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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: October 28, 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

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Comment: Thank you for the orange and purple background. I really like how soft the colors are, it will really help make the patterns show up. Happy Fall
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Comment: Two really good examples. I might Explore the Dan Brown movie, I never saw any of them.
DollyDotBoo rated for USAPC: 2 pocket inserts on Oct 25, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all of the great goodies and cute pockets.
Response: Glad they made it to you and that you liked them!
AmookIslandCreations rated for TUT ~ Zine-Go-Round R7 on Oct 23, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for adding to this zine. I will try to add a coordinating space and pass it on in round 8. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Artstamper rated for ZZ: Halloween ~ Pumpkin ๐ŸŽƒ on Oct 20, 2021
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Comment: Love how you used the colored pens to tangle your pumpkin. And thanks for the extras as well.
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Comment: Oh! Is this one going to be fun to work on!!! Thanks! Joann is going to love it! I hope I can do it justice. We are having some pretty good typhoons right now. Good weather to stay in and do swaps! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
PrairieKittin rated for Witchy Stocking Stuffer Oct. on Oct 18, 2021
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Comment: Can't wait to open it! Thank you!!
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Comment: Wow, I liked what you wrote about The Chronicles of The Deryni - I don't think I've heard of the book till now. The Goodreads cover of the book is spectacular!! I am also sorry the Once Upon a Time series got canx also boo!. xxMuggleMom
Response: The Deryni books are some of my favorites. I've not done a full series reread in a while now. I should probably do that again soon. LOL Let me know if you read and like them.
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Comment: Interesting. I will look for Bramโ€™s Stoker Dracula & record. I think I might not of watched it originally because I simply do not like Tom Cruise. Is there some social commentary in Dracula as there is in Frankenstein?
Response: It's not Tom Cruise, it's Keanu Reeves. You're thinking Interview with a Vampire for Cruise.
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Comment: The Pep Talk you wrote was what I really needed to read today. This is the first weekend in a long time that I had completely free, so I've been thinking about my story. I had to chuckle at the writing gear #1 package. Great minds think alike! BTW, the most awesome prompt on the list is the automatically refilling bowl. That's quite intriguing. Hopefully, I'll get to open the final gift on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1.
Response: Woohoo! I'm glad it worked out for you. I was trying to figure out what I would want/need to hear for a pep talk and just wrote from that place in me. I had fun putting your writing gear packages. And I hope you like your "I did it" gift. I got myself the same thing because it looked so interesting.
TheSilverLining rated for Stock Up for NaNo! on Oct 16, 2021
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Comment: What a lovely package! I loved the pouch and the magnetic bookmarks especially, and the post-its will be great since I'm planning to try making a kanban board soon. Thank you so much!
Response: You are quite welcome! I'm glad it showed up and that you can use the items!
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Comment: Thanks for the silly card.
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Comment: I just got your postcard, I love the BOO. I think it is cool that you did some sections and I do some sections. I really like postcard swaps, seeing how everyone decorates.
Response: I didn't want to do the obvious "I do a letter, you do a letter" thing, so I did a kind of string of sorts spun out among the letters and did sections of each.
chaiwitch rated for tPCC: A Tarot cafe swap, Oct on Oct 10, 2021
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Comment: It's awesome that this is one of the most connected readings you've done recently given how spot on it is for me. Thank you so much!!!
Response: You are quite welcome! I'm so glad it resonated with you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for joining :) I adore the tiny palm reading book. I'm going to break out a magnifying glass because I am determined to read it , LOL!
Response: You are so welcome! That tiny palm reading book is actually from my personal stash. It told me it was finally time to leave me and move on, so you were the lucky recipient. It's quite a fascinating little book. And yes, you'll want the magnifying glass. LOL
annim rated for Email: 15 Questions Swap on Oct 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I love that your phone and tablet has names. :)
Response: I actually name all of my electronics. The current naming scheme for the last 9 yrs or so is based characters/things related to my favorite character from Once Upon a Time, Regina Mills, aka the Evil Queen.
CapitanSmirk rated for Email: 15 Questions Swap on Oct 7, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!! Have a good weekend!
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Comment: Thanks for the card and the stickers The card is very funny. Doris
USAFwife rated for tPCC: Show me your cards on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your decks! I don't think I've seen pictures of any of them before. I find it interesting how many different types of cards there are, and how - well, how they find us! :)
ร‡isnerosV rated for tPCC: Show me your cards on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Wonderful description, thank you so much.

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Comments

USAFwife on Sep 17, 2021:

tPCC: Mabon greetings, from USAFwife

AJ, At this time of equal light and equal dark, may you find your balance, and be surrounded by those who love you. Blessings! Cindi

AzEkologi on Sep 17, 2021:

Merry Mabon! "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree" (Emily Bronte). May you have a blissful rest of the year. Best, Rick

mchesser12 on Aug 28, 2021:

for: ESG Baby Animals Profile Bling

grammypammy on Aug 23, 2021:

ESG: Baby Animals Profile Bling

Enjoy your day & please rate me!

Hugs, Pam

infphann on Aug 23, 2021:

ESG: Baby Animals ๐Ÿฅฐ

Hi again ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ Hope you'll have a great day.

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Poohtat on Jul 20, 2021:

ESG: Post a Profile Hello

infphann on Jul 18, 2021:

ESG: Post a Profile Hello ๐Ÿ˜€

girl puppy have a great day waterfall

Sumzieroo on Jul 18, 2021:

ESG: Post a Profile Hello

Hello, I hope this message on your profile finds you happy and well. I've enjoyed having a good nosey at your profile:) I to adore poetry. What poets are favorites for you? Do you have a favorite poem also in particular ? I love sylvia plath. Esp her poem tulips. I also write poetry- although rather dark. Would be happy to hear any recommendations you may have. Unfortunately I cannot leave a picture comment as have only managed this twice on my own profile - be damed if I can figure it out again today. Haha! Hopefully I will get the swing of adding the photos soon without an aneurysm. Hehe. Ide love to pimp my profile out way more aswell so it would be helpful.

Look forward to partnering in another swap sometime. For now I'll bid you farewell. Enjoy the week ahead. Stay safe, have fun :)

tinylans on Jun 7, 2021:

it's nice to see another people who appreciates dark chocolate as much as i do! i hope you're having a wonderful day and happy pride!

ESG: Profile-based Profile Comment - tinylans

HappyMom on Jun 6, 2021:

Hi AJ! Happy June Pride Month! Here's your ESG: Profile-based Profile Comment - Love the t-shirt! - Enjoy! pride

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