Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 8:56 am


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: August 21, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

Yay Vegan! Being vegan is the best and most important thing about me! I love being vegan!

I'm a reader: science fiction, animal fiction, mainstream, and random non-fiction: mostly science and nature, and some autobiographies.

I keep a paper journal. And a blog, occasionally.

I'm a photographer and I print my photos up as postcards.

I enjoy art in many forms. Mail Art is awesome... And I especially love handmade cards and postcards!

Favorite Crafts

∞ Photography My focus is urban wildlife. I go for walks every weekend and take pictures of nature; I love trees, birds, flowers and any kinds of animals that I find, including bugs and pets. Photography is definitely my passion, and I love sharing my photos with the world as postcards...

∞ Postcards I've been involved in a (5 card) monthly postcard exchange since July 2008... and now I send out 100 to 150 postcards every month! I use desktop publishing software to turn my photos into postcards, which I print at home on a (very temperamental) high-end printer.

∞ Gardening I'm a terrible gardener, but I still end up with more cherry tomatoes than I can eat! I'm mostly there for the photo opportunities. ;)

∞ Rarely: Drawing, Crochet, Book Making, Making Bookmarks

∞ Learning June 2019 I finally have the time to take some classes, and I'm starting with the EDX "HTML5 and CSS" class and hope to complete the "Front-End Web Developer" set!

Fav TV and Movies

I don't watch much tv, but there are a few shows I like... Doctor Who (I love the new, but it all started with the old!), and I'll watch Firefly over and over!

Movies: Legend (the one with Unicorns!), LadyHawke, The NeverEnding Story, Ever After, The Secret Life of Pets, Serenity


∞ 2019 🐞 I keep coming across Lady Bugs! They are a symbol of good luck, and I need it. :)

∞ Postcards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art postcards. But I'm not picky! I just like to get mail: send me anything, and then write something interesting in the text block! :) Also love handmade postcards!

∞ Other than Nature and Animals, I am also interested in * Ocean themes * Skies, Clouds and Rainbows * Astronomy, Star Gazing and Outer Space themes

∞ Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! Bumble Bees & Beetles, Chickens & Turkeys, Crows, Dolphins, Elephants, Equines, Foxes, Frogs, Guinea Pigs, Humpback Whales, Mice & Rats, Octopuses, Sea Horses, Squirrels!

Favorite Books

Oh my gosh, I love to read! I also love to buy books! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. There is also a big place in my heart for ebooks, I love my Kindle!

I enjoy reading science fiction, but lately I'm reading a lot of non-fiction. I love to read about nature and animals. And also an autobiography here and there.

Favorites in Random Order:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Series
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Ancillary Justice and the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
  • Anything by James Tiptree, Jr
  • I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the perfect novel
  • I seek out winners of the Burroughs Medal (nature writing), the Tiptree Award (gender identity), and occasionally Hugo and Nebula winners.

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I β™₯ Swap-Bot

Yay, Mailbox Joy! I love to create and send mail! I enjoy sharing my nature photography as postcards and notecards. I like to read profiles and figure out what I have that will make my mailing partner happy. I enjoy challenging myself occasionally with different kinds of swaps.

∞ 500 Swaps!

I completed my 500th swap on 28 april 2019, when I sent my TGIF notecard 143! I've got 695 "fives" and 588 "hearts" and I've hosted 112 swaps. Whee! And I can't wait for the next 500!!

∞ Hosting

All of the swaps I create are International and Newbie Friendly. Both of these things are important to me, and I'm especially passionate about International swaps.


gizmodust rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos. They all look so lush and green. Oregon must be lovely. Iowa leaves a little to be desired unless you like miles and miles of corn and soy bean fields. But I do manage to find more interesting things. Thanks again.
Lablauri57 rated for Real Photos - Scenery Edition! on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: As usual, you take great pictures. My favorite one is is the park bench. I like the trees and they way you captured the bench surrounded by them. The others were good to. Keep at it.
9O96O rated for SPCP: Photo Postcard Sender's Choice on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Nice photo riftvegan. Beautiful shot of the chipmunk in its native Oregon setting. I love the soft natural lighting. We have lots of chippies here (including a few under my deck). It's so interesting to see one on a west coast mossy setting.
nannydino rated for First and Last Lines no. 14 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Hi Rift thank you for the chipmunk PC and the Frog postage stamp...I really love it! Happy August swapping and reading. Cheers to a good book! peace love light
MrsCrafty rated for Interest me no. 71 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing a page from your book. It looks like a very interesting read!
Comment: Our library book club is reading The Killing Moon. I have not, yet. I just finished reading My Mother's Daughter. It was great!
snailmaillove041 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #157 on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Oh my stars! This raccoon 🦝 card is so great! I love it so much! Your garden sounds great! This year I planted pumpkins (always!) and I tried corn and green beans for the first time! They are really thriving! The rust colored sunflowers are gorgeous! I am going to hang that picture up at my desk! Thank you so much and I am happy you had a great weekend! Take care!
gizmodust rated for Real Photos - Floral Edition! on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful flower photos. Love the one with the lady bug on it. I've tried to take pictures of bugs but my camera just doesn't have the right lenses for that. Excellent pictures, thanks again.
Lisamarieforge rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #156 on Aug 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter, you’ve clearly put so much effort into it and the pictures were such a nice added touch. Thank you x
PeliKat rated for SS: 6 ATC size Photo Swap on Aug 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful photos you shared with me! These are fabulous shots that I would expect to see in a nature magazine and I'm very impressed with them! As many times as I've looked at them, I still can't pick a favorite because I like them all for different reasons: the little butterfly on the blue flower DOES have a cute face! The chipmunk is adorable; I have never seen them in our area, but I have seen a few at a friend's house near Indianapolis. That grey squirrel seems to be showing some attitude! I can almost hear him saying "What are YOU looking at? You want a piece of me? Do ya? Do ya???" The squirrels that visit our yard are the reddish ones, and their attitude is more of "Eeeek! The human is coming! Run for your life!" I love the bird photos too. We occasionally get the Flickers at the feeding station and I think they are gorgeous. And I love when the song sparrows are here! I did not notice the baby turkeys until I read your note and checked again; how cool that you were able to get them in the picture! There used to be a turkey in our part of town that would hang out in a certain area. He was given the name Wilson, and he became a local celebrity, with people reporting his location on facebook and twitter. Thanks again for a great swap! Best wishes to you!
Akanksha23 rated for Ocean or Sea postcard on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Loved the postcard! Thank u!
Comment: Thank you
papercraftkath rated for Quick send postcard swap #3 on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely bird postcard. I haven't seen any but I will watch. We have a busy jumpy puppy who keeps the birds out of our yard.
Michellesl rated for Quick send postcard swap #2 on Jul 31, 2019
Comment: Thankyou for the beautiful card! Looks beautiful! I hope you will enjoy your summer! ❀️
ScrapHappyGabi rated for SPCP: Flower Photo Postcard on Jul 29, 2019
Comment: Truly Beautiful photo !! I would sure love to go hiking with YOU!! Thank you so much!! ~Gabi
Karebear110 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #155 on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your photos! I love chipmunks too. We only have one kind here. I also like to hike, so that part of your weekend sounds like mine. Where did you get the card made? I want to do that with my photos.
Jafferty rated for Real Photos - Floral Edition! on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Hello Rift! Nice to see you on swapbot! Loved your pics and your letter! You do such a great job with your photos!
PeliKat rated for Real Photos - Floral Edition! on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your photos with me and for the interesting note about your walks. I think it would be so nice to be out walking and happen upon flowers like your Columbia Lilies! The Love-in-a-Mist is a very unusual looking flower and I love that you were able to get the lady beetle on it! The roses are my favorites of the photos you sent, and while I love the colors in the pink ones, the yellow ones are so so beautiful! Wonderful photos! Thanks for a great swap!!! PS-I really liked that you used a floral print for the envelope as well! Nice touch!
AlexandriaV rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #154 on Jul 20, 2019
Comment: The TGIF notecard was awesome! The custom made card was very pretty. I like roses in general but especially the peachy orange ones. Something about them just seems happy! I've never seen the summer fashion roses, or any two-colored?! roses. Around here we have the tulip festival just before summer and I enjoy those, and seeing the very different types and colors but have no green thumb. :/ I loved reading about your weekend and the photos just made it all a mini-escape from a very hot, hide in the basement and read, day! Happy summer, and good luck with your veg!

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earthnk on Jun 24, 2019:

Thank you Rift for your beautiful card. It made me smile.

sebastian122 on Jun 10, 2019:

I'm glad you joined my swap. I'm even gladder you sent me a postcard! Too sweet for your own good, I tell ya! =D

sojourner on May 12, 2019:

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sojourner on May 12, 2019:

Thank you. It was so thoughtful of you to send your Ares postcard. Love It!

AddictWithAPen on Apr 18, 2019:

I just received the postcard for the swap you angeled, Dawn and Piper are way too cute. Thank you very much !

HappyMom on Jan 27, 2019:


I am so sorry to hear about your car accident Rift... Sending love and prayers for a speedy recovery.

HappyMom on Jan 19, 2019:

Hello Rift! Just dropping by to say HI ... Looking forward to TGIF swaps coming back! Hope you had a great holiday and that 2019 is off to a great start!


Traceyk on Nov 1, 2018:

What a coincidence! I joined the postcard exchange this month on GR and realized you're the same person that I've swapped with before on SB! Wonderful! :)

USAFwife on Aug 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for your surprise post card. :) The butterfly is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your photography with me. :) ~Cindi

Stargazer008 on Jul 18, 2018:

How cool is that!!!! I won in the postcard roulette! Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my letter box! I really enjoyed your little story! And now have a lovely evening.

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