Swap-bot Time: May 7, 2021 7:23 pm


Date Joined: April 10, 2008
Last Online: May 7, 2021
Birthday: January 2
Country: Canada

About Me

I'm 47, married, and have an 18-year old daughter and 16-year old son.

Things I do for my soul: * Send long chatty letters and other happy mail * Art journal * Keep a written journal * Draw * Collage * Cook and bake * Sew * Garden

Favorite Crafts

I sketch, art journal, make mail art, keep a written journal, and I also paint with acrylics and watercolours. I'm trying my hand at illustration lately too. I have several favourite thrift shops where I pick up vintage papers and fabrics and all kinds of stuff that makes me happy and find their way into my work. My daily journal is a Seven Seas blank book filled with Tomoe River paper and I'm still tweaking how I use it.

My Favourite Things

  • Interesting or hand-drawn typography (found or created)
  • Anything written in old fountain pen ink
  • Doodles and sketches (yours, someone else's, something you found on the ground at the bus stop...)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Cassette tape imagery / mix tape
  • Old skeleton keys
  • X-rays
  • Blueprints
  • The unusual, the weird, the inappropriate
  • Interesting obituaries
  • Rub-ons
  • Sketchnotes
  • Cigar labels
  • Make me laugh - the less appropriate the better.
  • Old passports
  • Eco-printed paper
  • Paper goods: envelopes, notecards, Cavallini paper goods and stickers, labels, onion-skin paper
  • Cirque du Soleil style
  • Skulls (real ones, not sugar skulls)
  • Octopuses (octopi?)
  • Getting mail in re-used envies
  • Colorful or unusual salvaged postage stamps
  • Graffiti
  • Magazine articles that grabbed you so much that you just had to share with someone (share with me!)
  • Steampunk
  • Washi tape, especially if it features numbers or letters
  • Typewriters & typewritten stuff
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Collage stuff - interesting pictures, bits of typography, patterns, textures, anything you think is too nice to throw out
  • Daily ephemera - I use these in my journal, and don't worry if it's got a footprint or other sign of use on it. If you think it looks cool, then I probably will too.
  • Vintage ephemera yummm
  • Stationery for writing letters
  • Personal, chatty letters
  • Favourite colour is orange; but I also love neutral palettes; or colourful things; or analogous colours (side by side on the colour wheel); or complementary colours (across from each other). Yep. I like colour.

What People Say About Me

***Disclaimer: these may have been taken completely out of context. "You write like a serial killer." - April, 2015 "Your letter had just the right amount of cock." - August, 2015


pernie123 rated for VES: A Little of this and that #1 on May 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for varieties of this and that. I especially like the King Edward Abdication speech article. I won't pass it on to anyone.
Comment: Love what you sent ! Thanks for the extras as well. Can't wait to use in my journal !
Comment: Thank you Shelley! I love the vintage and antique paper goodies you sent for the swap! So lovely!! Thank you also for the fun stickers- totally will use EVERYTHING! I want to just stop what I am doing and play with all of this awesomeness! Omg.. Id love to have been with you when you were on your 'date' and finding those books they tossed *GASP!* Sending hugs from Princeton, NJ to you! xx Gabi
amyduff rated for VES: Vintage Ephemera Flat Envie #10 on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Wow! You sent me a super cool elf Junior book! I love it! I love the extra papers you sent as well. That bird book is gorgeous and has lovely pictures! Hope you are getting your craft room set up. Happy Spring!
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous assortment of ephemera. I always love foreign book pages! Thank you for the U.S. postage stamps, too. Thank you! xo
Sequoia183 rated for VES: Ephemera Scavenger Hunt #3 on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Love!
Comment: What a simply magnificent collection of vintage papers! I'm in love with everything you sent. Thanks so much!
Comment: Tanks for everything, but especially the great New Guinea post cards. I have never seen a picture of New Guinea before. They used to be cannibals. And, the info on the cards! So informative! Where did you get them?
Response: I bought an old ledger journal that had been turned into a scrapbook, containing newspaper articles for an incredible array of world-wide events. There was a little stack of those postcards buried inside! It was just a lucky find - I had no idea I was getting those with the book when I ordered it on ebay!
Comment: Girl, we should do a craft room visitation swap! These ledger papers, wow, the Braille book page amazing and the book you rescued? The embossed letting feels so cool. Thank you for an amazing swap, I can hardly wait to use it!
Comment: Shelley! Received your amazing swap today and your lovely newsy letter ♥️. Thank you so much for all the wonderful pieces of ephemera and the nice packaging and great Canadian Postage on the outside! Outstanding swap! ♥️ Hugs, Jill ♥️
Comment: SPECTACULAR Swap! Thank you SO much for sharing those ledger pages with me! I will definitely do something awesome with them! 1842... gonna research that year and see what was jumpin' in Philadelphia at the time! Everything is awesome! I am going to get busy with some creating!!! x Gabi
kclicquot rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #4 on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for such a great collection. My first braille ephemera! WOW!
LauraM540 rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #3 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome goodies! The gas station receipts were from a town not far from where I lived in North Carolina so that was neat! I laughed when I read your note because I just recently bought a box of postcards from someone too- but I paid $20..LOL There were a ton of Canadian postcards in the box that I scored! :)
Erikaa rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #2 on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: I loved everything you sent! Thank you!
megan1230 rated for VES -Blind Surprise Swap #1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Great little swap! So many cute treasures! Thank you so much!!
1OldfoolPlanner rated for VES: Vintage Road Maps on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Hey Shelley! Received your incredible swap today! Just got back from my honeymoon and it was waiting for me - what a wonderful gift to have when we got home! I LOVE the vintage doctor’s bag and the way you addressed my package! So cute! And of course I love all the Atlas/maps (I don’t mind at all that they weren’t “technically” road maps...tomato/toma-toe!). I really love the piece of Braille paper! Wow - so cool - have never received or had any of that before! Thanks again! Wonderful swap! Hugs! Jill ♥️
Comment: Thanks for the cutouts ! I can't wait to use them in my crafts ! Once you start it is hard to stop !
Comment: Shelley! AWESOME SWAP! Thank you SO much!n I love every single bit you tucked into this envelope! I even love the envelope!! Sending lots of love your way, sounds like things are a bit chaotic over there. My heart and prayers are with you and your family! xx Lots of HUGS! x Gabi
Comment: Thanks for your letter and the extra notecard. It was a fun read, like a wild ride! Hope your energy continues to be fueled by the cooler weather. Please send some Fall to Florida.
Comment: Thank you so much Shelley for your beautiful swap 😊 It finally arrived yesterday!

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