Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2020 1:30 pm


Date Joined: February 23, 2020
Last Online: September 22, 2020
Birthday: January 27
Country: United States
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♥ Hello there!

I'm Shelli Quinn, the maker at Shelli Makes Studio. Mom to four grown sons, I live with my MFT husband plus two cats, Tilly the wonder dog, and a society finch in beautiful northern California, where I've made whimsical works of paper, fabric, and fluff in my cozy home studio since 2004.

♥ Today & yesterday

Papercraft is my obsession these days. I especially love chubby, layered, textural junk journals stuffed with journaling cards, tuck spots, and tags. My favorite papercraft themes, both to make and receive, include:

  • Nature: botanicals (flowers, herbs, plants, leaves, trees), mushrooms, birds, nests, woodland creatures, earthy aesthetics, organic color palettes, etc.

  • Jane Austen, England, the Regency era, & tea

  • Dark / odd / cryptic / gothic / witchy / Halloween-y / unusual

  • Nantucket / Cape Cod / Martha's Vineyard / east coast preppy aesthetic / eastern shore

I particularly love anything naturally dyed and/or textured. Hand carved stamps (linocuts), print making, and learning Procreate on my iPad, are recent interests, too.

In the past, I traded hand-drawn and collaged ATCs at the juried site IllustratedATCs. A co-moderator, I also contributed to the site's "Art Trader" zine. Compiling, designing, editing, and publishing a book of member-created art ("Color: A Collaborative Perspective") was a highlight achievement; you can still find it on Amazon and LuLu.com. I also belonged to IATC's sister site, ATCsforAll. These days, in addition to trading on SwapBot, I'm also a member in good standing at several FB swap groups. I've swapped altered envelopes; pocket letters; journal charms; paper clip tassels; "supplies"; and junk journals (among other delicious papery things) there.

Since 2004, I’ve run a creative home business making original, one of a kind, mohair teddy bears for adult collectors, doing business first as Potbelly Bears and later as Shelli Makes. I'm on unofficial hiatus from bear making for a few years now (thanks tendinitis, #not), but I don't think they're out of my system just yet.

A few years back, I dove deep into natural soapmaking, including creating original recipes for the essential oils I used to scent them. I also made mouse ear headbands for Disney fans like me. And speaking of Disney... I'm a former Annual Pass holder (Disneyland) and pin collector. My biggest pin collections include: Nightmare Before Christmas, Snow White, Merida/Brave, Tinkerbell, and pie-eyed (old style) Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

♥ Things I love

moons & stars • "Amelie" • birds • Jane Austen & the Regency era • woodland themes • illustrated children’s books • nature • Halloween • upcycling, thrifting, & flea markets • travel • the fantasy art of Brian Froud • slow, grounded, hygge living • the 1920's (flappers) • forests • preppy eastern shore aesthetic (Nantucket, Cape Cod, etc.) • bob haircuts • Mori Girl aesthetic • period costume dramas • photography • SoulCollage™ • shades of warm green • English Breakfast tea • farmer's markets • ravens & crows • mermaids & undines (not Ariel) • bright poppies • rusty metal • Laika animation • Edith Holden botanical book pages • Mary Blair's Disney • essential oils • Li Ziqi's farm-to-table mountain life • foxes • Marbushka games (illustrator: Beatrix Bohony) • books • Phoebe Wahl, artist • "Moulin Rouge" • thick wool felt • bees • Liberty ditsy florals • folk art • houseplants • San Francisco • Hug Snug seam binding • fiddle leaf figs • Nightmare Before Christmas • oracle decks • chunky shoes • Disneyland • pottery • "goth/cute" Tim Burton-esque themes • deep mustard yellow • Ginny Sheller's gentle homestead life • daisies • traveler's notebooks in Chic Sparrow covers • great design • moths (more than butterflies) • intelligent horror films • mushrooms • "French Kiss" • gold (not silver) • female empowerment • scrub jays • Cirque du Soleil • Mexican food • hand made natural soaps • "Friends" • warm cream (vs. bright white) • Dia de Los Muertos • cozy blankets • dried flowers • naturally dyed paper & textiles • green witch aesthetic • hand lettering • Sara Mearns, NYC Ballet • flowery or botanical black & gray tattoos • frogs & toads • linocut prints • "Out of Africa" • scarves • mochas • pretty handwriting • fountain pens • learning • beautiful, artful things

♥ Ratings


I rate immediately, and delight in giving 5's whenever requirements are met. I'm generous with ♥s, too, when care and effort plainly show (even if what I receive isn't to my personal taste.) Extra goodies are never expected, but they are always welcomed and appreciated.

I realize that life happens despite the best of plans and intentions, so if you will be sending something late, just message me -- before the mail-by date has passed, please. It's so easy to be understanding and patient when you write in advance to let me know you're running behind.


Your rating is the only feedback other SwapBot-ers can see about me, so please remember to rate what you receive from me just as soon as you possibly can. ♥s are never expected, but they are truly appreciated -- even for "easy" digital swaps. A ♥ shows others that I take care, and go the extra mile.

If you believe something I've sent didn't meet swap requirements despite my best efforts, or if a shipping issue occurs (like damage or loss), I'll be grateful for the time and opportunity to make things right for you if I can. Please be in touch and we will find a solution that works for you..

♥ Resends

It matters to me that you receive your swap return, so I use PirateShip for outgoing mail. They will send you an email with tracking information included, so you can follow your happy mail on its journey to you. If tracking confirms that what I sent didn't arrive at your provided address, I'll either happily remake and resend what went missing -or- send an equivalent replacement (if the missing swap item can't be remade.) Please be in touch if such issues arise.

♥ Please don't send me

fussy, frilly, precious, "little girly" stuff • too-cutesy cartoony images • anything scented artificially (but essential oils are welcome) • clown stuff (but I adore Cirque du Soleil and vintage circus themes overall) • throwaway, low quality, or ugly stuff you don't want yourself • kiddie, teacher, planner, or reward stickers • anything made with foam, especially foam stickers • anything religious, intolerant, hateful, divisive, political, or exclusionary

♥ Currently obsessed with

  • Jane Austen

  • Regency England

  • chunky junk journals

  • journal/book charms

  • cottages & cottage gardens


Peaches12 rated for YTPC: Journaling Booklet US on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: What a pleasant surprise! I like that you used the nature paper with the bunnies and fox. And the sari silk closure. Now I want some sari silk!! And I like the addition of the stitching. Thank you for a wonderful swap.
Response: You’re very welcome. I’m really happy you liked the woodland paper. It’s a special one from Craft Consortium that I’ve been saving for a just-right project like this one. The kind rating and heart are appreciated; thank you! 😊
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderfully creative Austen themed package you sent! I love everything!
Response: Huzzah! :) I'm thrilled you liked it. I have a serious passion for all things Austen these days, so I'm delighted to hear my offerings pleased you. I made the necklace myself just for this swap. Keep on having fun with it. ♥
Amigirl rated for A Thread Keep on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: What a lovely thread keep you made! I enjoyed seeing it!
Response: Thank you for saying so, and for the nice rating and heart. 😊 I had a truly fun time making it.
Comment: What gorgeous little vignettes you created! Love the soft autumn palette, the images, and how you were even able to use the staples as a design elements. Simple beautiful. The generous elements you included are wonderful and will definitely be put to good use in the coming months! Thank you so much for everything! ❤️❤️
Response: Oh, happy news! It's so gratifying to know you can find use for the little snippet clusters I made. It's also lovely to finally swap with you, after noticing you in our Georgette group, but not being matched with you yet. Thank you for the nice rating and ♥.
fairyduster53 rated for Christmas Themed Swap #3 on Aug 20, 2020
Comment: Another winner!!! So very cute. Love the little mouse!! I even have a small tree that I decorate with Christmas Mice!!
Response: It's a happy thing that we're both so pleased with our mouse-y journal card trades! Thanks so much for the kudos and rating. I appreciate you. :)
AnnaM rated for Handmade buttons on Aug 19, 2020
Comment: Another beautiful swap Shelli. The care you put into every aspect of the crafts you make is inspiring. I've really enjoyed having you as my partner in this swap. Anna ♥
Response: Your kindness means so much, Anna. I always look forward to being partnered with you. Thank you for your sweet grace and lovely rating, too. ♥
Comment: Thank you ~ I love what you used ~ on both sides!
Response: I'm so glad you're happy with it. Thank you for the lovely rating and ♥
Coffeeegal rated for Christmas Journal Page Swap #4 on Aug 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much. Love it❤️❤️
Response: You're welcome! I LOVED this theme and had just the perfect children's book to use for some great and unusual Nutcracker images. Thank you for the lovely feedback, and Merry Christmas in August. :)
pynart2 rated for A NEEDLE BOOK for your Workbag on Aug 17, 2020
Comment: WOW! WOW! what a beautiful needle book. Thank you so much. Sending you many hearts for a very creative needle book.
Response: Two wows AND all caps -- thank you! I'm giddy. :) I'm so glad the pictures made it to you. Technology, while wonderful, is not always my friend. I appreciate your kindness; thank you for the lovely rating and heart.
AnnaM rated for Folded Bodice Swap on Aug 12, 2020
Comment: Sheilli, your folded bodices are little works of art and I so enjoyed hearing how you modified them to make them more individual Thank you for another inspiring swap. Anna ♥
Response: I'm always especially contented when I've pleased not just my partner, but the swap host. So many thanks for the kindness of your review and comments, Anna. It's a joy to be your partner!
Autist rated for Shel and Evan Swap on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: The thoughtfulness and creativeness that went into everything just blew me away. You are so kind to think of me so intimately. Everything was perfectly me! I love it all!
Response: Your review makes my heart sing! I'm so glad you saw that I tried to match what I sent to your faves and likes. Thank you so much, Evan, for the kind rating and even kinder words -- but more than that, for your friendship.♥
AnnaM rated for Button Charms on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: Shelli, your button charms are so beautiful! The care you put into choosing just the right elements and backgrounds has taken your charms to another level. I love that you incorporated bulb pins and safety pins, such a nice touch. Thank you for sharing these little works of art.Anna ♥
Response: Thank you so much for the glowing review, Anna! It means so much to have pleased my swap host. A truly enjoyable swap; thank you for hosting. :)
Jjean rated for Christmas Journal Page-Themed on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: It is so fun to have you for a partner and your journal pages are beautiful...... Thank you.
Response: What a really lovely comment, Jean. Thank you so much. Enjoy the pages, and Merry Christmas in July. ♥
Jjean rated for Christmas Journal Page-Themed #2 on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely page - it will go in my new Christmas journal... Fun swap.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it. :) The snippet cluster was a new technique for me, but I thought it would go so well with the pastel theme that I had to try it. Thank you so much for the kind rating and ♥. Enjoy!
Comment: What a precious Journal page I received today!! The Mug page is the sweetest!! Thank you for such a neatly done and thought out page. Can’t wait to include it in my journal!! Smiles!
Response: Smiles back at you! It makes me truly happy that you're charmed by the page. Enjoy the cozy hygge of it -- and thanks for the kind rating and ♥ :)
Comment: I love the journal you made!!! It’s beautiful!! Thanks for the awesome journal and the recipes!!!
Response: I'm thrilled you like it; thank you for saying so, and for the nice rating and ♥. I had the best time working on it and even made a little video slideshow flip through for my IG account. Please enjoy!!!
Vickimac rated for Gnome Life Swap on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️ this was such a fun swap to receive ! I loved everything !!! Thank you so much !!! I was all smiles when I opened this up!!!
Response: Ahh, I'm so pleased you liked what I sent. It was more fun than I even imagined, shopping my stash for what I thought a gnome might treasure and keep. Thanks for the nice rating :)
Comment: I Love the ATC Shelli, thank you. Thank you too for the extras. :-)
Response: You're welcome. It was a really fun challenge, and I'm so glad you liked the ATC. That was a lot of stuff to fit on a little card! :) Thanks very much for the kind rating and comments.
MexiMidge rated for Witchy Craft Supplies - US Only on Jul 4, 2020
Comment: You made my evening. I’ve been having bad anxiety this week and receiving your mail made my evening. I showed my fiancé what you sent because I was so excited. Even he loved the papers! Everything is amazing. And the fabric! He asked for me to use some to make something for him. :-) thank you thank you!
Response: Oh yayyy! You’re so welcome. I’m thrilled it made you happy. We sure are living in hard times. Thanks for such a nice comment and rating, have fun, and stay well. 😊
emibubs rated for Pinterest Board - Penpal Inspiration on Jun 24, 2020
Response: Thanks for rating. I hope you found some ideas to inspire your next penpal adventure.

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BusyB on Sep 18, 2020:

Thank you! Hubby and I walked to the mailbox together a few minutes ago. Today's happy mail was your Star Trek postcard for his 60th birthday month. Says this is his favorite and he really enjoyed your note! He too had pain in his back for a long time before his gallbladder attack. So glad you both have relief from the pain. We also have a son that shares a September birthday. Thank you again for sending my dear hubby a smile! 😊 WW September

LadyJo on Sep 17, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome Nautical pack of goodies! I will enjoy using these items! Thank you for this lovely wish AWG September

Rainydancer on Aug 30, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

Lonestarchild on Aug 21, 2020:

Oh my! What a fun and creative envie of Halloween bits and pieces you've sent. This was so much fun to go through -- everything is so nicely packaged. And I can't wait to use all this for H'ween projects! Thanks so much for a wonderful wish! AWG Aug

orneryswife on Aug 21, 2020:

Thank you for the fab AWG envie for my August wishlist! I love it all!

tcornell on Jul 15, 2020:

Thank you for sending me the completed card: bird/handmade paper ATC for the ATC JAMS group- love how you completed it! ♥

Autist on Jun 21, 2020:

Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you. Hope you are doing okay. Cheers - Evan

OrigamiGrace on Mar 3, 2020:


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