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ariestess

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

PineappleTarts rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #18 on Sep 25, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank You
5
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome Raven items! I hadn't seen that style of artwork before. It's striking! I loved the notecard, too! Thank you. ❤️❤️❤️
Response: I actually received a swap years ago that included something in that style of artwork and have been wanting to try it ever since. This seemed the perfect opportunity.
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the lovely atc, the envelope is very pretty as well.
sleepingrover2010 rated for USAPC: List Pad Sheets #2 on Sep 10, 2017
5
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Comment: Hello AJ, Thank you for the list paper pads you sent me for this swap. It is a very nice collection. I will use the list paper pad sheets for making groceries list, making, for making craft shopping lists, for making clothes shopping list, and other lists I need to make that may not be related to shopping but I may do other things. Thank you also for your very nice note. Barb sleepingrover2010
Vickimac rated for USAPC: List Pad Sheets #2 on Sep 7, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the lovely notesheets and extras!!!
5
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Comment: I love this ATC!!! It's simple and yet so special. Thank you so much.
Response: I'm glad you liked it. It just felt SO right when I made it.
bluecrayons rated for My Playlist in August 2017 on Sep 4, 2017
5
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curlywurly rated for My Playlist in August 2017 on Sep 2, 2017
5
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Comment: Thank you for your playlist. Even though heavy metal is definetely not my genre, it was really interesting having a little sneak peak into your world! Have fun with your writing (I write a lot, too!) Lots of love ♥
PineappleTarts rated for My Playlist in August 2017 on Sep 1, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank You
xlogophile rated for My Playlist in August 2017 on Sep 1, 2017
5
rating
Comment: I've been hoping to discover some heavy metal songs for a while now, because it's a genre not many people I know listen to so I don't have anyone to recommend me stuff.. Well, now I do *grins*
Response: Please feel free to PM me for recs. I listen to a lot. My instant rec would be In This Moment.
zoesnailmail rated for My Playlist in August 2017 on Sep 1, 2017
5
rating
Comment: That was really fast, thank you for the playlist :)
Star7Lily rated for P/WS: Your Divination Reading on Aug 30, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Brilliant AJ, thank you so much for your reading. many hearts xxx
KSENiA rated for CL: July Reading log - Electronic on Aug 27, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
phillipska81 rated for Sun Sign Swap on Aug 12, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so very much for this swap. I'll go through things more this evening when the toddler terrorist goes to bed for the night! I'm excited to go through the recipes you shared. I appreciate you and your thoughtfulness!
Response: You're welcome! I hop you can find something awesome in there!
5
rating
Comment: Congrats on the new records, hopefully I'll be picking on up swimming again this Fall :)
Saristotle rated for P/WS: Pagan Pinterest on Aug 12, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the cool board!
elvenfire rated for CL: July Reading log - Electronic on Aug 8, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you! :)
KSENiA rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #17 on Aug 5, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
StagKing rated for My Playlist in July 2017 on Aug 3, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the playlist! :)
PineappleTarts rated for My Playlist in July 2017 on Aug 3, 2017
5
rating
Comment: Thank You!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 951 42 43
Completed Fives Threes Ones
654 1383 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
328 63 263 0
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Comments

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

chaari on Apr 27, 2016:

Just Because

Thanks for being a part of my group :)

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