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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: February 21, 2019
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: I enjoyed reading your firsts!
Poftoffel rated for Just Write #22 - A poem on Feb 20, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely and moving poem! A very good reminder!
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Comment: Thank you for your list.
annim rated for 50 things you have eaten (E-swap) on Feb 20, 2019
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Comment: Slutty Brownies! Sounds delicious! :D
BabyCloud rated for 50 things you have eaten (E-swap) on Feb 20, 2019
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annim rated for Email Questions Swap No. 3 - Movies on Feb 19, 2019
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Comment: Thank you :)
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Comment: Wow! You have definitely had a diverse assortment of pets in your life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your email. It was very entertaining and I learned some things about you not revealed in your profile. You sound like an extremely fascinating individual. I look forward to swapping with you again. 😊
neecie rated for Email Questions Swap No. 2 - Firsts on Feb 16, 2019
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Comment: thanks for filling the whole things out with such interesting memories! keep up the fun on swap-bot =)
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Comment: I love the meme and the nicknames you give to your cats !
PineappleTarts rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #28 on Feb 12, 2019
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Comment: Thank You
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Comment: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! Now I am off to find the perfect frame for it. Can't wait to get it hung up on my wall. This was a fun swap. And I especially like how you wrote 'home' in the outline of the state. Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! And forgot to PM you the link for the lineart! Will do that now!
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Comment: You certainly have an interesting mix of books. :)
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Comment: Thanx, I almost knew none of the artist you listnen to so I have a lot of new artists to lisnen too.
Response: Here's hoping you find some new music!
Serendipity7894 rated for My Playlist in January 2019 on Feb 3, 2019
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Comment: Great playlist! Love the positive messages in Michael W. Smith's songs.
jenirlsrsly rated for My Playlist in January 2019 on Feb 3, 2019
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Comment: Wow! A LOT of new music to listen to :) Heading over to YouTube to hunt some of these people down. Thanks AJ!
Response: Have fun! I have a VERY eclectic musical taste. LOL
faeriemail rated for My Playlist in January 2019 on Feb 2, 2019
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your responses. I’ll have to check them out. 😀
Jjean rated for CL: January Reading Log - Electronic on Feb 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for sharing - Interesting.
littlemissme84 rated for Playlist | Favorites: 5 x 5 on Jan 31, 2019
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PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ USA Zine Go Round R7 on Jan 31, 2019
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Comment: Thanks. A whole blank zine, and I get to be the first one to work in it! YAY!!!!
Response: The prospects are limitless!

Rating Overview

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Comments

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!

Stephanie

chaari on Dec 19, 2018:

Hey there AJ! I think I said it before, but I think it's such a unique collection theme to collect water from different places! Makes me want to send you a bottle of the river Isar, that goes through our city! Would you like that? :D Best wishes from Germany!

Vanessa for the quick friendly profile comment :D

wendrfl on Dec 18, 2018:

ESG: Quick friendly profile comment:

Hello, I was raised in California and I know the beauty of the region you live in. I also love sea glass and the harbor seals.
Enjoy your coastal holidays and Happy New Year!

CurlyTea on Dec 10, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

Basicallyhades on Nov 30, 2018:

Bring a smile #1 (but take 2!!!)

ariel

Hope you're having a lovely day !! :)

Basicallyhades on Nov 19, 2018:

Bring a smile #1 ariel hope you're having a swell day!

p.s sorry for this being late- I came down with pneumonia

jordanmichaels on Nov 15, 2018:

Mishi on Nov 13, 2018:

Bring A Smile #1

aralyn on Nov 13, 2018:

snek

Bring A Smile #1

What a cutie!! Have an awesome day :) -Emma

BabyBee78 on Nov 13, 2018:

Bring A Smile #1

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