Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2023 3:47 am


Date Joined: April 21, 2023
Last Online: December 10, 2023
Birthday: November 29, 1982
Country: United States
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Pengins for Everyone

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Profile last updated/reviewed: Nov. 2, 2023

About Me

Hi! I'm Joan, a 40-year-old nonbinary person (they/them) living in Florence, Arizona, USA, with 3 other humans and a stunning number of cats. I've been doing postcard and greeting card exchanges through Postcrossing (where I'm jconcilio), Reddit (primarily r/randomactsofcards, where I'm also PinkPengin just like here), Instagram, Facebook and private swapping since 2021 and have sent more than 2,500 cards between all those. I've recently gotten into swapping stamps, junk journals and other fun ephemera-type stuff as well, largely thanks to Swap-bot.

I love penguins, and my wife and I run a small nonprofit called Pengins for Everyone that gives away plush penguin friends (or, as we say, "pengins") to people who need a pick-me-up. We've given away about 1,300 since 2017.

Favorite Things

I am happy with almost anything other than the few things listed in "Prefer to Avoid" below. But, if you want to extra-much make my day...

Colors: All shades of blues, teals, purples and grays

Animals: Penguins (!!!), owls, cats, capybaras, snails

Themes/interests/hobbies: Stuffed animals, anything rainbow or Pride-themed (my whole family is super-queer, and I am nonbinary so I especially love enby stuff), cute monsters, cute robots, the beach/ocean, tarot, abstract art, anything bright-colored, martial arts, jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles/crosswords/sudoku, things that are neat and well-organized, interesting postage stamps and stamp-based art

Stuff I watch/listen to/read: Ted Lasso, Below Deck, David Byrne/Talking Heads, Meow Wolf, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, Studio Ghibli (especially Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro), all kinds of books (especially YA and queer romance/lesfic)

Postcards I'm particularly extra-interested in: Anything from Hoogerheide (a small village in the Netherlands); anything related to Australia, Nigeria, or Pennsylvania (the US state); Blue Cats, LouPaper, Raspberry Paper and Blue December Art cards; Tausendschön; maxicards; World's Fair-related items; obviously penguin cards; anything tied to my other interests listed above

Stamps I'm particularly extra-interested in: Any that have penguins (I'm a proud member of the Penguins on Stamps Study Unit of the American Topical Association, which is probably the geekiest thing I've ever written), cats (domestic or wild), rainbows, Pride/LGBTQIA+ themes or queer people, World's Fair, computers, math themes, bacteria/viruses/microscopic imagery

Prefer to Avoid

Anything religious, loose glitter, confetti, horror, gore, clowns, babies, the word "moist"; anything too feminine; I especially don't really prefer pink, despite the username (my namesake "Pink Pengin" plush friend is actually purple, ask me about that, LOL)

Swap-bot Basics

I love swapping, and I have never flaked on a swap, or sent one late.

As such: If you do not receive a swap from me 2 weeks after the deadline (if you're in the US) or 4 weeks after (if you're in other countries), please let me know and I will gladly resend.

I do not go tracking down ratings, so if you don't rate, I am not going to assume, "Oh, they must not have gotten it," I am assuming that, like most of us, life got busy and you needed to focus on in-person people and commitments and not the random nonbinary penguin-lover who mailed you that whatever-it-was!

I do rate every card I receive as promptly as I can, but due to regular travel, you may not get rated the day or even the week your card shows up in my mailbox. I do commit to posting in the "what's new" section of this profile if I will be gone and not picking up mail for more than a few days, so that senders will know!

Also, as long as what you send me isn't, like, actively hateful, you're going to get a heart. Arrives 3 months after the send date from the next town over? Heart. Ugliest card in your collection but it wasn't an ugly card swap? Heart. Didn't feel like writing anything but the swap name today so you threw some old, completely-unrelated-to-anything-I-like stickers on it and called it good? Heart.

I like all mail. All mail makes me happy. I don't like telling people that their mail didn't make me quite as happy as the next person's. I don't expect anyone else to use this system, but I do want to be clear that you don't have to do anything special to "earn" a heart from me. I just love you for taking the time and the cost of postage to send me something other than a bill.


Comment: Thank you! I like the colors on the art. I might look up the artist later 😊
argentbat13 rated for The Letter D - postcard swap on Dec 5, 2023
Comment: Hello! I love how you decorated the postcard in all D related things. Thank you for the postcard!
Response: I'm glad you liked the "extra D factor" lol! :)
myancey rated for SCATTS - C - Round 13 - US Only on Dec 1, 2023
Comment: I love love this postcard so pretty I love that you used cyan and coral and a coral stamp and the cats washi is awesome. Thanks so much. Always love your handwriting 2
Response: :) Yay! I'm glad you liked all the C things.
marinda rated for WORLD TELEVISION DAY 21st NOVEMBER on Nov 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great pc! I love the stamps too. I don't watch a lot of TV either. I'm a book lover. :)
knittymarie rated for Ugly PC Swap #76 on Nov 25, 2023
Comment: I actually kind of love this. You're right it's very plain.
Response: It certainly does not get too complicated, LOL! I'm super happy you kinda like it!
ItsmeAmanda rated for PC-Places I've never been 5 on Nov 24, 2023
Comment: Loved the postcard I received!
Response: Yay!
Dan rated for Once Upon a Postcard #6 on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the swap. Very creative !
Response: Yay, I'm glad you liked it!
JDiFani rated for WIYM: NAKED BRIDGE POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 21, 2023
Comment: Great PC! I also love the washi and stickers you added! I too am not a fan of going over bridges, they make me really nervous!
mjhaertling rated for Scavenger Junk Journal Round #10 on Nov 20, 2023
Comment: What a nice collage. I like that you used an inchie that you received in a swap on your collage. The card from your mother-in-law is a beautiful use of embroidery.
marinda rated for Animal Postcard (sent naked) on Nov 14, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much. I love this postcard!! 😀
tcornell rated for SCATTS - A - Round 13 - US Only on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: Love the PC, great answers, & such lovely penmanship! Thank you :)
Response: Aw, you made my day - thanks!
MamaKek rated for Scavenger Junk Journal Round #10 on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: I adore this page! The colors and elements all go together so beautifully.
Response: Aw, thanks! This one seemed to come together more easily for me than some, so I'm glad it "worked" visually to someone else looking at it too!!
PeliKat rated for Pre 1970 Ephemera Swap on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: Joan, I loved the envelope! It's amazing how intriguing brown kraft paper looks when it gets a little artistic touch added to it! That washi tape IS perfect for it! The 5x7 photograph is begging for a caption - and I'm toying with several in my head. 🤭 You chose such unique items to send for this swap. 'Tube City Beer' reminded me of the 'Falls City Beer' that my Dad drank when I was a little girl. I'm fascinated with the Chinese "ent. fee to house of kan?????" such a cool and curious item! And the little flower piece with the hand and the tag that says Peace and Love -any idea what that may have originally been on? I love everything you sent; thanks so much for a special swap!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked everything!! The flowers were from a very old (Victorian-era) set of pieces that someone had cut out for decoupage and just saved in an old, old box that I bought at a stamp, postcard and ephemera shop in Spokane, WA, earlier this year. I have tons of them, some so fragile I can't really do anything with them but some like those that are in decent shape still. I'm so excited to share them!
kawaiirox21 rated for Pre 1970 Ephemera Swap on Nov 12, 2023
Comment: Always lovely to swap with you! Love the package. :)
Response: Oh, yay, glad you liked it! :)
Macw1975 rated for SCRABBLE #14 on Nov 9, 2023
Comment: Very impressive list!
user4112 rated for Pre 1970 Ephemera Swap on Nov 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful items. It's fun to go back in time and I look forward to using these in the future.
Response: :)
JaneG rated for Vintage tourist card #39 on Nov 6, 2023
Comment: Love the Heidelburg postcard. The castle looks very imposing! Would love to get there one day.
Response: So would I!
stargirlstudio rated for Junk Journal Round 37 on Nov 2, 2023
Comment: This is such a cute spread!!!
Comment: Oh, thank you so much for resending this swap! It was a pleasant surprize in my mailbox, and I love the postcard. I had to resend a postcard today to a partner who didn't receive the first one. I suppose with all the mail that goes through it shouldn't be surprizing that some gets lost. Thank you again!! :)
Response: You are so welcome! The funniest part is that the first one, I mailed from literally less than a mile from your house, as I was close by for an appointment, LOL. And I thought, well, if THAT can't make it there... what on earth can! Hahaha.
xninolax rated for NYUP: 3 Weird Postcards #9 on Nov 1, 2023
Comment: Haha LOL thanks for making your "truly cannot fathom who I could ever send this to" my problem now XD These cards are really weird indeed! Great swap. Thanks for the extras too <3
Response: You are so welcome... thank YOU for taking them off my hands lol!

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myancey on Oct 31, 2023:

Thanks for the extras and the stickers. I still love your handwriting

myancey on Oct 30, 2023:

Joan after scratching my head and finally finding your message I am thankful for your bonus card. But it took me a moment because I was like pink penguin is not my partner for this swap why’d she send me this. Great list though. And I am in love and obsessed with your handwriting ! Thank you

simcoe54 on Oct 1, 2023:

Vintage Postcards - August WTA -- Thanks for the lovely water postcards. Perfect for my collection.

MuggleMom on Sep 8, 2023:

Thanks for the great PCs for PH August WTA.



user6937 on Jul 18, 2023:

PH WTA pc's have arrived, and thanks for your summery note, too!

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