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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: February 28, 2020
Birthday: December 4, 1969
Country: United States
The Dark Avalon Scrolls
My Etsy Store
My deviantART [may contain spoilers]

On Time Zones

Because it has become an issue recently, I must add this information: I live in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. That puts me in the Pacific Standard/Daylight Timezone, aka PST/PDT.

When I send out a swap, I send it by 11:59pm in MY timezone.

I don't cater to anyone else's timezone. As long as the swap is sent out and marked as sent by the end of the day in my timezone, it's still listed as sent on time, as this is the way it was explained to me when I joined Swap-Bot over 6 years ago.

If this is an incorrect way of going about sending out swaps, I request that people link me to the section of the rules/FAQs where it says otherwise. Until then, this is the way I will continue to operate with my swaps.

On Communication & Swaps

On Sending Swaps

I press "sent" when I put the item in my mailbox or drop it off at the post office down the street. This sometimes means that I have missed the day's pickup, which means it'll go out the following day. I do try to take holidays and weekends into account when sending items out.

If you should receive a swap from me that's marked postage due, please PM me and let me know how much was owed and your paypal address, and I'll refund it to you.

On Rating Swaps

I admit I've been slow in getting some ratings done in the past. The issues that predicated that should be dealt with now, so I will rate as quickly as I can upon receiving your swap.

I DO consider the send by date a requirement to getting a "5" on a swap. This is how it was explained to me when I first joined this site, and it's how I've always worked with my ratings. For further information, please see below on how communication can adjust this.

On Communication

I'm BIG on communication. If I'm going to be late with a swap, I will PM you [and usually the swap coordinator, as well] with an ETA of when it will be sent, as well as once I've actually sent it. If I have tracking on a package for you, I'll PM you with that information, as well.

If you communicate with me that your swap will be late before the deadline, I'm usually quite good about still giving you a "5" if you keep up with your end of the bargain and send by your revised send date. If you don't communicate with me before the deadline, I don't know that there may be extenuating circumstances, so I will rate accordingly.

About Me

The short version

Dyke. Pagan. Pet lover. Writer. Creatrix.

The long version

I was born on 4 December 1969, which makes me a Sagittarius with Libra moon & Scorpio ascendant. But I was born like 3-odd weeks early, or so I'm told, so I need to look into the variations for a cusping Capricorn yet. At 10 years old, I knew I was at least bisexual, and that there was more for me than conventional Christianity. So eventually I came out to my family: In 1994 as a pagan & in 1995 as a lesbian. I interchangeably call myself either pagan or witch, and follow an eclectic solitary tradition. Despite the "chic-ness" of how it sounds, mine is a rather personalized path, currently more fluid than rigid, and will quite possibly stay that way. I've come to feel that life is more fluid than rigid, so I believe it's better to 'go with the flow' than try to hold back the flood.

I currently live in a fabulous house in the Puget Sound area with my partner and our good friend, as well as 4 cats. We've nicknamed our house "3 Dogs House" and all have nicknames :: I am Spotty, my partner is Doggie, and our friend is Soggy.

I have been writing in one form or another since I was about 7yo. Writing is in my blood; I can't NOT do it. Primarily I write poetry, fanfiction and original fiction, though I am known to dabble in meta from time to time.

I like a little bit of everything, but I'm seriously opinionated. I can be very silly...or very serious.

If you have a question, ask. Depending on how personal it is, I may answer it or I may not.

On Christmas & Easter

As stated in my "about me" section above, I am pagan. While I primarily celebrate Yule and the Spring Equinox/Ostara, I am happy to receive swap items that are related to Christmas and Easter, provided they aren't religious in nature.

If you have questions about any other holidays, please feel free to PM me about it.

Favorite Crafts

  • crochet
  • cross stitch
  • scrapbooking
  • doodling
  • painting
  • making cards
  • iris fold
  • beading
  • jewelry making
  • making candles
  • making spa goodies

Favorite Colors

  • purple
  • pink
  • black
  • silver
  • copper
  • jewel tones

Things I Collect

  • donkeys
  • sea glass
  • lighthouses
  • bottles of water

    I have a good-sized collection of bottles of water collected from various places around the world. I use these in some of my rituals, and love to add to my collection.

  • harbor seals
  • hyenas
  • african painted dogs
  • snakes

    Main favorites :: eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes

Things I Love To Get

  • anything from my collections above
  • anything purple [bonus points if it's sparkly]
  • fun postcards
  • stickers
  • fun note cards to use
  • fun stationery to use
  • pens & markers [I prefer 0.5mm or fine point pens]
  • fun little stuff to put in my bujo
  • yarns of all types
  • Disney stuff [especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana]
  • Miyazaki stuff [especially My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service]
  • Don Bluth movies
  • coloring books
  • little toys & trinkets
  • silly putty
  • stuffed animals
  • toys & treats for my cats
  • candy

    prefer dark chocolate to milk or white chocolate, UNLESS it's good Swiss-type milk chocolate

    PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Kinder Egg toys

    The whole, unopened eggs themselves are illegal in the US, but I love collecting and making the toys. I won't honestly miss the chocolate all that much.

Things I Do Not Want

For the most part, if you send me something that meets swap requirements, but I can't use personally, it will go into a bin I have of "pay it forward" items that are used for other swaps or just to send to people randomly.

That being said, there are some very specific things that I absolutely DO NOT WANT.

PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Makeup of any kind -- I don't wear it and won't use it
  • Perfumes of any kind -- Strong smells can trigger migraines
  • Obvious junk/trash -- If you wouldn't be happy to receive it or display it publicly, then neither will I

Bad Traders and/or Flakes

Only adding "current" members of Swap-Bot to this list who were last active since 2016 or later.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you, I couldn't wait! A lovely surprise for a rainy day.
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Comment: Lovely addition to the zine, thanks.
5
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Comment: Hey hey! Thank you so much for your email! I loved reading everything :)
KSENiA rated for CL: January Reading Log - Electronic on Feb 14, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
mandigutterrose rated for SotM: Divination #1 on Feb 13, 2020
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Comment: Great reading! Very appropriate for this point in our lives. We've gotten answers to some questions and now we're processing the information and figuring out our way from there. Thanks for some guiding light.
Response: I hope it helps!
Poftoffel rated for 2020 - Valentines Day poem on Feb 5, 2020
5
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Comment: Beautiful, just beautiful! Bravo!
Poftoffel rated for 2020 - Write some poetry! #1 on Feb 5, 2020
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Comment: I don't drink coffee, but I love this poem anyway :-) I love how you use technical verse so easily, without it making the poem feel strained. It all flows so easily!
Response: Thank you! I love playing with different poetry forms [when I'm not using my standby tanka] and tetractys is one of my favorites.
Meisje rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 5, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing
mysmashbooklife rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 2, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you. Loved reading your answers!
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZZ ~ "D" ATC on Feb 2, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for this wonderful ACT! It turned out great and I love the background colors! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Glad you liked it!
mandigutterrose rated for Handmade Yule Tree Ornament on Jan 31, 2020
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Comment: Thank you, saving this one too.
5
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Comment: Thank you, saving! :)
cynaemon rated for ESG: New Year - New You! on Jan 28, 2020
5
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PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Decorated tile on Jan 28, 2020
5
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Comment: How pretty! I love the ink splattered washi tape! Thank you!!!
Jenicat rated for My Playlist in December 2019 on Jan 18, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your playlist 💜
euniceq rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #34 on Jan 14, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the songs and their links! I loved so many of them. I especially enjoyed Fire & Ice and Red Cold River. I think we like similar music! :)
readwritesend rated for My Playlist in December 2019 on Jan 13, 2020
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Comment: What a great playlist - very eclectic - I love it! Thank you for sharing.
pennywhistler rated for ESG: New Year - New You! on Jan 13, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for your answers! There are some interesting goals on your list. I have absolutely no idea with an omni-jo is though and google has not enlightened me!
Response: It's a blend of a standard journal and a bullet journal. I was told once it's called an omni-jo as opposed to a bujo, so it's just stuck with me.
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #34 on Jan 13, 2020
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Comment: Interesting mix, most aren't my taste. Thanks for including the links!
nalaqueen rated for My Playlist in December 2019 on Jan 13, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for sharing

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1345 78 83
Completed Fives Threes Ones
936 1939 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

KSENiA on Dec 22, 2019:

ESG: Holiday Profile Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

johanna5137 on Dec 20, 2019:

Profile Swap - Favorite Christmas Song

johanna5137

Kirkdebb on Dec 20, 2019:

Profile Swap - Favorite Christmas Song

kirkdebb

Artstamper on Dec 19, 2019:

Thank you for returning my USA Zentangle zine! Thanks also for your lovely page. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

michlove on Dec 19, 2019:

Profile swap-Favorite Christmas Song-Michlove

HappyMom on Dec 15, 2019:

Hi AJ! Happy Holiday greets from Happy Mom and ESG! I hope you're having a great season, filled with lots of love and light. Thanks for the great swaps this past year, and here's to many more in the days to come.

Hugs, Ilyse - ESG Holiday Profile Greeting

llama

grammypammy on Dec 15, 2019:

ESG Holiday Profile Greetings

Hugs Pam

Poftoffel on Jul 31, 2019:

(Don’t forget to email your story for the Feedback Swap :-))

HappyMom on Apr 21, 2019:

Hi AJ - I'm your partner for ESG: Post a Positive Profile Comment. I found this one from Brene Brown - Just love her! Hope you like it too.

brown

dardarbinx on Apr 21, 2019:

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