 20
Country: United States
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About Me

I am in my 40's, very happily married and child free. We have two dogs that we love dearly, a Wire Fox Terrier (Emma) and a Welsh Terrier (Charlie).

I love seeing the individuality that each person brings to a swap, and honestly I love making and sending more than receiving (but that does not mean I want to be flaked on!).

I appreciate all religious viewpoints as long as what is sent doesn't seem to have been selected to "preach at", judge or condemn others behavior. I like and appreciate viewpoints from Paganism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, and any others that I don't know enough about to explicitly list. I believe in the underlying message of love that religions seem to have at their core.

The smell of cigarette smoke triggers my migraines, so if it's possible to avoid it, I really, really appreciate it. I'm sensitive to scents in general, but appreciate mild scents from nature (lavender, mint, rosemary, cedar, vanilla, etc.) if it is relevant to the item being swapped. I would say to use the rule "if in doubt, leave it out."

If you have allergies: I have two dogs who are constantly with me, and since I come into contact with them, some of "them" (hair or whatever) could possibly come into contact with you.

I collect:

  • Interesting animal group name ATCs (e.g. a "murder of crows", a "parliament of owls", a "pod of whales", etc. - the more unusual the better, there are lots of sites with lists of these to choose from!)

  • Location ATCs - your state or country represented

  • Terrier (dog breed) ATCs - mine are Welsh and Wire Fox Terriers but any terrier represented is great (I don't collect ATCs which are just generic "dog" themed, per se, although as this is one of my likes I would still enjoy them)

Here are some of the TV shows I like:

  • Supernatural
  • Stranger Things
  • Taboo
  • Vikings
  • Peaky Blinders
  • The Magicians
  • Star Trek - Discovery
  • Firefly
  • Battlestar Galactica (newer)

Other Likes:

  • Tea - I like almost every kind... I prefer caffeinated teas, enjoy herbal or fruit teas as well as 'dessert' flavor teas. I don't care for Chamomile or 'sleepytime' teas so much.
  • Burt's Bees, especially the pomegranate or acai berry lip balm
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coffee (I have a Keurig at home, so K-cups are AWESOME, but I also have an aeropress + grinder, so whole bean or ground is great) - dark roast coffees are my favorite but I also like some of the Hazelnut, Chocolate, Rasberry kinds
  • Washi tape
  • Cute baby animals
  • Zentangles
  • Edward Gorey
  • Humor
  • Kawaii
    • Tarepanda 🐼
    • Mamegoma ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ
    • Beerchan
    • Berry Puppy
    • Sabo Kappa
    • Sumikko Gurashi
  • Nature
    • Planets
    • Science (molecules, etc.)
    • Botanical prints / images
    • Birds
    • Wildlife
    • The four seasons (all together or any individual season)
    • Trees, especially particular trees such as Oak, Maple, Birch, etc.
    • Mountains
    • Sunrises and sunsets
    • River rocks, unusual rocks or stones
    • Driftwood
    • Stars - both astronomy and star shaped items
  • Almost all general geekery
  • Art
  • All things Tim Holtz
  • Handmade tarot cards
  • Astrology (esp. Capricorn and Aquarius - I'm on the cusp :) )
  • Anthropomorphized food
  • Baking
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Little-known local sights
  • Oddities and curiosities
  • Sassy/Offensive/Naughty - as long as they are not disrespectful of a particular race / religion / etc.
  • For international partners, items that show something that is unique to your country (characters, places, words, anything!)
  • Interesting Animal Group Names (like this: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/gotquestionsgroups_list.html)

  • MUG RUGS... I have a whole board devoted to them, here: http://www.pinterest.com/cabaute/mug-rug/ I would love to receive a seasonally appropriate mug rug (if it's Christmastime, Christmas or New Years' themed, if it's October, Halloween themed, February, Valentine's Day, etc.).

I don't like:

  • Mainstream Disney cartoon characters (the ones that they've made a bajillion "direct to DVD" movies of or that you see all over the place) - BUT - if we're on a cartoon/animation themed swap and that's all you have, that's fine!
  • Disney Princesses
  • Reward stickers (I'm not a teacher; I don't have any use for them)
  • Chamomile tea
  • Junk... I really try to be gracious and I understand that people don't all like the same thing, but please don't send anything that looks like it could have just gotten pulled from your trash bin.
  • Long dislike lists combined with short and/or hard to satisfy "like" lists (!)

I really enjoy reading about what's going on in your part of the world and with you, and getting to take a little mini vacation while I appreciate the item that you took the time to send to me.

Most of all - have fun, I'm easy to please, and thank you for swapping with me!!

Favorite Books

I love classic romances like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. I wish men still wore hats and were gentlemen, though I don't miss the sweeping discrimination that went along with it.

I like "young adult" book series, including Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

I love Stephen King's Tower Series, The Stand, and On Writing, but have been too chicken to read his horror works... yet.

All that said, if I go to the library I typically head for crafts, cooking, or gardening, and if it comes to fiction I'm usually perusing the latest mysteries.

Favorite Crafts

I love to make things, but I am not faithful to a single craft. I sew, make envelopes, decorate ATC's... I have done papercrafting, beading, knitting, poly-clay, and more. As a result I am constantly experimenting to try out the next thing. My crafting is sort of like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get!

Heart to Heart

I feel that hearts can be over-given, so I apply the standards and expectations that I hope would be used by my receiving partner when rating. If something meets the bare minimum of the swap criteria (and in some cases, I've received packages that really just barely scrape that bare minimum line), I will give the bare minimum rating for meeting the criteria (5).

If you include extras, or show that you put some thought into what you sent, I will give a heart - even if what was sent doesn't match my personal tastes. Extras or signs of thoughtfulness relative to my profile = a heart. NOTE: Junk is NOT an extra... pages ripped out of a magazine, a bent 6" piece of ribbon, etc. Please don't send stuffing - you can't put lipstick on a pig. ;)

Specific to postcards, when I send a card out, I ALWAYS:

  • include a personal message, even if it's just a note about the weather or something silly
  • Try to "jazz up" the message area of the card by using colorful inks, stickers, tape, etc.
  • Look at my partners profile, and try to pick out something they will like. Sometimes this is HARD or my partner's like list is hard to match... but I do my best.
  • If my partner mentions liking unique stamps in their profile, I'll use special stamps on their card **

** I no longer do this, since a recent PC arrived ripped in half b/c someone wanted the stamps!!!!

I work hard, take a lot of time, and send extras in hopes of earning a heart from my partners. I choose to reserve the heart rating for partners that make an above-minimum effort.

Happy Mail

I feel that I am very blessed and that as long as I am here, I should give back for the blessings that I receive. If you know of someone that is going through a rough time or could use some "happy mail", send me a message and I'll be happy to drop a card in the mail to them.


If you do not get my end of a swap, please PM or email me before rating. I will ALWAYS send. If you have not gotten something, it has been lost. Please let me know and I will be glad to re-send.

Thanks for reading my profile. Happy swapping to all of you!


ChristyClark1970 rated for Fill My Stocking - December on Aug 12, 2020
Lina279 rated for Happy Christmas Tea Time on Apr 19, 2018
Comment: I'm sorry,but I never got anything from you for this swap(
Response: Lina, I sent twice and followed up with you asking if you got it after resending. I don’t know what else to do. Maybe the US is blocking mail to Russia? I can resend a 3rd time... I wish you would have messaged me back once more to confirm it did not arrive before giving me a 1.
Comment: I LOVE this tag! Very cool details and design - you did a GREAT job! Thank you!!
TIDBITOLOGIST54 rated for Tarot ATC (Newbie friendly) on Feb 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the special ATC.... And I appreciate the fact you explained it's meaning and that you dealt the choice from your deck. Your bird card is beautiful and I love all the extras.... Very very nice and special Thanks.... <3
Tuutis rated for Valentine's Day Homemade Card on Feb 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Such a cute card, I love the salt and pepper shakers image! And very nice composition with the images and text <3 I like it!
Laural0uise rated for Valentine's Day Homemade Card on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you Cynthia I really like the card it’s pretty=] and the goodies you sent will be of good use for the scrap book I am gonna start working on soon ! Have a nice Valentine’s Day
RockyBeach rated for ISS: Mail Art #1 - Birds on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Together with your envie today also some sun came out. Very suitable. :) Thanks for your bird envelope with even matching bird stamps! I too can't wait for spring to begin.
Comment: This tag is so lovely! Thank you so much! I really like the colors you used.
Comment: Received your mini book today and it is beautiful.Thank you so much for all the thought and hard work you put into it.
Comment: Thanks! Thanks! Loved the tea choices. :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful PL. I love the papers you used.
Comment: Thak you for the mini file folder you made...the paper you used was very pretty! The goodies you picked for me will definately be put to good use :)
Poohtat rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail January 2018! on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the envelope stuffed with so many wonderful items. We have been bitter cold but it is 44 today! Bring on Spring!
marymary914 rated for USA-Here Comes the Sun-Jan on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Love the light bulbs on this postcard!! Thanks!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the cool pocket letter! Steampunk is definitely something different to pick! I appreciate what you sent and I liked your note :)
Comment: I think this might be the most adorable mini pocket book EVER! Cynthia, I can see the time and attention spent on this beauty, and I want you to know that I KNOW how time consuming these can be...so an extra-extra thank you for that. LOVE the book, love the sweet tuck-ins, and I especially love your little booklet/note!
Response: I’m so happy you like it!!! :D
Katielynn rated for Christmas Tea Swap on Dec 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Love it as cinnamon is a favored flavor.
kfaye rated for Christmas Tea Swap on Dec 25, 2017
Comment: Haha, this card is funny! Thank you for the nice teas & tag! happy 2018!
nana2sweets rated for Christmas Tea Swap on Dec 24, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the extras! I look forward to trying each of the teas. I'm going to use the bookmark. It's adorable. 👍

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CurlyTea on Jan 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Jan 22, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Loonstruck on Dec 31, 2016:

I have dropped you from the group Sealed with Love because you haven't logged on or participated in swaps since May 2016. If you decide to come back to Swap-bot and would like to rejoin our group, please let me know!

tiggerkitn25 on Sep 17, 2013:

tiggerkitn25 on May 28, 2013:

Welcome to the I LOVE Kawaii group! Please read Kawaii 101 written by @ColoradoKate to understand our group rules and expectations. Thanks! =)

roaddummy on May 8, 2013:

Hello and thank you for joining my Just Send Me a Postcard swap!! Glad to have you!!!


jessiebean22 on Apr 6, 2013:

haha loved it

KimberlyPye on Mar 10, 2013:

Hi! Just read your whole profile and I am soooo excited to send you the Favorite Color Whimsy Jar!! I probably won't send till near the deadline to make sure it's extra awesome, but I'll start packing the jar tomorrow! :)

theirmimi on Mar 9, 2013:

Hi! I just wanted to say thanks again for the Choose 4 swap. I love the way you packaged everything. I like the cute blue spot envelope and then the vellum envelope inside. You had everything tied up so cute, I almost didn't want to open it! Thanks for a great swap!

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