Date Joined: September 22, 2011
Last Online: March 2, 2021
Birthday: March 17
Country: United States
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.
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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. .
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.
Hot Glue Mixed Media Art
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.
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
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)
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
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)
Sea creatures and the undersea world
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).
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.
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.
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.
Decos/FBs/LBs - I no longer swap any of these
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
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.
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.
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