Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 5:15 pm


Date Joined: July 28, 2009
Last Online: November 18, 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

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 28 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 three gorgeous, cheeky boys, who light up my life.

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
Key and Peele

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
*Cardmaking magazines or books *My Etsy wishlist


*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! *I prefer not to be sent recipes as I'm not much of a cook!


Comment: Thank you for the likes & comments x
RachiiChu rated for IS: PostCard Swap on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
neca84 rated for Handmade Embellishments Swap October on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: thanks Melly
dodothefairy rated for ESG: "Hello, my name is______" on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing
Poohtat rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #25 on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: This book sounds really interesting. I have added it to my library book wish list. Thank you.
Helena8664 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #13 on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the wonderful insta-love! :)
Comment: Thank you for recommending The Cuckoo's Calling, Melanie! I bought this series (three books?) for my mother, but I might now read them, too! :-) Thank you for sharing!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #20 on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the list, Melanie! I looked up all of the songs on YouTube and my favorite was Paralyzer by Finger Eleven. Their official video for that song - and the song itself! - is so neat that I watched it twice! I also really enjoyed the video for Weird Al Yankovic's Tacky: Kristen Schaal and Jack Black! :-) Thank you for sharing!
sakura15 rated for AS: Currently I'm.. #3 on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers :) All the best for finding a new place. My old place was awful so if I can find the ideal place I am sure you can :)
crochetjunkie rated for WIYM: Big Senders Choice PC #2 on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: It's always nice to see people you look up to so I'm happy you got tho meet Mr. Barnes :) your bf looks happy in the pic, I wish we'd have warm weather still but no such luck XD (sorry for my late rate, I've been under the weather and fell behind on ratings)
Comment: I can relate to not seeing someone as often as I would like to, my closest friends apart from my sister and one other person live nearly 500km away from me so we don't see IRL very often, but when we do it's such a blast! I'm happy you're feeling better, good luck with you cardmaking :) (sorry for my late rate, I've been under the weather and fell behind on ratings)
Comment: Hello Melanie, thank you for your postcard from Melbourne and for telling me a bit about your city! I found the bit about "4th largest tramway system" especially interesting -- there are no trams in Hamburg since they got rid of them in the 70s or so in a move to make the city more car-friendly, and we could really use a tram's capacity now on some bus routes, but the government is still too pro-car to bring them back. There was one attempt a few years ago but it never got past the planning stage unfortunately. Maybe some day!
BloomingRoses rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Nov 2017) on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Loved my Melbourne by night PC. Going back again one day. Thanks for swapping.
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Liiskah rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #13 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thankyou for all the insta love!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #13 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so very much for the Instagram hearts and comments! And thank you for complimenting my Max! ❤❤❤
suepier rated for WIYM: Big Senders Choice PC #2 on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great bird postcard. I love birds.
armadillogal rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the card and cool stamp. I just finished Bewitching Kittens.
KSENiA rated for WIYM: True or False? on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard. After all our swap I think that "you have 500 books" is the true fact, isn't it?

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CurlyTea on Jul 29, 2017:

neca84 on Jul 12, 2017:


for my July Wish

jamicam on May 24, 2017:

Hope you're having a great day!


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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!

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