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heliogal

heliogal
Date Joined: September 27, 2007
Last Online: October 15, 2021

Country: United States

About Me

Hello, I have taken a couple years off of swap-bot, but lately I have started to really miss the fun mail, the creativity, and learning a little bit about someone's life. So I am back!

July 2021: Just updating some facts about my family. My daughter is now married to her partner by a ceremony, on the beach, that I got to officiate!! My son graduated SJSU with his software engineering degree this winter! Big goals achieved!!

I have been living off-grid for 14 years now!! We live in a yurt on very rural land an hour from town. It is a lot of work but we just love living like this! Being independent and being in nature is important to my psyche!

Since I live an hour from town I usually check my P.O. Box once a week and send mail at the same time. I mark my mail sent once I have dropped in the mail slot at the post office. It may be on a Sunday or holiday and will be post marked the next day.


I am married with 2 young adult children which we homeschooled/unschooled. My daughter has now graduated from University of CA, Santa Cruz and my son is in college pursuing a computer science degree. I'm super proud of them both and what we accomplished as a family with unschooling. We live in a rural area in a home we built. We are off grid using solar power. So all my computer correspondences are solar powered yeah! We lived for a year with no electricity at all before we were able to get solar power system up. It was fantastic learning experience. Doing something like that really helps you not take a lot of things for granted.

Nature is very important to me and I like arts and crafts that reflect nature.

I like stationery, sachets, address labels and fancy STICKERS, LOTION, soaps ANYTHING Scented, Lip balms, Lip Shimmers, and Lip Sticks (pinks/natural), ribbon, teas, homemade or store bought spice blends, candles (all kinds votive and jar candles ect...), I like Victorian style postcards/cards, Celestial (stars and moons and suns) style, Cats and all animals especially Bears (real pictures of bears not teddy bears) Not that there is anything wrong with teddy bears :)

LOVES:

People who read profiles and take the time to connect with another person

Anything Handmade- your artwork or crafts

Jewelry!! earrings, necklaces, bracelets handmade or 2nd hand (thrifted or yard sales :-) I like silver, bronze and coppery metals (not too much into gold unless its "antiqued" I like bohemian styles, ethnic, Victorian, animals, nature things (flowers,birds, trees ect...)

Interesting stones, crystals, semi-precious gem stones, Nature-made beach glass, all natural things you might find on a walk: shells, pressed leaves, seed pods, dried berries, feathers, pine cones, ect...

Pen-pal letters and notes I love even a quick personal message in swaps

Owls and really all birds

Foxes

Bears

Trees

Botanical themes

Fairies, Dragons, Mermaids, Gnomes, Elves and all magical creatures.

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees and Luna moths

Sun and moon and stars imagery

Steampunk

Tea parties and all tea themed things

Mail art and decorated envelopes. Just putting a little effort with stickers ect... on an envie makes me SMILE big.

Flowers, love all flowers!!

Rubber stamps and ink pads and your stamped images

ALL things herbal: Dried Herbs from your part of the world, information about any herbs, pictures, recipes that use herbs for body care, cooking, cleaning, medicines, potpourri, teas ect...!!

Stickers, stickers and more stickers :-) Celestial, Flowers, Victorian style, fairies, animals, trees, leaves, snowflakes, steampunk, all magical creatures, Please no children's stickers like cartoon characters, Please no kawai

Die cut shapes I don't have any punches and I love flower, star, heart, nature, butterfly, suns, leaves, trees, ect..... I love the scalloped edged rounds shapes!!

Pretty scrapbook paper- I can always use more paper! embellishment's, prima flowers, Ephemera, Lace, Ribbon, Fabric, Buttons, Washi.

TEA I love all kinds plain black and in all its delightful flavors, I love black tea with vanilla! herb teas, chais and pumpkin spice teas. I always appreciate decaffeinated dessert teas. I like the brands Stash, Tazo, Bigelow, Yogi, Numi, Zhenas, but I would love to try different teas too. The only kinds I don't like are roobios and all of Twinning's brand teas

I would love some black currant tea or rhubarb tea I had some on a trip to Sweden and loved them!

Tea stuff: teabag caddies, infusers, nice large mugs,

Magazines! Used is wonderful! I love relaxing with a magazine to read. I like all kinds: Science, Beauty, Craft, Homemaking, Nature, Current events, Homesteading, Art. Rock my world with something new to learn and read about!

Postcards: especially handmade, Nature scenery, gardens, castles, landmarks, art, Animals of all sorts!! I don't really care for the 3-D postcards, however.

Bears :-) realistic and artistic!

Cats Big and small!

Pagan/ Wiccan things: altar items (wands, candles, decorations) God and Goddess pictures, Bells, Spells, Books, amulet bags, charms. I would love some items with pentagrams on them like charms, tiles, lists of magical correspondences. I am a green witch and eclectic pagan

Notecards I love handmade ones and store bought too!

Stationery sheets it is very hard to find stationery where I live. I like nature, artistic or just interesting designs please no Kawaii or diddle or other cartoonish styles.

Fabric bags with zippers or drawstrings for organizing stuff in my totes. Handmade always welcome and appreciated as well as clean thrift store/ yard sale finds :-)

like lotions, creams. cuticle creams, soaps, shower gels, massage oils if they are handmade or of natural ingredients.

Fuzzy or Cozy socks

Gloves, hats, wrist- warmers Handmade is always wonderful but even dollar store finds are great.

I love quotes printed from the computer or handwritten

Halloween things especially vintage style

I am always in need of kitchen towels

I love aprons handmade or thrift store finds

Essential oils

Incense sticks or cones or loose Your homemade blends are always appreciated Please no drug store or dollar store brands

Anything about palmistry


Here is my very short list of Dislikes:

Disney and All cartoon characters, Kawaii

Themes of shopping, princess, shoes and handbags that sort of thing.

Camouflage or USA stuff (love my country but just don't like that color combo)

Christian stuff (I respect the religion but it is not my path)

Favorite Music

World music especially music from Brazil, Ireland/Scotland, Cuba, and Africa. Jazz of all types and Rock from Indie to oldies with a soft spot for 80's music. I also love new age music, and classical and Opera. I love the band Fitz and the tantrums.

Favorite Movies

I LOVE watching all kinds of movies. My guilty pleasures are action/ adventure films and sci-fi where the good guys always win. I also love more subtle and complex films as well. I just love Dance movies also like Strictly Ballroom and Step up We get no TV so I love movies and I'm fine if you send me any "back-up" DVD copies of any kind.

Here is a short list of favorites:Guardians of the Galaxy, all X-men movies, Predestination, Cloud Atlas, Avatar, Meet Joe Black, Dan in Real Life, I am Legend, The Illusionist, Princess Bride, everything Star Trek, all the LOTR movies, The list could go on for a very long time

Favorite Crafts

I really enjoy making notecards and postcards and FLIPBOOKS! And all the fun pockets and happy mail paper crafts. Since I am not good at drawing or painting I use rubber stamps stickers and ephemera in a what think is a very artistic way. like getting supplies for making these such as nice papers, ephemera, stamps, ink pads, brads, ribbons and lace, buttons embellishments.

gardening, growing and nature crafting (collecting wild plants) flowers and herbs for cooking, healing and crafting. I make soap and soy candles with essential oils. I love making my own herbal medicines and body care products.

Jewelry making. I have just been getting into making bead and wire earrings and necklaces. I would love to receive interesting glass beads and findings, chains, wire, ect...

Favorite Books

I really enjoy reading non-fiction such as real life adventures or how-to books also books about great people. I do love engaging plot-driven books too. I love cozy mysteries like the China Bayle herbal mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert, The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Laurie R. King, The book Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli is a beautiful YA book I like to recommend to everyone. I also LOVE poetry. I always enjoy good book recommendations.

smells

I really love scented stuff and prefer things scented with natural essences. I like floral scents such as Rose, Jasmine, Violet and Honeysuckle. I like lemon, honeydew melon, herbs such as lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, sage, Spicy scents like cinnamon, Sandalwood, cloves and pumpkin spice are fantastic too!!

I don't really like food smells like cupcake, cookies ect...

Colors

I love all colors. Except neon brights. I'm not such a primary color person either. I love all the other shades of colors. I like earthy colors and Jewel tones. I like the combinations of Red and yellow, Blue and yellow, and turquoise and brown.You can make me happy with most colors.

Just want to say...

I just want to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful swappers I've had the joy to swap with. It is because of the great and generous people on swap-bot that this is such a fun past time!!

Create the world you want to live in.

Ratings

papercraft70 rated for WTL:washi on a pc : 3 on Oct 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC.
Response: I am so happy it made it to you and in not too long of a time! I really love that pc too!
LavenderSprinkles rated for LSRUS: One Stamp USA Mail on Oct 12, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for the swap! Have a great week!
Response: You are welcome! Let me know if you try the recipe.
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Comment: Stephanie, beautiful Halloween Card! Sounds like a great way to spend the evening. I used to take my son trick or treating, but of course, he's 26 now, so we don't do that! I have been living in a 55+ community for 2 years, we don't get trick or treaters here. Our community had a Halloween party our first year here..we went to that. Some people rented some very expensive Costumes. Last year..NO party, covid. This year they will have another, not sure if I'm going or not. Still antsy about the Delta variant... we'll see. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃🧡
Response: I am so glad you liked the Halloween card I sent!! I understand about being nervous about the Delta variant. Whatever you do stay safe!!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for tPCC: World Postcard Day USA on Oct 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I agree.. taking tea at the Empress Hotel in British Columbia would be quite agreeable to me too!! hee hee hee!
Response: Then its a date! LOL!! Thank you for the nice comment and the heart!!
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Comment: OMGoodness, Stephenie! I loved everything that you included in this envie! Thank you so much for sending to me and making my day! Can't wait to use these goodies! Hugs!
Response: Thank you so much for your comment! It makes me very happy to hear that you liked everything I sent a lot and are excited to use them!!
Cynfully rated for Why is my mailbox so Empty? #30 on Oct 7, 2021
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Comment: thanks for the cute items
Response: I really appreciate hearing that! Thank you for the heart!
wincejl rated for CPG-Tea time-US on Oct 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the teas and the wonderful extra goodies. I love it all! I enjoyed the Ginger Snappish this evening and it was delicious! Will definitely have to pick up a box of that!
Response: I am really glad to hear that you enjoyed the things I sent! Yes, I love that tea but it is hard to find! I had to order it from Amazon.
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Comment: Thank you for the mini pocket letter and the note with Halloween poems! Happy Halloween :)
Response: You are very welcome! Happy Halloween to you to!! Thank you for the heart!!
craftyAnnaLu rated for Halloween Happy Mail 🎃 on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the adorable black cat card and stickers! If you share recipes, I'd love to try your soup. It sounds delicious! Happy Halloween!
Response: Wow!! Awesome that you liked everything I sent!! The soup has never really had a "recipe" I saw my sister-in-law make it years ago and I just do it by intuition. i will pm you with the general directions.
Linsoid rated for CPG-Tea time-US on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Thanks! I am super excited to try these teas!! I love the extras you sent as well! :-)
Response: Yay!! I am really happy about you liking all the things I sent you!!
Mersh22 rated for Why is my mailbox so Empty? #30 on Oct 4, 2021
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Comment: What a wonderful envelope!
Response: I am really glad you liked it and it got there so quick!!
Catzcre8 rated for All About the Animals on Oct 2, 2021
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Comment: Stephanie, live the fox postcard especially! 🦊❤️
Response: i am really happy you liked it! Thanks for joining my swap!
bpl76 rated for FTLOC#1--themed env-US on Oct 2, 2021
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Comment: Thank you
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Comment: Thank you! The teas are divine!
Response: Great, I am so glad you like them! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: The Utah landscape postcard is beautiful! Thank you so much.
Response: I am so glad you liked it!! Thank you for the heart!
PrincessLeia rated for BS&S ~ Scattergories game D on Sep 29, 2021
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Comment: Hello Stephenie, thankyou for the lovely bear PC. We had the same words for fire and water!
Response: Wow! Great minds think alike! Thank you for the heart!
ariestess rated for tPCC Pagan Playlist on Sep 24, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous lighthouse postcard! And I can't wait to check out the bands you mentioned! I'm not sure I've heard of any of them!
Response: I am so happy you liked that postcard! I hope it will be fun to listen to some of the bands. Thanks for joining my swap!
BellaRose rated for Happy Mail #5 on Sep 22, 2021
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Comment: Hello again Stephenie, I was so happy when I opened your mail. I just loooove everything you sent me, it's definitely all the things I like :) I will be making a necklace with the triple moon charm. Gain, thank you so much!
Response: Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear!! If you want to send me a pic of your necklace I would love to see it! Thank you for the nice comment!
24Donna rated for TFT- Nine Awesome Days of Autumn Tea on Sep 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you awesome pockets! The teas look yummy and the paper clips so cute! Ginger snappish looks really good! God bless you
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely comment!! I love the ginger snappish tea with a touch of sweetener.
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Comment: What a fun envelope to receive in the mail! I LOVE all the Halloween decorations. And thank you for all the goodies! I am mourning the loss of summer and this little package is helping to put me in the Autumn mindset.
Response: Reading your comment made me so dang happy!!! I am so pleased that my mail is getting you in the Autumn spirit! I am really looking forward to the fall!

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Comments

yvonne401 on Sep 28, 2021:

Time for Tea, Tea Tag, I'm so happy to hear that you liked what I sent. I always check profiles to try to make people happy.

Blessings,

Yvonne

lou on Sep 24, 2021:

Congratulations, almost 14 years on SB, glad you’re here!

MamaD on Sep 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful assortment of teas from the tea tag in Time for Tea! The package was wonderful and I appreciate it so much!!

jeka396 on Sep 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for the bday card, stickers, addy labels, and autumnal bits for my CPG Sept wishlist!

bethe on Sep 10, 2021:

Thank you for your generous package of goodies from CPG September wishes! I can’t wait to try the yummy teas, read the comics and use the pretty pastel envelopes! Thanks again!

bbsporty on Sep 8, 2021:

Thank you so much for the FTLOC#1 Sept Wishlist envie that you sent me! I love everything!

LeaTheShark on Aug 14, 2021:

Thank you SOOOO much for my July Wishes!!! The Pearly Everlasting really does smell like maple syrup, that's incredible! I wonder if I could grow some in a container at my apartment?! The witchy/botanical theme was amazing, and totally made my day!! Thank you!

ThrivingWell on Aug 10, 2021:

Thank you SO Much for your delightful envelope of fun, for my July LSRU wishes!!! I’m touched by your care & love the goodies you sent! 💕~ Z

CariahCreates on Jul 28, 2021:

Thank you for the stuffed envie you sent for my LSRUS wishilst!

isabellasnow on Jun 23, 2021:

Hi Stephenie! Thank you SO much for the lovely AATW June wishes you sent my way! I just love everything you sent--what a treat!

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