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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: July 2, 2020
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

carol rated for CL: May Reading Log - Electronic on Jul 4, 2020
5
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Comment: Looks like you're doing okay to me! I go through phases of reading a LOT, and then others when I don't read at all. I'm in one of those now. Just can't find anything I'm really interested in reading.
smadronia rated for CL: May Reading Log - Electronic on Jul 1, 2020
5
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Comment: Thanks for the swap! I'm ahead on books, just borrow some of those :)
Response: LOL I'd happily do that!
NRGordon rated for DID YOU KNOW on Jun 30, 2020
5
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Comment: Thanks for the swap. Your facts are going to keep me Googling for hours. I once almost invested in Starbucks back around 1969. It was between that and New World Coffee. I tried them both, when I went to New York and liked NW coffee best, I also found Starbucks to be over-priced and pretentious. Needless to say, I lost some money... I still drink NW coffee though.
knuffelbeerandy rated for ZZ ~ 'F' ATC on Jun 29, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Hello Aj, Thank you for you ATC. I love it. Greetings Andrea
Ninna rated for DID YOU KNOW on Jun 28, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the nice and interesting info!
Frickenjazzed rated for USAPC : Create a postcard on Jun 26, 2020
5
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Comment: Such a cute card! I love the bunnies included, they feel like they're lost in a Wonderland kind of place. Love it! I also love that you told me what kind of zentangles you used, cause I would have never known! Thanks so much!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! I love playing with Zentangle, so thought this might be fun for you to find in your mailbox!
Cindymt rated for My Pet (email swap) on Jun 25, 2020
5
rating
Comment: I'm sure your kitties are very happy with you!
NRGordon rated for My Hobby (email swap) on Jun 24, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the swap. Your work is lovely. I have to give that a try.
Response: It's a lot of fun. Give it a shot!
mariewilliams810 rated for My Pet (email swap) on Jun 24, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing about your cats with me.
arimails rated for My Pet (email swap) on Jun 23, 2020
5
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Comment: Adorable cats! Thanks for sharing <3
bluecrayons rated for My Playlist in May 2020 on Jun 19, 2020
5
rating
 
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #37 on Jun 19, 2020
5
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Comment: Sorry for the delay rating! Thank you for including the links!
Pei04 rated for My Playlist in May 2020 on Jun 16, 2020
5
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Comment: Thanks for sharing. Kylie Minogue is great and there was a lot of songs by her I've never heard of before :)
5
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Comment: Whoo-hoo on Outlaw Queen work!!!
Sarahjane1996 rated for My Playlist in May 2020 on Jun 14, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you 😊
PineappleTarts rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #37 on Jun 13, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for your playlist. It was nice of you to include Spotify links as well.
Response: You're welcome. I try to include the Spotify links when I remember.
lairka rated for My Playlist in May 2020 on Jun 10, 2020
5
rating
Comment: thank you
carrotkate rated for TWW: Atlas Obscura on Jun 8, 2020
5
rating
Comment: This was a *challenge* for sure! But I think you’ve got the start of something interesting. Thanks for sharing with me!
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZZ ~ 'G' ATC on Jun 8, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for this great ATC! I love the tangles you used! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for your tattoo dragonfly & tangled card

Rating Overview

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5.0000 1417 84 89
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Comments

PineappleTarts on Apr 19, 2020:

Hello from New Jersey! I see you like donkeys. Maybe you should watch some donkey videos on Youtube during this quarantine.

Wishing you and your family health and happiness.

ESG: Friendly Profile message

SunTradeToo on Apr 12, 2020:

ESG: Friendly Profile message/April

HappyMom on Apr 12, 2020:

Hi AJ! I hope you're surviving and thriving in these unprecedented times! Thanks for being a great swapper on WSG: Friendly Profile Message.

peanuts

friends

KSENiA on Dec 22, 2019:

ESG: Holiday Profile Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

johanna5137 on Dec 20, 2019:

Profile Swap - Favorite Christmas Song

johanna5137

Kirkdebb on Dec 20, 2019:

Profile Swap - Favorite Christmas Song

kirkdebb

Artstamper on Dec 19, 2019:

Thank you for returning my USA Zentangle zine! Thanks also for your lovely page. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

michlove on Dec 19, 2019:

Profile swap-Favorite Christmas Song-Michlove

HappyMom on Dec 15, 2019:

Hi AJ! Happy Holiday greets from Happy Mom and ESG! I hope you're having a great season, filled with lots of love and light. Thanks for the great swaps this past year, and here's to many more in the days to come.

Hugs, Ilyse - ESG Holiday Profile Greeting

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grammypammy on Dec 15, 2019:

ESG Holiday Profile Greetings

Hugs Pam

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