Swap-bot Time: June 25, 2017 3:36 pm


Date Joined: July 26, 2010
Last Online: June 23, 2017
Birthday: October 29
Country: Germany
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About Me

I live in Germany. Nice to meet you. :) In my main time, I do geology and materials chemistry. (I'm a bit of a nerd person, really. I'm the girl who sleeps through the day and spends the night in front of the computer.) I feel a deep love for mathematics.

In my free time, I draw and paint (um, most of my stuff is still-life, flowers and things like that, but I also like manga and abstract art, so it's a bit of an insane mix. I also play chess (rating around 1700), read books (mostly fantasy and sci-fi), write poetry and short stories (and also currently a longer story, fantasy, of course) and play the piano, the clarinet and the celtic harp. (Oh, and I meet friends - of course. ^^) I have many hobbies and I'm basically interested in everything. Life is more fun with that kind of attitude. XD

When it comes to sending mail: if you have not received a swap or tag from me in reasonable time, please contact me so I can re-send! As a rule of thumb: mail from Germany to the US usually takes 2 weeks; mail from Germany to Russia or Asian countries can take up to a month. If it has been significantly longer, there might be reason to be worried; please contact me so I can re-send.

If you send a package to me from outside the EU, please remember the customs declaration! Bulky mail and packages can take quite a long time otherwise. If you have not been rated yet in a swap you sent to me, you can be sure I have not received it yet. I always open my mail next to the computer and rate immediately. Please consider mail to other countries can take several weeks and wait with re-sending.

Favorite Crafts

I love drawing and painting (I use watercolor, acrylics, pencil, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, ink, fineliners, screentone... anything. My main medium is watercolor.)

I make and swap ATCs frequently, also on other sites. My cards are usually hand-painted, sometimes with small applications of patterned paper, glitter, rhinestones or other decoration. I do sometimes use stickers as a part of a picture, but I don't sticker-slap and call it a card. I like stickers and other collage elements incorporated into paintings in a way that makes sense. I also like creating my own postcards.

Favorite Music

Medieval, folk, folk-rock, celtic (I love bands like Faun, Alan Stivell, Blackmore's Night, Qntal, Helium Vola, Corvus Corax, Schandmaul, Loreena McKennitt, Hekate, Ataraxia, Aryeh Frankfurter, Elane, Annwn, Wolfenmond, ... It's definitely my favorite genre of music. I also like traditional music from other countries.)

I also listen to some rock, metal and classical music. I collect Domenico Scarlatti records and I love everything Ritchie Blackmore ever played.

Favorite Books

Um, I'll list just some of my favorite writers, because I usually like all of their work...

Richard Morgan!!! I'm a fangirl.

Rafik Schami, Edgar Allan Poe, Jeff Noon, Patrick Rothfuss, Mark Lawrence, Neal Stephenson, James Barclay, William Gibson, Joe Abercrombie, David Gemmell, Sarah Monette, Lloyd Alexander, Lynn Flewelling, Hannu Rajaniemi, Terry Pratchett, China Miéville, Stanislaw Lem, Anthony Burgess, Brent Weeks, Gabriel García Márquez, Karl Edward Wagner, Charles Stross, Glen Cook, Iain M. Banks, the Strugatsky brothers...

Yup, a rather eclectic mix. With heavy emphasis on fantasy, cyberpunk and scifi with a noir edge.

You can assume I own all the books by these authors. If you want to send me a book in a swap, I'd love anything in a similar style - and preferably newer publications (from this decade) because otherwise, the risk is fairly high I've already read them. When in doubt, ask me per PM!

Additionally, I should mention that I collect books of fairy-tales and mythology and I love every single one of them.

And I own a lot of non-fiction as well, mostly chess books and geological/mineralogical works.

Favorite Television

Sometimes I watch soccer games. XD But that's about it.

Oh yeah: I love "Rick and Morty".

Wishlist of items I like

If you are here looking for an idea what to send to me: please keep in mind this is not a "shopping list", only a few hints about what kind of items I like! So even in a profile-based swap, you're free to send me something that's not explicitely listed, as long as you think it will suit my style and personality. Maybe with a short note why you chose this. Of course, you can also look at my Amazon and Etsy wishlists.

If you think I might really like item X and you're surprised it's not in my likes, it's probably not listed simply because I forgot or I don't know it exists. However, I'm an open-minded person and I'm on swap-bot to get to know the world. It's much more interesting to receive something I wouldn't have thought of to buy for myself. It's a wonderful feeling to open mail and see something another person has chosen (or even hand-made) carefully for me!

Also, I don't mind second-hand items, as long as they're in usable condition. (Not damaged / moldy.) In fact, I LIKE antiques. I trust you won't use this as an excuse to send junk. :)

I like all colors. My favorites are dark but intense colors like emerald green, garnet red, warm deep yellow and such. I also love earth tones, gold and silver. I prefer rich colors over pastels but I don't actually dislike any color.

  • I collect ATCs, so making one for me would be wonderful! (I especially collect themes: sundials, chess, musical instruments, minerals and rocks, geology, science, nature, flowers, landscape, still-life (no food, though!), music, fantasy) I usually prefer the hand-drawn/hand-painted type, but also like well-made collage and mixed media cards.

  • art supplies!!! I'm a hobby artist and I'll use anything - pencils, colors, drawing inks, charcoal, pastels... The more exotic the better. ^^ I like trying out new stuff or brands that aren't available in Germany. I'll also gladly take used supplies you tried and didn't like so much. Maybe I'll love them?

  • watercolor (both pans and tubes). If you find me some artist quality watercolor (even one single paint), I'll love you forever. I have a lot of Schmincke and Winsor&Newton; I'd love to try other brands.

  • watercolor paper (!!!), I use a lot of it! I also like other drawing paper, preferably acid-free. I'd love to try brands not produced in Germany so I always appreciate sample sheets. I can also always use ATC blanks.

  • minerals and rocks (I collect them). Also, I collect those donut-shaped rock pendants that can be worn on a cord!

  • scrapbooking paper, patterned paper, origami paper. I will even take those scraps other swappers complain about having too much! I'm just getting started with paper crafts, so those would actually help me a lot. If you wanted to de-stash anyway... You know. ;)

  • stickers (Please no persons and furry animals; I draw those by myself!) I especially love themes: vintage, nautical, ornamental, music, plants, flowers, fish, insects, birds, science, clocks, compass, wings, feathers, snowflakes, crystals, random (realistic looking) objects (not cute/kawaii)

  • crafts supplies. I use all crafts materials on ATCs and postcards, so, nothing too chunky please. I like die-cuts, metal charms or washi tape with themes I collect. I also like unusual shaped small rhinestones (I already have the normal round ones); tiny stickers; nail stickers; nail caviar, micro beads, fimo shapes and such - I will use nail art supplies as ATC decoration!

  • enamel dots / enamel shapes! I love them, I use them a lot, and they're not available (only as very expensive import items) where I live.

  • CD with medieval / traditional / folk / folk-rock music from your country (I collect all kinds of traditional music! Would be really nice of you to show me what's typical of your culture!)

  • a book (Fiction in the style of authors mentioned above; I like fantasy and sci-fi; also nonfiction - books about chess or mathematics would be appreciated if you have anything like that lying around... Or something about fairy-tales and mythology of your country. Second hand is perfectly fine if you have something you won't read again. I can read English and German language.)

  • anything connected to science. (Especially geology, mineralogy and astronomy, but I won't complain about other scientifical stuff either. ^^)

  • anything that has to do with sundials, star-clocks, old nautical instruments, ... - I collect those! I also love old maps and star charts.

  • anything that has to do with chess

  • anything connected with fantasy and mythology. I really like mermaids!

  • tea! I prefer black, white, oolong and green tea. I also like tea with flowery or spicy taste and herbal tea. Flavored rooibos is nice, too. I'll try anything. Black tea with caramel, vanilla, spice, chai, fruit (my favorites: peach, mango, strawberry, orange, lemon) or other interesting flavor is wonderful. I appreciate rare-to-find brands and flavors; if you have something like that, please do send it! A list of my favorite tea sorts I had so far is below.

  • chocolate (My preference is very dark chocolate with 80% or more cocoa - but I will eat anything, also milk chocolate and white chocolate! I also like spicy chocolate - ginger, chili, pepper, ... - and all kinds of creamy fillings. I love caramel, pistachio and peanut flavor! Salted chocolate is also wonderful!!!. I prefer brands which are not available in Germany; it seems kind of pointless to send something I could just go and buy myself.)

  • candy (I love caramel, toffees, liquorice, marzipan, ... - I'll eat anything although I'm not a big fan of artificial fruit aroma. So if you're going to send fruit-flavored candy, I prefer the organic kind that actually contains fruit. By the way, I love candied fruit and candied ginger!)

  • local specialties (food only available in your country or even only in your town? I'd love to try it!)

  • anything (!) with cloudberry flavor. I love cloudberries and can't get cloudberry flavored food items where I live.

  • a nice surprise (Something you think I might like - I most likely will LOVE it!) I love receiving items I previously didn't know existed. So I'd love you to send me something that's not specifically mentioned in this list, but of which you have the feeling I might like it.

  • handmade things, I appreciate them a lot!

  • if you like designing: I always like pretty personalized address labels with my address on them.

  • anything on my Amazon and Etsy wishlists (see links above) or in similar style

  • If you send to me in a postcard swap: I like all the themes I mentioned above in my ATC likes, and anything related to my hobbies and interests, also on postcards. I'm always looking for unwritten (!!!) science-themed postcards. I will also ALWAYS (even in swaps for store-bought cards) accept selfmade cards - they are usually more interesting than the store-bought ones... So you don't have to worry about being downrated - I won't, I promise. :) I prefer touristy postcards written and stamped from the place of origin, as I can't send them on to anyone else. Other postcards I prefer blank in an envie if that's not too much trouble. (Even when the swap asks for written - I don't insist you follow that, and again, I won't ever downrate for this.)

I don't like so much

This is a list of items I don't like so much - it's not that I hate them, it's just that I don't use them so often and these items would be simply wasted on me. If I receive something on this list, I will probably pass it to another person who will love it more. I'm aware these items are not "crappy" and that other people like them a lot!

  • fabrics, yarns, knitting, and embroidery supplies (I like the finished results, but I don't do this kind of art at all, and yes I've tried, so it would be pointless to send supplies to me!)

  • home decoration, candles, kitchen items and such

  • souvenir magnets, I received a lot of them, and while I like them, I'm running out of places to put them

  • make-up (I rarely wear it), other cosmetics, bath items

  • earrings (can't wear them); too-big bracelets and rings (I tend to lose them, I have VERY thin arms and fingers); jewellery containing nickel (I'm slightly allergic)

  • stickers and collage materials of persons, dogs, cats (In my pictures, I usually draw the main motif by myself.). Also, I can't use stickers that are too big to be used on an ATC.

  • very chunky scrapbooking supplies (please keep in mind that I tend to use my crafts supplies on ATCs and postcards!), buttons, ribbons, brads, tags

  • notepads, sticky notes, post-its, planner goods - I don't use them

  • holiday items (christmas, easter, ...) - I love christmas but I don't decorate for the occasion

  • food-shaped items and pictures of food (cupcakes and such - is it an American cultural thing? I like eating food all right but I don't have any use for depictions of it.)

  • extremely cute / kawaii / stylized items, Disney, "princess style" stuff (I prefer natural looking and/or vintage style)

My favorite teas

This is an alphabetical list of teas I received in swaps and liked a lot! I'm not including the "standard" flavors (pure black, pure green, earl grey) because I always like them, no matter which brand. :) Also, if a tea is not on this list, it doesn't mean I don't like it! I either don't know it yet or it's not among my favorites of favorites - but I have so far never received a tea I really didn't like. :) So this list is just supposed to help you if you're wondering about my absolute faves. ^^

ADAM: Luscious Peach Tea

Ahmad Tea: Vanilla Tranquility, Mango Magic

Albert Heijn: zwarte thee mango

Akbar: Peach flavoured black tea, Strawberry Kiwi, Peach&Passion Punch, Vanilla Twilight

Apotheke: goji berry and mango

artı: black tea with strawberry

Ashbys: Apricot Tea, Ginger Peach Tea

Basilur: Green Tea Wild Strawberry, Cream Fantasy, White Magic Milk Oolong Tea, Black Tea Strawberry&Kiwi, Black Tea Exotic, Black Tea Lemon&Lime, Black Tea Strawberry&Cream, Black Tea Mango&Pineapple, Frosty Afternoon

Bigelow: Salted Caramel, Caramel Chai, Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai, Vanilla Caramel, French Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cider, Orange&Spice, White Chocolate Obsession

BOH Seri Songket: Mango flavoured tea, Lemon with mandarine flavoured tea

ColorsTea: Té Verde Uva, Té Verde Frutos Rojos, Té Verde Piña, Té Verde Guanábana

CURTIS: truffle black tea, creamy praline black tea, Orange & Chocolate black tea

Davenport: Té de fresa & vainilla

doğadan: Ayvalı Ihlamur

Dynasty: Brown Rice Tea

Elephant: pomme cannelle

English Tea Shop: White Tea, White Tea Blueberry&Elderflower

Fruit Garden: Wild Strawberry Green Tea

Good Earth: mango me crazy white tea, sweet&spicy

HEWA: Apricot Strawberry & Orange, Oolong Milk

Impra: Caramel Green Tea

Fantastic Tea: Jahoda&Ginkgo

Good Earth: wild chaild

Greenfield: Vanilla Wave, Vanilla Cranberry, Honey Linden, Easter Cheer, Milky Oolong, Strawberry Gourmet

HEIMBS: Indien Chai

Higher Living: Green Tea Chai

Krocus Kozanis: Saffron Green Tea with Ginger & Liquorice, Herbal tea with Honey, Orange & Saffron

Kruidvat: Warming

KWF Montea: Ti Kuan Yin

LEROS: Černý čaj Karamelo

Lipton: Green Tea Orient

Mistral: Pear&Caramel

Organic India: Tulsi Masala Chai

Pangea Tea: mango black tea

Pickwick: Caramelised Pear

Princess Noori: black tea with berry flavor

Pukka: Revitalise, original chai

Qualitea: Vanilla Tea, Caramel Tea, Strawberry Tea, Rum tea, Orange Mandarine Tea

RedRose: Sunset Spice

rishi: Chocolate Cinnamon

Riston: Strawberry Black Tea, Blackcurrant Black Tea, Sicilian Orange Black Tea, Green Exotic, Lemon Black Tea

Shoti Maa: In Liebe

Stash: peach black tea, white peach oolong tea, double spice chai, chai white tea, gold cup chai, coconut mango wuyi oolong tea, ginger peach green tea, maple apple cider, orange spice black tea

Steuarts Tea: apple

Taylors: Green Tea with Grapefruit&Lime

Tazo: organic sultry strawberry, wild sweet orange, organic peach cobbler, apricot vanilla creme, berryblossom white, pumpkin spice, vanilla caramel chai, organic chai

TenRen: Chrysanthemum Tea

Tess: Daisy, Caramel Charm, Lime green tea

Triple Leaf Brand: Oolong Tea

TWG Tea: 1837 Black Tea

Twinings: Strawberry&Mango, Spicy Chai, Velvety Vanilla Flavour Chai Latte, Plummy Earl Grey, Chai Spiced Apple, Söder Te

VeltaTea: Černý čaj s příchutí Jahoda (strawberry black tea)

Victorian: Cloudberry Tea, Sea-Buckthorn Tea


Comment: Thank you so much for the package. I love it. :)
CharlieChick86 rated for PP June senders choice ATC on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Omg I love this little Vulpix he's gone into my Pokemon ATC collection thank you
Sunnydays rated for Happy Mail *NEWBIE FRIENDLY* on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: Loved the pretty card and ATC plus the owls and washi. I don't have any of that washi. So nice to get new ones. Thanks too for the nice welcome.
pattiairel rated for Happy Mail *NEWBIE FRIENDLY* on Jun 16, 2017
Comment: thanks for the nice envie of goodies♥
Yeung0031 rated for NATURE Themed Postcard Swap #2 on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Thanks for your coastal area postcard with river stamp! Happy swap mate!
sleepingrover2010 rated for craft surprise #1 on Jun 11, 2017
Comment: Hello Ricarda, Thank you so much for the wonderful items you sent me for this swap. The flower stickers are a variety and beautiful. The postcards are very nice and also offer variety. The paper is a nice selection and varied in style. I love what you sent. I look forward to using the items you sent me. Barb sleepingrover2010
dodie rated for I'll Never Forget... on Jun 10, 2017
Comment: Nice story about Gumboots (raining boots). At the end of the night, I'm sure her foot didn't hurt like every girls ahaha
Comment: What a wonderful package!! Dear Ricarda, thank you so much, everything was great, I LOVED the journal, it is now one of the best pieces of my journal collection! I loved also the teas (you sent me marzipan tea also:)), it was great to swap with you, thank you so much, I hope you receive my package soon and you like it! :) <3 v<3 <3
LadyMalchav rated for PC Doodle Away! 2 on Jun 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Your drawing is very pretty!
Comment: I accidentally commented on the wrong atc swap!! I just wanted to change this to say that the illustration was really awesome and I loved your ATC a lot 😊 Thank you!!
LauraF rated for Craft Surprise Bag International 01 on Jun 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your very nice surprise bag. I love all the things you have sent me. Especiallly the bookmark you made for me. Thanks again and have a nice weekend. Laura
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Oh my gosh, Arhel! I LOVE the artwork you made on the envelope! Beautiful! I also appreciate the notecard and stickers. Thank you so much! eel
Comment: Beautiful swap @Arhel!!! I loved those postcards but your mail art is stunning! Thank you so much!!! I hope to see you around again! ♥
Comment: vielen lieben dank
Comment: Thank you for the stickers and notecard :)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap! I really liked the illustration on your envelope!
Comment: Thank you very much for everything. Also love the back of envelope.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely happy mail. I really liked the flowers you drew on the envelope and I adore the typewriter notecard. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
TriniH rated for WIYM: ATC with a Strawberry on May 14, 2017
Comment: It's beautiful! Absolutely love it!

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Artfreak16 on Jun 15, 2017:

What do you like most about Math/? I'm currently a Math major in college.

phillaine on Sep 22, 2016:

Happy Autumn! ♥

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

phillaine on May 24, 2016:

to a whole new year of Profile-Based Swaps!

Kvwanderlost on May 6, 2016:

Thank you so much for being an angel for the Newbie Spring Welcome Swap. I love the flower drawing you sent and the stickers! xoxoxo ~Karen

phillaine on May 3, 2016:

for the fantastic watercolor ATC you sent me. Your work is just beautiful. It will be a treasured part of my collection I liked your note and being able to hear the story behind your painting. What a wonderful act of kindness. ♥

Lonestarchild on Apr 29, 2016:

What a lovely envie I received today. LOVE the owl PC and the bright flower card. Thanks so much for the Flat Item Swap Intl #5!

hj on Mar 10, 2016:

Hi! Thank you so much for RAK of 200 hearts! X) I already drunk your tea named lemon cake! I love it and I can't wait to try others! you really saw my profile and sent me my loving teas :) and postcard is also great! did you draw it? lol wow, so wonderful! - HJ

Harrisfamily2003 on Mar 2, 2016:

Thank you for the request tag. Loved the pcs, washi and stickers

widelo123 on Feb 27, 2016:

Germany meets America #4

Yesterday I received another 2 postcards and a postcard with lighthouse stickers in an envelope. So far it seems that you have sent me 5 postcards for this swap. I could not make out any of the dates you sent them. The stamps were in the way. I wish I could have given you a greater rating than one heart because you went well overboard in sending me a postcard for this swap. I truly want to thank you for what you did in sending me these postcards, especially the lighthouse ones. Who knows where these postcards went or sat for so long. Shirley

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