Swap-bot Time: September 25, 2020 4:04 pm


Date Joined: June 19, 2015
Last Online: September 25, 2020
Birthday: October 21
Country: United States
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About Me

My day job is doing bindery at a print shop (everything after a job is printed).

If you'd like to cover the cost of a flat rate box for some paper goods, please send me a PM. I have access to a ton of random paper from work and I hate the idea of recycling it (I can make notepads or leave sheets loose, any size). Plus, I have a large stash of stuff I've made (notecards and envelopes) and will never use. Just let me know what you'd like and I'll see what I have/can find. Obscure requests encouraged :-).

My hobbies are reading, writing letters (snail-mail), and doing simple, quick crafts. I love to make cards and am dabbling in mailart and atcs. I studied history and environmental science at the University of Virginia, College 2011 (Yep, I'm still pissed!) and I love to learn new things.*

I'm a duckpin bowler (bonus points if you know what this is!)

While I'm not picky about what I receive, I do have a preference for stationary items (notecards, paper, envelopes, stickers, etc), small notions that can be used to decorate handmade cards (die cuts, washi tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, glitter glue, etc), or anything else that can get my crafting juices flowing. Cling/Clear Stamps (particularly flowers or animals) and ink pads (all colors).

I like all kinds of postcards.

I don't have a use for "Post-It" type sticky paper.

My favorite color is orange.

ATCs are always welcome! As is any kind of artwork. I have very diverse taste in art.

I like fairies, but not the Tinker Bell type. I prefer them to be more realistic rather than cartoon-y. I love anything nature oriented, particularly flowers, bees, and mushrooms. I'm totally into gnomes right now.

Articles cut out of magazines are cool, too!

I'm interested in typography and would love to receive interesting labels (from wine or beer bottles, for example, though the sky's the limit) and other ephemera. I don't drink alcohol in any form (I don't care for the taste), so please only send the labels! smile.

My dad (coworker) runs the letterpress at the print shop we work at. If you have a cut (type/image for lack of a better explanation of the term) for something that'd look good on a 4x6 postcard or similar size notecard, and would like to see it printed, drop me a message.

I have recently started a love affair with fountain pens and would love to receive some cool ink samples!

If you're writing a letter or postcard to me and aren't sure what to write, I enjoy hearing about your local current or not so current events/drama (good, bad, or ugly it's all social history to me), whatever your current paasion/obsession is (watching an unhealthy amount of reality tv? Been there!), or a favorite book recommendation--I'm always looking for new authors to read (any and all genres)!

I have no food allergies and am game to try any unique snacks you may want to send. I am game to try any new flavors of tea. Hubby likes instant coffee.

My husband drives a tow truck, so I'm intrigued by any towing related items you may find. While we like Tow Mater, I'd rather see vintage trucks rather than cartoons.

Some of my fandoms are Doctor Who, Star Trek (particularly Voyager), and pretty much anything that is a reworking of a fairy tale (I LOVE Once Upon a Time). Oddly enough, I really get excited about fan created art/cosplay even when I don't know and/or care about the original source.

(From above)*I'm particularly interested in "social history" which is the stories of individual people and their interaction with bigger events. I don't care for "military history" which looks at the intricacies of how a specific battle was fought. I like politics from the perspective of why people think what they do, rather than the wheeling and dealing to implement policy; I'm fascinated by the academics rather than trying to change opinions. The world is a fascinating place and I enjoy looking for that "awkward" point where two similar people disagree and where two dissimilar people can find agreement.

Pen Pals

I'm always looking for new pen pals! I like long chatty letters about anything and everything. Feel free to ask me any questions you like. Sorry, no men, please.

I swap FBs and the like (slams, bags, etc), but ONLY in small quantities (less than $1 in postage).

Administrative Stuff

Our mailbox is located at the entrance to the neighborhood, so I check it once a week in winter and 2 to 3 times a week in summer. I rate swaps the same day I get them out of the mailbox.

As a favor to me (it's not required!), please write the name of the swap and your username somewhere on the outside of the envelope. This just makes my life easier when I'm sorting the mail. Thanks!

I honestly don't notice that the swap you're sending is late until it's been on my sent page for over a month from the send date, but at that point I do send out messages to try to figure out what happened. I refrain from rating 1 until I want to clear out my sent page, IF there's been no communication.

If you want me to run out and check my mailbox immediately for your swap, just send me a message. I really don't mind the walk when I know there's something better than junk mail in it!

I once got a 1 because Swap Bot lost the message the recipient sent me to say my envelope had never arrived. Please be kind and send a second message if you don't hear from me, especially if SB says I've read the message.


MailLover69 rated for Sticker Bags Across the USA #7 on Sep 22, 2020
Comment: Lovely, I love all of it! THank you!! Always so nice to see your addy in the return area;)
Comment: Thank you will pass along in the next around :)
GirlMomToTwo rated for Friendship Book Swap #16 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Love seeing you in my mailbox! Thanks so much
Johndeeregurl44 rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #192 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the swap!
Comment: Thanks so much. Great answer! Happy swapping!
GirlMomToTwo rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #191 on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the sheets, gal! <3
jinxspinx rated for Bags, Bags, Bags! #16 on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Hi Cathy! Love how you packaged these! I may have to borrow the idea! Thank you for all the bags and the extra bags!! Ill be busy this weekend with these. Very excited. Ty!
Whovian487 rated for FB's Swap for USA on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great assortment of fbs; these will be passed on shortly. πŸ˜€ I like how you decorated the envelope. πŸ˜€
JenniferJo rated for Quick Label Bag Swap #12 on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Also thank you for the excess!
ReginaDrago rated for Friendship Sheet Swap #188 on Sep 4, 2020
Comment: Totally forgot to rate, but I did recieve! Thanks!
ReginaDrago rated for Quick Friendship sheets swap! on Sep 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Prepping them to move them along!
sal410cat rated for USA : Make & Send Bags on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you for the extras!
Fraggle80 rated for Bags, Bags, Bags! #15 on Sep 1, 2020
GirlMomToTwo rated for Bags, Bags, Bags! #14 on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the bags, gal! Hope you have a great week!
Comment: I love fountain pens. My favorite color to use is green.
ReginaDrago rated for Bags, Bags, Bags! #13 on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the bags! Prepping them to move along!
dalbright rated for Quick Bag Swap #10 on Aug 12, 2020
Comment: Cathy, What a fun variety of bags and unique envelope. I LOVED how you put scotch tape behind your stamps. It made harvesting them so easy! (And thanks for using real stamps, I love that!) Your mails always a pleasure. Thank you! πŸ’•Debbie

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Kristipye on Aug 15, 2020:

Thank you so very much for angelling for Double Blind Flat Swap June (jillybeanie). I love the letter sets and will use them right away.

crochetjunkie on Aug 3, 2020:

Thank you for angelling Double Blind Swap June. I really appreciate it! @jilliebeanie has really racked up the 1s!!!

MisplacedfromPA on Jul 27, 2020:

I received 2 letter sets to cover the swap you hosted, Double blind flat swap- June 2020 US only. I so appreciate you being considerate and angeling this swap. You are a great host! Thank you so much.

grammypammy on Jun 19, 2020:

WW ~ Thank you for the postcards!

Hugs, Pam

Barbara on Jun 18, 2020:

Hi Cathy, thank you for granting my wishes for stamps and images. You have an awesome job in the print shop!

Autist on Jun 18, 2020:

Thank you so much for the WW!! It will all come in handy! ~ Evan

tcornell on Jun 15, 2020:

Cathy, thank you so much for the ATC blanks (they're perfect!), the handmade envelopes, and the postcard blanks. I love everything that you sent! β™₯ June WW

theevidenceisme on May 5, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Rak of used postage stamps! They will make a great addition to my project.

manders2280 on May 2, 2020:

Thank you for the A6 envelopes. These will keep me going for a while. Now I'm curious about what's on that back flap! Thank you for covering them.

pkpeace on Apr 20, 2020:

Thanks for the great postcards WW~ April

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