Swap-bot Time: July 21, 2017 7:37 pm


Date Joined: September 28, 2009
Last Online: July 21, 2017

Country: Canada
AFA gallery (ATCs)

About Me

Hi, I'm zilliah! I've been away from Swap-bot for about five years, but I recently remembered how much I like sending and getting mail, so I'm excited to get back into it!

PLEASE NOTE! I'm shipping from CANADA so things will take longer to arrive: I'd appreciate it if you would wait a month before asking me to resend - it can take this long or longer for some mail to arrive. I will, of course, resend if it doesn't arrive, so please message me if you never get anything!

Favorite Crafts

I love to draw, especially with markers! I'm been colouring in with watercolours more recently as well, since bringing a travelling watercolour box is a lot more portable than bringing all my markers everywhere. (Working with a small marker palette is great sometimes, but very frustrating when I just need that one colour I don't have with me!) I'm also trying to work on giving drawings a bit more depth and making forms more solid and 3D, which I'm finding watercolour works out a bit better for.

I really like text in art, particularly if it's hand lettered and integrated thoughtfully. It doesn't need to be English text - Islamic calligraphy is gorgeous, for example! However, I'm not fond art that's just an unadorned random quote, or a quote next to unrelated imagery. I'd much rather have text that expresses something you feel than a generically inspirational quote.

Most of my art I do in my sketchbooks - there's just something really satisfying about sketchbooks. I love looking back through old sketchbooks and seeing how my drawing has changed.

I'm very into making collages in my sketchbooks (particularly collages about my feelings), gluing things into them, and using stickers! I don't usually send collages for swaps because I find it's difficult to make collages that have meaning for other people. I like collages that include drawings or textiles! I'm not at all into scrapbooking or "scrapbook-y" collages.

ATCs are one of my favourite things to swap, and I love making them! There's something very satisfying about working at a tiny scale - it definitely forces me to think about composition in a way I wouldn't otherwise. I've done a lot of mixed media ATCs in the past, but at the moment I'm mostly interested in drawn ATCs (making and receiving them).

I love to knit! I actually teach knitting at a local yarn shop, and I generally have at least two knitting projects on the go at any time (one sock project, and something else). I'm currently trying to work down my yarn stash a bit...

I like embroidery, but tend to get into it rather sporadically. At the moment I'm working on some blackwork. I really like embroidery combined with ink or watercolours!

Favorite Books

I really like speculative fiction, especially if it has believably written female characters. Short stories are great. Good retellings of fairy tales are awesome.

This story is excellent.

I generally love anything by Diana Wynne Jones, N.K. Jemisin, Kelly Link, Ellen Klages, Tamora Pierce, Patricia C. Wrede.

Some single books I love: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (Susanna Clarke) Zahrah the Windseeker (Nnedi Okorafor) In Memory of Whiteness (Kim Stanley Robinson)

Themes I like

  • Robots, cyborgs, floating cities in the sky, biohazard logos (plus other warning logos and airplane emergency cards), circuit boards/diagrams

  • Mermaids and other fantasy ladies, dinosaurs, interesting underwater creatures, birds, mushrooms, wlw (I'm a lesbian - if you want to earn my love forever, just send me lesbian mermaids!), rainbows, flowers, fashion, historical fashion, embroidery, maps, skeletons (anatomically correct ones, not creepy or sugar skulls; I really like bird skeletons)

  • Interesting textures, interesting light, underwater, text in art, character design

  • My favourite shape is a semicircle on top of a rectangle (think mushrooms, jellyfish, umbrellas, etc) but I also really like hexagons and circles

  • Blues, greens, purples, pinks, reds, greys

(Any of these are great for ATC themes.)

I'd love to get

  • Stickers! I'm very into stickers at the moment. (No holiday/event, reward, 3D/puffy/raised, planner, freebie/ad, or plain shape stickers please! I'd also prefer not to get stickers for any of the themes I dislike, which are listed below. I really like people, animal, and plant stickers.)

  • Sketchbooks/sketchbook pages. I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of a sketchbook they'd finished, but if for some reason you do I'd be thrilled to take it off your hands! Seeing sketchbooks is like seeing how people think, it's so cool.

  • Self-portraits, particularly abstract ones or making yourself into a character.

  • Well-made ATCs. I generally prefer hand-drawn/hand-painted: I do like collage, but I find it's really hard to do well. Collages that include hand-drawn/painted elements and/or unusual materials I tend to like. I also really like fabric ATCs.

  • Stim toys/fidget toys.

  • Interesting magazines to cut up, or cool images you've cut out of magazines (especially National Geographic type magazines or art magazines).

  • Art on any of the themes I like!

  • Art markers (I mostly use Prismacolour chisel tips, but I'd love to get some copics).

  • Liner pens - preferably ones that are water and alcohol marker resistant. The copic liners are great.

  • Coloured pencil lead - I'm currently using Pilot colour Eno lead, which I really like, but I'd be interested to try other leads too.

  • Midsize notebooks - I have too many notebooks already, but I love them so much. I'd prefer to receive notebooks that are about 8" x 10" - anything much larger, and I have a specific kind I like; anything much smaller I tend not to use much.

  • Notecards, particularly on themes I like.

  • Printed address labels (I have plenty of blank ones, but no printer).

  • Washi tape samples.

  • If you're Canadian, I'd love to get letters with the Star Trek postage stamps (particularly the Janeway one, and the Borg cube one - the Borg cube is a $5 stamp so idk what people would send me that would cost that much, but it's so cool)

I'd love to send you

If you'd like to swap with me, don't be shy, just message me! I'm usually up for private swaps, even if you're a newbie.

  • ATCs or drawings/paintings! I'm up for making ATCs for themes you like.

  • Fancy paper - I have a bunch of scrapbooking paper and fancy printed paper.

  • Small handmade notebooks (with pretty paper covers). I love making these but I already have a million notebooks.

  • Yarn (have a look at my trade stash on ravelry if you're interested!)

  • Beads - the only beads I use now are seed beads for knitting, but I have a bunch left over when from I made (bad) jewellery. I may have some wire too?

I'm happy to swap these for different things - eg, send me some stickers and I'll send you some fancy paper.

Please don't send me

  • Anything to do with food/eating/cooking, including recipe cards and tea. (If I'm in a swap which includes tea that's ok, but feel free to send something else instead!)

  • Dogs, insects, pets, babies, religious things, sports, tv shows/fandoms/celebrities (except for Steven Universe), holidays (including sugar skulls), violence or gore, nude men (I'm a lesbian)

  • Rubber stamps, scrapbooking supplies (especially 3D embellishments - I never, ever use 3D embellishments).

  • Please nothing scented - I'm ridiculously sensitive to scents, scents other people don't notice dive me bananas! Scented things are likely to go directly into the garbage, please don't send them to me.

  • No body products (lotions, body wash, etc etc) - I can't tolerate most of these.

  • I'm allergic to cats/dogs/pollen/dust/etc.

  • Inchies, matchbooks, or FBs.

Swapping and Rating

About my 1 and 3: These were both for swaps where I sent cards which never arrived, and then I got hit my major health problems so I couldn't deal with them. I've since made up for one (that's the 3), and sent additional cards twice to make up the 2nd one, but never heard back. I take swaps very seriously, but at this point the swap happened about five years ago and I have a hard time believing all three cards didn't arrive.

If I haven't rated you, it's because I haven't received it yet. I check the mail and am online most days.

If something's come up and you're late with a swap, just let me know - life does happen.

For the swaps I host, I will ban people who don't fit the requirements, but please don't take it personally and it doesn't mean you can't sign up for other swaps I'm hosting. It's your responsibility to read the swap requirements carefully!

If you've flaked or failed to rate, either in a swap I'm hosting or as my swap partner, you will be banned from my swaps until it gets resolved. And I host great swaps, so trust me it's not worth it :P Here's the list:

@Jesshens1125 @pygmydoyenne @Tulips75

Mailing info

Please let me know if it's been more than a month and you haven't received anything. I will resend! Be aware that I am shipping from Canada, and I can't afford to ship faster than standard - mail takes time to arrive! I've had flat mail from the states take more than a month to arrive, and I usually wait at least that long to contact people if I haven't received anything.


darkxangel84 rated for Create-A-Character ATC #1 on Jul 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks
PrairieKittin rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #36 on Jul 20, 2017
Comment: I love this! Great job! I can't wait to add to it!
Response: Thank you! I'm excited to see what you add :)
bluehairedmary rated for Big Washi Swap - Int'l - #2 on Jul 18, 2017
Comment: Great tape samples! I especially like the mushroom one! Thanks!
Response: Glad you liked them! That's one of my favourites too :)
Conniegirl rated for Scavenger Hunt - July on Jul 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you!. I love everything!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
EllenWilGraagPost rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #16 on Jul 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you Kerry, for the Happy Mail! It made my day, Yay! :-D Loved the added a lot ATC too. <3 - Ellen
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
angeness rated for Say hello to another Canadian! on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: thank you so much for this great swap! I loved the hot dog card, too cute! And you sent me so many nice stickers... I think I actually gasped at the round one with the trees. I also loved your letter, it was so fun to read and it made me feel like we already knew each other. I plan on writing back! :)
Response: Oh good, I'm so glad you liked it! I'm looking forward to getting a letter back from you :D
sweettems rated for Pick 6, send 3 (#2) on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Kerry! I like your cute stamps, too. =0)
Response: You're welcome! Glad you liked it :D
eel rated for Note Card & Bookmarker on Jul 11, 2017
Comment: Hej Kerry, Thank you for the beautiful notecards and bookmark. eel
Response: You're welcome - glad ot hear it arrived safely!
Paula71 rated for Pick 6, send 3 (#2) on Jul 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much Kerry! I loved everything you sent!
Response: Glad to hear that, thanks for joining the swap!
ToujoursMoi rated for 3 Things In An Envelope INTL #2 on Jul 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the envelope Sand the lovely stuff you have chosen for me. I enjoyed it. Thank you
Response: Glad you liked it!
Comment: I loved your lists and the little notebook was so pretty, too. <3
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it :D
KeriandtheFlock rated for Illustrated Letter on Jun 27, 2017
Comment: Your letter arrived today! Very cool illustrations. I love that jacket with the fringe. I'm going to have to investigate that video game now! :D Thanks for the extras. :)
Response: You're welcome - glad you liked it! Hope you like subnautica - it's soooo fun!
Pikkis rated for Make a Moomin on Jun 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the sweet Snork Maiden, you´ve drawn it so well :)! Lovely colours too. And the reward-stickers are very much welcomed, thanks a lot for them as well.
Response: Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!
thebragal rated for In The Briny Deep.... ATC Swap on Jun 25, 2017
Comment: Awesome. Thank you
Response: You're welcome - I'm glad to hear it arrived safely!
grstamping rated for Send Anything - May on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: Kerry, thank you for sending me the cutest mail. The blooming beauty notecard is really nice. I will reuse it as a postcard :O) Thank you!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it! Good plan - I think it'll make a nice postcard.
cerealgirl rated for Profile ATC on Jun 22, 2017
Comment: I LOVE the owls ATC you made!!! I LOVE the colours and the leaves - how they sway. Coloured beautifully! May I ask what type of markers you used? Also, many thanks for the extra paper pieces! Always welcome and inspiring! Thank you so much! :)
Response: Thank you! I mostly use prismacolour chisel tips. I've tried their brush tips, and they're decent, but I find the chisels work better for the types of things I do. I've used Pitt markers (the small ones), but I find they don't blend at all with my other markers and it's really hard to get an even fill with them. I have a couple copic sketch markers, which I really like - having a chisel and brush is what I want! They're so expensive though...
Sola79 rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #15 on Jun 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the happy mail :) Loved everything :)
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
Comment: Absolutely adorable and creative design!!
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it!
ritchgirl rated for Three Things in an Envelope on Jun 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome envie!! I love the ATC and the marine life stickers!!
Response: You're welcome - glad you like them :D
TangledInMegs rated for Currently reading PC swap #3 on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Kerry, for the awesome postcard. The book you are reading sounds so good! I'm going to check it out and I'm pretty picky with books! Take good care!
Response: Awesome - hope you like it! It's so good :D

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doulakk on May 16, 2017:

Welcome to our group!
Please join one or two swaps!

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Sazza on May 8, 2017:

Thank you for the paper scraps you sent me in the sticker swap! I had a project stalled for the last few weeks and they are just the thing to help me finish it. n.n Thank you so much! :D

Hellotheremary on Jul 14, 2010:

You seem pretty awesome! :D I was curious to see who was hosting the awesome F@#&!! ATC

shinywen on Apr 20, 2010:

Thank you for the fabric ATC! It was really interesting to me to see how those are done. I appreciate it greatly... wish we could rate sometimes for tags! <3

OnceInABlueMoon on Apr 13, 2010:

Received a gorgeous ATC today (tag) - thank you so much!!

racheljohnson on Mar 23, 2010:

Hi - I just featured your ATC Yourself swap on the Swap-bot blog. CHeck it out here. Thanks for hosting a great swap!

CollageCafe04 on Jan 15, 2010:

Z- thank you so much for hosting the 'make a statement' ATC... I loved it, loved the ATCs I received (as well as created grin) and hope you will host another like it... there are so so many more statements I want to make!!! lol

LadyStephanie on Dec 18, 2009:

Hey zilliah - watching your Handmade Profile Surprise swap. Did you know there is a brand new group for Yarn Bombers?! Gonna start swapping after the first of the year. Thought you might be interested...love to hear your ideas!

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