Swap-bot Time: May 23, 2017 7:35 am


Date Joined: July 28, 2009
Last Online: May 22, 2017
Birthday: July 27
Country: Australia
My personal Instagram
My book review blog
My small business (Mel's Paper Party)
My Charity Reading Challenge
My Etsy store

Regarding swaps

(April 24, 2017) My fiance and I have moved to our new place! I have updated my address on here. If you have sent mail to my previous address, I will still receive it.

On October 3 2016, the cost of sending an international letter from Australia went up from $2.75 to $2.95. Because of this, I will be participating in less international swaps.

On February 7 2017, I was banned for a swap due to my poor rating. It was a swap that I was really looking forward to, and had started preparing. The minimum rating was 4.95. PLEASE make sure you put rating requirements very clearly in any swaps you host, and make sure you check the requirements as well as participants before assigning partners. This has really damaged my confidence in taking part in swaps.

I have a 1 on my profile dating back to 2010. Something major happened in my life, and I failed to send this swap. The user has not logged in since 2012. I have messaged them stating that if they return to swap-bot, I would love to send to make up the swap. I know that this 1 will be permanently on my profile, and I know that even though I have all 5's otherwise, this 1 will be seen as a problem to many hosts, and I will be banned from swaps. All I ask is that you read this, and send me a message before banning me. Thank you.

I do my very best to send every swap out on time. But please remember that I live in Australia! More often than not, I send swaps internationally. Please message me if you do not receive your swap within 4 weeks of the send date, as I am happy to re-send if necessary. If I have not received your item within two-four weeks of the send date of a swap, I will message you just to check if the item has been sent or not.

Also, please message me if I have not rated you for a swap! Usually it will be because I have not received it, but once in a while I may just forget to rate. Once a month I go through my Sent swaps and check for the swap, and will contact my partner if I haven't received anything.

About Me

I am 27 years old and I live with my fiance and cat. I am studying Library and Information Services at TAFE, and currently work part-time at a school library. I am engaged to a man named Shaun - we have been together for 7 years, and engaged for 3 years. We are trying to save up for a house at the moment so we can have our own space! In the meantime we are renting. I am an aunty to two cheeky boys, who light up my life, and will be an aunty again later this year.

I have tried a lot of crafty things in the past, mostly jewellery and bookmarks, but also ATCs and painting. I haven't had a lot of patience for them though! I like to do colouring in though. I especially love colouring in butterflies and feathers.

I am currently into card making and love trying different designs and ideas. Pinterest has been a huge source of inspiration! I recently bought a die-cut machine, but need the metal stencils in order to start making my own embellishments. I am very excited! If you know where I can get inspiration from, please let me know! If you would like to see the cards I have made, please feel free to visit my Facebook page: My small business (Mel's Paper Party) or my Etsy store: Mel's Paper Party

In 2017 I am doing a Charity Reading Challenge to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This is an Australian organisation dedicated to improving the literacy of Indigenous children, particularly in remote communities. If you would like to follow me through this challenge, please like my Facebook page: My Charity Reading Challenge

Favorite Music

30 Seconds to Mars
Old Linkin Park
Foo Fighters
The Lonely Island
Weird Al Yankovic
Tegan and Sara
Alien Ant Farm
Old Birds of Tokyo

Favorite Books

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
Anything by Karin Slaughter
Anything by Michael Robotham
House Rules - Jodi Picoult
The boy who fell to Earth - Kathy Lette
Resurrection Bay - Emma Viskic
Anything by Karen Rose
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
All the light we cannot see - Anthony Doerr
Black Rock White City - A.S. Patric
The Dry - Jane Harper
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

I am mostly into crime fiction, but I will read anything that sounds interesting. No religious, sports, self-help books. No non-fiction.

I am a Bookcrosser, so if you'd like to do a private Bookcrossing swap with me, please message me so we can organise it, especially if we each have a book the other wants to read! I also have a book review blog, where I review books written by Australian authors: My book review blog

Favorite Movies

South Park
Anchorman 2
50 First Dates
Happy Gilmore
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Wallace and Gromit
The Power of One
The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners 2
The Taking of Pelham 123
Bad Santa A street cat named Bob

Favorite Television

Arrested Development
Orphan Black
South Park
The Inbetweeners
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Wishlist and likes

*Postcards from anywhere in the world - handmade or store bought - happy to be sent either blank in an envelope, or naked (written on and stamped)
*A handmade bookmark or two
*Anything Eeyore, Spongebob or Doctor Who - especially Dalek!!!!
*A letter writing kit or writing paper
*Washi tape samples
*Colouring sheets, particularly butterflies or feathers
*Something red - Red is my favourite colour
*Stickers! Any except for teacher/reward and religious stickers
*Hot chocolate!! My favourite hot drink! I would love sachets from where you live, including flavoured ones!
*Anything to make cards with - embellishments, ribbon, buttons, stickers, stencils, anything!
*Something handmade that you think I would like
*Plain milk chocolate
*Ephemera: Things like movie tickets, train tickets, library checkout cards, book pages, postage stamps, etc. for card making


*Tea of any kind
*Coffee of any kind
*Dark or white chocolate
*Pink or purple
*Dirty, damaged items
*Make up
*Anything that has a smell to it, like perfumes, oils or scented candles. I have no sense of smell so these are useless to me.
*Body creams and lotions
*Anything banana. YUCK!
*Marshmallows. My number one most hated food!


fiorellaione rated for ESG: Show us your pets! on May 23, 2017
Comment: I already said this once, but I'll repeat it: I want to bury my face in all that fluff!! Such a cute boy!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Show us your pets! on May 22, 2017
Comment: Your Leo is so handsome, Melanie! But...what is FIV for those of us with cat allergies and little knowledge of cat-things? Thank you for sharing! :-)
petercure rated for ESG: Show us your pets! on May 22, 2017
Comment: He is so cute(≧▽≦)
Lenna rated for ESG: What's in my wallet? on May 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for HFF: May 20th - Goal Day on May 21, 2017
Comment: Great job on crushing your goal! Keep up the good work!! 🏃🏽‍♀️
tizzicat rated for ESG: What's in my wallet? on May 20, 2017
Comment: Received at last. Thank you for resend in. I love the Dr Who wallet!
willowsmarika rated for ESG: Show us your jewelry! on May 19, 2017
Comment: thanks for sharing! your engagement ring is really beautiful!!
RBM3579 rated for Make 'em laugh on May 18, 2017
Comment: Tx. My favorite was jimmy, ^_^
petercure rated for ESG: Show us your jewelry! on May 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing, you're the first to send this swap(^_^)
SunTradeToo rated for ESG: Show us your jewelry! on May 17, 2017
Comment: So pretty! I specially love the earings!
smartin85 rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #22 on May 17, 2017
schaefchen87 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for visiting me on my instafram profile and leaving some lovely comments :-) I really enjoyed them.
HappyMom rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the love!
Mellipenpal rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Hi! Thank you for the comment! We have the same fav, washi tapes!! Yay
fiorellaione rated for ESG: What's in my wallet? on May 15, 2017
Comment: so. many. cards. xD
dorcii rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #10 on May 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for the nice comments, likes and the follow! :)
chaari rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #22 on May 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot! Seems like a interesting story!
Comment: Thanks for a fantastic recommendation of Mosquitoland by David Arnold, Melanie! That book doesn't seem like my type of book, but after this recommendation... Well, I have added it to my TBR! :-) Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Hi Melanie! Somewhere you said...and I agree! We sure ARE partnered a lot! :-) Anyway, as for this swap, 21 libraries? 21?!?! Wow! I think my max number was three! Also, you have a "hidden book nook"? Pictures, please! I'm so envious...I would love to see what it looks like so that I can read there vicariously. :-) And "It’s very rare for me to stop reading a book part-way or half-way through, but if I do, it’s because" ... because why? ??? This sentence just ended and I really want to know why! :-) Lastly, tropes are pretty much the things you most love (or hate) to see in books. Things like how I despise romances between meek/weak-willed women and uber-alpha/macho men, as an example. (I had a whole long list in mine, -haha-) :-) Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Thank you for your survey answers! I enjoyed reading them, plus I got to add some new titles and authors to my TBR list!

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neca84 on May 10, 2017:

Melly, thanks for my March WTA prize, very useful

Bhindblueeyes on May 4, 2017:

Because I loved this .gif so much, I just have to leave it for all of the HFF members :)

neca84 on Feb 6, 2017:

Thanks so much for my Birthday Card and bits and bobs included, very much appreciated.


Whippet on Jan 8, 2017:

Happy New Year - '2017!

smokeandmirrors on Dec 6, 2016:

Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and stickers! My christmas sticker stash was getting low so this is a great top up. Merry Christmas!!!

JenniferB on Nov 21, 2016:

user6937 on Nov 19, 2016:

PFATW WTA Sept - home from holidays and found 3 cards from you - 2 mapcards of Australia and one showing a tourists riding a train through the Dandenong Ranges. Thanks!

Keruka on Oct 31, 2016:

Thank you so much for my greeting cards and vintage papers for the October wishlist. I love them <3

Castlequeen on Sep 24, 2016:

Hi! Thank you so much for sending the incredible wildlife animal/bird and party kangaroo postcards for the August WTA in POSTCARDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. I think it would be fun to have a ride on that train, too! Hugs! 😘

willowsmarika on Sep 15, 2016:

Hey Mandi!

It's so awesome to meet a fellow whovian here! Talk to me about the show, who is your fave doc or companion, series, writer, etc :)


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