Date Joined: June 15, 2013
Last Online: March 30, 2023
Birthday: November 12
Country: United States
Welcome to my profile! ~ info updated 3/16/23
2/21/23: Reached 200 5s today woo! :)
3/30/23: Still in the process of moving and getting settled in so unfortunately I don't really have the time or a good space to do swaps right now. I'm hoping by May everything will be back to usual, but for now I can't host/join new swaps and apologize for having to adjust dates or cancel swaps altogether. I'll still be logging in from time to time and will check messages so please do let me know if there's a problem with any past swaps. I'm still able to receive mail at my old address so any swaps sent to me will be picked up and rated it just might take a little longer than usual. Thanks for your patience!
Loony 4 Loons...
This is a somewhat odd request, but I would extra ♥️ love to receive anything that has to do with loons if you're my swap partner and happen to have a card/postcard or anything else with a loon on it!
Unfortunately there are no loons where I live in the south, but maybe someday I will get the chance to see and hear one in person. The call of a loon is one of the most beautiful sounds to me - here's a short video of loons calling for you to enjoy!
General stuff about me!
Hello! My name is Jess :) I'm 31 years old and work in a library. I have no children and plan to keep it that way; however I do have a very sweet cat named Kitten! Some things I enjoy include books (reading + collecting), collage, drawing & writing, jigsaw puzzles, meditation, all things related to dreams & altered states of consciousness, aliens!!!, conspiracy theories, thrifting, bad lifetime movies, documentaries, ambient music, and of course snail mail & swapping!
If you're into astrology- I am a Scorpio Sun / Capricorn Moon / Scorpio Rising & have a 12th house stellium! My chart is heavily dominated by water and plutonian influence and I find it does describe me pretty well! I'm also a metal goat in the Chinese zodiac.
I'm not religious at all, but do consider myself "spiritual" - purposely leaving it vague as I don't really define it in anyway. I'm extremely interested in altered states of consciousness particularly astral projection and lucid dreaming as well as the in between states of sleep which are all very spiritual experiences for me. I'd love to discuss these things with anyone similarly interested!
I'm the type of person that is always finding myself fixated and obsessed with random things. After a little while it fades to make way for something new. Some do stick with me, but it changes easily and often. I feel it can be both a blessing and a curse! Just for fun, here's what I find myself obsessed with most recently - I'd love to receive notes in swaps if you have any thoughts about these or your own obsessions to share too!
Current obsessions: Loons, early 90s era Pearl Jam, and indie perfume oils!
Check out Monsters, Myths, & Legends -- US ATC swappers a group I help run - created by @HausOfImps - for US based swaps (no longer exclusive to just ATCs) themed around mythology, folklore, cryptids, the paranormal, & more!
Please also check out Oneironauts Only, a new international group I've created and run with @HausOfImps based on my love & interest in dreams, astral projection, and all things altered states of consciousness. If you're interested in these topics and want to do swaps on them this group is for you!
And now I'm also co-running Swapper's Paradise! For general mail swaps of all kinds, generally speaking. We're a US group focused on simple, un-themed, and mostly sender's choice swaps that are fun and drama-free!
!!!ATTN swappers: I mark sent when swaps are in my mailbox to be picked up (so the postmark may differ depending on the timing) and always send my part ~ If there are ever any issues with a swap I've sent or it hasn't arrived after a reasonable amount of time please contact me before you rate and I will get back to you asap about resending! I can also provide photos of outgoing swaps as needed - sometimes I forget to take a photo of a swap before sealing it up, but I will have at least the outside of the envelope and front/back of postcards.
I always rate and try to do so the same day I receive; sometimes it might take me a few days, but chances are if I have not rated I have not yet received. I don't mind at all if you check in with me about ratings or anything else! I'll always message before rating if I haven't received a swap. If you know you'll be late sending just let me know - I appreciate communication and will try to work with you!
For swaps I host I will always angel if you're flaked on after you've attempted communication with your partner and rated appropriately ~ please contact me about any issues in my hosted swaps!
Please don't feel like you need to include anything other than swap requirements. This section is just if you're looking for ideas of what I like to personalize swaps or for profile-based swaps.
Things I Collect: I'm into collecting stuff and have several collections!
Anything Anubis (minus any depictions where he's super buff/muscular...!) or Ancient Egypt in general
Materials related to aliens/UFOs, conspiracy theories, cults & other similar topics
Anything loons or ducks!
Postcards, blank & written
Foreign postage stamps (including CTOs, souvenir sheets, FDCs etc) - & banknotes or coins - especially any related to my likes!
Used books on topics of altered states of consciousness (astral projection/OBEs, dreams and lucid dreaming, hallucinogens etc) aliens/UFOs, conspiracy theories or other weirdo new age & occult topics + any by sci-fi author Philip K Dick with interesting covers
Odd photographs or polaroids (think weird vibes, vaguely disturbing, haunted...)
Pins/buttons related to my likes & interests - I like to put them on a stuffed animal I have so I prefer the kind that are like badges without a backing
Colors: I LOVE green in any shade - my absolute favorite color! I also like cool blues and purples (especially green/blue/purple together,) golden yellows, deep reds, black (& white together,) grayscale, and rainbows or vibrant color schemes. Holographic and glow-in-the-dark are not exactly colors, but I love that sort of thing!
Animals: I like all animals in general, but my top favorites would be ducks of any kind, loons, bears (especially grizzly or panda,) all wild cats, and any kind of ocean creatures.
Tourist - I enjoy cards (from anywhere) with scenic landscapes, mountains, deserts, ocean views, flora & fauna, and those that depict weather (lightning, tornadoes etc) sunsets, aurora borealis, rainbows and such. I also like cards with local culture or significant places from your location. Some specific places I particularly like are Alaska and Japan.
Non-tourist - Art themed (famous works & otherwise) especially Japanese woodblock prints/+other Asian art, Hieronymus Bosch, medieval and surrealist works, realistic animals, aliens & UFOs, space/galaxy themes, weird/strange/unusual however you interpret that, mythology, Ancient Egypt, lenticular/3D, and anything else profile related.
Zazzle/store-printed are always welcome and I also love handmade cards!
Tea/Coffee: For tea I'm open to most kinds, caffeinated or decaf and herbals. I would love to try your favorite flavors! My favorites are herbal (any kind - but especially love chamomile & sleepy blends,) flavored green and white teas, and earl grey. I'm not fond of "diet" teas. For coffee samples, any kind is welcome. Only in individually sealed bags please!
Ideas for flat surprises: blank postcards, stickers (sheets, cut outs, flakes & larger are all great to me,) any kind of art made by you, postage stamps, bookmarks, loose playing or tarot/oracle cards, origami mulberry or other special paper, herbal tea bags, ephemera related to my interests, and written notes detailing interesting dreams you've had.
Music: in no particular order... Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Iron & Wine, Emma Ruth Rundle, Queen Adreena/Ruby Throat/Katie Jane Garside, Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters, Modest Mouse, José González, Have a Nice Life, Steve Roach, Brian Eno, and Boards of Canada. Love ambient and 90s (and early 00s) alt/rock in general. I'm always making youtube playlists and would enjoy private playlist swaps!
Books/Authors: Philip K. Dick, Robert Monroe, C.G. Jung, Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, Shirley Jackson. I'm a fan of science fiction, new age/occult/esoteric weirdness, and interesting non-fiction. Currently reading - Center of the Cyclone by John C Lilly, VALIS by PKD, Far Journeys by Robert Monroe and about 5 other books at all times though I'll admit I read slowly lol. My goodreads (linked up top - feel free to send a friend request) has a more extensive list of what I'm into!
Video Games: Animal Crossing! (WW, NL, & NH) - fav villagers are Curt, Benjamin, Marcel, Lucky, Grizzly - I love the bear and dog villagers, cranky and lazy types especially. Also into Sims 3, Fallout 3 & NV, Skyrim, Terraria, Pokemon Blue/Red and Arceus - my favorite is Psyduck, and all psychic + ghost types, SimCity 4, Fate, & Fantasy Life. I mostly play games on my laptop, Nintendo switch & 3DS. Let me know if you'd like to be friends on steam or switch!
ABC list of likes!
A - aliens, altered states of consciousness, ambient music, animals, Anubis, Anthony Bourdain, aquariums, art, astral projection, astrology, astronomy, aurora borealis
B - badtz-maru, banknotes, bears, bibliomancy, bioluminescent creatures, birds, black widow spiders, bookmarks
C - capricorn, cats (wild cats especially!), coffee, coins, collage, conspiracy theories, crop circles, cryptids, cults, culture, Curt the bear (from animal crossing)
D - deep sea, deserts, documentaries, dolphins, dragons, drawing, dreams/dreaming, ducks
E - eclipses, Eddie Vedder lol, ancient Egypt, envelopes, ephemera, ESP (extrasensory perception)
F - forests/woodlands, fractals, frogs, fun facts
G - Garfield, ginkgo leaves, glow-in-the-dark things, goats/rams, green
H - handmade art, herbs, Hieronymus Bosch, history (particularly about ancient civilizations), holographic things, horror, hypnagogia
I - ink pads, insects
J - jigsaw puzzles, journaling, Jupiter
K - kawaii, kelp forests, keroppi, keychains, kimono patterns
L - landscapes, letters, lifetime movies, liminal spaces, loons, lotus flowers, lucid dreaming
M - mail art, maneki-neko, medieval art, meditation, memo sheets, mixed media, moths, mountains, Mt. Fuji, mugwort, mushrooms, mythology
N - The Nazca Lines, near death experiences (NDEs), new age topics, notecards, numbers (4, 7 or any combination of those)
O - occult/esoteric topics, oceans and ocean creatures, origami paper, ourosboros
P - paranormal, Philip K Dick, photographs & polaroids, psychic phenomena, pins, playing cards (with unique backs), Pluto, poems/poetry, postcards, praying mantis, pressed pennies, psychedelic themes, psyduck, pyramids
Q - quotes
R - radios & old radio shows, reading, reality TV, reptiles, Robert Monroe, rubber stamps
S - science fiction, scorpio, scorpions, sleep paralysis, space/galaxy themes, stamps (foreign, used or unused etc), Star Trek: TNG and DS9, stationery, stickers, small stuffed animals, Stonehenge, sun/sunsets, surrealism
T - tarot, tea, thrifted items, tornadoes, trees, tropical fish, The Twilight Zone
U - UFOs, Ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), Unsolved Mysteries, used books
V - venus flytraps & other carnivorous plants, video games, volcanoes
W - washi tape, weather phenomena, weird & otherwise strange things
X - the X-files
Y - Yōkai (Japanese folklore)
Z - zener cards, zines, zodiac
I think I'm pretty easy to please and like many more things than I dislike, but there are some things that I don't particularly want to receive. Whenever possible I will pass such things on to other swappers who do enjoy them!
I enjoy private swapping so please send a message if you'd like to do one or even a few with me. I've got some ideas listed here, but feel free to propose your own. I also like to chat so I'm open to messages for that reason too! :)
I'm open to doing simple private swaps with newbies to help with acquiring ratings!
I'll admit I'm terrible at keeping up with conventional penpal correspondence, but would be interested in something like a postcard penpal - someone to regularly exchange chatty postcards with. I'm especially interested in doing this (and other flat mail swaps) with international users.
Always looking for private swaps for: written postcards or note cards, and one off letter/writing swaps (including stream-of-consciousness) - could be free-theme, on a certain topic, or with questions/prompts we both respond to. I also enjoy electronic or email swaps on interesting topics.
Wishlist trades or profile based swaps with swappers in the US (due to postage costs) would be welcome too.
Lately I've not been feeling very creative, but in the past have enjoyed mail art (handmade postcards, ATCs or APCs, themed/decorated envelopes, zines or small drawings, collages etc.) and would be open to them as private swaps if time allows.
I've also started getting into indie perfume oils (not EDPs) and would love to trade samples or potentially larger bottles too. I like Alkemia and NAVA, but also enjoy trying other houses. I expect this to be a long-shot so I won't list my scent preferences here, but feel free to message if interested!
If you have any USPS stamps from the sun science, views of our planets, hubble telescope sets, solar eclipse, or any space related stamps from outside the US - new or used - I'd love to see them used on swaps sent to me or let me know if you want to work out a trade!
This section is just for myself in order to clean up/archive swaps + for any other reminders I might need later.
Brighten My Week Note Card March #4
WTF PC Swap R9
Postcards for Mental Health - @snailmailvic (hasn't logged in since join date of 12/12 so I don't expect a rating)
Flower PC Swap R2 - @KawaiiCourrier
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I got your glow in the dark pc and I am thinking of a good response worth reading, lol!! Going on a mini break so it may be a a bit before a reply is sent via the blue box! xx MuggleMom
Thank you for the RAK of postcards! (from the forum). I loved all of the postcards you shared, they are so fun! ( ´ ∀ `)ノ～ ♡
thanks so much for this lovely RAK of postcards! Have a terrific weekend --
Whoa, almost at 200 5's... what a world!
Thank you so much it arrived yesterday, while I was at work, it was such a good surprise to get to when i came home from work, that made my day. Everything was cute, and wonderful, thank you so much for taking the time to send out. :)
Wishing you a New Year full of great memories and meaningful family & friends!
Happy New Year!
It's the MFin new year! Woooooo!
Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail