Swap-bot Time: July 17, 2024 3:15 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2013
Last Online: May 20, 2024
Birthday: January 13
Country: United States
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I have been struggling with knee pain for several years now. It was so bad on the 14th of December or so that my Surgeon told me he was doing a total knee replacement on the 19th. Had a few headachy moments along the way but made it to the goal date.

Recovery has been difficult, at best. TONS of hope though. I have to believe that the massive swelling in the entire leg will gradually lessen! I have to believe that I will have to use pain pills of any kind less and less until I'm down to ZERO pills!

For this reason, I will be taking a small break/slow down on swapping through SB. There are a couple series that I now host that will be later in the month of January, once I have my recovery under better control. If you need me or have any questions you can still just message me as I get alerts to messages.

Hope everyone had a fabulous Holiday Season and have an auspicious start to the New Year!

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 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'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, folios, flipbooks, 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 (double-sided whenever possible)

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 9 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

Euceryn Very Dry 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, babies/children, 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).


Comment: Thank you for the wonderful washi tape Fall colors envie. A very cheerful envie for sure. And thank you for the extra washi tape,Hope can do more animal envies. Hope you had anice Thanksgiving. Thank you for having these swaps. bearnbabs
Response: I'm going to do another Animalistic Envie very soon. You are most welcome for the washi. Thank you for joiningnthe swap and supporting the group!
ladybug513 rated for MAEI- mini envelopes on Nov 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cute little envelopes!
Response: You're welcome!
chimerix rated for HME- Starburst Embellishments on Oct 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for all of the fun embellishments! I can't wait to use them in my crafts. Aloha
Response: So glad you liked them. I had fun making them. I appreciate you supporting the group by joining in the swap. Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Ty!!
Response: You are so very welcome. Thank you for the rating and the heart, it is much appreciated!
Comment: Thank you! Love the black cats! I do hope your new kitty stops tormenting you pup soon!
Response: Thank you so much for supporting the group and swap by joining. I appreciate your rating and heart! Yes, as soon as he starts maturing we're hoping he does just that.
Comment: What a wonderful gift! Thank you so very much! You definitely went above and beyond for this swap! I love everything in this kit. I think my favorite is the little incense burner. Beautiful!!
Response: So glad you like what I sent! I had so much fun making the decisions of what to include. Thank you for supporting the group by joining the swap!
MelissaLB rated for tPCC- (USA) Samhain Altar Box on Oct 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great swap. I will definitely be using these items on my alter and in my work.
Response: So glad you liked the swap. Thank you for the rating and heart!
Sagebrushs rated for 20 Stamps Swap #45 on Oct 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you, Happy Stamping.
Response: Thank you for the rating.
Comment: Thank you! I love this paper you used! Also, OMG! My Mom was so incredibly happy for her mail too! Thank you so much for that, she is also a huge fan of Halloween! Have a fun spooky Halloween!
Response: So glad you both liked the mail I sent. It was fun to create. Thank you for thebrating and the heart! Tell your mom hello.
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!

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BlueberryLady on Nov 21, 2023:

Thank you so Much for the RAK of Butterfly Buttons in the Group for this month. Love them !!!!

kiddomerriweather on Nov 6, 2023:

I'm glad you did. =D It was much appreciated.

kiddomerriweather on Nov 5, 2023:

Thank you so much for the RAK of handmade envies with the postage already on them! That was so incredibly sweet of you! They will definitely come in handy. Funny thing is that they were misdelivered to my next-door neighbor (our new postman isn't very good). She called me this afternoon to let me know. I hadn't seen her in some time, so I got to have a good little talk with her today b/c of your RAK! So your RAK had an added benefit. An extra thank you for that! =D

simcoe54 on Oct 29, 2023:

All About the Wishes - October Wishes -- Thanks for the Colorado postcards. They are perfect for my collection.

bostianh on Oct 23, 2023:

Thank you for the happy mail surprise with paper crafting, nature theme, goodies for AATW October. I love them and can't wait to use them in a nature theme journal.

bluerose3 on Oct 21, 2023:

Raks October rak #1. Christmas notepad and pen. Thank you. These are cute :)

tcornell on Oct 21, 2023:

Thank you for the unused postage stamps that you sent me for October WW! Definitely will come in handy! <3

lindseyjae on Oct 18, 2023:

Thanks so much for the postcards! (October WW)

LadyJo on Oct 18, 2023:

Thank you for the October WW wishes of Fall stickers! Love them!

yvonne401 on Sep 23, 2023:

AATW, Your welcome!



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