Swap-bot Time: December 9, 2019 10:29 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: December 7, 2019
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States
My Postcrossing Profile

A Note About Online Security

Updated December 6, 2019

Because my Swap-bot profile is public, visible to everyone on the internet, I'm deleting most everything. It's a bit like latching the barn door after the horse is gone, but friends who are security experts tell me every little bit helps.

I'll leave a little information for swaps and wishes. Send me a pm if you want to know more about my preferences. If you're a member of Postcrossing, you can see my Postcrossing profile for more information.


I swap for blank postcards in envelopes. I will send the postcards I receive to family and friends and Postcrossing. I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder.

No thank you: Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their postcard books at Half Price Books for $3.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I πŸ’• food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cat servers at Starbucks.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. My favorite characters at the moment are Corocoro Coronya, Gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, Sentimental Circus and Sumikko Gurashi.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

Life Without Plastic

I throw away too much plastic. This is a list of plastic that I receive in swaps and would like to avoid.

  • Metallic, iridescent or holographic plastic bows, glitter, shreds, and wrapping tissue.
  • Plastic ziplock bags, especially tiny ones. I can't open the tiny ones so I cut off the top to open them and then throw them out.
  • Deco tape and plastic shipping tape. I'm using up what I have on hand and won't buy more.
  • Bubble wrap padded envelopes. I try to reuse these.

Instead use:

  • Paper bows, shreds, and wrapping paper.
  • Furoshiki: Japanese wrapping cloth, made from any piece of cloth. Google how to wrap Furoshiki for directions. Reuse the furoshiki you receive to wrap another swap or a present, or for your next quilt.
  • Reuse small envelopes and packing materials, bags, boxes and bubble mailing envelopes. Many people reuse the cellophane wrapper from stickers sacks. Pattie reuses small envelopes from bag swaps when she's the Send it home to....
  • Reuse Ziplock bags.
  • Using a nice piece of paper, fold it around tiny kawaii to make an informal envelope and seal it with washi tape. Or fold it the same way you'd fold parchment paper around fish to bake it.
  • Paper tape. We all love washi tape. Kraft paper shipping tape is widely available now. U-Haul sells self-sticking paper tape.
  • Use 100% recycled padded mailers or reuse plastic bubble mailers. In fact, reuse any padded mailer to ship a swap.


sebastian122 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R5 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Funny that this got here after the mega swap, so I know how your plans changed. It's like time travel. ;-) Thanks for the goodies to play with!
Response: And I can't even remember what I write in those notes - they are very much of the moment!
Comment: Thanks for hosting Manders! 😊
Response: Thanks for joining. It's fun hosting this series.
Comment: What a delightful collection!! Totally spoiled!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I like spoiling you.
Comment: Thank You for the Wonderful Postcards and Fabulous Note !
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Great postcards. Thanks
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Thank you for curating my selection. You did any awesome job. I'm feeling very lucky to have you as a partner. =D
Response: You're welcome and thanks for hosting the swap. I had to make up my own challenge. 8-D
Comment: Thanks for such a generous selection of great weather-related cards, Meredith. All those Antarctica & Alaska snow & ice scenes were refreshing in my too hot/too humid climate here in So FL. My morning walk this AM felt more like a swim!
Response: You're welcome. In the next few months you can send me reminders of heat and humidity!
Comment: Very nice, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute memo sheets! I also don't have medium sized sheets so these are perfect! :)
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad this traveled quickly to the Philippines - only two weeks after I mailed it!
asddsa28 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R4 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: thank you for the note. Yeah I want to out in postcard for myself but I have so meany that I fell I have to get them moving and cant make my own. I dont think I will join the swap again as I dont get anything out of it I feel. I will tho move them along.
Response: Thank you for the rating and for participating. Yes, people come and go in these swaps. Like the bags, it's sometimes easier to use the forum to keep them moving along.
Comment: Got this today! Mine is going out to my partner tomorrow. =)
Response: Great! I'm so glad you're participating.
Paula71 rated for UHM: Kawaii Sticker Flake Exchange on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great kawaii sticker flakes!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm always happy to share my stash with new people.
tiggerkitn25 rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for all the goodies! :)
Response: You're so welcome. I'm glad your back to swapping.
Comment: Great choices, thank you! Love the DJ kitty :)
Response: You're welcome. You did say you like cute kitties. 😼
turboneko rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great variety and for the tokidoki coloring postcard! I love to color these postcards <3
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like the tokidoki coloring postcards because I'm not a colorer...
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 4, 2019
Comment: LOVE the postcard!!! Thanks for the flakes, too. ;-)
Response: You're welcome. I got those postcards more for kawaii friends on Swap-bot than Postcrossing. Thanks for hosting the swap.
Ellen101 rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: It's so nice to hear from you,Meredith. I'm really pleased that your getting a break from caregiving. Thank you for the Kawaii stickers. I especially like the seal, fox, and elephant. 🐈
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating. I'm glad you liked them because I randomly counted and bagged them before Pattie assigned partners.
turboneko rated for KSU: Joinnnnn usssssss on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for all the flakes!! Receiving mail from you it's always a pleasant surprise :D
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy sending you mail.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 30/30/30 on Sep 28, 2019
Comment: It arrived in today's mail! Kinda like Monday...ish. =D Thanks for the goodies!! XOXO
Response: I'm glad its slower than slower trip to your home is most uncommon.
Comment: Thank you so much!!! This is my absolute favorite postcard. And it came on the perfect day. Words can't express how grateful I am for it. I needed it this evening. You brightened my day!
Response: I'm glad I could brighten your day - that postcard needed the perfect recipient too.

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sherba31 on Dec 6, 2019:

Thanks very much for the origami paper you sent for WW November. I do apologize again for not acknowledging it was received.

tiggerkitn25 on Nov 27, 2019:

I got round 4 of the KSU nesting envies today! Thanks so much!

Ellen101 on Nov 15, 2019:

Thank you for the Kawaii memos!! You are so thoughtful! I'll have to make that rice omelette...sounds yummy!

sebastian122 on Oct 31, 2019:

Happy Halloween!!

Heirloom on Oct 30, 2019:

pkpeace on Oct 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for the thoughtful birthday postcard!

goinjenny on Oct 18, 2019:

Thank you for my goodies in Wonderful Wishes October!

JediLibrarian on Oct 17, 2019:

Thank you for the lovely Halloween postcard! It is always freezing cold during Halloween in Colorado!

CariahCreates on Oct 16, 2019:

Thank you for the PCs from my WW October wishlist. I especially love the botanical ones-very pretty.

tcornell on Oct 16, 2019:

Thank you so much for sharing your sticker flakes with me! I really appreciate it! Wonderful Wishes October.

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