Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2018 1:16 pm


Date Joined: July 8, 2011
Last Online: September 19, 2018
Birthday: April 13
Country: United States
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2018 Update

Updated: August 6, 2018

My name is Erin. I am in my mid-thirties. 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 illnesses 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, and that is frustrating, but I haven't given up!

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: all really, but definitely all purples and all blues; also bright pink, red, silver, gold, green, teal/turquoise, black & white, sparkle and shine
  • Nature (flowers, butterflies, ladybugs, animals, trees, fruit, everything except non-cutesy birds).
  • Cats, kittens, baby animals, almost all animals, except those listed in "dislikes".
  • Hexagons - just love 'em! (In decor, design, to color...)
  • The theme of time and symbols representing it: clocks, hourglasses, sundials, even just the numbers
  • 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!
  • History (Bachelor's degree/New College of Florida) - specifically modern European, WWII and the Holocaust, women's history, the French Revolution, etc.
  • Museum Studies (Master's degree/Johns Hopkins) - I'm more interested in learning about the museums in YOUR area, large and small.
  • Simulation fantasy electronic games which sounds really silly being listed right after my academic interests. But oh well. I like games that have an in-game time mechanism: Animal Crossing (ACCF, -NL, -PC), Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, Stardew Valley, The Sims 3 and 4, and the phone game Dragonvale (I need friends! PM me!)
  • My reading preferences currently are young adult fantasy fiction, preferably with princesses, history, ships and sea travel, fairy tales (original or reimagined), or any combination of, happy ending required. (goodreads link above)


  • Traveling items: LBs, FBs, bags, anything I have to send to someone else - except for swap specific.
  • Gruesome, scary, or gory. Goth, dark, etc is okay.
  • Anything with smells, dyes, artificial flavors, etc.
  • Glitter or items that spread glitter everywhere
  • Most current cultural, animated, or TV characters (except described above).
  • Holiday or birthday items, especially no Christmas. (Seasonal stuff is okay.)
  • Religious or political anything.
  • Bicycles, birds that are not super-cute, spiders, guns, horses (unicorns preferred).


  • Anything that might help me get inspired to do something creative. I'm so "blocked" and I'm really getting upset about it.
  • ATC kits (or other craft kits, for anything) - send a few backgrounds, coordinating embellishments, and other supplies/elements
  • Small punches, diecuts
  • Surprises sent with me in mind!
  • Washi tape
  • Stickers, especially the “vintage” Lisa Frank, Sandylion, and Mrs. Grossman
  • Stamps, embellishments, etc of my favorite things
  • Precut ATC, Inchie, Twinchie backgrounds/blanks (Maybe others, like Coins or Rinchies?)
  • Stamped images (I prefer black ink on white card stock at least ATC (3.5”x2.5”) size.
  • Return address labels for me, both cute and professional-looking (not cute)
  • Small top-spiral notepads for my purse; other notepads
  • 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.
  • 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.


Bhindblueeyes rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Sep 19, 2018
Comment: Ooooh, such pretty PCs!!!! Thank you :)
Response: You’re welcome! I hope it turned out in some way similar to what you envisioned!
samsstuff rated for IU: Patchwork PC on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the sweet PC!
Response: You’re so very welcome! It was certainly an interesting swap!
Basicallyhades rated for CS: Doggie Deco on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your comments, such cute images! Love the cacti costume haha
Response: It was the only image on the web of a dog that had cacti. I really wanted to find a dog with your interests!
dcp0112 rated for Beginner Mail Art Swap on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Great swap!! I love the little papers for my future ATC's & card stock, very pretty colors! Thank you! The Envelope was decorated really cute. I know you said it was your first and you wasn't sure about ideas for decorating it but you did a great job with the washi decorating and the little quotes written all over were very cute and I loved reading them. Great job!
Response: I’m so glad you liked everything! I realized about one piece of tape in that I’d have to seal the envie first!! That was extremely odd for me! I hope you managed to get into it okay! And thanks for the reassurance!
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you!
bluecrayons rated for Not My State on Aug 3, 2018
Comment: hi neighbor . i to have only driven thru georgia,
nolagirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love the vintage postcards!
Response: Yay!! You’re so very welcome!!
1koolkrafter rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun goodies!
Response: You're welcome! Have fun with them!
spicemom rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Hi Erin Thank you I like what you sent me Spicemom
Response: I'm so glad - you're very welcome! Enjoy!
Jennahcook19 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: absolutely loved everything!!! thank you so much!
Response: Yay! Your profile led me to believe we had similar tastes in humor, culture, etc, and so it was difficult to choose what I should send!
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: thank you for the great swap, special thank you for the disney forever stamps.
Response: You are very welcome!
Kvwanderlost rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you Erin! I love everything, especially the fold & seal and the license plate stickers :)
Response: I’m so glad to hear; I’ve had the fold and seal for a long time, so I’m happy it has a new home!
stephielentz rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 22, 2018
Rocktopus rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 21, 2018
catsadee rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: Love all the goodies you sent. They are just perfect for me and I'll be using (or keeping) them all! Thank you!
Response: Yay yay yay! I really spent a lot of time putting together each partners’ “stuff,” so I’m really happy you liked everything enough to keep it!
ArtExpress rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: thanks for the goodies! love the vintage post card :-)
Response: I knew you would!! I set aside just for you! Enjoy!
Dragongrrl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for all the fun items!
Response: Have lots of fun with them!
mamarochat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you, nice assortment. Very cute kitten postcard.
Response: I tried to send a variety of items after reviewing my partners’ profiles so I’m happy to hear this! Thanks!
crochetjunkie rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for somecute stuff!
Response: You are so welcome! Enjoy!!

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bblue on Sep 13, 2018:

I received your RAK of art postcards! Thank you very much!

Poohtat on Sep 11, 2018:

CS:Doggie Deco

Poohtat on Sep 11, 2018:

CS:Doggie Deco

RooBaRoo on Sep 3, 2018:

Dear Erin

Received your "In memory"RAK. Thanks for a beautiful assortment of papers! :) I truly appreciate your devotion to re-use, I'll surely cut out the paper from the notecard :)

May your aunt always inspire the best in you!

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2018:

Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

colodad on Aug 29, 2018:

Thank you for the amazing RAK ATC backgrounds. What a great selection of papers. The larger sizes will be great to use in my card crafting.

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 29, 2018:

ERIN!!! There was the most beautiful of all beautiful mer-ladies in my mailbox last night! Thank you so very much. She will be forever loved and cared for :) I know how much it must have "hurt" to send away, but I promise a good home :) :) :) Thank you!!!!

LauraElizabeth on Aug 4, 2018:

Hello Sunshine :) - I've been meaning to let you know how much I love the papers you sent! Truly I am so excited to use them. Warm thoughts your way and virtual hugs! Laura

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 2, 2018:

Erin!! THANK YOU so much for the papers!!! I am so sorry it has taken me so long to write a proper comment. These papers are going to be so helpful in getting me to try new things ... like ATCs or a pocket letter - have yet to try either, and I'd love to. Thank you again so very much!!! And I LOVE the flamingos!!!! :) Thank you for sending those my way - I am going to share one with my best friends- she is a flamingo nut!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Aug 1, 2018:

Received my "In Memory" papers yesterday. Very nice assortment and thank you for the sweet note as well. Best wishes for you as you keep moving forward :) Be patient with yourself!

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