Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 8:25 am


Original Member
Last Online: August 18, 2019
Birthday: April 19
Country: United States
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About Me

I love to read. Especially books that are based on a true story or non-fiction books. I read and write English and German fluently.

I'm on Postcrossing, sending and receiving postcards from all over the world (see links above).

I like singing in the choir and in the shower; listening to good music; stickers; bright colors like red, yellow, and purple; the fall season with its colorful leaves; wildflowers, poppies, sunflowers, dandelions; the smell of the air after rain; salamanders, butterflies, ladybugs, snails, squirrels; traveling notebooks, handmade postcards; sitting under a tree and enjoying the nice weather and the things around me; berries and bananas, good food; sunsets; taking photographs with my digital camera; close-up pictures; my hometown Luebeck where I grew up; watching a landscape from a plane; going to church on Sunday morning; cute socks; chocolate, filled gingerbread hearts; true stories.

I reuse packaging. It's fun to do and saves a lot of resources.

Favorite Crafts

Handmade postcards, journaling (drawing, writing, glueing, pockets,...), traveling notebooks (or single letter (8"x11") or A4 sized pages to collect to make a book), ATCs. I like to crochet, my ultimate goal is to be able to read and follow all the patterns... I love scrapbooking quality stickers, especially travel and nature themes.

Favorite Music

Classical (e.g. Bach); contemporary Christian (e.g. Keith and Kristyn Getty, Michael Card, Michael W. Smith); The Mamas and the Papas

Favorite animals

Salamanders and newts, birds (especially the small songbirds and ducks), interesting insects, snails, sheep, and in general any wildlife.

Favorite Books

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Safely Home (Randy Alcorn), The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith; still looking for vol. 15 The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café) and the books for young readers), Schindler's List (Thomas Keneally), the Bible, Moomin books. In general, I like non-fiction and fiction based on a true story. I like it if I can learn something interesting in an enjoyable way. I can read English and German fluently. For a list of books that I'm looking for so I can read them please check out my Bookcrossing wishlist and my Amazon wishlist (I'd be happy with anything in used condition, doesn't have to be new and of course you don't have to buy at Amazon).

I'd also appreciate suggestions for good free or inexpensive ebooks for iOS, Kindle, or Nook.

Favorite Television and Movies

Television: Monk, Star Trek Voyager, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces, The Amazing Race, Survivor

Movies: Ice Age, Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Copying Beethoven, The Final Inquiry. Hayao Miyazaki's films, such as Howl's Moving Castle. Kung Fu Panda.

Other Favorites

Colors: Red, orange, yellow; rich jewel-tone colors.

Things to eat and drink: Berries and other fruit, chocolate (good quality, preferably fair trade, no cheap brands like Hersheys...), filled gingerbread hearts/cookies. The only teas I care for are herbal teas, especially the fruity ones. Rosehip with hibiscus is one of my favorites.

Postcards: I love Maxi cards. "Maximum card: a picture post card that has an illustration, stamp and cancel all with a common theme." I'm also thrilled, if you just use a stamp matching the theme on the picture side to send your postcard.

Some of my favorite postcard topics are: reading/books; music/instruments; wildflowers; fruit; native plants and animals; National parks; newts and salamanders or other amphibians; songbirds, ducks, owls, and other birds; Christianity.

Instead of writing a note on a swap card or memo sheet (swap and who it's from), when sent with swap package, I would love if you wrote all that information on a postcard and sent it in the swap package!

I enjoy my iPad, so if you have a favorite app, please advise me. I don't play games often, but a few that I have enjoyed on the iPad or the PC are: "Where's My Water?", "Plants versus Zombies", "Edna & Harvey" (my husband and I enjoyed playing the original German version together) and most recently "Monument Valley".


Shoe size 40-41 German, 9 1/2 US. Size for T-shirts: XL. Socks should be at least 50% cotton or other natural fiber, my feet sweat too much in acrylic. T-shirts cotton only, no acrylic mix. I'd be especially happy to get something made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material.


  • Any kind of handmade "book" (e.g. handmade notebook, altered book,chunky book, nice deco, art journal, travel journal, mini scrapbook, upcycled smashbook for me to fill)
  • Something to help me learn Spanish (e.g. a postcard written in simple Spanish by you, a children's book, a link to another good App that I can use in addition to DuoLingo)
  • Books to read (see wishlist - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • Postcard books
  • Small books that I can best describe as small coffee table books, i.e. probably not larger than 6inx6in or 15cmx15cm, lots of beautiful pictures to look at, not much text. This is one example that I have already enjoyed: Furry Logic
  • Moleskine like notebooks (the real thing or imitations. I would love The Little Prince or Lego special edition!) . Cahier style notebooks are also great.
  • nice Lefthanded item (calendar, tool, ...)
  • interesting paper, maybe with something embedded or a cool texture... (anything at least the size of an ATC is fine)
  • adhesive for scrapbooking (double sided photo safe tape, glue dots, photo corners, and other items, as long as they are archival/photo safe quality)
  • alphabet stickers and travel themed stickers (also good quality for scrapbooking)
  • Clothing made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly material
  • fair trade items (e.g. coin purse, ornament, bracelet, small notebook) or even one you bought in a scratch and dent sale and fixed yourself. I love bargains and I love it when the person who originally made the item gets a fair price for it.
  • yarn for crocheting, especially worsted weight, but any kind would be cool. Even 1oz for small projects. Or unusual stuff like twine...
  • Anything from my Universal wishlist on Amazon

Items my husband would enjoy:

  • anything related to pinball
  • large soaps (preferably 7oz/200g or larger; he especially likes fruity scents like strawberry and more masculine smells like mint and unscented)
  • bar of shave soap
  • good quality black liquorice (such as Katjes (Tappsy are his very favorite!), Haribo, or Panda brands)
  • audio books on CD to listen to on his commute

Please don't send

  • Please don't send me anything that smells smoky. It makes me sneeze and the smell is so hard, if not impossible, to get out.
  • I don't have holes in my ears, so I don't wear earrings.
  • I don't like any kind of coffee. And I don't like peanuts (I'm not allergic, so traces are fine, but please not peanut butter cups etc.). I don't care for black or green tea very much (even the flavored ones), but I do like fruity herbal teas.
  • I don't really like Pooh the Bear very much...
  • When sending craft supplies, used stamps and such are fine, but don't send me photocopies of mediocre quality on regular paper or something like that.
  • I'm trying to de-clutter my home. So lots of extras won't earn you a heart. I try to swap and wish for only things that I can use. I'd be much happier about one well thought out swap item or one little carefully selected extra.


Comment: Thank you Swantje, for the so pretty bird postcard and the nice note you wrote me. Thank you too, for joining my swap.
VioletFaye rated for WIYM: Blank Notecard Swap #5~USA on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Thank You !
Comment: Thanks for playing! ^^ More giveaways to come! :D
Artistic rated for TCHH ~ Send Me Your Bulletin on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: The square shape is pretty cool (like that it's a not standard-sized bulletin) and the newsletter quite informative. There's a lot going on in your congregation and community. Enjoyed your sermon notes as well and I'll go to the YouTube you wrote about. Thanks so much.
nannydino rated for Literary Wisdom #16 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Hi Swantje thank you for the Lilian Hale PC and the assorted postage stamps. The JRR Tolken quote is lovely as well. Happy August swapping peace love light
Enjoyscrafting rated for Handwritten Bible Verses on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the verses.
Comment: I’ll have to check out some of these books. I read a lot!
mamajoy rated for PH: Naked - Attractions on Jul 26, 2019
Comment: Swantje, When can I visit you? So many things to see and do. I love the Rose Bowl card. Thank you.
Comment: I agree totally. Books are a wonderful new world.πŸ™‚πŸ’—
Comment: Thank you, have a lovely weekend, Marina
Comment: Wow, Thank you for the beautiful card and fairy postcards! I love them! !
Comment: Ty!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
Comment: Proud of you for getting that list done!!

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mejulia on Aug 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lined stationery for my August wishlist

ladyaries7 on Aug 17, 2019:

thank you for the august wishes! wishlist group

phillaine on Aug 16, 2019:

The best gift ever: the wonderful world of color! Thank you so much β™₯ I'll have lots of fun with these.(August wishlist)

colleenbUSA on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you for the pick two notecards and Christmas cards via CPG

CrystalZ on Jul 27, 2019:

Thank you for the birthday card sent to my mom for my June Wishlist! It put a smile on her face for sure :)

Sazza on Jul 22, 2019:

Thank you for granting my July CPG wish of a PC from somewhere you love! Lubeck looks (and sounds) quite beautiful and I can see why you would love it. It seems like a place you could lose a day or three just enjoying everything. :) Thanks again for the send!

TeaNi on Jul 21, 2019:

Thank you so much

for granting a wish for me- I love the pretty lunar phases birthday card and artsy postcards! :)

debbiespoms on Jul 21, 2019:

Hi ! Your partner for Book Giveaway ! Thank you. I enjoyed reading your comment.

MSturgill87 on Jul 19, 2019:

Thank you for the bday card and goodies via July Wishlist!

lindseyjae on Jul 16, 2019:

thank you for the postcard you sent me for my CPG July wish!! I love it

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