Swap-bot Time: July 30, 2021 12:21 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2017
Last Online: March 7, 2019
Birthday: September 21
Country: United States

Swap Info

I'm always interested in exchanging letters or private swaps. If you are interested too, please send me a message.

I received a "1" rating for a Stuff the Mailbox Swap. I have tried to contact my partner multiple times, but she has not responded to any of my messages. I would like to resolve this as soon as possible.

I received a "3" rating from a veteran swapper who requested a resend for a ratings booster postcard swap. I thought resends were a positive thing, but apparently I was mistaken.

Please let me know if you don't receive a swap. I am happy to resend.

About Me

I'm a librarian, book lover, aspiring writer, and rescued dog owner. My dog is an american bulldog/boxer/pit bull mix, so I love anything with bullies on them.

I love writing and anything that goes along with that, like pens and stationery. I have lots of both! I also just discovered fountain pens. I always thought they were very expensive and out of my reach, but I have found some inexpensive ones that I enjoy practicing with.

When I was a child, I had an uncle who encouraged my reading and writing. He always gave me books as gifts and he wrote letters to me all the time. It was so much fun sending and receiving letters! As I got older, I sent letters to my friends, but no one ever reciprocated. I eventually stopped, but I kept buying cards and paper. Now I am glad to meet people who are excited to send me letters too!

Some other things I like: Coffee (especially dark roast) and tea. Anything with cups and saucers and coffee beans and tea bags on them. My favorite tea is lapsang souchon, which no one else I know likes! It's really strong, so I understand, but it would be nice to meet someone else who likes it. I love other hot drinks too, from hot chocolate to cider.

I also love traveling, so anything with maps on it, or British or French things is nice. I have travelled extensively in the US, for business and for vacations. I have only left the US once, when I drove to Winnipeg, Canada while on a business trip. Seattle is my favorite place that I have been to. I love Seattle! Someday I hope to go to travel abroad and go to places like London and Paris and Australia. Or pretty much anywhere!

My favorite color is blue. I especially like blue and yellow together like a Van Gogh painting. I love him!! I like impressionists like Monet too. I like all shades of blue from teal to navy. I also like cool greens and purples. I'm not a big fan of red or orange, but they are nice sometimes, like for a fall display.

Favorite Music

My favorite kinds of music are grunge and alternative music, but I also like many different kinds of music, from classical to bluegrass. I love all the Seattle bands from Nirvana to the Presidents of the United States of America. Pearl Jam is my most favorite. They rock! I love all the 80s hair bands and one hit wonders like Men Without Hats. Safety Dance is the best! In recent years, I have gotten into alternative country. A local body shop has a monthly open mic where people play bluegrass and string music. So much fun! I always love to experience new music.

Favorite Books

I like a wide variety of books but science fiction is my current favorite. I love Neal Stephenson and William Gibson. I really enjoyed The Martian and Ready Player One. Ender's Game is a brilliant book that everyone should read, whether they like science fiction or not.

I also like mysteries, especially ones where I can't figure out the ending. Some favorites are Dick Francis and Robert Galbraith (People make fun o the books cuz they are written by JK Rowling, but they are so good!).

And speaking of JK Rowling, I love the Harry Potter series. Another series I love is the Stephanie Plum series. Quite a combo, I know, but they are both so good in their ways! I enjoy listening to them on audio in my car.

I love traveling and reading about traveling. I even love to read tourist guidebooks! Bill Bryson is my favorite travel writer. I love funny travel memoirs.

I belong to a book club, and I love it. We choose the books together, and sometimes people pick books I would never read on it my own. It is interesting and challenging to read books outside my comfort zone.

Favorite Movies

A wide variety!

*The Matrix

*Sense and Sensibility

*Singing in the Rain

*Safety Not Guaranteed

*Bride and Prejudice

*The Edge of Tomorrow

*Minority Report


*National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

*Whale Rider

*The Incredibles

*The Princess Bride

*Monty Python and the Holy Grail

*Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie)

*Health documentaries like Forks Over Knives

Favorite Television

I don't watch much TV these days. When I can, I try to catch Modern Family. I'm a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the tv show), The X-Files, Will & Grace and Frasier. I love all of the remakes coming out!

I don't have cable or Netflix, but the local stations show lots of old reruns that I love. I also watch a lot of PBS. I love Nature, Frontline, and Masterpiece Theater. If only Downton Abbey hadn't ended! That was such an amazing show. I love the PBS cooking shows too, especially The Jazzy Vegetarian and Patti's Mexican Table. Patti is just charming!

Favorite Crafts

I started Bullet Journaling last November. It's my bullet journal anniversary! I am also getting better with my fountain pens! I enjoy using them to write to new friends. I have always loved journals, notebooks, writing and stationery. I also enjoy crocheting and cross stitch. I can knit, but not very well. I much prefer crocheting. I like crafting, but I am definitely a beginner. I have had to make crafts for my job at the library, and they turned out OK, but I have never done them on my own. I'm fascinated by the videos I've seen of pocket letters, happy mail, and flip books. I'm excited to try making all of them. And I just took my first Zentangle class! I've bought a few Zentangle supplies and I look forward to making more tangles.

Things I Like

Here are some random things I like:

My new favorite obsession is mason jars!

Washi tape! Where has this been all my life?!

Butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, bees, and other cute bugs

Owls, foxes, frogs, turtles, elephants

Renoir, Matisse, van Gogh, Monet, Klimt

Vivaldi, Bach, Liszt

Cute aliens (not scary ones)

Musicals (Hollywood, Broadway & Bollywood)

Astronomy and outer space

The ocean

Underwater creatures, especially cuttlefish and octopus. They are amazing!

Healthy vegan food

Fun shaped paperclips


Neenarneenar rated for WTL:9 Washi Samples #3 on Sep 23, 2020
Fabriqueen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #135 on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your weekend with me! Sounds like you had a great time! These stickers are awesome! I love them! Hugs, Diane
Nyneve rated for WTL:9 Washi Samples #3 on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi selection! They are absolutely beautiful ♥️ Can't wait to use them :)
LisaWithAKiss rated for IWTS - September Washi Swap on Mar 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for such a pretty card and a wonderful quote. And thank you also for such lovely stickers! I'll be using them in one of my art journals.
kssunlover1947 rated for WTL:9 Washi Samples #3 on Mar 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the washi samples. I am like you in that I have more than I will ever use. But I love getting more. Of the ones you sent I only had 1 and that was the pink Scotch Expressions washi.
skyline rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #134 on Feb 28, 2019
Comment: Loved the note card and the stickers. Thanks so much. The stickers ill go great in a future junk journal I will make. XOXOXOXO
FallProduct rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #133 on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: thank you for telling me about your super fun weekend! also, thank you for the adorable extras, I cant wait to put them in my bullet journal!
jessnewson98 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #131 on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: Hey Mary! Thanks so much for your gorgeous notecard! I adored the snail mail stamp you used on the back of the envelope! It sounds like you had a nice weekend! Also, I hope you have a wonderful week!
skeffiboo rated for Tea Pocket Letter - Private Swap on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful pocket letter and wonderful selection of teas! You picked out some of my most favourite flavours so I know I will enjoy every single one of them! =D I will write back as soon as I can =D
Comment: Thank you so much for the profile hello! Yes ma'am I do agree that the coloring is so relaxing and we both should make more time for it as I think I'm just collecting them right now! lol Hugs jaimie
j3ss1ca rated for 2019 Letter a month 1 of 12 on Feb 7, 2019
ncnurse04 rated for Magic Box Destash December on Jan 27, 2019
Comment: I didn't realize I hadn't rated your awesome box. It was full of items I can use in my crafting adventures.
Arhel rated for Sticker Swap on Jan 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you! :)
Lemonfox rated for Sticker Swap on Jan 23, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the stickers! They are sweet!
Comment: I love everything! Thank you!
Eulegirl rated for International Washi Swapping #1 on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely washi! It's all new to me. Happy swapping!
zzaakkiiyyaa rated for AFWLS:Postcard Penpals 1 on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I'll write your reply later today:)
Comment: Thank you for the great letter. I will write back this week

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iheartushi on Dec 1, 2018:

Profile Hello #23

Hello Mary!

My name is Elena. I am from the Philippines. It's nice to meet a librarian here in swap-bot 😊

Like you, I also love books. Nobody encouraged me. It is just that as a child, I always see my father reading a colorful magazine, Newsweek. So in order for me to understand what is written between those colorful pages, I strive to learn the alphabet and eventually settled on reading anything I see.

I am also into pens. My favorites are Pilot and Sakura. I started with fountain pens when my sister bought me a Platinum Plaisir when she went to Japan. As my practice pen, I use Platinum Preppy. I am also enbaling my nephew and niece to use fountain pens.

I also like Van Gogh paintings. My favorite Filipino painter is Fernando Amorsolo because like Van Gogh, he also painted landscapes. His paintings like a window to my country's past.

I joined Postcrossing last August only. Are a member too?

I also have penpals and I am always excited to read their letters and write my replies. 😊

Take care. Happy holidays/Merry Christmas!


Freyja on Dec 1, 2018:

Hello From QLD Australia Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23

gabtherific on Dec 1, 2018:

Hi Mary! I see we actually have so much in common. The first thing I noticed is that you have a dog and I’m actually a huge dog lover myself! They are too precious. I also LOVE coffee but am not sucha big fan of tea. I never liked it for some reason. But I also love hot chocolate very much.

I really like alternative music too. My favorite bands are Twenty one Pilots, Panic! At the Disco, and Gorillaz; they’re really worth the listen. I’m also a big Disney fan so seeing The Incredibles on your fave movies made my day. Happy Holidays and Happy swapping!

Paryx on Dec 1, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23

Hello Mary, I love dark or mild roast coffee and British and Irish black tea varieties, You are my first ever swap-bot swap so I hope I am doing this the right way. I have a bunch of inexpensive fountain pens I love. I like to send letters and postcards so look for me out there!

jaimierandolph on Dec 1, 2018:

Newbie Friendly - Profile Hello #23

Good Morning Mary,

I hope this little message finds you doing well. While reading your profile I noticed that you love coffee and I just read a profile where they didn't like coffee which I am one of those people also. hahaha Although I don't like coffee I do however love sweet iced tea. McDonalds has the best. I hope you have a wonderful day. Keep your head up. HUGS

MNJoviGirl on Sep 6, 2018:

I will see what I can find at my local DT for washi designs.


earthnk on Aug 6, 2018:

Howdy-hoo! There is a SCOOBY DOO postage stamped swap winging its way to you as of 30 minutes ago 😊 Happy swapping~

LavenderSprinkles on May 12, 2018:

Thanks for condolences.

Drachenfrau on Apr 8, 2018:

Heya there,

I stumbled over your profile and really liked it. :-) If you ever want to do a private postcard-swap, let me know. Also I'm regularly hosting a Harry Potter-letter swap and maybe you are interested? You can find it in my profile.

Take care!


Kellpepper on Mar 12, 2018:

Hi Mary!

Thank you for the great planner swap! Believe it or not, I have never been to a Tuesday morning. You can bet I will stop by the next time I go to the city!

Thank you again, Kelli

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