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FeetInTheSoil

FeetInTheSoil
Date Joined: September 30, 2019
Last Online: October 22, 2020
Birthday: July 27, 1994
Country: Australia
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About Me

April 2020 COVID-19: due to the reduction in international flights, postage outside Australia is likely going to take 1-4 MONTHS longer than usual. Postage within Australia is going to take up to two weeks longer. I will not be rating any 1s until the international lockdown has ended + at least one month, and I will not be re-sending mail unless for some reason the mail you RECEIVE from me does not meet swap guidelines on this time frame.

March 2020 - I am starting a year long musical theatre intensive course at University (it's for my minor in my creative writing and literature degree) and it's honestly well above my capacity considering my poor health so I will need to be far less active on swapbot until November. I will still send all swaps that I'm currently in (on time of course) but bear in mind that if you want to do a private swap I may say no even if I love your idea. It's not personal, I love all of you!

Note (January 2020) - I am affected by bushfire smoke as well as severe health issues, this makes going to the post office difficult and dangerous. There will be delays on when I can post unfortunately, as well as possible delays on mail leaving the country after it is posted.

Note: DEAR STORY SERIES if you were paired with me for that now-defunct swap series PLEASE CONTACT ME ABOUT IT. To the person I did not send to, please reply to my message where I offer to send something or work out the mess that this swap left us all in.

Hello I'm Lena 😊

I am a poet and writer and disability advocate from Melbourne, Australia.

Some of my favourite things are plants, friendship, tea, minerals/crystals/rocks, sharing poems, stationary crafts, small bookmaking/zinemaking art projects, animals (especially cats and sugar gliders and hedgehogs and ducks), cooking, tea, compassion and trying to make the world better.

I am a nonbinary disabled person and I experience chronic pain and chronic fatigue along with several other disabling illnesses (over 5 different illnesses and I'm happy to talk about it with fellow disabled people but I don't love answering extensive personal health questions if you don't have at least some understanding of what health issues are like).

my pronouns are they/them

I have a Norwegian forest cat (elderly rescue with one problem leg that he can't move) named Eli and he's very sweet but no cat treats please as he has a grain allergy and is overweight. He does love string and sturdy ribbon though if you have any to spare!!

I was born 27th July 1994 so for anyone into astrology who would like to know, that makes me a Leo sun, Pisces moon, Aquarius rising.

*** I am open to private swaps! Message me if you have an idea you'd like to swap with me.***

I cannot wait to learn about you when we share happy mail! Please include a letter about yourself and where you're from if you mail me :)

Snail Mail/Background

As a kid I loved writing to my penpals, and although I didn't know the term at the time, I always tried to use a happy mail format.

When I grew up and first went to university, I originally studied Fine Arts majoring in traditional printmaking and bookmaking. I love those areas with a passion. But I decided to change over to creative writing, sociology, and musical theatre.

I used to live in the rainforest here in Australia, and I've been involved in environmental activism due to my love of nature. I am also involved in LGBTQIA+ activism and disability activism, including through my work as an advocate within my university.

Teas and Foods

I am fascinated by the culinary and medicinal uses of plants, and learning about plants native to various locations. As a result I am delighted by herbal teas! I love coffee as well, but I need to monitor my caffeine intake due to adrenal fatigue (health issues).

I am mostly vegan because I am strongly dairy intolerant, and I do not enjoy meat. I am not offended by anyone elses diet, but if we are going to exchange recipes, please keep my dietary requirements in mind.

My favourite teas are: Pukka brand green tea with ginseng, peppermint chamomile and lavender, and ginger, refreshing blends that contain lemony herbs with fennel and chickory. I also love dandelion and marigold, and (although I can't easily get it here,) chokeberry!

Wishlist

Some things I'd love, but struggle to get my hands on:

  • Rubber stamps (especially small, botanical, textural, mushroom, vintage, ferns, woodland creatures, etc)
  • die cuts
  • sturdy scrapbook paper
  • Homemade envelopes
  • Old/vintage or hand printed nudes and figure studies, artistic nudes
  • distress oxides and ink/pigment pads (very very hard to come by here)
  • vintage botanical drawings and botanical ephemera
  • old book pages (I have a sentimentality problem and cannot rip any book myself)
  • vintage style/ botanical / whimsical stamps
  • unusual, rare, or strange paper no matter how plain
  • Small odd or unusual vintage-styled ephemera
  • Stickers of illustrated people (not characters from pop media just random people)
  • chokeberry tea
  • small dice, the older the better
  • unusual washi tapes and japanese stationary
  • washi stickers!
  • berbere spice mix
  • pressed/dried flowers or plants that are native to your location (please include information or a story about why you like it / when you collected it !)
  • High quality homemade slime or ingredients, soothing 'stim' things (hygenic only) EXCEPT no microplastics, Orbeez slushie beads, fishbowl beads, plastic glitter etc as I am very conscious of pollution
  • vegan hypoallergenic makeup cosmetics
  • If you send broken jewelry, please stick to charms, crystals, and the type of beads that can be used to decorate flatmail. If you send broken jewelry that isn't just useful parts I will pass it on to someone who likes that. But i love vintage semi-precious stone charms and pendants! If you send in-tact jewelry, no earrings or childrens jewelry please.
  • good glue that won't warp paper, glue for making slime, archival quality glue. Any really good craft glue!

Themes and Aesthetics


I love rich colours/jewel tones and neutral earthy tones equally, although I also love pastels and inky blacks

I love greens, especially khaki, sage, and deep emerald, although every colour that a plant comes in is stunning. I wear a lot of golden yellow, black, rusty orange, and purples. Yellow makes me happy, as does purple.

Themes I'd be caught giggling excitedly about include:
- vintage botanical,
- woodland creature vintage,
- mushrooms!,
- grungey punk photocopier-made zine style,
- cream with foliage and flowers,
- warm grey neutrals with one pop of an accent colour,
- golden yellow and brown,
- cats, hedgehogs, ducks, red squirrels, sugar gliders, possums, turtles, hognose snakes, alpacas, quokkas, owls, woodland animals, capybara, red pandas, bees (but not photos of honeycomb), small frogs (but not their eggs or tadpoles)
- black and white, grids,
- vaporwave 90s internet, pastel rainbows,
- green and mossy,
- magic and witchy,
- crystals,
- swamp creature,
- curvy/body positive humans,
- steven universe,
- gudetama,
- raver hippie acid,
- goth

I enjoy thoughtful and handmade stuff even if it's not 'high quality', i really enjoy the fact that we are all people who enjoy creating at home to try to make a stranger happy, and if that's what you've done I'm going to love it.

Allergies and Dislikes


Thought i'd make this section so swappers can quickly see what to avoid sending :)

I am very sensitive to chemical skin irritation from metal alloys and cosmetic products so if you send skincare or hair care products (i have curly hair and olive white skin with gold undertones for reference and i do occasionally wear tinted products like taupe and plum shades of lip balm, as well as natural eyeshadows and eyeliners etc) please choose the all natural sulphate free 'hippie' types.

I am vegan and allergic to dairy.

Please avoid strongly gendered language or branding that addresses me as 'girl' or 'boy' as I am a genderqueer nonbinary person. I do share lived experience with women though and in the feminist context it's ok to include me in the sisterhood - I would just prefer to be called 'sibling'/'sib' or 'friend'/'fren' rather than sister or brother 😊

I am afraid of spiders and don't want images of them,but spider web cartoons are okay.

I have trypophobia which is a strong negative psychological response to certain visual images, mine is centred around the texture of natural/animal/organic holes as a repeat pattern (ant holes in leaves, close up skin pores, frog eggs, etc) so please avoid imagery reflecting these things. Thank you!!

Do Not Send/ I'm Not Into:


  • Neon bright highlighter colour palettes
  • Commercialism (promotion of commercial enterprise.The exception is vintage advertisements from the 19th and early 20th centuries)
  • Reward stickers
  • Artificially flavoured tea
  • Anything to do with hunting or guns
  • Hate or nastiness
  • Any kind of politics or the horrific state of the world. in my personal life I am aware of and engaged with those issues and it's very emotionally draining and this is my only resbit from that!
  • Horror or gore
  • Glitter or anything messy/ hard to clean up
  • Other microplastics or items it is difficult to contain that contribute to ocean pollution etc
  • If you send broken jewelry, please stick to charms,crystals, and the type of beads that can be used to decorate flatmail. If you send broken jewelry that isn't just useful parts I will pass it on to someone who likes that. But i love vintage semi-precious stone charms and pendants! If you send in-tact jewelry, no earrings or childrens jewelry please.
  • Negative portrayal of witches (green halloween witches, etc)
  • Any kind of cultural appropriation including use of AAVE by non black people or fraft supplies featuring AAVE terms or dream catchers and etc (but i'd love patterns or information regarding your own culture!!)
  • Ableism
  • Sexism
  • Queerphobia including transphobia, acephobia, or biphobia
  • Racism of any kind or xenophobia
  • Fatphobia or fitness/'thinspo', excercise, or diet themes
  • sexualized or flirtatious messages (images of nude figures totally okay/welcomed in artistic or sentimental contexts)

Topics I'd love to hear about

  • your part of the world (climate, culture, environment, plants, etc.)
  • your spirituality or self care rituals
  • your religion if you can discuss it in a way that avoids any nastiness toward other religions or groups of people (including LGBTQIA+ people)
  • your favourite thing to learn about
  • what you love about your job/degree/hometown/spouse
  • fun things you do with your kids/family
  • gardening
  • your pets
  • your journal!
  • your favourite youtubers and Netflix shows
  • your best recipes
  • your experience of living with disability/mental illness and how you found community
  • your home and how you decorate it and how you feel about it
  • your memories
  • what your favourite songs mean to you
  • the first time you tried/discovered the tea or item you send to me
  • why you love swapbot
  • your penpals

Swaps from(/to) Down Undah!

Postage from Australia can take a long time, or be surprisingly quick, depending on the relationship between the Australian Postal Service, the Postal Services in your country, and the services in any countries the letter must travel through on the way.

Please keep that in mind and contact me if there are any issues.

I mark sent when I post, regardless of whether i give it to the post office (immediate stamping) or pop it in the post box (i do not control the date stamp in that case) but I do keep photo records of all outgoing mail.

Also, because Australia 'gets the day first' by timezone, often the date here is two days later than it is in America and parts of Europe, so bear in mind that I have two days less than most people to prepare the swaps since partners are assigned to me on a later date than for most participants in international swaps yet I still need to post before the end date arrives for me, so for swaps with a particularly short turn over (less than 5 days between partners assigned and postal date) please be mindful that it may be necessary for me to post one day late by date, but that it will be posted at the same time as international swappers. If this is the case I will not message you to apologize for the date stamp, as I hope you understand how the international time zones affect the situation.

If we think it's not going to arrive at all, of COURSE I will make a replacement for you, I want you to enjoy the happy mail!

I understand the anxiety of not knowing if your swap partner has received/enjoyed the mail you worked so hard on, so I am okay with you messaging me to check what's going on if I haven't rated yet in a timeframe you expect me to have recieved your mail, but please be understanding if I have not yet received your mail.

Ratings

kammy rated for Tea For Thee # 64 on Oct 15, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for this tea bags. The choice is cool
manaelsa rated for Favourite thing in my bedroom ? on Oct 13, 2020
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Comment: Mine was plants too! This was a really cool swap! Thanks so much
PBee rated for AS: Happy mail on Sep 24, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful and thoughtful package I received today! It DID bring a smile to my face, I love everything in it. Cheers PBee
5
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manaelsa rated for Three stickers and a note πŸ’– on Sep 5, 2020
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Comment: What sweet little stickers! Thank you for your note too. I love the poem. The birks sticker is so fab! Thanks so much again x
Gretchenwu rated for My Favourite Stamp on Aug 27, 2020
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Comment: Hello Lena : ) The mushroom stamp is really beautiful, I also like it very much. Thanks for hosting this swap and all the stamps. Have a nice day !
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Comment: Lena <3 Thank you so so much for your lovely mail! I absolutely love the flipbook and all the goodies you included! Can't stop looking at those! Sending lots of love!
trishay79 rated for WIYM: Blind envie swap #12 flowers on Aug 22, 2020
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Comment: love all the flower stuff :D
Ladyadybug rated for INTL Quick Mini Mail Art swap on Aug 22, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies and the beautifully decorated envelope - loved everything you have included :)
teddygirl rated for AS: I spy yellow and gold on Aug 20, 2020
5
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Comment: I'm so sorry I forgot to rate you sooner...your swap was very beautiful, so very thankful to you Magdalena ❀❀❀
Response: I'm so pleased you did get it and you enjoyed the swap!
Lemonine rated for My Favourite Stamp on Aug 15, 2020
5
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Comment: Lovely stamp
Response: Have you received this already? Wow!
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Comment: Awesome pages - thank you!!
Response: Glad you enjoyed!
Joeanniee rated for Tea For Thee # 52 on Jul 18, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the tea! I cannot wait to try them out!
Response: You're so welcome 😊 thank YOU for facilitating one of my favourite swaps!
teddygirl rated for COVERED Envie 2 on Jul 16, 2020
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Comment: As always your mail was beautiful, great to swap with you again Lena! I appreciate the little extras and your creative envelope πŸ˜β€πŸ’πŸŒΊπŸ’•
Response: You're more than welcome for the extras lovely :) glad i could make you smile!
Aurora1 rated for Decorated backside postcard #1 on Jul 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the Beautiful postcard. I love it!
Response: Yay! So glad you enjoyed it. I had fun picking it out for you and getting a bit whimsical on the back
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Comment: Omg thank you so much!!! Can’t wait to try the teas (it’s like you knew I needed stress relief rn lol) and I love the card and the aesthetic especially the gorgeous peacock ❀️❀️❀️ Thank you!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it gorgeous ❀️ the teas are some of my faves
loveretro rated for Tea For Thee # 40 on Jul 1, 2020
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Comment: Dear Lena, guess what ....today, your envelope arrived in my mailbox, after a very long journey !! I'm a happy girl ! Thank you so much for the teas and the extras . Cann't wait to try the ginger coffee ! Stay healthy, stay safe ! warm greetings from Belgium. Monique
Response: Oh I so hope you enjoy it :) one of my favourite 'pick me up' drinks, lovely iced in summer or steaming hot in winter.
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Comment: Woohoo! I finally got it! It was thankfully redirected to my Dad's address so he could then redirect it to where I am now! It has certainly been on a journey! You have certainly brightened up my mailbox. My throat is feeling a bit sore, so I will have to try the scrummy tea today :) Thank you so much!
Response: Oh I'm really glad it finally made it safely to you! I hope you like the flipbook, it's a strange design I sort of made up as i was among, but I was really proud of the result! πŸ˜… Sorry to hear that you're not feeling well, I truly hope the tea helps. Perhaps a bit of that good New Zealand honey in it, might fix you all up πŸ˜ŠπŸ’Œ
bambam rated for INTL pocket postcard on Jun 20, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for your pocket postcard, it came this morning. I love the message on the front of the postcard and all the goodies you included, where did you get the stickers from or did you make them yourself, hope you're okay, stay safe πŸ™‚
Response: So glad you loved it!! I got my stickers mostly on ali express, but if you're talking about the washi photo stickers, I believe I absurdly got them from eBay just by searching washi sticker :) πŸ’›
sakura15 rated for AS: Profile based goodies swap on Jun 18, 2020
5
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Comment: Guess what finally made it! I am so relieved :D The stickers and the washi are so beautiful and your envie was decorated beautifully! Thank you so much :D
Response: Very glad you enjoyed it! Over a month to New Zealand is a tough journey for it, hope everything was intact! πŸ’–

Rating Overview

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Comments

Lilianders on Jun 26, 2020:

Thank you sweet angel in the snail atc swap! Love it!

RoseBabe on Jun 15, 2020:

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RoseBabe on Jun 15, 2020:

Thank you fren for being so helpful and welcoming <3 hopefully this works lol

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amyscraftandmail on Feb 27, 2020:

Thankyou so much for the beautiful flipbook and all the goodies Lovely it is beautiful 😍

StagKing on Jan 17, 2020:

Just thought I would say hello to a fellow non-binary swapper! I hope you are staying safe in Australia and that you are doing well!

arimails on Oct 28, 2019:

Happy Profile- Halloween!

I hope you have a SPOOKtacular Halloween

:)

IDreamOfAfrica on Oct 23, 2019:

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