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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: June 25, 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

tentmari rated for CL: May Reading Log - Electronic on Jun 24, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for your update
KSENiA rated for CL: May Reading Log - Electronic on Jun 23, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
5
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Comment: Thank you :) Saving.
Wyopenpal rated for Ask me anything! ~ e-swap #6 on Jun 10, 2019
5
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Chaosfrau rated for Ask me anything! ~ e-swap #6 on Jun 10, 2019
5
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Comment: Just a few random questions, and I get such interesting views in other one's thoughts. Thank you very much!
Kathy821 rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 3, 2019
5
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Comment: Sigh....gonna have to send you to the corner for that pout. Way too much of that going on here today!
Response: *giggles*
5
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Comment: I am always late to the game in these swaps! So yours was a great one 😂 very accurate.
kristyrogers rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
5
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Comment: What fun!
5
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I love the colors you used in your altar cloth, and the patterns created with the different colored yarn (almost looks like flames).
Response: That was kind of the idea I was going for with those colors. I love the variegated yarns for things like that.
GabySkye rated for WC ~ Art Witch Show and Tell E-Swap on May 28, 2019
5
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Comment: You cloth was so beautiful! I love love love crochet! Not DOING it because I don't know how, but I love seeing what people make with it!
Response: Thank you. I kind of hope I still have the pattern written down somewhere, as I want to try it again in a different size/yarn combo.
Crazipurplelady rated for ESG: Music Scavenger Hunt on May 28, 2019
5
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Comment: Nice choices! Thanks
DaisyNY rated for ZZ ~ Zentangle Zine-Go-Round USA R10 on May 28, 2019
5
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Comment: A lovely variety (and there's Cabot!) I'm curious, though, why you start in the middle of the book...
Response: 4 is my favorite number. I always grab for page 4 if it's available.
HappyMom rated for ESG: Music Scavenger Hunt on May 27, 2019
5
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Comment: Great reading your answers!
Bantiarna rated for Ask me anything! ~ e-swap #5 on May 27, 2019
5
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Comment: Glad you had fun with them:)
smadronia rated for CL: April Reading Log - Electronic on May 26, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for your log! Sorry I forgot to rate!
5
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Comment: ^^ Nice answers to my questions
Hugsie86 rated for CL: April Reading Log - Electronic on May 25, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the book log and so sorry for the late rating!
Rainydancer rated for May Magickal Stocking Stuffer on May 25, 2019
5
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Comment: thanks
mermaidery rated for ESG: List 3 Each x 10 on May 24, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
smadronia rated for TWW: Camp Nano! on May 19, 2019
5
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Comment: Troll paper! thanks for your swap. I also didn't make mt Camp Nano goal, but I am much less pleased than you are with that.
Response: I love that troll notepad! I think I got it at the dollar tree?

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Comments

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:

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 27, 2019:

Ocean water or glacier water. Hugs from Alaska. Sherry

astrodogg on Mar 18, 2019:

Swap: Profile Fun #1: St. Patrick's Day

ID: astrodogg

Sorry about posting this late! I hope you had a great weekend!

~Paola

nancylee on Mar 13, 2019:

Profile Fun #1: St. Patrick's Day

jenirlsrsly on Mar 11, 2019:

Thanks for joining my swap! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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!

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