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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: November 30, 2021
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
My postcard site
My creative blog
Postcrossing - My favorite place on the Web
My Book Wishlist at bookcrossing
My Etsy Favorites

About Me

I love to read. Especially books that are based on a true story or non-fiction books. I read and write English and German fluently.

I'm on Postcrossing, sending and receiving postcards from all over the world (see links above).

I like singing in the choir and in the shower; listening to good music; stickers; bright colors like red, yellow, and purple; the fall season with its colorful leaves; wildflowers, poppies, sunflowers, dandelions; the smell of the air after rain; salamanders, butterflies, ladybugs, snails, squirrels; traveling notebooks, handmade postcards; sitting under a tree and enjoying the nice weather and the things around me; berries and bananas, good food; sunsets; taking photographs with my digital camera; close-up pictures; my hometown Lübeck where I grew up; watching a landscape from a plane; going to church on Sunday morning; cute socks; chocolate, filled gingerbread hearts; true stories.

I reuse packaging. It's fun to do and saves a lot of resources.

Favorite Crafts

Handmade postcards, journaling (drawing, writing, glueing, pockets,...), traveling notebooks (or single letter (8"x11") or A4 sized pages to collect to make a book), ATCs. I like to crochet, my ultimate goal is to be able to read and follow all the patterns... I love scrapbooking quality stickers, especially travel and nature themes.

Favorite Music

Classical (e.g. Bach); contemporary Christian (e.g. Keith and Kristyn Getty, Michael Card, Michael W. Smith); The Mamas and the Papas

Favorite animals

Salamanders and newts, birds (especially the small songbirds and ducks), interesting insects, snails, sheep, and in general any wildlife.

Favorite Books

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Safely Home (Randy Alcorn), The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith); Schindler's List (Thomas Keneally), the Bible, Moomin books. In general, I like non-fiction and fiction based on a true story. I like it if I can learn something interesting in an enjoyable way. I can read English and German fluently. For a list of books that I'm looking for so I can read them please check out my Bookcrossing wishlist and my Amazon wishlist (I'd be happy with anything in used condition, doesn't have to be new and of course you don't have to buy on Amazon).

I'd also appreciate suggestions for good free or inexpensive ebooks for iOS, Kindle, or Nook.

Favorite Television and Movies

Television: The Good Doctor, The Chosen, Monk, Star Trek Voyager, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces, The Amazing Race, Survivor

Movies: Ice Age, Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Copying Beethoven, The Final Inquiry. Hayao Miyazaki's films, such as Howl's Moving Castle. Kung Fu Panda. Big Hero 6.

Other Favorites

Colors: Red, orange, yellow; rich jewel-tone colors.

Things to eat and drink: Berries and other fruit, chocolate (good quality, preferably fair trade, no cheap brands like Hersheys...), filled gingerbread hearts/cookies. The only teas I care for are herbal teas, especially the fruity ones. Rosehip with hibiscus is one of my favorites.

Postcards: I love Maxi cards. "Maximum card: a picture post card that has an illustration, stamp and cancel all with a common theme." I'm also thrilled, if you just use a stamp matching the theme on the picture side to send your postcard.

Some of my favorite postcard topics are: reading/books; music/instruments; wildflowers; fruit; native plants and animals; National parks; newts and salamanders or other amphibians; songbirds, ducks, owls, and other birds; Christianity.

Instead of writing a note on a swap card or memo sheet (swap and who it's from), when sent with swap package, I would love if you wrote all that information on a postcard and sent it in the swap package!

I enjoy my iPad, so if you have a favorite app, please advise me. I don't play games often, but a few that I have enjoyed on the iPad or the PC are: "Where's My Water?", "Plants versus Zombies", "Edna & Harvey" (my husband and I enjoyed playing the original German version together) and most recently "Monument Valley".

Clothing

Shoe size 40-41 German, 9 1/2-10 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex XL.. Socks should be at least 50% cotton or other natural fiber, my feet sweat too much in acrylic. T-shirts cotton only, no acrylic mix. I'd be especially happy to get something made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material.

Wishlist

  • Any kind of handmade "book" (e.g. handmade notebook, altered book,chunky book, nice deco, art journal, travel journal, mini scrapbook, upcycled smashbook for me to fill)
  • Something to help me learn Spanish (e.g. a postcard written in simple Spanish by you, a children's book, a link to another good App that I can use in addition to DuoLingo)
  • Books to read (from this wishlist only unless otherwise specified in a swap (books may end up in a Little Free Library right away if not from my wishlist) - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Small books that I can best describe as small coffee table books, i.e. probably not larger than 6inx6in or 15cmx15cm, lots of beautiful pictures to look at, not much text. This is one example that I have already enjoyed: Furry Logic
  • Moleskine like notebooks (the real thing or imitations. I would love The Little Prince or Lego special edition!) . Cahier style notebooks are also great.
  • nice Lefthanded item (calendar, tool, ...)
  • postcard boxes or postcard books
  • interesting paper, maybe with something embedded or a cool texture... (anything at least the size of an ATC is fine)
  • adhesive for scrapbooking (double sided photo safe tape, glue dots, photo corners, archival glue sticks, and other items, as long as they are archival/photo safe quality)
  • alphabet stickers and travel themed stickers (also good quality for scrapbooking)
  • Clothing made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material
  • fair trade items (e.g. coin purse, ornament, bracelet, small notebook) or even one you bought in a scratch and dent sale and fixed yourself. I love bargains and I love it when the person who originally made the item gets a fair price for it.
  • something that could go in a Christian themed or inspirational smash book or prayer journal
  • some nice Christian surprise, e.g. something with your favorite Bible verse, something inspirational, interesting article from your favorite Christian magazine
  • yarn for crocheting, especially worsted weight, but any kind would be cool. Even 1oz for small projects. Or unusual stuff like twine...
  • Anything from my Universal wishlist on Amazon

Items my husband would enjoy:

  • anything related to pinball
  • large soaps (preferably 7oz/200g or larger; he especially likes fruity scents like strawberry and more masculine smells like mint and unscented)
  • bar of shave soap
  • good quality black liquorice (such as Katjes (Tappsy are his very favorite!), Haribo, or Panda brands)
  • audio books on CD to listen to on his commute

Please don't send

  • Please don't send me anything that smells smoky. It makes me sneeze and the smell is so hard, if not impossible, to get out.
  • I don't have holes in my ears, so I don't wear earrings.
  • I don't like any kind of coffee. And I don't like peanuts (I'm not allergic, so traces are fine, but please not peanut butter cups etc.). I don't care for black or green tea very much (even the flavored ones), but I do drink fruity herbal teas once in a while.
  • When sending craft supplies, used stamps and such are fine, but don't send me photocopies of mediocre quality on regular paper or something like that.
  • I'm trying to de-clutter my home. So lots of extras won't earn you a heart. I try to swap and wish for only things that I can use. I'd be much happier about one well thought out swap item or one little carefully selected extra.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks so much! Happy holidays! <3 Al
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Comment: Thank you for the sweet card and the tags!
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Comment: Hi there! Midnight Library has been very popular. I really want to read it but haven't gotten around to it. Candle in the Darkness sounds good too! I will check it out. Thanks!
24Donna rated for TCHH-Christmas Blessing Gifts on Nov 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the gifts I’m going to open in December! Happy thanksgiving and God bless you!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute Frog notecard!
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Comment: Thank you!
meenaRN rated for Simple ATC Swap on Nov 16, 2021
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Comment: I love the ATC and thank you for writing your inspiration for it I enjoyed reading it.
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Comment: Thank you for the cute Christmas card. Mele Kalikimaka
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Comment: Thank you. Stay safe and well.
tatntole rated for WTL: a Christmas card Washi swap on Nov 10, 2021
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andee73 rated for WTL: a Christmas card Washi swap on Nov 9, 2021
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Comment: Really cool PC and your answers were great! Spleen!! How unique. I listed eyes as well. I cherish my eyes SO much.
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Comment: Love the cored phoyos. They are just beautiful; My grandsons have bee hives. Thanks for sharing your neighborhood walk. Have a gtray day. bearnbabs
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Comment: cool postcard and postage stamps, thank you, Happy Halloween! I wish you love and health.
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Comment: Swan, your beautifully written scriptures and your meaning of faith brought me joy!! Blessings always Fondly, Sheryl
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Comment: We were thinking together on two: freshly cut grass and fir needles. The air after rain--I think I put that as well. Lavender and coconut--my other two!
24Donna rated for CF: List your wishes! #2 on Sep 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the very nice letter I enjoy receiving letters! God bless you
bbsporty rated for WIYM: Washi Covered Postcard on Sep 30, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard! I love the washi tape that you used!
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Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard, for sharing the events and for participating in this swap.
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Comment: Thank you for the neat postcard and the book recommendation!

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Comments

purple24 on Dec 1, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday card you sent my daughter. It made her day. — CPG Nov WL

Caithness on Nov 27, 2021:

Thank you for the Christmas Card for CPG Wishlist November.

BusyB on Nov 24, 2021:

Thank you for the Christmas card and gift tag for CPG wishlist! I enjoyed your note about Christmas plans or tentative plans. Safe travels if Christmas takes you away on a journey. Happy Thanksgiving week!

JKartstuff on Nov 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for all the gift tags from my November CPG Wishlist! I love the variety you included!

Poohtat on Nov 22, 2021:

Thank you for the card for my CPG Nov wish. Surgery went well and now I am doing PT, which I think is the hardest part.

Queensmiley2530 on Oct 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for my cpg Oct wishes

LadyJo on Oct 14, 2021:

Thank you for the October CPG wishes of local artists notecards! That is neat you met the one at a gardens.

OrigamiGrace on Oct 12, 2021:

Thank you very much for the cloth shopping bag from my October wishlist at CPG! It's exactly what I what I was looking for!!! Much much appreciated!

Bavarija on Oct 12, 2021:

Thank you for face mask! Stay safe!

TeaNi on Oct 9, 2021:

thank you for granting a wish for me

with the stocking stuffer snack bags! :)

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