Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2018 9:46 am


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Last Online: January 18, 2018
Birthday: December 29
Country: United States
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The Basics

I'm Colorado born and raised, an expert daydreamer, and I hustle like crazy.

Random things that make me happy: typewriters, shades of green, gems/crystals/geology, Bill Murray, outer space/galaxies/stars, 3D images, vintage postage stamps, otters, the Royal Family, polka dots, Polaroids and Instax, cacti (cactuses?), holographic images, Bingo, sparkly things, airmail, unusual rubber stamps.

I never thought neon would make a comeback after the 1980s, but I'm glad it did. Especially neon red. :)

The best days for me are Good Mail Days. I write thick letters and stuff them into colorful envelopes. I've been a member of the Letter Writer's Alliance for years. Let me know if you're looking for a new pen pal. :)

I don't get bored. I was an only child and developed the ability to entertain myself. In those rare moments when I'm not at the office, I can be happy doing nothing.

I love cooking and read cookbooks like they are novels.

It's hard to offend me in swaps--I'm fine with crazy, weird images and curse words...I'm fine with Kawaii and baby chihuahuas. One thing that does "offend" me a bit: terrible spelling and grammar in swap descriptions. I tend to pass on swaps that are a grammatical mess.

Wedding Day

What I Listen to

Dream pop, 1980s, 1990s R&B, low rider oldies, mariachi, old school hip hop, Motown, all those classic songs you'd sing out loud on a road trip, and any music that sounds a little spacey.

I'm also into podcasts and talk radio, especially when I'm driving around town on errands or taking longer road trips.

Favorite Movies

Edward Scissorhands, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, Drive, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, West Side Story, The Other Guys.

I miss "nice" comedies like You've Got Mail.

I watch a ton of documentaries. I dunno how that fact would ever play into a swap. Maybe it says something about my personality? Maybe suggest one for me check out?

TV Obsessions

My favorite TV shows are mindless and easy. They help me to de-stress..my day job is on the stressful side.

I love that primetime game shows are back!

Some shows I'm hooked on: Master of None, Terrace House, Ink Master, Project Runway, Live PD, Married at First Sight, Shark Tank, Top Chef, anything with Anthony Bourdain roaming around and eating things.

I know I'm 20 years late, but I just started watching Friends from the beginning.

I don't watch Food Network much anymore: too much Guy Fieri.


Religious and "Country Kitchen" themes, kiddie/reward/Dollar Tree stickers, and powdered drink mixes are not my thing. I'd be bummed to receive something that's used, dirty, completely thoughtless, covered in pet hair, heavy with the smell of cigarettes..

Crafty Habits

My worst habit might be obsessively buying supplies and then never really delving into a project beyond that initial try. I'm terrible about using my stash...I'm sure it's because I have zero craft supply organizational skills.

I tried making ATCs. I failed. But I do like making zines, and I hope they'll become trendy again.

Recently, I've started documenting and journaling in traveler's notebooks. No-rules creative journaling suits me. Big photos, ephemera, lots of washi, metallic pens..


CraftyMailer rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #1 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies, the roller skate on the back the envelope made me smile!
Comment: Thank you :D I loved the postcard
rjdolphin rated for Vacation 2017 Pocket Letter on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great pocket letter. We also love to cruise. Our next one will be in October, up the west coast from San Francisco to Vancouver, Canada. Good luck with your quest to be a mother.
SuZignomeMoM rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Christmas on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: ♥ Thank you so much for the cute little flip book. I had lots of fun finding everything. You might try celebrating half birthdays like we did with my son (born 21 Dec). Good luck with your New Year's resolution and thanks again.
Momskii rated for Mail Tag Swap on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: thanks
sazalina rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Jan 7, 2018
Comment: Love the card you sent & your wishes inside. Take care :)
Comment: Oh my gosh Marika !!! I cannot believe how amazing your pocket letter is ! I just became obsessed with crystals and gems. I have hundreds of pins on Pinterest just of crystals/gems. So when I saw the theme of your creation I was super happy. But then I saw the enamel pin & I freaked out !!! I literally gasped, and I just couldn't stop saying "whoa" & "wow" as I took the whole thing in. I just adore everything. It's stunning ! (And I'm not just saying that because it's my first time with pocket letters, because I've looked at a ton online). But in my opinion yours topped anything I saw online. Wow, I just love it. Thank you sooo much for everything. I wish I could give you a hundred hearts !!! :3
Comment: Love this card. Thank you so much!
Comment: Cute card! Thanks!!
PeliKat rated for USA Christmas Flip Book on Dec 30, 2017
Comment: Marika, once again you have brightened my day with a wonderful mail packet! I love the Christmas flipbook that you created! You are so artistic and creative with the way you combined things for each page! The 'Instant Snow Day' was fantastic, especially since the weatherman here keeps saying "snow tomorrow" and no snow comes... And I loved the little bits of info about Christmas trees. Thanks also for all the little treasures that were tucked about in the book - what fun it was to discover each of them! For being new to flipbooks, you certainly did a great job! Thank you for not only hosting a fun swap, but also for being such a great swap partner! I look forward to swapping with you in the future!
Jafferty rated for EASY Postcard Wish/Goal on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: Hi Marika. I received your moving postcard. Good Luck on Jan 8. I know some acupuncturists and other natural health providers who have had wonderful results with what they do in helping people. I used to publish a Natural Awakenings magazine (Twin Cities' edition) and interacted with many of them.
nnair rated for Christmas Flip Book on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Loved it! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
PeliKat rated for Mail Tag Swap on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Marika, I loved reading about you in the Mail Tag Swap! The turtle beach in Maui sounds fascinating! I like that your dad named you and that you know the story about it. My maternal grandmother chose my name, and I never found out why she chose Kathy Sue; I've wondered about it for a long time now, but she's no longer around to ask. I had to laugh about 'Ethiopia' being your password for your clubhouse. It sounds like you had great fun there. Best wishes on your family plans for 2018; I have a friend who went through IVF, had twins, and then a few years later became pregnant with another child. They are a beautiful little family, as I'm sure yours will be too! Thanks also for the extra stickers! I love all the tiny little items on that sheet!
japn rated for Non Dominant Hand PC_Dec on Dec 26, 2017
Comment: Love the eeyore drawing thank you!
AmyMarie rated for Blind Envelope - International #14 on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the swap.
Comment: It's always nice getting a swap from you. Thank you for sending me this adorable and hilarious card. I love it 🎄
taledo rated for Make Two Bookmarks - November 2017 on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the pretty bookmarks
vlhafer54 rated for A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Dec 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great card! And snow!
Comment: thankyou very much for the beautiful card :)

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CurlyTea on Dec 29, 2017:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

aprilfoolzbaby86 on Nov 27, 2017:

Profile check for Blingy Pocket Letter. Happy Swapping.

EmJayBe on Nov 9, 2017:

Got your comment; thanx for the update! Yours is going in the mail tomorrow. Looking forward to the exchange!

Bhindblueeyes on May 15, 2017:

Was just reading your profile, getting ideas for your prize parcel. Had to comment because I'm an only child too!!! So, when people complain about being bored, I really never understand it lol :)

eel on May 12, 2017:

Hej Chick,

Rec'd your PC. Will write soon.


SassyChicken on May 7, 2017:

I'm glad you like the pocket letter!! I would love to be your first victim if you decide to make one! They're lots of fun. I'd be happy to swap Flip books with you again sometime, too!

SimoneLettrd on Mar 19, 2017:

Thank youuuuu for the sweetest comment tears up a bit you're so sweet!

msgforjohn on Dec 20, 2016:

Thanks for the unassigned Postcard Roulette card! Yeah, I also wondered whether I may not be chosen. Any unassigned come your way yet?

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

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