Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2024 8:37 pm


Original Member
Last Online: July 23, 2024
Birthday: August 10
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I am a definite snail mail addict. I love both sending and receiving mail. I have never not sent a swap and appreciate when someone tells me if a swap doesn't arrive. I have resent swaps with no problems, just am not psychic that something didn't arrive. I also rate all swaps the day they arrive.

I'm a Southern California native, married, mother of two, grandmother of three and great grandmother of one with a second great granddaughter on the way. I am retired! I retired twelve years ago and love every minute of my life. Still wondering when I had the time to work as I have so much I enjoy doing and not enough time to complete everything. I especially love writing pen pals and would love to hear from you. Just send me a note for my address. I love cooking, baking, reading, making cards and about anything else I am doing. I enjoy anything to do with Christmas. I always enjoy making at least one gift for each member of my family. This year there are lots of crocheted pot holders, some counted cross stitch magnets and a few counted cross stitch bookmarks. I have 21 family members and give each one 25 small gifts as Advent gifts. They are all wrapped in aluminum foil. I shop year round and often put items I receive in swaps in the boxes. I also love sending naked mail and my grandchildren have learned not to be surprised at what arrives in the mail. I live close enough to the original Disneyland to see the nightly fireworks

Favorite Movies

Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express

Favorite Crafts

OK, I lack a lot in the talent department but not in the enjoy trying department so I keep having fun trying. I enjoy making envelopes, counted cross stitch, huck weaving, crocheting and want to get back to making note cards. I am just starting ATCs. Actually, haven't made one yet but have the supplies.

What I like to receive


something unique from your country or part of the U.S.

recipes or cookbooks put out by churches or clubs - used is fine

anything to do with cookies = recipes, cookie cutters, etc.

anything to do with Christmas (OK, I don't consider snowmen to have anything to do with Christmas)

Gingerbread men and anything with Gingerbread men on it

I am a desert rat and wish I could move back to the desert. I love tortoises, cactus, lizards, snakes and anything else that reminds me of the desert.

anything with the Pillsbury Dough Boy on it

favorite colors are any jewel tone.

small counted cross stitch projects, especially Christmas or bookmarks, or 14 count fabric in any color

Something that interests you and will expand my world and knowledge

something small I can give as Christmas gifts


things I don't like

Anything to do with prejudice or hate.

anything to do with nudity

long dislike lists


washi tape unless it is Christmas related.

memo pads

Kawaii or other cute things. I'm not a cute person.

then again, I love surprises so most everything is OK

Post card preferences

I have joined a lot of post card swaps recently and just realized I never added any post card preferences. Part of the reason is I like most any post card. Preferences though include large letter cards, scenery, pictures of the area where you live or where you like to visit, wild animals, birds and reptiles, or wild flowers. I am not a great fan of art type cards but once in awhile they are good. I have had some great homemade cards however I also have had a few cards that were just stickers slapped on a piece of cardboard. If the latter is what you plan to send, don't waste your postage. I do prefer real stamps on the cards. I also love notes on the cards, something about you and where you live or what is shown on the card. An interesting note and a real stamp usually gets a heart. I prefer my cards to be naked but up to you.


I enjoy giving hearts and and am fairly liberal when i give them. That said, there are a couple of things that won't get you a heart.

First, if you don't spell my name oorrectly I most likely won't give you a heart. Come on, at least pay that much attention to the swap.

Second, if you don't put the swap name on the swap most likely I will be too tired to give you a heart by the time I search for the swap to rate it.

Adding junk. OK, it is fun to find an extra from my wish list in a package but so often I get things I don't want and I just have to throw them out. Please just give me what the swap requires. I have enough of my own junk I don't need yours.

I also love real stamps so they help me want to give hearts.

Favorite Books

I llove to read and read most anything except sci-fi fantasy and poetry. Memoirs, historical fiction and memories are my favorite. Just now I'm reading. lot of WW11 books. I also love mysteries and love both Jonathon and Faye Kellerman.


theirmimi rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #402 on Jul 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the nice note and stamps. I haven’t seen those before. They are pretty.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty notecards and note!
Comment: Thanks Julia!
Comment: Hello Julia! I loved your letter! I am impressed and inspired with how you celebrate Christmas! Amazing really! Thank you for joining the swap and Merry Christmas in July! Thanks for the stamps, too!
fortannam rated for CPG 2024 Xmas Card in July - US on Jul 11, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the card! and stamps! I love Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your list on a pretty Rufous hummingbird postcard. Peppermint is one of my top five, too.
LadyJo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #400 on Jul 9, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing all about a fun weekend for you! It is always fun to celebrate birthdays of family members.
Comment: Thank u for the recommendations :))
UKrebel85 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #398 on Jul 7, 2024
Comment: I'm glad you had such a lovely weekend, I agree that not having to leave the house is perfect! Also I love a daytime nap, I try to fit one in whenever I have a day in the house!
Comment: They all sound good and I like apple pie. Your friend Joy
Comment: A readathon sounds so cool!
shinyserra rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #399 on Jul 1, 2024
Comment: I enjoyed your weekend update and the stamps as well!
Comment: Hi Julia! What a beautiful Cavallini card! Nice to get to know you! Jenny🤓
Barbara rated for RAF: 4th of July Recipe Swap on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you Julia for the recipe and extra cards. We eat a lot of beans. Such a beautiful butterfly note card for my journal too!
KittEvol rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #24 on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the fun recipes I think my family will really enjoy them :)
Comment: Thank you! I've done route 66 trips and been to New York City, but I've never been to Alaska, Israel or Jordan. How interesting those trips must have been!
midwestkiwi rated for FLL: National Pen Pal MONTH #2 on Jun 20, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the chatty letter. I enjoy popular fiction, recipe books and usually check out something from the "recently returned" shelf at the library.
mangoN7 rated for Dear Diary Post card on Jun 20, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard and telling me about your day <3 It seems like you had a really nice day. And omg, the "Finding Nemo" postage stamp is just so amazing! I love it so much
Fuchsi rated for FLL: National Pen Pal MONTH #1 on Jun 19, 2024
Comment: Dear Julia, thank you very much for your wonderful letter and I will answer soon! Have a great start in the summer, Maxi
hyenaVI rated for Touristic Postcard Swap #2 on Jun 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the San Clemente postcard! Best wishes!

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JuneRosebud on Apr 23, 2024:

Julia, Thank you bunches for the April RAK #2. five forever stamps Draw April 20 on RAKS ONLY USA. I have not seen the sports balls before but will be looking for them at our post office now.

Highlander18 on Mar 22, 2024:

💗💗Thank you very much for RAKS ONLY USA ~ March RAK #3. five forever stamps

Jangonz on Mar 13, 2024:

Thank you for the Stamps for the RAKS Only USA group. I really appreciate YOU.


grammypammy on Feb 21, 2024:

Thank you for the Thinking of You card and postage stamps! Thanks for thinking of me!

Hugs, Pam

If this was for a swap or RAK, please let me know.

CraftyMail on Feb 20, 2024:

Thank you for the 5 forever stamps for the February RAK! So perfect for us swappers!

HeidiJean on Feb 14, 2024:

Finally got around to checking my PO Box; thank you for the 5 forever stamps for the January RAK!

grammypammy on Feb 3, 2024:

Thank you for the Forever stamps. I couldn't find the RAK they were from, but I'm assuming it was from RAKS group.

Hugs, Pam

grammypammy on Jan 18, 2024:

Thank you for the beautiful card of encouragement and the Forever stamps. Thank you for the prayers and friendship!

Hugs, Pam

Leekoba on Dec 13, 2023:

Just wanted to say, Thank you SO much for the pokemon cards for the stocking stuffers #2 Swap! I just loved it so much I had to let you know <3

Poohtat on Oct 21, 2023:

Julia, thank you for the RAKs Sept #4 cards and envelopes RAK. I love the cards you sent to me. Thank you

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