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Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: April 1, 2020
Birthday: April 28
Country: United States
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About Me

Working my way back to the 'bot for Springtime, and mitigating the effects of isolation through connection ♥

Hello. Welcome to my profile. My name is Phillaine. I live with my sweetheart and our two (magic!) hypoallergenic Siberian cats in a city that's pretty great as far as cities go. My heart's home is in the North Woods, and I aspire to build a tiny cabin to incorporate into our woodland adventures at the family homestead. At the same time, I am very happy to be living in my first-ever (rental) HOUSE which is charming and wonderful and crooked and a century old and in need of lots of love, which I supply with great enthusiasm.

I LOVE to be outside: my happiness is directly tied to the amount of time I spend outdoors. I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to do work in the yard any and all times that the weather is fine, and I'll never come close to running out of things to do. Also, I'm fortunate to live near an enormous wilderness area which I'm eager to explore.

My current focus is on creating an environment and lifestyle that will support my health and growth. Thank you for joining me here and taking the time to peruse my thoughts :)


Things I Enjoy Doing (verbs!)
reading, exploring, traveling, making things (so many things!), planning, being spontaneous (yes, both), making lists, solving problems, visiting with people, being outdoors, taking photos, gardening, baking, cooking, painting, embroidery, crocheting, sewing, paper crafting (e.g. collage, stationery, envelopes and mailers, pocket letters, flipbooks), customizing and photographing Blythe dolls, carving rubber stamps, preparing and sending happy mail by post, writing fairly brief letters and occasional journal entries, solving sudoku and jigsaw puzzles (though I never buy them), playing games like Scrabble, Boggle, Huggermugger, Taboo, Scattergories, Tetris, Alhambra, Arkham Horror, and Skyrim, cuddling up with my kitties while watching shows and working on and/or coming up with ideas for more projects. I am in absolutely no danger of running out of projects. ;)

Things which Interest me (nouns!)
Many sorts of art, literature, and music, folk tales, fairy tales, myths, and legends, intriguing illustrations, thunderstorms, Autumn, Spring, cats of all kinds, wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (some favorite plants include oak, maple, birch, boxwood, and willow trees, iris, poppies, pansies, columbines, lilies, morning glories, bachelor buttons, clover, bluebells, and magnolias), botanical gardens, orchards, vegetable gardens, rainbows, mischievous fairies, phoenixes, cryptozoology, dinosaurs, TARDIS, Totoro and his umbrella, semi-precious stones and fossils (like spectrolite, moonstone, onyx, ammolite, etc.), sea glass, trains, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles and penny-farthings, clocks, mechanisms, typewriters, strawberries, raspberries, Blythe, photography, many things that are considered "strange," "peculiar," or "dark," I find interesting and sometimes beautiful.

Five Senses
I love ALL of these colors:

Some favorites are autumnal tones, black/greys, All kinds of blues, turquoise, reds, greens, purples-- I do tend to be drawn to more deep, earthy, or rich colors and don't do much with many pastels or neon/day-glo colors.
I especially enjoy ways that colors transform in combination with one another.

Some favorite sounds are rain on a metal rooftop, a crackling wood-burning fire, the sound of lighting a wooden match and the sound of the flame being extinguished by a breath, the songs of crickets and coquis, and the indescribable calm experienced while parasailing.

Some of my favorite flavors/scents are: genuine maple syrup and vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, and clover; I adore the flavors and, accordingly, the aromas of garlic and curry. I'm crazy about the smell of coffee beans, but can't drink coffee. My favorite scents that are definitely NOT for eating are probably the smell of a wood-burning fire, a forest after rain, and certain cats (the smell reminds me of my grandma's house and our visits there). No eating fire, forests, or kitties.

The cool stone faces of cliffs and canyons, the feel of my hands working through soil and stones or sorting through big bins of buttons, seeds, grain, or other smooth things, cozy homemade quilts of cotton, and the feeling of modal fabrics are all extremely soothing and comforting to me.


Too many to mention! Like I said, I collect myths, folk tales, fairy tales, and legends. Those are my favorites. I have a great fascination with and passion for children's literature. I especially adore Le Petit Prince and The Neverending Story, and reread Heidi and the Little House books every so often when nostalgia attacks ♥. Some favorite fairy tales (off the top of my head) include The White Cat, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Blockhead Hans, and Hansel and Gretel; I'm always in search of stories where the girls and women are clever and play active roles rather than being basically powerless victims who are "saved" by a man. I'd love to hear your recommendations!

As for "grown-up" books, I like interesting fiction that features unique characters and storytelling (my favorite I can think of off-hand is Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut), quirky old books on things like etiquette and education, "vintage," unusual, and vegan cookbooks (I'm not vegan, but am allergic to milk, so this helps). I also enjoy modern nonfiction, especially cultural anthropology and self-help/psychology books (e.g. Blink by Malcom Gladwell and The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker) as well as books on mindfulness and meditation (e.g. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh).

Music, Movies, and Television

Johnny Cash, Regina Spektor, Madeleine Peyroux, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Elvis, Tom Waits, The Ramones, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Joan Jett, Mika, Mumford and Sons, Trampled by Turtles, Flight of the Conchords, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Patsy Cline, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Led Zeppelin, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Sting, U2, Cher (mostly in person--she's a delightful entertainer), Lady Gaga...I enjoy a wide variety of music. I get nostalgic and a little homesick (in a good way) when I listen to the old Grand Ole Opry Country Classics and Blues and Bluegrass and Folk music. ♥

Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Amélie, The Apartment, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Heathers, The Nomi Song, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, The Amazing Screw-on Head, My Neighbor Totoro, The Skeleton Key, Best in Show, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers (original version), The Triplets of Belleville, Dallas Buyers Club, Blast From the Past, Sweeny Todd, The Wedding Singer, Despicable Me, Wreck it Ralph, The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

Dr. Who, Schitt's Creek, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Bones, Charmed, Arrested Development, Hannibal, Grace & Frankie, The Blacklist, Leverage, The Wire, Breakout Kings, Orange is the New Black, Wentworth, House, Pushing Daisies, Once Upon a Time, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Community, RuPaul's Drag Race, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, House Hunters, Fixer-Upper, Property Brothers, Love it or List it, all sorts of HGTV shows. I also enjoy documentaries. Lately, I've been especially enjoying The Great British Baking Show. BAKE!

Yes, Please! and No, Thanks!

Yes Please! (also refer to interests):
I have a great appreciation for things which are both useful and beautiful.

  • fun kitchen tools, potholders, swedish dishcloths, etc.
  • handmade bookmarks, coasters, cotton pillowcases, cotton/bamboo/acrylic scarves (allergic to wool), or a word for my word wall (please sign your artwork) would be lovely
  • I would also be very happy to receive a pocket letter, flipbook, or ATC made by you!
  • Your mail art always makes me smile ♥
  • Please send me your own personal tried-and-loved dairy-free recipes ♥
  • Anything on my Amazon or Etsy favorites lists, or things inspired by them
  • stationery--I LOVE stationery, especially letter sets, homemade envelopes and any other colorful/interesting envelopes in mailable sizes, decorative adhesive or gummed labels, and anything made with a letterpress
  • art journal goodies (any brand or good quality homemade is great)
  • nice quality ATC backgrounds (I use these in pocket letters and flipbooks--I can never have too many!)
  • stickers and rub-on transfers: I only use the flat ones, and I enjoy a large variety. As I'm currently exploring mandala-making, groups of 4 or 8 of the same image are especially appreciated
  • washi tape sample cards with a theme (all red, all metallic, cats, floral, etc.)
  • rings or necklaces in any color metal but gold, especially filigree, enameled, and/or natural stones
  • charms
  • pendants
  • stones or crystals
  • information on natural healing (the healing properties of plants, reiki, accupressure, etc.)
  • anything forest related: wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (see "interests" section)
  • uncommon and interesting quotes
  • stamps, cut-outs, stickers, stationery, etc. with the following words/phrases: "enjoy," "explore," "hello," "surprise" or "surprise inside," "wish" or "make a wish," "happy mail"
  • original "vintage" advertisements, seed packet images or botanical illustrations ♥
  • cool old playing cards with the colorful drawings/paintings on the backs ♥
  • I enjoy traditional (not Disney or cartoonish) fairy tale themed items, especially uncommon and/or beautifully illustrated fairy tales ♥
  • unused US postage stamps of any denomination: I have a special fondness for older (out of print) postage stamps which I can still use to send mail! ♥
  • ANYTHING from Paper Source, Now Designs kitchen goodies, or pouches/bags from BlueQ would be an absolute delight ♥
  • pigma micron pens (LOVE these!) ♥
  • Since my planner literally got flooded (severe water damage), I've started a bullet journal, which is working very well for me. I like that I can easily personalize it to meet my changing needs. The only things I need for it are a black pigma micron pen (I've been using a 01 for daily entries) and colored pencils (I can always use more of those!), and I don't really use planner stickers/decorations.
  • playing card jokers
  • DMC embroidery floss ♥
  • little embroidery hoops or frames ♥
  • scraps/pieces of good-quality felt to use in little sewing projects
  • scissors! any and all, especially pretty, fun, quirky or unique
  • letter openers
  • glass, stone, or glazed ceramic pony beads and strong waxed cord-- I have had trouble finding these, but like to use them to make "fidgets" for folks to help alleviate anxiety and improve concentration, focus, and ability to be present
  • any fun things having to do with my other interests

I'm always looking to swap for wishlist items, tools and supplies I'd like for my studio and current projects, and interesting unused U.S. postage stamps I can incorporate into mail art. If you're interested in setting up a private swap, please contact me via PM.

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No thanks:

Please don't send me anything involving violence or gore, political or religious things (spiritual/inspirational=fine, just not religious), or any food or beverage items, makeup, or other personal care items (unless it's something specifically on my Etsy or Amazon wishlist). Thank you.

As for the following things, I simply don't care for them and don't have any use for them:

touristy postcards, small fabric scraps, fake or dyed feathers, kids' craft supplies, foam, puffy, or "3D" stickers, sequins, glitter, bling, items that are frilly, over-the-top cutesy, "country," Americana,"glam/fashionista," sports, wedding, or baby-themed

Most importantly, please don't send me anything smelling of smoke, mildew, or strong perfumes (I have allergies). Thanks!

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and learn a little bit about me and what I like. It really means a lot to me to know you put such thought and care into your parcels; it makes them personal and meaningful rather than simply transactional. It's the difference that can totally make someone's day. I always read the profiles of my partners for this reason; it's one of my favorite things about swap-bot. So, thanks again! ♥

Keeping Track

This section is where I keep notes on outstanding swaps/tags/wishes/RAKs/WTAs to make sure everything arrives safely; I always send my swaps on time and try to rate as soon as I can after receiving from my partners.

PLEASE contact me before rating if you haven't received from me or the envelope is damaged; I'm happy to re-send if something gets lost or torn up in the post.


April Wishes Sent

A Wish Granted (USA)

CPG Wish List

Make a Wish


Wonderful Wishes

RAKs and surprises pending arrival:

Outstanding Swaps:

Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:


luluvision rated for USA: Puzzle Collaboration #8 on Feb 22, 2020
Comment: Yay! Your resend has made it through! Thank you so much! It's so pretty! It's perfect for looking forward to spring! I appreciate you explaining the method you used, too! Thank you for the pig stationery-so cute! Depending on my mood, maybe I'll pass it on to my daughter since she loves pigs or maybe I'll use it for myself! LOL Thank you for resending!
Response: You're very welcome! It ended up being a good chance to try something totally different, and I'm happy you like the result. As for the pigs, I mean, how can you not smile when you look at that? :)
Rosa1 rated for WIYM: 20 Goals for 2020 on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Awesome list of goals ~ happy new year!!
Response: Thank you. Happy 2020 to you, too! ♥
Comment: Update Honey, after long weeks of waiting-time, your re-send is finally there, gr8 joy indeed - just wow and many thanks for every single item incl. Your stamps left all unmarked, hoping to return them to you soon... With seasonal reagards - best wishes for 2020!
Response: It's a shame the first didn't arrive, but I'm very happy you like the second batch of goodies. ♥ Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! ♥
Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely envelope. I adore the address labels and the hot air balloon stamps - so pretty! I'm looking forward to doing the smaller colouring pieces and using those awesome hedgehog stickers. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Response: Thank you for your sweet note. I'm happy you like your treats! 😊
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH! I loved everything about this swap - the adorably decorated pink envie, postage, and stickers inside!! Thank you so very much!!!
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for your sweet note. ♥
Comment: Thank you so much, Phillaine! I love the stamps and Ace of Diamonds cards! Such a fun swap! I love these swaps! They are so fun to do! Have a great weekend! xx Gabi
Comment: Thank you so much, dear Phillaine, for this lovely addition to my collection! This die is absolutely stunning - I never had a 30-sided-one. It's really heavy and came in a super cute box. I'm blown away! Thank you for this very special gift! <3 I'm so happy to be back on the bot and back in touch with wonderful people like you.
Comment: WOW! Thanks for this brilliant use of washi tape to make this house ATC! I never would have guessed, if you hadn't told me. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bluesky rated for PBS: Profile-Based Sticker Swap on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: ....made for a happy kiddo and stickers all over 😁 thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the very sweet needle book! I love the colors you chose & the care you took in making it. The little strawberry applique & the owl fabric are especially adorable!
Comment: Colors held up beautifully!
Response: I'm so glad! I'll have to try this technique again, then. :)
weatherwax rated for WIYM: Annual Mail Call Swap 2019 on Nov 4, 2019
Comment: Wow Phillaine, what a wonderful envelope!! Thank you so much for a fabulous and thoughtful swap. Everything is profilebased and delightful. I loove every single bit. I really do :) Your note, those stickers :), all the fab cut outs and envelopes. You really made my day. Thank you!! (Did I mention your envelope. I love it!!)
Response: Thank you!! ♥ Now you made my day!
sweetgypsy rated for USA Puzzle Collaboration #6 on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely puzzle piece, sticker and postage stamps!! :)
Response: You're welcome! :)
Jafferty rated for WIYM: Annual Mail Call Swap 2019 on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the exceptional package you put together! I love it all! Owl/book stamp, library cards, book pins, and the Indie Bookstore map! You did a wonderful job and deserve more than one heart! Thank you very much! Happy in St Paul!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy it made you happy!! 😊📚
jeka396 rated for WIYM ~ My Halloween - USA Only on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your letter! I especially enjoyed hearing about all the costumes! Also thanks for the Halloween stationery!
Response: 🦇You're welcome! I hope you had a happy Halloween! 🕸️
Comment: Hello Phillaine and thank you for a great swap! I love everything about it.. the turquoise, maritime themed envelope with all the super stamps to the contents of the envelope. I cannot wait to start making the artistamps, my fingers are twitching, LOL. Thank you too for the gorgeous vellum envelope with its contents.. I will be able to use absolutely everything. And your note.. so friendly and chatty. Once again, thank you for a great swap and enjoy your "hibernation"!
Response: Thank you! I'm so happy you like everything. I had a lot of fun putting it together for you, and would LOVE to see your artistamps if you share images anywhere. ♥
Comment: Thank you so much for a great envelope. I like everything. Best wishes from Connecticut!))
Response: You're welcome! It was a lot of fun putting together the "outer space" theme for you. :)
Comment: Thanks for the stunning Mr. Zip envie with your wonderful hand carved label and perfect postage, and for sharing some of those labels with me. Stamp carving is one of those endeavors I keep promising myself I'll try. You're an inspiration!
Response: Thank you for your kind words. I would really like to carve more; I enjoy it a lot but never think to do it. A happy wintertime craft, so maybe we'll both have fun with it soon. 🙂 Have a lovely day!
Comment: Wow! Beautiful rainbow washi and lovely note. Thank you!
Response: 🌈Thank you! ♥ I'm happy you like it.🌈
Comment: Oh Em Gee! I loved your Mr. zip envelope, and I’m really glad you enjoy the swaps! I will say, thank you so much for the cacti stamps, they are one of my absolute favorites! and the Canadian United States animals are so cute. Hope you have a lovely day! ❤️📮🥰
Response: Thank you! Your sweet message really brightened up my day. 🌼

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phillaine on Mar 24, 2020:

mchesser12 on Jan 17, 2020:

Thank you for the Minnie Mouse cup from RAK December drawings.

phillaine on Nov 18, 2019:

hollycm6 on Nov 3, 2019:

I don't think I thanked you for the holly postage!!! How fun... I've got them set aside to use on a special letter next month!!!

susieq11 on Nov 1, 2019:

Yes!!! 🥰🐩

susieq11 on Oct 31, 2019:

Thanks for letting me know! I ordered that book and one other!! : )

Heirloom on Oct 30, 2019:

susieq11 on Oct 29, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome NYC stickers!!! I have never seen these and they are so cool! Pretty envelope too! Thank you for thinking of me for October’s Make A Wish - you always make me smile! : D

shtrqueen on Oct 28, 2019:

Thank you so much for the alphabets, labels and the adorable snail mail stickers for Make a Wish - October. I've been looking for snail mail stickers - so this was a lovely surprise!

lindseyjae on Oct 28, 2019:

Hello! Thank you so much for the CPG october wish!! I love the snail mail labels, so so cute & thoughtful !! Thanks for sending to me!

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