Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2021 6:43 pm


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Last Online: August 22, 2021
Birthday: August 27
Country: United States
Library Thing!
My nature adventures blog

About Me

Hi everyone!

Thank you for reading my profile. I guess I could describe myself as 85 percent nerd and 15 percent hippie. ;)

I've been on swap-bot for years and before that swapped through the group Nervousness. I'd rather do a few swaps that are special to me than lots of quick swaps.

My interests are reading, hiking, gardening, tea, friends & family, cross-stitch, creative and nonfiction writing, more reading, nature walks and nature journaling, pen palling, and my five cats. I'm a big history and mythology buff with a special interest in fairy lore, Appalachian ballads, and ghost stories.

I am a Special Collections Librarian in the beautiful Shenandoah Vally of Virginia. I love libraries, archives, and museums.

I like about everything pleasant scent-wise and don't have allergies. I collect miniature pottery, interesting stones, owl stuff, beckoning cats, fu dogs, bat stuff, figurines of mice, paper ephemera, and religious art of all faiths. I like to burn candles and incense.

I'm a huge fan of handmade soap, especially goat milk soap. I like all scents but not so much citrus.

After having my genetics analyzed and finding out that I have a high normal percentage of Neanderthal gene variants, I am now into Neanderthals. :) And I like saber - toothed cats!

Favorite themes are the gingham dog and the calico cat, tree of life, eastern dragon, paper lanterns, nautical, celestial, saints, tiki, Cthulhu, cherries, gnomes, peaceable kingdom, lucky beckoning cat, cartoonish owls, fu lions, argyle, retro, black cats, and other animals.

I like most styles. My least favorite styles are country, which is odd because I luuurve the countryside, and primitive. Since moving to the Shenandoah Valley, I have started to collect the Pennsylvania-Dutch styles and especially like their hex signs.

Love tea and am having fun trying new types of herbal, fruit and green teas. I like black teas too but sometimes they can be too strong. Teas that have health, relaxation, and energizing qualities are especially welcome. But any kind of tasty teas are good.

I don't eat much meat or many meat-based products.

Am the kind of old fashioned nerd who carries vintage cotton hankies instead of disposable paper tissues. I really like those old handkerchiefs with pretty patterns.

Natural, organic, sustainable, and homemade things are favorites!

Favorite Movies

Winter's Bone, Everything is Illuminated, No Country for Old Men, Napoleon Dynamite, Apocalypse Now, and lots of documentaries. I like documentaries as much as feature films.

Favorite Television

PBS stuff, History Chan, Discover Chan, etc. I'm such a nerd when it comes to TV. ;) Fan of Game of Thrones and Stranger Things!

Favorite Crafts

I crochet blankets for charity, make earrings, cross-stitch, and collage.

Other Stuff (dislikes)

About the only things I don't like are dogs, monkeys, and cig smoke. Also, loud and rude people. Please do not send any loud and rude people in a swap. I like wool a lot but cannot have it next to my skin like in a scarf or gloves. It gets all itchy. Also, please no sugar-free sweets or gum. Those artificial sugars do a number on my tummy.

A Poem and Owls

Here is a bit of a poem I like.

The moon-bird's head is filled with nothing but thoughts of the moon and when the next rain will come is all the rain-bird thinks of. Who is it we spend our entire life loving?


You know what are awesome? Owls!!! I like the cartoonish owls that are in style now and have also had the chance to interact with some live owls! There was a beautiful snowy owl in my area of Virginia one winter! He was quite the local celebrity! I also attended an event where scientists banded the tiny Eastern saw-whet owls. And, I got to hold a tiny owl before it was released!

Favorite Books

Can't believe I'm a librarian and hadn't added a favorite books section to my profile during the several years I've been on swap_bot! Here it goes: My favorite book is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. If this book came alive, I would marry it. :) Another favorite book is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Favorite series is The Kopp Sisters novels by Amy Stewart! She uses archives and imagination to create awesome strong female characters.

I read lots of non-fiction and enjoyed The Beast in the Garden about pumas in residential areas and The Devil in the White City about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

As fun as they are, I already have enough books with household hints and craft instructions. Thanks for thinking of me if you were thinking of sending one but I think someone else could make better use of it at this time.

Vegan and vegetarian cookbooks are always welcome as are quirky nonfiction books printed by smaller presses or sold by small distributors.


Comment: ooh I love the letter set you wrote on and thank you for the flat surprises c: I enjoy using my typewriters to write letters and scrapbook for sure! Sometimes my hand get too tired writing a lot, lol. And I would love to make my own paper one day, but I don't have all the materials just yet so more of just researching about it for now. I think you have such a cool job, and that event sounds so fun! Stay safe, Stephanie!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you so much for the nice feedback! Hope you are also staying safe and well!
ivanabu rated for How the things are here...#2 on Apr 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your letter, it was pleasant to read it.
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for rating!
skinny52 rated for OSS: One Word Swap on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: Really creative swap, thanks so much...I especially appreciate that you worked a vintage postcard in there! Best wishes, Mar/skinny52
Response: You are welcome! I thought the vintage flamingos were fun too!
J198928 rated for OSS: Decorated Envie with a Goody on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you. :)
Response: You are welcome.
bf0932 rated for UHM: Feed the Birds Day 🐦 on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the notecard and postcard you included with your swap. I enjoyed reading about the birds you see often in your area. In my area, I do see one or two hawks flying around at times.
Response: You are welcome. Happy birdwatching!
Comment: Thanks for the cute card. I love the Mickey red threes. Merry Christmas!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for rating, and Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and extras. Owls are so awesome. We have Mennonite families in our area too. I can't say enough good about them. Very friendly, nice people. Thanks again.
Response: You are welcome. Happy Christmas!
MBakker rated for A woodland Animal Christmas Card on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute hedgehog card and the lovely personal story. I love traditions like that, thank you for sharing it with me. And thank you for the lovely postcards as well. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!! Xx Monique πŸ˜˜πŸŽ„πŸ€ΆπŸŽ…β€οΈ
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the nice rating! Merry Christmas!
Comment: happy Christmas Stephanie! Thank you for your Special card, the Angel card, and Christmas PC. I really love them and it is pretty neat of the US capitol card! I have never had the chance to go to Washington DC. I have been every where else though. But I'm afraid my travelling days are long over. due the M.S. But anyway, I hope you & your loved ones have a very magical Christmas !
Response: Thank you for your very kind rating! I am glad that you liked the swap! Happy Christmas to you as well!
ArtyBeth3 rated for UHM: It's National Cat Day on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Meow. Thank you for the nice cat mail art, card, cat goodies, & your note about your cats. I enjoyed hearing about each of them. You do have a houseful. πŸ˜€ We just have one. You have 5 times the fur, & joy too. LOL.
Response: Thank you! I had lots of fun with this swap!
Comment: This was a unique and fun swap. It's amazing what stickers can do! Happy Halloween!
Response: Thank you! Happy Halloween!
BelfryBat rated for Halloween Bag Flip!!! on Sep 26, 2019
Comment: Wow, oh Wow! What a wonderful bag flip - I can’t believe it’s your first. Eeee, bat accents! Thank you for all the goodies inside - such a great swap!
Response: You are welcome! Thank you for the nice rating. I had a great time with this swap. Stay batty! :)
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome.
Comment: Original member! Good for you! I started here long ago, but just found Swap-bot again. I also work in a library! Happy crafting. πŸ–βœ‚οΈπŸ˜Š
Response: Thanks for rating. Happy library days and crafting to you as well!
Comment: Thank you so much for the great ATC and really awesome note. I loved reading it - and I feel honoured that you took the time you did, both on the ATC and to read my profile and respond to it with such a lovely card. xoxoxo
Response: You are welcome! This was a fun swap!
Comment: Hi Stephanie! I absolutely LOVED your letter and everything in it!! The tattoo art stuff was amazing. Your envelope was so much fun to get in the mail, and I enjoyed your letter. Thank you so much! I know you said you don't do much mail art, but this was super cute...I hope you do more mail art in the future! If it would be ok, I'd love to send you some mail art in return!
Response: Hi, thank you very much for your nice feedback! Happy that you enjoyed the swap!!! Sure, I would love some new mail art, thanks!
itsnobody rated for ISS Send Three Things (Flat Envie) on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you a lot Stephanie for the thing you chose for me. I can see that everything is also profile based. This is amazing
Response: You are welcome!
debbiespoms rated for INTERNATIONAL BOOKMARKS -JUNE on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you Stephanie for quite the selection of bookmarks. Which I love! Kind of threw me a little, when you wrote Handmade bookmarks swap, when it is International Bookmarks-June. I went looking through my swaps and found you, hee ! But no problem hon. It's all good. Have a good one !
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the nice rating! Sorry about writing a weird swap name! A sick blind kitten showed up here wanting help last week and I was a little rattled, I guess. He is feeling much better now in his new home and things are getting more calm for me as well.
Martha rated for β˜† TEA TIME #6 β˜† on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Love the tea's... And the extra one's !!! Thanks so much !!
Response: You are welcome#
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of goodies!
Response: You are welcome!

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Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

wombatlady on Jan 9, 2020:

Thank you for the card and goodies! Especially love the vintage PC with the deer. :-) I still haven't seen "Fantastic Fungi," but I probably should.

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

OrigamiGrace on Nov 3, 2019:

Thanks so much for an awesome Random envie from tag in the forums - so much fun stuff to play with!

CurlyTea on Aug 27, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

stephiedee on Jul 11, 2018:

Weird mail numero dos arrived! It was fun reading over those rules...gave me ideas to use some as out-of-context quotes for future projects. How common are donkey friends that they need a special note affirming that they are welcome at fair shows? Good for them though...getting out and having some fun. πŸ˜„

P.S. Here's Larry Lizard on my wall.

ittybittykitty on Jun 5, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Drachenfrau on Apr 30, 2018:

Nervousness? I swapped there too. :-) Same name as here! We're together in the Emily Dickinson-swap. I soooo miss Nervousness!!! :/

RooBaRoo on Feb 16, 2018:

It Arrived!!

RooBaRoo on Feb 16, 2018:

Thanks so much for the "Carpe Librum celebration" Angel, Stephanie!

That's so much to add top my TBR :)

Hey! is the Old Possum's Book of practical cats still enjoyable by today's kids?

Is Silent Spring a despairing, or very heavy read? Should I venture?

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