Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 2:22 pm


Date Joined: November 11, 2013
Last Online: December 8, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

by king-lulu-deer


I've taken a hiatus from swap-bot for a few years and now I'm back!

The username "mizutama" comes from the Japanese word for polka dot, which works I suppose, since I've been studying Japanese for nearly 7 years, and I love dots.

While I'm a California native, I've moved across the country for graduate school.

I love to travel! I've solo-traveled in Europe and Japan, and most recently came back from China.

My hobbies include: design, reading, writing, photography, crafting, cooking/baking, knitting... the list goes on.

In terms of my aesthetic, I really like simplicity. I enjoy vintage packaging and lettering as well.

I love...

by king-lulu-deer

  • Happy Mail: There's nothing like receiving an (un)expected letter in the mail. For the past decade and a half I've accumulated a ton of Japanese stationery, and it makes me feel good to send ones that have not been loved too much to a new home. I like gift wrapping and decorating my envelopes - I feel like that adds some happiness to our post.)

  • Ephemera: While I would not like to receive printed images (downloaded from Google and printed out), I collect vintage illustrations from books, old train tickets, used postage stamps, vintage packaging, receipt pads, are all things that I use in journaling and decorating my letters / packages.

  • Dots and stripes: Simple patterns and bright colors are appealing to me! Is it a coincidence that over half my wardrobe consists of striped shirts? I think not!

  • Fountain pens and dip pens: I enjoy pretending that I know calligraphy.

  • Marimekko and Kokka fabric: These two fabric companies are known for their graphic prints - one's more bold, the other more warm and understated. I love them both anyway.

  • Yarn, knitting, crocheting: After stocking up on Walmart's $1 sale on Mandala yarn, I am no longer allowed to buy more yarn. But I love knitting and crocheting!

  • Kraft paper stationery / envelopes: I like the warm feeling of kraft paper. I tend to use these the most for letter-writing and crafting.

  • Tea: I've recently weaned myself off of coffee. I drink a lot of Earl Gray, oolong, and that green tea from Ito-en. I do not like peppermind/mint teas however.

  • Midori Traveler's Notebooks: I have recently obtained a Traveler's Notebook. I find decorating it to be relaxing, and love browsing for accessories and inserts online.

  • Washi Tape: I tend to collect washi tape from Classiky and MT - I'm not too fond of the non-Japanese varieties. Some of the designs are too garish for my taste.

  • Paper: I've been trying to collage lately, and like to work with papers of different textures. I would love some interesting vintage paper scraps. Homemade paper is also good too!

  • Stamps: I use rubber stamps a lot in my projects, and recently have been trying to make a few of my own. I tend to buy stamps from Asian brands, like Lihaopaper and Classiky.

  • Miscellaneous: I like Moomin, drawing and painting, vintage design, trains, graphic prints, postcards, lace and doilies, and wax seals.

I do not want...

  • I am allergic to almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts.
  • Fake washi tape that rips easily! (Or anything from Walmart/Michaels/Hobby Lobby)
  • Anything that reeks of cigarette smoke! I'm really allergic to tobacco, and am quite sensitive to the scent.
  • Chevron anything. I dislike chevron with a passion.
  • Mint, chai, and strongly spiced teas. I'm not a fan, I'm afraid.
  • Kawaii memo pads / loose stationery. It was a phase I was in for a few years - no longer now.
  • Novelty and kitschy items.
  • Farmhouse decor / chalk art / pseudo modern calligraphy that they sell at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods / basically stores attempting to be on trend, but failing.
  • Inspirational quotes. Inspirational quotes on a ~watercolor~ background.
  • Neon colors
  • Stickers from Lisa Frank, Sandylion, Mrs. Grossman, and brands of similar styles.
  • Anything religious or political, or pertaining to a holiday (unless I'm in a swap for it.)
  • Sanrio products - I was never a fan!
  • Glitter or confetti
  • Keychains or charms
  • Bookmarks

If you're not sure whether or not I'll like something, just send me a message! I put a lot of thought into my swaps, and try to include things that people like, and I hope you will also do the same.

Swaps in progress...

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Tags + Etc.


by king-lulu-deer

Credit goes to king-lulu-deer for all the pixel art.


Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap!!! I genuinely liked everything you sent, it was so sweet <3 The address labels were honest to god the most useful thing I’ve ever received, and I intend to fully use them- thank you so much!!
Comment: Tiffany, thank you so much for your lovely swap. I've never asked for address labels but I'm gonna add it to my likes list. The ones you made for me are crazy cute. What font is that? Thanks also for teas I have never heard of. I honestly have a huge plastic tub of teas and really don't have room for any more run of the mill grocery shelf teas. Thank you so much. Your envelope really brightened my swapping experience. I can't wait to try the teas you sent.
Response: I'm glad you like it! Your name on the address label is actually my handwriting - I just wrote it out on my iPad. The address font is Barlow Semi-Condensed. I believe I sent you some French teas - my parents recently went to Paris and brought some back for me.
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely package! I loved your cascading envelope and your picture stamps. Everything was just delightful.
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing swap! I actually hadn't made address labels since I moved so that was perfect!!
Comment: Thank you! Love everything especially the labels.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap! You certainly made my day! Loved the address labels!
Comment: thank you so much for a beautifully packaged swap, I absolutely love everything! you definitely made this an extra special swap for me. I can get over how perfect the stickers, PC, and labels are!
Comment: Wow, that’s a envie full of happiness! Thank you!
ArtyBeth3 rated for UHM: Make some Stickers on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: Great job on your stickers! Nice presentation too. I’ll have fun using these to dress up my mail & correspondence.
orneryswife rated for UHM: Make some Stickers on Oct 31, 2019
Comment: These are delightful! And so thoughtfully packaged. Thank you!
pizzaman rated for 💌Stickers & Washi Quick Swap💌 on Oct 23, 2019
WvILNuSwapGal27 rated for International PenPals on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: I LOVED the letter and the items. Sending a reply to you soon! Have a great weekend!
Comment: So much cute stuff!! Thank you so much!
Kgoeldner92 rated for International Washi Swapping #3 on Mar 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi :)
mags142 rated for Crafty Envie #4 on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: If I could I was definitely give you more hearts than just the one! Your swap was put together with so much care and filled with so many things I love! Your calligraphy on the envelope is amazing as well! Thanks a million!
Response: I'm really glad you liked it. I felt like we had a lot in common when I read your profile, so I had a lot of fun putting this together for you. :)
Ryleighsmom rated for Simple Crafty Envie Swap #2 USA on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the FABULOUS goodies!! So inspiring!!
Babytreese rated for International Washi Swapping #3 on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: You have such beautiful handwriting!! Thanks for the cute wash and envie! Cheers, Theresa
crochetjunkie rated for Crafty Envie #4 on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
ubx rated for Easy Washi Swap on Mar 6, 2019
Comment: thank you so much, love the wachi sampels you gave me and stickers !
Atomictea rated for Moomin ATC #1 NEWBIE FRIENDLY on Feb 24, 2019
Comment: So nice

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sarahjf02 on Nov 19, 2019:

I received your Happy Mail! Thank you so much for all the lovely items. It is my dream to solo travel to Europe someday. My favorite experience so far is doing the Trang An boat tour in Vietnam last July. I'm a Type A planner who plans every single detail on my itinerary :D But I do have my lazy days so I just chill on those days. I hope you enjoyed your trip to China!

Nushkinathan on Oct 11, 2019:

Thank you so much for the Happy Mail!!

wokeupmissing on Oct 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for the most incredibly thoughtful happy mail I've received in a long, long time!

cindygroet on May 26, 2019:

Thank you for the adorable 1 oz Happy Mail RAK. It is all so cute! Really nice.

iowa05 on May 25, 2019:

I got your 1 oz. happy mail today! Such a pretty envelope and nice little goodies. 💖 Thank you so much!!

TeaP on Apr 23, 2019:

Thank you for all nice items you sent for the Grabbie tag.

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