Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2019 8:40 am


Date Joined: February 13, 2016
Last Online: January 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.


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.
Comment: Beautiful!
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Glad you like it.
Keruka rated for Fill My Christmas Stocking on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks Anita. Can't wait to open it at Christmas!
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Hope you will like the little gift.
Comment: Received the stamp booklet and your kind note. Thank you so much. I adore the stamp you have used, I have not seen one like that before!
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Great to hear that the book arrived safely.
HexG rated for Interest me No. 61 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for swapping with me! I don't know why but this minimal read reminded me of this book I read in high school called A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. They don't necessarily correlate but it was a blast from the past (: Thanks again ~
Response: Thank you for your rating. Now I'll have to look up A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and put it on my reading list, so that I can compare. :) Take care.
Comment: I'll get it moving right along. Thanks so much for the pretty flower one and the card as well. It fit right in with you missing sunshine. :) It sounds funny though. Our heat index was 100 here in SC.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Good to hear that the PC got to you safely.
karenh77 rated for AS: 20 questions on Jul 31, 2018
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart.
graciepie49 rated for ATCO: A Touch of Gold INTL on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Hi Anita :-) . . . Thanks for the great ATC with a "Touch of Gold," and I enjoy circles very much too! . . . Thanks for liking my art. I would recommend that you try stamp carving if you want to because you don't need to be able to draw well. Sure, many people draw and create their own images and designs, but you can also use other sources such as tracing, stencils, and copyright free clip art images from books and the internet. Get an image you like onto the rubber material and start carving. Two of my reasons for carving my own stamps is that I could never afford a decent collection, and I seldom saw the designs I was looking for. I only very recently dabbed a toe in the mixed media waters, and I don't really have the requisite materials for the effects I see in others' art. I mainly work with collage, stamped images, pens, markers, and colored pencils.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Glad you liked the ATC. Stamp carving is definitely on my bucket list, although right now I am getting quite infatuated with acrylic paints. I spent the weekend colour-mixing and the possibilities are endless... Just recently I read somewhere that limitations breed creativity, which seems to be quite true. Take care and keep creating! :)
sakura15 rated for AS: ATC A-Z #6 (G) on Jun 19, 2018
Comment: I love this galaxy card! I like how I can see the lines in different lights. The sky is so pretty with the different colours smudged in. Well done! P.S I have created the swap for the next one. It'll be a bit different this time!
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart! It's nice to hear that you liked the ATC. I am already trying to work out what I will do for the next swap.
Comment: Booklet received and it's looking so pretty so far! I love the insect stamps you used and they look great over the stamped text background! Thank you very much for the extra journaling cards too, they're bright and summery =D <3<3<3<3
Comment: So sorry I forgot to rate! I really thought I'd done it already ... How lovely to add a letter and ATC to the mail! Many thanks (and yes, I've found the ATC you've sent me almost 2 y.a.) And again, so sorry for rating so very late!!! <3 - Ellen
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Good to hear that it all arrived safely.
sakura15 rated for AS: ATC A-Z #5 (F) on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: It's so beautiful! I wish I knew how to emboss? I suppose it requires special tools! But this is really pretty. It is hanging up above my desk :)
Response: I am happy that you like my ATC. Thank you so much for your rating and the heart. Embossing is quite easy, but you need a heat tool, embossing powder and embossing ink.
handcraftedlove rated for The Local News on May 29, 2018
Comment: Thankyou Anita for the interesting news clippings. I enjoyed reading them.I wrill write back to you.
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. It's good to hear that the swap has made it to you safely, even if it's been a long time in the mail.
Airam rated for Crazy Cat Lady Returns-Intl on May 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love it! :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. So happy that you like the ATC.
Esthercita79 rated for Crazy Cat Lady Returns-Intl on May 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautifully coloured ATC! What do you use for colouring the images? Snowy is lovely, will use him for a winter ATC😎
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Glad to hear that you liked the card. I just used distress markers and a water brush to colour the image.
DeAnnaVarela rated for ATCO: Sender's Choice April on May 9, 2018
Comment: What a "rockin" ATC! I love it and so did my husband. I need to keep an eye on this one so he doesn't take it to work! LOL.
Response: So glad that I could make two people happy for the price of one.:) Thank you so much for the rating and the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the nice ad pc by Avant card. Happy weekend.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart!

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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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