Almost three years on swapbot – time for a new profile!
About me – almost 43 years young - married – 2 cats (one grey, one black, both rescues) – SAHM to my miracle baby after many years of “waiting” (yeah she’s the one that keeps me young lol!). German expat and US citizen since Dec ’17. Located on Michigan's LP where we tend to our suburban Homestead, enjoying the outdoors, spend time in the garden and at the local library, maintain our own Little Free Library, craft, create, make, read, sew, preserve food,write letters, postcards, journal , try to pursue a simple and zer-wast/no plastic life...
Likes – reading, writing, penpalling/snailmail, swapping, volunteering, listening to music, making music, cooking, baking,fermenting, gardening, crafting, needleworks. Interested in urban homesteading, permaculture, backyard animals (if only the city could be convinced … ), plastic free living, natural and attachment parenting, Montessori and a little of Waldorf teachings, interesting discussions, spending time outdoors, farmers markets, making my own herbal teas and remedies and such, making my own food, reusing, repurposing, recycling ….
I always rate and as soon as possible. No rating usually means not received yet. If I’m late send, I will email you. Often use recycled packaging. Mostly wrap my gift swaps in tissue paper / holiday neutral wrappings. Please email, if a swap was not received, mail can get lost…I’m happy to resend, also please use my address exactly as shown in the address window, thank you! Mailman said it makes it safer to arrive. We have some street confusion here (locally). For the holiday/gifts swaps I don’t care/mind how the giftwrap looks like – just to mention it, as I was asked about it. No must of course, but ideally I’d love plastic free wrapping or even noneat all, if you write the swap name on the envelope and I’m just going to keep the whole thing closed until the holidays. One of the swaps I received in 2018 was one wrapped in cloth tissue, which I thought was really cool :)
LIKES and WISHLIST:
Anything handmade by you from my wishlist.
Anything for my daughter will mostly give you a heart, especially if it’s swaps for the holidays ,since we have almost no family and holidays can be a bit lonely.
Natural /vegan cosmetics (unscented is mostly best, since I have a problem to smell certain things).
Supplies to make my own natural cosmetics (beeswax, cocoa butter etc)
Essential oils especially tee trea, orange, peppermint
Anything that supports plastic free life. (examples fabric tote bags, unpaper items etc,you can check etsy for ideas)
Pretty letter opener
Nice looking spoon rests - cooking spoon rests - teabag rests - soap rests - sponge rests - pot rest (homemade lovely :) in different colors or shapes...
Fridge Magnets – we ONLY collect/interested in fridge magnets with a “real photography” of your place, city, state, country with a name of the place, city, state, country on it. Also state map magnets (but I have Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connectictut, Illinois already) Not interested in non-descriptive ones, religious themed ones …. I have more than enough fridge magnets from Prague and Israel, so please no more thank you!! I dont have for example magnets at all from these states - Delaware, Minnesota, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon, New Mexico, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Utah, Nevada.
Touristy Postcards for me and/or my daughter – city view, flora, fauna, nature, landscape only. -- we also have no TV, so she does not know Comic characters yet and I prefer PC's for her that show something to learn about the world.
US mint/new stamps, worldwide used stamps or other philatelic items (FDCs, Mini Sheets, commemorative Panels) mostly flora, fauna, landscape, nature themed.
Anything from my etsy /amazon wishlist or inspired by it.
(used) Fountain pens and supplies (ink, ink samples, FP suitable envies/notecards/lettersheets, Goulet Pens giftcard etc...)
Chocolate, flavored coffee, cacao, herbal tea (but I use mainly from my own garden)
Supplies to make herbal remedies (ex. Echinacea root).
Seeds – (update 8/20/19) happy to receive seeds for the 2019 season! My etsy has some examples for me or my daughter, non-GMO/open-pollinated, perennial, flowers, vegetables, greens etc - we love beans, corn, tomatoes, winter and summer squash etc. I also really love to see homegrown seeds of your garden/homestead! :)
Cat treats (no meat-milk mix) or toys.
Sewing supplies – thread, cute (wood) buttons, bias tape etc (no fabric currently aside from kid’s themes)
(Thrifted) pretty pillowcases, teatowels (love the ones with a painting and year calendar) for sewing projects
(wood or bamboo) Spork (not 2ndhand)
Bamboo cutlery (not 2ndhand)
bamboo or wood kitchen utensils (not 2ndhand)
Stainless steel snack/ lunch box (not 2ndhand)
Plastic free shipping supplies (tape).
Add to our collection of frogs (toy, not real ones! :)
bigger sized envelopes. homemade envelopes. colorful envelopes.
plastic free Laundry Stain Stick, Soap Nuts
Love currently thin/small lined journals, I use them sometimes to write letters to pen pals. Seasonal theme on front also lovely, for letters writing in that season.
PLEASE NO – I can’t use – I currently have too much of:
No Holidays – no Xmas, no Halloween, no St Patricks, no Valentines, no Thanksgiving, no Easter … we (mostly) don’t celebrate all of these (exp Thanksgiving) and I have no use for any items related to any of these holidays. I also don’t have anyone to pass it on to. I also don’t need or expect items related to Hanukka since we have enough decoration and also going to need some space to craft our own with my daughter :) (General/neutral seasonal items are welcome)
No religious stuff in general.
No plastic whenever possible :) Especially for kids items. Especially no single use plastic items, no pens etc I'm even happy to receive the stocking stuffer swaps without wrapping :)
I NEVER ask from anyone to send food or beverages to me. ONLY send food/beverages if you really (really, really!) know what “kosher” means. Otherwise I won’t be able to eat it and can’t pass it on either. I have enough other items to choose from to send to me.
No clothing including socks. No hair accesories either, since I can’t use them.
Not into planners.
Not into calendars (unless it has Jewish holidays on).
Cookbooks/baking books/recipe collections etc usually don’t work for me.
No scent, fragrance, fragrance candles. I can’t smell certain fragrances. It gives me a headache.
No jewelry, it’s too difficult to explain what I can wear.
Prefer not to receive cross stitch kits, I have too many right now and not enough time, and mostly interested in certain kits only.
We don’t collect figurines, angels, elves, mermaids etc.
Not into keychains and also not most of the souvenirs aside from fridge magnets, postcards and philatelic items. Currently also not (much?) into coins or currency especially not from certain countries like countries of the EU, Israel, India.
Thanks to swapbot I'm currently good with the following items:
Notecards, washi, lettersets/stationery, notebooks, paperclips, bookmarks, tea towels/oven mitt, recipe cards, stickers. Scrapbook items/paper, Fabric squares (see exceptions), seeds (see exceptions) , notepads, sticky notes. No pens!! It might change in the future, but I don’t need any of these right now!! Exceptions: envelopes, especially homemade and/or bigger sized ones. I always seem to run out.
Kid’s Swaps/ My daughter – she turned 2 in May 2019 (she loves to unwrap the gifts!:)
(New 10/15/19): - budding sticker and washi tape fan... lol (profile based please)
Postcards for her - also flora, fauna, nature, landscape, cityview etc non-religious themed, no conic characters as we have no TV and she does not know them. Some fun facts are appreciated (ABOUT THE CARD ITSELF - the place on the card) empty cards are sad! Please write in German, if you are German speaking.
Anything from her etsy list /amazon items.
Needle felted animals / felted play food (homemade/gently used welcome)
plates, cups, cutlery, baking utensils for her play kitchen
utensils for her play store (pretend food jars, scale etc etc)
Books in German language, right now mostly looking for Astrid Lindgren books (so far already have "Als Klein-Ida auch mal Unfug machen wollte" "Na klar, Lotta kann Radfahren""Wir Kinder aus Bullerbue" "Die Kinder aus der Krachmacherstrasse")
Also the Pixi/Mini Books, but maybe email me before sending, as we have a lot by now, to avoid doubles. "Sendung mit der Maus", "Loewenzahn", "Wieso, weshalb, warum" (also have some by now, so please email before sending), Petterson and Findus. Used ones more than fine and welcome!
CD with German songs or plays for kid’s (Astrid Lindgren again for example) gently used more than welcome
Your Granny Square/s – still need a few more to complete her blanket. ay! we are almost done thanks to you on swap-bot!! :-) Only need 1 more in 6x6 and 2 more in 12x 12” :)
Touristy postcard package to use for postcrossing Postcards writing (preferably from the US or Michigan as we live there and most people want to receive cards from where we live...any type of cards suitable for Postcrossing is fine of course...used/vintage welcome but obviously nothing written on the back)
Postcard stamps/ stamps to use for Postcrossing - writing Postcards.
(thrifted) Scarves, hats and such for dress up / pretend play
Mini Play Silk
ATC made for her (birthday? :)
Natural / vegan toothpaste, soap, creme etc.
finger puppets / hand puppets
Anything homemade /knitted (socks etc) please ask for size, it seems to change constantly lol
Clothing or accesories for her Dolls (they are all Ragdolls or Waldorf) sized 18” and 9”
Any type of wooden / felted toys (used more then welcome, homemade of course).
Anything from nature / for her nature table (Waldorf) feathers, leaves, stones, shells, wood…. Please add a little explanation to learn from :) Seasonal neutral crafts for the nature table (ex. Snowflake in winter).
Thick paper, colored paper, paperscraps, wool scraps, felt scraps ... for first art and crafts projects
Seeds or items for a children’s garden / fairy garden. (would appreciate if not very small items thank you)
Items for a fairy garden (except fairy figurines and not very tiny/small items at this point,, ) child appropriate gardening decorations
Stainless steel snack/ lunch box. Cloth snack bag.
Fabrics with a children theme.
Needle felting supplies. (wool, roving, batting...)
counting and sorting toys
Age appropriate puzzles 2-4 years, especially wood, Ravensburger would be lovely (used more then welcome)
Felted big letters. Wood letters. Magnetic Letters. German Alphabet Letters (capital and small letters).
Please no Plastic! :) Whenever possible. We have no TV, so all kind of comic figures don’t mean anything to her yet. Only slowly starting with some kids DVD now (examples above)
FLAKERS / STILL WAITING
@Kacka waiting to be angeled for 2 flaked swaps sadly since Dec 2017 now. I guess I gave up on it.
@mgallardo68 CPG January 2018 Wishlist, never received.
@swapowl Profile Based Christmas Gift 1 per country partner AND swaphost – never received! Profile deleted! Bummer :-(
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