ABOUT ME Originally from Germany, recent new US citizen (yay) after living here for almost 5 years now. Married, SAHM, 41 year old first time mother of my little miracle, two spoiled rescue cats, crafting, urban homesteading, gardening, writing â€“ love writing letters and journaling (for my daughter), cooking, baking and preserving, needle working , recycling, herbs, home made things, reading, listening to music, other countries and cultures, languages, volunteering, natural parenting is what interests me. Currently trying to re-learn an instrument, trying new crafts with fabric, feltingâ€¦ happy to be on Swap Bot for almost 2 years now (time is flying..!) love swapping, sending and receiving mail.
CURRENT - my daughter will be ONE coming 5/25 - if you have me in a profile/surprise/send anything... swap I'd love to see something for her in the mail - little surprise, ATC, seeds, anything for her albums/scrapbook, nature,something special about your country/city/culture, homemade, German language etc (more ideas below, on etsy/amazon wishlist)
GENERAL SWAP RELATED THINGS - I always rate and usually right away. No rating then means not received. My first two names are my (one) first name and I love to be addressed as such ;-)) Please always use my address exactly as written including extended ZIP code. Do not forget my last name! We donâ€™t have a very good mail service at times. Everything that helps the mail to arrive is good. Please always add your return address clearly on the envelope since mail that could otherwise lost would then get returned to you. That also includes name of your country in itâ€™s English name version. Washi/Stickers and the likes on envelope â€“ avoid or has to be taped over, especially the thick stickers. Yes I have gotten ripped/half/scrap letters before and on more than one occasion :-/ Missing swap from my side, please contact, I will always re-send.
If possible please no items made out of plastic (especially kids items) or packaging. We're greatly trying to reduce and live plastic-free.
STOCKING STUFFER SWAPS / KIDâ€™S STOCKING STUFFER
GENERALLY â€“ yes we donâ€™t do celebrate Christmas, but have a gift giving on our December holiday (Hanukka) too. No worries about the kind of wrapping paper or the shape of the item (does not need to fit into stocking ;-) but please nothing related to Christmas as we have no use for it. Thank you. Rating when received and re-rate in December.
KIDS - my daughter E.R. will be around 18 months in Dec. 2018 â€“ some wishes/interests are: organic vegetable, herb, flower seeds suited for a children garden (examples in etsy favorites), children gardening tools, tools/toys for the sandbox, simple (peg) puzzles with around 10 pieces, anything etsy&amazon favorites inspired, anything nature related for her nature table, homemade things welcome, (gently) used or Thrift store more than welcome, if you are from Germany or in general â€“ love the Haba board games and blocks â€“ â€œSendung mit der Mausâ€ Series â€“â€œLoewenzahnâ€ Series â€“ Pixi Books - Ravensburger board games and board books â€“ especially the â€œWieso, Weshalb,Warum Juniorâ€ Books Series â€“ again used more than welcome! :) - especially for the books series: we have several of them, so I would appreciate that you ask first, in order to avoid doubles. Astrid Lindgren (used) picture books in German language- example Lotta, Madita. We donâ€™t have a TV at home. Clothing (home made) for her Waldorf dolls.Board books in English language for little kids that explain, how things work (ex. Themes like â€œthe forestâ€ â€œthe weatherâ€ â€œthe seasonsâ€ â€at homeâ€ etc) Things made from wood. Sheets of felt or needle felting supplies. Fabric/fat quarters/vintage fabric. Big Alphabet letters made from wood or felt. Cute (homemade welcome) socks or hats or gloves or scarf for her age. Natural dyed wool rovings. Wooden/felt play food for play kitchen. Face paint. Acessoiries for dressing up/pretend plays (scarves, hats etc etc). your homemade Granny Square! :) it would be wonderful to put together a "worldwide" blanket for her. (size for a square in 12" or 6" and acrylic yarn please ) So far we/she got gifted four pieces! yay! the blanket is growing:) "Pen pal letter" that shows/explains something special of your hometown/are/country - I started a box/book for her to learn about different places. We donâ€™t have much of a family or better said, almost no family, so holidays easily can be a bit lonely at times - so anything for her â€œstocking stufferâ€ will be greatly appreciated and add up a lot to our holiday joy!
NEW She's now fascinated by cars and water - we have quite a few ducks by now and the're well loved ;-) but maybe there are other water toys. Also outdoors/gardening.
NEW 9/12/18 She's very into her dolls now too, so everything doll would be l ovely for her stocking stuffer (all are ragdolls/waldorf dolls, 10" and 14" size)
IDEAS FOR MY STOCKINGS- etsy&amazon (inspired) favorites, stationery (only lettersets and notecards currently, washi only from etsy favorites, I have way too much washi and pens and sticky notes etc), personalized address labels with a favorite motiv (ex. cats), organic seeds (currently loooking especially for perennial flower seeds, herbs), craftsy items â€“ scrapbook-felting-weaving-cross stitchâ€¦,return sddress labels snacks for the cats, catnip stuffed toys, stickers (flower, butterflies etc, kiddi/reward ok, no Christmas stickers please!) unused commemorative letterstamps, fabric/fat quarters, scrapbook supplies, Recipe Cards, weaving-needlefelting supplies, natural dyed wool, touristy fridge magnets (strongly preferred real pictures of your native landscape-flora-fauna-interesting non religious buildings etc). I do not collect other touristy things like keychains. Food/Beverages â€“ I love chocolate, peanut butter candies, hot cocoa, certain snacks, food I miss from Germany, Trader Joeâ€™s - but not necessary to send unless swap has to include food/beverages. Please check â€œKosher Foodâ€ especially for international swaps. Preferably choose something else to send instead.
PREFER NOT TO - things that smell, I have a problem with certain smells. Same for certain Bath and Body Products, so rather not receive these or scented candles or scented whatever (EXCEPTION whatever on my etsy favorites/unscented natural products "burts bee style" lipbalm/soap...) I love cooking/baking but please no cookbooks, it usually doesnâ€™t work for me. No jewelry. Washi/Pens currently not, I am flooded, unless swap requires washi samples or etsy favorite, but even then rather receive something else currently. I am covered in regards to sticky notes, journals and bookmarks (unless itâ€™s homemade art). Not interested in Hello Kitty or Kawaii. Not really into planners or calendars. No bookmarks anymore, I have too many now! I collect coins/stamps, but don't need a book to hold them. I am good with all the garden gloves I have right now. I am into touristy fridge magnets but not keychains (also not shotglasses, pens etc) I am into cats, not dogs (sorry, apologies to the dogs. but I'm a catlady). Even with cats (or in general), I am not into items that "humanize" them example wearing a skirt or sunglasses or... I like to do cross-stitch or other stitch techniques, but it seems I prefer a certain style plus I'm good with cross-stitch kits/projects for a while to come \ anyway, so I prefer not to receive :) Not into Kitchen towels or oven mittens. Thanks to swapbot I have more than enough recipecards for now.
PLEASE NO Christmas-Easter-Halloween-Valentineâ€™s-St Patrick â€˜s Day-religious related things. (but no worries about wrapping for stocking stuffer swaps)
STATIONERY â€“ currently please only lettersets, notecards, stickers, postcards. I am flooded with pens, washi, sticky notes,note padsâ€¦ so please no more, unless swap has to include washi samples or if itâ€™s a washi etsy favorite. Home made envelopes and stationery are great! also welcome ink or ink samples for my fountain pen.
LIKES/GENERAL THEMES - Touristy Fridge Magnets (strongly preferred with real picture/photography of native landscape-flora-fauna-non religious buildings-lighthouses etc - also to see and learn about other places, NO magnets please that just show stripes of green and blue for ocean and grass and could be everywhere :-) ), touristy Postcards (same themes as fridge magnets) and used stamps (again same themes), used or unused US vintage stamps, FDC,maxicards,mini-sheets, coins/currency (I have a lot the following countries, so prefer not to receive: EU Zone, Israel, Russia, India, Malaysia, Canada, from US only State Quarters that I donâ€™t have yet, America the beautiful series that I donâ€™t have yet) tulips, sunflowers, flowers, organic seeds, cats, butterflies, horses, dolphins, water, ocean, spring, summer, autumn/autumn colors, winter and snow, Pooh-Diddl-Care Bears-Tatty Teddy), your homemade art, recycle craft, vintage fabrics (feedsacks, cloth napkins, bedsheets, table cloth, fabric scraps/paper scraps/felt or needle felt scraps, thin fabric used for natural dyeing, wool rovings, cross stitch floss, anything from nature for my daughterâ€™s nature table (shells and stones from your beach or landscape, acorns, chestnuts, walnut halves, dried leaves, wood, scraps of wool, fabric, felt, feathers, driftwood, roots and whatever you can think of, especially other countries would make nice to learn about other places in addition) return address labels, ,face paint, wood or felt play food, accessoiries for dressing up/pretend play (think scarves, hats, vintage things), cats, teddy bears,lighthousers happy mail for my MIL (sick and often in hospital), stickers/notecards/happy mail supplies for my volunteering on sick children/senior citizens, tried- and true recipes/world cuisine/the recipe your grandmother used to make.
PRIVATE SWAPS - Iâ€™m always open for a private swap through the official swap system (not totally new members though sorryâ€¦please have a few positive ratings first) especially about: birthday surprise, kidâ€™s birthday surprise, Jewish Holidays, sweets and snacks from Germany, board games/board books from Germany, stationery (paper) from Germany, your/mine home grown organic seeds or plants (seasonal can offer strawberry runners, banana plants), your/mine home made art, fridge magnets, coins/currency, stamps/postage (FDC etc). Your pen pal letter â€“ I love writing letters and am open to new pen pals!
LOW RATING â€“ this was a newbie swapper, who (as a swap host) did not communicate and also seemed not to understand the purpose of swapbot-the rating system, as her swap was never even sent out and I then rated a â€œ1â€. Hers was a improper retaliation rating as â€œresponseâ€, even though I had sent my swap before the deadline. Yes, I have the receipt of my package that I have sent to her.I will be happy to re-rate whenever it will arrive here.
FOOD-BEVERAGES/KOSHER â€“ Please donâ€™t send, if itâ€™s not clear and too confusing - rather choose something else to send from the many other suggestions on my prfoile, but always feel free to ask me about it (better ask than google, it can be confusing, and not all accurate at times). Iâ€™m usually not doing food swaps, but some things I love: M&Mâ€™s especially coffee, peanut butter and including the Christmas flavored ones â€“ Iâ€™m always happy when they appear in the stores same for Hershey candy holiday mint candy cane etc, Peppermint Bark pieces (Ghirardelli) Hersheyâ€™s nuggets, Hersheyâ€™s cookie bites, Ghirardelli, sea salt and caramel flavor, peanut butter flavor or candies (ex Trader Joe), coffee flavor, granola, hot cocoa, herbal tea. PLAIN black or green tea with NO additional flavors is always kosher (though I prefer herbal teas!) From Germany â€“ Kinderriegel, Kinderschokolade, Duplo, Hanuta, Giotto, Erdnuss Flips (!) and others â€“ ask me about it :)
CPG January Wishlist - flaked by @mgallardo68
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