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catterly

catterly
Date Joined: June 24, 2016
Last Online: May 13, 2017
Birthday: December 7
Country: United States
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Greetings from Oklahoma!

Update 10/21/16: I'm taking a bit of a break due to some pet issues and home projects that are just colliding a bit too much for me to keep up well. I will still do the occasional small PC swap, but that's it for awhile. If you are one of my pen pals or PC pals - I will get back to you! One day!

Hello, my name is Avery. I mostly participate in flat mail swaps in the form of postcards, note cards, and pen pal letters, but also enjoy "goodies" swaps.

I mark my swaps as “Sent” when I put them in the mail drop. This means they will sometime be postmarked the day after or, in the case of the weekend, two days, but I do try to find a drop that hasn't picked up for the day.

I follow through on anything I sign up for. If you haven't received something from me, please contact me before rating.

Rating is important to me, and so I make it just as important to rate others. Besides that, it's a good way to say thank you! I usually rate within two days of receiving. If I have not rated you, I probably have not received that item, so feel free to message me if it seems as if your item should have arrived and been rated.

About Me

I am 32, married, and live in a house with a lot of cats, dogs, ferrets, rats, snakes, and more besides. If you can’t tell, animals are kind of my life.

I work at a book store, which is convenient and a little catastrophic for a bookworm. The books outnumber the animals, which is good because they don't leave nearly as many messes.

My hobbies include reading, writing, gaming, hiking, and of course, snail mailing! I started with Postcrossing a few months ago and have gotten quite hooked. I am not an artsy-craftsy person, though, except for the occasional coloring page. I love seeing and receiving art/crafts, but my brain is not really wired to make it myself. I may eventually try a few simpler things and see what happens.

Postcards!

Postcard swaps are my favorite! I love getting postcards - store bought, handmade, Zazzle, whatever! My only request is for swaps of blank postcards, I would really rather not get touristy cards unless they are Oklahoma or Texas based. Those are the only two states I've lived in and would feel comfortable resending. :)

But really, I prefer naked, written, and stamped postcards the best. I enjoy the messages as much as the pictures, often more. I like reading about what you like to do, your interests and experiences, what you’re reading, just about anything really. I also like recommendations for books, movies, shows and music.

Below is a list of some of my favorite images, but I also like to be surprised, so don’t feel obligated to only select content from here. This is in no particular order, #20 is just as exciting as #1 (though #4 might make me explode into sparkles and rainbows).

  1. Animals - Photos, art, illustrations, cartoons, kawaii, anthro, whatever - favorites are cats, tigers, mountain lions, ferrets, possums, rabbits, sloths, foxes, wolves, hedgehogs, rats, bats, owls, crows, ravens, magpies, bluejays, geese, snakes, lizards, spiders, moths, mantids, cicadas, seals, octopi, and seahorses… and anything unique to where you live. Also dinosaurs and any cryptid.

  2. Old natural history art - zoological, botanical, entomological.

  3. Kawaii and mock-kawaii, especially animals and food. I love me some Sanrio as well.

  4. Jetoy Choo Choo Cats! I've received a few of these now, and I love them. If you send me one of these, I would give you a 10-heart, 50-point rating if I could.

  5. Doors, windows, and pathways. Older architectural structures, either photography or art.

  6. Fantasy - Fairies, dragons, other mythical beasts, landscapes, witches, and anything else a bit whimsical.

  7. Pagan or Occult - Symbols, astrology, deities, spirits, spellcasting imagery, herbs, crystals, wheel of the year and other holidays, anything really.

  8. Interesting skies - weather, night, stars, clouds, aurora borealis, etc.

  9. Holidays / festivals / events from your home.

  10. Dark / creepy / horror / monsters / ghosts / skeletons / abandoned places (please nothing extremely gory or violent)

  11. Books / reading / reading nooks / printed page / ink / writing / journals

  12. Humor - can be a bit rude / sarcastic / dry / morbid. Profanity is fine, but I do not want anything racist, sexist, or otherwise hateful or bullying in nature. I would also rather avoid politics in my snail mail.

  13. Anything LGBTQIA-friendly.

  14. Video games - my favorite is World of Warcraft, but I also enjoy Dragon Age, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Fallout 4, and Diablo III. Retro video game stuff is always welcome, too. I’m also a huge Sims fan.

  15. Animated movies, like Disney, Studio Ghibli, and Pixar - favorites are Zootopia, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Brave, Inside Out, Monsters Inc, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Lego Movie, Despicable Me / Minions, and How to Train Your Dragon.

  16. Other fandoms I’m at least a part-timer in - Jurassic Park, American Horror Story, Harry Potter, Star Wars (I heart BB-8), Fullmetal Alchemist, Adventure Time (Marceline love), Lord of the Rings, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, Home Movies, and King of the Hill. My spouse really likes Pokemon, Steven Universe, and Doctor Who, so I’d welcome those as well.

  17. Any pop culture outside of the US is very interesting to me. I don’t even mind ads when sent from outside the US.

  18. Anything with non-English words. A translation would be appreciated, though.

  19. Circus / carnivals / clowns - can be cute, weird, or creepy.

  20. Anything else just weird or quirky.

Other Swaps & Collections

I detest post office lines, and being rather non-crafty on top of that, I tend to stick to Type 2 flat mail swaps. I do enjoy sending and receiving stuffed envelopes of randomness though, especially if they have to do with the postcard favorites listed above! Here are some examples.

  1. Stickers (kawaii are my faves)
  2. Bookmarks (storebought or handmade)
  3. Washi Tape
  4. Ephemera, especially non-US
  5. Book Pages
  6. Stationery
  7. Notecards
  8. Coins
  9. Labels
  10. Stamps
  11. Fun things for my bullet journal

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. I’m still new, so I may not know everything I like yet. For example, I’m curious to know more about friendship books and some other things, but I don’t really understand what they are yet…

I would also love to receive a few ATCs. They sound really awesome, and one day I might try to make some of my own. I’d like to see a few in person, though, just to get an idea of what is expected from them. They can be from you or reswapped from a previous swap. I know I will be lucky to get any since I’m too scared to actually sign up for a trade. XD

I'm also getting more curious about pocket letters.

I am not interested in buttons, brads, paper clips, ribbons, and die cuts … I really don’t craft enough to make items like these worthwhile for me to store.

Top Ten Lists

BOOKS

My favorite genres are young adult, fantasy, horror, and fiction literature. I also read a wide range of nonfiction depending on my current projects, which currently include mythology, religion, occult, Korean history and language, and the arctic.

Here's a current top ten list in no particular order...

  1. Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke
  2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Orphan's Tales series by Catherynne M. Valente
  4. Too many to count by H.P. Lovecraft
  5. The Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky
  6. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  7. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
  8. The Familiar series by Mark Z. Danielewski
  9. Pretty much anything by Flannery O'Connor
  10. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein & Bram Stocker’s Dracula… I love me some classic monsters.

GAMES

I play a variety of video and board games. I’ve never played tabletop RPGs, though I think it would be fun… for a few hours…

Here are my top ten favorite games, top 6 being video games and bottom 4 being board games:

  1. World of Warcraft (For the Horde!)
  2. The Sims 4 & 3
  3. Diablo III
  4. Dragon Age Origins & Inquisition
  5. Tomb Raider
  6. Skyrim
  7. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  8. Pathfinders Adventure Card Game
  9. Elder Sign
  10. Tokkaido

MOVIES

I’m kind of like a little kid in that I obsessively watch the same movies over and over again. I don’t know. This means I end up not really seeing a lot of movies until they’ve been out awhile, so I’m usually a little behind the times.

Here are my current favorites:

  1. Zootopia
  2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Inside Out
  5. Star Wars (Episodes IV-VII, the prequels are dead to me)
  6. Jurassic Park (all, yes, even the second one, those t-rexes were adorable)
  7. Lilo & Stitch
  8. Despicable Me / Minions
  9. Monsters Inc. and Monsters University
  10. How to Train Your Dragon

I like the occasional horror movie, too, but more the psychological or spooky rather than super violent or gory.

I do not care for romance or drama, and rarely comedies. It’s pretty much kids, action/adventure, and horror with me.


TV

So cable is expensive, and I really don’t watch Netflix that much. This means I rarely get into a tv show, and many that I like are pretty old. But here we go anyway…

  1. Bob’s Burgers
  2. Home Movies
  3. American Horror Story (Coven is my favorite)
  4. Futurama
  5. King of the Hill
  6. Adventure Time
  7. Mission Hill
  8. X-Files
  9. Fullmetal Alchemist
  10. Pretty Little Liars (Guilty pleasure, I have no idea, but I love it)

MUSIC

I like a lot of different kinds of music, it usually just depends on my mood. I regularly enjoy listening to metal, rock, orchestral scores, folk, pagan, and a variety of independent artists.

Here are some of my favorite artists with some of their songs I really enjoy:

  1. S.J. Tucker (“City of Marrow”, “Firebird’s Child”, “Glashtyn Shanty”, “Dream of Mississippi”, “For Iago”, “Stolen Season”, “Ravens in the Library”, “Were-Owl”, “Cheshire Kitten”, “Girl with the Lion’s Tail”, like there are so many, you don’t understand, she is my favorite ever)
  2. Blind Guardian (“Quest for Tanelorn”, “And Then there was Silence”, “Sacred Worlds”, “Wheel of Time”, “Mordred’s Song”)
  3. Faun (“Walpurgisnacht”, “Schrei es in die Winde”, “Herr Heinerich”)
  4. The Civil Wars (“Devil’s Backbone”, “Oh Henry”, “Barton Hollow”, “Kingdom Come”)
  5. Nightwish (“Greatest Show on Earth”, “The Poet and the Pendulum”, “Storytime”)
  6. Heather Dale (“Mordred’s Lullaby”, “Hunter”, “Medusa”, “Adrift”)
  7. Clandestine (“Lonesome Heaven”, “Babylon”, “Innisfree”, “Cannonball”)
  8. Leaves’ Eyes (“Meredead”, “Leaves’ Eyes”, “Angus and the Swan”)
  9. Blackmore’s Night (“Fires at Midnight”, “Storm”, “Way to Mandalay”)
  10. Rasputina (“Our Lies”, “Possum of the Grotto” “When I Was a Young Girl”)

General Likes & Dislikes

Likes:

  1. Anything from the Postcards or Favorites lists.

  2. Favorite colors are purples and reds and greens and earthy

  3. Also like black and white or antique

  4. Scents: Earthy or spicy, lavender, almond, lemon, ginger, juniper, hemp

Dislikes:

  1. Tea

  2. Vintage style stuff

  3. Yellow

  4. Comics… They are just not my brand of nerdy

  5. Buttons, brads, paper clips, ribbons, die cuts … I really don’t craft enough to make items like these worthwhile for me to store. Save them for someone who will love them.

  6. Scents: Floral or fruit not mentioned in Likes

  7. Make-up. I rarely wear any.

  8. Anything cruel or hate-centric (abuse, racism, sexism, etc.)

I’m sure both of these lists will grow the longer I am here. In the meantime, thanks for swapping with me!

Ratings

tatta rated for ESG: Reading challenge #5 on Nov 13, 2016
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Comment: The book sounds very interesting, thank you for sharing! :) My other partner actually read the same book :D
joybells2426 rated for ESG: Reading challenge #5 on Nov 3, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for your opinion on this book! Makes me want to continue reading it.
Jjean rated for ESG: Reading challenge #5 on Nov 3, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for sharing - sounds interesting.....may check it out.
sabbysteg rated for WPS - Halloween Postcard on Oct 28, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the card. I like how you decorated it!
mymymymy rated for SIMPLE PC SWAP on Oct 27, 2016
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Comment: what a great early X‘mas PC, i like it dear.. simple means simple worries as i am very easy...
CindyST rated for Return to Sender swap on Oct 25, 2016
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Comment: Postcards received. Thank you for the extras! I will get them out tomorrow so the dont get "lost" during my move this weekend.
judee0624 rated for WPS - Postcard Scavenger Hunt #3 on Oct 25, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for the great cards!
TamiTam55 rated for Random (PC) - October on Oct 24, 2016
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Comment: Love, love the postcard. Thank you so much for thinking of me when you sent this! :) <3
slckad rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet 'M' - USA only on Oct 24, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the "magic eye" postcard! I'm bad at these too! I couldn't see anything either so don't feel bad!
mymymymy rated for Weird/Ugly Postcard Swap #1 on Oct 22, 2016
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Comment: Really a PC which met the requirement LOL! TKS Avery!
YooperHill rated for Black Cat Postcard Swap on Oct 20, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the nice black cat!
slckad rated for WIYM Postcard Alphabet 'L' - USA on Oct 17, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the Lucky Cat postcard! I loved it!
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
MichelleGG2 rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #15 on Oct 12, 2016
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Comment: I am currently reading this book too for the same book challenge!! It's so good! And I am actually going to be reading the whole series!! Are you? The second book is The Infinite Sea and I already have it on ebook loan from my library so I can go right into it once I am done the 5th Wave!! Happy reading!!
Response: I just checked the next two out! Looking forward to getting started on them. I want to finish the series before I see the movie adaptation.
smartin85 rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #15 on Oct 12, 2016
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mchesser12 rated for WIYM Alphabet Postcard - J - USA on Oct 7, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for the Romeo and Juliet postcards. And you are right, I do enjoy love stories. Happy Swapping!
moosemama rated for Super Simple Postcard Swap on Oct 3, 2016
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Comment: Love the Moose!
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Comment: Cool PC. Sounds like a place i want to go see.
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Comment: Thank you for the adorable postcard!
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Comment: Thanks for the vintage style card. I really liked it and i love the idea of carving a costume in a full on Maleficent costume! :)

Rating Overview

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5.0000 125 1 1
Completed Fives Threes Ones
110 144 0 0
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Comments

RyeRye on Dec 7, 2016:

CurlyTea on Jul 19, 2016:

kisforkechell on Jul 16, 2016:

Welcome to Stuff My Mailbox. Thank you for joining.

MissMartin on Jul 10, 2016:

Hi Avery, I'm writing you from atlantic Canada, New-Brunswick :)

How are you doing ? I feel like I know you, because I've only done about 7 swaps, but it's the 3rd time I'm paired with you! Isn't that funny ? I enjoyed reading your profile, and we have a lot in common !

I sent you 5 postcards that might not made it yet, and I've sent you a joke on a naked postcard :)

I really love Postcards too ! Where I'm from tho, I can't seem to find any good ones other than the touristy ones... Do you have suggestions of where I could buy some online ?

About our "quick joke" swap, I really hope it makes it out of the country before / if / the postal workers of Canada goes on strike. I had no troubles yet with my swaps, but the tension between the postal worker union and Post Canada is higher than ever, so I think this one might not make it in time before the strike starts.

We'll probably be matched again ;)

Happy Swapping to you !

This is from Joëlle Martin for the Quick friendly Profile comment

LexiesMommy on Jul 7, 2016:

Hi Avery! I just read your profile for the "Quick friendly profile comment". I like getting postcards, too. But I like the touristy ones most haha. There are many nice postcards with german qotes on it here if you´d like to trade one with me ,) I never read the "Tintenherz" / Inkworld series of Cornelia Funke but it sounds interesting. She´s an german author. It´s funny cuz I love reading the thrilling stories of Sandra Brown from TX. (For sure I read the translated versions). ;)

Happy swapping! Anja (LexiesMommy)

theaterfan23 on Jul 6, 2016:

Quick FriendlyProfile Comment!

I used to work in a bookstore too! It was the best job I have ever had but also the worst because so much of my paycheck went back to Barnes and Noble, but I don't regret it one bit! Although I do have an ipad with the Kindle App, I still frequent my local Barnes and Nobel and prefer actual books.

Welcome to Swap-Bot and Happy Swapping, Kylee

chaari on Jul 2, 2016:

Welcome to the electronic swaps group! I hope you'll have fun joining the swaps and visiting the forum :D

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