Swap-bot Time: April 25, 2018 3:13 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2017
Last Online: April 25, 2018
Birthday: September 21
Country: United States

About Me

I have recently (shockingly!) received two "1" ratings. These are my first "1"s. I have contacted both swap partners. One person responded, so we should be able to resolve the issue fairly quickly. The other partner has not responded, and has not logged into the site since rating me, so I'm afraid this issue will be harder to resolve. Please bear with me as I try to fix these problems!

Also, please let me know if you don't receive a swap. I will do my best to make it right.

I'm a librarian, book lover, aspiring writer, and rescued dog owner. My dog is an american bulldog/boxer/pit bull mix, so I love anything with bullies on them.

I love writing and anything that goes along with that, like pens and stationery. I have lots of both! I also just discovered fountain pens. I always thought they were very expensive and out of my reach, but I have found some inexpensive ones that I enjoy practicing with.

When I was a child, I had an uncle who encouraged my reading and writing. He always gave me books as gifts and he wrote letters to me all the time. It was so much fun sending and receiving letters! As I got older, I sent letters to my friends, but no one ever reciprocated. I eventually stopped, but I kept buying cards and paper. Now I am glad to meet people who are excited to send me letters too!

Some other things I like: Coffee (especially dark roast) and tea. Anything with cups and saucers and coffee beans and tea bags on them. My favorite tea is lapsang souchon, which no one else I know likes! It's really strong, so I understand, but it would be nice to meet someone else who likes it. I love other hot drinks too, from hot chocolate to cider.

I also love traveling, so anything with maps on it, or British or French things is nice. I have travelled extensively in the US, for business and for vacations. I have only left the US once, when I drove to Winnipeg, Canada while on a business trip. Seattle is my favorite place that I have been to. I love Seattle! Someday I hope to go to travel abroad and go to places like London and Paris and Australia. Or pretty much anywhere!

My favorite color is blue. I especially like blue and yellow together like a Van Gogh painting. I love him!! I like impressionists like Monet too. I like all shades of blue from teal to navy. I also like cool greens and purples. I'm not a big fan of red or orange, but they are nice sometimes, like for a fall display.

Favorite Music

My favorite kinds of music are grunge and alternative music, but I also like many different kinds of music, from classical to bluegrass. I love all the Seattle bands from Nirvana to the Presidents of the United States of America. Pearl Jam is my most favorite. They rock! I love all the 80s hair bands and one hit wonders like Men Without Hats. Safety Dance is the best! In recent years, I have gotten into alternative country. A local body shop has a monthly open mic where people play bluegrass and string music. So much fun! I always love to experience new music.

Favorite Books

I like a wide variety of books but science fiction is my current favorite. I love Neal Stephenson and William Gibson. I really enjoyed The Martian and Ready Player One. Ender's Game is a brilliant book that everyone should read, whether they like science fiction or not.

I also like mysteries, especially ones where I can't figure out the ending. Some favorites are Dick Francis and Robert Galbraith (People make fun cuz it's JK Rowling, but they are so good!).

And speaking of JK Rowling, I love the Harry Potter series. Another series I love is the Stephanie Plum series. Quite a combo, I know, but they are both so good in their ways! I enjoy listening to them on audio in my car.

I love traveling and reading about traveling. I even love to read tourist guidebooks! Bill Bryson is my favorite travel writer. I love funny travel memoirs.

Favorite Movies

A wide variety!

The Matrix, Sense and Sensibility, Singing in the Rain, Safety Not Guaranteed, Bride and Prejudice, The Edge of Tomorrow, Minority Report, Persuasion, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Whale Rider, The Incredibles, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie) Health documentaries like Forks Over Knives

Favorite Television

I don't watch much TV these days. When I can, I try to catch Modern Family. I'm a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv show), The X-Files and Will & Grace and Frasier. I love all of the remakes coming out! I don't have cable or Netflix, but the local stations show lots of old reruns that I love. I also watch a lot of PBS. I love Nature, Frontline, and Masterpiece Theater. If only Downton Abbey hadn't ended! That was such an amazing show. I love the PBS cooking shows too, especially The Jazzy Vegetarian and Patti's Mexican Table. Patti is just charming!

Favorite Crafts

I recently started Bullet Journaling. This has led me into the world of washi tape, fancy pens, and pretty paper. I have also bought my first fountain pens! I look forward to using them to write to new friends. I have always loved journals, notebooks, writing and stationery. I also enjoy crocheting and cross stitch. I can knit, but not very well. I much prefer crocheting. I like crafting, but I am definitely a beginner. I have had to make crafts for my job at the library, and they turned out OK, but I have never done them on my own. I'm fascinated by the videos I've seen of pocket letters, happy mail, and flip books. I'm excited to try making all of them. And I just took my first Zentangle class! I've bought a few Zentangle supplies and I look forward to making more tangles.

Things I Like

Here are some random things I like:

My new favorite obsession is mason jars!

Butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, bees, and other cute bugs

Owls, foxes, frogs, turtles, elephants

Renoir, Matisse, van Gogh, Monet, Klimt

Vivaldi, Bach, Liszt

Cute aliens (not scary ones)

Hollywood and Broadway musicals

Bollywood musicals

Astronomy and outer space

The ocean

Underwater creatures, especially cuttlefish and octopus. They are amazing!

Healthy vegan food


HelenG6 rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great tapes. Your envie is nicely decorated.'
YooperHill rated for Easy Peasy Swap on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: TY!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. I had fun making it.
HannahsMommy07 rated for A Letter a Day 2018 #26 on Apr 23, 2018
Whovian487 rated for Fountain & Dip Pen Letter Swap on Apr 20, 2018
Comment: The French themed paper was pretty and thanks for your great letter.
SpredSmiles rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #96 on Apr 20, 2018
aligurl75 rated for SHARED JOURNAL EXPERIENCE SWAP #12 on Apr 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the swap!! I've forwarded the swap on to the next partner.
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG Wild for Washi - Global on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you!! Love the pandas!!!
stiffneck78 rated for Washi Tape Sample Swap - April on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of Coffee washi samples. I don't have any, so these will work well in my deco books. Thanks, again!
MiriamHernandez12 rated for Ugly PC swap #4 on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! The beaver looks interesting, but I still like it!
SanVHM rated for IWTS: Big Blind Washi Swap on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the great selections of washi. Loved them all! Have a great weekend :-))
Candace rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #13 on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: It has safely arrived for the next round!
ncnurse04 rated for Washi Tape Sample Swap - April on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Super cool!!
Fabriqueen rated for Bible Study on Time on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your answers with me! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Mary, I am sorry I am so late in rating. I was checking my list of swaps and realized I hadn't rated. I still have your card hanging on my wall. So cheerful. Thank you.
Response: No worries. I'm glad you like it!
nadithings rated for washi 3 on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: thanks for sharing your washi samples and the note! I wish there were a Michelle's here! and thanks for the you tube recommendations. happy swapping xoxo nadi
Comment: Hello! I received your postcard today! Thank you for the postcard!
Response: Yay! I’m so glad you got it. Thanks for your patience and thanks for the heart.
Comment: These are great! Thank you!
Response: Slim washi rocks!
MawBella rated for St. Patrick's Day Greeting Cards on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you ❣️
Response: Yay! I'm glad you got it and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the heart.
thedreamer rated for International penpals swap on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter :)

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Drachenfrau on Apr 8, 2018:

Heya there,

I stumbled over your profile and really liked it. :-) If you ever want to do a private postcard-swap, let me know. Also I'm regularly hosting a Harry Potter-letter swap and maybe you are interested? You can find it in my profile.

Take care!


Kellpepper on Mar 12, 2018:

Hi Mary!

Thank you for the great planner swap! Believe it or not, I have never been to a Tuesday morning. You can bet I will stop by the next time I go to the city!

Thank you again, Kelli

Hugsie86 on Feb 23, 2018:

Profile quote #8

Positive thinking isn't about expecting the best to happen every time, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for this moment. (Unknown)

Have a nice day! Hugsie86

Sahnetoffee on Feb 22, 2018:

Profil Quote #8

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

momma197464 on Feb 22, 2018:

Hey there from TEXAS,

Swap: Profile Quote # 6

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Ronald Reagan

Love and Hugs, Michelle

reauk on Feb 22, 2018:

Profile Quote #8

from reauk

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters. —Audrey Hepburn

Unicornblitz on Feb 22, 2018:

Profile quote #8 (hiya)

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. -leon j. Suenes-

MidsummerDream on Feb 22, 2018:

“Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on” - Unknown

Profile Quote #8

MartaSoares on Feb 20, 2018:

"A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing, it can change your life." ~ Tobias Wolff

For Profile Quote #6 Hope you enjoy:)

XoX on Feb 20, 2018:

~* Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another... What? You too. I thought I was the only one *~ C.S. Lewis

• Sent for the profile quote #6 swap. I hope you enjoy the quote :)

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