Swap-bot Time: June 18, 2018 6:36 am


Date Joined: August 27, 2008
Last Online: June 17, 2018
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

Here is a quick little run down about me so you can get to know me better. I have a husband and five kids, ranging in age from 16 to 4. I have two cockatiels and three rabbits. I live in Arizona.

I love swapping on swap-bot. It is something that I do for "me" to brighten the otherwise mundane housework, grocery shopping, homework, carpooling, etc. of everyday life. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL!


Colors: any and all shades of green, my very favorite is dark/forest green. I also love deep purple. However, I never met a color I didn't like!

Animals: I love the duck-billed platypus! They are my favorite animal. I am fascinated with those creatures. They seem like they were made from a bunch of "leftovers" after all the other animals were made. I also love hedgehogs, Basset Hounds, cockatiels, mallard ducks, walruses, sea horses, and turtles/tortoises

Hobbies: Playing the piano, reading, couponing, soccer (I'm a "soccer mom"), crocheting, knitting, exercising, recycling, adding to my collections

Crafts: Crocheting and knitting. I also enjoy sewing simple things and cross stitching occasionally. I have tried ATCs in the past and enjoy those, but only when I'm feeling creative; my creativity seems to come and go.

More detailed descriptions of what I like are below. Feel free to read what you like and skip what is irrelevant:

Favorite Books

I love to read. For an idea of what kinds of books I like: crochet or knitting books, magazines or pamphlets; Harry Potter; Jane Austen; "The Host"by Stephenie Meyer; sweet/clean reads; always happy endings; suspense

I dislike sexy romance novels and books with a lot of gory violence.

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit and crochet. Those are my main crafts, but I also like to sew and cross stitch occasionally. I have tried my hand at ATCs. I love to try new crafts.

Please if you have no use for your unwanted leftover yarn balls, please send them my way! I make little things from yarn leftovers all the time and I love to have variety in colors. I would be so happy to take them off your hands.

My collections/FYI:

Favorite collection: I love to collect NATIVITY Christmas ornaments. (Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds, and/or wisemen.)

My Other Collections:

Platypuses (Platypi?)

anything Mario Brothers related (especially one-up mushrooms)

leftover yarn balls

acrylic worsted weight yarn

nicely made ATCs (I especially love profile based ones)

jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings for pierced ears, toe rings), handmade or store bought

Christmas postcards, store bought, blank/unused

Postcards, blank (prefer non-touristy, but I like all postcards)

Advent Calendars

Other things I LOVE:

Here is my wishlist. Anything from this list will make me very happy:

stories or anything relating to adoption(s), (near and dear to my heart)

anything from my collections section above! :-D

Nativity scenes

yarn needles (large eye, blunt)

plastic safety eyes for crafts (any size)

pocket tissues with designs

scented lip gloss

personal address labels

Deco tape/washi tape

perfume samples

colorful pens/gel pens

Anything (postcards, note cards, images, etc.) in a language foreign to my native English

Images of sunsets on the beach

Baymax from "Big Hero 6", especially in his "fluffy" state, not in uniform

sock monkeys

handwritten letters (pen pal letters) A letter from YOU would make my day!

Decorative bandages (Any and all designs or pictures)

decorative envelopes store bought or handmade

gift cards

sugar free candy/treats


Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving

exercise dvds or blu rays (new or used)

hanging hand towels (especially seasonal/holiday), handmade or store bought

Stickers (Flat ones rather than 3 dimensional)

potholders/hot pads (especially seasonal/holiday ones), handmade or store bought

piano or flute sheet music

seahorse related things

Holiday cards for any holiday, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc., store bought or handmade, blank

hair accessories, barettes, clips, headbands, etc.

sugar free mints/gum

Snow! Snow flakes and snow scenes. We don't get any snow here, and I am glad, but I really think it is beautiful and sometimes I feel I am missing out.

wrapping paper/gift wrap (Christmas, birthday, all occasion, wedding, baby, etc.)

A handmade (or store bought) half apron with pocket(s)

I am a fan of the paranormal, especially ghosts! I love ghost stories and personal paranormal accounts. I would LOVE to hear yours if you are willing to share your experience! (I am not a fan of the bloody, gory, dark, or evil, however.)

Anything from (or similar to) my etsy favorites

An advent calendar ( love advent calendars! I collect them and decorate with them at Christmas.)

Anything that has to do with platypuses


I guess I should add a "dislikes" section:

For recipe swaps: alcohol, eggplant, nuts, seafood, soy or tofu as ingredients.

Coffee or tea

Macabre, bloody, gory, or demonic

Skulls (although I love Halloween, this is the one thing I don't like. Interestingly enough, I like full body skeletons.)

Nudity, sexual references, foul language or excessive violence.

Sexy romance novels

I don't do scrap booking or card making

I have all the notebooks, journals, note cards and stationery I need.

Monkeys and apes (with the exception of sock monkeys)

Zazzle or other printed postcards


To whom it may concern, these are the kinds of postcards I really like:


Black and White







Founding Fathers

Autumn leaves (or any Fall pictures)



Snow Scenes



Hawaii (or other island pictures)


Foreign language (not English) on the card

Churches/temples or other religious buildings




Native dress/costume

Sea Animals (especially sea horses)




Norman Rockwell

Book/reading related

Hot air balloons



Multiview without borders


Basset Hound dogs




Mallard ducks


dawnakaulen rated for Scattergories PC Series - V on Jun 17, 2018
Comment: Pretty vintage PC, thank you!
moonlightlaura rated for P&M Mystery Postcard Swap on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome cards! I love them all!!!
mejulia rated for P&M Mystery Postcard Swap on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcards.
MamaMangrove rated for NYUP USA Only #39 on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Marinda. And thanks for sending blank in an envie too!
Response: Thank you! The cabins, etc. Postcard should be in the same envelope.
goinjenny rated for BALLOONS & RAINBOWS pc JUNE on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you
ScrapHappyGabi rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt - Summer on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much, Marinda!! Love the cards you chose for this!!! Have a great weekend! xx
user3654 rated for NYUP USA Only #39 on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: I still can't see the 3D image, but I keep laughing at myself every time I hold it up to my nose and try, so I'm still having fun with it. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the PC and the quote!
Comment: Hi Marinda... thank you so much for the Colorado PC. My brother lives near Ft. Collins, so I have been to CO a few times. I'm just glad I went in the summer... I'm not a fan of cold weather! Thanks again!
SGriffin rated for 5 Useless Facts PC on Jun 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Frizzylizzie rated for 5 Useless Facts PC on Jun 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the awesome facts and pc!
CrystalZ rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt #13 on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards! It is my first card from Guam and the Georgia Stone Mountain Park one is very cool...I never knew such a site existed :)
katmandu rated for Scattergories PC swap - U on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Love your "U" choices, especially "upside down cake"; makes me hungry!! Thank you!
manders2280 rated for Space Postcard on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great space postcard. I'm so literal that special effects wouldn't come to mind - and it's exactly on target!
nannydino rated for CPG At the Beach PC - Global on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Marinda thank you for the "Georgia's Stone Mountain Park" PC, that beach looks lovely. Happy Spring swapping peace love light
Comment: Thanks so much for the great postcard. I love the stamps too! New Mexico is a beautiful state. maybe someday I will go back and explore it some more! Have a great day!
emilynhr rated for WPS - Zoo/Aquarium Postcard #2 on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: 🌺Thanks!🌺
soyprincesa2 rated for 5 Useless Facts PC on Jun 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for filling my brain with more useless facts. I have enjoyed this swap immensely! I see that we are partners in a few different swaps. 😁
ScrapHappyGabi rated for State Capitol Building PC on Jun 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you! it's my first one from Kansas!!
kpfree rated for 5 Useless Facts PC on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: Hello Marina! That was an antique PC! Thank you! Loved your. Useless facts. Especially loved the one about the population of China. I dont have kids so i am not going to add to the burden of overpopulation anywhere in the world. It is scary to think about that is for sure! I learned that there is now more garbage in the ocean that there are fish! Scary! Want to be a part of the solution not add to more problems! Ok thank you for the fun facts!

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bb2 on Apr 16, 2018:

Oh, dear. Didn't realize it would be so large. Here is the website for your birthday picture.


Have a happy one!

bb2 on Apr 16, 2018:

CurlyTea on Apr 16, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

MissBrenda on Jan 5, 2018:

Awe! Love hedgehogs! So cute!

luckycharms on Dec 21, 2017:

Merry Christmas

ContraryHousewife on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice

ReadMoreBooks33 on Nov 28, 2017:

HelenG6 on Apr 20, 2017:

Thank you for angelling for " Christmas *postcard with a theme #9 Happy New Year, due 19DEC16 that you hosted last year. I'm not sure what you do with the swapper who does not contact you about the swap. She has not been suspended yet and just added for her rating that you angelled her swap.

bb2 on Apr 16, 2017:

Popping in to say Happy Birthday!

luckycharms on Dec 22, 2016:

Merry Christmas

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