Swap-bot Time: April 26, 2018 4:33 am


Date Joined: July 28, 2009
Last Online: April 26, 2018
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

5/03/18 - I am struggling severely with mental illness at the moment. I have left all swaps where partners are not assigned, except for postcard series swaps and notecard swaps. I will properly return once I am well again.

I am moving on April 20. However, I will still be accessing the address listed here on swap-bot, at least until I set up a PO Box for mail. Please continue to send swaps to my listed address on swap-bot!

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 2 cats. 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!


Poohtat rated for ESG: 3 Things on Apr 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for telling me a little about yourself!
littlemissme84 rated for ESG: 3 Things on Apr 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing. It’s grest to learn more about you.
elkalsa rated for ESG: 3 Things on Apr 23, 2018
FairyLady rated for CL: Reading challenge #6 on Apr 20, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great book. :)
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Hi Melanie, Thanks for the wonderful selection of postcards. Steve Parrish is one of my favourite Australian photographers and postcard producers. I love your choices.Best wishes, Jenny.
simcoe54 rated for Profile Based Swap on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful Australia postcards that you sent for this swap.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely notecards! :)
Comment: Thank you for really nice cards!!
Comment: Hi Melanie! Thank you for the share and the pretty Kookaburra pc! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
nytetears rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Mar 2018) on Apr 5, 2018
Comment: that card is so cute thank you
Comment: Card safely received :)
neca84 rated for Card Making Challenge #47 on Mar 29, 2018
Comment: lovely card as usual, thanks Melly
neca84 rated for Handmade Embellishments Swap January on Mar 29, 2018
Comment: lovely embellishments thanks Melly
Comment: My three cats do this too! They sit on a table on my balcony adn watch birds and people, it's so adorable :D thanks for sharing!
Comment: Congrats on the new job! It sounds like something I'd enjoy doing :) I love libraries and the formatting you do souns pretty cool! Good luck :)
Comment: Thank you!
sakura15 rated for AS: Etsy Favourites $5 and under #6 on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks. They sent it in a plain envelope with just a piece of paper attached so at least I knew what it was from. They didn't even say their store name! But anyway that is their bad branding! I was slightly disappointed you picked something that was only $2 but I suppose that is the gamble with this swap. You never know what your partner will pick. Thanks anyway. Happy swapping.
Response: Hi Rebecca, I'm sorry that they sent it plain packaging. I chose a cheaper item on your wishlist, as I had to keep postage costs in consideration as well - many items that are $5 and under still have high postage costs. I'm assuming they included the receipt, which they shouldn't have done. I'm sorry you are so disappointed in what you received.
galadkria rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 6 on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: thank you for the card - intriguing suggestion
JadeFan rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 4 on Mar 14, 2018
Comment: I got this ages ago. I'm sorry for the delay.

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CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

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!


From Healthy Journaling

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:

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