I'm 32, living in an apartment in Austin, TX with my 2 kitties and my many plants.
Things I like: animals, art, bdsm, biology, board games, books, bright colors, camping, candles, cats, clouds, coloring books, critters of all sorts, crystals, dancing, doodling, EFT, ecstatic dance, flowers, food, frogs, gardening, garlic, genetics, goddesses, halloween, healing work, herbs, herpetology, hiking, hypnosis, insects, invertebrates, journaling, learning, magick, meditation, modern art, the moon, mushrooms, music, nature, paganism, painting, peppers, photography, plants, power animals, priestessing, psychology, rain, reading, road trips, rocks, satyrs, science, singing, shamanism, snails, spirals, stars, storms, tarot, the outdoors, thrifting/reusing old things, tomatoes, trees, tropical rain forests, turtles, used books, vampires, vegetables, watercolors, wildflowers, wind.
My style: rainbow colored stuff, super bright colors, loud patterns! I can be tacky and over-the-top... weird, and wild.
You can get to know me a little better if you check out my Instagram... I am always taking photos! I actually have 3 separate accounts now.
screename: charophyta (personal, family, cats, gardening, food)
screenname: charophyta_plans (my happy planner, washi, stickers, pens)
screenname: charophytas_stash (decluttering/ organizing my product stash, using things up, beauty and bath products, my outfits/makeup looks, shopping hauls, nail polish, lip balm, candles, thrifting)
I got this idea in my head that I want my own cute little country cottage with fruit trees and gardens, and sometimes I'm kind of obsessed with my cottage fantasies. (Check out my Pinterest... I have a Pinterest board devoted to my beautiful future home and how I imagine it to look!) Love the idea of having a few acres of land, maybe some chickens and goats. Love the idea of having my own mini farm/homestead one day!
NICKEL SENSITIVITY is the one to be aware of.
If you send jewelry (especially earrings) containing metal, be sure it is "hypoallergenic" "nickel free" or "for sensitive skin." If it's a cheap metal and you don't know what kind of metal it is, it probably contains some nickel.
Tea Likes: herbal teas, flavored green teas, flavored black teas, white teas, spice, sweet chili, fruity, berries, peach, dessert flavors, caramel, vanilla, honey, ginger, lemongrass, holiday/seasonal flavors. Love to try interesting teas from other countries. I like to have both caffeinated and energizing teas on hand, as well as caffeine free teas (herbal or decaf) and teas that are specifically for sleeping/relaxing/calming. (Then I have options whether I need to get amped up or wind down, hehe.)
Tea Dislikes: Strong PLAIN black teas, Earl grey, English breakfast, and similar types. PLAIN chamomile tea. (If it's chamomile based and blended with other flavors, I may like it.)
My latest craft obsession is bookbinding! I have been creating hand bound junk journals out of any sort of paper junk I have around, and I have custom made blank journals for friends and family. They come together much more easily than you would think, and the finished result is so satisfying!
I am very much into the planner thing. I love my Happy Planner! This is the main craft I currently practice on a regular basis.
Because of swap-bot, I have gotten into making, swapping, and collecting ATCs!
I also like to do smash books and art journals, and bullet journaling. I like to draw and doodle. I'm a fan of the adult coloring book craze- I do enjoy coloring! Sometimes I like to write letters and used to do junk journaling back and forth with a penpal.
Sometimes I make jewelry (beading, wirewrapping). I do some collage, have done some large decoupage projects (occasionally I decoupage old pieces of furniture). I occasionally make homemade gifts for family, including simple bath/spa products such as homemade hand scrubs. This might not be an actual craft, but I also have a perverse joy in organizing things... I love storing stuff in containers that have separate compartments, especially if they are stackable. Gardening also might not be a craft, but that's my main thing! Plants are my favorite. If I'm not growing plants, I'm not quite myself.
In the past I've also done a lot of journaling/blogging, and photography. From time to time, I have also done painting (I took courses in watercolors and in oils years ago) and drawing classes.
ATCs (any, but especially hand drawn or painted)
doodles, drawings, art pieces, mini zines, mail art
anything rainbow colored or rainbow themed. I also love prints that have rainbow colored stars or hearts. (LGBT pride stuff too!)
a used book off your shelf that you think I'll enjoy
Anything for the HAPPY PLANNER! (planner stickers, cute paperclips, etc. Does not need to be the Happy Planner brand name, I use it all, including indie printed stuff from Etsy as well! does not need to be complete sets/full sheets- I will gladly take leftover bits and pieces of planner kits/ partially used sticker sheets!)
candles, scentsy bars, scented stuff (I appreciate anything that doesn't smell like cat butt... stinky kitty here!)
washi tape or decorative packaging/shipping tape (or any type of colorful decorative tape- actually I could really use some of the decorative shipping tape right now!)
pretty notecards, or other nice stationery. (My notecard stash is running low at the moment!)
stickers (Likes: rainbow, sparkly, stars, moon, sun, hearts, animals, fruit, sweets/cute foods, cupcakes, woodland theme, mushrooms, plants/flowers/gardening, trees/leaves/vines, holidays/seasons, spooky/weird, cute mailing labels/envelope seals, planner stickers. Dislike/don't use: teacher/reward stickers, kid's cartoons, dora, disney, frozen, winnie the pooh, peanuts)
small plushies or dolls... store bought or handmade... cutesy or artsy... if its cuddly I want it. also weird little squishy toys and such. I keep some little toys on my desk at work, and play with them while I'm making phone calls. (My latest one is a stretchy spider that lights up when you smack it.)
Pagan stuff, altar items, stones/crystals
jewelry (new, used, thrifted, handmade... maybe a gently used piece you don't wear anymore that you'd like to pass along) I wear a lot of rings size 9 or 10. Would love a pendant or necklace. (Note: I can't wear earrings containing nickel. Also, I have large wrists and standard sized bracelets usually don't fit me- cuff bracelets work though!)
Anything related to Pan, satyrs, horned gods, or wood nymphs. Anything with leafy/woodland designs that looks like something a mysterious wood nymph would have. (Actually I use "Wood Nymph" as my magickal name.)
simple, small musical instruments or noisemakers. I have a small collection of rattles, drums, bells, and other such things. Handmade or store bought, used or new, thrifted, all good. I use these for my shamanic circle and in other priestessing and energy raising work that is done in a large group. it's nice to be able to pass out different instruments so everyone can join in making some sounds!
For postcard swaps: I like any postcard! but some of my favorites are: art postcards, science & nature themes, animals, national parks/state parks, forests, caves, natural sites, state wildflowers, and funny, quirky, colorful, dirty, or weird/WTF postcards.
scented shower gel, bath bombs, bubble bath, lotions, body sprays, other bath products (Lush is AMAZING, but don't worry.... fancy stuff is a treat but I'll use the cheap stuff too! I especially want shower gels and bath bombs from Lush, though!)
essential oils or aromatherapy items
coloring books, coloring supplies, coloring pages. I'm into the adult coloring trend! To be honest I probably already have more coloring books than I can actually use... but... I like them!
colorful sharpies or gel pens (especially glitter gel). Honestly, the amount of pens/markers I already have is ridiculous... but I constantly use colorful pens and enjoy having lots of pretty pens to choose from! I do love pens!
Here's a slightly odd one: handmade reusable cloth menstrual pads. I have totally switched to these and I really like them.
lip gloss/lipstick/lip balm (My favorites are sheer, shimmery shades of coral, peach, and orangey/coppery colors. Clear or tinted flavored lip balms are great too.)
beauty, skincare, or bath product items and samples
anything you wrote, drew, or made, a personal letter or note, a story you want to tell, any handmade crafts. handwritten letters, included with any swap, sometimes make my day! (If you want to send something extra, a thick juicy letter is often the best extra to send.)
any images, art, photos, drawings, etc. that portray big fat girls in a positive light. Big round goddesses, sexy fat girls, gorgeous plus size fashion, whatever! I am all for self acceptance, body positivity, and celebrating the beautiful range of variation I see in women's bodies! Seeing these images helps me with that.
nail polish in bright or unusual colors. I am constantly trying new colors... I'm into glittery, iridescent, metallic, holographic, bright rainbow colors, jewel tones, cool effects like the crackle polishes, etc. Love green, blue, teal, purple, yellow, orange, metal/chrome colors, etc. Also like the stick on nail polish strips.
craft supplies, paper stuff, ephemera, bits and pieces of paper junk (to use in smash books, collage/decoupage projects, ATCs etc. I already have way too much and I really don't need more, but I can always add more to the stash... I have a paper scrap hoard but I do like to play in it!)
Sports themed items.
Erasers or pencils. I only write with pen.
Anything related to alcohol or drug use. I'm doing the clean and sober thing these days! (I have not had a drink in over 3 years now. I'm happy to talk recovery/12 step if that's your journey as well.)
Teacher/reward stickers, children's character themed items such as Disney characters, Charlie brown, Dora, Winnie the Pooh, Frozen, spongebob, etc.
Hand sanitizer : I have found these irritate my skin lately. My hands have been very dry and I have some eczema on my hands. Both the dollar store kind and the Bath & Body Works kind really irritate my skin... so I cannot use hand sanitizer. (Although, heavily moisturizing hand lotions/creams would be great for me!)
Butterfly designs on things... not my fave. Although I like moths and other insects.
I am happy to receive used items as long as they are in good condition and still perfectly usable! I love to reuse things, I hate to see things thrown away if someone can still use them, and I have done plenty of thrifting and dumpster diving, so I am definitely not hung up on things being brand new and sealed in a package!
My current planner is the Happy Planner in the classic size. I love it and I would be thrilled to receive anything for my planner.
Since I have been doing some planner specific swaps, I will add more details of what I likely will use and won't use in my planner.... don't worry about this unless you are sending me planner supplies and need ideas.... hope it helps!
Please NO alcohol related stickers. It's kind of surprising how many of these I end up with. Things like "Pop clink fizz" "she sparkles like champagne" and icons of wine glasses/ wine bottles, etc. I'm in recovery and there is no way I would put anything that references drinking in my planner.
Always need more talking on phone/ phone related stickers. I'm on the phone all day at work (I do inside sales) and always wanna motivate myself to make more calls. smile and dial, sell sell sell, close those deals, make big money, get it done... and make more calls!! Productivity, success, work, money related stuff is all good.
Also like to have stickers for specific chores at home. well if a sticker helps me get it done I guess it's silly, but it works. I had a sheet of clean litterbox stickers and I used them all up... if I got them again maybe I would clean the litterbox more often?
NO mom themes or kid themes. I just can't use these, since I'm not a mom. Also NO school planner stuff, since I'm not in school.
Quotes I'm really sick of seeing... "She believed she could so she did" please no... "Live laugh love" omg NO "Be a pineapple, stand tall and be sweet on the inside" I cannot even.... sorry, no offense, but some of these have been sooo overused I have started to gag when I see them lol.
Some of my fave quotes on stickers: "Be fierce" "Create beauty" "Sing your song" "Live loud" ... I'll think of some more later.
In general, here's some stickers I could use: "binge watch" or movie related, "what's for dinner", pizza night, taco night, pancakes, cooking or baking related, "dinner with friends", "game night", cat related, different chores or cleaning tasks, meditation, "me time", face mask, "sleep in", the names of specific holidays, "relax", scales (to track weight), shopping related, gardening related, money related, motivational quotes, any naughty themes/ swear words, anything pagan/ witch/ magickal.
Some authors I like: Barbara Kingsolver, Daniel Pinkwater, Christopher Moore, Roald Dahl, Francesca Lia Block, Jasper Fforde.
I read a lot of goofy, fun, light novels, chick lit, romance, funny novels. I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I also like silly and weird books. I also enjoy some children's and young adult novels. Magical, fantasy, scary, or spooky supernatural books are fun.
Send me a paranormal romance if you have one lying around... that's an occasional guilty pleasure!
As far as non-fiction goes:
I am interested in learning about different forms of spirituality and magickal practices. If you have books on this topic that you'd like to pass along, I'll take them!
I have read a lot about science, biology, genetics, etc. I also collect books on sexuality, sex, relationships, body postivity/acceptance, feminism, gender, etc... I have a lot of these too. And I have a lot of gardening books. Way too many!!
I do enjoy raunchy, kinky, perverted things. I love naked people (of diverse ages, genders, colors, shapes, sizes)!
I'm not offended at all by nudity, pornography, or explicit language. I DO find it offensive when people make jokes about rape or women being abused, and I can't handle anything that's hateful towards gay or transgender people. Other than that, go ahead and send me your dirty thoughts and images!
I have done hand drawn ATCs that are very graphic, but don't worry, I generally only send these for swaps that have a pervy theme. You won't get something like this from me unless you signed up for something like the "Suck my big hard cock" themed ATC swap. (Yep, that was an actual swap that I did participate in...)
However, I'll always be happy to receive erotic themed ATCs if you would like to send one! And for penpals/letters/journaling type swaps, don't be afraid to share your intimate details! I love it!!
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