Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2017 2:54 pm


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Last Online: November 17, 2017
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 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.


Jennlynnebrow rated for Interest me no. 52 on Nov 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks! I loved the stamps you used! They were so pretty, I cut them out and saved them. The book page was wonderful! I'm not religious but I like to read things from other religions so this was great! Xo
HouseCatAntonia rated for Adult Coloring PC INTL #57 on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for the dragonfly PC! The stamps you have used are beautiful. X
HelenG6 rated for *~Encouraging Scripture Notecard~* on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your card and enclosures. I like the stamps used.
Ambertje rated for Interest me No. 51 on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Sounds like an interesting book :)
KSENiA rated for About a book PC~ INT on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and for sharing your book.
AirMed0710 rated for Interest me No. 51 on Oct 12, 2017
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

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TeaNi on Nov 16, 2017:

Thanks so much

for granting a November wish for me with the pretty cloth napkins and bracelet! :)

Stepht on Nov 15, 2017:

Hey Swan! I'm so glad you liked it :D I love that scripture too <3

OrigamiGrace on Nov 3, 2017:

Thank you for the goodies from my October wishlist!

dodothefairy on Oct 31, 2017:

Thank you for the bookmark you sent me!

2bneat on Oct 18, 2017:

Thank you for the scripture card you sent for my October wishlist. Again you selected a passage that was relevant to my life and it was amazing to receive this in the mail at such the perfect time.♥

Bavarija on Oct 17, 2017:

Thank you for nice card.It is new to my collection!

MissTullie on Oct 14, 2017:

Thanks so much for beautiful note cards you sent me for CPG October wishes. I love them and will enjoy using them. It's always fun to receive happy mail from you. Blessings!

TeaNi on Oct 4, 2017:

Thank you very much

for granting a September CPG wish for me with the lovely scenic National park postcard- I would love to visit them all! :)

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.♥

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