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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: November 29, 2022
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, which is also the Swap-Bot 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 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

The ABCs of Me...

This is by no means complete, so I'll be updating with time as things change.

  • A :: apples, avocado, arrow motifs, animals, ASL, astrology, African painted dogs, Avalon, Atlantis, Arthurian legend, anise, ameythyst

  • B :: bats, bagels, bananas, birds of prey, beluga whales, big cats, ballet, black, bottles of water [see "Things I Collect" for more info], bisexuality, Beltane, bindrunes

  • C :: cats, crochet, carrots, crickets, coloring, coloring books [kids or adults], candy, copper [color & metal], cross stitch, card making, comparative religion studies, curling, Christ mythos [emphasis on the Gnostic interpretations], candles, crows

  • D :: Dutch Bros, donkeys, dilly beans, dyeing my hair, doodling, diving, dogs, dachshunds, daisies, dark chocolate, Disney stuff [e[especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana], Damien [the series], Don Bluth movies, docks

  • E :: elk [esp Roosevelt elk, aka yellow butts], earthworms, etymology, egrets, eagles, essential oils

  • F :: fairies, fingerspelling, fish, fruit, fans, flowers, frogs, fawns, fog, foxes, fire, fables, fanfiction

  • G :: ghost stories, ghosts, gravy, geese, grapes, gray, Greece [& all things Greek], Greek mythology, Gnosticism, Glastonbury Tor, gargoyles, Gargoyles [the animated series]

  • H :: harbor seals, hyenas, history, hockey, honey, Hamilton

  • I :: icicles, indigo, ink, icebergs, ice cream, iris fold, Imbolc

  • J :: juice, jellybeans, jetboat tours, jellyfish, jaguars, juniper, jawbreakers [candy], jewel tones, Judas Iscariot [Gnostic interpretation]

  • K :: kingfishers, kittens, kangaroos, kitchen witchery, knowledge, Kinder Egg toys [not the candy, just the toys]

  • L :: lighthouses, labrador retrievers, learning, liver, lavender, love, lesbianism, lions, licorice, laughing, lakes, Lammas, Litha

  • M :: music, Mary Magdalene [Gnostic interpretation], magic, marionberries, mountains, mice, monkeys, musicals, moon magic, moon [all phases], The Morrigan, Morgan le Fay, Mother Earth, maple syrup, mail, Miyazaki movies [esp My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service], Mabon

  • N :: night, nature, notebooks, numbers [4, 9, 13, & 44 especially], numerology, noodles, nuts, narwhals, nymphs, Native American/First Nations mythology

  • O :: obsidian, oceans, owls, orchids, olives, octopi, Once Upon a Time, oak trees, occult, orchestral music, Ostara, Oregon

  • P :: pickles, PURPLE, pink, pinnipeds, painting, postcards, pens [fine point 0.5mm or finer preferred], Pentel RSVP fine point pen [purple or black ink], pigs, peas, pizza, peace, piano, pagan, peaches, plums, poetry, peppers, Pacific Ocean, phoenixes, poultry, penguins, pyramids, pudding, psychometry, piano, pasta, photography, puddles, puppies, posies, pansies

  • Q :: quietude, quills, quivers, quotes, quartz, quinoa, quesadillas

  • R :: rabbits, rivers, ratties, red, rye bread, reading, rock collecting, rain, rubies, rice, roses, robins, Regina Mills, Robin Hood, rainy days, ravens, rituals, recipes, Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy, Redwoods, runes

  • S :: selkies, seas, seals, swimming, synchronized swimming, Shakesepeare, songbirds, silver, sea glass, snakes [especially eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes, aka the hotter the better], stickers, stationery, silly putty, stuffed animals, soap making [glycerin only], stones, singing, shells, sharks, smiles, stars, spiders, sand, Samhain, salmon, spirituality

  • T :: Thera, Tsagaglalal [She Who Watches], trees, tigers, twinkies, toys for my cats, tacos, tea, tomatoes, tomato juice, thunder, thunderstorms, teddy bears, talismans, tarot, tarantulas, tranquility, turtles, tortoises, Tillamook Lighthouse, Tillamook Creamery [ice cream & cheese]

  • U :: unicorns, umbrellas, the universe, the Umbra, underdogs, unity, Umpqua Lighthouse, Umpqua ice cream

  • V :: variety, vaginas, velvet, violet, vipers, vegetables, volcanos, violins, valleys, voodoo, variegated yarn, visionaries, violets, viridian

  • W :: water, winter, West Coast, Washington state, Wisconsin, Wisconsin River, whales, wells, wishes, witches, watermelon, writing, whiskers, wizards, waffles, windmills, wolves, women, wings, webs, woods, wanderlust, wildflowers, wax, waves, wading, wind, Wicca

  • X :: Xena: Warrior Princess, xylophones, xylitol [alternative to aspartame]

  • Y :: yams, yo-yo, yarn, Yule, yoga, yogurt, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Yaquina Head Lighthouse

  • Z :: zebras, zippers, zodiac, zen, Zentangle, zaftig

Bad Apples

Welp, I used to have this section for bad traders, flakes, and non-raters, but suddenly it's disappeared on me when I was trying to update it. At this point, I'm not going to try to go back and figure out it again, as I'd archived all of the older swaps once I'd added the people here, but I'll just start over again and add people here as I need to...

Ratings

Pei04 rated for My Playlist in October 2022 on Nov 24, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Sorry for a late rating. I thought I had rated you already... Love the list and there was a lot of well known songs on there :)
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZZ ~ Tangle & Pass PC on Nov 22, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for returning this to me to work on. I like the duck too! To me, it looks like the common merganzer. LOL. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
mcorbus rated for TUT~Out of Shape Zentangle on Nov 22, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for both shaped cards
Nserviam rated for NaNo 2022: Post & Grab Prompts on Nov 21, 2022
5
rating
Comment: I love the prompt options you posted! I am definitely going to have to work an alligator into my story. Instead of a mobster having a cat, he's totally going to have an alligator. Thanks!
mysmashbooklife rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #42 on Nov 15, 2022
5
rating
 
honeyblossom rated for My Playlist in October 2022 on Nov 14, 2022
5
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your list. Some I knew and like, others I don't know, but will check out. What does the numbers in brackets after the songs mean?
Response: That's the number of plays in brackets.
karenh77 rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #42 on Nov 14, 2022
5
rating
Comment: thanks for sharing, a great mix of songs
Minxy1964 rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #42 on Nov 14, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Another interesting list of songs for me to check out. Thanks xx
Minxy1964 rated for My Playlist in October 2022 on Nov 13, 2022
5
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Comment: And I thought my list was eclectic! Good mix. Some I know, some I didn't. That Bruce Springsteen cover is never off the radio over here. We're Northern Soul fans, so very familiar with the original version. Thank you xx
tendersores rated for My Playlist in October 2022 on Nov 13, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing your music!
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful tile! I was so excited to get started I forgot to take a before picture, hoping you might have one and post it! I will be posting it soon!
Response: I do have a before picture! I am SO behind on updating to my deviant art! LOL I'm glad you liked it!
Artistic rated for NaNo 2022 -- Inspire Me on Nov 7, 2022
5
rating
Comment: A writer after my own heart! Composition book college ruled stitched, not stapled or glued, and two of my fave pens. BTW, I've been using and loving a purple fine point Pentel all year. After pulling one from this package, I am 90% sure that you gave me the one I have!! So glad to get another. And welcome to the Zebra family! I use the fine point F-301 in blue ink as my basic go-to for daily use. (The purple Pentel is used in one of my daybooks.) Thanks for the NaNo inspiration!
Response: Glad you liked it all! And yes, I'm pretty sure I gave you the purple fine point Pentel RSVP last year. LOL The black & blue versions are nice, too [I use them for work].
DaisyNY rated for ZENTANGLE ~ It's a Zine thing! R5 on Nov 6, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Too bad this swap got discontinued.
Response: I know! I was enjoying it!
5
rating
Comment: It is funny that you got me for both. I love the colors of these tiles. The colors are amazing. Thank you
Response: Thanks! The tiles were precolored and given to me as extras in a previous swap sometime back. They just felt perfect for this swap.
5
rating
Comment: It is funny that you got me for both. I love the colors of these tiles. The colors are amazing. Thank you
Response: Thanks! The tiles were precolored and given to me as extras in a previous swap sometime back. They just felt perfect for this swap.
lob rated for ZZ ~ Tangle and pass INTERNATIONAL on Nov 4, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Beautiful tangles!
Artistic rated for NaNo Prep -- What's my Logline? on Nov 2, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Which did you decide to do first? Of the two, I like the triad storyline. I know you'll knock either out of the park. Go for 50K!
Response: The triad is my main focus, but is still part of the larger grouping of "short" stories. LOL I'm actually finishing the last 2 chapters of a prior fic that the triad fic is dependent on, so there's that.
5
rating
Comment: Good luck this year with NaNo! Sounds interesting!
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Tangle and Pass USA ONLY on Oct 30, 2022
5
rating
Comment: Nice! I get to send this one home! Yay!
PrairieKittin rated for TUT ~ It's A String Thing #164 on Oct 30, 2022
5
rating
Comment: I like this one. Thank you!!!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1842 96 101
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1367 2584 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
626 139 602 0
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Comments

LizzyJo on Oct 24, 2022:

Thanks for sending home my collab. PC. It came just in time for this year's Halloween.

DaisyNY on Aug 26, 2022:

Thank you for finishing and returning the Monthly Collab FNY card. I think you did a nice job continuing it.

Artstamper on Aug 18, 2022:

Hi Aj. Thank you for returning my finished zentangled zine. Thanks also for the two lovely pages you added. Wish I could give you a heart.

DaisyNY on Jul 4, 2022:

Imagine my surprise when this old thing showed up! Just in time, really, because we're in the process of selling that house. Thank you so much for working on it and for sending it home.

rendroiye on Jan 9, 2022:

Kirkdebb on Dec 22, 2021:

Profile Deco Swap - Christmas Lights

(for rendroiye, since they are having issues with Swapbot and it's Christmas!!)

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lyssathemermaid on Dec 8, 2021:

Profile Deco Swap - Christmas Lights!

draco on Dec 8, 2021:

Profile Deco Swap - Christmas Lights

Intrinzica on Dec 8, 2021:

Profile Deco Swap - Christmas Lights

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! 🎄

Best wishes, Bonnie ❤️

HappyMom on Nov 29, 2021:

Hi AJ! Holiday greets to you and yours!

Here are some motivating and positive quotes for your enjoyment 😄

ESG: Positive Quote Profile Comment

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