April 2021 UPDATE I'm taking a break from swaps for the next several months. To my penpals: I will write to you soon, no worries.
I'm a woman in her 30s, permanently disabled, Progressive Socialist, activist and peaceful/non-violent protester, politically active, inter-sectional feminist, very INTP, gamer, science lover, fairy collector, witch/pagan, autistic, ADHD, writer, painter, quilter, and jewelry designer/maker. That's the short version. For details you'll need to ask questions.
I have asthma and therefore can't receive anything that is tainted by cigarette smoke, incense, or fragrance. Strong smells have a negative effect on me due to my sensitivity to smell. This also includes incense, scented candles, and perfumes. If I cannot wash the odors out, the item goes in the trash. Fabric items are hung outside until the odors are mild enough I can wash them by hand (if they're not machine washable). If I could rate a 4, I would, because too many people keep sending me scented stuff.
Going to the ER for an asthma attack is a death wish. Please stop risking my life.
I have Celiac Disease. If the item contains gluten I can't use/consume it.
I'm also allergic to caffeine. I can have chocolate; I'd have to eat at least a pound of 97% dark chocolate to get any effect from the caffeine. My favorite chocolate is 87% dark and gluten-free. I cannot consume tea, and a lot of herbal teas have ingredients that conflict with my seizure medication. I have to be very careful about what I eat and drink.
What I prefer are things I can use. Things I can use in my quilting (quilt fabric scraps, thread, etc), and stuff I can display.
I practice witchcraft, and have been doing so since I was nine. I didn't know it had a name for it until many years later, and came out of the "broom closet" when I was 16. I've been practicing for almost 30 years now, studied/apprenticed under an Elder until he passed away in 2015. I walk the Crooked Path (neither light nor dark), my Elder named me seer and water witch. I don't identify as a Wiccan, but as Witch or Pagan. I work with the deities Hel, Frigg, Cernunnos, and The Morrigan. I practice alone, use an oracle tarot deck (traditional decks are as nails on a chalkboard for me), and I have vivid lucid dreams. Many of these dreams have helped me a great deal.
My husband and I have no children (this will not change), but we do have two cats and my plants. Our cats are our children.
My two cats are my joy, and seeing them happy and entertained is extremely fulfilling. They love bird watching and have several perches in front of various windows. I'll be able to provide them with some "TV". Bird seed (we live in Springfield, Oregon), bird feeders, and things that attract birds will be great. Cat toys and other cat things are always welcome. One of my cats loves smacking bells and chasing strings, the other loves rough play and running around at odd hours.
In November 2016 I had wrist surgery to repair a ligament tear that had occurred 5+ years earlier. The pain is nearly gone, but if I work my wrist too much it shows in what I do. I also have tremors in my hands due to nerve and muscle damage caused by epilepsy (I've had epilepsy since I was 11). I apologize if my handwriting is a little messy; I rarely write by hand anymore due to the severity of the pain. I do, however, use a typewriter.
I'm on a limited budget, and my husband is the only one who can work. I do my best to send swaps out the day I'm assigned to my partner. If my half of a swap arrives a little late it's likely due to not having the money to pay postage. 99% of the time I do have things mailed out the day of the swap or sent out before the due date. If you fancy sending me unused stamps that'd be great. If I know my half will be late due to lack of funds I drop from the swap before I'm assigned; if I forget to do this I notify the person I'm sending the item(s) to that it will be a little late.
I do plan on getting a letter/parcel scale because going to the post office is very risky right now. Being able to skip the post office and print everything out at home is ideal. Right now I'm just saving up the money to do so.
I've been making modern macrame jewelry for 20+ years. I use cotton cord, hemp yarn, satin ribbon, gems, semi-precious stones, crystals, glass beads, acrylic beads, wood beads, metal beads, bells, charms, and a variety of pendants. My goal is to create something modern, not an echo of the 60s and 70s.
Update: I rarely make jewelry anymore due to chronic pain. Please refrain from sending me items related to jewelry making seeing as they're likely going to remain in their container(s) for ages. Very small beads that I can pass a sewing needle and thread through are acceptable because I can use them on decorative quilts.
I've been painting with watercolors for 15+ years with a large focus on making the real look like a dream. Most of my work is influenced by photographs from the Hubble Telescope, various types of landscape and scenery, as well as macro photographs of flowers.
I'm a fourth generation quilter, and my previous work as a jewelry designer and maker shows up in my quilts. I don't shy away from prints or bold colors, both of which I love. I sew my quilts by machine and quilt by hand any over 20x20 inches (really small things are annoying to handquilt). Sizes of my work vary from magnets and pins to king size quilts. My goal is to never use the same pattern twice.
Jewel tones, bold and bright colors. Think peacocks and hummingbirds. Oh, and I love those two birds.
Leopard print/pattern. My favorite big cat is the snow leopard followed closely thereafter by the clouded leopard.
I love snakes, butterflies, dragonflies, and other colorful creatures.
Penguins! I don't collect penguin stuff, but I won't say no to penguins. My husband got me the cutest penguin mug and it sparks so much joy.
Fairies and old fairy lore. I especially love Brian Froud's fairy artworks.
My two cats would love cat toys that are actual cat toys. They're happy with a ball of paper, but cat-safe toys made for cats are extra special.
Flowers. My favorites are lilies, daisies, lilacs, and sunflowers. Stickers, pressed flowers, whatever. I love flowers. If you choose to send flower seeds please check what region they would grow best in.
SCIENCE IS LIFE! Outer space stuff is super bonus yes, but science in general makes me super happy. Things related to science, learning science things, that sort of thing makes my day. I watch Bill Nye Saves the World and several other science shows.
Puns, jokes, bad jokes, dad jokes, etc.
I love Dragon Age. It has saved my life, helped me learn how to interact with people and socialize, improved my confidence and self-esteem, and so many other positive things. My favorite characters is Alistair. I write a lot of Dragon Age fanfiction too. If you're interested in reading any of it let me know. I'll direct you to where I have it posted online. Keep in mind, much of it is on the smutty side of things.
Old Scottish lore. My ancestors are from the British Isles and most are from Scotland (MacBeth). I have several books with general Celtic lore, but most of it is focused on Ireland...and I'm not Irish. I'd like more Scottish stuff.
Lightning and volcanoes, preferably together, but separate is perfectly fine.
I love postcards! I'm on Post Crossing, and it's been a blast. Not entirely sure I would call myself a collector, but I do love receiving them. I don't care for tourist cards unless it's international.
Science fiction is a great love of mine. Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, Farscape, Battlestar Gallactica (the new one), and many others.
I would love to have some really unique coffee mugs/tea cups. I do drink some herbal teas, mostly ginger or fruity, but a house fire in July 2017 destroyed a large portion of my mugs and cups. I would really like to replace them.
Learning the stories, myths, and legends of other cultures and countries is something I love. Feel free to share these with me in swaps!
Boxes. I have a lot of scrap fabric from quilting, gel pens, jewelry and jewelry making supplies, etc. I would love a decorated box...but no glitter. I loathe glitter (see "What I Don't Like"); the only exception is glitter gel pens. For a long time I decorated boxes from cigar boxes, but I haven't done that in a very long time. I may get back into it.
Goddess statues (Hel, Frigg, The Morrigan, simple statuary of a female figure), statuary of Cernunnos (also known as Herne, Lord of the Wild Hunt, most often depicted with antlers), stag statuary, pendants, amulets, or figurines. Wood, bone, antler, stone. I really like collecting them. I do cleanse them upon their arrival to remove whatever energies are present.
As mentioned before I'm dedicated to Cernunnos. He's a Celtic god often depicted with antlers and surrounded by animals. He's a nature god. Symbols, pendants, amulets, and statues representing him are also interesting to see. I would love to receive artwork representing him.
Hel made herself known to me in 2020, and I'm still learning about her. The fact I've been working with The Morrigan for 20 years makes this entirely unsurprising, considering Cernunnos and The Morrigan are death gods. Many may flinch at the idea of death gods, which is fair, but when I work with them, I feel at peace.
Frigg showed up in December 2020, which initially surprised me. After speaking with a friend, it's now more along the lines of "why didn't you show up sooner?" Prior to covid19, I spent 90% of my life at home (I'm Disabled and a homemaker). Now, it's closer to 99%, leaving only when I have little choice in the matter. She's something of a hearth goddess, but much more. I would like to get a miniature spinning wheel to represent her.
Stickers! So long as they're not Hello Kitty or Disney related I love receiving them. It's an added bonus if they haven't been used. I'm on a limited budget and receiving stickers I can use will make me very happy.
I'm a big fan of up-cycling so long as it's in good taste.
Scrap fabric I can use in my quilting. It must be clean fabric, no fragrances, and can be used in quilting. That means fabric with no stretching.
I make art quilts, and these involve embellishments. Right now, I'm looking for lace of any color, design, or material; animal bones that have a hold drilled in them or naturally occurring holes; very shiny beads that fairly small.
I would love to have animal bones. I have a set of large ram horns and a piece of a wolf jawbone. Small skulls are something I would love to have, as well as animal skins, nails, and claws.
Glitter is evil. I hate glitter. I loathe glitter. Glitter must burn and forever be removed from existence.
Random tarot cards. I don't care for having some random card, especially considering I have no idea what they represent other than taking up space.
I've cut candy out of my diet as well as several other foods due to having developed GERD. Please don't send food.
Zebra print. Please...don't.
I really don't like spiders. At all. Blame the three black widows that bit me, the large number of hobo spiders in my area, the jumping spiders that make me scream. I see more spiders in a month here in Oregon than most Aussies see in a year.
Fairies with butterfly wings (except for the Garden Fairy and Fairy Glen collections). They annoy me and I don't know why. I do love butterflies though.
I have very sensitive skin. Don't send me skin products. Ever. There's a fair chance I'll develop a rash. Yes, very annoying. I do have some on my Etsy wishlist, but they're products I use and know I'm not allergic to.
Religious stuff (unless it's related to what I've mentioned in "what I like" and "about me"), especially Christian. Practice whatever religion you want, I don't care. Just don't force it on me or send it to me. I have very negative experiences with Christianity. Pagan items are welcome, but please read the information I have listed regarding this. I do collect religious texts, which may sound odd, but I like reading them to stay informed of various practices and beliefs.
Pro-White/White Power/Nazi/Neo-Nazi/Alt-Right stuff. Just don't. I don't support Trump, or as I refer to him, Agent Orange. Anything related to supporting him will be returned or burned.
Scrapbooking. I think it's awesome, yes, but I don't do it at all.
Anime/Otaku. I can't watch most animated shows because of my epilepsy. The last time I watched one was Star Wars' animated series, and not even ten minutes into the episode I had a seizure.
Fragrant candles and incense. I practice witchcraft, yes, but I have asthma and artificially scented/smoky stuff can really mess me up. Naturally scented candles would make for nice decoration, but they won't be lit. Incense is just a really BIG no-no.
Though I practice witchcraft I don't like pentagrams or pentacles. A personal experience has resulted in a very bad association with them. The triquetra is what I favor (it's a pretty triangle commonly made using Celtic knot designs).
Hello Kitty and nearly all Disney things.
I'm not a holiday fan. My husband and I don't pay attention to holidays, and it's not unusual for us to go out and discover places are closed. We do celebrate Yule (it's the Winter solstice) with gifts and food, but there's little to no holiday decorating. Please don't send me things that directly correlate with holidays. This means nothing with Santa, no Valentine's Day stuff, etc.
Valentine's Day is the worst holiday for me. I had a traumatizing experience that has resulted in PTSD. My PTSD flashbacks are easily triggered, especially around Valentine's Day. Do not send me anything related to it.. You will receive a "1" rating because you didn't read my profile. If you had read my profile you would have seen this information.
I don't care for steampunk. I'll make jewelry for it, but said jewelry is listed on my shop. I don't care for the style, the story behind steampunk baffles me, and overall I simply don't like it. Keep your steampunk stuff.
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