Swap-bot Time: September 18, 2019 11:37 pm


Date Joined: February 13, 2016
Last Online: September 9, 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: I will send this out next round. Thank you for the extra cards for me, much appreciated. : )
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart!
neca84 rated for Fill my Christmas Stocking on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: I have a bit of an idea what it is, we will see come Christmas Thank you
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. The shape is probably a bit of a giveaway, but you just have to forget about it until Christmas. :)
LizFinn rated for Painted BLUE ATC on Aug 5, 2019
Comment: I absolutely love it! You photographed the PC? Very nice. Thx.
Response: Thank your for your rating and the heart. I'm so happy to hear you like the ATC. And yes, the PC is a photo I took on holidays.
Germanbaby77 rated for AAA: Challenge #1 on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful ATC!!! thank you so much for sharing your art work with me.
Response: I am glad that you liked the ATC. Thank you for your rating and the heart!
sakura15 rated for AS: Decorated Envies #6 on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: You are always such a pleasure to swap with Anita <3 These envelopes are so beautiful I will have trouble parting with them! You are so talented. Thank you again ^_^
Response: It's wonderful to hear that you liked the envies I sent. They were a lot of fun (and mess - but arty mess is good!) to create. Thank you for your rating and the heart, and for hosting this swap!
blueseabliss rated for AAA: Challenge #1 on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: I LOVE RED POPPIES! This is an amazing ATC and I adore it, thank you so much. I appreciate the note and the lovely card as well. Many thanks and hearts.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. Glad you liked the ATC.
thebragal rated for ATC Inspiration Series: Mail on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you
graciepie49 rated for ATCO: Stamps and Stencils on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sending this gorgeous ATC Anita. I love everything about it! I haven't yet used any of these very popular spray inks, like the distress oxide you used, but I am encouraged to buy some and try when I see such beautiful backgrounds as yours.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. I've been playing a fair bit with distress oxide inks lately, and it is so much fun.
CheyanneB rated for ATCO: Watercolor ATC on Jun 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC! I love flowers!! I hope you find a way to get more painting time in - such a good way of making the soul happy :)
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart. So glad you like the ATC!
Comment: Thank you VERY much for the perfect extra's you sent. I hope your postcard arrive safely.
Response: Thank you for your rating and the heart!
Comment: Cards received and waiting to send out again!
Response: Thank you for rating!
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.

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CurlyTea on Jun 3, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

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!

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