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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: October 20, 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

mermaidery rated for ESG: One Word on Oct 15, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you :]
aligurl75 rated for ESG: List 5 x 5 - September on Oct 15, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sending your list.
5
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Comment: Enjoyed seeing your neat tangles and thanks for getting it out so promptly!
Response: Thank you!
Artistic rated for Thinking about NaNo 2019 on Oct 6, 2019
5
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Comment: Ooh. Like to see you're still doing stories again. I know You'll get them all done! And if the project is OUAT, have fun! Got the queen's crown reference, too. :)
Response: Oh, my queen is by no stretch of the imagination done with me yet. LOL I'll be writing for her for a long time to come yet.
Nserviam rated for Thinking about NaNo 2019 on Oct 6, 2019
5
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Comment: What an interesting idea! Both the concept and the calendar idea seem neat! Good luck!
Response: Friends and I in the fandom have been doing it for several years now. It's a lot of fun.
AnnaofTarth rated for ESG: One Word on Sep 30, 2019
5
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Comment: Doink is an amazing hairstyle! Thank you for your answers.
Response: LOL My dad has a ponytail and named all ponytail holders and scrunchies "doinks", so it's just stuck with me ever since.
HappyMom rated for ESG: One Word on Sep 29, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Great job - enjoyed your answers!
SatisHuman rated for That's a good question on Sep 23, 2019
5
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Comment: Great answers! I like the way you think.
Response: Thanks! LOL
Dinkyde rated for ESG: List 5 x 5 - September on Sep 23, 2019
5
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Comment: Good answers
nalaqueen rated for ESG: List 5 x 5 - September on Sep 22, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing :)
Pei04 rated for My Playlist in August 2019 on Sep 21, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing. All the songs were new to me :)
kfaye rated for September Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Sep 18, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the gift & for joining my swap :D
kfaye rated for August Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Sep 18, 2019
5
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Comment: Got it! thank you for the re-send :)
mermaidery rated for My Playlist in August 2019 on Sep 17, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing your list!
mermaidery rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #31 on Sep 17, 2019
5
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Comment: Africa was playing when I opened your email. First song on your list. Weird. Thanks for sharing!
farangelinan rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #31 on Sep 16, 2019
5
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Comment: thanks for sharing :)
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #31 on Sep 15, 2019
5
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Comment: Thanks for the list and links! I'll have to listen to some of these!
Poina rated for My Playlist in August 2019 on Sep 12, 2019
5
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Comment: Thank you for the playlist! A lot of this stuff looks like it will be fun to shift through, so I look forward to listening to it :)
5
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Comment: Thanks for the update. I'm curious now about a couple books on your list. How awesome to read a book written by a friend! Happy reading 😊
jessnewson98 rated for That's a good question on Sep 9, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Gah, I loved reading through your answers! Thanks for taking the time to answer all the questions! I hope you have a lovely week :)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1291 73 76
Completed Fives Threes Ones
899 1864 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
462 78 359 0
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Comments

Poftoffel on Jul 31, 2019:

(Don’t forget to email your story for the Feedback Swap :-))

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!

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