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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: November 17, 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

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Comment: Thank you for the playlist! It's really nice being introduced to new artists :)
mandigutterrose rated for Kitchen Crafting on Nov 17, 2017
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Comment: It arrived! You're so talented, these look perfect! You had no way of knowing this, but we have a plastic cover on our table to protect our cloth tablecloths (kids, yeesh) and I'm constantly having to find things to keep hot dishes from melting it! These are perfect and I love the cheerful colors! I rarely ever go in for the "traditional" colors that go with the wheel of the year; I especially need bright, happy colors in winter because I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. So these have really sung to my heart, thank you for sharing your craft with me.
Jenicat rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Nov 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for your playlist. I look forward to listening to it 💜
BTim rated for My Playlist in September 2017 on Nov 10, 2017
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Comment: So metal!
Response: Right?! LOL! I looked at my list and just kinda stared, then started laughing.
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Comment: What a neat idea on this theme I really like it thank you
Response: I'm glad you liked it. I wanted to try something different, and this just felt right. And now I have a new technique to play with some more.
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Comment: These recipes sound delicious, I can't wait to make them. Thank you for joining this swap.
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Comment: Thank you for my gift! I can't wait till Christmas!! Happy Holidays!
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Comment: Thank you! Looking forward to discovering what's inside :0)
CarmicWords rated for NaNo Mascot 2017 on Oct 23, 2017
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CarmicWords rated for Weekly Rewards for NaNo 2017 on Oct 23, 2017
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littlemissme84 rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #19 on Oct 22, 2017
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Comment: Quite a few songs there that I know. Thanks for sharing.
smartin85 rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #19 on Oct 19, 2017
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nnair rated for Poetry Journal on Oct 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you! I look forward to reading these poems!
Response: I hope you find some that you like!
njstauter rated for All Hallows Eve #10 Profile Gift on Oct 13, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for wonderful gifts. I have never seen this tarot deck, so the cards are so very interesting. I don't know if you had a planned spread for them, but I have one and will lay them out tomorrow for a reading. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Response: No planned spread, but they're in the order they were drawn. Glad you liked it.
smartin85 rated for My Playlist in September 2017 on Oct 5, 2017
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emiiy8 rated for My Playlist in September 2017 on Oct 3, 2017
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Comment: There were some very interesting spells and recipes. Thank you. Are you doing public or larger group rituals?
Response: I don't normally do many public/group rituals, mostly because of transportation issues and energy issues. I'm picky about the energy I deal with.
CajunLady rated for P/WS: Samhain Altar Box on Oct 2, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great package. I've been wanting to try some of those matches for a while now.
Response: I've had mixed results with them personally, but I have several pagan friends who swear by them. I always figure it's user error when I have issues. LOL
Lety rated for My Playlist in September 2017 on Oct 2, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the list. Luckily I don't know any of the songs you wrote!
Response: I hope you find some you like!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 976 46 46
Completed Fives Threes Ones
674 1412 0 0
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Comments

PrairieKittin on Oct 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for the awesome WTA gifts! I loved that hot chocolate! Thanks again!

purple24 on Sep 11, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful handmade pumpkin coasters. I absolutely love them. :) .... USA Paper Crafts WTA #18

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

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