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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: April 15, 2021
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

PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle ~ J,K,L Postcard on Apr 14, 2021
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Comment: Interesting theme. Thank you!!
Response: I had fun playing with it and it just kinda happened. LOL
dorcii rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 13, 2021
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Comment: Thanks a lot for your article :)
megan1230 rated for Purple for your partner on Apr 12, 2021
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Comment: HOLY MOLY! You know those amazing swaps where the brighten your mood for the rest of the day?! This is one of those swaps! Thank you so much for the generous assortment of purple things! I'm so excited!
Response: I am so glad it brightened your mood! I hope you can use everything. And if you can't, please feel free to pass it along to someone else who can!
lostinavalon rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 11, 2021
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Comment: Yikes, sounds creepy! haha! Thanks for sending!
Intrinzica rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 11, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you!
IntaglioDragon rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 10, 2021
5
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baharkutuk rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 10, 2021
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Tamawi rated for ZZ: Sender's Choice ATC - 5 on Apr 9, 2021
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Comment: All the trippy zentangles you drew make this a lot of fun to look at. Thanks!
Response: Glad you liked it! I just took some faves and had fun with it.
shanaabird rated for PC Playlist #6: Classic Rock on Apr 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard and playlist!
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Comment: I went on to tea/coffee stain book pages, calendar pages, an envelope, cardstock in different colors, laces, and made lace imprints on them using a plastic tablecloth that I had cut up. If you put the coffee on, then leave the plastic on until it completely dries, the imprint from the plastic shows upl ighter. Your card is beautiful! I love the gold shimmer! What did you use to achieve this? Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
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Comment: Hi AJ, Thank you so much for the beautiful poem you penned on Rainbows. It really seems that you have written a poem(s) before. It also seems that you enjoy poetry. I look forward to adding your poem to my collection of poems I've written, as well as, poems swappers have collected for other swaps. Poetry is one of my loves. I appreciate you sending the swap to me and I hope we get to swap with one another again. Happy Swapping! Colorado mail is still slow both in and out of the state. Please be Patient! Thank You! Barb sleepingrover2010
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I've been writing poetry for most of my life...
SkaGirl rated for Stickers And A Card #2 on Apr 3, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!!!
Naeco rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 1, 2021
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Comment: Hi! That was a very interesting topic. I like psychology/behavior so I enjoyed reading. Thank you!
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Comment: THANKYOU for the heart swell starter!
Rosa1 rated for WC ~ Letter and mail art on Mar 29, 2021
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Comment: Wow! just wow! such a beautiful letter & envelope!!
Response: I'm glad you liked it!
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Comment: Thank you for the card, I love those plants and you found cards with them on them, I have not seen that. Thank you for the tile. When I saw it, I thought of a stream and waterfall before I read your note. It is so pretty. Thank you
Response: I got those notecards at my local post office in a set of 12. They're so pretty, and I just had to have them. And I'm glad you liked the tile.
Catt007 rated for TOW: Eostre/Ostara-Let it be Spring~ on Mar 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, so full of joy and the promise of Spring and new beginnings. Happy Ostara, blessings. Cathy
Response: Glad you liked it!
grammypammy rated for ESG: The ABC's of Me on Mar 24, 2021
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Comment: Enjoyed reading your ABC's about you, so thanks for sharing with me. I really liked your P answers (I would agree with all of them) and your answer for U tugged at my heart. Thanks again!
HappyMom rated for ESG: The ABC's of Me on Mar 22, 2021
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Comment: You totally have my curiosity piqued about your favorite quote!
noone7212 rated for 🎵New year, new music #5 on Mar 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the card and the music! :-) I hope you're doing well and staying safe!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1537 89 94
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1089 2200 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
547 99 443 0
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Comments

AislingKanoni on Jan 6, 2021:

Hello,

This is for the Something I Love Profile Swap. I hope you enjoy. I hope you're doing well, and hope your year goes well.

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CatBrouille on Jan 2, 2021:

Hello my friend ! I wish you an happy New year

This is Something I Love... Profile Swap

Take Care xxx

greenwindow on Jan 2, 2021:

Something I Love... Profile Swap!

Hey! Thank you so much for joining my swap! I hope the holidays were great for you!

All The Best,

Abbie x

greenwindow on Jan 2, 2021:

Happy New Year - Decorate my Page Swap !

Hope you had a wonderful new year!

itsnobody on Dec 18, 2020:

ESG: Christmas profile greeting

Greetings! Have nice holidays and be healthy. All the best wishes from Bulgaria~

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grammypammy on Dec 14, 2020:

ESG: Christmas profile greeting

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Hugs, Pam

HappyMom on Dec 13, 2020:

Hi AJ! Have an awesome holiday - Crazy year, but better days are ahead!

cmas

MC

ESG: Christmas profile greeting from Happy Mom

HappyMom on Dec 1, 2020:

Please accept this profile comment as an angel for the ESG swap you didn't receive! Thanks for being part of the group!

sorry

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Artistic on Nov 2, 2020:

I'm so glad you like your NaNo mascot!

I got 1,703 words done on Day 1. I'm moving next week so I really need to bank words this week! Hope you got off to a great start, too.

littlehana86 on Aug 24, 2020:

Without the dark, we never see the star!

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