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ariestess

ariestess
Date Joined: January 25, 2012
Last Online: June 23, 2024
Birthday: December 4, 1969
Country: United States
The Dark Avalon Scrolls
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On Time Zones

Because it has become an issue recently, I must add this information: I live in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. That puts me in the Pacific Standard/Daylight Timezone, aka PST/PDT.

When I send out a swap, I send it by 11:59pm in MY timezone, which is also the Swap-Bot timezone.

I don't cater to anyone else's timezone. As long as the swap is sent out and marked as sent by the end of the day in my timezone, it's still listed as sent on time, as this is the way it was explained to me when I joined Swap-Bot back in 2012.

If this is an incorrect way of going about sending out swaps, I request that people link me to the section of the rules/FAQs where it says otherwise. Until then, this is the way I will continue to operate with my swaps.

On Communication & Swaps

On Sending Swaps

I press "sent" when I put the item in my mailbox or drop it off at the post office down the street. This sometimes means that I have missed the day's pickup, which means it'll go out the following day. I do try to take holidays and weekends into account when sending items out.

If you should receive a swap from me that's marked postage due, please PM me and let me know how much was owed and your paypal address, and I'll refund it to you.

On Rating Swaps

I admit I've been slow in getting some ratings done in the past. The issues that predicated that should be dealt with now, so I will rate as quickly as I can upon receiving your swap.

I DO consider the send by date a requirement to getting a "5" on a swap. This is how it was explained to me when I first joined this site, and it's how I've always worked with my ratings. For further information, please see below on how communication can adjust this.

On Communication

I'm BIG on communication. If I'm going to be late with a swap, I will PM you [and usually the swap coordinator, as well] with an ETA of when it will be sent, as well as once I've actually sent it. If I have tracking on a package for you, I'll PM you with that information, as well.

If you communicate with me that your swap will be late before the deadline, I'm usually quite good about still giving you a "5" if you keep up with your end of the bargain and send by your revised send date. If you don't communicate with me before the deadline, I don't know that there may be extenuating circumstances, so I will rate accordingly.

About Me

The short version

Dyke. Pagan. Pet lover. Writer. Creatrix.

The long version

I was born on 4 December 1969, which makes me a Sagittarius with Libra moon & Scorpio ascendant. But I was born like 3-odd weeks early, or so I'm told, so I need to look into the variations for a cusping Capricorn yet. At 10 years old, I knew I was at least bisexual, and that there was more for me than conventional Christianity. So eventually I came out to my family: In 1994 as a pagan & in 1995 as a lesbian. I interchangeably call myself either pagan or witch, and follow an eclectic solitary tradition. Despite the "chic-ness" of how it sounds, mine is a rather personalized path, currently more fluid than rigid, and will quite possibly stay that way. I've come to feel that life is more fluid than rigid, so I believe it's better to 'go with the flow' than try to hold back the flood.

I currently live in a fabulous house in the Puget Sound area with my partner and our good friend, as well as 4 cats. We've nicknamed our house "3 Dogs House" and all have nicknames :: I am Spotty, my partner is Doggie, and our friend is Soggy.

I have been writing in one form or another since I was about 7yo. Writing is in my blood; I can't NOT do it. Primarily I write poetry, fanfiction and original fiction, though I am known to dabble in meta from time to time.

I like a little bit of everything, but I'm seriously opinionated. I can be very silly...or very serious.

If you have a question, ask. Depending on how personal it is, I may answer it or I may not.

On Christmas & Easter

As stated above, I am pagan. While I primarily celebrate Yule and the Spring Equinox/Ostara, I am happy to receive swap items that are related to Christmas and Easter, provided they aren't religious in nature.

If you have questions about any other holidays, please feel free to PM me about it.

Favorite Crafts

  • crochet
  • cross stitch
  • scrapbooking
  • doodling
  • painting
  • making cards
  • iris fold
  • beading
  • jewelry making
  • making candles
  • making spa goodies

Favorite Colors

  • purple
  • pink
  • black
  • silver
  • copper
  • jewel tones

Things I Collect

  • donkeys
  • sea glass
  • lighthouses
  • bottles of water

    I have a good-sized collection of bottles of water collected from various places around the world. I use these in some of my rituals, and love to add to my collection.

  • harbor seals
  • hyenas
  • african painted dogs
  • snakes

    Main favorites :: eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes

Things I Love To Get

  • anything from my collections above
  • anything purple [bonus points if it's sparkly]
  • fun postcards
  • stickers
  • fun note cards to use
  • fun stationery to use
  • pens & markers [I prefer 0.5mm or fine point pens]
  • fun little stuff to put in my bujo
  • yarns of all types
  • Disney stuff [especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana]
  • Miyazaki stuff [especially My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service]
  • Don Bluth movies
  • coloring books
  • little toys & trinkets
  • silly putty
  • stuffed animals
  • toys & treats for my cats
  • candy

    prefer dark chocolate to milk or white chocolate, UNLESS it's good Swiss-type milk chocolate

    PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Kinder Egg toys

    The whole, unopened eggs themselves are illegal in the US, but I love collecting and making the toys. I won't honestly miss the chocolate all that much.

Things I Do Not Want

For the most part, if you send me something that meets swap requirements, but I can't use personally, it will go into a bin I have of "pay it forward" items that are used for other swaps or just to send to people randomly.

That being said, there are some very specific things that I absolutely DO NOT WANT.

PLEASE NO FOODS WITH ASPARTAME, NUTRASWEET, AMINOSWEET, NEOTAME, OR PHENYLALANINE. I am highly allergic.

  • Makeup of any kind -- I don't wear it and won't use it
  • Perfumes of any kind -- Strong smells can trigger migraines
  • Obvious junk/trash -- If you wouldn't be happy to receive it or display it publicly, then neither will I

The ABCs of Me...

This is by no means complete, so I'll be updating with time as things change.

  • A :: apples, avocado, arrow motifs, animals, ASL, astrology, African painted dogs, Avalon, Atlantis, Arthurian legend, anise, ameythyst

  • B :: bats, bagels, bananas, birds of prey, beluga whales, big cats, ballet, black, bottles of water [see "Things I Collect" for more info], bisexuality, Beltane, bindrunes

  • C :: cats, crochet, carrots, crickets, coloring, coloring books [kids or adults], candy, copper [color & metal], cross stitch, card making, comparative religion studies, curling, Christ mythos [emphasis on the Gnostic interpretations], candles, crows

  • D :: Dutch Bros, donkeys, dilly beans, dyeing my hair, doodling, diving, dogs, dachshunds, daisies, dark chocolate, Disney stuff [especially Eeyore, Princess & the Frog, & Moana], Damien [the series], Don Bluth movies, docks

  • E :: elk [esp Roosevelt elk, aka yellow butts], earthworms, etymology, egrets, eagles, essential oils

  • F :: fairies, fingerspelling, fish, fruit, fans, flowers, frogs, fawns, fog, foxes, fire, fables, fanfiction

  • G :: ghost stories, ghosts, gravy, geese, grapes, gray, Greece [& all things Greek], Greek mythology, Gnosticism, Glastonbury Tor, gargoyles, Gargoyles [the animated series]

  • H :: harbor seals, hyenas, history, hockey, honey, Hamilton

  • I :: icicles, indigo, ink, icebergs, ice cream, iris fold, Imbolc

  • J :: juice, jellybeans, jetboat tours, jellyfish, jaguars, juniper, jawbreakers [candy], jewel tones, Judas Iscariot [Gnostic interpretation]

  • K :: kingfishers, kittens, kangaroos, kitchen witchery, knowledge, Kinder Egg toys [not the candy, just the toys]

  • L :: lighthouses, labrador retrievers, learning, liver, lavender, love, lesbianism, lions, licorice, laughing, lakes, Lammas, Litha

  • M :: music, Mary Magdalene [Gnostic interpretation], magic, marionberries, mountains, mice, monkeys, musicals, moon magic, moon [all phases], The Morrigan, Morgan le Fay, Mother Earth, maple syrup, mail, Miyazaki movies [esp My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service], Mabon

  • N :: night, nature, notebooks, numbers [4, 9, 13, & 44 especially], numerology, noodles, nuts, narwhals, nymphs, Native American/First Nations mythology

  • O :: obsidian, oceans, owls, orchids, olives, octopi, Once Upon a Time, oak trees, occult, orchestral music, Ostara, Oregon

  • P :: pickles, PURPLE, pink, pinnipeds, painting, postcards, pens [fine point 0.5mm or finer preferred], Pentel RSVP fine point pen [purple or black ink], pigs, peas, pizza, peace, piano, pagan, peaches, plums, poetry, peppers, Pacific Ocean, phoenixes, poultry, penguins, pyramids, pudding, psychometry, piano, pasta, photography, puddles, puppies, posies, pansies

  • Q :: quietude, quills, quivers, quotes, quartz, quinoa, quesadillas

  • R :: rabbits, rivers, ratties, red, rye bread, reading, rock collecting, rain, rubies, rice, roses, robins, Regina Mills, Robin Hood, rainy days, ravens, rituals, recipes, Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy, Redwoods, runes

  • S :: selkies, seas, seals, swimming, synchronized swimming, Shakesepeare, songbirds, silver, sea glass, snakes [especially eastern/western diamond back rattlesnakes, black mambas, king cobras, & aruba island rattlesnakes, aka the hotter the better], stickers, stationery, silly putty, stuffed animals, soap making [glycerin only], stones, singing, shells, sharks, smiles, stars, spiders, sand, Samhain, salmon, spirituality

  • T :: Thera, Tsagaglalal [She Who Watches], trees, tigers, twinkies, toys for my cats, tacos, tea, tomatoes, tomato juice, thunder, thunderstorms, teddy bears, talismans, tarot, tarantulas, tranquility, turtles, tortoises, Tillamook Lighthouse, Tillamook Creamery [ice cream & cheese]

  • U :: unicorns, umbrellas, the universe, the Umbra, underdogs, unity, Umpqua Lighthouse, Umpqua ice cream

  • V :: variety, vaginas, velvet, violet, vipers, vegetables, volcanos, violins, valleys, voodoo, variegated yarn, visionaries, violets, viridian

  • W :: water, winter, West Coast, Washington state, Wisconsin, Wisconsin River, whales, wells, wishes, witches, watermelon, writing, whiskers, wizards, waffles, windmills, wolves, women, wings, webs, woods, wanderlust, wildflowers, wax, waves, wading, wind, Wicca

  • X :: Xena: Warrior Princess, xylophones, xylitol [alternative to aspartame]

  • Y :: yams, yo-yo, yarn, Yule, yoga, yogurt, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Yaquina Head Lighthouse

  • Z :: zebras, zippers, zodiac, zen, Zentangle, zaftig

Bad Apples

Welp, I used to have this section for bad traders, flakes, and non-raters, but suddenly it's disappeared on me when I was trying to update it. At this point, I'm not going to try to go back and figure out it again, as I'd archived all of the older swaps once I'd added the people here, but I'll just start over again and add people here as I need to...

Ratings

lob rated for TUT ~ It's a String Thing #091 on Jun 21, 2024
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Comment: Beautiful! THanks!
5
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Comment: This will be fun to finish off and send home. Thank you
5
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Comment: We seem to be playing tag with this one!
Cindymt rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - May on Jun 9, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: AJ , what an amazing pc! You are a fabulous artist! such a creative, brightly colored butterfly! Also, would you please teach me to write so beautifully? I've always wanted to be able to write like that! Thank you for sharing your butterfly likes. I would not have thought about the pollination process. It is amazing! They even look delicate! Thank you for such a wonderful postcard! Extra โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’– for you!
Response: So glad you liked the PC! I had fun trying to figure out what I'd do ...and then it just hit me. As for my writing, it just takes practice, I guess. LOL
ladybehemot rated for My Playlist in March 2024 on Jun 7, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing and for including a link to your playlist :) <3 I am going to get back to you by e-mail as soon as I listen to your songs ;)
Vickyen rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on Jun 2, 2024
5
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Comment: Hi AJ! I enjoyed your share about the photos and the photos! The energy from everything was just awesome!! So glad you enjoyed the event! All the best! Hugs, Happy Snapping, and Swapping! โœŒ๏ธ
Swan rated for 101 Things Progress- March 2024 on Jun 1, 2024
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Comment: Great to see your progress. Sorry for the late rating.
Swan rated for 101 Things Progress- April 2024 on Jun 1, 2024
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Comment: Great to read about your progress! That would have been my favorite goal as wellโ€ฆ
KateKintail rated for 101 Things Progress- April 2024 on May 31, 2024
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Comment: I've always wanted to try NaNoPoMo. Congrats! Loved seeing the photos and your excitement about what sounds like a magical concert night.
DaisyNY rated for ZZ USA ~ Zine String Thing on May 30, 2024
5
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Comment: Thanks for working on this.
PrairieKittin rated for WC~ May Stocking Stuffer 2024 on May 26, 2024
5
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Comment: Thank you. Since this is my birthdaay month I'm tempted to open it now!
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Put a Flower on it on May 25, 2024
5
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Comment: I love everything about this!
AmookIslandCreations rated for ZEN USA ~ fire colors! on May 20, 2024
5
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Comment: Thanks for this beautiful zentangled card! I love the colors you used. I have been surprised by watercolors too. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Jillemina rated for PICK THREE on May 20, 2024
5
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Comment: WOW! This was such an amazing envelope to receive. So FULL of wonderful goodies. I ADORE the outdoor sticker, note cards and blank jour sheets. Thank you so much for brightening my day.
lob rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie postcard May 2024 on May 18, 2024
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Comment: I've already added to this pc so I will just pass it on in the next round. Thanks for sending!
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ ~ Color tangles! RED on May 16, 2024
5
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Comment: This one really turned out nice! I like it. Thank you!!
marles rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - April on May 15, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the great pictures!
Sweetrizzo44 rated for Swaps 8 Day Diary April on May 13, 2024
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Comment: I love that I got to read your diary entries for April. Your writing makes me smile and laugh. It is so highly entertaining to read. Also, looking forward to your book being published soon. May 20 will be here soon! Take care and make time to write everyday without fail.
Sweetrizzo44 rated for Swaps ~ Flower Postcard Swap on May 13, 2024
5
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Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! Receiving your note in the mail made my day. Take care and keep on swapping...

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Comments

tcornell on May 18, 2024:

Thank you for the fun package of goodies that you sent me for the Swaps In The USA April WTA! I love everything <3

Frodogaggins on Jan 19, 2024:

Dragon Appreciation Day profile decoration QUICK

nancylee on Jan 17, 2024:

Dragon Appreciation Day profile decoration QUICK

Thanks for joining

RiverTopanga on Aug 16, 2023:

Thank you so much for the fun cat and dog stickers... never thought to put sunglasses on our cats so many years ago! I love the colorful butterflies... and I haven't seen those owl stickers for a long time - they always make me smile ๐Ÿ˜ƒ The postcard is great, too! I know it's strange, but I thought of apples first when I saw your Washington address ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ Thank you for the fun WTA envie, it's wonderful.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Aug 2, 2023:

Thank you so much for the Starbucks Layla and I love Starbucks!!!

yvonne401 on Jul 7, 2023:

Sent your Swaps in the U.S.A. June WTA today.

Blessings,

Yvonne

myancey on Mar 14, 2023:

Could u pls leave me a rating for alphabet songs -b? Thanks so much. Have a good day !

KSENiA on Dec 27, 2022:

ESG: Christmas Profile Bling

Happy Holidays!

mysmashbooklife on Dec 22, 2022:

Hi! This is for the swap: ESG: Christmas Profile Bling Halloween Halloween Halloween

I hope you have a wonderful christmas!

HappyMom on Dec 20, 2022:

Hi AJ - Merry Christmas to you and yours! Here's some ESG Christmas Profile Bling for you - Make it awesome!

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