Swap-bot Time: December 6, 2019 7:49 pm


Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: December 6, 2019
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States

About Me


I never flake on swaps. Ever. If you have not received a swap from me, please send a note and I'll replace cheerfully and immediately.

NOTE: I have been sending out closer to the deadline than usual and apologize for that. My new job has been kicking my butt, but I look forward to doing my swaps every Saturday and will not send anything after the deadline.


I'm 44 years old and neuroatypical (autistic), and wouldn't choose to be any other age or way to be. I'm a mama of two (ages 15 and 13) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 21 years. I love to laugh and joke, but can also be very serious. I love sunglasses and have about 20 pairs that I cycle through. I have two black cats and a huge menacing calico. I am a grateful member of Al-Anon and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) and will gladly hear about and share on these topics if anyone wishes. My (fairly new) job is court transcription and I love it.

my favorite toy diorama

I make dioramas out of televisions and cigar boxes and am working on several right now, one is a vintage circus and one is going to be Shackleton's Endurance ship. I am hoping they won't take 10 years to finish as my last one did.

one of my dioramas:

I love tiny things and plastic toys which I incorporate into my dioramas or put into shadowboxes or just fill up jars and put them on shelves. My obsessions change from day to day and I often get sucked into a rabbit hole researching different topics.

Other recent obsessions: Britain World War I

My hobbies include needlepoint, cross stitch, cooking, reading, crafting, traveling, SLEEPING, and listening to music. I'm originally from the Detroit, Michigan area but have been living in the south for 10 years now.

I love to swap postcards, stickers, ATCs, crafts, needlework, drawings, ephemera. I'm NOT a super picky swapper and will not give low ratings just because something doesn't exactly match my standards. Those things just get put back into my swap box to be sent on to someone who will enjoy it better. I will not be offended by much of anything unless it's hateful or bigoted, and will love anything profane or funny or weird or kitschy or bizarre.

"No matter where you go, there you are." ~ Buckaroo Banzai

"Strangers on this road we are on/ We are not two we are one." ~ The Kinks

Favorite Books

I read everything from romance to non-fiction to fanfic. Mainly, I like mysteries and have a few favorite authors like Kathy Reichs, Preston&Child, and Lindsey Davis. I write fanfic sometimes, but mainly read. I'll tell you my OTPs if you're interested. I really enjoy very old first-person accounts, like old diaries and compilations of letters. Other favorite authors: Rikki Ducornet, Emma Donoghue, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, The Brontë sisters...

Favorite Television

I am a HUGE Supernatural fan. Recently binged and loved: The Good Place, Schitt's Creek (one of the best shows ever ever ever), Maniac, Dark, The Haunting of Hill House (incredible!), What We Do in the Shadows.

I regularly watch Chopped and Project Runway and various documentaries. Forensic Files is often on in the background. That guy's voice is soothing.

Favorite Crafts

Needlework, dioramas, ATCs, articulated paper dolls, shadowboxes, stickers.

my needlepoint


nature and natural history,
aboriginal art,
birds, especially blue jays and cardinals,
science fiction,
the supernatural,
cryptozoology and weird stuff,
huge things,
tiny things,
little plastic toys,
folk art, outsider art,
amazons and warrior women,
witches/witchy things/paganism/mysticism,
LGBTQIA+ (pansexual a PLUS),
radical politics,
Frida Kahlo,
aspergers/aspie/autism positive (not Autism Speaks),
gingko trees,
cacti and succulents,
Supernatural (Destiel forever),
Harry Potter (I love Hermione and Snape the best)

I collect


shaped plastic combs,
plastic dinosaurs,
tiny things,
anything tiny and plastic really.

my button stash

Favorite Colors

Pink and orange anything, especially together! I also adore rainbow patterns or color schemes.


Fav Music

TOP FIVE: Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, Lavender Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd

OTHER: Sufjan Stevens, Innocence Mission, Lizzo, Sia, My Morning Jacket, Beyoncé, David Byrne, Dawn Landes, Alela Diane, Feist, Florence + the Machine, Y La Bamba, Elvis Perkins, Gillian Welch, Arcade Fire, The Middle East, Santigold, Future Islands, Aimee Mann, Yeasayer, Wye Oak, Tom Tom Club, Sean Hayes, Liam Finn, Finn Bros, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, Cocorosie, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young

Favorite Movies

Blade Runner, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Popeye, Any period movie (Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, To Have and Have Not, Tank Girl, Secretary, Star Wars (any), Dune, Harry Potter, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Addicted to Love, Punch Drunk Love, Darjeeling Limited, District 9, ALL the Alien movies.


simcoe54 rated for PH: Non-Touristy PCs #3 on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the non-touristy postcards and I love the vintage card.
turnsoleluna rated for Women ATC on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Wonderful ATC. Hope you had a great road trip :)
Chaar rated for Christmas Card 2019 on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Hello Claire Thank you for the funny card and the extra stickers, tape
LadyJo rated for Thankful Swap on Dec 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a very nice swap! I love how you did the card! We had a nice time with family and lots of food! Now until the Christmas Season!
Comment: Thank you for the very funny cat Xmas card!
midge rated for Women ATC on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: My favorite ATC ever. No kidding! I love it. Thanks!
Poohtat rated for PSH: 5 Card Hunt #2 on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Love the postcards and the lovely note. I agree that sometimes the frogs sound like people whispering. I say that every Spring about the peepers in our vernal pond.
Eulegirl rated for WIYM: ORANGE POSTCARD SWAP #2 on Nov 27, 2019
Comment: That is a gorgeous window. Orange lovers unite!!!
CHOWEFACE rated for lantern press blank envie swap 15 on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Omg! I loveeee everything you’ve sent! I swooned over these SPN things & all the LPs are new to me! This season is def getting crazier and crazier...I’m so nervous! Anywho, happy thanksgiving to you too!!
auntiejo rated for NYUP USA Only #55 on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card! IT was postmarked 11/4/19 and I JUST NOW GOT IT in Minnesota!! WHEW!!
Comment: Thanks so much for a special swap! The handmade card was very special - wishbone and all! Each postcard was super special too! I especially love the New Yorker cartoon! Thanks so much and enjoy your holiday week!
marles rated for CPG Travel Postcard - Global on Nov 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks!! Loved your PC!!
KarenFife rated for CPG Ugly/Freebie PC - US Only on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Oh My Goodness!!! That is the kind of postcard I jump up and down about getting! Awesome!!! Thank you, thank you, for this delightful postcard😂🥰‼️
weatherwax rated for WIYM: Junk Journal Supplies on Nov 22, 2019
Comment: Oh, I loooove your swap! Thank you so much for taking the time and making this swap special :) So much to explore in this delightful (dinosaur instructions , haha) and thoughtful envelope. You really made my day, thank you :) :)
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: In one of those odd synchronicities all my incoming mail today arrived in brown kraft envelopes. I saved yours 'til last because I knew I'd want to savor it. (Loved the 'shroom theme by the way.) And once again you've chosen cards to titillate my fancy & offbeat sense of humor. Love 'em all! Fun extras too. I recognized the page from Graham Rawle's Wonder Book of Fun right away as I have a copy I haven't yet been able to bring myself to cut up. It's so refreshing to find someone else on the same wavelength. Thank you, Claire.
Barbara rated for FPRU: Double sided AD postcards USA on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: Hi Claire, Thank you for the interesting ad cards and for the beautiful stamps and cinderellas you placed on the envelope.
BeHappyToday rated for AN: Teach Me #12 (USA) on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the interesting facts about the leaf beetle.
grammypammy rated for CPG Thanksgiving Card - US only on Nov 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the adorable turkey Thanksgiving card! Thank you for being there for the veterans, we appreciate people like you!
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful stickers and goodies! LOVE the rabbit ones!

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lou on Nov 28, 2019:

Happy Birthday from WIYM group!

stiffneck78 on Sep 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for the great Ryden postcard!!! I Love it!! Now you have me going online to see about finding more. Awesome!!!

myancey on Aug 6, 2019:

Hello there ! If my postcard has made it ya could you please leave me a rating?ty kindly. Have an awesome day

earthnk on May 12, 2019:

Hi Banjobraids, perusing profiles I chortle burped when I saw your swap handle. With a name like that you’d be a shoo-in as opening act for mumford and sons 😂

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 22, 2019:

lilibet on Oct 26, 2018:

Thanks for returning the Hallowzine! Have a great Halloween!

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