Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 9:17 pm


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Last Online: September 18, 2021
Birthday: October 3
Country: United States
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About Me

Moped rider. Mandolin & banjo player (not well). Siamese-cat caretaker. Toe stubber, backscrubber. Comix-maker, and occasional hip-shaker. International Jet-Set Girl (I love Reykjavik, but also London, Berlin, Dublin, and Belfast). Unapologetic feminist. Lover of stripey & unusual socks (I should buy stock in sockdreams.com) and all things weird and unusual. I love baths and natural body care products (but please know that synthetic fragrances in bath products almost always trigger migraines for me. If it says "fragrance" anywhere on the ingredient label, even if it also says "all natural," chances are really high I won't be able to use it. Weirdly, the two exceptions I've found so far are LUSH products, and I've been able to wear some BPAL--I think because those are essential oils rather than synthetic. Anyway, if you're curious or concerned and just want to check before sending, please feel free to pm. I assure you that I very much appreciate the effort on your part!) and am into making soap! Cruelty-free products are very important to me; I'm a vegetarian but I do consume dairy and have a fondness for good, unusual chocolate (if you've read Steve Almond's Candyfreak, you'll know what I mean).

I'm interested in stuff that defies traditional gender stereotypes. I read a fair amount (now that I'm done with graduate school I can read for fun again!) and I am trying to become a Scrabble freak (really!). I have penpals, I like funky Japanese and Korean writing paper, and I love art, particularly modern work, and Frida Kahlo (of course) is one of my favorites. I also love Keith Haring's work. I'm into graphic novels, especially the Sandman series, but I like Craig Thompson's work, Alison Bechdel's, Seth's, Julie Doucet's...

I also am very into rollerderby -- I'm a referee based in New England and I ref all over the place, both men's teams and women's teams. (I've been reffing for nearly 10 years now.) I also work as a museum educator for k-7th grades; mostly science-based.

So, good to send: art materials, including pens or markers, fabric (especially anything with funky or mod patterns), quirky socks (especially if I can skate in them, but know also that I have huge calves from skating!), Halloween stuff is always welcome at any time of year as is pretty much anything to do with roller derby or skating, cute goth, monster, or zombie stuff (I'm not so into gore), coffee, tea, candy, homemade items are welcome (I do have pierced ears, so earrings are OK), and I have a crazy fondness for locally made natural soaps (I used to sell soap and I learned how to make it as well, and I love Lush and Biggs and Featherbelle and Dirty Ass Soaps). I always get a kick out of swaps where my partner's obviously had some fun picking out or making things! Surprise me!

Also, I really love ampersands (this thing: & ) and it's what my derby name (anne persand) references.

(but please, a request: include a little note when you're sending things along with your name and the name of the swap...I'm good at rating quickly but I'm a really terrible guesser!)

Favorite Music

the cure, the clash, billy bragg, bjork, sugarcubes, husker du/bob mould/sugar, david byrne, talking heads, depeche mode, agent fresco, the dresden dolls, elliott smith, jonathan richman, joy division, bauhaus, chvrches, moby, new order, nine inch nails, peter gabriel, pj harvey, r.e.m., radiohead, siouxsie & the banshees, death cab for cutie, against me!, the magnetic fields, the mountain goats, of monsters & men, the pixies, and the lucksmiths...to name just a few!

I guess you could say I'm mostly alternative with a very wide stripe of goth. I love the aesthetics of goth--fashion and makeup--and it's where I started when I first started buying music 20 years ago.

I play (to varying degrees) mandolin, banjo, & guitar.

Favorite Movies

Amelie! (But I also like Alien, Starship Troopers, Party Monster, Breakfast on Pluto, Wildcats--my tastes are hugely wide-ranging!)

Favorite Television

Law & Order (original, CI, SVU...Sassy Barba forever!), the BBC reboot of Sherlock, Homicide: Life on the Street, House MD, Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, Torchwood, Dr. Who, NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds (Dr. Reid all day every day!), Carnivale.

Favorite Crafts

Zines (I've done a minicomic called BOOTY for many years! I love Microns and mostly work in B&W, but I'm trying to expand a little!). I'm a printmaker (primarily linocut with acrylic inks), I sew and I run a monster millinery business (my monster hat) that I've owned & operated for over four years now.

find me on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mymonsterhat

I prefer handmade, obviously, but more than anything I want you to have fun putting a swap together for me. I've found that I've gotten inspired by some things I've made for others, and I'd love it if that happened to you as well!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Though I knit, I'm generally pretty well-stocked on yarn at this point. I also don't scrapbook, so if those items appear in packages I pass them along to a friend who does.

Ethics on Rating

I try to rate as soon as swaps arrive, and if I haven't rated you for a swap by the deadline, please feel free to pm me to ask why I haven't rated. (Generally if I haven't rated you it means the swap hasn't arrived yet.) I will not rate a 1 or a 3 without contacting you, and I won't rate a 1 or a 3 without really good reasons.

In that same spirit if you're going to be late sending a swap, please, please make the extra effort to pm me to let me know. It really does make a difference & it shows me that you're a responsible swapper.

As an extension of that, if you haven't received a swap from me and the deadline has passed, please just message me to check in before rating me a 1. I take deadlines and swapping seriously--I think my rating can speak to that--especially because I know what it feels like to expect something and not have it arrive! Please give me the benefit of the doubt and contact me before rating.

& so you know, I do recycle packaging whenever I can and remove other people's addresses from those recycled packages, but please let me know if you're concerned and rather I didn't re-use yours.

& one last thing:

Sarah--smokyquartz1980--THANK YOU for angeling the Barbie Gone Wild swap! She's here and I don't know how to rate you for angeling, but HEARTS BIGTIME for you, not only for angeling but also because the doll's fantastic and reminds me of Blade Runner!!!


Mindy82671 rated for Halloween Mini Banner on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Loved the monster letters🤗
carfra89 rated for October Babies on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: I love the food stickers, thank you!
georgiafae rated for October Babies on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: This was a wonderfully fun birthday card-love the butterfly detail in the inside you added to card and LOVE LOVE the POE bookmark you made and sent along-it will go in my Poe journal I am working on! Hope you had a wonderful birthday on the 3rd! Thanks for wonderful greeting!
CraftyShana76 rated for October Babies on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and the postcards and stickers. Happy Birthday 🎈🎊🎉🎁🎂
lemooon rated for October Babies on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you October baby!! I wish you the best!
krspellman rated for October Babies on Sep 27, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, what a great card...so fun! thank you. Happy Birthday to you as well :-)
MsBellaDonna rated for Merry Christmas to the Cats! on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the fun stuff! It really helped to make this first Christmas for my kitties extra special! :) Best wishes to you for a bright new year!
starhiker rated for Eight Nights of Hanukka on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: What an adorable bunch of presents, I love the wrapping, thanks so much! ♥♥♥
Comment: Thank you so very much Anne for the awesome care package! I absolutely loved everything! Thanks so much for the time and effort you put into this swap! I really appreciate it! Happy Halloween!!
Comment: thankyou !!
stkirsch rated for Fill My Stocking - October on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you! Right into the stocking it went.
Comment: Hi, happy Halloween, thanks for the goodies. That cookie cutter is a hoot!
Comment: What a great pack of goodies! I love the bags too. I was showing my roomie the Vampire candy bag and asked her what kind of candy a vampire would eat? And wasn't that a great idea for a candy store and should I open it now or wait to when I open all my treats. I was so curious and craving a good sweet, so I opened it. I really thought it was from a candy store ! The joke was on me! I guess you "tricked" and treated me!!! thanks and Happy Halloween to you!
Cdartt89 rated for October Birthday (USA) on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the birthday card and the little gifts! The woodland creatures washi tape is perfect!! Excited to try those eye shadow pigments! You are so thoughtful! ❤
MisplacedfromPA rated for "Secret" Santa Swap on Dec 31, 2016
Comment: I am so sorry for rating late. I just arrived back home from being in PA. I must say I am so excited to open your treasure of goodies to me. Kitchen towels, votive candles, memo pad, lots of gift tags and napkins. All so perfect for ME. I feel very spoiled. Thank-you so very much.
Comment: love the nail wraps and glitter washi! Thank you!!
Response: I can't believe I forgot to include the card ::facepalm:: -- it's on it's way to you separately. siiiiiiiiiiigh. so sorry about this!
Tjace007 rated for ♥️ LIBRA LOVE on Oct 7, 2016
Comment: Love my gifts. Thank you
TwistersMom rated for Halloween Dotee on Sep 26, 2016
Comment: Love the bat! never seen one before he is so cute! thanks so much! happy swapping
Response: The one my partner made for me was a purple bat so I based it off of her idea! I'm glad you love it -- I wanted to do something cute but also on the theme!
Comment: Thankx
hushpadwitch rated for December Stocking Stuffer USA on Dec 14, 2015
Comment: I can't wait to open it thank you!

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CurlyTea on Oct 3, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Oct 3, 2017:

bjmonroe on Nov 21, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 3, 2016:

Have a great day

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

Inspiration Station~

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

Happycrazylion on Dec 26, 2014:

Can't thank you enough for the 12 days of Christmas goodies. Loved everything!! All the ducks, cat in the hat pot holder. Wonderful surprises!! My kiddos liked helping me open them too.

ohpossum on Jun 21, 2013:

Ha! Just spotted your name on the nshobo's (sp?) awards! I was voting for our head NSO for Best Name, "Germaine of Thrones" and spotted you - I voted for ya!

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