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Date Joined: August 5, 2009
Last Online: September 10, 2016
Birthday: December 28
Country: United States
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NOTE 01/22/11: There are two old unfinished swaps listed in my "Currently In" section. I got behind and had to leave SB due to some health issues. When I came back, I made up everything that was possible to make up. While the items for the two unsent swaps are complete and boxed, I've been unable to get a reply from my partners or coordinators (or admin) so that I can send them.

I ALWAYS mail my swaps out on time (barring some big life interference), so if you haven't received something from me, please let me know so I can resend before giving me a poor rating.

Unless I need stamps or have to mail a larger package, I mail things (postcards, etc.) by dropping them in the outgoing mail box outside my apartment building. I mark things sent once they have left my hands. They may, of course, not be picked up until the next day (or Monday if it's a weekend) by the USPS.

I rate for everything I receive, usually the day it's received. If I have not rated you, it means that I haven't gotten anything from you. Feel free to message me if you are concerned about this.

On a similar note, I would appreciate it if you would take the time to rate me if I've sent to you for a swap. It really does not take more than 30 seconds to do, and it's just courteous.

About Me

I'm a 23-year-old who loves to travel, read, and paint.
I just started working at a local record store and it is AWESOME.
I really love music and play guitar and sing. I'd love to get back into performing.
I'm an amateur photographer - still more interested in using film than in digital photography. I've been playing around with Lomography for a few years now and really enjoying it.
I'm also an amateur knitter, taught by my grandmother. I'm teaching myself to sew now too.
I love foreign languages and speak German, French, and am just learning Portuguese.
I cook and bake a lot and enjoy trying out new vegan recipes.
My favorite place in the entire world is New York City. Close second is Germany. Now I like Seattle and Portland lots too!
I live in South Carolina (but I'm a Pennsylvanian) with my yorkie (Chrissy), two sweet little mice (Sergeant Squeakers & Dr. Gregory Mouse), and an insane feline (Oliver) who has no sense of self control. :)

Favorite Music

William Fitzsimmons, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Radiohead, The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, Aqualung, Nicole Atkins & the Sea, Margot And The Nuclear So And So's, Belle & Sebastian, DEVO, The Old Ceremony, Sportfreunde Stiller, Salt & Samovar, The Cure, The Proclaimers, Damien Rice, Vetiver, Ben Folds, Spoon, The Flaming Lips, Talking Heads, The Smiths, XTC, Perry Como, The Shins, Astrud Gilberto, Sigur Ros, Tears for Fears, Queen, Ray LaMontagne, Sergio Mendes, Clem Snide, Violent Femmes, Echo & the Bunnymen, Andrew Bird, T.Rex, The Birthday Party, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, Beanpole, TacocaT, Nick Drake, David Bowie, Jeff Buckley, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Johnny Cash, Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent, The Polyphonic Spree, Modest Mouse, Coldplay, Duran Duran, etc!

If you want to know more about my music taste, you can browse my little record collection here.

Favorite Movies

Garden State, Otis, Cruel Intentions, The Interpreter, The Jacket, The Devil's Advocate, The Prestige, Delicatessen, The City of Lost Chilren, Gamera, Godzilla, Fantastic Mr. Fox, etc.

I really like movies that make me think. I'm also a fan of scary movies, but I have a habit of watching them and really freaking myself out. The Strangers pretty much ruined my life forever. :)

Favorite Television

Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace, Futurama, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Modern Family, Scrubs, Father Ted, House, Flight of the Conchords, Law & Order:SVU, Pete & Pete, Futurama, The Big Bang Theory, The Mighty Boosh, True Blood, Carnivàle, The IT Crowd, Black Books, Good Eats, and old Nickelodeon cartoons that were on during my childhood.


Colors: Black, Red, Aqua, Green

I like Victorian style things as well as modern and bright colored things. My living room in my house is very modern in red/white/black, and my bedroom furniture is all stuff I found at thrift stores or that people in my building were getting rid of in green/aqua/blue.

I'm a total nerd for the German language. Or any language. I like learning new things!

I generally love anything that has to do with nature. Not a fan of spiders - please, please, if at all avoidable, do not send me spider-themed things. They will freak me out big time.

I collect postcards and pressed pennies, and am always up for a private swap on them. So don't hesitate to ask!

I enjoy things that are odd, kitschy, "different", and just plain strange. I'm not easily offended by pretty much anything (except racial and religious slurs - booooo), so feel free to send me taboo things.

I eat a vegan diet and only use vegan products - don't have any allergies or anything, just a moral preference. So please, nothing with meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, gelatin, beeswax, or lanolin. And also please no leather/feathers/fur/wool. Sorry - I know I'm picky!

I'm a huge fan of the show Mystery Science Theater 3000 and love all the cheesy old sci-fi movies.

I love Nikola Tesla! He was an awesome scientist! If you do not believe me, please read this. I am pretty much obsessed.

If you're still lost, here's a random list:
* circus/carnival/sideshow
* foreign coins/bills
* seahorses, birds, bunnies, koalas, otters, foxes
* cupcakes
* vintage
* good thrift store finds
* records/vinyl/albums/LPs
* Godzilla and/or Gamera
* dandelions (puffy kind, not the yellow flower)
* old photographs, buttons, and trinkets
* tea (black teas are my favorite)
* matryoshka
* blue buffalo plaid
* art deco
* New York City/Coney Island
* Andy Warhol
* weird, odd, kitschy things


I've gotten some awesome address labels from some swappers on here. I'm always able to use more, though! I'm not good at stuff like that on the computer, even though I hear "it's really easy!"

If anybody has a place to get Pickles the Frog stuff near them, let me know. I love Pickles, and would love some stationary, which I will gladly reimburse you for or trade you something you want that I can get.

My absolute huge longshot, dream wish would be to get a deck of tarot cards (handmade) that look like (or are based on/inspired by, for the cards not shown) the deck in the title sequence of the show "Carnivale". You can watch the clip here. They are the most beautiful ones I've ever seen! This would be a big project and I'd be forever indebted, but...I said it was a huge wish. I'm just not creative/talented enough in the art department to whip a set up.

I'm crazy about "Le Pen" pens in all colors. I tend to pick them up (at Papyrus stores) when I travel. Unfortunately, my small dog has turned to grabbing things - especially pens and markers - off of side tables when she feels she's not getting enough attention. So I go through a lot of pens. :)

I'd really love to receive some postcards of all the weird roadside attractions that are hiding out around the country!

I'm always interested in trying new products from Lush, so if you have (vegan) samples or products you didn't like, I'll gladly take them! :)

I use film for my Lomo cameras (35mm and 120 - color 120 is a bitch to get here, although I can get lots of the Lomo licensed 35mm films) and am always glad to have more of that. I also still have a Polaroid instant camera, but am not able to get film here for it. So if anybody wants to do a private swap...hooray!

There's a link to my Etsy Favorites list up at the top of the page. I tryyyy to keep it updated, but can't always be on top of that. If something on it reads as "sold out" and it's soap or something like that, odds are the seller has created another listing for it in their shop. I just don't have time to switch to the new listing each time something like that sells out. But one-of-a-kind things, I will try to delete if they're gone.

Remember, these are just super hard-to-find wishes for me, not demands. Please don't think I'm super picky or will be let down if somebody doesn't go out of their way to make sure I get these things! :)



lilmissthrifty rated for Smart Phone PC: October on Oct 17, 2012
Comment: Love the carousel shot! Thank you! Happy mail day!
SoupLike rated for Private swap | clsampse & SoupLike on Sep 13, 2012
Comment: Hello Courtney! Your Polaroid arrived to me a whole week ago, but only now I'm finally able to register it -- THANK YOU so much, it's awesome! I love the fact it's in sepia. ;) I'm now just really worried about my photo reaching you... Hasn't it arrived yet? Should I think of a re-send already? Let me know. And thanks once again for your shot! - Renata
Response: I'm glad you liked the photo! It was weird to me that it turned out sepia, because the film is a silver tone black & white film (from Impossible Project) but I really liked that little surprise. :)
egalite rated for The High Fidelity inspired Top 5 on Jun 27, 2011
Comment: Thanks!
dorsetdumpling rated for ATCs auf Deutsch on Jun 25, 2011
Comment: Thank you for making up your 1's by sending me the ATC eventually.
Response: Sent 1/15/11.
kittenred rated for The High Fidelity inspired Top 5 on Jun 20, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the great list!
Xmista rated for TOP 5 postcard swap (part one) on Jun 14, 2011
Comment: :-)
Comment: Thanks for the lists Courtney. Really like your musical tastes :)
cthelen1974 rated for weekly wrap postcard swap (2) on Jun 13, 2011
traciboo rated for weekly wrap postcard swap (1) on Jun 3, 2011
Comment: What a week you had!
Response: Always a busy week! Thank you for rating.
suepier rated for Postcard Penpals on Apr 18, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. I love it.
Response: Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the heart!
provadia rated for provadia & clsampse - private swap! on Apr 11, 2011
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much Courtney! I didn't even know the Worlds Largest Fire Hydrant existed! Would love to do this again with you anytime:)!
Response: I didn't know about the Fire Hydrant until a friend told me, and we made a road trip especially to see it. I'm glad you liked! :)
hamsterguppies rated for Instant Postcard on Apr 7, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the awesome Polaroid!! Pink vinyl! That's two of my favorite things right there. Looks like you have a cool portable turntable too.. :) so happy to get this in the mail
Response: I'm glad you liked it! :) Even if I didn't like that album, the pink vinyl would still make me smile.
Lauriez rated for Quotecard Postcard #45 on Mar 29, 2011
Comment: ohhh...my favorite bridge! That is so crazy about your bf living here in Everett! I t is dullsville suburbia here but I LOVE Seattle!! Thanks for sharing-happy swapping! :)
Response: Glad you liked it! :) Thank you for the heart!
vhui rated for Ad Card Swap on Mar 27, 2011
Response: Thanks for the heart!
daarhon rated for 18 + Postcard Swap R2 on Mar 25, 2011
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome - thank you for the heart!
belle13 rated for postcard! on Mar 22, 2011
Comment: Hi Courtney - you couldn't have chosen me a better card! I'd love a ride on that awesome roller coaster! Thank you so much. Ps - I'm a huge fan of Tesla too!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! And Tesla is amazing. :) Thank you for rating me!
onigelyseo rated for Phoneography on Mar 19, 2011
Comment: Awesome views~ Wonderful places =) *By the way, sorry for delay in rating
Response: Glad you liked. :) Thank you for taking the time to rate!
Comment: Thanks for the PC. How cool that you won that flight pass! :)
Response: It was definitely a life-changing experience. :) Thank you for the rating and heart!
chiabia rated for Spill it, sister... on Mar 15, 2011
Response: Was nice to be able to vent! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Hi, What an interesting and unique lighthouse! Thanks so much for the card and your message on it. ~Gail
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating and the heart. :)

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kittenred on Jun 19, 2011:

hi, I haven't received the high fidelity inspired swap from you yet... was there a problem with with emailing?

provadia on Mar 1, 2011:

First off, thank you so much again for signing up! I really appreciate it!:D! And you're awesome! I'd love to swap with you sometime! ♥

bowiedog101 on Feb 28, 2011:

Hey! Got an idea, since we both dig on old school Nick, do you want to do an ATC that has a theme of our favorite Nickolodeon Show?

bowiedog101 on Feb 4, 2011:

I totally do not think your a creeper...When I put that stick stickley thing on my profile I figured no one would get it....I miss old school Nick....sigh....II have never done a private swap....what would you be down for?

FiWebster on Jul 24, 2010:

'Got my little graph-paper journal! It came through the mail just fine: I admired your rubber-band arrangement with the stamps--cool. The journal is completely A-OK after its short trip through the mails. =smile= Thanks so much!

Bucket on Mar 23, 2010:

Hi there! I see that you're interested in postcards - are you interested in map postcards? - there's a mega state map postcard swap coming up soon that will get you every card you need! Check out our group here and let me know if you're interested! PS - love german too and would love to practice and do a private swap of a letter in german or something like that!

Moontear28 on Feb 6, 2010:

Courtney, I thought you meant like two! I opened the box and I was shocked! Wow, thank you so much! Even with out the almonds they were just how I remember. I called everyone in to have one. It's not everyday you see this much chocolate in my house lol! I just don't understand why California refuses to sell them here. I should write to Gov. Schwarzenegger and demand them.

It's funny we must have mailed out our packages on the same day. I sent mine on Monday. I'm hoping you received it by now!

You're an awesome swap partner and very sweet! Thank you!

snifferooski on Feb 3, 2010:

thanks for joining my first swap! vive le vegan!! -keni

Moontear28 on Dec 28, 2009:

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!!!

Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

mermaidery on Dec 14, 2009:

lol. okay. Im so confused. Weird that I got a card from courtney but it wasnt you, because it was in a christmas card.. I'll keep my eye open for your mail though! And marley.. is awesome. lol. He's too cute. He looks like a toy.. for now - full grown he'll be over a foot long.

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