Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2020 3:35 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2019
Last Online: March 28, 2020

Country: United States

About Me

====UPDATE 9/15/2019====
Just a note - I have a family member who's been hospitalized for some time now, and even after discharge, she will probably need long-term care. I have been home only every few days up until this point, and it may be the same for months to come. I have been able to keep up with my swaps so far (they've been a welcome respite from everything else), but I may be late in submitting ratings since I'm not home all the time and I'm a bit scatterbrained. I apologize to anyone who's missing a rating - please send me a message or email if it seems like an unusually long time has passed. I think I'm all caught up now, but things may get lost in the shuffle during this period. Thanks for your understanding.
====UPDATE 10/9/2019====
Although there is still much to take care of, things have stabilized a bit and recovery is going OK. Thanks to everyone for their understanding during this time, especially those who extended prayers and well-wishes for my family. ===============//=================
====ANOTHER UPDATE 12/12/2019====
Unfortunately, another family member is hospitalized. I am out of state and may not be able to rate in a timely manner, since I’m not at home to check the mail. My apologies and thanks in advance for your understanding.
====UPDATE 12/17/2019====
My family member has passed away and I am still out of town until the funeral. Apologies once again for any delayed ratings.
====UPDATE 1/4/2020====
I am still out of town handling family affairs post-funeral. Apologies once again for any delayed ratings and thanks again for your understanding.
====UPDATE 1/8/2020====
Back home now. Thanks again for your understanding and patience with any delayed ratings. I think I'm all caught up now, but please let me know if I missed rating your swap.

Hello there!

My name is Mary and I'm a graphic designer based in northern Virginia (close to Washington, DC). I've been married to my husband, Joe, since 2007. I spent the earlier (and longer) part of my career in biology, but have recently made the switch to more creative work (YAY!). When I make artwork, I often use watercolors, gouache, pens/pencils, and computer graphic tools (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite). I also enjoy using Posca markers (super fun!).

When I'm not being artsy, I like to do a bit of gardening, cooking/baking, sewing/knitting or watching a good flick or show. I like a wide range of genres, but some pieces I've liked include the Sherlock Holmes series, Dead Poets Society, Goonies, The Little Prince, several films based on Jane Austen works, the Harry Potter movies, and Marvel flicks. Same goes for music, but some favorite artists at the moment are Ladyhawke, CHVRCHES, Lupe Fiasco, Sia, and Family of the Year.

I've always had a passion for anything to do with art, crafts, stationery, and design, and I'm excited to share that enthusiasm with fellow enthusiasts here at Swap-bot! I also love the personal aspect of snail mail and getting to know people for who they genuinely are (the hope is that the feeling is mutual!). It's been a joy receiving swaps, especially knowing that people have taken the time to write or put them together. I also enjoy putting fun swap packages together (I can't help but include extras, heehee), so I always hope my partners are happy with what they get! If you have any issues, please message me and I will work with you to resolve them!


  • kawaii
  • botanical/scientific illustrations
  • woodland flora/fauna
  • vintage prints/ephemera
  • screenprinted or painterly effects
  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • washi paper
  • calligraphy
  • pretty or cute letter-writing stationery
  • stripes, grids, and dots
  • almost all colors, but faves are blues, greens, coral, neutrals, natural and citrusy tones (black and white are great, too!)
  • would love to receive your handmade art and items!

I'm sure there are a lot more likes I could list here, but just can't remember everything at the moment...


  • Disney (although I like the movies)
  • Diddl and similar cartoonish characters
  • deco tape
  • macabre/horror
  • profanity
  • nudity
  • planner tracker stickers/items
  • teacher/reward stickers/items
  • not too fond of items with quotes and text, except for vintage script and some kawaii
  • animal prints (e.g. zebra patterns or leopard prints)
  • things with glitter that comes off
  • journaling cards
  • travel post cards (I have too many!)
  • keychains (again, too many!)
  • jewel-like embellishments


  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • thin, decorative papers
  • kawaii stationery (letter paper, envies, memo sheets...etc)
  • ephemera (e.g. old book pages, maps)
  • your artistic creations :)


  • coffeeeeeeee
  • I like a range of teas, but I especially like black tea-based varieties
  • chocolate
  • fruity or creamy hard candies
  • potato chips (even salt and vinegar...YUM...not sure why I'm listing this here, but why not, haha)


  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Within the U.S., about 11 states (California is one of my faves!)


  • Japan
  • UK
  • Australia
    (I'd be excited to go anywhere, really!)


JJcrafty rated for CPG Decorated Flat Envie - US Only on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Mary- What a fabulous envelope! Filled with everything I love! I love the tangerines you designed. Thank you so much!
Response: YAY, I'm so glad you liked it!!! You're very welcome, and thank you for the heart!
isandie rated for Swap #3!!! on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: MARY!!! I always feel like my swaps with you must be such a disappointment for you when I receive yours! It’s just beyond beautiful! Thank you so much for all of the beautiful things! As always, I especially love your designs...and I still think you should open your own shop! I love the pattern too! I’m going to make some of those bags!!! Thank you SOOOOOOOO much! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: So happy you liked it :D Your swaps are NEVER a disappointment, so please don't ever feel that way! Thanks for the encouragement and the heart(S!) - I'm working on the shop as we speak.
Comment: Thank you very much for the nice note and cute washi, die cuts and patterned paper! I appreciate it!
Response: You're welcome and glad you liked the swap. Thanks for the heart :)
arimails rated for Make an Envelope and Add A Surprise on Dec 28, 2019
Comment: What a perfect swap! Thank you for making this an extra special swap :) the envelope was lovely and all the goodies inside as well. I love the space note papers and the postcard with the girl and bike is never leaving my collection! A million hearts ❤️
Response: Glad to hear you liked everything - thanks so much for letting me know and for the heart :)
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Fast Blind Swap 4 on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I love this lovely envelope stuffed full of goodies! They are all fantastic and will go to great use! Have a lovely weekend! xx Gabi
Response: I'm so happy to hear that :) You're welcome and thanks so much for the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely daisy envelope filled with such fun goodies! I appreciate you matching my profile likes so well. Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year! ❤️
Response: You're so welcome, glad you liked everything :) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's as well, and thank you so much for the heart.
denisedecker58 rated for A Note for You # 26 on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note, stickers and adorable cat notecard!
Response: You're very welcome! Happy Holidays and thank you for the heart!
TonyaAshe rated for Make Me Happy With HappyMail #28 on Nov 29, 2019
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Mon1496 rated for SECRET SANTA on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: I can't wait to use it I love absolutely every page, and there isn't a thing I would change. I am so eclectic so the mix of old and new is so me!. I love the jack skeleton picture you drew! That was so sweet to have something you made
Response: So happy you like the handmade junk journal :) Thanks so much for the kind comments and the heart.
isandie rated for Swap Number Two! on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you thank you thank you!!! I love everything!!!! Can’t wait for our next swap!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: YAY!!! You're welcome! Looking forward to our next swap, too :) Thanks for the hearts!
shellybuckmeier rated for A Note For You # 16 on Nov 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice card and fun goodies!
Response: You're welcome, thanks for the heart
anandatashie rated for Tea & Note card -USA on Nov 9, 2019
Comment: Yummy tea flavors, gorgeous decoration, thoughtful extras. Thank you! ❤️
Response: You're so welcome! Glad you liked everything :) Thank you so much for the heart!
Michelle0329 rated for Pick 3 For Me! - October on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for a fantastic swap!!! I loved everything you sent! Your handwriting is beautiful by the way!!
Response: Woohoo!!! So glad you liked it, and thanks for the compliment! I aim for legibility these days in the least, haha :D I appreciate the heart, and happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful happy mail! i love it all. I will definitely be responding to your letter!
Response: You're very welcome, and glad you liked it!! Thank you for the heart and can't wait to hear from you!
Comment: Mary, I am blown away by how beautiful your package was. Thank you so much. :) I have you for another swap, so prepare for an envelope from me soon! Thanks again :)
Response: Hooray! You're welcome and so happy you liked it :) Looking forward to getting mail from you! Happy swapping and thanks for the heart :)
Fabriqueen rated for Notecards Swap #6 USA on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely notecards and post card and also for the pocket of goodies! Hugs, Diane
Response: You're so welcome, Diane! So glad everything got to you safely and that you liked the goodies :) Thanks so much for the heart!!!
CarlyJo rated for Broken Sticker Sheets #3 on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wide selection of stickers and especially for being considerate enough send along extras especially for me. The unicorn sticker sheet is older than I am ;) in better condition too!!!
Response: You're welcome! It IS kind of amazing that the unicorn stickers were in such good shape considering the year they were made!!! Hope you have fun with everything and happy swapping! Thanks for the heart :)
Lazydaisy0104 rated for Notecards Swap #6 USA on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Oh my goodness!!! This is the cutest!!! The little envelope of goodies, the gem strips, the very neat variety of notecards?! 😱😍❤️ Oh and I love the way you decorated the envelope!!! I can’t throw it away. I’ve gotta save it. Haha your handwriting is beautiful to!! I love it thank you so much!!!
Response: You're so very welcome!!! Happy you liked everything, including the envelope - it was fun to decorate! Thanks for your kind comments and the heart :)
isandie rated for Intro Swap on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: AMAZEBALLS!!!! thank you so much!!!! <3 <3 <3
Response: you're welcome!!!! so glad you liked it! thanks for the heart :)
luxi rated for Washi Letters on Oct 8, 2019
Comment: So much thought went into this and I loved everything so much thank you!
Response: Yay! You're so welcome! It was a lot of fun putting it together :) Thank you for the heart!

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