Swap-bot Time: December 5, 2021 12:31 am


Original Member
Last Online: December 4, 2021
Birthday: August 10
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I am a definite snail mail addict. I love both sending and receiving mail. I have never not sent a swap and appreciate when someone tells me if a swap doesn't arrive. I have resent swaps with no problems, just am not psychic that something didn't arrive. I also rate all swaps the day they arrive.

I'm a Southern California native, married, mother of two and grandmother of three. I am retired! I retired twelve years ago and love every minute of my life. Still wondering when I had the time to work as I have so much I enjoy doing and not enough time to complete everything. I especially love writing pen pals and would love to hear from you. Just send me a note for my address. I love cooking, baking, reading, making cards and about anything else I am doing. I enjoy anything to do with Christmas. I always enjoy making at least one gift for each member of my family. This year there are lots of crocheted pot holders, some counted cross stitch magnets and a few counted cross stitch bookmarks. I have 21 family members and give each one 25 small gifts as Advent gifts. They are all wrapped in aluminum foil. I shop year round and often put items I receive in swaps in the boxes. I also love sending naked mail and my grandchildren have learned not to be surprised at what arrives in the mail. I live close enough to the original Disneyland to see the nightly fireworks

Favorite Movies

Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express

Favorite Crafts

OK, I lack a lot in the talent department but not in the enjoy trying department so I keep having fun trying. I enjoy making envelopes, counted cross stitch, huck weaving, crocheting and want to get back to making note cards. I am just starting ATCs. Actually, haven't made one yet but have the supplies.

What I like to receive


something unique from your country or part of the U.S.

recipes or cookbooks put out by churches or clubs - used is fine

anything to do with cookies = recipes, cookie cutters, etc.

washi tape, this is something new and fun for me.

anything to do with Christmas (OK, I don't consider snowmen to have anything to do with Christmas)

Gingerbread men and anything with Gingerbread men on it

I am a desert rat and wish I could move back to the desert. I love tortoises, cactus, lizards, snakes and anything else that reminds me of the desert.

anything with the Pillsbury Dough Boy on it

favorite colors are any jewel tone.

small counted cross stitch projects, especially Christmas or bookmarks, or 14 count fabric in any color

Something that interests you and will expand my world and knowledge

something small I can give as Christmas gifts


things I don't like

Anything to do with prejudice or hate.

anything to do with nudity

long dislike lists


memo pads


Kawaii or other cute things. I'm not a cute person.

then again, I love surprises so most everything is OK

Post card preferences

I have joined a lot of post card swaps recently and just realized I never added any post card preferences. Part of the reason is I like most any post card. Preferences though include large letter cards, scenery, pictures of the area where you live or where you like to visit, wild animals, birds and reptiles, or wild flowers. I am not a great fan of art type cards but once in awhile they are good. I have had some great homemade cards however I also have had a few cards that were just stickers slapped on a piece of cardboard. If the latter is what you plan to send, don't waste your postage. I do prefer real stamps on the cards. I also love notes on the cards, something about you and where you live or what is shown on the card. An interesting note and a real stamp usually gets a heart. I prefer my cards to be naked but up to you.


I enjoy giving hearts and and am fairly liberal when i give them. That said, there are a couple of things that won't get you a heart.

First, if you don't spell my name oorrectly I most likely won't give you a heart. Come on, at least pay that much attention to the swap.

Second, if you don't put the swap name on the swap most likely I will be too tired to give you a heart by the time I search for the swap to rate it.

Adding junk. OK, it is fun to find an extra from my wish list in a package but so often I get things I don't want and I just have to throw them out. Please just give me what the swap requires. I have enough of my own junk I don't need yours.

I also love real stamps so they help me want to give hearts.

Favorite Books

I llove to read and read most anything except sci-fi and poetry. Memoirs, historical fiction and memories are my favorite. Just now I'm reading. lot of WW11 books. I also love mysteries and love both Jonathon and Faye Kellerman.


lilmissthrifty rated for Ho Ho Ho year three on Dec 3, 2021
Comment: Merry Holidays and Happy 2022!
pernie123 rated for LLU: current read PC #4 on Dec 2, 2021
Comment: I like the card. Why do you like the book you read?
Murras01 rated for WIYM: FOOD POSTCARD SWAP #2 on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap! Best wishes.
marles rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #11 INTL on Nov 25, 2021
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Got note and cards, thanks, Julia
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard! Love the Day of the Dead stamps :D
mchesser12 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #271 on Nov 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing about your weekend. Enjoy the new refrigerator, when it arrives. How awesome that your daughter ran a marathon. It exhausts me just thinking about it :) Love the envelope!!
laterdayze rated for The Year That I Was Born - USA on Nov 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, it was fun reading your note about the year you were born! :D
Burger1girl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #270 on Nov 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun letter. I work in a grocery store, yes prices are rising and there are shortages. We having problems keeping shelves fully stocked. I'm going to yard sale and a small craft store event Sat! So excited. Hope you have happy holidays!!!
Comment: Thanks
suepier rated for Note Card - How are you? on Nov 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice notecard and catching me up on how you are doing. Also thank you for the stickers.
Riririria rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #269 on Nov 7, 2021
Comment: Hi Julia- seems like u had a great weekend last week. i LOVE the card u sent it in. So pretty! Always great to spend time with family! Shrimp po boy sounds just delicious! Thanks for sharing ur weekend with me <3 take care!
alittledabble rated for Thanksgiving Plans on Nov 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great swap! I enjoyed hearing about your family plans for Thanksgiving, and thank you for the recipe. Even 12 people is a big group for me. At most, we are 8 with my sister’s family, but this year there will be 3. We are having that same vaccination issue with our nephew for Christmas though. Happy early Thanksgiving! PS - I almost forgot to mention the envelope and the very cool mailing label. That was so fun to open the mailbox and see! πŸ“¬
spicemom rated for Slow Cooker Recipe Swap on Nov 5, 2021
Comment: Hi Julia Thank u for the yummy recipes Spicemom
Snailmail1772 rated for LLU: current read PC #3 on Nov 5, 2021
Comment: Sounds like an interesting book. Funny thing, another swapper sent me the exact hummingbird bird pc and I received both of them on the same day. Too cool!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your week with me.
Burger1girl rated for Holiday Plans on Nov 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter! You are having a wonderful family time for the holidays! It's just me and hubby, no kids no family. We usually offer to work for others with family. We have a quiet Christmas morning, then I nap all day!!LOL Thank you for the recipe!
Christianmom rated for Baked Goods Recipe Swap on Nov 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you Julia for the recipes. The cinnamon rolls and peanut butter cookies both sound like they will be delicious. I am going to make some of these to share with my family during the holidays. I love some good homemade cinnamon rolls. Congratulations on winning blue ribbons at the county fair for three yrs. That is so awesome. Thanks for sharing these great recipes with me.
Comment: Great selections!
TeaNi rated for CPG QUICKIE: Stationery Stash #2 - US on Oct 26, 2021
Comment: thank you- I really like the assortment of items you chose to send! :)

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bbsporty on Sep 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for the 5 forever stamps from the RAKs only USA September RAK!

Zefaniya on Sep 24, 2021:

Thank you for the 5 postcard stamps for RO!

HeidiJean on Sep 9, 2021:

Thank you for the extra ounce stamps from the Aug RAK!

Mrrranda on Aug 31, 2021:

Thank you for the Forever stamps through the wishlist group! Love the ravens!

JuneRosebud on Aug 20, 2021:

Julia, Thank you for the five postage stamps in August RAK #1 on RAKS ONLY USA!! Postage stamps always come in handy=)

LindaW on Aug 10, 2021:

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. πŸŽπŸŽ‚

grammypammy on Aug 10, 2021:

From: RAKS

Enjoy your day! Hugs, Pam

JuneRosebud on Jul 27, 2021:

Thanks bunches for the five forever stamps in the RAKS ONLY USA group. I don't know how much postage is going up in August but I appreciated getting the animal stamps=)

OrigamiGrace on Jul 20, 2021:


Hope you are having a great day!
Just popping in to say hi!!

ladyaries7 on Jul 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for the inspiration sheet and pink lemonade packets :) July wishes--wishlist group

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