Date Joined: September 30, 2019
Last Online: December 10, 2019
Birthday: July 27, 1994
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 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 :)
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.
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:
good glue that won't warp paper, glue for making slime, archival quality glue. Any really good craft glue!
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,
- 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,
- swamp creature,
- curvy/body positive humans,
- steven universe,
- raver hippie acid,
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.
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!
- 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!!)
- Fatphobia or fitness/'thinspo' excercise or diet themes
- flirtatious or sexualised messages
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.
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