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Date Joined: November 25, 2015
Last Online: June 18, 2018
Birthday: July 19
Country: Germany
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About Me

If for any reason you are ever unhappy with your swap from me, or an item is not received, please message me before rating, and we will always find a solution.

Hello, I am so glad you stumbled across my humble little abode here on swap-bot. My name is Serena. I am a 32 year old American expat living in Germany since 2008. I am married and have 2 little boys ages 4 and 6.

I guess if you made it thus far you probably want to know a bit more about me. Well lets see, I am originally from Portland, Oregon. So by nature I am a bit eclectic. I enjoy nature, history, arts, journaling, planning in my erin condren, crochet, reading, watching films and documentaries.

In general I am very kind, open minded, playful, like to think I have a good sense of humor. I am pretty easy to get along with and pretty hard to offend.

All of my swaps and penpals are prepared with lots of love and mindfulness put into them, I expect the same in return and place a very high value on follow through, people who don't ruin the fun for everyone.

If there is anything else you would like to know about me, do not hesitate to ask.

Please note mail coming from me ships from Germany. International mail can take longer.

Shipping to Germany

Please note on anything larger than an envelope from outside the European Union you will need to fill out a customs form. Please be sure and mark gift, as swaps are a gift and not a purchase.

The following items cannot be shipped to Germany:

  • Anything containing meat in any form

  • fresh dairy products such as cheese items

  • fresh plant products or mushroom

  • consumable dietary supplements

  • Any medications

  • Copyrighted materials like burned cds or dvds

  • Adult content, alcohol, cigarettes, weapons, drugs, anything illegal or endangered please do not send

Finished food items containing dairy are fine, as are commercial spices for cooking, body care, essential oils, cosmetics, etc.

Direct Shipping If you would like to save time or postage you are welcome to use either of my linked wish lists. You can log into Amazon.de with your normal American log in it is all connected, and there is an English option as well.


  • Colors: So lets talk color, really I like everything except neon colors and super duper pastel girlie patterns.

  • Tea: Thus far my only dislikes have been strongly vanilla, licorice, or sage flavors.

  • Smells: floral (exception lavender), Rose, vanilla (ok in mixes but no stand alone), patchouli, musks. I prefer natural scents strong synthetics especially cheap ones give me migraines. Drug store is usually totally fine, I mean like cheapo gift sets.

  • Books: Not a fan of harlequin style romance, now I will read a good love story but if the text includes the word bosoms, probably not for me. Additionally I am not a fan of political or heavily religious themes. I welcome historical but preferably not war history. Please reference my goodreads for ideas.

  • Craft supplies: I have bad experience with self inking stamps.

  • Food and treats: No bitter chocolate please. For safety reasons please only send food sealed and within usage dates.

Makeup and personal care: Nothing too bold, no red or brights, I am more neutral. Please no nail polish or files, I cannot wear it in my profession. Please only new on any cosmetic items.

Favorite Music

I enjoy a wide range of music. At the moment I am really enjoying hozeir, sorley, blutengel, faun.

I tend to be very fond of classics from patsy klein and elvis, to motown, joplin/frampton/floyd/king, 80's. As far as modern music I do like a lot of gothic synthipop (vnv nation, cruxshadows etc), as well as folk rock. Remember I told you eclectic. I also like some mainstream music as mentioned above, not so much modern pop and rap, its really hit or miss but I will listen to anything once.

I am always open to suggestions.

Favorite Books

I love reading it is one of my main hobbies.

I really enjoy dystopian series I have read hunger games, life as we know it, divergent. I also enjoy horror.

I also like to read nonfiction, especially about history .I enjoyed the call the midwife series.

I tend to also like self help topics especially pertaining to wellness, mindfulness.

I like to get my hand on bestsellers.

I will add a link to my goodreads which shows books read as well as wishlist. When in doubt I can always use American amazon giftcards my kindle is linked to my american amazon :)


Favorite Television

I really enjoy watching documentary like tv series on netflix like mystery at the museum, walking dead, the last ship, jane the virgin, The mentalist, call the midwife, american pickers, ancient aliens, storage wars, etc.

I have also watched the series breaking bad, bates motel, x files. I have been recently watching american horror story, pretty little liars, call the midwife.

As far as movies I generally do not watch movies multiple times unless my kids want to torture me with Baymax. I enjoy horror, thriller, comedy, historical fiction.

Favorite Crafts

I am starting to find my creative self right now I am enjoying the following:

  • Planning in my erin condren

  • Collaging

  • Creative journaling and listing

  • Crochet

  • Pocket letters/ happy mail


Here are some various things I like

  • Dia de los Muertos / sugar skulls

  • Lotus flowers

  • South American and native american items, especially colorful items

  • Owls

  • matryoshka dolls

  • Japanese/ zen imagery, buddhism

  • Nature themes

  • Butterflies

  • Purple, teal, colorful mixes of color


I enjoy surprises, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Amazon gift cards for the US for kindle books, I welcome freebie codes from swagbucks :)

  • I really love interactive mail like filled out journals, flipbooks, pocket letters

  • tea (including loose leaf)

  • Stationary

  • Decorative paper die cuts, or euphemera

  • Washi tapes, rolls or samples

  • Handmade items- see my pinterest wish list for ideas I have some patterns of items I soo badly wish someone could make for me

  • Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, or Stocking stuffers for me or my boys

  • Stamps and stencils, especially happy mail or planner themed

  • Stickers store bought or handmade

  • Snacks from around the world- I like sweet, salty savory, spicy.

  • Erin condren/ bullet /Travelors journal accessories

  • Cds from musicians I like

  • Items from my wishlists

  • Books from my good reads or related

  • Chocolate (favorites- chocri bars, Tonys chocolonly, reeces pieces and peanut butter cups especially holiday shapes)

Top 10 wish list

  1. Hoodie pull on size xl with design
  2. Breath be free washi set from Michaels
  3. Planner stamps or Stickers
  4. Book what I ate in 80 days by Peter metzel
  5. Van Gogh starry night washi
  6. Bullet Journal stencil
  7. Ancient Aliens Season 2 Region europe
  8. Tim holz oddities rubber stamp set
  9. Cloth pads
  10. Colored sharpies


lawchick rated for My September 2016. EDITED on Aug 29, 2017
Comment: We wrote back and forth a few times earlier this year about this one. It's been a year now..wanting to get this swap archived. If something arrives I'll be glad to change this rating.
Annalee rated for OPEN QUICK 50 sticker swap #51 on Apr 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you for great resend!
Hugsie86 rated for Washi Washi! on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: Update: April 19th, 2017 -- Your washi samples arrived! Not sure if it was the resend or the original, but I am happy it finally made it to me! I also really liked your selection. I can't wait to use it! That is why I have re-rated you a 5 :-) First rating explaination: Sorry to rate you so low. I did message you a few weeks ago to let you know that I hadn't received anything and you did say you would resend but I have yet to receive anything. I will re-rate if I ever receive your washi samples, but for now, I feel it's a fair rating.
Response: Not a Problem, a new one is on the way I hope it arrives soon.
kssunlover1947 rated for Washi Washi! on Apr 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for what you sent.
Response: Your welcome. Hope you have an awesome Easter :)
Esthercita79 rated for Washi Washi! 2 on Apr 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the washi 😊
Response: Yiour welcome hope you like them :)
Comment: Thank you! Very helpful items :D
Comment: Thank you! Lovely goodies :)
Umdragon rated for Happy Mail, Yay! - Christmas on Feb 1, 2017
Comment: Hi Serena!!! Finally this swap arrived in perfect shape <3!!! It took a While because we had a customs strikes and then with the whole christmas crazyness, but I'm happy to say I got everything! Thanks for the pretty things you sent me, they really made me happy :) Thanks!!!
greygooselime rated for 50 stickers -International on Jan 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the interesting selection of stickers!
romyisa78 rated for weekly presents January on Jan 21, 2017
Comment: thank you so much
Karen07 rated for My September 2016. EDITED on Jan 18, 2017
Comment: Hi Serena. Finally got it! The post office did not redeliver yesterday as they were supposed to, but I was off from work today and went and got it myself. I also received the happy mail that you sent a few days ago. I do like everything. You did a great job. I have of course not actually read it all yet and I'm looking forward to it. Thank you for all the extra effort you took to complete this swap. Hope that 2017 is great for you!
Response: Swap redone and heading your way. Hope you like it :)
Comment: I just opened up your envie full of other envies and boy, did it bring joy to my heart!!! Thank you so much, not only for your thoughtful and well-chosen items, but also for the love and care with which you packaged the whole thing and how each envie had a little theme to it. It warmed my heart and really did bring so many smiles :D Thank you SO much <3
reinerose rated for Big Christmas Gift Exchange on Dec 31, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much Happy Holidays!
Alisha98119 rated for Small Christmas Gift Exchange on Dec 16, 2016
Comment: Thanks! Merry Christmas!

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Lonestarchild on Dec 5, 2016:

Thank you so much for the big package for the menagerie tag. The stickers are great fun! I'm saving the wrapped package for my stocking for Christmas but am very very curious!! Thank you so much. Sheri

Lonestarchild on Oct 25, 2016:

Thank you for all the lovely little stickers! There's some very fun and very cute ones in this big pile! Looking forward to using these! Cheap Postage Tag Intl. Sheri

ariestess on Sep 26, 2016:

Thank you so much for the envelope of journaling and crafting paper goodies. That was very thoughtful of you.

ScrapLady on Jul 12, 2016:

July 12, 2016 QuickFriendly Profile Comment swap:
Hello Serena, You're orgininally from OR huh? I used to live in Idaho, and I LOOOOVED the Pacific Northwest area/mountains, streams, trees!! OMG just talking about it makes me miss it so much. I don't read as much as I used to, but I love fiction based on history too! I was an English major in College, but I haven't kept up with reading/books like you'd typically expect. I see that you love to crochet; I should learn because it's one of my favorite memories about Grandma, that she loved to crochet too. Well, I have a busy evening ahead of me, so I'm gonna say good bye. Very nice to "meet" you Serena. (I love your name--very pretty I think)

SavK87 on Jul 11, 2016:

Hello Serena! How are you doing? Hope you had a great weekend! First off...I can't believe that I found someone on here that LOVES Erin Condren planners! Which one do you have? I have the vertical life planner, which I bought back in October. I can't wait to buy my next one towards the end of this year. I'm always looking at all the cute stickers on etsy because I have no clue how to make them myself. Some other interests I share with you are journaling, crocheting, music, and reading. Have you tried out Bullet Journaling? I started earlier this year, and I'm loving it. It handy since I can't really take my Erin Condren everywhere with me. I hope you have a great week ahead. Take Care. Always, Savreet

MichelleGG2 on Jul 6, 2016:

Quick friendly Profile comment swap

Hello Serena, As I just finished reading your profile, I see that you are an avid reader and enjoy some of the same type of books as I do! I loved reading the Hunger Game Series! Have you read the Divergent Series or the book called The Humans by Matt Haig? I recommend both! I hope you have a super fantastic day and that you make many memorable moments with your boys, for they get big so fast!!

Cheers, MichelleGG

anrtist on May 24, 2016:

taeniura on Apr 2, 2016:

Thanks for your comment on my profile. I don't have a sewing machine, so I have stitched it by hand. You need two plastic sleeves that are about the same size. You can trim the upperside with scissors. Then put your plastic on a piece of coloured cardboard, and cut it the same size. Fold all 3 components in half. Make clear folds. Put them all three on each other, punch little holes in the middle, and stitch it with needle and thread. Begin in the middle and leave a loose end. When you're finished you have another loose end. Put a knot in both loose ends (as you can see in the middle of the booklet, there is a small knot in the thread). Some people use staples instead of sewing. If you work precizely, perhaps even tape will do. Just find out how it best work for you. The booklet was just an example. There are many possibilities :-) Hugs

Paige1900 on Apr 1, 2016:

Thank you for the lovely stickers for the Pick Two tag game.

CrystalZ on Apr 1, 2016:

Hello! I received the cool postcards today in the mail and I really like them & the extras! I love the decorated envelope as well..such a fun package to come home too :) Thank you!

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