Swap-bot Time: June 2, 2020 11:05 pm


Date Joined: September 30, 2019
Last Online: June 2, 2020
Birthday: July 27, 1994
Country: Australia
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About Me

April 2020 COVID-19: due to the reduction in international flights, postage outside Australia is likely going to take 1-4 MONTHS longer than usual. Postage within Australia is going to take up to two weeks longer. I will not be rating any 1s until the international lockdown has ended + at least one month, and I will not be re-sending mail unless for some reason the mail you RECEIVE from me does not meet swap guidelines on this time frame.

March 2020 - I am starting a year long musical theatre intensive course at University (it's for my minor in my creative writing and literature degree) and it's honestly well above my capacity considering my poor health so I will need to be far less active on swapbot until November. I will still send all swaps that I'm currently in (on time of course) but bear in mind that if you want to do a private swap I may say no even if I love your idea. It's not personal, I love all of you!

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 😊

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!


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 😊

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.


DragonflyDreamer rated for Tea for Thee # 45 on Jun 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Everything arrived today safely.
teddygirl rated for AUS Loaded Postcard on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: Wow... Thank you Lena for your cute loaded envie, I just love the postcard and ALL the goodies inside...it was really wonderful to swap with you again! I hope to see my beloved Melbourne soon...😂
carfra89 rated for 📮😱🥰Surprise my MAILBOX on May 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap! I loved thinking and creating a unique envelope, I hope you host more like this in the future. I love the cute goodies you included and pretty wax seal! I'm keeping it in my journal :D Thank you!
Response: I'm glad it arrived so soon during all of this chaos! Thank you for the kind words and kind rating, I'll consider repeating the idea in future :)
brumby3 rated for Brighten My Day Handmade Notecard on May 13, 2020
Comment: Hi Lena, thank you for the lovely handmade card and your note! Happy swapping! Annabelle xoxoxo
Response: I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it ☺️ 🌿 I had fun making it!
newrule rated for CPG Handmade w/Washi PC - Global on May 13, 2020
Comment: Yeay! Your mail was the first I received after my mailbox has been empty for so long! Thanks so much for the nice card. Stay safe!
Response: Oh that's such a good feeling isn't it? Hope the colourful washi helped to make up for an empty mailbox ☺️
Comment: Oh to live near or grow up near the ocean! Thank you for the teas. I love receiving brands I don't have in my area!
Response: Oh I'm glad I picked out teas you don't see every day :) I am never quite sure which are the local brands and which are international 😅 I hope you enjoyed my little letter about where I grew up, it was fun to share that with you 🙃🌱
Eulegirl rated for Poem Please on May 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I was unfamiliar with this poet, and I learned a lot!
Response: Oh how good to hear you got to learn :) hope you enjoyed
warheart rated for WIYM: Cover My Envelope April 2020 on May 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks for a fun envelope!! I love the little shark stickers inside!
Response: Great to hear you recieved it and enjoyed the little sharks :)
Comment: I'm sorry, I thought I rated this, but I missed it! Thank you for the lovely flipbook!
Response: I'm pleased you enjoyed it :) i was so inspired for that one, I think it's my favourite one I've made :)
PrincessP rated for Surprise on Mar 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for your sweet surprise... I love that it was plant themed :) (I'm even wearing a dress covered in plants today ^_^)
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you vibed it ☺️🌿💛
Postalstamplife rated for Abandoned sketch on Mar 23, 2020
Comment: Happy little drawing and swap. Thanks for the cute mail.
Response: Glad it wasn't too silly for you :) 💖
Comment: Thank you for the flip book, you may have started me on a snail obsession :) Thanks for the goodies and I'll be trying the tea to help me sleep :)
Response: Oh wonderful to hear, snails are such a delightful animal. Very pleased to hear you enjoyed the swap ☺️🐌 I hope the tea helps!
Comment: I loved your character and all the goodies you sent! Thank you!
Response: Yay! I had so much fun outing together her whole little world haha I'm so glad you liked the swap
Comment: Thank you, loved the pocket sleeve and your letter and all the goodies.
Response: Oh that's great I'm so pleased you enjoyed my swap! Thanks for the rating
MoniqueK rated for Dear Story #1 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for letting me meet such an interesting character!
Response: Happy to hear it arrived promptly and you found her interesting :)
Comment: Hi!!! thanks for the great swap, I loved the internet theme post it, I've never seen them before. Also the long and thoughtful letter was great, thanks for hosting, I really enjoyed this swap!
Response: It's great to hear you enjoyed the swap! Those post its were one of the first things I ordered on ebay when I started penpalling as I fell in love with the designs when i saw them in a YouTube penpal with me video 😅😊
Southsideofthesky rated for LLAMA ATC on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Absolutely loved your funky fencing llama!! Big fan of art that’s a little bit out of the box. The tea will be much enjoyed. Appreciated the waterproofing provided by the plastic as well as the letter. Cheers!
Response: Oh I'm so glad you liked the funny concept ! I know it was a bit odd but I hoped you would appreciate it. And yes I like to re use the plastic bags that craft supplies come in to try to waterproof my mail because I do get nervous about things like that 😅
Comment: What a cute envie, and the stamps too! Wow! I loved everything you sent, especially the kind letter. And what a generous heart you have to share something you've been drying for over a year! Gosh, I'm honored! Thank you so much.
Response: I'm so pleased that you enjoyed everything :)
Bvernon rated for Tea For Thee # 37 on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the teas! I can not wait to try them!
Response: Hope you like them! Thanks for the heart 😊

Rating Overview

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amyscraftandmail on Feb 27, 2020:

Thankyou so much for the beautiful flipbook and all the goodies Lovely it is beautiful 😍

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:

Happy Profile- Halloween 1






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