Swap-bot Time: May 29, 2023 10:03 pm


Date Joined: May 15, 2011
Last Online: May 24, 2023

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 I also do bookbinding. I have a working bindery at my house 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.


luckysweetpea rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2023 on May 23, 2023
Comment: Hello mle (I love that!), thank you for the Chunk. I loved the 80s vibe, for sure. And yes, KGLW freaked me out at first, especially the video for Gamma Knife! But I've seen them now 5 times, including once in LONDON! Their music is so all over the place. And yes, unfortunate name, I think, but I love PPC and have seen them once. Warmly, Ginger
dustcollector rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2023 on May 22, 2023
Comment: I like your personal connection to the piece of cardboard . Thanks.
BlueberryLady rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2023 on Apr 14, 2023
Comment: I love waffles, my waffle maker's handle broke and the latch, so will get another soon. Try warmed Applesauce with some butter and cinnamon on the plain waffles... Yummy!
scrappermama rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2023 on Apr 13, 2023
Eulegirl rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2023 on Apr 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the waffles card. I went to a fancy waffle cafe over spring break, and it was a lovely treat!
Comment: Thank you for the quiche chunk. I saw the Vincent movie in the theater when it came out,the animated one, and it was wonderful.
jeka396 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2023 on Apr 4, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for the coconut water PC! I can hardly believe it is April as well!
littlehana86 rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC #4 on Mar 18, 2023
Comment: Your song list are all new songs to me. Thanks for sharing. It's interesting list.
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2023 on Mar 16, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the swap. Sorry for the late rating. The card got put aside in a place I don't normally put things that need to be addressed. I'm going to blame the grandkids, though they normally don't touch my swap things without me being there with them.
Ace330660 rated for Collage Postcard on Mar 12, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your funny pc ! I love creating with magazine images as well !
Comment: What a perfect postcard for this swap! I’d like to visit Austin - heard it’s a fun city for music - but I’d check out the Museum of the Weird too!
Comment: Thanks for the cool chunk. I was hoping someone would sent me a beer related one at some time. I’ve sent a few but I think this is the first one I’ve gotten.
Rateliff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2023 on Mar 7, 2023
Comment: My baby blanket was a hello kitty quilt made by my aunt! Hello Kitty will always hold a warm place in my heart, so cute!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely weaving postcard.
MissCharlieD rated for Ugly PC Swap #67 on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: I think this postcard is great! Just the right amount of weird for me :)
LadyGuenevere rated for Musical Scavenger Hunt PC #4 on Feb 27, 2023
Comment: I loved this postcard, and the great selection of songs! We have very similar tastes in music. <3
Fabriqueen rated for Quick Handmade PC #20 on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool handmade PC! Have a wonderful day! Hugs Diane
Comment: Don't know the song but the card is very cool.
funstuff rated for would your rather pc 2 usa on Feb 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. The bird of paradise reminds me of Hawaii. I'd rather have the maid as well. I hate cleaning

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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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