Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2022 2:39 pm


Date Joined: September 28, 2009
Last Online: April 25, 2020

Country: Canada
AFA gallery (ATCs)

About Me

Hi, I'm zilliah!

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. I like comics, but only some kinds (I hate superheros).

This story is excellent.

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

I really like fiction with lesbian characters (I like feeling like I exist), and at the moment I'm hunting down all the lesbian comics I can find!

Some of my favourite books are:

  • Life Mask, by Emma Donoghue

  • The Three Body trilogy, by Liu Cixin

  • Deathless, by Catherine Valente

  • Finn Family Moomintroll, by Tove Jansson

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, by Susanna Clarke

  • Beautiful Darkness, by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët (comic)

  • Susceptible, by Geneviève Castrée (comic)

  • Potential, by Ariel Schrag (comic, also the 2nd book in a trilogy, but it's my favourite)

  • Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist, by Sophie Crumb (a collection of drawings she's done from age 2 - 28. I love this book because you can see how her drawing and outlook change as she grows up.)

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

  • 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.

  • Stickers! I'm very into stickers at the moment. (No holiday/event, reward, 3D/puffy/raised, planner, freebie/ad, plain shape stickers, or branded kid's stickers (eg dora the explorer, spider man, etc) 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.)

  • Washi tape samples! (Same guidelines as stickers.)

  • Nice letter paper (and matching envelopes). I write a lot of letters and always run out of this. Handmade is great too!

  • Notecards, particularly on themes I like.

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

  • 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'm currently looking for a regular penpal! I'd love to swap regular letters (plus small goodies and/or occasional crafty challenges). Preferably looking for someone LGBT who shares some interests with me. Message me if you're interested!

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 and Moomins), 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 @Crispycritter @Gema2015

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.


Amyncognito rated for LIST LETTER #2 - Dream Home on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful list! I love that you like to buy art! I do to, for my craft room but I am out of wall space too. thanks too for the postcards, and i loved the cool terrarium washi
Response: Glad you liked it! Being out of wall space is so frustrating haha!
curlyhedgehog rated for QUICK ATC swap #248 on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Many thanks for the cute mushroom ATC!!!
Response: You're welcome!
Suncloud rated for Create-A-Character ATC #1 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the ATC, stamp, envelope and all the generous goodies you included. You are very talented. It made my day.
Response: Thank you - glad you liked everything!
MissMiniNinja rated for Stationery addicted penpals on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved reading your letter and seeing all the goodies you put in! Have a lovely day x
Response: You're welcome - glad you liked everything!
Comment: What a nice swap! The mermaid card is probably the most beautiful card I have ever seen. I loved it all. Thanks so much!
Response: Glad you liked everything! The mermaid card wasn't quite my style, so I'm really happy you like it!
nycphotog rated for Write me a letter about BOOKS on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: thanks for sending. i am especially intrigued by "frontier magic" (i really appreciate when authors put in the work with the details and basically create a whole world that makes sense) although, they all sound right up my alley. great recs!
Response: Yay, I hope you like it! If you end up reading it, let me know what you think!
Helena8664 rated for Illustrated Letter #2 on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: We have so much in common - Adventure Time, ukulele, raves, fun with organizing (I do it too, dorky or not)...I love it! I've seen (and love) Over the Garden Wall, but will have to check out Steven Universe. And I'm so in love with your drawings. :) Thank you so much for the letter!!!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I'd love to hear back from you if you feel like letter writing :)
chabbywabbit rated for QUICK Sticker sheet swap #60 on Oct 1, 2017
Comment: Hey! i finally got your resend one!! thank you for re-sending it ya!!
Response: Phew, I'm glad it finally arrived!
Comment: Thank you! I would love to do a private swap
Response: Cool! Any suggestions for what to swap? (I can't actually remember what I wrote in the note, haha!)
Avi rated for Stationery lovers swap #1 on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
Avi rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #18 on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the nice things!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful notecard and extras!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful items! Love it!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
mylove4craft rated for Stationery addicted penpals on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all to goodies, Kerry! Expect a note from me soon!
Response: Yay, looking forward to it :)
silvermoonsnake rated for long-term Geek/Nerd penpals on Sep 6, 2017
Comment: Got ypur letter today. Thanks for the lovely washi :)
Response: Glad you liked it!
bblue rated for Hand-drawn Fashion Drawing PC on Sep 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great card! I'd wear that.
Response: Thanks! I would too :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice picture and extras!
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
RevisionistPaper rated for QUICK Pick 5 flat swap #111 on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the great goodies! Beautiful original acrylic piece and enevelopes. Love the washi tape. And really appreciate the postcards and plastic sleeves! I needed those.
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked everything :)
Comment: Perfect! Thankyou so much xxx
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked it!
carol rated for Hd/HP Pass and Paste #38 on Aug 23, 2017
Comment: I love your card! I hope I can do it justice. thanks for the PC, too!
Response: Thanks! Can't wait to see what you add :)

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ktk8 on Sep 12, 2017:

HoWdY and thank you for finishing and sending home my hd/hp postcard I love the succulent plant and the whole concept came together well..... Hope to see you in the mailbox again soon.....

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 [email protected]#&!! 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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