Swap-bot Time: August 3, 2020 10:02 pm


Date Joined: August 5, 2010
Last Online: August 2, 2020
Birthday: July 1, 1958
Country: Canada
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ABOUT THE THREE: I was late on an email swap. Kind of bummed that a late electronic swap ruined over 1,000 stellar swaps. Rules are rules I guess. Just keep in mindโ€”I never flaked; I was just late.

If you prefer blank postcards in swaps, join my group "Postcard Stashers" that deals with swaps requiring blank postcards only.

1) Even if there's a note or paper inside, please put the swap name somewhere on the envelope, too.
2) If choices are allowed, my postcard preference is blank in an envelope.

I am an avid reader (by heart), romantic (by nature), 61 (by years alive), French (by design), Canadian (by birth), Ontario (by residency), engaged (by choice), Pentecostal/born-again (by faith) and loved (by God and all who know me).

I am also a freelance editor, writer, and founder of Halcyon Days Magazine at (http://halcyondaysmagazine.blogspot.ca).

Fav Swap Themes


  • 3D items (the kind that look like they're moving)
  • anything with the following words (or derivatives) on them: "Create," "Discover," "Dream," "Imagine," "Journey," "Memories," "Mystery," "Passion"
  • beach scenes
  • books (medical romance, law/courtroom, rescue)
  • bookmarks
  • Canadian gift cards for Amazon, Coles/Indigo, Michaels, Target, Walmart
  • Cafes, street scenes
  • Canadian souvenir sticker sheets or singles
  • cardinals (birds)
  • cameos
  • Cinderella
  • clouds
  • courtrooms
  • covered bridges
  • Downton Abbey
  • Elongated pennies
  • Envelope/Letter seals
  • FDC (First Day Covers)
  • gazebos
  • glitter
  • gift cards from Michael's, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Walmart
  • hourglass
  • Jim Holtz items
  • journals
  • keys
  • key chains
  • kissing
  • ladybugs
  • lambs
  • libraries
  • MAILBOXES - any items! Stamps, rubber stamps, envelopes, stickers...
  • maps on anything (trinkets, postcards, notecards, etc.)
  • MAXI cards
  • mickey mouse
  • moleskin planners
  • nautical objects (seashells, anchors, etc.)
  • panda bears
  • pens / fountain pens / FriXion pens
  • pocket letter refills
  • postcards (if the swap calls for naked, then don't send in an envelope). Basically, my preference is blank postcards in an envelope. I like postcards with beautiful or unique postmarks, mailboxes, stamps, and tea/coffee cups.
  • postmarks (unbroken) on stamps/envelopes
  • rain/rainbows
  • rhinestones
  • roses
  • samples of ATCs, decos, and FBs
  • snails
  • spoons
  • Starbucks gift cards and other goodies ;)
  • stickers suitable for diaries and planners
  • teddy bears (and anything with teddies on them) EXCEPT Winnie-the-Pooh
  • things framed/llined with gold or silver
  • Tim Horton gift cards and goodies :)
  • travel-related items
  • umbrellas
  • vintage ephemera
  • wishing wells (fountains)

I prefer not receiving things with the following themes. But if it's a sender's choice, don't worry about it :)
* angels * balloons * cartoonish things -- see samples here * cats * clowns * dogs * Hello Kitty
* Route 66 * Winnie-the-Pooh

Fav Colors, Scents, & Tastes

My favorite color schemes are teal green/blue and coral or purple tones, hunter green, or ocean colors. My favorite flower and scent is Lily-of-the-Valley. For cooking or tastes, I'm a fan of anything with cinnamon, chocolate, lemon and orange in it.

Favorite Television

I can't get enough reruns of Bones, Coach, Dexter, Downton Abbey, ER, Flashpoint, Frasier, Grey's Anatomy, Mr. Selfridge, Rome, Trauma

Other Fav Pastimes

I love cross-stitching, painting with acrylics, sketching, and definitely photography.

Wish list

  • Address labels
  • Anything to help organize things better
  • Blank postcards
  • Fountain pens
  • "FriXion" pens by Pilot
  • Lapel pins
  • Note cards
  • Postcards with teacups/coffee cups
  • Sharpie pens (fine/ultra fine)
  • Souvenir item from Austria or Disney World
  • Starbucks gift cards
  • Stickers suitable for journals and planners
  • Swap cards
  • Tim Horton gift cards


ayahsantos rated for My Favourite on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Monique. How was your stay at the cottage. Take Care!
Response: Heading there on Aug 3. Looking forward to it! Thanks for rating.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for RANDOM HAPPY MAIL GIVEAWAY on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Teal is a very important color for me as its the color of the Ovarian Cancer awareness ribbon ! I have fought Ovarian cancer 3 times and won each time!! Teal is a big deal!! <3
Response: Glad you like the colour, too. Thanks for rating.
Mon1496 rated for RANDOM HAPPY MAIL GIVEAWAY on Jul 25, 2020
Response: Thanks for rating.
ayahsantos rated for 2 Fav's PC on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you Monique! I haven't seen both of those shows. Take Care.
debbiespoms rated for 2020 PC Series - May on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: I got your re send today and thank you so for the 5 PC's and 4 extra PC's. How sweet of you to send so much & you didn't need to. But it does make me wonder where your 1st swap ended up at though. Who knows with any swap that's been lost & I had many lost over the course of time. Esp. very expensive ones. Which I no longer join swaps for. Anyway, I love the 3 Ontario ones especially! Such beautiful scenery! I don't think I ever told you, I was to Canada 3x's. To Grand Falls, New Brunswick & Quebec. Went to Grand Falls for their Gorge & Quebec's mall. Not just those, but to take in the scenery & visit a used to be pen pal. Which I don't pen pal anymore. Take care!
Response: Glad these arrived. Ontario is a masterpiece of artistic places. Thanks for rating.
Suzyanner rated for Phobic PCs on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cool phobia cards! I'm terrified of flying---haven't flown since 1988, except for a 5 minute flight on a seaplane a few years ago (long story!), but I love boats and the water! Not a big fan of lines, though. Great swap idea!
Response: Thanks for rating and knowing I'm not the only one afraid of flying!
ManitoulinGirl rated for Stuff & Send on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Such a lovely bundle of goodies. Thank you so much. Have a wonderful day!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks for rating.
ManitoulinGirl rated for Traveling Notebook - R3 on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Hope you are having a fabulous day!
Response: Tomorrow's my birthday! Looking forward to it. Thanks for rating.
bblue rated for Partner Q&A on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks. Great idea for a swap!
Response: No problem. Thanks for joining :)
vlhafer54 rated for Action/Map Combo on Jun 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating.
9O96O rated for OIC: Back of the Postcard on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: You have lovely penmanship. I love the cosy coffee card. Yes, visit the Boathouse especially during the summer months and after COVID when the kayak/canoe rentals are back. With the food, ice cream and canoes you will get the full effect. It will likely inspire you to write something cosy for the Halcyon Days magazine. Beautiful publication.
Response: Thanks for the compliment and rating. Yes, I will try the Boathouse for sure!
mrsD rated for 2020 Goodies Series - June on Jun 26, 2020
Comment: so many fun goodies! thanks for everthing!!
Response: Your comment is much appreciated. Thanks for rating.
kayebubbly rated for PC Series - June on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the postcards! Have a great one!
Response: You too. Thanks for rating.
twileteyes rated for Doodle Calendar - February on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: Just realized I never rated you! Sorry for the late rate!
Response: Haha. I was wondering. Thanks for rating.
mrsD rated for 2020 Color Series - June on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: terrific little packet of blue goodies!! thank you xo :)
Response: Not all 'blue' days are sad :) Thanks for rating
MadeByRori rated for PC Series - May on Jun 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š I love the PCs you included. Iโ€™m using them for my next Postcrossing partners!
Response: Wonderful! Glad to read it. Thanks for rating.
paleyellowstar rated for Traveling Notebook - R2 on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sending me my notebook. I guess I will add a couple of pages and then send it out again in R3.
Response: Great! Hopefully there are different partners next time.
mrsD rated for 2020 Color Series - May on Jun 10, 2020
Comment: loved this swap, especially the cute little vinyl envelope xo
Response: Thanks. I'm happy you liked it. Thanks for rating.
tulipqueen rated for This Brings Back Memories on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing the wonderful memories... plus the great postcards!
Response: No problem. Stay well.
evanselli rated for 1-2-3-4-5 on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful swap. I loved everything you sent. It was all perfect๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ
Response: I appreciate the comment and the rating.

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derakisu on Aug 9, 2019:

I came by to send you a message but when I saw your wishlist, I noticed the Sharpies. Have you tried the Art Pens ? I get them at the Dollar store and I think they're a pure marvel to sketch and write with.

CurlyTea on Jul 1, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

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