Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2020 9:31 am


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Last Online: February 27, 2020
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
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About Me

I love to read. Especially books that are based on a true story or non-fiction books. I read and write English and German fluently.

I'm on Postcrossing, sending and receiving postcards from all over the world (see links above).

I like singing in the choir and in the shower; listening to good music; stickers; bright colors like red, yellow, and purple; the fall season with its colorful leaves; wildflowers, poppies, sunflowers, dandelions; the smell of the air after rain; salamanders, butterflies, ladybugs, snails, squirrels; traveling notebooks, handmade postcards; sitting under a tree and enjoying the nice weather and the things around me; berries and bananas, good food; sunsets; taking photographs with my digital camera; close-up pictures; my hometown Lübeck where I grew up; watching a landscape from a plane; going to church on Sunday morning; cute socks; chocolate, filled gingerbread hearts; true stories.

I reuse packaging. It's fun to do and saves a lot of resources.

Favorite Crafts

Handmade postcards, journaling (drawing, writing, glueing, pockets,...), traveling notebooks (or single letter (8"x11") or A4 sized pages to collect to make a book), ATCs. I like to crochet, my ultimate goal is to be able to read and follow all the patterns... I love scrapbooking quality stickers, especially travel and nature themes.

Favorite Music

Classical (e.g. Bach); contemporary Christian (e.g. Keith and Kristyn Getty, Michael Card, Michael W. Smith); The Mamas and the Papas

Favorite animals

Salamanders and newts, birds (especially the small songbirds and ducks), interesting insects, snails, sheep, and in general any wildlife.

Favorite Books

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Safely Home (Randy Alcorn), The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith; still looking for vol. 15 The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café) and the books for young readers), Schindler's List (Thomas Keneally), the Bible, Moomin books. In general, I like non-fiction and fiction based on a true story. I like it if I can learn something interesting in an enjoyable way. I can read English and German fluently. For a list of books that I'm looking for so I can read them please check out my Bookcrossing wishlist and my Amazon wishlist (I'd be happy with anything in used condition, doesn't have to be new and of course you don't have to buy at Amazon).

I'd also appreciate suggestions for good free or inexpensive ebooks for iOS, Kindle, or Nook.

Favorite Television and Movies

Television: Monk, Star Trek Voyager, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces, The Amazing Race, Survivor

Movies: Ice Age, Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Copying Beethoven, The Final Inquiry. Hayao Miyazaki's films, such as Howl's Moving Castle. Kung Fu Panda.

Other Favorites

Colors: Red, orange, yellow; rich jewel-tone colors.

Things to eat and drink: Berries and other fruit, chocolate (good quality, preferably fair trade, no cheap brands like Hersheys...), filled gingerbread hearts/cookies. The only teas I care for are herbal teas, especially the fruity ones. Rosehip with hibiscus is one of my favorites.

Postcards: I love Maxi cards. "Maximum card: a picture post card that has an illustration, stamp and cancel all with a common theme." I'm also thrilled, if you just use a stamp matching the theme on the picture side to send your postcard.

Some of my favorite postcard topics are: reading/books; music/instruments; wildflowers; fruit; native plants and animals; National parks; newts and salamanders or other amphibians; songbirds, ducks, owls, and other birds; Christianity.

Instead of writing a note on a swap card or memo sheet (swap and who it's from), when sent with swap package, I would love if you wrote all that information on a postcard and sent it in the swap package!

I enjoy my iPad, so if you have a favorite app, please advise me. I don't play games often, but a few that I have enjoyed on the iPad or the PC are: "Where's My Water?", "Plants versus Zombies", "Edna & Harvey" (my husband and I enjoyed playing the original German version together) and most recently "Monument Valley".


Shoe size 40-41 German, 9 1/2 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex 2XL. Socks should be at least 50% cotton or other natural fiber, my feet sweat too much in acrylic. T-shirts cotton only, no acrylic mix. I'd be especially happy to get something made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material.


  • Any kind of handmade "book" (e.g. handmade notebook, altered book,chunky book, nice deco, art journal, travel journal, mini scrapbook, upcycled smashbook for me to fill)
  • Something to help me learn Spanish (e.g. a postcard written in simple Spanish by you, a children's book, a link to another good App that I can use in addition to DuoLingo)
  • Books to read (see wishlist - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Postcard books
  • Small books that I can best describe as small coffee table books, i.e. probably not larger than 6inx6in or 15cmx15cm, lots of beautiful pictures to look at, not much text. This is one example that I have already enjoyed: Furry Logic
  • Moleskine like notebooks (the real thing or imitations. I would love The Little Prince or Lego special edition!) . Cahier style notebooks are also great.
  • nice Lefthanded item (calendar, tool, ...)
  • interesting paper, maybe with something embedded or a cool texture... (anything at least the size of an ATC is fine)
  • adhesive for scrapbooking (double sided photo safe tape, glue dots, photo corners, and other items, as long as they are archival/photo safe quality)
  • alphabet stickers and travel themed stickers (also good quality for scrapbooking)
  • Clothing made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material
  • fair trade items (e.g. coin purse, ornament, bracelet, small notebook) or even one you bought in a scratch and dent sale and fixed yourself. I love bargains and I love it when the person who originally made the item gets a fair price for it.
  • yarn for crocheting, especially worsted weight, but any kind would be cool. Even 1oz for small projects. Or unusual stuff like twine...
  • Anything from my Universal wishlist on Amazon

Items my husband would enjoy:

  • anything related to pinball
  • large soaps (preferably 7oz/200g or larger; he especially likes fruity scents like strawberry and more masculine smells like mint and unscented)
  • bar of shave soap
  • good quality black liquorice (such as Katjes (Tappsy are his very favorite!), Haribo, or Panda brands)
  • audio books on CD to listen to on his commute

Please don't send

  • Please don't send me anything that smells smoky. It makes me sneeze and the smell is so hard, if not impossible, to get out.
  • I don't have holes in my ears, so I don't wear earrings.
  • I don't like any kind of coffee. And I don't like peanuts (I'm not allergic, so traces are fine, but please not peanut butter cups etc.). I don't care for black or green tea very much (even the flavored ones), but I do like fruity herbal teas.
  • When sending craft supplies, used stamps and such are fine, but don't send me photocopies of mediocre quality on regular paper or something like that.
  • I'm trying to de-clutter my home. So lots of extras won't earn you a heart. I try to swap and wish for only things that I can use. I'd be much happier about one well thought out swap item or one little carefully selected extra.


Comment: Thanks for the balloon pc!
Comment: Thank you for a beautiful verse on the adorable Route 66 postcard!! Smiles😊
Comment: I absolutely love the tag you created! Such a fun variety of materials and colours and you even decorated the back. Thank you!
Comment: Some of the things that you listed are the same as mine. Thanks for the great postcard.
LivingInSong rated for PH: List 5 Series - Songs on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Swantje for the lovely postcard! I enjoyed hearing what some of your favorite songs were. "Be Though My Vision" is also one of my favorites too! :) Have a lovely day and thank you again!
riftvegan rated for Interest me no. 77 on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the book page... I read Michelle Obama's Becoming last year, and enjoyed it. Awesome that you read books in different languages!
Kokoxo rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ Romans on Feb 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the resend! 💖 Lovely PC and verse you chose, happy swapping! xoxo
LadyJo rated for TCHH - Let's get Organized! on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great ideas! I do some of the same. Thank you for the neat card too!
Comment: I love chocolate also! Thanks for the drool worthy pc!
Comment: Some great goals you have for this year! Thank you for the nice postcard !
CHOWEFACE rated for PH: Send a Naked Postcard #3 on Jan 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the Rose Bowl card!
mindy rated for CPG: 2020 resolutions 🎉 global on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: I might borrow some of those resolutions! All the best in 2020!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I liked reading what you do for encouragement.
Comment: Sounds like it will be a busy year for you!! Good luck with all of your resolutions. PS Tossing out items you don't need is the best feeling!
Response: Especially if they can be donated to help/be treasured by somebody else.
LadyJo rated for WIYM: 20 Goals for 2020 on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: Great Goals! I have some goals like yours! Thank you for sharing!
goinjenny rated for PH: Christmas Package & PCs on Dec 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you
e2java rated for Very fast swap.... on Dec 20, 2019
Comment: What a beautiful and sparkly card. Merry Christmas!
Mugsie rated for Interest ME #3 on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! Seems like an interesting book. Thanks for joining in my swap! Merry Christmas!
sharmison33 rated for WIYM - Colour a postcard on Dec 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. Merry Christmas!
DixieDiane rated for CF christmas card on Dec 14, 2019
Comment: What a lovely card. I love pop up cards. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas. Thank you for joining my swap

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CariahCreates on Feb 26, 2020:

Thank you for the surprises you sent me and my chemo angel patient for my CPG wishlist!

colleenbUSA on Feb 11, 2020:

Thanks so much for the chocolate for CPG February wishes! I've only tried one so far and it was very good!

chimerix on Feb 10, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful earring! What a lovely item to receive. Thank you for granting one of my wishes from my CPG Feb Wishlist.

OrigamiGrace on Jan 31, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful crocheted potholder from my January wishlist at the Wishlist group! I love it!! And the color red is perfect for my kitchen!! Many thanks!

simcoe54 on Jan 16, 2020:

CPG: January Wishes -- Amazing banknote and coins. Thanks so much for them and for thinking of me. Can't wait to add them to my collectio.

Mrrranda on Jan 15, 2020:

Thank you for the lucky cat and the warm socks from my January wishlist!

colleenbUSA on Jan 14, 2020:

Thank you so much for the January CPG wish I’d face masks! I’ve never tried gel ones, I’m excited to try them!

lindseyjae on Jan 13, 2020:

Thanks so much for the CPG Jan. wish! I love the planner stickers you sent!

TeaNi on Jan 8, 2020:

Thank you so very much

for the wonderful buffalo check scarf and the fruity lip balms you sent for my November/December wishes! They're both delightful and brightened my mailbox! :)

zurdoswifey on Dec 30, 2019:

Thank you so much for the card for my daughter and the very generous envie of Christmas you sent for my Dec Wishlist...I feel so spoiled 💜

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