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renmagpie

renmagpie
Date Joined: September 22, 2011
Last Online: January 20, 2021
Birthday: March 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Profile Updated - 18 November 2020

Please do NOT send extras in your swaps to me. I'm out of space and most will never get used due to a surplus of stuff. Thank you.

Instagram Contains Spoilers

Meet Phe (She/Her)

I’m Phe, creator at Ren Magpie Arts, full-time work-from-home Emergency Manager (I do go in when we have actual emergencies that require response, but since the pandemic has gained steam, we've found very creative ways to maintain a safe distance remotely while still effectively managing emergent issues!), combat veteran in the US armed forces, author, editor, and artist. I am also...

  • A city baby from Boston. This city - the history and architecture; the seasons and pace; the academia and arts - runs in my veins and shaped the person I am now. I've lived all over the world but I always came back to her. Nevertheless, she has become wildly unaffordable so my dearly beloved and I are excitedly getting ready to put down real roots in Salem, MA. Boston will forever be with me but it's time to finally come home.

  • A child whose heart and soul was born out of the cold waters of the north Atlantic shores I live on. In any season, in any weather, you will find me on my balcony, overlooking the sea, throwing away the bad, the heartrending, the cruel; the emotional detritus accumulated by the simple act of living hard and living fully.

  • Not a Christian. I was baptized Catholic and although I find some comfort in the unchanging rhythm of mass when I have to be there for weddings, baptisms, or funerals, I am not a practicing Catholic either. That said, if you want to pray for me, pray. I don't mind. I respect your adherence to your faith provided that it doesn't interfere with my personal or constitutional or human rights. I only ask that you keep your religious rhetoric to those who would appreciate it and not push it on me in any form or fashion.

  • A solitary, non-theist Sea Witch. .

  • I do take breaks from swapping for long(ish) periods of time - my personal pursuits are my priority and I can't always be fully present here in the way that my partners deserve. I also get burned out with certain social aspects of this site from time-to-time, and find that it's best to just step away for a while.

Hard Limits

Although I am here to create things and swap, I do not tolerate cultural appropriation, racism, gender-based violence or discrimination (gender-based includes trans-gendered and non-binary folk), Euro/US-centrism, immigration policies designed to oppress and terrorize, anti-LGBTQIA+ policies, laws, or speech, white power/neo-Nazi views, "All Lives/Blue Lives Matter", anti-abortion legislation or any other legislation that removes the right to bodily autonomy, period full stop.

If you believe that, in itself, is "intolerant of your views," please feel free to Google Karl Popper, The Tolerance Paradox, and also, the US Criminal Code and the US Constitution so that you can better understand why I believe that the systemic discrimination against, and oppression of BlPOC, LatinX, Native Peoples, refugees, immigrants, the LGBTQIA+ population, women, and undocumented migrants in the US is immoral, criminal, and therefore, intolerable.

Favorite Crafts

  • Hot Glue Mixed Media Art

  • ATCs/AT Coins.

  • Altered Tags

  • Abstract painting.

  • Collage and mixed media art.

  • Photography, mostly of nature - sun, moon, sea, and sky..

  • While I get that writing isn't a craft, it is certainly an art. Regardless of the topic, a writer who can convey clear meaning, emotion, place, time...using nothing but words...he or she is a true artist. With that in mind, I write daily for my job. For myself, I write letters. I write in journals. I write poetry (and have won competitions and been published, much to my own shock!). I write snippets of things that come to my mind that perhaps one day I'll be able to expand into a story. I just...write.

Now Hear This:

I want anyone reading this to know that you don't have to be an "artist" to make my day with your creation. I love that this site has introduced me to so many different artistic and crafty endeavours, even the ones where, well, I just didn't hit the mark. Nevertheless, I'm grateful I had the opportunity to try it and have always sent the best work I can.

That's all that I ask of you in return - always try! And know that this is a judgement-free zone when it's obvious you spent time and care on your creation.

On Pen Palling

I love letter writing and although I prefer long, handwritten letters, I'm open to forming new friendships through snail mail letter writing in whatever way is most comfortable for you. If you have medical issues that preclude you from handwriting, that's ok!

I am not currently actively seeking new pals however, if after reading this profile you'd like to write to see if we click, I'm open to a PM. Here are some things to know:

  • I take a while (up to 2 months depending on my work and volunteerism schedule) to write back, but I do write back.

  • I treat pen paling as growing a friendship and some of my most trusted confidants and closest friends are pen pals. Thus, I am not a collector of pals. If you are, please do not send me a PM.

  • I am not interested in postcard, notecard, or 1-page letter pals

For Profile Based Swaps

Note: Please do not construe this as a "Wish List" as it is not. It is simply a guide for swapping partners for profile-based swaps. I do not auto-heart just because you put something from this list into a completely un-related swap package.

Pagan/Witch/Spiritual Path: If you're paired with me in a pagan or witchy themed swap, I'm open to receiving...

  • Ethically Sourced Stones (except clear quartz please! I have sooo much clear quartz...)

  • Herbs (no smudges please)

  • Oils

  • Journals

  • Pagan or witchcraft themed ephemera

  • Any natural remnants that can be used in witch balls or intention cords

  • ANY items of the seas (water and the ocean are my elements)

  • Tarot or Oracle cards, especially oceanic/herbal/natural themed decks

  • Witch Balls/Jars

  • Lunar items

  • Rings, earrings, or bracelets (no necklaces - I only wear one that never comes off)

  • Tree of Life

  • Celtic or Norse Art and Knotwork

  • Anything you care to make or offer in these themes!

Themes that I love to Explore and Receive

  • Seasonally based arts and items (appropriate to the current season we're in)

  • Dark Victoriana

  • Nautical

  • Sea creatures and the undersea world

  • Anatomy/skeletons

  • Seascapes

  • The Autumn (my favorite season)

  • Science - especially biology and chemistry

  • Celestial - Sun, moon, stars, moon phases

  • Tank Girl - the comic!

  • Gas masks! Images, clothing depicting them, jewelry...

  • Absolutely anything related to the ocean -especially Arctic and Atlantic seas.

  • New Orleans through the early/mid 1900's (especially Storyville)

  • Victorian Boston and New England

  • Pre-Christian history and mythology (particularly Persian, southwest Asian, and European)

  • Celtic history, mythology, and symbolism

  • Local legends, lore, and ghost tales

  • Victorian homes and architecture

  • Old cemeteries and burying grounds

Colors... If you're ever considering something in colors, I wear mostly blacks and greys and prefer cool tones in general (blue, purple, deep greens, silver - think the colors of the seas).

Scents

  • Ocean/Surf/Driftwood/Beach

  • Rain

  • Orange/Citrus

No Thank You (Please Do Not Send)...

  • Fairies or items relating to fairies. Mermaids fall in this category too.

  • Dream Catchers, Sage Smudges, or any other items that have been culturally appropriated UNLESS they are specific to your ethnic heritage. In other words, if you’re a basic white girl, do NOT send me Native American goods. Cultural appropriation is a huge problem in witchy circles and I won’t accept it.

  • Crystals or stones that you can’t guarantee are ethically sourced. Semi-precious stones are one of the largest contributors of child labour, slavery, and pollution. It’s very difficult to find sellers who can trace their stones back to the country and mines they originated from. For this reason, I’m extremely selective about where and from whom I buy my stones and I don’t have very many.

  • Homophobic, trans-phobic, MAGA, pro-Trump, anti-LGBTQIA+, racist, or white power literature, sympathetic items, or vintage items.

  • Planner items. I am a Bullet Journaller and don’t use clips, tags, dashboards, post-its, etc. in my bullet journal.

  • Displays of Wal-Mart Patriotism, the US Flag, military memorabilia/kitsch. Nothing aggravates me more than Wal-Mart Patriotism. I served under my nation's flag. I don't need or want to plaster and display it everywhere. As for military kitsch and memorabilia, the only things I've kept are things that have been given to me as part of units and missions - or exchanges between friends/service members. Challenge coins, commander's coins, other nation's military kit (my most prized is the RAF beret I was given by someone I served with in the Middle East), unit patches - that's all super meaningful...when exchanged as part of something greater. Being a veteran is a big part of what makes me, well, me...but don't mistake that pride in service for some bullsh*t Lee Greenwood "patriotic" crap please.

  • Fabric/fat quarters/yarn.

  • Blank recipe cards

  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or drink packets such as MIO or powdered/liquid beverage additives

  • Makeup, bath products, or hand sanitizer/anti-bacterial soaps liquid/foam/gels of any kind.

  • Coupons

  • Lavender, cinnamon, apple, baked good, pine, or other "homey" scented anything. Please. The scent of these candles and oils makes me sick.

  • Anything that can be considered Proselytizing - religious OR lifestyle

  • Disney, Diddl, foam stickers, children's stickers, reward stickers, teacher's stickers, super hero stickers, etc.

  • Form letters

  • Decos/FBs/LBs - I no longer swap any of these

  • Stationery lettersets

An A - Z of Phe

Some people find these annoying, but I like to see them because it really helps when doing profile based swaps (my preference over sender’s choice). I have a more comprehensive list of likes/dislikes above, but here’s a few keywords for you too. :)

A - Autumn, Atlantic, ATCs, Auroras, Altered Items, Atomic Age, Architecture, Arthurian Legend, Alcohol Inks, Anchors, Art Deco, Auntie Mame, Alphonse Mucha, Apothecary, Acrylics, Abstract, Arctic Seas, Archaeology, Anthropology, Avalon, Action Movies, Autumn Leaves, Acorns

B - Beaches, Bullet Journal, Brush Pens, Boho Berry, Boston, Big Band Swing, Bottles, Books, Berries, Biology, Bizarre Foods

C - Coffee, Collage, Curious, Calm, Celtic Knotwork, Cooking, Cemetaries, Coven's Cottage, Circles, Cuff Bracelets, Challenges, Creative Writing, Colouring, (ethically sourced) Crystals

D - Diving, Driving, Dolphins, Dylusions, Driftwood, Distress Oxide Ink, Discworld, Dirtbikes, Doc Martens, Deco Tape

E - EDM, Eclectic, Ephemera

F - Fish, Flappers, Forests, FitBit, Flip Books, Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (S), Fountain Pens, Farmer's Markets

G - Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Gas Masks, Ghosts/Ghost Stories, Glass, Graphic 45, Graphic Tees, Galaxy

H - Hedgewitch, History, Herbs, Hedgehog Feets, Heidelberg, HMPCs, Hoodies, Honey Bees, Honey

I - Irish, Indigo, Industrial Design, Infinity Scarves, Islands, Intention Cords

J - Jewelry, Journalling, Junk Journals, Journals, Jazz Age

K - Keys, Kawaii, Kitchen Witchery

L - Long Letters, Lush, Languages, Learning, Lighthouses, Legends, Letterset, Lunar, Leggings

M - Mixed Media, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motorcycles, Marine Life, Mango, Martini Kitsch, Modernism, Myths, MAC, Moors, Magpie Journals, Moon Phases

N - Nautilus, New Orleans, NeoColours II, Nautical, Nika Rouss, Notebooks, New England, Nature Documentaries, Norse Mythology

O - Octopuses, Oracle Cards, Organic Landscapes, Oaks, October, Ombre

P - Pagan, Post-Modern, Photography, Pomegranate, Prismacolour, Poetry, Pocket Letters, Pen Pals, Pulp Riot

Q - Questions and Answers

R - Reefs, Ravens, Roaring '20s, Retro Kitsch, Ranger Arts, Rothko, Reading

S - Steampunk, Stamps (acrylic/clear and wooden block!), Sentimental Circus, Storyville, Seashells, Sea Glass, Stormy Seas, Skeletons, Skulls, Somerville, Seafood, Sunsets, Salzburg, Stencils, Stars, Spirit World/Realm, Silver, Stained Glass, Seascapes, Swimming, Sushi, Stones, Seawitch

T - Teal, Travel, Tree of Life, Tombow, Tim Holz, Tank Girl, Tarot, Texture Paste

U - Urban Decay, Underground, Union Square

V - Violet, Victorian Age, Violin

W - Washi, Whales, Whimsy, Waterfalls, Willows, Writing, Witch Balls

X - X-Rays, X-Ray Spex

Y - YouTube Tutorials

Z - Zen, Zines

Swapping and Rating

Posting My Swaps

Most of my swaps are walked to the blue bin on the corner and dropped as soon as they've been completed and partners are assigned. When I return from posting, I mark the swap sent. I will not mark sent until a swap has physically been turned over to the USPS - whether at the counter or into the bin. This means that the postmark may not reflect the date the item was mailed. My bin's pick up time is 09:00 (9 am) Monday through Friday only.

Ratings

A rating, to me, is a way to acknowledge receipt of a swap, provide commentary (and even constructive criticism which I welcome), and to say, "Hey! Thank you!" If you haven't received a rating from me, I haven't received your swap.

Going to Be Late? Just Let Me Know

I rate according to the Swap-Bot guidelines. I will usually contact you before rating down unless it's evident that you're trying to get over on the system by marking sent when you haven't actually done so. I don’t like rating down and want to work with you to see that I don’t have to. I will never rate you down if you contact me prior to the send by date to let me know you're going to be late, and keep up your end of the swap afterwards.

On Hearts and “Extras”

I give hearts based on your swap. If you took the time and effort to do the best work you could, that's heart-worthy. Please...spend time on your creation. Try something new. Enclose a note telling me about your technique. But don't send me random scraps/ephemera/destash stickers or other such "extras".

Conversely, I don't send random extras unless it's something I have that your profile clearly states you'd love to receive. And if I send it, I don't expect a heart. I just want to make you a little extra happy. I want my swap to stand on it's own merit, not anything else I may choose to send, if I choose to send.

Ratings

chimerix rated for ATCA: J on Jan 16, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful January ATC. I love all of the techniques you used. Aloha!
chimerix rated for CPG Snowy ATC Coin - US Only on Jan 12, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ATCoin. Aloha
lukeyduke rated for GAA: Little Girl in Winter on Jan 11, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you ! The elements you used are so perfectly put together. I love receiving cards that have that special touch.
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Vintage Ice Skater ATC on Jan 7, 2021
5
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Comment: LOVE these Victorian ladies on skates . . . can you imagine skating in all those fancy clothes?? Beautiful image and I just love the wintry blue background. The little silver snowflake is the most perfect finishing embellishment. Thank you, Phe, for another wonderful swap!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Shabby Blue Winter Tag on Jan 7, 2021
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Comment: Hi Phe! Just beautiful! That sweet vintage lady in her lovely furs surrounded by that amazing wreath and berries and the gorgeous glittering snowflake--who could ask for more? From the oh-so-pretty blue snowflake paper to that lovely silver/white trim, it's a vision of glorious winter . . . I love it! Many thanks!
chimerix rated for ACTs: Snowflake Coin on Jan 1, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for another beautiful coin. I love the blues and white together. Aloha
5
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Comment: Wow Phe! Thank you so much for the wonderful, heartfelt letter and the surprises you included - I love the pictures of the different things you've collected, I can really tell you put care into these items and I have a place of honor for them :) The cards are too cool, I think I actually have another random one from this set somewhere, so I'll have to find out what they are, how serendipitous! I'll reply to your letter when I can, until then take care and thank you for the lovely swap! I hope your yule was blessed and your new year is bright! <3
BethiquaC rated for ATC - La Lune on Dec 29, 2020
5
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Comment: Beautiful ATC - I love it! Thank you for this creation.
Mindy82671 rated for OATCs: Winter Wonderland on Dec 28, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty ATC and snowflake die cuts 🤗
5
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Minivandreams rated for ATCA: I on Dec 26, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you! I love it!
swiftbrooks rated for CPG ATCoin: La Lune - US Only on Dec 21, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the GORGEOUS Moon ATC and matching card, washi tape and sticker! I love how you themed everything! The Coin is so lovely! Thank you for hosting this fun swap!
FranciscaKarsono77 rated for ATC - Snowflake on Dec 21, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you very much for my beautiful ATC 💗 and greetings card. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a better 2021 for everyone!!!
chimerix rated for CPG ATCoin: Snowflake (US Only) on Dec 14, 2020
5
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Comment: How lucky I am to have you as a partner for these 2 coin swap. I love the snowflake coin so much. The embossing is such a nice contrast to the dark background. Aloha!
chimerix rated for CPG ATCoin: Holiday Season - Int'l on Dec 14, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the really beautiful ATCoin! I love the layers and the beautiful frame! Much Aloha!
chimerix rated for ACT: Winter ATC on Dec 13, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC. It is simply beautiful! And I love the pretty Christmas Card you sent also. Mele Kalikimaka
Poeprincess rated for ACTs: Pinecone Coin on Dec 11, 2020
5
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Comment: I just knew this was going to be another fabulous swap from you! I just love your Coin! Wishing you happy holidays and a New Year that outshines 2020 in every way.
isabellasnow rated for USAPC: 3 Elements #40 on Dec 5, 2020
5
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Comment: Oh, Phe! I do not think I realized the extent of your paper crafting prowess 'til receiving these absolutely GORGEOUS pieces! WOW! So many lovely layers on each piece--the ATC with the Christmas tree is, in a word, spectacular! Layer upon layer! And I'm in love with the way you used the cream & gold twine as a ribbon on the larger Santa ATC. These just sing of Christmas! I'm also swooning over that vintage Christmas card--what a treat--and the lovely swan card in a non-traditional blue. Thank you for sending a beautiful 'present' for this swap; your workmanship and thoughtfulness is much appreciated.
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Comment: This is beautiful Phe! I really love it. And even the card is amazing and right on the theme. Thank you so much! <3
lukeyduke rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #6 on Dec 1, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you! Really nice card! I really love all the medias you used. They look so well together.!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 652 134 147
Completed Fives Threes Ones
710 741 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
21 169 520 0
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Comments

Rainydancer on Jan 10, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

noname13 on Dec 6, 2020:

Hi Phe, thanks a lot for angelling my Christmas card swap to me! And thanks a lot for the extra postcards! I'm trying to work 2 or 3 days per week from home but I often have to go out as I control the worker protection and not all companies really care for worker protection these days and we often get complaints. I'm thinking about staying at home on Christmas. Normally I visit my parents but travelling 450 km by train isn't the best idea now. Have a nice week! Andrea

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

makestuff on Oct 1, 2020:

I LOVE your profile! I'm right there with ya on the fibro. It sucks! Have a great day!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:


** USA Happy Mail group! **

camelsamba on Mar 27, 2020:

Just read your profile. FWIW, Michigan is under a "shelter in place" but leaving the state for a home or residence elsewhere, and traveling between 2 residences in the state are allowed exceptions. (I looked this up because my oldest is due to move to CA for a job in a couple of weeks. I suppose I should read CAs as well!) Good luck with your move!

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 17, 2020:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear!!!!!!!!! Thinking of you today (and every day) - wishing you health and happiness on this, your day of birth. Not gonna lie, I picked out a St. Patty's day card for you a couple of weeks ago, but after that PF fiasco, it seemed in poor taste :( Nevertheless, you are thought about, loved, and appreciated! Happy Birthday!!!

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 13, 2020:

PHE!!!! I can’t believe this box of goodies!!! It’s never ending! I thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much !!!! There’s so much I can use for ATCs and otherwise! I’m absolutely delighted and can’t thank you enough for sharing with me :).

stephiedee on Mar 12, 2020:

THANK YOU for the incredible mega destash box of stuff! It is absolutely MEGA. I've just about made it to the bottom and am taking a breather to give thanks for the bounty. There's a lot of stuff here I'll use in my own crafting, but there's also a lot of stuff I'm going to have the pleasure of RAKing forward. Thank you!

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