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About Me

I am grateful for my swap-bot friends and thank you all for helping me to feel connected to the world this past year. Every letter you sent or time you reached out made my life better. Thank you!

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. ♥

The Addams Family • Addams Family Values • Amélie • The Apartment • Batman Returns • Beetlejuice • Best in Show • Blast From the Past • Clue • Coco • Coraline • The Dark Knight • Death Becomes Her • Despicable Me • Django Unchained • Edward Scissorhands • The Fantastic Mr. Fox • The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound • The Goonies • Harold and Maude • Heathers • Hocus Pocus • Isle of Dogs • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle • Knives Out • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra • A Mighty Wind • Moana • My Big Fat Greek Wedding • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 • My Neighbor Totoro • The Neverending Story • The Nightmare Before Christmas • O Brother, Where Art Thou? • Parasite • The Princess Bride • The Producers (1967) • Quigley Down Under • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion • The Shawshank Redemption • Sing • The Skeleton Key • Stand By Me • The Triplets of Belleville • Up • The Wedding Singer • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) • The Witches (1990) • Wreck it Ralph • X-Men • Young Frankenstein • Zootopia

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, so they'd be better saved for someone who will appreciate them:

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

I can't use anything made of wool (fabric, felt, yarns, etc.) because it makes me SUPER itchy. :(

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! ♥


Hello, everyone!

I just made a chart with the new USPS postage rates to print out on an index card, and thought I'd share. Feel free to copy, print, and distribute however you like.

Happy Mailing!
♥ Phillaine

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.


February Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

RAKs Only

Wonderful Wishes

January Wishes Sent

Make a Wish

Wonderful Wishes

RAKs and surprises pending arrival:

surprise for @LahDeeDah sent 2/24

Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:


Comment: Let me start with - OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! The patch you made me is so amazing!!! I am absolutely in love with it. Instead of putting it in my pile, I am going to frame it and put it on my wall! An embroidered dragon - I'm in love. Thank you so much for making me something so special! A big Aloha
Response: This makes me so happy!!! ♥ Thank you for loving it, and for your kind words. I'd never quite been able to find you a dragon *anything* I liked very much, and when I saw this pattern, I knew it was for you. I hope it continues to bring you joy every time you see it.
BusyB rated for N&T: Lucky Charms - RED on Feb 21, 2021
Comment: Wow, this awesome swap arrived so quickly! Ahhhmazing! And what a sweet envelope to receive inside and out. I love the strawberry patch and your strawberry memo note you enclosed. Very thoughtful of you to use fray check on edges of the squares. Oh the pretty vintage red rose postage on the envie! Thank you very much, love my swap and can't wait to play! Hope you are doing well. ❤️
Response: Thank you, Bonnie. Your sweet comment made my day! ♥ I'm well and warm and cozy, and hope you're the same. p.s. I am crazy 'bout the strawberries!
dmarie rated for CPG Spring 2021 Decorated Envie - US on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: I love how you decorated the envie and there were so many fun goodies to use... Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you, and you're welcome! I'm happy you like it. ♥
Alishab rated for N&T: Heart to Heart (USA Only) on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. The heart is beautiful - it's on my fridge now. :)
Response: You're welcome, and thank you! I'm happy you like it. 💗
Comment: Thanks so much for the Etsy gift! I LOVE the washi you picked out for me and will put it to good use. :-). Stay safe! 🌷🌷🌷
Response: You're welcome--such vibrant colors on that one! Thanks for hosting another fun swap. :) You take care as well. ♥
isandie rated for N&T: Textile Amulet II on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: ITS BEAUTIFUL!!! I love this so much!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! 🐝🐝🐝
Response: ♥♥♥!!! You just made my day. I was reeeeealllly hoping you'd like it. :) Thank you so much!
Comment: I'm amazed!!! I think i will start collecting unique bookmarks, this is my second but favorite one! Thank you :D
Response: Thank you so much! ♥ That makes me happy. It was my first time cross-stitching and also the first time stitching any kind of book mark, come to think of it! I wish I'd taken a photo before sending it off, I can't remember what it looked like now, just the colors and that I put hearts on it--LOL! Thank you for joining my swap. ♥
Stargazer008 rated for What Will You Read? Winter 2020 on Dec 28, 2020
Comment: You really made my day. Thank you so much for your wonderful letter and the really pretty book related extras. I have to admit I only know the movie of the Unendliche Geschichte I have never read the book. The only book I have read by Michael Ende was Momo. But I am impressed that you might read it in German! WOW. Right now I am reading Transcription by Kate Atkinson, perfect for a grey day under a cosy blanket. And now have a nice evening.
Response: Thank you for your lovely note! ♥ I actually have Momo on my wishlist, but haven't read it yet. I'm putting it on my "to read" list for this year. I read "The Night of Wishes" by him last New Year's Eve (English translation), which was just perfect timing, so I might start that one tonight. :)
jamicam rated for Handmade Envelopes - December 2020 on Dec 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the envelopes and labels/seals. I will definitely be using these for upcoming swaps! I also loved the envelope you mailed the swap in - so pretty!
Response: Thank you! ♥
Comment: Oh my golly! These are amazing. I love love love them! And the thoughtfulness is obvious, and truly appreciated. 💖 (it just arrived on the weekend... took forever and a day to get here! What's up with that these days?!)
Response: I'm so glad it finally arrived!! I was worried that it had gotten lost and wouldn't find its way to you. :) I had a lot of fun making them for you (totally new kind of project for me), and I hope you'll enjoy using them in your journals or other crafty pursuits. Thanks for joining my swap. ♥
kromo rated for CPG Blackout Poetry HMPC - US only on Nov 2, 2020
Comment: I love the poem and the postcard. Thank you.
Response: Thank you! ♥ I'm happy you like it.
Comment: Love everything about this. Handmade envelopes are an extra special touch.
Response: ♥ Thank you! ♥
Comment: OMG!!! What a wonderful & Happy Mail! I love it!! Never had received a pocket letter like this and with so many goodies! Thanks you! Love it, love it, love it! ❤️ I'll definitly look for Prism of starlings. Thanks again. Wish you a cozy autumn and a wonderful week ✨ Love, Inês
Response: ♥♥♥! Thank you for your kind words. A very happy and cozy Autumn to you as well. ♥
paperlover rated for Halloween sticker pocket letter on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Halloween pocket letter & extras.
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Hi Phillaine, Thanks for the stickers. I see we like some of the same moves. I love Hocus Pocus. Happy Fall/Halloween!
Response: You're welcome. Happy Halloween-times!
knitterofhats rated for Just one thing! on Oct 4, 2020
Comment: These alpaca socks are so soft and lovely. I know they will keep my feet warm on our camping trip in December. Happy Fall!
Response: I'm glad you like them, and hope they're nice and cozy. Happy camping! ♥
Comment: Your vintage halloween envelope was too pretty to open...but I forced myself 😄. Thank you for the fun envelope you made for me to use and also for all the halloween ephemera - so fun!
Response: ♥ Thank you for your sweet comment. I'm happy it made you smile. 🎃
Eulegirl rated for A smile for ya! on Sep 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the stickers in the cute smile envie!
Response: You're welcome! :)
Comment: Thank you for the Autumn poem. I agree I’ve been in the mood lately too.
Response: You're welcome. Feeling October-ish all September here. Happy official Autumn!

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kiddomerriweather on Feb 25, 2021:

Haha! That Beetlejuice/Bob's Burgers pin is too cute! Love it!

susieq11 on Feb 25, 2021:

🐩🐩 THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I loooove my wishes from WW and MAW! I love to get all the poodles. I’m the crazy poodle lady after all, ha ha! The washi is so adorable and that pin! Going on my zipper bag immediately! It has been a nice week here. Sun several days (!) and much milder temps. Definitely needed a break from the bitter cold and snow all month. Yes, I would use those tags for sure : ) Thank you again! You are always so kind and generous. It’s always very appreciated and you made me so happy today! Hugs to you! xoxo

hamsterfarm on Feb 23, 2021:


Welcome to Yarn addicts!

Heirloom on Feb 13, 2021:

tcornell on Feb 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Valentine's Day envie, I love what you've enclosed ♥♥♥ January WW

Kirkdebb on Feb 9, 2021:

I was so excited when my profile surprise came! It is wonderful! I absolutely love the sea turtle fabric! I'm going to make a face mask with it! Thank you soon much!

dartha on Feb 9, 2021:

MAW - January: Thank you so very much for the wonderful happy planner stickers - I can't wait to use them and make my planner way cooler. Thank you so much for your generosity!!!! darla

LadyJo on Feb 9, 2021:

Thank you @Phillaine for the awesome Happy Mail items for WW wishes January! Oh I will love using these to brighten up envies.

fishsteak on Feb 9, 2021:

Thanks so much for the adorable Ghibli stickers for January Wonderful Wishes! They’re so cute!

mejulia on Feb 8, 2021:

Thank you so much for the great envelope of Christmas goodies from the RAK group. I will sure enjoy using them.

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