Date Joined: September 22, 2011
Last Online: October 12, 2021
Birthday: March 17
Country: United States
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Please do NOT send "extras" in your swap to me! I really am not here for anything but the swap I signed up with and while I appreciate the generosity, it will likely be wasted. I have boxes full of extras I meant to send on or pay-forward but I have neither time nor inclination to agonise over what to send to who. So please, save the postage and just send me the swap. Thank you. ♥
10 July 2021
Welcome to my profile page, old friends and new! For those who don't know, I'm Phe. I can't believe that this September will mark my 10-year anniversary on this site, but I want to take a moment to reflect on how much I've learned here through the years. This site has introduced me to so, so much in the world of art, crafts, and happy mail in general.
I'm returning to swapping (yet again!) after another hiatus to move, but this time, I'm here mostly to swap ATCs, ATCoins, and ATCubes. I'm a member of the Salem Arts Association, several active and progressive veteran's organizations, and becoming more active in my community overall again (now that we have a community) and I've found that these particular swaps are the ones that are the least stressful and most conducive to fostering my broader pursuits and goals.
I think that it's important to know a little about the people we swap with, so here's what I believe is important for you to know about me:
I am a child of Boston, MA in the US; however, we've recently bought a house and put down roots in Salem, MA. It's a transition that I'm still processing - both my S/O and I are military veterans (he's a retired after 21 years Marine, and I have 16.5 years in uniformed service between the AF and Army) and for us, putting down roots was just not a thing we thought we'd ever do. Believe it or not, if it's not something you did early in life, it's a hugely emotional and scary (but beautiful) process.
I am a parent to a queer teen, and their experiences, along with those of so many of the LGTBQIA+ community I interact with, inform a lot of how I think about the world. Therefore...I am a safe haven for anyone who has been marginalised and needs a mum, an auntie, a friend, a sister. As a cis-gendered, heterosexual white woman, I am fully aware of the immense privilege I was born with. I also know what privilege really means. If you are one of those "all people are people," or "all lives matter crowd," it's clear that you haven't gotten the memo yet. I'm exhausted after the last 4 years and counting of hate in the US, and I refuse to knowingly engage with anyone who wants to continue to drink the hooah juice and wave their star-spangled racism and hate around like the cheaply made Wal-Mart patriots they are.
I was a biology major with a track in emerging infectious diseases (I never graduated - service commitments got in the way and I landed a job doing what I did in uniform and...well...here we are...). Vaccines work. Masks work. Climate change is real and will create more pandemics if we don't act now. The very idea that science has been politicised in the US is terrifying to me.
Art and writing have been central to my mental health, well-being, and healing since 2014, and their role in that healing process cannot be understated.
I am a non-theist Sea Witch who's most at home in the liminal spaces where forests meet sea (thankfully we have those in abundance in New England). Please respect that.
So, those are the most important things for now. This section is subject to change, but as long as hate is so rampant in the US, I want to be clear that I am a person with whom it's safe to be yourself - and who understands that I don't know what you're going through. I cannot speak for you. I will speak against those who speak against you, but I have a lot to learn, and un-learn, too. I'm open to being taught what I can do to help dismantle this system we've built that has failed all but a handful of us, and create a more equitable and safe world for all of us.
Hot Glue Mixed Media Art
Collage and mixed media art.
Photography, mostly of nature - sun, moon, sea, and sky..
While I get that writing isn't a craft, it is certainly an art. Regardless of the topic, a writer who can convey clear meaning, emotion, place, time...using nothing but words...he or she is a true artist. With that in mind, I write daily for my job. For myself, I write letters. I write in journals. I write poetry (and have won competitions and been published, much to my own shock!). I write snippets of things that come to my mind that perhaps one day I'll be able to expand into a story. I just...write.
Now Hear This:
I want anyone reading this to know that you don't have to be an "artist" to make my day with your creation. I love that this site has introduced me to so many different artistic and crafty endeavours, even the ones where, well, I just didn't hit the mark. Nevertheless, I'm grateful I had the opportunity to try it and have always sent the best work I can.
That's all that I ask of you in return - always try! And know that this is a judgement-free zone when it's obvious you spent time and care on your creation.
Note: Please do not construe this as a "Wish List" as it is not. It is simply a guide for swapping partners for profile-based swaps. I do not auto-heart just because you put something from this list into a completely un-related swap package.
Pagan/Witch/Spiritual Path: If you're paired with me in a pagan or witchy themed swap, I'm open to receiving...
Ethically Sourced Stones (except clear quartz please! I have sooo much clear quartz...)
Herbs (no smudges please)
Pagan or witchcraft themed ephemera
Any natural remnants that can be used in witch balls or intention cords
ANY items of the seas (water and the ocean are my elements)
Tarot or Oracle cards, especially oceanic/herbal/natural themed decks
Rings, earrings, or bracelets (no necklaces - I only wear one that never comes off)
Tree of Life
Celtic or Norse Art and Knotwork
Anything you care to make or offer in these themes!
Themes that I love to Explore and Receive
Seasonally based arts and items (appropriate to the current season we're in)
Sea creatures and the undersea world
The Autumn (my favorite season)
Science - especially biology and chemistry
Celestial - Sun, moon, stars, moon phases
Tank Girl - the comic!
Gas masks! Images, clothing depicting them, jewelry...
Absolutely anything related to the ocean -especially Arctic and Atlantic seas.
New Orleans through the early/mid 1900's (especially Storyville)
Victorian Boston and New England
Pre-Christian history and mythology (particularly Persian, southwest Asian, and European)
Celtic history, mythology, and symbolism
Local legends, lore, and ghost tales
Victorian homes and architecture
Old cemeteries and burying grounds
Colors... If you're ever considering something in colors, I wear mostly blacks and greys and prefer cool tones in general (blue, purple, deep greens, silver - think the colors of the seas).
No Thank You (Please Do Not Send)...
Fairies or items relating to fairies. Mermaids fall in this category too.
Dream Catchers, Sage Smudges, or any other items that have been culturally appropriated UNLESS they are specific to your ethnic heritage. In other words, if you’re a basic white girl, do NOT send me Native American goods. Cultural appropriation is a huge problem in witchy circles and I won’t accept it.
Crystals or stones that you can’t guarantee are ethically sourced. Semi-precious stones are one of the largest contributors of child labour, slavery, and pollution. It’s very difficult to find sellers who can trace their stones back to the country and mines they originated from. For this reason, I’m extremely selective about where and from whom I buy my stones and I don’t have very many.
Homophobic, trans-phobic, MAGA, pro-Trump, anti-LGBTQIA+, racist, or white power literature, sympathetic items, or vintage items.
Planner items. I am a Bullet Journaller and don’t use clips, tags, dashboards, post-its, etc. in my bullet journal.
Displays of Wal-Mart Patriotism, the US Flag, military memorabilia/kitsch. Nothing aggravates me more than Wal-Mart Patriotism. I served under my nation's flag. I don't need or want to plaster and display it everywhere. As for military kitsch and memorabilia, the only things I've kept are things that have been given to me as part of units and missions - or exchanges between friends/service members. Challenge coins, commander's coins, other nation's military kit (my most prized is the RAF beret I was given by someone I served with in the Middle East), unit patches - that's all super meaningful...when exchanged as part of something greater. Being a veteran is a big part of what makes me, well, me...but don't mistake that pride in service for some bullsh*t Lee Greenwood "patriotic" crap please.
Blank recipe cards
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or drink packets such as MIO or powdered/liquid beverage additives
Makeup, bath products, or hand sanitizer/anti-bacterial soaps liquid/foam/gels of any kind.
Lavender, cinnamon, apple, baked good, pine, or other "homey" scented anything. Please. The scent of these candles and oils makes me sick.
Anything that can be considered Proselytizing - religious OR lifestyle
Disney, Diddl, foam stickers, children's stickers, reward stickers, teacher's stickers, super hero stickers, etc.
Decos/FBs/LBs - I no longer swap any of these
Some people find these annoying, but I like to see them because it really helps when doing profile based swaps (my preference over sender’s choice). I have a more comprehensive list of likes/dislikes above, but here’s a few keywords for you too. :)
A - Autumn, Atlantic, ATCs, Auroras, Altered Items, Atomic Age, Architecture, Arthurian Legend, Alcohol Inks, Anchors, Art Deco, Auntie Mame, Alphonse Mucha, Apothecary, Acrylics, Abstract, Arctic Seas, Archaeology, Anthropology, Avalon, Action Movies, Autumn Leaves, Acorns
B - Beaches, Bullet Journal, Brush Pens, Boho Berry, Boston, Big Band Swing, Bottles, Books, Berries, Biology, Bizarre Foods
C - Coffee, Collage, Curious, Calm, Celtic Knotwork, Cooking, Cemetaries, Coven's Cottage, Circles, Cuff Bracelets, Challenges, Creative Writing, Colouring, (ethically sourced) Crystals
D - Diving, Driving, Dolphins, Dylusions, Driftwood, Distress Oxide Ink, Discworld, Dirtbikes, Doc Martens, Deco Tape
E - EDM, Eclectic, Ephemera
F - Fish, Flappers, Forests, FitBit, Flip Books, Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (S), Fountain Pens, Farmer's Markets
G - Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Gas Masks, Ghosts/Ghost Stories, Glass, Graphic 45, Graphic Tees, Galaxy
H - Hedgewitch, History, Herbs, Hedgehog Feets, Heidelberg, HMPCs, Hoodies, Honey Bees, Honey
I - Irish, Indigo, Industrial Design, Infinity Scarves, Islands, Intention Cords
J - Jewelry, Journalling, Junk Journals, Journals, Jazz Age
K - Keys, Kawaii, Kitchen Witchery
L - Long Letters, Lush, Languages, Learning, Lighthouses, Legends, Letterset, Lunar, Leggings
M - Mixed Media, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motorcycles, Marine Life, Mango, Martini Kitsch, Modernism, Myths, MAC, Moors, Magpie Journals, Moon Phases
N - Nautilus, New Orleans, NeoColours II, Nautical, Nika Rouss, Notebooks, New England, Nature Documentaries, Norse Mythology
O - Octopuses, Oracle Cards, Organic Landscapes, Oaks, October, Ombre
P - Pagan, Post-Modern, Photography, Pomegranate, Prismacolour, Poetry, Pocket Letters, Pen Pals, Pulp Riot
Q - Questions and Answers
R - Reefs, Ravens, Roaring '20s, Retro Kitsch, Ranger Arts, Rothko, Reading
S - Steampunk, Stamps (acrylic/clear and wooden block!), Sentimental Circus, Storyville, Seashells, Sea Glass, Stormy Seas, Skeletons, Skulls, Somerville, Seafood, Sunsets, Salzburg, Stencils, Stars, Spirit World/Realm, Silver, Stained Glass, Seascapes, Swimming, Sushi, Stones, Seawitch
T - Teal, Travel, Tree of Life, Tombow, Tim Holz, Tank Girl, Tarot, Texture Paste
U - Urban Decay, Underground, Union Square
V - Violet, Victorian Age, Violin
W - Washi, Whales, Whimsy, Waterfalls, Willows, Writing, Witch Balls
X - X-Rays, X-Ray Spex
Y - YouTube Tutorials
Z - Zen, Zines
A rating, to me, is a way to acknowledge receipt of a swap, provide commentary (and even constructive criticism which I welcome), and to say, "Hey! Thank you!" If you haven't received a rating from me, I haven't received your swap.
Going to Be Late? Just Let Me Know
I rate according to the Swap-Bot guidelines. I will usually contact you before rating down unless it's evident that you're trying to get over on the system by marking sent when you haven't actually done so. I don’t like rating down and want to work with you to see that I don’t have to. I will never rate you down if you contact me prior to the send by date to let me know you're going to be late, and keep up your end of the swap afterwards.
On Hearts and “Extras”
I give hearts based on your swap. If you took the time and effort to do the best work you could, that's heart-worthy. Please...spend time on your creation. Try something new. Enclose a note telling me about your technique. But don't send me random scraps/ephemera/destash stickers or other such "extras".
Conversely, I don't send random extras unless it's something I have that your profile clearly states you'd love to receive. And if I send it, I don't expect a heart. I just want to make you a little extra happy. I want my swap to stand on it's own merit, not anything else I may choose to send, if I choose to send.
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