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Date Joined: December 29, 2011
Last Online: August 7, 2013
Birthday: February 4
Country: United States
My Website
Flickr (SPOILERS!!!)

About Me

Hey there and welcome to my profile!

I'm Svetlana (A.K.A Barsook on this site) and I'm a whole brained person- meaning that I'm crafty and analytical at the same time.

My username means "badger" in Russian and my avatar is from the cover of the Russian version of Lord Brocktree, one of the Redwall books by Brian Jacques. My real name means "one who brings the light" in Russian. Light= svet.

I was born in Moscow, Russia in 1991, but I moved to Ohio, USA in 1993. Don’t ask me if I remember anything about my homeland and I haven’t gone back to it. I been living in Ohio for the rest of my years, but I lived in Cincinnati from 1993 to 1998, then in West Chester. Right now, I'm in West Chester with my mom, dad, my brother (who is eight (8) years younger than me), and my four cats: Barsik, Blue, Megan, and Julian. We are a smoke-free household! But we have cat-household, so, sorry for the cat scented items for those are allergic to cats.

I’m a student at University of Cincinnati (go Bearcats!) and my major is clinical lab sciences but I don't plan to go on to be a lab-tech. Instead, I'm planning to go to grad school for molecular microbiology. I want to do research dealing with bioflims and how those cells "talk" to each other. (Gross, I know, but hey, I like it!)

I practice mediation. Stress relief is one of the reasons why, but I have another main reason: to find my true self. I had (still do) issues in how I develop (brain wise) and I think mediation can help me.

Favorite Crafts

ATC's: I enjoy creating these mini artworks. Their small size allows to fill up a whole piece of paper- even though I was taught to draw larger in art classes in school. Most of mine are hand drawn/painted but sometimes I like to do collages and hand drawn/painted cutouts on a simple background.

I usually use watercolors or colored pencils for my hand drawn/painted ones.

Letter-writing: I enjoy rambling on for pages on anything that is on my mind to my penpals. My letters are written on notecards or just plain lined paper. It's the words that count.

Penpalling: I enjoy connecting with different cultures and other things with my penpals. I'm always looking for international ones. So, if you want to be one, please PM me. Thanks.

Writing: I enjoy writing stories because of my unlimited imagination. I have blog that I keep and that link is the "My Website" link on top of my profile.

Journaling: I'm not the artistry type on this but I enjoy keeping one for my thoughts and feelings. I also use it for brainstorming.

Favorite Music

I usually listen to tencho, smooth jazz, and oldies. Sometimes other things but I can't stand classical, country, and rap.

Favorite Books

I read fantasy. Mainly sword and sorcery, high, and that stuff that deals with fantasy.

Some of my favorite books are: Harry Potter, Nighwatch (the first book of the Watchs series), and more. Most of what I like and don't like is on my Goodreads page. Username: Barsook

Favorite Television

I don't watch TV or movies, I'm not into that stuff. If it's a good movie, then I might go and see it. I once watched a lot of public TV, mainly PBS.

My Likes/Dislikes

Likes (DO SEND)

  • Fantasy (Dragons, worlds, ect.)
  • These teas: white, olong, green,chamomile, and jasmine
  • All colors
  • Anything roleplaying-related
  • Cartoons (mainly from 90's and cartoons from USSR)
  • Cats
  • Steampunk
  • Anything Russia-related
  • Anything England-related (mainly London)
  • Papers for ATC's
  • Buddhism related items

Dislikes (DON'T SEND)

  • These teas: black and herbals
  • Anything Religion- related items, minus Buddhism stuff


Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful Transcendence PC! The poem was especially meaningful to me as my first initiation into Reiki was in a vision where I was gifted with a Sun in my hands for healing! This could not have come at a better time. Keep spreading your Light!!!
magicinker rated for GREEN ATC - USA on Apr 20, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much for the green ATC, Just lovely !
Response: Not a problem and I'm glad that it came to you safely.
PinkLotus rated for Transcendence Paper Goddess on Apr 2, 2013
Comment: Thank you for such a wonderful paper goddess :) Love it :) And thanks for being a great cofounder :)
Response: Not a problem x2 and thank -you- for again founding the group having fun swaps.
Comment: My son did this swap with me and we love your card. Thank you very much.
Response: Not a problem, glad that you both liked it! Thanks for the heart.
cookiekawai rated for ★ March Teapot ★ on Mar 26, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the teas ^_^ can't hardly wait to try them ^_^
Response: Not a problem, enjoy them!
Nette rated for Keep Calm and...ATC on Mar 11, 2013
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely card, Svetlana! A nice cup of tea is one of my favourite things in the world...:)
Response: Not a problem and I knew you would like it 'cause most of us on Swap-Bot are tea lovers!
Comment: Thank you very much! :) Hope you had a good weekend!
Response: Not a problem and I had an awesome weekend! I hope yours was too.
dobie256 rated for Buddha ATC on Mar 4, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the Buddha ATCs. I especially like the one with the flowers.
Response: Not a problem!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely prayer flag ATC and for hosting this make-up swap! <3
Response: Not a problem x2! Glad you liked the flag.
georgiafae rated for Sender's choice ATC x2, round 49! on Feb 27, 2013
Comment: Great ATC's and I Love that you made them both yourself and just for me-Thanks for sharing and swapping!
Response: Not a problem- thanks for the kind words and the heart.
anandatashie rated for Affirmation Mandala on Feb 25, 2013
Comment: I absolutely love your mandala! The artistic design and the actual words are just perfect. Thank you. :)
Response: Thank you for the VERY, VERY kind and wonderful comment. I guess good planning wins after all. :)
GemMedia rated for Book Page ATC #9 - Valentines on Feb 19, 2013
Comment: Great, thank you!
Response: Not a problem and glad you liked it
vronica rated for Sender's choice ATC x2, round 48! on Feb 18, 2013
Comment: Lovely cards! Thanks a lot
Response: Not a problem, glad you liked them.
jjennie rated for Tea For Two #3 on Feb 15, 2013
Comment: Thanks!!
Response: Not a problem.
Marryth rated for Postage stamp ATCs #1 on Feb 15, 2013
Comment: Thank you very much! :)
Response: Not a problem.
PinkLotus rated for Prayer Flag ATC- Sender's Choice on Feb 12, 2013
Comment: thank you for the lovely prayer flag atc :) And thank you for being a valuable member of our little group :)
Response: Not a problem x2. Thank -you- for creating the group!
ARTG33K74 rated for Sender's choice ATC x2, round 47! on Feb 6, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the ATCs! ☺They are great.
Response: Not a problem! And thank you for your kind and awesome comment, I shall keep doing collages. :) ETA: I forgot to say "glad you liked them". I hope you know what I meant in this case. :)
qbee rated for ATC - Sender's Choice! on Jan 30, 2013
Comment: thank you. Debbie
Response: Not a problem.
RainbowPanda rated for Pokemon Type Swap #1 - Psychic on Jan 21, 2013
Comment: Awww thank you for my ATC :3 I love that you chose Abra sooo cute and I loved your representation of it Xx
Response: Not a problem. I think that was one of my first cards that came in my first pack of Pokemon trading cards years ago.
nothingelse rated for Tea For Two #2 on Jan 18, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the tea! Looking forward to having some today.
Response: Not a problem and enjoy the teas.

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Robin01 on Jun 4, 2013:

i see your in cincinnati.. i live there to - i live in reading.

PinkLotus on Mar 21, 2013:

thank you so much - it's been too crazy.. on top of everything else my mom has developed heart issues and this month alone I have made 4 six hour round trips to her house.. and been away from my house and my normal routine for days at a time.. her last procedure (hopefully) is this monday and then things can sorta level out for me.. im fighting really hard to keep my mind zen and centered.. it's difficult tho. Thank you so much for your care and concern :)

DosLittleMonkeys on Mar 1, 2013:

Well Здравствуйте Svetlana. :)

dobie256 on Feb 17, 2013:

Which one would you like? "Light" or "Serenity"?

dobie256 on Feb 17, 2013:

I have two completed -- one for "Light" and one for "Serenity". Am working on a "Love/Unity" one. Not sure of the title until after the design comes together.

HoneyBadger on Feb 14, 2013:

wandofhawthorn on Feb 10, 2013:

Hey hey Cincy! I actually work up in West Chester, so we're practically neighbors!

Paige1900 on Feb 9, 2013:

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ARTG33K74 on Feb 6, 2013:

You are a good collage artist, all the layers and small details are pulled together in two different colour palettes. ♥ Keep on with collage and build a "vocabulary" of favorite images over the years. My friend Pam Batista (below) does collage almost exclusively. I wish I could show you some of the pieces in the Art Institute museum. One man worked on a collage I saw off and on for 20 years. I will put a link to the online images, but seeing the details in person is amazing.

AIC Collage Images

HoneyBadger on Jan 26, 2013:

Us Badgers need to stick together, lol. Glad you joined the Transcendence group. We can get all Buddah on everyone!

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