Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2019 5:35 pm


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Last Online: September 21, 2019
Birthday: August 27
Country: United States
Library Thing!
My nature adventures blog

About Me

Hi everyone!

Thank you for reading my profile. I guess I could describe myself as 85 percent nerd and 15 percent hippie. ;)

I've been on swap-bot for years and before that swapped through the group Nervousness. I'd rather do a few swaps that are special to me than lots of quick swaps.

My interests are reading, hiking, vege cooking, gardening, tea, friends & family, cross-stitch, creative and nonfiction writing, more reading, nature walks and nature journaling, pen palling, and my five cats. I'm a big history and mythology buff with a special interest in fairy lore, Appalachian ballads, and ghost stories.

I am a Special Collections Librarian in the beautiful Shenandoah Vally of Virginia. I love libraries, archives, and museums.

I like about everything pleasant scent-wise and don't have allergies. I collect miniature pottery, interesting stones, owl stuff, beckoning cats, fu dogs, bat stuff, figurines of mice, paper ephemera, and religious art of all faiths. I like to burn candles and incense.

I'm a huge fan of handmade soap, especially goat milk soap. I like all scents but not so much citrus.

After having my genetics analyzed and finding out that I have a high normal percentage of Neanderthal gene variants, I am now into Neanderthals. :) And I like saber - toothed cats!

Favorite themes are the gingham dog and the calico cat, tree of life, eastern dragon, paper lanterns, nautical, celestial, saints, tiki, Cthulhu, cherries, gnomes, peaceable kingdom, lucky beckoning cat, cartoonish owls, fu lions, argyle, retro, black cats, and other animals.

I like most styles. My least favorite styles are country, which is odd because I luuurve the countryside, and primitive. Since moving to the Shenandoah Valley, I have started to collect the Pennsylvania-Dutch styles and especially like their hex signs.

Love tea and am having fun trying new types of herbal, fruit and green teas. I like black teas too but sometimes they can be too strong. Teas that have health, relaxation, and energizing qualities are especially welcome. But any kind of tasty teas are good.

I don't eat much meat or many meat-based products.

Am the kind of old fashioned nerd who carries vintage cotton hankies instead of disposable paper tissues. I really like those old handkerchiefs with pretty patterns.

Natural, organic, sustainable, and homemade things are favorites!

Favorite Movies

Winter's Bone, Everything is Illuminated, No Country for Old Men, Napoleon Dynamite, Apocalypse Now, and lots of documentaries. I like documentaries as much as feature films.

Favorite Television

PBS stuff, History Chan, Discover Chan, etc. I'm such a nerd when it comes to TV. ;)

Favorite Crafts

I crochet blankets for charity, make earrings, cross-stitch, and collage.

Other Stuff (dislikes)

About the only things I don't like are dogs, monkeys, and cig smoke. Also, loud and rude people. Please do not send any loud and rude people in a swap. I like wool a lot but cannot have it next to my skin like in a scarf or gloves. It gets all itchy. Also, please no sugar-free sweets or gum. Those artificial sugars do a number on my tummy.

A Poem and Owls

Here is a bit of a poem I like.

The moon-bird's head is filled with nothing but thoughts of the moon and when the next rain will come is all the rain-bird thinks of. Who is it we spend our entire life loving?


You know what are awesome? Owls!!! I like the cartoonish owls that are in style now and have also had the chance to interact with some live owls! There was a beautiful snowy owl in my area of Virginia one winter! He was quite the local celebrity! I also attended an event where scientists banded the tiny Eastern saw-whet owls. And, I got to hold a tiny owl before it was released!


Hi, District 13 folks!

I'm recently rediscovering young adult fiction. I love Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men series and Neil Gaiman's works. I'm having fun reading the Hunger Games series! Look forward to learning of other good young adult authors through the group!

Favorite Books

Can't believe I'm a librarian and hadn't added a favorite books section to my profile during the several years I've been on swap_bot! Here it goes: My favorite book is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. If this book came alive, I would marry it. :) Another favorite book is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Favorite series is The Kopp Sisters novels by Amy Stewart! She uses archives and imagination to create awesome strong female characters.

I read lots of non-fiction and enjoyed The Beast in the Garden about pumas in residential areas and The Devil in the White City about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

As fun as they are, I already have enough books with household hints and craft instructions. Thanks for thinking of me if you were thinking of sending one but I think someone else could make better use of it at this time.

Vegan and vegetarian cookbooks are always welcome as are quirky nonfiction books printed by smaller presses or sold by small distributors.


Somebody left a comment that a handmade card that I sent for a Valentine's swap was poor quality. Unfortunately, I did not photograph that card, but here is a link to a similar postcard from that Valentine's series I made. Putting this out there so people will not worry that I send junk. I take pride in my swaps, even though I am not a perfect crafter. Valentine


Comment: Thank you
Comment: Original member! Good for you! I started here long ago, but just found Swap-bot again. I also work in a library! Happy crafting. 🖍✂️😊
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC and really awesome note. I loved reading it - and I feel honoured that you took the time you did, both on the ATC and to read my profile and respond to it with such a lovely card. xoxoxo
Response: You are welcome! This was a fun swap!
Comment: Hi Stephanie! I absolutely LOVED your letter and everything in it!! The tattoo art stuff was amazing. Your envelope was so much fun to get in the mail, and I enjoyed your letter. Thank you so much! I know you said you don't do much mail art, but this was super cute...I hope you do more mail art in the future! If it would be ok, I'd love to send you some mail art in return!
Response: Hi, thank you very much for your nice feedback! Happy that you enjoyed the swap!!! Sure, I would love some new mail art, thanks!
itsnobody rated for ISS Send Three Things (Flat Envie) on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you a lot Stephanie for the thing you chose for me. I can see that everything is also profile based. This is amazing
Response: You are welcome!
debbiespoms rated for INTERNATIONAL BOOKMARKS -JUNE on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you Stephanie for quite the selection of bookmarks. Which I love! Kind of threw me a little, when you wrote Handmade bookmarks swap, when it is International Bookmarks-June. I went looking through my swaps and found you, hee ! But no problem hon. It's all good. Have a good one !
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the nice rating! Sorry about writing a weird swap name! A sick blind kitten showed up here wanting help last week and I was a little rattled, I guess. He is feeling much better now in his new home and things are getting more calm for me as well.
Martha rated for ☆ TEA TIME #6 ☆ on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Love the tea's... And the extra one's !!! Thanks so much !!
Response: You are welcome#
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of goodies!
Response: You are welcome!
Candace rated for CPG VDay Card + Flat Treat - US Only on Jan 31, 2019
Comment: I'm looking forward to trying the tea! Thank you so much! :)
Response: You are welcome!
LadyJo rated for CPG Vday Card + Flat Treat - Global on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and the extras! The tea will be great this week when our days will be bitter cold! Happy Valentine's Day!
Response: You are welcome! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Marryth rated for ISS: Wish List - January on Jan 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun variety of goodies! ♥
Response: You are welcome!
Comment: Very very cute idea!!! Now to wonder if the carrier read it. Very creative! Thank you. :-)
Response: Thanks!!! Let me know if your mail carrier starts giving you "funny looks". :)
ittybittykitty rated for Weird note card and envelope on Dec 15, 2018
Comment: I love it, thank you and sorry for the late rating!
Response: No problem, glad you like it!
LadyJo rated for TSCL: One Stamp Christmas Surprise on Nov 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you so very much for the really nice swap! I did go ahead an open it! I will enjoy the tea soon! Merry Christmas! Thank you for joining in this swap!
Response: You are welcome! Merry Christmas!
ScrappyCEW rated for Weird note card and envelope on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: Great cards, especially like the one with the giant shoe! (and thank you for the extra cards!) Is that your little guinea pig? So precious! Happy swapping!
Response: Thank you for your nice rating. No, not my guinea pig. I have never had one, but think they are super cute. Happy swapping!
Comment: What a fun and full package! Thank you!
Response: You are welcome!
Comment: Fun bat stuff! I love it!
Response: Glad you like it! Wow, that got there super fast too!
Psychopomp rated for Halloween theme Bookmark on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bookmark and extras! I love those dog tongue papers!
Response: You are welcome! Happy Halloween!
Comment: Wow you found some really creepy legends, I like the one about the "presence" too. Thanks for making this swap so enjoyable to read and for the cute card, stickers, and fun bookmark too! Happy Halloween!Laura
Response: You are welcome. I really enjoyed this swap. Happy Halloween!
mandigutterrose rated for BS&S~ Your ancestors on Oct 4, 2018
Comment: How neat, I've always wanted to do a DNA test to find out what kind if blood really flows through these muddy veins. I've always been told I have Irish, the names on the family tree are a clue this is true lol. I love the necklace! Funny coincidence, I also sent my partner a necklace depicting my Hispanic heritage!
Response: Thanks for the nice rating and message. Glad you like the necklace! I used 23andMe for the DNA test; I had always wondered about my ancestors too.

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CurlyTea on Aug 27, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

stephiedee on Jul 11, 2018:

Weird mail numero dos arrived! It was fun reading over those rules...gave me ideas to use some as out-of-context quotes for future projects. How common are donkey friends that they need a special note affirming that they are welcome at fair shows? Good for them though...getting out and having some fun. 😄

P.S. Here's Larry Lizard on my wall.

ittybittykitty on Jun 5, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Drachenfrau on Apr 30, 2018:

Nervousness? I swapped there too. :-) Same name as here! We're together in the Emily Dickinson-swap. I soooo miss Nervousness!!! :/

RooBaRoo on Feb 16, 2018:

It Arrived!!

RooBaRoo on Feb 16, 2018:

Thanks so much for the "Carpe Librum celebration" Angel, Stephanie!

That's so much to add top my TBR :)

Hey! is the Old Possum's Book of practical cats still enjoyable by today's kids?

Is Silent Spring a despairing, or very heavy read? Should I venture?

anicka22 on Nov 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely random envie I received! What a wonderfull suprises you send :)

hamolla22 on Oct 18, 2017:

I think the awesome goodies I received without a note were from you for the loot bag tag lol! I posted in ‘Sent and Received’, I had no idea who sent it because I don t keep track of tags anymore. Thank you so so much for everything, I loved ALL items honestly and I was in awe with the Japanese glassine envies 😍😍😍

CurlyTea on Sep 1, 2017:

ChinaCat on Jun 11, 2017:

I'm 2.8% Neanderthal!! Hi, sistah! =) Love your profile.

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