Swap-bot Time: May 31, 2023 11:35 am


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: April 22, 2023
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada
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About Me

I'm 50, married, and have a 20-year old daughter and 18-year old son; plus our 20-year old nephew lives with us.

Things I do for my soul: * Send long chatty letters and other happy mail * Art journal * Keep a written journal * Draw * Collage * Watercolor and gouache * Cook and bake * Sew * 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 use a fountain pen as much as possible in it.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Vintage ledger paper
  • Anatomical imagery
  • Anything written in old fountain pen ink
  • 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
  • Vintage wallpaper samples
  • Black/white striped tissue paper like the stuff from Sephora
  • Sketchnotes
  • Make me laugh - the less appropriate the better.
  • Old passports
  • Airmail theme
  • Eco-printed paper
  • Gelli-printed paper
  • Labels, onion-skin paper
  • Skulls (real ones, not sugar skulls)
  • Vintage ink blotter papers
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • 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

Favorite Books

The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch

John Rain series by Barry Eisler

Nowhere Man series by Gregg Hurwitz

John Sandford - anything he writes

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

Currently reading:

Louise Penny

Robin Hobb

Stephen King

Jen Sincero

Thomas King

Also starting The Good Money Revolution by Derrick Kinney, based on a recommendation from Jon Acuff, another favourite

Other favourite authors include Neil Pasricha, Johann Hari, Katherine Ryan, Joy Ellis, David Sedaris, Harlan Coben, Bill Bryson, Glennon Doyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joshilyn Jackson, Jenny Lawson, Robert Galbraith, Sarah Knight, Gretchen Rubin, Max Berry... I could go on all day but that's a good handful of authors I watch for. I enjoy mystery, suspense, police procedurals, a little bit of spicy romance now and then, personal development, fantasy, action/adventure, humour, autobiography, art/craft how-to, and children's books with great illustrations.


Mark63 rated for Vintage Tourist Card #35 on May 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the interesting PC & story. I always enjoy hearing about the local folk law of places pictured on the card. :-)
Comment: Unfortunately not received, sent a message a week ago but it is still unread. Happy to change rating if received
suepier rated for WEEKLY IRPC 4 on May 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard from Niagara Fall and sharing your week with me.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Don't worry that we don't have much in common with interests. Part of the fun of reading is finding new stuff!
Comment: Ooooooh this envelope is wonderful! Thank you for all the amazing vintage treasures, I will certainly (hoard), I mean, ENJOY using them :))) Yes, I think we are sympatico art-y people, I actually did join fodder school #2 and it's great although I wish I had more time to actually do many of the projects......that darn job...takes so much of my creative time....but I do watch most of the videos and try bits and pieces if not the full project when I have time. PS, your handwriting is so pretty.
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies!
Comment: I loved everything! Thank you
theprairiemailbox rated for OIC: March Highlights Card on Apr 12, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the card, I'm happy your trip didn't get totally ruined by the weather!
HausOfImps rated for OO: Dream Journal Postcards #2 on Apr 3, 2023
Comment: Love the cassette postcard, thank you! Really fascinating dream. The locations seem like they reveal a lot about you! I wonder why it's recurring, what do you make of it?
Comment: Hello dear Shelley! Wow . . . thank you so much for the amazing match-a-stamp--you matched it EXACTLY! Love that you used a black base--very unique. Thanks, also for that lovely package of vintage ephemera--what a generous goodie! I had such fun looking through it all. Wonderful swap!
Comment: How adorable is the pig paper you used :-) Thank you for the note cards, stickers (assorted) and gnome memo paper. Everything so very nice.
Comment: Thank you for all the beautiful items you sent me, I will use every bit of it!
Comment: Thank you for the songs and associated memories! So nice to read! :)
Comment: Thank you for the recommendation. They look amazing
luluvision rated for AMA: Doodle Bomb 23 on Mar 15, 2023
Comment: OH MY GOSH! Well, of course I love what you did! And I'm reading your lovely note on the back and see that you said that you moved! And I said holy crap-you know why? BECAUSE I FINALLY WROTE YOU BACK AND SENT YOU A LETTER TO YOUR OLD ADDRESS IN FEBRUARY!! of course! LOL. I hope you still get it!! oxox
Response: BAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA! I'm sure it will arrive safe and sound. It takes a little longer now because they will forward it, but I'm pretty sure I'll still get it. I'll keep you posted! : )
evanselli rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #36 on Mar 3, 2023
Comment: Oh my what a great swap, I love everything you sent. I can’t thank you enough, I wish I could give you a hundred hearts. It really put a smile on my face.😊❤️❤️❤️

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Happy April 1st!!! xx

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I’m so happy you liked the things I sent you in the VES Switch it up-swa. Let me know if you want to do a private swap, there’s many more envelopes waiting here 😀

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