Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2019 9:13 pm


Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: July 23, 2019
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

My day job is doing bindery at a print shop (everything after a job is printed).

My hobbies are reading, writing letters (snail-mail), and doing simple, quick crafts. I love to make cards and am dabbling in mailart and atcs. I studied history and environmental science at the University of Virginia, College 2011 (Yep, I'm still pissed!) and I love to learn new things.*

I'm a duckpin bowler (bonus points if you know what this is!)

While I'm not picky about what I receive, I do have a preference for stationary items (notecards, paper, envelopes, stickers, etc), small notions that can be used to decorate handmade cards (die cuts, washi tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, glitter glue, etc), or anything else that can get my crafting juices flowing. Cling/Clear Stamps (particularly flowers or animals) and ink pads (all colors).

I like postcards that tell a story or set a scene rather than traditional touristy cards.

I don't have a use for "Post-It" type sticky paper.

My favorite color is orange.

ATCs are always welcome! As is any kind of artwork. I have very diverse taste in art.

I like fairies, but not the Tinker Bell type. I prefer them to be more realistic rather than cartoon-y. I love anything nature oriented, particularly flowers, bees, and mushrooms. I'm totally into gnomes right now.

Articles cut out of magazines are cool, too!

I'm interested in typography and would love to receive interesting labels (from wine or beer bottles, for example, though the sky's the limit) and other ephemera. I don't drink alcohol in any form (I don't care for the taste), so please only send the labels! smile.

My dad (coworker) runs the letterpress at the print shop we work at. If you have a cut (type/image for lack of a better explanation of the term) for something that'd look good on a 4x6 postcard or similar size notecard, and would like to see it printed, drop me a message.

I have recently started a love affair with fountain pens and would love to receive some cool ink samples!

If you're writing a letter or postcard to me and aren't sure what to write, I enjoy hearing about your local current or not so current events/drama (good, bad, or ugly it's all social history to me), whatever your current paasion/obsession is (watching an unhealthy amount of reality tv? Been there!), or a favorite book recommendation--I'm always looking for new authors to read (any and all genres)!

I have no food allergies and am game to try any unique snacks you may want to send. I am game to try any new flavors of tea. Hubby likes instant coffee.

My husband drives a tow truck, so I'm intrigued by any towing related items you may find. While we like Tow Mater, I'd rather see vintage trucks rather than cartoons.

Some of my fandoms are Doctor Who, Star Trek (particularly Voyager), and pretty much anything that is a reworking of a fairy tale (I LOVE Once Upon a Time). Oddly enough, I really get excited about fan created art/cosplay even when I don't know and/or care about the original source.

(From above)*I'm particularly interested in "social history" which is the stories of individual people and their interaction with bigger events. I don't care for "military history" which looks at the intricacies of how a specific battle was fought. I like politics from the perspective of why people think what they do, rather than the wheeling and dealing to implement policy; I'm fascinated by the academics rather than trying to change opinions. The world is a fascinating place and I enjoy looking for that "awkward" point where two similar people disagree and where two dissimilar people can find agreement.

Pen Pals

I'm always looking for new pen pals! I like long chatty letters about anything and everything. Feel free to ask me any questions you like. Sorry, no men, please.

I swap FBs and the like (slams, bags, etc), but ONLY in small quantities (less than $1 in postage).

Administrative Stuff

Our mailbox is located at the entrance to the neighborhood, so I check it once a week in winter and 2 to 3 times a week in summer. I rate swaps the same day I get them out of the mailbox.

As a favor to me (it's not required!), please write the name of the swap and your username somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This just makes my life easier when I'm sorting the mail. Thanks!

I honestly don't notice that the swap you're sending is late until it's been on my sent page for over a month from the send date, but at that point I do send out messages to try to figure out what happened. I refrain from rating 1 until I want to clear out my sent page, IF there's been no communication.

If you want me to run out and check my mailbox immediately for your swap, just send me a message. I really don't mind the walk when I know there's something better than junk mail in it!

I once got a 1 because Swap Bot lost the message the recipient sent me to say my envelope had never arrived. Please be kind and send a second message if you don't hear from me, especially if SB says I've read the message.


Hunbun rated for Card Kit--USA on Jul 19, 2019
Comment: What cool elements you sent! I will definitely be using all of it in the future. Thank you!
Froggy2974 rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute stickers!
Hunbun rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 6, 2019
jinxspinx rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: Woohoo! I got envelopes! I was hoping I would. Thank you!
fortannam rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcards!
Littleroo rated for Double Blind Flat Swap--US Only on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I loved all the pretty cards.
Comment: Thanks for the sticker bags! I'm yet to pick some but I'm excited to dig in :)
Comment: Wow love this swap Cathy! Thanks so much for the pretty purple envies, the Garfield stationery paper, labels and #VBStrong I pray you didn't know anyone that was directly affected by that. Though as a country we can't help but be affected by each and every senseless tragedy!
1koolkrafter rated for Kindness Bible Study on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you...😎
jinxspinx rated for Send Anything #75 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Lovely envelope full of fun stuff! Thank you for looking at my profile and sending things you knew i would LOVE!
Zefaniya rated for Send Anything #75 on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks! :)
Autist rated for Send Anything #75 on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: This is great stuff. I will definitely be using it in my journals! Thank you
dchance rated for OSS: Blind Envelope on Jun 12, 2019
Comment: Such fun mail - thank you!
Comment: Glad to see that you made such progress in your room! So great that now everything, in theory, has a place for it to go....even if you always end up with them out and about lol. I think everyone has a goal to stop hoarding....I struggle with that too. ME: But it could be used...I know the minute I toss it I will need to use it! In all seriousness though I hope you keep on having fun crafting in your room!
Comment: Great job! I'm super impressed by how much you got accomplished!
Comment: Good job!
Comment: Great job! Always will be an ongoing project, but you've made an improvement that you like and can live with :)
Comment: Tyvm for the lovely card!! πŸŽπŸ’πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸΌ
Comment: very nice work! I love the cards and envelopes.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #62 on Jun 4, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of postcards.

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TeaNi on Jun 30, 2019:

thank you

for granting a June CPG wish for me with the bright colored index cards! :)

keahirada on Jun 25, 2019:

Thanks so much for the vintage paper for my CPG June Wishlist. Adding it to my new stash now!!

LadyJo on Jun 24, 2019:

Thank you so much for the great postcards and tea for the CPG June 2019 Wishlists! I will add these to my collection!

bluerose3 on Jun 24, 2019:

Thank you for the (CPG June wishes) postcards, tea, and magnets. The magnets were my favorite :)

nisforneville on Jun 22, 2019:

Thank you for the cute cat envelopes and the washi for my CPG wishes!

colleenbUSA on Jun 22, 2019:

Thank you for the beautiful handmade envelopes for CPG June wishes!

anicka22 on May 24, 2019:

Thank you very much for the wonderful RAK . Love it all very much!!

tcornell on May 23, 2019:

I received your paper crafting/letter writing RAK today- thank you so much! All will certainly come in handy! I really appreciate you sharing!

tcornell on May 19, 2019:

Thank you so much, Cathy for the envelopes and the cutest letter set that you made for me, its almost too precious to use! I love everything! CPG May wish list

lindseyjae on May 18, 2019:

Thanks for the lovely handmade and coin envies that you sent me for my CPG may wish!!

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