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CookieMomster78

CookieMomster78
Date Joined: April 17, 2019
Last Online: October 25, 2021
Birthday: March 17
Country: United States
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This is my actual mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.

Partner/Coordinator Communication will take place should this status change for any reason.

Missing Mail? Please direct message me before rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging.

Spoiler-Alert: My Flickr account often has photographs of swaps I’ve sent.

Postage Due? I now have a postal scale! 😁 But, I have learned of this happening 4 times since joining SB. I'm truly sorry for the inconvenience this causes. Please message me if this happens to you. I will reimburse via PayPal or with unused USPS postage stamps.

Allergy Alert: My home is pet-friendly and smoke-free. But I shed a lot, due to Hashimoto’s. So, I apologize ahead of time if there’s any hair/fur stuck in packing tape. I understand how unsightly that can be, and try hard to send shed-free mail. 😆


Please scroll down to “Do Not Send” section if you’re just here to review my 🛑 Dislikes list. 🛑 Thank you for your consideration!


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My Motivational Word for 2021: Gratitude

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFK


🌺Aloha!🌺

My name is 🎵Harmony Joy🎶 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. Others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or 🍪"Cookie" (because of my last name) - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣

My name is musically-inspired because both of my biological parents are hippies. I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and Nor-Cal foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force.


"Children are not distractions from more important work. They are the most important work." --C.S. Lewis 💞👩🏽‍💻👩🏽‍🎨👩🏽‍🏫👷🏽‍♂️👨🏽‍🎓💞

Together, we have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally get more excited about 💙 Mother’s Day than my own birthday!🎁 The title also includes all my animals (past & present). 😉

🐾 At the moment, our fur-family consists of 3 feline & 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Carolina Dog) and Ella (a Great Dane & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna, two tortoiseshell shorthair "grand-kittens" named Lily and Piper & Theo, who is a ginger tabby.🐾

Perhaps you can surmise that I've always really enjoyed my animals. I think my pets help me cope with “people problems” better. 😉

Whether feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my ohana really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 And I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA).

I’m proud to be a Momma Bear 🐻🧸 Can you tell why Bettie White is my favorite Golden Girl!? 😂

My family says I’m “the jack of all trades, master of some.” 😆 I’m simply never bored! 🎨

So, besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many Hobbies:

  • (indoor) Alterations, Art-Journaling, Ballroom Dancing, Card-Making, Coloring, Crocheting, DIY, Face-Painting, Genealogy, Painting, Paper-Making, Pottery, Pressed Flower Craft (oshibana), Reading, Sewing, Smash/Scrap-booking, Watching Movies, Weaving, and West African Dancing.

(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)

  • (outdoor) Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hula Dancing, Kayaking, Rollerblading, Shooting, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, and Shopping.

  • I 💙 crafting! I like to try new techniques too. My new-found interests are ATCs & APCs. However, my portfolio is varied from fiber arts and beading to woodwork and pyrography. My "style" also varies and is sometimes "moody" because I tend to make what I feel. Most of the time I embrace the mixed-media, distressed look of inky grunge and painterly splatters. However, I also enjoy the beauty of clean-and-simple (CAS) designs sometimes.

  • My current collections are: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC/APC and the 7-of-❤️’s playing card (in all sizes & shapes), Deltiology (postcards), and Philately (postal stuff).

  • I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music. My go-to’s are usually country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl! Even in silence, I often have a tune playing in my head! 🤭

  • I am most comfortable at the ocean where I can lose all sense of time hunting for sea glass, smooth rocks, and tiny shells to use in my crafts! I also enjoy fishing, but this ol' gal ain't cut out for boats! I've got a fair pair of fins 🧜🏽‍♀️, but no "sea legs!" 🤢

  • I also enjoy spending quality time at libraries, museums, galleries, or studios. This is because I really enjoy folk-arts & handicrafts. I ❤️ experiential arts.
  • In my youth, I enjoyed traveling the Americas and spent time living in Chile as a foreign exchange student! Now, I prefer to travel in good company, whenever possible. However, my current travels have been vicariously via postcards!

I 💜 snail 🐌 mail! 💌

  • When handwriting, please print as I have difficulty reading some cursive penmanship.

Neatly written or typed things are always welcome!


Postcard Faves!

  • Female Pin-Ups (esp. bomber-girls & tasteful photography of risqué brunettes)
  • Post Office Buildings
  • Mailboxes 📮📭
  • Giant Trees 🌲
  • Studio Ghibli: Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service & My Neighbor Totoro
  • B&W Photography! Especially of:

    • People Dancing📻💃
    • Close-ups of Hands or Paws
    • Vintage Boots, Hats & Instruments📯🎻
    • Abandoned Cars, Trucks & Trains
    • Old Books, Globes & Typewriters
    • Saturday Evening Post, Life or Time
    • Indigenous, Pacific Island & Polynesian Cultures
  • Handmade postcards are always welcome too. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💗💜💖🤎🤍🖤💝 I heart art!

Please share your PC collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” PCs by Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press, Society 6, etc. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "No"), mail it and let me know why! I promise I’d never rate down for thoughtful intentions!

🍪🥠Special Request:

Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard🍪🥠

  • I also ask that my postcards please be sent ✏written🖊 on, but in an✉ envelope🌎 (if the swap allows a choice). The envelope (or clear sleeve) simply protects the image on the postcard from being smudged or torn by the USPS machinery (and they seem to be arriving damaged more recently).

WISHLIST (a.k.a. Insta-smiles 😃 & hearts 💕)

  • Star Wars Postage Stamps (new, used, or faux)
  • Sea Turtle Postage Stamps (new, used, or faux)
  • Husky Dog Postage Stamps (new/used)
  • Postage stamps from Pacific Islands, esp. Fiji, Papua New Guinea, or New Zealand
  • Pocket Letter with an Americana/Patriotic or Military Appreciation (Air Force) theme
  • Hand-carved Stamp of the Cookie Monster
  • Scraps of an Acrylic Pour, Marble Painting, or Citrasolv Page
  • Stitched/Sewn Paper Scraps or (tiny) Fabric Snippets
  • Typed/Written Poem, Song, Zine, or Story by YOU
  • Postage Stamps with: giant panda 🐼 bears (or Orca, Penguins, and Zebra; I have a B&W animal project in progress) 😉 😁
  • Any “flats” with perforated edges or shaped like postage stamps (the small flake sticker kind are super useful)
  • If you have ATCs that you don’t want, I’ll gladly make room for them in my collection! My only ask is that the cards be correctly sized (2.5” x 3.5”) please.

🤙🏽 Mahalo nui loa! 🤙🏽

  • Some swappers enjoy having a list to “shop” from, while others feel squelched by too many ideas. For this reason, I have tried to create “harmony” in my profile by listing some of the things I like. This is not an extensive listing, 😉 so swap partners can breathe easy because my default mode is to find the good in whatever is mailed my way. 😉 😃 😊

🚫Do Not Send🛑

  • Edibles: I am dye & gluten-sensitive and must eat strictly soy-free. This includes Red Dye #40 & the emulsifier “soy lecithin” frequently found in snack foods and chocolates. If a swap calls for edible treats, please refer to my Amazon list (linked above) for some ideas.

  • Albanese Gummy Bears

  • Big Hunk Nougat Candy Bars
  • Chic-o-Stick Peanut Butter Candies
  • Jolly Rancher Hard Candies (I throw/give away all the red/pink ones)
  • Jordan Almonds
  • Snyder’s GF Pretzels
  • White Cheddar Simply Cheetos

My Strong Dislikes Are:

🚫 Loose Glitter or Confetti

🚫 Claymation or Stop-motion Characters

🚫 Sock-puppets or Anything with Monkeys

🚫 Dolls or Zettiology Creatures

🚫 Zombies or Aliens

🚫 Cosmetics or Fragrances

🚫 Snakes, Spiders or Scorpions

The only exothermic (cold-blooded) animals that I enjoy are: sea turtles, lady bugs, and butterflies🦋 The occasional snail 🐌 isn’t any bother either, though I prefer the kawaii/cute snail to the realistic ones anytime!

Also, I cannot use any dog/cat treats (mine have allergies) or personal pictures of your animals. Thank you!

I greatly appreciate your efforts to avoid sending any of the above mentioned dislikes.


  • Disclosure: I am a DV & sexual trauma survivor with medically diagnosed post-traumatic stress injuries. The distress experienced following trauma is not a disorder, so I no longer say that I have PTSD. Steamboat Willy is my favorite original Disney character because it reminds me life’s more fun to live when ya got a whistling beat!

  • I have also been diagnosed with ADHD-Combined type but I prefer to call it “variable attention stimulus trait” {VAST}. The negative connotations associated with ADHD make me sad and angry because I’m a very intelligent, successful person. I am humble enough to admit that I struggle with trusting others, executive functions, and memory impairment. Still, I am also brave enough to ask for and accept help when I need it too. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been ways for me to re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner.

  • I am a {board-certified} peer-support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based recovery programs. Continuing education is part of maintaining my credentials, so I am often learning and training.

  • I was recently introduced to the {Gender Unicorn} and what it means to be an LGBTQ+ Ally. I share this because it’s not just a “current event”, but a journey to enlightenment for me. Although I am considered a “cisgender female”, and use the pronouns she/her(s), I am not a “girly-girl” and have an androgynous gender expressions. I self-identify as a two-spirit, third gender or {Māhū}, with polysexual attractions. Boots are my go-to heels, you’ll never catch me wearing a pa'u skirt without shorts underneath, and my "makeup" is tattooed on. 😉

  • I know from first-hand experience that having a {W.R.A.P} works. This plan allows me to monitor my feelings/behaviors and reduce the negative ones and I always advocate for mental health awareness.

    Please respect me and refrain from sending me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask. 😉


A Note About My Faith/Beliefs

  • My dog-tags say Non-denominational Christian ⛪️ but I consider myself to be a “spiritual” being, who recognizes God as a higher power. I find truth in many different places and therefore do not subscribe to any extreme religions or legalistic views.
  • Although I was baptized, as a teenager, in a Four Square Church, as an adult I find that nature is truly my favorite “church”. I often wander in the great outdoors, observe wildlife, and practice being a good steward of the universe.

  • I abhor politics & do not identify with any party. But I do believe it is my civic responsibility and privilege to practice informed voting so, I FactCheck before heading to the ballot box. Confirmation bias is as bad as hypocrisy, so I try not to propagate that malady, if I can help it.


  • Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful consideration with 💖-felt gratitude!

☺🚧 Profile page & person always under construction 🚧☺

(Up-to-date as of: 10/16/2021)


Swap Etiquette

I am 3 hours ahead of Swap-bot time!

  • As a swap coordinator, I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a "night-owl" and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)

  • As a co-founder or officer in multiple groups, I coordinate regular/recurring swaps that are often posted months in advance. However, to mitigate any further misunderstanding based on the perceived appearance of my dashboard, I will only participate in 16 (or less) swaps at any given time. If my dashboard = 16 swap capacity, but you’d like to swap privately, please direct message me.

  • Posted swaps that are left without any interest for 72 hours, will be deleted to perhaps repost at a different time.

  • I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to angel. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.

If you end up needing a swap angel'd, please direct message me after you’ve contacted your partner.

    • I follow-up on swaps if it's been thirty (30) USPS business days from the date I logged my swap as sent, (and at least two weeks from the deadline date) but no rating has been posted. I will contact my partner about a resend because I know postal services lose things sometimes.

    • I {rate} incoming swaps within 48 hours of their receipt. It’s my practice to only archive them once received/rated!
    • I am not concerned with postmark dates. They’re completely unreliable and have been counterfeited by swappers here before. As far as I’m concerned, if I receive the swap described you’re good to go. 👍🏼 🖐 I will never rate a 3/1 without contacting my partner and coordinator.
    • I appreciate feedback when rating and do try to make the time to respond to rater's comments accordingly. Even “silent” ratings I’ve received will often receive a simple “thank you” to show my gratitude for remembering to rate! However, there are times when I cannot get to all of them. This does not mean that I am any less grateful for the valuable time that you’ve invested in me or the happy mail! I promise.
      • I do not visit the public forums on purpose. My first visit there felt terribly negative and since it's not a membership requirement, I have made a healthy choice to avoid the unnecessary distress. I simply swap on Swap-bot because I enjoy sharing happy mail!

Interested in ATC Buddy JAMS?

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NOTE -2- SELF

Current USPS postage rates are as follows:

  • First-Class Forever Stamps = 58 cents
  • Postcard Stamps = 40 cents
  • Large Envelope “FLATS” = $1.16
  • Global Letters/Postcards = $1.30 each

Flat Rate Priority w/tracking is not guaranteed

  • Flat Rate (FR) Priority Envies = $8.70
  • FR Padded Envies = $9.30
  • FR Large Box = $22.65
  • FR Medium Box = $16.25
  • FR Small Box = $9.20

Ratings

colodad rated for ABCs: Sender’s Choice #8 on Oct 25, 2021
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Comment: Always nice to partner with you. Coffee? I am care person but live with coffee people. Fun theme.
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard and seeds! I love the clear envelope, it was super cute.
quaisoir rated for Disney ATC swap with a twist #13 on Oct 21, 2021
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Comment: Oh wow!! Grogu eating a frog is super cute!! Thank you so much!!
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the very pretty playing card. I love all the layers that you used. Also, thank you for joining in. Hope you are enjoying the challenges with each card.
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Comment: Adorable postcards ;) Thank you for coordinating ;)
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC! I need a little more practice with my ATCs but if I come up with any Disney ones I’d love to swap someday! :)
Eulegirl rated for WIYM: SSS - JUL 2021 (USA+) on Oct 13, 2021
5
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Comment: I am so sorry for the late rating--I found this one hiding from me! Thank you so much for the amazing ATLA stickers. I LOVE them!!!!
Response: You're most welcome. :-) Thank you for rating with heart!
kizzlets rated for MAS: Your favourite animal on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the sea turtle ATC! I love sea turtles too, a friend and I used to visit Lanikai Beach on Oahu Island (when I lived there). There is a bunch of sea turtles swimming in the beach, it's awesome to watch!
Response: This is awesome to hear that you too enjoy sea turtles - I hope to one day swim near them in the Islands too! I see them out here (from afar) since we have huge nesting grounds for 5 of the 7 species represented here...and I rescued a greeny hatchling when I worked at the Sebastian Inlet. I think sea turtles are such amazing creatures!
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Comment: To not wear a scarf daily you sure selected a beautiful scarf for me! Thank you so much it made my day! I will be wearing this scarf when I go to Pakistan in October!
Response: It was my pleasure! Safe and happy travels :-)
Wanda rated for WIYM: SSS-SEP 2021 (USA+) on Sep 27, 2021
5
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Comment: WOW, Harmony! What a beautiful and elaborate card you made…and with a pocket inside! Even the inside of the card is exquisite! Thank you so much! 🌻 And thank you for the Dollar Tree gift card! I can certainly make good use of it - especially during this Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas season. You are so artistically talented and thoughtful. ❤️
Response: Oh, goodie! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed what I sent. Happy mail mission accomplished! :-)
Art90world rated for Disney ATC swap with a twist #12 on Sep 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely atc!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for rating with heart :-)
watercolorgirl rated for Happy Mail -4- J&H! on Sep 25, 2021
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Comment: A million hearts to you for the package that arrived here today. I nearly fainted. WOW!!
Response: You're delightful to swap with, Julia~thank YOU for another fun opportunity to connect via snail mail! Hugs & hearts right back-atcha!
cajiky rated for Happy Mail -4- Eugenie & Harmony on Sep 17, 2021
5
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Comment: Hi Harmony. Thank you very much for tea you send me in our private swap. I just received it today, on my birthday.. You make me 😊. Have a nice time! I send you some private message soon.
Response: Yay! Happy birthday!
chimerix rated for GAG: Shaker ATC - Profile Based🎨 on Sep 16, 2021
5
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Comment: Love! I adore the Alice shaker ATC! So special. And thanks for the goodies to craft with. Aloha
Response: Mahalo! I am relieved that you liked this ATC too. You're welcome; happy to share with you, friend.😉
pernie123 rated for WIYM: SSS - AUG 2021 (USA+) on Sep 13, 2021
5
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Comment: I love the cards. I have been to Cliff House in CA. I love black tea. I have it every day..Thank you very much.
Response: Thank goodness! I am glad that I could send along some things that you'll enjoy using. Thank you for rating with ❤ and participating in the swap!
watercolorgirl rated for H & J’s Buddy JAMS on Sep 13, 2021
5
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Comment: Oh my gosh. I just got the gnome starter ATCs and goodies in the mail today. You went beyond helping me out for my first time doing a JAM. Thank you so much. Can't wait to send one HOME to you.
Response: You're such a joy to swap with. It's been a pleasure. Thank you for rating with ❤ and returning my homer ATC so promptly. I love both of my new ATCs (autumn gnome and flowery cat)!
hibiscus rated for YTPC: Junk Journal - US Only on Sep 11, 2021
5
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Comment: I couldn’t wait to see my journal and this amazing journal is betting anything I could imagine! Absolutely the most wonderful handmade book! Everything every page and insert and treat is creative artistic and totally crafted to my profile made just for me… I truly have no words to fast how touch and please do am. Thank you harmony joy… I hope one day I am come close to repaying you for this wonderful gift!!
Response: You're such a wonderful and kind person. Thank you for the extremely encouraging words. I am genuinely happy to have shared a journal that you'll enjoy so much. You deserve it!
AmookIslandCreations rated for CR: USA Craft Magazine on Sep 11, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for this wonderful uppercase magazine exploring the CMYK. It will be fun to use in future swaps! I have a few of the books They are fun too! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Fantastic! I am glad to learn that it arrived to you safely and that you'll enjoy its use. Thank you for rating with a little ❤ today too. It makes my day!
chimerix rated for SSM: Name your ATC swap #6 on Sep 10, 2021
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Comment: I absolutely love the fabric ATC you made for me. Mahalo!
Response: You're welcome, Hannah! I am always glad to see your positive ratings because mailing to your neck of the woods has been hit-or-miss sometimes, so it still makes me nervous. Mahalo for always being so prompt about ratings too. I appreciate you. ♥
Petaltea rated for MAS: Tokyo Olympics 2020 (32nd) on Sep 10, 2021
5
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Comment: Wow!! Just fantastic! Well done I love it!! Awesome details. I’m keeping this one :) Thanks for joining!!
Response: 🥰 Arigato! Your kind words make me smile inside and out. I am very happy that you like the ATC enough to keep too! This was a fun swap idea and I am grateful to you for coordinating it even though it was just us two. 😉 I love the ATC that you made for me as well - it’s a definite keeper!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1562 227 231
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1124 1744 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

tcornell on Oct 20, 2021:

Thank you for the happy mail stickers!!! ♥♥♥

Poohtat on Oct 18, 2021:

Thank you for the LSRUS Wish for Happy Mail. The stickers are perfect

supersquirrel on Oct 17, 2021:

Thank you so much for these adorable happy mail stickers! Such a nice The ABCs RAK 🍪🐿️🍪

watercolorgirl on Oct 16, 2021:

Absolutely love the "good/bad fairy" jam ATC. The tulle was a very nice touch. Thank you for also sharing the happy mail stickers.

CariahCreates on Oct 6, 2021:

Thank you for the pocket letter backings you sent from the LSRUS group

VaGrammy66 on Sep 22, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful Washi and cards! I love all of them!

ThrivingWell on Sep 19, 2021:

Thank you!!!! ~ for the wonderful stack of postcards in your RAK! This has been so fun, so sort through all the beautiful & fun images. 💕 ~ Z

watercolorgirl on Sep 18, 2021:

Oh my gosh!! I absolutely love the cat buddy jams ATC. Especially her delicate golden necklace. It made my day and thank you for doing this with me. I really appreciate it.

hibiscus on Sep 11, 2021:

You are a talented creative kind and generous person .. my junk journal is a true treasure .. every page is a treat!! Thank you so much

thebragal on Sep 9, 2021:

Love your additions to the ABC Swap. Thank you

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