Swap-bot Time: December 1, 2023 2:30 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: December 1, 2023
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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*** I am taking an extended break from Pass-It-On type swaps, except for small decos and one or two group-specific swaps. That means no more bags, round robins, collaboration postcards, etc. Please do not send me anything that will need to move on to another person unless it is specifically called for in the swap we're in. Thank you :)

*** updated 2-21-23: DECO SWAPPERS, please note -- I am no longer swapping decos that can't be mailed at letter rates. Please don't send me any decos that are more than 1/4" thick (if it can still fit in an envelope when opened like a book, then that's fine) or over 3oz. I will not be signing up for deco swaps that include regular/larger decos, so this should only affect any extra decos you might decide to send me. (But please double check that I can take extras before sending.) I'm sorry to sound like an old cranker pants, but I'm staring down college tuition for 3 kids in the next few years, and I could buy a lot of textbooks by cutting out those overseas package costs. On a positive note, I'm happy to take homers that can be mailed at letter rate. Thanks for understanding. :)

Hi! My name is Christine (she/her), and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and our 3 kiddos. We have two rescued sister cats named Cinnamon and Sugar. I love crafting, making art, reading, travel, animals, hockey and kayaking. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and apple green. My biggest goal in life is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe (France, England, Ireland), Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia), Asia (South Korea), and South America (Peru) so far (plus Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and lots of US states in North America).

I have Essential Tremors, which means my hands shake a lot. It is managed pretty well with medication, but if a swap includes a longer letter I may type it to ensure it's actually readable. :)

I just started a group for those of us who have sticker subscriptions like Stickii, Pipsticks, Four Bears, Postix, or Violette. If you're interested you can find Sticker Subscription Swaps here.

My Profile is getting kinda long, so here's a Table of Contents of sorts in case you want to skip down to a certain section:

  • About Swaps
  • Favorite Books
  • Favorite Movies and TV
  • Favorite Crafts
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Kawaii
  • Postcards
  • Wish List

About Swaps

I consider signing up for a swap a contract. I never ever flake, so if you have not received from me, please let me know so I can resend. I don't want any of my partners to miss out on the fun of a swap! I do not mark items sent until the mailman has picked it up from my mailbox or I've dropped it off at the post office. If for some reason I will be late, I promise to message my partner(s) to let them know. If a partner is going to be late, I understand and just ask that they communicate with me. I do my best to make sure I have correct postage on the things I send (I use a postal scale to weigh everything), but I have had different clerks at my local post office charge different rates for similar things, so if for some reason there has been a mistake and you receive something postage due, please let me know. Finally, I promise to rate and do so soon after receiving. If you have not received a rating from me, I either haven't received your swap or it was an accidental oversight. Please message me. I also very much appreciate the ratings I receive. I may not respond to them all, but please know I do read and appreciate them! :)

Favorite Books

I write book reviews, so most of what I read is assigned to me by editors, but when I get to choose I've been gravitating to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy lately.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman

other favorite authors:

  • Bill Bryson
  • Cassandra Claire
  • Alice Walker
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dr. Seuss

Favorite Movies and TV

I love old black and white movies. Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night are probably my all time favorite movies. I'm also a sucker for Brat Pack-type teen movies like Breakfast Club, Say Anything, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Some favorite animated/anime movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Kiki's Delivery Service (Jiji!!), Howl's Moving Castle... really, pretty much anything Studio Ghibli made, Your Name, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and The Secret of Kells. I like all kinds of movies, though.

I don't watch nearly as much TV as I used to. Some shows I really like are The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, Erased (Japanese) and MST3K. I've been watching a lot of anime lately, and I have an inconvenient addiction to Korean Dramas (inconvenient because I can't multitask while they're on because I have to read the subtitles). Those are saved as rewards for getting lots of work done. :) Some of my favorite K-dramas are Goblin, My Love from Another Star, and Cinderella and the Four Knights.

Favorite Crafts

I mostly do papercrafts and mixed media art now, though I have dabbled in many types of crafts over the years. I used to make and sell jewelry until my tremors got to the point that it took too long to do things. I still make custom pieces for people, which was my favorite thing to do anyway. I love creating something specifically for the recipient. :)

I am a true Gemini, so I like many different artistic styles depending on my mood: vintage, Steampunk, shabby chic, clean and simple. I adore Graphic 45, Finnabair, and Tim Holtz style. Dyan Reaveley's bright, saturated colors make me swoon.

Likes and Dislikes


I am pretty easy to please. I love seeing other people's artistic styles, and I'm grateful for all the happy mail people share with me.

Here are a few things that make my heart flutter:

  • vintage
  • steampunk
  • science
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • old ephemera (over 20 years old), especially with handwriting on it (old postcards, letters, receipts, tickets, ads, ration or supermarket stamps, greeting cards, library cards, etc.)
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • LGBTQ+
  • Libraries and books, and really love the old library check-out cards. My favorites are the ones from school libraries with little kids' names written in little kid handwriting -- I always wonder what little Sally grew up to be like after reading Green Eggs and Ham :)
  • school/office supplies
  • stationery, especially Korean or Japanese, but any
  • birds and animals (all, but especially red pandas, sheep, llamas & alpacas, owls, cats, and hedgehogs)
  • dark and supernatural (think Edgar Allen Poe, dancing skeletons, ghosts -- especially if it has a hint of morbid humor to it)
  • kawaii (I know this is kind of the opposite of dark and supernatural -- see, I told you I was a Gemini! lol). See below for more on this...
  • postcards -- see below for more


  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • Please don't send me anything x-rated. Nudity is fine, but getting porn from strangers creeps me out.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise abusive or hateful.
  • I love stickers, but would prefer not to receive teacher/reward stickers or stickers with baby/little kids' themes or characters (like dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).
  • Loose glitter -- It always ends up in the corner of my eye (and everywhere else). You have no idea how happy I was when they started varnishing over glitter on scrapbook papers. Trapped glitter that cannot leave the surface it's on? Yay! Love that sparkle. Loose or shedding glitter? {shudder}

No Thank You Items: These are things I don't swap, so sending them to me is like sending them to purgatory: friendship sheets/books, label bags, x-slips.... In general, please don't send anything that has to be passed on unless a swap specifically calls for it. Thanks!


I fell in love with kawaii 20 years ago while living and working in Seoul, South Korea, though I didn't know it had a name back then. A few years ago I discovered online kawaii shops and become a collector (hoarder) of Japanese (and some Korean) kawaii. I swap memos, lettersets, letter pad sheets, sticker flakes and sheets, envelopes, deco and washi samples, and more.

I especially like pandas, red pandas, cats, manga girls and boys, and kawaii with weird backstories. My fav characters are Tarepanda, Kutusita Nyanko, Capuri Mono, and Sumikko Gurashi (especially Zassou/Weed). I pretty much love it all, though, and love discovering new (to me) characters from my swap partners.

Current Kawaii Wish List (anything from these characters/themes -- even a single memo sheet):

  • older Tarepanda
  • San-X Toromi French Bulldog
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • Rilakkuma Rainbow collection
  • Zombbit
  • Sanrio Kuromi

tarepanda kutusita sumikkogurashi


I tend to like non-touristy more than touristy, but really I am happy to receive anything. Sometimes I get a touristy postcard I love. You never know. If a swap allows for handmade postcards, I like those, too, especially if they show the sender's art and style. I'm equally happy with naked PCs or ones in envelopes. Some themes I'm particularly interested in collecting are "Greetings From (State or City name)," black and white, old Hollywood, book and movie related, and indie art.

If it's a naked PC swap and you're wondering what to write to me, here are some ideas:

  • What does your Swap-Bot ID mean?
  • What is your favorite food to cook at home? What's your favorite food to eat out?
  • Do you come from a big family or a small family? Do you like the size of your family, or do you wish it were smaller/larger?
  • What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
  • What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
  • If someone offered you plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Wish List

I'll add and subtract from this over time. If you happen to have one of these items laying around and want to toss it into a swap, I promise it will be going to a home where it will be appreciated and loved. :)

  • My daughter is adopted from Ethiopia, so I'm always looking for items that feature African American kids or Ethiopian/African images to use in her scrapbook and other crafts.
  • used postage stamps with images of people or animals and any used stamps from other countries
  • anything from Cavallini
  • Daintree Tea from Australia (received some in a swap once and LOVED it!)

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*** profile updated 5-17-23


Comment: Thanks so very much for the wonderful homemade card and sweet stickers! I've always wanted some of the Pipsticks/Sanrio collaboration stickers, so that was a lovely surprise, and the squirrel stickers are adorable. Thanks again and happy holidays.
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful ATC. You sure had some great stuff in your craft area. This was really a fun swap. I really like all of the TH items that you used in such a cohesive way!
swapbotmaria rated for SSM: October book club on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap and the personal and very detailed letter of why you connected to certain stories in the book.
Comment: Thank you so much especially for the extra sheets.
Hotthreads rated for DB ♥: Letter Rate Decos #8 on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: 💕
Comment: Thanks for the happy mail! It sure made my day. Also, I found it funny that you wrote about leaves and the sounds they make when you kick them up. Today, as I walking to the park, I had fun kicking up the leaves too! Take care and keep on swapping...
PrincessLeia rated for CS: Letter-Rate Decos Only #5 on Nov 16, 2023
Comment: Hello Christine, Thankyou for sending along Bettinas European cities deco! Thanks for the lovely postage stamps also! ❤️❤️❤️
japn rated for lantern press blank envie swap #62 on Nov 12, 2023
Comment: wonderful sender. awesome cards. thank you.
9O96O rated for DB ♥: CM's ICM Decos #1 on Nov 9, 2023
Comment: 9O96O rated for CS: CM's ICM Decos #8 on Nov 9, 2023 5 rating Comment: So glad that you could send a 2-for-1 and save on postage. Thanks for the 4 decos: Reptiles by PrincessLeia, Zodiac by Jessica P, Dragon and Space by you.
9O96O rated for CS: CM's ICM Decos #8 on Nov 9, 2023
Comment: So glad that you could send a 2-for-1 and save on postage. Thanks for the 4 decos: Reptiles by PrincessLeia, Zodiac by Jessica P, Dragon and Space by you.
Lolcw rated for SSS: 4x4's #6 on Nov 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you
Hotthreads rated for DB ♥: Small Deco #351220 on Nov 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you for Rome’s fruit Deco💕
DeboraCreates rated for CPG: ICM Deco #350880 - Global on Oct 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you for Lindsay's Vintage Entertainment ICM - love your page!
Sweetrizzo44 rated for SSS: Altered Postcard #6 on Oct 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I loved the cats. They made me smile because they looked so natural on the postcard. Take care and keep on swapping...
Comment: Thanks for the great card and stickers! I love Stickii stickers!
PrincessLeia rated for DB ♥: Letter Rate Decos #7 on Oct 27, 2023
Comment: Hello Christine, Thanking for sending Carmen’s butterflies art deco! ❤️❤️❤️
blubutterfly rated for A-Z of SCIENCE PC - “R" on Oct 23, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the nice MC PC:) Such a fascinating person! I had an older Corona (1921), but I sent it away for restoration and the guy never sent it back to me:( If you do ever get chance to use a 1940's Underwood for sure take it! I have many typewriters but my "daily typer" is my 1940 Underwood Universal. By far my fav machine to use, and great for address labels instead of my awful handwriting lol!!
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard choices.
sebastian122 rated for Creepy Kawaii for Halloween on Oct 22, 2023
Comment: I LOVE THE TAPE!!!!! What a cute swap! Thank you for some much creepy cuteness!
Lisserz rated for FREE GIFT + Hello Halloween postcard on Oct 20, 2023
Comment: I don't even pass out candy. We haven't had trick or treaters for several years. I live about 1/4 mile back from a major highway, that's probably why. I will most likely stay home, watch a scary movie, and eat Halloween candy. 😁. Thank you for the cute postcard.

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wolfeagle on Aug 30, 2023:

Thank you so much for your beautiful card.❤️❤️❤️

jay9 on Jul 13, 2023:

Thank You for sharing your art in my Deco book. I love it! 🏖

MuggleMom on Jul 3, 2023:

Thank you for sending me Sonya's deco! Love your flower envelope too!

sebastian122 on Jun 18, 2023:

Thank you for all the goodies, on the swap I messed up. You deserve a skillion hearts!!

DeboraCreates on Jun 10, 2023:

Thank you for your generous RAK of deco books and lovely sticker sheets! I love everything enclosed in the big, fun envelope!

bblue on Mar 30, 2023:

I received the deco via the forum ✨️deco ✨️tag. Thanks so much!

hibiscus on Mar 16, 2023:

Thank you for an excellent example of surrealist art..

DeboraCreates on Feb 23, 2023:

Thank you for the "At the Cafe" ICM deco you made for me in August, 2022. It was just returned to me and I love it!

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