Swap-bot Time: February 24, 2018 5:38 pm


Date Joined: July 28, 2009
Last Online: February 24, 2018
Birthday: July 27
Country: Australia
My personal Instagram
My book review blog
My small business (Mel's Paper Party)
My Charity Reading Challenge
My Etsy store

Regarding swaps

I do my very best to send every swap out on time. But please remember that I live in Australia! More often than not, I send swaps internationally. Please message me if you do not receive your swap within 4 weeks of the send date, as I am happy to re-send if necessary. If I have not received your item within two-four weeks of the send date of a swap, I will message you just to check if the item has been sent or not.

Also, please message me if I have not rated you for a swap! Usually it will be because I have not received it, but once in a while I may just forget to rate. Once a month I go through my Sent swaps and check for the swap, and will contact my partner if I haven't received anything.

About Me

I am 28 years old and I live with my fiance and cat. I am studying Library and Information Services at TAFE, and currently work part-time at a school library. I am engaged to a man named Shaun - we have been together for 7 years, and engaged for 3 years. We are trying to save up for a house at the moment so we can have our own space! In the meantime we are renting. I am an aunty to three gorgeous, cheeky boys, who light up my life.

I have tried a lot of crafty things in the past, mostly jewellery and bookmarks, but also ATCs and painting. I haven't had a lot of patience for them though! I like to do colouring in though. I especially love colouring in butterflies and feathers.

I am currently into card making and love trying different designs and ideas. Pinterest has been a huge source of inspiration! I recently bought a die-cut machine, but need the metal stencils in order to start making my own embellishments. I am very excited! If you know where I can get inspiration from, please let me know! If you would like to see the cards I have made, please feel free to visit my Facebook page: My small business (Mel's Paper Party) or my Etsy store: Mel's Paper Party

In 2017 I am doing a Charity Reading Challenge to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This is an Australian organisation dedicated to improving the literacy of Indigenous children, particularly in remote communities. If you would like to follow me through this challenge, please like my Facebook page: My Charity Reading Challenge

Favorite Music

30 Seconds to Mars
Old Linkin Park
Foo Fighters
The Lonely Island
Weird Al Yankovic
Tegan and Sara
Alien Ant Farm
Old Birds of Tokyo

Favorite Books

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
Anything by Karin Slaughter
Anything by Michael Robotham
House Rules - Jodi Picoult
The boy who fell to Earth - Kathy Lette
Resurrection Bay - Emma Viskic
Anything by Karen Rose
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
All the light we cannot see - Anthony Doerr
Black Rock White City - A.S. Patric
The Dry - Jane Harper
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

I am mostly into crime fiction, but I will read anything that sounds interesting. No religious, sports, self-help books. No non-fiction.

I am a Bookcrosser, so if you'd like to do a private Bookcrossing swap with me, please message me so we can organise it, especially if we each have a book the other wants to read! I also have a book review blog, where I review books written by Australian authors: My book review blog

Favorite Movies

South Park
Anchorman 2
50 First Dates
Happy Gilmore
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Wallace and Gromit
The Power of One
The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners 2
The Taking of Pelham 123
Bad Santa
A street cat named Bob

Favorite Television

Arrested Development
Orphan Black
South Park
The Inbetweeners
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Key and Peele

Wishlist and likes

*Postcards from anywhere in the world - handmade or store bought - happy to be sent either blank in an envelope, or naked (written on and stamped)
*A handmade bookmark or two
*Anything Eeyore, Spongebob or Doctor Who - especially Dalek!!!!
*A letter writing kit or writing paper
*Washi tape samples
*Colouring sheets, particularly butterflies or feathers
*Something red - Red is my favourite colour
*Stickers! Any except for teacher/reward and religious stickers
*Hot chocolate!! My favourite hot drink! I would love sachets from where you live, including flavoured ones!
*Anything to make cards with - embellishments, ribbon, buttons, stickers, stencils, anything!
*Something handmade that you think I would like
*Plain milk chocolate
*Ephemera: Things like movie tickets, train tickets, library checkout cards, book pages, postage stamps, etc. for card making
*Cardmaking magazines or books *My Etsy wishlist


*Tea of any kind
*Coffee of any kind
*Dark or white chocolate
*Pink or purple
*Dirty, damaged items
*Make up
*Anything that has a smell to it, like perfumes, oils or scented candles. I have no sense of smell so these are useless to me.
*Body creams and lotions
*Anything banana. YUCK!
*Marshmallows. My number one most hated food! *I prefer not to be sent recipes as I'm not much of a cook!


Comment: Thanks, Melanie!
Comment: Got the pc! Can't wait to send it on!
neca84 rated for AS: Etsy Favourites $5 and under #5 on Feb 17, 2018
Comment: thanks Melly, its great
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Keruka rated for AS: Profile based happy mail! on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much Melanie! I love everything :)
nannydino rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: Hi Melanie, thank you for the PC, I love the colors. peace love light
Comment: Thank you for the notecards :)
isabellasnow rated for Choose & Send on Feb 10, 2018
Comment: Hi Melanie! Thank you very much for the lovely cards you chose for me. I'm absolutely CRAZY for the Australian Animals card. I'm hoarding it forever.
Comment: Love the picture of your kitties. So cute!
Comment: Oscar looks like a handsome addition to your family! I am glad he and Leo are getting along. Give them both a cuddle from me! 🙂
Comment: Oscar actually looks like a cross of Piki and our 3rd cat Mini and Leo is the same color with Tora only that Tora doesn't have that much white :)
Comment: Such cute cats *___* We have 3 at the moment (Piki has been with us from last May) and while he and our oldest cat still have some power struggles I wouldn't change them for the world<3
smartin85 rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #24 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Dear Melanie, Thanks for the postcard. One of my New Year's resolutions is similar to your from postcard. Good luck! Remember about strong will :) Happy 2018!
VioletFaye rated for WIYM: Pick 1 PC (Jan 2018) on Jan 31, 2018
MuddyPuddle rated for CL: 2018's Reading Resolutions on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: It's so wonderful to receive a postcard all the way from Australia! Great "resolutions" for the year. I started listening to so many more books than before, I've been crocheting afghans and listen whilst I work. Love thos murder mysteries! Thanks for the card.
Comment: Rec'd the PCs. Thanks for sending them on to me! I hope you have a fantastic 2018! :)
marhod5 rated for mellyrose89 marhod5 swap on Jan 24, 2018
Comment: Hi, Melanie! I got my package and I love all of the beautiful stationery. I hope you get yours soon. Thanks for helping me get started on swap-bot
LizzyW rated for Card Making Challenge #46 on Jan 23, 2018
Comment: Hi Melly, Thanks so much for the lovely card.

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CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

CurlyTea on Jul 29, 2017:

neca84 on Jul 12, 2017:


for my July Wish

jamicam on May 24, 2017:

Hope you're having a great day!


From Healthy Journaling

neca84 on May 10, 2017:

Melly, thanks for my March WTA prize, very useful

Bhindblueeyes on May 4, 2017:

Because I loved this .gif so much, I just have to leave it for all of the HFF members :)

neca84 on Feb 6, 2017:

Thanks so much for my Birthday Card and bits and bobs included, very much appreciated.


Whippet on Jan 8, 2017:

Happy New Year - '2017!

smokeandmirrors on Dec 6, 2016:

Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and stickers! My christmas sticker stash was getting low so this is a great top up. Merry Christmas!!!

JenniferB on Nov 21, 2016:

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