Swap-bot Time: February 22, 2019 4:09 am


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Last Online: February 21, 2019
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 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".


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.


carol rated for First & Last Lines No. 9 on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: Sounds intriguing! Thanks!
widelo123 rated for PH: Naked Map Postcard #2 on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: Swantje, thank you for the map postcard. Shirley
shinyserra rated for QUICK Notecard with a Prompt #3 on Feb 17, 2019
Comment: That's so great that you donate so much! I enjoyed reading your notecard :)
Comment: Going to Antartica would be really cool, no pun intended. I've heard of the cruises , but I think I would be in my room the whole time! Too cold for me. I did know it's one of the driest places, so much so that it's considered a desert, despite being covered in ice. I found this out when I taught my kindergarteners at work about it. It always blows their minds! Thanks so much!
jenmcjen rated for QUICK Notecard with a Prompt #3 on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the nice note card and note. Your trait is FABULOUS and remarkable. It's funny how those with little tend to be the most generous people.
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I think I'm thrifty in the same way! I'm always on the hunt for sales and keep swappers and friends in mind for little things!
CANNEKCUL rated for Christmas Gifts - USA on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you. I am placing this gift in my stocking to be opened in December.
Response: I'm glad it made it on its second traveling attempt.
earthnk rated for WIYM: 2018 is history... (postcard) on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
bluesky rated for Christmas Gifts - USA on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: thank you.
metrognome rated for QUICK Notecard with a Prompt #2 on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks! A river cruise does sound like fun :)
jenmcjen rated for Reading Postcard! on Jan 30, 2019
Comment: Oh, my goodness! If ever a book could sell itself on the first and last sentences! This sounds amazing and I must read it! Thanks so much! Also, very lovely postcard.
DRMOM rated for QUICK Notecard with a Prompt #2 on Jan 29, 2019
Comment: That trip sounds amazing and how wonderful to share it with ones that you love. Thanks for sharing. Happy swapping (BTW - love the card - good inspiration)
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #6 on Jan 29, 2019
Comment: Great card! Thanks!
tigerlily2110 rated for WIYM - Colour A Postcard on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: We had cloud cover as well for the eclipse, thank you for the lovely postcard.
kelsue62 rated for QUICK Notecard with a Prompt #1 on Jan 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great list. Happy New year! 🎆🎊🎈
Myself333 rated for QUICK Notecard with a Prompt #1 on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely list! Making others happy in whatever form that is, is indeed a rewarding way to spend time!
Jlynn rated for QUICK Notecard with a Prompt #1 on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! I loved reading your list of what makes you happy. You are a very giving and kind person!
Comment: Thank you for my card! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Hi Swantje Thank you for the Xmas card Spicemom
Comment: thank you for your card! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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sabbysteg on Feb 10, 2019:

I loved that balloon postcard you sent for CPG wishilsit Feb 2019! It was right up my alley. Thank you!

MSturgill87 on Feb 9, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful cruise tips for my CPG Feb. 2019 wish!

nisforneville on Feb 9, 2019:

Thank you for fulfilling my CPG February wish of a postcard! I love the picture and stamp!

TeaNi on Jan 28, 2019:

Thank you

for granting a wish for me with the note about your accomplishments in 2018 and goals for 2019! You had some great travels last year. I've also been writing down a list of the books I've read for years; it makes me feel very accomplished and helps me remember what I've read. Wishing you the best to accomplish all you want to this year! :)

TryshaH81 on Dec 20, 2018:

Thank you for the package from Wishlist. I can't wait to get home & really check it out.

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

MissTullie on Oct 30, 2018:

Thanks so much for the CPG October wishes you sent me. The note cards are beautiful. I'm always delighted to receive mail from you. Blessings!

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!!

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