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heliogal

heliogal
Date Joined: September 27, 2007
Last Online: October 31, 2017

Country: United States

About Me

Hello, I have taken a couple years off of swap-bot, but lately I have started to really miss the fun mail, the creativity, and learning a little bit about someone's life. So I am back!

I am married with 2 young adult children which we homeschooled/unschooled. My daughter has now graduated from University of CA, Santa Cruz and my son is in college pursuing a computer science degree. I'm super proud of them both and what we accomplished as a family with unschooling. We live in a rural area in a home we built. We are off grid using solar power. So all my computer correspondences are solar powered yeah! We lived for a year with no electricity at all before we were able to get solar power system up. It was fantastic learning experience. Doing something like that really helps you not take a lot of things for granted.

Nature is very important to me and I like arts and crafts that reflect nature.

I like stationery, sachets, address labels and fancy STICKERS, LOTION, soaps ANYTHING Scented, Lip balms, Lip Shimmers, and Lip Sticks (pinks/natural), ribbon, teas, homemade or store bought spice blends, candles (all kinds votive and jar candles ect...), I like Victorian style postcards/cards, Celestial (stars and moons and suns) style, Cats and all animals especially Bears (real pictures of bears not teddy bears) Not that there is anything wrong with teddy bears :)

LOVES:

People who read profiles and take the time to connect with another person

Anything Handmade

Jewelry!! earrings, necklaces, bracelets handmade or 2nd hand (thrifted or yard sales :-) I like silver, bronze and coppery metals (not too much into gold unless its "antiqued" I like bohemian styles, ethnic, Victorian, animals, nature things (flowers,birds, trees ect...)

Interesting stones, crystals, semi-precious gem stones, Nature-made beach glass

Pen-pal letters and notes I love even a quick personal message in swaps

Owls

Foxes

Trees

Fairies and dragons

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees

Sun and moon and stars imagery

Steampunk

Mail art and decorated envelopes. Just putting a little effort with stickers ect... on an envie makes me SMILE big.

Flowers, love all flowers

ALL things herbal: Herbs from your part of the world, info, pictures, recipes that use herbs for body care, cooking, cleaning, medicines.

Stickers, stickers and more stickers :-)

Die cut shapes I don't have any punches and I love flower, star, heart, nature, butterfly, suns, leaves, trees, ect..... shapes!!

Embellishments, and Brads

TEA I love all kinds plain black and in all its delightful flavors, herb teas, chais and pumpkin spice teas,decaffeinated dessert teas. I like the brands Stash, Tazo, Bigelow, Yogi, Numi, Zhenas, but I would love to try different teas too. The only kinds I don't like are roobios and all of Twinning's brand teas

Tea stuff: teabag caddies, infusers, nice large mugs,

Magazines! Used is wonderful! I love relaxing with a magazine to read. I like all kinds: Science, Beauty, Craft, Homemaking, Nature, Current events, Homesteading, Art. Rock my world with something new to learn and read about!

Postcards: especially handmade, Nature scenery, gardens, castles, landmarks, art, Animals of all sorts!! I don't really care for the 3-D postcards, however.

Bears :-) realistic and artistic

Cats Big and small

Pagan/ Wiccan things: altar items (wands, candles, decorations) God and Goddess pictures Bells, Spells, Books, amulet bags, charms. I would love some items with pentagrams on them like charms, tiles ect...

Notecards I love handmade ones and store bought too!

Stationery sheets it is very hard to find stationery where I live. I like nature, artistic or just interesting designs please no Kawaii or diddle or other cartoonish styles.

Pretty patterned papers, embellishments, brads, prima flowers

Fabric bags with zippers or drawstrings for organizing stuff in my totes. Handmade always welcome and appreciated as well as clean thrift store/ yard sale finds :-)

mascara in brownish/black eye shadow in champagne or coppery-pinkish colors I have medium- light skin tone. drugstore brands are great just no dollar store cosmetics please. I like lotions, cuticle creams, soaps, shower gels, massage oils

Fuzzy or Cozy socks

Gloves, hats, wrist- warmers Handmade is always wonderful but even dollar store finds are great.

Rubber stamps and ink pads (value bin ones are awesome) I really love rubber stamps of all kinds. I use them all the time in my crafts and correspondences. I need more ink colors too.

I love quotes printed from the computer or handwritten

Ribbon, pretty fabric, lace, buttons

Halloween things especially vintage style

I am always in need of kitchen towels

I love aprons handmade or thrift store finds

Sugar-free gum

Essential oils

Incense sticks or cones or loose Your homemade blends are always appreciated Please no drug store or dollar store brands

Cotton yarn and simple knitting patterns

Guided meditation scripts or Cd's

Anything about palmistry

Dislikes:

Pink girly things like themes of shopping, princess, shoes and handbags that sort of thing. (just for clarification pink as it occurs in nature for butterflies, flowers ect... I don't have a problem with.

Camouflage or USA stuff (love my country but just don't like that color combo)

Kawaii

Any cartoon characters

Christian stuff

Favorite Music

World music especially music from Brazil, Ireland/Scotland, Cuba, and Africa. Jazz of all types and Rock from Indie to oldies with a soft spot for 80's music. I also love new age music, and classical.

Favorite Movies

I LOVE watching all kinds of movies. My guilty pleasures are action/ adventure films and sci-fi where the good guys always win. Will Smith rocks! I also love more subtle and complex films as well. I just love Dance movies also like Strictly Ballroom and Step up We get no TV so I love movies and I'm fine if you send me any "back-up" DVD copies of any kind.

Here is a short list of favorites:Guardians of the Galaxy, all X-men movies, Predestination, Cloud Atlas, Avatar, Meet Joe Black, Dan in Real Life, I am Legend, The Illusionist, Princess Bride, everything Star Trek, all the LOTR movies, The list could go on for a very long time

Favorite Crafts

Cooking and preserving food, gardening, growing herbs for cooking, healing and crafting.I make soap and soy candles with essential oils. I love making my own herbal medicines and body care products. Knitting ( I like cotton yarn) and simple patterns for small projects Jewelry making. I have just been getting into making bead and wire earrings and necklaces. I would love to receive interesting beads and findings, chains ect... I love paper crafts such as making note cards and mail art. so I would enjoy biggish (not ATC size) patterned papers and card making supplies So I like embellishments, nice stickers (themes I like in stickers are : flowers, clouds,leaves,trees, snowflakes, Victorian, butterflies& dragonflies, stars,moons,suns,animals,but not too cartoony animals, I like decorative sticker borders, fairies & other fantasy and just pretty designs or interesting things. I don't like children's stickers or cartoon characters or kawai stuff like hello kitty. I also like brads, rubber stamps, ribbons and fine tip ink pens for my card making. I've been drying a bunch of homegrown and wild collected herbs for tea blends, herbal bath bags and potpourri.

Favorite Books

I really enjoy reading non-fiction such as real life adventures or how-to books also books about great people. I do love engaging plot-driven books too. I love cozy mysteries like the China Bayle herbal mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert, The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Laurie R. King, The book Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli is a beautiful YA book I like to recommend to everyone. I also LOVE poetry. I always enjoy good book recommendations.

foods

I have been following the Paleo diet for two years now and have lost 80 lbs!! I feel really good eating this way. . So that means I don't eat grains( that includes wheat flour or corn meal or corn starch), beans, sugar, or potatoes.If you have any paleo-friendly recipes I would LOVE them. I do a lot of baking with coconut flour and almond flour I can eat nuts of all kinds, veggies, and meats. So, alas, no more candy for me. I Love different herbs and spices. Your own homemade blends would be delicious. Little bags of plain or just salted nuts would be nice to receive. Sugar-free gum is also great to receive. I love all types of tea except no rooibos, please.

smells

I really love scented stuff and prefer things scented with natural essences. I like clean scents like lemon, honeydew melon, herbs such as lemon verbena,lavender, rosemary, sage, Spicy scents like cinnamon,Sandalwood, cloves and pumpkin spice are fantastic too!! I also LOVE floral fragrances such as ROSE, JASMINE, VIOLET or HONEYSUCKLE.

I'm not really crazy for food smells or vanilla.

Colors

I love all colors. Except neon brights. I'm not such a primary color person either. I love all the other shades of colors. I like earthy colors and Jewel tones. I like the combinations of Red and yellow, Blue and yellow, and turquoise and brown.You can make me happy with most colors.

Just want to say...

I just want to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful swappers I've had the joy to swap with. It is because of the great and generous people on swap-bot that this is such a fun past time!!

Create the world you want to live in.

Ratings

Jannified rated for Happy Mail *NEWBIE FRIENDLY* on Jul 1, 2017
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Comment: Love the ORANGE envelope and thanks for the goodies inside (:
DCasey rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! End April on May 24, 2017
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toni rated for USAPC: 2 Things in an Envelope #6 on May 22, 2017
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Comment: Wonderful lot of goodies! Thanks!
btbeth rated for WIYM: I love snail -mail supplies #1 on May 15, 2017
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Comment: WOWZA! Thank you, Stephenie, You sure spoiled me! I love everything, especially the elephant card and the celestial washi! I may have to hoard THAT for some time! I haven't ever seen any celestial washi!!! It is just so pretty! Again thank you for a wonderful swap! HUGS!
Response: Your comment really made me smile! I am so happy to share fun stuff with you and I'm thrilled you liked it all!! thanks for the hugs, comment and heart!!
CWarner rated for WATER Themed Postcard Swap #2 on Apr 25, 2017
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Comment: Love the Maine card, and am so glad about how the Calif. drought is all but over! I saw about how the poppies in Antelope Valley are blooming like crazy. My mom had Calif. Poppies in our back yard when I was a kid--she never called them just poppies--always California Poppies! thanks again, Carol in Denver
Response: I am so glad you liked the card I sent :-) Thanks for sharing about your memories of California poppies! They are so pretty and cheerful! I hope you are having a lovely Spring in Denver!
motherpie rated for ostara basket for good witches:) on Apr 25, 2017
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Comment: thank you for making my day (my week! my month!) with your lovely, thoughtful, MAGICAL spring basket. so much thought and so so so much love put into it. you deserve a hundred <3's
Response: It makes my heart so happy to hear that you really enjoyed the basket of goodies I put together for you!! I sent you a message about staying in touch!
Shoefairy19 rated for Notecard + Tea #1 on Apr 25, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the thought you put into this, so kind to tailor my tea to my profile!
Response: Wow! that got there quick! I'm so happy you enjoyed the swap and I hope the tea will be fun for you to try!
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Comment: wow great swap love the Scottish breakfast tea
Response: Yay! I'm glad you liked my swap!
Junebug505 rated for ATP: Easter Card w/flat surprise on Apr 10, 2017
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Comment: thank you very much
Response: Wow, that got there fast! I'm glad you liked the swap. Thank you for the heart! Have a lovely Easter!
jeka396 rated for ISS: Pick 3 for March (INTL) on Mar 17, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for this envie jam packed full of goodness! You went above and beyond sending more than 3 categories, and you definitely sent things that I can put to great use!! Also,I love the note you inclded too!! Spring is supposed to be coming soon here, but today it's snowing hahaha.
Response: Yay! Your comment made me smile! I'm so glad you liked everything I sent including my note. Oh wow- snow in March! I hope the Spring will be even the more beautiful when it arrives!! Thank you for the heart!
njstauter rated for Which Herb Do You Recommend? on Mar 6, 2017
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Comment: Nice work! Many thanks
Response: So glad to hear! Thank you for the heart! and the lovely artemisia picture!!
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Comment: Stephanie, I LOVE my cards, you put everything I like on them and they are just great. Thank you so so much.
Response: I am so glad to hear that!! Its always a little nerve racking when you put your creative effort into something and it is really nice to know when your partner appreciates it. Thank you so much for the awesome comment and the heart!
jimncinpease rated for goddess scents on Mar 3, 2017
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Comment: amazing scents- love the candle and the oils- thank you so much!
Response: Great I hope they bring lots of goodness to you and your family. Thank you for the nice comment and heart!
babedoll58 rated for ATP: Dollar Tree Washi swap on Feb 28, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the washi samples, it's always good to get some samples you don't have😊
Response: Thank you so much for the nice comment and the heart! I'm really glad you liked the washi samples I picked for you!
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Comment: Hi Stephanie Thank you I love what you sent me Spicemom
Response: Yay! I'm really glad you liked the things I sent! Thank you for the nice comment and heart!
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Comment: What a fun-filled envie. Love the travel related stuff! Def brightened my day! Thank you!
Response: YAY! So glad that my mail brightened up your day that makes me super happy too!! Thank you for the nice comment and the heart!
TwoTurtles rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! End Feb. on Feb 24, 2017
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Comment: Hehe!!! Loved reading your note! It had me smiling the entire time. Thanks so much for all the goodies! The stamps you sent are my favorite but I love everything!
Response: Cool! that makes me so happy to hear that my note had you smiling!! Thank you so much for the kind comment and the heart!
Barbara rated for 3 Things in an Envie #2 on Feb 21, 2017
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Comment: Hi Neighbor! Thank you for the envie of goodies. Just love the postcards you selected. Keep dry, Stephenie!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you liked the things I sent, I really fretted over what I thought you might like, so I'm extra happy you like the postcards!! The rain's awesome!! Thank you so much for the nice comment and heart!
young46356 rated for WIYM: Pick 1 Postcard (Feb 2017) on Feb 21, 2017
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Comment: Thanks, love them zebras. Rich
Response: Awesome!! Thank you so much for the heart.
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Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely goodies! I loved the tea and fairy notecard :) I actually go to a small studio here to blow glass! Thanks again, Happy Swapping!
Response: I am so glad I was able to find some things you liked! Thank you for the nice comment and the heart!

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Comments

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 25, 2017:

piratecaptainmo on May 4, 2017:

Thank you for the fabulous goodies you sent for the Pick 3 tag (USA)!

njstauter on Mar 7, 2017:

Thank you for all the information on Artemisia. We planted some and hope it grows. I love the little packet of leaves you sent. Do you add anything else when you make dream pillows or should I just put this whole amount in one and let it be?

Margothecat on Feb 19, 2017:

Thank you So much for the wonderful package of wishes from AWG Feb list! I especially love the flower cookie cutter! I don't have anything like it and it will be perfect for spring cookies! You were so generous - thanks!

Babsmomof5 on Feb 14, 2017:

Tigerlilyknotwise on Feb 13, 2017:

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Hi - thank you for the little birthday gift you sent for AWG! Earlier today was wishing I had a little notepad I could fit in my back pocket...and here it is! So pretty too :) Thanks for including my word of the year too!

bbsporty on Feb 12, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful notecards and Christmas stickers from my AWG Feb wish list!

limetteandlove on Feb 10, 2017:

SO happy you loved the earrings and everything else from the Who Likes tag :) I tried to make those earrings according to your profile! Enjoy! <3

pianoheart on Feb 2, 2017:

When I opened my mailbox today, I was greeted by the wonderful aroma of the essential oil mineral bath from you. So surprising and it was the only thing in my mailbox, which made it even more special. Most swaps and tags are so visually oriented that it is refreshing to receive a tag that appeals to other senses, like sense of smell with this tag or hearing when I send music for a swap or tag. I love the bird note card that you sent with the mineral bath. Mahalo for a beautiful tag :)

njstauter on Jan 30, 2017:

This was my Spirit Guide in Winter 2015-16. I learned a lot by simply being with its energy across the world from it. Magick is so alive. Again, thank you for a wonderful package. The teas will be enjoyed tomorrow!

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