Swap-bot Time: October 18, 2017 12:27 am


Date Joined: September 4, 2014
Last Online: October 17, 2017
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! I live near the Oregon coast in a small town in the country with my husband, daughter, and two dogs. Our puppy is an adorable Australian Shepherd, and our sweet older dog is a miniature Shitzu. I am studying Cultural Anthropology and Social Psychology part time. We live in a valley surrounded by one of the largest national forests in the US, with mountains that can be seen in every direction. The vineyards in Oregon are breathtaking, especially Kingwood Estates. Living in the Willamette valley is great for wine tasting, visiting small breweries, and a thriving local art scene. I visit Portland, Salem, or Newport as often as I can for the museums. This spring we went to two TEDx conferences, which was fantastic. We go to all the interesting lectures we can find, and watch a lot of documentaries. I plan to work in the non-profit sector one day. Fun fact: we are very non-traditional, my husband does all of the cooking, and it's amazing.

I enjoy sending and receiving mail, both within the US and internationally, because it's fascinating to see a glimpse of what life is like elsewhere. I love to travel, although it has been limited to the US mainly, but we intend to travel internationally one day. It will be hard to choose where to go first! Germany is at the top of the list, as well as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, India, just to name a few.

I love all types of cards and postcards, especially of sunsets with landmarks or beautiful architecture in the background. I love art, just about any type aside from abstract. Mucha, Kahlo, Klimt, Rivera, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Hiroshige are among my favorite artists. I love to receive cards that show what other places look like, even simple pictures. I would love it if you could write something about where you live and what life is like there.

I am really into painting, drawing, journaling, altered books and making jewelry. I don't scrapbook, I make altered books for my journaling. I save everything when we travel. I also do a lot of writing, mostly short stories and some occasional poetry.

General Wish List:

I am totally happy to receive found things, second hand, hand made, original art, or something that you already have that is listed on my profile wish list.

*Matryoska or nesting dolls, handmade dolls

*Sugar skulls, Day of the Dead

*Coins, paper currency, hand made crafts/art, postage stamps, particularly in languages other than English.

*Pressed pennies.

*Key chains, local touristy things.

*Fridge Magnets of any thing interesting, inspiring, beautiful, unique, or of animals, city/landscape, state or country, etc.

*Spiritual/sacred items: prayer beads, miniature carvings, prayer cards
from all religions and cultures. Rosaries, malas, inexpensive medallions of patron saints or artwork on cards.

*Tarot card decks

*Postcards/cards; vintage, new, etc. Favorite themes: Art, religious temples, cathedrals, scenic views, people, famous landmarks, ruins, castles, cities, animals, and anything with languages other than English.

*Tea. I love all black and green teas, especially caramels or vanilla blends. I drink herbal tea in the evenings, all types. My only dislikes are plain green tea or rooibos.

  • Chinese New Year type envelopes

*Nutcrackers, doves, reindeer


*Glass or crystal beads

*Hand made decorations, coin purses, jewelry

*Anne Taintor type sarcasm

  • The animals I love are foxes, dogs, wolves, horses, whales, elephants with trunks pointing skyward, dolphins, and hummingbirds, birds of all types. I also like some mythical creatures, such as phoenix's, dragon's, and unicorn or pegasus art.

My favorite colors are along the pink to dark fuschia spectrum or sky blue to Indigo spectrum, especially with combinations of gold or silver. I also love crimson red. I have different color schemes in every room, so anything I receive can be incorporated into my collection somewhere. I frame my favorite cards, others I pin around my very large world map, which I am marking with all of the places I have received mail from.

I particularly love day of the dead sugar skulls. All Souls Day is something I celebrate as well.

I also collect Christmas decorations and trinkets of all types. Especially ornaments that are shiny and sparkly that can be on display the rest of the year. I make crystal, glass, and painted wood and ceramic decorations every year for gifts, as well as crystal and glass bead bracelets with toggle clasps. Nice beads in glass or crystal would be much appreciated for crafting with, in any color.

I like kawaii, love sentimental circus (theres something about that rabbit), anime, etc, but not a fan of Disney characters, Harry Potter or Twilight themes.

Favorite books in fiction: The Handmaid's Tale, The House of the Spirits, The Book Thief, The Pearl That Broke It's Shell, The House on Mango Street, The Secret Language of Flowers, Tell The Wolves I'm Home, 100 years of Solitude, The Alchemist, The Red Tent, anything by Hemingway, Shakespeare, Toni Morrison, Jodi Piccoult, Anita Shreve, Isabel Allende, Vonnegut, Tolstoy...too many to list.

Non fiction: The Meme Machine, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect', The Psychopath Test, Man's Search For Meaning.

Favorite movie: Frida. Also, Amelie, Cloud Atlas, Something The Lord Made (with Alan Rickman), The Fountain, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bladerunner, Say Anything, Practical Magic, Chef, The Age of Adaline, The Wedding Crashers.

The shows we watch are Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Modern Family, Last Week Tonight.

Thanks for reading!


fbresnah rated for Halloween PC swap! on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute baby Halloween card! My cats say hi!
denisedecker58 rated for Halloween card swap on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap!
APRILENLIGHTENED rated for Fall themed swap on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: Your package was SO awesome. You're after my heart with those tissue wrapped goodies, I do that a lot too :D My favorite item was the mini fall leaves, they are so cute.
tlaurie24 rated for Private: Fall Themed swap on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: love love love the goodies!!!! thank you!!!
Response: I'm so glad you loved it! Thank you for exchanging swaps with me!
jlink rated for Private Halloween card swap on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: thank you for the sparkly card - my fiance' is loving that we are getting Halloween items
Response: You are very welcome! I have more if you want to do another swap. : )
RufinaChavez rated for Private: Fall Themed swap on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: What a lovely package I received today all I can say is wow this is the best swap I have gotten here! Love everything!!
iamred rated for Halloween card swap on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: thank you! love the card and the extras! =)
Response: I am so glad you liked it! Have a Happy Halloween, and hopefully we will swap again soon. : )
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card
Response: You are very welcome!
NiniJae rated for Ghost Story Swap - International on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your stories Sofia. I think you have a special gift and are right to consider it a blessing. Loved the pumpkin magnet! Happy Halloween! Janine
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed them, it has been an interesting experience! Happy Halloween!
nully rated for Private Halloween PC swap on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Thanks for swapping with me
Response: You are very welcome! I am happy to swap with you again, just send me a message. : )
Rabbitfreedom rated for Easy Halloween Postcard #3 US on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: what a cute postcard!! Bats and mice! Love it! Thank you.
Response: I am so glad you liked it, I love the vintage Halloween themed cards, too!
Comment: Got the beautiful card in today's mail :) and thank you for the extra goody! We did have a full size tree that we kept up all year round, but our cats seem to think it was there for them to hide and play in haha! so we ditched the tree and made one up on the ceiling :) Makes for some great lighting in the room too when we don't want to use the bright white lights :) Thank you again for the great card :)
Response: You are very welcome, I am so glad you loved it! It was fun to read your profile, you have so many cool pictures of your town. I wonder if my husband would go for letting me string lights on the ceiling? : ) Hopefully we will swap again, I'll be hosting quite a few Christmas card swaps, so please join! Have a wonderful week.
FairyThyme rated for Early Halloween PC swap on Sep 26, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the extremely cute vintage Halloween postcard, Sofia! You're a great swap host. :)
Response: I am so glad to hear that you liked it, I love vintage Halloween, too. I appreciate the compliment, and thank you for joining my swap, I'll be hosting more!
Fieke rated for Beautiful Christmas card swap #1 (WW) on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for you Christmas card and the extra's you sent !!
Response: I am so glad you liked everything! Thank you for joining my swap. : )
goinjenny rated for Christmas Cards in September - USA on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the extra note cards!
Response: You are very welcome!
Comment: Thank you very much for my stocking stuffer and all the wonderful cardinal extras!!!. I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!!!
Response: We both share a love of birds, especially cardinals, so I have a lot to share in my collection! I am glad to hear that you loved everything. I hope you have Merry Christmas as well, and that we swap again. : )
Comment: Thank you for the Winter wonderland card- happy Christmas in August! :) xx
Response: You are very welcome! Merry Christmas in August! : )
LadyJo rated for Stocking Stuffer Swap - SEPTEMBER on Sep 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the present! Can't wait to open it but well i will wait! I enjoyed all the stamps on the envelope!
Response: You are very welcome! I'm glad you are waiting, the kids will love it, too. : ) Have a wonderful weekend!
TrishaLSmith rated for Easy Halloween Postcard #2 US on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard. It took a bit to find what is from because there was no swap name on the postcard and I've joined multiple Halloween postcard swaps. :)
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I apologize i missed the label, there is so little room on a pc. : )
Saba rated for Total Eclipse Experience Letter! on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I plan to post you back this week!
Response: You are very welcome! I'm so glad to hear that you will write me back, I'll send you another letter, too. Have a wonderful week!

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OrigamiGrace on Sep 25, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

LiMorris on Dec 29, 2015:

Best Wishes to you and yours ...from me and mine <3

reauk on Nov 8, 2015:

love the wish from flakers and raters wish always need washi lol

reauk on Nov 8, 2015:

thank you for both of my wishes for Nov /Dec from autumn and fall lovers group love the sugar skull magnet your such a star........

tmarlo on Nov 5, 2015:

I had create swap about magnet. If possible please join us. link : http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209194 , http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209195 , http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/209196

TurtleLove on Oct 19, 2015:

WOW...you have some really neat stuff on your profile! I've just recently started wine tasting, and love it! I love travel too and have been able to do a little bit internationally (lived abroad for years). You mentioned saving memorabilia from your trips but not being a scrapbooker---have you seen smashbooking? It seems like that style of keeping stuff as memories would suit you very well. I had to laugh when you said you have "enough" washi tape samples. I didn't know that was even a possibility! lol Comment left for the read my profile leave a comment round 2.

dodothefairy on Oct 16, 2015:

Read my profile--Write a comment round 1 Hello girl! I watch a lot of TED lectures online, they are very inspiring and is exceptional that you could attend thei conferences! I was impressed by a lecture of Sting, the singer. He had a great life and inspired me. I read that you are studying beautiful matter, I graduated in Philosophy so I am really interested in human being like you.

tatntole on Oct 15, 2015:

Read my profile- Write a comment 2 I love Halloween too. I have gotten two thirds of the way through my book (Eve).I read slow as I spend so much time on the computer and doing art projects, but it is really good. Were you live sounds so beautiful. When I was a teen my family went to Oregon and Washington State on vacation. We use to camp a lot and I remember both states were wonderful and beautiful. Nice talking to you again.

CalyD on Oct 15, 2015:

Hi there~ This is Read my profile - write a comment Round 1 - You sound like a really cool and interesting person! I have never been to Oregon but I hear it is wonderful and it's on our bucket list of places to visit. We (my wife and I) also really love to travel and hope to go places like Greece and Italy someday too. I love your taste in Art. I am a big fan of Van Gogh myself. Have you see any of Nicholas Roerich works? He is my favorite. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself on your profile and all the best to you always, Caly

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