Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2018 8:50 pm


Date Joined: August 24, 2011
Last Online: February 20, 2018
Birthday: March 29
Country: United States
My Website
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About Me

Abigail: Mid 30's, Queer, Vegetarian, Wife, Mother, Knitter, Nature Lover, Runner, Avid Reader, Snail Mail Enthusiast

I really love just getting letters and postcards. any kind, mail art or not. and I LOVE making and receiving hand made postcards. I don't collect stamps, so don't feel you need to use your extra special stamps on your post to me. (unless you have the new US Solar Eclipse stamps, I would LOVE to get one of those)

Always on the lookout for new long term pen-pals.

I'm a Card carrying LWA member

Favorite Crafts

ohh, so many, I like to knit (especially socks, sweaters and lace shawls), crochet (especially doilies), embroider, cross stitch, spin, weave, tat, sew, quilt, and bind books (I like exposed spine bindings the best, and using recycled/upcycled materials). I also like coloring, drawing, Zentangle, ATCs, and painting with watercolors. I love washi tape and I also dabble in origami and am always on the lookout for interesting origami papers.

I used to teach knitting classes and really enjoyed it, I think if I had the time I would love to do that more often, it is always so fun to spread the knitting love and to watch somebody fall in love with a project or to see something 'click' for somebody who has been struggling.

I'm also a vegetarian cook, and I can count that as a craft right? I love looking up and trying new recipes.

Favorite Books

I like to read sci-fi and fantasy, urban fantasy, magical realism, and steampunk as well as the occasional 'supernatural' mystery and I love a good classic mystery a la Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. as well as a bunch of other genres.

a short, random list of other favorite authors:
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Ursula Vernon/T. Kinfisher, Patricia C. Wrede, Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, Anne McCaffrey, R.A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson, Madeline L'Engle, Jane Austen, Robin Hobb, Susan Cooper, Naomi Novik, China Miéville, Ursula K. LeGuin, Cherie Priest, Stephen King

as you can probably guess, I never have enough bookmarks.

Favorite Music

I will listen to pretty much anything as long as it isn't gangsta rap, death metal or country.

I especially like classical, Celtic (I'm learning to play the penny whistle), classic rock and 'oldies' (sadly some of the music I grew up with is already playing on the oldies stations, but I really mean stuff from the 40's, 50's, and 60's)

a random assortment of some of my favorite artists:
Billy Joel, Abney Park, Elton John, Bach, They Might be Giants, Hootie and the Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox 20, Train, The Killers, Louis Armstrong, Queen, Panic! at the Disco, Bethoven, Vivaldi, Creature Feature, Emerald Rose, Lunasa, The High Kings, U2, The Dubliners, Enter the Haggis, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Areosmith, the Beatles, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Aaron Copland, The Doors, the Mammas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkle, John Mellencamp, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, The Police, Sting, Journey, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jonathan Coulton, John Denver, The Chieftains, Gaia Consort/Bone Poet Orchestra, Van Morrison

Favorite TV, Movies & Etc.

I don't watch a lot of television, but I love Dr. Who and have started watching Brooklyn 99 and think it's awesome.

a small sampling of my favorite movies:
Real Genius, Clue, The Princess Bride, Airplane!, Labyrinth, Practical Magic, 5th Element, Princess Mononoke, Mirrormask, the Thin Man movies, and the original Star Wars trilogy.

Podcasts that I'm currently listening to/catching up on:
Welcome to Nightvale, The Hidden Almanac, The Penumbra Podcast, Friendshipping, Open Letters.

Other Favorite Things

I am slightly obsessed with languages, my native language is English but I also speak Esperanto, know a little ASL and am learning Spanish. (Se vi parolas ĝin, bonvolu skribi vian karton aŭ leteron en Esperonto!). I am also teaching myself Gregg Shorthand.

I like to run (5k distance although i'm working my way up to a 10k), do Yoga, hike and go geocaching.

I am lost without my bullet journal/planner and like to keep an Artists/Nature journal, but don't get to draw in it nearly as much as I would like.

favorite animals include the mighty platypus, Basset Hounds, American Eskimos, Corgis, and cats (especially tortoiseshell and orange tabbies) - in fact, I have a beautiful Torbie cat named Esmerelda Weatherwax, and she is awesome.
other favorites: Ursids, mustelids, gastropods, cephalopods, leporids, most other canids, felids, and monotremes, marsupials, sheep, goats and camelids. also vultures, and owls.

I love the colors purple, blue, and teal, pastels and jewel tones are great, but muddy colors really turn me off. favorite patterns are paisley, houndstooth, knit lace and cables.

Some of my favorite flowers are:
Lilacs, violets, hyacinth, Christmas cactus, purple mums, irises, lavender, some orchids, daffodils, amaryllis, morning glory, geraniums, hellebore, sweet pea, cosmos, rhododendron, heliotrope, scabiosa, larkspur, purple loosestrife, vipers bugloss, wolfsbane, skullcap, vetch, purple aster, purple coneflower, catmint, butterfly bush, butterflyweed, thistle, phlox, lupine, dahlia, gerbera daisies, zinnia

favorite scents include:
Lilac, jasmine, lavender, honeysuckle, wild rose, apple blossom, rose, wild clover, hyacinth, pink grapefruit, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, bergamot, sassafras, cedar, leather, old books, fresh cut grass, winter mint & spearmint (not peppermint).

current favorite teas:
Tetly British Blend Black, Bigelow Plantation Mint, Stash Chocolate Mint Oolong, Republic of Tea Cardamom Cinnamon, Earl Grey, Jasmine Green, Vanilla Red.
random dislikes/things I am apathetic about:

collage (I like looking at other peoples' work, but don't do it myself, please don't send your supplies to me)
scrap booking (ditto as above)
altered books
random vulgarity
most pop culture TV
Christianity (do not send me religious themed items (crosses, bible quotes, etc) they will not be appreciated)

Things I'd Like to Receive

it feels weird to write this section, but people really like doing little add ins and keep asking, so...

things I wouldn't mind receiving (but you don't have to include if you don't want to):

note cards
washi tape
origami papers (or wrapping paper or thin scrapbook paper that can be used for origami)
sticky notes
coloring pages from coloring books
little notebooks
cross stitch patterns from magazines
Individually wrapped tea bags
flower/herb seed packets (suitable for indoors or zone 5b)

Favorite Things ABC's

A: acorns, American Eskimo Dogs, art journaling, ASL, Autumn,
B: baking, Basset Hounds, bird watching, bookbinding, bookmarks, books, bunnies, butterflies (realistic, not cartoony),
C: cats, cards, Celtic music, Christmas, classical art, cooking, crochet, cross stitch,
D: David Attenborough, dragons, Dr. Who,
E: Esperanto, embroidery,
F: fall, fantasy, food,
G: Geocaching, Gregg shorthand,
H: Halloween, Hello Kitty, hiking, Homestuck, Hygge,
I: the 1000 Islands
J: journaling,
K: kids arts and crafts, knitting,
L: leaves, Lilacs,
M: mail, music, mythical creatures,
N: nature hikes, nature journaling,
O: oaks/acorns, origami, owls,
P: painting, pegasi (pegasuses?), penny whistle, piano, platypi (platypusses?), postcards,
Q: queer studies, quilting,
R: rag quilts, rainy days, reading, running,
S: science fiction and fantasy (but not hard sci fi), sewing, sheep, space, Spanish, spinning (yarn), stargazing, starscapes, steampunk, the St Lawrence River,
T: tatting, tea, travel journaling,
U: unicorns, urban fantasy,
V: vegetarian, vultures,
W: washi tape, watercolor, wool,
Y: yarn, you
Z: Zentangle, Zines,

Amazon Wishlists

my postcard / stationery wishlist: http://a.co/6LP6Yxw
my washi tape wishlist: http://a.co/c4rcIoh

I Promise to Rate

I promise to rate everything I get, if a reasonable amount of time has gone by and I have not rated you yet please send me a message and remind me. sometimes I sit down to rate but I get tackled by a crazy little boy, and the computer gets shut down, and things get forgotten.


chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jan 2018 on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the abstract chunk this month! Happy New Year. Resolutions: Read more, land good job and continue plant-based diet.
Elliepatterson rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jan 2018 on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thanx for the chunk. Nope no new year’s resolutions.
manders2280 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jan 2018 on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely gift box
Comment: Hi Abigail! I love the postcard you sent - so colorful! Your New Year's resolutions are great - I remember taking shorthand in high school :) I hope 2018 brings you all you dream of. Thank you!
Scrybe rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2017 on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you ! Tis a perfect card for this time of year. The flu virus has been going around.
harlonation rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2017 on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: What a pretty chunk of cardboard. 😁 I really loved the sweet washi tape, I haven't seen that one before. Happy Holidays Abigail!
Wingy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Nov 2017 on Nov 26, 2017
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Oct 2017 on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Your card arrived intact. Everything was stuck together securely! I like the bat "boo" sticker!
armadillogal rated for WIYM: Halloween Animal pc USA on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Love this owl card!!!
Victorianna60 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Oct 2017 on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great Rotini CoC ! It arrived in perfect shape !
Poohtat rated for SSUSA: Send Anything: October on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your envelope filled with goodies. I love the envelope. Did you make it? I love the butterflies on it. I didn’t even notice you left an n off my name until you told me! Funny. I love the postcard. It looks just like the type of photos I like to take. i love the flower and the tea bags look interesting. Very cute washi also.
Comment: Hey there! Thank you for the teas, stickers and muffin recipes. I will surely try these soon. I need to invest in a new muffin tin. The envie was decorated very cute. My daughter kept the stickers. Happy swapping!
margaeli rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Fun postcard!! Thanks for sending it. Happy swapping.
churlann rated for penpals for life on Sep 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter. I have already started writing a letter back to you. Hope I can answer all your questions. Loved the orgami birds and the chicken on the envelope.
abrown00 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 13, 2017
Comment: Hello Abigail, fall is my favorite season as well!!
scrappermama rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Aug 2017 on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Finally made time to go pick up mail!! Lol! Brownies look good! Thanxs for the chunk!! Happy fall!
Scrybe rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you. My favorite season is Fall too. :-)
Comment: Thanks. You have read a lot this summer. Loved the bookmark.
Comment: Sounds interesting, now I want to know about the mummy's dental work! LOL

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yvonne401 on Jun 18, 2017:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!



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bean on Aug 5, 2012:

so glad you enjoyed the random package! I was irritated that the app messed up but happy to get the opportunity to surprise you, too! Happy Swapping <3 <3 <3

bunnykissd on Apr 9, 2012:

Awesome zine swap! I can't wait to do more!

SBlack on Jan 6, 2012:

Hello :-) I got you as a partner for a swap! and just had to leave a comment telling you I'm also obsessed with ASL I'm taking an online class right now and its wonderful!! If you ever feel like talking about anything to do with sign language feel free to message me :-)

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