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banjobraids

banjobraids
Date Joined: October 20, 2014
Last Online: October 26, 2020
Birthday: November 10, 1974
Country: United States
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About Me

detroitmural

wear a mask dino

October Update Um, how is it October already? I'm so confused.

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.

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. Just let me know and I'll reimburse you, or do a resend if necessary. I don't mind one bit.

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 14) 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,
moths,
huge things,
tiny things,
skeletons,
folk art, outsider art,
strange tourist destinations or attractions
things about CULTS
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,
aspergers/aspie/autism positive (not Autism Speaks),
mermaids,
gingko trees and leaves

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
Dolly Parton

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: Shows about cults and The Vow. :O

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

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Comment: REalllyyyy cool card and stickers. Thank you so much! Interesting coincidence about your mother being from central Missouri. My husband says his mom was from Hannibal but her maiden name was Richardson. It would be interesting though to find out if there's a connection. thank you for the lovely card. The Kiki's Delivery Service washi is really cute. Thank you!
DonnaZakem rated for Easy Postcard Swap on Oct 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you!
Mekenzie rated for 🍄MUSHROOMS🍄 #01 on Oct 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for sending the second envelope with the mushrooms. I'm sorry she got lost first. I wish you all the best.♥
Response: I'm so glad it arrived safely! Thank you for the well wishes and the heart :):):)
bpl76 rated for LSRUS-Pretty In Pink-USA on Oct 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the goodie over load !! and thank you for the resend Love it all
Response: Oh, I'm so glad it got there okay and you enjoyed! :):) Thanks for hosting!
SkaGirl rated for Picture, If You Will… Park on Oct 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you!
SkaGirl rated for Ugly PCSwap #16 on Oct 23, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! And thank you for the birthday wishes!!! :)
Response: You're so welcome! Hope it was great! :):)
KSENiA rated for Artsy Fartsy #20 on Oct 20, 2020
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Comment: I was cleaning my desk and found some old unrated swaps. They fell behind the printer... I am so sorry for rating so late. Thank you for the postcard.
Response: No worries! Thank you for the heart :):)
Wingsofgossamer rated for Picture, If You Will… Park on Oct 19, 2020
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Comment: I really enjoyed this swap! Thanks for sharing your Park with me.
Response: You're so welcome! Thank you for the heart :):)
mandigutterrose rated for Witchy Postcard Swap on Oct 19, 2020
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Comment: Lovely!
SilverD rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #89 on Oct 18, 2020
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Comment: Hello, Love the postcard! I've been a fan of Stevie Nicks since I was a teen. I've seen her twice and Fleetwood Mac once. I have one postcard of Stevie, it's vintage and I love it. Love the save USPS stamp too, thanks! 💌
Response: Yay! Thanks for the heart :):)
minajapan rated for Picture, If You Will… Park on Oct 17, 2020
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Comment: Hello, your photos at the moment of take off of the butterfly is great.! Thank you for a nice swap. Enjoy the park. :)
Response: Thank you! And thank you for the heart :):)
chandlerguera rated for Mix It Up - Maybe? on Oct 16, 2020
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Comment: I LOVE everything you sent me! Interesting ad postcards, ephemera and awesome vintage Russian card. Thank you so much! We only have a couple of things left in the garden (chile and basil), and our windows and doors are open early in the morning until it gets hot again. Happy fall!
Response: Happy fall! Glad you enjoyed :):) Thank you for the heart :):)
Autist rated for I&B: Fall/Halloween Postcard on Oct 15, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Yay for birthdays!! Our anniversary was fun. We ordered take out Chinese and watched a movie. Have a good one!
Response: Yayyy :):) Sounds like a great anniversary to me. :):)
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Oct 15, 2020
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Comment: Love it!
Response: So glad! :):)
turnsoleluna rated for Sender's Choice ATC Non HD/HP on Oct 15, 2020
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Comment: Wow! Love every single "element" ;) Awesome to trade with you Claire.
Response: LOL very glad! Thanks for the heart :):)
cynaemon rated for Picture, If You Will… Park on Oct 14, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing
Response: You're so welcome. Thx for the heart. :):)
HippieChick rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers #2 on Oct 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous stickers! There are so many great ones in here. I am thrilled to add them to my collection. Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: So glad you enjoyed and thank you for hosting! :):):)
klover rated for Halloween PC swap on Oct 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the retro halloween cat pc. It will be a quiet halloween here also. No trick or treaters:-(. I love seeing all the kiddos in their costumes👻🎃.
Response: Me too! Maybe we'll have a few stragglers. Happy Halloween! :):)
ittybittykitty rated for Profile Swappy Swap on Oct 12, 2020
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Comment: Claire your package is AMAZING. Thank you so much! It was all so perfect and what’s really bananas is that I was about to buy address labels and little paper flowers lol. What are the odds?!? I love it! 🤓
Response: Sooooo glad to swap with you :):)
Mamamoose rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #89 on Oct 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cool postcard and your explanations! Love it :)
Response: You're so welcome! :):):)

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Comments

LavenderSprinkles on Oct 14, 2020:

Oh my goodness!!! My daughter loved that card!!! Thank you so much for making her day!!!

1OldfoolPlanner on Oct 12, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hope you have a fun and fabulously spooky time! Hugs, Jill

debtea2 on Oct 2, 2020:

grammypammy on Sep 30, 2020:

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and goodies! I love the stickers and swap stickers.

I appreciate you thinking of me!

Hugs, Pam

ittybittykitty on Sep 8, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

geekgirl1001000 on Aug 20, 2020:

What a nice surprise to get your first postage stamp ATC in the mail! it looks great. love that color scheme and how you extended the stippling out to match the stamp! The plus side of social distancing - more time to stay home and art!

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.

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