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banjobraids

banjobraids
Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: July 6, 2020
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States
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About Me

detroitmural

2020-pacolypse Update: Wow. It's been rough. And I'm not seeing a light yet, but I know I KNOW it's there. Pride was cancelled which is PTTHHHTHTHTHhhhhhhh. Swaps are helping keep me going, and I'm trying to make each one extra special if I can. Everyone hang in there!

International Mail Note: I'm nervous about my international mail arriving safely these days, so please don't hesitate to tell me if it's been an abnormally long time for a swap or if it arrives with postage due. There's something hinky about the USPS postage calculator online right now and it'd difficult to be sure about amounts. Just let me know and I'll reimburse you.

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.

I work for the VA and am extremely busy, so often I can only work on my swaps on the weekend, and may send out near or on the last day. This may cause a delay in rating as well. However, I ALWAYS rate and I ALWAYS send on time. Rating is super important to me and I like to devote time and effort to it, and really let the person know how much I appreciate their time and generosity.

pic of me

I'm 45 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 16 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 that are siblings and a huge menacing calico who despises them. I drink massive amounts of Lime LaCroix every single day. I am a grateful member of Al-Anon and Adult Children of Alcoholics and will gladly hear about and share on these topics if anyone wishes. I'm a court transcriptionist, for veterans mainly, and it is very fulfilling work.

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; (see below). Update: They are going to take 10 years.

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.

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 12 years now.

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

Postcard and Ephemera Likes

I prefer artsy or funny postcards over touristy, but I will be happy to receive any postcard, naked or in an envie, vintage or new or ad. I definitely enjoy handmade postcards, too. You can send me all the weird or "gross" postcards, bugs and creepy creatures, scary women, wtf cards and I will be ecstatic.

Specific topics I like:
nature and natural history,
aboriginal/first nations art,
needlework,
ouroboros,
bananas,
rainbows,
birds, especially blue jays and cardinals,
squirrels,
snakes,
science fiction,
mysteries,
the supernatural,
cryptozoology,
history,
moths,
huge things,
tiny things,
skeletons,
folk art, outsider art,
strange tourist destinations or attractions
insects, esp houseflies or beetles
amazons,
warrior women,
witches/witchy things/paganism,
LGBTQIA+ (pansexual a PLUS),
radical progressive politics,
things about voting,
amazing women politicians,
Frida Kahlo,
aspergers/aspie/autism positive (not Autism Speaks),
mermaids,
gingko trees,
images of woman,
cacti and succulents,
Fandoms: Supernatural (Destiel forever),
Harry Potter (I love Hermione and Snape the best)
Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker or Tom Baker
Legion
Buffy/Angel/Firefly

Things I collect and LOVE

keithharing

Any of these are instant hearts and love and gratitude:

postcards,
pressed pennies,
shaped plastic combs,
plastic dinosaurs,
buttons/badges/enamel pins,
gay stuff,
bitchy stuff,
fat stuff,
zines,
anything tiny and plastic,
LENTICULARS!

My current button stash display:
my button stash

People I absolutely love/heros:
John Waters
Divine
Kate Bush
Frida Kahlo
Wonder Woman
Pee Wee Herman
James Baldwin
Temple Grandin
Shirley Chisholm

Favorite Crafts

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

My needlepoint based on a Russian suprematist painting from around 1915:
my needlepoint

Fav Artists:
Kehinde Wiley
Amy Sherald
Keith Haring
Tamara de Lempicka
Kara Walker
Paa Joe
Diane Arbus
and a MILLION MORE...see my Pinterest

Favorite Television

I am a HUGE Supernatural fan. Recent loves: Upload. I didn't think I would like it, but I ended up loving it. Killing Eve is the BEST. Also loved Belgravia. Ended shows I loved: The Good Place, Schitt's Creek (one of the best shows ever ever ever), Maniac, The Haunting of Hill House. Other favs: What We Do in the Shadows. Picard and Discovery, I am so in love with both.

We just finished watching We're Here and it's so incredible and inspiring.

I love old movies, especially 40s movies with Betty Davis or Cary Grant or Margaret Sullivan or Humphrey Bogart. TCM is a staple. I was raised on musicals and know almost every word to most of them (whether I want to or not).

angel

Dislikes

I don't have many and will absolutely not rate down for these. Just a list if you're wondering what things I don't really have a use for and that automatically get put in my giveaway box:

glitter
planner stuff
emojis
kawaii stuff (except maybe Twin Stars)
things that glorify drinking (ex. Wine-o-clock, etc)
dreamcatchers
perfumey stuff (except patchouli)

As I said before, I don't like anything bigoted or hateful or white supremacist. I'm not a Christian, but I don't mind religious items or prayers or things like that. Jesus seems like he was a cool guy. I wish more people were like him.

Favorite Colors

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

candles

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, 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.

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 really enjoy very old first-person accounts, like old diaries and compilations of letters. Other favorite authors: Rikki Ducornet, Emma Donoghue, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, The Brontë sisters, Banana Yoshimoto. I write fanfic sometimes, but mainly read. I'll tell you my OTPs if you're interested, and would LOVE to hear about yours!

arbus quote

Ratings

Eclectonote rated for Int'l Postcard to 3 Partners on Jul 5, 2020
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Comment: Yes, I am indeed ready for the amazing spectacle and looking forward to my audience with the astral body.
KarenFife rated for P&M Postcard Fun Swap 2 on Jul 2, 2020
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Comment: Love the postcard! You chose that one because I adore little bright red hats‼️ Thanks so much!
Response: Yay! I didn't even make that connection :):):) Thanks for the heart :):)
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Comment: Thank you
Response: You're so welcome! :):)
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Comment: I apologize for the late rating. This was forever ago but a lot happened in a short amount of time and I totally had to disappear for awhile. I am so sorry. Hopefully the heart will help a little. Thanks so much and I apologize again.
Response: No need to apologize! This site is for fun, not a job no matter what some might think. ;););) Sending you hugs and glad to see you back in the light again. 1000 hearts to you :):)
paperlover rated for Surprise Postcard Swap on Jul 1, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards. I love the skeleton.
Response: You're so very welcome! Thanks for the heart! :):)
rhinoluvr rated for Recipe Postcard on Jul 1, 2020
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Comment: Hi Claire, I love the cornbread recipe PC you sent, with the lunchbox & thermos stickers - so cool. Thank you too for reading my profile. I’m just the opposite - I enjoy baking but struggle with the inventiveness of cooking. Take care ;)
Response: Your profile always makes me smile :):) Baking is like alchemy! I feel like people can do one or the other with cooking/baking. That's why we, as people, need each other in the world! So we can have our baked goods *and* awesome curries. :):):)
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Comment: Thank you so very much for the wonderful postcards. Also thank you so very much for the address labels, that was a lovely surprise:)
Response: It was fun making them! Glad you enjoyed! Have a lovely day. :):):)
basykes rated for A Different AD card on Jun 30, 2020
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Comment: Definitely a different card! Thanks.
Response: Thank you! :)
dobiegirl rated for Surprise Postcard Swap on Jun 30, 2020
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Comment: loved them all thank you.
Response: You're so welcome! :):)
jillianstella rated for Matchbox Swap #5 - Food Theme! on Jun 30, 2020
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Comment: Wow!! What an amazing swap! You really did make this extra special!! I love everything from the stickers and notepad to the adorable matchbox and all the cute things in it!! Thank you soooo much!!! All the hearts!! I also love Titus, he is my favorite character! He has the best lines and scenes lol I love the Pino Noir song he does haha!
Response: Omg, now I need to hear the Pino Noir song again. Glad you enjoyed your funbox :):):) We all need some rainbows in the mail right now, right? Someone sent me those roller skate notes awhile back and they were waiting in my giveaway box for ya. You're so very welcome! :):):)
chimerix rated for ATC - Free Themed #17 (USA) on Jun 29, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the interesting Frida ATC and for the extra fairy one. Aloha
Response: You're so welcome! :):):)
Itti rated for Marilyn Monroe and Quote ATC Swap on Jun 29, 2020
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Comment: I love them! Thank you so much!
Response: Glad you love them! Thank you for the heart! :):):)
colleenbUSA rated for WnWHS ~ Make Music Day ~ PC on Jun 28, 2020
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Comment: Thanks you for the postcard! I love it! I don’t think I’ve heard any of those songs!
Response: Thank you for the heart! :):):)
bluehairedmary rated for Weirder Than Weird #23 on Jun 27, 2020
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Comment: The postcard of the felted "anatomy" of a clam is awesome! I know that Run DMC song, of course. Thanks for thinking of me! I'm not bugging at all, except over the utter failure of quarantining these days. Take care!
Response: Glad you enjoyed :):):) Take care :):)
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Comment: Such a great selection -- really unusual ones! Thanks so much!
Response: You're so welcome :):):)
shirleyinCA rated for 3 Weird Cards in an Envelope on Jun 26, 2020
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Comment: You are amazing, Claire! You managed to send wonderfully weird cards that also perfectly match my interests! Those whaleboats by Martz are such great fun! Thanks for extras, too. Yes I think that business card does have the feel of Shinzi Katoh art and I just adore the Little Red Riding Hood paper doll card! Love the happy decorations on the envelope also.
Response: Yay! Glad you enjoyed :):):) It's always fun to find new artists through your profile.
Frickenjazzed rated for Halloween ATC series (3) L & L on Jun 26, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much for the cute L's! I love the use of purple :D
Response: Thank you! :):) Glad you enjoyed.
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #61 on Jun 25, 2020
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Comment: Neat card!
Response: Glad you enjoyed :):)
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Comment: Thank you for the cheerful postcard.
Response: You're so very welcome! :):):)
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Comment: Yay, thank you so much for the amazing selection of postcards, I love them all and the Marilyn Monroe and Anne Taintor cards are new to my collection!! Also really love the alien/space themed washi tape,it's so cute! Thanks for the extras.
Response: You're so very welcome! :):):) So glad you enjoyed :):):)

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Comments

Starforest on Jul 2, 2020:

Oh my goodness!!! 🤩🤩🤩 I got the package you sent me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE 💗 everything you sent me! I can’t wait to make some bugs! And everything else was so cool! 😎🤩😍 I swear it’s like you know me! I can’t say thank you enough, you really made my whole week! I was so thrilled to open everything! Wowee!!

glowsfl on Jun 16, 2020:

Thanks for being such a nice person.

susieq11 on May 19, 2020:

I love your address labels and the Noguchi stamps! I have a sheet I can’t part with, lol!! So happy to have these “extras”! : ) Hope you have a great day!

RiverTopanga on Apr 8, 2020:

Welcome to the Artisan ATC swap group. I think you will love our group... a very talented little community! :-) your favorite colors remind me of Okinawa, Japan. They loved using pink and orange together (at least in the 90's-when I was there!)

1OldfoolPlanner on Mar 17, 2020:

lambchoppy on Feb 29, 2020:

New swap up if you're interested!

Sticker PC Swap #17 - USA ONLY

Kirkdebb on Feb 11, 2020:

WnWHS Great American Pies Month Profile Swap

I enjoy many different pies, but my favorite has always been walnut pie. My mom and I would gather walnuts from my grandfather's tree and I would help to crack them. It is made the same as pecan pie, but uses walnuts instead of pecans.

Allylu on Feb 4, 2020:

WnWHS Great American Pies Month Profile Swap

grammypammy on Feb 2, 2020:

WnWHS Great American Pies Month Profile Swap

Thanks for joining this swap!

Please rate me.

Hugs, Pam

kittyhahahotbot on Jan 12, 2020:

HOw stoked & exciting! To have someone fall in love with their most special trinkets! WE are simply, utterly, completely, sympatico. May my evil eye bring you good luck. Oh and you must show me its new home when it finds one. I'd love to see that!

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