Swap-bot Time: July 4, 2020 1:43 pm


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Last Online: July 4, 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: The Good Doctor, 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. Big Hero 6.

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.


ccmmsu rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #1 - US Only on Jul 3, 2020
Comment: Hi Swantje! I got your resend. Thank you so much for the lovely notecard and postcard. I bet those plaid pants were super cool back in the day. :) I had a blue & green plaid shirt that probably would have matched them. Hope you have a great summer!
grammypammy rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ JOB on Jul 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for postcard and verse!
tcornell rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #4 - US Only on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much, I really appreciate the translations too!
Barbara rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ 1 & 2 Timothy on Jun 16, 2020
Comment: Hi Swantje, Thank you for the very interesting image postcard and beautiful Bible quote.
Comment: Thank you for showing off your hometown with the Pasadena postcard and for sharing 1 Thessalonians 3:13.
Comment: Thank you for the list and pc. I never thought about stickers on fruit and veggies. Your first was books, right? You have a small handwriting.
DRMOM rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #3 - US Only on Jun 15, 2020
Comment: These photos are stunning and I can't wait to use them in my art. I love purple. Thank you for the lovely note and beautiful photos. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thanks for this fun swap featuring a produce theme - yum! The notecards you sent are beautiful :) Also love the holographic fruit washi on the envie - wherever did you get it?? Thanks again!
Response: If it’s the washi with the silver fruit, that’s a from a washi sample I got from another swapper.
craftykathy1 rated for CSG ~ Pocket Praise on Jun 10, 2020
Comment: I like your flip envelope style. Very neat. Thank you for the reminder in Habakkuk. I do need to focus more on God's promises lately. Thank you for the pretty bookmark as well. It's wonderful that you have so many things to be thankful for. I try to do that on a daily basis these days, but sometimes I don't see them as readily. Blessings to you and your family.
Response: I’m glad you like everything. Blessings to you and your family as well.
Barbara rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ Esther on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you Swantje
Comment: The postcard you sent is so beautiful! I found myself wanting to live on that street! I love celebrating the resurrection of Jesus too! Spring is such a blossoming time of year so there's so much to enjoy.
Comment: Thank you! I hope you eat all of your favorite flavors this summer!
mchesser12 rated for TCHH ~ Postcard w/Prompt on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the Los Angeles postcard. My desk and counter tops are messy with stacks of things. I really need to go through the stacks.
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Comment: We read many of the same authors. I've not heard of Max Lucado, but his books look good. I will give him a try. Thank you! *I forgot* I love your PC of the artichoke. Cool photography.
Comment: Thank you! That tree is absolutely gorgeous!
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG Made w/Washi PC - Global on May 23, 2020
Comment: Yay, I love this pc! Thanks so much!
anely73 rated for CPG Made w/Washi PC - US only on May 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a lovely postcard!
Comment: A great list of fun outdoor things! Thanks for sharing!

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CarlyJo on Jun 24, 2020:

Thank you so much for my june wishlist items of animal stickers! Woa you packed it full and I love the variety of big cats! Thank you! Cpg

simcoe54 on Jun 13, 2020:

PH: My Requests Tag -- Thanks for the great postcards. They are perfect for my collection.

simcoe54 on May 21, 2020:

CPG: May Wishes -- Thanks for the May Wishes. Love the postcards and stickers.

LadyJo on May 19, 2020:

Thank you for CPG May wish! I will be excited to mail out pc to friends and family in Retirement homes! Thank you for the postage too!

noname13 on May 19, 2020:

Dankeschön für die Geburtstagskarte für die CPG May wishlist! Liebe Grüße, Andrea.

anicka22 on May 19, 2020:

Thank you so much for the pretty notecards for my CPG wishlist

OrigamiGrace on May 18, 2020:

Thank you so much for the nice fabric facemask from my May CPG Wishlist - much needed and much appreciated!!

ChrisAnne on May 12, 2020:

Thank you for the CPG Tag, You're It goodies. I will definitely put them to good use.

jeka396 on May 9, 2020:

Thanks so much for the notecards and stickers for the CPG May wishlist. Notecards are super nice and I’ll be using them very soon I’m sure!

LavenderSprinkles on May 7, 2020:

Thank you for the LSRUS May Wish, it is lovely!

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