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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: May 13, 2021
Birthday: December 4, 1969
Country: United States
The Dark Avalon Scrolls
My Etsy Store
My deviantART [may contain spoilers]

On Time Zones

Because it has become an issue recently, I must add this information: I live in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. That puts me in the Pacific Standard/Daylight Timezone, aka PST/PDT.

When I send out a swap, I send it by 11:59pm in MY timezone.

I don't cater to anyone else's timezone. As long as the swap is sent out and marked as sent by the end of the day in my timezone, it's still listed as sent on time, as this is the way it was explained to me when I joined Swap-Bot over 6 years ago.

If this is an incorrect way of going about sending out swaps, I request that people link me to the section of the rules/FAQs where it says otherwise. Until then, this is the way I will continue to operate with my swaps.

On Communication & Swaps

On Sending Swaps

I press "sent" when I put the item in my mailbox or drop it off at the post office down the street. This sometimes means that I have missed the day's pickup, which means it'll go out the following day. I do try to take holidays and weekends into account when sending items out.

If you should receive a swap from me that's marked postage due, please PM me and let me know how much was owed and your paypal address, and I'll refund it to you.

On Rating Swaps

I admit I've been slow in getting some ratings done in the past. The issues that predicated that should be dealt with now, so I will rate as quickly as I can upon receiving your swap.

I DO consider the send by date a requirement to getting a "5" on a swap. This is how it was explained to me when I first joined this site, and it's how I've always worked with my ratings. For further information, please see below on how communication can adjust this.

On Communication

I'm BIG on communication. If I'm going to be late with a swap, I will PM you [and usually the swap coordinator, as well] with an ETA of when it will be sent, as well as once I've actually sent it. If I have tracking on a package for you, I'll PM you with that information, as well.

If you communicate with me that your swap will be late before the deadline, I'm usually quite good about still giving you a "5" if you keep up with your end of the bargain and send by your revised send date. If you don't communicate with me before the deadline, I don't know that there may be extenuating circumstances, so I will rate accordingly.

About Me

The short version

Dyke. Pagan. Pet lover. Writer. Creatrix.

The long version

I was born on 4 December 1969, which makes me a Sagittarius with Libra moon & Scorpio ascendant. But I was born like 3-odd weeks early, or so I'm told, so I need to look into the variations for a cusping Capricorn yet. At 10 years old, I knew I was at least bisexual, and that there was more for me than conventional Christianity. So eventually I came out to my family: In 1994 as a pagan & in 1995 as a lesbian. I interchangeably call myself either pagan or witch, and follow an eclectic solitary tradition. Despite the "chic-ness" of how it sounds, mine is a rather personalized path, currently more fluid than rigid, and will quite possibly stay that way. I've come to feel that life is more fluid than rigid, so I believe it's better to 'go with the flow' than try to hold back the flood.

I currently live in a fabulous house in the Puget Sound area with my partner and our good friend, as well as 4 cats. We've nicknamed our house "3 Dogs House" and all have nicknames :: I am Spotty, my partner is Doggie, and our friend is Soggy.

I have been writing in one form or another since I was about 7yo. Writing is in my blood; I can't NOT do it. Primarily I write poetry, fanfiction and original fiction, though I am known to dabble in meta from time to time.

I like a little bit of everything, but I'm seriously opinionated. I can be very silly...or very serious.

If you have a question, ask. Depending on how personal it is, I may answer it or I may not.

On Christmas & Easter

As stated in my "about me" section above, I am pagan. While I primarily celebrate Yule and the Spring Equinox/Ostara, I am happy to receive swap items that are related to Christmas and Easter, provided they aren't religious in nature.

If you have questions about any other holidays, please feel free to PM me about it.

Favorite Crafts

  • crochet
  • cross stitch
  • scrapbooking
  • doodling
  • painting
  • making cards
  • iris fold
  • beading
  • jewelry making
  • making candles
  • making spa goodies

Favorite Colors

  • purple
  • pink
  • black
  • silver
  • copper
  • jewel tones

Things I Collect

  • donkeys
  • sea glass
  • lighthouses
  • bottles of water

    I have a good-sized collection of bottles of water collected from various places around the world. I use these in some of my rituals, and love to add to my collection.

  • harbor seals
  • hyenas
  • african painted dogs
  • snakes

    Main favorites :: eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes

Things I Love To Get

  • anything from my collections above
  • anything purple [bonus points if it's sparkly]
  • fun postcards
  • stickers
  • fun note cards to use
  • fun stationery to use
  • pens & markers [I prefer 0.5mm or fine point pens]
  • fun little stuff to put in my bujo
  • yarns of all types
  • Disney stuff [especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana]
  • Miyazaki stuff [especially My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service]
  • Don Bluth movies
  • coloring books
  • little toys & trinkets
  • silly putty
  • stuffed animals
  • toys & treats for my cats
  • candy

    prefer dark chocolate to milk or white chocolate, UNLESS it's good Swiss-type milk chocolate

    PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Kinder Egg toys

    The whole, unopened eggs themselves are illegal in the US, but I love collecting and making the toys. I won't honestly miss the chocolate all that much.

Things I Do Not Want

For the most part, if you send me something that meets swap requirements, but I can't use personally, it will go into a bin I have of "pay it forward" items that are used for other swaps or just to send to people randomly.

That being said, there are some very specific things that I absolutely DO NOT WANT.

PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Makeup of any kind -- I don't wear it and won't use it
  • Perfumes of any kind -- Strong smells can trigger migraines
  • Obvious junk/trash -- If you wouldn't be happy to receive it or display it publicly, then neither will I

Bad Apples

Welp, I used to have this section for bad traders, flakes, and non-raters, but suddenly it's disappeared on me when I was trying to update it. At this point, I'm not going to try to go back and figure out it again, as I'd archived all of the older swaps once I'd added the people here, but I'll just start over again and add people here as I need to...

Ratings

pyneapplequeen rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on May 6, 2021
5
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CraftyShana76 rated for PC Playlist #6: Classic Rock on May 6, 2021
5
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Comment: Beautiful PC & great songs! TYVM!
5
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cindygroet rated for ESG: Gratitude List on May 4, 2021
5
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Comment: I wonder why you say you have sent it before on April 27, but on the other hand you have clicked the sent button on April 30th. If that was true, then you would have kept it on the 27th. Was that an excuse? Were you in time sending? I do not know, I received your swap on May 1, late in the morning. I can't check that. It seems to me you make this into a last minute game sometimes. But thanks for sharing....
Response: I'd thought I'd sent it earlier in the week, but clearly hadn't. It had been a stressful week at work and I misremembered the events, including if I'd pressed sent or not. That said, it was sent with a timestamp in my Gmail of 23:01 PDT on April 30, 2021. It was sent before midnight on the last day of the swap in my timezone, which is how things were explained to me when I joined this site.
colleenbUSA rated for ESG: Gratitude List on May 2, 2021
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for sharing, and furbabies are the best! <3
HappyMom rated for ESG: Gratitude List on May 1, 2021
5
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Comment: Awesome list AJ - The Muse Cave must be a pretty wild place...I think I have one too!
Response: The Muse Cave is a crazy cacophony of insanity. LOL My head is never quiet ...and when it is, I get scared.
InstaTangle rated for ZZ: Zentangle Rainbow 🌈 on Apr 30, 2021
5
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Comment: AJ- I received your card yesterday and I was so excited that I spent the day working on your rainbow. I am happy to say that it is going into the mail tomorrow. I hope you like it. I did take a picture of the two tiles together before I mailed one back. If you would like me to send you a pic, message (through Swap Bot) me your email address. 🌈
Response: Oh, I can't wait to see them. I'll PM you with my email. And I need to finish yours and get it in the mail.
moonmold rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 30, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the email! Aggressive mimicry is fascinating, and kind of scary (in a cool way).
Response: I thought the same thing when I read it!
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ "X" and "Bloomerz" on Apr 29, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the way you put the bloomerz in the middle like that!
Response: It just felt organic to kind of make it like a funky set of flower vases, sort of...
PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle ~ M,N,O Postcard on Apr 28, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Very cool!! Thank you!
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ: Sender's Choice ATC - 6 on Apr 28, 2021
5
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Comment: Pretty!! Thank you!! I love it!
5
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Comment: thank you so much! I cant wait to unwrap this for Yule
lairka rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 18, 2021
5
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Kbrewste09 rated for PC Playlist #6: Classic Rock on Apr 18, 2021
5
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Washington sunset PC! I've actually only heard 1 of these songs so I'm excited to listen to the others! :)
PrairieKittin rated for Zentangle ~ J,K,L Postcard on Apr 14, 2021
5
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Comment: Interesting theme. Thank you!!
Response: I had fun playing with it and it just kinda happened. LOL
dorcii rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 13, 2021
5
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Comment: Thanks a lot for your article :)
megan1230 rated for Purple for your partner on Apr 12, 2021
5
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Comment: HOLY MOLY! You know those amazing swaps where the brighten your mood for the rest of the day?! This is one of those swaps! Thank you so much for the generous assortment of purple things! I'm so excited!
Response: I am so glad it brightened your mood! I hope you can use everything. And if you can't, please feel free to pass it along to someone else who can!
lostinavalon rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 11, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Yikes, sounds creepy! haha! Thanks for sending!
Intrinzica rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 11, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you!
IntaglioDragon rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on Apr 10, 2021
5
rating
 

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Comments

AislingKanoni on Jan 6, 2021:

Hello,

This is for the Something I Love Profile Swap. I hope you enjoy. I hope you're doing well, and hope your year goes well.

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CatBrouille on Jan 2, 2021:

Hello my friend ! I wish you an happy New year

This is Something I Love... Profile Swap

Take Care xxx

greenwindow on Jan 2, 2021:

Something I Love... Profile Swap!

Hey! Thank you so much for joining my swap! I hope the holidays were great for you!

All The Best,

Abbie x

greenwindow on Jan 2, 2021:

Happy New Year - Decorate my Page Swap !

Hope you had a wonderful new year!

itsnobody on Dec 18, 2020:

ESG: Christmas profile greeting

Greetings! Have nice holidays and be healthy. All the best wishes from Bulgaria~

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grammypammy on Dec 14, 2020:

ESG: Christmas profile greeting

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Hugs, Pam

HappyMom on Dec 13, 2020:

Hi AJ! Have an awesome holiday - Crazy year, but better days are ahead!

cmas

MC

ESG: Christmas profile greeting from Happy Mom

HappyMom on Dec 1, 2020:

Please accept this profile comment as an angel for the ESG swap you didn't receive! Thanks for being part of the group!

sorry

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Artistic on Nov 2, 2020:

I'm so glad you like your NaNo mascot!

I got 1,703 words done on Day 1. I'm moving next week so I really need to bank words this week! Hope you got off to a great start, too.

littlehana86 on Aug 24, 2020:

Without the dark, we never see the star!

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