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Date Joined: January 26, 2009
Last Online: July 1, 2022
Birthday: July 30, 1981
Country: United States
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About Me

H E L L O Hey y'all! You have stumbled into my little swap-bot hub! My name is Jessie; I'm a 40-year-old obsessed with sending and receiving snail mail.

H E Y YOU! A Swap-bot Group for Healthcare Workers
Are you in the healthcare field and love snail mail? I created a group you might be interested in. Check it out, and I hope you see yourself being part! (Created December|6|21)

My first pen pal was my favorite person growing up, Aunt Lori! She would send me letters, cards, and drawings in the mail! I also got letters from my Aunt Carrie! I remember how much happiness it brought me, and I have started the same correspondence with my nieces to hopefully inspire their own creativity and snail mail habits.

When I was in 6th grade, I gained two pen pals through school. One was in Italy and the other was from the Ivory Coast. I kept in touch with Aristide from the Ivory Coast for over a decade. We lost touch once he started working and had family and life obligations! That is where my love for snail mail, mail art, and writing began.

I enjoy many types of mail from short, sweet letters to rambling, long ones. I enjoy sending postcards from time to time as well. I love sending off my favorite ephemera and receiving others to use in letters, journals, and other mixed media projects I take on.

When I'm not sitting on my crafting couch writing a pen pal or creating something, I am living a busy, joy-filled life. I am a nurse, legendary (self-proclaimed) auntie, and enjoy my free time to the max! I have been enjoying reading, keeping a daily/weekly/monthly journal, spending time with family and friends, arts and crafts, and road trips!

I live in a quiet, quaint little town that reminds me of Stars Hollow (Have you seen Gilmore Girls?). We even have a little gazebo where performers can play for the town. The main streets are lined with old businesses, antique & specialty shops, and restaurants. I find so much joy in living here. There is something new I discover every time I walk or ride through the town.

The best part of Uptown is the dedication to art. There are murals, sculptures, and monuments that are colorful and rich with history. I love that my small town takes pride in ensuring art is forefront and important. Even the old theater still holds shows and pageants.

D O G M O M I am a dog mom. Zach is my 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, and he is a grumpy old man. He has earned every belly rub, tasty chicken-free treat, and ear scratch possible. When he isn't busy being grumpy, barking at the mail man, pretending to have the spunk of a puppy, or the tenacity of a toddler, he is curled up in a ball nearby wherever I happen to be! Zach is now living with my parents. He is loving it! I miss him terribly, but his health was suffering from my demanding career. Maybe one day I can be a stay-at-home dog mom.

C A T M O M I have two kittens, Onyx & Fossil. These gems were born in June 2021. I have waited a long time to bring cats into my home, and I am thrilled to love on them. They are so sweet and little purr boxes! Do you have any cat tips, info, or toys your cats can't live without? Let me know!

T R A V E L One of my favorite ways to spend a free day is hopping in the car and driving. I don't care much about the destination. What matters is the music, open road, fresh air, and God's beautiful creation. I love exploring new and old places, taking my time meandering around towns, driving along winding roads, sitting down in a restaurant where no one knows me. It's invigorating. Sometimes I travel with Zach, while other times I go alone or with family or friends. Any road trip is an adventure I can't wait to have.

N U R S E I have been a nurse for 5 years. I work in adult oncology, and I love what I do. Some days are more challenging than others. I like writing about my day to day experiences as a nurse. I never know what a day will hold. There are many times that I don't feel like I do enough while other times I feel overwhelmed by the love and compassion I have for the families and loved ones I care for. And some days are just darn frustrating! Nursing is truly a work of heart. I am in awe of the men and women I work alongside across the healthcare field! It takes a village.

A U N T I E I have 2 nieces (6 & 3) and 1 nephew (1). They are the heartbeat of my life! I adore them, and I spend time with them each week. The oldest started kindergarten this year, and we have finally gotten into a good groove! I miss our special adventures, but she is so smart, and I love watching her learn! We love animals, reading, coloring, sticker slapping, drawing, arts & craft activities, outdoor walks, nature, museums, and ice cream! I love sending the kids snail mail, and when I visit them, they have placed their letters on the fridge or wall in their rooms!

I am blessed; niece or nephew #4 will be here in November 2022!

G A M E R G I R L I am a gamer girl at heart. I love all games. Card games, board games, video games. I have never been skilled at first person shooter games, and I prefer turn based play or video games that offer adventure, skill growth, and a variety of activities that keep the game play engaging.

card games- cards against humanity, rummy, skip-bo, what's in a meme?, go fish, old maid, spoons, speed, spades, phase 10

board games- ticket to ride, monopoly, clue, pictionary, life, scrabble, up words, candyland, pretty, pretty princess, sorry, trouble

video games- skyrim, wizard101, crash bandicoot, super mario brothers, the oregon trail, pirate101, super mario karts, zelda, monster party, duck hunt, portal, lego series

F R E E T I M E I don't have a ton of free time, but I love when I do. I love listening to my favorite tunes, audiobook, or podcast, driving for hours taking in the beauty of the open road, laughing, supporting small businesses, creating things, gardening, cooking, and cleaning.

Honestly, I also love driving in the rain at night when the sky lights up from a thunderstorm. There is something so satisfying about that experience. I like walking through the local library, the smell of books, and being sucked into a good book. I always have a hard time saying goodbye to characters that are touching. I love walking through antique malls, farmer's markets, specialty shops, flower gardens, museums, parks, and zoos. I have found the older I get the more I want to return to an organic, grounded existence. I want to be surrounded by the people I love, the pastimes I enjoy, and my grumpy old dog and kittens.

I love making new friends and look forward to being in a swap with you or making your acquaintance as pen pals!

W O R D of the Y E A R

Each new year, I don't make many new year resolutions. Instead, I try to embrace a word. I try to keep that word in mind year long and do activities that help me grow in that area. This year I am elevating myself. I am striving to rise above in my faith, mindfulness, and overall well-being. It is a struggle some days, and others I find myself letting go. I am really hopeful to elevate myself.

2022 word of the year- elevate
2021 word of the year- intentional
2020 word of the year- rebrand
2019 word of the year- sufficient
2018 word of the year- sophrosyne

03|31|22- 2022 started off okay, but I found myself depressed and more anxious than usual. I am feeling much better now. I am catching up on penpal letters, and I am joining swaps slowly. Please be kind to others, always. You never know what someone is going through.

10|18|21- Please be aware I sort and archive swaps about once a month. This is when I take inventory on swaps sent and received. I will kindly message to see if you have received and follow up with any swaps that haven't been received. I am very flexible and patient when working these things out. I know mail can be delayed, illness and family/work/personal issues arise. Just work with me and all will be just fine!

09|02|21- I have agreed to take in two kittens. I am both thrilled and nervous. This is a huge undertaking and something I have been wanting to do for a very long time! I think I am ready! The kittens are still drinking from their mother, and about 6 weeks old now. Once they are fully weaned and ready, I will be picking them up. That gives me time to get their space ready! Are you a C A T M O M? Shoot me a message or drop a comment about tips, tricks, and share your cat stories! Kittens are not in my home yet. I expect to have them by mid-October.

I have received a few messages that I haven't put my name/swap in my letter or package. I am so sorry for the oversight. Please message me if this happens so I can tell you if your happy mail was a wish, RAK, or swap! I apologize for how inconvenient that is! I am also going to make a better swap card.

A Quick Note I was away from swap-bot for a few years while pursuing my nursing degree, but I missed the snail mail and friendships I had made here. I love how many wonderful, unique souls can be found through swaps. I love seeing how others express themselves in the different types of swaps and sharing pieces of myself through the variety of swaps I join.

Many of the original friends I made here have moved on, but I look forward to meeting and connecting with new friends. I enjoy writing letters and creating special packages that house the letters I write. I think turning the pages of letters hand written (or typed) is so very special. I definitely enjoy the deeper side of life and getting to know people in a real way. I love the light and fluffy questions as well as the deeper questions in life. I live in the balance of both.

S W A P B O T disclaimer I am pretty laid back, flexible, and understanding. If an issue with a swap arises, I am upfront and I hope you will be as well. It isn't unusual for me to drop a message to make sure you have received a swap. I don't demand a rating, but I want to make sure you receive what is expected. If you receive something that doesn't follow the swap guidelines precisely, let me know and I will gladly resend or make it right for you. If something is damaged in transit, let me know, and I will resend. If you do not receive, let me know, and I will resend. Snail mail isn't always linear, so I am willing to give it a little extra time or resend based on your preference. Just communicate with me! I don't bite... (hard!)!

my S T Y L E I like to dabble in many things but am not a master in anything. I enjoy the process. I like sitting in front of a blank canvas and creating something that has never been made before. I like the feel of ink on a blank page. I like the ache in my wrist from writing one more page of a rambling letter! I love the feel of putting my thoughts onto paper. I find so much joy in finding a way to express my own thoughts and feelings through words and art. I would say that my artistic expression is made through mixed media and abstract means verses a concrete idea executed perfectly. If you are looking for Rembrandt, I'm not your girl. If you're looking for happy little trees, I am most definitely your girl!

If you don't see what you're looking for in terms of my likes/interests, just ask. I am always expanding and evolving my likes and interests.


  • your favorite YouTube paper craft tutorial
  • spring or summer stickers (for me or the kiddos)
  • animal, food, or faith washi
  • Rolodex card
  • fairytale or woodland ephemera
  • letter set
  • garbage pail kids trading card

last update to About Me :: june|24|2022


ATCs, altered anything, antique mall finds
Butterflies, bible verses, beach, brain teasers, board games
Colors :: green (any shade!), neutrals, earth tones, jewel tones, conspiracy theories, Christmas
Doodles, drawings, dogs (jack russell terriers!)
Envelope art, embellishments, ephemera
Foreign languages, fairy tales, fabric (esp vintage, interesting, tiny patterns, or unique), firepits
Green, glue dots/runners, Gilmore Girls
Handmaking items, how to videos, handlettering, hiking, Halloween
Index cards (altered), interesting (to you) interpretations, inspirational quotes, and ideas--please share yours!
Journals (tiny, sewn binding)
Knitting, kawaii fabric & kawaii stationery, kawaii stickers and memo sheets Letters, lists (seriously a postcard filled with lists would give me so much joy!), lazy days, lakes, laughter
Mixed CDs, mermaids, mail art, mountains
Nature themed items, notebooks, nieces, nephew, naps
Ocean animals (sea cucumbers, jellyfish, dolphins, deep sea creatures, narwhals, nessie, & mermaids!)
Pen pals, postcards, paper (unique, vintage, strange), photography (vintage), playlists (your favorite songs!), penny press variety puzzles, podcasts
Quotes on items (handmade or bought)
Reusing/recycling items, road trips, rolodex altered cards, recipes
Stationery, stamped images or messages, stories, The ScrapExchange, serial killers (i'm totally intrigued!)
Tape runners, teas (loose leaf, bags, simple, or flavored), tiny tidbits
Unique stickers, upcycling ideas
Vintage games, vampires, vacations
Weird takes on ordinary swaps (just add a note explaining yourself!) think outside the box; it's fun! washi tape (new obsession--obsessed with dog washi and funky, cool patterns), writing
Your religious/spiritual/life/current story; tell me about you
Zines, zentangles, zendalas, zombies

last update to ABC me :: june|24|2022

Current Wishlist

1 :: anything Jack Russell or cat themed
2 :: a letter about you
3 :: fairy tale/fairy/woodland related ephemera
4 :: anything faith-based or inspirational
5 :: a postcard filled with your favorite things
6 :: a letter set
7 :: garbage pail kids trading card
8 :: any unwanted dotees!!! send them to meeeeee! i decorate a christmas tree with them! i LOVE them!
9 :: anything Kawaii
10:: anything I can share with my perfectly adorable nieces (6 & 3) & nephew (1) such as coloring pages, crafts, stickers, disney anything. they have a million toys, and we love doing things together, so anything that we can do together is a win in my book!

last update to current wishlist :: june|24|2022

The Nitty Gritty

Here are a few specific likes and wishes regarding some of the more niche swaps you might find me in!

Fairy Tales/Fables ::

Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty & the Beast, Hansel & Gretel, Princess & the Pea, Rapunzel, Rumplestilkskin, The Ugly Duckling, Snow Queen, The Little Red Hen, The Lion, the ASS, & the Fox, The Lion & the Mouse, Fern Gully, Robin Hood, Jack & the Beanstalk, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Mother Holle, Rusalka, elves, sprites, fairies of all varieties

Darkly Yours ::

(this icon of a zombie is giving me life.)

if you're in a dark swap with me, I enjoy ::

zombies, sea monsters, aliens, monsters, hybrid creatures, cryptids, creatures from foreign countries, nymphs, vampires, skulls (over skeletons), dark, eerie creatures, & not always dark but cool: mythical creatures, silhouettes of bones, heart, brain, lungs (body parts), conspiracy theories

pen pal idea :: write me a poem, haiku, or anything from the perspective of your (or my) favorite fairy tale, fable, or spooky character. Tell me about your greatest adventure. Write me a fictional short story. Describe a character you’d love to be in a book! Fill a letter with lists!

God, Bible, & Faith ::

I would love to hear about your favorite verse and what it means to you, how God has shown his love, how God has pulled you through adversity, how your relationship with God has changed you, Bible verses on overcoming difficult situations, uplifting verses, and I would love, love, love any story you have to share about your faith, your faith journey, or how God has been beside you in times of uncertainty! Share your favorite praise/worship playlist.

I love, love love, love , love, love the holidays. St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, July 4, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!! I love them all. Christmas is one of my favorites because I get to enjoy the act of gift giving, providing others with simply joys, and baking! I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays! Christmas lights, the Christmas movies, crafting, writing cards, and sending Christmas snail mail! All of it brings me so much happiness!

last update to the nitty gritty :: march|31|2022

Favorite Music

Current Playlist:
01 :: Sunflower, The Weepies
02 :: Social Stamina, Rosie
03 :: illicit affairs, Taylor Swift
04 :: Clarity, Zedd [feat. Foxes]
05 :: Different Eyes, Marco Tamimi
06 :: Next, Olivia Holt
07 :: Gardenia, Mandy Moore
08 :: I Hope, Gabby Barrett
09 :: Conversations with Emily, Park
10 :: Stranger, Skrillex
11 :: Easy on Me, Adele
12 :: The Call, Regina Spektor
13 :: This Is The Stuff, Francesca Battistelli
14 :: Love Is All I Got (Friction Remix), Feed Me
15 :: Meet Me in Our Spot, The Anxiety
16 :: Fancy Life, Walker Hayes
17 :: Would You Go With Me, Josh Turner
18 :: Should've Known Better, Carly Pearce
19 :: Society, Eddie Vedder
20 :: Biblical, Calum Scott
21 :: I Thank GOd, Maverick City Music
22 :: Death Was Arrested, North Point Worship
23 :: Leave a Light On, Tom Walker
24 :: Happy Together, The Turtles
25 :: Oh Love, Prateek Kuhad
26 :: Stay, tyDi

last update to favorite music :: april|3|2022

Favorite Books

The Bible
Eating Well (magazine)
Cookbooks (just about any one and especially those from before 1980!)
Only Revolutions, Mark Z. Danielewski
The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware
Behind Closed Doors, B.A. Paris
The Shift, Theresa Brown
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
Wicked, Gregory Maguire
Congo, Michael Crichton
Twilight Series, Stephenie Meyer
Sookie Stackhouse Series, Charlaine Harris
Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
Sarah J. Maas Series
Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things, Margie Fuston

Favorite Movies

Harry Potter Series
Twilight Series
Return to Oz
Jurassic Park Series
Bedknobs & Broomsticks
Fairy Tale Theater
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (TV 2 Part Series, 1985)
The Sweetest Thing
Leap Year
The Wilderness Family
Fern Gully

Favorite Television

Haters Back Off
Gilmore Girls
Grey's Anatomy
Beauty & the Beast
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette
Bachelor in Paradise
Drunk History
The Shannara Chronicles
The Vampire Diaries
Grace and Frankie
Hemlock Grove
Anne with an E
Road to Avonlea
Parks & Rec
The Office
All of Us are Dead

Favorite Crafts

I have been enjoying letters and writing recently, but I love to dabble in junk journals, journaling, photography, sewing, ATCs, drawing/doodling, mail art (very new to this, and I'm still learning so much as I make attempts!), and other paper crafts.

You Made It

If you made it here, bless your heart. Send me a private message and put Oh, biscuits! in the subject and put your address in the message for a profile based flat surprise.

If you think we’d make good friends, private message me with your idea for a swap or pen pal exchange.

Have a blessed day, and please take a little time today to find 3 good things to appreciate in your day! Doing this consistently is proven to lift your mood and have a long lasting, positive impact on your mental health.

3 Good Things ::

  • ocean waves and sandy toes
  • laughing with friends
  • family cookouts


Comment: Thank you!!
Response: You’re welcome!
Artistic rated for Verse Mapping #2: James 1:5-6 on Jun 19, 2022
Comment: Enjoyed reading your study. (And your calligraphy is gorgeous. Took me a while to realize that PRAYER was hand inked and not commercially printed!)
Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed it! :D Thank you for the sweet compliment!
Comment: Thanks so much! I love how it turned out!
Response: Awesome! It was a fun one to put together for you. :D
Comment: Thanks! The kitty scare story was hilarious. Mine keeps trying to get in the dishwasher too, but he's full grown so he hasn't succeeded yet. 😸
Response: ha! Well, I hope your cat doesn't scare you to death should she manage to find a new scare spot!
USAFwife rated for FLL: Not on stationery on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: Oohh - good choice for 'not on stationery!' Very colorful too. :) I hope your re-organization project went well and you got everything set up like you want it. :) I keep trying to re-organize my area and wow is it hard! Moving every few years is the pits! :(
Response: Nurses are the queens of pens! Until we swap again! Have a great day!
Comment: Thank you for the outstanding pocket letter.
Response: Thanks for hosting! This is a wonderful series!
Comment: Thanks for being an awesome partner for the month of May you cheered my month.♥️
Response: Thank you for the rating! Hope you have a great week!
watercolorgirl rated for VF: Fairytale Tags #6 - USA on Jun 10, 2022
Comment: What an excellent job you did on your tags. They are so pretty. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Response: Thank you! Have a happy Sunday!
Cindymt rated for FLL: Teaching letter writing on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing :)
Response: You're welcome! Have a great weekend!
JanHardt rated for AMA: Ocean Inspired Mail Art on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: These ATCs are beautiful. I really like the ocean colored background. You got it just right. And, who doesn’t love bling! They will be a great addition to my collection. Thank you so much.
Response: Thank you! I was playing around with shimmering watercolors! I thought the impact was lovely!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely letter and answers to the questions and the notecard. Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome! Have a great weekend!
Comment: Hi Jessie! So nice to swap together again. Many thanks for the great washi and cute stationery sets you created. I know I'll love using them.
Response: Love the 4-out-the-door swaps! So enjoyable! Happy swapping!
Comment: Absolutely!!! Being a woman is all you included. Thank you for such beautiful words and the woman postcards xo
Response: YES! :D Until we swap again, have a great time on the 'bot!
katieraynes rated for MM&L: Custom Sea Monster ATC on May 27, 2022
Comment: Oh my gosh, this was such a happy envelope to get! The ATC is gorgeous and so detailed. I love the style! Also all of the lovely art bits you sent are so cool and I can’t wait to experiment with them. Thank you so, so much!
Response: I am so happy you enjoyed what I made! This was a challenging swap, and I always fear what I make won't live up to make the recipient happy!
riverwatcher rated for UHM: Blank Postcards Swap on May 24, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the thoughtful postcards.
Response: You're very welcome! Take care and stay well!
Changeling rated for CHWH ~ Cat/Kitten Postcard Swap on May 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cool historical art cat postcard! I like your cats' names. :)
Response: Thank you for a prompt rating! Happy Tuesday evening!
DarshanaM rated for APP - Will you be my Penpal # 1 on May 20, 2022
Comment: Thats a lot of effort you put into that letter. Absolutely loved reading about you and getting to know you. Thankyou for the letter.
Response: You’re welcome! Thank you for the kind words! Have a great week!
coleenfranks rated for GIFT ~ Faith Sister ~ May on May 16, 2022
Comment: Hi Jessie, Got your lovely envie with all the fun pieces, Thank you. Hi Jessie, me again. Thanks for the metal stencil. Love it. You're a sweetie.
Response: More to come! I try to mail weekly! Have a great week's end! Happy May!
krspellman rated for FLL: Write On #2 on May 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your letter, I enjoyed reading it. I apologize for delay in rating...May has been flying by!
Response: Thank you for rating! Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you so much, I also have always loved fairytales! It was hard to pick a favorite! My Mother always read fairytales and poems by James Whitcomb Riley she gave us a love for reading! I have always read to the little ones in my life like you with your nieces and nephews! Giving them precious memories ❤️ I enjoyed your letter and all the Rumpelskilskin goodies! As always always a blessing to be your partner! God bless you ❤️
Response: This was a fantastic swap! I really enjoyed it!

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grammypammy on Jun 27, 2022:

RAKS ~June Wish

Thank you for granting my wish for Something Blue...love all the blue goodies you sent!

Hugs, Pam

rarjones on Jun 27, 2022:

Prayers that God will lift you up each day and fill you with His peace and Joy:)

Hugs- Rose

GIFT Faith Sister June 2022

RiverTopanga on Jun 26, 2022:

June ~ WISH RAK - thank you for the e vie of wishes ! Everything will be used!! Awesome 😃

ArtyBeth3 on Jun 24, 2022:

Hi Jessie, how nice to find your sweet message on my profile from way back in May. I’m only seeing it now - I always forget to check this area! Yeah, I’m still here on the ‘bot. My participation ebbs and flows these days though. There’s nothing like sending/receiving happy mail so it’s hard to completely stay away. Take card and happy swapping!

OrigamiGrace on Jun 23, 2022:


AJ73 on Jun 23, 2022:

Thank you Jesse for the “Whaleboat Happy June postcard. It’s truly a beautiful postcard. It looks like it was etched. It’s going into my Favorites postcard album. Hugs and ❤️ Alma

Highlander18 on Jun 21, 2022:

Thank you for the RAK USA Only - June RAK of awesome postcards - the Orbis is an interesting fellow!! or not.

rarjones on Jun 21, 2022:

May the love and goodness of God "elevate" you this week:)

GIFT ~ Faith Sister ~ June

Artistic on Jun 19, 2022:

Faith Sister June 2022: Just a note to let you know, Jessie, I appreciate your post cards, notes and prayers.

LindaW on Jun 18, 2022:

Come join the July Birthday Card swap that I’m hosting.

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