Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2020 5:00 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: February 16, 2020

Country: United States
My Postcrossing Profile

A Note About Online Security

Updated February 4, 2020

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.

Content is Rigid

I had a nice conversation with our local post office person today, February 4th. I had a letter with three postcards in it. We talked about what it means when a letter is rigid and needs an extra Additional Ounce postage stamp.

An envelope that's flexible can travel through a scanning device accurately. A rigid one doesn't and its routing code might be incorrect.

The scanning device is the size of two soda cans placed about a half-inch apart. Letters travel in an S-shaped curve around the two cans. If your letter or large letter can't gracefully travel through that path, then its Content is Rigid.


I swap for blank postcards in envelopes. I send the postcards I receive to family and friends and people on 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 remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I love 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. And perhaps this list of preferences will add another tick mark in the online statistics of people who want to change the world.

  • 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.
  • Fold a nice piece of paper 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.


Heirloom rated for UHM: Postcard Scavenger Hunt #8 on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the superb swap -- theme-based, at that. Every postcard is a little treasure. :-)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like all of them. Thanks for hosting the swap and I liked your list.
Bavarija rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #10 on Jan 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for nice cards and extra!!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
suepier rated for AN: National Bird Day 2020 (US) on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great bird pc.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the rating and the heart.
asddsa28 rated for KSU: 20 Mini memos! on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: thank you for the memos a lot did not have I love it!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad many are new to you. I don't buy as much as I have in the past and I think my older ones are new to people who joined Swap-bot and KSU more recently than I did.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: New Year's postcard on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: 3 mice/rats! =D Thanks for the card. XOXO
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the RAK new year's greetings. Those washi stickers are gorgeous!
simcoe54 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #7C on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extra banknotes. Love everything!!!
Response: Lucky you - this swap traveled faster than most things I send to Canada! I'm always happy to share banknotes from my little pile of worthless Indian currency that cost me $100.
ccmmsu rated for KSU Matryoshka 2019 :: Round Four on Dec 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap series! It was so much fun. Happy New Year!!
Response: Thank you for participating in the swap. I'm glad you like the little folder - they are a favorite of mine so I hoard them.
turboneko rated for KSU: 1 oz of kawaii! on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies :D
Response: You're welcome. Best wishes for the holidays.
LadyJo rated for UHM: Christmas Card x 2 on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Cute card! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I love sharing cuteness of all sorts.
Tricia22 rated for UHM: Christmas Card x 2 on Dec 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the snow globe card so cute!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year πŸŽ„
Response: You're welcome. I wish I could have found more boxes of them when I bought them.
Comment: Wonderful cards! I really like the illustration of the Surfbird. Never heard of that before! Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome. The surfbird was new to me too - such great surprises in sets of postcards.
Comment: Thanks so much! Thanks for hosting too!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for participating in all the fun!
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.

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MSturgill87 on Feb 15, 2020:

Thank you for the book for my son via WW! He'll be super excited!

Mimosagirl on Feb 15, 2020:

Thank you very much for the awesome mini PL! Amazing timing, I really love it 😍 Feb WW

MiRdLHWY43 on Feb 14, 2020:

Thank you for the cute chicken post card with warm birthday wishes!πŸ’™

ChrisAnne on Feb 13, 2020:

thank you for more fun fabric! Your envies are always so fun to open! The puppies are just too cute!

daydreamer47 on Feb 12, 2020:

Thank you so much for the super pretty washi and beautiful stickers for the Feb WW group!

kiddomerriweather on Feb 11, 2020:

Thank you for the super thoughtful and generous February WW! I gasped when I saw all the PC and extra oz stamps you sent me! You really made my month. You are the best!

OrigamiGrace on Feb 10, 2020:

Thank you for the super nice mini PL rak!! Love it!! You made a wonderful PL from those postcards - a great use for them:)

sebastian122 on Feb 9, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful pocket letter. My first! And you're right, the mini memos are perfect for it. You're so thoughtful. XOXO

susieq11 on Feb 7, 2020:

Thank you for your note and the postcards for WW February. The poodles are Elliott Erwitt!! I love all the postcards, really fun. Hope you have a fabulous trip and get some sun and warmth! Thanks for always thinking of me each month. I appreciate it a lot xxx

kiddomerriweather on Feb 5, 2020:

Thank you for the mini PL! I'm so glad I inspired you and gave you the confidence to try one out for yourself. It was so sweet of you to send me one. I love it!

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