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ariestess

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

MLouiseO rated for My Playlist in March 2019 on Apr 20, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you. Love your list.
Hugsie86 rated for Bookworm Corner: March 2019 on Apr 18, 2019
5
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Comment: Very interesting choice of book. Not something I'd read about, but I'm glad you liked it! (Sorry for the late rating. I was sure I had rated you!)
KSENiA rated for CL: March Reading Log - Electronic on Apr 18, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Cherylb rated for Camp NaNo April: Halfway Point! on Apr 17, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Your comments were perfect. I'm out to make my muse behave.
mermaidery rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #29 on Apr 17, 2019
5
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Comment: I have only heard of some of these. Going to check out the links you sent. I always love finding new music to add to my playlists. Thanks!
Response: Hope you find some you like! I absolutely adore my Release Radar playlist on Spotify. It introduces me to so many new songs/artists!
astrodogg rated for Email Questions Swap No. 6 - Cars on Apr 9, 2019
5
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FireBall96 rated for My Playlist in March 2019 on Apr 8, 2019
5
rating
 
kfaye rated for March Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Apr 8, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #29 on Apr 8, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the list and the links!
jessnewson98 rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #29 on Apr 8, 2019
5
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Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for your list! I've actually listened to some before but I can't wait to try the other songs! Have a wonderful week :)
Malliecat rated for My Playlist in March 2019 on Apr 7, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the playlists. 😊
PineappleTarts rated for My Playlist in March 2019 on Apr 7, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank You
5
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Comment: I loved it! Seems like it could be the first chapter of something much longer!
Response: Yeah, that's my worry. LOL But I haven't done a proper multi-chap for this particular pairing yet, so who knows? Thanks for the heart!
tentmari rated for Bookworm Corner: March 2019 on Apr 4, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for your book review. While it is not something I would read, I'm glad you enjoyed the book. ☺
3stairs rated for Profile Fun #1: St. Patrick's Day on Apr 4, 2019
5
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Comment: I love the shamrock! <3
Winegeek rated for USAPC: Things with Wings ATC on Apr 3, 2019
5
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Comment: What a wonderful ATC. Very nice watercolor. Thank you!
5
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5
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Comment: Thank you so much. I love this one!!
breethefrog rated for Spring Haiku + Free Haiku on Apr 2, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the poems. I have not thought to write about cake before. Interesting idea...
Response: A friend gave me the cake prompt and I just went with it. LOL I guess technically that was more of a senryu than a haiku?
ttbishop rated for ELECTRONIC - Non Fiction Memoir on Mar 30, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks! I enjoyed reading your story. :-D

Rating Overview

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5.0000 1220 68 71
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850 1766 0 0
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Comments

dardarbinx on Apr 21, 2019:

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:

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

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