Swap-bot Time: September 25, 2017 11:42 am


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Last Online: September 24, 2017
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
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Postcrossing - My favorite place on the Web
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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 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've just started to (re)learn 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!

We recently got an 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: 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.


  • 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.


Eclectonote rated for About a book PC~ INT on Sep 24, 2017
Comment: Hello, thank you for the art postcard of the colorful abstract landscape. Thanks also for the description of the book - sounds interesting, and just the idea of being fascinated with another county and traveling there to explore it makes me think of other paths to seek out...
AlexandriaV rated for Interest me No. 50 on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: I got your page! It definitely caught my interest so I'm going to add it to my "in the future" list.
riftvegan rated for Interest me No. 50 on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks! Looks pretty interesting. :)
Arabella rated for C.I. ~ Let's make an ATC on Jul 20, 2017
Comment: Love the colorful bird, Swantje, thank you so much!
Vickyen rated for WIYM: BARN POSTCARD SWAP (NAKED) on Jun 27, 2017
Comment: Hi Swantje! Thanks so much for the great barn and tulips pc! I love tulips, they are so cheerful looking! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard, I'd love to go to Yellowstone one day.
ariestess rated for 101 Things Progress- May 2017 on Jun 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Thank you, so much fun to read about your progress and see what others are up to :-)
Comment: Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!
Conniegirl rated for Adult Coloring PC INTL #41 on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Love the butterfly, Thank you! :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Traceyk rated for Reading challenge Feb 2017 on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: I really enjoyed your review!
JenniferB rated for C.I. ~ Bookmarks! on Mar 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely coloured bookmarks, even though it is on the late side, but it arrived. I can never have too many...I always have a dozen books on the go, from novels, craft books to quilting lol. Cheers 😊
Response: Wow, five weeks to Australia, that was a long travel time!
Fabriqueen rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ Colossians on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful PC and the encouraging verses! Hugs, Diane
moonbeamy rated for Adult Coloring PC INTL #38 on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: Danke für die tolle Postkarte! Ja, ich mag Schmetterlinge:-)
aliprice rated for WIYM: Washi Doodle Postcards on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
ChrisAnne rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ Colossians on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful purple flowered card filled with God's word. At least I am assuming it was you as you forgot to sign it. No worries, I've done that before myself.
Response: Yes, that would be me. I remember choosing the purple flowers for you.
goldfinchmeadowlark rated for Best Book of 2016 PC on Feb 17, 2017
Comment: Belated thank you for the wonderful Heine card -- I smiled to remember undergraduate days of translating poetry/lyrics as I learned Lieder :) -- and for recommending The Illegal. (I will have to add it to my long reading list!) Happy reading! ♥
kweandee rated for WIYM: Washi Doodle Postcards on Feb 13, 2017
Comment: Great PC....Thanks :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful PC! It looks so peaceful. And this verse is so timely for the world we are living in today. Thank you again! Hugs, Diane

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Fenix825 on Sep 24, 2017:

Thank you for the great envelope of teas, ephemera, and the necklace from my September wishlist in the Wishlist group!

2bneat on Sep 19, 2017:

Thank you for the postcard you sent for CPG September wishlist. The message about being rooted touched me and was such good encouragement.♥

Tasia570 on Sep 14, 2017:

Thanks so much for the awesome headband! It is perfect for running!

mgallardo68 on Sep 12, 2017:

Hello Swan, I answered you in the group. The gift is from me, a wish for September.

Swan 14 hours ago Who sent me water color cakes and water brushes? Was it someone from this group? Please let me know as there was no note in the package.

mgallardo68 12 hours ago I added one to the order @Swan but Amazon has been failing big time to add my notes to the packages I send, I am so sorry. I hope they are OK for you to explore something different (I am always apprehensions because the shopping is online and is hard to tell). Happy September!

Sazza on Jul 21, 2017:

I am both amazed and humbled by the generosity of strangers. Maybe you wouldn't use the stamps you sent for my July wishes, but I definitely will and it was very generous of you sending them. The images are a style I like and I did not have any regular alphabets yet so it was the perfect gift for me. Hug! Thank you very much. :) Best wishes, Sara

mejulia on Jul 7, 2017:

Thank you so much for all of the Crystal Light from my July wish list, it will be much appreciated by the servicemen in Afghanistan.

shirleyinCA on Jun 22, 2017:

Thank you very much for the postcards of children and the fun and very useful postage stamps for my June Wish!

anicka22 on Jun 20, 2017:

Thank you for the wish. Going to try the tea right now :)

Babsmomof5 on Jun 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard you sent for my CPG wishlist!

dodothefairy on Jun 9, 2017:

So glad that you received the wish in such little time!

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