Swap-bot Time: September 18, 2019 10:44 am


Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: September 18, 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.

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 12) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 20 years. I love to laugh and joke, but can also be very serious. 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.

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, haha. 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: Lizzie Borden, Antarctic explorers, Anna Coleman Ladd, the history of slavery, colonialism in the Congo, history of Australia...

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.

One of my dioramas:(http://i63.tinypic.com/x1a69f.png)


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.

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.


tentmari rated for Just Randomness on Sep 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the goodies! 😊
Comment: Thank you for small notecards.
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice pc. I also loved the Ryden postcard. Extra bonus!!!! That was so cool of you. Thanks, a bunch.
Comment: Thank you for this amazing vintage PC ! The subject of the card rings so true.. our troops NEED MAIL - We are part of Operation Shoebox which is a not-for-profit organization that fills shoebox sized boxes for our troops with ALL sorts of comforts and necessities like candy, gum, tissues, TUMS, toilet paper, toothpaste, chap stick etc... they need it and it's so fun to send them!! THANK YOU AGAIN!! xx Gabi ps- wow I sure would love to know your Friend who is the Ovarian cancer survivor! xx Hugs xx
Eulegirl rated for NYUP Oversized PC #2 on Sep 6, 2019
Comment: Michigan is a fun place to visit. Thanks for the fun Beowulf card. I love it!
Comment: Love the card, the stamps, and the planets sticker! Such a great swap from you! I haven't been to Kudzu in a while, but I have gotten good vintage cards there before!
nannydino rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #7 on Sep 3, 2019
Comment: Hi Claire thank you for the Turkish Language PC: coffee and hearts <3 Happy September swapping peace love light
Autist rated for Notecard With A Profile Surprise on Aug 31, 2019
Comment: I LOVED the stickers and stationary!! It was very much a profile surprise for me!! Thank you so much! And thank you for taking the time to write me a letter. I LOVE when swappers write letters!! I just loved this swap!! Go team villains. Check out my post on instagram (link in profile).
Response: Yayyyyy :):):) Love the instagram, that's a great idea. :):):)
Comment: Really nice postcard - love the variety of stamps.
Response: Yay, glad you enjoyed :):):) That was fun.
Comment: Hi Claire, thanks for your amazing brown envie! I love the owl stamps and the other owl stuff and the library card paper. But actually, all things were great!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! :):):) I was surprised I had all the owl stuff.
Widellia rated for Desk de-clutter swap! on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the paper goodies and bits 😍 love them all and the folder they was in 🌸🌸
Response: Awesome! Glad you enjoyed :):):)
MissBrenda rated for NYUP USA Only #52 on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: Yes he looks a bit like a guinea pig and a bit like a human too. lol love the stamps. Have a great day and happy swapping....
Response: Haha, Yes! Glad you enjoyed, thanks for the heart :):):)
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #52 on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: LOVED the card you sent! I've got to try to find some of my own!
Response: So glad! Have a great day! :):):)
dancingtiger rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #7 on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: thanks for my first Latin card
Response: :):):) You're so welcome!
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP USA Only #52 on Aug 29, 2019
Comment: Very clever, I love it! Thank you
Response: You're so welcome! :):):)
MissPaula rated for NYUP More Than One Stamp PC #3 USA on Aug 29, 2019
Comment: I always love Mark Ryden and the Frankenstein stamp is awesome! I haven't seen that one before. I have the Movie Monsters. My current Ebay haul is kind of boring but I have Sesame Street and I want the Woodstock stamps as soon as my P.O. gets them. Thanks for a nice swap! ♥
Response: You're so welcome! :):):) Glad you enjoyed :):):)
ch23 rated for AN: Teach Me #9 (US) on Aug 28, 2019
Comment: +Thank you for the informative info on the Eskimo Curlew. Such a pretty bird!
Response: You're very welcome! :):):)
Cobweb rated for I Spy postage stamps postcard USA on Aug 28, 2019
Comment: I hope you enjoy your riddle as much as I did yours. And you got my favorite Moon Landing stamp on there too! Thank you.
Response: I did! Glad you liked, had to put that on there afer I saw your profile :):):)
goinjenny rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #16 on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome :):):)
young46356 rated for WIYM: YELLOW POSTCARD SWAP #5 on Aug 26, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the interesting card.
Response: Youre very welcome :):):)

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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 😂

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lilibet on Oct 26, 2018:

Thanks for returning the Hallowzine! Have a great Halloween!

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