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paperboats9

paperboats9
Date Joined: September 12, 2018
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: July 18
Country: Germany
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About Me

Hiya! I'm a 30 year old female living in Germany. I'm a high school language teacher (English and German) and I'm most passionate about traveling, cooking, snail mail/penpaling and papercrafts. I have a multitude of creative and (some might argue) retirement-appropriate hobbies, ranging from those I dedicate all my free time to (currently: sketching, acrylic and watercolor painting, journaling, letter writing, happy mail) and those half-forgotten in boxes under my bed (aka embroidery, soap and jewelery making, scrapbooking, etc.).

A NOTE ON SWAPS

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, swaps might take additional time to arrive. Please get in touch before rating me for a swap you haven't received. I'm keeping track of how long swaps are traveling (currently between 2-6 weeks to destinations in North America, up to 3 months to Asian countries).

Please note: I mark my swaps as "sent" the day I drop them off into a mailbox. These mailboxes might not be emptied and the swaps stamped until the day after (or the Monday after, if it's the weekend). If you find that a swap has been stamped later than the "sent" date, it is due to that.

Why I'm here & what I like

I've had pen pals from all across the globe since my early teen years. Exchanging mail and small gifts has sparked my interest in learning about how people live in different parts of the world, the languages they speak, the things they collect, the food they enjoy, the art they make and what they feel passionate about. I will try to go out of my way to make people happy - I hope this passion will show in the things I send.

I appreciate swaps that show the sender has put time and thought into what they put together. I feel like it's very disheartening to receive sloppily assembled bits and pieces that show little consideration for my likes or dislikes.

ABC

A airmail labels/stickers, address labels, artwork, art supplies, art journals, Artbox characters, astrology, Animal Crossing New Horizon...

B botanicals, brush pens, baker's twine, Broadway, ...

C craft paper (esp. envelopes), colored pencils, cacti, candy, cut-outs (esp. from vintage books), crystals, Chicago Bears...

D Delta Goodrem (I've been a die hard fan for 15 years :D), drawing, DIY, die cuts, ...

E ephemera (especially vintage or with writing on it), embroidery supplies (thread, patterns, etc.), English paperbacks, ...

F flip-books, Flow magazine, food-themed stickers and postcards, female character stickers, foliage designs, feminism, floral designs, fleamarkets ...

G gelly roll pens, grid patterns, geometric shapes and patterns, gardening, galaxies, gold embossing, guache paint, ...

H handwritten quotes, Harry Potter, homemade things, ...

I illustrations, indie music, ...

J journalling, junk journals, Japan, ...

K kawaii, Korean culture and food, ...

L La Dolce Vita Studio designs, ...

M maps (esp. vintage maps), memo sheets, matcha tea, memo pads/sheets, minimal designs, mason jars, marble designs, meditation, ...

N notepads/sheets, NFL...

O oriental designs, ...

P planets, pastel colors, plants, postage stamps, paper crafting, penpaling, polaroids, paperbacks, pennants ...

Q quotes, ...

R reading, rubber stamps, recipe cards, recipes, ...

S stickers, Sailor Moon, scrapbook supplies, succulents, seeds (flowers, herbs, veggies, ...), Suatelier, shaker pockets, snacks from your country, stationery items, sketches, sticker bags, Stardew Valley, Sandylion stickers ...

T tea, toiletry items (soap, lotion, face masks, ...), typewriters (and text typed on typewriters), travel journalling, trinkets, twine, ...

U universe, ...

V vintage paper, vintage books and illustrations, ...

W washi tape, wax seals & wax seal stamps, watercolors, waterproof pens, ...

X Y Z ...

Wishlist

Lately I've been really into collecting these items, so if you happen to want to get rid of any of these, I'd be thrilled to give them a new home.

❀ washi tape (esp. grid pattern, plain earthy/pastel/muted colors, postal/mail related, galaxies and night skies, floral and/or plants, kawaii, food-related, travel-related, maps)

❀ homemade paper (samples)

❀ letter-writing paper/sheets from notepads

❀ paper doilies (any size, any color)

❀ anything matcha tea related :)

❀ vintage book pages, illustrations (esp. flowers, plants, birds and maps), sheet music, ephemera (esp. tickets, note sheets, ...), etc.

❀ drip coffee bags & tea bags (all are welcome!)

❀ postcards from United States National Parks, especially the vintage series/editions (illustrations rather than photography)

❀ Japanese & Korean stationery (e.g. La Dolce Vita, Suatelier stickers, MT washi tape, Artbox characters, etc.)

❀ If you're in the US and can get your hands on Ranch dressing/dip seasoning mixes, I would be forever grateful! :) They are impossible to find in Germany and it looks like I won't be able to travel to the US for a while to stock up :(

❀ customized return address labels

❀ wax sealing beads (any colors are welcome)

❀ good quality (!) sticky notes (the ones that actually stick to paper or smooth surfaces)

Favorite Themes

β˜… Botanicals (esp. vintage botanicals, house plants, etc.)

β˜… color-themed (my favorites are yellow, neutrals, blue, dark green and earthy tones)

β˜… universe/astrology (stars, planets, skies)

β˜… travel-themed

β˜… food-related

β˜… postal/mail-themed

Please DON'T send!

I consider it common courtesy not to send items I wouldn't like receiving myself (such as poor quality items, broken, ripped or torn, etc.) - after all, we're all here to enjoy swapping and bring joy to our swap partners. That being said - I'm not too picky (because I can always pass on things I don't have a use for), but these are items that I prefer less:

♦ 3D and puffy stickers

♦ any type of postcards (except for the ones listed on my wishlist) - I don't collect or send them, please save them for someone who does!

♦ page flags (sticky note 'strips') - I have started using reusable ones and no longer have a use for paper ones

♦ things with mundane/trite phrases - think "Keep calm and...", "live, laugh, love", "I love you", etc. - this includes stickers and die cuts especially.

♦ childish things, e.g. Disney, cartoon-characters, reward stickers, free/ad stickers (e.g. those that come in cereal boxes or candy bars)

♦ photos of animals (illustrations are fine)

♦ bookmarks (I have far too many and only ever need one)

♦ religious (except for Buddhism) and holiday-related (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.) items; please no Americana/USA flags

♦ smiley faces and emojis

Ratings

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Comment: It's beautiful!!!! Thank you for your lovely spread and for sending it home safe. Cheers to you!
tuliptrees rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers #4 on May 5, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the stickers!
skinny52 rated for Fill in my Ephemera color gap on May 4, 2021
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Comment: You did a great job on this one, and even if you did lose track of mint green a little bit your presentation made up for it πŸ˜€ I really enjoyed the sealing wax. Thanks again, Mar
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Comment: What a lovely swap!Thanks Silvia! Love all the tiny bits too! 😁
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Comment: Thank you so much for the big pile of stickers! I love their style a lot!
ericabella rated for Postcard Sticker Combo on Apr 6, 2021
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Comment: Hi Silvia! Thank you for the lovely postcard. Ciao!
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R58 on Mar 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all the extra's!
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Comment: Thank you so much for this wonderful envelope full of wonderful washi and all. :) I was so happy. Thanks a lot.
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Comment: Oh, I am so, so pleased to see that you're still using the address labels you made me. With the Jamie stickers, it seems we have truly come full circle - you were my first international swap since returning from hiatus. It was such a pleasure to get all these goodies from you today; I'll be keeping them in my sticker collection forever. Your patience paid off. ;p~
Ace330660 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R57 on Mar 15, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the journal and the washi ! Will gladly pass along !
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely stickers! ✈️✈️✈️
Writercat rated for Vintage Envelope #1 on Feb 26, 2021
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Comment: Hi Silvia! Thank you so much for the beautiful vintage envelope and all the wonderful treasures inside such as stickers, stationery, the postcard and cut outs. I had such fun looking at it all and look forward to using it for card making and envelopes. Love it all and appreciate all the care that went into my special package. Very kind of you! Cathy/Writercat
gothbarbie rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R55 on Feb 23, 2021
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Comment: Well that made quite the journey! It JUST arrived this week! So glad it made it after all these months!
telly rated for SNACKS! 1 person per country (EUROPE) on Feb 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies and the explanation for each! I can't wait to try them! :)
Reign747 rated for Washi Tape Enthusiasts Unite! #6 on Feb 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cute washi tape, I like them all!
lynnerfb rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R56 on Feb 11, 2021
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Comment: The Mail finally came today.
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Comment: Absolutely Wonderful! Thank you so much. Your drawing is fantastic and spot on for my personality!
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Comment: Silvia, this is wonderful! You are so talented. I went through a slump in November, it is magical when the creativity returns! Hugs
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Comment: Thanks for the fun stickers and washi! I loved your envelope design as well. So creative!
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Comment: Thank You Silvia, These are some really CUTE stickers! :o) Much Appreciated! I will be putting your Envie Art in my Smash book!

Rating Overview

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Comments

Sherry71 on Apr 18, 2021:

Hi, I re-sent the swap I messed up on. I look forward to hearing from you. I did send you message about 4 days ago. Hope you are well.

πŸ’ŒπŸ˜Š Sherry

MexiMidge on Jul 1, 2020:

Love your profile! Can I use your ABC idea on my page? :-)

Rainydancer on Apr 21, 2020:

welcome to sunshine swaps and mail!

Mye on Dec 15, 2019:

Thank you very much for sending home my washi bag, they arrived safely. 😊

cloudjun on Jul 31, 2019:

Hello love, thank you so much for angeling the washi tape scavenger hunt swap <3 I really appreciate it, and will enjoy the great selection of washi samples you have curated for me.

earthnk on Feb 11, 2019:

Handwritten quote is winging its way to you as of an hour ago. It was nice to share. 😊

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