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MelissaLB

MelissaLB
Date Joined: September 26, 2017
Last Online: February 25, 2024
Birthday: March 20
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm dedicated to Swap-Bot and send all my swaps on time. If you haven't received a swap from me, please let me know. I'm always happy to re-send.

In a world where you can be anything....be kind.

April 24, 2023 - I hit 500 swaps! I’m so excited to be at this milestone. I love Swap-Bot. I've met some awesome people and really enjoy snail mail.

I practice yoga, reiki, meditation and energy healing.

I love to garden. When I was a kid, I would help my little Italian Grandma with her garden every summer. We would plant tomatoes, zucchini, all kinds of peppers, watermelon, green beans and potatoes. I've scaled my garden way back as an adult. I mostly plant a large variety of tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

My favorite herbs are basil, rosemary and lavender. These are also some of my favorite scents. As for other smelly stuff, I like berry, lemon, cinnamon, patchouli and nag champa. Not a big fan of strong flowers, apple, watermelon or jasmine.

I love honey! I use it for medicine, sweetening my tea and baking.

I work full-time as a paralegal in-house for a government contractor. We build military trucks.

I am an energy healer. Energy Healing is a pleasant and powerful therapy that helps you connect to your inner source of vibrancy and life force, making it available to shift physical, emotional, and mental dysfunction to health and well-being.

https://sites.google.com/view/melissa-energy-healing/home

I consider myself spiritual. I don’t care for the dogma connected with organized religion. I love to visit sacred spaces and buildings of all types. I practice pagan traditions and holidays. I enjoy exploring the sacred feminine in many different traditions.

I'm an avid tarot/oracle card reader. I collect decks of both. I'm also interested in trading decks if anyone would like to do a private swap.

I was raised Catholic, but no longer care for the church and it's dogma. What I took from it was a love for the Mother and a belief in miracles. I've always believed nature is sacred. I believe in the natural cycle of birth, growth and death and the sacredness around the cycle. I don't like labels, but identify with Pagan, Witch and Goddess. I love the idea of a kitchen witch. I enjoy nature spells and creating magic feeding others.

I love to celebrate the festivals and holidays of the Wheel of the Year.

My favorite "regular" holidays: Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I also don't mind receiving holiday items all year.

For Easter, I love bunnies, pastel flowers & ribbon, colored eggs, carrots and Victorian looking Easter baskets.

Favorite Halloween icons: witches, ouija boards, skulls, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, haunted houses, scary trees and cemeteries; not really into black cats or monsters or anything gory.

For Thanksgiving, I like traditional themes - turkeys, pumpkins, fall leaves and woodland animals. I love vintage Thanksgiving images. They are so bizzare!

Favorite Christmas themes: traditional red & green, angels, snowman, snowflakes, holly, silver – anything sparkly. Lots of glitter and sequins. Not into country or rustic themed decorations like burlap and plaid.

I have a serious love for all things Starbucks; both the beverages and merchandise. I also love all types of Starbucks inspired stickers, stationary and washi tape.

I am addicted to washi tape. Some of my favorite Washi: Simply Gilded, Paper Geek Co. and Fox and Cactus. One of my favorite washi shops on Etsy is GoatGirlMH.

I'm a fan of the Cavallini stationery, journals, stickers, papers, puzzles...all of it is so intriguing.

I LOVE Star Wars! I've been a fan of Star Wars since I was 8 years old and the FIRST movie was released. (Yep! I'm old. Hahaha) It's been a life long obsession. I read all the books and watch everything - the whole Star Wars universe is amazing. Thank goodness for Disney+

I like zodiac inspired art, stickers and washi. I'm a Pisces and I collect things with Pisces symbols and imagery.

I LOVE:

• Nature – trees, flowers, birds, bugs

• Oceans and beaches

• Coffee

• Road trips

• Books

• Study of meridians and chakras

• Volunteering

• Used and independent bookstores

• Baking

• Tarot & Oracle cards

• Gardening - herbs, vegetables and flowers

• Painting pottery

• Candle making

• Journals - love to journal daily

• Chocolate

• Peanut butter

• Chocolate & peanut butter 😉

• Wine

• Favorite color – Purple

• Dragonflies

• Bumble bees

• Images and art of the Blessed Mother

• Shells from the ocean, Lake Michigan and local rivers

• Crystals and stones

• Sun & moon images

My favorite vacation spots: Sedona AZ, Northern California (the Redwoods!), Gulf Shores, Alabama, Northern Michigan and Lake Michigan, New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Taos, NM and San Francisco.

I'm a big fan of art museums - especially enjoy Monet, Picasso, Degas, Matisse and Gauguin. I also love Chihuly glass.

I'm a huge IndyCar fan. I've been attending the Indy 500 since I was a kid. I also lived in Indianapolis for 20 years. I love watching the races all season.

I can't explain it, but I have a fascination with Bigfoot. I collect postcards, playing cards, stickers,etc. of Bigfoot.

I collect all things peanut butter & jelly. The cuter the better.

About Me

THINGS I DO NOT LOVE

I do not eat beef or pork

• Kiddie stickers/Dollar Tree Items • Color your own anything • Chocolate covered fruit • Flower flavored tea • Scraps of paper • Not a big fan of St. Patrick's Day. I lived in South Bend -home to the University of Notre Dame- for 18 years, so it's everything Irish all year long.

I’m not a fan of bath bombs or anything bath related.

BOOKS

I love books! I love reading, collecting and sharing all types of books. I'm a big fan of used-book stores, small independent stores and Paperbackswap.

I like to collect old cookbooks, spiritual books (everything from Catholic saints to yoga), books of art and books on the Wheel of the Year.

I read a lot of fiction. I especially like books in a series. It's a fun way to spend more time with the characters.

I looked up book genres on Goodreads, so here's my list of favorite genres:

Fiction

Fantasy

Science Fiction

Mystery

Historical Fiction

Romance

Women's Fiction

Contemporary Fiction

Literary Fiction

Magical Realism

YA

Non Fiction

Memoir & Autobiography

Biography

Food & Drink

History

Travel

Religion & Spirituality

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts, journaling, baking, making prayer beads and rosaries, painting on all types of mediums, washi crafts, candle making, painting pottery, baking/decorating sugar cookies in holiday shapes, and drawing yantras and mandalas.

Favorite Music

Music is a big part of my life and brings me great joy. I feel really blessed to live in a time when all my music fits in the palm of my hand (i.e. iPhone). Streaming services are a true blessing!

Some of my favorite genres:

Pop - some current top 40's, but always will love the 80's best! I love Duran Duran, Prince and Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, too many to name.

Classic Rock - Everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Motley Crue

Classical - Mozart, Beethoven and Baroque

World - Kirtan and Liquid Mind

Oldies - I love Elvis and music from the 50's and 60's

Postcards

I enjoy all postcards, here are some of my favorites:

Star Wars

Coffeehouses, coffee mugs, people drinking coffee

Libraries, bookstores, people reading

Beaches

Favorite animals - bears, rhinoceros, whales, birds, tortoise and rabbits

Mother nature: mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans, forests, meadows

City scenes

Trees

Flowers, fields of flowers

State map cards

Postcards of artwork, such as those bought in a museum

Touristy postcards from your town, city. state or country

Musicians from the 80's - Duran Duran, David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson etc.

Elvis

Recipes cards (but not recipes with meat if it is a picture of the dead carcass)

Alcoholic beverages

Pagan images

Playing Cards

Ive been collecting playing cards for a few years and we have made many Frankendecks. I mostly collect them now because I like the designs and art.

My favorite themes:
• Flowers/Trees/Nature
• Ocean/Fish/Sharks/Shells
• Butterfly/Dragonfly
• Birds
• Places: landmarks, city, state, countries
• U.S. States; Favorites Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, California

• Space/Moon/Sun/Planet
• Alcohol, beer, wine, liqueur
• Star Wars
• Coffee/Tea
• Elvis

I also collect random tarot and oracle cards for crafting and other interesting projects.

Temperance is my card for 2024 Balance, harmony, self-control, moderation

Favorite Movies

Favorite movies in no particular order:

*Top Gun * ALL Star Wars *Avatar movies *Tangled *Julie & Julia *all Hangover movies *A Star is Born *Elf *Field of Dreams *The Sound of Music *The Thomas Crown Affair *Dune *A Few Good Men *The Abyss *Bull Durham *Failure to Launch *Christmas with the Cranks

Private Swaps

I have various items to exchange in private swaps if anyone reads this far in my profile (LOL) and would be interested in swapping:

• Partially used washi rolls from various shops.

• 25-30 postcards that don’t fit into my collection or I haven’t seemed to find the right swap

• 100s of playing cards in a variety of backgrounds (many duplicate backgrounds obviously. I keep buying decks cheap online or find them at the flea market)

• Tarot and Oracle decks that don’t work for me – I would love to swap these out.

I also have a lot of tea bags. I'm in a monthly tea swap, but I don't really drink tea every day. I'd be happy to send some out. I don't keep any beyond their expiration date

Please send a message or email to discuss a private swap. The swaps don’t have to be for like items. I’m open to swapping for anything. For example, I love original art, so maybe we can swap some of my stuff for something you make. I hope that make sense.

Also, I only want to swap with established swappers. Sorry, but I’ve been burned by untrustworthy newbies or those with incomplete profiles and low amount of swaps.

Thank you!

Ratings

Karen07 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #381 on Feb 24, 2024
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Comment: I enjoyed your and the playing cards you tucked inside. Sounds like a busy weekend with a combination of sadness and joy in celebrating a life well lived. Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: Thank you, I hope you had a fun Valentine's Day!
young46356 rated for WIYM: ABC POSTCARD SWAP on Feb 10, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards and stickers, best wishes to a fellow Hoosier, Rich
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome postcards! I loved them all! I also HAVE to know where you got your wavy man washi tape?! I gasped I love it so much!
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Comment: Thank you!!
Catt007 rated for PH: Writing Prompt - My Favorites on Feb 3, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card, I think I could live on Pizza 😺
minniepic rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #249 on Feb 1, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so very much for all the wonderful postcards ❤️❤️❤️ I loved the Elvis card❤️❤️
Frodogaggins rated for CM-Famous Person Postcard on Feb 1, 2024
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Comment: thank you!
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Comment: Thank you so very much Melissa - I absolutely love everything. Happy Year of the Dragon, Darla
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Comment: Thanks for the great cards! I love the Graceland and Titanic ones. I am also super jealous of your cold weather. It was 76 today. We didn't get much winter at all!
krspellman rated for Lots of Mail: Playing Cards #1 on Jan 28, 2024
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Comment: thank you so much for the great cards!! I love the Graceland card!! :-)
bringitb rated for Lots of Mail: Playing Cards #1 on Jan 26, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for all the great cards!
Zazeems rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #376 on Jan 25, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for the card! It's cute and I loved hearing about what you've been up to recently :)
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Comment: Thank you for the cards. The designs are all new to me.
Karen07 rated for BS&S: Imbolc Greetings 2024 on Jan 25, 2024
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Comment: Thank you! Love the card and tuck ins. Blessed Imbolc!
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Comment: Thanks so much!
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Comment: Thanks for the Chicago postcard and sharing how long you've been away from home. I would like to visit other places for work so it's not all out of my pocket!
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Comment: Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Karen07 rated for Lots of Mail: Playing Cards #1 on Jan 23, 2024
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Comment: Thank you, Melissa! Great cards!
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Comment: It's raining here. Hawaii sounds nice!

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