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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: December 10, 2019
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.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks for the nice cards, it was lovely to receive them :)
PineappleTarts rated for PH: Send a Naked Postcard #2 on Dec 10, 2019
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Comment: That looks like a nice vacation spot indeed. Happy Holidays!
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Comment: Thank you very much for pretty card, notecard, and those fine vintage postcards.. Happy Holidays!
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Comment: Thanks for the nice PC with Psalm 5:11.
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and the gift tags. Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and extras! Happy holidays!!!
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Comment: Adorable card!!
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Comment: Thank you for the card and package labels! Merry Christmas!
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ Acts on Oct 21, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! Love the Celtic postcard and the verse you chose :)
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Comment: Thank you for the Bible verse flipbook. The verses you chose were very nice. I thought you would like to know that the glue you used wasn't strong enough and some of it came undone.
Response: I’m glad you liked the verses! Thanks for the feedback about the glue!
Gaucha rated for Book Themed POSTCARD on Oct 4, 2019
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Comment: I love how you combined this swap with another favorite of mine: lighthouses. Thank you so much!
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Comment: Thank you, Swan.
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Comment: Hello and thanks for the 3 items! It's still quite hot here in AZ so we're desperate for milder weather come October. xo
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Comment: I love Earl Gray tea! I cannot wait for FALL weather! It's been very hot lately! Thanks for the notecard, tea, and postcard! Great to swap with you!
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Hyshu rated for WIYM: Blank Notecard Swap #5~USA on Aug 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the great cards. Thank you for joining my Swap!
Luvslife3 rated for WIYM: Blank Notecard Swap #5~USA on Aug 23, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for fun sparkly note cards!!
imrolynn rated for Handwritten Bible Verses #2 on Aug 22, 2019
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you Swantje, for the so pretty bird postcard and the nice note you wrote me. Thank you too, for joining my swap.

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Comments

Queensmiley2530 on Nov 21, 2019:

Thank you for my cpg wish of craft kit. Love it & will try it this weekend

OrigamiGrace on Nov 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for the awesome chicken coloring book for my November wishlist at the Wishlist group! I love it!!

LadyJo on Nov 9, 2019:

Thank you for the CPG November wishes. The card is really so pretty. I love it!

Queensmiley2530 on Oct 22, 2019:

Thank you for Oct wishes from wishlist. Love the book art patterns you send me & can not wait to do them.

bluerose3 on Oct 21, 2019:

Thank you for the socks from the CPG October Wishlist :)

purple24 on Oct 8, 2019:

Thank you for the beautiful Birthday Card and Blank Notecards.... CPG October Wishlist

OrigamiGrace on Oct 6, 2019:

Thanks so much for the recipes and seeds from my October wishlist at the Wishlist group! Gonna start my seeds early this year and get them out as soon as it's warm!

tampagirl on Oct 5, 2019:

Thank you for my birthday mail!!!!❀❀❀

LadyJo on Oct 5, 2019:

Thank you for the memo pads for my CPG Wislist October 2019. They are perfect!

LadyJo on Sep 17, 2019:

Oh my goodness what great envie of things you sent to me for CPG wishlist September! I love it all! Thanks for waiting, I was away and it came while I was gone. It was a great package to come home too! Thank you again!

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