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iolair

iolair
Date Joined: March 6, 2021
Last Online: January 21, 2022
Birthday: February 2
Country: Australia
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About Me

taking a little break - be back soon!

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Hello! I'm Alicia (she/they). I love happy mail and have been penpalling or sending other types of snail mail in various ways since I was a kid. I'm in my early 30s, childfree, in a long-term relationship and we are owned by a cat!

*** Please do let me know if you haven't received your swap before downrating! Mail from Australia to pretty much anywhere can be a slow and/or perilous journey (sometimes taking up three months! Especially at the moment with the pandemic still causing issues). If something doesn't arrive, please message me and we can work something out :)

Favorite Movies

The Wicker Man; the Back to the Future series; Spirited Away; Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; Withnail and I; Fargo; The Shining; The Ghoul; A Field in England. There's about 50382048 movies I still want to watch - please send me your recs! I particularly enjoy horror movies or anything weird.

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Bookish things

Villette; Crash (JG Ballard); Pride and Prejudice; High Rise; Rabble Starkey; The Adventures of Tintin; Calvin and Hobbes; Lolita; American Psycho; Maurice; Raymond Carver; Annihilation (Vandermeer); Philip K Dick; The Cipher (Kathe Koja). I buy far more books than I read, unfortunately, but talking about books and reading in general is something I really enjoy.

Lately trying to read more poetry, so far I'm fond of Auden, Yeats, Eliot, Catullus, Sappho, Larkin, O'Hara. Always happy for more recommendations for both prose and poetry!

I'm on Goodreads too, please feel free to reach out to me there :)

Favorite Television

Twin Peaks; The Prisoner; Inside No. 9; The X-Files; Black Books; Arrested Development; The Day Today; Serial Experiments Lain. I'm sure there are plenty more I can't think of right now.

What to send me

I really will love and appreciate anything you send to me! However, the below are some of my especial favourite things:

  • kawaii style
  • anything colourful, foiled, holographic, glittery. Basically all the shiny things!
  • anything gothic/witchy/weird/creepy
  • Halloween!! It's not really a thing here so I'm always excited to receive Halloween items any time of the year, since they're hard to get
  • Christmas items. I find them so cheery :)
  • lengthy letters, since I tend to ramble on myself, ha!
  • also upcycled items
  • things that represent your hometown/city or country
  • your artwork :D
  • pretty much anything to do with animals
  • things in languages other than English

I'm obsessed with stickers and washi tape, and to a lesser degree also obsessed with memo papers and letter sets.

I like both tea and coffee, although I'm not a big fan of chamomile tea. I mostly drink green, assam, lemon and ginger, sleepytime.

Characters I like:

  • Peanuts/Snoopy
  • Pretty much all Japanese characters from brands like Sanrio, Crux, San-X, etc. Especial favourites include Cinnamoroll, Pochacco, Rilakkuma, Kerokerokeroppi, Pompompurin. Basically any of the non-human characters, haha.
  • Studio Ghibli
  • Tintin! I grew up with the books and would love to visit the official museum one day.
  • Calvin and Hobbes :)
  • Pokemon
  • Moomins

Dislikes

There aren't many things I don't like! However I am not super into non-papercraft items such as lace, brads, ribbons and the like as unfortunately I have no aptitude with sewing, knitting, acrylic/resin crafts, etc. I'm also not really a big Disney fan unless it's Alice in Wonderland or any of the animal characters.

Tunes

I'd love to hear your music recommendations with stories attached (like what the song reminds you of, a memory you associate with it, a movie it's from, etc).

Lately listening: The Twin Peaks soundtracks, Eartheater, Grimes.

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credit: Jubilee

Random likes and interests

  • animals of all sorts but particularly cats
  • Peanuts/Snoopy
  • David Lynch's work
  • languages, esp. Ancient Greek and Latin
  • Indonesian culture
  • internet culture, cyberpunk
  • fanfiction/fandom
  • creepypasta
  • weird videos on youtube
  • niche microgenres like dreampunk, vaporwave, etc
  • journaling
  • horror films and horror video games
  • let's plays
  • 'aesthetics'; (e.g. dark academia, kidcore, cottagecore)
  • surrealism
  • contemporary and conceptual art
  • developing spontaneous and very short-lived obsessions with people and things
  • mental health
  • tattoos, including the stick and poke kind
  • piercings
  • LGBTQ+/pride things
  • woolgathering
  • stickers
  • postmodernism
  • folklore and mythology
  • true crime
  • the occult

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Comment: Enjoyed your swap
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Comment: This was a great list you sent -- I have read a few on the list before, and I agree with you about them. Happy swapping!
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Nice to hear you also enjoyed some of the books on my list! Take care!
Sarrr rated for Ho Ho Ho year three on Jan 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the fun Christmas card!! The sleeve with the extras brought me sooo much joy :) I believe the letter had quite the wild journey before it reached me, the envelope was really tattered and ripped open at the edges… post offices didn’t treat it very nicely :(
Response: You're very welcome, thank you for the heart! I'm sorry to hear that it had a rough time getting there, though :( I wonder if it's because it wasn't quite flat? I'll try to make it a bit more post-office proof next time, hehe.
FeetInTheSoil rated for Private journal letter swap on Jan 6, 2022
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Comment: 😍πŸ₯°πŸ˜­πŸ₯ΊπŸ’—πŸ’– Aliciaaaaaa 😍 thank you!! What a beautiful journal!! I hope mine is not getting rained on in these storms right now πŸ˜… even though it's not on your level omg the BINDING 🀯😍 thank you for your generous tuck ins and a long letter. I have already made some dot points for my next letter to you, I think I will do a messy undecorated letter next time so it's easier to get all my thoughts out, and then I'll add the pretty stuff seperate πŸ˜‚βœοΈπŸ’βœ¨
Response: πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ’–you always leave the loveliest comments that truly make me smile, thank you Lena! Oh gosh, the binding I think is something I really need to work on, lol, I appreciate you being so nice about it! Your journal made it to me safely and I am just about to rate you after I finish this, sorry for the delay! Thanks also for reading all my totally random rambling. I always think of things to say after the fact, maybe next time I'll actually get everything in and it will make sense too, haha.
Carollee922 rated for R&W: Winter holiday card on Jan 5, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the really beautiful card and extras!
Response: You're welcome, thank you for the heart!
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Comment: Sorry for the late rate, thank you very much for the great post cards.
Response: Thank you, glad you enjoyed them :)
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard!
Response: No problem :)
Stellaerrans rated for LLU: current read PC #4 on Dec 30, 2021
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Comment: Hello Alicia, thank for the beautiful maxicard with interesting information about your book!
Response: You're welcome, thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great recommendation. I will definitely check them out. I apologize for such a late rating -- sadly, your letter was put in my purse when I received it, then I switched purses and forgot to grab it. I just stumbled upon it yesterday. Please forgive!
Response: No problem at all, I can relate to that, ha. Thank you for the heart :)
FeetInTheSoil rated for AS: New Year's Wishes! on Dec 28, 2021
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Comment: Oh my goodness what a generous lovely swap! Thank you for the sweet labels! I love them!! Can't wait to reply to your letter in the (still late I'm sorry) journal letter :) πŸ’–
Response: I'm really glad you like them! I think I might try to design my own next time, it would be fun. Thanks for the heart lovely <3
Karen07 rated for G: Holiday card swap on Dec 28, 2021
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Comment: Your card got here fast! Thanks for the Ausie themed greetings and cool stash inside! Happy New Year!
Response: Happy New Year :) Thank you for the heart!
neca84 rated for Paper Pocket on Dec 25, 2021
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Comment: thank you, great pockets
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Loved your letter and the beautiful pocket card and ephemera! I related to your letter -especially the messy desk!- and I'll respond in my journal letter (which is still going to be late, probably in the new year πŸ˜…)
Response: Thank you my dear <3 All good, I've been so late with so many of my other swaps, and just late to respond in general! It's a hectic season I think!
FeetInTheSoil rated for AS<3 QUICK XMAS TEA CARD on Dec 20, 2021
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Comment: I love everything about this swap :) the kitty on the card, the special teas, the goodies! So festive and DO fun! Sorry for the late rating but I saved it to open when I was in the Christmas spirit πŸ˜‚ merry Christmas πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈπŸ’–
Response: Thank you Lena <3 Not a late rating at all, I hope you had a great Christmas!
Trekky1 rated for Christmas Card for your Partner on Dec 13, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely xmas card!
Response: You're very welcome :) Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: I love Kira so much!! I really get the feeling that she's a cross between you and me! I love that you included their cat on the bed too 😍
Response: Hahah yes, honestly I had so much trouble thinking of an original character so it was like low key real life plagiarism πŸ˜‚ but I'm glad you like them. And I reckon cat people are the best people πŸ˜‰
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Comment: Great card thanks, love to visit Australia someday. Rich
Response: Thank you for the heart! I hope you can visit one day too :)
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Comment: I love πŸ’œ the art folder that arrived today!! It is so clever and I love the Japanese paper, bookmarker, and goodies you tucked in!! So much fun with the side pockets. I've never seen one like it and now I will make my own - wow, thanks for the inspiration!! I hope we are partners again!! xxMuggleMom
Response: Ohh, thank you for such a lovely comment and the heart! I had fun making it, although it was a bit challenging as I think I made it too narrow haha. But I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Comment: Oh my goodness, you knocked it out of the park! The autumn theme and your collaging skills are so good! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Response: Aww, you are so kind! I really want to try and do more collaging in my work. Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Your swap arrived! Yay!! Hey, it's something to celebrate in these questionable mailing days. :) I LOVE "The Haunting of Hill House"! It is one of my top 5 favorite books, without a doubt. I've read, re-read, listened and watched everything to do with it and don't have it memorized YET, but I'm getting there. :) The Netflix adaptation of the story isn't bad, really, it's kind of a combination of the book and the 2 movies made of the book, and when seen from that angle, it isn't bad at all. If you haven't seen the other 2 movies (one in the 1960's that is all black and white with no special effects at all - and scares the socks off of me!!!) and the 1999 version with Liam Nieson and Catherine Zeda Jones, I highly recommend them. Shirley Jackson was a master and didn't get the attention she deserved when she was alive, but people are starting to appreciate her work now. There's another of her books, "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" that was recently made into a Netflix movie and it's not too bad, either. Anyway, I could go on for DAYS about Jackson's work. :) I'm glad you liked the book. I also liked the way Elanor was described, she seemed to be a real person by the end. (Oh, one more fun fact - Hill House is one of Stephen King's favorite books, too - he was asked to write a screen adaptation in the 1990's, but the project was scrapped. He took his manuscript and developed it into Rose Red, which was a made for TV movie here in the US. If you can find it... IT's SOOOO good!!! He then wrote a prequel, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, which is amazing as well.) I'm a 'slight' fan, as you can see ... :) Thanks for sharing your books! :)
Response: Wow, Cindi, thank you so much for such a detailed rating (and the heart too)! I have met a few people on here who enjoy The Haunting of Hill House/Shirley Jackson's works, but you must be the biggest fan so far :D I haven't seen the movie adaptations, I vaguely remember the 1999 version being on TV but I was a bit of a chicken as a kid so I never watched it properly, haha. I will definitely give both versions a go, now. I really enjoyed 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' and really want to name my next cat Merricat, haha. (Also as I don't have human children, only fur children, lol). I'll have to look for those Stephen King works too, I've never heard of them. I really enjoy adaptations of his works, if anything I sometimes feel they work better on screen than in the written word, but I can't say why I think that exactly! I can't remember if I mentioned this in the letter, probably not, but I recommend the book 'Shirley' by Susan Scarf Merrell, which is a fictionalised account of Jackson's life, as well as the movie adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss. I don't really know that they're that accurate as biographies, but in terms of exploring the atmosphere of her work and her interests, I think they're spot on. Thank you again!

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