Swap-bot Time: January 26, 2021 10:45 am


Date Joined: February 11, 2020
Last Online: January 26, 2021
Birthday: December 13
Country: Germany

About Me

Hi! I live in Germany and love finding something other than ads and bills in my mailbox. :) I used to host and participate in swaps between 2003 and 2007 in Yahoo! Groups, one of which I co-ran for a of couple years. Earlier this year I was reminiscing about those times and came across Swap-bot. It has been the highlight of my year to rediscover swapping on here!

I'm now in my mid-30s, no children, and I still love cute and beautiful stationery, stickers, and writing supplies! Some more things I enjoy are:
- Flow Magazine
- childhood stories and illustrations
(for example, I love the stories I grew up with by Astrid Lindgren and their classic illustrations by Ilon Wikland)
- the MBTI - I'm an INFP!
- history
- learning about different people and cultures
- languages (working on Spanish and Russian)
- traveling!


I grew up in the US and have been living in Germany for over 10 years. I have been to quite a few cities in Europe, but am determined to see many more. I really enjoy northern cities like Reykjavík, Dublin, and Amsterdam, but also love the south of France in the summer and places with Mediterranean flair.

Top 5 places I want to go:
- south of Spain
- Norway
- Sweden
- Russia
- and Provence while the lavender is blooming!


Swap-bot has been amazing at getting me in touch with my creativity! Through swaps I have learned about and made my first ATCs, mini pocket letters, flipbooks, and lots of decorated envelopes. I have so many ideas and things I still want to try and I love making something special for my swap partners. At the beginning of the year I didn't know about clear stamps or die cutting machines, but now I have both. It's amazing how quickly craft and stationery supplies can accumulate once you have an excuse to buy them. How have I gotten so many rolls of washi tape in a matter of months? I love it!


I'm not picky, but if you need ideas for a swap, I love to receive all sorts of paper goodies, such as:

  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • die cuts
  • cut-outs
  • tags
  • journaling cards
  • embellishments
  • paper clips
  • vintage ephemera
  • interesting book pages, especially from old children's books
  • used postage stamps
  • letter and note paper
  • envelopes
  • postcards

I love bright colors, but also cute pastels and subdued earthy tones. My favorite colors are turquoise, burgundy, light greens, and peachy pinks.

I love big bold florals and cute illustrations. I'm especially into cute dinosaurs and currently loving foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels, and other woodland critters and themes, like mushrooms and Autumn leaves.

An ABC of themes I like:

A – Animals, Adventure, Advent
B – Butterflies, Buttons, Berries, Bicycles, Books, Botanical
C – Color, Cuteness, Candy, Citrus, Clouds, Coffee
D – Dinosaurs, Dragons, Daydreams, Doodles
E – Europe
F – Family, Flowers, Florals, Foxes, Food
G – Gnomes, Gingerbread
H – Hygge, History, Hedgehogs, Houses
I – Illustrations, Introverts
J – Jokes
K – Keepsakes, Keys
L – Love, Letters, Lists, Languages, Lemons
M – Matryoshkas, Mushrooms, Mysteries, Mediterranean
N – Night, Nature
O – Oceans
P – Paper, Pens, Positivity, Patterns, Plants, Piglets, Penguins, Polar Bears
Q – Quotes, Quiet
R – Rainbows, Rain
S – Seas, Shells, Sunshine, Stars, Snow, Squirrels, Snails, Sarcasm
T – Travel, Trees, Thrifting, Tea
U – Umbrellas, Upcycling
V – Violet, Velvet, Vintage
W – Washington (State), Waterfalls, Woodlands, Wildflowers, Westies
X – Xenophilia
Y – Yesteryears, Yore
Z – Zoological

I especially enjoy illustrated postcards and cute or beautiful postage stamps.

I really love so many different things, so don't worry too much and feel free to surprise me. I love seeing your personal touch!


AmaranthSpirit rated for EML: Cardboard Postcard Swap on Jan 22, 2021
Comment: I love the card, thank you so much <3 I hope you all stay safe and well!
Response: I'm so glad it reached you and that you like it! Thank you for your patience and the fun swap! ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard from Munchen.
Response: Glad to hear it has reached you! ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much for thinking of me =) I LOVE your letter, the beautiful cat postcard and the amazing cat you draw on the envelope. Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you liked it! ❤️
Comment: Sorry for the delay, I wasn't at home for a few days. But yeah, your swap has finally arrived! Thank you so much! The soft colors are so nice, the envelope looks really pretty. Take care & stay healthy!
Response: I'm so glad to hear it finally arrived! ☺️ Hope your year is off to a good start! ❤️
Petaltea rated for EML: Postcard Swap #9 on Jan 7, 2021
Comment: Yes indeed! Let’s keep our hopes up for a better year! take care!
Response: Thank you! ❤️
Comment: Hello Donate!!! OMG your swap only arrived today! But it was worth the wait!! It's really cute! I really like the tag you made :) Thank you very much!! Have a wonderful 2021!
Response: I'm so glad it has finally arrived and that you like it! I was going to ask you and make a new one this week, so I'm really glad to hear that. You have a wonderful 2021, too, and take good care of yourself! ❤️
Comment: Danke liebe Donate, dass Du aus den winzigen Swaps einen so wunderbaren Tag gemacht hast! Ich war vor Weihnachten nur froh vor dem lockdown noch alles unter Dach und Fach zu bringen. Und Du zauberst da einfach mal drauf los. WOW! Hab ein fabelhaftes Silvester und ein grandioses und gesundes 2021 ✨🎉🍄
Response: Ich freue mich so sehr das es Dir so gut gefallen hat! Es hat Spaß gemacht. Ich hoffe, das Jahr hat für Dich gut angefangen und wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie ein gutes und gesundes neues Jahr! ❤️
Comment: Wow, danke schöööön :) Ich bin ganz hin und weg, dass Du Dir so viel Mühe gemacht hast. Danke ✨ Und die Anhänger sind ja super toll (scratch)!!!
Response: ❤️
Comment: Danke, danke, danke, dass Du Dir die Zeit genommen hast, den Swap so liebevoll zu gestalten!!!!! You‘ve made my day :) :) Ich freu mich unendlich über die 3 swaps in diesem Folder!!! Und über die fabelhafte Weihnachtskarte ✨🌲✨
Response: ❤️
Comment: Thank you - I love the postcard! I hope your holidays are happy and cozy! Take care! ❤️
Response: So glad to hear it reached you and even before Christmas! Thank you for the nice rating. Happy holidays and take good care! ❤️
Comment: Vielen lieben Dank für deine grandiose Weihnachtskarte. Oh ja diese Gerüche gehören definitiv zu Weihnachten...und jetzt wünsch ich dir einen entspannten dritten Advent.
Response: Danke! ❤️ Ich wünsche dir auch einen schönen dritten Advent!
Tara rated for Mini PL christmas on Dec 5, 2020
Comment: Your mini pl is very nicely done. Thank you. And yes, I agree- it’s so nice to get to whip out the christmas craft supplies. I have more than I could ever use tho 😬
Response: I already have so much, too, and I just started crafting this year! I bought some Christmas supplies on sale at the beginning of the year. 😄 Glad to hear you received my mini pocket letter. Merry Christmas! ❤️
NorthVanKnittr rated for WIYM: Say ....WHAT???? on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your post card, i loved the story about the knitting conspiracy. I for one will not be giving up my merino sweater to plug the ozone hole.
Response: Haha, I'm glad you liked it! I don't actually knit, but saw that you do and then it just came to me. 😄❤️
Artistic rated for Corona-letter on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing about this crazy, challenging, weird year!
Response: Let's hope the next one gets much better! Take care! ❤️
LinSoles rated for SiE: Advent Calendar #6 on Nov 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely advent swap. The blue washi is my favorite. Love it. And the tea smells really good. Hope you have a lovely holiday season.
Response: Enjoy! 🙂
Comment: Vielen lieben Dank für deine schicke Weihnachtskarte. So wirklich in Weihnachtsstimmung bin ich noch nicht, obwohl wir bereits gestern Abend von der Arbeit eine virtuelle Weihnachtsfeier a la UGLY SWEATER Party hatten...Und jetzt wünsch ich Dir einen schönen ersten Advent.
Response: Ohh, interessant! Ich hoffe es hat Spaß gemacht und wünsche dir einen schönen ersten Advent! 🙂❤️
roosje rated for EML: Christmas/Winter Postcard Swap on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: Hi Donate, thank you so much for the beautiful postcard. I love your decorations and your handwriting too! We defenitely need some time to warm up to the coming season! Happy Holidays!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! Thank you for the nice comment and rating and I hope you have a nice holiday season! 🙂❤️
Inger71 rated for SIE: Early Christmas postcard ⛄ #2 on Nov 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful card 🥰
Response: Thank you! Glad you liked it and hope you have a wonderful holiday season! 🙂❤️
Comment: Thanks ever so much for the postcard. The pudding is made and now maturing for Christmas! Best wishes for the festive season as it arrives.
Response: So interesting! Maybe someday I can try an English Christmas pudding. 🙂 Enjoy! ❤️
Comment: Thank you very much for this postcard. Have a Merry Christmas
Response: Thank you and a Merry Christmas to you, too! ❤️

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weatherwax on Dec 24, 2020:

Frohe Festtage!!!! Hab ein wunderbares und gemütliches Weihnachtsfest, genieße die Feiertage und bleib gesund!

Alles Liebe <3

simplykaren on Dec 13, 2020:

thank you

Thank you for your sympathy!♥

simplykaren on Dec 13, 2020:

thank you

Thank you for your sympathy!♥

noname13 on Dec 13, 2020:

🎄 Hallo Donate, vielen Dank für deine "Danke-Karte" mit dem Weihnachtsmarkt. Der fehlende Weihnachtsmarkt dieses Jahr ist echt wirklich schade, ich bin sonst mindestens dreimal die Woche abends nach Feierabend einfach auf einen Glühwein und eine kleine Leckerei. Ich liebe einfach die Gerüche auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt. Liebe Grüße aus Braunschweig, Andrea 🎄

thisismeAXiD on Dec 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

LadyJo on Nov 20, 2020:

Thank you for the Birthday post card! I had a wonderful day! The kids even got me an ice cream cake! Yum!

LavenderSprinkles on Sep 23, 2020:

Thank you!

djcamp04 on Aug 27, 2020:

Thank you @LiliLuv Dad’s card did arrive today! He is still enjoying his birthday month. Thank you for helping put a smile on his face. ❤️

Jessysutanto on Aug 5, 2020:

"It's always seems impossible until it's done." -Nelson Mandela

strawberrymilkmade on Aug 4, 2020:

You're so lucky to have moved to Germany from the US! I'm still here, but at least I'm in California. If you ever wish for a new pen pal (now or later, when the world is healed), feel free to reach out! :)

PS Yay Summer!

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