Swap-bot Time: April 9, 2020 3:50 pm


Date Joined: May 7, 2014
Last Online: April 9, 2020
Birthday: June 11
Country: United States
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About Me

*** Deco Swappers, please note (updated 10-21-19): I am cutting waaaaaaaay back on swapping decos internationally due to the high postage costs. Please check with me first before sending me an international homer, especially if it has really thick embellishments. If I sign up for a swap that is global, then obviously I will honor that and take an international deco for that swap. Also, I am not taking extra decos beyond what the swap calls for at this time. Thanks for understanding. A big thank you to @Aladyjackson @SeleneW and Anja in Germany for taking my excess decos! I love my swap partners! You guys ROCK! ***

Hi! My name is Christine, and I am a freelance writer living in Michigan with my husband and our 3 kiddos. We have a sweet, very lazy Pitt-mix named Lulu, and 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 (next to being a good mom, of course) is to visit every continent. I've made it to Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America so far.

I joined Swap-bot in May 2014 when someone recommended it to me. After checking it out I didn't quite feel ready to swap on this scale, so I stuck to swapping on smaller sites (Scrappin' Peeps for 4 years and Pocket Letter Pals for 1 year). After I became more comfortable I came back to Swap-bot and started swapping here in August 2016.

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. :)

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, 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 be able to 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. My favorite Disney movies are Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Brave. 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 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, Cinderella and the Four Knights, and of course Boys Over Flowers.

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. Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley, Finnabair, and Frank Garcia are fav designers. Prima flowers and colorful paints and ink make me happy.

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
  • metal
  • wood
  • washi
  • Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz
  • Old Hollywood
  • old photographs
  • rockabilly and snarky housewives
  • dragons, gargoyles, mythical creatures
  • Gorjuss Girls and Julie Nutting dolls
  • bright, happy colors
  • 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 don't send me anything x-rated or full of profanity. I'm not a prude by any means, but my kids like to get the mail from the box and hang out while I open it.
  • Please no religious or political themed items.
  • And obviously, nothing racist, homophobic, 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 dinosaurs, dumptrucks, Dora or Barney).


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 couple 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
  • Mind Wave Kiguru Me/"Quit" animals
  • Buru Buru Dog
  • Rilakkuma Rainbow collection
  • San-x Shirasutai Anchovies

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 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 10-21-19


Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Sumikko Gurashi sticker sheet. The music and art theme are new to me.
Comment: Thanks for the great deco!
Ellen101 rated for ILK: March 3-2020 Swap on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Wow! What a wonderful package of Kawaii! I love the SC letter set and especially the ShobenUsachan!! The bright colors make me happy! Thank you so much! 5⭐
Allylu rated for Library Lovers Postcard Prompt #13 on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: I love reimaginings of fairy tales, but I don't particularly like horror, so I wouldn't want to be friends with any of the characters either.
cmalaina rated for USA Last Page Deco - 3/2020 on Mar 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the memo sheets and omg they are cute
Nnyla rated for Library Lovers Postcard Prompt #10 on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the book-filled postcard and your message. Like you, I prefer paper, but don't mind e-books for novels I'll never read again.
joppagirl rated for DB: March Move a US Deco - US Only on Mar 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great deco!
asddsa28 rated for KSU: 10 pieces of Kamio on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: thank you there are soo meany memo and stickers! A lot that I dont have thank you soo much.
chimerix rated for CPG: ATCoin - Shamrock Int'l on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: Let's start with this, when I pulled out the ATCoin, I said, "WOW!" It is absolutely beautiful. I love Celtic knot work and you did such an amazing job on it. I am really touched by what you made for me! Thank you also for the extra Coin backings. Aloha
Tamawi rated for Artistic Decos - 3/2020 on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the deco. I'm rooting for spring and sunshine too!
papercraftkath rated for PH: Women on Postcards #2 on Mar 10, 2020
Comment: These postcards are absolutely fabulous -thank you! I’m so sorry I took so long to rate for this one. It was super appreciated!
Karen07 rated for R&W Book Riot 2020 challenge part 1 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Great letter! Happy reading!
Comment: Very cute! Thank you very much.
asddsa28 rated for KSU: 10 pieces of Q-Lia! on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: thank you soo much. I have been wanting some of the memos you sent for a wile. Im happy that I now have some. I love the cute sticker flakes the bear ones are to cute! thank you.
cmalaina rated for Decos Only - 2/2020 on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you will pass along in next around
simcoe54 rated for Scavenger Hunt - 4 on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Great postcards. Thanks
lambchoppy rated for Decos Only - 2/2020 on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Christine! :)
Comment: Cute! Ty
Comment: Thanks ever so much for the fun interesting postcard.
Ellen101 rated for ILK: February 2-2020 Swap on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Hi Christine. Thank you for so many great kawaii memos! And the stickers too...never have too many!

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sebastian122 on Apr 6, 2020:

Checking in to make sure you're safe and taking care of you and yours. XOXO

sebastian122 on Mar 24, 2020:

Stay safe, be well, and wash your hands! XOXO

LadyJo on Mar 3, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderfull AWG wishes for February! Great postcards and stickers!

daydreamer47 on Feb 26, 2020:

Thank you for the AWESOME stickers for the AWG February group

yvonne401 on Feb 22, 2020:

Thank you for my AWG February wishes of birthday stickers and anniversary cards! Thanks so much for thinking of me!



MSturgill87 on Feb 15, 2020:

Thank you for the AWG wishes! My kids will love the stickers and I love the Kawaii memo sheets!

Lonestarchild on Feb 14, 2020:

Thanks so much for all the rabbitty AWG wishes this month. So Fun!

sebastian122 on Dec 27, 2019:

Thank you so much for the awesome card and the RAK! You're too sweet!!!!

manders2280 on Dec 25, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful gudetama Christmas card. It did not occur to me that such a thing existed but now that I think about it I am not surprised. The holiday is ubiquitous in Asian countries. When I lived in India, there were decorations everywhere (though Hindu temples sport colored lights year round) and one day I spotted a line of children, all wearing Santa hats like gudetama.

raniheartspaper on Dec 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for an amazing envelope and additional extras!

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