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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: July 16, 2024
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
My postcard site
My creative blog
Postcrossing - My favorite place on the Web
My Book Wishlist at bookcrossing
My Etsy Favorites

About Me

I love to read. Especially books that are based on a true story or non-fiction books. I read and write English and German fluently.

I'm on Postcrossing, sending and receiving postcards from all over the world (see links above).

I like singing in the choir and in the shower; listening to good music; stickers; bright colors like red, yellow, and purple; the fall season with its colorful leaves; wildflowers, poppies, sunflowers, dandelions; the smell of the air after rain; salamanders, butterflies, ladybugs, snails, squirrels; traveling notebooks, handmade postcards; sitting under a tree and enjoying the nice weather and the things around me; berries and bananas, good food; sunsets; taking photographs with my digital camera; close-up pictures; my hometown Lübeck where I grew up; watching a landscape from a plane; going to church on Sunday morning; cute socks; chocolate, filled gingerbread hearts; true stories.

I reuse packaging. It's fun to do and saves a lot of resources.

Favorite Crafts

Handmade postcards, journaling (drawing, writing, glueing, pockets,...), traveling notebooks (or single letter (8"x11") or A4 sized pages to collect to make a book), ATCs. I like to crochet, my ultimate goal is to be able to read and follow all the patterns... I love scrapbooking quality stickers, especially travel and nature themes.

Favorite Music

Classical (e.g. Bach); contemporary Christian (e.g. Keith and Kristyn Getty, Michael Card, Michael W. Smith); The Mamas and the Papas

Favorite animals

Salamanders and newts, birds (especially the small songbirds and ducks), interesting insects, snails, sheep, and in general any wildlife.

Favorite Books

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Safely Home (Randy Alcorn), The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith); Schindler's List (Thomas Keneally), the Bible, Moomin books. In general, I like non-fiction and fiction based on a true story. I like it if I can learn something interesting in an enjoyable way. I can read English and German fluently. For a list of books that I'm looking for so I can read them please check out my Bookcrossing wishlist and my Amazon wishlist (I'd be happy with anything in used condition, doesn't have to be new and of course you don't have to buy on Amazon).

I'd also appreciate suggestions for good free or inexpensive ebooks for iOS, Kindle, or Nook.

Favorite Television and Movies

Television: The Good Doctor, The Chosen, Monk, Star Trek Voyager, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces, The Amazing Race, Survivor

Movies: Ice Age, Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Copying Beethoven, The Final Inquiry. Hayao Miyazaki's films, such as Howl's Moving Castle. Kung Fu Panda. Big Hero 6.

Other Favorites

Colors: Red, orange, yellow; rich jewel-tone colors.

Things to eat and drink: Berries and other fruit, chocolate (good quality, preferably fair trade, no cheap brands like Hersheys...), filled gingerbread hearts/cookies. The only teas I care for are herbal teas, especially the fruity ones. Rosehip with hibiscus is one of my favorites.

Postcards: I love Maxi cards. "Maximum card: a picture post card that has an illustration, stamp and cancel all with a common theme." I'm also thrilled, if you just use a stamp matching the theme on the picture side to send your postcard.

Some of my favorite postcard topics are: reading/books; music/instruments; wildflowers; fruit; native plants and animals; National parks; newts and salamanders or other amphibians; songbirds, ducks, owls, and other birds; Christianity.

Instead of writing a note on a swap card or memo sheet (swap and who it's from), when sent with swap package, I would love if you wrote all that information on a postcard and sent it in the swap package!

I enjoy my iPad, so if you have a favorite app, please advise me. I don't play games often, but a few that I have enjoyed on the iPad or the PC are: "Where's My Water?", "Plants versus Zombies", "Edna & Harvey" (my husband and I enjoyed playing the original German version together) and most recently "Monument Valley".

Clothing

Shoe size 40-41 German, 10 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex XL or 2XL. Socks should be at least 50% cotton or other natural fiber, my feet sweat too much in acrylic. T-shirts cotton only, no acrylic mix. I'd be especially happy to get something made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material.

Wishlist

  • Any kind of handmade "book" (e.g. handmade notebook, altered book,chunky book, nice deco, art journal, travel journal, mini scrapbook, upcycled smashbook for me to fill)
  • Something to help me learn Spanish (e.g. a postcard written in simple Spanish by you, a children's book, a link to another good App that I can use in addition to DuoLingo)
  • Books to read (from this wishlist only unless otherwise specified in a swap (books may end up in a Little Free Library right away if not from my wishlist) - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Small books that I can best describe as small coffee table books, i.e. probably not larger than 6inx6in or 15cmx15cm, lots of beautiful pictures to look at, not much text. This is one example that I have already enjoyed: Furry Logic
  • Moleskine like notebooks (the real thing or imitations. I would love The Little Prince or Lego special edition!) . Cahier style notebooks are also great.
  • nice Lefthanded item (calendar, tool, ...)
  • postcard boxes or postcard books
  • interesting paper, maybe with something embedded or a cool texture... (anything at least the size of an ATC is fine)
  • adhesive for scrapbooking (double sided photo safe tape, glue dots, photo corners, archival glue sticks, and other items, as long as they are archival/photo safe quality)
  • alphabet stickers and travel themed stickers (also good quality for scrapbooking)
  • Clothing made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material
  • fair trade items (e.g. coin purse, ornament, bracelet, small notebook) or even one you bought in a scratch and dent sale and fixed yourself. I love bargains and I love it when the person who originally made the item gets a fair price for it.
  • something that could go in a Christian themed or inspirational smash book or prayer journal
  • some nice Christian surprise, e.g. something with your favorite Bible verse, something inspirational, interesting article from your favorite Christian magazine
  • yarn for crocheting, especially worsted weight, but any kind would be cool. Even 1oz for small projects. Or unusual stuff like twine...
  • Anything from my Universal wishlist on Amazon

Items my husband would enjoy:

  • anything related to pinball
  • large soaps (preferably 7oz/200g or larger; he especially likes fruity scents like strawberry and more masculine smells like mint and unscented)
  • bar of shave soap
  • good quality black liquorice (such as Katjes (Tappsy are his very favorite!), Haribo, or Panda brands)
  • audio books on CD to listen to on his commute

Please don't send

  • Please don't send me anything that smells smoky. It makes me sneeze and the smell is so hard, if not impossible, to get out.
  • I don't have holes in my ears, so I don't wear earrings.
  • I don't like any kind of coffee. And I don't like peanuts (I'm not allergic, so traces are fine, but please not peanut butter cups etc.). I don't care for black or green tea very much (even the flavored ones), but I do drink fruity herbal teas once in a while.
  • When sending craft supplies, used stamps and such are fine, but don't send me photocopies of mediocre quality on regular paper or something like that.
  • I'm trying to de-clutter my home. So lots of extras won't earn you a heart. I try to swap and wish for only things that I can use. I'd be much happier about one well thought out swap item or one little carefully selected extra.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks so much! I loved seeing your art adventures <3
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Comment: I am a geocacher too! Hope to get to Australia someday.
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Comment: Great and practical list!
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and fun list!
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Comment: Birch has such beautiful bark! Thanks for the postcard!
KateKintail rated for 101 Things Progress- April 2024 on May 31, 2024
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Comment: Great job! Love to see you're working on a mix of both creativity and decluttering goals!
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Comment: Thank you!
ariestess rated for 101 Things Progress- April 2024 on May 19, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your progress!
ariestess rated for 101 Things Progress- March 2024 on May 19, 2024
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Comment: I thought I did this back when I got it, but thank you for sharing your progress!
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Comment: Take a nap is my favorite way as well. <3
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cat! I love it.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the bookmarks! Your drawing is better than I could do with my non dominant hand.
LadyJo rated for PH: What's Your Area Famous For? #3 on May 1, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for sharing from your corner of the world! I didn't know that was where the first Trader Joe's was! Cool!
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Comment: Your veggie list sounds much like mine.
FieryCanuck rated for CSG ~ Holy Week Notecard on Apr 26, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely note! I love the verse -- your week sounds wonderful! <3
KateKintail rated for 101 Things Progress- March 2024 on Apr 23, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! No worries about the formatting :-) Great job destashing books and craft supplies!
chimerix rated for BC: Handmade postcard - transport on Apr 15, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful watercolor boat PC. I love it. Aloha
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Comment: Thanks for the pc of the lion.
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Comment: Wow! What an assortment of fun postcards 🤩🤩 Thank you so much for writing to me. Much appreciate the pictorial postage stamps you’ve used. 🥰 Happy swapping!
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Comment: Thanks for the PC. You talked about colors of the beaches. I remember one on the Big Island with black sand!

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Comments

Stepht on May 21, 2024:

Thank you Swan for the lovely necklace, card and magnet! That's great that your church has partners in Cambodia and Lebanon. Our church has just sent off a young couple in Vanuata. Hope you are having a great week :)

Zefaniya on May 19, 2024:

Thank you for the CPG wish! I have never heard of book crossing but will be checking it out!

OrigamiGrace on May 16, 2024:

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so much for all the lovely cotton yarn you sent for my May wishlist at CPG!! I have been on a dishcloth/soapsaver bag/market bag kick and these are perfect. I very much appreciate your generous and thoughtful wish!!! Let me know if you'd like a crochet item!!!

heliogal on May 16, 2024:

What an absolutely delightful surprise it was getting your huge package in the mail!!! I had no idea what is was for and then I opened up and find all the beautiful and generous things you sent me for my LSRUS May wish list!!! Oh my goodness a garden journal!!! Then there were all of those gorgeous note cards and postcards and sweet bits of ephemera!! Thank you so much for such an amazing, thoughtful and generous gift!!!! You really made me smile big!!!

LadyJo on May 15, 2024:

Thank you for the April CPG wishes of these yummy Chocolate stickers and the postage stamps! Also, the Pasadena sticker. Also, the May pc for the May CPG wishes. Thanks for sharing of a vacation!

anicka22 on Apr 4, 2024:

Thank you for the match cpg wishlist. Love reading your plans ❤️

LadyJo on Apr 4, 2024:

Thank you for the adorable bunny postcard for my CPG March wishes! Sounds like a lovely time!

rarjones on Apr 1, 2024:

Happy April Birthday to YOU!

CF Group - Rose

Zefaniya on Mar 31, 2024:

Thank you for the March CPG wish!

BlueberryLady on Mar 5, 2024:

Beautiful Purple Hippo W atercolor Postcard ! I smiled when I saw it... very well done! and since she is Purple she is Pretty too ! ! ! Love the little Fish swimming around her and the birds perched on her back and Nose ! ! ! Smile (BC: Wild Animal Handmade Postcard.) Love your Handwriting too ! from Jean.

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