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Last Online: September 18, 2020
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
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About Me

I love to read. Especially books that are based on a true story or non-fiction books. I read and write English and German fluently.

I'm on Postcrossing, sending and receiving postcards from all over the world (see links above).

I like singing in the choir and in the shower; listening to good music; stickers; bright colors like red, yellow, and purple; the fall season with its colorful leaves; wildflowers, poppies, sunflowers, dandelions; the smell of the air after rain; salamanders, butterflies, ladybugs, snails, squirrels; traveling notebooks, handmade postcards; sitting under a tree and enjoying the nice weather and the things around me; berries and bananas, good food; sunsets; taking photographs with my digital camera; close-up pictures; my hometown Lübeck where I grew up; watching a landscape from a plane; going to church on Sunday morning; cute socks; chocolate, filled gingerbread hearts; true stories.

I reuse packaging. It's fun to do and saves a lot of resources.

Favorite Crafts

Handmade postcards, journaling (drawing, writing, glueing, pockets,...), traveling notebooks (or single letter (8"x11") or A4 sized pages to collect to make a book), ATCs. I like to crochet, my ultimate goal is to be able to read and follow all the patterns... I love scrapbooking quality stickers, especially travel and nature themes.

Favorite Music

Classical (e.g. Bach); contemporary Christian (e.g. Keith and Kristyn Getty, Michael Card, Michael W. Smith); The Mamas and the Papas

Favorite animals

Salamanders and newts, birds (especially the small songbirds and ducks), interesting insects, snails, sheep, and in general any wildlife.

Favorite Books

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Safely Home (Randy Alcorn), The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith; still looking for vol. 15 The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café) and the books for young readers), Schindler's List (Thomas Keneally), the Bible, Moomin books. In general, I like non-fiction and fiction based on a true story. I like it if I can learn something interesting in an enjoyable way. I can read English and German fluently. For a list of books that I'm looking for so I can read them please check out my Bookcrossing wishlist and my Amazon wishlist (I'd be happy with anything in used condition, doesn't have to be new and of course you don't have to buy at Amazon).

I'd also appreciate suggestions for good free or inexpensive ebooks for iOS, Kindle, or Nook.

Favorite Television and Movies

Television: The Good Doctor, Monk, Star Trek Voyager, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces, The Amazing Race, Survivor

Movies: Ice Age, Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Copying Beethoven, The Final Inquiry. Hayao Miyazaki's films, such as Howl's Moving Castle. Kung Fu Panda. Big Hero 6.

Other Favorites

Colors: Red, orange, yellow; rich jewel-tone colors.

Things to eat and drink: Berries and other fruit, chocolate (good quality, preferably fair trade, no cheap brands like Hersheys...), filled gingerbread hearts/cookies. The only teas I care for are herbal teas, especially the fruity ones. Rosehip with hibiscus is one of my favorites.

Postcards: I love Maxi cards. "Maximum card: a picture post card that has an illustration, stamp and cancel all with a common theme." I'm also thrilled, if you just use a stamp matching the theme on the picture side to send your postcard.

Some of my favorite postcard topics are: reading/books; music/instruments; wildflowers; fruit; native plants and animals; National parks; newts and salamanders or other amphibians; songbirds, ducks, owls, and other birds; Christianity.

Instead of writing a note on a swap card or memo sheet (swap and who it's from), when sent with swap package, I would love if you wrote all that information on a postcard and sent it in the swap package!

I enjoy my iPad, so if you have a favorite app, please advise me. I don't play games often, but a few that I have enjoyed on the iPad or the PC are: "Where's My Water?", "Plants versus Zombies", "Edna & Harvey" (my husband and I enjoyed playing the original German version together) and most recently "Monument Valley".


Shoe size 40-41 German, 9 1/2 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex 2XL. Socks should be at least 50% cotton or other natural fiber, my feet sweat too much in acrylic. T-shirts cotton only, no acrylic mix. I'd be especially happy to get something made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material.


  • Any kind of handmade "book" (e.g. handmade notebook, altered book,chunky book, nice deco, art journal, travel journal, mini scrapbook, upcycled smashbook for me to fill)
  • Something to help me learn Spanish (e.g. a postcard written in simple Spanish by you, a children's book, a link to another good App that I can use in addition to DuoLingo)
  • Books to read (see wishlist - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Postcard books
  • Small books that I can best describe as small coffee table books, i.e. probably not larger than 6inx6in or 15cmx15cm, lots of beautiful pictures to look at, not much text. This is one example that I have already enjoyed: Furry Logic
  • Moleskine like notebooks (the real thing or imitations. I would love The Little Prince or Lego special edition!) . Cahier style notebooks are also great.
  • nice Lefthanded item (calendar, tool, ...)
  • interesting paper, maybe with something embedded or a cool texture... (anything at least the size of an ATC is fine)
  • adhesive for scrapbooking (double sided photo safe tape, glue dots, photo corners, and other items, as long as they are archival/photo safe quality)
  • alphabet stickers and travel themed stickers (also good quality for scrapbooking)
  • Clothing made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material
  • fair trade items (e.g. coin purse, ornament, bracelet, small notebook) or even one you bought in a scratch and dent sale and fixed yourself. I love bargains and I love it when the person who originally made the item gets a fair price for it.
  • yarn for crocheting, especially worsted weight, but any kind would be cool. Even 1oz for small projects. Or unusual stuff like twine...
  • Anything from my Universal wishlist on Amazon

Items my husband would enjoy:

  • anything related to pinball
  • large soaps (preferably 7oz/200g or larger; he especially likes fruity scents like strawberry and more masculine smells like mint and unscented)
  • bar of shave soap
  • good quality black liquorice (such as Katjes (Tappsy are his very favorite!), Haribo, or Panda brands)
  • audio books on CD to listen to on his commute

Please don't send

  • Please don't send me anything that smells smoky. It makes me sneeze and the smell is so hard, if not impossible, to get out.
  • I don't have holes in my ears, so I don't wear earrings.
  • I don't like any kind of coffee. And I don't like peanuts (I'm not allergic, so traces are fine, but please not peanut butter cups etc.). I don't care for black or green tea very much (even the flavored ones), but I do like fruity herbal teas.
  • When sending craft supplies, used stamps and such are fine, but don't send me photocopies of mediocre quality on regular paper or something like that.
  • I'm trying to de-clutter my home. So lots of extras won't earn you a heart. I try to swap and wish for only things that I can use. I'd be much happier about one well thought out swap item or one little carefully selected extra.


Comment: Thank you Swantje for the very boring looking PC, ho hum! Lol ! The artist sure didn't put much effort into the glasses.
Comment: Love the quote!
Comment: Thank you for the email! The Mountains Sing sounds interesting, I may have to check it out.
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard! It is still very hot here too on the coast of NC, the humidity is what gets to me. I look forward to fall so I can get in some good long walks on the beach. I recently started making smoothies too, I bought my self a vitamix blender and I love it. Happy Day!
mamajoy rated for SF: Simply Send a Postcard USA on Sep 12, 2020
Comment: How interesting. But you won't find me climbing up anywhere over 2 stories. Thank you for a teaching moment.
Response: I would probably be too scared to climb up, too.
suepier rated for PH: List 5 Series - Today I Saw on Sep 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and sharing your list with me.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful beach postcard.
Comment: That is the coolest notecard I have ever seen! Thank you for writing about why you wanted to visit all of those special places. I really enjoyed reading your list! Extra thanks for the great Route 66 pc.
Response: I bought the notecard several years ago in Australia. When I read your profile, I was sure you’d like it. I’m happy I was right.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your grocery list with me! I love the food-related postcard too! :)
colleenbUSA rated for WIYM: HARRY POTTER PC on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: I love Dobby too! Thanks for the beautiful postcard!
ladymcgingerton rated for WIYM: HARRY POTTER PC on Aug 31, 2020
Comment: Hi Swantje! Thanks so much for the cool PC! Where did you get it? I also love Dobby, but I believe if I had to choose a favorite character it would be Luna Lovegood. But that's just me! I didn't get into HP until 2013 so...I was pretty late, but I'm a huge fan now and that's what matters. I hope you have a lovely day! -Virginia
Response: Luna Lovegood is a great character, too. The PC is from a postcard book. I believe I bought it at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Comment: Adore this postcard! You’ve traveled quite a bit!! Thanks for swapping!
Comment: Thank you very much for the Bodensee multi-view card - Would be a neat place to visit.
Highlander18 rated for LSRUS Deco PC Swap 💌 on Aug 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the LA night view. Very nicely decorated back side!
Comment: That arrived fast! Thank you for the re-send :)
Comment: Thank you for the post card! The veggies you said about I enjoy too!
Comment: I agree with many of your favorite smells
pernie123 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Favorite Birds on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your choice of birds and the pretty pc of the Falcon. A few lines about you would have been nice.
Response: Oh, I had figured telling you about my favorite birds is also saying something about me.
Comment: I agree about the spiders, they creep me out, but I can admire them from far away.
grammypammy rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ Psalms on Aug 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful verse from Psalms!

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HollyBear on Sep 14, 2020:

Thank you so much for the birthday card and sticky notes you sent my son! He loved them and read the sticky notes multiple times.

Queensmiley2530 on Sep 8, 2020:

Thank you so much for my cute Stationary from my wishlist.

TreeAnn629 on Sep 3, 2020:

Thank you for grating my Aug CPG Wish I love the postcard

LadyJo on Aug 28, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful book selection for my CPG August Wishlist, wishes! I see some recipes that look so yummy! I will check out the website, which is new to me!

TeaNi on Aug 22, 2020:

thank you so much

for the fun assortment of postcards for my August wishlist! :)

TryshaH81 on Aug 15, 2020:

Thank you for my mask off wishlist group!! I like it better than my other one

TeaNi on Aug 6, 2020:

Thank you

for granting a wish for me the cheery lemon napkins! I think I'll end up using them in my glue books, but I might collage one onto a book cover. Remember making book covers as a kid? I recently thought I might like to revisit that! :)

chimerix on Jul 30, 2020:

Thank you so much for the fun lemon paper napkins to craft with! Aloha!

Wishlist group - July

OrigamiGrace on Jul 29, 2020:

Thank you for the crochet pinterest board from my July Wishlist! Can't wait to try some of the patterns and it's nice to know they are patterns that someone IRL have actually made:)

daydreamer47 on Jul 18, 2020:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous space stickers and book pages!

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