Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2022 2:16 am


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: May 17, 2022

Country: United States

About Me

My swap preferences have evolved. I used to be very active on Swap-bot doing ATCs, postcards, handmade postcards, charms (years ago when there were more charm swaps), and other happy mail swaps, but recently I have been focusing on my bookbinding/craft business and haven't had the extra energy for swaps. I still enjoy swapping and sign up when I have extra time and energy to send out good swaps.

I'm not too hard to find on Instagram. My professional account is @meliora_books

One of my goals for 2022 (and beyond) is to write more letters.

I've worked in all sorts of mediums but mostly in paper and jewelry. I like to explore new techniques and mediums and look to have my creativity challenged.

I like making charms, cards, and art from found objects, and upcycled materials.

I'm an RN and have a side job/apprenticeship at a book bindery that restores and preserves old books and occasionally makes new ones. I have a working bindery at my house now and it makes me happy because I really love books. And paper. And glue. And string.

Favorite Books

I like books about food such as Food in History; and Pickled, Potted, and Canned.

I like pretty much everything by Dorothy Gilman.

I like classics by authors such as Shakespeare, Dumas, Austen, Twain, Doyle, and Rand.

One of my top favorite books (I really can't pick just one) is Possession by A. S. Byatt. And I like that she is also a critic.

I like sci-fi/fantasy/romance by Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Gabbaldon, Isabel Allende, Ray Bradbury, Robin McKinley, and MCA Hogarth.

I like non-fiction that takes a deep dive into a subject or a period of history or an event.


I deeply appreciate handmade items... effort & risk taking is always admired!

I like swears, sassy everything, nudes and pinups. That inappropriate postcard you bought when you'd had one too many margaritas - I'm the girl you send it to.

Handmade books or restored books (bookbinding) - I like to reback and rebind old medical textbooks and medical books for home use.

The periods I like are the Renaissance, the Romantic period (Rosetti, Wm. Blake), and the "Arts & Crafts" movement (late 1800's to 1920's), the Silver Screen era.

I like Edward Gorey, Erte, Gustav Adolf Mosa, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, William Blake, Gabriel Dante Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Salvadore Dali, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Andrew Wyeth (especially the Helga pictures), N.C. Wyeth, and pre-1900 lithographs. I like modern lithography too, but I really like the old stuff.

Street art/graffiti

Altoid tins that have been altered or filled

sassy art/collage

I like collage and assemblage. Some of my favorite artists are Nick Bantock, Joseph Cornell, and Lance Letscher.

My favorite colors are blue and green. I love all the colors, but I don't wear yellow or orange.

Handmade charms including shrinky dink charms

Interesting papers - especially handmade, marbled, pages with foreign (not English) languages, japanese paper, odd natural fiber paper, old maps (pre 1900), dictionary pages

Day of the Dead anything - skeletons/calaveras, papel picado, milagros, prints by Jorge Guadalupe Posada

Mexican folkart - lucha, loteria, saints, etc. Plus Mexican artists such as Frida Khalo and her dear husband.

Fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from all cultures. I especially like the illustrations from fairy tale books.

Tarot, Wheel of the Year, European/Northern hemisphere lunar calendar, Chinese/Lunar calendar

Patterns I like include paisley, vintage looking, travel inspired, Victorian and french flourishes. I like fleur de lis, peacock colors, butterflies, Asian inspired, French or Latin American roosters (not the cute country ones), feminine - think Victorian, and the artists I listed above.

Washi tape.

I love rainbows, rabbit and butterfly images.

I like to travel and plan to see the world. Some of my favorite places are San Francisco, England, Belize, Austin TX, and the Sonoran desert.

TV: Derek

Postcard swaps: If you don't know what to write on the back, I like trivia, quotes, and recipes.


Not a fan of plastic pony beads, polyester yarn, plastic mesh crafts, needlepoint-type stuff.

Not into "cutsey" stuff like Disney, kittens or puppies, babies or children, country or cowboy, sports, school stuff or super girly.

I don't like Christmas themed items.

I don't like religious items meant to convert me, especially crosses.


I promise I will always rate swaps. Even if it takes me a while.

On the other hand, I am not on swap bot to collect ratings. I like the creative outlet it provides me. I'm not going to post flakers or send out reminders to rate me. I figure if you didn't get my swap or it wasn't what you expected, you will let me know. I send out things I'd like to receive and am pleased when I get the same in return. This site is for fun and that's it. If it isn't fun, there's no point.

Food & recipes

For food and recipe swaps:

I love food. I and my family have no allergies to food and love trying new things. Any and all recipes welcome.


AmySue2 rated for PRICKLY CRITTER POSTCARD on May 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pc...although if I had your phone number, I might call you when I have nightmares tonight! 😉It's all good. Your postcard is very fun.
Fabriqueen rated for Ugly PC Swap #51 on May 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
mchesser12 rated for I’m Not From Here #6 on May 4, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the Kansas postcard. I've never been there and I've never had pheasant either!
mb58ca rated for Time Travel Telegram on May 4, 2022
Comment: Emily, excellent telegram STOP So true STOP Thanks for joining the swap STOP
CraftyShana76 rated for I’m Not From Here #6 on May 2, 2022
Comment: My youngest wants to go to TN to play baseball. He’s only 14 so he may change his mind. TYVM.
squince rated for WTF PC Swap R4 on May 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks!
squince rated for I’m Not From Here #6 on May 2, 2022
Comment: I've been to Garden of the Gods, gorgeous!!
Comment: thank you for the party postcard and prompt. There are so many distractions in life and it is a good thing to have them. 4/19
RoBeastRo rated for Quick Handmade PC! #16 on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: That is one cool postcard! Thanks! 😊
arimails rated for WIYM: 5-4-3-2-1 paper, US only on Mar 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the awesome items! I love the pcs and the book pages are wonderful!!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard and for messaging me. And I put the same answer on mine for the prompt:) Take care!
Comment: Thank you for the flower postcard. I cannot draw or paint but I admire the people who can.
Comment: Thank you for the adorable PC! I love washi tape also. ♡
rsj244 rated for Quick PC Swap (US Only) on Mar 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nicely made postcard and for the purple ink :) Hope you have a good weekend and a great drawing quest with your new journal.
SunTradeToo rated for Quick Handmade PC! #15 on Feb 25, 2022
Comment: Is so important to tell the ones we love daily! Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤ 📬
Jayofjournals rated for Cat Postcard Swap on Feb 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely postcard! I was really happy to find it in my mail box. The card matches perfectly in my collection! Thank you again. Stay safe and healthy :)
Comment: Thank you for the great stickers and the cute mushroom sketch!
Yfletcher rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #14 on Feb 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the hand made postcards and and all the other goodies. I loved them all.
Comment: I just got your PC today and it was postmarked Jan 14 -- where has it been on its long journey through the postal system? LOL. But I have to tell you, I actually think the card is great. I have a vintage glue book that I put old ads and pictures in, and your card deserves its own page. Thank you for sending it to me!
Response: I'm glad you like it!
squince rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #14 on Feb 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great goodies!

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bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

watercolorgirl on Dec 15, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful selection of unmounted stamps you sent me. They are a treasure to have and nicely selected. The wee cat stickers are adorable too.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 19, 2020:

Thank you for the finished JAM and set to finish off!

newrule on Jan 29, 2020:

Hello Emily! Thanks so much for the lovely surprise of washi samples. You didn't have to you know. But I really appreciate it. Take care and see you around!

Hell0Z0mbie on Oct 9, 2017:

LOL I'm only brave on IG because I have my "art" one that's separate from my normal/linked to Facebook one that's associated with my actual name. IRL people don't see my account linked here which is for the best! :P

debtea2 on Jun 8, 2017:

awesome finish on the dragonfly jam thank you and hope to jam with you soon

judgedbyabookscover on Jun 8, 2017:

Thanks for the homer, and the set to work on. They are awesome! I ill keep them moving : )

hibiscus on Feb 26, 2017:

Love those finished jams! So creative!

Candyn29 on Jun 3, 2014:


Meepy on Jul 3, 2013:

Just want to say that it's time to send your surprise packet out!!! ;-) Many greetings

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