Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2020 10:29 am


Date Joined: August 27, 2008
Last Online: September 25, 2020
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States
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About Me

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

Here is a quick run down about me so you can get to know me better.

I am studying to become a proofreader as well as taking college courses to earn an associates degree in Genealogical Research. I currently have a degree in Speech and Hearing Science and a Proofreading certificate.

I have recently been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, an autoimmune, inflammatory arthritis. If any of you have an autoimmune disease, or inflammatory arthritis, I would love some input or tips!

My family consists of my husband and our five children, ranging in age from 20 to 8. I have three cockatiels. I live in Arizona. Hot!!πŸ˜“

I love to send and receive mail, which is why I am on swap-bot. I have been here in the swap community for many years now and I have enjoyed swapping things with people all over the world. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL!


Colors: Any shade of green, my very favorite is dark/forest green. Purple is a close second. I especially enjoy green and purple in combination. That being said, I love all colors!

Animals: I love duck-billed platypuses! They are my favorite animal. I find them fascinating! I love fascinating and unusual animals.

I also love: hedgehogs, Basset hounds, cockatiels, mallard ducks, walruses, sea horses, and tortoises

Hobbies: Playing the piano, reading, soccer (I'm a "soccer mom"), crocheting, knitting, coloring (especially color-by-number), recycling, proofreading, genealogy, jigsaw puzzles

Crafts: Crocheting and knitting. I also enjoy cross stitching occasionally. I have tried ATCs in the past and enjoy those as well. I also love to color, especially adult color-by-number.

More detailed descriptions of what I like are below. Feel free to read what you like and skip what isn't relevant:

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit and crochet.

Note: If you have no use for and don't know what to do with your leftover yarn balls, you can send them my way! I make little things from yarn leftovers all the time and I love to have variety in colors.

I love to color. It is very relaxing to me. Color-by-number is by far my favorite, because it takes the "stress" of choosing colors out of the process.

My collections/FYI:

My collections: I love to collect NATIVITY Christmas tree ornaments. (Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, shepherds, and/or wisemen.)

My other collections:

Anything with a platypus on it

Leftover yarn balls

Acrylic worsted weight yarn

ATCs (especially profile-based ones)

Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings for pierced ears), handmade or store bought

Christmas postcards, store bought, blank/unused

Postcards, blank in an envelope (I prefer non-touristy, but I like all postcards.)

Advent calendars, Advent, the countdown to Christmas

Other things I LOVE:

My wish list:

Stories or anything relating to adoption (near and dear to my heart)

Anything from my collections section above! πŸ˜„

Nativity scenes

Pocket tissues with designs

Scented lip gloss or chapstick

Personal address labels

Adult color-by-number books, pages, photocopies, etc.

Washi tape (or any deco tape)

Perfume samples

Colorful pens

Gel pens

Colorful, fine point permanent markers

Languages! Postcards, note cards, images, letters, etc. in a language foreign to English

Cultural diversity (all diversity, really)

Images of sunsets on the beach

Baymax from "Big Hero 6"

Sock monkeys

Handwritten letters and chatty notes (A letter from YOU would make my day!)

Decorative bandages (any and all designs or pictures)

Decorative/decorated envelopes, store bought or handmade

Gift cards to any store


Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving

Button up hanging kitchen towels, handmade or store bought

Stickers (flat ones, not puffy, foam, or 3D)

Potholders/hot pads, handmade or store bought

Piano or flute sheet music 🎢


Holiday cards (blank/unused) for any holiday: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc., store bought or handmade

Hair accessories: barrettes, clips, headbands, etc.

Sugar free mints or gum

Snow! Snow flakes and/or snow scenes. We don't get any snow here, and I'm glad, but I really think it's 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! (But please no bloody, gory, dark, or demonic.)

Anything from (or similar to) my etsy favorites

An Advent calendar (I love Advent calendars of any kind. I love the anticipation and countdown to Christmas and I love Advent.)

Anything that has to do with platypuses or has a platypus on it


Postcard Preferences:

I love nearly all postcards, but here is a list of the postcards I particularly enjoy:


Fluffy, soft animals, domestic or wild (photographs that make you want to touch or pet them)

Sea creatures, especially sea horses



Mallard ducks




Castles or palaces

Hawaii or other tropical places

Beautiful sunsets

Norman Rockwell paintings




Vintage (true vintage, not copies)


Multiview without borders (the pictures fade into each other and/or overlap)


Dogs, especially Bassett hounds


Airplanes in flight

Rainbows (photographs)



Autumn leaves or other Fall photographs

Nativity scenes

Native/cultural dress

Books/reading related


America's founding fathers

Holidays (any)

Black and white photographs

Anything related to my likes or collections above

A note about postcard preferences: If a swap asks for a choice, I most often prefer postcards sent blank in an envelope. I love swapping postcards and it is nice to have a variety in my stash. That being said, I enjoy almost as much to receive stamped and written on postcards, especially if the postcard is from my postcard preferences list above, has a nice, chatty handwritten note on it, is nicely decorated, and/or has unusual postage stamps on the back.🀩


Thank you for swapping with me and I am easy to please, but after years of swapping experience I am adding a small "please don't send me" section:

Coffee or tea (Herbal tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, or kool-aid-type packets are fine to replace these with in a swap.)

Macabre, bloody, gory, or demonic

Excessive violence

Skulls (although I love Halloween, this is one thing I dislike, even cartoon-y ones. I like full body skeletons, though!)

Romance novels

Zazzle (or other printed) postcards

I don't do scrap booking or card making.

I have all the notebooks, journals, and note cards I need right now. However, I would love to receive any of these items in a swap if they feature any of my favorites listed above!

Not a fan of primates (with the exception of sock monkeys, lemurs and their relatives, and humans, of course)

Thank you!


kizzlets rated for Scatts PC Swap - O - US Only on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Zefaniya rated for CPG: Bird PC - US Only on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Every once in awhile you’ll see roadrunners here which seems strange lol
Comment: Thank you for sharing this wonderful bald eagle PC! Your nice David @ sunset is going out with tomorrow’s mail!
Ukucaitie rated for WIYM: Keep 1 Send 1 Back (USA) on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the linen card. I love these because my grandmother had a large collection of them from her travels in the 30s and 40s. I will send back your Norman Rockwell card. I actually have this exact card bc I never wanted to give it away either :)
Eulegirl rated for Creatures Great and Small #15 on Apr 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely deer card! So cute!
suepier rated for WIYM: National Park post card on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from the Rocky Mountain National Park. It is very beautiful.
suepier rated for Postcard swap 2020 #3 - Animals on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute dog card.
Comment: Thank you so much!!
kclicquot rated for CPG Where I Live PC - Global on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the Phoenix postcard! I love the vintage stamps you used too!
southkawai rated for 2020 Postcard swap #7 - art on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: I received a postcard from you today. When I looked at the Persepolis card ,I remembered a novel written by my friend. The sean of her novel is assyria. An important motif of the novel was the lion relief. Thanks for beautiful card. And Have a nice days!
CWarner rated for AN: National Wildlife Day on Mar 1, 2020
Comment: Sorry to be late rating, I thought I had already rated for this card. Thanks very much!
Comment: I also used lily for my flower option. πŸ™‚Thanks for the Landis Valley postcard.
Comment: That's one of my favorite quotes too. Thanks for the great pc.
goinjenny rated for Trees Pc on Feb 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Comment: thanks a lot for your postcard!
simcoe54 rated for Map PC - Naked on Feb 26, 2020
Comment: A new map pc for my collection. Thanks
moonlitmailbox rated for Scatts PC Swap - K - US only on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Marinda - love the KΓΆln postcard and your Scattegory answers! Thanks so much! (Would George Washington not be amazed by the Kindle Fire?! Great answer! Mine was karaoke bar, LOL!) ~ Michelle in New Mexico
Allylu rated for ABCUSA Floral Postcard Swap on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Love the quote! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the cute prairie dog postcard. Love the vintage stamps.
banjobraids rated for Vintage Post Card Swap on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: Apologies for the late rating. Thank you for the beautiful vintage Florida card and the cool quote. Have a good one! :):):)

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ChrisAnne on Sep 25, 2020:

Welcome to The Christian Homestead. We're happy to have you join us!

thisismeAXiD on Apr 1, 2020:

Happy birthday

PineappleTarts on Jan 10, 2020:

Thank you for the washi samples RAK!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:

Wild 'n' Wacky Holiday Swaps

Hugs, Pam

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs, Pam

ginny19590 on Dec 20, 2019:

Thank you so very much for the awesome stamp set. I would have documented that I received it sooner but I've been very ill with one of the bad flus that have been going around. Thanks again. God Bless and Happy Holidays........=)

couchart on Nov 16, 2019:

Thank you very much for the lovely soap samples in the RAKs Only USA group, October RAK!

Heirloom on Apr 17, 2019:

A litle late but the sentiment is the same...happy birthday, Marinda!!

bb2 on Apr 16, 2019:

Happy Birthday, Marinda! I hope your special day was full of surprises, sweets and family hugs. God bless.

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