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heliogal

heliogal
Date Joined: September 27, 2007
Last Online: May 23, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

Hello, I have taken a couple years off of swap-bot, but lately I have started to really miss the fun mail, the creativity, and learning a little bit about someone's life. So I am back!

Update Jan 2022: Please let me make it right if something I send has postage due!! There is so much random subjectiveness to the new postage rates.

July 2021: Just updating some facts about my family. My daughter is now married to her partner by a ceremony, on the beach, that I got to officiate!! My son graduated SJSU with his software engineering degree this winter! Big goals achieved!!

I have been living off-grid for 14 years now!! We live in a yurt on very rural land an hour from town. It is a lot of work but we just love living like this! Being independent and being in nature is important to my psyche!

Since I live an hour from town I usually check my P.O. Box once a week and send mail at the same time. I mark my mail sent once I have dropped in the mail slot at the post office. It may be on a Sunday or holiday and will be post marked the next day.


I am married with 2 young adult children which we homeschooled/unschooled. My daughter has now graduated from University of CA, Santa Cruz and my son is in college pursuing a computer science degree. I'm super proud of them both and what we accomplished as a family with unschooling. We live in a rural area in a home we built. We are off grid using solar power. So all my computer correspondences are solar powered yeah! We lived for a year with no electricity at all before we were able to get solar power system up. It was fantastic learning experience. Doing something like that really helps you not take a lot of things for granted.

Nature is very important to me and I like arts and crafts that reflect nature.

I like stationery, sachets, fabric bags of sweet smelling potpourri or any of your spice and herbal mixtures address labels -I really need some and fancy STICKERS, LOTION, soaps ANYTHING Scented, Lip balms, Lip Shimmers, and Lip Sticks (pinks/natural),lace, ribbon, teas, homemade or store bought spice blends, candles (all kinds votive and jar candles ect...), I like Victorian style postcards/cards, Celestial (stars and moons and suns) style, Cats and all animals especially Bears (real pictures of bears not teddy bears) Not that there is anything wrong with teddy bears :)

LOVES:

People who read profiles and take the time to connect with another person

Anything Handmade- your artwork or crafts

Jewelry!! earrings I have pierced ears and like dangly earrings, necklaces, bracelets handmade or 2nd hand (thrifted or yard sales :-) I like silver, bronze and coppery metals (not too much into gold unless its "antiqued" I like bohemian styles, ethnic, Victorian, animals, nature things (flowers, birds, trees ect...)

Interesting stones, crystals, semi-precious gem stones, Nature-made beach glass, all natural things you might find on a walk: shells, pressed leaves, seed pods, dried berries, feathers, pine cones, ect...

Pen-pal letters and notes I love even a quick personal message in swaps

Owls and really all birds

Foxes

Bears

Trees

Botanical themes

Fairies, Dragons, Mermaids, Gnomes, Elves and all magical creatures.

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees and Luna moths

Sun and moon and stars imagery

Steampunk/Victoriana styles/Science/Art Noveau

Tea parties and all tea themed things

Mail art and decorated envelopes. Just putting a little effort with stickers ect... on an envie makes me SMILE big.

Flowers, love all flowers!!

Rubber stamps and ink pads! Most of my colors got dried up after I took a break from swapping and your stamped images please!

ALL things herbal: Dried Herbs from your part of the world, information about any herbs, pictures, recipes that use herbs for body care, cooking, cleaning, medicines, potpourri, teas ect...!!

Stickers, stickers and more stickers :-) Celestial, Flowers, Victorian style, fairies, animals, trees, leaves, snowflakes, steampunk, all magical creatures, Please no children's stickers like cartoon characters, Please no kawai

Die cut shapes I don't have any punches and I love flower, star, heart, nature, butterfly, suns, leaves, trees, ect..... I love the scalloped edged rounds shapes!!

Pretty scrapbook paper- I can always use more paper! embellishment's, prima flowers, Ephemera, Lace, Ribbon, Fabric, Buttons, Washi.

TEA I love all kinds plain black and in all its delightful flavors, I love black tea with vanilla! herb teas, chais and pumpkin spice teas. I always appreciate decaffeinated dessert teas. I like the brands Stash, Tazo, Bigelow, Yogi, Numi, Zhenas, but I would love to try different teas too. The only kinds I don't like are roobios and all of Twinning's brand teas

I would love some black currant tea or rhubarb tea I had some on a trip to Sweden and loved them!

Tea stuff: teabag caddies, infusers, nice large mugs,

Magazines! Used is wonderful! I love relaxing with a magazine to read. I like all kinds: Science, Beauty, Craft, Homemaking, Nature, Current events, Homesteading, Art. Rock my world with something new to learn and read about!

Postcards: especially handmade, Nature scenery, gardens, castles, landmarks, art, Animals of all sorts!! I don't really care for the 3-D postcards, however.

Bears :-) realistic and artistic!

Cats Big and small!

Pagan/ Wiccan things: altar items (wands, candles, decorations) God and Goddess pictures, Bells, Spells, Books, I love spell bottles and amulet bags, charms. I would love some items with pentagrams lists of magical correspondences. I am a green witch and eclectic pagan. I believe in the rule of three that anything I put out in the world come back to me times three, so I only do good magic and only on myself!

Notecards I love handmade ones and store bought too!

Stationery sheets it is very hard to find stationery where I live. I like florals, nature, artistic or just interesting designs please no Kawaii or diddle or other cartoonish styles.

Fabric bags with zippers or drawstrings for organizing stuff in my totes. Handmade always welcome and appreciated as well as clean thrift store/ yard sale finds :-)

like lotions, creams. cuticle creams, soaps, shower gels, massage oils if they are handmade or of natural ingredients.

Fuzzy or Cozy socks

Gloves, hats, wrist- warmers Handmade is always wonderful but even dollar store finds are great.

I love quotes printed from the computer or handwritten

Halloween things especially vintage style I figured out that I like all holiday themes that are vintage style. I don't need real vintage, I like the reproduced images.

I am always in need of kitchen towels

I love aprons handmade or thrift store finds

Essential oils

Incense sticks or cones or loose Your homemade blends are always appreciated Please no drug store or dollar store brands

Anything about palmistry


Here is my very short list of Dislikes:

Disney and All cartoon characters, Kawaii

Themes of shopping, princess, shoes and handbags that sort of thing.

Please no gory, bloody images or animal abuse (I needed to add this because I got something recently that was very disturbing

Camouflage or USA stuff (love my country but just don't like that color combo)

Christian stuff (I respect the religion but it is not my path)

Favorite Music

World music especially music from Brazil, Ireland/Scotland, Cuba, and Africa. Rock from Indie to oldies with a soft spot for 80's music. I also love new age music, and classical and Opera. I love the band Fitz and the Tantrums!

Favorite Movies

I LOVE watching all kinds of movies. My guilty pleasures are action/ adventure films and sci-fi where the good guys always win. I also love more subtle and complex films as well. I just love Dance movies also like Strictly Ballroom and Step up We get no TV so I love movies and I'm fine if you send me any "back-up" DVD copies of any kind.

Here is a short list of favorites: Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy, all X-men movies, ,Cloud Atlas, Avatar, Meet Joe Black, I am Legend, The Illusionist, Princess Bride, everything Star Trek, all the LOTR movies, The list could go on for a very long time

Favorite Crafts

I really enjoy making notecards and postcards and FLIPBOOKS! And all the fun pockets and happy mail paper crafts. Since I am not good at drawing or painting I use rubber stamps stickers and ephemera in a what think is a very artistic way. like getting supplies for making these such as nice papers, ephemera, stamps, ink pads, brads, ribbons and lace, buttons embellishments.

gardening, growing and nature crafting (collecting wild plants) flowers and herbs for cooking, healing and crafting. I make soap and soy candles with essential oils. I love making my own herbal medicines and body care products.

Jewelry making. I have just been getting into making bead and wire earrings and necklaces. I would love to receive interesting glass beads and findings, chains, wire, ect...

Favorite Books

I really enjoy reading non-fiction such as real life adventures or how-to books also books about great people. I do love engaging plot-driven books too. I love cozy mysteries like the China Bayle herbal mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert, The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Laurie R. King, The book Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli is a beautiful YA book I like to recommend to everyone. I also LOVE poetry. I always enjoy good book recommendations.

smells

I really love scented stuff and prefer things scented with natural essences. I like floral scents such as Rose, Jasmine, Violet and Honeysuckle. I like lemon, honeydew melon, herbs such as lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, sage, Spicy scents like cinnamon, Sandalwood, cloves and pumpkin spice are fantastic too!! Wintery smells I like are pine tree, peppermint, cinnamon, apples, gingerbread, all lot of spicy smells and evergreen smells are nice.

Colors

I love all colors. Except neon brights. I'm not such a primary color person either. I love all the other shades of colors. I like earthy colors and Jewel tones. I like the combinations of Red and yellow, Blue and yellow, and turquoise and brown.You can make me happy with most colors.

Just want to say...

I just want to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful swappers I've had the joy to swap with. It is because of the great and generous people on swap-bot that this is such a fun past time!!

Create the world you want to live in.

Ratings

ScrapHappyGabi rated for WIYM: Quote on a PC on May 17, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely buutterfly postcard with the great quote!! hope you are having a great day! xx Gabi
Response: Wow! That got there so quick!! I am very happy you liked it. Please take care of yourself as you go through with your new treatment!
jay9 rated for 1 Stamp Flat Swap on May 9, 2022
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Comment: This is such a fun envelope heliogal! Thank You very much💚 I love the items and the beautiful way the colors move among them. It's truly a treat to receive. Happiness and Peace 🌈
Response: I always send a note with my swaps and I forgot to put one in yours! I mainly wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your profile! You have a lovely way of seeing things and writing about them in a beautiful way plus I love your humor! I am delighted that you enjoyed the things I sent!
mspandatrain rated for CPG QUICKIE: Pink Envie - US on May 4, 2022
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Comment: Hello Stephenie, I loved your envelope full of pink goodies, what a bunch of great surprises. I am pleased you have special memories of my city! You're absolutely correct what a magical hike and great beginning to spring. Thanks. Hugs, Luisa
Response: What a wonderful comment to read! It makes so happy to hear that you liked everything I sent and enjoyed my note. Hugs to you too Luisa!!
BusyB rated for CPG Multi Stamp Random Envie #2 - US on May 3, 2022
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Comment: Hi Stephanie! What a fun envie inside and out! I like the blue painted envie with the pretty postage, and the thoughtful goodies. Can't wait to try the tea and use the goodies in my journal. I especially like the mushroom and gnomie tags! ❤️ Love the postcard, so cute! Thank you for a great swap!
Response: I am so happy you liked everything I sent and can use them!! Thank you for your lovely comment and the heart!!
PaperPassion rated for VF Fairy Mail Art - USA on May 2, 2022
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Comment: Love the fairy theme mail art.Thanks so much for the beautiful collage and the great extras.
Response: You are welcome!
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Comment: Thank you so much for this extra special swap! I really loved everything you sent and appreciate the effort you put into this!!
Response: I am so happy to hear that you loved everything I sent to you!! Thank you for the nice comment and the heart!
mariewilliams810 rated for Happy Earth Day on Apr 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: Your welcome!
tatntole rated for WIYM: Index Card Art: Spring Rabbit on Apr 20, 2022
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Comment: Love it! What a great word...Growth!
Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful comment and the heart!!
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Comment: Thanks so much for your delightful bird card with your cheery message. Love all the stickers, too, especially the Flower Fairy ones. I have postcards of the Flower Fairies. Love them! When I send a postcard, I'll have to add one of those stickers. Unfortunately our choir decided to fold as the pandemic did a real number on it. Disappointing. Hopefully I can do music in other ways. California sounds really nice in spring with all the flowers and an apricot and fig tree. We don't have any of that here but at least some spring flowers are out like crocuses. Take care! Cathy
Response: Thank you for your nice comment so lovely to read. I am sorry your choir was another thing that covid took!! You must find another way to let your music out!! Yay!! for the spring crocuses!!! Thank you for the heart and you take care too!!!
Mistyinltown rated for WIYM: Easter Card Swap USA on Apr 20, 2022
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Comment: Such a cute card. I too am looking forward to spending time in the garden, and outside with my dogs and chickens. I hope you had a beautiful Easter.
Response: Oh, I am so glad you liked my Easter card! That sounds dogs and chicken that sounds fun!! I did have a wonderful Easter thank you for being awesome!!
LadyJo rated for ABC USA - Mail Art Letter F for : on Apr 20, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome Faces Envie! I know what you mean I love Flowers, but it is fun to make it not the normal. I also just love the Farm stickers, flower notecard as well! I am behind a bit, but will be posting another Letter mail art swap soon. I like these as well! Thanks for joining!
Response: I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my faces envie!! That was so fun to do! I am so happy I had those farm stickers to send to you!! Have a beautiful day!
LauraM540 rated for SMSUSA: Mail Art Goodies 💌 on Apr 18, 2022
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Comment: what an excellent envie of goodies! Even the envleope itself was adorable! Thanks for a fun swap, everything will be put to great use!
Response: It is so wonderful to hear how you liked everything I sent!! I do have a lot of fun decorating my envies! It is just not happy mail with out a fun envie in my opinion- LOL! Thank you for the nice comment and heart!!
marclively rated for 3 Things in an Envelope #15 on Apr 13, 2022
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: You are welcome and I thank you for the heart!!
lrm1980 rated for Spring Scavenger Hunt on Apr 5, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for a great swap, and sweet note! It was really nice to read. I just love every thoughtful, lovely thing you sent, and I'm excited to use everything.
Response: reading your comment made me so happy as I glad you will be able to use everything and enjoyed receiving it!
denisedecker58 rated for 1 to 10 swap on Apr 5, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much! I really enjoyed reading your answers and loved all the enclosures!
Response: I am glad to hear your enjoyed the swap! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cute envie of woodland creature goodies you sent me. I particularly like the squirrel postcard. Adorable! :-)
Response: Yay! I am some happy to hear that you liked the woodland swap things Isent!!
TeacupsandCandlesticks rated for Tea Samples :) on Apr 2, 2022
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Comment: Hello again! Thank you for the teas and stickers. This was a fun package to open. Can we talk about tea organization? I have an entire cabinet shelf devoted to tea. I'm searching for a corner hutch to have a tea bar out in my dining room, right now I have a silverware divider (the slots are the perfect width for teabags) with just some of my teas in it for when people are over. Hope to swap with you again <3 Monty
Response: I am so happy to know that you enjoyed my swap!! The corner hutch tea bar idea sounds really lovely!! I have a drawer with dividers like a silverware one too! Great minds think alike!!
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Comment: Flowers! Thank you!
Response: You are so welcome!!
Drea3nvy rated for WIYM: Seeds and Some Happy Mail/USA on Mar 31, 2022
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Comment: Love the happy mail and seeds thank you so much! Your envelopes you make are beautiful!
Response: I really love a nicely decorated envie!! It is so nice to hear that my Happy mail was enjoyed!!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing happy mail! It made my day!
Response: I am so happy to know that you really liked the happy mail I sent! Thank you for creating such a fun swap!!

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Comments

satinification on May 12, 2022:

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Thank you for the amazing happymail, Stephenie! So many great items. You made me very happy :D. The book pages, kitty goodies... Everything is really great ;) !

(MMHWH - happymail tag)

Best wishes!

Agnieszka

Trevismom on Apr 19, 2022:

Hello! Just wanted to say thank you for the awesome envie of sayings! Those are really going to come in handy for my crafting! I've never been to Croatia but we have been to most of western Europe. My hubby is retired Air force so we were assigned to bases there. I wouldn't trade those times for the world! My tip is even if you don't travel big still travel! Anywhere anytime! Hope you have a great day! Deanna / Trevismom

oddlittlemiss on Mar 28, 2022:

You angeled for the 'BSS Quick Ostara/Spring Equinox,' and I got your letter a few days ago! Thank you so much for the letter, envelope, and ritual! Everything was so beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful week! :)

LeslieLovesMail82 on Mar 26, 2022:

Haha that's too funny...I'm glad the original finally arrived after taking its sweet time! You're so welcome, glad you loved the goodies (heart)!

bostianh on Mar 14, 2022:

Thank you so very much for the great wish surprise for AATW March Wishlist! What a beautiful collection of fun items I am excited to use in future crafty adventures.

Autist on Mar 14, 2022:

Thank you for the AATW March there were so many goodies in this little envelope!! I loved them all!! Thank you for thinking of me. Everything will be useful! Cheers, Evan

Poohtat on Mar 14, 2022:

Thank you for the lovely pansy rub-ons for my AATW Feb wish. Happy Swapping

Robinarie on Mar 5, 2022:

Hi Stephenie, Thank you for sending SMSUSA March wishes my way. I too enjoy reading profiles, there is so much to learn!

isabellasnow on Feb 19, 2022:

Stephenie, thank you thank you THANK YOU for the amazing wishes you sent from my February wishlist in the AATW. I'm so touched by all the lovely items you sent. Kitties! Lots of kitties! And stamped images galore, notecards, just . . . everything! I love it ALL SO MUCH ;+)

OrigamiGrace on Feb 15, 2022:

Thank you so much for a packed envie of fun from Random Envie tag in the pfs!! Love it all!! And to answer your question, no outdoor hot springs as the water is too hot - bubble up at 140-150 degrees! But we have lovely bathhouses!

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