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renmagpie

renmagpie
Date Joined: September 22, 2011
Last Online: March 2, 2021
Birthday: March 17
Country: United States
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About Me

NOTE - 3 February 2021: I have dropped from all swaps where partners were not yet assigned. We have begun our house hunt in earnest, although the market is slow and property is scarce. Nevertheless, I felt it best to take a step back until we have a better sense of what's going to happen, especially since we may be contacted with nearly no notice for viewings. I'll be focusing now on finding that forever home, purging our current space, and ensuring that my pen pals are tended to before we move.

Profile Updated - 18 November 2020

Please do NOT send extras in your swaps to me. I'm out of space and most will never get used due to a surplus of stuff. Thank you.

Instagram Contains Spoilers

Meet Phe (She/Her)

I’m Phe, creator at Ren Magpie Arts, full-time work-from-home Emergency Manager (I do go in when we have actual emergencies that require response, but since the pandemic has gained steam, we've found very creative ways to maintain a safe distance remotely while still effectively managing emergent issues!), combat veteran in the US armed forces, author, editor, and artist. I am also...

  • A city baby from Boston. This city - the history and architecture; the seasons and pace; the academia and arts - runs in my veins and shaped the person I am now. I've lived all over the world but I always came back to her. Nevertheless, she has become wildly unaffordable so my dearly beloved and I are excitedly getting ready to put down real roots in Salem, MA. Boston will forever be with me but it's time to finally come home.

  • A child whose heart and soul was born out of the cold waters of the north Atlantic shores I live on. In any season, in any weather, you will find me on my balcony, overlooking the sea, throwing away the bad, the heartrending, the cruel; the emotional detritus accumulated by the simple act of living hard and living fully.

  • Not a Christian. I was baptized Catholic and although I find some comfort in the unchanging rhythm of mass when I have to be there for weddings, baptisms, or funerals, I am not a practicing Catholic either. That said, if you want to pray for me, pray. I don't mind. I respect your adherence to your faith provided that it doesn't interfere with my personal or constitutional or human rights. I only ask that you keep your religious rhetoric to those who would appreciate it and not push it on me in any form or fashion.

  • A solitary, non-theist Sea Witch. .

  • I do take breaks from swapping for long(ish) periods of time - my personal pursuits are my priority and I can't always be fully present here in the way that my partners deserve. I also get burned out with certain social aspects of this site from time-to-time, and find that it's best to just step away for a while.

Hard Limits

Although I am here to create things and swap, I do not tolerate cultural appropriation, racism, gender-based violence or discrimination (gender-based includes trans-gendered and non-binary folk), Euro/US-centrism, immigration policies designed to oppress and terrorize, anti-LGBTQIA+ policies, laws, or speech, white power/neo-Nazi views, "All Lives/Blue Lives Matter", anti-abortion legislation or any other legislation that removes the right to bodily autonomy, period full stop.

If you believe that, in itself, is "intolerant of your views," please feel free to Google Karl Popper, The Tolerance Paradox, and also, the US Criminal Code and the US Constitution so that you can better understand why I believe that the systemic discrimination against, and oppression of BlPOC, LatinX, Native Peoples, refugees, immigrants, the LGBTQIA+ population, women, and undocumented migrants in the US is immoral, criminal, and therefore, intolerable.

Favorite Crafts

  • Hot Glue Mixed Media Art

  • ATCs/AT Coins.

  • Altered Tags

  • Abstract painting.

  • Collage and mixed media art.

  • Photography, mostly of nature - sun, moon, sea, and sky..

  • While I get that writing isn't a craft, it is certainly an art. Regardless of the topic, a writer who can convey clear meaning, emotion, place, time...using nothing but words...he or she is a true artist. With that in mind, I write daily for my job. For myself, I write letters. I write in journals. I write poetry (and have won competitions and been published, much to my own shock!). I write snippets of things that come to my mind that perhaps one day I'll be able to expand into a story. I just...write.

Now Hear This:

I want anyone reading this to know that you don't have to be an "artist" to make my day with your creation. I love that this site has introduced me to so many different artistic and crafty endeavours, even the ones where, well, I just didn't hit the mark. Nevertheless, I'm grateful I had the opportunity to try it and have always sent the best work I can.

That's all that I ask of you in return - always try! And know that this is a judgement-free zone when it's obvious you spent time and care on your creation.

On Pen Palling

I love letter writing and although I prefer long, handwritten letters, I'm open to forming new friendships through snail mail letter writing in whatever way is most comfortable for you. If you have medical issues that preclude you from handwriting, that's ok!

I am not currently actively seeking new pals however, if after reading this profile you'd like to write to see if we click, I'm open to a PM. Here are some things to know:

  • I take a while (up to 2 months depending on my work and volunteerism schedule) to write back, but I do write back.

  • I treat pen paling as growing a friendship and some of my most trusted confidants and closest friends are pen pals. Thus, I am not a collector of pals. If you are, please do not send me a PM.

  • I am not interested in postcard, notecard, or 1-page letter pals

For Profile Based Swaps

Note: Please do not construe this as a "Wish List" as it is not. It is simply a guide for swapping partners for profile-based swaps. I do not auto-heart just because you put something from this list into a completely un-related swap package.

Pagan/Witch/Spiritual Path: If you're paired with me in a pagan or witchy themed swap, I'm open to receiving...

  • Ethically Sourced Stones (except clear quartz please! I have sooo much clear quartz...)

  • Herbs (no smudges please)

  • Oils

  • Journals

  • Pagan or witchcraft themed ephemera

  • Any natural remnants that can be used in witch balls or intention cords

  • ANY items of the seas (water and the ocean are my elements)

  • Tarot or Oracle cards, especially oceanic/herbal/natural themed decks

  • Witch Balls/Jars

  • Lunar items

  • Rings, earrings, or bracelets (no necklaces - I only wear one that never comes off)

  • Tree of Life

  • Celtic or Norse Art and Knotwork

  • Anything you care to make or offer in these themes!

Themes that I love to Explore and Receive

  • Seasonally based arts and items (appropriate to the current season we're in)

  • Dark Victoriana

  • Nautical

  • Sea creatures and the undersea world

  • Anatomy/skeletons

  • Seascapes

  • The Autumn (my favorite season)

  • Science - especially biology and chemistry

  • Celestial - Sun, moon, stars, moon phases

  • Tank Girl - the comic!

  • Gas masks! Images, clothing depicting them, jewelry...

  • Absolutely anything related to the ocean -especially Arctic and Atlantic seas.

  • New Orleans through the early/mid 1900's (especially Storyville)

  • Victorian Boston and New England

  • Pre-Christian history and mythology (particularly Persian, southwest Asian, and European)

  • Celtic history, mythology, and symbolism

  • Local legends, lore, and ghost tales

  • Victorian homes and architecture

  • Old cemeteries and burying grounds

Colors... If you're ever considering something in colors, I wear mostly blacks and greys and prefer cool tones in general (blue, purple, deep greens, silver - think the colors of the seas).

Scents

  • Ocean/Surf/Driftwood/Beach

  • Rain

  • Orange/Citrus

No Thank You (Please Do Not Send)...

  • Fairies or items relating to fairies. Mermaids fall in this category too.

  • Dream Catchers, Sage Smudges, or any other items that have been culturally appropriated UNLESS they are specific to your ethnic heritage. In other words, if you’re a basic white girl, do NOT send me Native American goods. Cultural appropriation is a huge problem in witchy circles and I won’t accept it.

  • Crystals or stones that you can’t guarantee are ethically sourced. Semi-precious stones are one of the largest contributors of child labour, slavery, and pollution. It’s very difficult to find sellers who can trace their stones back to the country and mines they originated from. For this reason, I’m extremely selective about where and from whom I buy my stones and I don’t have very many.

  • Homophobic, trans-phobic, MAGA, pro-Trump, anti-LGBTQIA+, racist, or white power literature, sympathetic items, or vintage items.

  • Planner items. I am a Bullet Journaller and don’t use clips, tags, dashboards, post-its, etc. in my bullet journal.

  • Displays of Wal-Mart Patriotism, the US Flag, military memorabilia/kitsch. Nothing aggravates me more than Wal-Mart Patriotism. I served under my nation's flag. I don't need or want to plaster and display it everywhere. As for military kitsch and memorabilia, the only things I've kept are things that have been given to me as part of units and missions - or exchanges between friends/service members. Challenge coins, commander's coins, other nation's military kit (my most prized is the RAF beret I was given by someone I served with in the Middle East), unit patches - that's all super meaningful...when exchanged as part of something greater. Being a veteran is a big part of what makes me, well, me...but don't mistake that pride in service for some bullsh*t Lee Greenwood "patriotic" crap please.

  • Fabric/fat quarters/yarn.

  • Blank recipe cards

  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or drink packets such as MIO or powdered/liquid beverage additives

  • Makeup, bath products, or hand sanitizer/anti-bacterial soaps liquid/foam/gels of any kind.

  • Coupons

  • Lavender, cinnamon, apple, baked good, pine, or other "homey" scented anything. Please. The scent of these candles and oils makes me sick.

  • Anything that can be considered Proselytizing - religious OR lifestyle

  • Disney, Diddl, foam stickers, children's stickers, reward stickers, teacher's stickers, super hero stickers, etc.

  • Form letters

  • Decos/FBs/LBs - I no longer swap any of these

  • Stationery lettersets

An A - Z of Phe

Some people find these annoying, but I like to see them because it really helps when doing profile based swaps (my preference over sender’s choice). I have a more comprehensive list of likes/dislikes above, but here’s a few keywords for you too. :)

A - Autumn, Atlantic, ATCs, Auroras, Altered Items, Atomic Age, Architecture, Arthurian Legend, Alcohol Inks, Anchors, Art Deco, Auntie Mame, Alphonse Mucha, Apothecary, Acrylics, Abstract, Arctic Seas, Archaeology, Anthropology, Avalon, Action Movies, Autumn Leaves, Acorns

B - Beaches, Bullet Journal, Brush Pens, Boho Berry, Boston, Big Band Swing, Bottles, Books, Berries, Biology, Bizarre Foods

C - Coffee, Collage, Curious, Calm, Celtic Knotwork, Cooking, Cemetaries, Coven's Cottage, Circles, Cuff Bracelets, Challenges, Creative Writing, Colouring, (ethically sourced) Crystals

D - Diving, Driving, Dolphins, Dylusions, Driftwood, Distress Oxide Ink, Discworld, Dirtbikes, Doc Martens, Deco Tape

E - EDM, Eclectic, Ephemera

F - Fish, Flappers, Forests, FitBit, Flip Books, Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (S), Fountain Pens, Farmer's Markets

G - Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Gas Masks, Ghosts/Ghost Stories, Glass, Graphic 45, Graphic Tees, Galaxy

H - Hedgewitch, History, Herbs, Hedgehog Feets, Heidelberg, HMPCs, Hoodies, Honey Bees, Honey

I - Irish, Indigo, Industrial Design, Infinity Scarves, Islands, Intention Cords

J - Jewelry, Journalling, Junk Journals, Journals, Jazz Age

K - Keys, Kawaii, Kitchen Witchery

L - Long Letters, Lush, Languages, Learning, Lighthouses, Legends, Letterset, Lunar, Leggings

M - Mixed Media, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motorcycles, Marine Life, Mango, Martini Kitsch, Modernism, Myths, MAC, Moors, Magpie Journals, Moon Phases

N - Nautilus, New Orleans, NeoColours II, Nautical, Nika Rouss, Notebooks, New England, Nature Documentaries, Norse Mythology

O - Octopuses, Oracle Cards, Organic Landscapes, Oaks, October, Ombre

P - Pagan, Post-Modern, Photography, Pomegranate, Prismacolour, Poetry, Pocket Letters, Pen Pals, Pulp Riot

Q - Questions and Answers

R - Reefs, Ravens, Roaring '20s, Retro Kitsch, Ranger Arts, Rothko, Reading

S - Steampunk, Stamps (acrylic/clear and wooden block!), Sentimental Circus, Storyville, Seashells, Sea Glass, Stormy Seas, Skeletons, Skulls, Somerville, Seafood, Sunsets, Salzburg, Stencils, Stars, Spirit World/Realm, Silver, Stained Glass, Seascapes, Swimming, Sushi, Stones, Seawitch

T - Teal, Travel, Tree of Life, Tombow, Tim Holz, Tank Girl, Tarot, Texture Paste

U - Urban Decay, Underground, Union Square

V - Violet, Victorian Age, Violin

W - Washi, Whales, Whimsy, Waterfalls, Willows, Writing, Witch Balls

X - X-Rays, X-Ray Spex

Y - YouTube Tutorials

Z - Zen, Zines

Swapping and Rating

Posting My Swaps

Most of my swaps are walked to the blue bin on the corner and dropped as soon as they've been completed and partners are assigned. When I return from posting, I mark the swap sent. I will not mark sent until a swap has physically been turned over to the USPS - whether at the counter or into the bin. This means that the postmark may not reflect the date the item was mailed. My bin's pick up time is 09:00 (9 am) Monday through Friday only.

Ratings

A rating, to me, is a way to acknowledge receipt of a swap, provide commentary (and even constructive criticism which I welcome), and to say, "Hey! Thank you!" If you haven't received a rating from me, I haven't received your swap.

Going to Be Late? Just Let Me Know

I rate according to the Swap-Bot guidelines. I will usually contact you before rating down unless it's evident that you're trying to get over on the system by marking sent when you haven't actually done so. I don’t like rating down and want to work with you to see that I don’t have to. I will never rate you down if you contact me prior to the send by date to let me know you're going to be late, and keep up your end of the swap afterwards.

On Hearts and “Extras”

I give hearts based on your swap. If you took the time and effort to do the best work you could, that's heart-worthy. Please...spend time on your creation. Try something new. Enclose a note telling me about your technique. But don't send me random scraps/ephemera/destash stickers or other such "extras".

Conversely, I don't send random extras unless it's something I have that your profile clearly states you'd love to receive. And if I send it, I don't expect a heart. I just want to make you a little extra happy. I want my swap to stand on it's own merit, not anything else I may choose to send, if I choose to send.

Ratings

5
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Comment: OMG, I can't believe it just made it. Thank you so much for the nice letter.
vlhafer54 rated for SSM: Under the sea ATC on Feb 22, 2021
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Comment: I love it! The netting is a great addition as are all the other components! Sorry for the late rating - we've had sorry mail delivery and terrible weather here in Houston.
mjhaertling rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #42 on Feb 18, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the Viva Frida! ATC and for your note telling of your admiration of her. To tell the truth I had no idea who she was until I did this swap. Another example of swapbot expanding my world. Sorry for the very late rate.
MamaD rated for ACTs: Heart Coin on Feb 17, 2021
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Comment: Absolutely GORGEOUS Coin! Thank you so very much!! I love it!!!
JenZen5 rated for USATC: Starts with a T - ATC Swap on Feb 16, 2021
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Comment: Beautiful ATC. It is just so pretty. I love all of the colors. You did a great job. And thank you so much for your message. That means a lot to me. It is a struggle but very much worth it. Your friends are lucky to have such a supportive friend. Have a lovely day.
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Comment: I love this ATC! the background is gorgeous.
chimerix rated for MMA: ATC X 3- Senders Choice on Feb 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC. I really like the interesting textures. Aloha
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Comment: Thanks for the fantastic ATC. The background you made is great as well. Happy to have you in the group & that you were my partner for this swap. Take care :)
Shoreart rated for MMA: ATC X 3- Senders Choice on Feb 11, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATC.
ChristineMartinez rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #41 on Feb 10, 2021
5
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Comment: Your card arrived today! It's beautiful! Thank you for the resend and the communication around it.
Ashzaller rated for SSM: Out of this world! #20 on Feb 10, 2021
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Comment: thanks!
debbee2014 rated for CPG Mixed Media ATC - US Only on Feb 9, 2021
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Comment: Wow what an awesome job! Love the atc, the stamp you used and the washi tape of the eyes on the envelope. Oh and love the note card.... thanks for everything. the atc is very inspirational. I will be using it to help me with my next project...
chimerix rated for SSM: Name your ATC swap #4 on Feb 9, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the 2 beautiful ATCs! I absolutely adore them. And what a wonderful octopus note card. A big Aloha!
derakisu rated for ATC HD/HP Girl with Green Hair #1 on Feb 2, 2021
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Comment: It's always fun to try new things, and I'm glad to get one of your first tries at drawing. Nice attempt for this girl with striking green hair ! Keep going. ^_^ (I envy your Copics a little bit, I own mostly Tombow Brush pens.)
chimerix rated for ATCA: Sender's Choice Jan. 2021 on Jan 31, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the fun ATC. It is so unusual. Aloha
tcornell rated for CPG Hearts Skinny Card - US only on Jan 30, 2021
5
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Comment: Loved your card, thank you!!!!
bb2 rated for Tag: Crackle Technique on Jan 28, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous Crackle Technique tag. The colors are wonderful. I love the ocean and coastal towns. Perfect choice for me. Thanks!
Shiraz rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Coin Swap on Jan 28, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Phe - I like your use of a master board - I have used that technique and like it. And yours worked very nicely.
dyp rated for ATCs - Affirmations for the New Year on Jan 27, 2021
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Comment: What a beautiful card. Tytytyty. I wish you the best year with amazing possibilities! Happy new year!
Gwillisinc rated for SUSA - Mixed Media Valentine ATC on Jan 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for this beautiful heart

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 674 134 147
Completed Fives Threes Ones
722 765 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
21 170 531 0
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Currently In

  • the user is not currently in any swaps :(

Currently Hosting

  • the user is not hosting any current swaps

Comments

Rainydancer on Jan 10, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps!

noname13 on Dec 6, 2020:

Hi Phe, thanks a lot for angelling my Christmas card swap to me! And thanks a lot for the extra postcards! I'm trying to work 2 or 3 days per week from home but I often have to go out as I control the worker protection and not all companies really care for worker protection these days and we often get complaints. I'm thinking about staying at home on Christmas. Normally I visit my parents but travelling 450 km by train isn't the best idea now. Have a nice week! Andrea

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

LahDeeDah on Oct 31, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

makestuff on Oct 1, 2020:

I LOVE your profile! I'm right there with ya on the fibro. It sucks! Have a great day!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:


** USA Happy Mail group! **

camelsamba on Mar 27, 2020:

Just read your profile. FWIW, Michigan is under a "shelter in place" but leaving the state for a home or residence elsewhere, and traveling between 2 residences in the state are allowed exceptions. (I looked this up because my oldest is due to move to CA for a job in a couple of weeks. I suppose I should read CAs as well!) Good luck with your move!

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 17, 2020:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear!!!!!!!!! Thinking of you today (and every day) - wishing you health and happiness on this, your day of birth. Not gonna lie, I picked out a St. Patty's day card for you a couple of weeks ago, but after that PF fiasco, it seemed in poor taste :( Nevertheless, you are thought about, loved, and appreciated! Happy Birthday!!!

Bhindblueeyes on Mar 13, 2020:

PHE!!!! I can’t believe this box of goodies!!! It’s never ending! I thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much !!!! There’s so much I can use for ATCs and otherwise! I’m absolutely delighted and can’t thank you enough for sharing with me :).

stephiedee on Mar 12, 2020:

THANK YOU for the incredible mega destash box of stuff! It is absolutely MEGA. I've just about made it to the bottom and am taking a breather to give thanks for the bounty. There's a lot of stuff here I'll use in my own crafting, but there's also a lot of stuff I'm going to have the pleasure of RAKing forward. Thank you!

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