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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: January 17, 2021
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 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".

Clothing

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.

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.
  • 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.

Ratings

OrigamiGrace rated for CPG Crayoned PC/HMPC - US Only on Jan 19, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the fun pc - glad you found your crayons, lol!! Mine are all beat up from getting shaved down for various projects:)
suepier rated for PH: List 5 Series - Plans for 2021 on Jan 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and sharing your plans with me.
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Comment: Happy New Year!
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Comment: It certainly is one gorgeous card! I love it, thankyou! Tracy
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Comment: Getting rid of clutter is going to be my biggest challenges this coming year. I wish you all the best.
TamiHope rated for CF - Repurposed Card for 2021 on Jan 11, 2021
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Comment: Hi Swantje - I had just gotten home from seeing the doctor when I got your postcard in the mail. I wish I could convey just how special it is to me! The verses spoke straight to my heart. Thank you so very much. So glad you had my name to send to! Tami
Response: I’m happy that it worked out so well! 💚
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty sunflower post card - you and I had a couple songs the same. Love those sunflower stamps!
ChrisAnne rated for TCHH ~ Word of the Year on Jan 5, 2021
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Comment: Freedom is a great choice. We are free in Christ, but that can be so hard to hold on to as doubt and anxiety kick in. Eph 3:12 is a personal favorite of mine.
Response: Thank you for adding a favorite verse. I find it exciting doing this for the first time.
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PegOGood rated for Merry Christmas Card Swap #7 on Dec 25, 2020
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Comment: I received your card yesterday. Thank you for sending it to me. What concert did you go to on the 18th? I hope you enjoyed it. Merry Christmas
Response: This ons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll6K48vKNnk&t=22s I enjoyed it very much. Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Christmas day and we have a white Christmas here!
LadyJo rated for CF Christmas Greeting Postcard! on Dec 24, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard with a great message! It is a bit different, but I found happy people out an about. Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thank yo so much, merry Christmas!
Kirkdebb rated for Merry Christmas Card Swap #7 on Dec 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty sbowflake card! Merry Christmas too!
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Comment: Such a cute snowman postcard. Thanks! I hope all your wishes come true. Merry Christmas!
Ryleighsmom rated for TCHH ~ Christian Christmas Card on Dec 14, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the Hollywood Blvd. postcard!! It’s absolutely beautiful! Take care and Happy Holidays x
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Comment: TAXES!!! Oh man, me too! I am taking vacation at Christmas time and will basically be staring at my laptop entering information to complete my taxes for my business. It'll be great to get it done...but SO tedious and stressful! Thanks so much for your list.
LindaW rated for CF - Just a Note #2 on Dec 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your special experience.
yvonne401 rated for TFI:HO HO HO on Dec 12, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for resending! Merry 🎄 Christmas!

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Comments

ccap on Jan 12, 2021:

Thanks for the envelope of goodies for December wishlist.

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

Tricia22 on Dec 23, 2020:

CPG Dec wishes- Thank you for the Christmas card and sharing you Christmas memories! May your Christmas be Merry & Bright! 🎄🎄

Stepht on Dec 21, 2020:

Glad you liked it <3 Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!!

ittybittykitty on Dec 21, 2020:

Thank you for the December CPG wish - your card is so pretty!

CariahCreates on Dec 17, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely card from my CPG wishlist

Zefaniya on Dec 17, 2020:

Thank you for the CPG wish!!

kiddomerriweather on Dec 15, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card for my CPG December wish. I hope you have fun at the Christmas concert. Be safe. We don't have anything special planned. We are doing a Harry Potter LEGO advent calendar though. I also have a Christmas tree advent calendar hanging on my door that my mom stuffs with little gifts each day. So that's special. Have a very Merry Christmas!

bluerose3 on Dec 12, 2020:

Thank you for the Christmas card and list of your favorite holiday foods. The wedges sound good. Usually we just buy them frozen.

TeaNi on Dec 1, 2020:

Thank you SO much

for all the great stocking stuffers & more ideas for my Nov. wishlist- super helpful!!! :)

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