Swap-bot Time: April 25, 2017 3:27 pm


Date Joined: September 28, 2009
Last Online: April 25, 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!

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 (and I don't usually like to receive them), because I find it's difficult to make collages that have meaning for other people. 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.

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, 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, or plain shape stickers please!)

  • 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!

  • 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 (especially National Geographic type magazines or art magazines).

I'd love to send you

  • 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.

  • Yarn (have a look at my stash on rav 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?

  • Envelopes made out of nice paper.

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

If you'd like to swap with me, don't be shy, just message me!

Please don't send me

  • Anything to do with food/eating/cooking, including recipe cards.

  • Dogs, pets, babies, religious things, sports, tv shows/fandoms/celebrities (except for Steven Universe), holidays (including sugar skulls),

  • Rubber stamps, scrapbooking supplies.

  • Please nothing scented - I'm really sensitive to scents.

  • 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!

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. Here's the list:

@changingsky @midnightsun458 @Jesshens1125 @pygmydoyenne

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.


LouiseW rated for FAST Swap - get/improve ratings on Apr 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards and the special touch with the paper I love it. You are the first swap I've got and was so happy to see your pretty envelope come though the post. :)
Response: I'm honoured to be your first swap - glad you liked it!
Kimminita rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Jun 1, 2012
Comment: Changed from 1 to 3. One year and a half after the original date teh ATC was received. Thanks for that!
missvoxxi rated for Cute Robot ATC on Jun 1, 2011
Comment: I never got this Swap, will change if re-sent.
Carolinev237 rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Jan 2, 2011
Comment: Many thanks for the lovely ATC x
qbee rated for Pass them on, ATC Swap on Dec 17, 2010
Comment: Nice cards thank you. Debbie
ladytrancevision rated for zilliah & ladytrancevision on Dec 14, 2010
Comment: Thank you! I <3 the lobster notecard you sent all the wonderful goods in too, btw! :D
buttons rated for Yarn bombs away on Dec 7, 2010
Goldfoxxe rated for Jellyfish ATC on Nov 22, 2010
Comment: Thank You for the awesome ATC!
mishap rated for Pass them on, ATC Swap on Nov 21, 2010
Comment: t y i really liked 2 of the cards and all those extras! thank you so much
grandmaroro rated for Weathered Art on Nov 21, 2010
Comment: My re-send arrived and I had to laugh. You had the same problems as I did on the 'weathering" part. Thank you so very much for sharing your art with me. I like the painting. Also, thanks for the extras.
Iloenchen rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 21, 2010
Comment: Thanks a lot! That was more a small package than just an ATC, and I love the card and the extras. :)
lthrgirl03 rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Nov 2, 2010
Comment: I don't have anything like this card - very unique.
inthewild rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Oct 23, 2010
Comment: When I opened your envelope it was like and early X-mas parcel! - thank you for all the goodies. The most admired though is your ATC - I love 'the swing V2'. I've been to Waterloo, and miss Canada big time!! The maples must be beautiful at the moment. Big hug, Mandy
jannieb rated for Atc's Are for Trading: October on Oct 18, 2010
comfits rated for Atc's Are for Trading: October on Oct 18, 2010
Comment: Thank you so much for the cards :]
Tarsh rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Oct 15, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the card. I love it. :)
Amberingz rated for Follow that Art Blog on Oct 14, 2010
MonsterAlice rated for MEGA ATC swap (International) on Oct 12, 2010
Comment: Thanks - you draw so well!
blueapplegallery rated for Plarn on Oct 10, 2010
Comment: I love the bowl. I have tucked my apples and lemons in it. Thanks for the extras too!

Rating Overview

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mousepoo on Apr 18, 2013:

I invited you to my dreadlocks group here on swap-bot!

violettedream on Aug 16, 2010:

Hey thought you may be interested in my new Writing Buddy Pen Pal Swap Keep Smiling!

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!!

GTstamper on Mar 31, 2010:

Welcome to the Rubber Stamping group!

Welcome to the Rubber Stamping group!

Thanks for joining!

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

raven on Jan 7, 2010:

Our Goal is a Flaker free group....


.....Welcome and enjoy.......

OlDonut on Dec 22, 2009:

Im so glad that you joined the first Body Parts are Nice swap please please consider joining the others too. Happy Swapping!

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