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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: January 30, 2023
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, which is also the Swap-Bot 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 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

The ABCs of Me...

This is by no means complete, so I'll be updating with time as things change.

  • A :: apples, avocado, arrow motifs, animals, ASL, astrology, African painted dogs, Avalon, Atlantis, Arthurian legend, anise, ameythyst

  • B :: bats, bagels, bananas, birds of prey, beluga whales, big cats, ballet, black, bottles of water [see "Things I Collect" for more info], bisexuality, Beltane, bindrunes

  • C :: cats, crochet, carrots, crickets, coloring, coloring books [kids or adults], candy, copper [color & metal], cross stitch, card making, comparative religion studies, curling, Christ mythos [emphasis on the Gnostic interpretations], candles, crows

  • D :: Dutch Bros, donkeys, dilly beans, dyeing my hair, doodling, diving, dogs, dachshunds, daisies, dark chocolate, Disney stuff [e[especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana], Damien [the series], Don Bluth movies, docks

  • E :: elk [esp Roosevelt elk, aka yellow butts], earthworms, etymology, egrets, eagles, essential oils

  • F :: fairies, fingerspelling, fish, fruit, fans, flowers, frogs, fawns, fog, foxes, fire, fables, fanfiction

  • G :: ghost stories, ghosts, gravy, geese, grapes, gray, Greece [& all things Greek], Greek mythology, Gnosticism, Glastonbury Tor, gargoyles, Gargoyles [the animated series]

  • H :: harbor seals, hyenas, history, hockey, honey, Hamilton

  • I :: icicles, indigo, ink, icebergs, ice cream, iris fold, Imbolc

  • J :: juice, jellybeans, jetboat tours, jellyfish, jaguars, juniper, jawbreakers [candy], jewel tones, Judas Iscariot [Gnostic interpretation]

  • K :: kingfishers, kittens, kangaroos, kitchen witchery, knowledge, Kinder Egg toys [not the candy, just the toys]

  • L :: lighthouses, labrador retrievers, learning, liver, lavender, love, lesbianism, lions, licorice, laughing, lakes, Lammas, Litha

  • M :: music, Mary Magdalene [Gnostic interpretation], magic, marionberries, mountains, mice, monkeys, musicals, moon magic, moon [all phases], The Morrigan, Morgan le Fay, Mother Earth, maple syrup, mail, Miyazaki movies [esp My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service], Mabon

  • N :: night, nature, notebooks, numbers [4, 9, 13, & 44 especially], numerology, noodles, nuts, narwhals, nymphs, Native American/First Nations mythology

  • O :: obsidian, oceans, owls, orchids, olives, octopi, Once Upon a Time, oak trees, occult, orchestral music, Ostara, Oregon

  • P :: pickles, PURPLE, pink, pinnipeds, painting, postcards, pens [fine point 0.5mm or finer preferred], Pentel RSVP fine point pen [purple or black ink], pigs, peas, pizza, peace, piano, pagan, peaches, plums, poetry, peppers, Pacific Ocean, phoenixes, poultry, penguins, pyramids, pudding, psychometry, piano, pasta, photography, puddles, puppies, posies, pansies

  • Q :: quietude, quills, quivers, quotes, quartz, quinoa, quesadillas

  • R :: rabbits, rivers, ratties, red, rye bread, reading, rock collecting, rain, rubies, rice, roses, robins, Regina Mills, Robin Hood, rainy days, ravens, rituals, recipes, Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy, Redwoods, runes

  • S :: selkies, seas, seals, swimming, synchronized swimming, Shakesepeare, songbirds, silver, sea glass, snakes [especially eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes, aka the hotter the better], stickers, stationery, silly putty, stuffed animals, soap making [glycerin only], stones, singing, shells, sharks, smiles, stars, spiders, sand, Samhain, salmon, spirituality

  • T :: Thera, Tsagaglalal [She Who Watches], trees, tigers, twinkies, toys for my cats, tacos, tea, tomatoes, tomato juice, thunder, thunderstorms, teddy bears, talismans, tarot, tarantulas, tranquility, turtles, tortoises, Tillamook Lighthouse, Tillamook Creamery [ice cream & cheese]

  • U :: unicorns, umbrellas, the universe, the Umbra, underdogs, unity, Umpqua Lighthouse, Umpqua ice cream

  • V :: variety, vaginas, velvet, violet, vipers, vegetables, volcanos, violins, valleys, voodoo, variegated yarn, visionaries, violets, viridian

  • W :: water, winter, West Coast, Washington state, Wisconsin, Wisconsin River, whales, wells, wishes, witches, watermelon, writing, whiskers, wizards, waffles, windmills, wolves, women, wings, webs, woods, wanderlust, wildflowers, wax, waves, wading, wind, Wicca

  • X :: Xena: Warrior Princess, xylophones, xylitol [alternative to aspartame]

  • Y :: yams, yo-yo, yarn, Yule, yoga, yogurt, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Yaquina Head Lighthouse

  • Z :: zebras, zippers, zodiac, zen, Zentangle, zaftig

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

WavesofJoy rated for ESG: Never have I ever... #1 on Jan 30, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for your answers. May I ask when you learnt to change tires? (Taught beforehand or had to on the spot)
KSENiA rated for 10 Favorite Television Shows on Jan 30, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Oh! How i love Two Fat Ladies!
emcki rated for 10 Favorite Television Shows on Jan 29, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Haven't heard of a lot of these! I'll have to check them out.
cindygroet rated for ESG: Never have I ever... #1 on Jan 29, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for this bare bones swap. I really miss the extra info about the where, what, how. You really made this very uninspiring to read. Maybe it was a late minute job, since you say you are yawning?
Response: I'd actually been fighting a migraine for well over a week when I was finally able to do this, so yes, I only did the bare minimum required on this one swap because of that. I still did follow the rules of the swap, as it states that it's a choice to add the extra details of an explanation or not. I was not in a state to be able to do so and did not feel that I needed to explain why, but here we are.
HappyMom rated for ESG: Never have I ever... #1 on Jan 27, 2023
5
rating
Comment: These were fun - good way to learn more about you!
5
rating
Comment: Still reading it! Inspiring me to write about my life more. When I did this swap I didn't write every day and then my partner wasn't happy and didn't rate me.
Response: Glad you liked it! Sorry your partner didn't rate you. That's not kewl at all! Am still bummed I didn't get to do everything the way I'd wanted to in the journal I did for you, but I did what I could with the time and spoons I had.
aurelas rated for 10 Favorite Television Shows on Jan 25, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Looney Toons will always be a favourite for me, and I love The Vicar of Dibley too :)
IrisDrissen rated for TUT~Geometric Tile (edited) on Jan 24, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the loverly round card Nice the mirroring in your card. A good idea to try for myself. The flowers will I use for my other cards! Thanks!
SkaGirl rated for My Playlist in December 2022 on Jan 19, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you! :) The only song from your list that I heard of is Culture Club...now I have new stuff to listen to! :)
5
rating
Comment: That's an impressive felted Trumpeter Swan and such a thoughtful gift. I like your idea of doing a shadow box with the swan.
5
rating
Comment: Beautiful card, can't wait to to finish it. I love the tinted background you created
cowboypoodle rated for 10 Favorite Television Shows on Jan 14, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank You so much for participating in my swap! I am checking out the shows I do not know :) Have a great day!
Response: Hope you find something new to watch and maybe like!
emcki rated for My Playlist in December 2022 on Jan 11, 2023
5
rating
Comment: I admire the lack of Christmas music on your playlist lol !!
Response: Oh, I listen to Christmas music year round. LOL
cowboypoodle rated for My Playlist in December 2022 on Jan 10, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the playlist! I will check out the songs :)
mysmashbooklife rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #44 on Jan 9, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you! I don't know any of these songs!
HappyMom rated for ESG: Shuffle your music #44 on Jan 8, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thanks AJ - Listening now :)
Cindymt rated for My Playlist in December 2022 on Jan 8, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing :)
Millia rated for ESG: Gratitude List on Jan 8, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing! 💐
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the update! I know you'll crush some of those things in 2023!
Response: Am hoping so! Covid really borked 2022 in so many ways. I know I'm still feeling some of the effects this year, but am working on ways to work around that.
5
rating
Comment: what a beautiful and thoughtful gift from your partner :)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 1881 100 105
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1397 2633 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
638 141 618 0
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Comments

KSENiA on Dec 27, 2022:

ESG: Christmas Profile Bling

Happy Holidays!

mysmashbooklife on Dec 22, 2022:

Hi! This is for the swap: ESG: Christmas Profile Bling Halloween Halloween Halloween

I hope you have a wonderful christmas!

HappyMom on Dec 20, 2022:

Hi AJ - Merry Christmas to you and yours! Here's some ESG Christmas Profile Bling for you - Make it awesome!

cmas1

cmas2

cmas3

LizzyJo on Oct 24, 2022:

Thanks for sending home my collab. PC. It came just in time for this year's Halloween.

DaisyNY on Aug 26, 2022:

Thank you for finishing and returning the Monthly Collab FNY card. I think you did a nice job continuing it.

Artstamper on Aug 18, 2022:

Hi Aj. Thank you for returning my finished zentangled zine. Thanks also for the two lovely pages you added. Wish I could give you a heart.

DaisyNY on Jul 4, 2022:

Imagine my surprise when this old thing showed up! Just in time, really, because we're in the process of selling that house. Thank you so much for working on it and for sending it home.

rendroiye on Jan 9, 2022:

Kirkdebb on Dec 22, 2021:

Profile Deco Swap - Christmas Lights

(for rendroiye, since they are having issues with Swapbot and it's Christmas!!)

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lyssathemermaid on Dec 8, 2021:

Profile Deco Swap - Christmas Lights!

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