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njstauter

njstauter
Date Joined: August 10, 2014
Last Online: September 23, 2017
Birthday: April 5
Country: United States

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SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE:

(I am making another update at the very end of the section About Me. Its a lot to read however, tells you a lot about me. This morning is Sept. 15)

As I read Profiles for my partners, I came to realize that I wasn't really saying a lot about me and things I value, so I am going to add a few things to this Profile. It is hard for me to share personal information. I am trying to change that.

I'll put an * in front of anything new for this September update.

I don't always get to my email, so prefer using the messaging here on Swap-bot.

I use the rating system as a way to let you know the package came. If you have not been rated, I did not receive your swap. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SWAP-BOT ID & the group even for WTA's.

Rating swaps is very important to know that what was sent was received. We are all at different levels and so its not a popularity contest. What is important is to send on time, have fun and do your best.

About Me

I am retired, living in a small mountain valley town in southern California. I garden and & quilt. I consider myself an eco-feminist, so much of what I do in life is environmentally focused. Friends gifted me with lots of fabric, so I shop from my closet first before purchasing more. I use, drink or eat what I grow first from herb gardens and a sq ft garden system for veggies, plus strawberries.

Audiobooks help me multi-task and relax, so I welcome suggestions for new authors or titles. I practice peaceful living and enjoy the healing components that one receives here in Swap-bot.

*I am currently on book 10 out of 15 of the published DRESDEN FILES series by Jim Butcher. Holy wow. Butcher continues to mature as an author, but interviews with him show that he has few people skills. His theme is supernatural events in Chicago. He brings in many characters from world wide folklore, explores all the possibilities of Vampires, Fairies, Demons and Fallen Angels for the battle of good vs. evil. In his world, humans are at the bottom of the food chain and are often food. The reader is James Marshter (I may be spelling that incorrectly). And yes there was a TV series by the same name that lasted a year.

My 2 grown Sons live in MN with Spouses & their growing Children. I stay in touch as much as possible through the phone, texting, Facetime and the mail service. Of course, I send them lots of things that came from learning here on S-B.

I used to live on a small farm, and raised German Shepherds off leash for search & rescue. Now my partner & I live with a B&W Cat and a Red-Eared Slider Turtle. There is also a small Labyrinth around backyard trees which gets a lot of use.

*I like to work with a different Spirit Guide every season for personal growth. For The remaining part of this year, I will be working with Wolf, Who was sent to me in a swap. Perfect choice. My partner sent me Wolf note cards and a book for Animal Spirit Guides. Wolf is often present in my dreams & likes working with members of my family.

I am not a member of organized religion, yet am quite spiritual & have a contemplative practice.

I was raised in a Strega family, and in other words, among people with strong opinions & strong voices. I learned about magick through experience not books. It was about being in nature, seeing and feeling the seasons, watching Moon phases, working with herbs, being comfortable with animals and the Elements. It was about paying attention to surroundings and what was in my heart.

I believe in Goddess and know I am not SheWho. That means honoring free will in people and other beings who come to eat or drink in my gardens. I know that everyone is on a path and it is theirs not mine to walk.

I know we are time limited here in this incarnation and are wise to seek out our own lessons or know that anything unfinished means we come back to another life to work them out.

*I was raised in an Existentialist environment and find that those values are ones I still practice.It is defined: Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom & choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, trying to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. It focuses on the question of human existence, & the feeling that there is no purpose or explanation at the core of existence and hence to find meaning in life is by embracing existence.

I grew up believing in magick of the Moon phases, legends of fairies, and folklore of my heritage as well as those told wherever I live. I believe in the Fae, Vampires, Were-beasts and life ever-lasting.

*I am an Ordained Dianic Priestess and served my community for over 13 years as a Ritualist, Teacher and Organizer. During that time, I officiated over 36 weddings, numerous hand-fastings, baby blessings, last rites, & priestessing 1st, 2nd & 3rd degrees for women on a committed personal journey. I spoke at countless seminars / conferences, was on TV, Radio and interviewed for Newspapers. I led protests for environmental issues, and was actually a notable for the Police (meaning if something went wrong in the Pagan community, they followed up with me). My life was threatened. I was intimidated. And yet, the community grew to over 600. I published a pagan paper for public readership. The fun part of it all was the rituals. I miss those most of all in my retirement. I miss seeing the transformation that took place, the drumming, singing and the faces of women as they discovered their personal power and joy for being alive.

*I host swaps for A LITTLE WITCHY and some of them are like experiencing advanced work. I am loving to share what I know about Spirituality, and hope to do so for as long as I can.

Likes / Dislikes

  1. I like B&W Tuxedo Cats. * I prefer the long-hair male. Their personality is fierce, funny and loyal.

  2. I enjoy feeding Birds & have 2 water sources outside for them

  3. Audiobooks read by Ian Glen, Roy Dotrice, Scott Brick, Jim Dale, and Christopher Lee. I will either listen or go onto something else depending upon the reader. I would love more reading suggestions. * I am adding James Marshter,

  4. 100% cotton that is for quilting not crafts (there is a big difference) *Over the years, I have been given estate fabrics through friends. Some that were not cotton, were passed along

  5. Bergamot in Earl Gray Tea

  6. I like the herbs grown in my garden (mint, lavender, yarrow, rue, dill, basil, bee balm, sage, rosemary, artemesia, cilantro, lemon verbena) *Just started harvesting Lemon Grass which makes wonderful tea

  7. Fresh Ground Dark coffee first thing in the morning

  8. Action and sci fi movies

  9. MY FAVORITE HIGH HOLY DAY IS HALLOWS, so I welcome anything associated with it

  10. There are fairy houses and villages outside under trees and vines; and inside by my North door entrance for protection.

I DISLIKE

  1. Oregano

  2. Nasty people

  3. Pushy people who try to convert me to their political or religious beliefs

  4. I don't wear jewelry of any kind any more. While I don't dislike it, I just cannot use it.

Wish List

  1. Light prints on white, white tone on tone 100% quilting cotton, any cuts or sizes

  2. Good hand or foot creams

  3. Affirmations

  4. Blank Journals

  5. House sox with grippers

  6. Patchouli soaps

  7. Children's Books from other Countries

  8. Return Address Labels

Ratings

24Donna rated for A.Q. Mystery Fabric Swap (US Only) on Sep 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much! Beautiful and thank you for the fabric squares! ❤️
Response: WOW it cam already! Here I was, concerned that I didn't get it out and looking for the PO invoice everywhere. Many thanks for rating
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Comment: Hiya Nickie, great job on the rocks! I live em'! But I must say I absolutely adore my Halloween mug rug!!! Yay. Thank you so very much.
Response: I am so NOT an artist. Glad you like the MR. Thanks for rating and for the heart.
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Comment: Your answers to the questions are far more interesting than mine are. It's always neat to learn how diverse the celebrations and rituals are.
Response: I am probably older too. Thanks for rating
Xira rated for MLF: My favorite creature swap ~ INT on Sep 12, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much Nickie! You have spoiled me with two times mail! First the flower fairy postcard and now this beautiful handmade folder filled with fairy-goodies! I love it! Thank you so much for joining this swap! Hope to swap again! Groetjes Barbara
Response: glad it came...once things leave this country there is not any tracking. Thank you for rating and for the heart.
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Comment: <3 <3 <3 !!! I love the animal spirit you chose for me, it's puuurfect! BEAUTIFUL quilted pot holder/trivet, the cat pen is my new favorite now, the adorable paper kitty will go next to my origami crane & turtle (they can all be friends), I will find a fun way to use the cardboard black kitties in a craft & the Poe story of the Black Cat & the Black Cat facts (that I did not know) & The quote & prayer are so cool! Thank you SO much for putting together such an amazing & delightful package for me!
Response: Love swapping with you! Thanks for the heart, for rating and for joining in
kayfay rated for September Recipe / Spell (Flat mail) on Sep 7, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely spell & recipe!
Response: Enjoy, and thanks for rating and for the heart
PrairieKittin rated for ALW~ A cup of Tarot on Sep 5, 2017
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Comment: I love all this! Thank you!!! Yes, the Queen is someone I really need to emulate right now. Thank you for the reminder.
Response: so glad! Thank you for rating and for the heart
Gardener rated for MLF: Postcard swap ~ INT on Sep 4, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for another great swap! I always enjoy getting you as a swap partner. I loved hearing about Iris :-)
Response: thank you for rating and for the heart. Glad you enjoyed the PC
Helena8664 rated for It Still Exists... on Aug 31, 2017
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Comment: I love the fairy postcards you sent, but I'm a bit confused...I think you accidentally sent me two! But one says group on it? Either way, great postcard(s) with two nice moments! :)
Response: I addressed the 1st one before the swap and misplaced it. When I found it, I thought you might enjoy it. Thanks...sigh, paper pieces hide quite well
whytewillow rated for AUGUST Magickal Stocking Stuffer on Aug 31, 2017
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Comment: Hey NJ, sorry so late, been a bit...off... Always fun to be your partner. Thank You.
Response: Gosh, we get partnered a lot. Thanks for rating.
kfaye rated for All Hallows Eve, #5 Paper Doll on Aug 31, 2017
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Comment: Haha!...LOVE it!!! Very creative. Thank you for the extra goodies too :D Happy Halloween!
Response: you are sweet! Thanks
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Comment: Always a treat to be partnered with you NJ. BB & Thank You.
Response: I hope what I sent didn't break. I know you might keep it til Dec. and actually if it did break in the mail, there is nothing to be done for it. Thanks for rating and for the heart.
CANNEKCUL rated for I ❤️ Fairies - USA on Aug 27, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for these beautiful postcards..and for the extra postcard stamps. I love everything! ❤
Response: yae
Balechney rated for Private Swap on Aug 27, 2017
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sunrising42 rated for End of Summer Pagan De-stash on Aug 24, 2017
5
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Comment: So many goodies!!!!!! Thank you!
Response: All for you to deal with now. Bwaahhhahhh. Thanks for rating and for the heart.
craftymimi rated for 12 Days of Christmas day 3 on Aug 23, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your list with me! I'll see what I can do🌲🎄❄🎁
Response: Oh, I thought it was to be kept sealed until the 3rd day....however, thanks for rating and for the heart. Happy holidays!
MelissaAnne rated for Send Anything: August -USA- on Aug 22, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much, so many awesome things to work with!! And your not too far from me!
Response: Glad you liked what I sent. Its challenging, isn't it? I appreciate the rating and the heart. Many thanks.
Lanie rated for All Hallows Eve, #4 Altered Box on Aug 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much. The box you used actually reminds me of my grandfather who I had a very close relationship with. I miss him greatly and this is definitely something great for the day when the veil between worlds is thinnest and we honor our deceased family and ancestors.
Response: Glad it got there. Thank you for rating and for the heart. There is a cigar store in town, but they say that wooden boxes are getting more rare. Blessed be thy relationship. Mine are special to me as well.
kfaye rated for All Hallows Eve, #3 Made of Cloth on Aug 17, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the cute pillow, oven mitt & bag! They are all very useful :D Happy Halloweeeen!
Response: glad the package came. Thanks for rating and for the heart. Happy Hallows!
pansdaughter13 rated for All Hallows Eve, #2 ATC on Aug 13, 2017
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Comment: I absolutely LOVE the ATC!!! It couldn't be any cuter :) Now I'm going to see you doing all kinds of ATC swaps, right? Also, thank you so very much for all the extra goodies. You made my day!
Response: You KNOW how hard that was for me to create, so thank you for kind words, for rating and for the heart. Talking about making one's day! Honey chil' you are the best!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9976 698 166 177
Completed Fives Threes Ones
726 817 1 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
137 247 342 0
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Comments

njstauter on Sep 18, 2017:

knitterofhats on Aug 23, 2017:

Thanks for signing up for my St. Nicholas' Day Swap!

njstauter on Aug 13, 2017:

njstauter on Jul 26, 2017:

Moominbrooke on Jun 8, 2017:

Bhindblueeyes on May 4, 2017:

Because I loved this .gif so much, I just have to leave it for all of the HFF members :)

Moominbrooke on May 1, 2017:

Thank you for angeling the goddess meditation bead swap. It is lovely, and the informative matter was intriguing as well :0)

sal410cat on Apr 21, 2017:

I got your Daily Devotions letter today. Thank you for sharing! One day I've love to have gardens like yours. <3

phillipska81 on Apr 3, 2017:

Earth day Go minimalist...okay, maybe not to the extreme that some live by. Go through each room in your house and collect one or two things this earth day and either donate them to your favorite charity or a family in need who can use said items. We usually take items that we have no use for any more to a catholic resale shop, and donate items there...clothes, dishes, toys Chels has outgrown, furniture, etc. This helps with my fear of becoming a hoarder...especially on Earth Day, as we down size things with Spring cleaning.

lou on Apr 2, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM Group!

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