Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 4:56 am


Date Joined: September 30, 2019
Last Online: December 10, 2019
Birthday: July 27, 1994
Country: Australia
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About Me

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).

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!


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
  • 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
  • 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, squirrels, sugar gliders, possums, turtles, hognose snakes,
- 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 haircare products (i have curly hair and olive white skin with gold undertones for reference and i do ocassionally 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'

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

I have tryptophobia 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

I am not into:
- Neon bright highlighter colour palates
- Commercialism (promotion of commercial enterprise. The exception is vintage advertisments 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
- Glitter or anything messy
- 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 (but I'd love patterns or information regarding your own culture!!)
- Ableism
- Sexism
- Queerphobia
- Racism
- Fatphobia or fitness/'thinspo' excercise or diet themes
- flirtatious or sexualised messages

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.


Harineke rated for **HANDMADE** Christmas card~INTL on Dec 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you Magdalena for the lovely card you made, the letter and all the extraโ€™s you put it. Love it, Harineke
Response: You're so welcome Harineke, I had so much fun outing it together :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter, postage stamp and extra, I will write back soon.
Response: I'm pleased you enjoyed the letter :) i can't wait to read your reply !
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I hope you decided to make those cookies! Also, big thank you for the washi tape samples. They're really pretty tapes
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed :) the cookies were delicious ๐Ÿ˜‚
Comment: Thanks for the stuff and thanks for hosting ๐Ÿ˜‰
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap :) nice to swap with an Aussie on here we're very rare it seems ๐Ÿ˜Š
TouringLady rated for Tea For Thee # 23 on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the tea!
Response: You're welcome ! I hope the hedgehogs made your smile ๐Ÿ˜Š
Comment: What a special little package, Magdalena! I absolutely loved reading your letter and the story behind the recipe you sent - I will definitely give it a try! I love that you enjoy eco-friendly crafting too - you managed to make such a beautiful little piece of happy mail! Thank you for bringing a big smile to my face.
Response: I'm thrilled that it arrived safely and you enjoyed it! I hope you can even take it apart and re use the bits and pieces, if you do try I'd love to see what you come up with so feel free to message my Instagram or email me if you take pictures :)
cynaemon rated for Micropoetry swap #1 - Colors on Nov 27, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome poetry and the tea. I was impressed.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed them! It was a fun challenge to put them on the other cards, i hope they ended up the right size!
christywebb rated for Interest me no. 74 on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the recommendation and I love the scent card! I'll have to experiment with that blend!
Response: I'm so glad you were interested! It's a great book. I use that aromatherapy blend to treat my anxiety and i love it :)
neca84 rated for Matchbox Swap on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: thank you , I love it
Response: Oh I'm so glad you do!! I was worried I might have done it wrong since it was my first match box. That's such a relief!
Linske rated for Newbie swap without a letter #1 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap you send to me. I really like it!!
Response: I am so so glad that you enjoyed it Linske! It was my first ever attempt at a pocket letter and i enjoyed it so much. After reading your profile I just felt so positive and inspired and wanted to make you something special because you seem like a very lovely person. Hopefully next time I get you for a swap my skills at craft will have improved and you can see the difference that learning and trying very much can make :)
Suncloud rated for Pretty Writing on Pretty Paper on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and extra.
Response: Very happy that you enjoyed the mail ๐Ÿ˜Š I look forward to corresponding with you again in my junk-journalers decorated letter swap!!
Comment: Thank you for your package and especially the kind letter.
Response: I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the mail Julie! Feel free to reply if you'd like to be pen pals, but absolutely no pressure or obligation :)
ppiiku rated for Tea for Thee # 19 on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you! I haven't tried marigold tea before, so I'm looking forward to that. Right now where I live, the season just changed to winter and it's very cold and snowy. And of course I have the flu, so I'll definitely drink lots of teas for few days!
Response: Oh no I'm so sorry to hear that you have the flu! I hope you feel very much better soon and that you enjoy the tea a lot.
Nushkinathan rated for Mail Tag Swap #15 on Nov 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely mail! You're right, I'm very jealous of the weather at your end haha! Thanks for the washi samples, paper cuttings/memos and especially for the tea โคโค
Response: ๐Ÿ’–Oh Yay! Thank you for your kind words Nushki I am so delighted that you loved the mail :) I hope you have a heartwarming holidays whichever you celebrate, and that the springtime seem to come quickly for you. In the meantime, nice hot tea by the radiator!!
Caityaya rated for Red Themed Happymail on Oct 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely swap! Was so much fun to receive ๐Ÿ’•
Response: I had lots of fun making it and doing the little paintings, I'm so glad you enjoyed!
mchesser12 rated for Happy Profile- Halloween on Oct 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for adding photos to my profile page.
Response: I hope you enjoyed the ones I picked out when it eventually worked, I'm so sorry to clutter your page with my initial mistake hopefully you can delete.
Janevey rated for Happy Profile- Halloween on Oct 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you and happy Halloween! Next time when you do a deco profile try to choose pics that are 300 pixels wide. So they will fit in the frame :)
Response: Thanks so much for the tip! I am extremely new to swapbot and although the actual swapping has been great I'm not quite understanding all about the website yet.
Bluuerosse rated for Tea for Thee # 18 on Oct 23, 2019
Response: So glad you loved it, I hope the calming teas are very peaceful for you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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arimails on Oct 28, 2019:

Happy Profile- Halloween!

I hope you have a SPOOKtacular Halloween


IDreamOfAfrica on Oct 23, 2019:

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