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margeux

margeux
Date Joined: February 7, 2020
Last Online: July 2, 2020
Birthday: October 28
Country: United States
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h e l l o !

I joined swapbot for the ability to create/craft without having to commit to any more long-term correspondences. I am NOT looking to take on anymore new pen pals; I am currently at capacity!

I enjoy the ease (and free-ness!) of digital swaps. That being said, I am super selective about international swaps and most type 3s right now, due to their cost.

IF I HAVEN'T RATED YOU: I'm sorry! Please remind me and I'll get right to it!

IF YOU'RE MISSING A SWAP FROM ME: Oh no! I never mark a swap as sent until it's been dropped at the post office. My small town mail service can be a little wonky sometimes, so please get in contact with me as soon as possible so we can sort things out! I will resend if necessary.

a b o u t

Margeux: thirty-something; old soul, old ways.

Raised in small-town central Florida; currently living in the high desert of western Colorado.

Happily taken, and child-free by choice. We've got a sweet, old pup named Sandy (an Australian Shepherd) and a spunky, young cat named Nugget (a long-haired torbie).

Advocating for a slow, intentional, seasonal, natural, and simple lifestyle. My partner and I hope to homestead one-day.

Scorpio sun, Capricorn moon, Leo rising. I am a witch. My practice focuses on the seasons/wheel of the year, wellbeing (for myself, those I love, and the collective), and finding the magic in the mundane. I am open to hearing about anyyy faith/path (or lack thereof), so long as you aren't condemning mine in the process.

"Moon" was my first word. I adore her.

I love putting pen to paper, and have been known to blab on and on. I am an avid snail mailer, writing long letters to pen pals worldwide. I love learning the stories of others, and it's the correspondence that's most important to me, not the goodies.

I also journal my thoughts regularly and have developed a (mostly) daily practice. I use a plain, spiral bound notebook and a black ballpoint pen; I usually write between two and four pages. I write mostly for self-discovery, reflection + awareness, and to soothe/self-mother.

I studied art history (with a concentration in late medieval devotional imagery) and received my degree from a small, liberal arts university in Florida. My thesis was entitled, "Christ's Blood and the Side Wound as Fountain, Body, Mouth, and Door: Late Medieval Devotional Imagery in British Library's MS Egerton 1821." (The manuscript has been digitalized and can be viewed through the BL's online catalog.) // My favorite artist is Giotto (b. 1267), and my favorite work is his fresco cycle in the Scrovengi Chapel (Padua, 1305), especially the lamentation panel.

I have a special fondness for the number thirteen.

My partner is a biodynamic farmer by trade and we both love to "save the season" as much as possible by preserving food (canning, dehydrating, fermenting, etc). Also, plants are medicine. We often make our own salves, balms, tinctures, etc. We try to live naturally and with as little impact to the earth as possible.

My favorite day of the whole year is Mabon, the autumn equinox.

"Making do" is a big and constant theme in my life. There's so much waste in the world, and I try my best to be as low-impact as possible. I source as much as I can, when needed, secondhand. Trying hard to "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." (This also applies to my art/crafting; see below.)

I enjoy cooking/baking. I am mostly vegetarian, and usually prefer savory/salty over sweet.

I live booze-free; ditched alcohol back in December 2017.

I take A LOT of photographs, a quick way to document life. I want to get better about pairing my photography with my words, and gaining the courage to share them as memoir.

I love hiking and the outdoors; nature is my church.

I feel at home with all things old and/or odd, the more bizarre the better. Quite comfortable with the macabre, too. I also adore boring... boring postcards, boring art, boring letters, boring architecture, boring photographs, etc.

I appreciate having my perspective shifted/changed.

I enjoy reading, though I'm slow at it, and am really trying to bolster the habit in 2020. I get most of my books from the library or secondhand bookshops, and rarely buy new. I write in/annotate books when I can.

I am so, so grateful for all my international adventures (I miss Italyyy), but these days I enjoy exploring more locally, within my own area and the rest of this state.

For more about me, check out my instagram + my postcrossing profile.

c r a f t i n g

I appreciate how crafty my family was growing up. (For years we all had to make our holiday gifts, and I love that.) Many, many moons ago I made jewelry. In most recent years, though, I've been working with paper, usually making stationery and other things to send to my pen pals. Basic collaging is a great way for me to use up paper scraps. I like rubber stamping and handlettering, too. My style is mostly minimal, and some kraft paper is almost always invloved. I also use A LOT of upcycled/repurposed materials. Trash to treasure, baby!

I art journal and memory-keep, too, though quite infrequently. Working to change that this year.

I enjoy practical crocheting. I usually make things we can use to replace the more conventional items in our home... washcloths, dishrags, trivets, market totes, catch-all baskets, etc.

I believe in mending my clothing, and have really embraced the visible variety. I stitch very intuitively.

A good DIY project is always fun, too. Most recently, my partner & I built a vinyl storage bin.

I have a deep appreciation for traditional crafting like wood carving, timber framing, leather working, basket weaving, blacksmithing, sewing clothes, pottery, etc.

Visit my creative container over on instagram.

l i k e s

in no particular order...

COLORS
- blackkkkkkkk, and grey
- neutrals, earth tones
- lavender, eggplant
- mustard
- kraft paper (haha)
- plant dye, of any kind

THEMES
- hiking, camping, landscapes (especially mountains)
- space, the stars
- plants, trees, flowers, vegetables, also herbalism
- food, cooking, baking
- animals: cat, otter, platypus, bat, giraffe, zebra
- art history, especially medieval
- homesteading, self-sufficiency, low-impact living
- travel, maps, Italy
- divination, astrology, esoterica, etc ("witchy")
- seasons, especially autumn + winter
- Alice in Wonderland
- books/reading

TO RECEIVE
- anything handmade (especially practical things I can use to replace commercially-made items)
- washi samples
- new/unused postage
- book recommendations/reviews
- tarot/divination readings
- seeds (organic + homegrown is best)
- artwork/prints (your own or otherwise)
- vintage book pages and illustrations
- stickers
- interesting paper scraps, textured paper bits (for collaging)
- recipes
- bookmarks
- patches
- usable fabric scraps (for visible mending)
- embroidery floss, thread
- artist trading cards + coins
- postcards
- music playlists
- tags/tickets (especially vintage)
- poetry/short stories/any creative writing
- used/postmarked postage
- ink stamps and prints of your own ink stamps
*** Feel free to send me any destash/lightly used items, just make sure it's something you'd be happy receiving, too.

d i s l i k e s

  • intolerance, people who think they're entitled
  • alcohol, caffeine, pharmaceuticals, chemicals
  • politics, being told what I can and cannot do
  • makeup/cosmetics
  • commercialized, conventional holidays (like Christmas, Easter, Valentine's, etc)
  • kawaii, overly girly stuff
  • puffy stickers
  • temporary tattoos
  • washi with words/quotes
  • too many bright/bold colors, but tie-dye is okay

p o s t c a r d s

I prefer them dated, written, and stamped aka NOT blank and NOT in an envelope (unless they're vintage and already written on).

Current Collections
- botanical gardens/spaces
- national parks
- flamingos
- black and white
- Holiday Inn promotional, vintage or new
- old seed catalog orders
- Anderson Design Group
- Lantern Press
- old travel parks, motels, interesting lodging
- any vintage with weird/mysterious messages
- anything boring, quirky
- handmade from upcycled cardboard food packaging

d i e t a r y

Tea ~~ I avoid conventional tea bags, and caffeine. I prefer looseleaf, natural/organic/wild-foraged herbal blends. (Please label with ingredients and shelf-life! And feel free to reach out if you have any questions.) If you happen to grow your own medicinals, too, let's arrange a private tea swap!

Food ~~ NOT looking to receive any food items at the moment; thank you!

Ratings

aspens rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - May on Jul 3, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for resending! Sorry it took me a minute to realize but I appreciate your graciousness. On to the swap: wow, easily one of my favorite e-swaps I've ever received. Your aesthetic style is so gorgeous. I felt like I was looking at a published zine! I had also never heard of the phrase "chevrolegs and lamborfeeties" so I am ABSOLUTELY stealing that! LOL! I also think it is so interesting that you find peace in cemeteries. I'm the opposite, I get terribly uneasy being in the presence of death so it was fascinating reading your perspective. I'm sure everyone there appreciates your visit. You seem awesome!!
sprog101 rated for May 2020: What Did You Read? on Jun 21, 2020
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Response: Thank you!
kelliegirl6 rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - May on Jun 20, 2020
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Comment: I live in New Orleans & it’s a great place to be if you love cemeteries! Thank you for sharing. (Unfortunately I can’t see the pics you sent...just blank spaces. I’ll try on my computer.)
Response: Oh no; I hope you were eventually able to view the photographs! I can resend if need be. // Oh, New Orleans; lucky you! I hope to wander her cemeteries someday! A real dream of mine!
MadamMim rated for May 2020: What Did You Read? on Jun 18, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing! I have a similar experience with a classic book. I first read it as a teenager and I loved it. Оn the next reading (I was 20 s.th.) I don't understand how I liked it...and in the last rereading it was as if I were reading a completely unknown book... Probably you should give one more chance to "Pandora" after some times.
Response: So glad to hear I am not alone in my experience, haha. Perhaps I'll give "Pandora" another (final) go sometime next year. <3 Have a great day!
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Comment: Margeux <3 Thank you so much for your amazing reading! It absoultely resonated with me! I'll reflect more on it in an email to you! :) It'll really helped me to gain a better insight into what's going on at the moment and brought things to the surface I didn't consciously/actively experience. Thank you, love!!
Response: So glad to hear it, Jen! I always enjoy reading for you! <3
kasa rated for May 2020: What Did You Read? on Jun 13, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for your insight into this book. Funny how we really like a book and then read it again and see that we do not like it anymore. I must admit I havent read much of Anne Rice at all. Happy reading.
Response: Funny, indeed! Take care!
Morgan11 rated for TPC: Monthly Favorites ~ May on Jun 12, 2020
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Comment: I always love reading your monthly favourites. I always seem to get great new resources from you and it seems like you kept busy!
Response: Thanks, Morgan! <3
Mandaloolee rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - May on Jun 10, 2020
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Comment: Your story sounds like a beautiful day! Thank you for sharing!
Response: Sure thing; glad you enjoyed it!
Witchymama620 rated for TPC: Monthly Favorites ~ May on Jun 7, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your May faves with me!! I love American Pickers, and if I had the space, I’d be such a hoarder haha sounds like you had a great month!🖤
Response: bffs! hehe <3
liria rated for April 2020: What Did You Read? on Jun 6, 2020
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Response: Thanks!
SunTradeToo rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2020 on Jun 1, 2020
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Comment: very creative! Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸💌
Response: Thanks! I try--hehe. ;) Have a great day!
Mamasch rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2020 on May 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cardboard postcard. I love the way you addressed it!
Response: Happy to hear it! <3 Take care!
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your beautiful tarot deck with me!! I love learning more about others and their relationships with their decks! 💜✨
Response: Hooray, I am glad you liked it! Thank you for participating, Colleen! <3
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Comment: Dear Margeux, I always love sharing Tarot readings with you! Your readings make me feel safe and also teach me a lot of things! I really enjoyed your reading for "What am I manifesting in my life at this moment?" - the moment I saw that The High Priestress showed up had me smiling like crazy. I was so happy for you because I got the feeling, from the cards and what you've written about them, that it brought something to the surface that you needed to see/hear. I'm glad you enjoyed this first swap of my new series! Hugs, Jen
Response: Aw, you always have the nicest things to say about my tarot-ing. Thank you, Jen! Yes, good ol' II High Priestess, I love her. For not expecting much out of this reading originally, it kinda took me by surprise. The cards have a funny way of doing that, don't that? ;)
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Comment: Margeux <3 Thank you for sharing your deck's backside design with me! I really enjoyed reading about it and also actually seeing it. Reading about your interview spread was super interesting too. And I absolutely love how you talked about the pronouns you use to refer to your deck + the change thereof. (Also, I LOVE your Tarot cloth!) Can't wait for the other swaps of your series! Hugs, Jen
Response: So glad you enjoyed my sharing, Jen! Now that I've been using the proper pronouns, they seem to be really diggin our relationship; I'm pleased! My tarot cloth (which I also adore) is actually just a cloth napkin! It was the "wrapping paper" for a precious handmade gift from a pen pal. <3
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Comment: Thank you, Margeux! I love my version of the RWS deck, also. It has a lovely back cover of gold stars on a deep blue field.
Response: I bet it's beautiful! It sounds similar to the painted ceiling of the Scrovengi Chapel. Giotto's work there (especially the Lamentation panel) is my most favorite art EVER. <3
DreamCloud rated for TPC: Upcycled Postcard on May 23, 2020
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Comment: Hey, Margeux! I love the Cosmic theme on the Little Debbie's Star Crunch packaging :D Thank you so much for the cute postcard and the kitchen witch tip! <3
Response: Yay! I had fun putting it together for you. So glad you liked it, E! <3
paperlover rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 22, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your photos and recipe. Sounds yummy
Response: Certainly! Hope you're having a marvelous May! <3
Ukucaitie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2020 on May 22, 2020
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Comment: So cool! I love what you did with the chunk of cardboard! I love the yellow on the back :) so pretty. Thank you for the recipe! I love this swap bc of cards like yours. So creative! Thank you!
Response: Hooray ~ so glad you enjoyed it, Cate! The majority of postcards I send these days are similar. Trash to treasure, baby. ;) Take care!
MadamMim rated for March 2020: What Did You Read? on May 16, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for your review! To be honest, I avoid history books because the events in them are often refracted through the author's view. To find a piece of the truth you have to read many different sources. Good luck in your research on the Utes. 🍀🍀🍀
Response: That's my favorite part about history... the research and reading multiple sources. ;) Thanks for the luck; seems like I'll need it, ha. <3 Be well!

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