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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: July 24, 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; still looking for vol. 15 The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café) and the books for young readers), 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 at 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, 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 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex 2XL. 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 (see wishlist - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Postcard books
  • 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, ...)
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 like fruity herbal teas.
  • 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

arimails rated for CPG Hand Colored PC #5 - Global on Jul 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the nice jelly PC :) I have enjoyed going whale watching here in CA as well!
VitaLynne rated for PH: List 5 Series - Free For Life on Jul 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard. Your list of free for life items were great. Some of the best things in life are free for sure.
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Comment: Thank you so much, for the mother monkey and her baby PC and for your list of animals seen of Squirrels, small lizards, bees, small birds, and coyote or raccoons. We have the Coyote & Raccoon here as well. We see nearly often. As we live atop a mountain. I love it up here!
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Comment: I really, really love the postcard (a Paper Moon printed one of girl hiding her face behind an open book). Thank you for picking Christian book choices. That was really thoughtful of you!!!
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Comment: Thank you for the unique card of Isaiah 49:15. Love it!
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Comment: This is such a beautiful card and your breakfasts sound divine! Thank you for sharing :):):)
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Comment: Thank you for the colorful insect PC! I don't like any of the insects on your list, bit I do like the one on the postcard!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely pc and for sharing your sandwich favorites. I'll have to try some of these. I haven't had liverwurst since I was a kid. I'm gonna see if I can find it next time I go grocery shopping.
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Comment: Thank you for the fun creation!
simcoe54 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Stress Relief on Jun 12, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard and for participating in this swap.
honeyblossom rated for Summer Coloring on Jun 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the picture. I liked all the different colors are the brightness of the picture.
ChrisAnne rated for TCHH ~ Sermon Notes on Jun 4, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your notes. It was a blessing to read about your church.
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Comment: Got some great ideas - thank you!
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Comment: Nice postcard! Thank you! Some great tips for travel!
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Comment: Thanks! Rainy days were made for reading and soup :)
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Comment: Gorgeous cougar! I love animals! Thanks
paperlover rated for CPG Things w/Wings PC - US Only on May 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the birds in flight postcard. I like watching the nature shows on TV about birds, especially owls
young46356 rated for WIYM: SSS - APR 2021 (USA+) on May 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much! Rich
lou rated for WIYM: Penned-up from the Pandemic #1 on May 3, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for your note and enclosures, guess your mail doesn’t get picked up right away

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Comments

mejulia on Jul 23, 2021:

I love the cookie cutters from the wishlist group. Thank you so much!

bluerose3 on Jul 22, 2021:

Thank you for the variety of coloring postcards. (CPG July Wishlist)

debbiespoms on Jul 2, 2021:

Thank you so very much Swanjte, for granting my CPG June 2021 wish for Flower fairies! I love them!

Autist on Jun 29, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Avocado stickers for my Wishlist Wish in June! They are Avodorable! Thank you for thinking of me.

simcoe54 on Jun 27, 2021:

CPG: June Wishes -- Thanks so much for the wishes. The postcards are perfect for my collection and my grand-daughter will love the stickers.

CariahCreates on Jun 15, 2021:

Thank you for all the great word cut outs from my LSRUS wishlist

bethe on Jun 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for the black and white magazine images from June LSRUS wishes. I know these will work perfectly for an upcoming project and the images you chose are really cool. I appreciate you sending flat/unfolded too.

bizzles on Jun 10, 2021:

A great big thank you for granting my May wishes in LSRUS! I love the napkins you sent, especially the seahorse, birch trees, and the one with the vintage lady! Thank you so much!

TeaNi on Jun 9, 2021:

AND

Thank you

as well for the wonderful addition to my viewmaster reel collection- nature themed are my favorite! :)

TeaNi on Jun 9, 2021:

Thank you so very much for granting a May wish for me with the cheerful lemon napkins & reusable snackbags; I feel a picnic coming on! :)

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