Swap-bot Time: August 14, 2020 12:19 pm


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: August 13, 2020
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada

About Me

I'm 47, married, and have a 17-year old daughter and 15-year old son.

Things I do for my soul: * Send long chatty letters and other happy mail * Art journal * Keep a written journal * Draw * Collage * Cook and bake * Sew, mostly quilting * Garden

Favorite Crafts

I sketch, art journal, make mail art, keep a written journal, and I also paint with acrylics and watercolours. I'm trying my hand at illustration lately too. I have several favourite thrift shops where I pick up vintage papers and fabrics and all kinds of stuff that makes me happy and find their way into my work. My daily journal is a Seven Seas blank book filled with Tomoe River paper and I'm still tweaking how I use it.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Doodles and sketches (yours, someone else's, something you found on the ground at the bus stop...)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Cassette tape imagery / mix tape
  • Old skeleton keys
  • x-rays
  • Blueprints
  • The unusual, the weird, the inappropriate
  • Interesting obituaries
  • Rub-ons
  • Sketchnotes
  • Cigar labels
  • Make me laugh - the less appropriate the better.
  • Superhero stuff (especially Wonder Woman and Batman)
  • Paper goods: envelopes, notecards, Cavallini paper goods and stickers, labels, onion-skin paper
  • Cirque du Soleil style
  • Skulls (real ones, not sugar skulls)
  • Octopuses (octopi?)
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • Colorful or unusual salvaged postage stamps
  • Graffiti
  • Magazine articles that grabbed you so much that you just had to share with someone (share with me!)
  • Steampunk
  • Washi tape, especially if it features numbers or letters
  • Typewriters & typewritten stuff
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Collage stuff - interesting pictures, bits of typography, patterns, textures, anything you think is too nice to throw out
  • Daily ephemera - I use these in my journal, and don't worry if it's got a footprint or other sign of use on it. If you think it looks cool, then I probably will too.
  • Vintage ephemera yummm
  • Stationery for writing letters
  • Personal, chatty letters
  • Favourite colour is orange; but I also love neutral palettes; or colourful things; or analogous colours (side by side on the colour wheel); or complementary colours (across from each other). Yep. I like colour.

What People Say About Me

***Disclaimer: these may have been taken completely out of context. "You write like a serial killer." - April, 2015 "Your letter had just the right amount of cock." - August, 2015


zeroeoj rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies #3 on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: Shelley, Thank you so much for the fun variety of goodies! I love the Braille page that will be fun to work with and all the fun stuff. I hope all is well in Canada, you all seem to be doing it right,. best, Joe.
Comment: Thank you very much for your gorgeous swap. I love every single piece you sent me <3
weatherwax rated for SSM: Mail art supply envelope #3 on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for a beautiful swap! Your Mailart and your lovely bundle of paperlove are so thoughtful and fabulous! I love everything, but that you even found a Quentin Blake-stamp made my day!!! Thank you :) :)
letterstoivy rated for Dear Diary #3 on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Shelley, sending you lots of love
Comment: I just have to say that this SOC letter was AMAZING. Can’t tell you how many times I was reading and just thought “YESSSSS I FEEL YOU!” Well except for chicken alfredo, I’m much more of a red sauce kinda gal. Also, I may have ran my hands over the crinkly paper a few times myself because it feels so cool (I write really heavy and do that to all my papers so it’s nice to be on the receiving end 🤪). The notecards you sent were perfect, thank you for including!! And....don’t forget to talk to Neil about those 3D printed bookbinding/cutting rulers.
Comment: Thank you so very much for the amazing letter and all of the included goodies
mb58ca rated for OIC: Back of the Postcard on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Shelley, thanks for the book reports on the back of the postcard. I just may read some of them. And I love the quote, too ;)
Comment: I loved the postage stamps you used and the little folder you tucked your letter into! Many thanks! :)
brooklynbunch rated for Fat Snail Mail Swap #3 on Mar 25, 2020
Comment: So many cool goodies--thank you! Time to get working on my ATCs. I'm finding so many treasures in your package. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Comment: I LOVE it! That faux snakeskin is so cool!!! And the buttons! It actually inspired my mom to make some pillow covers for some pillows she has! Thank you so much! Hope you are healthy and happy :)
Nuisant rated for De stash swap #8 on Mar 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies! I love everything that you have sent and will find some good uses for these in my crafts <3
DuhBe rated for RSS: Sew an Envelope! on Mar 12, 2020
Comment: your fabric envelope was perfectly made and I love it! Thanks for the goodies inside, everything was so special. Enjoyed the letter too.
Comment: I enjoyed your letter so much! It sounds like we are a lot alike in several ways! I would love to write back! It maybe a little bit but I will. I will love adding the postcards to my collection, too! We went to Niagara Falls for our honeymoon 27 years in June! See ya in the mail soon!
Response: Sounds great, I look forward to it!!
Comment: Thank you for your honest letter and the lovely extras! :)
Lablauri57 rated for 2020 Year of Penpals: February! on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your letter.
McAnaraks rated for AMA: February Sender's Choice on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelope and the great German book pages, I will use them for sure. Can I ask, did you paint the bird on the card? And great stamps, thanks.
bblue rated for IU : SOC Jan 2019 on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you! Too bad about the ink colour, but otherwise the letter was quite nice looking.
lou rated for Mr. Zip : Welcome swap/Hello #5: 2018 on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Oh Shelley! Loved your long letter and all the fun things you sent - great swap, thank you!!
Comment: So awesome Shelley!!! I love your style!
shinyserra rated for Long Letter Pen Pal (World Wide) on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and the Honda emblem! I was so pleasantly surprised to see that! It will fit nicely into some sort of mixed media art.

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RareBlue on Apr 14, 2017:

No worries at all! I am trying to keep up with Write_On this month, if I owed you a letter I would be all over that 💩.

RareBlue on Apr 5, 2017:

Pssssst. Do I owe you a letter? Or were you absconded by the minions devoted to the Goddess of Canning?

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