Swap-bot Time: May 28, 2017 1:37 am
www.swap-bot.com

ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: May 27, 2017
Birthday: December 4, 1969
Country: United States
The Dark Avalon Scrolls
My Etsy Store
My deviantART [may contain spoilers]

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

Ratings

Swan rated for 101 Things Progress- March & April 2017 on May 20, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Great to get updated about your progress!
jeufr27 rated for My Playlist in April 2017 on May 14, 2017
5
rating
 
alwayslikethis rated for My Playlist in April 2017 on May 10, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing :)
Fly rated for Broadway Highlights Mix on May 8, 2017
5
rating
 
5
rating
Comment: I've been trying to start walking/jogging with a 5k in mind, maybe now it'd be more pleasant since it's getting warmer here. Congrats on the new PR!!
5
rating
Comment: great job! :-)
camilleaf rated for My Playlist in April 2017 on May 4, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the playlist and the stories behind some of the songs! Looking forward to hearing them
5
rating
Comment: Great happy moments! I admire anyone who can run like that. ha ha!
Response: Oh, I walk them. I don't run. LOL
angeliccat15 rated for My Playlist in April 2017 on May 2, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for playlist ^_^
StagKing rated for My Playlist in April 2017 on May 2, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the playlist! It must have been that kind of month, because I jammed to some Metallica as well!
Response: I didn't get them enough, but I took what I could. LOL
tatta rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #16 on Apr 25, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you! :)
Pei04 rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #16 on Apr 23, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing your list! I haven't listened to them all yet though :)
barbieloufromKY rated for USAPC: Handcrafted Postcard on Apr 17, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you aj for the zentangled postcard! :-))
btbeth rated for Journal Accessories on Apr 15, 2017
5
rating
Comment: What an awesome swap! thank you so much for everything! I got it just today, and I laughed when I saw the girraffes, since April had her baby today, too, lol. I love everything especially the note you sent and the journal prompts! You are so 🍬🍭sweet🍭🍬 for sending all that you did, I will use it ALL someday since I will hoard the vellum for a while, oh, and the clippies, too. rofl.. Thank you again for a wonderful package! 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
Response: So glad you got it so quickly and that you liked it all.
SassyGreen rated for My Playlist in March 2017 on Apr 10, 2017
5
rating
Comment: I love that you have been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack too--also The Book of Mormon! Thank you for sharing!
smartin85 rated for My Playlist in March 2017 on Apr 9, 2017
5
rating
 
Marl33n rated for My Playlist in March 2017 on Apr 8, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the lovely list! t.A.T.u. brings back memories :D
StagKing rated for My Playlist in March 2017 on Apr 5, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the playlist, I can't wait to give them all a listen (I still need to listen to Hamilton, so perhaps this will be my month to do it!).
Response: I'll be sleeping to Hamilton on the train tomorrow. LOL!
pinecone rated for My Playlist in March 2017 on Apr 3, 2017
5
rating
Comment: I feel for you, I get migraines quite often. I hope you get some relief. Thanks for the Playlist!
Response: It's awful, but I deal with them. Especially the weather-related ones, like last month.
pattiairel rated for USAPC: Send me Something GREEN! on Mar 21, 2017
5
rating
Comment: thanks for a cute swap

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 926 36 36
Completed Fives Threes Ones
628 1333 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
313 62 253 0
View all

Comments

ginny19590 on May 25, 2017:

Thank you so much for the Happy Mail....=)

TC on Apr 12, 2017:

Hi aj, I sent your USAPC Handcrafted PC about 2 1/2 weeks ago, Please let me know if it hasn't arrived (no rating yet), and I will resend. Thanks!

Sahnetoffee on Aug 19, 2016:

HI! Very nice donkeys and Lighthouses. I like it!

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

shirleyinCA on Jun 21, 2016:

Thank you for the usapc wta profile surprise winner's treat. I just love the bookplates and the other items will be fun to use in my journal and swaps!

thepinkaholic on May 23, 2016:

ESG: Brighten up my profile swap Hope you enjoy these!

Artfreak16 on May 19, 2016:

ESg: Brighten up my Profile

Hope you like the pics I chose :)

--Artfreak16

Happy Swapping! Have a great day! :)

biasbabe on May 15, 2016:

Are you ok? Your recipe swap was due to be sent out yesterday May 14th.2016

chaari on Apr 27, 2016:

Just Because

Thanks for being a part of my group :)

urocyonfox on Mar 16, 2016:

Hello dear, I saw your post about diamond back rattle snake as your animal and I wanted to reach out to a fellow lover of these beautiful creatures. I. Actually doing a work research project on their pattern recognition and population studies. They are such amazing beautiful creatures and it warms my heart to know there are others out there that love them as well. As a fellow Dyke, Pagan, Pet lover, it doesn't hurt to introduce myself <3

Login to leave a comment now!