Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2021 12:28 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2014
Last Online: January 16, 2021
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! I'm Barbie (she/her), a queer librarian from Virginia. I am interested in long letter writing and finding a new penpal or two. I love to write, and on occasion doodle some. :) Recently, I've been starting to get back into watercolor and mail art, and swapping is perfect for that. It is nice to have a prompt to follow.

In terms of swapping, I like getting to know people and just chatting. Write about anything you like! I like finding out about daily life in different places. Long rambling letters are the best. I really do want to know the ins and outs of what you had for dinner and all about that cute noise your dog just made. If you ever would like a reply, just make sure to let me know! My favorite part about all of this is making connections with people around the world and sending little happy gifts.

I'm also very happy to give book recommendations (really it is my job as a reader's advisory focused librarian... but I never really stop. Ask any of my friends). If we're matched up and you don't know what to write about, I'd love to know what books you've enjoyed.

I'm very into the idea of using what you have on hand/making something/supporting artists. Right now it feels like so much of the world is obsessed with buying things and for me, swapping is about creating and sharing. If you have the bandwidth and it isn't specifically against the swap rules, I'd love to see what you make! Even if you think you aren't artistic, I will love it! I also acknowledge that not everyone (including myself at times) has the energy to get creative, so please send as you are able. Adjacent to that, typed letters are always ok with me.

The list of interests/favorites below is just a list of ideas, because I know I worry about sending things that aren't what the recipient will like and don't want you to feel anxious about it if I can share a bit here. Feel free to "go rogue". :)

Swapping Information

Update 12/10: We have a new stay at home order in Virginia, so I'm going to be checking my PO box a little less frequently (once a week at most). I'll send out more often as there is a drop box at the end of my block. I hope everyone is staying safe and well!

Interests and Favorite Things

I like a lot of different things, and I'm a big nerd about all of them. :) Do we share any interests? I'd love to know!

My interests include:

  • science fiction books, film, and TV (see the list of favorite media for examples)
  • really any books/reading/storytelling
  • fine art, graphic design, and illustration (I'd love to discuss your favorite artists!)
  • creepy things... written, visual, the general sense of unease that comes from walking around in the wee hours of the morning...
  • outsider art
  • cryptids, specifically I have a sweet spot for Mothman, but any cryptid is delightful.
  • witchy things (I'm a practicing witch)
  • horror
  • history and historical clothing (#historybounding, Edwardian in particular)
  • ghost stories... have you been haunted?
  • vintage clothing (I like to wear and make)
  • vintage/retro themes - 1990s and all the way back in time ;)
  • old photographs, especially of normal everyday people doing anything
  • zines
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • all things to do with plants/nature (houseplant parent)
  • bicycling (I commute by bike in the non-covid times)
  • thunderstorms (what is your earliest memory of a storm? How did you feel?)
  • environmentalism (because the climate crisis is a big part of why we are in trouble)
  • LGBTQIA+ awesomeness
  • comics/graphic novels (Do you prefer superheroes or literary storytelling?)
  • bullet journaling/sketchbooks
  • vintage embroidery and cross stitch (I specifically collect finished pieces, but I like the kits as well)
  • music and making playlists (folk music is my fav, but I like it all really... see media below)
  • sitting in nature (especially near water, the sound is perfect)
  • cemeteries
  • houseplants
  • dinosaurs (triceratops for life, but all dinos are good dinos)
  • old computer interfaces/memes
  • #cottagecore

I'm not very good at cooking - but I'd love recipes/tips! (esp. dairy free)

I love talking about or collecting stickers, art, stamps, and postcards on any of these topics. Do we share any interests? Let me know! I'd love to chat. :)

I love actual vintage and old stuff. Reproduction is ok, but I prefer when it is old, a little scuffed and loved. These tidbits of history just make me smile.

Update on the stamp collecting... I've recently gone down a rabbit hole of youtube videos and research and I LOVE IT. What should a new philatelist know? I've received some AMAZING stamps in swaps now and it is just delightful (thank you to those who've sent them!). I also prefer stamped mail if you have stamps. It is fun to see the art on them. :)

In terms of "aesthetic" I'm drawn to the grittier/dark/creepy looks, and I love when things are just a little rough around the edges or off kilter a bit. I am also into more "adult" themed things and would be happy to receive them. Basically, the weirder the better.

I do drink coffee and tea (both black and plain). I have a fair amount of allergies, so please don't send tea unless it is a tea specific swap (I probably won't sign up for any).

Favorite Media

Thought I'd add a section with some of my favorite media as I see it on other people's profiles and find it helpful. I'd love to know if we have any shared interests! (This is a blend of movies/tv/books/podcast/contentcreators/fandoms/etc... I put them all together in my head).

  • Twin Peaks
  • Time Team
  • Lore Podcast
  • Star Trek
  • Carl Sagan
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • Buzzfeed Unsolved/Watcher Network
  • Gravity Falls
  • Unexplained Podcast
  • Supernatural
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Indigo Girls
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
  • Iron and Wine
  • The Addams Family
  • Wes Anderson (most of the time)
  • Rainbow Brite
  • Sherlock Holmes (the original text)
  • Ologies Podcast
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Stephen Graham Jones

I'll probably add more/take things off as my brain switches to other things. :)

Please y'all....

I hate that I have to put this, but I received something that made me pretty upset, so I'm making a more distinct section.

Please do not send or write anything in a letter that is homophobic, transphobic, racist, misogynistic, or generally mean (to anyone). It is very hurtful and dehumanizing.


Comment: Love the postcard! My goal for 2020 was 50,too and I decided to make it 75 this year! What a coincidence! Happy reading! ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the NYC postcard! I love that the World Trade Center Towers are in the background. I would love to visit, but have never been there.😣
Comment: Thank you for the puffin postcard. I have the same set of animal postcards and have a hard time parting with them, so I'm always happy when I get one in the mail. :) How fun that you let your bookstore pick books for you! I love surprises. Thanks again for brightening my day!
LadyJo rated for CPG Jan 2021 SC PC - Global on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Yes, I love the post card you sent my way! I like those flowers as well. Winter being my least favorite is because of the lack of flowers. Thank you!
rhinoluvr rated for PH: List 5 Series - Plans for 2021 on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: Hi Barbie! Thanks so much for the surreal postcard, & your positive message and 2021 plans. I wish you luck in accomplishing them. Take care & have FUN! ;)
SatisHuman rated for Black/White Postcard Swap #77 on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great card. I don't know much about art but I do appreciate it!
Comment: I think it's great that you're commuting by bicycle. I'd love to commute to work by bike, but I live just a little too far from work, have to wear too fancy of clothes for work, and a lot of our Arizona weather doesn't really allow for it. I feel like it helps more than "just a little", I think that you're doing a lot - keep up the awesome work! Best, Rick
SciFiSama rated for book recommendation on a postcard on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Hey Barbie- Thank you so much for the postcard and great book recommendation! It’s definitely going on my to be read list!
rogo09 rated for Non- Touristy Postcard Swap USA #21 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Eeewwwwww. Pickle cake??? Doesn't look good to me. I'm a chocolate cake fan. Happy Swapping.
lboogs42 rated for Non- Touristy Postcard Swap USA #21 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: I love the card! Thank you and Happy New Year
Comment: Thanks for the pc. Holidays were hard this year for me. Have a good day
nanadiana rated for WIYM: Unique PC #3 on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your very unique postcard. That's a very creative artist! Thank you also for the bat info. You asked what my favorite nocturnal animal is and the answer is a raccoon. We have one that sits on our front porch and sets off the camera at night. Kind of fun to watch. Take care and thanks again!
SGriffin rated for Ugly PC Swap # 22 on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
CraftyShana76 rated for Sticker Slapped PC #3 on Jan 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
SETSigningOFF rated for Sticker Slapped PC #3 on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Hi there! Thanks for sending your PC my way. Loved the stickers! Especially the whale and the crab in a bottle! All the best in 2021, Sarah
mchesser12 rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #48 on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the Edgar Allen Poe postcard and sharing about Richmond, VA. I do not have an all-time favorite poet, but I do enjoy poetry. I've been sick and catching up on ratings. Happy New Year!
Comment: great letter! thank you!
Response: You're welcome! :)
Comment: Thank you for the letter! I really enjoyed reading it & will definitely reply.
Response: You're welcome! <3
Comment: This is soooooo cool and creepy and weird! I absolutely love every bit of it! The pen drawings were so enticing and matched your cryptid theme perfectly. I'll be keeping this somewhere extra special so it doesn't get ruined. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like it. :) Hope you are well!
cynaemon rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #49 on Dec 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks.
Response: You're welcome!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


captkristi on Nov 17, 2020:

Hey Barbie!! I am inviting you to the Sunshine Mail group because I am hosting all kinds of homemade PC swaps and I too LOVE watercolor. If it seems like something you would enjoy, please join us :) If not, that's ok too!!

ittybittykitty on Oct 1, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Traceyk on Aug 27, 2020:

Hi Barbie! Thanks for the postcard! That was so thoughtful of you. I hope you're having a great day! :)

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