Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2018 1:11 pm


Date Joined: July 8, 2011
Last Online: July 20, 2018
Birthday: April 13
Country: United States

2018 Update

My name is Erin. I was previously very active on Swap-Bot, from 2011-2014, swapping ATCs, postcards, art and stationery supplies, fabric, and more. I hosted several PC and ATC swaps. When my husband, my two cats, and I moved to Florida in late 2013 (where we grew up) from Virginia/Washington DC, the depression and other mental illness I’d managed most of my life flared out of control.

Though I tried to occupy myself with buying a house and making it a home, I completely lost all creativity, as well as interest in anything (including swapping). My illness only worsened and grew more complicated through the years, and despite trying many doctors, therapies, and medications, nothing even took the edge off.

In May 2018, I finally found a duo of doctors that have the skills to help me progress towards happiness, peace, and renewed creativity! The talk-therapy sessions are longer than usual, extremely intense, and completely exhausting. But I am already seeing results: I am slowly trying to begin swapping again - both for the human connection as well as the art (my doctors are absolutely thrilled). I have not actually created anything yet, though I am trying - don’t expect my former skill once I am able to swap art! Also, I’ve noticed that Swap-bot has evolved over the years, so be patient with me as I get back into the swing!

Art and Craft

Until this ordeal, I had been “creating” my entire life. I’ve written poetry, created 2-D art in a variety of mediums (including Zentangle), taken thousands of photographs (before phones had cameras), and experimented with a variety of 3-D crafts in paper and other mediums. My favorite was/is mixed media and collage, including ATCs, inchies, twinchies, paint chip bookmarks, albums/books, home decor, and more. In 2012-13, I started sewing and quilting all by hand, finishing many fabric projects, small bags, wall hangings and a completely handmade baby quilt. I love to do things with my hands without thinking - even during my illness, I made over a thousand origami paper cranes, hundreds of lucky stars, and even the favor envelopes for my brother’s wedding.

Right now, I am open to returning to any of those arts, and perhaps trying some new ones. I am actively pursuing the creation of a Bullet Journal, to help quiet my anxieties while also encouraging drawing, decorating, and so on. I am (slowly) cleaning out and decorating a spare room to be safe, creative, and peaceful for myself.


I also used to furiously swap postcards for my collection, numbering in the thousands (half blank/half written?). I was/am working on a collection of USA postcards with different state symbols, like the state bird, flag, map, flower, and picture of the state capital building. I hope soon to inventory my collection so I can post specific requests to continue this goal. I also want to create a similar world collection.

Current preferences: touristy (especially any that would fit into my state or world collections), as well as: any style art, from museums you’ve visited, sports/stadiums, funny and/or cute, nature/flowers, animals, vintage linen postcards, and any of my other favorites listed.

Please send PCs naked (written on/stamped), with the date, your location, swap name, and at least your username. I really prefer 4” x 6” size postcards. Please DO NOT send any of my dislikes or ad/free cards. Unless it’s really unique or would fit in my state postcard collection, no Florida PCs - I have at least a thousand already!

Favorites & Interests

  • Mental health & PTSD Awareness - bust the stigma!
  • Colors: purple, all blues, bright pink, red, silver & gold, green, black & white, sparkle and shine! (oh, and neon lime green - apparently the Mental Health Awareness color - I guess all the others had been taken?)
  • Nature (flowers, butterflies, ladybugs, animals, trees, fruit, everything).
  • Hexagons - just love 'em! (In decor, design, to color...)
  • Angels, fairies, mermaids, dragons, and so on
  • Cuteness - unicorns, cupcakes, rainbows, kitty cats (or any combination thereof).
  • Disney (especially the princesses, female villains, and Alice in Wonderland)
  • Jem and the Holograms, Rainbow Bright, the Care Bears, and other late 80s-early 90’s themes
  • Whitney Avalon, the creator of “Princess Rap Battles” on YouTube - check her out!


  • Gruesome, scary, or gory. Goth and similar is okay.
  • Religious or holiday items
  • Travelers: LBs, FBs, sticker bags, etc.
  • Most current cultural, animated, or TV characters
  • Anything with smells, dyes, artificial flavors, etc.
  • Glitter or items that spread glitter everywhere


  • Surprises sent with me in mind!
  • ATC kits (or other craft kits) - send a few backgrounds, coordinating embellishments, and other supplies and elements, and we'll see what I can put together!
  • Any supplies that would help me get inspired like small punches, small stamps
  • Bullet Journal supplies! Pens, Washi tape (I have none…), stamps, etc.
  • Stickers, especially the “vintage” Lisa Frank, Sandylion, and Mrs. Grossman
  • Stamps, embellishments, etc of my favorite things
  • Precut ATC, Inchie, Twinchie backgrounds/blanks
  • Stamped images (I prefer black ink on white card stock at least ATC (3.5”x2.5”) size.
  • Stationery sets, especially letter and notecard sets (with envelopes); as well as regular orphan envelopes
  • Return address labels, both cute and professional-looking (not cute)
  • Small tear-off notepads or books for my purse; magnetic notepads for the fridge
  • Bookmarks - without tassels, ribbon, string/etc
  • Old trivia game cards (my husband and I love to quiz each other)
  • Print-outs, old Valentines, or similar, that I can use to write love notes to my husband.
  • Fabric: solids in all colors, same-tone small or unique prints (themes similar to my favorites list, only cotton (pre-washed if possible); 2.5 inch cotton squares, preferably fussy cuts; and pre-basted English paper piecing 1 inch hexagons. I would love to make a hexagon-pieced quilt for my niece someday. Or myself.
  • Things featuring the letter E... being my first initial, as well as my toddler made-of-magic niece. (Actually, our last initials are the same too, but we have different last names.) I love to spoil her!

Important Note!

  • I urge you to send properly-sized sturdy envelopes secured with lots of tape (especially if it's international), as well as the correct postage!
  • Please make sure to rate my swap when you receive it. I always rate within a day of receiving. If you don't receive a swap from me, please message me! I will be more than happy to make things right! If I don't receive a swap from you, I will contact you. If I don't hear from you, I will rate you accordingly.
  • Please do not send me anything you would not be happy to receive and don't forget to include your user name and the swap name in or on the swap.


SuZignomeMoM rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: ♥ Thanks for the fantastic stuff. I just love those little stickers. (have to find some place to display them)
Whimsy1 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: TY awesome swap
Karen07 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Love this stuff! Thanks!
Response: Yay! You’re welcome!!
mandigutterrose rated for Top Swap PC on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL mermaid!
Response: You are so welcome; I'm glad you liked it!!!
WendyB123 rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! July on Jul 14, 2018
paperlover rated for Quotes on a postcard #22 on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the roller toaster PC and excerpt from the brave little toaster. I love all kinds of PC!
Response: You're welcome! It was too cute not to send!
Zefaniya rated for Quotes on a postcard #22 on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Great quote, thanks!
Response: Thank you - and thanks for hosting!
ArtExpress rated for Pick 3 Swap on Jul 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the thoughtful package. I especially love the vintage letter! Will put everything to good use...Happy crafting 2 u :-)
Response: I’m so glad you liked everything; it was fun putting it all together with you in mind!
vlhafer54 rated for Onesies stickers. USA on Jun 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you do much for all the stickers and the cards - I love the little owl stickers!
Response: Yay! The owls were so cute, I had just gotten them, but when I saw you liked owls, the stickers went into your envelope right away!
Melissahenning rated for 50 Stickers (USA) #11 on May 16, 2016
Comment: THANK YOU for all the fun stickers especially the sea creatures!
sjayana20 rated for QUICK Sticker sheet swap #56 on May 15, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful stickers :))
daydayhappy rated for Senders Choice PC Swap Aug 2015 on Aug 19, 2015
Comment: Love the postcard. Thank you so much :)
maxbenleo rated for Senders Choice PC Swap Aug 2015 on Aug 17, 2015
Comment: Thank you for a great card😋 All the best!!
Holliander rated for Senders Choice PC Swap Aug 2015 on Aug 13, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the funny card. I have been getting good so many postcards from Florida!
sixaguilars rated for Empty Mailbox Cure 2 on Aug 11, 2015
Comment: Of course I loved the bird postcard♥ Thanks for taking time to send something I'd enjoy~ And I'm sorry you're afraid of them.
jendoggie rated for Empty Mailbox Cure 2 on Aug 10, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the great cat card. I love kitties.
Response: You're welcome! I love them too!
justmesks rated for Empty Mailbox Cure 2 on Aug 10, 2015
Comment: Thank you for this awesome card of the Obama's.
Response: You're welcome!
Kvwanderlost rated for Empty Mailbox Cure 2 on Aug 10, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the PC, sorry no boat to spare though :( We spent the month of June in the Keys and got hardly no rain at all, I hope it dries up soon for you and you get that FL sunshine back!
Response: I LOVE the Keys! They are my paradise! And it hasn't rained yet today at least!
Karen07 rated for Empty Mailbox Cure 2 on Aug 8, 2015
Comment: Love the colorful card you sent ! Thanks!
MoodyBlue rated for Tourist PC Swap USA on May 18, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the quote and PC of a beach---I've never heard of Melbourne FL so this is a happy acquisition

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Bhindblueeyes on Jul 18, 2018:

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 21, 2014:

Hi. I rcvd your postcard today. Youre welcome.

jessicaconk on Apr 15, 2014:

Thank you for the angel! It's much appreciated!

caseylw1324 on Apr 11, 2014:

Thanks so much for angeling the birthday card! I absolutely LOVED the little goodies and I received it right on my bday!

caseylw1324 on Apr 11, 2014:
arianneroxa on Apr 4, 2014:


Happy (almost) Birthday! So happy to see you in my swap. :) xo

jessicaconk on Mar 9, 2014:

I meant to ask, what state are you from? I catalog every place my postcards come from.

Lexidh on Jul 7, 2013:

Thank you so much for the stamps and stickers and address labels! That owl always puts a smile on my face =)

Nicole2 on Apr 25, 2013:

A belated thanks for the scrap vomit squares Erin (you filled in for someone who flaked out). Great fabrics!

Nicole2 on Apr 25, 2013:

A belated thanks for the scrap vomit squares Erin (you filled in for someone who flaked out). Great fabrics!

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