Date Joined: October 11, 2018
Last Online: November 21, 2019
Birthday: May 4
Country: United States
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I HAVE REARRANGED MY PROFILE. THIS IS SO THE IMPORTANT THINGS ARE FIRST. PLEASE READ THIS SECTION AND THE DO NOT SEND SECTION.
NOTE: I have backed off on the amount of Swaps I am participating in for the next few months. I have become quite disheartened by the lack of thought and care that I have receive in return for my swaps. I do this to feel connected to others, and to make someone’s day only to get half hearted stuff in return. I realize that I am not great at putting requirements on my swaps. I don’t want to be restrictive. But I do wish people thought about the swaps as sharing with others more than just going thru the motions. Anyway, for this reason I am backing off on my participation.
Sometimes, I send my mail out from a local office supply store, and have learned that their mail doesn’t go out same day sometimes. I do this because it is in walking distance to me, whereas the post office is a bit further and requires driving there. Please be patient. If I marked it sent, it has been dropped off and is no longer in my control. If I have not left feedback for a swap, it is because I have NOT received it. I put a lot of thought into every swap I do. I really do expect the same from others, or why do a swap in the first place? I will ONLY give a ❤️ when the swap makes a personal impression on me. This does not always mean add ins or extras, it means that the care was taken to send EVAN mail that makes her smile.
I do have Executive Function Disorder, which sometimes makes it hard to get from Point A to Point B in a task. I try really hard to fulfill swaps properly and sometimes things get lost in translation or transition. As I am autistic, I also tend to take things a bit to literal (though I do ask my husband for help defining “between the line” things). If you receive a swap from me that did not meet the standards, please let me know and I will try really hard to rectify it.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME PACKAGES WHERE EVERY SEAM IS TAPED SHUT. THESE ARE VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO OPEN AND CAUSE ME PANIC, AS I HAVE BROKE, CUT AND TORE THINGS TRYING TO GET INTO ENVELOPES. I UNDERSTAND IT IS REINFORCEMENT BUT THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER WAY.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME:
Anything musty or smoky smelling - it kills my allergies.
AUTISM SPEAKS anything - puzzle pieces, blue pieces especially. This organization is not supportive of actually autistic people. I don’t agree with their philosophy, nor do they speak for me. (Advocating moment)
Crafty bits: Fabric scraps, foam, felt, Scrapbook type things, ribbon, yarn, pipe cleaners, beads that aren’t seed beads...these things end up in the garbage. Please pass them on to someone who will utilize them.
Unless I specifically sign up for a swap with any of these things. I do not want them and they will most likely end up in the trash. So please save them for someone else. Thank you.
Hello, please take time to read my whole profile. I hope you can learn some fun things about me and autism at the same time!
I am EVAN (I am a girl). I live in Los Angeles with “T” my husband, Lumos (my chihuahua service dog) and my lemon tree (Remus). I am an AUTISTIC writer, advocate and actress. My Favorite colors are Pale Pink (Nana), Pale Blue (Wendy) and Olive green (Peter).
Special Interests are something autistic people have/do to help them focus their lives. This is not to be confused with hobbies. The difference between Special Interests and Hobbies is when life gets to hectic/stressful I can stop a hobby. Special Interests on the other hand help me cope with the changes, hectic-ness and stresses of life. Usually if I am focused on a special interest I am happy and content. And they do change once in awhile, but the ones I am listing have been constant for most of my adult life.
My special interests are:
ACTING/MAKING MOVIES: I love the whole process of making movies, but my favorite part is acting. Because it lets me be other “normal” people with fascinating lives and stories to tell. Also I love being behind the scenes, script writing, cameras, all of it. So I moved to LA to be part of that world. Some of my favorite movies are: Rudy, Fantastic Beasts, Marie Antoinette (Sofia Copella one), Rise of the Guardians, Little Prince (on Netflix), Treasure Planet, Tomorrowland,
PETER PAN: The book, the play, movies (live action-2003, Hook, Disney), tv series...you name it, I love it. All things Peter, England/British things, Lost boys, Thimbles, Acorns, Pirates, Fairies (I really like fairies like Maleficent, woodland sprites and those in the artwork of Amy Brown). I LOVE everything about it, and have an ever growing collection.
ADVENTURE!! Anything that inspires Magic, Hope and a sense of Adventure. This is why Disney is an important part of my life. Other things that fall under this category are - Star Wars, Doctor Who, Peter Pan, Firefly, Tomorrowland (movie and Park), Stars/Constellation, NASA (Space Exploration), Planets, Galaxies. I find new things all the time, and have been told I have a childlike wonder about life.
MY CULTURE: I am Native Alaskan. I love everything about my culture. My grandfather was my chief, and taught me a lot about being proud of where I come from. I am attempting to learn our language which only about 500 ppl speak right now. I also enjoy making native bead work. It is relaxing to me. I am working on making a pair of beaded Mickey Mouse ears right now. ☦️
READING: I finish about 2 books a week, and reread some books over and over (Peter Pan about 300 times thus far). I can be heard quoting books and authors from time to time. I like adventure, fantasy and sci-fi most, but I also read a lot of non-fiction on my special interests. I read blogs, and articles too. Just a typical RAVENCLAW here. This is my escape, more than TV or Movies could ever be. Favorite Books include - His Dark Materials series, Kingdom Keepers, Harry Potter, Gail Carriger, Neil Gaiman, Little Prince, Padington Bear, Babar
Being autistic - routine is very important to me. Deviations from my routine can lead to shutdown or meltdown. So, I work really hard at maintaining a comfortable safe space in which my routine can be built and nurtured. I like to have stuffed animals to snuggle with. I have various things to chew on, to save my pen caps and shirt sleeves. I have learned to cope differently with things that were tough as a child, but I did NOT outgrow my autism.
My home is very cozy and nurturing. Very còsagach or hygge. Think candles, plants and flowers, warm drinks, good books, snuggly blankets and stuffed animals. It’s like a cozy cottage in the middle of the forest aesthetic, but not necessarily rustic. I LOVE RAE DUNN stuff, it fits so well with the aesthetic of my home. That’s how I live, even in middle of the city. I love all things fall, and enjoy things that remind me of snow (since it doesn’t snow in LA). To me, it is like living in NEVERLAND.
Other things I have a fondness for include: Vintage-y things like - Embroidery(finished, I am not good at actually making), Tea paraphernalia, Victorian, Steampunk, Clocks, postage type things, toys, Ice Skates/Winter items, Floral prints and fabrics.
I enjoy journaling. I use mainly a standard composition book and keep a planner/bullet journal in it too. I also have a standard sized Travelers Notebook that is used mainly at home (Inserts: Lists, Monthly Calendar, notes about projects, and important do not forget notebook) I have been inundated with planner supplies and have finally come to narrow down the things that are useful to me. I do like planner stickers if they fit in my likes and special interests, outside of that I tend to just save them...which defeats the purpose. I do use reminder stickers (Laundry, mail, workout, dog related mostly) and decorative stickers like you get at the sticker section of the craft store. I am getting into brush pens and metallic sharpies lately. I took this off my special interests because I realized it is more of a tool than special interest, and I was getting way to many planner supplies. LOL
My favorite cozy drink is warm milk with honey. I also enjoy a good cuppa. English Breakfast is my favorite. I collect teaspoons and other tea paraphernalia. Demitasse spoons are my favorite. I also like unique tea ball/strainer things, tea cups, pots and tea bag holders. I love apple flavored anything and apple cider.
SwapBot is one of my favorite hobbies. I have had some bumps along the way. But I try really hard to enjoy every moment of it.
To me Happy Mail would include any of the following:
*ANYTHING from my special interests or lifestyle section.
*MINIATURE TOYS - Little toys that are around the size of a quarter or smaller. I have lego accessories (cups, swords, mini animals), mini tsumtsums, squinkies, quarter machine toys. I have a pouch I keep them all in. (I didn’t even know this was a thing I collected or liked till my husband pointed out my collection and how much joy it brought me)
*THIMBLES - I love vintage decorative and tourist ones, and the kind you can get at tchotchke shops as souvenirs.
*Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts - Luna Lovegood, Newt Scamander, Queenie, NIFFLERS (seriously anything with a niffler on it is prized here) I am Ravenclaw and Thunderbird.
*POSTAGE AND SWAPBOT stuff - Postage (Disney, Dinosaurs, Trains, Sesame Street, vintage lick and stick) Mailing labels with my name on them, Happy Mail labels
*Gift Cards - Build-a-bear, Starbucks, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Dollar Tree, Target
*CURRENCY - I specifically like US - Wheat Pennies, Sacawagea dollars, 2 dollar bills, anything from the following years 1973, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2019
*MONCHICHI - I lost mine on a plane, so if you have one that needs a home I would forever be grateful.
*POSTCARDS - Shaped cards, Greetings From, Maps, Actual Vintage postcards (not reproductions), Handmade, Churches, Theme Parks, Quotes (especially in foreign languages), Anything that is on my profile.
*Treats: Nabisco Animal Crackers, Trident gum (Fruit flavors, not mint), Tablet (Scottish treat), Winegums (from UK) and Sugar Babies (they are hard to find)
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