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couchart

couchart
Original Member
Last Online: June 17, 2019
Birthday: February 18
Country: United States
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About Me

Last Updated on 6/17/2019


Greetings. My name is Cynthia (or Cindy if you prefer) and I live in the U.S.

I retired in 2018 from a job as a legal analyst. I enjoy creating artwork, mostly drawn and painted, although I also play around with collage from time to time. I usually go by the moniker of Ashazart at other trading sites such as IllustratedATCS, ATCsforAll, International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA), and PostCrossing, just to name a few. Here at Swap-Bot, I enjoy swapping things such as postcards, collage supplies, ephemera and cool papers, and I have found some great pen-pals here as well, both of the electronic and snail mail variety.

For 13 1/2 years, I lived with a wonderful companion named Asha. I really miss Asha. She was the best friend I could ever imagine. Here is a portrait I did of her a while before she passed away.

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If you are interested in seeing some of my paintings and drawings, you may view them at my WEBSITE and you can see some of my collaged pieces on FLICKR. I generally work in either a pseudo-realistic or surrealistic style. I especially enjoy depicting subjects that are "bent" or unusual, or that view something familiar from a different perspective.

Postcard Preferences

I am not easily offended, so feel free to send me your wild and weird things, the stuff you might hesitate to send someone else. In fact, I really enjoy the odd, rare, out of the normal type of swapping experience, so really, hit me with your best shot!

I like both modern and vintage postcards in all sizes. I don't mind if they are purchased from brick and mortar stores, from online vendors or commercially made via online sites like Zazzle, Redbubble, etc. As long as the quality and content is good, I don't care how it came into being (a rose is a rose is a rose...).

Subject Matter Preferences:

I buy a lot of postcards that depict things that tend towards the surreal or humorously strange. I also go for the downright odd or seriously weird. So, if you have cards like that and you don't know where to send them, I'm your gal! In addition, I love cards showing visually interesting subject matter. I am not offended at all by nudes or subjects some might consider inappropriate. Make my postal carrier's day with something odd or risque! I don't enjoy postcards that are super cute or sweet or religious. If you are looking for specific suggestions, feel free to peruse the list below.

~ subject matter that is surreal, bizarre, strange, weird, off-beat, wild, twisted, odd, humorous, sarcastic, quirky, dark-themed, melancholy, or stark

~ animals (foxes, zebras, rabbits/hares, elephants)

~ unusual birds (flamingos, swans, peacocks)

~ insects

~ reptiles (lizards, snakes, iguanas, alligators, etc.)

~ body-parts (not as in serial killer, just as in the focus is on some part of the body)

~ cactus/succulents

~ nests/eggs/feathers

~ dusk/dawn

~ moon/moonlight

~ clouds (interesting formations)

~ sculpture

~ mannequins

~ buttons

~ book-related

~ postal-related

~ clowns (dark or odd)

~ carnivals/circus

~ pools/fountains

Other Preferences

Ephemera & Paper Goods:

I enjoy vintage and/or interesting ephemera and distressed items can be very cool. I have a big paper fetish and I love really interesting paper, whether it be marbled, paste paper, handmade, fancy decorated or old book liner pages. These types of papers, as well as antique wallpaper, old correspondence, ledger pages, patent book pages, diagrams, black and white illustrations or prints, maps, foreign language in cool fonts, old postage stamps, vintage and art postcards, etc. are always welcome.

Colors:

I enjoy most colors and color combinations, so make it easy on yourself here; but, if I had to choose one color I could do without, it would probably be pink, especially hot pink.

Prints of My Artwork:

I sometimes make hand-made postcards (both collaged and drawn or painted), which I trade with others privately. I also have postcards and ATC prints made of my artwork to share with friends and trade partners. I have these postcards commercially made, so the quality of the postcards themselves is quite good. The quality of the content I leave for the viewer to decide. :-) They are not made as any sort of advertisement for commercial purposes. If I include one of these postcards or ATC prints in a swap, it will generally be included as an extra gift or a sender's choice item or it is for a swap that would call for such an item. It is meant just to be something I am sharing of myself and I hope you will accept it in the spirit it is given.

Dislikes

~ cute things (Disney characters, Hello Kitty, Kawaii, etc.)

~ holiday themed items (unless the swap is holiday themed)

~ religious items

~ things containing affirmations or words such as beauty, believe, dream etc.

~ sequins or glitter or items with glitter or sequins on them

~ 3-D craft items

Ratings

I am a very reliable trader/swapper and I have been trading online for around 14 years now. It would take a major catastrophe to occur for me not to fulfill any commitments I have made. Typically, I send out my items on the day of, or within a day of, the partner assignments, so if I am your partner in a swap or trade and you have not received the swap item from me as soon as you might expect for it to get from Topeka, Kansas in the U.S. to wherever you live, please be sure to contact me. I've only had a couple of my swap items go AWOL in all the years I've been trading and I have always made it right with a resend.

I also leave a rating for my partners upon receiving my trade/swap items and I appreciate receiving ratings and comments in return. And, as just an optional thing that helps me out, if you are in total love with something I sent you (yay!), I would be delighted if you could briefly describe what the item is in your comments to help jog my poor old memory. It helps me to know what sorts of items are the big hits, but I send out so many things to so many people (which I don't usually log in any really descriptive way because it makes swapping too much of a chore), that I don't always know what I did to earn the love. So, I am glad to know I did something really right, but I'd also like to know exactly what it was! Who knows, maybe I would do it again! :-)

Ratings

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Comment: You deserve at least 5 hearts for this swap! These are some awesome cards! Thank you for taking the time to make it a special swap! I love each postcard, but especially the weird doll one! Weird, right? Thanks so much!
Response: Hi Mary, I am so glad you like the cards I sent and thanks so much for the heart and the wish to give me more! I agree, the doll card is somewhat weird. I just purchased a box of doll postcards and there are some pretty interesting ones in there that are nothing like dolls were when I was a kid. Glad to connect with you and I hope we do so again! Cynthia
ScrapHappyGabi rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #16 on Jun 15, 2019
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Comment: Thank you SO MUCH! I love these postcards! So much fun here! Wow thank you thank you thank you!!!! <3
Response: Hey Gabi, I am delighted that you like the cards I sent and thank you very much for giving me a heart. Cynthia
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Comment: Definitely some strange cards - great choices! Thank you also for adding extras that perfectly fit my profile! I don't have Arches National Park yet, so terrific! Very cool NY Broadway swap card too.
Response: Hi Shirley, I am very glad you like the cards I sent and that the extras fit the bill. I was hoping the Arches National Park would be a good choice, so Yay! See you in another swap soon and thanks for the heart! Cynthia
RNRISLOVE rated for 5 Blank Map PCs #3 on Jun 13, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the great cards. All new to me. Including the Lighthouse postcard.
Response: Ruth, I am so glad you like the lighthouse cards and that you did not already have them! Thanks for the heart! Cynthia
Stickerz78 rated for PH: Bird Scavenger Hunt #3 on Jun 12, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard swap. Also, lovely envie and thanks for the puppy training suggestions!!
Response: I am glad you like the cards I sent and thanks so much for the heart! All the best with your newest addition to your family! Cynthia
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Comment: Thank you!!!
Response: You are welcome and thanks for the heart!
porpie5 rated for PH: Pick A Word PC Swap #4 on Jun 11, 2019
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Comment: I love the postcards you chose! You did well! And thanks so much for the extra!
Response: Charlotte, I am very glad you like the cards I sent and thanks for the heart, I appreciate it! Have a wonderful summer. Cynthia
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Response: Thanks for the heart!
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Response: Thanks for the heart!
CheyanneB rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #16 on Jun 7, 2019
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Comment: thank you for the great selection of postcards - and for the bonus! Much appreciated :)
Response: I am glad you like the cards I sent and thanks very much for the heart! Happy Summer!
jayneblonde002 rated for AN: A to Z PCs (global) #2 on Jun 6, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the postcards plus the extra. We don't go to the beach nearly as often as we should considering we live within a stone's throw of it but it's absolutely therapeutic when we do. I love that I take my children to the exact same beach that I was taken to as a baby. I was just watching cine films of me as a little baby with my dad on Warner Beach.
Response: I am glad you like the cards I sent and thank you for the heart! I can well imagine the warm feeling of continuity you enjoy taking your children to the same beach you went to as a child. How lucky to live in such a place! Be well, Cynthia
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #171 on Jun 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much!!!! These are awesome and I love the husky!! So happy to see you swapping again and look for me in your mailbox soon!!! XOXO
Response: I am very glad you like the cards Susan and thanks very much for the heart!
goinjenny rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #63 on Jun 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome and thanks for the heart!
Gatzcat rated for PH: A Challenging Scavenger Hunt #6 on Jun 4, 2019
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Comment: Hi Cindy!! Thanks for the great selection of postcards for this swap. I also enjoyed the extra postcard you snuck in that was “weird” themed. I would be happy to exchange some bizarre PCs and take you up in that invitation. Since I have your return address, I’ll put one in the mail back to you.
Response: Hi Corynn, I am so glad you liked the cards and thanks so much for the heart! I am stoked you are up for some bizarre PC trades. I look forward to seeing what arrives in the mail. Have a great week! Cynthia
shirleyinCA rated for PH: Postcard Variety Pack #4 on Jun 4, 2019
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Comment: Great cards! Love the bagel and thanks for the extra - a very cool map card!
Response: I am glad you liked the cards Shirley and thank you for the heart! Cynthia
CHOWEFACE rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #53 on Jun 3, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome cards!
Response: I am glad you like the cards Michelle and thank you very much for the heart! Cynthia
dvmac rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #171 on Jun 3, 2019
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Comment: Hi Cynthia. Thank you for the nice variety of crds, I really like them all. And the extra - what made it the "world's greatest Bible study"? LOL. Mysteries! Oh yes! Love the envelope!
Response: I am very glad you like the cards I sent and thanks very much for the heart!
Tricia22 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6O on May 31, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for all the great postcards!! Happy Swapping & Happy Summer 🌞🏖🍉
Response: Thanks for the heart and happy summer to you as well! Cynthia
LadyJo rated for PH: Lighthouse Postcards #4 on May 24, 2019
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Comment: Love all the postcards you sent to me! All the Lighthouse ones are new for my collection, I like the tea one as well! Thank you so much!
Response: I am very glad that you liked the lighthouse postcards I selected for you. As far as I've found, there are not a lot of lighthouse cards available for sale, so I am stoked that you found some fresh cards in what I sent. Enjoy what is left of the spring and thank you for the heart! Cynthia
Tricia22 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #62 on May 24, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for all the great postcards!! Happy Swapping!!❤️
Response: I am very glad that you liked the postcards I selected for you. Thank you for the heart!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 481 23 23
Completed Fives Threes Ones
374 546 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
6 327 40 1
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Comments

CurlyTea on Feb 20, 2019:


Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Feb 19, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

bjmonroe on Nov 21, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

Inspiration Station~

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

EmilyT on May 18, 2016:

Thanks also for making a fun map envelope to send the postcards in, that's cool!

owlsinathens on May 18, 2016:

Actually, I'd love to keep them all in my collection. But I have to be selective now sigh Thanks again!

susieq11 on May 4, 2016:

Letter headed your way!!!!! : D

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