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banjobraids

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

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 17 and 15) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 23 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.

My current miniature project is a tiny library dedicated to Maria Sibylla Merian who was a naturalist in the late 1600s. She was one of the greatest contributors to the field of entomology.

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:
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: documentaries of all types

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).

angel

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

shirleyinCA rated for 3-2-1 on Oct 19, 2021
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Comment: I always do a happy dance at my mailbox when I see mail from you, Claire!What a terrific Halloween envelope! Then such a cool Halloween card; and finally I get to all the fun swap items and extras - thank you so much! Love Mickey Mouse of course and delighted with that Sunshine beer coaster! What a cute jumbo Wonderland business card! Very cool ad stickers and postcards - everything is just amazing. Thanks for joining this swap!
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Comment: Thank you for the goodies
JennaZ rated for One Button One Pin - International on Sep 30, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you, these are such fun!!!
Response: Hope you enjoy! :):) Thanks for the heart
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Comment: What a beautiful postcard. My daughter is also in her final year, Anisha has only 4 weeks left.
Response: Happy graduation for Anisha! Thanks for the heart :):)
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Comment: How fantastic! I love it!! Have fun on Halloween! Love the Bride dresses!! My teens like to dress up and play an outdoor movie!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! :):) Happy Halloween :D
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard and the fun challenge on the back. I enjoyed reading your answers.
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you for the heart :):)
marclively rated for Quick PC Swap #5 (US Only) on Sep 4, 2021
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Response: Thank you for the heart! :):)
MuggleMom rated for LLU: DNF 👎 Notecard/Postcard #1 on Aug 30, 2021
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Comment: First, I love the b&w postcard because I love old lampposts and there's a really cool one in the photo! I read the book you mentioned and now I'm going to have to reread it. I got the free Kindle in Motion version of the book from Amazon and I wonder if I was intrigued by the animation that I miss the points you bring up?! Your comment was funny!!! Thanks for joining the swap! xxMuggleMom
Response: Thank you for the heart! So glad you enjoyed the card :):):) I thought if you like nice fences you'd probably enjoy that lamppost haha! Now I want to see the animated version of the book. Belle's story is an interesting one! THANKS :):):)
Risna rated for Weirder Than Weird #24 on Aug 27, 2021
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Comment: It is a weird card... so it's perfect for this swap! Thanks a lot! Wishing you all the best. Maybe I'll meet you in a different swap again...
Response: Thank you for the heart! :):) Happy swapping! :):)
suepier rated for Happy Little Mailman on Aug 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the fantastic postcard. I absolutely love it. It is my very favorite. It was very thoughtful of you to send it to me.
Response: Yayyy, so glad you love it! Thanks for the heart :):)
Lyndylou5 rated for Looking Forward PC on Aug 21, 2021
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Comment: Wow 18 years, CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm sure your night out was fabulous. I LOVE the card you sent. It's extra special, definitely a "heart" card :-)
Response: It was! Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed the card! Thanks for the heart :):):)
bettflow0017 rated for Happy Little Mailman on Aug 19, 2021
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Comment: Thankyou!!! Love the crabs:)))
Response: Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart :):):)
Bikinina rated for Touristy Postcard Swap #14 on Aug 15, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for your postcard. I like it a lot. I especially enjoy your message. Green curry is my favorite too! And the tea spoon stickers are 💓💖💗. 😊
Response: Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart :):):)
mejulia rated for Looking Forward PC on Aug 13, 2021
5
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Comment: Hope you had a great wedding anniversary. A day alone sounds perfect to me. Thank you for the fun postcard.
Response: I did, thank you! :):):) Thanks for the heart :):):)
Eclectonote rated for DYSC? Summer sizzle CARD on Aug 12, 2021
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Comment: Wow, what a fantastic swap - I'm just the luckiest to have received your note and all of this coffee and circus (!) abundance. And your envelope decorations are terrific, loved the Busy Busy Busy washi. Thanks for a Great Mail Day!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! I really enjoyed putting it together. Thanks for the heart! :):):)
Rosie2766 rated for State CAPITOL BUILDING on Aug 11, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the Michigan State capitol!!!
Response: You're so very welcome! Thanks for teh heart! :):)
Carollee922 rated for 💕Zazzle Postcards #2💕 on Aug 9, 2021
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Comment: Great card. My mom has bunnies in her yard, but not me. The neighborhood cats and Racoons would get them.
Response: Glad you enjoyed :):)
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great PCs!!! I love them and all were new to me!!!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart :):):)
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Comment: Hello Claire and thank you very much, for the Ocean World lantern press PC! I love Aquarium's and esp. this one of these awesome sharks!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart L:):)
Honeyloveart rated for Aquatic Animal Postcard on Aug 7, 2021
5
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Comment: Beautiful card and I loved the stickers on it too, thank you!
Response: So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the heart :):)

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 987 7 9
Completed Fives Threes Ones
810 1076 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

OrigamiGrace on Jul 20, 2021:

hello

Hope you are having a great day!
Just popping in to say hi!!

bluehairedmary on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you so much for the RAK box of birthday gifts! I will happily try all the delicious coffee and love the stickers you included! Thanks for noticing my bday and taking the extra time! So thoughtful!

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 :)

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