Swap-bot Time: December 1, 2023 2:10 pm


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Last Online: November 30, 2023
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 Lübeck 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); 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 on Amazon).

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

Favorite Television and Movies

Television: The Good Doctor, The Chosen, 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. Big Hero 6.

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 1/2-10 US. Size for T-shirts: Unisex 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 (from this wishlist only unless otherwise specified in a swap (books may end up in a Little Free Library right away if not from my wishlist) - used books are fine as long as they are in readable condition)
  • 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, ...)
  • postcard boxes or postcard books
  • 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, archival glue sticks, 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.
  • something that could go in a Christian themed or inspirational smash book or prayer journal
  • some nice Christian surprise, e.g. something with your favorite Bible verse, something inspirational, interesting article from your favorite Christian magazine
  • 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 drink fruity herbal teas once in a while.
  • 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.


LindaW rated for CF - Grateful Card Swap 5 partners on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the cute card and the scripture.
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely card! Happy Thanksgiving and wishing you many blessings!
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and your list!
bb2 rated for CF - Grateful Card Swap 5 partners on Nov 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the card and scriptures. Very nice. God bless.
Comment: How pretty, I love handmade paper! Thank you so much♥
Comment: Thank you for the All Wound Up pc. So cute! Thank you for your list of superstitions too. The penny one reminded me of my grandson when he was little. He would find a penny and yell 'this is my lucky day!'
armadillogal rated for WIYM: World Postcard Day 2023 on Oct 26, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the neat reflection postcard!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely piece of happy mail. One of your favorites is on my list of books/authors to read. I am going to move The Screwtape Letters up on my list. Take care and keep on swapping.
CzechFriend rated for WIYM: World Postcard Day 2023 on Oct 18, 2023
Comment: Hello! Your postcard put a BIG smile on my face! :-) I love the postcard and the beautiful stamps, too. Thank you SO MUCH!
Comment: Thank you.,😊 I love a good outdoor concert too!
JenniferJo rated for PH: World Postcard Day #3 on Sep 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cute map postcard! My son will have some baseball games for his tournament on WPD. The more the better😊 I hope you have a great day!
DParker85 rated for WIYM: CUTE ANIMAL POSTCARD on Sep 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the sweet puppy 🐶
Comment: I love Celeste Ng too!! Thanks for sharing. I am going to look up some of these and see about reading them!!!
Comment: Thanks for the fairy PC and dessert list. The Cream cake sounds yummy!
Comment: Great card! Thank you!
ariestess rated for 101 Things Progress- July 2023 on Aug 13, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing your progress! I want to try geocaching so much!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. I don't think I've ever tried white asparagus before. I love green asparagus and everything else you listed as your favorite foods!
ariestess rated for 101 Things Progress- June 2023 on Aug 6, 2023
Comment: Apologies for the late rate, but thanks for sharing your progress! Workshop Weekend sounds like fun!
ellie rated for Christmas (Card) in July 2023 - US on Jul 29, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the Christmas card and note.

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colleenbUSA on Nov 26, 2023:

For the Nov wishes of used Christmas cards! These are perfect for upcycling!

lovetherain on Oct 21, 2023:

Thank you for the CPS Oct Wish! I love the handmade witch card and the colors of the embroidery floss. Unfortunately, there aren't too many homes in our neighborhood that decorate for Halloween.

colleenbUSA on Oct 6, 2023:

Thank you for the postcards for CPG Oct wishes! I can always use unique ones for my PC swaps!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 4, 2023:


for a fun birthday card and wishes for my CPG September wishlist!! Much appreciated!

LadyJo on Sep 29, 2023:

Thank you for my September CPG wishes! I lovethe Quebec postcards and the map papers. Thanks for thinking of me!

chimerix on Sep 26, 2023:

Thank you for the cute Halloween card and Netflix recommendations. I'll add the shows to my list to craft to. Have a great day!

CPG Sept wishlist

LadyJo on Sep 6, 2023:

Thank you for the August CPG wishes of a postcard from your travels1 I love this Germany one! Loved that you sent it from there as well! So Cool! Happy Travels!

OrigamiGrace on Aug 28, 2023:

Thank you so much for the vacation pc for my August CPG Wishlist!! Such a lovely country - I've only visited Bavaria but my daughter visited Berlin this spring. Hope to go back and NOT during Oktoberfest when all the Americans and Italians are there lol!! Thank you!

JazD on Aug 26, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely birthday postcard you sent for LSRUS

heliogal on Aug 24, 2023:

I feel so special that you would paint a postcard , just for me, with the colors blue and purple with such pretty flowers and a purple cat!!! Swantje, you are such a talented artist and I am going to cherish this card forever!!! I just love it so much thank you!! Oh this was for the CPG August wish list.

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