Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2019 9:56 pm


Date Joined: February 13, 2016
Last Online: May 18, 2019
Birthday: June 2
Country: Australia
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About Me

Married without children, working part-time and also doing part-time study, I don't have enough time to do all the things I would like to do and am interested in. But I suppose it is just about setting priorities, so I am forever prioritising. Unfortunately, the housework often draws the shortest straw.

I live in the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia and am so glad that life brought me here. It is very different from where I grew up in Germany.

The things I try to find time for are reading, photography, writing letters, baking and different types of crafts.

I used to spend a lot of time knitting and cross stitching, but I haven't been a very active knitter/stitcher for the past few years. I also tried beading and making jewellery, which I enjoyed a lot.

I love anything connected to snail mail, letter writing and postcards. I also enjoy stamps although I wouldn't call myself a serious collector. But I am always happy when snail mail comes with a beautiful stamp on it. I am hopeless at email. I just spend so much time in front of a computer at work that I don't want to have to do it in my spare time as well. And emails do get lost in all the other rubbish that comes to my inbox. But I think email and the internet is great for researching, shopping, learning about things and keeping up to date with what is going on. So I wouldn't want to live without it.

Going postal...

I mail my swaps on time, and in the rare event that I don't/can't, I will communicate with you beforehand. I mark my swaps sent once I have dropped them at the postoffice or in the mail box. However, I live in a country area and find that the term 'snail mail' does not accurately describe the lethargic pace of our postal system.

Favorite Crafts

Cardmaking and creating ATC's are my latest addiction. I like stamping and working with watercolours, although I am by no means a talented painter. I enjoy playing around a bit, and often the result is a little underwhelming. But occasionally I'm quite pleased with how things turn out.

I have also been curious about art journaling and enjoy doing a page or page spread now and again, although I haven't had enough time devoted to it recently.

I love black & white and vintage postcards and photos, and while I have collected those that I came across and could lay my hands on, I have not used them in any of my projects, yet. But the plan to display them in some kind of form is there, in the back of my mind.

I also like Art Deco and Art Nouveau design and elements - another one of my latest obsessions. It's great that certain things are either timeless or seem to making a come back now and then.

When previously asked, I would say that my favourite colour is yellow. However, it really depends on what the colour is for. I love purples, blues, turquoise and even bright pink, orange and red when I'm crafting, as well as the more muted tones.

Favorite Books

As I love lists and challenges, I am still reading my way through all of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels in the order of their publication. I am almost at the end of it. It has taken some time as I like to break up the routine a bit, and my reading energy has slowed down a little.

Books are great and I will give many genres a go if the topic or synopsis can catch my attention. Some of my favourite books I can think of are Thomas Mann's 'Buddenbrooks', Daniel Kehlmann's 'Measuring the World' (which also happens to be a great movie) and Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief'. I was also captivated by 'All the light we cannot see' by Anthony Doerr.

Favorite Movies

Living in a country area, I don't get to go to the movies as often as I used to. Apart from the movie adaptations of the books mentioned above, I also don't mind watching animated movies (children's movies, in other words). The Minions were great.

What else? The Guard, In Bruges, Going Postal, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, A Film With Me In It... (I like a good laugh)

What not to send...

Please do not send any food, plant material (tea, bark, seeds) or animal products (feathers, fur, bone) as they may not make it through customs and quarantine inspection.


Comment: Thank you VERY much for the perfect extra's you sent. I hope your postcard arrive safely.
Comment: Cards received and waiting to send out again!
marymary914 rated for ETHP: 10 step ATC challenge #4 on Apr 18, 2019
Comment: Great ATC!! Love the background!
Response: Thank you for your rating. Great to hear that you liked the ATC.
Comment: I adore these ATCs! They are so beautiful! The different patterns and textures and bright colors against the black, wowwweeeee! Thank you for sending these to me, they went straight on my display for creative inspiration!
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. I'm glad you liked the ATCs I sent.
Comment: Wow!!! Very impressive! I love this ATC. It's hard to believe that it's your first hand painted acrylic. It's beautiful! It's one of the top 20 that I've ever received. Thank you for it and for the book page.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. I was myself surprised at how well this ATC turned out. Glad you like it so much.
Katti rated for ATCO: 1-2-3 ATC on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC you created!
Response: I'm happy to hear you liked the ATC. Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you Anita for the beautiful card and for the extra stickers!!! I also loved the stamp with Queen Elizabeth!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautifully decorated envelope. I love the purple flowers on the green. It looked really good. I also love the ATC you sent. It was stunning with the purple feather. Also thanks for the lovely letter and stickers. I was so happy to receive it all in the mail today. Thanks again :)
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart! It makes me happy to hear that you liked what you received in the mail.
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful ATC! I will have to look up how you did the packing tape transfer on google. I love the gilding wax! It adds just the right amount of gleam! Thanks for the beautiful colors too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thank you for the heart and your rating. It's great to hear that you liked the ATC. I always enjoy making someone else happy!
LizzyJo rated for ATCO: ATC Coins - Open Theme on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cheerfully colored ATCoins. I reqally appreciate that you included so many of my profile likes.
Response: Thank you for the heart! Glad that I could accommodate some of your likes.
Crafter71 rated for ATCO: Free Theme February on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: Love the butterfly blooms.
Response: Thank you for your rating.
Comment: Thank you for the great card. It is so interesting getting things like this from different countries.
Response: Glad you liked the card. I like getting those things from other countries, too. Thank you for the heart!
mamajoy rated for AAA: Sparkle ATC on Feb 8, 2019
Comment: How creative you are, Anita. Both artistically, and verbally. I LOVE the card, and all your other atcs. Thank you for the wonderful story behind the windows. Also, the stamps are going in my stamp stash. I have a shoe box full. I certainly hope we swap again. Joy
Response: Thank you for your kind words and the heart. It's such a pleasure to know that my mail was more than well received. :) Thank you.
tristitia rated for AAA - Snowflake ATC on Feb 3, 2019
Comment: Its a very pretty ATC, even if it is purple :P I like the saying about snowflakes as well - thank you!
Response: Thank you for the heart. It's a relief that you didn't condemn it because of the colours. :)
SLembke rated for ATC Shape Series: 6 Segmented Shapes on Jan 24, 2019
Comment: Very zen. I like it. Thank you.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Glad you like the ATC.
Comment: There are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you!
Response: So happy you like them. Thank you for your rating and the heart.
jjhere rated for ATC Product Series: #15 Ink Mist on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: I loved reading your note. That's so cool that you're over at AFA, too. The coffee swap name cracked me up - had to join it. I'm envious of your warm temps right now. Today it's 4C/40F here - it felt colder. I love your Sparkle ATC and the quote you found to go with it is perfect. Thank you!
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. I wish I could send you a few degrees of warmth as we are in for a hot Friday.
cinnamonspice rated for AS Australasian Christmas card on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you. So glad a few others like the Australasian card idea. Merry Christmas
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Hope you have a great holiday season.
Anettethhjertnes rated for ATC Shape Series: Diamonds on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Lovely atc. God jul og godt nytt år
Response: Thank you for your rating and heart. Glade you like the ATC.
MMark rated for ATC Shape Series: #5 Circles on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: So gorgeous. I love the dragonfly stamp!!! Thank you!
Response: Thank you for your kind rating and the heart. It's great to hear you liked the ATC.

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earthnk on Mar 6, 2019:

Good day Anita,

Juat a quick shout out to let you know the traveling pc swap#28 is on the way to you. Enjoy!

CurlyTea on Jun 4, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

MsLee on May 13, 2018:

Warm greetings from an Agatha Christie fan!, I'm reading Curtains, the last novel with Poirot. ... Have a great week!

kimhoay on Feb 10, 2018:

Hi, Anita! I received the journal for the “Rubber Stamp Image Traveling Book Round #37.” I will be sending it on its way soon. I thought your page was lovely. 🙂 Happy swapping!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 21, 2017:



hibiscus on Oct 12, 2017:

Your orange and black color combo atc was so good I wanted to mention here ... this is one amazing work of art .. excellent technique...

sakura15 on Aug 1, 2017:


I just wanted to pop by and say thank you for being part of my group Australasian Swappers!

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CurlyTea on Jun 5, 2017:

Hapy slightly belated Birthday!

RyeRye on Jun 25, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2016:


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