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banjobraids
Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: August 14, 2020
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States
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About Me

detroitmural

8/2020 Update:
Everyone be safe and hang in there! School is starting digitally this week, then transitioning to in-person. We'll see how it goes. That's my phrase this year -- "We'll see."

If anyone needs an envie of used stamps, let me know. I'm getting quite a backlog, and also found some from 1986(!) that I saved. I have both international and US. Just let me know. Please help me not be found buried in my office under a pile of paper.

International Mail Note: I'm nervous about my international mail arriving safely these days, so please don't hesitate to tell me if it's been an abnormally long time for a swap or if it arrives with postage due. There's something hinky about the USPS postage calculator online right now and it'd difficult to be sure about amounts. Just let me know and I'll reimburse you.

I never flake on swaps. Ever. If you have not received a swap from me, please send a note and I'll replace cheerfully and immediately.

I work for the VA and am extremely busy, so often I can only work on my swaps on the weekend, and may send out near or on the last day. This may cause a delay in rating as well. However, I ALWAYS rate and I ALWAYS send on time. Rating is super important to me and I like to devote time and effort to it, and really let the person know how much I appreciate their time and generosity.

pic of me

I'm 45 years old and neuroatypical (autistic), and wouldn't choose to be any other age or way to be. I'm a mama of two (ages 16 and 13) and have been with my beloved best friend husband for 21 years. I love to laugh and joke, but can also be very serious. I love sunglasses and have about 20 pairs that I cycle through. I have two black cats that are siblings and a huge menacing calico who despises them. I drink massive amounts of Lime LaCroix every single day. I am a grateful member of Al-Anon and Adult Children of Alcoholics and will gladly hear about and share on these topics if anyone wishes. I'm a court transcriptionist, for veterans mainly, and it is very fulfilling work.

I make dioramas out of televisions and cigar boxes and am working on several right now, one is a vintage circus and one is going to be Shackleton's Endurance ship. I am hoping they won't take 10 years to finish as my last one did; (see below). Update: They are going to take 10 years.

one of my dioramas:

I love tiny things and plastic toys which I incorporate into my dioramas or put into shadowboxes or just fill up jars and put them on shelves. My obsessions change from day to day and I often get sucked into a rabbit hole researching different topics.

My hobbies include needlepoint, cross stitch, cooking, reading, crafting, traveling, SLEEPING, and listening to music. I'm originally from the Detroit, Michigan area but have been living in the south for 12 years now.

I'm NOT a super picky swapper and will not give low ratings just because something doesn't exactly match my standards. Those things just get put back into my swap box to be sent on to someone who will enjoy it better. I will not be offended by much of anything unless it's hateful or bigoted, and will love anything profane or funny or weird or kitschy or bizarre.

"No matter where you go, there you are." ~ Buckaroo Banzai

"Strangers on this road we are on/ We are not two we are one." ~ The Kinks

Postcard and Ephemera Likes

I prefer artsy or funny postcards over touristy, but I will be happy to receive any postcard, naked or in an envie, vintage or new or ad. I definitely enjoy handmade postcards, too. You can send me all the weird or "gross" postcards, bugs and creepy creatures, scary women, wtf cards and I will be ecstatic.

Specific topics I like:
nature and natural history,
aboriginal/first nations art,
needlework,
ouroboros,
bananas,
rainbows,
EYES and eye imagery,
birds, especially blue jays and cardinals,
squirrels,
snakes,
science fiction,
mysteries,
the supernatural,
cryptozoology,
history,
moths,
huge things,
tiny things,
skeletons,
folk art, outsider art,
strange tourist destinations or attractions
insects, esp houseflies or beetles
amazons,
warrior women,
witches/witchy things/paganism,
LGBTQIA+ (pansexual a PLUS),
radical progressive politics,
things about voting,
amazing women politicians,
Frida Kahlo,
aspergers/aspie/autism positive (not Autism Speaks),
mermaids,
gingko trees,
images of woman,
cacti and succulents,
Fandoms: Supernatural (Destiel forever),
Harry Potter (I love Hermione and Snape the best)
Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker or Tom Baker
Legion
Buffy/Angel/Firefly

Things I collect and LOVE

keithharing

Any of these are instant hearts and love and gratitude:

postcards,
pressed pennies,
shaped plastic combs,
plastic dinosaurs,
buttons/badges/enamel pins,
gay stuff,
bitchy stuff,
fat stuff,
zines,
anything tiny and plastic,
LENTICULARS!

My current button stash display:
my button stash

People and characters I absolutely love/heroes/sheroes:
John Waters
Divine
Kate Bush
Frida Kahlo
Wonder Woman
Tank Girl
Bette Davis
Pee Wee Herman
James Baldwin
Temple Grandin
Shirley Chisholm
Stevie Nicks
Marilyn Monroe

Favorite Crafts

Needlework, dioramas, ATCs, articulated paper dolls, shadowboxes, stickers.

My needlepoint based on a Russian suprematist painting from around 1915:
my needlepoint

Fav Artists:
Howard Finster (all-time fav)
Kehinde Wiley
Amy Sherald
Keith Haring
Tamara de Lempicka
Kara Walker
Paa Joe
Diane Arbus
and a MILLION MORE...see my Pinterest

Favorite Television

I am a HUGE Supernatural fan. Recent loves: Upload, Killing Eve, Belgravia, We're Here, Picard, Discovery, What We Do in the Shadows, Hanna. I think Schitt's Creek was one of the best shows ever. Loved Broad City.

Currently bingeing: Trapped (Icelandic mystery). Just finished rewatching Downton Abbey for the third time. I thought the new Perry Mason was understated and good. Excellent art direction.

I love old movies, especially 40s movies with Betty Davis or Cary Grant or Margaret Sullivan or Humphrey Bogart. TCM is a staple. I was raised on musicals and know almost every word to most of them (whether I want to or not).

angel

Dislikes

I don't have many and will absolutely not rate down for these. Just a list if you're wondering what things I don't really have a use for and that automatically get put in my giveaway box:

glitter
planner stuff
emojis
kawaii stuff (except Twin Stars)
things that glorify drinking (ex. Wine-o-clock, etc)
dreamcatchers
perfumey stuff (except patchouli)

As I said before, I don't like anything bigoted or hateful or white supremacist. I'm not a Christian, but I don't mind religious items or prayers or things like that. Jesus seems like he was a cool guy. I wish more people were like him.

Favorite Colors

My favorite color is orange. I also love rainbow patterns or color schemes.

candles

Fav Music

TOP FIVE: Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, Lavender Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd

OTHER: Sufjan Stevens, Innocence Mission, Lizzo, Sia, My Morning Jacket, Beyoncé, David Byrne, Dawn Landes, Alela Diane, Feist, Florence + the Machine, Y La Bamba, Elvis Perkins, Gillian Welch, Arcade Fire, The Middle East, Santigold, Future Islands, Aimee Mann, Yeasayer, Wye Oak, Tom Tom Club, Liam Finn, Finn Bros, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, Cocorosie, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young

Favorite Movies

Blade Runner, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Popeye, Any period movie (Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, To Have and Have Not, Tank Girl, Secretary, Star Wars (any), Dune, Harry Potter, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Addicted to Love, Punch Drunk Love, Darjeeling Limited, District 9, ALL the Alien movies.

Favorite Books

I read everything from romance to non-fiction to fanfic. Mainly, I like mysteries and have a few favorite authors like Kathy Reichs, Preston&Child, and Lindsey Davis. I really enjoy very old first-person accounts, like old diaries and compilations of letters. Other favorite authors: Rikki Ducornet, Emma Donoghue, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, The Brontë sisters, Banana Yoshimoto. I write fanfic sometimes, but mainly read. I'll tell you my OTPs if you're interested, and would LOVE to hear about yours!

arbus quote

Ratings

vlhafer54 rated for GREEN with ENVIE on Aug 14, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the Green! I found your envelope behind my desk when we were moving furniture to repaint the walls. I have to blame my cats who occasionally go crazy and dart through the house leaving mass destruction in their wake. Going to have to keep them out of the cat nip!
robinjeree rated for A Holiday Card in the US #3 on Aug 13, 2020
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AFK rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #87 on Aug 12, 2020
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Comment: I loved the postcard and your note. I'm doing a magic lantern show at the end of this month also I dress in costume as that is all part of the show. Your hair will always grow back.
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP: Oddities on Aug 12, 2020
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Comment: What a great group of postcards! Even the moon phases card you wrote on is a keeper! Yes, I'm glad school is virtual! I get to sleep in a bit longer, but it will be a bit hectic with me teaching online and both my kids learning separately online. Ugh! Thanks and see you in the mail soon!
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Comment: Wow, you really have some interesting items! I wonder how old that stationery set is - cute images. I appreciate the postcards and postage stamps...and everything. Thanks for sharing with me.
Spicynacho rated for Celtic Triskelion ATC on Aug 12, 2020
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Comment: I absolutely LOVED your atc! It's beautiful x Your daughter sounds like my twin 😅 If she ever wants a penpal, let me know! Thank you so much for the stickers as well, stay safe x 💕
Response: Yayyyy :):):) So glad you enjoyed! Are you on Discord? She's always on there. :):):)
sleepykitty rated for Ugly PC Swap #12 on Aug 12, 2020
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Comment: Love the "ugly" card and stickers! Most of all, I love your sense of humor. I definitely won't be sailing in the ocean with you. LOLOL! Thanks for a good laugh!!!
Response: LOL! Can't unsee it :D So glad you enjoyed :):)
CHOWEFACE rated for GEEK of the WEEK PC Swap #30 on Aug 11, 2020
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Comment: Oh man! I was pretty excited getting your envie! Thanks so much for the extras & I agree, seeing a sad Castiel sucks!
Response: Yayy! Glad you enjoyed :):):) Look forward to swap again :D
paperboats9 rated for Happy Mail #2 on Aug 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely envelope filled with all these goodies! I can definitely relate to your letter: I, too, am feeling sick of my own cooking... but spicing things up is a great way to not only try new recipes but also give yourself a chance to take your mind off what's happening outside. You've made me hungry for some okra! :D Thank you!! xx
Response: Thank you for the heart! :):) The okra turned out so well that I'm getting more this week. I'm going to try it in chili. :):):) THANKS!
jessnewson98 rated for NYUP Oversized PC #6 on Aug 10, 2020
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Comment: I received so much mail today and your postcard was one of them! Thank you so much for such an awesome postcard! I hope you have a wonderful week! Stay safe xx
Response: Thank you! You, too. :):):)
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Comment: I actually didn't get a garden in this year. We usually grow okra every year although the only time I eat it is when my sister fries it. LOL. Thank you for the card!
Response: LOL! My sister is bugging me to make more, coincidentally. I'm picking some up at the farm on Weds. Thanks for the heart! :):):)
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Comment: Fantastic card and extra goodies! Thank you!
Response: You're very welcome! :):) Thanks for the heart :)
Eulegirl rated for Mermaid Happy Mail on Aug 10, 2020
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Comment: I want to give you all the hearts for this!! Made my weekend! My kitty and I both love the sparkly lip balm holder. The tea is so yummy! I love the washi. My favorite thing is the mask. I have a rainbow print mermaid scale skirt, and I'm wearing it and my mask to the post office today!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Yay! I bet you looked awesome in your 2020 high couture look! :):):):):)
Cheyenneshea rated for GAG: Spirited Away on Aug 8, 2020
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Comment: OMG!!!!! I am so happy with the Spirited Away ATC and all the extra goodies you sent! I just got back from a trip and let me tell you, this WAS THE BEST THING TO COME HOME TO. Thank you <3
Response: Yayyyy, I'm so glad you enjoyed it :):):) It's one of my faves that I've made so far. Thanks for the heart :):)
Aurora1 rated for Tattoo Postcard Swap #1 on Aug 8, 2020
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Comment: OMG. You just rock. You sound just like me when my kids were that age! And I love love love Tank Girl. Hugs, Aurora
Response: Yay! You do :):):) Huggggs :):)
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Comment: I love the whale ferry PC and your note, thanks so much!! I can't say I have any cool nicknames related to my birthday, but my friends often call me Jnap because I'm notorious for falling asleep in the most difficult of places, including sitting up at a bonfire with balloons popping over it, on a kitchen counter at my birthday party, on a set of stairs while at Rennaissance Fair, to name a few, haha! Happy summer to you too!!
Response: Haha, that's awesome! Happy napping and thanks for the heart :):)
HappyMailMel rated for Flowers & Lace ATC on Aug 7, 2020
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Comment: Hi Claire! Thank you so much for the beautiful ATC, the lovely "extras." and your wonderful letter, which was so sweet! It made my day. <3
Response: I'm so glad! You're very welcome! :):):)
Sasha42 rated for VES: Vintage Book Pages Swap #2 on Aug 7, 2020
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Comment: Wish I could give you more stars for the wonderful swap. Loved everything including the envelope. Thanks for all the profile specific items. Made my day!
Response: Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :):) It was fun to put together.
xninolax rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #16 on Aug 6, 2020
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Comment: Woah, this is an amazing package! Thank you ever so much for all of the super pretty cards which are all so "me"! And for the extra stickers too! Really appreciated. That mermaid from my profile is from the French artist JBMonge. His faeries and dryads and this mermaid are amongst my absolute faves!
Response: Yay! So glad you enjoyed! Going to check out JBMonge.
chelle523 rated for Random Envelope 4 on Aug 6, 2020
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Comment: OMG what an amazing swap! Every single thing was so perfect and so *me*! The patch is going on my jean jacket immediately. Savannah is on my short list of places I have to go (when we're able to travel again). I just love everything you sent - thanks so much! Take care <3 Oooh, and P.S. - "Bram Stoker's Dracula" - still in love with the movie, but yeah, the accents were just unfortunate. Lol And I'd watch "The Big Lebowski" daily if I had time. I'm actually an ordained Dudeist Priestess. At least it's an ethos, right? :)
Response: Yayyyyyy! Savannah is well worth a trip. It's one of the few places that I've visited multiple times. A Dudeist!!! Love it :):):) THX!~ Oh, and I just found a clip from a magazine in the 90s of Dracula and Mina making out, so I hid it in my husband's office. Waiting for him to find it....hee hee

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Comments

HappyMailMel on Aug 10, 2020:

Claire;

You are such an amazingly sweet person! I received your card today about my kitties and I got all teared up. Thank you so much for thinking of me. <3 I will keep this forever, as well as your ATC. (((Hugs)))

the0dior on Jul 31, 2020:

cmmaldonado on Jul 30, 2020:

manders2280 on Jul 27, 2020:

I'm reading through your profile after I rated you and saw your remark about Lime LaCroix. We recently discovered Key Lime LaCroix and it's wonderful. I buy it at a business Costco; someone was picking up a box and I asked about it; she said she likes it more than Lime so we tried it and now we're hooked.

Starforest on Jul 2, 2020:

Oh my goodness!!! 🤩🤩🤩 I got the package you sent me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE 💗 everything you sent me! I can’t wait to make some bugs! And everything else was so cool! 😎🤩😍 I swear it’s like you know me! I can’t say thank you enough, you really made my whole week! I was so thrilled to open everything! Wowee!!

glowsfl on Jun 16, 2020:

Thanks for being such a nice person.

susieq11 on May 19, 2020:

I love your address labels and the Noguchi stamps! I have a sheet I can’t part with, lol!! So happy to have these “extras”! : ) Hope you have a great day!

RiverTopanga on Apr 8, 2020:

Welcome to the Artisan ATC swap group. I think you will love our group... a very talented little community! :-) your favorite colors remind me of Okinawa, Japan. They loved using pink and orange together (at least in the 90's-when I was there!)

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Kirkdebb on Feb 11, 2020:

WnWHS Great American Pies Month Profile Swap

I enjoy many different pies, but my favorite has always been walnut pie. My mom and I would gather walnuts from my grandfather's tree and I would help to crack them. It is made the same as pecan pie, but uses walnuts instead of pecans.

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