Swap-bot Time: August 5, 2021 12:32 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2014
Last Online: July 27, 2021
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! I'm Barbie (she/her), a queer librarian from Virginia. I am interested in long letter writing and finding a new penpal or two. I love to write, and on occasion doodle some. :) Recently, I've been starting to get back into watercolor and mail art, and swapping is perfect for that. It is nice to have a prompt to follow.

In terms of swapping, I like getting to know people and just chatting. Write about anything you like! I like finding out about daily life in different places. Long rambling letters are the best. I really do want to know the ins and outs of what you had for dinner and all about that cute noise your dog just made. If you ever would like a reply, just make sure to let me know! My favorite part about all of this is making connections with people around the world and sending little happy gifts.

I'm also very happy to give book recommendations (really it is my job as a reader's advisory focused librarian... but I never really stop. Ask any of my friends). If we're matched up and you don't know what to write about, I'd love to know what books you've enjoyed.

I'm very into the idea of using what you have on hand/making something/supporting artists. Right now it feels like so much of the world is obsessed with buying things and for me, swapping is about creating and sharing. If you have the bandwidth and it isn't specifically against the swap rules, I'd love to see what you make! Even if you think you aren't artistic, I will love it! I also acknowledge that not everyone (including myself at times) has the energy to get creative, so please send as you are able. Adjacent to that, typed letters are always ok with me.

The list of interests/favorites below is just a list of ideas, because I know I worry about sending things that aren't what the recipient will like and don't want you to feel anxious about it if I can share a bit here. Feel free to "go rogue". :)

Swapping Information

Update: Hey y'all. I've been dealing with health issues for the past couple of months and I think I'm caught up on rating. I'm still behind on non-swap pen pal letters, but hope to get some outgoing very soon.

Interests and Favorite Things

I like a lot of different things, and I'm a big nerd about all of them. :) Do we share any interests? I'd love to know!

My interests include:

  • science fiction books, film, and TV (see the list of favorite media for examples)
  • really any books/reading/storytelling
  • fine art, graphic design, and illustration (I'd love to discuss your favorite artists!)
  • creepy things... written, visual, the general sense of unease that comes from walking around in the wee hours of the morning...
  • outsider art
  • cryptids, specifically I have a sweet spot for Mothman, but any cryptid is delightful.
  • witchy things (I'm a practicing witch)
  • horror
  • history and historical clothing (#historybounding, Edwardian in particular)
  • ghost stories... have you been haunted?
  • vintage clothing (I like to wear and make)
  • vintage/retro themes - 1990s and all the way back in time ;)
  • old photographs, especially of normal everyday people doing anything
  • zines
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • all things to do with plants/nature (houseplant parent)
  • bicycling (I commute by bike in the non-covid times)
  • thunderstorms (what is your earliest memory of a storm? How did you feel?)
  • environmentalism (because the climate crisis is a big part of why we are in trouble)
  • LGBTQIA+ awesomeness
  • comics/graphic novels (Do you prefer superheroes or literary storytelling?)
  • bullet journaling/sketchbooks
  • vintage embroidery and cross stitch (I specifically collect finished pieces, but I like the kits as well)
  • music and making playlists (folk music is my fav, but I like it all really... see media below)
  • sitting in nature (especially near water, the sound is perfect)
  • cemeteries
  • houseplants
  • dinosaurs (triceratops for life, but all dinos are good dinos)
  • old computer interfaces/memes
  • #cottagecore

I'm not very good at cooking - but I'd love recipes/tips! (esp. dairy free)

I love talking about or collecting stickers, art, stamps, and postcards on any of these topics. Do we share any interests? Let me know! I'd love to chat. :)

I love actual vintage and old stuff. Reproduction is ok, but I prefer when it is old, a little scuffed and loved. These tidbits of history just make me smile.

Update on the stamp collecting... I've recently gone down a rabbit hole of youtube videos and research and I LOVE IT. What should a new philatelist know? I've received some AMAZING stamps in swaps now and it is just delightful (thank you to those who've sent them!). I also prefer stamped mail if you have stamps. It is fun to see the art on them. :)

In terms of "aesthetic" I'm drawn to the grittier/dark/creepy looks, and I love when things are just a little rough around the edges or off kilter a bit. I am also into more "adult" themed things and would be happy to receive them. Basically, the weirder the better.

I do drink coffee and tea (both black and plain). I have a fair amount of allergies, so please don't send tea unless it is a tea specific swap (I probably won't sign up for any).

Favorite Media

Thought I'd add a section with some of my favorite media as I see it on other people's profiles and find it helpful. I'd love to know if we have any shared interests! (This is a blend of movies/tv/books/podcast/contentcreators/fandoms/etc... I put them all together in my head).

  • Twin Peaks
  • Time Team
  • Lore Podcast
  • Star Trek
  • Carl Sagan
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • Buzzfeed Unsolved/Watcher Network
  • Gravity Falls
  • Unexplained Podcast
  • Supernatural
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but Whedon is trash - there are just so many other wonderful people who made this show great)
  • Dorothy Allison
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Indigo Girls
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
  • Iron and Wine
  • The Addams Family
  • Wes Anderson (most of the time)
  • Rainbow Brite
  • Sherlock Holmes (the original text)
  • Ologies Podcast
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • Sarah Waters

I'll probably add more/take things off as my brain switches to other things. :)

Please y'all....

I hate that I have to put this, but I received something that made me pretty upset, so I'm making a more distinct section.

Please do not send or write anything in a letter that is homophobic, transphobic, racist, misogynistic, or generally mean (to anyone). It is very hurtful and dehumanizing.


Comment: Thank you so much for the "hot" PC! Your pizza sounds like it would be very good. I'm in the middle of a pineapple obsession right now! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Karen07 rated for G: My story on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: Very cool story! Thanks!
blanketfort rated for G: Introductions on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter 👻 I am (also) loving the stationary! The story about your great grandma is so precious - she was looking out for her family 💛 I'd love to keep writing! If you want to, I can reply to your introduction :) and I apologise for the late rating! Apparently we forgot to let the post office know we were back from holiday earlier than expected, so we just got a huge mail dump in our mailbox. It was just like Christmas:p
Cellolady rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #97 on Jul 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the PC. My exciting new adventure coming up is my son's wedding!
Comment: Our universe is beautiful indeed!!! Thanks for the wonderful astronomical card!
Comment: Thank you for the cool art postcard... Love the quote! Who is my favorite artist? That's hard, there are so many. I really enjoy Impressionism so I will say Monet. Thanks again!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your list of people you admire. I will have to look up those folks :)
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Ugly PC Swap #34 on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: I'm glad you thought it was ugly! I love it! It's vintage feel is wonderful to me! I haven't read a good book lately. I've been trying to catch up on my Daphne's Diary magazines since I'm really behind on reading them. That's been enjoyable for me.
Poohtat rated for NYUP USA Only #72 on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the hippo postcard. The most recent book I read is:The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean. I found it very interesting.
Honeyloveart rated for NYUP USA Only #72 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Loveeeee the Mothman pc and such a cool reptile stamp on it as well. Thanks a ton!!
Comment: Hi Barbie, Thanks so much for the PC and the tip about the podcast. Haven't looked for it yet but hope to when I get some extra time. Have a good day!
Flamingoloon rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #97 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: I would like to see this bird, they aren't around here. I like looking at birds that come across my path, but I'm no serious birdwatcher. Getting up before sunrise and walking in the woods, listening for bird calls is not for me.
pernie123 rated for NYUP USA Only #72 on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard, It arrived without even a postal marking and no tears or markings, as it left your hands. That is rare. I must look you up as I haven't a clue where you live. I don't have many weird cards. I have many cards and I collect vintage ones from turn of the century.
Comment: Thank you for what looked to be a great postcard. The mail delivered it to me today in a postal envelope and half of it was gone. But from what I can see it’s awesome! I’ve never heard of Jocelyn Bell Burnell, I’ll have to read about her! Thanks again!❤️
nsciambi rated for Black and White pc swap #89 on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: I wish I could give you 20 hearts for this card! It's so perfect! Thank you! I wish I could listen to audio books. My attention skills are terrible though, and my mind/focus wanders after about 30 seconds. I recently read The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. It was really interesting and made you think about the choices we make and how our life turns out.
Lilyhax rated for Space Postcard Swap- International on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you.
MuggleMom rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #74 on Jul 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail postcard I recieved today and I'm adding Gideon the Ninth to my TBR. The book blur sounds very interesting. xxMuggleMom
pintis rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #96 on Jul 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and your nice note. I appreciated the stamps too!
Myself333 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #96 on Jun 30, 2021
Comment: LOVE IT! What a pleasant surprise that you ended being my sender shortly after the rating you shared with me haha! I do like the stamps, too. Octopi and otters are definitely in my top 3, but narwhals are my #1 favorite sea animal. It makes me so sad that they're the most likely to go extinct with rising ocean temperatures!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


captkristi on Nov 17, 2020:

Hey Barbie!! I am inviting you to the Sunshine Mail group because I am hosting all kinds of homemade PC swaps and I too LOVE watercolor. If it seems like something you would enjoy, please join us :) If not, that's ok too!!

ittybittykitty on Oct 1, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Traceyk on Aug 27, 2020:

Hi Barbie! Thanks for the postcard! That was so thoughtful of you. I hope you're having a great day! :)

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