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heliogal

heliogal
Date Joined: September 27, 2007
Last Online: February 24, 2024

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, 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 and all the woodland animals!!

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, chai's 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

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, flowers, 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.

Cotton bandanas I use them all the time for lots of different things!!

Kerchiefs for the hair a triangle cloth with ties to tie under your hair.

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 hard to Indie to oldies with a soft spot for 80's music. I also love new age music, and classical and Opera. I love the bands Fitz and the Tantrums, and Nightwish (just got to go to a concert recently that was epic!) I like danceable music with driving rhythms and inspirational melodies.

Favorite Movies

I LOVE watching all kinds of movies and shows. It is how me my family come together after a busy day and unwind. 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. Always enjoy recommendations

We stream a lot TV shows like The Expanse, Picard, Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, Burn Notice, Discovery of Witches, The Wheel of Time, Shadow and Bone,

Here is a short list of favorites: "Where the Crawdads Sing" was such an exquisite movie! If you like magic rent this from Amazon "Make Believe" It is a lovely documentary!! Dune, For some fun and comedy "Unbeareable Weight of Massive Talent" and "Fire Saga Eurovision Song contest" "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, wood, stone, metal, 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

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Comment: Hi Stephenie, What a great postalette. Enjoyed reading your letter. Take care I, am looking forward to a flower garden.
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Comment: Thank you so much for taking the time to personalize this swap to my profile likes. Needless to say I love it all!
Response: I am so thrilled to know it made it to you and you enjoyed what I sent!! I have the solutions to the puzzles if you want them, PM me!! Thank you for the kind comment and the heart!!!
DreamCloud rated for BS&S: Imbolc Greetings 2024 on Feb 21, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful selection of Imbolc things you sent me. Your daughter is an incredible artist! 💜
Response: I am really happy my swap made it to you Eleanor and you enjoyed the Imbolc things. I will let my daughter know what you said!! Thank you for a lovely rating and the heart!!!
Trevismom rated for WIYM: Scavenger Hunt US on Feb 19, 2024
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Comment: Hello! Great to see you too! Thank you for the lovely goodies! I especially love the animal notebook! You always make your swaps look so cute! Happy Swapping! ❤️
Response: Yay!! So glad it made it to you and you are enjoying the goodies!! Thank you for the kind rating and the heart!
Lilianders rated for LSRUS: Heart Themed Mail-Int'l on Feb 16, 2024
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Comment: Oh what a fun envelope filled with yummieness. All the hearts, especially the heart shaped envelope, made me smile.
Response: Thank you for the great rating! It was a lot of fun making that envelope for you!! Thank you for the heart!!
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Comment: It's lovely! Thank you!
Response: Did it make it to you all in one piece?? That is the first time I've done anything like that!
KittEvol rated for Flower Power 2024 #1 International on Feb 15, 2024
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Comment: Hello :) Thank you for the lovely card! I bet your garden is wonderful :) Happy swapping!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind comment and I really glad you enjoyed the postcard and it made it to you so quickly!!
sherba31 rated for MAIL ART - Person or People on Feb 13, 2024
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely mail art! I appreciate the extras you included as well. Hope your area is ok in the recent weather. Take care.
Response: It was very nice to read your comment and I am doing good with all the rain we've been having but we are going to have 3 days of consecutive rain all the day days!! The spring will be so fantastic!!! I am happy that you enjoyed my mail art!!
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Comment: Thank you. This was a fun swap.
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Comment: Thanks for the amazing selection of stamped images! Loved this happy mail!
Response: Yay!!! I am so glad they made it to you and you really enjoyed the things I sent!!
metrognome rated for IFM: Make a List #5-Animals on Feb 11, 2024
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Comment: Thanks so much for your note and goodies! Please don't feel bad about not writing lately!! My feelings weren't hurt at all because I 100% understand. <3 I hope you have a calmer, simpler 2024!
Response: Awwww....That is very sweet of you!! Thank you for the kind words and understanding and I am very happy you enjoyed the swap!!!
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Comment: Thank you for the great stickers. I like em all and will enjoy using them.
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Comment: Thanks for the sweet pc, I love the picture and will add it to my jj! <3
susieq11 rated for IFM: Recycle Your Mail (ART)-Jan on Feb 9, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the great mail art - and how nice to know who originally sent the mail you chose to use! I love that you did that. Thanks too for the awesome postcards - all things I love, and ocean animal stickers -- I appreciate it! xoxo
Response: Thank you for such a nice rating!! It makes me happy knowing I am spreading a little mail joy into the world!!!
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Comment: Thank you so much! I loved it all! The collage envie was so pretty!
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Comment: Thank you for a fun swap! Love all the winter goodies, especially the polar bear pc! Thanks muchly!
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Comment: Thank you so much for this AMAZING witchy swap!!! Everything you sent is so beautiful and the envelope was decorated so nicely! This happy mail was full of beautiful things and positive energy :) it really made my day to receive such a lovely swap and I am so excited about the mugwart! I have never had any before. I really enjoyed reading your letter and learning about your off grid life...so cool! Thank you so so much. I wish I could give you hundreds of hearts! Hollie xx
Response: It was so fun to read this Hollie! It makes me so happy to know I brighten up your day and introduced you to the very wonderful mugwort!! Wishing you all the best!!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and the goodies!
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Comment: Oh, an tea themed envelope! Thank you! How suitable. :) Now I have to find some time to drink your tea and collage with the fun materials.
Response: Wow, that got to Germany so fast!!! I can't believe it! I am thrilled to hear that you loved my mail art and the things inside too!! Thanks for joining my swap!! I love creating arty envelopes!!
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Comment: Thanks so much! I love the little card and butterflies!

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Comments

Courtney on Feb 23, 2024:

Thank you for the wonderful card! It was absolutely perfect. I'm thrilled you liked the envie filled with magazine pages. AATW

bostianh on Feb 17, 2024:

Thank you so much for the beautiful AATW Feb happy mail surprise! The stamps are gorgeous and the washing, papers, and playing card I will plan to use in my paper crafting adventures soon. You always send such delightful little goodies, thanks for your kindness and thoughtfulness.💕

LadyJo on Feb 16, 2024:

Thank you for the FEB AATW! The beautiful postcard was so much Spring! Love it! Looked like a beautiful place to visit.

CookieMomster78 on Feb 14, 2024:

AATW FEB ‘24: Muchísimas gracias ☺️ I ♥️ the fun bits of shamrocks and hearts that I found in the mailbox yesterday! Big hugs & Valentine 💌 blessings to you from me. ~ Aloha, Harmony

yvonne401 on Feb 13, 2024:

Thank you for the nice January WTA from Swaps in the U.S.A.!

Blessings,

Yvonne

isabellasnow on Dec 7, 2023:

Thank you, Stephenie, for the gorgeous Halloween card! It's going up on the wall with my Christmas cards--it's too beautiful NOT to!

Sequoia183 on Nov 15, 2023:

Love the tree blessing, I appreciate it.

Autist on Oct 28, 2023:

Thank you so much for the Halloween goodies! Very cute!! Aatw oct

debbiespoms on Oct 28, 2023:

Thanks so much Stephanie, for granting both my wishes in AATW October. I so love the Postcard stamps and the 3 Halloween cards very much! Thank you Thank you Thank you ! And, that's so awesome how much love Halloween as I do! Have fun making your Sunflower fairy Halloween costume and the small Halloween party!

funstuff on Oct 26, 2023:

Thank you so much for the wonderful Halloween card and the stickers. It has a place on my wall

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