Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2020 4:49 pm


Date Joined: April 17, 2019
Last Online: October 20, 2020
Birthday: March 17
Country: United States
My Amazon Wishlist
My Etsy Wishlist
My Flickr Photos

About Me

Updated as of: 10/18/2020

This is MY mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.

Partner/Coordinator communication will take place should this status change for any reason.


Missing Mail? Please direct message me BEFORE rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging & will gladly resend when necessary.

Postage DUE? I have learned of this happening 3 times since joining SB. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and will always reimburse with brand-new USPS postage stamps.

Please scroll to “DNS’s” for simple review of Dislikes🛑


My name is Harmony Joy Cook🎶🎵

Yes, my biological parents are hippies/musicians. I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and NORTHERN California foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force. We have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally enjoy 💙 Mother’s Day more than my own birthday!🎁 That includes ALL my animals too! 😉

🐾 Our current fur-family consists of 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Rhodesian Ridgeback & Basenji mix) and Ella (a Black Labrador & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾 I've always enjoyed animals, but especially loved horses & dogs!

Whether furry or human my OHANA means everything to me.

Besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many HOBBIES:

  • (indoor) Pressed Flower Craft (oshibana), Card-making, Coloring, Painting, Paper-making/marbling, Pottery, Genealogy, Crocheting, Face-painting, Dancing, Reading, Weaving, Watching Movies, DIY, Sewing, (beginner-level) Cross-stitch, Smash/Scrap-booking, and Art-Journaling (I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)

  • (outdoor) Hula, Hiking, Shooting,Thrift or Estate Shopping, Horseback Riding, Rollerblading, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling, Swimming, & Scouting (Boy/Girl/World). I earned my GSUSA Gold Award. Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing. Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank, while I am actively working my “Woodbadge ticket”. My Patrol is “Da Bears!”🐻

  • My current collections include: Vintage Scout Ephemera, Philately (postal stamps), Numismatics (currency), Deltiology (postcards), and Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ALL sizes & shapes of the 7-of-❤️’s playing card!

  • I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl! I like to listen to MUSIC nearly all the time, and if not, there’s usually a tune in my head!

  • I am most comfortable at the OCEAN where I can lose all sense of time hunting for SEA GLASS, smooth rocks, tiny shells, and sea beans!
  • I also enjoy spending quality time at libraries, museums, art galleries, or ceramic studios. This is because I REALLY enjoy learning, folk art & handicrafts. Prior to my military enlistment, I was a K-12 teacher, so I think experiential arts-n-crafts should always be a part of life for learning!
  • In my youth, I also enjoyed traveling the Americas alone and spent time living in Chile as a foreign exchange student! Now, I prefer to travel in good company, whenever possible. However, my current travels have been vicariously via postcards!

I 💜 snail 🐌 mail! 💌

  • When handwriting, PLEASE PRINT as I have difficulty reading some cursive penmanship.

NEATLY written or typed things are always welcome!

Some A to Z’s of Me!

A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs

(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Oceania, & Sea Turtles!)

B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (Polar, Grizzly, Black, & Giant Panda) 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt), & Bald 🦅 Eagles

C: Celtic Heritage, Clogging, Cinnamon Tea/Toothpicks, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse, & Cookie Monster

D: Daffodils, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) decoupage tissue/napkins

E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore, & Emerald Green💚

F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ Fantastic Beasts, & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)

G: Groot, Guitar Picks, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (I’m a Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉

H: Hot Tamales Cinnamon Candy, 🐾Huskies 🐾, Hula (esp Ancient “Kahiko”), 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hibiscus, & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/FLOWER belly badge)

I: Ireland, Icebergs, & Incredible Hulk

J: Jolly Rancher Hard Candy, Juke Boxes, Jade Green Stone💚, 🏀Jordan #23, & ⚾️Jeter NYY #2

K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit, & Koru Loops (like this one)

L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, LEGO’s, & Levi’s

M: Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁

N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles, & Notes w/my Name on them 😉

O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters, & Optimus Prime

P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Punky Brewster, Princess Bride, & 💜Purple Pansies

Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)

R: 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees

S: Simply Cheetos Puffs White Cheddar Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Smokey the Bear, Solfège, Sheet Music🎼, Spinning Poi Ball, & Sea Turtles

T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tartan, & Tribal Tattoos

U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) , & Uniformed Personnel

V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie, & Vintageitis!


W: Wolves, Wicket the Ewok, & Wyland Art (below)

X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️

Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda & The Child

Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle

Thank YOU for thinking of me!

Postcard Faves!

  • Pin-Up Ladies (my FAVES are tasteful photography of clothing-challenged, risqué, or racy brunettes. Bunny Yeager photography especially!)
  • Post Office Buildings
  • Mailboxes
  • Giant TREES 🌲
  • Large-Letter
  • VW Buses
  • License Plate, Graffiti/Street Art
  • WonderGround Gallery (DisneyArt)
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Studio Ghibli: Ponyo & My Neighbor Totoro
  • B&W Photography! Especially of:

    • People Dancing
    • Close-ups of Hands, Feet, or Paws
    • Vintage Hats, Boots, or Instruments
    • Abandoned Trains, Trucks, or Cars
    • Old Books, Typewriters, or Globes
    • Saturday Evening Post, LIFE or TIME
    • Pacific Island & Polynesian Culture
  • Handmade postcards are always VERY welcome too. I heart ART! So, please feel free to share your drawing, graphic design, coloring, photography, painting, or collage. I also don't mind receiving “print on-demand” (like Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press postcards). If it’s a card that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "NO"), please share it with me! I promise that I’ll NEVER RATE DOWN for thoughtful intentions like that!

🍪SPECIAL REQUEST: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard! Cookie is my nickname! * I also ask that my postcards please be sent WRITTEN on, but in an ENVELOPE (if the swap allows a choice). The envelope (or clear sleeve) simply protects the image on the postcard from being smudged or torn by the USPS machinery (and they seem to be arriving damaged more recently).

👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝


  • Some swappers enjoy having a list of ideas to “shop” from, while others feel creatively squelched by too many ideas. For this reason, I have tried to create “harmony” in my profile by briefly listing SOME of the things I like. This is not an extensive listing 😉
  • EDIBLES: I am gluten-sensitive and must eat soy-free as much as possible. That includes the emulsifier “soy lecithin” frequently found in snack foods. For specifics, I have listed favorite goodies in my A-Z list above.
  • I’ve been asked to identify my strong DISLIKES, as this is often easier for swap partners to work with.

🛑I like things with neither:

🚫 claymation nor stop-motion characters

🚫 sock-puppets nor dolls

🚫 zombies nor aliens

🚫 snakes nor scorpions

🚫 cosmetics nor odors/parfum

  • FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a trauma survivor with diagnosed PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression. I struggle with trusting people, executive functions, and memory impairments. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been a way to not only re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner, but also challenge myself to “be flexible” within healthy boundaries. I am also a certified recovery peer support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based programs. I have received training as a W.R.A.P facilitator and advocate for mental health awareness, but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another. Please respect me by practicing the same. If I want to know your specific opinions, beliefs, or advise I will ask.

  • GREETING CARD SWAPS: I am NOT offended by the greeting “Merry Christmas” and although I respect other spiritual observances, I prefer that over the generic season’s greetings/happy holidays cards.

  • Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful effort with 💖-felt gratitude!


Swap Etiquette

I am 3 hours ahead of Swap-bot time!

  • As a swap coordinator, PLEASE NOTE that I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a night-owl and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)

  • If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will DELETE it to perhaps repost at a different time.

  • I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to ANGEL. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.

    • I follow-up on swaps if it's been THIRTY (30) USPS business days from the date I logged my swap as sent, (and at least two weeks from the deadline date) but no rating has been posted, I will contact my partner about a resend because I know USPS loses things sometimes!
    • I RATE incoming swaps within 48 hours of their receipt. It’s my practice to only ARCHIVE them once received/rated!
    • I appreciate FEEDBACK when rating and do make time once a month to respond to comments accordingly. Even “silent” ratings I’ve received will often receive a simple “thank you” to show my gratitude for remembering to rate!
    • I apologize that I am sometimes a forgetful human who makes mistakes: these references are here to refresh my memory of what Terms of Use I’ve AGREED to by participating in Swapbot, as well as the important

DOs and DON'Ts



myancey rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much. We love the Pooh and Minnie card it made my heart smile. Would love to hear it’s traveling story
MamaD rated for FTLOC#1: Not-so-scary Halloween MPL on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful pocket letter! I love the ATCs. So adorable!! I love all of the great papers as well!!
luluvision rated for PA: A Funny Doormat on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS!! Girl! You just get me! How can I NOT love what you created!! Shoot! That should be a REAL doormat!! Thank you so much!!! That is going on my wall!! *Happy dance*
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas-decorated envelope! Thanks also for what's inside....
mle rated for Speedy Postage Stamp ATC! on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful ATC
Shuttlebug rated for AAA: Sender's Choice ATC #2 US on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome ATC and all the extra kitties!
neecie rated for Pinup or Burlesque Postcard - USA on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: hello Harmony, it was a special historical pleasure to get the Betty Page card from you ... Florida is the ideal home for bathing beauties! please have a beautiful autumn season with all your delightful crafts & pastimes :)
Comment: Thank you. Super cute. I’m excited for December.
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic card! And thank you for sharing your thoughts. <3
Comment: can't wait to december
CajunLady rated for GEEK of the WEEK PC Swap #40 on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you!!
fortannam rated for SMSUSA: Blind Envie Swap on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope and fall goodies!!
Comment: Cool ATC - thanks!
Comment: Waiting until December. This is the 4th one to receive. Your envie is super cute, love the 'do not open until Christmas' and I will open in order I receive. Thank you! ❤️
Comment: Love the triskelion! Thank you so much!
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #14 on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for resending this (I actually didn't get any email from you so I was very thankful you resent it ^_^). Also, oh my goodness, I loved the library in that film too!
Comment: Love it!!
Comment: Thank you Harmony!
Cindymt rated for ☮️Stress-less Swap 😉 on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely items! I feel so spoiled lol!
Comment: Loved the wonderful Dolphin Christmas card. Loved your decorated envelope.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1210 123 127
Completed Fives Threes Ones
818 1376 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
83 352 383 0
View all


marinda on Sep 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for sending my postcard back to me! I am so happy to have it sent through the mail!

PeliKat on Aug 19, 2020:

Harmony, thanks so much for the funny postcard! I've been struggling with a lot of health issues lately and this really brightened my day. It feels good to know that you thought of me. 🤗 And where did you find the "save the postal service" stamp? I love that, as well as your snail mail address label! Thanks for reaching out to me;it is appreciated more than you can know!! Stay safe and healthy!! PeliKat

lynnpinkdaisy on Mar 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card! It's one of the most beautiful handmade ones I have ever received. You are so kind to have made that for me. I hope you have a wonderful week and stay healthy and safe!

gerberdaisy on Feb 12, 2020:

isandie on Jan 29, 2020:

thank you so much for the stickii pages!!! you're the BESTEST EVER!!! :) love

lorencz on Oct 7, 2019:

Hi Harmony! I got your lovely orca postcard today and thank you so much! The watercolor is so pretty. I'm going to frame it and put it up in my classroom. Give Kyna a big hug for me. I wish I could get myself a dog, but my current landlady won't allow them. I really appreciate the sweet note and postcard.

Jbeth on Oct 1, 2019:

What a joy to find your amazingly beautiful card in my mailbox. It made me smile and filled my heart with joy. This jesture of friendliness is above and beyond and not often enough found in our society. I have it on display for my fall decor as it is craftsmenship at its best and filled with kindness. I am overjoyed that you are happy with what I sent to you. Thanks again ( jbeth)

Rosepettals007 on Aug 29, 2019:

Omgoodness! thank you for my post card! I love peach! She is elegant as she is gangsta! Haha! My sister always chose her is any Mario game! Fun times! Thank you! ❤❤❤❤

Login to leave a comment now!