I rate fairly according to swap-bot's rating criteria. If I receive a swap that meets all posted swap requirements, including being sent on time, I rate a 5. If I personally feel the swap was extra special to me, and that actually happens a lot, I add a heart For those that are new to swapping, and aren't aware, though, I'd just like to point out that it's generally considered very bad form to ask for hearts; it's really subjective. If the swap does not meet requirements, including being unreasonably late, I'll rate a 3. If I feel a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not received anything I will contact you first before rating a 1. I try to reflect my swap experience honestly and fairly, both for the person sending to me & the rest of the s-b community.
To those I send to, I pledge to swap unto others as I would have swapped unto me; I'll send on time (and would pm you if for some extenuating circumstance I couldn't), I'll put effort into making swaps that I hope would make my partners smile, and you can always count on me to rate quickly (although I do not check my POB every single day, so please don't get nervous if your d.c. says the package has been delivered & I haven't rated the same day; probably just haven't checked my box yet, give me a day or 2;)).
My swap-bot weak spot: replying to profile comments. I will reply to pm's (that need replying) but admit that since I can view comments from e-mail without logging into s-b, I sometimes forget to reply later or they get pushed off my profile quickly by other comments, and there is no way to mark them "unread". So the short of it is: if you really need a reply from me, better to pm than comment, though I do love sweet comments I get that require no direct reply!:)
These days I'm in less official swaps, and busy granting wishes for my favorite group:)
My favorite hobbies are hiking/ taking long walks, reading, traveling & exploring near and far, trying new restaurants, learning about healthy living, and swap-bot, natch!:)
Places I've visited: Mexico, Brazil, France, Canada, England, Spain, Italy (& the Vatican), Slovenia, and Cuba, as well as Puerto Rico and 25 U.S. states + D.C. so far. I love to travel, even though I'm skittish about flying!
artsy postcards, Cats! (especially grey tabbies and solid white cats like my 2 kitties), cloudscapes, Darling Magazine (longshot wish: back issues numbers 1-5 & 8), Dolly Parton, dollhouse minis, donkeys, farm life images, Fiestaware, flowers (faves include: English garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, tiger lilies, wildflowers), forests, hand lettering, hiking, houseplants, Icons of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, lunar phases, Maine, matchbooks or boxes (with the matches still in them), mountains, moonrise, photography, Pilot G2 gel pens, Sharpies, seascapes, starfish, sea horses, sail boats, succulents, simple living, sunsets, travel, tea time, View Master toys & reels (I collect these!), watercolor paintings, wine corks (the real, cork ones, not the rubbery ones)
I don't purchase things "made in China" if possible. I know it may seem unavoidable, but I do a pretty good job finding alternates!:) I don't like to see useful things end up in the landfill, though, so I will often pass these things on to other swappers who I thing would enjoy them. I believe in the "3 r's": reduce, reuse, recycle! Most of my clothing comes from thrift stores.
I would love to receive any postcards from National Parks, especially the WPA style illustrations or any postcards that look like old fashioned travel posters, I also especially like artsy pcs, seascapes, skyscapes, naturescapes, colorful vintage scenic cards, and any cards featuring the following: mothers with children, images of 2 little girls (because I have 2 daughters), women or children reading, tea-themed, people dancing, hiking trails, women or girls with cats.
Postcards from places I've visited: I never seem to buy enough postcards from the places I travel, and send them all out, then wish I had kept some for my own memories. To that end, I am always appreciative of postcards (or stickers or bookmarks) from any of the following locations-
Europe: London, Paris, Strasbourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Venice, Slovenia, Italian Alps
South America: Brazil (Goiania, Salvador, Brasilia)
North/Central America: Mexico (Acapulco, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende), Cuba (Havana), Puerto Rico (San Juan), U.S. (Los Angeles, Tucson, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Savannah, Chattanooga, Nashville, Hilton Head Island, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, NY City, Columbus OH, Maine- Portland & Bar Harbor/ Acadia.
I drink tea every day, but I've become a bit picky over the years. I try to avoid black tea, and mostly stick to herbal teas, especially mint and rooibos teas. I enjoy NUMI, Runa, or Traditional Medicinals brands, or any organic teas in your stash you feel like sharing and think I might like. This is not because I'm a snob, but with my family history of cancer, I am always looking for ways to reduce potential toxins to my body, thereby being a proactive and good caretaker of my own health. If you are interested in what unhealthy additives may be in your tea, I recommend reading this
crudity, nudity, profanity, or religious/ spiritual imagery in swaps I'm sent (Orthodox Christian iconography is in my likes, so obviously, that's an exception). Thanks for respecting my beliefs and preferences, I'll do the same for those I send to.
the following things won't offend me, but in the interest of full disclosure and saving your postage on things I probably won't use or pass on...
I prefer not to receive:
Please do NOT send me friendship books or sticker bags or other such "pass it along" mail. I don't participate in them, so their journey will probably end with me.
broken or rusty jewelry or other such items. I know some people are very creative with these things, but I'm not.
I don't sew or do any needle crafts so please save your extra needle craft supplies for someone who will actually use and enjoy them.
Also I'm kind of a "health nut" and was recently put on a restrictive diet by my nutritionist (no soy, no dairy, no wheat, no peanuts, no corn, no canola, limited sugars), so other than organic teas, I'd prefer not to receive edibles.
I have 2 daughters ("big kids"- in high school & college) who enjoy seeing what I receive in my swaps and love it when I can share something with them. If swaps can be fulfilled by sending something they would like, that would be fine with me.
L is in high school. She loves volleyball, One Direction & especially Niall Horan, choker necklaces, delicate rings, Pura Vida style bracelets, scrunchies, fun stationery/ school supply items, The Hunger Games series, and most typical things girls her age enjoy. Some of her favorite movies are Baby Driver & both of the Mamma Mia! musicals.
R is a college student living at home. She's studying to be an OTA and works as an actress on the side; she has filmed a commercial & been an extra in several films & tv shows. She loves musical theater, swing dance, ballet/tap/jazz, singing, playing piano & ukulele, retro/ vintage & bohemian style, the original Addams family, mermaids- even Disney's Little Mermaid, the beach, being outdoors, yoga, hiking & stars/ galaxy themes, FRIENDS (the tv show), card games, and dried flowers.
I'm just not very crafty. I know to many people this might seem strange because they consider swap-bot to be a craft exchange site. I consider it and use it as a pen-pal/ snail-mail site.
I do keep a collage journal/ glue-book/ smash book, and occasionally take on simpler crafty endeavors.
If you are digging through your stash and supplies and trying to figure out what to send me, crafty things I would enjoy and use include:
* new ink pads to use with the rubber stamps I already have
* good quality crafting glue sticks
* interesting/ inspiring/ pretty bits of flat paper ephemera to use in a glue book type junk journal (sketches, magazine cut outs, photos, images, quotes, pretty "grownup" stickers, polaroids, etc...). I especially love vintage ephemera featuring women/girls reading, walking/ hiking, with cats, mothers and daughters, farm themed, and old sewing pattern envelopes. Please nothing too tiny- I don't make ATC's or inchies :)
* real wine corks (not rubber ones)
* colored pens, colored sharpies, brush markers, colored pencils- especially metallic or neon
* "grown-up" pretty stickers (flat, not a fan of 3-D)
* travel location stickers, like the kind people used to put on their luggage
* adhesive labels/ mailing labels, decorative/ washi tape
* cotton fabric pieces large enough to be used in place of wrapping paper (like a "fat quarter")
* any cute reusable embellishments that could be used as tags or decorations with eco friendly gift wrap alternatives
* super longshot wish: anyone who has back issues of Darling Magazine or Magnolia magazine and would be willing to pass them along to me, I would be forever grateful!
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