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Date Joined: November 23, 2007
Last Online: July 18, 2024
Birthday: July 19
Country: United States
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About Me

On Nov. 27, 2021, I mailed out my 1000th swap. Nov. 23, 2023 marked 16 years as an active member of swap-bot woo-hoo! :)

Hi! I'm Nicole. I'm here because snail mail is a fun, low-stress hobby I can invest more or less time in as the seasons of my life allow, and I enjoy the connections made with snail-mail partners from all over. :) The info in my profile is for those, like me, who prefer lengthy profiles to get to know their partners. However, if you are a "less is more" person, feel free to skip over the chattiness & just please avoid the items in the "Please No" section (hopefully not too constraining). Other than that, I enjoy the many creative ideas people come up with in their snail-mail and my partners need not feel like they have to be profile-specific unless the swap calls for it!

I live in Northwest GA, am married, am mom to 2 beautiful young (adult) women, the oldest of whom is expecting (due in spring of '24), so I am a soon to be grandmother to my first grandchild!

Other than that... I enjoy thrifting, reading, visiting art museums & galleries, hiking/walking, healthy-eating, attending church, tea-drinking, houseplants, my cat, my dog, sunshine & summertime, and an occasional nip of whiskey! ;)

In sum- to quote one of my favorite poets, Langston Hughes, "Well, I enjoy eating, sleeping, drinking, and loving people. I like to work and read, to learn new things and to understand life."

My husband and I hope to move "out to the country" within the somewhat not too distant future. I'm eager to embrace a small town lifestyle, having lived in a metro/urban area my entire life.

Travel has been a huge part of my life, personally & academically. Places I've visited &/or studied: Mexico (spent many summers there as a child & briefly studied at university), Canada, Cuba (study abroad), Brazil, France, England, Spain, Slovenia, Italy (taught English for a summer), Vatican City, as well as Puerto Rico and 27 U.S. states + D.C. so far. I love to travel, even though I'm skittish about flying!

Stuff I like

Please know that this is is no way meant to be a 'list of expectations", just some info for swaps that call for well-filled out profile likes & because I personally like to have lots to go on with my own partners' profiles. :)

My favorite colors are blues- all shades from sky to navy, especially combined with white. I'm also drawn toward soft pinks, lavender. light neutrals, and forest green. I actually enjoy most colors depending on the context (i.e. some I like generally but wouldn't wear). The exceptions would probably be I'm not much a fan of large doses of drab olives, mustard yellows, oranges, or browns- I guess the fall colors are not my personal palette unless it's fall seasonal items.

  • A: (original) Art, Art museums & galleries, Architecture (esp. the designs of Oscar Niemeyer & Zaha Hadid)
  • B: books, bourbons, birthstones (esp. aquamarine, pearl, opal, ruby, citrine), bunnies (vintage/ storybook), banana prints/ theme
  • C: Carolina dogs, Cats! (esp. grey tabbies), cognac, champagne, clouds, courtesy
  • D: daffodils, Dolly Parton, disco balls, dollhouse minis (1:12), donkeys
  • E: ephemera pockets, envelopes that are handmade or decorated, essential oils (brands I trust for purity are YL, DoTerra, Revive & Plant Therapy), embroidery, eyelet
  • F: "fussy cut" paper images, forests, Fornasetti imagery, French culture & language, flowers (faves include: daffodils, honeysuckle, wisteria, lilac, English garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, hydrangea, tiger lilies, lupine, wildflowers),
  • G: Garfield & Odie, Gluebooks, goats
  • H: hand lettering, hiking, honeybees, houseplants, handkerchiefs (vintage)
  • I: Iconography of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • J: Junk Journals, Japanese stationery, Japanese novels
  • K: Kittens
  • L: lemon prints, library & literary themes, linguistics, lunar phases, Latin American cultures
  • M: Maine, matchbooks or boxes (with matches still inside), Mexican folk art, "Mamma Mia!"
  • N: National Parks
  • O: Opera (live), Owls
  • P: photography, poetry (uplifting, not depressing), polaroids, politeness, Pusheen
  • Q: Queretaro, Mexico (my childhood second home)
  • R: rural life
  • S: seascapes, Selena Quintanilla, Southern US culture/ lifestyle/ aesthetics/ music/ food, etc... (some of my favorite movies are Big Fish, Fried Green Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias, & O Brother Where Art Thou), simple living, sunsets, sunshine & summertime, Savannah Bananas baseball team
  • T: travel, tea time, toile prints
  • U: underwater images, umbrellas
  • V: Vintage (ephemera, clothing, books, home items)
  • W: watercolor paintings, whiskey, wholesomeness, wide washi
  • X: xenophilia :)
  • Y: YOUR art (doodles/ drawings/ sketches, watercolors/ paintings, collage, mail art, altered ephemera, photography, etc...)
  • Z: Zibaldone

I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Much of my clothing and home decor comes from thrift/vintage stores.

If you don't know what to write, I enjoy quotes, song lyrics, haikus, jokes, or simple notes about you or your day.

My postcard wishlist:

  • National Parks, especially scenic or the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters
  • fine art, art museums
  • colorful/ Kodachrome vintage scenic cards
  • women or children reading
  • tea-themed
  • people dancing
  • cats or people with cats
  • Postcards from places I've visited:
    I never seem to buy enough postcards from the places I travel, and send them all out, then wish I had kept some for my own memories. So I'm always appreciative of postcards from any of the following locations-
    Europe: London, Paris, Strasbourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice, Slovenia, Italian Alps
    South America: Brazil (Goiania, Salvador, Brasilia)
    North/Central America: Mexico (Acapulco, Cancun, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Pena de Bernal), Cuba (Havana), Puerto Rico (San Juan), U.S. (Los Angeles, Tucson, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Nashville, Hilton Head Island, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, NY City, Columbus OH, Maine- Portland & Bar Harbor/ Acadia), Milwaukee, Canada (Montreal, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Victoria).

I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I love a cuppa Earl Grey in the morning, flavored green tea with jasmine or mint in the afternoon (not a fan of plain old green tho), and herbal teas in the evening- I especially love spearmint, lemongrass, and flavored rooibos. My favorite bagged tea brands are Yogi, Traditional Medicinals, NUMI & Runa brands, and I always like trying new flavors in those lines or other unique surprises you may have to share! (Sadly I have a slight ginger sensitivity, which is unfortunate because I really like the taste, so I do try to avoid blends with ginger, which includes chai- boo)

If anyone wants to pass along a book to me they think I would enjoy, that would be lovely! If sending media mail makes it more affordable, please feel free, and you can message me the "note" to go with it (since technically media mail is only supposed to include educational items, no personal correspondence).

For fiction I enjoy mostly realistic contemporary or historical, some magical realism, and some dystopia (mostly YA for that genre). I enjoy both classics and contemporary novels. My favorite contemporary author is probably Liane Moriarty. I also enjoy Fredrik Backman and I think Amity Gaige and think is brilliant. Recently Ive been into Japanese novels. Please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder. I'm also not into the "harlequin" type romances, but a novel with a romantic plot is fine (for example I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife").

As for nonfiction I mostly read memoirs, particularly related to expats exploring international language and cultures, or people who had very rural or nature-rich childhoods. I'm passionately and professionally interested in linguistics (socio, psycho, historical, cultural, etc) and my favorite linguist is John McWhorter. I really enjoy his books as well as his take on current issues.

Thrift store swaps
When I thrift, I always look out for blue & white dishes or pottery & Longaberger baskets, though I realize those are tough to mail. For smaller things, I enjoy vintage hankies or napkins with embroidery, vintage/ retro brooches, silk scarves, interesting belt buckles, small original paintings, needlepoint, & vintage (unstained) baby clothes.

Skin care/ fragrance products
Some swaps I join may call for skin care/ fragranced type items. Due to skin & sinus sensitivities, I have very sensitive skin, so if at all possible, I greatly prefer very gentle, mostly natural products. Burt's Bees is an example of a brand that is easily found in most stores. I find many places, including Wal-Mart, now have a nice selection of more naturally sourced products.
For fragranced items, I cannot use most that soak into my skin (lotions, perfumes) or creates smoke (candles). I am fine with sachets, potpourri, things like car air fresheners, anything scratch n sniff, etc. I do diffuse pure essential oils, so if you use essential oils like YL or DT, I would love any recommendations of EO products you have enjoyed, including DIY formulas.

Please NO

crudity, nudity, profanity, or religious/ spiritual materials in swaps I'm sent (Orthodox Christian iconography is in my likes, so obviously, that's an exception). Thanks for respecting my preferences, I'll do the same for those I send to.

As for book swaps, please no horror, dark/occult, or graphic violence/murder. I'm not too keen on most sci-fi, but I do love anything to do with time travel.

the following things won't offend me, but in the interest of full disclosure and saving your postage on things I probably won't use or pass on...

I prefer not to receive:

Please do NOT send me friendship books or sticker bags or other such "pass it along" mail. I don't participate in them, so their journey will probably end with me.

broken or rusty jewelry or other such items. I know some people are very creative with these things, but I'm not.

I don't sew or do any needle crafts so please save your extra needle craft supplies for someone who will actually use and enjoy them.

Not a fan of: items with loose glitter that falls off when I open the package, or anything poop or barf related (e.g. emojis, and while I enjoy cats-not so much images of them in litterboxes, etc).

I'm not into most licensed character imagery/ items (e.g. Disney, Marvel, Starwars, etc) with the exception being cat characters which are usually a "yes please!" (i.e. I do love Garfield, Pusheen, Aristocats, etc)

Also I have been put on a restrictive diet by my physician so other than bagged teas, I'd prefer not to receive anything edible.

craftyness/ stash sharing

I'm not super crafty. I know to many people this might seem strange because they consider swap-bot to be a craft exchange site. I consider it and use it as a pen-pal/ snail-mail site.
I do enjoy creating collage journals/ glue-books/ smash books & mail art

If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty/ random destash things I would enjoy and use include:
* random single playing cards with images of cats or owls on them. Why? I don't know, but I've received a few over the years here, and now I have an odd little collection that I find myself strangely fond of :)
* beautiful/ interesting ephemera or images to put in my glue books
* ephemera pockets, folders, and tags
* mini file folders
* nature/ animal themed wood-mounted rubber stamps (gently used fine)
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, I'm not a fan of 3-D)
* handmade or decorated envelopes * random trivia cards. * random Polaroids or photos with a “dreamy” or retro quality about them
* charms for jewelry making, any & all!
* glass, stone, ceramic or clay beads for jewelry making (nothing tiny like seed beads please)

Movies & Books

I have an eclectic taste in movies & books. Thought I'd add some of my favorites here...

Age of Adaline, Amelie, Aristocats, Baby Driver, Beetlejuice, Big Fish, Casino, Dead Poets Society, Edward Scissorhands, Ella Enchanted, Enchanted April, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Fried Green Tomatoes, Harry Potter (all), Il Postino, Life is Beautiful, Mamma Mia (1 & 2), My Big Fat Greek Wedding, O Brother Where Art Thou, Princess Bride, A Room with a View, Selena, Stardust, Steel Magnolias, Sound of Music, When Harry Met Sally

(harder to narrow down for me, in progress)
The Chronicales of Narnia, Harry Potter series, The Time Travelers Wife, All books by Liane Moriarty, The Way of a Pilgrim, Franny and Zooey, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Animal Farm, Anne of Green Gable series, Little Women, Gone With the Wind, Hunger Games series, The Night Library, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society... I also enjoy reading a lot of memoirs and nonfiction- I just love books!

My swap-bot M.O.

I rate fairly according to swap-bot's rating criteria. If I receive a swap that meets all posted swap requirements, including being sent on time, I rate a 5. If I personally feel the swap was extra special to me, and that actually happens a lot, I add a heart For those that are new to swapping, and aren't aware, though, I'd just like to point out that it's generally considered very bad form to ask for hearts; it's really subjective. If the swap does not meet requirements, including being unreasonably late, I'll rate a 3. If I feel a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not received anything I will contact you first before rating a 1. I try to reflect my swap experience honestly and fairly, both for the person sending to me & the rest of the s-b community. You can count on me to rate quickly (although I don't check my POB every day, so don't get nervous if your d.c. says the package has been delivered & I haven't rated the same day; probably just didn't check my box yet, give me a day or 2;)).

To those I send to, I pledge to swap unto others as I would have swapped unto me; I'll send on time (or would pm you if for some extenuating circumstance I couldn't) & I'll put effort into making swaps that I hope would make my partners smile.

My swap-bot weak spot: replying to profile comments. I will reply to pm's (that need replying) but admit that since I can view comments from e-mail without logging into s-b, I sometimes forget to reply later or they get pushed off my profile quickly by other comments & there is no way to mark them "unread". So the short of it is: if you really need a reply from me, better to pm than comment, though I do love sweet comments I get that require no direct reply!:)

These days I'm in less official swaps, and enjoy granting wishes for my favorite groups, Wishlist and Cheap Postage swaps, tags, and fun
I have so much fun granting wishes & finding happy surprises in my mail box! :)

package pro-tip:
I've received some packages lately where the postage is $10 or more & the package isn't even that big, it's just weighty. I feel bad for my fellow swappers spending so much on postage when I know they could be saving a bit. If you send heavy packages out on occasion, order yourself some priority mail padded flat rate envelopes from USPS. There is no cost to deliver them to your home & you can fill them up as much as you want for $10.60 as of February 2024. These are usually not available in the post office though, so you have to order them online,


Comment: Thank you for the pretty note card, great postcards, and your note! I love the sun & heat too! Hope you enjoy the summer - sounds like you have amazing plans! Safe travels and enjoy your new granddaughter! : )
Comment: Thanks so very much! I love what you sent! Enjoy your summer!
Vickyen rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #51 - US on Jun 19, 2024
Comment: Hi Nicole! Thank you for your sweet note and the tuck ins! How wonderful to be off in the summer and doing stuff you enjoy, although I cannot image being a teacher - yikes! Tipping my hat to you! Safe and fun travels to Brazil - that sounds exciting and since you are visiting family, they know the cool places to visit! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the postcards and tea. I'm a school nurse so understand the joy of summer break. I am working summer school so my break will be shorter this summer.
Myself333 rated for CPG Pink Flat Envie - US on Jun 17, 2024
Comment: I think I just received your original envie, about 4 months later! It's got the Feb 20th post mark on it. It came damaged, but as far as I can tell nothing missing. Sorry you went through all that trouble you informed me of with a re-send, only for this one to arrive. Thank you for the goodies! I love the neon pink playing card and Day of the Dead dog. I hope we have better luck swapping next time around, haha. Update: I received your re-send the same day, and WOW you really went above and beyond! Thanks so much.
Comment: It came!! Thank you for the prettily decorated envelope and the nice letter with the quote from your interesting book you are reading how wonderful to meet you in the mail again!! I also really loved the sweet owl and cat things!!!
Comment: Thank you for the nice swap♥
Comment: Thank you for all the nice things!! Your envelope was postmarked in April but usps just deigned to deliver it this week!! Good grief! Thank you so much!
Response: the mail situation is insane- I just received a wish postmarked last November! Glad it finally arrived!
Comment: Hi Nicole! Always great to hear from you and thank you for the share about your reading and the goodies! I just got your Happy Mail today, as the post office had a yellow sticker on it saying "No forwarding address" - we have lived here for 26 yrs! LOL! My husband just shook his head (he is a mail carrier in St. Louis) and said a human messed this up - but hey, it finally made it! LOL! All the best! Hugs, Happy Reading, and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Loved the notecards, so pretty! Thanks so much for the extras. Loved them too.
Comment: Love your note and the packet full of ephemera! Thanks so much. Enjoy the summer months.
Comment: Thanks for all the awesome stuff! There’s tons of stuff that I already know how I will use. Also the earrings you sent are beautiful!!
Comment: Congrats to the new Grandchild! <3
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely decorated envelope, Alaska map card, and note card - great choices. Enjoyed reading your note.
amparolewis95 rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #8 on Apr 29, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope full of cute surprises! -Gracias!
Comment: Thank you Nicole for everything you sent me. I love it all. My son lives in Rome, Georgia which is about 1 hrs 20 mins from Atlanta. I am enjoying the spring weather we are having here with all the beautiful flowers. Looking forward to swapping with you again.
Comment: loved the carnival food both card! thanks for everything :)
Comment: Thank you for the note and goodies! Congrats on your first grandchild! Nothing better than being a grandparent!
JuneRosebud rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #7 on Apr 6, 2024
Comment: Hi Nicole, Thank you for the wonderful batch of items; I loved everything!! Congratulations on becoming a gramma=)
warheart rated for CPG QUICKIE: Tea Break #2 - US on Mar 21, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the great teas!

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OrigamiGrace on Jul 2, 2024:

Thank you so much for the cheery flower seeds and envies from my June wishlist at CPG! Much appreciated!! Loving the colors!

groundhogstamper on Jun 28, 2024:

Thank you so much for the pretty papers and Happy Mail stickers you sent for my June CPG wishes!

Whippet on Jun 21, 2024:

Thank you Nicole for granting my wish of Birthday card, 3 garden PCs & lovely stickers. Happy First Day of Summer! - Kathy

LadyJo on Jun 19, 2024:

Thank you for the June CPG wishes! I love the travel themed items!

Zefaniya on Jun 7, 2024:

Thank you for the May CPG wish! Yay for cute card to add to my collection!

LadyJo on May 30, 2024:

Thank you for the CPG April wishes of postcards and awesome handmade envies. Thanks for thinking of me!

Whippet on May 24, 2024:

Congratulations Nicole on becoming a Grandmother! Hope you & your family enjoy Happy May, good weather & good health. - Kathy

lady41701 on May 22, 2024:

Thanks so much for the cpg wishes. My MARCH mail just arrived today. Two whole months later! It was worth the wait though. The goodies were great and packaged so nicely too! I really LOVED the vintage postage stamps.

lady41701 on May 11, 2024:

Thanks for the April CPG wish. The cat themed goodies were just Purfect. I appreciated you brightening my day.

chimerix on Apr 26, 2024:

Soooo...The resend Valentine you sent on March 7 just made it to me. I have no idea what is going on between your PO and mine, but it is taking nearly 2 months for an envelope to be delivered. That said...Thank you so much for the resend. I'll use the stickers and rose ephemera next year in my Valentine crafting and I love the AIW washi tape! Aloha!

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