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GingerChewRaccoon

GingerChewRaccoon
Date Joined: August 28, 2009
Last Online: January 8, 2015

Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I am a whimsical young womyn who lives in a city in the midwest, though I prefer to spend my time by the river or the great ocean-like Lake Michigan. I devote much of my life to making crafts, Mail Art, & penpalling. I'm also a dancer (Belly Dance & Romany/Gypsy-Style Skirt Dance), novice Herbalist & Wild Forager, Birdwatcher, & an enthusiastic Gardener. I love being out in the natural world, especially near water but also the Deep Woods (I adore moss & Ferns), Marshes, Cold Snowy Fields, & strangely the Desert (I think it's an inexplicably romantic landscape). I'm an avid collector from all of my nature walks. i.e. feathers, interesting leaves, petals, rocks, abandoned bird nests, intricate animal bones, etc... I like storing them on shelves but also integrating them into my art occasionally, hope you don't mind! :)

Favorite Crafts

There are quite a number of crafts that enchant me, including Embroidery, Cut & Paste- Collage, Drawing (mainly animals), Rubber Stamping, creating ATC's, decorative stationery, & altering my clothes in interesting ways.

I'm Especially Excited about trading handmade crafts! Also, I think Recycling/Upcycling is important- & I like to send/receive mail that has been saved from the landfill.

Things I like

  • I love animals! Esp. Whales, Birds, Octopi, Raccoons,Otters, Foxes & Wolves, Manatees, Sea Lions, Hedgehogs, Deer, Rodents, Honey Bees, etc. All our dear to my heart though. :)

  • Dance Imagery-specifically Belly Dance, Roma/Gypsy themed stuff, Flamenco, CanCan, Bollywood, Burlesque (basically anything pageant that involves sparkles or bright colors)

  • Magical things, witchy stuff, Goddess or nature-based themes.

  • Fantastical creatures are special to me- including Selkies & Mermaids, Werewolves, Gnomes, Succubus/Vampires, Harpies, ancient Goddess figures, Fairies, etc.

  • Herbalism, Gardening, Permaculture, seed bombing, anything to do with growing plants

  • My very favorite colors are Sea Foam, Aqua, Turquoise, & Teal. Maybe those are shades, but also there's no color that I hate. (too much pink can be overwhelming though)

  • TEA - all kinds! I like medicinal herbs especially, & would be SO ecstatic to receive homemade blends.

  • I love swimming, the ocean, lakes, rivers, etc. Basically I'm a total Merm & like water imagery.

  • Vintage photographs, postcards, ephemera.

  • Cooking (vegetarian) & baking sweets.

  • X-changing Mail Art is my passion, so decorated envies, pc's, & stationery are a great joy to find in my mailbox.

Favorite Music & Books

Some books that I love include Buffalo Gals & other Animal Presences, The fifth Sacred Thing, Pigs in Heaven, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Silent Spring, Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Women who Run with the Wolves, Ruby Fruit Jungle, Herbal Rituals, Neither Wolf nor Dog, Ladies First, & the poetry of Pablo Neruda & Rainer Maria Rilke.

As for music, my first love was Punk Rock, artists like The Clash, Bikini Kill, Crass, Patti Smith, Huggy Bear, Rosa, & Madeline Adams. I'm also eclectic, with sounds like Neutral Milk Hotel, Robyn, Cake Bake Betty, Patsy Cline, Cyndi Lauper, Two Gallants, Johnny Cash, & even a little Rihanna at times...

A few swapping preferences:

-I'm not opposed to receiving certain religious ephemera, particularly priestess/Goddess, or nature-based matter. Regarding Christianity- I'm ONLY interested in images of The Virgin of Guadalupe, the Black Madonna, or Dia de Los Muertos. Thank you. :)

Please, I am not a fan of nationalism & therefore would rather not receive patriotic propaganda, if possible

-I'm very difficult to offend when it comes to racy/naughty themes. I don't find nudity or sexual references to be obscene, so no worries there.

MOST IMPORTANT: These are simply preferences. However, if it's all you have for the swap, please don't hesitate to send. :)

Note to Swap Partners.

I'm a compassionate grown-up, and expect my fellow swappers to be as well. I understand if you have to send an item late, just let me know. If you don't get a an item from me, or if there's a problem, PM me 1st and I'll fix it. And... Hopefully once you've gotten my item you'll be so kind as to rate so I don't have to worry. Thanks, let's keep this fun!

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Ratings

shannonlinde rated for TNW-ATC-Something from the Sea on Jul 22, 2014
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Comment: Hi Megan! Just checking in! I haven't received the ATC yet. I hate to rate a one, as I have never done that before, but I will surely change the rating if I receive the ATC. I am so sorry life has been hard. I know that happens sometimes. Take care and I'll re-rate as soon as I get the ATC. Thanks, Shannon
pennypuppy rated for Add a gnome to a pc #2 on Jul 15, 2014
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Comment: Love it! He looks so 'natural' in the photo-LOL!
fireyvalkyrie rated for A gnome and his/her pet ATC on Jul 11, 2014
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Comment: Wonderful Atc thank you
HeideC rated for Mini ATCs in a Matchbox on May 17, 2014
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Comment: Your matchbox and ATCs are very cute! I thought it was funny that the top card had a bee on it and I sent cards with bees as well!
TereDiane1954 rated for Photography Trail on May 8, 2014
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Comment: Hi, Meg! I loved everything about your package, even the box you made with a feather on the front. The photos were great. I enjoyed seeing your part of the country come into spring from all that ice-brrr! Thank you very much!
Response: Oh thank you, this was such a fun swap to do! Also, thanks for the shout -out on my Mail Art ;) See you in the mailbox again soon I hope!
anntabor rated for Mermaid Paper Art Doll Swap on Apr 5, 2014
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Comment: Your beautiful mermaid came today!! :) I love her!! Thank you so much for all the wonderful extras too - that was so sweet and thoughtful of you. What a great little package!
Response: Yes, I'm stoked that it made it! Also, that's wonderful that you love her & the extras, I do adore Merms & tend to go all out for such swaps. Enjoy!
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Comment: STUNNING!! You really have talent - much more than I! Thank you so much for the fabulous ATC. And I'm wondering what kind of feather you sent...
Response: Ooh, why thank you. :) I believe the feather is from a Barn Owl, it came from an old fly fisher who collected feathers.
wittmert rated for Handmade Dog Themed Postcard on Mar 17, 2014
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Comment: Thanks! Sorry for the slow rating.
Response: No worries! :) Thanks for rating, hope to swap with you again soon.
queenelisheba rated for Destash Your Craft Stash on Mar 10, 2014
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Comment: WOW! Thank you so much! Love everything!
Response: Thanks! I wish the 1st package had made it to you, but I'm so glad that you liked the second one!
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Comment: oops! thought I checked the heart box the first time around!. I will cherish your beautifully designed envie (loved that you added a mixed media element to it) and all the wonderful extras (so many stamps!!) - very, very thoughtful of you. I'm smiling. Dawn
Response: Thanks Dawn, I'm honored that you'll cherish my Mail Art. Also, it was my 1st time coloring that barn Owl stamp & am glad it turned out well. :)
lynnerfb rated for C♥W Witch's Bottle Swap 2 on Feb 22, 2014
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Comment: Wonderful bottle! I. Feel safe and blessed.
Response: I'm so glad that it resonated with you! Hopefully you can use the box I made for you too. :) Thanks for rating, and the heart.
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Comment: Yay! Thank you for the great mailart! Beautiful envelope and thanks for the goodies inside! XOXO
whytewillow rated for OMG 2014 hmpc on Feb 10, 2014
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Comment: Very nice whale...made me think of the whale songs from national geographic. Love whales. Thanks for resending. Was worth the wait. You're a peach.
Response: Oh yay, it made it! I love whales too, & I must admit that Humpbacks are my favorite. Thanks for your patience, hope to swap Mail Art with you again soon!
BetsyG rated for OMG 2014 hmpc on Feb 8, 2014
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Comment: I love your Heron post card. We have a lot of them around here, and I enjoy watching them take off.
Response: Ooh, I'm jealous! I birdwatch all summer & only get to see one on rare occasions. Thanks for rating, and for the heart!
MamaMangrove rated for MailArt: Year of the Horse on Feb 7, 2014
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Comment: Your skeletal horse cantered into my mailbox today. Thank you. I like your horse drawing on the address side as well. As for New Year rituals, well, I was born on Jan 1 (me and all the thoroughbreds become a year older on that day!), so I have all kinds of rituals!This year was one of those big milestones. If I was a thoroughbred I'd be put out to pasture!
Response: Hehe, well luckily crafting keeps you young. :) Happy belated Birthday & New Year., Keep on Gallopin'. Thanks so much for the rating & the Heart, hopefully we'll meet in the mailbox again soon. :)
GinaVisione rated for OMG 2014 hmpc on Feb 5, 2014
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Comment: Love those fishies! I've seen them in so many renditions in recent swaps. Thank you~
Response: I'm glad that you liked them, even though it seems that a whole school have swam through your mailbox lately. :)
Magickspirit51 rated for Mail Art: Birds! on May 10, 2013
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Comment: Thank you for the great envelope. I really find that I like owls, especially the snowy owl...great ATC of the snowy owl. Thanks.
couchart rated for I Love Ephemera! on Mar 17, 2013
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Comment: Megan, thanks for the cool package full of good ephemera. And I got a kick out of your collaged envie as well. All the best, Cynthia
Response: Glad it reached you safe & sound & you liked the shtuff, hope you find it all useful!
snoop rated for I Love Ephemera! on Mar 7, 2013
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Comment: Wow! Loved all the stuff! Thanks Alot Gonna use the leather one to fix my Blk car seats that split,lol Always a use for stuff. Haooy Swappin to you too!!!
Response: I'm glad that the package reached you safe & sound and you liked all the shtuff. I don't think I sent any leather bits tho, maybe the half sheet of magnetic paper? It's sticky on one side, you can stick images to it and cut it out and presto! you have handmade fridge magnets!
Jadebear rated for Fantasy Pen Pal on Feb 28, 2013
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Comment: Oh. My. Goodness. I got your package in the mail today, and I must say, it's probably the best thing I have ever recieved from someone on Swap-bot! The little book box is amazing, first of all. I really enjoyed your letter, and will write back either tonight or tomorrow. I'll definitely try to send it out this weekend, though. And I love the necklace, though the pearls came off during shipping, and just...wow!
Response: Well, this was one of my favorite swaps, so I really went all out. So glad you appreciated everything, and I would love to get a letter back from you! <3

Rating Overview

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Comments

cristie on Apr 3, 2013:

Hi! Just received your response letter (From Fantasy Penpal Swap). It was lovely to read! :) I will send you a reply as soon as I can, cheers!

Morgaine on Mar 25, 2013:

Welcome Welcome to Crafty Witches. Due to your rating, you have unrestricted access to any of the Group swaps. Thanks for joining!

Jadebear on Mar 19, 2013:

I'm really glad you liked it :) Your package made me EXTREMELY happy and inspired me to do something a bit more in reply :)

PJ on May 5, 2011:

No worries! Glad to hear it arrived!

Thanks for rating and for the kind words ...

FiWebster on Mar 23, 2011:

shoediva on Aug 7, 2010:

Hey! It's Kelly from MT. Not sure if you will check this while you are traveling, but I just thought I would write and give you my e-mail address. shoediva1969@gmail.com. I think it is so cool that you are traveling now. I can't wait to hear more about it. Hugs, Kelly

doortotheriver on Jul 17, 2010:

Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! That's super sweet of you :) I hope you're enjoying Watership Down <3 xx

ncfriend on Jul 16, 2010:

Sorry for the late rate for the stamps.. I did get them and they were SO CUTE! I already mounted them and have made several cards!! I have no earthly idea why I forgot to rate! Maybe I was busy playing with my piggies LOL. Excellent stamps and thank you for reading my profile!

TheBigB on Jun 25, 2010:

I did, I did! I totally loved it! I am going to try and send one back while I am on my trip.

apurplerat on Jun 16, 2010:

Hi Megan! I received yr beautiful envelope, goodies & nice letter today. Love, love love (as always) & thank you :]

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