Swap-bot Time: February 27, 2017 12:36 pm


Date Joined: July 28, 2009
Last Online: February 26, 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

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. Swaps I am currently in will definitely be sent, but I will be more picky about my mail swaps, and other Aussies may be as well.

On 7/02/17 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 parents, 2 cats and 3 birds. 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 6 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! I am an aunty to two cheeky boys, who light up my life, and will be an aunty again later this year.

I have been living with depression since I was 17. At the end of October 2016, the medication I had been taken suddenly stopped working. I have since tried two other medications which did not work, and on January 4 2017 I started taking a new medication. I don't know if it is effective or not.

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!


Comment: I got my package today 😊 What an awesome collection of goodies! I can't wait to add them to my junk journals 📓 The kangaroo PC is hilarious 😂
WayUpInAlaska rated for WIYM: exciting news! on Feb 24, 2017
Comment: Congratulations!!! :) Am heading over to go check out your etsy store and like your facebook page :) I wish you much success in your new business!! :)
Comment: Thanks for all the great cards, Melanie! Love that stamp too (red with animal outline-is that a platypus or what?). I have cousins all over Victoria found doing genealogy research and want to visit there sometime soon.
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Cheers to books!^^
Comment: Nice PCs!!! Thank you. :-)
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
basykes rated for A Day In My Life on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing your day. It is unfortunate the photos were so small, but I was glad to hear about your day.
Purplmyst rated for A Day In My Life on Feb 22, 2017
Liiskah rated for Ad/free postcards on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: Thankyou for the interesting ad cards 😊
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
rebeccag1986 rated for Handmade card swap on Feb 20, 2017
goldfinchmeadowlark rated for Goals For 2017 PC Swap on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Belated thank you the handsome, colorful tram passing Flinders Street Station, Melanie! I hope your Charity Reading Challenge is going well -- my goal is to read 1-2 books a week, and I am thus far on track :) Seeing the tram also reminded me of how much I miss watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. I hope the long-awaited feature film happens soon!
drgngirl rated for ESG: Pinterest - Valentines on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great Valentines board! I loved (haha, pun intended!) looking through it! I hope you don't mind if I repinned a few!
Helena8664 rated for ESG: Pinterest - Valentines on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the board full of LOVE and treats! <3
Helena8664 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #7 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the Insta-love!!! <3
KSENiA rated for 2016 Reading Log - Quarter #4 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing and good luck with you reading challenges and the reading goal.
KSENiA rated for CL: Read in January Rec PC on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Love the koala postcard,
Comment: Thank you for this envelope of fun!
Jjean rated for Reading challenge Feb 2017 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing
Comment: Thankyou for the cool ad/free cards! I always have trouble finding the free art cards, I always only manage to find all the actual ad ones lol!

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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 :)


reader44ever on Aug 8, 2016:

Thank you so much for the Melbourne postcards that you sent to me as part of the WTA Postcards - July 2016 from Postcards from Around the World! I love them! They're both so colorful! :-)

JenniferB on Jul 28, 2016:

Mel...hope you had a fab birthday yesterday!!! If I knew how, I'd plant a pic here...LOL 🎂🎉💝

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