Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2023 1:52 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2013
Last Online: September 25, 2023
Birthday: January 13
Country: United States
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What I'm about:

*I have two (2) Amazon lists because one of them is strictly $5 or less while the other is around $10‐ish; maybe lower or maybe a little higher... in case a swap allows for a higher budget. These are things I'd like... or merely a guide for things/ideas I would like. These are not demands. Thank you if you happen to find something to send, or are inspired by having looked!

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We had the kitten (5 months old) neutered (September 19, 2023). The very same day he was racing around the house. Finally he settled down. We also had them trim his nails. There has been a marked difference in his aggression. But he gets mad at you and attacks... just a little gentler!

Three days ago (8/27/23) we rescued a 4 to 5 month old kitten from another neighbor who was mistreating him. He was viscious and attacking everyone/everything in sight. My hands are pretty torn up. We named him Purcival (for Percival only emphasizing the purr) since he didn't respond at all to his original name. He wasn't very socialized- he was put in a cage all day and kept in a room (in the cage) where nobody ever went into, except to clean the litter box and feed him one small meal a day. He's responding well to being out of his cage and being with us and our dog, Osey.

My Post Office is experiencing a staffing shortage right now. Some weeks we get all the mail we're supposed to get on a daily basis, other times we get mail once or twice a week.

For this reason I am switching my mailing address for swapping to the following:

Rachael Hectus
P.O. Box 19709
Denver, CO 80219

Please know that as soon as I receive an item from you, I will let you know via a PM, page comment, or rating. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Please note that I am unable to print at the moment, especially digital downloads. I prefer physical products... just in case there may accidentally be something like digital papers on my Etsy Wishlist. I am sometimes fooled by a listing.

I have tons of washi tape and would love to do a few private swaps if you're interested! Just pm me!

I have a 1 rating from a few years ago. I tried to reach out to make the rating at least a 3, but the person hasn't been on Swap-bot since the time of the swap. I am not a flaker!

For bath, beauty, and incense items as part of a swap, please review the following as they are the only things I want/need/will use:

  • shower steamers

  • bath bombs

  • body butter

  • face masks (not scrubs)

  • sugar scrubs for the body not face

  • backflow or stick incense (have holders)

And preferred scents include:

  • any kind of lemon- including lemongrass

  • any kind of orange

  • any mix of watermelon

  • jasmine (love this scent)

  • sandlewood

  • spearmint mixes

  • cherry blossom

  • musks

  • lavender mixes

  • dragon's blood

  • earthy scents

  • nag champa

  • Buddhist temple scents

  • pumpkin mixes

  • vanilla mixes

  • apple mixes

  • items/scents intended for men (for hubby)


  • patchouli

  • clove

  • rose

  • birthday cake

  • unicorn

  • fairy

  • any kind of linen or rain scents

Thank you so much for reading!

I send all my swaps on time and am willing to resend if it isn't received in a timely manner. I mark as sent when I put it in a pickup container, the mailman takes it, or I take it to the Post Office. Life happens, and mail gets lost from time to time. Just communicate with me. I rate my partners as soon as received and look forward to leaving friendly feedback. That's half the fun!

I gave away thousands of dollars of crafting supplies, papers and ephemera when I thought I was done with crafting for good (2019). I am slowly trying to build up my supplies again. If you wish to RAK stuff, I would be ever so grateful! Or we could do a private swap and trade items. I'm always open to inexpensive ideas.

I'm married to the love of my life and ever so grateful he is alive! He almost died several times between May 2022 and January 2023. He took until April 2023 to completely and totally heal from the experience.

My husband and I (and our remaining dog) are grieving the loss (07/03/2023) of our 14 year old Lhaso/Shitzu mix, Cookie Tank. He was a wonderfully faithful companion. We are spending extra quality time with our 9 year old Besingey, Osey (short for Osiris Anubis Hectus), as he is missing his buddy. They were very close.

I am disabled and dealing with my own health issues keeps me busy. I struggle with CPTSD in addition to my physical difficulties. I am active in therapy and work closely with my Psychiatrist.

During the spring and summer months I love to garden and grow container flowers and produce. I used to have a black thumb, but this last year (2022), I did pretty well at keeping everything alive and even thriving. I'm a huge lover of nature and try to partake of her beauty as often as I'm able.

I'm not very religious in the sense of church politics and such, but I am profoundly spiritual. I refer to myself as having a higher power and leave it at that. I don't force my views or beliefs on others and appreciate the same courtesy extended to me. I do love relevant Bible verses, Buddhist teachings, knowledge of nature, and such. I don't subscribe to messages of hate or discrimination. There's just not enough time given to us, as a species, to waste any of it on anything but unity, peace, and goodwill.

However, I am a hard fast Libertarian. I love my country and appreciate our Military. I am a staunch supporter of the Constitution and am always grateful for the rights afforded me.

I am fairly laid back about swaps I receive and enjoy most anything done with love and care- very easy to please.

Halloween/Samhain is my absolute favorite holiday and I love to do crafts themed in that vein all year round. I am especially fond of Nightmare Before Christmas. Tim Burton ROCKS! But he is second to my hero Guillermo del Toro. I have seen everything he's done!

Favorite Music

I enjoy EVERY type of music except rap/jazz. I'm more into mood and feeling when it comes to what I listen to. I am fond of discovering new music so welcome input.

Different artists I'm fond of includes:

Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Il Volo, Sarah Brightman, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Pink, Ennio Morricone, Enya, The Eagles, Ray Stevens, Weird Al Yankovic, The Fray, Andrea Bocelli, Imagine Dragons, Tori Amos, Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dido, and many, many more.

I'm more about the melody and lyrics than I am the actual group or singer. I may only like one single song by an artist for this reason. I'm the farthest thing from a fan girl you can get!

Reading and writing

I have always been a voracious reader of fiction. Lately I have discovered non-fiction and am eager to discover what's out there. I like narrative stories of things that actually happened. My all-time favorite author is still Dean Koontz and I have recently gained a great fondness for Ryan Holiday.

I took a long break from reading around 2020 and am finally feeling a pull to start again in 2023.

Favorite Crafts

I love it all; ATCs, die-cuts and stamps, washi tapes, handmade journals (think junk journals), journal pages, mail art, cloth "stuffies" (dolls and stuffed creations), letters, tea swaps, handmade envelopes/pockets, and ephemera swaps, to name a few.

Additionally, both I and my husband collect used postage stamps. International ones are the greatest treat, but we collect them all. Hubby is an actual collector and I use them for crafting (duplicates).

I love private swaps where both parties more readily get what they want.

In swaps that involve gifts, I adore: (no Dollar Store- unless specified by swap)

accessories for medium length hair

charms of any kind

interesting 6x6 or 12x12 papers

anything with Marvin the Martion

anything Tim Holtz

anything Nightmare Before Christmas

anything by Guillermo del Toro

anything Dexter related

anything Halloween themed

pretty, large silk scarves

interesting coffee mugs

medium to dark roasted whole bean coffee (no Starbucks)

books written by Ryan Holiday or Dean Koontz

metal dies (and matching stamps if able)

fat quarters (or larger) of fabric

crafting decorative paper books of any size

pretty or interesting tea cups

interesting tea pots

large scented candles

cat toys for a kitten

treats for a 5 month old kitten

tough dog toys (we have a chewer)

dog bully sticks

Good N Fun triple kabobs for dogs

shape or edge punches for crafting

cool or unique Chess sets (or just the pieces)

large diffuser

essential oils for diffusers (no patchouli)

Aquaphor lotion

Walmart nightgowns with pockets (size 3X)

medium size doggie t-shirts/ jerseys

unique or interesting flavor loose tea or bagged tea

non bandana handkerchiefs

non bleached regular sized coffee filters

blank journals/junk journals

beaded or fabric lanyards for reading glasses

fancy or unique bookmarks/thongs

breath mints/Altoids (cinnamon) in any kind of tin

pretty and/or unique letter sets

glass, metal, and stone beads

Sterling silver or surgical stainless steel earrings and/or necklaces

Themes I adore are:

Halloween- my all-time favorite is Nightmare Before Christmas. Also: monsters, demons, ghosts, general spookiness, Phantom of the Opera, graveyards, Day of the Dead, skulls, cute pumpkins, Ichabod Crane, vampires, mummies, some creepiness

Egyptian- anything and everything

aliens- cute and mildly scary

vintage- 1950's and before, nature, people, animals, Smokey the Bear, medical instruments, architecture, law enforcement, photos of people and groups, vehicles and aircraft, letters and invoices

abstract art- especially background papers

animals- dogs, cats, babies, birds, exotic, geckos/lizards, bears (anything from grizzly to koala), tropical fish, cute, imaginary, mice, ferrets, most insects, spiders, squirrels, skunks, deer/elk

music- everything but rap/jazz, individual notes, scales, sheet music, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Nine Inch Nails, 80's, 90's, 70's, (see above likes)

movies/ TV shows- Dexter, Criminal Minds, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Twilight movies, Boardwalk Empires, British Cop serials, true crime shows on the True Crime network, Big Bang Theory, Chicago Fire, NCIS (all of them), Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Wagontrain, Have Gun Will Travel, The Arrow, The Flash, (almost every Marvel show made), The White Queen, The Spanish Princess, Ghost, The Nutty Professor, Princess Bride, Monsters Inc, Driving Miss Daisy, Phenomenon, Disney and DreamWorks movies, The Witcher, The Last Witcher, docudramas, documentaries

holidays- non-religious, absolutely anything and everything Halloween (except gratuitous violence or gory)

dark- brooding and moody, gothic

steam punk- really enjoy this genre

futuristic- Sci-fi and anything tech related

garden- Mary Engelbrite, English gardens, forest, fairies, whimsical, tropical, wild, individual flowers

monochromatic- this can be difficult which is why I like it

patriotic- anything and everything that relates my pride and gratitude to be an American

medical- nursing, surgical, general

What NOT to send

My dislikes include overly cutsie (but I do like some Kuwaii), babies, most Sanrio, religious, political, excessive gore, and activism, to name a few.

I DO NOT WANT cheap stickers (teacher, reward, or kids), no puffy or foam stickers (no foam anything ever), perfumed lotions, makeup, food (unsolicited), adverts, googly eyes, candy (unsolicited), instant/ground or decaf coffee(ever), religious pamphlets (ever), or magazine pages/images (unsolicited).


Catt007 rated for 🤎 Brown Swap #2 on Sep 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the fab swap, I love it all and can't wait to use the goodies. The envelope is lovely. Thank you. 😺
Response: You're very welcome. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Lobo816 rated for USAPC: Fall or Halloween Folio on Sep 19, 2023
Comment: Rachel I love the folio thank you!! I also love your envelope!! You’ve inspired me to make some!! Halloween is fine!! I may even use some of those tuck in goodies to decorate my partners when I make it! I was glad to see you used black as the base for Halloween because that’s what I was going to do for my partner. Thanks again it came out great!!
Response: I'm so glad it got to you and that you are pleased with it. Thank you for the rating and the heart
lawchick rated for Zine-Go-Round #28 on Sep 15, 2023
Comment: Excited for this zine and I love your contribution!
Response: Awww... thank you for your kind words. I had fun with it as well. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: LOVED LOVED the Purple enevolope. and your cut outs were beautiul. Did you cut them youself? Thanks for the watercolor Postcards also, so king of you. Your such a great friend.
Response: Yes, I cut the die-cuts. I try to do alittle each day so I can build up a little stash to include in swaps. Really happy that you liked everything!
AJ73 rated for AAMA Animalistic Envie Series: DOG on Sep 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you Rachel for the Dog envie and all the dog die cuts. Thanks too for adding the extra cat die cuts. love them!
Response: So glad everything was to your liking. I figured a little of both would round it out. Thank you so much for joining the swap, your rating, as well as the heart!
turtles27 rated for HS: Spooky ATC- Monster on Sep 5, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the fun ATC! You scared me (lol) The folio threw me off. I joined a swap with a folio and was scared I messed up and didn't get it put together and sent on time. I love the one you created!
Response: Sorry I scared you! Lol... I thought it would be a nice thing to send the ATC in since I don't have sleeves for them. Thank you so much for joining the swap, rating me, and the heart :)
Comment: Love the embossed green envie and the die cuts and cactus napkins. Pam says hi. Ireally enjoy these swaps.Thanks for having them. Have agreat day. bearnbabs
Response: Tell Pam I said hi back. I'm really happy you liked the swap and napkins. Thanks so much for being part of this swap series. Your support means a great deal to me. Thank you ever so much for the 5 and the heart!
Comment: Thank you. You did a great job. I loved it!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the eating and heart!
btbeth rated for YTPC: 1 sheet layered pocket - USA on Aug 19, 2023
Comment: thank you so much for the adorable pocket and ALLLLL the extra special goodies you filled it with &nthe extra goodies will come in handy! i LOVE the black hearts!
Response: Yay! I'm glad you were so happy with the swap. I'm glad to hear the extras will come in handy... I tried to select to your tastes. Thank you so much for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter and the postcards are perfect for Postcrossing - I'm tired of sending MN postcards! I like your envelopes too. You have a knack for choosing paper!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, rating, and heart. I'm really grateful that you like what I sent you! I used to do Postcrossing but got out of the habit years ago. Maybe I'll look into it soon.
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of decos. I think I can make them all work!
Response: I'm so glad. Thank you for the eating and the heart!
PaulaF rated for Mini Art Journal Go-Round #12 on Aug 15, 2023
Comment: Love your lemony zine covers! Looking forward to helping kick this one off with the first interior page. :)
Response: Thank you. I really look forward to seeing what you create when I get the completed zine back! Thank you for the rating and the heart.
pynart2 rated for Rainbow Express Envie Series: BLUE on Aug 15, 2023
Comment: so enjoyed your Blue envelop and the designs. Also lovef the washi tape and post cards.++++ Sending you some Blue hearts for the occasion.
Response: So glad you enjoyed everything. I had a lot of fun making that one. Thank you for joining the swap, rating me, and the heart!
Comment: Thanks for this awesome yellow-stenciled star envelope! It turned out wonderfully and made an excellent surprise in the mailbox today. I suspect that the busy-ness of the envelope might make artsy envelopes take a little longer, but worth the wait! Have a lovely week--🌙⭐💛
Response: Thank you so much for the compliments, rating, and heart. I am of the same opinion as you about the decorative envies taking a little bit longer. I'm just happy you received it and liked it!
Highlander18 rated for MAE- 2 of Each on Aug 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful assortment of envies - great choices and extras! Thank you for hosting.
Response: So very glad you like them. I love hosting this swap! I like the variety... instead of all one size. Thanks for being part of the fun, rating me quickly, and for the heart. Have a great week!
FLWAVE rated for HEUSA- Handmade Card/Sender's Choice on Jul 27, 2023
Comment: Rachael, what a Wicked awesome card! And thank you for the vintage cabinet cards—they're wonderful!
Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for supporting the group by joining my swap, and for the rating with a heart!
Comment: Loved the orange painted envie, neat design. Thank you for the die cut maps too. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Response: I'm glad you liked it and the cuts. Thank you so much for the rating and heart!
nomadmama rated for HEUSA- ATC Sender's Theme on Jul 24, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the fabulous spooky ATC! I appreciate you resending. I'm sad the original got lost. 👻🧡🖤
Response: You're so very welcome. I'm glad the second one made it. Thank you very much for the rating and the heart!
bearnbabs rated for AAAMA- Rainbow Express Envie (RED) on Jul 14, 2023
Comment: Love the Dog Envie. I;ve had 11 in my life. I was sorry to hear of your loss. You out did yourself. The Red Rose Envie Wow and the Military packet another Wow. Im sending a huge bouquet of hearts your way. Lokk forward to futureswaps. bearnbabs
Response: I'm really glad you liked the envies and extras. I forget how many we've had, they were great, but Cookie was extra special to me for some reason. Thank you for the rati.g and the hearts! Good to know I chose well.
Comment: Love Alice In Wonderland.Thank you for the wonderful die cuts and the postage stamps. I love the challenges you give us for our mail art envies. bearnbabs
Response: Thank you for your kindness and rating me with a heart. This swap was done by someone else, but I truly appreciate you supporting each swap that is posted. It's like we are meant to be partners each time out of the group!

Rating Overview

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4.9946 646 184 198
Completed Fives Threes Ones
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yvonne401 on Sep 23, 2023:

AATW, Your welcome!



TaraBird on Sep 16, 2023:

You're welcome on the goodies! Sorry they went out a bit late but glad you like them!!

Mimi7 on Sep 11, 2023:

RAK Halloween Die Cuts Hi Rachael thanks so much for all these lovely die cuts

mysmashbooklife on Sep 11, 2023:

Thank you so much for sending me a wish from LSRUS. I love it and I can't wait to use them! I have never seen these before and it was a otal surprise! <3

lindseyjae on Sep 9, 2023:

Thanks for the fun Halloween ephemera and the postcards! I love everything! (WW September)

chimerix on Sep 6, 2023:

Thank you so much for the great Halloween die cuts. I can't wait to use them in my crafting. Aloha!

AAtW - Sept

supersquirrel on Sep 5, 2023:

Thank you so much for these cool Temu sequins - love all the different shapes. I can't believe you sent me METAL CUTTING DIES!! I don't have any of these and I'm floored you sent me METAL CUTTING DIES! 💖💗💖💗💖

Raven93 on Sep 5, 2023:

Thank you for the beautiful and useful flipbook!

shiggy on Aug 26, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely postcard and birthday wishes ♡♡♡ (AATW August)

thehappycow on Aug 25, 2023:

Raks Only

5 - 34cent stamps

Thankyou so much for the wonderful stamps!! Hummingbirds reminds me of my grandmother that passed in 2009 when I was 9 - Thankyou for reminding me of her, it was an absolute wonderful surprise.

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