Swap-bot Time: February 19, 2020 12:36 pm


Date Joined: December 20, 2011
Last Online: February 18, 2020

Country: United States
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About Me

Just started doing the postal exchange. Love reading the other blogs regarding letter/postcard writing and have gotten involved with quite a few.

I have resolved to send at least 5 cards a week min and have been on the search for older and unique items.

Please let me show the younger generation in the family the joy of sending and receiving mail from all over the world.

we have a few animals 2 dogs, 3 cats.

This started out as a way for me to show the kids in the family how to write letters/postcards and how neat it would be to get mail and converse with people from all over the world. Write a letter get a letter.

I can remember as a kid when I sent away for some crappy toy out of a comic book with my own money and how I waited day after day for the postman to show up..

I look forward to ANY mail from you guys.

Interests, office supplies, notebooks (field notes brand, moleskine..) Pens (have a few fountain pens and still learning to use them). Photography, baseball (I shoot for some magazines) concerts ..

anything really..

I've been told I need to flesh my profile out so here it goes..

Favorite Music

I really do like just about anything, most liked though in genre sense goes, Classic rock (eagles, tom petty, Rush, Ted Nugent) to Rock (Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Saving Abel) to Classical to Country. Only thing I'm not "really" into would be really heavy death metal.

Recent concerts: of Mountains and Men, Cake (I work as an IT manager for a group of radio stations in Northern California so I get my fill as we have many acts roll through the building to play.)

Favorite Movies

Romantic comedies have to probably be my fav. Yup I'm a big girl..

Under the Tuscan Sun, You've got mail, Notting Hill, Quiet Man, The Cheyenne Social Club, anything with Cary Grant (Operation Petticoat, Mr. Blandings build his dream home.

BIG fan of Old Time Radio, Jack benny, Uncle Milty, Dragnet, The Shadow and so on..

Favorite Books

Though one: more of a favorite Authors thing than books. Bill Bryson, Christine Melor, James Herriot, Jenny Colgan.

Books I really enjoyed though, A Walk in The Woods (bryson), Dog Stories (herriot), We were here first (melor), The Rosie Project. All of Jenny Colgan books (The Cupcake Cafe, Beach Street Bakery, Rosie Hopkins series).

Currently reading: By The Book

Anything animal related (dogs)

Favorite Crafts

I am really enjoying the letter/postal exchange. I have just learned how to make my own envelopes and postcards, so you guys will be getting those soon :) I am trying to figure out how to get some of my photography onto postcards (looking the way I want them.. OK I'm a bit OCD when it comes to my photography, my own worst critic as it were.

Also making projects with my daughter (beading and paper crafts) she's 10 (2017) so be warned.. it will be going out as she LOVES making thing for others.

The animals

We are animal folk.

The Dogs (down to 2): I am a Chessie (Chesapeake Bay Retrievers) person I am currently on Chessies number 4-5 which consist of Skits (1) and one mutt (derby) 10

The Cats (3): Snow a rescue and my daughters sleeping partner, IO and Dingle

Wish list

While I am currently sending postcards and mostly vintage ones I have found at antique stores as to be a bit more special (you should see the look on the shop keeper faces when I tell them I'm going to mail some of these as in their minds I'm destroying the value. My thought is they were meant to be sent.)

For Kaylee (12) ANYTHING animal related. From age 2 she has been obsessed with anything animal related and mainly farm animals. Example: We were scoping out a new paper goods store that will open next week she spotted a stuffed (plush) cow in the window and has been talking about it non stop for 5 days - 3 more till she can get it as we will be back for the store opening.

For Me (daddy):GOOD stationery sets. (Don't worry about "Guy" stationery, I am a bit of a paper freak and purchase what I would consider everyday paper for me. Has nothing to do with expense but just using nice paper. Most used letter sets for me are Original Crown Mill, Le Typographe, Clairfontaine or G. Lalo, anything letterpress. I use fountain pens and have found these to be the best papers for the task. This translates into something you would buy for a relative, not something from the bargain bin at the local dollar tree.

Fountain pens/Ink. I can always use another. Always trying out new inks. Really like the Noodlers stuff I've been getting lately.

Ephemera - Drug store labels, soda labels, bread label, etc.. Something I can use in mail art.

What NOT to send - bling things/rhinestones, really small sticky stones (we have dogs and cats that like to find these things) Random clippings/paper or washi samples, playing cards. (If the swap recommends it- I will never rate down if not sent)

If you happen to find anything Chesapeake related I would appreciate very much. I know that there have been stamps made in other countries with the Chessie on them.

And remember if your would like a card/letter back, please either send me a message with your address or put it on the card.


I promise to rate every item the day received.

I promise to send every swap ON TIME. If I am unable to for some reason (life happens) I promise to contact my partner and explain and give a send date. I accept the fact that if I have failed to contact my partner, I DESERVE a lower rating. It is my job to communicate if I'm going to be late.

I ask the same of my partners. If you are going to be late send me a message. Late + No Message = Ding. While this is a place to have fun and meet new people, I teach my child to be punctual and not to make commitments she cannot keep.

So as I have made my promises to be courteous to others and ask the same in return.

Thank you for reading this and if you ever find one of my swaps lacking I will do everything within reason to make it right for you.


This is more for me but here it goes.

Deedee62 - Fill my home with Christmas Cards (also flaked on her partner for same below)

Elizabeth Lineberry (elineberry) - Big Fat Stuffed Envelope #16


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card the stamp Derrick! I hope you have a wonderful trip to Washington State with your girlfriend :)
bluesky rated for WIYM: SEND ME SOMETHING - November on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Love he.mig thank you :)
Comment: Thank you for the great holiday card from San Francisco. Sounds like you have a busy holiday ahead of you! Isn't that how it always goes... Thank you!
Comment: I loved the vintage/touristy theme of your card! Thanks!
xthemasonsx rated for Simple Christmas Card Swap USA on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks! I loved the cute stamps you used on the envelope. Especially the "dear Santa I can explain" one&the postage stamp is so cute, I collect stamps so thank you😃 I also thought it was cool how the card had trolley (I think that's what they are called) in the background. Hope you have a great Christmas!
Comment: Really enjoyed the holiday card design! Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season and that you enjoy your post Christmas trip.
pernie123 rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #22 on Nov 25, 2019
Comment: I finally located what swap this was. You gave no swap information, and card really isn't ugly.Not so pretty, but I love avocardoes. Thank you.
Response: Sorry about that. I am usually pretty good about labeling..
DaiziDruke rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Derrick, what a fun package! I can’t remember the last time I ate a Pez candy! And the Pony Express coin is such a fabulous gift! 👍🏻 Have a peaceful and wonderful holiday!
ButterflyLover rated for Write Me A Letter #2 - USA on Jan 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great letter. I hope the cough goes away soon for your daughter, and that the crud stays away for a long while.
KitsuneSK rated for Stuff the Mailbox #4 - Christmas! on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Wow, I love the postmark! And thank you so much for the Pony Express coin! I love it! And also the Pez dispenser, haha. :) Thank you again!
Comment: Thanks for the note! I love the cool card you sent! We are big baseball fans too - hope your team does great!
Candace rated for *MEGA* Happy Little Notecards #18 on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Hope you feel better quickly; luckily the bug has not struck me yet!
widelo123 rated for *MEGA* Happy Little Notecards #18 on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Derrick, thank you for your informative note. We received 5 1/2 inches of snow a week ago Wednesday. The city was shut down for at least 5 days. The snow with ice underneath made driving and walking impossible. The warm weather finally came in this Wednesday. Now it it is in the 70's and raining but the brighter side, all the snow and ice are gone. I do not think I could be in foster care. I would want to adopt them all. So many beautiful children out there without family. Hope you are on the mend and your trip to GA and then to FL.for Spring training are memorable. Shirley
Wheat2bn rated for *MEGA* Happy Little Notecards #18 on Jan 12, 2018
InFlorida rated for MEGA CHRISTMAS CARD SWAP USA ONLY on Jan 4, 2018
kathiann rated for MEGA CHRISTMAS CARD SWAP USA ONLY on Jan 3, 2018
Comment: Love the penguin on the card. Thank you so much for sharing!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card! Loved the envelope that was "sealed with dog slobber!" Lol!
Response: And,,,, They are Still coming in... Wow.
Babsmomof5 rated for MEGA CHRISTMAS CARD SWAP USA ONLY on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: Super cute card, thanks!
Comment: Merry Christmas and the postmark was worth the wait. It is beautiful and one of a kind. Your Christmas card is beautiful too. Thank you for sending it to me. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a wish you many blessing for the New Year.
Response: Cannot believe some of these are STILL trickling in. Have one partner that hasn't received hers yet. Sent with more than enough time. Glad you enjoyed it. Tried to time for the postmark.
JingleKeys rated for MEGA CHRISTMAS CARD SWAP USA ONLY on Dec 25, 2017
Comment: We loved this card too! ♥

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lou on Aug 4, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

AnnieMaxine on Apr 26, 2014:

Thanks for the great old Tiger Stadium postcard! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I hope the one I sent you reaches you soon! I miss the old place at Michigan and Trumbull. Lots of great memories down there!

TheWhiteSquirrel on Apr 1, 2014:

I ♥ the sentiment: 'Meant to be Sent' ...indeed :D

LauraAust on Jan 29, 2014:

Did you really write 37 pages for the January "The Un-Journal Journaling Swap"? WOW!! :)

Cauti92 on Nov 9, 2013:

Thank you for such an amazing send! Very interesting items! I really enjoyed going through ALL of it! Margie

ladyfee on Jan 25, 2012:

Thanks for the SURPRISE postcard:) You didnt have your swapbot name on it so i had to do some digging......lol

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