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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: October 20, 2018
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
My postcard site
My creative blog
Postcrossing - My favorite place on the Web
My Book Wishlist at bookcrossing
My Etsy Favorites

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 Luebeck 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".

Clothing

Shoe size 40-41 German, 9 1/2 US. Size for T-shirts: XL. 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.

Wishlist

  • 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.
  • I don't really like Pooh the Bear very much...
  • 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.

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Comment: I also love cherry blossoms! I was born in DC, but I haven't lived there for a long time. We had cherry trees in our back yard when I was growing up, and we used to drive through Kensington when everything was in bloom just to enjoy all the spring beauty. Your card brought back some great memories. Thanks, and happy swapping!
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Fabriqueen rated for TCHH ~ Verse of the Month PC on Sep 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful verse on a lovely PC! Hugs, Diane
BrendaB rated for IS: not-a-real-postcard swap on Sep 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the yummy "not-a-real" postcard! I'm sure I've seen these at Aldi which has a lot of German products. :D
Response: Yes, ALDI has these for the Christmas season.
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Comment: Thank you for the Pasadena postcard, Swan!
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Comment: Thank you!
joybookpages rated for CSG~Scripture Postcard #2 on Sep 1, 2018
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Comment: Hi Swan, great scripture and I will keep you in my prayers.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!
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Comment: It looked like you got a lot cleared out of your home. That's a great idea to donate items to the convalescent home so people there have interesting things to read.
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Virginia postcard. : )
Karen07 rated for NON FICTION Surprise box of books. on Aug 18, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much!
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Comment: Thank you!
angelgram rated for WIYM: PoPsicle p0stcard USA on Aug 6, 2018
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Comment: Such a big popsicle postcard. A real day brightner in my mail box with a foodie postage stamp. Enjoyed your note. Thank you
Candace rated for CSG ~ Test Your Bible Knowledge #4 on Jun 20, 2018
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Comment: I had to look up most of the answers too!
Candace rated for CSG ~ Test Your Bible Knowledge #3 on May 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!!
yvonne401 rated for CSG ~ Test Your Bible Knowledge #2 on Apr 30, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
tizzicat rated for Interest Me no. 57 on Apr 14, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
Ramya rated for Adult Coloring PC #73 USA on Apr 13, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderfully colored PC! Very pretty:) Yes we are practically neighbors! The weather is like last year- I call it Sprummer. Happy Swapping!
Response: Haha, sprummer, I'll have to remember that!

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Comments

TeaNi on Oct 3, 2018:

Thank you!

for granting a September wish for me with the card full of hair elastics! They are much needed- between my 2 daughters who "borrow" them, and my cat who is obsessed with playing with them- mine go missing all the time! :)

MSturgill87 on Oct 1, 2018:

Thank you for the awesome greeting cards for my CPG wishlist in September! They are much appreciated. <3

OrigamiGrace on Aug 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Christmas stickers for my August Wishlist!!

khronicole on May 26, 2018:

Thank you so much for the maxicard, I just love it so much! Cheers <3 [May wishlist - wishlist group]

ladyaries7 on May 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for the envelopes! just what i need! april wishes--wishlist group

PhoenixLM on Apr 23, 2018:

Your very welcome

clutterfree on Apr 19, 2018:

Many blessings for your special day and year!!

Hugs....Charlene

CurlyTea on Apr 19, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

isabellasnow on Apr 4, 2018:

HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY from WIYM GROUP!

PhoenixLM on Mar 17, 2018:

Your very welcome & I let her know she is all giddie with you thanking her. It is adorable.

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