Swap-bot Time: July 13, 2024 5:55 pm


Date Joined: April 10, 2016
Last Online: May 14, 2024

Country: United States

About Me

I am a stay at home mom to three kids and two dogs. I have been living in Walnut Creek, California for almost twenty years. I was raised in Taiwan, and immigrated to the States more than thirty years ago when I was fourteen.

I have for the past year taken up interest in swapping art through snail mail. It is a great excuse to create something. I also love the surprises of opening up mail sent by others. I enjoy seeing what others are creating.

In the beginning when I first joined swap-bot, I traded often and diligently. It was very important that I achieve heart rating with every swap I did, as a result swapping became too stressful. Now I only do private swaps. I have since regain my sense of fun with swapping.

My user name is a tribute to my two dogs; Mimi and Nini. And I used to own a PC instead of a Mac.

My dog, Nini's favorite game is fetch. That is, until he discovered an empty toilet paper tube. He was so fascinated by it that he fail to return the fetch item to me. So it occurred to me that I could make the tube into a toy. I stuffed his kibbles into the tube and laid it down on the floor for him to roll around. Now instead of gulping down all his food in 5 seconds, he "played" with his food and has a blast :)



I enjoy playing badminton, a game played extensively in Taiwan. Table tennis is another game I like. I also love hula hooping and jumping rope!


My favorite part of the day is when I walk my two dogs with my family. We immerse ourselves in conversations while soaking up the sun. I have developed an extensive network of trail friends who I run into daily. It makes me feel very popular.


I enjoy crochet AND knitting. As expected I own much yarn and yarn crafting supplies too. I like to crochet small things, and as I have not mastered circular knitting I usually knit flat items. I do like to crochet 3-D amigurumi, a Japanese art form!


I love watercolor and painting. I really enjoy that pastelly, washed out look. Currently, I am practicing drawing faces. I especially like to draw girls, since I feel like I would like to look like that! Sometimes, I draw a face to see what a particular haircut or hairstyle might look on me, and sometimes I draw just for fun.


I have a 30 sq. foot garden edging a pathway. It is one of my favorite places. I am growing poppies, morning glories, beans, pansies, and many other plants. My garden surprises me every day.


I recently got a bunch of vintage clip-on earrings as part of an ephemera variety pack. Suddenly, I was obsessed with them. I use them for earrings, as paper clips and for art sometimes. Would love to receive some...

I Prefer....


I am open to trying all kinds of tea, but I prefer tea from countries other than the US. I also like non-caffeinated tea better. My favorite brand is Teekanne.


I will take all postage stamps as long as they are removed from the backing paper. I especially like foreign country stamps.


I have a button/pin collection, and I take all pins, including campaign buttons.


I do a lot of things with my hands, so I love to see beautiful colors and designs on my nails. I appreciate nail stickers, polish, and emery boards. My nails are very large, so I like large nail art items.


I have very thick hair, so I would like large accessories. I don't especially like scrunchies. I love all hair accessories, though!

Culture I Love

Aside from Taiwan, I am in love with Japan. My favorite food is sushi, especially dragon rolls with eel. I often visit the Japanese garden in my city. They have the most peaceful scenery. I have attended Bonsai society meeting in addition to succulent classes.

Current Color Combo Obsession

My favorite color is pink, which looks really nice with blue! Thus my favorite color combo is blue+pink. One of my sneakers is pink with blue laces. It's my favorite pair.

Private Swaps

I am interested in privately swapping with people I have prior swapping experience with, and met in another swap. Some of my favorite things to receive are junk journals, flipbooks/tag flip, ATC/zine, pocket letters, tags, ephemera/embellishment and dangles/charms/tassels. If you wish to conduct a private swap, just pm me!

Please Don't Send


  • Glitter

  • Offensive Humor

  • Frightening Imagery (skull, skeleton, gothic)

  • Swear Words

Unfortunately, it is right now too hot to send chocolate or meltable sweets.

A - Z of Me

A- ATC, altered books, animal, Alice in wonderland

B- buttons, badminton, baby blue, butterfly, book-binding

C- crochet, corgis, collage, coffee, cooking, charms, canceled stamps.

D- dogs, Daiso, daisy, decoupag, duck

E- ephemera, elephants, eclectic, embellishments, envelopes

F- flowers, fabric, face, flamingo, fall

G- guinea pigs, gnome, gem

H- hair accessories, hummingbirds, handmade

I- iris

J- junk journals, Japan, jade, Jewelry findings for dangles

K- knitting, kiwi, koala

L- lily of the valley, lavender, lace

M- morning glories, marigold, mom, music sheets

N- nasturtium, newspaper, nature

O- Oprah, origami, owls

P- pets, postcards, pins, pefume

Q- quilting, queen

R- roses, reading, retro, rain

S- sewing machine stitched paper or anything sewn, sunflower, Star Wars, seeds, sequins, sari silk, succulents

T- trims, tassels, tea, trinket, tomato, tiger lily, Taiwan, Titanic

U- USA, unique

V- vintage, vellum,’The velveteen rabbit’

W- watercolor, Westie, winter, watercolor

X- Xmas, xenophilic plants

Y- yarn, yoda, yellow

Z- zebra pattern, zippers


Nicola4720 rated for 100 Origami Lucky Stars on Jul 15, 2017
Comment: Wow if I could give you a million hearts for this swap I would. Thank you for an incredible packet, I am so touched. Heading out on holiday this week but keep an eye on your mailbox ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Response: Thank you so much for the sweet comment. I am so happy you like what I sent you. XOXO
Comment: Oh my gosh I wish I could give you more than 1 heart. The journal alone is lovely but all the extra goodies really surprised me. Thank you so so much. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: Thank you, it made me very happy to know you like what I sent you.
MisplacedfromPA rated for April 2017 Journal Swap on Apr 26, 2017
Comment: What a very nice swap. You sent me 2 journals, christmas cards, and daily calender pages I can use on my own creations. I can tell you take great pride in your work. Hopefully we can meet again on swap-bot. Have a great day.
Response: Your kindness will not be forgotten, thank you for the wonderful heart rating. I am glad you are my partner.
Comment: I got my package today!!! It was so much fun looking through all the goodies and you included Graphic 45 💓💓💓💓 The journal you made is so nice and I love the 12 days of Christmas theme. This is going to be one fat book by the the I'm done filling it, lol. The washi is cool and I'm excited to try the lavender green tea. I'm putting the kettle on now...Thank you for the letter, I should be decluttering but probably won't. Have a great day and I hope my package brings you as much joy as yours did to me 😁
Response: Thank you for the sweet words, you are the kind of people that makes swap-bot a fun place. I am so happy you like what I sent and thank you for agreeing to this private swap!
btbeth rated for IS: Altered Journal! USA on Apr 18, 2017
Comment: WOWowoWOW! This is a beautiful journal thank you so very much! I love everything about it. Thank you, also, for all the cool extras you sent along. The wooden animals are super cute!!! I'm sure I can find new uses for all the bracelets, too! - I may make a few woven plant hangers from some of the colorful ones.
Response: Thank you, you have no idea how much your kind words mean to me. I have experienced some difficulties lately, your comment and heart rating truly nourish me. Thank you for being my partner.
drgngirl rated for Altered Journal! on Apr 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the journal and the extras. I honestly don't know what I'll do with all of it! Lol
tiffkay rated for Magpie Journal - Spring 2017 on Apr 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much!! I really love them! I also love all the hello kitty, stickers, and cards and things you sent me!! you truly are a sweetheart! ☺️ Thank you! 🌺 Btw your cover is just fine it's perfect!!
Response: Thank you for the comment and wonderful heart rating. I had a lot of fun preparing your package, thank you for being my partner!
TwistersMom rated for Winter Wonderland Junk Journal on Mar 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely book! I enjoyed reading your letter.. also thank you for the extras! happy swapping
Response: Thank you for the wonderful feedback and the heart rating. I really enjoy the swap, thank you for organizing it.
sewingmistress rated for SKINNY CARD - Lady in a Dress on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: Wow I was amazed at all the delights inside along with a very stylized skinny!!! Thank you so much I wish I could give you one hundred balloons and a marching band!🎇🎉🎆🎁 You're one of the nicest people on swapbot!!!
Response: Thank you for the rating and those very cute pictures in the comment. Your compliment means a lot to me, thank you!
whytewillow rated for IS: Paper Bag Journal on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: What a really beautiful book. I don't think I'll use it, just keep it to look at and enjoy. Thank you for all the extra goodies as well. You made my day. Thanks many times over.
Response: Thank you for the kind words and the heart rating. I am very happy you enjoyed the swap and thank you for joining it.
YooperHill rated for IS: Matchbox! on Feb 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the very nice package!
Response: Thank you for rating so quickly and the heart, I really appreciate it. Thank you also for joining the swap.
georgiafae rated for Old Victorian Junk Journal on Feb 24, 2017
Comment: What a wonderful package I got today from you! It was like Christmas again! Love the journal-the pages and the pretty pictures. Very nicely done. Enjoyed reading the letter about yourself and will enjoy all the lovely extras you sent me. Very nice to meet you and thanks for sharing and being a wonderful swap partner!
Response: Thank you for the wonderful comment and heart rating. I am so happy you enjoy the swap. I had a lot of fun putting it together.
tam2016 rated for February 2017 Journal Swap on Feb 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! The journal was beautiful.
Response: Glad you like it - was very fun to write in :)
kayfay rated for Rainy day swap ☔ on Feb 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great swap! I love the little Harry Potter coloring set and the Frozen UNO is so cute. Looking forward to trying all of these lovely teas!
Response: Thank you for the rating; I'm glad you like my package! Hope you can enjoy them on a rainy day :)
kittymojo rated for Zombie Apocalypse Notes on Feb 8, 2017
Comment: So super cool - your package was so creative.
Response: Thank you for the wonderful heart rating. It was a really fun swap, and I am so glad you like what I sent you.
mnscheu rated for Ugly Bug Ball on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Oh my gosh, what a special package! I was so delighted when I received this. Your letter and invitation were so amazingly creative, and I really hope that there really is a band called Mantis Death Tango out there somewhere!
Response: Thank you for the rating! It was so fun to make the invitation and write the letter :) I also hope so - that would be a great name for a band.
Comment: This was quite an amazing package you sent me and if I could give you 10 hearts I would! You absolutely made my day and I love all the ATCs. Thank you thank you!
Response: I'm glad you like the ATCs! Thank you for allowing me to unleash my creativity. It was lots of fun to make them.
Shiraz rated for IS: Anamalia #2 -USA on Feb 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the whimiscal little guys - very cute. And thanks for the extras. Pearls Before Swine is one of my favorite comic strips!
Response: Thank you for the rating! I'm glad you like my ATCs, they were very fun to draw. Pearls Before Swine is my favorite comic strip too :)
HeideC rated for IS: Kokeshi Creations :) USA on Feb 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Kokeshi ATCs. I agree they are almost meditative to draw. And----How did you know I collect small spoons? I have never mentioned it in my profile! I use them in bowls of spices that I cook with.
Response: Thank you for the heart rating, and joining the swap. I am happy that you like the spoon. I hope we get matched up again.
sweetgypsy rated for IS: Altered Journal on Feb 3, 2017
Comment: Love this little journal you've created for me and it even showed up today on my birthday! I love the dyed paper and the additions you've added to it! The size is perfect too! Thank you so much and for all the extra things you included as well!
Response: Thank you for the heart rating, I am glad you like the swap. Thank you for joining the swap!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 365 30 34
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310 370 0 0
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LizzyJo on Apr 5, 2021:

Thank you for the padded envie stuffed full of goodies. My favorites are the wing die and rubber stamp set, shiny trim, and the Distress Oxide spray. I'm working on your crochet flowers and die cuts.

lvpoohbr2 on Feb 8, 2021:

Oh Ying-ya

I’ll never be able to use all the glue you sent! Lol I’m thinking you used to sell products or something! Anyway thank you so much. I’ll definitely be sharing my good fortune with crafty friends and family! I’m nearly done with your swap. I hope you enjoy what I make you.

Zypdoda on Feb 3, 2021:

Thank you for the goodies! It was so fun opening and seeing all the things you’d picked out for me. Ill get mine out to you this weekend.

lvpoohbr2 on Jan 22, 2021:

Thank you for the amazing and absolutely overwhelming box of goodies. I only hope I can come close to sending you such a box. Take care and thanks again! ❤️

edgetorn on Jan 3, 2019:

Thank you for the generous and thoughtful box of goodies! I'm working on your return swap!

Angie on Nov 10, 2018:

Thank you for the lovely package of goodies. That was unexpected but enjoyable to open!

supersquirrel on Nov 8, 2018:

Thank you so much for the box of super fun items. I'm planning this holiday weekend to be a crafting one so I'll be playing with the goodies you sent. It's going to be fun putting your return box together :). Thanks again!

Angie on Nov 4, 2018:

Hello Ying-ya! Do you have a corgi too? Here is my Snooky. He says hello!

SuZignomeMoM on Oct 22, 2018:

I got the package today and WOWZERS!!!! Now it is my turn and I am studying your profile to get an idea of what will thrill you as much as you have thrilled me.

shinyserra on Oct 20, 2018:

Thank you so much for the fantastic box of goodies! The paint was a real treat especially. I can definitely use that! You are so sweet to put so much thought and care into your package. I will start putting something special together for you. :)

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