I will be taking a break from Swap-bot until mid-April. Trying to graduate!
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.
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!
Stickers: While I don't like holiday stickers, lately I've been into Mrs. Grossman and Sandylion stickers. I have also been into making handmade stickers with my Silhouette Cameo lately.
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, Snoopy, drawing and painting, vintage design, trains, graphic prints, postcards, lace and doilies, and wax seals.
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.
Credit goes to king-lulu-deer for all the pixel art.
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