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Swan

Swan
Original Member
Last Online: December 4, 2022
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, 9 1/2-10 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex XL.. 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 for the mushroom postcard.
Mindy82671 rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 26, 2022
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Comment: I did spot some gingerbread men! Thank you 🎄💕
Rbrstmpr rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 22, 2022
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Comment: My envelope is absolutely adorable!! Tucked away in my basket til December. Thanks ever so much.
goosey rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 21, 2022
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Comment: i love your envelope! can't wait to open 'er up!! thank you and merry christmas!
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Comment: Thank you for your list. I will be looking up these songs to listen to
Eulegirl rated for LSRUS: Warm Me Up with Soup on Nov 14, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the yummy corn chowder recipe!
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Comment: Thanks for the cute postcard. It was fun to read about your favourite beverages. Happy First Day of Autumn! Cathy
simcoe54 rated for PH: Postcard With a Wheel on Sep 19, 2022
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Comment: Lovely pc. Thanks
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Comment: Thanks for the cute fairy card. Fun to read your list of sounds. All the best and Happy September! Cathy
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Comment: thank you for the great postcard! I love that it's Beauty & the Beast!! <3 <3 I'm so glad to be a part of WIYM to meet so many wonderful people worldwide!!
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Comment: Thank you for the ATC it looks so good! I started doing watercolor at an easy clean up paint and have been loving it :)
ariestess rated for 101 Things Progress- July 2022 on Sep 10, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Nicely done!
Mistyinltown rated for CPG Just a Note #11 - US on Aug 26, 2022
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Comment: Loved the notecard, that's really cool about learning watercolor, watercolor paintings are so beautiful. Thank you for the stickers! Have a beautiful weekend.
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Comment: That post card reminds me of a childrens book. I used to read .. Your food combos are interesting! I want to try the German one ! Family recipe?
Response: The potato and apple? No family recipe since my mom didn’t like the combo much. I haven’t had it often, but enjoyed it when I did.
samsstuff rated for PH: What I'm Watching on Aug 19, 2022
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Comment: Thank you! I like watching (and rewatching) all the different Star Trek series, too.
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Comment: Thanks!
mejulia rated for WIYM: Animal Postcard #2 Int'l on Aug 17, 2022
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Comment: Perfect postcard for me. Thank you!
KateKintail rated for 101 Things Progress- July 2022 on Aug 11, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sharing the photo of the beautiful weaving! So cool to hear about the concert, all your paintings, and your progress on graphic novels and audiobooks! Keep up the walking and all the good work!
Response: Thank you!
PrincessLeia rated for PH: List 5 Series - Birds #2 on Jun 1, 2022
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Comment: Thankyou for the beautiful PC and postage stamps! I love Australian magpies. I am travelling to the SW of WA next week and we have a family of magpies that visit every day to supplement their diet. It is said that magpies can recognise human faces and the ones who visit never swoop us! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Cool!
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Comment: Hey, thank you for this feel good card :)

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Comments

Poohtat on Dec 2, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG Nov adorable froggie you drew for me. I'm going to get a little frame and hang him in mu craft room. Happy swapping

Caithness on Nov 28, 2022:

thank you so much for your Christmas card. Have a great festive season. CPG wishes Nov

Zefaniya on Nov 26, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG December wish!

Byn0604 on Nov 24, 2022:

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rarjones on Nov 20, 2022:

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you! 2022

CF Group- Rose

OrigamiGrace on Sep 21, 2022:

peace

Poohtat on Sep 14, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG Sept pink happy mail. I really enjoyed your poem. It stirred up a lot of positive feelings for me. Funny how a poem can effect you. This will go into my happy journal. Thank you.

LavenderSprinkles on Sep 11, 2022:

Thanks so much for the wishes!

LadyJo on Jun 17, 2022:

Thank you for the May CPG wishes of Route 66 postcards. I really would like to do this route someday! Thanks for thinking of me!

annanymark on Jun 16, 2022:

Thank you for the letterpapers you sent me in the CPG May wishlist. Loved them!

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