Swap-bot Time: January 26, 2021 6:09 am


Date Joined: January 14, 2016
Last Online: August 16, 2016
Birthday: September 20
Country: United States

About Me

My former username here is Kkeiko.

I am a 35 year old Virgo Monkey! My artist name is Saru. (Japanese word for Monkey) I am very happily married to my soulmate. A new parent to my beautiful little bundle of wonder, I feel as if I'm seeing the world through new eyes, and it is a beautiful place.

I spent the first twelve years of my life in Pennyslvania; my cousins had a farm out in the country and I've always loved farms and the simple life. The concept of growing one's own food, of putting love into the earth and getting back nourishment, it amazes me. That's carried over to a love of gardening. Right now I have lavender, sage, and basil growing at a community plot. (The basil went to seed and is everywhere!!!)

At 13, my Dad was transfered for work and I moved to Phoenix Arizona. I hated it for the longest time, I've never been a fan of deserts. I love every other type of nature though; forests, mountains, Oceans, are all lovely. I still dislike the desert, but I strive everyday to be thankful that I am alive, regardless of where I find myself.

I've done a bit of traveling, though I'd love to do more. Pennsylvania, California, Washington State, New Jersey, and Minnesota are my favorite states. I spent a year as an exchange student in Germany, and was lucky enough to have a three week vacation in Italy. I like Europe a lot and would love to go back someday.

I study Shotokan Karate, have made it to the rank of green belt, though sadly it has taken a back seat to my other activities. Soon I hope to get back to official training, though I've been known to practice on the lawn in the middle of the night...

I am pagan. Running through the woods, dancing around the fire, all that. As such, the holidays I celebrate the most are Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Litha, Lughnasadh, Mabon and Samhaine. :)

My Favorite Things

My favorite things are: ATCs!!! Washi tape!!! Just found out, I'm in love with Washi tape!!! The 80s as a decade! Astrology, Camping in a tent, Canada, Dandelions, Disco!!, Fire, Gardening and Farming, Guitars (both electric and acoustic), Hex Signs from barns, Hiking in the woods, Japan, John Denver, Karate, Outer Space, Pagan stuff, Quidditch, Raindrops on Spiderwebs, Simon and Garfunkel , Star Trek (especially Voyager), Taiko Drumming, Tarot (I like to do readings for people), Travel, Violins, Water, Zebra print

Animals I like best are: Geckos, Meerkats, Foxes, Wolves, Cheetahs, Dragons, and Tigers

My favorite scents are: Rose, lavender, Pine, and white sage

Colors: Purple, Blue, Green, Black, Red... Really, anything but pastel and pale yellow


I absolutely adore Japanese culture. I listen to J-rock.. Favorite bands are X-Japan and Naitomea! Love love Yoshiki and Hitsugi!!!

I enjoy sushi as well as the occasional Sapporo beer. Samurai, Tatami, Shinkendo... I am a huge fan of older Japanese history, but I like trendy new stuff as well. Though I must say, I do not like kawaii stuff. (Go figure!)

I am particularly interested in Japanese architecture. The classic lines, the simplicity, the antiquated feel of the older style.. It makes me feel happy and peaceful, like I am part of a simpler time.


I love to write, if I had my way I'd be a not-so-famous (yet decently paid) novelist. I journal some every other day at least, and have kept it up since 1999 (15 volumes strong!)

I consider myself a bit of an artist; my favorite media is colored pencils, though I dabble in acrylic paint as well. I'm working on expanding my horizons in this.

I am into dollhouse miniatures, particularly making my own out of random objects I find. My 5" Ninja Turtle action figures love their four room house.

I'm into computer gaming, though I don't have much time for it these days. I am really into Sims 3, mostly because of the architectural possibilities. You can build a lot of different things.

I love photography, and am constantly looking at life from different angles.

Books and TV

I am currently watching the Happry Potter movies for the very first time! Super excited!

I love the medical thrillers of Robin Cook and the craziness of Stephen King.

I am constantly reading books on karate, to improve my technique and gain insight.

My favorite book of all time would have to be "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden.

As for TV, I love the shows: Reboot (animated), Warehouse 13, Jem and the Holograms, Star Trek (especially Voyager and old generation), Fraggle Rock


St. Patrick's Day (I am pagan after all), St. Valentines Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, pretty much any "traditional holidays." If you're not sure, please ask.

Cutesy stuff makes me ill, also Disney and Barbie make me break out in hives.

I am violently allergic to the color yellow. I don't really appreciate the subtlety of pastel and soft colors. I think if a color is gonna be there, it should BE THERE! ;)

Not too into Country Kitchen and Shabby Chic. I'm sure it's lovely, just not my scene. Not too into flowers and lace and jewelry....

Please don't bother me with politics or religion... or zombies. Thank you! :)

Yes I love Japan, but oddly enough Kawaii items have been known to make me foam at the mouth, so let's avoid those if at all possible.

need more?

If there's something you'd like to know, don't hesitate to ask.

I hate cigarette smoke, and am very sensitive to it.

Oh and don't stress too much about my dislike list. I know how to hurl thins back into the swapiverse for others to use, so no worries!


Comment: Thank you so much for sending a hand drawn ATC that is personally for me. :) It is beautiful and so sweet of you. I will put it on my alter! <3
Response: Yay! I fell really special! :)
skessop rated for Hand Drawn ATC ~ Senders Choice on Apr 9, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much. I love the minion!!! Thank you for the extra goodies. What a great swap to open. Brought a smile to my face!!!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoy! I liked doing the minion card, those little guys are so cool!
Gardenlizard rated for Overflowing Ephemera on Apr 6, 2016
Comment: Thanks for all the goodies!
LizFinn rated for 25 Quotes--US only on Apr 4, 2016
Comment: Nice job. Thank you.
LizFinn rated for Lightning ATC on Apr 2, 2016
Comment: Great job! Loved the use of hologram material, good idea.
Comment: Hahahaha!!! Saccharin covered angel flakes!!!
owl rated for ATCs with Color # 4 Purple on Apr 1, 2016
Comment: I love your purple one eyed one horned design. And his choices of purple veggies. Thank you
Response: I had a lot of fun doing this card and I'm glad if you really liked it. Thanks for swapping!
emilysophia rated for (USA) New to Zentangling? on Mar 31, 2016
Comment: you are very talented!
Response: Not really. I kinda tripped and fell and my pen landed on the paper. ;)
user7949 rated for *Goddess ATC on Mar 29, 2016
Comment: The Goddess card is beautiful. Love her wonderful vibe. Thank you
dawnsrays rated for Flat Envie of Happy Mail #3 on Mar 28, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great ephemera and washi samples and the little owl notecard is way cute!!
marclively rated for 1 stamp mail challenge Round 3 on Mar 28, 2016
Comment: Thanks Jenn!
Jennifer2004 rated for Favorite Pokemon ATC Swap HD/HP on Mar 26, 2016
Comment: Emolga and Mienshao came out great! I love the background and I love how the ATCs fit together! Thank you so much! :)
Response: You're very welcome! I had a lot of fun doing those.
suzmoon rated for washi tape and card swap on Mar 24, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the washi and the cutouts, and for hosting this swap!
Response: You are very welcome! Thanks for swapping!
Kelsea999 rated for Mega Washi Tapes #4 on Mar 24, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the washi samples, I love them! No worries, I just started collecting too so I don't have very many either. My favorite of the ones you sent are the flowers and the cute hexagon rainbows! Putting them in a card protector was a great idea that I'm going to borrow for future swaps!
Response: Yay! So glad you enjoyed them! Yes indeed please spread the madness. Muhuhahahahaj!!!
DCasey rated for **** Camping ATC**** on Mar 22, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC!
Beautyfullchaos rated for (USA) New to Zentangling? on Mar 21, 2016
Comment: Loved the note! Glad to see another friendly face here. :)

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RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

HI! Welcome to Swap-Bot~

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