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renmagpie

renmagpie
Date Joined: September 22, 2011
Last Online: October 12, 2021
Birthday: March 17
Country: United States
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About Me

She/Her

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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.

Favorite Crafts

  • Hot Glue Mixed Media Art

  • ATCs/AT Coins.

  • Altered Tags

  • Abstract painting.

  • 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.

For Profile Based Swaps

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)

  • Oils

  • Journals

  • 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

  • Witch Balls/Jars

  • Lunar items

  • 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)

  • Dark Victoriana

  • Nautical

  • Sea creatures and the undersea world

  • Anatomy/skeletons

  • Seascapes

  • 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).

Scents

  • Ocean/Surf/Driftwood/Beach

  • Rain

  • Orange/Citrus

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.

  • Fabric/fat quarters/yarn.

  • 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.

  • Coupons

  • 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.

  • Form letters

  • Decos/FBs/LBs - I no longer swap any of these

  • Stationery lettersets

An A - Z of Phe

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

On Rating

Ratings

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.

Ratings

uiltje rated for ISS: Inkbox Card - Sender's Choice on Oct 11, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely Inkbox Card. I love the use of crackle paste. Something to put on my wishlist. Leaves whirl down over here as well. Happy autumn!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating! I'm so happy you liked the card. xoxo
quaisoir rated for AAA: Circles on Oct 10, 2021
5
rating
Comment: What a beautiful ATC! Thank u so much.love how the notecard and washi also followed the circle theme.😊
Response: I'm so happy you liked it - I love it when I can tie the whole envelope together too. : ) And thank you, too, for such a lovely rating. xoxo
5
rating
Comment: Oh my! Your ATC is so cool. It’s dark and ominous just like Poe. A special thank you for the kind and thoughtful words in the note. It really means so much. Love the swap you sent. Thank you❣️🎃
Response: Aw, thank you so much for such a beautiful comment. I'm really happy that you liked the ATC - and I meant what I wrote. xoxo
5
rating
Comment: Thank you. Beautifully done :)
Response: Thank you! xoxo
MamaD rated for Collage Queens - ATC Coins Collaged #1 on Sep 21, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic coin! The quote was perfect as well! Especially at this particular time in my life! Thank you again! I love it!
Response: Thank you for such a lovely rating and I'm really happy that I chose the right quote for you. xoxo
georgiafae rated for Fall ATC on Sep 18, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Very creative and thanks for telling the steps you did to create this-I wish more swappers would do that. How exciting is it to live in Salem. Love the picture on the card-now I'll have to look up the history of it-thanks for sharing-Take care and stay safe!
Response: Thank you so much! I try to do that every time, especially when the process isn't necessarily self-evident. I've received a few swaps where I'd have LOVED to try the technique they used, but had no idea what they did. Also, Salem is absolutely wall-to-wall people right now. It will be through mid-November, but I have my safe-haven here at home, so I can escape the madness (or dive in!) whenever I need to. Thank you for such a lovely rating. xoxo
bluerose3 rated for CPG HandDrawn ATC - Global on Sep 14, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you. I like how you made this ocean wave.
Response: Thank you! I find them very soothing to do. And thank you for the lovely rating. xoxo
bluerose3 rated for CPG End of Summer ATC - US on Sep 14, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you. The golden color is lovely.
Response: Thank you! I love the golden part of autumn. And thank you for the rating. xoxo
tristitia rated for USATC: Mixed Media ATC on Sep 14, 2021
5
rating
Comment: I love it! I've gone completely down the rabbit hole of autumn colors, so I needed this little jolt of brightness!
Response: : D I felt the same way in terms of autumn palettes! It was refreshing to get back to the brights. Thank you so much for the lovely rating! xoxo
5
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Comment: Compelling work of art… really appreciate your line and color… wonderful use imagery to express your feeling… very glad this is mine… thank you .. but it must not have been easy to part with..
Response: Wow. Thank you for such an inspirational rating. I'm so grateful to have been able to send to you, and your remarks here are just...they made my day. xoxo
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Name your ATC swap #6 on Sep 9, 2021
5
rating
Comment: thanks so much- I love it!
Response: Thank you so much for the lovely rating - and I'm glad you loved what I sent. xoxo
edgetorn rated for YTPC: one sheet wonder album - USA on Sep 4, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Phe…you did an awesome job making the album…there is no precision in art…just create and have fun! Your album was very calming and I love all the earth elements…die cut leaves, forest card and the copper wire “love”. I will treasure this album…thank you so much!
Response: Thank you so, so much for such a lovely rating. I'm so happy to know that my booklet was calming and so warmly received. I hope it continues to bring you joy. xoxo
123Poggy123 rated for ACT: Coin with people on Aug 28, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Such a lovely Coin. I love the background & the focal point of the woman. Really nice Coin.
Response: Thank you for the lovely comments and rating! I'm really happy that you like it. xoxo
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG ATC coin with a Word - US on Aug 24, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for a gorgeous and meaningful atc coin. Love the colors and the reminder to 'breathe'!!
Response: Thank you so much, Grace. I was really grateful to be sending this piece to you, especially given everything behind it's creation. xoxo
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for your great cube! The pink and greenish colours match very well.
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating. This is my favourite colour palette to use and I'm really happy that you liked it. xoxo
bluerose3 rated for CPG Cityscape ATC - Global on Aug 10, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you. Nice cityscape :)
Response: Thank you so much for the rating! I hope it goes well in your collection. : ) xoxo
ellie rated for CPG At the Beach ATC - US on Jul 29, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful sea shell artist trading card. It fits into my collection perfectly
Response: You're welcome and thank *you* for a lovely rating! I was inspired by your profile, so I'm really glad that what I gleaned from your profile and used to create the ATC worked so well for your collection. xoxo
fishsteak rated for EATC: Hand-Painted/Drawn ATC on Jul 24, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the cute Capoo ATC! This is my first time receiving one and it was a delightful surprise.
Response: You're welcome and I'm happy to have brought a little delight to your day! It was my first time drawing one - I'm so glad that you like it. : ) Thank you, too, for the lovely rating!
Gwillisinc rated for USATC: You're A Star ATC on Jul 22, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful Star ATC I too like Jane Davenport & dylusions
Response: You're welcome! I'm really happy you like it and thank you for the lovely rating. : )
Lishmo rated for CPG Rainy ATC Coin - US on Apr 30, 2021
5
rating
Comment: This artist trading coin is so beautiful! The colors are gorgeous, and the Banksy stamp is too cool. I just love it, it reminds me of Blue Monday by New Order. Thank you very much.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 701 134 147
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Comments

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 17, 2021:

Another year has gone by!?! How is that even possible!!!? Wishing you the happiest birthday yet! May you have a double dose of all the luck today! :)

Rainydancer on Jan 10, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

noname13 on Dec 6, 2020:

Hi Phe, thanks a lot for angelling my Christmas card swap to me! And thanks a lot for the extra postcards! I'm trying to work 2 or 3 days per week from home but I often have to go out as I control the worker protection and not all companies really care for worker protection these days and we often get complaints. I'm thinking about staying at home on Christmas. Normally I visit my parents but travelling 450 km by train isn't the best idea now. Have a nice week! Andrea

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

makestuff on Oct 1, 2020:

I LOVE your profile! I'm right there with ya on the fibro. It sucks! Have a great day!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:


** USA Happy Mail group! **

camelsamba on Mar 27, 2020:

Just read your profile. FWIW, Michigan is under a "shelter in place" but leaving the state for a home or residence elsewhere, and traveling between 2 residences in the state are allowed exceptions. (I looked this up because my oldest is due to move to CA for a job in a couple of weeks. I suppose I should read CAs as well!) Good luck with your move!

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 17, 2020:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear!!!!!!!!! Thinking of you today (and every day) - wishing you health and happiness on this, your day of birth. Not gonna lie, I picked out a St. Patty's day card for you a couple of weeks ago, but after that PF fiasco, it seemed in poor taste :( Nevertheless, you are thought about, loved, and appreciated! Happy Birthday!!!

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 13, 2020:

PHE!!!! I can’t believe this box of goodies!!! It’s never ending! I thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much !!!! There’s so much I can use for ATCs and otherwise! I’m absolutely delighted and can’t thank you enough for sharing with me :).

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