Date Joined: June 15, 2013
Last Online: March 20, 2014
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States
(9/22/13) I am still on a break from swap-bot and swapping and will be for the foreseeable future, but I can still be reached through PM as I get email alerts. If you have anything you need to talk to me about, please don't hesitate to send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!
WELCOME TO MY PROFILE!
updated on 9/6/13
my name is jess and i'm 21 years old. i live in apex, NC, US, and i find myself to be incredibly boring and interesting at the same time. i guess i kind of live in extremes; life is either mundane and uneventful or crazy and chaotic. i live from one impulse to the next and it's always getting me into trouble. i'm still learning how to handle being an adult, i guess.
right now i live with my parents, and i have two dogs - a lhasa-apso mix named sandy, and a naughty hound/mutt puppy named loki who lives with my ex-boyfriend (i won't get to see him anymore, but he's still my baby.) i love animals and now volunteer at the SPCA working to care for the puppies and help them find new families!
i'm really into creative expression like writing and art. i write a lot of poetry/prose/ramblings and draw, paint, doodle etc. whenever the mood strikes. i keep several journals in which i write all my thoughts and illustrate whatever might be on my mind. i also have an altered book that started as a project in high school but has become one of my most valued possessions.
my main interests lie in spiritual and new age topics as well as psychology. i like to meditate and am learning about & attempting lucid dreaming and astral projection. i'm also learning to read tarot, and once i feel comfortable in my abilities i plan to learn other methods of divination as well. astrology and numerology also interest me.
i love thrift, bargain/discount, and antique store shopping! it's one of the most fun things ever to find little treasures at great prices! i especially love to find fawn or deer related items like figurines etc. to decorate my room with!
overall i'm kind of a moody, stubborn, difficult person, but i can be fiercely loyal and very sweet. if we're friends, i do my best to make it stay that way. i believe in treating others the way i want to be treated, and i think manners are still important.
there are several other places i can be found if you'd like to get to know me better. links are listed above, but here's what i use each site for specifically!
tumblr - a visual representation of my mind/personality, sometimes i post writing there too, though i have a private writing tumblr (if you are interested for some reason feel free to ask and i'll share!)
8tracks - i use music to describe how i feel sometimes when i can't find the right words; music is often better at conveying some emotions anyway! each mix is not only music i enjoy but it's also telling a story.
facebook - this one is kept unknown from people i know in real life, just another place for me to feel safe and express myself; anyone is welcome to add me as long as you aren't rude or hateful!
instagram - i post pictures of stuff i'm currently making or have made, packages/goodies i'm mailing out to people/friends for swaps or gifts, fun mail and packages i've received, and sometimes things like my treasures or environment! i follow everyone back!
etsy faves/wishlist - in case you want an idea of stuff i enjoy (it's all organized into lists!), or just like looking through things people have found for your own interest or purchasing!
~ Movies ~
my most favorite movie is WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!!! my favorite line from it has always been "i'll eat you up, i love you so!" ~ hoping one day someone will say that to me without me telling them i want them to, hehe!
some others i enjoyed were...
i haven't had the ability to sit and watch a full length movie for quite a while - it's not something i really enjoy doing anymore because of how difficult it is, but when i did watch a lot of movies, i usually enjoyed horror or unusual/indie type movies. rarely do i care for comedy or romance.
i am able to watch documentaries sometimes, and one that i really enjoyed was 'the secret'! i totally recommend it if you're open to concepts not accepted or understood by most!
~ Television ~
i pretty much dislike all television shows. if i do turn on the tv (which is mostly just to have some noise on so i feel less alone during the night) i'll put on stuff like documentaries on interesting topics, shows about or with animals, or channels like NatGeo, discovery etc. i hate reality shows, cartoons, soaps, game shows and well...pretty much everything on tv!
~ Books ~
as for books, i do like to read, but i find it increasingly hard to get myself to do it. my attention span is generally not suited for long sittings of reading, so i can rarely get a book finished in a decent amount of time.
i do not care for fiction much and go for non-fiction on topics relevant to my interests (mostly spiritual/new age/metaphysical things or psychology.)
some books i did enjoy for personal reasons were...
currently i'm attempting to read these books...
and there are many others sitting on my shelves waiting to be picked up!
some favorite artists
iron & wine, bon iver, third eye blind, matchbox 20, sufjan stevens, goo goo dolls, mogwai, etc.
my favorite genres
indie or alternative, 90s rock/alternative, post-rock, ambient, instrumental, meditation
my 8tracks will have some mixes with other music i enjoy, if you want to check those out, too! maybe you'll find something new to listen to~
~ Please Do Send! ~
anything from this list is loved, loved, loved!
any kind of FUN snail mail!!! (long handwritten letters, little or big packages, envelopes with goodies etc.)
deer/fawn related things (~my favorite animal)
woodland themes/creatures (mushrooms, owls, trees, foxes, squirrels etc.)
stickers!!!! (please no reward/teacher/childrens types - they can be loose, flakes, sheets or whatever, just not bent or damaged!)
tea (green, white, black, fruity/sweet flavors are my favorite) - no loose leaf and preferably in an envelope or at least with a note to say what kind it is!
stationery or letter paper with or without matching envelopes
pretty papers (scrapbooking or otherwise)
pretty/cute BLANK notecards w/ envelopes
blank/unwritten unusual or unique postcards (HQ handmade are awesome too!)
soft & pastel colors (lavender/lilac, baby pink & blue, light yellow, pale green etc.)
sanrio characters (favs are hello kitty, my melody, cinnamoroll, deery lou, little twin stars, spottie dottie, or any others!) - i don't mind if it comes from a place other than the sanrio shop, but please only licensed!
any other kawaii characters (please no anime stuff or real people)
peacocks, owls, or other birds & related things (feathers, birdcages)
items from etsy faves, or similar things (anything expensive on there is just for my reference or future purchasing - i don't expect anything exorbitant from swappers!)
original artwork in any form (zines!! drawings, paintings, collages, photos, even poetry etc.)
rubber stamps & ink pads (prefer floral/nature, animal, cute, or decorative images)
interesting magazine, newspaper, or other clippings/papers (for use in projects; words, letters, pictures are all welcome, any language - please nothing torn, bent, dirty)
stuffed animals of any size (my favorite animals are the best - deer, owls, foxes, lambs, bunnies or whatever!) - nicely handmade would be especially loved and cherished!
spiritual & new age things (crystals, tarot or oracle cards, runes, books on various subjects, meditation music or guided meditation CDs, dream catchers etc.)
eastern religions and related items (buddhism etc.)
candles, any size (love clean/fresh, floral, or fruit scents - don't really like food smells)
stick incense (any scent, love the HEM brand but any at all is awesome)
astrology things (i'm a scorpio!)
art supplies (water colors, colored pens & pencils, any color sharpies etc.)
any size blank journals/notebooks with cute or pretty designs (nothing boring or plain, lined or not is fine)
old/vintage photos, letters, papers, clippings, post cards etc. (i can use pretty much any for my altered book or collaging!)
old, antique, vintage regular or skeleton keys (real or just things with key patterns/designs)
anything related to where the wild things are (art styled like the book or the movie)
simple friendship bracelets made from string/embroidery floss
& of course, surprises!!! (that are not on the dislikes list)
~ Please Don't Send! ~
please don't send me any of this stuff! if you do for some reason, though, i will just pass it on to someone else who can use it ~ no harm done unless it's a profile specific swap!
and i think this should go without saying, but PLEASE do not send me anything you wouldn't be okay receiving yourself ~ as in TRASH, dirty, heavily used, or damaged items!
any type of chai or tea with jasmine (i don't like spicy or heavily floral teas) - no loose leaf needed!
vanilla scents or flavors (or most foodie smells)
western religious items (bibles and verses, crosses, jesus etc.)
very bright or neon colors (especially orange)
any disney stuff, unless it's bambi
cartoon or TV show characters or superheros
any earrings & big, flashy or beaded jewelry
"spooky/scary" stuff & violence/blood/gore
anything with insects, snakes, spiders - i am honestly pretty terrified of most bugs/insects (butterflies or dragonflies are nice, however!)
caterpillars - please NO NO NO! nightmare fuel right there!
anything cat related, or things that cats have touched (VERY allergic to them and don't like 'em)
horses (except unicorns, of course!)
most food or candy items (ask about specifics if you really would like to send some, there are a few i do like!)
fiction (i don't have much interest in reading it)
beaches and oceans (though i do like ocean creatures and seashells)
anything to do with babies or weddings
items with locations/attractions on them (like stuff you'd buy in tourist spots)
ANYTHING holiday related (no christmas, halloween, thanksgiving, 4th of July etc.)
make up or other beauty products (lotions, sprays, bubble bath, soap etc.) - chap-stick or lip balm without gloss are okay
these are just some specific things (in addition to my likes list) that i would really ♥ love ♥ to receive in swaps, if you are looking for more ideas!
unused postage stamps - vintage, new, forever or whatever, as long as i can put them on a letter and mail it to someone! any others are welcome, too, for crafts and art~
stickers - anything but reward, teacher, religious, or very children-y type stickers, and i don't usually need words/phrases, either. i don't mind if they are full sheets, loose cut outs, or flakes as long as they aren't torn/bent/damaged!
old, unusual, or vintage keys - i collect keys, especially skeleton keys!
stationery, notecards, envelopes, memo/letter sheets - anything i can use to write/send letters with! i prefer them with pretty or cute designs, not plain or boring.
return address labels - i have some that i made on my own, but i'd love something a little nicer with pretty/cute designs relevant to my likes (specifically deer or fawn images!)
crystals - any kind is more than welcome, though my etsy faves has a list with specific types i'm looking for if you're wondering (i use them for spiritual purposes - any size [though i don't really need any that are smaller than a fingernail], any shape, tumbled, raw, or cluster etc. is great!)
blank/unwritten postcards - i can't get ANY around here, really, so i'd love some pretty, cute or artsy (no tourist/location) postcards i can use for swaps!
tarot or oracle cards & full decks - i am learning to read tarot and have one deck of my own that i cherish so much, as well as an oracle deck, but would love to have options! any at all are welcome, new or gently used - can also use any loose cards you have for artwork!
also! - i have decided i'd like to get started in swapping the different 'bags' and 'books', so if you have any that you'd like to pass along i'd be happy to take them! esp. interested in sticker bags and slams.
see my instagram if you'd like to see some pictures of stuff i've done!
drawing (sketching, simple doodling, etc.)
occasionally painting (acrylic & watercolor - though i really am not any good at it anymore!)
writing (poetry, prose, etc. - maybe this is not a craft but it's something i enjoy doing!)
i've just started to make little zines and i'm super excited about it!
slowly easing myself into making ATCs ~ just finished my first for a beginner's swap (see my instagram for a pic) and hopefully i will do more in the future!
~ i hope to learn more crafts sometime, but i get so discouraged when i don't have any immediate talent for something new. i've made mini quilts in the past that turned out pretty nice, but it was all so hard that i don't think i could ever do it again!
i am HIGHLY allergic to cats, so please don't send me anything that has any cat hair/dander on it, or that may have been exposed to cats for more than just a moment! i develop hives, wheeze & have trouble breathing etc. and it's very miserable!
NO CATS ALLOWED!
i'm also allergic to smoke, it gives me bad headaches, so anything that has been around smoke or smells like it won't be good for me. if you have to send me something that's been exposed, PLEASE air it out beforehand!
~ About Swaps & Ratings ~
if you haven't received a swap from me and it's been a reasonable amount of time, PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE RATING! i will absolutely get back to you and see what i can do as far as resending.
if you have sent me something but haven't received a rating from me after a reasonable length of time, please let me know! i most always rate right after i receive, so if no rating then i probably have not gotten it! if you are concerned, you are welcome to send me a message!
i promise to leave a comment with my ratings also, to make sure you know i appreciated what you sent or if there was an issue.
i will do my very best to right any problem situation, answer all PMs, and stay in contact with swap partners!
~ Lateness ~
if i'm going to be sending a swap late for some very strange reason, i will absolutely let you know asap and also provide a date it will be sent by!!
i'd also appreciate YOU letting me know if you'll be sending your swap late; i won't be upset IF you communicate with me and i can be very understanding about it (to a point.) if you choose not to keep me informed about a late swap, i will not be too happy.
~ Private Swaps & Penpals ~
if you are ever interested in a private swap, let me know by PM! i'd enjoy doing good swaps for my likes/wishlist items, but can only do package type swaps with those in the USA for now; flat mail swaps are welcome with anyone!!
i'm also looking for new penpals!! if you think we have things in common and you'd like to write letters with me, please contact me by PM!
~ thank you for stopping by, happy swapping!!
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