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banjobraids

banjobraids
Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: May 2, 2021
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States
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About Me

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Please don't hesitate to tell me if it's been an abnormally long time for a swap or if it arrives with postage due. Just let me know and I'll reimburse you, or do a resend if necessary. I don't mind one bit.

I work for the VA and am extremely busy, so often I can only work on my swaps on the weekend, and may send out near or on the last day. This may cause a delay in rating as well. However, I ALWAYS rate and I ALWAYS send on time. Rating is super important to me and I like to devote time and effort to it, and really let the person know how much I appreciate their time and generosity.

pic of me

I'm 46 years old and neuroatypical (autistic), and wouldn't choose to be any other age or way to be. I'm a mama of two (ages 16 and 14) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 22 years. I love to laugh and joke, but can also be very serious. I love sunglasses and have about 20 pairs that I cycle through. I have two black cats that are siblings and a huge menacing calico who despises them. I drink massive amounts of Lime LaCroix every single day. I am a grateful member of Al-Anon and Adult Children of Alcoholics and will gladly hear about and share on these topics if anyone wishes. I'm a court transcriptionist, for veterans mainly, and it is very fulfilling work.

I make dioramas out of televisions and cigar boxes and am working on several right now, one is a vintage circus and one is going to be Shackleton's Endurance ship. I am hoping they won't take 10 years to finish as my last one did; (see below). Update: They are going to take 10 years.

one of my dioramas:

I love tiny things and plastic toys which I incorporate into my dioramas or put into shadowboxes or just fill up jars and put them on shelves. My obsessions change from day to day and I often get sucked into a rabbit hole researching different topics.

My hobbies include needlepoint, cross stitch, cooking, reading, crafting, traveling, SLEEPING, and listening to music. I'm originally from the Detroit, Michigan area but have been living in the south for 13 years now.

I'm NOT a super picky swapper and will not give low ratings just because something doesn't exactly match my standards. Those things just get put back into my swap box to be sent on to someone who will enjoy it better. I will not be offended by much of anything unless it's hateful or bigoted, and will love anything profane or funny or weird or kitschy or bizarre.

"No matter where you go, there you are." ~ Buckaroo Banzai

"Strangers on this road we are on/ We are not two we are one." ~ The Kinks

Postcard and Ephemera Likes

I prefer artsy or funny postcards over touristy, but I will be happy to receive any postcard, naked or in an envie, vintage or new or ad. I definitely enjoy handmade postcards, too. You can send me all the weird or "gross" postcards, bugs and creepy creatures, scary women, wtf cards and I will be ecstatic.

Specific topics I like:
nature and natural history,
aboriginal/first nations art,
needlework,
ouroboros,
bananas,
rainbows,
EYES and eye imagery,
birds, especially blue jays and cardinals,
squirrels,
snakes,
science fiction,
mysteries,
the supernatural,
cryptozoology,
moths,
huge things,
tiny things,
skeletons,
folk art, outsider art,
strange tourist destinations or attractions
things about CULTS
insects, esp houseflies or beetles
amazons,
warrior women,
witches/witchy things/paganism,
LGBTQIA+ (pansexual a PLUS),
radical progressive politics,
things about voting,
amazing women politicians,
aspergers/aspie/autism positive (not Autism Speaks),
mermaids,
gingko trees and leaves

Fandoms: Supernatural (Destiel forever),
Harry Potter (I love Hermione and Snape the best)
Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker or Tom Baker
Legion
Buffy/Angel/Firefly

Things I collect and LOVE

keithharing

Any of these are instant hearts and love and gratitude:

postcards,
pressed pennies,
shaped plastic combs,
plastic dinosaurs,
buttons/badges/enamel pins,
gay stuff,
bitchy stuff,
fat stuff,
zines,
anything tiny and plastic,
LENTICULARS!

My current button stash display:
my button stash

People and characters I absolutely love/heroes/sheroes:
John Waters
Divine
Kate Bush
Frida Kahlo
Wonder Woman
Tank Girl
Bette Davis
Pee Wee Herman
James Baldwin
Temple Grandin
Shirley Chisholm
Stevie Nicks
Marilyn Monroe
Dolly Parton

Favorite Crafts

Needlework, dioramas, ATCs, articulated paper dolls, shadowboxes, stickers.

My needlepoint based on a Russian suprematist painting from around 1915:
my needlepoint

Fav Artists:
Howard Finster (all-time fav)
Kehinde Wiley
Amy Sherald
Keith Haring
Tamara de Lempicka
Kara Walker
Paa Joe
Diane Arbus
and a MILLION MORE...see my Pinterest

Favorite Television

I am a HUGE Supernatural fan. Recent loves: Upload, Killing Eve, Belgravia, We're Here, Picard, Discovery, What We Do in the Shadows, Hanna. I think Schitt's Creek was one of the best shows ever. Loved Broad City.

Currently bingeing: Shows about cults and The Vow. :O

I love old movies, especially 40s movies with Betty Davis or Cary Grant or Margaret Sullivan or Humphrey Bogart. TCM is a staple. I was raised on musicals and know almost every word to most of them (whether I want to or not).

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Dislikes

I don't have many and will absolutely not rate down for these. Just a list if you're wondering what things I don't really have a use for and that automatically get put in my giveaway box:

glitter
planner stuff
emojis
kawaii stuff (except Twin Stars)
things that glorify drinking (ex. Wine-o-clock, etc)
dreamcatchers
perfumey stuff (except patchouli)

As I said before, I don't like anything bigoted or hateful or white supremacist. I'm not a Christian, but I don't mind religious items or prayers or things like that. Jesus seems like he was a cool guy. I wish more people were like him.

Favorite Colors

My favorite color is orange. I also love rainbow patterns or color schemes.

Fav Music

TOP FIVE: Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, Lavender Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd

OTHER: Sufjan Stevens, Innocence Mission, Lizzo, Sia, My Morning Jacket, Beyoncé, David Byrne, Dawn Landes, Alela Diane, Feist, Florence + the Machine, Y La Bamba, Elvis Perkins, Gillian Welch, Arcade Fire, The Middle East, Santigold, Future Islands, Aimee Mann, Yeasayer, Wye Oak, Tom Tom Club, Liam Finn, Finn Bros, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, Cocorosie, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young

Favorite Movies

Blade Runner, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Popeye, Any period movie (Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, To Have and Have Not, Tank Girl, Secretary, Star Wars (any), Dune, Harry Potter, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Addicted to Love, Punch Drunk Love, Darjeeling Limited, District 9, ALL the Alien movies.

Favorite Books

I read everything from romance to non-fiction to fanfic. Mainly, I like mysteries and have a few favorite authors like Kathy Reichs, Preston&Child, and Lindsey Davis. I really enjoy very old first-person accounts, like old diaries and compilations of letters. Other favorite authors: Rikki Ducornet, Emma Donoghue, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, The Brontë sisters, Banana Yoshimoto. I write fanfic sometimes, but mainly read. I'll tell you my OTPs if you're interested, and would LOVE to hear about yours!

arbus quote

Ratings

YooperHill rated for F-Bomb ATC Swap #2 on Feb 28, 2021
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Comment: ❤️
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Comment: 💕Claire, your postcard is delightful! 💕 I, too, love those waxwings but rarely see them. I had a neighbor who said a slew would roost in a tree she had & eat all the berries at one meal. . The coordinating stamps are sweet as well. You sure paid attention to my profile. 💕T H AN K Y O U! 💕
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Comment: Thank you for the cat postcard and sharing about your kitties. They sound like they are very entertaining. :)
RoBeastRo rated for Free (advert) postcard (01/21) on Feb 1, 2021
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Comment: I love the cannabis pc! all the outer space behind it also. =D Made me lol when I saw it! Thank you!
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Comment: Amazing that your flowers are starting to show. We have a foot of snow, so all we see is white! Thanks for the card.
Response: I hope spring comes before too long! :):)
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Comment: At first I couldn't find your postcard to rate it and then I realized that my kitty was sleeping on it. I love the cat stamp that you used.
Response: Haha! Glad you enjoyed! :):)
squince rated for Butt Ugly Post Card Swap 2021** on Jan 28, 2021
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Comment: HAHA! Love the ugly fish stickers too! Poor fishes, they're beautiful in their own little way :)
Response: They are! Especially in the water when they look like theyre bejeweled. :):)
KyraSmith rated for Thanksgiving Traditions PC Swap 2 on Jan 25, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving traditions with me. I always love to hear how people spend their holidays. I hope it was a lovely day for you. Sorry for the late rating!
Response: Thank you for the heart! Hope your holidays were nice. :):)
Casmi rated for AFWLS - Christmas Postcards #1 on Jan 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm glad it finally arrived :):)
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Comment: Thank you first of all for Private Swap!) And of coourse so much thanks for your cards!!!) I expected only one card, but istead i received a whole envelope with so lovely goodies!!!!!)You've made me really happy! If there were possible to give more hearts, i'll do) i loved the offensive card and another card with Rock-Santa Claus, and the sticker and lovely envelope and this card where i have to scratch (for yes-or-no answer) it's really interesting one, cause we don't have such in our country)) To cut the long story short THANK YOOUUU♥️♥️♥️♥️ P.S. this card says"Merry f*cking Christmas and A Happy f*cking New Year"- actually these words perfectly describe my year(cause you know exam season- really sucks)
Response: I'm so glad it made it safely! Thanks for this awesome swap! :):):) I hope your exams went well and you have a bitchin 2021! :):):):):)🦖💚💛
AlisonKingWriter rated for CS: Christmas Craft swap on Jan 13, 2021
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Comment: OMG! Thank you so much- I LOVE the felt sweater ornament! The mail delays determined it didnt get here before christmas but it's absolutely going up next year! Hope you and yours are well! <3 Al
Response: Yay, I'm glad it finally made it and you like it :):) Thanks for the heart :):) I'm still getting Christmas cards in the mail. It's spreading out the joy. :):)
squince rated for NYUP: 3 Weird Postcards on Jan 13, 2021
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Comment: Loved them all!! And the cat washi!!
Response: So glad! :):) Thanks for the heart :):)
mamajoy rated for 3 AD Cards Plus . . . on Jan 12, 2021
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Comment: An envie full of goodies. Love the ad cards and the extras are so interesting. Thank you.
Response: So glad you enjoyed! :):):) Thank you for the heart.
nanadiana rated for NYUP USA Only #67 on Jan 11, 2021
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Comment: Wow! That pc took the long way to get to me, it just arrived today! Thank you for the cute winter postcard. How did the ugly sweater cookies turn out? Sounds like a fun project! Thanks again!
Response: I'm so glad it finally made it! Thank you for the haert :):) The ugly sweater cookies were SO fun, and SO ugly, lol! My nephew won the cash prize with his sweater. :):):)
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Comment: Hi, Claire,Thank you for your New Year's card. I'm glad that you put the Ox sticker properly! I heard a deviled egg for the first time. We ate "Toshikoshi soba" with tempura on the 31st. I am very happy to see you last year. (I learned how to put an image because you taught me!) I want to continue a good relationship this year. Happy New Year, lot of love and send a hug! -Mina :)
Response: Wow! It got there so fast. I'm so glad we met last year, too. :):) I just looked up toshikoshi soba and that sounds very special and delicious. Sending many, many hugs to you sweet friend :):):)
Ashzaller rated for A gift from Krampus on Jan 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cute towel and krampus stuff! <3
Response: You're very welcome! :):) Happy 2021!
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome card and message! I didn't get to put up the Christmas cards I got for 2020, but I will surely try to show this one off for 2021!
Response: I'm so glad! I'm keeping mine to put up too. Hope you have a wonderful 2021!
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Comment: Such a cute card, love it! ^^ Hope you had a lovely Christmas! <3 :)
Response: I did! I hope you did too. Thx for the heart! :):)
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Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard :) I love making cookies as well! Merry Christmas!
Response: Hope your holidays were wonderful! :):)
Marleen1979 rated for New Years POSTCARD - Int'l on Dec 29, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! Love your card, wishing you a wonderful 2021 full of good fortune and blessings.
Response: Happy 2021 to you! Thx for the heart :):):)

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Comments

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 22, 2021:

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥

Christmas Christmas

Christmas

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

takehimaway on Nov 20, 2020:

OMIGOD, YOU LOOK LIKE THE COOLEST PERSON EVER.

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Hello DYSC?

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 31, 2020:

minajapan on Oct 31, 2020:

Thank you for Happy Halloween :) Happy Halloween for you :) :) :) (How do you add a photo ?? I want to be able to do it.) -Mina :)

Autist on Oct 30, 2020:

I don’t know how to add pictures...so...

👻Happy Halloween🎃!!

kittyhahahotbot on Oct 29, 2020:

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