Just a quick note to say that I've slowed down on my activity here quite a bit. I'm still logging in occasionally, but I'm taking a little bit of a swapping break. If you need something urgently or just want to say hi, please feel free to message me.
Hello there! I love sending and receiving mail, so I'm really happy to be on Swap-Bot. I'm in my 30s, and I live in sunny Los Angeles, California with my husband and three cats. FYI that I do update my profile frequently, and for those who don't want to have their surprises spoiled, I do post swap photos on my blog.
I'm including info below on things I like (plus blog, Etsy, Amazon links), but please don't think of these as specific shopping lists--they're here so you get a general idea of things that are pleasing to me. Please note: I like a lot of vintage, but I'd appreciate receiving things that are in good shape and aren't musty, stale, or in poor condition.
Super duper important: I keep my word, so I will always, always complete whatever swap I'm signed up for. So please, if you haven't gotten your swap for any reason, send me a note. I'm probably just as anxious as you are that you receive it. I also rate promptly, usually on the same day that I receive, and I'd appreciate your remembering to rate as well.
I'm hosting some fun swaps at the moment, too, and I hope you can join in! See the current ones to the right of my profile. For PC swaps, I enjoy pretty cards, but I'm mostly interested in seeing what you find beautiful and reading about your little corner of the world. As such, I prefer my postcards naked, written on, no envelope. 'Cause, um, otherwise it'd be a card.
One last thing. The way to my heart for anything you send me, no matter how big or how small, is to put a little bit of thought and a little bit of you into it. Even when I receive something that might not necessarily be my own taste, I am always touched when I can tell that my partner took the time to think about what I would like or put a lot of him/herself into it. Some of my favorite swaps so far have actually been the simple written ones where I learned something about my partner, either directly or indirectly. I honestly feel as though we could all just as well be out there buying our own stuff or donating it or selling it, so the most important thing to me here on Swap-Bot are the human connections, as well as the occasional wonderful, unexpected surprises that gladden my little heart.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my profile. Here's to great packages...and meeting new friends!
If you're sending me a postcard, please write on it and stamp it! That's part of the charm. The only exception would be if you're sending me a packet of unused PCs with a separate note.
Animals I especially love:
beavers, manatees, pigs, sea dragons, narwhals, koala bears, hedgehogs, owls, hummingbirds, polar bears, rabbits, elephants, whales, penguins, chickens, dragonflies, wombats, butterflies, ladybugs, turtles, red pandas, regular pandas, and of course, honeybees
Arts & Crafts
Cooking & Baking & Food
More info below with general themes I like...
For The Hundred Acre Wood group, I'd enjoy crafts related to authors I love, such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery, Philip Pullman, P.L. Travers, Beverly Cleary, C.S. Lewis, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Antoine de Saint Exupery, Roald Dahl, Eleanor Estes, A.A. Milne, Robert Newman, plus the Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Three Investigators series. I also really enjoy hearing about children's books you love.
For the District 13 group, YA books I've particularly enjoyed recently include Clockwork Angel, Angel Burn, Unearthly, Delirium, The Hunger Games, Shiver, the Vampire Academy series, the Chicagoland Vampire series, the Evernight series, and the Darkest Power series. If you can't tell, I've totally been on an urban fantasy kick recently! Werewolf faves are (again) Shiver and Derek from Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Power books.
For the Once Upon a Time group, my favorite Hans Christian Andersen, Grimm, and Perrault fairy tales include: The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Match Girl, The Tinder Box, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, The Wild Swans, Snow White and Rose Red, Hansel and Gretel, The 12 Dancing Princesses, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, The Snow Queen, The Nightingale, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella
Books I am Searching For:
Please note: unless you actually read many of the same types of books I do and are sending me something you think I'd love (in which case I'd be very happy!), I'd prefer not to receive other kinds of books that are not listed here. Thank you!
But honestly, if you took the time to send me a package, I'm generally appreciative anyway. :)
I get very frustrated with rudeness of any kind, so I don't like swapping with partners who don't acknowledge receiving anything, don't rate, or don't take a minute to send a quick thank you in a timely manner (if it's a tag).
I also don't care for swap snipers, copy lifters, liars, and flakers. I get really upset over people who flake on members in my groups--honestly, if you can't play nice, don't play at all! If you've made a mistake (and we all do), making amends and being apologetic holds a lot of weight with me. I'm really, really nice. Unless you give me reason not to be.
Swaps Never Received:
Tags Never Received:
Additional Swappers to Watch Out For:
The following swappers have shamefully flaked on swaps with wonderful members in my groups:
Swaps Never Rated:
To keep myself organized, I'm listing tags I'm participating in.
Need to Send:
I'm open to private swaps, and I especially like the idea of swapping handmade, vintage ephemera, or even just written postcards if we have things in common.
Things I enjoy making for swaps:
I'd probably also be up for doing an interesting 1:1 written swap as well. I generally enjoy postcard challenges, etc. that are a little more unusual, thoughtful, or creative.
Hope to swap with you soon!
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