Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2021 5:42 pm


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: October 22, 2021
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi! I'm Nicole. I'm here because snail mail is a fun, low-stress hobby I can invest more or less time in as the seasons of my life allow, and I enjoy the connections made with snail-mail partners from all over. :) The info in my profile is for those, like me, who prefer lengthy profiles to get to know their partners. However, if you are a "less is more" person, feel free to skip over the chattiness & just please avoid the items in the "Please No" section (hopefully not too constraining). Other than that, I enjoy the many creative ideas people come up with in their snail-mail and my partners need not feel like they have to be profile-specific unless the swap calls for it! :)

I live in the outskirts of Atlanta, GA, I'm 40-something, married to a cute & fun Brazilian man, mom to 2 beautiful young (adult) women. We became empty nesters in 2020. I'm currently in grad school slowly pursuing my Masters degree 20+ years after my undergrad.

Other than that... I enjoy snail mail (obvs), thrifting, reading, hiking/walking, healthy-eating, being active in my church, tea-drinking, houseplants, my cat, my dog, sunshine & summertime, and an occasional nip of whiskey! ;)

In sum- to quote one of my favorite poets, Langston Hughes, "Well, I enjoy eating, sleeping, drinking, and loving people. I like to work and read, to learn new things and to understand life."

My husband and I recently bought an RV, so we are excited to begin enjoying that. We also hope to move "out to the country" within the next year. I'm eager to embrace a small town lifestyle, having lived in a metro/urban area my entire life.

Travel has been a huge part of my life, personally & academically. Places I've visited &/or studied: Mexico (spent many summers there as a child), Canada, Cuba, Brazil, France, England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy (& the Vatican), as well as Puerto Rico and 25 U.S. states + D.C. so far. I love to travel, even though I'm skittish about flying!

package pro-tip:

I've received some packages lately where the postage is nearly $10 or more- and the package isn't even all that big, it's just the weight. I feel bad for my fellow swap-botters spending so much on postage when I know they could be saving a bit. If you send heavy packages out on occasion, order yourself some priority mail padded flat rate envelopes from USPS. There is no cost to deliver them to your home and you can fill them up as much as you want for $8.55 as of October 2021. These are usually not available in the post office (at least where I live) though, so you have to order them online,

Stuff I like

Please know that this is is no way mean to be a 'list of expectations", just some info for swaps that call for well-filled out profile likes & because I personally like to have lots to go on when I'm reading my own partners' profiles. :)

Late 2021 Wishlist: blue & white/ off white/ tan color Christmas items, cow Christmas items, rubber stamps (used ok!) in any of the following themes: butterflies, cats/ pawprints, houseplants.

My favorite colors are probably blues- all shades from sky to navy, especially combined with white. I'm also currently loving the following colors or combinations of them in my dining room: lavender, plum, navy, leafy greens, and small pops of tangerine. These colors are in a scenic painting my husband had commissioned as a gift for me based on a photograph I took- I love it!

  • A: (original) Art, Architecture (I swoon over the designs of Oscar Niemeyer and Zaha Hadid)
  • B: books, bourbons
  • C: Carolina dogs, Cats! (especially grey tabbies like my kitty) , cognac, cloudscapes
  • D: Dolly Parton, dollhouse minis, donkeys
  • E: 'eighties vibes, ephemera pockets, essential oils (brands I trust for purity are YL, DoTerra, Revive & Plant Therapy)
  • F: farm life imagery (tractors, cows, donkeys, goats), Fiestaware, flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, lupine, wildflowers), forests, Fornasetti imagery, French culture & language
  • G: Garfield & Odie, Gluebooks
  • H: hand lettering, hiking, honeybees, houseplants
  • I: Iconography of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • J: Junk Journals
  • K: Kittens
  • L: lemon prints, library & literary themes, linguistics (my passion!), lunar phases
  • M: Maine, matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them), Mexican folk art, Mamma Mia! (movies & stage musicals)
  • N: National Parks
  • O: Owls
  • P: photography, poetry (uplifting rather than depressing), polaroids, politeness, Pusheen the cat
  • Q: Queretaro, Mexico (my childhood second home)
  • R: RV-ing (we are newly "fifth-wheelers")
  • S: seascapes, Selena Quintanilla, Southern US culture/ lifestyle/ aesthetics/ music/ food, etc... (think Sweet Home Alabama to the Kentucky Derby and everything in between!), starfish & sea horses, simple living, sunsets, sunshine & summertime
  • T: travel, tea time, toile prints
  • U: Umbrellas (images & prints)
  • V: View Master toys & reels, vintage cameras, vegetable seeds for planting
  • W: watercolor paintings, whiskey, wholesomeness, washi
  • X: xenophilia :)
  • Y: YOUR art: doodles/ drawings/ sketches, watercolors/ paintings, collage, mail art, altered ephemera, photography, etc...
  • Z: Zibaldone

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Much of my clothing and home decor comes from thrift/vintage stores. I'm definitely not a minimalist but I'm drawn to the ideals of minimalism & strive to "live with less".

If you don't know what to write, I enjoy quotes, song lyrics, haikus, jokes, or simple notes about you or your day.

My postcard wishlist:

  • National Parks, especially the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters
  • colorful/ Kodachrome vintage scenic cards
  • women or children reading
  • tea-themed
  • people dancing
  • cats or people with cats
  • animal illustrations
  • cute farm mammals especially cows, donkeys, or goats
  • Postcards from places I've visited:
    I never seem to buy enough postcards from the places I travel, and send them all out, then wish I had kept some for my own memories. So I'm always appreciative of postcards from any of the following locations-
    Europe: London, Paris, Strasbourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice, Slovenia, Italian Alps
    South America: Brazil (Goiania, Salvador, Brasilia)
    North/Central America: Mexico (Acapulco, Cancun, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Pena de Bernal), Cuba (Havana), Puerto Rico (San Juan), U.S. (Los Angeles, Tucson, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Nashville, Hilton Head Island, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, NY City, Columbus OH, Maine- Portland & Bar Harbor/ Acadia), Canada (Montreal, Niagara Falls, Ontario).

I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I try to avoid black tea (sort of- but do love a cuppa Earl Grey), and mostly stick to green tea with jasmine or green tea with mint (not a fan of plain old green tho), or herbal teas- I especially love spearmint, hibiscus, and lemongrass. My favorite bagged tea brands are NUMI & Runa brands, and I always like trying new flavors in those lines or other unique surprises you may have to share! (Sadly I have a slight ginger sensitivity, which is unfortunate because I really like the taste, so I do try to avoid blends with ginger)

If anyone wants to pass along a book to me they think I would enjoy, that would be lovely! If sending media mail makes it more affordable, please feel free, and you can message me the "note" to go with it (since technically media mail is only supposed to include educational items, no personal correspondence).

For fiction I enjoy mostly realistic contemporary or historical, some magical realism, and some dystopia (mostly YA for that genre). I enjoy both classics and contemporary novels. My favorite contemporary author is probably Liane Moriarty. I also enjoy Fredrik Backman and I've recently discovered Amity Gaige and think she's brilliant. Please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder. I'm also not into the "harlequin" type romances, but a novel with a romantic plot is fine (for example I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife").

As for nonfiction I mostly read memoirs, particularly related to travel and expats exploring international language and cultures, or people who had very rural or nature-rich childhoods. I'm passionately and professionally interested in linguistics (socio, psycho, historical, cultural, etc) and my favorite linguist is John McWhorter. I really enjoy his books as well as his take on current issues.

Thrift store swaps
When I thrift, I always look out for blue & white dishes or pottery & Longaberger baskets, though I realize those are tough to mail. For smaller things, I enjoy vintage hankies or napkins with embroidery, vintage/ retro brooches, silk scarves, interesting belt buckles, small original paintings, needlepoint, & vintage (unstained) baby clothes.

Skin care products
Some swaps I join may call for skin care type items. I have very sensitive skin, so if at all possible, I greatly prefer very gentle, mostly natural products. Burt's Bees is an example of a brand that is easily found in most stores. I find many places, including Wal-Mart, now have a nice selection of more naturally sourced products. If you use essential oils like YL or DT, I would love any recommendations of EO products you have enjoyed, including DIY formulas.

Please NO

crudity, nudity, profanity, or religious/ spiritual materials in swaps I'm sent (Orthodox Christian iconography is in my likes, so obviously, that's an exception). Thanks for respecting my beliefs and preferences, I'll do the same for those I send to.

As for book swaps, please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder.

the following things won't offend me, but in the interest of full disclosure and saving your postage on things I probably won't use or pass on...

I prefer not to receive:

Please do NOT send me friendship books or sticker bags or other such "pass it along" mail. I don't participate in them, so their journey will probably end with me.

broken or rusty jewelry or other such items. I know some people are very creative with these things, but I'm not.

I don't sew or do any needle crafts so please save your extra needle craft supplies for someone who will actually use and enjoy them.

Also I have been put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist & physician so other than bagged teas, I'd prefer not to receive anything edible.


I'm not super crafty. I know to many people this might seem strange because they consider swap-bot to be a craft exchange site. I consider it and use it as a pen-pal/ snail-mail site.
I do enjoy creating collage journals/ glue-books/ smash books, zibaldones and mail art

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty/ random destash things I would enjoy and use include:
* random single playing cards with images of cats on them. Why? I don't know, but I've received a few over the years here, and now I have an odd little collection that I find myself strangely fond of :)
* glassine or vellum envelopes or pockets of any size
* beautiful/ interesting ephemera or images to put in my glue books
* ephemera pockets, folders, and tags
* die cuts, especially nature themed (butterflies, animals, plants, celestial, weather themed...
* nature/ animal themed rubber stamps (gently used fine)
* still usable/ inky ink pads
* blank labels to use to write addresses on mail art envies
* good quality crafting glue sticks (not the kind for hot glue guns, the kind for paper crafting:)
* nice colored pencils
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D), I esp. enjoy washi stickers, nature, & vintage travel themed
* washi (the papery kind, not the plastic-y kind)
* blank kraft paper stickers/ seals I can use my rubber stamps on here's an example
* handmade or decorated envelopes

My swap-bot M.O.

I rate fairly according to swap-bot's rating criteria. If I receive a swap that meets all posted swap requirements, including being sent on time, I rate a 5. If I personally feel the swap was extra special to me, and that actually happens a lot, I add a heart For those that are new to swapping, and aren't aware, though, I'd just like to point out that it's generally considered very bad form to ask for hearts; it's really subjective. If the swap does not meet requirements, including being unreasonably late, I'll rate a 3. If I feel a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not received anything I will contact you first before rating a 1. I try to reflect my swap experience honestly and fairly, both for the person sending to me & the rest of the s-b community. You can count on me to rate quickly (although I don't check my POB every day, so don't get nervous if your d.c. says the package has been delivered & I haven't rated the same day; probably just didn't check my box yet, give me a day or 2;)).

To those I send to, I pledge to swap unto others as I would have swapped unto me; I'll send on time (or would pm you if for some extenuating circumstance I couldn't) & I'll put effort into making swaps that I hope would make my partners smile.

My swap-bot weak spot: replying to profile comments. I will reply to pm's (that need replying) but admit that since I can view comments from e-mail without logging into s-b, I sometimes forget to reply later or they get pushed off my profile quickly by other comments & there is no way to mark them "unread". So the short of it is: if you really need a reply from me, better to pm than comment, though I do love sweet comments I get that require no direct reply!:)

These days I'm in less official swaps, and enjoy granting wishes for my favorite groups, Wishlist and Cheap Postage swaps, tags, and fun
I have so much fun granting wishes & finding happy surprises in my mail box! :)

Note to self, waiting on a rating from:

@Hoorayforhappymail for 3 Things In An Envelope #10 mailed 3/14- messaged 8/6, she replied she would check and let me know, messaged again 9/2 offering to send pics of the stamped swap- no reply


Comment: Thank you very much!
Comment: Hi Nicole! Oh my . . . I LOVE all the animal goodies you sent--even the envelope was stamped with animals! LOVE the Mrs Grossman's cats (will be hoarding those), and that llama postcard is so cute. Thanks for sending extra items, too. Wonderful swap and hope we're partnered again very soon!!
dottyspeckle rated for SMSUSA: Pick 5!! on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Very cool assortment of items! The images are perfect. Thank you so much!
Begokschaf rated for WIYM: SSS-OCT 2021 (USA+) on Oct 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved all 3 things so much.
ladylouie rated for CPG Daily Q's #9 - US on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Awesome PC
Comment: Thanks for the envie. It arrived in a damaged bag from USPS, looked like the envie was torn practically in half, but it still weighed in fairly close to 3oz. and without anything damaged. I like the botanical PC, pinup magazine pages, and the cat stationary.
marles rated for CPG Oct 2021 Senders Choice PC - US on Oct 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks! I loved Venice as well!
Comment: The collage is lovely!
debbiespoms rated for CPG Halloween Card 2021 - US on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: Received your Black cat Halloween card and goodies today. Thank you so much for them & your note about your daughter being born on Halloween. I hope she has a fun birthday & fun Halloween! And, have fun handing out treats. I love the card & goodies very much!
Akanksha23 rated for CPG-BIG happy mail swap #3-US on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: Loved everything! Thank you..
Comment: Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for the swap! I loved everything you sent me. :)
Comment: Thanks for these, including the extra PC! I love them, especially the alchemy of tea one.
Comment: Yay, parrot! Is this your parrot? If so, mine says hello. โ˜บ Thank you for sending this photo collection.
Comment: Nicole, Thank you for the books. I am going to be a crazy person and wait for Christmas to open them. You should see me on Xmas day. I open a gift each hour so I can make Xmas last. I know!!! I'm insane.
warheart rated for UHM: Fall Mail Art โญ on Oct 9, 2021
Comment: What a pretty envelope!! Thank you!
Magenta3 rated for CPG-BIG happy mail swap #3-US on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks.
TonyaAshe rated for CPG-BIG happy mail swap #3-US on Oct 8, 2021
Juniebird rated for CPG-Tea time-US on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the teas and stickers! The tea stickers are so cute!
mchesser12 rated for WIYM: 5 PC Scavenger Hunt #3 USA on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcards and the Disney one too. Hopefully you'll make it to Augusta one day. I've lived here all my life and still haven't explored everything :)

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Linsoid on Oct 15, 2021:

Thanks a bunch for the teas for my Oct CPG wishes!! I am so excited to try them all!!

ladyaries7 on Sep 29, 2021:

Thank you so much for the teas! cheap postage group- september wishes

bluerose3 on Sep 29, 2021:

Thank you for the nice variety of stickers (CPG September wishlist)

Swan on Sep 25, 2021:

Thank you for the September wishes for the Wishlist group! I just looove that umbrella envelope!

Tryph on Sep 21, 2021:

Thanks for the great envie from my August wishlist that arrived today. The cutouts are amazing and I love the flower postcard. Thank you!

mejulia on Sep 20, 2021:

Thank you for the great postcards you sent from the wishlist group. I really will enjoy them.

LadyJo on Sep 16, 2021:

Thank you for the CPG September wishes of postcards for my project! Great selection!

Queensmiley2530 on Sep 9, 2021:

Thank you for Aug cpg wishes of Handmade Envies. Love the design and the strudy of them.

Swan on Sep 2, 2021:

Thank you for the women postcards, envie, and quote for my August wishlist! The Causebox pcs are my very favorites!

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