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FeetInTheSoil

FeetInTheSoil
Date Joined: September 30, 2019
Last Online: February 22, 2020
Birthday: July 27, 1994
Country: Australia
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About Me

Note (January 2020) - I am affected by bushfire smoke as well as severe health issues, this makes going to the post office difficult and dangerous. There will be delays on when I can post unfortunately, as well as possible delays on mail leaving the country after it is posted.

Note: DEAR STORY SERIES if you were paired with me for that now-defunct swap series PLEASE CONTACT ME ABOUT IT. To the person I did not send to, please reply to my message where I offer to send something or work out the mess that this swap left us all in.

Hello I'm Lena ๐Ÿ˜Š

I am a poet and writer and disability advocate from Melbourne, Australia.

Some of my favourite things are plants, friendship, tea, minerals/crystals/rocks, sharing poems, stationary crafts, small bookmaking/zinemaking art projects, animals (especially cats and sugar gliders and hedgehogs and ducks), cooking, tea, compassion and trying to make the world better.

I am a nonbinary disabled person and I experience chronic pain and chronic fatigue along with several other disabling illnesses (over 5 different illnesses and I'm happy to talk about it with fellow disabled people but I don't love answering extensive personal health questions if you don't have at least some understanding of what health issues are like).

my pronouns are they/them

I have a Norwegian forest cat (elderly rescue with one problem leg that he can't move) named Eli and he's very sweet but no cat treats please as he has a grain allergy and is overweight. He does love string and sturdy ribbon though if you have any to spare!!

I was born 27th July 1994 so for anyone into astrology who would like to know, that makes me a Leo sun, Pisces moon, Aquarius rising.

*** I am open to private swaps! Message me if you have an idea you'd like to swap with me.***

I cannot wait to learn about you when we share happy mail! Please include a letter about yourself and where you're from if you mail me :)

Snail Mail/Background

As a kid I loved writing to my penpals, and although I didn't know the term at the time, I always tried to use a happy mail format.

When I grew up and first went to university, I originally studied Fine Arts majoring in traditional printmaking and bookmaking. I love those areas with a passion. But I decided to change over to creative writing, sociology, and musical theatre.

I used to live in the rainforest here in Australia, and I've been involved in environmental activism due to my love of nature. I am also involved in LGBTQIA+ activism and disability activism, including through my work as an advocate within my university.

Teas and Foods

I am fascinated by the culinary and medicinal uses of plants, and learning about plants native to various locations. As a result I am delighted by herbal teas! I love coffee as well, but I need to monitor my caffeine intake due to adrenal fatigue (health issues).

I am mostly vegan because I am strongly dairy intolerant, and I do not enjoy meat. I am not offended by anyone elses diet, but if we are going to exchange recipes, please keep my dietary requirements in mind.

My favourite teas are: Pukka brand green tea with ginseng, peppermint chamomile and lavender, and ginger, refreshing blends that contain lemony herbs with fennel and chickory. I also love dandelion and marigold, and (although I can't easily get it here,) chokeberry!

Wishlist

Some things I'd love, but struggle to get my hands on:

  • Rubber stamps (especially small, botanical, textural, mushroom, vintage, ferns, woodland creatures, etc)
  • die cuts
  • sturdy scrapbook paper
  • Homemade envelopes
  • Old/vintage or hand printed nudes and figure studies, artistic nudes
  • distress oxides and ink/pigment pads (very very hard to come by here)
  • vintage botanical drawings and botanical ephemera
  • old book pages (I have a sentimentality problem and cannot rip any book myself)
  • vintage style/ botanical / whimsical stamps
  • unusual, rare, or strange paper no matter how plain
  • Small odd or unusual vintage-styled ephemera
  • Stickers of illustrated people (not characters from pop media just random people)
  • chokeberry tea
  • small dice, the older the better
  • unusual washi tapes and japanese stationary
  • washi stickers!
  • berbere spice mix
  • pressed/dried flowers or plants that are native to your location (please include information or a story about why you like it / when you collected it !)
  • High quality homemade slime or ingredients, soothing 'stim' things (hygenic only) EXCEPT no microplastics, Orbeez slushie beads, fishbowl beads, plastic glitter etc as I am very conscious of pollution
  • vegan hypoallergenic makeup cosmetics
  • If you send broken jewelry, please stick to charms, crystals, and the type of beads that can be used to decorate flatmail. If you send broken jewelry that isn't just useful parts I will pass it on to someone who likes that. But i love vintage semi-precious stone charms and pendants! If you send in-tact jewelry, no earrings or childrens jewelry please.
  • good glue that won't warp paper, glue for making slime, archival quality glue. Any really good craft glue!

Themes and Aesthetics


I love rich colours/jewel tones and neutral earthy tones equally, although I also love pastels and inky blacks

I love greens, especially khaki, sage, and deep emerald, although every colour that a plant comes in is stunning. I wear a lot of golden yellow, black, rusty orange, and purples. Yellow makes me happy, as does purple.

Themes I'd be caught giggling excitedly about include:
- vintage botanical,
- woodland creature vintage,
- mushrooms!,
- grungey punk photocopier-made zine style,
- cream with foliage and flowers,
- warm grey neutrals with one pop of an accent colour,
- golden yellow and brown,
- cats, hedgehogs, ducks, red squirrels, sugar gliders, possums, turtles, hognose snakes, alpacas, quokkas, owls, woodland animals, capybara, red pandas, bees (but not photos of honeycomb), small frogs (but not their eggs or tadpoles)
- black and white, grids,
- vaporwave 90s internet, pastel rainbows,
- green and mossy,
- magic and witchy,
- crystals,
- swamp creature,
- curvy/body positive humans,
- steven universe,
- gudetama,
- raver hippie acid,
- goth

I enjoy thoughtful and handmade stuff even if it's not 'high quality', i really enjoy the fact that we are all people who enjoy creating at home to try to make a stranger happy, and if that's what you've done I'm going to love it.

Allergies and Dislikes


Thought i'd make this section so swappers can quickly see what to avoid sending :)

I am very sensitive to chemical skin irritation from metal alloys and cosmetic products so if you send skincare or hair care products (i have curly hair and olive white skin with gold undertones for reference and i do occasionally wear tinted products like taupe and plum shades of lip balm, as well as natural eyeshadows and eyeliners etc) please choose the all natural sulphate free 'hippie' types.

I am vegan and allergic to dairy.

Please avoid strongly gendered language or branding that addresses me as 'girl' or 'boy' as I am a genderqueer nonbinary person. I do share lived experience with women though and in the feminist context it's ok to include me in the sisterhood - I would just prefer to be called 'sibling'/'sib' or 'friend'/'fren' rather than sister or brother ๐Ÿ˜Š

I am afraid of spiders and don't want images of them,but spider web cartoons are okay.

I have trypophobia which is a strong negative psychological response to certain visual images, mine is centred around the texture of natural/animal/organic holes as a repeat pattern (ant holes in leaves, close up skin pores, frog eggs, etc) so please avoid imagery reflecting these things. Thank you!!

Do Not Send/ I'm Not Into:


  • Neon bright highlighter colour palettes
  • Commercialism (promotion of commercial enterprise.The exception is vintage advertisements from the 19th and early 20th centuries)
  • Reward stickers
  • Artificially flavoured tea
  • Anything to do with hunting or guns
  • Hate or nastiness
  • Any kind of politics or the horrific state of the world. in my personal life I am aware of and engaged with those issues and it's very emotionally draining and this is my only resbit from that!
  • Horror or gore
  • Glitter or anything messy/ hard to clean up
  • Other microplastics or items it is difficult to contain that contribute to ocean pollution etc
  • If you send broken jewelry, please stick to charms,crystals, and the type of beads that can be used to decorate flatmail. If you send broken jewelry that isn't just useful parts I will pass it on to someone who likes that. But i love vintage semi-precious stone charms and pendants! If you send in-tact jewelry, no earrings or childrens jewelry please.
  • Negative portrayal of witches (green halloween witches, etc)
  • Any kind of cultural appropriation including use of AAVE by non black people or fraft supplies featuring AAVE terms or dream catchers and etc (but i'd love patterns or information regarding your own culture!!)
  • Ableism
  • Sexism
  • Queerphobia including transphobia, acephobia, or biphobia
  • Racism of any kind or xenophobia
  • Fatphobia or fitness/'thinspo', excercise, or diet themes
  • sexualized or flirtatious messages (images of nude figures totally okay/welcomed in artistic or sentimental contexts)

Topics I'd love to hear about

  • your part of the world (climate, culture, environment, plants, etc.)
  • your spirituality or self care rituals
  • your religion if you can discuss it in a way that avoids any nastiness toward other religions or groups of people (including LGBTQIA+ people)
  • your favourite thing to learn about
  • what you love about your job/degree/hometown/spouse
  • fun things you do with your kids/family
  • gardening
  • your pets
  • your journal!
  • your favourite youtubers and Netflix shows
  • your best recipes
  • your experience of living with disability/mental illness and how you found community
  • your home and how you decorate it and how you feel about it
  • your memories
  • what your favourite songs mean to you
  • the first time you tried/discovered the tea or item you send to me
  • why you love swapbot
  • your penpals

Swaps from(/to) Down Undah!

Postage from Australia can take a long time, or be surprisingly quick, depending on the relationship between the Australian Postal Service, the Postal Services in your country, and the services in any countries the letter must travel through on the way.

Please keep that in mind and contact me if there are any issues.

I mark sent when I post, regardless of whether i give it to the post office (immediate stamping) or pop it in the post box (i do not control the date stamp in that case) but I do keep photo records of all outgoing mail.

Also, because Australia 'gets the day first' by timezone, often the date here is two days later than it is in America and parts of Europe, so bear in mind that I have two days less than most people to prepare the swaps since partners are assigned to me on a later date than for most participants in international swaps yet I still need to post before the end date arrives for me, so for swaps with a particularly short turn over (less than 5 days between partners assigned and postal date) please be mindful that it may be necessary for me to post one day late by date, but that it will be posted at the same time as international swappers. If this is the case I will not message you to apologize for the date stamp, as I hope you understand how the international time zones affect the situation.

If we think it's not going to arrive at all, of COURSE I will make a replacement for you, I want you to enjoy the happy mail!

I understand the anxiety of not knowing if your swap partner has received/enjoyed the mail you worked so hard on, so I am okay with you messaging me to check what's going on if I haven't rated yet in a timeframe you expect me to have recieved your mail, but please be understanding if I have not yet received your mail.

Ratings

PaperProf rated for Blue themed Happymail on Feb 19, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for all of the lovely blue items. I especially love the blue envelope.
Response: You're so welcome :) I had fun puttng it together for you!
iris1021 rated for Tea For Thee # 32 on Feb 16, 2020
5
rating
Comment: I received yesterday. Thank you for nice tea :)
Response: I hope it was very yummy :)
5
rating
Comment: I got a little pet snail in the mail! ๐ŸŒ The watercolor is very cute. Thank you so much for the stickers and fun swap ๐Ÿ˜Š
Response: Oh how wonderful to hear you enjoyed my silly snail swap! Enjoy your little friend
Rozenbotteljam rated for Green Themed Happymail on Feb 2, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the happymail!
Response: I hope you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’š
chupe rated for Chupe and feetinthesoil swap gnomecore on Jan 29, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Oh man how I wish I could rate higher! Your package was incredible, thank you so much for all the goodies! it made me feel so special! I hope you're holding up okay dear, this was an amazing swap and I hope to swap with you again in the future ๐Ÿ›
Response: Yay I'm glad you loved it as well! I forgot to take a pic of the letter i wrote you so I'm sorry if I go over the same info again next time ๐Ÿ˜…โœจ๐ŸŒฟ
Phenyx rated for Florals/Botanical themed Tagflip on Jan 27, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the tag flip you created, all your effort was clearly evident. But what I'm more grateful for is your honesty and the resend of the missing components based on swap requirements.
Response: I am glad you appreciated my first ever tag flip even if i don't have great skills yet ๐Ÿ˜… and thank you so much for reaching out and giving me up opportunity to re send the missing piece, it was a case of packaging up mail while getting ready for a trip away and things did escape my notice, so I'm very thankful you allowed me to make it right.
5
rating
Comment: I loved this package so much! Thank you!
Response: You're so welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
MuggleMom rated for New year tea swap! on Dec 28, 2019
5
rating
Comment: I just got home from a holiday to your lovely package waiting in my post box. Thank you so much.
Response: Oh what a relief that they arrived in time for the new year!! I hope you enjoy every one :)
5
rating
Comment: I absolutely love what you sent me :) I didn't try all the teas yet but I'm sure they are all great.
Response: Very glad that you loved the parcel ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’–
1koolkrafter rated for Yellow Themed Happymail on Dec 26, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for your fun package of yellow themed items. It was fun going thru all that you sent. Happy Holidays
Response: I'm happy you had fun with the mail! Happy holidays to you too :)
Gefs23 rated for Blue Blue Blue!!!! on Dec 21, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Omigod I loved the package you sent me for blue blue blue!! It was so beautifully packaged and thought out and made me so so happy :) Thank you!
Response: Yay!!! I'm so glad that the package made you happy :) I hope that you enjoy the blue butterfly pea flower tea especially as it is so unusual and fun ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ‘ฅ
Amelie rated for Happy Mail Swap on Dec 20, 2019
5
rating
Comment: baby I'm just delighted with everything you sent me. Everything is done with love and your flipbook was so beautiful and full of pampering. My day was happier for that. Thank you. I wish you the best things, you are wonderful and yellow is my favorite color! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ
Response: Fantastic it safely got to you!! I really enjoyed putting it together and including all the little bug items for you. The card itself of course can be taken apart and re used if you like :) I'm only sorry that it missed your birthday by such a long time ๐Ÿ’›โœจ๐Ÿ˜Š
Nadhirahchong rated for Tea For Thee # 25 on Dec 18, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the teas and the extra stickers! Canโ€™t wait to try the teas. The sound delicious. โค๏ธ
Response: Hope you love the teas !!
Widellia rated for Secret envelope #2 on Dec 16, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the really beautiful package and the letter โค๏ธ And a little letter will soon be on the way to you ๐Ÿ˜‰
Response: Oh wonderful to hear that you enjoyed it! I loooved putting it together and writing to you and I look forward to reading your letter when it arrives ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–
Nushkinathan rated for Tea For Thee # 24 on Dec 15, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely tea and extras!!
Response: ๐Ÿ˜Š so pleased you liked them
elizong rated for Quick Tiny Tiny Pocket Letter Swap on Dec 10, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Love love the tiny swap!!!! beautifully made and just make u smile looking at it! Thanks a lot:)
Response: Yay! You're so welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š I had a lot of fun putting it together for you
Harineke rated for **HANDMADE** Christmas card~INTL on Dec 8, 2019
5
rating
Comment: Thank you Magdalena for the lovely card you made, the letter and all the extraโ€™s you put it. Love it, Harineke
Response: You're so welcome Harineke, I had so much fun outing it together :)
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter, postage stamp and extra, I will write back soon.
Response: I'm pleased you enjoyed the letter :) i can't wait to read your reply !
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I hope you decided to make those cookies! Also, big thank you for the washi tape samples. They're really pretty tapes
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed :) the cookies were delicious ๐Ÿ˜‚
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the stuff and thanks for hosting ๐Ÿ˜‰
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the swap :) nice to swap with an Aussie on here we're very rare it seems ๐Ÿ˜Š

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 30 5 7
Completed Fives Threes Ones
43 34 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
1 25 17 0
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Comments

StagKing on Jan 17, 2020:

Just thought I would say hello to a fellow non-binary swapper! I hope you are staying safe in Australia and that you are doing well!

arimails on Oct 28, 2019:

Happy Profile- Halloween!

I hope you have a SPOOKtacular Halloween

:)

IDreamOfAfrica on Oct 23, 2019:

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