Swap-bot Time: June 21, 2021 8:24 am


Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: June 20, 2021
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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Hi! I'm Nicole. I'm here because I love snail mail and it's a hobby I can invest more or less time in as the seasons of my life allow.

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! :)

getting to know me...

I live near Atlanta, 40-something, married to a cute & funny Brazilian man, mom to 2 beautiful young (adult) women. The oldest is in her mid 20's and recently engaged, so we're planning a wedding for 2022! The youngest is in college. We just became empty nesters in 2020. I'm currently in grad school slowly pursuing a Masters to teach ESOL.

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

My husband and I recently bought an RV, so we are excited to begin enjoying that, and 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!

Some Stuff I like

  • blues (my fave color palette is blue & white, esp. in the summer)
  • books
  • bourbons
  • brooches, especially vintage
  • Cats! (especially grey tabbies like my kitty)
  • cognac
  • cloudscapes,
  • Dolly Parton
  • dollhouse minis
  • donkeys
  • farm life images
  • Fiestaware
  • flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, wildflowers)
  • forests
  • Fornasetti imagery
  • French culture & language (took 3 years in hs, visited twice, and trying to refresh my ability with Duolingo)*
  • Garfield & Odie
  • Our Lady of (Virgen de) Guadalupe
  • hand lettering
  • hiking
  • honeybees
  • houseplants
  • Icons of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • lemons/ lemon prints/ yellow accents (esp. for the kitchen)
  • libraries & literary themes
  • lunar phases
  • Maine
  • matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them)
  • mountains
  • moonrise
  • National Parks
  • photography
  • polaroids
  • Pusheen the cat
  • RV-ing (we are newly "fifth-wheelers")
  • seascapes
  • Selena Quintanilla
  • sketches, doodles, and one-line drawings- I'd love to receive one of yours on unlined, unfolded paper! :)
  • starfish & sea horses
  • succulents
  • simple living
  • sunsets
  • sunshine & summertime
  • travel
  • tea time
  • View Master toys & reels
  • vintage cameras
  • vintage fashion
  • watercolor paintings
  • whiskey

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Much of my clothing and home decor comes from thrift/vintage stores

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

I would love to receive any postcards from National Parks, especially the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters, I also especially like artsy pcs, seascapes, skyscapes, nature-scapes, colorful vintage scenic cards, and any cards featuring the following: mothers with children, images of 2 little girls (because I have 2 daughters), women or children reading, tea-themed, people dancing, hiking trails, cats, women or girls with cats, vintage fashion.

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. To that end, I am always appreciative of postcards (or stickers or bookmarks) 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, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende), 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)

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, or Traditional Medicinals 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)


For fiction I enjoy mostly realistic contemporary or historical, some magical realism, and some dystopia. 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.

As for nonfiction I mostly read memoirs, particularly related to travel and expats exploring international language and cultures. 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.

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.

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 (no soy, no dairy, no wheat, no peanuts, no corn, no canola, limited sugars- no fun, right?), so other than organic bagged teas, I'd prefer not to receive anything edible.

my girls

I have 2 young adult daughters who aren't s-b members but I occasionally enjoy sharing little surprises I receive with them. If swaps are more easy to be fulfilled by sending something they would like, that would be fine with me.

L is a college student. She likes: Imagine Dragons, One Direction (especially Niall Horan), John Mayer, delicate gold tone necklaces, bracelets and rings, makeup samples, honeybees, sloths... Her college spirit colors are gold & purple. Her favorite movies are both of the Mamma Mia! musicals & Dirty Dancing.

R is in her 20's. She's a licensed COTA as well as a working actress including commercials & extra work in films & tv shows- she has even been a double for a famous actress in a Disney movie. She loves musical theater, retro/ vintage & bohemian style, cute Halloween & Dia de los muertos themes, the beach, yoga, hiking, FRIENDS & The Office & Schitts Creek (the tv shows), card/ board games. She is recently engaged, so now we are planning a wedding!


I'm just not very 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 keep a collage journal/ glue-book/ smash book, and occasionally take on simpler crafty endeavors.

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty things I would enjoy and use include:
* die cuts, especially nature themed (butterflies, animals, plants, celestial, weather themed...
* new(er) ink pads to use with the rubber stamps I already have
* good quality crafting glue sticks (not the kind for hot glue guns, the kind for paper crafting:)
* colored pens, colored sharpies, brush markers, colored pencils
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D)
* travel location stickers, like the kind people used to put on their luggage
* handmade envelopes, sturdy
* brooches- new, vintage, etc. None with missing pieces please.
* super longshot wish: anyone who has back issues of Darling Magazine or Magnolia magazine and would be willing to pass them along to me, I would be forever grateful!


spotteddogs rated for CPG Stamps Galore Envie - US on Jun 20, 2021
Comment: Came home from a trip to find this WONDERFUL envelope of paper goodies - my favorite thing! I love absolutely everything you sent in this generous envie covered with pretty stamps! Thanks for such a GREAT swap!
funstuff rated for CPG June 2021 SC PC - US Only on Jun 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcard. I enjoyed your note and hope some day you will be able to visit Oregon. It is truly beautiful doris
Lablauri57 rated for LSRUS-Tea time-US on Jun 19, 2021
Comment: What a wonderful assortment of teas, thank you and the stickers are so dang cute!!! Will be cute on my envies for future tea swaps. Do believe I will have a spot of tea right now. Oh which one shall I pick!!!! Lemon ginger wins out
DarshanaM rated for Junk Journal Stash Stuff Swap on Jun 14, 2021
Comment: 1 heart is too less for all the effort that you put into the swap. It was a huge collection of some awesome goodies. You are very creative and left me speechless with you package. Thankyou for the wonderful package.
Response: Thank you for the rating and kind comment- I appreciate you letting me know you enjoyed it! :)
jeka396 rated for CPG Sticker Slapped PC #10 - US on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the sticker slapped PC, the various Kawaii characters were cute!!
Comment: While I do enjoy some adult coloring books I agree that the postcards are too tedious lol
Comment: Thank you so much! It's heating up here as well. It's supposed to be hot and humid in the 90's this week!
tcornell rated for CPG Stationery Stash Swap - US on May 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, I really love everything that you sent. Also, for the kind words that you sent in your note ♥♥♥
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute kitty PC (I loved it!) Nala sounds much like my Kyla, she's a mama's girl too! lol Have a nice day! 😊
manders2280 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Animal PC #2 - US on May 24, 2021
Comment: Yup, that's an imaginary animal! Thank you for the postcard.
HappyMom rated for CPG Things w/Wings PC - US Only on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing a slice of life from your Maine trip - I love that part of our country but haven't been there since the 70's!
Comment: Love the ET card!
Comment: h my gosh. Where to start. The mermaid necklace, key chain and box are wonderful. The art prints are really cool. BUT - I am in love with the blue rhinestone sphere. It is absolutely gorgeous! thank you for such a wonderful swap! Aloha
Response: Yay- I'm so glad you like everything! Thank you for the nice comment and here's wishing you many more happy mail days! :)
Aseret25 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Ugly/Unloved PC - US on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Mt. Rainier postcard. I've never visited Washington state either - hopefully someday!
Comment: I can not even type the words of awe i am feeling with the swap you sent me!! It's like Christmas!! The jewelry is my favorite! SO pretty! I can always use the scrap papers. I so needed new markers. And I was just tickled pink with the Savannah stickers! Degas is one of my favorites. I can never thank you enough for a swap that made my day..so very very thankful!! You are a kind hearted soul!
Response: Ah, yay! I'm so glad it was a happy mail day for you, thank you for your comment! :)
Comment: Thank you for the postcards! The lighthouse one if my favorite! :D
jeka396 rated for CPG ~ Not Near Me Tourist PC ~ USA on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the Maine sea coast PC! I’ve never been!
Comment: This still hasn't arrived but mail was and still is insane so I'm going to go ahead and archive this. No resend necessary.
CraftyTara rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #1 - US only on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: So sorry for the late rating, your envelope got mixed in the wrong pile. Thank you so so much for everything!! Such a great swap ❤️
Kookielove rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #10 on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the extra goodies! I love them. XD

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mejulia on Jun 19, 2021:

Thank you so much for the great postcards from the wishlist group.

chimerix on May 22, 2021:

Thank you so much for the matryoska goodies! I love them! Aloha!

CPG May Wishlist

LadyJo on May 18, 2021:

Thank you so much for the great state map cards for my CPG May wishes!

bethe on May 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for your generous assortment of kitty goodies from CPG May wishes! I am overloaded with cuteness!

jeka396 on May 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for the postcard and really cool gems for my CPG May wishlist! I’ve never seen cheetah print gems before, I love them!

phillaine on May 13, 2021:

for the pretty rainbow of envelopes you sent me for my May wish list. I love ALL of these colors, and they're the perfect size! You've inspired me to put together some delightful mail art this weekend. Thank you for your kindness. ♥

yvonne401 on May 11, 2021:

Thank you for my Swaps in the U.S.A. April WTA! Thanks for brightening my day



Linsoid on May 11, 2021:

Thanks so much for the stickers and birthday wishes for my May Wishlist!!

phillaine on May 9, 2021:

Thank you for the delightful variety of sweet birthday wishes! ♥ Pretty washi, tasty tea, fun stickers, and I've already used one of the super-vibrant envelopes for mail art. Thank you for brightening up my day.

Autist on May 3, 2021:

Thank you for the Wishlist - April!! I am excited to go thru all the stickers!! And the KEYS are GREAT!! I love them all!! I don't know where you got these pooh charms, but they are adorable!! Thank you for thinking of me!! Cheers, Evan

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