Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2021 9:38 am


Date Joined: November 5, 2007
Last Online: July 22, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me

I am on swap-bot to make friends and have fun. Here is a little about me:

I love musical instruments and instrumental music from all over the world. I love small instruments, strings and accessories, CDs of instrumental world music, but not so much things with music themes, i.e. things with music notes or pictures of musical instruments on them. I'm interested in Chinese brush painting and watercolor, making soap, handmade paper, artistic bookbinding and making/restoring ukulele. I make jewelry and lei using seeds, nuts and flowers from Hawaiian plants and trees.

I welcome pen pals who want to share friendship. I currently have tons of mainstream writing stationery, so no need to send more to me, unless you have written a pen pal letter to me on it. I love to travel and explore new places. I am always looking for interesting places to visit next. I would love to read about your own travel experiences rather than from a travel book. I am more interested in traveling and forming friendships than accumulating stuff. I would like to find some like-minded people.

I love to cook. I experiment with adapting recipes for use with local Hawaiian ingredients. I grow many kinds of tropical fruit and like to use them in recipes. I cook mostly vegetables, fruit and whole grains. I don't cook with dairy, eggs or meat. I have too many vegetarian cookbooks, so no need to send more to me.

My husband collects retired license plates from all over the world. They don't need to be old, just no longer on a vehicle. If you would like to add to his collection, please send me a message to see if he already has a plate from your area.

I'm more about giving than receiving, so if you are sending to me in a flat rate box swap, you have the option of sending an electronic amazon gift code to save time and postage - envelope or small box 15, medium box 25, large box 30. Hearts for this option because I use amazon.com to buy my instrument strings, music, instrument construction books, and things for my farm.

Some favorites:

  • Ocean - I love walking and swimming at the beach.
  • Earth - I love being outside, hiking to waterfalls and great views, planting native trees.
  • the color gray and the gray scale from black to white
  • Surprises - unusual things that you think I might like, things that are not usually sent in a swap, things that are not related to papercrafts, things that are not from a dollar store, something you made specifically for me
  • exercise: walking, hiking, bocce, mountain biking, pickle ball, kite flying, table tennis
  • worry dolls - these are tiny handmade dolls, made by you or from their native home in central/south America.
  • thin, durable bookmarks - I use them in my cookbooks, so ones that can be wiped clean are great.
  • natural, plant-based essential oil soap
  • Favorite scents: sweet grass, lavender, orange, ginger, fresh cut burdock root
  • big tree forests
  • international and USA pen pals
  • musical instruments
  • friendship bracelets, made by you
  • For shopping and physical gift cards (not electronic), my favorite store is Lowes Home Improvement.
  • ASL learning materials, especially DVDs

    Things I Use:

    • Pages of clear vinyl pockets to hold coins, banknotes and trading cards

    • Asian bamboo paint brushes

    • packets of viable (not outdated) seeds to grow herbs, cacti and succulents. I can use actual seeds, but not so much things with plant designs on them. It's too hot here for most vegetable and flower seeds. I'm always looking for swapping pen pals in warm climates to exchange seeds. Please do not send packets of wildflower seeds - these can be invasive in Hawai'i.

    • body part milagro and prayer beads from different countries and religions...I have enough Christian rosary beads, though.

    • art supplies: medium and fine grit sandpaper, mechanical pencils and lead for them, wood glue, classic X-acto knives and blades, metal jewelry clasps and findings, any Dremel tool attachments, small drill bits, wood carving tools.

    • unused USA postage stamps

    • For flat swaps, I like: unused USA postage stamps, seed packets, sandpaper, milagros, origami paper, nice flat (not puffy) stickers without words...I don't use planner stickers.

  • For papercrafts, I like origami, bookbinding supplies and supplies for making handmade paper. I like beautiful and unusual letter-writing paper and envelopes. I also use writing instruments like mechanical pencils and sketching tools. I don't use markers so much and they usually dry out before I get to use them. I like art pens with colored ink, but the multipack ones from dollar stores usually don't write well or are old and dried out when still in the package.

  • Things for the puppy: collar, harness (size medium - must be new due to his skin allergy), leash, dog treats, chew toys that are not fiber-filled, glow-in-the-dark squeaky ball

  • Things for the plants and farm: sharp hand-pruners (Corona or similar), padded leather work gloves (please no thin dollar store gloves - those don't even last a day on my farm), grafting tape, outdoor digital thermometer, solar powered anything

  • Nice stickers to use on envelopes, larger (5 x 7) colorful envelopes to mail swaps, larger notecards (5x7) with matching envelopes. I have lots to share and the smaller cards and envelopes don't hold enough :)

  • Vintage glass Pyrex containers with glass covers. Must have glass covers, not plastic. Also glass Pyrex measuring cups.

  • Sealed, unused packages of natural skin care samples/products, like exfoliator, face scrubs, face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen without oxybenzone and octinoxate (These are banned in Hawai'i.), essential oil perfume, magnesium bath salts, essential oil soap bars (i.e. Zum Bar).

  • Jewelry: I wear mostly anklets and toe rings. I like sterling silver, coral and shell beads, tiny glass beads, must be waterproof. My toe rings are thin, closed, usually about size 3 depending on thickness, either silver or gold.

  • Clothes, must be new:

    Shoes - Old Navy beach sandals/flip-flops - black or dark brown, (Dollar Store ones are too thin, kiawe thorns go right through them.), size 8.

    100% cotton tank tops, no words on them, size S.

    Hats - big sun hats with chin straps, baseball caps with no words or Velcro.

    Things I Don't Need So Much:

    • Allergies:
      dust mites - I cannot use large pieces of fabric, stuffed toys made of fabric, pillows, knick- knacks and other things that collect dust.

      skin sensitivities - parabens, preservatives, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate (common in liquid soap). Unfortunately, I cannot use products that are used, unsealed, or do not list ingredients. Please tell me ingredients of your handmade soaps.

  • I don't make scrapbooks, junk journals or greeting cards, so please do not send glitter, stamped images, embellishments from a craft store, journal cards/project life/prompts, memo paper, things cut from magazines, ATC supplies, list pad paper, book pages, post-it notes, ephemera, feathers, blank recipe cards, synthetic fabric, used postage stamps, coloring pages/cards/books.

  • Please don't send food or drink (this includes tea bags)..these tend to melt, get weird in the tropical heat or the gecko living in my mailbox gets to them first.

  • Please don't send makeup or nail polish - I don't wear them. I prefer natural skin care products - see above.

  • Please don't send things that smell of cigarette smoke or cigarette smoke with perfume/dryer sheet smell added to it. Thank you for understanding.

    It is difficult to remove plastic on an island. watch this to learn more


Panj rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Loved it!!
KathyB rated for Magic Box Destash-- Summer 2021 on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you!!
Comment: This was such a beautiful, thoughtful swap! Thank you so so much for the cross stitch card, and the seashell blessing! It was such a pleasure to open your envelope 💖
2Hearts rated for LSRUS- let’s purge a little! on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! Btw, I am behind on my writing - will send a note to you soon!!
simplyjeannette rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks - Enjoy Swapping
squince rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: Great swap! Even a movie! I already have it but will pass it on for sure!
Flamingoloon rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely items, it's fun to read about things to do in Hawaii. and you chose well.
shanaabird rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the thoughtful assortment of goodies!!! Love it all!!!
Comment: Hello Malia...my name is pronounced like yours only with an "S". I loved the package that you sent me. It was truly filled with all sorts of fun stuff. I got where you were going with the theme and absolutely love it. The die set that you sent will certainly be used as well. I was really excited to see that!!! I have a similar set but not with the dots. Again...everything was simply lovely and thanks for the extra goodies that you snuck in there...lol.
Winklet rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for such unique items!!
MissRich rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 26, 2021
circularlogic rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: I love the attention to detail in sending items you knew i'd love! Thank you so much!
kizzlets rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, I really like this textured letter set!
arimails rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice items, love the postcards :)
Panda1122 rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great items! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
vneal5 rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the Recipes so thoughtful 😊
Begokschaf rated for Envelope Fill Happiness 2 on Jun 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. Everything was so thoughtful.
myrrhmaid rated for Seed swap grow your own on Jun 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks for making my day with your extra special swap gifts! I will be planting the seeds as soon as this heat spell passes! There's no way to tell you how much those gorgeous wings mean to me! Much cherished! Thank you! You're the best! Love it all! The bookmark, postcard, everything! THX!
Christianmom rated for Seed swap grow your own on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you Malia for the flower seeds and all the extras you sent me. I can't wait to plant my flowers. I love all kinds of flowers. They are all so pretty.
Comment: Thank you for a lovely assortment of items.

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bostianh on Jul 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the beautiful happy mail surprise from LSRUS July Wishlist! Everything you included I am so excited to use. I especially love the maps, postcards, and other ephemera. Thanks for your generosity.💖

AngelOH73 on May 17, 2021:

Where are you? I want to send you something. PM me info, please.

chimerix on Apr 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for the really cool print and for the gorgeous earrings you sent! I absolutely love them both. Aloha

user6937 on Mar 17, 2021:

Hi, wanted to let you know that your tag (Pick Two) has made it to Canada - shaped paper clips & the old milk bottle cap. What does "milk cap bottle cover" game mean on it?

Soph on Mar 5, 2021:

Hello from Berlin! I am happy that my Random Flat Envie - Pay It Forward Tag reached you safely. It was a pleasure to put it together for you. The round papers are for origami crafts.

DragonflyDreamer on Mar 2, 2021:

Thank you SO much for all the wonderful goodies you sent for the Surprise Tag! I'm so excited to listen to the CD. I Travel to Louisville every week (a three hour drive from Nashville) and am always looking for new music and audiobooks. You really made my day today! Thank you thank you!!! Happy swapping and be well.

FeltPrincess on Feb 25, 2021:

TYSM for the crochet patterns for the profile surprise tag in forums! :) They are cute.

jamicam on Feb 23, 2021:

Thanks for the Random Flat Envie - Pay it Forward tag! It was fun going through things and reading the brochures. I'll make use of the pressed flowers right away. Thank you!

user6937 on Feb 2, 2021:

"Themed Envie Tag - Rated Swappers: your Hawaii themed envelope has arrived. Very interesting (I loved the mythology story I found when I looked it up), but also sad to hear about the Ohi'a tree. So much of this continues to happen in our world.

TryshaH81 on Nov 15, 2020:

Thank you for the awesome Kawaii envies from the tag in forums!!! Love them!!

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